Monday, May 27, 2013

Beyond the BBQ: Happy Memorial Day!

For many, today is a day equated with backyard BBQs, beach trips, and a day off from work.  For others who have had personal experiences in the military or friends/family members who are or were military personnel, today is a reminder of all that is sacrificed to allow us our freedom.


It can be quite difficult for veterans to transition back to civilian life.  And of course, when soldiers are survived by their families, that is a situation in which much support may be needed. There are various ways to help our veterans and their families: item donations, financial help, volunteer work, or a simple thank you!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Found Them! Sam Edelman Pierce Boots

I had an obsession for these discontinued Sam Edelman Pierce boots and was on a hunt for them.  I bought a pair on eBay that were too small, but found the right size on Poshmark! What do you think? My husband hates them, and my mom says they look like Japanese military boots.

A Yummy Way Avoid Flight Dehydration

Combat dehydration from flying with coconut water beforehand. Even after is good. It's rich in potassium and other electrolytes to keep you hydrated.  Which is good news for your skin!


If you're lucky enough to get fresh coconut water that's not pasteurized, it contains enzymes that detoxify and repair your body.  Even if you can't get access to raw coconut water, you can get the benefits of potassium in coconut water drinks such as Zico and Vita Coco. The potassium fights the dangers of a high-sodium diet of processed and refined foods.  Just avoid the added sugars of some of the flavored coconut water drinks!

Riri likes her VitaCoco.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Great Carey Mulligan!

AHHHH! I LOVE the May cover of Vogue with Carey Mulligan and her beautiful outfit. Who's excited about Great Gatsby?


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Sleep-proof, Shower-proof Mascara That Lasts 3 Days?

That's what Max Factor is claiming with their revolutionary Lashfinity 3 Day Mascara!


Beauty blogs such as Michelle Phan and SheSaidBeauty are buzzing about the mascara. This product supposedly works as a long-lasting lash tint with 72-hour staying power that resists swimming, showering and smudging on your clothes and pillows while you sleep!  The special formula is so budge-proof that it even requires its own built-in mascara remover.


Lashfinity 3 Day Mascara will be available online at Boots starting on June 5 and in UK stores on June 12.

Will you be trying out the Lashfinity 3 Day Mascara?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

An App That Nags You to Do Things You Usually Forget?

Do you find that your calendar and to-do lists aren't cutting it for reminding you to get things done?
As the app Hassleme declares on its site, "Because sometimes in life, you just need to be nagged..."  Hassleme sends you emails at semi-unpredictable frequencies to keep you on your toes.  For many people, this is enough to get to DOING at that moment and getting it done!


So set up a prompt to keep in touch with certain people regularly or return that huge Express haul you can't afford (is that just me?) Let me know how it goes!  I'll do the same. :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Is Your Eye Makeup Even?

When I do my makeup, one eye always looks better than the other...and it switches up! 

Does your eye makeup application look even? 


What are your tips for getting it just right?  

Some people separately make up one eye fully and then move on to the other eye.  One way of making sure your left and right eye match is to do the same step on each eye before you move on to the next step.  For example, use eye liner on the left eye and then on the right eye before you apply shadow.  Another way to make sure your left eye matches your right eye is to practice applying make up and figuring out which angle of holding your brushes works the best.  Knowing your eyes also helps you compensate for the differences between them. If one eye is smaller, then you can apply eye liner in a way that creates an illusion of that eye being wider.  An easy method that I use to wipe out subtle variations in makeup between my left and right eye is to blend blend blend!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Review: Tarte BB Tinted Treatment


I just returned from my trip to Puerto Rico. When I'm in a hot, tropical location, I tend to avoid using makeup and powder. A lot of times, I just go makeup-less. (Have you SEEN what SPF does to eyeliner and eye shadows? What a mess.)

However, since I do have uneven skin and sunspots, it's nice to throw on something light to look decent in photos. So I turned to Tarte's BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Magic Scalp Brush?

Recognized as Elle's Essential Beauty Product, the S Heart S Scalp brush is like a "Clarisonic for the scalp." Use this Japanese tool with pin-tipped nylon bristles in two lengths to stimulate blood flow, clean roots, and remove excess oil, skin cells and product buildup. 


Are you impressed or think any other waterproof brush will do the trick in the shower?

Drew Barrymore's Flower Beauty Line

With Drew Barrymore's Earthy vibe and cosmetic background (she was co-creative director at CoverGirl for six years), it makes total sense that she would venture into a beauty brand that is cruelty-free.  Not only is the Flower collection free of animal testing, but according to a press release, it is "formulated with the same quality ingredients found in department store luxury brands, but sold for a fraction of the price." It is definitely affordable with all of the brand's items are under $15 exclusively at Walmart. And the reason for being able to cut down costs is because Barrymore omitted the advertising and marketing for the new line!


Drew Barrymore stands behind the quality of her brand. I will fight for the better formula, and since the ingredients we use are so fine and prestigious, the colors will stay there.

According to Instyle, "Flower boasts one of the first quadruple-milled loose powders on the market, which creates a smooth, almost-airbrushed appearance thanks to its ultra-fine texture." 

If you are thinking about picking up a Flower product, you may also want to consider Drew's favorite item. “I’m really obsessed with the [Easy On The Eyes Long Wear] Eyeliner in Khaki Shimmer,” the actress tells PEOPLE at Lucky Magazine’s Fashion and Beauty Blog Conference. “It’s a perfect smoky, khaki, yummy green that … that really brings a sparkle to your eye.”

Have you had the chance to try out this line? If not, would you use Flower

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Side Show! Would you...Sheer Side Panel Dresses?

Gwyneth Paltrow showed us some of her assets that landed her the title of People Magazine's "World's Most Beautiful Woman" at Iron Man 3's premiere.

An interesting aspect of her wardrobe choice story is that she wasn't entirely ready for this Antonio Berardi dress. According to an article, Paltrow was "humiliated" by the last minute decision to go commando. Not only was it a risky move, but apparently she rocks the "70s vibe" down there so she had to do some last minute shaving!

I personally thought her body worked that dress!! What do you think? Was this a hit or miss?  

More celebrity sheer side panel dresses after the jump.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

People Will Do Practically Anything for $5 Here...

Are you in a bind for a Mother's Day gift? You can pay someone $5 to write an awesome song for your mum that will knock her socks off. At!

Do you need an awesome looking Facebook Cover Banner? Business advice? Website help? Tarot card reading? Need someone to model one of your designs? The options are endless!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

I've been on a red lipstick kick.  It's already horrible dealing with color transfer and that "cracked lips" look that occurs when the product starts rubbing off leaving only colorful remnants in the crevices of your lips. Those problems get multiplied by 300 when dealing with red lipstick (that number was based on an entirely accurate mathematical formula).

When Stila had their 50% off sale, I picked up the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery based on the high reviews.
That's a lot of nostril.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

4-Hour Workweek: A Possibility?

"It is vain to do with more what can be done with less."

I'm soooooo motivated just from reading the first 80 pages. I can't wait to discuss with friends who have recommended this to me!! Have you read this?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Who Wore UGGs on the Red Carpet?

The world premiere of "The Great Gatsby" was in NYC last night! 
Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan looked fantastic, but...there was a striking contrast between Anna Wintour's classic dress and André Leon Talley's bright outfit and UGGs. He's Vogue's former Editor-at-large and a big influencer in the fashion world. So, UGGs on the Red Carpet: ballsy or crazy?? (I was denied entrance into a club for wearing UGGs. Now I realize that the door people should have respected/been in awe of my fashion sense.)

Read on for more looks from the Red Carpet.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It's Swimsuit Season!

I'm swimsuit shopping this week! I get excited, but that fitting room time can also be a bummer. I have no boobs so I'd look just like this model here. 

source: Marie Claire
No cups runneth over! 
But we all gotta love ourselves (though it doesn't hurt to find a bathing suit that makes your body look slammin'!) I don't plan on getting breast implants any time soon, so I figure why not plump up the things I can kind of control. That's why I'm taking booty ballet. I totally wouldn't mind being small chested with a badonkadonk!

Are you looking forward to swim suit season? 

What tricks do you use for a flattering look? No curves = ruffles, padding, fun prints for me!

I'll be updating on my bathing suit search. But...maybe without photos of myself in them. That scares me!