Friday, April 04, 2014

Current Beauty Favorites

I have become quite the beauty enthusiast over the years and even more so over the last few months.  I don't know if it's spring that has me wanting to try new things or what but I've been taking the leap and branching out and I've come across some real gems…

BareMinerals Lipstick in Go The Distance - This is the perfect coral color lipgloss for ladies with fair, cool skin.  Most coral colors look too orange for my skin tone but this one is great!  I am hooked.

One Love Organics Skin Savior - This stuff gets great reviews and I can definitely see why!  It has evened out my skin tone and made my skin glow-y and you can use it any way you please.  It's a night cream, a moisturizer, a cleanser, a spot treatment, etc.  The best thing, though, is that it is all natural!  I love finding beauty products that are natural and work well.  

Clarins Toning Lotion - I have always loved using a toner.  It just makes my skin feel refreshed and super clean.  Usually I have trouble with them drying me out and making my skin flaky but this one solved all of that.  It's super gentle and has a nice smell, if you like chamomile.  

MAC Blush in Cubic - This blush is a great everyday blush for us fair skinned ladies.  It's not very pigmented but can be built up.  It's a little pink and a little bronze and gives such a natural, pretty look.

BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Hot Shot - This is kind of like the lipgloss version of the lipstick above.  It's surprisingly suited to my skin tone while still being fun and bright.  

Almay Concealer/Highlighter Duo - I discovered this last week and I am hooked!  I usually steer clear of drugstore concealers because most of them just don't get the job done but this one works really well with the bare minerals makeup that I wear!

Now, check out what my friend Amanda is loving right now!

Shop her current favorite and stop by her blog!

Have a great Friday, you guys!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Monthly Musts: April

I haven't done this in a few months but I forgot how much I enjoy looking forward to what the new month has to offer, so here we are again!  Monthly months is back!  Here are my musts for April...

MUST WATCH // I'm actually not even sure right now!  The Walking Dead is over for the season, How I Met Your Mother is over for good.  And those were the only two that I would actually watch whenever they came on.  I'm never up on my shows.  Pretty much I don't get into them until there's about 4 or 5 seasons on Netflix and I go crazy on binge watching.  Then I get obsessed with the shows, start talking about them, and then I realize that I'm behind the times, like by a few years, and everyone is already done talking about it.

MUST DO // Picnics.  I have been bugging Nick to go on a picnic since we started dating, over three years ago.  I told him the other day that THIS is the year… the spring that we will go on a picnic.  I've build it up so much that I will probably love it initially but then realize that yeah, we're just eating food on the ground.

MUST MAKE // I've been getting the urge to try my hand at sewing something that I can wear.  I have been "sewing" since my parents bought me a sewing machine when I was 6 but I have yet to really give it a go to make something that isn't just for kicks.  I'll probably start with a skirt or something easy but you can bet I'll be sharing the effort here.

MUST WEAR // Graphic tees and boyfriend jeans!  I just bought a Sincerely Jules tee that I have been in love with for a long time and it's all I want to wear.  It goes well with my boyfriend jeans and sandals and it's perfect for my day to day errands and such.  And honestly, if I am not going to be seeing anyone I know, I'll probably wear that outfit it two days in a row at least.  I actually even wore it to work with a pencil skirt and blazer so yeah, I am definitely trying to get my money's worth.

MUST GO // To Austin!  Austin is so so pretty in the spring, as if it wasn't beautiful year round.  I have been saving up my southwest rapid rewards so that I can go a bit crazy with the amount of trips I make.  It's perfect for a weekend trip because the flight is only an hour long.  I'm getting excited just thinking about it.

MUST FEEL // Patient.  We've concocted a plan to move back to Austin but it is anything but sure.  Nick and I both really want this but there is still a lot to figure out and arrange before that becomes reality.  Patience isn't my strong point which can lead to a lot of stress in situations like these.  I am doing my best to let go and have faith that things will go the way that is best for us.

Here's to a wonderful April!  Have a great one, you guys :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

March Group Giveaway

Hey you guys!  I'm glad you stopped by because today we are rolling out the March Group Giveaway! This month you can win a $50 gift card to Target!  Who doesn't love Target, right?  Make sure to check out these two wonderful ladies who are helping me out this month :) and then go enter!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Five on Friday

It's friday and I am bursting at the seams with excitement and relief.  This week has been long and tiring and I am soooo ready for some netflix binge watching of Parenthood, margaritas, and probably some online shopping, if we're being honest.

And here's a few things that I'm thinking about today…

I booked a plane ticket to Austin for next weekend and I am so excited!  Words cannot express how much I love that city.  The first thing I did was call my mom and she immediately started making plans to take me to some new restaurant on 6th street, to an old dance hall, and to an independent play that one of her friends produced.  It's funny because she and my dad would have never done this kind of stuff when I was younger.  I think it's official, my mom is cooler than me.

On a related note, I'd like to rave about Southwest airlines for a quick minute.  I have flown with them countless times and I have never had a bad experience.  Their customer service is always amazing and their rapid rewards program is one of the BEST frequent flier programs out there, in my humble opinion.  My flight was delayed once and I tweeted about it and they promptly replied to me with an apology and some helpful info on getting an earlier connecting flight so that my trip wouldn't be delayed.

I've been hitting J. Crew Factory pretty hard this month.  I am just in love with all the spring colors and since I am a recovering dark neutral-a-holic (at least for this season!) I have to start from scratch, buying up all the pretty pastels and florals.  I wonder how many orders you would have to place to start being recognized among the package packing people?

I have a big heart shaped balloon that says love and it's been floating in the corner of my office since Valentines day.  I say this because as I am typing I noticed that it's starting to float lower and lower so my little balloon buddy is about to be done for.  It's been keeping me entertained though because our puppy is very scared of it.  She just came running in, saw that it was lower to the ground then froze and slowly backed away, out of the room.

I have been dealing with a bit of a blogging identity crisis.  I love blogging, I really do, but I am starting to feel frustrated with some aspects of it all.  I feel like it's been easier to lose sight of what I really wanted to accomplish with this thing.  I think that we all go through this at some point or another so I realize it's a minor little bump.  Blogging is so open ended and there are so many ways to do it so I know that I'll re-find a routine that works for me!  But all that to say I might change up some content on here and it might seem a bit direction-less but I promise, it's going somewhere. :)

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Weekly Wishes

Hey guys!  I ended up taking a little break last week.  I don't really have a good reason, sometimes you just need a few days to get other life things taken care of.  But that's how it goes, right?  Anyway, on to the weekly wishes for this week, a day late.

So, since I was absent last week, we'll just talk about the goals from two weeks ago...
  1. Workout every weekday.  I did this!  It felt so good so I'm going to keep this up this coming week!
  2. list clothes on poshmark.  I started doing this.  But honestly, I bought more than I sold :/
  3. plan a weekend trip for N and I. Eh.  I started looking up places but I just couldn't decide.  I'm going to keep working on this and hopefully it comes together soon.

So, this week I plan on…
  1. Getting my hair done!  It has been forever since I have gotten my hair done and I am so anxious for a little bit of a change.
  2. Sending back all my returns.  This is a silly one but I am horrible about sending back my returns from things that I bought.  Most of the stores that I like to shop at don't have a location where I live so I do a lot of online shopping and thus I don't get to try things on until I get them in the mail… which means returns, unfortunately.  I have a little stack going and I just need to tote them all to the post office.
  3. Start job hunting!  Nick and I have been talking about moving back to Austin for a while now and it seems that things are starting to come together… and the time just seems right.  We don't really have anything holding us here except our jobs, so we're job hunting starting this week!  I couldn't be more excited about this, like, I'm ecstatic :)
Here'e to another great week! :)