Make Up

Favorite Foundations

I have been wearing these two foundations lately. They are the only two in my personal make up kit right now and I love both for different reasons. One is from the grocery store and the other is a more expensive brand. For my every day wear, I love the coverage of the Loreal Foundation. It is a good, clean and fresh coverage. Not too heavy but not too light of a coverage either. I love when my skin shows through slightly and the foundation leaves a dewy/fresh finish. It lasts fairly good through out the day with minimal touch ups. The Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has always been a favorite of mine. It is a heavy coverage that lasts FOREVER with no touch ups. Its great for all day if you aren't planning on being able to touch up or for special events. 

Both are very different but both are must haves for my personal kit! 

Estee Lauder Double Wear   // Loreal Infallable

How to take on NYC....

Where do I even begin with my trip to NYC. I know I totally bombarded your Instagram feeds with my over sharing, but I couldn't stop. I literally had butterflies the entire time driving around the city. It felt like home. The hustle and bustle...the no BS conversations and the incredible food. 

 I will be posting everything I purchased (probably next week), but for now, here are the pictures from my camera of my entire trip! 


To start...these ladies are the beauties that brought me out. 

Left to Right - Me, Jen with JJBPR.com, Kelly & Carol - founders of PREP Cosmetics. 

These gorgeous ladies had meetings with a very impressive list of beauty editors from magazines that we all drool over every month. So they had to look fabulous. So I went out to glam them up for their meetings, and then had the entire day to walk all over one of my favorite cities and explore...and that I did. 

I started my day by jumping in a cab and told the driver to take me to good shopping on 5th Ave. My first mistake..haha #NYCAmateur. He dropped me off at Tiffany's. TIFFANY'S!!! In my dreams. Anyway, so I started walking along Central Park towards the Upper East Side, and only because I have heard Carrie Bradshaw talk about it. #Embarrassing. I walked in too many zig zags to count and fell in love with the apartments, shops and the atmosphere. I ended up at this shop, Milly. It had mostly black outfits in the window (If you know me, you know I wear my blacks pretty much all the time). So naturally, I went in. I looked around and died and went to heaven. Black clothes everywhere, leopard and sequins. #ThisWasMyStore. The girls greeted me right away, and once they found out I was in NYC for less than 48 hours and only had one day to shop - they planned my entire day out for me. Check out my Milly Ladies below. 

My first official stop on their "To Do" List was lunch at VQ's (Via Quandronno) . JEEZ was that a treat. I sat in there, in absolute shock that I was able to be that one person, sitting in a cafe, by myself in NYC. Definitely crossed that off my Bucket List. Everyone spoke italian, the food was incredible and the server was the cutest thing I had ever seen. Barely spoke english, and ordered my entire meal for me. Mozzarella, tomato and prosciutto with an olive pâté on the best bread I've ever had. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. #Perfection. 

After lunch, my next instructions were to hop in a cab and firmly say "Prince & West Broadway Please!". Which took me right to the corner of my happy place. SoHo is a freaking dream. I turned around in a circle looking at all the shops and almost had to laugh....There goes my entire paycheck.  Birchbox, Piperlime, French Connection, NARS....And as I walked further - Zara, Top Shop, MAC, Kate Spade. Every dream store you can imagine was there, plus some. 

Birchbox had a BYOB - Build your own box, so of course, I had to start with that. 

Next, was Piperlime. They have a limited amount of stores, so I was beyond stoked to stumble upon one. And yes, I definitely took home a GEM from there. (Post coming soon!) 

After Piperlime, I RAN (jk) to Dash. I am slightly obsessed with the Kardashians #HatersGannaHate.  Everything in the store started at $300... so my purchases were limited. I stuck to the "Dash" souvenir table! (Wish I had the emoji that laughed so hard it was crying - insert here). After dash, I had a blast in NARS and picked up some AMAZING finds.... including the always sold out ITA brush!!! (again, posting soon!!) 

I went in quite a few more stores, but didn't document as much...I was busy and had my arms full of bags! Here are a few insta pictures! 

 

I went into this shop called BITE and tried my hardest to get an appointment but they were beyond booked and wouldn't let me jack someone else's spot.  But it is a place to make your own LIPSTICK!! I died! I wanted to do it so bad, but instead just snapped a bunch of pictures for a reminder to do it next time! 

I hope you enjoyed my recap of my NYC trip, and make sure you are following along on INSTAGRAM - you will see loads of photos from NYC there! As for all my purchases, I will be posting hopefully next week on my outfits, make up finds and souvenirs! 

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Friday Favorites | MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set

Ok, so I posted a photo yesterday on Instagram of my new purchases from MAC... See here ----------> 

Their new "Alluring Aquatic" collection came out last week online (this week in stores). Seeing as everything sold out in about 2.5 seconds online, I waited till the in-store release. HOLY COW, was it worth the wait. The colors are gorgeous and they go on so smooth! I am obsessed. Here is what I purchased...

 

Extra Dimension Bronzers in DELPHIC & APHRODITE'S SHELL 

Extra Dimension Blush in SEA ME, HEAR ME & SEDUCED AT SEA

Extra Dimension Shadow in LORELEI

(Pigment in TAN - Pictured but not part of the Alluring Aquatic Collection) 

Check out the Alluring Aquatic Collection and purchase here

 

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Also, their Summer 2014 items came out. If you haven't noticed, I love MAC cosmetics. I can't really name any product that I dislike from them. But I hate when make up companies slap "waterproof" on their products. Because we all know about 10% of those products are actually waterproof. Irritating. But withTHIS product....Waterproof is an understatement. My brows lasted all flippen day and night. Literally, they did not budge. The application is gorgeous and as natural or dramatic as you want it to be. Depending on how much pressure and product you put on your brows. And it seriously is waterproof. If you needed to purchase one brow product from any brand...this would be it. (Sorry Anastasia Beverly Hills....I am still in love with your Brow Wiz!) The best part, it comes in 6 colors and each one is only $17. Such a good price! 

Check out the details and purchase the brow products here


As always, you can check out my "Shop My Favorites" page for the products I love. Each photo will link you directly to where you can purchase the items!