Thursday, May 31, 2018

My Three Must-Have Summer Makeup Products


Sephora products usedLaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder // 

My friends and I used to ask each other, "If you were stranded on an island, which one makeup product would you bring?" and I always had such a hard time answering that question. The problem is, I love makeup too much!! And there are too many products that I view as "must-haves" - even alone on a  stranded island haha! I think I could narrow it down to three (at least, at this moment in time), and all three can be found at your nearest Sephora. My three current favorite beauty products are *drumroll please*... 

I have talked about this setting powder before on my blog (in fact I named it as one of my best buys of 2017) and it still stands true today. Prior to this powder, I had tried out probably five different setting powders - most of them seemed to work well at first, but sure enough, a couple of hours later my T-zone area always got shiny! Laura Mercier's translucent powder is a true godsend, because not only does it set your makeup, but it eliminates shine for 12 HOURS, even in the summer heat!! I will not leave the house without applying this first. :) 

I switch back and forth between Anastasia Beverly Hill's brow pomade and the brow wiz. Right now I'm loving the brow wiz because I think it's a better fit for the spring and summer months: it's a little bit easier to apply than the pomade, and it also goes on lighter and looks really natural... plus, once it's on it doesn't BUDGE, even if you're outside and sweating in the summer heat! 

Alright this is a new one for me, but hear me out :) Ever since I had my wedding makeup trial with Lindsey, she convinced me that I actually can wear eyeshadow and make it work for me (in the past I had always refused to wear eyeshadow because I thought it made my eyes look smaller!). Lindsey taught me that the trick is not to take the dark eyeshadow up too high on my lid, because I have a small eye socket. Anyway, I invested in the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette a couple of weeks ago and am OBSESSEDDDD and have been wearing it ever since! I mainly stick to neutral colors - "desert sand" and "musk" are my favorites - and I apply one of the shimmery shades right beneath my brow. Trust me when I say this eyeshadow palette is GORG! 

All of these products can be found at Sephora - I'll link them in the widget below! Now it's your turn - which makeup item would you bring if you were stranded on a deserted island?!

xoxo

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Embroidered White Dress


Nasty Gal Studio embroidered dress (on sale!) // pink velvet bow heels (marked down to $30)

This embroidered dress from Nasty Gal is what my summer dreams are made of! If you have any parties to go to this summer (or are a bride!), this dress would be absolutely perfect. Nasty Gal has a whole section of their site dedicated to occasion wear and every SINGLE outfit is on sale right now! I wore this ruffle romper last week on the blog! I also want to point out my pink velvet bow heels, which are marked down to $30 and SO SO CUTE. I'm including some more of my favorite occasion wear from Nasty Gal in the widget below!

Today needs to be SUUUUUUPER productive because I leave for Charleston tomorrow! We still have a zillion things left to do for the wedding (including gluing programs together hahah) and I'm praying that we can get it all done on time AND pack everything up for the road. Wish us luck!!

xoxo

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Wedding Beauty Treatments


Hey guys, I'm so sorry I meant to get this post up last week! It has been an absolutely crazy busy month... and the wedding is only SIX DAYS AWAY, can you believe it?!?! I have another fun wedding-themed post coming later this week, but today I wanted to share with you all of the beauty prep I did for the wedding! I think every girl can agree that they want to look their absolute best on their wedding day... with beautiful skin, hair and nails! I particularly wanted my skin to look clear and glowing because I think that's my "problem area," if you will. I'm sharing this in a timeline format, because I think that makes the most sense. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments and I'll be happy to answer them! :) 

By the way, this post is NOT SPONSORED at all! 

SIX MONTHS:

Six months ago (on January 1st) I started a new workout program and really focused on eating clean. I think what you put in your body has a huge impact on your hair and skin, so I really made it a priority to eliminate processed foods and eat mostly whole foods - especially veggies - I've been eating LOTS and lots of veggies! I try to eat the colors of the rainbow every day - as many red, green, orange, yellow and blue fruits and vegetables as I can. I made this green smoothie (and variations of it) a TON over the past six months. It's packed with skin-boosting nutrients and tastes delicious too. In addition to eating clean, I also upped my daily intake of water, even if I had to trick myself into drinking it by buying sparkling beverages (this one is my fave).

I'm going to do a whole blog post on my workout routine leading up to the wedding, but I do think that it made a difference in my skin, too. Working out helps your body produce collagen, which is a protein that helps to keep your skin firm and elastic. I also noticed that on days I work out, I get a lot better sleep at night - which is also great for your skin because it repairs itself while you sleep!

As far as topical skin products go, six months out I made sure that I was using my retinal every single night (I use this one and blogged about it in this post) and a good moisturizer (my favorites are this one and this one). I also began foregoing makeup whenever I could to give my skin a chance to breathe - on days when I wasn't taking blog photos, you could find me in workout clothes and makeup-free.

THREE MONTHS:

Three months out from the wedding, I started a series of Clear + Brilliant skin laser treatments recommended by my dermatologist in Charlotte. Clear + Brilliant treatments are a step above a chemical peel, and a step below heavier resurfacing lasers like Fraxel. My dermatologist said this laser was a good choice for someone getting married because it's pretty gentle, but leaves your skin looking smoother, younger and with a "radiant glow" after a couple of sessions. It was ultimately the promise of the "radiant glow" that nudged me to begin the treatments. Starting in March, I had one treatment every month, with my third and final treatment just last week.

This was my first experience ever having a skin laser, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect! When I arrived for my first laser treatment, they had me wash my makeup off and then they applied a numbing cream all over my face. I waited for 30 minutes for the numbing cream to take effect before they started the actual treatment. The laser didn't hurt at all - in fact it was kind of relaxing! - but afterward, my skin was SO red and felt like it had been badly sunburned (don't worry, they reassured me that this is normal!). The below photo is how my skin looked right after my first laser treatment. Although it was red, my dermatologist told me I was allowed to put on makeup right away if I wanted to (that's another nice thing about this laser treatment - there's no downtime!).


The weirdest part, though, was what happened a few days after the treatment - my skin had a strange rough texture, like SANDPAPER. Yes, my skin felt exactly like sandpaper! It really freaked me out at first, but after a quick Google search I realized that this was normal, too. My dermatologist had advised me to use gentle products on my skin for the first couple of days after the treatment, and to skip my retinal for a full three days. After five days of feeling rough and sandpapery, my skin went back to it's normal texture and to my surprise, was a a lot softer than before the treatment. 

After having the three treatments, I don't know if I would say that I'm "radiantly glowing" (lol I wish), however I do notice quite a big difference in my skin tone, the size of my pores (they're smaller!) and the texture of my skin. I'm even considering keeping up the laser treatments after the wedding for maintenance - it also is a great preventative measure if you're worried about your skin aging. If you're interested, I would recommend asking your doctor if it's a good fit for you!

ONE MONTH: 

One month out from the wedding - cue a couple of panic attacks - and the realization that I need to start whitening my teeth! Chris and I both started using these Crest Whitestrips (shown below) at night for 30 minutes. Both of us saw a noticeable difference in our teeth after a couple weeks of using them, and we'll continue to use them up until the big day.


Another thing I did a month out was schedule my wedding makeup trial! I discovered my makeup artist Lindsey Burchfield on Instagram and was seriously in awe of her talent - I knew I had to have her on my wedding day!! Thank goodness she was available on June 2nd, and I booked her right away. (Seriously, just scroll through her Instagram feed, she is CRAZY talented!)

I met Lindsey at her salon in McAdenville a couple of weeks ago for my makeup trial. I was so excited to meet her - she's an absolute doll and made me feel comfortable right away. Not to mention that I absolutely LOVE how she did my makeup!! She found the perfect balance between keeping my makeup natural (so that I still looked like myself) but also making feel like a bride. I am dying to learn all of her tips and tricks!!

unedited photo

Here's a list of the products she used on me!

I can't wait to see Lindsey again in six days for the REAL thing!!!! Definitely check her out on Instagram (@lindseyjburchfield) for some amazing before-and-after photos too!

ONE WEEK:

One week away from the wedding - that's THIS WEEK! This week I'm concentrating on eating really clean, and drinking lots of tea and hot lemon water to help with any bloating. I'm also continuing to whiten my teeth, use my retinal at night and a good moisturizer.

I am getting a calming, relaxing facial on Thursday (nothing irritating or harsh!) to hopefully get a glow right before the big day. I will also get a spray tan on Thursday night so that I'll be tan for the wedding on Saturday. I always feel drastically better with a tan! 

And that's pretty much it you guys! If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you! This is definitely going to be a crazy week, but like I said, I have another fun wedding post planned so stay tuned! I'M SO EXCITED TO MARRY MY BEST FRIEND!!!!!! 

XOXO

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

What to Wear to a Spring Wedding (& it's on Sale!)




J.Crew Tie Front Strapless Dress (40% off) // Steve Madden suede wedge sandals (40% off!)
straw circle tote, similar HERE // MAC lipstick in "creme cup"

If you have any spring or summer weddings coming up, this Tie Front Strapless Dress is a great option and is currently 40% off right now! I looooove this dress, from the little bow detailing on the front to the ruffled hem. It does run a little big, so I would size down a full size! It comes in pink too ;) Even my suede wedge sandals are on sale too, as part of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale. If you haven't checked it out, there are some really great spring and summer items that are 40% off right now!

Check out more sale items below :)

cutout polka dot minidress (40% off!!!)

sale itemB.P. asymmetrical peplum tank (40% off!!)
white jeans // crossbody bag


sale itemblack cutout minidress (40% off!) // Steve Madden suede wedge sandals(40% off!)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Introducing...





Karl Lagerfeld + Model Co products:

If you don't know who Karl Lagerfeld is, he's one of my fashion idols... he's the head creative director for Chanel and Fendi, as well as an artist, photographer, and owner of his own fashion label. (Google him!!) And now he has partnered with Model Co to come out with the coolest, edgiest makeup line I've ever seen - sold here at Nordstrom. One thing that really stands out in his entire line is the packaging, especially the Kiss Me Karl Lip Lights Top Coat lip gloss, which features a mini Karl replica on the tube of the lip gloss. And when you open it up, there's an LED light AND a mirror on the tube so that you can perfectly apply your gloss! It is honestly one of the coolest lip glosses I've ever seen!!!! Another product I want to mention is this Liquid Luminizer Strobing Pen in "Nude Pink", which gives a GORGEOUS nude/pink glow to the tops of the cheekbones and the inside corner of the eyes. The formula is smooth and creamy, and a little goes a long way!

Check out the Karl Lagerfeld + Model Co collection here at Nordstrom and shop my favorites in the widget below!

P.S. The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale started today so be sure to check that out too!

xoxo

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Bermuda Beach Day


Ted Baker London swimsuit (fully stocked!), also comes in pink and a bikini version
my mom's swimsuit top // swimsuit bottoms

Happy Monday, loves! I'm excited to share these photos that we took in Bermuda a couple of weeks ago... this Ted Baker London swimsuit is honestly my favorite swimsuit I've ever worn!! We are heading to Charleston next week for my wedding and I'm hoping to get some beach time in, so I'll definitely be packing it :) The big ruffle around the neck really accentuates curves and is so feminine and fresh! I also loved my mom's swimsuit that she wore, it's a beautiful light blue color!

Did everyone have a good weekend? I went to a couples shower for my friend Gracie, spent some time with my parents, grocery shopped for the week, and also had my wedding makeup trial! I'm going to share some of my wedding beauty treatments on the blog this week so stay tuned :)

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