Review : Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Review

It feels like forever since I talked about a foundation on Dream in Lace, and that’s probably because HOLY COW it has been! A month or so ago I picked up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation on a whim. It was one of those long days that turned even longer with heavy traffic, so I made a pit-stop at Ulta and walked out with a new face. Oddly, I’ve never considered a foundation at Ulta before – and definitely not one from Urban Decay. But when I tickled down what I was looking for to a light, everyday foundation – I immediately thought: Naked!

I got color matched by a store clerk, and strolled around for a while before making a decision. Boy am I glad I did, as this bad boy seriously oxidized on me a shade darker. Similar to the L’Oreal Magic Nude foundation, Urban Decay’s Naked Foundation settles with a powder finish, and in that liquid-to-powder transition it darkened. Just something to keep in mind while color matching yourself.

I figure for a concise, full review – I’ll break this down into categories. Hitting on the key points for any foundation: coverage, texture, finish, color, longevity…oh, and I suppose price is important. Here we go!

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Reading : Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss Book Review

I know, I’m late to the party. As in, SUPER late. So late, that honestly I wouldn’t write a review of Anna and the French Kiss if what I had to say about it was the same thing that the gazillion of women and girls everywhere have already said. It’s become a cult favorite, widely discussed and GUSHED about all over the internet. And I finally read it.

What took me so long? Well, generally chick-lit books aren’t my cup of tea. And I know, it’s technically a ‘young adult contemporary romance!’ novel, to me: young adult contemporary romance = chick lit, only with younger characters. On rare occasion, say every 4-5 years, I get the bug to read something cute, and this time around it was Anna and the French Kiss that came calling.

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Work : Best Mobile Blogging Apps

Best Apps for Blogging and Work

If you’re like me, as much as you’d love to scour the internet, analytics, social media and all that jazz all day everyday – you just don’t have the time. Nope! Not at all.

Fortunately, us bloggers have technology on our side with tons (and I mean TONS) of options to have us scheduling posts, tweets, updates and scanning up-to-the-minute stats straight from your phone. And when you’re a go-getter running around all day, (or maybe tied to your desk at work) you can fit in some blogging work on the go. I mean, red lights are here for a purpose right: to schedule tweets. Heck, you can squeeze in seconds where you can all over the place – from in-line at Starbucks or the grocery, to sitting in a waiting room, hanging out in the car wash while your car skims through, on and on.

This makes me sound SUPER boring, but I don’t have any games on my phone anymore. I definitely don’t have time for Candy Crush but what I do have time for are some fast and easy apps to help me feel connected to Dream in Lace, even when I literally don’t have 5 minutes to spare. And yet, while I’m definitely not someone on the hunt for the latest and greatest app, I do feel pretty good about the go-to selections on my iPhone to keep me at least somewhat on top of my game. Hey, fake it till you make it right?

Let’s just buckle down and get to it. Here are my nine favorite apps for blogging on the go!

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My Laura Mercier Beauty Favorites

Laura Mercier Must-Have Products

Laura Mercier is one of those brands I LOVE, but really don’t talk (or even think) much about. When I get excited to try new products, they’re somehow an afterthought. Which is, INSANE considering I have more Laura Mercier products as daily fixtures in my makeup routine than any other brand. So, I just wanted to give them some love today. Okay, well actually I wanted to give them love weeks and weeks ago but somehow forgot about it. *Oopsies!* Better late than ever though!

Each of these products have been tried and tested time and time again. Get your pen and paper handy, because you’re going to need it! Here are my must-have Laura Mercier makeup and beauty favorites, that every girl should have in her stash!

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What to Watch on Netflix : Movie Edition

What to Watch on Netflix

It’s been a long relationship between Netflix and myself. We’ve had our ups and downs, but in the end we always come together for some really great times. And lately, I’ve been really loving my Netflix subscription and discovering all sorts of great indie, off-the-beaten path films that I thought I’d share with my lovely readers. I mean, I am seriously ALWAYS game for a good recommendation on Netflix. So please, if you have some – throw them at me! Build up my queue. Do it! I dare you ;)

No, I’m not a film expert or anything like that. My tastes are sort of all over the place too. If it’s well-done, I like it. And on occasion now I’ll be sharing my favorites on Dream in Lacebecause Netflix is ever-evolving and we need to just dish about it once in a while.

So get your queue ready! These are my current picks for What to Watch on Netflix!

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Fall : Boots Under $100

Boots Under $100

Fall is traditionally the season for boots; and for 2014: boots some with an i-e-s at the end, as in BOOTIES! Frankly, I think a good pair of boots is an investment, so splurging a bit on a good pair isn’t necessarily a bad idea. They’re likely to stay in style season after season, and only get better with wear. But, there are some really great options out there that ring in at under $100. While shopping around for myself, I thought oh hey! Perhaps my dreamers love a bargain pair of boots as much is these. So here are the booties I was lusting for, all less than $100!

Boots Under $100

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31 Days of Lipstick : Update 1

31 Days of Drugstore Lipstick Challenge
Those of you not following me on Instagram and Twitter might not be aware, but I’ve challenged myself to wear a new lipstick everyday through the month of October. And so far, I have already failed. #Fail

Not that it’s been a catastrophe though, because out of 7 days I have managed to wear 6 lipsticks. Sunday my lippie just happened to be Vaseline and I didn’t bother taking a picture, because is that REALLY necessary?

But let’s not focus on the negatives and instead focus on the positives! I’ve got 6 lip products worn and mini-reviews for each of them. Woohoo! Drugstore lip products to boot, so basically this is a win for all of us (including your wallet).

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Life: Confessions of a Halloween Connoisseur

Confession: I was a halloween store clerk

It was my senior year of high school, (or maybe Junior? I blacked it out) when I took my first ‘W2′ job at a pop-up Halloween store. My resume to that point consisted of regular babysitting jobs and for some reason a friend getting a job at a Halloween shop inspired me to do the same. It was my first interviewing experience, and to this day probably one of the weirdest. My interviewer posed such thought-provoking questions as: How would you answer to someone who says Halloween is satanic devil worshiping?

Needless to say, it was an experience. Recently on Man Repeller I read this gem of an article about a summer job as a grocery store clerk. (Here) It got me thinking about my days working at Halloween Express – a job I frequently look back on and cringe. Now an adult, I have a regular job in marketing, something I love and feel good about at the end of the day. It’s such a far cry from my days stocking shelves with masks that I felt inspired to talk about it. I mean, how many people can say that they worked at a Halloween store?

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In the Kitchen : Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

It’s officially fall, and that means Pumpkin recipes are high on my radar. And no, NOT just Pumpkin Spice Lattes, although I do agree those are fabulous! Last year I discovered the joy of pumpkin in cookie form through Butterscotch Pumpkin cookies, and this year – I decided to mix it up a bit more with these delicious Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies, including white chocolate chips. Can we say #YUM!

As far as cookies go, these are maybe a bit more work because you do roll each ball of gooey goodness into a granulated sugar and cinnamon mixture, but trust me when I say they’re worth the extra step.

So this weekend, if you’re hanging around your kitchen longing for something warm and scrumptious to eat, I highly suggest you whip up a batch or two of these. (Personally, I don’t see the point in making cookies unless you’re planning to double them!)

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My September Beauty Favorites

My September Beauty and Makeup Favorites

September was one heck of a BUSY month! With New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion weeks keeping my fingers busy on the blog…as well as work, posh events, football, concerts, laughs and more – things basically never stopped. It’s been a beautiful month in terms of makeup and fashion. Pre-Fall, aka THE BEST, time of year has found us once again. I mean, what’s better than a football game while it’s 80 degrees and sunny outside? Dare I say, Nothing!

I do have a list of September Beauty Favorites, that I was grabbing basically non-stop. I think one or two of these I may have mentioned in a favorites before, but who cares if they’re repeats? They’re still favorites! There are also a couple entertainment favorites. Let’s get started!

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