Beauty Banter

Fall Midi Dress and Olive Trench …


Orange Midi Dress: Similar HERE and HERE | Olive Trench Coat: Similar HERE and HERE | Open Toe Booties: Similar HERE and HERE | Foundation: HERE | Lip Combo: LINER, LIPSTICK, & LIP GLOSS | Eyes: PALETTE, LID SHADE & MASCARA | Blush: PALETTE ONLY $10 | Highlight: HERE | Bronzer: HERE


Well hello November! You sure crept up on me! I think it’s true what they say.. time goes by way faster as you get older because this year flew! I still talk about things that happened at the beginning of the year like they happened last month! read more


Casual Spring Weekend Outfit + 3 Things I’…

Ah Monday, we meet again and this time, I’m actually happy to see you. This week I’ve got something really fun I’ve been waiting, what seems like, forever to share with you all. Keep your eyes on my Insta because you’re gonna love it!

Another thing I know you’re going to love? Pairing distressed jeans with duster jackets for a casual spring weekend outfit. I’ve styled this olive duster so many times on the blog (find the looks here and here) and that’s because it’s one of my favorite ways to “chic-up” an outfit. I love throwing leggings and a sweatshirt on as much as the next girl but sometimes they can be too casual. This simple weekend outfit works because the boyfriend jeans are not restrictive and the duster jacket is a light, flowy fabric that moves with you and doesn’t fit too tight. Everything about this outfit says you’re in chill mode and ready to enjoy your weekend plans. read more

A Little About Me, Ilse

Hi beauty! I'm Ilse (ill-say)! Welcome to LiveLearnLuxeIt! A place where I share a medley of my loves - from fashion and beauty to lifestyle topics like marriage and #girlpower! My passion is to cultivate honest conversations between the women who are the doers and shakers of the world (or aspire to be!), and provide a source of inspiration for the modern woman.

I currently live in Connecticut with my husband of five years but have a special place in my heart for Arizona (my home state), where I graduated from ASU with a degree in Journalism.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you decide to stay awhile!


Paris is Always a Good Idea

It’s official, the hubs and I are headed to Paris! This weekend we finalized our travel plans for the rest of the year (I hinted about it on Instagram) and booked our flights to Europe and Spain. After all, Paris is always a good idea right? I think so too 😉 We’ll be celebrating our 5-year wedding anniversary and counting it as the honeymoon we really never had so this trip has been a long time coming! I’ve already gone Pinterest-crazy, reading every travel guide I come across and pinning restaurant lists and travel tips. Not to mention my favorite bloggers have been spamming my Insta feed with gorgeous Paris photos for #PFW (Paris Fashion Week) so the wanderlust is in full effect. read more


Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Glow Kit …

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit launches online today and everyone can’t wait to get their hands on it. I’m excited because not only have I been watching Nicole’s Youtube videos for years (think back to the days when she had a stripper pole in her room #noshade), I always love seeing hard-working women succeed and kick serious butt! You go girl!

nicole glow kit review

 The Nicole Glow Kit is the sixth kit from Anastasia but the first glow kit collaboration for the brand. The kit is limited edition and will only be sold at Sephora and It’s comprised of six metallic, powder shades that live within the pinky, peachy, rose gold family. It retails for $40, you get 0.16 oz. of product per shade and can be used to highlight everything from your cheekbones to your collarbone. read more


How to Look Put Together With …

how to have effortless style

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Sweater: Zara Wrap Cardigan || Top: Scallop Frill Tee || Gray Jeans: Similar HERE and HERE || Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs || Sneakers: J. Slides

Looking put together with little effort is an art. When I hear people say “Oh I just threw this on,” more often than not they definitely thought about it a bit and have a reason for their choice of clothing – it’s rarely ever random. The magic is in the fact that they didn’t obsess over every detail and somehow still look incredibly polished. read more

Beauty Banter

Best Concealers for Under-Eye Darkness + Color-Correcting …

Whether it’s genetics, allergies or sleep deprivation, we’ve all had that, “Man, I’m lookin’ rough today,” glance-at-the-mirror moment. Under-eye darkness will do that to us! And, to be honest, that’s pretty much my daily morning thought because my dark circles are hereditary (thanks mama!) and have been my loyal companions since my teenybopper days when I cared nothing more than Justin Timberlake and his curly fro.

Best Concealers for Undereye Darkness

Since then I’ve learned a thing or two about the importance of color-correcting, and perhaps my greatest discovery has been these three concealers that have effectively done the trick when camouflaging the annoying, dark beasts that are my under-eyes. My goal with concealers is “simple”: to look fresh and awake. Keep reading for my favorite brighteners and some concealing tricks that have made all the difference!