Friday, January 31, 2014

Cult Cosmetics Nail Polish City Girl Black Box

My subscription addiction continues. I can't resist a penny box deal (it's how I discovered Julep-see my first Julep post here. Hello phone pics...). I was a bit hesitant to order this box from Cult Cosmetics as I had only seen the offer on Facebook and haven't heard much about the company. However, I figured for a penny might as well go for it! And I am pretty happy I did.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

UD Naked 3 | Smoky Quartz

Another Naked 3 look! I have been using this palette non-stop. My previous looks included: Pink & Chocolate and an Everyday Eye. This time I decided to smoke things out a bit more for a winter evening out (hence the snow in my hair...) I have been using the darker shades in this palette quite a bit but decided make it a bit more dramatic by pairing it with a coloured cream shadow base. I love the results and will be trying this method out with more of the Naked 3 shades.


Monday, January 27, 2014

NOTD | Dark Green Nails

I usually don't share my daily nail polish on this blog, opting for a quick photo on Instagram. Unless it's elaborate nail art or a swatch of a new-it shade, I tend to think it's probably not too interesting for you to read. However, lately I haven't had too much time for any crazy nail art, and I fell in love for these two dark green polishes.


Sunday, January 26, 2014


The snow hasn't stopped this week. Though I have been trying to stay warm indoors, I end up braving the below freezing temperatures whether it be for work or fun. 

 [Snowstorm in Chelsea, NYC]

 [A cute Bulldog post-it note find at Anthropologie]

 [Icy-cold city views.]

 [Walking to work despite the ice.]

 [Rococo investigating this phenomenon called winter.]

 [Of course, I complain, but I actually quite enjoy winter.]

 [& having snowflakes in my hair.]

Wishing you an amazing week!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

UD Naked 3 | Everyday Eye

This look here has been my new everyday make-up routine. At first getting this palette, I thought these rose "neutrals" might not be neutral enough for the professional side of my life.  I am coming to find that they are actually quite easy to wear and the rose tones actually are quite soft and natural.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review | Nail Rock Velvet Kit

Being a nail art fanatic, I was super excited to receive the Nail Rock Velvet Kit in Burgundy in my latest Birchbox (check it out here...).  So over the weekend, I sat down, read the instructions, and tested out this mani.


Monday, January 20, 2014


I truly apologize for being so boring. I feel like all I do is work! But that's one of the reasons why I love living in this city so much. Even when I am running errands or walking to work, there is always something interesting right around the corner...

[New washi tape.]

[Lunch break adventures in Red Hook, Brooklyn.]

[Views of Lady Liberty.]

[Taking the long way to run some errands.]

[Harry Potter stamps!]

[On the walk to work...]

[...and on the way back.]

Wishing you an amazing week!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Birchbox | January 2014

This Birchbox couldn't have come at a better time, I needed a little pick-me-up this week. The theme this month is "Go Time." And I am definitely in that mind set. So, let's get to it.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

UD Naked 3 | Pink & Chocolate

For my first time using the UD Naked 3 palette (see a full post here), I wanted to use a super pink shade to really see the difference in these rosey neutrals. I decided to go with Buzz, a shimmery rose pink on the lid and paired that with Factory in the outer crease as browns work well with pink. I think this look would be perfect for Valentine's Day as it reminds me of chocolate-covered strawberries. Yup, I am already anticipating V-Day...


Monday, January 13, 2014

MUJI Acrylic Drawers Make-up Storage & Review

I have been a big fan of the MUJI acrylic drawers look for awhile and had asked for the 5 drawer case for Christmas. My dear boyfriend obliged, and I was so excited to organize my favourite make-up products. I find it so easy to get ready in the morning. The five drawers roughly equate to the five stages of my make-up routine. As the MUJI acrylic drawers are quite popular, I thought I would share how I organize mine and a bit of a review at the end, especially if you are currently in the 5 drawer vs. 3 drawer vs. 2 drawer debate. Plus, though it's not all of my make-up, this is a good indicator of what I have in my make-up collection and who doesn't love seeing a make-up collection? So get ready for this storage, review, collection, favourites....all in one.

P.S. I have an updated post on my MUJI make-up storage here!

Sunday, January 12, 2014


A super cold, super work-filled week.

 [Finally had the time to try some of the amazing polishes from my nail mail :]. Thanks Annisa! ]

 [And it did indeed felt like -15.]

 [Early work mornings call for Starbucks.]

 [And early days off work call for lunch with Preston across town.]

 [A couple of new make-up items...]

 [Single, taken, I don't care. I love Valentine's Day.]

[Exploring the new Whole Foods in Gowanus.]

Hope you had an amazing week!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Nail Art | Blue Floral

First nail art of 2014! I have a bit of a love affair with floral print mani's (see here, here, & here), so I decided for the new year to sport a navy ivory rose pattern. The steely blues keep the vibe wintery even with the flowers.


Sunday, January 5, 2014


So far, I am loving 2014! This week I watched fireworks, had a fun snow day, spent lots of time relaxing post-vacation, and delved into my Christmas gifts.

 [A selection of 'What I Got For Christmas'.]

[Obsessed with this colour-changing mug from David's Tea.]

[I lucked out at the Post-Christmas shopping sales with this dream coat from Michael Kors.]

[An amazing fireworks show at Prospect Park for New Year's Eve.]

[Started the New Year off right with an at-home brunch, complete with mimosas.]

[A Snow Day at Prospect Park-see more here.]

[Enjoying the days off with quite a bit of Animal Crossing.]

[Started my New Year's Resolutions-here is a glimpse at my Project Life cover page.]

I hope you are having an amazing start to the New Year!!

Edit: Just noticed I had 8 pictures...Oh well, I think that means it's a good week! :]

The Weekend | Prospect Park Snow Day

Thanks to Snowstorm Hercules, Preston & I had Friday off and decided to brave the cold and take a walk to Prospect Park. Prospect Park is one of our favourite places in NYC all year. It's so amazing how different it looks every season.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Julep Maven | January 2014

 It's been awhile since I haven't "skipped" a Julep Maven month. My nail polish collection has been overflowing again, and I couldn't justify adding any new colours when I had so many I still needed to try. This month though had some great products I have been in need of, so I decided to get the Modern Beauty Box.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Resolutions 2014

Although intellectually I know that the start of the new year is arbitrary, I still can't help but experience the "fresh start" feeling that comes with January 1st. Every year, I make a list of resolutions but find that what I mark down is too nebulous that by the end of the year I am not sure if I truly made any progress or reached that goal. This year, I decided to make an actionable list with an objective standard, so when 2015 rolls around I can (hopefully) feel more accomplished.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Favourites | December Beauty

Happy New Year! I can't believe it's 2014! I am pretty excited for this upcoming year. But before I get ahead of myself, I thought I would share what I was loving for the final month of 2013. Only a few new things as December was quite busy and my shopping addiction was directed towards friends and family. October and November favs are still heavily on rotation, but here are a few things I have been loving.