Casual Date Night & How to Contour Quickly

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Parka – Loft (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Leggings – J.Crew Factory | Boots – Pour La Victoire | Bag – Louis Vuitton (find preowned) | Nails – Shellac Fedora | Beanie – North Face (similar)

Today I wanted to share my typical winter date night outfit and makeup look with you guys. I’ve also found a really great way to highlight thanks to two new Clinique products. When it comes to a casual movie date with my husband, you won’t see any high heels or super tight jeans–I’m much more low-key than most, I guess. I prefer natural makeup (jazzing it up with a quick, easy, and foolproof contour method, more on that below) and a cozy sweater. (Gasp!) leggings round out the casual comfy nature of the outfit. Since it was particularly chilly, I added my army green hooded jacket and North Face beanie. You’ll probably notice that I’m quite short–so to give the illusion of longer legs I try to match my shoe/boot color to my pant, so here I’ve used black biker boots from Pour La Victoria to give some of that illusion. But let’s be honest. My legs are damn short.Read & Comment →

Clinique Calyx Reboot

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Prescriptives revolutionized the fragrance scene in a world of florals and orientals with a fresh, verdant scent called “Calyx”. Since the brand Prescriptives went exclusively online, sister brand Clinique took the famous secent under its wing and redebuted it–exact same formula, notes, and all–this month. It retails for about $52-69, making it an inexpensive scent as far as brand fragrances go, and can be found anywhere Clinique is sold. Explore the product online.

I’m not much for fresh scents (a look at my fragrance collection videos will reaffirm–here’s part one and part two), but since I’ve been sick with the flu for 8 days last week, I found myself spritzing this on every now and again, and I felt fresher, cleaner, and less “icky”. Floral scents (or pretty much any other fragrance for that matter) smelled too cloying and sweet to my sickly nose–but Calyx did the trick. Could this be the first fresh scent I’ve ever loved? Nay — my gateway drug into the world of fresh, green-smelling fragrances? Time will tell.

By the way, if you’re curious about the name, the world calyx means, “the sepals of a flower, typically forming a whorl that encloses the petals and forms a protective layer around a flower in bud”.

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My Evening Skincare Routine

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As promised, I wanted to share the second part of my series on my current skincare regimen. I also shared my morning skincare routine in a previous post, so do feel free to check that out as well. Personally, I feel that one’s evening skincare routine is the most important of the two cleansing rituals. One needs to make sure you get all the makeup and grime of the day off of the face, and then it’s what one does with it afterwards that truly counts. Now, this will be different based on skin type and the problem areas involved.Read & Comment →