Lipstick is magic. Do we all agree? You can have zero makeup on, be rocking sweatpants and a tee, throw some lipstick on and BOOM…you’re ready to face the world. I started embracing lipsticks in my early twenties, and red was my go-to in the early days. I’ve since expanded to more adventurous colors – I swap my lipsticks like I do my wardrobes every season. I typically go with brighter tones in the summer (oranges, berries, pinks), and darker, bold tones (eggplants, mochas, burgundys) in the fall & winter. This summer, I wore a lot more nudes than in the past. I think this kind of goes with the minimal makeup look I’ve been experimenting with…either way, nude lips are gorgeous and SO low maintenance!
Below are the lipsticks that have been on my rotation this summer – they range from super bright to barely there, but are all equally amazing. They’ve been there for my statement lip moments to my beach going days!
We’re nearing the end of winter (THANK GOD), which means my pastiness is at an all time high. I’m in desperate need of a tan – my go-to tanning pads aren’t even helping me at this point. I tried packing on more concealer, more bronzer, more moisturizer to help with my dry, pale winter skin, but nothing was working.
Finally, last week at Sephora, I discovered a magical product. One that brightened up my skin instantly, giving me the dewy look I’ve always strived for. I didn’t even care that my skin was pale because it was GLOWING. Introducing…Milk Face Gloss.
I’ve got thick, bushy, unruly eyebrows. If I didn’t maintain these bad boys, I’d have an eyebrow (that’s right, just one) that would connect with my hairline on both sides. It would all blend in real nicely. Though it took me quite some time to appreciate their unruliness, I’ve finally accepted my brows and learned to embrace them. More importantly, I’ve learned to keep them in check. This involves frequent trips to my girl Vanessa at Parlor 836 (if you’re into threading, you need to see this girl – she works magic), in addition to trimming and tweezing here and there in between visits.
Recently, I discovered a new product that has changed my eyebrow game…Benefit’s Gimme Brow. It’s essentially a brow-volumizing gel that grooms your brows and gives them a thicker, fuller appearance.
It’s always good to switch up your beauty routine, especially when it comes to hair product. Your hair tends to adjust to the products you use frequently, and over time, you don’t maintain consistent results. I’ve been using Moroccan Oil shampoo and conditioner for years now, so when Function of Beauty asked me to try their customized shampoo & conditioner, I didn’t have to think twice.
Did you catch that? It’s customized shampoo and conditioner, for your hair. Just. For. You. As technology improves, customization will be key. From skincare, apparel, fragrance to hair care, everything will be customized based on your needs. Function of Beauty is one of the first to attempt this, and truth be told, I’m quite impressed with their product.
This is the time of year when I wish I was tanner than I actually am. It’s too soon to have any color because we’re just starting to get some sunshine, but it feels like summer so I feel like I should have a little somethin’ somethin’. If my face is a little tan, my makeup looks better, and I get that “dewy” look everyone strives for.
I made my usual bi-monthly (or monthly really – who am I kidding) Sephora trip a few weeks back, and decided to give Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads a shot. I’ve heard from friends that they work well, and they get stellar reviews so…what did I have to lose?
Now that I’m in my late twenties, I’ve been more cognizant of what I’m putting on my skin (better late than never, right?). Between packing on sunscreen, investing more in serums and moisturizers, I’m also doing a fair amount of research on different skin regimens and products. My most recent experiment was around the concept of “misting”. I’ve read numerous articles that reference makeup artists keeping facial mists in their kits, so I wanted to see what all the hype was about.