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hello to the weekend! here are some links i’ve been loving this week:

john mulaney can do no wrong in my eyes

easy dinner ideas for when you’re exhausted after work 

surplice tops are my favorite 

i am without a doubt a fan of these shoes 

in need of a ottoman for our living room and i think this one will work 

as a big movie fan, this article is great 

i love doughnuts, so this list of great spots in the city is a must to follow

a friend sent me this article about freida pinto, and since i love her i have to recommend it

chris martin and james corden are the best 

being bookish

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a bit of a tearjerker | this book will be impossible to put down | i have a feeling this book will be as exciting as the movie | this one is supposed to be thought-provoking and worth a read | the reviews for this surfing saga put it on my list | this world war II tale based off of a true story is up next for me | nothing like a good historical read (but actually)

do you know that feeling you had when you were little when you got caught doing something you shouldn’t be doing? the nervousness that came with worrying you were about to get in trouble. that happened to me all the time when it came to reading… i kid you not, i used to get in trouble (which my parents later admitted they couldn’t really be mad at me about) for reading way past my bed time. i’m taking flashlight under the covers, turning it off when i thought i heard footsteps, and overheating from having all my blankets over my head. so dramatic retelling aside, books are important to me. all the books above (except for “me before you” and “an ember in the ashes”) are on my to-read list and i can’t wait to dive into them, as cheesy as it sounds. the books i have read up above i highly recommend and suggest you get on reading those… one is a serious tearjerker (you’ve been warned) and the other is the definition of a page-turner. i’ll probably find an additional five more books i want to read, but good thing i can keep adding to my ever-growing list.

 

the makeup files: shay mitchell

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i’m going to try something a little bit different on here… makeup tutorials, so to speak. some of you may already know i used to post tutorials years ago and i stopped doing that for a while, but i think every once in a while it’ll be fun to include a few. with a certain day quickly approaching (a romantic day, so to speak… or even a treat yoself kind of day), hopefully i can help out in the beauty department. shay mitchell always rocks beautiful makeup thanks to her makeup artist, patrick ta, who creates looks i am obsessed with.

i love this look here, especially the warm, soft eye makeup, glowing skin, and sultry lip. it’s a look that works. if you want to give this look a try, there are a few key things you need to gather:

burgundy red lipstick (try mac diva or nyx burgundy), highlighter (try nars copacabana or nyx liquid illuminator), neutral eyeshadow colors (try urban decay naked palette or l’oreal the nudes), voluminizing mascara (try urban decay perversion or l’oreal voluminous mascara)

there are two different types of people: those who apply face makeup before eye makeup and those who do the reverse. i am the former. to get this started complete your normal face routine and add a little bit of bronzer on the hollows of your cheekbones to add some warmth to your face. one of the key parts of this look is the glow or “strobe” effect. by applying highlighter to the tops of cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and your cupid’s bow. this is the very basic way to highlight, but if you feel like going crazy just look up some tutorials.

now, for the eyes begin by applying a light tone in the inner corner to open up your eye (urban decay virgin) and buff into the inner 1/3 of your eye. blend a warm brown throughout the rest of your eye, which includes the crease and remaining parts of the lid) and along the lower lashline (combine urban decay buck and naked). to achieve that shimmer effect that shay has on the inner half of her eye and lower lashline, take a bronze or gold tone shadow and lightly pat it onto these areas (urban decay sidecar or half baked). finish off by lining your upper lashline very closely to the roots of your lashes; this will allow for your lashes to look thicker without ruining this ~soft makeup~ by looking like you’re wearing a ton of eyeliner. finish off with a few coats of mascara and you are good to go.

now for the lips… make sure your lips are prepped beforehand, meaning they should be moisturized and dry skin should be removed by gently exfoliating with a spare toothbrush. apply one layer of lip color, blot with a tissue, and finish off with a second coat. check your teeth (since getting lipstick on them is not the greatest look) and you’re ready to head out the door.

stay tuned for more beauty posts!

hello, february

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surprise, surprise… another month has come and gone. i feel like just yesterday i was writing a post about december and here we are ushering in february. luckily for me, i love february, which means new ~tasteful~ heart decor will be decorating my place. there are a few things on my list for the month: exploring brooklyn by way of walking the brooklyn bridge, taking a trip out to the beach, planning a trip with my friends from home, reading as much as possible, and talking about more beauty-related things on here. i mean if february isn’t the month of romantic eyes and alluring lips then i don’t know what is… stay tuned for those kinds of posts, because i promise they are coming!

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skin saviors

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skin saviors

garnier’s super refreshing towelettes | kiehl’s skin-boosting miracle oil | the best re-energizing mask | this lotion is my skin’s best friend in the winter | a quick and easy mask to hydrate and brighten | these pads have made such a big difference for my skin | a mask that basically removes all impurities | my favorite heavy-duty face oil that smells heavenly | the new addition/game-changing makeup remover in my routine

i’m one of those people who always wanted a skin routine, and had the products for one, but never stuck to it. this year that all changed. there’s something about finding what works for you and seeing the difference it makes that has finally gotten me to stick to a skincare regimen. every night i clean my face (which honestly makes such a huge difference) with cleansing water and finish off with a cleansing towelette. after that it’s all about those facial radiance pads you see above… they exfoliate, tone, and brighten and they are legit. there are three masks i love:

– the boscia mask is great if your skin is oily and you’re feeling the blackhead struggle

– the sephora oxygen mask makes your skin feel fresh and rejuvenated. as cliched as it sounds, it’s like giving your face a breath of fresh air 

– the sephora rose mask hydrates and brightens… and after a long week at work, this helps.

lastly, when my skin is needing that extra boost i go to my oils: at nighttime it’s the korres black pine oil, which smells UNREAL, and does wonders for your skin. in the morning it’s the kiehl’s reviving concentrate.

now i just need to make sure this routine sticks, but with the way it’s going i think it will.

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check this list out for some of the best movies that are coming out soon 

my travel lust is so real… new orleans, seattle, austin, ireland, and many other places are calling my name.

a list of cool places to eat on the lower east side

i love this banner so much

simply, healthy, and SO good 

new years resolutions for new yorkers

looking forward to cooking this honey mustard chicken

this top looks so beautiful

use this list when shopping at trader joe’s

this sweatshirt is right up my alley

can’t wait to try this cookie recipe 

putting on the ritz

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saoirse looking like the angel of the red carpet

here it is… the classic “best dressed” picks from the golden globes. let me say that saoirse is my girl, and she looked like an angel. if you haven’t seen brooklyn, get yourself to the movie theaters because you need to. a huge intro isn’t needed here, since you know what i’m posting about, but i will say that once again my ticket got lost to the golden globes… but whatever, i’m dealing with it.

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amy rocking a sporty look, which i’m really into

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sam will always capture my heart (and so will outlander)

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jaimie alexander’s dress was stunning

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brie larson looked bomb

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the two of them look amazing, and i love the style of kirsten’s dress

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love it when jennifer wears red

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HUGE fan of this dress… kate looks great

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fassbender can do no wrong in my eyes

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i love the cut of alicia’s dress

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rosie looking like a goddess

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loving this look on emmy rossum

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jenna dewan tatum’s dress is dreamy (yes, i just said that)

winter whites

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although the weather in new york right now isn’t exactly the coldest (which i am not happy about), one of my favorite cold weather trends is wearing white during the winter. picture it: a huge, warm, cozy sweater that looks like you’re draped in snow, covering you up like you’re wearing a blanket. tell me that doesn’t sound amazing. i had a white fisherman’s sweater i lived in for years (no exaggeration), until i wore holes into it… which was rough. i found a replacement at free people that i love, and i tend to live in it. luckily these kinds of sweaters are easy to find, but when you find “the one” you’ll just know.

Sara Kerens, Jessica Stein, Winter 2015

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holiday dining

kind of loving this coat for when it finally starts to get cold

i watched elf last night and honestly these are some of the reasons it will never get old

this seems like the perfect thing to wear on christmas morning

my love for this print is very real (but what’s also real is the price tag…)

getting adele tickets was a saga, but it was a saga that ended successfully for me… my excitement is pretty hard to contain

waiting for this suitcase to be back in stock (i’ve had the same one since i was in elementary school and it needs an upgrade)

thrillist put out a guide to my neighborhood and i’m all about it, especially the friedman’s shoutout

emily schuman will always be a favorite of mine 

google released their 2015 year in review and i was teary by the end… but 2012’s will always be my favorite 

dear brother

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the one thing that i really miss about school is marketing classes and my constant surveillance of adweek… yeah, my adweek obsession was real (still is, but i don’t check as often). in a lot of my classes we would discuss recently released spots that had that special “it” factor; usually this was something that involved striking the perfect emotional note. this spec ad is an example of finding that equilibrium in a minute or two. done by two film students (who are talented beyond belief), this commercial is especially poignant during this time of year. it’s a time where we find ourselves remembering those who are no longer with us, but whose memory, influence, and love will always remain. i think it’s especially important to take a break from all the craziness that happens around this time and remember exactly what and who matters most. it’s kind of crazy that a commercial for whiskey could have you thinking this way, but trust me… watch and you’ll understand.

 

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