mane message ‘the macaron’ package

mane message macaron package

olivia never fails to keep things fresh and oh-so-pretty with every passing season. i don’t know how she got inside my mind, but her latest selection of signature hair ties features my most favorite color combination of the moment: blush, aqua, navy, and gold. (for those interested in that sort of thing, this is the exact palette that i plan to use in our nursery! we find out gender tomorrow, so the inclusion of blush is technically tbd…) i love the gold foil polka dot print on cream and i just know that’s going to make the sweetest addition to my anna beck arm party this spring, whenever it’s not pulling back my pony. (anna beck, who you will also notice is a fan of navy, aqua, and blush!)

if you haven’t added these soft and stretchy hair ties-slash-boho-bracelets to your regime yet, i can’t think of a better time to get on board. (and if silver’s more your style, well she’s got you covered there, too.)

mane message ‘the macaron’ package, $11.50 >


love day loves

love day loves

a day that celebrates love of all kinds is definitely something that i can get behind. while i tend to think that valentine’s day can be a bit overdone, i just can’t help but support a holiday that encourages chocolate and kissing. it also brings out my inner girly girl in a big way and this year i’m craving all kinds of pretty things to help me celebrate in style.

1 – festive nonpareils (my most favorite candy) in a decadent dark
chocolate heart from edward marc chocolatier, $10

2 – five sweet, soft and stretchy hair ties from mane message, $7.40

3 – techno bubblegum nails by deborah lippmann, $18

4 – a gorgeous springtime glow in the prettiest powder blush from mark., $14

5 – a sparkling, flapper-inspired fragrance bursting with spirit from tocca, $20

6 – punchy pink peony lips that are nourished and non-sticky from jouer, $20

7 – a chic + cheery mini pouch in gold + coral from stephanie johnson, $33

four new glossarie giveaways!

the glossarie

i’m a little behind on my glossarie gives back giveaways and with a whole lot of packing to do (did i mention that we’re moving two days after christmas?!) – everything must GO! i grouped a few of my favorites together into one giveaway post, but you must enter to win each item separately. all links are below – best of luck!

1. my most favorite of all tweezers – the tweezerman mini slant! this pair is adorably patterned with pink pomegranates. what’s not to love? > enter to win tweezerman pink pomegranates mini slant!

2. the prettiest polish in a poppy pink that benefits the best cause. > enter to win clinique nail enamel in happy!

3. mane message hair ties in chevron and floral – if you don’t already own any of these, your life (and your hair) will never be the same. > enter to win two mane message hair ties!

4. one of my favorite new mascara discoveries in an unexpected charcoal. > enter to win ilia mascara in asphalt jungle!

fall beauty updates

fall favorites

well beauties, it’s definitely fall. i know this because all of a sudden i am confused about what to wear and i find myself breaking out the hand cream. our virginia summers are so humid that fall can feel especially dry and harsh – i notice it everywhere from my lips to my hair, and even in the dryness of my fingernails. this fall i’m looking forward to a few beauty upgrades that will not only keep things hydrated, but also on the forefront of seasonal trends.

stila convertible color in sweet pea, $25 – this all in one from stila adds a sheer tint and a natural glow to cheeks. the fuchsia pink shade called sweet pea is my current favorite. i apply it with a stippling brush to give the illusion of color to my fair skin tone and the creamy formula keeps me looking perfectly radiant, never greasy or dry.

dior addict extreme lipstick in lucky, $31 – more than just a pretty lipstick, this formula from dior has hyaluronic microspheres for the ultimate in moisture and shine. i’m partial to lucky,  a vibrant red-pink that’s not too scary, which serves as the beauty equivalent of liquid courage for me. i can swipe it on without a mirror, knowing that it always looks good.

the blind date bobby pin package from mane message, $8 – these beautiful bobbies add a level of sophistication to my slightly unruly-at-the-moment bob. i can use them to hold strays in place at the base of my ponytail or stack them for a dramatic side part. best of all, the combination of gold, mint, and coal goes with everything i own!

maybelline color show nail color in tenacious teal, $2.97 – a $3 nailpolish, what could you possibly have to lose? these lacquers from maybelline are bold and shiny, with a chip-resistent finish that comes in colors that just don’t quit. i’m loving tenacious teal for its stunning opaque finish and perfectly trend-right tones.

ilia mascara in nightfall, $26 – the formula is lighter than air, the color is blacker than black, and the brush is quite possibly the coolest. the clump-free formula delivers beautifully tapered lashes and the double-sided brush allows me to go for coverage on the first coat with the short side and crazy length on coat two with the longer bristles. LOVE.

tory burch eau de parfum, $82 – a new season obviously calls for a new scent and i’ve fallen prey to tory burch’s very first fragrance. it’s equal parts girly and elusively masculine, with top notes of peony (my favorite!) and tuberose fading in to citrusy grapefruit. besides my love of the scent, could the bottle look any more gorgeous on my dresser?

simple replenishing rich moisturizer, $12.99 – nothing is more necessary to update in the cooler months than my moisturizer. this version from simple is rich enough to hydrate my drying skin, but does not clog my pores or feel greasy. it has a gel-like texture that soaks right in and serves as the perfect canvas for my favorite cc cream.

pretty little hair things

pretty little hair things

i don’t have a lot (ok, any) talent when it comes to my hair.  i can basically wash it, blow dry it, and smooth it out / shape it with a flat iron so that it looks cute and fine. but, cute and fine is as good as it gets – so i’m always on the hunt for something simple to dress it up a bit. i absolutely adore these options from mark. and mane message. whether you prefer a soft and fluffy ponytail or a chic way to adorn your top knot, these brands have brought some seriously gorgeous flair to the art of effortlessly good hair.

olivia from mane message has truly outdone herself this season with her adorably playful prints! i’m partial to the whimsy package (pictured) but you have to see her adventurous chevrons, sweet bows, and strong arrows. she never ceases to amaze me and i just cannot say enough good things about her pretty and practical product! i mean, have you ever seen more gorgeous hair ties in your life?

my affection for mark. grows stronger with each passing day and when these hold it right there pins arrived this month, i couldn’t break into them fast enough. the feather has become a favorite as it goes with absolutely everything and i love the vintage feel. these pins are HUGE and you can wear them separately or together to accent an exaggerated part or to tuck in stray ends. (they look extra cute underneath a pony or a bun, too.)

if your hair needs a little something extra this season, might i recommend one of these sweet sets? i promise that your hair will never be happier.

tie dye beauty

tie dye beauty


i’m obsessed with all things multicolored and have been delighted by the gorgeous options on the beauty market. just a few of the pretty possibilities:

one: clarisonic surf mia2, $159 (and 20% off!)

two: lorac lips with benefits, $18

three: stila countless color pigments, $22

four: victoria’s secret sunset kiss, $3.99

five: mane message the boho package, $10.50

six: stephanie johnson fiona dome cosmetic in tucson desert, $35

show me your lip bomb, olivia

olivia's lip bomb

name: olivia hayward
internet home: olivia is the talented designer + entrepreneuress behind mane message
she says: crazy that all of these lip products are constantly with me! i feel like some of these rotate in and out, but a few are true staples.
number of products: 9
the bomb: 

nars semi matte lipstick in heat wave, $24
nars sheer lipstick in love devotion, $24
nivea a kiss of moisture, $2.99
buxom big & healthy lip sticks in monaco + barcelona, $19 each
revlon colorburst lipstick in raspberry, $5.49
chapstick lip moisturizer, 3 for $4.75
revlon colorburst lip gloss in sunset peach, $7.49
revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in romantic, $8.99

now, i have never met olivia but i know that we would be fast friends. i have loved and adored this girl since discovering her impeccably designed and incredibly well edited line of bracelet hair ties two years ago. she started her successful e-commerce and wholesale brand in her college dorm room and it has developed into something that’s been recognized by some of the industry greats. it has been amazing to watch her grow!

a true beauty addict, her #lipbomb is impressive for two reasons: 1) olivia obviously plays favorites – nars, buxom, and revlon are each represented multiple times (meaning she clearly believes in those brands, i love the loyalty) and 2) she’s got some limited edition shades in the mix that are no longer available (a girl after my own heart).

this is definitely not the last that we will be seeing of olivia or mane message on this here blog – i’m so thrilled to feature her #lipbomb today!

want to show me your #lipbomb? send it over to

in my new year’s eve clutch

what's in my new year's eve clutch


i woke up in a cold sweat this morning.

not because another year has passed me by at lightning speed. not because i still don’t know what i’m going to wear tonight (or more importantly, what color i’m going to paint my nails), but because i am consumed with concern over how i’m going to pack my itty bitty bag for this evening’s festivities.

when carrying a small bag, i am very picky about what i pack, putting every inch of that precious real estate to excellent use. tonight is like the super bowl of clutch packing – the marathon hours of celebrating and venue hopping call for keeping a complicated survival kit on hand. here’s what made the cut:

i’ll be touching up with revlon’s super lustrous creme lipstick
in berry haute between glasses of champagne.

aerin’s rose lip conditioner and a box of altoid smalls
will make sure i’m fully prepped for that midnight kiss.

i always need to mattify after a spin on the dance floor.
this mini sized make up for ever hd microfinish powder is clutch-friendly
at half the price (and i just toss in a disposable powder puff for application).

kate spade’s twirl rollerball is fresh and flirty,
just what the festive atmosphere calls for!

becca’s beach tint in fig is my current blush of choice.
lucky for me that it’s extra little (i’m loving this duo!)
and takes up next to zero room – plus, it also doubles as a lip color.

a super stylish iphone backup battery will help ensure
that i don’t miss a single happy new year text!

a mane message hair tie (in stylish black glitter) will inevitably come
in handy when my hair gets pulled back into a ponytail well before midnight.

and last but certainly not least, i should mention that i have been saving the cutest of holiday hobos for new year’s eve. i cannot wait to take this little beauty (whose name is twinkle!) out on the town.

so, do tell…are you carrying a tiny bag tonight? more importantly, what’s inside?

my ten favorite product finds of 2012

my vanity, makeup bag, and face see a constant rotation of products. with the volume and frequency of beauty being tested, it can be really tough to hang on to something for longer than a few weeks, let alone give it permanent residence in my bathroom’s beauty basket. low and behold, some products do actually stand the test of time. here are ten products that i posted about in 2012 that are still in my daily routine:

my ten favorite product finds of 2012

1. urban decay’s naked foundation is my go-to for a flawless face; i use it every day and i am still loving the semi-matte finish.

2. dr. lipp’s nipple balm for lips is a godsend for chapped lips; when all else fails, i know this will get the job done!

3. pattern body wash’s balance of effective cleaning and hydration makes it a permanent favorite in our coed shower. i love the scents and feel like i’m doing something good for my skin when i’m lathering up.

4. oribe’s dry texturizing spray is better than the best dry shampoo. it continues to make day two hair look better than day one. and the scent! yum.

5. sheswai’s nail lacquers come in the most playful shades. i still haven’t found anything that’s easier to apply than these, saving me bundles in salon manicures.

6. deborah lippmann’s the stripper to go is the most ingenious nail polish remover method. the little mitts may be pricy, but their portability and swift polish removal makes them completely worth the expense!

7. i still dab leila lou’s perfume oil in the crook of my elbows daily. the fragrance is flirty, fresh, and light, plus the rollerball makes it easy to travel with.

8. when i cannot stand to look as tired as i feel, tarte emphaseyes inner rim brightener saves the day. i constantly rely on this small wonder to fake eight hours.

9. i will never go back to plain old boring hair ties! olivia’s mane message pretties crop up everywhere, from all around my condo to the depths of my handbags to my car cup holders. you’re sure to always find one on my wrist, too!

10. chanel’s precision eyelash curler has replaced my beloved shu ueumra and proven better than the original. lashes are left perfectly curled without the awkward crimp some other curlers leave behind.

have you discovered anything through the blog that has found a permanent home in your beauty bag this year?

top ten posts of 2012

top ten posts of 2012

10 – josie maran argan matchmaker powder foundation spf 20

9 – brand new nail candy

8 – essie spring

7 – independent beauty

6 – new hair ties and headbands from mane message

5 – photo-ready beauty with nicole of the city girl in me

4 – keep it pretty: diptyque

3 – glossrx: benefit stay don’t stray

2 – my acne arsenal

1 – essie puts a triple-shade twist on the french mani

i love taking a look back at the posts that reigned supreme over the previous year. one thing is for sure: nails are still very popular. i’m so excited about what’s cooking for 2013 and cannot wait to share my new projects and ideas with you in the new year!

what do you want to see more of here in the glossarie?