Spring Makeup Wishlist

New season, new changes and new spring makeup!A new season has arrived! It’s time to stock up the cosmetics collection: make way for new, spring makeup!

Spring is a great opportunity to let go of the old and welcome the new. During this time of the year, I like re-organize my makeup. It ensures that I am getting rid of year-old, overused products and that I’m keeping things clean and hygienic. Before I came up with this annual routine, I would find lipsticks and mascaras that were questionable in age.

Here are the products that have made this year’s Spring Makeup Wishlist. Which ones tickle your fancy?

New season, new changes and new spring makeup!

{one} Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter – With a dry complexion, I am all about the dewy, highlighted look this season. Love the fact that this product is formulated with five forms of coconut.

{two} Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Caffeine – Urban Decay is best known for its eyeshadow primer. I’m excited to try one of their newest ones, especially in the shade of Caffeine.

{three} Dior Addict Lip Glow – I’ve been wanting to pick up a tube of Dior lately. I couldn’t have learned about Dior’s Lip Glow at a better time. It’s a hydrating lipbalm with a beautiful shade that’ll bring out the natural pink in your lips.

{four} 7-Piece Morphe Brush Set in Rosé – Morphe brushes are all the rage and for good reason. They’re soft, effective and have a great price-point. I am pretty minimalistic in my makeup routine, so a simple set like this one is all I need to complete my collection.

{five} Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick – I have been obsessively watching YouTube makeup gurus in hopes to perfect the skill of contouring. Bobbi Brown’s foundation stick is exactly what I need to make my contour game on fleek (sorry, I had to).

{six} Dr. Hauschka Concealer – This has been on my “must-have list” for a few months. I’ll especially need it in the spring as the weather gets warmer. Sometimes, I’ll sport a simple look using concealer only. No need for heavy foundations on a scorching hot day!

Silicone Beauty Sponge

Tested and reviewed: here are our first impressions on the Silicone Beauty Sponge.The silicone beauty sponge offers a new way to apply foundation.

I have a weak spot for binge-watching beauty gurus on YouTube. A couple of my favorites include Morgan from The Beauty Breakdown and Nikkie from NikkieTutorials. I can watch them all day. Perhaps it’s the way they flawlessly apply foundation, create the perfect lip, and blend in their eyeshadows… whatever it may be, it is all so jaw-dropping. I also love it when they review trending beauty products. I love seeing their first-hand experience with a product I’m contemplating purchasing.

Lucky for me, I got my hands on a couple of generic-branded silicone sponges. The Silicone Beauty Sponge rose to fame because of how little product it “drank up” compared to competing makeup sponges and brushes.

I was giddy with joy when I received mine. I was so eager to try them that I even went out and purchased a new bottle of my go-to Bobbi Brown foundation. Upon trial, here were my initial thoughts:

Pros

  • A lot less product is required (compared to using makeup sponges and brushes)
  • Easy to clean – love the fact that this can be wiped dry, unlike sponges that need to be aired out. Less room for breeding bacteria!
  • Smooth on the face – no abrasiveness on my sensitive skin

Cons

  • Takes more time to blend – I had a more difficult time getting my foundation to set on my skin and not look so cakey
  • Shape is not-so angle friendly – harder to get in smaller areas like creases or just underneath the corner of my eye

Overall, the silicone beauty sponge is something I would recommend. I would, however, encourage people to be extremely patient with it. Application may take some getting used to. Once you get the right blending technique, you’ll find that its pros heavily outweigh its cons. I find that softly dabbing it onto your skin will help with build-up and coverage.

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Have you ever tried the silicone beauty sponge? What were your first impressions? Let me know in the comments below!

Silicone Beauty Sponge

5 of my Favorite Home Offices

Five stylish home offices to draw inspiration from.

More and more families are incorporating home offices into their humble abodes. Here are a few of my favorites.

Joe and I are finally getting ready to purchase our first home. Since we’re just in the early stages, our planning is stress-free and inspiring. We’re scouring Pinterest for our dream kitchens, making lists of must-have’s and can’t-live-without’s… everything is all so exciting.

One thing’s for sure: a home office is a definite ‘need’ for the both of us. We decided that any extra space will be devoted to our home offices and we will make it beautiful, functional and family-friendly (especially since we have our baby boy to accommodate).

I found five home offices that each have unique elements to them. Which one is your fave?

Five stylish home offices to draw inspiration from.

one – Love that the bulk of this office is made up of IKEA furniture. Great way to economize and have everything tie in together.

twoSimplicity and minimalistic: these are my ultimate home-office goals.

three – Totally appreciate the geometric touches to this space. It adds a modern feel without going overboard.

four – The way this office is organized is a blogger’s wish come true.

five – The idea of a wall-sized chalk board is fantastic: it’ll keep Leo entertained for hours!

Five stylish home offices to draw inspiration from.

5 Ways to Stay Organized in the Office

How to keep your office organized.

Organized space for organized work: here’s how I control it all within my office.

My office is my sanctuary. When we moved into our current apartment, I was so grateful for Joe’s generosity. You see, for two years we were living in a (super adorable!) modern one-bedroom condo unit, but we were quickly outgrowing it. We decided to upgrade and move into a place with a spare room. Through his usual act of selflessness, Joe allowed me to make the entire room my very own.

I do a lot of thinking in my office. It’s also the one place that I can call mine. I love my family to bits, but I have always been an introvert, so having personal space is necessary for my well-being.

I maintain my office with a certain expectation of neatness and cleanliness. An organized space means organized thoughts. Between baby, blog and (for the moment), bridesmaid duties, I need to keep a clear focus on everything I do.

How to keep your office organized.

Here are my tips on how to stay organized in the office:

  1. Everything has its place – From pens to notebooks down to random scribbles and notes: I always make sure that my belongings have designated spots on my desk. This way, I know where to grab for them – especially if I’m in a rush or if a good thought comes to mind.
  2. Make daily lists – It’s great to have an idea of what you’d like to have done within a week or a month. Daily lists can help you accomplish your long-term goals. I get hyped-up in motivation when I cross out small and effective tasks.
  3. Invest in an agenda –  Appointments, meetings, and reminders: my agenda is my go-to reference for what’s going on in my life.
  4. Color-code – When I’m writing notes, I use a collection of highlighters and colored pens to have certain points pop out. It helps me remember important facts from meetings and conferences.
  5. The trashcan – Keep your trashcan close by! I avoid clutter by getting rid of unnecessary documents right away.

How to keep your office organized.

Friday Favorites: Have Your Cake and Eat it, Too

So you say I can eat my cake as well? I’ll take it all. All of the slices.

This week, I was all about birthday parties. I am always one for making a big deal of other people’s big days! I know my husband has requested a very specific cake for his celebrations this year, so I gotta roll up my sleeves and impress him!

As we approach spring, I’m getting ready for yet, another big move. Joe and I will soon be heading out to the suburbs and once we’re all settled in, I’ll be baking up a storm. In the meantime, I’ve gathered up some tasty links that I think you and your sweet tooth will enjoy.

Have a great weekend!

So much cake, so little time. Happy weekend!

  1. A recipe of Ms. Stewart’s Swiss meringue buttercream – guaranteed deliciousness (marthastewart.com)
  2. An infographic that you just have to Pin: how to half your recipe (heandsheeatclean.com)
  3. Red Velvet Trifle (frugalmomeh.com)
  4. I’m a big fan of cake-smash baby photoshoots, but Mommy Moment’s idea is brilliant (mommymoment.ca)

8 of the Most Epic Birthday Party Ideas

8 awesome birthday party ideas!

Birthday party ideas that’ll make you want to eat all of the cake. All of it.

When I found out I was going to become a mom, one of the things I was most excited for were themed birthday parties. I’m in love with entertaining and what better way to throw a party than one for your little guy?

My mother recently asked me, “What kind of first birthday party will you throw for Leo?” Granted, he’s only two months old, but my mother and I have always shared an interested in dinner parties and playing hostess.

Of course, I immediately scoured the web for ideas and inspiration. Today, I’ve rounded up some pretty epic birthday party ideas – so epic that Leo may have multiple one-year-old celebrations.

Joking. Sort of.

8 awesome birthday party ideas!

one: Swim under the sea with Ariel in the Little Mermaid party | thesuburbanmom.com

two: Paint the night away | nestingwithgrace.com

three: The cutest Thomas the Train themed birthday party | amidstthechaos.com

four: Tale as old as time with this beautiful take on a Beauty and the Beast celebration | cutesycrafts.com

five: Let’s paint the town red! | dukesandduchesses.com

six: My nieces would thoroughly enjoy this much Frozen. | honeyandlime.co

seven: I don’t know who would want this Toy Story party more: my husband or my son. | thesuburbanmom.com

eight: A party fit for a queen. | thebakingfairy.net

8 awesome birthday party ideas!

 

Friday Favorites: rainbows, luck, & love

May your St. Patty's celebrations be filled with rainbows, luck, & love.

Top o’ the morning/afternoon/evening to ya! Whatever time it is for you, I hope your Friday is filled with rainbows, luck and lots of love.

The one time I ever really attended a St. Patrick’s Day parade was when I worked for the GAP in my college years. I was sent to hand out flyers since there were so many people roaming the streets. Being the dedicated employee that I was, I yelled at the top of my lungs to promote our latest sale. Suddenly, one man screamed out at me, “You’re advertising to the wrong crowd.” It was both embarrassing and amusing and it made for my most prominent St. Patty’s Day memory.

Enjoy your weekend and be safe during your festivities! Let me know if you spot a rainbow!

May your St. Patty's celebrations be filled with rainbows, luck, & love.

  1. Classy footwear with a touch of rainbow (nordstrom.com)
  2. Can You Really Be Lucky in Love? (psychologytoday.com)
  3. Leave it up to my favorite blogger to make the most beautiful St. Patrick’s Day cake (cupcakesandcashmere.com)
  4. Wishbone facts – what’s your lucky charm? (thekitchn.com)

Fashion Board: A Spring in my Step

There’s a spring in my step, and it’s not because I stubbed my toe. Looking forward to tulips, mild weather, and all the best that spring fashion has to offer.

I’m just throwing some ideas around, but I’m really looking forward to spring. Last May, I found out I was pregnant with Leo, so my wardrobe choices consisted of lots of elastic waists and loose t-shirts.

This year, I’ll be embracing the season change with some bright colors and higher heels. This edition of Fashion Board may be a little broad because for now, I’m just brainstorming. Soon enough, I’ll narrow down my choices to create the perfect capsule wardrobe. Are you as excited as I am?

Celebrating all the spring outfits I'm looking forward to rockin'!

{one} A light coat in a light pink is a win for everyone. (pinterestingplans.com)

{two} This season will be all about denim skirts in every shape, wash, and form. (fashionjackson.com)

{three} You can bet that I’ll be sporting a strappy sandal – still loving these Valentino’s and how they transition so well in nearly every season (dressmeperfect.com)

{four} A beautiful print on a long dress to maximize the flower-power (laceandlocks.com)

Lucky Oreo Medallions for St. Patrick’s Day

Feeling lucky? These simple treats will make you even luckier!

Oreos are delicious – but lucky (green) ones are even tastier.

For us, St. Patrick’s Day will be a little bit hectic this year. Joe’s grandfather is coming to visit all the way from Switzerland. Life with a two-month old is crazy, so we’ve found ourselves running around making final arrangements for his stay.

Of course, I didn’t want to miss out on St. Patty’s festivities. I wanted to put together a quick treat, mainly for my nieces who would appreciate them the most. I envisioned something rainbow-themed and immediately thought of Fruity Pebbles. Just my luck, I couldn’t find them in any supermarket in my area.

So I opted for my favorite: Oreos.

A little bit of green and a sprinkling of rainbow? We may not be going all out for St. Patrick’s Day, but these treats are just what we need to feel lucky.

Feeling lucky? These simple treats will make you even luckier!

Lucky Oreo Medallions 

Ingredients
12 Oreo cookies
1 cup green candy melts
1 tsp coconut oil
Round rainbow sprinkles

Process
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In 20 second intervals, microwave candy melts and coconut oil until completely melted.

Dip each cookie halfway in candy melts. Shake off excess and place carefully on lined cookie sheet. Top each cookie with rainbow sprinkles.

Let set in the refrigerator for a minimum of 10 minutes. Enjoy the luck!

Feeling lucky? These simple treats will make you even luckier! Feeling lucky? These simple treats will make you even luckier!

 

Friday Favorites: Sweet Things

Focusing on sweet things for this week's edition of Friday Favorites

Focusing on sweet things to wrap up our Mon-Fri.

Focusing on sweet things for this week's edition of Friday Favorites

I’m sure I’m not the first one to say it, but can you believe it’s already March? Spring is well on its way, so much that I can nearly smell the flowers awaiting their ‘blooming’ arrival.

This week, I’ve been all about the sweet things in life. My recent trip to Cacao70 helped satisfy my sweet tooth cravings. I even managed to bake up a storm and snacked on lactation cookies to help with my adventures in nursing.

Happy weekend!

  1. Do you remember these snacks from the 90’s? (mashable.com)
  2. Candy-cane inspired nails (lexlovescouture.com)
  3. I loved going through these Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory facts (geektyrant.com)
  4. Sneakers that remind me of bubblegum (nordstrom.com)

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