My Hawaiian Vacation Beauty Essentials

We are off to Oahu today for a much needed vacation! I won’t be updating my blog much over the next two weeks but promise to return to it as soon as we get settled back in! I loved when … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday! I’m looking forward to a long holiday weekend filled with reading, relaxing, friends and getting ready for our upcoming Hawaii family vacation! We leave early next week for Oahu with Jon’s family and we are so looking forward to a tropical getaway! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. If you’re attending any BBQs I would highly suggest bringing my tequila soaked watermelon wedges with you. They are easy and will instantly make you the life of the party. ūüôā Here are the highlights of my week in pictures!

{The Marriott resort in Oahu that we will be staying at next week!}

20120830-112253.jpg{Philosophy Amazing Grace perfume was my go-to scent this week. After my August Beauty listed that in her top 5 beauty essentials I pulled it out of my medicine cabinet and now I remember how wonderful it is. LOVE this scent.}

20120830-112301.jpg{Pinot Noir and Call of Duty on Xbox Live with Jon was a great way to spend an evening. Yes, I play video games. I’m actually pretty good!}

20120830-112309.jpg{Crab legs were definitely my favorite meal this week! We had a date night at Pelicans, one of our favorite spots, and I ordered my usual crab legs with steamed vegetables instead of rice. Little modifications like that make it possible to eat healthy at restaurants. I also use mostly fresh lemon juice on the crab instead of drenching it in butter. It still tastes heavenly, I swear.}

20120830-112316.jpg{MAC Snob was my lipstick of choice this week. This is probably my favorite shade of all time next to Creme Cup. I need a new tube, clearly.}

20120830-112325.jpg{My blogging friend Kayla from Peace Love and Glitter tagged me on Instagram to share my top 3 skincare essentials. These are CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream and Argan Oil}

20120830-112332.jpg{I read an interview¬†with Essie Weingarten, creator of Essie polish, on Into the Gloss, and she mentioned that applying one coat of Essie Marshmallow with one coat of Ballet Slippers¬†gives a beautiful color. I tried this but it was a bit streaky so I added a final coat of Marshmallow to get the opaque look. Love it. This is actually what the Vogue girls are said to wear from The Devil Wears Prada. I posted recently that Ballet Slippers with Mademoiselle is the Vogue color but that is actually Essie’s favorite combination. I’ve corrected this information on the previous post…clearly this is very serious so I need to get it right. LOL }

20120830-112341.jpg{I’ve been putting a few drops of Aveda’s Lavender Fleurs¬†essential oil on our pillows at night. It really helps with sleeping and relaxation. It feels like a treat to have lavender scented pillows.}

20120830-130608.jpg{I read recently that applying a thin coat of top coat each day after a manicure will help keep chips at bay and prolong the life of your manicure. I just bought Essie 3-Way Glaze and tried this trick with this week’s polish application and it really works! My nails always chip within 1 day of painting my own nails, even with the best base and top coats, so I was really surprised that this finally worked for me! I just keep the top coat in my purse…it takes about 15 seconds to do each day and it dries quickly!}

What made your week great?

Beauty of the Month: Brittany Toll of Happy Brittany and Miss New Mexico USA 2011

I’m thrilled to have Brittany Toll as my August Beauty!¬† Miss Toll is a New Mexican like me, although she’s now living in Oklahoma, and a fellow beauty product junkie.¬† She writes the inspirational blog Happy Brittany, which provides a … Continue reading

Springtime Perfumes


Now that spring has sprung, the temperature has warmed considerably. With the new weather comes the transition from rich, warm winter perfumes to light and breezy fragrances. Here are my current favorite spring perfumes:

Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere

I adore the original Chanel No. 5. While I realize it’s not for everybody, I love¬†the powdery, feminine, floral richness of the fragrance. Nothing else smells quite like it. I think the warm heaviness of it makes it much more suitable as a fall and winter perfume. I was thrilled when I received the Eau Premiere version as a Christmas gift from my dad last year. It smells nearly identical to the original, with the same floral, soapy base notes, but it’s much lighter. The powdery aspect of the original has been toned down and it has a layer of citrus. These differences make it a perfect spring perfume. I have the parfum and the smell doesn’t last as long as the original, but it’s still fantastic. The bottle is lovely as well.

Chanel describes Eau Premiere as a “decidedly lighter, fresher, softer interpretation of N¬į5. . . a silky-smooth harmony of notes that reveals the delicate facet of the now and forever fragrance.”

Notes: mandarin, bergamot, aldehydes, jasmine, neroli, ylang-ylang, rose, vetiver, vanilla

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

I think Chanel makes the absolute best fragrances and this perfume is no exception. The Chance perfumes (Chance, Eau Tendre and Eau Fraiche) have been ridiculed quite a bit by perfume experts and reviewers but I love it regardless. This perfume was a gift from my mom and it’s one of my all time favorites. It’s sweet with floral and fruit notes, but not heavy, and very clean. It has a shower fresh fragrance to me that I love.

Chanel describes it as “both delicate and radiant, with an intoxicatingly light, fruity trail. An unexpected mingling of grapefruit and quince meets the crispness of fresh green notes, while a trace of Jasmine Absolute lingers in the air. Gently warmed by a sheer veil of White Musk.”

Notes: grapefruit, melon, quince, hyacinth, jasmine, white musk, Virginia cedar, amber

Philosophy Amazing Grace

This delightful¬†fragrance is a year-round favorite for me.¬†¬†Amazing Grace is floral, but not overly sweet.¬† It’s ultra feminine and I get comments¬†on how fantastic it smells when I wear it.¬† Nothing else smells quite like it.¬† It has a soapy, clean aspect to it as well.¬†¬†I also use the matching body wash and lotion when I wear it, and it helps the smell last longer.

Philosophy describes¬†the fragrance as “a uniquely feminine blend of soft, floral blossoms accented by a hint of light musk.”

Notes:  mandarin orange, grapefruit and bergamot, freesia, jasmine, rose, musk

What are you favorite warm weather perfumes?