NEW Essie Expressie Quick Dry Nail Color | Review

Essie released a new collection and formula of nail polish, so I had to try it out! Essie is my favorite nail polish to buy, they always have the best colors. I also love how well it stays on and the brush applicator.

The new formula is called ExprESSIE. Clever. It is supposed to be a quick-drying nail color that dries nails in one minute flat.

I chose this gorgeous pinky-purple color, called In The Time Zone, but there are 40 other colors to choose from!

The packaging is different, the bottle is longer lengthwise than the regular Essie bottles, and the wand is slightly bent with the same brush applicator. I love the brush applicator because it is thick, and only requires one or two swipes to coat the nail.

I swiped my nails with acetone (crucial to keeping polish on longer) and applied two coats of the polish. It went on nice and smoothly, and would have been completely opaque with three coats, but I stopped at two. It actually DID dry in one minute. By the time I started the second coat, the first coat was dry. It dries a lot faster than the regular Essie formula. Since I was trying this out for the first time, I didn’t apply a top coat, I just wanted to see how this would wear.

I really like this polish, and think that if you need a quick drying nail color, this is for you!

Have you tried this? Do you like Essie polishes?

Thanks for reading xx

The LIP Edit | Collection and FAVES

Hello!!! Today I have a super fun post all about lippies! I want to share my current and decluttered lip collection- which is basically just all of my faves. I don’t collect makeup anymore, so my collection is very small. It takes me FOREVER to use up a lip product, so I hardly ever buy them. I only have what I love.

Here’s everything!

So, as you can probably tell, I am a nude, my-lips-but-better type of girl. You won’t find any bold or bright colors here…I’m just not that adventurous.

Let’s start off with lip pencils.

From l to r: Bond Girl, Pillow Talk, 14C

Charlotte Tilbury makes the best lip pencils. They WILL NOT BUDGE.

Charlotte Tilbury in Bond Girl – a really natural pink berry color.

Charlotte Tilbury in Pillow Talk – the perfect pinky nude color.

Make Up For Ever’s 14C – a pink/rose nude color.

Next up, lipsticks/lip balms.

From l to r: Confetti, Syrup, Rose

Winky Lux Glimmer Balm in Confetti – a shimmery “mood balm” that adjusts to a pink color. It is so pretty.

MAC Syrup – my favorite lipstick of all time. This is a lustre formula, so it’s sheer but buildable, and it’s moisturizing and shiny. I love it. Total my-lips-but-better.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose – a sheer red tinted lip balm. I have used this for YEARS (it was my first blog post in 2013!)and it’s so moisturizing and smells so good.

Lastly, the GLOSSES. Glosses are my favorite!

Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com – a clear balm with a holographic sparkle. Smells just like birthday cake!

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme in Pink Punch – a lip plumper that comes off with just a hint of pink, smells like Big Red soda.

Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow – a natural, rosy nude color with shimmer. Smells like fruit punch.

NARS Lip Gloss in Love Me Do – a hot pink cream, no smell.

Dior Lip Maximizer in Pink – (my fave!) is slight lip plumper; smells like vanilla mint.

Winky Lux Disco Gloss in Hustle – a hot pink with tons of shimmer, so so pretty. Smells fruity!

So, that is it for my lip collection! I am trying to use up things before I buy new things, but it’s so hard!

Let me know if you would like an in-depth review on anything shown!

Thanks for reading! xx

EAT | Banana Walnut Bread

Hello! Today we are making a delicious treat that my whole family loves to eat for breakfast. This banana bread is special because it has just the right amount of sweetness, and it doesn’t come out dry like a lot of banana bread recipes. I hope you like it!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 mashed bananas (about 1 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional, but recommended!)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mash bananas and add melted butter. You can just use a large spoon to mix, no electric mixer needed.

Add baking soda and salt and stir.

Add in sugar and mix.

Add egg.

Add flour slowly and combine.

Add walnuts and pour into loaf pan.

Bake for about 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Perfect.

Perfectly sweet and delicious! I love to make this at night after my girls go to bed, refrigerate it, and then surprise them with a treat for the morning! Everyone in my house prefers this bread cold, but it tastes so good either way!

Thanks for reading!

xx

Top 5 | Home Products From Amazon

Hello! I’m gonna bet that you love Amazon. Pretty much everyone I know uses Amazon and loves it! I like to find things on Amazon that are cheaper than I’d find in store, but still good quality. Today I am sharing my TOP 5 favorite home purchases from the website.

1. PILLOW COVERS

Pillows are one of those things that are like, weirdly expensive (like pistachios and beef jerky). Instead of replacing some old gray pillows that I had, I purchased these fluffy and soft ivory pillow covers, and they are so nice, and go perfect with my decor. They come in a 2 pack for $12.99.

2. THROW BLANKETS

These blankets are my fave! I have two pink, a cream color, and a gray color. I drape a cream and a pink over our couch in the living room, a gray over our bed, and then a pink one on my Mollie’s chair. How cute was she on her 10th bday? 🙂 The blankets wash and dry nicely, are so soft, and cheap! I think they’re pretty. They are around $15, depending on the size you want.

3. WALL SCONCES

Next are some mason jar wall sconces that I purchased for our bedroom. These are just what I was looking for, and they were WAY cheaper on Amazon. They are wooden on the back and the jar is glass. They have faux little flowers and also twinkle lights inside the jars so they can light up. We live in the country, so I was going for a sort-of rustic glam for our house, and these fit the bill! They were around $20 for the pair.

4. SOAP DISPENSER

Yes, I just love mason jars as decor, and this bronze soap dispenser matched perfectly in my little half bath. It is really nice quality, and I like to keep Mrs. Meyers Lilac hand soap inside. It was 13.99.

5. FLORAL ESSENTIAL OILS

I love floral scents for my house, and I have a few diffusers that I like to use. This pack of essential oils comes with six floral scents that are SO GOOD. I already used up the jasmine scent. They smell up my whole house, and my favorites are the rose and lilac. They are only $15.95 for the set!

Ok, so that is all for my favorite home products from Amazon! Have you read my Top 5 Kitchen Products From Amazon yet? Go and check it out!

Thanks for reading!

xx

*this post was NOT sponsored by Amazon*

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette | Review + Swatches

Hello! Today I have something so exciting to share! I am reviewing the NEW Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in the shade Gorgeous Glowing Beauty.

Three years ago, I reviewed the first one to ever come out, the Instant Look in a Palette Natural Beauty. I loved this palette and hit pan on three of the shades. This palette is no longer offered, but there are three color selections available. I chose the Gorgeous Glow because the colors are more natural and I can see myself wearing them every day.

I love these all-in-one palettes because they are perfect for traveling and the shades and quality are always the best. This palette retails for $75, and mine came from Nordstrom, but since they have sold out, they are only available on Charlotte Tilbury’s website. $75 is a lot to spend, but you get 3 eyeshadows, a bronzer, two blush colors, and a highlight color. The sizes of the pans are big too. I never have an issue with any of my brushes not being able to fit.

So the shape of the palette is a big square, and the whole top is a big mirror. The eye colors are GORGEOUS.

So first is a metallic light champagne gold color that would be so pretty on the lid or inner corner of the eye.

The next shade is also a shimmery shade, but not as metallic as the first. Just a pretty chocolate brown color. Perfect lid color.

The last shade is a matte warm brown color. It almost has a bit of burgundy to it. This shade is so good in the crease and creates a really smoky look.

Next, the cheek colors!

The bronzer is a bit warm toned, and does have some shimmer, but it is not noticeable on the skin. It just makes you look glowy; not sparkly! The top blush color is a very light pink, and very shimmery. This is what I call a blush topper. You can take a matte blush, layer this on top, and the effect is so so pretty.

The bottom blush color is a peachy pink with a little bit of golden shimmer. This type of shade is what I always look for in a blush. It’s perfect.

Lastly, the highlight is a beautiful vanilla shimmery color. I use this on the tops of my cheekbones and in the inner corner of my eyes. Just a little bit will give such a glowy and fresh look.

So, as you can tell, I love this palette. Maybe even more than the first one. I feel like anyone would be able to wear this palette and just have the prettiest, freshest face!

Do you like this?

xx amy