That Beauty Blog Takes PARIS!!! My 30th Birthday!!!

Hello out there!!! It's been waaaaaaay too long since my last post!! The last time I wrote a post, I was 29! *Couldn't help it *

Lots has happened in the last few months! I turned 30 & I took an amazing trip to Paris with my hubby to celebrate my BIG birthday!! Keep reading to check out details and pictures from my trip!


Think Before You Ink!

I love tattoos. They're a fun way to show off your creativity. But… they're also permanent. The older I get, the more thought I put into everything I do. I've been considering a new tattoo for a while now so I decided to test drive a similar design to see how I felt about it. Read on to check out how you can test out your favorite designs before taking the plunge.


Work + Play

My little piece of work/makeup heaven :) 

When you think of New York City, you think of tons of space right!?

Wrong! It's quite the opposite. Living in this amazing city requires lots of…creativity!

In Baltimore, I had an entire room for my office/makeup space and I showed it no love. It was really sad. And as the saying goes… you don't know what you've got 'til its gone.

Now that we're in New York, I've grown to appreciate (and use) every inch of our space. Instead of a whole room dedicated to makeup and laptops, I now have, wait for it….a whole CORNER!

And funny enough, I love this space more than my other office because it forced me to get creative! Keep reading to check out my makeup space that doubles as my workspace with a side of book nook.


Spritzing on the Go!

Fragrance is a really BIG deal for me. I think we should all have a signature scent (or 3). I'm willing to guess that I'm not the only one who lugs their favorite scent (and the huge bottle that holds it) around just in case they need to freshen up. If you're with me, read on to check out an awesome little do-dad that'll make it a lot easier for you to spritz on the go!


Back 2 MAC: A Peek Inside My New MAC Travel Case

It is absolutely, positively NO fun carrying a heavy makeup kit up the stairs to the train. Like, really zero fun! I promise.

Before moving to New York, I never realized how heavy my Zuca bag really was. Whenever I traveled to jobs, I would throw it in the back of my car and go. Since moving to the city, and using my legs waaaaaay more often, I've noticed that, although I love her dearly, my Zuca weighs a ton (it literally feels that way)

So, in an effort to work smarter and not harder, I grabbed the new MAC travel case to try it out. 

Keep reading to check out pics of my new travel case and to see how it measures up.


Give Your Dark Spots the Boot with Murad!

Murad.com, $60
I was visiting my husband at work when he noticed that I had a dark mark on my nose. He attempted to wipe it off (thanks bae) but it wouldn't budge. He did everything short of the mom's spit on the thumb move (yuck) but it continued to stare right back at him.

Turned out a dark spot was taking up prime real estate right there on the side of my nose. A little bit of hyper pigmentation was trying to ruin my day! I marched right into Sephora and asked for a little help. I'd been hearing great things about the Murad skincare line, so I decided to give the Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum a go! I grabbed a sample and ran home to pop it on.

In true beauty blogger fashion, I planned to take a 'before' image so that I could mark my progress and share it with you guys. Unfortunately, the only thing I had the strength to do that day was wash my face, apply the serum and collapse in bed.

Cut to day two. Again the plan was to take a picture and track my progress and again, I applied the serum and fell asleep.

Day 3 was my day! I was going to get a picture of this blemish if it was the last thing I did! But, the thing was…the blemish was gone! Yes…GONE! All the way gone!

I applied this product directly on the dark spot for 2 days and it vanished. And has not returned. Rapid is right!

It's AMAZING. Grab it today! The. End.


I'm Getting Misty...Your Guide to Facial Sprays!

Makeup can be pretty confusing. Tons of brands offer tons of products and sometimes it's difficult to know what they all do. I'll admit I'm guilty of buying things just to 'have them.' There I am standing in Sephora taking it all in. A product speaks to me and boom! We're headed home together! 

This is especially true when it comes to facial mists. I'm sort of {ok really} obsessed with them. There's something about spritzing a fine mist of skin goodies all over your face that's really indulgent & spa like. 

But, I've noticed that people don't really know the proper way to use them or what they're really for so... It's my duty to shed light on this facial mist situation. 

Keep reading to check out my picks for the best facial mists to hydrate, set your makeup & and feel all around fabulous! 

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