Four Favorite Shades for Your Winter Manicures

Winter is in full force and we might get snow this weekend – fingers crossed! Since it is only fitting to have nails that compliment the season, I wanted to share  four of my favorite nail polishes and shades for a manicure in the winter.

 

  1. Dark Teal – Try Revlon’s Fashionista for a beautiful deep teal color that will go beautifully with an array of winter neutrals.
  2. Soft Purple – Check out Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Envy Hold ‘Em for a subdued purple that is bold, but soft and perfect for winter.
  3. Blush – Try Essie’s Eternal Optimist shade for a rose color that will perfectly compliment all the pale pink and neutral clothing that is currently trending.
  4. Grey – Check out Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Envy Ace of Spades for a dark grey shade that’s a great alternative to black nails this season.

I especially love these shades because they compliment my winter clothes, which consists of shades of grey, navy, cream, and several pastels. Below are photos of me wearing Essie’s Eternal Optimist and Revlon’s Fashionista polishes. 

I’d love to hear if you have any similar nail polish shades in your docket or if you prefer to sport something totally different during the winter season.

Here’s to a happy weekend. Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

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The Scoop on Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm

Hi friends! We got our first snow of the season on Saturday and it was absolutely FREEZING. So aside from working out, going on a cleaning frenzy and cooking, I laid low over the weekend. It was really nice, and well-timed, since I started a new job yesterday (woohoo!). Anyway, let’s dive into my new product review. I shared my go-to foundation (for almost ten years!) a few months ago, but I always enjoy trying new makeup products. So, last month I picked up Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Vanilla Glow, curious to see how it would compare to my favorite tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier. 


I’ve enjoyed using this product several times throughout the holiday season and have been surprised how well the product has stayed on my face for both long days and super cold, windy days. Winter can be rough on our skin, so I wasn’t sure if testing out a product during this season would be totally fair. Or, maybe it is the perfect time to see how well a makeup product works

Nonetheless, I am impressed. Similar to my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm goes on very smooth and blends in easily. The product has a bit of a sheen too, that makes your skin look fresh and dewy (definitely a bonus in the dead of winter!), but not at all greasy. In addition, this product has SPF 20, which will be an added bonus in warmer months.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm

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On the downside, this beauty balm has light to medium coverage, on par with most tinted moisturizers. I was able to build up the product with multiple applications on blemishes and it worked pretty well. However, it would be most ideal to use a concealer with any serious blemishes if you are using Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm.

In comparison to Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, this product is a little more translucent, offering slightly lighter coverage. It was a little more difficult to build up the product in any places I felt needed some extra coverage. Because of this, I noticed I was using more of the beauty balm than I would have if I was using my go-to tinted moisturizer. That said, at $25, the price for Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm is $20 less than Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer.

I’ll be curious to see how well this product works for me in warmer months as well, especially on humid days. I’ll be sure to update you all. But, if you’ve had any personal experience with Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm, I’d love to hear about it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

Making 2017 Plans with my Erin Condren Planner

What if I told you you’re 42% more likely to acheive your New Year’s resolutions if you wrote them down?

Well this is true, according to a recent study. In fact, if you are serious about acheiving your 2017 resolutions or goals, I’d encourage you to get a planner and write down different sub-goals or supporting goals on your calendar that will lead to your acheivement.

During the later half of last year when I was job searching, I got into a weekly rhythm of looking at my week or weeks ahead, creating to-do lists and writing down goals or plans. I began doing this at the beginning of the week and realized just how helpful that time was in keeping myself focused on the tasks I wanted to accomplish.

As a part of this routine, I wrote down my to-dos, reminders, events, etc. in an agenda I got from Target. While this agenda worked fine and had the main layout one needs in an agenda, I started thinking last month about getting a fancier 2017 agenda to help me continue this planning routine into the New Year.

So, of course, I dove into a blackhole of internet research for hundreds of planners and agendas. It was really annoying to me that so many agendas started in August 2016 and continued to December 2017. I mean I am not the only person who is not in school that uses a planner, right? And then, these companies are making agendas that end in December.. so wouldn’t they also make ones that start in January? Anyway, I digress. I finally decided on getting the Erin Condren LifePlanner™.

I really liked the design of the LifePlanner, the different layouts and how customizable it was. For my planner, I chose the 12-month calendar and the “in bloom gold metallic” design for the front/back cover. Then, I chose the vertical layout (pictured below) with the colorful theme. I also chose to add-on a to-do list dashboard that snaps into my planner. The great thing about this dashboard is that it can be moved to a different page of your planner and can be easily reused throughout the year because you use wet erase (or dry erase) markers on it.

Overall, I am enjoying this planner so far and would recommend it to anyone. The biggest downside is the price, which is high compared to traditional planners, especially if you start adding several accessories for the planner to your cart. However, if getting a stylish and personalized planner will entice you to use your planner regularly and keep you focused on the things you want to accomplish, then it is definitely worth it in my mind. The planner comes with a lot of stickers, as well. I’m not sure how much I’ll actually end up using them, but I know that might be a big plus for some. Erin Condren also has tons of office accessories, notebooks and other planners for specific things like making lesson plans for school or wedding planning.

In general, I just find it so refreshing to write things down on paper. Electronic calendars can definitely be useful, but there’s something about writing a goal down that makes it stick. If you have a favorite planner, I’d love to hear about it.

Here’s to everyone acheiving their goals in 2017 – cheers!

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