FIFTH AND ADAMS

Fifth and Adams was created by Holly to showcase her love of all things beauty, food and fashion with a sprinkle of lifestyle elements thrown in.

Packing List: Make-up

Continuing my little mini series on packing and travel (check out my previous post on my carry on essentials), I bring to you... What I plan on packing in my makeup bag! I have already showed you what I like to pack when I am going on a little weekend trip (see here), but when packing for a longer trip I pack my makeup bag differently. I like going for multi-use products, long wearing products, palettes and pieces I can get a variety of looks out of, since you never know what each day will hold. 

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When travelling I like to bring a full coverage, long wearing foundation such as my favorite CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation (wow that is a mouthful). The reason I go for a long wearing, high coverage foundation, is because I am normally out of the hotel all day and I want to look good for as long as possible, but also because I can thin it out with moisturizer if I want a lighter coverage. 

Running about and trying to take in as much of your destination as possible, can take a toll on you. Plus with the lack of sleep and jet lag, the dark circles under my eyes come out in a blaze of glory. Bringing a corrector, like Bobbi Brown's Creamy Corrector (serious holy grail product here) will help mask the darkness. For added coverage I will apply NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which is moisturizing enough to use under your eyes and full coverage enough to cover any spots or discoloration.  

Because my skin is oily, I always have to set my foundation. When wearing a full coverage foundation, I like to wear a light setting powder such as ELF's Tone Correcting Powder. It has a translucent coverage, but the mix of colors in the powder help correct the imperfections in your face. You get the correction without the heaviness of a powder foundation. Plus it's only $3, you can't beat that.

Palettes are great for travel. I have a great NARS blush palette that I got over the holidays last year. It is my absolute favorite thing to bring while travelling, it has 4 blushes, plus a bronzer and a highlighter. The NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Palette (NARS has the naughtiest names, I love it) is very similar to the one I got last year. It covers every possible look, you can contour with a bronzer, or just us it to warm up your skin. There are also a variety of blushes, both matte and shimmery, plus shade that are light, bright, or dark. Investing in a blush palette is great if you travel a lot (or just ask for it for the holidays). 

Another palette that is great for travel is Urban Decay's Naked Palette (Naked 2 is great too) . The original Naked palette is my favorite for travel, because I can use the shade Naked to fill in my eyebrows (Naked 2 is much cooler). Either palette is great because it comes with great matte shades that are great crease colors, as well as a variety of shimmery eye shadows, which can help you accomplish any look under the sun., plus you can use the black shades to line your lash line, if you don't feel like bringing an eyeliner.

To help make the eye shadows long lasting, it is great to bring a primer. A neutral cream eye shadow, such as Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Barely Branded, is great because it works well as a primer, but also as a quick wash of color if you want a simple look.

Finally for eyes, I like to bring both a liquid and a pencil eyeliner for variety. Liquid eye liners are quite long wearing, but I struggle to find a great long wearing pencil. Urban Decay makes a good long wearing pencil with their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. It's easily blendable when first applied, if you want a smokey eye, but once it sets you are set for a while.   Of course mascara is a must, I promise I won't harp on about how much I love CoverGirl Clump Crusher, so that's it about mascara.

Lastly comes lips. A nude and a bright or dark lipstick are my go to's for travelling, also a neutral gloss is great for using everyday. Lately my go to nude has been Milani's Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme, I love to layer it with NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee. The glosses are amazing, I definitely need to get more of them, the gel formula is high shine without the stickiness, it is also very long lasting. For a dark lip I have been obsessing over Milani's Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria, which is said to be a dupe for MAC Rebel. 

When packing makeup for travelling, it is best to bring products that you can get a variety of looks out of. An eye shadow palette and blush palette are a must for me, all the other products are interchangeable. For me, I prefer long wearing products when travelling, because I know I will be spending a good amount of the day away from the hotel without the possibility of massive touch-ups. I try to pack as minimally as possible, but I am still the girl who likes to do full makeup most days and I like having those options while I am away from home.

Since palettes are my travel go to, then what are some of your favorite palettes that you would bring with you on vacation? 

 

Book Review: World War Z and If I stay

As I posted in my 27 Things, I want to read 27 books in my 27th year of life. So far so good, I have finished 2 books so far. One was a slower more tedious book (I didn't say it was bad) and the other was a quick light read, both had their ups and downs. 

Since finishing World War Z and If I Stay, I figured I would give you a mini review of them while they are fresh in my mind. 

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Written from the points of view of people all over the world who survived the zombie apocalypse,  World War Z by Max Brooks, covers all aspects of the war from army men to stay at home mom's. I thought the lay out of the book was interesting, he treated it as a compilation of short stories about how the war started, how they fought it and some of the after effects. This way of depicting what happened makes it almost a more historical in feel novel, which is not typically what I go for. I liked it, but it left me with more questions then answers, I wanted to know more about how these people survived. The fact that each chapter was someone else's oral interpretation of what went on made it more confusing and less consistent. If you are into more historical books then I think you would love this, for me it was a struggle to read but I did find it interesting.

After reading a heavy book, I was looking for something a bit lighter. If I Stay but Gayle Forman, is about a teenager named Mia, who got in a terrible car wreck with her family. She doesn't recall the accident but she has to put the pieces of her life back together to make some important decisions. I really liked this book, it had a nice flow that kept you wanting to read. I was so engrossed in this book waiting to find out what happened next, that I read it in about 3 days (which is impressive considering I only have about 1 hour of reading time a day). I enjoyed this book so much that I went and bought the sequel immediately after I finished, which is from the point of view of a different character a few years after the accident. The sequel, Where She Went, has been equally as good so far. 

If I Stay is currently in pre-production to be turned into a movie with Chloe Grace Moretz, which I am super thrilled about. I hope the movie is as good as the book.  

What have you been reading lately? 

My Wallet Needs a Diet: 2 Week Check In

It has been two weeks since I started my "Spending Diet" (you can read about it here) . So far so good.

When I started my spending diet I didn't have much money in my checking account. The true test to me was when I got my paycheck this past Friday. I always go on a shopping binge right after I get paid. One week of basking in money and new items and one week of wallowing in the lack of finances I had going on, that was the cycle. 

So far this first weekend after getting paid was good. I paid my bills and only left myself with about $200 worth of spending money for the next two weeks. That money is meant for things like gas and food. Once it is gone it is gone. 

I have been trying to be diligent about bringing my lunch since starting the spending diet, but I have probably forgotten it more times then I have actually brought it. When I do forget my lunch, I try to keep the lunch I get cheap ($10 and under is the goal) which can be hard working in midtown.  

For the next two weeks I need to be better about bringing my lunch. Once I get myself into a routine then I should be good. Sometimes its hard to teach an old dog new tricks. 

I don't think I have crossed over the hump into the space where not spending money is easy yet. I know I have had to make myself stop and pause before reacting and walking into a shop, even if it is just to browse.

Trying to keep myself distracted has been a great way to forget about the mile long list of items I want to get. I have been concentrating on organizing my home and spending time with family.  

The next two weeks will be an interesting challenge, but I have made it to the halfway point and I am proud of myself. I hope that I can keep myself on a limited budget after I complete this challenge, it would definitely be much better for my wallet.   

My stubbornness will keep me on track until this bet is over. I just hope that I can keep up the good work and be more conscious of the things I buy after this is all over. 

 

Bonjour, Salud, and Other French Things

WARNING: This is a little different from my typical beauty, fashion, food and occasional decorating posts, but I really just wanted to share it with you. because I have been addicted to this for a week.


Since high school I have been trying to learn a language. I took 2 or 3 years of French in high school and one semester of it in college. Learning language in the classroom has always been a struggle for me. In the end I was able to read it but I struggled with writing and conversing.  

Last week I found a new app for my iPhone called "Duolingo". It is a free app that helps you learn a language. Of course I chose french because I thought it would be a nice refresher (but they also have Spanish and German and some other language choices as well).  

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Unlike a typical classroom you don't sit there memorizing verbs and how to conjugate them. It teaches you like you would be learning it more naturally. (Like that super expensive language program that everyone raves about but no one wants to pay $700 for). 

The app takes you through a series of exercises using a series of basic words. There will sometimes be a series of pictures with the words in french below saying "choose the cat". Then they will use that word in a sentence and then will have you translate it out of words available at the bottom. Sometimes you have to translate it with no help and just typing.  

They also will then give you the sentence in English that you have to translate into French. The app even has you work on pronunciation. 

I have been really enjoying practicing and learning French. I do one to two lessons everyday on the train, its quick, easy and you can do it on your own time. Plus the bonus is that the app is free! 

Au revoir, mes amies! 

If you could learn a language what would you learn?