Tuesday, July 31, 2012

{Beauty Tuesday} Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain

Okay, at this point I have a well  documented love of lip gloss. Here, here and here are some of my favorites. Well after a major haul at Ulta a few weeks ago I have a new favorite lip product (okay I actually have a few, but I'm only sharing one with y'all today)

Thanks to Birchbox, a few months ago I fell in love with the Tarte Lip Stains (again here), but I found a dupe, and I'm OBSESSED. 

It's a jumbo pencil, that glides on. Tons of shine, moisturizing and super pigmented. What else could you want. 

I picked it up in this bright pink color... and let me tell you it's bright (in a great way)

Revlon Just Bitten in Sweet Heart

I'm a huge fan of a statement lip. I really think it balances your face, and allows you to go a little lighter on the eyes (which is nice for the office). 

Honestly, this lasts through multiple cups of coffee, and even lunch. 

It really is a stain, and in this color especially, it darkens as you leave it on.

My one complaint about the product (well all jumbo lip pencils really) is there is no way to sharpen it. Once you use up the initial half an inch or so  it's much wider, and doesn't allow for quite as much precision. 

But over all, I adore this product, and plan on picking up quite a few more shades. 

Have y'all tried it? Or any other lip products? I'd love to know!!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Color Crush: Emerald Green

My go to color is blue. Blonde hair, blue eyes, fair skin. No matter the shade, I look great in blue.  But the other day I saw this dress on pinterest, and OMG I feel in love. 

I'm now crushing over this gorgeous emerald green color. With fall approaching and beautiful jeweled tones making more and more appearances in stores I am going to be investing in emerald. Here are a few more of my emerald pinterest finds.  

What color are you crushing on right now?

Friday, July 27, 2012

{Friday Cocktail} Pimms Cup

Who's excited for the opening ceremonies tonight? 


I love the Olympics. 

It probably has something to do with growing up in Atlanta, where Olympic fever ran rampant for several years before the 96 games, then left a footprint on the city so we'll never forget how awesome it was. Centennial Olympic Park, Turner Field, the flame? Whenever I see any of those ATL haunts I can't help but think fondly of that summer in 1996. I went to the table tennis finals, gymnastics, swimming, and the closing ceremonies and they were all AWESOME. There's a box in my parents attic filled with my Olympic pins, autographed Olympic paraphernalia,   and countless other Olympic themed trinkets. Needless to say, every time the summer games roll around I'm reminded of a great summer of childhood memories. 

Now I'm all grown up (well, that's slightly debatable... but that's another post), and I can partake in a few games of my own this year... 


I'm heading to an olympic party tonight, so I'm looking forward to serious Olympic fun. Make up your own rules (depending on how much LSAT studying you have to do the next day), but pick a few key words, every time Bob Costas says: 

"world record"

"hard work"



"already a winner"

Take a sip your drink.

 Every time the theme song plays... take a sip.

*I will not be held responsible for any lingering hangovers. This is the OLYMPICS PEOPLE. Fight through it, and go for the gold!

Okay... so I probably wont be over indulging tonight... but I will sip on my favorite British Cocktail. The Pimms Cup.

  • 2 oz Pimms (a British gin based spirit )*
  • Lemonade (or try lemon lime soda, or even ginger beer)
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Sliced Strawberries


In a high ball glass pour Pimms over ice. Toss in a few slices of cucumber and strawberries, then top with lemonade. Sip and go watch the games.

*In addition to Pimms, another Gin is added, though it is optional. 

Have a great weekend lovelies!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thursday Randoms: Instagram Pic Dump

Lots of pink lately. and Caffeine-- which helps me stay awake through LSAT class... but has kept me from sleeping when I actually have time (fell asleep around 3:30 Tuesday night). 

Don't forget the Kiki and Coco Giveaway, here

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sugar Lips: Workin it in Washington

I know those of us in the blog world are well familiar with SugarLips, but if you haven't discovered how awesome their clothes are let me introduce you. 

Top: c/o SugarLips | Pants: Gap | Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden {similar} | Bracelet + Ring: Old | Necklace: Jennifer Lauren Bijoux 
A few weeks ago I was shopping the site and my roommate saw this top and fell in love! If you're anything like us you struggle to find tops that are both work and weekend appropriate. This is the Bed of Ruffles top, and let me tell you its a great one!

Nails: Essie Cocktail Bling

The sleeves are sheer and add a hint of sexiness the front and back are lined, so no need to worry about needing a camisole for the office. 

My beautiful model is my dear roommate and oldest friend Becca (aka BW). Isn't she gorgeous?

Definitely provides a feminine look for the office. Pair it with a pencil skirt for the daytime or skinny jeans if you're going out. 

So go check them out! If you haven't already... They just got their fall collection in! Love shopping for the new season!

Don't forget to enter the Kiki and Coco giveaway here

*I was not compensated for this post, but the top was provided. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

{Beauty Tuesday} Birchbox Brag--- WAY LATE

*OMG y'all. This is my 100th Post on Blue Dog Belle* 
I cannot believe how much this little bloggy has grown already! Thanks to all of you who spend a little part of you day with me right here. 

So in my craziness last week, I completely missed Birchbox Brag with Tara and Katie. I seriously cant even believe it. Look, we even tweeted about it! 

But better late than never right ladies? I am thrilled with this month's box. THRILLED. I have found a product that has completed my life. I can't even tell you how much I'm obsessed with it. 

The Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black is AMAZING. 


Not going to lie. I have worn this EVERY SINGLE DAY since I got this in my box. I love that its a marker (way easier to deal with than a brush), I love how quickly it dries, and I LOVE how thin it is. Now. For those of you who are liquid liner experts take my review with a slight grain of salt. I am not new to liquid liners, but I've only ever used my Wet and Wild MegaLiner matte black (don't judge me, it got good reviews and I'm a fan. and its $3). The eyeko is a whole new world though. It took a few times to master a slightly altered technique, but y'all I can't tell you enough how much I love it. 

Love this. Citrus and Flowers, but not too sweet. It's probably my favorite Birchbox perfume sample so far (Kate Spade Twirl is a close second though).

Why have I never thought that you might need sunscreen for your hair? Makes sense. and I'll tell you a secret... my hair is heavily highlighted... I may not be a natural blonde... shocking I know. I pay a good amount of money to have my color changed. Why would I let the sun mess it up?  

*OMG. pause. It's a sad life when I start seeing formal logic arguments in my blog posts. #LSATnerd*

Love this. It's super light weight, and great under makeup. I'm bad about putting sunscreen on for an average day. If I'm out and about, and I know I'm going to be in the sun I'm great. But on a typical M-F work day I rely on the spf's in my moisturizer or make up... but I jump around so much (and not all of my products contain SPF) I'm sure there are many days that I miss. Needless to say this is a good product. A tad expensive for what it is, but I appreciate the samples. 

I love this little treat in the bbox this month. Took me a while to figure out how to open it, but they taste great!

and finally these super fun Neon Ear Buds.... 


Birchbox... how did you know I'm always loosing my ear buds? I needed some new ones, and these are FAB! 

Also, please don't forget to enter the Kiki and CoCo giveaway here

Monday, July 23, 2012

{Giveaway} Kiki & Coco

Happy Monday! Welcome back y'all! I'm trying this new thing where I try to be more positive. Ever since reading the happiness project I've become keenly aware of how my attitude effects me and those around me. I know all of us have the tendency to get down about Mondays, but we can gripe and moan all we want  but it never changes the fact that its Monday, does it? So why not try being excited for a new day? The new opportunities and exciting possibilities the day might bring? You don't have to do it, but maybe give it a try...

On that note, I'm offering all of you a new opportunity to win some free stuff! Hey! Who doesn't love giveaways? Well today I have a great one for you. 

I recently found the etsy shop, Kiki & Coco and fell madly in love with their bracelets. 

This one is my absolute FAV

I feel like these are the grow up alternative to a friendship bracelet, right? They come in so many wonderful colors too! So you can get one to go with ANYTHING.

The Royal Braided Bracelet
Plus, for those of us from the DC area... Kiki and Coco is too! I know y'all love supporting local designers! 
Karma Beaded Bracelet

The lovely ladies behind Kiki & Coco have graciously offered one Blue Dog Belle reader a Rio Gold Chain Cobra Bracelet in the color of your choice.  

There are a TON of colors to choose from. You can get a neon one like this one (I know you ladies love neon), or maybe something else... Red... Black... White? Football season is nearly upon us (go dawgs) and y'all will surely need color coordinated bracelets to wear to the tailgates. DUH. 

The giveaway will remain open until July 31 at 11:59 PM. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

{Cocktail Friday}

First off, y'all need to know something about me. I am a girl who loves to sleep. I have a hard time functioning on less that 8 hours, my body just refuses to get up. Well, a surprisingly hectic work week, in combination with this LSAT class has suddenly sucked the hours from the day.
I'm going to be a very busy girl until October 4.
Thursday I woke up at 6:30 (I normally get up at 7:45) was at work by 8. Worked straight through until 6. Came home. Ate dinner while watching 15 minutes of the Kardashians, then did LSAT homework until class started at 7:30. Class finally ended 11:45 or so. This has been 4 days of this now. WTF. I don't know how people do it... though I suppose if I want to go to law school I better figure it out fast.

This story is just telling the tale that I am a). too tired to actually make up a drink for you (Pinterest to the rescue though); and b). in desperate need of several cocktails. Thankfully it's Friday. I plan on stopping by Harris Teeter on my drive home tonight. Picking up a bottle of something alcoholic and bubbly, maybe a redbox movie and probably a frozen pizza. I will then retreat to my couch where I will drink the bubbly beverage (adding in hard liquor of course), eat said pizza and zone out to some crap movie. Then retreat to my bed around 9. Put on the sleeping mask to block all possible light and CRANK UP the noise machine. Seriously. Can't think of a better night after the week I've had. 

Wow... incoherent ranting. I promise I try to avoid these, but I foresee the frequency increasing around these parts in the coming weeks. Bare with me :)

Here are some pretty pictures with links to superior bloggers with wonderful cocktail recipes that you should really try. I'm sure I'll be trying a few myself this weekend.

Raspberry Mint Mojitos
Bada Bing

Cucumber Rosemary Gin and Tonic 

Mint Lemon Sorbet and Champagne

If you want even more pretty yummy cocktails come visit my Pinterest Board: Cocktail Party

Also, I have a fun surprise... Since I'm getting DANGEROUSLY CLOSE to 100 GFC followers, I have a great giveaway starting on Monday. Here a sneak peak 

Have a fabulous and sleep filled weekend y'all!

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