October Favorites

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 This month I have a bit of beauty, skin care and even a little fashion favorite to share with you all! I’ve been sticking to the bare minimum when it comes to my makeup routine so no new discoveries yet. I’m heading to NYC next month and I’m very tempted to look at the Charlotte Tilbury Range, that Film Star Bronze and Glow is calling my name! So per usual I kept this months favorites short, simple and quick.

NYC Girls Day Out

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 Donnie and I will be back it again with a much needed girls day out in the city. I live for the chaos and fast pace of the streets, very different to an average day here in PA. We will be heading out on Nov.17th which is a Monday, weekends are a bit chaotic and it just happened to work out with our schedules. We have manicures scheduled and lunch reservations booked so it should be a ton of fun. Now as far as shopping goes we decided to pass. We really want to embrace the city and take advantage of all it has to offer, even if it’s one day! If any of you have any recommendations on places to have dessert or coffee please leave them below, we’re still researching and figuring out what to do in between our schedule. Outfits and IG photos are a must (blogger at heart) so i’ll keep you updated throughout the day. Sadly I won’t be vlogging because it’s a getaway and I really want to focus on everything around me! Hope you guys won’t be too upset but I promise a post will be up sharing the days events.

The Minimal Approach To Autumn Makeup

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I can’t wait until Autumn rolls around to add a few extra layers of makeup or go for full-on looks but this year the tables have turned for me. I’ve embraced minimal style when it comes to fashion and I thought I’d do the same with my makeup routine. I love my grungy smokey eyes but it’s also fun experimenting and evolving my technique when it comes to makeup application. I picked out 5 products and it’s all I used! I know others might need more or feel that they do but my advice is to try it out. We all have imperfections so be confident and own them, perfect example are my bags pictured up above (I blame both of my children).

  1. Moisturizer - I will not wear makeup if I don’t have my base essential. It helps achieve a smooth foundation application while helping it adhere to the face. I’ve been obsessed with the *Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture which is extremely hydrating and gives my skin a sheen without the use of a highlighter. You can even add it to the tops of the cheek bone over foundation for extra hydration against the cold harsh air. In support of breast cancer awareness you can purchase this in a limited-edition set packed in a hot pink cosmetic bag for $49.50 vs $65 on its own.
  2. Foundation/Base - I like my skin to look like actual skin (cake-free) and I can achieve it easily with the Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. Its super light on the skin and I can build up the coverage in areas of the face I need to.
  3. Cheeks - I’ve skipped blush, bronzer and highlight but contouring gives structure to the face. The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium has the perfect amount of cool tones to mimic natural shadows on the face.
  4. Eyes - The only thing on my eyes is M.A.C’s eyeshadow in Patina. It cancels out the discoloration on my eyelids without being harsh in any way. It’s such a pretty golden taupe shade with purple undertones. I curled my eyelashes to open up the eyes but didn’t apply mascara. I had to tell myself “less is more” to help part with my mascara wand. If your lashes are light try using a clear coat of mascara to help define them.
  5. Lips - One thing I can never give up is a good bold lip especially during Autumn/Winter. I have so many but the one I always come back to is M.A.C Diva. It’s the perfect brick red with a matte finish and what makes this make-up look a bit more modern.

Are you brave enough to embrace the minimal runway-esk look for the day?

*PR Samples 

Taking Your Own Photos In Public

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For some it isn’t an option to take your own photos in public but for others (like myself) who gives a flying sh*t! I’m just here waving my hand saying you’re not the only one. It’s a bit of a pain to bug friends and family to take your pictures plus lets face it, they don’t really get the whole blogging thing. Unfortunately my personal photographer is all the way in California and will be for the next two years so I rely on myself to get the job done. The first time I went out and took photos on my own was nerve wrecking! People can be nosy and feel the need to know what it is you are up to but then again that’s the type of world we live in. I try my best to find areas that are secluded or that aren’t crowded but there will always be that one person that passes by. I just smile or act like I’m the only one in the area. I take my blog very serious so I tune everything out and all I see is my camera lens. . .

  • Your tripod and remote are your best friend.
  • Drive around your neighborhood the day before or on a day you have off to see if it’s somewhere your comfortable setting up.
  • Take a few test shots to make sure your in focus, you might have to walk back and fourth but it’s worth the results.
  • Posing can be difficult and repetitive but just have fun with it, act like you’re walking, let the wind blow your hair around, try to look relaxed while being as comfortable as you can.
  • If people start staring avoid all eye contact, I repeat ALL EYE CONTACT and just keep shooting.
  • Where do I put my remote while shooting? In my pocket or I cup it in my hand.
  • If someone asks about what you’re doing you can easily say it’s an assignment for school or your job.
  • Shoot at different angles to get some variety out of your session, make sure to get detailed shots of accessories such as rings, purses, shoes and even your nail color.
  • Practice makes perfect and eventually you’ll find what works for you.

Have fun and just remember you owe nothing to no one, so go put on a show!

Current Wish-list

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  1. J.Crew Regent Blazer in Camel – I’m not a huge fan of color but I feel camel is a neutral color and can be paired with a lot of items in my wardrobe. I love the boyish look of it but it’s still fitted at the same time so a hint of feminity is still present. I have yet to see it in person but I know that when I do it will be coming home with me!
  2. How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are - And I quote “Always be fuckable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning” need I say more? I need this book like yesterday!!!
  3. Uniqlo White Buttoned Shirt - I have yet to find a solid white shirt that isn’t see-through or too short. I have a feeling this shirt and I are going to get along pretty well.
  4. Zara Leather Ankle Boot With Zip - I don’t have a good solid pair of black boots in my wardrobe and these look pretty cool. I’m very picky when it comes to boots because I have the skinniest ankles in the world so they can look like my foot is drowning in them. The ankles on these seem smaller so I’ll give them a go, these are #1 on my list! I’m also feelin the pointed toe.
  5. Zara Mom Jeans - I haven’t warn a proper pair of jeans in ages and I don’t think I can anymore! They feel so restricting and that’s why I opt for the Boyfriend Jean. My friend said I should try a pair of high-waisted mom jeans to add a bit of fun to my wardrobe and I’m all for it.
  6. Nars Douceur - Remember a few videos back I mentioned about trying a new blush, well I have scouted and chosen this neutral everyday color.
  7. Catbird Tomboy Ring – Rings are my #1 accessory and while I love my plain thin bands I think this thicker knuckle ring will add some dimension to my stacking game.
  8. Diptyque Vanille Candle – Because my ass needs another candle, right? This is more of a want than need. Anything vanilla scented is a huge “enabler” for this candle addict.
  9. Zara High Neck Sweater – My turtleneck obsession continues and this chunky knit is also at the top of my list. I feel that some shades of grey wash me out but this color will look great with a white shirt underneath to really give it some contrast and transition against whatever bottoms I’m wearing.

Windy Melody

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I think my #1 accessory this fall/winter will be this darn hat, I’m obsessed! Janessa Leone is my one and only when looking for good quality wool hat. Her Dark Horse Collection is gorgeous and I really recommend checking them out!

Hat: Janessa Leone Gabrielle Hat  //  Blazer: Zara  //  Oversized Button Shirt: Old Navy  //  Boyfriend Jeans: Zara  // Shoes: Vera Wang  //  Watch: Michael Kors // Clutch: Old Navy  //  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators //  Bracelets: Shashi & Bandhu  // Rings: HomeGrown Silver & Stone  //  Nails: Essie After School Boy Blazer

If You’re Going To Buy One Lipstick This Month. . .

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If you’re a lover of the whole 90’s lip then I suggest you go out and get this ASAP! Unfortunately this is a collection release so it’s a limited edition lipstick. Styled in Sepia is a cool browny taupe with a matte finish which personally is my favorite kind of lipstick. It’s similar to Rihanna’s Nude lipstick M.A.C released earlier this year, It sold out within hours and I was one bummed chick. I know it won’t be a shade for everyone but I do feel it will look great even on the palest of skins. I can’t stop staring at the darn thing, I might even buy a backup!

Autumn Makeup Bag

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I am one to hoard an excessive amount of lip products in my makeup bag but I’m proud to say I’ve narrowed it down to just 4, then I realized they’re all pretty similar! I try my best not to overpack products for everyday touch-ups, some items are permanently in my bag at all times. These clear pouches from M.A.C have really come in handy over the past couple of years and unfortunately are no longer available but these pouches from Truffle are very similar. So here is what’s inside for the next Autumnal months. . .

  • Oribe Hair Refresher - My hair has its own perfume and it is Oribe’s signature fragrance. Maybe it’s a bit crazy but I like every part of me to smell good and my locks still count right? You ever get that straightener burn smell every now and again throughout the day especially if your hair is down, don’t act like you don’t know?! It’s amazing and that goes for most Oribe products.
  • Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash - In other words just some fancy ass hand-sanitizer. I love the herbal cedarwood scent and it’s surprising hydrating.
  • Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau Solid Perfume - This is like my mid-day pick me up and I just rub it on my wrists/neck. It’s not a scent for everyone, I get told often that I smell like a minty tree but I’ll take it!
  • Diptyque Tam Dao - I own the full size of this and although the bottle is gorgeous it would take up too much space in my bag so luckily I have a bunch of mini sample sprays.
  • Nars All Day Luminous Powder Foundation - A recent purchase but every girl needs a mirror in their bag.
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger - HG concealer, I think I have one in the car too!
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz - Need to keep my caterpillars tamed.
  • Hourglass Mechanical Gel Liner - My “just in case I want a winged liner” for the day.
  • M.A.C Half ‘N Half - It’s been on my lips since I got it, perfect peachy browny nude.
  • M.A.C Bare Again - A my lips but better shade (I probably say that about most lip products, its how I justify owning them all).
  • Burberry Lip Cover in Nude Rose - I just enjoy wiping out the magnetic packaging, the color is nice too!
  • Burberry Lip Glow in Nutmeg - This is a nice shade for this time of year, it’s a dusky browny mauve that pairs nicely with any of the lip shades above.

Currently Loving. . .

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Zara Knits (I may have a few more coming to the house)

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Very happy with my desk/vanity set up and I’ve been a very good girl keeping it clean! I’ve also found the mirror of my dreams.

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Diptyque Eau Duelle, My new rings from my favorite Etsy shop, Mainsai Screw Cuff

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Current FOTD : Eve Lom Radiance Primer, Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Nars All-Day Luminous Powder Foundation, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Jouer Blush in Blossom, Tom Ford Spanish Pink Lipstick, Jouer Cream Shadow in Galaxy, YSL Touch Eclat Pen, M.A.C Subculture Lip Liner

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I’ve really been enjoying rockin bare nails, embracing the natural look.