A Fashionable Easter

A very fashionable Easter Sunday, thanks to NY and Co.

In my household, Easter is taken very seriously.

The Easter feast is prepared days in advanced. Alarms are set for three hours before the time we need to leave. We live only 15 minutes away from church, which should give you an idea of how intense my family can be. So you can say that I was in a bit of trouble when my mother realized that I still did not have my dress on the eve if Easter Sunday. Cue the passive-aggressive remarks from my mother.

Luckily, NY and Company came through for me. I also have to tip my hat to Eva Mendes for creating such a stunning collection. I managed to get my hands on the last Eva Mendes Collection Romina Lace Sheath Dress in “Pale Blush.” The pastel tone was what initially drew me to try it on, but the detailed lace overlay is what sold me.  I adore how feminine it looks and how comfortable it was. It has an elastic banded waist—perfect for making room for the 10 pounds of food I inhaled. 

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I paired the dress for more conservative, closed-toe shoes at church. However, for my mini-photo shoot with my sister with my sister, (Thanks Misha for sticking with me even when we were nearly attacked by bees.) I opted for chunky neutral wedges. These are the Carlos by Carlos Santana Bristol Wedge Sandal. I got mine from Ross for only $28! The cork heel with the lace detailing gave me a boho-chic vibe that I was really loving.

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Because the dress is so gorgeous alone, I didn’t want to overpower it with jewelry, so I paired it with my Alex and Ani Birthstone Bangle and a few rings.

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I also wanted to keep my makeup fairly neutral, so I used my trusty Too Faced Sweet Peach palette for my eyes. I finished off the look with the Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in “Loved.” It stayed put even through my three-hour power nap. Drool-included.

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A Lunch Break Escape

D.C. spot for coffee, gelato and atmosphere.

I’m a creature of habit. I have a general routine that I tend to stick by. 

Wake up at 5:30. Shower, dress and be out the door by 6:45. Get to work by 8:30, come home, sleep and repeat.

With that said, it’s safe to assume that I go to the same restaurant everyday. It’s actually a problem. The employees know me and the chain follows me on Twitter. So essentially what this means is that everything about my behavior is methodical. One day, I found myself upset about how predictable I was that I found myself heading in the opposite direction for lunch.

With some inspiration from the Wandering Washingtonians, I found myself in Dolcezza Gelato on 14th and P. 


As soon as I stepped foot inside, I fell in love. I snapped a couple of pictures (probably to the dismay of patrons) and got excited to test the drinks.


I’m going to admit that what I was anticipating the most was the Instagram-worthy latte designs. I even double checked with the barista to ensure it came topped with an aesthetically pleasing one, to which he chuckled as he confirmed it.


When I sat down to drink my latte, (and snap some pictures of said-latte) I was utterly relaxed, listening to music, softly playing overhead. The large windows also make it perfect to people-watch.


I was looking for good vibes and coffee and I definitely found it. I can’t wait for my next break to drink more lattes and capture some Insta-treasures.

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

The newest edition to the Beauties Beholder foundation collection.

I’m usually one to splurge on foundations, so when I come across a good one under $20, I know I have to share it with the world. The NYX Total Coverage Drop Coverage Foundation is only $14 and I can say truthfully that I get a whole lot of bang for my buck. 


I would say that this is a medium-to-full coverage foundation. The drops are heavily concentrated with pigment, allowing you to build up to a full coverage. I found that I don’t get cakey when I try to build up the foundation, which is definitely a major plus. I have some texture in my skin, so the last thing I want is for my foundation to cake up, bring more attention to those areas.

Do note that I have oily/combination skin, so if you’re dry, we may have a difference in opinion. I’m not sure how it stands up to dry patches.

It comes in a variety of shades. 24 to be exact! So there’s a good chance that you’ll find, if not your perfect shade, something pretty close to it. 


How to Use: I prime my skin, using either the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Base or the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. Which I’ve been loving at the moment.

I add a couple of drops to dense blending brush and use a combination of patting and circular motions to work it into the skin. I don’t suggest using a BeautyBlender for this, due to the fact that this foundation is extremely thin. You’ll find that BeautyBlender will suck up a lot of product. Stick to something like a kabuki brush or something similar.

I, then, go ahead and set it with my trusty Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in “Translucent.” After that is done, I’m good to go, and ready to take on the day! I found that the foundation stays put for several hours on end, without me having to touch up. So if you’re out and about for hours on end, like me, you’ll really love the staying power of this!


Have you tried the foundation yet? If so, I’d love to get your thoughts, especially if you have dryer skin. I’d love to learn how it works on different skin types. 

Spring Scents

Some new scents for spring.

In the spring, I cast aside warm, musky scents for fresh, floral fragrances. It reminds me that it’s my favorite time of year again. Nature is coming back to life and we can see flowers beginning to bloom. 

This year, I was sent, what I believe will be my new spring scent by Y Communications and Consulting. They gave me the opportunity to try out the Zoella Beauty Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion.I’ve been a huge Zoella fan for quite sometime now so when I was asked to test out her products, I jumped at the chance.

The Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion is just lovely and even grandma-approved. I let her try it out before I did and she was very pleased with the scent. In all over body lotions, I look for something that’s pleasantly fragranced, but not so much that it’s overbearing. The lotion is exactly that. It has a sweet, floral scent that makes me read for a walk through a field of flowers. Though it smells good, it’s not overly poignant, which means it’s perfect to pair other scents over top of it. (I suggest a splash it the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Perfume!) 

If you’re into soft and subtle scents, this may be right up your alley.

The mixture of ingredients makes the lotion creamy and moisturizing. It’s enriched with Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Vitamin E. (All of which, your skin will love.)

The Zoella Collection just launched in January and can be found exclusively at Target, so I don’t know about you l, but I’m definitely going to stop by and pick up some others from the collection. The collection also includes hand cream, perfume, bath products and more. 


Another scent that you can also pick up at Target is the Soap and Glory The Righteous Body Lotion. My grandmother, mother, sisters and a handful for beauty bloggers can back me up when I say this smells so incredibly good.

This has been a blogger/vlogger favorite for quite a while and it’s just recently released in Target stores. It’s enriched with Shea and Cocoa Seed Butters, as well as Sweet Almond Oil and Aloe Vera. 

If you have dry skin, test this out. Your skin will thank you. Trust me.


Lastly, stepping away from Target, let’s talk about Lush’s Handy Gurugu Hand Lotion. If you’re into fresher scents rather than floral, this should be on your radar. I picked this up during my birthday shopping trip and I can say honestly that this makes my hands feel so soft.

It contains Shea, Almond and Cashew Butter and Rose Water. All of which, my hands absolutely love! And I think yours will too. 

I will warn you that this one is a little thicker than the other two so if you’re not a fan of thick creams, I would say to opt for one of the other two. 

Regardless, all of these are wonderful and perfect scents for the spring time. Have you tried my Of these, or should I try something else? I’d love to know what you’re using. 

Happy springtime and happy moisturizing! 

A Beauties Beholder Birthday

A birthday getaway to Tysons Corner.

I completely intended to spend my 22nd birthday by myself. 

And before I get the sympathetic condolences, I was content with the idea of it. Happy even. Being alone on your birthday isn’t a taboo. In fact, to an introvert, such as myself, it could even be welcome. Time alone on your birthday really allows you to make the day all about yourself. 

But I digress. 

My day was filled with unscheduled fun. Don’t get me wrong, in my mind, I had a basic idea of what I would like to do, which was shop until I dropped. 

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What better place to do that than the fabulous Tysons Corner?

My Tysons Corner birthday getaway began with lunch. My sister asked to go for a lunch date. I, of course, accepted and sat down for a sushi date, where I ate my weight in shrimp tempura and shrimp nigiri.


My little getaway didn’t end there. I enjoyed a quick trip to the NYX Store, where I met the newest member of my foundation collection, the Total Control Drop Foundation. A lovely sales associate with perfect liner helped me fine my perfect shade and even recommended a new setting spray. (I’ve been using this foundation for about a week now and I have to say that I’m really loving it. Great coverage and great wear.)


I, then, made my way over to LUSH, where I picked up the heart eye emoji Bubble Bar! (If you haven’t tried a LUSH Bubble Bar, you’re missing out on the best bubble baths of your life.) I also picked up a new hand lotion because with this ever changing weather, my hands have been incredibly dry. I decided on the Handy Gurugu. It’s like a drink of water for my skin. Super hydrating!


Then, because I have a serious makeup addiction, I found myself in Sephora. After much deliberation and the reassurance of several sales associates, I caved and picked up the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. Initially, I was wary of the scent, but since having it for a week, I’m absolutely content with my purchase.


I also ended up grabbing some sweets from Olivia Macaron. The person at the table was incredibly sweet and when he learned that it was my birthday, he gave me some macaroni for free! If you’ve never had a macaron, I highly suggest trying one immediately. They’re so light and airy, which makes it hard to eat only one. 


Staying on the sweets train, I told myself it was time for me to indulge in some from Sugarfina. I ended up getting three kinds. If it’s your birthday, definitely head over to the store, they give you a box for free. Also, if you’re not sure about what you should try, I recommend the Rosé All Day gummy bears!

To top it all off, I went to go see Beauty and the Beast at the theaters inside the mall. It was such a good movie if you haven’t seen it yet.


Tysons Corner is already such a great place to shop the hottest brands on a regular day, but on your birthday, it turns into a magical shopping destination. Thanks Tysons for making my birthday wonderful!