Current Perfume Rotation

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Usually I prefer to smell like an elf from the Lord of the Rings, woody with a hint of grass. I have to say I’m digging the whole fresh floral scent and wanted to share my line up. Now prepare yourself because I’m horrible at describing scents amongst other things which we won’t go into . . .

1. Zara White – This is dirt cheap and the scent lingers all day but fades nicely. This is a good mix of floral and vanilla. It’s clean but doesn’t have that linen smell. I never knew Zara did scents until my friend told me about it and I immediately fell for this one!

2. Burberry Brit Sheer – This is a lot more on the floral side but still soft. See I told you I was  horrible!

3. Diptyque Solid Perfume in L’Ombre dans l’Eau – This is their Baies candle in perfume form. It might put some people off because it’s has an earthy herbal scent but I really enjoy it!

4. & Other Stories Floral Memento Body Mist – A recent purchase and I like to use this after my showers. Think peonies, some citrus and the ocean all mixed in one cute spray bottle.

5. Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne – This is my favorite Jo Malone scent! It’s citrus mixed with berries and I’ve smelled nothing like it. A very unique fragrance indeed!

6. Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey – Its like peaches in a bottle, ummm very soft peaches. I love mixing this with the Blackberry & Bay to get the ultimate fruity mix, they make such a lovely pair!

My 5 Minute Face Drawer

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Remember I was telling you guys I wanted the double mini mooge stack to store everyday items? I was able to get a hold of them in NYC and I’ve officially renamed them my “5 minute drawers”. The top drawer houses makeup I might be testing or multi-tasking products to get the job done fast and efficiently. For base I’ve been using the Chanel CC Cream in 40 Biege on days I want a bit more coverage than my *Kate Somerville CC Cream. I apply them both with my hands and it literally takes seconds to do. For concealing the Chanel Perfection Correction Concealer in B30 is sooo good, it has a slight peach undertone which helps counteract my dark circles. The formula itself is creamy, moisturizing and it has yet to crease on me. I’ll then set all my base work with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in 2 Medium. For my cheeks cream blush and highlight are the textures I’ve been applying atm. I love a good glossy cheek and the *Jouer Tint in Petal is my favorite, it’s a brown peachy pink that looks very natural on the skin. To highlight I’ll dab a bit of the *Wander Beauty On the glow stick with my ring finger, this stuff blends like a dream and gives off a subtle sheen. I recently purchased the Burberry Effortless Brow Definer in Ash Brown so I’ll let you know my feelings once I’ve played with it a bit more but so far I’m impressed. Last comes lips and the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Balm in 02 Coral has been life changing! I’m so happy with it that I went ahead and ordered 06 Rosewood. They’re so creamy and give the lips a hint of color while delivering loads of moisture. If I have time or want to add definition to my lips I’ve been reaching for the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude. It’s a browny nude shade (surprise, surprise) that pairs nicely with the lip balm.

I think what I like about all these products is that I could alter them to my liking or pass if I’m in a rush. I also have the option of switching products out but still keeping everything very minimal and under 5 minutes to apply. *Pats self on shoulder

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Blog & IG Photography 101

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I’ve wanted to do this video for quite some time and finally got around to filming it. Blog photography plays a big factor when creating posts believe it or not. There are no rules when it comes to photo taking so make it your own, all I can offer is guidance and support to you all! I’ve done older posts on some blogging tips in general which I’ve linked down below for you if you feel like checking them out. Blogging is constantly evolving but never fear to stay true to your style and personality, being genuine is more important than any deal or opportunity I might be offered so staying humble is key. Hope this is helpful to you all!

Chanel CC Cream

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More than half of my base collection consists of tinted moisturizers and bb/cc creams, the formulas just keep getting better with every new release. I just added the Chanel CC cream to the stash all thanks to sweet Suzie, her skin looked flawless and I was immediately sold! I went with the shade 40 beige which is a perfect match for my NC30-35 skin tone. The color range is limited to 3 shades which is probably my only complaint, sorry for those who are darker or really pale! The plastic packaging is lightweight and makes it perfect for traveling or storing. This is another one that contains SPF50 so you’ll be well protected from the sun (still wear SPF underneath it though). The consistency of the cream is a bit thicker than your average TM but still very blendable and feels like nothing on the skin. I went ahead and compared it to my Kate Somerville CC cream, both are very similar in finish giving you that dewy healthy glow. The only difference between the two is that the Chanel CC cream is higher in coverage. Its pretty much up to how much coverage you prefer, I personally can’t choose between the two! I found that using my fingers gave the best natural finish and then used a damp beauty blender to go over any streaks. Even though the finish is dewy and fresh I was able to get away without powdering for the day, I didn’t look greasy or shiny! It also contains Hyaluronic Acid so super dry skins would love this and oily gals might have to prime/powder. Totally worth giving it a shot if ya ask me. . . Oh and will I use this in a video for you all? Yup, I got you!

Space.NK’s Flagship Soho Store & Giveaway

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While I was in NYC this weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Space.NK Flagship Store in Soho to have a browse around the shop. This was my first time seeing a shop in person being that I live no where near one. It was everything I expected it to be, clean, beautiful and classic. The ambiance was so calming and soothing, I didn’t feel anxious or crowded at all due to its spacious layout. The sales assistants were so friendly and laid back, I hate a pushy SA that’s always trying to hover over me but this wasn’t the case at all. I was greeted immediately and really blown away with the customer service. If you’re ever around the Soho area you should definitely stop by and check out the store!

Space.NK is giving away two $50.00 gift cards to two of my awesome viewers! So I will be choosing two winners at random on Friday May 15th. The giveaway unfortunatley is US only this time so I apologize to my international viewers for this one! All you have to do is comment down below telling me what you would be interested in picking up from a SpaceNK store.

Here are a few favorites of mine that are worth splurging on!

*GIVEAWAY CLOSED, thanks for those who entered*

NYC Haul

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My day trip in NYC was eventful and jam packed with so many details. I had the chance to meet some wonderful people and spend quality time with my very good friend. I learned how to make Macarons from a French chef which doesn’t get any better than that! The weather was a little wonky but it warmed up towards the end of the day and at least it wasn’t pouring like the last time. I picked up a few bits to try out and added yet another set of drawers to the “mooge” stash. So happy Mother’s Day to all my mommy readers and thanks for being so supportive!!!

Monochrome Blush Look

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I suddenly had an epiphany while editing this tutorial that my channel will be geared towards makeup for naturals. Some people like to recreate looks (which is fun) but I think I want to add a a twist and do more realistic makeup rather than all these heavy makeup looks (no offense)! I think the makeup industry has changed a lot and is heavily saturated with contouring, IG brows and obnoxious false lashes. We’re so busy trying to cover up “flaws” when we really should be happy with what we look like. Today’s look is a blush monochrome cohesive look which I’m a huge fan of. I hope you all enjoy the video and let me know what kind of look you’d like to see next!

What’s In My Spring Makeup Bag

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IMG_6665I knocked out the spring edit and mooge rotation posts, today is all about the contents of my makeup bag. Disclaimer, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to narrow it down when it comes to lip products so about 50% of it is lip based. The *bag that I’m using is from a Jouer in this beautiful blush nude pink shade which surprise surprise isn’t not black! I’m really having a moment with this pastel muted pink shade and I’ve even started incorporating it into my wardrobe! So go over all the crap I lug around. . .

For base : As always my face powder of choice is the Chanel Les Beiges Compact in No30 for touch ups. I also tossed in my *Tom Ford Bronzer in Terra because of the huge mirror, It’s been on my face since it arrived and I’m obsessed! Keeping everything sheer and light for concealer I’ve been using the *Kate Somerville IllumiKate Concealing Eye Cream in 03 Dark. It’s hydrating and gives me enough coverage underneath the eye for everyday. A new product I’ve been testing out recently is the *Wander Beauty On-the-glow Blush in Soft Pink. Its dual-ended with a baby pink cream blush on one end and a gorgeous natural highlighter on the other. It’s so easy to dab on the cheeks straight from the bullet and blend in with your fingers. To re-fresh throughout the day I carry some of the *Tatcha Japanese Blotting Sheets (which are the best in my opinion) and the Glossier Soothing Face Mist Rose Water Spray.

For Eyes : There are a lot of days that all I do is curl my lashes and apply a bit of mascara but If I want to swipe something on quickly throughout the day I’ll reach for the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow in 4 Bronze Moon. It lasts all day without budging and literally takes seconds to apply! To keep my bushy brows in check I’ll use the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette which is a must-have for me.

For Lips : 1…2…3..4 and 7. Yep a total of 7 lip products are in my bag but hear me out ok! I’ll wear a shade then forget its in the bag and wear a different shade the following day, do you see where I’m going with this? Totally my fault but a girl has to have options! Right now I have the Chanel Rough Coco Shine in Evasion, Marc Jacobs New Nudes Lipstick in Anais, *Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in Sweet Spot, *Jouer Lipgloss in Wind, and the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 04. I just added the new Clarins Lip Balm Perfector in 02 and I must admit, I’m already hooked! For plain hydration I have the *Glossier Balm Dotcom which I mentioned briefly in my April Favorites video.

I told you all I needed a new Spring/Summer scent so I picked up Jo Malone’s Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne! It smells like soft peaches and when layered with Blackberry & Bay, holy sh*t. . . Overall peaches, neutrals and sheer textures are what I crave come the warmer weather.

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