Friday, March 30, 2012

Fresh Face

Here is the second installment of my makeup routine. I have said this before, and I will say it again: I'm not that into makeup. I like what I like and don't really tend to switch it up too much. Every once in a while, I will go to Sephora or even the drugstore to try things out, but I am pretty set in my ways. I also like things simple and clean and try to keep my routine as minimal as possible!

Every night before I go to bed, I wash my face. I get my eye makeup off with Clean and Clear makeup dissolving foaming cleanser. It's gentle and works super fast.
Then, I wash my face with Phisoderm anti-belmish gel facial wash. I have experimented with a lot of different cleansers and I have to say that I really like this one. It's very light and gentle and not overly drying. It also has a nice, clean scent.
If I shower, I use Philosophy's microdelivery exfoliating wash. This is very gentle, the only thing I don't love is that it is oddly scented. When I wake up in the morning, I just wipe a cool cloth over my face before make-up application.
If I have any blemishes, I dab a little Epiduo on the spots. This is by prescription only but it literally works wonders. I don't have acne and rarely get zits, but when I do, this gets rid of them over night. My face does get really shiny easily, if anyone knows any way to fix this, please let me know!
I don't know what I would do without my brush holder from Vera Bradly. I love how it unrolls and I can see everything laid out flat. I have a lot of brushes and most I don't use. The VB holder came with brushes but I don't use any of them because they aren't the right sizes for what I need. The VB brushes are nice quality though. I have a set from Clinique as well and I really dislike them-- they are itchy! I really like my Sephora and Sonia Kashuk brushes (Target). I have never gotten my eyebrows waxed or had anything done to them. I just occasionally pluck them with Tweezerman tweezers (in my opinion, they're the best!).

Next up is the rest of my makeup routine. Do you have any "must try" products to check out? What do you use to get a fresh face before you start putting on your makeup? Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

OOTDs: March

The weather has been gorgeous and I am so happy to have pulled out my spring/summer things already! Here are a few of my OOTDs from the past week or so!
Sweater: Eddie Bauer
Pink Denim: Old Navy
Loafers: Target
Pearls: J. Crew
Monogram Sweater: Lands End
Tank: J. Crew
Skirt: Vineyard Vines
Watch: Target, Strap: Peter Blair
Night Out
Earrings: Sylvia Benson
Tank: borrowed from jSl
Pink Denim: Old Navy
Espadrille Wedges: Calypso for Target
Yellow Top: J. Crew
Oxford: Ralph Lauren
Navy Shorts: Ralph Lauren
Watch: Brooks Brothers
Headband: Lacoste
Top: Marshall's find
Denim: Ralph Lauren
Sandals: Miss Trish of Capri for Target 

OK, so I am loving the colored denim trend more and more everyday. It was so easy for me to transition my pink denim from day to night!  What have you been wearing recently? Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Just Madras: A One Stop Shop

There are not many brands where you can find yourself something for any occasion. However, Just Madras has to be one of the only one-stop-shopping brands for summer. I can't get enough! 
 I am currently in the market for a new make-up bag and this one seems to fit the bill pretty darn well. Plus, they monogram practically everything. Major plus.
Kentucky Derby, Carolina Cup, Foxfield? The Ellie has you covered. I know Lilly is the go-to for the races, but I find that 100 girls have the same dress as me when I wear Lilly so Just Madras will help me to stand out and fit in!
When I need to fill my preppy jewelry fix, Just Madras also has me covered.
I just had my formal this past weekend but bEw's formal is in D.C. on a boat on the Potomac... on my 22nd birthday. So basically I need the most perfect dress. I think that the Kimberly in silk would be absolutely perfect, unique, and classy for the event. Hmm... Mom, Dad, are you reading this? I even have the perfect gold strappy sandals to match! 
The Allie is my second pick for a semi/formal dress. The back it TDF. I picture this with lots and lots of pearls and fun gold bangles! 
I guess bEw needs something to wear to his formal as well... I mean, seriously, how cute?
A new working girl, perhaps? Pair this with a navy or white pencil skirt and some fabulous navy wedges and fun cardigan and you are set.
Throw on the Kyle skirt for some Saturday errands or Sunday brunch!
See? I told you Just Madras was a one stop shop! Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Love for your Lips!

I get a lot of questions about my beauty routine. Instead of posting all of my products at once, I figured I would do it in segments so it's easier to get through! I've done several beauty segments in the past, but just realize how much they have changed over the years ( see: here, here, here, here, here, and here). So I am going to start with all of the lip products that I own that I love (I also own a ton that I am not really a fan of, but won't share those!).
From left to right:
  1. Covergirl Outlast lipstain in 415  (a must have!!)
  2.  Kiehl's lip gloss in Earth Day
  3. Sephora lipgloss in Gold and Glow (all of mine are in the old tube version, they're now sold with wands)
  4. Sephora Lip Gloss in Bronze Beauty (one of my absolute favorite shades!)
  5. Philosophy Lip Shine in Pumpkin Spice (seasonal at Sephora--so shiny and smells/tastes delicious!)... my next Philosophy Lip Shine will be Raspberry because of the pretty color! 
  6. Tarte Lipsurgence in Flashy (very pink)
  7. Dior Addict Lipstick in Spotlight (the perfect shade for my skin tone, very popular color... but the tube is small and you don't get much for $30!)
  8. Almay One Coat Lip Color in Luscious (inexpensive and my go-to when I want to rock the red lips!)
  9. Korres Liquid Lipstick in Raspberry.. I like the way it feels but it is kind of hard to apply. Definitely need a mirror for this stuff!
  10. Outlast lipstain 430 (another favorite-- this one is BRIGHT!)
  11. Lorac Couture Shine in Glam (very shiny)
What are your favorite lip products? Next up, face makeup! Have a fabulous day!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Recently: Senior Spring Edition

Here is what I have been up to recently!

Celebrating St. Patricks Day! (my g-little, me, and my little)
Spring is in the air! Whipping out all of my brights and prints! 
Attending my last sorority formal. Talk about bittersweet.
Spending time with my friends (senior Zetas!). 
Helping cCm find the perfect roommate-- She goes to school in the fall! Go Cats! 
Reminiscing about my first night of college! 
Counting down to my 22nd birthday.. 19 days if anyone is wondering! 
What have you been up to recently? Have a fabulous day!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Take Notes

With graduation looming, I have realized that I have my note taking/list making system down to a science. I am a huge list person; as I know a lot of my followers are as well so I thought I'd share my system!
I love my Stabilo point 88 pens. They are seriously the best pens; the only gripe I have is that they bleed through the paper sometimes. I also love my Lilly notes. They aren't sticky so I can put them anywhere and everywhere! 
I usually make a list each night of what I need to get done before the next day. I literally write everything down, even my laundry and painting my nails. I also make lists in categories. For example right now on my desk, I have an e-mail list, a blog list, a homework list, shopping list, and social list. It's nuts. But it feels so great to completely check your list off and then throw it away! 
I like to take my notes in multiple colors (usually 2). I feel more organized and that way I can make the more important information jump off the page. 
I print out each syllabus and make notes so I never miss when anything is due (true story: never in my schooling life have I ever turned in anything late). I print each one a lot smaller than they are on the actual syllabus and then tuck them into my agenda so I'm never without them! 

What are your note-taking and organizational skills for college or high school? Share your tips! I am always looking for a way to be even more organized!! 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Look For Less: Mad Men Style

It is no secret that I am obsessed with Mad Men. Thus, this means that I am loving Mad Men for Banana Republic! My favorite piece in the collection is... 
It's the perfect shade of pink, I love that it is 100% silk and the price point of $150 is definitely reasonable. I also love the silhouette it creates. So classic and lady-like. Welllllllll..... my jaw dropped when I saw this...
This very similar dress is 1/5 of the price of the Banana Republic dress. Of course you will find this dress at none other than Forever21! I say this time and time again; I am not a huge Forever21 fan, but when I want something for a certain occasion, or want to try a trend, or am in a frazzled shopping spree mode, I turn to Forever21. I don't expect great quality or a great fit, but I'd say for a fifth of the price, I'll take it!

What do you think? Do you shop looks for less? What is your take on Forever21? Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SC and KM are Twins!

Ok, so maybe I exaggerate a bit that Kate Middleton and I are twins... I mean she is brunette and I'm blonde...But, I happened to wear a very similar outfit to the Duchess several days before she wore it... Yes, I feel so proud... I just had to share.
Nazy blazer? Check. Red denim? Check. Silky top? Check. I'm just lacking the heels and the scarf.
Great minds think alike, right? ;)
Anyways, I do love my red denim, I truly love the colored denim trend as a whole. Remember my post about pale pink denim?  I honestly haven't been able to find a pair of pale pink denim that fits me like I want them to at the price point that I like, however, I found my great red shade at Nordstrom and then got the hot pink denim skinnies from Old Navy. 
The first outfit I wore (the one with the blazer) was for class and then later in the week, I wore them for a night out. I wore a black silk top from Talbots, my Target Miss Trish of Capri sandals from last year, and my pretty Ritzy Ring!
Are you loving the colored denim trend? Have a fabulous day! Don't forget to enter the Summer Wind Ritzy Ring Giveaway.. it ends this Sunday at midnight!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Fancies

I have received several e-mails along with Tumblr questions regarding my favorite things for spring and into summer... Here we go!
Peplum tops! This would look SO cute with skinny white denim, espadrilles, and an arm party full of gold bamboo bangles.
Another adorable peplum option from Asos. I picture this with black bermudas and gold jack rogers.

Bright, printed bikinis. This Mara Hoffman number is on my wish list!
The Just Madras Mackenzie dress! They have SO many great new things for this spring/summer!
What are you loving for spring/summer? I can tell you that I've already broken out many spring pieces because the weather here in Virginia has felt like June! Have a fabulous day!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Giveaway: Ritzy Rings on Etsy

When Tara contacted me and asked me to do a giveaway for her new Etsy site, Ritzy Rings, I couldn't say no! She makes all of the rings herself and they are just too fun! She generously sent me two of her creations and I wore them all weekend! As a side note, I love Etsy-- you literally can find anything you are looking for and usually for a great price-- These Ritzy Rings are only $20!
The packaging was adorable and she wrote me the sweetest note.
Tara sent me the Silver Black Wrap Ring and the Pearl Gold Wrap ring
Aren't they adorable?
Some of you may recognize these rings or Tara's name because she is also a part of the blogging world where she blogs at Precious Pearls. I think that these would make perfect gifts and even gifts for your bridesmaids! Well Tara has offered to give one lucky reader a chance to own her very own Ritzy Ring! If you win, you will get to choose which one you would like! Besides the two that I already have, here is another favorite of mine:

To enter, you have to click "read more" and then wait a few seconds for the Rafflecopter widget to load to enter. I apologize about the inconvenience but this will make it SO much easier and much more time efficient to choose a winner! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tervis Does it Again!

This post was supposed to post yesterday, however, Blogger decided to malfunction on me and misbehave. So, here we go, with what was supposed to be yesterday's post!

Have you seen that Tervis has come out with water bottles? I have been a Tervis fan for as long as I can remember. To say I am obsessed is a bit of an understatement. Tervis generously sent me a water bottle for review. I already have my beloved Camelbaks so I was wondering if this would be a great alternative. It definitely is.
It holds 24 oz. which is awesome because I am consciously trying to drink more water to keep hydrated. I hate having to fill up my water bottle all of the time so this is great! It is double-walled like all Tervis products so it really doesn't sweat which is great. That is something I hate about my Camelbak-- it sweats and gets all over my paper and books when I put it in my tote so I end up having to carry the water bottle.
The darker grey circle is where you push on the lid to open. It's pretty easy and convenient.
This is the mouth when you open it. It's possible to spill once it is opened but it is sealed really well otherwise. I have been using this to drink water/soda water with crystal light packets and whenever I shake vigorously, nothing ever spills. It is also dishwasher safe-- another bonus because Camelbak's don't hold up well in the dishwasher (especially if they have a design. I have one with my sorority letters on it and I never wash it in the dishwasher because the letters wear off.

This is definitely a great waterbottle for any gender or any age-- I give it the Summer Wind stamp of approval! I've literally been using it every single day since I received it. Have you tried the Tervis waterbottle?
Have a fabulous day!

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