Friday, June 27, 2014

Links I Love | No2

Round 2 of this type of post (basically a short and simple little list of my current favorite things on the Internet). Hope you enjoy!

1. This relatable and witty article about bloggers

2. A place where you can find the answer to one of the most important life questions | Is it Iced Coffee Weather?

3. I love short films... like this one

4. Compare the nutritional facts of Two Foods

5. Quite possibly my favorite Instagram account EVER | Free People

6. 23 Tiny Bedroom Hacks (perfect for dorms, ya know?)

7. This music video.

8. Speaking of those people that are free, ten ways to use healing crystals sounds fun, right?

What links have you been loving??

Monday, June 23, 2014

NARS Creamy Concealer is a God

I have been using this concealer for the past month and I love it! 

When it comes to pricey makeup products, I always weigh the pros and cons for a while (usually a couple months) before deciding whether or not it is worth it. Even though this concealer is not the most expensive one out there, it is still $29, which is a bit much considering I am saving for my study abroad. However, I have wanted this concealer since last winter. I would literally fawn over it as I watched videos and read blogs that raved about the quality. So, when it came time for me to purchase a new concealer after my Maybelline Fit Me ran completely out (yes, I used every last bit of that concealer), I knew it was time to treat myself. 

Some things I love about this product:
- Perfect color for my skin (Chantilly.... the lightest one obviously)
- Hides my dark circles under my eyes (especially in the mornings when I get to work looking half-dead)
- Blends easily
- Lasts all day
- Very lightweight on my skin

So I would recommend this product to anyone who is feeling disappointed in their concealer and ready for a change. 

I would rate the NARS Creamy Concealer as my #1 currently, followed by the Revlon Colorstay Concealer and then the Smashbox High Definition Concealer.  

What is your favorite concealer? 

P.S. This song sums up how I feel about the NARS Creamy Concealer.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Nails

Hello my loves! 

Here are my current favorite nail polishes! 

1 | Smooth Avocado
2 | Blushing Pink
3 | Bikini So Teeny
4 | Riviera
5 | Miami Heat
6 | Fresh Orchid

Hope you enjoy :) Let me know which ones you like the best!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Surprise Day!

Hello lovely humans!
 I recently had an amazing day with two of my best friends, Mary Gael and Kelly. These girls have been there with me through the thick and thin of high school and the past two years of whirlwind college adventures. Since Mary Gael goes to school in Ohio and Kelly in Philadelphia (and me in New Jersey), I only get my breaks to spend with them. Let's just say we are certainly making the most of our time together. This past weekend was Kelly's last weekend home before she goes to Ireland for a six week program through her university. Then when she comes back, I leave for England the next week. Mary Gael leaves for England at the end of the summer for a whole year and Kelly goes back to Philly for her semester. SO this weekend was very important for us and we happened to stumble upon some exciting things....

We met for brunch at 11 am at First Watch, a cute daytime cafe that has amazing organic food. I got an egg white omelet with spinach, turkey, feta, tomato, sautéed onions and a plain english muffin. It was delicious and a great way to start the day off. 

Then we decided to go walk around a really cool area of Cleveland called Ohio City. There is the infamous West Side Market, lots of super hippy restaurants and bars, and cool vintage places to shop... but when we drove down there, we realized it was a zoo and there was absolutely no parking because it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and everyone clearly agreed with us in thinking that Ohio City was cool and definitely the place to be. 

So, a little disappointed but still determined to have a good day, we decided to head into downtown and go to the Art Museum because 1) it's free and 2) culture. 

As we got close, we realized yet again that the area we wanted to go to was super hip and happening and EVERYONE wanted to be there. Little did we know, the Cleveland Museum of Art was having their annual festival called Parade the Circle which celebrates the beautiful culture we have in our community in a parade of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt-dancers, handmade masks, colorful floats, art instillations, and lots of good food. 

So basically we freaked out and said we needed to go to this festival because 1) it's free and 2) culture... obviously. I did have a mini sad moment when I realized this would have been the PRIME opportunity to take photos with my crazy expensive Christmas gift but alas, I didn't know I was going to stumble into this extremely blissful situation. After about an hour of searching for free parking (because WE ARE POOR COLLEGE STUDENTS SAVING FOR OUR EUROPEAN TRAVELS), we triumphantly snagged a spot and practically fell into the sunlight and proceeded to immerse ourselves in the culture for the next several hours. 


Mary Gael's art <3

Then after a successful experience at the festival, we drove across Cleveland to the west side and joined my mom & younger brother Connor for dinner at one of Michael Simon's restaurants called B Spot. It. Was. Delicious. 

Then we walked past Urban Outfitters. I felt weak at the knees but I was practically dragged past it by my friends (having to remind myself how much I want to survive when I am in England and how that unfortunately requires money). 

We bought a few little bits from Trader Joe's before Connor's baseball game. 

We finished the night watching Connor's baseball game :)

We went back to Mary Gael's and stayed up until 4 am talking :) 
I had such a great day doing simple, cheap things with incredible people. 
Hope you had a good weekend too! 
Also I apologize for the not so great photos. I now know to bring my camera every time there could potentially be a surprise festival!
Thanks for reading.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

My Sunday Bag Essentials

Hello lovely people!

So I thought I would do a quick peek inside my typical Sunday bag when I am just going around running errands. My bag this Sunday has a few key essentials...

- Eyedrops and my prescription glasses are a must. I have pretty sensitive eyes and although I wear contacts almost everyday, I like to have my glasses with me just in case, as well as some irritation relieving rewetting eye drops. 
- NARS pressed powder and a Real Techniques Multitask brush for when my nose goes shiny, as it ALWAYS does. 
- My iPhone 5S
- Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny. 
- EOS... I have four of the flavors and I am almost completely done with this one in Strawberry.
- Stila Eyeliner to touch up when my eyes have eaten every bit of eyeliner up on my water line.
- Kate Moss Rimmel lipstick in 103 which is legitimately the prettiest color on me that I own. 
- Soap & Glory Hand Food. I ran out of my little bottle of this and invested in a bigger one... I still throw it in my bag despite its larger size. It smells so good and does the job.
- Bobby Pins... crucial.
- Earbuds (usually just in case I happen to need them).
- Agatha Christie's The Murder at the Vicarage, which is my current read. 

Yep so that's it. I will probably do a few instillations of a look inside my bag for different events and days so look forward to that. Happy Father's Day and I hope you have an amazing day and coming week :)

P.S. I hit 200 followers on Bloglovin' yesterday and I couldn't be happier :) Thank you to everyone reading my blog and following! 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Polyvore | Summer Style Inspiration

Here are some summer inspired Polyvore creations I have made and wanted to share with you :)

Which one is your favorite?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Recipe | Watermelon Rice Krispies

June is here which means SUMMER HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!

I can't wait to make fun summer inspired recipes for the next two months before I leave for England. I will share as much as I can with you and hopefully inspire you to try these out as well.

My little sister and I saw Ingrid from MissGlamorazzi do these awesome watermelon inspired Rice Krispie treats in one of her most recent videos and we immediately knew we had to make them! She made a very healthy version but we knew our brothers and our dad would want to eat these so we went old school and used the traditional marshmallows and butter routine :) Ingrid always posts really yummy and exciting recipes that I definitely want to try.

Anyway, here are some photos of our process and the final product!
DISCLAIMER: We are not shown in any of these photos because we had both just showered after our 4 mile workout and were not looking so hot.


(We made three batches which totaled 24 slices)
One box of Rice Krispies 
One stick of butter
Red food coloring
Green food coloring
Half a cup of mini chocolate chips 
Two bags of marshmallows
Circle tins (3)
Two mixing bowls (one for green and one for red)
Nonstick spray
Wooden spoons for stirring

2 | Melt butter and marshmallows in microwave for 1 minute (the stir) and place in for another 30 seconds (then stir) OR  melt on stove at medium simmer
3 | After stirring the mixture, add the rice krispies (half the box in each bowl) and stir
4 | Add the food coloring to each bowl and STIR, STIR, STIR until your arms are aching to mix it and make it even (keep adding drops throughout stirring until you find the right color)
5 | Spray your hands, especially your fingers, and grab the green mixture first, outlining the edges of the pans
6 | Wash your hands and spray them again to add the red mixture for the middle
(Make sure to pat down and make it even)
7 | Wash your hands and add the seeds... I mean, mini chocolate chips! Definitely give them a little push down so that they stick in 
8 | Place pans in refrigerator to cool for 30 minutes - 1 hour
9 | Take out and cut into slices of 8 per pan - place them on a large plate
10 | Obviously document the finished product with a bunch of photos :)

What do you think? I think this is such a fun idea for a summer party or a surprise for your family on a Sunday night :)

Let me know if you are going to try these!!! 
If you do, please tweet me at @abitgraceful_ 
Instagram them and tag me @graceleneghan12 so I can see your finished product!

Lots of love!