Month: May 2016

Flawless Vacation

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What a whirlwind of a vacation! I traveled to Nashville, spent time with a good friend who visited from Chicago, and had an amazing Memorial Day weekend which included a day at a friends summer home……with cocktails…..and 20 kids in a lake. Yikes…that actually sounds like a DCFS call……anyway…….I had 10 days off…..in a row! I cant remember the last time I did that. Perhaps it was my honeymoon, 13 years ago! I wish my beauty routine was as simple as it was then also. I never wore makeup (didn’t have too), and didn’t have a concern at all about protecting my 24 year old skin. So now I pay……but I do enjoy the play of discovering new beauty products.

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During my 10 days off, I wore minimal makeup, though this might seem like a bit much for others. My vacay routine takes me 4 minutes (I timed it for you). Even though I wear moisturizer with SPF 30, I also wear a tinted, color correcting cream on top, that also has SPF 30 coverage. It gives me the perfect amount of coverage, but its not a foundation so it doesn’t drip off in the summer heat. Its very light and is infused vitamin C.

Next, I quickly dab concealer under my eyes (with my ring finger, of course) for easy coverage, and then I use a very soft pink blush for a little color. I throw on a quick coat of mascara (only on the top), and use a nude color on my lip. I have a very red lip naturally, which I’m not a fan off, so I always tone it down with a nude overtone.

All of the products I use can be found under my Shop My Look

Happy summer and may all you beautiful babes stay fresh in the summer heat!

Honky Tonk Beauty

Bell Meade Plantation

Bell Meade Plantation

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The Gulch Area

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12 South

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The Frothy Monkey

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Broadway, and an amazing cocktail at The Southern. It had a jalapeno in it! Mmmmm

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Yee Haw!!  I had an amazing 4 days in Nashville, and still cant believe that this was my first time visiting. My mother was born and raised in Selmer, TN, therefore I spent weeks during the summer there and still visit about 3 times a year, and it is my favorite place to be. Nashville however, was a bit different from where my mom grew up. There are so many different areas, and a lot of excitement. I met up with 3 girlfriends and it was a great 4 days off girl talk, beauty talk, sun, cocktails, shopping and food!

While I was able to visit the hip areas in Nashville, 12 South was my favorite. There are many boutiques to shop, and the cutest, quaint restaurants to eat and have cocktails, of course. I had breakfast at a small, nook of a restaurant called The Frothy Monkey. They had many options to choose from, and you cant beat $5 for an entire breakfast!! #Bartaco was the perfect spot to eat some chips and salsa, and of course have a (maybe 3) margaritas. #DraperJames is located on this strip, and its the cutest store ever. Reese Witherspoon is the founder of this brand, and its very Southern Belle chic. Serendipity was another adorable boutique where I picked up my TN state pendant.

We toured the Belle Meade Plantation, which has so much history. You can schedule a tour of the actual plantation, and they provide wine tastings throughout the day.  The blue ceilings on the porch caught my eye. Back in the day, in the deep South, people painted their ceilings a ‘Haint” blue color to represent the calming sky, which was also believed to ward off evil spirits called haints. The area surrounding the plantation is so beautiful. I recommend driving around to view the homes and their Southern charm.

Another great little pocket is an area called The Gulch. This is where we discovered Biscuit Love, which was worth the hour long wait. I was able to taste a bloody mary for the first time….yes, my first time….and I could have just had 3 of them for breakfast.

While the girls and I spent a day sunning at the pool, I had to keep applying my sunscreen, but then my girlfriend presented a loose mineral sunscreen powder stick,  which kept her face sunburn free all day!! The brand is Colorescience, and can be purchased at Sephora, or on Amazon. It retails for $57 and is totally worth the age spot free skin!! In addition, I use MAC Lightful tinted cream on my pool days. It gives me light, non streaking coverage and SPF 30 for protection.

Last, but not least, was my visit to the strip on Broadway. This area is busy 24 hours a day, and is considered the party place to be. We ate at 2 great restaurants, The Southern, and Merchant. There are many tourist style shops, and is the perfect place to pick up your cowboy hat & boots if you are lacking them in your wardrobe.

My Traveling Beauty Necessities

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Every. Single.Time, I used to travel I would find myself questioning what I should bring, what I shouldn’t bring, what I need and don’t need and since I’ve moved to St. Louis and am traveling back and forth to Chicago quite often, I feel I have nailed the traveling necessities.

I usually purchase 2 of almost everything that I use, so that I can leave one set in my toiletry bag, and then its already set and ready to go. PS….. it creeps me that the word toilet is in a term we use for travel beauty products……

First and for most………dry shampoo!!! For anyone that knows me, I wash my hair about every 4 days, therefore, dry shampoo is a must. I have tried many, but I always go back to Stila “Jade Blossom” Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo. It smells amazing and leaves my hair smelling fresh and not oily!

Of course, you need to bring your morning routine, however I am one that likes to travel light so I will typically bring my Pond’s facial wipes, my Clinique repair serum, my moisturizer, and my eye cream. These are the 4 essentials I need for a clean, and rejuvenated face.

Makeup and lipstick are a must. I used to carry my bag with 30 different lipsticks, but now I just take the colors I need , to coordinate with my outfits. I always bring a nude lipstick because as you may already know……I wear lipstick EVERYDAY! My favorite nude is YSL Rouge Volupte’ in nude beige. I typically bring my entire makeup routine with, I just narrow it down to a single neutral eye shadow and everything else comes with me!

Next on my packing list are my hair tool essentials. Since I don’t wash my hair everyday, my curling iron collection has become my best friend. I don’t bring them all of course, just my 1 inch barrel. This gives me that subtle wave that says “I just woke up like this”…….ooooor at least I think it does.

Last but not least, there is always the question of, “Do I bring fragrance??” My answer is NO. I just bring a small bottle of my favorite oil. I know it won’t spill, and its small enough to carry on a plane.

Top 5 Drugstore Products I love

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How many times have you run out of your favorite mascara, face moisturizer or the dreaded eye cream you really needed because you did not sleep well the night before? This is my life on a daily basis and Ive had to make many quick runs to Walgreen’s or the local drug store. I thought I’d run through my favorite 5 picks so you don’t have to spend an hour looking at shelves of endless products

  • Moisturizer, Oil of Olay Regenerist micro sculpting cream. I’ve been using this for about a month now and my skin is loving it. It gives me amazing moisture without looking greasy, and it has kept my Rosacea tamed.
  • Eye Cream, Boot No 7 Lift & Luminate. This is the eye cream I always go back to after I’ve tried the one someone recommended for $60. It has caffeine in it so you get a quick release from your puffiness and it makes my concealer go on smooth with no creasing.
  • Mascara, Loreal Voluminous Extreme Volume Collagen in blackest black. I go back and forth between this mascara, Benefits They’re real and MAC’s false lashes mascara and I have to be honest, they ALL work the same. I was just recently asked if I had eyelash extensions while wearing the Loreal mascara. Totally worth the try!
  • Eye Liner, Rimmel London Glam Eyes. This is the easiest eyeliner I’ve ever had. The brush is nice and thin and its in liquid form so it slides right on. I have oily lids so my eyeliner never stays, but this one lasts throughout the day and doesn’t run onto my double eyelids.
  • Lips, Nivea Milk & Honey Natural Defense. I have 2 children who have chapped lips on a consistent basis, and I like to go to bed with moisturized lips and this has been my best find yet. It has shea butter in it so it literally feels like butter on your lips.

Finally!!!

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So this whole “start a blog” thing was not as easy as I had expected to be. Many of you are probably thinking “yes it is”, but I decided to use 2 separate companies to start my domain, and then put together my blog……note to all…..USE ONE COMPANY!!! Well, now that its done, I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you all. Thank you to everyone who pushed me to do this, and promised me (I paid them) that you would follow me. A big thanks to everyone who has yet to block my posts and selfies on Facebook And Instagram. I promise they will get better and I’ll find a new place to take photos besides my car. Here we go!!!!

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