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Dewy Summer Beauty

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When It comes to summer beauty, I go for lightweight simplicity, with a touch of dewiness. This shimmery based primer, gives my skin the perfect subtle glow underneath my foundation, and this lightweight spray foundation is perfect for a simply flawless look. The key is to spray foundation onto an airbrush style makeup brush, and then apply to face in circular motions, so you don’t overuse the foundation, or look “too done up.” This has been my go-to concealer for years. I apply it underneath my eyes in an upside down triangle. It blends most naturally by patting the under eye area with a beautyblender.

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In search of the perfect blush and lipgloss for my wedding, I came across this pair. The dual-intensity blush is perfect for taking your look from day to night, going super subtle or making a statement. This blush brush can be used wet for more intensity for dry for minimal color. The lipgloss is the perfect amount of pop, and my favorite lip plumper & glossy stain is essential.

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blush | wet/dry blush brush |  lip plumper/hydrator | lip gloss | foundation | primer | concealer | beautyblender | bronzer | airbrush brush

Patriotic Manicure

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After perusing through a zillion patriotic inspired manicures on Pinterest, I was determined to recreate a star-spangled look myself. Surprisingly, this manicure can be done in minutes–a speedy top coat is much to thank for it!

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What You Need:

Base Coat – I like Deborah Lippmann Rehydrating Base Coat

Fast Drying Top Coat – Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat is absolutely fabulous

Scissors

Tape

Red, White, Blue, Gold, Glitter lacquer

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Essie (Fifth Ave) | Zoya (Snow White) | Dior (Tuxedo) | butter LONDON (The Full Monty) | butter LONDON (West End Wonderland)

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  1. Attach an end of a lengthy piece of tape onto a counter or table. Apply two coats of blue lacquer to the tape and let dry completely.
  2. Apply two coats of red lacquer to your thumb, pointer, and pinky fingers.
  3. Apply two coats of gold lacquer to your middle finger.
  4. Apply two coats of white lacquer to your ring finger.
  5. Once dry, apply two coats of gold glitter lacquer over the already polished gold nail.
  6. Cut the painted tape into thin identical strips.
  7. Once completely dry, place two tape strips one at a time, evenly over the white painted nails.
  8. Using scissors, trim the ends of the tape strips to fit evenly over your nails.
  9. Apply one coat of a fast drying top coat to all nails.
  10. Apply an additional top coat layer over nails with the applied tape strips.

Beauty Awards 2012

I’m such a beauty junkie, I’m always testing out new products, so I love the beauty subscription trend going on right now with companies like Birchbox and GLOSSYBOX (highly recommend joining!) I’m sharing my top must-haves that I fell in love with this year. What are your favorite beauty products?

Beauty Awards 2012 Skincare Cleansing Brush: Clarisonic Mia 2
Cleanser: Philosophy ‘Purity Made Simple’ One-Step Facial Cleanser + Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash or Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanse
Toner: Bliss Steep Clean Mattifying Toner Pads
Moisturizer: Mary Kay TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer
Concentrate: Giorgio Armani ‘Luminessence’ Bright Regenerator Concentrate
Clearing Mask: Philosophy ‘The Oxygen Peel’ Kit (Super-Size Kit)
Anti-Aging Mask: Mario Badescu ‘Super Collagen’ Mask
Pore Reducing Mask: Mario Badescu ‘Cucumber Tonic’ Mask
Eye Products: Clinique All About Eyes Serum, Kiehl’s Eye-Brightening Concentrate
Lash Primer: DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
Brown Serum: Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum
Spot Healing: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Lip Balm: Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Lip Mask: Mary Kay Satin Lips Set

Beauty Awards 2012 Makeup Foundation Primer: Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer
Foundation: Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation
Concealer: Benefit Stay Don’t Stray
Powder: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder
Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush (72 Rose Initiale)
Bronzer: Tarte Mineral Bronzer (Park Avenue Princess)
Eyeliner: Lancôme ‘Le Stylo Waterproof’ Long Lasting EyeLiner (Cafe Nior)
Brow Pencil: Giorgio Armani Eyebrow Pencil (2 Brown)
Mascara: ModelCo Fibre LASHXTEND
Palette: Lancôme ‘Color Design’ Shadow & Liner Palette (Taupe Craze 100)
Lipgloss: Chanel Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer (Seashell)
Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine & Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour
Brush Set: Giorgio Armani Brush Set
Blush Brush: Chanel Blush Brush #4
Concealer Brush: Sephora Collection Pro Concealer Brush #45
Shadow Brush: Bare Escentuals Smoky Eye Brush

Beauty Awards 2012 Nails Polish: Julep
Polish Color: Butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer in West End Wonderland
Top CoatSeche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
Nail File: Sephora Crystal Nail File
Polish Remover: Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover & Prep 
Cuticle Cream: CND Cuticle Eraser
Hand Cream: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Current Favorites – Beauty Routine

  1. Chanel Joues Contraste Blush – Rose Initiale #72 ($43) – The Perfect shade of pink for a rosy Summer glow.
  2. Dior Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner ($29) – I always choose this long-lasting eye pencil over retractable liners.
  3. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua – Ultralight Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 – Beige Rose #32  ($45) – A lightweight foundation with a flawless finish.
  4. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Lip Balm #1 ($7.50) – This neutral lip balm gives the perfect amount of shine that lasts for hours.
  5. L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes ($8.99) – The wand pulls lashes up for amazing volume.
  6. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara ($7.99) – This light-weight gel mascara leaves my lashes clump-free. (Combine the two mascaras for amazing clump-free volume.)
  7. Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer – Park Ave Princess ($29) – This weightless bronzer gives a natural, subtle finish.
  8. Benefit Stay Don’t Stray ($26) – This concealer primer has with enough coverage to pass for my concealer.