23 April 2014

matte lip cream

I have never really been one to have a huge beauty product collection. I am more of a minimalist when it comes to make-up: just enough to make me presentable! But lately, I have been playing around with lip colors, as you have probably noticed on my blog. So here is a short love note to my favorite product from NYX Cosmetics!

I tend to have an oily complexion, so I feel weird wearing anything with gloss, like I am doubling up on the shine. So for me, a matte lip works best. While pursuing Ulta Cosmetics a few months ago, I came across this product NYX called Soft Matte Lip Cream. I dove in headfirst with a red (Amsterdam), and then have expanded my collection to include some pinks and oranges. It goes on buttery soft, and stays for a few good hours before having to do any touch-ups (I usually reapply after lunch). It definitely is matte though and will dry out lips, so I put on a layer of chapstick first to provide a bit more moisture. I love their bold colors and easy application (with a wand, not a stick). Plus, they name their lip colors after awesome cities, so what is there not to love?!

(l to r): NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam, Istanbul, Antwerp, Morocco, Prague

21 April 2014

navy leather

A simple faux-on-faux leather look for this Monday. In the search for some lighter weight jackets for spring, I came across this navy faux leather moto jacket. It's a new take on a wardrobe staple, and is great to add a little edge to any outfit--something I love to balance! Happy Monday!

Sweater: Forever 21 (in store) | Skirt: TJ Maxx | Jacket: Forever 21 | Boots: MIA Limited Edition | Bag: Zara | Necklace: Old Navy | Sunglasses: 7 For All Mankind (via TJ Maxx) | Lip: NYX Soft Map Lip Cream in Prague

16 April 2014

black & white | white & black

Nothing like some good print-on-print action! Not one to shy away from mixing prints, I stumbled upon this combination while staring into the abyss of my closet. I have been wearing these pants quite a bit recently when I have felt the need to break up the usual tights and skirts routine. Being that it is still in the 30s in the mornings here, I decided to throw on a blazer for added warmth and to dress up this denim shirt a bit more. I reached for this blazer and thought, either this is going to look crazy or crazy cool. Fortunately the combination of the light print and dark print look crazy cool (at least to my eyes)! Mission accomplished!

Shirt: Old Navy (old) | Blazer: H&M (old) | Pants: Gap (old) | Boots: Old Navy (old) | Bag: Zara