Lipstick of the Moment : Urban Decay Sheer Revolution

Hey Everybody,

As it is summertime now, I have been loving moisturizing lipsticks for everyday wear. I recently fell in love with this lipstick that I have actually had in my collection for a while now. I own a couple shades of the Urban Decay Sheer Revolution lipstick and I will say they are all amazing. They are the perfect lipstick for a wash of color and you can still build them up for a bolder look. The shade I am loving right now – and have practically worn every day this past month is Sheer Streak. It is described as a sheer coral – pink and I think it is the perfect shade for summer.

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick - in the shade Streak
Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick – in the shade  Sheer Streak

The formula is sheer, with a shiny finish and the lipstick applies extremely creamy and buttery. It has oils and antioxidants in addition to shea butter and jojoba to keep your lips hydrated and naturally plump. I love how moisturizing the formula is especially as I tend to get very dry lips when I am out in the sun. I highly recommend trying out one of the sheer revolution lipsticks! The packaging is beautiful and the product inside is worth every penny.

Swatches of the Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Streak - On the Left - Sheer Streak (one swipe) On the Right - Sheer Streak (built up)
Swatches of the Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Streak – On the Left – One swipe. On the Right – Built up

If you have any questions or requests please let me know!

xxoo Melissa

Sephora Mini Haul – Too Faced, Becca, Stila – Featuring Becca and Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Popob

Sephora Haul - Becca, Too Faced, Stila including the Becca & Jaclyn Hill colab - Champagne Pop!
Sephora Haul – Becca, Too Faced, Stila including the Becca & Jaclyn Hill colab – Champagne Pop!

I did a little damage at Sephora when I found out that Champagne Pop was coming! I had to have it and went online as soon as it was available. While I was online, I also decided to grab a couple other things that had been on my wishlist.

I have been wanting the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer for a long time now but couldn’t make the commitment. I have heard great things about the little black book of bronzers and thought it would be a nice way to add a variety of products to my collection without spending an arm and a leg on all of them!

Too Faced - Little Black Book of Bronzers
Too Faced – Little Black Book of Bronzers

In addition to the bronzers, I bought a couple new blush products. With it being summertime now, I have been loving peachy coral blushes and really wanted to try out the new stila watercolor blushes. I got the shade Water Lily. I also wanted to try out one of the Becca beach tints – I think this is perfect for summer as it can be used on the lips and cheeks for a quick splash of color. Great for a “no makeup” makeup day! I also bought a couple of the sephora eye masks (as seen in the original photo). I bought the Ginseng – Toning and Revitalizing, the Lingzhi – Anti Aging and Smoothing, and the Rose – Ultra Moisturizing and Brightening ones. I have been trying to take better care of my skin lately and figured why not try these!

Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit, Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in the Water Lily, and free deluxe sample of the D&G Light Blue perfume
Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit, Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in the Water Lily, and free deluxe sample of the D&G Light Blue perfume

Last and most definitely not least, I got the Becca shimmering skin perfector colab with Jaclyn Hill – Champagne Pop. It is incredible. I own Opal as well and was on the fence about getting moonstone as I thought it was just a hint to light for me. As soon as I saw Champagne Pop I knew it would be the perfect shade and matched the dream shade I had in my mind. I would have prob bought it regardless just because I love Jaclyn Hill – but I can easily say this is my new favorite highlight. Note – if you are on the fence about this product it is limited edition so keep that in mind <3.

Champagne Pop! Becca shimmering skin perfector colab with Jaclyn Hill!
Champagne Pop! Becca shimmering skin perfector colab with Jaclyn Hill!

I created the look below using Champagne Pop, the little black book of bronzers and the Stila watercolor blush in Water Lily. This look is a very toned down/minimalist application of the products as I tried them out before going to work. I will try and upload a #highlightonfleek version this weekend to my instagram!

Update – after trying out this blush I am SO IMPRESSED. I was a little scared at first because it’s literally a liquid but the way it applies so evenly and smoothly with a sheer wash of color is sooooo pretty. Debating buying another one!

So I totally forgot to take a pic of this look before leaving the house - Sorry for the Car Selfie!
So I totally forgot to take a pic of this look before leaving the house – Sorry for the iphone Car Selfie!

Other Products Used:

Face:

Too Faced – Hangover RX Primer

Bobbi Brown – Skin Foundation (color Warm Sand)

Maybelline – Fit me Concealor in Light

Chanel – Tan de Soleil

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood light

Eyes: 

Too Faced Semi Sweet Palette – Colors: Bon Bon and Butter Pecan on the lid with Peanut Butter and Truffled in the crease

Loreal Telescopic Mascara

Brows:

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz (omg, I ran out of this today – so sad – need to go buy another one!! and maybe a backup while im at it :p )

Benefit – gimmie brow

Lips:

ColourPop – Lippie Stick (and liner) in Westie

#TBT – Our Meal at Avocado Restaurant in Santorini, Greece

Last summer, I was lucky enough to visit Greece with my family. It was the most amazing trip and my personal favorite stop along the journey was Santorini, with Mykonos as a close second! The island was right out of a movie with everything in the classic blue and white color scheme.

Looking out over Santorini
Looking out over Santorini at the classic blue and white architecture

We went wine tasting, hung out at the pool with its dramatic views, went shopping, and ate AMAZING food. There was endless fresh seafood and the classic Greek preparations were delicious.

Avocado Restaurant in particular was one of the best meals we had on the trip. We ended up there one night on a whim as it was right down the street from our hotel. That particular night the wind was unreal and made us unwilling to travel very far for food. Luckily this place was nearby! The food was amazing, as you can see from the picture below and the people there were so incredibly nice and accomodating. They even seated us at a table in the back in order to shade us more from the crazy wind outside.

Our incredible food. Grilled Octopus, Stuffed Calamari, and fresh Catch of the Day!
Our incredible food. Grilled Octopus, Stuffed Calamari, and fresh Catch of the Day!

This was the best octopus I had on the trip – and we ate it almost at every meal! It was extremely fresh and tender delicately prepared with lemon and olive oil – my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Another one of my favorites was the stuffed calamari. It had a delish cheese mixture inside that paired perfectly with the fresh calamari and lemon. Lastly, my dad ordered the catch of the day, an extremely fresh fish cooked with olive oil and lemon. As you can imagine the olive oil in Greece is top notch, and the simplicity and freshness of the seasonings really allowed the seafood to shine.

I can’t wait to go back to Greece, especially Santorini and eat here again!

Dreaming of this hot tub as I sit in my over air conditioned cubicle :(
Dreaming of this hot tub as I sit in my over air conditioned cubicle 😦

xxoo Melissa

Wine Tasting Weekend: A day in Napa

Over the 4th of July weekend my family and I headed up to Napa Valley for a little wine tasting day! We ended up at a couple great wineries and the views made all the traffic worth it!

My Sister, Izzy (on right), and I at Gary Farrel Winery.
My Sister, Izzy (on right), and I at Gary Farrel Winery.

Gary Farrel Winery:

Our first stop was Gary Farrel Winery. The winery had an amazing tasting room located hillside looking out on the russian river valley. It was such a picturesque location, only made better by the perfect weather of the day!

We started off by tasting two whites, their Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Typically Sauvignon Blanc is not my favorite but this one was surprisingly light with hints of citrus. Next up in our tasting was a lovely Chardonnay. This Chard was again a little lighter than normal and didn’t have as much oak in the flavor – A+ from me.

We then moved on to the Red wines with a Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. The Toboni Vineyard Pinot Noir was the shining star in the tasting for me. It was full bodied, tasting of bourbon soaked cherries and had a long tangy yet smooth finish. A wine that would be great in around 5 years!  Last but not least we tasted the Maffei Vineyard Zinfandel. This Zin was a similarly fully bodied wine with a lot of berry undertones. All in all a great tasting with unbeatable views. If you get to the winery before 3 pm (they close at 4:30), they offer tastings outside!

Enjoying the sunshine at VML Winery!
Enjoying the sunshine at VML Winery!

VML Winery:

Our second stop for the day was VML Winery. We were able to sit outside for our tastings and added a little cheese and salami to pair with our wines (Yum!). The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was the great way to end our trip. We each did a tasting that included 5 wines. The first wine we tasted was a Sauvignon Blanc, the second a Chardonnay, then a Rose, two Pinots. Overall, I really enjoyed the Rose and Pinots. The Sauvignon was a tropically flavored white with a crisp finish. It had hints of honeydew and citrus that made it great for summertime. The Chardonnay was refreshing as well! The Rose we tasted was a Pinot Rose with hints of strawberry. My personal pick for a perfect summer wine!

The two Pinots we tasted were lovely and I actually ended up buying the candles in their scents! (So amazinggg – and so beautiful!). They were both rich in flavor with plum and chocolate qualities.

Loving the scenery at Gary Farrel - had to stop and take a pic!
Loving the scenery at Gary Farrel – had to stop and take a pic!

I was only able to make it to two of the winery’s due to bad traffic 😦 but if you are ever in the Napa Valley area I highly recommend making a day out of all of the beautiful locations. There are TONs of wineries all with amazing views and tasting rooms. You can spend all day enjoying the wine, scenery, and company of friends and family!

If you have any questions or would like any recommendations for places to try out just let me know! (my dad is an expert!)

Outfit Details:

Shoes – Steve Madden wedges

Dress – Lush Maxi Dress (bought at nordstrom). This dress is AMAZING – very reasonably priced and it comes in a bunch of colors and patterns. I personally have 4 of them! They are so comfortable and so cute to throw on in the summertime.

Purse – Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C Crossbody

p.s. the lipstick I am wearing is the ColourPop lippie stick in Fiesta.

xxoo Melissa

Shark Week Cookies

nautical themed cookie cutters and freshly refrigerated dough
nautical themed cookie cutters and freshly refrigerated dough

My sister and I are mildly obsessed with shark week. And by mildly obsessed I really mean extremely obsessed, it’s slightly embarrassing. But I mean, it really should be a national holiday week, just sayin. Every year we take a day out of the week to bake some Shark Week inspired treats to share with friends while watching. Last year we made adorable cupcakes with fins sticking out (seen below). This year we opted for some nautical themed sugar cookies – although we didn’t actually have a shark cookie cutter, I think they came out pretty cute!

last year's Shark Week cupcakes - as admired by my dog Buster!
last year’s Shark Week cupcakes – as admired by my dog Buster!

To make the sugar cookies we followed the below recipe (note we only made half the recipe and it made around 20/25 large cookies) :

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups butter , softened

2 cups white sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 cups all-purpose flower

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Combine the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Add in the eggs and vanilla until mixed throughout.

Mix together all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Then, slowly begin adding the dry mix to the butter mixture until fully incorporated.

At this point I recommend putting the batter in the fridge for a couple hours. Although this is not necessary, it will make the batter easier to work with when you go to cut out all your shapes!

Once your batter is ready, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface (We used a cutting board for easier clean up!) At this point, start to preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly flower the surface so that your cookies don't stick!
Lightly flour the surface so that your cookies don’t stick! We ended up using quite a bit of flower as out dough was particularly sticky.

Roll out the dough to your desired thickness. We did ours rather thin so they would cook and cool quickly. Next up, cut your dough in whatever shapes you like! These are great cookies to make for any occasion or around christmas time. You can decorate them with a group to go with any theme!

cutting cookies and watching shark week - Livin the Dream!
cutting cookies and watching shark week – Livin the Dream!

Once you have all your cookies ready to bake – put them in the oven for 8 – 12 minutes (depending on thickness). I have found it best to set the timer shorter than you think, and check on them every minute or two after 6 minutes. You want the bottoms of the cookies to be brown – but once the entire cookie looks brown they are usually a little overdone!

ready to bake!
ready to bake!

While your cookies are baking or cooling start working on the frosting. I don’t have a specific recipe for the frosting but essentially what we did is added a tablespoon of vanilla extract, half a bag of powdered sugar, and then some almond milk (prob around 1/4 cup) until we got the frosting to the consistency we wanted. (you can use whatever milk you prefer). We opted to have our frosting on the thicker side so it wasn’t watery when we went to frost the cookies. To fit in with the theme we also dyed our frosting blue!

Frosting in progress!
Frosting in progress! Simply mix powdered sugar, milk, and a tablespoon of vanilla extract to your desired thickness. So easy and so yummy!

Once our cookies were cooled (around 15 mins after coming out of the oven) we added our frosting and topped them off with some sprinkles! Now its time to enjoy the cookies and watch some sharks!

Final Product!
Final Product!

I hope you enjoyed the post and more importantly tune in to Shark Week!

xxoo Melissa

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip – Swatches and Initial Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Review and Swatches!
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip – Review and Swatches!

I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lipsticks before they sold out earlier this month. I was super excited because I have been obsessed with liquid lipsticks recently and for $6 how can you go wrong. I had heard a lot of good things and thought it was the perfect way to try out some shades I wouldn’t typically wear or want to splurge on!.

I ended up buying 6 shades as pictured below – Donut, First Base, Mars, Ouiji, Creeper, and Succulent.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Donut
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip – Donut

This shade is described as a “Bright Peach” I think it lives up to the name. It is a really wearable yet fun coral shade – ideal for summer!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - 1st Base
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip – 1st Base

This shade is a mid-tone true pink. This shade is a great everyday pink to add a pop to your look. I think it would suit all skin tones and is simply pretty.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Mars
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip – Mars

Mars is a red fuchsia color that is BEAUTIFUL for the summer time. I can’t wait to wear it to a concert or pool party in the near future. It is so fun and bright – something I typically wouldn’t wear but I like the idea of becoming more adventurous!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Ouiji
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip – Ouiji

Ouiji is a bright coral red and might just be my favorite. I have been obsessssssed with coral lips this summer. I think shades with the hint of orange really helps bring out my blue eyes. This coral is the perfect pinky/red coral that will go with virtually any look you can image!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Succulent
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips – Succulent

This electric neon orange red is the perfect take on a red lip for summer. It is bright and fun adding a refreshing touch to any look. I personally plan to wear this later this summer for the Taylor Swift concert! (that red lip thing ya know). It goes on the lips so smoothly with intense pigmentation – I can’t wait to bust this out!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Creeper
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips – Creeper

Creeper is a true classic blue red – the perfect red lip color. I know I will be getting a ton of use out of this one around the holidays! I think it will be beautiful with some winged liner.

From Top to Bottom: Creeper, Succulent, Mars, Ouiji, 1st Base, Donut
From Top to Bottom: Creeper, Succulent, Mars, Ouiji, 1st Base, Donut

Overview / Review:

I think these liquid lipsticks are great for the price. In my opinion they are the perfect way to try out a bold new lip without spending an arm and a leg on a lipstick you may only wear twice. Overall, I do think the formula can be a little drying – as with most liquid lipsticks. They dry to a true “ultra matte” finish and DO NOT move. After swatching them out on my arm, the swatches were literally still visible three days later (and yes I shower). I recommend conditioning and exfoliating your lips before use for the best application. I also own a couple of the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks, a couple of the Sephora brand liquid lipsticks and some of the Kat Von D – I think for $6 these hold their own. As mentioned, they are drying, more so than some of the other formulas mentioned (although ABH are more drying in my opinion). They are extremely pigmented and go on the lips really smoothly when applying. I do find them a little less long wearing than the Kat Von D version but for 1/4th the price I think they are worth trying!  FYI – these are currently sold out on the ColourPop website but are due to be back in stock in August 🙂

True Matte Finish - From Left to Right:From Donut, 1st Base, Ouiji, Mars, Succulent, Creeper
True Matte Finish – From Left to Right:From Donut, 1st Base, Ouiji, Mars, Succulent, Creeper

I hope this review was helpful! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions and please comment with any suggestions for posts you would like to see!

xxoo Melissa

Breakfast of Champions – Spanakopita Inspired Scramble

My sister recently had a couple friends over for a little Greek BBQ. On our trip to Greece last year we took a cooking class with Eleni (see link at the end of the post for some of her other recipes) and have been pretty much obsessed with the food since. Anyways, we made spinach pies (or Spanakopita) and we ended up with a LOT of left over filling. Rather than wasting it all, we decided to freeze it and the next morning I used some for this delish scramble.

Finished Product: Spanakopita scrambled eggs with turkey bacon and wheat toast
Finished Product: Spanakopita scrambled eggs with turkey bacon and wheat toast

First – Spanakopita Filling:

To Make the spinach filling you will need (this can be scaled down to make a smaller batch):

2 lbs of fresh spinach
2 large leeks
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 cups olive oil.
1/2 cup cut up fresh dill
1/2 pound Greek feta cheese
4 eggs lightly beaten eggs

1) Chop the spinach, leeks, green onions and dill

2) Put the spinach, leeks,  green onions, and dill in a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper, and begin to “knead” the mixture until all the spinach has been broken down and is wilted.

3) Add the feta cheese and lightly beaten eggs. Mix everything together to create a uniform filling. Put the mixture aside.

4) Heat up a skillet and place the spinach mixture in the pan to begin sauteing everything.

Spinach mixture as we begin to saute
Spinach mixture as we begin to saute

Second – Adding Eggs and Tomato:

5) If you like, add a couple of small cut up cherry tomatoes (you can also dice a normal tomato)

6) Add your beaten eggs to the pan and scramble as they cook. I used 2 beaten eggs.

Spinach mixture cooking in with the eggs and tomatoes.
Spinach mixture cooking in with the eggs and tomatoes.

7)  Continue fold the eggs until the spinach is mixed in and the eggs are completely cooked.

8) Place your cooked eggs on your plate and sprinkle with some additional feta cheese! For a little extra spice add your favorite hot sauce :).

9) Add any additional items you would like to complete the meal – for example, I used turkey bacon and a piece of wheat toast. You could also add a fresh fruit salad or homemade potato hash!

I love this recipe and think it is a unique way to use leftovers. You can easily replicate this with a variety of leftovers. Who doesn’t love a delicious egg scramble filled with flavor – feel free to get creative!

I hope you enjoyed the post and are inspired to try out some new food!

Finished Product! Leftover Spanakopita Scramble
Finished Product! Leftover Spanakopita Scramble

See some of Eleni’s other recepies here: http://www.cookwitheleni.com/index.htm

xxoo Melissa

Make Up of the Day: Reviews – Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Hourglass, Make Up For Ever and others

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Today’s Look

Details of this look (as depicted – listed below from Top to Bottom, Left to Right):

Hourglass-  Ambient Blush: Mood Exposure:

I love this blush! It’s such a unique color that adds a beautiful flush perfect for any occasion. Looking at it in the pan it looks purple – but once applied to your cheeks it adds just the right amount of pink to make your skin look naturally healthy. I know Hourglass products are rather pricey but the way that they lay so naturally and make your skin look airbrushed makes them worth every penny.

Becca – Shimmering Skin Perfector – Opal (liquid version):

This product has totally changed up my routine this summer. I was skeptical about buying this – especially as it is not cheap! I decided one day to take the plunge and haven’t looked back. My personal favorite way to use this product is to mix it with my primer. I find applying a pump of product before my foundation gives my skin such a natural looking glow it is perfect for summer.

Chanel – Soleil Tan de Chanel – Bronzing Makeup Base:

I don’t know how I did my makeup before purchasing this product. It is truly amazing and worth every penny. Not only does it look great on a vanity (I mean, look at that packaging), but also it adds such a beautiful touch of radiance to the skin. I was a little worried this shade would be too bronze / orangey on my skin – but the formula allows the color to be as sheer or built up as desired. My favorite way to apply this is with a large stipple brush applied to the areas I would normally contour. I think adding this on top of a tinted moisturizer with a touch of mascara and a lip gloss makes for the perfect “no makeup makeup” look.

Make Up For Ever – Artist Palette Volume 2 – Artistic:

I bought this palette mainly because I didn’t own any Make Up For Ever eyeshadows and I really wanted to try them. I thought this would be a nice addition to my collection as it has a couple more “unusual” shades. I’ll be honest and say that at first I was not impressed by this palette. I found that the shadows swatched really well and felt super buttery but just didn’t look great on my eyes. I tried applying them with different brushes and even adding fix + to my brushes before application and nothing seemed to make them look as good as they do in the pan. THEN – one day I was in a hurry and slapped them on with my finger and everything changed. They looked amazing. I have been obsessed. I literally have worn these shadows every day for the past month.

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Powder – Mood Light:

I use this powder once I am done applying my makeup as a finishing powder. I LOVE the way it makes my skin look and I think this particular shade is perfect as a finishing powder. I know technically they are all “finishing powders” rather than highlights, but I find my luminous light powder to be much better suited as a highlight. If you are looking to get airbrushed naturally beautiful skin, this is the powder for you!

Make Up For Ever – Pro Bronze Fusion – Natural Matte Sand:

I very recently bought this bronzer and to be honest, I am really unimpressed. I do want to give it a couple more tries but I find that it reallllly lacks pigmentation. I like setting my Soleil Tan de Chanel with a bronzing powder and thought this would be great as I had heard amazing things. I don’t know, for the price tag I was expecting more. I may end up returning it to Sephora, but do want to try out a couple different brushes and application techniques first in case I am just missing something.

Mac – Fix + – Limited Edition Lavender Scent:

I really like Fix + and I know it is a staple in a lot of collections. I primarily use it as a way to amp up shadows or blushes by spritzing my brushes with it before applying. When I saw they came out with limited edition scents I knew I wanted to try one and this lavender scent is incredible. I actually now started using it as a setting spray as well because of how relaxing and just happy the scent is. If you can get your hands on one of the (I think 5) scents they just came out with you should!

Urban Decay – Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer:

Ugh, they really need a new name for this product, although if I had to name it myself it makes perfect sense. This concealer really is a completely weightless yet full coverage concealer. On days where I am particularly tired or in need of a more dramatic under eye brightening I use this product and every time I am impressed. I do set the concealer to prevent it from creasing but I find that it lasts all day and looks natural on your skin while providing great coverage for dark circles. I tend to go a shade lighter than my foundation to really brighten up and highlight the undereye area.

Marc Jacobs – New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel – Understudy 114:

I bought this lipstick because I fell in love with the packaging, I certainly am happy I did! This color – Understudy (114) is an amazing everyday natural terracotta pink. It is the perfect pop of color to go with any look and the formula of the lipstick is extremely creamy and nourishing.

It Cosmetics – Your Skin but Better CC Cream:

I use this CC Cream when I know I am going to be in the sun all day. It wears really nicely and it has 50 SPF which is perfect for my fair skin. The CC cream itself goes on similar to a sunscreen in texture and it has amazing coverage. It is packed with anti-aging and hydrating properties so really does the duty of a moisturizer and foundation in one product. Because of its formula I typically set this with a powder as it can be a little wet looking on the skin at first.

Bobbi Brown – Shimmer Brick – Pink Quartz:

I love the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks – I think they are great multi purpose products . I use mine as a highlight and it gives the most perfect glow to my cheek bones. I also use this as an eyeshadow or an inner eye highlight to open up my eyes. I love when products can be multi-use!

Loreal – Telescopic Mascara – Carbon Black:

I just recently bought this mascara after I had heard such good things about it – because ya know, I needed another mascara to go along with the 4 others I have open at the moment….. I was very skeptical because I have been LOVING my Too Faced – Better than Sex Mascara and I really didn’t think this one could top it. While I don’t know that it is better than the Too Faced one, I do think it is equally as good at what it does. This mascara is reallllllly lengthening and the wand is so unique. I find that I am able to literally comb my lashes one by one and apply just the right amount of mascara to get my desired look. The most amazing thing that I found with this mascara however is the INCREDIBLE curl power it has! I have very flat straight lashes and even eyelash curlers cannot keep them curled for more than an hour. This mascara had me looking like I was wearing false lashes all day. It was insane and ultimately what immediately turned this into one of my favorites. This paired with the Better than Sex mascara are the perfect combination of length and volume.

My Make Up of the Day
My Make Up of the Day

I hope you guys liked this post – if you have any questions about any of the products mentioned let me know!

xxoo Melissa

Yoga: Monday Morning Kickstart

I recently began doing yoga. I will admit I was terrified to go to my first class. I always envisioned yoga to be just a room of nimble, size 0, lululemon wearing blondes who can do headstands while drinking starbucks. Let me tell you, while I wasn’t far off (they’re not all blonde), I did love it.

Prior to beginning my Monday morning yoga class.
Prior to beginning my Monday morning yoga class.

Now while I am by no means a size 0 or nimble in any sense of the word, I found the class to be a great workout that just about any level of fitness can do! You can adjust the poses to fit your strengths and weaknesses really easily and my instructor was extremely helpful when it came time to do poses I had never heard of.

My personal favorite poses are:

Warrior:

Triangle:

Cobra:

Pigeon:

Seated Twist:

These are great poses for beginners if you want to test out the waters before heading to a class! There are also tons of youtube videos you can watch in order to familiarize yourself with the poses – or even get a workout in at home.

For me it is not only about getting a good workout (without having to run) but also about the mental peace of mind that comes from a class. Every class ends with a couple of moments just focusing on your breath and releasing the tension in your muscles. I come out of class truly happy – feeling like a whole new person.

If you have been hesitant about getting yourself to a yoga class – GO FOR IT! I am extremely glad I did.

Too Faced: Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette – Review and Swatches

I recently purchased the semi-sweet chocolate bar palette mainly because I fell in love with the packaging and smell! Lawd knows I didn’t need anymore eye shadow palettes.

So now the question is, does this palette live up to the hype? I’ll be honest and say that I have no experience with the first chocolate bar palette so I can’t compare the two, but I do think this was a great purchase. I tend to wear neutral shadows everyday – so this palette gets a lot of use.

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Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

For me the standout stars are the second and third rows of the palette. The first row comes out a little chalky although oddly I think this makes the shadows easier to blend. It might just be a difference in formula between the matte and shimmery shadow formulas because I find the shimmery shades extremely buttery. (You can kinda see this in the swatches below)

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Swatches from Left to Right: Licorice, Coconut Creme, Nougat, Truffled, Hot Fudge, Cocoa Chili, Pink Sugar, Puddin’

My favorite and most used shades are “Caramel”, “Bon Bon”, and “Butter Pecan.” I love putting Butter Pecan all over the lid and darkening it up with the Bon Bon shade to give my lid a little warmth. I find I can make a lot of unique looks just using this palette which to me makes it worth the money.

Swatches Left to Right: Blueberry Swirl, Peanut Butter, Frosting, Rum Raisin, Mousse, Caramel, Bon Bon, Butter Pecan
Swatches Left to Right: Blueberry Swirl, Peanut Butter, Frosting, Rum Raisin, Mousse, Caramel, Bon Bon, Butter Pecan

Overview:

Pros: The packaging is sturdy and the variety of neutrals colors make it great for travel as I can create a lot of looks. The shimmery shades very buttery and great for throwing all over the lid. The matte shades are really blendable and look great layered. I think the palette is great because of the mixture of matte and shimmery shades.

Cons: A couple of the shades can come off a little chalky. I also think the shadows could be slightly more pigmented. Although, I will say they layer very well so its pretty easy to get the color where you want.

Overall, I think this is a great palette and I would purchase again.