Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!! Sephora sale!!!


So I practically audibly squealed today as I checked my mail.  The information regarding the Sephora holiday coupon came in!  As I am a VIB Rouge, I'm not 100% sure what the sale is for regular VIBs or Beauty Insiders, sometimes it is the same, sometimes it is different.  However, for the VIB Rouge members, the deal this year is 20% off from November 6th-November 10th...so mark your calendar now!  What I LOVE about this, is that you can use the code as often as you like in between the allotted days, it's not a one-time-use code.  So if you want to buy your must-haves and take a few days to decide on the rest of your cart, you totally can.  For this, I usually go into the store and buy the things I want to look at before I decide to buy (mainly limited edition things), and then I go on the website and buy all my necessities (Clairsonic brushes, foundation, concealer, things that are already my favorite).  Basically, I try to do all my stocking up!  

Would you like to see a post of things I plan to buy?  What do you plan on buying during the sale?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Showtune Sunday! 10/26/14

This is my first installment of Showtune Sunday!  I will be sharing with you a small peak in to my massive iTunes playlist of Broadway and Movie-Musical recordings!  Theatre is such a massive and inspirational part of my life, so I can't wait to share this with you!

My first song is One from the show Bare: A Pop Opera.  This is a show I've been on-and-off border-line obsessed with since early high school in the mid-2000s.  It definitely deserves more attention that it gets and I love that it shows how edgy modern theatre can be.

Anyhow, give it a listen.  This production features the amazing Lindsay Pearce who was featured on Glee as well as being a contestant on the competition reality show The Glee Project.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Fragrance Favorites

Fall Fragrance Favorites

Fall is hands-down my favorite fragrance time of the year.  Sure, I love tropical coconuts and pineapple fragrances in the Summer and I can't stay away from smelling like a sugar cookie around Christmas.  But, Fall scents have always appealed to me most.  Maybe it's because they are so warm and cozy versus the more exotic scents coming from Summer, or maybe it's just because I love when the weather starts to get a bit colder.  Anyhow, I've rounded up my top five fragrance picks for the season!

1. Pumpkin Latte & Marshmallow Comfort - Bath & Body Works - It's been a LONG time since I've really loved a body product from B&BW.  Some of their fragrances take me back to middle school and maybe that's why I never really love any of them, but this one hits it completely out of the park.  For years now, I have been looking for the perfect foodie scent that was a body product that didn't make me smell like I just walked out of Yankee Candle.  This is it!!!  It is the most amazing warm sweet vanilla scent with just a hint of pumpkin.  I made use of the buy some get some at B&BW when I bought this and I purchased the entire line in this scent - it is amazing!  It also isn't so pumpkin-y that it can't carry past November, I will be using this all Fall and into Winter!

2. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb - Sephora - This fragrance hardly needs an introduction.  I wear this scent from the first chilly morning in September until April.  It is a bit heavy to wear in the Summer time, which makes it the perfect Fall scent.  I have not met one person who has tried Flowerbomb and has not liked it.  It also has a bit of masculinity to it, which I actually like in fragrances.  Despite it's name, it's not over-the-top floral, but more spicy.

3. Marshmallow Fireside - Bath & Body Works - Oh.  My.  Goodness.  This is my all time favorite candle scent...I am completely obsessed!!!  For a few years now, this has been my scent of Fall.  I can't even explain what it smells like, except that it smells like you are literally roasting marshmallows over a fire without actually doing so.  Over the years that this has been out, I've realized that they have stopped offering as much in the scent and I really hope that isn't a sign of it's looming extinction.  My favorite product in this scent are the little on-the-go fragrance gel clip ons (I forget their technical name).  It makes my car smell AMAZING and the scent lasts forever!

4. & 5. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black & White - Sephora - I've held off on buying these for so long, mainly because I knew that if I bought one, I would NEED to buy the second.  Of course, when I finally broke down and bought the Black, within a few hours of wearing it, I had my order placed on Sephora for White.  I really love them both, but if I had to pick a favorite of the two, it would be the Black.  It's a bit spicier than the White and less floral.  However, the Black is a bit heavy for everyday wear, which is what the White is perfect for!  I struggle finding lighter scents for Fall and Winter everyday, but the White is lovely!  It is a bit floral (more than what I normally like), but it's not a light floral, it still has a bit of spice to it, reminiscent of the Black.  I also like putting a little of both on and it smells AMAZING!  Do yourself a favor and try these!  I see that Sephora now offers a set with two mini rollerballs, I definitely recommend to spring and buy it if you have not tried them already, I wish the set would have been available when I got mine!

What are your favorite Fall fragrances?  Have you ever tried any of the fragrances and products I mentioned?  Sound off in the comments below!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Drybar!

Okay so, major apologies, I realize I have been gone for almost two months...but now I'm back and it's going to be hard to get rid of me! :)  With school and classes starting and getting out of Summer mode, I didn't have much free time, but now that I'm in the swing of things, expect to be hearing more from me!
Anyhow, in the two months that I have been blog hiatus-ing, I have been itching to do a post on the amazing experience I had at the Drybar in the Upper East Side during my trip to NYC in August.  First of all, if you don't know what Drybar is, it is a hair salon that only does blowouts, no cuts, no colors, nothing but blowouts!  For $40 and a half hour later, you come out looking absolutely beautiful and you feel pampered.
I went in to Drybar with an appointment that I made online a few weeks before, there were plenty of appointment slots left and the signs around the store encouraged walk-in clients as well.  It was a VERY hot and humid day, so after walking around the city the entire morning, the air conditioning and lemon water they offered would have been enough to make me feel like my $40 was well spent.  They took me almost immediately and whisked me away to the back shampooing room.  The girl doing my hair didn't make much conversation during my trip there, but I was okay with that, I'm not a big chatter when getting my hair done (I'd rather they focus on my hair!).  After being shampoo'd and conditioned she brought me out to the front room that was set up like a bar with stools, and the stylist asked me what I was going for.  I explained that I was seeing a closing night performance of an off-Broadway show, so I wanted something a little bit fancy but not too fussy, she suggested the Cosmo-Tai (all of their styles are named after beverages!), which was a mix of their Cosmopolitan (loose romantic curls) and Mai-Tai (messy beach waves).  She quickly began drying and styling my hair, in front of the "bar" was a few televisions that constantly play chick flicks, so I was able to watch part of "It's Complicated" while she worked on my hair.  Unfortunately, I must not have been paying attention when she began styling my hair because she parted my hair on the opposite side than I would have liked.  For some, this wouldn't matter, but for those of us who HAVE to have their hair parted on a certain side, I was a bit flustered and upset that I didn't speak up.
In about 30 minutes from the moment I stepped in, my hair was complete, and my stylist turned me around to face the wall of mirrors that are purposely behind you while you are being styled.  Even with my unfavorable part, I still LOVED it!  My hair was so bouncy and shiny and gorgeous!  I feel like I could spend an entire day on my hair and it would not look as good as it did!
Unfortunately, my hair didn't stand up that great against the heat, humidity, and sweat of the day into the next day, but it did still look great at the closing performance of Heathers!  I sadly, had to pull my hair up the next day.  The curl had come out, but it stayed "clean" for quite a few days afterwards.  I am willing to say that if it wouldn't have been so humid and hot outside, I am 97% sure that the style would have lasted at least three days!
When I got back home, I binge-bought a bunch of Drybar products from Sephora and I have my eyes on the signature Buttercup hairdryer for Christmas! Anytime that I visit a city with a Drybar nearby, I will be stopping in!

Work in progress!




The finished product!



More pictures below the cut!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mix & Match Cardigans & Boots

With Fall rapidly approaching (can't you just smell the PSLs from Starbucks already?), it's time to start to think about dusting off some Fall staples, including my favorites: cardigans and boots.  Both are so effortless and can carry you from the end of September to honestly into February!  After searching around on Polyvore, I found a few ones that I adored from a a few of my favorite brands!  For the exact info on where to buy each piece, check out my post on Polyvore.


Mix & Match Cardigans & Boots

Mix & Match Cardigans & Boots by madeupon featuring Frye

Cardigan Brands from L-R: Zara, Topshop, Topshop, H&M
Boot Brands from L-R: Frye, Frye, Frye, Hunter



Saturday, June 28, 2014

All Kinds of Pop Culture-y Goodness

Let me preface this by saying that when I like something, I REALLY like it.  The obsessive personality is kind of my thing.  So with that being said, here are some of my recent favorites!


Heathers the Musical
Have I ever mentioned how much I love musicals?  The soundtrack to Heathers makes me literally want to jump on the next Megabus that passes to see it in New York.  It borrows itself ever so lovingly from the 1988 movie that made everyone want to be a Heather.  For more info check out http://heathersthemusical.com.  How very!



"I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends" by Courtney Robertson
My Monday nights are pretty much always devoted to watching the Bachelor (or Bachelorette) and this book is a must read for anyone who has watched the show!  I didn't watch the season that Courtney was on, but reading about the process of the show and what actually happens made the read well worth it!  You can buy the book here. 




Ladies of London
Anyone who is even slightly interested in the lifestyles of our friends over the pond in England, and if you say you're not interested, you're clearly lying.  The show clearly shows the difference in high society in the US and in London, which kind of makes me want to put on an accent and leave the states immediately.  Also, Alexander McQueen's wife is featured!




Jersey Boys
Refer back to my post on Heathers, I freaking love musicals!  I was able to see Jersey Boys on tour a few years ago, and loved it!  The movie did not disappoint!  The talent is on-spot which always seems to be a problem for movie-musicals (Gerard Butler in Phantom?  Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia?)  The only downside is that you have the songs stuck in your head for about 5 weeks after seeing it!




Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jamberry Nails!


Before I start on this post, I feel like I need to put it out there that I am in no way affiliated with Jamberry.  I am not a consultant nor am I trying to get you to buy something, I just want to share my "Jamicure" with you guys!  

I also want to give a big thank you to everyone who reads this and has to look at my disgusting cuticles, stress wreaks havoc on them.  I apologize for that.



So this is the second time I've used Jamberry nail wraps and I'm slightly obsessed.  One of my mom's coworkers is a consultant, and my mom purchased my first set for me just as a favor to the consultant.  However, as with most beauty related things, I fell madly and wildly in love and I had to order more.  

I wound up purchasing the Mint Green & Gold Horizontal Pinstripe (middle and ring finger obviously) and the Vintage Chic (thumb, index, and little finger).  I also purchased two other wraps (because buy three get one three is tempting).  The fun thing about Jamberry is that they're meant to be mixed and matched.  There are so many coordinating designs that look adorable together.  Each set can last for 3+ uses so the possibilities are endless!  

Applying them can be a little bit tricky at first (my first set didn't last that long…maybe 4 or 5 days), but after watching a few youtube videos on application (I actually ended up having the best results with using a WARM straightener…NOT HOT).  The ones I have on now have been on for six full days and I took that picture this morning, so just to give you an idea of what they look like for being on after SIX whole days.  I'm so impressed by how well they have stayed.  

One tip I will give you, which I haven't seen posted anywhere, is not to cut down your nail too much before applying.  I like my nails to be on the shorter side, as soon as they start getting long I bust out the clippers and file them down so I am able to do things again.  However, after trial and error with my first set, I realized that the reason I couldn't keep them on longer than 4-5 days was because the tips of my nails had begun to peel away and kind of "bubble" and crease up.  This time, I left my nails long, applied the Jamberry wraps and as soon as I started to get the bubbling and creasing, I trimmed and filed a bit off the top.  The bond of the wrap to my nail is much stronger where it wasn't at the tip.  I'm not sure if this is making sense, but it really really has worked for me!

You just need to head over to the Jamberry website (jamberrynails.net) to order the nail wraps.  If you put in your zip code it will come up with the closest consultant to order from and you can order right off the website.

Have you ever heard of or used Jamberry wraps?  Let me know!