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April beauty favorites


For April, beauty was all about ease. As I mentioned earlier this week, I needed simple and few products during my days spent traveling and hiking this past month in Utah. I didn’t want to pack a ton of makeup and skincare products for my trip, so that meant keeping things simple with the above products. If you’re looking to start transitioning your routine from cold weather to warm weather, I’d recommend one of these (especially this foaming cleanser — amazing!).

This week flew by … and yet it felt like I didn’t get done half of what’s on my to-do list. But this weekend, I’m reorganizing my office and bits and pieces of my bedroom. Nothing like a little home decor/organization project to get me excited for a few days off!

My secret beauty weapons

The first step is admittance you have a problem, right? Well, I have a problem with always wanting to try new beauty products. My beauty drawer is overflowing, but I have a few products I come back to day after day. I occasionally like to splurge on a more expensive product, but I’ve found that sometimes price doesn’t mean quality. I’ve found some great products that are inexpensive but work just as well as the high-priced department-store items. 

I have oily skin that become very shiny by the end of the day, and I’ve tried primer after primer in all price rangers. L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base bests them all, and only a little shine comes through by the end of the day. To build my base look after applying primer, I apply L’Oreal’s True Match (in the palest shade, of course), Revlon’s PhotoReady concealer (in the stick, which is more concentrated than the liquid shown above), and CoverGirl’s translucent loose powder

My favorite blush is a cream blush by E.L.F (technically called an all over color stick). It’s $1 at Target and quite possibly the best purchase of my life. I also love applying some color on my lips, and the lipsticks with the most concentrated color and the most variety are, hands down, made by Revlon and Maybelline. They’re inexpensive, which means you can try trendy colors without having to worry about blowing the bank.
I prefer to play up my eyes most days, which for me means lots of neutral browns, coppers, and bronzes to pop against my blue eyes. The best pigmented shadows that I use daily are L’Oreal’s H.I.P. eyeshadows (although I wouldn’t suggest using the white and blue shadows pictured above) and Revlon’s ColorStay shadows. I tend to love Clinique’s High Impact mascara, but if I happen to run out without the chance to get more, CoverGirl’s Lash Blast mascara.
What are some of your favorite beauty products that won’t break the bank?

Dotted and laced

I am determined to be content with what I have in my closet because I am the worst about feeling like I have nothing to wear, despite a very full closet. Sometimes I feel a lot of pressure to have new things to wear or trends to take part in because of being a personal-style blogger. This summer, I’m going to learn to be happy with what I already have. Here’s the breakdown:

Blouse: Banana Republic via Goodwill
Shorts: Charlotte Russe (similar here and here)
Flats: Lands’ End (similar here)
Sunnies: Forever 21
Clutch: Brahmin (c/o)
Necklace: Kohl’s
Rings: Kenneth Jay Lane via Giveaway/Charming Charlie
Lips: Maybelline’s Parisian Pink 

The details are what make this outfit for me. The sweet, feminine touches, like lace shorts, polka dots and a bow in my hair (which I didn’t get a picture of), all lend themselves to give off a girly vibe but in a subtle way. These shorts were another closet hidden treasure I forgot about. Clearly I need to dig deeper into my closet and find other items I’ve forgotten about, all in the name of my quest of contentment with my closet.

Also, congratulations to Alex of Delayed Missives! She’s the winner of the nautical bracelet giveaway. Alex, I’ll be emailing you to get your mailing address.

Daily: My Weekend Uniform

My time here in Little Rock is quickly coming to an end, which is hard to believe. Who knew eight weeks would fly by? I’ve certainly gained a complete appreciation for air conditioning and fans, and I’ve definitely become a big believer in staying cool in skirts and dresses. Here’s the breakdown:

Tee: Saver’s (Old Navy)
Shorts: TJ Maxx (American Eagle)
Sandals: Dolce Vita for Target
Bag: Banana Republic
Sunnies: Forever 21
Lipstick: Coral Crush by Maybelline
Bracelets/Watch: Garage sale/Dillard’s/TJ Maxx 

Stripes and easy shorts have become weekend staples for me. I definitely gravitate toward the casual on the weekends, particularly because they’re my only chance to wear shorts (at least during my internship). After seeing so many other bloggers wearing Maybelline’s Coral Crush lip color, I decided to take the dive and try it out. For $5, it’s definitely worth a try, and I’m surprised with how well it looks on so many skin tones. Paired with my simple breton striped tee and khaki shorts, my new lip color really topped off my weekend uniform.