Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Good HUES-Day: Marsala

Pantone recently announced that the color of the year is Marsala, a rich brown-red and I am elated. I love wine reds and this warmer shade is no exception. 

What do you think, are you a fan of Marsala?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Rockin' Out: Rocksbox Review

House of Harlow 1960 Teepee Triangle Necklace in White via Rocksbox
I’m not going to lie, creating an outfit to post without using the same pieces over and over can be a struggle. Sometimes I’ll look at a blog and can’t help but wonder, “How much clothes/shoes/accessories does this girl have??” First world problems, right? While I’m always trying out new combos with pieces I already own, I do try to incorporate new items so I’m not always wearing the same top, shoes, or even jewelry. For the last couple months however, you may have noticed that I’ve had a good rotation of accessories and it’s all thanks to Rocksbox.

Rocksbox is a monthly subscription service with an “ever-rotating selection of jewelry” chosen by stylists and sent directly to you. When you sign up, you are asked to fill out a style profile which will help the stylists figure out your style so they can curate your box. Think of it as, designer jewelry on loan.

When I first heard of Rocksbox, back in 2013 I believe, I had seen it mentioned on another blog and wasn't impressed with the selection of jewelry that I saw. Since then the company has grown so much and has added so many fantastic and popular designers to their roster. I have been receiving jewelry from favorites such as House of Harlow 1960, Gorjana, and CC Skye as well as discovering new companies and designers such as Wanderlust + Co., Slate, Margaret Elizabeth (OBSESSED!) and more. I love how personalized the boxes and picks are, here’s a few other I have received:
Wanderlust + Co. Baguette Crystal Necklace
House of Harlow 1960 Aztec Bangle in White | Gorjana Roya Shimmer Ring | Wanderlust + Co. Baguette Crystal Necklace
CC Skye Nail Bangle in Gold  | Gorjana Vista Cuff Ring  | SLATE Spectrum Necklace

SLATE Spectrum Necklace via Rocksbox

Each month is $19 (or 6 months for $99), and they will send you a box filled with three items based on your style. For me, it’s a ring, bracelet and necklace because I don’t wear earrings. I can keep the box and wear my stylist-picked jewels for as long as I want and when I want a new box, I keep the ones I want and ship back the ones I don’t. There is no limit on the amount of boxes you can get and jewelry to try in a month and shipping is free both ways (YES!). You can purchase the pieces you fall absolutely in love with at a discounted 20% member pricing. Icing on the cake.  Am I keeping my subscription? Definitely!

 Margaret Elizabeth Ten Stone Bangle | Wanderlus + Co. X Double Crystal Gold Ring | House of Harlow 1960 Teepee Triangle Necklace

Margaret Elizabeth Ten Stone Bangle via Rocksbox

If you’re an accessory addict like me, start rocking Rocksbox today! Sign up using my code amandaxoxo1 and you’ll receive your first month FREE! Hurry and sign up now here because this this promotion ends 1/31. 

Have you heard of Rocksbox? Are you a member?

This post is not sponsored by Rocksbox but I did receive a complimentary 3-month membership; this post does contain referral links. All opinions expressed are my own. Any jewelry I have kept was paid for at the member pricing by myself.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

A Good Hue Smashbox Review

If you've been following along the past couple of weeks then you probably will have noticed that I've mentioned the Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette a bazillion times, including in my brown smoky eye tutorial. I know, I know, I already have several nude/neutral shaded palettes but I couldn't help myself when I saw this one. I had put it on my Christmas wish list and Santa made sure it ended up under the tree. Not only is it's size super convenient, but the neutral, warm shades are perfect. There's a mix of both shimmery and matte shades-- 4 of each to be precise-- and all pair together in perfect harmony.

Smashbox Full Exposure Review

Smashbox Full Exposure Review

A mini version of the Full Exposure Palette, which has 14 shades for $49, this lil guy packs a lot of punch. The pigmentation of the shadows is fantastic and just what I would expect from Smashbox. The shadows are soft, applying and blending easily. While the top shadows appear super glittery, they're actually not too crazy on. I've also been having fun trying different looks by layering the shimmers over mattes, and make the shimmer shadows pop even more by using a more shimmery base. 

At a slightly larger size than the palm of my hand, this mini palette is especially great for on-the-go and for travel. There's so many different looks you can get from this one palette and at just $22 it is so worth it. Thanks, Santa!

Have you tried this mini palette, or maybe thinking of getting it? Let me know what you think!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Style: Winter Brown Smoky Eye

I've been a fan of the smoky eye since basically forever, it's always been one of my go-to looks. Instead of a smoked-out black eye, I like to change it up with different colors and one of my all-time favorites is a brown smoky eye. It's a lot softer, a little more romantic than it's darker counterpart and perfect for work, dates, weekend, whenever! 

Since receiving the Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette, I haven't been able to stop using it! This look is super easy-- check out the super simple steps below to get this look:

Here's what you need:

Brushes: Shadow brush, blending brush, liner brush

Step 1: Apply brown eyeliner to eye lid and smear. I love using eyeliner, especially the kajal liners from Physicians Formula, as a base for my smoky eyes because it helps to add depth and keeps the look lasting longer. Line along bottom lashline.

Step 2: Apply the matte chocolate brown shade (M6) in the Full Exposure Travel Palette on the eyelid blending up into the into crease. Using a smaller brush, line the lower lashline with the same dark brown. Next, using a blending brush, apply the beige matte shade (M3) into the crease bringing up towards the brow bone. Finally, apply the lightest shade (M4) to brow bone and inner corners of eyes to help open the eyes.

Step 3: Using Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner, line your upper lash line-- it's totally fine if its not perfect. Line your lower lash line as well as your waterlines. To soften and create the smoky effect, use a q-tip or a liner brush and blend over the liner. To keep the look super soft, use a darker brown eye liner in place of the black liner.

Step 4: Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara.

Step 5: Finish the look with a soft, pretty plum shade such as NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum. Selfie time! 

I hope you liked this quick tutorial, sorry for the bad lighting photos, next one will be better, promise! 

*I received the NYC Expert Last Lip Color and Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner from Influenster, however I would not use any product I do not approve of. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

5 For Friday: $500 Nordstrom GIVEAWAY

When I have a free day for some window shopping, Nordstrom is one of my favorite places to browse around. With so many goodies in pretty much every corner of the store and in between, it's easy to to put together a wishlist. Above are some Nordstrom finds that I've been loving (1, 3, 4 & 5) and a few others that are totally on my wish list!


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Prize: $500 Nordstrom Gift Card
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