Alison’s Articles // Recently Purchased

Good Morning to all my wonderful readers out there! So, I was bad and ill prepared my blog post for this week (I had a pretty good idea in mind too, but it will have to wait). sometimes life and working full-time just gets the best of you. But I did not want to post nothing so here are a bunch of things I have recently purchased in the last week. I have only just tried one or two of these items but if I love them enough you see them pop up in my May favorites with a few review, otherwise, I am really excited to try the rest out!

Hair

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OGX Bodifying + Fiber Full Sugar High Tousle Spray & Bumble and Bumble Bb. Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler

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AG Hair Dry Wax & AG Hair Volume Thikk Wash Volumizing Shampoo &AG Hair Volume Thikk Rinse Volumizing Conditioner

Makeup

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Pixi By Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Copper Peach

Skincare

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

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Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy & Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy (sample size) & Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy (sample size)

 

3 Lipsticks for Spring

Hello all and happy Monday! I’ve noticed I have been reaching for three lipsticks lately this spring season and wanted to share them with you. Are they the traditional spring pinks? No, they are just what I have been liking a lot at the moment and it’s spring, so here are my spring lipstick picks deal with it :P.

Dior Rouge – 999

FullSizeRender_3A bit more on the pricey side, but this shade has a cult following for a reason, it looks AMAZING ON EVERYONE. This highly pigmented satin finish (also comes in matte, which apparently is the iconic version, whoopy doo) with blue undertones is part of the Rouge Dior lipstick line which is full of iconic reds, corals, and pinks in both satin and matte finishes. I got color matched with this in Sephora about 2 months ago and it took me forever to find a store that had this in stock. But with help from Courtney, I got it on Macy’s online.

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Luminous Modern – Bond Girl

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Sephora Collection – 04 Brown is Back!

FullSizeRender_5Let me take you back to the early 2000s when I was obsessed with a Bonnie Bell brown lipstick – fast forward to the more sophisticated option at Sephora, so I guess technically brown is back. The color is such a modern take on the iconic 90/00’s brown lip, it’s been reinvented as a pinky light brown shade. This lipstick has a surprising staying power without the over drying that matte lipsticks can cause sometimes. For only $14 dollars I would totally repurchase and try other colors in the line (spoiler alert; I already have).

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What colors are you finding yourself wearing lately?

Five Things // January 20, 2016

Happy Friday Everyone! Today I thought I would talk to you about my 5 favorite essentials that I always keep in my purse!

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But first let me tell you about my actual purse where I keep all these favorite things! I have the Lo & Sons The Pearl in saffiano black leather with gold hardware, perfect for the winter months. A little over a year ago, Pinterest ads kept popping up all the time in my feed and would always catch my eye. I eventually started doing a little more research on this bag, mostly on Instagram (sidebar: if I am ever curious about a product I like to look on the brand’s tagged Instagram photos to see what people really think about it), to make sure it was worth the price and that the brand itself checked out. I ended up buying it during a sale where I got a great deal on it and have been very happy with my purse ever since! It’s a great cross-body that is easily adjustable with such a vast amount of space for how compact looking it is. I was very impressed with the quality and the company’s great customer service (had some shipping issues), I even added their small Weekender bag to my Christmas wish list!

One // Lip Product Collection

I admit I am one of those people that has at least 5+ lip products with her at all times, but hey you never know what the occasion will call for. I have chapstick, tinted chapstick, lip liner, nude, mauve, burgundy, and red galore! Lately besides my tinted chapstick I talked about last week, but I also have really been loving this nudish one from Sephora, Sephora Collection Color Lip Last Lipstick in Brown Is Back. It is this pinky light brown in a matte finish that can look great on anyone!

Two // Vintage Mirror

I don’t know about you but I am not talented enough to apply lipstick and especially not lip liner without a mirror, that’s why I always carry one with me! Over the summer my mom and I went to Flower Child out in Lakewood and we found this vintage compact with a pearl like top. I thought it was so feminine and delicate I had to have it. I love vintage pieces and incorporating them in today’s life and this little mirror was perfect to keep in my purse.

Three // Revlon Nail Clipper

I know this is a random one but, a nail clipper! I always break my nails or I have a cuticle situation that needs corrected before it gets out of hand and every time one of those happens I am so happy I have my nail polish splattered Revlon nail clipper. It’s one of those things that you may never need but or oh so happy when you do! Even if it’s sometimes is using it as a pair of makeshift scissors to cut a tag off or anything of the sorts.

Four // Perfume Oil

I would like to think is my signature scent is Elizabeth and James’s Black Nirvana, since I have been wearing for I believe the last 4 years. Its a blend of violet, sandalwood, and vanilla; border-lining masculine and feminine while making you feel all warm and cozy inside. When I first got this product it was during the holiday time and Sephora was offering a gift set which included this travel-size perfume oil, perfect to keep with you throughout the day if you feel that you need a touch up.

Five // Wallet

I feel like this one should be a given? I really love my current wallet, its more small and compact compared to ones I’ve had before, but still fits everything I need. I got it a couple months ago from Target and was immediately drawn to the color, I would say its a plum-ish burgundy shade. I was in the market for a smaller wallet since I was getting sick of my other ones taking up the majority of my bag and this was perfect! It is from Target’s Merona line and unfortunately I don’t believe the color is in stock anymore, but there are still a ton of great colors currently!

What essentials do you keep in your purse?