A Few Favorites

a few favorites Jamie Stone

As a blogger I am lucky enough to test out tons of products but every once in awhile, I come across a few things that I absolutely ADORE.  Right now I’m loving these babies (and you probably will as well):


How to wear purple lipstick

hannah purple lip

The Lorde does it.

lorde purple lips

The queen B does it.

beyonce purple lips

Now I’m not trying to jump to any conclusions, but I’m pretty sure that if I do it, I too will be inducted into the royal family.  Just saying.

Last week, I decided that my adult identity will be that of one with great bone structure (thanks to the magic of contouring and highlighting).  While I haven’t quite figured out what else defines “grown-up Hannah,” I know that she is uber trendy (Uggs with a mini skirt is still a thing, right?).

That is why when I learned that the Pantone color of the year is “Radiant Orchid,” I knew this was a trend that I just could not pass up trying.  While I’m normally a Chapstick kind of girl, I have to say that this purple lipstick is pretty fabulous.


Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense in Pearly Violet

The name does not lie—this color is INTENSE.  Go big or go home, right?  The color was vibrant and violet after just one stroke.  Plus it made my lips feel amaaazing and didn’t smear.  I put this on right before heading out and it lasted all throughout dinner and a glass or two of wine 😉

hannah purple lip 1

Unfortunately, I don’t think this lipstick fulfills my dream of looking more like Ms. Bey, but I am fairly positive that my chances of being adopted by Jay and the Queen just went up a little.  Get at me you two.

Have a beauty trend you’d like to see me try?  Tweet me @han_cran, #beautynewbie, with your suggestion!

Hannah Cranston, Assistant Editor 


Weekend To-Do

beach happy hour

If you live somewhere remotely warm, throw a beach happy hour…sorry east coast (image via Eat Sleep Wear)

beyonce selfie

Go makeup free for either Saturday or Sunday (image via Beyonce’s Instagram)

Blueberry ice cubes

Try freezing fresh fruit in your ice cubes to liven up your water (image via Brit)


Rock a denim jacket with white converse sneakers, old school style (image via Style Me Grasie)


Try this AMAZING “stormy” eye for a night out (image via The Beauty Department)

the cure for anything is salt water

Words to remember (image via Pinterest)

Tuesday Web Candy

tuesday web candy

This is just everything: Merry Christmas, Lady Gaga dressed up as a Christmas treeDailyMail.co.uk

I have a mild obsession with subscription boxes (not kidding) and I love this roundupBuzzfeed.com

Jay and B go vegan until Christmas…this makes them even cooler than before – Vogue.co.uk

These little matchbox candles are just amazing – Luvocracy.com

Beth Behrs PERFECTS the high bun (and looks amazing) – Byrdie.com

I love Shauna’s Art Basel- inspired round upPennyChic.com

Tuesday Web Candy

tuesday web candy

Food trend mania: the RAMEN BURGER has been invented and here’s the recipe – POPSUGAR

Say what you will, I love Beyonce with short hairBeauty Blogging Junkie

8 crazy beauty mistakes you made as a tween (myself included) – BuzzFeed

So, Lindsay Lohan went ahead and became a bloggerRefinery29

How you know it’s time…to break up with your hair stylistBeauty High

I love that InStyle magazine compared their September issue to kittensInStyle