Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Guys run (don't walk, run) to your local CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reed, whatever and grab a bottle of this. Seriously. A skin perfecter/moisturizer/sort of BB-cream what have you, it's one of the better drugstore products I've tried in recent years. White in the tube, it's one of those self-adjusting thingies and changes when you apply it to match your skin tone (it oxidizes a bit orange on me, but nothing a little primer can't handle). I think it's actually supposed to be worn under makeup, but I've been using it as my only face base for most of the summer and it's been perfect. Just a hint of brightening color, it provides me with an extra dose of moisture and a lovely, dewy finish. On warmer days, I pop a bit of loose powder over top, but usually just leave it alone. It's great. I think it will be too dark for me come the dead of winter, when all my Italian-ness disappears and I am left ghostly and pale, but it will definitely go back into rotation next spring!
Before: You can see a little unevenness in my skin tone and the habitual dark circles. Time for a little wake me up!
After: As you can see, it's barely there coverage. Just enough to even out skin tone, provide a smooth base for the rest of whatever I'm putting on my face that day. And a lovely, dewy finish that isn't too shiny. Perfect!

The Fall Bootie Round-Up

Monday, September 15, 2014

The temperatures in DC took a dip this weekend (seriously, it barely topped 70 Saturday as opposed to over 90 the previous weekend!) and I could not be happier. With the drop in temperatures, my brain zeroed in on one of it's favorite topics: fall shoe choices. I've professed my love of boots and booties before, and every fall, I find myself eyeing the latest options.

As I was last fall, I'm still finding myself drawn to booties over tall boots. They just somehow seem more versatile! Perfect with skirts, pants, dresses, I haven't found a way I can't wear them yet! I may have already added a pair to my collection (but I'm adding a pair I have hardly worn to my Poshmark closet soon), but I'm trying to hold out a little longer before I go on a spree, since it's still definitely sandal weather here, but I'm not sure how long my willpower will last! I've rounded up my favorite pairs below. Check them out!
Laine boots • J.Crew • $248.00
J.Crew Barrett buckled suede ankle boots • J.Crew • $275.00
The Charley Boot in Leather • Madewell • $198.00
Madewell The Otis Boots • Madewell • $208.00
The Billie Boot • Madewell • $228.00
Jack Rogers Women's Marianne Boot • Jack Rogers • $189.99–194.42
Vince - Candice - Desert Bootie • Vince • $208.60
Vince Camuto Amori Bootie • Vince Camuto • $179.00
Chelsa zipper detail bootie • Sole Society • $89.95–99.95
Pour la Victoire Rocker Casual Leather Bootie, Black • Pour La Victoire • $175.00
Donald J Pliner Sarje Calf Hair Bootie • Donald J Pliner • $298.00
Sam Edelman 'Mare' Bootie • Sam Edelman • $129.95
Dolce Vita 'Yazmin' Ankle Bootie • Dolce Vita • $258.95
Joe's 'Abby' Cutout Leather Bootie (Women) • Joe's Jeans • $198.95
MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Salem' Bootie (Women) • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $197.95
Lucky Brand 'Asherr' Desert Bootie (Women) • Lucky Brand • $88.95
Clarks® 'Spye Celeste' Leather Bootie (Women) • Clarks • $129.95
Sole Society 'Tallie' Lace-Up Bootie (Women) • Sole Society • $89.95
Seychelles Scoundrel Buckled Bootie, Camel • Seychelles • $130.00
Crown Vintage Avery Bootie • Crown Vintage • $69.95

What fall shoes do you have in mind? Send 'em my way, I'd love to see!

Mini Business

Friday, September 12, 2014

 {Top: Everlane | Skirt: LOFT Outlet (similar) | Shoes: DSW | Bag: Coach | Watch: Michael Kors | Lip: Tom Ford True Coral}

A couple years ago, I purchased this skirt to wear to work. I am not sure what happened in those two years (was I on a post-holiday high?) but this work is not what I would necessarily term "work appropriate." This is approaching dangerously close to mini mini skirt. Albeit a work-like, a-line mini skirt. Which is fine (not always my thing) but rather perfect for heading out with friends. Dress it up with a snazzy shirt or down with a tee, like I've done here, and you're good to go. My time with bare legs and open toes is limited (fall is going to arrive soon, right? RIGHT?!) so I will embrace it for as long as I can!

Also I really think I need these shoes (or something similar) in black...

Favorite Lippies: Orange

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Once upon a time I was terrified of orange lipsticks. I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's their inherent in-your-face brightness (not sure why this was a problem, seeing as my favorite pink is Schiap). Or maybe it was that I wasn't clear how to wear them. With what blush? With what colors? But I can say I've fully jumped on the orange lip trend and I am so happy I did. I can't wait to incorporate these punchy options into my habitually darker fall rotation!
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti - Winner of the "cutest name" award, this is a great entry-level orange. It was, actually, my first orange purchase. It looks obnoxiously bright in the tube (and when I look at myself in the mirror) but the effect is much more subdued than I expected in the pictures. Guess it's not so bright, which makes it perfect for everyday wear. Moisturizing and the perfect mix between opaque color and lip balm, this line from Revlon is a keeper. I need to get more shades.
L'Oreal Colour Riche in Volcanic - This is one of two I bought while on the hunt for a good dup for the coveted Tom Ford Wild Ginger. You wouldn't catch me shelling out $50 for a lipstick (oh wait....). Volcanic is actually really great it in it's own right. Bright with red undertones, it has that L'Oreal lipstick smell (anyone else associate that with their mom and/or grandmother like me?) and goes on creamy. There's good color payoff, and it's moisturizing. The lasting power isnt' great, but it's easy to carry around and reapply. And it makes me so happy!
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Kiss Me Coral - This is the other dup for Wild Ginger that I uncovered after extensive internet sleuthing. It is more of a true orange than Volcanic. The formula is a little less creamy and light, and as a result it lasts a bit longer. I really like Revlon lipsticks, as I think they have a great formula, great color range, and staying power. And they're under $10!
Tom Ford Lipstick in Wild Ginger - Ah. The orange to end all oranges (in my opinion). Running a little bit red on some, this is one of my favorite lipsticks of all time. It's unlike any other lipstick I've tried. Creamy. Pigmented. Excellent lasting power. A shade that can't be matched (though I think if you actually mixed Kiss Me Coral and Volcanic you'd get pretty close). Tom Ford lipsticks rock my socks. I want to get more. Maybe a nude is next?

Not Yet Fall

Monday, September 8, 2014

{Top: LOFT (similar) | Skirt: ModCloth | Shoes: Saltwater Sandals | Bag: Coach | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: BaubleBar | Lip: Julep Plush Pout in Aurora Pink (coming soon!)}

Guys, I can't wait for fall to get here. I just. want. to. layer. things. Except as soon as it's a season where layering is acceptable and comfortable, I don't want to layer because it takes too much thought. alas. But, I really need summer to take a hike. I'm over the constant sweat stains glisten. If someone hasn't created body deodorant (have they? where can i get some?) they need to. maybe that can be my ticket to fame... hmmm...

These last few warm weeks of summer are going to be made bearable by the fact that it's fall beer season (aka the best season EVER ON THE PLANET I DIE). There is nothing I love more than I love a good pumpkin beer. Except maybe Christmas.