Monday, February 29, 2016

What Sarah Loves // March

What Sarah Loves - March

Can anyone feel Spring in the air?! Okay, so it's going to drop down to 40 degrees later this week but a girl can't help to get excited. I'm so ready to ditch all of the bulky sweaters for airy fabrics and soft hues. Think: weekend vineyard trips, Easter brunch, and layering up for early morning errands.

I seriously can't wait for this weather to stick around and make itself at home. For now, here's to more warm dreaming...


Neon Blonde Weekly | February 28

Sneak Peek of the Coming Week
February 28, 2016

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store
this coming week on Neon Blonde

February Favorites
A little bit of Magic from CT

Witlee Download

Thankful for the non-sub zero temperatures lately
Wrapping up my early Spring/Summer wish list
Happy Leap Day!

Why Kesha's Case is More About Kesha - a good download of why you should be paying attention
Single? Here's some #girlpower to get you going
This palm tree print is needed stat.
I'm loving this powder blue midi dress - perfect for Spring weddings
This suede moto jacket is already on my 'need' list
All the most important backstage Instagrams from the Oscars
Speaking of, lets look at the fashion!

Neon Blonde Weekly | February 21st Read this post
The Beauty Lover Tag Read this post
What I'm Reading Read this post
The Blush Tag Read this post

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Blush Tag

Do you ever line up all of your blushes and realize that they look exactly the same? Oops. In my defense, they all have different benefits + since I was tagged by Cindy I can now lay them out for you! Blush is such a fun piece of my makeup routine. I feel like it just warms everything up and gives my face the perfect flush of color. Read on to find more about my blush habits...

1. What blush color suits you the most?
Ha, well, I guess we can see a theme here. I tend to go for dusty rose colors that are more pink-hued than mauve. I find that this shade works best for my skin tone and screams femininity to me. There's nothing prettier on a woman than a healthy glow! I also find that this shade works great year round - whether I'm pale (aka now) or sporting a bit of a tan.

2. Pressed, cream or loose blush?
Definitely pressed! Although I love the look of cream blushes I haven't been able to get on with them. I like to set my makeup with powders so the cream just gets mixed up in the consistency. I've also used loose blush in the past but it can get a bit messy - and harder to control the level of blush you're applying. No one likes clown cheeks...

3. Favorite shimmery blush?
NARS 'Orgasm' is a cult classic and for good reason! Although this isn't hugely glittery, it does contain golden flecks that give skin a highlighted look. I tend to pull this out the most during the warmer months and then layer a golden highlight on top. Bring on ALL of the highlight! If you can't tell, I had a casualty when I dropped this bad boy on my bathroom floor. Stubbornly I haven't bought a new one and am nervous to try out any 're-construction' work. Instead I just try to be very cautious when sweeping it up and make sure not to travel with it.

4. Favorite matte blush?
I feel like NYX blushers are so underrated. I picked up 'Pinched' from ULTA over the holidays and have since fallen in love with it. I'm not sure if this is technically considered matte, but it's the closest one in my collection to be. The color is super pigmented and is so long lasting. Plus I think it runs for $5? Yes, yes, yes. 

5. Favorite cream blush?
As stated before I'm not a huge cream blush fan, but I do own one: H&M's 'Dusty Rose'. The formula is extremely buildable and seems to melt into the skin. 

6. Favorite drugstore blush?
NYX for sure! They have about 24 shades and all are so beautiful. I need to snag a few colors to add to my arsenal - currently I'm eyeing up 'Silky Rose' and 'Desert Rose'.

7. Favorite high end blush?
Charlotte Tilbury was definitely an investment but one that I'm glad I made. I have 'Ecstacy' from their Check to Chic Blush line and have been using it daily. I love the idea of incorporating two colors into one pot: sweeping around the outside shade to cover the cheek, then popping the inner shade on the apples of your cheek. The formula is extremely beautiful and pigmented - so a little goes a long way! I also love how this shade has a more muted coral tone, compared to the pinky hues of my other blushes.

8. Favorite bright blush?
I feel like I don't necessarily have a great option for this one as most of my shades are fairly wearable. However, I've made it my mission to invest in more blush shades this year so stay tuned (I'm looking at you NARS 'Mata Hari')!

9. Biggest blush disappointment/regret?
This is such a tough one! I would say the cream blush from H&M is my least favorite, and least used. It could be because of my lack of love for cream blushes but I feel like this one just sticks to your existing makeup (instead of mixing seamlessly). Thankfully this had a small cost to it so my pocketbook isn't all that sad!

10. Best blush packaging?
NARS, for sure. There's something so beautiful about the matte black packaging and the white letters. Although you can't see what color is inside, it just is a classic.

11. What’s on your blush wish list?
So many! I heard good things about the Hourglass blushes; the Urban Decay + Gwen Stefani collaboration; MAC's Flamingo Park collection; and a few from NARS (the sangria colored 'Seduction', berry colored 'Sin', and the softer 'Sex Appeal'). Gotta love blush names...

12. Number 1 Holy Grail Blush?
I feel like I go for 'Orgasm' the most. It's the easiest color to sweep on and blend well with any makeup look. 

Now I'm throwing back the tag to Faith and inviting Brooke and Jordan to share their favorites!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What I'm Reading

One of my favorite ways to unwind from a stressful day - which seems to happen more often lately - is with a good book. Throughout my life I've always had great moments emphasized by great books. I remember going to the library with my mom growing up and being so excited to have access to anything I wanted. This has continued into now in my mid-20's, except now I read on my Kindle instead of paperback (the only way to survive reading on the metro). I thought I’d share a little bit about my reading list lately in case you’re looking for something to pick up!


Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies

"Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart." - Amazon

I read this through my book club and was honestly so bummed I missed the meeting to discuss it! It is definitely a slower read and one that you have to pay attention to, but the storyline completely pulls you in. Even more so it twists your interpretation of the story in a way that you never would expect. I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a new perspective.

Laura Dave, Eight Hundred Grapes

"Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands. But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever. Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…." - Amazon

Anyone else ever have dreams of growing up on a vineyard? I had a serious envy spell over Lindsey Lohan's character in Parent Trap. As someone who loves wine I had this on my reading list for a while. The story brings you back to home and the importance of family, while also inspiring a bit of wanderlust. 

Karen Wheeler, Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in France

"In her mid-thirties, fashion editor Karen has it all: a handsome boyfriend, a fab flat in west London, and an array of gorgeus shoes. But when her boyfriend, Eric, leaves she makes an unexpected decision: to hang up her Manolos and wave good-bye to her glamorous city lifestyle to go it alone in a run-down house in rural Poitou-Charentes, central western France. Tout Sweet is the perfect read for anyone who dreams of chucking away their BlackBerry in favor of real blackberrying and downshifting to a romantic, alluring locale where new friendships–and new loves–are just some of the treasures to be found amongst life's simple pleasures." - Amazon

I just started this book yesterday and am excited to see where it goes! It relates to the idea of disconnecting from electronics and reconnecting with yourself. I can definitely see this being turned into a movie, with a female lead that you can't help but fall in love with. 

Lindsey Kelk, I Heart New York

"The perfect book for Sex and the City fansI Heart New York by Lindsey K. Kelk truly celebrates the city that never sleeps. The delightful story of a young woman who flees London and her cheating boyfriend to rediscover her sexy, stylish, confident self while building a new life in the greatest city in the world, I Heart New York is funny, sunny, and sexy, a big hearted, Big Apple treat for Sofia Kinsella, Emily Griffin, and Anna Maxted readers." - Amazon

This book is an easy read but I still loved it! I follow a great deal of UK bloggers so I loved seeing all the mentions to places like M+S. Theres also several mentions of designers and some of the shopping centers in New York.


I just realized that all of these titles were written by female authors. Can you say #girlpower? Have you read anything good lately? I'm always adding to my list! So far my to read list has All the Light We Cannot See, The Thing About Jellyfish, Year of Yes, and Brain on Fire on it.


Monday, February 22, 2016

The Beauty Lover Tag

Last week Faith tagged me to do a post on all things beauty - and I of course obliged!  It's always fun to look into your beauty habits and do these 'quizzes'. Read on to see my answers + to see who else I asked to share their answers...

If you could have anyone in the world do your makeup, who would it be?
Patrick Ta, definitely. He always creates such a beautiful and natural look and seems to emphasizes a woman's features - instead of hiding them. I love how all of his looks can go from runway to the everyday. He even has a separate Instagram account that focuses on natural beauty. Lets just say his client list of Shay Mitchell, Gigi Hadid, and Kim Kardashian speaks enough for his work!

What's your top makeup tip?
I have to follow Faith with this one and say it's super important to set your makeup. I use a contour kit, illuminating powder, and setting spray in my daily routine. Also, invest in skincare. You can't have great makeup without a great base; so that means drinking lots of water and buying a moisturizer that works for your skin. I also do a peel or mask once a week to reset my skin.

What one makeup item could you not live without?
I have blonde lashes so mascara is a must for me. I tend to buy formulas that lengthen and thicken my lashes so they're not hidden on my face (currently the Maybelline Lash Sensational is my favorite). 

What one skincare item could you not live without?
I think a facial oil is imperative in my skin routine. It allows the skin to feel hydrated, without being weighed down. I also like the fact that an oil can be used to remove makeup and can also work as a moisturizer - win/win.

What are you worst at when it comes to applying makeup?
Applying lipstick! For some reason no matter what I do to apply a darker color, it always looks like a child coloring. I still haven't mastered that perfect edge to lipstick - which is probably why I tend to emphasize my eyes and keep the lips fairly neutral.

What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to beauty?
People think that you have to spend a ton of money to be confident in your skin. Drugstore products have advanced so far in the past few years in their quality. I truly believe that as long as you find the right products for you, it doesn't matter how much you spend. I also have a serious cringe moment anytime I see people improperly blending eyeshadow...

What's your favorite makeup era?
I have a love affair with the 70s in general, and the makeup of this era is no exception. The 70s were divided between the hippies and disco queens - so you have a perfect blend of natural looks (think bronzer, dewy skin, and glossy lips) for day and then the ultimate glamour for disco nights (glitter, perlescent finishes, and mixing of colors).

What's your guilty pleasure product?
The amount of shimmery bronze shadows I own is unreal. However, no matter how many of them I pick up I always find myself wanting more! Creams, powders, pigments...bring them all on.

What's your underdog product?
The NYX Wonder Pencil is one of those products I carry around with me everywhere, but always forget to talk about. I use this for everything: brightening my under-eye, covering blemishes on the go, cleaning up eyebrows and lip liner. Also the price is under $6 so it's such a great bargain!

What's your favorite makeup product of 2015? 
The Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin Watermelon is my vice. I go through about five tubes of this a year and have a minor panic attack when I run out (which happened this morning). The formula is so creamy and hydrating, the color is perfectly glossy, and it's extremely easy to apply on the go. I seriously can't get enough of it.

I now invite Julia, Daisy, and Natalie to join in on the fun! Can't wait to see your answers.


Rose Eyes with UD Naked 3

Lets take a break from the usual golden/bronze eye and introduce a new face to the lineup: rose. Although I tend to layer on the copper-toned "Trick" in my Urban Decay Naked3 palette (if you can't tell from how I hit pan on just that shade), I've been leaning towards the lighter and pinky tones towards the left of the color queue. Add a punch of shimmer from the super inexpensive e.l.f. shadow in Soiree and it's the perfect glammed up eye for daytime.

Step 1: Apply a eyeshadow primer to set a base. I prefer the Urban Decay Primer Potion in 'Sin'. To add more depth to the color, use the Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeshadow Stick in 'Amethyst' and smudge over the lid.

Step 2: Apply a mix of 'Nooner' and 'Limit' on a tapered shadow brush and blend into crease.

Step 3: Smudge the e.l.f. Long Lasting Lustrous shadow all over lid (you may need to dig in a bit to get pigment).

Step 4: Highlight your tear duct and below the brow bone with your favorite highlighter, or 'Dust' or 'Strange' in the UD3 palette

Step 5: Load up on mascara - the Maybelline Lash Sensational in black is my favorite!

Step 6: Wink + enjoy!


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