STUFF WE LIKE: February

Sugarfix by BaubleBar for Target: Our favorite jewelry giant teaming up with our home away from home for an insanely cute collaboration? Guys, dreams really do come true. From chunky chains to delicate tassels, bold statements to simple ear jackets, this collection has something for everyone (We all have at least one piece, so take it from the experts).

Physician’s Formula liquid eyeliner: The hunt for the perfect eyeliner is not dissimilar to the quest for the perfect white T – You want it to be soft but not flimsy, sharp but not stabby, and most importantly OPAQUE. There’s a lot of trial, error, and tears involved,  but when you find that perfect one? You buy ten of them.

Schitt’s Creek: Once every so often, the Netflix “because you watched _____, you should watch ______” algorithm wears us down and once every so often it really nails it. We weren’t sure why it kept suggesting we chase our Bob’s Burgers bingefest with No Country For Old Men, but this Eugene and Daniel Levy comedy really hits the funny bone (what’s that it also stars Catherine O’Hara? Sign.us.up). So alright, Netflix, you got us – we’re up Schitt’s Creek without a paddle…and we’re very much okay with it.

Dickson’s Original Witch Hazel toner: When your skincare routine could be described by the shrugging emoji, you need all the help you can get. Did you know you’re apparently supposed to be using a toner in addition to all the night creams, serums, and moisturizers? (You probably did, good for you!). Witch-hazel is purported to be an excellent natural toner – It fights acne, nourishes dry skin, soothes sunburns, minimizes damage from the sun, fights signs of aging, etc… you know, basically everything one of those magical “wonder cures” for whatever ails your face.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple: Looking for a hilarious read with a lot of heart? We recommend Maria Semple’s (The smart, funny lady behind Where’d You Go, Bernadette and This One is Mine) latest novel. It chronicles a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, a relatable mess of a human who is just attempting to do the little things, but life, of course, has other plans. It’s dark, it’s funny, it’s basically everything we search for in a book.

Off the Shoulder tops: Maybe it’s the unseasonably warm weather talking, but we’ve been loving all things shoulder baring. From cut outs to Bardot-inspired tops, our collarbones and shoulders are having their moment in the February sun.

Timeless Timekeepers: It used to be that when it came to watches you had to choose between the traditional and technology, but what if we were to tell you that you could have your watch and wizardry too? The Fossil Q watch is basically the best of both worlds – it syncs with your phone, controls your music, keep an eye on your texts, tracks your steps and activity, and lets you tell time without looking like something out of a Dick Tracy comic. It’s a win/win, friends.

We’re Most Definitely Matte About It: Trends may come and go, but we’re pretty happy that matte lipstick is sticking around. Don’t get us wrong – satins are great, creams are swell, and a little gloss every now and then never hurt anybody. But mattes are where it’s at for these girls! Our fave formulas at the moment? The Smashbox Always On liquid lip and the Revlon Ultra HD Matte!

Your new favorite Spotify playlists: If you’re anything like us, you’ve been in the midst of your fourth Hamilton bingefest of the day and thought to yourself, “Man, I wish Lin-Manuel Miranda could just DJ my life or something”… Well, somebody has been reading our diary because that dream is no longer just a wish our hearts made. That’s right everyone’s favorite Pulitzer-Prize-winning-so-close-to-an-EGOT-having genius has blessed us all with the greatest life soundtrack  (didn’t we tell you dreams come true?).

Lip Service

Take a deeeeeeep breath. Smell that? Spring is in the air, muthcluckas. I always look forward to this time of year because 1) hello? those gorgeous spring temps! and 2) as nature blooms, so do my creative juices. From switching up my style to trying (and failing, let’s be honest) to recreate those fancy pinterest hairdos, spring always inspires me to come out of my beauty hibernation. I find one of the easiest ways to either change up or complete a look is choosing an awesome lip color, but in the winter, I’m a one shade + balm kind of gal. While my lip color collection is dragon’s hoard vast (what’s red, black, and blue all over? My lipstick collection), I tend to lean pretty heavily on the same neutral, mauve-y pink (or vampy burgundy for those special occasions) in these colder months. So, with that in mind (and in case you too are in a beauty rut), here are a few of the shades I’m stoked to rock this spring…

(Bonus? They’re mostly drugstore. You’re welcome in advance).

A Nude Attitude – A good nude lipstick is like a good LBD – they’re good for almost every occasion and everyone should have one, but they’re not always easy to find. People come in a million shades, so it only makes sense that nude lipsticks do too! Sometimes it takes a little trial and error (or a whole lotta swatches), but like Goldilocks, with enough determination, you too can find the one that’s juuuust right.

Wearing: L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint in number 314, Spicy Blush

 

How Now Brown Lip? – I can’t deny it anymore – the 90s are back and it looks like they’re here to stay. From chokers to tiny floral prints to grungy flannels, this pre-millennia decade is having a resurgence not seen since the last resuscitation of the 70s. I resisted its siren call for as long as I could, but then this brown lipstick fell into my lap, and guys? I think I’m in love. There’s just something about it that makes me feel like the coolest indie chick to ever turn a sensitive jock’s head in a movie about misunderstood youths.

Wearing: Smashbox Always On Liquid lipstick in Stepping Out

 

Berry, Berry, Quite Contrary – If you’re as attached to your deep burgundy shades as I am, you’re probably a little anxious about giving up winter’s vamp for spring’s rebirth. Not to fear! Ease your way into the light with progressively lighter berry shades until one day (probably just around the start of summer if I had to wager) you’ll find you’re just wearing pink.

Wearing: Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in number 410, Blissful Berry

 

 

Red-y Or Not, Here I Come! – Fashions may change in the blink of an eye, but there are a few things that will be classic forever. Trench coats, blue jeans, white Ts, and of course, a red lip. There are few situations in life that are not improved by a red lip… except for maybe pulling that aforementioned white T over your head. I love one with blue undertones because it makes my teeth seem brighter!

Wearing: Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Crimson Cat

 

 

Violet, You’re Turning Violet! – UGH. I love a good purple. It’s fun and funky, yet surprisingly wearable and versatile. That’s right, I said versatile. To be honest, it’s easily the most wearable of the “Not Yo Mamma’s” lip colors. Don’t believe me? Try wearing purple in any situation you’d normally wear pink in (…unless you were planning on wearing purple) for a look that’s both unexpected and daring!

Wearing: NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in Run The World