Meet Leslie! She’s been in the beauty industry for 11 years and is the skincare expert at our local Sephora. She’s a self-described nerd who loves learning about new cosmetic ingredients and how they work. She uses the knowledge from her painting degree in the store every day. She makes jewelry and does metalworking in her free time. She’s going to share her beauty scoop with us!
Tiramisu For Breakfast: What’s your favorite beauty brand?
Leslie: Right now it’s Bite Beauty! The perfect marriage of hippie principles, luxury finish, and trendy colors.
TfB: What product have you been using the longest – your tried and true?
L: Cover Fx Total Cover Cream Foundation. I use it as concealer for spots and it lasts forever. Just the right combo of coverage without heaviness.
TfB: Who’s your beauty inspiration?
L: Isabella Rossellini. She always seems to be down to earth but effortlessly chic also.
TfB: Skincare routine?
L: I just started doing the Korean skincare routine, which feels like doing a facial every night. The key components are double cleansing, toning, serum mixing, and using very mild exfoliators. It sounds complicated, but it’s really not bad…and my skin looks great! My new favorite thing is the Boscia Tsubaki Exfoliating Powder.
TfB: What are your travel essentials?
L: I try to pack light, and always get minis in my favorite products. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is great as a face, eye, and body cream. I love bringing a Stila eyeshadow palette (I have a couple, ha) and their double ended brushes. Scented body lotion or a fragrance solid is easier to travel with than regular fragrances. I’m loving the new Elizabeth and James Nirvana solid perfumes, they’re in the prettiest compacts.
Thanks so much, Leslie!
PS: Leslie just had a birthday. Show her some love in the comments!
This post from Young house Love (miss them), has also always stuck with me. I was so impressed at their frugality and discipline. I also love Kristen from Minima. She teaches her clients to carefully choose the things they bring into their lives. For me, it’s an interesting balance. I’m a huge believer in taking care of yourself, treating yourself, and having fun with your life in general. That’s actually where the name of my blog comes from. Tiramisu for breakfast? Why not? I love buying things and sharing about them, but I also want to be aware. It’s easy to get sucked in, reading blogs, seeing things on Instagram and watching hauls on YouTube. I don’t want to spend my thoughts and time on things I want to buy, and I don’t want to feel guilted into into buying things I don’t want at the mall because I’m easily convinced by sales people.
This January, one of the Youtubers I follow, LisaLisaD1, did a no-buy month. I watch her videos because I love living seeing all the clothing and beauty goodies she picks up each week. She teamed up with her friend and they both challenged themselves to refrain from shopping at all for one month. I followed along as she shared and decided I’d try a no-buy month out for myself. I went for February, the shortest month (sneaky sneaky). I thought It’d keep track of all my temptations and what I did to keep myself on track. I told a couple of friends I was doing it, but I’ve been waiting until now to post in case I caved and went on a shopping spree. Spoiler alert: I didn’t. Here’s how it went:
2/1: I noticed the new grey super-soft sweat shirts that my Barre studio got in. I was just about to tell the instructor to charge my account when I realized nope, today began my no-buy month.
2/6 On the way to our ski trip in Wintergreen, VA, we stop at the mall. I needed to pick up my work computer from the Allie store and get the security tag removed from a bra I purchased from LuLulemon that was left on by mistake. The salesperson invited me to check out all the pink and red stuff they were featuring for Valentine’s Day and I glanced longingly but bolted out of the store to avoid temptation. I didn’t like the new IT cosmetics mascara I got in the mail from ULTA so I did exchange that for the Too Faced one I know I like. The difference was $0.22. Maybe this was cheating? My boyfriend said it was not.
2/8: I order a subscription to Real Simple from Amazon and feel guilty. Is this cheating!? Still not sure… I notice Nordstrom now has two new colors in these comfy lounge pants that I LOVE. You guys, these pants are SO soft and wonderful. These are definitely going on the list. (I kept a mental list of all the things I thought about buying but didn’t, so I could decide at the end of the month if I really wanted them.
2/10: I stop by Elements on my lunch break to pick up samples and am tempted to buy the full size Erno Laszlo toner. I’m really loving the oil, cleansing bar, toner, moisturizer system and am worried everything will get out of sync if I run out and have to skip the toner step. I decide I’ll cross that bridge when we come to it and walk out with just some samples.
2/11: Sephora emails to say they’ve picked up the Armani line. I peek, of course, but don’t add anything to my basket. I noticed the Kenneth Cole mules I want from Macy’s are on sale. This was hard to resist. What if they sell out?! Then, I see this coat on Js Everyday Fashion. Stunning. How is this only $72? If I had not been on a no-buy, I would totally have gotten it.
2/17: I went on the Sephora website to order a gift, and then thought I’d check-in on my Nordstrom shopping cart. The pants I wanted are sold out. 🙁 Such a bummer
2/19. A coworker got a Sephora delivery at the office and I freaked out and made her tell me what she got. So many withdrawals. The vitamin C serum I wanted to try is sold out. This is the worst.
It’s so funny looking back on the notes I took throughout the month. Obviously, some days were easier than others. I feel so lucky to receive things from companies to blog about (like the Erno Laszlo products in this post), so that definitely made not shopping a lot easier. One cool thing I noticed is that I rediscovered old products that I’d forgotten about and tired new things that didn’t cost anything extra, like this female version of a “man bun,” that I saw in an ad for Tresemmé.
3/1 No buy is finally over I made it! Throughout the month, I planned on heading to the mall as soon as the 1st came, and splurging on all the stuff I’d deprived myself of throughout the month. It was Sunday, so I started the day with a barre class and then went to Marshall’s for the first time since February. I was used to stop in there every time it was on the way workout classes in the West End but I hadn’t been there in a month The magic wasn’t there. I even passed up this Kate Spade bag.
I came home and did end up treating myself to a few things from Elements, all of which I feel good about (of course they always throw in extras for me, which makes it even more worth it). The pants I wanted at Nordstrom also came back in stock, so I ordered those. Overall. A no-buy month was a pretty cool experience.
Demalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant | Ole Henriksen Invogerating Night Treatment | Clinique Smart Serum | Sunday Riley Good Genes | The Somme Institute Transport Pads | REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask | Philosophy The Microdelivery Purifying Peel | REN AHA Concentrate | Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel Exfoliant | Denis Gross Alpha Beta Peel
I was just introduced to Erno Laszlo skincare and it’s quickly becoming a favorite. Erno Laszlo was a famous eccentric dermatologist from Hungary that came to America and opened an institute in 1939. His mantra is “Beautiful skin takes commitment, not a miracle.” (You’ll see that later on when we get to the famous splashing technique). Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were all clients of his. I’m a sucker for luxurious products, so of course I was excited. Jeanie and Sherry gave me a bunch of good stuff to try, including sample of the Hydra Therapy Sleep Mask, which I mentioned here. I love masks you can sleep in, so I was especially excited to try this. I loved it so much I ended up purchasing the full size.
I talked to Julie, a representative from the brand to learn more about the line and get recommendations according to my skin type. At the risk of boring you with too many specifics, my skin is pretty sensitive and acne prone. If I use the right products, everything can be fine. BUT, one wrong mask and I’ll be recovering from a breakout for weeks. I’m always wary of over-drying and make it a point to use lots of moisturizing products (think oils, masks, that REN emollient cream that I love). I told Julie I had dry but acne-prone skin. We talked about it more, and decided on a program for combination skin, and she sent me these products to try. It felt like Christmas. Shout out to @shopanomie on Instagram for the photo inspiration)
How cute are those tiny bottles? When Jeanie and Sherry originally gave me the pre-cleansing oil and mini treatment to try, I didn’t read the instructions and was apparently using them incorrectly. Julie explained that you’re supposed to rub the wet treatment bar over the pre-cleansing oil on your face, and the two mix together to make a creamy emulsion. Much better results. I also got to try these eye creams. They’re all great, but I think I like the Firmarine best. The first one I tried, TranspHuse, is an age fighting, moisturizing eye cream. The Luminous is a detoxifiying, cooling gel. The Firmarine forumla hydrates for smoother, firmer under eyes. Spirulina Maxima encourages collagen production & boosts firmness. Sodium Hyaluronate & Glycosaminoglycans hydrate, increase elasticity & smooth the skin. Aloe Extract calms, soothes & moisturizes. They’re all a clear, gel formula that doesn’t irritate my eyes at all.
Here’s the cleansing ritual I tried:
Before I use the Erno products, I take my makeup off using Bioderma cleansing water. Then, I follow with these four steps:
One: Phelityl Pre Cleansing Oil: For dry and combination skin types that want to remove impurities before they wash their face, it’s rich in 12 essential oils full of fatty acids to nourish and protect the skin. I’ve used cleansing oils in the past, (I use the ones from Shiseido because they’re extra soft). This smells wonderful and feels awesome on the skin. I take my time rubbing it in before I add the soap because it feels so great.
Two: Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar: Enriched with 26 essential minerals, this magic bar is supposed to detoxify, cleanse and hydrate. Here’s how to use it: Fill the sink with hot water, dip the bar, and gently rub the bar over the Face (the oil is still on the skin at this point). Repeat to create a rich lather and massage the face. Then comes the famous splashing technique. Splash 20 times in the accumulated water, then splash another 10 times with clean water. This is apparently the magic trick. I’ve seen bloggers/vloggers talk about gathering product from the bar with a wet Clarisonic brush and using that, but I haven’t tried that yet. The first time I tried this, I washed the oil off before using the soap, which was more trying. The two together is a perfect formula.
Three: Light Controlling Lotion: This is called a lotion but it’s what most of us would refer to as a toner. It controls surface oil while minimizing the appearance of pores. This is the product I was most hesitant about. I stay away from toners because I associate them with alcohol and drying out the skin. I was pleasantly surprised at this one. Clove Oil eliminates bacteria & serves as an antiseptic, while glycerin naturally binds moisture to the skin. The result is clean, refreshed skin and tightened pores. Sweeping it over the skin with a cotton pad (I use the ones from Shiseido because they’re super soft) gently exfoliates and it makes my face feel super clean.
These three products come in this set, which I’ll be purchasing once my samples run out/when my no buy February is over.
Four: Oil Control Day Lotion with SPF 15: It seems like a basic moisturizer with an SPF of 15, but I love the way the whole system works together. It’s described as a moisturizer for oily skin that needs moisturizing, but also needs oil control. Glycerin plus antioxidant Vitamins A, C & E hydrate, repair and renew the skin. Avobenzone (3%) & Octinoxate (7.5%) protect from UVA/UVB rays.
Don’t forget to use the code TIRAMISU to get 10% off these and any other products you like at Elementsbeautyshop.com or in their Carytown boutique.
*This post is a sponsored collaboration with Elements Beauty Shop. All opinions are my own.
My favorite things to relax with.
The most amazing vanilla tea (This links to Amazon but it’s cheaper at your local grocery store. I got mine at Martin’s) | A Candle that smells like Abercrombie (in a good way?) | A hydrating lavender mask | The sweetest little teacup. The softest, most wonderful lounging pants (I can’t wait to get another pair in black).
1. Mason Pearson Styling Comb from Elements Beauty Shop: I bought these for my dad and my boyfriend this past Christmas and they both really like them. My dad had always used type of plastic combs that are free in hotels, so he was excited to have one that’s made by hand. The plastic comes to the factory in Switzerland from Italy in a sheet, where it is die-cut into the general shapes of the comb styles. From that point, until the comb is finished, everything is done by hand. Each tooth is cut, one at a time, on a special saw. The comb is then tumbled in a polishing drum to smooth the surface.
2. The Red Lindsay Lambswool Scarf from Ledbury: Everything from this store is so luxurious and has me wishing they made clothes for women too. They’re kicking off a big warehouse sale this Thursday with a Mardi Gras-themed party in their downtown Richmond showroom. Sweaters, blazers, accessories and discontinued shirt styles will be up to 75% off through Monday the the 16th.
3. Statesman Socks from BoldFoot: Frustrated by design under a concept called “planned obsolescence,”(the amount of time a brand wants its products to last before they fall apart and you’re forced to replace them) and the fact that just 3% of apparel sold in the U.S. is made in the U.S., my former coworker, Brad, launched Boldfoot just last year. Boldfoot aims to prove that “American-made” stands for something, and is starting with awesome socks. They’re 100% American-made from cotton grown right here in the states.
4. The McDaniel Chambray: Another classy pick from Ledbury.
5. Caswell-Massey Shaving Brush: My boyfriend really wanted one of these for Christmas. I didn’t realize that Elements carried them until after I’d already bought him one from The Art of Shaving in Short Pump Mall. I wish I’d seen these though. A much cheaper price-point ($35 vs. $85) and it’s a local business.
6. Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather: I bought this to go with the brush. He says he only needs to use a little bit of the product and it’s his favorite thing from the Jack Black line.
8. Candy Valley Cake Pops: How awesome are these?! I first tried these when they made these adorable custom geckos for our client’s book launch and I’ve since had them at company parties, bridal showers, and football parties. If you’re guy has a sweet tooth, these are perfect. AND, they’re taking orders up until the 13th!
Get 10% off any purchase from Elements Beauty Shop with the Code TIRAMISU.
The lovely Tiffany Williams of Chloe+Isabel knows supporting the local arts community in Richmond is important to me, so she offered to collaborate on a fundraiser for Richmond CenterStage.
Chloe+Isabel is a jewelry company based out of NYC where everything is designed in house. Everything is hypoallergenic, nickel- and lead-free, and has a lifetime guarantee.
Richmond CenterStage is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to provide diverse local and world-class performing arts, transformative arts education experiences for students of all ages, and inspirational venues—all to strengthen the cultural and economic vitality of Greater Richmond. I’m the current chair of the Richmond CenterStage Associates board, where we support the foundation by spreading awareness and raising funds. Here’s a few of us from the group at one of our fundraising events.
One of my favorite parts of being involved with this organization is participating in Lights Up. Lights up is a free weekend of youth and the arts at the Genworth BrightLights Education Center with 30 workshops, master classes, lecture-demonstrations and live performances featuring the Resident Companies of Richmond CenterStage. Children get to play in an “instrument petting zoo,” with cellos, violins, trombones, and other instruments that might not get to experience if it weren’t for this organization.
Now that I’ve convinced you of the worthy cause, here’s how the fundraiser works: I picked out ten items from the Chloe+Isabel collection. ALL of the profits from these ten items will be donated to Richmond CenterStage. Click here to see/shop these items! Thank you, Tiffany, for being so generous and I’m excited to see which jewels you all choose!
This is the second post of a collaborative series of posts with Elements Beauty Shop about skincare. (Check out the first one here.) Because it’s been super cold here in Richmond for the past week or so, we decided we’d share some winter skin savers.
My skin tends to be on the dry side, so I like to use hydrating masks year round. I’ve started to incorporate some extra moisturizing products into my routine for winter. I like to keep most of my routine the same (cleanser, moisturizer) so I like to pack in the extra moisture in the form of oils and balms. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. REN Vita Mineral Emolient Rescue Cream: I love using this on any spots of dryness (like the corners of my mouth). I’ll put it on before I go to bed, and even dab it on over my makeup throughout the day if I need to.
2. CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm: Sherry and Jeanie had nothing but good things to say about this stuff. The consistency reminds me of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour cream: that thick, vaseline texture that’s good for super, super dry spots.
3. REN Rose O12 Moisture Defense Oil: This smells amazing, obviously, but it seriously does the job too. I mentioned it first in my Best of Ren post, where it’s described as a “blanket for your skin.” I like to put this under my moisturizer before bed.
4. REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil: Leslie, the Ren rep mentioned here, was kind enough to send me a bottle of this to try and it’s great! It’s not quite as thick as the rose oil, so I can use this one during the day too. Omega 3 from Vegetal Plankton and Gold from Pleasure Oils are supposed to promote natural cell renewal and optimum moisture levels to restore firmness and elasticity.
5. Erno Laszlo Hydra Therapy Memory Sleep Mask: I can’t even believe how soft my skin is when I wake up after using this. It has the coolest texture. Apparently it’s “based on memory foam developed for the NASA space program, the weightless gel texture bounces back, cushioning the skin to restore youthful elasticity overnight.” How crazy is that – NASA?! I bought this last month and it’s my favorite new product.
If you have issues with dry lips, Jeanie and Sherry recommended the Pure Marula lip balms. It has micro-encapsulated marula oil, beeswax and mango butter for barrier protection and Kokum oil for skin rejuvenation. I can’t wait to try it.
Use the code “Tiramisu” at ElementsBeautyShop.com for 10% off your purchase!
I’m also super excited to tell you about the Elements Beauty Shop Pin To Win contest! All you have to do is create a beauty wish list on Pinterest (here’s my board), and you could win a gift card! ! Check out the details in the image below and click through to enter on Facebook.
*This post is a sponsored collaboration with Elements Beauty Shop. All opinions are my own.
PS: Elements also teamed up with a few more bloggers, so be sure to look out for their posts (I’ll be sure to share them on my Facebook page).
Express has some really great wear-t0-work staples. I talked about the portofino shirt here, and now their Barcelona Cami has caught my eye. I was shopping with my friend Emily, who was looking for things to wear for her job as a statistician (Models, SomersD, Basel? What?!), and she picked up a couple of these. The shape reminds me of the silk camis at J. Crew (I talk about those here) but these seem a lot sturdier and I love that they’re reversible.
It smells like Christmas!
My boyfriend sweetly surprised me with this as a stocking stuffer after I raved about a sample I’d gotten. I love love love the way it smells.
PS: Tiramisu For Breakfast followers can get 10% off on this and tons of other great stuff with the code TIRAMISU at ElementsBeautyShop.com
I borrowed a fancy fur from my friend to wear to a fancy event (seen here) last year and loved it. Then, one of my favorite YouTubers, LisaLisaD1, mentioned this one from Forever21 and this one from ASOS in one of her videos.
I went for the one from Forever21. I wasn’t sure about it at $67 but I got it half price on Cyber Monday and it’s awesome. I wore it to dinner with my boyfriend’s aunt, and got lots of compliments when I wore it to the mall the next day.
I’m wearing it with this blouse from LOFT (one of my favorites), and a pair of black J Brand jeans I found at Marshalls.
Forever21 actually has a bunch of really cute coats like this. I like this one:
I was hesitant at first, but I think these are all really fun. If you’re dressing up for new years, it would be fun to wear one with a dress, but I also really liked it with just jeans and a blouse.
What’re you wearing for New Year’s?
If you’ve been following my posts, it’s no surprise when I say that REN is one of my FAVORITE brands. Ever since my cousin bought me their body cream and bath oil one year for Christmas, I’ve loved discovering new products from the brand. A lovely local boutique/online store, Elements Beauty Shop, noticed my love of REN and suggested we partner up to spread the word about great skincare products. I was blown away when
I saw all the brands they pack into their adorable Carytown shop. I’ve loved discovering new (to me) lines like Erno Lazlo, The Organic Pharmacy and Somme Institute.
This is the first of a collaborative series of posts about skincare. There are a bunch of great products I can’t wait to talk to you about. When I asked on Facebook, you all shared some of your skincare concerns. Make sure to let me know what you’d like to see so I can include it. I’m excited to learn along with you as I talk to the experts at Elements and share tips with you! Because I’ve already tried out and fell in love with so many things from REN, I figured it would be the best place to start. I talked to a representative from REN Skincare, Leslie, to make sure I had all the facts about the products included in this post, and I’m excited to share them with you.
These are my favorite products so far from REN. Let me know your favorites or the ones you’re excited to try in the comments! 1. REN Rosa Centifolia™ No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm: This was one of the very first REN products I ever tried and it’s wonderful. (I mentioned it first here back in January, and again here when I shared my favorite rose-scented products.) Apply this to dry skin, and then use wet fingertips to rub it in as the texture changes from a (I use baby washcloths because they’re extra soft)
2. REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser: After I liked the balm so much, I decided to give the hot cloth cleanser a try. This one smells just as good and I like to alternate between the two.
3. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil: My favorite thing to do with this is pour a little in a tiny bowl, add hot water, and soak my hands as part of a mini-manicure.
4.REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial: OK, does this not sound amazing? The marketers were super-smart about the naming of this product, because who doesn’t want an at-home facial? And it only takes a minute? Here’s how it works: Vitamin C from Ascorbic Acid stimulates collagen synthesis, evens out skin tone and provides instant radiance to the skin. Boswellic Acid from Boswellia Serrata Bark relaxes micro-contractions of facial tissue to smooth lines. Glycogen Magnesium from Marine Glucose Mineral boosts skin energy and radiance. Fancy, right?!
5. REN Rose O¹² Moisture Defence Oil: Fab, fab, fab. I got this last winter because my skin was feeling super dry. I use it at night and in the morning underneath my moisturizer. Even though it’s already gotten chilly in Virginia, my skin hasn’t gotten the memo and started being dry like crazy. But when it does, I’ll be pulling this out.Leslie called this “a blanket for your skin.”
6. REN Radiance Gift Set: I bought this set when I started hearing tons of buzz about the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. This whole set is the same price as just the mask, so I went for it and got the extra goodies at no extra cost. Leslie shared some very cool things about these products with me. The entire radiance line is for improving uneven skin tone (think acne scarring or sun spots) and dullness. She recommends this set to use the night before a big event as a “Red carpet facial.” Start with the micro polish cleanser, then apply the AHA concentrate for even deeper exfoliation. Then, apply the Glycolactic mask and leave it on for 30 minutes. Remove it with a wet cloth, and then use the vitamin C serum. Last, use your favorite moisturizer.
After chatting withLeslie about her favorite products, the Rosa Centifolia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and the Vita Mineral Emollient Rescue Cream are next on my list of things to try. A lot of you have talked about looking for products that combat dry, winter skin. Replacing your moisturizer with the Vita Mineral Emollient Rescue Cream is supposed to do the trick! (Update: I picked up the Emolient Rescue Cream and I LOVE it.)
A little bit more about REN:
Antony Buck and Robert Calcraft of the UK started REN Skincare. Buck’s wife was pregnant at the time, and was struggling with reactions to all of her beauty products. They founded the brand based on these three principals:
Performance: REN gives you groundbreaking product formulation, the latest hi-tech actives, rigorous product testing and clinically proven results.
Purity: REN uses only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and is free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients *.
Pleasure: We believe that the texture, fragrance and experience of using REN can make the world a slightly nicer place to be and make us feel slightly nicer being here.
Elements is having a special skincare event next Wednesday, December 17th. Eva DeVirgilis, an amazing actress and make up artist, is sharing skincare tips and giving makeovers. Check out her TedxRVA speech.
I love what she has to say about beauty: “I think every woman who sits in my chair is beautiful, with or without makeup; she just has no idea…Makeup is my therapy puppet to help a woman open up about how she’s feeling…Almost every time, it works. I see a woman leap up out of my chair and actually smile at herself. Even if it’s temporary, there is a very real transformation that happens in this chair.”
If you’re in Richmond, I’d love to see you there! Everyone’s invited, and all the details are in the Facebook event here. Tiramisu For Breakfast followers will get 10% off their purchase at the event. If you’re not in Richmond or can’t make it on Wednesday, use the code ‘TIRAMISU’ to get 10% off your first order at ElementsBeautyShop.com. They’re also doing free shipping for the holidays!
*This post is a sponsored collaboration with Elements Beauty Shop. All opinions are my own. Thanks so much to Leslie from REN for sharing awesome tips!
Here are a few fun things I spotted this Black Friday.
I’ve been wanting one of these little fur infinity scarves. I picked this one up at American Eagle after trying on a couple of pairs of ripped jeans and finally deciding I’m too old for them.
The LOFT I went to on Friday didn’t have a lot in stock, but I saw these things online.
I also loved this coat, but I already have four white coats and needed to draw a line.
Everlane was doing a Black Friday donation promotion, and since my friend Corey mentioned she loves the, I decided to try the V neck and U neck versions (in white, obviously). I splurged on this Vince tee last month, but it already got a hole in it so I’m returning it and back to trying out other brands.
I usually wear Stila beso when I want a red lip, but it’s super drying. I’m going to try out this NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella, a scarlet (blue-toned) red.
This little Tocca set was one of Sephora’s limited edition gifts for the holidays, so I ordered a couple to give away.
I bought some backups of this candle last year, so I didn’t pick up any new ones yesterday but I wanted to mention that this is my favorite Christmas candle. The Bath and Body Works candles are my favorite (Mahogany Teakwood, specifically), and I love the Fresh Balsam for the holidays. I’ve already been burning a few from my stash for the past few weeks.
Always get these candles when they’re 2 for $22 and use a $10 off $30 coupon OR the 20% off. (unless they’re on an even better sale). I also put up my Christmas tree, and my kitty was pretty curious about it (the top part turned on a little while later).
Here’s what I like to wear when I’m working out.
1. Super Fun Yoga Pants: Definitely the most fun thing in my workout wardrobe AND these feel so cool! I always get compliments when I wear these.
2. Reusable Shopping Tote: How cute is this?! I use this to carry my clothes in my car when I don’t have time to go home and change in between work and class.
3. Nike Favorite Sports Bra: This is my favorite sports bra. I have it in black and in pink.
Here are a few of my other favorites:
I got this jacket in my never ending quest to dress like Olivia Pope. I also love the pants in this picture. They’re from the Gap outlet and they have a double seam on the inner thigh that’s super flattering. I don’t think you can shop the outlet online, but these seem similar.
The lovely, lovely Amy gifted me these Super Fun Yoga Pants by Teeki. They’re made from recycled plastic bottles! She stopped by the office let me try on a bunch of different styles. (My friend Megan’s review of them is spot on)
Here they are in action. My barre teacher was wearing the same ones!
And here they are in serious action.
My friend Liz raves about the wonder unders from Lululemon. I still haven’t tried those but I always wander into the store to see what new things they have. I finally caved when I saw this Free To Be Wild sports bra.
Update: It’s now out of stock (boo), but I got the Free to Be bra in white and I love that one too.
I also found this tank and the neckline reminded me of this dress, so I picked it up too.
My favorite places to work out are Richmond Barre, Hot house Yoga and Gymquest Gymnastics (they have an adult tumbling class on Sundays at noon that I go to with my friends). I pretty much wear the same thing no matter which I’m going to, but the sweat wicking clothes are definitely my favorite for yoga. But, sometimes workout wear ends up just being lounge wear. Here are a few of my favorite things for hanging around the house or running errands.
Update: How could I forget to mention Marshalls/TJ Maxx. These are some of the BEST places to get workout gear. I can’t really link to anything from there because you never know which stores have what and when, but I love stopping in here for deals. I have picked up a few of these Nike “Favorites” tanks there and and my latest find was a pair of stirrup leggings that I LOVE for barre class (similar here and here).
I’ve been loving all the new faux leather stuff coming out this fall. I saw this cute faux leather sleeve blazer from Forever21.
And here’s LOFT’s version:
I picked up a similar pair in vegan leather from Blank NYC last year. I think these are the ones, but if you search “Blank spray on vegan,” there are several similar pairs.
‘Tis the season! Here are a few of my favorite beauty gifts.
1. Peter Thomas Roth Skintastic Mask Magic: I have the rose gel mask that I love to layer over my moisturizer and sleep in when my skin feels dry and a mini cucumber mask that I use when my skin is red and irritated. I haven’t tried the pumpkin mask but I’m a big fan of using enzyme masks to exfoliate verses scrubs. This also comes in a mini version for $20. Stocking stuffer? I also love this rose set!
2. Deborah Lippmann Dance Music: I bought one of these little sets from my friend Liz last year for Christmas, and another one for myself. The polishes are mini-sized and the little pouch is so cute.
3. Fresh The Mask Bar: I have the black tea mask and have always wanted to try the rose. Such a nice little set.
4. Chanel Le Naturel Travel Set: This has the Les Beiges power that I love, and I just thought it would make a really nice gift with the little bag and gloss.
5. YSL Love and Laquer Reds set: This is perfect for someone who loves wearing a bold, red lip.
6. Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath: I’ve always wanted to try this. I love the smell of the pistachio bath products from her too.
7. REN Refresh Your Radiance Set: The glycolic lactic mask is really nice and this holiday set is the same price so you’re essentially getting the other mini products for free. (I talk about it in more detail here).
8. Sephora scent samplers: This is my favorite gift to give. There are several options for men and women (see here). Basically, the box is filled with either tiny bottles or tiny samples of several perfumes. Then, you also get a voucher to redeem for a full size of any of the fragrances in the box. This way, whoever you give the gift to gets to pick their own favorite. Depending on the one you choose, this set also sometimes works out to be cheaper than if you bought just the specific. For example, this set is $60, and contains the super popular Chloe fragrance. The 1oz Chloe bottle is $75, so the kit would be saving you $15.
9. Philosophy I think You Are Wonderful Set. I saw this when I was browsing at Norstrom and think it’s the sweetest. The scent is amazing and it’s such a nice little message.
I also love this.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights: I have the full size in pearl and love the idea of this mini set.
I just picked up this leather pencil skirt from the Ann Taylor Flash Sale (still going on!) after bring inspired by the PhotoDannyFoto post here. I met her at the Virginia Bloggers brunch this past weekend. So sweet! Here’s is from Zara but I chose the Ann Taylor one because I’m familiar with their sizing and I’ve never bought anything from Zara before.
I totally still want the clutch that’s pictured with the skirt. (Remember when I mentioned it here). It’s not available online, but I tried the “Find In Store” feature and it looks like a couple of stores in New York still have it in stock.
Here are a few things I reached for a lot last month:
1. NARS Lip Gloss in turkish Delight: My favorite lip glosses are the BUXOM ones but I’ve saw this on so many blogs that I wanted to try it. It’s a nice, soft pink color. It’s not too thick and doesn’t have much of a scent.
2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in Brown Black: I switched to this from Smashbox’s brow tech trio because I heard this was waterproof. I like that it’s one step and I don’t have to mix powder with wax like I did with the Smashbox, and I think the staying power is a little better.
3. YSL Fusion Ink Foundation: This foundation is a dream. It took a little getting used to and brush switching but I’ve been reaching for this every day. I recommend using a flat foundation brush (I use this one) and gently gliding this on, verses buffing it in. (Which is what I do with the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation – my all-tine favorite). It makes your skin a little matte, but not so much that you look too made up.
4. Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum: I LOVE this. It’s been making my skin so soft and I already know I’ll be picking up another when it runs out. This is the best serum I’ve ever tried.
5. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color SPF 15: I got this in shade 30 (I shade darker than my skin tone) so I could use it to add a little color to my face. I love the packaging and the way it smells.
6. Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream: I got a sample of this with a Sephora order. I’ve been using it all month. It’s super gentle and I love the texture.
I’ve only had this serum for a couple of weeks but I’m loving it so far. I’m still using my Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, but adding this over top and under my moisturizer (still loving this one from Algenist). It’s making my skin super soft and I love it. I have the dark spot treatment from Clinique as well and I like the way this one feels a lot better.
I saw this sweater in Posh to Ganache‘s fall looks with LOFT post and I was sold right away. I went in over the weekend tried on a few things to order online ( I find that the sizes vary a lot at LOFT). I love the stuff they’ve come out with for fall and wanted to share a few of my favorite things since they’re doing a 50% off sale (Click through the photos for the item details).
I knew I subconsciously REALLY wanted to have this sweater when I accidentally sent the link to it to my entire company by mistake.
I got it when it was on special for $25. They didn’t have it in store to try on, so I had to guess on sizing.
I also got it in white. I have this vision of wearing it with the white tulle skirt I ordered on Amazon after seeing on Caroline’s blog to see the Nutcracker this Christmas. The blue one arrived last night and is a little too tight. I plan on going to the store this weekend to exchange so that hopefully it’ll be in stock.
This one also wasn’t in store but looks similar to a few others so I’m hoping it’ll be good in person.
I loved this one! The sleeves appear a little more pink in person than they do in the photo. I tried this one and the one below it on in store and it ran large so I sized down.
I love the way these feel. Check out the reviews – they’re silky, not like a traditional sweatshirt. The only think I didn’t like about these is the length. I plan on wearing then tucked into pencil skirts because they’re a little too long to wear untucked. (I’m 5’4)
My favorite top from LOFT is the collarless utility blouse. They bring it back season after season in different colors. The pale blue one I mention here is probably my favorite top that I own. I did a quick search before I checked out to see if they had any new colors, and was just about to order a black one when I realized I already had it.
What are your favorites?
After forgetting about it for a while, I recently picked up my Clarisonic again and started using it with my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (still loving this stuff). I usually use the muslin cloth it comes with or baby washcloths but wanted to try something more exfoliating. I had the deep pore cleansing brush from Sephora but it was way too rough on my skin. I had remembered using the sensitive brush heads before and decided to try those out again. The Clarisonic brush heads are around $25 at Sephora, but I found them on Amazon for $6.99 for a pack of four. They’re knock-offs, so I was skeptical, but I got them in the mail and they were completely legit. They look and function exactly the same as the Clarisonic, but for waaaay cheaper.
I partnered with my friend, Katie, as one of her Stella & Dot Breast Cancer Awareness Ambassadors and have accepted the challenge to sell 10 of these super cute bracelets “Strength” and “Inspire” in the next 10 days! S&D is donating 100% of proceeds to the Noreen Fraser Foundation!
Nothing quite as awesome as “Looking Good While Doing Good!” Please feel free to shop and share this link and help us find a cure for all women.
Ahhhhh I found the most beautiful coat on Nordstrom’s site today. Very Olivia Pope-esque. I did a quick search on it and found it was on sale at Bloomingdale’s for 20% off. It dosn’t wrap around like the one from the show but I love the way it lays and how boxy it is.
I also came across this wrap coat . Which one do you like better?
I loved the coat when I saw it on the show. I was excited for The Limited’s Scandal collection, but I was disappointed with their take on it (seen here).
There’s always a lot of chatter around Scandal fashion. Vogue did a piece about all of Olivia’s coats here. According to Glamazon’s Blog, Kerry Washington is wearing a sold-out Salvator Ferragamo Cream Pearl Cashmere and Wool Blend coat, but I think these look-a-likes are pretty fabulous.
Sephora had an awesome #YSL 500 point perk a few weeks ago and I snagged an extra to give away to Tiramisu For Breakfast followers! To be entered, like the Tiramisu For Breakfast Facebook page and click through the image below with a post topic you’d like to see on the blog. Winner will be chosen 10/15. Good luck!
I came across these leopard and plaid looks on Pinterest and I LOVE them! This Clare Vivier clutch has been on my wish list, and I was thinking abut getting this flannel from LL Bean to pair with these kitten heels I just got from Talbots. I also love this pencil skirt from J. Crew Factory, though I wish it was on a better sale. I love my faux leather jacket from Forever21 (seen here) and I think I could recreate a couple of these looks with a scarf like this one.
I’m loving this lip liner sample from Make Up For Ever. I did a quick search and it turns out this is a popular shade. I love the little mini products that Sephora gives out for as “100 point perks.” This one’s still in stock and it’s worth grabbing.
I like to top it with my Dior Addict Lipstick in Beige Casual (222) with a little bit of Buxom’s White Russian in the center. It looks like I’m trying to do some kind of pose, but I’m really just covering up a pimple with my hand.
1. bareMinerals flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara: I first tried this when I worked at bareMinerals in college and I’ve loved it ever since. This one is gentle and doesn’t irritate if I’m going to be wearing my makeup for a super long day. It also doesn’t run at all. This is a dry formula, and I think it makes lashes look full and almost fluffy. I like to use it on my bottom lashes because I know it won’t run at all.
2. Dior Diorshow Mascara: This one smells like roses. Is there anything else you need to know? But seriously, this is a luxurious mascara. I think this one is marketed as a volumizing mascara, the formula is similar to the wet lengthening mascaras I’ve tried.
3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: This one gives you HUGE lashes. I picked it up during the 20% sale Sephora has back in March/April, and I’m already on my second tube. This is similar to the bareMinerals one, but the formula is a little more wet and it makes your lashes even bigger. This one is more prone to smearing than the bareMinerals one, so I don’t like to use it on my bottom lashes.
4. Younique 3D Fiber Lashes**: This one isn’t technically a mascara; it’s gel and fibers. This makes your lashes HUGE. I’ve tried it several ways since the lovely Amy gifted it to me to try: by itself, over primer, over primer and mascara. It looks almost just like false lashes. I like it best on just the tips overtop my regular primer and mascara. I like the big lashes look, so I’ve been wearing it every day since I got it. But, I could see saving this one just for special occasions. This one is only available through Younique representatives, so click here if you’d like to purchase.
5. Dior Diorshow Maximixer Lash Primer: Again, not technically a mascara, but this is one of my FAVORITE products. I’ve repurchased it several times and add it underneath my mascara every time.
Here’s a shot of me trying the Too Faced mascara for the first time, and a shot of one of my favorite YouTubers, MakeupbyTiffanyD using the Younique 3D lashes:
And now for the Giveaway! Post your favorite mascara OR what you’re looking for in a mascara in the comments below for the chance to win a free eyeliner from Younique, courtesy of Amy! Enter by 9/20/14.
**The Younique products were gifted to me, and the link used is an affiliate link.
I can’t get enough rose-scented stuff. Here are a few more of my favorites:
Roses de Chloe: Fabulous. Love love love this scent. On my second bottle. I have the regular Chloe scent too and I like this one a lot better.
Dior Diorshow mascara: This is a really wet mascara that’s good for length
REN Moroccan Rose Otton Firming Creme Riche: makes your skin SO soft
Benefit Lollibalm: I’m a huge fan. This leaves the slightest pink tint and doesn’t feel greasy.
I bought this back in January when it first came out. When I posted it on instagram here, a lot of you asked for a review. I’ve had it for a while now, so I’ve been seeing how it works; I love it. I don’t always set my foundation with a powder. I usually just add this step if I know it’s going to be a long day. This doesn’t make my makeup look cakey, even if I reapply. This is easier and less messy than the loose powder version. I use this brush from Target (It’s a dupe for the MUFE one.)
I recently got a kitten, and she’s been joining me in some outfit pics.
LOFT tie blouse and skirt from Marshall’s
Forever21 Sweater and Merona Dress.
1. bareMinerals READY Bronzer in Skinny Dip: I have this in High Dive and Skinny Dip. The lighter one (Skinny Dip,) is better for my skin tone to wear every day, and High Dive is better for special occasions.
2. bareMinerals All Over Face Color in Faux Tan: This is my favorite bronzer of all time. The pigmentation is awesome and it lasts the whole day. I stopped using it everyday because I don’t like the hassle of loose powders when I’m getting ready in the morning. Out of all of these, I’d say this one gives the best affect.
3. NARS Bronzer in Laguna: This one is a cult favorite. It’s similar to bareMinerals Skinny Dip shade and it’s pretty universal. Because this product is so popular, it comes a lot of fun sets like this one and this one.
4. Soleil Tan de Chanel: This is the only cream bronzer I’ve ever tried. You can apply it all over your face underneath your foundation or use it to contour.
5. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light: I just picked this up but I can already tell I love it. I’ve been reaching for this everyday and carrying it with me. The packaging is perfect.
6. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil: This smells like chocolate!! The color is comparable to Laguna and Skinny Dip but it’s scent is a bonus.
I saw this at Nordstrom and loved it, but thought it was a little pricey. Then, when I checked it out online and saw: “Whether zipped or not, you look 10lbs lighter when you are wearing this jacket.” in the product reviews, I knew I had to get it.
I really like Nordstrom’s Zella workout line. I have another sweatshirt (seen here) that I got last year for my birthday.
Ps: Click through to see the full image with a photobomb from my kitty cat? I just got her a few weeks ago :).
1. REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser: I alternate between this and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. I think the Liz Earle does a little bit of a better job but this one smells so good I like to keep it in the mix.
2: SHISEIDO Facial Cotton: I picked these up at the Sephora VIB Rouge sale in March. I use them with Bioderma to remove face/eye makeup before I use my cleanser.
3. Sunday Riley Good Genes: Love love love this stuff. It has lactic acid to exfoliate, and I’ve found that using it morning and night has made my skin a lot less congested.
4. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: This is such a nice cleanser. It’s super gentle and smells very herbal.I kept hearing about it on YouTube but it was hard to find in the states. Now, Birchbox carries it and offers free shipping. I use the muslin cloths it comes with but also heard about using baby washcloths so I picked up some of those too. They’re tinier and softer than regular washcloths so I alternate those in with the muslin so I don’t have to do laundry as much.
5. Bioderma Crealine H2O: Simple and gentle. I like that it has a watery texture vs. the oiliness of most make-up removers. It’s a French drugstore product that’s hard to find here, so I order it on Amazon.
6. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Eye Cream: I used up a jar of this and didn’t repurchase, instead opting to try the Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado eye cream. I didn’t care for it’s sticky/thick consistency so I came back to this, which is light and nice for underneath concealer.
7. Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer: Super light gel texture. I think this is my third jar of this stuff.
Here are a few of my favorite local places to shop for clothes in Richmond.
Wardrobe: I came across this shop in between finishing a workout at Richmond Barre and heading to sweetFrog. It was already closed for the evening, but I could tell just from peeking in the window that I would love it so I made a point to make a trip back out there. I followed them on instagram and lucky for me, caught a post about their 1 year anniversary sale. Everything in the store was 50% off, so I picked up these earrings and this Amanda Uprichard dress. (PS it’s available on 6PM for $66, down from $220. (They only have size large but even if you’re a small or medium the loose style is forgiving and you could make it work).
Nellie George: I love this place and want almost everything in there. It even smells fabulous thanks to a candle they always have burning. There are a lot of designer tops and dresses in the front of the store, along with some cute accessories. The designer jeans, swimwear and kids’ clothes are in the middle, and the sale section is all the way in the back. That’s where I got these two dresses.
Image via Nellie George Facebook Page.
Need Supply Co: This place is super well known both here in Richmond and all over because of their online store. My favorite shirt of all time, a drapey top from Piko, is from here. I was walking by one day and noticed they were having a huge sale, which is where I got this dress. That’s my friend Liz from I Heart Vegetables trying it on as a potential rehearsal dress.
Image via architecturerichmond.com
PS: For Men’s clothes, Ledbury is amazing. They have gorgeous men’s shirts/blazers and accessories.
Image via Garden and Gun.
I picked up Chanel’s Vitalumiere foundation the other day in Nordstrom. I tried Dior’s Diorskin Nude BB Cream, thinking it would be like the Diorsnow BB cream that I love. I wasn’t a fan. The Diorskin version was too watery and didn’t have good coverage, so I’m taking it back. (Did you know you can take back makeup that doesn’t work for you? Should I do a post about that?)
One of Youtubers I follow, Vivianna, swears by this. I heard her talking about this in several videos so it had been on my list of things to try. The girl at the counter was super helpful in shade-matching me. I was matched to shade 20 beige. She explained that the foundation sometimes wears funny and people complain that it turns yellow after a few hours.I haven’t experienced that at all. I love the way this smells and feels. It covers much better than the BB cream but still feels light. You have to shake the bottle before you use it a big to mix up the formula. The way I’d explain the way it feels when you put it on is when you wash your brush and it doesn’t dry all the way before you use it to apply your foundation. It’s watery, but in a good way. Anyway, I highly recommend.
I got several compliments (Thank you!!) on a dress I wore last night that I picked up from a local boutique called Nellie George. I picked this up in the sale section, so I’m not sure they have any more in stock. BUT, I did find it online at Revolve Clothing, and it’s on sale for even less! Heads up, it runs a little small.
Hopefully your summer plans include some traveling. Here a few things I think would be worth packing.
Sephora’s “summerstash:” I love that this comes with a mini NARS laguna bronzer and the Josie Maran Cheek Gelee. I’ve been wanting to try that.
My favorite dry shampoo.
How cool is this bag? It folds out into a flat surface and then you just push everything to the middle and scrunch it up when it’s time to go.
I’ve mentioned this REN cleanser before because I love it. I think this verses a liquid cleanser would come in handy if you’re traveling on a plane.
These are fun if you know you’re going to have some downtime (maybe you’re traveling for business and staying in a hotel alone) and you want to do a mask while you’re away from home.
My friend was wearing these adorable sandals today, and when she said she got them from H&M, it inspired me to check out their site. Here are a few of the cute things I found.
1. Striped crop jacket.
And now for the home stuff…
4. I have no idea what this little bag is for, but isn’t it cute?
6. I’ve seen glasses with this design a lot or places but never a pitcher.
Love these shirts from express. They’re super easy (machine wash and dry) while still looking professional.
I think this one’s my favorite. I like to wear it with this pink mini skirt from The Limited.
PS: Express has sales alllll the time so it’s worth waiting to snag these when they’re BOGO and $15 off.
Just picked this polish set up. My friend bought the “Happy Birthday” shade for me a couple of years ago and “Candy Shop” is similar but with a pink base. Adorable. And… I just read about “Shape of My Heart” being one of the best pink shades. How sure is the little pouch? This would be such a good gift. I might buy an extra to keep on hand.
I saw a white perforated tote that would have been perfect for summer from Kate Spade’s Saturday line, but I didn’t think it was worth $170. Then, I spotted this beauty from Nordstrom’s semi-annual sale and snatched it up.
Here’s the one I originally wanted:
Update: This silly bag is BLUE? Doesn’t it totally look white? I’m sending it back and on the hunt again.
Here are a few things I’ve been reaching for now that the weather’s warm.
1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed: I first talked about this here. I have a lighter version of this product but this rose gold shade looks amazing when with a little bit of a tan. I put this on my cheekbones, cupid’s bow and a just a little on my forehead and chin with a fan brush like this one.
2. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse: I’m so excited to have found this! I love the way a spray tan looks and I like to get them before special occasions but found making the time to get an appointment inconvenient. I bought the little mitt to use with it and I just apply it when I get out of the shower. It’s super easy to use and looks great, but it doesn’t last quite as long as a spray tan from the salon.
3. Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 : Another product I’ve mentioned before; his stuff has been a game-changer. I love that it’s got built in SPF.
4. Roses de Chloe: I loooove this scent.
5. Essie “Wicked”: I saw a girl wearing a dark burgundy polish recently with all white and thought it looked so cool. I love that it’s unexpected.
6. Make Up For Ever HP Pressed Powder: I don’t normally need to set my makeup but I started adding this as a last step in my routine to help my makeup last the whole day.
7. Diorsnow BB Cream: This stuff feels so luxurious, but it only comes in one shade so I can really only wear it if I’ve been using self tanner. Even though it has SPF 50, it doesn’t have that sunblock smell. I add this under my foundation when I know I’m going to be outside a lot. (When I’m at the pool, I use Algenist’s Ultra Lightweight SPF 50 to touch up.)
While I love the scent of roses for skincare, perfume, candles (just about anything,) my favorite flower is actually the peony. My friend Lauren is an amazing artist, and she painted me this beautiful piece:
Look how beautiful!
And I was happily surprised to see that Target had a new version of the Meyer’s hand soap in a peony scent. Lovely!
The skin around my fingernails is always super dry, and I found an awesome hand cream in this one from L’Occitane. I originally tired in a sample size when I got this freebie from Sephora. I picked up the full size (which is GIANT) and a scrub with Shea oil that’s also supposed to be good.
If I had seen it before, I would have gotten this set, which would have saved me a few bucks and scored me a couple of extra products. (Note: the hand cream in the set is 2.5oz vs. the 5.2oz. size I got individually.)
The 30% off for card members deal (The frequent 40% off deals don’t apply to the “Monogram” collection) at Banana Republic ends today and I had a few rewards to spend so I ordered this silk blouse I’d been eyeing.
I love the way the pockets look:
There weren’t any photos with the sleeves rolled down, so I’ll be interested to see what this looks like in person.
UpdateL not a fan :(. Sending it back.
I picked up a few new things from Sephora and Birchbox. It turns out I couldn’t resist the new Peter Thomas Roth mask I mention here. I’ve used this several times so far and I think it’s great. I put it on over my moisturizer and wear it to bed. I had also been wanting to try the Fresh Black Tea Mask for a long time, so I finally picked that up. I’ve used it once and it’s nice. I didn’t see any crazy amazing results but I like the way it feel/smells. I also got the Ren Rosa Hot Cloth Cleanser. I love their cleansing balm so much, I thought I’d try this out. It’s truly lovely – lighter than the balm but with the same gorgeous scent.
I follow Birchbox and noticed they started carrying the Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish. I’d been hearing about this for a long time on YouTube, but it’s not super easy to get your hands on here in the states. People swear by this stuff though, so I was excited to pick some up from the Birchbox Shop. It’s a nice, gentle cleanser but so far I prefer the REN one.
Bobbi Brown eyeshadows are my current favorite. I love their size, how they pop in and out of palettes, and how they wear. Here are a few of my favorite shades:
Left to right: Sable 18, Wheat 30, Cement 20
I keep them organized by the shades I like to wear together. This grey combo is my favorite.
Left to right: Heather 15, Grey 6 (obviously well-loved), Slate 16. I like to wear Grey n my lids with a little bid of Slate and Heather in the crease.
Left to right: Pale Cream, Soft Buff, Golden Bronze, Pink Bellini, Earth, Rich Caviar
I bought this on an impulse for the shimmery shade in the middle (golden bronze) and the dark shade on the end (Rich Caviar,) and those are the shades I’ve been using the most. This palette is beautiful, but I were doing it again I’d just pick up the black and shimmery shades on their own in full sizes and pop them into my palettes. I am tempted by this one though.
PS: I always use NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base underneath.
When I’m taking a break from work wear, here’s what I like to hangout in:
I saw this hoodie on a girl at the mall was surprised when she told me she got it from American Eagle. That store is sometimes overwhelming with it’s neon and crop tops, so I can see how I missed this. I ordered it online and I love it -super soft!
This top is one of my favorites. I think I wore it every week of the winter. I picked up my first one at Need Supply Co. and went online to look for more colors. They had it at boutique called Minx in Asheville NC. They had tons of colors and even a dress version. I picked up a black and another white one for my friend Emily.
I feel like I found the perfect tee in Gap’s Short Sleeve Crew Tee. I love loose fit and the distressed look.
Ann Taylor LOFT recently started carrying a new line called Lou and grey that I LOVE. I picked up this soft moto jacket in sweater material that I wear around the house and to run errands.
I love this sweatshirt. It’s the Zella (Nordstrom’s workout line) “Flattery Cowl Neck.” It’s sold out now but you can try to snag one it eBay.
And as far as bottoms go, J. Crew’s Pixie pant is perfect for weekend wear.
What are your favorites to lounge around in?
Sephora had there biannual sale a few weeks ago so I picked up a few things I’d been wanting to try:
1. Clinique Uneven Skin Tone Solutions Kit. I was talking to one of the salespeople about how to even out my skin tone (acne scarring/fairly pale skin,) and she recommended this. So far, it feels/smells nice and doesn’t make me break out, but I’m not supposed to see result for a few weeks I think.
2. Beautyblender Solid Sponge Cleanser: This was kind of an impulse buy. I just thought having a solid bar sitting on my sink to cleanse my brushes would be a lot easier than liquid soap. I’m a little suspicious about it though so far. It smells/looks like cheap hotel bar soap but we’ll see how it does.
3. WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner: Another impulse buy. I have always heard great things about this stuff and decided to give it a try. I have super long hair and am always looking for a product that makes it feel super clean. I do wish it gave my hair a little more volume.
4. GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydrating Mask: I had been wanting to try this for a long time and I’m so glad got it. I heard about it on YouTube from Jaclyn Hill who raved about it. It was different than I expected and I love the coconut scent. I like to wear it overnight on my forehead and cheeks
5. Better Than Sex Mascara: This is so embarrassing, but kind of hilarious. Too Faced definitely chose this name to get people talking, and I guess it worked. I asked one of the sales people working at Sephora if I should try diorshow mascara and she told me to try this instead. I actually really like it. I always go for volume in a mascara and usually use this one from bareMinerals (which I still love.) But, this sale is such a good excuse to try something new.
6. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner: Because I love the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner for my top lids, I decided to go with this stuff for my waterline. I haven’t tried it yet because I don’t do my waterline for every day – only when I’m getting real “done up.”
7. Tarte Positive Energy Skintuitive Lip & Cheek Set: I honestly just picked this up because it was only ten bucks but I really love it. The lip tint is very similar to the Dior Addict Lip Glow but I like it better because it’s more subtle. It looks like a really sheer pink but turns darker when you put it on. The cheek stain matches perfectly. I’m not in love with the texture; it feels a little greasy. I apply it with a stippling brush and set it with a pink blush like this one or this one. The set is no longer available, but you can buy a full-size of the lip tint here.
8. Shiseido Facial Cotton: I don’t know why I felt like I needed designer cotton pads but I did. Maybe I’m crazy. They do feel soft though.
9. Derma Doctor Wrinkle Revenge Facial Cleanser: I picked this up to try out since I usually just use this balm and wanted to try a cleanser with Glycolic acid to exfoliate once a week. I think it’s OK so far – nothing amazing. The sales person told me this one could also be used as a mask so I’ve tried that too.
10. Murad Oil Control Mattfier SPF 15 PA++: I did a post with more details on this here.
11. Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Eye Palette: I totally didn’t need this. I even tried to cancel the order after I felt buyer’s remorse but it was already processing so I couldn’t. Oh well, it’s lovely.
One reason I love watching YouTubers is finding out about cool new things first. It’s where learned about BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector, GlamGlow face masks, Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter and almost all of my favorite products. One of the girls I subscribe to, Michelle, just made a video comparing Old Navy’s new “Pixie Pants” to J. Crew’s Minnie’s. Now, I can’t wait to try them. J. Crew’s are around $90 bucks, and Old Navy’s are $25. Michelle even said the quality of the Old Navy pants is better.
Here are the Old Navy Pixies:
And here are J. Crew’s Minnie Pants:
Check out Michelle’s video here:
And to add to the confusion, J. Crew also has a Pixie Pant (which I LOVE) but it’s a little different from these. Here’s a review comparing the J. Crew Minnie and the J. Crew Pixie. Side note: I don’t usually order petite sizes, but I had to get a short in these to get the right length. Also, when you buy full priced items at J. Crew I believe they do hemming for free.
Even though I had to combat dry skin all winter with oils like this one, as soon as Spring hit my foundation started to slide off and wasn’t lasting through the day. I thought I needed to switch foundations and was ready to try Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet + when I walked into Sephora. Then, the girl helping me showed me Murad’s Mattifying Primer.I pat it on with a foundation brush (like this) after my serum and moisturizer and before my foundation. It’s been a game changer. I didn’t have to switch up my foundation and it’s been lasting all day. I find that it also helps keep it from transferring. Because of the shininess, I had been blotting my face with a tissue mid-day. I did it out of habit my first day using the Murad primer and was surprised to see none of my foundation came off on the tissue. I like that it has SPF too. I love that I can just add this into my routine in the warmer months and keep the same foundation year-round.
I was SO excited to see beautiful pale blue top at LOFT. I had just bitten the bullet and paid too much for this one from Vince that I talked about in an earlier post. When it arrived and ended up being too small, I was secretly grateful; I wouldn’t have had the will power to return it if it had fit. The Vince is 100% silk and feels more luxe, as it should. But, the LOFT one is machine washable (bonus!)
Here’s the Vince blouse…
… and the LOFT look-a-like:
As my friend Lauren says, LOFT is on point these days. Definitely check it out if you haven’t been in lately.
There’s nothing I love more than the smell of roses. Here are some of my rose-scented picks:
1. DIOR Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush: There’s nothing more glamorous than a blush that smells like roses. The color looks intimidating but it’s stunning on.
2. BVLGARI Rose Essentielle Eau de Parfum: My faaaavorite scent ever. This is probably my fourth bottle of this stuff and I adore it. It’s not too strong, and perfect for everyday. I also have a little purse spray version that I carry with me to reapply.
3.DIOR Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm: My “special occasion” lip balm. It’s may not beat Carmex as a dry-lip treatment, but it sure does make you feel elegant when you use it.
4. PETER THOMAS ROTH Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask: I want to try this! I spotted it the other day in a Glossybox Facebook post and couldn’t find it on Sephora.com. I checked back again and it was there (and 15% off. Seriously, people; get on that sale.) I think I’m going to resist for now because I just splurged on the GlamGlow trifecta. It has stem cells; it has to be good!
5. ‘Rosa Mundi’ Scented Candle (Limited Edition:) This candle smells beauuutiful. I first saw it at Space N.K in McLean but didn’t pull the trigger until I was shopping online at Nordstrom. I justified it because it’s “limited edition.” haha – Whatever you need to tell yourself, I guess.
6. REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm: I talked about this in a previous post so I won’t go on and on. But, I love this stuff. I use it to rub all off my makeup (on dry skin) and then rinse it off.
I’ve been thinking my all-white place needs more art. (You can never have enough art in your life.) I came across these pieces on One Kings Lane and I love them! Which one should I get? Both?
Update! I decided I like the first one best, but it’s sold out. I checked out the artists website, though, and she has tons of fun stuff for sale. The painting (Navy GEO) I liked even comes in a phone case! How cute is this?
I’m going to look into getting a print, but I need to figure out the difference between matte rag paper and a canvas roll.
I’m so excited about this steal from Ann Taylor. I got this collarless tweet, 3/4 sleeve jacket for just $10. The online price is $79 (minus 60%) and the original price was $129. It’s crazy how much better the prices are in-store.
They only had the grey in my size at my local store, but I called another store and ordered the navy too (for $10, why not, right?)
I just noticed that my favorite lipgloss brand came out with a TON of new colors. They’ve always used women’s names for the color names, but before they had only had a couple (Krystal, Dani, Stella, etc.) Now, I’ve seen my own name, Shannon, Erin and a bunch more.
I picked up Erin because I liked the bubblegum pink color and I picked up Christina because, well, you know.
I think they’d be so fun to give out to friends.
Today was the Sephora VIB Rouge “Spring Social.” They opened up the store a couple of hours early for a private event and everyone got 15% off. I happened to be up in McLean for work this weekend, so I checked out the Tyson’s Corner store. The girl in the front greeted me excitedly, checked me in (I pre-registered online,) and gave me this cute name tag. They had all kinds of goodies like breakfast pastries and coffee from Panera and they had tons of people working so everyone was really helpful.
They had a ton of services to sign up for – everything from hair to brows to makeup. I wanted my hair done, but got shade-matched while I waited. The guy who matched my shade ended up doing my whole face, and I forgot I was even waiting to get my hair done. He tried the new Becca foundation on me as well as a Kat Von D blush and a Marc Jacobs bronzer. Selfies were encouraged…
I stocked up (I’ll review what I got in another post) and of course I didn’t leave without a touch of the “color of the year,” Radiant Orchid:
If you get an email about an event like this I recommend going. It was a fun experience.
I’ve never had a pair of pantyhose last me more than two or three wears. They ALWAYS get a run. Then, I tried these ones from Target that totally took me by surprise. I’ve worn them several times, they’ve survived the washing machine and they’re still going strong. They even got a tiny, tiny snag from my bracelet, but even that didn’t cause a run. Anyway, I just had to share. Have you tried these? They’re the ASSETS brand by the maker of SPANX. I think $16 is a steal.