Too Faced Natural Matte Palette

Hey pretty loves!

Those of you who’ve followed my YouTube and blog for awhile will know I am a lover of matte shadows, but I’ve struggled with finding an all-matte palette I truly enjoy. The Naked Basics palettes were a total miss for me (though I love the other Naked palettes by UD) and I didn’t think the color scheme of the Tartlette palette would work for my personal tastes. Cue Too Faced’s response to the matte shadow craze, the Natural Matte Palette.

This beauty comes complete with nine matte colors that are pigmented, creamy and play well together. Primarily the shadows lean on the warmer side of things. You can watch my review in action, or join me after the jump for product photos & more!

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Spring. (Photoset)

Hi my beauties. I plan on sharing more photos from my trip back home soon, but for now, I wanted to show you photos that my best friend Hannah and I took at the Georgia Botanical Gardens this past weekend. We drank coffee, laughed, talked and took the most lovely adventure through the gardens. Hope y’all enjoy!

This photo was SO stinkin’ hard to get. I swear we have like, thirty failed attempts for this. But finally the lighting was perfect, our hair was magnificent and the heart was centered. I feel like this belongs on Tumblr.

Forever Grace face.

There’s an inside joke within our circle of friends that I’m secretly Sleeping Beauty. Partially due to my long blonde hair, partially due to the fact that I actually am a princess, but mostly because I really, REALLY like sleep. Like a lot. Hannah took this photo and I’m just in love with it, I think it looks so Sleeping Beauty-esque and ethereal!

Full disclosure: Hannah took this. Isn’t that just beautiful? These flowers are gorgeous, can’t think of their name to save my life, but I’m in love.

As we were leaving the botanical gardens, we spotted this magnificent little meadow right behind a parking lot. How random and perfect is this abandoned log?

Thank you all, as always, for reading my ramblings. Love you.

♡Your Loey

Weekly Roundup: Caturday Vol. 4

The happiest of Caturdays to you, my beauties! Hope y’all had a marvelous week. Mine was jampacked, so let’s jump straight in.

Best day this week?

– Oh, can’t I have two?! It’s my weekly roundup, so I say yes. 😉 This week was a little intense, emotionally. Wednesday was by far the worst. So at the last minute Tyler and I decided to grab a pizza with one of our friends, Cruz. She’s a sweetheart and never fails to make me laugh, so of course it turned my mood around. Plus, who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza now and then?!

Friday we wound up going out with her and a few other friends for drinks (I drank fake mixed drinks all night because I’m like 12 wtf) and then we did a bit of shopping around. There were a lot of laughs and memories made that night. I love that I finally feel like I have a mini family out here, a support system I’m completely comfortable with.

Worst moment this week?

– Two years ago this May, my sweet Jake passed away. He was a HUGE part of my life. I’ve been taking it a little harder than usual, and it just so happened that Wednesday it hit me in the worst way. All I could do was cry for a couple hours and wish that he was here to hug me and tell me everything was going to be alright.

What did you accomplish?

– I filmed. I edited. I planned for our trip home at the end of this month. I video-gamed (South Park: The Stick of Truth is my crack). I honestly wasn’t very productive this week… unfortunately.

What’s the plan for next week?

– Tyler has a field, so I’ll be all by my lonesome until next Friday! I plan on deep-cleaning the apartment and getting it ready for our new puppy, Maka. She’ll be coming back from Georgia with us and I want to have everything perfect for her! I also need to film and upload so that I don’t have to while we’re back home. It’s not necessarily going to be exciting and will definitely be a bit lonely, but hopefully I’ll be about 100% more productive than I was this week!

That was it for this week! What were you up to, pretty baby?! Let me know in the comments below or on your own blog, and I’ll chit chat with you later.

♡Your Loey

Weekly Roundup: Caturday Vol. 3

Oh, I want to be a good blogger. I do. In case you haven’t noticed, my blog isn’t monetized. I love YouTube, and if I start listing off all the reasons why I’ll never finish this post. But YouTube, while it is intensely fun, has also proven to be an actual part-time job for me. There’s a level of perfectionism I aim for in my videos. I want my blog to be a place I can just come to talk. I’m trying very hard to get back on schedule with these posts… and I appreciate your patience! Onto this week’s roundup.

Best day this week?

– Ironically, Saturday (which I wouldn’t have been able to include had I posted this on the day it was supposed to go up… haha). This week was sort of quiet for the most part, lots of work, getting projects moving and planning my trip home this month. Saturday was absolutely incredible. I hit 5,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel (!!!), Tyler and I had a lovely morning coffee date and that evening we went to a get-together at a local sports bar. One of the boys in Ty’s platoon leaves the Army on Monday, so we were seeing him off in the best way possible… by watching him get right trashed. 😛 I was horrified when the bill came, however! They charged an arm and a leg for shots (we’re talking like $7.00, I’m not joking). If you’re in the Manhattan area, steer clear of Willie’s! Service sucked, everything was SUPER pricey and the place wasn’t very well kept up with.

All of that aside, it was really fun to get to see everyone. Afterwards we went to our friends’ place, played Call of Duty and watched the snow fall. Those friends have the CUTEST son in the history of man… he was busy until bedtime showing me his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection and telling me how to properly kill aliens in Extinction mode on COD.

Worst moment this week?

– I’ve been experiencing a LOT of anxiety here recently. I’ve been a touch snappy and on edge. I can’t pinpoint an exact moment that sucked worse than the others, but I just know I’ve been a little irritable lately. Tyler is a freaking Godsend and he knows me all too well. One of those days I was just kinda down in the dumps, he looked at me and said, “I want to reorganize this weekend.”

I THRIVE on change and organization, so this excited me way too much. After I finish this blog post I think we’re actually moving around the bedroom a bit. Can’t wait to show y’all!

What did you accomplish?

– Well, I got back in some photos from a local photographer I recently worked with, so I’m editing those here and there and getting them ready to put up on the blog (and also in my modeling portfolio). I answered a TON of freaking business emails that I’d just had piling up in my inbox for ages. I’m also puppy proofing the house for our now three-month-old husky puppy that we’ll be getting in the middle of this month, that took up a huge chunk of time this week. I did laundry, and that’s always an accomplishment.

What’s the plan for next week?

– Tyler has a few appointments next week, so I’ll be going with him to those. I have a lot of new products, things I’ve bought and also things I’ve received for PR purposes that I need to start testing so I can get videos up on them. We’re also looking at houses next week (EEEEEK). And I need to do something with the copious amount of raw spinach I have in the refrigerator, so it’s going to be an interesting week for salad.

I want to know what you did this week! Leave me comments below or copy and paste the questions into your own blog. Until next time, pretty loves.

♡Your Loey

The Curvy Diaries: Winter to Spring Lookbook

Hello my little snow puffs. As I’m typing this, it’s snowing and thundering and all sorts of grey outside. D: So it’s hard to imagine this Winter EVER transitioning to Spring, but today I uploaded my Winter to Spring lookbook! I’m very comfortable in my dark jeans and boots, so I kept a lot of the basics the same throughout all three outfits.

I love this top from the Bethany Mota line for Aeropostale. I got it on MASSIVE clearance (less than five dollars!) and didn’t really realize why it was so marked down until I got it home… there is a giant hole in the back of the arm area! I was so disappointed when I saw it and it’s extremely obvious, especially since the top is full lace. I’m probably never going to wear it out of the house, but I did think I’d get my use out of it for this lookbook (and if I can find another one, I’m totally snatching it up). My jeggings are American Eagle and my boots are from Payless. The top is such a standout piece that I kept the accessories simple, a gold roman numeral bracelet  from the Jamie Brooke Gallery and a vintage gold ring. This is the most wintery/dark outfit in the lookbook, but since the top is sheer, full lace, I think it’s also young and playful.
I LIVE in that button-down on chilly, rainy spring days! The colors are so bright and fun… not to mention it’s the softest, coziest flannel ever. It’s from Old Navy and I left the top two and bottom two buttons undone for a more casual look. I paired it with a pearl necklace from Forever21 (that you can’t really see in these pictures… sahrry.) to give it a ladylike touch, then wore the same jeggings and boots from my first outfit. This outfit is perfect for those chilly Spring mornings that turn into warm afternoons, because you can always wear a cute top underneath and just tie the flannel around your waist come lunchtime.

Alright, not going to lie, I’ve worn this outfit like, three times in the last month alone. I love this open knit grey sweater from Hollister, especially paired with my favorite mint green polka dot scarf from Forever21. With my dark blue jeggings and riding boots, it’s a cozy, cutesy outfit I can wear now and later on in the warmer months. It’s so cheerful and bright!

Which outfit was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you beauties for being so patient with me while I’m getting back on the bandwagon of writing blog posts! It’s been a busy last two months, it’s going to be an even busier next two months… looks like this year is getting off on the right foot! 🙂 Love all of you to pieces.

♡Your Loey

Ulta Nail Polish in Peach Parfait & Boogie Nights

Wait a minute… I have a blog?!

Well, hi Curvy Diaries readers! Sorry I’ve all but disappeared from you. January was frantic, but too wonderful to even begin to explain. I’ll be doing a post to talk about everything and show you a TON of photos, but for now I want to share two new goodies I bought on my trip home. Ulta had their brand name nail polishes on sale for $2 apiece and I couldn’t resist. The colors I’ve tried from this line have been absolutely phenomenal, and so I grabbed two new ones.

The first shade is called Peach Parfait and it is a lovely, milky peach. It’s soft and pastel while still having that true peach color to it, and I love that it’s a cream finish. A lot of the times with more neon shades you get a matte finish that you HAVE to put a topcoat over, but this one remains shiny and beautiful. I used three coats to get it fully opaque. Then to coordinate with it I picked up Boogie Nights, a gold glitter sprinkled with flecks of pink and blue. It looks like a freakin’ party on your nails! This was opaque in two coats and doesn’t feel chunky or clumpy, though I put a top coat over mine.

Final verdict? You NEED the Ulta brand polishes. Several colors of them, actually. Do I think they’re worth the $6 they retail for? Probably. But I’d much rather wait until they go on sale for $2, which happens quite frequently. I highly recommend both of these shades for Spring. Do you love this range as well? Let me know any colors you’ve tried in the comments below!

♡Your Loey

Weekly Roundup: Caturday Vol. 2

Phew… what a week it’s been. I don’t think I need much of an intro, so let’s jump straight in!

Best day this week?

– My best day this week was probably Monday. Tyler left for WLC (Warrior Leadership Course) on Wednesday, so Tuesday was a little teary on my end. Monday we cooked a really nice dinner, roasted lemon pepper chicken, baked beans, every veggie you could think of. I love colorful dinners, so it was really fun to not only cook with him but enjoy it with him. We stayed in, cuddled, watched Dexter and just talked. Perhaps that sounds silly and simple… but sometimes that’s all I need.

Worst moment this week?

– I know you’re expecting me to say Wednesday, but Thursday was SO horrible. I was so dang productive, filmed every video I could think of, worked basically from 8 until 3 non-stop. So as I’m getting ready for a lunch break, I notice Ezio trying to throw-up. This is the first time he’s ever done it since I’ve had him (he’s 5 months old) so I coddled him a little and kept a close eye on him. Maybe two hours later, we’re laying down when I feel a wet spot right by where he’s laying. I look down, and he’s drooling. Not the normal kind of “happy cat” drool… it was just straight, clear fluid and there was a lot of it. I was utterly terrified and called my mother-in-law (also vet extraordinaire) who told me to give him a bath and make sure he was eating and drinking. I hated the fact that I was alone with my poor, sickly boy, I hated the fact that Tyler was gone and everything just hit me all at once. I bawled all night.

Luckily for me, Ezio and I visited the vet the moment they opened this morning… Go figure, he stopped drooling the minute we walked in that vet’s office! The vet checked all his vitals and said he had no idea why Ezio was feeling so poorly, that perhaps whatever he’d caught was clearing up on its own. We made a follow-up appointment on the 14th just to ensure that everything is OK. Ezio stopped drooling last night, keep your fingers crossed it stays that way.

What did you accomplish?

– I filmed. I filmed a LOT. I wasn’t quite as good at keeping up with the blog and I’ll need to work harder at stockpiling some posts. I also sucked with freelancing this week, you best believe these fingers haven’t typed one article… Just been so stressed. But it was a great week for YouTube and I spent a lot of time getting stuff ready for next week. Which brings me to the following question…

What’s the plan for next week?

– It’s gonna be a busy one. I’m asking one of my friends to stay at the apartment with the cats, so I’m getting it nice and cleaned for that. On the 14th, Ezio returns to the vet and I have to take my car in for a quick service before I head out to Georgia. 15th I have a modeling shoot that’s going to take up the majority of my evening. Then the 16th I start the drive back home! This is all with Ezio’s health permitting of course, I won’t be going home and leaving a sick boy behind.

It’s been quite the week for me. I’d love to hear about yours! Leave me comments below or copy and paste the questions into your own blog. Until next time, pretty loves.

♡Your Loey