November 24, 2014

Blue Suede Top






My brother & I took these photos a few weeks ago while I was in New Jersey visiting. With December almost here, I'm looking forward to spending time with family this holiday season & the New Year that is practically upon us. Personally, 2014 has been a rollercoaster ride for me. Great things & trying things have truly been the pattern for me this year. While I am thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way, it's easy for me to say that I'm ready for a new year filled with new adventures & happier times...I think a vacation is in my horizon. What are you looking forward to in the upcoming months?

Joe's Top - similar here, dress version here


November 20, 2014

Sticking To What You Know


Walking through Sephora during the VIB Sale, I was destined to find a blush that complimented my complexion but was from a company I never usually buy items from. Becca Cosmetics was first on my list to try. But for some reason I was drawn to a NARS blush and a Make Up For Ever Shadow Stick. I am a frequent customer of these companies so it made me think: should us makeup lovers stick to what we know or be daring and try products from companies we've never explored? Here are my reviews on these two products!



NARS Blush in Madly– It was hard to resist this NARS blush just for the clear fact that it is incredibly creamy and stunning when applied to the skin. Being a lover of cult favorites; Laguna bronzer and Orgasm blush, I knew I would not be disappointed.  What is great about this particular apricot toned blush is if you are fair skinned like myself you could easily use this versatile shade as a contour powder. Madly is just super soft, blends like a dream and I absolutely love it!

Make Up For Ever AquaMatic in Diamond Golden Gray – Sephora.com describes this product as a creamy, creaseless formula that provides nonstop color; this is the perfect description of this product. I was looking for a shadow that was low maintenance, something that was dark enough that I can smoke out to give my makeup look some extra glam (subtle sparkle in this shadow). I do recommend using a shadow primer under this if you have oily lids like myself. With a double ended sharpener and intense color pay off, it is clear why this product is a winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty.

Products used in the selfie below ;)

Do you tend to stick to makeup companies you know you love or venture out to try different brands? I love to venture out but I find nothing wrong with sticking with your holy grail products! Let me know what you think in the comments below! 


Till Next Time, 
Amanda 

November 19, 2014

Two Toned


If there's one thing people know about me, it's that I hate the cold. Many people who meet me say I remind them of a California girl -- I once met a San Diego native who told me I look like a Malibu babe (easily made my day). Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love NYC & am so blessed to be able to live in such a magical city, I just wish NYC happened to be located on the West Coast. I've already busted out my massive down-coat thanks to today's high of 28 degrees. If this cold front we're experiencing is a preview of what our winter will be like, I am outta here!! (but not really) Happy Wednesday & I hope you're all staying warm! xxFTF

Zara vest - similar here

November 17, 2014

Sunday Stroll







I spent a long weekend in Jersey where I took some time to relax & regroup. Feeling extremely well rested & excited for the week ahead! Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner?! Time is flying! The cold weather is finally here & I fear it's for good. What are some of your favorite winter activities? I love spending chilly mornings at Starbucks while enjoying a holiday coffee & getting some work done. Winter Sundays are my favorite, spent cooking while watching Sunday football, sipping eggnog around the brightly lit Christmas tree -- I might hate the cold but I sure love the holiday season. xxFTF

Gypsy top - similar here

November 13, 2014

Finding the Perfect Dupe



I have been trying to use up beauty products before I go out and buy brand new goodies. But the fact the cosmetic mecca of the Universe, aka my favorite store Sephora, was having a 20% off sale for their VIB members, naturally I had to grab some new products.

There has been a ton of buzz surrounding the Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in the color Lolita. I have been hesitant about purchasing due to the fact it is sold out online & figured I'd wait so I could get the VIB discount. When I was finally ready to make the purchase, I got so excited I was going to receive this coveted shade. Long story short, Lolita was sold out in my Sephora (and online too). Since I was still in the mood for this particular purple, brown shade that is so fabulous for fall, I was now on the hunt for the perfect dupe. Below is what I found!



Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Endless Purple - I ended up choosing Endless Purple for my Lolita dupe. The stain it claims to be is not as everlasting as other lip stain products I have tried. However, the creaminess, the way this product dries and looks on the lips is stunning. I just love how universal of a color it is, literally every skin tone could rock this cream lipstick! And for $13 for the amount of product you get, you cannot beat it!

Sephora Collection Nano Lip Liner in Lovely Lilac – You know I had to get the perfect liner to pair with my Sephora lip stain. I picked up this liner in Lovely Lilac. I do not mind buying "nano" sized products because I usually get sick of my makeup products before they run out. I did not notice anything too peculiar about the application of this liner; besides it being super smooth during application. Definitely worth the purchase being it was only $5 and compliments Endless Purple perfectly.

So if you are the quintessential makeup junkie like myself and have been longing to purchasing the infamous Lolita, why not try out this dupe! I was just going to make this post my Sephora Haul from the VIB sale but I just had so much to say about these products. Stay tuned to next week where I let you in on the other products I purchased!  

Till next time, 
Amanda 

Incognito

Hats have truly never been my 'thing'. Maybe it's because ever since I was little, people always raved about how good my sister looked in hats, convincing me that it just wasn't my 'thing'. But things have changed recently; my style, my clothes, my makeup routine, even my attitude; so I figured why not give it a try... & here I am! I wore my first hat to run errands a few weekends ago, feeling somewhat incognito. Needless to say, I am most definitely a hat person now & will be on the hunt as I'm spending the next couple days at home in New Jersey (which means I can drive to any store I want!!) Hope you're all having a lovely week! xxFTF

November 10, 2014

Calvin Klein

Here's what I wore this past weekend while working on a project in Brooklyn. The recent weather here in NYC has been pretty unpredictable, but thankfully my new Calvin Klein leather jacket was able to keep me just warm enough. I hope you all had a great weekend!

Gucci belt - vintage