Sephora Haul

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Okay, well. I am the makeup junkie on here. And one of the best times of the year is coming up for us makeup junkies. It’s Sephora’s VIB sale. This sale starts on November 4th for VIB Rouge customers and November 11th for VIB customers. In short, you get 20% off your entire purchase with code 20ROUGE. This is the best discount Sephora ever gives; so, it’s a pretty big deal for us beauty junkies. My cart is FULL! Here’s what I have waiting in my cart to be purchased.

1| Josie Maran Argan Lip Sting Plumping Butter

2| Ciate London Chloe Morello Makeup Set

3| Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

4| IGK Down & Out Dirty Spray

5| Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

6| HUDA Beauty Eyeshadow Palette 

7| Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Perfume Set 

8| Sephora Favorites Most Coveted Gift Set

9| Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

10| BECCA Blushed with Light Palette

 

If you have been looking for the BEST liquid lipstick that stays put and matte and won’t wear off after 6 hours then look no further. The one I linked above by Smashbox is amazing. I promise. I have tried a bunch and this one stands up to eating, talking, drinking, etc. Plus, it’s super easy to put on.

Also, IGK is an amazing brand I just discovered from my hair stylist. I am really excited to try this dirty spray to make my hair piecy and perfect in a short cropped cut.

And I have heard a gazillion good things about HUDA Beauty products and this eyeshadow palette looks amazing. It will be perfect for the holidays!

What are y’all grabbing during the sale? Did I miss anything crucial?

Can’t wait to let you all know what I think about some of these “new-to-me” products!

Keep it lush y’all!

victoria

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My 5 Product, 5 Minute Makeup Routine

On most days, I don’t like to make a fuss about my makeup. I sometimes feel the more time you spend, the worse it looks. So, I keep it as simple as possible and try to achieve an elevated version of my natural look. Here are my products an steps:

5 minute, 5 product makeup routine
Almay Concealer | Laura Mercier Lip and Cheek Sheer | Maybelline Eyeliner | Better Than Sex Mascara | e.l.f. Palette

FIRST | If I (by some miracle) have a good nights sleep I can leave this step out, but lately that’s  not the case. So, I start with a swipe of Almay Blemish Concealer underneath my eyes. I use a color that is one shade lighter than my skin. I take my fingers and dab it in to blend. This is my tactic for getting rid of tired eyes and dark circles.

SECOND | I apply my Laura Mercier Colour Dot to my lips and cheeks. I love the Sangria color in particular. I make sure to apply it to the places that my cheeks are a little pinker naturally. This is the best product I’ve found for cheeks, especially for us girls with freckles. It gives you a nice glowing tint, but still lets your freckles shine through.

THIRD | I apply a thin layer of eyeliner on the top of my lids. Then, I use an eye shadow brush to rub on top and smear the eyeliner upwards. This gives a great, easy, smoky eye look. I just buy a cheap eyeliner like Maybelline, since you are just smearing it anyway.

FOURTH | I use an e.l.f. eye shadow palette in tans and browns to darken my brows. I have tried a few eyebrow pencils, but have not been able to find a color/texture that I think looks totally natural. This is what works for me! I use my eye shadow brush and the darkest brown shadow in the palette. The most important step is once you load the brush with the shadow, poke it on your hand first. This gets the excess off before going to your brow. Then, I just swipe in the natural direction my brows go.

FIFTH | I use my Better Than Sex mascara on my upper and lower lashes. My technique is to start at the base of the lashes and jiggle the brush back and forth before pulling out to the ends.

And there you have it!

Maggie

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Friday Five

Holy Lord. Thank God it’s Friday. The last week has been a whirlwind and it’s going to stay crazy in my household until next weekend. For those of you that have absolutely nothing going on right now, I envy you. Enjoy your quiet time. Enjoy your lazy morning and drinking beer on the couch while watching football. That sounds amazing. Anyways, today I bring you five things I am loving lately.

1| Sleep – Seriously though…can this be one of my favorites right now? I have had a really hard time sleeping the last couple weeks. I go through bouts of sleeplessness every so often and I am in one right now. I have no problem falling asleep but then I wake up between 3-5am and can’t fall back asleep. This has happened to me before…quite a few times to be honest. It’s usually stress induced. My brain just won’t shut off. So, to help with this I do a couple things:

a) Acupuncture – This really helps reduce stress and calm the mind

b) Time-Release Melatonin – Just discovered that they make a time release version of Melatonin. Definitely trying this one.

c) This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – I just got this in my most recent Birchbox. I used it last night and I did sleep better. Heck if your desperate like I am, why not try it?

d) Exercise – If nothing else, this tires me out to the point that I have no other choice than to sleep.

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2| Narcos – We are close to the end of Season 2 of this show on Netflix and it is such an intense and great show. If you haven’t watched it yet be prepared for a show that requires you to put down the phone and actually pay attention. The majority of it is subtitled.

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3| Shopbop Sale – This is one of their biggest sales of the year. 25% off ordered under $500 and 20% off orders over $500. I have quite a few things in my cart like these wedge booties and these jeans and these jeans in my cart.

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4| Sephora Holiday Collections – There are soooo many new holiday value sets out at sephora. I am doing my best till I get my VIB Rouge 20% off discount in November. But, patiently awaiting my purchase are this lipgloss set, this highlighting palette and this brush set.

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5| Two Cumberland – This is a local boutique that just opened a bigger store in Mt. Pleasant in the Nordstrom Rack shopping center. They have an awesome selection of jewelry and women’s clothing as well as some local flair like the popular CHS hats everyone has been wearing as of late. I bought myself one if grey and my hubs bought me a beautiful, gold lariat necklace with three burnt orange stone and a black druzy stone ring that is awesome. They also have a great selection of hostess gifts. I will definitely be shopping here for Christmas gifts! For those of you that don’t live close by you can shop online here.

That’s it for today y’all! I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

Keep it lush y’all!
victoria

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Fall finds!

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday!  It’s officially fall (as of last Thursday) so today I’m coming to you with some of my favorite fall things.

Loft is having 40% off everything so it’s a great time to stock up on some transition pieces like this dress.  Also the orange is perfect for a Clemson game!

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Love plaid for fall.  This top is a little different from your typical plaid top and would be cute with jeans and booties.

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Atlanta recently opened a Top Shop store in Lenox mall and I checked it out for the first time a couple of weeks ago.  They have some really cute stuff at a very affordable price point.  I purchased this top in Purple but it also comes in black and a deep wine color.

Target is having 10-25% off Home Decor online including all their cute fall things.  Of course I picked up this Pumpkin Candle.  Can’t get enough of pumpkin smell although surprisingly I don’t love Pumpkin Spice flavored stuff.

 

 

My mom got this “Juicy Shaker” lip color for herself but didn’t love the color so it got passed along to me.  I’m a little obsessed with it.  The color is subtle but very pretty and it goes on so smoothly.  Its a pigmented oil so its hydrating and also leaves a stain behind which I love.  I have the Watermelon Color and it kind of smells like watermelon.  Love!

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Hope everyone has a great start to their week!

xoxo,

Annie

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Friday Five!

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has had a great week and has some fun and relaxing plans for the weekend.  I’m heading off to Asheville for one of my best friend’s Bachelorette parties.  I’m looking forward to some hopefully fall-ish weather, a wine tour in the mountains and lots of quality girl time!   Now lets dive into my Friday Five!

One || SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque.  I had a facial about 2 weeks before my wedding and the technician recommended this masque to use leading up to my wedding.  It’s become part of my weekly skincare routine and I loveeee it.  It is a super cooling masque that fights puffiness, smoothes and hydrates your skin.  I feel like my skin looks so glow-y after using this stuff.

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Two || Book Marks.  I’m an avid reader and am always looking for my next favorite book.  That said, I’m always cautious of the recommendations I take because once I start a book I (irrationally) must finish it.  Book Marks is a site that take ratings from over 70 sources and gives books a grade like A, A-, B etc.  Thinking about reading The Woman in Cabin 10 next… it’s got an A- and seems similar to Gone Girl/Girl on the Train type books.  I’ll keep you posted!

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Three || NYFW.  Has anyone else been loving the NYFW coverage the past two weeks?? I follow a lot of fashion bloggers and influencers on Snapchat and Instgram and I’ve loved keeping up with all the happenings of NYFW.  I think my biggest takeaway is that statement earrings are hot hot hot.  If you don’t already follow her, I would recommend following Eva Chen on instagram.  She is the companies Fashion Executive and she’s always got a good InstaStory.

Can someone get me this Tory Burch dress please?

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Four || Three Designing Women Stamp.  I’m in full on Thank you note writing mode and I am loving this stamp with my new name and our new address on it.  These make great gifts for newly weds!

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Five || The most randomly scented candle ever.  My mom turned me on to these candled and we’ve been loving the arugula scent.  It is a really clean and fresh smelling candle and you can really smell it even when its not lit.  Big plus in my book!

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That’s all I’ve got for today!  Have a great weekend!  Xoxo,

Annie

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Fave Masks & Korean Beauty Products

Face Mask Favorites

Happy Wednesday everyone! I wanted to share some of my current skincare faves with all of you. Now that I can say  I am in my 30s, skincare has become a lot more important to me. I have started using face masks regularly and tried quite a few different products in recent months. If you have followed along with the blog thus far you know that I have purchased a handful of Korean skincare products to test out (see here). So, here are some Korean products and a couple others that I really like.

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Elizavecca – Kangsi Pack, 24K Gold Pack – This is probably my favorite, new Korean face mask. It comes out like a gold paste, smells great and becomes almost like a thin, white foam after applied to face for 5 minutes. After it is washed off my face feels so soft and smooth and has a brighter look to it. Here’s a little step by step for you to visualize what I am talking about…

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5 minutes after applying the mask it has completely dried into this white foam. Aren’t those cat ears totes adorbs?!? You can buy the headband here.

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One of the other products I really like is the Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack. This stuff comes out of the bottle like hair mousse…same consistency and texture. It has egg extract in it which helps give skin a radiant complexion. I have come to find that this is not a lie….it really does leave skin looking radiant and soft. And, I love that it can be used super quick (1-2 minutes) or you can leave it on your face for 5 minutes if you have some extra time to spare.

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Scinic Snail Matrix Eye Cream is a new eye cream that I have started using and really like. It is very light and goes on smooth. From what I have gathered after doing oodles of research, snail essence is touted on firming and restoring skin. It aids in supporting cell generation. So, why not. Snail slime on the face is fine with me if it will transform me into a seemingly ageless Asian woman.

Last but not least, I really do love a couple of the GLAMGLOW masks. The THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Mask smells ah-mazing and makes my skin feel so hydrated and soft and happy. Plus, it smells like yummy coconut and that can’t be a bad thing. I also really like the GRAVITYMUD Firming Mask. This stuff makes you look like the Tin Man or an alien which is super cool and fun; but, after you take it off your skin is super bight and smooth and ready for makeup application. This one is best used before a night out or if you are Wonder Woman I guess you could wake up early and apply this in the morning before your makeup (not moi).

And that’s about all I have for you today. I didn’t even dive into the whole Sheet Mask craze that I am definitely on board with. But, honestly, with sheet masks I feel like you can’t go wrong. Every single one I have tried from Memebox has been great and I hear that the Sephora masks are awesome too.

Keep it lush y’all!

victoria

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Friday Five!

One || Nordstrom Sale!  If you at all like to shop you’ve probably heard about the annual Nordstrom Sale where new fall items are marked down for a short period and then go back up for the upcoming season.  It’s a great chance to get those Tory Burch Riding boots you’ve been coveting.  The great thing about this sale is that things that never go on sale go on sale.  You can go ahead and shop now here if you have a Nordstrom Card.  Otherwise you have to wait until the 21st.

Two ||  Young House Love has a Podcast!  I used to love the blog YoungHouselove.com before they took a break from blogging about a year or two ago.  The couple behind the blog, Sherry and John have just started a podcast and I love it!  It’s really lighthearted and fun to listen to.  They talk about design, new home items they’ve found and love and often have HGTV type celebs on for interviews.

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Three || Making some progress on the house!  I will put up a post in the next couple week with lost of pictures of the progress we’re making but its really starting to come together and feel like a home!

Four || Hair Vitamins.   I’ve been taking hair vitamins for the past couple months and have really noticed a difference in the shine and body in my hair.  I also feel like its been growing a lot faster than usual.  These vitamins also just taste delish!

Five ||  The cutest Bachelorette decorations!  We are in Sea Island this weekend for my bachelorette and already having the best time.  My sister rented the most beautiful house and has it so cutely decorated.

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xoxo – Annie

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Favorite Drugstore Beauty Buys

Hi guys! I am back from vacation and wanted to let you all know about some drugstore beauty buys that are on point! While I love me some high-end makeup, there is nothing like finding some awesome products for a fraction of the price. Here are a few items I have in my personal arsenal and use frequently.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara – This stuff is legit. It really lengthens and plumps lashes. At only $5.99 I buy 3  and stash one in my purse, one at home and one in my travel bag.

 

L’oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation – I’ve talked about this foundation a couple times now and here I go again. It’s a wonderful, lightweight foundation for the summer. It makes your skin look dewy and fresh. This is lightweight; so, if you are looking for full coverage this isn’t the product for you. But, if you want a sheer coverage foundation that evens out skintone and give you a nice, luminous affect this is for you.

 

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow – This cream eyeshadow is so perfect when you just want to swipe a bit of color on your eyelids and go. Don’t get me wrong, you can create some beautifully, blended and intense looks with this shadow. But, for me, I really like how easy it is to use when I am short on time in the morning. I own this eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze, Bold Gold and Tough as Taupe. I just get a bit on the tip of my ring finger and apply on my eyelid. Add a bit of mascara and voila! It’s wonderful, blends easy and comes in beautiful colors.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Cheek Flush – I won’t lie…I grabbed this product because of the cute packaging. But, it worked out because I really love this stuff! It feel like a creamy, oil blush tint. It is perfect for summer days and provides just a hint of color to your cheeks with a bit of sheen. I have used this on its own as well as on top of a dry blush to give it more dimension and sheen.

NYX Wonder Pencil – This little pencil is genius! You can use it on the inner rim of your eyes to instantly look more awake or you can use it as a lipliner. You can even use it to conceal dark spots. It’s honestly an all around makeup perfecter. Many high end brands make a similar product for 3-4x the price; but, this one works just as well!

 

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Lip Color – This was also bought on a whim…again, pretty packaging. But all the colors in this collection are so pretty and the formula is smooth and creamy. I personally bought the JLo nude. I really like the Doutzen Nude color as well.

Alright folks. That’s all I have for you today. I would love to know what your fave drugstore beauty items are. There are so many good ones out there these days that rival their high-end counterpart.

Keep it lush y’all!

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How to Achieve the Ultimate Spa Experience

So It’s Monday and I think to make this week more bearable, you should go ahead and book a massage. I’ll do it too! I feel like every time I book a massage it is coincidentally on a Monday and I’m sure that’s why – to have something to look forward to during the week. They are definitely one of my “treat yo self” items and have been for years. I know that it can seem like a lot of money, but I have some things I swear by to get the absolute most out of my massages so there is no guilt involved. Take a look at my tips below.

How to achieve the ultimate spa experience and get the most bang for your buck.

Book your massage at a true spa. This means somewhere that has amenities like a sauna, or jacuzzi. Heck, even a nice relaxation room with tea, cookies, and warm neck wraps will do.

I love booking my massages when I have nothing to do afterward. So a lot of times they will be on a weeknight at 6:00 or 7:00pm. This way you can take your time getting home and stay in the relaxed state longer.

Get there as early as possible. I love getting there at least 45 minutes to an hour early so that I have some time to take advantage of the above mentioned amenities and to just get in the right head space. You need some transition time between the stress of your day and the massage.

Get your massage in the buff…no underwear, jewelry, anything. Those are all distractions. Just woman-up and get rid of them before you get on the table.

Wear something flowing and comfortable. There is noting worse then getting all rubbed down, then putting back on your regular work clothes…or anything constricting for that matter.

Let your Masseuse know that you are strictly there for relaxation and stress relief. I find that’s a great way to get the point across that you do not want to chit chat. If they still try and talk with you during, I always make sure to nip that in the bud and say something like “this feels great, I am going to be quiet and really relax now.”

Though I highly recommend you talk as little as possible during your massage, you need to be very vocal when it comes to your comfort. I will make sure to tell the Masseuse if the pressure is too light or too hard, if the bed is too warm, or if the music is too loud. You are paying good money and the Masseuse would rather you be comfortable and get a nice tip, then you half-way enjoy it and they don’t get a returning customer.

I find massages are a great time to meditate. What I mean by that is completely remove any outside thoughts you have….whether they are about your day, your kids, what you have to do tomorrow, just don’t. You will have time for all that later. Really focus on how great you feel in this moment.

Lastly, treat yourself to something sweet after. I will typically stop and grab something like a milkshake or smoothie on the way home. It’s a great send off and just extends the luxury experience even longer.

So that’s it! Getting a massage is good for you physically and mentally, so take some time to get yourself right! If you live in Charleston, one of my favorite places is Simply Your Spa. All the Masseuses are very talented and the prices are really reasonable. Also, though I have yet to go, Victoria raves about The Mom Spa. I would love to hear any places you recommend as well. Post in the comments!

Maggie

 

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Friday Five

Happy Friday friends! Today’s post is quick and fun. 5 things I am loving right now and want to share with you!

1| The “Cube” Test – Have you all seen this before? I just discovered it earlier this week when perusing my Facebook feed. Basically it’s an ancient Chinese test that is supposed to tell you about your personality. Maggie and I took it earlier this week and had almost the exact same results. So cool!

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2| Old Navy’s Toddler Girl Clothes – Charlie has really transitioned from a baby to a little girl the last couple months. Dressing her in fun clothes for the summer is awesome but can be expensive! Old Navy has really stepped up their game and has a TON of adorable, inexpensive options in the toddler girl’s section. Below are some of my faves.

3| L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation – This is the best, lightweight foundation for summer. I stumbled upon this after receiving a sample. I honestly thought it would be just like every other drugstore foundation – mediocre at best. You see I am a true believer of splurging on foundation and saving on eyeliner or lipstick. But, this stuff is AWESOME! It feels like you are wearing nothing and really makes your face look dewy and pretty. Shoot. It’s $15. Try it!!

4|Kate Spade – I’m not usually one for super cutesy and preppy items. But, I have to say Kate Spade has really come out with some funky and unique items that can definitely be incorporated into an outfit to give it that extra flare. I would imagine pairing any of these colorful bags with a pair of raw-hemmed, ripped denim jeans; over-sized, striped tee and tall wedges with an arm full of bracelets and messy, wavy hair.


5| Smore Oreos – Welp. These are a nighttime treat in my household. My little girl gets her one Oreo cookie treat after dinner and so do I! These are like little pieces of heaven. I love smores but don’t feel like making them and these Oreos satisfy my smore craving. We found them at our local Harris Teeter. YUM!

Keep it lush y’all!

victoria

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