Current Wishlist: Fashion and Beauty

A girl can dream, right?

I’ve been on a very low-buy for the past month (and plan on keeping it that way through all of December!), so I could focus my spending on others! I really love trying to find the perfect gift for my family and friends, and I happened across a few things I’d also love in the process of shopping too. I sometimes like to document these items to come back to in a month or two and see if I’m still drooling over them!

Asos Design Pleated Midi Skirt – orange, satin, pleats. Enough said?

Patchology FlashPatch Illuminating Eye Gels – these feel so luxurious and I’m not always super consistent with eye care, but these 5 minute masks couldn’t be easier.

Kendra Scott Sophee Drop Earrings in Silver – I received these in a Rocksbox a few months back and seriously regret not buying them then! They go with tons of different options, are large, yet dainty, and I’m trying to incorporate more silver into my jewelry wardrobe since my engagement ring is platinum.

Tory Burch Greer Mini Bag – fun for the holidays or just to jazz up a plain jeans and t-shirt outfit. I love the petite size and buckle detail.

Vapour Organic Beauty Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss – I basically want this yummy-smelling gloss in every shade, but I love Tickle and Flirt especially. Vapour is my favorite clean make-up brand too.

Voluspa Birthday Cake Macaron Candle – these candles make such great gifts and I love this sweet scent. The throw is impressive and the jars are quite beautiful.

Mejuri Moon Necklace – a beautiful, dainty piece that can worn every day but isn’t boring. I love the subtle sparkle and think it would layer well with other necklaces I already own.

Slip SlipSilk Pillowcase – I’ve read so many great things about these dreamy pillowcases and I do “suffer” from face creases since I’m a side/stomach sleeper. They’re quite a splurge that I don’t think I’d ever buy for myself.

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Temptation Eyeshadow Palette – another item I can’t justify buying (since I have so many shadow palettes). It’s absolutely stunning though and I actually think it would be quite versatile.

Ohii Gummy Gloss in Rose Quartz – such a gorgeous shade and I’m really into gloss lately. I’ve read that this works well on the lids too for that editorial, glassy look. I really want to try Urban Outfitters’ new beauty line!

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady – this is a really wearable pink and I love a good lip balm. Everything from Ilia looks so pretty!

Pieces Space Dye Sweater – I’m loving funkier sweaters lately and I don’t think I own anything in this color. The pointelle knit and mock neck are nice details too.

Heartloom Astrid Sweater – a fun color combo; I’m clearly into reds and pinks lately, and mock necks.

French Connection Sofia Colorblock Sweater – another mock neck… I’m always cold. I like the dramatic sleeves and neutral colors on this one.

New Look Satin Tux Trousers – I’d actually love this whole suit, but of the two, I think I’d wear the pants more. They seem fun for the holidays or paired with a graphic tee.

Pulling this list together helps me narrow down my wishlist and find trends in what I’m loving – there’s clearly satin and pink/red themes here! Anything you’ve been wishing for lately?

 

Kosas and Briogeo Soho Pop-Up

Another shopping outing!

Anastasia and I finally stopped by the Kosas and Briogeo pop-up down in Soho. It’s such a pretty store with a relaxed vibe; we happily browsed and swatched products from the two lines for about 30 minutes.

It’s open until December 31st at 85 Mercer if you’d like to stop by!

Isn’t this a cool display for the Weightless Lip Color Lipsticks? I love the rainbow of colors and lip swatches. Each shade also had a description noting if it was cool or warm-toned and what color family it belonged to.

Here are swatches of my favorite shades: (from left to right) Rosewater, Stardust, Royal, and Darkroom. The first two have a bit of a glossy finish, while the darker shades looked more matte. They glide on beautifully and are nicely pigmented. This holiday trio is a great deal and has two of these shades!

Aren’t these cheek duos pretty? I love that Kosas makes each shade in cream and powder versions, so you can pick the formula you prefer. My favorite was a cool toned pink and champagne highlight called Longitude 0. The packaging is sturdy and compact too, so these would be perfect for travel.

The powders feel smooth and they’re pigmented, but they blend nicely. Some of the colors may look bright, but they have a soft finish on the skin. The creams are easily buildable and looked more dewy in swatches. The cream highlighters were more natural looking than the powders in my opinion; if you want more of that blinding look, go for the powder.

This is the Briogeo wall with so many products I’d love to try! I’m eyeing the scrub and dry shampoo especially. This cute gift set would make a great stock stuffer too!

I really like the few items I’ve tried from Briogeo so far, including their Curl Charisma Shampoo and Rosarco Milk Leave-in Conditioning Spray (quick review here!). I love that Briogeo is a clean haircare line and that their products smell great while actively improving my hair.

Have you tried anything from Briogeo or Kosas?? What would you recommend?

Erno Laszlo Holiday Party! And My Favorite Products

Celebrating the season and great skin!

Anastasia and I went to the Erno Laszlo Holiday Party last night and had such a fun time, so I wanted to share a few photos! They had delicious signature cocktails, a palm reader and chocolate divination (more on that below!), and this fun photo booth with gigantic balloons.

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Photo credit: Kristen Chilstrom

It was so fun to meet the team and other bloggers at their office. Everyone was so friendly! Anastasia and I also got our palms read, which we’d never done before. It was really interesting and not awkward or corny, even though I’m a bit of a skeptic.

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Photo credit: Kristen Chilstrom

We also had a chocolate reading; I’d never even heard of this, but you pick a chocolate from a huge box of options and it’s supposed to reflect your personality. It was a fun experience since it was so different – and it was pretty spot on too!

Aren’t these products so beautiful? My favorites are the Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleeping Mask and Hydra-Therapy Boost Serum. The mask has this lovely bouncy texture that feels so plush on the skin. It hydrates beautifully overnight without being sticky or getting all over my pillow. You only need a pea-sized dollop too, so a little bit goes a long way.

The serum is great because it provides lightweight hydration. It helps smooth the skin as well, but it doesn’t leave a thick layer behind. This plays well with other products too, so I always use it in the morning as sort of a hydrating primer.

The Erno Laszlo team so kindly gave us a wonderful gift bag, so I’m really excited to try some more of their products!

The decor in the office was really chic too – just like Erno Laszlo packaging! Everything is black and white with some pink accents, like gorgeous velvet chairs. I loved this gallery wall with all kinds of inspirational product shots.

 

I was taking lots of little videos and boomerangs for my Instagram and forgot to take more still shots… So here are a couple peeks into the holidays displays and a lovely candy bar they had set up. The cozy fireplace and cute lights added to the festive theme, and I’m definitely feeling the holiday spirit now!

I can’t thank the team enough for inviting us! We had such a lovely time!

Winter Five Minute Face (featuring Vapour, Benefit, Covergirl, and Luxie Beauty)

My easiest makeup routine yet!

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Lately I’ve been into longer, hydrating skincare routines and I think that extra attention is paying off as I’ve been wearing less makeup! I still love a little bronzer and mascara though, so I wanted to share the makeup I’ve been using recently.

The Vapour Illusionist Concealer had been my go-to for a while (first reviewed here) and I’ve lost most of my summer tan, so shade 010 matches me again thankfully. It has the perfect creamy texture that blends in easily around the delicate under-eye area. It doesn’t settle into lines and wrinkles too much either. My favorite thing about this concealer is the way it reflects light and distracts from my dark veins.

Since I’ve lost that tan, I use Benefit Hoola to bring back some sunshine and definition to my face. This is such a low maintenance bronzer – it’s not too dark, it blends like a dream, and it lasts all day. Sometimes I sweep a bit over my eyes as well to add definition to the crease.

Benefit’s Galifornia is the only blush I’ve been wearing lately. I love the warm undertone and beautiful coral shade; it looks subtle and perks up my face at the same time. I’ve been using this Luxie #660 brush that I received in a Boxycharm (unboxing and review here) to apply Galifornia. It’s supposed to be a foundation brush, but it’s pretty fluffy and diffused blush nicely.

This Get the Pretty Started palette was limited edition, but Benefit brought it back recently! It has two mini Box O’ Powders and a mini Watt’s Up Highlighter for only $20! I originally purchased it for travel, but I use it on a regular basis and would highly recommend it. I think it would make a great gift too.

Lastly, I picked up the Covergirl Super Thick Lash Mascara because the brush looked pretty similar to my HG mascara – Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme. It’s definitely a more natural look (whereas the EL one is very dramatic), but it does provide some nice volume and looks great with minimal makeup. The formula doesn’t bother my sensitive eyes at all, it doesn’t flake or smudge, and it removes easily with my Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser. It’s also under $5 at the drugstore! So it’s not a dupe, but I would definitely repurchase.

Those are my staples for this season’s five minute face! What makeup items or brushes have you been loving lately?

 

Happy Thanksgiving! And a Giveaway!

There are so many things I’m thankful for this year, and one of them is the beauty and blogger community! It’s been such a fun and supportive group.

I actually met my friend Jessica through the beauty community and we teamed up to host a giveaway on Instagram! Everyone deserves some pampering during the crazy, lovely, sometimes stressful holiday season, so hopefully these products do just the trick!

They include some of our favorites, like Bliss and Patchology Masks, a sugar slushie, and this delicious smelling candle. I also added a few La Mer and Jo Malone minis, which just scream luxurious pampering. The total value is over $225 dollars!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Lather Body Care Review! Almond Creme Body Buff and Almond, Milk, & Honey Body Butter

My new favorite body care products!

I’ve been collaborating with Palm recently and the Lather picks have caught my eye each month! I first tried their Caviar Lime Cleansing Creme (reviewed here) and last month I got a chance to try a couple of their body care products. I chose the Almond Creme Body Buff and Almond, Milk, & Honey Body Butter.

If you can’t tell by their names, these smell delicious! They’re warm and gourmet scents, which are just perfect for this time of year. I basically want to smell like baked goods and the holidays once it hits 40* outside.

The body scrub is really lovely because the jojoba beads and walnut shell powder do a great job of exfoliating without being too abrasive. I hate scrubs that hurt! This one has a thick cream base which helps soften skin too. A little bit goes a long way, but I’m sure I’ll fly through this since I’m really enjoying it.

I’m even more obsessed with the body butter. I prefer a deeply hydrating body cream, but I hate feeling any greasy residue. This Almond, Milk, & Honey Body Butter feels very moisturizing, but sinks in within a few minutes. It’s the perfect medium between being too thick and hard to spread and too light and gel-like. I love how luxurious this feels and actually look forward to shaving so I can apply this!

I also love that Lather is cruelty-free and focuses on high-quality, natural ingredients versus packaging – although I am a fan of their colorful, yet minimal aesthetic. They invest 80% into the product itself, sourcing ingredients from all over the world and avoiding synthetic fragrances.

I’m really excited to keep trying Lather products because I love the three I’ve experienced so far! Have you ever used any of their products? If so, which is your favorite?

Makeup That Stays in my Purse – Fall Edition

Spilling what’s in my bag

If I’m ever missing a lipstick or gloss, the first place I check is my purse. I usually have a plethora of lip products in there at any given time. They’re the easiest way to switch up a look in my opinion. I also always have a little powder and some hand cream in a cute Glossier bubble pouch. So here are all of the beauty products I’m currently toting around:

Besame Vanilla Brightening Powder ($22) – this is my favorite setting powder. It looks so natural on the skin and the very slight yellow tint brightens beautifully. I like the packaging because it has a little cap inside that makes sure powder doesn’t fly everywhere and holds a soft powder puff for when you’re out and about. It also smells like vanilla.

Winky Lux Glazed Donut Lip Glaze in Berry Glaze ($13 – left swatch) – this gloss smells delicious. It’s a sheer purple tone with lots of shimmer. It catches the light beautifully and doesn’t feel gritty on the lips thankfully. I find it to be slightly moisturizing throughout the 2 hour wear time.

L’oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Sparkling Rose ($10 – 2nd from left) – this is a great everyday lipstick. The color is a medium pink with warm undertones that lightens my natural lip color. It feels like a lip balm and wears for about 3 hours.

Tocca Crema de Mano in Florence ($8) – I love this scent! It’s one of the only floral scents I really like wearing and it doesn’t give me a headache. Florence is the gardenia and xxx fragrance. This hand cream is moisturizing, but it’s not too thick, so it sinks in quickly.

Bite Agave Lip Mask in Maple ($26 – 2nd from right) – I’m sure you guys know by now how much I love these masks, so I’m sorry to be repetitive. Maple is a beautiful bronze color that looks really pretty and wearable on the lips. This is the most moisturizing lip product I’ve tried and it lasts for about 4 or 5 hours.

Tom Ford Soleil Lip Balm in 06 La Piscine ($36 – right swatch) – I love this vampy shade for fall. It is a tinted balm, so the color payoff is sheer, but I prefer that because it’s so low maintenance. It’s not very moisturizing, but the color lasts for over 4 hours.

So that’s what’s in my little purse makeup bag. The lip colors are constantly changing, so maybe I’ll do this seasonally!