28 September 2016

Boutique of Molly Haul*

Welcome back, little birdies!

I'm very excited to make this post seeing as the wonderful online clothing shop Boutique of Molly contacted me to collaborate! I was beyond happy to accept seeing as their site has a beautiful range of clothing for affordable prices. Boutique of Molly is a UK based online clothing shop that provides top quality clothing and may I say, customer service. The people who work there are super lovely and helpful. I believe shipping is much quicker in the UK because they're based there but seeing as I'm based in the US I can say that it came in a timely manner. I'll be honest, once you see the #PrettyPinkParcel it comes in you see it's definitely worth the wait. It. was. FAB. I couldn't wait to get home and try everything on!

I was a little bit nervous when it came to sizing. On their site it does come with sizing conversions but because the "number" on my clothes changes between what it is I was worried I'd grab the wrong size and the items wouldn't fit. Luckily, I took my chances with the size and everything came out PERFECT! I am beyond happy with the look and the fit of them.

Mika Badge Bomber Jacket

The first item I knew I needed to get was this Mika Badge Bomber Jacket. It's going to be perfect for the month of October when the cooler air starts settling in and I'm going to want that light weight edgy cover up. This will be my go to. Plus, it goes down to the perfect length on my arms just where I like it. I'm quite the jacket hoarder but I didn't have any like this and just knew it was a must for my autumnal wardrobe.

Parie Cold Shoulder Playsuit

The next item I bought was this absolutely STUNNING playsuit / romper (as we say here in the US). Going through the many beautiful options to choose from I knew this one had to be mine! It's gorgeous and to be fair - I don't have one like this at all! I'm expanding my horizons. ;) It reminds me of a hot summer day on a glassy poolside. I did purchase it at the end of summer so I'll have to take this bad boy out again next year.

Cold Shoulder Blouse

Last but not least I grabbed this beautiful top. I fell in love with the Cold Shoulder, the flowy-ness of it, and the zipper detailing. To my surprise, it even has an open back! I never had a top so unique. The first day I wore it I got SO many compliments on it. It's definitely one of my favorites and one I can wear all year round!

I love absolutely everything I got from that site. The kind Boutique of Molly team collaborated with me and gave me a discount on all my items I purchased. If you want to do a little shopping over on their site you can use my discount code JAY20 when you checkout for a percentage off! Wahoo! Be sure to tag #BOMSelfie when you do so I can see the great stuff you got. I'm excited to see what they have in store in the future seeing as this won't be my last time purchasing from them.

Thank you again to the wonderful people over at Boutique of Molly !

Until Next Time,

*This was a collaboration with BOM. They did give me a discount for these items that I purchased.

16 September 2016

8 Things I'm Looking Forward to this Autumn

Welcome back, little birdies!
(I think that may be a set greeting!)

I know this is not like my usual makeup posts but I thought it would be fun to round up some things I love about Autumn (or Fall as we say here). By the time it's September 1st I'm already in "Autumn mode" even though it really doesn't start until mid September. I love the season of Summer because we have a good 9 months of cold weather here and only 3 of heat but I highly dislike that "in between stage" of Summer transitioning into Autumn. It's so awkward. Do I wear shorts or not? Will it be hot or chilly today? I just do not like it. Although it might bug some people that it hasn't officially started yet, I'm going to say it has and tell you what I'm most excited for this season.

Reason 1: Fairs
Whenever I picture the season of autumn, fairs are always in it. I absolutely love the coziness of it. It's kind of like an autumn version of a summer festival. Except instead of big bands that play - there's pig races and instead of cotton candy there's apple fritters. It just a very chill day when you spend it at a fair. Cannot go wrong.

Reason 2: Food
Let's be honest here - food is a major factor in the autumn season. Who doesn't love fried dough/oreos and caramel apples!? And don't get me started on the wonderful meals we have on Thanksgiving. Yaaaasssss.

Reason 3: Apple Picking
This one is self explanatory. Apple and/or Pumpkin picking is the epitome of the wonderful little cozy season of Autumn. It'll also be nice for a date with that special someone.

Reason 4: Jumping in a Pile of Leaves
Comm'on now. Don't tell me I'm the only one looking forward to this at some point or another. I think I've only ever done this properly once in my life - and I think the leaves were wet so they weren't lightweight and flowing about. I'm guessing you can say it's not what you see in the movies. This year I'll eye down that perfect pile of fluffy lightweight leaves and have a little Disney Princess moment.

Reason 5: Hay Rides
This can fall under the epitome of Autumn category along with Apple / Pumpkin picking. Hay Rides are just a beautiful way to enjoy the scenery and the gorgeous color changing leaves. I must say, here in New England, we have the most beautiful scenery with all the different color leaves. One of my favorite things.

Reason 6: Dark Lip Trend
I never really liked dark lips on me because I'm so pale but there's something about dark berry shades in the Fall that just work. All the Autumn outfit tutorials and layering can only be fully complete with a nice dark shade on the lips. I'm definitely digging it this upcoming season.

Reason 7: Fuzzy Socks
Are you finding a theme here? It's one of the COZIEST times of the year and that can only be complete with a nice pair of warm fuzzy socks. You know that feeling when you get home from work, there's a chill in the air - you put on your fuzzy socks and comfy pj's, grab some hot cocoa and turn on your fairy lights... ahh..... what were we talking about again? OH yes, reason 7.. Fuzzy socks. ;)

Reason 8: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has got to be one of my favorite major holidays here in the States. Between spending time with your loved ones and the delicious meal we get to share. It's absolutely wonderful. Now I know it's not celebrated everywhere but any day spent surrounded with family and friends is a great day to me.

And there you have it! Just a few things I'm looking forward too this upcoming season. What are you most excited about? Is there something Autumn themed I missed out on? Share your thoughts!

Until Next Time,

09 September 2016

NYX Vivid Brights

Welcome back, little birdies!

I went out on my day off and decided to do a little bit of gift buying - if you catch my drift ;) Since I was already in the great makeup store of Ulta I decided to grab a little something for myself. I saw a video on YouTube of a girl doing her makeup and she used this NYX Vivid Brights liner as a thin line over her regular black liner. I always see makeup artists do this look but I never thought about trying it out until I saw this gorgeous color!

(Don't mind the destroyed box. It was hard to get it open and I REALLY wanted to try it..)

This is a liquid liner in the shade "Vivid Sapphire". It states directly on the box, "Make a bold statement with our hyper - pigmented Vivid Brights Liners. The super precision brush is perfect for adding a pop of color to any artistic look!" and I believe that to be very true! Just by swatching it the color was definitely bold. I'll be honest and say I'm not really good with liquid liner. I've used gel liner for so long that liquid seems like a whole other level. It's packaging is a little funny seeing as the handle is much larger than the tube the product comes in but I figured I won't run out of this product very fast.

I would just like to add on how quickly this product dries. I swatched it on my hand for the photo which wasn't long at all. I thought it was still wet so I went to wipe it off on a napkin so I didn't get bright blue liner on my clothes and it was already set and dry on my hand! That's amazing.

As I use it more I'll let you guys know how I get on with it. May even post a little photo of how it came out seeing as I'll be trying it out today for work. Disclaimer: No photo means I still need more practise! Haha!

Have you tried these Vivid Brights from NYX? What colors are your favorite? Do you have a favorite fun colored liner from a different brand? If so, which one?! I'd love to know!

Until next time,

03 September 2016

Product Empties

Welcome back!

I've been thinking of what I can bring to my blog lately that is a little bit different. I always see Empties videos on YouTube but never thought I could write a blog post on mine because I don't use many products and I can never seem to finish them close to another to be able to gather them together. Today, I have some products that seem to have finished all around the same time.

This is probably my favorite drug store foundation.. ever. It's the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation. Don't be fooled by the look of my used foundation. This baby is EMPTY. I've even tried to open it and scoop some out. Unsuccessful on that, I decided I'd feature it on my Product Empties post. It's definitely something I will always repurchase. It's a great medium to full coverage drugstore foundation.

I know you've seen me talk about this before so it's no surprise that I would have finished it just in time to buy another! It's the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. I love this concealer. It covers so well and doesn't crease as much as other concealers I have. The only downfall to it would be the sponge at the top. I'm not sure if that helps or if it's just home to many bacteria that's bad for my skin. Regardless, I'll be purchasing it again. Haven't found one I've loved as much yet!

I was a bit skeptical about this product. I did receive it free in a little free bag when I went to a Bare Minerals meeting. I wasn't too crazy about it until I actually used it. It's such a great finishing powder. It's a loose powder so it does get a bit messy but it gives just the right amount of finish for a look. Doesn't leave you too matte just enough to have that dewy glow. I actually feel like this is a product I'd repurchase sometime soon.

This is one I hate to see go and it's down to the last bits that eventually I'll have to scrape to be able finish off completely. Don't mind how grubby it looks - this is the makeup real world. I'll definitely be buying this one again. It's my first ever Too Faced lipstick and it has to be my favorite lipstick in my collection. I love nude shades and this is just perfection. The combination of the color and the formula which, by the way, is moisturizing to the lips is just amazing. It's a bit on the price-ier side than other lipsticks but it's well worth it and there's no doubt I'll be buying it again.

This last one is a skin care item. It's Philosophy's When Hope Is Not Enough serum. I've never had a skin care serum before this one. They are said to help tone, firm and prevent wrinkles. I've been using it for quite a while now and I do feel like it's helped tone and firm my face. It really does help keep it moisturized that's for sure. I've put it on morning before makeup and at night before bed. In terms of repurchasing, I'll have to do some deep thinking between this one and one from Origins.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed finding out what I've been using lately. If you have tried any of these products before, let me know how you like them. What products have you finished up for the month of August?

Thanks for reading!
Until next time,