Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 2015 Glambag

Hey everyone! This month is FLYING by. Seriously, I can't believe there's less than a week left. I've realized I've been slacking a bit with my subscription box reviews this month, so I wanted to make sure I got them in before August is here and well under way. My Birchbox shipped out SUPER late this month because of a hold up with the Plus item that I added on, which means my Glambag has had my full attention in the past few weeks. Product wise July's selection was sort of middle of the road for me, but I'm totally digging the vibrant sort of tribal print of the bag. Let's take a look.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer Fashion Haul

So, I thought I'd bring you guys a little something different today. While I wouldn't ever consider myself to be a high fashion fanatic, I definitely enjoy adding new clothes to my wardrobe. Lately I feel like I've been trying to refine my style and incorporate pieces that mix, match and layer well so that I can create an endless number of killer outfits. Yesterday my mom and I went to the new Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods and I picked up a few really great things that I thought might be fun to share with you all. I love bargain shopping, and I got some pretty crazy deals while I was there. Let me show you what I got!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bright & Bold: Rock a Statement Lip

As much as I appreciate neutral, classic, work-appropriate makeup, nothing gives me as big a confidence boost as a bold statement lip. In the cooler and darker months I'm all about rich berry tones and velvety reds, but when the temperatures are rising and the sun is shining I find myself reaching for fierce fuchsias and vibrant corals. If you're worried that a hot pink lipstick will take you into clown territory, relax. I promise it's much easier to rock than you might think! For me, wearing a statement lip is all about balance - keeping your other features looking flawless and polished, but not competing for attention. Today I'm going to introduce you to a few of my favorite lipsticks for summer, as well as the makeup look I like to sport whenever I wear them!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Z Palette: An Adventure in De-Potting

Show of hands, who else out there has drawers full of eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, and highlights that are basically collecting dust?

It's so easy for a shade to become neglected as it gets buried in a heap of beauty products. As someone who subscribes to a few beauty subscription boxes this is especially true, as I receive a lot of eyeshadow singles or mini sizes of products to try that don't always make it into the daily rotation. A lot of times its easier to reach for one of my palettes, where several shades are displayed easily at once, rather that dig through my stash to find a set of coordinating colors. It pains me, though, because I know I'm not utilizing my entire collection and I've definitely got some gorgeous products going un-noticed. So what's a girl to do?

Enter, the Z Palette.

As a de-clutter-er, DIY enthusiast, and makeup lover the Z Palette is basically a dream come true. With a multitude of sizes and colors available, these empty magnetic palettes are the perfect storage devices for your color makeup products. After hearing so many professional Makeup Artists and Beauty Bloggers rave about them, I don't know why I waited so long to pull the trigger and finally buy my own!

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Little Birdie Told Me...Vol. 4 - Creative & Blogging Inspiration

It's been WAY too long since I've written A Little Birdie Told Me post. There are so many wonderful bloggers and websites that I frequent on a regular basis, and I think it's important to spread the love and support other people who help and inspire you along the way. This time around I'm featuring seven of my absolute favorite sources of creative inspiration and blogging know-how. One of the things I've come to appreciate in the past two years is that growing a successful beauty blog involves so much more than just being knowledgable about skincare and having some makeup application techniques up my sleeve. Creating a space for your content that genuinely reflects who you are and what you have to offer, then building an audience of dedicated, engaged readers to actually visit it takes a lot of time, energy, and know-how. So much of what I've learned in these past two years can be credited back to these awesome blogs, and I could not thank them enough for being such a valuable resource to me. For all of my non-blogger readers, don't worry, there's plenty in here for you too! Many of these sites are chock full of craft projects, DIY ideas, beauty and fashion tips and more.