September Favorites

September has come and gone… can you believe it? It’s my birthday month!! September went out with a cool, autumnal boom. As I’m typing this, I’m curled up on the couch with my boys and wrapped in a warm blanket. The hardest part about the end of summer and beginning of fall is getting used to darker evenings and mornings. When it’s dark when I wake up and dark soon after I get home, I find it hard to find motivation to be productive after work. Alas, this has a been a month of transition and it shows in my monthly favorites:

iPhone 6 – I picked up a new phone a few weeks ago after I shattered the screen to my beloved yellow iPhone 5c. Thankfully I was close to an upgrade so was able to borrow Chris’s old phone before getting this beautiful gold iPhone

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat – I had already purchased another Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush and wanted to get one that was a bit more vibrant. These blushes really are beautiful and I’m so happy I got another. I wear them almost everyday

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer – Highlighters have become one of my favorite beauty products. I absolutely love the love of a luminous face and this highlighter provides some serious brightness without a lot of product


Kiehl’s ‘Midnight Recovery’ Concentrate – I picked this up after seeing lots of people talking about it online. I’m trying to take caring for my skin more seriously and this product makes it easy because I love to put it on. The lavender scent is heavenly and the consistency isn’t too heavy or sticky

Stila Kitten – I’ve been wearing this just about everyday usually alone but sometimes with a darker, matte shade in the crease. It’s brightening yet subtle

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream – I’ve always hated foundations and the feeling of anything thick on my face so this product is perfect. I find myself grabbing more than any other base I own and I find that it evens out my skin tone without feeling like I’m wearing too much makeup

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Honey – This balm is absolutely perfect. It provides color to my colorless lips without feeling sticky or goopy. It’s a neutral shade that is wearable for everyday and the color does last quite a while on the lips

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – This stuff is the bomb. I love the consistency and staying power. I feel like it’s the first concealer I’ve used that actually covers stuff up. I’ve been fighting skin issues all month and this concealer has made me feel a little bit better

Nike ‘Internationalist’ Sneaker – I love these shoes. I was always self-conscious about wearing sneakers with shorts or skinny jeans because I feel that I have huge feet but I’ve gotten a little more comfortable with them. I bought these in July and didn’t really start wearing them until the end of August but I wear them almost every weekend when I’m not working. They are super comfortable and go with almost everything

Amika Un.done Texture Spray – This is my first dry texture spray. The first thing I want to say about it is I absolutely love the scent. It smells light and floral and I find myself sniffing my hair throughout the day when I use it. I usually spray it after curling my hair to make freshly washed hair feel a little less slick and to give me more volume

What were some of your favorites last month?

September Instagram Roundup

September has flown by. I don’t know if the craziness at the bank made the days go by quicker or if my excitement for fall, but my birthday month is only a day away! The month began with Labor Day, which was hot and gloriously summer, and has now ended with cooler, fall-like temperatures. Some highlights this month include a trip to Ikea with the in-laws, an OSU game with Chris, and open-window season.

For a belated anniversary gift to Chris (year one, paper) I commissioned a drawing of our little family from Yellow Heart Art and it is absolutely perfect and currently hanging in our kitchen. We had a few fall-like days this month where I was able to leave the windows opened and was forced to wear a sweater, which is my favorite type of weather. Chris and I spent quite a few weekend days this month walking around Easton as usual and came across some awesome chalk art as part of the Chalk the Block 2015. The leaves have started changing and falling and I’m so excited for the month of October.

Fall To-Do List: Volume II

Autumn is the best time of year. I love the cooler weather, I love the fashion, I love that it’s my birthday. I love to walk around the city and enjoy the beautiful colors. Since it’s so short-lived, I always try to enjoy it the fullest. This year, these are the things I want to definitely make time for (see Volume I here):

Horror Film Marathon. Last year I decided to spend the weeks leading up to Halloween and Halloween night as an excuse for an ongoing horror movie marathon. Thankfully Netflix appeases people like me by releasing Halloween-appropriate movies and shows (and you can bet I will be popping in my absolute favorite, Hocus Pocus).

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Visit a pumpkin patch. Nothing new here. No fall is complete without a trip to a pumpkin patch. I usually go to Jacquemin Farms and haven’t decided if I will try something new or not. I don’t usually actually carve pumpkins but love placing the outside our front door.

See Rocky Horror Picture Show. Another thing I’ve never done. I’ve always been intrigued by the show and hope to catch it on the big screen at Studio 35 or AMC Lennox.


Buy lots of mums. Mums have always been some of my favorite flowers. One of the hardest parts of fall is the dying off of all things green and I love how big pots of mums add color and life. I’m sure I’ll be heading out to Oakland Nursery for a variety of colors.

Watch an Alder game. Haven’t been to my alma mater for a football game since I graduated from high school. Chris and I have been trying to make  our way out for a varsity game for years and I hope to finally go this autumn.

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Go apple picking. I’ve never been apple picking and am would love to check out Lynd Fruit Farm. I love fresh, sweet apples and think picking in the cool autumn weather would be a perfect afternoon date.

Decorate the house. I’m not usually one to decorate too heavily for the change in seasons but this year I picked up a couple things to bring a fall-like atmosphere to the house to celebrate my favorite season of all time.



Happy two years, Chic in Columbus. This blog started off as a creative outlet while I was in college and has proven to be very therapeutic over the two years I’ve been writing. I never had any intentions of it turning into anything else and have really enjoyed creating posts and sharing bits of my life here and there. To those who have checked out my blog, thank you so much. I appreciate all your support!

Birthday Wish List

The big 25 is almost here (10 days to be exact)! I find that I am trying to surround myself with things that I love and will last me through the years. Below is my curated birthday wish list of things I request from others… though I’m sure I will treat myself to an item or two.

I’m focusing more on the home and putting together rooms that I feel adult in rather than like a post-college young adult. I’ve been eyeing this filing cabinet for a couple years now and Chris and I could definitely use the storage. I tried to pick up this floor mirror the other day but unfortunately they only had one available and the box was already opened so I decided to pass. As for beauty, I included a few products form brands I’ve never really tried such as Origins and Lorac. I added a couple higher quality clothing items because I love fall clothes and just couldn’t resist.

birthdaywishlistFree People ‘Weekend Warrior’ Stripe Tank | TPS  Mint 3-Drawer Filing Cabinet | Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay | Ikea Songe Mirror | Madewell Flannel Cargo Workshirt in Buffalo Check | MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush | Lorac Unzipped Palette | Clear Peach Blossom iPhone 6 Case | Tall High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans in Thom Wash

Favorite Makeup Brushes

makeupbrushes3I still remember back when I started wearing makeup and I would apply my shadows with either the sponges that were provided or my fingers. I only owned a couple brushes to apply blush and bronzer and would use the puff provided in powders. It never occurred to me that a brush was necessary to provide makeup. I would use the sponge to swipe product on my lid once, which didn’t provide much if any control over how much was applied and where it was applied. The first makeup brushes I ever got came from a Sonia Kashuk travel set that I received for Christmas. I barely even used them when I first got them, except to occasionally apply shadow in the crease. My blush brush was from Forever 21 and my first powder brush was elf. I never felt compelled to purchase face brushes until the past six or so months when I began wearing more tinted moisturizers/CC creams and highlighter. I realized what a huge difference makeup brushes can have on your finished look and how much easier they make makeup application, especially for someone who really hates the feeling of product on my hands and fingers.


I began to purchase more Sonia Kashuk eye brushes for daily use but still had a hard time applying large amounts of product and blending shadows together. I finally broke down and purchased a Sephora shadow brush to apply color all over my lid. It was, dare I say, life changing to have a brush that applied color all over my lid so easily and still allowed me so much control thanks to it’s long handle. I use this brush on a daily basis and love that it works for all over the lid and in the crease. I recently splurged on the MAC 217 Blending Brush and it’s amazing as everyone says it is. It’s not as fluffy as the Sephora shadow brush and is better for packing on product and blending in the crease. To apply liquid makeup, I picked up the Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45 and its densely packed bristles make blending CC creams across my face a much more enjoyable task.

Sephora Collection All Over Shadow Brush #12, $20

MAC 217 Blending Brush, $25

Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45, $24


I always heard makeup bloggers posting and raving about Real Technique brushes (here and here) and decided to give them a go because they’re so affordable. I stopped by my local Ulta and picked up the blush brush first. I had never used a brush with an angled head and found that it applied blush much better than my Forever 21 taper brush that I had been using for years. I liked it so much I then picked up the Setting Brush to highlight and set my under eye area, the Sculpting Brush to contour and apply bronzer, and the Powder Brush to lightly powder my entire face. These brushes really are great for the price and can also be purchase on Amazon, which is pretty awesome.

Real Techniques Setting Brush, $7.99

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, $9.99

Real Techniques Blush Brush, $8.99

Real Techniques Powder Brush, $9.99

So if you are in the market for a new brush, or two, or three, check out Real Techniques for affordable yet quality brushes. Have some favorite brushes, let me know and I will check them out!

What I Want Now: September

When September arrives, I finally feel ready to let summer go. I’ve had a really hard time overcoming the temptation to stock up on autumnal things such as sweaters, boots, scarves, and berry-colored lip products. Now that we’re halfway through September, I feel like it’s finally alright to completely embrace the arrival of fall. I WANT ALL THE THINGS! My birthday is so close so I’ve been trying to avoid spending…very hard! I’ve been working a lot lately and I so badly want to treat myself to some goodies such as one of these beauties below:

WhatIWantNowSEP151. Tiny Bar Necklace $54, 2. Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Crushed Plum $27, 3. Frye Anna Gore Short $328, 4. NARS Small Custom Pro Palette $180, 5. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream $29, 6. Madewell City Grid Coat in Tweed $298