My Go-To Makeup Routine

My Go-To Makeup Routine

Hi everyone! In today’s post I’m sharing my go-to makeup routine!

The other day I asked you guys if you wanted me to do an Instagram Live sharing my go-to makeup routine and the majority of you said yes! Soooo I did just that, I shared what I’ve been using and loving lately. I’m sharing those things with you today in case you missed what I shared!

My Go-To Makeup Routine

Here’s a picture in which I used all of the products mentioned below!

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer
I recently asked you guys for recommendations for a good face moisturizer and a lot of you guys said Kiehl’s was a good one! I decided to give it a shot and I’ll be sure to let you guys know how I like it!

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation: I have been gravitating towards this foundation lately and I have been really liking it! I wear mine in the color 1.15 and that’s pretty light for my skin. Since this foundation is too light for my skin right now, I usually add in my Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer which I have in the color ‘Medium to Dark.’

I apply both of these things with my Bare Minerals Luxe Performance Brush which I have been absolutely LOVING! It applies my makeup soo nicely and smoothly. Definitely a brush that I recommend!

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: I love this stuff for setting my makeup! I usually use my it Cosmetics brush to apply this all over my face!

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder: I love this bronzer so much! I use mine in the color “Medium” and it really adds a nice tan to my face. I usually use it with my Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush but I honestly wouldn’t recommend this brush. It sheds SO many little hairs onto my face and it’s really annoying.

Bobbi Brown Blush: Bobbi Brown blush has been my GO TO for a while now. I just love all the of the different colors and I love how nicely it applies. My most recent choice of blush color is “Pretty Pink.” It adds a nice flushed look to your face! I really like this blush!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder: Love, love, love this brow powder! I use it so much and it lasts forever! I can’t believe I haven’t already run out of my first pot! I typically apply it with this brush! After I’m finished applying the powder, I’ll finish the brows with this clear gel to keep them in place!

Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner: I have been using this eyeliner for YEARS now! It’s SOOO good and lasts all day long. I love the color of it, too. I wear mine in the color ‘Via Veneto’ and it’s such a good black eyeliner! I tight line my upper waterline and my lower waterline as well.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: You guys ask me ALL THE TIME what mascara I use and this is it!!! The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. It is amazing and does great things for my lashes. I do put on layers and layers of it though and it works wonders!

YSL Babydoll Mascara: I love this mascara too! I usually layer it on top of the Too Faced mascara and it adds so much extra length! I find that the Too Faced one is more for volume whereas the YSL one is more for length! They’re a great combo and I highly recommend both of them! I also use the YSL one for my bottom lashes, too.

Makeup Forever Mist & Fix Setting Spray: I have been using this setting spray for a while now and I have fallen in love with it! It sets your makeup flawlessly and it’s so easy to use! It’s my favorite one!

Let me know if you have any questions about any of these products!

There ya have it! My go-to makeup look! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

Hi everyone! Today I’m turning the BIG 2-5! Holy molyyyy. This is weird for me. I feel like 25 is so OLD (even though I know it’s really not!) But I’ve been talking about turning 25 for the past year because that means I’m halfway to 50 (yikes!). Anyways in honor of turning 25 I thought I’d answer a few of your questions and share 25 things you may not know about me! I hope you enjoy!!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!
Outfit Details: Black Distressed Denim (on MAJOR sale!!!) || Suede Moto Jacket (wearing a size Small) || Essential Tank || Similar Sneakers || The Number One Sunglasses

1. I’m super shy but once I get to know you I’m an open book!
2. I get a Venti Iced Vanilla Chai Latte with Skim Milk every day from Starbucks (this is my guilty pleasure that I spend WAAAY too much money on!)
3. If you can make me laugh daily, I’ll keep you around!
4. I have a very strong sense of smell – my sister & I both do! We get this from my mom.
5. I watch Friends every night to fall asleep! I’ve done this for years now. It’s my go-to show when I’m feeling anxious or sad or anything really!
6. I have an older brother and an older sister. I’m the baby in the family (and definitely the most spoiled! But hey, at least I can admit it, right??)
7. My mom is one of ten children so I have A TON of cousins and it’s SO much fun. My cousins are my best friends!
8. I have my Masters Degree in Elementary Education
9. I have only been to Europe once (Ireland) and I’m dying to get to Italy & Greece ASAP!
10. My favorite animal is a bunny. I had one for 10 years and he was the absolute best! His name was Bunny (real original, I know!)
11. I LOVE Pure Barre! I try to get there at least twice a week (lately its been hard to get there!)
12. I have two cats, Max & Ruby. They’re named after the show “Max & Ruby” because the main characters are bunnies, of course!
13. My favorite song is Drunk On Your Love by Brett Eldredge. Anything by Thomas Rhett is a close second.
14. Jennifer Anniston is my favorite actress (probably because of my love for Friends). I started using Living Proof and Aveeno products because of her (lol) and I’ve loved them ever since!
15. I love reading and writing! I wish I had more time to do both during the school year but I do have a lot of time to enjoy it during the summer!
16. I worked at J.Crew for a year and a half during grad school!
17. I believe its important to have a few BEST friends rather than have a ton of not so best friends.
18. I am very close with every one in my family and I value my relationship with them.
19. I’m going to be an Aunt for the first time!
20. My favorite makeup product is Mascara. I LOVE trying new ones!
21. I hate running
22. My favorite kind of wine is Riesling (it’s pretty much the only one I’ll drink but I’ll also drink Sauvignon Blanc!)
23. I’ve always wanted a dog and I plan on getting one one day.
24. I try to be organized all the time but in reality I’m not organized at all!
25. I love to travel and see new places!

My Most Commonly Asked Questions:

1. What mascara do you use?
My favorites are: Too Faced Better Than Sex, YSL Babydoll Mascara, and Benefit They’re Real. I do A LOT of layering and many, many coats!

2. Do you have eyelash extensions?
Nope! I had been getting them for my sister’s wedding but it was expensive and time consuming so I no longer get extensions!
3. Where did you go to college?
I went to Fairfield University for my undergrad degree and to Sacred Heart University for my Masters.

4. What do you do for work?
I am an Elementary School Teacher!

5. What is your dream job?
I would love to one day Blog full time! But as of now, teaching is my dream job and I’m loving every minute of it!

6. What is your favorite TV show?
FRIENDS! For sure.

There ya have it! 25 Things You May Not Know About Me! I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I’VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I’VE PURCHASED

Hi everyone!! HAPPY MONDAY! Another weekend has flown by and a new week has begun! In today’s post I’m sharing everything I’ve purchased from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so far! I asked on Instagram earlier today if you’d all like to see a try on session and a ton of you said yes! So I figured I’d put a post together sharing all of the outfits that I tried on during that try on session!

If you have ANY questions about anything, don’t hesitate to ask!! I’m going to be doing some more shopping as the days go on so be sure to let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like to see from me. Like I said on my Instagram Stories, I want to create content that YOU want to see! Any input from you is greatly appreciated!

That being said, let’s get into today’s post and all of the outfits I’ve put together so far!

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED
Halogen Scallop Tank || AG Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans || Hinge Barris Block Heel Bootie

I LOVEEE this top! I have it in this red color and black, too!! It runs TTS – I’m wearing mine in an XS! I have only purchased one pair of denim in the sale so far and these AG jeans are amaaaazing. They’re so comfy and fit great! They’re also TTS – I’m wearing a 26! AG jeans are seriously worth the splurge – great quality and they last forever! If you’ve been debating about buying a pair, I’d do it when they’re discounted! As for these booties, I’m obsessed. I love the cutout detailing and the color as well. They’re also TTS – I’m typically a size 8 and I’m wearing these in an 8!

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED
BP V-Neck Pullover || AG Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans || Hinge Barris Block Heel Bootie

The first thing I want to mention about this sweater is the color! It’s even more gorgeous in person. This is one of my FAVORITE colors to wear in Fall. However if you’re not a fan of this color, it comes in 5 other colors! It’s SO soft and cozy – would be great for layering under a jacket and with a scarf too! I’m definitely going to be ordering a few more colors of this sweater!

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED
Socialite Cozy Thermal Top || AG Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans || Hinge Borris Block Heel Bootie

Again, another great find. This thermal top really is a hidden gem in the sale. It’s so cozy and soft and it comes in 4 colors! I am wearing mine in a size Small and the color “Soft Rock.”

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED
Top Shop Sweater || AG Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans || Hinge Borris Block Heel Booties

Ummm you guys. I can’t get enough of this sweater. I seriously think it’s my favorite purchase so far throughout the sale. Have you seen the back??? If not you need to go to my Instagram right now and see how amazing the back of this sweater is!! Not to mention it’s SO soft and comfortable to wear! I’m wearing mine in a US size 4! I also loveee the sleeves! They’re bell sleeved but not too much where you’d have to worry about getting them in your food while you’re eating (priorities, right??) I have a feeling this sweater will sell out soon so go get it fast!!

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED
Halogen Tie Hem Sweater || AG Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans || Hinge Borris Ankle Booties

Ok while I do really like this sweater , I can’t say that it’s one of my favorites. I’ve gotten great items by Halogen before but this one definitely doesn’t compare. I was confused on how to tie the front of it (maybe that’s just me lol) and it’s not nearly as soft as the other sweaters I’ve purchased. I do still like the sweater though! I’m wearing it in the color “Soft Pink” and size Small!

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED
Lush Raw Edge Side Slit Tee || AG Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans || Hinge Borris Block Heel Booties

I’m sure you have all seen this tee everywhere lately but I’m here to let you know that it really is a great purchase! There are only 3 colors left of it as of right now. I’m wearing mine in a size Small and I like the oversized fit of it! It’s great for layering (as you’ll see in the next few pics!)

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED
BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket || Lush Tee || AG Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans || Hinge Borris Block Heel Booties

This jacket is EVERYTHING I needed and more!! This was included in the sale last year and I regretted not buying it. I was nervous about how it would fit and whether or not it would actually be comfortable but it truly is! I got it in a size small and I love everything about it. I am also thinking about getting it in the gray color too!

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED
Dreamers by Debut Rib Knit Open Cardigan || AG Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans || Lush Tee || Kate Spade Lenna Tassel Sneaker

I’m SO upset because both this cardigan and these sneakers are already sold out! I’m going to keep them here anyway in hopes that they’ll be restocked. This sweater is a dream. It’s as soft as a blanket, no exaggeration. I can see myself reaching for this sweater every night to cuddle up in before bed! And I’m obsessed with everything about these sneakers. The color is amazing and I love the tassel! I must say that they are not the easiest sneakers to get on – they’re definitely not true slip ons! They do have a zipper on the side though!

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED
BP Lightweight Rib Stitch Cardigan || AG Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans || Kate Spade Lenna Tassel Sneakers

This is another great basic cardigan! You can’t beat the price and it’s really comfortable! I love that it has pockets, too! This one comes in 4 colors and I’m wearing mine in “Beige Oatmeal Medium Heather” and I have it in a size Small!

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT I'VE PURCHASED
Madewell Softplaid Fringe Scarf

I actually got this scarf from Madewell a while back and was excited to see that it’s included in the sale this year! I love the colors and it’s a great transition piece. It’s super soft and fun to wear into the Fall!

If you have any questions about ANYTHING please let me know!!

There ya have it! A look at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and what I’ve purchased!!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || TOP PICKS

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || TOP PICKS

Hi everyone!! It’s day 2 of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access and there’s still SO much stuff I want to buy! I can’t believe Nordstrom’s website crashed yesterday! YIKES! I hope that none of you had too much of an issue buying the items you really want.

Yesterday I shared some items with you that I bought last year in the sale that I LOVED and that are included again in this year’s sale. Today I’m going to share all of my TOP PICKS included in this year’s sale. I ordered a bunch of stuff online and picked it up in the store yesterday and I also bought some stuff in the store. It’s so helpful seeing the items in person so I can give you guys a true idea of what they’re like.

Let’s get into my TOP PICKS!

TOPS

Now would be a great time to stock up on some staples to add to your closet! This top would be great to buy to wear to work! It’s available in a ton of colors this year and it’s marked down to $27.90! I also picked up this tee in two colors and I’m about to buy it in more! It’s great for layering in the fall under a sweater or scarf! The best part is that it’s only $15.90!! This tank is one of my favorites because of the high neck line. I got it in a few colors and it’s only $18.90!

SWEATERS

There are SO many great sweaters included in the sale! Some of them have already sold out so I’ll be sure to let you know if they come back in stock. The sweaters that stood out to me the most are:
1. ASTR the Label Open Lines V-Neck Sweater: I love the look of this sweater! It’s an oversized fit and super lightweight.
2. Madewell Ryder Cardigan: I have had my eye on this cardigan for a while and I think I’m ready to pull the trigger on this one now that it’s at such a great price. What color do you guys think I should get??
3. Leith Easy Circle Cardigan: This sweater is a must have. I have it in two colors already and I’m ready to purchase it in the “pink adobe” color! I said this in my previous post but I have it in a Small and an XS and I prefer the XS!
4. Topshop Lattice Back Sweater: I LOVE the back of this sweater! I can’t wait to see how this looks on!

PANTS

If there’s a good time to buy designer jeans, it’s now! They’re all marked down so much and it’s such a good deal. My favorite brands are AG and DL1961. The AG jeans are marked down from $225 to $149.90. They are such a great investment, especially at that price!

DRESSES & SKIRTS

Out of all of the dresses and skirts I’d have to say this skirt is my favorite! I just have to decide which color to get it in! I also ordered this dress in navy! Which ones are your favorite dresses or skirts??

Those are my top picks when it comes to tops, pants, dresses, and sweaters! Next week I’ll share a full round up of what I purchased, including pictures of me in each item! I’ll also share my top picks for makeup, shoes, home decor, and workout wear! Stay tuned! Also don’t forget to always check in on my Instagram because I will be sharing some sneak peeks of what I’ve purchased!

There ya have it! A look at my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks!! I hope you enjoyed this post! Happy Shopping!!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT TO BUY

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE || WHAT TO BUY

IT’S HERE! Early Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has officially begun!! I’m so excited to share all of my top picks with you! I’ll be purchasing a bunch of things throughout the sale so make sure you check back here AND on my Instagram!

OK now let’s get into what you should buy during the sale! Some of the items they released this year were in last year’s sale and I’ve used or worn them SO much.

Purchases From Last Year Included in This Year’s Sale:

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy
Tory Burch Frida Zip Around Leather Wallet  $129.90 After Sale: $198
I purchased this Tory Burch wallet during the sale last year and I’m so glad I did! It’s a staple and honestly will never go out of style. Can’t beat the price, either!

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy
BP Cardigan & BP Lightweight Rib Stitch Cardigan $31.90 After Sale: $49
If you’re going to purchase one thing, make it one of these BP cardigans. I got them last year and they’re so good! They’re a closet staple and SO comfortable. Also very reasonably priced! They come in a few colors so be sure to get the good ones before they sell out!

 

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy

Lush Roll Tab Sleeve Woven Shirt $27.90 After Sale: $42
This Lush top is a great find for work! It comes in a few colors and again is another closet staple!

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy

 

Dreamers by Debut Forward Seam Tunic $29.90 After Sale: $45
Dreamers by Debut has become one of my favorite brands! Their sweaters are SO comfortable! This one comes in a few different colors! They also have a really cute cardigan included in the sale, too!

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy
Topshop Patchwork Marled Cardigan $55.90 After Sale: $85
Last year this patchwork sweater was one of my favorite purchases! I love the oversized fit of it and the colors were so fun!

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy

BP Leopard Print Ruana $29.90 After Sale: $45

This leopard scarf from last year was such a great purchase! They’ve released something similar this year and it’s so cute too!

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy
Halogen Long Open Front Cardigan $49.90 After Sale: $79
I loved this cardigan last year because it was lightweight and perfect for transitioning to Fall! I also loved the color of it!

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy
Leith Easy Circle Cardigan $49.90 After Sale: $75
I bought this sweater in two colors last year during the sale because I loved it so much! I recommend sizing down – got a Small in one color and an XS in the other and preferred the fit of the XS!

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy
Tory Burch Adeline Boot $299.90 After Sale: $498
Ok you guys, these boots were a MUST HAVE for me during the sale last year. I knew I wanted them so I made sure to purchase them right away. These Tory Burch riding boots sell out very quickly so I recommend buying them quickly!! I really love mine!

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy
Tory Burch Risa Espadrille Flat $99.90 After Sale: $168
I bought my first pair of Tory Burch Espadrilles last year during the sale and they were seriously my most worn pair of shoes during the Fall. They are SO comfortable once you break them in – you won’t want to take them off! They don’t take long to break in either which is great! I’ll probably be adding another pair to my collection!

Nordstrom Sale Anniversary Sale || What to Buy
Tory Burch Frida Swingpack Leather Bag $283.90 After Sale: $428
This Tory Burch bag sold out SO fast last year during the sale! I’m so excited that they brought it back this year because it’s such a great bag! It comes in a few colors and the best part about it is that it can be worn two ways! It’s such a great bag and I highly recommend buying it at such a discounted price!

OK so in my next post I’m going to be sharing exactly what I plan on purchasing in the sale this year! I’m so excited to see what you all purchase, too!

There ya have it! A look at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and what you need to buy!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

 

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