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Blogmas Day 23: Holiday Party

I promised you guys an outfit post today and only just discovered that my scheduled post never uploaded. The one time I’m on the ball and I still wreck it by not paying attention.

I know I do a lot of wish board what to wear for x occasion posts, so I decided yesterday to actual put my money where my mouth is and show you an outfit I actually have and would wear for a Christmas Party.

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Outfit: Sweater- Macy’s, Pants- H&M, Shoes- Asos

This first picture looks super awkward. These pants used to be super tight on me, like they’re meant to be, but I’ve lost some weight, and I swear they didn’t look this baggy in person. But I do still love these pants and will be a little sad when I have to retire them completely. Also the awkward expression is because it was freezing cold.

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On my face my usual makeup: Nars Sheer Glow, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Nars Deep Throat, Benefit Watts Up, Benefit Leggy Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Bourbon Eyeliner, YSL Babydoll Mascara, YSL Succulent Pomegrante Sheer Volupte Candy Glossy Balm.

I actually bought that YSL Glossy Balm to be my Summer color, but I find that I’m really loving it right now, it feels amazing on my lips and stains my lips a bit so the color lasts a really long time. Plus it looks gorgeous.

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I adore these shoes, My husband got me them as a surprise anniversary gift and they make me super happy every time I wear them. I had been wanting a pair of Chelsea boots for so long and was so excited to get these. I kinda really want to get another pair soon.

I’d probably wear this outfit to a casual party with friends and family. It’s simple but still looks nice, the only thing I’d change is I’d wear some pants that fit, since these are a cross between trousers and leggings.

Blogmas Day 16: Emi-Jay Haul

I know this post is super late today. I had a Dermatologist appointment, and I took my son to see Santa and mail his letter to Santa at Macy’s.

On Cyber Monday, I finally broke down and bought myself something. Emi-Jay was having a 20% off sale on their Website.


I bought a Green Headband, Red Polka Dot Headband and a 5 pack of their Christmas Hair ties. I’m kinda already really in love with the headbands.


They’re made out of the same material as the hair ties and when I brushed out my hair yesterday after wearing one all day there was no indent. I was ecstatic.

On my face: Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse Liquid Foundation, Nars Deep Throat, YSL Babydoll Mascara, Benefit Sugarbomb blush.

Earrings: Kate Spade


Did you buy anything for yourself on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Blogmas Day 9: Winter Skin and Hair Tips

I was asked yesterday if I had any tips for makeup or hair when the weather outside is as they put it ” frightful.” Winter is actually my favorite season for skin and hair care, so I was more than happy to put this post together.

The first tip I have is moisturize. Not only is the cold air drying, the recycled air and dry heat in building are incredibly drying as well. For skin I recommend a heavier night cream even if you have oily skin, and if you have dry skin a heavier day cream as well. Personally I’m using the Korres Greek Yogurt Lactic Acid Sleeping Facial.


For your hand which are also exposed and which show your age just as soon as your face and neck, I really love the L’Occitane hand creams.

But I also recommend you moisturize your hair. The more moisturized your hair is the less static you have to deal with when you take off your winter hat. I personally use the Victoria’s Secret Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner. They also have a hair mask that I plan on picking up which is great for a once a week pick me up. Another great product to add to your hair routine is an oil.


Another tip I have is skip on the heat treatments as often as you can and find a heat protectant that you love and use it consistently. Also a good dry shampoo will make your style last at least a day longer.

For those days where you simply must put your hair up, I recommend Emi-Jay hair ties. They’re the best and they don’t cause breakage or creasing in your hair. They’re Howl’s favorites too.


And my final hair tip is slip some dryer sheets with a scent you like in your pocket or purse. A quick swipe over your hair after you take off your hat or hood will calm any static fly aways and make your hair smell absolutely lovely.

For makeup I recommend glowing skin. This doesn’t mean you need a tan or to pack on the bronzer. Instead go for Champagne highlights like Benefit’s Watts up. Tops of your cheekbones, down your nose, center of your forehead and your cupids bow are great places for highlighter.

I am all about big lashes especially in the winter, but just because summer has passed doesn’t mean you should put away your waterproof mascara, extreme cold or strong winds can make your eyes water and absolutely ruin your eye makeup. I love the YSL Mascaras, but pick a brand you love and stick with it.

For lips I love warmer, bolder or darker colors. A stain or tinted lip balm is a great way to wear a darker color without it over taking your face. I love Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment and Benefit’s lip and cheek stains. Bonus a tinted lip balm does double duty as color and moisture. Just remember to exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub , Fresh has a great one, and you’ll be ready to be caught under the mistletoe all winter long.

Speaking of Cheeks, I love berries and plums for blush during the winter. Nars Sin is a color that I’d absolutely love to add to my makeup collection. But Benetint is a great just flushed in from the cold look.

For your eyes keep the inner corner shimmery and use greys for an icy look or browns and cranberry colors for warm cozy looks. I think a shimmering icy look is amazing for a New Years party and a warm brown and cranberry look is great for Holiday and Christmas parties.

And my last tip is a skincare one, don’t skimp on the SPF just because it’s icy outside. Just because it’s cold and overcast more often doesn’t mean the sun can’t still hurt you. Even worse? The snow on the ground can actually make the sun damage worse by reflecting the rays back up at you.

I love winter because I feel like with all the holiday parties you can be bolder with your makeup routine and use more shimmer and try new things that just wouldn’t work in the paired down summer, or the fresh faced spring.

I really enjoyed writing this post and if you have any other posts you’re interested in seeing from me feel free to leave your requests in the comments below.

Daily Makeup Routine

I know that every time I have an outfit post I list my makeup. I also realize that what I’m wearing rarely changes, so I thought I’d show you what my typical daily makeup looks like.


I don’t lay my makeup out like this when I go to put it on, I just wanted to make it look pretty for blog  purposes. And yes that is a GlossyBox lid.

Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl is one of my favorite highlighters, and it’s absolutely perfect for daily use. Since I have a yellow undertone to my skin, I like that this is pink toned because I feel like it adds a bit of a warmth to the glow it gives.

This is probably one of my all time favorite concealers. Nars Radiant Creamy concealer is hands down the best concealer for dark circles I’ve ever used. It’s okay for acne blemishes, but it’s not as good as the Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer. I’m out of that one right now and since even though it’s not the best, the Nars does work I’m not worrying about repurchasing the Tarte one right now.

My Foundation is most days is the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse, usually I prefer the Nars Sheer Glow or the Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, but lately I’ve been using the Rimmel Foundation on days where I’m not taking photos or filming. It’s a really good slap it on and go product for me.

The Mascara pictured is the Rimmel Glam Retro something or other. I’m not positive because I don’t use it anymore. I love how it looks, and that it’s a breeze to apply, but it makes my eyes water like crazy. So right now I’m currently using the YSL Babydoll that I got a sample of and seems to be lasting for ages. When that runs out I’ll be forced to decide which YSL Mascara to purchase since they’re the only brand that I’ve tried where my eyes don’t water like crazy.

My setting powder which I don’t use with the Nars foundation is the Makeup Forever Professional HD Setting Powder. I love this powder with every other foundation I’ve tried it with, but I don’t like what it does to the Nars foundation.

These are the Lancome Eyeshadows that I use on pretty much a daily bases. I have a NYX palette and a BH cosmetics 120 palette but I just don’t love them as much as I do these. The Lorac Pro Palette is on my Christmas list though.

And the last thing in my daily makeup routine is my blush which is the Nars Deep Throat Blush. It’s terrible but I only own one blush. I went through a big clearing out and use it up phase and somehow got to the point that for awhile I was actually out of blush. It was awful. I’m just so indecisive and rather than buy a few I ended up not buying any for the longest time. It was Maxwell that recommended this blush to me so of course I needed it instantly. I do plan on buying a blush palette soon, but I’m torn between Nars, Sleek and Inglot. I might go with two, but that just seems excessive to me.

There’s no lip product pictured because that changes constantly. Or I’m just not wearing one. Mostly it’s the latter, because I’m terribly forgetful.

If you wanna see me slap all this on then you can watch my Everyday Fall Makeup Routine below

What’s your everyday makeup or do you switch it up everyday?

Stylish Sundays: Because Your Favorite Shade Is Navy Blue

I woke up yesterday and realized that not only did I not have photos taken for this week, but I also didn’t know what the hell to wear. Then I remembered this skirt that I wore forever ago, and had said when I bought it that I would wear it well into fall. Well here it is with only a month left of fall and I hadn’t worn it once.


I’m wearing Blue Toggle Coat from Delia’s, Old Navy Polka Dot Sweater, H&M Skater Skirt, Hue Navy Blue Tights, Not Rated Oxfords, and a Gold Pen Necklace.


I love this coat.

On my Face: Nars Sheer Glow in Siberia, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, Nars Blush in Deep Throat, Benefit Leggy Eyeshadow, YSL Babydoll Mascara

Hair: Curled with the Conair YouCurl Infinity, Hairspray Aveda AirControl



Detail shots of Shoes and Necklace.

This outfit turned out better than I thought it would, considering I didn’t know what to wear. I realized that I was wearing a lot of navy blue and ended up having If My Heart Was A House by Owl City stuck in my head all day long. I would have liked this outfit better if I had gone with my first plan of wearing a red sweater and white oxford, but I changed it last minute, because I didn’t want to be wearing an oxford sweater combo 3 weeks in a row.  I also plan on buying different brogues very soon. These ones are getting worn out and I don’t love them as much as I did when I first got them. I’m thinking of maybe these from Zara.

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