Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 2015 Birchbox

Hello friends! It's that time again where we delve into my favorite little box and chat about my next round of curated samples. This month Birchbox paired up with none other than Emily Schuman from Cupcakes and Cashmere to help subscribers discover products they could use to "elevate their everyday life". I've read quite a bit of Emily's blog in my day, and I think it's really awesome to see Birchbox reach out to her and show it's support for the blogging community. It's always really inspiring to see the opportunities and successes of other bloggers, and the kinds of doors that open up for you with years of hard work. Maybe it's a bit of a stretch to believe that I could achieve that level of recognition, but hey, no hurt in dreaming big.

This also happens to mark a very special time in my Birchbox subscription history. I got my first box two years ago in May, which means this is my 25th Birchbox! It's kind of crazy to think about. To honor the occasion I'm planning on writing another post to look back and reflect on my Birchbox experience so far and share some of my favorite product finds to date. Hopefully I'll have it written up soon! In the meantime, let's check out the products in my May box.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner Review

*Cues choir of angels*

Friends...get your wallets/wish lists ready. I think we may have entered into Holy Grail territory.

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 2015 Wantable Accessories Collection

Another Wantable Accessories box has made it's way to my doorstep, and it's a good one! I actually managed to score my collection for free this month after winning one of Wantable's Photo Friday contests. All you need to do is share a picture of your Wantable collection on Instagram with the hashtag #Wantable and you're automatically entered to win! When I posted a picture of my April collection I totally wasn't expecting anything, so hearing from them was definitely a pleasant surprise.

This month I had two specific requests for my stylist. I said that I would really like a versatile statement necklace, and that I also was looking for more pieces to layer with. How well did she do? Pretty darn well, I think. Let me show you!

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Laura Mercier Artist's Palette is Back! (and Looking Better Than Ever)

So, I'm bumming around the Sephora website, not looking for anything particular, and lo and behold, a miraculous sight appears before my eyes. Laura Mercier has re-released their Artist's Palette for Eyes (now called the Eye Art Artist's Palette) and it looks like it might just be part of their permanent collection! I can barely contain my excitement.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stenciled Mug DIY

When it comes to blogging, I can talk about my favorite lipsticks, new ways to combat your skin woes, and the latest product launches all day every day. Trying new makeup, sharing my recommendations, and imparting some of my beauty wisdom is something I really look forward to doing, and don't anticipate wanting to stop anytime soon. Still, every once in a while I get an itch to liven things up a bit and write about something totally new and different. When I was doing my recent design overhaul I realized that in my sidebar mini bio I professed my addiction to craft projects, but have never actually shared a project idea here. What kind of a craft-a-holic am I?

To be honest, ever since I started blogging more regularly I've become increasingly neglectful toward my craft room. And while I love photographing and writing posts, I also miss being up to my ears in paint brushes and glitter and scrapbook paper. So, in the spirit of trying to invest my creative energies into something a bit more hands on, I thought I'd share a quick DIY with you all. This stenciled mug design is surprisingly easy to achieve, and only requires a few things from your local craft store.