Three Beauty Products I'm Loving Lately

Before I rant and rave about three beauty products I'm absolutely loving lately, can we talk about how badly I need a manicure in this picture? Trust me, I realize how ironic it is that I'm dishing out beauty advice with nails looking like that but what can I say, it was one of those weeks.

Now that we got that out of the way...I have to share three fantastic finds with y'all that have become staples in my makeup bag. As many of you know, I don't discriminate when it comes to beauty products. I'm willing to spend good money on skin care products, but I also don't believe that higher price always equals higher quality. In some cases you can find beauty products at your local drugstore that work just as well, if not better, than ones at the department store. I have two products for you today to "save" on, and one to "splurge" on...

Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb - I'm loving the colored lip trend right now, but I'm not a big fan of cherry red, so I went in search of the perfect "berry" colored lipstick and found it. I love this product, it's a balm/lip stain/lip stick so it goes on smooth but doesn't dry out your lips or run. Bonus, it also has a lip plumping effect. If you don't like the tingly sensation that you get from lip plumping products I wouldn't recommend this, but I don't mind it.

Cover Girl Last Blast Volume Mascara - This is my absolute favorite mascara, it's better than anything you can find at the high end beauty stores. My lashes look long and voluminous, and for $7 you really can't beat it.

Maybelline Instant Pore Eraser Primer - I can't believe more people don't use this last product, it's a hidden gem! If you're a fan of the Smashbox Foto Finish Primer, then this Maybelline Baby Skin primer is for you. The consistency is identical to Smashbox, but for a third of the price. I love how smooth my makeup looks over this primer, and it seems to last just as long as any other product I've used. Quit wasting money on the more expensive versions and give baby skin a try, I think you'll love it!

The lip color I'm wearing in this picture ^ is the Too Faced Color Bomb in "Bigger Berry" and it's described as a "deep raspberry wine". You won't regret having this color in your makeup arsenal, I promise.

Black & White

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend, and are refreshed and ready for a new week. The weather was perfect in Charlotte, so I spent some time laying by the pool and enjoyed one of those perfect spring nights sitting out by the lake, cold beer in hand.

Today's outfit was inspired by two things, my size and my trip to Europe. I love colors (particularly pinks a reds) but I'm petite and look really young. I feel like I don't do myself any favors when I wear bright colors, especially when I'm in a professional setting. While we were in Europe I noticed how the women in Paris and London tend to stick to dark tones (black, navy etc.) and they looked so polished and chic.

When I first saw these pants I was a bit intimidated. They're black on one side and white on the other, funkier than I typically wear. I paired them with a sheer black and white top and some black pumps and now it's safe to say I love them! I kept the accessories simple and added some berry red lips for a pop of color, to turn this outfit into one you can feel confident wearing in any setting.

All pictures courtesy of Andi at My Beautiful Adventures.
You can shop some black and white pieces below to create your own unique look! Also, come back later this week because I'll be sharing how you can get berry red lips like I have in this post.

European Vacation - Stop 3, Rome.

I've been putting off writing this post, because putting the words to paper (or blog) makes it feel like I'm officially closing the pages of our European trip, an adventure that I wish could have lasted longer than a week.

The third stop on our trip was Rome, Italy. In Paris we met two other families who had bought the same Groupon as us, so we shared transportation to the airport and to our hotel in Rome which made things much easier. We stayed at the Hotel Donatello, a small boutique hotel, which was fine for our needs. The only issue with the hotel was how far it was from the nearest metro station, we didn't feel super safe at night so we ended up taking cabs from the station to our hotel.
I didn't get to Rome with any expectations, but the city was not what I had imagined. London and Paris seemed very clean and orderly but Rome was the exact opposite. There were people and cars everywhere, and the rules didn't seem to matter. It was a free for all when it came to getting from point A to point B. The first day there we stopped by the Colosseum, had pizza and gelato, and wandered for hours searching for the Trevi Fountain (which we didn't find until the next day).
We decided to take the metro back to the hotel to clean up and get ready for dinner, but it was madness! We happened to hit the station at rush hour and all I could imagine was getting trampled by the mobs of people trying to board. While we were waiting we met a group of guys from London who were in town for a rugby tournament, and we all decided that a cold beer sounded a lot better than trying to fit into a packed train. We ended up bar hopping that night with the London group, which was one of the funnest nighs of the trip, my only regret is wearing heels. The streets are cobblestone and I'm embarrassed to tell you how many times I fell in front of those boys, I know Margaret got a good laugh out of my shoe situation.
The next day we headed to Vatican City, and we bought tickets for the guided tour. This was the only tour we purchased on our trip and I'm really glad that we did. We saw the Vatican Museum, St. Peters Basilica and The Sistine Chapel without waiting in any lines. The history in Vatican City was just breathtaking. After that we finally found the Trevi Fountain (which was amazing) and enjoyed the best pasta meal I have ever had a little whole in the wall we stumbled upon.
I can't describe how much fun this trip was. It truly was an experience of a lifetime, "backpacking" for a week in Europe with  my best friend. We set off with no plan, no agenda and no expectations, and we just enjoyed the culture, the people, and the food. This trip left me with wanderlust. I'm itching to go back to Europe, and I have been daydreaming about Paris ever since we got back. It looks like it's time to start planning our next adventure...

Color Blocking

One of my favorite fashion trends right now is "color blocking". I'm not big on patterns, and don't use them much in my personal style, so color blocking is the perfect trend to break from the neutral hues I typically wear. I didn't veer too far from my favorite neutral hues, but the yellow top and purple stripe on the skirt give my outfit just enough brightness for spring.

My favorite thing about this outfit is that it's versatile, because once the nights get warmer, an outdoor patio with seasonal ale on tap is the place to be after work. If you're anything like me though, you won't go out if you head home after work, so you need a look you can take from the office to happy hour.

This skirt is long enough for the office, and the blazer is the perfect accessory for your 9-5. Pair them with a cute tank that you can show off once you're off the clock, and you have the perfect spring workday look.

All pictures courtesy of Andi from My Beautiful Adventures
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