My Picks for Red Lips

Hello and happy Monday to ya! Hope all of you had a restful weekend. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different shades of red lipstick, trying to find that “go-to” shade. In the past I’ve always stayed away from red, red clothes, red nail polish, but certainly not red lipstick. It was strictly neutrals for this girl: browns and nudes.

It wasn’t until I was planning my wedding about 4 years ago, inspired by the red hues at our venue that exuded romance. So I took a leap by sporting red lips on my weeding day. I’ve been hooked ever since. There’s just something about a red lip! Here are the brands and shades I’ve been rockin recently.

 

 

Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor in unending red

Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lip Color in Unending Red

I love this shade for everyday wear! The opaque red hue with shimmery pink undertones compliments just about any skin tone. What I love most is the convenience of finding it virtually anywhere for less than $10. This lip color has the staying power of a stain, but don’t forget to add the gloss after applying your color for more moisture and better results.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Olivia

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Olivia

I’ve found my “go-to” shade with Olivia! Described as garnet, it’s a medium-dark red  with warm brown undertones with a smooth satin finish. Unfortunately it has the highest price tag at $32, however I will say, it’s worth every penny as this lipstick is pretty darn incredible!  I just love how richly pigmented the color is and how great it looks on my café con leche complexion. I did notice after about 4 hours and 2 big meals, the color feathered a little. The next wear I used a lip liner and that definitely helped.

Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Made It!

Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Made It!

I’ve always preferred the matte look, but hated how dry my lips would get. I didn’t have any of that with this matte lipstick and I adore the brick red color. It glides on easily, doesn’t feather or bleed, but it does wear off around the inner lips.

Lorac Lip Luxe 8 Hour Lip Color in True Red

Lorac Lip Luxe 8 Hour Lip Color in True Red 

The name says it all. This lip color has major staying power. I applied in the morning and by the end of my day, the color was still just as vibrant as it was at 9am. I do recommend first applying a moisturizing lip balm or primer because this lip color is a little drying.

What are some of your favorite shades of red and what brands would you recommend? Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your Monday! 

 

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Make Up Bag Essentials

Happy Monday folks! I Hope everyone enjoyed their Holiday weekend as much as I did. The last week was filled with celebrations, family gatherings along with a strong desire to look my best in all settings.

Part of my “getting-ready” routine includes dropping the essential makeup items into my purse in case I need to retouch at some point. I figured I’m not the only girl that does this, but it inspired this post. With the biggest party day of the year just a few days away, having the right products on hand is crucial to looking your best in all your New Year’s Eve party pics. Here are your essential items, perfectly sized to fit in the smallest of clutches.

 THE MAKEUP

Powder Foundation: Because of the humidity here in Florida, I typically use a mineral foundation. I find it‘s better for minimizing shine and creating a matte finish. It also has a much longer shelf life after opening at about 2 years and the product goes a lot farther. I’ll restock maybe three times for the year and that’s with daily use. With liquid foundation, I’m restocking every 2-3 months.

3-in-1 Palette: I love all-in-one products. My fave cheek palette this holiday season is from the NARS Steve Klein Collaboration featuring 4 gorgeous shades of blush, a contouring duo, and bronzer. This one palette does so much and easily takes a day look into night all year-round.

Eyeshadow: The most vital part of your eye-makeup and there are tons of options in stores it can be a little overwhelming choosing the right ones for us and our budgets. I prefer to invest in a good eyeshadow palette because it gives me a few color options all in one instead of me trying to cram a bunch of single shades in my make up bag.

Gel Eyeliner: I’m not the best when it comes to applying eyeliner. I love the look of liquid liner, but I don’t have the steady hand needed for that perfect cat eye. I randomly tried e.l.f’s cream eyeliner one day and I immediately fell in love. It’s really the foolproof way to wear liner. It goes on much easier than I expected. I can apply with the control and precision of a pencil liner and best of all, it has the staying power of a liquid liner.

Lipstick: It’s a necessity for every woman’s makeup bag. I always keep a nude gloss and a more bold color such as bright red or a dark berry lipstick just in case. Apply a primer first before your liner and lip shade for lasting wear.

Eyebrows: The anchors to our faces, all the more reason to make sure your brows are on point! I really like Rimel Professional Eyebrow Pencil that has a mini brush on one end.

The Tools

 

Tweezers: Need I say more?! These are a life saver if you ever need to pluck that oh-so random eyebrow hair that’s always uncooperative or pull out a splinter. I really like these from Ulta because they also came with a brow spoolie making brow grooming on-the-go more convenient.

Mini Brush Set: Brushes are an absolute must for makeup application! Let’s face it, using your fingers isn’t exactly sanitary. Investing in a good mini brush set will save your skin from breakouts.

Wipes:  You never know when you’ll need to either change your look, or remove your makeup and start over, so it’s always a good idea to have some wipes stored in your makeup bag. Things like sweat and rain can cause makeup to smudge. If you have sensitive skin like me, I recommend trying these, not only do they take off make, oil and dirt easily, but they’re gentle on the skin leaving it feeling clean and moisturized.

What are your essential makeup items?

 

21 Reasons to FALL for H&M Beauty!

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a awesome and very safe Halloween weekend. I wanted to start the week in a different way focusing on makeup, this being the first post starting my new series #MakeupMondays! Cute right?!

So…I’m sure most of you already know I’m a HUGE fan of the brand H&M from their designer collabs and stylish kids wear to their chic collections of home goods. I was so excited to hear they were creating their own beauty line just in time for Fall. The massive 700-piece makeup, hair, and body-care collection launched online last month with prices ranging from $2.99-$24.99 making it super affordable especially since gift giving season is right around the corner. Within the line are seasonal and limited-edition color collections along with a premium beauty line and a variety of Eco-friendly sustainable goodies as an extension of their Conscious Collection. Here’s a look at some of my absolute faves—and best part, they’re all less than twenty bucks. Happy Shopping!

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Photos courtesy of H&M

Old Navy Labor of Love Sale Picks for Girls!

Hello and Happy Thursday folks! Hope all of you are having a FABULOUS day so far. Labor Day is right around the corner and you know what that means…SALES! I came across Old Navy’s Labor of Love sale and of course I had to share the love with you all. The sale is going on right now and I just placed my order so I thought I’d share what I purchased for Isabella!

The entire store is on sale up to 60% off everything (crazy, I know). Since there aren’t any exclusions, I figured this is perfect timing to grab a few winter items for Isabella.

floral sweatshirt dress  |  gold ballet flats  |  quilted sweatshirt  |  denim dress

Thanks for reading & happy shopping!

This Week & Our Trip to South Florida

This past week seemed to just fly by! I had a feeling the last 2 weeks of my maternity leave would go by rather quickly, in reality, it felt like a blink of an eye.

Last Monday we had our “trial day” with our daycare where Isabella attended a full day (8 hours) to “see how things go”. Hubs and I started getting Isabella’s daycare bag together around 7:30am and by 8 I was a sobbing wreck. As I was packing her bag and picking her up to place her in the car seat, these emotions seemed to hit me all at once and the tears just started to flow. It’s like I couldn’t hold them back anymore. Thank God for my husband, Frank! He was so supportive and understanding as I was standing there crying. Any moms out there have a similar experience of emotions when taking little ones to daycare/school for the first time?

Once we arrived at the daycare and saw the awesome staff again, my anxiety level dropped tremendously. I was reminded that I was leaving her in the hands of great people. I still cried a little when saying our final goodbyes. Hubs and I ran a few errands before heading home where I spent the rest of my time doing chores and packing for our trip to Ft. Lauderdale. We checked in with the classroom a few times throughout the day for updates. We picked her up at 5:30 that evening and she was all smiles. She didn’t cry not once, but she did spit up and needed an outfit change. Seems like the transition to daycare is going well so far.

Tuesday was pretty low-key. The kids were in school and hubs went back to work. My mom came by and spent a couple of hours visiting. I popped into Buy Buy Baby that afternoon looking for a travel sleeper for Isabella. I found the Summer Infant Deluxe By Your Side Sleeper on their website and thankfully, the store had 1 left and I was able to walk in and purchase it.

We started our Wednesday morning on the early side around 4am with a feeding. Isa fell back sleep almost immediately after her bottle. I started loading the car with our luggage and other trip essentials. We picked up my mom and headed for the turnpike. From Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale is roughly a three and a half hour drive. Isabella pretty much slept the entire way.

Our first stop upon arriving in SoFL was my cousin’s hair salon for a little pampering. Both my mom and I got our hair done along with well needed manicures and pedicures. Spending that time with my mom was so awesome! Afterwards we headed to my aunt’s house in Cooper City. I love visiting her home. Her house is really peaceful. Well, she does have neighbors nearby that have roosters who crow every morning like clockwork. She also has these three beautiful dobermans. At first sight, they look intimidating, but they really are sweet dogs.

I was also able to catch up with a long time friend of mine, Stephanie. We’ve been friend since we were in fourth grade. She moved down to Ft. Lauderdale around the time Frank and I were getting married. Every time one of us is in town, we do our best to meet up and spend some time together. This time, we had lunch at on of our favorite happy hour spots, Brio Tuscan Grille.  If you’ve never been and you’re a fan of Italian food, I definitely recommend checking them out. They’re food is really good…and so are their drinks!

The following day my mom and I did some shopping at Sawgrass Mills. This was Isabella’s first outing to a mall. We stopped in Carter’s to pick up a few outfits for daycare. The store was having a pretty good sale. The last time I was in Carter’s I got a coupon for $10 off my next purchase which also helped me to score this cute little St. Patty’s Day outfit for free!
I also bought Isa a super cute pair of gold sandals and a plush car seat toy, unfortunately, they never made it in my bag (after I paid for them). I ended up having to call the store to have them ship the items to me. Hopefully I’ll get them sometime next week. We ended our evening back at my aunt’s house where she cooked a delicious curried lobster dinner. Here’s a similar recipe to try.

Friday my mom and I kept things pretty simple. We started getting our things together for the trip back. That evening we all went to dinner in nearby Weston at Bonefish Grill. I ordered the spicy tuna bowl, which I was so excited about because I have been craving it for months while I was pregnant. Both my mother and aunt ordered pasta dishes. My meal was delicious until I found a long blonde hair in it (YUCK!), which totally killed my appetite.

Saturday morning both my mom and I were up before the sun loading up the car with our luggage. After breakfast we said our goodbyes and started making our way back to Orlando. This past week was awesome and we really enjoyed our time in South Florida as usual.

I hope you all enjoyed your week as much as I did! Thank you again for reading and have a FAB weekend! 🙂

Recent Purchases + Guest Posting on Pumps & Pints

Happy Friday everyone! Today, I’m guest-blogging over on Pumps & Pints about my dress picks for SpringYou can check out my post here. I’m looking forward to hearing from you ladies—comments are appreciated!

In the meantime, I wanted to share some of my recent purchases for Isabella. I stopped by Babies R Us in the Waterford Lakes area earlier this week for a baby monitor. I ended up getting the Sure Glow audio monitor by the brand Safety 1st. I didn’t want anything too fancy, just something with a good audio range. 


So far the monitor has worked great! I like having the ability to hear Isabella when she’s in her bassinet while I’m doing chores around the house. After Babies R Us, I made my way over to Carter’s and picked up a few 3 month sized clothes for Isabella since she’s quickly outgrowing NB sizes. I was able to get this adorable onesie with an ice cream cone on the butt for $7.99 on sale!

I also found this little blue and white striped dress and two pairs of leggings in white and navy with polka dots. Lastly, I couldn’t resist these super cute white ballet flats with the floral detail on the toe.

Hope you all enjoy your Friday and have a Fabulous weekend!

 

 

Isabella’s 2 Month Photos!

Before Isabella was born, I was already thinking about newborn photos. Of corse I turned to good ol’ Pinterest for some inspiration. With my due date having been Christmas Day, most of the local newborn photographers were booked solid straight through January. After Isabella was born the days following seemed to move at lightening speed. The holidays were in full swing and I still needed to recover from the episiotomy. Before I knew it, the month of January was coming to an end and February was fast approaching.
 
Thankfully the hospital photographer did come by and took a few shots of Isabella the day she was born, which hubs ordered. Since we were lucky enough to have those beautiful photos, I figured we can take more photos of her during one of her milestones. 
 
My friend Amanda, the same photographer that did my maternity photos seen here, offered to take some shots of Isabella. I thought that was so sweet of her! I’m SO elated with how the photos turned out! I’m glad we were able to do them on such short notice. I can’t wait to have them framed and create a gallery wall in our living area.

 

Here are the shots from our shoot:

 

 

 

I hope you liked Isabella’s photos. Amanda was ah-mazing…check out her website to view more of her work!