Affiliate Links // The majority of items in this post were purchased myself, but if they were press samples, they are labeled as such. :)
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared what I’ve been buying and trying, and I thought I’d try to bring it back in a new format to recap some of my favorite (the digs) and least favorite (the duds) things in March. I’ve categorized things by type so you can scroll to what you’re most interested in (i.e. beauty, fashion, books, sales, subscriptions) and skim the rest.
I’d love to hear your feedback on this new format, or if you’d prefer to see more individualized reviews for some of these different topics, let me know!
// Fashion //
Kate Spade Stelli Dress, c/o Seattle Premium Outlets
Is it a secret that I’m in love with this dress? No? I didn’t think so. I wore this to the first ever fashion conference in Seattle, Stylish in Seattle, and received countless compliments. The dress is even more vivid in person and really is a statement piece! This dress is only at the outlet now, but you can shop similar dresses below.
Affiliate Links / Product Sample: A sample of DermaE’s Purifying Mask was provided to me. I was not obligated to include it, however.
If you’ve gathered anything from reading this blog, it’s probably an understanding that skincare is important to me… and that I love to try new things. It’s probably why when I decided to write about my favorite face masks, pulling out 1 or 2 products just wasn’t working for me. It’s hard to narrow down your favorites when your skin is challenging and likes to break out, be dry, and freak out at random moments. These days, my goal with any facial treatment is to make sure my skin is hydrated, but balancing that with acne prone skin can be a struggle.
One of my tricks for preventing any potential issue is double masking. What this means is using one mask in your most troubled areas (like the t-zone, chin, forehead, jaw line, or any combination of these.) Then, use a hydrating or calming mask on the areas that need it most (between the brows, cheeks, around the eyes, or anywhere else you might need some hydration.) More times than not, on the one day a week I dedicate to masking, you’ll find me with two or even sometimes three different masks on my face. High maintenance? Probably. But my skin has never looked better, and I hope to keep it that way.
When I received this from Derma e, I was a little skeptical. I’ve used a lot of charcoal masks, and most feel drying with little to no results. After using this, I noticed my skin felt smoother and softer (I often have clogged pores in my t-zone that feel rough and bumpy) for many days after using it. The exfoliation isn’t too harsh to use 1x a week, however because I do suffer from dryness, I tend only to use this in my t-zone and apply my moisture mask everywhere else.
Affiliate Links / Product Sample: Starbucks sent me some products for review, but my coffee/chocolate addiction and thoughts are my own. Just Four Kicks also sent me a copy of their game as a gift.
What do you do when you have leftover Christmas candy, Valentine’s candy, and a bunch of Starbucks Hot Cocoa calling your name? You create a DIY Hot Cocoa Bar, obviously. We have dinner with my side of the family every other Sunday, and I thought it would be fun to have a little hot cocoa over a new-to-me card game called Just Four Kicks. I’d kept seeing pins for these DIY hot cocoa bars, and while I did not create anything nearly as fancy, it probably tasted just as good!
With a few boxes of Starbucks Hot Cocoa and VIA instant coffee for those with a craving for caffeine, we had the base for our bar. Add in a couple of handfuls of candy, some marshmallows, and your favorite whipped topping you can create a fun hot cocoa toppings bar for a special Valentine’s Day treat. Obviously if everyone is of age, feel free to throw in some extra special ingredients if you get my drift. We opted to stick to keep it PG on this particular night, however. ;)
Have you ever heard of skin care that’s based entirely on where you live and the climate your skin is exposed to on the daily? I hadn’t until I was introduced to Susan Grace Skincare, a local skin care line and treatment studio which has totally made over my winter skincare routine!
When winter hits every year, my skin goes through an extreme change. It gets tight, dry, and flaky. Wearing foundation becomes that much more challenging. Finding a moisturizer and serum that can combat my dry patches is a nightmare. That’s why I was so excited to try out Susan Grace Skincare because it’s made for people like me who have dehydrated and dull skin!
Affiliate Links / Product Samples
With just a few short days to go before New Years Eve, I figured I’d continue the celebratory looks with a makeup look! I wore this in yesterday’s post in the first outfit, though it might be a little hard to tell since there weren’t any close-ups of my face. ;)
My goal with this makeup look was something shimmery and sparkly, with a dramatic lip. I pulled out my Pur Cosmetics Eye Polishes which are both super long-lasting (I’ve worn these to several special occasions and haven’t had any creasing or movement) and beautiful! For the drama, I wanted to incorporate a really strong color, so I used my Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Pencil in Bad Romance and lipstick in Glastonberry. (Apparently this is the color that Rihanna wears most! Who knew.)
I’m also trying out a few other products from Pur Cosmetics in this look, as they were kind enough to send me a few to play with. I also received some extras that aren’t my shade, so I wanted to pass them along to you – so if you’re a bit darker complected then me, be sure to check out the widgets below in your shade!
New Years Eve Makeup Tutorial