Beauty Bits: Face

BeautyFeb 06 20150 Comment


Jurlique Rosewater, Josie Maran Argan Oil, Philosophy Purity Cleanser
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, MAC Matchmaster Foundation, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish

I am a make-up girl; always have been, always will be. Some may say I am “psycho” for how much I spend trying out the latest and greatest products — to those people, I say, “you’re welcome, it’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it.”

In all seriousness, I have definitely done my my fair share of research and exploration into designer beauty products. At this stage of the game, I have moved on from trying to find the best of each category, and use what works for me. I have always had very “normal” skin, of course I encounter the occasional blemish, oily t-zone, or dry patch; but that is to be expected with any skin type.

A few years back I went insane at a MAC counter, blacked out, and went home with over $400 of products; worst of all, they were not right for me or my skin. The foundation was too heavy, the concealer was too light, and my friends called me “the joker” when I wore the lipstick that I picked out. Needless to say, I stayed away from there for a while; but a few weeks ago when my friend Ali needed a makeover for her birthday, I returned to MAC only to be dazzled by their product line.

1. Pro Longwear Concealer: This stuff is amazing. I have dark circles under my eyes, and just half of a pump of this full coverage concealer covers them up for the entire day – the formula even boasts a 15 hour wear time.

2. Matchmaster Foundation: First off, I love that this foundation is SPF 15; I work in a building with a skylight ceiling, and it seems silly to be unprotected during the day. The buildable coverage is perfect for nights when I want to create an even palette for the rest of my make up, and for the days when I prefer a barely-there, natural look. This formula reduces shine and absorbs oil – score – all while offering a customized shade in a demi-matte finish.

3. Mineralize Skin Finish: This setting powder keeps your make up fresh looking all day, and can tone down any areas where you’ve deposited too much make up.

4. Philosophy Purity Cleanser: My sister got me this for Christmas and I am obsessed. It is effective and gentle; even removing eye make up without stinging. Although I am fine to use plain-old Neutrogena cleanser, this leaves my skin feeling perfectly clean and balanced, and a bit pampered.

5. Josie Maran Infinity Argan Oil: For those days when my skin is thirsty, I slather this on and can feel an immediate change. It is non-greasy, naturally hydrating, gentle… oh and did I mention it creates the most luminous glow?

6. Jurlique Rosewater: I spray this on after I’ve washed my face to restore, tone, and hydrate all in one simple spritz. If I know I’ll be out and about all day, I carry it with me for a bit of a refresher.

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Beauty Bits: Hair

BeautyFeb 03 20153 Comments


Oribe Gold Lust Masque, Oribe Foundation Mist, Oribe Dry Texture Spray
Tangle Teezer, GHD Classic Wave Wand

I’ve been going through a major beauty overhaul, and today’s hair edition is just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve kept my hair a bit above shoulder length since October, and although I love my current ‘do, it requires a different styling regimen than longer locks. With longer hair, I had the freedom to roll out of bed, throw it in a top knot and be on my way; however, with short hair, I find myself needing to wash and style it much more often… bed head ain’t cute on girls sporting a lob.

I really love the Oribe product line, and although it is on the higher (okay, highest) end of my budget, I can’t imagine using anything else.

1. Gold Lust Masque: this was a splurge for me, but I have no regrets! I will leave this in for a few minutes in the shower, or sleep with it in over night and after a quick rinse, my hair feels incredible. Since short hair requires more styling (aka more heat), I want to make sure I am taking care of my tresses.

2. Foundation Mist: my bestie, Jamie, gave me this product and I use it to detangle my hair as well as spruce up my unwashed hair prior to styling — quit judging me, washing your hair sucks and you know it. I have always needed a spray for my hair after a wash, an adult version of “No More Tangles,” if you will, and a few spritzes of this helps me brush out my knots, pain free.

3. Dry Texture Spray: absorbs oil at the roots, adds some texture for fine, flat hair. I am obsessed with this product – at the moment it is my favorite product, by far.

4. Tangle Teezer: painless detangling – need I say more? This brush is a game changer, and I could not live without it.

5. GHD Classic Wave Wand: okay, don’t laugh at me, but back in the beginning of December, I burned my face with my hot tools curling iron. Scarred, literally and figuratively, I couldn’t go back to the iron that burned me. After doing a ton of research, this wand was the clear winner. The curved barrel produces bouncy waves every single time. Here is a fantastic tutorial from one of my favorite bloggers, Harper and Harley.

Are there any hair products you can’t live without?

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Blood Orange Cranberry Bread


Hola, y’all! My apologies for an excessively long blogging hiatus – let me explain:

I started this thing back in 2012, when I was working in an industry with no creative outlets, and needed a space to express the things that I am passionate about. Since then a lot has changed, and as many of you know, I work in an extremely inspiring industry with no shortage of ingenuity. I am lucky to love what I do, but some days my right brain is fried; hence my break from blogging. But, I’M BACK, with a recipe so easy, I’d trust my boyfriend to make it.

My mom makes a mean cranberry bread, and since I am obsessed with her (and the bread), I wanted to try my hand at a slightly different, equally delicious version; blood orange cranberry bread. Recipe adapted from CHOW.



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries, thawed if frozen and sliced in half

To Make:

Heat the oven to 350° + coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with pam; set aside. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Add the orange juice, melted butter, egg, and vanilla and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until just combined. Stir in the cranberries until evenly distributed. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan, pushing it into the corners and smoothing the top. Bake for 50 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, then turn the bread out onto the rack and cool completely.

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