Spring Splurges

Spring Splurges

When spring rolls around I always feel its time for a little revamp in my make-up stash… after a round of spring cleaning of course.  I’ve got my eye on these five splurges for spring, to brighten up my everyday routine! What will you be splurging on this spring?

1) Chantecaille – Save the Bees Palette ($83): This gem of a palette is an all in one, with two eyeshadows, a highlight, and a coral/pinky blush.  This palette is also refillable, and 5% of proceeds go to helping out the bees! What’s not to love?

2) Dolce & Gabbanna – The Blush ($45): Spending $45 on a blush is not something I take lightly, but the beautiful shade range and luxurious packaging make it a little easier to fork over the big bucks, for some D & G.  My favorite shades are Provocative, and Rosebud.

3) Mason Pearson – Brush ($170): This is most likely the best brush out there, and I’ve heard they last a lifetime.  If you really want to make brushing your hair everyday less of a chore, splurge on this everyday staple.  (Bonus: this makes your hair shinier, and less frizzy)

4) Tom Ford – Eye Color Quad ($78): I have been lusting after one of these eye color quads ever since they first came out and the Lavender Lust quad is on point with the Pantone color of the year Radiant Orchid!

5) Cle de Peau – Concealer ($70): The holy grail of concealers, why not buy this to try out for the spring? It’s a great alternative to heavy foundation, so you can cover just what you need to, and let the rest of your skin show through!

Pack Rat

Tumi Alpha Bravo Suitcase

Tumi Alpha Bravo Suitcase

I have a little bit of a problem… I tend to overpack…. which is an understatement.  I always think I need twice as much as I actually need, resulting in a very heavy suitcase, and much more to unpack when I return from my trip.  For my upcoming tropical vacation I thought I would share with you a few tips that I use to pack a little lighter!

Tips:

1. Multipurpose: Find items that you can use for many different things while on your trip! For example, a scarf worn on the plane ride there, can be a beach sarong when you arrive.

2. Fun Size: Any beauty related products can become quite heavy if you are bringing full size versions of everything.  Try finding travel size versions, or buy travel sized bottles and put your products in them (I got mine from target for about $5, but they are also available on Amazon).

3. Plan Ahead: Knowing what you are going to be doing on vacation can really help in what you bring.  If you know you will be lounging on the beach everyday, with no sign of physical activity other than swimming  (don’t feel bad, that’s what I will be doing), then no need for bulky sneakers! Also, knowing activities can help you avoid forgetting important items at home!

4. Take Account of Weight: Maybe taking those wooden platforms sandals isn’t the best idea.  I would advise against taking your chunkiest pair of heels, and finding something lightweight that can match most outfits, to avoid bringing too many pairs of shoes.

Check back tomorrow for a peak into my suitcase! And if you have any other packing tips, let me know in the comments! I really need all the help I can get.

P.S. The suitcase in the picture above is no longer available (I believe I bought it about 4 years ago), but here is the closest thing I could find to mine!

Damage Control

Damage Control

Going on vacation and not having our usual medicine cabinet at our disposure can be a little frustrating sometimes.  Especially if you cut your foot in ocean, or spend a little too much time in the sun and turn into a lobster in the course of a day.  These six items will do damage control, for a few of the problems that can happen while having a little too much fun in the sun.

Bumble & Bumble Creme de Coco Masque ($27): This mask is only for once a week, but doing it once before going away and once after, will keep those locks happy and nourished.

Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm ($23): For when you forget to reapply sunscreen and end up with an unflattering sunburn, this balm (that contains aloe vera) will help soothe your skin, and make it feel a little less like you’re on fire.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream ($19.50): This miracle cream has an endless number of uses, but it really is a saviour for dry, chapped, or sunburned lips.  This can also help, if you start peeling after a bad sunburn!

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($9.26): This moisturizer really melts into the skin and improves it dramatically.  After spending so much time in the pool or sun, skin can become really dehydrated and dull looking.  This will help restore any lost moisture.

Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids ($2.30): You can never have too many band-aids in my opinion, so why not get ones that double as a fashion statement?

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Gel ($8.99): This little tube is perfect for those annoying pimples that pop up, whether it be from being in recycled plane air, or changing climates so quickly.  Put a dot of this gel, containing salicylic acid, on a spot and watch it dramatically reduce within hours.

So, this is what I bring with me to make sure my trips go off without a hitch! Anything I should add?

Warm Vacation Nights

Warm Vacation Nights

Who else could inspire this post but the always radiant and glowing Jennifer Aniston? Jen is the epitome of beachy, nautral beauty, so her look is perfect for anyone jetting off to warmer weather for vacation! Read on to see what I will be wearing out to dinner while away! Also, just as a side note, I tried to keep size in mind with all of these products, so a few of them come in travel sizes!

Make-Up

1) First things first, don’t forget to moisturize, especially after being in the sun all day, my skin can sometimes feel quite dehydrated.  Next up add primer! Any one you prefer is fine, but I recently tried the new Clinique one and I am in love with it!

2) Next move on to your base.  I used the NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska (Light 2), and blended it in with my fingers.  I like this one because it blends easily, and has the perfect amount of coverage for vacation make-up, when I don’t feel like wearing anything heavy.  Added bonus: It has SPF 30, and since its sheer, will match your skin tone even when you get tan!

3) Lightly dust a bronzing powder on your cheekbones, nose, temples, chin, and jawline, to give an added glow.  This plummy one from Benefit is my favorite! And you can skip the blush for this look, its unnecessary, and one less thing to pack!

4) Moving on to the eyes, cream shadow sticks are really easy to travel with, as they are not heavy like cream shadows in glass pots, and you don’t have to risk them breaking like powder shadows.  Apply the lighter shade (Golden Pink) all over your lids, taking it into the inner corners as a highlight.  Then take the darker shade (Bark) on your upper and lower lash lines, and blend out with fingers to get a soft, smokey eye! Don’t forget mascara!

5) Add a shimmering peachy, gold gloss (I like NARS Gold Digger) to your lips and voila! Your make-up is complete!

Hair

1) Prep clean hair by brushing through it, and sectioning it off.

2) Take 1-2 inch sections (depending on how thick your hair is), and wrap it around the curling wand, changing directions with each new section.

3) Add a little bit of Josie Maran Argan Oil Light to the ends of hair to keep it nourished and shiny, but not weighed down (remember: the sun can damage your hair too!).

Beauty and the Beach

Beach Make-Up

I know, I know, there is definitely a stigma that comes with wearing make-up to the beach.  But sometimes, wearing a little somethin’, somethin’ gives me that little extra boost of confidence I need.  Also, when I’m having not such great skin days, having some coverage makes a world of difference.  Enjoy!

Alright, now I know that putting on some self tanner may seem counterintuitive, but trust me its a good idea.  Having a base for your tan is never a bad thing, and at least for me, my face and body never tan evenly.  Mainly because I put so much more SPF on my face, that my face remains very pale while the rest of me tans.  Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning, is made for the face, and is a gradual self-tanner, so no waking up with an orange face.  I am really not a fan of the smell, but the results are fabulous.  Sweep some on with a cotton pad before you go to bed and wake up with a little extra glow!

If you do need some help in the complexion department, then Bobbi Brown BB Cream is a great option, and it comes in a wide variety of shades.  It’s very lightweight, and has SPF 35, which never hurts when you’re at the beach.

If you’re looking to add a little color to cheeks, then look no further than Becca Beach Tint.  As the name suggests, it was made for a day at the beach, and is totally waterproof.  I have one in the color Dragonfruit, and it gives a really nice tint to the cheeks and lips, and again has some added SPF protection.

Last, but not least, a few sweeps of some waterproof mascara to get those beautiful peepers looking a little perkier.  This YSL mascara has been fully vetted, and passes the waterproof test.  And if you want to look a little more natural, try using a dark brown instead of black!

And don’t forget a few elastics if you need to pull back your hair!

Check back tomorrow for an evening look!

Tropical Essentials

Tropical Essentials

Welcome to vacation week! This week is all about going away to warmer climates during the winter months.  Today I am showing you what my vacation essentials are, as I will be going away for five days in January! These are the items that I cannot live without on beach vacations.

Hat: This cute Fedora from Nordstrom is the perfect beach vacation hat.  It’s not too expensive either, so I don’t get that bothered if it gets a little beat up in the process of traveling.

Cover-up: I love bigger shirts as cover-ups, and this one from Top Shop is perfect.  It’s lightweight, but provides good coverage from the sun.

Bikini: I get most of my bikinis from Victorias Secret.  They come in so many different styles and colors, they have something for everyone! Not to mention that they are great quality, and since bathing suits usually wear out quickly anyways, the price of these doesn’t hurt either.

Sunglasses: Don’t forget to protect your peepers! Especially if you have blue eyes, always bring your shades with you!

Flip Flops: Concrete baking under the sun can get very hot, very quickly.  Rainbows are a super comfortable option!

Sunscreen: For my face my dermatologist recommended Elta MD oil free sunscreen.  It’s very lightweight, blends easily, and works on sensitive and acne prone skin.  For my limbs I love this Neutrogena sunscreen.  It comes in many different levels of SPF, and protects my skin even while swimming.

Lip Balm: This lip balm has SPF 15 – your lips can get sunburned too! I also love this one from Coola, for a less expensive option.

Hydration: Caudalie Beauty Elixir is a great way to keep your face hydrated, or if you need some much needed cooling off.  This comes in a 1 oz. size as well, which is great for traveling! Also try the Evian spray for something a little less expensive.

Make sure to look out for a beach make-up post tomorrow! What are your vacation essentials?

Lust List #2

Lust List #2

A few more items that I am lusting after this winter season! There is a pretty evident theme here, of black, white and red.  I think its just something about the prospect of living in a city that makes me want to wear neutrals, with a pop of color.  I hope you enjoy!

1) Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boots ($598): After my sister got a pair of Jimmy Choo over the knee boots, I was obsessed with them.  She pulled them off with so many looks (it may help that she has the legs of a model), = she inspired me to want my own pair, a.k.a. these beautiful Stuart Weitzman ones, in the black nappa leather.

2) Gucci Disco Bag ($895):  I have been trying to find the perfect bright red bag since the beginning of last summer, and this cute cross-body has answered my prayers.  Big enough to hold all my stuff, but still compact enough that it doesn’t feel bulky or awkward.  Also, the shade of red? On point.

3) Stuart Weitzman Zipit Shoes ($390): I tried these on the store, and it felt like my feet were being given the best hug ever.  These shoes are insanely comfortable, not to mention chic, in a punk/grunge sort of way.

4) Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne ($60): I really love the Jo Malone scents, and have been experimenting with some of the ones my mom has.  This one is light, crisp, and clean smelling, and is perfect to layer over other scents.

5) Voluspa Mini Candle in Goji Berry ($10): One of my favorite candles in a travel size!

6) Lulu Lemon Wunder Under Pant ($82): These leggings are super comfy, and I wear them all the time.  This grey pair is so cute!

7) Zoe Karssen Shirt ($100): This shirt is too cute with its stripes, and fun graphic, I can see running weekend errands in this tee, some leggings, sneaker wedges, and a hat.

8) Topshop Gold Cuff ($31): One of these gold cuffs on each wrist, with a long sleeve black dress would look so chic for a holiday party.  Not to mention an easy last minute outfit!

9) Make Up For Ever Glitter ($15): Glitter is kind of an essential for this time of year… right? What’s New Years Eve without a little sparkle? My favorite is the gunmetal color, or the gold.

I included the new Lorde album on here as well, because I am obsessed with her and her laid back attitude/amazing hair.  Do yourself a favor and go listen to a few tracks!