Pumpkin Paradise

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Why, oh why, can I not motivate myself to sit still and write a blog post? Je ne sais pas. I need to get up my October Boxycharm post, my Fall FabFitFun post - heck, I haven't even posted about my trip to montreal that was in August. I cannot seem to sit still anymore, and any time I do I feel like I'm wasting time. It's hard to sit back and take a minute to myself these days - days are so short and getting even shorter. 

Just before Halloween, I went with my little sister Emily and her roommate, K8, to Cheekwood. I've lived in Nashville for close to a decade now, but I've never visited the estate, so what better time to visit than during their Harvest, when everything is covered in pumpkins and chrysanthemum blooms? 

cheekwood harvest

The gardens were so charming. It was crowded because it was a Sunday afternoon, but I can only imagine how peaceful it would be to come out here with a blanket and a book some weekday. It also helped to settle into feeling like it's really Fall, though it was still warm enough to break a sweat - it's hard not to feel autumnal when you're surrounded by a million pumpkins. 

Now I have to come back to see their holiday lights, which BY THE WAY they were already constructing before Halloween had even rolled around. I'm still over here with jack-o-lanterns on my front porch a week into November ... I'm sorry, but if it's 75 and sunny outside, it's just not Christmastime. 

dragon's breath at cheekwood estate and gardens
FYI, I'm wearing my Luxy clip-in hair extensions here. Could you tell? They're awesome and I've had my pair for almost a year now with absolutely no change to their quality (wearing them infrequently). I get the 160 gram classic set in Chocolate Brown, though my next purchase will probably be the Off Black shade now that I've gone a little darker and cooler with my hair. 

My hair is long, but I've always wanted thick, luxurious princess hair. I mean, maybe if I hadn't spent the past few years bleaching my hair to hell and back it would still be as thick as it once was, but the fact of the matter is that it's not! Clip in extensions are my lazy girl dream come true - I mess with it if I feel like it, and I don't if I don't. 

How cute are K8's mustardy-cognac converse? They're the first pair I've lusted after since I was in 11th grade. 

But back to the main point of this post, I hope y'all had a happy Halloween and that you went outside and took advantage of it. I had ... drumroll please ... ONE TRICK OR TREATER!!! One, but hey, it gave me more time to watch Trick'r'Treat and end the night with a cocktail at Urban Cowboy Public House.   

pumpkins at cheekwood estate & gardens

xoxo, gossip girl
(or me, dina)

FabFitFun Fall 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Boxycharm October 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

October Catch-up with Current Spooky Beauty Favorites

Friday, October 20, 2017

Spoiler Alert: They aren't very spooky. 
rifle paper company constellations calendar october
When I took the photos for this post, I intended it to be completely focused on the beauty & skincare products. However, the Nyx palette was the summer birthday gift from Ulta and I pressed one of the shadows in the quad myself, so I realized there was absolutely no point in recommending beauty products that would be inaccessible to anyone who wanted to try them. So while I'll recommend some products from the pictures, I've decided to redirect to an overall October post. After all, I can't imagine anything more fitting than writing a blog post about October when it's already 3 weeks into the month~

Seasonal Fall Autumnal Angled Beauty Flatlay
October is easily my favorite month of the year. Here in the Southeast it finally starts to cool down, the leaves change, we have our annual family camping trip in the Smokies, and it all around starts to feel like Fall. My mom has always gone hard when it comes to the holidays, so our family home this time of year is covered in decorations - most cozy, some creepy. My sisters and I marathon through seasonal movies; this year we've covered Scream 2, Corpse Bride, Hell House LLC, and Happy Death Day, to name a few. 

This is the first year that I have been living in a space that I've been motivated to decorate myself, so I have my big jack-o-lantern set out and orange string lights around the front porch. My boyfriend's dad grew a pumpkin patch this year, so I've had a surplus of the darling things in all different colors - the three pumpkins in this picture all came from his patch! I've been burning my pumpkiny-appley-cinnamony candles and slipping on my fuzzy socks (since I'm avoiding turning on the heat this early, even if it does dip into the 40s overnight) and everything just feels cheerful.

Seasonal Fall Autumnal Angled Beauty Flatlay
A couple of the beauty products that I've pulled out for the season (that you can still purchase) are the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and the Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm. The PTR Pumpkin Mask smells like a dang pumpkin pie. I was almost teary-eyed when I tried it for the first time over the summer because it brought me that much joy, but I made myself put it away until the smell was appropriate for the season (because, yes, I'm a weirdo and care about these things). You can also try it in a mini size as part of a PTR mask sampler kit. It has been wonderful for my sensitive skin, but since I only allow myself to use it in the Fall, I will probably never purchase the full-size! For the lip balm - listen, I know. I've fussed and fussed about beauty products being packaged in jars, but lately I've realized it feels obnoxiously luxe to put lip balm on with a lip brush. It absolutely makes me feel like a brat in the best way. I've always loved (and highly recommend) and of the Fresh Sugar lip products, but this one is my current favorite because it's not tinted and has the faintest sweet, warm, vanilla caramel scent.

Another fun buy at this time of year are various indie beauty companies' seasonal perfumes! I'm partial to Fyrinnae because they create some of the most gorgeous eyeshadows on the planet, but there are plenty of indie options. Fyrinnae offers sample sizes, which are perfect for me (for eyeshadows and perfumes alike). This year I've tried Ghost Story, Snoqualmie Lodge, and Gilded Leaves - Gilded Leaves is my favorite of the three!

Swatches of Colourpop Ultra Metallic Lip in "DM", Nyx Wicked Lippie in "Risque", and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in "Black Truffle"
And finally, though no one needs an excuse to wear a funky lipstick in my humble opinion, there's no better time than Halloween-season to step outside of your comfort zone! These three shades are all incredible: There's Colourpop Ultra Metallic Liquid Lip in "DM", which I've infuriatingly just discovered is discontinued (but check out Nyx Wicked Lippie in "Wrath" for an extremely close orange-based metallic copper dupe), Nyx Wicked Lippie in "Risque", a deep, metallic green, and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in "Black Truffle", a blackened violet shade with a satin finish.

I feel like I'm finally coming out of hibernation right as nature is going into it. I wish it could be Autumn forever.

Boxycharm September 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Boxycharm September 2017 Unboxing
My subscription boxes have become slim these days - I'm only subscribed to four, currently, which may be a lot for some people, but not for where I was at this point last year! My only monthly box is Boxycharm, which is a $21 per month beauty box that sends out 5 or 6 full-sized products which could be makeup, tools like brushes, sponges, or lash curlers, skincare, and hair care (but it is always predominantly makeup). It's surprising that I've dwindled down to only Boxycharm as my beauty subscription because ever since I started really getting into subscription boxes in May 2015, Boxycharm had always rubbed me the wrong way. People raved about it, but they seemed to send out junk I could find in the TJ Maxx makeup bins. However, I think Boxy has been improving tremendously over the past few months, and they released brand spoilers for the rest of the year (including Becca, Dr. Brandt, Mac, Tarte, etc.) that assures me that they have really stepped up their game in the world of beauty boxes.

Adventures in Quebec

Sunday, September 17, 2017



Budget Beauty Buy | 40 Coastal Scents Shadow Pots

Sunday, August 27, 2017

coastal scents shadow pots hot pots 2017 palette white silver bermuda sand ashen brownstone ice ballet antique lilac perfect plum ash grey brandeis blue tanzanite gypsy blue elven midnight
I realized recently that I've turned into a snob when it comes to ... well, most things, but especially makeup and skincare. Even if there was an affordable dupe, I would tend toward the most expensive version simply because of how it would look on my vanity or the assumption that cheaper = lower quality, always. Since that realization I've been making deliberate efforts to try a wide variety of brands. 

I'm never going to be the girl with a minimalist makeup collection - I like too many different finishes and colors and I love having the option to wear bizarre colors if I so choose. That said, I don't need to spend $50+ on an eyeshadow palette full of yellows & oranges if I only wear those shades a few times a year, ya feel me? I've done that way too often this year, so when Coastal Scents was having a big sale over the 4th of July weekend, I decided to take advantage of some brights (and neutrals) in order to really give some budget shadows a chance. 

Coastal Scents Shadow Pots are typically $1.95 a pop, but they often run half-off sales - I'd recommend waiting until one of these sales so you can load up on $0.99 shadows. Coastal Scents has over 350 shadow pots to choose from, so I tried to take my time and do my research. I chose these shades based on a variety of things: if they were recommended by name through makeup artists I trust, if they were highly reviewed on the Coastal Scents website, and if I could find swatches of them in a blog post. The latter factor is partially what's inspiring me to write this - I could find lots of blog posts with swatches, but not for every shade I wanted to try.

I put together a cool-toned palette and a warms & brights palette using Coastal Scent's 12-pan and 28-pan shadow palettes (which are $6 and $10, respectively). There is an option for a solid black palette, but I prefer clear tops, though they get smudged and dirty, so that I can easily see which shadows are where. The palettes are magnetized, too, so it's easy to pop pans in and out with minimal effort. 

Click through for a look at swatches of all 40 shades! 
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