Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Instagram Roundup May 23rd-29th

The rain is gone and the sun is out and hot. No spring for Maryland. Here's what I wore (p.s. I couldn't put away this awesome python bag!).

Tuesday: Play Date at the Park

Elephant Tank (mine'sfrom Zulily but here's a similar style from Maykool for $30)

New York and Company Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans $70

Havaianas Flip Flops $28

Amazon Straw Fedora $15

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelet $29

Bauble Bar Alpha and Ice Pendant Necklace $36

SheIn Sunnies $15

Nordstrom Reversible Tote in Cognac $48

Wednesday: Lunch Date 

Nordstrom Denim Dress (mine's old but here's a similar style newly marked down to $53)

Target Fringe Sandals $22 (these are sold out online but are still in the store)

Michael Kors Python Bag $478

eBay Arrow Spear Pendant Necklace $5

eBay H Bracelet $8

New York and Company Sunnies $7

Friday: School Picnic 

Old Navy Peplum Cami $10

New York and Company Cropped Jeans $65

Old Navy Mules $40

Stella Dot Rose Gold Monogram Pendant $69

eBay Rose Gold Braclets

eBay Sunnies $2

Michael Kors Python Bag $478

Saturday: Birthday Party 

H & M Jersey Dress (mine's old but here's a similar style from LLBean for $55)

NET-A-PORTER Espadrilles $110

Amazon Straw Fedora $15

Tory Burch Foldover Clutch (mine's old but here's a similar style for  $350)

SheIn Sunnies $15

eBay Initial Necklace $12

eBay H Bracelet $8

Kate Spade Bangle $65

Sunday: Wedding Shower

Crochet Dress (unfortunately mine's sold out but here's a similar style from Mod Cloth for $75)

DSW Gold Gladiator Sandals $40

Michael Kors Python Bag $478

eBay Statement Necklace $3

eBay Strech Bracelets $3

Greek Key Bracelet  (mine came from Greece but here's a similar style from JTV for $50)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Foundation Roundup Round 2

There's no such thing as a perfect foundation so the search continues.

1. Maybelline Fit Me Dewy $8
Love this! Easy quick application with a dewy long lasting finish. It's a very wet formula that blends easily. It's the perfect summer foundation. I use L'Oréal Lumi mixed with NYX Cosmetics Pore Filler to prime.

2. Clinque Cubby in the Nude Stick $24
Application is a little tricky, lots of blending is necessary. It's medium coverage and lasted about 6-8 hours. It has a nice silky finish. I use Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting Primer and it glides on smoothly. Fun fact hemroid gel is a great cheap alternative primer.

3. Rainforest of the Sea $39
Long lasting, full coverage but it takes a good bit of product and a finishing powder. This foundation holds up very well to HD photography. The colors are great too, lots of good options. I use NYX Cosmetics Pore Filler to prime and Tarte Smooth Operator to set.

4. L'Oréal True Match Lumi Foundation $13
This has a nice finish and lasts much longer then the cushion formula. It has a natural shine to it that I really like. It requires a lot of products though to fully cover.  But the finished product is natural and luminous. I use L'Oréal Lumi to prime.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Instagram #ootd Roundup May 15th-22nd

Less rain but still cold. Come on Maryland I need some sun. I have a wicked cold too so mostly I wore my pjs.

Tuesday: Preschool Sing-a-long

Tobi Cardigan $24 (on clearance)

Old Navy Leopard Scarf (mine's old but here's a similar one from Rue 21 for $6)

Ann Taylor Loft Stripped Long Sleeve Tee $35

LuLaRoe Black Leggings

Tory Burch Caroline Ballerina Flats $225

Longchamp Le Pilage Tote in Pink $125

Forever 21 Knot Bracelet (mine's old but here's a similar style from JCPenny for $24)

Thursday: Mall Run

Aeropostel Sweater

LuLaRoe Leggings

DSW Gladiator Sandals (mine are old but here's a similar style for $60)

Nordstrom Reversible Tote in Cognac  $48

Stella Dot Rose Gold Triangle Bracelet $34

Stella Dot Rose Gold Triangle Pendant (sold out but here's a similar style for $59)

Saturday: Lunch Date

Nordstrom Lush Tunic in New Olive $28

Nordstrom STS Blue Ripped Jeans $58

Alaia Strappy Yellow Sandals (Mine are old but here's a cute pair from Steve Madden for $98)

Fendi Spy Bag (You can buy them on eBay)

eBay Initial Necklace $10

Tory Burch Gold Cuff $175

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Instagram Roundup May 9th-15th

It's still raining during the day but we've had a little break during the nights. I got a surprise visitor Tuesday and an awesome double dinner date Saturday!

Tuesday: Dinner with @wileecoyoti

Check out his photos on instagram he's a fantastic photographer!

Forever 21 Kimono $15

Express V-Neck Black Tee $16

Target Leggings $10

Forever 21 Black Boots with a Blue Zipper (mine are old but here's a similar style from Khols for $80)

Coach Clasdic Satchel (eBay is the best place to get one)

Charlotte Russe Gold Cuff $5

Charlotte Russe Gold Fringe Necklace $5

Wednesday: Field Trip

Pink Denim Jacket  (here's a similar style from Jessica Simpson for $47)

J. Jill Perfect White Tank Top $24

Target Leggings $10

Kooba White Leather Handbag $500

Quartz Bracelet (mine's antique but here's a similar style for $28)

Hunter Boots $105

Thursday: Pizza Night 

Charlotte Russe Tribal Hooded Cardigan (mine's old but here's a similar style for $37)

Express V-Neck Tee $16

New York and Company Flared Cropped Jeans $65

Forever 21 Shapes Necklace (mine's old but here's a similar style for $5)

Alice Evans Designs Anchor Ring (all of her pieces are unique but she's got some fab rings)

Tom's in Black $48

Longchamp Le Pilage Tote in Black $125

Saturday: School Fair

Walmart Skull Tee $8 (This is still in stores but not online, it's really soft)

Nordstrom STS Blue Ripped White Jeans $58

Havaianas Luna Sandals $30 (the silver are sold out)

eBay Heart Sunnies $2

eBay Silver Bracelets (Nail, Love, Screw Head) $16

ETSY Sideways Cross Necklace $26

Coach Satchel

Saturday: Date Night

Amazon Tunic $18 (don't let Amazon fool you into thinking this could be worn as a dress by anyone over 5'2")

Charlotte Russe Silver Heels (mine are old but here's are some cute ones for $37)

Alice Evans Designs Clutch (all of her bags are unique and gorgeous) 

Stretch Rhinestone Bracelet (mine's old but here's a similar style from ETSY for $10)

New York and Company Statement Necklace (mine's old but here's a similar style from JCPenny for $18)

Sunday: Church 

LuLa Roe Mommy and Me Leggings (fund a rep they are the softest!)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Easy Purple Eyeshadow

Recently someone asked me how could they break out of their routine without going too crazy. Purple eyeshadow is the way to go. It's flattering on anyone and this look is very simple.

I used NYX Cosmetics Purple Smokey Look Kit (but try this pallet from Maybelline), 3 brushes, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Maybelline Ultra Liner, Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Statement Mascara, and e.l.f. Cosmetics Treat and Tame on my brows.

Start with a light shade of purple, I used the top right shade. Apply all over your eye lid.

Next add a dark shade, I used the bottom middle, to the inner and outer edges of your eye lid.

Finally add a medium shade, I used the right middle, on your crease. Then take your blending brush and throughly blend it through.

Line your eyes with a black or brown eyeliner. If you want to do a wing here's how.

For your eyelashes if you want real volume start with  primer and then let it dry before applying your mascara.

Then layer on your favorite mascara. Let it dry between coats.

It's really simple but pretty look anyone can do! Good luck.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Instagram #ootd Roundup April 27th - May 8th

Here are some stragglers from a few weeks ago and this week's looks. If you want to see my Hunter Rain Boots look check out this post from last week.

Wednesday (4/27): The Mall

Express Faux Leather Jacket $98 (so soft and comfy)

Burgundy Blouse $34 (on sale)

Old Navy Curvy Skinny Jeans $30

Missoni Flats (get a pair from TheRealReal.com hundreds of dollars less)

Longchamp Le Pilage Tote in Beige $125

Tory Burch Necklace $175

Tory Burch Cuff $150

Kate Spade Phone Case $49

Saturday (5/7): Birthday Party

Green Army Jacket $25 (on sale)

A pekingese will cost you  $1200 but I'll sell mine to the highest bidder ;)

Sunday (5/8): Mother's Day Brunch

New York and Company Chambray Shirt $30

New York and Company Skirt $40

Old Navy Gladiator Sandals $40

JTV Pearl Necklace  $150

Tory Burch Gold Cuff  $175

Alice Evans Designs Clutch (all unique)

This outfit was inspired by a beautiful Michael Kors. How did I do?

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hunter Boots Looks

We are having serious spring showers in Baltimore so I've been living in my pink Hunter Boots (on sale for $105). Here's a few ways to wear them.

Nordstrom Sweatshirt  $49

H&M Skinny Dark Jeans  $20

Nordstrom Reversible Tote  $48

Stella & Dot Rose Gold Monogram Pendant $69

Stella & Dot Rose Gold Triangle Bracelet  $34

eBay Nail Braclet $1.50!

Nordstrom Rack Sweatshirt Dress  $50

Same jewlery and tote from above.

Grey Wrap Sweater (mine's old but here's a similar style for $58)

Coach Satchel  (mine's old but here's a similar style for $295 but there's a great Mother's Day sale)

Coach Umbrella $78

Target Gingham Shirt $15 (on sale)

Longchamp Le Pilage Tote  $125 (waterproof and perfect for rain)

ETSY Sideways Cross Necklace $26

Pink Denim Jacket  (mine's from Goodwill but Jessica Simpson makes a cute one for $35)

J. Jill Perfect White Tank $20

Target Leggings $10

Kooba White Leather Handbag  (mine's old but here's a similar style for  $500 but you can find great deals on eBay)

Clear Quartz Bracelet  (this was my Great Grandmother's but here's a similar style for $27)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Classic Beauty 10 Minute Look

This is a look I used to wear almost every day. It's simple and works with any outfit.

1. Moisturize as normal.

2. Use a fat liner like Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-1 Felt Tip Liner. Follow the steps below for the perfect wing.

3. Use a clean simple mascara like Tarte Clay Smart Mascara. I also used Lancome Cils Booster Mascara Base.

4. Use a pore filling primer like NYX Cosmetics Pore Filler. You can't decrease the size of your pores and be weary of any product that claims to do that (your pores size is 100% genetic) but you can reduce the appearance.

5. Use a matte foundation such as Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Foundation. Blend well!

6. Do a quick contour and blush with a cream duo like e.l.f. Cream Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo. Use a stipple brush like this on from e.l.f. to apply cream blush.

7. Add highlighter just above your cheekbones. I used L'Oréal Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in Rose.

8. Seal the look and soften it by using a finishing powder such as Make Up Forever HD MicroFininsh Poweder.

9. Finish with a nude gloss like NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee. For a night time look try a red lip.

That's it, the perfect classic beauty look.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Top 10 e.l.f Cosmetics Products

You don't have to spend loads of cash to have great make up. e.l.f. Cosmetics makes some great products that are ridiculously cheap and you should give them a try. Here's my top 10.

1. Brown Treat & Tame $3
This is the best way to quickly give your eyebrows a more fuller polished look. Unfortunately it's sold out (because it's so awesome) however e.l.f. is very good at getting products back in stock quickly and you can buy it at Target.

2. Cover Everything Concealer $2
I use this every single day. It is my favorite concelor and is perfect over a green or orange color corrector. It's creamy and blends beautifully.

3. Flawless Finish Foundation $6
This is my favorite cheap foundation with a very polished look. It takes some time to blend properly but with a finishing powder on top it will look as good as the $40 stuff.

4. Ultimate Blending Brush $6
I use this brush to apply and blend all my foundation with I then follow it up with a blending sponge. It picks up liquid beautifully and blends it just as well.

5. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush $6
This is my favorite Highlighter Brush. It creates the perfect stroke above your cheekbones and your nose. It's a little clumsy on above your lip but you can use an eye shadow brush for that.

6. Baked Highlighter $3
I love this highlight in Moonlight Pearls. It's the perfect color and has the right amount of shine that lasts all day.

7. Smudge Pot Cream Eye Shadow $3
If you need a quick smudge of color on your eyes this is the way to go. I use it in my Bronzed 10 Minute Look. If you have long nails this is tricky to use because it's best applied with your index finger.

8. Mineral Pearls $8
Comparative products are very expensive elsewhere so I highly recommend giving these a try for a nice finishing powder. You have a choice between natural and skin balancing. If you have splotchy skin go for the latter but otherwise I find the natural gives you the perfect glow. It comes with a less than great powder puff. I use a large powder brush.

9. Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo $4
The St. Lucia is my favorite color combo. The colors are strong and you only need a little blended well. It's a great dupe of the NARS duo for $42.

10. Tone Adjusting Face Primer $6
When I'm Red I use this primer to adjust my skin tone. It's extremely effective. It works great with the Flawless Finish Foundation. If you have problems with yellow tones try out the purple.

All together trying all 10 will cost you less than  $50. Not everything e.l.f. makes holds up to the more expensive brands but these 10 are solid buys. Enjoy!