Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October Beauty Favorites

First things first: this post is labeled as October but technically it's a combo with September too. I've found myself regularly routing these five products literally since I've bought them. I've definitely cut back on splurge purchasing lately, which has made me really focus in on "what I really love" vs. "what I really like". For example: "what I really like" is kind of like that sequined mini skirt you have in the back of your closet. It was sparkly and you had to have it, but will you wear it in five years? Probably not. "What I really love" on the other hand is that classic tailored blazer you rotate regularly. You know that when you put it on it works and you feel great.

For the first time in months - if not ever - my favorites also doesn't include a lip product. I know, I know...GASP. But to be honest, it's been really difficult to find something I really love on that front. Instead I've been focusing a ton on skincare (coming soon!) and along with that comes face products.

People should also just come to expect that come September you will rarely find me without a copper/burgundy eye. It is personally my favorite look on blue eyes and flows perfectly with the changing leaves outside.

MAC Eyeshadows, Coppering and Brown Script
Tom Ford's Cream and Powder Eye Color, Golden Peach
TooFaced Sketch Marker Liquid Eyeliner, Black

Fall to me means Harry Potter marathons, mulled wine, and warm-toned eye looks. As mentioned above I could basically rock a sunset-hued shadow daily and it wouldn't phase me. These red hued shadows were my first ever purchase from MAC and is undoubtedly my favorite purchase from MAC. I sometimes wear them all over the lid and on the lower lash line when I want a quick but dramatic look. Lately however I've been starting things off with a swipe of Tom Ford's peachy cream shadow to really make things pop. The TF cream shadows are a literal dream formula-wise. They are  a bit pricey but I would pay it again and again - since the product is so dang good! Bonus is that a little dab goes a long way, so you get your dollar's worth. The combo of these three products makes a girl swoon.

I love to finish this look with a flick of black liner to polish things up. Sadly I ran out of my Kat Von D tattoo liner and ended up at Ulta looking for a quick replacement. After swatching a few products I settled on the Too Faced version since it felt like a close dupe of KVD's. I have to  say that this product isn't the most pigmented, but I do find that it is great for a precise flick. I tend to line the upper lid with a liquid liner and then use the marker to draw out the ends.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter
L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, 203 Nude Beige (review here)

I could write an entire post about this foundation combo, and frankly I still might. It's that good. I have been using the Becca primer and L'Oreal foundation every day for the past month and it hasn't failed me yet. The primer is so creamy, hydrating, and gives the skin a luminous glow. One pump covers my entire face in a sheen of golden light. I then apply a thin layer of the Pro Glow foundation on top for a "lit from within" look. The two products give so much glow that it's a bit excessive (in a good way). However, once I powder down my t-zone and apply some blush everything is perfectly hydrated-looking.

The Becca primer comes in one shade, which I could see being too light for darker skin tones. Definitely swatch the product first if you're looking to buy! I also harped on the L'Oreal shade selection in my full review (linked above) and find that my current shade is even a bit too dark for me now as my tan fades. Once I run out I'll definitely be re-purchasing both of these products - albeit in a lighter foundation shade - to keep me through the cold winter months.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Neon Blonde Weekly | October 23

Sneak Peek of the Coming Week
October 23, 2016

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

October Beauty Favorites
Now Trending | Fall 2016
The Four Liquid Lipsticks I Actually Wear

This section is titled "happenings" but lately it's been more like, what hasn't been happening? New state, new home, new job, new routines. Transient sections of life are always difficult to navigate. But, with the changes comes an opportunity to re-establish your own life trends and figure out what works best for you. For me lately it's been all about getting settled and enjoying some downtime in my new environment. Now I'm ready to set myself up for the next few months and pick back up on the productivity front. Here we go Fall/Winter...

Halloween Edition! Here are some of my favorite 
seasonal posts to prep yourself for the festivities...

This spooky eyed mani from the Lauren Conrad team is SO cute + seemingly simple
Beauty babe Faith (and one of my real life BFFs) created this gorgeous Gatsby inspired makeup look!
Feelin' like a villain instead? Try this Maleficient tutorial instead!
Studio DIY is showing how to create a "Ghouls" Night Out (p.s. check their amazing costumes)
If you're a wimp like me, here's a list of 20 'not so scary' Halloween movies
I'm eyeing up all seven of these Spooky cocktails (since booze is much better than candy)
Skipping the costumes for a pamper night? Check out these treats from Lush first
Neon Blonde Weekly | September 25 Read this post
Life Update: I Moved! (Again) Read this post


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Life Update: I Moved! (Again)

Autumn is all about fresh starts. This year it feels even more relevant as there have been several major life events going on at once. Who says resting is needed? On the more obvious side of things, I've moved into a house! I've officially been living in the space for only a week now but have been steadily working on it/painting/cleaning for about a month. For those who have been out of the loop I  moved out of DC back in August and was living at home for a bit. A great opportunity opened up to move into a new space and I immediately jumped on it.  It's been lots of labor and late nights but I have swiftly fallen in love with the space.

On a less obvious side of things I've also recently accepted a new job! Since moving back I've been continuing to work full-time - just remotely - for my company based out of DC. However, an great opportunity came up to move companies so I took it! I start back in the Pharma industry in less than a week from now so things have been busy preparing the new position and closing things up on the old one.

Along with the new space and job there has been lots of travel and enjoying the Fall season. Over the past few weeks I've practically lived out of a suitcase with trips down to Annapolis, Harrisburg, and State College. This weekend I'm off again - this time to NYC.

With all of the changes going on things have been busy. Like, downtown Manhattan at 5 p.m. busy. However I'm so excited to finally settle in a bit and get ready to enjoy the benefits. The hardest part of changes is definitely getting back into a productive groove of things. I'm aiming to use the rest of October and into November and December to do the most blogging, cooking, and unplugging as much as I can. I promise it won't be as quiet as it has been lately!

For now, it's time to dig into the 70+ videos in my YouTube queue tonight while opening a fresh bottle of red wine. Productivity can start tomorrow...


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