Birthday Wish List 2016!

Hi everyone!

With my birthday coming up next week, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of a few items I’ve had my eye on, and serve as inspiration for possible birthday gifts. Enjoy!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush

I’ve heard great things about Estee Lauder blushes and while I was at Macy’s, I checked out the color selection and it didn’t disappoint.  Peach Passion is of special interest.

EL Blush

Maison Margiela ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk 

I spritzed this on in the store and fell in love with the scent.  With notes of Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood and Benzoin, it screams summer.

Beach Walk

Chanel Makeup 

No beauty arsenal is complete without at least one proper, Chanel makeup item weather it be a lipstick or blush.

chanel makeup

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

I received a sample from Nordstrom of this foundation and I love it.  It’s light-weight, gives a nice sheen and makes skin look like skin.

 

CT Light Wonder

Aesthetics Exposed Mastering Skin Care in a Medical Setting and Beyond by Terri Wojak

The always skin care nerd, I love reading and keeping myself educated on skincare.  This book would complement by collection perfectly.

Aesthetics Exposed

Camera

It would be nice to purchase a basic camera for my blog. 🙂

Lumix

Gift Cards

Gift cards are always appreciated.  Anything from Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom or Macy’s would be highly appreciated.

Gift Cards

Of course, whatever I receive, I know I’ll love. 🙂

Have any recommendations you think I’ll love? Share them in the comments below! 

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

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Motivational Tuesday: This Letter is to You!

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Hi everyone!  It’s been a while since I shared a motivational quote and yesterday I stumbled across one that is perfect for anyone going through a difficult time.

This letter is to you. ⠀

The you that’s had a rough week. The you that seems to be under constant storm clouds. The you that feels invisible. The you that doesn’t know how much longer you can hold on. The you that has lost faith. The you that always blames yourself for everything that goes wrong.

To you.

You are incredible. You make this world a little bit more wonderful. You have so much potential and so many things left to do. You have time. Better things are coming your way, so please hang in there. You can do it. ” 

This fast-paced life can quickly become overshadowed by disappointments and despair, but remember that you are here for a reason and that you matter.  Tomorrow could be the day your prayers are answered so have faith and don’t give up.

Stephanie

The Beauty Blogger Tag!

Beauty Blogger Tag

Hi everyone!  How was everyone’s Easter weekend?

It’s been awhile since I have done a tag but I thought it would be something fun to do today. I was nominated by Rahma from Glamorous Etioles for the Beauty Blogger Tag so if you’d like to get to know more about me and beauty, keep reading.

The Rules for this Tag:

Tag the blogger that nominated you
Answer the questions you were given
Nominate 10 bloggers whose blog is about beauty/lifestyle/fashion
Name 10 questions for your nominees to answer
Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them

1. Have you ever done yoga and did you like it?

Yes and yes. To be honest though, when I first started yoga, I didn’t care for it.  It wasn’t until I was invited to attend a yoga workshop hosted by Danielle Cuccio that I actually learned to appreciate it.  The Powerflow session was done to a great playlist and I’ve been hooked ever since.

2.What products do you splurge on?

Skincare and makeup of course. 😉

3.What products do you save on?

I would say nail polish mainly because I hardly buy any.

4.What is your best tip for maintaining healthy skin?

Sunscreen is a must for healthy skin, so rain or shine, chemical or physical, make sure to apply it.  Also, keeping your skin hydrated is important as well.

5.What do you use to remove your makeup?

It depends what I have in my skincare arsenal.  Makeup wipes, cleansing oils and cream based cleansers are a few that I like to keep around.

6.How do you maintain your eyebrows (example, threading/waxing)?

Threading, tweezing and sometimes waxing.  My eyebrows grow like wildfire so if I don’t keep up monthly maintenance routine, I need to resort to all three.

7:What is your favorite mascara?

At the moment, I would have to say Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara

8.Where do you buy most of your makeup?

I would say Sephora and online about equally.

9.What is your favorite shade of lipstick?

An unfair question to ask a beauty blogger and beauty addict if you ask me.  However, currently I’m in love with any and all pink/nude shades.

10.What is your favorite perfume?

Ange ou Demon Le Secret by Givenchy.  It’s a bit on the pricey side but I love to buy it when it comes in a set.

That’s it for this tag.  I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit more about me and thanks to Rahma for the nomination!  Check out her blog and give her a follow while you’re at it.  Consider yourself tagged if you want to participate.

My 10 questions:

Have you ever done yoga and did you like it?
What products do you splurge on?
What products do you save on?
What is your best tip for maintaining healthy skin?
What do you use to remove your makeup?
How do you maintain your eyebrows (example, threading/waxing)?
What is your favorite mascara?
Where do you buy most of your makeup?
What is your favorite shade of lipstick?
What is your favorite perfume?

See you on Thursday with my March favorites, 

Stephanie 

 

How Do You Cope with a Stressful Situation?

Hi everyone!  I hope that your weekend was great. 🙂

Today’s post is more on the personal side but I feel it may be beneficial for some who are going through tough times.  It’s so easy to post about the great and wonderful moments in our life but what happens when that dynamic changes? We all know that life is a constant motion of highs and lows and that it’s important to stay on the positive side but let’s face it-sometimes it seems impossible to remain positive. Your loved ones are diagnosed with cancer.  The symptoms of a chronic illness that were under control are suddenly surfacing again.  Someone used and lied to you.  How do you cope?

When difficult moments arise, it can feel like you’re battling it alone and in some senses, that’s true. After all, you’re the one experiencing the pain, the loneliness, the hurt.  However, there are many people out there going through something similar and can offer you that beacon of hope.  I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll mention it again.  One of the best things about creating this blog is that I have encountered the most positive and helpful people who are ready to lend an ear whenever you have problems.  I think it’s paramount to have a support system to reach out to in time of need.  Even reading other people’s struggles and how they coped can help. *Note: In case your new to this blog, I suffer from Interstitial Cystitis or IC. 

Another thing that has helped me through weary days is to read quotes, especially ones from the Bible. They provide me with spiritual strength and hope.  Recently, I’ve been avidly reading daily devotionals from the blog Miekeey and it helps me in putting things into perspective and focus on what’s important. It reminds me that there is a bigger picture and while I can’t see it now, one day, I will.

Now, I’d love to hear from you readers and I’m sure anyone who reads this post will also appreciate your feedback.

How do you cope with life when it seems like no hope is in sight? 

Stephanie 

 

Stephie Estie Turns 2!

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Hi everyone!  I have a special post today because my blog turns 2!  Yay! 🙂

Two years ago, with a friend’s suggestion, I transferred the weekly skin tips I posted on Facebook and created a much bigger platform to share my knowledge and love of beauty.  These past two years have been a whirlwind of emotions and at the beginning, I thought about quitting.  For quite a while, I hardly had any views and I was getting discouraged, thinking that perhaps blogging just wasn’t for me.  However, I kept creating blog posts because I found I did enjoy writing and once I began engaging with other bloggers, I accumulated more followers and more views.

I’m glad I didn’t give up because had I done so, I would have never met some of the most incredible people from all over the world.  I have formed some great friendships and it never seizes to amaze me how helpful and supportive everyone I’ve encountered has been. Whether I need advice on beauty or life in general, I have a great group of friends I can turn to. A huge thanks, of course, to all my readers who inspire me to keep doing what I love.  Your emails and comments are greatly appreciated. 🙂

Here’s to many more years blogging, 

Stephanie 

 

Happy New Year 2016!

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Happy New Year’s Eve (or day) everyone!

I ran across this quote yesterday and I found it to be perfect for today.  2015 for me was a good year.  I accomplished several of the things I set forth on my vision board in 2014.  This blog has grown so much within a year and has been viewed in about 97 countries!  To many, I am considered their go-to skincare and beauty expert and I can’t even begin to tell you how much that means to me.  Whenever I get a text message, an email or a comment asking for my advice, I’m so thankful I’ve established myself in a way where people can trust my opinions and advice.  I’m continually reading and educating myself to provide you with the best information available which lead me to accomplishing my dream of (finally) taking the UCLA Cosmetic Chemistry course.  It’s crazy how when you put your heart and soul into something you love, greatness occurs.

Of course, life wouldn’t be life if it also didn’t come with many downfalls and yes, I had plenty of those this year too. There are lessons we have to learn and sometimes they present themselves in the most painful ways. My willingness to help sometimes exposes me to be torn apart and used, making me withdraw from getting attached to people.  This is something I have to work on.  Defining myself as a person and not by my chronic illness is something else I’ve been struggling with. But, I just have to keep going forward, staying positive and having faith that things will get better.

So what will 2016 bring?  I have no idea but I have a feeling it will be awesome!  I’m working on some other ‘visions’ so stay tuned. Thank you so much for the love and support you have shown me.  May 2016 bring all of you happiness, love and health.

Best wishes for 2016,

Stephanie