April 2017 Favorites

A new month calls for a new monthly favorites and I have a few things that I’ve really been loving.

I can’t believe how fast the days are flying by. We’re already in May! (Cue Justin Timberlake.)

A new month calls for a new monthly favorites and I have a few things that I’ve really been loving.
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In April, I found myself reaching for the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette. It’s raved about for a reason. This classic has a variety of colors that are pigmented, easy to blend and smell like chocolate. What more can you ask for?
Though I am late to the game on this primer, I have to say I’m very excited about this discovery. Last month, I picked up the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and I haven’t put it down ever since. I was genuinely surprised at how much I really love this. I didn’t realize that this was highly rated by people with oily skin when I picked this up. It’s not necessarily going to leave you matte, but it will leave you with a smooth base for your foundation.
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Another eyeshadow palette I’ve been using has been the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I’ve captured a lot of pictures of this on my Instagram page, but it’s only because I really do enjoy it. I find that the colors are fairly easy to blend and you can get many uses out of this single palette from everyday to bold looks. The only downside is the smell. Sometimes it’s a bit too potent, making me want to forgo it, but once it’s on the lids, you won’t smell it throughout the day. I struggle to support this palette, especially with all of the controversy going around Too Faced currently, but I have to admit that I did use this palette quite a bit in the month of April.
Back on a lighter note, the Total Control Drop Foundation by NYX Cosmetics. I’ve talked about this on the blog before so I won’t go too in-depth about it. I can layer it up and I don’t find that it gets cakey once I do. I don’t find that I produce more oils throughout the day with this, which is a big plus!
The next product is actually a repurchase. This is the Black N’ Brown Brow Pencil from ColourPop. I ran out of this pencil and I thought I could use something else in its place, but I found myself really missing this pencil and I immediately reordered it once I realized. It’s not too creamy, nor is it too stiff. I find that It’s the perfect size for me to get thin, precise strokes for my brows.
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I’ve briefly touched on the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit here on the blog. I’ve really been loving this. A lot of contour shades for deeper skin come across red on my complexion, which is great for bronzing, but not ideal for contouring. This gives me the best of both worlds and I like to mix the two deeper colors to give me an all over bronze.
Another thing I’ve been loving has been the Wet N’ Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in “Precious Petals.” I’m surprised that I don’t hear people raving more about this. It’s a fantastic formula that is very smooth to the touch and you can build it up to an intense glow. (Which is what I normally do.)
The last thing is something that I don’t talk about very often, which is the E.L.F. 19 Piece Brush Set. E.L.F. has really stepped up their game and it really shows with these brushes. They’re extremely soft and apply my makeup with them has been a breeze. I haven’t experienced any shedding since I was given them on Christmas. Though they’re a little pricier for E.L.F., it’s much more affordable than some other brush sets on the market. I highly suggest these.
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That was quite the list! I’m really loving all these products, but I’m excited to try out some new ones in the month of May. Please let me know some of your favorites so I can test them out! I look forward to hearing them!

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! 

2017 Southern Women’s Show Recap

I had an amazing time at the Southern Women’s Show!

I was so incredibly excited when Jennifer Pullinger reached out to me to join a several other bloggers for the Southern Women’s Show Blogger Preview Night this past weekend. At the Blogger Preview Night, my friend, Hailey, (Follow her on her Instagram! @h.viley) and I had the opportunity to sit in on mini-fashion shows, makeup tutorials, and demos as we sipped champagne and hung out with other amazing Richmond bloggers. We also got to watch some brief runway walks from CEO Magazine, and much more. All of this was in preparation for the 2017 Southern Women’s Show, which was March 17th through the 19th.

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During the Blogger Preview Night, bloggers were able to sit through live demos with Dior and Clinique. In fact, we got to learn about the newest edition to the Dior family, the Laquer Stick, which just launched on the 17th.
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I even managed to get a quick workout with Tiramisu for Breakfast, and several other bloggers during a PowerHoopz tutorial. The hoops are weighted, which made it especially easy for us to hula hoop. It also helps to slim your waist. Hello curves!
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Not pictured: Me dropping the hoop halfway through the demo because my abs started to hurt. #NoAbs.
The lovely Hailey and I walked around the venue a bit and we stopped by the vendor, LulaRoe, where she was able to name all of the pieces with just one look. (I’m not kidding. She named out at least six styles, pulling out her favorites.)
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And I couldn’t walk away empty-handed, so I I went over to the Let’s Talk Towels booth. Let’s Talk Towels has an array of 100% cotton Turkish Towels. There, I bought myself a beautiful towel that I’m wearing as I write this. Fun Fact: The owner’s daughter is Rebecca Piersol, from The Crystal Press. (AKA My idol.)
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The wonderful hosts from the show were also so kind to also provide us with fun-filled goodie bags during the Blogger Preview Night.
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I returned to the show that Saturday with my mother and sister,  where we went on a shopping spree. As you can see, my mother really enjoyed herself. She ended up purchasing a couple of statement pieces that she found around the venue.
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Our first stop was the Let’s Talk Towels booth, here I got to see Rebecca Piersol yet again. (I was mentally jumping up and down.) We picked up some more towels and a couple hand towels. They’re all so beautiful.
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Being the beauty addict I am, I had to stop by the Dior booth to pick up the Lacquer Stick.
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I got the shade 420, which is the perfect mauve-y nude. I got to test out the Lacquer Stick and also the Lip Glow with the help of Counter Manager for Dior at Dillards in Stony Point, Kaitlyn. If you go there, definitely ask for Kaitlyn, she was so nice and helpful! (She also had one of the best smokey eyes I’ve seen in a while!) P.S. Kaitlyn, I’m coming back for the Lip Glow!
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I also fueled my makeup obsession at the Salt Soothers booth. They had an array of bath bombs, salts and scrubs to try out. I ended up getting a demo of the Blue Lagoon Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub. (Which smells amazing!) 
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The salts are combined with a mixture of oils that exfoliate the dead skin while leaving your skin nourished with the oils.
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There were so many wonderful vendors that were there and I’m so sad that I wasn’t able to stop by them all!. Nonetheless, I had such a fantastic time. If you weren’t able to come this year, you should mark your calendars for next year because you don’t want to miss out again!
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Thank you again to Jennifer for inviting me to join in on all the fun during the Blogger Preview Night! It was such a wonderful time and I can’t wait to go again next year’s! Make sure to mark your calendars! It’s going to be March 16-18 at the Richmond Raceway Complex.
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