Coffee Talk

Pink and White Tulips, Green Vase

Hello Thursday! & Hello to another Coffee Talk. Let's get to it!*

FEELING: Wait, it's Thursday already? ... Yeah, I am that tired. As exhausted as I feel, yesterday I had to be at work extra early & at a different location then I was at the first two days, so it was like having a 2nd first day of work.. if that even makes sense. But as I was walking to work I just got this overwhelming feeling of JOY .. yes JOY with happy tears! I couldn't believe that I landed my dream job in DC .. FINALLY. It felt like it took forever to get to where I am at, but I am so unbelievably blessed. & I plan to keep on smiling. 

THINKING ABOUT: All I wanna do is take a nap. You don't realize how much you will miss taking a nap whenever you please, until you are big kid & can't just throw on your pjs & lounge on the couch at 1PM in the middle of the afternoon. Tell me why they don't offer nap time as an adult?

LISTENING TO: I am still loving my January + February Playlist. They are just sooo good. & March's Playlist is in the works. Stay Tuned!

WATCHING: If you don't know yet, but House of Cards Season 3 went live on Netflix last Friday & N + I binged watched 10/13 episodes over the weekend & plan on finishing the rest this week. Can we say ... TV Depression? ... I don't understand why we do this to ourselves? On another note, I can't get enough of Claire & her let's-go-and-dominate-the-world self. I wish I had that confidence while rocking a pixie cut! I am sad that we have to wait an entire year for another season ... if there is one. But I don't want to even think that there won't be one because that would cause serious depression.

EATING: Currently, its 11 PM at night & I am starving. N + I are trying to decide what we want to snack on ... TBD.

READING: Since starting work on Monday I have been reading article and article on different diseases, treatments & medications. My brain is full of mush & I am surprised I am even putting this post together.. I deserve a reese's easter egg!

THANKFUL FOR: I forgot what is feels like to have to do something other then sit on your butt all day long & watch PLL. ha! But as much walking as I have done in the past 72 hours since I metro to & from work, I have learned to truly appreciate a good pair of slippers. When I walk in the wrong door it's like heaven when I slip them on. Heaven I tell you.

LOVING: Monday was the first day of my new job & I was nervous as all get out. I could barely sleep the night before & had the biggest knots in my stomach all day. Also, my feet hurt really bad. Anyways, when I got home from work I wanted to be all domesticated (remember when I talked about cooking dinner?) so I decided to cooke some homemade spaghetti so that when N got home from work he would have something to eat. I was a grouch petunia from having to cook, which is probably because I didn't get a lunch break and all I had was a cheese stick allll day. & then my night + shining armor walked in the front door with gorgeous white + pink tulips. Fresh flowers have a way of brightening up any day of the week & any mood of mine. & they are currently sitting pretty in my new green enamel vase. I love him.

*Sorry for all the job talk. I am just super duper happy!

A Parisian Saturday Morning

Pretty Diptyque Products

This past Saturday, Faith & I had the opportunity to host an intimate event with Nordstrom Pentagon City, the Diptyque team & some lovely DC bloggers. The entire morning was absolutely perfect, starting with a complimentary coffee from the Nordstrom Cafe to the amazing Parisian goodies that we each left with. We learned so much about the Parisian brand & all the different products they have to offer.

Diptyque Candles

Nordstrom Pentagon City just recently started carrying Diptyque in their store & had the most gorgeous counter installed in the cosmetics department. Their brand is well known for their one-of-a-kind candles, but they offer beauty products, room diffusers, oils & more. Their fragrances are exceptional in that they smell unlike any other product that's out there and each of their unique scents take you away to an exotic place that is unlike any place you've been before.

Do you have any favorite Diptyque products? 

*Thank you Nordstrom Pentagon City + the Diptyque Team for an amazing Saturday. All products c/o Nordstrom + Diptyque. As always opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands the help Let It Be Beautiful shine.

February Beauty Favorites

Another month down, another Beauty Favorites round up! February was all about pretty palettes + amazing blushes & products I can't live without. Have you tried any of these products? & Let me know what you are loving this month too in the comments! xo

Stila 'Nouveau Natural Eye Palette'*: There are so many amazing things about this palette! The packaging is absolutely gorgeous. The quality of the shadows are top notch. The color palette is by far one of my favorites that I have ever owned with its ability to create a soft smokey eye or an easy day time look that is bound to get noticed. Def. one of my favorites this month!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: I don't know how I ever lived without this. Seriously, Faith talked about this over + over + over again & I just thought it was like any other brow pencil, but man was I wrong!! This pencil offers a natural polished look that last ALL day long. It is super easy to apply & easy to manipulate if you mess up or need to fix. The only down fall is it runs down rather quickly. I have only had this since the beginning of February & will need to purchase a new one here soon.

NARS Blush 'Reckless': Aye Aye Aye! I have never loved a blush more then this one. I have used this bad boy to highlight my cheekbones EVERY single day since I purchased it at the beginning of February. I love the soft subtle shimmer & how feminine it makes me feel when I use it.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Foundation*: INCREDIBLE! When I put this foundation on it's like I have nothing on my face but I still get amazing coverage that I am looking for. I use my fingers to blend it in & if I want extra coverage I apply another layer. My favorite thing about this product is the radiant, soft, smooth looking complexion is creates without making my skin oily.

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush: I love adding a pop of pink to my cheeks bones & this cream blush has quickly become a daily favorite of mine. It's easy to apply & super blendable.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette:  This palette is super flattering & all three shades offer a different multidimensional luminous look when applied to the cheek bones. I especially love Incandescent Light, which is exclusive to this palette. 

Honest Hazel Eye Gels: My eyes need a nightly pick-me-up almost daily & these under eye gels are pretty much the coolest thing since sliced bread. I throw them in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes before I want to use them & stick them under my eyes right before I go to bed. I typically fall asleep with them on & when I wake up in the morning my under eyes are refreshed, a little less puffy & more firm. 

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lipstick: This super rich velvety lipstick delivers the most amazing amount of pigment. It goes on super smooth & leaves my lips feeling extra hydrated.

Sigma Beauty Brush: I LOVE this brush! I use it for just about everything - applying foundation, blush, and powder. The angle of the brush helps with the application of the products by allowing a more precise application to hard to get areas. Plus the quality of the brush is impeccable.