an impromptu new york trip

when you get the chance to take a quick trip to new york city, you do it.  ditch your boss, ditch your boyfriend, ditch real life and goooooo!  and no trip to new york is complete without some serious buyer’s remorse and an empty wallet, so here are the things that i picked up while there…and surprisingly, i don’t feel too remorseful!IMG_4312 (1).jpgsephora eye shadow in snakeskin dress // i have been looking for the perfect golden olive eye shadow for a little while now.  i was just about to splurge on mac’s sumptuous olive ($16) when i came across this sephora eye shadow.  overall i really think sephora’s eponymous makeup line is full of some really great hidden gems, and this eyeshadow is no exception!  it’s a huge pan, the exact color i wanted, and really high-end, all for $10!

sephora must have large powder brush // this is my all time favorite bronzer and powder brush.  it’s also probably the first makeup brush i ever owned, besides the ones that came in the bare minerals starter set (i got that for my 15th birthday and i was just over the  moon – hello introduction to makeup – i used to use all the powders all over so my face was reminiscent of a pumpkin).  i got rid of mine a while ago because the handle broke and i resisted buying a new one as they are relatively pricey, but i’m glad i finally splurged.

maybelline master strobe in light 100 // i spotted this randomly while at the drugstore one day.  it looks super pink in the tube, but is actually a really nice soft glow when i apply it to my skin.  i haven’t tried them, but i think this looks a lot like the glossier haloscope highlighters – they even have another more golden shade that is very reminiscent of the haloscope in topaz.  does anyone know if these are a good dupe for the glossier?

rms lip and skin balm // you might know that i absolutely love using vaseline as my eye cream at night, and on any really dry areas on my face and lips.  i know that vaseline is not actually the best for you, so i’ve been looking for an alternative to this staple product.  i read that this rms balm is basically the same as vaseline but all natural, so i decided to treat myself and see if this is similar/better/worse.  so far i really love it and feel like it is even more moisturizing on my undereyes and eyelids, but i really hate the smell.  i got the vanilla (i preferred it to the cocoa) but i hope that rms releases an unscented version.

surfistas travelogue // i spotted this mag (i think there is only one issue out right now) while in the lou&grey store on fifth avenue and i couldn’t leave without it.  it’s kind of a surfer/bohemian spirit travel guide, with this issue focusing on indonesia, venezuela, peru, and mexico.  i’m excited to read it cover to cover.  also the lou&grey store is so cool!  a must visit if you are in the area.

madewell northside sunglasses in spruce horn // i don’t think i’ve ever gotten a pair of sunglasses at madewell before, but i saw these and knew i needed them.  they actually remind me a lot of this ray-ban pair that i have been contemplating purchasing, but for a much more realistic price.  i really like the sort of black and tan stripey/tortoise pattern and they sit well on my face.  still a bit pricey but worth it and they are now on sale online!

gap modern long sleeve tees // i needed some basic long sleeve shirts and these are the best so i’m told!  they’re thick and stretchy, and are a nice length.  can’t feel bad about buying staples! (not shown)

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recent additions to my life

IMG_2936 IMG_2924ok that sounds like i got a dog, but nope, just more shopping.  i’m horrible.

jack wills suede bag (not pictured): this bag is ameeeeezing!  real suede with a real leather strap and excellently slouchy.  the orangey tan color is beautiful but neutral and i think it will look amazing as it begins to wear in.  can’t wait to have this one for a long time.  and the best part?  i got it on sale so it cost me about $70.  pretty good deal for a 100% suede purse, if you ask me.  now i want the navy and the grey which just cannot happen.

butter london fiver: i’ve been on the search for the perfect, white based minty nail polish for a looong time.  essie mint candy apple is too dark and chalky, nails inc swan street is a little too green, essie find me an oasis is a little too blue and all of them have sucky formulas.  but then, i happened upon this beauty.  i believe it is from either a 2011 or 2013 collection and it is such a beauty.  pretty close to what i’ve been dreaming of.  it’s looking more green in the image above, but in real life it is like a much lighter, more faded essie mint candy apple.  ya know?

essie petal pushers: i had this in the mini version and loved it so much that i had to get the full size.  it’s the greatest color – blue, grey, sort of dark, sort of not.  not too dark to wear in summer, but still a little bit edgy.  it’s a very cool neutral shade in my opinion.

shashi bracelets: i’ve been wanting a small collection of shashi bracelets for years.  but since they are pretty much only available online, i’ve always resisted.  and then i saw them in an actual store!  i had just gotten my paycheck so i splurged and got 3 and even though they are ridiculously expensive for what they are, i’m really excited about them.

charlotte tilbury x norman parkinson matte revolution lipsticks: I’M SO EXCITED!  i love love love the matte revolution lipsticks (i got the shades glastonberry and lost cherry when they were released for a month a little while ago) and they are so dreamy.  i knew that i had to get these two when they were finally released since the formula is so amazing, these two colors are so beautiful, and they are limited edition.  did i need them?  absolutely not.  could i help myself?  absolutely not.  1975 red is the perfect orangey red shade for me because it feels slightly cool toned, so it’s not too orange for my very pink skin.  miss kensington is an amazing nude that basically looks like my lips but with a little something extra.  i am so glad i splurged on these, even if they were very unnecessary!

j brand maria jeans in blanc (not pictured): it seems like every few summers i get a new pair of jeans in my search for the perfect pair.  white jeans are definitely a summer staple for me, because they can be a little bit more dressy if you want them to be or casual if you want (i love white jeans with a basic tee and sandals) and look so good with a tan.  the j brand maria is one of my very favorite denim styles – the perfect high waist, perfect skinny, and perfect weight so when i saw this pair in the perfect shade of white, the decision to purchase was out of my own hands.

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