I can't believe September is over! This year flew by so quick, and so much has happened in the last year. I wonder what next year will bring.
Well, let's get on with the beauty products!
Here's a MAC quad I made up last year. I love these colors! Don't they look like Fall?
Top: Texture, Era
Bottom: Antiqued, Embark
This Elf Baked Eyeshadow in Toast is pretty, but it makes an even better blush/highlight! I've been wearing it on my cheeks all month.
My sister introduced me to this concealer and I had to get one. It lasts all day, and doesn't look cakey. The only downside is that, way too much comes out when you press the pump.
Lastly, I've really been into nude lips this month. With my skin tone, what works as a nude for me, might be bolder on you. My two faves this month has been MAC Please Me (top) and Half n' Half (bottom.)
Here are a few pieces I picked up recently for Autumn:
I've wanted this bag for ages. It looks like the Alexander Wang Rocco bag ($925 - no thanks!) , but it isn't. I found this one on eBay for a whopping $33. Not bag for an exact copy.
I desperately needed a new Fall jacket. This one is black, and bomber style. I also picked up this scarf in what was described online ass "mustard," but when I received in, it was in fact just bright yellow. Disappointed, but what are you going to do?
These shoes were a gift from my sister.
Lastly, I picked up a bag from the Phillip Lim for Target collection, which goes nicely with this leopard scarf, also from my sister.
One of my favorite things about Fall, is the seasonal coffee. Every coffee shop you walk into has some variation of spiced coffee. When Starbucks puts out their Pumpkin Spice Latte its the unofficial start of Autumn.
Instead of paying extra for the specialty coffee, or if you don't feel like going out, try my recipe.
Spices you need: Allspice, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger
Since we're making this in a coffee maker, you don't need to use the ground version if you don't have it. Whole spices are fine. Also, if you don't like or have allspice, or cloves, then leave it out. The coffee will taste great anyways!
Combine and mix well in a small bowl, as much or as little of each, according to your tastes. Remember that nutmeg is very strong. I used about 2 tbsp of each.
Fill your coffee maker with water, and get your coffee, and sugar ready.
Put your desired amount of coffee, sugar ( this is optional, and make sure that using sugar here is okay for your particular coffee maker,) and the spices.
Mix well with fork, and that's it! Let the coffee maker do the rest!
I have a major problem with nail polishes. I'm obsessed. In fact, I asked my hubby to make me a nail polish rack for our anniversary! During the Autumn season, we tend to lean toward richer, deeper colors. It mimics the changing of the season, and the longer nights. Here's my ultimate Fall nail polish list:
First up are the berry/oxblood colors. (Left to Right) Milani- Black Cherry, Sally Hansen- Pat on the Black, Orly- Bus Stop Crimson, Butter London- La Moss.
Next up are my favorite nudes for this time of year. Butter London- Yummy Mummy, OPI Samoan Sands, Orly- Nite Owl
Up next are my favorite brown shades. OPI- My Private Jet, Essie- Little Brown Dress , Butter London- Shag ( a bit more copper than brown,) ORLY- Buried Alive ( My absolute FAVORITE fall nail color!)
Jewel tones are always in for the Fall season. Zoya- Gem, China Glaze-Stella, China Glaze- Sassy, China Glaze- Let's Groove.
Lastly, some darker colors. Sephora by OPI- Never Enough Shoes, China Glaze- Rendezvous with you, Essie- Smokin' Hot.
Please excuse the quality of the pictures, because they were taken with my iPhone, under poor lighting. Tonight, my hubby and I had dinner at his parent's house along with a few other family members. The weather was finally chilly so I decided to go with a darker lip
( MAC Retro,) and sparkly neutral eyes ( MAC/ Lorac.)
I can't say enough good things about Lorac Unzipped, but I will review that in my next post. On my lashes, I used Benefit's They're Real Mascara. I love it, but it's a pain to remove!
After dinner, my hubby and I went up to the balcony and enjoyed the view. Hope you had a great Friday night!
I've been subscribed to Ipsy since July. The $10/mo beauty box is something I look forward to every month. To be honest, I wasn't crazy about the first bag I got, but I'm glad I stuck with it for a few months, because it hasn't disappointed since.
This month's theme is "Classic Beauty."
This month's bag:
Upon first opening the bag, I was absolutely blown away that I received a half-sized bottle of Butter London's La Moss nail polish ( Full Size $14). It is the perfect dark berry nail color for the Fall/Winter. BTW: a 99% DUPE match for this color is Milani's Black Cherry( Full Size $5). The only difference in color are the tiny sparkles in Milani's Black Cherry which can only be seen close up. Holding your hand in front of you, you can barely tell the difference in color.
The eye kohl, and lip stain, I have to play around with for a bit, but they do have staying power. The swatches did not come off easily. I didn't open the mascara yet, as I tend to keep the samples for traveling, and while I love NYX's products, I'm not too crazy about the color of this eye shadow. It's a pale yellow which won't show up on my skin very nicely.
All, in all, I do like the bag this month. For $10, it's completely worth it!
Take it from me when I tell you that so many of life's hardest questions could be solved if you know who you are.You might think, "Yeah, I know who I am." But do you, really? Taking the time to self -actualize is so worth it.
The quality of your relationships, the career path you choose, your health, your marriage, your parenting, all stems from that ever evolving knowledge of the person you are. I say ever evolving because you are always changing. The things you see and experience on an everyday basis will change you. It's a never ending process, but that's a good thing!
One important thing to remember through this process, is that you are a valuable being and you deserve to be happy. You know when they say, you're the only person that can make you happy? That's true! No one else knows you better than yourself. No one has to live with your every decision but YOU! You have everything you need to be happy right now.
Getting to know yourself, and loving yourself will improve the quality of your life.
So, how do you start?
1) Start a journal or a blog: this is a great way to discover things you like/dislike about yourself, or in the beginning, about life in general.
2) Think about this question, what would you like to change about yourself, and how can you go about doing that? What small changes can you make NOW?
3) Be grateful. Find some time in your day to say five things you are grateful for. Not too hard right? This could be when you're sitting in the train/car, before bed, waiting on line..ect. Start small, for example: I'm grateful that I woke up this morning, or I'm grateful that I'll talk to my mom today. You get the idea. Later on after you've gotten into this habit, you'll find more and more things to be grateful for.
4) Stay positive. I'll write a blog post about positivity later on, but for now, reach for those better feeling thoughts!
5) Get out there and try new things! Make an effort to do things you enjoy, and to experience things you've never done before.
This list could go on, and on. once you start, you'll find new ways of appreciating yourself, and your life!
Soon the sunshine will highlight the bright oranges, reds, and brown leaves, and the crisp Autumn breeze will sweep them off their branches. In anticipation of Autumn I have already been eyeing a few things I'd like to purchase for the home. I stop myself, and think, "It's too early."
Although the weather has already started changing, with cool mornings and colder nights, and Starbucks have brought back their Pumpkin Spice Latte, a sure sign, it's Autumn, I'm waiting to purchase the bigger items.
I couldn't help myself when it came to the candles thought. They were on sale! That's enough rationalization for me! It was the Labor Day sale from Bath and Body Works, and I picked up the Nutmeg and Spice, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Leaves, and Autumn candles. All of them divine, and highly recommended!
I also picked up this phone case because it's from one of my favorite movies, Beetlejuice, and I was thinking about Halloween:
That's all the Autumn related purchases for now, but more to come!
I visited a friend of mine last week at her house out in
Long Island. She’s married, with two kids under the age of four. She left her
job in real estate to be a stay at home mom. When I first walked in the door
she led me to the living room where she’d put out drinks and appetizers. Her house
was immaculate, her kids were tidy and quietly playing, and I could smell
dinner being cooked. It blew my mind, and I have to admit, it made me feel less.
We chatted about our lives, and who we’d run into lately,
people from the old crowd, current events, and the whole time she was just so
calm and collected, even as the kids spilled their drinks and jumped on the
As the evening wound down, I just had to ask her how she did
it all. She looked at me with a smile, and said, “I just have too.” She continued
on, telling me about how she never had a minute to herself, and how sometimes
she regretted leaving her job. She said it wasn't easy, but it was worth it to
spend time with the kids.
I left feeling somewhat embarrassed that I wasn't doing as
much as I could. I walked into my house, looked around and thought, I’m going
Working a full time job, and taking care of the home is not
easy. When I finish working the last thing I want to do is clean the dishes, or
do laundry. But what I've learnt is that doing those things, is what makes a
house a home.
So this week, I pushed myself to do a little cleaning
everyday- by Wednesday it became maintenance really, and cooking something good
for dinner. And can I say, I am so satisfied. Walking into my home now, to a
clean house, and a full refrigerator makes me feel like I’m getting somewhere.
This may seem like a no-brainer to some women, but it’s not
easy for me. I read blogs where women sew clothes for their kids, or make
drapes, and clean the house, and cook three meals a day, and have time to participate
in the PA. These women are superwomen. I am not, yet.
August is finally over! I say that with much joy. As much as I love the bright colors, and the sunny long days, I grow tired of it sometime in mid July. The sticky heat and humidity of the north east is too much for me. I much prefer autumn. Thinking about it now has definitely put me in a good mood. This is my first monthly beauty post, enjoy! In the first box are my favorite skincare products: 1) éclos Plant Stem Cells Instant Radiance Facial Scrub 2) éclos Plant Stem Cells Anti- Aging Facial Cleanser and Skin Prep 3) Vasaeline Spray & Go 4) Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 5) Bio-Oil
I can't rave enough about the two éclos products! It is hands down the best scrub and cleanser I have ever used. That's a big statement, but it's true! It's completely changed the texture of my skin, brightened it, and keeps any blemishes at bay. I will continue to re-purchase these!
The Vaseline Spray & Go, was perfect for dry days or days at the beach, the Clinique Clarifying lotion is amazing for blemishes or acne, and I use the Bio-oil for any dark spots left by acne scars. I don't normally get acne, but a couple of months ago I got a hormonal breakout, and boy did it wreck my skin.
The second box are my favorite nail polishes of the summer I would say: Left to Right: Zoya Maya, Zoya Shelby, Zoya Minka, Essie Van d'Go, Essie Waltz
The third box are my makeup faves which I literally wore all summer: Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey, Mac lipstick in Please Me, Mac Prolong wear blush in Stay Pretty, Bare Minerals powder foundation, and Elf mineral eyeshadow in Toasted.
The last box are both lip products swatched.
I'm looking forward to doing these every month, and seeing my preferences change.
Till next time!