Ballet Flats by TOMS!

You never know love until you find it in a perfect pair of shoes. And you never truly know heartbreak until you have to throw them out. For me, it was my first pair of  TOMS classics. I first laid eyes on them at Nordstrom. They were in the shade “stonewash gray” and as soon as I tried them on, they rarely left my feet. We eventually parted ways after six months, when our time spent together created holes and water stains.

{Image via. TOMS.com}

{Grey Stone-Washed Classics}

As I approached the garbage can to cut ties, I knew I would have to be quick, otherwise I would not do it. I tore the lid off, tossed them in, and walked away. Since our “breakup,” I have tried other shoes, but none quite fit me like my TOMS did. That’s when I knew that it was destiny and I needed to go back.

{Image via. TOMS.com}

 {Natalia Rose Ballet Flats}

While my first pair were in the Classic cut, they also offer other styles, such as Botas or Cordones, both of which I find absolutely adorable. Their newest style, however, are Ballet Flats! TOMS shoes are known for their casual vibe, so ballet flats are a great addition to the line, as they can be both dressed up or down.

{Image via. TOMS.com}

{Gisele Grey Ballet Flats}

While I will not stray completely from the classic cut (I plan on purchasing this olive green pair next),  I am definitely getting situated with a pair of TOMS ballet flats, too! I can’t wait to try them out. And the best thing about TOMS shoes, besides looking cute in them, is that with your purchase, a child in need gets a pair of shoes, too! Can’t beat that!

So, what about you guys? Are there any shoes that you absolutely love? Let us know!

Take care and good luck!

Molly

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Naked Palette 2 Tutorial & Review

Last year, Urban Decay Cosmetics released the Naked Palette, an eye shadow set featuring a dozen neutral colors, with shades ranging from a pure, matte beige to a smokey, shimmery black. The set quickly became a cult classic due its versatility and was constantly sold out online and in stores.

After the booming success of the first installment, Urban Decay decided to launch a sequel to the Naked Palette (cleverly titled Naked Palette 2) this past December. Needless to say, the set was another instant hit. And despite the kits both being based on neutral, they are different. Instead of having  shadows in warmer hues, the Naked Palette 2 offers shades in cooler tones. The Naked Palette 2 also comes with a lip gloss in the shade “Naked” and a double-ended eye shadow brush.

{Naked 2}

{Swiping Our Favorite Shade “Booty Call”}

{Entire Palette}

The Naked Palette 2 gives the ability to create basically any eye look you could think of! To get you all inspired, we decided to focus on a basic look for day and a sultrier look for night. Scroll down to see the complete looks and shades used:

Day Look:

All Over Base: “Booty Call”

Crease: “Chopper”

Outer Corner: Half Baked

Highlight: Foxy

Liner: “Busted” (Applied with angled liner brush)

Night Look:

All Over Base: “Foxy”

Lid: “Suspect”

Inner Corner: “Verve”

Crease “Pistol”

Outer Corner: “Busted”

Liner:  “Blackout” (Applied with angled liner brush)

{All Images via. Stylinginsuburbia.wordpress.com}

So, is it worth the buy? Definitely! However, owning both palettes could be deemed unnecessary, unless you are a total beauty junkie. If I had to choose between the two, I would definitely go with the latest edition as I tend to veer towards cooler toned shadows. But to each her own! What are your guys’ opinions of the palettes? Have you tried one? Both? Let us know! Hope you enjoyed and felt some inspiration!

Take care and good luck,

Molly & Courtney

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Blue Moon cupcakes

While exploring the vast world of Pinterest, I came across a recipe with rave reviews! This recipe was for cupcakes made with Blue Moon beer. Blue Moon is a beer known for its light, citrus taste. Needless to say, I immediately went out to the store to buy the ingredients. I found the exact recipe from the wonderful blog, Miss Make.  Miss Make gives a detailed step by step, easy to follow recipe. The cupcakes turned out amazing! My whole family gobbled them up the moment they came out of the oven. Blue Moon cupcakes are a great addition to any party, just make sure you have some time to make them because the mixing and prep time is about an 1 hour and half! It is so worth it though. Try out the recipe yourself and tell me how your results turned out!

Blue Moon Cupcakes
3/4 c unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 c sugar
2 1/2 c flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
2 drops red food coloring
10 drops yellow food coloring
1/2 tsp orange zest
1 c Blue Moon beer
1/4 c milk
Frothy White Frosting
small orange slices, for garnish
Directions:
1. Line 24 cupcake trays with liners. [Use white liners if you can, they become translucent during baking and really sell the mini Blue Moon image]. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking power and salt.
2. In a large bowl beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar a little bit at a time, beating well. Once it’s all added beat for 2 more minutes.
3. Add eggs, beating after each.
4. Add vanilla, food coloring and orange zest and beat.
5. Mix beer and milk in a measuring cup. Alternatively add beer / milk mixture and flour mixture to butter mixture in the large bowl, beating after each. End on the flour mixture.
6. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake for 18 minutes at 375 degrees F until cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
7. Once cool, frost each cupcake with a generous amount of frosting. Just before serving, garnish each with a small orange slice.
Frothy White Frosting
2 egg whites, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp orange juice
1 c sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/3 c water
Directions:
1. In a saucepan, mix sugar, water and cream of tartar. Cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly.
2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites, vanilla and orange juice until soft peaks form. Slowly add hot sugar mixture, beating continuously. Beat for 7 minutes until stiff peaks form.
Drum roll please…..
Yummy!
XOXO,
Courtney
Recipe from : Missmake.com
All images via stylinginsuburia.wordpress.com
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BB Cream-Worth All The Hype?

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(Image via www.Sephora.com)

Working as a cashier at Sephora, I am well aware of the latest trends and innovations in makeup and skincare. Lately, BB Cream, short for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm,” has been attracting attention. It first gained popularity in Asia, but has recently started making its way to the United States.

BB Creams’ claim to fame is their revolutionary formulation that combines skincare benefits with cosmetic concerns. BB Creams hydrate, contain anti-aging ingredients, protect against sun damage, cover up minor pimples, work as a makeup primer, and even out skin tone. They can be worn alone or layered under makeup (but, a skincare expert I work with informed me that many women feel that BB Cream gives enough coverage on its own).

Sounds like quite the revolutionary product, right? For sure! But like many, I know I need to see it to believe it. So, on this upcoming Friday, I’ve decided I’m going to purchase my own bottle of BB Cream and see if it’s worth all the hype. In the meantime, do some research! Sephora.com has an entire page dedicated to BB Creams (which I will link here).

Expect updates soon from my end soon, but have any of you tried BB Cream? Leave your testimonials in the comments below!

Take care and good luck!

Molly

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