Vehicle Essentials

Originally I estimated I would have ten top necessary things to keep in your car at all times. When I sat down and really thought about the things I keep in my car that have prevented some difficult or unfortunate situations however, I quickly realized the list was greater than just ten. For all intents and purposes of this post though, here are the ten most useful things to keep in your car (in my opinion, of course!):

  1. Napkins/Baby Wipes
    Let’s be honest here, if you don’t eat in your car, you’ve at least gone through the drive thru at Starbucks to grab a coffee for the road. Nary a road exists that is completely devoid of bumps, and spills do happen. For this reason I have listed napkins and/or baby wipes as my number one must-have. Personally, I keep a stack of napkins in my glove box. Ask for extra napkins when you’re picking up a coffee!
  2. Umbrella
    When I was in college I kept a travel-sized umbrella in my backpack as well as a larger one in my car. Now, I keep two in my car. They have saved me too many times to count from this temperamental Louisiana weather. Even when you know to expect rain, having an umbrella with you in your car becomes a simple convenience. Vera Bradley has some precious ones here.
  3. Zip-up Jacket
    Well, if you decide you don’t need an umbrella in your car at least now you’ve got a jacket for when you’re sitting freezing from the rain. Check out this one and this one I swap between keeping in my car.
  4. Extra Charger & Wall Adapter
    I’m not as rough on the chargers I keep plugged in in my car as I used to be, but keeping a spare on hand in case the plug or port became stripped from too much wear & tear has proved hugely useful. A lot of times I forget to pack a wall charger in my suitcase when I’m traveling, so keeping the wall adapter in my car comes in handy. I love these light-up cables. They look like little LED ants traveling through the charging cord, haha!
  5. Hand Sanitizer
    Of course you can keep this in your purse as well, but after I pump gas I don’t want to be rummaging through my purse. My work makes handy spray travel-sized sanitizers, but Bath & Body Works always has great deals when you purchase multiples.
  6. Spare Sunnies
    I have friends or coworkers travel with me more often than not so I like to keep an extra pair of sunglasses on hand in case they’re needed. Plus, I appreciate having options! I linked some really cute ones my post here.
  7. Chapstick
    This one is a little tricky because lip products will melt in crazy heat. I have found that if I keep them in my center console, they stay cool enough not to lose shape, even if they do get a little warm. Sometimes I am rushing out of the house so quickly I forget to put on lipstick, and I would rather just swipe on something easy while I’m on my way to work. I love these Burt’s Bees lip balms because they’re hydrating with the perfect hint of color.
  8. Travel-sized Fragrance
    This is another tricky one again because of the heat. It can evaporate when too hot. Nevertheless I strongly suggest keeping a rollerball or travel-sized spray in your car for days when you feel like you could use a little freshening up. Victoria’s Secret has an awesome travel-size selection of fresh scents.
  9. Extra Pair of Shoes
    For me, I keep a nice, work-appropriate pair of flats with me in case I get tired of heels or my original shoes get wet in the rain that I’ve mentioned always seems to come out of nowhere. You might be the type of person that would rather a pair of tennis shoes or sandals for whatever occasion. Either way, keep that extra pair with you in your vehicle just in case! You’ll be glad you did.
  10. A Versatile Playlist
    Lastly, invest in some really really good road trip music, even if you’re not headed out of town anytime soon. Whether you purchase a Spotify account, burn a new mixed CD, or have a playlist on your phone, good music on your way to or from wherever you are headed is a total mood booster. I used to listen to some heavy rock to amp up for tests, but maybe you had a really rough day and would rather some alternative on the way home. With Spotify, you get a student discount with a school email address. You can create your own playlists or start a radio station playlist of songs from a song you already like. I like to make my own. It eliminates the hassle of trying to find something to listen to on the radio and I can enjoy my own thoughts when I’m driving. My point is, having invested some time into a worthy playlist, you will be able to enjoy yourself more when traveling, no matter the distance of the trip.

Aside from the obvious things like insurance, registration, and jumper cables, is there anything you guys would suggest keeping on hand? Let me know in the comments!

#makeuphaul

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Okay guys! Sorry it has taken me so long to post, but I am SO excited to share these purchases with y’all. Right after I finally knocked some things off of my wishlist at Sephora, my boyfriend surprised me with some things I had been coveting from Ulta. I know, I know. Now I’m the girl who gets to cheesy-brag on my stud of a boif. But he definitely earned some points with what he scooped up! I’ll get right down to it:

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First up, Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint, Naughty Nudes collection. I was really excited about these lip paint colors when they were released. They have such a 90s vibe! Eventually I will own them all, but the ones I ended up purchasing were Choker (a “warm brown”), Rave (a “greige”), and Crop Top (a “mauve brown”). I LOVE how creamy these lipsticks are! Perfect combination of creamy and matte, just like they’re named. Now, I already own a few colors similar to choker, but none stay this creamy while wearing them. It is a warmer brown, but I wouldn’t call it a lighter brown by any means. This one ended up being my favorite on, even though I was sure I would love Rave the most. Rave is the prettiest shade of grey, and I didn’t have any colors like it. I feel like it’s a color that could be worn every day versus a very stark shade of grey that would better be suited for Halloween or special nighttime occasions. I was really disappointed in Crop Top, though. I thought it would be the most fun color to wear from the description, but it felt like it didn’t have the same consistency as the other lippies. It took several applications to get the lip cream on smoothly and the color to the shade I was expecting. After I was satisfied with the application, it seemed like I blinked and my lipstick was gone! There is zero lasting power with this shade. I can say I won’t be repurchasing Crop Top, but I love my other Naughty Nude shades. I’ll be purchasing Brownie next!

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I was recommended the Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick by a girlfriend so I purchased two super fun colors: Unicorn, a bright violet/purple, and Who’s Zoomin’ Who, a stunning dark blue. I was completely blown away by the dark blue! It is exactly the navy lipstick I have been searching for, long-lasting, smooth application, and overall fun and wearable. I would highly recommend purchasing this lip in place of the Kylie Lip Kit mentioned in my earlier post.

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These next purchases I am still freaking out about. I bought the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Blush and Highlighter Duos in the Champagne Collection. I bought two different ones: Champagne Pop/Flowerchild and Presecco Pop/Pamplemousse. The Champagne Pop/Flowerchild duo lasted through heat, rain, sweat, and pretty much every element of a busy summer day. I was so impressed! I found the colors extremely wearable for every day ( I probably will wear this every day), but not so much the glam I initially expected. The Presecco Pop/Pamplemousse duo is AMAZING and because these are limited edition, I will most definitely be repurchasing this one. The highlight (Presecco Pop) is a gorgeous light gold, whereas the Champagne Pop in the other duo is a richer, darker gold. It definitely gave me the glam I was looking for. I’ve mentioned before that bright pink or coral blushes are something I’ve shied away from in the past, but the blush side of this duo (the Pamplemousse) is such a sassy, girly pink! I love it! I would 100% recommend this duo for any skin shade, too! I’m still undecided if I want to try the other two duos. If you guys have tried either of the others, let me know in the comments!

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One of the point-earning products my thoughtful boyfriend picked up for me was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I’m still not sure how I feel about this! I’ve been such a long-time user of pencils, powders, and gels, that a pomade intimidated me a little. I usually pencil my eyebrows a few shades darker, as that is on trend right now (thank you Cara Delevingne), but the shade Medium Brown in the pomade is much much too dark for me. I will have to swap for Taupe or Soft Brown. I will say that as soon as I applied this, my brows looked professionally done. Instant attitude to my face! On the other hand, I felt that with my oily skin, the pomade didn’t sit well on my brows. I will have to play with it some more in the correct shade and update y’all!

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The last thing I’m going to cover on this post is another boyfriend-pickup surprise. Y’all already know I’m obsessed with Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes, so I had to check out the Naughty Nude collection of blushes too! I ended up with the shade Exposed, a “matte nude pink.” Ugh, I should have known I was going to totally love it and want to purchase the rest of them! It’s a light, pretty, perfectly nude shade of pink with buildable potential. I would say my skin tone is a little too warm for this exact shade, but I will be grabbing Seduce and Risque on my next trip to Ulta or Sephora.

I’ve put up some lip swatches on my Insta, but if you guys want to see anything else on, let me know in the comments and I can upload pics!

Makeup I’ve Tried And Didn’t Like (Despite the Hype)

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Have you ever been so excited for a new cosmetic product to launch? You’ve followed the brand on every form of social media to stay updated. You’ve forced yourself to wait for others to try this awesome new thang before you buy it so you could read the reviews. Now you’ve finally bought this supposedly spectacular new foundation or mascara or lipstick and you are SO PUMPED to use it!

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And it’s got as many cons going for it as it does pros, if not more. Such a bummer! It is for that exact reason I’ve listed a ton of awesomely-hyped-up products that were less than fantastic for me, and what I started using instead!

1.Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


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Fully-loaded lashes? Yep.
Black as night? Yep.
Flakes all over my face? Oh yeah.
After reading a ton of reviews on the Sephora website, I dropped the $25 and left the rest up to this little pink tube of magic. I saw results almost immediately as I applied this mascara, but within 3 hours I had major fallout. Black flakes were ALL over my face–way more than any mascara I had previously tried.  Honestly, I can’t imagine the waterproof version being anything but worse, although I couldn’t bring myself to try it because waterproof mascara is always impossible to remove. I loved the look of my lashes from this product, but definitely would not recommend it for every day wear. I use it now for only special events, and I can’t say I will be repurchasing any time soon.

Try Instead: Buxom Lash Mascara


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This mascara I found was a super similar formula, though not as thick, but separated and lengthened equally as well without the crazy fallout. Not to mention it’s a few dollars cheaper!

2. Kylie Jenner Lip Kit in Freedom


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My obsession with the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits is oh so incredibly real and unfaltering. At least until I purchased this “I-had-to-have-it-or-I-was-going-to-die-from-lack-of-having-this-color-in-my-life” navy blue lip kit the day it was released. I put it on as soon as it came in and my heart just broke. The formula felt like I was just trying to watercolor my lips and Monet I am not. Even when the formula dried it was not a rich and pretty matte color like the rest of Kylie’s kits. Complete bust.

Try Instead: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Blue Velvet
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OR Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Jellies

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Although the argument remains that Kylie is using nearly the same formula as Colourpop, I beg to differ. On my lips they apply completely differently. Jeffree Star’s liquid lipsticks are so hard to come by, but so worth it! Try them both for less than the price you’d pay for Kylie’s lip kit!

3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in ‘Trooper’


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The perfect fine-tip liquid eyeliner is hard to find. Seriously. It’s like a mythical creature. I was really excited to try this eyeliner that had been recommended to me by more than a few friends. It lasted really well for the first couple of uses…..and that was about it. After that I felt as though the tip wasn’t as firm as it should have been after only two or three applications, plus the color faded on my lids too much after so short a period of time.

Try Instead: stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner


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Sharper. Longer-lasting applicator. Richer, longer-lasting color. Love this eyeliner.

4. NYX Cream Highlight and Contour Palette

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Holy crap is this stuff just completely befuddling to me. To transfer from the pan to my face was an adventure. Then, once on my face to blend was yet another chore. Brushes, beauty blenders, fingers, I tried using them all! It’s not an easy formula/consistency to work with, period.

Try Instead: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palettekatvondcontour

Using her contour brush, this powder contour kit literally glides onto your skin, contouring it like a friggen’ pro. ***Side note: I have very oily skin so powder contour formulas work better for me! If you have the opposite skin type, the opposite product formula types might work better for you!***

5. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

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I promise this is not a Too Faced bashing party, lol, I love the brand and have an obsession with their bronzers. But this foundation was a bust for me too.  First of all, I found it more difficult than I’d like to find a color match, which I wouldn’t really consider my skin tone a difficult shade to match. I guess in this one instance the foundation is similar to brands like BECCA whose shades favor certain skin tones and skin types. The Born This Way formula is light and creamy, which I love because thick foundations cause me major breakouts (i.e. MAC). The consistency makes it easy for buildable coverage based on your preference. The biggest let down for me though, was how within the next hour or two, the foundation looked like it was literally melting off of my face. Whew! It was unattractive, y’all. ***EDIT: Foundation primer, translucent powder, and setting spray made worlds of difference when I wore this again. Loved it!***

Try Instead: Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation
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OR Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
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I found that the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation is not only a similar-feeling formula, but it also has a ton more color options! The Covergirl Outlast foundation felt like a similar formula on my skin, and it lasts through the day. (Even without primer or setting spray or powder.)

Have you ever waited for a product to launch, only to be disappointed by it? Let me know what you liked instead in the comments!

Spunky Florals

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I’m all for a bright summer floral pattern over here! This bell-sleeved tunic (definitely could be a dress but I’m tall) is pretty, flowy, and just plain fun to wear! I wanted a more boho look, so I opted for killer knee-high gladiator sandals tucked into some cut-off denim. This piece could easily be dressed up with some white skinnies and cute neutral wedges! I’ve linked some below. Cat-eye-shaped sunglasses are new for me, but I was feeling their vibe with this outfit. I couldn’t pass up a mirror-lensed cat-eye either.

Hair by: Victoria Shumaker

Sunnies: Blink Boutique; Forever 21; Dillard’s

Tunic: Change Clothes Boutique; Nordstrom; Urban Outiftters

Denim Cut-offs: Free People (I’m wearing the Queen wash)

Denim: Level 99

Sandals: JuJu’s Boutique; HerringStone’s; Amazon

Wedges: NordstromNordstrom

Tote: SAVVYROOT

Arm Candy: Lily and Laura

Have you noticed how much of my wardrobe is from local boutiques yet? I’ve linked all of their Instas because…THEY ALL SHIP, most with flat rate or free shipping! It’s pretty amazing. And if there is anything I’m unsure of fit-wise, color-wise, etc., every single boutique has impeccable customer service that always goes out of their way to help me and ensure I am pleased with my purchases.

 

Fall Festival

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I’m not sure if you guys have heard of VooDoo Fest, but it’s one of my favorite festival concerts in Nola! There’s always a great lineup and plenty of potential to discover new sound. It’s usually Halloween weekend in October/first couple days of November, and the weather can be unpredictable. Two years ago it was bright and sunny during the day, chilly at night. Last year it rained nearly the entire weekend. For this Fall Festival look, I wanted an outfit that would let me stay cool if a heat wave happened, but wouldn’t leave me high, dry, and freezing when the sun went down. Lightweight jeggings, comfy sandals for all the walking between stages, a breezy tank, and a warm, plaid flannel to throw on once it got cool. Per my usual style, I stacked jewelry again. The more the merrier to me, haha!

Hat: Target; Forever 21  Long Necklace: Frock Candy  Short Necklace: Imagine Boutique

Tank: Forever 21; Nordstrom; Urban Outfitters

Jeans: Gap; Forever 21; Level 99

Plaid: A&F

Sandals: Apricot Lane; Urban Outfitters; Target

Arm Candy: Aldo; Forever 21; Etsy; Hollister Co.

Do you have a favorite go-to look for chillier festival weather? Let me know in the comments!

Back to Black

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The only way I am wearing black during the summer when I know I will have to step foot outside at all that day is if I get to throw a crazy bright pattern all over it! This floral swing dress is easy, breezy, and it instantly boosts my mood the second I put it on. IT EVEN HAS POCKETS GUYS. Featured here is how I’d style it for a girls’ night or dinner with friends, but I’ve also worn it several times for work with a light cardigan and pointed-toe flats (linked below). I really want to draw some attention to this gorgeous leather handbag though. SAVVYROOT is a local brand–Baton Rouge-based in fact. I’m sporting the Charleston Tote from the SS16 collection. Actually, my good friend Victoria Shumaker turned me onto the brand. She just-so-happened to also bless me with this beautiful blowout! I’ve linked her name to her salon in case you live in the Baton Rouge area and want your hair to be #blessed too.

Notice how I’m rockin’ my FitBit? Gifted to me by my boyfriend, this purple piece of tech almost never leaves my wrist. What I love most is that it tracks everything AND records it. A few of my friends chose an Apple watch instead, but I needed something a lot more durable. I wouldn’t call myself the ‘fittest’ person in the world, but wearing my FitBit allows me to monitor my movement and heart rate throughout the day and motivates me to keep moving when I haven’t been too active. Here is why you need one in your life too. Plus, you can find cute decorative replacement bands or band sleeves for them just about anywhere!

Do you have an accessory you never leave home without? Let me know in the comments!

Hair by: Victoria Shumaker

Choker: Hemline; Forever 21

Necklace: Kendra Scott

Dress: Lucca Lane; Nordstrom; PacSun

Cardi: Target; Gap

Flats: Target; Forever 21; Nordstrom

Heels: Blink Boutique; Amazon; Nordstrom

Tote: SAVVYROOT

Arm Candy: Frock Candy; Merci Beaucoup

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The Woes of Moving

I’ve moved a total of four times in two years. Or something like that. Basically, I’ve had to pick up, pack up, and move all of my belongings four more times than I would ever want to in my lifetime. Moving is the biggest pain. Figuratively and literally. I most recently moved from the third floor of an apartment complex and I was feeling the pain after 78 flights of stairs (via FitBit)! From my experiences I am going to do my best to fill you in on some tips and tricks to make the moving process less difficult and less expensive.

  1. PLAN AHEAD
    Without this step, you might as well just tell yourself now you’re going to be scrambling and frantic come moving time. I was in some bad spots for a couple of my moves. For one, my parents sold their house unexpectedly quickly in my last year of college and I had about two weeks to find a new place and move there post-finals. So in this instance, I had the cringe-worthy challenge of packing and moving without much time to plan ahead. In my most recent endeavor, however, I knew two to three months ahead of time where I was headed. I was moving to a new city and I allotted plenty of weekdays and weekends to packing up my apartment and taking as much as I could fit in my car at one time to my new home, thereby lessening the amount to move on actual moving day. (Also, don’t wait until the day of to try and pack up an entire room and then some. Make each trip home and away really count!) If you know that you are going to need extra help to move, or are going to rent a truck, or schedule cleaners, or whatever it may be, planning ahead will eliminate a ton of stress from day one.
  2. CONSOLIDATE/THROW AWAY
    Oh boy, is this the most difficult part of the moving process for me. I’m a hoarder and a pack-rat and to me everything has some kind of sentiment making it worth keeping. But on more than one occasion, I’ve had to let go of more than a few things in order to fit into my new space, or to make my new space way less cluttered. It’s cathartic and bittersweet and when I’m done I feel so accomplished! Those tennis shoes you’ve had since high school? Toss ’em. The jeans you wore when you were ‘skinnier’ that you’re hoping to be able to fit back into soon? Donate ’em. The costume jewelry you’ve had since seventh grade? Can you see where I’m going with this? Even if you’re a champ at letting things go, consolidation when it comes to moving is still a game-changer. Try to use boxes that are pretty much the same size and not too big to carry. A lot of retailers will donate their conveniently-sized boxes happily instead of making all those trips to the dumpsters or recycling bins. Consolidating your belongings into similarly-sized boxes and labeling them by room makes them easier to pack, move, stack, and unpack.
  3. ENLIST THE HELP OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY
    I will attest that having your friends and family help you move is awesomely cost-effective! I was fortunate enough to have a few guy friends and my boyfriend’s family spend several hours on a Sunday afternoon helping me load up and unpack a truck. Had I needed to hire movers, the trip and labor would have cost me about $800 that I didn’t have. I was never the best at Tetris (or carrying heavy boxes down three flights of stairs) but my helpers were patient and took the time to carefully move, pack, and stack boxes so I wouldn’t lose or break anything. With movers, they are not always so careful! Planning ahead and making sure the actual items to be moved have been consolidated makes for a way easier time for you AND those who you’ve enlisted to help you move!

Using the aforementioned steps I was able to make my actual moving day much less horrific than it could have been. It took up most of my Sunday and several trips before then, but nothing was lost or broken and everything stayed organized to my liking between take-down and set-back-up.

Here is another really helpful blog post I used to simplify my move.

If you’ve got any tips or tricks that made moving easier for you or saved you money, let me know in the comments!

Save or Splurge: My Current Makeup Favs

I’m a huge makeup lover! Whether you’re looking to save or splurge, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite products right now!

SAVE

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e.l.f. Blemish Control Face Primer ($6)

 Primer was something I had to convince myself to try–did I really need it? Before spending money on something I wasn’t completely sure was necessary in my makeup routine, I opted for a budget-friendly drugstore brand. My skin surely ain’t my strong suit! It’s oily, splotchy, and I was diagnosed last year with adult cystic acne. It totally sucks. But what doesn’t suck is how smoothly this primer allows me to apply my foundation. Not only is it just $6, but it also minimizes shine all day long while preventing new breakouts from forming, extending the wear of my foundations. Totally worth the investment.

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick ($7)

I could seriously rave about this lippie formula for days. It’s smooth, lasting, pigmented, and I always get tons of compliments when I wear these. I linked a personal fav, Sandstorm. It’s a much more affordable Kylie Lip Kit dupe too!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8)

Let’s face it, ladies. Who really has time to wash their hair every single day?! If you do, I truly envy your time management skills and your clean, shiny hair. For those of us like myself, who value sleeping in just a little longer in the mornings, there is the miracle of dry shampoo. This one is only $8 bucks, and it smells amazing! I normally get the blonde hint of color spray bottle, but I have linked the original just in case you don’t happen to be blonde!

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Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara ($7)

Mascara is one staple about which I have zero guilt buying at the drug store. I’ve been using this particular kind since it was released. It received some hilariously terrible reviews, but even so I can personally say I have had nothing but great experiences. My tube is with me wherever I go.

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Physician’s Formula Argan Oil Bronzer ($15)

I’m a fan of shimmer in my blush and bronzer, but what I love about this particular one is the shimmer isn’t too overpowering, but the bronzer still dons great color. It applies easily with the brush inside the compact, and it even smells good enough to eat.

SPLURGE

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Jentry Kelley Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation ($40)

Y’ALL. I am spilling my best-kept-secret right now! Obsessed is an understatement when it comes to this foundation. Buildable, water-resistant, sweat-resistant, lightweight, but packed with coverage. If there ever was a foundation that did it all, this is it. I prefer my foundations with more of a matte finish (less dewy) and I hit the jackpot here. Do yourself a favor and splurge on this right now!

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Living Proof Night Cap ($28)

Dry, damaged hair might as well be my middle name. Keeping up with a bright blonde isn’t an easy task, but with this leave-in formula, it makes it so much less of a pain. I use this every time I wash my hair (about twice a week),  and it keeps my hair shiny, soft, and way less damaged.

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Tartelette Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush ($28)

Like I mentioned earlier, I love shimmer. These 12-hour blushes come in a ton of gorgeous colors and most of them have at least a hint of shimmer! Blushing Bride is my fav, but I’m learning to venture into brighter-colored blushes and recently have been wearing Fearless. Love them all!

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Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palettes ($49)

I get it, everyone owns one or all of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I do, all of my friends do. But last summer I got tired of the colors and wanted something different. In a hurry, I landed on the Stila Eyes Are The Window palette in Soul and I hit pan within just a few weeks I wore it so often! The shadows are pigmented, fun, versatile, and the palette case being so pretty doesn’t hurt!

If you have a favorite save or splurge cosmetic item, let me know in the comments!

Summer Festival

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Here in Louisiana, when you know you’re going to have to be outside for any period of time, dressing in as little as possible is a popular option. When you don’t want to show a ton of skin, however, throw on some super-light layers in fun colors and patterns and stack some jewelry. You’ll stay comfortable and won’t pass out from the heat! Most of what I am wearing is from last year, but I’ve linked everything with some similar options.

Hat: Target; Forever 21  Long Necklace: Frock Candy  Short Necklace: Imagine Boutique

T Shirt: Gap; H&M; Forever 21

Kimono: Francesca’s; Hollister Co.; Forever 21

Denim Shorts: Hollister Co.OneTeaspoon; Nordstrom; American Eagle

Sandals: Apricot Lane; Urban Outfitters; Target

Arm Candy: Aldo; Forever 21; Etsy