Happy Things

Happy Friday!  This week I’m still adjusting after vacation and the long weekend.  I’ve been dragging on getting back into the gym.  Next week I’ll be at it again and into my normal routine (hopefully!).  I hope everyone has a … 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

Ice Cream Nails…My Spring Nail Faves

{Left to right:  OPI Mod About You, L’Oreal Royally Yours, L’Oreal Lacey Lilac, Essie Mint Candy Apple} Hi, remember me?!  Sorry for the lack of posts.  Jon and I spent last week in Scottsdale to celebrate our anniversary but I’m … Continue reading

Happy Things

TGIF!  Tonight I’m heading to the grand opening of The Stage nightclub at Santa Ana Star Casino with some girlfriends, and then hopefully having a relaxing weekend with no real plans!  Here are some highlights of my week in pictures! … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy happy Friday! I have a lot of happy things documented this week! Here are the highlights of my week in pictures:

20120726-165221.jpg{I saw this glitter gradient manicure on Pinterest and had to try it myself! I used Essie Limo-Scene with Essie Set in Stones. I followed this tutorial}

20120726-165233.jpg{Fresh mint water was the perfect evening refresher. You can buy the infusion pitcher here}

20120726-165244.jpg{Bo was in dire need of a bath and a hair cut. Nothing like a clean, soft, groomed pup! Thanks Renee!}

20120726-165259.jpg{I switched my nails up a lot this week! I reversed the glitter for this manicure and used Essie Ballet Slippers with Martha Stewart glitter in Sugar Cube}

20120726-165309.jpg{I’m officially hooked on Lux Divine Jewelry and am so in love with these agate handmade necklaces I ordered for my mom and me}

20120726-165325.jpg{We have had afternoon rainstorms nearly every day this week. Absolutely love gloomy, stormy weather}

20120726-165337.jpg{I made a casual maxi dress from Forever21 work appropriate with a Loft cardigan and skinny belt. Similar dress here. Yes, I’m obsessed with stripes}

20120726-165402.jpg{Lunch break pedicures are the best! This is Essie Mint Candy Apple}

20120726-165413.jpg{I’ve been too lazy to cook dinner this week so I’ve been living off of arugula salads and white wine water. Recipe for my arugula salad here}

20120726-165440.jpg{Bo has been so snuggly in the mornings! It’s hard to leave him}

20120726-165449.jpg{After reading that the gorgeous Bachelorette Emily Maynard wears Essie Fiji I pulled out my bottle and applied it right away. Such a pretty, opaque whitish pink. Reminds me of a strawberry milkshake. Click here to find out the rest of Emily’s beauty must-haves}

20120726-165459.jpg{The absolute highlight of my week was when Emily Maynard saw my Essie Fiji manicure picture on Instagram and LIKED it! And then I proceeded to get 46 new Instragram followers in a matter of minutes.}

What made you happy this week?

Pool Day Beauty Essentials

We have a fantastic pool at our apartment complex and it’s been getting a lot of use now that the warm weather has arrived! Since pool days involve major heat and getting wet, my beauty routine is nearly nonexistent on these days. Here are my 5 beauty essentials for lazy days at the pool with friends!

1. Chapstick with Suncreen

Sunburned lips are so incredibly painful. I have so many chapsticks but most of them don’t contain any SPF. It’s really important to only wear lip balm that includes sun protection when you’re going to be out in the sun. I’ve been using Maybelline Baby Lips clear lip balm in peppermint. It has SPF 20 and comes in a really cute container.

2. Suncreen

This should be obvious. Don’t skip sunscreen! And anything with an SPF below 15 does NOT count! I never use anything below 30 when I’m going to be swimming. I’m currently loving Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock in SPF 30. It applies evenly and absorbs well without being greasy. You don’t have to rub it in and get it all over your hands, which I really like.

3. Bright lipstick

As you’ve seen from my past posts (here and here) I’m totally into bright lips for spring and summer. Since mascara and bronzer are pointless on pool days (I actually swim like a kid with my friends at the pool, not just lay out), I love wearing bright lips. While we were in Vegas, I bought Lancome Rouge in Love High Potency Lipcolor lipstick in Rose Boudoir. This is a great pool day lipcolor because it’s long wearing (claims to be 6 hours but I find it lasts 2-3), and Rose Boudoir is a gorgeous and bright hibiscus corally pink.

4. Leave in conditioner

The sun and chlorine can really take a toll on your hair. I like to spritz some leave-in conditioner on my ends to help protect against damage. I’m currently using Milk Shake Leave In Conditioner. It’s packed with honey, fruit extracts, proteins and vitamin E. It also smells like cake! I’m sure it’s supposed to smell like a milkshake, and it technically does, but I smell vanilla cake and frosting. YUM.

5. Bright Nail Polish

Nail polish is a great way to make a beauty statement when everything else is understated. I’m currently loving different shades of green and blue for the warm weather. My spring favorites have been Revlon Posh, pictured above, and Essie polish in Something Borrowed, Lapis of Luxury and Mint Candy Apple.

{My friends and me on Memorial Day at my pool}

What are your pool/beach day beauty essentials?