Hello, My Pretties

So … I’ve been on a bit of a jewelry spree lately. Allow me to introduce you to my new babies:

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Let’s start with these two beautiful little ballerina rings. The one on the left has a baby pink pearl in the middle of her white sapphire skirt, and she’s gorgeous – I happened across her at the International Gem and Jewelry Show and she just had to come home with me.

The blue sapphire ring on the right has a more personal story, as the ring mounting is actually one of my mother’s sapphire and diamond earrings that she gave me when I was little because she lost the mate. I was absolutely enchanted at such a young age to own such a beautiful, fancy little gem. I’ve kept it all these years, and I recently took it to Shane Co. and asked them to mount it in an east-west setting on a simple gold band. I simply love the results. #TeamShaneCo!

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A close runner up for my favorite pieces are my new Stella and Dot Somervell necklace and matching Nancy stud earrings. They’re a gorgeous shade of peach that complements my skin and hair perfectly:

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Next up? Lucky Brand! I really love their jewelry and I frequently find it on sale at HauteLook or Macy’s, which means I can justify buying a lot of it – wheeeee! Both of these pieces were $10 each – BARGAIN. I just love this cross bracelet and matching teardrop earrings:

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I’ve been starting to collect a lot more bracelets recently as well. I think this means I’ve finally been brainwashed by the stacking trend. This champagne baguette bracelet is from Baublebar, and the other three came from a random brand I can’t remember on Hautelook, but they look fantastic together and with a few of my other older Lucky Brand bracelets thrown in as well.

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These pretty little earrings came from Hautelook too. I’m not quite as impressed with them, as I rather suspect they’ll fall apart soon from the appearance of the in person construction, but they were cheap and will be cute while they last:

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And last but not least, you can see in the middle my new rose gold heart beat necklace from the Etsy shop Great Lakes. I love layering this little beauty with other necklaces or alone for a dainty little touch. It’s so. damn. cute:

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Clearly I don’t have enough jewelry, amiright? I’m right. Let’s get more.

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Empty of the Week: My Favorite Makeup Removers

Let’s go through my trash … er, talk about products I’ve used up! 
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Meet my two favorite makeup removers: the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water and the Sonia Kashuk makeup remover.

The Simple cleansing water has taken over the place of my long-beloved, but hard to find and much more expensive Bioderma. (You should’ve seen me walking into a pharmacy during our trip to France – the fact that Bioderma was in front of my face on an actual shelf was mind-boggling). It’s super gentle and natural, and I put it on a cotton pad every night to remove all my face makeup easily.

Sonia Kashuk is reserved for taking off my mascara – bareMinerals Lash Domination and Benefit’s They’re Real do not mess around, and they need something with a little more elbow grease to remove them completely. I struggled for years to find a remover that was strong enough, but did not burn my sensitive eyes. Finally, I found this stuff – unfortunately you can only find it at Target, but a trip to the mecca is a small price to pay for the perfect remover.

Empty of the week conclusion? Definite repurchase. And not just repurchase, more like “I have this shit back stocked until infinity because heaven forbid I run out” kind of repurchase.

June 2015 Julep Maven Unboxing

Woohoo! The June Julep Maven box is here! Here’s what we got this month:
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It’s a Lilly Pulitzer box! Which should be super cute, right? Except for I think I kinda got three of the most underwhelming colors ever: a puke green called Sam, a very light pink (almost beige) called Lillian, and a metallic neon pink dubbed Sally.

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Not really digging it this month unfortunately. Not even the candy was a saving grace – I have no idea what those lollipop things were but they were decidedly NOT delicious. Oh well – there’s always next month to look forward to!

Products I Hate: bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Hypnotist

YOU GUYS. See this? This is the Marvelous Moxie lipgloss in Hypnotist from bareMinerals. I love the Marvelous Moxie line – HOWEVER. This shade did not make the cut.

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Looks gorgeous and iridescent and incredible, right? I’ve been eyeing it forever, because it’s clearly a tube of pure unicorn magic. And it totally swatches that way too:

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But when you put it on your lips?

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OMGWTFBBQBACON. I may as well have bought some $2 clear Bonnie Bell lipgloss from the kiddie section of Target’s makeup aisle. It totally loses all of its beautiful unicorn magic and just becomes … normal. Blah. I’m so sad about it, but this one is going back!

May Julep Maven Unboxing

I’ve tried my share of subscription boxes – Birchbox, Ipsy and all the others have all fallen by the wayside eventually, but I am still loving my Julep box. Probably because I’m a nail polish hoarder and I have a problem. But I digress. This month for their Set Sail themed box, I chose the Classic With a Twist profile. Behold:

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For some reason I was sent two of the navy polishes. I can’t complain; my little sister is quite pleased to be the recipient of  their mistake. P.S., they always send some lovely little candy treats in the box and the saltwater taffy was scrumptious, in case you were wondering.

I chose this one because navy nail polishes are the bomb.com, obvs, but also because I’ve never tried any of the Julep makeup before, so I was curious. I thought this eyeshadow duo in the shade Sequins and Showtime looked quite nice, and I’m a sucker for anything that looks like MAC’s Satin Taupe. I wasn’t disappointed.

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I put both the polishes on a wheel, and I actually quite like them together – you’ll probably see me rocking this combo sometime soon. The navy is called Shelby and is a navy ink creme, while the pink is called Amanda, and she’s a raspberry creme shade. Sequins and Showtime comes in a nicely packaged compact with a mirror, and swatched well with plenty of color pay off:

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They’re soft, buttery, and they blended acceptably well where the two shades met. Sequins is a nice gold-ish champagne color, while showtime is a pretty gray-purple taupe. Of course, they’re both a shimmer formula because what else would you wear?

What Julep box did you pick this month? Let me know how you’re liking it!

Goodies from the Aisle of Doom

So you know those aisles at Ulta and Sephora right before the cash register with all the adorable, petite, affordably priced little minis? I call it the aisle of doom – and it’s where I picked these little cuties up (damn you, Ulta).

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I’ve never tried a Stila Convertible Color before, but I’ve heard others rave about them, so why not pick up three of them for $20? That’s a damn steal. It would be irresponsible not to buy them at that price – I practically saved money, right? Right.

I’m quite the fan of the whole dewy look, so I am very pleased with these. The set is called the Stila blooming bright convertible color trio, and they give long lasting, pretty, natural color that stays nice looking all day. From left to right we have Lillium, a nude pink, Petunia, a coral pink, and Hibiscus, a coral red. I’m pale as all get out – let’s use a nice term and call me “porcelain” – so Lillium gives a wonderful, natural flush on me when buffed out, and it’s set to become my staple blush for the spring and summer when you don’t want a lot of stuff on your face, but still want to look fresh, natural and pretty. I’d say if you have $20 to spare, this might be a great way to spend it (and if you’re not as ghostly as I am, maybe check out the slightly darker trio set in the beauty in bloom color way).

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Empty of the Week: Bobbi Brown Corrector

Let’s go through my trash … er, talk about products I’ve used up! 

You think you have under eye problems? Oh, honey. I’ll show you under eye problems. I’m one of those people who just constantly looks like they’re recovering from a black eye. Thus, the quest for the magical combination of under eye products that will make me look like a real, rested person is never ending. But, I have found one step that won’t be changing any time soon, and that’s the Bobbi Brown Corrector.

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I go through one of these probably every two to three months, for a good reason. Whether I’m wearing full face makeup or not, a swipe of this goes a long way to eliminating the blue tones under my eyes. I personally wear the shade extra light bisque (because the tone of my skin is what’s commonly known as glow in the dark). I can’t recommend it enough – it’s something that I always have back ups of, because heaven forbid I run out and someone thinks a zombie attack is happening.

Empty of the week conclusion? Definite repurchase. GO GET YOU SOME.