Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OOTD: Casual Weekend in DC

Casual weekend style with a blazer in Washington, D.C. last weekend!

 What I'm Wearing: Max Mara Pink Blazer, rolled (thrifted, similar), Denizen Jeans, White Gap V Neck, Ralph Lauren Sunglasses (old, similar), Old Navy Flip Flops (to be changed to Floral Flats!)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to Survive a Long Road Trip

For this past weekend, I went on a road trip with my family from NY to DC and back over only three straight days. Even on the best of days, this trip can take about 5 hours each way; for us, it was about 7 hours each way with traffic. 

1. Try to take a train or BoltBus. While it isn't always possible, try to take advantage when you can! Going on a train or bus gives everyone the option to relax and/or sleep. You also don't need to worry about parking at your destination!

2. Pack snacks and drinks that aren't your favorites! I don't know about you, but if I packed Doritos Sweet Chilis or Peanut Chews, they would probably last about 2 hours. By bringing healthier snack food, like corn rice 'rollers' or apples, you will only grab snacks when you are truly hungry.

3. Create a great playlist to get everyone pumped for those last few hours. If you are ever next to a car full of people singing Broadway cast recordings at the top of their lungs, I just might be in it! For more general tunes, don't forget to add some old-school Britney Spears or one-hit wonders!

Happy travels!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tip Tuesday: How To Resist Makeup Sales

Yesterday, I saw an offer for a mini version of Guerlain's famous Meteorites from Sephora with a $25 online purchase. My first thought was how quick can I order?!

Realistically though, I had never wanted the full-size (at $60 or even $25, I don't need them!), so it was silly that I was even seriously considering this. If you too are tempted by sales, minis, samples, etc, I have a great tip today that will completely change EVERYTHING:

When you can't afford or don't want something, unsubscribe from every single shopping website. (Or use to put them all in one email you can quickly delete). If you don't know about these deals, how are you going to miss them?! 

How do you stop yourself from a "crazy good deal"? Let me know your tips and tricks in the comments!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sponsored: Studio Gear Hydrating Color Correcting Cream SPF 20

One of the biggest tradeoffs in beauty can be heavy foundation vs skincare. Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream aims to both provide full coverage while improving your skin. I was interested to try this product out and was happy to partner with Studio Gear Cosmetics and BrandBacker in exchange for a press sample (sponsored).

Studio Gear CC Cream in Linen
Studio Gear CC Cream in Linen
The claims of the Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream are that it will "prevent fine lines and wrinkles with collagen-building ingredients, restores skin elasticity by promoting moisture retention" and "brighten and illuminate the skin with a non-oily complete coverage application". It can be used alone, under foundation, or over moisturizer and is sold for $34 at Dillard's and on the Studio Gear website (see below for discount code!).
Studio Gear CC Cream
Dot of Studio Gear CC Cream out of the Tube
When I first dotted this out of the tube and spread it, my first reaction to my shade (Linen-the lightest shade of three) was that it was too yellow-toned for my pale, cool skin. After a few minutes though, the color sinks and blends in more with my skin, leaving only a faint yellow tint. The Studio Gear CC cream also left my skin noticeably smooth and hydrated. It also is completely scentless, despite an SPF of 20.
Spread out on my skin
On my face, it feels like nothing on as there's no grease or oil. I also appreciated that the formula was great for my sensitive skin: no breakouts! Still, I recommend a patch test so you can be sure before applying all over. It only takes one bad breakout (I'm looking at you, Almay Matchmaker...) before you know the importance of a patch test.

The only downside to this product is the coverage level. I found it is light to medium for a normal amount of product. Still, I think this could be a great moisturizer that provides some coverage for those "no makeup makeup" days and a tint underneath a heavier foundation.

Overall, I definitely will be incorporating this product into my routine, underneath my Tarte primer, as I feel this is better for my skin. 4/5 stars

More Info Here!

Where to Buy: Studio Gear Cosmetics
Available: Now
Discount: 10% Off w/Code: bloggercc

Sunday, March 30, 2014

HIMYM Viewing Party Ideas!

In case you are also obsessed with How I Met Your Mother, I thought I would share a few ideas for the series finale tomorrow! Even if you are only watching with your roommates, most of the ideas can be pulled together within a few hours!
Yellow umbrella, a suit, or red boots. For the more ambitious: ducky ties, pumpkin outfits, Robin Sparkles or Robin Daggers
Intervention Banner, disposable cameras (from the intro!), Pineapple
HIMYM Intervention Banner, Copyright: CBS

If your friends are super fans, you could also place parts of the "Bad News" countdown around your apartment. Label random parts of your apartment with large numbers and see if anybody notices...
Otis Redding (Ted's favorite), Robin Sparkles, Boyz II Men "You Just Got Slapped", The Proclaimers' "Five Hundred Miles", Economics-themed bands, and of course "La Vie En Rose"
“Sumbitches” Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Caramel Cookies (from People)
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
36 bite-size chocolate-covered caramel candy bars
1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until blended.
2. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients in a small bowl. Add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Shape a 2 tbsp. dough around each mini candy bar, using lightly floured hands, and roll into balls. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
4. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks.
During Ad Breaks...
Vote best and worst love interest (Grid below, from The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo)
..and otherwise discuss how awesome this show has been. After catching up partly through season 5, HIMYM has been one of my favorite shows. I hope these suggestions helped!

Friday, March 28, 2014

March Unfavorites

While it's great to learn about new products, it can be even better to learn about those products NOT to buy! Here are my unfavorites for March:

March Unfavorites: Yup, the elf clear mascara was already in the garbage
-Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot: This isn't a terrible product, but you get SO little product for $22, that I really don't like it. This particular color is theoretically apricot with a light golden shimmer, but it shows up as virtually nothing on my lips. After using it only a handful of times (20-25 times), I am almost done with the container too! Its only saving grace is that it does have a nice texture, although it's not dramatically different from the $1 ELF dupe. 

-ELF Clear Mascara/Brow Gel: Ugh! I used this regularly for about 6 months, but it's gone bad really quickly. I put it on, it looked great, and then 5 hours later, I had grey bits in my eyebrows. Surprisingly not a great look! 

-Benefit Bad Gal: I got a sample of this with a Sephora GWP, and had been excited after reading all the great reviews. I don't get the hype at all! I am going to use the sample up, but it basically has only minimal volume/lengthening compared to mascaras half its price.

Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer: This stuff is and feels heavy for a tinted moisturizer. No matter how much I try to blend it, it inevitably looks like too much. It's good if you have really sensitive skin, as the ingredients is free of most irritants. Still, for $40, this product seems to be very pricey for how how hard it is to use!

What are your unfavorites for March in beauty?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nails of the Week

Today, I am so happy to share my new favorite nail polish formula! It's the Rimmel London Salon Pro Lycra (non-affiliate)! They are normally $3.50 each in CVS, but wait for a BOGO1/2 off. Also, I was lucky enough to find a $1 off coupon by the display (a "peelie" as some extreme couponers call it!) per product, making it a grand total of under $5 for both. 
Rimmel Salon Pro with Lycra
Rimmel Salon Pro with Lycra
I picked up 711: Punk Rock (a dark gray) and 447 Barmy Blue (a bright, opaque royal blue). The 447 is a great dupe for the Revlon Urban color I love. Now, I don't have to deal with the chipping or multiple coats of that formula, and for much cheaper!

Rimmel Salon Pro 447 Barmy Blue
Rimmel Salon Pro 447 Barmy Blue 
Rimmel Salon Pro 711 Punk Rock
Rimmel Salon Pro 711 Punk Rock

On me, 711 lasted about four days with minimal tipwear. The only downside is that it takes a while for it to initially dry; I would add at least 15-20 minutes extra to make sure it's 100% dry. 

The full line has over 30+ colors, so there's a nice selection. Have you had any recent nail polish wins?