Comfy and Glamorous!

Offer me a day of relaxation at anytime in the week...and I am all there! I'm not sure if it was ingrained in me as a child, but either way my father taught me to love tropical trees and my mother taught me a maxi dress is a staple in your closet. I have come to the conclusion I am definitely my parents daughter. Although I am a fan of glitz and glamour, I will always choose choose to be comfy. So the question is...How do you make comfort, glamorous?

Cotton Spandex Jersey Tube Dress in Imperial Purple {American Apparel}

Take for example, eyelashes. Some styles look heavy, and they feel heavy. It's one of the worst feelings to wear a heavy, plastic band that is forcing you to squint the entire night. The lighter the lash band the better to be comfortable. There are 3 options that are easy to apply and easy to wear... 

1. Individual lashes are great for someone who has never attempted to wear false lashes, may have sensitive eyes, or chooses to wear little makeup during "regular" life. You can add drama to the ends by applying them in a close bunch and slowing spread them out as you get closer to the inside of the eye. 

2. The Half-lash is recommended for those who desire to wear a fuller lash but may not have the desire to go all the way with a full band. This will pick up the ends of the eye and give ya a mini face lift. They are super easy to place on your eyes too! 

3. Want a full lash for more drama?! I am wearing the Audrey's by FAUX in this post. Their is a trick to blending your fake lashes with your real lashes...first curl your lashes and add 1-2 coats of your favorite mascara. Next, curl your false lash at the base before apply a small amount of glue to the band. I like to use an eyelash applicator (mine is from Shu Uemura). Always ensure the band is placed directly on your natural lash line for maximum comfort. Lastly, you can curl your lashes once more and than fluff them with your fingers.
Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss In Yoo Hoo
Lip products come in all sorts of textures and flavors. Some like their gloss sticky and some can't stand it! I prefer a more hydrating gloss, one that will eventually absorb without leaving a film on the inside of my mouth. Here are a few lines I like: For a regular lip gloss try Dior Addict Ultra Shine Gloss collection, they are super shiny and still long wearing. I appreciate lip products that do more than just add color, and if you would like a lip plumper with out the tingle, try Bare Minerals Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss.

Curled ends of hair with a 2" Iron {Hot Tools}
As for a foundation, it depends on your preference in formula and texture. Do you like cream? Liquid? Powder? or Minerals? For a comfortable creamy consistency, try the Benefit Play Stick (oily to normal skin type) or the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick (normal to dry skin-type). There are SO many liquids I can tell you about, but lets start off slowly.... The Estee Lauder BB cream offers wonderful coverage with a light weight feeling (and it will do alot more for your skin in the long run), or try Vitalumiere Aqua Utra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup. MAC is sufficient for a foundation powder, with plenty of color options to choose from! Minerals are a girls second best friend...and if you like them in a loose formula I will always recommend Bare Escentuals. Yep, it's not a powder. It's creamy once you buff it into the skin (the coverage all depends on the brush.)

Once you start playing around with new products you will find makeup can be comfortable, and simplicity is always best! Enhance your natural beauty ladies-don't cover it up!

Priscilla Francine 

Yes, Everyone Needs Eye Cream! have to start using eye cream! If your mother never told you about eye cream, buy her one too! (...and let your man share with you too!) I'm not normally this bossy... but it's now my official rule for any age or gender. Especially if you are getting married, all soon-to-be Mrs. must start this daily routine today. Here is why you need to use this additional product day and night...we age the quickest around our eyes because the skin is thinner so fine lines begin to formulate. Dryness occurs which causes our makeup to crease. Our poor diets, lack of sleep, and genetics can give us dark circles. While you may have a facial moisturizer already an eye cream is still necessary. It has different ingredients and different concerns to target.

There is no need to invest your entire month's salary for a quality eye cream... and besides you can now get an Opal for half of what I paid :) try a few of my favorites first before breaking the bank: Avocado Eye Cream by Kiehl's or Contour Cream by Caudalie  and if price is no issue for you, try Chanel or La Mer.

Recently, I began using CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream by Kate Somerville . It has Vitamin C, Eyeseryl, and light diffusing pearls to target my main concern of dark circles. I am hoping I can be part of the 75% who will see results in this area. I have noticed a difference with the light diffusing pearls so I am pretty sure I am a believer in the product. It will also help hydrate and firm my skin with Peptide P-199 and Milk Peptide Complex.

I'd love to hear about your success stories after using an eye cream for the first time!! (Tell me all about it on Twitter!)

Priscilla Francine

Berry Christmas

Remember last year when I told you we cut down our own tree? Well, it's now an official tradition-because we did it again! This year, we spent some time searching for the perfect ornaments too. I found some great pieces at Anthropologie, Z Gallerie, and Restoration Hardware. Surprisingly, Cost Plus had the most options-and the best prices!

As I write this post, I had a realization...I have been wearing ALOT of Berry hues, and ALOT of YSL product. I can't get enough of this beautiful, festive color! You can wear it on your cheeks, lips, nails, eyes, clothes...everything! Same goes for YSL!

Jacket by Forever 21
Nail Polish by Chanel
Yves Saint Laurent 'Ombres Duolumieres #21 is my latest obsession. The Intense Plum fits flawlessly into the crease...I love a shadow that blends with ease. Line the eyes with Bobbi Brown's Black Ink Gel Liner seen here, and finish with YSL's Shocking Mascara seen here. Sadly, I think they have discontinued my favorite YSL Golden Gloss #8, but any mauve or berry tone will do for this look!

Here's to a Berry Christmas!


Party Planner

With the winter holidays upon us, that means social gatherings galore! Here are a few products I use to prepare my home before quests arrive, and my skin before the parties!

Over the years, Lavender has become one of the most relaxing scents for me. Candles always give me a calm sensation-my favorite candle in the house is my Capri Blue Mercury Glass candle from Anthropologie. The container matches my home decor, and it sits lovely in my glass bowl of dried lavender.

Buy fresh Lavender, let it dry, and than use as a candle filler.

Hand soap is another item I recently have been splurging on...when I first tried L'Occitane's Lavender Cleansing Hand wash I couldn't stop admiring the fragrance. Having a elegant or fun hand wash in the bathroom during the Holidays is always nice for guests to indulge in.

With the long hours of shopping, decorating, and events remember to hydrate under the eyes. The skin under the eye is thinner, showing fine lines and dark circles faster. Kiehl's Avocado Eye cream will soothe the dryness around your eye are (and even the lips!) make sure to follow the directions and "pat" not rub, as the consistency will change and not work as well.  (It's a great price point too only $27!)

Red Nails always gets me in the Holiday Spirit

Last but not least... start prepping your legs and arms for all the Holiday parties. (I can't wait to have some fun this season!) Clarin's Delectable Self Tanning Mousse has Mirabella Oil in it, which is a great moisturizer during the cold season, will give you a healthy color (for that cute sequin dress), and if there is sun out-you even have some protection with it's SPF 15.

Do you have any fun parties planned this season?


Intriguied by Others...

Do you ever want to know what's inside someone's bathroom cabinet? you love digging through your girlfriend's makeup bag? You could own it all, but there is something intriguing about what the girl next to you has. Enjoy a peak into some lovely gals bathrooms, see their latest purchases...ooh and look into their purses!!!


Wants of the Week

1. Essie Nail Polish in Blanc: One night I watched every Nail File episode and I was inspired to do an all white nail...maybe with a little glitter over it!

2. The Sponge by Beauty Blender: I have wanted this for a while, but it seems like it has been EVERYWHERE this week. I saw a picture posted by Lori Taylor, and than all of a sudden it's on Keeping up with the Kardashians. Does it really give a flawless finish...I want to find out!?

3. Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Longwear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirifique It's been said that it won't crease because it's Chanel...they are super creamy, and have an intense pigment!

4. Nars Blush in Exhibit A: I was inspired by this look, and will be replicating this idea in a photo shoot very soon. (Stay tuned)

5. Butter London Powder Finish Foot Creme My feet are going through a stinky phase and I'm not a fan of them ruining my expensive shoes...something has got to change. Is this my answer??? I felt like this should have been created a while ago!!

6. Limitless Liquid Liner Pen in black by Smashbox: Liquid liner will be my go-to look this season. It's easy, and it's bold. Kinda like this HERE

Do you have any products you want this week? I'd love for you to share them with me!!!