best in 2015 beauty

Admittedly, 2015 was not a year for experimenting with my beauty/skin routine. Nothing freaks out a bride-to-be more than a potential bad reaction to a makeup or skincare product. Yes, it can happen I ended up with two black eyes after my first experiment with eye cream on my 25th birthday, but that story is for another day. 

While I kept to my go-to's for the majority of the year I discovered five amazing products that I had to share with you as my best of 2015 in beauty. 

The first..the best mascara for long lashes that doesn't clump. While I'm typically a drug store mascara connoisseur, I've found my go-to high end counterpart that lasts longer and comes off easier than my usual go-to's. 

Perhaps my favorite find, a tinted moisturizer that feels heavenly on your skin and has excellent light-medium coverage, Bareminerals Complexion Rescue. This product has replaced bb cream in my daily routine and I will be going back for more as soon as it's empty. 

I wandered over to the Mac counter during after a flight was delayed and stumbled upon this beauty. The mineralize skin finish product in global glow is the perfect face powder/bronzer/contour product all in one for a flawless sun-kissed complexion. Another daily favorite is the Charlotte Tilbury eyes to mesmerize cream shadow in Maria Antoinette. 

Saving the best for last...my absolute favorite skin care purchase of the year was the ExfoliKate Intense Exfoliate treatment. After trying a sample of this, I had to buy a bottle of my own. It's quite pricy, but worth the $22 price tag for the .5 oz. My skin has never ever felt smoother! 

What were your favorites of 2015?

 

2015 reads

2015 reads

2015 was a busy, busy year. Planning a wedding and taking on a new job required just about 100% of my time, but somehow I found time to read a lot of great books along the way. Among these were... 

The Good Girl // Forever Interrupted // Before I Go // Maybe in Another Life
Eight Hundred Grapes // Luckiest Girl Alive // The Likeness // In the Woods
Broken Harbor // Faithful Place // The Secret Place // Three Wishes

The best part is that I loved every, single one of them! If you're looking for recommendations look no further. 

My absolute favorites of the year were from the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French. If you're into thrillers, crime drama or suspenseful books (like Gone Girl) you have to pick up this series. A few other thrillers that made the list were Luckiest Girl alive and the Good Girl. 

After reading a lot of suspenseful, often scary, books I tried to lighten things up with picks from my "chick lit" to-read shelf. I discovered Taylor Jenkins Reid and absolutely loved Forever Interrupted and Maybe in Another Life. Highly recommend both of these! 

Before I Go was a total tear jerker, and Eight Hundred Grapes was a great family drama read, especially if you love wine country. 

What were your favorite books of the year? I'm always open to new suggestions! 

 

best leggings at every price point

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Black leggings are an essential part of my wardrobe. I am strongly against the "leggings are not pants" argument. Whoever started the argument, or supports it, clearly has not found the right pair of leggings. If your a member of that squad, I'm here to convert you. After many trials, and a few embarrassing situations, I am here to share the best leggings at various price points. 

Now, what qualifies an amazing out-of-the-house wearable legging? A few things...

  • Opacity. In layman's terms...your undergarments are not visible 
  • Compression. Everyone wants tighter thighs. 
  • Longevity. Keeping shape and color wash after wash. 

And the winners are....

Under $25.00 - Lou & Grey Essential Leggings
These are your most standard pair of leggings. They are soft, stretchy, yet keep their shape (and yours) throughout the day. One might second guess themselves when wearing them as pants given how light the material feels, but trust me it has passed the test. While the price point is incredibly reasonable, I did wear mine to the ground last season and had to order another pair this year. 

Under $100.00 - JCrew Pixie Pant
The pixie pant has been a staple in my wardrobe for a number of years. These "leggings" provide amazing compression and will hold up for a few years before you need to trade them in. While these pants do not have pockets, they feel very strong and structured which makes this pair the most "pant" like. My only caution is to make sure the zipper and clasp, in the back of the pant, is secure before you leave the house. Cue embarrassing moment here.

Splurge - Rag & Bone Plush Twill Leggings
If you are committed to rocking black leggings over and over again, I suggest that you invest in the Rag & Bone plush twill leggings. You'd be hard pressed to find a higher-rated product in-market that is as comfortable and flattering as this pair of jeggings. (Jeggings = leggings with back pockets)  I personally love this pair during the winter months, as the plush aspect gives this pair an extra sense of warmth that you don't find in typical leggings. 

Where do you fall on the leggings are not pants debate? Have I converted you to the dark side yet?