NEW YEAR, NEW LIP

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2016 so far! I took some time off from posting during the holidays, but I’m back with some great things planned for the blog this year. Today, I wanted to share two products I find myself reaching for more and more.

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo: My best friend gave me this little miracle for Christmas, and I’ve been wearing both bright, bold colors on repeat. It is the creamiest formula that delivers the biggest color pay-off (so rich!). Online, they’re sold out of most colors (I think this item was prob a big stocking stuffer), but at my Sephora, they still have a lot left, and rumor has it they’re now just $10 in-store! I am LIVING for Pomegranate, the pinkier tint of this duo. It’s still just as much of a statement-maker as the red (Palomino), but a bit easier to wear for day. If you can’t find a duo for you, here are the full-sized versions in the same formula.

Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone: This multi-purpose clear primer pencil is a game changer. It can be used to fill in fine lines/pores/whatever all over the face, but I use it for outlining my lips! It completely prevents lipstick from feathering or smudging, and keeps everything in place. You can even use it to “clean up” lipstick after applying, so if you have trouble coloring inside the lines, this is for you.

When I wear these products together, I have found lipliner becomes obsolete. So for around $30 total, you get two complete lip looks. That’s quite a deal considering just a lipstick can set you back like $36…why do I continue to hoard them then? Anyway! I definitely recommend these products, let me know if you’ve tried them!

Emily

GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER

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Happy Friday! Here’s a lil gift idea selection for the beauty guru in your life. Whether it be a coworker or your best friend, there’s definitely something for everyone (and every price range). Most of the products work for all skin types, as I tried to feature universally flattering colors/formulas. Don’t go trying to gift someone with foundation y’all. When it comes to beauty, it’s always nice to give someone something they wouldn’t otherwise buy for themselves. This explains the over-the-top Peter Thomas Roth gold face masks. I hope this guide provides some gift inspiration even if you just treat yourself!

Emily

Weekly Wishlist

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Hi! I hope everyone is surviving Monday! Lately, I’ve been in a really spend-y mood and I’ve been online shopping a little (a lot). Most recently, I purchased this basic black cross body, and finally: a Tory for Fitbit wrap bracelet. Add my Chicago weekend to the tab and yeah, I need to stop spending. I’m trying to keep my wishlist light, but here’s a few things that have caught my eye this past week!

Emily

Weekly Wishlist: Pink Slip

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Happy Monday! This week’s edition of the #WeeklyWishlist is sort of themed around pink/blush-y tones, I guess. Basically, throughout each week, I write down/bookmark things I want and then put them together on Sundays. Sometimes a theme surfaces and I run with it, random or otherwise. Anyway, I was feelin’ a lot of pink stuff this time around. I’ve wanted this Jonathan Adler pillow for sometime, because pretty much anything with an “E” on it gets me going. Plus, in life, you can never have too many throw pillows. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. I know I’m super late to the party on this one, but I’ve also been wanting the Urban Decay Naked3 palette forever. With summer just around the corner, I’ve been gravitating towards natural, effortless makeup, and I think this would fit the bill. If any of y’all have it, I’d love to hear some reviews! Now, this giant inflatable flamingo might seem superfluous, but I think it’s the cutest thing. Since last summer, we’ve all seen the inflatable swans floating all over Instagram, but the flamingo takes the cake in my book. I don’t even have a pool, so I shouldn’t be allowed to want this as much as I do, but if you have a pool, this is a summer must have! Another must have, just for life, is a pair of Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals. I’ve featured this shoe before in another pattern, but I keep coming back to this easy nude color. There’s literally nothing they wont go with. I’m definitely saving up for these beauties. As always, click to shop the items I mentioned, and everything else. I hope everyone had a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Emily

Maybe she’s born with it…

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…or maybe not! Welcome back ya’ll, I hope everyone is having a great week!  Today, I’m talking beauty. I definitely don’t claim to be a make-up expert, but these are my favorite, go-to products.  I LOVE Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, which, if you have dry skin, you should run out and buy right this minute. It’s moisturizing, SPF 15, and leaves a dewy, natural finish (If you tend to have more oily skin, try Lumiere Velvet). I put it on with this amazing MAC brush, which is second only to literal airbrushing. Under my eyes, I use Chanel Eclat Lumiere Face Pen, which brightens up dark circles. For bronzer, I use the littlest bit of Chanel Les Beiges, I find it adds a subtle, sunkissed glow. I recently purchased the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit and I’m obsessed. Having fair skin, it’s really easy to look orange, but this palette is more beige, so the contour looks natural. It also comes with an angled brush which is a welcome bonus. As for eyes, Origins Eye Doctor is the best eye cream. It prevents wrinkles and de-puffs – can’t hate that!  This Chanel eyeliner is absolute perfection. It’s waterproof and truly stays on all day long. I use the color “ambre dore” which is a copper shade, ideal for my fellow blue-eyed girls. Try it on your lower waterline! On my lashes, I swear by Benefit’s They’re Real! After many trials and tribulations, this mascara is the closest thing you’ll find to false lashes. For brows, I love the Dior Powder Brow pencil. It’s very build-able, so I don’t have to worry about having Sharpie brows. Lastly, my all time favorite scent is Bvlgari Omnia Coral.  It has fruity and floral notes, but isn’t too heavy – perfect for everyday. Of course, I use a whole host of other lotions and potions, but these stand out from all the rest. I hope you have the chance to try some of these products!

Emily

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Is it just me, or does Mother’s Day sneak up on you every year? Not this time ya’ll! This year, we’ll all be prepared because I’ve compiled a sweet little gift guide. These are all things moms wouldn’t normally treat themselves to, but totally deserve! Moms are the best, and I’ll definitely be gifting mine a few things off this list. Mother’s Day is May 10th, now you have no excuse to scramble for a gift the night before.

Emily