My Brow Routine with Evian Facial Spray

My Brow Routine with Evian Facial Spray on Monogrammed Magnolias

I’ve always been self conscious of my brows. I had an accident when I was little that left me with scar tissue behind my right brow. So naturally I’ve spent countless hours in meaningless worry over them. That’s before brows even became a thing too. I never found anyone I trusted enough to wax my brows because I worried (yet again) about the special precautions around my scar. In college, with Cara Delevingne all the rage, I decided to take matters into my own hands and get an at-home waxing kit. My life was forever changed.

Now, I’m no professional but I’ve had years of practice so I thought now would be a good time to share my “perfect” brow routine as well as a few tips and tricks.

My Brow Routine with Evian Facial Spray on Monogrammed Magnolias

Step 1: Prep

First things first, gather everything you’ll need. I use the MOOM Organic Eyebrow Shaping Kit (under $10 and lasts so long!) which includes a squeezable tube of wax, reusable fabric strips, and wooden applicators. Throw in a pair of great tweezers (I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills ones but only because they came in a kit. They’re amazing though!), a spoolie, an extra compact mirror, and my secret weapon, Evian Facial Spray!

After you’ve gathered everything you need, the next thing to do is wash your face! You don’t want any makeup, dirt, or oil to get in the way. It could prevent the wax from adhering properly. To ensure everything’s good to go, I use a bit of Evian Facial Spray. Paired with a cotton pad, this hydrating facial spray delivers powered micro-droplets of pure Evian® natural spring water. That helps to clean my brows and the surrounding area without adding extra product or oil to my skin.

Step Two: Get Cha Wax On

Now on to the main event. I like to warm up the wax a bit by rolling the tube around in my hands. My body heat warms the wax so that it’s easier to work with. That’s a whole lot better than hot wax in my opinion. Once it’s all warmed up that’s when the real fun begins. Like I said before, I’ve been doing this a while so I know what sort of shape I’m looking for from the get-go. If you’re just starting you might want to begin by mapping out the shape you want before applying the wax.

My Brow Routine with Evian Facial Spray on Monogrammed Magnolias

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You map out your shape just as this picture shows. You can us a pencil, eyeshadow brush, or a wooden applicator from the wax kit. It’s all about lining up with your facial features, don’t let it scare you.

Now is time to break out the wax. I love how easy this particular wax is to apply. It’s a sugar wax so if you mess up, all you have to do is wipe it away with a bit of water. To apply, just squeeze a bit of wax out and spread directly onto the area, going with the hair growth (downward). Then I use the wooden applicator to smooth the fabric strip across the wax. When you’re ready, pull against the hair growth (upward). If you’re sensitive to inflammation or redness, like me, you can try taking an ibuprofen 30 minutes before waxing to help.

My Brow Routine with Evian Facial Spray on Monogrammed Magnolias

Step 3: The Finishing Touches

When I’m all done with the wax there are usually some stray hairs hanging around so that’s when I go in with the tweezers. It’s no fun but it gets the job done…rhyme not intended but let’s go with it. After all that, I’ll come back to my Evian Facial Spray and handy cotton pad to wipe away any excess wax.

That’s all there is to it! Much better than having to deal with crazy professional prices or judgey eyes when you know you’ve let your brows get too far out of control. It really is like a #AnytimeSpa, especially with the addition of the Evian Facial Spray. By the way, Evian is my secret weapon for more than just brows.

I use Evian Facial Spray before applying face masks and after applying my night balm as the balanced mineral content and micro-droplet mist allows my skin to better absorb hydration from those products. It also comes in handy while traveling as a quick refresh for makeup, hair, and body. I even use the spray while applying my makeup for fun foiling effects with eyeshadow or to even everything out for a more natural, finished look.

Additionally, Evian and I are partnering to offer a giveaway where 20 lucky winners will receive (1) 10 oz. professional size and (1) 5 oz travel size bottle (suggested retail $30.00) of Evian Facial Spray! All you have to do to enter is…

Click Here

xx
Merisa
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Last Minute Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale Guide

Last Minute Guide to the Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale on Monogrammed Magnolias

Happy Saturday! I hope y’all are off to a great start to your weekend. While it’s the start of the weekend, it’s also the start of something else. The holiday season! Say what you will about people who put the cart before the horse, AKA Christmas before Thanksgiving, but this season gets busier and busier earlier and earlier. That’s why I wanted to share a quick, last minute guide to one of the biggest sales of the year! That’s right, the Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale is going on now and you really don’t want to miss these deals. To make things super easy on you, I’ve gathered together some of my favorite designer picks for you to shop through directly from here. All you have to do is use the shoppable widget at the bottom of the page. Saturdays were made for shopping, right?

Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale

Last Minute Guide to the Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale on Monogrammed Magnolias

Micheal Kors Diamond Quilted Vest – Perfect for the little prepster in your in life! Also, a perfect fit with the Hunter rain boots we’ll be talking about in a second.

J. Crew Firefly Necklace – I can’t think of a single outfit in my wardrobe that can’t benefit from a little added sparkle, I bet the same can be said of yours.

Kate Spade Scarlett Moccasin Slipper – There’s just something so luxe about velvet slippers. Who wouldn’t love slipping these on during cold winter mornings?

Jolt Skinny Corduroy Pants – The color of the season…for less than $30?! You really can’t pass these up!

Hunter ‘Original Refined’ High Gloss Rain Boot – Hunter rain boots are classic but this slight stray from the classic colors makes this set a must have.

Thread & Supply Double Breasted Peacoat – You can’t get more classic than a camel peacoat, can you?

Kate Spade Meaghan Leather Card Case – A beautiful blue card case for the girl on the go.

Kate Spade Off the Grid iPhone 6 & 6s – Let’s face it, we have those “wanna be off the grid, but still have my phone glued to my hand” days.

Don’t forget you can shop all of these items through the links and widget above just by clicking! Have a great weekend, y’all. Happy Shopping!

xx

Merisa

 

The Best Deals at the Sephora VIB Sale

The Best Deals at the Sephora VIB Sale on Monogrammed Magolias

I’m going to be completely honest here, this post is my way of recovering from this insane election season. It’s been a rough one. So rough that the only thing I could think of that would cheer me up today was a little retail therapy. When you get in that kind of mindset, well, all roads lead to Sephora.

Which was actually perfect because it just so happens that Sephora’s annual VIB Sale is happening this weekend. That’s right, folks, this weekend! Friday, November 11 through Monday, November 14 to be exact. So, if you’re a part of Sephora’s VIB or Rouge be sure to check your emails and mark your calendars because it’s going down! No need to stress over what to grab. That’s where I come in. Just keep reading to find the best deals Sephora’s VIB Sale has to offer and use the links below to shop the products directly!

VIB Sale Favorites

The Best Deals at the Sephora VIB Sale on Monogrammed Magnolias

Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set – I’m head over heels for Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid lipstick! This is an amazing kit to try out shades from classic to bold.

Value: $80

Retail Price: $49

VIB Price: $39

DryBar The Big Blowout Bundle – I don’t know about you but I’ve had my eyes on the 3-Day Bender curling iron from DryBar for a while now. With that being said, go big or go home, right? Might as well get the bundle!

Value: $434

Retail Price: $299

VIB Price: $239

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Gift Set – Can’t forget the guys in your life during this sale! Spicebomb might be my favorite scent on a guy ever which makes sense seeing as Flowerbomb is probably my favorite perfume. Plus, you can’t really find a cooler bottle.

Retail Price: $95

VIB Price: $76

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – This is a great way to try multiple products from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting range. You get the Ambient Lighting powder, bronzer, 2 blushes, and the new Ambient Strobe Lighting powder. That’s a grab-and-go palette if I’ve ever seen one.

Retail Price: $80

VIB Price: $64

Make Up For Ever Customizable Set – This is a great way to try a new foundation (or just stock up)! In this set you get the MUFE Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer, an Ultra HD Liquid Foundation (in your choice of shade), and the Artisan Brush! Such a great value!

Value: $96

Retail Price: $69

VIB Price: $55

Sunday Riley #SquadGoals Skincare Essentials Kit – I’ve wanted to try the Sunday Riley brand for a while now so through in an essentials kit that claims to be #SquadGoals and I am ALL IN! No questions asked.

Value: $112

Retail Price: $90

VIB Price: $72

Clinique Honey, Honey Lip Set – Fun Fact: Clinque Black Honey Almost Lipstick was my first ever beauty counter purchase. I was 12 and thought it was the greatest thing ever. Well, it was because I’m still using it now. This kit has the extra perks of Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm in both Black Honey and Pink Honey.

Value: $61

Retail Price: $36

VIB Price: just under $29

VIB Sale Under $25

The Best Deals at the Sephora VIB Sale on Monogrammed Magnolias

Tarte Gallery Gals Deluxe tarteist Eyeliner Set – I’m a big gel eyeliner fan so there’s something so intriguing about a gel eyeliner in a squeeze tube. What better way to try the new Tarte eyeliners than with a set that features two different colors and a mini brush?

Value: $28

Retail Price: $19

VIB Price: just over $15

Josie Maran Argan Oil Duo – I’m a Josie Maran Argan Oil freak! Seriously. I’ve been using it since my junior year of college. I’ve never looked back. It’s my winter time moisturizer, my split end mender, my cuticle oil, my everything! I love it. so when I see it in a value pack I buy it. Which makes this duo a must-have for me.

Value: $32

Retail Price: $18

VIB Price: just over $14

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite – Have you tried Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche lipsticks? They’re kind of amazing and getting four in one set makes them extra amazing.

Value: $59

Retail Price: $25

VIB Price: $20 (that’s $5 per lipstick!)

Living Proof Spread Cheer Perfect Hair Kit – Two words. Jennifer Aniston. Yep, that’s all you need to know right? I’m loving picking up bits and pieces of the Living Proof collection to try out and this kit just seems perfect (I mean it’s in the name). It has both a shampoo and conditioner as well as a dry shampoo.

Value: $42

Retail Price: $25

VIB Price: $20

Nails Inc Candy Cane Set – Who doesn’t love nail polish? This kit is great because it features three great colors for the Fall/Winter season. In fact, Kensington High Street was featured in my Fall Nail Polish post a few weeks ago.

Retail Price: $19

VIB Price: a little over $15

fresh Sugar Lip Power Couple – Not gonna lie, I love the fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (I have the rose one on right now as I type this!) but I find it hard to spend $22+ on a lip balm. This kit makes it easier to take because it includes the Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy as well as the Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy. Win, win!

Value: $26

Retail Price: $25

VIB Price: $20

Tangle Teezer Candy Cane – I can’t actually remember what life was like before I discovered the Tangle Teezer. I don’t actually own any other hair brushes. That’s how much I love them! It’s not much of a value buy but they’re amazing so I had to throw it in there. Plus, this version is limited edition for the holidays without being too holiday themed. AKA. no actual candy canes featured on this brush.

Retail Price: $15

VIB Price: $12

Don’t forget to shop the Sephora VIB Sale starting this Friday and lasting through Monday! You can shop all of these products through the links above and keep an eye out on my Twitter where I’ll be sharing more favorite picks from the sale and more.

xx

Merisa

 

 

 

 

Current Obsessions: Halloween Edition

Current Obsessions Halloween Edition on Mongorammed Magnolias

Happy Halloween!!! I hope y’all are up for some tricks and treats today! I’m actually starting a new job working at a local charity shop today so I’m holding out for more treats than tricks. So to encourage the universe a bit in that department I figured I’d start by giving a treat. As a bit of  a bonus today here’s a look at my Halloween themed Current Obsessions.

The Addams Family

I grew up on The Addams Family. I wore out multiple VHS tapes back in my day and was completely in love with the lesser known cartoon version. Somehow, over the years, I managed to lax a bit on my obsession with the ooky and spooky family. However, that has all changed thanks to ABC Family’s Freeform’s 13 Night’s of Halloween. I forgot how good The Addams Family movie and it’s sequel, Addams Family Values, actually were. Maybe it’s just the kid in me but I’m obsessed all over again.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned

As a bonafide 90s kid, I have had a long standing obsession with black lipstick. It was always something I admired on other girls but never something I thought I could ever pull off. That is until I started reading up on my little obsession with these articles on the important history of black lipstick here and here. While this formula isn’t exactly black, more like blackberry, it does push buttons in all the right ways for me. In fact, I love it so much I featured this color in my Beauty Trend: Vampy Lips post earlier this month. You can join me in the (almost) black lipstick obsession by picking up your own KVD Damned here.

The Walking Dead

 

No spoilers but…OMG SEASON 7! It’s crazy, y’all. That season premiere was a rough one but honestly, it all evened out with last night’s episode. In fact, I might go as far as to say that last night’s ep was probably my favorite episode of the hole series and that’s kinda crazy in it’s own right. If you’ve seen it then you probably know what I mean. If you haven’t then I suggest you get on it!

The Last Podcast on the Left

Before I say anything, this podcast is not for the easily offended. Honestly, it pushes my buttons sometimes but it’s comedy so just take it with a grain of salt. At the basis of this podcast is 3 guys who love horror movies, true crime, and all things creepy. Check, check, and check please! The other day I was listening along while doing dishes, typical. It was one of those days though. You know, the kind where things just continually go wrong until you’re just going about your day under a huge pile of ewww. The podcast made me laugh out loud so many times that my mood was instantly lifted with very little effort. It literally saved the day! That’s the sign of a good comedy podcast if you ask me.

What are some of your Halloween obsessions this year? Did you go to a killer party? What costume did you end up going with? Let me know it ALL in the comments!

Happy Halloween!

xx

Merisa

 

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas + Link Up

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas + Link Up on Monogrammed Magnolias

Ahhh! Happy Halloweekend, y’all! I can’t believe Halloween is finally here! We’re keeping things going with the final costume ideas post of the month. What better way to finish this awesome link-up than with last minute costume ideas? I’ve got you covered with costumes for both guys and girls but I’ll take it one step further. I’m lucky enough to team up with my friend Koryn from Pick Your Beau this week so be sure to check out her post here and add any Halloween themed posts of your own to the link-up below.

Holly Golightly – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas + Link Up on Monogrammed Magnolias

This costume is a classic for a reason…it’s fabulous and kind of a breeze. Grab your favorite LBD out of the closet, pull your hair into an updo (like this), throw on ALL the pearls and costume jewelry you own, classic sunglasses & gloves, bonus points for the coffee & croissant!

Chad Radwell – Scream Queens

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas + Link Up on Monogrammed Magnolias

No spoilers here but let’s just say Chad deserves to be your (or your bf’s) Halloween costume this year. Plus, it’d be super easy to pull off. Just raid your grandpa’s golf wardrobe or hit up your local thrift store for all things pastel and preppy. Viola! You’re now a millionaire frat daddy!

Wednesday Addams – The Addams Family

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas + Link Up

Ughh, Wednesday is my spirit animal. Good news is she’s got a pretty easy look to replicate. Start with long pigtails (spray ’em black for the full effect), throw on a black t-shirt dress (wear an oxford underneath or glue on a white collar), deaden the eyes and you’ve got it.

Negan – The Walking Dead

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas + Link Up

Guys, I can’t even begin to talk about the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead. Like I physically just can’t. With that being said, I also can’t bring myself to have hard feelings toward Negan. Maybe it’s just my absolute love of Jeffrey Dean Morgan…scratch that, it’s definitely my absolute love for Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I mean, he’s Denny Duquette, John Winchester, Judah Botwin, and freaking Batman’s dad all rolled into one! But let’s face it, he takes the cake as Negan and you’ll most likely WIN everything if this is your Halloween costume. All you really need is a leather jacket, dark pants and boots, a red scarf, and your very own vampire bat known as Lucille of course.

Party Animals

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas + Link Up on Monogrammed Magnolias

I saved this one for last because, well, it’s my favorite. Throw on your favorite party dress aka that one from formal sophomore year that you saved up all year for but only wore for like 5 hours. Then do your makeup (you can catch a few awesome tutorials here and here) and strategically pile a couple of sticks into your hair! Boom! You’re a bonafide party animal!

I hope this has helped if any of you are stuck on costumes this year. Not gonna lie, I still haven’t nailed down my costume entirely and I need it like tomorrow. What are you going to be this Halloween? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to check out Koryn’s post here.

 


 

xx 

Merisa 

Halloween Couple Costume Ideas + Link Up

Halloween Couple Costume + Link Up on Monogrammed Magnolias

I’m loving sharing all of my favorite Halloween costume ideas with y’all so I thought I’d share some more. This time we’re talking couple costumes. From the super cute to the crazy fun, there’s something for everyone…and I do mean everyone.

There’s also a twist to this week’s post. I’m co-hosting this week’s Halloween Link Up with Kayla from Kayla Blogs! That’s means two things: 1. Be sure to link up any Halloween themed posts you might have down below and 2. Check out Kayla’s take on couple’s costumes here! Now let’s get to it!

JFK & Jackie

I just had to include my dream couple costume…you know, in case someone sees this and actually wants to be a part of a couple with me.

Gomez & Morticia Addams

Now for my second dream couple costume because it always pays to have a backup.

Kermit & Miss Piggy

How fabulous would this be for like a fancy Halloween party at a castle or even the office party? Plus, Miss Piggy is fabulous and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Kahl Drogo & Kahleesi

This costume seriously blows me away! Like, whoa! Sign me up!

Spinelli & TJ from Disney’s Recess

Nostalgia! It’s what Halloween is all about! I mean, come on, who didn’t ship Spinweiler? Detnelli? You get the picture.

Batman & Robin

I was a little taken aback when I was researching for this post and I realized pretty much all the “couple” costumes out there were for a girl and a boy. Well, we all know that’s not always how it goes so I set out on a hunt. This costume is great and literally works for anyone from boys to girls, best friends, babies…anyone can be Batman & Robin!

Poison Ivy & Catwoman

Same goes for these badass babes! Who doesn’t love Poison Ivy and Catwoman. Sure they might not actually go together as a couple but still, they’re pretty awesome together.

Goose & Maverick from Top Gun

Another costume that works for literally everyone! I mean is there even a better duo than Goose and Mav? (I couldn’t actually find a picture of them together though so maybe)

Peter Pan & Tinkerbell

A costume for literally everyone because let’s face it…Peter Pan is usually played by a girl anyway.

Vampires

Who doesn’t love a little vampire action? You can take this costume anyway you want. It can test the boundaries as Dracula and his undead bride or go full glam as The Countess & Donovan of AHS: Hotel fame. You could even crack everyone up as Edward and Bella!

How fun was that? I hope y’all enjoyed them! You can find all of these costumes on Pinterest by the way.

Don’t forget…if you have a Halloween themed post be sure to link it up here and check out Kayla’s post over on kaylablogs.com!


 

Girl You Crazy: Excerpts from My College Diary Part 1

Girl You Crazy: Excerpts from My College Diary Part 1 on Monogrammed Magnolias

You guys, I am literally crying from laughing so hard as I type this.

One of the perks of moving is finding crazy weird things hoarded away in random places that you’ve forgotten. One example being my journal from junior year of college. I was cleaning out my old bedroom when I found it jammed in between an old shoebox and a tote full of winter clothes.

I sat in the floor of my closet reading it for hours and it is just too funny not to share. It does depict all the craziness of my 21st year, after all. So I thought I would switch things up and share a few bits and clips from it’s pages. I don’t even think I’m fully prepared for this level of sharing. However, it’s fun to look back and see just how much has changed in four short years.

Who knows, you could learn a life lesson or two from my mistakes, find it absolutely hilarious (like I do), or you might just wish you could “unknow” some things about me.

August 2012 – Wannabe Elle Woods

“It’s so amazing to be back at school! So much has happened this week, it’s unreal! I pulled together Recruitment Week practically single handedly. Then my sorority voted me as Vice President and I was elected to student government. I also dropped that god-awful creative writing class and realized I have to take the LSAT in February. Speaking of which, I had an interview at a law firm today! Oh, and the Party for a Purpose that I helped plan for the Pink Ladies is tonight. Elle Woods, watch out!”

So sticky sweet I have a toothache just from reading that. Who writes like that in a journal? Let’s back track a bit, that year’s Recruitment Week ended up bombing thanks to a group of troublemakers. I left the sorority by the end of that semester thanks to some crazy drama. So I was a little quick to congratulate myself there. Also, one of my biggest regrets from college is not answering my advisor honestly when she asked why I dropped that creative writing class. The truth was the professor was a sexist ass. Instead I told her I just didn’t like the class. Look at what I’m doing right now…creative writing! It obviously wasn’t the class. I also never took the LSAT because after landing that job at the law firm and spending six months working with eight lawyers, I realized being a lawyer wasn’t for me.

September  2012 – The Crazy Just Keeps Coming

“Just sitting here wondering why there are so many girls on campus who have boyfriends but look like crap every second of the day?! Seriously, they’re all running shorts, cut-off shirts, and no make-up. I wear that around the dorm, maybe to the tanning salon but never ever ever would I wear them on campus 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It’s just not logical. I mean they’re not even pulling the look off. For example, there was this chick at lunch who looked like she just rolled out of bed with Bride-of-Frankenstein hair but across the table from her were two baseball boys flirting their little hearts out?! It just doesn’t make any sense!”

First of all, I swore off judging fellow females based solely on their appearance around age 23 so let me just apologize for vapid Merisa. Second, jealous much? Oh and this actually turned out to be the year I came to my senses and ditched the tanning bed completely so there’s that.

October 2012 – Forever 21

“Birthweek Recap: So aside from being introduced to the fantastic world of 21+ I’ve had an amazing birthweek! From Lawyer Boy and his precious navy suit to getting day drunk with my momma. My awesome friends with their midnight game of Battleshots and the 11th hour birthday wish I’ve realized just how much I have to be grateful for. That’s why I’ve decided to screw the New Year’s Resolution and start my year over at 21. I resolve to stop focusing on the bad in my life and realize that those issues are in the hands of a higher power. There’s no use in me wasting my energy pouting.”

Well, 21 year old me seemed to be headed in the right direction after all. As for the first part, I was fully convinced “Lawyer Boy” wore a navy suit on my birthday for me after I told another secretary navy was my favorite color on a guy. The world my never know if he did or not. I really did get day drunk with my momma. At the same local bar I used to eat Cheerios off the counter of as a baby when she was a waitress there. Also, Battleshots quickly became a campus classic.

“Am I the only one who believes Facebook messages are not a form of courtship?! Come on, guys get with the program…I do not want to start a relationship on “Hey, what’s up?” spelt out in a little instant message block (and that’s if I get the courtesy of correct grammar and punctuation) by someone who just passed me while walking back to my dorm but didn’t have the guts to say anything in person!”

I used the word “courtship” in reference to a college relationship. I obviously still had a lot to learn. Little did I know it would only get worse thanks to Tinder.

Whoa! That was a lot to handle! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. You know, I look back on a lot of those excerpts and can’t believe I’m the same person that wrote them. I guess I’m not though. One thing is for sure, I’m proud of how far I’ve come.

Want to read more from my college diary? Goodness knows there’s plenty more to share! Let me know in the comments or Tweet Me so I know whether to continue the series or not.

xx

Merisa

Beauty Trend: Vampy Lips

Beauty Trend: Vampy Lips on Monogrammed Magnolias

Nothing says autumn beauty to me more than a dark, vampy lip. A dark lip color can be a bit intimidating at times though. That’s why I wanted to walk you through this mega trend and show off a few of my favorites. I’ve got everything from matte to glossy, practically black to shades of berry. There’s something here for everyone so if you’re looking to join in or just wanting to try something new, keep reading!

Beauty Trend: Vampy Lips on Monogrammed Magnolias

Beauty Trend: Vampy Lips on Monogrammed Magnolias

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Hex

I’m obsessed with all of the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks but Hex really hits the spot when it comes to fun, Fall colors. As a Mega Matte shade Hex is not only long lasting but it’s super comfortable too. What’s not to love?

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux

Something for the glossy girls that’s just about as dark and delicious as they come. This Lip Lacquer is long wearing so it’ll take you through even the craziest of Halloween parties.

Beauty Trend: Vampy Lips on Monogrammed Magnolias

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned

Back to the matte-est of mattes with this one. I’m a big Kat Von D liquid lipstick fan. In fact, they’re probably my favorite ones on the market. I was feeling adventurous when I picked up Damned

L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color in 502

I have to admit, what most attracts me to this lip color is the packaging. That’s okay though because it’s actually a really great shade! It’s glossy yet comfortable and perfectly fits into the vampy trend.

Beauty Trend: Vampy Lips on Monogrammed Magnolias

Tarte Lip Surgence Lip Tint in Moody

Consider this a lip color for all the baby vamps out there. If you’re just getting your feet wet with the trend then I suggest a little Moody to get you started. First of all, it’s incredibly easy to apply as it comes in lip crayon then it’s a great dark berry shade that flatters just about every skin tone. You can’t go wrong.

What do you think of this Fall beauty trend? Got a favorite go-to vampy lip color? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more beauty tips and tricks!

xx

Merisa

Halloween Group Costume Ideas + Link Up

Halloween Group Costume Ideas + Link Up on Monogrammed Magnolias

“I remember when I thought group costumes were a good idea. Too much work! And not enough friends.” – Darrell, Bob’s Burgers

Do you feel the struggle of group costumes? Well fear not because we’re sticking with the series from last Friday with a Halloween Group Costume Idea round-up! These next five group costume ideas are sure to be hits and the best part is they can be DIY’d! What could be better than that?

Stranger Things

I accomplished something off my Fall Bucket List the other day, I rewatched Stranger Things, this time with my roommates. We’re all obsessed with those adorable kids. Oh and don’t get me started on Nancy’s subtle 80s fab style. How could you not want to get the gang together, ransack a thrift store, and hot the Halloween party as the hottest crew on TV Netflix.

Troop Beverly Hills

Remember Kim Kardashian’s Troop Beverly Hills baby shower a while back? Yea, she totally stole that from me, except it was my Pinterest-fueled imaginary bachelorette party but still. Whatever, it’s cool, I’m over it. However, that’s not going to stop me from dreaming up a full blown Troop Beverly Hills fantasy #girlsquad Halloween.

Clue

Okay, okay, I might have more of a thing for the 80s than I originally thought but how perfect would the cast of Clue be for a group costume? Whether you’re a fan of the board game, the movie, or both (like me!) you can find something for everybody in this costume. Personally, I’ve always been a Miss Scarlet myself…in the ballroom, with the candlestick.

American Horror Story

I’m a huge AHS fan, just take a peek at my Twitter feed on any given Wednesday for proof. I can’t help thinking how amazing it would be to get a group together and go as the characters from any of the anthologies. While everyone would be clamoring over Tate and Moira from Murder House you could give me a leopard jacket, ripped stocking, I’ll nix the under eye concealer and you can call me Hotel’s Hypodermic Sally. Viola!

Power Rangers

Did you see that trailer? I watched it without sound the first time and it was still amazing! Of course, that’s coming from someone who had two Power Ranger birthday cakes, endless episodes on VHS, and the pink ranger Barbie so I might be a little biased. What an epic throwback though! Oh and just my two cents here but Mighty Morphin or nothin’.

Well there you have it, y’all! Fire up the group texts, find your local thrift store, and get to it! Oh, but in the meantime, don’t forget to check out the linkup below!


xx

Merisa

 

 

My Favorite Bloggers to Follow on Snapchat

My Favorite Bloggers to Follow on Snapchat on Monogrammed Magnolias

Is it just me or has everyone fled from Snapchat in favor of Instagram stories? Personally, I just don’t get it. Then again I am the girl that’s only recently gotten the hang of the whole Snapchat thing anyway. Whatever the deal is I feel like there’s less and less going on in my Recent Stories feed. However, there are some shining stars who deserve many praises and ALL the follows. All me to introduce them to you.

Helene In Between@heleneinbetween

  • Currently settling in to her new home in Heidelberg, GERMANY! — AKA getting to live out an incredible European adventure vicariously through each snap. Plus, I literally squealed with glee when Helene announced that they finally found the perfect place to live! So exciting!
  • Cute dogs frequently featured — I can’t get enough of the Sula kids, Millie & Hugo. They’re adorable.
  • Great blogging tips & BTS — Helene is known for her kickass advice but she offers a bit of an inside view of her blog, Instagram, and Blog Boss Babe network to her Snapchat followers that you can’t get anywhere else.
  • Occasional EDM dance parties — That’s just good old fashion fun, people.

The College Prepster@collegeprepster

  • So relatable! — I’ve been following Carly’s blog since I was in high school so I feel like I’ve grown up with her and getting to see the behind the blog bits of her life makes me so proud.
  • Cute relationship — this goes back to feeling like I’ve grown up with Carly, but I love seeing her and Garret’s relationship! It makes me so happy to see them happy!
  • Cute dogs frequently featured — Carly got Teddy right around the same time I got my dog, Tucker so now even our dogs are growing up together. Oh and we can’t forget (not so) little Hamilton!
  • The fashion — I live for Carly’s OOTDs, even if she’s just running into the city for a meeting or heading up the coast with Sarah Vickers and KJP. I LIVE!

The Stripe@grace.atwood

  • NYC adventures — even when she’s sick Grace still manages to take us along for the ride through some fabulous NYC events.
  • BTBS — in case you haven’t caught on, I’m a big fan of behind the blog scene snaps and Grace truly delivers in that department.
  • Relatable — Zero shade intended but when I see Grace groaning about her messy apart or grabbing a hotel room just to shoot for a campaign I feel 100% better about the awful lighting, judgey neighbors, and clutter that I have to deal with in my apartment. She understand my struggle!
  • Cute cat frequently featured — breaking from the pattern a bit here but I love seeing the fluffy little guy pop up in snaps nonetheless.

Cristina Was Here@cristina.snaps

  • Blog Friend — I’m in a few of the same blogger centric Facebook groups as Cristina so I’ve been following along with her blog for a while and following her on Snapchat just ads a whole new dimension to our blogger friendship!
  • Story Time — Cristina makes telling a story directly to the camera look so easy.
  • BTS – I love seeing bits behind the scenes of Cristina Was Here. In fact, I’m still mesmerized by her blog photo process.
  • Cute dog occassionally featured — Keeping the streak going!

Embracing Twenty Something@embracing20s

  • Branded snaps! — Kelsey’s stories are serious #GOALS! As soon as I see peachy-pink writing or background in a snap I know it’s Kelsey’s! That’s what you want your audience to do, right? The effort she goes into definitely does not go unnoticed.
  • Completely unique — This is kind of a continuation of the whole branded snapchat thing but I’m just so impressed and I don’t follow anyone that does it even close to Kelsey so that’s definitely a plus.
  • Cute little M frequently featured – Honestly, I can’t remember what role Kelsey plays in M’s life, I think she’s her nanny. It doesn’t really matter because they are freaking adorable together and I get such a kick out of it.
  • #ImWithHer — Kelsey is not afraid to go there when it comes to politics. She’s been very open about her political opinions and that’s something that keeps me coming back for more. It’s inspiring!

I love these girls and I think you will too. Go give them a follow! Oh and while you’re at it, you can follow me on Snapchat too by searching @angelmerisa23 or screenshotting the snapcode in the sidebar.

xx

Merisa