best black eyeliner


hi beauties! it has been a minute since i’ve posted on my blog. lately i’ve been getting a lot of questions about what my go-to black eyeliner is. i will say this. in general, my favorite eyeliner is by urban decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil. it comes in soooo many colors and has great staying power.

however, for my black liner, i’ve been using lancome’s le crayon kohl in black ebony since college. i can’t tell you how many pencil’s i’ve purchase in my lifetime 🙂 at $26 it’s on the pricier end, but i promise you, it’s worth it. once you try it, you’ll be completely addicted.




LOVING Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

so, i got this sample sized goody from sephora for 100 points and it is AMAZING. i will definitely be purchasing it when the small version runs out. these days, i find that most mascaras have either the rubbery, spikey wand or the bushy, soft one. this is definitely the spikey plasticky kind, but what is different is that it is a small sphere, so that you can actually reach those pesky end lashes. i have no idea what someone hasn’t thought of this before. it totally works. formula is not too wet or dry, but a nice in between. and the color is the blackest black (that i got) but i know it comes in brown too. check this lashtastic formula out soon! retails for $31

jo malone – exclusive rock the ages tea **EVENT**

beauties, i am SO excited to share with you a unique opportunity for you to attend a jo malone event at neiman’s in atlanta in a few weeks. i have attended their events before and they are an amazing time and they go all out to make it a special experience for all. tim harper, who is my go-to-guy for jo malone was kind enough to give me the heads up to share with my readers. i will be attending the 1pm tea on friday, feb 27th and i hope you’ll join me too.

below is all the information you will need:

Henry VII, Mary I, Edward V, Elizabeth I, George I-II-III-IV, Victoria, Edward V, Beth Davis, and Tim Harper

all request the honour of your presence

for the




Join the Jo Malone London education executive

Kayley Grewe to discover a new season of surprises and allow us to engage your mind, spark your imagination and indulge your senses.

Friday, February 27

11am and 1pm sessions

Neiman Marcus Atlanta


Level One

$25 Reservation Fee to reserve your place at the tea. May be redeemed for Jo Malone London product.

Spaces are limited, please call 404.266.8200, extension 2161

Tim Harper

Neiman Marcus Atlanta

Jo Malone London



covergirl lip lava – in lava-nder


beauties, i am super excited about this new product — lip lava from covergirl. the shade i purchased is lava-nder and was $10, but i see on the website, it is listed for only $8. i guess it just depends on where you pick it up from. regardless, this affordable lip gloss is more than just a gloss, it has the pigment of a lipstick, but is not sticky at all. it’s bold color changes slightly depending on the light you’re in. i love the fact that the applicator is a small brush that is perfect for filling in every little line. it came in a handful of different colors, and i can’t wait to try the other shades.

beauty always, e

fantastic primers & a beauty fail!


i know it’s been a while, but i promise that in 2015 i’m going to try and blog more. i have two amazing primers to tell you about.

the first one, i came across through my local sephora. not sure if you guys have noticed or not, but urban decay eye primer has changed their application method from a wand to a squeezy tube that you apply with your finger. HATE this. don’t think that the coverage is what it used to be with this change. so, i asked the gal at sephora what she recommended for eye primers with a wand and she suggested the nars smudgeproof eyeshadow base. and of course, like anything nars, you’re going to pay for this quality. but at $25 per tube, it will last you for months and if you compare the pop of eye color you get while using a primer/base vs. without one, i PROMISE you, you’ll see a huge difference and notice an impact on it’s staying power.

speaking of favorite primers, my favorite face primer now comes in a cute travel size. it is hourglass mineral veil. and let me tell you, this stuff is nothing short of magical. it has SPF and it gives your skin a smooth, clean start for your favorite BB cream or foundation. i’ve tried everything from drugstore primers such as rimmel and covergirl, to the upscale primers by chanel, dior, etc. and this one takes the cake. you can get the mini size for $18 and the big mama size for $52. i use about two pumps per application.

and sadly, i have a beauty fail. and this, is a mega fail, but no worries, it only cost me $5. but gals – take a look at the wand in the link below?! doesn’t that scream beauty win? it has everything i love in a mascara brush — the rubbery spikeys and the bold brush! first off, the formula STINKS. like a cross between rubber and sugar. eww. and the coverage and curl it promises..nope. ze-ro. don’t waste your time on this sucka!

until next time – beauty always, e

new revlon finds


these two products are so new, they aren’t appearing at on their website, but i did find them at ulta and have seen them at target.

the first is an amazing lid, line and lash combo in topaz twinkle. you don’t need to use a primer, because it’s built in. it gives a very metallic finish with a glittery small brush that you can use as a liner on top. i love the consistency of this eye shadow — it’s very creamy and opaque, without looking chunky from the glitter.

the second thing i found new from revlon is their ultra hd lip lacquer — it has a unique brush instead of wand an it isn’t sticky at all. i love the fact that the color is so bold for a gloss! it has great staying power as well.

they both average for about $7. hope you will try them and let me know what you think.

beauty always, erin

marc jacobs – nail lacquer & mascara

you all know that i’m a sucker for all things nail polish, so when my friend, cyndi, recommended that i try marc jacobs new nail lacquer, i was ON it.

first thing you notice is the amazing packaging, right? super sleek and gorgeous. jacobs never disappoints. this stuff is the real deal. super slick and opaque. not streaky, and technically, you could get away with only one coat, but i put on two, because i’m greedy like that!


however, you have to pay for this high end goodness. it comes in at $18 a bottle, but i am hooked and will be getting more. still cheaper than a manicure at a salon!

i picked this up in “stone jungle” which is a high sheen, metallic silver.

next on my marc jacobs blog is their amazing mascara. i got this smaller sample size with my 100 points at sephora.

they should call this falsies, because when i put a few coats of this on, it looks like i have false lashes on. yes, it is THAT good. it isn’t overly wet or too dry – it is right in between and it has a bushy, traditional brush. LOVE.

the full size product is $26, which is actually not too bad.

definitely try out these products, and let me know what you think.

beauty always, erin

jo malone london – wood sage & sea salt luncheon

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champagne, jo malone and great company – what’s not to love? i had a wonderful time at the jo malone london’s luncheon today to celebrate their new fragrance – wood sage and sea salt.

i was joined by a handful of lovely ladies to learn about the inspirations for several scents.

if you’ve followed my blog for a bit, you know that i’m a total jo malone junkie. their fragrances are wonderful by themselves or layered together.

i feel like this woody new scent lends itself very well to being my new favorite fall scent. like many of their perfumes, this unisex product wood be perfect for a man or a woman.

i like that for the perfumes – the price range is flexible from $60 – $120, so you can pick up a few to try or get a big one of your favorite. i also picked up the pomegranate noir bath oil – a luxurious non-greasy oil that is multifaceted. it can be used on your hair, in the shower, or after your shower for a moisturizer.

our closest jo malone is a neiman’s at lenox mall. tim or beth are my favorite’s who are always so helpful and take great care of me. i encourage you to take a second to experience the amazing….jo malone.

beauty always, erin



i was SO excited to get this lipstick after hearing about it on many beauty vlogs. i hate to say it, but it was a super disappointment. for $32, i basically got a glorified lip balm. it promised a “bitten” tint, but instead looks like a slushy purple.

it’s actually so bad, that i’m going to return it. my lips feel greasy and gross. i’m so sad that my first givenchy lipstick was such a let down.

but enough bitching for me.

beauty always, erin