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Pretty AND Protected!!!! (wear makeup & SPF, you don’t have to choose)

10 Jul

I am INSANE about skin protection and wear SPF 50 year round and 110 during the sunny months. I wear it alone and with my makeup as well. Most days I don’t wear makeup, but when I do I have perfected a routine that allows me to protect my skin, wear a full face of makeup AND reapply SPF throughout the day if necessary. The key to ultimate sun protection is to apply SPF under and over your makeup! YES this is easy and possible, I will list my routine below with product links. *Let this also be a reminder that the SUN IS ENEMY #1 when it comes to your skin aging, the sun “cooks” your skin- it’s as simple as that. Even in small doses, it adds up. Be mindful when you’re in the sun and get into an SPF routine NOW if you haven’t already and buy some cute hats & sunglasses while you’re at it.  Protect your skin at all costs or it will cost you…..best case scenario- you will have crows feet and leathery skin way too early. Worst case scenario- skin cancer. Love the skin you’re in 🙂 nf It’s never too late. Get started now, let me show you how! (My personal SPF & makeup routine, step by step) 1. Apply SPF on clean skin. I use Neutrogena SPF 110. 2. Let it soak in for 5 minutes. I walk away, brush my teeth, pet the dog….whatevs. 3.Apply face makeup. My full makeup consists of BB Cream and Bare Minerals powder foundation, followed by highlight, contour, eye makeup, blush etc. 4. Once makeup is gorge and “done” apply SPF powder ON TOP of everything. Bare Minerals has a translucent powder called Mineral veil- it basically locks in your makeup and it almost creates an air brushed look to the skin. Why is this last step so unique? Mineral veil is available with SPF 25, so it is adding an extra layer of protection. This also allows you to reapply SPF throughout the day by dusting some powder on.  Mineral veil comes in original for fair to medium skin tones and tinted for medium to dark skin tones. I have both and mix them for a gorgeous shade. There is No need to go and throw out your current makeup/foundation. Any makeup works as the FIRST and LAST steps include SPF.  This has been working wonders for me and I hope it can help you too.

Must Have Lipstick Collab!

22 Jun

Giambattista Valli is the latest designer to collaborate with makeup giant MAC. Makeup junkies have been excited about this collaboration for sometime. The highly anticipated 6 piece collection includes 5 matte lipsticks and 1 lip gloss. The potted gloss transforms all the lip colors into high shines hues.

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The colors, inspired by flowers from around the world, range from pale pink to dark cherry and the gorgeous packaging matches the lipstick inside. The collection will be available online and in stores July 9.  I NEED the coral shade. What color is your fave?

Lipstick $17.50 Lip gloss $23GV2

My Favorite Nail Color Right Now!

15 Apr

I can’t get enough of Bitter Buddhist, a milky greyish green shade from Smith & Cult.  I first spotted this shade on Eva Chen when I saw this picture on her Instagram and I went on a HUNT for it. S& Cult    I received it recently and LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! It is different from any green I’ve seen and is perfect for Spring and Summer. I will be living in this color!!!!! Shop this gorgeous green below.

Smith & Cult ‘Bitter Buddhist’ $18

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I also came across this dupe at Ulta for $8 if you’re on a budget. I swatched it at the store and it’s totally the same.

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Shades of Spring!

24 Mar

Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to paint your nails accordingly. Light and bright hues are perfect for these upcoming warm months. Below are some of my favorite Spring mani shades for you to shop. Have a great day.

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pink  Bright Pink

yellow Bright Yellow

coral Coral

sheer pink Sheer Pink

violet  Violet

turquise Turquoise/Mint

Valentine’s Nail Inspiration (III)

9 Feb

As promised here is some Valentine’s Day nail inspiration from my Pinterest ride last night! I’ve also included an oldie but goodie post showing just how easy it is to draw a heart on your own nails. Check it out HERE. So many cute ideas! What will you do?!

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Holiday Nail Inspiration!

8 Dec

Happy Holidays !!!! I’ve been getting quite a few of you asking when my holiday nail “Pinspiration” post was coming. Without further ado………..Holiday nail inspiration!!!!

I love checking out Pinterest for inspiration when it comes to any and everything, but I especially love makeup and beauty inspiration and I enjoy sharing all my favorites with you guys! Cheers!

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Lipstick Love!

21 Nov

I am all for bold lipsticks and may or may not have more shades of red than I need.  With that being said,  one can imagine how excited I was when Mac first announced their holiday collection with sparkly packaging. Once I tried on their amazing matte red lippie with tiny specs of glitter, I had to have it. Let me just add that the glitter is by no means tacky big ol’ pieces, they’re really tiny pieces of shimmer 🙂 This is absolutely my new favorite red lipstick and it is limited edition so I advise you to get yourself a tube NOW! Once they’re gone they’re gone!

Mac- Sparks of Romance available HERE.

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Top 5 Must Have Fall Lip Colors!

27 Oct

I’m back with another Lipstick list for y’all! I usually do one for Spring/Summer and one for Fall/Winter. A color that I do wear year round is nude so YES you will recognize my nude lip choice.  From berries to fuchsias to reds, these colors will complete all of your Fall looks flawlessly! Let’s get to it shall we?

Every lipstick rotation should include a nude.

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee.

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Red- also known as “instaglam”

Rimmel London in Diva red.

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Berry- Gorgeous berry hues do work on everyone.

MAC in Rebel (my fav)

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Fuchsia- I wear fuchsia year round as I do with my nude.

MAC in Girl about town.

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Grape-yes grape- just try it!

Revlon Colorburst in Shameless.

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My Go- To Cheapie Beauty Products!

3 Sep

I love  makeup and a great bargain just as much as the next girl.  So it should be no surprise that I’ve been head over heels for NYX for a couple of years now! NYX has great formulas and even better prices. I have many NYX products, but have a trio that I rarely stray away from. Matte bronzer, the curve eyeliner and   butter gloss lip color. These products are all under $15 and are amazing!!!!!!!

 

The Curve Eyeliner: This felt tip liner is so precise and you can choose a thick or thin application depending on how you hold the product- really cool for a shaky handed girl like myself.

Butter Gloss: This formula is amazingly smooth- so similar to the much higher priced NARS lip gloss that I haven’t purchased since discovering  butter gloss.

Matte Bronzer: I am a big fan of highlight and contouring and prefer matte bronzer. This is NOT orangey like many bronzers can be and it goes on perfectly!

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Happy National Lipstick Day!!!!

29 Jul

Today is National Lipstick Day!!!!! Woooohooooo! A day to celebrate lipstick and all its glory! If you’re a lipstick loving girly girl Bravo to you, but I’m writing this post to encourage the NON lipstick wearing segment of the population to go out and BUY A LIPSTICK, even if it’s a nude! Go on! Treat yourself- if you’re feeling frisky buy a peach, red or pink! Do it C’mon! You can always count on lipstick to brighten up your entire look instantly.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you”l see that I wore one of my favorite pinks by Mac called Girl about town. It’s pretty much the only pink I wear year round!  What lipstick will you wear today?

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