Hello my friends! I can’t believe it’s been so long. I looked back at some of my older posts and for a while there I was posting 2-3 times each week. That seems so ambitious now lol. It’s been a month so I have a ton of stuff to share with you guys!
Lets start with my kitties. I am extremely blessed to be able to work from home, which allows me so much kitty snuggle time. Some would call me a crazy cat lady and I am 100% okay with that. There’s just something so wonderful about being around furry friends. That’s Sal above and Kitty below. Yes we are extrmely creative around here, ha!
I’ve been meaning to share my absolute favorite foundation with you guys for forever, which is technically a CC cream. Many people have heard of CC creams by now, but for those that haven’t CC stands for color correcting.
There are also BB (beauty balm) creams. This family of products offers a bunch of benefits (SPF, tint to full coverage color, moisturizer, etc.) all in one product – which cuts down on the steps in one’s beauty routine. I’m all about efficiency!
I first heard about Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream by It Cosmetics from Taylor Morgan of Little Blonde Book (check out her blog, it’s soo good!). Since I have a natural “rosy glow” I used to use green concealer under my foundation to prevent my rosy cheeks from showing through, but I love that I no longer need that step!
This CC cream really does do it all. You just swipe it on and it’s all you need. It has SPF 50 so I even wear it when I exercise outdoors as it protects my face better than my Roc sunscreen. I use the medium color and apply it with this brush, which is fantastic.
I was a little nervous to post this (completely unretouched) “before” photo, but I wanted to you guys to see the magic of this little product. Look at the difference! Again, no retouching. It’s seriously the best foundation I’ve ever used. You can make it full coverage or more sheer, depending on how you apply it.
This is my “five minute face.” Do you remember Carmindy from What Not to Wear? She was the makeup expert and she always talked about a five minute face. That’s my normal makeup routine (foundation, bronzer, blush, eyeliner, brow pencil, Lipsense, and sometimes eye shadow) as I just don’t want to spend a ton of time putting on makeup.
On special occasions I’ll add some more steps, but for my day to day life it’s really all I need. I’d rather have someone tell me I look good – and not my makeup. You know?
I also have to tell you guys about this AMAZING faux fur throw blanket I got from Nordstrom. I didn’t even know they had a home line – Nordstrom at Home – until recently, but I’m so glad I discovered it.
Side note: did you know they also recently started carrying Anthopologie’s home stuff?! Now we can buy any Anthro home decor stuff we want without paying for shipping, woot!
You guys, it is literally the softest thing I have ever felt. It’s super heavy (quality!) and both sides have their own great texture. The faux fur side feels like real animal fur and the reverse side is just as soft, but has more of a cashmere kind of feel. It’s uber luxurious and it was a bit of a splurge, but I had to have it! I almost wish it was colder so I could use it more, haha. It comes in great 5 colors.
This matching star pillow is just as soft and it’s on sale! FYI you get triple points on any purchases from Nordstrom until 5/6 if you have their rewards card!
I didn’t feel bad about splurging on my throw as I’ve been decorating our new place with stuff from Ikea and Home Goods. Why go anywhere else? They have everything you need at super affordable prices.
I also wanted to make sure to highlight this Hemnes shoe cabinet from Ikea because it’s genius! I store my clutches in the top drawer and the other 2 compartments house my most used shoes. My new closet doesn’t hold as much as my old walk-in did so I had to get a little creative to store my many pairs of shoes.
The Hemnes line is made of real wood – not particle board – so all of my bedroom furniture is from that line. I have had my Hemnes bed and dresser since 2011 and they still look and work great!
Of course you have to build the pieces yourself, but there’s something super satisfying about turning what looks like a million pieces into a finished piece of furniture.
I hope you guys don’t mind that I branched out a bit as I’ve been all about home decor lately. However, I have a bunch of new closet staples that I plan to share with y’all so stay tuned! Thank you SO much for stopping by!
Much love, Kate
Photo credit: Leo Amar