December 31, 2015

My December Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)


My skin has been wretched this month. This weather is really making it difficult to lock in a routine and my skin is NOT happy. I used anything I could to quench it's thirst while also preventing it from breaking out. Here's what I loved and not so much this month:

December 30, 2015

2 Ways to Wear Leather Leggings

2 Ways to Wear Leather Leggings
New Year's Eve Look: Billie Sequin Cami via Boohoo | Geometrical Metallic Box Clutch Bag | Women's Satin Trim Tuxedo Jacket // Casual Weekend Look: NYC Stripe Tank Top | H&M Backpack/Bucket bag | Smoke & Mirrors Sugarman Sunglasses

I used to think I could not pull off leather leggings until I tried Popbasic's and now I can stop wearing them! You can dress them up like for a New Year's Eve look or go more casual on the weekend like I tend to do. For New Year's Eve you always want to add a little sparkle so a sequin top is always a great option and pair it with a chic clutch. For a weekend look...

December 29, 2015

Cali Recap


I'm back baby! I landed back in New York last night. Thought I'd give you a quick recap of my trip to California where I spent the holidays. Gifts and shipping were a bust for me this year. First, two gifts I ordered on Amazon did not arrive before I left. And then apparently USPS made a new rule that any packages shipped after December 21st wouldn't be shipped priority so the box I overnighted on the 22nd didn't arrive until AFTER Christmas. That was a bit of a bummer. Thankfully I was able to last minute shop for everyone and when the gifts arrived everyone liked the gifts. I got my sister a coffee shirt (per her request) so she is officially part of the fashion blogger community lol. Santa was very kind to me and got me lots of beauty products.

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas


Wishing those who celebrate a very Merry Christmas today. May "Santa" bring you everything on your list! 

December 24, 2015

My Christmas Manicure


I wasn't sure what nail design I wanted to do for Christmas this year so I did all of them.

December 22, 2015

Cali is the Mission


It's that time of year again... holiday travel. After work I'll be hopping a plane to southern California to spend a couple of days with my family and hopefully enjoy some relaxation while on my much needed break. Things will be quiet on the blog but I'll be busy on social media so hopefully you won't miss me too much. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

December 21, 2015

December TV Reviews

There's been some great television his month! Update on November shows - I gave up on AHS. Sorry folks. It was getting too weird lol. Super excited for Rachel Bloom of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on her Golden Globe nomination! Such an underrated show. But here's what I've been watching this month:

December 18, 2015

My Holiday Party Look


Holiday party season is upon us! I like to get festive with my looks. I went a little less literal this year and opted for gray/white with a pop of red underneath. And of course some bling... with my Popbasic sugar crystal necklace. Much different than the look I went for last year or previous years. But for the makeup I glammed it up as you may have seen on my Snapchat yesterday (@KimberleeVDW!):

December 15, 2015

How to Wear Rose Quartz & Serenity in 2016

How to Wear Rose Quartz & Serenity

Pantone released their color of the year for 2016 and it was TWO - Rose Quartz and Serenity. I loved both colors but Rose Quartz can be worn in more makeup friendly looks. Both are gorgeous pale colors typically thought of as spring colors but I can see them worn in winter/fall as well like Marsala. I'm excited as I already have these colors in my wardrobe. I also love the colors together especially on my nails:

December 14, 2015

My December Birchbox


This month's Birchbox theme was All Wrapped Up. "This holiday, feel free to open one gift early - your December Birchbox. It's filled with beauty treats picked just for you, all wrapped up in a cozy-chic holiday pattern." Every month is like Christmas with my subscription boxes. The packaging was not your typical holiday colors - lime green, white, silver and pale blue. I liked the pattern on the box though - definitely will be re-purposing for a Christmas present! Here's what I received:

December 11, 2015

6 Holiday Movies to Watch

Christmas is just two weeks away and I've finally been starting to feel the Christmas spirit. Christmas-centric movies can be hit or miss. I'm especially nostalgic for '90s movies. These are my favorite holiday movies that are sure to get me in the spirit:

December 9, 2015

My December Julep Maven Box


This month's Julep Maven theme was "All Night Long" where they launched a new liquid-to-matte to lip mousse. "Social energy runs hot this month and our December polish palette is ready to party." Here's what was inside my box:

December 7, 2015

Weekend Reap: Getting Into The Holiday Spirit


This weekend I was recovering from the bug that everyone seems to be dealing with. Since I had no desire to leave my bed, I took the time to get in the holiday spirit and watch Christmas movies. Earlier this week the Rockefeller tree was lit up in my 'hood so I figured it's time.

December 4, 2015

4 Beauty Products I've Given a Second Chance

First impressions are everything but sometimes they don't go well. Perhaps you were in a bad mood when you tried the product or our skin wasn't on it's best behavior. Some products are worth revisiting so here's a round-up of beauty products I've given a second chance over my beauty blogging career:

December 2, 2015

My First Contouring Attempt


Full disclosure upfront, I am not expert in the process of contouring. Please refer to YouTube for more expert advice on how to achieve this look. With that said, you've probably heard of the makeup trend sweeping the blogosphere/Instagram world - contouring. Stemming from the drag world (like many of these makeup trends...) contour is the act of using makeup to "contour" your face shape (i.e. slim your nose, define your cheekbones, etc).
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