Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Eenie Meenie Miney Mo...

...catch a palette by the (figurative) toe. If it sucks then let it go. Out goes Y-O-U...

After vigorously cleaning and reorganizing my makeup stash, I came face-to-face with the harsh reality that so many makeup addicts face - I was pretty much drowning in makeup, a lot of which I never wear.

A rational person would say, if you don't use it, then toss it. A makeup addict is not a rational person. We hold onto things because of sentimental reasons. We hoard limited edition makeup that is long expired and we can never wear, because the packaging is cute. It sounds incredibly dumb now that I am typing the words out, but nevertheless, this is how our logic works. Enter: decluttering by way of this little rhyme that I used to use to pick out which color of M&M to eat first (after separating them into beautiful color coordinated piles because organization is gorgeous).

I have LITERALLY been doing eenie meenie miney mo with my makeup collection every morning. I wear whatever the "U" of "y-o-u" is, and I do it for my eyes and lips. I rotate between large eyeshadow palettes, small palettes and singles, and I also switch between lipstick, lip glosses, high end, drugstore, you get the picture. Every day I am using products that I have continued to hang on to for no apparent reason, and it is making it so much easier to let things go. When I land on a twelve pan palette and open it up only to realize that I only truly love 2 shades in it...yeah, that's a problem. I have already selected a Revlon lipstick to declutter that I'm pretty sure was only worn once, and that one time was yesterday when it was the "U". I've also decided today that I am finally biting the bullet and decluttering the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. The rose gold one that everyone and their mother and myself were all freaking out about a few years back. I almost never reach for it and there is only one shade in it that I really love. That thing cost a pretty penny so I would much rather give it to somebody who is actually going to use it more than once every six months.

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I am really excited to see what else I can declutter in this process. Is saying this rhyme every morning completely ridiculous and very silly? Yes. But it's working when nothing else really has. I am hoping to reach a point where my collection is only filled with things that I truly love and use all the time. You know those products that people say that they cannot live without? That's all I want in my collection, and that's all you should want too. Otherwise you are just sitting on a pile of wasted money, all for the sake of having a big collection that is in turn collecting a ton of dust. 

Have any of you tried decluttering your collection? What tricks have worked for you? Tell me in the comments!

xo Rachel

Friday, June 24, 2016

Life Is Better With a Little #Glossierpink!

Hello my lovelies!

Summer is here, and that means COLOR! Many of you may not know this about me, but even though my face is usually decked out in color, the rest of me primarily lives in a black and white world. My closet is seriously lacking bright, sunny hues, so when Pantone released it's colors of the year, I decided it was time to fill my world with a little bit of pink!

While I didn't run out and purchase pink tops, I did bring a little more color into my life. Whether it is rocking my rose-gold shades from the amazing Quay Australia x Chrissspy collab, or using a pink pen to take notes at the office, my world is slowly but surely becoming a little bit more colorful! Need some more pink-spiration? Check out some more goodies that I have been loving!

I am currently OBSESSED with pink and gold accents in my office. This bright pink pineapple notebook from Target is the perfect way to bring the summer to your cubicle!

There are few things more satisfying than coming home after a long day at work and throwing on sweatpants immediately. I love easy tanks, and this one from Victoria's Secret PINK is one of my favorites (mainly because I love donuts!). My favorite thing to pair with a black and white outfit? A bold lip, and a spritz of a flirty perfume. Victoria's Secret Bombshell is one of my favorite perfumes of all time - I love it so much that I have a travel size bottle that I take with me everywhere! Another travel-friendly beauty essential? The Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks!

A girl's beauty room is her space to decorate as she wishes...that's why I have a pink lamp in mine! The bubble silhouette is cute and playful, and the milk glass gives it a little hint of chic. No beauty room is complete without a candle (Yankee Candle Clean Cotton is one of my all time faves) and of course...lipstick! The packaging that MAC did for the Giambattista Valli collection last year is still one of my favorites!

Did I mention that I love lipstick...?

Pink isn't just for the lips! When I am in a rush, one of my favorite looks to do is foundation, mascara, a lip balm and a generous application of bronzer and blush! When I am looking for a pigmented blush formula that packs a serious punch, I reach for the Lorac Unzipped Blush Palette. It has four extremely pigmented shades that look amazing on their own, and also easily blend together for a customized look! P.S. This diffuser from Barr Co. is a staple in my beauty room. It is the best vanilla scent in the world!

Another little known fact about me is that I am a total stationary junkie. I love keeping cards on hand to send a hand-written note whenever the mood strikes. I'm also completely obsessed with notepads to create my forever growing to-do lists! This notepad from Rifle Paper Co. was a gift (it's currently living in my pink and gold themed cubicle at work!) and I love to pick up cards like these at Paper Source and Target. I also had to throw some pale pink earrings into the mix, because why not?

I have to say, even though my wardrobe may still be living in a black and white world, I love having pink accents to brighten up my day! Whether it is on my face, or on my desk, life just feels better with a little bit of pink!

Looking for even more inspiration? Check out Glossier for gorgeous beauty must-haves, as well as tips and tricks on how to use their amazing products (their packaging is also the absolute cutest!). The pink, white and black themed site itself totally matches my aesthetic, and the images will have you inspired and ready to add a little bit of #glossierpink to your look as well!

How do you incorporate #glossierpink into your life? Tell me in the comments!

xo Rachel 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Vita Liberata Now Available at ULTA!

When it comes to self tanning, formula is key. It's just one of those products that I don't mind paying a little extra for if it means I'm going to get the right color. Vita Liberata is one of my favorite self-tanner brands, and I am so pumped that the brand is now being sold at Ulta!

I'm not sure if every store will be selling the brand, but I have seen it at my nearest location. Ulta's self tanning headquarters seems to be growing by the minute - there are so many different brands and formulas popping up!

I am really excited to see Vita Liberata at Ulta mainly can use your points! I tend to shop at Ulta more than any other place because you can use your points there on anything you want in the entire store. I hope that they will do a triple or 5x point offer on the brand - that would be a great opportunity to stock up!

What are some other brands that you are hoping to see at Ulta? Tell me in the comments!


Friday, April 29, 2016

Colorful Spring Makeup Tutorial - Kendall Jenner Inspired!

Good morning beautiful people!

I rarely break out of my neutral comfort zone and apply a ton of color to my eyes - but that all changed when it came to this colorful makeup look inspired by the lovely Kendall Jenner.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you did, be sure to give it a thumbs up!

I also have my April Favorites on my channel too! Hooray for two videos in one week!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Glowing Daytime Glam

Spring has (finally) sprung here in Boston, and I have been enjoying every second of it. Starting to pack away my winter clothes feels so good - all of that heaviness has no place in my life in the springtime! The same goes for my makeup - while I am all about a strong winged liner, there is something so beautiful and light about doing a simple no-liner look, or simply swapping in a waterproof liner to tight line. That is what I did in my Glowing Daytime Glam tutorial - it's all about fresh, dewy skin, a shimmery lid, and lashes. This look is perfect for work or school if you want to feel a little bit glam, and it's also amazing for any spring parties that you may find yourself attending! Leave me a comment and let me know what your go-to look is for the spring!

xo Rachel 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

MASSIVE Sephora VIB / Ulta Platinum Sale Haul!

To say that I went on a beauty shopping spree is an understatement...Twice a year, Sephora and Ulta both have sales, and that is when the beauty world goes crazy. Sephora's Beauty Insider Sale is 15% off for VIB and VIB Rouge members in April, and 20% off in November. Ulta also has a 20% off sale in April and November for Platinum members.

It is very safe to say that I was spoiled with gift cards during my birthday back in December, and I decided to save all of them in anticipation of the spring sales. This got really really hard when companies started releasing new products in February and March, but I held on, and I was rewarded when I got to go crazy at these sales, while spending very little money.

If you want to see all of the goodies that I picked up, be sure to watch my video below! As always, if you like what you see, you can subscribe to my channel by clicking the red "subscribe" button which is located on the right side of my blog's home page!

xo Rachel 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

NEW Lip Colors from NYX!

Well my friends, it is officially spring. The weather is (finally) getting warmer, my Instagram feed is being flooded with photos from Coachella, and the NYX Face Awards is about to begin which means NEW PRODUCTS from drugstore favorite NYX Cosmetics. Each year that NYX does the Face Awards, new products seem to follow. I will be here to update all of you on the newness - new formulas, new shades, new everything.

I am particularly excited about this launch - the new Plush Gel Lipsticks look like pure heaven in a tube. We are finally moving away from all matte everything and saying hello to glossy lips, just in time for the heat of the summer. No one can handle a matte liquid lipstick everyday in the summer - that is just torture. The new Plush Gel formula promises an ultra-soft feel with intense color, and high glossy shine. Want to see all 12 of the new shades? I have them all listed below!

Air Blossom 



Coral Mist

Dime Piece

Fizzy Berries

Foxy Love

Karma Kiss

Nude Beach

Pastel Dust

Sacred Mix

Sharp Femme 
I am a sucker for nudes, berry shades and corals (especially in the summer) so I am feeling very drawn to Pastel Dust, Coral Mist, Nude Beach and Sacred Mix. Dime Piece also looks beautiful - those pink-nude shades get me every time!

All 12 shades of the Plush Gel Lipsticks are available right now on the NYX website, and they are only $7.00 each! That's an amazing price, but you know that I'm going to wait until they are at Ulta so I can get them on sale - no shame here.

xo Rachel

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