September Favorites

I cannot believe September has come and gone already! Since I enjoyed quite a variety of things this month I thought I would share. I did a video and will link it below. Let me know in the comments what you enjoyed most this month! Talk to ya soon.

See.Hear.Read.

Hey Guys! Monday evening means time to share what I have been watching, reading and listening to this week. Hope you enjoy!

SEE:
Okay so this one is a total guilty pleasure. I have been working my way through Gossip Girl on Netflix. I read the books when I was in junior high (risque I know) and watched the show's first season when it was on t.v. but after that lost touch for the show. Since last year I have been trying to push through all six seasons but with school I never justified spending time watching Upper East Side drama.

Now that I have graduated I have been spending much more time than I would love to admit with my Netflix que. This includes Gossip Girl which I have a love/hate relationship with. Now that I am almost done with Season 4 it has gotten more enjoyable to watch the episodes since they are about my age and we share some similar ground (okay one sidewalk square, but it's something).

HEAR:
The last week of August I was lucky enough to see The Head and the Heart live. They were amazing and I couldn't believe I hadn't listened to them much before. Their folkie style ala Mumford and The Lumineers is right up my music alley. They have two amazing albums, one self-titled and the second called "Let's Be Still." Their music is perfect for this time of year when the weather turns cold and you just want some mellow music to listen to while lighting a candle and snuggling up to a good book...
READ:
Speaking of book. These might get quite boring but I am working my way through my annual Harry Potter series and am now on The Prisoner of Azkaban. This might be my favorite book (and film) of the entire series. I really love Sirius and he becomes a part of Harry's life in this novel. Notice my copy above is quite loved as the binding has sadly lost it's grip.

Hope you enjoy all the things I have been seeing, hearing and reading this week. Let me know what you've been enjoying this week in the comments below! Talk to ya soon.









Melrose Face

Melrose at Night 
Smoke and Melrose

Wet n Wild eyeshadows are a complete shock to the system when it comes to drugstore eyeshadow options. They are one of the cheapest options available and yet are by far one of the highest quality. Many of the colors in their beautiful palettes are perfect dupes for MAC eyeshadows but a fraction of the price for much more product.

That's why when I saw these babies in the new makeup section of my local Walgreens I knew I had to pick them up before they vanished. These two lovely Autumn palettes are limited edition for the 2014 season. While I believe there are four 5-pan palettes in the Fall Melrose collection, I only grabbed these two because I knew they were colors I was most likely to wear.

First off is Melrose at Night. It contains a good mix of light and dark shades in maroon/purple toned earth colors. Off the bat I can tell the Base color (light off white one) is direct dupe for Nylon by MAC. Nylon is my favorite highlight shade on earth so I'm very pleased to find a cheaper alternative for it. All of the shades are highly pigmented (get ready to hear that more) and I swatched them dry above to prove they are vibrant.

Secondly is Smoke and Melrose. This palette is much more rose toned and has lighter shades than the other palette. It would do very well if you wanted to create more of a light smokey eye look. All of the colors in this palette can be seen as dupes from the Naked 3 palette by Urban Decay. If you aren't sure rosy-gold toned colors are for you and don't want to splurge on the Naked 3 yet, I think this is an excellent alternative to dip your toes in the rose-gold water. Again all of the colors are highly pigmented and do not disappoint on color payoff!

These palettes just amaze me. The colors are so lovely and are so similar to ones that cost much more. Since these are limited edition I would suggest getting them quick I really don't think they will last long. Especially these two specific palettes since they seem to be the most neutral of the four available. I found them in my Walgreens last week so I expect most drugstores should have them in stock by now! Also they are priced $4.99 but were on offer for $3.99. Score! These eyeshadows definitely live up to their name because they look just as glamours as Melrose Avenue itself. 

Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below! Talk to you soon.




Wednesday Wants V

Wednesday Wants V

Hey Guys! It's time for another Wednesday Wants post! This week the things I'm lusting after have quite a Autumn theme to them. Not surprising since it is Autumn now officially and the weather has gotten much chillier where I am.

First off is this wide rimmed felt black hat from H&M. I've loved hats in this style since last Summer when I saw a few of my favorite male singers rocking them (aka John Mayer and Bear Rinehart). They are so effortlessly cool and can turn a bad hair day into a good one when you have no time to fix the mess that is your morning do.

This Jack Wills wallet from ASOS seems simple and even boring but I have been wanting a wallet for ages and this one fits my checklist. Most of the ones I have run across are either fugly or don't have the right organizing inside. This one has great compartments within and a lovely tartan print on the outside. It would be a great addition to the hot mess that is my handbag.

NARS can do no wrong when it comes to makeup in my opinion. I have a few of their lipsticks that I adore but none that really work for the Fall season. Fast Ride is described as a deep mulberry in color. These dark red/purple lipsticks are quickly becoming my favorite Autumn lip color and I would love to try one out from NARS who have a great formula of lipsticks.

Whilst browsing online through Forever 21 a few days ago (which seems to steal time away from me way too often) this little gem was on the new arrivals page. It is a silver hedgehog toothbrush holder! It is just too adorable and would look so cute in my bathroom.

Lastly is yet another item from H&M. We just got one in my town so I've really been checking out their stuff online lately. I love the idea of a sweatshirt dress for chilly casual nights especially if I'm going to something low-key like a bonfire. This one is so casual and has a hoodie which makes me want to add it to my closet asap.

These are all the things catching my eye while browsing online this week. Let me know if there is anything special you've come across in the comments down below! Talk to ya soon.

See.Hear.Read.

Hey Guys! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. See.Hear.Read. is going to be a new kind of post on my blog. It's pretty self explanatory but I will be sharing what things I have been watching, reading, and listening to each week. These bits are always my favorite part of people's monthly favorite posts so I thought I would contribute my own and more frequently than once a month. Hope you enjoy!

SEE:
There were two films I had the pleasure of watching this past week that were very different form one another but had the 1960's as a similar theme.
With Six You Get Eggroll is an adorable rom-com from 1968. It stars Doris Day and is a film about two widowers who fall in love and try to mash their families together. The concept isn't very original but the way the film is styled (very sixties aka funky) is really enjoyable to watch. I've seen it a few times and am always pleased when I find it on television.

The second film I watched the other night was Greetings From Tim Buckley. It stars Penn Badgley (as if I couldn't love him anymore) as Jeff Buckley, the late musician. It centers around a tribute concert to Jeff's father, 60's folk rocker Tim Buckley. The events of the story actually happened so it's semi-autobiographical, which personally are my favorite types of films. Penn is actually a very talented actor and musician (something we wouldn't know from watching Gossip Girl) and I think anyone who enjoys music and indie films would love this movie. I know I did.

HEAR:
Vance Joy is an artist I've been listening to for what seems like ages. My dad first introduced him to me with his single Riptide about a year ago and I have been pretty much obsessed ever since. Vance released his first full length album, Dream Your Life Away, a couple weeks ago and it has been on play nonstop whenever I have music on. It is such a mellow and easy listening album. He has a very unique voice that pairs lovely with the soft instruments on the tracks. Riptide is by far my favorite song on the record (how unoriginal I know) but I also quite like From Afar.

READ:
 Every Summer I make it a priority to re-read the entire Harry Potter series. I usually aim to start doing this from July 31st to September 1st (cheesy I know). This year I started a few days before the start of September and have been slowly making my way through the books. I am half way through The Chamber of Secrets at the moment. Reading these each Summer never gets old for me. I love these stories so much and find new little quirks or moments to enjoy each time I read them!

That's all for my weekly See.Hear.Read. post. I hope you enjoy this type of post. I really enjoyed writing this and will definitely continue with it. Let me know in the comments below what you See.Hear.Read. this week! Talk to ya soon!




The Autumn Tag


Hey Guys! I'm back today with a fun little tag I came across while reading the lovely Fee over at Makeup Savvy. Since I don't have time for a proper post today due to a crazy work schedule I thought a quick little tag would be fun and rather easy to do. I haven't done a post like this so hopefully it will also help my readers get to know who writes these posts a bit better!

1. Okay, we're talking coffee's - what's your favorite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I am a starbucks fan for sure especially when the weather starts to turn cold. Not to be cliché (even though it so is) I love me a Pumpkin Spice Latte. However since those can get old pretty fast and I usually am back at my all time favorite a Soy Chai Tea Latte.

2. Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
I'm not the biggest accessories fan but I really do love a good scarf. I have quite a few nice thicker ones from The Gap that I love to break out when it gets chilly. Also I do love wearing boots but I don't think I count those as an accessory personally!

3. Music - what's your favorite music to listen to during Autumn?
This one is hard because my music taste is constantly changing. I really love artists like Death Cab for Cutie or Van Morrison during this time of year. Anything more on the mellow and acoustic side is what I lean towards. I find myself constantly going back to them when it get's cold out (aka lately they are all I listen to!) I have a music themed post coming up soon that will showcase more Fall artists I love to listen to.

4. Perfume - what's your favorite scent this time of year?
Chanel Chance is pretty much my all year scent. It's a classic that I never get tired of and can adapt to each season. I am looking into getting a bottle of Elizabeth and James Nirvana for the Fall however!

5. Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
When the Autumn time rolls around I become a candle junkie. Whenever and Wherever I can I will burn a candle. Bath and Body Works is hands down my favorite place to grab Fall scented candles. Their options are limitless! My top three are Mahogany Teakwood, Leaves and Pumpkin Caramel Latte.

6. What do you love most about Autumn?
The weather. I love when it's chilly outside but there isn't snow on the ground yet. When you go outside and your lungs burn just a bit because it's cold but at the same time it feels so refreshing. Plus my allergies really love the weather too!

7. Favorite makeup look?
Very recently I have been really into red lipstick. Last fall I loved the Lorde style super dark berry lips. Still love that but more for Winter this year I think. Now I've been gravitating torwards my Mac Viva Glam Rihanna which is a super bright red lip. Especially with liquid liner as a mate, I think they are my favorite Fall makeup pieces!

8. What are you looking forward to in Autumn.
I do love going to football games and tailgating that's always something fun to do in the Fall. Also the scents, foods, and the clothes are just my favorite and things I look forward to breaking out all year long.

That's it for The Autumn Tag! This was quite fun and has me excited for Autumn to really show up. Hope you enjoyed reading this and getting to know me a bit better. Leave me a post below if you decide to do the tag as well, I love reading other's answers.Talk to ya soon!
(all images I used in the collage are from weheartit.com)

Wednesday Wants IV

Wednesday Wants IV

Hey Guys! Today I have my 4th Wednesday Wants to share! With Fall in full swing these days I'm lusting after some fall favorites.

The first thing I have my eye on is the Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream. I've been interested in this for a while but have never really reached for it. However on Friday (the 19th) it goes on sale at Ulta for HALF PRICE! That's right I am planning on picking up this little gem for only 17 bucks! If I get my hands on it before it sells out, prepare for a review on my blog to come.

Secondly, I was browsing Forever 21 online and saw these gems in the jewelry section. This set of three beautiful stone rings is only 5 dollars! I love the look of a large stone on a simple ring and these colors are so fall I would love to get my fingers on them.
Thirdly and also from Forever 21 is this long sleeved polka dot dress. I normally stay far far away from polka dots. They just don't rub me the right way. However the print is so small and simple colors make this dress beautiful to me. What makes it even better is the long sleeves! There is nothing better than a light and simple long sleeved dress in the fall time.

Fourth is this little holographic number I saw on the Nasty Girl website. I think this bag is so unique looking and would be so fun on a night out with a simple black dress. I also love that you can see inside it without it being just a plain plastic material. The spikes on the bottom also add a little something.

Lastly, are these adorable shot glasses from Urban Outfitters. I think these are just the cutest little things! They are mini replicas of a cooper mug used for a Moscow Mule (very yummy). The little handles and the color make me want them for my bar!

That's all the things I am loving this week. Let me know what you think and also what you are lusting after this week in the comments below! Talk to ya soon.

Este Haim Makeup Look

Hey Guys! I am back today with yet another Haim makeup look video! I seriously am in love with this sister trio and their style. I think they are really unique from their music and fashion sense to the way they wear their makeup. I already did a video on Danielle's usual makeup look and that video went over really well so I decided to re-create the other two sister's typical makeup looks also!
from TheGaurdian.co.uk
Today I've posted the look I did that is similar to what Este usually sports. She keeps her face rather matte from her foundation to her lips. What I really love (besides her super bold red lip) is the orange eyeshadow she rocks. I never in my life have thought to pick up a orange eyshadow in fact I don't even own one! So I improvised with a matte orange blush (Hello Peaches from MAC!) and mixed it with MAC's Brule eyeshadow (also a matte).


I'm kind of obsessed with how this look turned out and hope you like it as well. I will post the last video with Alana's makeup look hopefully this weekend! Thanks for watching and reading.Let me know what you think of the look down below! See ya soon.

Wednesday Wants III

Wednesday Wants Sept. 10
Hey Guys! Sorry for my lack of posts this week I'm afraid I've been a bit under the weather. That has not stopped me from browsing many online shops though! Here are the things I am lusting after this week.
I am really wanting a new foundation for the fall and have been eyeing the regular Bare Minerals one for ages! I love the idea of a mineral powder and am dying to give this one a go.

A lot of videos I have seen recently show people carrying backpacks. While I thought they were just a trend that would fade, I found myself over time loving them more and more. I love that I could throw my DSLR in it and take it around for a mobile shoot with such ease! this one from ASOS with owls on it was too cute!

Working out has never quite been my cup of tea. However I love riding a bike and my neighbor clued me in to how much of a good workout it can really be! I really love the style of a cruiser and this one from Target has such lovely and unique colors!

My brows don't need much help because they are already on the Peter Gallagher style but I do often throw a bit of powder into them just for good measure. I am getting quite bored of the powder and am looking to step up my brow game using this beloved Anastasia Brow Wiz. I have heard nothing but raves about it and really want to try it for myself.

Lastly, fall is upon us people! Idk about you but where I live the weather has taken a drastic and chilly turn this week! This change in temp has me lusting over things like apple cider, scarves and Bath and Body Works fall scented candles. Easily my favorite time of year for the ole' sniffer and with new scents like Vanilla Chai I can't wait to take a whiff!

That's all the things I have been eyeing this week! Let me know what has caught your eye in the comments below! Talk to you soon!

Throwback Thursday Videos

Hey Guys! I'm introducing a new series of videos I will be putting up on my channel called Throwback Thursdays. In these videos I will be recreating makeup looks from  different celebrities, movie and television characters from years past. I'm not putting a time limit on them so TBT can represent any look from 1950 to 2013! As long as it's not the present! I think it's a fun new way to see looks that maybe weren't explored much before. I'm starting today with a look from the Sex and the City Movie done on the character Carrie Bradshaw. Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday Wants II

Wednesday Wants 2
Hey Guys! Today I have some pretty exciting stuff in my Wednesday Wants!
First off I have been wanting the Lorac Pro palette for ages but lately have really been lusting over it! It seems similar to the Naked 1 but for some reason I still want to give this beauty a go. The colors are stunning and I have heard nothing but good things about it.
I just found out that Models Own nail polish is now sold in America at Forever 21! This is such exciting news for a nail junkie like me! I have wanted to try this brand and their unique neon colors for ages and now I can finally without paying a arm and a leg for shipping overseas!
Vance Joy has been a main stay on all of my playlists since last winter. I am obsessed with this amazing Aussie crooner and now that he put out his full length LP I have been dying to get my hands on it.
The 90's are making a serious comeback in the fashion world lately. This excites me simply for the fact that floral print babydoll dresses are in again! I am obsessed with the babydoll look and this one from AE is too cute to pass up. I love that the top is black but the bottom has a nice large floral print to it.
My last want this week is The Sims 4. I have been playing the sims for about 13 years now and can't believe the 4th installment is already out! Despite it's poor reviews I am still very curious to play it. Sadly since I operate solely on Mac software I can't try it without buying a windows computer or until they release a Mac version. I am hoping for the latter soon!
Hope you enjoyed seeing what I am loving this week and let me know if there is something you have been loving this week too!

Easy Everyday Summer Makeup

Hey Everyone! Today I'm back with a quick post and video showing my simple go to makeup look I've been using all summer. I really love these products and hope you enjoy the video! I am working on uploading more and improving the quality of my content on both my blog and YouTube. Feel free to follow me on any of my social media to see what I get up to during the week. Talk to you soon!