Happy Things

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a great week.  This weekend we’re staying at Los Poblanos Historic Inn.  I can’t wait for a delicious farm to table dinner and a cozy night at this charming place.  I’ll also be prepping some food and … Continue reading

Beauties of the Month: Sakura, Karen & Ali of The Sorority Secrets!

May is extra special because I have THREE gorgeous ladies for you instead of just one!  Meet Sakura Karen & Ali, the stunning girls behind The Sorority Secrets (TSS), a lifestyle blog full of beauty tips, tasty recipes, life advice and … Continue reading

Spring Fresh: (5 minute natural and glowy makeup routine)

When I need to throw myself together quickly I opt for minimal makeup, focusing on lush lashes, glowing skin and sheer, rosy lips.  This is one of my favorite looks for the spring and summer and can easily be glammed up by using … Continue reading

Beauty of the Month: Jade of Kissable Complexions

I am so excited to introduce you to the beautiful Jade.  I discovered her amazing beauty website, Kissable Complexions, through Pinterest and we have become blog friends!  She’s an incredible makeup artist and I look forward to reading her blog every … Continue reading

Beauty of the Month: Melisa of Pie N’ The Sky

Meet Melisa.  She is the gorgeous face behind the popular lifestyle blog, Pie N’ The Sky.  She’s also a graphic designer, among many other things, and she designed my blog!  Melisa has such a sweet spirit and her creativity is … Continue reading

July Birchbox

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July’s Birchbox is a Senses theme so it’s full of things for hearing, tasting, feeling and smelling.

What’s Inside

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Papers

-What it is: These are for oily skin. They absorb oil and are full of beneficial green tea extracts to leave your skin matte.

-My thoughts: My skin is bone dry so I wouldn’t put these on my skin ever, nor would they do anything if I did. I’ll give them to a friend with oily skin and I’m sure they will work wonderfully. Boscia is a fantastic skincare brand. I’m a little disappointed these were in my box considering we fill out a personalized form so they know our skin type.

Full-size cost: $10

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

-What it is: The product name pretty much says it all!

-My thoughts: Eyeko is a great brand. I received a full-sized liner, which was exciting! It gives a really precise, even line and is easier to use than most liquid liners I’ve used. Love it!

Full-size cost: $15

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint

-What it is: A light-weight tinted moisturizer that gives a dewy finish.

-My Thoughts: This is very similar to my beloved Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.  Similar, luxurious texture and luminizing finish.  I applied it with my BeautyBlender this morning and really liked it.

-Full-size cost: $38

Oscar de la Renta Live in Love perfume sample

-What it is: A feminine floral fragrance with hyacinth, orchid, sandalwood and cedar.

-My thoughts: This is a really girly, soft perfume that I like. Not sure I would pay for a full bottle but it’s a nice scent.

Full-size cost: $78

Larabar Uber on Cherry Cobbler

What it is: A snack bar packed with dried nuts, fruit and a touch of honey.

My Thoughts: I love Larabar and this was delicious. I love that her ingredients are so simple and natural. All her bars leave me feeling full and energetic.

Full-size cost: $27.95 for a 16-pack

Earbuds:

What it is: Earbuds for your iPhone, iPod, etc.

My Thoughts: I absolutely love the neon green and hot pink colors. These are so cute! The iPhone earbuds typically make my ears sore after wearing for a while and these don’t do that! They do slip out of my ears easier than the iPhone ones, though.

Cost: $10

What did you think of your July Birchbox?

New Beauty Find! BeautyBlender Makeup Applicator

My June Beauty Talk guest listed the BeautyBlender as one of her top 5 beauty essentials.  After hearing her rave about it I just had to get myself one!  I’m so glad I did.  This is so far from your drugstore makeup sponge … Continue reading

6 Steps to Luminous Skin

I prefer a dewy, luminous glow over a matte look any day. Particularly in warm weather. Taking proper care of you skin and drinking tons of water is the first step in getting this look (you can see my skincare routine & tips here). Once you have that down, you can use products to enhance the appearance of your skin. My favorite blogger, Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere, does a great dewy makeup how-to here.  Here are my tips and products for achieving a dewy glow:

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1. Moisturize before applying any makeup

This is a very important step, wether you’re going for a dewy look or not. When skin is dry, makeup can’t apply and set smoothly. I apply moisturizer first thing in the morning, let it soak in while I get ready for my day and then apply my makeup.

2. Opt for tinted moisturizer over foundation

Foundation can be too heavy on the skin and create too much coverage, which decreases luminosity. I swear by Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. It’s a bit pricey but well worth it. It lasts for awhile and give the most beautiful, sheer coverage.

If you have a foundation that you really like make your own tinted moisturizer by mixing your foundation with your daily face lotion.

3. Use a liquid illuminator

I’ve tried several and NARS Illuminator in Copacabana is my favorite. you can use an illuminator many different ways but I prefer to mix a drop in with my tinted moisturizer and apply both together. If you prefer to use it separately, use sparingly and apply to cheek bones and bridge of nose. Blend really well.

On lazy weekends when I’m wearing little to no makeup I’ll skip the tinted moisturizer, blend the illuminator in with my daily moisturizer, apply some lipgloss and be done!

4. Use a bit of bronzer

I love Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna. It’s gives really smooth, even color and blends easily so I’m never left with any accidents. Lightly sweep the bronzer all over your face, particularly your cheek bones and nose.

5. Finish with cheek color and shimmer powder

For my cheek color I alternate between Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love and Nars powder blush in Orgasm. The cheek stain will enhance the dewy factor more than the powder blush will, but both are great.

I finish off the look with a swipe of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle. It’s a light shimmer powder that gives a luminous glow.

This may sound like a lot of makeup but I use each of these products very sparingly so I don’t end up looking too overdone, cakey, shimmery, etc.

6. Spritz with a facial water or toner

To set your makeup and enhance luminosity I spritz on either Evian Mineral Water Spray or Lush Breath of Fresh Air toner. I like to keep one of these in my bag for a mist of hydration and refreshment throughout the day and also to freshen the appearance of my makeup.

What are your favorite tricks & products to achieve luminous skin?