October 7, 2015

..My Favorite Beauty Products


So it's been about a year and a half since I last posted about my beauty favorites (last round up here) and I actually switch up my routine regularly, so I figured I would do an update on my most adored products of the moment. While I still totally love all of the items listed in the last round up, as I get older wiser, I really reach for more practical items and not necessarily the ones that have the most glam impact. These are the power players I keep tapping for help in my day to day routine.
  1. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - I have reviewed this foundation before here, and I still love it! It finishes matte but not dry. I actually did two bridesmaids makeup for a wedding last weekend and used this on them both (and myself)!
  2. MAC Studio Finish Concealer - This stuff is basically my dark eye eraser. It is a bit drying and flashes back on some skin tones (who's taking flash photography photos on the daily?) but you can't beat the coverage. Just the best!
  3. Urban Decay Primer Potion - This guy was on the last round up and probably will be forever. I can (and embarrassingly enough have after a late night wedding or two) literally sleep in my make up and wake up with a perfectly blended smokey eye. For REAL.
  4. MAC Shadow in "Embark" - My go to eyebrow filler for my fair skin and dark hair tone.
  5. Urban Decay "Naked2" - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pallet for weddings (last seen on one of my brides here). 
  6. Clinique Eye Defining Liquid Liner - This might be getting discontinued which makes me so sad, I love this liquid liner. It's a thicker applicator so you really don't need to go over a few hundred times like with other thinner options (you lose a little precision but it's much faster for an experienced hand).
  7. Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara - No smearing or flaking. Great layering. A go to for years, last seen here AND here.
  8. Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick - I got this lip product as a gift and have been reaching for it again and again. Pretty lipstick coverage with a little more shine in a nice brush on applicator.
  9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - There is a reason this is a best seller. Contouring made simple. There's a little bronzer, powder, & highlighter all in one. It's not the extreme Kardashian contour if that is what you are looking for (you need to mix cream or liquid based foundations for that), it's a bit more refined which is more wearable day to day.

October 5, 2015

..Mint Chocolate Cookie Crumb Cake


For my fiances 30th birthday he requested a cake that had mint and chocolate which didn't come as a surprise to me since he has made this request before (see the mint Oreo cake from birthday's past here). I basically made the same thing with the ingredients all switched around (only mint in the icing not the cake) but he seemed equally pleased with the end result.

1 box chocolate cake (plus eggs/water/oil it calls for)
1 package of Oreo cookies
1.5 sticks of butter (12 oz)
1 package of cream cheese
3.5 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
green food coloring (optional)

1. Prepare boxed cake batter according to instructions. Stir chocolate chips into batter and bake according to instructions on box. I used two 9 inch cake pans.

2. While cake is baking, take one sleeve of Oreos and break up into a food processor. Blend them into fine crumbs while adding in 1/2 stick (4 oz) melted butter to make them sticky. Set mixture aside for assembly later.

3. Also while cake is baking whip together 1 stick of butter with cream cheese until fluffy. Add in vanilla, peppermint extract, and salt then gradually start adding in sugar 1/2 cup at a time until all 3.5 cups is incorporated (I also used a few drops of green dye here but it is not necessary).

4 Assembly: Place one cake on cake stand and ice with mint frosting, then add crumbles very generously to the top, then add the other cake on top of the crumbles and ice all around and use up the rest of the crumbles for the topping.

October 1, 2015

..Casual Chic

The deets: ON jacket; AG jeans; Anthropologie top; 3.1 Phillip Lim bag; Rag & Bone booties (grey version); J.Crew pendant; Karen Walker sunnies; Knox Thomas Designs bracelets.

I literally never post looks on this site that are jean level casual so I decided to switch it up and snap a few pics before my fiancĂ© and I went to meet our good friends for a little brewery trivia at Forge Brew Works on Saturday. They had a grapefruit beer there that was SO good! 

Also - I am super obsessed with these booties, they are extremely pricey (even on sale, when I got them) and definitely not in my normal range of purchases but I have to say the comfort level is much better than other booties I have. I can wear them all day and not feel any pain! The price tag is worth the craftsmanship and the amount of wear I will get out of these for seasons to come. I want them in another color!

September 30, 2015

..Four Favorites


1. This @brosbeingbasic instagram account of men poking fun at typical girl grams is hilarious and spot on!

2. I went and purchased the Kylie Jenner staples - MAC lip liner in "Soar" and lipstick in "Brave" and seriously they made my lips look way bigger! 

3. I am in love with these black lace up flats, but the price tag is a leeeettle to high so I may have to settle for these.

4. I am a sucker for all things cake batter so when I saw this full on cake batter PIE I was all like.. Yes, PLEASE. 

September 28, 2015

..Pink Party Dress

The deets: J.Crew dress (similar) & pendant; Madewell heels (similar); Nordstrom hat; Balenciaga bag; Knox Thomas Designs bar necklace.

My fiancĂ© turned 30 today (who is a twin so his brother also turned 30). It is so crazy how the time flies, I wear it wasn't that long ago we were meeting up at college rangers and borrowing money from our parents to go on real off campus dates for occasions like this. We went to a nice dinner with the family to 1789 and this is the outfit I went with because it's sort of fancy but has enough room for dessert if ya know what I mean.