friday favorites

A round-up of my favorite internet links from the week! Happy Friday!

1. Divergent is in theaters! I can’t wait to see it this weekend!

2. I love this kid’s reaction to finding out he’s going to be a big brother.

3. I’m obsessed with keeping up with the Malaysian airliner disappearance. Anyone else?

4. Taco Bell is starting to serve breakfast next week. I know, I know: I’m so refined.

5. Cookie butter marshmallow swirl ice cream. Yes.

6. Creative uses of washi tape.

7. One of my favorite makeup bloggers, Kandee Johnson, did a hilarious series based on the muppets. So so funny.

8. This shirt.

9. 77 completely true facts that sound like lies.

10. These brave ladies let their boyfriends do their makeup.


friday favorites

It’s finally Friday! Sorry about the hiatus yesterday- now I’m back with a roundup of my favorite internet links of the week.

1. This toddler negotiates his mom for a cupcake. “Listen, listen, listen, Linda.” So hilarious.

2. How to master a blow out. I’m so bad at it.

3. How to dice an onion.; which reminds me, my sister and I are taking a cooking class starting in April and I’m. so. excited!

4. Tips for getting longer lashes.

5. 10 best Elf products. So affordable without sacrificing quality!

6. Sweet potato mac and cheese. Yum.

7. A comedic interview between Zach Galifianakis and Obama.

8. 29 life-changing quesadillas.

9. How to put together a skincare routine.

10. 17 annoying clothing problems us ladies have to deal with.

friday favorites

It’s Friday! Happy weekend!

1. I finished/caught up on the whole Parenthood series. So so good!

2. This sweet, sweet 3-year-old. Her heart is so pure.

3. Check out my friend Juli’s blog!

4. My husband and I waited in line for 4 hours to see New Found Glory in a surprise concert last night. I don’t even like NFG.

5. Pistachio butter, guys. As if I need more butter this week.

6. My favorite local donut shop has cronuts on the weekends. I. can’t. wait.

7. The best moments from the Oscars.

8. I have always wanted to know what the difference between egg sizes in the grocery store.

9. Makeup secrets you haven’t heard before.

10. Love me some bad good puns.

beauty randoms

Here are some random things that don’t have a home except on a randoms post:

1. My mom’s {and older sister’s} birthday is today {they share a birthday!} and she asked for a retinol night cream. My skincare obsession is rubbing off! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM & JAMIE!

2. I bought an eos lip balm in pomegranate raspberry and LOVE it. It doesn’t leave my lips needing more after using it like some chapsticks do, but I constantly reapply because it feels and smells so good.

3. I signed up for ipsy and am so excited! Maybe I’ll do unboxings?

4. Before I even consider a skincare product I research it on Paula’s Choice. Some products cost too much for no real ingredients or results.

5. My {identical triplet} sister and I are doing a 50-year longitudinal study of our skin and aging. To say that her facial skincare routine is basic is generous {sorry, hermana}.

6. I am in search of the perfect eyebrow pencil shade. I prefer a pencil over powder but have such dark eyebrows.

7. Vaseline has really helped some dry spots/a burned area of my upper lip {from cream hair removal}. Such a simple product but so effective.

8. I’m on book 2 of the Divergent trilogy. SO looking forward to the movie! {Ok, that wasn’t beauty-related but whatevs}

9. My coconut oil body butter has been so moisturizing.

10. My husband’s bathroom storage and counter space has been dwindling in size as I take over. Maybe he should just move to the other bathroom in the house?

Happy Monday!

friday favorites



1. Watch a bunch of guys try to guess how much bras cost. LOLOLOL!

2. Is your perfect lipstick shade discontinued? Go to Bite Beauty Lip Lab in NYC to recreate it!

3. This chili garlic stir fry with coconut jasmine rice looks so perfectly delicious. She gets me.

4. My sister had a cronut at Disney last week. Jealous is an understatement.

5. How to be the worst person at Starbucks. #3!

6. My mom’s birthday is coming up and she’s requested a kahlua cake. My older sister’s birthday is also coming up {the same day as my mom’s} and I don’t have any requests from her. Jamie?

7. Watching House of Cards has made my husband have a constant, insatiable craving for ribs.

8. I need these dishes that clean themselves.

9. 10 ways to use spice mixes. So flavorful.

10. How to make a camera strap from a scarf. Pretty!

friday favorites


1. Such a simple, beautiful valentine cake.

2. Valentine’s Day playlists on Spotify.

3. BOGO lattes at Starbucks today from 2pm-6pm! You’re welcome.

4. “House of Cards” season 2 premieres on Netflix today! Again, you’re welcome.

5. Spend time, not money this Valentine’s Day.

6. If you’re going with a dark lip tonight, this will help keep the lipstick from feathering.

8. I love this lips artwork {source unknown}.

9. The perfect way to gift “flowers” to your man.

10. I certainly hope Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t encourage this again. So horrible.

5 beauty mistakes I used to make

I have learned a lot over the years regarding beauty, with some things being {forcibly} taught by learning from mistakes. There was a lot of catching up for me when I became interested in makeup and skincare because my mom was never very well versed herself, so I didn’t learn much beyond the very basics from her. I did learn by watching a lot of Youtube videos and reading reviews of products online, but still I was not left unscathed by embarrassing mistakes. Here’s a list of my top 5 beauty mistakes I’ve made:


1. Back in the day my sister, friend {hey, LA!}, and I were chronic users of Clean & Clear’s Invisible Shine Control Powder. This stuff came in a small compact with a sponge for easy application when we were feeling a little shiny. Oh, and the powder was a soft blue tint. Oh, and we live in South Florida. Hot, humid Florida = shiny, oil faces = over-application of shine control powder = blue smurf faces. I’m not even kidding. We were so young and stupid blue. All. the. time.

2. I shamefully must admit that I once committed the utmost crime against my face. A crime that I now preach firmly against: when I was younger I would often go to bed without removing my makeup. I know, shame shame. I will make this short: Sleeping in your makeup is just so bad. SO BAD! Your skin needs time to breathe over night. Additionally, during sleep your body detoxifies itself, often releasing impurities through your skin {your largest organ}, which is why some people sweat during the night. If you leave makeup on your face you could be blocking pores off from this detoxing process, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Just wash your face, and for me, take it one step further and moisturize. Your 80-year-old self will thank me. {Off soapbox}.

3. My mom has always used those wedge makeup sponges to apply her foundation. So when I first started using foundation, I followed suit and used the wedges as well. The wedges weren’t bad themselves, except that I would use the same wedge day after day, only replacing it when the old one got really bad. Looking back it was so gross and unhygienic. If I use the wedges now I cut each in half and throw it away after one use. Also, an additional note: if you use makeup brushes or a sponge {like the Beauty Blender}, please, please wash them regularly. Like once a week if you use them each day. Good, clean tools will make all the difference for beautiful makeup.

4. In high school I didn’t wear any makeup through out the week {it was just too early and I honestly didn’t even care what I looked like = jeans and hoodies all day! Good times.}. But on the weekends I would and loved doing it. However, I thought makeup was all about eyeshadow, and barely put on any foundation, blush, or lip color. I did wild colors all over my lids {my only eyeshadows were from the Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette. whoa.} without even a thought about the rest of my face. I have now expanded my selection to many neutrals and enjoy a full-face of makeup each time.

5. Once I did actually, regularly start using foundation I was still doing it all wrong {though a step in the right direction!}. I would apply foundation in one color all over my face without adding dimension or highlight back on, making my face look flat. I learned about the contouring and highlighting technique a few years ago from Maskcara and have been changed ever since. She has some great series on HACing {highlighting and contouring} based on your face shape and skin tone. She has also recently released her own foundation line, which I will be reviewing soon!

So there you have it! My top 5 beauty mistakes. Please share any learning experiences you’ve had when learning beauty!