Thursday, March 22

New In: Bracelets!

Some call it arm candy, Jules calls it arm swag (one of my personal favorites), and I.. well I'll just refer to it them as bracelets. After standing back and watching (and pining) as fellow bloggers layered up colorful bracelets, I finally put in a large order of jewelry at ASOS. And although I love wearing all these bracelets together, I am actually a simple, one piece of jewelry at a time kind of girl, so I made sure to choose bracelets that can eventually be worn by themselves as well. Anyway, here are the contents of my haul!

Have you guys been participating in the "arm candy" trend?
Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 19

Toms & Warby Parkers

Striped tank: J Crew, Denim shirt: Topshop, Vest: J Crew, Leather leggings: H&M, Shoes: Toms, Bracelets: ASOS, Glasses: Warby Parker

Still living in these H&M leather leggings ;  Attempting to layer up to beat the cold front ; Loving the fact that I finally have glasses after months of being without a pair ; Never thought I'd fall so hard for a pair of Toms..
PS- Congratulations to my giveaway winner, Kimi! & Thank you all for participating! 

Drunk Cupcakes?

Don't get too excited.. you can't really get drunk off these cupcakes! Though I wouldn't blame you if you came to that conclusion after surveying the list of ingredients. These "Irish Car Bomb" Cupcakes are made with a Guinness & cocoa batter, an Irish whiskey ganache, and a Bailey's buttercream frosting. Woo, that was a mouthful. 
I adapted this recipe from Deb of Smitten Kitchen, for whom I can't even express my love for in words. I don't even know where to begin.. Basically, her recipes are not only creative, they are amazingly accurate and thus can be utilized by beginners as well as experienced cooks. She'll take you through recipes step by step, and make you laugh the entire time. Oh, and saying her pictures are simply aesthetically pleasing would be a gross understatement. 

The only changes I made to this recipe were adding a little more whiskey to the ganache, and a little more Bailey's to the frosting. I wanted these cupcakes to pack a flavorful punch, and that they did! Although these obviously fit with the theme of St. Patty's Day, I might actually make them again since they were just. that. good. If you try them out, let me know! :)

Friday, March 9

Giveaway Reminder!

NARS Torrid Blush
Hi guys, a quick hello to remind you guys to join my NARS & OPI giveaway, here! It ends tomorrow at midnight. Good luck & have a great weekend! 


Wednesday, March 7

Tried & True Drugstore Purchases

These purchases are quite old, but I'm still reaching for them often, which is always a good sign. 
(01) Cetaphil After a recent flare up of breakouts, I've resorted to prescription strength serums. And while these serums and creams can be very effective, they must be carefully monitored since they often cause very dry skin and extreme sensitivity to the sun. The first thing I did was run to the store and find the kind of boring, but tried & true, Cetaphil. I've started to use the Cetaphil cleanser every morning and night because right now, I need to use something that I can trust won't be causing anymore breakouts. I actually bought the Cetaphil body lotion by mistake, while searching for the face lotion with SPF, and must've been in such a rush that I forgot to put it down! I don't mind because it's nice to use when I don't feel like "wasting" my usual Origins Ginger Rush hydrating cream. The Cetaphil face lotion is the real star for me here- available in SPF 50 and a non-greasy formula. I love that now I'll have these trusty products laying around for times like this. 
(02) Revlon Lip Butters I had to. There was too much chatter about these in the blogosphere and I couldn't resist trying these for myself. I have been wanting to go bold and try a red lipstick for a while now, but who am I kidding, I wasn't bold enough to buy MAC's famed Russian Red or anything so pigmented. Assuming that the lip butters would be a little less pigmented since they are hydrating like a lip balm, I took the opportunity to stray from my usual nudes and light corals. I am actually pleasantly surprised at how nice the colors show up, while simultaneously moisturizing my lips. That being said, I feel as if you could just as easily layer your favorite lipstick with a lip conditioner or chapstick and achieve similar, if not the same, results. These are a great purchase to branch out and try new shades, but in an effort to simplify my life & make-up drawer, I probably would not buy anymore and opt to use a chapstick instead. 
(03) Nivea Chapstick Speaking of chapsticks, this Nivea Berry Swirl Chapstick was the best kind of impulse purchase- no buyers remorse! Hydrating, SPF, and tastes like candy. I may not buy this again just because of my ADD with chapsticks. I want to try a Burt's Bees one next, but am open to suggestions. After all, you can never really have enough chapsticks.. or at least that's what I tell myself. 
(04) Real Simple Magazine Another impulse purchase, since I don't usually buy magazines and instead end up reading articles online. But I do love flipping through physical pages- and Real Simple has recently become my go-to. The pictures are both creative and inspiring, and content-wise, the magazine is filled with practical solutions for everyday issues. I finally realized that every time I buy the magazine in store on impulse, I dish out $5 per issue, but if I just ordered a subscription, it would be less than $2 an issue (duh). So I buckled up and ordered it and couldn't be more excited! If you don't feel like ordering it, but still want to get an idea of what they're all about, their website is similarly filled with some awesome articles! 

Hope you guys are all having a great week so far! Thanks for reading! 

PS- Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win NARS blush, Torrid, and OPI's Don't Be Eggnogious nail polish! Good luck! :)