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Best Pre Black Friday Deals 2015

Best Black Friday Deals

Just like the holidays seem to come earlier each year, so do Black Friday deals. More and more retailers are opting to start their Black Friday Deals online and before “friday” to cut down on some of the instore craziness (and boredom of siting around while waiting for the food to be done on Thanksgiving. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know Shopbop is one of my favorite online retailers (my whole outfit in the picture above is from there lol!) so you know I’ll be shopping that sale for sure. In addition to Shopbop, other retailers like Asos and Macy’s are also starting the black friday deals early as well. Here’s a list of some of my favorite retailers having pre black friday sales going on now!  (more…)

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22 Must Have on Trend Jackets and Coats

What Coat to Wear

As a southern born girl I hate the cold but love the fall and winter accessories. Living in New York City the past few years I’ve learned the value of a good coat! Having both style and functionality is KEY. You want something that will keep you warm in the various parts of Fall and Winter (light jacket, medium jacket, and walking sleeping bag jacket is how I like to think of it). But since your outfit is covered up by a coat most of the day, you also want it to be cute! No matter where you live, you’ll probably end up wearing a coat for at least a little bit during the year, so it might as well be something you love. This year the leather moto jacket was a super big trend (I myself went out and bought this leather jacket  from Shopbop during their last sale). In addition to the leather jacket, bombers, trench, oversized, and even blazers were also popular. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite in each style to share with you. Keep reading to see my picks for this season’s jacket trends!


How to Style a Button Front Skirt

Button Front Skirt

Cropped Tops + Button Front Skirts

My favorite part of Fall is when the weather is cool enough to wear Fall clothes but warm enough that you can skip the jacket. I’ve been wanting to wear a button front skirt for months, but couldn’t decide on the perfect one until a recent shopping trip to Urban Outfitters. Their button front skirt game was super STRONG so I had a ton of different options to choose from. I ended up getting the BDG Twill Button Front A-Line Skirt in the shade mustard.


Sale Alert: Shopbop Friends and Family


If you’re anything like me, then you love a good sale. I’ve been anxiously waiting for the next Shopbop sale since the last Shopbop sale!! This time the sale is even better because it’s 25% off everything with the code. I already made my first purchase this morning, picking up this leather moto jacket and the Espresso ripped shirt from Free People.

Sale Details: 10/13 – 10/15 11:59 PST  

Things always sell out fast on Shopbop, but particularly fast when there’s a sale. So if you see something, don’t wait to buy it!

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Be sure to check out some more of my Fall picks from the sale below: (more…)

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July Beauty Favorites #FancyFridays

July Beauty Favorites

To say the summer has been flying by seems like such a cliché but it’s really true. With the sun and heat to combat during the day, I haven’t changed my beauty products too much (I haven’t even been wearing makeup as much) during the summer but there are still a few products that I’ve been reaching for over and over.


8 Best Liquid Lipsticks for Any Budget

Best Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid lipstick acts like a lipgloss but has the staying power of a stain. They aren’t exactly a “new trend” (they’ve been around forever) but they are definitely becoming more popular. If you haven’t tried one of these before now’s the perfect time to do it! These products are great for carefree days of summer because they’re super easy to apply and stay on better than regular lipstick (so you don’t have to worry about reapplying even after eating or drinking).

Interested in trying this trend? Here’s a roundup of 8 drugstore and high-end versions to fit every budget (my two favorites are the Stila Stay All Day and the NYX Matte lip cream). (more…)

Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless Liquid Foundation Review

Benefit Cosmetics 'Hello Flawless!'Liquid Foundation

The right foundation is like a girl’s best friend; dependable and always has your back. With summer in full effect and the dog days still to come, I’ve been opting to forgo foundation more often than not. Back in the early summer before I broke up with my foundation I picked up the Benefit Cosmetics ‘Hello Flawless!’Liquid Foundation. It’s a product that had been on my radar for a while so I finally took the plunge and bought it.

The product is descried as “a brightening, oil-free liquid foundation that builds from light to medium coverage with broad-spectrum SPF 25 protection.” I loved the idea of it because it has SPF already built-in, something that can be hard to find in a foundation. The coverage is light to medium so it’s ideal for more everyday use. The foundation comes in a standard pump bottle for easy application which I also like.

I was excited to see if the foundation would live up to its long and boastful name. (more…)

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May Beauty Favorites 2015

May Beauty Favorites

Do you ever “shop” your own makeup collection? Over the years I’ve gotten into a routine with my makeup and tend to use the same makeup over and over. So this month I really pushed myself to try some of the products collecting dust items outside of my go to list. There’s been some misses, but overall several hits and many of them made it to my May Beauty Favorites list. There are so many products that I’m happy to have tried for the first time or recently rediscovered. Keep reading to see my May Beauty Favorites.
L’Oreal Infallible pro spray and set: This is one drugstore gem I’ve had on my vanity table for quite awhile and just finally got around to using. My usual setting spray ran out so I decided to give it a go and I’m so glad that I did. The spray get’s the job done without breaking me out.
Cover Fx Matte setting Powder: I got this product along with my CoverFx foundation drops a couple of weeks back. I find myself using this whenever I go out, even if I’m not wearing foundation to help keep shine at bay. My favorite time to use this is under my eyes whenever I use a highlighter concealer. I under my eyes to help it look more natural.
Pop Beauty Lip Plumper in “Honey Rose”: Plump lips might be a thing right now thanks to Kylie Jenner, but it’s something I’ve always had naturally so rarely ventured to try any lip plumpers. I loved the packaging and color of this product so I decided to give this one a try. I’m so happy that I did because it’s a perfect better than bare nude lip gloss.
NYX Matte liquid liner: In the ten years I’ve been wearing liquid liner I’ve had the same favorite one. Despite trying countless other eyeliners, I’ve never tried one that compared to the NYC liquid liner until now. I love this liner and how easy it is to apply, definitely makes me feel like a winged eyeliner champ.
Milani Blush in Luminoso: This may be my favorite of all on my May Beauty Favorites list. I bought this blush years ago after a Youtuber recommend it and never really used it. I grabbed this recently on accident and discovered it’s the perfect  non shimmery everyday highlighter.
Sephora Full Coverage Airbrush: Don’t let the name of this brush confuse you, it has nothing to do with those spray airbrush makeups. I got this brush during the makeup show and have been loving it as a brush for my highlighter. The shape and bristles make it perfect for adding just the right amount to only the areas you want to highlight.


Overall I’ve had a ton of fun forcing myself to try “new” products outside of my normal go-tos. Comment below and let me know if you’ve tried any of these products? What were your May Beauty Favorites?

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Review: Givenchy Mister Mat Mattifying Primer

Givenchy Mister Mat Review

Now that the warm weather is finally here it’s time to start complaining managing the effects of the heat. For me my number one concern during the warmer months is keeping shine and sweat at bay (okay that’s technically two things but they go hand and hand). I’ve tried countless shine reducing products in the past, and continue to test out new ones. Think of me as the Indiana Jones of mattifying products. The trick to staying matte is to “layer up” with your products so I like to use multiple oil control products at once. I have a great oil control lotion from Murad that I’m currently using, but I’m still on the hunt for my perfect mattifying primer.

Recently while cruising the aisles at Sephora (pretty much my only hobby), I was chit chatting with one of the makeup artist and got to discussing primers. She insisted that the best mattifying one currently in the biz was the Givenchy Mister Mat. Never one to turn down a free sample, I took it home and tested it. After a week of meticulously stretching the tiny sample, I went back and purchased the full size product.

Product: The Mister Mat primer is suppose to be light weight and breathable while still mattifying the face; I can say that it definitely delivered in those areas. My favorite thing about the Mister Mat primer is the fact that it came up completely clear on my skin without leaving a “film” or “ashy look” like some other primers have tried in the past.

Price: $37.00

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