Brow Products: A Whole New World

Monday, July 13, 2015

I never realized how important brows were to an entire look until recently! I've been watching a lot of beauty tutorials on YouTube and they have opened my eyes to the world of brows. I do a very simple brow routine with just the Anastasia Brow Wiz to fill in the middle of my brows, but there are tons of products out there for all your brow needs. Here are some of the best ones I've heard about.













What do you do for your brow routine?



-Lauren

Recent Favorites

Thursday, July 9, 2015












Just sharing a few recent favorites! Happy Thursday!



-Lauren

3 Multi-Purpose Makeup Products

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I love buying beauty products and discovering new ways to do my makeup. But not all products are necessary to have in your makeup bag for a complete look. You can just as easily use classic products you already have, instead of falling for a brand's marketing ploy. Here are 3 great multi-purpose makeup products:


1. Concealer as eye primer: It's not really necessary to buy a special eyeshadow primer, you can just use any concealer or eyeshadow base. Combine that with a long wearing eyeshadow and you'll be good to go.




2. Bronzer/highlight or blush/highlight duo: No need to buy two different products, especially in the summertime. Get a combined product that has two different sides or a swirl of colors. I always prefer mine with shimmer. 





3. Tinted lip balm: Multiple layers of lip products is not always necessary. On lighter makeup days, go for a tinted lip balm or lip butter that provides color but isn't labor intensive or heavy duty. 




What are your favorite multi-purpose makeup products?




-Lauren

Recent Favorites

Tuesday, June 16, 2015








I haven't done a recent favorites post in a while. I finally accumulated some new favorites so figured it was about time I shared them! This week includes a lot of different eyeshadow products, obviously some lip products and a few randoms. 



-Lauren

The Best Makeup for Photos and Video

Thursday, June 11, 2015





Giorgio Armani foundation -- I know it's pricey, but it's truly amazing. It really makes your skin glow and has a really nice finish. It's medium coverage but seems pretty build able, so if you are going to a special event like a wedding, put a little bit more on. Before you buy though, go to the makeup counter to get color matched because I think the color numbers are a bit tricky.

Makeup Forever HD foundation -- This is a good, slightly cheaper alternative to the Armani foundation.

Nars liquid eyeliner -- Any brand of liquid eyeliner will work but it will really make your eyes stand out and won't bleed or smear. 

YSL glossy stain -- Another pricey one, but this one is worth it as well in my opinion. The color does stay for a solid few hours and you don't have to touch up which is nice if you are at an event like a wedding. 

Smashbox Photo Finish primer -- If you have it, use a primer that's meant for photos and videos. I'm not sure it makes a huge difference, but it's worth doing just in case. 

Bobbi Brown blush -- A classic blush to warm up your cheeks is all you need if you're wearing a high definition foundation. This is one of my faves. 

Too Faced Natural Eyes palette -- I don't actually own this palette but have been wanting it for a while. I definitely recommend leaning towards a neutral eye for events where you'll be in photos or videos. Any palette will do, but steer away from bold colors or crazy combinations. 




What makeup do you recommend for photos and video?




-Lauren

Weekend Recap

Monday, June 8, 2015

This past weekend was my best friend's wedding in upstate NY. It was a beautiful weekend and I couldn't be happier for her and her new hubby! I've been posting over the last few months about outfits to wear to wedding showers, rehearsal dinners and hairstyles and makeup to wear for the big day. After lots of searching on Pinterest and many shopping trips, here's how everything turned out!


Scott and I at the reception:




Here's a close-up of my hair do:




I also decided to do my own makeup for the wedding and I'll put up a post this week about the new products I bought: 




The happy couple!!!




The gorgeous venue in upstate NY:





-Lauren


Weeknight Dinner Ideas + Blue Apron

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

My boyfriend and I signed up for Blue Apron recently and I'll admit that I was a bit reluctant to try it. I thought it could be overpriced and unnecessary but it has proven to be so helpful, easy and delicious. We usually order twice a month and it's $60 per week for 3 meals for 2 people. Between the miscellaneous groceries, take out and dinners out, it ends up being a perfect amount for us to order. The recipes are super easy to cook, really healthy and definitely different than what I would've tried to cook on my own. 

Before this I hardly ever cooked, mostly because I didn't have the patience and had some bad experiences...but the recipe cards are easy to follow and it's basically idiot proof. Here are some of the meals I've cooked:

















Blue Apron did not sponsor this post, I just legitimately like the service and recommend it! 




-Lauren