8.26.2014


I can't get enough of lipsticks. But let's be honest, no one in their right mind needs as many lippys as I own (I think I'm pushing 50 at this point), come on though - red lipsticks are a beauty staple! You can never have too many reds, there are so many shades, finishes, textures. I need them all! However, here are a few tried and true favorite reds I own.

THE BUDGETS
These are drugstore brands that are inexpensive, but totally effective. I love it when a drugstore brand exceeds expectations, or surpasses your high end brands. These are my favorite budget buys (from left to right):
  • Flower Kiss Stick High Shine Lipstick in Rose Bud $5 -  To be honest, I bought this on a whim simply because I though the packaging was divine. But it has proven to be truly fantastic. Creamy, long lasting, vibrant color and such a yummy vanilla scent.
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Big Cherry $6 - Lightweight and hydrating these are perfect for gals who are on the fence when it comes to lipstick. This shade is more on the pinkish side but has great payoff.
  • Maybelline Color Whisper in Who Wore It Red-er? $5 - I was obsessed with Maybelline's Color Whisper range so hard that I had nearly every shade. Well I've definitely cleaned house but I still love Who Wore It Red-er? It can go on sheer for a stain like appearance or you can layer it up for a more lipstick look. 
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Red Revolution $8 - This red is vibrant, vibrant, vibrant! Not for the faint of heart it is a red like no other.
 
THE KATES 
I'm a huge fan of the Kate Moss collection from Rimmel. Honestly my favorite reds have come from her line. I may have cheated a bit as the first lippy is in fact not part of the Kate Collection but throw me a bone here! It is Rimmel! And I think Kate would rock it. I also have my eyes set on a matte red from her collection as well so I'm sure these favorites will grow. All of these are extremely pigmented, go on smooth, keep lips moist, and last a good long while (left to right):
THE LUXE
The last of the bunch are on the pricier end of the spectrum. Ones I grab on a special occasion or when I want something I know will last. Here we go (left to right):
  • Albeit Lipstick in Ruby $18 - Another case of me being a sucker for pretty packaging... I saw these gold tubed lipsticks at Anthropologie and fell in love. They reminded me old Hollywood glamour and the color Ruby is a rich and lush red that looks like red velvet cake.
  • MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo $16 - A EXTREMELY matte blue red. If you're looking for something that will last you breakfast, lunch, and dinner this is your go to. Requires a bit of prep work (exfoliate, balm, lip pencil), feels a bit like dragging a crayon over your lips and not ideal for those with chapped, dryer lips - but it's money well spent.
  • Lipstick Queen in Medieval $22 - The fairest of them all, Medieval is a shade that flatters all complexions and was created by the Lipstick Queen herself Poppy King. Sheer, sexy, and meant to mimic medieval ladies using lemons to give their lips a natural blood red tint.

And there you have it! My favorite reds. What are some of your favorites? Anything I missed that I should check out? xx



8.25.2014

I've been on a skincare kick lately so this is less of a Beauty Wishlist and more of a Skincare Wishlist. Regardless, here are some things I've set my sights on, hopefully I can add one or two to my line up. 

  • REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial - I've been itching to grab something from REN and this might be it! I've read many a good things about this 1 minute facial making skin brighter, smoother, and supple.
  • Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil - I didn't take as good care of my skin in my youth so I have a few scars that I'd love to make go away. I've heard this works wonders on those, so this is at the top of my list.
  • Kiehl's Skin Rescuer - I have rather strange skin. In the summer it gets incredibly oily, in the winter incredibly dry, I can't win! With Fall coming up soon I'm already dreading my dry skin. This sounds like it would be wonderful with keeping my skin in check.
  • Mario Badescu Drying Lotion -  I'm 25 and I still get the odd spot every now again! I've tried my fair share of products promising 'overnight results' without avail. This sounds like a dream come true.
  • Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment - This has been on my wishlist for yonks now ever since I read Kate over at Gh0stparties singing it's praises every chance she gets! I must have it. 
  • Erborian Sleeping BB Mask - Korean make up is easily one of my faves. I've never ventured into skincare territory but I've heard wonderful things about this overnight BB mask. Promising velvety skin, I'm in.
  • Kiehl's Over Night Biological Peel - I love anything I can use overnight and helps repair my skin (as though I try to be good... I can be rather lazy). This peel sounds amazing.  

Any skincare items you can't live without?! Send them my way! x

8.24.2014


A few things around the web I'm dying to share with you all! x

How cute is Olivia's Nautical inspired look? I'm in love with her high waisted shorts and that gorgeous Lulu bag!

Even though Summer is rapidly coming to an end I'm still always searching for a way to keep my make up on all day while sitting outside for Sunday brunch. This slideshow from Style is perfect. Models from Thailand share their Sweat-Proof Summer Beauty Secrets.

I'm heading to NYC in a couple weeks so this little interactive guide on The Guardian is perfect for finding some little known gems (to a tourist!).

I sure am lusting over this gorg Tile Print All-In-One from Topshop. The color, print, everything is perfect! Would be great to throw on for those cooler summer/fall nights coming up.

I have been desperately trying to downsize and organize my room. After years of being a messy Megan I am finally getting my act together and trying to keep it neat. These tips for Organizing Your Closet off of Camille Styles are a fantastic starting point. I am eying those IKEA hangers!

Bookmark/Pin This for later! A 12 Piece No Brainer Fall Wardrobe Guide. I know what I need to add to mine before the Fall rolls in!

I've been trying to be healthier by eating right, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, and most importantly working out daily. I like this No Excuses Workout from FitSugar for days when I know I should, but don't want to.

Lastly I know this image has been making the rounds for a while but how absolutely adorable does Kourtney Kardashian look? This outfit, flawless!

(Top Photo from Rackk & Ruin)

xx

8.22.2014



I am dying of anticipation for & Other Stories  in the US after seeing their teasing instagram posts about the store opening up in NYC this Fall! (Wishing and dreaming it'll be open when I go back to NYC in a couple weeks but if not, that just means another trip is needed!) I first fell in love with & Other Stories while in London and regret to this day I didn't scoop something up at their chic shop.

Belonging to H&M's sister label, their NYC shop promises to offer a mixture of tailored, bohemian, feminine and rougher pieces. While definitely not in the same price range as H&M I can attest to the better quality and uniqueness of their products. Plus just look at their beauty packaging! To die for, me loves. xx


8.20.2014


I was never a 'mini bag' girl. I couldn't imaging using anything that couldn't hold my life and then some in it. Let's face it, us girls never know when we may need something! That all changed when I bought my Cedar Street Monday Crossbody from Kate Spade on a trip to NYC. Ever since I've been bananas for mini bags and have found my other Kate Spade tote and Longchamp bag too bulky and big! Here are a few mini bags I have my sights set on (let's not forget that mini Pashli by 3.1 Phillip Lim that I'm drooling over). xx

LILY SHOULDER BAG from Mulberry // MINI TWIST CROSSBODY from Topshop // FAUX LEATHER CROSSBODY from Forever 21 // GWENN GLITCH FLORAL CLUTCH from Ted Baker // BALL & CHAIN CROSSBODY from Marc Jacobs // SHOULDER BAG from H&M // SILENCE + NOISE SATCHEL from Urban Outfitters // PATENT LEATHER BAG from Zara // BLACK SATCHEL CROSSBODY from Dorothy Perkins

8.16.2014

With Summer sadly nearing it's end I'm already looking at Fall pieces to add to my wardrobe. Also my East Coast readers may have already heard projections for a colder and snowier winter than last year! Yikes! I absolutely adore Topshop - so here are a few things I've been eying up. Despite the dark colors I've chosen trust me I'm as friendly and cheery as can be!

I love that long duster, perfect for throwing on over daily wear and on dressy nights out.  You can't survive Fall/Winter on the East Coast without some cozy sweaters and if you pair with a cute warm skirt and some sweet booties and you're set! Accessory wise I've been loving fedora hats, perfect for looking casual cool or hiding messy hair days. Clutches like this suede one are perfect for from day to night and lastly don't forget a plum lippy! xx



8.12.2014

One thing I love more than beauty products is music. I could spend hours listening to music and discovering new artists. Here's a few things I've been having in rotation this month. A lot of pop, a little rock, and a bunch of stuff in between! 

one: I first heard Cold War Kids newest single on the indie station I listen to at work. If All This Could Be Yours is any indication of what their new album will sound like, it's going to be awesome. 

two: Sylvan Esso's Self Titled album is a mixture of quite a bit of genres (well see this show up in another band on this list as well)! A cross between indie, hip hop, dream pop, and dub it makes for an exciting and unexpected listen. Play the tracks Hey Mami and Coffee.

three: I think Ella Eyre only has two songs out at the moment but I could be wrong. From England she makes beautiful pop songs. Deeper is fantastic! I can see big things from this British dame. 

four: I know, I know I'm so late to game but I'm finally on board and yes, CHVRCHES The Bones Of What You Believe is just as amazing as everyone says. My favorite track is Gun.

five: Another band that combines a wide variety of music is Glass Animals. Their album Zaba is a unique mix of R&B, hip hop, shoegaze, and pop. Kind of like Animal Collective meets Alt-J meets Frank Ocean. Listen to Gooey or Toes.

six: Swim Deep was a band that I kept avoiding for some reason and finally fell in love with them after hearing King City off of Where The Heaven Are We. Though they are from England their songs give you rocking west coast vibes.

seven: I've been really into pop lately. Well that's I lie, I've always been into pop, I listen to a ton of KPop. But I feel like Western Pop is finally catching up to the brilliance of their Asian counterparts. Braveheart by Neon Jungle is a fantastic pop song that takes that KPop formula and adds a little extra to it.

eight: Last but definitely not least, Peace is another band that sort of flew under my radar for a while. One listen to Bloodshake changed everything. Their album In Love takes cues from nearly every decade a little bit of 90s grunge, 70s psychedelic, 80s Brit Pop.... it's amazing.

I've shared you mine, how about you? Any songs you can't get enough of? x