U.K. babes and boys…Glossier has crossed the pond! Glossier traveled north to Canada within the last few months and now they have made their move overseas. In honor of the big launch, I wanted to finally share my review for Glossier’s Wowder Powder, one of their newest products.

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ps – The Glossier Sweatshirt is crazy comfy. It has a soft, fuzzy inside and raglan sleeves, which I love on sweaters. I’m wearing a medium for reference.

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I have combination skin with dry patches on my cheeks/chin and an oily forehead/nose. My favorite way to apply this powder is with a damp Real Techniques sponge. I can stamp the powder into my skin, melting it into my foundation for a locked-in, flawless finish.

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This is how I look at the end of an 10 hour day without any touch ups to my face. When I do touch up, I use a Real Techniques setting brush. The website makes some serious claims about this powder, so I’m going to go through them all quickly to see how it holds up on my skin:

  • Cut shine: Yes (do you see the above picture?!)
  • Blur the appearance of pores: Yup
  • Set makeup, look like skin: Yes – but not under my eyes. Did not work there for me.
  • Won’t leave a chalky film: Yes, and using a sponge helps. Whenever you apply too much powder, mist with any facial spray.
  • Won’t cake into fine lines: True
  • Won’t flatten skin’s texture: In all honesty, I’m not sure what this claim means, so we’re just going to skip this one.
  • No camera flashback: YES! Even the Snapchat selfie flash. For real.

Wowder comes in three shades – Light/Medium, Dark/Deep and Rich. For $22 you get .25 oz. I got mine on August 6th and I have about half left.

Bottom line: I love this powder. If you want to shop it through my page, you can click HERE and you can check out some of my other faves.

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Happy October! During the summer, I always seem to take a break from makeup. I like to take it easy, sleep in, let a little tan act as my foundation and honestly, it’s just too hot. I’m excited for fall makeup looks with vampy lips and gold lids galore. Today I rounded up 9 different fall lippies at varying price points and 3 different finishes. Finding a darker lip can be intimidating, so start with an affordable gloss to test it out. Once you feel more comfortable, it’s easy to work your way up so something more full coverage.

Glossy Finish: To start

  1. e.l.f. Lip Laquer – Burgandy – These are crazy pigmented and super shiny
  2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss – Vamp – Use a lip liner and you’re all set
  3. Buxxom Full-On Lip Polish – Hannah – Definitely minty!

Satin Finish: For everyday

  1. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche – Pepper (I’m on my second tube of this)
  2. Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lipstick – Rodeo – The twist-up packaging for this product is so handy and feels super luxe
  3. RevlonSuper Lustrous Lipstick – Plumalicious – So comfortable on the lips

Matte Finish: For the daring

  1. MAC Lipstick Retro Matte Finish – Ruby Woo – THE classic red
  2. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick – Red Carpet Red – Charlotte would say, “You need this, darling.”
  3. Glossier Generation G Matte Lipstick – Jam – You can also shop other Glossier products through my page here.

Hope you enjoyed some of these fall picks! Let me know your favorites below!

It’s officially fall and now it’s just time for Chicago to get the memo and cool off. I took advantage of Macy’s triple points this weekend and also stopped by Macy’s for a super fun event with Shai from Drunk on Shoes. I just did a huge closet and makeup clear out and it feels super nice to have a lighter closet. I really love the few pieces I got and am excited to try and style them a bunch of different ways to recycle the looks.

If you’re catching this blog post early, go check out my Instagram story for a try-on haul.

The ruffle-sleeve cardigan comes in SIX colors. I bought a large because the sleeves on the medium were a bit too tight.

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The flannel is super soft and fits like a glove. I’m wearing a small below. There was a big difference between the small and the medium so if you’re in-between sizes, I’d size down. The turtleneck sweater comes in two colors and I’m also wearing a small.


Today I wanted to update some of the products in my hair care favorites. I went back and did some digging through old blog posts and found that two of these have been in my favorites since at least 2015! My love affair with Bumble & Bumble started back in high school. If Spray de Mode came in a perfume, that would be my signature scent. Let’s dive into the products:

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo: My friend has used this dry shampoo for awhile and I finally hopped on board. Amika products smell absolutely incredible and they come at a really great value when talking about high-end dry shampoos. You’re getting 5.3 oz for $22, when other comparable brands cost the same, if not more, and you’re only getting 2-3 ounces. Make sure you’re always checking ounces/grams when comparing prices!

DPHUE Cool Blonde Shampoo: This shampoo is POTENT! It truly is a royal purple shampoo, not just slightly tinted lavender. I mix a little in with my normal shampoo for regular washes and once a month will do a full wash with the straight purple. I like this shampoo so much because it doesn’t leave my hair dry like other purple shampoos can.

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Spray: If you love the look of piecey texture and lots of volume, you need this spray. It has a bit of a manly smell, but it’s also very “salon” smelling if that makes any sense. It adds some serious grit to your hair and is great for revitalizing yesterday’s style or adding texture to your waves. I always use this in my hair to rough up my waves a little so they look natural and relaxed.

R+Co Chiffon Mousse: This is one of the lightest mousses I have ever used. It really helps add volume when you’re blow drying your hair. I would not recommend using this mousse just to let your hair air dry.

Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode: I was so happy when I just picked up another bottle of this and found that they’ve changed the cap so it has a twist closure. The mist on this hairspray is so fine that it leaves your hair still feeling smooth and natural, while still giving enough hold to keep your style in place. I would love to know how many bottles of this I’ve gone through since high school…

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Today I’m sharing my Top 4 favorite places that I ate and drank at in Cleveland, Ohio. I didn’t know what to expect in Cleveland but it really was a charming city. One of the things I love most about Chicago is that you’re on Lake Michigan and it’s nice that Cleveland is right on Lake Erie. Cleveland has the feel of a big city without feeling as crowded and is very walkable.

Behold, the World’s Largest Outdoor Chandelier.  Intersection of Euclid Ave and E 14th Street.

Coffee – Pour Cleveland

530 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH

  • Pictured: cappuccino
  • Great atmosphere
  • Good wifi
  • Downside: I collect mugs and love getting a new one from each city I visit. Sadly, Pour was out of the cups they sell.

BBQ – Mabel’s BBQ

2050 E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

  • Pictured: Big Big and J.W. Potatoes
  • Great outdoor atmosphere along the downtown ped mall
  • Large selection of whiskey/bourbon
  • Huge portions
  • Food comes out very quickly

Mexican – Momocho

1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH

  • Pictured: Tacos de pescados
  • Very knowledgable staff
  • Recently revamped cocktail menu
  • Sharable plates

Dinner & Drinks – Hodge’s

668 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH

Hodges was my favorite meal of the trip. I ate at the bar, but they had great high-top tables in the bar area, a nice dining room, as well as an outdoor bar and patio. Happy Hour goes until 6:30 (whoa), so it’s a great place for drinks to turn into dinner.

  • Pictured: Dinner is served with cornbread. It’s baked and served in a skillet with bourbon maple butter. Drool. For dinner I had the Hanger Steak. Everything was absolutely delicious and I finished all of it.
  • Very friendly staff
  • Really high-quality food without a crazy price tag
  • To reiterate: cornbread.

Leave your recommendations down below for more places to eat and drink in Cleveland!