Before & After Product Details

Hi beauties!

Below is a before & after with a complete list of all the products I used to create this look & my review for them 🙂

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  1. In the “before” picture, all I have on my face is Simple’s Replenishing Moisturizer. This leaves my skin hydrated without leaving it feeling too oily, which is perfect since I get very oily throughout the day anyway.
  2. Brows- Kimiko pencil in “Coffee.” It’s pretty similar to Anastasia’s, no major differences in my opinion.
  3. Eyes- One of my Anastasia palettes, and the colors are just as pigmented as they look. Love it. The liner is NYX in “Milk.” I prefer white liner since the pink-ish color to my waterline is more apparent after a full face of foundation, so the white just covers that and opens my eye up.
  4. Foundation- Face Stockholm Liquid Mineral in “Synsk. I love this foundation. It helps control my oily t-zone but doesn’t leave my skin super matte. It has build-able coverage, but a little definitely goes a long way. No cake face here 😀
  5. Highlighters
    1. Mac Prep+Prime  in “Radiant Rose.” It does exactly what the name says; gives my skin radiance exactly where I want. I use it after my foundation to highlight under my eye and t-zone, but it can be used before as well.
    2. Mac “Soft and Gentle.” My go to shimmer highlighter.
  6. Contour-Anastasia Contour Kit in “Light to Medium.” There’s really only one cooler toned shade (sort of) which is preferred for sculpting the face butttt, i make the other shades work just because they’re there. The powders are really easy to blend but I never use the highlighters. They don’t give my skin the glow that I prefer & I just feel that there are way better highlighters out there.
  7. Lips- Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick in “Feelin’ Myself.” I’ve been loving lippies that go on as a cream and finish matte. These are SUPER pigmented, and very long wearing. I wore this through eating lunch, drinking water & coffee, without having to touch it up for 5 hours. Whoa. The smell is a little bit of a turn off & it does get a little clumpy in the creases of the lips after a while.

 

Hope you guys found this helpful! Let me know you’re feelings on these products, or products similar 🙂 xo

 

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Tips For Beginning Your Healthy Lifestyle

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Okay, so you’ve finally made the big decision of changing your life and this time you’re going to stick with it! Congrats!

You’ve realized that fad diets are a load of garbage and only lead to spiraling back down the wrong path.

You see now that diet pills aren’t magic and that getting in shape actually may take some effort.

I applaud you, because I’ve been there with you and know what lies ahead. I will tell you that every day takes strength, determination and will power, but I will also tell you that it’s 100% worth it.

I put together some helpful hints to get you on that right path. Remember, everyone is different, every body is different, so the right healthy lifestyle that someone else leads may not be the best for you.

1. Start small

  • Assess your lifestyle
    • Do you take the elevator up to your office? Try taking the stairs.
    • Do you reach for a sugary drink at lunch time instead of water?
  • Make it a goal to get to the gym/track/work out place of choice at least 3 days a week.
  • Instead of drastically changing your diet right away, try cutting something out that you know is the culprit for your unhealthy habits. Soda, fast food, excess sugar. Yeah, you can say bye to those.

2. Do your research

  • There is endless amounts of FREE information out there in the fitness world. Take advantage of it! One of my favorite sites for nutrition tips, exercise ideas, or advice from professionals is Bodybuilding.com.
  • Use social media as a way to get inspired. Find someone that you can relate to and soak up all their knowledge.

3. Experiment

  • Sometimes the first thing you try won’t work for you.
    • This especially ties in with diet. Although a certain food may be considered healthy, it may react a certain way with your body that doesn’t suit you.

4. What works for someone else may not necessarily work for you

  • If you see someone on social media raving about a certain exercise, food or supplement, then when you try it, you find it isn’t what you are looking for, don’t be discouraged! There’s something out there for you, sometimes it just takes trial and error.
    • I tried yoga & hated it, but for others it’s their main form of exercise.
    • I’ve also tried fasted cardio & now avoid that as much as I can, but others do it religiously

5. It takes time

  • Patience is key. You won’t see changes over night, so take progress pictures & write down mental notes. 1 month in you’ll be able to look back and be really amazed at what you’ve accomplished.

6. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, tell you that you can’t

  • Much of this process is mental, so you can’t let others whisper negativity into your ear.
  • If someone tries to tell you that you can’t, all that means is he or she most likely tried, failed & gave up. Don’t let that be you! Giving up never gets anyone anywhere.
  • Do it for you and YOUR health.

There will be days where you don’t want to workout or times when you want to throw in the towel and stop eating all those vegetables. But you’re stuck with this body for the rest of your life, don’t you want to treat it well?

 

Resting Beach Face

Hellooo beauties!

It’s July, so pretty much the only place I want to be is the beach. Who’s with me?! But that means no more trips to Sephora for us makeup junkies because it’s ridiculous to wear makeup to the beach right?

Wrong!

Now, I’m all about looking natural when going to the beach, but let’s be real, natural doesn’t exactly mean no makeup. So how do we look fresh, glowy, hydrated and awake without looking like we’re actually wearing any?

  • First and foremost, get some SPF on that pretty face. No one wants sun damage later on in life, so protect that skin! Spritz your face with sunscreen first or use a moisturizer with SPF. One of my favorite products for that is COOLA. They have moisturizers, setting sprays, and regular sunscreen sprays. After you finish your makeup, set it with a spray that has SPF as well for extra protection.image
  • Instead of putting foundation all over your face, try just using concealer only in the areas that you really need it. You’re going to be sweating anyway, so the less products, the better.
  • Personally, I like to keep the least amount of powder on my face at the beach. I want to look as fresh & dewy as possible, so a cream blush gives me that effect. Cream blushes have a way of making your skin look naturally, beautifully flushed, without the look of product sitting on the skin. Julie Hewett has GREAT cream blushes that you can use on your lips as well. image.jpeg
  • I always wear something on my lips, even at the beach. Tinted lip balm with SPF is my go to. Keep your lips hydrated & sun protected  with a pop of color. So many brands have tinted lippies with SPF. From Nivea to Neutrogena to Laura Mercier.
  • If there was only one piece of makeup that I could use the rest of my life, it would be mascara. It opens up the eye & in my opinion, it completely changes the face. For the beach, opt for a waterproof version so you avoid looking like a raccoon 🙂 My current favorite? Loreal Voluminous.

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What are some of your favorite products for the beach?!