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March, 15, 2016

Spring Beauty Buys…

spring-beauty-makeup-buys-nordstrom^^Eyeshadow Pallette: MAC | Blush: Gaiety by NARS | Concealer: Vanilla by NARS | Liner: Soar by MAC, Lipstick: Snob by MAC

Here are a few new buys and some refills I picked up in the beauty department over the weekend. Refills: Gaiety blush and Vanilla concealer. Gaiety is a gorgeous peony pink blush that is subtle and feminine. I use the concealer under my eyes and for any areas of my face that I want to highlight when I’m contouring.  New Buys: this gorgeous eyeshadow pallette (I love the soft pinks and deeper purple tones) and a new neutral pink lip combo that you can see me wearing in yesterday’s post.

lamer-gradual-self-tanning-lotion lamer-self-tanning-lotion^^Self Tanning Lotion: LaMer

Spring time means warmer temps and bare legs! I picked up this LaMer Gradual Tanning Lotion so my legs don’t look so white in all my dress and skirts. I’ll let you know how I like after I use it for awhile but so far so good!

nordstrom-diamond-stud-earrings^^Earrings: Nordstrom

Ok I know this isn’t a beauty item but these earrings have been a staple in my accessory drawer since I was in high school. There’s nothing I love more than simple and classy diamond stud earrings. Through the years, I have lost at least a dozen pairs so I’ve found myself replacing them every so often but they’re worth it!!!

I absolutely love living in Utah but for some reason I really struggle during January and February (and apparently March). Utah is one of the most beautiful places in the world (9 months out of 12) but during these three months it SO dreary. Old dirty snow everywhere, the inversion hits, it’s really just grey outside, all the plants are dead, and on top of that it’s freezing outside. This might sound crazy but I swear I get a little down during these months (has this ever happened to any of you??) and this year has been the worst because Isla and I have both been so sick and because of the inversion that creates poor air quality so we’ve been cooped up in the house with no sunshine.

Over the weekend the sun FINALLY came out and it was warm (in the high 60’s, yay). Getting a glimpse into spring gave me a little pep in my step and made me want to get out of the house and pick up some fresh new beauty items for the new season! I also picked up this dress I wore yesterday along with this one too! Cute options for Easter Sunday!!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!!

xo, Rach

  1. Fashion724 says:

    Wonderfull Earrings

  2. Rach says:

    Good to hear the weather finally changing! I would be the same way too and get inspired to buy new things for the season! Love your new beauty buys!

  3. Libby says:

    I experienced the “winter blues” in college around this time of year – it’s the same type of weather in Iowa, very dreary and still freezing cold. Taking Vitamin D supplements helps and just being around friends and family seems to lift me up :) Hope it gets better for you!

    Stylin’ Iowan Blog

  4. All of these products look amazing!
    I also definitely know what you mean about the weather.
    When I am studying day-in, day-out in the library and it’s freezing, dark, and grey outside, I definitely feel myself getting in a rut.
    Can’t wait for spring!!


  5. bshujewelry says:

    Weather has such a huge influence on our mood and those gray winter months make me very tired and down as well. Better times are just around the corner :)

  6. Prudence says:

    The colors on the eyeshadow palette look really versatile for various occasions, love it! Pretty earrings too, simple for so elegant!


  7. Chicago is gross January-March, too. Just blahhh!! But we’ve had some spring teaser days, too and I cannot wait for the weather to warm up again!!

    All the Cute
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  8. You are totally not crazy to feel down during these months – you may have a mild form of Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is basically a depression caused by the weather/seasons. You can Google it, it’s a real thing! I have it too but everything gets better once the sun comes back out!

    Hope you and Isla are on the mend for the rest of the season!

  9. vera says:

    I need to try the lip color snob! Great buys. Glad you’re feeling better.

    Blonde in Cashmere

  10. Love that eyeshadow palette! Such nice colors for spring.

  11. Jen says:

    So nice to see your beautiful posts again. Thanks for your honestly about the winter blues. I live in the northeast and this happens to me as well. To ease things my family doc recommended a 10,000 LUX light which you can buy online or in a medical pharmacy. It replaces the good light that is lacking this time of year, and lets you absorb it without any harmful effects you won’t get a tan or a sunburn or be exposed to harmful UV’s. There are many different types my experience is to go for the expensive ones. they’re bigger and better quality. You just need to sit with it for 20 minutes at a morning usually when you are first up and get settled you can even catch up on some emails and have it aiming at a certain angle that it will tell you about in the instruction and voilà it really helps . I haven’t had the winter blues badly at all since I’ve had this late it’s scientifically proven in medical journals to work it’s not a fad or anything like that it’s medically proven. The trick is to consistently sit near the light 20 minutes per day every day. It’s gives off the same light as a reading light. But it’s the good stuff your body is missing.

  12. Mollie says:

    I would love to see you do some kind of go-to everyday makeup look. I always love your beauty style, so it’s fun to see your latest picks!

    xoxo Mollie

  13. Hillary says:

    I definitely get seasonal depression living in Chicago (I also escaped to Hawaii at the end of January which helped!) but I had to google this “inversion” thing. Sounds awful!!! Hoping we all get better weather very soon!! Be well! :)

  14. Sara Kate says:

    I used to live in a snowy place and it was the same way! Every year everyone would get really down during the winter months because it’s so grey out. Hang in there, it’s normal. This post is beautiful!

    Sara Kate Styling

  15. Yael steren says:

    That eyeshadow palette is so pretty!! I want to try it out!! Thanks for sharing! xx Yael

  16. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Beautiful and precious items … The essentials to beauty! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  17. Jane says:

    I know exactly how you feel. February was brutal for me this year. Sick with colds, grey skys, feeling cold all the time. This past weekend I feel like I broke free.

  18. Jenessa says:

    I live in utah too and I for sure get the winter blues! I am happy to hear things are lightening up for you though!

  19. Tasha Juli says:

    I’m curious to see how you like the La Mer tanning lotion. And yes, dreary weather has affected my mood, too. Hope you feel better soon!
    Tasha Juli

  20. Lesley says:

    Love the earrings!!! So gorgeous!!!

  21. Caroline says:

    I think that a lot of people go through that same feeling this time of year. I know that I do. Spring will be here soon though!! :-) I recently bought a travel size of that NARS concealer and I love it so far. That lipstick is so pretty and I love that eyeshadow palette. Oh and those earrings are beautiful. My husband bought me a new pair (I had been wearing the same pair since I was 19) to match my engagement ring and I wear them every day. They are my absolute favorite thing in the entire world. :-) Well, thanks for sharing and I hope that you have a wonderful day today! :-)

  22. Kim says:

    Those earrings are stunning! Love posts like this

    Kim .. skater skirt!!

  23. Heather says:

    I live in the midwest where the winter months are just as you described. This year I got one of the seasonal affective disorder therapy lights and it literally changed my life. I don’t have a diagnosis of SAD but I feel all of us benefit from light and sunshine. I got the curex Day Light on amazon and it is the best thing I ever did.

  24. Monika says:

    Such nice little things!

  25. Ann-Louise says:

    Love that Nars palette, it has all the colors you need!

  26. Lindsey says:

    Love the NARS concealer, I use it everyday and it’s amazing!

    Stay Styled,


    IG: stay_styled

  27. Alyssa says:

    Love all of these beauty picks! i must try the NARS eyeshadow pallatte. xx

  28. Rachel says:

    I love having several stud earrings too because they go great with anything! That color pallet is gorgeous as well. I live in Utah County as well and the cold, old snow, and inversion really is the worst! Right now everyone in my house (including myself) is sick and it really does effect your mood! I am hoping for warmer days ahead though and looking forward to having my baby boy in May! There ‘s always as beautiful silver lining right? I just want you to know that I love your blog and it really is a great, positive place to visit. :)

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  29. I get sad in the winter, too! I’m so glad you had nice weather this weekend to help you feel a little better!

  30. Those earrings are beautiful!! Need to add them to my wish list!

    Lauren xo // The Right To Remain Fabulous

  31. brett says:

    loved this post! would love to see more like this! thanks for sharing!

  32. Lucy says:

    Those eyeshadow colours look gorgeous!

  33. Sarah says:

    I’ve never used La Mer but would love to try!

    x Sarah

  34. Love the pink lipstick- pink my always my favorite!
    xo, Ashley

  35. Sam says:

    I was like this a few months back, I just got down and kinda depressed and was basically just miserable. You may already know this but add a vitamin d supplement to your daily routine. It boosted my mood and helped balance my body when I was adjusting to the lack of D I was getting from the sun :)

  36. Paula says:

    I love this glimpse into spring as well. Love that color palette of the makeup too!


  37. tara says:

    I love this post! I totally agree with you about the cold and dreary weather. I grew up in California and got the winter blues every year november until about march. Its it not only bone chilling freezing and the dirty snow but it is ALWAYS dark. The darkness is the very worst. I live in California now and never feel that winter slump. It sounds like you need some good vitamin D and a sunny vacation!
    I love those earrings I just ordered them!
    Xo, Tara

  38. Emma says:

    The Nars blush shade is gorgeous! In Spring i definitely love my Urban Decay Concealer and a pale pink blush!
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | GIVEAWAY | Win Makeup Geek, Morphe & More

  39. Emma says:

    The Nars blush shade is gorgeous! In Spring i love my Urban Decay Concealer and a pale pink blush.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | GIVEAWAY | Win Makeup Geek, Morphe & More

  40. Serein says:

    That La Mer cream! Also beautiful palette and earrings

  41. Hannah says:

    I’m in Utah as well! I totally feel you. The early months are the hardest. Especially on my white, dry skin! Ugh. I’m excited to see your review on La Mer! I’ve heard good things!

  42. Great post, love the items you got, hope you start feeling a bit brighter soon!


  43. Julia says:

    You got lovely spring bits! I love the Nars blusher, the colour is absolutely stunning. The earrings are beautiful as well, I’m looking for a classic pair of studs like that so this is exactly what I need!

    Julia x
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  44. emily says:

    i’ve wanted to try this la mer! xo

  45. Kyla says:

    What was your favorite spring look this year?

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

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