September 23, 2016

Fall Haul: Home, Lifestyle & Beauty

Happy second day of fall, everyone! Until I moved to Philadelphia, I used to dread the fall. New York is frankly not the prettiest this time of year (unless you're in Central Park on a nice day). Now that I am officially a Philly lady, I've become the most basic white girl on the block. My pumpkin spice everything obsession has reached new heights...and there's no shame in my game. Below are a few new items I picked up for this season! 


Tray via HomeGoods (similar | similar) // Pumpkin (similarsimilar) // Candle
Owl via Michaels (in store only)
Leaf Napkin Rings from Target $1 Spot (in stores only | similar
Single-wick Candle via Target $1 Spot (in stores only | similar)

"Grateful Thankful Blessed" Mug via HomeGoods (similar)
"Today I am Thankful" Mug via HomeGoods (similar)

I suffer from super dry skin in the colder months so I've added a new beauty oil, moisturizer and eye cream to my routine. This combination is my holy grail trifecta! 
Want to make those dark circles disappear overnight? This eye cream {c/o influenster} is super easy to apply with a metal applicator that glides smoothly right under the eye socket. Perfect right before bed. I wake up looking totally refreshed, even when I've had a late night. 
I didn't want to like this but everything they say about argan oil is true. Josie Maran's intensive milk is beyond amazing, especially if your apprehensive to try a true beauty oil! The hydration is unparalleled to anything I've tried before. It's available at QVC as in individual item or in kits.
If you've read my blog for a while, you know I'm a huge fan of Valentia skincare. You can find their US-made, organic, cruelty-free products on Amazon prime. Everything I've tried has been super high quality, and I truly feel you get quite the bang for your buck. This glorious primer is ideal for every day use. As my final nighttime step (or first and only in the am before primer), my face is left with luminously hydrated without oily residue.

Have you hauled anything new for fall? Let me know in the comments below!


September 15, 2016

My Everyday Makeup Routine {with Age-Specific Recommendations}

I'm thrilled to finally share my everyday makeup routine with all of you! What makeup I use is probably the most common question I get, so I've linked all products in the order I apply them below.

Step 1: Primer 
After cleansing and drying my face, with clean hands, I apply primer. This one by Too Faced is by far my favorite and does not cause my adult acne to flare at all. It's super hydrating and keeps makeup on all day. For my more mature ladies, I recommend the smoothing primer by Makeup Forever. My mom loves it. 

Step 2: Foundation
My favorite foundation of all time is Too Faced's "Born This Way". It offers full coverage with a natural finish. Can't ask for more.

For my younger readers, I recommend Complexion Rescue by Bare Minerals because of the hydration it offers and ease of application. 

For my mature readers, the illuminating CC+ cream from itCosmetics is the best (plus it has SPF) but you must apply with this brush!

Step 3: Concealer
I have super dark hereditary circles under my eyes so I'm always on the hunt for a full coverage, lightweight concealer. I'm currently loving this one by Urban Decay!

Step 4: Set 
Brightening powder, specifically a yellow one, is great for giving you the look of 8 hours of sleep. A super affordable option is this banana powder by NYX. For a high end option, I recommend the banana powder from Anastasia's contour kit

Step 5: Brows 
Typically I recommend Anastasia's brow wiz, but I got this brow stylist by L'Oreal and it is the bomb dot com! Lasts all day without drying out. 

Step 6: Eyeshadow 
For work, I do a very neutral eye with minimal sparkle/shimmer. My favorite palette is the Naked2 by Urban Decay because of its versatility - it can go from work to weekend without an issue. My mature ladies, you need the Laura Geller Nudes palette in your life. 

Step 7: Eyeliner 
Kat von D's tattoo liner. You don't need anything else. I have it in black and brown. AMAZING! If you're looking for additional colors, try her ink option

Step 8: Mascara
I'm a flip-flopper when it comes to mascara, so I'm always stwiching things up. My top choices currently are tarte "Lights, Camera, Lashes" and Benefit's "Roller Lash".

Step 9: Blush 
I religiously use Tarte blushes because they truly last 8+ hours.

Weekend ONLY
(not work appropriate if in a professional setting)
Your face will glow like the gods!

Step 10: Setting Spray 
Either of Urban Decay's setting sprays will do wonders for your makeup. If you're on the dryer side or have more mature skin, I recommend this one.

P.S. I forgot lip products! Here are my favorite lipsticks, liquid lipsticks and lip glosses.

Would you guys like to see a video tutorial on how I apply everything? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay fab,