Someday, Someday, Maybe

I had seen this book all over twitter and honestly didn't even realize who Lauren Graham (actress from gilmore girls & parenthood) was! I read over the book description and thought it sounded cute but wasn't really my regular book choice so I never added it to my "to-read" list.

When I saw it was one of the choices for the balanced book club, I thought why not vote for it and give it a try? It was the first book selected and it ended up being the perfect timing because I wanted a quick & light read while I traveled over MLK Jr weekend.


beauty favorites

I usually don't do monthly favorites because I never seem to have enough to share, but these past couple of weeks there were some products that I was loving so much I wanted to share!

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Anastasia Brow Wiz in soft brown ($21): I think I was one of the last people to get on board with this little pencil and I was honestly afraid it wouldn't live up to the hype but the first time I used it I was like, "OMG! This is magic!" My biggest fill-in area is the front of my brows, which can also be the hardest to keep a natural look, but some how a few swipes of this brow pencil and my brows look more full & natural! If I can convince my husband to take some pictures (of my brows, haha), I'll post a couple of before & after pictures.

Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in smitten ($8.99): Every time I wear this lip product I remind myself I want to try out other colors because I like it that much. It doesn't last hours and hours on your lips like some more expensive lip stains, but it does stain your lips and it's non-drying! I discovered smitten on Steph's blog back in the fall and it was an instant favorite that I rediscovered this month. As you'll see from the swatch it's much brighter than the tube, which makes it the perfect pop of color!

Urban Decay Eye Shadow in blunt ($18): I can't tell you how long I've had this eye shadow, but it's possibly my favorite shade ever. I've been wearing it over my bare study paint pot & it's gorgeous! It's a neutral color but it has gold/bronze in it that really brightens your eyes.

Jo Malone Cologne in english pear & freesia ($60): I shared this in an after-Christmas post, but I wanted to share it again because I can't get over how much I love it. I have a couple of other perfumes, but on "regular" days I tend to just wear a body spray-- with this fragrance that isn't the case-- I want to wear it every day! The scent makes me happy & it's one that lingers on the skin all day.

Origins Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub ($29): I got this scrub as part of a late Christmas gift and am so thankful I did! This is a product I would have never tried on my own and the smell alone is amazing-- it's citrus with a kick. It's a gentle scrub that still exfoliates & leaves your skin feeling so nice and soft! There's a good chance the full size bottle of this will be making my wish list when I run out!

urban decay blunt
smitten & blunt

I'm getting back into eye shadow and even though I love blunt and have a few MAC shadows I love, I'm finally feeling the need for a new palette, so I need your help!

I'm leaning towards one of the naked palettes or the LORAC pro-palette. I've had good luck with the single UD shadows I own, and obviously all the hype speaks for itself, but something is also drawing me to the LORAC palette.

Do you own any of these palettes? 
Which is your favorite?
Is there another semi-neutral palette you love? 
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Whole Wheat Pasta Bake

I almost didn't post this because I thought it was too easy or too obvious, but I decided to share it anyway because it was really good! I call it my whole wheat pasta bake with ground turkey!


Sephora Haul (February 2014)

I haven't done a proper haul in forever-- mainly because I haven't done much fun shopping in a while, but when I saw the 100 point perks available I knew it was time to pick up a few things....


What I ate Wednesday!


Lancome Mascara Love

I'm pretty sure my first ever mascara when I was like 16 was Lancome. I've tried a handful of drugstore mascaras and other high-end brands (dior, YSL, benefit) but have never been close to as happy as I am with Lancome (YSL is a distant second).


Midweek Inspiration (II)


I had planned on posting What I ate Wednesday but I forgot to take a picture of my dinner so that was a giant blogger fail!

I wanted to get a post up but couldn't think of anything else at the last minute so I thought I would do another inspiration/motivational post because I love these types of posts from other people.

The above quote is something I definitely need to remind myself of pretty regularly, so I hope this quote helped to brighten someone's day :)

Happy Wednesday!

Products Worth Repurchasing? (recent empties)

I love reading through other people's empties posts because it's fun to see what products people actually use up & recommend. I was hoping to save up a few more products to talk about but I've been on a cleaning spree around our house and want to get rid of as much clutter as possible so holding onto a bag of trash really was starting to stress me out.
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