July 11, 2014

BEAUTY | NARS COPACABANA MULTIPLE



I love the Nars multiples. I just recently purchased Copacabana from Sephora. Sometimes highlighters can be too metallic and unreal looking. This one will if you apply to heavy - a small amount goes a long way. Copacabana is  most flattering on light skin tones, but I feel if you were to apply lightly on warmer or darker skin tones, it will look beautiful also.  



I applied heavy in the picture as an example.

It is a soft, creamy texture that gives a beautiful glow on the skin. I use both my fingers and a brush to apply. There is a slight shimmer, so if you do not like that, then is not the highlighter for you. Nars multiples are $39(US) dollars, but I have had my multiples for going on 2 years, so they do last a long while. 





July 9, 2014

BABY | PINK BLUSH MATERNITY STYLE + GIVEAWAY



I am almost 15 weeks and my little bump is finally starting to show! I still can't believe I am almost 4 months pregnant. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started looking up maternity clothes. I stumbled on Pink Blush Maternity, and was so happy to find the cute and affordable styles they carry on their website. For me, it has been all about maternity jeans and maxi dresses. The great thing about maxi dresses is they still fit as your bump grows. This black maxi dress from Pink Blush maternity is one of their newer dresses. It is so comfortable and lightweight. Their clothes run true to size. I normally wear a size small in dresses and it fit perfectly.






Kimono is from Forever 21.

Now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card to Pink Blush Maternity. If you are pregnant or know someone who is pregnant, feel free to enter. You can get more entries by following or tweeting etc.  You must be 18+ to enter and must be a follower of this blog. Giveaway ends July 16th. Good luck to everyone! Xx


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July 4, 2014

BEAUTY | TOO FACED BLUSH & HIGHLIGHTER


I recently purchased the Too Faced- Sweethearts blush in "Peach Beach" and the "Candlelight Glow" highlighting powder duo. I have been using Too Faced products for about 5 years now, I am always sucked in by their cute packaging! I have heard really great things about both, and decided I would give them a try. 


 Again, the packaging is always so cute! Sometimes I feel like the packaging alone is worth the price (almost).


The Sweethearts blush comes in 3 different colors - "Candy Glow", "Something about berry", and "Peach beach". The one I purchased is "Peach Beach" and it has the more natural shades of the 3 blushes.



The payoff of these blushes is so amazing! When you mix the 3 you get a peachy bronze with a beautiful glowing highlight. These blushes feel like silk! They go on so smooth and feel really light and soft on your skin, perfect for summer! I feel like I really need to purchase the other 2 blushes now. If you are interested in purchasing a Sweethearts blush for yourself, you can do so on the Too Faced website for $30. Sephora and Ulta also carry these blushes. 


 I am a sucker for highlighters! I am always on the hunt for new ones. As soon as I heard about this one... I knew I had to have it . AGAIN with the adorable packaging! I LOVE that this highlighter is a soft highlight, but very buildable also. This isn't one of those SUPER pigmented highlighters, but that is what I love about it. It looks really natural and looks great for every day, especially in the summer. I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones, in the corners of my eyes, under the brow bone, down the bridge of my nose. If you don't have this highlighter in your collection, I would recommend it for sure.




 This Candlelight Glow highlighter can also be purchased on the Too Faced website,Ulta, and Sephora for $30.



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June 26, 2014

BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE | JUNE FAVORITES

                     

I have decided to bring back the monthly favorites! This time around though, I would like to include more than just beauty and fragrance. I'll jump right into it- these are my favorites that I have been loving for the month of June. 





"Garden Party" is a pretty floral smelling candle from Bath & Body Works.



Honey Bunches of Oats is my favorite cereal. Then they went and added mixed berry Greek yogurt bites with it and made it even more amazing.  I mix this with some vanilla almond milk. New favorite!


Only 100 Cal. Tastes great! These come in packs of 6 (I'm pretty sure). I get the strawberry and vanilla bean assortment pack. When I get those sweet pregnancy cravings, these help save me from eating something I will regret later (like cupcakes haha).

       

 

Yes, I am impatient. Waiting to hear the baby's heartbeat (for like 10 seconds) every 4 weeks was to long for me to have to wait. haha...so I decided to purchase my own Fetal doppler. It works great if anyone is interested in purchasing one. I got mine for $40 off of ebay. It comes with the jelly and batteries. 







"What to Expect" is a great pregnancy app. It keeps track of how far along you are and how long you have to go in your pregnancy. It also gives you information about your baby and your body's progress each week.

If you like to customize your phone wallpaper-"Cuptakes" is a stylish wallpaper app for the Iphone. Each month new wallpapers/calendars are added. They also make cases to match your wallpaper.


I hope you enjoyed reading!
What were some of your favorites this month?




June 2, 2014

BEAUTY | MAY WANTABLE BEAUTY BOX


I love trying out new beauty brands and products, so I have tried many beauty subscription boxes over the years, but I really haven't found one that I would love to commit to or stick by each month. I have read other great reviews on Wantable and decided to give it a try! Wantable's service delivers 4 to 5 full-size premium makeup products, hand-picked special for you, designed to match each of your preferences from a questionnaire that is filled out when you sign-up for their service.  The subscription is  $36 a month, or you can purchase a single box for $40. Each Wantable box is valued at $80 +.  Subscriptions are monthly and can be skipped, paused or canceled whenever you like. If you don’t like what you get, send back your box for a full refund. For more information on Wantable- you can check out their website .


 When you first open each Wantable box- you are given a list of products inside your box, along with the value of each item. Each box also comes with a cute new quote on the back of the "we've missed your smiling face!" card. I am very pleased with the Wantable box I received. I was sent 4 items making my box  worth $80. I am going to try out each item and I will be doing reviews of each product in separate posts to follow this one. My first reaction to each item has been positive so far. I love that I received a good variety of products and it seems to have matched my beauty profile very well. 


INSIDE MY BEAUTY BOX -



1. Vincent Longo concealer - Fair $30




  
2. Glam Natural mineral brow pencil - Dark brown $25



3. Ofra Lipliner - Savage red $10



4. Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight hydrating primer $14.99


I am very anxious to try out the concealer and primer, but how pretty is the Ofra lipliner? 

Wantable also offers intimates and accessories boxes just like the beauty box I received today. Check out their website for more information.



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Xx



June 1, 2014

LIFESTYLE | HAPPY JUNE!


This weekend we attended a wedding and I had to wear a dress.  I feel like I am in that awkward pregnancy stage, where you don't look pregnant, you just look like you have gained weight haha! As strange as it sounds, I think I will feel more comfortable when I actually look pregnant. How gorgeous was the reception though? It was a baseball themed wedding and reception.



My bump is entering that rapid growing stage. Hello maternity jeans! 




Up until this week (9th week) I have been able to eat whatever I wanted, but now my meal options have really been reduced to granola bars, fruit, almond milk, oatmeal, veggies, and crackers. I haven't gotten sick or had "morning sickness", it's just that I don't feel like eating anything. Nothing sounds good and I only eat to get something down, because I know I need to eat. I can look at certain foods and know, NOPE...Shouldn't eat that or it will just make me gag. I can't complain though, because I haven't had morning sickness. Baby just picks the meals now haha!




We have had a lot of fun with  friends and family and their predictions on the gender of the baby. So far, everyone says it is going to be a boy. For fun, last night I did the Chinese gender chart and it said I was going to have a girl. We cannot wait to find out! I am so impatient sometimes and we know either way, boy or girl, we will be SO happy....I'm just excited to find out! This wait is going to be tough.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and I hope you have a wonderful week! Xx


May 29, 2014

BABY | 9 WEEK PREGNANCY UPDATE

Thank you everyone who sent us sweet comments about the pregnancy news- on here and social media. Xx

UPDATE: My doctor's prediction was a little off last week and I am actually 9 weeks, instead of 12. So... a little behind, but I am excited because this puts my due date at January 4th - a little over a week away from my birthday! :) 

Nothing has really changed with me in a week, but we did have the first ultrasound to see baby and hear the heartbeat! I was a little emotional, but soooo excited. Also, learning that there was only one baby... was a little bit of a relief! lol

Once I got to see my little gummy bear on the screen, with it's tiny heart beating...I think it really set in that I am going to be a mommy. :) 




video

The heartbeat.



Weekly update: 
  • Baby has grown an inch from last week. 
  • Muscles are beginning to form.
  • Developing more distinct facial features.
  • Starting to make arm and leg movements.



May 27, 2014

LIFESTYLE | NEW YORK TRIP

Family came to visit recently and we took a trip back to New York City for a few days. NYC is one of my favorite places to visit. You can't see and do everything in one trip, and every time I leave, I feel like I didn't do everything I said I wanted to do. Nevertheless, we had a great time and I got a lot of great pictures and memories. 



We booked a large room right in the middle of Times Square. Last time I was in NYC we were a little ways away from everything, so it was pretty cool to be right in the middle of everything. If it had been New Years, I think we would have a pretty great view of the ball dropping! :)



- The view from our room. -







Phillip and I snuck away the first night and took a romantic carriage ride through Central Park.





I already miss NYC, but I know once baby is born we will for sure be back ! :)

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC?