Thursday, February 26, 2015

February's Final Thursday

Happy Thursday! I'm sure every winter probably feels like this, but this seems like the worst winter ever and I'm so happy that each passing day brings us one day closer to the warmth of spring.

I had been anticipating watching the Oscars for weeks and when it was finally time I couldn't even stay awake to watch the entire show. I don't know if I was bored or just tired, but staying awake for more than half of it didn't happen. As for my favorite looks of the night, Margot Robbie, Anna Kendrick, and Sienna Miller were probably my top three. (last year's favorite looks here)

Margot in Saint Laurent; Anna in custom Thakoon; Sienna in Oscar De La Renta
According to Instagram, Margot Robbie's makeup was done using Hourglass Cosmetics and her lipcolor was raven- so stunning! I would have loved Emma Stone's dress but I couldn't get past how much I disliked the color-- perhaps it was better in person?

I love Miranda Kerr so I also wanted to share her look from the Vanity Fair party. Gorgeous, and another bold red lip well done.


I recently tried out Benefit's new mascara, Roller Lash and it was just okay. Usually I stick with my Lancome but when I saw the lash curling claims of this one I wanted to try it out. I actually really liked the brush and it was lengthening and did a really good job separating my lashes. As for holding a curl, I didn't notice anything remarkable & it didn't do much for volume, plus was kind of a pain to remove.


In other exciting news from the week, my second Rocksbox arrived! I was kind of shocked at how fast the turn around time was between boxes. I sent my first box back on a Wednesday and by Thursday (the next day) it had already been received and my next box was ready to be shipped out (I got it the next Monday).


Two of the pieces I received were ones I had put on my wish list, but just like my last box, it was the piece I didn't pick out that was my absolute favorite!

1. Perry Street | mindy necklace (the statement piece): I loved the chain detailing, but the jeweled pendant was WAY larger than I was expecting, and the chain was much longer. Misconceptions aside, it's still a really pretty, fun piece & I love the colors in it.

2. Gorjana | luna layer necklace (photo on the right): I was thrilled to get this dainty Gorjana piece after how much I loved the first one. This was another piece that I had on my wish list, but it was different than I was expecting in person. I didn't notice the little jewel details on the half circle, but I actually really like them.

3. Margaret Elizabeth | druzy teardrop: This is hands down my favorite piece I've received yet. The length is perfect, I love the small detailing on the chain, and the druzy is gorgeous. I plan on wearing this basically every single day until I'm ready to send this set back. The picture doesn't do it justice!

Are you subscribed to Rocksbox yet? Use the promo code: carlybff53 to get your first box free :)

I've realized the best way to see what pieces you want to add to your wish list is by searching the hashtags on instagram. That way you can see pieces in "real life" to get a better idea of the sizing.

This was a bit of a hodge podge of a post but I'm linking up with Joey and Annie.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Up Next (to read)


These are the books that are up next on my to-read list-- kind of. I guess a more accurate title would be the books that are currently on hold from the library. A few of them I have hundreds (literally) of people in front of me, so hopefully I'll read a few other books in-between. But nonetheless, here are six books I'm looking forward to reading soon.


The Girl on the Train: I had no idea what this book was about, but saw so many people talking about it that I had to put it on hold- I clearly wasn't the only one with this idea because there were almost 700 people before me when I put it on hold. Have you read it? Is it worth the hype?

Girl in Translation: This is a book I probably would have never gravitated towards but it kept coming up as a recommendation when I would rate other books that I really liked.

What Alice Forgot: I still need to review Big Little Lies, I wasn't so sure about that one at first but loved it in the end and am excited to read another Liane Moriarty book.

The Paying Guests: This one is in the same realm as The Girl on the Train, in the sense that I first wanted to read it based on it getting so much hype.

The Silkworm: I liked The Cuckoo's Calling, I didn't love it, but I liked it and I still really want to read this one to see what old Cormoran Strike is up to next.

Ugly Love: I heard about this book from Kay and am hoping I get the chance to read it before the book club! I've also heard good things about Colleen Hoover from Joey so I'm really excited for this one!

I have quite a few books from NetGalley I need to read as well-- but hopefully I'll have reviews on them coming soon!


Also in exciting book news, Joey's book Yeah, Maybe is on sale this week on amazon. I first talked about the book in this post, but if you're a YA lover you need to read it, and for $1.99 how can you not?

What books have you read lately?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Goodbye Brownie Brittle and Other Things From the Week


My mom was in town last weekend and even though the weather wasn't the friendliest we had the best time. There was a lot of shopping, good food, games, and laughing way too hard. I had the best carnitas tacos at Rosa Mexicana, tried Pho for the first time, and we even found gluten free cupcakes.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Finally Finding My Favorite Foundation

After searching for five months and trying eight different foundation I've finally found the perfect match for my skin type! I've used two other Smashbox foundations in the past so I really have no idea why it took me so long to try one again because it was love at first use.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Five Things on Friday


1. I'm finally on Instagram with my blog! I'm still sorting out how often I'll use it, but follow me @ carlyblogshere. Also Jaelan is hosting an Instagram bloghop so make sure you join in if you're also on Instagram.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

My First Subscription Box


I finally took the plunge and signed up for a subscription box! A jewelry subscription box! I first heard about Rocksbox from Biana and Emily did a post more recently as well. In case you're unfamiliar with Rocksbox, it's a subscription service that sends you 3 pieces of jewelry for $19 / month. You're able to keep the pieces for as long as you want, or you can send them back as often as you like to switch things up. Regardless of how many times you switch, you'll always pay the same price monthly. If you choose you can purchase any of the pieces you know you'll want to keep!


I requested only necklaces. As much as I love earrings and bracelets, my ears are easily irritated by just about every kind of metal, and my wrists are annoyingly small so most bracelets or bangles don't stay on and when you're renting something you definitely do not want to lose it. (rings are also an option!)

Along with the type of jewelry you can choose what color metal you prefer and if you prefer statement pieces or delicate pieces-- or both!

I originally was going to stick with just delicate pieces but changed to a mix of both-- I figured this was the perfect opportunity for me to play around with a statement necklace. You're getting amazing quality jewelry without having to commit to the high prices.

Along with the style survey there are two other ways to let the stylists know what you're loving. On the website they have a wish list option & you can select the items you'd like to receive. If you follow Rocksbox on Instagram you can hashtag wishlist on items you like in the photos they post.



Victoria Necklace by Urban Gem | I loved that this was more of a statement piece but still a neutral piece. You could really wear it with just about anything!


Geometric Double Layer Necklace by Gorjana | I am obsessed with the simplicity of this necklace-- plus it's perfect for layering!


Jamie Necklace by Robyn Rhodes | This necklace was probably my favorite of the three. I love the blue coloring in the stone with the really dainty chain.

If you're interested in trying out Rocksbox for the first time let me know and I can send a code your way. Using the code will get your first box free and give me a credit of $25 to use on the site. Overall, I'm loving my first box and can't wait to see what I get in future boxes.

[linking up with joey & annie]

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mascara Updates (Lancome Hypnose)

lancome mascara

Almost a year ago I did a post on my favorite mascaras (here), and thought I would follow up with another post to include one I didn't include at the time of my post.

I recently tried out Hypnose Drama from Lancome and first talked about it in my October Favorites post (here). Despite how impressed I was with it, I really prefer the original hypnose formula. 

I don't know if I got an old tube or it just dries out quickly, but the past few times I went to use it I felt like it made my lashes feel really dry. Sometimes I like a more dry formula, but this was not a good thing for this specific mascara. I also noticed that there were giant pieces of dried mascara around the opening of the tube- so who knows, maybe I just wasn't totally closing the top? 

hypnose vs hypnose drama
top: hypnose; bottom: hypnose drama
Not having any mascara backups I quickly went back to my old favorite-- Hypnose. It's a bit less dramatic, while still giving really beautiful volume. The hypnose brush is my all-time favorite too- it's hard to tell in the photo but it's slightly thinner in the middle and really lightweight.

As always, I love Lancome mascaras because they're gentle on the eyes and they usually don't take too much effort to remove. There's nothing worse than wearing a mascara and having to tug at your lids while going through like eight cotton balls trying to get it off at the end of the night. 

I will admit, that after realizing how wonderful the Lancome eye makeup remover is, I think I'll branch out to other brands of mascara over the next year-- starting with the L'Oreal Butterfly Mascara.  

Do you have any mascara recommendations for me? Any that do amazing things to hold a curl?