Style Crush: Meghan Markle

If you’re anything like me, you’ve totally caught Royal Wedding fever and have developed an unhealthy obsession with the Duchess of Sussex.

Much like my last Style Crush feature, Markle’s style is classic and minimalistic with a modern twist here and there to keep things interesting. This classic style was on display  when she wed Prince Harry and I could not have loved her bridal look more.

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Ceremony, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, UK - 19 May 2018

Below are a few of my favorite fashion moments from Meghan. Which look do you love the most?

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My Top Picks from Tarte’s Flash Sale

Have you heard?

Tarte Cosmetics, one of my favorite beauty brands, is offering a two-day flash sale on many of their cult products. But before you whip out your smartphone and start filling your virtual shopping cart, check out my top product picks below.

Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette – Does packaging get more beautiful than this? I think not. Plus, the three highlighter shades inside this palette are stunning. Featuring a matte setting powder and two shimmer shades, you’ll be glowing to perfection with this set.

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Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush – There’s a reason Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blushes are such a hit. They come in a range of flattering shades, deliver amazing pigmentation and last on the skin for hours. This particular shade is perfect for summer and will keep you looking fresh during even the hottest days.

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@grav3yardgirl tarteist™ creamy matte lip paint in Texas Toast – It’s safe to say that the matte lip craze isn’t going anywhere. And while I may be more of a ChapStick and gloss girl, even I can’t resist this mauvey nude lip color. From the packaging to the applicator to the color, everything about this matte lip paint is perfection.

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Don’t Quit Your Daydream Eye Shadow Palette – If I could design my perfect eye shadow palette, it would look like this one. I love the warm shades offered in this set and there are enough matte and shimmer colors to create anything from a subtle day look to a glam smoky eye.

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Glossier Haul + Mini Reviews

In my last post, I gave you a peek inside the Glossier showroom in New York City. Today, I’m sharing more about what I picked up during that excursion and my thoughts on each product.

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The one Glossier product I was dying to try was the Perfecting Skin Tint. This tint offers sheer but build able coverage and I picked mine up in the shade Medium. It evens out my skin tone but I don’t look like I have a ton of makeup caked on my face.

Another hyped up Glossier product is Boy Brow and it definitely lives up to the hype. It subtly fills, shapes and grooms brows in one easy step. The shade I use is Brown but it also comes in Blond, Black and Clear. If you want a quick, simple way to make your brows look a bit more polished, you need this product in your life.

Generation G is a sheer matte lip color I spied at the showroom and ended up going home with a tube in the shade Cake. I’m more of a gloss girl so this product isn’t my favorite but I’m still glad I gave it a try. If you’re after a natural looking lip color, Generation G is for you.

Glossier’s newest addition is Cloud Paint, a gel-cream blush available in four sheer shades. I bought one in Dusk, a warm bronzey color. You can apply this product with a brush, sponge or your fingers and it lasts all day long!

Have you tried any Glossier products? Tell me your favorites in the Comments section so I can try them too!

 

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Visiting the Glossier Showroom

One of the things I love about living in New York City is that there’s always something cool to experience. If you’re makeup-obsessed like me, one thing you have to do is visit the Glossier showroom.

I’ve followed Glossier for a while and have always wanted to try their products. So, one Sunday I took a trip down to their showroom to try out a few of their products.

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Once inside the Glossier building (located at 123 Lafayette Street in Manhattan), you’ll take the elevator up to the penthouse where you’re greeted by the most Instagram-worthy space imaginable.

From skin care to makeup, the Glossier showroom has it all. I tried out quite a few of their products including the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer, Stretch Concealer, Boy Brow and Generation G. It was so great (and fun) to try everything before making a purchase, which you know I had to do!

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I ended up going home with the Perfecting Skin Tint, Boy Brow, Generation G, and Cloud Paint. Stay tuned for a review on these products and definitely stop by the Glossier showroom if you’re in the NYC area!

 

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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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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

 

Five Scarves You Need Right Now

It’s no secret that I’m ready for cooler weather to arrive. I don’t know if it’s because football season is here or the fact that I’m tired of stepping outside for two minutes and ending up drenched in sweat, but I can’t wait for the crisp days of fall. Down south it’s still pretty steamy, but I have hope that the heat will soon subside and I’ll be able to break out my favorite fall accessory: the scarf.

Although I’ve never met a scarf I didn’t like, I managed to put together a list of the top five scarves you need in your wardrobe. Read on more for more!

1. Plaid Scarf

You can’t talk about scarves without mentioning classic plaid. There’s something about a crisp checked pattern that makes me think of the holidays and snowy winter weather.

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Shirleah//Spring Fever//Forever21//H&M

2. Leopard Scarf

I realize that not everyone has an affinity for leopard but hear me out. The right leopard print scarf can take a basic outfit from simple to sophisticated and is an unexpected neutral.

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BIRCH//Sole Society//La Fiorentina//Styleinch

3. Neutral Scarf

Speaking of neutrals, you can’t have a scarf collection without at least one black, grey or beige piece. It’s the perfect thing to grab when you don’t have time to think and need to get out the door.

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Nordstrom//H&M//LibbySue

4. Infinity Scarf

When it comes to easy, breezy accessories, it doesn’t get much better than the infinity scarf. I love traveling with this type of scarf because they’re so easy to toss on and they add an extra dash of style to any outfit.

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Charlotte Russe//The North Face//Plush//BP.

5. Blanket Scarf

Another travel scarf option is the blanket scarf. It can be worn as a warm and cozy scarf but also doubles as a blanket on those chilly plane rides.

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Urban Outfitters//Kelly & Katie//Spring Fever//LA77

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Product Review: Coty Airspun Loose Powder

If you saw my last post, you know I recently picked up a new loose powder. However, since I am trying very hard to save money, I thought I’d check out a less expensive alternative, Coty’s Airspun Loose Powder.

I found the powder at Walgreens and it was about $7.00. The only shade available was Translucent Extra Coverage.

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My first impression of this powder was that it was very finely milled but also pretty strongly scented. Although the perfume-y smells fades away, if you’re sensitive to fragrance you may want to steer clear of this product.

I used the powder first to bake under my eyes, on my nose and on my forehead using a cosmetic sponge. Then I used the powder all over to set my foundation and concealer. Although this product comes with a powder puff, I used a brush. My skin looked smooth and not cakey at all.

This powder wore very well throughout the day. My nose got slightly shiny but the rest of my face stayed pretty matte which is always an amazing feat.

Overall, I am very impressed with this powder and am so excited to have found an affordable loose powder that makes my skin look great and lasts all day.

If you have tried this powder, tell me in the Comments section!

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Mini Sephora Haul

You know when you’re trying to save money so you cut back on buying makeup you don’t really need but then you run out of a product you actually do need so you use that as an excuse to visit Sephora’s website only to realize you only need to spend a few more dollars to get free shipping, plus the exclusive free gift with purchase and obligatory free samples and by the time you’re done it feels like Sephora is actually paying YOU?

Yeah, that’s what happened here.

Although it could have been much worse, I only ended up with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer plus the aforementioned free gift and samples, of course.

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Even though it’s a cult product, I’m still on the fence about the setting powder. However, the Smashbox primer is a keeper. It smooths, softens and evens out my skin and is the perfect product to prep my face before applying makeup.

Have you tried either of these products?

 

 

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