beauty · travel

drugstore to the rescue- when you forget to pack your makeup bag

I was all set to do my makeup and look natural yet stunning (haha), when I realized that I had forgotten to pack my makeup bag! I could tell you exactly where it was, sitting uselessly in the apartment,a beautiful water color patterned kit full of all my favorites!! I won’t lie- I did panic for a minute while searching through my suitcase one last time until I got to the very bottom and didn’t see my pretty little bag which I had packed with such care the night before. So what did I do you ask?? I asked my husband to take us to the nearest drugstore and here is what I came out with! It turns out that all I needed was some power cover up in the right shade, some type of blush/highlighter, and some mascara. I was good to go and I have to say I am extremely pleased with my buys.

I cannot be without mascara and had heard good things about this one. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from a drugstore mascara, but boy was I wrong. This is such a wonderful mascara for every day use that I might need to get another one so I don’t have to take this one out of my travel kit! It does all the things you want your mascara to do( lengthen, add volume) and is easy to remove. I also love the flexible applicator that reaches all those baby lashes you want to lengthen!

374 blackest black

I wanted my face to have a subtle glow to it and a bit of color, and since I didn’t have my blush or eye shadows with me, I though this could serve as a blush, highlighter and eye shadow. It actually worked so well that I might start using this for when I go back to work! I am so so happy I bought this:) It also comes with a small brush and mirror, which was very helpful since my makeup brushes were in my kit too. My favorite part was that I didn’t have to be too careful with it, even when I reapplied this in the evenings, I was left with a natural glow which looked so pretty. I used my fingertip to apply some to my lids and I had the perfect eye shadow:)

in the shade nude


This powder foundation was just the right shade for me, which wasn’t too hard to choose. All I had to was look at the L’oreal display photos and saw that Freida Pinto was wearing this shade so I went with it! We have very similar Indian skin tones, especially now since I have a bit of a tan:) This cover up came with an easy to use sponge applicator, went on smooth and I was able to use more or less depending on where I needed more coverage. The best part? It did not make my skin oily nor did it break me out! I will forever keep this in my travel kit! I’m intrigued to try other products from the true match line.

W6 Sun Beige

in the shade W6 Sun Beige

my beloved makeup bag sitting pretty
my beloved makeup bag sitting pretty

Lesson learned- I will listen to my husband and add “makeup” to my travel list. I just didn’t think I needed to add it. I figured it was a given. I was wrong though and from now I hope to never be without my makeup. In case you are though, I hope you are close to a drugstore so you can pick up similar items to get you through your vacation. Also don’t be like me and just relax! It’s not the end of the world to be without makeup right??


beauty · good reads · paper crafts

july favorites

I can’t believe it’s August 1st!! It’s time to share all the things I’ve been loving for the month of July. I have been definitely been more crafty this past month and less beauty product oriented. This may be because I use minimal makeup and keep my skincare very basic during the summer months. I don’t like to weight it down when it’s been so hot here in New York.

So here we go!!

The happy planner



I have been loving my new planner so much that I have to admit I am officially a planner addict! I didn’t realize how fun and addictive it can be to glam plan. I’ve had some sort of planner for several years, but recently I have been able to combine my love for pretty things, stickers, color schemes and paper crafts into one super fun activity- glam planning! I got hooked after watching Belinda Selene’s plan with me videos on YouTube and this video is how I discovered the happy planner. After watching it, I knew I had to have this planner in my life. I tried to order it on Amazon but it wouldn’t have been shipped for at least a month due to popular demand. So I ordered it directly from the MAMBI (me and my big ideas) site, along with some accessories.



One of the reasons I love this planner so much (besides the gold hearts), is that it’s customizable which I love. I wasn’t able to get all the accessories from the site so my mom and I made a trip to Hobby Lobby so I could stock up. By the way, that store is amazing!! I wish we had one closer to where we live. We spent around 2 hours in there- they have super cute stuff and if you’ve never been to a hobby lobby, you need to check it out. I liked it better than Michaels in terms of their paper craft selection. So I’ve been using my planner for about a month now and am completely obsessed with it. One of my favorite things is getting stickers from various Etsy shops!! My two favorite “plan with me” channels to watch on Youtube are Belinda Selene and Elle Fowler. It’s from watching these videos that I’ve learned about the Etsy sticker shops as well as getting planning ideas!



Also I am planning to list handmade cards on my Etsy shop so please look out for it!

Lush Sexy Peel Soap:


This soap has bits of lemon and orange peel in it that not only smell amazing, but gently exfoliate as well. This soap has been my favorite for the summer and I’ve been using it day and night for the past month. I am left with skin that squeaky clean and smells citrusy!

The luckiest girl alive: 


If you want to read a book that you simply cannot put down, get this!! I don’t have much else to say about this one.

The Bachelorette: I love to veg out and watch mindless TV including this show. Over the years, I have found that the bachelor and the bachelorette always deliver on the drama and I love it!!

This candle:


I got this watermelon lemonade candle from Bath & Body works and have been burning it every day or about a month now. I am loving the scent- it literally smells like watermelon flavored lemonade. I may have to buy another one since I’ve already almost burned through this one! It’s probably my favorite summer candle scent!