I moved into a new apartment in June that is so cute, but teeny tiny. There is not a lot of storage space, so I had to get creative with my makeup storage since I have quite a lot of makeup. The main thing I wanted was it to be easily accessible. In my last apartment, besides some basics I used daily that I stored in the bathroom, my makeup was put away in drawers in my bedroom. I rarely went through them and pulled out different things to use.
I hung up the Honey-Can-Do Over The Door Clear Shoe Organizer/Storage Rack, which has 24 clear pockets, on the back of my bathroom door, and divided my makeup into the categories below. Since implementing this storage system I have definitely used way more of my makeup and experimented with different items and looks. It makes it so easy to see all of my makeup and decide what to use when I’m getting ready.
Top to bottom, left to right: row one – cream blushes, liquid blushes, powder blushes, every day basics; row two – clear lip balms, tinted lip balms and lip pencils, lip glosses and liquid lipsticks, lipsticks; row three – primers and setting sprays, foundations, powders, highlighters and concealers; row four – eye liners, mascaras, cream eyeshadows and stick eyeshadows, eyeshadow palettes; row five – face masks, skin care x3; row six – samples x3, perfume.
Last week I was lucky enough to attend a show for New York Fashion Week for work. It was so fun and super fast paced. Seriously, I never realized how short runway shows actually are, and everything goes faster when you’re trying to take photos, edit, and live tweet all at the same time. We stayed at the TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South which was really cute, and very convenient to the show location and Penn Station.
NYFW – Day
The day of the show I had some free time to walk around and explore the High Line and Chelsea Market. I’ve been wearing this Madewell (via Ebay) vest a ton the last couple of months, and have found it to be surprisingly versatile.
Vest is sold out, but similar here.
NYFW – Night
I knew I had to wear black (duh) to the actual show, but I also wanted to wear something pretty simple since I was technically working. I actually didn’t spend too much time worrying about my outfit, as I knew what I wanted to wear pretty much right away. This top is another purchase that I’ve been wearing a lot this summer and works in basically any situation, so I knew it would be perfect. I also needed to wear comfortable shoes, so I went with the J. Crew Anya ballet flats instead of heels.
I have been on the hunt for the perfect everyday ballet flat forever. I’ve tried on countless pairs, returned numerous online orders, and googled “most comfortable ballet flats” for hours over the past few years. I’ve been looking for ballet flats that are comfortable but sturdy, well made but not ridiculously expensive, simple but still cute – and the J.Crew Factory Anya Suede Ballet Flats (the Factory version of the J.Crew Cece Suede Ballet Flats) are exactly that.
They come in a ton of different colours, the opening of the shoe is slightly elasticized, and the sole and sides of the shoe are nice and soft. The only downside of the J.Crew Factory Anya Suede Ballet Flats is that suede is not as durable and easy to clean as if they were made from leather. Now that the weather is (sort of) warming up in Boston, these have become the only shoes I reach for. Thanks Lisa for the recommendation!
J.Crew Factory Anya Suede Ballet Flats in Pale Mint
I’m late to the party on this one, but after admiring it from afar for many months, I finally picked up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette recently. I was waiting for my Hourglass Abient Lighting Powder in Dim Light – which I love and use daily – to run out before purchasing, and when that happened to coincide with a 50% off Space NK deal on Gilt City, I couldn’t resist. The palette contains three Ambient Lighting Powders, in Dim Light, Radiant Light, and Incandescent Light, which is only available in the palette. The Ambient Lighting Powders are light reflecting finishing powders that are meant to create different subtle lighting effects on your skin. The key word is definitely subtle here.
(L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light)
Dim Light is a peachy neutral colour that I apply all over to warm up my pale, pale face, that is also supposed to blur imperfections. I don’t use it as a setting powder – I apply it over Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder – as it does not have good oil control. The powders are very finely milled, and therefore great for layering. I find it really does finish off your makeup in a nice way though, somehow making your makeup and skin look smoother, livelier, and just more finished once applying. Since buying Dim Light separately about a year and a half ago, I’ve been using it every day. Radiant Light is more golden and shimmery, so I use it as a bronzer below my cheekbones and on my temples, and it is meant to add a sun-kissed finish to your skin. It looks pretty shimmery in the pan, but like all the Ambient Lighting Powders, the effect is very soft once applied. Incandescent Light is a very understated, slightly shimmery brightening powder. I use it to lighten up areas of my face, including my cheekbones, forehead, center of my nose, and chin, where I wouldn’t use an actual highlighter out of fear of being too shiny. I do usually put another highlighter such as The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer over it on my cheekbones since it is so subtle.
(L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light)
So is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette life changing? No, not really (though I do love Dim Light a lot). But if you want a subtle, glowy, can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it complexion boost then it’s definitely worth checking out.
I love Essie Splash of Grenadine because it’s bright and fun while not being overly obnoxious. It’s a really unique colour – not quite fully pink, but not quite purple either. On my nails, I think it looks a lot more pink than it does in some other swatches online. Essie describes it as a “playful magenta pink”.
Essie Splash of Grenadine is a great consistency; it applies easily and dries extremely smooth and shiny. I added a top coat of Seche Vite for maximum shine, though I don’t think it’s really necessary to use a top coat with this one. It was pretty opaque in two coats, but I added a third coat just to make sure!