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My Favorite Make-Up

April 8, 2018

Here are my make-up must haves! I wear most of these products every day. To change it up, sometimes I do no eyeshadow or do darker eyeshadow, etc. I also sometimes alternate lip colors. Most items are linked to Sephora or Nordstrom. 

Primer

Foundation (other favorites: Estee Lauder and Mac)

Concealer

Contour

Blush

Bronzer

Setting Power

Eyeshadow palette (or sometimes just this stick)

Eye Liner

Eyelashes

Eyelash glue

Mascara

Eyebrow Fill

Eyebrow Pencil

Lip Liner

Lipstick

Other Lip Favorite 

 

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The Bardot

March 27, 2018

Photos by Colin Goodman 

 

A few weeks ago I got to spend an awesome girls day with The Bardot. The Bardot is a beauty lounge in St. Augustine, Florida. As you can see from all the pictures above, The Bardot in St. Augustine is so cute! (I shared so many of Colin’s photos because they give a better description than I ever could!) I love all of their trendy decor and their open floor plan. The decor ranged from a vintage, 1950’s sofa to “Hello Gorgeous” glamorous neon signs.

The owner, Britnye, is so inviting and fun to work with. I had a great time getting to know her! She is talented and definitely a boss babe! Her staff is also very talented! The manager, Ashley, was also so sweet and fun! I was lucky enough to have my hair done by Ashley – she styled my hair into soft waves. I also had my make-up done by Devan – she did airbrush make-up which is always the BEST! Both Ashley and Devan were awesome! I truly enjoyed getting to know The Bardot’s staff! Check them all out here

What services does The Bardot offer?

They do it ALL! They are a one stop shop for all things beauty. The Bardot offers everything from waxing, lash extensions, lash tinting, make-up (including airbrush), spray tans, microblading, blow-outs, braids, hair cuts and styles, to hair coloring and nails! 

The Bardot also has The Bardot Bus – The Bardot Bus will come to your location and provide beauty services on-site! This is perfect for weddings, bachelorette parties, prom, or just a girls night out. It’s complete yours when you rent it – The Bardot even provides champagne and pastries for you and your ladies! The concept is so fun!

I also got to spend girl time with Tanner, Alyssa, Trice, and Cadie! In conclusion, I definitely recommend planning a girls day to The Bardot to check it out! They won’t disappoint 🙂

 

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Recent beauty buys + reviews

August 14, 2017

Happy Monday! I recently visited the St. John’s Town Center to shop. While I was there I picked up some of my favorite make-up items and some new things to try. 

 

MAC FOUNDATION – I love this foundation! I’ve been wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear for over a year now and I love it but was wanting to try something else. I used to wear MAC senior year of high school and in college. After trying it again, I realize that I still love it! The coverage is just right for me. Tommy, my fiancé, doesn’t like when I wear super heavy, full coverage foundation (like the Kat Von D foundation) so I was happy when he told me he liked this foundation! It gives a good amount of coverage and it does not appear cakey. As of now, I think I actually like this foundation better than the Double Wear. 

MAC 109 BRUSH – I usually apply my make-up with a beauty blender so when I purchased the new foundation I decided to purchase a new foundation brush. I like this brush a lot. I don’t have much to compare it to because I usually use a beauty blender and before I used a beauty blender, I just used sponges. I am going to continue to use this to apply my foundation. It works well to get in small spaces near my eyes and the corners of my nose. 

ARDELL 105 LASHES – if you read my blog over a year ago, I did an eyelash tutorial. These are the lashes that I featured in the tutorial. I wear these lashes every day! I get so many questions about my eyelashes – most people ask if I have extensions or go to a beauty salon to have my eyelashes put on. But this is all I use – Ardell #105! The best part about them is that they are inexpensive and they look great! I am curious about eyelash extensions and I may get them for my honeymoon so I don’t have to wear make-up everyday. If I decide to get eyelash extensions, I will definitely do a blog post on it!

DUO EYELASH GLUE – one of the keys to false eyelashes looking great is the GLUE! I tell people all the time about this glue. Most people wear false eyelashes with clear or white glue which is why the false eyelashes are noticeably fake looking. Dark glue appears more natural looking and shows up almost like an eyeliner or dark lash line. This is the glue I have been using ever since I began wearing eyelashes. It is also inexpensive and usually lasts 6 months depending on the size tube you buy (I’ve seen a smaller size and a larger size in this brand). 

SEPHORA LASHCRAFT – my favorite mascara is Too Faced Better Than Sex but when I saw this advertised at Sephora I decided to try it. It is about half the price of the Too Faced Mascara. I actually really like this Mascara! It is a definite win! It works just as well as the Too Faced mascara but I did notice that it takes a little bit longer to dry. I made the mistake of not being careful after I put it on and ended up getting mascara on my skin underneath my eyes (that is the hardest to fix!!). 

KA-BROW BENEFIT  – Love this stuff! My eyebrows are micro bladed but when I put on foundation, I still darken my eyebrows to make it match the rest of my makeup. I wear shade #2 which is a light brown color and is perfect with blonde hair. This stuff was recommended to me by a sales associate at Sephora because I couldn’t get any other eyebrow stuff to work on my skin. I tried the Anastasia brow kit and it just never turned out right/ showed up very well on my skin. This Ka-Brow stuff easily glides on your skin which is my favorite part about it. It also includes a small eyebrow brush in the top of the container. 

DRYBAR SAMPLER – I picked this up near the cash register at Sephora where all the samples are! I love a good dry shampoo so I decided to buy this. So far, I have only tried the dry shampoo. I really like the dry shampoo. I think it does the job and definitely gets rid of the greasy look and feel of unwashed hair. When you spray it, it turns into a powder on your scalp. Tommy told me that he really doesn’t like the smell. He thinks it smells like chemicals but I think it smells good! I still really like using baby powder as dry shampoo because it works great for blondes and it is so inexpensive! I also like the Oribe dry shampoo because it smells so good! 

SEPHORA MINI SPONGES  I bought these because I wanted to see if they work as well as the mini beauty blender. They do work just as well! I have been using these for my concealer underneath my eyes. (I wet the sponges first before I use them)

SEPHORA SETTING SPRAY – I don’t usually use setting spray. I picked this up because it was inexpensive and I was curious if it worked well. I am not a fan of this stuff… It sprayed out a lot of liquid and left very tiny, almost like puddles on my face and made my foundation pretty wet. I don’t think that it works very well. I did try using it a different way which worked better. I used it to freshen up my makeup after wearing my makeup for 6+ hours. So if you were going to purchase this, I would use it to freshen up your makeup, not as a setting spray. 

LAURA MERCIER SETTING POWDER – this stuff is the BEST! My best friend, Kimmie, and I swear by this stuff. I put this on everyday after putting on my face make-up (foundation, blush, etc.). It works great to keep your make-up looking matte especially during humid Florida summers. 

LAURA MERCIER CAVIER STICK – if you saw my Instagram story about a month ago, you probably saw me raving about these. I do NOT know how to wear eyeshadow, but  love the look of eyeshadow. I am sure if I knew how to wear it that I would wear it more. Well, these caviar sticks are amazing! They look great on and the colors are super pretty and metallic-y. You basically just “color” the stick on your eyelid and then you can blend it up to your brow with an eyeshadow brush. I really want to buy more colors because they have so many good option. These are so easy to use and they looks great!

moonlight

– amethyst

What the colors look like on my skin:

The top is amethyst and the bottom is moonlight.

 

 

 

All opinions are my own. 

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Makeup Monday: Estee Lauder Review

June 12, 2017

 

These are the products that I am reviewing today! ^

This is the foundation that I wear everyday! I love it because it is matte coverage and it lasts all day! This is the product that I recommend more than anything else! People ask me all the time about my foundation so this is what I wear 🙂 

This advanced night repair eye works wonders! I love using it before I go to bed to look more refreshed in the morning. 

Aerin is Estee Lauder’s new line by her granddaughter. Her new line includes lotions and perfumes. I like to keep this in my purse so that I have it whenever my hands get dry. 

This is what I have been putting on my face at night before I go to bed. It is a face and neck cream. It is not too heavy or oily which I like! 

This is the Estee Lauder eye cream that I have been using lately. I started also putting it on some fine lines on my forehead and my smile lines. 

I use this usually morning and night. It smells great and gets your face super clean! (I switch between the Estee Lauder line and Rodan +Fields face products for morning and night skincare)

This primer is great for smoothing! (Which is probably why it is called “The Smoother”). I don’t wear primer everyday underneath my foundation. I do recommend this one ^ and also this one. 

I use this at night after washing my face with the Perfectly Clean! It makes my face softer and it smells really good. 

This lipstick is comparable to YSL lipstick! It goes on super smooth and the quality is great. The color is one of my favorites because it has some plum-ish undertones. I love any lipstick that has purplish hints!

I am experimenting with eyeshadow because to be honest, I never wear eyeshadow because I feel like I don’t know how to do it correctly! I am trying to learn by watching Youtube videos, etc. When I do my eyeshadow or attempt to do it, I use this palette. ^

The mascaras that I tried work great! My go-to mascara is Too Faced Better than Sex but these mascaras worked wonders as well! I love the Sumptuous Extreme mascara because of the extra volume it gave my lashes. 

These ^ are the different perfumes that I sampled from the Aerin line. My favorite is the Ikat Jasmine! I love jasmine in general, my fiancé just planted a bunch of jasmine bushes at our house and they smell so good! So of course when I found out they make a jasmine perfume, it was naturally my favorite! I also just found out that they have perfume candles online! I bet those smell amazing. 

If you set up an appointment at the St. John’s Town Center Nordstrom Estee Lauder counter, you will receive a free 10 day supply of foundation! If you would like to set up an appointment please call (904) 672-2200. 

Special thank you to Sylvia! 

All the products mentioned in this post: