November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am so thankful for so many things this year: a great job, my friends, family, my health, and everything in between!

It is my favorite day of the year for so many reasons: food, family, the fall weather, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, my birthday in a few days, Black Friday & Cyber Monday-- the list goes on and on!

I'm currently sitting on my couch, snuggled under a blanket, watching the parade on television. There are candles burning, I made Pumpkin Spice coffee & cinnamon rolls for breakfast -- it really is the perfect morning!

Later on today I'll be heading to my aunt's house with my dad's family and I can't wait to dive into all the food! Along with the traditional Thanksgiving meal, I'm Italian and we always have a few extra goodies on the table, like antipasti and fresh mozzarella -- oh I cannot wait!

Here is what I'll be wearing later - I always love dressing for Thanksgiving because you can be comfortable and fashionable at the same time. Jeggings anyone? I need some extra wiggle room for all the turkey!

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I post all the Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales I'll be shopping :)

What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

November 24, 2015

Pur Cosmetics + Cameo Contour Demo & Review

Thank you to PUR Cosmetics for sending me these products! All opinions are my own :)

I've said it many times before but I am a hardcore beauty addict. If there is a good beauty product out there, I will find it.

And my goodness, I've found a good one!

Contouring is not something I'm good at but it's also not something I'm bad at. I don't see the point in making it difficult or contouring every part of my face-- I usually just do my cheek bones to make my face look similar and have my makeup appear more put together.

For this, I use a contour powder but have always wanted to experiment with cream contour products. They seem to blend easier and have more staying power. I never took the plunge into cream contouring, until now.

PUR Cosmetics is a great beauty brand that prides themselves on being the complexion authority. I've tried their famous 4-in-1 Powder Foundation and it was life changing in terms of being one of my first powder foundations.

When they contacted me a few weeks ago, asking if I wanted to try some of their products I said yes immediately! It still amazes me that beauty brands I enjoy and love want me to try their products out --it's the coolest feeling!

Well, when I received their beautiful package last week, I was floored! I mean, it was so beautifully wrapped, I almost didn't want to open it...but I did. And I was stunned to find every shade of their brand new product, the Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Stick.

It is a two in one deal--one side is a highlighter, and the other side is a sculpting, contour shade. It is made with natural, light reflective microspheres which enhance your face's natural features. It is also super creamy, but in the best way possible. The cool thing about this stick is that you can use it as a foundation because it has all the benefits that PUR foundations have--like age defying complexes, hydrating cermaides, and Vitamin A.

In english, all of that means it has skin enhancing ingredients, creates plumper and softer looking skin. It'll blur your imperfections all the while sculpting and shaping your face! It's a fabulous product.

Another added bonus? It comes with it's own contour blending sponge. It is the same material as the beautyblender but is slightly more firm. It has a slanted side which is supposed to help with blending in the product.

Cameo Contour is available in 5 shades: Light, Medium, Tan, Dark, and Deep.

Well, I was looking for an excuse to test this baby out and when I went to brunch on Saturday, I figured it was the perfect time.

After doing my entire foundation and concealer routine, I twisted up the contour end of the Light shade stick and applied it to the hollows of my cheek bones, as I would a powder.

I then applied very little to my temples and underneath my chin--a task I leave specifically for bronzer but I was curious to see how the stick worked. I also wet the contour sponge to use and was pleasantly surprised to how soft it felt once it was wet.

The contour blended beautifully and easily into my cheeks with the sponge, leaving a perfectly sculpted finish behind. It took virtually no effort to blend it in and my cheeks were just as sculpted as when I used a powder.

The finished look! Excuse my weird face
I didn't have to work too hard to get the contour to work, which was nice because whenever I use powder, I feel like I have to blend very hard and keep going back over it until I get the finish I want. That definitely wasn't the case with this dual ended stick.

I didn't try out the highlight shade but I am planning on doing so soon. I just fell instantly in love with the contour and I'm pretty sure this will be my go-to every time I contour. I may even contour even more now because I have a super easy way to do so!

Have you ever tried a contour stick? What did you think?

November 23, 2015

Manicure Monday + Focus Groups

Happy Monday! Happy Thanksgiving week! I really need this mini break, and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all time so I am super excited. It's also one week till my 23rd birthday -- how exciting! (just a tad bit of sarcasm)

Sorry for disappearing on the blog last week-- I forgot to write a post on Wednesday night and then Thursday night I was super stressed out and exhausted. I also got home from work very late because I was at Teen Vogue at a focus group!

Yes, TEEN VOGUE. In the CondeNast section of 1 World Trade Center. It was so surreal, so amazing, and a dream come true. To be in that building, in that office, I never imagined it in my wildest dreams.

I took a survey and was invited to the offices to talk about fashion and accessories. It was myself and 9 other girls who were in college. We talked, discussed, laughed, ate macaroons and drank sparkling water. We also got a free Movado Bold watch to thank us for participating.

Um... is this my life? I am so thankful for all the fun and cool things I get to do!

Anyways, here is the real purpose of this post... Manicure Monday.

I've been seriously slacking on my fall/winter nail polish collection. I never have the colors I'm in the mood for so I think I'll buy a few more while I still can. I did however buy a new color from the Essie Winter 2015 Collection.

It's not the color I usually go for in the winter because it's a light lavender color and I feel like that is more of a spring color. I was hesitant to buy it but then I thought about it and realized it's a crisp, chill lavender which reminds me of snow and cool, winter air.

Well, I was right.

This particular Essie formula is a dream! It's super opaque, very smooth and easy to apply. I used it with me Essie Gel Setter top coat and I swear, the polish was even shiner and didn't budge for 5 days. Even then, the chipping was very minimal.

Oh, the color is called "Virgin Snow" which I think is the perfect name to describe it because it's such a pure, winter shade. I felt so cozy and sophisticated wearing it. As the weather gets colder, this is definitely going to be my go-to shade!

What is on your nails this Manicure Monday?

November 18, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Birthday Edition

How is it mid November? How is Thanksgiving next week? How is my birthday in less than 2 weeks? Time is flying by and I don't like it one bit.

This is however, my favorite time of the year. Fall into winter, the holidays, all the good food and the chill air. The Christmas movies, wrapping paper, winter scented candles, ugh everything is so perfect during the holidays and I would never trade it for the world.

Another reason this is my favorite time of year? My birthday. I'm not one to celebrate their birthday a week before and after the actual day, but I do enjoy my birthday.

In less than two weeks, I turn the ever boring 23 years old. I'll go on and on about turning 23 another time but for now, I will daydream about what I want for this ever non exciting birthday.

Kate Spade Cedar Street Harmony Crossbody Bite Beauty Discovery Set HourGlass Ambient Lighting Palette Baublebar Ice Queen Collar Kendra Scott Ellie Oval Stone Stud Earrings  Kate Spade Why Hello There iPhone Case

This kind of is a combined birthday & Christmas list because let's be honest, I'm not getting all of this for one day. I've just been eyeing all of these things for so long and what better time to treat yourself than the holiday season?

November 17, 2015

November Birchbox Review

This was definitely not a winning month for Birchbox and I am getting very close to canceling it. Birchbox has always had its ups and downs over the years, but for the past year or so, it's really been on it's A game. It was pretty much September-November that I haven't been a huge fan of the boxes I've been getting.

I will say a lot of it has to do with the fact that I have so many beauty products now that I'm just not as impressed with the products in the boxes as of late. Also, I've been getting a ton of perfume samples and since I'm allergic, it's a total waste for me.

I may stick it out one more month and see what happens in December but if that box is a bust, I'll probably cancel for a few months.

This month had to be one of my least favorite Birchboxes in over 3 years, which is funny because this had to be my favorite design on a box ever. It is gorgeous! I have it displayed on my desk with the LE Everyday Glamour Box and I'm obsessed with both designs.

Even though I really am not a fan of everything in the box, I do like all the products, I just wasn't impressed with the selection.

//Harvey Prince Yoigini Perfume: Yep, another perfume that I can't wear. Well, that's a lie. I've been experimenting with wearing perfume the past week and so far, so good. I haven't had an allergic reaction yet so we'll see how the it pans out. I wore this to work on Friday and it's a very subtle, feminine scent. It has notes of grapefruit and star jasmine which is really pleasant and pretty.

Full size: $57
Sample size: 3/5

//LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Glam Life: I was probably most excited for this product, not going to lie. Earlier this month, Birchbox released their FIRST MAKEUP LINE and they partnered with one of my favorite Beauty Guru's,  Tati from GlamLifeGuru. They released eyeshadow sticks and matte lipsticks and every Birchbox subscriber got to sample one of the products in this months' box. I was happy I got the berry shade of lipstick and wore this last Friday. It's smooth, gorgeous, long wearing, and extremely easy to apply. This is definitely going to be a staple in my winter beauty routine.

Full size: $8
Sample size: 5/5

//Moroccanoil Hand Cream Fleur d' Oranger: I was less than thrilled to see another hand lotion in my Birchbox. Usually I don't mind these products but I have so many hand creams in rotation, I don't know what to do with them all. However, it was a nice surprise to see a full size product in a box. I also love the Moroccanoil brand so I enjoyed that as well. This would be a total win if it wasn't for the scent. I know it says it's an orange scent and I usually like citrus scents but this is just plain gross. It's so faint and subtle, but at the same time it's just not inviting. I've been using it because it's very moisturizing but the scent is horrible.

Full size: $24
Sample size: 5/5

//Number 4 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil: I have enough hair oil to last me 100 years. I definitely didn't need another one. I like the Number 4 brand and it's nice to have a tiny sample size to travel with but I wish I would've gotten something else instead of this. I haven't tried it yet but I'm sure it's great.

Full size: $26
Sample size: 2/5

//theBalm FratBoy Eyeshadow/blush: I don't have nearly as much theBalm products as I would like so whenever they pop up in my Birchbox, I am very happy. I've seen this product around before and have been curious to try it out. The sample is expectionally tiny and I don't know how I would ever get a blush brush into the little compact, nor would I use this color as an eyeshadow but I'll try it out and see what happens. theBalm is super high quality and I've never been disappointed with their products.

Full size: $21
Sample size: 1/5

We'll see what happens with Birchbox next month, otherwise I'll say bye-bye to it for a little while.

What did you get in your Birchbox this month?