How to be tan 24/7

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This is the first time in my life that I’ve to find alternative ways to get tan!  I’ve lived in LA my whole life and when I needed a tan I just made effort to spend more time outside! It’s an entire different ball game on the east coast.  My first winter I embraced the pale which made me realize how much I hate it and how much better I look with a tan. So heres what I do:

  1. I got introduced to spray tans for the first time in my life last week and I’M obsessed.  As I’m typing this I’m 3 hours post spray tan #2. I love them and they are a literal 15 minute mood changer.  (I don’t use tanning beds because they are so bad for your skin.) I feel so good now!  If you can get one, do it!!!
  2. Before Spray tans I would use my St. Tropez tan which I LOVE.  I still use it / love it but if I get a spray tan than I’m all set.  I use the express tan because I like how dark I get and I feel like I can’t get that dark with the normal one.  I also go overnight with the express one and wash in the morning.  It works so well especially in a pinch and I know I can always count on it to work!
  3. I love bronzer to warm up the face.  I’ve been using my butter bronzer lately and I love it.  It has the slightest coconut vacation scent that makes me happy too.
  4. Dew the Hoola bronzer.  I got this as a sample at the benefit store and I would totally buy the full size.  So what I do is put a pump on my hand and use a wet beauty blender to apply it to my cheeks, forehead and nose.  Basically all the places I put powder bronzer.   Then I use a fluffy brush to apply bronzer over the same areas which sets it and blends it all in.  It sounds like a lot but it’s subtle and it makes you look naturally tan.  The butter bronzer and the dew the hoola itself are not extreme and I love the way they work together.  What I love about this is because it’s liquid it melts into the skin and just looks like you’re not wearing anything!
  5. I love my hoola bronzer.  I switch between this and the butter bronzer.  I find that this one for all over the face is more pigmented and just not as subtle as the butter bronzer.  It has more oomph.
  6. Colourpop highlighter in might be. (heres the swatch.) I really wanted a rose gold highlight and I figured this was it! Fair warning the swatch on the website is significantly lighter than the actually product. When I first opened it I was like whoa this is so dark its gonna have to be an eyeshadow. I was bummed! But stay with me because it blends so nicely that it can totally be a highlight for medium skin.  I use it as a blush topper/ color because it’s darker and this adds warmth to the face and ties in to the bronzed, tan look.  I LOVE doing it this way and it just makes the makeup routine easier.  I seriously recommend buying a darker highlight and using it for blush + highlight.  I love the results.

 

March Beauty Favorites!

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Another month goes by, another list of favorites I accumulated over the month. Here is where I say whoa! how is it April already?! but everyone says that so next and we’re just gonna dive in!

Mario Badescu aloe, cucumber and green tea face mist. I love this spray.  I used the rose water one before and they are very similar except for 1)  I like this smell so much better and 2) this is better for sensitive/red skin because the aloe concoction gives it a soothing affect.  I spray it before makeup, after and through out the day when I see it for a little refresher.  This isn’t going to keep your makeup in place all day like the Urban Decay setting spray. This is very subtle and low maintenance.  Its super hydrating and I haven’t been wearing much makeup lately and this spray makes my skin look nice.

ABH Nicole Guerriero glow kit. I love this highlighter palette but lemme tell you it is a very intense glow. Which is not bad!  But blinding highlight was such a strong 2016 trend and naturally at the moment I’m leaning towards the more subtle lit from within glow. This can be buffed out lightly with a beauty sponge which I like.  I always buff it out with sponge because the glitter can look a little chunky.. I prefer smooth.  It’s like peanut butter. hahaha.  I did a post about this glow kit, here.  I’ve been loving the bronze/gold colors because as of lately all I want to be is tan and glowy. This can be a little much for daytime but is PERFECT for the night time.  I still make it work for day time but just based on my vibes rn, I’ve been wearing it more at night. (how high maintenance was that?)  Some days I love it and some days I wear my other highlighters.  Love the formulation it is so creamy and extremely pigmented.  These are super pretty eyeshadows too!

Flowerbob hair perfume! I have been on the lookout for a hair perfume for a while. I love the scent of flowerbomb I just ran out and never restocked. Nordstrom had a beauty sale earlier in the month and this was on sale for $40 and if you know flowerbomb you know thats SO cheap. SO now I always smell like flowerbomb in my hair and on my sweatshirts and I love it. It like envelopes the smell in near your face/neck. Best smell and great refresher for that day 3-4 hair.

Benefit Dandelion Highlighter. So while I was home for spring break, I found a benefit gift card in my room! I love benefit boxed powders and mascara. (I’m not an eyebrow girl at all.)  I saw the new highlighter they just came out with so me being a highlighter connoisseur had to drive to the Benefit store in Santa Monica (and parallel park) in the traffic on a nice day.  If you know this then you know what I mean and it’s brutal…. Honestly, this isn’t very pigmented! You have to dig your brush in to get some product BUT I love this highlighter.  Its a nude pink color and it is that subtle lit from within glow.  sheen! Depending on how much product you use it can go from a setting powder to highlighter. I swirl my brush in it for a while which is totally fine to me. Then you can build it up to the way you want it to be.  It can also be more intense when applied with a brush sprayed with setting spray. I use this for day to day and I’m in love with the subtle, natural glow it gives.

Benefit Hoola bronzer. See, I told you I love benefit boxed powders. So this one! I’ve had it for a while and used it to contour. I also like it in the crease for eyeshadow looks. As of lately I’ve been wearing bronzer to be tan not contour and I’m obsessed.  Like borderline may even like it better than highlighter and that says SO MUCH. After consistently using this for a month I have hit pan!  I love the color of this bronzer.  It gives me a great tan without looking dirty.  The shade is perfect because its not orange but still adds warmth to the skin. This is a staple!

The insta-famous silicone, beauty sponge…

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So on a snowday a few weeks ago, me being the professional, lil, online shopper that I am was experiencing some cabin fever and went finger crazy on amazon prime buying shit I don’t need to own! (after you read this you won’t need to either.)  I live in a dorm and share a bathroom and when I get up in the morning (I’m a horrible waker upper first off) I always forget to bring my beauty blender to wet it when I go to brush my teeth first which leads me to walk back to my room give a little huff and walk back to the bathroom with my beauty blender. Such an inconvenience, I KNOW!  So I thought this little silicone spongey would be my saving grace.  No.

BENEFITS:

The one thing about this sponge is you barely have to use any product because it doesn’t sink into the sponge!  This will save you a lot of product.

It’s fun to squeeze/play with.

CONS:

There is NO BLENDING whatsoever.  It sort of just smears product and sits on top of your skin. This does not look nice, at all.

Stupid me thought this was save my mornings. Well, I realized I use my beauty blender for everything.  You can only use this for liquid foundation/ base and liquid concealer.  No applying powder, no buffing out highlight, no using it to blend out blush. You can’t use this with anything thats a powder. Nada.  So either way if I use this I still need my beauty blender.

It stinks. I have the best sense of smell, like shut up Reece its fine. No, it smells like silicone and its next to my nose.

I wouldn’t suggest this sponge.  I was excited to try it mostly because I thought I wouldn’t need a beauty blender. But since I use my beauty blender for everything…powders..and this will NOT work for that.  And this just doesn’t apply makeup nicely. It doesn’t blend is spreads and smears.  Picture bread with sorta cold butter, that look!  So no, the insta-famous silicone spongey did not save my morning routine. And no, don’t buy it.

The creation of a makeup bag

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I’ve experiences with a lot of different makeup to truly find what I love.  I’ve tried different foundations, baking, highlight and contouring because honestly, I will always try a trend once!  And mostly its a few times to see if I like it. I don’t like caked on makeup and I have pictures I can just look back on at cringe at because I tried really hard to like that! (ahem, baking and flash photography)  I find that I always come back to more natural and fresh makeup.  I call it my more face less base makeup!  I don’t know if it comes from growing up in LA where its so casual and not a lot of makeup and more skin but I don’t like heavy makeup!  I think it photographs well because I see beautiful makeup on youtube and instagram but its in person where it stands out.  Sometimes I feel like I’m cakey even with the sheerest BB creams!   I think wearing a lot of makeup is almost a trend at the moment and I tried it and I know it’s just for me and thats ok.  I’ve learned always go simple and that’s how I keep my makeup light and how I like it.

So if you made it through that paragraph and you like natural makeup and are in need of creating your makeup bag or of products that are simple and natural… KEEEP READING!!!!

At the moment, I am lucky enough that my skin is good enough  where I can just conceal my blemishes, powder it and be done with base!  I LOVE doing this because then I can have more fun with bronzer/blush/highlighter.  It’s NOT always like this and when that is the case I try to only apply BB cream to the spots that need it.

BASE/ CONCEALER

For concealer, I love, love, love the NARs creamy concealer.  Best concealer and the coverage is great.  I use the color Custard. For BB cream I love the It cosmetics one!  It’s very sheer and lightweight but gives good coverage.  I think it may actually be a CC cream but they’re very similar.  I have the illuminating one with flecks of glitter and you can totally get away with putting on the BB cream and just going because it makes your skin glow!

Other good option is the Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer.  It’s very dewy.  I can’t recommend a good drugstore option because I don’t mess with different foundations/base makeup because 1) I don’t like heavy base and 2) have the most sensitive skin.

When I go out is when I tend to use a heavier base and just wear more makeup overall.  (its fun!) Usually thats the It Cosmetic CC cream or the Maybelline fit me foundation!  This is a really great foundation and its cheap!  It can get full coverage so I try to be sparse with my application.   The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation is AMAZE! It feels so light but has has very full coverage.  Options, here people!

POWDER

I got my Laura Mercier powder in a kit I got from Sephora and it will last me for forever.  Tip: get the travel version, it’s cheaper and will last forever. Its the one I have!  Currently, I use it to powder a spot I have on my forehead and around my nose.  Very lightly!  Applied with a wet beauty blender.  If you don’t want to wear foundation/ base, concealer and powder is a great way to avoid that.

BRONZER

I love being tan. I find I can wear less makeup when my face is tan.  But with that being said I love bronzer.  I am very loyal to my Benefit Hoola!  This can work for contour also but I don’t contour.  If you’re new with makeup, skip it.  You can bronze the cheekbones but you don’t need the harsh lines of contour. The Physicans formula bronzers are also a good bet!  Use a big fluffy brush for lighter application.

BLUSH

I think the Tarte cheek stains are so easy to use!!! I have one in Glisten which is a dupe for Nars orgasm.  If you’re new use this: its so easy and blends extremely well with a sponge.  I think the benefit boxed powders are all great.  I own 4 and have hit pan on all of them.  The Sephora brand blushes are very pretty and are great options.

HIGHLIGHTER!

The best part, the cherry on top, MY FAVORITE PART. I love highlighter so much! Ahh, first and foremost, Becca highlighters are the best highlighter in my opinion.  The first highlighter I ever got was the Becca set with the mini pressed and liquid highlighter.  I recommend this with every bone in my body.  Any Becca highlighter is great.  I love the new Anastasia Glow kit, though I would stray away from the past ones as I heard they’re chalky.  I love this flower highlight stick. Great drug store find. So are the elf baked highlighters!  I have heard great things about this Sephora collection highlighter palette and it swatches beautifully. And Patrick Ta who does Chrissy Teigen’s makeup uses it on her.  I’m fascinated by him.

MASCARA

Better than Sex mascara is so good.  So is the  Loreal volume building mascara.  The two are very similar.  I use waterproof because that keeps my lashes curled better. I just got the Diorshow mascara in the waterproof version because it was on sale at Nordstrom (not anymore) and I was obsessed with it in high school.  It’s not as great as I remember and that is quite sad.

EYELINER

Hands down, the Kat von D tattoo liner for cat eyes. I have very oily eyelids and this paired with a eyeshadow base is indestructible.  The Marc Jacobs eyeliners are also great. I have them in black and brown and they smudge right after application or can be left and won’t smudge.

BROWS

I don’t fill in my brows because they are VERY thick and doing so freaks me out hahaha. I’ve used the benefit brow products and can say good things about all of them. I’ve heard glossier boy brow is insanely good, too.

EYESHADOW

Eyeshadow is so much fun.  I only wear it when I go out but I love buying it!!!!  Any of the TwoFaced eyeshadow palettes are a great bet.  The Tarte ones are really great, too.  And so are the naked palettes.  I have the Naked2 and the Naked3 is so pretty.  Colourpop has GREAT eyeshadows and I love the buttery texture.  They’re super cheap and great quality.  I heard the pressed shadows are great but I have’t tried those out yet.  I have a Morphe palette that I LOVE.  Although, I will say I have the palette with only shimmer shadows so I can’t attest to the other ones.  Those are only $22 which is insane because the shadows are plentiful and really nice.

BRUSHES

I love makeup sponges.  The beauty blender is great but so are the real techniques/ sponges at ulta. Just wet it before use! For brushes I used real techniques or ones I find at Tj Maxxs.  I don’t splurge on my brushes. I got a silicone sponge and I’m not a fan.  It does not blend the makeup onto your skin.  It just sits on top.

PRIMERS

If you have oily eyelids or are wearing eyeshadow for a long period of time, the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer is amazing and will last you forever. I don’t really use face primers as I stay away from base.  I just moisturize my face.  For setting sprays again the Urban decay one for when I’m going out.  Heres a kit with both.  For everyday, I’m obsessed with the new Mario Badescu aloe spray. The rose water one works well too, I like the aloe better.

LIPS

I love the Colourpop liquid lips!  I have a gloss that I love, too. Those are so cheap and so worth it.  I like the NYX liquid lip for the nude colors.   Kylie lip kits are fun but rival any other liquid lip honestly.  They’re all very drying.  I only wear lipstick for going out.  I like the NYX liners for day to day or under liquid lipstick.  I love the Grande Lips plumper and always wear it.  It makes your lips shiny and is not painful.  The Sephora brand gel lip liners are great and have a more satin finish which I LOVE.  I also love the Neutrogena color sticks which rival chubby sticks! And the clinique almost lipsticks in black honey and pink honey are glossy and sheer and universally flattering. I only wear nudes/pink lip colors so I can’t personally recommend a great red.

Allure Beauty Box pt.2

So if you remember my post last month about this box you’ll know that I was planning to cancel my subscription… well I forgot so here I am reaping the rewards of my blunder.

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John Frida in shower volume treatment.  I never really seek out volume for my hair but I don’t turn it down… haven’t tried this yet. Promise to report back if it’s stellar, will change your life and find you a man.

Londontown nail polish in bespoked and cuticle oil.  Both of these are full size and $16 each!  I tried the cuticle oil.  It’s basically just cuticle oil it smells like a smell I know but can’t name.  I have gels on my hands RN so I haven’t tried the polish.  It’s a pretty (though not my type) in a  pinky, opaque color.  The polish is vegan!  I think I would like this brand, I’m just not a pink nail polish person. They do however have a navy with NO shimmer waiting at my beck and call!

Secret cool waterlily deodorant. This deodorant smells soo, so good. I have used deodorant in a can for so long I forgot what this was like.  I think I like it better. I would buy the full size.

Derma E Vitamin C serum. I’ve used this on my face since I got the box.  Not too sure if it’s done anything. Its supposed to help reverse aging. Maybe a hint to young for that just yet. It’s supposed to help uneven skin texture so I will keep trying it to see if it helps with that.

Akar Ruby Lip tint.  I love this. Hands down my favorite thing in the box. I would purchase the full size!  It is a rosy colored lip balm with the silkiest texture.  I love the texture of this. It’s a gel like base that feels thin but is thick on your lips.  I hope that makes sense because it sounds like it doesn’t but it just is.

Verdict:  Honestly, I will be canceling my box after this month. It’s $15 and I got two products I can buy at Target… I may as well get the $7 target beauty box that comes with more stuff.  (I WANT IT.) Not going to lie, that miffed me.  In the past two boxes I’ve gotten anti-aging products so I think this box is targeted at a more mature audience.  I’m all for skin care and preventing aging early but I don’t think I’m at the point of needing reverse aging products. I wish there was a survey I could take to target products more to my liking and skin needs. I am grateful because I discovered the Grande lips plumper from this box last month and I absolutely LOVE that. I’m happy with this month’s lip tint and deodorant, too!

Sephora Play!

Guys, I’m a monthly box junkie now!!! I love these monthly beauty boxes, they are the best way to try new products.  I hoard beauty products too so this totally just feeds the madness…and I have a penchant for buying shit online. 😎

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I got the March box first which happened to be the highlighter/glowy box and I can’t think of a better one to start off with because I want to own every highlighter/ glow all the time/ be overcome by it honestly.

I got the Benefit Watts up, its a cream highlighter and I’ve been feeling more natural/ glowy/ highlighters lately and this fits the bill.  I used it back when it first came out and I stopped for whatever reason so I’m excited to try it again.

Verb Ghost hair oil.  This could not have come at a better time because I was running out of my Bumble and Bumble invisible oil.  I just blow dried my hair and used this and it’s very similar to the bumble and bumble one.  I think I’m going to like this and it is substantial enough to last me a while and comes in a great bottle. Smell is a plus!

Glamglow illuminating moisturizer in nude glow.  I’m so excited to try this because I love glamglow products!  This just came out and its a glowy moisturizer/ makeup primer.  I heard it has a tint to it so I’m wondering if I can use it as a tinted moisturizer.  I want to go back to less base and more face makeup! Will report back on this. — I plan to use it in the morning when I do my makeup.. it smells amaze, guys.

Josie Maran Surreal skin balm.  I haven’t used this/heard of it before.  From the description it’s similar to the glamglow so a glowy moisturizer/makeup primer.  Will report back on this too.  — I just put some on my face and yes it is a glowy and it has a rich and creamy texture which will be great for my dry skin.

Urban Decay eyeshadow primer. I already own like 3 of these so this wasn’t too exciting but this is a great primer for eyeshadow and eyeliner.  I have oily eyelids so I use this even when I’m just wearing eyeliner.

Atelier Cologne in California Clementine. This smells like my momma. 😍 She LOVES light, citrusy and fresh perfumes and this is the perfect fit.  Its oranges / clementines so it smells very fresh and clean. I really like it, too.

My box ended in 469 so this is the stuff I got.  If your box ends in a different number I know the stuff inside is a little different. One box got an Bobbi Brown eyeshadow and a Algenist highlighter so a little bummed I missed out on those but I do like the hair oil so I think its worth it because I own more eyeshadow and highlighter than a girl who wears it once a week needs. hahahaha.

Here is what the other boxes got. Jelly of the becca highlighter! ahhhhh

FIRST IMPRESSION OF NEW ABH GLOW PALETTE

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ABH x Nicole Guerriero Glow kit on sephora.com and abh website. also in stores.

Y’all gotta know how excited I am to have this because this is like the 5th time I’ve talked about it on my blog?!  GUYS, I’M SO IMPRESSED.  First off, the colors are gorgeous, so unique and the formula is much, much better than the last ultimate glow kit.  This has a buttery texture to it and personally, I LOVE that!  It still feels like a powder but its not chalky and dry. This is more buttery than Becca highlights but less than colourpop highlights.  SO that’s the level of butter that were at. hahahah.

I placed some on my cheek with my fingers and I have to say this is more glittery/ shimmer than it is sheen. I would not describe this as a natural glow from within.  But, this is my first impression so I am excited to play around with it!  The pigment and color payoff are great and they blend so nicely!  I’m really impressed with the shade “forever lit.”It’s the fourth swatch and it has a holographic sheen to it and I really dig that. Pearly white highlighters are never my thing and this color is gonna change that.   I can’t wait to use this and experiment with it but so far so good! 😍

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I honestly love every color.  They’re mostly warm toned rosy golds which is honestly what my dreams are made of. They look so dreamy w/ a tan!!!! 😍