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(Pre-Japan) Marchstagrams

March has been great for so many reasons!

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[1] so happy to have the Nintendo Switch & Breath of the Wild!  [2] PaxEast 2017 [3] ugh, I really miss this sandwich from Catalyst Cafe [4] Animal Crossing Amiibo friends [5] love this gorgeous Smashbox Golden Hour palette [6] Matt reminds me of Umino here [7] we did a bad job at not eating Japanese before Japan [8] but how can you resist this green tea mille crêpe? [9] at least I maintained balance with a ride at The Handle Bar in Harvard Sq.

and [10] …we’re in JAPAN NOW.  Be sure to check in on the instagrams that didn’t make it here!

What was your favorite part of March?

Februarygrams

I couldn’t be more excited to get out of February and launch into March!  I’ve got a biiiig trip coming up and I’ve been counting down the days!  Let’s revisit some of the great things that happened in February, though.

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[1] a trip to the MFA!  [2] lots of amazing books [3] a trip to Philadelphia and an indulgence in Federal Donuts [4] Valentine’s day gifts from my love [5] trying out Pokeworks [6] the sun’s setting later, making for beautiful walks home [7] green tea ice cream [8] testing out Burberry’s Liquid Lip Velvet [9] amazing spring weather!

What were your favorite February moments?

March Beauty Favorites

I usually find March to be such a long, tiresome month.  This year, though, I think it kind of flew by!  I’m grateful for that.  I’ve got a few more beauty favorites from the month to share with you. Let’s jump in!

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[Julep Body Milk] + The consistency of this lotion has become my new favorite.  It’s dry skin season, so I’ve been applying this on my legs after every shower, whether or not I’ve shaved my legs.  It is more liquid than most lotions, but oh so hydrating.  It’s not sticky at all either, so I can immediately lotion my legs then slip into bed… because I’m super lazy.  I’ve used this religiously since I received it in my first Julep Maven Box and will have to repurchase soon!

[Benefit Speed Brow] + This tinted brow gel is my first foray into brow gels.  I considered a clear one, then a tinted one, but ultimately chose this as sort of a middle ground.  My hair is blonde (naturally, dark blonde or caramel) but my brows are more of a medium brown.  I was afraid to pick the wrong shade.  This tint is so faint that it’s not going to overwhelm.  The gel also dries to feel perfectly natural and keeps your brows in shape!

[Benefit Roller Lash Mascara] + I didn’t think this was for me because my eyelashes have a natural curl going on.  After reading a few reviews, I was intrigued about the brush. While waiting to get my brows done at Benefit, I had them try it on me.  Needless to say, I loved it and ended up purchasing.  I especially like that it’s supposed to help your lashes grow!

[Bite Agave Lip Mask]Chapped lips have been more of a problem for me this year than ever before, especially since I’m so into lipstick lately!  I’d heard that this has transformative powers and couldn’t wait to give it a try.  From just one treatment, my lips are softer to the touch.  I’ve used it about three times now and am very satisfied.  It’s so thick and is actually quite difficult to squeeze out.  But it works!

[Julep Shelly Essie Bikini So Teeny] + I’m all about pastels this time of year!  My two favorite polishes this month have both been shades of blue.  I’ve loved Julep’s Shelley, an almost minty blue, and Essie’s Bikini So Teeny, a more muted pastel blue great for spring or summer.  You can see both on my nails on my instagram.

 

What are your beauty favorites as of late?

Marching On…

Happy April!  It’s got to be spring now, right?  There will be no April Fool-ing you here today– just an insta-recap of the month we just left!

March started out slow for my instagram game, but before the mont was over, I had so many awesome shots to chose from!  I’m sharing 9, as usual, that signify some of the cool stuff I did last month.

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[1] March started with the oddest flower delivery of all time– this arrangement was sent to me by UPS as an apology for a customer service faux pas! [2] I enjoyed a couple of restaurant week dinners.  Here’s my delicious dessert from dinner at Tapeo with Celina and Elissa. [3] I have been mildly obsessed with the tiramisu latte at Starbucks.  [4] I shopped a lot!  I wasn’t in the mood to buy clothes in the cold weather, but I did pick up some pretty make-up items [5] I played a lot of Nintendo 3DS!  This should come as a surprise to no one.  I’ve been trading pokémon with my friend, Tim, which has made the experience so much better. [6] I won an instagram contest with this picture from a barre class at Simply Barre in Southie, hosted by Elissa! [7] I battled more cold weather.  Boston will just not let up! [8] My new Hunter boots arrived!  There is a whole saga behind this, but the short version is: my beloved Hunters bit the dust after the worst winter ever.  Customer service did me a little bit of a solid and helped me get a new pair to love! [9] I took some selfies.  Again, this should come as a surprise to no one.

Wish List: More Make Up

It’s that time of year again!  My bonus is in the bank.  Unfortunately, it’s taxed to death (Yeah, yeah, Nicole– go throw some tea in the harbor) and I’m trying to save money this year, so I really shouldn’t be thinking of ways to spend it.  But I am.

If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with make up and beauty products lately, so that’s what my wish list is all about this year!

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Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer [$34.00]

Blusher & bronzer are very much absent from my every day make up routine.  I like the idea of adding them in together, so as not to overwhelm my face.  What I love about this Too Faced compact is the names of the shades– Rose & Rachel and Carrie & Big.  Spoiler alert: If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know I’ve actually already picked this one up in Carrie & Big.  Though I prefer the other shade’s name, this one is much more suited for my coloring.  Check it out here!

Sleek Contour Kit [$9.99]

You can’t even call this item a splurge!  I’m not adept at contouring, but after a lot of research on products, this is the one I really want to try out.  The problem?  It’s not available in stores!  I just need to push myself to go ahead and order this one… which frightens me a bit since I haven’t seen the shades.  I’m thinking light is a pretty good bet for me.  Does anyone have this?  Advise!

Real Techniques Bold Metals

Weirdly, this is the most expensive line item on my list… but that’s because it’s 7 different brushes!  I don’t really have nice make up brushes.  I have some terrible Sephora ones that I never use, and a few select Bare Minerals ones that I abuse.  I’ve wanted to snag some Real Techniques brushes for a while now and the new bold metals collection is just so pretty!  I may have to do some picking and choosing out of these.

  • Arched Powder $25.99
  • Triangle Foundation $23.99
  • Oval Shadow $15.99
  • Pointed Crease $15.99
  • Angled Liner $15.99
  • Tapered Blush $23.99
  • Flat Concealer $25.99

Naked2 Basics [$29.00]

Again, if you follow me on instagram, (if you don’t, hurry up and do so!) you’ll know my Naked palette collection is almost complete save for this baby.  While I absolutely love the full-size palettes, the portability on these little basics sets can’t be beat.  Last time I stopped by Sephora, Naked2 Basics was out of stock, so it’s still on my list.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb [1 oz. $80.00]

The first time I ever caught the scent of this eau de parfum was in the pages of French Vogue on my first trip to Paris.  I feel in love with the ad and with the delicious floral scent.  I haven’t bought perfume for myself maybe ever… I have a couple sprays that I use regularly and all of my perfumes were gifts in my high school days.  I deserve a nice one!  This scent always makes me think of Paris.  I need that in my life.

Do you have any of the products on this list?  Tell me: which ones do I absolutely need?!

What beauty products have you been dying to try?

February Beauty Favorites

I’ve been absolutely addicted to trying out new makeup products.  I started doing my face every morning to keep me motivated through the snow and layers of clothing– warmth is more important than fashion right now, sadly.  With that, I’ve got a bunch of beauty-related February Favorites for you!

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Read about each of my favorites below!

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Cole at Home: Nail Polish Project

If you haven’t caught on by now, I have a lot of nail polish!  I did a big clean our not so long ago and basically started my collection over.  My Julep Maven subscription, however, has taken my collection to a whole new level of crazy.

Storage and organization (so you can actually see what colors you have) is always an issue.  I’ve been looking for the perfect nail polish rack to display all of my colors for so long, and I finally found one!  Last weekend, I called my favorite handy man (Hi, Dad!) to hang it for me.

Here is the finished product!

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I’ve displayed my Revlon polishes, my Essie polishes, and all of my Juleps!  After I took this photo, I did add a few Sally Hansen Salon polishes that I like and OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark– just sort of the rest of the colors that I actually use and like.  I definitely want to branch out brand-wise (thus, I think my time as a Julep Maven is winding down!) but I do quite like the uniform bottles for display.

My bathroom kind of feels like a nail salon now!

I love doing little things in my home that make it feel more like mine.  I did move in here to all of the previous tenants’ furniture (honestly, it’s beautiful furniture; I’d love to take it with me when I go!), so it feels great to do that.

So, that’s my latest project, completed!

What do you think?