Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lookbook // EVERYDAY Summer

It's currently 70 degrees and sunny!  I could get used to this pretty quickly.  I'm jumping ahead and gathering some everyday summer basics for you guys today.  Shop below!

Product Review // Mario Badescu Haul

 I got a small package from Mario Badescu, a company I've used before.  This isn't a full fledged review but just some initial thoughts after having them a few weeks.  Actually, the drying lotion is one my favorites (here's a review) so I can attest to the effectiveness of that one, but the other two are new to me.  Be sure to sign up for e-mails on their site--they are always running promo codes for discounts.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lookbook // Three Must-Have Hats for Spring

 I'm not a hat person, per say, but I do love my accessories.  You can really kick your outfit up on notch with the addition of some headwear.  I like anything that allows me one more day before I absolutely HAVE to wash my hair.  If it also provides extra sun protection, then I'd be silly to forgo it.  And who likes windy day when your hair is whipping about and getting stuck to your lipgloss?  Not I.  What I'm trying to say is that hats are just as practical as they are adorable.
Here are my classic go-to picks for Spring:

1 // The Panama Hat

Probably the most popular currently, Panama hats are the perfect combination of effortless and chic.  It's an every day option, not too over-the-top for daily activities.  I like to pair it with feminine dresses to add a touch of masculinity to the outfit.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Fragrance // Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme review

The change of seasons usually brings about changes in my style.  I love trading in my winter wardrobe for all my spring essentials and vice versa for each season.  One thing that doesn't change too much with me are perfumes and fragrances.  The thing is I don't like the typical spring scents--my nose is sensitive to floral and fruity fragrances seem to young.  I tend to gravitate towards woodsy, ambers or nutty and earthy notes.  Truth be told, for a beauty hoarder, perfumes are not something I have an abundance of.  In fact, I avoid the perfume section at Sephora because it leaves me with a headache (same applies to any Abercrombie & Fitch store)  It's very rare that I would write a blog post to tell you that I love a new perfume.

And I love this new perfume.  I'll even go as far as to say this is what I want to wear on my wedding day.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Inspire // Who Made My Clothes?

The hashtag #whomademyclothes will be everywhere today, marking the second annual Fashion Revolution Day.  It made quite a stir last year, as it marks the anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza disaster, a factory formerly used by the likes of Joe Fresh and JC Penney, where 1,100 workers were killed in 2013.  Many supporters will be snapping selfies of their clothes turned inside out as a demonstration to support ethically-made garments.  The mission is for clothing companies to respond to the outpouring of consumer cries for transparency regarding where their clothes are being made and who is making them.

From what I've been reading, it seems there is more to the matter than a brand simply "hiding" this information.  For many, they're in the dark as much as their customers are.  Subcontracting is common in the apparel industry.  If a factory gets too busy or finds someone to make it cheaper, they'll hire out--making the supply chain increasingly shady and difficult to track.  And in countries like Bangladesh, there is always someone willing to do it for cheaper.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rave Review // Sephora Cream Lip Stain (always red 01)

We can stop the search for the perfect red lip now.  I found my favorite liquid lipstick after going through an alarming number of products.  I think this Sephora Cream Lip Cream in #01 blows away the Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks, Stila All Day Lipstick, Hourglass Rouge Opaque, NYX Matte Lip Cream--just to name a few.

Here's why I like it:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Travel // Two Months in India

"I am not the same having seen the sun shine on the other side of the world."

From the beginning of December to the end of January, I spent a blissful two months in a place like no other, one that you really have to see to believe.  From east to west, north to south, every nook and cranny of this country is an overwhelming assault on all five senses.  To some that may sound terrifying but for this girl, it sounded like a challenge.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Product Review // Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick

Revlon recently launched a collection of HD lipsticks. The range uses a new wax-free formula to deliver true color clarity and a high definition color payoff in one swipe.  Since it's wax-free, the lipsticks shouldn't feel too heavy but of course, you still get that intensity of color.  They come in 20 shades--a few nudes and wearable pinks all the way to really bright reds and oranges.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Product Review // Maybelline Pure BB

I am a big fan of light coverage bases for day to day wear.  The downside of that is that most of the products I've tried have failed me big time.  Let me count the ways:

1. way too oily on my oily-combo skin
2. too sheer to do anything for uneven skin tone
3. color match was always limited 
4. did I mention WAY too oily?

Tinted moisturizers, BB creams, CC creams, etc, are on a big marketing kick right now.  Personally, I think a lot of it is gimmicky and they essentially contain the same ingredients, meaning they all work in similar ways.  Some companies are making their way through the whole alphabet so don't get sucked into the marketing and do your own research.  I'll spare you the rant and continue with the review.

Product Review // Kiehl's Avocado Eye Treatment

Avocado and skin care--two things very much up my alley.  I was excited to give this one a try because I've not yet found an eye cream I'm in love or one that I can confidently deem as effective.  This one is marketed as creamy and moisturizing and provides daily hydration to the sensitive eye area.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Travel // East Coast to West Coast

Just two best friends and a pup, road tripping from the eastern hills of North Carolina to beaches of sunny California. I've lived in the United States my whole life and I hadn't seen most of it. The west coast was virgin territory so at the age of 25 I finally took that road trip I should have taken fresh out of high school. 

Let me take a moment to break down the route because I don't want this to be a travel guide but rather a reflection of one of the most memorable trips of my lifetime. We started in North Carolina, then Tennessee, then Arkansas, Oklahoma, a little bit of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and finally California. We mainly used I-40 west (formerly known as Route 66).

The first thing that comes to mind is WOW the United States of America is big, much bigger than you think. I now understand why this country of ours has four different time zones. Secondly, there is so much variation in landscapes. North Carolina was rolling green hills and then Tennessee has the Great Smokey Mountains. As soon as you enter Arkansas, though, it is as flat as the eye can see. Then things start to get a little dry and desert-like on through to New Mexico and Arizona. Of course, once you enter Southern California, it looks more like Mars than anything else (that drought is for real). I loved discovering how different this country is. In New Jersey, so much of what I see is concrete and steel.Don't get me wrong--I am a city girl through and through but to see nature, virtually untouched, for miles and miles is something spectacular.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Be Right Back

image via pinterest. source unknown

Hello to you all!

It's been awhile, hasn't it?  I fell off the blogger world.  Since July of 2014, I've gone through some major changes.  Some hard choices had to be made and some of it turned out to be great but as always with change, there is an adjustment period.  Doing the right thing does not make it any easier.  And boy, did I have some big things left to figure out.