First signs of spring in the apartment!

Tonight I was in my kitchen prepping a smoothie for tomorrow’s breakfast & I thought “I should do a blog post on my favorite kitchen gadgets!”

Now if that isn’t a sign of growing up, I don’t know what is.

You may notice there is a new page added to the top of my site, called “Lifestyle”. I added it because there’s been so many circumstances lately where I’ve wanted to blog about things totally and completely unrelated to beauty or makeup, but didn’t think this was an appropriate space. I thought about creating a new blog entirely but ultimately decided that was unnecessary. From now on, anything non-beauty related will just live under the “Lifestyle” category.

Topics I’ve been wanting to write about lately include:

  • Serial podcast (yup, I’m way late to the game)
  • Wedding planning
  • Fitness (motivation, where to buy sports bras under 1 million bucks, etc)
  • Cooking (I’m really trying, guys)
  • What’s important to you about where you live

And so many other things I can’t remember off the top of my head right now. I know this stuff may not be as exciting as product reviews or haul videos, but these things are my reality right now. Hopefully you’ll stick around to read some of these Lifestyle posts & we can get to know each other on a bit of a different level!


PS. Found this picture of me from 6 years ago on my external hard drive the other day. Kinda makes me want to explore bangs again (after the wedding, of course). Thoughts? IMG00187[1]

My Favorite Stila Products

Well, well, well. Look who’s back!

I won’t write a novel before jumping into this post, but let’s just say between wedding planning, starting a new job, and freelancing, this little blog of mine had to take a back seat for a bit. I’ll definitely be continuing to post here when I have some free time, although I haven’t done a lot of makeup shopping in the past few months. Yay for me – and my wallet!

Today I want to talk about stila. stila is one of those brands that slowly crept their way into my makeup collection with a single-product purchase here and there over the years, but those products started becoming staples in my beauty routine. I remember when I first got into makeup and would visit the MAC counter twice a month, each time arriving with a shopping list of products I wanted to buy. I was never like that with stila; I’d just discover something on a Sephora trip or pick up a product at the recommendation of a friend or fellow beauty blogger. Then, all the sudden, I realized I had become a HUGE fan of the brand.

As I mentioned, I haven’t been doing a lot of makeup shopping at all in the past few months. Not only was this for budgeting reasons, but also because I really wanted to use the products I’ve spent my hard-earned money on. That’s when I realized how often I reach for my stila products – so now let’s talk about my favorites:

convertible color dual lip & cheek cream


It started with Lilium (a perfect nude-pink, surprise, surprise!) and slowly my collection grew to include Gerbera (a peachy-nude) and Peony (a brownish rose). These look truly gorgeous on the cheeks and blend into the skin like a dream. They last forever on their own, but last even longer than that when you layer a powder blush on top. I also tap some of the product onto my lips – though I find them a bit drying on their own. I usually top off with some chapstick or gloss, but either way these are amazingly versatile and so pretty.

“in the light” palette


When I do makeup for brides, I reach for this palette more often than any others. The neutral tones are so easy to work with, and there’s a great mix of both matte & shimmery eyeshadows. Honestly, this palette is probably worth it for the shades “kitten” and “bubbly” alone – go swatch them & see for yourself.

stay all day waterproof liquid eyeliner

_6687793I gotta keep it real & let you know the ONLY reason I stand a chance at creating a beautiful winged cat-eye look on myself is because of this liner. It basically does the job for me. The tip is extremely fine, which makes it easy to control and get the exact eyeliner look you desire. It also really does “stay all day”, hence the name – I’ve had to use a LOT of makeup remover to get this bad boy completely washed off at night!

color balm lipstick

_7854670You know how easy it is to swipe Chapstick on your lips? This goes on exactly the same way, but leaves behind an insane amount of pigmentation while nourishing and hydrating your lips at the same time. It’s also infused with peppermint oil, so you feel immediately refreshed upon application. This is a great “vacation” product – swipe and go, easy peasy.

Next up on my list of stila products to try is their “set & bronze” powder – almost at the end of January in New Jersey and believe me, it SHOWS on this girl’s face! What do you love from stila? Tweet me or comment & let me know! xo

Images via Nordstrom.com

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!