Product Spotlight: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Cleansing Balm

When this came out a year ago I was DYING to get my hands on it and try it out, I had used cleansing oils before and really like them but something about this just seemed easier to use and intriguing. However, because it was a little pricey – for a broke college student, I decided to wait to try it.

After purchasing it at the beginning of this summer I can say that it’s honestly as amazing as everyone says it is! Much like a cleansing oil in effectiveness but I have an easier time using it because it’s not slipping through my fingers when I transfer it to my face. The consistency freaked me out a little when I first started using it because its literally an equivalent to Crisco but it actually works beautifully.

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This product is easily an all in one essential that I would recommend to add to anyone’s skincare routine, it eliminates the need for cleaners! I have sensitive skin, that’s acne prone and my skin has never broken out from this product. I also tend to get oil build up and since using this have noticed my face isn’t as oily throughout the day – my skin has just responded so positively to this product I cannot think of using anything else to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin! It’s like every lazy girls dream! You just take a dab in your hand massage it on your eyes and face and bam – you’re done!

Click here to buy this amazing product – the reviews don’t lie!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

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Office Chic

Office Chic

Skater dress
oasap.com

Derek Lam blue blazer
modaoperandi.com

Vince open toe booties
$440 – shopbop.com

Kate Spade stud earrings
$31 – shopbop.com

Charlotte Tilbury matte lipstick
$35 – harveynichols.com

Nars cosmetic
$23 – liberty.co.uk

Relaxed and Casual

Relaxed and Casual

Lola May sleeveless waistcoat
$54 – onenationclothing.co.uk

Zip top tote
llbean.com

Ray-Ban aviator style glasses
$105 – visiondirect.com.au

May Books Love

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Yesterday I received my customized May Books from MayDesigns.com and I am totally in love!

This website is amazing, you can choose from tons of patterns and colors for your background and then you can add your name, a monogram or any other customized label to the front in multiple fonts and colors!

I also love the size of the notebooks, they’re perfect for fitting in your purse while still being able to fit all the information in them you need! I ordered an agenda which is the blue and white striped one with my name on it, and then a notebook (the pineapple print one – so cute!) just to jot down ideas to have in my purse or at my desk! You can pretty much choose what you want in your notebook and they have tons of options like meal planners, baby diaries, workout diaries and even just blank pages for doodling. I am so excited to start using them! Go check out May Designs for yourself and design your own notebooks!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

The Perfect Pink?

The Perfect Pink?

Is there really such a thing? Ive tried many a pinks and still struggle with which hue is exactly that go-to pink, the one you can wear year round no problem. My two personal favorites are Essie’s Muchi Muchi and Fiji. I like my pink to be pretty opaque where as I know tons of girls that like there to be a very pale pink where it almost looks like just your nail. But for me, I think it has a little more substance when it’s really a pop of pink, but still a nice baby pink. Let me know what your favorite pink is!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

Christian Dior pink nail polish
$30 – selfridges.com

Nails Inc pastel nail polish
$24 – net-a-porter.com

OPI nail lacquer
$20 – harveynichols.com

Opi nail lacquer
$20 – liberty.co.uk

All About Fringe

FRINGE, FRINGE, FRINGE!

BB DAKOTA Faux Suede Fringe Skirt // The Perfect April Jacket // Forever 21 Draped Fringe Layer Top //Windsor – Natural Pop and Fringe Dolman Sweater // Topshop – Floral Print Fringe Kimono

I normally don’t go for all the trends, some of them are just too over the top or really don’t fit my personal style but I’ve been seeing fringe everywhere this summer and in new fall clothing and I can’t resist! There are definitely some fringe looks that are a little crazy but some of them are just too cute to pass up. The skirt is probably my favorite, the one above is from Bloomingdales but Forever 21 carries one thats almost identical and way cheaper, so you can rock this trend on any budget! I’m loving the cowl neck fringe shirt, I have it in white and the sweater is a great cozy look to incorporate the trend as well. I also picked up a kimono just like this one and I’m obsessed.

Accesories

Sam Edelman Louie Bootie // Mini Leather Tassel Strand

Fringe is big in accessories too and in a more muted way making it easy to add into your style without going overboard. These Sam Edelman booties have been a bestseller for a few years now and I’m definitely planning on picking them up for fall. The fringe Baublebar necklace comes in lots of colors and I love that the tassels are leather!

Whether its around your neck or draped from your skirt, fringe is a chic, boho trend that needs to be added to every fall fashionista’s wardrobe!

Happy Reading!

Maura Xo

Summer Whites

Summer Whites

Party dress
romwe.com

Elizabeth and James vest
$125 – veryexclusive.co.uk

Midi skirt
$90 – carnetdemode.com

H&M white shorts
$11 – hm.com

H&M wingtip shoes
$19 – hm.com

Holy Heat Wave!

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I don’t know about you but I went outside this morning and was hit with a whopping amount of humidity and 80 degree temperatures at 8 am…not my kind of weather. When I dress for work I normally dress for my super air-conditioned office. But this week its going to be loose, airy dresses all day every day. Here are some super cute – summer inspired dresses that are sure to keep you cool and still get that last bit of summer style in!

Don’t forget to check out the Lilly Pulitzer sale that’s August 17th and 18th – you can get most items half off!

Happy Reading!

Maura

Show me your mumu – Nick’s Babydoll // Lilly Pulizter – Daphne Trapeze Dress // Free People – Flutterby Mini Dress // Old Navy – Patterned Chiffon Maxi Dress // Anthropologie – Petit Jardin Mini Dress // Francesca’s – Emely Striped Dress

August Beauty Favs So Far

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I recently went a little crazy at the mall and got a bunch of new goodies for my summer makeup routine! After about a month of using all of them everyday these are my favorite for long-lasting makeup for your workday!

The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is AMAZING, I had heard a lot of hype about it and finally bought it, let me tell you it’s worth the price, my lashes double in length! I also picked up a few of the Bobbi Brown cream eye shadow sticks in the colors Dusty Mauve and Golden Pink, these swatched beautifully at the store and I just could resist! But now after wearing them for a while daily they really do last all day! And they blend amazingly. My foundation that is now the only foundation I can wear is work is the Estee Lauder Double Wear – this stuff really does last as long as it says it does. Through sweat, rain and a full 12 hour day it doesn’t even budge! I have literally even slept in it (which you really shouldn’t do) and I’ve woken up with it still looking pretty decent and not all over my pillow either – pretty amazing.

The next two are a powder bronzer from NYC and a powder foundation from Kiko that I use as a powder to set my makeup. The bronzer is just a perfect shade thats non-shimmery and isn’t muddy or orange looking. The Kiko mineral foundation was just a random buy when I needed powder and I love it! I can put it on over my foundation and it makes your skin look flawless, I am so happy to have found this product.

I am always looking for long-lasting makeup suggestions so if anyone has any feel free to leave comments!

Happy Reading!

Maura

Too Faced Better Than Sex MascaraEstée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place MakeupBobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder – SunnyKIKO SOFT FOCUS COMPACT WET & DRY MINERAL FOUNDATION

Monday Blues

Monday Blues
I went for a slightly nautical theme this Monday getting my inspiration from my weekend spent on Martha’s Vineyard! I love love love this Chloe bag with two blue tones and the nude buxom lipstick is my go-to everyday color, its super creamy and long-lasting. I added my gold collar necklace (Wayyyy cheaper alternatives sold at Forever 21) and then some cute rings to match! Then threw on my trusted white jeans with black mules (Mules have become my new obsession).

CÉLINE peeptoe shoes
therealreal.com

Chloé chloe purse
$1,705 – harrods.com

Gorjana ring
zappos.com

Buxom cosmetic
sephora.com