Highlighters I die for @ at the moment!

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No shock here, I LOVE highlighter.  it’s the last thing I need to buy but the first thing I look for! Here are 3 new ones I’ve tried that are perfect for that summer, sun kissed glow!

Makeup Revolution Highlight in Golden Goddess.  This is a drugstore priced brand – around $7 and I got it at Ulta.  I was so excited to see it in the store because it says online only on the Ulta website and it’s not in drugstores.   This definitely rivals some of my higher end highlighters.  I’m really happy with it and super obsessed at the moment! It’s  has an almost light yellow / gold duo chrome to it. It’s super flattering on the skin and blends out really nice. It literally looks like a ray of sunshine on your face!

Jeffree Star skin frost in Siberian Gold.  My best friend/ roommate sent this too me and it’s one of the nicest things someone has done for me!!  I love it!!  This highlighter is massive and it feels substantial in your hand.  Jeffree Star is big on substantial packaging and hardy products so it’s no surprise there.  I agree completely and love that!  It’s a rose gold color which is my favorite and perfect for summer and tan skin.  It has a creamy texture and dries like a powder so there is very little fall out.   I like to apply it with a synthetic brush or with my fingers.  This would work great as eyeshadow because it’s super pigmented.

Maybelline Master Chrome highlight in Molten Gold.  I’m gonna go out there and say this is the best drug store highlighter at the moment. It’s a buttery, powder like consistency so you will experience some fall out.  But tap off your brush and go for it because it’s $7 and SO worth it!  It’s super pigmented and gives some serious glow!! I have yet to find a drugstore powder highlight that is this intense. (maybe wet and wild but I haven’t tried those!)  This is a gold color, hence the name and it’s super flattering on the skin.  Again perfect for a summer skin to add some highlight to a tan! It reminds me of a Becca highlighter and it doesn’t get much better than those.  I think they will continue to come out with some new colors but for now I think this is best for (maybe) light / tan / medium skin.  Not pale, sorry!

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L-R Jeffree Star Siberian Gold.  Maybelline Master Chrome Molten Gold. Makeup Revolution Golden Goddess.

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Swapping out my leggings…

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Jeans are my struggle!! I love wearing leggings; black lulus to be specific.  I just love how they feel!  I wear jeans for special occasions and I’m facing the realization that I can’t wear leggings everyday unless I’m like a yoga instructor or something and I don’t even do yoga so I can’t be one and I can’t wear leggings 24/7!!!!!!  Is adulting not wearing leggings 24/7?! AHH.  In my quest to dress up more / not wear leggings I want cooler jeans.  These ones are classics but I want rips and laces and jewels and pom poms (not on the same pair) so this is a shopping opportunity. Lulus are 1st in my heart but I will broaden my horizon in favor of cool jeans. This starts now!

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top // jeans // fuzzy slides 

New New

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Wanting to share some of my new additions as of lately.  I’m surprised with how much drug store stuff I have been loving lately! Currently am on the look out for this new Maybelline highlight and can’t wait to see what else is going to come out this summer.  I’m obsessed with the new Urban Decay Heat palette and of course, I just got this Too Faced one and already want the new Urban Decay one.  I’m a hoarder.

Too Faced Natural Love Palette.  I just got this in the mail and haven’t had a chance to play with it yet but I wanted to photograph it while it’s still fresh because its so pretty!  This palette is a neutral lover’s dream and that is me!  I really only stick with neutrals and this has such a great assortment of shades!  I’m really feeling a smokey eye with a nude/ pink lip and I think the last two columns of shadows will be good for that!

Kimmel stay matte translucent powder. I love the Laura Mercier setting powder but it’s messy and leaves a whiter look so I wanted to try a pressed powder that had a little less coverage.  I heard good things about this one and it’s like $4 so I wanted to give it a try and I’m so impressed!  I thought this would flash back and it doesn’t.  This keeps my concealer in place without looking cakey.  You can’t go wrong with this powder!

Maybelline age rewind concealer. I really like this concealer!  I am a Nars creamy concealer ride or die girl but what I like about this is the lighter coverage.  I don’t wear foundation or use a base and prefer to spot correct with concealer and the lighter coverage is easier to blend.  I like the Nars for spots, zits and under eyes while this is more for red spots or dull skin. I’m in the shade medium.

Maybelline Vivid Hot Laquer. These are like a glossy liquid lipstick.  They stay on and wear like a liquid lip but are super glossy!  I love a glossy lip and these are right up my alley.  They’re a full coverage gloss and I LOVE the colors.  I have unreal which is a nude color, this one is my favorite.  And charmer which is a more pinky nude.

L’oreal Voluminous lash Paradise.  I continue to rave about this mascara. I have not used any other mascara since I got this.  If your lashes don’t stay curled, try the waterproof version and I’m pretty sure you’ll love the results.. I did!

Nudestix all over illuminator in illuminaughty. This is a holographic highlighter stick.  It wears super pretty but is only holographic if you catch it at the right angle / light situation.  I’m trying to see if theres a secret way to get the total holographic look.  I love it with tan, dewy, summer skin.

Mac strobe cream.  I’ve never been a huge Mac girl because they’re always rude at the counters/ stores!  I actually found this in the beauty section at Costco of all places which is totally a hidden gem! ( I’ve seen Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks and Tatcha Spray there in the past!)  I like to use this as a primer to give my skin a dewy sheen and this is perfect for that.  I really like this!  My dream version would have SPF.

How to Athleisure

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Adidas sweatshirt/ lululemon high time / Vans Old Skool

I said it before and I’ll say it again, athleisure is my most favorite trend and it’s gonna take a lot for something else to come along and take it’s place.  I love wearing sneakers and cool sweatshirts and I love how simple and easy it is. HERE’s how to get it!

A cool sort of sweatshirt.  Whether it be streetwear or an athletic brand like Nike or Adidas it should be more of a lifestyle piece rather than a go work out at the gym sort of piece.  Bomber jackets work well, too.

Leggings!  I love lululemon leggings.  I own a bunch and I love how smooth they make you look! I also really like how the adidas stripe leggings look but when worn, everything else needs to be simplified! (I have worn those here, with this same sweatshirt in front of the same wall!)

Sneakers!  There is so many options.  I feel like the old skool Vans are replacing Stan Smith adidas which were a really popular shoe in the fashion/street style world that was foolproof and went with everything.   Those shoes are a classic but these Vans are popping up everywhere and having that similar affect.  I also really like the Nike Cortez revival happening RN.  I had a pink pair in second grade and I’m so excited to have them back 12 years later.

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Summer Uniform

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Sub urban riot tee / UO shorts / Birkenstocks. 

I have a harder time dressing in the summer because I love to just throw on leggings, a cool sweatshirt, sneakers and be done. That’s my fall/winter uniform and obviously not summer appropriate so I’m trying to have more fun with the options the warm weather gives!  I need a summer go-to outfit and this is what I’ve been doing as of lately.

T-shirt.  I need to get more but I want more then a basic tee!  I don’t mind a cool graphic t-shirt it just can’t be lame and usually thats is a very fine line.

Denim shorts. These are from Urban Outfitters and are very similar to the One Teaspoon bandits.  I love the look of baggy, ripped denim.  It’s super effortless!

Slides.  I rotate between birkenstocks and my fuzzy slides.  I love the white ones for summer!

At night I’ll add a longer cardigan and I love it with the shorts!

Kylie x Koko Doll / get the look!!

 

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I saw this new Kylie x Koko lip color on my instagram feed and I was OBSESSED.  I have a rule that I don’t wear red/bright lipstick because its funky on me and I find that nude/pinks just looks better on me but this right here is going to completely break that rule!  This is the prettiest color lip I’ve ever seen, it’s from the Kylie x Khloe collection and it’s called ‘Doll.’  It’s not straight orange or red and I feel like with a tan this can be super complimenting on so many skin tones! It’s so pretty.

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This is another picture of the lipstick.  It looks more orange here and I like the first picture better.  The liquid lip comes in a set of 4 and I don’t wear liquid lipstick and I didn’t love the other colors in the set so I didn’t think it was worth it if I only wanted this color.

Until it comes out in the singles, I’ve rounded up some orange/red lippies and google swatches to help get the look!

Stila – Carina.   Here is swatches from google. This color, like the Kylie one looks more red in some pictures and more orange in others.

Sephora cream lip – Mandarin muse.  I think this one is closer to the 2nd pic.

Kat Von D – Malice.  I think this is more like the first picture.

Smashbox – Thrill Seeker. Very similar to the sephora lip cream!

Nars – Geraldine and Lana.  Geraldine is a deep, bright orange. Lana is more orange and red. 

Bobbi Brown – Atomic orange. Super pretty deep orange and a satin finish!

Mac – So Chaud. This is super pretty and closer to the red/orange color in the 1st picture. I love this.

NYX – Indie Flick.  More orange.

L’oreal- Volcanic. A deep orange. 

Colourpop – Jacquard. Satin lip with a softer red/orange color.

NYX – Orange county. GREAT lip kit dupe. Comes with a lip liner.  very similar to second pic and a great drugstore dupe!

 

pics from @kyliecosmetics!

May Favorites!!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo: I love this stuff and have about uh, 5 cans sitting on my shelf at the moment.  This dry shampoo is my go to and it consistently works at keeping my hair fresh! The only thing is this dry shampoo can leave a white cast in your hair. I personally like it because my roots are much darker then the rest of my hair so it lightens it up…silver lining ahem. Overall, the dry shampoo makes my hair clean and adds volume without making my hair grimy or changing the texture of it. It comes in a billion different scents but my favorite is the Clean and light Bare. It smells like expensive perfume.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer: This bronzer is one of my favorites and I always find myself coming back to it!!  It’s not quite drugstore but it’s not Sephora: it’s $14 and you can find it at Ulta and Target.  It comes in a light bronze and a bronze shade and I use the bronze shade.  It blends so nicely into the skin and its the perfect bronze color with no orange.  Thats a big deal to me! NO orange bronzer. It has a sort of creamy, puffy texture which I find helps it blend into the skin super nicely.  Everyone needs to try this because its so good, easy and universally flattering!  I use an ecotools bronzer blush to apply it.

Lucas’ Papaw ointment:  This is the best lip balm/ skin saving salve.  I use it on my lips and on dry spots on my face.  I have VERY sensitive skin.  I like aquaphor but sometimes it doesn’t work for me almost as if my skin gets used to it. I don’t have that issue with this and it always helps my skin after I apply it.  I would say this is a better version of aquaphor and I love it!  I have it on my bed side table, in my purse and in the car!

L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise: I recently blogged about this mascara in depth and raved about it! I LOVE it! It’s a dupe for the Better than Sex mascara that I like better because it keeps my lashes curled which is a huge deal for me! It gives great volume and length that lasts through out the day without flaking. I use both the waterproof and normal: I think both are great but the waterproof probably wears better through the day.  FYI It’s very waterproof.

Nars lipgloss in Orgasm:  The Nars orgasm blush is one of the most universally flattering shades of blush!  It’s the first blush I ever got and I loved it.  I recently got the lip gloss and like the blush it’s super flattering. I love a glossy lip and I think its great and easy for summer with a bronzed and dewy face. The lip gloss is a little sticky but not too sticky.  I dropped this today and broke it and I’m SO bummed!

Avene Peaux des intolerantes:  This is the BEST moisturizer for sensitive skin.  I have very sensitive skin and will randomly find red spots and rashes on my face.  This product helps to soothe that and has definitely helped in preventing future rashes and red spots!  This is the best my skin has been in a long time and its because of this moisturizer 100%.  It’s so gentle and creamy. I have dry skin, especially during East coast winters and this helps keep my skin soft and moisturized. It wear it under my makeup with another primer and it all wears very nicely together. If you have sensitive skin you need this!

Trader Joes Facial oil:  The beauty section at Trader Joes is a hidden gem! All the products are cheap and natural.  I use this oil to take my makeup off. I will say it leaves a residue. If you don’t like that this is not for you.  I have dry skin and my face always feels drier after I wash it except when I use this because the oil leaves a layer of moisture on my skin that makes it super soft!  If you don’t wear water proof mascara this will remove your makeup.  It takes a little more oomph with waterproof mascara.  I’m on my 3rd bottle of this, it’s like $6 and works super well! I love the idea of using natural skincare.

Chrissy Teigen x Becca Palette: I love this highlighter palette!  It comes with 2 highlighters, a blush and a bronzer.  I knew I was going to love this before I got it! Chrissy Teigen and I have similar coloring so I knew this would work for me. If you have light-medium skin this palette will be super flattering on you! I love Becca products and the quality of them and this palette is no different.  It’s nice to have one stop palette that does bronzer, blush and highlighter. It has a great mirror in it too.

White Birkenstocks:  I love the rubber Birkenstocks because I find them comfier and easier to break in.  I have a regular pair that I’ve worn for a year that still give me blisters!  The rubber ones are super light and I love the white for summer because they make me look tan.  I have been wearing these 24/7 since I got them!