I Moved!

Things have been so crazy for me the last month or so and I haven’t had any time to share my big announcement with all of you: I moved to New York City!

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After wanting to make this move for quite a few years, I am happy to say that I accepted a job in Manhattan and moved to the city this week. I’m still adjusting to my new life and settling in, but I’m so excited to see where this adventure takes me.

In order to share a little bit more of my new NYC life with all of you, I’ve created a new blog, C & The City. My new blog will be a chance to share my experiences in a less structured, more casual space.

If you have any favorite New York City spots I should check out, please let me know in the Comments section!

 

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Life Lately: 2016

Let’s be honest – 2016 was rough. It was full of ups-and-downs and I can’t wait to throw on something sparkly and kiss this year goodbye on New Year’s Eve.

Although 2016 wasn’t the best, I thought I would take a moment to look back on some of the positive things that happened in my life. Read on to see some of my favorite moments from the year we all can’t wait to forget.

What was your favorite part of 2016?

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New Year’s Eve Party Picks

Over the years, New Year’s Eve has become one of my favorite holidays. You get to dress up, drink champagne, and welcome a fresh start in the form of a brand new year.

In honor of one of my favorite days of the year, I’ve picked a few fun, sparkly pieces to help you ring in 2017 in style.

Which one is your favorite?

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What I’m Loving: The Perfect Sweater

If you’re anything like me, you don’t buy a piece of clothing unless it’s juuuuust right. This applies to everything from shirts, dresses, pants, shoes, etc.

Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect cable knit sweater and I finally found it. I popped into Urban Outfitters to do a return and couldn’t resist doing a little shopping. While browsing the store, I came across the most perfect sweater and decided I had to have it.

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It’s a beautiful, cozy cable knit sweater that’s not too heavy, not too fitted and long enough for a tall girl like me. The sweater also has adorable elbow patches and comes in quite a few colors. Plus, it’s currently on sale so snag one while you can!

What fashion item are you loving right now? Tell me in the Comments section!

 

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Updated Nighttime Skincare Routine

As I get older (the big 2-9 is fast approaching), I’ve made an effort to up my skincare game. I posted a night time skin care routine last year, but have since made quite a few changes.

My skin is somewhat oily and breakout prone but I’m also working to prevent signs of aging. My current routine is the perfect amount of acne fighting and fine line prevention and I’ve really been loving my skin lately.

Below is my full night time skin care routine. It might seem a bit excessive but it works. I’ll admit I don’t do all these steps every night, but when I do, I can definitely tell a difference in my skin.

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  1. Cleansing Balm: When I feel like I’ve really caked on my makeup, I count on Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm to remove every ounce of makeup. It takes off everything from foundation to mascara and I couldn’t be happier with it.
  2. Cleanser: I’m a big fan of Neutrogena’s cleansers and am currently using their Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser. It smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh.
  3. Toner: This Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner is yet another Neutrogena product I love. I use it day and night to get my skin squeaky clean and prevent future breakouts. I really think it’s made a difference in the amount of breakouts I’ve had and I highly recommend it.
  4. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil: I know. This retinol face oil is crazy expensive. However, purchase this set for a bit of a price break and give it a try. I’ve used this sleeping oil for a few months and have noticed such an improvement in my skin. Trust me, it’s worth the investment.
  5. Moisturizer: After letting the Sunday Riley oil sink in for a few minutes, I apply a bit of the Olay Regenerist Sculpting Face Cream to my face and neck. It’s affordable and moisturizes the skin without causing breakouts.
  6. Eye Cream: I recently came across the Glow by Dr. Brandt Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream and I’m obsessed with it. It contains retinol and mosturizes the eye area while preventing and reducing fine lines.
  7. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate: Finally, after all the above mentioned products have had time to sink in, I pat this oil on my face to seal everything in. It can also be used on your hands, feet, or in a warm bath.

What are your favorite skin care products?

 

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October Favorites

The first week of November is officially in the books (can you believe it?!) and I’m finally sitting down to think about my favorite products from the last month. I’ll admit that 2016 has been a bit of a blur for me so it’s been difficult to take time to focus on things like beauty products. With that in mind, here are a few of the things I’ve been loving over the last month.

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Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup – I received this foundation as a sample and loved it so much I purchased the full-sized product. This makeup is lightweight and offers light to medium coverage. I love that it still looks like skin and it doesn’t even feel like wearing makeup.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil – I’ve used this retinoid oil for a couple months and am really starting to see some great results. My skin’s texture is smoother, my pores seem smaller and I haven’t been breaking out like I used to. This product is definitely an investment but if you purchase this set you can try the Luna Sleeping Night oil and another Sunday Riley product for a little bit cheaper.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara – I picked this mascara up because I heard it was a good dupe for my beloved Too Faced mascara. While I’m not sure it’s quite as amazing as that mascara it does a good job of volumizing lashes and doesn’t flake throughout the day.

Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale 12 Color Eye & Cheek Collection in Beach Goddess – I did a full review on this palette recently and am happy to report that I still love it just as much as I did when I wrote that review. It’s got all the colors I need for any eye look and also includes a beautiful highlighter and bronzer.

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Smoky Topaz  – I’ve had this Revlon gloss for a while but just recently became obsessed with it. It’s a beautiful pink nude that complements any look and is extremely wearable. I’m a big fan of Revlon’s lip glosses and this one definitely delivers.

What products have you been loving lately? Tell me in the Comments section so I can try them out!

 

 

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Product Review: Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale Beach Goddess Palette

If there’s one thing I don’t need more of it’s eye shadow. So what did I buy more of? Eye shadow, of course. More specifically, I purchased the Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale Beach Goddess palette which features nine eye shadows, a bronzer, blush, and highlighter. I was hesitant to purchase this palette but then realized it would be practical to travel with as it includes everything needed for a look in one slim package. illuminate by ashley tisdale.jpgBecause this palette is so affordable I was skeptical about the quality of the shadows. However, they are beautifully pigmented and blend well. There are five shimmery metallic shades and four matte shades so you really can create any number of gorgeous looks.

The bronzer in this palette is great for warming up the skin and has enough of a cool undertone to contour with. The blush is a beautiful peach that gives me Milani Luminoso vibes. And the highlighter? I’m pretty much obsessed with the golden shimmer shade.

Overall, I think this palette is beautiful and an amazing value. I highly recommend picking one up and I can’t wait to continue using it!

P.S. Click here for a great tutorial featuring the palette and Ashley Tisdale