Today I’m talking about my favorites for the month of February. Let me know if you’ve tried anything from these brands whether it be love or hate. Also, found out some more info on the Lime Crime and Thrive glosses…they are *drum roll please* lip toppers! Apparently toppers have been my new faves. However my two fave formulas are COMPLETELY different, but both beautiful in their own way! Hope you enjoyed hanging out! Wishing you a beautiful day. xoxo
Products Mentioned: Olive + June Top Coat and The Poppy polish holder
Victor + Rolf Dancing Roses *Magic Collection*
Thrive Causemetics Brynn Lash Extension Mascara
Trive Causemetics Lip Mate High Shine Lip Topper in Glenda
Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in Heirloom Lip Top Coat
Sonia Kashuk Brush Switch–OH NO! Couldn’t find this one online anymore? Maybe they discontinued it. Please leave your favorite brush switch cleaner down below!
The Ordinary Hylaronic Acid w/2% Zinc
The Ordinary Niacinamide Daiso Japan Silicon Mask Cover
If only I could tell my junior high self…NO don’t try to shave off part of your eyebrow so you can look like an Olsen Twin from the early 2000’s. Well, here I am trying to draw those little baby hairs back on. The grass is always greener….right?
I have watched many soap brow tutorials, and I just can be bothered with the effort so here is my no fuss quick bushy brow technique. I hope you find it helpful! P.S. Please excuse my ultra shiny skin! I tried a new dewy BB cream that I had on for 10+ hours and my pores did not like it one bit!
Products mentioned: Ardell Stroke A Brow in Medium Brown
Continuing our dream vacation in paradise I knew comfort was key. As far as clothes to pack it may depend on the time of year you visit. We went mid September and it was windy! Hair up is a must for windy days. We were lucky and were told it was even windier a few days earlier–so long sunglasses. Thankfully we didn’t have to worry about that. This long dress was perfect because I knew it would stay down. It was also quite rocky and the roads were a bit uneven so good walking shoes will go a long way. I found these adorable Timberland walking sandals with cushion support so easy to walk in. They were comfortable and didn’t sacrifice any style-the perfect vacay sandal.
Next, we ventured into town for a little shopping and to grab a seat prime time for sunset. I had read that it’s best to snag a seat early in order to get a good spot, but one thing that is not mentioned is finding a seat in the shade. This is paramount if you want to enjoy the sunset without sweating. We were lucky enough to find a cozy corner spot in the shade at Breeze Cocktail Bar. We may have taken “getting early” to an extreme, as we arrived around 3 hours prior to sunset. This was a little over the top, and I think you’d be fine to find a spot 1.5-2 hrs before the magic happens.
We settled in and enjoyed some cocktails. Above is their passionfruit + mint cocktail- SO GOOD. But my favorite was the Ouzo with rosewater. This was my fist time trying Ouzo (think anise/licorice flavor) and it was so well balanced with the rosewater. Two flavor combinations I would have not thought to put together but ones that married with each other so wonderfully. I highly recommend trying Ouzo if you get the chance.
This picturesque spot lent itself to a beautiful view of the windmills at sunset. The Little Venice area in general is the spot to be for sunrise and sunset, but we particularity enjoyed our stay at this cozy hidden gem on the strip.
After sunset the city comes to life again and it’s time to get lost in the streets of the the island. I was curious what nightlife would be like (or at least the kind before the parties begin) and it was lovely. Twinkle lights are strung above some of the walkways and music plays outside of restaurants with the best smelling enticements. We ate dinner at a modern concept gastronomy restaurant called Pepper Souvlaki and it was delicious. I highly recommend there Saganaki which was irresistible. Feel free to indulge to your hearts content as you will be walking around quite a bit shopping and sight seeing. Of course, I ended up at my cosmetic stomping grounds, Sephora! Seeing the black in white stripes in a cave dome was a fun experience and made for a good photo op. Besides, would it really be a trip if I didn’t end up here at some point?
Can you see it? The part of my smile that feels so incandescently happy? Here, I feel like the Mona Lisa. Of course, I don’t know what she felt like but if I could guess it would be that she gained a piece of knowledge about the world or universe she never knew existed.
The view from our hotel was spectacular and like stepping into a dream. You can’t see it here, but just to the right was the beach. We were welcomed lovingly into the hotel with freshly made drinks upon arrival, and a junior suite to our surprise. Is this heaven on earth?
We walked down the beach and put our feet in the water. It was a beautiful day out and it’s easy to say this trip certainly topped our honeymoon. I can see why it is a wedding destination. Everywhere you look, all the food you eat is so satisfying.
We decided to walk to town nearby and grab dessert and some sunflower covered bread sticks to make our own dinner a la carte. We figured since we were blessed with a mini kitchenette we might as well take advantage of it! Here are are the spoils!
And voilà we have dinner. We had no idea what kind of cheese to get so when we went to the market we asked the lovely lady at the counter and she gave us two to try. One resembled closer to goat cheese and the other almost a mix of goat cheese and cheddar…however the were still their absolute own uniqueness. So tasty! Of course, we also had to grab hummus, tzatziki, olives, honey, and greek wine.
The mosaic streets, perfectly painted gave a beautiful feel to the city. With the wind blowing, I couldn’t help but twirl like a ballerina. The weather, scenery, food…was an entire mood. This must be the place.
The view from our room was breathtaking. God painted the sky against the white buildings and I saw his wonders that night. Even looking back at these photos feels like a dream. Onto the next one!
I finally had my first real adventure, Greece. When we arrived in the city center I couldn’t believe how much graffiti there was everywhere. You can look at a thousand pictures of what you think a city is like, but you never really know until you are there. The city streets were filthy and easily dirtied my white shoes. The only place I wanted to look was up. The air was filled with heavy gasoline smog, and, as I looked toward the skyline I could see it, the Acropolis. We began our trip with a walk through downtown with a little shopping that brought us to falafel and drinks on a special rooftop with a view of the city. It was so pleasant to walk under the shade of the draping plants in the afternoon heat of mid September. Tourists and locals crowded the city and the sound of loud music being carried around on a boombox brought the streets to life. It felt like a city of people, although big, were somehow interconnected neighbors at one point or another. My first impression of the city was being changed each moment into a magical experience.
The next day we began in the Chinatown area to grab some hats before we made the trek up to the Acropolis. Once we made it to the top we could finally see it in all it’s glory and it was stunning. The old city overlooks the new as if to say, you have so much to learn. I thought the walk up was going to be much more tedious than it was, and I was thankful it wasn’t what I had originally anticipated. I found sunscreen and my hat, still, to be a lifesaver. Near the Acropolis we also got to go atop the Areopagus, where Paul gave his longest recorded sermon. It was a beautiful view of the city and brought us another angle of the Acropolis and I’m happy to have visited it. We were able to reflect on the beauty of the ancient city at a rooftop restaurant where we were greeted with the finest hospitality. The people we encountered were so charming and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and having a good time. The hospitality of everyone we met moved me and it is something I will always cherish.
In Plaka we walked the city streets as sunset was about to take place and were able to find some lovely gifts for friends and family. The gorgeous pink flowers that billowed above crept all the way down to the streets and graced their beauty for everyone to see. This was my first taste of those pink flowers. The flowers that look fake among all the buildings of the Grecian islands, because they seem to be perfect in every way. I’m here to testify that they are real and every much as breathtaking in person as they are in these photos.
The following day we were ready to escape to our next location, Mykonos, but not before grabbing some coffee. If you haven’t experienced the pure delight of a cappuccino freddo, this is the opportunity. The foamy espresso magic is almost a long distant memory now, but one I will not forget. These were my fuel each morning to help me cope with the jet lag. I wasn’t quite ready to leave Athens, but I was ready for our next adventure.