December Photo-A-Day Challenge

30 November 2014

Hello everyone!  We are doing a photo-a-day challenge for the month of December.  Just like our August photo-a-day challenge, I will be posting the daily photo topics in the beginning of each week.  Please join us and if you post your photos on Instagram remember to use #luphotoaday.

For week one the topics are...

1. selfie
2. starbucks
3. bokeh (blur)
4. outside
5. favorite holiday movie
6. town decorations
7. cookies

Have fun!


Bloglovin' Monthly Favorite : Lauren Conrad

29 November 2014

In November, our guilty pleasure has definitely been Lauren Conrad's site.  Lauren and her team have become this generation's Martha Stewart and her site offers something for girls of all ages.  You can find posts about beauty and makeup to fashion, decor, and crafts.  We highly recommend adding this site to your Bloglovin' feed so you don't miss her next perfect post!

Haul: Sephora VIB Sale

26 November 2014

Sephora recently held their VIB (Very Important Beauty) sale for store card holders who spend a certain amount at the store each year.  We had to take advantage of the 20% off!  I'm lucky enough to have a sister who's a VIB because she also had a coupon for a friend.  That's me!

Steph's Purchases:

Bobbi Brown corrector - this is a repurchase. 

Christian Dior's Crème de Rose lip balm - I tried it, I love it, I'm addicted, I want 5 more.

Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment - I'm forever on the hunt for a good eye cream.

And lastly, I wanted a fun holiday gift set and was eying the Ciate Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar, but I decided to go with Sephora Favorites - Superstars gift set.  This gives you a sample of Sephora's best sellers in all categories.  A lot of these items I've wanted to try.  So, I should be all set for the first half of 2015!  Click through the link for details on all the products included in the set.

Erica's Purchases:

Eyeko Liquid Eye Liner - I'm still on the hunt for the perfect liquid eye liner marker. I found this one and saw that it's an Elle Beauty winner so of course I had to try it. 

Benefit Stay Don't Stray - This is a re-purchase for me.  Absolutely one of my favorite eye primers!

Sephora Crayon Jumbo Liner - I have never really tried an eye crayon so I thought I would give it a try as I saw an eye tutorial with one that I thought looked different than my everyday eye make-up.

Two Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette - I have been lusting over this palette for awhile so I thought I would take the plunge. The swatches in the store were amazing and of course, who doesn't love a palette that smells like chocolate!

Well that's it for this haul.  What beauty products have you purchased lately?

Photo Shoot: Jen + Jaelynn

24 November 2014

We got together with Jen and her daughter Jaelynn for a fun afternoon of painting!  Jen wanted to make this all about Jaelynn and her soon-to-be little brother or sister. 

Jen had so many paints and Jaelynn took her job as artist very seriously. 

Congratulations to Jen and her family on their new baby! 

-Steph + Erica

Happy Sunday!!

23 November 2014

Holy moley!  I can't believe Thanksgiving is this week.  This entire year has gone by so fast, anyone agree?  I'm going to try to savor this week before the Christmas craziness starts.  Which I'm so excited for.  Seriously, I have to hold myself back from breaking out the Christmas decorations. 


The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar

15 November 2014

Advent calendars are so much fun.  We always have a couple in the house each year to help us count down the days 'til Christmas.  We have one from when I was little where you move the little Christmas mouse on the clothe board from pockets 1 to 24, and we always purchase a chocolate one.

Well this year I had my eye on The Body Shop's Beauty Advent Calendar.  It has a beauty treat each day in December leading up to Christmas.  Such a cute idea.  When Erica and I saw that you couldn't purchase them online, we panicked!  But Erica made some calls and it turns out the Body Shop at the West Farms Mall was stocked up.  We headed down the same day and grabbed ours before they sold out, even though they had plenty.

Now it's sitting on my dresser just taunting me.  I don't know if I can wait until December 1st to start opening the little compartments.  We'll try to be good and wait to open each little door on the day and do a little review for you.

Something I learned was that when you purchase the advent calendar and other gifts from the Body Shop, a portion of the proceeds go towards education for children in need.  That's so awesome! 

There are so many cool advent calendars out there from Benefit, Tarte, TopShop, and even Starbucks.  Do you buy a special advent calendar each year?  Or maybe you make your own?  Let us know.


Make-Up Series - Where to Start? Benefit

06 November 2014

I thought it would be fun to start sort of a series on the blog about different brands and what are good starter products to buy. With so many brands out there with great range of products, some times it can be difficult to decide where to start.

In this series, Where to Start?, I will be highlighting a specific cosmetic brand and what I think are great starter products.  Also since I haven't tried every brand yet, I thought it would be awesome to even blog about the starter products I chose and my thoughts. To get started with the series, I decided to pick Benefit as it's one of my favorites and started by two sisters.  

Benefit was started by twins, Jean and Jane Ford, in 1976.  These models and make-up artists opened a storefront in San Francisco named, The Face Place, and one of their first products was called Rose Tint (known today as benetint). After a decade or so, The Face Place was renamed to Benefit and, as they say, the rest is history!  Today, Benefit is one of the top make-up companies in the world and sold online, in their store fronts, make-up and department stores. 

Benefit offers a great line of make-up so it was hard to decide which ones I thought are great starters. This brand has everything from foundations to eyeshadows, mascaras, and liners even a skincare line.   As starter products, I strongly think that their Hoola bronzer, they'reReal mascara, and benetint cheek stain are the best starters for someone who has never tried any Benefit products. 

(left to right - Hoola $28.00, they'reReal $23.00, benetint $30.00)

Hoola is an amazing bronzer. It's the perfect color, not too dark or too light, and a great shade for most skin tones. I love pairing Hoola with their cheek and lip stain, benetint, in most of my daily make-up routines. And, the third item I thought is a great starter is they'reReal. I can not say enough about this mascara.  It's a perfect formula and the wand has bristles all around so you can use the tip to get into the corners of your lashes to really get them all covered.

Stay tuned in the future for other Where to Start? posts and leave a comment below if there are any brands you would love to know where to start!

Also check out an eye look I did with the Hoola bronzer - 

Happy Sunday!!

02 November 2014


Happy Sunday everyone!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Between the rain and the wind it seems the weather has just been telling us to "stay inside" this weekend.  Well today I'm making turkey chili in the crock pot and roasting pumpkin seeds.  What are you up to this weekend?