03.22.2017

My Travel Makeup Bag

When I travel I try to make sure I bring only one eyeshadow palette, and my everyday must have items. Since I’m (currently) on a cruise, I really had to narrow down my collection for the week. In order to properly do this, I try to keep the actual travel makeup bag relatively small so I don’t over pack (something that I always tend to do).

This bag is actually from Sephora, and I love it! I used it this summer as my everyday makeup bag for my work bag and always got compliments on it. One of my favorite things about it is the material for the inside. I’m not entirely sure what it is so I’m not going to try to guess, but it’s easily washable and doesn’t stain which is always a plus.

The products that I brought along with me on my cruise are basically my basic foundation, concealer and powder (which I made sure to buy new ones prior to leaving incase I ran out on the trip) as well as a waterproof mascara. As previously mentioned, I also bring only one eyeshadow palette. For this trip I brought my Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach’ Palette (review here). As for cheeks, I packed a generic pink blush and my everyday bronzer. One thing I also made sure to bring were my Sephora liquid lipsticks (review here).

I don’t know about you guys, but I love trying out new makeup looks while on a vacation. I’m definitely breaking out the bright coral lipstick for one of the days or nights!

What do you bring with you when you travel? I’d love to hear any travel makeup bag recommendations, and your own personal tips!

03.20.2017

Monday Mood Board | No. 3

Happy Monday! It’s officially spring break! Today I’m jumping on a cruise with my boyfriend and friends for the next five days. I’m not bringing my laptop with me but don’t worry, I have posts scheduled during my regular posting days.

If you’re on spring break, or it’s upcoming, what are your plans? If it’s already passed, what did you do? I’m so excited to unplug for a couple days and just enjoy the company of the people I’m with and soak up some sunshine (but not too much, I burn very easily).

While looking for images for this mood board, I was really inspired by sunsets, the beach and basically anything pink. One of my favorite things about going home is seeing the difference in sunsets. I know it’s random, but there is always a time of day when the sky looks like cotton candy with the blue sky and pink-hued clouds. I’m so excited to be out on the ocean and seeing the different sunsets in the evenings with the view, I’m sure they’re going to be gorgeous!

I was planning on posting a recap post of my spring break once I’m back, if that’s something you guys are interested. I’m not bringing a big camera with me, but I’m sure I’ll still snap tons of pictures on my phone! I love seeing people’s recap posts from their own vacations and thought that it would be something worth doing.

I hope you guys have a great week! I’m sorry in advance for being MIA on social media, but I promise I’ll be back in full swing once I’m back!

03.17.2017

My Spring Break Packing List

Today is the day… as you’re reading this I’m in the car on the way home for spring break! Since I’m going to have a pretty busy week, I thought I would share my spring break packing list. I’m actually spending a couple days at home and then getting onto a cruise ship for five days. While I will still be posting, the posts will all be scheduled since I’m not bringing my laptop on board.

With that being said, here is my packing list!

+ A good (and cheap) pair of sunglasses
Whenever I go on vacation, I try my best to bring a cheap pair of sunglasses. The last thing that I want is to accidentally break them or lose them somewhere. These are my most recent pair from Old Navy! I love how the lenses are mirrored and stylish with the bar across the bridge.

+ A durable pair of sandals
No matter what you’re doing over spring break, if you’re in a tropical or warm environment, sandals are a must have! These are from the company Dizzy*, and they’re perfect for spring break. Since they’re rubber-esque they won’t get gross if they get wet and you can clean them easily if they get dirty.

+ Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!
If you’re a pale gal like me, sunscreen is a must have. I get sunburned super easily so I know I’ll be packing this on. I try my best to get waterproof sunscreen since it will last through any sweat, and definitely the spray kind!

+ A good book
While laying out by the pool or at the beach, it’s nice to have a book with you incase you get bored.

+ A light jacket or coverup
Depending on where you’re going for break, there’s a chance that it may get cooler once the sun goes down. I’m also someone who tends to get cold very easily so I always bring one of these along with me. This one is from American Eagle and I’m definitely going to be using it as a coverup as well!

What things are on your spring break packing list? I’d love to hear!

This post is sponsored by Dizzy Sandals. While the shoes were sent to me for promotional purposes, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

03.15.2017

Sephora Liquid Lipstick Review

Liquid lipsticks are all the rage right now. It seems that you can’t watch a ‘Get Ready with Me’ video or makeup tutorial without having someone mention one. I’ve tried out several from different brands, Kat Von D, Kylie Cosmetics, Colourpop, etc. but knew that the Sephora brand ones were a must-try. Last weekend I found myself in a Sephora store and actually picked up not one, not two, but three shades. (I couldn’t resist!)

The shades that I picked up are’01 Always Red’, ’09 Watermelon Slice’, and ’13 Marvelous Mauve’. I wanted to branch out with my color choices and knew that a mauve and red would be ones that I would reach for on multiple occasions. I picked up the bright, watermelon shade as a test-shade since spring is right around the corner and I’ve been wanting to try out bold colors.

I’ve been using the mauve shade as my everyday color recently and I’m obsessed with it. It is the perfect shade for me (I have naturally dark, pigmented lips) and doesn’t dry out my lips. I do make sure to moisturize and exfoliate my lips before applying, which I would definitely recommend doing whenever using a liquid lipstick. These also have a great staying power! You can drink and eat with them on without them really smearing. Once they dry they are there for the day, which reminds me of the Kat Von D ones.

While I haven’t used the watermelon shade just yet, I am super excited to try it out over spring break. I’ll make sure to post a picture on social media when I do!

What are your thoughts on the liquid lipstick trend? Do you have a favorite brand or color for them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

03.13.2017

Mood Board Monday | No. 2

All photo credits to Pinterest.

Happy Monday! This week’s mood board is very spring break oriented. I’m four days out from hitting the road and getting into vacation mode for the week. The weather in North Carolina this week is cold and raining, so this trip couldn’t come at a better time. It actually snowed on Sunday for a brief time. It was exciting when I woke up to see it, but nothing stuck except for the cold weather.

Since spring break is right around the corner, I wanted to ask if you guys had any requests for spring break or vacation oriented posts. I have a couple in mind for this week, but since I’m going to be away from a computer all of next week I want to have scheduled posts! Once I’m back, I’m thinking of doing a picture recap from my trip, but only if that’s something you all would be into, just let me know in the comments!

How was your weekend? Over the weekend I decided that I wanted to start writing again… I just need to start brainstorming everything. I think I’m going to really start taking it seriously after spring break! I’m not sure how well I’d do, but I’ve been getting lots of creativity waves recently so I’m hoping to put that to use.

I hope you all have a fantastic week! Don’t forget to check out my friend Jenna’s mood board here!