Thursday, January 29, 2015

January Beauty Favorites

     I can't believe January is over!  I know people say that for every month, but this month I truly feel it.  For the last few months I have been both excited and mortified of turning 30 on January 15.  It has come and gone and I can't say I feel one way or the other.  It felt a bit different as my friends and family spoiled me a bit more than usual, but I didn't feel it was necessarily a different birthday.

   Anyway, that's a long introduction for my January beauty favorites!

*ELF Studio Acne Fighting Foundation in Porcelain and Buff*

I featured these in my last ELF haul and I am so glad I bought these 2 colors as they mix together to make my perfect color!  I have to say the coverage on these babies is pretty impressive, as is the staying power.  While I have seemingly gotten my acne under control lately, I feel these will be good to wear around that time of the month when I'm prone to breaking out.

*Lush's Buffy Body Butter*

This was in my massive Lush birthday present from my gusband.  It's an exfoliating body butter.  Moisturizing me and exfoliating me at the same time!  It's quite grainy, but it feels so amazing on your skin and leaves my legs super soft!

*Premonition Shadow by Brija*

Premonition is described as a light nude/ pink peach with red and purple duo chrome.  I use this as an all over single shadow look and it's GORGEOUS!  I may have to order the full size of this as it's such a unique color.

*PF Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Extreme Shimmer Shadow*

OMG- what a long name!  My Tammy sent me this for my birthday and it's AMAZING!  The sparkle and pigmentation on these is just amazing.  This palette makes any look fun and sparkly.  I recommend picking one of the shadows to pack on the lid with a sponge applicator, with a matte shade blended out in the crease.

*Yes to Coconut Oil Body Wash*

This body wash is so luxurious!  It doesn't lather up a whole lot, but it smells delicious and is so nourishing, especially on parched winter skin.  If you're looking for a body wash that lathers up a lot, this isn't it, but if you're looking for a super moisturizing body wash, I would totally look into this!

Such a rarity for me to have my favorites be all completely new to me products!  

What products were you reaching for in January? 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cupcakes and Cashmere Book Review

    I love a good lifestyle book, as some of my previous book review posts may show (Mally review, The Every Girl's Guide to Life).  What I love even more is when a fellow blogger "hits it big" and gets a book of their own published.  This is the case with Emily Schuman's "Cupcakes and Cashmere".

   My local library just got this book and I had to snatch it up.  I didn't know much about it other than I love Emily's blog and it was an all in one life style book.

   When I got this book home I finished it one sitting and a few hours.  It's such a beautiful book with a lot of great information!  I am considering purchasing it for my first coffee table book at the new place!
   This book was broken into seasons and for each season there is a fashion section, beauty section, home section and entertaining section.  The information for each section is quite useful and the photography is just so beautiful!

Here are some of my favorite tips by season!


For each season Emily includes a closet checklist, a must have wardrobe list for each season!  I definitely took notes on this section!

One of my favorite sections from spring is tips and tricks on how to shop at flea markets.  Flea markets seems to be all the trend in Brooklyn lately, so I may have to head on down to shop with my new arsenal of shopping tips.

There's also a great article on organizing your closet.  I love watching closet organization videos on Youtube and this is another great resource.


My favorite idea from the summer section was this Summer Nostalgia Party.  Get some friends together and serve kool-aid and push pops and bring out the skip-its.  I don't have a lot of friends who have outdoor space, but you better believe I will find one and have this little party!

The summer section had a beautifully photographed article on organizing your bookshelf.  As a book nerd I love a beautifully style bookshelf and this article had some great tips to keep it from looking like a library.


I've always loved the look of tights or of patterned tights and the fall section had a beautiful article on how to pick the right pair of tights for the right outfit.

Fall also had a great article on how to take a good photograph.  I always hate the way that I photograph so I will be putting some of these tips into effect!

Finally, winter

With a foot of snow heading my way, this article on layering was of great help!  So often my layered outfits come out bulky instead of sleek.

There was a great article on how to find art on the cheap.  As I have to buy EVERYTHING for my new place, cheap art is definitely going to be helpful!

All in all, I LOVED this book!  If you have ever read Cupcakes and Cashmere or really just enjoy a beautifully photographed book, I highly recommend this!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Five by Cinco de Mayo

     I saw this post going around about finishing 5 products by 5/5.  Cinco de Mayo is my best friends' birthday so I of course had to partake in this tag!  I'm putting myself on a no-buy for the month of February and depending on how the finishing of products goes, might take it into March as well.

   Here are 5 products I think I can realistically use up by Cinco de Mayo!

*NYX Pencil in Cottage Cheese*
I use this cream shadow as a base almost daily.  I already bought an ELF shadow pot replacement since I heard really good things about it.

*Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer*
I use this under my eyes on the days where I really need some extra coverage or where I know my photo will be taken a lot.  A little of this goes a long way, so I'm hoping this will be used up by May.

*Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation in Light/Medium*
I use this baby daily to set my BB cream and I've just recently hit pan on it.  While there's still a lot of product left, I'm hoping the fact that I already hit pan and use this daily that it'll be all used up.

*Physician's Formula Circle Rx Concealer*
I actually don't use this on my under eye circles, but as a spot concealer around my nose when my allergies are acting up.  I can't actually tell how much is left, but it's a product I use often so I have high hopes that it'll be empty by May.

*Milani Easyliner in Espresso*
This is my daily liner and it's absolute love.  I will definitely be repurchasing and I'm assuming I will be done with this well before Cinco de Mayo.

So I think I can meet my goal of finishing up this 5 products prior or by Cinco de Mayo.  I know a lot of people had a fun product such as an eyeshadow or lip color, but I rotate those products so frequently that there's no way I would have those used up!

Would you like to join in this little personal challenge with me?  Which 5 products do you want to use by 5/5/15? 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Birthday Swag

    Let me state that this post is not meant to brag.  Ok, maybe I can brag a little.  My friends and family are seriously the most awesome people in the universe!  My birthday isn't usually a big deal since it's so close to after Christmas, but this year turning 30 was a big one.  My friends and family made sure to make it a big deal for me and I am so incredibly grateful for all of this outpouring of love.

My friend Tanya got me this beautiful Kate Spade bow ring.  This is my first piece of KS jewelry and I'm already hooked! I love bows and I love that this is adjustable and can fit over my plump fingers from all of the booze and cake consumed this week.

My friend Brianne got me this beautiful Alex and Ani necklace with my birthstone, garnet.  This is actually my first piece of jewelry with my birthstone.  I used to see a lot of gold and garnet jewelry and never loved the combination, but I love this combination of garnet and silver.

My best friend Allison got me this beautiful Michael Kors clutch.  I have so many clutches that are so tiny so I instantly fell in love with this larger clutch and I love the structured shape of it.  I used this last night at my birthday party and loved how much room it had!

My mom gave me money towards buying a new couch but also got me a few basic pieces that I love.  I love this H &M stretchy skirt and will pairing it over leggings for a cute and casual work look.

I have an obsession with nautical looking stripes and this long and lean cami is no exception.  If you have never tried H&M's camis before, I don't know what you're waiting for.  They are longer length so perfect with leggings and a bit thicker so they aren't all see through.

I have an obsession with dresses with pockets and this Gap dress has them and stripes and a zipper back!  It's perfect!  Gap is having an insane clearance sale so my mom was able to snatch this up for me very cheaply.

My best friend Anthony got me this awesome Lush gift set and added quite a few goodies to it as well. This kit is called "The Whole Fruit".  
It contains:
I love Juicy Shampoo
Miranda Soap
D'Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap
Jungle Solid Conditioner
The Olive Branch Shower Gel
Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub
Each Peach Massage Bar
Magnificent Soap
Whoosh Shower Jelly
Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

He also added a few lip scrubs, lip balm and a body butter.  I am going to be well moisturized and smelling delicious for QUITE some time.

As some of you may know, I am a HUGE Mets fan.  My dad got me this framed ticket from the Mets only no-hitter and it will be going up in my little "man cave" area of my new co-op.  

…..and in the Louis box, well you will just have to wait and see my new baby!  I named her Miranda.

As you can see, I have amazing friends and family and everyone really went above and beyond to make this birthday so special for me.  

I apologize for the horrible pictures, but I have had boxes and bags in my living room for days now and I need to get everything put away!!

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