Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The $13 Sephora Item I Can't do Without

Eyebrow pencil
This little beauty has quickly become high on my list of "must have beauty products."

It's the Sephora brand eyebrow pencil. And it's fantastic. After trying other (more expensive) brow fillers I found that they just didn't fill my brows in like I needed them too.

I've heard really great things about Sephora's in-house brand, and sure enough it wasn't all lies - this little brow pencil is great. On the one side is the self sharpening pencil that's small enough to mimic the look of little hairs, and the other side is a tiny brush, that keeps those unruly hairs in check (it's like that big thick paddle our parents used to wield around).

It lasts over a month, and only costs $13 (if you can get out of Sephora with just this in your bag, more power to you). All you have to do with it, is make light quick strokes where you need filling. Be sure not to be right up against the mirror when using it. The best way to assess what you need is to stand a little ways back.

Side note: even if you have dark brows like mine, go for a taupe-shade brow filler. You don't want your eyebrows looking too harsh. Soft and natural is the way to go.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Change Your Polish in Seconds

In an effort to lighten my load this week, I want to bring you a blog I wrote a year ago about a nail polish I'm ironically wearing again...on almost the same week. You want to know what else is weird? We're planning on going and buying flowers this week at Lowe's.

Read on to see why that's so weird.

Does anyone else take an abnormal amount of time choosing a nail color?

Every week, I stand in front of my collection, agonizing over the decision as if I were wearing the color to the Oscars. Why is this?!

color changing nail polish
Left hand's been out of the sun, the right hand's been in it.
My husband would probably tell you that I have too many options (and don't tell him I said this, but that is probably a large part of the problem).

I think it's mostly me. The fact that we spent over an hour in the flower section at Lowe's the other night trying to get the right color combinations for our porch, proves I'm the common denominator.

Before you go judging me, I will say that my decisions are very calculated and 9 times out of 10 I'm extremely pleased with the results without question. It's just being patient through the long thought process to get to that decision that people have to deal with.

Thankfully, there are geniuses out there like the creators behind Ruby Wing nail polish give you the ability to combine two colors into one. Cutting decision time...well, out! No more bright or dark conundrums, you can have the best of both worlds on your nails-anytime you want!

Ruby Wing
Want to know how you can have two different colors on your nails without using nail polish remover?

Sunlight! Ruby Wing has created a nail polish that changes from a bright to a dark, by simply holding your hand out to the sun!

Think of how fun this would be on your toes as your sunbathing, or what a cool party trick it would be at a cookout to start with one polish and half way through trick someone into thinking you've completely changed your nails!

That's what I can't wait for. Some hyper nail color aware person (much like myself) comes along, sees your nails before you hit the outdoors and registers that it's one color, then five minutes later sees you outside and is freaked out because your nails are a whole other shade!
That. will. be. awesome.

It's the Barbie color changing hair in water-thing all over again, but more socially acceptable for adults :)

I'm sure it's only a matter of time before this nail polish technology hits it big, but until then be the first to wow (and remember you heard it here first!!) with Ruby Wing!

Why This Works (Easter Outfit Edition)

Easter is about so much more than the dress you wear.

But it doesn't mean we can't have fun picking something special out!

Between the segment I did on WBIR (you can watch it here) and the one I did Friday on WVLT, I saw more Easter dresses this year than I have in my entire life.

This doesn't mean it made choosing mine any easier. But I did have fun going through the process.

To start the whole thing off was this special necklace.


I showed this necklace a few weeks ago on another segment when I talked about Ann Taylor's spring collection. I have showcased a lot of beautiful things in the studio, but this is the one thing I've loved the most.

This necklace is perfect. From the way it's got the mix of pearls, chains and diamonds, all the way to the gorgeous leather clasp in the back. Like I said, perfection.

What made it even more special is that it was a gift from my sister for being her Maid of Honor. Now with utmost certainty it's going in the Hall of Greats (my closet has a hall...theoretically).

I knew right away, the outfit would be built around the necklace.

What I found next was the skirt (Forever21). I love how the lace pattern plays against your skin at the bottom, and I especially love how the off white makes my skin look less pasty (yay!). Next was the blouse, which I picked up at TJMaxx.

This was a fancier skirt, so the few tops I tried on that were made of cotton got ruled out because the material had to be dressier. I found this pastel mint (look at me buying a pastel!). It's got a sheer panel in the back right across the shoulder blades, and in the front at either shoulder. This type of thing always confuses me.

Why do they have to make these great shirts, and then add these sheer panels so that the bra situation now becomes a complex puzzle?! Thank God for long hair.

But I liked the way the shirt draped, and it really flowed with the aesthetic of the whole outfit.

There you have it! If you're looking for a statement necklace, make sure it flows with what you want your outfit to say. Click here to read what these 5 gorgeous necklaces (all under $20) have to say about you!