Girl Talk: Sunday Evening Edition

Hey people! It’s Sunday evening, I’m looking at my calendar for the week and it’s not looking like a beauty post is going to happen. 😬 So I thought we could chat about girl stuff.  I’m outnumbered at my house, and my guys try to be a good sport about all my girliness, but really they just want to talk about tractors and tools and dirt and man stuff, so sometimes a little girl talk is nice!

  • I’m addicted to Pandora radio. Specifically anything Red Dirt or Frank Sinatra. I always seem to be more productive with music going. And my oldest’s new favorite song is, “Fuzzy” by Randy Rogers. Not sure if I should be worried or proud his jam is a song about a good night of drinking. 
  • Walgreens now carries Soap and Glory!  I’m excited to have another place to stock up on my favorite hand cream, body wash and scrub. 
  • Don’t forget to wash your new fall scarves. The chemicals in the fabric could lead to a very itchy case of contact dermatitis on your neck, jaw line, and ear lobes. And you know what the doctor will prescribe?  A steroid shot right in the booty. Don’t ask me how I know about all this. 
  • If you love baked potatoes, you need to try the smoked potatoes from Rudy’s BBQ. Top it with smoked turkey and a fountain coke on the side, enjoy, then write me a “thank you” note. (I’ve had two this week, and I enjoyed every bite.)
  • I’m running dangerously low on my can of Oribe Dry Texture Spray. I REALLY love it and want to repurchase it, but I REALLY hate how expensive it is!
  • If you are ink pen obsessed like me, try the Pilot Acroball pens. They are the smoothest writing ball point pen ever!  I do also enjoy the ink pen I got from my dentist’s office, but I don’t know where else you can get those! 
  • I really want a pair of ankle boots. Anyone have a pair they really like for under $100?  (No suede or fringe!)
  • I ran into Ulta today to grab a couple things, and I picked up a Bare Minerals lip gift set, thinking they were nude glosses. Nope. They were matte liquid lipsticks. And they weren’t cute on me. I’m having total buyer’s remorse. That’s what I get for impulse buying!
  • I also went to Victoria’s Secret to buy a new strapless bra to wear with my bridemaid’s dress. It was between one that was totally comfortable but made me look flat chested or one that was more “enhancing” but not quite as comfortable. After a 20 minute dressing room debate, I went with enhancing. We shall see if I made the right decision.  I also walked out with a pair of yoga pants because they’re comfy, and I like balance in my life. 
  • I need to start packing for my brother’s wedding this weekend, and I have a feeling my makeup bag(s) are going to be the bulk of what I bring. Anyone want to have a contest to guess how much makeup I’m packing? My guess is 28 pounds… Also, would you guys like to see a post on what I pack or a post on how I did my makeup? Both? Lemme know!

Welp, that’s all I have! I’m off to watch some Harry Potter with my fellas!  Let me know in the comments what’s on your mind?  Have a great week!

-L

HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY TO ME!!

Today is my 30th birthday! In the past few months, I’ve thought a lot about how much I’ve changed and learned in my 30 years, both in my health and beauty habits and just life in general. I frequently say that I’d rather be 30 than 20. So today, I thought it would be fun to write a letter to my 20 year old self about some beauty and fashion “wisdom” I’ve acquired over the past ten years! Here goes!

Dear 20 year old Lauren,

This is your 30 year old self, in case you were wondering. I just wanted to jump back in time and give you a heads up about a few things!

First, around 2009, you will be shopping at the Bare Minerals store and come across the most gorgeous, shimmery loose powder bronzer at one heck of a deal. Don’t. Just don’t. You have no idea what to do with that bronzer, so you will decide to apply everywhere and you will look like a bronzy disco ball. Day after day, after day. For an entire summer! I still cringe when I think about it!!

Second, don’t wash your hair every day. It isn’t good for it. Go find some dry shampoo and thank me later.

Next, I know you are super busy with school, work and everything else, but take care of yourself. Drink lots of water and wash your face. Do a face mask while you are working on homework or studying.

Eyebrows. They are very important in the overall look of your face. So put down the tweezers and go get an eyebrow pencil and fill them in so you can actually see them!

Also, just because your skin is oily, that doesn’t mean that you should skip the moisturizer. It will actually make your skin more oily. And you should probably set your foundation with powder. That will help too.

You are fair skinned and people will joke about how white you are. Embrace it. Love it. That’s the way God made you! Oh, and since you are so fair skinned, be VERY diligent with the sunscreen!

After you graduate, you will have the time and money to start experimenting with more kinds of makeup. I know it is tempting to want to try ALL the makeup out there, but try to have some restraint. Makeup isn’t good forever and you will be so mad at yourself down the road for being wasteful. (This also applies to hair and bath and body products too!)

Before you turn thirty, you will have the joy and privilege of becoming a mom. For some reason, society gives pregnant women and mothers of small children the idea that once you become a mom, you will never get to wear makeup again, shower twice a week, will look like a hot mess, and that is what you’re supposed to do. I’m going to tell you that’s a load of crap. Getting yourself ready for the day WILL become harder, and you may only get to put a little makeup on, but you can do it! And you need to. Taking a few minutes on your appearance will do more positive things for your attitude and morale on a daily basis than you will realize.

Lastly, always be true to yourself. This applies to every aspect in life, but today I’m directing it toward fashion and beauty.  Buy things because YOU like them, not because it’s the “thing” right now. Invest in a few timeless pieces; you will get way more use out of those than spending money on cheaper, trendier things. You will find your own style, and it will make you happy and confident. Hint: It involves a lot of neutral colored clothes from Gap and J Crew Factory, pinky nude lips, teased hair, and 12 pounds of jewelry.

Always,

Lauren

P.S. The Harry Potter books are bomb. Just go ahead and jump on that bandwagon right now!

 

Eyeshadow Primers!

Hey everyone! We’re talking primers again today! In my primers post, I didn’t touch on eyeshadow primers. I view face and eyeshadow primers in two different lights. I said in my face primers post that as long as you exfoliate and moisturize before your makeup, you don’t necessarily need a primer. Well, if you wear eyeshadow, then I think that you do need a primer! I never wear eyeshadow without using a primer. Eyeshadow primers give your eyeshadow something to adhere to. This allows the shadow to stay in place longer, avoid creasing, and you can build up the shadow easier and it makes it show up more true to color. The good news is that there are many products you can use as primers and they come in all price ranges!

Concealers

MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NW15
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NW15

Concealers make great primers! They help cover any blood vessels or discoloration, which helps your eyeshadows appear truer to color. Not every concealer will work though. Avoid anything super creamy that takes a while to dry because it may cause creasing. One great option is the MAC Prolongwear Concealer. It can also be used under the eyes to conceal, highlighter, and as a lightweight foundation.

Eyeshadow Primers

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I’ve used many, many, many primers over the years from a variety of brands. I’d have to say hands down my favorite is the Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It doesn’t have any pigment to it, but a thin layer blended into the eyelid helps my eyeshadows stay put and it doesn’t feel greasy like I have found a lot of the primers to be. I also have eyelids that are a tad bit oily, so that doesn’t help. (The tube in the photo is a deluxe sample, the actual size is much bigger!)

Cream eyeshadows

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MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots
Painterly
Painterly
Bare Study
Bare Study
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Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige

Cream eyeshadows are a great option to prime your eyes. I love the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots. I’ve used the shade Painterly for years (I’ve hit the bottom of my current one, I use it that much). It is matte and with a pink undertone. It covers any blood vessels on my eyelids and really keeps my eyeshadow in place. If you need a yellow toned one, try Soft Ochre. They also have shimmery ones, such as Bare Study, and various color options that you can pair with your eyeshadow look. Another awesome option are the Maybelline Color Tattoos. They have them in pots and stick forms and are around $7 each! They do a comparable job to the MAC Paint Pots and come in a ton of colors. I like Bad to the Bronze (shimmer), Tough as Taupe (shimmer), Barely Branded (metallic), and Creamy Beige (matte) in the pots. They do tend to dry up a tad bit faster than the MAC ones, but at their price point, that doesn’t bother me! I currently have the stick in the shade Barely Beige, and it’s a perfect dupe for the MAC one!

Top: MAC Bare Study Bottom: Maybelline Barely Beige
Top: MAC Bare Study
Bottom: Maybelline Barely Beige

And that’s it for eyeshadow primers! Do you have a favorite? Let me know!

-L

 

 

Gems of the Drugstore: First Edition!

IMG_2914For the most part, my skincare and makeup tend to be on the higher end side. But there are times I stumble across a product that is amazing in quality and makes my wallet happy too. I like to refer to these at my Gems of the Drugstore. These are a variety of products that you can find at the drugstore, Target, Wal-Mart, or Ulta. I love these products so much that I’ve repurchased them time and time again and hesitate to try anything more expensive that’s similar to it because these products are just that good! I’m going to make this a series because if I put everything into one post, we’d be here all day! Let’s get started!
NYX Butter Gloss

Cotton Candy, Éclair, Crème Brulee
Cotton Candy, Éclair, Crème Brulee

I’ve owned many of these lip glosses over the years, and they’re amazing. They are a smooth, lightweight gloss that provide a sheer wash of color. They aren’t sticky and have a nice sweet scent and flavor, and they have so many shades that everyone will find a color that they’ll like. I currently have the shades Éclair, Cotton Candy, and Crème Brulee. I like how they work great by themselves or over a lipstick. Honestly, if was told I could only buy drugstore lip gloss for the rest of my life, as long as these are around, I’d be completely content (I still love my Buxom glosses though). I usually can find them at Ulta or Target. Best part? They’re around $5 each!!!  (And if you keep an eye out, they will go on sale at Ulta from time to time for buy one, get one half off!!)

Cotton Candy, Éclair, Crème Brulee
Cotton Candy, Éclair, Crème Brulee

Vaseline Lip Therapy

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I’m a bit of a lip balm junkie. I love trying new lip balms and like to keep them everywhere. A couple of years ago, I saw that Vaseline had some lip balms out and decided to try the rose one. I love anything rose and this did not disappoint. It has a pink tint which is nice for the days when you need to moisturize but want a little color. I recently purchased the aloe vera and original and like them both as well! They all have the texture of Vaseline, but slightly less greasy. They have a cocoa butter one as well. I love the vintage looking tins, and they are around less than $4 a piece!
Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Hand Cream

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I am constantly washing my hands, so they tend to get pretty dry. I’ve tried many different brands of hand creams over the years, but most just didn’t work well for me. Then I tried this hand cream about three years ago and fell in love. It’s amazing. It is super moisturizing, absorbs quickly, isn’t greasy, and even lasts through a few hand washings. I have tubes of this everywhere! I don’t remember the exact price, but they’re less than $4 each!

Let me know if you’d like to see more of these posts and how often! (Monthly?) And let me know if you’ve discovered a Gem and want me to try it!
-L