Sunday, May 24, 2015

Made For The Heat: Trying Out Stila Summer

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Stila Summer Collection Review and Swatches

Now that the heat really has started to hit some areas of the country, I'm in the mood for summer beauty! I want brighter colors and products that are made to stand up to the heat and humidity. Luckily there are some great releases out there right now, and some of the best are from Stila.

Stila Summer Collection Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer Review

Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer

So, this primer isn't terribly different from other silicone primers out there now. They all do a great job of smoothing out your skin, making pores and other skin imperfections less obvious when used under your makeup. They even work when alone, and you can layer a little over your makeup mid-day if you need to smooth things out. All of that is true of this primer.

What really sets the Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer apart from others is the form that it comes in. Rather than being a liquid/lotion consistency, this is a stick. Which means that it is easier to travel with! You can put it in your makeup bag and not worry about it spilling everywhere. It doesn't need to go in your liquid 3-1-1 bag if you're carrying everything on to a plane. And when you apply it, you get a little cool feeling from it, so it's perfect for mid-day touchups on a hot summer day.

Stila Summer Collection Review and Swatches

Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer

This liquid bronzer is perfect for creating a very natural glow. It evens works for me, a super pale girl! You can use just a tiny amount all over (tip: mix it into your morning moisturizer to thin it out a bit), or apply a little extra directly where you want it. I would only recommend this for adding a sunlight glow, not contouring. It's a bit too golden and has shimmer, so it really is perfect for faking a little extra summery glow! The coverage is light but it builds very easily. It feels very lightweight on my skin and lasts all day.

Stila Summer Collection Review and Swatches

Aqua Glow Color Wash Blush

My favorite product is definitely the Color Wash Blush! This blush comes in 5 different shades, I tried out Water Poppy and Rosewater, but I'm definitely picking up Water Lily and Shimmering Lotus as well.

The formulation is very interesting. It comes in a pot, and you can see that there's a mesh holding the blush in the bottom of the jar. (Note that the lid is made to prevent it from coming out as well, don't worry about this spilling all over.) It's very thin, definitely thinner than most face lotions.

To apply, you just dip in a finger, pat over your cheekbone and then blend with a finger or brush. It is very natural and subtle, but can be layered for more color. I've become a bit obsessed with the Rosewater color, it's a beautiful light pink! The color lasts all day and stays put even on hot and humid days.

Stila Summer Collection Review and Swatches

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks aren't new, but they're one of those formulations that so many people love and whenever they come out with new shades they get snapped up! This season there are 5 new shades. I'm wearing Amalfi, which is the bright coral-pink shades. I really want to try Bella, which is also a bright pink. These are a bit tricky to get the hang of, but once you do they're amazing! They last almost an entire day without smudging or wiping off. The key is to start with moisturized lips and then apply very, very thin layers. Super thin. It's worth it!

Stila Summer Collection Review and Swatches

All of these products are available at Stila

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Weekend Beauty Reads from The Beauty Spotlight Team

Phyrra brings you an easy to follow Dramatic Teal Cut Crease Tutorial!

What do you crave on your nails in the summer? Beauty Info Zone shares a KBShimmer polish that you'll have a lot of love for and might start a craving.

Sunny from Mostly Sunny used to think she can’t pull off reddish brown eyeshadows, but one day she realized she just has to pair them right! Check out her new reddish brown shadow love, Giorgio Armani Senso Eye Tint!

If you seek summer-ready skin that is fresh, luminous and healthy, then Colbert MD Intensify Facial Disks will gently and effectively achieve this goal! Learn why Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is thoroughly obsessed with this game changing exfoliator!

Prime Beauty has an exclusive eyeshadow to share with you from Pacifica! Enter to win the Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette!

Are you obsessed with neutrals palettes like Pammy is? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out Hard Candy's new Look Pro Natural Eyes Palette. Is the quality as good as the price? Find out!

Christa from Perilously Pale has many new favourite nail polish colours for summer and several happen to be from the stunning Essie Summer 2015 Collection.

15 Minute Beauty has been obsessed with one thing lately, and that's her hair! Find out her favorite products to create the perfect tousled waves.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Sales Picks!

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Best memorial Day Sales

I'm shopping online. Again. Are you surprised? Probably not! I'll update with sale info as I find it!

Ann Taylor Memorial Day Sale Picks

Ann Taylor
40% off Everything
Use code SHOP40, valid until Tuesday 5/26/2015 at 3:00 AM EST

My Picks:
Silky Shirt
Striped Halter Maxi Dress
Striped Linen Cotton Midi Dress
Pleat Neck Halter Top
Paisley Foulard Scarf Print Shirt
Graphic Lace Tank

20% off sale with code GONEFISHING

My Picks:
Eberjey Sun Warrior Cover-Up
Perennial Necklace
Miyuki Kimono Robe
Paned Cocoon Dress
Kazumi Silk Tunic
Tasseled Gems Necklace

J Crew Memorial Day Sale Picks

J. Crew
25% off with code SUMMERLOVE
30% off with code CARDLOVE if you are a card holder
Valid through May 21, 2015, 11:59pm ET, online only.

My Picks:
Drapey V-Neck Romper
Embroidered three-quarter sleeve beach tunic
Hayden Canvas Hobo Bag
Stretch Toothpick Jean in White

J Crew Factory
50% off everything online and in store, through May 25, 2015, 11:59pm ET

My Picks:
Embroidered Windowpane Top
Boyfriend Boatneck Sweater
Flutter-sleeve Swiss-dot Dress
Striped Knit Romper

Kendra Scott
Up to 70% off select items, no code needed.

My Picks:
Kiri Birthstone Necklace
Cassie Bracelet
Ariel Branch Earrings

Loft Memorial Day Sale Picks

40% off Everything

My Picks:
Slouchy Linen Tee
Skinny Cropped Chinos
Eyelet Hem Sweater
Shirred Halter Dress

Michael Kors
Up to 30% off select items in store and online

My Picks:
Leaf-Print Jersey Dress
Greenwich Large Saffiano Leather Satchel
Fulton Saffiano Moccasin
Janey Python Clutch
Gauze-Jacquard V-Neck Tunic
Lace-Trimmed Georgette Top
Draped Cashmere Cardigan
Embroidered Linen-Blend Tunic
Paisley V-Neck Tunic
Yarn-Dyed Striped Dress
One-Shoulder Tankini

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Window Shopping Online... Kate Spade and Nordstrom

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Kate Spade Surprise Sale Picks

So, it's Memorial Day. And in the lead up to the holiday, did you notice the millions of sales? And I'm a bit addicted to online shopping. So, I'll be putting my picks from different sales up. Starting with the Surprise Sale from Kate Spade. Nordstrom is starting a big sale today too, I'll be adding picks from their sale and a few others as I shop!

1. Sponge Crepe A-Line Dress: I love the color of this dress and the zipper detail in the back. I'm trying to decide if I have somewhere to wear it, but it's sitting in my cart right now!

2. Vegas Jewels Necklace: It will go with pretty much anything.

3. Limoncello Bouquet Large Colin: I like this set for travel a lot! 2 bags that can nestle together or be used on their own depending upon how much stuff you're packing.

4. Highland Place Bee: This is a cute little wristlet or pouch. Great for taking just a few things with you or to hold things in a bigger purse.

5. Perri Lane Bubble Lynne: I love the texture on the outside of this bag. It's pretty thin, so not a big tote, but it would be a great summer alternative for bringing papers to and from work.

6. Le Pavillion iPad Mini Folio or iPad Folio: I am a sucker for polka dots!

7. Sawyer Street Alair: A big, multipurpose tote. Perfect for travel this summer!

8. Montford Park Smooth Keira: A cute little clutch, I love the bow!

9. Moon River Bangle: More of the pink that I'm obsessing over and a bow! I have a few Kate Spade bangles and love stacking them together. This is a great pop of color.

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks

Nordstrom has started their Half Yearly Sale, which means a lot of great savings on items for this summer!

kate spade new york 'cobble hill - mini carson' crossbody bag: Crossbody bags are really, really perfect for moms. I have a couple that I rotate between for holding my own "essentials" like my phone, money, lip balm, etc. I then can leave all of the baby stuff in the big baby bag, and don't need to dig through it when my phone rings.

BP Faceted Statement Necklace: This is an insane deal. Buy all the colors.

Kendra Scott 'Arden' Station Cuff: I love the detail on this bracelet.

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Anya' Platform Sandal: All I can say is wow! The details are amazing on this one.

Rebecca Minkoff 'Mini Fiona' Bucket Bag: Bucket Bags are big this year, and this is a steal! The smoke color is perfect with bright colors or pastels. It's very versatile.

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Large Eliza' Tote: This is a plastic tote, which means it is perfect for taking to the beach or pool, where things would get wet. It's in my cart now for using this summer with my girls!

Pleione Mixed Media Tunic: I have this shirt in 3 colors and want more! Buy your regular size for a relaxed fit, go up one for a "tunic" like fit.

Not Pictured:
Tumi 'Alpha Bravo - Kingsville' Deluxe BriefPack: I have this backpack, and it was great when I traveled with my kids this spring! There's a separate pocket for the computer, which makes going through TSA much, much easier! I also have the matching Alpha Bravo Everett Essential Tote, and the Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack is a good option if you don't need the computer slot.

target="_blank" rel="nofollow"Alexis Bittar 'Elements' Multistrand Necklace: Such a great statement necklace!

Donna Morgan 'Jessie' Twist Waist Chiffon Dress: Great if you have a wedding to attend this summer. It comes in a ton of colors, so perfect for pretty much everyone.

Lush Blouson Chiffon Skater Dress: I love the neckline on this dress. Plus, it is only $27. YES.

Adrianna Papell Pleated Jersey Blouson Dress: This is a great LBD for the office.

Bobeau One-Button Fleece Wrap Cardigan: I keep looking at this (in Mink) and will probably snap one up finally.

Pleione Print Shift Dress: I love this alone or over a pair of black leggings

AG Jeans 'The Stilt' Cigarette Leg Stretch Jeans: These are my favorite jeans. I practically live in them. I refuse to buy them full price, but YES, they are definitely worth spending around $100 (or a bit more).

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Adding In Color: Mary Kay At Play

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Mary Kay At Play

My first makeup was from Mary Kay. One of my mom's friends sold it, and when I was in junior high they did a make over on me and bought me everything. It was all kinds of awesome. But, as a teenager I couldn't afford the makeup on my own, so I reverted to drugstore finds, and I just never really found my way back to Mary Kay.

Recently the brand approached me about trying out their newest Mary Kay At Play collection, and I have to say, once again it is all kinds of awesome. This makeup is really made for those that don't have a lot of time for their makeup, but still want to look good. So, me.

This collection is full of fun color for summer, but it is in really easy, fast forms. Think all over color sticks, eye shadow crayons and blushes that come with a matching highlighter. Because, yes. I love a little highlighter.

Mary Kay At Play Lip & Cheek Stick Review and Swatch of Peach Pop and Razzleberry

First up is the Mary Kay At Play Lip & Cheek Stick. Most lip and cheek sticks like this are formulated with very little pigment or at the other extreme, they are very pigmented. I find the more pigmented versions to be a bit easier to work with, and that's what the At Play Lip & Cheek Stick is like.

You can apply the Lip & Cheek Stick directly onto your lip or cheek, or if you want a lighter look apply with a fingertip. The product is softer than a lipstick, so it applies pretty easily to your skin. I found that it blends very easily with a brush or fingertip and as a blush it lasts all day. It's perfect for a pretty flush on a hot summer day! It does add pretty color to lips as well, I like to follow it up with a little clear gloss. Peach Pop was my favorite with my fair skin, but I know Razzleberry will be amazing for those with darker complexions.

Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color Duo

The new Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color Duo blushes aren't part of the At Play collection, but were released recently as well. Each of these blushes are well pigmented, blend really well with a brush and last all day. My favorite part is that they each come with a matching highlighter, you can see that each highlighter is a little different so that they compliment the blushes perfectly. I've been obsessing over Juicy Guava (so pretty with Peach Pop on the lips!) it's the perfect peachy color for early summer.

I love that the blushes come in these little plastic cases. You can leave them be in that case or else they easily pop out to be put into another compact. Mary Kay has empty compacts that will fit them perfectly, or you could create your own palette with a big empty palette.

Mary Kay At Play Shadow & Liner

I think my favorite product is the Mary Kay At Play Shadow & Liner. Yes, we've all seen a lot of products like this in recent years. This is nothing new. However, I do think that this is one of the best shadow sticks out there, it performs just as well as my Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown shadow sticks, but is is fraction of the price. As an added bonus, these are double sided, so you get both the rounded shadow and a pointier liner/shadow in the same stick. Everything you need to create a pretty eye look in one!

I use this over a basic shadow primer. I tried many different ones, and it didn't seem to matter which I used, even just a concealer was enough. With a prepped lid, this shadow looked perfect at the end of long days, 14-15 hours without creasing or fading.

I have to admit that I've been using these shadow sticks almost every day for the last few days and haven't taken very many pictures. I'll share the few looks that I did take pictures of, but in general I've found that the liners can easily do double duty as a liner or shadow. It's easiest to draw directly onto your skin and then blend a bit with your fingertip. If you're going to add in a powder shadow, apply the powder after the shadow stick, everything will blend much more easily that way.

My favorite ways to use these sticks are as a fun punch of color right at the lash line, or the Caramellow and Rebel Rose duos both work really well for a complete look. I want to use the Iced Lilac for a purple smoky eye sometime soon, but just haven't had the occasion to wear it yet!

Mary Kay At Play Mint to Be Eye Look

In this look my lid is washed with Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Rosegold and Driftwood is in my crease. I used the liner end of Mint to Be on my upper and lower lash lines, and then applied Mary Kay Eyeliner in Black closer to lash line, then blended very slightly with a stiff angled brush. I finished the look with a coat of Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara.

I do want to make a comment about ordering from Mary Kay. In the past you had to have a consultant. I admit that was part of the reason I've avoided the brand in the last few years, I'm already overwhelmed with product, I didn't want someone trying to sell me stuff! However, I purchased a few products to use with the At Play products, the Mineral Eye Shadows, Eye Liner and Ultimate Mascara, to use in this post. When I ordered from the Mary Kay website the shipping was super fast, and while technically my order was through a consultant, Mary Kay did everything for my order. So, if you’ve been worried about being contacted to buy things, try online ordering first!

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