Pop of pink lip

I picked out NARS Anita Audacious lipstick what seems like forever ago, and pulled it out yesterday to recycle back into my weekly rotation. Matched with Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat liner in Pillow talk (this is really the perfect liner if you are wearing any color in the nude to pink range), and a slick of NARS Chihuahua lip gloss on top. It wears pretty well from morning:

To after the last workout of the day:

It does transfer some, but overall remains pretty true throughout the day. It is a little drying which is why I like the NARS lip gloss on top. It would make a perfect set for a stocking stuffer idea for Christmas!

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Sephora holiday sale purchases

Talk about a quick turn around! I ordered my Sephora holiday sale items on Saturday and they were here by Tuesday. Since the sale is still going on, I’m sharing what my final purchase items were from the sale:

I love the NARS lip pencils, so when I saw this set, I immediately added it to my list. I also realized I was out of one of my favorite NARS blushes, so I picked up that as well. Those two items, the Tarte palette, the Peter Thomas Roth mask, and Clinique Almost lipstick I put in a bag for B to add to my Christmas stocking. The refills I decided I needed now were my retinol cream, B-hydra serum, hair spray, and heat protectant. In my this or that debate the winners were:

I ended up choosing the NARS foundation and the Sephora brand moisturizer. I tried the NARS foundation yesterday:


And I do like it so far. It is a bit “heavier” than the NARS sheer glow foundation. I applied it with a beauty blender, I feel like a foundation brush would’ve made it too caked in spots. I tried it with the becca primer, and tomorrow I’m going to try it without the primer to compare. I’ll check back in and let you know how it is. Happy Sephora sale shopping!

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Sephora sale

The Sephora sale starts this Friday, October 30th for Rouge, November 3rd for VIB’s, and November 5th for Beauty Insiders! The Sephora sales are rare, so it’s the time of year when I stock up on products  and in the Holiday season I also stock my stocking! So here is what I’m stocking up on for this year!

First, these are all of my refills:

Moisturizer, Makeup Remover, Hair Spray, Heat Protectant, B-Serum, Retinol Cream

All of these are products I get over and over again. I’m pretty loyal product wise, especially when it comes to hair and skin care. It also is because my skin is very sensitive and so when I find products that my skin agrees with I stick with them!

 

Second are the items I’m ordering for my stocking:

Almost Lipstick, Eye Palette, Mask

Since I’m literally the only girl in my house, I love for my Christmas stocking to be full of splurgy, girly items. Things that I might not normally buy, but B is happy for me to help him with shopping. I’ve been on a kick of finding items I used to purchase and love and one of them is Clinique Black Honey. The Tarte eye shadow palette in Tartelette will be a great add to my collection, it has some more matte choices, and provides a bit of differentiation from what I have now. Finally, I’ve read great, great things about this pumpkin enzyme mask, which sounds perfect for dry winter skin.

 

Lastly I have several items that I’m going back and forth about. I really would like a new foundation for winter, but I can’t decide between these two:

NARS soft matte foundation or It Cosmetics Better than Skin foundation. I own foundations from both  these companies and have had great experiences with both. However, my current NARS soft glow foundation tends to melt a bit by the end of the day, and the it Cosmetics CC cream tends to get a but oxidized as my skin gets paler in the winter. The price point of these is similar, and the reviews are kind of half and half for both. I’m trying to decide which I should test out!

Next, I’m trying to decide between two secondary moisturizers:

I love my First Aid moisturizer, but I do like to have a secondary moisturizer to kind of switch things up. I’ve been trying a sample of protini polypeptide cream, and I really like it, but the price point is high. On the flip side this Sephora moisturizer seems to be a close reboot of what was my favorite Sephora moisturizer that was discontinued. I’m still debating about the one to pick! Happy Sephora sale shopping!

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Dressing up jeans and a T-shirt

A discovery I made during the past year. I hate skinny jeans. I mean hate them. Why am I pulling myself into a denim form of a legging that I really just want to not wear as soon as I’m wearing them? Hence my movement into wearing the jeans I actually am fine with, which are straight leg or bootcut. Straight leg I can do with them being a bit shorter, but bootcut have to hit 1/4 inch above the ground and no more. But, I digress as this post is not about bootcut jeans. It’s about straight leg jeans and how I wore them this week:


And yes, I put on shoes! As if I am going out. Which I am not. But if I were, I would wear these. All of these pieces I’ve had for awhile, so here’s the closest match for jeans, cardigan, T-shirt, and shoes. And, I’m also sharing my favorite red lipstick:

This is NARS Cruella. Listen. I don’t usually wear red lipsticks because I find them to be too high maintenance, but this one actually wears well. It’s going to transfer some:

However, for me, it really only came off noticeably if I ate oily food, or put a gloss over it. If you can handle wearing it matte, it’ll stay for a good while. I reapplied once after lunch, and it lasted through the end of the day and a 3 mile run, where it was boiling hot out. My other suggestion would be to get a lip liner to line the outside to prevent feathering.

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Make-Up Monday

My current make-up favorites:

Anastasia clear brow gel

Benefit Rollerlash

It CC Cream in fair/light

First Aid moisturizer

NYX creme brûlée

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow talk lipstick and lip liner

NARS laguna bronzer

Tarte Paaarty blush

Tarte in bloom eye palette

Stila stay all day eye liner in dark brown

Becca highlighter in Champagne pop

Elf wow brow gel in brunette

Sonia Kashuk brushes

And me with all of them on and no filter:

Simple, looks done without being too much for a day where I’m really just grading papers and fielding assignment questions from the boys. Each of these are products that I’d buy again and again. They are long lasting and don’t irritate my skin (which can be pretty finicky). I usually follow-up with spraying my face with rose water mist and then quickly curling my hair with my t3 curling iron and setting it with Bumble and Bumble hair spray. I have my quick make-up and hair routine down to about twenty minutes, I tend to get impatient if it takes longer than that! Happy make-up Monday!

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Favorite new sweater

 

If you know me, you know I don’t like turtlenecks of any kind. And off the shoulder sweaters are some my favorites. This sweater checks all the boxes, and was my Anthroday purchase from a month or so ago. It’s boxy, and the sleeves are big, but it’s got a casual 1990s, 90210 vibe to it. I’m wearing an xs. Paired with my favorite distressed jeans, and Frye booties it’s Fall happiness because it actually feels like Fall this year! The sweater is linked here, similar style to my shoes here, and I looked hard to find a close match to my jeans, and these Madewell ones are pretty close.


In addition to that, I’m loving my Naked Honey Palette eye shadow and Essie Say it Ain’t Soho nail polish, which are a great pop with the neutral sweater!


And my necklace and bracelets (which you can’t really see), are all local from Sweet Pineapple!

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Amazon prime day beauty deals

Oh Amazon Prime Day. Coming in and taking over October. I did some early Christmas shopping, but my very favorite deals this year came in the form of a few of my “holy grail” beauty products. Two of my favorite brands NYX and Stila have prime only deals, so I had to share now before they sell out! So this is my haul:


Stila long wearing liquid lipstick in Pantina

NYX set of three glosses (Creme Brûlée, Madeline, and Angel Food Cake)

NYX lip liner in Peekaboo Neutral

Stila liquid eyeliner in Dark Brown

Beauty blender set with holder

I mentioned testing out Stila pantina on my Friday Favorites, so I’m excited to try it. I used Stila liquid lipsticks for years, and honestly I don’t know why I stopped! NYX lip glosses in my favorite colors, I use these daily until they are empty. NYX lip liners have been proven dupes for a lot of top brands, but at a fraction of the price. Stila liquid eyeliner in dark brown I wear almost everyday, so this was a good chance to refill. Finally, my beauty blender really needs to be replaced, and I’ve heard good things about this set. For the price, it is worth a try! Happy prime day shopping!

 

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Business casual


The post title makes me laugh, but it’s fairly accurate. This outfit also takes me back to a very similar, but more teen look I had in 1997 that was inspired by Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn video (if you know, you know). While both of these pieces I’ve had for awhile, you can recreate it with this JCrew sweater and these Anthropologie pants. And I have on a stack of navy/gold Erimish bracelets. It’s comfy, but dressed up enough for Zoom meetings.

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Nordstrom anniversary sale


Hanging out in my current home office, it’s hard to determine what I could potentially need from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, besides perhaps my house finally being done so I could move into an actual home office space. Some years there is quite a bit I pick up from the anniversary sale, and then other years I don’t really find anything. This year I have my eye on some work from home basics, that means tops for Zoom meetings and exercise clothes. First up, Zoom meetings:

And days where I have a meeting, but also have to run to the store:

 

And days where B and I go run when it gets colder out:

All of these items can be found within the preview of the sale, and you can make a wish list of your favorites! Check out my wish list below:

 


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June Make-Up Buys


Some refills and some new items to test out this month! First up, a few of my usual rotations:

Essie no chips ahead topcoat. You will never convince me another topcoat lasts longer than this one. I’ve tried many, and it’s the best.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen. This is my current favorite primer for my IT CC cream. If I’m wearing the CC cream, I’m wearing this and I have yet to get burned this summer on my face.

Tarte lip balm in Nude. Love it, wear it almost everyday!.

I switch between Neutrogena and Clinique make up remover. They are pretty similar and I typically only use them for cleaning brushes, so I would go for the steal instead of the splurge.

My boys hate sunblock that smells (is their a kid out there that relishes the smell of sunblock?), so I’m always on the hunt for ones that don’t. Their favorite is the Neutrogena Clear Face, but the SPF on that one is kind of low, especially for being in the pool. I tested out the Sport Face one this month and I feel like it stays better, and no smell.

Ouai air dry foam. Wow does this smell amazing! It makes your hair super soft, and I think if I did double buns it would have had even more of a wave the next day.

Pixie eye patches. Tricky to put on, but they are very cooling, and make a big difference in puffiness under my eyes.

Morphe M105. A narrower countering brush, good for bronzer placement. First saw it on a Lindsey Regan Thorne make-up tutorial and I really like it!

I also picked up a few items for A this month:

Dove deodorant. Good smelling, not super strong.

With the amount of pool time the boys have had this summer, I needed to up their hair care routine. The boys have totally different hair types, so I tested out this shampoo and conditioner with A. It doesn’t have a strong scent and his hair has been super soft and healthy looking!

One of my goals with the boys is that they learn and understand the importance of good skin care and hygiene. This Supergoop moisturizer is for A to put on every morning. He really needs to wear sunscreen everyday, and this one has no scent and NO sticky feeling like most sunblocks. I tested it out and I love it for days when I wear no other makeup. So much so, that I may buy another container for myself.

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