Whenever the seasons change, my makeup routine slowly morphs into something a little different over time. Now that summer is almost here, I wanted to share a peek into my summer makeup bag and some of the new products I have been loving over the past few weeks!
What’s In My Summer Makeup Bag:
Summer Beauty Products You Need
For basically my entire life, I have always been a toner girl and don’t get me wrong, I am still loyal to some type of toner everyday. I’m not quite sure why, but I always thought that if you used a toner, you didn’t need a facial spray. I was completely wrong! Now I know having additional skincare is a luxury, but tell me you don’t have more than one lipstick? That’s right, this summer you might have your mind blown, if you purchase this facial toner! Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater is my new favorite skincare product. I spray this on morning, night, post workout, to set my makeup and everything in between. It’s perfect to take to the beach and I promise you will thank me for this one! BTW, it doesn’t break me out at all!
I definitely went out on a limb when purchasing the Tom Ford Bronzing Primer, because truthfully I didn’t really know what to expect out of it. It seemed a little unnecessary and I never really use a primer anyway. After just two applications, I was completely sold. I keep wondering if I will ever be able to live without it or at least in the summer months. Not only does this primer do a great job of smoothing out my skins texture, but it also gives me a beautiful natural glow, as if I have been laying on a pink sand beach in the Bahamas all day! It is not orange at all, nor does it give your skin a dirty look. Rather is creates a warm glow that is irreplaceable! Definitely a must have!
CC Cream or Tinted Moisturizer
For many years I have tried, and failed, to find a tinted moisturizer that I liked. Everything I found didn’t have enough coverage or made my skin too oily. Katey McFarlan, of Chronicles of Frivolity, had been raving about this CC+ Cream from IT Cosmetics for a while. I decided to pick it up at Ulta a couple of months ago and it has been a favorite every since! Although this is definitely for those with a dryer skin type, I still find that this cc cream doesn’t break me out. I do tend to get a little oily with it, however the coverage is so amazing and a little powder sets it perfectly in place. Whether I am running to barre or wearing it as a light makeup look, the cc cream is my go to summer makeup base these days. Only when we are going out or I am filming, or shooting pictures do I wear my regular foundation. Even if you have oily skin I would definitely suggest giving this one a try. It has amazing coverage and it’s the best tinted moisturizer formula I have found. Lastly, I always apply all of my foundations, tinted moisturizers and CC Creams with my beauty blender! It makes application flawless and easy.
There is no doubt that in the Virginia heat, makeup tends to want to slide it’s way right off of my face in the warmer months. A few weeks ago I was at Sephora, looking for a new concealer, when the lady who was helping me suggested this one. It has great coverage, plus it’s waterproof! I am usually one who tends to steer away from anything that says “waterproof” as it always seems to be difficult to work with and never really pays off. This product, however, is completely different! This full coverage concealer, from Make Up For Ever, is amazing. It covers my acne well, blends in perfectly with my CC Cream and it lasts on my face all day, even when we are out on the boat or at the beach. If you are in the market for a full coverage concealer for the summer months, I would recommend this one.
There are so many options out there for good highlighters, I could go on and on for days! When heading to the beach, or pool, I often like to use a cream based highlighter, like this one. Lately, I have been loving this highlighter.
When it comes to eyeshadow, if you are going to the pool or beach, it’s all personal preference! I explained in my recent Youtube video, that it all depends where you are going as to what kind of beach/pool/boating makeup you want to wear. As for me, this summer I am obsessed with this cream shadow from Tom Ford! It is so pigmented and is the perfect shimmery rosé shade, if you know what I mean?! I love the packaging and if comes with a powder shadow on top to set everything in place and add a little more glitter. I can’t wait to pick this up in a another color. Although this isn’t waterproof, I find it much easier to work with and more long lasting than some “waterproof” shadows. I cannot sing enough praise to this product. You need it in your summer makeup bag!
Brows + Lashes
I decided to combine these categories because I have gone back to my eyelash extensions, (praise the Lord), so I’m not wearing any mascara at the moment-except maybe on my bottom lashes. One of my all time favorite mascaras, for all year around, is the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara. It lengths, separates and gives the must fluttery and feminine lashes. It also comes in a waterproof version as well!
Last summer, I shared an entire post on my top 3 favorite lipstick brands and some of my favorite shades, which still haven’t changed (they are that good, y’all)! If I am heading out in the sun for the day, I will often opt for something a little lighter, consistency wise, as well as something that is more balm like or moisturizing. The YSL Volupté Sheer Candy is my favorite tinted lip balm. They have good pigmentation, while still keeping my lips hydrated and feeling soft. Not too mention, their packaging is absolutely perfect. I also really like the YSL Tint-in-Oil lip products. These also provide incredible pigmentation (I was actually surprised) and keep your lips hydrated, making them the perfect “gloss like” product for all of your poolside events!
Hair Wave Spray
For all of my girls with stick straight hair (like me) you will love this! I have really straight hair and I used to have major trouble getting my hair to curl and then my girl would never hold. However this Wave Spray from Ouai is a complete game changer. I spritz my hair before and after curling, to help hold my girl longer. It gives the perfect natural wave and I swear it brings out a little body in my hair! I also bring it with me to the pool, and beach, and just spritz my hair when I get out of the water, for an easy beach look! I did a full review on the Ouai line, including this product, you can see that here!
Fragrance is definitely something that you want to maybe switch up in the summer months. I always admire people who say that they have one, or two, classic fragrances because I wish I could narrow mine down and stick with them forever. For some reason, I am always find new fragrances that I like and wear them nonstop for a year, or so, before finding a new ones that I love! This summer, I found the this Tom Ford body spray that is easily my new favorite summer scent. To some it might be too powdery, but I love the fresh scent. I would recommend stopping by your local Tom Ford counter and giving it a smell!
If you want to see all of these products in action, be sure to check out this Pool/Beach Day Makeup Tutorial on my Youtube Channel!
Sandals have been on my mind big time for the past few weeks! With Summer almost here and the Virginia weather heating up, (quite beautifully, if I might add), I have been wanting to purchase some new shoes for the upcoming season. Since I was a girl, I have always loved wearing sandals and any opportunity I have to be barefoot, you can bet that you will find me wandering around, without shoes on at all. So naturally, sandals are the next best thing to being barefoot!
Originally, I had planned on sharing an inspiration board of all of my favorite sandals for summer, but after a little thought I wanted to do more of a splurge vs. save post! I rarely ever do these, to be honest it’s simply because I like to save my money and then splurge on my favorite luxury items. However, when it comes to sandals, sometimes I battle with spending too much money on them, because they always end up getting dirty and worn out much easier than other shoes. Today, I rounded up some of my most coveted sandals and a few less expensive alternatives.
Yesterday, I announced in my weekly email that Jay and I are leaving this Sunday to head to Palm Beach! I couldn’t be more excited to get away and feel so blessed to get to travel to Palm Beach. I have been seeing so many bloggers traveling all over the world and I’m excited to get in a little travel myself. I loved reading this post from JuliaEngel (Gal Meets Glam) sharing some of the spots she visited, when she recently traveled to Palm Beach. Hopefully, I will be picking up a few new pairs of sandals while I am down there too.
Also, if you haven’t signed up to be on my email list, you can do so, here! I love sharing weekly emails and I am planning some really exciting things for over there very soon. I want you to be the first to know, so be sure to sign up!
When it comes to being an outfit repeater, I am definitely a repeat offender! When you find something that looks good and you feel comfortable in it, why not wear it often? Some people treat outfit repeating like a crime, but I personally think being able to alter one look and wear it multiple times is quite a talent. So if you have mastered the art of being an outfit repeater, cheers to you, and if you haven’t yet…well I’m going to share a few tips with you today!
Outfit Repeater: How to Wear One Outfit Three Ways
I’m always partial to accessories, because your girl loves a good bracelet stack and a designer handbag! Seriously, accessories will be your best friend when it comes to switching up your look. To go from day to night, or formal to casual, try switching up your earrings. Maybe you wear pearl studs during the day, or to a more formal event, and then switch them out for some cute bauble earrings for GNO (girls night out)! You can also change your look based on the handbag you are carrying. For work, a tote bag that holds your laptop, papers and agenda is more appropriate and necessary. If you are going shopping on Saturday or out to dinner on Saturday night, you might want to carry a smaller bag or maybe even a WOC (wallet on chain). Your accessories can really help you transform your look in simple and inexpensive ways!
Add or Remove a Jacket
Another easy way to transform your look, or switch it up, is to add (or remove) a jacket to your outfit. For a more pulled together look, try adding a blazer to cover your shoulders and make everything look a bit more polished. In the summer months, you can add a white or linen blazer for a more heat appropriate option. Also, when going from work to dinner drinks, you can simply remove your jacket for a little bit of a sultry look!
Change Your Shoes, Based on Your Setting/Environment
You know I’m a shoes girls, so I couldn’t right a post on repeating an outfit different ways, without mentioning shoes! Shoes are one of the best ways to switch up your look. You can wear distressed jeans and a white tee with flip flops, or sneakers for a fun casual day time look. Then, simply change into some killer pumps and a cute jacket for an effortless nighttime look!
Being an outfit repeater can be one of the best decisions, if you make sure to switch things up. Not only can you invest in high in, quality, pieces that will last you a life time, but you also have a solid capsule wardrobe that treats you well year around. Having a great wardrobe to begin with is so important and being able to build on what you have, makes repeating your favorite outfit that much more fun! Next time you go to grab that same outfit, try switching up the shoes, jacket, or adding some fun earrings, a scarf or maybe a different bag!
This post has been on my list for so long now and I’m happy to finally be sharing with you a quick little review, and overview, of our Nespresso machine! Our love affair with Nespresso began about a year ago when we were planning our wedding at Montage Palmetto Bluff. On our first stay at “The Bluff” (what Jay started calling it, so naturally it stuck) we decided to give the little Nespresso Pixie machine in our room ago. Low and behold the Nespresso machine instantly took over our life. Even my mother was lovestruck and came straight home and ordered one for herself! A few months later my parents gifted Jay, and I, a Nespresso machine for our new home, because we loved theirs so much. After that, the rest is history. We are Nespresso converts and won’t be changing anytime soon. By now, Nespresso has made it’s way through our family-including everyone who comes and stays at my mom’s house.
I am going to be completely honest when I tell you that, like anything else in life, my coffee drinking pattern has been an ever changing journey of the past several years! From the days of wanting a Starbucks drink, simply because that was the thing to do, even when I could barely stomach the taste of coffee. To being basically addicted to Starbucks and stopping there every morning on the way to school. Don’t get me wrong, I still indulge in Starbucks often as a fun treat or coffee date with friends or my hubby! To drinking way too much coffee, of any sort because I was stressed out and lacking sleep (hello college senior year, wedding planning and building a house). To adding copious amounts of sugar and creamer. All the way down to my coffee drinking today, which is a glorious, glorious thing. I am overly in love with our Nespresso machine and I think it’s ok to share my love for it, with you!
These days I don’t addany sugar at all to my coffee (crazy, right?) which is a huge difference from how I used to drink my coffee. The taste, convenience and ritual of using my Nespresso machine in the morning to make espresso or lungo, (which we still just call coffee at our house), is such a beautiful thing. We have the Nespresso Pixie which is the perfect size and has such chic style! Get all of the dimensions and specific details on our machine, here.
3 Why Reasons You Need a Nespresso Machine
Nespresso offers a variety of pods and I really haven’t met one I didn’t like! It’s only fair to say that I’m really not a coffee snob at all. At the end of the day, I just want it to be full of caffeine and taste yummy. As crazy as it sounds, drinking espresso from our Nespresso machine has made me more open to trying new coffee and espresso recipes. I love the taste so much that I rarely ever use milk, cream or sugar. If I’m feeling extra fancy I will froth up some milk in my Aeroccino and add a little sugar. But usually I don’t add either and it’s delicious as is!
I have to say that compared to our Keurig, the Nespresso machine is much faster and more convenient. It only takes a few seconds to brew up my morning cup and with only three buttons and a lever, it is unbelievably easy to work. It is small, compact and the design is sleek and minimal. I love how it looks pretty but doesn’t occupy half of my kitchen countertop space.
From the luxurious taste to its sophisticated design, each Nespresso machine offers a decadent lifestyle. With each sip my mornings, or afternoons, come to life. I love reading my devotional while sipping my espresso or taking a few minutes to plan out my day or write down my goals while enjoying coffee. I love how simple yet impactful our Nespresso Pixie machine looks on my counter, as I have created a nice little coffee space that I head straight to every morning. Everything about Nespresso machines are decadent and Timeless which is obviously why I am so drawn to them!
A Few Helpful Insights Before You Purchase Your Nespresso Machine
Unfortunately, you really have to stay on top of how many pods you have, because you have to order them online.
However, Nespresso does offer auto refills
If you want the frothy milk, buy the set that comes with the Aeroccino. Or if you are only buying the Nespresso for the frothy milk, just buy the aeroccino by itself!
The Nespresso machine is much louder than your average coffee maker. So just keep that in mind when you are using it early in the morning!
I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you have a Nespresso machine, be sure to let me know what your favorite part about it is! Don’t forget to shop this widget below to get my favorite heart spoons, coffee mugs, Nespresso machine, pod holder and more!
The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is finally here and I feel like this year, more than ever, there are so many great buys! As you can probably see, I got a little bit carried away when putting together my favorite picks, for this roundup. Let’s just say there are so many great things that you can get for a complete steal! One of the most exciting part about this round up is that all you have to do is click on the item above that you want to shop and it will take you directly to that item. So easy and I am so thankful that I am now able to make these easily stoppable boards. So all you have to is just click on the item above to shop!
I’m so excited to shop the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale and I hope that you found this post helpful in finding some of your steals too! If you are shopping this sale, be sure to let me know what you are buying or leave me a link in a comment!