Monday, July 28, 2014

Benefit Cosmetics Cabana Glama

I'm a huge Benefit fan, I love their mascara, concealer, blushes, and highlighters, so why wouldn't I love a perfect looking summery palette?! 

Nobody likes wearing a lot of makeup during the summer, which is why I love the Cabana Glama palette so much...aside from of course, it's fabulous name.  It has your summer makeup essentials without going overboard in any way.

First, you have your Some Kind-A Gorgeous foundation, a cream to powder that is perfect for summer months.  You don't feel like you're wearing foundation, yet you have an even coverage that will cover any minor skin issues you may be experiencing at the moment.

Benefit Cabana Glama, $18
Next, the eyeshadow palette has three colors that, in my opinion, scream natural beach-y glam.  The pink looks amazing with the other two bronze shadows.  You can opt for a light and natural look with Peach Fizz and Bronze Buzz, or take it up a notch with the darker brown, Cocoa Pizzazz, for some dramatics.

Peach Fizz, Bronze Buzz, Cocoa Pizzazz
Lastly, follow up with the Hoola bronzing powder to give yourself a sun-kissed glow, and apply cult favorite Posietint to cheeks and lips for a bright and natural flush.

I. love. Cabana. Glama.
It's seriously all you need for summer, I use it every time I'm going to a relaxing happy hour, and I used it before brunch this weekend.  I know I look bright and fresh, and have a natural summer glow.

PS: This palette is currently on sale!  It was originally $36 but is now only $18 on Benefit's website!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

I'm 24, AH!


Hello friends, 

I turned 24 on July 19.  I'm happy 23 is over only because I don't like odd numbers [weird, because I was born on an odd number day], so I was anxiously awaiting my turn to turn 24.

It was a tough weekend, but I'm glad I celebrated with my closest friends in Atlantic City, my birthday tradition.  We even took it back to Showboat, where I had my epic 21st birthday, because it's closing the end of August...so sad.

ANYWAY, my birthday gift to myself was having Love.Life.Beauty redesigned.  I loved my Shabby Blogs template, but it wasn't mine.  This new design totally what I wanted and was made specifically for me.  

I searched on Etsy and came across UrbanCreativeStudio, run by Dee Dee.  I literally know nothing about graphic design or HTML, but that doesn't even matter because Dee Dee was awesome in figuring out what I wanted.  

And, hello, I'm in LOVE with the finished product!  
Thank you so much Dee Dee, you're the best!

I'll be back to my regular blogging next week, life is finally somewhat back to the norm.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cargo Water Resistant Blush

I've been a huge fan of Cargo for a long time, like since high school.  I used to religiously collect their Lip Gloss Duos, my favorite was LaLa Land, unfortunately they don't make those anymore, oh well.

I haven't used Cargo in a while, so when I opened my Birchbox and saw this little Bali Blush inside I was pleasantly surprised!  

Cargo Water Resistant Blush in 'Bali', $26

Bali, a water resistant blush, gives a perfect flush look that's very natural and is great for summer.  Not gonna lie, at first I questioned the whole "water resistant" part of the product, but after I wore this blush every single day in some of the most humid days so far this summer, I was very impressed.

This blush applies evenly and smoothly, and is super easy to build upon depending on how dramatic you want your look to be.

I'm glad Birchbox reminded me how great of a brand Cargo is- I highly recommend this product for any skin tone!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sweet Caroline

Losing a friend is never easy.  Losing a friend you've had since 5yrs old, that you went to elementary school, high school, college, pledged Chi Omega, and traveled the world with, sucks.

Here are the words I wrote for Caroline's tribute video, along with some of my favorite pictures of us.

Words cannot describe how difficult it is to write this.  The flood of our memories and laughs is overwhelming, but beautiful.  I wish I could list our thousands of jokes, but I’ll just leave it at "wall sisters" and the politically incorrect goose language.  It’s still hard to believe that you’re gone from this Earth, but I know you’ll still be by my side, making hilarious comments and facial expressions.  I’m so lucky to have gone to school with you since age 5.  I’m so lucky to have shared a sisterhood with you, although, I mean, we pretty much already had that established.  I will think about you each and every day, I love you angel. 

"You can cry and close your mind, 
be empty and turn your back. 
Or you can do what she'd want: 
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”
-David Harkins 

On our way to visit Teresa Giudice's home, from Real Housewives of NJ.

Celebrating my 19th birthday.

Chi Omega Preference Night, the last night of rush.

Um, who knows.

Prom 2008.

Atlantis, Bahamas.

Disney World.

Overlooking Athens.

Staying safe for our Greek Isle cruise.


Crashing the White House Correspondent's Dinner, we met so many celebrities that night.

No caption needed, one of my many basement parties.
Inauguration Weekend at GWU.

New Year's.

Gabz Birthday Party.
Temple of Poseidon, Greece.
New Year's.
The George Washington University, Class of 2012.

PIKE's Firemen's Challenge.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

...a day early!

I hope you all have a wonderful Independence Day weekend!  

This is the first time I'm staying in D.C. for the 4th of July, and I'm excited to be celebrating here!  I usually go to the Jersey shore, but since I'll be there in a few short weeks for my birthday anyway, I figured this would be a good time to try out D.C. for this holiday.

I have 3 of my best guy friends coming down from NJ and staying with me for the weekend.  God only knows what my apartment is going to look like after this weekend, but whatever, it'll be worth it.

I'm looking forward to World Cup fun, brunch, tons of drinks, fireworks, and of course, festive nomz I'll be making for my cookout tomorrow night.

Stay safe everyone [i.e. designated drivers & sunscreen] , and have a beautiful weekend! 

Make sure you follow me on Instagram to see all the fun 4th of July nonsense I'll be getting into! XO