Rebecca Lately


There is nothing easier on the weekend than a comfortable pair of jeans, a striped tee, and cute booties.  I love this look, and I have similar items in my closet.  When I wear stripes, I like to keep everything else a bit simple.  This jewelry would be perfectly fuss-free for a Saturday running errands or heading out with friends.  Although weekends allow me some time to play with makeup more, I usually opt for a class look with products that will stay all day.

Beauty Favorites: January 2015

It's time for my monthly beauty favorites!  If I've included something that was sent to me, I have notated that below.  All other products were purchased by me.  All opinions are 100% my own.

This month, I went back to some old favorite and also tried some new things!  I am so happy to be doing a monthly favorites, after not having time to do them in November and December.  Make sure to tell me what you've been loving this month!

January 2015 Beauty Favorites 1

January 2015 Beauty Favorites 2

Top Shop Eyeshadow Palette in Orion

These eyeshadows are so gorgeous.  I love the shimmery quality, and they have amazing staying power.  Eyeshadows usually crease on me, but I can wear them without a primer (and that's really something!!).  The formula is so creamy and smooth, and it's so easy to blend them.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

This powder has popped in my favorites before.  This is a very finely milled, skin-tone-correcting powder.  Each of the ambient lighting powders does something different, and this one tones down redness in your skin.  It's not the absolutely perfect setting powder, but it does improve my skin tone.

Neutrogena Nourshing Longwear Foundation

I was provided this for a collaboration with Neutrogena and Target, here.  I am a huge fan of long wear foundations.  I have slightly oily skin and most foundations break down easily on my skin throughout the day.  This one looks so fresh all day and, most importantly, at the end of the work day.

January 2015 Beauty Favorites 3

Ultraflesh The Gold Standard Mascara

I received this in my Beauty Box 5, which is sent to me every month for review.  So, this mascara has a weird name.  Weird name, AMAZING mascara.  It has one of those spiky, rubbery wands that I love.  I've found that those types of wands are really great at defining and lengthening your lashes.  It doesn't really volumize, but it's so dark that my lashes do look thicker.  Love it!

Julep Luxe Lip in Pale Pink

When I got this in a recent Julep box, I instantly thought I should've requested a different color.  Not true!  After I used this for a while, it was refreshing to use such a pale, natural color.  You don't have to worry about it smuding, and it just makes your lips look good.  The tip of the applicator is metal, so it's also cool and refreshing while you apply it.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

Yes, this is another repeat favorite.  Every few months, I go back to using this all the time.  It's the perfect every day color.  It looks good with everything, and stains your lips!

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil

This is a new product that I tried this month.  I want to get more into Josie Maran products.  Every item I've tried from that brand has been really nice.  They don't disappoint at all!  These lip and cheek oils are so nice.  I have only been using them on my cheeks.  It's very similar to a cream cheek blush, but it's a little oilier.  It soaks into the skin and gives your cheeks the perfect bit of flush.

January 2015 Beauty Favorites 4

Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Barely Beige

Aaaand, another old favorite.  :)  I've loved the color tattoos since they came out a few years ago. This color is from their leather collection that came out last year.  The name doesn't describe the color well, as it's a bit more tan than beige.  It looks gorgeous under the Topshop eyeshadows.

Jaqua Rose Bouquet Hydrating Facial Mist

I received this in my Beauty Box 5, which is sent to me every month for review.  I am such a fan of rosewater toners, and this is the best one I've tried so far!  If you have dry skin and you love the scent of roses, you will love this!  I love spritzing this over my skin before I apply my serum and moisturizer at night.

Amopé Pedi Perfect Moisturizer

I received this for a collaboration with Amopé and Target, here.  This is, hands down, one of my favorite foot moisturizers.  My feet, along with the rest of my skin, are so dry.  I've had a hard time finding moisturizers that last for an entire day.  This one keeps my skin hydrated all day and night!

Sephora Brush Wand (sold out online)

I don't always have beauty tools to include in my favorites, but I found the coolest brush at Sephora!  I apologize for the product photo, but I completely forgot to include it in my pictures. This is a travel-friendly eye brush set.  It has four brushes, each magnetized to fit inside each other.  It's basically one long eyeshadow wand!  You can rearrange them to have the brush you want on the end, or you can separate them.  I think this is perfect for traveling, because the magnets ensure your brushes will stay clean.

This month I am giving away:
1 Josie Maran Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil set
1 Sephora Eye Brush Wand

To enter, use the giveaway widget below. Good luck to all who enter!

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Thrifty Thursday

I don't even know how long it's been since my last Thrifty Thursday.  I haven't gone thrifting in such a long time!  These are some things I found at Goodwill last Friday.  Friday seems to be the best day for me to spend time thrifting, so I might designate my Friday afternoons for just that.  It's a great way to end the work week.

Thrifty Thursday 1

How lucky that I found two pairs of nearly new shoes?  The wedges look like they've never been worn, and the sandals still have the tags on them.  I will be needing a new pair of sandals this summer, so I am very excited to have found these.  Each pair was $3.39.

Thrifty Thursday 2

This top is from Maurice's and it's so cute!  I spotted this on the rack and was so happy to see it's in my size.  The color is so feminine, and the lace is gorgeous.  I love lace but don't like to overdo it ... if that makes sense.  This is perfect!  This was $3.39.

Thrifty Thursday 3

I don't have a lot of work dresses, so I was very happy to find this hanging out on the sweaters rack.  I will be able to dress this up with any color.  It will be perfect with any of my cardigans.  This was $4.59.

Thrifty Thursday 4

I have a thing with both the grey sweater section and the grey shirt section.  Basically, I always find a Loft item on either of those racks.  This time, I found a super soft and cozy cardigan.  I love that this cardigan has pockets.  I am always needing pockets in sweaters for my work keys.  This was $4.59!

All together and with tax, I paid a little over $20 for all of these items.  You really can't beat that!

What have you thrifted lately?

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Valentine's Day Outfit & Twitter Giveaway

I was sent this dress to style from Boohoo.  It was also my Christmas Eve dress.  All opinions are my own.

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Dress: Boohoo c/o // Necklace: Forever 21 (similar) // Belt: Thrifted (similar)
Tights: Target // Shoes: Bandolino
Photos by Em Grey

So, sad story.  Will and I want to go to one of our favorite restaurants in Kinston for Valentine's Day. It's called Chef & The Farmer and it's in historic, downtown Kinston.  We went there for the first time years ago and it's apparently gained in popularity since then.  The owner/founder/head chef has a PBS show now that documents her life as a chef in rural Eastern North Carolina.  Their focus is locally grown food.  Through a small network of local farmers, her menus change with the seasons.

We've never had trouble making reservations, but they are already completely booked up for Valentine's weekend ... and the following weekend!  In fact, the first Saturday available is in March.  We've put our names on the wait list, but we're #21 so...  We will probably find somewhere else to eat, but I won't have any trouble putting together an outfit because I've already planned what I'm going to wear.

Boohoo sent me this dress back during Christmas, and I've decided that it's just as perfect as a Valentine's Day outfit.  It is just so comfortable, and I feel very confident in it.  The cutout details are so pretty and add a little something special to an otherwise simple dress.

Now, I have a little special something for you all!  Boohoo sent me some shoes and clutch that I can give away to two readers.  I've included photos of the items down below.  Also, the shoes are size 8!  We're going to do something different for this giveaway.  Since I want to send the items out before Valentine's Day (in case you want to wear them for going out on that day!), I will be doing this giveaway quickly on Twitter.

I want to know what your plans are for Valentine's Day.  Are you going out with friends?  Staying in and watching movie?  Maybe having a romantic date night?  Doesn't matter what is!

Tweet me with your plans, which item you want to win, and the hashtag #rebeccalatelygiveaway.  I will be using a random number generator to choose the winners.  First winner will receive the shoes, and second winner will receive the clutch.  I announce the winners on Friday night after 8 pm (cause that's when the kids go to bed).  I will update this blog post and also announce it on Twitter.

Good luck!

UPDATE: The winners were announced on my Twitter feed.  Debby (@debby_f) won the heels.  Heather (@aitch_77) won the clutch.  Congratulations!

Boohoo Heels

Boohoo Clutch

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Makeup & Skincare Empties

If you've never watched an empties video, this is basically where I talk about my trash.  I have a Lush bag that I throw all of my empty products into.  When the bag is full, I film an empties video!  It's fun to see what I've used up, and it's a great way to do a bunch of mini reviews.  I usually share my thoughts on the products and whether or not I will repurchase them.  To be honest, I've been saving "trash" for a while and I've gotten tired of having a bag of trash in my closet.  This might be the last empties video I'll do for a while.  Since I've filmed this, I've kind of enjoyed just ... throwing trash away.

I hope you enjoy it!


Makeup Monday: Moisturizers for Winter

I received a couple of these moisturizers in previous collaborations.  I have noted those collaborations below.

Basically, I have the driest skin ever in the winter time.  I love trying new moisturizers to see if I can find the next best lotion.  These are a few of my favorites!

Best Winter Moisturizers for Body 2

Best Winter Moisturizers for Body 3

Kiehl's Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

This is the moisturizer I use when I am feeling very dry.  It smells amazing.  The scent is kind of sweet but also very fresh at the same time.  It's a very heavy body butter, but it is not excessively greasy or heavy on my skin.  I love smelling this throughout the day.

Amopé Pedi Perfect Foot Moisturizer

I received this for a collaboration with Amopé and Target, here.  It's AMAZING.  (sorry for the shouting)  It keeps my feet moisturized all day.  And I have to admit, I've used this on my hands and it works just as well as a hand cream, too.  Side note: my husband stole it from at one point.  So, yeah, it's that good.

Julep Body Bare Milk

I got this in a Julep box some time last summer and, you guys.  It smells like summer.  Now, I am mostly a winter person.  I love winter so much.  Cold weather, sweaters, and scarves are my jam. But, I can really dig the scent of summer.  You know what I mean?  This might sound really weird, but I like using this moisturizer on my elbows because I get little whiffs of the scent throughout the day.  It smells so good!

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Ahava Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream

I got a sample of this in my very first Birchbox, years ago, and it's been one of my favorite hand creams ever since then.  It has a distinctive lily of the valley scent, which is so pretty and feminine.  I like using this at night before I fall asleep.

Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Moisturizer

I received this for a collaboration with Walmart, here.  Now, it's pretty obvious that I'm not going out in the sun right now.  But I can't help but use this.  I love the scents of coconut and lime.  They combine forces in this lotion and I just love it!  This is another moisturizer that smells like summer to me.  It's refreshing!

What moisturizers do you like to use during the winter?

Linking up with Molly and Carly.

Sunday Best

Clutch // Bracelet // Belt // Earrings // Booties // Dress

Ever since winter hit, I've been lazy about my Sunday outfits.  It's been all jeans and boots and comfy sweaters over here.  Not only do I feel rushed every Sunday morning (hello, three children who don't want to get ready quickly), but I just want to be cozy and warm when it's chilly outside.  I'm making it my goal to get a little more dressed up for church on Sundays.  I actually have some really cute, comfy dresses that I can pair with tights.  I just need to be proactive and lay out my outfit the night before!

How do you stay comfy and cute during the cold months?  I hope I'm not the only one who wants to stay in pajamas all day!