The BEST Under Eye Concealer!

I recently had the opportunity to try out some products from It Cosmetics and I’m excited to share my favorite products with you!PicMonkey CollageHere’s a quick before and after so you can see me with nothing on at all and then with a natural full face of makeup using only It Cosmetics. IMG_4245 copyOne of my favorite products was this Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector. I have pretty serious bags under my eyes that never quite disappear no matter how much concealer I put on. But if you look at the above photo, I used the eye corrector on only one side to show how incredible this product is; the deep lines, eye bags, and darkness literally disappeared (I’m wearing foundation underneath which also helped a bit with the darkness). The difference is incredible and I’m now a complete convert!! A little goes a LONG way with this product and I used my pinky to just press it in gently. I then finished up with the Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer and a light dusting of the Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder.  A tip with the concealer is really to remember that you need just a drop of concealer to give full coverage; the thicker, tackier texture takes some time getting use to but if you’re like me and no concealers have gotten rid of the dark circles, I highly recommend you try this one out. The tube will last forever and gives incredible coverage. It’s definitely the best under eye concealer for me personally!
IMG_4231 copyThe CC Cream gives great coverage while being really moisturizing and providing SPF. I usually like to wear foundations because I prefer full coverage but this CC Cream works just as well as my foundations so I will definitely be using it instead! And oh my goodness, the foundation brush is a dream! In my opinion it is seriously worth the splurge as it’s something you’ll have for years and years and is incredible for giving you an airbrushed look.
IMG_4250 copy I opted for a more natural look so I did no serious contouring but the above My Sculpted Face Palette is a great contouring palette that comes with a detailed instruction guide to help you get your best contour. I love that the bronzers in the palette were matte. IMG_4242 copyThe Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Palette comes with 14 beautifully pigmented and wearable shades. For my natural makeup look I just mixed a couple colors for a light wash of color in a peachy gold shade and then used the transforming pearl shade to highlight my browbone and inner eye corner. The Creme Blush was incredibly easy to work with and the color is beautiful! And lastly, the Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Butter was moisturizing and applied so smoothly with a soft pop of color. I normally go for bold lip colors so it was nice to try something softer for a change!PicMonkey Collage2

Photography thanks to Kelly West, check out her instagram and facebook page.

Feel free to ask me any questions about these products and I’m happy to give you my honest thoughts and opinions!


The Perfect Little Black Dress + Giveaway!

IMG_0491I found the prettiest little black dress thanks to Teri Jon and I am completely obsessed! I love the jacquard bottom as it adds beautiful texture and shine as well as the sweet embellished belt. This is one of those dresses that work all year round for any special event and while Teri Jon definitely is a bit more pricey, I can honestly say that if I was looking for a dress to splurge on, Teri Jon would be the first place I’d look (see my equally as gorgeous Teri Jon dress here). The dresses are gorgeous, well tailored, exquisitely made, and are truly special. I frequently see cheaper dress brands knock off Teri Jon dresses but they’re never made as beautifully as the original!

While this dress is not available online, there are other gorgeous options in similar style that I linked to in the slide at the bottom of the post (so disable your adblocker to view). I also apologize for the excess photos but I always have the hardest time narrowing down my choices from my photoshoots with Phillip Van Nostrand! And Central Park being oh so photogenic doesn’t help!

PS scroll to the bottom of the post for an incredible giveaway!!

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Photos by Phillip Van Nostrand, check out his instagram and FB page

Teri Jon dress c/o, also loving floral jacquard necklace dress and scuba and lace black dress  (check out slide below for gorgeous options), old BCBG clutch but equally gorgeous annabelle scallop leather clutch, BCBG foldover clutch, or BCBG flower foldover clutch, Leslie Francesca ring and earrings c/o, similar dainty bow cuff,


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Impulse Purchase Regrets

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Let me be real with you guys for a second! I don’t shop at Forever 21 very often but I saw someone wearing this wrap-tie shirt dress on instagram and I impulsively bought it the next day. This dress does not flatter my body (although Kelly of course got great shots) so I regret the purchase as I will definitely not be wearing this again. The girl who wore it on instagram looked amazing in it but this is definitely not the right cut for my body. Oh well, I’m just glad this impulse purchase was only $24! Usually, my impulse purchase regrets are at sample sales so I’m working on being better with those as well as being selective with the sales I choose to attend.

I’m curious to hear if any of you have had impulse purchases you regretted. If so, tell me about it!
IMG_1242 IMG_1238 I don’t regret these Paul Andrew beauties though! Best.sample.sale.score.ever! These, my Shoshanna dresses, and Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag are some of my favorite sample sale purchases.IMG_1244

Photography thanks to Kelly West, check out her instagram and facebook page. Hair and makeup thanks to Caravan Stylist Studio.

wrap tie shirt dress (I’m loving Cynthia Steffe maya shirtdress too), same style, different print Paul Andrew suede chunky-heel platform sandal or same print in different styles- Manhattan pumps or  slingbacks Jewelry is c/o Leslie Francesca and golden goddess ringPhysicians Formula glossy stain c/o, hair products from Not Your Mother’s c/o


Summer Nail Art

I think it’s definitely time to share some of my latest manicures with you! I’ve been playing around with some summer nail art trends and I’d love to hear what your favorites are. And like always, these “nailfies” (Is that a thing?) are done with my iphone and I try my best but I’m no photographer as you can see.

This post was actually inspired by a fun article I recently read sharing popular trends. It’s fascinating to observe popular trends and notice how we become influenced by them. I like to say that I wear what I like to wear but who am I kidding if I say that trends don’t have some influence on me. For example, I’ve tried out the boho trend this summer but I refuse to step near the knee-high gladiator sandals. I find it fun to experiment with different styles and trends…. all while staying true to who I am! I’m curious to hear what your favorite summer trends have been!

FullSizeRender (1) FullSizeRender (3)So sometimes my nail art can get complicated but here I went simple with any icy blue polish and gold striping tape down the middle. Love this simple but chic design! I’m wearing a Judith Jack ring in first picture and House of Harlow ring in the second.

FullSizeRender (12) FullSizeRender (13)I LOVED this negative space and white polish manicure! The gold foil adds the perfect touch and it was way prettier in real life! Wearing Nashelle rings in first picture and Leslie Francesca in second.

IMG_8020 FullSizeRender (4)Here we did more negative space nail art in a fun color combination of pink and orange; of course we added some gold glitter polish! Wearing an Ona Chan lattice cocktail ring.

Which manicure is your favorite?

 

Sunset Ombre Dress

IMG_1209I have a weakness for all things ombre so I immediately gravitated towards this ombre dress at the last Shoshanna sample sale and obviously couldn’t leave it behind! You may remember my ombre blues dress I got from the last sample sale. And yes, they’re kind of identical but for the price (I don’t remember exactly but something like $40) I figured the more the merrier.IMG_1206 IMG_1217 I actually had an ombre manicure at the same time but didn’t do it on purpose, I promise! Just a fun coincidence and I’m not complaining! 😉IMG_1201

Photography thanks to Kelly West, check out her instagram and facebook page. Hair and makeup thanks to Caravan Stylist Studio.

Fun dress options: ombre eyelet lace fit and flare dress, DVF ombre lace, ombre caftan shift dress, Milly coco ombre dress, Naama dress, rose ombre coral dress, and Maggy London fit and flare dress Jewelryluxe pave orbital ringLeslie Francesca  druzy ring and necklace Clutch: similar and gorgeous Annabelle scallop perf-leather or BCBG scallop perforated leather clutch Shoesseville espadrille wedges and also loving these Anna wedges


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