Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April 2016 Favorites

As the months of the year roll by, April usually isn't one of any real significance. Yes, spring is here, but for the most part everything is still very brown, and the weather isn't all that wonderful, and nothing particularly exciting is going on. This year, though, April was fantastic. Blogging-wise I've had my best month to date. I was featured by Stitch Fix, gave my blog design a fresh face (and took on some serious coding challenges to do so), and got more pageviews than any month in the past three years. Even if Little Blushing Birdie is still a pretty small-time deal, I feel like I've come a long way from where I started.

April was also a great month for beauty. I've hauled and tried a ton of new products since March and can't wait to share the best of the best with you all. So enough of me rambling, let's get into it!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Getting Organized | Travel Bag Hack

Spontaneity certainly adds some spice to life. If I get a last minute invitation to go away for the weekend, I am almost always up for the adventure. On the other hand,  I am also a planner. My personality type is INFJ...with a strong emphasis on the J. So for me there's always a sweet spot to be found between having everything in my life mapped out to the hour, and being open and flexible to whatever opportunities arise. Which is exactly why this travel hack has been one of the best ideas I've ever had. Stress from packing (or not having enough time to pack) should never be the reason to turn down a fun night. For me, running around trying to find all my toiletries was always the part of the process that took the longest, and always the step where I was most likely to forget something.

My solution? Always keep a pre-packed bag with everything I need for an overnight stay. That way, whenever I need to pack I can focus on picking out some cute outfits to bring and what makeup I might want to wear, and the rest is a complete no-brainer. It's saved me so much time, and also forever solved the problem of getting ready away from home and realizing I don't have deodorant. So let's chat a little bit about what I pack in my bag and how you can recreate this hack for yourself!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Everyday Makeup | Wearable Red Lips

Hello there, friends! I'm sorry I've been missing for most of the week. I've been completely absorbed in an epic coding project I started last weekend. I'd noticed some weird things happening on my mobile site (mainly my images being blurry and low quality) and was all around feeling sort of tired with my current color scheme and design. Alas, I am not a designer, and my knowledge of coding is pretty limited. I knew that I could probably hire someone to spruce things up for me, but I'm a serious do-it-yourself-er and wanted to see if I could figure it out on my own. It took a lot of googling and tinkering, but I did it! I solved the mystery of the blurry pictures, made a few changes to my layout that I think you all will appreciate, and rolled out a fresh, new color scheme while I was at it. I really love the look and feel of my new site, and hope you all are enjoying it too!

As much as I could keep on nerding out to you guys about my adventures behind-the-scenes, I'm really here to share an updated everyday makeup look with you all. I've been totally obsessed with this sheer red lipstick that I discovered, and have been pairing it with a soft, neutral-toned eye look pretty much on the daily.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring 2016 Walmart Beauty Box Unboxing

Happy Friday, friends! I am SO ready for the weekend. Just need to get myself though one more work day (lots of coffee may be required) and I'm home free. Today I've got a quick and fun little video for you all. My Walmart Beauty Box arrived a week or so ago, and I wanted to unbox it and show you what I got! If you aren't familiar with Walmart Beauty Box, it's a seasonal subscription that only costs $5 and contains a variety of new finds and old classics from the beauty and personal care aisles of Walmart. Most of what you get a nice travel-sized samples, but sometimes you'll get a full sized product thrown in there, too. If you'd like to check out some of my previous boxes, you can view all of my older posts here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Get Your Sparkle On | A Too Faced Glitter Glue Review

Call me a girly girl, but I love me some glitter. I don't care if you're three or thirty, you have to admit that there's something appealing about a little bit of sparkle. Okay, so maybe Lady Gaga at the Superbowl takes things to an extreme, but not all glittery looks need to be that intense. A little glimmer on your eyelids can be flirty, feminine, and glamorous without needing to go over the top.

The biggest issue I have with glitter isn't that I'm afraid of looking ridiculous. It's that glitter. gets. EVERYWHERE. It's truly incredible. It'll spread to every surface, end up in the most improbable of places, and then becomes impossible to get off. It's so pretty, and yet SO FRUSTRATING.

When it comes to makeup especially, glittery shadows and pigments can be some of the worst culprits when it comes to fallout. You know how it goes. You're out at a party, enjoying yourself. Living it up. Then you go to use the bathroom, catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, and lo and behold your entire face looks like a disco ball! It's in your eyebrows. It's on your cheeks. Heck it's even on your shirt. It looks like a glitter bomb exploded and you were in its unfortunate wake.

So what's a girl to do? Just give up on glitter forever? Accept your fate as a sparkly hot mess? Heck no! Just grab yourself a tube of Too Faced Glitter Glue ($20), and get your sparkle situation in check.