My sister sent me a lipstick to try from Birchbox! It just arrived today and the formula is wonderfully silky. What a great addition to my red lipstick collection! 


Going out look!

Lips- l'oreal rouge caresse in "coral          
Face- fresh lotus anti-aging cream
        - NYX yellow dark spot concealer
        - NYX HD concealer 
        - Maybelline Matte Bronzer
        - NARS highlighter in pink
Eyes- urban decay pencils in copper and 
       - Tarte waterproof mascara

Rumble in the Jungle

I am so excited today to have something really new and interesting to post about!! There is a trend that has been cropping up this summer for jungle or animal themed pieces and it's my new "thing". I've been really interested in the color green and all of its possibilities this year. So today's post is a combination of both of those trends I have been following.

First things first, I've made a few discoveries as to where I buy jewelry from lately. I am really loving JewelMint right now. The earrings you see above are from their website and they are even more gorgeous in person. When I lost one of them last week I was devastated  because I think these are such a different and interesting take on the hoop earring and the fish-hook. Luckily, my superhero husband found my lost earring and now I have my set. Jewel Mint always has these really cool, slightly modern, designer looking pieces. Although I am not a fan of subscription sites in general, they are amazing, you can actually opt out of paying a monthly fee if you don't see anything you like that month.

Additionally, I stopped at Charming Charlie recently and was pleasantly surprised with just how much adorable stuff was there. They seem to really be on trend which is fantastic, because I know I can go there and find something that I would have to pay $2,000  for at CELINE . Part of the danger of this animal jewelry trend is how cheap some of the items look. There are a lot of stores making pieces that just simply do not have the kind of weight, shadow and texture that this necklace has. 

I love that I have been able to build a set from two completely different accessories retailers. The green really pops in both of these and I think this might be what I'll wear to a dressy dinner.

Second of all, I found the most amazing pair of boots a while ago and I recently took the jump to buy them. I know, "boots in summer?" you say! But here's the thing, I think Shelly's of London may have provided an answer to that every strange question "can I wear boots in hot weather?"

 After I received them in the mail this morning I decided, I should blog about these. My sister told me these were super-hipster and I kind of agree. But in a fun way...right buddy?

They have this really cool jungle fabric print where the main color palette is blue, teal, green and read. The print has parrots and jungle leaves throughout, so naturally I am excited as I looooove birds. Look ma I can wear birds on my shoes! Wow... childhood regression...

I am going to put together an outfit this week to wear with these, which will kind of be a challenge right? I bought them on ModCloth.com and they did have one photo of someone who had found a great way to integrate these into her casual look: 

I like the idea of wearing something fairly pared down with such a vibrant pair of shoes. She's super pale like me (thank you ModCloth!) which is great because I think these will wear well with a pair of shorts.

So that's my fashion challenge for the upcoming week. Come up with an outfit that can be worn in summer with these fabulous jungle booties!


Pacifica natural minerals Eye Shadows

So, it's been a little while since I posted an actual review here thanks to some exciting family events and to my working two jobs for the past month and a half! It's been a busy but amazing time. Happily I am back again to review a product that is the equivalent of your softest tee shirt or coziest slippers, only it's eye shadow.

This is the first quad from the vegan, cruelty free brand which is pretty exciting! Skinny Dip (the lightest shade at left) is a light nude perfect for highlighting brows and maybe even cheekbones. Coral sand (the pink shade) is fantastic for highlighting blue eyes. Golden and Urchin, the last two colors, have a slightly better color payoff and are perfect to wear night or day. 

Currently I am wearing Coral Sand and Urchin. As you can see, these are not your go-to opaque color shadows. Rather, they offer a fantastic everyday look that I just don't see a parallel to in most drugstore brands like Covergirl, Maybelline and Revlon. These shadows are extremely soft and easy to apply, thanks to the key ingredient coconut water and additionally, they seem to wear for quite a long time even without my usual Too Faced Shadow Insurance. These feel like I'm walking on the beach barefooted and the sun is warm and I have a delicious iced tea in one hand. I know- daydreaming of the beach- these shadows will make you do that. Currently this palette is on sale at Target for $10.79 instead of $12.00. As these will make up my daily casual make up look this summer I think they are totally worth it!


Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Since Dior will be releasing its summer make up line in May,I decided to see if I could duplicate looks that play with the color palette that line will play with. The Bird of Paradise palettes in "Blue Lagoon" and "Peacock" are super gorgeous, but I can't afford a piece that is $60 and relevant to one season of the year. I searched around for similar colors and found the picture above, on Temptalia. She used Make Up Forever shadows to create this intensely bright, true color look. 

My look is a little less intense, but also lost some intensity due to the incandescent lighting in this room. As you can tell, I fudged the eye liner a little bit- but this is the first time I have used my Sephora + Pantone emerald liner and it's gorgeous. 

I used the lighter lime green color from a Too Faced Duo Shadow in "Lucky Charms" (here) on the lower lid and the teal shimmer shadow "Deep End" from the Urban Decay Fun Palette in the crease. Below the brow line I used an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality pencil in "Sand Shimmer" to highlight my brow bones. I think I did an okay job for a first try!

I used CoverGirl Lip Sensation Lipstick in "Sweetheart" on my lips to balance out the colorful eye look. 

This lipstick has really become a staple for me. The entire Lip Sensation line is SO moisturizing and that makes it ideal for someone whose lips turn into Boris Karloff at the slightest hint of sun or cold. 

 I should note that some other beauty reviewers have criticized the frostiness of the color. I noticed that that was only evident after around 2 coats. So this shade really only needs one coat to give lips a healthy, neutral pink sheen. 

This was a look I wore to class last week. I used "Sweetheart" on my lips, a CoverGirl anti-dark circle concealer, a generic face moisturizer and Bare Minerals loose powder to set everything. 


Eyeshadow like a Heroine

I tried out MAC "Heroine" yesterday and it looked even cooler than I thought it would. I got a little fancy and decided to take photos of myself while I had natural lighting- as we were on our way to getting groceries from the Kroger.

This shadow definitely needs a base as the color seems to disappear after around 3 hours without one. So, I prepped with NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (here)... 

.... Then I applied "Heroine" to my lids with a thick eyeshadow brush. It needed around three coats in order to achieve the look you can see here. I also lined my lids with a Kat Von D Autograph Pencil in "Wonderchild" from her UH-MAY-ZING "Mi Vida Loca" Palette, see a great review here. I found that adding the liner deepened the color and also cancelled out Heroine's emphasis on the green color of my irises. 

This eyeshadow is gets an 8 out of 10 on my scale. I love the color, but it cannot stand alone: it needs a base and liner to keep it from migrating and/or fading after three hours. Get "Heroine" while it's still available at MAC.


April Showers

Today we are awaiting some pretty heavy storms and apparently the weather is a little strange everywhere. It is supposed to rain here for the next three days so my amazing Dr. Martens boots are getting broken in really quickly.
Oddly enough, this is also the first week I've actually worn summery clothes- even wearing shorts as I went out to grab groceries with Drew over the weekend. Last Friday, Drew was very busy with a visit weekend for potential students which is very exciting. Sadly for me, this meant I only really got to see him on Sunday really. Knowing that he would be away and that I needed a night out, on Friday night I set out for a grand adventure in Indianapolis which is quite a bit of a drive from where we are. Though I won't lie and say that the nearly two hour commute wasn't lonely, I will say that I had fun just striking off for myself and doing something spontaneous. It was kind of thrilling in a banal way!

My first stop at the mall in Indy was Gap, of course. I love preppy colorful clothes just as much as I love Star Wars tee shirts and high waist hipster jeans! And I was definitely there at the right time. I've gotten extremely lucky with sales of late. I have wanted this Harbor Jersey Striped Pocket top from Gap (here) ever since it came out around a month ago for around $30. I got it for $12! I love clothing with pockets and I feel like so many stores are noticing that this trend is very important to working women. And yet, many stores are finding ways to integrate pockets into shirts and dresses in a way that doesn't look to overall-y (you know what I mean!). The fit of this top in a size Small is fantastic even on my busty figure. I cannot wait to pair it with white trousers or pink shorts. This Gap 30% sale made new spring clothes very affordable!

My last stop (yes I only went to like two stores but it was worth it!!) was the MAC Cosmetics store. Speaking of sea faring prints and bold colors, MAC Cosmetics released their fashion sets on April 4th and of course, they had virtually no stock online the day of and the day after. I actually had to call a store to see if they had them in and, luckily, the amazing ladies of MAC told me what was in stock. This was another incentive for me to embark on a beauty mission. Sigh... the woes of a beauty writer! First world problems, I know. But it was totally worth it. The lipstick and gloss in "Silly" are fantastic, mainly because of the color payoff. I wore the matte lipstick today and noticed that it definitely required an undercoat of lip balm to prevent it from settling in lip lines. Other than that, the color is brilliant. I plan on trying it out with the gloss over it on the weekend.

As you can see, I also purchased the eye shadow in "Heroine". I cannot wait to wear it! The blue is half way between a cobalt and a periwinkle and looks very cool simply based off of the commercials. It's tricky to make shadows like this wearable in a professional environment so I will likely also try this one on during the weekend. Oooh! My first eyeshadow review! This should be fun....




Rosalita by lightsenmusic featuring a striped tote bag 
Kudos, as always, to the lovely blogger at the upper right, Temptalia, for her amazing swatches !