Lather Me Up!

Ok, so I have to say that I am a little disappointed with what I am about to write but I gotta give y’all the truth! A few months ago I received a sample of DevaCurl No-Poo (that means no … Continue reading

Mic check…is this thing on?

Was I seriously MIA for 5 months?! How does that even happen? I don’t have an answer to that question but who cares! I’m back people so I hope you’re ready. To kick off my return, I’m going to do … Continue reading

Bronze Goddess

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Why do ladies love summer so much? It’s definitely not the humid air that makes our hair go completely whacky and it’s not the unbearably hot sun that melts our makeup off…definitely not! Us ladies love summer because we are tan! Not fake-n-bake tan but actual, I’ve been in the real life sun tan.

Being tan is the greatest gift of summer. We don’t have to wear as much makeup, when we do wear makeup it looks 10 times better AND being tan makes you look skinnier! True story.

Now, since we are all hopefully beginning to develop our summer tans, you must all go buy Tantalizer by Lorac. This stuff is absolutely amazing! I can’t really put it into better words than Sephora so I’ll just jack their description for now…

“TANtalize, mesmerize, and moisturize with this LORAC’s Bronzing Body Luminizer. This quick-drying makeup instantly gives your skin a sexy, flawless, better-than-natural tan, without streaking.”

If we took a pole, I would bet that most women use this product solely as a bronzing, body makeup which is fine because that’s what it was made for but there are a couple other ways I like to use this product.

1. I sometimes mix a small amount with my BB Cream or foundation. This just gives my skin that extra bronze glow that I just love!

2. If you don’t want to use on your entire face, it is great as a bronzer on your checks! This formula has that gorgeous, smooth liquid finish that is sure to have people complimenting all day!

I have so much fun experimenting with this product and I hope you all do too! Happy tanning!

xo

Dry Go Bye

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Last week I really needed an extra moisture boost for my skin and remembered I had a sample of this jewel hiding in the back of my bathroom drawer. I had never heard of this brand before but luckily, I have a subscription to Birchbox and can always count on them to introduce me to some new beauty friends!

The Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Vitalizing Mask is a very lightweight formula and is super easy to apply. It dries in about 5 minutes or so and to really amp up the moisture, you leave it on over night. It was not annoying at all. I didn’t even notice I had it on! The only thing I would suggest is sleeping with your hair in a bun. I did not do this at first and ended up swatting my face like you do when you can feel a hair but you can’t figure out where it’s coming from. Yeah, that was me!

When I woke in the morning and washed the mask of with warm water, my skin was revitalized and naturally dewy!

I highly suggest this product. I was very impressed!

Just Dew It

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My absolute favorite spring/summer makeup look is dewy skin with a bronze glow. This look is so perfect because it is pretty minimal and easy to achieve. Luckily, most of us spend a good amount of time in the sun during these hot summer days so we already have a natural tan going on, and all of us girls know that when you are tan, you don’t have to wear as much makeup. Holla!

The key pieces you will need to achieve that dewy look are:

Tinted Moisturizer or BB/CC/DD Cream: I can’t keep up honestly. I am still on BB Cream

Foundation: Sheer or Velvet finish. Matte is far too heavy for the summertime.

Bronzer: Preferably both matte and shimmer

Blush: cream or powder

Highlighter: this is what really makes that dewy finish pop!

Here are some of my favorite products. Everyone is different, so if you don’t like what you have, try something different! Makeup is all about trial and error. What one person loves, you might not like and that’s OK!

Tinted Moistruizer or BB/CC/DD Cream:

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream: My mom turned me on to this product and I have to say, it really is great! It is light and just makes your skin feel moisturized and clean. Don’t be fooled though, it does a fantastic job of covering uneven skin tones and those pesky imperfections.

Stila 10-in-1 Stay All Day HD Beauty Balm: I don’t often use Stila products but for some reason I decided to test this out in Sephora one day and I loved it! The formula is so thick and creamy. It also smells really good! They have two different shades, illuminating and bronzing. The illuminating is obviously not as dark as the bronzing so I tend to wear that under my foundation. When I purchase the bronzing, I may skip my foundation all together.

Foundation:

Anything with the words sheer, glow or healthy skin are all pretty good bets!

Makeup Forever HD Foundation/Revlon Photo Ready Foundation: I use Revlon’s Photo Ready Foundation every day. I used to use Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation but they are so similar that I couldn’t justify the price difference. It also comes in 13 shades!

Apply your foundation with your beauty blender of choice. It does not have to be the brand name Beauty Blender but Ulta and Sephora both have great alternative options. Before you begin applying, always dampen the sponge. It lightens the foundation application which is exactly what we want for this dewy glow!

Bronzer:

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: My absolute favorite bronzer! Why? One, because it has a heavy shimmer finish and I love me some shimmer in the summertime. Two, it blends five different shades which all come together for the perfect bronze glow! Three, it is multipurpose. I use it as bronzer and eye shadow which is perfect for vacations when you don’t want to pack a lot of makeup. It also comes in gorgeous pink and rose shades which is great as a blush!

Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna: Remember earlier when I said you will need a bronzer in both a shimmer and matte finish? Well, this is your matte finish. Yes, it does have flecks of gold in it but for the most part, it is matte. I don’t really need to talk about how much I love Nars. They are just the best and their packaging is to die for!

Blush:

Nars Blush in Orgasm: If you have not purchased or at least heard of this legendary color from Nars, you must be living under a rock! The reason this shade is so popular is because it is universally flattering. It literally looks good on everyone! Amazing.

Nars the Multiple: This is a cream stick blush with a shimmer finish. As with all Nars products, you really can’t go wrong. It is fool proof application. The formula is creamy and smooth which helps with blending.

Stila Convertible Color: This is a great cream blush! It has a nice, thick texture but the color is still sheer and perfect for those humid days ahead. It also comes in 9 shades so everyone should be able to find their perfect match!

Highlighter:

Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up!: Let’s just start by saying Benefit Cosmetics has the best packaging in the biz but their products also live up to the hype! This bronzer is a cream stick and is a beautiful champagne color! I currently don’t own this product but am dying to purchase it!

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam/Sun Beam: These are essentially the same product but High Beam is a pink liquid highlighter and Sun Beam is a bronze liquid highlighter which is great for the olive/darker skinned ladies out there!

Josie Maran Argan Oil Illumizer: If you are a fan of Josie’s 100% Argan Oil then you are sure to be a fan of this Illuminizer! It packs the punch of our favorite moisturizing oil but has a gorgeous light bronze tint to it. And just like all of Josie’s other products, this Illumizer is free of all of those harsh chemical and ingredients our skin doesn’t love. High five, Josie! Keep up the good work.

Pack it all in with one punch:

Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup and Natural Face Natural Radiance Palette: If you are new to all of these products and this blog post has overwhelmed you, these two palettes are the PERFECT way to become acquainted with the dewy makeup look. Both of these kits come with Brozer, Blush, Concealer, Brightener, and Highlighter. Pretty much everything you will ever need!

Now that I have completely overloaded you with product suggestions, you should click here to watch this fantastic and easy tutorial by the fab Kristofer Buckle. Enjoy!

Foundation Perfection

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Finding the perfect foundation shade isn’t the only way to guarantee a flawless face. If you don’t know how to properly apply it, that perfect shade will still look like a hot mess! The proper foundation application will ensure your makeup doesn’t look cakey or streaky, which no right-minded wants!

In this post from Bellasugar, MAC Senior Makeup Artist, Romero Jennings, give a step-by-step guide to get that flawless base! Click here to check it out!

So fun!

Photos courtesy of Urban Decay and My Latest Obsession

Photos courtesy of Urban Decay and My Latest Obsession

Last month I stumbled upon something so fun on urbandecay.com, a Deluxe Mystery Travel Bag! For $16, you get some or Urban Decay’s best and most sought after products in full and travel size. I didn’t realize how genius this was until I actually received the package. Sure, travel size might sound kind of boring but when you get the perfect little .51 oz. bottle of All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, you realized “Wait, I did need this in my life!”

Each Travel Bag Includes:

– Sample Eyeshadow Primer Potion
– Travel size All Nighter Setting Spray
– Mini 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Rehab
– Sample Supercurl Curling Mascara
– Full Size Lip Junky lip gloss in Naked

Chilly Burrrr-Burrrr!

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Although it is still hot down here in Florida, most of the country is fighting those Wintertime cold snaps. Yes, Wintertime can be beautiful but it can also wreak havoc on your skin! The dry, cold weather can easily cause dry, chapped patches but if you use the correct products, you should be able to come out of the cold smooth as a baby’s butt! Woo hoo!

First, let’s start with your skin. In order to keep your face in tip-top shape during the cold months, make sure you switch your cleanser to something more gentle and creamy. Continuing with anything too rough or foam-like and it will just strip your skin of those natural oils that it needs during the Winter months. If you use toner, back off using it. Toner is another product that tends to dry out your skin. If you are more on the oily side and feel like you must use toner, switch to a gentler formula. The final steps in most everyone’s face routine is moisturizer and this obviously needs to remain and possibly be amped up a bit! Just as your face wash, it’s important to use a moisturizer that is creamy and don’t forget to buy one with sunscreen. The sun may not be beating down but those harmful rays are still there!

Second, make sure your lips stay kiss-ably soft by using a lip conditioner vs. a lip balm. I am not sure how true this is but I heard most lip balms actually contain ingredients that make your lips peel so that you have to keep re-applying it over and over, which of course means for sales for them. The perfect compliment to your lip conditioner is an exfoliator. If you have not added a lip exfoliator to your routine yet, this is the perfect time. Just as we exfoliate our faces and bodies, it is just as import to exfoliate those lips!

Finally, we need to make sure our hands and feet stay moisturized! These areas are often some of the worst places for dry, chapped skin. My favorite hand and foot moisturizers are Bliss Spa products. They are so thick and creamy and their foot moisturizer has this delicious minty, tingly sensation. Just delectable!

Happy moisturizing!

My Life Is Now Complete!

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OMG Y’all! If you are anything like me, you love, love, love a gel manicure. Unfortunately, the only way to get that was by going to the nail salon…until now! Sally Hansen has created an at home gel manicure set and I have to say, I came into this relationship VERY skeptical but I was absolutely blown away!

Not only does the end result look just as good (maybe even better) than the nail salon but it is also a much faster turn around time as you only have to cure each layer for 30 seconds vs. 3 minutes at the nail salon. Here is a quick rundown of the process:

  • Clean nails with pre-soaked nail wipe.
  • Apply the base coat to your 4 fingers and cure for 30 seconds under the LED light. Apply a base coat to your thumb and cure for 30 seconds. Follow the same steps on each hand.
  • Once you have applied your base coat, you will apply one layer of color, cure for 30 seconds and then add another layer of color.
  • Once the color is complete, you will apply one layer of the top coat. Cure that for 30 seconds and then use the handy dandy nail wipes to get the uber-glossy high shine. Whala! Manicure complete.

I am excited to see just how long this thing last…stay tuned!

Yup, I definitely need this!

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I almost flipped my you know what when I got an email from Birchbox about Benefit’s new product ‘Fine ONE ONE’. First of all, I LOVE this name! I was just telling my co-worker the other day how I was going to bring the word ‘fine’ back so I am pretty convinced this product was meant for me. Second, how clever is this! It’s a highlighter, blush and bronzer all in one stick. Genius I tell you! Click here for a great video demonstration on the product. I hope Santa takes last minute gift requests…