WIMB: Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM

I recently pulled the trigger on this bag around Easter this year, so I haven’t had it for very long, but it has easily become one of my favorite handbags. Since this isn’t a review I won’t go too much into it, but it’s my ride or die and I can’t believe I went so long without it in my life.

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Moving on to what’s in my bag, not much changes day to day, but here are my current necessities:

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Currently I’ve been using my black Michael Kors Jet Set wallet. My boyfriend gifted this to me this past Christmas and I’ve been using it ever since. It makes a great clutch if we go to a nice restaurant or if I have to quickly run into the store to grab a couple things. I used to use my cles as a wallet, and I still do, but this allows me to carry around cash, coins, checks, insurance cards, etc.

I also always keep a catchall type of bag to hold extra and random necessities. This helps keep my bags clean and makes it super easy to switch handbags. Lately I’ve been using this black Ipsy bag. It holds extra headphones, a charger, Advil, tissues, gum, Chap Stick, a compact mirror, oil blotting sheets, Emergen-C, and so much more. Sometimes I carry extra allergy medicine for my boyfriend and even a travel eye glass cleaning kit – you get the gist.

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During the week, I never leave home without my agenda. I love Lilly Pulitzer agendas – I’m currently using the medium sized agenda. I use this to schedule my work day and keep track of meetings and appointments. I’ve been using these agendas since college – they’re super sturdy and make staying organized so fun and colorful.

I usually carry some sort of hand cream in my handbag. Lately I’ve been a big fan of the Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hands Stronger Nails. This lotion has been great for our long Chicago winter. It’s super moisturizing, has a light and pretty scent, and it’s not greasy.

This umbrella is a new addition to my bag. I actually had my old umbrella taken from my doorstep last year and haven’t bought one since, but I came across this one at Marshall’s for half off so I decided why not. We just had snow in Chicago last week, but when those April showers happen, I’ll be ready.

A few items that aren’t pictured, but are an absolute must are a water bottle, my key cles, and my phone. I have multiple sized Blender Bottles that I carry around so I won’t be dehydrated and I can waste a little less when it comes to the environment. I also always have my cles – my keys are attached and the cles usually holds my driver’s license and a few cards so if I’m just running to the gym or to the store, I can just grab this and go. Lastly, I always have my phone, I think everybody does. I’m currently using an iPhone 8 on Sprint’s network.

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These are the things I usually carry around at least Monday through Friday for work. Depending on the day, I might have my work laptop or a scarf, but my Neverfull is never full. I’ll probably do a review on my new tote in a few weeks for those of you who might be considering adding it to your collection. Please let me know if you’d like to see a full review on any of these other items and feel free to share any must haves you lug around on a daily basis!

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Back to Blogging

Hey everyone – if you’re new here, welcome! If you’ve followed me for a little while, sorry I’ve been MIA for the past year. My life took a few unexpected turns over the past year (as life does) and will likely continue to change over the next year, but I really want to get back into blogging and sharing some of my life with you. Blogging has always been a fun and creative outlet for me so I’m excited to get back into it. I have some really great post ideas regarding health, fashion, and relationships – so stay tuned!

 

April Ipsy Reveal

Like last month, I received a wide variety of products in my April Ipsy bag – some makeup, some skincare, and one tool. Here’s a breakdown of the items I like, don’t like and what I’ve yet to try and why.

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LXMI Crème Du Nil: I’m convinced this is the stuff Cleopatra used for anti-aging. It’s magic in a bottle. This crème moisturizer is a pore refining product that improves the look of skin across the board. It helps even out skin tone, improves brightness, and so much more. Because this product is a rich and thick formula, a little bit goes a long way. I’ve incorporated this product into my nighttime beauty routine and have noticed improvements overnight. Once my sample is out, I’m definitely buying more. While the price point is more on the expensive side for the full-sized version, this product is worth it and the work LXMI does is amazing – check them out to learn more.

Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel: This is the one product I haven’t tried. Since it’s an aloe soothing gel, I wanted to save it for when it’s a little bit warmer out and when I’m getting more sun. I’m sure this will be refreshing after a long day of sitting poolside.

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow: This sample is absolutely tiny. While this product can be used as both a highlighter and an eyeshadow, I’ve been using it strictly as a highlighter. It’s a light champagne color perfect for highlighting the brow bone and Cupid ’s bow.

PS Cosmeceutical Infused Nail Lacquer in Southern Sand: I was really excited for this nail polish. It’s a really great peachy-nude color and it’s made with grapefruit seed extract, which sounds like a good thing. I wore this for about a week on my natural nails. The color came off almost white against my olive skin tone. It was a little bit difficult or chunky to apply. It began chipping after a few days. It’s definitely not my favorite product – it’s just okay. It was a great color for Easter.

Tony Moly Liptone: I really liked this, but I only used it a few times and here’s why – so the packaging is kind of like a lipstick tube and the product wouldn’t twist back down. I would only twist it up enough to use it, but when my boyfriend tested it out he twisted it up way too much and it got stuck to the top and basically broke off. This was great while I had it, but it’s not something I would go out and buy myself. I’ll stick with Chapstick.

Glamour Dolls angled brush: I always love getting brushes in my Ipsy bag because quality brushes can be expensive and Ipsy send really fun ones. This brush has a whole Lisa Frank theme that only 90s kids will remember… haha but seriously it’s a really cute, soft brush that I’ll proudly display on my vanity.

Overall, there were some hits and some misses, but I’m always happy to try the products in my Ipsy bag. What did you guys get this month? What was your favorite product? Are there any you’d like me to go into more depth about?

The Only Brush Cleaner You Need is Right in Your Kitchen

We are dedicated to the ceremonious washing of our face twice a day, yet we continue to use dirty makeup brushes on the reg. I know I’m guilty of going a couple weeks without washing my brushes due to pure laziness, but when you think about it, there’s so much old makeup, oil, and bacteria trapped in those brushes that can lead to acne and wrinkles. Washing makeup brushes not only prolongs the life of our brushes, but also improves the health of our skin.

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One thing that has held me back from washing my brushes is not having the brush shampoo, and let’s face it, brush shampoo can get expensive especially when it comes to how often we should be using it. There are plenty of brush shampoo recipes out there, some calling for products that don’t disinfect – I’m looking at you baby shampoo – this one however, uses common kitchen products and leaves your brushes clean and soft.

What You’ll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Plate
  • Rolled up towel

After you’ve raided your kitchen for these products, you’ll begin by pouring some dish soap onto your plate. Make sure you’re using a dinner plate because the products will seep through a paper plate. The dish soap is used to disinfect and clean your brushes.

Next you’ll add some extra virgin olive oil to the plate. You should use about two parts dish soap to one part olive oil. The olive oil is used to condition the bristles after being stripped of oil and disinfected.

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Once you’ve put together your cleanser, swirl your first brush in the cleanser (note: some makeup will begin to come off into your mixture), then move your brush back and forth in your hand to release the makeup from the brush and give it a thorough cleaning. Repeat these steps for the rest of your brushes.

When all your brushes have been swirled and cleaned with your homemade shampoo, you’ll need to rinse them off. Using warm water, cup your hand and move the brush in a circular motion to rinse it off. Be careful not to get the metal part of your brush damp because that will loosen the bristles and ultimately ruin your brushes.

Lastly, you’ll need to dry your brushes. A lot of brush cleaning tutorials will go through the steps of hanging your brushes upside with a brush guard to keep the bristles in shape – I don’t do that. I’ve tried this method and found it took a lot of time and half my brushes would fall off. I typically roll up one end of a towel so the handle of the brush can rest there, while being slanted down on the other part of the towel to dry. I don’t use brush guards either, I just reshape my brush and let it dry that way.

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This super easy brush cleaner will make both your brushes and your skin much happier! For more information about brush cleaning, see my previous post Makeup Brush Cleaning 101.