The Perfect Pink Nail | Essie Expressie In The Time Zone

I’ve done it you guys. I have found the perfect pink nail color. It’s not too bright, it’s not too dark, not too white, not too neutral. It is just an opaque creamy pink, and it’s perf.

It’s Essie Expressie In The Time Zone. The color is a creamy pastel blue toned pink.

The Expressie line from Essie is a few years old; it’s supposed to be a quicker drying formula, and I think it is superior to the original Essie formula.

This shade is almost completely opaque in one coat, but I like to do two coats to make it look really nice. The brush on the Expressie polish is also thicker and so easy to apply.

This is my second or third bottle of this particular color, and I love it! If you are looking for a quick drying color, try this one out! I think you’ll love it too.

Thanks for reading xx

August Beauty Faves!

It is the end of August, and I have a bunch of beauty faves for you! I have a hair fave, a few skincare faves, and an accidental NARS dupe! Let’s get into it.

First off, the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer. This is a product that you spray into the hair when it is wet, and it protects your hair from heat, and really softens the hair. It also de-frizzes, and protects hair from breakage. The smell of this is so good, it is sweet and kind of smells like candy, but not very strong. It is a nice smell that isn’t overpowering. I love this because my hair is so so soft when I use it. It is also a big bottle that lasts a long time. I love this.

Next up, the Garnier Soothing Facial Mist. This spray is actually soothing and smells like roses. I love to spray this on all the time throughout the day. It is so refreshing in the summer and just feels so good. It is not a setting spray, but will take away the powdery makeup look. It also says it is good for sensitive skin!

For skin, I have been using this Topicals Faded Brightening and Clearing Serum. This is for dark spots and uneven skin tone, which I definitely have. I have some dark sun spots and freckles underneath my eyes that I try to lighten, and I have been noticing that they are starting to lighten! This product doesn’t smell good, but the smell dissipates after awhile and I don’t mind it because of how well it is working for me. I use it daily.

I’ve got two lippie faves this month, and while I was swatching them, I noticed that they are verrrry similar. I love these Nars Afterglow Balms! This shade is Dolce Vita and is a very shiny, sheer, dusty rose color. It’s really good for a my-lips-but-better look. It is moisturizing and so nice!

Next to it is this L’Oréal Glow Paradise balm in Rose Mirage. These two products are exactly the same! Both are a dusty rose neutral color, and both are so shiny and moisturizing! I can’t believe how similar they are. This one is about $20 less than the NARS one.

Lastly, the Milk Makeup Highlight Stick in Lit. I love this champagne gold highlight, and I love that it is a stick! It goes on so smooth, doesn’t accentuate texture, and is just so easy. I like to put this in the inner corner of my eyes, and on top of my cheekbones. It’s gorg!

Here are the swatches.

Dolce Vita, Rose Mirage, Lit

See how similar the colors are?! I’d go for the L’Oréal one for sure.

I hope you liked these favorites!

What have you been loving this month?

xx Amy

Reading Wrap Up | August

I am so excited to share my August reads with you today! All three of the books I read were so good and some great contenders for the best books of 2022 (coming up soon!!!)

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

This book was so good and def my favorite of this month! It was about a girl named Rowan, who takes a live-in nannying job for a family with a luxurious “smart” home. The family seems picture perfect, but her job ends with a child dead and her awaiting trial. This book was very suspenseful and has a lot of twists! Definitely check this one out!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I LOVE Gillian Flynn books, and was so excited to read this one. This book was about a little girl named Libby who was left behind when her mother and sisters were tragically murdered by her brother. As an adult now, she meets with a club that is trying to free her brother from prison. Gathering evidence, she wonders if it was her brother and finds out the real truth. This book was very good, but it was a little bit violent and at times, disturbing. There is also a movie adaptation of this, which I watched after I read this and really liked.

Unfaithful by Natalie Barelli

This book hooked me from the get-go and I could not put it down. It is about a girl named Anna, who seemingly has the perfect life with her husband and children, and is excited to be made a senior professor at her job. She is working closely with a student named Alex, to publish an article which will make them rich. I don’t want to give anything away, but there are lots of betrayal and twists in this story. It is suspenseful and a really good psychological thriller.

That’s it for the books for this month!

What have you been reading?

xx Amy

Friday Fave | Winky Lux Confetti Balm

I love lip products that go on clear and color change. I have tried a bunch of them, but my favorite is this one by Winky Lux! This is the Confetti Balm in Lavender.

She’s a beauty!

I first saw this balm at Ulta with my daughter Allie, I took her to lunch and shopping after her 5th grade graduation this year. I told her she could pick out anything she wanted, and she picked this Winky Lux balm! She’s been using it a lot and she loves it, so she got me one for my birthday! I am so glad she did, because now I am hooked on it too!

It’s the packaging for me. The packaging for all of the Winky Lux products is so pretty and fancy. It comes in a little silver bullet, and is a sheer purple-y pink with different color sparkles inside. It’s just fun to look at!

Once you apply it to your lips, it changes with your pH to your “perfect color” which for me and Allie is just a really rosy pink color. The glitter doesn’t feel chunky or scratchy on your lips, and it is so moisturizing. It is just a tinted balm that is so easy to have for a little pick me up. It’s gorgeous!

Have you tried this lip balm?

Thanks for reading! xx

Gucci Mini Jackie | Bag Review and What Fits

When I was in high school, I had this perfect little Guess brand denim shoulder bag that I was obsessed with. It was totally 2000’s, fit perfectly under my arm, and held my little pink and white Nokia phone and roll on lipgloss.

Ever since then, I have loved denim bags. I have collected a few over the years, two of them being on the verge of vintage, a Fendi Baguette and a Louis Vuitton Mini Pleaty. Both of these were purchased in the early 2000’s, so almost vintage! I can’t wait to pass them down to my girls someday.

A few months ago, I added a new bag to my little denim collection, a Gucci Mini Jackie! Honestly, I’ve never been interested in the iconic Jackie bags, until I saw this mini version in DENIM.

When they say this bag is a mini, they ain’t lying. It is seriously the cutest thing ever. I love teeny and impractical bags. I don’t care if it fits my phone! My phone is usually in my hand anyway.

You can’t fit it on your shoulder, so it is a top handle bag, but it does come with a crossbody strap. I don’t think it looks cute crossbody, so I just carry it like this. Here it is next to my phone to show you just how teeny it is! My phone DOES fit in this bag if you turn it sideways.

It has the same closure as the regular size Jackie bags, which is so cute and I love the gold hardware.

It also has a little pocket inside that I usually put cash in, but you can fit cards.

Ok, so let me show you what fits!

  • Dior Lip Glow Oil in Pink – my favorite lip oil!
  • Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm in Glittergasm – a sheer pink glittery balm
  • Ariana Grande Cloud Rollerball – love this scent!
  • Black Amazon sunnies – my fave!
  • A card case and some cash – I know some people don’t like carrying cash but I like to always have some!
  • Car keys and a little keychain my daughter made for me
  • Listerine strips – a MUST! These fit in every bag and I don’t like having to chew gum or mints
  • Boscia blotting papers – for my greasy face
  • A Mickey scrunchie from our recent Disney trip!

Everything fits nicely!

Overall, I love this little bag. If you are into tiny bags, you’ll love it too. It also comes in a few different colors and prints, and there are leather versions.

I hope you liked this post! I am crazy about handbags and could talk about them all day! Are you nosy like me and like to see what people have in their bags? 🙂

Thanks for reading xx

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