6 Drugstore Finds To Try This Fall

13 October 2015

Since I spent the better half of my three day weekend fighting a brutal cold and in bed binge watching the entire second season of The Originals, I thought it might be a good time to pop open the seemingly giant box that CVS sent over and try a handful of their newest offerings. At first I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed with all the new beauty products but I overcame it and ended up narrowing down 6 of my favorites. Guys, they're awesome and are super budget friendly falling under the $20 threshold - check them out. 
1. Promise Organic Coconut Milk Facial Lotion - Ok, I've had this since the last shipment and am completely obsessed with the smell and how soft my face feels after. Their entire line pretty much had me at coconut - I even bought some for my friend for her birthday over the summer. ($14.99)

2. e.l.f Lip Exfoliator - If you at all suffer from dry lips this is the product for you. I've used it twice in 48 hours and my lips feel so soft and smooth. Such an amazing find, forget the sugar scrubs and grab this. ($3)

3. Vichy Pureté Themale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil - As someone who loves Micellar Water cleansers I was pretty excited to try this particular new addition out, especially because I'm a huge user of Vichy products, especially in the winter. The Verdict: Go buy this now. After makeup removal my skin felt and looked hydrated and soft. I was even able to get my eye makeup off with it - which I haven't been able to achieve with my Simple Micellar Water, win and win. ($18)

4. L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara - I'm always on the hunt for a good mascara and this one does not disappoint. It goes on smooth and doesn't flake. Plus, it wasn't impossible to get off like my Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara. ($10.99)

5. Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer - I've been itching to try this for what seems like forever, especially since the beauty blogging world has had nothing but rave reviews. As someone, who suffers from dark circles from time to time this is pretty much magic and it doesn't cake up or settle in any of my 'lines'. Truth be told it took me a minute (or 3-4 tries) to figure out how to use it, but since it's been a godsend. ($9.99)

6. Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer - I've actually been looking for a new primer since my Smashbox Photofinish started running low. So, last week I asked the CVS beauty concierge {they're awesome - check out your store's} for some paraben free suggestions that would be a good fit for my skin and she immediately recommended this primer. I was nervous at first because I've never used 'drugstore beauty' primers before, but after wearing it for almost a week now I'm never going back to paying $36 for primer. It has the same consistency as my Smashbox but I personally think it does a better job of keeping things smooth and in place. I've read some reviews where people have complained it's super oily but I don't seem to have that problem, and I have oily skin. For $7 it's worth a try - ($6.99)

 Have you tried any of these?
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Fall Essential: The Lace Up All-Weather Boot

12 October 2015

When it comes to my fall footwear I want functionality but also the ability to make any outfit pop. Like most of you, my closet is full of black, grey and brown boots so a pop of color to the collection was exactly what I needed this season to change things up. When BOGS footwear asked me to try out their Sidney boot and I couldn't help but become enamored with the red lace up version. They're absurdly comfortable {I'm guessing it's the rebound technology in the outsole}, 100% waterproof and comfort rated with Neo-tech Lite insulation and Max-Wick from temperate weather all the way to a frigid 5F˚.  Aside from being completely functional equally in fall showers and sledging through winter snow, they bring effortless style to my fall wardrobe. I personally favor the lace up detail. Am I the only one who's a first timer in the lace up boots department? I'm obsessed.

Wear them with distressed jeans and a tee or give them a feminine touch of edge by pairing them with a dress and leather jacket. I couldn't resist the pop of red with my floral swing dress, channeling my inner 90's grunge but completely functional, just in case it calls for rain.

Love the boots as much as I do? I'm teaming up with Bogs to give one lucky reader a gift card to shop a pair of boots of their own. Enter below and share why you want a pair...

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bogs Footwear. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Sauder Home Living Room Makeover

08 October 2015

It's frustrating to think about how we've struggled with our living room space since we moved in two years ago. I personally didn't see the apartment before we signed the lease, my husband's accounts of it weren't exactly on point when he relayed everything to me, and there's only so much pictures can tell you. So, I bought a bunch of furniture with what I thought would fit, and later found out it did not work for our awkwardly sized living room. A year later I ditched the bulky pieces but still found myself in a rut when it came to the space. That is, until this summer came around and Sauder asked if I had a room that needed a little love. Obviously, I jumped on board and picked out my favorite pieces with a little help from my muse, Shavonda. 

I had some reservations with my picks at first, mainly because I was nervous about sizing in the tiny place but I was beyond elated after I saw everything put together and in place. Of course, I have a little more work to do, like a new rug and a cover for the lumbar pillow, but it's falling into place flawlessly. For once I feel like it's the way it's supposed to be. 

Ok, let's talk about the pieces that won me over...

 The Nilsen Accent Chair has to be my favorite piece. I don't know if it's because of how it pops against our berry-hued wall or the fact that it's just the right size for the corner. I love it. The Anywhere Media Console is amazing, you wouldn't believe the amount of storage it has and the Vanishing Drawer™ hides components behind flip-up front makes it the perfect place for my printer and dvd player - out of sight until I need them. I was nervous it was too rustic, but now I can't imagine anything taking it's place. Lastly, the Round Side Table pulls everything together. It keeps our bohemian aesthetic yet still looks polished.  

- Before and After -
What do you think about the room makeover? Check out the Sauder "Put Together Lookbook" for more ways to style the pieces.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Fall Essential: The Fringe Skirt

07 October 2015

Well, it was only a matter of time before I got my hands on the some serious fringe. You and I both know it was going to happen sooner or later, there's no resisting. As far as this look goes I'm not sure what I'm channeling more of, the 70's or the way of the west. Either way I love it. Who can resist denim, fringe, and boots - really?

Ps- my skirt is only $35. 

Skirt Boohoo, Shirt Bella Dahl, Earrings Carolyn Pollack {on sale}, Boots Jessica Simpson
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Foundation To Try: L’Oréal® Infallible Pro-Matte

06 October 2015

I’m always on the hunt for a great foundation to take me from day to night with minimal touch ups. But more often than not, I feel like I’m either wearing a mask because the foundation is too heavy or it doesn’t even make it past the afternoon. 

You know the struggle. 

So, I gave L’Oreal® Infallible Pro-Matte 24hr. foundation a shot. It’s light-weight, long wearing formula goes on smooth with the promise of lasting up to 24 hours. For me, I love the air-light formula, it feels like a tinted moisturizer but with excellent coverage.
The matte finish doesn’t fall flat on my face and doesn’t budge on my oily prone skin. I didn’t make the full 24 hours, but after 17 it was still intact before I washed it off and hit the sack.

Protip: I forgot primer one day and the makeup settled into some of my {oversized} pores, it wasn’t very noticeable but I now know to always wear a primer with it to keep things flawless.

How I Applied It: Skip the brush and opt for a damp beauty sponge {I use the beauty blender}. Smooth on to skin in a rolling motion and blend. The coverage is buildable, so repeat until desired coverage is achieved. I was satisfied with one layer, which gave medium coverage. Finish with L’Oréal® Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray {obsessed}. 
disclosure: this post has been sponsored by L'Oréal®.
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6 Fall Nail Colors To Try

Over the last couple of weeks I've found myself swapping my trusty OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender for something a little more Fall appropriate. I personally have been leaning toward coppery metallics, opaque nudes and of course, rich bourdouxes to keep up with the current leaf colors. My favorite? It's hard to choose but I will say I've been wearing the heck out of CND Vinylux's Naked Naiveté these last couple of weeks. Here's 6 colors that I can't stop wearing this month. 
CND Vinylux Naked Naiveté, Amazon $6.32 + Free Shipping
CND Vinylux Rouge Rite, Amazon $5.98 + Free Shipping
Essie Leggy Legend, Beauty.com $8.50

What are you favorites this season?

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