OOTD- 7/10/17

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Looking to get out of my t-shirt routine, I opted for a striped sleeveless sweater with a denim vest on top(I’m obsessed with wearing layers). I’m not a fan of the denim on denim look with the vest, so I decided to wear my trusty pair of black skinny jeans and my favorite pair of Converse to go with a more relaxed vibe. Completing the look is my go to accessory this summer, my bandana from Madewell.

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Hope everyones week is off to a good start so far!

 

 

Routine:Hair & Beauty Products

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I am by no means a beauty guru, but as of late I find that I’ve been wearing make up more regularly than I have in quite sometime so I decided to share what my current favorite beauty items are right now.

Skincare

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Facewash- I’m currently using Skinfix Foaming Clay Cleanser that I picked up at Target. I like that it gently cleanses your skin without making it feel like its striping your skin of it’s natural oils and it’s 99% Natural ingredients.

Toner- Right now I am using Pearlessence Rose Water and also have their Cucumber Water. I lucked out and found mine at Tj Maxx and Marshalls for around $6.00 each! I use this as a toner and spray it on my face before applying moisturizer

Moisturizer-Another Target find, right now I am using Pacifica Kale Luxe Moisturizer. I like that it doesn’t leave your skin oily or feel like it’s clogging your pores. I love the fresh green scent of it.

When extra moisture is needed for when my skin gets dry I like to use Pearlessence Argon+Vitamin E oil. I love the smell of this , however since it is an oil, it can take some time for your skin to absorb. I grabbed this at my local Marshall’s for $6.99

Masks- My favorite face mask( that I’ve tried so far) is Little Barn Apothecary Cocoa Cardamom mask. I like that the mask is dry so your free to choose what to mix it with to make your mask( yogurt, honey, or plain water). I like to mix it with a small amount of yogurt and absolutely love the smell of cocoa and roses.

Eye Makeup Remover- Out of all types of make up to wear, mascara is my absolute favorite and can be a a complete pain to remove. I love Neutrogena’s Eye Make Up Remover remover which gently gets rid of mascara without damaging my lashes.

Makeup

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Foundation-  Foundation is probably my least favorite type of make up to buy. I absolutely hate having to go to Desiny mall where Sephora is located and Ulta is quite a drive away to get matched for foundation. Buying foundation at the drugstore can sometimes be a trial and error process, however I did find that 2 foundations I own Maybelline’s Fit Me liquid foundation in 210 and Cover Girl’s Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in 115 blended together is a great match for the time being and I apply them using a beauty blender.coverage

Powder- I am using Essence all about matt! face powder. It goes on clear, is super cheap, and gets the job done. I usually pack this in a small cosmetic pouch and take this with me when I head out the door to reapply through the day to keep my skin from appearing oily and shiny.powder

Blush- For a natural flush cheek I love MAC’s sheertone blush in Gingerly that’s a  pretty peachy/terra cotta color. Since it’s on the sheer side, its easy to build up for a more noticeable color and is asimple matte blush without any shimmer.

When it comes to blush NARS is my favorite brand. I went through a slight Nars Blush obsession and a few pans of their Orgasm blush over the years. Right now my go to shade of NARS blush is LoveJoy which is described as a bronzed rose color. If It has some glitter flecks in it, giving it some shimmer, but no noticeable glitter chunks when you put it on. Since its a bronze/rose color I will use this instead of putting on a blush and bronzer.blush

Eyes

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Mascara- Essence is easily one of my favorite brands of makeup, not only is it super cheap, but the products work really well. After years of searching, I’m pretty sure I finally found my HG(Holy Grail) mascara in Essence Rock N’Roll Doll Mascara. As you can see I own the Volume and Eye-opening version and the crazy XXL Volume. I prefer the eye-opening mascara since I like the curved mascara wand better. While it does smudge a little while putting it on, it’s nothing some eye makeup remover on a cotton swab can’t remove.

 

Eyebrows– Even on days when I wear no other makeup, I will use Essence Make Me Brow Gel in Browny Brows My only gripe with this product is since it’s so small, I tend to misplace this. I currently have 2 tubes (and almost had to go and buy another before find them both). It fills in eyebrows while still making them appear natural and not overdone.

 

Lips

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Top: Revlon Just Bitten Lip balm in Romantic, Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red, Stila Long Lasting Lipstick in Beso Bottom: Essence Matte Lipstick in Purple Power and Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty

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As much as I love a bold lip, it usually calls for putting on foundation and the works so unless I have the time, I tend to not wear it as often.

Lip Balm- When I want a red lip, but something not as bold as a lipstick and easy to apply,  Revlon Just Bitten lip balm in Romantic is  I will usually put this on and blot it before following up with Stila’s Beso or on top of Revlon’s Really Red lipstick if I want a little shine.

Liquid Lipstick- Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso is a gorgeous true red lipstick and very long lasting. You need a bit of a steady hand applying this using the doe foot applicator or a lip brush since if you mess up, it’s a pain to remove.

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Lipstick-  Revlon is my go to brand for lipsticks since the quality is pretty good and they don’t break the bank so it’s fun to experiment for different shades. Revlon’s Really Red Matte Lipstick is a great dupe to MAC’s Russian Red and lately is my choice for a red lip.

When I want a more subtle look, my go to is Long Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty by Essence. I’ve been wanting a dark lipstick so I ended up pucking up another Essence lipstick, their Matt Matt Matt lipstick in Purple Power which is a pretty violet/wine shade and a fun alternative to a red lip.

Hair

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If you asked me what my favorite physical feature would be I would say my hair. For me, long hair is easier to style and more managable than having shorter hair. I can get away with waking up, throwing clothes on and head out the door without having to style it and have lots of different options when it comes to styling my hair.

Sea Salt Spray- While I love the result of my hair a day at the beach or volumious toussled hair from sleeping with wet hair, an easy way for me to achieve a similar look is Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray .I either spray a little on to wet hair before blow drying or add product to my hands and work in the product to dry hair.

Hair Spray-I’m pretty lucky when it comes to curling my hair since I can get away with not using hairspray at all. If I want more volume to soft waves I will usually flip my head and spray after brushing out my curls. What I love about  L’oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray is that it’s super light ,doesn’t leave hair crunchy and easily brushes out making hair do-overs easy.

Hair Mask- I am currently on my second tub of Garnier Whole Blends Coconut Water & Vanilla Milk Mask. Mostly because I dropped this in the shower and spilled out. I literally watched my money go down the drain so to speak, but thankfully, it’s easy to find and affordable. This has definately helped make my hair soft and silky smooth and a lot more manageable. which is great due to the sun and heat from outside . This is definately my new favorite product I’ve added to my weekly routine.

 

What are some of you favorite products that you are currently using?

 

Target Finds

Target, the place where you go to pick up one or two things and end up buying things you never knew you needed or with something completely different from what you intended to buy. Here are a few of my recent purchases that have been getting a lot of wear.

 

  1. Layered Ruffle Blouse-I love the flow of this top and is perfect for pairing with a pair of cut-offs or with some dark denim jeans. I got mine in the white and black polka dot print, but might have to go back for the fiery red floral version.
  2. Prarie Maxi Dress -I have to stop myself from wearing this everyday. Easily one of my most favorite items in my closet and it doesn’t hurt that I tend to get the most compliments while wearing this dress. I love wearing this with short ankle boots or lace up flats for a more feminine look.
  3. Off the shoulder top– I love the detailing on this top and i think tops with smocked bottoms can be flattering. Perfect for wearing denim of every cut and style and an all around great top for summer.
  4. Post Dangle Earrings– When I do wear earings, I usually opt for a simple stud, however as soon as I saw these I had to have them. I like that they are a post earring and love the mixed metal. DangleEarrings
  5. Gold Front Back Earring– I have 2 pairs of earrings in the same style( white and a gray faux pearl, but loved the simple statement look of the gold. I also love this faux pearl version as well.earrings

 

What are some of your favorite things you’ve picked up at Target lately?

 

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Lately my go to look has been a basic loose tee paired with some mom jeans and either my trusty chelsea boots or a pair of loafers. It makes getting ready in the morning a breeze and is the perfect canvas for pairing with a simple statement necklace.

Tops

  1. Old Navy linen boyfriend v-neck– One of my most worn items is my gray shirt in this style and I just picked this up in white not too long ago and have been living in it ever since.
  2. Ol Navy Boyfriend Pocket Tee– Since I wear the shirt mentioned above so much, I decided to get a slightly different styled white tee that I have been wearing just as much,
  3. Free People Mock Me Tank– Despite picking this up in a vibrant color(I own this in plum wine) I have been getting a lot of wear out of this. Perfect for layering for fluxuating temperatures and is offered in a bunch of colors.

Bottoms

  1. Madewell Cruiser jean-I own this style in black and was lucky to find mine on sale instore. While they no longer have the exact same pair I own online, they do styill have the same style available . Though I could have sized down, I went with my normal size for a slightly roomier fit and love pairing them with a simple t (half tucked of course) and my chelsea boots.
  2. Madewell Perfect Vintage Jean– The one pair of jeans I considered returning to Madewell are now my favorite pair. The definiately do have a 90s/vintage vibe to them and get better and more broken in with each wear. Since these are not a stretch denim, throwing them into the washing machine is a no go and are definately a pair to freeze or hand

Shoes

  1. Old Navy Lazer-Cut Moccasins– While sizing may be limited on the website, you might be able to find these in a local store. I picked these up with the intention of wearing them for spring/summer, but wasn’t able to resist and have been wearing these for a few months. They are super comfy and the cut outs adds just the right amount of detail.
  2. Chelse Boots- They don’t have the pair I have online, I did find some similar versions and ones I wouldn’t mind adding to my closet.
    1. Marc Fischer Chelsea Boot-These look nearly identical to the one’s I have at a steeper price range, however I’m considering ordering these as an upgrade.
    2. ASOS Altico Leather Western Chelsea Boots– I love these! If you were to combine frye’s engineer boot with a chelsea boot this would be the result.

Accessories

I have mentioned in past fashion blog posts, I love a simple statement necklace. Large bib necklaces are great and can really make an outfit stand out, but for everyday I like something more simple.

  1. John Wind Rose Gold Initial Necklace with Gold Pearl-I love jewelry with intials or monograms on it, This necklace comes in a gorgeous rose gold color and I love the vintage look of it and the pearl detail.
  2. Madewell Knotshine Necklace-This is without a doubt my most worn necklace and despite its constant wear, ( the gold version) has held up very well. Since I own it in silver as well I usually alternate between the two.

 

Something tells me I will be wearing this look from now into the summer months. What is your current go to uniform?