Fashion

February 2019 Favorites

For February, since it’s Fashion Month, I have a heck ton of fashion favorites for you. There was a lot going on with the various fashion weeks and so I definitely want to share a few of my most practical favorites from those. I also want to share a few lifestyle changes that I’m really liking this month too!

1. Monochromatic Outfits

Don’t even get me started on this one. This is my absolute FAVORITE thing I saw during NYFW. It was prevalent on the runways of course, but it was much more prevalent in the street style and that’s where I like to pull most of my inspiration from. I was absolutely melting over the bright/colored monochromatic looks. No one has ever made me want to wear a full green outfit until I saw Maria Bernad (@maria_bernad) wear multiple all green outfits. Another favorite has been monochromatic purple/lilac/lavender and monochromatic shades of blue! OBSESSED.

2. Colorblocking

Similar to a monochromatic outfit, I also love colorblocking my outfits. I saw this all over NYFW also and was obsessed. Some of my favorite looks involved red and blue and pink and green! It’s especially cool to mix colors that are opposite on the color wheel. I’m going to keep this up for a few months for sure because it’s so pretty and springy and I just need spring!!

3. Spring Colors

Give me all the pink and green and purple and orange! I am going way overboard these days with wearing bright colors because I’m trying to will spring into existence. The weather has been such a tease (except for the snow earlier this month) and so I’m just hoping spring is on it’s way soon! I love bright green and purple right now but I’m really loving all the bright colors. I especially love to wear a bright color sweater with jeans and matching heels for work or going out at night. It’s such a pretty way to style the bright colors before it’s actually nice outside.

4. No Shopping Month

It’s been very interesting to see how I feel now that it’s about halfway done with my no shopping month. I sort of feel like I’m cheating because I started it at a time where I really didn’t need anything. I also noticed that I’m thinking of all the things I want to buy afterwards which is probably good for motivation but bad for habit building. We’ll have to just wait and see what happens I guess!

5. Going to the gym early

About halfway through the month, I started going to the gym in the morning before work instead of late at night after work. I was feeling really unmotivated and bored with the gym so I thought I might try going in the morning to get a change of scenery. So far, I really like how I feel in the morning after a good work out and it’s nice having an excuse to go to bed early, but it’s a tough transition into this routine. When my alarm goes off at 6:00 AM, I can promise you it takes everything in me not to go back to bed. But it’s definitely worth it to have my evenings free and keep my routine consistent every day.

6. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

This was actually my book of the month for February because I wanted to try reading a different genre and my boyfriend gifted it to me last month so it was only fitting to read it now. To be honest, this book is a pretty scary in some parts that I actually had trouble sleeping after reading it! The stance it takes on God and religion and how humans relate to it is also really interesting and had me nodding my head in agreement most of the time. I loved the way this book was written also which probably stems from the fact that it’s not a self help book! I also can’t wait to watch the movie now that I’m done with the book.

7. Cocu Social

Earlier this month, my boyfriend and I decided to try a cooking class that we found through Cocu Social. It was a Ravioli making class in Manhattan and we were very impressed with it overall. The instructor was really personable and made the process very easy for us to understand. The recipes were really simple (about 2-5 ingredients for the dough, filling and sauce) and they were just delicious. It was also nice that it took place in the lounge area of a hotel, so we had access to the bar during the class for wine or other drinks. Overall, it was such a great class and we are already thinking about which one we want to try next!

8. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

I started using this foundation earlier this month and so far I really like it. I love the way it makes my skin look. It’s definitely a medium to full coverage and it’s buildable but still light. I’m still trying to figure out what primer to use with it to make sure it lasts as long as possible because my skin gets oily, but it lasts a good amount of time. I also really love the concealer! I’m really surprised because I thought I’d never stray from my Nars Creamy Concealer. I also thought it would be similar to the Tarte Shape Tape which I do not like at all so I was pleasantly surprised.

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Valentine’s Day Make Up Look

Now that it’s February, I figured it was a good time to do some Valentine’s Day posts. I was also feeling really creative so I wanted to try something fun for my make up look this month. I have been really into bright pink eyeshadow and found this stunning palette from NYX so I knew I had to try use it for this post. Keep reading to see how I got my look from this very bare face!

I actually started using a new foundation on this day and wanted to give a little review of it while we’re here. I started with my Becca First Light Priming Filter underneath. I tried the Too Faced Born This Way foundation and concealer in the shade Warm Beige and Natural Beige, respectively. The foundation is really light actually and is definitely buildable which I’m not sure if I like. When I wear foundation, I want full coverage so I wish it was a little bit more of a fuller coverage from the start. The formula dried really soft which I did like and it lasts a few hours without needing a touch up. I tend to get oily but with this foundation it looked more dewy than oily which I did like.

After that I contoured with my Anastasia Beverly Hills cream contour palette, Laura Mercier Translucent Powder under my eyes and then a loose face powder all over my face. For bronzer, I used my Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer and blended it with my Becca Luminous Blush in Tigerlily. It’s a super bright shimmery orange that is so beautiful for medium to deep skin tones. For highlight, I used my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in 24K Gold which is the most beautiful yellow gold ever. For brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Definer in Ebony and set them with a clear mascara.

For my eye makeup, I used the NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in the color Phoenix. It’s got all kinds of pretty reds, pinks, and yellows to make sunset inspired looks. I started off with a mustard yellow color all over my crease and brought it down a little bit onto my lid as a transition color. Then I went a little deeper into my crease with a pretty hot pink color. For my outer corner, I used an eggplant purple color and for my lid, I used a glittery rose gold pink color and blended that with the pink in my crease. I used my Maybelline Lash Stilleto Liquid Liner to create a small wing and followed up with my Diorshow Lash Primer and Volume Mascara and finally my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black on top. For my lips, I pushed a peachy gloss by Too Faced. I set my whole face with my Urban Decay All Nighter spray and that’s it!

I hope you liked my sunset inspired Valentine’s day look! I can’t wait to experiment more with this pretty palette!

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Fashion

January 2019 Favorites

For my favorites this month, I’ve got some really good ones that I’m in to and frankly, I’m an advocate for quality over quantity. I’ve been really into social media this month and going out and denim (again). So sit back, relax, and read about my January favorites!

1. Straight Leg Jeans

I talked about these babies last week in my OOTD post and I told you how obsessed I am with them. Like weirdly obsessed. Straight leg jeans have been around forever, but they just recently became trendy again and I was not on board for a long time about these. However, I’m really into the raw hem and distressed versions and frankly an influencer is what convinced me to try them so I’m easily influenced and it’s fine. My favorites are from Topshop and they are linked here for you.

2. Headbands

Headbands of all sorts are very trendy these days and frankly I used to really struggle with headbands. They never fit my head and I hated the ones that went all around your head because they would always slide off and it was SO ANNOYING. I like the ones that have a little knot at the top, but I’m really open to all types these days. They’re so cute!

3. @idktonight

This is an Instagram account and website that offers date night ideas for EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Like 7 days a week. They give suggestions for New York City only because that’s where they are based and they pick 3 different neighborhoods to give suggestions for each day. Each date has 2 parts usually dinner and drinks or an activity such as art exhibits, comedy shows and so much more. It’s really cool honestly and it’s been so nice to get new ideas from scrolling through their site and Instagram stories.

4. Pinterest

I have been crazy into Pinterest this month! Mostly because I’m lacking real life inspiration, but also because there’s lots of fashion going on this month with all the couture shows in Paris. I absolutely love to look at fashion week street style on Pinterest! It gives me the most inspiration because it’s just super fashion forward looks, worn with confidence. Here is my Pinterest if you want to check out what I’ve been pinning lately!

5. Jalapeno Margaritas

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE. JUST TRY IT.

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December 2018 Favorites

For the month of the December, I honestly don’t have a lot of favorites because I really haven’t added very much to my routine this month or tried anything new. However, I do have some fashion and lifestyle favorites that I’d like to share so let’s just dive into it, shall we?

1. Sweaters

I’ve really been into sweaters this month which I know is like, “Karen, seriously? It’s December.” But, hear me out! Of course, during the day at work I wear a heck of a lot of sweaters but recently I’ve really been into wearing sweaters for my more casual days where I probably didn’t even leave the house. I’m all about comfort and not really getting dressed if I don’t have to and this month I did a lot of that. I spent a majority of my days in sweatpants but instead of wasting away and feeling gross all day, I decided to throw on a sweater with my sweatpants. For me, it was like when Carrie Bradshaw had on a pearl necklace with her pajamas in Sex and the City. It really brought the casual look together, therefore, sweaters are topping my list for December.

2. Casual Evening Tops

Again, this is another kind of obscure, weird one but hear me out. This month, I’ve been going out a lot at night for more casual dinners or drinks where it’s not casual enough to wear a sweater, but not formal enough that I need to really dress up. However, I always struggled with figuring out what to wear with my various pairs of jeans and boots. Finding tops that I like is always a struggle but this month, I really embraced my new Smart Casual style and purchased some dressy but still pretty casual tops and they have really changed the game for me. It’s a collection of button downs, printed tops, tops with interesting sleeves, etc and they all look great with jeans which was the whole point! Not sure why I never had these in my wardrobe in the first place! I’ve been getting all of mine from Zara and Something Navy at Nordstrom.

3. Pointed Toe Ankle Boots

For the last 2-3 months, I have been going way overboard with wearing ankle boots and I now have a disturbing amount taking up space in my closet. But to be very specific, I’m just plain obsessed with pointed toe, skinny ankle/sock fit boots that have a 3-3.5 inch heel. That’s my sweet spot and my go to for just about every occasion these days. They work so well for work, for dates, for going out with your friends. Literally for everything. My favorites are from Something Navy (of course) but Steve Madden also has a few pairs that I’ve really been loving.

4. Leggings

Again, because I was in a very comfortable phase of my life, I wore a heck ton of leggings and I may never go back to wearing real pants. The best and only pairs I will wear are from Target’s A New Day brand.

5. The Gym

In December, I really went full force into my workouts. I had been getting a little bit stagnant with my workouts and decided to switch things up and really get back into gear this month. My favorite addition to my workouts this month has been drop sets, which is when you start with your heavy weights and drop the weight down every set. I really put these to work on my leg days and it’s made a major difference so far and I love it. The gym has definitely been my best friend this month.

6. Dior Show Lash Primer and Volume Mascara

I just got this mascara right at the end of December and used it for New Year’s and it is a game changer. I bought both the primer and the mascara and they really work wonders together. I naturally have pretty long lashes, but the primer really extends them even more and the mascara gives me so much volume without being clumpy or spidery. My only issue with this mascara is that it’s not black enough so I still layer my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara over it and it’s amazing. 10/10 would recommend.

7. My Top Songs of 2018 on Spotify

Not to toot my own horn or anything but I have great taste in music. I thoroughly enjoyed my Top Songs of 2018 playlist on Spotify. Except for a handful of songs, I think it was really reflective on my music taste for this past year. I literally listened to this playlist all month long because I think it’s so good. You can listen to it here if you want!

What were some of your favorites for December 2018?

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3 Holiday Makeup Looks

It’s that time of year again when you constantly have holiday parties and events to go to where you get dressed up a little bit more than usual. So, I wanted to share some holiday make up looks that are good for any occasion. When I’m not sure what to wear or I’m not totally happy with my outfit, I usually take that opportunity to play around with my makeup and do something a little more fun. Here’s 3 holiday make up looks for you!

Look #1

For the first look, I wanted stick with something a little bit more classic and what’s more holiday classic than gold eye shadow and a bright red lip? I did the same face routine as my Thanksgiving Makeup Look. I switched out my blush for the BECCA blush in Song Bird and used my BECCA highlighter in Prosecco Pop to keep things festive. For my eye shadow, I went into my Naked 2 Palette and picked up Half Baked and placed that all over my eyelid. Then I used my Maybelline Line Stiletto liquid liner to line my lash line and did a very small flick. For my lips, I used my favorite red lipstick by Smashbox in the color Bawse.

Look #2

Using the gold shadow that was already on my lids as a base, I went back in with my Naked 2 Palette and covered my lid again with Snakebite which is pretty bronze shimmer color. For my crease, I just used my Naked Heat Palette and the color Low Blow which is a matte brown. Since the eyeshadow is a little bit darker and dramatic, I thought a pretty glossy nude lip would be pretty so I used my Kylie Lip Gloss in the color Exposed.

Look #3

For my final look, I wanted to try something a little bit different. I thought I would try a pretty reddish brown look to warm up my holiday makeup. I used my Naked Heat Palette again for this one and kept the same lip gloss on from Look #2. I used Low Blow in my crease again and then I went over my crease again with En Fuego which is a pretty red color. For my outer corner, I used Ashes to darken things up and add more dimension. On my lid, I wanted to do a really shimmery pretty red color so I used Dirty Talk.

I would use my Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara and my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black or I’d throw on some false lashes depending on where I was going to finish all of these looks. And that’s it for my holiday make up looks!

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My Skincare Routine

I wrote about my skincare routine/products back in the summer but I wanted to talk about it again because it’s getting to be winter soon! Of course, winter is drastically different than summer and therefore, you take care of your skin (and your body in general) differently. Winter tends to be a lot drier than summer so your body requires way more hydration and moisture. Surprisingly, my skincare routine has only changed slightly from summer to winter but it’s made a major difference in the look and feel of my skin.

One of the major things that  changed since the last time I talked about my skin was my birth control. I’m not going to sit here and advocate for birth control or anything because I think it’s a very personal choice and affects people differently. For some people it’s extremely helpful in many different ways and for others, it can be harmful to their physical and emotional health. In my case, I feel that I’ve found one that works very well for me but after several years of trying different ones. I switched to Kyleena, which is an IUD, back in August or September and once my body adjusted to it, I think it’s made a huge difference. My mood has definitely improved (with help from some of the other changes I’ve made in my life) but it improved my skin tremendously. It took about 3 months to really see the difference but now I just have the occasional breakout before or during my period and some scarring left. I think that if your struggle with acne, birth control is solution to consider as long as you understand the side effects that might come with it.

So now for the routine part of it, I still use mostly the same products. I start by washing my face with the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash in the morning. Then depending on what my skin is doing, I’ll either tone with the Neutrogena Pore-Refining Toner or I’ll use the Neutrogena Oil-Elimintating Astringent if I’m breaking out. After that I’ll use the OleHenriksen Truth Serum to keep my skin bright and glowy and then moisturize with the OleHenriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer. In the morning, I keep it pretty simple because I don’t usually have time to do much more. 

At night I do a little bit more with my skin because that’s when your body is recovering from the day and preparing for tomorrow. At night is when I like to exfoliate and really get all the gross stuff out of my skin, especially if I’ve worn makeup recently. I exfoliate every 3-4 days or twice a week. I usually do this in the shower so that the steam can open my pores even more and I can really get all the dirt and oil out. I’ll use the same cleanser with my cleansing brush from Ulta. If I’m exfoliating, then I’ll use my Glycolic Acid solution from the Ordinary followed by a lactic acid solution from the Ordinary. Obviously this is a really intense exfoliation but it makes my skin so soft and smooth the following morning. After that I’ll use my Murad Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel to help with my acne scarring and my BareMinerals Eternalixir Skin Volumizing Oil Serum. This oil serum also makes my skin super soft and glowy when I wake up so I absolutely love it. After that I moisturize with my Origins Night-A-Mins moisturizer.

And that’s it! It’s not very different but trust me when I tell you it’s made a major difference in my skin. Now I want to know, what are some of your favorite skin care products?

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Thanksgiving Dinner Make Up Look 2018

I thought I would try a new make up look to start off the holiday season. I was feeling inspired, I guess. This look is definitely a little bit more of a full glam look, but feel free to modify it however you want!

I started off by priming my face with the Too Faced Hangover Primer Spray and also the Becca Backlight Priming Filter over top to make sure it lasts. Then I used my Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation and my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer under my eyes. I contoured my cheeks with the Anastasia Cream Contour Kit next and then used the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder under my eyes and a loose foundation powder all over my face.

For my cheeks, I used my favorite bronzer to set my contour, the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Dark Chocolate. For my cheeks, I used a limited edition blush palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. To highlight, I used my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Lilac Geode. For my brows, I always always always use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer and set them with a clear mascara from Maybelline. I always use clear mascara to set my brows instead of paying $20 for a “brow gel” that is essentially the same thing!

Now for the fun part! For my eyes, I used my Kat Von D Shade and Light Eyeshadow Palette and my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. In my crease, I use the shade Sawael from the Shade and Light Palette and Sytry in my outer corner. For my lid, I used YDK from my Naked 2 Palette. Then I went back in with Sytry on my lower lash line and used my Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean to line my top waterline. For my winged liner, I used my Maybelline Line Stilleto which has always been my favorite. I love the felt tip! Last but not least, for my lips, I used my Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi which is the PERFECT nude color.

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