Baby It’s Cold Outside

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Spring maybe right around the corner, but baby, it’s cold outside! Here in DC, we have had pretty bad snowstorm. Alas, life must still go on as they say, so I grabbed my trusty fox fur coat and off I went into the frigid DC weather. The coat was a splurge during the holidays and the fur is just oh so soft. I bought this Ellen Tracy coat at Lord & Taylor, but it has now sold out. Nordstrom has the same brand and similar coat and it’s on sale!

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Storing My Makeup

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Being a blogger, I have acquired a lot of beauty products over the years. Finding a place to store all of that makeup, nail polish, moisturizer, etc. was definitely a challenge. Initially, I stored everything in multiple makeup bags but it was not very convenient. Having to go through a bunch of bags to find a particular eyeshadow wasted more time than I care to admit. I looked for ways to streamline my makeup storage and after some searching online, I found this great set at the Container Store. I bought five pieces in the Luxe Acrylic Modular System and these pieces worked best for my needs, however, you can mix and match them how you see fit. I’ll be honest, they are a bit pricey because each piece cost between $11.99-$29.99. I have the following items from the collection: One Large Acrylic Makeup Organizer - $29.99; Two Wide Medium Luxe Acrylic Modular Drawer Clear – $29.99;  Two Half Tall Luxe Acrylic Modular Drawer Clear - $19.99 each. In total, this storage set cost me $110 plus tax. Pricey I know, but well worth it.

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For my makeup brushes, I went to Michael’s and bought decorative fillers river rocks for $6.99 and this Glass Cylinder Vase for $3.99. It is a perfect for storing my brushes and keeping them all together.

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For all the other makeup this I do not use regularly, I store in makeup bags!

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In writing this post, I also found cheaper sets online like this one from Amazon for $28! It is a little bit smaller than mine but so is the price.

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Flashback To Sunny Costa Rica

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This being Flashback Friday, I had to talk about my amazing trip to Costa Rica last month. Especially now that I have to endure the snowy DC weather! I was in Costa Rica for my friend Crystal’s wedding. The ceremony was in Jaco, Costa Rica at this amazing resort, Zephyr Palace. For lodging, I stayed at the sister resort Villa Caletas. I am telling you now, run to this amazing paradise because everything about it was spectacular!

The sunsets are like nothing I have ever seen before and the view from the resort left me in awe. With the hustle and bustle of life, it was really calming to take a moment in the evening to watch the sunset and remember there is more to life than errands, bills and all of the other trappings of adulthood that keep us up at night. Not a moment went by that I did not think about how lucky I was to be in this majestic utopia. Best of all, I was lucky enough to travel with an awesome group of friends. My dear friend Leslie even convinced me to go ziplining (yup, I was REALLY scared but faced my fears)!

For my outfit to the wedding, I wore an orange maxi dress from Old Navy. I found it on the clearance rack for $12! I loved the dress and the color screened tropics. Since the dress itself was simple, I added the hair chain to give it that Grecian vibe. I bought for less than $10 at a beauty supply store in Houston. I did a smokey eye and a nude lip.

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Crystal and Jake’s wedding was hands down one of the most amazing weddings I have ever been to. To start, the location was breathtaking! The bride and groom reminded me of Ken and Barbie! The reception was beautiful, the décor was exquisite and you saw the bride’s touch in every detail. I know, they look fantastic!

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Springing Into Bridal Season

My friend recently got married in what is hands down THE most amazing location I have ever been to for a wedding (more on that wedding later this week). She looked amazing and her hair and makeup were perfection so I asked to meet her beauty dream team, hairstylist Carissa and makeup artist Colleen PR Partners in Metro Center

Lucky me, I was invited to PR Partners Boutique Bridal show on Sunday and had a chance to meet the owner of the salon  Jacqui Davis and the rest of the staff. I also got to see a sneak peek of things to come for wedding season (April – October). The evening was complete with hair and makeup demonstrations, mini skin treatments sweet treats and champagne. Here are some pics from the event!

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Valentine’s Day Fashion Guide

If you are anything like me, you are probably looking for a fabulous Valentine’s Day outfit. Have no fear, I have combed the web for some of my favorite looks. Even though am single girl, I will be painting the town red. I am visiting my friend in San Francisco and my sister will be joining me!

I myself can’t get enough of a classic look that entails a white button top and this amazing skirt. LOVE!!! Now, I don’t believe you have to wear red just because it is Valentine’s Day. However, this skirt is everything.

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I absolutely love these ensembles. They are chic and perfect for dinner and dancing!

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Product Review: Paula’s Choice Liquid Exfoliant

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Paula's Choice BHA

I have been a fan of Paula Begoun for over 10 years now. I have always had acne prone skin and many years ago, someone recommended I pick up “Don’t Go To The Cosmetic Counter Without Me”, the book served as my beauty bible for many years. I purchased many products based solely on Paula’s recommendations. So I few weeks ago, on a whim, I decided to try a product from Paula’s skincare line Paula’s Choice. I had been breaking out and was in the market for a new exfoliant  product.  I purchased the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant As usual, Paula did not disappoint!

The first time I used this beta hydroxy acid (BHA) product, I applied it at night and I saw a difference the very next morning. I had some acne coming in and it knocked almost all of them out except for a pesky zit on my cheek, but 2 days later, it was completely gone. I read some reviews on the site from consumers that said this product made their skin oily, that was not my experience. But then again, I already have oily skin and I do not think this contributed to it at all. I highly recommend this product. My skin is so much clearer and it has also helped with my hyper pigmentation. Salicylic acid allows the cells on your skin to loosen allowing dead skin cells to sloth off and make room for new skin. If you have never used a BHA product before, I would recommend starting office with every other day to see how it works for you. I do not use this product everyday although you certainly can. I would say when my skin is fairly clear, I use it every 2-3 days. If I have been traveling, I will use it more daily as I have a tendency to slack on my skin care regimen when I am away from home.

As a side note, and this is also mentioned on the site, if you have an allergy to aspirin, you definitely was to stay away from this product. Salicylic acid is a derivative of aspirin.

This is off course my opinion on this BHA.

Lilly Pulitzer For Target

Target never fails to impress with its designer collaborations. For Spring 2015, they are joining forces with a fashion house that is really one of my absolute favorites, Lilly Pulitzer. Lilly’s amazing prints will hit Target stores April 19 with prices ranging from $25-$250. Here’s a sneak peek of that fabulousness to come!

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Kimye Does Balmain

Love them or hate them, 2014 was the year of Kimye. This year, the much talked about couple had a wedding that rivaled the royal wedding. Everything about them is over the top. Say what you will about Kimye, they certainly have a way of getting us to talk about their every move. Not to be out done by little sister Kendall, Kim Kardashian and Rapper Kanye West posed for fashion house Balmain for a Spring 2015 ad. They obviously look amazing. I know they are not smiling because they want to give us that “I am a model, I am starving and my facial muscles are too weak to smile” look, but I can’t help but wonder if it also points to the state their marriage! But I digress, below I give you fierceness and fabulosity ala KIMYE!!!

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Making The 2015 Color Of The Year Work For You

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Every year, the lovely people of Pantone announce the new color of the year. The color for 2015 is Marsala. The wine influenced color is described as ”Hardy, robust, satisfying, fulfilling. At the same time there’s a certain glamour that’s attached to this color,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. The reception to this color pick has been mixed. I for one love it. Really, marsala is really close to burgundy which is a shade that is flattering on just about everyone. Here are some of my favorite marsala shade fashion pieces and celebrities already rocking marsala!

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Black Friday Beauty Deals 2014

Happy Thanksgiving my beautiful fashionistas! Hope you have an amazing day with friends and family ! 

But what is Thanksgiving without the anticipation of the Black Friday Frenzy! Have no fear, I have all of your beauty deals covered. Take a look!

M.A.C Smoky Black Friday Palette 

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On November 28 only, M.A.C is offering their Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in a new trio of shades as an exclusive online-only edition for a brilliant take on the smoky eye. The Smoky Black Friday Shadow is $25 and available at M.A.C

Urban Decay Ammo Eyeshadow Palette, $34

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Makeup Forever 

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(The deals boutique only, will honor phone orders) 2 for $10 Aqua Shadows, 2 for $10 Aqua Eyes Lagoon Green, 2 for $10 Aqua Liner from Sepia Collection; $150 Make Up Artist Picks Set (was $300), $34 Artisan Brush Set (was $65), $19 Aqua Shadow Kit (was $38), $9 Extravagant Eyes on the Go Set (was $18)

Sephora Black Friday $10 Deals

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