Makeup

Summer Makeup Vibes

Summer is upon us here in Florida and I’m loving every minute of it. Yes, it is blazing hot and requires me to take multiple showers a day, but I just can’t get enough of the longer days and fresh everything. It’s my favorite time of year.

This makeup is my go-to look for Summertime; most of all, because it’s easy. Summer is always the time of year I can get away with putting little to no effort into my look. Of course, I can’t imagine walking out of the house without a stitch of makeup on. In this case, I like to focus on my skin and make that the focal point of my look rather than a dramatic eye. A fresh, natural glow can actually be one of the hardest makeup looks to achieve. Making your makeup look like “I just woke up like this,” is challenging but yet doable. This time of year is the best time to practice this technique. I always love a good challenge so I love to see how I can improve on this.

Here’s a “barely there” makeup look I did a few weeks ago.

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Makeup

My Favorite Concealer and Why I May Never Turn Back

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If there was one product I couldn’t live without on the daily, it would have to be concealer. I would throw down for concealer if it came down to it. I have been super insecure about my dark circles for as long as I can remember and it is something that I have had the hardest time trying to cover up. I feel as though I’ve tried every concealer under the sun to help with this issue with some no avail.

I’ve been a MAC Pro Longwear Concealer girl for years now. I do love this concealer. It covers nicely, the product is consistent, and the color matching is right on point, as they have ones for warm and cool toned skin. I just feel I’m in a concealer rut. I have always had a belief that our skin gets used to certain products and they don’t lay like they originally did; with this being said, I think it is necessary to switch up products every once in a while to refresh our look as our skin ages.

At a girl’s night out a few months back, my girlfriend Keira (she’s a fabulous blogger and you should check her out) mentioned she had been using the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer and raved about how much she was enjoying it. I was extremely intrigued and went ahead and ordered a pot.

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The moment it came in, I shelved my MAC concealer and haven’t looked back. I have to say this concealer is one of the best I’ve seen. It goes on super smooth without creasing.  The texture doesn’t get cakey and thick either like some concealers tend to do. I chose the shade Custard which matches perfect with my olive skin tone. I apply it with my beauty blender and buff it into the skin all the way around the eye area. I also like to add a little concealer to my nose and chin since my allergies tend to make them a touch pink. I wear this all day and by the time I wash my face at night, it’s still covering my imperfections. Another plus, it’s been about two months since I purchased it and I have barely made a dent in the pot, so you do get your monies worth with this one.

 

What is your absolute favorite concealer?

Makeup

Ready. Set. Workout.

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Yes, I workout with my makeup on at times. Mostly, because I want a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning, so I choose a night workout and by then I’m just getting home to feed the dog, change my clothes, and get out the door to get a decent workout in. Procrastinate much? But at least I’m moving no matter what, even if I’d LOVE to couch it with a glass of Grigio and some housewives. I digress.

The main point, I go to the gym with my makeup on and by the time I’m done (close to an hour later), my makeup looks pretty much the exact same. I like to make it a point that my brows, especially, don’t move which is my favorite part. How in the world do I make this happen? Setting spray. These days I do’t think I could live without it. Florida is getting hotter by the day (it’s only June people!), and the heat and sweat is not my best friend. As from a recent post, I’m a sweater. I can be outside for two seconds and already I have a sweaty upper lip. Yes, this is a thing. Setting spray has totally changed my makeup life.

Setting spray is the elixir for all makeup looks. I have come to the conclusion if you don’t use a setting spray, you might as well not apply makeup whatsoever. I can use a setting spray one day and not use it the next and it’s pretty unbelievable what a difference a good setting spray spritz will do. It’s like night and day. Without a spritz, my makeup looks cakey, splotchy, and I just don’t look as fresh as I did that morning. I get really discouraged with myself if my makeup doesn’t stay all day. You spend all this time and money on your makeup, just to have it fall off? Not havin’ it.

I’ve been using different brands of setting spray over the years. Some I’ve tried are super reliable while others can be too drying or don’t live up to the expectations. I’ve put some of the top setting sprays to the test and here are a few of my favorites:

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The Urban Decay All Nighter is one of my all time favorite setting sprays. I even have a regular size bottle and a travel bottle so I can keep it on hand when I travel. It keeps my makeup in place for 12+ hours without messing with my actual makeup look. It’s hydrating and my skin feels amazing all day long. Even after a workout. (see picture above)

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I’ve kept this NYX Matte Finish setting spray in my kit for years. This spray is great for combatting any extra oil you may have. I like to recommend this product to my clients if they are on the oily side and tend to sweat more often than normal.  If you have normal to dry skin, I wouldn’t recommend this spray as it can be too drying and could possibly change the look of your makeup.

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Mac Prep+Prime setting spray is a great for every day use. It’s like a breathe of fresh air as it soothes the skin while giving it a boost of hydration. This can be used before your makeup application and/or after. Great if you happen to be on the dryer side, as this can leave the skin super moisturized and dewy feeling. The only con, it is on the the pricey side of setting sprays. To be honest though, I’ve been using this one for years on myself and my clients and it feels like such a luxury when I do.

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I’m a huge fan of Elf products, not just because they’re majorly affordable, but their products live up to the hype. This Elf Mist and Set spray is great for all skin types. It’s hydrating, but not overly moisturizing that it creates a sheen on the skin. Great setting spray at a great price!

 

What is your favorite setting spray?

Hair · Makeup

Hair Show 2019 Recap

Happy Tuesday, y’all! This weekend was amazing, but at the same time, kind of difficult getting back into the swing of things after the yearly vacation with the Oakley fam last week. Saturday was full of getting back into a routine at the gym and lounging, in that order naturally, along with a date night with my babe at BarTaco with their heavenly fresh tacos. We’re also on a margherita kick this Summer already and I’m not mad about it. Sunday, I had an all day shoot for a credit union in Gainesville, but it was awesome, because Steve Spurrier was involved and everything was right with the football world. If your a Florida Gator die hard, you get me.

Yesterday was the Premiere Orlando Hair Show and it was AH-mazing! I was so bummed I missed the rush of the Sunday key speakers, education classes, and overall hype, but today was still just as involved. I’ve only been going a few years now, but now I really look forward to seeing and learning everything from hair, skin, nails, makeup, and then some. Artists from around the country and some around the world come together and show off their mad skills of makeup, skincare, and most of all hair. I’m not a hairstylist, but some of these “do’s” that you see are unbelievable. I get all giddy like a two year old at Disney when I see all the fancy, over the top looks. And did I mention the attendees go allll out as well? People show up with their very best outfits, personal hair and makeup looks and I’ve never been more impressed.

If you follow my social media, you saw my Instagram stories of my day throughout the show and some pivotal moments that I couldn’t not document. Oh btw, in case you don’t follow my social media handles, you should to get everything beauty and not miss a thing. You can find me here and here, and thanks so much for the follow!

Here are a few of the moments I loved from the 2019 Premiere Hair Show

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Hair Show! I took this photo late in the day, but I think my makeup held up great for the most part. Decided to wear my all time Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation, Benefit Foolproof Brow powder, and my new favorite NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

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A makeup/hair competitor with her model. This picture doesn’t do it justice. This girl created an amazing work of art.

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My favorite keynote speaker today. Daniel Mason Jones is an amazing speaker and makes you feel like your on the right path. He also makes you feel like your besties on another level. Love him.

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Gel Acrylic now comes in all these crazy colors which I loved the display this booth had for them. I don’t have acrylic nails (all about the gel, y’all), but acrylics take me back to my high school prom days.

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A great panel of hair dressers from this morning. Loved the knowledge they shared and each of their personalities were hilarious.

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Just a pedicure chair that is covered in Swarovski Crystals and costs $40,000. Luxury at it’s finest.