Top 10 Drugstore Beauty + Giveaway!

It was challenging but I had so much fun picking my top 10 drugstore beauty products! There will always be something so satisfying about affordable and quality beauty steals ^^ Watch the video to see what made it to my list!

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I’ve been feeling really thankful and I enjoy giving back when I can, even in small ways :) Enter to win this bag of goodies in the widget below! It includes a few of the top 10 I mentioned in the video and then some just to round it out. <3

 

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Good luck! ~Christine

The Road Not Taken

Before we divulge into the thoughts that are swarming around in my head, congratulations to my Giveaway winners! It always excites me when my winners are in such shock that they could actually win. You never know what can happen until you take the chance and try. Hmm am I sounding like a broken record? Probably.

Which leads me to my predicament; ok maybe predicament sounds too negative or dramatic but I am at a bit of a crossroads. I felt the need to just simply write today. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Robert Frost’s poem by the post title. It’s a classic and still one of my ultimate favorites:

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 20

This couldn’t describe how I feel more perfectly. Feelings of distraction have swept over me but it’s a good thing. Sometimes I get so caught up in crossing off all of my to do’s for the day that I rarely take the moment to just look at the bigger picture. When I went out to Cancun with Matt recently, there was a moment where we just sat out, listened to the crashing waves, and had a raw heart to heart talk. These talks usually involve how we intend to progress in our careers. Matt is very similar to me. He is creatively driven with a healthy dose of business sense. We are constantly trying to find ourselves, therefore the amount of patience and trust we have with each other is what has allowed us to maintain our relationship. He has a tendency to wear himself much thinner than I do though so this getaway was much needed for the two of us.

I reached out to him earlier today about my new “predicament”, the one that’s distracting me and making me feel flustered, yea, that one. As much as I want to seek out the answer from my close friends and loved ones, I know that I ultimately have to decide for myself. Sometimes putting the trust in yourself is scary but i’ve always believed that a bit of discomfort and stress is a good thing. It pushes you and makes you stronger. I already feel a little more at ease just writing and letting some of it out. I live in my head a lot and go about my daily grind but I seriously feel so lucky to have you guys as my friends and I do want to let you in. I’m grateful for the trust that you have put in me.

The discussion doesn’t have to end here; if you guys are going through something similar, i’d love to hear from you!

xo, Christine

Makeup Giveaway – Phase 2

Hey guys! Thank you all for entering my last giveaway! If you missed it, here’s another one mostly featuring Benefit products this time :) I split them into sets that made sense in my mind..haha such as the first set including must-haves and necessities. For the second since the face products are geared towards Medium skintone, I thought the blush and lip color would also work great! The last set is for my neutral/nude lovers :) Have fun and good luck!

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Makeup Giveaway – Phase 1

Hey guys! I’ve been doing some serious cleaning out of my makeup and a lot of it has gone untouched/unused! Nothing wrong with them! I just have a lot of the same items already and i’d much rather someone else have a chance to play with ‘em too! <3 I have more to give away but let’s start with these Sigma sets; stay tuned for more items i’m giving away in future posts! Have fun and good luck with the Giveaways :)

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Photo courtesy of SigmaBeauty.com

Photo courtesy of SigmaBeauty.com

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Missed the Golden Hour

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Like my literal title? haha but I still love the way the shots came out. So what’s new? I’ve finally started getting laser hair removal treatment (just my face and underarms for now). I’ve also made it a point to work out almost everyday and eat much healthier this year. It really has had an amazing effect on my mood and energy levels. It’s one of the ways i’m working towards being the best version of myself that I can be :) How has your year been looking so far?

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I’m pretty obsessed with this top and other tops like it. I’m also craving warmer weather at the moment; a warm day in winter is like nature’s gift to my soul.

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Boohoo top | Forever 21 necklace | H&M skirt | Choies jacket | Ralph Lauren shoes

**Check out my Get Ready with Me video to see what’s on my face and how I got ready for these pictures!**
 

Hey LA, Hey 2015!

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Hi guys! I feel like I still need to reflect on 2014..not too late right? haha maybe that will be for an upcoming post :) but as for the first trip of 2015 me and Matt ventured out to Los Angeles for a couple days. It was way too short of a trip but we had an amazing time as usual.

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Not sure how we found this place (Milo and Olive), may have came up when we were searching for a brunch place and oh man this breakfast pizza took the meaning of “food coma” to another level. They also had a ton of yummy pastries which we devoured on the way to Pasadena.

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Lou & Grey top | Urban Outfitters jeans | Office boots | Zara bag

Made a quick stop at IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) as I haven’t been back ever since this show was still in the Summer!

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Not sure how we had room in our bellies after stopping by Flour + Tea (adorable cafe) for some macarons and bubble tea but we couldn’t pass up on ramen.

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ASOS dress | Bauble Bar necklace | Kate Spade heels

Quick outfit change for the party: lovee this structured knit dress as it’s super comfy, doesn’t wrinkle so great for travel, and warm enough for the chilly winter nights in LA, score.

 

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Sigma always knows how to throw a party and um can we talk about this candy bar that’s mostly comprised of makeup? I’m not complaining haha

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With Simone (founder of Sigma) and Patrick Starr! Seriously both incredibly sweet and down to earth :)

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Ok on the way back to LA that night we had to stop by the Urban Lights at LACMA, how could we not? Just love it! And..we might have made a stop at In-N-Out..oh lordy.

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Next morning before our flight back we yet again brunched and we brunched hard (at Republique). The salmon tartine with avocado was calling my name.

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Milk was down the street *cries so forgive the gluttony please. I still love and miss LA :) Can’t wait until the next trip..hopefully it’ll be a longer one! I shall leave you with..

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