April 15, 2014

Orchid Oasis | Style Wishlist #7

Orchid Oasis Wishlist

In unison with Pantone's Color of the Year, orchid, the color coordinated Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette makes wearing purple eyeshadow easy and flattering for all. This compact palette comes with six limited edition eye shadows, two liners, and a blush for a complete matte makeup look with the botanical benefits of natural clay.

These Mod Cloth O.M.Geode Earrings in Lake are inspired by beautiful violet stones and make for an interesting and bold piece of jewelry. I like how they have an earthy yet modern feel and can be thrown on to spice up any simple outfit.

Recently Nordstrom released a Cult Favorites collection of popular, limited addition MAC lipstick shades including my favorites which are FlamingoLady DangerPink PigeonSushi Kiss, and Sweet and Sour. I believe all of the gorgeous shades listed are going to be made permanent and available both in-store and online.

The Z Gallerie Orchid Geode is a one of a kind art piece that adds a modern yet natural vibe and a pop of color to a room without throwing down paisley prints and going all out bohemian.

I am all about embracing the warm weather by dreaming about these soft, creamy peach, almond-shaped Melissa Doris Arrow T-Bar Blush Flat Shoes. They are made with an easy to clean, comfortable, recycled rubber material perfect for summer travels.

The new Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in 142 Fluorescent Beige is a unique mauve shade that reminds me of a spring flower. This polish has many impressive qualities like a wet looking, lacquered finish as well as chip-resistant wear and a custom curve-hugging brush. 

What is on your wishlist at the moment?
April 11, 2014

Little Thoughts | Cherry Blossoms & Melted Ice Cream Cones

Cherry Blossom

Continuing to ride the wave of positivity after my Thoughts to Encourage Happiness post, I wanted to share some little things that made me happy in the past couple weeks and hear some of yours as well. I know a few bloggers do these types of posts including the popular Cider with Rosie, but I am only taking inspiration from the idea and will make the rest my own. If it goes well it might become a weekly ritual, we'll see. 

My boyfriend brought me home a half-melted, confetti cake flavored ice cream in a waffle cone from Dairy Queen. It was so adorable (and quite surprise at 11 in the morning) and the thought made my entire day.

I baked a banana bread for the first time. I followed the Pillsbury recipe which turned out pretty well, but a bit on the dry side since I only had two bananas to use. I have a big bunch of them sitting on the counter waiting to turn mushy so I can try for a more moist loaf.

Each night for the past week I have used a rose oil from Mario Badescu that has cleared up most of the red, bumpy irritation on my cheeks. It started to appear with the use of a new alpha hydroxy toner that I even cut with water to weaken the formula. It is still a bit harsh, but it helps keep my complexion smooth and clear as the properties in the oil balance out the effects to soothe my skin.

This past Wednesday was the three year anniversary of when my boyfriend and I first met. I feel like it's such a cliche, but he sincerely is my best friend and throughout our time of knowing each other he has been my support through some of the darkest days of my life. It's crazy to reflect on how much we have each grown individually and as a couple, and to playfully wonder about the exciting adventures ahead of us.

I was able to Skype with my family for my little sister's birthday last week which was a nice treat as it's been a few months since I have last seen them. We caught up on some news, shared some laughs, and spent some time chatting before they headed off to the casino for a night of celebration.

Easter candy. Cadbury creme eggs, hot pink Peeps, Starburst jellybeans, Reece's eggs, Swedish Fish gummies, pure sugary heaven.

The cherry blossoms have arrived in my Japanese-inspired New Leaf town with bursts of pink branches everywhere and soft petals floating in the air. In real life, the weather is warming up and flowers have begun to sprout which has made it feel more like true springtime. I have been enjoying bright makeup and colorful clothing as well as the feeling of an uplifting spirit with the change of the season.

What is something that brought you happiness this week?
April 08, 2014

TIGI Bed Head Superstar Blowdry Lotion | Review

Tigi Bed Head Superstar Blowdry Lotion Review
Tigi Bed Head Superstar Blowdry Lotion Review
Tigi Bed Head Superstar Blowdry Lotion Review

Contained in a curvy violet bottle, the Superstar Blowdry Lotion is a lightweight thermal protectant product that creates thick, voluminous hair. The citrus berry scented liquid can be worked through dry or damp hair before using heat tools to build body while holding style and enhancing shine. It contains ingredients that repair hair cuticles, condition, add moisture, and even adjust the hair's pH to suitable levels. I don't need much thickening since my hair is curly with a course texture and dry ends, but when straightened it can tend to look a bit lifeless and limp because of the high heat needed to smooth out all the kinks. The last time I had my hair cut, the stylist used this product on me with just a dryer and my soft, Brigitte Bardot-esque blowout lasted three full days and still looked perfect right before washing. So swiftly I went on Ulta.com after that shower to order a bottle for myself.

I rub a palmful of the lotion into wet hair, comb it through, and blowdry in sections with a medium round brush until my hair starts to dry and is smoothed out, feeling more coarse and looking about twice as thick. Using a one inch ghd flat iron, I pass over each section only once or a couple times (compared to before which was at least three), ultimately shortening the time it usually takes to complete my whole head. I find the thicker texture and reduced ironing time yields a more bouncy, naturally straight look rather than the sleek, pin-straight look that heat styling can create on curly hair. It also holds a style pretty well over the three days I wear it straight, which means less dry shampoo and touch ups in the morning than usual.

Not only does TIGI's Superstar have positive healing properties, but it makes the hair look full and shiny as if it were round-brushed at a salon. It has become a staple in my heat styling routine to achieve more natural looking straightened hair that lasts. Those with a thin hair texture would definitely benefit from the results as well as anyone looking for some extra volume and quicker styling time.

What type of thermal heat protectant do you use?
April 04, 2014

Wanderlust | Greece

γειά σου φίλε μου | geiá sou fíle mou hello my friend
Symbols: dolphin, phoenix, laurel branch, violet, olive tree
Climate: Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
Terrain: 80% mountainous with over 2,000 islands
Typical diet: fish, lamb, vegetables, herbs, nuts, yogurt, cheese, wine, filo pastry
Famous for: the birthplace of the Olympic Games, feta cheese, olive groves, mythology

If I had all the money in the world, one of the places I would want to travel to most would be Greece. There are so many breathtaking landscapes to see by island hopping from city to city, absorbing the culture and adventuring endlessly on the Ionian, Aegean, and Mediterranean seas .

There is something so pure about Greece that draws me in. It's such a historically rich country bursting with culture, yet it keeps to it's core roots of natural living and the simple pleasure of hosting company, eating a great meal, and enjoying each day we have. From the beautiful white sand beaches of Mykonos, the romantic picturesque Santorini, to the museums, archaeological sites, and ancient wonders of cities such as Athens, there is so much to experience in one little group of islands.

Have you ever tried Greek style food?

Jordan / 22 / Virgo ♍ / Michigan
This blog is an expression of my love for beauty, style, art, and all things bohemian, kawaii, or topped with a bow. I adore alpacas, succulent gardens, thrifting, travel, and regularly feed an addiction to black chai tea lattes, nude lipstick, and my pink 3DS XL ♡

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