Style & Beauty
February 14, 2019

My favorite Make-up Items of the moment

Make-up of the moment

Happy Valentine’s Day! I am currently in Key West on vacation as I write this post. I know, it’s been awhile. Let’s talk beauty: I’m not a big make-up girl; most days I go without much make-up, if any at all. However, when I do wear make-up, I love to have fun with it. I wanted to share my favorite make-up items of you of the moment!

  1. bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in “Fair”: This is a product that should be in every girl’s make-up bag! Instead of applying heavy, goopy foundation to your face, this is a good basic alternative for everyday use. If you fall asleep with it on, not the end of the world. Better yet, I am big of SPF use, and this features SPF 15 coverage. With 30 different colors, you are bound to find one that matches your skin tone.
  2. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner: I am always on the mission for a good winged eyeliner look (channeling my inner Lauren Conrad) and this product is exactly what you need for the look! At $20 a piece, it really holds up to its reputation (it is a winner of Allure’s Reader Choice Award). It features a water-proof fine tip that allows you to create that perfect cat eye (still working on perfecting mine).
  3. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling and Lifting Mascara: I am a sucker for Benefit products; I just love the packaging! I tried this product pretty soon after it came out. I have always been a fan of Diorshow, but I find this product curls my lashes a bit more. I also have fallen asleep with this on and I don’t wake up with goopy eyes.
  4. Benefit Hoola Lite Matte Bronzer: I told you I love Benefit! This product was on my Christmas Wish List, and luckily Santa delivered. I have always been a fan of booth Hoola and Dallas bronzers from Benefit, but they were a little too dark for my fair skin tone. Hoola Lite is Hoola’s “lighter twin!” I like to use this bronzer all over my face for just a little extra color.
  5. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella”: I finally found a good red lip! I am so excited! I have struggled with finding a dark enough red lip for years. I got a Sephora gift card for Christmas, and picked this one out. It is great for an evening red lip.

So that rounds out my favorite make-up items of the moment! What are some of your favorite make-up items that you can’t live without?

Style & Beauty
January 10, 2019

02M Oxygen Eye Mask

I was delighted when VII Code (pronounced “v too code”) recently reached out to me and sent me their 02M Oxygen Eye Mask for Dark Circles. I had never heard of the company before and always love to try out new beauty products. Plus, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to practice more self-care on a regular basis.

Each packet comes with 6 treatments. They can be worn overnight up to 8 hours overnight. The eye masks are overall very comfortable and super sticky, so they stay on to your face without a problem. Just peel and stick them under your eyes. I personally can’t sleep with anything on my face at night, so I opted to wear the eye mask around the apartment instead for 2-4 hour periods. Treatments can be worn 3 times per week.

Overall, the product really smoothed out, hydrated and brightened my skin. I don’t struggle too much with dark circles (luckily), so I can’t speak to that. I would definitely recommend this product for smoother and brighter skin. VII Code also offers free shipping! What is better than relaxing while wearing an eye mask while binge-watching your favorite TV show (for me, it’s the Real Housewives)?! What ways to you like to take care of yourself?

Thank you so much for VII Code for sponsoring this post!

Just for Fun/ Style & Beauty
December 22, 2018

My 2018 Christmas List

Did anyone else feel bombarded by gift guides this year? Don’t get me wrong, they are a great post idea, but I felt like there were more than them than usual this year! In lieu of a gift guide, I decided to share my Christmas list with you this year. And honestly, I meant to do it earlier, but couldn’t get my act together!

Counter-clockwise from Tartan shirt:

  1. J.Crew Curvy Slim Stretch Perfect Shirt in Stewart Tartan: Nothing says the holidays like plaid/tartan. I love this shirt for Christmas dinner! It comes in tall sizes, too! If Santa delivers, I plan on styling this top with these leggings from Sloane and Ivy (remember use code “Caras” to get your first Girl Gang box styling fee waived!)
  2. I have wanted this book for a long time, and decided to wait until Christmas to ask for it. Truth be told, I already bought it for myself because I found it at TJ Maxx for a great price. It makes a great coffee table display and I can’t wait to dig in!
  3. I recently saw these on Oh So Lovingly’s insta and knew I had to have them (I mean, c’mon, they have bees on them!). I am always on the hunt for cozy flats. Get them here
  4. I have been in need of a bronzer for a while now, and I love Benefit Cosmetics. I have used the “Hoola” and “Dallas” bronzers in the past, but found them a bit dark for my skin complexion. I was delighted to see that there is now a “Hoola Lite” in a lighter shade. 
  5. I have had my makeup bag for longer than I would like to admit. This make-up bag from Scout comes in a bunch of colors/patterns. It also seems big enough for all of my items! It is on sale right now, and for an extra $12 you can monogram it. 
  6. I was eying Michelle Obama’s book tour, but the prices were a bit steep! From what I hear, this book is supposed to be awesome. Great, because one of my New Year’s resolutions is to read more. 
  7. In addition to my bronzer, I could use a bit of a make-up overhaul. I recently spotted this Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in “Tahitan Sunset” on one of Leigha’s instastories, and I absolutely love the shade! It would make a great stocking stuffer!

Now that we are into the weekend, I am really into the Christmas spirit! I plan on traveling tomorrow to spend time with family and look forward to watching as many Christmas movies as possible (my fav is Jim Carrey’s “The Grinch”). What are your plans for Christmas this year?

Style & Beauty
December 9, 2018

Sloane & Ivy: #GIRLGANG BOX

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is a little over two weeks away! I will soon share what is on my wish list, but I wanted to share an exciting potential gift for any young woman in your life! 

One of my favorite local businesses, Sloane & Ivy recently launched the #GirlGang box. Here’s how it works:

  1. Take this quiz to figure out which #GIRLGANG babe you are! According to the quiz, I am a Trendsetter babe!
  2. Select how often you would like to receive the #GIRLGANG box at the end of the quiz. I selected seasonally. Be sure to enter “CaraS” as your promo/referral code to waive your first styling fee!
  3. You have 7 days to try on the items in your box! If you want to exchange something, just email Kate & Kate, and they will be happy to exchange it for you! If you aren’t feeling any particular items in your box, just send them back with the PRE-PAID shipping label! HASSLE-FREE! 
  4. You will only be charged for the items that you keep. Ten percent of the proceeds from the box will go towards the Flying Kites School Network! This was a selling point for me-I love companies that give back!

I received six items in my box, including this belt bag, this Tanzanite sterling silver necklace, this fun leopard scarf (pictured below; I am loving the leopard trend right now), a cozy long-sleeve tee, the Arlington Top and a blouse version of this top. I ended up keeping the scarf! 

All of the clothing lines that the Kate’s use fall under at least one of the 4 categories: Women-Owned, Made in North America, Eco-Sustainable or Gives Back to Charity. 

There are plenty of subscription boxes out there to choose from, but what really convinced me to order the #GirlGang box is a) The fact that the first styling fee is waived b) I am a regular Sloane & Ivy customer. I know Kate & Kate are carefully curating my box, and it isn’t determined by some algorithm c) the return shipping label makes this hassle-free and d) Ten percent of the proceeds go back to charity!

For the month of December, Sloane & Ivy is offering free shipping! Just be sure to order by December 17 for UPS and December 20 for USPS to ensure Christmas delivery!

Just for Fun
November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Game Plan!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is already here!? I am down at the Cape writing this post while overlooking my parents’  cranberry bog and it is so picturesque! I am preparing for tomorrow’s festivities with family. I can’t wait! Here is my game plan for Thanksgiving!

The Outfit: My friend Gigi of Fashology talked about the importance of wearing a “comfortable yet cute” look for Turkey Day. Finding the right outfit  is always such a struggle! The last thing that I want to feel on Thanksgiving is self-conscious. The past few months I have been really into jumpsuits, as you may have seen in a couple of my posts. I am continuing with that trend with this cozy, budget-friendly jumpsuit from LC Lauren Conrad with a cardigan and Target mule slides.

The Food: So many delicious things to eat! I got this cool festive pan with pumpkin bread mix from Williams-Sonoma. I also will be making this Autumn Brussels Sprout Salad recipe from Kate of DomestikatedLife.com. I can’t wait to see how both things turn out. Of course, there will be the other Thanksgiving staples as well.

The Tablescape: I love designing the tablescape every year. I scour Pinterest looking for the perfect design. My last table design was based on this one from Lauren Conrad. This year’s tablescape will combine aspects from Lauren’s, but I am adding in the (faux) antler aspect of this design. I plan to add a little more color, bringing greens and orange pumpkins into the mix.

I also plan on taking an AM yoga class to get the stay started on the right foot. What is your plan for Thanksgiving?

Style & Beauty
November 4, 2018

Nordstom X Atlantic-Pacific Collection

One of my favorite bloggers, Blair from Atlantic-Pacific, recently dropped a collaboration with the Halogen brand at Nordstrom. The collection is not available in all stores, but is available online. I love how Blair is constantly  mixing patterns and exuding her whimsical style. If you are wondering about sizing, Blair shared a post about how sizing works.

 

  1. I love these glittery mules! I can imagine wearing them with a pair of boyfriend jeans (heels and boyfriend jeans are a look that I love) or a frilly tulle skirt.  They retail for $99.95 and also come in tweed and black patent.
  2. Blair pairs these socks with these shoes. I also think they would look great with the mules. I love the pumps and socks look. Again, I would pair it with a pair of boyfriend jeans or any kind of midi skirt/dress.
  3. This hat exudes Blair’s girlie style. One great thing about New England weather, is there are so many winterwear accessories to play around with, like this piece. It retails for $39.
  4. This skirt is perfect for the office. I also picture it with the socks and glittery mules for a more fun look! What I love about this collection is that all of the pieces kind of go together and it feels like playing dress up! The faux-wrap skirt retails for $89 and features gold button details.
  5. Being in New England, you always have to be on the look out for chic winterwear. I love the knit hat and pom pom look that is trending right now, and this one is made out of soft cashmere! This hat retails for $55.
  6. I love a good trench coat, and this one is just so elegant. When done right, navy and black look divine together. This coat would look awesome with the navy skirt. It retails for $199.

Overall I am loving this collection! It is selling fast, so best to hop on it! What are your favorite pieces from the collection?

Just for Fun
October 10, 2018

Three DIY Pumpkins

As a creative individual, I love crafting and DIYs. I also love fall (it’s my second favorite season, and the only reason that it isn’t my first is because it means that winter is coming). So put these two things together, and I am in my element. I did some research and found three easy DIY pumpkins for this fun time of year!

  1. Design Fixation’s DIY Rainbow Confetti Pumpkin: Faith successfully combined pumpkins and with one of culinary’s masterpieces: the Funfetti cake. I’m in! Super easy, this tutorial requires minimal supplies and is super chic.

2. Floral Pumpkin: My mom and I made this a couple of years ago. We scooped out a pumpkin and  used styrofoam to hold the flowers in place-but you could also secure the flowers with a can (vase) in a carved out pumpkin.

3. The Lilac Press’s Metallic Pumpkins: I love how Leigha incorporated these metallic colors into her designs, particularly how she painted the stems. I also love how she used the natural orange of the pumpkin to incorporate into her chevron pattern.

How will I decorate my pumpkins this year? The verdict is still out. Another one of my favorites? Lauren Conrad’s flower cutie from a few years back.

Are you doing any fun fall DIYs right now?

Just for Fun
October 4, 2018

Top Three: October 2018

Happy fall, friends! Summer is my favorite season, but I am happy fall is in the air. I have commenced drinking PSLs and am ready for what the season has in store.  How about you? Are you ready for fall or hanging on to summer? Here are the Top Three things that I am looking forward to this month!

  1. New York, New York! I spent some time interning in New York after college, and haven’t been back since 2015. I will always hold my NYC memories close, and a trip there is a trip down memory lane! Thanks to Danielle, I won a ticket to Well Summit this weekend! I have heard such good things about this conference, and cannot wait to connect with all the bloggers there.
  2. Fall: September is always a transition month for fall, but by October, fall is in full swing! I just went apple picking this past weekend, so I am totally in the fall mode. Give me pumpkin everything! We are so lucky to live in New England, where we get a real fall, complete with the perfect foliage.
  3. Halloween: Other than Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I just wish we would get trick-or-treaters at our apartment. I can’t wait to try out some fun DIY crafts while watching “Hocus Pocus.” This year, I am going to watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for the first time.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Style & Beauty
September 21, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard Wedding Guest Look

Fall is almost here, and what a perfect time for a wedding! I am headed off to Martha’s Vineyard this weekend for a friend’s nuptials and wanted to share my wedding guest look. As seen in my last post, I have been into jumpsuits lately! I feel like they appropriately elongate my figure and are super flattering!

I first saw this BCBGeneration jumpsuit at a local boutique, decided to think about it overnight, and much to my dismay, returned the next day to find my size sold! Moral of the story: Buy it when it’s love at first sight. Luckily, I searched online and found the identical jumpsuit from Nordstrom Rack. Hooray! It is now sold out on Nordstrom Rack, but available here.

The jumpsuit fits true-to-size and fits me like a glove. The blueish-slate color is a great transition into fall. I just love the ruffles! Oh, and it has pockets! I am so looking forward to sporting this outfit this weekend on the Vineyard. What sights do you guys suggest that I see?

Oh, and before I forget! A few Instagram followers have asked about my shades. Let me tell you. . . They are from Unicorn Eyewear, If you use code ‘UNICORN20’, you can get 20% off your order. I opted for the ‘Venus’ in Gold/Pink. Happy shopping!

Style & Beauty
September 3, 2018

One Last Look at Summer

As I write this, it is Labor Day! I wanted to revisit one of my favorite summer looks. I have gotten into jumpsuits recently, as I feel there are very flattering. Did you read my girl Fashology’s post on how to transition a jumpsuit?

I have another fun jumpsuit look coming up that I plan to wear to my friend’s fall wedding, as this one screams summer. It was one of my favorite summer purchases and I will be sad to soon pack it away with my summer clothes. I am looking forward to fall, but still not ready for it with these high temps! Have you gotten a PSL yet?

This jumpsuit from LC Lauren Conrad is currently on clearance for under $30 if you are lucky enough to be a size 12 or 14). I paired it with the bag of the summer and these LC Lauren Conrad heels. I just love the ruffles on the top and the wide leg look. What were your favorite summer looks? Let me know on via @busyasabee on Twitter or Instagram.

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