Emma Watson’s Favorite Mascara

I have struggled with mascara for the longest time. It doesn’t matter how good the formula is, it will fall down–a side effect of my very hooded eyes. Thus, I always carry a bottle of makeup remover in my bag. Although that does the trick, it takes my previously well-blended under-eye concealer with it. Plus,…

Bird’s Tail Jewelry – A Review

Whether found at a gift shop close to my hometown or from the places I’ve traveled to, my favorite pieces of jewelry are usually crafted by independent, local artists. I find those pieces to be so unique, and it’s wonderful to support small businesses, knowing that my money is going to someone who’s put time…

I Bought It Twice: Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder

Two things about me: 1) Despite being a makeup lover, I actually don’t like to have too much of it. I prefer to keep an organized collection of items that I actually use and enjoy. 2) I’m currently in a mood where I want to explore new brands and products versus sticking to my tried…

Quick Review: My Favorite Foundation

Hello there! I’m really excited about today’s post, as it’s one I’ve been wanting to write for a while. I recently repurchased my favorite foundation, which means the bottle is perfectly clean, shiny, and camera-ready, unlike its (most fervently used) predecessor. So, in the spirit of transparency, I won’t hide that this will be a…

Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask by Mary Kay Cosmetics

Popular for its super absorbent nature and myriad of uses, activated charcoal is an ingredient that’s been popping up in beauty and skin care products everywhere. A natural substance, its porous surface works to attract unwanted chemicals, toxins and odors, pulling them from the air like a magnet. I had been researching different masks and…

Affordable, Effective Skincare: A Review of The Ordinary

Finding skincare products that truly benefit your skin can be such a confusing and expensive journey, especially if, like me, you suffer from persistent acne. It can be hard to know which treatments will work and, unfortunately, costly to find out. For this reason, I often find myself waffling back and forth on purchasing something…

Morphe 18-Piece Vegan Brush Set 686

Several weeks ago I left my beautiful collection of IT Cosmetics Velvet Luxe makeup brushes at a hotel in Chicago. These particular brushes, luxurious and smooth, were not exactly cheap, and I had invested in them over the past few years. If you’ve used these, you know how sad I am to have lost them…

Two-Toned Denim: The Patchwork Skinny by Free People

One of the major trends this season is denim, which I find slightly odd–isn’t denim always in?  Perhaps not so in the high fashion world, but certainly here in the Midwest. However, taking a closer look at this trend, denim has been getting a major makeover lately. From jeans embellished with pearls to intricate, embroidered…

Classic Lemon Bars

Whenever spring comes around, I begin to crave bright, lemony desserts. So, I wasn’t surprised when I found myself daydreaming about lemon bars all last week. Luckily, I happened to have all the ingredients in my cupboard and just enough lemons to whip up a batch Saturday night. I had forgotten how easy these are…

Shop Stevie Pop-Up Boutique

Boutiques. I love them. I mean, who can resist the cozy-chic feel of that cute little store on Main Street, filled with the newest and trendiest fashion? I seem to stroll into a boutique no matter where I visit, and my browsing history exposes the many hours I spend drooling over sites like ModCloth and…

Lo & Sons O.G. Overnight Bag

Last year I started traveling for business and needed a carry-on bag that was functional, professional, and that would last me a long time. I was willing to splurge if I found one that fit the bill, and when I discovered the O.G. Overnight Bag by Lo & Sons, I decided it was worth the…