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My Favorite Makeup - Summer 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I don't know about you but I am, by nature, a really nosy person. Some of my favorite blogs to read are  "day in the life" or "what's in my bag?". Other people's routines interest me so much. I've definitely done a make up post before but it's been a while and my favorites have for sure changed so I figured it was time for an updated post!

Make Up Bag - I just recently purchased this make up bag mostly for the color (#noshame) but also for the size. It's much smaller than other bags I have and I've found it's way easier to find what I need when I'm traveling since I'm forced to pair down what I bring due to the size. 

Perfume - A friend once told me to purchase a new perfume to use for the first time on the day of my wedding. I followed that advice and also wore it every day of our honey. Since then I try to wear it on date nights or special occasions when it's just Mike and me. Now, every time I wear it, I am transported back to that magical day and all the other special days I've worn it since. It was some of the best advice I've ever been given!

Lash Serum - Another great find from my wedding (almost a year ago now!). I have pretty short and thin lashes but love the look of them being think and full. I purchased this serum during last year's Nordstrom Sale (it's on sale again!) and still have so much left. It is pricey but it also works. I was very hesitant but my lashes are absolutely longer, though I'm not sure more full. I used it everyday until I reached my desired length, which took about a month, and now use it about once a week to maintain that length. 

Gimme Brow - I never knew brows mattered until I started using this, now I feel incomplete without it. I am not talented enough to use brown pencils, or gels, or pomades to shape my brows but this stuff just glides over your natural shape leaving them thicker and darker than before. 
Color: Light

Powder Foundation - I used to be a Bare Minerals girl but once I tried this, I was officially converted. For me, it gives a much fuller coverage and the color options match me better. I did purchase the matching brush and use that to apply it. I've been using it for almost two years now and haven't look back at my Bare Minerals. 

Bronzer - This bronzer smells like chocolate, enough said? No but really, I love the color and the fact that it's matte. I  can wear it all year round by adjusting how heavy I am with it to match my natural tan as it fluctuates throughout the year. 
Color: Medium/Dark

Mascara - I do use a white mascara base, which I think helps make my lashes longer and thicker, but the finishing step is what really matters. This formula is very wet, which I know some people don't prefer, but I love that it make my lashes fuller, darker, and thicker. 
Color: Black

All the lips:
Red - I received this from Sephora from my birthday and it was the first red lip I've ever worn. I really think the undertones match my skin color perfectly and it's super easy to apply. 
Color: Cruella 

Pink - This pink matte lip stain is something I often reach for. It makes my teeth look whiter and is the perfect lip to match almost any outfit. 
Color: Obsession 

Nude-pink - Yes, I gave the Kardashians money but I couldn't help it! I had to know what all the fuss was about and I actually like it. It's a really nice, nude color, that is perfect for everyday. I do think the formula is a bit drying but if you exfoliate your lips before hand, it's really not noticeable. 
Color: Koko K

I would love to know what your favorite make up product is!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

*This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included merchandise as compensation*

When planning an outfit, I think everyone has their own system. Some people start with shoes and work their way up, some may start with a statement piece of jewelry and build around it, others may just blindly grab pieces and hope they all work. Whatever your system is, there is one thing that should always be considered, your under garments. With so many different materials out there along with styles that range from tight and short to long and flowy, wearing the right unmentionables is necessary. Today, with help from my friends at Kohl’s, I am going to share what I wear under some of my most worn items. 

While unmentionables are usually a private matter, it’s totally something I would discuss with my girlfriends and well, I feel like you (my readers) are my girlfriends so I don’t mind letting you in on my little secrets!

Mike travels a lot for work and we are generally very busy during the week so having one night carved out for “date night” is essential. We will often get dressed up and go out for a cocktail before a late dinner at one of our favorite spots. It gives us a chance to just be with one another and feel like we are back to our dating days! 

I choose to wear a lacy black pair under my pleated black dress. They are so comfortable which is perfect for walking around downtown and the lace can’t be seen beneath the pleats. Plus the romantic lace pattern make me feel extra beautiful, even though only I know what’s there. 

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I try my hardest to get to the gym at least 3 times a week but hope to get there 4 times a week. I’m constantly trying new workout classes and different gym workouts I find on Pinterest. Throughout all of this, I realized that what I wear to the gym matters. You don’t want to be readjusting yourself in between each set, or worse, in the middle of cardio. 

I will admit, it took me far too long to cave and buy under garments from actual work out brands. For years now I have been specific in what I like to wear when I work out, tight capris and a fitted tank top, and notice such a different in my comfort level while working out. So long are the days of an oversized t-shirt and Nike shorts (#college), I’m much more comfortable now. So it only makes sense to add ‘sport’ to your unmentionables and I’m so glad I did. They don’t ride up, they stay in place, and they even wick away moisture. It’s a whole new world. 

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If you’ve followed my blog for any sort of time, you’ll know that I am a dress girl. In almost any situation I would much rather wear a dress than shorts/pants/skirt. They are easy, comfortable, and girlie which are three of my favorite things. However, I’ve found that with many summer dresses I struggle with what to wear underneath. They are often sheer or light weight material and finding something that doesn’t show through is a challenge. 

After trial and (embarrassing) errors I’ve found what works best for me is to stick with skin colored undergarments.  No matter the color of the dress, they don’t show through since they blend right in with your skin. I also prefer the ones with a lace waist band, they are more forgiving and don’t give you cuts that show through your dress. They are probably my most worn and purchased pair. 

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#Nsale Picks!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Leggings / Striped Dress / Thermal / Floral Dress / Pocket Cardigan
 Grey Cardigan / Booties / Pull-over / Blanket Scarf / Heels / Tunic

Double post today! Be sure to check out my first post all about my favorite statement earrings!

I'm sure you've heard by now but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the public! This sale is different than the rest, you can get to shop fall items before the season starts at a discounted price! Hurry and get your favorites, prices go up August 8th! 

P.S. Items get restocked all the time, so if what you're after is sold out, keep checking back!

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Pink Statement Earrings

Earrings / Tank Top / Gap Skirt, Old (Similar) / Purse / Sunglasses / Sandals 

Most of the time you can find me in my pearl earrings. I have worn the same pair since Freshman year of college and always buy the exact same kind when I lose one or the backs get too tarnished. While they are definitely my most worn earring, every once in while I like to change it up and wear something more fun! I saw these earrings a few months ago on Nordstrom but they were back ordered and I kind of forgot about them. The other day I was browsing online and saw they were back in stock! I immediately added them to my cart and checked out.

 I love the combination of pink and turquoise and the true statement they make with their size. Speaking of, even with the beaded tassels, they didn't feel too heavy on me. I wore them for an afternoon and then out to dinner and drinks, which ended up being about six hours. Normally statement earrings start to hurt after only a few hours but I didn't feel these pulling at all! Plus they are under $40 making them the perfect "fun" piece to add to your collection! 

P.S. Don't forget the Nordstrom Sale opened up to everyone today! It's your chance to snag fall items at a discount price before the go up August 8th!

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