Thursday, June 9, 2016

Throwback Thursday | Engagement Session

Hello There!

We had our Engagement session on April 19, 2015 and I am so in love with our pictures.
We had a breakfast in bed theme for the first part of our photo session and then went outside to take some pictures in front of the beautiful yellow forsythia that had just bloomed.

I hadn't originally thought to do the breakfast in bed theme, but my fiance's only request was to have pictures with our cat so I came up with the theme to make that work.
The pictures came out absolutely beautifully and I could not be happier.

Our photographer is a family friend and he also did our Wedding pictures.  You can check Dustin on his website, facebook, and instagram!

Here are some of the pictures from our breakfast in bed styled shoot.

Just look how beautifully he captured her!  This is hands down one of my favorite pictures. 

Oh her little toes with my ring!  So precious!

We picked these mini bouquets up at Whole Foods and the sign I had custom made on Etsy.  The sign ended up being used at our wedding and my shower.  You can't really see in this picture, but behind the ampersand is a blue glitter snowflake (we got married in January!).

Look at that little face!  The collar we got her for the occasion has a detachable boutonnière rose made from felt and it made her look just a little dressed up for the occasion. 

We got bagels and chocolate milk for the shoot from the same place Jeremy got them when we proposed to me (check out how he proposed here!)

I bought these panda mugs and the spoons specifically for the shoot and they looked so cute.
I ordered the mugs I believe on Mod Cloth (you can get them here) and the spoons are from Etsy.

One of the spoons is imprinted with "I Love You" and the other says "I Know" which just makes my nerd heart happy.  
My ring was custom made and I wrote all about that process which you can read in part one and two!

This is actually how we usually relax, Jeremy plays while I read or we play together.
My outfit is a pair of leggings from Fabletics and the top is an oversized striped sweater from H&M.  Jeremy is wearing a graphic tshirt and a pair of flannel pj pants.  We wanted our looks to be ours, but cohesive.

The little milk bottles I ordered online along with the gold striped straws.

Ah black and white, it classes up just about anything.

This is another absolute favorite.  We had such great natural lighting for the shoot, we really lucked out that it was such a nice day.

I love this one too, but that could be because I live for these Kate Spade slippers.  I actually ended up changing into these for our Wedding reception too because they're too pretty and so comfortable.

One of the bouquets had daisies in it which was a nickname for my grandma and it made this picture extra special.

And here are some from outside.

The cat was really not too thrilled to be outside (as you can tell by her sad face and death grip), but we did get some nice pictures anyway.

Jeremy loves this picture, we're a little awkward at dipping (and still are!), but he loves it so I love it.
My dress is from Mod Cloth, the cardigan is from Target, and my shoes are from Boden.
Jeremy's blue collared shirt and khakis are old and his sweater is from J.Crew.

This is one of Jeremy's favorites partly because you can see the cat's on my dress.

This was a fun one at the end where everyone jumped in and photo bombed us.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as we do!  
I will soon do a post on some tips for an engagement shoot.

Until next time,

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Current Favorites: Face Mask Edit

Hello There!

Ever since I got engaged I've been taking better care of my skin and now that I'm married that hasn't stopped.  I use face masks weekly (sometimes daily!), but I am always switching up what brands I use and what kind of mask I use, but these few are my constant favorites.

I go between using sheet masks and regular face masks because they all have different results and effects.

Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask* smells just like cranberries and feels very refreshing on the face.  It has Kaolin Clay in it which detoxifies your skin drawing out impurities and leaving skin brighter and smoother.  It also has anti-aging plants stem cells and Vitamin C to help protect against UV rays and free radicals.  This mask has everything you need in one generously sized pot (this thing will last you forever!).  I've noticed a change in my skin already after using it once or twice a week for a week or two.

Valentia has generously offered my readers 35% off of their products (so you can try more than just this mask!) by using the code REFRESH35.  This is not an affiliate code and I do not get anything for you using it, you just get the benefit of a great deal.  This code will only be available until 05/31/2016.
Check out their other products featured on their Instagram and Facebook.

Here's that mask in action on my Snapchat (@effulgentlove).

I love these two masks from Glossier and typically use the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack and then the Moisturizing Moon Mask right after it. 
Mega Greens detoxifies your skin and mildly exfoliates it.  It smells just like the white clay that it has in it to purify your pores.
Moisturizing Moon is great to use right after because it brightens and hydrates your skin ultimately leaving you feeling squeaky clean and bright, but not tight.  You can use this mask on its on as well when your skin is feeling particularly parched.

I have become addicted to the Lush Fresh Face Masks over the past few months.  
Love Lettuce smells like tea tree oil and is bright green on the face.  It is great for exfoliation which brightens my skin and for balancing my sometimes oily t-zone.
Cosmetic Warrior also smells like tea tree, but also just smells clean.  It helps to sooth my sensitive skin and is particularly helpful around the time I get my period to treat and prevent breakouts.
Oatifix smells like banana bread and oatmeal cookies.  It is perfect for hydrating dry skin and sloughing away dead skin cells.

I grabbed this shot of the Love Lettuce mask on from my snapchat too!

Last, but not least are these sheet masks.  I love that these just take 5 minutes to use and you get such a variety in this one pack.  They may look actually terrifying when you are wearing them, but the results are worth it.
This particular pack from Patchology came with the Hydrate FlashMasque, Exfoliate FlashMasque, and the Illuminate FlashMasque.
I particularly love the hydrating mask because my skin is always so dang dry!

All of these masks do not irritate my sensitive skin so they should be good for just about anyone!
Let me know your favorite masks in the comments below.

Until next time, 

disclaimer:  I was sent the Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask by Valentia.  This post is powered by BrandBacker.  All items marked with an * I did not purchase myself and may have been given to me or sent by PR or a company for consideration.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekend Catch-up & Monday Motivation

Hello There!

I hope you all had a great weekend and that your Monday is going well.

This past weekend was the calm before the busy storm hits for the next few weeks.  We basically did nothing most of the weekend which was really nice, but we did go out on a short hike on Saturday morning.  It was a little drizzly on the hike, but it was nice still because there were not a lot of people out so we had the trail to ourselves. The above is us taking a picture by this carved wood bench and J would not stop making faces so therefore I couldn't stop laughing.

I also got the letter saying my car loan is paid off.  I am so glad to be done paying my car off and to officially own my beast car!

This quote is a great reminder that everything starts small.  This sentiment is definitely going to help me through this busy Monday I have planned and the note pad it is on is beautiful.

Have a fab week and stay tuned for some fun posts coming up this week!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Orglamix March 2016 Glambag

Hello There!

I got to try out some amazing products from Orglamix.  I have been using them over the last month since I got their March Monthly Glambag (shown below) which was called Lucky Chick. 

The theme for the month was definitely St. Patrick's Day based on the product names and the colors included in the box.  I love that all of the products are cruelty free.  They are also vegan, natural, and made in small batches which means higher quality control.

The box came with a card explaining all the products and with a coupon code on the back of it as well as their social media links. It also explains their initiative for donating a meal to an orphaned child in need for every box sold which is incredible.

Here is a look at everything included in the box.  I got an essential oil rollerball, aromatherapy lip balm, lip scrub, pure mineral eyeshadows, glitter pigment, and a cream eyeshadow/liner.

The lip scrub is called Shamrock Shake and smells like sweet mint and is fantastic at exfoliating my lips.  I use this a few times a week and follow it up with the lip balm.  The balm is very hydrating and smooth.  The lime scent of the balm is not overwhelming, but is a nice feature.

I am obsessed with the essential oil rollerball called Lucky Chick.  It has eucalyptus and various mints which makes for a very calming and relaxing scent.  I have this at work with me and put it on my pulse points and temples when I get stressed.  It is a great natural relaxer and helps me focus.

Pot of Gold is the glitter pigment and it is a bright yellow gold.  It is very pretty, but very chunky.  It'd be fun for a night out or a summer festival, but isn't super practical for every day for my office job.  Catch a Leprechaun is a primer, shadow, and liner all in one and is a beautiful deep pigmented mossy green that is great for any time of the year and for any occasion.  It looks beautiful for all three purposes.

The packaging is simple and similar to bare minerals for the pigment and the mineral shadows.  It makes it so easy to use all the products.  

The two mineral shadows are called Limerick and Eye-rish.  They are both gorgeous and very pigmented.

It is easy to get just the right amount of product out without getting too much with this packaging so I love that I am not wasting any product. 

From left: Pot of Gold, Eye-Rish, Limerick (limerick is there twice, the truest color is the left most swatch), and Catch a Leprechaun.

The glitter stayed put with just a regular primer which really impressed me and the other colors really last all day.  They are beautifully pigmented and I wear Catch a Leprechaun as a shadow and liner all the time as well as Eye-Rish.  Pot of Gold I reserve for special occasions or fun events and Limerick is so fun for the spring and summer and looks beautiful with a yellow gold shadow as well as browns to give a pop of color.

Overall I am very pleased with this box and the quality of the shadows.  I know they call it a glambag, but I find that confusing since it comes in packaging in a box with no bag.

If you are interested or want to find out more about Orglamix then head over to their website, instagram, or Facebook (see more social media links on their website!).

If you have any questions, comments, or whatever please leave them below!

Until next time,

disclaimer:  I was sent the March 2016 Orglamix Glambag by Orglamix.  I was provided the box for consideration.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Where Has The Time Gone? : Where I've Been and What's Next!

Hello There!

Long time no see!  It's been far too long since I've blogged last and I want to give you all some updates on what I've been up to before I jump back in to blogging regularly.

So, once Thanksgiving came and went the Wedding planning and finalizing everything went into full swing.  Honestly the last months of 2015 are a complete blur.

I got married on 01/01/2016 and went on my honeymoon right after.

I went back to work in mid-January and things at work went from zero to sixty.  All the projects and things pending from when I was out were awaiting me.  I also began launching our new systems at work which meant lots of overtime and working holidays and snow days.  It's been a very busy start to the new year and things are finally starting to calm down.

I will be doing a lot of post-wedding posts about everything to do with my wedding from planning to the big day itself and our honeymoon.  I will be sharing so many pictures about all of that too!  Those will begin to roll out next Wednesday with a new series entitled Wedding Chat Wednesday (how original, I know) and some will feature entires from my new hubby.

This week I have a post on a new subscription box full of organic makeup coming your way.  The box is just gorgeous and I cannot wait to share it with you!

I will also start posting again about my subscription boxes I currently get and about my favorite products.

More fashion posts will be going up including some on event styles, like weddings and other various parties as well as workout and casual wear.

I am so grateful to all of you who have stuck in there during my hiatus and anyone who joins me brand new from this point on!

Here's so more PBB in the future and getting things back on track!  

Until next time,

Thursday, October 29, 2015

For You Halloween Slackers: 4 Last Minute Costumes

Hello There!

Halloween is tomorrow and if you've been slacking on a costume and need to get one to wear to work or otherwise I have four quick ones you can whip up with things you may already have at your disposal.


For the Pumpkin I am wearing a shirt I bought on Etsy, but would be so easy to make with an orange shirt or sweatshirt and either iron on transfers or some fabric paint.  You could also just wear any orange colored top or cardigan.  I paired it plain black jeans from AE and flats.
You can do this up by wearing a pumpkin lipstick or doing up orange on your eyes or keep it more subdued with a simple eye and winged liner.

I also bought these adorable fabric earrings off of Etsy, but you could wear any black or orange ones or pick up a cute festive pair that drugstores usually have this time of year.

This look would also be so cute if you added some sort of pumpkin headband with a stem on it.  You can really customize this to make it work for you and what you have in your wardrobe or what might be easy and inexpensive to grab quickly.


I bought the Pusheen kigurumi as soon as it came out so that's what I am wearing here.  It is so dang cute and the hood has Pusheen's face and ears on it.
 You can make the cat yours by dressing in all black for a black cat, a bunch of colors for a calico, all white for a white kitty, or even rainbow for Nyancat.

I love this thing, it is so warm and cozy and look at the cute details on the back like the tail and stripes!

For my makeup I used black gel liner and a black gel pencil liner to draw on my nose, top lip, and whiskers.  I filled in my top lip with the black gel liner and my bottom lip with a pink liquid lipstick.
I messed up my hair a bit to give me a sort of lion's mane look which you could take a lot bigger than what I did if you want to go full on lion look for this.

Here's exactly what I used for my cat makeup look:Mary Kay's Gel Liner in black, Julep's Gel Eye Glider in blackest black, Too Faced's Melted Lipstick in Peony, and a cheap liner brush.  You can use any gel liner, a cheap liner brush, any pencil liner (I used a gel formula one), and any pink or red lipstick.

Minnie Mouse

For my Minnie Mouse I popped on my Minnie ears I got at Disney and a Mickey Sweater.  I put this on with some slouchy black pants from Fabletics, but this could be paired with a skirt for a more true Minnie look.
You could wear any black or red outfit and throw on some mouse ears to do this costume.

I did a very similar technique to the cat look with gel liner and the pencil liner for the nose and whiskers.  I added a red lip to this one and used white shadow to get the shine marks.

Here's exactly what I used to get this look: Meet Matte Nude by theBalm, Sephora's pencil liner in black, Mary Kay's Gel Liner in black, MAC's Retro Matte in Riri Woo (similar), and some very cheap makeup brushes.
I used the matte white shadow to do the shines, the matte red lip, and the gel liner and a thinner pencil liner to create the thinner mouse whiskers.

I couldn't resist grabbing the cat for a cat and mouse picture.  She clearly had other ideas and did not want to participate.

Heart Eye Emoji

For the last costume I did my rendition of the heart eye emoji.  

I wore this Wildfox sweater with it which is perfect for this costume.  You could really honestly wear whatever you want with this one since the whole costume is pretty much the face.

I made my hearts pink and matched them to my lipstick.  This was so easy to do and would be something you could throw on very quickly if you needed a costume in a pinch, plus you don't really have to paint your whole face yellow to get the point across.

I kept my same eye makeup I wore to work this day on and worked all of the costumes around it.  I painted the pink as close to my eyelids as possibly without actually going on them because I liked how that looked and it allows you to still have a bit of a glam eye for going out.

This is all I used to get my look, MAC's Viva Glam Miley 1 lipstick and a cream shadow brush from Sephora.
I will say I do not recommend using lipstick around your eye area, I concede that that was a very dumb idea as my eyes are pretty sensitive and were stinging a bit during this and even more when I tried to get this stuff off.
I would suggest creating this look by using some water in a pink powder shadow or getting a pink cream shadow and using that instead since it is actually made to go around and on your eye area.

To get all this mess off my face after each look I used YestoBlueberries makeup wipes and then Embryolisse  lait-creme concentre to cleanse my face and get the remaining makeup off (especially for the heart eyes).
I used MAC's Fix+ to wet the white shadow for the Minne Mouse costume.

I hope these help you if you're doing a last minute costume for today or tomorrow.


Let me know what you end up being for Halloween and have a safe and fun night!

Until Next Time,

disclaimer: All products I did not purchase for myself are marked with an *.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.