Friday, October 31, 2014

It's Almost Time... A Blogging Maternity Leave!




I've mentioned my pregnancy here and there on the blog, though since I can go weeks without saying anything about it, I'm sure there are readers that have missed it!

I'm currently pregnant with my 2nd daughter. Actually, I'm currently super pregnant! I'm typing this on Halloween morning, and today is my due date! I've been home for a few weeks having lots of (painful) contractions without a lot of progress, though there's a deadline for her to be here since next week I have a scheduled induction. (I had to be induced with my 3 year old, this isn't super surprising.)

Anyways, a big part of my nesting, much like when I had my daughter, has been preparing the blog for some time away. I've been writing ahead, and most weeks there will still be posts every day. On occasion there might be a skipped day here and there. But really, that isn't anything very different, I sometimes skip days when I've been busy with my "real" job or family. What will change for the next few months is how present I am here on the blog. You'll notice that I take longer to respond to emails and comments. There are more posts showcasing looks I loved from Fashion Week or rounding up favorite products from my blogging friends, rather than reviewing what I thought of a product. Those things are just easier to pull together ahead of time!

I'll still pop in every now and then, but just know that my priorities over the next few months will obviously be for the new little girl who will (hopefully) be here any moment!

My real "blogging maternity leave" content is starting today. I hope you enjoy it!

Weekend Makeup Kit from Liesl Loves Pretty Things

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Weekend Makeup Kit from Liesl Loves Pretty Things

Today, Liesl from Liesl Loves Pretty Things is sharing her must have travel beauty items! I asked her for her picks for a quick 2 day trip, and she had a lot to say. Here are her picks!

My beauty kit for a two day trip is comprised of my most necessary and most comfortable cosmetics. All my base stuff comes with...

1. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
2. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream
3. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
4. bareMinerals Mineral Veil


... as do my favorite brushes.

5. Sigma F86 Tapered Kabuki
6. Real Techniques Powder Brush
7. Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Face Brush (perfect for blush)
8. e.l.f. Defining Eye Brush
9. e.l.f. Blending Eye Brush
10. ULTA Eye Brow Brush & Lash Comb
11. Spoolie Brush


Color wise, if I don't have my brow powder, I might as well go au naturel, so that goes in first thing...

17. Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown
14. target="_blank" rel="nofollow"Bonne Bell Eye Mascara in Translucent for setting brows.
My favorite taupe eyeshadow single 15. (NARS Lhasa for cooler months (NARS Lhasa review), or 16. NYX True Taupe for summer (NYX True Taupe review)
13. Prescriptives False Eyelashes mascara in Plush Black
18. Revlon Matte Powder Blush in Perfectly Peach (it's subtle, low key, pretty, and goes with just about anything)

I keep my lips rather low key out of town, because my two day trips are usually just that-- very low key. I keep my beloved reds at home and do a nude, peachy pink, or pinky brown (and I'll usually bring one of each)...

19. Milani Color Statement in Pretty Natural (Milani lipstick in Pretty Natural review)
20. Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
21. Maybelline Color Elixir in Caramel Infused (Maybelline Color Elixir in Caramel Infused review)


Of course, my kit is not complete without perfume and nail polish...

12. Caron Tabac Blond goes everywhere I do (Caron Tabac Blond review)

Base coat, topcoat, remover, nippers, file, cotton balls, q-tips, and two to three colors, because I won't be quite sure what I'm in the mood for until I'm actually ready to polish.

...and last but definitely not least...

22. Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter


All shown with: 23. Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Dot, Small Annabella Cosmetics Case

Liesl from Liesl Loves Pretty Things
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Over on eBay: Splurge vs Steal Hair Styling Products

Splurge vs Steal Hair Styling Products Gold For It.... Golden Nail Polishes
10 Great Highlighters

Splurge vs Steal Hair Styling Products
Gold For It.... Golden Nail Polishes
10 Great Highlighters

Beauty Bloggers and Their Favorite Fall Nail Polishes

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Beauty Bloggers and Their Favorite Fall Nail Polishes

I share my favorites all the time, but I thought it would be fun to check in with some fellow beauty bloggers and see what nail polishes they're wearing this fall! What shade are you wearing non-stop this fall?

Krystal from PolishGalore
1. China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You
2. I Love Nail Polish "Champagne Blush"

Brooke from Blushing Noir
"3. MAC Before Dawn Nail Polish from the A Novel Romance Collection really has my heart, but I'm also loving 4. Zoya Genevieve, and 5. OPI Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm."

Courtney from Phyrra
"I can't ever pick just one! 7. ILNP Abundance is gorgeous. It shifts through super vivid hues of red, orange, bronze, and gold. 9. NCLA Teal the End is amazing. It's that perfect sort of deep teal blue. 8. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technopagan is stunning and it matches my hair! It's a blackened purple with blue pearl metallic."

Nidia from Lit From Within
"10. A-England Perceval is the best lit-from-within metallic red ever, perfect for Fall and into the holidays."

Prime Beauty
"11. Zoya Remy, 12. Zoya Ryan, and 13. NARS Crossroads"

Miranda from Slashed Beauty
"I'm in love with 14. Marnie from Zoya's Naturel Deux collection. It's a muted cranberry-taupe that is elegant, interesting, yet neutral enough to be appropriate for a plethora of occasions."

Sandra D. from Mom's Makeup Stash
"I have been loving white, especially in Summer & Fall. My favourite white is 15. Essie Blanc."

Danielle from The Mani-ac
"16. Chanel Taboo and 17. JinSoon Farrago."

Deb from No-Nonsense Beauty Blog
"18. CND Vinylux in Powder My Nose. It is actually my new favorite product of the year. It lasts beautifully for 10 days and is wonderful for business trips and longer vacations."

Liesl from Liesl Loves Pretty Things
"I'm really loving wines and shark greys – 19. NARS Storm Bird is a favorite, and new colors this year that I know I'll be making dents in are 20. Zoya India and 21. Zoya Yuna."

Makeup Artist Kim Porter from Makeup by Kim Porter
"I love Zoya: 12. Ryan, 21. Yuna, 11. Remy, and 22. Margo."

Harshleen from BeautyTidbits
"23. Zoya Faye and 6. Butter London Wallis are my long time favorites so I will def be reaching for those two."


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