Monday, September 22, 2014

Inside the JSQ Makeup Bag: Fall 2014

So I may have taken myself out for a bit of retail therapy last Friday... and a trip through Sephora led me directly next door to Ted Baker on Fifth Avenue where I found the most to-die-for makeup bag! That, plus a matching pencil case (for my brushes) and two new pairs of fall shoes later, I was ready for the change in seasons! And that brings me to the fact that it's been quite a while since I've given you guys a peek inside the JSQ Makeup Bag. So, without further adieu, here are some of my must-have products, 2014 edition.

1  Too Faced Shadow Insurance is still a staple in my makeup bag and it's served me well since 2011. Try this product and you're guaranteed smudge-proof crease-less eye makeup all day and night long!

2  H&M Lipstick & Lip Gloss is my go-to daytime look. It's pretty and neutral, and with the 2-in-1 factor, it's the perfect for a grab-and-go kind of morning.

3  Make Up For Ever Mat Bronze was a new addition to my bag this summer. I'd never tried Make Up For Ever products before, but they're becoming a new favorite brand. This bronzer is matte and goes on beautifully for a perfect sunkissed glow.

4  Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder is the newest product in my arsenal, after I fell in love with the bronzer, I added a powder to match. It's light and perfect for sealing in your look. Loving it so far!

5  Benefit Fake Up Concealer came into my life as a free sample and wound up a staple! It's the perfect under-eye brightener, and I love the silky texture of the moisturizing ring. It goes on like butter and doesn't crease all day.

6  Ted Baker Large Bow Cosmetic Case literally had me at hello. Well, actually this hot pink version was what initially caught my eye, however I opted for the more classic variant and I stand by my choice. The black sateen liner is much less likely to get dirty if any of my makeup products should leak, break or explode (heaven forbid!) I am absolutely in love.

7  Ted Baker Bow Pencil Case I am a sucker for a matching set, so when I saw this pencil case I knew it would be perfect to nest inside my larger makeup case to keep my brushes organized. Tres Magnifique!

8  Clinique Even Better Compact Makeup is the best foundation I've used in quite a while. While I've branched out a bit with the rest of my makeup bag, I'm still very loyal to Clinique when it comes to my skincare regimen, and that includes foundation. This creamy compact makeup buffs on lightly to even out my post-summer freckles, and with my combination skin, it works great on my dry cheeks and semi-oily T-zone. Perfection.

9  Sugar Lip Treatment, Untinted is the best there is. It's part of my morning and evening moisturizing routine and it feels like absolute bliss going on. I absolutely insist you give this product a try. It's a bit pricey (for what's essentially a chap stick) but it's worth every penny when you consider how amazing it makes your lips feel. I can't live without it!

10  Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara It took me quite some time to find the right mascara, and I've looked no further once I tried this brand. While I've got loooong lashes, they are sparse and this mascara bulks up my lashes beautifully with no sign up clumps. I've never heard so many people ask if I was wearing falsies only to have me smile like Mona Lisa and reply "Nope, they're all mine!"

11  Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense is my favorite lipstick on the market right now. When I'm wearing full-on lipstick I want a big pigment pay-off and this product doesn't disappoint. The color options are beautiful, and I've found it has great staying power as an added benefit!

12  Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is an everyday must. Whether you're going natural or romantic, shimmery or smokey, this palette provides ample options. My favorite daytime combo is Tease over the entire eye with YDK in the center of the lid to add a romantic shimmer and then a bit of Busted in the crease to add definition. It's a great look for fall!

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Bite-Sized Book of Bite-Sized Recipes

I am beyond excited and inspired to share my friend Catherine Murray of Photo Kitchen's latest project, The Bite-Sized Book of Bite-Sized Recipes. You may remember Catherine's stunning photography work from the Cocktail Couture series back in 2011. Now she's putting her love of cooking and food photography to use creating possibly the tiniest, most adorable cookbook ever and she's set up a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project.

"At 1 3/4 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches wide, it might be the smallest cookbook in the world. With 20 photos and recipes of cute, clever, bite-sized dishes, it's perfect for kids, cookbook collectors, foodies, anyone who loves to eat, cook, or entertain, photographers, book lovers, and collectors of tiny things."

If you want a mini-cookbook of your own, donate today! It would make an amazing stocking stuffer, and there's even an option to buy 1 book, and donate 1 to a children's organization. And the Kickstarter ends in just 19 days, so every little bit counts!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Keds x Kate Spade New York

Labor Day has come and gone, but with the warm weather lasting well into October here in New York City, September is definitely still feeling like summertime! Which got me thinking about these adorable Keds x Kate Spade New York that I'd been eyeing these past few months. I am just mad for the patterns, and I'm actually loving the slightly more pointed-toe variety too. But I have to say, my favorite is the cork pair that is totally in line with the Jenna Sais Quois color palette, but it's unfortunately no longer available. Of course! Taylor Swift also has a great fall collection for Keds which I may blog about next week while I'm on a Keds kick! Say what you want about Taylor's music (I happen to love it but it's not for everyone), she has sensational style.

I hope you've all had a lovely summer and are ready for my favorite season. It's right around the corner...hopefully!

1  Keds x Kate Spade New York Cork Shoes (No longer available)
2  Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion
3  Keds x Kate Spade New York Pointer in Floral Pink On Sale!
4  Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion Seaport Dot On Sale!
5  Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion Laceless in Geo Navy Red
6  Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion Jersey in Green Stripe Jersey
7  Keds x Kate Spade New York Pointer Cheetah in Blue
8  Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion Mariner Stripe On Sale!