Wednesday, May 15, 2013

L'Oreal Pistachio Dream

Like most people, mint green is one of my favorite colors for the spring and summer. This is L'Oreal's Pistachio Dream from the Versailles Romance spring 2013 collection. It is a cream polish that does not streak and is opaque after two coats.

There is a subtle shimmer to the color, and it has a slight blue undertone. Although I love this color, if you're looking for a true mint green, I would purchase Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails Xtreme polish in 340 Mint Sorbet. I own this color and compared to everything else I've seen/tried, this is the best minty color out there. It's also inexpensive!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


It's a bit rainy in the Nation's capital, so I thought I'd wear some color to brighten up an otherwise dreary day!

I love structured dresses like this one from Gap. They are the most flattering for my body-type (all of my weight is in my stomach area). This dress ran true to size, but on the tighter side. My go-to stores for dresses this season are Gap and Loft. They have so many cute dresses, practically all of my spring dresses are from these two stores!

I don't normally wear black and blue together, but I find that it's becoming more acceptable and not so much of a faux pas, just like how people are starting to mix gold and silver. It's a very simple look, especially because I'm not wearing any jewelry, but the black and blue striped mix makes it more trendy.

Dress: Gap
Heels: Coach Factory Sue Patent Pump
Sweater: J.Crew Factory

Check out these other adorable dresses from Gap and Loft (some of which I own)!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

7 Little Things (April 2013)

I found my new holy grail foundation: Hourglass' Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation. Seriously, this beauty product is awesome. If you have oily skin, go out and buy this now! I have combination/oily skin, leaning more on the oily side, and this foundation keeps my face matte the ENTIRE day. 

via Sephora 

My color is sand, which is described as, "medium with pink undertones." This product is definitely all that it's marketed to be. It lasts all day and mattifies better than any foundation I've ever owned. At first I was hesitant to use a liquid to powder formula, since I had never even heard of this type of foundation before. BUT, it's phenomenal.

I would say this is medium coverage, but it can definitely be built up, or toned down. One pump gives me moderate coverage, so half a pump provides a tinted moisturizer-like finish, and more than one pump makes it full coverage. 

The downside of this product is that it's expensive, about $55, eeek! However, in my opinion it's worth the money to not have to touch up throughout the day and worry that I look like I just went swimming.

A product that goes hand-in-hand with my foundation is face primer. The Smashbox Photo Finish Light primer is my favorite because it doesn't break me out.

via Sephora

I bought the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette a few months ago, but I didn't really start using it until this month. That was a mistake because I'm *loving* it. The combination of Naked 2 on my lid and Faint in the crease is my perfect nude eye. Naked 2 is essentially my skin color LOL! Sometimes I will mix it up and put W.O.S on my lid and Naked 2 in my crease if I want a more subtle neutral eye. Either way, I've used this palette almost every day this month.

via Sephora

I ran out of my go-to Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes liner earlier this month and decided it was time to try something new. I've heard a lot about the Benefit BADgal waterproof liner, so I thought I'd give that one a shot. I'm so glad that I did. Although, I love MUFE aqua eyeliner because it's water proof and doesn't smudge on my tightline, the Benefit eyeliner is definitely better. It's creamier, which makes it easier to apply, yet it doesn't smudge! The consistency reminds me of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On liners, but those smudge on me. The Benefit liner lasts longer on my upper lash line and my 'wing' than the MUFE liner did.

via Sephora

Blush has become one of my favorite beauty products. My blush collection is almost the same size as my eye shadow collection! I usually use a bunch of different blushes in any given month, but recently I've only been reaching for my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush, specifically in the color Tipsy. This is a true coral color; not too pink and not too orange. The Amazonian Clay blushes are super pigmented, and they last forever (I'm not sure if it's actually 12 hours, but it's a long time). I really need to invest in more of these!

via Sephora

I've been getting pretty chapped/dry lips from allergies this spring season, and the Maybelline Baby Lips have been my saviors! I love that they provide a good amount of moisture AND a hint of color. I own quite a few, but my favorites are Melon Mania, Twinkle and Coral Crush. Of those, my most reached for one is Coral Crush. It's a corally-orange shade, that is sheer but can be built up.

Another lip product I've been obsessed with is my Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya. Surprise, surprise, it's a coral color :) I love how the lip butters apply to my lips. They're soft and smooth, and this color is beautiful!