• 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!

  • How to Perfect the Lazy Girl Makeup Routine

    Keep It Simple, Silly!

    I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my makeup routine, I like to keep it as simple as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I love all things makeup, but I just love my sleep a little bit more.

    On days when I’m in a rush from snoozing too long, I always opt for my everyday-friendly makeup routine. In simple terms, it’s the “right amount of face with absolutely no precision needed.”

    If I can werk this in a moving vehicle, you can werk it anywhere!

    After moisturizing and prepping my skin, I dab some NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer (Custard) under my eyes and on any areas with hyperpigmentation or redness. After blending the concealer onto my skin with my fingers, I apply a thin layer of Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream (Light/Medium) to the rest of my face.

    Acing my brows is probably the hardest part of this go-to routine. Ya gurl ain’t no Cara Delevingne. I begin by using NYX’s Micro Brow Pencil (Taupe) to fill in my sparse brows and follow with NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil (Yogurt) for an extra touch of shimmer and dimension to my lids.

    This stuff is amazing because it’s versatile! You can also use it on the inner corners of your eyes and for highlighting.

    I then top the look off with Tarte’s Skinny SmolderEYES Waterproof Liner (Sunstone Bronze). To create a subtle, smoky look, I draw a wing and smudge it out with the liner’s sponge tip. Often times, I’ll also line my waterline with this color as well.

    Finally, I comb several coats of Lancome’s Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara through my lashes to give them volume.

    For finishing touches, I always reach for Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer to contour the sides of my face and Benefit’s Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain for quick touches of blush and lip color. And, that’s it!

    What are some of your everyday makeup products? 

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