• What’s In My Bag?

    Here is my beloved Strathberry Midi Tote bag.

    I came across the bag on Instagram and instantly fell in love with its structure, handle, and overall look. Instead of traditional zippers and flaps, the Strathberry has a gold bar closure that simply “locks” the bag’s handles together. Super stylish, it has complemented a ton of my everyday looks. I’ve received a lot of compliments while using it too!

    Keep on reading for the contents inside!

    Let’s start off with what I consider my necessities—phone, earphones, wallet and water bottle. I never leave my house without my small 9 oz Swell bottle (because it fits most of my bags and is a eye-catcher every time I drink my water), my wallet and iPhone (I mean just look at my cute peacock phone case from Rifle Paper Co) and my Master & Dynamic earphones (they make my daily commutes to and from work a lot more bearable)!

    Even though everyone is pretty much all for Google Calendars, I’m still old school—forever flipping through my physical planner. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been on the planner train and, quite frankly, I’m staying loyal. There’s something about being able to write things down, something about having it be tangible in front of me that makes the old school method so appealing. To each their own, right? Say hello to my new 2017 planner from Rifle Paper Co. and some Muji stationery, of course!

    Need some hand cream on-the-go? I’m that girl who’s always whipping out a tube and sharing its hydrating love with everyone. I’ve been using Mario Badescu’s Hand Cream and Lip Wax. Next up, are Love Wellness Co.’s Do It All Wipes… because you gotta #TakeCareDownThere. These pH balancing wipes make me feel fresh (down there, duh!) whenever I need them. And how can I not carry around Kleenex tissues? I don’t know about you, but I need a tissue everyday of my life—there’s always seems to be a reason for needing one!

    Finally, my everyday makeup essentials! Do I need to say more? These are some of my favorite makeup products and they’re all travel-friendly, especially in this Glossier pink pouch. If I had to choose one makeup product to take with me on-the-go, it’d probably be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Can’t leave the house without my brows!

    What is one thing you can’t leave the house without? Let me know in the comments below!

  • Arch You Ready for This Brow Business?

    Brow Grooming 101

    If eyes are the so-called windows to your soul, then brows are the so-called curtains to those windows. Pottery Barn or Ikea, which would you rather? You tell me.

    Thanks to Cara Delevingne and a handful of other brow-blessed celebrities, fleek, full, and fabulously natural eyebrows have been taking the world by storm. No makeup, no problem? Ya, as long as your brows are groomed!

    A victim of sparse brows, I fill mine in every morning. If I had to pick one makeup product to use for the rest of my life, it would definitely be a brow pencil.

    I’d feel like a naked mole-rat otherwise.

    Like all fashion trends, brows, too, go through their different “style” stages. It may, unfortunately, take years for you to figure out which shape best frames your face. Don’t worry, we’ll go through all the different scenarios together. Behold, my favorite brow products!

    If Your Brows Are…

    Benefit Cosmetics Ready, Set, BROW! Clear Brow Gel

    Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel
    Too Faced Cosmetics Brow Quickie

    You, girl, don’t need much. Your brows are pretty much on fleek with or without the extra help. You’ve got these naturally full brows that are to die for and they’ve got these amazing arches to match!

    If you want to add just a little bit more jazz, a brow gel or brow fiber gel will do the trick. People often use them as the “top coats” to their brow routine.

    Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit
    Benefit Cosmetics Ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color
    Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo
    Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12

    First things first, count your blessings! Some people don’t have much brow hair–but hey, good news, you’re not some people. Your hair, while there, just lacks grooming.

    Here’s where the powders and pomades come in! It’s tricky, but with practice, you’ll master an arch that complements your bone structure. Note that pomades can also be used to create an edgier look.

    Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil
    Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer
    Tom Ford Brow Sculptor

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
    Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil and Brush
    Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil
    Lancome Les Sourcils Definis Eyebrow Pencil

    You have some hair, but you also have some bald spots. Don’t worry, me too! I barely have any hair on the tail ends of my brows so brow pencils with spoolies are a must for me.

    Mind you, pomades and powders work equally well for sparse brows but I’ve be hoarding and championing taupe-colored 2-in-1 pencils for the longest time!

    You’ve over-plucked your brows. Oops!

    Take a deep breath! It will all be okay. See the products I’ve mentioned above? Feel free to try them all. Benefit Cosmetics has pretty much everything you need for brows. Their new silver packaging? *Swoon*

    Benefit Cosmetics BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer
    Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Glow Brow Highlighter

    In case you wanted to add more va-va-voom, primers and highlighters are a great way to start and end your brow routine. Brow primers keep products in place for longer and highlighters add just the right amount of pop.

     

    What are some of your favorite brow products? I’d love to know!

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