Friday, November 21, 2014

How To Wear Makeup With Glasses

I'm not one to frequently wear my eyeglasses unless it's absolutely necessary. It's something about the combination of the loss of my peripheral vision, the feeling of the glasses clinching my nose and behind my ears throughout the day and, lastly, the task of attempting to do my makeup while being blind as a bat that leaves me feeling quite unsettled about spectacles! Much to my dismay, I've found myself in the position of having to wear my glasses for a full month due to overuse of my contacts...apparently I have to give my pupils a rest!

That being said, over the past couple of weeks, I've found a few things that have worked for me when it comes to wearing makeup with eye glasses that I wanted to share!

how to wear makeup with glasses

Arch those brows - I'm a big fan of eyebrow maintenance, you could even call it an obsession. When wearing glasses you'll want to ensure that your brows are properly groomed and neat to frame your face. This adds interest to the base behind the glasses so that they aren't the primary focus.

Light up your eyes - I've found myself reaching for a champagne hue eyeshadow for my lids and a deeper nude color for my crease to showcase my eyes and bring additional light to them behind my lenses. Taking time to add a thin strip of liner to the top lid helps to define your eyes to bring more attention to them! Also, never forget that mascara tending to top and bottom lashes, too!

Glow, Baby, Glow - Appear radiant behind your frames by choosing a soft gentle blush to add an unexpected flirty flush to your skin. As a finishing touch, toss on a pair of earrings to deflect focus from the frames.
how to wear eye makeup with glasses

makeup when wearing glasses

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What I'm Reading This Month

What To Read in November
There are a number of hobbies that enjoy that happen to lie dormant until the autumn and winter seasons come around. Hobbies like attempting DIY projects, cooking and baking, reading for leisure and even crochet come to mind. This time of year tends to bring out the domestic goddess in me, apparently! Do I need any more reasons to love autumn and winter? Most likely not.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

I've picked up a couple of new additions to add to my reading list. The first was actually a gift from best friend and Maid of Honor for my birthday, Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns). My bestie knows me very well and we're both fans of Mindy Kaling's show, The Mindy Project, so I was excited to have this book in my hands. This is a quick read, that serves delivers a humorous look at Kaling's early life and career complete with embarrassing pictures and anecdotes. I've just started reading it and, as expected, it's superbly witty and hilarious.  I've bursted out in laughter at times while flitting through the book...I'd expect nothing less from Mindy.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Next up is The Paris Wife, a historical fiction novel by Paula McLain.  I spotted this book and immediately felt compelled to pick it up while strolling through Barnes & Noble one afternoon. I hadn't heard anything about the novel previously, but loved the synopsis hinting at deception, distressed marriage and questioning loyalties set in Paris during the 1920s. So intriguing and a quick peruse of reviews on Amazon said that the book was worth the buy, so it came home with me. I'm really looking forward to digging into this one!

Let me know what you are reading this month. Also, any recommendations that I should consider for December?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Shopping The Stash: Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum

Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum

Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum

Lately, I've been revisiting items in my beauty, skincare and makeup stash that I've either forgotten about (terrible, I know) or intentionally let fall out of regular rotation. Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum falls into the latter category. I noticed a few months ago that I was coming close to the end of my bottle and wanted to use it sparingly. After using it again for the past two weeks, it's all done and gone now. But, in memoriam of such an incredible scent, I have to share a few thoughts on it and why I'll be repurchasing more, stat!

Chanel Chance is a bold and recognizable floral scent that interestingly walks a fine line between a feminine and masculine fragrance. Personally, I notice earthy notes of sandalwood mingling with the floral essences in the forefront. I believe the unique quality of this fragrance makes me want to keep it in my arsenal of perfumes.

Be warned though, Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum is unsurprisingly quite pricey at $90 for 1.7 oz. but is oh so worth it as a little bit goes a long way with this perfume and the lasting power is fantastic! Have you smelled Chanel Chance? What are your thoughts on the fragrance?

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Glossybox Review: October 2014

Glossybox October 2014 Review
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I'm introducing a new series on the blog where I post monthly reviews of my Glossybox. In October, Glossybox delivered an assortment of goodies including skincare, nail and hair products, a perfume and lip pigment! I'm never disappointed with Glossy, they know what I'll like. So, let the gushing begin!

The skin care surprise is Sesha's Cell-White Brightening Mask. This sheet mask is designed to refresh and brighten dull skin and revitalize your natural lustre. Basically, with this mask, you can bring on the glow! The box also included a woodsy and floral noted perfume from Vince Camuto called Amore. It usually takes a while for me to make a decision on whether I like perfumes, but so far, so good with this little number. It has a cozy place in my handbag and pairs well with the cool weather we're experiencing here in Texas!

The Proganix Repair oil was amongst the box of goodies this month. I've used this product several times since its arrival both on wet and dry hair. I've been quite impressed with the product in both instances! The oil feels nourishing to the hair and helps with combating frizziness. Even better, the smell is super luxurious like a fruitier version of Moroccan Oil. I also sampled the (what appears to be a full-size) Tarte Power Pigment in Flush. This lip tint is raspberry toned and can be used as a liner, a stain or all over lip color depending on your mood. I love a versatile product. Once applied, the product slips a mint scent and quick tingle to the lips. Nothing too obnoxious with regard to the tingle, so I'm excited to add this to my always expanding lip collection.

Lastly, Glossybox sent a Nails Inc.Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat just in time for autumn. I was so stoked to receive this product in my box that I used it immediately when I painted on my Halloween nail design. The application was seamless and the matte color didn't leave my nails looking completely dull like other matte top coats that I've tried that tend to kill the beauty of the basic nail color. The Nails Inc. top coat is a total win in my book and I can totally see myself using this a lot over the season!

Have you tried any of the products mentioned here? I would love to hear your thoughts about them.

This post was NOT sponsored by Glossybox or any mentioned brands

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Let's Be Frank: Body Scrub Review

Frank Body Scrub Review

I love Instagram. Not only can you find inspiration for your closet, but you can also discover new products you didn't know existed! Oh, the power of social media.

While perusing Instagram, I stumbled across a photo of Jen Selter in an outdoor shower holding a bag with "Frank" plastered alongside it with the caption "Getting down and dirty with my favorite coffee scrub." Imagine my surprise when I read the words coffee and scrub alongside each other! I was immediately intrigued.

I visited their Instagram and found several avid followers that swore by the product and visited their website for some additional research. I found out that Frank is a vegan coffee-based scrub made in Melbourne, Australia and there are three versions of the scrub available. Original, Coconut & Grapeseed, and Cacao which all deliver different benefits. Each version claims to target cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema and acne, but I went with the Coconut & Grapeseed version as it boasts hydration and toning properties in the formula and targets imperfections in the skin. This was  essential, especially being that my skin turns into a desert land during autumn and winter seasons and I have small scars that I'd like exiled from my skin.
frank body scrub
Using Frank is a bit of a process. Their philosophy is "get naked. get dirty. get rough." After dampening your skin, apply a handful of the scrub to your skin, distribute it and then move the product in circular motions around your body. Frank recommends then letting the product sit on your skin for 5 to 10 minutes. I'll usually go for the full 10 to get the full effect, but you'll be extremely dirty, so you'll want to stay put in your bathroom. While you're waiting, be sure to enjoy the beautiful brewed coffee aroma in the air, it's quite intoxicating.

Once you wash off the scrub you'll immediately notice your skin is velvety smooth, supple and nourished. Honestly, I was shocked by how incredibly my skin felt that I rushed over to my fiance and demanded that he feel how smooth and flawless my skin felt. He completely agreed and even asked if he could give Frank a spin, too! I'm feeling generous, so I might allow it.

Looking at the skin benefits, I have noticed diminishing appearance of flaws in my skin and small stretch marks that I previously noticed, I'm currently having a hard time spotting them! I definitely recommend giving Frank a try. If you're interested, you can find all products at - they also offer free shipping to the U.S.

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This post is NOT sponsored by Frank. All opinions and experiences are my own.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Spooky Halloween Manicure

Halloween Skeleton Manicure

Happy Halloween! Today, I decided to venture into a tad bit of nail art to celebrate the holiday. I perused Pinterest for a bit looking for a cute nail art option that wouldn't require any tools that I didn't happen to have on hand. I stumbled across a skeleton rendition but decided to add a twist to it by reversing the colors and slapping on a matte sheen.

I created the ghoulish skeleton on my thumb nail after painting all of my nails with Sally Hansen's Xtreme Nail Wear in 370 Black Out and topped it off with my newly acquired Nails Inc. Matte Top Coat (more on that soon).

For the thumb nail, before I topped it off I dabbed a bead of my Formula X Nail Polish in White Matter onto a disposable plate so that I had a palette to work with. Using a toothpick, I gingerly dipped it into the paint to patiently create two bright eyes and a mouth with jagged teeth. I let it dry for an hour and then applied the matte top coat.

I'm extremely happy with the turnout on this one. It's super festive and not too difficult to achieve! Even better, this design plays into my Skeleton Princess costume very well. I'll come back today to share a photo of the whole look.

While we're on the subject, what will you be for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments below!

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Update: The Skeleton Princess is here! The theme was Scary Candyland and I was Skeleton Princess Lolli!