Pucker Up!

This summer is all about vibrant color and I am loving all the fun lip shades.  I would by no means consider myself a beauty expert, but have tried a few shades over the last few years in search of those that work with fair skin. This is a difficult feat. #whitegirlproblems !!! I have finally found a few tried and true shades that are amazing quality and I don’t necessarily feel the need to venture out and try anything else at this time.  Let’s count down the top 5…

NARS in Heatwave, Laura Geller in Madison Ave, Too Faced in Nude Beach , YSL in Vibrant Pink

And for the win…

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IT Cosmetics in IT Girl

 

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Out with the Old

And in with the PINK!!!  When planning my spring beauty routine, I chose products that would inspire me to feel fresh and feminine.  Lately, I have found myself craving femininity in my work life; I am sick and tired of blending in with the boys at work and want to embrace spring’s soft pinks, blushes and corals.  Like always, I try to limit my pieces so I do not blow my budget.  Quality v. Quantity is the name of the game.  Here is what I am going for…

Below are my top (and only) spring make up products, some new/some old, but I cannot express my new found love for this blush in words!  I purchased it because was prettily packaged and, well, the marketing got the best of me.  But, I LOVE it!

imageCoral Blush , Lipstick in Madison Ave , Mascara

From a beauty standpoint, and moving past makeup, I also wanted to focus on sustaining beauty care and body maintenance.  I am often guilty of neglect in this area. So this is where I am embracing the fresh and more natural skin look.

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Self Tanner , Ted Baker Lotion , Perfume

Fall Make Up Capsule 3: Planning

I cannot believe fall is already just around the corner….I am keeping my eyes open (aka stalking) Starbucks for the first glimpse of PSL, then it’s on!   In more relevant news, with a new season comes a new make up update.  I will once again admit, I am LOVING the quality v. quantity approach, as well as a defined area of my life to practice simplicity.  I have really come to appreciate a small yet complete makeup collection given all the traveling I’ve been doing lately and it’s not slowing down anytime soon with Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, Tucson, New Orleans and Madison coming up in the next 6 weeks.

Lessons learned…

I kind of missed the softer shades of eye shadow.  While I really love a black dark sexy smokey eye, I think I may be getting a little too old, or maybe just a little to lazy for this.  Plus, I am starting to get some wrinkles ( insert crying emoji), and dark shimmery shadows seem to only highlight this flaw. So Botox or a matte shadow palette?  Have I mentioned my deathly fear of needles, doctors, poisonous substances injected into your body?  The matte palette wins.

Moving on, I loved my contour brush.  More than anything…maybe even more than chapstick!   It stays!!!

A trend I will be embracing, the deep red “wine stained” lip.  I just need to complete some research on the right brand and color, but I am leaning towards NARS given my love for their heat wave lipstick.  Here is my plan for September thru November…

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And just for giggles here is my favorite shot from my trip to Boston last week.  We took a private tour of Fenway Park… My history junkie husband is wearing off on me 😉  !!!!

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Spring/ Summer Makeup Capsule: Round 2

Alright so here we are, the details of my second makeup capsule.  This will run from 3/15 to 10/15 and will consist of 15 pieces and a $200 budget .  Thus helps me to keep my beauty spending in check.  If I learned one lesson from my first time around, it is that white girls NEED bronzer.  Also, while I really liked some of my fall/ winter pieces, some are not necessary given the time of year.  I have 3 “levels” of makeup looks if you will.

Level One: This is my everyday look.  In my life this is for trips to target, travel days for work or running to my moms.  This simply includes primer, foundation, powder and Chapstick with light mascara.  Below is my inspiration photo.

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Level Two:  This is for times where a little more is appropriate…aka work, lunch dates and church.  I build on level one but add bronzes for a sunny glow and a light shadow. Below is my inspiration photo.

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Level Three: This is for special occasions where I intend and plan to spend more time primping.  I build on level two with a lip color or smokey eyes.  See my inspiration photo below.

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So here we go with details. 4 brushes, 3 lip products, 1 eye shadow palette, mascara, powder, foundation, Bronzer, tanning lotion, spray Bronzer and primer.

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New purchases include…

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Tantalized Bronzer and self tanner.  I researched these in depth.  You know us white girls need some help in the tanning department.  I bought these using a 20% off coupon at Ulta and using my Ulta points for an additional $17 off putting me at $34.35.

The tanning spray I also researched in depth.  This is from Victoria Secret.  I have some concerns I may need to replenish before 10/15, but we will see.  This totaled $15.76.

The sculpting brush by Tarte and the Too Faced lip gloss were purchased at Sephora at a grand total of $62.34 ( no coupons 😦 )

The foundation was a replenish from Dillard’s and is Este Lauder.  This totaled $31.13.  With this purchase I got a free gift, which I kept the eye shadow palette ( yay FREE) and gifted the remaining items.

In total, $143.55.  Over 25 % under budget.  If only I could the same for our house hunt!!!  I plan to be more diligent with updates and looks this time around and become a selfie taker.  I have mixed feelings about that, but we will see.