Friday, March 24, 2017

Shopping on King St. in Charleston

cold shoulder chiffon blouse (less than $100, wearing size XS) // white pants
Valentino sandals via Luisaviaroma, similar but less than $100 HERE
Louis Vuitton Neverfull (buy used here) // Michele watch // David Yurman bracelet
MAC lipstick in "pink nouveau"

One of my favorite outfits I wore in Charleston was this cold shoulder blouse *insert heart eyes emoji* simply because it's my current favorite color: blush pink. I can't get enough of it!!! I love it paired with white jeans and lots of neutral accessories. I wore it shopping on King Street in Charleston - if you ever go there you must head to this street! All the best shops/boutiques and ice cream cafes line this street :) On another note, you've probably noticed that I have been wearing MAC lipstick in "pink nouveau" in almost EVERY blog post lately. It was the second lipstick I ever bought (in my entire life) and this spring I've "rediscovered" it haha. It's the perfect pink color - not too dramatic, and just pink enough. It's also really, really pretty mixed with other pink lipsticks like I did in this instagram from last night.

What is everyone up to this weekend?! It's my boyfriend's birthday so we're celebrating all weekend! I have a surprise planned for him Saturday, and Sunday we'll probably take it easy :)

P.S. Thanks for all the love on yesterday's Sephora haul blog post! Like I said, if you ever want me to review a specific product feel free to comment/tweet me/etc.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

HUGE Spring Makeup Haul + Reviews!

one shoulder top // white pants // MAC lipstick in "pink nouveau" // vanity

Last week I made a huge beauty run to pick up some new makeup items for spring. My friend and I spent a whole hour with a Sephora salesperson talking about new makeup lines, "trendy" products and the products that were selling out the fastest. For the past week I've been testing them at home, and I'm reviewing them here today. Some of these are my new favorite products.... others, not so much haha. Let's get started!

First up, this dry shampoo interested me because it claims to add volume while also absorbing oil from your roots. I used it a couple of times during the past week and while I'm not a huge fan of the smell, it does do what it says it does: absorbs oil, creates volume and refreshes hair between shampoos. I think this product works best at stopping oil before it begins... I sprayed it on my roots one night before going to bed and it worked perfectly. It does have some white residue but it blends easily after you run a brush through it. I'm not giving it a full 10 stars because there are other dry shampoos I like better, like this one.
My rating: 8 out of 10 stars

Sephora Collection Tidy Detangling Comb
I always keep a comb in the shower for detangling my hair while it's still wet. Not only is this one cute (I love the pretty pink color) but it works like a charm for detangling my hair - I actually comb through it while the conditioner is still in my hair, then I rinse. It also hangs easily from a shower caddy because of the hole in the handle.
My rating: 10 out of 10 stars

I was lucky to snag one of these the very morning that they came out at Sephora - they sold out so fast online! I absolutely love the packaging of this kit and all the highlighter colors - it's almost too pretty to use. The colors look SUPER glittery in the palette, but they're not too glittery when you put them on your face. The highlighters seem to melt onto your skin - they're easily buildable (two or three swipes is enough during the day, more for nighttime) and every single color provides a gorgeous, luminizing glow. My favorite shade so far is probably "Forever Lit." If you love highlighters as much as I do, you have to get your hands on this product!!!
My rating: 10 out of 10 stars

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Sheet Mask & Brightening Infusion Sheet Mask
I'm a huge fan of Dr. Jart products so I thought I would pick up a couple of sheet masks I had never tried before. I used the pore minimalist one day last week - this sheet mask is a charcoal mask and I really liked how it felt on my skin (it has a cooling sensation). I was able to comfortably read a book while I waited 10 minutes for the mask to "set" (although I did have to lay with my head back so that the mask wouldn't slip off my face). The next day I didn't notice that my pores were smaller, but I did notice that my face seemed dewy and bright and I had no blemishes. I'm giving it a 5 because it technically didn't do what it said it would (reduce pores).
My rating: 5 out of 10

This is surprisingly one of my favorite purchases! I recently learned that you should clean your makeup brushes DAILY - I am lucky if I clean them once per week haha. I picked up this brush cleaner thinking it might be an easy way to keep my brushes clean in between washes. I used it one day, and the next day when I was applying my makeup, I kept smelling this AMAZING citrus-y scent and couldn't figure out where it was coming from. I finally realized it was my makeup brushes! The scent is hands-down AMAZING. The formula works really well too - just a quick spritz and wipe (it works especially well on beauty blenders too) and it leaves your brushes smelling magnificent.
My rating: 10 out of 10

This is my FAVORITE product I bought!!! They carry this Dior Sugar Scrub at Nordstrom so I already ordered another one to put on my bedside table. This lip balm has grains of sugar in it that feel sooo good when you apply it - you can feel it exfoliating your lips. The grains of sugar melt away afterward - my lips have never felt so soft or so moisturized.
My rating: 10 out of 10

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in #10 "Beige Tribute"
I tested out a ton of nude YSL lipsticks in the store and loved this one the most. The color is a gorgeous natural nude/beige that is perfect for everyday wear. I personally think it looks better on me when I have a tan (I noticed I loved it way more after getting a spray tan!). I wouldn't wear this color for a night out (it's not dramatic enough) but it is PERFECT for running errands around town or a lunch date with girlfriends. I come back to YSL lipsticks again and again because the consistency is so amazing - it's creamy and moisturizing and feels almost like lip balm on my lips.
My rating: 7 out of 10

I was really interested to try this to see how it compared to this drugstore primer that I've used for several years now. The Diorshow does an incredible job of priming your lashes - it seemed like my lashes were less clumpy than when I use the drugstore brand - it spreads them all out evenly and they look incredibly long with mascara on top. I wore the primer the whole time in Charleston and my mom asked if I had on fake eyelashes (I didn't!). My conclusion is that while I do love this stuff, for the price tag I think the drugstore version works just as well and you get way more bang for your buck.
My rating: 8 out of 10 (for the price)

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer
I've been on the hunt for a good concealer that I can use both under my eyes or to cover up small imperfections or zits. The salesperson at Sephora said this one has been flying off the shelves because it doesn't crease. You don't have to use very much - it's very pigmented and a little goes a really long way. After experimenting, I think it looks best when applied with a slightly damp beauty blender. You have to let it sit for a few minutes before applying powder! I only use this on days when I'm really tired and want to cover up under-eye circles but it does work really well.
My rating: 7 out of 10

I picked up Dandelion Twinkle because the salesperson told me it is one of this spring's most popular highlighters. This is a really pretty nude-pink shade, but it's way too subtle for me. If you're someone that wants just a subtle hint of glow on your cheekbones and nothing too overwhelming, this might be a good product for you. For me it seemed like however much I applied, the color didn't really show up. (I prefer the highlighters in the Anastasia x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit mentioned above.)
My rating: 5 out of 10

If you have any products you want me to test out, let me know! And if you like these kinds of posts, let me know in the comments whether or not I should do more! :)



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Best Denim for Under $60


white cold shoulder top (it's lined & high quality!) // skinny jeans (less than $60)
Gucci Marmot handbag, similar HERE // Carrson sandals // Celine sunglasses, similar HERE
MAC lipstick in "pink nouveau"

I wore this look in Charleston a few days ago for lunch and shopping around town. Words can't express how in love I am with these light-wash skinny jeans that are less than $60! I feel like it's typically pretty hard to find great-fitting jeans for less than $200, which makes these an absolute steal. Just a tip about the brand, they run a little big so I always size down one size! They also have a bunch of darker wash styles out too (and they're less than $60 as well). I'm including them in the widget below!

P.S. I'm wearing an XS in my white cold shoulder top and it IS lined - not see-through at all (this is always my worry when ordering white tops!!).

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday!!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

One Shoulder Ruffles in Charleston

one shoulder ruffle top (runs a little big, size down one size!) // AG jeans

Accessories can either make or break an outfit. One store I always turn to for the best accessories is Nordstrom (that's probably not a surprise to anyone haha). This beaded embroidered clutch is perfect for spring and summer, and especially a beach vacation! I can see it with a white dress and a suntan. And you guys know how much I love these wedge sandals - I've worn them quite a few times on the blog this spring. In addition to being really comfortable, they seriously go with EVERY outfit. That makes them a closet staple to me! You can check out all of Nordstrom's new spring accessories here. :)

My mom and I came to Charleston for a few days to escape the horrible weather back home. It's sunny and supposed to be 80 degrees here today! I'm working on a full Charleston guide for you guys while I'm here! 



*Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring today's post

Monday, March 20, 2017

Blue & White Ruffles + Giveaway Winner Announced!

laser cut heeled sandals c/o // similar white pants

Words can't even express how excited I am for spring weather - driving with the windows down, wearing sandals and having a suntan are just a few of the things I look forward to. The spring arrivals at Banana Republic are only contributing to my excitement, with lots of blue and white and off-the-shoulder styles (seriously, I'm swooning). I love the ruffle shirt I have on in these photos (wearing size 0 FYI) and the fact that it's perfect for both work and play (it would look so cute with a pencil skirt!). And don't get me started on the scalloped crossbody bag - it's the perfect accessory for spring. I'm linking up some of my other favorite items in the widget below.

Now, as promised, I'm sharing the giveaway winner! Congratulations to Kate Robertson (@567kateee on Twitter)!! Please email me at to redeem the prizes, and thank you to everyone who entered!! I love you all so much and wish I could give something to each one of y'all!

P.S. If you didn't win, Love Always Couture is offering 25% OFF her monogram necklaces with code CMCOVING! This necklace is the one I have in size 3XL with 16" chain :)



*Thank you to Banana Republic for sponsoring today's post