October 5, 2016

Makeup Revolution $10 Sugar & Spice Blush Palette

On Sunday I went to the gym with my boyfriend for the first time in... a very long time. Afterward, BF wanted to pick up new tennis shoes so I conned him into going to a nearby DSW and I stopped in to Ulta next door after he got his shoes. I know there is a sharp divide between Sephora lovers and Ulta lovers, and I am firmly in the Ulta camp. I think the deals are better, plus I love being able to shop for both high end and drug store makeup at the same store, or the same online store. There are many times that I'll pick up a $30 makeup brush or an expensive foundation, but also pick up a few "buy one get one 50% off deals" from the drug store section. This time, I went into the store with no purpose but saw they had a solid Makeup Revolution selection. I've seen the brand on the internet but haven't tried it for myself, so I picked up one of their VERY affordable blush palettes to try. We're talking $10 ($8 after a 20% off Ulta coupon) for 8 different blushes. 
I know I'm not a beauty blogger, but I love makeup just as much as the average style blogger :) Here is a mini review along with swatches. 
First of all, I loved the packaging - very sleek. Downfall is it shows fingerprints. I legit wiped this off before taking pictures #reallife. 
The palette is clearly pink/orange based. It has 6 matte shades and 2 'baked' shimmer highlight shades.
Above are swatches left to right in the shade.
Below are swatches left to right in direct sunlight. 
I can see myself wearing all of them EXCEPT the shimmery pink highlighter all the way to the right. I might use that one as an eyeshadow, or not use it at all. You win some you lose some. Online reviews complain that some shades sink into skin and fade too quickly. I would agree that some shades (the 3 ones to the far left) faded into my arm very quickly, however it left them looking natural. The 3 pinks closer to the right are staying strong pigmentation wise though! 
For the $ value and pigmentation I would recommend this palette. I can't wait to try more of the Makeup Revolution line, especially their wide array of eyeshadow palettes! 

October 4, 2016

Olive Green Swing Dress

I wore this olive green swing dress out this past Saturday to watch a football game at a local restaurant with some friends. This dress is another one of my keepers from my recent Forever 21 order. I'm loving loose comfortable dresses lately. I'm kind of over the body con silhouette, but I have to keep at least one of those in my closet in case we go 'to da club' (a rarity these days). If you're in the South Florida area, you've got to try Tucker Dukes - it's a small chain with restaurants in Deerfield, Boca, and in the FL panhandle. It's known for their burgers and can attest that they are delish. I loved watching FSU lose to UNC on their big screen TVs, haha! Clearly olive colored swing dresses are aplenty this season, so below I picked out 6 very affordable similar options. 
Dress: Forever 21
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Earrings: Kendra Scott (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Etsy (similar and only $6!)
Bag: Kate Spade (same color, similar style)
Heels: Saks

October 3, 2016

Mediation to Office - White Tweed Dress

I had a mediation the other day and was then going into the office afterward, so I decided to pair this white Elie Tahari tweed dress with my burgundy blazer for the mediation, and then switch into a comfortable ann taylor boucle jacket for the office afterward. Comfort is the key to productivity, IMHO. 
Dress: Elie Tahari (same brand, so similar)
Blazer: c/o Sumissura (similar)
Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar)
Heels: Cole Haan
Bag: Brahmin
Earrings: Kendra Scott (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors