New Website

Exciting news (well, at least I think it’s exciting but alas)… I’ve moved to a new website! Chic in Columbus now has it’s own little corner of the internet and I’m so exciting to call it mine. I’m excited to finally drop the “wordpress” from my site and hope you guys will continue to stick around to see what else I have to offer. To those who have supported me since day one, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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Sephora Play! Unboxing


When I first heard about the monthly subscription box trend I was intrigued. I love the idea of paying a small monthly fee to have new sample sized products brought to my front door. I jumped on BirchBox after hearing about it from various beauty bloggers and have now had mine for over two years (reviewed here//here//here). I gave Ipsy a try (here) also and was unimpressed and opted to just stick with BirchBox. I love BirchBox because I get to try new things from hear of and unheard of (by me, at least) brands. I absolutely love getting skin care and find that I’m never without a new sample to try. Recently though, I had an issue where my BirchBox never arrived so I had to request a new be sent (which they did) but when it arrived almost everything was a repeat. Lame. I’m not ready to give up on BirchBox yet but when I heard Sephora was coming out with their own version I immediately subscribed. I was really interested to see what Sephora would come up with and how it would compare to BirchBox and Ipsy.



Well, I came home last night after a particularly tough day at work and was greeted by my first Sephora Play box!! Initially I liked the size of the box (bigger than BirchBox) and loved that the contents all had a common theme. I almost squealed when I saw there was a Fresh product include because it’s a brand that I’ve heard great things about and would try more if I had the funds. The included booklet was actually pretty interesting and informative but the best part about the box is that I will use absolutely everything (yes, even the weird sponge that was included for the Boscia cleanser). I did some poking around to see what other people got and they do seem to have been sent different products. Here’s my box’s breakdown:


Sephora Collection Peal Mask – I love masks of all types and will definitely use this

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser & Konja Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal – Tried this once. Messy but I like it. I’m curious to try the goofy sponge.

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner – Haven’t use this yet but looks like a very interesting product. Everything by Fresh receives pretty great reviews so I’m really pleased with this sample.

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint SPF 15 – Haven’t tried this product yet either but everything Dr Jart+ I’ve ever tried has been great and I’m sure this will be the same.

Atelier Cologne Collection Azur – Mandarine Glaciale – This is definitely a more unisex smell and probably not one I will wear but it still does smell great… for a man.

Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb – I rubbed this on the back of my hand and really like the consistency. Now that my skin is getting dryer, this will be perfect!


Another fun little thing is a PLAY! card that apparently you can show in store and they can tell you a bit more about how to use the products that are included as well as get 50 bonus points for your Beauty Insider/VIB/VIB Rouge account. Overall, I think this service is great and I hope they continue to put the same amount of time and effort into creating the boxes. I’ll let you know whether I think it’s worth it or not in a few months.

“No Makeup” Makeup

Happy Hump Day!! I know I’ve said it before, but as much as I love makeup, I don’t like to wear too much on a regular basis. Aside from the occasional smoky eye, I like to sport a minimal, or “no makeup makep” look on a regular basis. In my experience browsing blogs and YouTube, there are two different kinds of no makeup looks: 1. a true minimal makeup look with few products and 2. a “no makeup” makeup look that requires quite a few products but results in a look that doesn’t look like makeup. I’ve found that a combination of the two is the sweet spot. I like to minimize the number of products I use but like to still look put together.

For a “no makeup” makeup look, it’s important to create a flawless look without looking too done up. I like to even out my skin with a sheer base (unless I’m experiencing a rare good skin day) and then conceal where I need it (i.e. my dark circles and any blemishes). I add a little color back with blush and bronzer, which is the only way I look alive. Another really important step is filling my brows. I cannot believe the difference a little brow pencil can make. To keep with the “no makeup” look, I like to add a little brightness on the eyes and a natural color on the lips.


Morphe S14 Brush | Beauty Blender | Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer | Maybelline Color Tattoo | Maybelline Great Lash Mascara | The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder | Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue | Real Techniques Expert Face Brush | Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil | Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso | Stila Kitten | NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | Real Techniques Blush Brush | Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Pink Peony | Hourglass Film Noire Full Spectrum Mascara

How do you create a “no makeup” makeup look? What products do you like to use?

Makeup Storage: Updated

It’s taken me way longer than I had anticipated but I finally have started putting together my dressing/makeup room (which I will show off in a future post). It still has a long way to go but it’s the perfect room for me to do my makeup in the morning. I swapped out my previous thrifted vanity for a Pottery Barn desk, which I purchased at the outlet six years ago, and filled up two out of the three drawers with makeup. I like to think that I have a pretty normal amount of makeup. I have watched several makeup collection videos on YouTube and I certainly don’t even compare to them, though I might have more than the average girl. I find that I wear mostly the same stuff everyday but do like to have some variety, to mix it up depending on the situation.


I picked up the Ikea Alex while we were at the West Chester location last month. I haven’t even begun to fill it up but like to know that I have extra storage if I do start to accumulate more beauty products or decide to use it as extra bathroom/accessory storage.


The main drawer on the desk is divide into three compartments, which has made it a lot easier for me to keep my products separate. Right now, I just have things split between blush/highlighters, bronzers/highlighters, and everything else.makeuporga3


To keep things organized on the right side, I picked up some plastic drawer organizers and keep bases in one and mascaras/eye liners in another. This really has cut down on my get ready time and I love that it makes it more likely I will use certain products since they’re all on display and easily accessible.


I find that I don’t really accumulate too many lip products but to encourage use, I keep them in a glass bowl on my desk. If I look at them everyday, I’m more likely to wear them rather than just the small selection I carry around in my purse.

makeuporga4I’ve started to accumulate more and more brushes, which I keep in various cups on my desk. I keep my eye brushes in a clear glass I picked up from Vernacular (one of my favorite stores) and I store my face brushes in a white and blue mug from Ikea. 

How do you store your makeup? Any tricks to keep products accessible without causing clutter?



I know I’ve been soooo MIA and I apologize! I’ve been coming home from work stressed and crashing on the couch with no desire to whip out my laptop. I’m still sad to say that I’m living for the weekends and getting by during the week, which is not how I want to live my life. I feel like I’m going through a bit of a quarter life crisis.

Yes, on the third I turned a quarter of a century. I had a glorious long weekend where I was productive, relaxed, and showered in love. I loved all the free time I had with no responsibilities and despite the cold and wet weather, I loved every minute of my birthday weekend. The years have been flying by and to commemorate this huge milestone and to celebrate a quarter of a century of life, here are twenty-five things I’m currently loving (in no particular order):

  1. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – To thank me for spending ungodly amounts of money at Sephora, I was gifted a free NARS lip duo, which included the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. I’ve worn it twice since receiving and love how long it lasts on my lips.
  2. Estée Lalonde – Estée is my girl crush. Been watching her vlogs for a few months now and I look forward to every new video she releases. She is so incredibly cool and genuine and I love to see how successful she has become. I want to be this girl!
  3. Al’s Delicious Popcorn – I first had this at a friend’s baby shower and could not stop shoveling it into my mouth. I recently came across it at Celebrate Local at Easton and picked up another bag, which I then inhaled in one night. This stuff is truly delicious.
  4. Archer – Chris and I started watching this show randomly one week night and cannot stop. It always manages to crack us up, no matter how stressed I am.
  5. Madewell – I mean, it’s my absolute favorite clothing store. I can’t get enough of their denim, sweaters, or button-downs. During the fall, my favorite pieces to wear are all from Madewell.
  6. Kiehl’s ‘Midnight Recovery’ Concentrate – This stuff knows how to relax me before bed (I’m noticing a theme here…). I put a few drops in my hands every night after cleansing and press into my skin and it has become one of my most looked forward to nighttime rituals.
  7. Copper – Chris and I both have been attracted to copper for home decor and I’ve recently picked up a couple copper pieces, including this West Elm lamp and a metal crate from Elm & Iron.
  8. Egyptian Cotton Sheets – I grew up on flannel and jersey sheets and never thought there was anything wrong with them. My parents’ were gifted a set of high thread count, Egyptian Cotton sheets and the first time I touched them changed my life. I vowed to purchase a set myself and now that I finally have a set, I can’t go back!
  9. Ikea – If you’re looking for home decor, furniture, etc and are on a budget, Ikea is for you. I’ve made two trips to the West Chester location and Chris and I now have quite a collection of Ikea stuff. Walking the showroom is such a fun experience and the affordable furniture has allowed us to make more adult spaces.
  10. Mid-Century Modern – My home style has transformed over the years and Chris and I finally met in the middle with our styles by agreeing on Mid-Century Modern. I love crisp white walls, Chris loves natural wood, and traditional and modern kind of come together in Mid-Century. I find myself pinning rooms in this style on Pinterest constantly.
  11. Lorac Unzipped Palette – This was one of my birthday gifts from C and I love it. It’s similar to the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette but I still think it’s worth having in addition. The shadows are decently sized and as a neutral lover, there isn’t a single shadow that I won’t use.
  12. Longer hair – I’ve always had short hair and now that I have shoulder length hair I’m finding myself loving it. I still find myself drawn to shorter cuts but have really enjoyed curling my hair and I would miss the convenience of putting it up if I chopped it off.
  13. VSCO app – This is my absolute favorite iPhone app for editing photos. It’s not an overwhelming app but still gives you plenty of control to tweak your photo to get the effect you want.
  14. Hockey season – Hockey is my favorite sport and I will always be a fan of the Blue Jackets, even though they are off to a rough start. The only reason I would ever get cable is to watch Jacket’s games.
  15. – Since I’m hoping to buy a house in 2016, I’ve been spending quite a bit of my free time browsing (mostly on the app) to browse available homes in Columbus. I started browsing listings to get an idea of what to expect and to get more familiar with the various neighborhoods. I love how easy it is to save a listing and browse specific neighborhoods.
  16. Giant Eagle Curbside Express – Grocery shopping is one of my least favorite things to do. Ever. I don’t know why it took my so long to check this out but I’ve utilized Giant Eagle Curbside Express twice now and it has changed my life. I sit at home in my pajamas and check items off my list as I create my grocery cart. Then I pick up my bagged groceries and go home. Grocery shopping done. This service is amazing.
  17. YouTube – I have watched lots and lots of YouTube lately. I probably watch as much YouTube as I do traditional TV… maybe even more. Some of my favorite channels are Everyday Estée, I Covet Thee, and Hello October.
  18. Fall Candles – I burn candles year round but majority of my candle burning occurs during autumn. I always gravitate towards autumnal scents like pumpkin, marshmallow, cedar, latté, etc. I can’t help but stock up on candles during Bath & Body Works sales.
  19. New Dragon One – I didn’t think I would ever find the perfect Chinese takeout but I did! It’s close to my house, it’s delicious, and it DELIVERS! Seriously, the chicken and broccoli is delicious.
  20. Boots – I don’t have a shoe problem. I have a boot problem. Every year I add at least one pair to my collection and I know I will never have enough. My currently favorites include my Frye Jillian Chelsea Boots, Hunter Rain Boots, and Steve Madden riding boots.
  21. Nume 25mm Curling Wand – I purchased this curling wand a few months ago and though I think it’s grossly overpriced (if you don’t find one of the many discount codes out there) it is actually a pretty decent curling wand. It doesn’t allow you to control the heat, which is annoying, but it gets the job done. I find that my curls last, for the most part, all day. I use it at least once a week and love the way my hair looks after.
  22. Autumn Weather – Autumn is my favorite season. I love the fashion, I love the sports, and I especially love the weather. I definitely love the heat of summer but I am happiest when I’m outside in jeans and a sweatshirt.
  23. Maxwell – This dog is my kid. I don’t care if people think it’s weird. He is absolutely perfect and I love him so much.
  24. Chris – This guy has been by my side for almost a decade and I wouldn’t have it any other way. He is my best friend.
  25. Another year – I have big plans for 2016 and my next year of life and I cannot wait to see what experiences are ahead of me.

Whew! Did you make it all the way through? Thank you for being you!

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?