February 2017 Beauty Favorites

February Beauty Favs

For me, February was was all about finding the products that made my skin smooth, sculpted, and luminous! If that’s what you’re looking for too, then you’ll love this post :)

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VOLANTÉ Healer Concealer Calm & Cover Balm* ($39 – I’m wearing #2). This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill concealer. This balm is a treatment and concealer in one. Not only is the coverage great – you only need to use a teeny, tiny bit to conceal a blemish – but it’s simultaneously helping heal your skin by decreasing redness, bruises, and pimples. Even when I go foundation-less, which is often these days (I talk about that in more detail below), I almost always use at least a bit of concealer under my eyes, so I find myself reaching for this stuff a lot. Besides being gentle, parabon-free, cruelty-free, and EFFECTIVE – all good enough reasons for me to purchase a replacement when it’s used up – VOLANTÉ happens to be a local Portland company, which makes it all the more appealing. #shoplocal
VOLANTÉ Healer Concealer Calm & Cover Balm in #2, $39, available at volanteskincare.com.

MAC Strobe Cream ($12 for the mini size). I use this all over my face, after my initial moisturizer, to give myself a healthy, dewy glow. I mentioned earlier that I’ve started skipping foundation more often than not – and I have this product to thank for that. It makes my skin look so luminous that I don’t want to cover it with foundation. Alternatively, I’ll mix it with my foundation or CC cream – one part MAC Strobe Cream, one part foundation – if I decide I do want a little more coverage that day.
MAC Strobe Cream, $12 for the mini size, available at Nordstrom.

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($10-49 depending on the size). This primer is so popular that I feel silly even including it on here, but I wanted to let you all know that it lives up to its hype. On the days I do decide to wear foundation, I ALWAYS apply this first. (After moisturizer, before foundation.) It smooths out my skin, creating an ideal base for my makeup. It also makes a big difference when it comes to how long my face lasts that day. I’ve tried a number of primers over the years, but this one is my favorite because it’s soft and non-drying – but it doesn’t make my skin look oily. It’s also super soft and simply lovely to apply.
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $10-49 depending on the size, available at Sephora.

BECCA Highlighter in ‘Champagne Pop’ ($38). Mmmmm I just love this highlighter! It’s so smooth and buttery. It’s also perfectly build-able and so pretty on my cheekbones. (Not sure where / how to apply highlighter? Check out this handy photo guide.) It’s not glittery, but it adds the perfect glow. If you’re in the market for a good highlighter, I can’t recommend this one enough! I got the color ‘Champagne Pop’ but I think I’m going to also purchase ‘Peal’ too – possibly in the liquid version for a little variety.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed Highligher in the color ‘Champagne Pop’, $38, available at Sephora.

Sephora Collection PRO Contour Kabuki Brush #82 (on sale for $19) + Sephora Collection PRO Angled Contour Brush #75 ($32). You probably already have your foundation brush, your bronzer brush, and your concealer brush, but what’s the status of your contour brush? Hear me out… You don’t have to be a Kardashian-wannabe to benefit from these brushes. In general, my personal preference is a subtle, barely-there contour (and a little highlight) – and these two Sephora PRO brushes make the job SO MUCH EASIER. Seriously, they’re the brushes you never knew you needed, but after you buy them, you wonder how you ever did your makeup without them. The Angled Contour Brush #75 gets precisely into the hollows of my cheekbones on my first try. And the Contour Kabuki Brush #82 is the absolute perfect brush for blending everything together (which is awesome even if you don’t contour), not to mention how soft it feels on my face. Recently I replaced all of my brushes with the Sephora PRO line and I’ve been really pleased with all of them – they’re well priced for professional-grade brushes and feel soft and sturdy. But the two standout brushes were certainly the two contour brushes I’m raving about here.
Sephora Collection PRO Contour Kabuki Brush #82, on sale for $19, available at Sephora.
Sephora Collection PRO Angled Contour Brush #75, $32, available at Sephora.

Wet Brush Hair Brush ($8.99). I know I’m a bit late to the game on this one – you’ve probably been using this brush for years! But in case you haven’t, I have to tell you that the new-to-me Wet Brush is an incredibly affordable way to maximize your conditioners effectiveness and guarantee smooth, easily brushed hair when you get out of the shower. The process is simple: After you add conditioner and before you rinse it out, just use this soft, flexible brush to get the knots out and help evenly distribute your conditioner. So simple, yet so effective. I notice a huge difference on the days I use this versus when I forget to.
Wet Brush Hair Brush, $8.99, available at Amazon.

Hempz Original Body Moisturizer ($12). Most body lotions are either too thin, too thick, too sticky, too greasy – too something. But this one, this one is perfection (and smells so good!) Carter loves it too.
Hempz Original Body Moisturizer, $12, available on Amazon.

*Disclosure: The VOLANTÉ product was gifted to me free of charge but all opinions expressed are my own. I sample a lot of products and only feature my favorites on my blog! All other products in this post were purchased by me with no affiliation with the companies who made them.


Save of Splurge: The Perfect Caged Heel

Save or splurge on the perfect caged heels

Save or splurge on the perfect caged heels


It was love at first sight for me and the Schutz Julianna Heel. Finally – the perfect amount of delicate caging – not too over-the-top but not demure either. And to sweeten the pot, it comes in ten (yes ten!) different colors! How’s a girl to choose just one?

Splurge on the Schutz ‘Julianna’ Heel:

But… It’s also $190. And although $190 isn’t outrageous for a nice pair of heels, it’s definitely a high enough price to induce a little hesitation on my part.

So when I stumbled upon this perfect Julianna dupe by Steve Madden I literally let out a little squeal for joy. It’s about half the price of the Juliana and has gotten much better reviews as far as comfort goes. So now the only thing left to do is choose between the black and the nude. (Or the pink… Or the red… Ah!) Decisions, decisions…

Save on the Steve Madden ‘Slithur’ Sandal:

Photo credit: Atlantic Pacific, Atlantic Pacific, Glamour


My Picks from the Shopbop BIG EVENT Sale

Shopbop Big Event Sale Picks

Breaking news: Shopbop is having its annual site-wide Big Event sale! Enter code BIGEVENT15 at checkout to get 15% off orders $250+, 20% off orders $500+, or 25% off orders $1,000+. The sale ends March 7, 2015 at 11:59 PM pacific time.

Here are a few – well, 18 – pretty little things on my Shopbop wishlist!

1. Noir Jewelry dangling earrings
2. Schutz pink sandals
3. Sonix iPhone 6 or 6 Plus case
4. Jules Smith necklace
5. Elizabeth & James star ring
6. Schutz pearl sandals
7. re:named cape dress
8. Elizabeth & James ear crawlers
9. MICHAEL Michael Kors blue bag
10. Elizabeth & James red wallet on a chain (also comes in ever-practical black)
11. Veda leather jacket (I adore this jacket! I wore it here.)
12. Clare V. leopard clutch
13, 14, & 15. Citizen’s of Humanity ‘Rocket’ skinny jeans (I have three pairs in different washes and LOVE them!) in “Icon,” “Axel” & “London Calling
16. 5th & Mercer pink dress
17. One Teaspoon yellow dress
18. Teabags Los Angeles off-the-shoulder top

Happy shopping, fellow product junkies!



Knee Rips & Leather

Leather jacket, distressed jeans, booties

You guys… A LOT has happened since we last spoke. Most notably: I got married! Yep – that happened. And I’m pretty excited about it. (Obviously.) It was a beautiful, perfect, amazing day. I’ll be sharing pre-wedding and wedding details in the upcoming months. Yes, that means I’m back to blogging regularly. You can’t get rid of me that easily!

Oh yeah, and the hubs and I got a kitten! His name is Henry Pickles, he’s a Persian fluff ball, and he just may be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Our biggest concern was how well he would get along with our dog Winston, but I was relived to find that after a few days of total chaos at our house (hissing, barking, etc.) they’ve become buddies. They even cuddled together on the couch last night!

You can follow Henry and Winston on Instagram here. They’re really, really, ridiculously hilarious animals. Trust me, you want to follow along.

Anyway, life is good! Real good, actually.

Outfit details:
Walter Baker leather jacket (similar here and here). Aritzia top (similar). Rag & Bone jeans. DV by Dolce Vita booties. Alexander Wang clutch. Jennifer Zeuner necklace. Gorjana earrings. watch.

Aritzia top, Rag & Bone jeans, Alexander Wang clutch, DV Dolce Vita bootiesGorjana 'Tanner' mini bar earringsRipped black jeans, leather jacketJennifer Zeuner Lightening Bolt Necklace with Diamond