Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, you guys! It’s been a very long week and I’m excited to do some serious relaxing this weekend, and perhaps enjoy an out-of-control ice cream sundae (see #1 below). I’m even more excited to go wedding dress shopping with my friend Sarah, who’s getting married next summer. Yay! What are you up to this weekend? Before you take off on any adventures, here are a few fun links for you to enjoy.

Insane milkshakes, Oribe's new beauty line, and all the things you're not doing this summer

1. Local restaurant Vivo 53 is adding some insane sundaes to their menu. Topped with everything from ice cream sandwiches to macarons, they are truly a sugar coma waiting to happen. Who’s going to help me eat one? (425 Magazine)

2. I really loved this post about breaking out of routines that may be holding you back. As a creature of habit, I can totally relate. (Gal Meets Glam)

3. Oribe is expanding their horizons with a makeup collection and skincare line! I’m definitely going to need every single product. (Allure)

4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered last week, and with that, J.K. Rowling claims Harry’s story is now officially over. Hmm…we’ll see. (Vanity Fair)

5. This list of things everyone but you is doing this summer will make you laugh. (Medium)

Have a great weekend!

♥ Mil


The Beauty Brief

Oribe Balm d'Or, Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Julep Lip Oil

Hey there, beauty lovers! I’ve been trying out a ton of new products lately (the seasonal shift has me switching up my beauty routine…plus, I’m a hopeless addict) and I’m excited to give you the scoop on an incredible lip oil, a heat styling balm, and the best foundation primer in all the land. Let’s dive into this month’s edition of the Beauty Brief!

The best primer EVER.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is pricey, but it is hands down the best primer I have ever put on my face. And guys, I have tried a ton of primers! It’s silky soft, blends into my skin seamlessly without leaving any residue or stickiness, and keeps my foundation in place all day. Not just all of the workday, but literally ALL day. I hardly ever need to touch up my foundation anymore! My skin is on the dry side, so I’m not sure how well this would work for someone with oily skin. But I will use this stuff forever. As for the price issue, my advice is to purchase the travel size, which will last you a freakishly long time anyway. Then you can decide if you want to splurge on the full size version.

Oribe Balm d'Or Heat Styling Shield

As someone who is hopelessly devoted to the Oribe brand – it’s been suggested that I could easily open an Oribe store with the products in my bathroom – I didn’t like Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield as much as I thought I would. I expected it to make my hair super sleek and shiny, and it was kind of a letdown on that front…for heat styling, I prefer Oribe Royal Blowout Spray. But Balm d’Or does smell amazing (as all things Oribe do) and surprisingly, it makes my hair feel much thicker. Strange, but I’ll try using it in conjunction with a curling iron instead of just a blow dryer and see if that steps up the sleekness factor.

You need this lip oil/lip stain in your life

Julep is killing it lately, and their new lip oil – appropriately named Your Lip Addiction – is amazing. So many lip oils out there are thick and sticky, and this one is weightless, shiny, and smooth, instantly infusing your pout with much-needed moisture. It’s described as having a sheer tint of color, but if you ask me, it’s really more of a stain that lasts for hours. Most colored lip products tend to accentuate dryness, but this one does the opposite by soothing and magically retexturizing your lips. It’s so, so good (and in my opinion, better than the Hourglass lip oil). Do yourself a favor and try it!

What’s in your makeup bag these days? Are there any beauty products you’ve been dying to try?

♥ Mil


The Beauty Brief

The Beauty Brief

Good morning, beauty lovers! Welcome to this month’s edition of the Beauty Brief. We have many important matters to discuss, like the most luxurious face oil, the secret to a long-lasting manicure, and how to make your hair really, really, ridiculously soft.

The Beauty Brief // Herbivore Orchid Youth Preserving Facial Oil

First up is Herbivore Orchid Youth Preserving Facial Oil, which is hands-down the best facial oil I’ve ever tried. A luscious blend of jasmine oil, camellia oil, and orchid extract, it’s super rich and hydrating without feeling heavy. It’s also 100% natural. Packed with essential fatty acids and nourishing vitamin E, I promise it will leave your face smooth, dewy and luminous. Ah, the glow of youth…is really the glow of a good facial oil. Side note: it has a very strong jasmine scent, so if scented products bother you, this may not be up your alley!

The Beauty Brief // Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray

You guys know of my ongoing love affair with Oribe, and my current favorite is this Soft Dry Conditioner Spray. Typically I can’t go more than a day without washing my hair, but if I’m trying to preserve a blowout (or if my hair just needs a little pick-me-up), this stuff is a godsend. Everyone knows about dry shampoo, but this dry conditioner is just as awesome! It’s amazingly light for a conditioner, and it actually contains superfine powders to absorb excess oil. Seriously, give this a try and thank me later. Your hair will be softer than a baby bunny in a cashmere sweater.

The Beauty Brief // Julep Freedom Polymer Topcoat

A reliable top coat is one of those things that I never thought that much about – it’s necessary but boring, like car insurance or a good umbrella. But after hearing that others experience chipping after just a few days, I realized that I may have inadvertently hit the top coat jackpot. So here’s the scoop: Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat is the key to a long-lasting manicure. It’s a bit more liquid-y than your average top coat, but it dries really quickly to a high-gloss finish. My manicure usually won’t chip for about ten days, but sometimes it’ll last as long as two weeks!

The Beauty Brief

What beauty products are you loving right now? Have you tried anything new lately (good or bad)? Share your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Mil

The Beauty Brief (& 100th Post!)


I’m excited to introduce a new series today…welcome to the first-ever edition of the Beauty Brief! Think of it as the beauty version of the President’s Daily Brief, except not top secret (and not daily). I’ll be reviewing new products as well as raving about some of my longtime favorites. So without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff!

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If you ask me, Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray is indisputably the best hairspray ever created. It’s also probably my favorite hair product of all time. While its more famous cousin Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray gets most of the glory, this lesser-known product remains the unsung hero of the hairspray world. It somehow transforms my fine strands into thick, lustrous, bombshell-level hair, all while keeping my hair soft and totally brushable. In fact, brushing this through your hair after spraying it on from roots to ends only seems to strengthen its power. It just sort of settles into your tresses and magically imparts them with incredible body. Go try it and thank me later!

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I am deeply regretful that we don’t yet have the technology to smell things through a computer screen, because GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment smells absolutely amazing–like beachy, coconut-infused paradise. In the depths of winter, this is the perfect way to restore your dry skin’s faith in humanity. Let it sit on your face for 10-20 minutes and then rinse off; you’ll be left with soft, smooth, intensely moisturized skin. Alternatively, leave it on overnight for even deeper hydration.

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I hunted for bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Buttercream Lip Gloss in stores for several weeks before realizing it was an Ulta exclusive! Made with shea, avocado and murumuru butters, this gloss feels just as good as it looks; it’s creamy, not sticky, and it stays on for hours. My favorite shade is Cha-Ching Cherry, a deep, sexy red.

In other news, today marks our 100th post on South by Northwest! If this were a TV show, we could go into syndication and get rich…but alas, we are a humble blog, so we will just keep posting instead (at least until someone buys the rights to our lives and offers us a TV deal…kidding, kidding)! Thank you so much to all of you who’ve been reading along throughout the past five months. It’s been a blast getting to know you guys—you’re the chocolate to our peanut butter, the surf to our turf, the dip to our chips…ok, so these are all food-related. That’s just how we do.

Blogging wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without you lovely people. So whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or this is the very first time you’re stopping by (hello!), we want to say thank you for all your love, support and sweet comments. You guys rock!

Here's to the next 100!

Here’s to the next 100!


♥ Mil & Jules

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