Fall work + weekend style board

Although it certainly doesn’t feel like Fall here, maybe if we talk about it, it’ll come! My favorite colors for fall are navy (no surprise there), burgundy, browns, and tortoise shell. I also love the idea of complementing them with a bit of baby blues or light pinks. So with that here’s my style board for fall…

Fall Look Book[Blazer][Purse][Halter][Bag Detail][Courds][Dress][Earrings][Sweater][Pants][Heels][Tee][Jeans][Nailpolish][Stripe Long Sleeve Shirt *Background]

One of the things I look for when I shop is items that will coordinate with what I already have, items that I can dress up or down, and items that can be layered for the few days when it’s really cold. I’m excited to start shopping for Fall next month!

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Disney World…What we wore

DW: What we woreIt wouldn’t be a complete trip if I hadn’t spent weeks trying to figure out what we were going to wear every day. I don’t usually match the boys’ outfits, but for this trip I worked to coordinate them, mainly so I could remember what they were wearing each day. My one regret was that I should have packed more for myself. Between the scorching heat at some points and a couple of downpours (thanks to a tropical storm), we went back to the room and changed more before dinner then I had planned. I had to recycle a few things in order to get through the week and I definitely would bring more next time. Here is the rundown of our list if you would like to see…

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Tsum Tsum Love

We are headed to Disney this summer! It’s the first time we’ve really been back (save for a short stop with A when he was 1 and a 1/2), since B and I’s honeymoon ten years ago. This is also our first vacation where just the four of us are going. The boys are incredibly excited and so are we! And J was especially excited because guess what Disney has? Tsum Tsums. And guess what J collects? Tsum Tsums.

Tsum TsumHe has been going through the Disney store on-line making his little list of ones he wants to find, and I have to say I’m excited about finding them too! Here is his current list:

Tsum TsumA also likes Tsum Tsums, but is also excited about the many Disney decorated office supplies:

Tsum TsumAnd J thinks I definitely need a Minnie Mouse, and I have my eye out for a few other items:

DisneyI’ll be sure to share all of the details, restaurants, and places we went after the trip! It is definitely going to be one of the highlights of our summer!

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Behind the face

I’m nine chapters of outlining in…

Behind the face...And am way to lazy to figure out why the back of this picture is blue. Continuing on…

After my post on Clinique city block, I used it for several more weeks and realized it was making my face break-out. OF COURSE. It’s supposed to be for sensitive skin, but as I’ve learned, what is for sensitive skin, doesn’t always work for my sensitive skin. I have weird sensitive skin. Atypical, but certainly typical for me. I thought I’d share what works for me (don’t take this as testament that it’ll work for you, I’m just sharing what works for me).

So here is my typical line-up:

Behind the faceWhen I first met B two things I introduced him two were face wash and moisturizer. He probably won’t appreciate me sharing that, HA! Not that he didn’t use those, but they were full of fragrances, etc. B has skin that is very similar to mine, so we tend to use similar products. I stay away from anything that says “natural” “plant based” because while those may be “green” or healthier for some people, for B and I (and the boys) it’s basically a bad allergic reaction waiting to happen.

My skin also gets super dry, and my helpful salesperson at Sephora told me it was because I wasn’t exfoliating enough in addition to moisturizing. I was super hesitant about using an exfoliator, but she convinced me that First Aid’s facial radiance pads would work. And they do! And they are awesome…her tip was to cut them in half so they’ll last longer.

I use the radiance pads a couple times a week and then I use my Clarisonic on the other days. I use the delicate brush head (also recommended by my salesperson at Sephora).

For an eye make-up remover I use Clinique’s take the day off oil, which also works double to clean my beauty blender. If I’m putting on moisturizer at night, I use Neutrogena’s oil free sensitive and for the morning and around my eyes I use Sephora’s instant moisturizer. As I mentioned earlier, my skin is weird…the instant moisturizer isn’t for sensitive skin, but it doesn’t make my face break-out. I also use it instead of an eye cream, since a certain person (who will remain nameless….Jessica) scared the crap out of me of picking an eye cream. I really don’t want to permanently scar the skin around my eyes, so I’m sticking with the Sephora moisturizer for now.

And if I have any trouble spots, I use Neutrogena on the spot, which I’ve been using since high school (not the same tube of it…that’d be unsanitary). I bleached the carpet of my bedroom at my parents’ house with it. So there’s that.

Oh and by the way, I went back to my old standard of sunscreen:

SunblockIf I need to wear sunscreen, but don’t want to smell like it, I wear Neutrogena’s clear face. It literally smells like nothing. And…it doesn’t make my face break-out. So hurray! And the Coppertone sport holds up really well. And also doesn’t make my skin break-out.

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Clinique city block review

So since I told my sister…and Jessica that I’d let them know how I liked city block I figured I’d review it on here. Here’s my typical Saturday make-up:

Satuday Make-Up Saturday Make-UpWhich may look like a lot, but I typically get my make-up done in under five minutes on Saturday. Sunblock, a little concealer for under my eyes, eye brows filled in (since I found a picture the other day and realized they are such a pain because I WAAAY over-plucked them in 2001. Doh.), a little blush, neutral eye shadow, and mascara. Done.

So here is me with no other make-up but the city block:

City BlockIt pretty much looks like I have foundation on. And that’s the consistency that you are going to get with it. Which I liked because it meant I really didn’t need anything else on top of it. Oh and it’s colored. Not white. Which worried me at first, but it somehow matched to my skin (I have fair skin with yellow undertones).

And here’s with all my make-up done (and in my half laundry room, no less):

City BlockSo here’s the deal. I really liked it for Saturday wear (and when we go to the beach, Disney, etc.) because my face was not red at all by the end of the day (full disclosure: it was windy and cold…however, it was also very sunny) and it basically substitutes as your foundation. It is thick, so you don’t need very much (I’m talking dime size or less). However, if you put foundation over it, I feel like it would be really heavy, so it’s not something I’d want to wear if I also wanted to wear my foundation. My skin is pretty dry to begin with, so I felt like adding foundation on top of it was going to feel mask-like and make my face really pale.

It doesn’t have hardly any smell and once I put it on, I didn’t feel like I was wearing anything. It also has a lot of staying power…when I washed my face later in the day, it didn’t seem to wash off completely if that makes sense. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. Anyway. I’m going to keep wearing it when it starts to warm up, so I’ll check back and let you know if it still works in Alabama’s hot, humid, AKA, air you can wear summers. HA!

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Beauty bag essentials

Beauty bag essentialsWhere I used to buy multiple items and never run out of them, now I tend to use every item to the very last drop and finally realize I need to let it go and buy more. My beauty bag was in need of an overhaul, so while running errands, I stocked up on some of my favorites that I’d run out of, and also sprang for a few new Spring items. Here’s a breakdown of what is on my list! And I got enough points at Sephora that I’m waiting to use my discount to pick up the cute new bag below.  Beauty bag1. Hair clips, claws, and a cute barrette. I frequently end up pulling up my hair at the end of the day, and my years of dancing makes it incredibly annoying for me to have pieces falling down. I keep a stash of essentials to quickly put my hair up.

2. Super city block. My sister read about this on a blog, that the girl uses it as a primer and went on a cruise and didn’t get sunburned. With my super fair skin, this is an essential on my list for summer.

3. Color! The new NARS Rosecliff lipstick, Tarte Tipsy, and NARS Copacabana highlighter are long lasting when you put them on in the morning, but also great essentials to have on hand for end of the day brightening.

4. LaVanila Lavender (or lemon, or coconut). I keep these on rotation in my bag, in case I forget to put on perfume. They are light and not overpowering.

5. Pixie nude eyeliner…to go on inside your lower lid for days when you are super tired, or your allergies are a mess.

6. And finally Zoya nail polish in tulip and a cute Sephora make-up bag to toss it all in. So I can touch up my nails and then get back to grading topic proposals.

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