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?

 

Weekend Wear: Cozy Turtleneck (OOTD #19)

Loving this crisp weather!

October is my favorite month; I love that you can enjoy being outside without a thousand layers on. The weather is crisp and it’s still sunny quite often, so it’s lovely to walk around. I’ve always been drawn to water (I miss our view of Lake Michigan!), so I’m really thankful we can walk over to the Hudson River and enjoy the piers there.

These Dolce Vita suede sneakers are perfect for walking around the city. They’re really comfy and I love that they slip on easily. They’re also taller, so they cover my ankles, which is great when it’s chilly.

It may be a weird time of year to be getting into lighter colors, but I’ve been loving lighter wash denim lately. I usually wear dark or black denim during the week and then fun patterned or embellished pairs on the weekend. These are different for me because they have a clean finish without any distressing or rips, but the color is laid back. I also like the split hem at the bottom for a more casual finish. Mine are from Loft this past summer, but you can similar options here or here.

October is also the best time to wear cozy sweaters. Turtlenecks are my favorite because I’m usually cold if my neck and chest are exposed. This charcoal one is a mockneck and it’s chenille too, so it’s really snuggly. I’m also eyeing this beige one to finish out fall and this emerald one for the holidays.

I can’t believe it’s already Halloween tomorrow! This month has seriously flown by… A friend is coming to visit and I still have no idea what I’m going to dress up as… Any ideas? Are you dressing up this year?

Weekend Wear: Scarf Belt

Loving the Spring-like weather

When it’s been freezing for months, anything over 50* seems like Spring here in the city, so I brought out this adorable blush scarf to celebrate! I love wearing these skinny scarves in my hair, tied onto my handbag, or as a belt. I think it’s a unique detail with a feminine touch. You can find tons of them on Etsy or in vintage stores, like this classic silk one or this sweet plaid version. I also love this fun leopard print and this gorgeous illustrated one.

I can’t remember where I got these earrings, but I love them! They look great with practically any outfit and they’re really lightweight, so I can wear them all day. Here are some more gorgeous delicate statement earrings: somewhat similar hematitegold ones, this pair, and another fun option.

I’m not usually one for pastels, but I tend toward soft, girlier colors in the transitional months before Summer. This pink scarf from Loft actually has tiny pretzels all over it – so cute! I paired it with high-waisted jeans for a flattering silhouette, a plain black tee, and these comfy booties.

Are you guys getting excited for Spring? What’s your favorite color to wear in the warmer months?

Foundation First Impressions

Testing three formulas

 

I have a confession: I’m a beauty blogger, but I don’t own a single foundation. It may sound crazy, but I have never tried a foundation that I loved. Maybe it’s just that I haven’t discovered the right one or it could be that I don’t like wearing heavy makeup. I generally prefer a bit of concealer where I need it.

I love concealer and I’m sure I’ve tried about 20 different ones; there are currently three in my makeup bag. So, I’ve decided to test out it’s companion and dip my toes into the vast world of foundation. I picked up a few samples from Nordstrom and Sephora when I was in Chicago and have been testing them out for a couple weeks.

The first is the ultra-luxe Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Fluid Foundation which retails for $63 (1 oz). I really don’t know if this is a good foundation or not because I only wore it for three minutes. This stuff reeks. Honestly, the perfumy scent was so strong that I had to wash my face. This has SPF 20 and the shade 02N was a great color match for my fair/light complexion with yellow undertones, but I was worried it was going to irritate my skin.

Next I tried the BareMinerals BarePro Liquid Foundation in Cashmere 06 ($34/oz). The shade matched me very well, but leaned a bit yellow when the label says it has a neutral undertone. This claims to be full coverage with a matte finish. It’s definitely the most coverage I’ve ever worn, but my freckles were still visible. I’m never trying to cover them, so I didn’t mind at all. I’m just not sure if that would make it truly full coverage. It definitely has a matte finish, so I used a hydrating setting spray because my skin is currently dry. It would probably be best for me in the summer, but then I don’t like wearing much makeup. It does have SPF 20 and lasted through the entire day. I also found this pretty comfortable throughout the wear, but it wasn’t weightless.

This last one isn’t exactly foundation, but it’s still a base which I hadn’t tried. I’ve heard great things about the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, so I picked up the shade Nude. This is $45, but the tube is 1.7 ounces like a standard moisturizer versus 1 ounce for foundation. It was slightly dark for me unfortunately, but it’s sheer enough that I still wore it for the whole day. I thought the dewy finish was pretty and that the effect was very natural. I appreciate the skincare ingredients and SPF 20, but I don’t think I would purchase the full size because it didn’t look much different than my every day makeup without a base product.

I hope this was helpful even though I’m a foundation novice! I just received the new BareMinerals custom foundation which may be “the one.” What’s your favorite base?