Monday, September 14, 2015


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Trying to limit my wish list to only nine items was tough.  #thestruggleisreal.  But what better time to splurge on some beauty products than your birthday??  And if anyone's looking to gift with me a last minute present please refer to the sampling above ;)  There are so many new & exciting beauty launches for fall, but at the top of my wish list is the stunning Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit.  Swoon!  Graced with three ambient lighting powders, a bronzer, and two blushes, what more could you ask for.  Two items from NARS on my wish list are a gorgeous neutral nail lacquer perfect for fall in the shade 'Zakynthos' and a bright coral lip gloss in the hue 'Salamanca.'   I have also been loving the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting powder which is perfect for chiseling out those model-esque cheekbones and pairs perfectly with the glowy base from Charlotte Tilbury I've been coveting, her Light Wonder Foundation.  Now to prep my skin I have been lusting after Peter Thomas Roth's Pumpkin Enzyme Mask.  I have heard amazing things about this mask's exfoliating properties and smelling it in the store the scent is reminiscent of straight up pumpkin pie.  I'm hoping to cure my split ends with this gift set by Bumble & Bumble featuring their latest hair care launch 'Full Potential,' and a great powder brush is also on my wish list from the company that makes the highest quality brushes around, Bobbi Brown.  And last, but not least is a body butter that is not only moisturizing, but smells amazing.  Next time your are in Sephora you have to smell the Fig scented body butter by Korres.

So this Wednesday I’m turning 27.  That sounds crazy to say.  This is the first year I actually feel old.  Which I know probably sounds silly to many of you, but it feels like these past few months it has really hit me that people are getting married and having kids and starting a life with someone and I’m just not there yet.  When I was young I had my whole life planned out and thought I would get married when I was 26 years old and have all my children by the time I was 30 and considering I don’t even have a boyfriend right now that vision feels eons away.  I’m okay with where I’m at in my life though and feel like I have grown a lot as a person in the last year, but I think the future and the unknown can still be anxiety provoking.  I moved down to Tampa last August by myself and started my first real “adult job” after finishing up my masters degree.  It’s safe to say this has been one of the most challenging years of my life.  It has definitely been an adjustment to be in a new city by myself, to navigate the office politics of a big corporation, and feeling for the first time in my life that I can do anything, which is both exciting and terrifying at the same time.  This past year has taught me that I am a lot stronger than I thought I was, I learned I would be nothing without my family and close friends that have supported me, and that the kindness of strangers and new friends is invariably surprising.  For me the sentiment that the days are long, but the years are short rings so true.  I can't wait to see what 27 brings and I hope to continue to grow as an individual and tackle life with confidence and positivity.  Sorry to get all sappy on you guys, but I couldn't help but share what a turning point I feel like this birthday is for me.  Thank you so much for following along with this blog and your constant support and sweet comments.  It means the world to me.  Let me know what would be on your birthday wish list and I hope you all are having an amazing Monday morning :)

xoxo Nicole

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