Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FOTD: christmas shopping + sore throats

How to look cute when your voice is failing you, your throat hurts, and the cough struggle is real.

Despite waking up with a sore throat and a bit of a cough, I decided to seize my day off and get some Christmas shopping done. I took my own advice and stopped by the Defend NOLA store on Magazine Street, went my merry way buying up all the cute little children's books in sight at my nearest bookstore, and then finished off the shopping binge with scarves and fancy gift wrap! Here is what I had on my face:

Base: BY TERRY Terrybly Densiliss concealer in No. 5 Desert Beige + ELF Studio Flawless Finish foundation in Sand + RMS BEAUTY Un Cover-Up in 33 for spot concealing + HONEYBEE GARDENS Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation in Luminous to set | Face: PHYSICIANS FORMULA Bronze Booster in Medium/Dark as a contouring blush | Eyes: on the lid SILK NATURALS Forgery (more information about pressing here) + in the crease TOO FACED Nudie from the Natural Eyes palette + brow highlight/set HARD CANDY Brows Now + PHYSICIANS FORMULA Organic Wear Fakeout mascara on the lashes | Lips: ILIA Beauty lipstick crayon in Dress You Up.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

instagram 15: october thru december

1. I went to the Hillsong Conference in NYC and my outfit matched the program. | 2. Aaaand, we ate our way through Manhattan! | 3. Back to N'awlins. | 4. Prospect New Orleans opened! | 5. Repeat after me: Keep Calm and Cary Grant. | 6. My sister and I road tripped it out to Lafayette to see Pastor Judah! | 7. Ogden After Hours | 8. Midterm elections = shocking amounts of Americans for Prosperity ads. | 9. Here is my family's Thanksgiving Day spread! | 10. Arts Council of New Orleans Community Arts Award | 11. Did I mention that it was at Mardi Gras World and that it was my first ime at Mardi Gras world? | 12. Happy Holidays and pretty Christmas tree lights | 13. Project #secretgreensanta | 14. Oysters! | 15. Watched the Victoria's Secret Fashion show and everything was pretty. | 16. A look at Campaign's of Courage for #MusBuilding Day!

Friday, December 12, 2014

holiday gift guide 2014: new orleans gifts

JZ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: #staylocal New Orleans

JZ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: #staylocal New Orleans by jaguar-zinnia

The JaguarZinnias Holiday Gift Guide continues, this time with a New Orleans twist. As many of you know, I live in NOLA and feel strongly about supporting local makers. The #StayLocal movement encourages consumers to keep the holiday dollars in the city by shopping locally. You aren't just supporting your community, you're picking out unique gifts that are bound to surprise your family and friends.

1. LOOMED NOLA Mardi Gras Scarf - $50.00 For those that already have Mardi Gras Perlis polo
2. SMOKE Perfume Gift Box - $35.00 For the incense-burner in your life
3. CAKE FACE SOAPING Postman Daily Lotion - $10 For anyone that wants to keep old man winter at bay
4. COOKING UP A STORM from The Times Picayune - $24.95 For the Food Network junkie
5. DEFEND NOLA Grey Nola Nacular tee - $25.00 For Fresh Meat, Cold Beer, Wine, Liquor, and/or Po-boy enthusiasts
6. MIGNON FAGET Fleur de Lis Black & Gold Glasses - $55.00 For classy Saints fans
7. KREWE DU OPTIC St. Louis in Matte Au Lait to Clear - $195 For yourself, instead of Illestevas
8. Lastly, GIFTCARDS! I recommend GoodEggs, Sucre, or your favorite local bookshop!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

review: rms beauty "un" cover-up 33

RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up #33
So, if you were wondering what I purchased during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness, here is a preview. After months of putting it on my wishlist, I finally caved and decided to purchase the RMS BEAUTY "un" cover-up in shade 33. This should suprise no one, I'm sure. I rave pretty frequently on this blog about RMS Beauty's Buriti Bronzer, Living Luminer, and Lip2Cheek pots. As a concealer and foundation junkie, it was really only a matter of time.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

two months in, thoughts on the Petit Vour subscription box

The last few months have been very hectic for me and it hasn't been until very recently that I've gotten enough of a breather to start blogging again. Sometime in the middle of this blogging hiatus I subscribed to the Petit Vour monthly box. Ignoring a disastrous JustFab order two years ago, this is the first time I've signed up for a subscription service. If you're reading this blog, I'm sure you've heard of Petit Vour, a monthly box filled with luxury vegan beauty. Rave reviews in the green beauty and cruelty-free YouTube community finally made me cave three months ago so here are my thoughts after two months.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

holiday gift guide 2014: stocking stuffers under $30

JZ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: stocking stuffers under 30

JZ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: stocking stuffers under 30 by jaguar-zinnias

Confused about what to stuff in those stockings? Fret not for the JaguarZinnias Holiday Gift Guide is back! I love making these and I think they are pretty useful, so expect a series of recommendations in the next few weeks. If you want to see even more ideas, please make sure to look at my past gift guides here.

1. ASOS Passport Holder with Faux Snake Embossing - $15.16 For the glam jet-setter
2. ALIMA PURE Velvet Lipsticks - $26 For the MAC happy who don't know about the lead
3. MUJI .5mm gel-ink ball point pens - $1.75 For the stationary fiend and list-maker enthusiast
4. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers - $9.99 For kiddos!
5. ILIA Balmy Days - $26 Crowd-pleasing, winter-proofing lip balm for all
6. BADGER Sleep Balm - $5.99 For insomniacs
7. ONE LOVE ORGANICS Morning Glory* - $29.00 For skincare junkies
8. ECOTOOLS Essential Eye set - $7.99 For eye shadow beginners

* Note: wrong picture. I haven't even tried the Supercritical Chia.

Monday, December 8, 2014

review: first aid beauty ultra repair cream

The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in its 2oz tube form.

On a serious mission to find a REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream alternative, I picked up First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. The consistency of the cream moisturizer was on the money and the brand came highly recommended from my sister and cruelty-free beauty bloggers alike.

Friday, December 5, 2014

currently channeling: armani fw14 muted, greige-y plums

I'm all about simple, feminine makeup and I've been especially inspired by looks at Armani FW14. If you have hazel eyes like me, you will love this. It's all about a sheer wash of color on the eyes and a natural, berry stain. I have strong brows as is, but feel free to fill in your arches as needed!

OPTION 1. Natural, low-toxic, and cruelty-free: RMS BEAUTY Buriti Bronzer on the lash line (don't take it up, it will crease) and layer on the sheerest wash of SILK NATURALS Forgery + PACIFICA Stellar Gaze mascara in Stardust + FRENCH GIRL ORGANICS Cerise sheered out and blotted on the lips.
OPTION 2: Drugstore and cruelty-free: mix the greys in the PHYSICIAN'S FORMULA Canyon Classics quad and layer a wash of the highlight shades from the PHYSICIAN'S FORMULA Riviera Shimmer Strip palette + PRESTIGE My Biggest Lashes mascara + MILANI Plumrose sheered out and blotted on the lips.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WTTT: balmain cuffs

The holidays are upon us! 'Tis the season for bold, cuff bracelets, people. I really liked the gold-toned cuffs at Balmain SS15. The white enamel version was a perfect accent to the glamorous, long-sleeved gowns. I think the styling is key here, but the good news is that type of cuff is relatively easy to find at thrift stores. I've seen cuffs with enamel or lucite, both of which would be lovely as a bold but minimal pieces.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

review: greenbody deodorant

The GREENBODY Tea Tree & Rosemary deodorant didn't work for me. I have no intentions of keeping you guys in suspense here. It was an absolute disaster.