Summertime – the Essentials

Hi beauties! I’m so excited that summertime is just around the corner – it feels like spring has only just begun! Maybe that’s because of the ridiculously cold weather we were experiencing out in Colorado. But out here, it’s been sunny with plenty of warmth and I’m loving it!

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee, Laura Mercier Gilded Rose, Charlotte Tilbury's Bar of Gold, Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral, Sonia Kashuk tinted moisturizer, e.l.f. mist & set, Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Foundation, Essie All Tied Up, Nails Inc Wellington Square, Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss Plumilicious

With the summer season comes a slight change of products that I’ll be incorporating into my makeup routine. Summer is a season where you usually don’t want to go too heavy with your makeup – especially if you’re in an area where the weather can get unbearably hot and humid (east coasters, you KNOW what I mean!). Last summer, putting on makeup was about as useless as teats on a bull, seriously. I mean the second I stepped outside it would literally start melt off. I’m hoping that this year the humidity might give me a bit of a break. With that said, if at all possible, going with a light face base is key. A tinted moisturizer or a light/medium barely-there-feel foundation will benefit you the most during the hot summer months.

Polish: I’ve said before that I’m not one to follow trends, but as time goes on I’m finding myself more attracted to trend shades for each season. I’m really into peaches, corals and beachy colors right now. Nails Inc. Wellington Square is a gorgeous peachy-orange shade that goes well with all skin tones, and I also really like Essie’s All Tied Up – it’s kind of an earthy coral with gold shimmer in it that just reminds me of the beach. Oranges, corals, mints, warm neons and nude tones are all great for summer.

For cheeks, Josie Maran’s Cheek Gelee is a great pick – the formula is light and creamy and lets you decide how light/heavy you want to go with your colour. It gives your cheeks a radiant, natural glow. Natural and lighter blushers work best during the summer because you really don’t want or need to over-do it. A subtle hint of color will do, just enough that you can tell its there.

Eyes: Again, I’m loving peachy/beachy colors right now and the color shown (Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Rosegold) is one that I actually re-discovered within my stash just a few weeks ago. The color is BEA-U-TIFUL; a true, deep, shimmery rose gold – total buttery perfection and crazy pigmented. Right now I’m really into wearing shadow without any eyeliner at all – just some color on the lids (lately, the Laura Mercier shadow, but any peachy/bronze-y shade will do), a transition shade and some mascara – it really brings a natural, brightened-up look to the eyes.

To give you a radiant, warm glow, add a highlighter or illuminator to the highest point of your cheek bones – one of my personal favorites is Charlotte Tilbury’s Bar of Gold.

Lips: Corals are always great for summer (seen above, Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick in Coachella Coral), but I’m also liking pastel and bright pinks. Right now I’m loving CoverGirl’s new Colorlicious lipgloss in Plumilicious – it gives a bright, but not too bright tint to the lips and has enough pigmentation that it can be worn on its own, which I love.

To top everything off, with my skin being extra oily during the hot months, a setting spray is a must to keep my makeup in place as long as possible. e.l.f.’s Makeup Mist & Set is a much cheaper alternative and dupe for MAC Fix + and Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.

So there you have it! What are your essentials and favorites for the warm months to come?


Woo, finally home!

Hello everybody! I’ve finally made it safe and sound. I hope all of you are doing great! We finally got our internet and cable hooked up yesterday and it feels gooood!

I have to say, so far this place is a beauty. GREEN everywhere! So many lakes, flowers and trees, it’s already such a huge change from where we were living before. I actually didn’t get a chance to take as many pictures along the way as I wanted to, but here are a couple that I did take:

The Palouse, Washington The Palouse, Washington

This is the Palouse, located on the Idaho/Washington border. This place is truly amazing. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love beautiful scenery and this place has views that I’ve never seen before. I was just in awe. These pictures don’t do it justice at all, there are far better ones out there, but I’ve never seen so many green rolling hills all in one place. It just doesn’t look real! When you’re standing there viewing it, you’ll be speechless. I saw photos of Palouse quite a while before we moved and when I saw it, I immediately knew I HAD to see it in person since we’d be passing through, so I did! I really wish I would’ve had time to stay a bit longer and get some better shots but we were on a time crunch since we were actually en route to our new place, so it was kind of rushed. I spent most of my time lost and looking for the best places to take the pictures than actually taking them :/ hmph.

Well, I’m really excited to be back on here and I’m slowly trying to catch up on what you all have been up to and what I’ve been missing out on. Toodles, loves!

Blog Change + Net-a-porter & Charlotte Tilbury

It’s been a long time again. I’ve been wanting to start blogging about makeup. I’ve been thinking about it quite often, but haven’t brought myself to do so yet. I think we need more beauty bloggers of color – because whenever I search for reviews/swatches, they’re almost never on someone of my skin tone, so it makes it a bit hard to figure out what it’ll look like on me. I wonder if other girls have this issue as well, so I’d like to start doing that soon! I’m no expert by any means, but if I can post looks and swatches with the makeup I have and buy, it might do somebody some good.

With that said, I’m so excited for my biggest (or most expensive) ever haul yet! I finally scooped up some Charlotte Tilbury makeup! I’ve been literally dreaming about her makeup for months. Net-a-porter was offering free international shipping (I couldn’t bring myself to pay £25 which is a whole ‘nother product that could be bought) so I took advantage of that pretty much the second I got that e-mail. It took me a few hours to decide what exactly I was going to get, but I finally settled upon a few lovely products. They didn’t have the exact blush & lip colours I wanted so I had to settle for different ones, but I know they’ll work out perfectly. Maybe once she starts shipping internationally through her site (depending on the cost), I’ll be able to pick up some more. I’ve also been eyeing a couple of her brushes, but I’m not willing to buy a whole set right now. I took a few pictures of the packaging (so cute!) and will have more to come once I purchase my vanity & get that all set up, hopefully this weekend. My package literally only took TWO days to get here from the UK (take THAT, Sephora!). I ordered it on Monday and it WOULD have gotten here Wednesday, but I wasn’t home to sign for it so I had to wait a WHOLE EXTRA excruciatingly, painfully long day. When I received my package it was so cutely & efficiently packed. It came in a sleek black Net-a-porter box (they even sent a complimentary tape measure! I get excited about the most ridiculous things) with black tissue paper and all the products inside a zip-locked bubble wrap package. The only downfall is that my Bar of Gold came crumbled to bits. 😦 I e-mailed them pretty much immediately, so I hope it’ll be able to get resolved quickly & efficiently. I’ve read a few nightmare stories about their customer service, so I hope it goes smoothly. Anyway, here are the teaser pictures and I’ll have more to come (hopefully with swatches and looks) soon!


Makeup.. Newfound Addiction.

So right before my most recent trip back home this summer, I suddenly realized that I had been wearing the WRONG shade of foundation for the past year+ (cue horror music now). Now normally I wouldn’t care. But I was going back HOME. To people that I actually care about (husband and daughter are of course relevant, but also irrelevant.. they love me no matter what).. so how am I going to go out in public with pink-face? After probably 20+ trips to 5 different Sephora’s as well as Macy’s, Nordstrom & Dillard’s (I tried EVERYTHING from Givenchy to MAC to Stila) and 2 months AFTER my trip, I finally realized that, hey.. foundation just isn’t my thing. I couldn’t find a shade that matched at all. Not ONE. Why? Because I don’t need all that coverage! Why didn’t I realize this before? Because I didn’t know any better! So now, I’m stuck on tinted moisturizer. For over a month now! So I know this is the one.. MY holy grail (Sonia Kashuk for Target, by the way). Needless to say, my makeup collection has MUCH grown. I used to care less, as long as my blemishes were covered, but due to my horrific experience this summer, I’ve become a bit of an addict. It’s a blessing and a curse. Now, I’m working on my eyeshadow application.. because it’s hard for me not to put it on like a 5 year old. This is something I may never master, but I’m not going to give up, dang it. Until then..