2 products you need: FOR A SIMPLE MAKEUP ROUTINE

2 products you need: FOR A SIMPLE MAKEUP ROUTINE





Ok, ok, it’s true. I’m horrible at blogging consistently! I keep thinking it’s going to happen, and then BOOM!, major life events occur, and it’s impossible for me to find a routine. That’s life though! So, I’m doing this new thing where I don’t beat myself up about it. It’s way better, I gotta say.

I love creating: photography, writing, painting, jewelry making, cooking, grown-up coloring books – you name it, I’ve probably tried it – but I have to have some order in my world for my creative juices to flow. Seriously! So, I focused my energy on setting up, decorating, and cleaning our place – Pinterest, I love you – and we’ve made a LOT of progress! All of the boxes are unpacked, I can cook in my kitchen, B and I bought all of IKEA, (including an amazing setup for our office!), and our kitchen table will be here tomorrow.


Order has been restored! With organization came creativity, and I finally got to play with the super awesome natural light we get in our bedroom! Yay!

Today’s lighting was a perfect way to showcase the amazing product I first discovered in Paris. I stumbled upon it –  desperate – after running out of my then-favorite highlighting pen made by LORAC. Not only had I run out, but they discontinued the pen altogether! I needed a solution, fast, because dammit, my dark circles weren’t hiding themselves.

I tend to do my makeup quickly, and convenience is key. I loved the click bottom component of the LORAC pen, so I asked a girl in Sephora for a recommendation – maybe something with a click bottom too!

She directed me straight to the, éclat lumiére, highlighting face pen from Chanel. I use number 25 – light medium.



Chanel! Oui! When in France!

So of course I loved it, and it’s been a part of my makeup routine ever since. You could say we’re committed now.

I use it solely for my under eyes, but I imagine it would be perfect on the bridge of the nose or the top of the cheek bones as well. Bonus! It has a twist bottom! Close enough, right!


Next up, we have the le crayon khôl, intense eye pencil in noir. I was in need of a replacement eyeliner, and was already at the Chanel counter at Bloomingdales, so I thought, why not! I wore it today for the first time while getting ready for a casting, (then taking these pictures), and dayuuuumm, precision liner is an understatement. Bonus! You get a free Chanel pencil sharpener with the liner.


I’m a huge fan of this product!! It has a more natural feel than liquid liner, but goes on dark. And it only took me one try to do the small wing I always put at the corner of my eyes. So, that’s saying something. Ladies, you know!




If you get the chance to give these a try, let me know how they go! Hopefully you love them them as much as I do!

XOXO ~ Michelle ~

the plant of immortality: ALOE VERA

the plant of immortality: ALOE VERA

I absolutely love aloe vera, so I was very excited when my Mom surprised me with an adorable, little baby, aloe vera plant! It’s also entirely appropriate that she bought it for me, since she’s the one who first taught me about all the amazing benefits, and variety of uses for aloe. Thanks Mom!



It was Father’s day this past weekend, so B and I met my parents at their campsite on the beach. The heatwave in CA made for an epic beach weekend, and some even more epic photos. I mean, look at that view!! Ridiculous.

Mix that view with some quality family time, incredible food – and very competitive games of corn hole – and we had the recipe for a perfect, mini-getaway.

But anyway! Back to the purpose for this post: the incredible, amazing, astounding, aloe vera plant!



* Aloe vera is also called: lily of the desert, aloe, and aloe barbadensis.

* The use of aloe can be traced back to early Egypt – 6,000 yrs ago – where it was referred to as the “plant of immortality”. The plant was depicted on Egyptian stone carvings, and was allegedly given as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs. Pretty cool!

* Aloe is used in many beauty products, but is known most commonly for it’s use in soothing/healing burns.

* The inner gel can be used topically – not only for burns – but also to reduce inflammation, eliminate redness, aide in the healing of cuts, and fade scars! I have hyperpigmentation, so I use aloe to fade dark spots left from acne, and I also use it on actual acne spots to prevent scarring. I ONLY use the inner gel for my skin since that’s where all the nutrients are! Just use a q-tip, to pierce the inner gel, then dab on your trouble areas. For larger scars, or for sun burns, expose the inner gel and rub directly onto your skin. It feels amazing, and the healing properties are much stronger than a commercially produced aloe gel.

* You can buy large aloe leaves at health food stores if you don’t want an aloe plant of your own.  Once cut, you can store the leaf, sealed, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If storing in a plastic bag, make a couple holes in the bag first.

* The latex of the aloe has very strong laxative effects. The use of aloe laxatives was banned by the FDA from over-the-counter use in 2002 because companies refused to supply the proper safety data.

* Aloe gel, (not latex!) can be ingested safely. It has been reported that the use of aloe gel may decrease fasting blood sugar levels in the those with type II diabetes. Make sure to consult with your physician before adding aloe to your dietary routine.

* Aloe aides in cleansing the air you breathe by helping to clear substances such as formaldehyde, and benzene from the air – byproducts of chemical cleaners, paints, etc.

* Aloe is awesome.


So now that I’ve filled your brain with information, here are some beach pics!!!

Have an amazing day!

XOXO ~Michelle~


7 quotes to inspire your week! – BIG MAGIC

7 quotes to inspire your week! – BIG MAGIC

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels–that’s creative living. The courage to go on that hunt in the first place–that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one. The often surprising results of that hunt–that’s what I call Big Magic.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

“No, when I refer to ‘creative living,’ I am speaking more broadly. I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

“To put the story in perspective, consider this fact: The earliest evidence of recognizable human art is forty thousand years old. The earliest evidence of human agriculture, by contrast, is only ten thousand years old. Which means that somewhere in our collective evolutionary story, we decided it was way more important to make attractive, superfluous items than it was to learn how to regularly feed ourselves.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person. You and I and everyone you know are descended from tens of thousands of years of makers. Decorators, tinkerers, storytellers, dancers, explorers, fiddlers, drummers, builders, growers, problem solvers, and embellishers–these are our common ancestors.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

“We must understand that the drive for perfectionism is a corrosive waste of time, because nothing is ever beyond criticism. No matter how many hours you spend attempting to render something flawless, somebody will always be able to find fault with it.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

“Don’t rush through the experiences and circumstances that have the most capacity to transform you.” -Pastor Rob Bell

“Mind you, hard work guarantees nothing in realms of creativity. (Nothing guarantees anything in realms of creativity.) But I cannot help but think that devotional discipline is the best approach. Do what you love to do, and do it with both seriousness and lightness. At least then you will know that you have tried and that–whatever the outcome–you have traveled a noble path.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

This book stole my heart from the moment I began reading it–I couldn’t put it down. Elizabeth Gilbert puts words to the creative process that I’d only felt in my own heart. Thoughts and feelings I could’ve never expressed as beautifully as she did, and I’m grateful for her ability to do so. 

Whether you fancy yourself a “creative person” or not, I truly believe this book can inspire anyone to live a more vibrant and expressive life–no matter their occupation, interests, or hobbies. 


Have an amazing week!

XOXO ~Michelle~



Whether you’re driving in your car, relaxin’ at home on a Saturday, recovering after a long day, or enjoying some activity outdoors, here are some awesome chill-out songs to add to your mix.



This tune makes me feel like I’m on a road trip with some people I love. Feet sprawled out, junk food, and laughter. It makes me want to put my arm out the window, roll my hand like a wave, and take the silky air for a ride. Then find a ray of sunshine to shimmer across the smile on my face, while everyone goes silent, and enjoys the amazing slow build that makes me die for this song.







The variations in this tune keep your ears perked throughout it’s entirety. There’s never a dull moment. Properly placed synth, well executed breaks, and inspiring vocal melodies, make me want to take on the world, or create a masterpiece of some kind. Try not to bounce your head to the beat at the end of this song. It’s impossible.


To have you back – Tourist



A bit dark, and rough, but that’s what I like about it. It perfectly encompasses that fog you feel after a hard night of partying–the choppy memories, the grittiness, the grain, even the guilt. When everything is over exposed, blown-out white, and highly contrasted the morning after, and you need sunglasses to get through your day.


Malt liquor – Lewis Del Mar

All of these tracks were originally found on hype machine. That is by far my favorite way to find new music of all genres. If you don’t already know about it, definitely go check it out and download their app. You’ll be happy you did.

Comment below with the songs you can’t stop listening to! Finding new music to obsess over is one of my all-time favorite hobbies. 🙂

Have a great day!

XOXO ~Michelle~