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HM jersey Jacket

HM jersey Jacket

Nanushka Minee Croc-effect Leather Belt Bag

Nanushka Minee Croc-effect Leather Belt Bag

Hm checked Jersey jacket

Hm Jersey jacket

Hm checked Jersey jacket

Hm checked Jersey jacket

Hm checked Jersey jacket

Hello! I recently went on a blazer spree, and I ended up buying quite a few pieces probably more than I needed to. Today I'm going to share how I styled this very budget-friendly blazer two ways. I kept the blazer and bag as the main focus for the first outfit. I styled it with a nude midi dress from Zara and my new Nanushka Minee Croc-Effect Belt bag.

Dress: Zara Blazer: H&M Shoes: Zara (old) Bag: Nanushka Earrings: Zara (old)

For the second outfit I had to attend an event so, I kept it casual and wore a black tee and high waisted jeans. I'm a jeans and tee kinda girl so, this is how I normally wear my blazers on most days. I sized down for the blazer if you're petite I would suggest doing that as well, or you can size up for an oversized boyfriend blazer look. The quality is excellent for the price, and it's also very on trend.

Top: Nordstrom Jeans: Zara Blazer: H&M Shoes: Aldo Bag: Chanel Bracelet: Hermes Nailpolish: LondonTown Lady Luck


Etienne Aigner Marelle Sock Booties

Etienne Aigner shoes

Etienne Aigner sock booties

Hm knitted dress

HM knitted dress

Happy Monday!! So excited to begin October and work on my fall/winter capsule. I recenly had the pleasure of visiting Etienne Aigner office for a sneak peak of their upcoming Spring 2019 collection. I loved the handbags which will be available on january 2019, I'm including photos of a few pieces that have caught my eyes. 

Etienne Aigner also gifted me a beautiful sock booties- in cordovan calf suede. The chunky heels makes this booties super comfortable for day to day wear. The athleisure inspired style features a navy patterened strech gore panel with racing stripe at the ankle. 

I paired the booties with a navy blue knitted maxi dress which I purchased last year from H&M. I really like the flute sleeves and the backless detail on this dress. It's the perfect dress for a fall date night! 

Dress- H&M (old) Shoes- Etienne Aigner Bag- Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch Earrings- Zara (old) 

Etienne Aigner

"Aigner shoes and handbags are distinguished by luxurious materials, artisanal craftsmanship, multi-functionality, and signature hardware. Enduring hallmarks include the iconic logo–an “A” refined to resemble a horseshoe–and use of materials such as fine cordovan leathers from Italy and hand-woven textiles."

Etienne Aigner

Etienne Aigner Handbag

Etienne Aigner Handbag

Etienne Aigner Handbag

Etienne Aigner Handbag

Anine bing green plaid blazer

Anine Bing Madeline Plaid Blazer

Fall Fashion trend 2018

Hello, Fall! I'm beyond excited that fall is finally here well, I should say almost here cause New York weather is quite bipolar. Ok, enough about the weather let's talk about this gorgeous new Anine Bing blazer I recently purchased. I purchased it a few weeks ago, but I was waiting for the weather to cool down. I love the oversized blazer trend, but since I have a wide shoulder and a fuller bust I can't really pull off the oversized look so, I sized down and bought the size- M. It still felt roomy and slightly oversized yet structured just the look I was going for! 

Top- Madewell Blazer- Anine Bing Jeans- Denizen Bag- Gucci Shoes- WhoWhatWear (old) 



Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion Swatches

Laura Mercier recently launched a few new products, and since some of you asked for swatches, I thought I would feature them all in one blog post. Today I'm going to review:

Blush Colour Infusion $30 each for 0.2 oz.
Lip Glace $26 each for 0.15 oz.

First up are the new blushes there are 10 shades to choose from, and it comes in two different formulas- soft matte and pearl sheen. The blushes are rich in pigment and have 10-hour wear, it has sheer to buildable coverage. The weightless, silky smooth texture helps to blend out the products seamlessly. 

Soft Matte Shades:
  • Rose
  • Chai 
  • Ginger 
  • Strawberry
  • Kir Royale

Pearl Sheen Shades:
  • Sangria 
  • Pomegranate
  • Fresco 
  • Peach
  • Grapefruit

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion 

I received 3 shades:
  • Peach- a sheer light coral with a golden undertone and it has a shimmer finish. 
  • Rose- rose pink shade with a soft matte finish.
  • Sangria- plum berry shade with a cool undertone and it has a shimmer finish. 

Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion $30 packaged in a sturdy mini compact. I love blushes, and I'm always looking for new ones to try. These blushes are silky smooth I love both finishes, and the weightless formula delivers a sheer wash of color that looks very natural and not overdone. 

I really like the shade range there are soft neutrals to vivid pops of colors to choose from. The shades are also great for all skin tones my favorite is Peach- it reminds me of Nars Orgasm, but a wearable version without the chunky glitters. I always have issues with blushes fading away within an hour or so, but these stays put all day long! All three blushes look great on my tan skin complexion. I have been rotating Rose and Peach for the past few weeks these two are perfect everyday blushes. 

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion Peach
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Peach

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion Swatches
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Rose

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion Sangria
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Sangria

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion Swatches
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion

Laura Mercier Lip Glace Review
Laura Mercier Lip Glace

Laura Mercier Lip Glace $26 Housed in a sleek clear tube with a doe foot applicator. There are 26 shades, and the shades range from nudes, pinks, berry, mauve, coral, and red with cream and micro-shimmer finishes. I have six shades to review:

  • Baby Doll- a shimmering pink.
  • Opal- a coral shade with gold micro-shimmer. 
  • Sparkling- a shimmering light peach.
  • Bare Blush- a cool tone mauve. 
  • Bare Baby-  a light pink shade with micro-shimmer.
  • Cosmic- a clear gloss with shimmer.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace swatches
Laura Mercier Lip Glace

The Lip Glaces aren't new cause I remember purchasing the shade Baby Doll years ago. These glosses have high-shine, sheer to medium coverage, and it has a unique blend of moisturizing, anti-aging, antioxidant and plumping ingredients. The nonsticky formula helps with the even application,  and the thick creamy consistency wears comfortably on the lips. I sort of became a gloss junkie over the past few months, and I tried so many glosses from various brands. This along with Urban Decay glosses (review here) are probably my favorite glosses at the moment.

These glosses are long lasting I get at least 4-5 hours of wear before it starts to fade. The color payoff is quite opaque except for Cosmic- it's a clear gloss with beautiful shimmer. The glosses smell delicious it reminds me of marshmallows/sweet vanilla I don't find it very overpowering but if you're sensitive to scents keep that in mind. I didn't notice any plumping effect, but the brilliant shine can give you a fuller pout especially if you slightly overline your lips with a lip liner and top it off with the Lip Glaces. My favorite shades are Sparkling, Bare Baby, and Opal.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace Swatches
Laura Mercier Lip Glace

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder review
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder $38 the iconic Translucent powder now comes in the luminous glow! I'm a huge fan of the original setting powder it's what I use to set my concealer and t-zone. The new glow powder sets makeup for up to 12 hours of luminous weightless wear. The powder is pearl infused, so it gives you a beautiful, healthy looking radiant finish. This is a no flashback formula, doesn't settle into fine lines, crease or emphasize on pores. There are two shades- Translucent and Radiant Deep. The Glow Powder has a champagne hue with fine micro-shimmer, and due to the ultra smooth formula, it doesn't cling to any dry patches. 

I have combination oily skin with large pores so I was a bit unsure of how it would look on me. I definitely won't recommend you set your entire face with this powder. I like to lightly dust a mattifying powder on my t-zone and use the Glow powder on my cheeks focusing on the areas I would like a healthy glowing finish. You can also dust the glow powder on your collarbones or shoulder. 

I used to be a fan of all things matte, but this year my skin has been totally unpredictable, so I started experimenting with my makeup routine. I stopped using powder foundations to set my foundations instead I opted for a lightweight translucent powder. I focus it only on the areas that are oily, and I was thrilled with the result. This new glow powder is right up my alley I just have to be light hand with the application and focus on suitable areas.


How to apply Set up/Set down:

Set Down:
  • Use the original Translucent Loose Setting Powder to set down makeup to reduce the look of unwanted shine and texture.
  • Using Laura's Velour Puff, press and roll the powder onto the desired areas, including the forehead, lower cheeks sides of the nose, and around the mouth, chin, lower jawline.
Set Up:
  • Use the Glow Powder typically where the skin is naturally smooth or where you want to catch the light. 
  • Using the Glow Powder Brush, apply powder to the areas you want to set with luminosity, including the temples, cheekbones, apples of the cheeks, bridge of the nose and cupids bow. 

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier also launched a new Glow Brush $38 it's designed to apply the powder evenly all over the face. The curved shape is designed to fit the contours of the face, and it helps sweep powder smoothly and effortlessly.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Final Verdict:

Laura Mercier products are classic, simple yet elegant that's what I most love about the brand. The new blushes are just that, and it's my absolute favorite! The wearable shades range is perfect for all skin tones. The Lip Glaces are also something I would highly recommend.

As for the Glow Powder, it might not be for everyone I feel like it depends on how you much glow you prefer. The powder contains micro-shimmer, so it creates a soft, subtle glow to the skin. I know a lot of people with oily skin shy away from anything glowy, but I live for a dewy, luminous glow! 

Lip Glace, Blush Colour Infusion, and Translucent Loose Setting Powder are now available at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus

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*Laura Mercier provided products for review purpose.



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Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 

Urban Decay recently launched the Born To Run Collection, and I'm really excited to review the entire collection. This collection was designed to be universally flattering for any skin tone and any lifestyle. The collection has everything you need to create neutral or fun, bold looks. 

Born To Run Collection includes:


Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 

Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette $49 housed in a sleek, thin rectangle palette it also has a full-size mirror inside and the exterior of the palette has prints of travel destinations. I love the packaging it's like looking into someone's vacation photos. 

There are 21 eyeshadows it's a mix of matte, satin and shimmery finish. I love the shades in this palette it's got the perfect mix of colorful and wearable neutral shades. The shadows are highly pigmented, and the texture is velvety smooth with minimal fall outs. I used this palette 5-6 times, and the only shade I had issues with is Wildheart it went on a bit patchy it's still pigmented, but it's not up to par with the rest of the shadows in the palette. Usually, matte shadows tend to be more on the powdery side. However, this is not the case here I'm really impressed with the formula and how they performed. The shimmers are even better it applied like a dream thanks to the smooth formula, and it lasts all day long! 

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette


  • Breakaway- warm ivory shimmer
  • Stranded- pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer
  • Blaze*- light metallic with a pink shift
  • Weekender- light neutral beige matte
  • Still Shot- bright peach
  • Riff*-brown-nude matte with micro-sparkle
  • Good As Gone- deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer
  • Hell Ride- deep fuchsia matte
  • Baja- burnt orange matte
  • Accelerate- reddish copper metallic
  • Guilt Trip- smoky purple shimmer
  • Ignite- rose gold metallic
  • Smog*- deep coppery bronze
  • Wanderlust- forest green with gold micro-shimmer
  • Wildheart- bright fuchsia shimmer
  • Punk*- reddish-brown matte
  • Double Life- metallic rust
  • Jet*- black with deep shimmering purple shift
  • Drift- charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle
  • Radio-deep emerald satin
  • Big Sky- frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle
*Existing shades from previous launches.

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection lipsticks
Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks Born To Run Collection

Born To Run Collection Vice Lipsticks $18 the three limited edition lipsticks have similar travel destination photo packaging as the eyeshadow palette. I will be honest I was not thrilled about the shades at first even the neutral lipstick seemed too dark, but once I swatched the lipsticks, I was warming up to the mauve nude lipstick shade 66. The comfort matte formula really lives up to its name it's very comfortable on the lips, nicely saturated and it lasts for 3-4 hours before it starts fading. I love deep berry shades especially during fall and winter so Marfa will transition nicely into fall. The Metallic have a comfortable formula although it's a bit sheer the glitter is very fine, so it doesn't look over the top, and it's also long-lasting. But I'm not a huge fan of metallic lipstick so needless to say Ready? was my least favorite.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks
Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks Born To Run Collection



  • Marfa- dark berry with pink micro-shimmer
  • Ready?- bright rose sparkle
  • 66- rich mauve-nude

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks
Urban Decay Marfa Vice Lipstick Born To Run Collection

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks
Urban Decay Ready? Vice Lipstick Born To Run Collection

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay 66 Vice Lipstick Born To Run Collection

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray 

All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray $15 this also has the same limited edition packaging as the eyeshadow palette and lipsticks. This setting spray was developed in an exclusive partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, this groundbreaking, a clinically tested formula is suitable for all skin types, and features patented Temperature Control Technology. It actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush, and concealer in place—even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions. 

The travel size makeup setting spray keeps makeup looking just-applied for up to 16 hours. The sprayer delivers a microfine mist that goes on so light, it's non-sticky, and it doesn't settle into fine lines. This is great for all skin types especially if you have oily/combination skin I love using this spray during summer it really helps my makeup last all day long. 

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil 


24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $21 the two new shades and one cult-favorite (Lucky) are the perfect complements to any Born To Run eye look. I remember discovering UD eye pencils when I was 18, and it's been one of my favorite product since then the shade Zero is a must-have for me.

These liners are incredibly soft, and creamy so no need to tug your eyelids they glide on like butter and it's also waterproof. It's easy to smudge so you can use them as a base for your eyeshadow or create the perfect winged liner. I love all three shades I've been using them as a base for my eyeshadows it helps intensify the eyeshadows, so it's ideal for nighttime looks. The fun fact about the 24/7 glide-on liners is that its creamy for about 30 seconds then it dries down to a long-lasting finish.

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

  • Lucky- dark metallic copper
  • Overdrive- deep green metallic
  • Double Life- reddish-brown metallic

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 

Final Verdict:

I think I haven't been this excited about an eyeshadow palette in a while I love everything about this palette from the packaging to the formula its perfection. I can see myself traveling with this palette since it has a great selection of shades and finishes so I can create a variety of looks with just this palette. I know we all have more than enough palettes in our collection, but this is a palette you don't want to skip out on! My top picks are the eye pencils, eyeshadow palette and the travel size makeup setting spray. 


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*Urban Decay Provided the Born To Run Collection for review purpose.

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