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Spring Makeup and Skincare Favorites

May 26, 2017

It seems like with the change of every season, I experience a mini skin crisis. Be it dry in the winter, oily in the summer, just plain temperamental in the fall, and extra sensitive in the spring, my skin throws me for a loop about once every solstice. Since realizing this, I've mixed up my skincare routine a little bit and simplified my makeup. Here are a few of my favorite things:

I am in LOVE with this stuff. I was searching up and down for a CF gel moisturizer, and this really hit the spot for me. It's not exactly gel, but it's not heavy like a cream and sinks into the skin like a dream. This may just be my holy grail moisturizer.

There's just something about that ultra-moisturized, shiny, ready-for-bed nighttime face that feels so luxe and like you're really doing something good for your skin. This night cream is super nourishing but isn't greasy, and makes one wake up looking and feeling radiant.

This stuff is just plain GOOD. I reach for it as a cooling mist and toner, as a setting spray, or just as a pick me up whenever I want to feel a little fancy. It's one of my must-haves year round, and I can't get enough of it.

There are SO many hightlighters out there, but this is the best highlight I've found. It's not over the top but it definitely packs a punch. I find a lot of highlighters will draw attention to your skin's imperfections or will be too glittery, but this highlight really changes the game.

Blush - NARS
I've been a sucker for NARS products ever since I was first introduced to them in highschool. As a brand, they're often very bold and showy - with vibrant colors and scandalous names. My favorite blush from them, Deep Throat, is gorgeous but still maintains a hint of subtlety, which is what keeps me coming back.

This is a really new addition to my beauty favorites, as for almost two years I was committed to Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, but this mascara may have stolen the show. My lashes have never looked fuller, and I am obsessed.

I made the switch to brown liner a few months ago and I haven't looked back since. Not only have I avoided some of that racoon-eye look when washing off my makeup, the brown really brings out the green in my eyes and isn't quite as harsh as black. This liner is perfect for a wing, and applies like a dream.

I'll admit I purchased this lipstick because of the name - my first dog was named Pepper and seeing this shade made me feel so sentimental, but it really is the perfect mauvy-pink shade. Bite also has a lipstick called Liquorice, which was the name of my first cat. Such a weird coincidence. Nevertheless, I need both of these lipsticks in my life, and the shades and formula are divine.

This has been my go-to palette ever since I bought it, even though I'm still a huge fan of the Naked2. The shadows are über-pigmented and smell like chocolate, so you can't go wrong. Plus, they all blend wonderfully and are buildable so they can be natural or dramatic.


This stuff is my absolute favorite lip balm. Not only does it smell amazing, it is perfect for wearing to bed because it moisturizes amazingly. Pair it with a lip scrub and your lips will THANK ME! Plus, it also comes in a tube (even though I prefer the tin) so there's a mess-free option if you so prefer.

I was lusting over Besame's lipsticks for literal years until I bit the bullet and finally bought this lipstick. The one I chose was inspired by the 60s/70s and I find it to be super wearable. The lipstick itself is shaped like a wedge and I find it actually applies easier than some of the products that start out as a teardrop. I'm already catching myself fawning over some of the red shades, looks like it's time to add a few more to my collection.

I got aboard the liquid lipstick train as soon as it hit the tracks, but I hit many a bump along the way. Meet Matt(e) has been my saving grace among the faux-pas. This lipstick holds up wonderfully without being dry or flaky, and is incredibly forgiving if you misapply but it does not transfer!!! Bless this lipstick.

What are your favorite products for spring?
Are you a fan of any of these items?

5 Little Changes To Start Making a Difference Today

May 24, 2017

Earlier this year I started falling down rabbit hole on YouTube where I watched video after video about "Zero Wasting" in which people vow to live their lives completely waste/trash free. That means no takeout containers, no Amazon shopping sprees, and certainly no Starbucks trips. I often found myself staring at the screen, each YouTuber with their little mason jar filled 1/4 of the way with Dole banana stickers boasting that they hadn't thrown anything away in three years.

When I think about the state of our environment, the air pollution, the trash floating in the ocean, and the fact that every plastic product ever made still exists on our planet in some capacity, it blows my mind. I can't believe we still live in a time when people are still exploited for their labor, where people that make our clothes and our coffee and our daily necessities aren't treated with respect or paid a livable wage. All because we want more, and we want it faster and cheaper.

The saddest part is that our cultural climate demands this, and there's little chance that it will ever change unless we, as consumers, demand otherwise. Though nobody is perfect, and not everyone (including me) has the resources to go 100% vegan/cruelty-free, zero waste, and ethical overnight, there are many things each of us can do to start spreading a message of change. Here are a few of them:

1. Say No to Packaging
This is as easy as substituting a canvas tote for a plastic shopping bag, drinking your drink without a straw, bringing your own travel mug to the coffee shop, and buying from the bulk bins at your local grocery store. When packaging is a necessity, avoid plastic whenever possible. Items packaged in glass or cardboard are infinitely more recyclable.

2. Buy Local and Secondhand
Dining at your local Mom&Pop restaurant, stopping in a local boutique, spending the weekend at a craft festival and farmers market, or browsing through a thrift store are all far more conscious decisions for shopping - and an added bonus - they're way more Instagrammable! What's not to love?

3. Do Your Research
Look up which chains offer fair trade coffee (apparently Dunkin Donuts is FT!) and do the same for multiple facets of your life. Watch documentaries like The True Cost and Food Inc. Check out websites like MyBeautyBunny and EcoWarriorPrincess that have wonderful resources on ethical and eco-friendly alternatives. YouTube and Pinterest offer a wealth of information as well!

4. Make a Point to Buy and Consume Ethical Goods
Once you do that research, go through with it! Support ethical brands like Everlane, ReformationThreads For Thought, People Tree, and Ten Thousand Villages. Invest in glass storage containers and meal prep instead of buying lunch, consider adopting a cruelty-free beauty regimen, buy handcrafted gifts, and purchase items that have earth-friendly ingredients. The possibilities are endless because there are so many great options out there!

5. Walk, Bike, or Ride Share
Taking alternate methods of transportation is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and maybe even make a few friends or help you catch up on that Podcast series you've been meaning to listen to. Plus, it can be easier on the wallet!


What are some little ways you're planning to make a difference?
I would love to know your tips!

Campfire Pie // S'mores Tart Recipe (Dairy-Free!)

April 02, 2017

Since the weather is getting warm again I've been craving s'mores like crazy. The only challenge was to accomplish the same s'more flavor without the campfire, and to do something a little more creative than just using the microwave to heat up some boring chocolate and marshmallow.

That gave me the idea to cook up a s'mores inspired tart, or a campfire pie if you will! After a few test runs, I feel as though I've perfected my recipe. You can find that below! Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and get going!

To make Campfire Pie, you will need:
  • Graham cracker pie crust. (Recipe here)
  • 12oz can coconut cream
  • 1 bag (2 cups) chocolate chips (I used dairy free)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 jar marshmallow fluff OR 1 bag marshmallows (or find vanilla meringue recipe here)
To make the filling:
  1. Heat coconut cream in a medium saucepan. Stir until smooth.
  2. Slowly add in chocolate chips, and stir until fully melted.
  3. Once melted, take off the heat and allow filling to cool for ten minutes.
  4. After cooling, beat in two eggs.
  5. Pour chocolate ganache into pie crust.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until chocolate becomes custard-like.
  7. After baking, allow pie to cool thoroughly before adding marshmallow topping.

After the pie is cooled, spread your topping on the pie. If you made meringue, bake according to meringue recipe instructions. If you chose marshmallows or fluff, apply these to the pie and enjoy! Broil for a few moments for a toasted marshmallow effect if desired, just watch to make sure it doesn't burn! Pie is best served chilled.

And there you have it! A sweet, gooey, rich, chocolatey, grown-up s'more. What more could you ask for?! Be sure to tag me on instagram or twitter if you make this pie! I'd love to know your thoughts!

What is your favorite flavor of pie?

Watched, Wanted, Worn

March 31, 2017


Watched:

Moonlight - I watched Moonlight with my mom when I was visiting for the weekend, and I found it to be such a poignant, powerful movie. The casting was superb, and there were so many subtle twists and turns that made the movie truly beautiful and haunting. I definitely recommend it.

America's Next Top Model - I finally got a Hulu account, so I knew it was time to start re-watching ANTM from the beginning. I'm not sure which cycle I left off on, but it was a real treat re-living all of that early 2000's fashion!

Vogue's Youtube Channel - I think I've watched every 73 questions video they've made, along a ton of others. I really dug Nicole Kidman's interview as well as Sarah Jessica Parker.

Wanted:

A new pair of clogs - I've been wanting a pair of clogs since I grew out of my embellished denim ones in the 4th grade. Swedish Hasbeens are the dream, but I'll likely go with a more affordable pair.

This Kosta Boda Lipstick Sculpture has been on my mind since I saw it months ago. It's pretty much a frivolous purchase that I'll probably never justify, but hey WHY NOT?

TheBalm Bahama Mama bronzer - summer is just around the corner, it's time for a little glow. Plus, TheBalm's packaging is to die for.


Worn:

Striped wrap dress - I've been living in dresses like these because they're so easy to throw on and still look super professional and polished. Definitely a staple for any working gal's wardrobe.

Korkease sandals - I bought my first pair similar to these babies last year and I'm gonna be a lifer. There's nothing better than a good pair of sandals that are actually comfy and won't fall apart on you!

Smashbox Full Exposure - This mascara is SO GOOD, y'all. Dare I say it could top Better Than Sex, my former holy grail mascara. They're both amazing, so can't go wrong with either.


What are you watching, wanting, and wearing lately?
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