August 24, 2016

6 Product Face

When I have the time, I am one of those people that love putting on makeup. It's fun to take the time to use my favorite products. I'm by no means an expert but I have a few looks that I love to do. My daily look is relatively simple, but I realized that I use a fair amount of products. 

I decided to challenge myself to a simple look only using a bare amount of products! At first, I said five products but I ended up needing a sixth (no one is perfect)! My goal was to look fresh, bright and put together. This look is for the days you need to be quick and get out the door fast. I like this for days that I'm just running errands or being real low key. Full disclosure, when I took the picture of this look I had a spray tan the day before!

Most of the time when I work out, I don't wear any makeup. I've found that many times after a work out I want to errands or meet friends for lunch and wish I had a bit of makeup on. Just a bit of polish would be perfect. Because this makeup look has a minimum amount of face products (only concealer) I don't mind sweating in it. 

The Products and Steps
  1. I start off with my morning skin routine (see here).
  2. BareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (in Fair)- Use this only as needed. For me, I dotted this under my eyes to cover my dark circles. Next cover any redness that you may have, I put some around my nose. Blend this in with a beauty blender (see my review of the beauty blender here). See my review of this concealer here.
  3. Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon  (in blonde) - Swipe this crayon lightly over your brows. It fills in your brows where they look sparse. Also, the consistency of the product keeps the hairs in place! 
  4. BareMinerals Blush (in cheerful) - Using a fluffy blush brush, swipe blush along the apples of your cheeks.
  5. Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter - Apply it below your brow bone and in the inner corners of your eyes. This step may seem unnecessary to many people and you could skip it. I love how highlighter makes me look awake. You can see my love of highlighters here
  6. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - Apply mascara! Roller Lash curls your lashes when you apply it, so you can skip the step of using an eye lash curler. I only applied this to my top lashes but feel free to apply it to your bottom lashes as well. I reviewed this mascara here.
  7. Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm (in Punch Pop) - Swipe this lip balm on your lips and your done! I can't finish a look without a little color on the lips. This lip balm/lip oil hybrid feels like chapstick but provides a little bit of color. 

August 22, 2016

Simple Look in my Favorite Denim

Has anyone else been living off of iced coffee lately? It's become a ritual for me to grab something cold and caffeinated each afternoon. Starbucks has a new drink with coconut milk that is my new favorite! It tastes like dessert.

This week we had a cool front and the highs were only in the high 80s. I know that doesn't really seem cool, but in Oklahoma it was a much needed break from the 100s! I was finally able to pull some jeans out again and not feel like I would melt. This distressed pair has become my favorite (seen here and here). You can wear them with almost anything, but I particularly like them with neutral colored items. 

I'm typical not great at buying simple tops. My eye is usually drawn to the colorful print or special detail. I've made a point lately to buy some basic items that can be more versatile in my wardrobe. Loft just got some great tops! This white peplum top is great on its own as you can see here. In the Fall, it makes a great layer for your favorite cool weather items. In fact, I know I'll be wearing this outfit on repeat over the next few months. As it cools off, I'll trade the caged sandals for booties and layer a leather jacket or cardigan over the top. 

I found some other great items from Loft this weekend! I was drawn to a lot of peplum like this top and this tiered t-shirt. This button down is a great piece for a business casual look or with some white denim! This swing dress may be the softest item I own. You'll see it featured in a later post!

Caged Sandals, old (similar here) - Denim, old (similar here)

August 19, 2016

Spray Tan Tips

I'm a proud member of the porcelain skin club. I gladly slather on sunscreen anytime I'm outside. Even if you aren't as fair as me sunscreen is a necessity! You've heard all the benefits before so I won't list them again. 

As much as I avoid the sun I still can appreciate a bronzey tan glow! Since I can't get that look on my own, I turn to spray tans. Whenever I have a special event or know I'll be taking a lot of pictures, I book myself a spray tan appointment. It has come a long way since the spray tan booth that Ross goes to (remember that Friends episode?) and comes out looking like a carrot. Now technicians use an airbrush to apply a realistic tan. Many places also have several different colors and darkness levels. 

Since I am really fair complected I always ask for a light tan. I also ask the spray tan technician to blend the color to help get rid of any tan lines I have. Don't be afraid to talk to the technician to make sure you get what you want.

As easy as the spray tan process is, you have to prepare for it. I've put together the tips and tricks I use to make sure I get the best tan possible and that it lasts for as long as possible.

Preparation Tips
  • Research spray tan places and ask people you know for recommendations. When I was looking for a new place to go my friends steered me to Caesar's Tan in Oklahoma City and I've been so happy with it. 
  • Use a light exfoliator all over your body the day before you tan. You want to soften any rough patches and get rid of dry skin. This will help your spray tan go on evenly. 
  • Do not put on any lotion, perfume or deodorant before getting a spray tan. They can create a barrier and the tanning formula won't adhere. If you can't shower right before bring a baby wipe or face towelette to wipe yourself off before. 
  • Shave the day of your spray tan. Shaving after your tan will take some of it off so I try to avoid it as long as possible. 
  • Make sure you have super loose dark clothing to change into after you get the tan. You don't want anything that will rub the tan off. If you wear underwear while getting the tan make sure it is some that you don't mind getting stained. 
  • Manicures and pedicures can take off the tanner so get them before you get your spray tan.
After Tips
  • Don't get your skin wet for at least 8 hours. This includes showering or sweating! I like to get spray tans in the evening and then shower the next morning. 
  • Keep your skin moisturized! I apply lotion twice a day starting after the first post tan shower.
  • Avoid hot water when showering and pat yourself dry. Don't rub!
  • Avoid face products that have exfoliators, salicylic acid or anything else that could take off the tan. 
  • Ask your technician for tips. Each formula needs to be treated differently so get the scoop on your particular spray tan formula.
What do you do to extend your spray tan? 

August 15, 2016

Floral Midi Dress

 I originally bought this floral midi dress during the Nordstrom's sale knowing it would be perfect for Fall. I tucked it away in my closet. Ready to pull it out at the first sign of cooler weather! Booties and a jean jacket pair perfect with the Fall floral. I can even add tights when the weather gets really cool!

 Last week I was looking for something to wear to lunch with my cousin and then to run some errands around town. The excruciating heat here has me wearing only breezy, comfortable clothes. I can hardly stand to let my hair down, thus the top knot has been my latest accessory. I realized this dress could work as well during the summer. Simple, neutral sandals and my go to Tory Burch crossbody made me ready for a busy day. Don't you love when you can wear something basically year round?

After one day in this dress it has become an instant favorite. It's simple, comfortable and stylish. You couldn't ask for more! I love this dress as a casual alternative to my go to jeans. Casual dresses, like this one, allow you to change up your typical casual wear with little effort. 

Floral Midi Dress - Sandals, old (similar here and here)
Crossbody bag, old (similar here)

August 11, 2016

Kendra Scott Fall 2016 and Discount Code

Have you checked out Kendra Scott's Fall 2016 collection? It may be one of my favorite collections to date! It has red jasper, grey granite and lapis as the primary stones throughout the collection. There are gorgeous metal pieces with pave. I've never wanted so many pieces before! 

My favorite pieces have to be the grey granite ones. I love the contrast of the white and grey stone against the rose gold. It's a combination I haven't seen before. This pendant necklace will be my first purchase! I love the stud earrings too. The blue lapis makes a statement especially with this earring design. There is also a necklace with this tiered stone design. 

To make this collection even more appealing from now until August 13th you can get $40 off a $200 purchase with the code SHOPSTYLE! I've pulled together a few of my favorite pieces below but you can shop the whole collection here

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