Pucker Up! Pretty Pink Lips

I love makeup as much as the next girl, but I’ve never been one to spend a lot of money for it…especially when it comes to trends.

Right now I am loving bright pink lips! Over the past few weeks I’ve picked up four different lip sticks/stains/balms and glosses…all available in nearly every drugstore, and all under $15! Check out my new favorites…

(Left to right) NYC Liquid LipShine, Soft Lips Tinted Lip Balm, COVERGIRL Lipslicks, and COVERGIRL Outlast Lip Color

1)

COVERGIRL LipSlicks Lip Gloss "Princess 110" ($5.99 at my local grocery store)
It appears much more sheer on my lips than I thought it would, I would suggest using it over a darker pink lipstick if you want it to pop- I think it's too light to stand on it's own, but a great product for every day use or when lounging.

2)

NYC Liquid Lip Shine "Fashion Avenue Fuchsia 579" ($2.99 at CVS)
I LOVE this gloss, it smells like cake or something of the sort, SO yummy. Its a great gloss, and is dark enough to stand on it's own...I think it's a tad darker in person...this picture doesn't really do it justice.

3)

Soft Lips Tinted Lip Balm "Pearl" ($3.99 at Walmart)
This lip balm wears so light...almost white, which is too light for me. However, I have used it over a red lipstick and that combination creates a phenomenal shimmery pink color.

4)

COVERGIRL Outlast All Day Lip Color "Rose Pearl 547" ($12.49 at CVS)
I'm a huge fan of the Outlast Lip products, I swear they really do last and have a huge selection of colors. This pink is my favorite product out of every one in this post! I'm not sure why the picture appears red/orange...but the pink color is absolutely perfect.

Hand swatches…

(Left to right) COVERGIRL Outlast, NYC Liquid Lip Shine, COVERGIRL Lipslicks, Soft Lips Tinted Lip Balm

Even Khloe Kardashian is rocking the hot pink lips!

I snapped this picture of Khloe on WWHL Sunday night. I was loving her hair/makeup/outfit- she looked amazing! πŸ™‚

Do you have a particular pink lip product that you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!

TASTE by SPELLBOUND

I am so excited about this post for a variety of reasons. First off… does anyone listen to the Elvis Duran show in the morning? I tune in on my way to work every single day, and it really is the most entertaining program on the radio, I love starting my mornings with that crew!

Back in December or so everyone on the show was tasting and raving about these amazing cupcakes and truffles! They mentioned that she sold her truffles online and I was dying to check them out. Once at a computer, I immediately found her website and looked through all of the delicious treats she had available. I hate to admit that I never ended up ordering any… but was thrilled when I heard she was opening up a shop in Avon, CT…which happened to be very close to where I currently live.

I’d been following Miriam, the owner/designer/baker extrordinaire on Twitter and Facebook for a while now and have been completely blown away by the legitimate food porn that she creates and posts on a daily basis.

Taste by Spellbound has officially been opened for less than a month, and I finally made the trip to check it out!

The front of her new dessert studio at 5 Ensign Drive in Avon, CT. Credit
How fun is the design? Nearly everything was DIY! Credit
Re-furbished/finished chairs. Credit
Are these not the cutest tables you've ever seen? Credit
So much detail. She didn't miss a beat. Credit
A beautiful collection of frames lined the walls in the entry way. Credit

I must say, I truly admire Miriam for a number of reasons…

1- She has a kick a** style. Holy moly, this girl has such a unique but elegant/feminine look…not to mention she has mastered the perfect top knot/ bun!

2-She is so ambitious, a risk taker, and go-getter.

3- She is beyond talented. Let her desserts speak for themselves…you Β can honestly tell how amazing they are just by looking at them.

We picked up a little bit of everything
TJ's Carrot Cake. I honestly don't even like Carrot Cake- but I have heard so many people rave about this particular cake that I had to try...and oh my goodness, I've officially been converted! The cake was so moist and the icing was incredible, it was a stellar combination and I'm proud to say this was the first piece of carrot cake (in my life) that I honestly enjoyed!
We had to sample some truffles! Dark chocolate, carrot cake, and red velvet. They were all just as delicious but the dark chocolate was my absolute favorite!
Mike was so excited about the red velvet truffle- it's one of his favorite flavors.
Now that I was a carrot cake lover, I couldn't wait to try the carrot truffle! (Excuse the dead flowers in our apartment lol)
Yummy!!
And a peek at the dark chocolate..for good measure πŸ˜‰ (Ahh Mike needs a manicure...)
Chocolate chip & Peanut Butter Chocolate chip cookies!
Healthy lemon blueberry scone made with ViSalus Vi-Shape shake mix. This was the perfect breakfast this morning πŸ™‚
Mike was so obsessed with this strawberry cinnamon cupcake, he swears it was the best he's ever had...I took a bite and I can't disagree...that icing is something else! I can't wait to try some other flavors πŸ™‚
Miriam & I in front of the gorgeous butterfly wall in her studio. She was such a sweet girl, and put up with my millions of questions πŸ˜‰

I was so glad to finally visit this charming place! Everything was truly delicious and I will surely be back! (I’m dying to get my hands on one of her famous salted caramel cupcakes!)

If you are in Connecticut and looking for some delicious desserts…THIS is the place to go!

Spring Work OOTD

I’m starting to change up my work outfits now that Spring is here! Here is today’s OOTD in pictures…enjoy πŸ™‚

Chipper on the way to work this am πŸ™‚
Cotton Peach bell sleeved top.
Fitted black slacks
Off-white mini heels
Turquoise necklace that I bought in the Bahamas
One of my favorite Aquamarine cocktail rings
Light shimmer eye makeup- bronze/peach and light pink, liquid eyeliner & mascara
Loose ballerina bun πŸ™‚

How have you welcomed the Spring with your work clothes?

Motivated on a Saturday Day Morning!

I am in an amazing mood this Saturday morning! I woke up at 7:30 (which is pretty early for me) and was lying in bed dreaming about some upcoming beach trips, and the amazing bikini I bought last week when I had a serious urge to workout! I was debating between a run, a hike, a bike ride…I almost got up and joined the gym down the street! I snapped back to reality, and went into my living room to do a couple rounds of ab, arm, leg and butt exercises. After about 30 minutes of crunching and squatting I wanted to do something different. Then I spotted my roommates Body by Bethenny Β DVD!

Body-scultping workouts to unleash your skinygirl- I was in πŸ™‚

The DVD has 3 portions, a 40 minute yoga segment, a 10 minute strength training, and a 5 minute booty blast! I started with the 10 minute strength training- it was so simple and Bethenny was complaining the entire time…my kinda girl ;). It was just my pace. It felt really good to do a little work with weights.

(Excuse my bed head!) Doesn't everyone smile when they exercise?! πŸ˜‰

After the strength training I did the Booty Blast! It was ridiculously simple and quick- I did it twice!

Honestly, I’m not a fan of yoga- I don’t have the patience, or mindset for it, but I decided to give it a try. I did about 15 minutes of the yoga workout which was a nice opportunity to stretch out after everything I had already done.

What a pro πŸ˜‰

And Ta-da! It’s not even 9:30am and I got in solid hour workout, and a new blog post!

I'm feeling good!
Time to shower and do something about this hair LOL

So glad I got a workout in….I’m looking forward to enjoying this beautiful day! Have a wonderful Saturday everyone! XOXO

Gelish “Starburst” & “Rendezvous” Manicure

After about a 3 week hiatus, I am back on my gel manicures! I was missing my long lasting, shiny, strong manicures. After posting about the new Gelish Candy Land Collection I was dying to pick up their new yellow shade “Don’t Be Such a Sourpuss”.

They were nearly out! They had one of each color, except for "You're So Sweet, You're Giving Me a Toothache" which luckily, I already had!

I was so excited that there was one left…it appeared to be a pastel-yellow, but when I took a closer look, it was much more Frenchs Mustard-ish…with a hint of shimmer. I was so bummed, I didn’t end up getting it πŸ™

I don't think I'd care to look at this color on my nails for 2 weeks lol

This Sallys had a poor selection of Gelish colors in general, so I didn’t end up buying anything new. I got home and decided to work with colors I already had.

I chose to work with Gelish Starburst and Rendezvous.

I used Rendezvous, a deep magenta/pink on all of my fingers except for my thumb, and ring finger…which were painted with Starburst.

I'm not sure that I love these colors together, but it was something different! (Rendezvous isn't as red as this picture would suggest)
Day 5: Still chip free and shiny πŸ™‚ (Oh I've missed manis that last longer than 2 days!) This shows a more realistic shade of "Rendezvous"

UPDATE: (I like to note the longevity of my gel manicures) I tweeted a picture of my manicure on day 11…it was still holding up, but I am really ready for a change.

Day 11

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