Ever wonder what people keep in their daily makeup bags? I know I do. Here is a look inside my daily (average day) makeup bag. On nights that I go out after work, I add mascara, powder, and anything I used on my face that day to touch up my face for the evening. On an average day, it is usually work, yoga, go home, or something close to it. Scroll down to see my daily essentials (I forgot to take a photo of my brush, I always keep a brush too).
What do you keep with you on a daily basis? Happy Sunday! xoxo
Hearts are everywhere and all I can think about are shades of pinks, purples and decadent chocolates. I was inspired this morning to do a soft pink/purple makeup look. I think it is nice to do something light and angelic and not always go bold and red.
Since ancient Mesopotamia, scents, most specifically perfumes, have enchanted hearts, minds and souls. Perfume, to me, is nostalgic, uplifting and adds a boost of confidence. I am not a perfume aficionado and do not have many perfumes but I want to share which ones of my collection are my favorite (nostalgic too). I do like high-end perfumes and I would like to get some but I have put my perfume on the bottom of my list because my real passion is fashion, skincare and makeup. Maybe 2016 will be the year of perfume....
"Beautiful Day" on the left smells so fresh and happy, like flowers and fresh peaches. "Honey Sweetheart", in the middle, smells like happiness. It kind of smells like a mom or a grandma, but in a good way. "Paris", on the right has notes of mandarin, oranges, tulips, and spices such as vanilla. All of these are found at Bath and Body works (link in the photo).
I spray on "stress relief" as a precaution on Monday's to help me start my week. It has been a tradition now. Bath and Body Works has an aromatherapy line for different needs (sensual, sleep, stress relief, awaken). This one smells like it says, Eucalyptus essential oils and spearmint essential oils. The lemon spray screams summer to me, and I mostly will wear this one in the summer. Once again, it is from Bath and Body Works and smells of lovely lemon.
The Elizabeth Arden "Red Door" is a signature Elizabeth Arden perfume It has rich floral scents and I like to wear it to special events. The "Green Tea" perfume on the right is fresh and energizing. It has floral scents, mixed with natural ingredients such as green tea. The "Green tea Cherry Blossom" eau de Toilette spray is a mixture of the the green tea perfume and pink petals. All of these can be found at Macy's, Ulta, fragrance stores and Elizabeth Arden online (link on photo).
The Body shop perfume on the left is the "Moringa Body Mist". This scent makes me so happy with its fresh and light florals. I like it's high end packaging and I like to wear this perfume on care-free days. The perfume on the right will forever take me back to Rome. While studying abroad in Rome, this body mist from Victoria's Secret was my perfume of choice. It smells amazing, with notes of vanilla, clementine and blackberry.
I love these little guys! These are some favorites from about twenty or so that I have. I get these in Birchboxes (link on photo), but the one on the leftt was actually from Urban Outfitters. To me it smells like grape juice and it is so delicious. Tocca, which is next to Urban Outfitters, has a woody spice, almost as if a guy can pull it off. I love the earthy, spicyness to it, as well as the touches of fruit and jasmine. Further right is the little perfume named "Sophisticated and Sensual" which is exactly its name. I like to wear this one to important events like interviews because to me it smells important. On the right is "Hello" by Harvey Prince. This one smells like Hawaiian leis and lemon. It is a great one for spring and summer!
The difference between perfumes and toilettes may be slim, but they all share a common thread. The thread of emotions. Scents are very personal and nostalgic and as you can see, I wear certain smells for different purposes and remember certain events and times wearing them. What are your favorite perfumes and why? Happy Snow day! xoxoxo
For the first day of Fall, I had the urge to sum up my current "new" faves from the end of summer. I have been loving bronzers, moisturizers and products that have been leaving my hair soft and smooth...take a look below.
Now we move on to makeup! I am in love with the Lancome blush, it is in the shade Plum. I at first did not think it would show up on my skin, but it is beautiful and provides a natural flush. The Arbonne bronzer and olive eye liner are very smooth and pigmented. The Clinique CC cream provides light but overall coverage and the pink under tones cover any dark spots.
I am so in love with the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer. I have it in the shade 01 Light and it is so natural. I can slab a whole bunch on and it just looks like I have been sitting out in the sun, with a resulting tan. i also love highlighters and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector highlighter is up there with me. The shade to me is a champagne glow! I place little dots on my cheek and eye bone and gently tap them into my skin, leaving an awakened glow.
From left to right, Arbonne CC Cream in medium is so natural that it shows some of my freckles but hides what you dot want. The Clinique line smoothing concealer does just that and more. It is very smooth and blend in quickly, and I have it in the shade 04 Medium. I love the limited edition Dazzling eyeshadow by Lancome. I got the shade Brun Cabas and it looks so beautiful and rose-gold on the eyes. The texture is whipped and soft . For my brows, I have been loving the Anastacia Brow powder in Soft Brown. This is a repurchase and it gives a very natural soft look. Last but not least on the far right is the Lancome Mascara called Grandiose. I love the wand firstly, because it is curved to get into every lash. Secondly, my lashes curl so nicely and plump up wit so much volume and my lashes need all the help they can get!
What are your end of summer faves? Happy first day of fall! Before you leave, check out the links to all the products mentioned xoxox.
Summer is here and it is officially beach season. That means, bring out the bronzers and the spfs. A healthy glow and shimmer is very important for the summer months. I have two vacations coming up and I have a few new and some old favorites that I pack with me for sunny beach trips, come take a look.
I love trying out different sunscreens and I am bringing along these two from Trader Joe's. They were a decent price, about $4.00 each and the blue spray bottle is for your body, wear as the orange lotion can be face and body. The Fedora on the left is always an essential for me to keep me cool and shaded, while also adding some style to a bathing suit or an outfit.
These two are new purchases that I have been loving. The journal on the left has been something I wanted for a while now. It is a 5 year journal where you can see what you have written on the same question for five years! The book to the right is what I call an "adult" coloring book. It has awesome things to color and it is both fun and relaxing to do on the beach house deck or lounging around on vacation.
These are just a few essentials on my beach vacation, I may do a clothes and bathing suit post as well! I hope everyone had a great fourth of July and are ready for some more fun summer nights! Happy Sunday! xoxox
My love of makeup is constant but what I love to put on my face (body and hair too) changes more often than my favorite song. Below are some products that tickle my fancy and add a glimmer to my eye (currently) because they are doing wonderful things to my outward appearance!
Simple Micellar cleansing water is wonderful. The U.K. knows their stuff when it comes to cleansing waters and now the U.S has caught on! This product cleanses and refreshes while also removes all your makeup. I love the fresh soy face cleanser (in the middle)because it smells like a spa (cucumbers and lavender) and feels so cool and refreshing on your face. I will definitely buy a full size when I finish this one. The Caudalie face mist is a breath of fresh air. It smells like a fresh garden and feels like misty rain.
I went on a spendy shopping spree recently and I got to explore the wonderful world of SoHo New York City. I have never been to SoHo before and I was happily surprised of the diversity, fashion and "realness" of the city. The brownstones were so Carrie Bradshaw and the shopping was every inch of the 22 block SoHo neighborhood. I was shocked to see so many stores from the U.K. and Australia and France, SoHo had it all! Browse below to see...
Lesportsac makeup bags. The bag on the right is ginormous and has sights of SoHo all over it. The bag on the left has several compartments and zippers to pack all your beauty items. The boutique store had a sale at the time and the staff were so helpful and kind! I learned that the store has new patterns every month!
As you can see, I was feeling spendy and got some great items! What is your favorite SoHo store? Happy Sunday xoxo
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As stated above in my "Ode to Birchbox", I receive a little beauty box once a month, called, you guessed it, Birchbox! This company sends new and unique brands/products from makeup, to skin care, to fashion, to food and more! There are usually five items per box, one being full sized. I always get excited to see what comes each month! You can follow Birchbox on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and click here to get to their website! Will you be joining in on the fun for ten dollars a month? Happy Sunday! xoxox
I have been doing a lot of shopping recently, mostly gift shopping and I have picked up a few beauty items for myself along the way. I am liking what I am seeing out there! Today's post is all about buying something beauty related to someone on your gift list. Here are a few ideas/suggestions that will make any beauty lover smile!
Skincare 1. OLEHENRIKSEN makes some great products, the wipes and the foam face wash are really awakening and smell like oranges and refreshing. It is for all skin types and aims to brighten dull winter skin. 2. GLAM GLOW has to be my favorite face mask. I currently use the pore refining one with clay but this one gets a lot of hype too. The blue glam glow tin, pictured above focuses on moisturizing, which is another great winter staple. 3. The boscia makeup remover is amazing. It smells like roses and is so gentle on the face and eyes. This is a great addition to any makeup gift.
This is for those Urban Decay lovers out there who want a little sparkle this holiday season. I know there are plenty of amazing UD products, but I just wanted to mention these two because they are not talked about as much as the Naked palettes, eyeliners and the new "On the Run" palette. On the right is a BB cream than can be used as a primer or a base. It minimizes pores, goes on smoothly and also has great glow and coverage. The gorgeous item to the left is an illuminator for brow bones, cheek bones, or heck, your whole body! I love this illuminator. The texture is very buttery and smooth!
These are some lower priced options (for eye makeup lovers) Did you know that there is a mascara specifically for your bottom lashes? Clinique makes one at a reasonable price! If you do not want to spend money on a full size mascara, buy smaller sample sizes like the Benefit they're real mascara, and then the giftee can purchase the full sized mascara if she likes it! Scandaleyes by Rimmel are great gifts because not only are they affordable, they can be used as eye shadow and eyeliner and they can be natural or smoky depending on the effect you want to make!
These are just a few beauty gift ideas for the coming holiday season...I really could go on and on. I hope you found this useful and pick up one of these items for someone special! Happy Sunday xoxox
"We're different because of our values.Our values have always been at the heart of our business. In fact, they’re at the heart of everything we do."(The Body Shop)
The Body Shop is up there with one of my favorite places to shop! Not only is their selection amazing, they are mostly organic, and they contribute to charities. Here are five reasons why you should shop at The Body Shop (according to moi):
1. They are against animal testing
2. They believe in fair trade and use all natural ingredients from farmers around the world such as Shea from Ghana and Honey from Ethiopia.
3. The quality of their products are on point, with the smells, textures and outcomes.
4. They specialize in skin care, makeup, body, and perfumes (scents).
5. The Body Shop helps you look good, as well as the planet!
Below are some products that I enjoy from The Body Shop!
These two items are part of my skincare ritual. To the left is my makeup remover, I use this when I don't use my Clarins eye-makep remover. This product smells like flowers and takes off my makeup without any struggle. However, do not use with waterproof makeup, your makeup will not come off with this! To the right is my morning serum! It is packed with vitamin C to brighten and boost your skin in the morning, and it smells like oranges!
OMG, their body line is incredible! The body butter at the top is Cocoa Butter and it smells like chocolate. The quality is so rich and smooth and leaves my skin shiny and moisturized. I am currently using the mango shower gel (center) and it smells like the name. I use a scrub once a week, and I am currently using the mango sugar scrub and it is very gentle but makes my rough skin smooth as butter. I have yet to use the Cocoa butter exfoliater but I will let you know how that rolls.
Choose the Body shop, discover a world of amazing ingredients...
Happy Sunday! xoxox
A teacher who loves to be creative inside and outside the classroom.