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Fall Nail Color Favorites!

21 Nov

I love beautiful rich dark shades for fall and winter and thought I’d share my favorites colors with you.  They are both by Essie, but most polish companies make these shades or similar shades. I do favor Essie when it comes to darker shades because their formulas are super thick and don’t streak.

Stylenomics is a deep green shade.

essie stylenomicsdeep green


Carry On is a dark deep burgundy wine shade.

essie carry onmani



My 5 Favorite Fall Lipsticks. (Including a gorgeous $1 red!!!)

23 Sep

Fall is officially here y’all and I’m so excited to wear richer colors, layers and gorgeous textures.  Fall makeup looks are some of my favorite hands down and beautiful lipstick is a staple for me during the fall. I’ve chosen my favorites and linked them below. I will list them from lowest $ to highest $$.

Happy Fall,

Xo Journey

Wet n Wild Cherry frost 514A $1. Super pigmented silky red with a slight shimmer .

wet n wild

NYX Lala $3.99. Creamy mauve/Plum.

NYX Lala

Maybelline Brazen Berry $7. Pretty purple meets magenta.

Brazen Berry

MAC Rebel $17. My favorite lip color of all time is a beautiful bold berry.

Mac Rebel

MAC Girl About town $17. The perfect bright fuchsia.


Heaven In a Bottle! I Am Obsessed!

7 Sep

Let me start by saying that I am not one to buy a lot of different perfumes. I own about 6 total but have steadily used Versace Red Jeans and Vera Wang Princess for the last 8 years. I never thought I would add a third fragrance to my main lineup until I smelled Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium! WOW!!!! It is as intoxicating as a perfume can get. The scent is unique and bold, yet warm and sweet. It has vanilla, floral and coffee notes with some musky undertones. (not overpowering musk though) I think of it as the perfect blend of spicy and sweet and will be wearing it throughout Fall & Winter.

Side note: Black opium is an Eau de parfum so a little goes a long way.

Black Opium comes in 4 sizes ranging in price from $25-$115.

How gorgeous is that bottle? Also available in a blinged out version ($300) if you’re feeling really fancy.


Sephora To Launch Beauty Box Subscription Service!

9 Aug

Sephora has announced that they will be launching a monthly subscription beauty box that will directly compete with Birch Box.  Birch box came on the beauty scene in 2010 and has been an industry leader since.  Sephora is looking to cash in on the popular monthly subscription box services that are gaining in popularity.  There are boxes for just about everything from your dog (Bark Box)  to your inner Zen (Mindfulness Box). Sephora’s beauty box called “Play” will launch in Boston, Columbus and Cincinatti Ohio in September with more cities to follow in 2016.  The subscription will cost $10 per month and is expected to include 5 deluxe sized samples of beauty products.

Do you subscribe to Birch box? Will you make the switch or subscribe to both?


Pretty AND Protected!!!! (wear makeup & SPF, you don’t have to choose)

10 Jul

I am INSANE about skin protection and wear SPF 50 year round and 110 during the sunny months. I wear it alone and with my makeup as well. Most days I don’t wear makeup, but when I do I have perfected a routine that allows me to protect my skin, wear a full face of makeup AND reapply SPF throughout the day if necessary. The key to ultimate sun protection is to apply SPF under and over your makeup! YES this is easy and possible, I will list my routine below with product links. *Let this also be a reminder that the SUN IS ENEMY #1 when it comes to your skin aging, the sun “cooks” your skin- it’s as simple as that. Even in small doses, it adds up. Be mindful when you’re in the sun and get into an SPF routine NOW if you haven’t already and buy some cute hats & sunglasses while you’re at it.  Protect your skin at all costs or it will cost you… case scenario- you will have crows feet and leathery skin way too early. Worst case scenario- skin cancer. Love the skin you’re in :) nf It’s never too late. Get started now, let me show you how! (My personal SPF & makeup routine, step by step) 1. Apply SPF on clean skin. I use Neutrogena SPF 110. 2. Let it soak in for 5 minutes. I walk away, brush my teeth, pet the dog….whatevs. 3.Apply face makeup. My full makeup consists of BB Cream and Bare Minerals powder foundation, followed by highlight, contour, eye makeup, blush etc. 4. Once makeup is gorge and “done” apply SPF powder ON TOP of everything. Bare Minerals has a translucent powder called Mineral veil- it basically locks in your makeup and it almost creates an air brushed look to the skin. Why is this last step so unique? Mineral veil is available with SPF 25, so it is adding an extra layer of protection. This also allows you to reapply SPF throughout the day by dusting some powder on.  Mineral veil comes in original for fair to medium skin tones and tinted for medium to dark skin tones. I have both and mix them for a gorgeous shade. There is No need to go and throw out your current makeup/foundation. Any makeup works as the FIRST and LAST steps include SPF.  This has been working wonders for me and I hope it can help you too.

Must Have Lipstick Collab!

22 Jun

Giambattista Valli is the latest designer to collaborate with makeup giant MAC. Makeup junkies have been excited about this collaboration for sometime. The highly anticipated 6 piece collection includes 5 matte lipsticks and 1 lip gloss. The potted gloss transforms all the lip colors into high shines hues.


The colors, inspired by flowers from around the world, range from pale pink to dark cherry and the gorgeous packaging matches the lipstick inside. The collection will be available online and in stores July 9.  I NEED the coral shade. What color is your fave?

Lipstick $17.50 Lip gloss $23GV2

My Favorite Nail Color Right Now!

15 Apr

I can’t get enough of Bitter Buddhist, a milky greyish green shade from Smith & Cult.  I first spotted this shade on Eva Chen when I saw this picture on her Instagram and I went on a HUNT for it. S& Cult    I received it recently and LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! It is different from any green I’ve seen and is perfect for Spring and Summer. I will be living in this color!!!!! Shop this gorgeous green below.

Smith & Cult ‘Bitter Buddhist’ $18


I also came across this dupe at Ulta for $8 if you’re on a budget. I swatched it at the store and it’s totally the same.



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