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Everyday Makeup Tutorial

 I have gone through make-up and "look" changes more times than I can remember. Some of the ones I do remember, (some with tragic outcomes, others decent) are: thick liner, bottom liner, inner liner, smoky shadow, winged liner, pink blush, peach blush, bronzer… I have looked through some of my high school and college photos and felt utterly sorry for my face. Mainly when it looked bright orange, sparkly, or with raccoon eyes. While make up is an incredible beauty enhancer, it's taken me 20+ years to understand that heavy make up should be saved for special occasions.
I feel like I have finally mastered my "everyday look." It takes me about ten minutes to accomplish, it's an easy routine, it compliments my everyday outfits, and it gives me the chance to wow when I put on a full face of make up on special occasions. Something that I've embraced recently is that looking fresh and "natural" is my take on beauty.
I start with a moisturized face. 
1. Then, I apply Stila CC Color Correcting Cream (I use medium). I use this cream to take some of the redness away. I have dry skin, so redness is a problem I look to correct. 

2. Over the CC Color Correcting Cream, I use Stila Stay All 10-In-OneDay HD Beauty Balm which serves as a light foundation, while also protecting from the sun (SPF 30) and moisturizing the skin. I like this alternative to foundation, as it looks more natural, and keeps your skin clog free. 

3. Then, I apply one swipe of blush only to the high part of the cheek bone in a small circular motion . This lifts up the bone, making your face look more refined and flushed, not blushed. I use Kat Von D Everlasting Blush in "Bellisima."

4. With one swipe of MAC Bronzing Powder (refined golden) I take the brush at an angle to the lower side of my cheek down and swipe down. This contours the face, and it photographs well. 

5. I keep my eyes simple and bright. To make them look "deeper," I use white pencil on the inside and on the tear ducts. 

6. I use MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Extravagant Mascara. Only two swipes of this, and your lashes look full, long and clumpless. 

7. Stila stay all day liquid lipstick in "Dolce" is my nude / peachy lipstick. 

 8. Lastly, I do my eyebrows! (which is to me, the most important process. I have created a whole post on how I do them. Coming soon!)



Bebe spike sleeve leather jacket / Celine sunglasses / boohoo official boots / tee / jeans

I have never loved a piece of clothing more before this Bebe jacket. The spikes are EVERYTHING. I have no further comment! 



It's time for a trend show-down! I am #TeamShift and my opponent is #TeamSkater. LuLu*s wants to know which spring trend will reign supreme this season. Follow along each week for a new trend report and enter via Instagram for a chance to be featured and score a $500 gift card to LuLu*s! Want more details? Head here: http://blog.lulus.com/contests/lulus-fashion-face-off-contest/


Tortuga Music Festival

Last weekend, I found myself in a sea of country-music-loving people, at Tortuga Music Festival. It was held on the beautiful beach of Fort Lauderdale, with three main stages along the shore, food trucks and tents, lemonade stands, and beer for days. It was a fun weekend of beachy hair, cut offs, and tan lines. My favorite artists were Train, as they sing my favorite song of all time- Drops of Jupiter, and of course, none other than booty-shaking Luke Bryan. I was so happy to be up close and personal with him; he is a sweet, sweet boy! Not hard on the eyes either. The lineup list is here if you wanna see more info on the music fest! The relaxed atmosphere, of doing nothing but sunbathing, drinking lemonade and beer, while listening to great country music made for the perfect weekend. 
I can't wait for next year! 



I don't own very many maxis, and much less, one this colorful. I prefer neutrals and solids. However, this dress is so fun, and opposite from my usual, that I had to give it a try, and I loved embracing the brightness with my aqua clutch and playful braid! 

Today, I am off to San Francisco for the week! If you have any must- see, eat, do suggestions, please do tell! 

Hope you all have a great week! 

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