`I rarely leave the house without a little glow. Whether it’s a little shimmer moisturizer mixed in with my sunscreen before a run, a swipe of highlighter when I’m doing a barely there look or a super-glam, blinding highlight, I don’t feel complete without a little glow. Here are some of my highlighting tips
I like to add a little shimmer during every step of my makeup process. I start by adding something like Mac Strobe Cream to my foundation, or in case of a “no-makeup” day, I mix it in with my sunscreen if I’m going outside.Once I have my foundation/bronzer/concealer done, I like to highlight all the high points of my face, down the bridge of my nose, my cupid’s bow, cheekbones, brow bones, the temple as well as the inner corner of my eye.
A note on color & tone– I always prefer a warm highlight over a cool one. Obviously, the exact shade depends on how deep your skin tone is, but very few people can pull off an icy, blue toned highlight. The whole goal of highlighter is to give you a healthy, glowy, lit-from-within look, and I find that happens best with peach, rose gold, bronze, or warm gold, highlights. I also shy away from anything to yellow gold as I think it looks a bit harsh.
Were officially in September! When fall comes around I like to freshen up my beauty routine, focusing on moisturizing masks, fall-inspired colors & maybe a foundation switch up.
I’m probably the last person to try this Summer Fridays mask, but I just grabbed one because I think it’s going to be helpful during this transitional time, my skins tends to freak out with temperature changes.
I’m a huge fan of setting sprays that don’t dry you out; this one looks nourishing
I can’t wait to get my hands on this new foundation from legendary makeup artist Gucci Westman, reviews say that its light and natural looking & super easy to apply
I have one color of this liquid lipstick and I’m a big fan, not too drying & lasts for a long time. I’m looking to grab some deeper colors to wear this season
This cranberry Tom Ford eye quad screams fall, and I love wearing warm colors on my eyes. It’s expensive but really luxurious looking
Barbara Strum products are the newest stars in skincare, these nutrition supplements meant to aid in keeping skin glowing & youthful.. definitely something I need
Who else likes to buy new products when the seasons change? Let me know if you end up picking up any of these!
I managed to come down with a horrible cold this week, so I’m definitely happy it’s coming to a close! Despite that, these are a few of my favorite things from this last week in August!
I’m loving this $20 corduroy dress, these round(ish) RayBan aviators, this sheer kimono top (I just snagged the last one in my size but they are pre-selling some more) and this super luxe looking Rebecca Minkoff bag (under $300 bucks!)
Also obsessed with this wet hair look Kim K has been doing lately… definitely going to try to recreate it this soon
I love Insecure and season 3 is not disappointing! Hope everyone has a fun-filled holiday weekend!
August is wrapping up quickly and I’m more than ready to start embracing fall. There are a few fall trends I’m super excited about, some new and some that I’m just happy to have back (like cropped wide-leg pants). Here are some of the pieces I have in my various shopping carts…
I’ve always loved leopard, but I definitely think it needs to be done in the right way for it to work. I like it best on basic shapes, ankle boots, midi skirts, shift dresses, wrap tops, t-shirts, etc. Basically, anything that would look good in basic black works in leopard and is just as versatile.
Anything checked is another go to print for fall. I especially like how it looks on mini dresses, jumpsuits & blazers. I’d pair these pieces with simple gold jewelry and a red lip.
I LOVE slip dresses. There are so many ways to style them– pair them with sneakers and a denim jacket for a casual day look, a leather or suede jacket & heels for night. I also like a t-shirt or tank layered as well so it looks like you’re wearing a midi skirt.
As a condiment I’m lukewarm on mustard, as a color I’m all in. It looks super cute in simple t-shirts & accessories but is also a great statement maker in something like a midi dress.
What trends are are you most excited about this fall?
I heard Jen speak on a podcast about how most people don’t focus on their mobility, joints, flexibility etc until its too late, and freaked myself out. Luckily she has a program that’s $15 a month and gives you mobility flows, HIIT workouts & core workouts to keep yourself strong in all the ways we neglect. I work out a lot but I’m not good at stretching and taking care of my joints, so I want to force myself to be better with this program.
Admittedly I’m a bad sale shopper, but I’m trying to be better. It’s hard for me not to focus on the season ahead and want to get everything that’s new, new, new, but this summer I’ve been seeing some great sale pieces that will work well into fall, especially if you’re in LA. Banana Republic has a great 40% friends and family sale going on right now, perfect for grabbing work basics & classic pieces. Revolve has a bunch of swimsuits on sale as well as cute skirts & going out tops. ShopBop is always my go-to for high-end pieces, they have some really cool items. I also love & Other Stories for their Scandi-cool pieces, like printed dresses & blouses. Last but not least, Reformation has a sale like two times a year, one of which is happening now, definitely some great finds like the set I’m wearing above!
When it’s super hot & muggy outside, the piece I immediately gravitate towards is a light, breezy dress that allows me to just throw it on & go. Perfect for summer parties (day & night) family BBQ’s or a date night, a good summer dress is your best friend during sweltering heat.
I’ve been a fan of pairing mine with minimal slide style sandals (see post of these as one of my key summer pieces here but for something a little more dressed up but still summer appropriate, I love a raffia or woven heel like this one.
On another note, UGH who else feels like summer is basically over already? Although I am ready to do away with this sweltering LA heat, I’m trying to live up the remaining summer goodness while I can. I feel like I’ve been in a bathing suit a whopping 3x this summer and it’s not ok… I need to start hitting up friends with pools.
LA is having a SERIOUS heatwave. I’m talking 90 plus degrees near the coast… we’re dying over here.
During the summer or whenever it’s this hot, I like to pare down my beauty routine so it’s as fuss-free & heat-friendly as possible. That means cutting down on powders, which cake when you sweat, embracing dewiness & going for a more natural look. Here’s a break down of my routine & must-have products for heat-proof makeup.
I start with Fenty Beauty primer (my absolute favorite) to at least try to keep everything in place. I then mix Mac Strobe Cream (about a dime sized amount) with my IT Cosmetics CC cream & add a little bit of Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Serum. I read amazing reviews about this product online and tried it and am absolutely in love, you can mix it with just moisturizer or sunscreen if you want even less coverage, but it adds such a pretty bronzy glow to whatever you mix it with. Apply with a damp beauty blender or even your hands.
For concealer, I use the usual suspects, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Vanilla & Honey. If somehow I’m looking fresh (rare) I’ll skip this part. For heat-proof makeup, I use concealer sparingly since its a bit thicker & thus more likely to crease or cake.
I then use a cream bronzer, either Chanel Soleil de Tan or Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Cocoa. Apply with an angled brush & blend out with beauty blender… or just use the beauty blender if you’re short on time & tools.
Pat on a cream blush, I like Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk, or this Kosas blush & highlighter duo. I use my fingers to start then blend with a beauty blender.
Apply cream highlighter, again I like Glossier’s Haloscope in Quartz or the cream highlight from the blush duo I mentioned above. I focus on tops of cheekbones, temple, brow bone & cupids bow.
Set the under eye with a little Laura Mercier powder and a 224 MAC brush (or something equally as small & fluffy). Use sparingly, just under the eyes, side of the nose, chin & a little between the brows (or wherever you tend to get oily.) The goal is to allow the majority of your face makeup to meld & mix with the oil & sweat you produce, which will be inevitable in the heat.
Eyes, Brows & Lips
I like to use a little bit of cream bronzer in the eye socket for definition, and if I’m wanting a little more glow I use a cream shadow like Glossier’s Lidstar(I’m loving “Fawn” & “Cub”….. PSA I was at the Glossier store and heard someone say Beyonce loves “Fawn”. If its good enough for Queen B it’s good enough for SimplyB!)
Use a tinted brow gel like Glossier’s Boy Brow to brush brows into place.
Also… I swear this post is not sponsored my Glossier, they just have great low maintenance beauty products!
I keep it simple & fill in with my favorite liner, Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk & apply some Aquaphor
Let me know in the comments if you try any of these products!
When summer rolls around I’m always super excited about getting a ton of new pieces to add to my wardrobe, bathing suits, hats, rompers, jumpsuits, separates, sandals…. I want it all.
In reality, we can’t have EVERY single thing we want when it comes to our dream wardrobe (though mannn that’s the goal for me). But you can invest in a few key pieces that will freshen up your wardrobe and keep your look current– without blowing your entire paycheck.
Here are some of the key pieces you need for summer 2018
Whether its the ultra-popular Balinese inspired circle bag, or a large woven tote, a straw bag will add a dose of summery breeziness to basic outfits.
Flat Slide Sandals
The ideal sandal for the summer is simple, understated and chic. I love how flat slides are a bit androgynous and balance out more feminine looks.
Two Piece Set
Matching sets, whether they come in skirt, short or pant form, are the most versatile pieces for summer because you can wear them together or separately (duh). But really, they give you so much bang for your buck. I love tops that are slightly cropped paired with a high waisted skirt or pants because no matter what your body type, the waist is always fair game to highlight!
A Sexy One Piece
My favorite thing about one pieces is that they can double as bodysuits! I love a high cut leg and a top with a lot of support, but small chested girls can get away with some of those hot plunging ones (jealous).
A Day to Night Jumpsuit
Summer automatically makes every night even a little more casual, so you can get away with wearing more day-time pieces to happy hour, dinner, after-dinner cocktails and beyond, especially if you wear with the right accessories. A jumpsuit is the perfect wear-everywhere piece to take you from day to night.