Sunday, July 20, 2014

sunday inspiration #13: cobalt blue.

Happy Sunday! How was your weekend? We had a really good weekend—got to see a lot of friends and get a lot of things done.

Today Katie & I have our eye on some cobalt blue tones.

1. Vintage Perfume Bottle via Etsy (sold out; shop link here)
2. Delphiniums via Perennial Resource
3. Celestial Makeup Bag ($28) via ModCloth
4. Cobalt Blue Druzy Necklace via Etsy (sold out; shop link here)
5. New Order Cover Design via Inventory Magazine (no exact link available)
6. Silk Ruffle Dress ($178) via Madewell

I've really been loving cobalt blue lately (see here & here). That makeup bag, necklace & dress especially—so pretty!

Don't forget to see what is inspiring Katie at Today I Want, and be sure to check our her new makeup vlogs!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

cruelty free beauty: favorite buys (summer '14)

Given my recent foray into beauty and cruelty free makeup, I decided I'd review my recent cruelty free purchases that I've been really impressed with. I definitely want to start posting more beauty related things here, and maybe even a few tutorials!

These are all super budget friendly, more in the "drugstore" category, but all very good quality for the price.

I was looking for a good pencil that makes a thin line to line my lower lid for when I do black liner on the upper lid, and I really love this one. It's soft, but not overly so, and so far has been very long wearing.

I will admit this is the first lip primer I've tried, in the hopes that it would a) make my lipstick color more intense, and b) make it last longer. So far I've only tried it once but it did a really good job!

I loooooove this product! It's a great duplicate for Benefit's High Beam highlighter, and I've found it's a pretty good substitute for blush if you don't feel like doing both, but it also compliments blush very well. It gives your cheeks a nice dewy glow without looking too "shiny."

I really, really love this lipstick. It's a great color (definitely more of a berry color in person) and definitely moisturizing. It's been my go to for everyday lately, and definitely great quality for the price. I've paid much more for lipsticks that didn't do nearly as much as this one does. 

I was looking for a replacement for my CoverGirl mascara that wouldn't break the bank (I'm saving a high end mascara purchase for Urban Decay's new Perversion mascara), and decided to try this one and it definitely exceeded my expectations. It's very lengthening but not clumpy at all. 

I don't know why I have a semi obsession with liquid liners and liner pens but I love trying out new ones. I had pretty low expectations for this but it really surprised me—it's very long wearing (it didn't smudge much even after a long nap!), very easy to control and layer, and very good for doing wings. It's a pretty good duplicate for the NARS Eyeliner Stylo ($27) which I love (but hope it never runs out!).

All the NYX products are available at and in Ulta stores, but the E.L.F. products are available in Target stores on online on Amazon. So far I have yet to find a Target that has everything by E.L.F., but I keep trying and buying things as I find them. 

Have you tried any of these? What did you think?

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

sunday inspiration #12: moss green

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Today Katie and I are looking at fun moss green things!

2. Felt Garland from Benzie (similar) via Etsy
3. Hepcat Dress in Clover via ModCloth
4. Leaf Belt via ModCloth

What's inspiring you this week?
Don't forget to see what Katie from Today I Want finds inspiring this week!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

cobalt + blush.

Happy Friday! I'm decided to do an outfit post instead of Five Photo Friday because I have a bit of an outfit photo backlog and less of a new photos backlog.

So here's a work outfit from a week or so ago.

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What I'm wearing:
Dress: Madewell (on sale in black)
Belt: Threadcase (old)
Flats: H&M
Necklace: antique

I went into H&M the Monday before last to exchange a dress and came out with a dress & this pair of adoooooorable flats that were only $15! And they're incredibly comfortable. I am in loooove. When I wore this to work I wore a white sweater with it, but by the time I got home to take photos it was incredibly too hot. So just imagine it with a white sweater.

Anyone have any fun plans for the weekend? I've got a full Saturday and hopefully a relaxing Sunday!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

navy + red.

Helloooo! Sorry for the radio silence—this week has been a bit all over the place because today I started my new job! I'm really excited and my first day was great.

Now, onto the outfit photos! This is what I wore on the 5th of July for a family party.
Photos by my fiancee.

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What I'm wearing:
Dress: swapped (originally from ModCloth)
Shoes: Old Navy (old)
Necklace: gift
Bag: gift
Makeup: E.L.F. Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose, Urban Decay Naked palette,
E.L.F. waterproof liner, E.L.F. studio mascara

I'm a little obsessed with E.L.F. products lately, in case you can't tell. I'm going to do a post soon about my favorite cruelty free cosmetic buys as of late—anything in particular anyone wants to see?

Have a great rest of the week!

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