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    May Love List

    May Love List

    It’s officially hot out and time to update my makeup. Mostly so it doesn’t melt off by lunch. My May Love List is packed with makeup picks for Summer, a must read, the upgrade you need for your pool trips, and the TV show I can’t wait to watch! It’s been a minute since I used an e.l.f. product, but I love how they replicate designer makeup at much, much lower price points. I missed the memo on serum foundations, so when a friend recommended the Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum ($8) when I mentioned my love of BB creams and tinted moisturizer, I decided to give it a try. I love that there’s SPF 25, along with about a million vitamins in the serum. I wasn’t expecting a ton, but I’m now considering ordering a case of this foundation. It’s light, makes my skin look healthy-dewy, not Britney-Spears-I’m-a-Slave-4-U-coated-in-oil-dewy, and when I apply it with my new favorite brush ever, the Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 ($12), it looks flawless. After a light layer of powder, it stays put all day. My foundation now takes two minutes to apply and I love how it looks and feels (like it’s not even on).

    When I was ordering the foundation serum from e.l.f. it made more sense to hit the free shipping minimum, so I added a few things to my bag, including the Beautifully Bare Total Face Palette ($8). To my fellow pale ladies, this is your new contouring and blush bestie. I seriously cannot tell you how awesome this palette is. The contour has a grey cast instead of orange and it just works. A little Hanky Panky from ColourPop, swipe of mascara, and ColourPop’s new Matte X Lippie in Cami, then I’m out the door. It’s an easy natural look that takes ten minutes.

    I’ve been searching for affordable Turkish Bath Towels for years. They are perfect for pools/the beach and dry so much faster in sticky Georgia summers than regular towels. I finally found the right mix of quality and price in the Etsy store TurkishTowelArt. Also a requirement for the pool is Mary Kay Andrew’s The Weekenders, which will be out on May 17th. I’ll be posting a review closer to the release date, but trust me, you don’t want to miss this book!

    This is a weird one – I can’t wait for the second season of Scream! I love horror movies and I’m giving Scream a second shot. It was a little slow during the first season, but I think it might find it’s about to find it’s groove. The second season premiers on May 30st on MTV.

    April Love List

    Love List

    My Love List for April is my favorite so far: Target Straw Tote // Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner // Alchemy by Jaime King for ColourPop Specifically Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow & New Renaissance Contour Stick //  The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

    I’ve been a little obsessed with JADEtribe’s Tassel Pom Pom Beach Bags, but I’ve been a little less than willing to shell out $160 and they keep selling out. When I saw the Merona Straw Tote Bag from Target for only $35, I knew I had to order it. It has the same bright and fun feel for spring, except for about a fifth of the price.

    Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner has become part of my morning and nightly routines. I use it after double cleansing and it helps balance the PH level of my skin before I use Curology (my prescription currently includes Tretinoin, Clindamycin, and Azelaic Acid) and/or serums. It’s allowed me to go to the next step(s) faster and while it could be any number of reasons, my pores are clearer.

    I was surprised when ColourPop released a special collection by Jaime King called Alchemy. King had the following to say about the collection: Read more

    30 Days, 30 Masks

    30 Masks 30 Days

    My sheet mask collection has gotten a little intense. Over the month of April, I’ll be sharing mini-reviews for 30 masks on the Monograms & Margaritas’ Instagram

    Here’s an example of what you’ll see over the next month:

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    Playing catch up with two masks today, both ordered from Tester Korea! The Pomegranate Collagen Lip Mask from Skinfood ($2.25) smells slightly sweet and looks like a giant gummy candy. Enough essence for a single use, but no extra. Mask did slip until I laid down completely. I left it on for twice the recommended time (20 minutes, left on for 40 minutes) and while my lips feel softer, they look the same.
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    Online Steals: Pineapple Lamps & Spring Beauty Holy Grails

    We’re all crazy busy, so online shopping is probably the only reason I have clothes to wear and my home is decorated.
    And I kind of love it. In fact, when someone suggests going to the mall I cringe. Why? Whyyyy? What if you just swing by my house and we catch up over a cup of coffee? I can even show you the awesome Pineapple Lamp I got on sale from

    Online Steals

    Pineapple Table Lamp // Vera Wang Embrace Green Tea & Pear Blossom // Wella EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo

    Seriously, how freaking awesome is the Pineapple Table Lamp from It’s only available online and it’s on sale for $24. Twenty-four dollars! Read more

    Bringing Back a Classic: The Tretorn Nylite


    theofficialpreppyhandbookI love it when I see a celebrity bring back a “classic” from The Official Preppy Handbook, especially when that celebrity is the gorgeous Southern goddess Reese Witherspoon, and the aforementioned “classic” is the Tretorn Nylite.  No longer reserved just for the tennis court, but still perfectly at home there, Treton Nylite Canvas Sneakers are the ideal casual sneaker when you need something that is both comfortable and cute.

    I love how Mrs. Witherspoon paired her navy Nylites with white jeans, a white with navy monogrammed boat tote, and a medium blue button-down. It’s an outfit that’s easy to recreate and perfect for running errands. The only thing I’d add is a string of pearls! Read more