Thursday’s Fab Five

Spring time is in the air, am I right?!  I’m loving every minute of the warm D.C. weather, & although allergies are certainly making my life way more difficult, I really don’t care.  I will say though, it’s a good thing I’ve had some awesome favorites to focus on in between sneezes!  
Tweet me, @elizabethmayce, what you’ve been loving recently!  I’m always looking to try new things & products!

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My coworker has this super cute mug, and then I randomly saw in Target and just had to buy it!  This makes for a super cute gift whether it’s for someone special…or yourself!  These types of mugs are trendy right now, you can actually use it for caffeine, or as storage for colorful pens and highlighters.

Another Target purchase, this doormat is adorable, and if you love your home as much as I do, then you def need it!  I mean come on, it’s so welcoming & the price point is great too.
Not only is this color named for the current month, but it’s high shine icy pink color is too perfect for the season.  Whether you’re going to an Easter brunch this weekend or just hanging out with friends, this is the perfect spring lip color.  I have quite a few Buxom Lip Polish favorites, and April has quickly become one of them!
This is the first Ulta shower gel I’ve used, and surprise, surprise, I loved it!  First of all, the scent is incredible, I especially loved the hint of white flowers, it felt so luxurious.  As with all shower gels, hydration can be a concern, but this has Shea butter, green tea, and vitamins D, C, A, and E to keep skin soft and moisturized.

Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, $21
I had a few samples of this mascara, and I just used up my last one this week.  I will definitely be purchasing this, I loved the way it gave my lashes volume, length, and curl.  The black is super dark and perfect for the look I like, and I never found this mascara to be drying for my lashes.  Also, can we just look at the packaging for a moment???!! I love, love, love, the packaging of this mascara…it looks so luxurious and vampy.  One last note…this is a Vegan friendly product!

XO.
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Happy Thursday!!
March is a long month for teachers, there are no days off, and we’re just counting down the seconds until Spring Break in April.  I’ve been using this month to get into some more routines, get through some products I’ve been ignoring, & catch up on some favorite shows.  Here are some things I’ve been loving through this end of March!

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I bought this organizer in the beginning of the month, but didn’t find time to fill it until just this week.  Awful, I know.   I love this three piece set, it fits most of my lip products, blushes, concealers, and single shadows.  You won’t be able to fit any palettes in these drawers- but that’s okay with me, I have my eye on some cute palette organizers anyway.  The price point is perfect, and so far the quality is great too.  If you’re looking for an acrylic organizer, which can sometimes cost a pretty penny, this one is the perfect price!
This blush is one of my favorites, and I’m going to have a more detailed review of this, and some more favorites, soon!  Hourglass makes incredible products, I have a few of their blushes, but the Golden Fuchsia is one I (and my Mom) have repurchased.  They aren’t cheap, but the lighting effects of the blush, particulary with this color, are incredible.  I’ve gotten many compliments on this blush when I’m wearing it, and I wear this everyday to work- the slight golden shimmer allows me to skip a highlight for the workday. 
I had 5 or 6 samples of this product that for some reason I was saving…?  Anyway, I used up the last sample on Monday, and I really enjoyed using this product!! First of all, the consistency was much different than any other eye cream I’ve used, it reminded me of the consistency of Benefit’s POREfessional Primer, not too “lotion” like but also not “gel” like either.  The purpose of this product is to combat under-eye bags and dark circles.  Seeing that I’ve been non-stop this entire month, I probably should have some bags under my eyes, but I don’t, and I’m crediting this product for that. 
I love this mortar & pestle and use it weekly for my homemade guacamole.  It has a classic look and is super heavy but I loveeeeee using it each time I make my guac or when I’m crushing peppercorns for a meal.  It’s a little awkward to fit in the dishwasher, but I make it work, I find this is easier than handwashing it because of the texture of the bowl. 
Big Little Lies on HBO
I WAS OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK, like, years ago when it first came out!!  It’s a murder mystery mixed with real life issues some women face daily, oh yeah, and a little bit of Mom drama.  I was on the fence when I learned this great book was being made into a series, but as soon as I watched the first episode, I was hooked.  It truly does stick to the book, which I really appreciate, and because they’ve done this so well, I almost like it a tad more than the book!!  If you haven’t read Big Little Lies, I highly suggest it, it’s an excellent beach read or, for me, a great at home Spa Sunday type of book.

Let me know what you’ve been loving during the month of March, in the comments below!!

XO.
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Thursday’s Fab Five…on a Saturday

Better late than never!
Before I share what my favorites for the past few weeks have been, I wanted to tell you all to enter a fabulous giveaway I’m hosting with skincare brand Tree of Life.  They’re giving away a Serum Pack, a set of four serums that target a variety of skincare needs for all skin types.  Check out the giveaway, HERE and enter!!  I’ve been using these serums for a few weeks now, and I’ve been really happy with the products.  The dropper applicator is my favorite, and I’ve loved switching back and forth through the serums, depending on what I feel my skin needs that day.  Tree of Life is a small company, and I want to help spread their great products, so make sure you enter to win this awesome serum pack!!

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Alex & Ani ‘Quill Feather’ Bangle, $58 
This is one of my favorite Alex & Ani’s I own, and since I’m staring at it on my wrist right now, I figured I should share it as a Thursday’s Favorite!  I like this one the best because it’s different than your typical Alex & Ani, and the feather meaning of truth, light, & virtue, is really speaking to me right now in life.  I have this bangle in gold, which I think looks better than the silver, but really either one is super cute.

LOFT Striped Infinity Scarf, $35
Love a cute scarf.  Love the coloring of this one.  & it’s on sale, with an additional 40% off this weekend using the code NEWNOW.

LOFT ‘Mixed Media Shell’ Shirt, $39.50 
I have this LOFT shirt in like 4 different colors.  Tall girl confession: sometimes I have issues with shirts being long enough for me, ugh, so annoying.  I love the style and fit of this shirt, the material is light and moves well.  The variety of colors LOFT always puts out is great, & the functionality is perfect for both work and after work.  Use the code NEWNOW for 40% off this weekend!!

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Activator Serum, $65
I meant to share this serum a while ago.  I had many samples of this product, and have finally used them all up.  I’m a huge fan of Clarisonic skincare products, although they are on the expensive side.  This serum is ideal to use in the morning since it does work to make skin look fresh and radiant.  My skin felt great each time after I used this product, and while I might not purchase the full size because of the price, see if you can snatch up a few samples next time your around a Clarisonic counter!

Wet Brush Detangling Paddle Brush, $11
This is my second Wet Brush and words cannot describe how much I love these brushes.  My hair can be coarse, especially underneath where I have bleached color, so I need a really great detangling brush.  I am so impressed with how well this brush detangles my hair after an insane night out, or after a deep conditioning treatment.  Wet Brushes don’t pull at the hair, it’s never uncomfortable no matter how awful the knots, etc.  EVERYONE NEEDS ONE OF THESE!!

 XO.

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Why has this week felt so long, and it’s only Thursday?! I cannot wait for the weekend to be here to relax, catch up on some blogging & grading, and to just simply relax.  There’s always so much going on!
Cannot wait for the next Scandal tonight…last week was out of control & I loved every minute of it!
Anyhoo, check out the top five products I’ve been loving for the past two weeks.  I definitely see some full size purchases in my future!

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You have no idea how sad I was when I used up my third sample of this product…I literally made a sad face I was so bummed.  Guess this means I have to drop $46 on the full size because seriously this product is incredible.  This oil made my skin look so fresh and radiant, I was shocked each time I applied it and then saw myself in the mirror.  The sunflower and Tamanu oils along with ginger root oil help to show your best you, the antioxidants fight free radicals  & do a great job at it.  The oil didn’t affect me applying makeup and I think it actually allowed me to use less makeup since my skin was so much brighter.  Def not a budget product, but def an incredible product.
Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-to-Oil Cleanser, $28
My nightly skincare routine always involves a double cleanse, first with a specific makeup remover like this Bliss product, and then with a targeted face cleanser.  I’ve been using this Gel-to-Oil cleanser for a while now, the gel part is definitely interesting, but I like the consistency of when it changes from gel to oil.  It takes off my waterproof mascara perfectly, and removes all makeup to prep my skin for whichever targeted cleanser I choose for the night.

MAC Tinted Lipglass in Pink Nouveau, $16
I love love love the light pink color this gives my lips, and my favorite part, the shine factor is high.  It’s so easy to put this on top of your favorite lipstick for some added kick, but I also love wearing this on its own too.  MAC has a lot of great lipglass colors, but this one caught my eye because I think it’s so flexible in how many different lipsticks you could pair it with.

Starbucks Quilted Pink Double Wall Traveler, $18.95
The Valentine’s Day collection from Starbucks this year is perfection.  The light pinks, hearts, and glitter tumblers are basically almost sold out everywhere, so I knew I needed to move fast on this quilted pink traveler mug.  I have nice little collection of these, I use them every day for work, so adding another one to my collection was no big deal.  I love the color, it’s nice and bright, and the quilted look gives it a cute winter vibe.

Bath & Body Works Cinnamon Caramel Swirl 3-Wick Candle 
This scent is no longer available online, but you might be able to find it in store!  It’s super sweet, which I usually don’t love, but for some reason I really really like this scent!  I have it burning in my kitchen now, so if you love sweet smelling candles, this one will be perfect for you!

XO.
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Today on Thursday’s Fab Five I’m featuring the top 5 makeup products I used all week!  I’m mixing some budget beauty with some of my Sephora favorites, let me know your thoughts! 

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This is my favorite foundation ever, and I keep needing to buy more because I go through it so quickly.  From the price point, to coverage, to just being a quality foundation, I love love love my Infallible Matte Pro foundation.  The color range seems decent too, which is helpful from season to season.
Now I know this isn’t the cheapest mascara on the block, but so many elements of this mascara makes it my current favorite of the moment.  I love the brush, it coats all of my lashes, and gives great length & volume.  I haven’t had any smudging issues and it’s super black, my lashes look incredible every time I use it!

Lorac Golden Glow TANtalizer Baked Bronzer, $33
I’ve been using this for a while, and I love the soft glow it gives me.  It does have some sparkle to it, so I use it sparingly, but it doubles as a great soft highlight and bronzer each day.  & I love baked makeup products, so that’s a double bonus.

Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur Blush, $29
A gorgeous rose gold blush that I cannot get enough of.  First of all, I’ve always been obsessed with the Benefit blushes, and this one is rich in color and looks great on all skin types.  It’s natural looking and very “buildable”, depending on how dramatic of a look you want.  Oh yeah, and the packaging is superrrrr, superrrr, cute!!

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, $20
First of all, let me say, Buxom is my all time favorite lip gloss brand.  I love the variety in colors, I love the ingredients that plump, and I love the shine it gives to my look.  White Russian is a pale nude, it goes with everything, and works whether you’re dressed up, or dressed down.  I have two, I keep one in my beauty room & one in my bag, at all times.

What are some things you’ve been loving this week!? 

XO.
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Ah, after so many awesome Christmas presents I don’t know where to start in terms of what I’ve been loving the past two weeks!!  Check out some new favorites, and one or two oldie favorites, that I’ve been using daily, after the jump!

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Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer, $31
One of my favorite primers ever!  This is the only primer I used while on holiday break and it did an incredible job, especially for New Year’s Eve!  I love the silky feeling when you apply this, it has an interesting texture that I really like.  It’s both mattifying and pore minimizing, two things I’m always trying to combat.  It’s the perfect base for any foundation and absorbs quickly so you can continue right on with your routine.  Stop into Ulta and see if you can get a sample of this product, it’ll last a few times and you can really get a great sense of the type of primer it is!

My Christmas Day mani featured this deep purple/ burgundy color.  It was a perfect mix of vampy yet still holiday appropriate.  This is one of my favorite Essie colors, it’s super chic and looks great in different lighting. 
The Body Shop Shea Body Butter, $12.60
On sale right now at Ulta!! This is an old favorite, I’ve used this Shea body butter for years.  The smell is incredible and rich, and the quality of The Body Shop body butters is awesome, without an outrageous price tag.  I highly recommend using any body butter, especially in the winter.
Kay Dee Designs ‘Life’s a Hoot’ Kitchen Towel, $4.99
A super cute kitchen towel both my Mom & my Aunt bought it for me for Christmas- I didn’t mind the double gift though!  I love having one on each end, and a darker green kitchen towel in the middle, hanging from the oven door.  A bright and cheery new kitchen addition, how could it not make this week’s favorites list.

Bath & Body Works ‘Fresh Balsam’ 3-Wick Candle, $11.25
Unfortunately this candle is sold out online, but I am sure your local Bath & Body Works still has some in stock.  I know this is a popular Christmas candle, but I love it for the entire winter.  It’s fresh, warm, and cozy…which is exactly what we all need on a January night.  Bonus is that it’s on sale, yay!!

I have so many more favorites to share with you all!  I’m going to try my best to make this a bi-weekly post through the year.  Hoping to bring you tons of new products, both beauty & home, to try!

XO.
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Check out what I’ve been loving this week!! 

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I’ve been using this for about 2 weeks, I received a great size sample in a Birchbox, and I’m addicted!!  This clay based cleanser also gives a great mini exfoliation, I’ve been using this at night to get any leftover makeup and grime off…it’s been awesome!!

OPI Skull & Glossbones Polish, $9.50
I’ve had this color for a while, it’s from the Pirates of the Caribbean line.  I think it gives my nails a much needed break from fall’s dark polish, while still being perfect for the season.  I love the glossy grey finish, very chic.
Pumpkin Spice, Vodka & Ice Fleece, $35.00
This is from Coffee in the Shower shop, which is also one of my favorite Instagram’s.  Search online for a coupon code & you can get $10 off, I remember paying $25 for mine.  I love this sweatshirt, I think it’s hilarious, as is everything else in the shop.  I wear it mostly in my apartment, or in Starbucks the morning after drinking plenty of vodka & ice.

Perfect fall candle!  Rob & I were given this as a housewarming present, and I loved the way this pumpkin scent filled up our kitchen.  The prices for Village Candle’s cannot be beat, and I really want to add some more scents from this brand to my candle collection!
If you missed Monday’s Budget Beauty post, I featured this cleanser.  I’ve been using it a lot lately, so it definitely counts as a favorite for this week!  Actually, I’m almost out of my current bottle!!

XO.
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D.C. is finally starting to feel like fall.  I just moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, I’m looking forward to decorating for all the upcoming holidays, and get some fabulous meals cooked.  I also can’t wait to dive back into trying all new products for you!  I organized everything in our guest bathroom, which is becoming my beauty blogger room, so I’ll be doing tons of reviews coming up on what I love best.  Right now here’s what I’ve been loving this week!
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This deep plum is to die for, this type of purple is my favorite.  A little vampy, not too much, and depending on how the light hits your nails it brightens up a bit.  Just like the Tokyo theme of this season’s colors, this polish is chic & sophisticated, and will def yield you a compliment or two. 
As soon as we moved into our new place I started burning this candle, this scent and Leaves are my favorite fall candles from Bath & Body Works.  Hopefully they’ll have a sale soon so I can stock up!  Autumn gives a warm aroma of apples, fig, & spice.  It doesn’t smell sweet.  
This is a product from my Birchbox, and I’m obsessed- considering buying the full size with my Birchbox points.  Serum is one of my favorite parts of my routine, and I always use a targeted serum for either rosacea or breakouts.  I love feeling the aloe of the product, it feels so refreshing after using my toner.  The price point of this product is great too for a serum, def try it out.
These B&BW soaps are my go to for the October- January season.  Right now I’m using Fall Lakeside Breeze in my bathroom and I’m loving the basil & sandalwood scent combination.  It’s light, very fresh, and creates the perfect Earthy Fall vibe.  What more could I ask for?!  
I’ve been trying to do my nails at home more often, and no matter how much time I give myself I always find I need to go do something and need my nails instantly dry.  I love using this cuticle oil because it gives great moisture to my cuticles while also acting as a protectant on my still drying nails.  I’ll be honest, not sure why it’s called apricot aside from the color, but I don’t really mind, since the oil does its job!

XO.
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It’s such a weird time of me wanting summer to be over, and fall to be starting, it’s kind of getting annoying.  I’ve been trying a ton of new products lately and I’ve bought some fun new things for my home, so I’m excited to share five with you this week!

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The Body Shop’s Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath, $9.00
OMG, the scent of this is so incredible.  I love using this at night to relax, it’s so light, gives great bubbles, and makes my skin feel nice and smooth.

Bath & Body Works ‘Lilac Blossom’ 3-Wick Candle
I can’t find this candle on their website, but maybe it can still be found in store.  Lilac is one of my favorite scents and I love the fresh scent this candle gives my apartment.  After the first week back at work with a new school year it’s been the perfect scent to come home to!

AG Low Rise Ankle Legging Jean in Black, $225 
I don’t play around with jeans, ever.  So, yes, I do spend quite a bit more on them but AG Jeans are my absolute favorite and I have a ton of pairs.  I just added these black legging jeans to my collection, I had an Anthropologie gift card, and a promo code, so I ended up paying much lower than the retail price.  These will be perfect to wear with boots this season.

Old Navy Medium Support Sports Bra, $20
I love Old Navy Sports Bras, they’re so affordable and they have a ton of different styles and colors.  I never shop at Old Navy so this was a huge new discovery for me, and I love it!

Lush Charity Pot Body Lotion, $7- $25
I’m a crazy Lush fan, I have a glass jar of bath bombs on my bathroom vanity…and right next to that I have a Lush Charity Pot lotion.  100% of the Charity Pot sales go straight back to small, grassroots, organizations that aid in human rights, animal welfare, or environmental conservation.  The lotion itself is awesome, as is anything Lush…super moisturizing and smells incredible.  My favorite part of this product though is that all, not just a small percentage, of the proceeds go back to helping others.

XO.
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WOW, it’s been a while since I’ve done a Fab Five, amiright?!  Sorry!
The heat has been brutal here in D.C. so I’ve been trying to stay in air conditioning as much as possible.  I’m so looking forward to the fall, it’s been a great summer so far, but the heat as been intense.
Here’s what I’ve been loving this lately this summer!

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Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $19
This has been my everyday sunscreen for my summer camp this year, and it works so well.  I had an entire pool day, where I didn’t even reapply, and had no burn!  The formula of this sunscreen is high quality, and no need to worry about streaky application or clogged pores after using!

Bath & Body Works ‘Watermelon Lemonade’ 3-Wick Candle, $22.50
SO YUMMY, this is my current living room candle!  The scent is sweet, tart, and fresh- its been a fun pick me up after a long day outside.  Right now Bath & Body Works is having a buy 1, get 1 free, candle sale- so make sure to head on over there to check out all the incredible scents!

Anthropologie Resplendent Cheese Knives, $32
One of my besties got me these gorgeous cheese knives for my birthday.  That blue color is everything- I love them so much!  I don’t have a set of good cheese knives, so this was seriously the perfect gift.

Adidas ‘Extaball’ High Top Sneaker, $51
Bought these from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so the price is dropped to $51.  I’m loving how everyone is bringing back the old school Adidas trends, so of course, I had to get in on it.

You are a Badass How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living Your Awesome Life by Jen Sincero, $9.99 (Kindle)
I started reading this book last week and while I’m not too far into it I’m loving the kick ass attitude Jen writes in, and how she throughly explains, using science and society, why we as women tend to “doubt our greatness”.

XO.
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