ittse x Love for Lacquer – The GLAMbition Collection Swatches & Review

Hey everyone! I have a really fun post today featuring the ittse x Love for Lacquer collaboration — The GLAMbition Collection. ittse is a new brand to me that offers a full line of products including eye shadows, brow powders, cheek colors, illuminators, bronzers, lip cremes, foundations and primers. Plus, they’re all paraben-free and gluten-free!

Jess from Love for Lacquer is a fellow Connecticut beauty & lifestyle blogger. I’ve been following for a while and was super excited when she offered to send me the ittse x Love for Lacquer GLAMbition Collection. I was even more excited yesterday when they arrived.

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Spring Sandals from Marc Fisher Footwear

This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

The weather has been crazy in Connecticut the last few weeks but the few 60 degree days we’ve had in between snow storms have made me even more excited for Spring! One of my favorite things about the warmer weather is the excuse to buy new Spring shoes and I am loving the Marc Fisher Pomme Mule. Suede + scallop + cork  = heart eyes.

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Redken Elite Salon Takeover

This post is brought to you in partnership with Redken & Salon Nathaniel as part of a Redken Elite Salon Takeover. As always, all opinions are my own.

You may have seen my Instagram stories or Snapchat last week but in case you missed it, I spent the first official day in my thirties getting spoiled by the Redken team doing a Redken Elite Salon Takeover at Salon Nathaniel in Meriden, CT. The salon was absolutely stunning and the stylists were all so friendly!

I got to work with Reanna for the day and she took such amazing care of my hair. I had just gotten my hair colored, so she suggested a pH Bonder treatment, a Heatcure treatment & a Redken Pillow Proof Blowout.

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POPSUGAR January Must Have Box

POPSUGAR sent me the January Must Have Box to try. As always, all opinions are my own.

As you know,  I’ve been really really happy with my PopSugar boxes so far.  This wasn’t filled with the typical home/jewelry/beauty products I love, but these are definitely more practical.  Check out the rest of the post to see my surprising favorite (and super affordable!) item.

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Mani Monday: January

Some of these products were sent to me to review and this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation. The Essie Gel Couture line is legit amazing, though. As always, all opinions are my own.

Happy Mani Monday! This year I’ll be recapping each week’s mani here on the blog with a roundup on the last Monday of every month… That’s the plan, anyway. First up, my five manicures from January.  Each of these manicures starts with OPI Nail Envy base coat and is topped with HK Glisten & Glow top coat.

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POPSUGAR December Must Have Box

POPSUGAR sent me the December Must Have Box to try. As always, all opinions are my own.

This is my fourth POPSUGAR Must Have box, and I’m loving it! Most subscription boxes I’ve tried are hit or miss, but this one has been consistently great… It really is a Must Have!

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Odeme Catchall ($44) & Odeme Ring Dish ($23)

These two pieces are the perfect accessory for my desk! I’ve loved the home décor items included in the PopSugar Must Have boxes and these are no exception. The AJ Goods Nest Wire Bowl from November’s box is now a permanent fixture on our kitchen table and has become a new home for our keys and I’m pretty sure this cute pair is going to make desk organization even easier.

Bauble Bar Pendant ($28)

This isn’t really my personal style, but it’s a gorgeous necklace and would definitely make a great gift. I’m still pretty obsessed with my Kendra Scott bracelet from last month so that makes up for it.

Mane Message Date Night Bobby Pins ($10)

I 100% could not exist without bobby pins and these are the CUTEST!

Winky Lux Lip Pill ($14)

The packaging is adorable on this lipstick and the color is perfect for the holiday season.

Sisters’ Gourmet Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ($6.99)

I’ve seen the DIY version of these all over Pinterest, but I love that you can buy them all ready to go. They’re the perfect hostess gift, too!

Dessange Top Coat Serum ($11.99)

I love a good hair product and this one smells really good. It’s definitely a new go-to during these cold winter months.

The POPSUGAR December Must Have box came in at $137.98 worth of products for only $39.95. As always, you can shop here and use the code SHOP5 for $5 off of your first #MustHaveBox!

Holiday Gift Guide: for the beauty lover

We spent yesterday morning at the CVS MinuteClinic because Pete has been super sick.  He left with antibiotics and I left with a few new beauty products to try and some inspiration for this post.  Hopefully you’re all way more prepared for Christmas than I am… but, just in case you aren’t, here’s a little help for the beauty lover in your life.  These are some of my favorite drugstore products and everything is under $20!

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1. L’OREAL COLOUR RICHE LA PALETTE NUDE 2

2. PURE CLAY MASK

3. ESSIE GEL COUTURE NAIL POLISH

4. PHYSICIANS FORMULA BRONZER, BLUSH & EYESHADOW

5. L’OREAL PARIS COLOUR RICHE COLLECTION LIP COLOR

6. OGX RENEWING ARGAN OIL OF MOROCCO VOLUMINOUS MOUSSE

7. VOLUMINOUS MASCARA (used this on my wedding day!)

8. NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST GEL-CREAM

9. OPI NAIL ENVY

If your shopping list still looks anything like mine, hit your local drugstore, grab some of these and call it a day.  Or, pick up a few for yourself, grab a glass of wine and Amazon Prime the rest!  Happy Shopping! xoxo

Before & After: Basement Reveal with Framebridge

This post is brought to you in partnership with Framebridge

About a week ago was our two year house-iversary, and we are celebrating by putting the final touches on our finished basement. When we first looked at this house, we fell in love with the yard and the basement. The basement needed a lot of work but it did have a built in bar, a guest room/office and a full bathroom with laundry hookups. It also had some interesting wall colors, wall to wall shag carpet… and a built in fish tank. Although our inspector made us aware that the water heater and furnace were original to the house, we ended up having to replace both within the first year of homeownership which definitely delayed the basement progress. But seriously, check out this collage of before photos from the real estate listing:

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POPSUGAR November Must Have Box

POPSUGAR sent me the November Must Have Box to try. As always, all opinions are my own.

Somehow, every POPSUGAR Must Have box seems to outdo the last.  I’m still loving the Lalicious Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil & Bubble Bath from last month’s box (P.S. It would make a great gift!).  I don’t know if it’s because of the upcoming holidays, but I have been on a serious home decor kick and there were two adorable home items in this box.  So, let’s get to it.

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Kendra Scott Elaina Rose Gold Bracelet in White Pearl ($50)

I’ve been dying to get my hands on some Kendra Scott and it was like Christmas came early when I saw this adorable bracelet.  I’m already planning on wearing it tomorrow and I’m sure it’ll be on repeat through the holidays.  Plus, the closure is SUPER cute and so easy to put on by myself.

Pehr Chambray Runner in Wine ($44)

Did someone say wine? I’m crushing on this runner pretty hard.  I even broke out the iron so I could put it on our table immediately… and I never iron.  It’s perfect for the Fall and I think it could work for both Thanksgiving and into December.

Stowaway Cosmetics Dawn to Dusk Palette ($25)

This super compact palette is perfect for the girl on the go.  We’re taking a little road trip up to Lake George after Thanksgiving and this will definitely be coming along for the ride.

AJ Goods Nest Wire Bowl ($35)

I think my husband was most excited about this.  “What is it? A bowl? What can we put in it? Fruit?” It’s currently sitting on our table waiting to be filled with ornaments when we finally start decorating for Christmas.

Meri Meri Star Party Picks ($8)

These are SO adorable.  My first thought was that they would be perfect for my 30th birthday coming up in a few short months but then I remembered that New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and these would be perfect on appetizers, cupcakes or even as a cocktail garnish.  Pretty sure that will be happening 😉

Oogie’s Gourmet Toffee Butter Popcorn ($2.99)

It’s honestly a miracle that these even made it into a photograph.  I had all intentions of taking a cute photo while I was actually snacking on them but they were so good that they disappeared in seconds.

The POPSUGAR November Must Have box came in at $164.99 worth of products for only $39.95. As always, you can shop here and use the code SHOP5 for $5 off of your first #MustHaveBox!