my favorite makeup brushes


I've become somewhat of a makeup brush hoarder over the past year or so. I'm not sure when my obsession started, but I loved playing with different brushes when putting on makeup. I've researched cult favorites and stumbled upon brushes myself and am ready to share my four favorite brushes with you. 

Concealer brush: I've been hunting for the perfect concealer brush for sometime. After trying a few duds, I heard about the Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 brush from Amanda and decided to give it a try. Your under-eye area is very sensitive so it's important to have a gentle brush when applying concealer. This brush is great because it's gentle enough not to irritate your skin while still buffing your concealer into those dark circles.  

Eyeliner brush: The first makeup brush that I ever bought was the Mac Small Angle Brush. I bought this brush when I was 18 and have only replaced it once, for sanity reasons. I use it to apply powder eyeliner or to soften up my pencil eyeliner and it still works just as well as the day that I bought it. 

Blush brush: The Real Techniques Stippling Brush is the newest brush to my collection. I've used different brushes throughout the year for blush, and my criteria for a good blush brush are: 

  1. It doesn't suck up too much of the product
  2. It dispenses pigment nicely
  3. The bristles don't fall off and stick to your face.

Sounds pretty simple, right? You'd be surprised with how many brushes (high and low end) fail at one of these aspects. I've only used the Stippling Brush for a month and I'm already obsessed. It's particularly great at applying cream blushes like, the L'Oreal blur blush. 

Foundation brush: The cult favorite, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which is a part of their core collection set, is my go-to. I've tried Bobbi Brown and Mac foundation brushes and this continues to be my favorite. I use this brush to apply my liquid foundation, bb cream and to "buff" and blend everything in. It's truly a great brush at an unbeatable price point. 

Do you have any favorite brushes? Send them my way! I'd also like to hear if you have any favorite brush cleaners.  

fitness files v3


I'm onto my next month of class pass and I've officially hit that point where everything is constantly sore. But did that stop me? Nope, I actually ended up doing more classes this week than the three previous weeks. 

Sunday: Core Fusion Barre at Exhale Spa with Ryan. Let me begin this recap with the disclaimer, this was the Sunday after St. Patrick's day. That being said, this was one of the most challenging barre classes that I've ever taken. Ryan started the class saying that he was going to concentrate less on the thigh portion of class in favor of adding additional core exercises...and more planks to an already plank-heavy class. The photo in today's post is inspired by this class because he had us doing a version of that exercise...ouch. Super painful but an amazing class, nonetheless. 

Monday: I trekked out to the Corepower Yoga studio in Gold Coast after work for my first cp2 class. CP2 is described as "a rigorous yoga class with demanding strength postures that will have you moving, breathing and sweating". I'm not a yoga expert by any means, but I'm not a newbie either. I did a fair amount of Yoga while living in Louisville so a coworker of mine convinced me to try the cp2 class. While was incredibly nervous that I was going to be in over my head, I was pleasantly surprised. It was the most challenging yoga class that I have ever taken, but I kept up. Oh, and the sweating aspect is no joke. This is not a workout to brunch class.

Wednesday: I signed up for the RIGHT barre class this time on Wednesday morning. I took the classic Barre Code on Michigan Ave. It was exactly what I was looking for in a morning class: energetic instructor, good playlist, and intense thigh, seat and ab work without getting drenched before work. I'll be adding this class to my weekly routine, who wants to join me?

Thursday: I took my second yoga class of the week at Yoga Loft. I've heard amazing things about how beautiful this studio is and couldn't wait to see it for myself. It was just as beautiful in person as I'd heard. The studio is a loft, true to it's name, above businesses in River North. The studio is surrounded by brick walls and the windows have beautiful curtains which set the stage for a truly relaxing practice. While I enjoyed the Vinyassa class I took, it felt slow to me in comparison to the Corepower Yoga classes I have been taking, which isn't a bad thing, just different. The ab section, however was killer. 

Saturday: It was back to Flywheel. While my performance was on par with last week, I felt pretty miserable during class. Maybe the four classes that I took this week caught up to me? Or, what is more likely is that I was super dehydrated. I left my water bottle at home on Friday, so I did not drink near as much water as I usually do. It's true what they say, drinking water is SO important. 

As always, send me your class recommendations! 

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links of the week


Happy FriYAY! I have a busy weekend ahead of me filled with dinner plans with friends from out of town, a lot of basketball watching, and hopefully squeezing in a workout class or two. What are your plans for the weekend? 

Here are a few links that I found interesting this week...

I'm drying to try Mud Facial bar after hearing Annie and Caroline's glowing review, pun intended. You can't beat the $40 price point, either. 

Basic has been getting a bad rap lately, which I personally do not understand. I'm glad Christine agrees and I loved her "everyday basic" look this week. 

Speaking of basic, I was introduced to AYR this week and I'm obsessed. Everything in their shop is the epitome of minimal chic. 

In case you haven't heard, you're favorite two-buck chuck may have high-levels of arsenic in it. I'll be reaching for Italian wines this weekend that are little higher on the shelf. 

Do I have any PLL fans out there? I admit, ABC Family is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. Apparently we will FINALLY find out who "A" is next week. There have been some pretty crazy rumors out there, however I found this theory pretty compelling. 

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Posted on March 20, 2015 .

spring neutrals


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The arrival of Spring typically inspires brighter colors and pastels to be introduced to your wardrobe. But, let's be honest, pastels aren't for everyone. As my style has evolved over the years I'm drawn to more neutral palettes. 

The warmer temperatures have me dreaming about pairing this dusty purple cami with destroyed denim, a fun scarf and statement bracelet. Let's not forget one of spring's biggest trends this year, the laser cut sandal. 

What are you hoping to add to your closet this spring? 


Posted on March 19, 2015 and filed under Fashion.