Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sangrias & Karaoke



This was at a Karaoke bar in J-town (i suck at singing so of course I would love karaoke) and I enjoyed some yummy red wine sangrias! My go-to drinks lately have been either red wine sangrias, cabernet or chardonnay. I guess I'm more of a wine drinker nowadays.




I always tend to wonder what other young female professionals drink. I remember in college when margaritas and sex on the beach were the craze but I think I've calmed down on the hard alcohol now. Let me know what your favorite drinks are!

Other than that, I did my usual karaoke routine of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, and of course some old school Destiny's Child.
Obviously the drinks had something to do with my brave song choices. ;)

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Benefit They're Real! Mascara and Naked Foundation


Sephora provided me with samples and I ended up purchasing the full-sized products. You may have probably seen these around or use the products yourselves but they are the Benefit They're Real Mascara and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation.


Before I used this, I had been using the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Very Black. By the way, if you're looking for a drugstore mascara, I highly recommend this one because it's affordable and it works great. In fact, I'm able to switch back and forth between the two mascaras without noticing a major difference. 

But I found myself reaching for the Benefit mascara more often and I think it may be the effortless application. It separates my lashes, gives no clumps, and provides great volume especially when using with a lash curler. I feel like you get a lot more in the bottle versus drugstore mascaras that dry out more quickly when used on a daily basis. And if you're like me and tend to fall asleep with makeup on (yes I know it's awful) the Benefit mascara still looks great and the best part is that my lashes don't have that icky stiff feeling. Overall, I highly recommend this mascara - it looks great and feels natural and light. I don't even notice any weight on my lashes which is what I really like when wearing daily to work or to the gym. 

The Macy's Benefit counter had a They're Real Mascara Set that included a mini eyeliner and mini makeup remover for the same price as the mascara alone, so I got mine there.


I was previously using the Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation in Tawny which is amazing and I love the shade and the coverage! I was using it for almost two years and the only downside is that the foundation was a little thick which settled into the lines in my forehead and around my eyes. If I used it with a primer, it wasn't a big deal but I just felt the foundation was a little heavy at times.

The Urben Decay foundation offers a similar medium golden shade (Color 5) and was so lightweight, I didn't really feel I was wearing anything. The Naked foundation also gave more of a glow to my skin versus the Estee Lauder being more matte. As you can see in my picture below:


I'm super happy with the medium coverage - it's a nice change for my skin. I recommend stopping by Sephora and getting a color match. I also think it has the best packaging - perfect for traveling or popping in your purse without worrying about spillage. The Estee Lauder foundation had an open top with no pump which was a little problematic because I always poured a little bit too much product out versus a pump which is pretty much foolproof.

Let me know if you've used these products and what you think, or if you found better products that you love and think I will too! Us beauty fanatics got to stick together! ;)

Gray scarf in picture from: Target Infinity Scarf
Purple & Gray smoky eyeshadow from: Smashbox On the Rocks Palette
Eyeliner: Stila eyeliner in Jet Black
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Louis Vuitton Neverfull

I am absolutely obsessed with my new Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in Damier Ebene.


It's one of the best investments and I highly recommend this bag to add to any luxury collection. Let me tell you why I'm such a huge fan:

1. I've previously used and abused a Speedy 30 for about 6 years and it still looks the same as the day I bought it. I haven't had to fix or thoroughly clean it.

2. This particular Neverfull bag is perfect for a hoarder like me who likes to pack my life and bring it to work. Sometimes I pack a light sweater, an extra scarf, or my entire makeup bag depending on the day. I even sometimes throw my gym clothes in there when I'm in a real hurry. It can hold so much and stay so light!

3. This specific bag comes with a mini wristlet pouch that can be used as a clutch when I go out on a dinner date or a night out with the girls. Nuff said!

4. Beautiful red interior design and style of bag is the perfect accessory for any outfit. Goes with all of my outfits!

4. Classic design that never goes out of style! The best part is you can always sell a Louis Vuitton bag in good condition and get some pretty decent cash.


I initially chose the Monogram with Pivoine interior but Louis Vuitton has a 30-day exchange policy and I was able to try both designs. I personally think a darker bag complements my casual attire. I've been using this bag in various places: work, parties, shopping malls, brunches, and dinner. It's just the ultimate everyday bag and I highly recommend it to anyone considering a new luxury bag. :)

In the picture is also my new statement necklace. Macy's was having a fashion jewelry sale and everything was 75% off. I've been wanting a new statement necklace to spruce up my winter outfits so it was the perfect opportunity. I think I spent literally $8 for this originally priced $45 necklace. I highly recommending checking out Macy's Jewelry when they have their sales. So worth it!




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Monday, January 18, 2016

Olive Green Dress

Dressing room selfie time!

 




Olive green has been a staple of mine when it comes to cute casual outfits. It looks really great on brown-eyed, tanned brunettes and is also a great basic color to have in our wardrobe. I was able to snag this cotton basic at a small boutique in the Valley, but you can find similar outfits by searching Aliexpress dresses or Lulu's dresses.

iPhone 6/6S case: Dabney Lee
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Leather Patched Leggings

One of my new favorite styles this winter is Leather Patched Leggings. The one I'm wearing in the picture below is a black stretchy pair of leggings with a leather patch on the knee area. I love pairing them with knee-length boots and an oversized sweater for a very chic look.


I bought mine at a local boutique but I've seen so many brands carry this style. You can purchase some here and here.

They're really comfy and stylish. Perfect for winter :)



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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pink Purple Mani

I was in the mood for a pink purple manicure.




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