Formula X For Sephora- Larger Than Life, Chanel Rouge Allure #145- Rayonnante & Chanel Glossimer #182-Tocade

Formula X For Sephora- Larger Than Life ( $10.50/ 0.40z)

I picked up this Formula X For Sephora color weeks ago but had yet to try it. After a week of a bright red mani I was in the mood for something more subdued, so I turned to Larger Than Life.  

This was my first time trying a Formula X For Sephora color and I must say I was quite pleased. The two coats I'm wearing in these pictures applied evenly and smoothly, and drying time was normal. There is a subtle pearlized finish to the color that is noticeable in person but difficult to capture in a photo. It's a sophisticated nude that I'm happy to add to my polish collection.

Next up we have a new to me lipstick- Chanel Rouge Allure #145-Rayonnante.  I'm a sucker for nice packaging, so check out what Chanel did here with that pop up gold top. Just tap and...

voila! Try and tell me that isn't cute.
Chanel Rouge Allure #145- Rayonnante( $35/.120z)
Rayonnante which I think loosely translated means radiant, is a creamy, pinkish plum. Once upon a time I told myself I would stop buying plum and red lipsticks. That time has passed and I realize now that if those colors work for me I should stick with them.

Chanel Glossimer #182-Tocade ($29.50/.19oz)
Tocade which from La Internet may mean whim or passing fancy is a deeper berry that is pigmented enough that I can wear it alone(see the pics below). However, I prefer it layered over Rayonnante.

Chanel Glossimer #182-Tocade
A close up shot of the applicator and the color indoors.

Chanel Rayonnante
On the lips I have Chanel Rayonnante.
Chanel Glossimer Tocade
Just the glossimer Tocade above.  
Chanel Rayonnante and Chanel Glossimer Tocade

And finally them layered. 

What's on your lips and tips(hey that rhymed) these days?

Stardate :1428.07

Barcelona: Summer 2014: Park Guell

Scarf: Target
Top: Target
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Puma
Bag: Coach

Hello.  How was your weekend?  Too short you say. I agree.  And sadly, my summer vacation feels like it was ages ago. I think I need to put up some of my Barcelona pictures around my place to get me back into that vacation state of mind.

The pictures above were taken at Park Guell(pronounced "Gway"), a thirty acre garden designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Here you'll find great views of Barcelona and beautiful trails perfect for aimless wandering and selfie taking with Gaudi's colorful, eclectic designs as a backdrop.

One of the things I wished  my city had was more parks. There is just something about a beautiful, shared open space that I love. My favorite cities, London and Paris have great parks and Barcelona has been added to my list.

Park Guell is on my list of places to see if you ever find yourself in Barcelona. Pack a picnic, a good camera, comfortable shoes and enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week !

Stardate :1421.07


Scarf: Zara in Barcelona
Top: Express
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Nordstrom - Trouve Tilly Pointy Toe Bootie
Bag/Sunglasses: Burberry

Hello. I hope you guys are doing well. I have one of those weeks ahead of me where there's no way out but through one breath at a time. 

In the pictures I'm wearing a scarf I picked up at Zara in Spain during my trip. Even with the exchange rate the price could not be beat.  I've been on a scarf kick lately. The longer and the brighter the better. A friend told me the other day that scarves were my signature accessory.  I've never thought of myself as having a signature anything, but how you see yourself and what other people notice about you are usually not the same.  I'm trying to pare down my closet (more on that later) to just the basics so developing a signature look sounds appealing.  

What about you? What are some of your signature accessories, scents, looks?  

Stardate :1414.07

Barcelona, Spain: 41.3833° N, 2.1833° E

Top: Target
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Puma
Bag: Coach

"I would gladly live out of a suitcase if it meant I could see the world. "

This was my first time in Barcelona but it definitely won't be my last. The city is a great mix of old and new. It's well laid out and easily accessible via metro, foot or cab. The people were friendly, the weather was perfect and the architecture was amazing. 

These pictures are from the Port Vell(Old Harbor) area on my first day exploring the city. It turned out to be one of my favorite spots.  In Port Vell you'll find a marina, cinema,  restaurants, cable cars offering magnificent views of the city and both tourists and locals sunbathing, cycling and people watching while enjoying the breeze. 

One visit does not qualify me as an expert but if you find yourself in that part of the world I have a few suggestions: 

1. Take the metro- It's efficient, clean and cheap(there's a 10 euro metro card that you can buy that gives two passengers 10 trips each. 

2. Leave room in your luggage for the things you are going to buy- Barcelona is a shopper's paradise. High  end, low end, in between, it's all there. Even if you are not a shopper you'll find yourself picking up a few things. Trust me on this. 

3. Don't worry if you don't speak Spanish- They don't either I kid, I kid. They do, but they also speak Catalan which most locals will tell you is the official language in their heart.  You'll find English spoken just about everywhere but I always suggest learning some key phrases and trying to communicate with the locals in their native tongue when travelling. I was there for one of Spain's world cup matches where they lost badly and let's just say that some phrases are universal :)

4. Do go to the Picasso Museum - I took music appreciation instead of art history in college because I'd played an instrument for years and I wanted an easy credit. I have difficulty writing in a straight line on unlined paper, and my ability to distinguish red from orange and sometimes pink is up for debate. Yet, even I was able to appreciate the brilliance of Spain's native son.  It took me about an hour and a half to get through the museum. The last 15 minutes were spent in the gift shop(See #2). For you art buffs the museum's focus is on his earlier works. If you time it right and you don't mind waiting in line it's free the first Sunday of every month. For the rest of the days you can buy your ticket online ahead of time and skip the line. 

More pics to come soon. As always thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a great week! 

Stardate :1406.07