Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7

I'm first going to address those of you that follow me on my YouTube channel, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc., and then I'll get to the rest of you.  Those of you that follow me on social media knew this was coming.  I absolutely adore this palette, so of course I had to talk about it!  As for those of you that may have recently stumbled upon this site, Welcome!  I'm glad to have you here, and I hope that you'll stay a while.  You folks may recognize this as similar to Elle (allthatglitters21) and Fleur's (FleurDeForce) Lolita palettes.  However, this is not the Lolita.

This is the Starlet.  It is essentially comprised of seven colors straight from Old Hollywood, and you know how much I love Old Hollywood!  There is a muted lilac, a metallic champagne pink, metallic dark copper brown, metallic bright copper, metallic gold (with what looks like a hint of olive!), metallic bluish silver, and a metallic gunmetal grey.  These colors are so beautiful and pigmented!  My goodness!  I thought that Urban Decay's Naked palettes packed a punch - they can't hold a candle to this guy!  I am honestly quite addicted to this palette - I've been wearing the champagne pink and dark copper brown every single day to work, and I don't think I'm even close to getting tired of the combination.  In fact, I like it so much that I'll likely try to come up with a look for my wedding (October 4th!) using it!

At $59 for 7 colors, this is definitely a luxury palette, and certainly won't be for everyone.  Especially the Starlet.  As I said, I use this palette every single day, but my style is such that these colors work very well for me.  So, while I love it, and would certainly recommend it for anyone that has a similar sense of style to me, I would also suggest going to a physical Sephora, and swatching it before making any quick decisions!  You've no idea how many times I had to sit and stare at it before committing!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Enamel

You know, Revlon nail polish is such a hit or miss item for me.  Sometimes I really like it, and sometimes the formula really bothers me for some reason.  As I do not like discussing the things I don't care for on this blog, you can rest assured that I do, however, like the polishes from the Revlon Parfumerie line...well, most of the ones I own, anyway.

The most intriguing part about this particular collection of polishes is that they are, as the name implies, scented when dry.  Some of them are stronger than others - for example, the Bordeaux polish is much for heavily scented than the Italian leather one, both pictured above - but most smell rather lovely for a good day or so before the scent starts to fade.  If you must know, one polish in particular that I own from this collection did not make it into this post, simply because the scent was too overpowering, though.  It is a lovely lilac shade that smells of Lavender Soap - much too strongly of Lavender Soap.

However, the other two polishes in my possession are quite lovely.  The first is a lovely dark grey with just a hint of olive, and golden green speckles of glitter.  It's one of those beautifully unique shades that I seem to have far too many of in my collection, but I still absolutely love them.  It is the scent Italian Leather, and reminds me of a new car.  This in turn, reminds me of Joe, as he owns a rather old BMW that he is quite fond of, and is essentially a lover of anything that has a motor.

The other is a bit more, shall we say, "me"?  It is a classic red that is in the scent Bordeaux, or in other words, wine.  Although wine seems to be a recurring theme on my blog and YouTube channel, I do feel that I have to take a moment and mention that apart from one day a week when I get together with one or two good friends to drink wine conservatively, I really don't drink much at all.  I just really like the color and scent of red wine a lot, I guess.  Besides, while this one does smell a bit like wine, it has more of a non-alcoholic scent to it, if that makes sense, and smells more like juice than anything.

Obviously I don't know how all of these polishes smell, as I have only tried three of them, but I would certainly recommend these two!  They smell amazing, and the formula is nice and smooth, and creamy as well.  It only takes two coats to get an opaque coat, and it wears nicely.  If you are not a fan of strong smelling lavender soap, though, I would recommend staying away from that one...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Made in Minnesota

So, I finally decided to do my very first, full on Outfit of the Day style post on this blog, and of course, it has to be one of the most "Minnesotan" outfits I have in my closet (and believe me, there are quite a few!).

This outfit is mostly comprised of this really pretty sweater dress that I made all by myself!  I love sweater dresses, and have recently decided that I need to make a sweater or something similar every month this year - I'll have to play catch up since it's already April, of course!  They're just so cozy, and considering we had snow again today, still practical.  

Keeping the cold weather in mind (I'm so jealous of you guys in warmer climates right now!), I decided I might as well just bundle up with this outfit, so I added one of my favorite scarves, and a few accessories!

I love how comfy and cute this outfit not only looks, but also how it feels!  What do you guys think?  Oh yes, and for those of you wondering, these pictures were taken while we were making wild rice soup, which is an amazing dinner!

The Details
Sweater Dress: handmade
Belt: Maurice's
Tights: Target
Scarf: Walmart
Earrings: Unknown
Bracelet: J. Crew
Boots: JustFab

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nume Hydro Punch Hydrating Hair Mask

After having tried several hair masks, including some of the Organix ones, L'Oreal ones, and the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque, I can safely say that the Nume Hydro Punch Hydrating Hair Mask is by far my favorite.  In fact, I'm only about 2/3 through my little tub, and it's become such a fundamental part of my hair routine that I'm already planning on repurchasing it.  This is a big deal, as I very rarely repurchase the same shampoo or conditioner!

This one leaves my hair feeling so nice and soft, and so silky, though!  I especially like washing my hair immediately when I get into the shower (I've been using Bumble and Bumble's Thickening Shampoo), then applying the Nume Hydrating Mask, and adding a shower cap to my head, to lock in everything while I finish showering.  Then right before I get out, I'll rinse the mask out of my hair, using cold water as I hear this is better on your locks, which leaves my hair feeling absolutely lovely.  It really is fabulous.

Though this may sound a bit weird, the texture slightly reminds me of cottage cheese, but I quite like it, as it's not too runny, and actually sticks to your hair quite well, rather than falling off directly into the drain - at least some of you have had to deal with this problem, right?  I do hope it's not just me.  Really, the one issue that I have with this product is that its scent is not my favorite.  It's not repulsive by any means, and I'm not sure I can even quite describe it - it's just not my favorite scent.  I do love the mask, though, and if any of you can describe what this product smells like, please do let me know!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bobble (and Beads) Dress

I'm really quite fond of knitting in my free time, but I haven't really undertaken a big project in quite some time.  Then, I was flipping through an old Vogue Knitting magazine (from 2012!), and stumbled upon a really pretty, bohemian style dress, and decided that since I had some yarn just lying around, waiting to be used, I had to make it.  So, I did, and wanted to show it to you!

Technically, it's called the Bobble and Beads dress (you can see the original and purchase the pattern here), but once I'd finished sewing it up, I decided that I actually liked it without the beads.  For a dress, it was really quick to knit up, especially since the majority of it was done in a simple stockinette stitch, and just the bodice is done with lace leaves and bobbles.  That bit was a bit more complicated, especially since I'd never done bobbles like this before, but it was certainly a fun new skill to learn!

I used Caron's Simply Soft, which is a yarn that I use in almost all of my projects, in Dark Heather Grey.  I love Caron's Simply Soft, because it's a nice, soft yarn to work with, and after a while, once it's been knit into something like a sweater, it doesn't pill, but does fray a little, giving it a nice vintage vibe.  Though, I must admit, I probably should branch out into some other fibers at some point. 

For those of you who may want to see what this dress looks like on, please be patient!  I'm actually putting together my first "Outfit of the Day" style post with this dress as the focal point of the outfit, which should be going up on Friday!  I'm very excited about it, so I do hope you'll stop back and see it!

Friday, April 18, 2014

DKNY Be Delicious London

I can feel it!  My senses are finally changing after all these cold winter months, and my attraction to those spicy scents and warm bakery aromas are finally being replaced by a love of all things fruity and floral.  Which is why it's probably no surprise that I would be reaching for more flowery perfumes, like my DKNY Be Delicious London.

This was one of my only spur of the moment perfume purchases, since it seems that a typical perfume costs upwards of $60 a bottle, but I truly love it, and it's perfect for springtime.  It has a lovely, romantic scent to it that would be so nice for a casual date, though it is definitely not a nighttime scent.  Its top notes consist of green apple (common in most, if not all DKNY perfumes) and hyacinth, while its heart is comprised of black currant bud, honeysuckle, and English roses.  Finally, the base of this perfume is made up of vetiver and amber.

Personally, I can smell the roses best, which seems to be a common occurrence for most people.  I love roses, so this is quite nice for me, and I can also smell the black currant bud fairly well, which gives it a nice little air of mystery.  I can't actually smell the green apple very well at all, which I can't say I'm too disappointed about.  If it's there, my sense of smell is just not sophisticated enough to pull it out, and I'll just enjoy the aroma regardless!  Do you have a favorite scent for spring and summer?  What do you favor?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Neutrogena Fast Absorbing Hand Cream

Some of you may know that I've been working in an office environment for a while now, and I have to say, I have had the driest hands in my entire life, simply because of that job.  So, naturally, to save my hands, I had to go on the hunt for the perfect hand cream.

For me, the perfect hand cream had to be a number of things.  For example, it had to be easily accessible in case I ran out, which meant it had to be from the drugstore.  It also had to hydrate my hands well, and quickly, without being greasy, and ideally, it would have no scent, so as not to bother my co-workers.

This hand cream fulfills almost all of these qualifications, and therefore, I have purchased two containers of it - one for while I am at work, and one for at home, simply because it is that good.  My one little stipulation is that it has the slightest hint of a sunscreen-like scent to it, but it is very, very subtle.  In fact, that's really the only qualification I can think of that this hand cream does not meet, and the scent is so subtle, that I think I can safely say that this is, indeed, my perfect hand cream.

If any of you are working in an office environment, and are thinking of picking this up for yourself, please be careful!  There is another hand cream out there that looks very similar to this one, but it is much greasier, and I personally don't want to be responsible for my hands making reports and documents transparent!

Monday, April 14, 2014


I love old movies - love them!  Therefore, I figured that as this blog is really just about a bunch of things I like, it only made sense to write about them, and let you guys know what some of my absolute favorites are.  I also just recently watched Casablanca, and just really wanted to write about it.  I can't say that it is my absolute favorite classic movie of all time - you'll know that one when I write about it - but that doesn't mean it's not an amazing film!

Casablanca is one of those movies that a lot of people know about, even if they haven't actually seen it, or don't know that they know about it.  For example, if you've ever been on the Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World, you might remember a black and white scene where a man and a woman are standing in front of an airplane that's ready to take off - that is a reference to Casablanca.  It's also famous for some of its lines, like "Here's looking at you, kid" or "We'll always have Paris", among many, many others.  Oh, and have you heard the song, As Time Goes By?  Yep, also from Casablanca!

Released in 1943, it takes place in the city of Casablanca, in 1941, and is about World War II.  This was crazy to me, as World War II did not officially end until later in 1945, and this film was definitely pro-Allied forces.  Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergan, the movie is about a man, Rick (played by Bogart), that has to choose between keeping the woman he loves, Ilsa (played by Bergman), or helping her and her husband, Victor Laszlo, escape Casablanca and get to America before the Nazis capture them.

It's an amazing movie, and I would highly recommend it!  It's a classic for a reason!

Images from here and here

Friday, April 11, 2014

La Croix Has Invaded Our House

We have some friends (that live in Fargo, I might add - thanks to the Coen Brothers, I imagine some of you know where that is!), who I think it's safe to say are rather obsessed with La Croix water - a sparkling, 0 calorie, naturally flavored water beverage, and have gotten Joe and I hooked on it, too.

As for me, I think it's a good way to quit drinking sodas (...which I'm doing, yet again.  Even though I realize how unhealthy and acidic it is, it tastes so good!).  Drinking a can of La Croix still gives you that pleasant, carbonated feeling, feeds your sweet tooth, and doesn't have any calories to go along with it!  A simple can of Coca Cola is already 140 calories, and don't get me started on how sugary it is!  That's why I don't want to drink it!  Joe has his own, separate reasons, but as this is my blog, we don't have to get into them.

If you are new to La Croix, I would recommend checking out their Cran-Raspberry flavor.  That's the one that most people I've talked to like best.  However, if you're looking for something a little different, I would also recommend my personal favorite, the Coconut one.  It tastes like a guilt-free Pina Colada!

Have you tried La Croix water before?  What is your opinion of it?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

I am a sucker for wine scented, flavored, colored, anything.  So, when I was in Sephora a while ago, and noticed that the Marc Jacobs lip glosses smelled like a lovely mixture of wine and champagne, you know I was all over it.  They are a little pricey at $28 a gloss, which is why I only got one, but I must say that I really do love the one I picked up.

I got one of the Sheer glosses called Kissability (No. 302), but don't let the title 'Sheer' fool you.  I didn't actually swatch the 'Full' or opaque glosses, but the Sheer ones still give a nice wash of color to your lips, and the color is amazing!  It's a nice muted pink, that's described as a shimmering lilac pink, with some gold shimmer to it that doesn't show up much once applied, but still gives a nice plumping effect to your kisser.

The formula is nice and smooth, so it goes on easily, and doesn't feel tacky or anything.  It's just an all-around lovely lip gloss, and I've been wearing it at least a little while every single day since I got it!  I would definitely recommend at the very least swatching this beauty if you have a chance - you simply have to see how amazing it is for yourself!

Monday, April 7, 2014

OPI's You Don't Know Jacques!

Does anyone remember a while back when almost everyone was raving about the color, You Don't Know Jacques! by OPI?  I do, because they was right about the same time that I fell in love with a color from the same OPI collection, Tickle My France-y (still my all-time favorite nail color, ever), and really had next to no interest in it.  However, while out shopping recently, I happened to spot it again, and figured that I might as well try it out - after all, plenty of people have seemed to like it at one point or another, and I've actually had a few people try to tell me that Tickle My France-y and You Don't Know Jacques! were really similar.

They are not.  They aren't actually even close.  Tickle My France-y  is a lovely violet-pink color with a hint of grey, so it makes for a nice, neutral color you can wear all year round, where You Don't Know Jacques! is more of a purple-brown that looks slightly rebellious without being too dramatic, while at the same time maintaining some form of ladylike charm that I simply can't describe.  In fact, the closest I can get is that it reminds me of those really old fur coats that actresses from Old Hollywood would wear, like Lucille Ball, Jane Russell, and Marilyn Monroe.

If you weren't in on the craze back then, please do me a favor and check this polish out!  I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised!  And if you were in the initial You Don't Know Jacques! fan club, and still have it in your collection, give it another go!  Sometimes, I need a little reminder about the amazing colors in my collection, so this is yours!