a few lovely links

  • i love this halo manicure – would you dare?
  • time to toughen up my soft and girly style: i really want these rose gold skull studs
  • cute cosmetic bags from sonia kashuk – one tribal, one tile print, both under $8
  • not at all beauty related, but i think this is a *great* idea
  • use a fluffy brush to apply undereye concealer? so smart!

happy weekend, friends!

giveaway winners + stephanie johnson

(image via)

first things first: i have some winners to announce! check your in boxes and make some room on the vanity, ladies – i will send your beauty booty off to you asap.

stephanie johnson mini pouch in malibu royal – trishelle
stephanie johnson mini pouch in palm springs mint – amy
bite beauty high pigment matte pencil in bramble – meg
trish mcevoy thickening mascara in jet black – laurie / the flossy life
physicians formula hydrating eye cream – steph
super by nicholas perricone crinkle eraser firming serum – tessa
topshop lips in rio rio – tierney / ruby woo loves you
cargo eyebronzer – katie
revlon photoready airbrush mousse makeup in medium beige – collifornia
revlon photoready concealer in medium – jj
sheswai nail lacquer in babe – melissa

thanks so much for all of your entries – i think we should do more giveaways around here, what do you say?

the stephanie johnson mini pouches received by far the most entries, so i want to be sure that you are all aware of her friends + family sale going on right now! you can score 40% off (!!) her entire website with the code SJFRIENDS until 6/12.

and in keeping with the stephanie johnson theme, my most recent guest post for birchbox highlighted all of the little survival items that i tote around with me 24-7. i keep everything tucked inside my own mini pouch – take a peek!

bloggin’ for birchbox (again!): what’s on my desk

it’s no secret that i love birchbox. for gifting, new product discovery, or just a little monthly self indulgence, no beauty box subscription program holds a candle to their brands, service, and style. i’m thrilled to be guest blogging over on the birchbox blog all week. it’s one of my daily reads and today i’m taking a stab at one of my favorite series, “what’s on the birchbox staffers’ desks.” click on over to see the four products currently in the glossarie test kitchen and what i think of them so far!

what’s on my desk, from lara of the glossarie

poolside pretty

Poolside Pretty



hi lovelies! i hope you’re having a gorgeous long weekend. i’ll be lounging at the pool all day with my kindle (currently loaded up with jane eyre – have you read it? slightly ashamed that i’m just getting to it at age 30!) and a collection of summer day essentials that i blogged over at gina’s tulle & combat boots last week. clickety click on over to learn more! (major holiday weekend bonus, just in time for summer: i scored those marc jacobs sunnies for $60 at the nordstrom half yearly sale yesterday.)

ps – the voting ends TOMORROW. i can’t believe my allure adventure is coming to a close. please vote today if you can!

what’s in her bag?

when the super sweet justine of ‘short is the new black’ asked me to be a part of her ‘what’s in her bag?’ series, i was more than happy to oblige. the beauty blogosphere is such a wonderful place when you get to meet and share audiences with someone like miss justine. i hope you’ll click on over to her little spot on the web and take a peek at my dailies. wait until you see just how shockingly simple my beauty routine really is!

ps – since you’re here, you must love the glossarie! please visit this week’s allure beauty blogger awards challenge and vote for me – i’d be so grateful :) (you can vote once per day, now through friday, and did i mention you can win diamonds?!)