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September favorites


September has come and gone — and it hasn’t quite hit me that we’re already two days into October. It probably doesn’t help that it’s felt like summer for the past week here in Omaha. I am ready for the cool weather and to break out my more fall-esque makeup products.

For September I’ve kept a lot of the focus off my eyes and lips and more on my face. I’ve loved using the Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm with a stippling brush to give my cheeks a very natural and subtle glow. I’ve also been playing with highlights and contour more, so the MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold and Moonstone have been my go-to’s for highlighting.

In terms of eye makeup, I’ve been in love with MAC’s eyeshadow in Coil from their “A Novel Romance” collection. It is the craziest formula, but the result is really cool. Coil is this burnt orange color — perfect for fall. To line my eyes, I’ve been reaching for Marc Jacobs’ Beauty Highliner - Gel Crayon in Brown(Out); I got a sample size from Sephora, and once that runs out, I’ll probably purchase the full size.

My go-to fall fragrance? Miss Dior — I first wore it last fall, so it reminds me of cool air, colorful leaves and warm drinks. I love when a fragrance transports you back in time.

Leopard pants: Round two

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Top: H&M | Pants: Jennifer Lopez via Kohl’s | Heels: Target | Bag: Brahmin (c/o Vogue) | Cuff: Forever 21


Recently the first H&M opened in Omaha (the city is a bit behind the times but is slowly catching up), and even though I couldn’t make it to the grand opening (haircut appointment trumped all), I managed to pick up some treasures a few days after, including this cropped, boxy top. I bought it with the idea of pairing it with some of my slouchier, draped trousers.

Speaking of pants … yes, these are the pants I wore earlier this week. No shame, my friends, because when an item of clothing is good, it must be remixed as much as possible.

Also … you can ignore my hair in these photos. One of the casualties of a haircut is learning what works and what doesn’t for your hair post-cut. Note to self: air-dried, un-touched-up-curled hair is a no-no.

Beauty empties


I love the feeling of having used a product up in its entirety, whether it’s wearing a pair of boots until the sole begins to tear away from the leather or finishing up that bottle of shower gel that you’ve had forever. There’s something satisfying about knowing you got your money’s worth out of a product.

Here are a few beauty products I’ve recently used up, and rather than throw them away immediately, I thought I’d share with you a few quick thoughts on how they stacked up and if I’d repurchase them again or not. (See more of my beauty empties here.)

  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat MilkIn terms of dry shampoo, this stuff was good. I’m a big Batiste lover, and this Klorane shampoo was just as good as Batiste. The downside? The smell was a little mature and overwhelming.
  • Clarisonic ‘Cashmere Cleanse’ Luxury Face Brush Head: I wouldn’t necessarily say I have sensitive skin, but my skin responded really well to this brush head as opposed to the normal brush heads Clarisonic offers. I’m already on my second cashmere brush head and don’t think I’ll be going back to the non-luxury ones.
  • Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix: I loved this acne treatment because its formula was mostly sulfur, which is different from the benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid formulas found in most acne treatments. Unfortunately, when I went to repurchase this product, they’d switched the formula to benzoyl peroxide. Bummer!
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara: This was my favorite mascara in high school, so I was really excited to try it again. I’m not sure what’s changed, but this mascara was just ok. I think there are better drugstore, less expensive versions out there.
  • Sephora 2-in-1 Eye Makeup Remover Gel: This was such an interesting formula for eye makeup remover, and I really liked it. I don’t think it’s quite as effective as a typical remover that uses a little bit of oil, but this remover was really gentle and would be great for those of you with sensitive eyes.
  • bareMinerals Biolucent Mineral Brightening Treatment: I am so bummed I bought this product, which I purchased after a YouTube blogger (whose recommendations are usually spot on) recommended it. I didn’t notice a difference in the brightness of my skin after months of using it; I have better luck using a luminizer mixed with my day moisturizer for brightener.
  • Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover FoundationI’ve never been disappointed by Make Up For Ever’s foundations, and while the Mat Velvet + will always be my favorite, the HD Invisible Cover foundation was excellent. I’d suggest applying it with a BeautyBlender or sponge and not a brush. The finish is perfect: not too matte, and not too dewey.
  • Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment: I had just a tiny sample of this stuff, but it lasted me about two weeks. I’m currently really into using oil as a night moisturizer. This oil was great, and a little goes a long way. Would I repurchase it? I wouldn’t be opposed, but I still have some other oil samples I need to try out before I purchase anything full size.
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple: A lot of people swear by this cleanser, and while it was nice, I found it to be a bit too heavy for what I normally reach for. The smell wasn’t necessarily all that great, either. I used it mostly with my hands, as it didn’t seem to work well with my Clarisonic and made the brush heads dull and stick together.
  • Vichy Nutrilogie 2 Intensive Nourishing Moisturizer Cream: After testing out a sample of this earlier this year, I purchased a full-size jar. I. Love. This. Stuff. It smells amazing, is the perfect weight and is very moisturizing without being greasy or oily.
  • Skin & Co Truffle Therapy Cream: Again, I had just a tiny sample of this, which lasted me a few weeks. It had an odd consistency and claimed it could be used not only as a treatment but as a moisturizer. When I used it at night as my only moisturizer, I woke up with dry, flakey skin. If you try this, I’d recommend pairing it with a facial oil to moisturize skin.


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Sweatshirt: Old Navy | Pants: Jennifer Lopez via Kohl’s | Heels: Sam & Libby | Necklace: Target | Bag: Brahmin (c/o Vogue)

Welcome back from the weekend! How was it? On top of helping friends out with their parents’ 30th anniversary party, mine was fairly productive — I got my office reorganized and went through my beauty products to swap out summery shades for autumn-appropriate ones. 

Speaking of autumn … we’ve had quite the blast from the past — summer, that is — here in Omaha. It’s been hot and humid, and all I want is cool weather. I’ve had to compromise by choosing some lightweight items in darker colors and patterns. These leopard pants are going to get some serious wear this fall; once the weather cools down, I want to pair them with stripes, a leather jacket and ankle boots. 

Bring it on, Monday!

Evening sunlight

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Sweatshirt: Apt. 9 | Denim: Old Navy | Shoes: Keds | Necklace: TJ Maxx | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Bag: Vintage Coach

Last weekend Liz was taking some anniversary photos for our friends’ parents’ 30th anniversary. I took advantage of the evening sunlight to act as a test model so she could get the camera settings right pre-photo shoot (the perks of being besties with a photographer).

I love weekends that call for casual wear — especially sweatshirts. This one I found at Kohl’s for $20, and the mix of texture really helps elevate it beyond your average sweatshirt. 

Speaking of weekends … happy Friday!