Monday, June 30, 2014

June Favorites

Happy Monday everyone! I'm back with my monthly favorites and I can't wait to share with you all what I've been loving for the month of June.

1. Lilly Pulitzer Tops
It is no secret that I love me some Lilly Pulitzer. I've said it a million times and I will say it again. If I could have a closet full of Lilly Pulitzer and nothing else, it would make me the happiest girl in the world.

Lately I have been on a Lilly Pulitzer shopping kick. I'm trying to build up my collection of Lilly pieces and there's so many cute new things out for the summer. It's hard not to want to buy everything in site.

As you know, I've been loving my Elsa in First Impression and now I have another Elsa in Tusk in Sun and an Iona Shell in Multi Behind the Gates Engineered that I have been wearing nonstop.

2. Shiseido Accentuating Cream Eyeliner in 2
OH MY GOODNESS! I don't know what I was doing my whole life without this thing. I've literally had this little pot for over five years and it hadn't been touched since I first bought it.

I had my makeup done for a high school dance, and this eyeliner was one of the products the Shiseido lady used on my face, so my mom bought it for me.

I'm pretty sure I never pulled it out because I never knew how to apply gel liner. I don't really know what made me want to pull it out recently, but since I do have a brush kit with an eyeliner brush, I decided to give this a try.
Regardless of having this eyeliner for over five years, I'm so impressed with the quality. I'm enjoying wearing this instead of my harsh black eyeliner. The dark brown makes my eyes look softer for the summer and it's definitely work appropriate.

3. Too Faced Natural Eye Palette
I decided to shop my makeup stash and use some of the products I've forgot about. I ended up bringing this palette back out and fell in love with it all over again.
I don't care what anyone says, this is a great neutral palette. The colors are so buttery! I think my favorite look in this palette is the "Day" look, which uses all matte colors.

The "Day" look makes you look so put together, without being over the top. I even hit pan on Velvet Revolver this month!

4. MAC Lipstick in Enchanted One
Girls, girls, girls! I think I have found one of my top favorite nude lipsticks! Although I have plenty of lippies in bright pinks, corals and reds, I honestly never wear them.

I always wear nudes because I feel the most comfortable in them. I am always on the search for the next best nude color, and this one is it for me.
Ever since I received this from an online order I placed on Nordstrom, I cannot stop wearing it. I think it looks flattering for my skin tone and how cute is this limited edition packaging?

I'm so sad this is a limited edition product, but I hear Kinda Sexy from MAC is also pretty similar to this. I'll probably have to pick that one up soon and switch back and forth between the two colors.

5. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
I had a baby sized sample of this mascara from my A Few of my Favorite Things gift set I had bought around Christmas time, so I decided to bust it out since I was running out of my Maybelline Big Eyes mascara.
You can tell the mascara is drying out quite fast
The first couple of days I used it, I loved it! It made my lashes look so lush! It doesn't quite have the same effect as it first did, but nonetheless I still really do enjoy the mascara.

6. Orly's Oh Cabana Boy
It's rare for me to want to use a nail color continuously. I want to wear this color all the time. I think it's so flattering and the perfect pink for summer. It's bright and fun.

I feel like this color is literally made from unicorn tears. It's that amazing. Orly's formulation is one of the best I have ever used! Love, love, LOVE!

7. Tory Burch Holly Bookbag

You knew I had to add my new crossbody in my favorites for the month! I love this bag so much. It's small enough to where I don't feel weighed down by my bag, yet big enough to fit all of my necessities (and I have a lot of necessities). It's such a gorgeous bag and I love the emblem detail on the front.
The Sweetest Thing
I've been following Emily Gemma's blog since the end of March. I am absolutely in love with everything about her. Not only do I want her closet, but she's absolutely gorgeous. I swear every time she posts her OOTD, I want to buy everything she has on!

Kelly in the City
Much like Emily Gemma's blog, I am absolutely obsessed with the blog, Kelly in the City. I love reading about her life and I swoon every single time she posts an OOTD. I would love to have a wardrobe like Kelly's. Her style is preppy and classy! I LOVE it!

That's it for my monthly favorites! I'm so excited June is over because July is my birthday month! Yay! Tell me what you've been loving for the month of June!

Love and desserts,

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tory Burch Holly Bookbag Review

Happy Hump Day everyone!

I wanted to do a haul/mini review over my new purse, the Holly Bookbag from Tory Burch. If you look back at an older post of mine, I had this bag on my wishlist. I told myself after I found a job, I would treat myself to a new crossbody since my other ones were basically falling apart.

Months go by and I finally get a job, but then I decide to wait and treat myself for my birthday in July since I have other important expenses to take care of.

Well, I didn't expect the bag to go on sale. By the time I even noticed the sale, the color I wanted was completely sold out. I was so devestated, but I refused to buy the bag in a different color. I knew what I wanted and I didn't want to settle, especially since the bag was going to be an expensive purchase.

On my search for the perfect crossbody, I decided on a Kate Spade one. A few weeks ago I found one that I was ready to purchase on Ebay, but before I was about to buy it, something told me to check the Tory Burch website to see if anything had popped up in the sale section.

I swear the purse gods must have been looking out for me because what did I find? My Tory Burch Holly Bookbag I've been wanting in the Vanilla Cream color. I don't think I could have entered my credit card information in the system any faster.

What did this lesson teach me? To wait. Patience is key. Do not settle for something you're not crazy about, especially when you're paying a high price.
HOLY MOLEY girls! I am in love with this bag!
When I recieved my bag in the mail, I was so in love with it. From the reviews online I was expecting the bag to be small. To my surprise, It was a lot bigger than I had expected.

I can fit my chunky car keys, house key, some feminine products, a full sized wallet, gum and mints, a snack and essential lippies without stuffing my bag to where the magnet doesn't close.
Most of the contents in my purse. Missing the lady products and a snack.
Originally, I bought this bag as a replacement for all my other crossbodys. I wanted this to be my go-to purse when I didn't want to carry anything big, like when I got out for a night on the town. I feel like I can't do that with this purse because I feel like it is too nice.

If someone ever happened to spill a sticky cocktail on my cream bag, I would probably have a fit. I was planning on getting a black monogramed crossbody that's a heck of a lot cheaper, so I guess that will eventually be my going out bag.

Another thing I'm not really fond of with this bag is the fact that if you're wearing jeans, the dye WILL rub on the white leather. I mean I know this is expected with any light colored bag, but I'm pretty OCD whenever I have a new bag.

I wore my bag this past Friday and I ended up getting little stains on it. From ONE day! I used a makeup wipe to get the little stain I had occuring out and I think it worked, but I know this won't be a perminent fix. I'm sure there's leather cleaner I'll be able to use when dye runs on it, so I'll just have to invest in some.

Other than the bag not being practical for going out and dye from jeans transferring onto the leather, I am completely obsessed with the bag. Also, the fact that it was on sale and I got an extra 10 percent off makes it that much better.

I feel like this purse is about to get a lot of love from me!

What is your favorite go-to purse of the moment?

Love and desserts,

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Balm How Bout Them Apples Palette

It has taken me forever to write up this blog post, but I couldn't put it off any longer because I just had to rave about the newest makeup palette in my collection.

You guessed it, it's The Balm's How 'Bout The Apples Lip and Cheek Cream Palette. Before I bought this palette, I was eyeing it like nobody's business. I watched a review on emilynoel83's Youtube channel and I knew I had to have one of my own.
Before owning this palette, I didn't have any cream blush products in my collection. I wanted to add some to my collection for the summer and spring because I didn't want to cake on tons and tons of powder products on my face during the hot months.

Luckily, I was able to snatch the palette up online on sale. Yay for discounts!
First and foremost, can we talk about the packaging? How cute is this palette? The Balm always outdoes themselves with the most adorable packaging. I love how it has an apple theme and as a single girl born and raised in Texas, I love how there are shirtless cowboys printed by each blush.
I love applying these with my E.L.F. Small Stipple Brush. It applies the cream blushes effortlessly.
I also love how the cream blushes blend perfectly into my skin, making it look more natural than a powder blush.
From L to R: Cider, Cobbler, Pie, Crisp, Candy and Caramel
I love this as cheek palette, but I'm not so sure I love this for my lips. I have tried putting some of the colors on my lips, but I was not a fan because it was pretty drying.

I will say that I tend to always have dry lips, so many of my lip products aren't moisturizing enough. Maybe I'll try applying Carmax before the application and see how I like it.

I did buy this for a cheek palette, so it doesn't really bother me if I can't use this on my lips.

I really don't think I have one bad thing to say about this palette. I love it that much. I think it's perfect for the spring and summer with the variety of colors it contains.

If you have not checked out this palette, you must do so ASAP! I'm sure you'd love it just as much as I do!

What's your favorite blush to wear in the spring or summer?

Love and desserts,

Monday, June 9, 2014

Manicure Monday - Orly's Oh Cabana Boy

Happy Monday y'all! I'm back with another Manicure Monday and I'm super excited about this one because I've been lusting over this nail polish for years now and I finally picked it up.
Orly's Oh Cabana Boy is a gorgeous hot/neon pink color that has blue undertones and the tiniest bit of shimmer.

 Despite the collection of nail polish that I have, I can honestly say I don't own a pink that looks quite like this. I'm usually a fan of creme polishes, but this color makes me want to change my ways.
No Flash
1. I have been wearing this for the past few days and I have seen no signs of chipping. All my other Orly polishes are like this, as well.

2. I already touched on this before, but the color is so stunning. It's the perfect shade of pink to wear for the summer.

3. I found this on Ebay for a discounted price. You can find Orly polishes at drugstores, but they can run up to seven or eight dollars. I paid less than five bucks for this bottle. Completely new and free shipping.

1. My one and only con I have about this polish is that it came out a little sheer, which was something that I was not expecting. I had to apply three coats to make sure it was completely opaque.

Overall, I am obsessed with this polish and I have a feeling this is going to be a color that I reapply on my nails over and over again, especially during the summer.

It took me so long to cave in and buy this polish, but I am so happy that I did.

What is your go to pink polish?

Love and desserts,