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Little Black Dress

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I love color, but I also love having a few cute little black dresses in my closet too. This one has been hanging in my closet for three years…I know, I know. What was I waiting for?! I guess I was waiting for this adorable kate spade clutch to come along to wear with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

This adorable Ooh La La makeup crossbody was just on theย kate spade surprise sale. I typically don’t buy cutesy purses, but I loved the simple design – and I love makeup – and the price was right. $75! Couldn’t pass it up!

It was great celebrating Valentine’s Day a few days early with the hubs. Last Valentine’s Day was not the best for us, so this year we really celebrated us and our love for each other โค

Hope everyone out there has someone to love today!

Dress – Nanette Lepore Take My Hand (old, but on Tradesy here in cobalt blue); Shoes – Schutz; Purse – kate spade new york; Bracelets – David Yurman, David Yurman, Lagos

benefit Roller Lash and They’re Real Review

I’ve been wearing benefit’s They’re Real mascara now for a few years. I love it. It has always done a great job lengthening my lashes. I find myself on the weekends just wearing this mascara and lip gloss. Being a blonde, my lashes are super light. Actually, it looks like I don’t have any at all. I promise they’re there! So that’s why I throw on a few coats of mascara so you can actual see them!

Since benefit came out with the new Roller Lash mascara, I’ve been so curious to try it. I love They’re Real and the results I get, but I wanted to see if the Roller Lash actually curled my lashes like it claimed too. So here’s what I did…

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I layered them. Roller Lash does do a fantastic job of curling my eyelashes, but it’s definitely not a thickening and lengthening mascara (for me at least). So I have been putting a few coats of that on first and layering a few coats of They’re Real on while Roller Lash is still wet to make my eyelashes pop even more. Both of these mascaras have neatly designed wands to make sure the mascara is distributed the way you want. As you can see from the picture, layering them gives me the curl, thickening, and lengthening that I want.

See, I told you I have eyelashes. Actually quite long ones I might add ๐Ÿ™‚

Click here to get They’re Real and here to get Roller Lash. I hope you like them as much as I do!

They’re Real Mascara Makes a Difference

With blonde eyelashes, if I don’t wear mascara, it basically looks like I don’t even have any! Being so light, they don’t seem like they are long either. Oh but they are! They just need a little help.

I’ve been using They’re Real mascara from benefit for almost three years. I. Love. It. And you can see why…

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On the weekends I tend to wear minimal makeup…or none at all, which of course is my favorite. Sometimes my face just needs a break. Oh wait, and I get lazy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Even just adding mascara, I feel somewhat made up. It just pops my eyes.

This mascara really lengthens my lashes. As you can see, it’s more of a lengthener than a thickener, which I am completely fine with that. I’m sure if I put tons of layers on they would thicken up, but I want them to seem more natural.

I can’t recommend this mascara enough. It really is one of my favorite beauty products! What do you use? What’s your favorite?

stila’s Smudge Crayon Review

I love stila’s eye shadows. I’ve been wearing them for over 10 years. I find their colors are so pigmented, thus having to use less of the product and the eyeshadow lasting for such a long time.

On Haute Look, they had stila. So of course I checked it out to see what was on sale. I saw these Smudge Crayons, and for $8 I couldn’t resist trying them. I have a deep navy and my favorite Kitten color. Even though I saw these crayons don’t have great reviews on stila’s website, I freakin’ love my Smudge Crayons!

I’ve been using them for a couple of months now. And on Friday I thought I would do a little test. Here’s what I did:

  • 6:30 a.m. – Used my Kitten Smudge Crayon with stila’s powder Golightly shadow in the crease (liner was stila’s waterproof liquid liner in dark brown).
  • Worked all day!
  • 6:00 p.m. – Sweated my booty off at the gym lifting and walking on the treadmill with all of my makeup on.
  • 10:30 p.m. – took another picture of my eye makeup at the end of the day. And it looked fabulous!

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The crayon goes on very silky and smooth. Seriously, I use it like a crayon coloring on a piece of paper. To me, it acts like a a perfect primer to set my crease shadow. I use the powder Kitten color, too, and I do feel the crayon pops more.

You may be thinking, “Em, you said you had a deep navy, too. How does that work for you?” Now, for the navy color, I’ve only used it as a liner. And it too lasts all day. I line my eyes and then use a Q-tip to smudge it more. It is so pigmented that I have not tried it all over my lid. That may be a bit much for work, huh?! ๐Ÿ™‚

I highly recommend the Smudge Crayons if you are looking for a great new type of shadow!

Irish Green

We went to a wonderful fundraiser last weekend, Shamrockin’ For A Cure. It helps raise money for cystic fibrosis. It was a wonderful time for a wonderful cause!

Of course I wanted to be festive, so I busted out two different greens! I thought it was just festive enough for the occasion. The weather was perfect. I could wear two layers and no coat. Since I went last year, I knew I would be on my feet the whole night, so I wanted to wear comfortable shoes.

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Sweater – J. Crew; Shirt – J. Crew Factory; Jeans – AG; Boots – Anzo Angiolini; Watch – Michael Kors; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Michael Kors

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I also thought it would be festive to have my “Irish Eyes.” I used two green Smashbox eyeshadows and a hunter green Urban Decay eyeliner. I love playing with eye makeup ย – and this occasion was the perfect time to play!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

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