Monday, August 8, 2016

Beach Essentials

Summer is still going strong! 
While packing my beach bag recently I thought I'd share what I take with me for those hot sandy days! 

It's pretty basic, I don't do much when it comes to the beach or laying pool side. I usually skip any makeup because... well... obviously. 

So here is my Summer Beach Bag Breakdown...

1. You need a cute bag. 

You do. 

Everlane: The Beach Tote
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This tote is clean and classic-- large enough to pack all your staples! 100% canvas so it's durable and lightweight. 

2. Water. 

I never leave the house without a liter of water! I try to drink 3 liters a day. 
I just purchased this water bottle and I love it! 


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This bottle is thick glass with a silicone cover to prevent shattering! It holds a liter of water and comes with two lids- one with the handle and one without. It also comes in range of fun colors! I went with pink so it's easy for me to spot :) 

3. Books/Magazines. 
What better activity when lying on a beach?? 

Last read.. 

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Hilarious and beautifully written short essays. Easy read and light hearted for the beach/poolside. 

I LOVE magazines... here are 3 easy to find favorites...


4. Sunscreen. 

You saw this coming, I know you did! 
I obviously pack two kinds of sunscreen, one for the face and one for the body. 

For the Face: Vichy 

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Love this stuff- very lightweight, full protection and gentle on the skin. 

For the Body: Neutrogena

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There are a million types of sunscreen, but I can't seem to get away from the sprays! So easy to apply and this Neutrogena one is super light and sheer. 

I'm always on the hunt for a more natural option-- so if you know of any great spray organic sunscreens, please share in the comments! 

Don't forget about your lips! 

I also pack a Lip Balm with SPF to protect my pout! There are so many lovely tinted versions, so you can have a little pop of color. 

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

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Beautiful tints that come in a wide variety of colors. 

5. Hat. 

Let's keep this sun exposure to a minimum! I always try to bring a hat. Makes reading easier and helps to protect that skin. 

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This beautiful straw hat is a great option. The wide brim protects your skin and looks chic. 

There you have it, my beach bag essentials! 
What are your must haves?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Brow Products

Hello loves,

Let me just say... 


One of the biggest trends of the year (and for good reason), are good, thick, bold brows. 

I'm not talking about instagram, stenciled on brows. I'm talking, lush, natural brows. 

So avoid the stenciled brow look-- it's overdone, very fake looking, and it's just going to make it look like you don't know what you're doing. 

Here are some products and tips to keep your brows on point...

1. Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

I am in love with this stuff! 
It is water resistant, and won't budge! So it's great for the humidity and warmer summer months. This pomade comes in a variety of shades, so there is definitely one to suit you! 

Technique Tip: 
Use an angled brow brush to delicately draw onto your natural brow--follow with a spoolie brush to soften. 

2. Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel 
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Brow gels are great for a quick fix..
Cover grays? CHECK
Tame wild brow hairs? CHECK
Darken blonde brows? CHECK 

This stuff is easy to apply with the wand attached and does the job well. Best part?! It's super affordable. 

Technique Tip: 
Be sure to wipe the wand of any excess product. This will make application cleaner and more precise. 

3. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny
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I love this pencil! 
Its super fine tip allows for natural looking hairs as you draw them in and helps with precise fill ins-- no mistakes! It's a great formula-- super creamy and easy to apply, but stays put. I love that it has the spoolie brush on the other end-- two products in one! Win! 

Technique Tip: 
Start off with lighter pressure in the heaviest part of the brow, and gradually add more as you work your way to the end of the brow (where you need more coverage). This allows an even and more natural looking fill. 

I hope this helps with your brow product search! Just remember to start soft and slowly build. 

You don't want to scribble on some brows haphazardly! They are there to frame your face DELICATELY :)