August Instagram Roundup

Guys! Happy Hump Day! I am so glad that it’s Wednesday and that the weekend is another day closer. I cannot begin to explain how stressful and crazy work as been the last week or so but being understaffed is just no fun. If anyone is looking for a job, let me know! August has been absolutely flying by and as much as I am looking forward to fall I am not a fan of how much earlier it has been getting dark. It just makes coming home from work late that much worse. Thankfully there have been some fun things this month to give me a chance to relax and unwind. auginstaAs per usual, I’ve been spending lots of down time chilling with my pup (Happy National Dog Day, btw!) and crazy cat. My Instagram is constantly full of photos of my fur children so if you don’t like animals you probably won’t get my feed and that’s ok (but really, I can’t trust someone who doesn’t like animals). Other fun things this month included the Avett Brother’s concert at the LC (anniversary gift from C), a fresh haircut, a delicious food truck tour, and a wine tasting dinner at Cooper’s Hawk for my amazing mom’s birthday. In less than a week August will be over and September will be here and we will only be a month away from my 25th birthday!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

P.S. Apparently this is my 300th post so YAHOO!

Current Beauty Wish List

Happy Monday! Work is super crazy right now but I’m hoping it’s going to start to calm down here soon because when I’m stressed at work I have a hard time not being stressed at home and I’m catching myself wishing away my weekdays, which I don’t want to get in a habit of. I’m also trying to control my online shopping since I tend to do it quite often when I’m stressed but there are just so many beautiful beauty products out there and I want to try them all! Lately, I’ve been experimenting with new-to-me brands and getting sample sizes of products I’m not ready to splurge on. The list is exhaustive but here are the things I’ve been eyeing lately:

beautywishlist1. Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light $45, 2. Burberry ‘Eye Color’ Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow $29, 3. Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Smitten $6.89, 4.  Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara $21, 5. The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer $21, 6. Milani Baked Blush #8 Corallina $8.52, 7. Real Techniques Core Collection $17.99, 8. MAC 217 Brush $25, 9. Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer $31, 10. Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette $58

Instagram Roundup

I had a pretty crazy July so I’m kind of relieved to welcome August. I was preparing myself for a big change at work as my manager was moving to another branch and right before he left, I got sick…with PNEUMONIA. I mean, what normal, healthy, 24-year-old gets sick with pneumonia right in the middle of summer? To be honest, it was rather terrifying. It started off with a nagging cough, a fever with chills, brutal, pounding headaches, and fatigue. I tried to go to the doctor not once, but twice, to be told I had a cold and to only be given medicine to treat my cough. Five days into my illness, I walked across my house, began coughing, and could not breathe. It was terrifying. Long story short, I ended up at the hospital for three nights to be put on oxygen, IV antibiotics, and steroids. Even after I was released, it seemed I would never be back to 100% as going up the stairs literally brought me to my knees. Thankfully, three weeks later and I’m just about back to normal.

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Onward to the more fun stuff! Earlier this summer, Chris and I purchased an amazing coffee table from an Ohio producer (Redbud Woodworking) at an antique market and it has really inspired us to make the rest of our living room more modern and us. I also got my first haircut at my stylist’s new space (Virtue Salon), purchased a NEW car (eek!), enjoyed the company of my two fur children, was reunited with my long lost eldest sister at a family friend’s wedding, checked out the Irish Wishing Tree at the Dublin Irish Festival (quite an emotional experience, to be honest), and embraced the messy, dry shampoo-filled hair look. Now, I’m enjoying the beautiful summer weather we’ve been having and looking forward to autumn, which is by far my favorite season.

If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram @samaberry, ya know, if you want.

The Body Shop Haul

As if I needed another thing to spend my money on, I have recently become more concerned with skin care. I could probably trace this “need” back to the various Birchbox skincare samples I’ve received but I have been struggling a bit with blemishes the last 6 months or so, which is very unusual for me. In high school I struggled a bit with what some would call minor skin issues but I’ve now gone a few years without issues and I definitely got comfortable with only cleansing and moisturizing. I would buy cleansers at the drug store (usually Clean & Clear) and use Clinique moisturizer samples that I received in the various Clinique Bonuses. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is I have always been lucky with pretty good skin but recently I’ve noticed some issues that I would like to take care of and, you know, not have.

I had never tried the Body Shop but decided to check it out at Easton a month or so ago because I’ve heard some good things and treat yoself (any Parks & Rec fans out there?)! They were having a buy three get three sale so I figured, why not try a few products. I started with the Tea Tree line because I’ve always loved the tingling feeling you usually get with Tea Tree products and because it’s supposed to help with blemished skin. From the Tea Tree line, I picked up the following products:

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Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash $13: I use this stuff all the time so I’ve gone through quite a bit in the last month or more

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner $13: I’ve always loved how toner makes my skin feel and this is no different

Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion $20

Tea Tree Face Mask $16.50: Feels so clean!

Tea Tree Body Wash $14

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Another skin care issue I wanted to address was an oily t-zone. I would describe my skin as combination because I also struggle with dryness but an oil t-zone is one of my biggest issues and I will try any product that can combat that without drying out the rest of my face. Body Shop’s Seaweed line is supposed to rebalance and mattify skin. From this line I got:

Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask $23: Makes my skin feel soft and is a super quick mask

Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream $17.50

Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator $16

Since the sale was buy three get three free, I decided to throw a few more products in my bag including:

Vitamin C Skin Boost $28: Makes my skin feel so soft!

Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz $19 (not pictured): I use this as a makeup setter

Vitamin E Eye Cream $19

Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder $20 (not pictured): I LOVE how light this bronzer is and how it doesn’t overpower my fair skin

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I’ve have been using these products for a month or so now and I swear my skin tone and texture has improved plus I absolutely love the way the products feel while using them. The Tea Tree line gives that tingling that I love and I really enjoy the time I spend in the morning and evening getting ready for my day/bed. I’ve always been one that enjoys pampering and have ritualistic behaviors when it comes to grooming. I was really struggling with blemishes before I started using these products and now my skin is back to its normal, relatively clear self. Whether that’s a result of these products or not, I will continue using them because I really enjoy the smell, feel, and results from all the various products.

Summer Makeup Picks

I’m a little late to the game here as it’s already August but I wanted to share some of my favorite summer makeup picks. During the summer, I finally get a little color to my face and since it’s usually hot (and often humid) I don’t like to fuss too much with makeup and I wear less than I would during the colder months. When spring rolls around, I do, however, get really excited about brighter colors and dewey, luminous looks. When I do wear a full face of makeup, these are the products that I usually reach for. This combination keeps my face feeling light while still looking slightly put together.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette $58 | Loreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream $10.99 | The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder $20 | Clinique All About Shadow Duo $20.50 | Maybelline Volum’Express The Rocket Mascara $7.49 | Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow $5.99 | NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $28 | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion $35 | Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bella $24

What I Want Now: July

The summer is absolutely flying by and as much as I look forward to glorious fall weather I want this summer heat to last as long as possible. I love being surrounded by green and walking outside with bare skin and that feeling of the sun on my face. I am so grateful for my job but I absolutely hate being stuck inside all day with air conditioning. I’m always freezing and spend a lot of time daydreaming of sitting out in the sun and soaking in as much heat as possible. I’ve been inspired by Essie Button’s vlogs to focus on home decor again and I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’ve really fallen in love with modern decor. I definitely appreciate bright, simple Scandinavian design with that modern touch buuuuuut I need a little more color and mess. I’ve been really holding back on decorating because we’re renting and I just don’t feel like we really own the space so why put a lot of effort into filling a space that we will be moving out of in a year or so (fingers crossed).

Anyway, back on topic. I’ve been browsing West Elm, Ikea, Dot & Bo, etc. for pieces we can add to our home to add that modern twist that I’m looking for. Also, as per usual, I’m constantly adding items to my Sephora cart that I may eventually splurge on (by the way, I recently achieved VIB status…. I’m not sure if I’m impressed or a little horrified that I’ve spent that much). Ever since I started washing my hair less often I’ve been heat styling almost every time I do shampoo, which was a big change for me but I thought I had to in order to stretch out my wash. I’ve been wanting to air dry my hair more again so I want a great styling product that is meant for air drying, which brings me to the Bumble & Bumble Don’t Blow It. Finally, I STILL want the New Balance sneakers for fall and I could always use some trays to help me organize my makeup and stuff. To fulfill all my wants and desires, this is my July wish list:

WhatIWantNowJULY151. Bare Minerals READY Eye Shadow 2.0 in The Top Shelf $20, 2. Woven Shaker Chair $184.99, 3. Preaching Good Vibes Throw Pillow $34.99, 4. Cosmetix Stax Vanity Trays $7.99-12.99, 5. Bumble & Bumble Don’t Blow It $30, 6. New Balance 420 Navy Vintage Sneakers $118, 7. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette $58

Living Room Inspiration: Updated

I’m surprised how much my home decor tastes have changed. I would say I started off being into a more traditional look with a touch of country. I’ve always liked bright and happy and eclectic rooms have always caught my eye. At our current house, the style of the room set the tone for how I decorate each room. It’s a bit of a mishmash right now since we have just bought pieces along the way over the last 3 years we’ve lived together. Our living room is where we spend most of our time and it’s a space that I’ve wanted to make comfortable and stylish while still showcasing the things we love. It’s been slowly transforming into a more adult and modern space and I’ve been browsing Pinterest for inspiration to make it even more “us”.

I did a previous living room inspiration post just over a year ago and I feel like I haven’t strayed as much as I thought I may have. The biggest change is that I’m trying to not be overly feminine since Chris has to share the space with me as well. I’ve been working really hard to try to create spaces that suit both our tastes. I’m trying to take inspiration from modern, Scandinavian-style rooms as they seem to have things both Chris and I like. The biggest challenge now is filling our living room with pieces that are stylish without overspending. I’ve been browsing Ikea, West Elm, and Dot & Bo to try and find furniture and accessories that will complete the space. I might do a little post on our current living room in the near future. In the meantime, here are some rooms that I love:

I am absolutely obsessed with this room. It could be the amazing rug, the various house plants, or the shelf and gallery in the back buuuuut this is probably my favorite living room I’ve come across

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This room is very similar to the one above, and again I love the rug and house plants! The grey couch reminds me of the one we have currently so I can definitely see our living room looking like this59045568a752ba7bd484a2e0648628a4{image source}

This room reminds me so much our our living room with our wall of white built in shelves and I love how styled these ones are. I am always tweaking the items on our shelves so I can display some of my favorite things without looking like a messc92068ba230e6138d2ddfbd0c43388d3{image source}

This room has a different color scheme than I plan on using but I love all the throw pillows on the couch and the crisp white walls. It looks like a room you could actually hang out indef9f5f4f3b72702b99400acff8a8918{image source}