January Favorites

H A P P Y   m o n d a y

January has been a month of reflection, goal-setting, and healthy habit forming.  I have had the opportunity to trial some new products throughout December and January and I am SO excited to share my favorites with you guys!  This month’s lineup happens to be a little heavy on the beauty products- likely because the Winter “uglies” are in full force.  My skin is dry and pale, and I need all the help I can get in terms of skin care and makeup.  Anyone else?!  

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 1 | Laura Geller Cover Lock Cream Foundation

This is the best foundation I have ever tried.  The beauty tech at Ulta recommended it and I am so thankful she did.  It provides full coverage, but doesn’t feel heavy at all.  I put it on over my moisturizer and blend it with this applicator sponge.  It goes on so smoothly, lasts all day, and doesn’t clog my pores.   I use the shade fair which has warmer undertones and isn’t too ivory.  This stuff is good guys.

 2 | Five Minute Journal

The Five Minute Journal has allowed me to identify more reasons to be grateful, challenges me to set daily intentions, and reflect on the ways in which I can take action to facilitate positive change in my own life.  How it works: Each morning when you wake up and each night before bed, you take 5 minutes or less to fill in the journal prompts.  I have been journaling for almost two weeks and I can clearly see the positive impact this daily habit has been having on my life.  Bad days are made better with a shift in perspective, and I feel genuinely happier as I am consistently prompted to identify reasons for which to be grateful.  I HIGHLY recommend this product!

3 | Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

This concealer is full-coverage, comes in a variety of shades, and is a good value as a little goes a long way.  The applicator wand makes for easy application.  I usually apply a few strokes under each eye and over any blemishes.  For an extra highlight I will add some between my eyebrows and on my chin.  I use that same blender sponge to apply it over my foundation- make sure the sponge is damp for a flawless application.  This is truly the best concealer I have ever tried.  The creasing throughout the day is very minimal (I have yet to find one that doesn’t crease at all), and it lasts all. day. long.

4 | Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring

I LOVE this hair tie.  It doesn’t leave a crease in your hair, causes less breakage, and comes in a variety of colors.  Because I no longer have that dreaded crease when I take my pony tail out, this hair tie has contributed to a significant decrease in the frequency that I use a straightener on my hair- I’m all for less heating tools.  Perfect for you ladies who sneak in your morning workout before work but only have the time to body shower and dry shampoo. No crease= less heat and less time getting ready.

 5 | Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

I have chronic under eye circles, regardless of the number of hours slept or cups of coffee consumed.  I use this product as a primer under my regular concealer and notice a significant difference in the appearance of my under eye circles.  I also notice that it contributes to less creasing throughout the day and overall gives me a bright, awake complexion.  On lighter makeup days or if I am pressed for time, this works perfect alone as an under eye concealer.

 6 | Socialite Off the Shoulder Sweater Dress

This dress is affordable, classy, flattering, and INSANELY comfortable.  I was initially drawn to it because of the classic mid length, long-sleeve, off the shoulder style but as soon as I felt the material, I couldn’t leave Nordstrom without it.  I wore it to a NYE party and paired it with a pair of black patent pointed-toe pumps for a classic look.  Not only did I feel fabulous, but I was so cozy all night.  At $49 with free shipping, this dress is a no brainer!  Although this dress runs true to size, I chose to size up to a medium from my usual size small because I wanted it to be a tad less fitted.

7 | Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

This is an acne spot treatment that dries up pesky blemishes.  You put it on at night before bed then wash it off in the morning.  Every time I use it, I notice a significant decrease in the size and redness of the blemish when I wake up the next morning.  The secret is in the application of this- DO NOT shake the bottle.  Dip a Q-tip until it reaches the bottom, where the pink sediment is settled.  You want a clay-like texture, and by shaking the bottle, you are diluting the product’s active ingredients.   I love how fast acting this product is- its a life saver on the night before a big presentation or hot date 😉

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I hope you enjoy these products as much as I truly do.  Cheers to the start of February and the slowly approaching Spring weather! xx

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide For Her Under $50

Good morning!  

Per popular demand on Instagram story polls, I put together this gift guide for the girls- with gift options all under $50.   These would make perfect gifts for the stylish ladies in your life- girlfriends, wives, aunts, cousins, sisters, friends- you name it!  I included some of the items I own and love, and some that would be on my wish list if I had one 😉  If you want to read a little about each item, I included short descriptions below.  If you’d prefer, you can just click the corresponding numbers under the photo collage to get to each website address.  Happy shopping my loves!

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1 |  J. Crew Striped Cape Scarf

I just ordered this in navy and I can’t wait until it comes in!  It’s versatile, chic, and looks so cozy- any excuse to basically wear a blanket in public right?  Being that it’s one size fits all (aka no guess work on sizing), this would make the perfect gift for the girls in your life- your bestie, your girlfriend or wife, aunts or cousins, even grandma! It’s a classic and timeless piece that transcends age.

2 | Anthropologie Candle

This candle is not only beautiful but it smells amazing.  Candles have such a special way of making any space feel warm and inviting.

3 | J. Crew Ribbed Beanie

I also just ordered this in the color vintage champagne.  It looks like that color sold out online but they still have it in heather graphite and black.  I love the ribbed knitting and cute faux fur pom pom detail!  Who doesn’t love a cute beanie to stay warm in the winter?

4 | Gold Hair Tie Bracelet

This bracelet prevents hair ties from leaving that uncomfortable mark around your wrist and transforms them into a stylish bracelet!  I love the gold color and I would pair it with a black hair tie.  You can also get it custom engraved for an extra $10.  This would make the best stocking stuffer!

5 | 25 oz. Swell Bottle

I absolutely love my swell bottle!  Two of my best friends gifted it to me for my birthday and I use it every day now.  I mostly use it to keep my drinks cold (24 hours of cold!!) but it keeps drinks hot as well.  Bonus- the 25 oz. will hold an entire bottle of wine 😉  Think- happy hour beverages on the beach in the Summer.  Cheers!

6 | J. Crew Tortoise Hoop Earrings

I own and love these earrings.  They are the perfect neutral accessory that pair well with any outfit. If you want try the statement earring trend but are a little nervous if it’s for you, these are a great start.

7 | 2018 Monthly Planner

This is the perfect holiday gift.  The person receiving this will be able to start organizing and planning for the new year ahead in a stylish, minimalist planner.  Great for high school or college students, or your type-A friends and family members!  I could also see this being a great gift for teachers.

8 | Anthropologie Monogram Mug

One of my girlfriends gifted me this mug a few years ago and I probably use it the most out of any I own.  The shape is perfect- my mom and I fight over it.  Not to mention the patterns are so cute, it’s personalized, and it’s on sale for only $5.00!  Such a steal.

9 | Converse Sneakers

These sneakers are the best.  They pair well with any casual outfit and the elastic ankle makes them easy to slip on an off.  I love mine and wear them all the time!

10 | Tarte Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette 

I ordered this palette during Tarte’s Cyber Monday deal and I am so excited for it to come in!  I currently use Urban Decay’s Naked Palette (which I love) but I’m ready for a change.  This has a nice variety of matte and shimmery neutral colors.  You can’t go wrong gifting this to the girls in your life!

11 | Grey Joggers

If you guys aren’t yet convinced that these are the best pants you’ll ever own, here it goes.  They are as soft as butter, available in all sizes in two colors, and are under $17!  I own them in grey and I sized up to a medium because I mostly wear them to lounge and sleep in so I wanted them to be loose and cozy.  I wear them so much that my boyfriend Mark asked if I ever wash them- the answer by the way is yes, but I have considered ordering a second pair to have on backup while the others are in the wash.  Yes, they are that good.

12 | Dogeared Linked Ring Necklace

I love this simple, delicate, necklace.  It’s gold, which I love, and comes on a card with a positive message.  It would make a perfect, thoughtful gift for your girlfriend or bestie!

13 | LipSense Starter Kit

You guys have heard me rave about these products before on the blog.  I just ordered 2 new colors and a gloss to gift to myself- treat yourself ladies.  Check my LipSense blog post for a more detailed review of the product if you’re interested!  Although a starter kit retails for $52, this option is under $50 if you use my code ROSECOLORED15 at time of purchase!

14 | Essie’s Gel Couture Kit

This is another product you’ve heard me talk about before.  I posted the details in my October favorites post if you’re interested in learning more!  I love this option for a gift because you get the color and the topcoat together- it’s cheaper than if you were to buy them separate.  My favorite colors are fairy tailor (pinkish nude) and gala-vanting (wine red).

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I hope you guys found this post helpful and feel inspired to treat yourself or the people you love.  I hope you all have a beautiful weekend! xx

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November Favorites

Good morning everyone!  I can’t believe it’s almost December- I am fully embracing all of the holiday feels and I hope you are too!  It’s such a cheerful and cozy time of year.  This week I am sharing my favorite products for the month of November- hope you enjoy! xoxo

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1 | J. Crew Puffer Jacket

I have owned this jacket for two seasons now and every year during the colder months, I am so thankful I purchased it.  It’s a classic style and has a super flattering fit- hits mid thigh or right above the knee for shorter girls like me (I’m 5’3″), and a tie belt that cinches your waist in the midst of all if its puffy glory.  The gold buttons and zipper are super chic against the black- which hides a multitude of sins.  I used to buy white down coats and I would get so fed up with how dirty they got by the end of the season that I would buy a new one every year- crazy I know.

2 | It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

I can’t take the credit for the discovery of this amazing mascara.  One of my favorite bloggers, Courtney Shields, of Bring Your Own Beauty, has been raving about this mascara on her blog posts and Instagram stories.  Like me, she used to layer two mascaras to get the look she wanted but she said this mascara is so good, she uses it alone.  Naturally, I had to try it.  I am so glad I did- it’s super lengthening and gives volume without the clumps.  The brush helps you comb the perfect amount of product onto your lashes, making them look long and gorgeous.

3 | Beauty Counter Charcoal Face Mask 

I know I’m not the only one who loves a good face mask.  This one is definitely the best I have ever tried.  First and foremost, it’s from Beauty Counter, which is a brand that banned a long list of harmful chemicals commonly found in many household beauty products.  It gives me peace of mind knowing that I’m putting a safe product on my skin and inspires me to continue making more mindful and healthy choices.  This charcoal-based mask makes my skin feel smooth and exfoliated.  Charcoal is known to help draw out impurities, and when you put this mask on, you can actually see the process in real time.  I was hooked after one try so I ordered my own!

4 | Lexi and Abbie Over the Knee Boots

I picked up these boots at Lord and Taylor’s Veteran’s Day Sale and I’m so happy with my purchase. I wanted to try the over-the-knee boot trend without committing to a high end pair and these were perfect for what I needed.  They are more casual than a heeled version but dressy enough to wear to a more formal gathering.  I love that they have a tie in the back to make them more customizable to any shape leg, and they have a low profile black zipper on the inner ankle area of each boot.  They are super comfortable too!

5 | Naturalizer Dallas Bootie 

I can’t say enough about these boots.  I purchased them in black and brown during the same sale I got the over-the-knee boots because I knew they were keepers.  They are such a classic style and are  insanely comfortable-  They have a memory foam padding in the arch of the boot- making them my new favorite shoes to wear.  They elongate the legs and hit right above the ankle- perfect to tuck jeans or leggings into without having to roll them.

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I would love to hear what you guys use and love to get you through the colder months in style!  Take advantage of some of the holiday sales and treat yourself or get a head start on Christmas shopping for the ones you love.  Hope your week is filled with kindness, festive lattes, and Christmas music. xx

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LipSense Products and Discount Code

Happy Monday my loves!  I have some exciting news!!  I shared with you one of my favorite lip products in my October favorites post- LipSense liquid lipstick.  Well, the LipSense distributor I order my products from, Kate, has been so kind to offer my followers a discount code!  Let me tell you the reasons I love this product.

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| LONG-LASTING |

The lip products last all day! I went out with my mom for a day of lunch and shopping recently- I put on my LipSense at 11 a.m. before leaving the house, and when I got home at 8 p.m. I swear my lips still looked perfect.  The secret to this long-lasting wear is the gloss that goes over the lip color.  I reapplied the gloss about 5 times throughout the day- most importantly after eating.  Not only does it last long, but it never smudges, never transfers to your coffee cups or wine glasses, and never to your partner’s lips!  It’s smooch approved 😉

| MOISTURIZING |

These lip products are actually good for your lips.  The gloss is super moisturizing.  Unlike some of the other brands of long-lasting lip products, LipSense does not give your lips that dry, cracked look.  They look plump and moisturized.  This is essential for the upcoming months of cold weather.  Not to mention they are vegan, and free of GMOs, gluten, wax, and lead!

| CUSTOMIZEABLE |

There are a variety of colors to choose from but my favorite part is that these products are designed to be layered.  The colors I own look beautiful alone and layered- I love that you can create a unique look with fewer products.  I will post photos below of the colors I own- I love to layer Bella and Pink Champagne for a more neutral daytime look!  Check out all of the lip colors and gloss options here!

| VALUE |

You get a lot of product for your money.  Each tube of LipSense is the equivalent to 4 tubes of lipstick!  If worn everyday, one tube lasts 4-6 months!  For those of you who have used long lasting liquid lipsticks such as Anastasia Beverly Hills, Kylie Cosmetics, etc.- they charge more money for lesser quantities.

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I own and love the colors Pink Champagne, Bella, and Goddess.  When you first purchase, get a starter lip kit as it comes with one lip color of your choice, the gloss you need to get that long-wear color, and an oops remover for goof-ups and to help you remove the product at the end of the day.   To get the most out of this product, apply 3 thin layers of color (one or a combo of your choice), allowing lips to dry for at least 5 seconds between each layer application.  After all 3 layers have been applied and lips are dry, apply a coat of the gloss and reapply just the gloss as needed throughout the day!

If you are interested in purchasing, Kate has a Facebook page with photos of all the colors she has in stock, helpful video tutorials, promotions and games with prizes, and photos of all the beautiful ladies who order these products, showing off their custom looks.  You can order whatever you need through this Facebook page by commenting on the photo of the product you want, or private messaging Kate.  She is a wealth of knowledge and can help you pick the right color so don’t hesitate to reach out to her!  She is offering 15% off of any order to my followers.  There are a ton of other products I have yet to try- cream to powder eye shadows, highlighters, color correcting creams, blushes, and more!  Mention the code ROSECOLORED15 to take advantage of the offer!  Hope you all have a beautiful week-stay warm! xx

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October Favorites

Happy Monday friends!  It’s Halloween eve- where in the world did October go because I feel like I blinked and it was over?  In other news, I want to try a monthly post covering my favorite products for that month- anything from beauty to clothing to household items.  I love your feedback so let me know if this interests you/ thoughts on my first post like this!  In no particular order, here are my October favorites:

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 | Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish |

You guys this stuff is good.  One of the things I gave up when I started fieldwork (no income for more than six months) was my twice-a-month gel manicures.  I hate the look of chipped polish so regular nail polish is out of the question- I would have to paint my nails 2x/week- who has time for that?  The Essie Gel Couture polishes give you a durable gel-like shine without a UV light- all you need is the top coat.  It usually lasts me about 10 days, it dries quickly, and there are a ton of pretty shades to choose from. My current favorite color is “Fairy Tailor” which is a beautiful pale pinkish nude (think OPI’s Bubble Bath).  I will keep you posted when I find the right burgundy shade!

| Mercanti Fiorenti Loafers |

Best DSW find ever.  Nubuck suede loafers with a bow tie detail.  They look like TOD’s, but for a fifth of the price.  I have the color red and will likely be purchasing a second pair in brown leather.  They are super comfortable and run true to size.  Not to mention they are a family-run business in Tuscany, Italy- love that!

| Pumpkin Spice RXBAR |

I love RXBARs- very few simple, clean ingredients that you can pronounce with no added sugar and enough protein to get you through to the next meal.  If you haven’t tried them- you must!  Pumpkin Spice is definitely one of my favorite flavors, and it seems fitting to enjoy in the fall.  My other favorites are maple sea salt and coconut chocolate.

| Batiste Dry Shampoo |

I recently picked this up at Marshalls and fell. in. love.  I wash my hair every other day so I like to keep it fresh and clean on the off-days.  I have tried so many dry shampoos- from high end brands like Living Proof to wallet-friendly drugstore options.  This one takes the cake by a long shot and it’s super affordable at $7.99 from Ulta. Word of advice- look out for it at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx when you go. I was able to snag it for just under $5! I have the original scent which doesn’t smell like much but boy does it work!  So excited to share this one with you guys- I promise you will love it!

| Grey Joggers |

Guys- I can’t say enough about these pants.  They are only $16.99 from Target and they are by far the comfiest pants I have ever owned.  They are advertised as pajama pants but can definitely work as joggers and be dressed up with sneakers and a sweater to wear in public.  I literally live in them and would consider purchasing a second pair because I like them so much.

| Lipsense Starter Kit |

Lipsense comes in a variety of beautiful colors and lasts for a long time- I usually get a full work day out of it when I reapply the glossy gloss 2-3 times. A starter kit comes with one lip color of your choice, the glossy gloss (which is necessary to lock in the lip color), and an oops remover (helps you take it off at EOD and erase any goof-ups). I own the colors Pink Champagne and Bella.  They look great layered or alone and are the perfect shades for fall.  Pink champagne is my everyday go-to and I add Bella for a night out look.  I hyperlinked the Facebook group of the Lipsense distributor I use if you guys are interested in purchasing!  Kate is amazing and posts frequent how-to videos, runs promotions, ships purchased products directly to you, and has a customer satisfaction guarantee- if you are not happy with the product or color you choose, she will give you a full refund or replace it with a different color.  This is a must try for those of you who are tired of spending good money on lip products that wear off after your morning cup of coffee or your first cocktail out!

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Just so you guys are aware, these recommendations are in no way sponsored- I just like to share good quality products that I have tried and loved.  Cheers to a productive week and a happy and safe Halloween!  xx

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Designer to Drugstore Makeup Alternatives

Happy Monday friends!  I have the day off for Columbus Day so I am thankful to have slept in and am currently enjoying my morning cup of coffee on the couch as I write this post.  Per your request, I am sharing 5 drugstore brand makeup alternatives for pricier, high-end products.  Being a graduate student with very limited income for the next few months, I have tried to cut spending where I can.  For example, I do my own nails now as opposed to getting them done, I make my coffee at home instead of stopping on the way to work, and I swapped some of the pricier items in my makeup bag for more affordable alternatives that work just as well!  

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Loose powder | Swap this for this

I have a naturally shinier complexion, so I always use a loose mattifying powder over my foundation.  I used to love Make Up Forever’s HD Microfinishing loose powder, but at it’s $36 price point, it had to be swapped for something more affordable.  After trialling a few different products, I discovered and fell in love with NYX Studio Finishing Powder.  It’s a loose mattifying powder, costs $9.99, and can be purchased at Ulta or Target, saving me a drive to the mall.  I have also used NARS loose powder for $37, and I still think the NYX powder is a better product for the price.

Bronzer | Swap this for this

I have been using Bobbi Brown bronzer in the color natural for years.  It has a natural, matte finish, which I always preferred over shimmery.  Another favorite for the summer or a night out is NARS Laguna Bronzer.  It has a touch of golden shimmer that doesn’t feel too sparkly and adds the right amount of color for a sun-kissed look.  I love these bronzers and never expected to switch to a cheaper alternative because I didn’t think it would hold a candle to my go-to’s.  Well, I did.  NYX Matte Bronzer in the color medium is the cheaper clone of Bobbi Brown’s $44 bronzer.  At $8.99, it provides just the right amount of natural looking color for an every day look.

Dark circle concealer | Swap this for this

I have always had dark circles under my eyes so a good concealer is a must.  I have tried too many products to count but I have most recently been using It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer.  It provides good coverage but the shade is a bit off for me-  the color light is too light and medium seems to be a tad too dark.  At $24 and a shade that isn’t quite right, I was on the hunt for a new product.  I now use NYX Dark Circle Concealer in the color light.  It has orange undertones to counteract the purple shade that dark circles tend to have, doesn’t cake or crease throughout the day, and is only $5.99.

Mascara | Swap this for this

If you use any high-end volumizing mascara, please give Covergirl’s LashBlast Volume Mascara a try- you will thank me later.  I have tried SO many mascaras- both designer and drugstore, and I always return to Covergirl’s.  I get the shade very black and I often do a coat of the regular mascara, and a coat of the waterproof variety to seal the look.  The brush is amazing- it separates lashes so you don’t look like you have spider legs extending from your eyeballs (pet peeve of mine), it adds volume, and makes lashes look longer.  What more can you ask for? Oh yeah, it’s only $6.94 at Walmart.  Pro tip- only buy this at Walmart as Ulta sells it for $8.99.

Felt tip eyeliner | Swap this for this

I have tried a few different brands of felt tip eye liners in black.  I like the felt tip liners because they’re easy to use, provide a very thin line that you can build up if desired, and offer a lot of control in application.  Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner always worked well for me but in the interest of my bank account, I searched for a more affordable alternative.  I really like Rimmel London’s Colour Precise Eyeliner as it is long-lasting, easy to use, and affordable at $5.99.

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I wanted to end this post by saying that although I love a bargain for a good product, I also believe in investing in products that are high-quality, good for you, and good for the environment.  I am learning more about healthier alternatives for many of the beauty products I use daily, and I will keep you all posted as I do.  In the mean time, I hope you enjoyed this post and can benefit from these money saving makeup tips.  If you guys swear by any affordable products, please share with me!! Also- any magic tricks to get rid of dark under-eye circles? Send them my way.  Enjoy your Monday and the week ahead! xx

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