I’m currently on a family vacation in London (and soon Paris) with family, and one of the surprisingly least stressful things I’ve had to worry about is what to pack in my makeup bag while travelling for 10 days.

I approached this task with the attitude that less is more and variety is cumbersome. I didn’t plan to photograph any makeup tutorials or do anything too creative, so I only packed the basics. In all, I have 26 makeup items in my small travel bag. This may sound like a lot, but I know I’ll use each product more than once, which makes it worth it in my opinion. 

The hardest thing to whittle down were the lipsticks. I am a lipstick hoarder but decided to bring the top 3 that I’ve been reaching for the most lately. 

So here are the 26 (!) things that I fit in a travel makeup bag:

  • 2 BS Mall foundation brushes (check out my review of BS Mall brushes here)
  • 2 Estee Lauder Double Wear foundations (1 had only a few drops left, so I brought a backup)
  • 1 Sephora powder brush
  • BS Mall blush brush
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush
  • ELF “C” brush
  • ELF Defining Eye Brush
  • Morphe B81 brush
  • Too Faced Primed and Poreless loose face powder
  • ELF Pressed Mineral blush in Wanderlust
  • Tarte Fearless blush
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
  • ELF Smudge Pot in Brownie Points
  • Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette
  • Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer
  • Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in brown
  • Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner in nude
  • Maybelline The Falsies waterproof mascara
  • Estee Lauder Sumptuous mascara
  • Maybelline Eyestudio gel eyeliner
  • Maybelline Touch of Spice lipstick
  • NYX Suede Matte Lip Cream in Soft Spoken
  • Rimmel lipstick #104

Grand Canyon South Rim photos

A few weekends ago I took a three-day trip to the Grand Canyon. It was without a doubt one of the most jaw-dropping, humbling, awe-inspiring places I’ve visited. I know this may sound cliche, but the Grand Canyon is so unexpectedly…huge! And deep, and old, and forever. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that something like this exists, so physically close to civilization but so separated from us by years. 

We started out our trip in Phoenix and drove through Sedona and Flagstaff on the way to the Grand Canyon. It was my first time in Arizona, and the long drive was so scenic, calming, and green. Arizona is a beautiful state. And Sedona, with its tall red rocks and tufts of green shrubs, is probably one of my favorite places ever.

A picture speaks a thousand words. Three days wasn’t close to enough time to see the Grand Canyon and take it all in. I look forward to visiting again sometime in the future!


Red Rocks SedonaSedona ArizArizona Scenic Drive Mountains ViewGrand Canyon South Rim HikeGrand Canyon Yavapai Village  Grand Canyon Desert View Grand Canyon Colorado River Grand Canyon Mather PointGrand Canyon South Rim Colorado RiverGrand Canyon SunsetGrand Canyon Sunset Hopi Point    

NYX Stone Fox Swatch Brown Skin

Morphe Eyeshadow Tutorial

NYX Stone Fox Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick is one of my favorite lip products ever, but I hardly ever wear it because of the unconventional color. I’ve had it for months and have only worn it out in public twice. To my surprise, both times people complimented me on the color and asked me what it was. I really should muster up the courage to wear it more often!

I paired NYX’s Stone Fox with a metallic blue-grey eyeshadow look, which is a combination of the shimmery blue eyeshadow in the Morphe 12S South of Summer Palette and Gunmetal from Urban Decay’s original Naked Palette. To make the look slightly softer and more wearable, I blended out the edges with a brown transitional shade and skipped eyeliner to make this eye look less dramatic. I dabbed extra Gunmetal in the inner corners to make the eyes pop and smoked a bit of black eyeshadow in the outer corner, too.

I personally love the way this eyeshadow turned out and can’t wait to do something similar again! Maybe with a peach eyeshadow next time?



I visited the Oxnard Strawberry Festival over the weekend and walked away with a belly filled with strawberry shortcake and delicious fried festival food. And of course, a nice pint of fresh, organic California-grown strawberries.

Being the wannabe chef I am, I knew right away that I wanted to cook with the strawberries, so I whipped up some Strawberry Greek Yogurt pancakes the next day.

These pancakes are nice and thick and fluffy, just how I like them. The secret to fluffy pancakes is to not overstir the batter. Use a whisk to incorporate everything just until all the ingredients come together, then put your whisk down and walk away. It’s okay if there are a few lumps left in the batter.

These pancakes are the perfect treat to add to your summer breakfast or brunch menu. I hope you get to try them!

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes
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  1. 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled (plus more butter for greasing)
  2. 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1 and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 2 cups plain Greek Yogurt
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup sliced strawberries
  1. Melt the 6 Tablespoons of butter first. Microwave or stovetop - either is fine. Set aside to slightly cool. You don't want it piping hot.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until combined. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract together until combined. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk by hand gently to combine the ingredients. The batter is thick and a few lumps may remain. Very gently, fold in the strawberries.
  4. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat generously with butter. Once hot, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with butter for each pancake or batch of pancakes.
  5. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Spring Summer Sam


I was feeling especially colorful over the weekend and pulled together this bright, fresh spring look.

I’ve always loved wearing bright eyeshadow colors, and I think the combination of colors in the look come together really well. The nude lip also doesn’t distract from the colorful eyeshadow.

Products used: ELF Pearls of Wisdom eyeshadow base, Revlon Brazen eyeshadow palette, Rue 21 Electric Eye Palette, Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara, ELF Matte Lip Color in Praline.

I also have some great news to announce…I decided to start a new Instagram account that will be completely dedicated to makeup, beauty, and hair! Follow along here.