Francesca's // Shoes: Target // Necklace: Peggy Li Creations & Target // Braclet: Kiel James Patrick
Happy Friday! Today's little ensemble is the one that I mentioned in this post on Monday. To me this dress just screams summer. Scallops, flowers and tiny tank top straps are a perfect sundress in my eyes. This one I found on accident. I was in the mall getting some things from Sephora (view some of my fave's here) but when I was done I had to meet my parents. On my way to them I accidentally stumbled into Francesca's and walked out with this piece. I love it!!
Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette: I'm a huge fan of natural eyes mainly because it brings out the color of my eyes (they're blue-green). This palette is everything I look for in a palette. It's got shimmer shades, matte shades, that one perfect brightening shade and cutesy names. Basically, it's my new favorite palette. (I'm also a huge fan of the Naked Basics Palette).
Dior Diorshow Mascara: I tried this mascara last year when I got it for my birthday in my Sephora purchase as a free sample. I loved it then and I love it now. Once you get past the smell of this product (it smells like the Dior perfume) it's a wonderful mascara that provides a lovely daytime look. | For other references I use three mascaras to get a full stage look without falsies. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise: You guys, I have been looking for this stuff for about a month now and I saw it when I stumbled into Sephora on Thrusday behind the counter and dashed over to buy it! Boy am I glad I did. I'll admit it's a little different. It's definitely scary in the pot and leaves a an imprint on the finger you use to apply it (easily remedied by washing your hands) but when you put it on it is wonderful! The color pay off is great, it's build able and it just glides on! So happy with this purchase!
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in True Love: It's time to blame Esteé for another purchase (it's a total of two in this post). She raves about the Tarte blushes and I have to say that she is right on the money with them. The color I have, True Love, a red-pink, is a bit stiff but with a bit of brush work it transfers wonderfully. My next one will be in Fearless, its a gorgeous pink color that is calling my name!!
Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush: This is the product I liked least of this bunch but that's not to say that I didn't like it. It's a lovely color, has a nice shimmer but up against the Tarte and Josie Maran blushes it falls short. It's wear time isn't as long and it's color power just doesn't match the other two.
Urban Decay All Nigther Makeup Setting Spray: This is another product Estee has raved about (here) and I love it. I'm not one to powder set my foundation because I like the look of a dewy face so this stuff is perfect. It keeps my makeup set perfectly and still gives me the dewy look I love.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Rollerball Perfume: I wish I could send you things to smell because this, my dear readers, smells so good! I love it to pieces. It's edgy, sensual and musky yet it's still feminine and elegant. It's a change from my Dot by Marc Jacobs rollerball but I love it! (Thanks Esteé, Fleur and Amelia for the recomendation)!
Bonus Buys: Sephora Lipstick and Maybelline Color Whisper: I have no other explanations except that I'm a lipstick lover.
(Not talked about: Naked Beauty Balm, will update soon!)
Happy Memorial Day to you all! I hope you're enjoying your extra day off! Today I'm actually marching (read: dancing to the song Happy & making a three mile trek...) in the parade so I'm not actually doing anything festive per se. I wish I was because the dress I was going to wear is so darling but I'll wait 'till tomorrow to wear it. What are you guys doing for Memorial Day (my American readers)?
After publishing update: I just got home from the parade and while I am dead to the world I thought I'd share what we did at the reviewing stand. It was simple, all we did was take a parade rest (feet shoulder width apart hand over hand behind back) then turn to the reviewing stand with men and women in the armed forced and saluted. It made me tear up a little because although we, as Americans treat today as just another day off, it was nice to show that we truly appreciated them and what they've done for us in a simple way. I hope you enjoy your Memorial Day!
[Outfit Details: Dress (worn as skirt): Modcloth // Shirt: Thrifted // Belt: Target // Shoes: Target]Yikes! I took a bit of an unplanned outfit post break there for a while. But I'm back with a fun little story and this lovely outfit! Last Tuesday one of my friends and I headed to Shea's in Downtown Buffalo to see Beauty and the Beast but the fun started at 6:30, 30 minutes before showtime. That was when my friend got out of Driver's Ed and we had 30 minutes to get down to Main St. My mom broke a few traffic laws and we got downtown with about five minutes left. But Main St. is under construction and only a subway street so when ran a block in between towering brick buildings to get there on time. The only problem was we made a right instead of a left so for a good thirty seconds we were running towards a little theater only to turn around and see the huge Shea's sign (see it here). We made it with about 3 minutes to spare but we saw a lovely performance of Beauty and the Beast!
Spring time is my favorite time of the year to wear lipstick. For me it has to do a lot with the temperature factor, it's not too hot so it doesn't slip right off but it's not too cold so these lipsticks don't look crazy. Here are a few of my favorite lipsticks-mainly pinky-reds and corals!
In order of the swatches in the above picture.
MAC Candy Yum-Yum: This color is so bright that when I wear it I absolutely have to keep the rest of my make-up simple. It's a pretty blue-toned color that stays for hours because of the matte formula and it's not super drying (but it does have some drying effects).
Lush Lemony Flutter: So this isn’t a lipstick but I use it with the above product and any other drying lipstick I have. This is technically a Cuticle Butter but when I bought it the saleswoman told me that she used it on her lips and made them so soft and moisturized. I agree with the saleswoman, it’s great at moisturizing everything from my lips to my elbows. I highly recommend it. And if you’re a smeller (thanks Estee for that word) it smells like Lemon Pez when applied!!
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic (#esteemademebuyit): This color one of the reddest and it’s the drugstore dupe of the other reddest one in the collection of lipsticks, MAC’s Impassioned. This one is a little bit drying since it’s a matte formula but it’s great after I put Lemony Flutter on underneath.
L’oreal Paris Colour Riche in I Pink You’re Cute: This is my favorite light but bold pink color. There is only one drawback about this color and that is its staying power. It doesn’t last forever like my MAC and NARS lipsticks but it does last at least an hour without needing a touch up.
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu: The color of this one is my second favorite out of the whole lot (Candy Yum-Yum is in 1st). It’s such a different color than I normally wear but I love it- it’s such a fun spring color.
Maybelline Color Vivid in Shock Coral: I feel like my picture doesn’t do this justice because it’s next to such similar colors. It’s more coral than Unapologetic and Impassioned, that’s how it looks in the tube and on my lips but I guess my arm just wasn’t up to showing it’s true color today. Anywho, this color is one of my favorites to wear with a sundress or a simple spring/summer outfit.
MAC Impassioned: This color is the original to the dupe I talked about above. I love this one, it’s an amplified formula so it’s super creamy and hydrating. I can’t say enough about this one!!