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Sephora Picks

April 2nd, 2014 · beauty, shopping



It’s going to be a  good week because Sephora is in the middle of their spring VIB sale. When I received the invite in the mail for 15-percent off any purchase, I may have let out a squeal of excitement.  In the event that you may be a fellow VIB, I thought I’d share some thoughts on my faves from Sephora. There may be a product or two you’ll want to add to your shopping list. And if you’re not a VIB, don’t fret. Ask around. Chances are you have a friend who can hook you up.


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 (Sand)

I’ve been using this tinted moisturizer for about year. It provides light coverage that is somewhat build-able. It’s great for everyday/casual use.  It doesn’t cause break outs and does not irritate or dry out my sensitive skin. It is pricey so I’d suggest asking for a sample before diving into a full-size product.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation (Beige Deep)

I love the texture of this medium-coverage foundation. It’s not heavy or too thin. Its finish creates a smooth, diffused look. I like using it for special events, date nights and parties. It doesn’t have SPF, which creates a finish that is flattering in photos. This product is also pricey. I suggest requesting a sample before committing to a full-size product.

Illamasqua Powder Blusher (Tweak)

This is a line of highly pigmented  blushes, which means, a little goes a long way. Just one dab and a good blend is all it takes for a natural flush. This particular color is great for spring and summer. I’m looking forward to trying out more.


Urban Decay Naked

This is a versatile palette that is great for every day use and special occasions. It’s also great for travel. Any Naked palette is going to run just above $50, which is a lot. Using a VIB discount will help knock that price down a notch.

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The rose gold theme in this palette is definitely trendy, but one that I couldn’t resist. I love that it’s a palette for all seasons, it is possible to play up the darker hues for fall/winter and lighter ones spring/summer. The brush included in the palette is actually a good one, too. I’ve learned you can’t go wrong with the quality of Urban Decay eyeshadows.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara (Black)

This gives definition to lower lashes and does not smudge. The small brush applicator helps single out lashes for precise application. This product is part of my everyday routine.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray (Light/Medium)

The link goes to the full size product, but I’ve always had a mini version in my collection. The formula prevents eye shadow creasing and helps with staying power. Check for the Benefit makeup kits that have a range of products. It’s a great way to stock up on this staple while trying new Benefit products.


Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact (Gracia)

This is the most money I’ve ever invested in a lipstick. I feel a guilty at times when I think about the price, but the lipstick is so handy during special occasions. The mirror applicator is great for elegant and quick touch ups without having to retreat to the bathroom. The quality of the lipstick is perfect. It’s light, moisturizing and the perfect rosy nude for my lips.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 (Fetish Pink)

I love the formula of this lipstick. It’s silky and moisturizing. The color doesn’t last, but with its glamorous packaging, I have no problem grabbing it in public for touch ups.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl – Sheer (Overprotected)

This sheer lip gloss is perfect for light makeup days. It goes on glossy smooth and leaves a little tingle. This is another formula favorite.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (Beso)

For a true red—think Taylor Swift—this shade fits the bill. I can’t say it truly “stays all day,” but it does last quite a long time. The liquid texture of this lipstick is an interesting experience. It applies like a gloss and then dries to the texture of a lipstick. I had to pick it up because one of my favorite bloggers, Blaire Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific, frequently uses this shade in her style posts. She always looks so classy.

Stila Color Balm Lipstick (Valentina) paired with Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil (17C)

Orange is THE lip color of the season. I’ve seen it in magazine editorials and on the red carpet. A bold color like this is intimidating, but I was feeling adventurous a couple months ago. I had to attend a premiere party for a show that my husband works on. The network’s signature color is orange and therefore I had a good reason to just go for it! Thankfully, one of my favorite makeup artists, Lisa Eldridge, came out with a YouTube video just in time. She did not lead me astray with Stila’s lipstick in Valentina.

Hope these recommendations help! Happy shopping.

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 1st, 2014 · food, recipes


When I  saw the bold declaration of this blog post, it read like a challenge to me. First of all, I’m not much of a chocolate chip cookie kinda gal, but when it comes to baking, I’ll bake only when I know there’s  gathering. And when it comes to big groups, I’ve learned that a classic, no-fail recipe, which elicits a response along the lines of “This is amazing. How did you do it?” has a bigger pay off than a dish involving complicated cooking techniques.

These chocolate chip cookies have a pinch of sea salt. The combination allows for a sweet yet savory treat. I’ve baked them for a friend’s engagement party and even for a memorial gathering. It can be comfort food or serve as a bit of a reward, proving no matter what the occasion, they’re totally appropriate.

There are two major stages to this: prepping, which requires at least 12 hours of refrigeration and then the baking with about 15 minutes for each batch.


Once the dough has been chilled, I recommend a good cookie scoop to ensure each cookie is perfectly round. This OXO Good Grips Large Cookie Scoop is the one I have in my kitchen. Be sure to pack in the dough for an even cookie.

Thanks to For Me, For You for sharing this “out of this world,” “best chocolate chip cookie ever” recipe. No exaggeration. These are the type of responses I get when I bring a batch to gatherings!

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March 11th, 2014 · Uncategorized

It has been a few months since I’ve updated this blog. It was being wonky for awhile and it took forever to load. Thanks to the helpful support staff at the web host, I was able to get all the tech issues cleared. So, here I am and ready to get back into the swing of things!









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Coat Shoppin’

November 22nd, 2013 · shopping

Starting to plan my winter wardrobe because we’re headed east pretty soon. Here in California there isn’t much of a need for a warm and fuzzy jacket, but I’ve always wanted one. I think now’s the time to invest because I get so cold easily! I’m torn between quirky colors and a couple styles that aren’t lined, but are a bit more practical and wearable once I return to the west coast. The orangey-red with the sherpa lining from Boden might be the winner. It’s unexpected, looks super cozy and would be cute paired with some neutral basics. Bring on the cold!

Insulated Coats
Insulated Coats by thedailylindsey 

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OOTD: Comfy Basics

November 21st, 2013 · my style

If you had asked me three years ago how I felt about boyfriend jeans, I would have cringed. Ask me now? They’re pretty much what I live in  (much to the dismay of my husband) when I’m working from the apartment. They’re unbelievably comfy, and I’ve convinced myself I’m more productive when I’m not wearing my usual black leggings or sweats. Don’t we all have an article of clothing like that?


{Target Cardigan | Madewell Tank | Gap 1969 Jeans | Sam Edelman Petty Booties}

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Scented Bliss

November 20th, 2013 · shopping

The candle aisle at Target is one of my secret happy places. So many choices, and a lot of it is good stuff!


Every few months I’ll pay this section a visit. Don’t get  confused. Walk past the Febreeze candles in the cleaning department and into the home decor area. The candles here give the designer candles a run for their money. I always leave with an armload of  scents to fit the season. It’s double the fun when I’ve got my husband in tow. We can spend a good half hour picking out votives in a variety of sizes, scents and price points. In the past, I used to skip out on candles, but I’ve realized they last longer than fresh flowers and make our apartment feel all the more cozy.

Right now they’ve got their holiday candles out and they are just heaven. The giant Warm Mulled Cider candle is just $19.99 and will last some 50+hours.

The next time you’re at Target, swing by the candle section. I promise you’ll find a little piece of heaven there.


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Review: Gap 1969 Always Skinny Jeans in Petite

November 19th, 2013 · shopping

Confession: I’ve been a bit of a shopaholic lately… okay, let’s be honest, all year! In an effort to justify these habits, I figured I’d spread some goodwill and share my thoughts. Perhaps some fellow shopaholics can benefit from my hits and misses. First up: These 1969 always skinny jeans in medium wash from the Gap. Gap_1969_always_skinny_jeans_2

I love the overall fit. They’re skinny, but not constricting. They are about two inches too long, but that’s easily remedied by cuffing them or folding them under. As far as the wash and fade, the combination makes it a great piece for everyday casual-wear. There are two small details I’m not loving. I’ve noticed the waistline in the back bunches up from sitting down so it requires adjusting. Second, the back pockets are not proportional to my seat. They’re too big, and not flattering. It’s not a deal breaker, but I’ve got an eye for details so I notice these things.

From time to time, they do go on sale. I had been eyeing them for awhile and finally made the purchase with a 35-percent discount when Gap had their Friends and Family sale.  Be sure to check for promo codes before purchasing. FYI: Today is final day of “MERRY” 35-percent off discount code!

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Glitter Things at Kate Spade

November 12th, 2013 · shopping

So much pretty at Kate Spade this season! As usual, there’s a fun mix that includes classics, like the nude ballet flats, and quirky, like the tuxedo heels. Their home section is full of perfect gift-giving items for the holidays. Can’t go wrong with cute stationery, spunky tote bags and luxe candles. Personally, I’ve been in the market for a wristwatch, but still indecisive about the style. Torn between the 6-year-old girl in me who wants the glitter one and the grown up who wants the understated gold. Ahhh, the problems of a Kate Spade gal!

11 Fabulous Things at Kate Spade
11 Fabulous Things at Kate Spade by thedailylindsey

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Shopping List: Lovely Leather

September 12th, 2013 · shopping

The fall term begins for my creative writing class in a few weeks, which means this is the perfect opportunity to hunt for the perfect leather tote. I’ll have a laptop, writing pad and more back-to-school things to haul around.  Here are a couple I’ve been eyeing. This one from Madewell can be personalized with my newlywed initials. I spotted it first on Chelsea of Zipped. It looks like the perfect size! And admittedly, this second option from Coach’s Legacy collection, is more of a purse than a tote, but I love the shape of it. Reminds me of Celine’s Nano Tote, pretty much a dream bag.

Loving Leather

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Trial Run: 3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters

September 11th, 2013 · cooking

3D Dinosaur Cookies

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My husband’s sole request for his birthday was a simple one: sugar cookies.

They aren’t the prettiest looking dinosaur cookies, but I’m so excited that they were successfully assembled over the weekend so I had to share.

I thought I would spice it up with some dinosaur cutouts, but in my search, I found something better, these 3D dinosaur cookie cutters! They wowed our dinner guests and most importantly, the birthday boy.

I used Alton Brown’s sugar cookie recipe. Not only were they pretty, they were pretty tasty!

Some tips:

  • There’s no need to make two dozen, each dinosaur has at least three pieces. People will want to share.
  • If you’re trying to dye the batter, add lots of color. The green faded after baking.
  • Wait til the cookies have cooled to assemble. In my excitement, I tried to do this while they were still slightly warm. And of course, it crumbled.
  • To prevent cookies from spreading in the oven, chill the cut outs in the fridge for 10 minutes before baking.

Now I just need another reason to whip up another batch….

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