Monday, April 20, 2015

Palm Print


Cat eye sunglasses and lady-like skirts are what I have been gravitating towards lately. With my new job I have been experiencing a bit of a wardrobe adjustment. For the last 7 years or so, I have worked exclusively with women. The only men I ever came into contact with during my work day was perhaps a bewildered husband or two, and the UPS delivery guy. With my new job I am the only woman in the office. I have found that more thought and planning now goes into my outfits as a result. Even my makeup has changed - where I would normally feel free to experiment with a bright lip color or even false eye lashes, I now wear more neutral and natural tones.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DIY Black and White Coffee Table


Several months ago I shared a project with you that I very proud of: my first 'big' DIY. Now I know that there are some major do-it-yourself-ers out there that could do this in their sleep, but for me this little coffee table project was a personal triumph. 

I had purchased this table for $5 outside at a Salvation Army sale, and it had sat around the apartment for a year or so while I figured out how I wanted to paint it. Originally I had thought that I wanted to paint it in a mosaic style, but as they say: Our strength lies in knowing our weakness. I decided to go with a simple cream and black color scheme, playing off the French upholstered chair that my mother had bought me for my birthday. I purposely placed a wider black stripe in the center of the table to trick the eye into staring at it longer while also bringing balance (since perfect evenly spaced lines would have ended with opposite colors at each end).

Monday, April 13, 2015

Scentbird - The Monthly Perfume Subcription Service


Today I wanted to revisit a brand that I have featured here on A•Mused before: Scentbird. It's a monthly perfume subscription service that delivers designer scents right to your door. If you're like me, there's plenty of designer perfumes that you'd like to try. However with designer perfume prices averaging $100 or more (lots more), it can be hard to purchase more than one. I mean..there are shoes, purses, and clothing that need to be purchased too! And let's be honest -it can be hard to stick to just one scent. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Milani Fierce Foil Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss

Wearing the Milan shade

I was sent the new Milani Fierce Foil Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss for review. I had never heard of a 'foil' lip gloss, and when I heard of it I first thought of the foil nail polish wraps. When I first opened the tube and saw the product on the wand I thought 'uh oh, I might not like this'. The product looked like it might have a little too much texture on the lips as the glitter isn't fine enough to be considered a shimmer powder (such as what I see in most shimmer glosses). 

Luckily this lip gloss is actually really quite fun. It is very true to a 'foil' but not so much that it's overpowering. It's not gritty whatsoever, and it's not sticky or goopy. It glides easily onto the lips, and the consistency isn't overly thick. A little bit goes a long way; just one swipe will have you covered. The glosses are moisturizing and don't leave the lips feeling dry.