Hourglass Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Golden

hgFor the first time in a very long time, I bought a new product and didn’t make a conscientious effort to test it out in the name of beauty blogging {I know, GASP!} – it just sort of naturally became a part of my daily beauty routine. I find myself reaching for the Hourglass Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Golden almost every day lately, in lieu of my NARS Sheer Glow foundation or any of the other makeup bases I’d been using. The reason? Well, it rocks. Continue reading

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipgloss in Rosette

FullSizeRenderI’m weirdly particular about the shades I wear on my lips. I like nudes, but they have to be the right shade of nude – not too peachy, not too pink, and it can’t completely wash me out. In order to achieve the perfect shade, it usually requires layering a few products.

My friend Ashley found this Smashbox lip gloss in Rosette on a recent trip to Ulta and the second I saw it swatched on her hand I knew it had to be mine. It’s a dusty pink/rose color which isn’t too bright, isn’t too nude, and truly gives me that perfect balance of nude-pink that I can just swipe on and wear comfortably.

Here I am wearing it at a wedding a couple weeks ago (and a cameo by my fiance!):

RosetteglossThe consistency is on the thicker side, but it’s not at all sticky. The density of the gloss just allows for better, more opaque color payoff, which I appreciate since it means it’s totally wearable on its own.

I also enjoy layering this over light nude or pink lipsticks. It gives a lovely sheen and blends seamlessly into whatever color I’m wearing underneath.

Have you tried any Smashbox “Be Legendary” lip glosses? Which shades are your favorites?


My current favorite hair products.

ojonWhen I decided to jump on the ombre hair trend last year, I didn’t realize how addicting highlighting my hair would become. I had only experimented with hair color once before, and that was way back in high school when I decided I absolutely needed all-over blonde highlights. Aside from that, my hair had been its natural dark, cool-toned brown hue for years, so I went a little crazy with changing it up every 8 weeks or so  — clearly trying to make up for lost experimentation time.

As a result, my hair became damaged (duh). I realized the extent of it after I got a keratin treatment in June and the result was so unlike any of the previous times I’d gotten it done. Normally, keratin treatments leave my hair silky smooth and extremely manageable, but this time my hair remained course and frizzy. My stylist said it was because my hair had become highly porous, and was not absorbing the keratin like it was supposed to. This caused my hair to look dull and dry.

My stylist recommended avoiding any sort of color or chemical treatments on my hair for awhile in order to nurse it back to health. She also recommended I ditch my blow dryer, which was doing way more harm than good. I followed her instructions and also started using a few products which have made drastic improvements to the overall health of my hair.

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment (pictured above) has been a game changer for my hair. It’s a thick, waxy consistency which melts into an oil when I rub it between my hands. I apply this all over hair (avoiding my scalp) and leave it in for at least 20 minutes before showering.

avedaOnce in the shower, I shampoo and condition using Aveda’s Smooth Infusion line. This is my first time trying out any Aveda products and so far I’m a big fan. My hair feels really nice and smooth even before I get out of the shower.

kerastase0I then let my hair air dry for about 10 minutes before applying Kerastase Nectar Thermique leave-in conditioner and heat protectant in my hair. This is another game-changer for me; this stuff has really changed the texture of my hair and made blowouts a breeze, comparatively speaking to what they were like before. I no longer feel like I’m wrestling with my curls; instead I just lightly brush it out while holding the blow dryer to my head and I’m left with smooth, silky hair.

Another thing I’m learning to do is embrace “dirty” hair and wait at least three days in between washes (and if I feel like I can push it to four, I will). Thankfully my hair is extremely thick, so it doesn’t get greasy easily. The longer I push my washes, the less I’m blow drying my hair, and the less heat I’m using means healthier hair!

What products/methods do you use to keep your hair healthy? Let me know in the comments!



It was the best of times.

10173572_10100624392065333_1208666314550592620_nHappy Monday! Usually Mondays aren’t always so happy but I am coming off of a great weekend with some of my favorite people in the world who came to celebrate our engagement! Almost all of our college friends live out of state, so it’s tough getting the whole group together as often as we’d like. While we were still missing a few, it was an amazing weekend filled with champagne, catching up, and tons of laughing.

As for my outfit – I thought I had really hit the jackpot when I found this gorgeous black lace jumper on sale at Bloomie’s for $37. What I didn’t realize until after I got home is that someone had clearly purchased it previously, given it a terribly amateur hem job with PURPLE thread, and if that wasn’t enough, the button holding it together in the back popped off about 10 minutes prior to the party starting. The rest of the evening was spent having someone assist me in pinning/unpinning it back together every time I had to use the ladies room. Luckily I was barely bothered by this after a couple glasses of champagne!

Hope you all had a great weekend too!



Oh, this is the start of something good…

…Don’t you agree?

OpenNeutralsThis is a completely random picture of a Sephora eyeshadow palette. No significance other than the fact that I’m just testing it out to see how pictures look on my NEW BLOG LAYOUT! Isn’t this exciting? And wait, it looks pretty damn good, if I do say so myself!

Anyway – HI. You know that feeling when you clean your entire house/apartment and you  feel like you can breathe again and think straight? Or when you finally chop those dead ends off your hair & you feel so light and free? That’s exactly what my blog needed — a re-fresh, an update, a “clean slate”, so to speak, and I happened to find it in the form of this extremely minimalist blog template. It makes me happy. It makes me want to blog more often.

It just feels so much more me.

Lately I’ve been trying to figure out how to have my blog be a better reflection of who I am. Yes, this is a beauty blog, but I also want this to be a well-rounded representation of myself, and there’s obviously a lot more to me than just someone who loves makeup. I really feel like this blog makeover is reflective of myself, my style (both personally and aesthetically), and where I hope to take things in the future.

I still have some kinks to work out, (my Widgets are acting up and disappearing on me after I add them, or hiding at the bottom of my page – any tips would be greatly appreciated!) but I can assure you that things will just be going up from here!

I hope you like it as much as I do!



Buxom True Nude Lip Foundation in Buff


I’ll cut to the chase: this product is awesome. Here’s why:

1. I am very specific about the texture of my lip liners and I’ve never discovered one I was completely in love with. Buxom’s lip foundation is insanely easy to work with. It’s like liner for dummies: glides on smoothly, it’s opaque, and it’s much bigger than a pencil liner, so you’re basically done after a swipe or two.

2. You know when you apply a gloss and it just kind of sinks right into your lips? This product is the perfect base so you can actually see the proper shade of the gloss without it just settling into your lips.

3. It doubles as a matte lipstick. This one (in “Buff”) is a bit light for me to wear on its own, but the Buxom lip foundation range comes in a variety of nude shades to suit every skin tone.

There is a downside, though – it smells and tastes really weird. It’s not pleasant. It’s kind of gross, actually. It isn’t a deal-breaker for me, but it’s something I think you should know.

Have you tried this? What did you think?

this week, in beauty…


I totally didn’t plan to do this two weeks in a row, but here we are! This week was a rough one & felt soooooo incredibly long, but we’ve made it! Friday is here! I have a bridal trial tomorrow morning, a visit to our wedding venue, and a Giants game ahead of me. I guess I need to actually plan ahead and schedule relaxation. Weird concept, but that’s reality! Anyway, here’s what was happening in beauty this week:

-I re-fell in love with Moody Margot by Marc Jacobs, a lipstick in gel form which slides on soooooo smoothly and leaves behind a sort of sheer/sort of not nude hue.
-I bought the new J.Crew fragrance “31” and am beyond obsessed with the scent. I can only describe it as “nostalgia in a bottle,” which is appropriate considering it was designed to smell like the first women’s art show in the United States in the 1940s. It smells… exciting. Anticipatory. Celebratory. I don’t know what else to say, but please go experience this. Also I’m claiming this as my new signature scent. You smelled it here first, kids.
-I tried Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealer today for the first time and I’m pretty sure my life is about to change for the better. More on this soon.
-I’ve been using NARS tinted moisturizer every day for about a month now & it’s absolutely a new staple o’ mine. Light/medium coverage + buildable + really evens out my skintone = winner.

Have a great weekend!