mid week pick me up…

After what seems like the longest week ever, and as it stands it’s only mid-afternoon Thursday, I decide to treat myself with beauty products.

gloss and mascara

Nothing like mascara and lip gloss to make Thursday seem more like a Saturday.  And bought myself some flowers.  

Oh and I made brownies (they’re gone).  

And am having a glass of sauvignon blanc (almost gone but thank God it’s refillable).

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My make-up arsenal consists of gloss and mascaras.

This Dior gloss, Creme de Rose, is incredible.  Smells like roses and not like old ladies.  It’s plumping without being sticky.

And everyone always need more mascaras.  My two current favorites are Dior Addict It-Lash and Marc Jacobs Omega.  Layer for almost fake looking length.  I’m southern, I like mascara.  A lot of it.

julepApparently I had decided as early as Monday this was already the longest week of my thirty years because that was when I ordered my present to myself online.

Ten hours and counting til Friday…

 

beach bunny…

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{lolli swim, www.ishine365.com}

Time has kind of flown by, I finally looked up at September is almost over.  Which gives me about a month til we are headed off for a week of Hawaiian sun.

So I’ve been scouring the internets looking for cute swimsuits and found the most adorable one-piece with a mini-tummy cut out by Lolli Swim.

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I love bright colors with black & white stripes.  Love the contrast.

Red with b&w always makes me feel like I’m trying to look french, so I opted for royal purple and neon pink.

Because neon pink goes with everything.

lasheslasheslashes…

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 My favorite beauty tool, known to woman, is mascara.  I usually have about three or four favorites going around in the mascara rotation at any given time: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Volume, Lancome Hypnose Star and any wand from Maybelline is pretty much amazing.

Recently while perusing Vogue, I saw a picture of the new Lancome Grandiose wand and knew I had to have it.

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Once I mastered the wand (which did take a couple tries), it flew to the front of the mascara line.  Super black, gets every lash and makes for some dramatic lashes.

Now I just need to get my hands on the crazy Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes mascara.  Next up on the lashwishlist.

Beauty…Damaged Hair Treatments

Last September, I turned my waist length dark brown hair into shoulder length platinum hair.  The shoulder length part was not by choice, more out of necessity.  I did all this over the course of three weeks, think several 6-8 hour sessions, and my hair was damaged beyond repair and the length had to go.

To say I’m fond of hair products, masks in particular, would be an understatement (similar to my love of mascara, one can never have enough mascara).   When I had long hair, it was a constant struggle to keep it healthy and shiny.  Especially the ends.

Now that I have bleach blonde hair (I loathe that term, sounds like I should be wearing acid wash jeans and a crop top), my constant struggle is just to keep my hair connected to my head.  And for the record, I do like a good crop top so maybe that description isn’t too far off the mark.

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I have tried everything under the sun, and after trial and error, here are my two loves:  coconut oil & my Oribe moisture mask.  I have my hair colored at Maison de Cheveux in New Orleans and want to kiss my stylist for suggesting these.

While contemplating the idea to change my hair color, the only testimonials I could find online (I did crazy amounts of research) were mostly stories from high schoolers (honestly the day I start taking advice from high schoolers…) and people who had accidents (i.e.- bleached their hair off).

Best thing in the world I do for my hair is sleeping in a coconut oil mask. The (ever-charming) Boyfriend refers to it as “goo-head” but you would be surprised how easy it is to ignore someone on the pursuit to better hair.

farmers markets & flowers…

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I did another pop-up floral shop for a farmers market this weekend.

brit july 14 antiqueAnd after spending the week antique shopping, I had found some amazing pieces for fresh cut arrangements.  Like, olive oil tins, antique tea canisters, etc.

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And vintage cigar boxes for cactus & succulents.

I have way too many hobbies…

 

 

Margo goes Blondo….er.

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After non-stop traveling the last several weeks, my hair needed a re-do.

I leave tomorrow for Mardi Gras and wanted to make sure my hair was as blonde as it could be.  My track record for catching beads as a brunette is pretty dismal (zero to date), so I’m hoping this will be the catalyst that changes everything.

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So almost three hours of Cosmo/Vogue/InStyle reading later…

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I’m ready for more travel.

New Orleans here I come.

Beauty…Serums

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I read about this in Vogue a couple months ago, and after a run in with a too-close inspection under a fluorescent light in my hotel room the other day I realized I needed some help.  I heard beauty oils were the ‘new thing’ so I decided to give one a try.

Online, you’ll find glowing reviews for this serum, and one of the aspects I love about it is how natural it is.  It’s made from ingredients all around the world, including Frankincense and Argan oil.  It smells amazing and makes your skin feel incredible.

Hopefully this will be the pick-me-up I need.  And no more fluorescent lighting.

Beauty…Super Primers

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It’s a safe assumption that I only understand the purpose of about half the makeup I own.  Unfortunately I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, and it has resulted in a lot of unneccesary purchases.

A lot.

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But fortunately this was not one of them.

I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but this is an amazing base for when I wear my CC cream.  It makes makeup glide on and stay all day.  And takes away the sheen from my sunscreen.

I think I’m a beauty product junkie.

Beauty…Wine Lips

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I decided since I like wine passing through my lips so much, I would give wine on my lips a try for the holidays.

I wanted to buy Tom Ford’s Violet Fatale, a gogeous deep wine color, but for something I might try three or four times, $48 seemed a little steep.

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Instead I ordered the lip tar holiday collection at Sephora and am in love, especially since it was only $20.

The colors are amazing, so highly pigmented.  And it covers all my bases~ hot pink, a neutral red and easy nude.

So on date night tonight, I will wear and drink my wine.   And not in the unfortunate way I wore it in my favorite Theory sweater before I had to get rid of it.  A bit of a pinot noir accident.  Sigh…