Review: Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner

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They're Real Push-up Liner I generally try to make beauty purchases based on my own personal wants (ha, no, not needs), and not on hype. Once in a while, I succumb—just as I did for Benefit’s new They’re Real Push-up Liner.

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Travel log: South of France, April 2014

south of france I know it’s months later, but I thought I would share some of my photos from my trip to the south of France in April. We were staying in a hotel in Juan-les-Pins, near Nice.

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Review: Surratt Relevee Mascara

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Surratt Relevee Mascara You already know all about my infatuation with the Surratt Beauty line, so you’ll understand that I had high hopes for the Surratt Relevee Mascara, as well. This is saying a lot, because I’m of the mindset that department store brand mascaras are just not worth the money, with such great drugstore brand offerings. Yet, I still find myself caving and trying one once in a while.

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Bargain discovery: Nicka K Hydro Lipstick

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While perusing a new blog I found through Instagram the other day, I came across a gorgeous red lipstick (raise your hand if you’re not surprised) that had me stop and go, “What is she wearing?!” Turns out, it was Nicka K Hydro Lipstick, a brand from New York that I’d never heard of before, and the lipstick cost all of $4.99.

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Nicka K Hydro Lipstick in NY001 Daring

Well, for that price, I didn’t think twice about ordering it to try out!

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Birchbloggers Cynthia Rowley Spring Beauty Line Event

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cynthia rowley spring beauty line A couple of weeks ago, Birchbox, the monthly beauty box with the amazing points program,* hosted an event for their Birchbloggers at the Cynthia Rowley boutique. On display and for play was the Cynthia Rowley Spring Beauty Line. And I was one of the lucky few who won the entire collection to review.

(*In case you’re not familiar with it, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where, for just $10 a month, you receive a box full of deluxe-sized and travel-sized samples. You receive Birchbox points for every purchase you make and every review your write, which can be redeemed in their store. For every 100 points you earn, you get $10 a full-sized product order. Get your own here.)

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The road to the store looks like wonderland…

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OOTD: Ça va, Degas?

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One of my favorite things to do is to take something dressy and wear it for everyday by dressing it down with something casual. I finally got my long-coveted Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt, and the sun finally came out in New York, and so I spun together my favorite kind of OOTD: a magical one.

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My Favorite Places: Bite Beauty Lip Lab, NY

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bite beauty lip lab I don’t have any travel plans on the horizon, to show you my favorite places abroad, so it’s the perfect time to focus on my favorite New York places. And I realized it had been a nice, long time since I had visited the Bite Beauty Lip Lab—not since they had redone and reopened the store. So when an out-of-town visitor wanted to go have her own custom color made, it was the perfect excuse for my…err…fourth visit there.

Bite Beauty Lip Lab I figure the quantity and quality of visits have definitely designated the Bite Beauty Lip Lab as one of my favorite places, so I made sure to bring my camera along to show you all how the renovations turned out.

Bite Beauty Lip Lab

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Comparatively Speaking: Orange red lipsticks

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L-R Chanel Incandescente, By Terry Frenetic Vermillion, MAC Lady Danger, MAC Mangrove

Today, I’m starting what I hope will be a new series on here, Comparatively Speaking. One of the things I find most valuable when buying new beauty products are swatches and color comparisons. Often, I can’t find comparisons of the specific products I’m looking for. Well, now, if you think like me and want to shop like me, it’s your lucky day, because I’m starting my own, and I’m starting with orange red lipsticks.

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Celebrity Fashion Lust #12 – Emma Stone in Valentino

Speaking of Celebrity Fashion Lust

I saw part of Emma Stone’s Good Morning America interview wearing this, and kind of died a little inside. It’s perfection. And she has the high-heeled version of the shoes I want. Just in a different color. I want Valentino to out fit me in my life, too!

Emma Stone

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Weekend break

Hello lovely people! For those of you who don’t live in the US, this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Which means 2 days off from work and a nice, long break.

And I’m actually going to do that. Take a break.

I almost posted for this week’s Sunday question, “What do you do when you’ve lost your motivation?” Because I feel I have. When you ask bloggers why they blog, they invariably answer, “Because I love it.” And I’ve gotten to a place where I’ve marveled over other people’s ability to respond with that answer, because more and more lately, it’s felt like an obligation.

Mind you, an obligation I’ve put on myself. No one has put any pressure or expectations on me except myself. I’m blaming no one, and I’m not complaining. But indeed I have put this pressure on myself. I’m not quite sure why. I’ve felt this overwhelming drive and NEED to “make something” of this blog.

And it’s true. If you are trying to build a following and get more well known, it helps to post a lot. I know that it’s possible to do, because I read blogs that are updated daily, sometimes more than once a day. If they can do it, why can’t I?!

Though, I’ve started to wonder lately, HOW do they do it? No one tells you going into it how much work is actually involved. People think it’s easy, but it’s not. I go to work, come home, and do work on my blog. Many mornings I’m doing work on my blog (taking photos) before I even leave for work. I work on my blog on the weekends. And, yet, the only time I managed to get ahead of myself with posts was when I was going away on vacation.

But this past week, I discovered that some of the blogs I’ve been trying to match are written by people who are now full-time bloggers. They don’t go to a day job and come home and do this, they just DO it. And I’ve been trying to keep up with that. No wonder I feel burned out!

And I do. I want to be able to just not work on my blog when I don’t feel like it. I want to go out with friends after work. I want to knit. Hell, I want to sit on my sofa on a Sunday and do nothing.

So I’m going to take a break for this holiday weekend and recharge the blogging batteries. And when I come back, I’m going to start doing things a little differently. No more trying to blog every day. I’m going to try and switch to the 3-times-a-week model. (Though I won’t hold back if there’s more that I want to write about or if something comes up unexpectedly.)

This means that I most likely won’t be doing the weekly features anymore. Don’t get me wrong—I’ll still post music when I feel like it and you’ll definitely know when there’s something I’m lusting after, but it’s not going to be on a weekly basis. (You wouldn’t believe how hard it actually is to think of a song every week. It’s even hard thinking of something I want every week!)

This also means that I’ll hopefully be able to focus on quality content, less filler, better, more interesting posts. I hope. You’ll have to tell me. (Of course, some filler is always fun. Celebrity Fashion Lust, anyone?!)

I know that I could have just made these changes without writing this post, and maybe I should have, but I truly value each person who reads this blog (even if you don’t comment—although I would really love to hear from you more, and I know from all the votes in the polls that people do read!). So I didn’t want you to be alarmed when things suddenly got a little more quiet, or if things you looked forward to stopped showing up on here. Hopefully you’ll follow me along on this journey of blogging self-discovery.

Have a great weekend! x