Hope everyone is having a fantastic Memorial Day weekend! I'm staying in the city which is nice and quiet now, so what's the best thing to do? Shop, duh. I picked up some things that I'm super psyched on wearing and posting here soon. The jacket I'm wearing is new and I'm kind of obsessed with it. I love varsity jackets and when you add some sequins and feminine flair to it, it's impossible for me to pass up.
Jacket - Club Monaco
Shirt - Zara Shorts - Levis Shoes - Vans
I'm also doggy sitting for my ex. Brooklyn's the sweetest and most well behaved dog ever so of course I don't mind :)
This is my second beauty post, read the first one here. Most of what I'm posting today are favorites and new products that I've found to replace old favorites!
Hair care: Bumble & Bumble's new product that's supposed to give you that unkempt slept-on texture. I only bought a small tube to see how I like it and while it's not a miracle product (a little sticky), it does help achieve the texture I like. Kerastase hair mask really keeps my hair soft after using it 2x a week.
Skincare: I used to live by Neutrogena's Fresh Foaming Cleanser to remove my make up but since they came out with an all natural line, I made the switch and I LOVE this stuff. Smells so fruity and delicious. I also made the switch to their new sunscreen which has SPF 70 versus the Clarins SPF 40 sunscreen I used for a long time. It just sinks into my skin and doesn't leave it feeling greasy, plus it's way cheaper! I love a good clay mask and this Origins makes my pores like they've been cleaned with a vacuum.
My favorite exfoliant. You just add some to your favorite cleanser and scrub scrub scrub.
I remember using toner in middle school, they were full of alcohol and made my skin feel so dry and uncomfortable and so I stopped. This Thayer's toner doesn't contain alcohol so it's not drying at all and it's just the final step to making my face feel super clean. It comes in a variety of scents and is very inexpensive!
While traveling in Asia, home of OCD skincare, I picked up a bottle of SK-II Essence at the duty free stores to try it out. It's been known as miracle water for some women, definitely a splurge. So far I've been loving it and some of the benefits are increased hydration, improvement in clarity and texture. I wouldn't call it my miracle product, but as soon as I've applied some any redness on my face decreases and my complexion appears brighter. It's one of those products that's supposed to be highly beneficial over a long period of time, only con for me is that it's very expensive.
Nail polish: These are the one's that I will be using over and over this summer. Essie Lollipop, Revlon Make Mine Mango (my fave summer shade, it's the perfect coral) OPI Teenage Dream by Katy Perry.
Make up: I love the high intense shine of these Bare Mineral shadows. They're extremely pigmented so you have to be careful and all the shades in this line are gorgeous, but I stuck to the neutrals.
Top: Glisten Bottom: Bronzed
Previously I used YSL's Perfect Touch foundation with the attached brush but I heard so many great things about Make Up Forever's HD foundation and I'm hooked. I apply it with a MAC 187 brush. I'm ambivalent about primer so when I found this setting spray I thought it'd be an interesting alternative and surprisingly, my face it still on after a whole night of drinking and dancing.
This Stila liquid eyeliner has replaced my old Dior one as my new favorite. It's a little tricky to use because the black is SO opaque that the slightest tremble of your hand will show. But the opacity is what I love about it. I used to use the Dior liner and go over it twice to get it dark enough.
Hope you all enjoyed this! Ask any questions that you may have.
I'm 24 today. Yikes, how did that happen?? I celebrated an early birthday dinner with my parents on Friday at one of my favorite restaurants, Gramercy Tavern, which we almost didn't make since we were coming back into the city and got stuck in heavy traffic. I flew into my apartment and literally got changed in about 4 minutes my choice of wearing a corseted dress was definitely not a smart idea. I thought I was going to burst through the seams after the third course.
Amuse bouche - goat cheese puff
Arctic char with radish and citrus (was my favorite dish)
Carrot soup with cilantro and lime yogurt
A Gramercy Tavern signature dish: smoked trout with cippolini puree and pickled onions. Love this.
Rabbit dumplings in green garlic broth
Beef with caramelized shallots, sweet potato and squash
Meringue, sorbet and grapefruit to cleanse the palate!
They surprised me with an extra dessert, peanut butter semifreddo and the chewiest macaron I've ever tried which is how I prefer them.
Brioche french toast with rhubarb
Chocolate cake with salted cashew ice-cream
They always send you home with their coffee cake which is damn good for breakfast.