Beauty Review, New Music & A Few Favs I Found This Morning

“They’re Real!” 

How many times have we heard this from celebrities, friends and your friend’s sister?

If I had a quarter for every time I heard a person exclaim, “They’re real!” I would never have another laundry worry for the rest of my life, however I also use to live in L.A. where, “They’re real” is heard all too often usually followed by, “I swear.”

 Yeah, Yeah, give me a quarter.

I am a full believer in “natural” beauty and accentuating your natural features however a little extra boost in the small areas never hurt anybody!

That brings me to They’re Real! Mascara Beyond Mascara by Benefit


I was skeptical upon receiving this little tube because I’ve heard mixed reviews about it.

This is what Benefit says their product will do for your Lashes


“They’re real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!”


What I am about to write does not deflect from their perfectly pink written words on their website.

When I pulled the wand out of the tube it made that wonderful suction noise cleaning the brush of all the excess formula that destroys our lashes when not removed.

The brush is made of tiny, plastic, spaced out bristles



and the formula has a thicker consistency but because of the brush and the way the tube cleans the brush as it is pulled out it provides smooth application.

The way I applied the mascara is from root to tip with a side to side motion.  I feathered my outer eye lashes outward while keeping my lashes in the center swooped upward.

There is a significant difference that I saw when using this mascara!

Eyelashes were not thick but long and curled.  I am a fan of very black mascara and it provides dark, elongated lashes that open up the eyes.  

I do love this mascara for a night out; I have deemed it my Saturday Night Mascara!

On to the next piece of news:

Featuring HAIM- I fell in love with them today!

A new playlist to listen to today!  

What’s listed:

Cups by Anna Kendrick

Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey

Royals by Lorde

The Wire by Haim

Drug Dealer Girl by Mike Posner

Shake by The Head and The Heart

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

And last but not least, some fun things I found this morning



Bold Rainbow druzy quartz point bullet necklace- $22 





Always Be Yourself Print- $33


Marc by Marc Jacobs Natural Selection Distressed Alicia Bag

Killer bucket bag for fall!

xx gorgeous!




What Rocked My World!

What a fun and beautiful week it has been starting off with a trip to San Francisco and ending with sunshine (finally!) by the beach here in Laguna.

Here’s what rocked my world this week:



Starting our vacation off right at the Ale House in LIvermore, Ca. with champagne and a great selection of beers, not to mention there AH-MAZE-ING burgers!



We made it up to watch my San Francisco Giants! Even thought they lost to the Cubbies, I still got my garlic fries and baseball Beer!

Go Giants!



While I was up in Northern California I put my bartending skills to use by making this awesome, refreshing drink.  It was perfect for the ladies sipping inside prepping the food for dinner while the boys played games and BBQ’d outside!


Watermelon (blend watermelon and water in a blender then strain through mesh strainer into a bowl)

Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Simple Syrup ( Heat 1 part water over stove add 1 part sugar to hot water and stir until dissolved)

Tequila (or vodka) of your choice.  I used Azul Reposado (don’t let the label fool you, it’s amazing and a great deal!)

Shake and strain over ice

garnish with lime wheel and mint

and DRINK!



While we were at my sister’s house we were able to harvest peaches from your peach tree!  Fresh bellini’s, marmalade and cobbler?? Yes, please!



I loved my nail polish choices for my mani-pedi;  I went with Cajun Shrimp (OPI) for my toes and Naughty Nautical (Essie) for my finger tips!



Staying fit and working out is part of my every day routine.  One of the best purchases I have ever made for my workouts (besides my speed jump rope) are these Nike Free Bionics.  I am not a Nike girl normally however after reading the reviews and finding out it’s the closest you can get to barefoot (with some support) without those silly finger shoes I had to try them!  I sprint, cross train, jump rope and weight train with these shoes, no soreness and they are so light!



Summer has inspired me to get creative with local products from Laguna Beach.  Known for it’s artsy community, Laguna Beach has the best bead stores with everything you can think of like pure jade, glass beads, hemp and an array of pendants that keeps you in the store.  With that inspiration I have started a MerBabe collection of bracelets featuring hemp, orange matte, coral, blue and green hued beads!  Perfect to wear all day every day!



While at my sister’s house I was finally able to meet her beautiful Bernese Mountain PUPPY Roosevelt!  This little bear is one of the smartest puppies I have every been around earning nicknames like Roo-cifer and Fe-Roo-cious!



After searching for the perfect maxi-beach dress that isn’t mint, aquamarine or teal (because the majority of my wardrobe consists of these colors) I have finally found it!  Driving by my favorite store in Laguna Beach, Muse, I saw this number hanging in the window and went in right away to buy it!  A gorgeous red and deep red maxi with cutouts, it screams summery and effortless and perfect for a summer night out!



I came across these mermaid-y shoes on Etsy by ShoeFreakz!  I love how versatile these are and might pare them with the maxi dress above for an event this summer!


That’s all for this week gorgeous!

Have an amazing August weekend!