Makeup Gift Sets

Monday, October 20, 2014











I love trying out new makeup but it's hard to commit to a new product when you haven't really tried it. This is why I love makeup gift/value sets. It's the perfect way to test out new things in the trial sizes to see if you want to buy the full size. It's also a great way to discover new things, since you may not buy things included in the sets on a regular basis. These are some of the sets that have caught my eye. 

I actually just bought the Bare Minerals Up Close and Beautiful kit and I'm loving it so far. This is the first time I've tried the Bare Minerals foundations and powders and I'm really surprised at how well they work and how natural they look and feel. This kit has the foundation, finishing powder, concealer, primer and two brushes. Great value for $20.




-Lauren

Recent Favorites

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Bite High Pigment Lip Pencil (in velvet) - Ok so this is pricey for a lip pencil, but it is truly an amazing product. The color lasts a really long time and the texture is really smooth and creamy. I also really like the matte look because it doesn't look dry or cakey, it actually moisturizes a little bit.


Sweaters with attached shirts (JCrew and ShopBop) - I just found one of these sweaters with silk shirts attached at Loft and I absolutely love it. I had always tried to wear sweaters with collared shirts underneath and it never looked quite right, so I'm a huge fan of the one-piece attached look. 


This is Where I Leave You - So I wanted to read this before seeing the movie that came out this month. So far it's really funny, even though it's a story of a family coming together for the father's funeral and sitting shiva for a week. 


Gone Girl movie - Normally I am a very tough critic of books being made into movies, but Gone Girl was very good. It stayed true to the book and portrayed the important monologues and passages sufficiently enough. Rosamund Pike was amazing; she was perfectly creepy and mysterious. Warning: I highly, highly recommend reading the book first!






Hope everyone is having a great week!




-Lauren




Black on Black: Mixing Textures

Monday, October 13, 2014








Black on black is one of my all time favorite looks, so easy and always looks good. I've been loving how people have been mixing textures this season, with leather, sequins, fur and more. Here is some inspiration on how to mix up your black on black looks.



-Lauren

Splurge vs. Save: Rag & Bone Nicole Tee

Sunday, October 12, 2014






The Rag & Bone tees are very popular and I love the look of a great-fitting basic shirt like the Nicole tee. However, I've never understood why people will pay over $100 for a t-shirt. This Old Navy one is a steal for $9.95 and has the same heather gray look and fits a bit loose. The only thing it's missing is the open back...but who wants an open back in a long sleeve shirt anyway? 




-Lauren


Weekly Wish List

Saturday, October 11, 2014



A lot of what is on my list this week are basics for fall. The Pixie pants from JCrew have been on my wish list for a long time and I finally tried on the newest version the other day and I really like them. They would look perfect with this gray cowl neck sweater from Loft's new Lou & Grey line. On the beauty front, I'm really interested to see what the Smashbox primer is all about - I've used Porefessional and Baby Skin but am looking to try something else. Lastly, I love my Gigi NY clutch and now the mini Taylor tote is on my long term wish list. 




Happy weekend!



-Lauren

Mascara Favorites and Unfavorites

Friday, October 10, 2014





I've been on kind of a beauty kick this week, evaluating my current makeup and picking up a few new products to try. Mascara is probably my favorite product; it's the thing I'd put on if I was running out the door and didn't have time for a full face of makeup. So, I thought I'd share my mascara favorites and unfavorites of the moment. 

Favorites:

1. Bare Minerals Flawless Definition - You can tell right away from the brush that this mascara is good. It makes really thin, defined lashes and is never clumpy.

2. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme - This is your classic mascara for medium thickness lashes. It's just really, really good. 

3. Buxom Lash Mascara - I just got this in a sample size from Sephora and so far I love it. It makes really clean, defined lashes and the black isn't too intense.

Unfavorites: 

1. Almay Intense I-Color - I liked this one in the beginning but then it dried out way too quickly and was unusable. 

2. Mac Zoom Fast Black Lash - This one was horrible from the start, totally clumpy and the brush didn't work well at all. Totally regret buying this one, which is weird because generally, I love Mac makeup.

3. Rimmel ScandalEyes - The brush is kind of an hour glass shape, which didn't really work well for me. I just couldn't get clean looking lashes with it. 




What are your favorite and unfavorite mascaras? 




-Lauren

Current Makeup Routine

Wednesday, October 8, 2014








It's been a while since I've shared some of my favorite makeup. I'm still using some of the same products but have rotated in a few new ones like the BB cream and Benetint. I love seeing what other people use in their daily routine so please share your suggestions in the comments below!




-Lauren