New Chapter

I started cleaning out my office today.

Okay, I’ve been working on cleaning it out since last week, but that was mainly just going through files and making sure everything was in order. Today though? Today I’ve actually taken things out and put them in piles to take home.

I use to fantasize about this day. I would imagine how it would feel cleaning things out knowing that I wasn’t coming back. Knowing that I was leaving behind the place that I had called my work home for 11 years.

I’ll be honest; I didn’t actually plan to leave this soon. I had taken a position last year that brought me enjoyment, and I believed that I would hold it for at least a few years. I got wear pretty dress clothes and work at a computer and it wasn’t bad at all.

It still isn’t.

But a month ago a job positing for my company’s corporate office came in and in the back of my mind I gave it some consideration, but shook my head and went on about my day. A few weeks later it felt like a big bomb went off in my head and I just knew I had to at least send in my resume. I thought, this will be a good first step. You already are getting to know people who work there, and now you can get your resume circulating. I honestly didn’t think I would get it, but low and behold I did.

I have everything labeled, sat in on interviews for people wanting my position, cleaned, swept, and organized until there really isn’t anything else left to do.

Except think.

I started here at 18 back in 2007. It has been my first and only job and it has seen me through some crazy times in my life. I’ve met the best friends I could ever ask for here, learned valuable life lessons, and most importantly, learned about who I am as a person.

It’s the ending of one book and Monday will start a new, blank, book. I’m excited, nervous, and just a little bit unsure, but the only thing in life that is constant is change. You can meet it head on or try to apply the breaks, but it will come.

I’m choosing to meet it and I hope I’m ready for the ride. ✌🏻


Size doesn’t actually matter, because it isn’t consistent.

Growing up I was obsessed with the size of my clothes – both my bottoms and my tops. If I was a large, I had to stay a large; going up to an XL just wasn’t an option. That can make it super hard to dress in a flattering way, because my stuff was either too small or I just didn’t buy it.

But you know what? Size doesn’t actually matter, nor is it consistent.

Who cares if the number on your jeans is a 12 or a 14, because who knows if that 12 fits like a 10 or a 14?

Take this jacket for example.

Click here to shop this jacket at Nordstrom.

It’s stunning! Such great quality and the color is so me. It also has a detachable hood -which I’ve already detached because I do not like hoods- and I got it on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 😱

Down side? It’s a XXL. And I’m usually a large.

I’ve actually tried a few other pieces from the brand – BLANKNYC – in some Trunk Club trunks so I knew going in I’d have to size wayyy up. Typically I’m a large on top, but if I wanted this jacket I’d have to go up.

Why are sizes so inconsistent? Who knows. I do know that using the size charts are the best way to go when shopping with a new brands or at a Department Store like Nordstrom.

And we have to stop being obsessed with the number on the tag and more obsessed with the fit of the clothes!

Because nothing is better than feeling good in your clothes.

Top 5 Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – that are still available!

It’s four days into the Early Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I’ll be honest and admit that I’m two orders in 😱

There’s so many amazing items in this sale so I thought I’d show my top 5 picks that are still available as of July 15th, 2018 – let’s get into it!

P. S. None of these links are affiliates – no one knows who I am to give my anything like that πŸ˜‚ They go straight to the Nordstrom site.

Number 1. Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flats

I’ve been eyeing flats like these for over a year, and what better time to invest in them?!

Number 2. BP. Scarf

I love scarfs and this one will go so well with a number of different kinds of coats!

Number 3.

I have a slight obsession with sweaters, and this one I just couldn’t pass up!

Number 4. BP. V-Neck Tee

Who couldn’t use more casual T’s? Especially at less than $12.00!

Number 5. Barefoot Dreams Cardigan

I didn’t pick this one up, but only because I received one for Christmas last year. They’re super comfy and now’s the time to jump on one!

Happy Shopping!

High End Lip Gloss Try On

We all see those lip glosses at Sephora or Ulta and wonder what they actually look like on, right? 
Please tell me it’s not just me!

Whew, good. 

Anyways, here are 7 High End Glosses without a filter and in natural light. They are listed in acending order by price, which ranges from $16.50 – $33.00. 

These are on bare lips, no lip liner!

Let’s get to it!

1) Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Woo Me – $16.50

2) bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel – $18.00

3) Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Erin – $20.00

4) Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Berry Blast – $20.00

5) Nars Lipgloss in Chelsea Girls – $26.00

6) Marc Jacobs Enamored High-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in Sugar Sugar – $28.00

7) Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper in Pink 001 – $33.00

And there we have it! 

The Dior, bareMinerals, and Buxom glosses do have a tingle to them, so if that’s a turn off for you then you may want to skip those. 

The wear time is pretty consistent for them all, except for the Dior plumper because I find that it has a slightly longer wear time. 

Which colors are your favs? 

Until next time! Bye guys!

Natural Eye Makeup Tutorial – No Filter or Ring Light!

Hello all! 

Today I’m gonna try out my first makeup tutorial!

We’ll be using the Tom Ford Eye Quad in Nude Dip and no falsies, only mascara!

What you’ll need:

Eyeshadow Quad – I’m using a Tom Ford quad, but you can use these steps for any quad that you have on hand. 

Eyeshadow Primer – I recommend Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, but any one that you love will do. 

A Matte Cream Eyeshadow – I love Tarte’s Confetti Cake, but any skin colored matte shadow will do. 

Eyeliner – I’m using Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Crayon, but any black eyeliner pencil will do. 

Eyelash Curler

Mascara – I’m trying out Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara, but you know the drill – any will do. 

Four Eyeshadow Brushes – a big fluffy brush, a blending brush, any basic shadow brush, and a tapered brush. 

The steps:

1) Line your water line in black. Your waterline is the space on the inside of your eyelashes. 

2) Prime your lids

3) Dust a matte eyeshadow over your whole lid with a fluffy brush. This helps with the blending of the rest of the shadows. 

Your eye should now look like this. 

4) Take your lightest shade in the quad and with a fluffy brush dust it all over your lid, paying special attention to the area below your brow bone. 

5) Take the next lightest shade and put in on the bottom half of your lid – from your crease ( literally where your eye creases. If you don’t have a crease then decide where you would want it to be and make that your “crease” ) to your eyelashes. 

5) Take your second darkest color, and with a blending brush, work the color into your crease. I go from the crease to just above it. Go slow at first, as you can always go back for more shadow! It’s easier to add more than to have to try to blend out too much. 

6) Now take your tapered brush and dip into your darkest color. You’re going to want to put that color on your outer v – literally make a V on the outside of your eye. Start a third of the way up your crease and bring it to a point, and then take it to the outside third of your lashes. You’ll see that you make a V with that shade. Remember, don’t grab too much shadow at first. Build up the coverage until you get the darkness you desire. 

6) Take your blending brush and blend around your edges. Make sure that there are no harsh lines; your shadow should blend into one another. I usually just try to blend my crease color into my outer v color. 

7) Take your finger (either your middle or ring finger ) and get some of the second lightest shade. Tap that color onto the middle of your lid. This will draw the attention to the middle of your eye. 

8) Now just curl your lashes and apply mascara! 

And that’s it! You have your completed look! If you love falsies then feel free to apply them. I normally do when I go out, but I wanted this to be a natural look. 

Hope you enjoyed, and that this was easy to follow! 

Remember, makeup is fun and should be treated as such. If you don’t like how it looks the first time, then just wipe it off and start again. Practice makes perfect!

Is the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer worth the price?

There’s drug store makeup.

There’s high end makeup.

Then there’s luxury makeup.

Today I want to discuss the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer and wether or not I believe it’s worth the $33.00 price tag. 

Firstly, let’s talk about how much product you get. 

There is .20fl oz in the Dior Maximizer, which is actually .02fl oz more than other glosses, like Nars. 

Secondly, length of time it last on the lips.  

I usually put it on before I leave for work and I don’t need to reapply any lip product for at least 2-3 hours, and that’s through eating a pack of crackers and drinking water. 

In my opinion, it last longer for me than other glosses.

Next, color. 

Right now it comes in two different colors: Pink 001 and Beige Sunrise 006. I’ve only tried the pink color and it’s pretty see through so don’t expect an opaque gloss. Of course, for me I wear it with only a brow tented gel so I love that fact that it’s not pigmented. You can wear it over a lip liner if you wanted a colored look. 

Lastly, price. 

This product retails for $33.00, which is about $15.00 higher than glosses like Bare Minerals. Of course, this also contains collagen, so it’s not just the name you’re paying for. 

Item overview

Personally, I love this product. It tingles (which I love), lasts quite a while, and isn’t overly sticky. 

The instructions that comes with the product says to use every day for two weeks to see a difference in your lips. I did just that and I can honestly say I notice a difference in my lips. 

Now, don’t expect Kylie Jenner lips, because without fillers being injected it’s an impossible goal. 

However, there’s less lines in my lips and the corners are more full. I put on a very vampy lipstick earlier and I could tell a big difference in how my lips looked with lipstick. There’s not a major difference, but I can tell that I’ve been using a lip plumper. 

Top pic is before and bottom is two weeks later. 

Plus, when you apply it your lips they actually do plump up instantly. 

My thoughts

I truly love this product. I use it every morning and I honestly do feel that it’s improved my lips. The fact that it’s Dior makes my morning a little more fun. 

If you love the brand, love lip plumping glosses, or just love luxe makeup I would suggest picking this product up and giving it a go. 

If you hate anything that tingles or have no need to plump your lips then I would say pass on this product. It does come with a steep price tag so make sure it’s something you’re really wanting. 

Like I said, don’t expect a miracle. It’s not going to give you a dramatic change, so of that’s what you’re expecting you’ll be disappointed. 

Okay, that’s it! Overall I give this product a solid 5 stars and would suggest to anyone who’s been wanting to try it to go for it!

16 Ride Or Die Beauty Must Haves (Pastey White Girl Addition)

Ride or Die. 

The best of the best. 

The must have,always, makeup items. 

I knew as soon as I watched Jaclyn Hill’s tag video the other day that I had to do my own version!

I mean, who doesn’t want to talk about their absolute favorite makeup items? 
So since this will be such a long post, I’ll get straight to it! 

1) Face Primer – Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer in Smoothing. 

If you have large pores πŸ™‹πŸ» then this will fill them in and it wears great under foundation. 

2) Foundation – Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick

Oh, my holy grail foundation. Medium to full coverage, so many color options, and it doesn’t melt off my face in extreme heat and humidity (believe me, it’s been put to the test!). 

3) Concealer – it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye 

Full coverage, light enough to highlight my under eye, and it doesn’t crease like crazy!

4) Face Powder – sadly, I haven’t found a ride or die face powder. 
Im still looking though!

5) Under Eye Setting Powder – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Oh, the only powder I’ve found that doesn’t cake up under my eye, is light enough to not darken the concealer, and with enough pigment to further brighten my under eye. Be still my beating heart. 

6) Bronzer – Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil

Okay, this was slightly hard because I have great love for both the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer and the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, but truth be told I reach for the Too Faced more often. The Hoola bronzer is great, but I usually only want to use it in the summer because I’m way too pale for it in the winter. 

7) Blush – MAC Style Frost

I was torn between MAC Style and Nars’ Orgasm, but I reach for Style more often and it looks so natural when I have my no makeup, makeup days. 

8) Highlight – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl

Oh goodness, this wasn’t even something I had to think about. Pearl is amazing and if you’re a pale girl then it’s a must have in your makeup arsenal. 

9) Eyelashes – Huda Beauty Classic False Lashes in Giselle

These lashes guys.

 Oh my goodness. 

Perfect balance of fake and natural and they’re so comfortable to wear! I wore them for my sister’s bachelorette party and her wedding. 

I’ll insert a picture just so you can see how beautiful they are on. 

10) Mascara – Guerlain Maxilash

Okay, so let’s just acknowledge the elephant in the room – I have very small, stick straight lashes. Most mascara does absolutely nothing for me and if it does in the beginning the effects don’t last long. 
That was, until this gem came into my life. Even my mom commented on it saying that it actually looked like I had mascara on. Win. 
Plus, it doesn’t flake!

11) Eyeshadow Palette – Tom Ford Eye Quad in Nude Dip 

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a palette, but close enough!
I’ll be honest, I’m not too big on palettes and I find that I use 2-3 palettes just to get one look. 
But this. Oh. My. Goodness. 
It’s natural enough to use to light makeup days, but you can build it up to be quite dramatic in a natural way. I’ll insert a pic. 

12) Lipstick – MAC Shy Shine

This is my go to natural pinky lipstick. 

13) Liquid Lipstick – The Balm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Huges in Committed

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge liquid lip fan, but this is hands down my favorite. It wears really well and it’s what I put on my sister for both her engagement pictures and her wedding. 

14) Lipgloss – Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper

Okay, it’s not just a lipgloss, but I reach for it everyday and it actually gives my lips a fuller look!

15) Setting Spray – MAC Fix+ and Urban Decay All Nighter

What can I say, I’m high maintenance. I use both of these together to get the look and longevity I want. Plus, Fix+ has so many uses!

16) Perfume – Philosophy Compassionate 

Oh goodness guys, this is a must have for me! It has such a warm vanilla scent and every time I wear it I get compliments. People tell me I smell like a cookie which is a win for me! 
And there we have it, my ride or die makeup products! 
I tag everyone who reads this to make their own list!   
Hope you enjoyed!