Friday, May 30, 2014

Vera Wang Princess

You know that perfume in your collection that is just so undeniably "you"?  Perhaps you wear it every day, or perhaps it's one that you reach for when you need that extra boost of confidence.  Well, today I'm going to tell you about mine: Vera Wang's Princess.  Although I wear it a lot on just an everyday basis, I absolutely must wear it when I need to feel a little more powerful.  It's almost like a nervous tick when I'm getting ready for a day that I know might be a little tougher - once my perfume has been applied, I am ready for the day, and can take on anything!

Its top notes are composed of water lily, apricot, mandarin, and apple, while its heart is made up of tiare flower, dark chocolate, guava, and tuberose, and its base is comprised of wood, vanilla, and amber.  From what I've read from other people about this scent, it seems that it's not uncommon for different people to pick out different notes more than others, so definitely try it out on your skin, and don't attempt purchasing it blindly - and I'm not saying this simply about this one perfume.  Always test a scent before purchasing!

To me, though, this is a very fruity scent with touches of vanilla and wood that are just heavenly, but I can't really smell the chocolate in it at all.  For those of you that have been around here long enough, you know that chocolate isn't exactly my favorite flavor in the world, so I'm quite alright with this.  Even though this is quite easily my favorite perfume, I am curious as to what your favorite perfume is, too!  Please do let me know what it is in the comment section!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

May Favorites 2014

I can't believe we've already reached the end of May!  Of course, even more unbelievable is the fact that in only four months, I will go from being Miss to Mrs.!  Eep!  It just seems so odd!  Today, however, I'm not talking about weddings or anything like that.  Instead, I'm sharing with you some of my May Favorites!

There is a very good chance that you've seen most of the items I talk about in this video, as I've already talked about most of them individually here on my blog - my little obsessions as of late, if you will!  However, I did add in a few little surprises, so even if you've already read all this month's posts, you still won't be completely bored!  I hope you enjoy, and make sure to subscribe to my channel and follow me here so you don't miss anything!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Aveeno Daily Moisturizer

Having had dry skin essentially my entire life, I've begun to think of myself as a bit of a moisturizer connoisseur.  I'm constantly looking for new lotions to try, and I know not only how well a great many of them work, but also which ones to reach for depending on what my skin looks and feels like.  I've yet to find my one, do it all, "holy grail" moisturizer, but I'm also a little doubtful something like that is actually out there.

Having said that, I must say that I have found the best moisturizer for when I am sick.  Honestly, I can have a runny nose for one day, and my nose will be throbbing, peeling, and be red enough that I might be mistaken for Rudolph's sister.  It's truly horrid.  However, the last time I was ill, I happened to also be using my Aveeno Daily Moisturizer (with SPF 30!) as my face lotion, and it cleared everything up so well, and quickly!  It actually surprised me how well it worked, as I had just gotten done telling my best friend, Emily (also a moisturizer connoisseur), that I wasn't overly impressed with this little guy, and that even though it worked alright, I probably wouldn't be purchasing it again.

So, I've come to the conclusion that although I can't see much of a difference on my "normal" skin (it's still rather dry), this moisturizer does very well on extremely dry, damaged skin.  I'm still not entirely certain as to how this works, but it has certainly earned a place in my medicine cabinet!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lip Product Addict Tag

You know, I didn't realize how much of a Lip Product Addict I was until I went to film this video!  I believe I may have too many lipsticks and glosses, but I love them all so dearly!  If you're interested in what my absolute favorites from different categories are, you'll love this video!

Plus, you'll get a small glimpse into what life is like in my house!  Perhaps I should start vlogging next! Don't get too excited about that, though.  I have to take everything one step at a time, or absolutely nothing will get done!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Breakfast at Tiffany's

If you don't know this film solely by virtue of it being an incredible movie, you simply must know about it through the song of the same name by Deep Blue Something.  Even my fiance knows this movie, though I must admit that it is only because of that particular song, which he feels inclined to sing every single time I watch it (sometimes I'm lucky enough that he'll add in guitar!).  This event actually happens quite frequently in our house, because even though Singin' in the Rain is and always will be my favorite movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a close second!

Really, the fact that I adore this film is probably not much of a surprise to many of you.  Breakfast at Tiffany's has everything a beauty girl could ask for - Audrey Hepburn at her finest as an outgoing, quirky, and precocious Holly Golightly who owns a lovely little cat named Cat, and finds love in New York City all while wearing fabulous clothes and managing a slight obsession with Tiffany's.  Really, I think all of us beauty girls can all relate in some manner, or at least imagine how lovely all this would be!

In addition to having a fun, crazy, and sometimes hard to follow storyline, this film also contains one of my absolute favorite songs - Moon River - sung by Audrey herself while sitting on the fire escape of her apartment, comfortable and relaxed.  I love that song to pieces!  Even if you don't care to watch the entire movie, please take a moment to listen to that song!

Now, if you're a beauty girl and you haven't seen this, I'm sure you already know that I'm going to tell you to watch it.  After all, what else would I tell you?  And if you have seen it, maybe it would be worth watching again soon?  I know I'll be watching it tonight!

Images from here and here

Friday, May 23, 2014

My New Glasses

Are you prepared for this?  Yes, I do wear glasses!  I've actually had to have some form of corrective lenses since I was in second grade, and I must say, my eyesight is horrid.  I'm not entirely sure where I fall in the 20/20 category, but it's quite bad, and I have a stigmatism in both eyes.  Joe has even taken to calling me an "inferior specimen" that couldn't survive a post-apocalyptic world (jokingly, of course!) because of my eyes.

I almost always wear my contacts, but I recently got a new pair to just have around the house, or to wear if my eyes get too tired, and I will say that I may start wearing them more, I love them so much!  If you feel like looking them up, they are the Marc by Marc Jacobs MMJ 481 in Havana Crystal. They have deep brown, tortoiseshell rims, and the temples are cream with what appear to either be dark brown leopard spots or lips.  I'm not entirely sure which they are, so I'm just going to assume that they are leopard spots (or coffee beans!  They do look like coffee beans, don't they?), but please tell me what you think they are in the comment section!

They're really comfortable, since the frames are entirely plastic, which is what I'm used to as far as my sunglasses go, and the lenses themselves are big enough so that I can actually see with them on.  The lenses on my last pair of glasses were so small that it was really uncomfortable to wear them much, since I could only see a small amount.  If you've worn glasses before, maybe you've had a similar experience.  Either way, I love them!  What do you think?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bezel Box Unboxing

Is anyone else as excited as I am that my second video in who knows how long is up?  I've seriously missed filming so much, so I'm completely thrilled to be sharing another video with you!  I was fortunate enough to have received a Bezel Box recently for consideration, and thought I would let you open it with me!

Bezel Box is an online subscription service, similar to Birchbox or Glossybox, but rather than beauty products, it specializes in trendy jewelry pieces!  As I'm sure you've already noticed from the picture above, and the thumbnail of this video, these pieces are very bright, which is not something I typically go for, but the wonderful thing about brightly colored jewelry is that they just add that pop of color to pastel or dark outfits that really make them stand out!  Plus, it's a good way to get into these fun, summer colors!

Bezel Box offers two different types of boxes: there's the Bezel Box subscription, which offers you 4-5 pieces of jewelry for $29.97 per month on a monthly, 3-month, 6-month, and year plan, and there's also a Mini Bezel Box that offers you 2 pieces of jewelry for $19.97 per month.  The pieces themselves are very lightweight, but durable, and definitely worth the price per piece!  Plus, they are lead and nickel free!

I mention in this video that I was a bit hesitant about how brightly colored this jewelry was, but the great thing about boxes like these is that they help you branch out your style a bit, in ways that you may not if you were to go out and purchase some of these items on your own - I know I'm not very brave when I'm picking out my own things!  I'm really excited to start wearing these guys, but I'd love to know what you think!  Please do leave me a comment below!

*This box was sent to me for consideration, however, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Elf Liquid Eyeliner

I can't say that I typically get incredibly excited about eyeliner.  Perhaps it's just that up until now, I hadn't found one that I cared for enough, but I am quite excited about the Elf Liquid Eyeliner.  From the outside, it just looks like your basic, run of the mill, black liquid eyeliner - something you could get from any makeup brand you can think of.  But, it's not.

First of all, let's get the most exciting fact about this eyeliner out of the way: it costs $1.00.  That's it!  If you happened to grow up during the early 2000s, you might remember that gel pens used to cost a dollar, too.  Due to inflation, I've no idea what the going rate on a gel pen is anymore, but I certainly remember thinking at the time that it was a fairly reasonable price, and this is for an eyeliner!  One that actually works well, to boot.

It has a very thin brush that allows for a great deal of precision, and the formula is nice and smooth, creating a lovely dark line that goes where you intend it to (my intention still seems to be to make my eyes look uneven, though...).  Oh, and I forgot to mention!  It lasts all day without smudging!  I wouldn't recommend rubbing your eyes to test it, of course, but I don't suppose you really shouldn't be doing that, anyway.

Normally, I would say that the next time you're at Target, or wherever else sells Elf products, you should at least check it out, see what you think, etc.  However, this time I would just recommend going and purchasing your own!  It really is that amazing, and the price really couldn't be much better!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I'm Back on YouTube!

At least thus far into my internet life, it seems I have a difficult time keeping up both my blog and YouTube channel, but I've decided that since I've been doing so well updating my blog, it was time to try to balance both yet again.  Perhaps now that I'm a bit older, I have better time management skills.  We shall see.

So, today I've uploaded my first video in a rather long time - I'm embarrassed to say how long, actually.  If you're truly curious, you can look that up yourself!  In this video, I shall be telling you lovely people about where on earth I've been, what I've been up to, and then answering some of your questions!


If you like it, please do me a favor, and subscribe to my channel!  Also, if you would like to ask me a question, whether it be advice or random, please leave me a comment or tweet me @meganandpearls, using the hashtag, #pearltalks!

Monday, May 19, 2014

OPI's Sweet Heart

Maybe it's the birds in the trees, or the warm sun outside, or the fact that I've been obsessed with my new lace pink dress from Dailylook, but I've really started gravitating toward the light, pastel colors again!  Also, I've found that I'm also drawn to older shades, like OPI's Sweet Heart.  Like You Don't Know Jacques! (which I mentioned in an earlier post that you can see here), Sweet Heart is one of those shades that was quite popular a while back, but I hadn't really been too particularly interested in it.  Well, until now, that is.

Now, this super pale pink has wiggled its way in to being my favorite pink of the season - even beating out Essie's Fiji, which was my favorite last year!  To be honest, the two colors are really quite similar, but there is just something about OPI's formula that's pulling me back in.  Plus, this is such a shallow reason to love a nail color, but my OPI polishes really fit my décor much better than Essie.  Does anyone else judge a polish by how it will be displayed in their home?  Please tell me I'm not the only one vain enough to do this!

I believe I've mentioned this before, but personally, I think a nice, classic pink is a staple in anyone's nail polish collection, and I would love to know what your favorite is!  Please do let me know in the comment section!

Friday, May 16, 2014

May Flowers

I adore girly, vintage styles - I'm sure you've gathered this by now.  So, when I found the pattern for my vintage-styled Cabled Cardigan with Flowers, I knew the outfit that I styled around it had to be just that: feminine, girly, and frilly without being too over the top.  After all, the cardigan itself has enough flowers and frills!

Playing off the flower theme of the cardigan, I decided to pair it with this pretty lace dress from Dailylook that is decorated with leaves rather than flowers.  Just as an aside, this particular lace dress came in black, red, light blue, and the beautiful baby pink that I actually purchased, and it took me forever to actually decide on the one color I wanted!  Really, I would probably wear all of them all the time if only I had the funding for such a thing.

Since the flowers and leaves were all very natural elements, I decided to stick with that theme in my jewelry, but you know I had to add a little sparkle.  So, I added my Dreamcatcher necklace which was also from Dailylook and my absolute favorite J. Crew bracelet - I seriously wear this bracelet all the time.  I love how girly this outfit is, and it will certainly be a staple in my wardrobe all spring!

The Details
Dress: Dailylook
Cardigan: Vogue Knitting
Necklace: Dailylook
Bracelet: J. Crew
Shoes: Just Fab
Bag: Deux Lux

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil

I believe I mentioned this product - or at least showed it - in my last Haircare Routine video, but after a bit of hemming and hawing, I finally decided that this product deserved a blog post all its own.  First off, this is a drugstore product, which means it is quite nicely priced, and it works really well, to boot.

In fact, perhaps some of you are familiar with the CHI Silk Infusion?  Well, I actually like this Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil much, much better!  On my hair, the two products are very similar, and where the CHI Silk Infusion is $24.50, the Organix version is only about $8.00.  Clearly, there is no contest.  However, the deal does actually get even sweeter.

The Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco is a lighter, though similar texture, and comes in a spray bottle.  This is a huge deal, as the CHI Silk Infusion can get very messy.  If the bottle falls, it can leak all over (Cricket, our cat, has experimented with this, so I can attest to it), I've heard it's not very airplane-friendly, and it's just difficult to get off your hands in general.  However, the Organix version is much easier to work with, doesn't stay on your hands forever, and so far, it's even Cricket-proof.

I suppose in this post I'm essentially trying to say that if you loved the CHI Silk Infusion - and I must say, I do like the way it makes my hair look and feel - I would recommend trying out the Organix Argan Oil of Morocco.  It gives me very similar result, and with so many more benefits, how could one say no?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Cabled Cardigan with Flowers

I must say, I'm quite proud of myself.  In my Made in Minnesota Outfit of the Day post, I'd mentioned that I wanted to try and knit a sweater (or something similar) every month for the entire year.  Although I'm not even close to caught up, having missed January, February, and March, I did get another sweater done for May, and of course I had to share it with you!

This cardigan is very different than last month's Bohemian style Bobble (and Beads) dress, in that it's a very vintage style cardigan, absolutely covered in flowers and frills!  Like the Bobble (and Beads) dress, this one was fun and quick to knit up, and it also introduced me to two additional ways of doing bobbles.  I had no idea there were so many variations of such a simple concept!  I made the cardigan by following a free pattern from Vogue Knitting (you can find it here) and using Caron's Simply Soft in Black, which was just a yarn that I had lying around.  I do slightly regret not doing this in a lighter color, like a pretty cream or pink, since I'll want to wear it a lot this Spring, but other than doing another one, there's not a lot I can do about it now.  Oh well.  Perhaps I'll have to make an additional one later when I have more time.

Just as in my last sweater post, if you'd like to see what this frilly little cardigan looks like on, just make sure to come back on Friday!  I'm planning another Outfit of the Day style post, using this sweater.  It's actually been a lot of fun to come up with outfits involving pieces that I've made, and I look forward to doing another next month!

Friday, May 9, 2014

J. Crew Bracelets

Typically, when I'm on the lookout for new jewelry, I like to go to stores like Forever 21, Target, and even Walmart.  You see, for a majority of my life, I have been one of those people that are very good at losing things, and simply didn't want to spend much on something that would end up who knows where.

However, on one of my first trips into a J. Crew store, I spotted the tan and rhinestoned bracelet you can see in the picture above, and fell in love with it.  It was simple, elegant and sophisticated, and in a neutral palette that I could wear with essentially every item of clothing that I owned.  Granted, it was more than the $3 to $10 mark I prefer, but at the time I hadn't (and really still haven't) lost anything that I know of, so I figured it was a safe purchase.

As I'm sure you've by now deduced, I loved the bracelet.  I loved it so much, in fact, that I found it necessary to purchase an additional one, which is where the black and rhinestone bracelet comes in.  Although I still wear the original more, I love the new one just as much.  They are both such nicely made stretch bracelets with thick cording that holds up well, and even the metal feels nice and sturdy.

The clear appeal of these bracelets has to come from their elegant, old fashioned flair, though.  I love modern fashion, but there's something to be said about modest pieces that still pack a punch, which is what I think these bracelets do.  Yes, I think this is the beginning of a wonderful love affair with J. Crew - especially their bracelets.  Perhaps I'll have to branch out into other jewelry pieces, soon, as well!  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Victoria's Secret Hello, Darling

So, before I get into how much I love this lotion, and how it smells really really good and all that, I have to make a quick confession: on my last trip to Victoria's Secret, I did go in with the intention of finding a scent that I really liked because it seemed like what all the cool kids were doing.  Then, like the old fashioned nerd that I am, I found myself drawn to Hello, Darling, as it reminded me of the Barbra Streisand film, Hello, Dolly - and Louis Armstrong's song of the same name (you can never forget about Louis!).

That being said, I do want to now talk about how amazing this lotion is.  It smells incredible - a nice blend of fruity scents and florals which makes it perfect for spring and summer, though I have to admit that I can't pick out a strictly white nectarine & peony scent as the label implies.  Perhaps it is just because my sense of smell is not refined enough, though.

As for how well it hydrates, I will say that it provides about as much hydration as I would have expected from a Bath & Body Works lotion or any other Victoria's Secret lotion.  It definitely helps smooth your skin, and leaves it softer than without it, but it's still not an incredibly potent lotion.  As I've said in some of my other posts and videos, I have very dry skin, though, and to keep it under control, I personally, would need a stronger formulation.

That certainly won't stop me from using it, though!  In fact, I find that it is a perfect, luxurious treat to my arms in the morning and evening, allowing me to enjoy the scent for hours after application, and I fully anticipate further purchases in this particular scent.  I do think that I achieved my goal of finding "my scent" from Victoria's Secret, and if you guys have had a chance to smell it, I hope you like it, too!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Singin' in the Rain

First off, let me say Happy Birthday to my absolute best friend in the entire world (and maid of honor) Emily!  It is in her honor that I write about another absolutely incredible classic movie, Singin' in the Rain.  I'm not sure why, but back in middle school the two of us watched this for the first time at one of our many sleepovers, and it has since become a staple in our movie repertoire.  In fact, in my Casablanca post I mentioned that I would tell you when I wrote about my favorite classic movie of all time, and this is it.

Released in 1952, this film takes place in Hollywood during the transition from silent films to "talkies", following a few performers as they try to navigate this new technology.  The film begins in front of the Chinese Theatre, where a new movie, The Royal Rascal is premiering.  The stars of The Royal Rascal, Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), arrive, and Don gives a touching speech about how he and his best friend, Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Conner), arrived in Hollywood, and how they eventually met Lina - Don's rumored fiancé - and made it big.

However, behind the scenes we find out that Don is less than fond of Lina, and it is not particularly surprising when he falls for the charming chorus girl who dreams of becoming a famous actress, Kathy Seldon (Debbie Reynolds) at The Royal Rascal's after party.  It is at this party that they are introduced to the "talking picture", and realize that to keep their livelihoods, they must start creating their own.  However, Lina has a less than desirable voice, so Don, Cosmo, and Kathy must come up with a plan to keep Lina from ruining Don's career.

It's an amazing musical comedy, filled with fantastic songs, like the obvious, Singin' in the Rain, as well as Make 'Em Laugh, and Moses Supposes, with incredible dance numbers to boot.  So, if you haven't already seen it, please please please go watch it!  And once again, I want to wish Emily a Happy Birthday!

Images from here and here

Friday, May 2, 2014

Almond Latte Obsession

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that Joe and I have a slight coffee/latte/cappuccino obsession.  It's actually gotten bad enough where we had to upgrade our espresso machine to a lovely Breville one that I think is gorgeous, and pick up some syrup flavors to add to our lattes.  Up until recently, we rotated between vanilla, hazelnut, and caramel - all flavors I love.  But then, we had some friends over, and they were kind enough to get us hooked on another flavor - almond!

As we were drinking our first almond lattes with our friends, we had a rather long conversation about flavors.  For example, flavors like chocolate and peanut butter are typically thought of as rich, savory, staple flavors - at least in our world - and almond is typically forgotten.  However, it has the same richness as those other flavors, and in many cases, is a pleasant shift from the norm.

Although I admit that I am just as forgetful when it comes to almond flavoring, I personally would much prefer an almond cake to a plain white one, and I love almond macaroons!  Also, for those of you that are legally allowed to drink, have you heard of anyone that doesn't love amaretto? 

Given this, I'm honestly quite surprised that I hadn't even considered an almond latte until our friends brought it over!  Unfortunately, I now have a new almond latte obsession that likely won't be quenched for quite a while - not that I'd want it to!