On The Hunt: Abalone Earrings, Red Lipstick, and Army Pants

The Huntress-On The Hunt

Tomorrow, I will posting about all of the fab finds that were purchased during the “Annual Mother-Daughter After-Christmas Outlet-Spree (or as I will now affectionately refer to it as AMDACOS) and other wonderful Christmas gifts that I received. But today, we are going to talk about the other things that I didn’t know I needed until I started shopping for other people’s Christmas presents. And since I always can find *something* that I want, I am going to start this new series called “On The Hunt”, which features new clothes, accessories, furniture, or other home decor that is catching my eye!

1. Abalone Earrings

I saw these abalone earrings on Charming Charlie’s website. They are only $8.00!!! And there is also an abalone necklace that is divine for $15.00. Since I am trying to do some New Year budgeting, I felt like I should wait. But then, a miracle occurred! My thoughtful friend, Stephanee, got me a Charming Charlie gift card for Christmas!

charming charlie abalone earrings

 

2. Red Lipstick

I’ve been wearing a lot of red clothes lately, but only have this old glittery red lipstick from an embarrassingly long time ago. Gross. So I did a little hunting at CVS today and found a great pinky-red color, Maybelline’s Very Cherry 635. I think it looks better on my skin (as apposed to an orangey-red). With my Extra Bucks, it was practically free!

very cherry lipstick

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3. Army Pants

I love the laid back look of a good army accent with a classic white tee. And when I saw The Northeast Girl post about her J. Crew army green cargo pants, well, my wheels were spinning. I had some exchanges I needed to make at the mall today, so I stopped by Nordstrom and found these. I can’t wait to do some Pinspiration posts with these 🙂

army pants

I seriously have SO many fun things to crave, I am hoping to have these posts every Friday!

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Curly Hair, Don’t Care

In September, I posted this photo on my Instagram:

Curly Hair

Soon after, my college friend, Ashleigh, asked me to post a tutorial on how I did my hair. It was SO hard to figure out how to upload this, since the video is so long…needless to say, I was having a difficult time figuring out how to edit too. It is a little bit long, but FINALLY here is the link to the YouTube video hair tutorial! 🙂

Curly Hair Tutorial

Products from Makeup Tutorial

In my last post, I did a Makeup Tutorial for my beautiful friend, Liz. I got a comment asking me to name the beauty products that I used like I do in my fashion posts. What a great idea! So here it goes!

Products:

Foundation: Maybelline, Dream Liquid Mousse, Sandy Beige-Medium 1

Bronzer: the Balm, Bahama Mama (you can read more about it here)

Blush: Tarte, Dollface

Eyeshadow Primer: Benefit, Stay Don’t Stray

Matte Light Beige Eyeshadow: CoverGirl Eye Enhancers, 260 Coffee Shop (but the single color is Creme Fraiche) That keeps reminding me of that South Park episode… 🙂

Shimmery Taupe Eyeshadow: MaryKay, Mineral Eye Color, Granite

Matte Black Eyeshadow: Loreal, Soft Effects, Raven

Black Liquid Eyeliner: Loreal, Telescopic, Carbon Black

Mascara: Maybelline, Mega Plush Volum’ Express, Blackest Black (any Maybelline would work, but Maybelline’s One by One is one of my favs)

Lip Liner: Rimmel, Exaggerate Lip Liner, 063 East End Snob

Lipstick: Bourjois, Lovely Rouge, 01 Rose

Brushes:

Bronzer Brush: bareMinerals, Flawless Radiance brush

Blush Brush: e.l.f., Complexion Brush

Medium and Small Eyeshadow Brushes: essence of Beauty, eyeshadow brushes

Rules of Engagement (Photos)

My beautiful friend, Suzy and her fiance Ryan just got their engagement photos taken yesterday by our old friend, Danille Almond, from Almond Photography. Here’s how Sue got her look just right!

Rule 1. Stalk Pinterest for outfit inspiration source

Rule 2. Have a friend repeat rule 1 (the more the merrier) source

Rule 3. Text several outfit and jewelry choices to friends 

Rule 4. Ask your best friend to come over and help beautify you (and take pics of you with your mom)

Rule 5. Pay a movie theater to feature your names on their bulletin board

Rule 6. Snuggle in a field with the love of your life! source

Bahama Mama

First, I want to welcome any new readers! I am so glad that you found me, and I hope you enjoy my life as much as I do! 🙂

I really wanted to share an update with you! I blogged before about my bronzer obsession, and how I was looking for a new bronzer like Benefit’s Hoola, but without the parabens. Well, I FOUND ONE!!!

It’s called Bahama Mama by The Balm. I bought it from Amazon (it shipped from DermStore) and it was $19.00 with shipping (which is better than the $26 I was spending on Hoola).

So here is my review-

Pros:

-NO parabens!

-Matte finish

-Golden brown color

-Goes on smoothly/blends nicely

-Affordable

-Cute packaging (If I didn’t know any better, I would say that it was a Benefit product!)

Cons:

-Little darker than Hoola (will this look ridiculous come fall/winter?)

-Not as much product as Hoola

So overall, I give this 4 antlers! (4 stars, 2 thumbs up, whatever you wanna call it) I am really interested in other products by The Balm, and if you are too, then check out their website!

Happy Bronzing!  xoxo

Sun Goddess

So, I wanted to do a quick post about the self tanner I mentioned in the last post.

Like I had said before, I used to get this at ULTA, but I found that Amazon has much better prices. I recently bought this huge  32 oz pump bottle for $50.00. That might sound like a lot, but it will last probably the whole year, and I can pump a smaller amount in my old 12 oz bottle for weekend travels.

I LOVE this stuff. I usually apply every few days in the summer and then less frequently in the winter. I feel so much better when I am glowing, and I get the peace of mind knowing that I am staying out of the real sun AND using a product that is paraben free, made with natural ingredients, and is not tested on animals!

Another great brand of self tanner is Fake Bake. You can also get this on Amazon, or at ULTA, if you need it right away.

SIDE NOTE: I have definitely been known to indulge in a spray tan session with my friend, Claire, at the salon where she works. It’s only $35.00 and I try to reserve this only for special occasions, since I can use SUN self tanner to prolong the tan.

I sometimes use Fake Bake’s Babe Bronzer.

It is paraben free, which is great for your skin, and has a shimmer. I want to specify that this is NOT a glitter, which can sometimes be too much. The color is pretty good too, not too red and dirty looking, but clean and tan.

But…I am still obsessed with Benefit’s Hoola bronzer.

This DOES has parabens, and so I am on the lookout for one that has the same matte golden brown color, but without the nasty parabens!

Do you have any suggestions for healthier bronzers? I would LOVE to have some options!!