I think it’s safe to say I switch up my handbag game about as often as I change my hair. In other words, not all that often. I invest heavily in shoes, clothes, makeup. You name it. But when it comes to handbags I am incredibly picky. I don’t have the budget to be buying designer handbags all the time, or ever, for that matter. So budget friendly handbags are my best friend. Generally I stick my nose up in the air at some of the affordable options out there, but this spring there are some great handbag selections. And shockingly, a good amount of them are under $100!
Sole Society is killing it right now when it comes to the budget friendly handbags. So naturally, most of my top picks were from this brand. I mean come on, how good is this Givenchy dupe? It looks oh-so-chic and doesn’t scream fake. I also can’t get over this updated bucket bag that I’m already seeing everywhere on Insta. It’s such a great, modern take on the bohemian bucket styles we’ve seen in previous years. And let’s not forget the coveted Cult Gaia Arc Bag. This baby is selling out everywhere. It’s been restocked at a few retailers so get it while you can before they go on back order again. You’ve been warned.
Oh hey new series, hey! Ok, so I’m going to make an attempt to start a new series on the blog covering everything on my radar from the week. From beauty products I’m dying to try, to random internet finds. I’m here to share it all. So grab a cup of coffee (or vodka… I don’t judge) and let’s get to it. Here’s what’s on my radar this week.
HAIR N’ STUFF… After falling in love with my T3 Single Pass Luxe Straightening Iron, I finally caved and purchased the T3 Twirl 1.25″ Curling Iron. After getting my hair cut recently, my smaller curling wand just wasn’t creating the loose, effortless waves I wanted. But the T3 Twist iron is the perfect barrel size for beachy waves. I’ve also been loving the AG Hair Dry Wax to tousle and mess up my waves a bit. Is this not the most beautiful packaging you’ve ever seen?! It’s surprisingly the best hair texturizing spray I’ve ever used. Obsessed.
THE SUN WILL COME OUT… With spring just around the corner (or practically already here in Dallas), it’s time to show some leg. But good god am I pale right now. So thankfully this stuff saved the day. Not only is it the perfect dupe for this pricier option, but it’s only$12. It’s the best! Pretty much the only self tanner I use nowadays.
GLOW BABY, GLOW… I recently came across this shimmering dry oil and I am dying to try it out. African Botanics makes incredible skincare products and I’ve been wanting to try everything from their line, but the dry oil really caught my attention. I may actually splurge on this travel set so I can take it on any upcoming trips. Oh! And this little product has become a new every day favorite. I add a few drops to my daily moisturizer for a hint of bronzed color on my face. Hello (faux) sun kissed skin!
Am I the only one that enjoys wearing anything that slightly resembles/feels like a blanket? That’s totally the deal with this distressed sweater dress. A little bit of edge with distressed detailing, but oh-so-cozy making it the perfect every day dress. And I’m not gonna lie… I wore this dress two days in a row. And then again a few days after lol. It’s just so easy to throw on and I can’t get enough of the distressed detailing. Cozy, but not preppy. And still perfect for spring! I’m also loving this and this for spring. Which would both pair perfectly with this handbag and these booties. Loving all the great affordable options right now!
I hope everyone’s having a great week so far! If you followed my Instastories, then you saw that I went to the most incredible Cirque du Soleil show: Kurios! It was SO, so good. Like, laughing hysterically good. I love weird, odd humor and this show nailed it. But the entire show, cast and set was simply stunning. Kurios is currently in Dallas until March 26th so if you’re in the area, I would 100% recommend going. And they were handing out the most stunning flowers!! I’m such a sucker for free flowers 🙈 haha.
I try a lot of products… weekly. There are tons of great products out there and I’m always finding a new favorite. But rarely, do I try a product and get as excited about it as I did when I first tried It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact. This product is groundbreaking and I am truly obsessed. Why, you might be asking? Let’s get into the review!
What is Confidence in a Compact?
Developed with plastic surgeons, Confidence in a Compact is a revolutionary anti-aging solid serum offering full coverage pigmentation and SPF50+. The solid serum is made up of anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, squalane, antioxidants and a super ceramide cream to truly transform your skin. The formula is perfect for even the most sensitive skin types and actually helps boost your skin’s natural regenerative cycle. The Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate is activated upon contact to give your skin moisture, restore radiance, minimize pores, discoloration, lines and wrinkles, and improves the look of firmness.
Whoa. That’s a lot for a foundation… if you’d even call it that.
Worth the Hype?
Duh. You wouldn’t be reading this if it wasn’t. Ha! This compact blew me away. And not from the first application, but more so after the first full day of wear. I loved the way my skin looked! I recently joked with friends that this formula is practically fool proof. We’ll call this “foundation for dummies”, in the least offensive way possible haha! Because of the serum-based formula, it’s virtually impossible to “cake” this stuff on. It’s full coverage, but still buildable and it literally looks like your own skin. No matter how much you put on! Do you know how difficult of a task that is?! It doesn’t exist. Trust me. I’ve tried a lot of foundations.
But this isn’t a foundation. It’s almost as if you took your favorite skin-saving moisturizer and made it a full coverage foundation… magically. I freaking love this compact. Sure I still use other foundations, because let’s be honest, I’m a beauty junkie. But if I want quick, easy and flawless makeup then I reach for Confidence in a Compact. Hands down, every time. The coverage is beautiful! Like your skin but better, much better. It gives that inner radiance and the ultimate glow without actually making your skin look oily or the typical glow-y look, if you know what I mean.
How Does It Wear?
All day! No touch ups required and no powder needed. Because the formula is essentially a serum, it gives the most beautiful coverage on the skin and doesn’t require a setting powder to mattify the formula or keep it in place. Although, for those with oilier skin, you may want to use a light dusting of a powder to truly make it last all day. I tried it with this powder and it stayed from morning to night!
This is full coverage, however, I would call this a strong medium coverage with the ability to build up coverage flawlessly. Because the formula doesn’t “cake” it allows you to add more product while still blending out perfectly. I didn’t find that it settled into fine lines like most heavier foundations do. And regardless how much product I use to build up the coverage, it still feels lightweight on the skin.
But what I love most about this foundation is that I can wear it with other cream products because I don’t need to set it with powder. And everything will still stay put! I’ve been wearing this blush and this cream highlighter on top of the foundation and the result is flawless. I’m so excited to wear this foundation in the summer! Talk about the ultimate tan, flawless complexion. It’s going to be gorgeous with a cream bronzer. And topped with this highlighter? Don’t even get me started on my excitement for this makeup look. Summer can’t come soon enough.
As far as application goes, the Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush #704 is a must when it comes to this product. I tried it with the sponge that comes with the compact (not a fan), a Beauty Blender which worked well for lighter coverage and an It Cosmetics flat top buffing brush. But none of these compared to the way the Heavenly Skin brush applied. It actually helps apply the foundation like a full coverage. So if you’re looking for a really light coverage, go with a Beauty Blender but for it’s ideal use and a flawless complexion with fuller coverage, stick with the Heavenly Skin brush. They were made for each other!
Ok, so denim on denim isn’t typically a trend you’d seen on me. But when different textures of the same material are combined, it can actually be quite chic. Don’t call this a Canadian tuxedo, either 😂. I love the frayed edge and the dark “missing” pocket on this chambray shirt and it made for the perfect combo with these crop flared jeans. My favorite affordable pair, by the way (currently on sale)!
I’ve also been living in draped trench coats lately. This olive green style has quickly become a favorite and I love how easy it is to throw on and go. I also just purchased this similar style in mauve and I can’t get enough. They’re light weight enough to allow for layers but also great to throw over a t-shirt for just enough coverage on breezier days. In other words, you need a draped trench coat for spring. Check out this version currently on sale!
How was everyone’s weekend? If you follow me on Instagram and watched my Instastories, then you may have seen that I attended The Pin Show in Dallas on Saturday. So much fun! I love supporting local, up and coming designers. It’s also nice to have a little bit of that NYFW life here in Dallas. I decided to skip NYFW this year – no thank you to those freezing temps. So at least I got a taste of fashion week without having to leave. 😉
PS… be sure to check out tomorrow’s blog post. I’ll be doing a beauty giveaway that you don’t want to miss.