Sephora Play! Unboxing | July 2017

It’s the middle of summer and Sephora knows that we have vacation on our minds, so they decided to help us out with a little beauty R & R by theming this month’s box as “Beauty Staycation.”  Everything in my July box focuses on quick summer beauty fixes that will have me ready to travel or ready to sip iced tea in my recliner at home.  My July box makes summer beauty effortless, natural, and oh so glorious.  Let’s see what was inside. 

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Sephora Play! August 2016

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It’s always a happy day when my Sephora Play! box comes in the mail.  I didn’t do any posting about it last month, but I discovered a few new things that I love thanks to that box, so I figured why not start telling people whats in the subscription?  Since I canceled my Birchbox subscription last month, my Sephora box is currently the only beauty subscription I currently have. 

Each month Sephora has a theme, and August’s theme was “The Eye Openers.” As one who currently struggles with things like under eye circles and puffiness, I was anxious to see what was inside my box.  Here’s what I found:

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544

I am a huge fan of the MUFE Artist Shadows.  They’re smooth, buttery, and blendable, so I was super excited to see this beautiful pink granite shade in my box.  I was a little less excited when I discovered it was a shade I already had in my MUF Artist Palette Vol 1.  Either way, it’s a beautiful color.  

Full Size: 0.07 oz @ $21

Sample Size: 0.02 oz

Sample Value: $6.09

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My Sephora VIB Sale Haul – April 2015

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Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Balm | DERMAdoctor Cleanser | Rosebud Salve | Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Eye Shadow | Kate Sommerville EradiKate | Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Minis

Since I shared my proposed shopping list for the Sephora VIB sale so I figured I should share what I actually purchased as well.  It looks a tad different from my original wish list, but I’m super excited about it all the same.

1. Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip-Oil Balm ($16)- I bought the shade “Rose Passion” (deep blush) after swatting almost all of them in the store, but after trying it on at home I loved the formulation so much I immediately hopped online and ordered another one. The second shade I bought is “Pink Passion” which is a youthful pink color perfect for summer.

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April 2015 Sephora VIB Sale Shopping List

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MUF Shadow | FAB Eye Remedy | Kate Sommerville Kit | Hourglass Bronzer | B&B Surf Infusion | Bite Beauty Lip Mask | Beauty Blender | Formula X Nail Set | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette | FAB Mattifying Gel | Perfume Sampler Set | Too Faced Melted Set | Bare Minerals Color Balm | Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream | Hourglass Blush

It’s a beauty addict’s favorite part of spring: the Sephora VIB sale! Sales are a very rare occurrence at Sephora, and beauty lovers everywhere rejoice when they get that magic coupon that lets them get a discount in their favorite store! VIB’s get early access to their 15% off starting tomorrow, and to celebrate, I put together my personal shopping list for you to peruse.  I wish I could say I planned on actually picking up all of these things, but while that’s not going to happen, there is a pretty good chance I’ll pick up an item or two though.  Here’s my wish list for Sephora’s Spring sale 2015.  Enjoy!

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Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip 2014

The Sephora VIB sale was this past weekend, so naturally I went to take advantage of the 20% my VIB status gives me one weekend a year.  Knowing that a lot of my Sephora wishes were on my birthday and Christmas list, and that my birthday is so close (Friday!) I decided it would be best to behave a bit.  I picked up a few things that I knew weren’t on the list I gave my family, and this happened to be one of them.

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Sephora Favorites sets are something I look forward to every holiday season since they offer a reasonable priced way to try some of the top products they sell each year.  There are typically two lip sets: a large one, and a smaller one.

The set I picked up was the smaller lip set called “Give Me Some Lip.”  It retails for $25 and contains 5 deluxe mini’s and 1 full sized lip product.  I fell victim to this because I was eyeballing the full size of both the NARS Orgasm lip gloss and the Urban Decay Naked lip stick, and I realized that both were in this kit, along with other names I was interested in.

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The Products

  • Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in “Pout”- 0.2 oz full size- $20 value
    • Pale, cool pink.  The color actually scared me at first, but with a light touch, this color actually makes the lips look quite pretty.  Not as intimidating as it looks.
  • Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in “Heritage”-.05 oz- $13 value
    • Matte brick red.  Highly pigmented. Color is more neutral than the packaging leads you to believe.
  • Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer in “Kissability”- .02 oz- $3.50 value
    • Shimmering lilac pink.  Feels great on lips and gives lips a beautiful glossy look without being sticky
  • Buxom Full on Lip Cream in “White Russian”- .07 oz- $8.87 value
    • Nude Pink
  • NARS Lipgloss in “Orgasm”- .12 oz- $17.33
    • Peachy pink with gold shimmer.
  • Urban Decay Revoultion Lipstick in “Naked”- .03 oz- $7 value

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Just to give perspective as to why I love the value of the Sephora Favorites sets, this box contains product that is worth almost $70!  Do you remember how much I said the set retailed for?  Yeah..$25!  I’d say that this set, like many of the others, is an amazing value for your holiday budget and definitely worth picking up for yourself or your beauty loving friend or family member.  I appreciated that the shades we all in a more neutral family rather than some of the bolder ones, which can be found in the large Sephora Favorites lip set.

Obviously, the only place you can buy the Give Me Some Lip set, along with all other Sephora Favorites sets this holiday season is at Sephora.

This set was purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own.

Sephora Favorites Superstars

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Every year around the holiday shopping season Sephora releases some pretty awesome gift sets.  This year, after doing a bit of research on the value of the products (and taking advantage of the 20% VIB sale that is happening this weekend) I decided to wish myself a happy birthday and spend the money on the Superstars set.

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In a nutshell: this set is AWESOME!  The retail price is $75, so with the discount I paid $60 for the entire set.  If you can’t already tell by the picture, the value of the Superstars set is a lot more than what I paid for it.  It’s a lot more than what someone without the VIB discount would pay for it.  I’m going to go ahead and break it down for you.

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Working from left to right:

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (15ml/0.50 fl oz): Value: $14.00

I have heard a lot about this “miracle” product.  This is a pressed oil that is quite rare and can be used for many things:hair, cuticles, rough spots and face.  As a very acne-prone person, I’m always afraid to try oils on my skin, but as I’ve been doing research I have found people saying it’s actually great for acne prone skin.  I’ll report on it once I have made up my mind.  The giant 4oz bottle of this stuff retails at $96, so I am glad I get to try this out for such a great value.  Sephora does sell this size as well, so if you wanted to try it out, you can pick it up without breaking the bank.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (15ml/0.50 fl oz) FULL SIZE: Value: $30.00

Yes, this is our first of several full size products found in this kit.  I have actually gone through a tub of this already and I loved it, so the fact that for 1/2 of what I paid for the kit I’d be getting my eye cream that I planned on repurchasing for full price anyway was a huge selling point for me.  It is proven to brighten and de-puff those pesky under eye circles, and with ingredients like ginseng and caffeine (anyone who knows me knows I thrive off of caffeine) this was an amazing thing to get in this box.  Learn more here.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (50ml/ 1.7 fl oz): Value: $15.00

I already had this product in my arsenal but truth be told I can’t decide how much I actually like it.  That being said, knowing I got my hands on another mini version of this surf spray (which can be purchased in that size) was nice because I don’t hate it, I just don’t think paying that much for a spray is necessary, so any way I can cut the cost and still have it works for me.  It’s a texturizing spray for the days you want that be achy, undone look.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball (10ml/0.33oz): Value: $29.00

Yeah, $29 for the rollerball.  I discovered this fragrance a year or so ago and I absolutely went crazy for it.  The problem was the price tag: $80 for 1 oz!  Thus, I had to morn the loss of probably never owning it and find something a tad more reasonable.  With notes of Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, and Patchouli, this scent makes me feel sultry and sexy, although I asked Erik what he thought just now and he likes what I currently wear (Marc Jacobs Lola) better.  I guess that means I don’t have to worry about spending the money on a new supply of this, and will enjoy my rollerball while it lasts.

Running Total Value: $88.00  *see? ALREADY the kit has been paid for*

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow duo in Sin and Mushroom (1.5g/0,05oz) FULL SIZE: $18.00

I LOVE Urban Decay Eyeshadows.  Technically this is a half size of two of their front runners, but the two combined equals one full eyeshadow.  These colors are exceptional looking when used together, and Sin is one of my all time favorites.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel (2.5ml/0.085 fl oz: Value: $6.60

This highly ranked brow brand brings us a gel that keeps those hairs in place all day.  Full size is 0.28 oz for $22

Too Faced Better than False Lashes Lash Extension System base and topcoat (9 ml/.30 oz) and Flexistretch Nylon Fibers (.8g/0.02 oz) FULL SIZE: Value: $35.00

This is a crazy little system.  The big gold tube is the black mascara base and topcoat and the white tube has these little fibers attached to a mascara wand.  First you apply a black layer, then a layer of these white fibers (which looks wacky), then you go over the fiber layer with another layer of the black.  I would say there for sure was a bit of extra va-va-voom in my lashes, but nothing as dramatic as in the photo they provide.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner (.5ml/0.016 fl oz)FULL SIZE: Value: $20

Stila’s trusted waterproof liquid eyeliner with easy application comes full size in the Superstar set.  I guess I should learn how to apply liquid eyeliner..

Running Total Value: $167.60!

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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light(30ml/1 fl oz)FULL SIZE: Value: $39.00

Over the summer I was a huge BB cream fan, and still am on days I don’t want to do a full foundation face.  I somehow got a sample of this BB cream and remember absolutely loving it.  The coverage was quite generous for a BB cream, my skin felt silky smooth, and it had some pretty fabulous staying power.  Thank you, Sephora for the full size BB cream in your awesome set!

Deborah Lippman Nail Color in Cleopatra in New York (15ml/0.50 fl oz)FULL SIZE: Value: $19.00

Again, a brand I’ve been dying to try but just not been able to justify paying the price, and now I can 🙂  The glitter shades run a bit pricier than their non-glitters, so the nail color in my set was of higher value than I thought.

NARS Blush/Bronzer duo in Orgasm/Laguna (5g/0/17 oz): Value: $24.00

This is the mini version (which you can purchase without a kit) of the ever popular duo in NARS’s best selling shades.  I have the Orgasm blush (one of my all time faves) and have gone through two full sizes of the Laguna bronzer.  I always like getting mini versions of my favorites.

NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita (3.4g/ 0.12oz)FULL SIZE: Value: $26.00

The price is a bit steep for a lipstick, but having owned several NARS products before, and knowing this is a very popular shade, this is a thrilling edition to the set.

TOTAL SET VALUE: $275!

Not too shabby at all!  Many of these products would have been difficult to justify spending retail price on by themselves, but for $75 you can get ALL of these amazing products to try for yourself. With a value like that, there’s no excuse not to give some of your guilty pleasures a try, when they all come in this one box!  Check out your local Sephora to see if they have it in stock, as I was online a few minutes ago only to discover it’s no longer available, at least not right now.  I have also found it on Amazon for for slightly higher price, but still nowhere near as much as it’s value.  Check it out if you want a chance to get your hands on it before it’s gone!  I give this set an A+!

*Disclaimer: I purchased this set with my own money and all opinions are my own*

The Friday 5: October 19th, 2013

Welcome to a late night posting of the Friday 5. Technically it’s Friday (12:50am) so it’s legit.  Since I’m enjoying a quiet night in alone (more on that in a second), I figured I’d get a head start on my Friday by getting some work done before bed.  There’s going to be a lot happening here this weekend.

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I don’t get to see Erik until Saturday, and since today is my day off, it means I have a chance to get a lot done without interruption or anything, however, “freedom” like this also causes me to be a lot less disciplined about pretty much everything.  I tend to need to be held accountable (kind of why I work at Weight Watchers.  I have to practice what I preach) in order to stay on track.  This weekend, I decided that needs to happen despite the fact no one is “watching” me.  So, here’s the plan: a little “A weekend in the life of the almost-wife of a traveling businessman: having a productive and enjoyable weekend, including a food plan that’s ON plan.  I figure that posting on here holds me super accountable, as all of you see it.  That’s why I’m posting this so early.  There will be another post tonight 🙂

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Thursday Night

Technically my alone weekend started Thursday evening, so here is the prologue (I guess?) to the posts to come.  After getting home from a productive day at voice lessons, I went and fulfilled my kitty-sitting obligations and managed to be back in my apartment for the night by about 10:15.  I figured there was no better way to start this weekend than by giving my skin some TLC.  Shown above is everything I used for a mini spa night .  I removed my makeup using the Sephora Tripe Action Cleansing Water and 3 (yes, it took 3) exfoliating cotton pads.  I find they give a deeper clean, in my opinion, than regular pads.  After taking the washcloth and soaking it in hot water to rest over my face (open up those pores a bit), I used one of my new obsessions: LUSH Let the Good Times Roll cleanser to exfoliate (full review coming soon). Now clean, pores open and dead skin gone it was time to apply my mask, Origins Clear Improvement mask for some deep pore cleansing.  After slathering some Fresh Sugar Lip Polish on my lips (they needed some exfoliating TLC too) I made some ginger tea and started to clean the apartment (yeah…at 11:00pm).  Now I’m sitting here with really fresh skin, in a clean looking apartment and will wake up in the morning feeling ready to tackle the day.  While the apartment is picked up, there’s a lot of other things to accomplish.

So, there’s day 1 I guess.  Or a nighttime skin treat regimen.  How ever you want to look at it.

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I am Catwoman

I somehow have become the substitute cat-lady of the apartment complex…at least it feels like it this week.  One of the couples Erik and I have grown really close to left town this week and asked if I would kitty sit for their fur-babies, Jasper (fuzzy orange one) and Rosie (the baby)  I of course said yes.  Then I was visited by another MBA student, who was planning on having the cat couple pop in on her cat while she was away this weekend, so since everyone was leaving, I was asked to visit Frank as well.  All week I’ve been checking in on Jasper and Rosie, and I now want to call Rosie the “little terror” as she was a little monster tonight.  I’ve never seen a kitten try to jump on top of a table lamp before.  Even when there is success, it just doesn’t end well…  Despite her insanity, I love being able to cuddle a kitten (the whole two seconds she lets me when I pick her up), and today’s first visit with Frank (aka the Lover) was amusing.  He apparently had a lot to say, and was not content unless I was petting him.  It’s nice to be needed for affection by animals again.  I think Erik has finally given in to the fact that we’ll end up with a dog at some point.  I miss my puppies so much, so the kitty sitting is a nice way to get a little fur fix.

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Climb Every Mountain

At least that’s what it felt like we did on Tuesday.  We went to visit one of Erik’s closest friends from college, Amanda, at her parents house about 4 hours away in the mountains.  She is recently engaged and moving to Canada, so we had to take advantage of the fact she was in North Carolina rather than Florida.  To get to her parent’s beautiful house we had to drive my little green machine up hills that made me feel like I was prepping for a roller coaster drop.  They were seriously THAT intense.  (see the view out of the window of the house?  Breathtaking, but scary to get to) On our way back down the mountain to leave, there was one point my car was making a noise that freaked both of us out.  Thankfully Erik was a good (great, amazing, wonderful…the list goes on) fiancé and did the driving so I didn’t have to, which worked out well because I was totally freaked out just being on the passenger side.  Driving those winding roads plummeting down would not have gone well.  Other than the mountain we had a great time nerding out with Amanda and her fiancé by playing a few favorite card games.  Great time, but I definitely learned I’m much more of a city girl.

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Munchkin: if you haven’t played it, do it.  It’s really good for a laugh, but be warned: backstabbing WILL happen.  What happens at the Munchkin table gets forgotten when the game ends, or any couple playing will go home angry.  Get ready family; when we visit this winter, the game is coming too!

Chinese Food..

My students love showing me videos that make me lose hope in their generation.  We all thought that one of the worst songs ever written was about our favorite day of the week (to watch “Friday” by Rebecca Black, click here.  Then you’ll understand what I mean..), but alas, that song as been beaten for worst song ever written…

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to show you the beginning of the fall of the children who are supposed to be our future:

Yeah…I know.  -.-

Happy Friday, my friends!

*Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this post were mine and all opinions are my own*

The Next Chapter Pt 3: Life in Chapel Hill

I feel like the whole moving story deserved at least one more post that lets me tell you a bit about the area I now call home.

The weekend that Erik’s parents were with us (my parents stayed until Tuesday), his Dad took it upon himself to show us some of the sites.  That started Saturday morning with a trip to Franklin Street.  Franklin street is the main drag for Chapel Hill.  It’s covered in cute shops, bars all over, and it’s a foodie’s dream.  There’s everything there.  You can find chains like Chipotle and Noodles and Company, as well as delicious sweet treats including several frozen yogurt shops (Sweet Frog seems to be the main chain around here) and Krispie Kreme Doughnuts (they took ours back home away), and little shops and bars all over this street.  There is this bakery/ice cream parlor that Erik and I walked by one night when we were out for a stroll that has cupcakes (my favorite!) and gelato, but what’s unique about this place is they make adult gelato treats.  You can get vodka and other liquor based gelato creations served in a martini glass right along with your cupcake.  We haven’t gone there yet, but you better believe we will!

Anyway, Saturday morning:  We were taken to Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe on Franklin Street.  It’s this narrow little place (much like most of the shops along Franklin) with the best breakfast food ever.  We walked in and god smacked in the face with the scent of syrup, bacon, and sweet, sweet pancake and waffle batter.  I was in Heaven and we weren’t even seated yet.  We managed to get countertop seating, which was awesome because we got to sit and watch the pro breakfast cooks work their magic.  I had a cinnamon apple waffle with bacon and Egg Beaters and sugar free syrup (while enjoying a food I still I have to feel like I made at least one Weight Watchers conscious decision..) and it was lovely.  I feel compelled to go back and try their signature M&M pancakes.  Just the sound of those words makes my taste buds giddy.  After an amazing breakfast with super friendly service we were ready to face our day of unpacking.

(My parents, Erik, and I enjoying breakfast at Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe.  His parents are behind the camera)

As we were walking up Franklin St I noticed that everyone, and I mean everyone had something Tar Heels related on (UNC mascot).  I have never lived in a University town before, so I never realized how much of a “thing” showing your university’s colors was.  I knew that Erik and I had to hop on the Tar Heels bandwagon when I saw this little old man walking down the street in a Tar Heels baseball cap.  I expressed my desire to get “in” with the Chapel Hill way of life, and Erik’s mom wasted no time leading us a few stores down to “The Shrunken Head” which is one of the best known shops for all things Tar Heel (although I later learn that Kohls, Walmart, Target and basically anywhere I go will have Tar Heels gear for purchase).  After some browsing and trying things on I managed to walk out of there with a cute long sleeved shirt (thanks to the clearance rack), some super soft sweatpants and a windbreaker jacket with hood, thanks to my parents, and an amazingly cute hoodie thanks to Erik’s parents.  As we were talking to the store owners (it’s been a family owned business for years) they learned of our move and our engagement so as a little housewarming gift they threw in these big plastic cups, one in Tar Heels blue and a pink one for me.  I was now satisfied with owning some Tar Heels gear.  I was officially a Chapel Hill resident, and now I could look the part 🙂

(In the Shrunken Head, me sporting my new sweatshirt, and Erik being a real man and not being afraid to hold my purse;-)  )

Saturday night the group of us (Erik and I plus all parents) went out to an epic dinner at the Carolina Inn.  Built in 1924 by a UNC alum, this place is actually listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  When you walk in you can just stand in awe at it’s elegance.  It’s very classy with an eclectic collection of furniture making the visual experience truly unique.  There are long halls and many rooms, and that’s just on the main floor.  Never mind the fact that somewhere there are actual hotel rooms that probably cost several hundred dollars a night to stay in.   We walked into the dining room which was very quiet and had brightly colored upholstery on the chairs. The menu reminded me of something you would see on a cruise ship; there weren’t a whole lot of choices, but each choice was unique and decadent.  We started with some bread (as always) and they brought us a cold beet soup in a little cylindrical glass, meant to be sipped.  It was an interesting flavor which I happily tried a few sips of before my tummy decided it wasn’t for me.  That’s fine, onto the main course: steak.  We are talking enough steak for 3 meals for me sitting on top of delicious mashed potatoes.  I ate the top piece, and ended up taking the bigger piece home along with the leftovers from a parent who had the same thing.  Then we looked at the dessert menu… Oh. my. goodness!   We each ordered something different: peanut butter/pretzel/chocolate mousse pie, berry cobbler, pecan bread pudding, chai creme brûlée, and for me: red velvet mousse cake.  We all played pass the plate, as we wanted to get our hands on all of dessert awesomeness spread out in front of us.  The meal was amazing, we were all in good company, Saturday was a success.

(My steak and red velvet dessert)

Erik’s parents left on Sunday.  The adventure of unpacking continued with target runs and working through things box by box.  I met up with my parents one morning at a local cafe called Cafe Carolina.  They have great french toast, yummy sandwiches (Erik and I learned that later) and yummy baked goods, including Tar Heel colored cupcakes.  I would expect nothing less from a Chapel Hill eatery 🙂

(The Cafe Carolina Cupcakes)

My last adventure with my mom was to David’s Bridal, seeing how on top of everything I have a wedding to plan.  We figured we should at least start looking for a dress, as I had no idea what I wanted.  Looking at them all hanging there was totally overwhelming, so I decided maybe I should just try some on for fun.  5 dresses and one awesome consultant later, I actually bought my wedding dress.  Say What?!?!?  Yup!  Done and done!  Obviously no pictures or details will be posted until Erik has seen me.  It was an awesome impromptu adventure.

Since our parents left Erik and I have discovered other places as well.  The first MBA event took place at a bar called “Top of the Hill” where the main area is actually 3 floors up at the top of the building and you can look out over Franklin street.  It’s another local landmark.   I also was taken over to the business school one day for a BBQ and Erik gave me the grand tour of the place he will be spending so much of his time.  I found several local Weight Watchers stores and all of the stores I’m used to having access to back in Illinois.  There is even a really decent mall only 15 minutes away, compete with a Sephora and with an Ulta across the street. Win! Erik and I have spent Saturdays registering for our wedding at Bed Bath and Beyond and Macys, so we got to explore the mall together.  We really know how to spend an entire day out shopping..  I also have a Trader Joe’s and a Whole Foods right by the music school I am teaching at, which is great, except I don’t have the money to shop there.  Still, it’s nice to know they’re around as well.

It has been and continues to be quite an adventure discovering places around my new home.  I know there have been more places we’ve explored over the last month or so, but I don’t need this post to go on forever.  Chapel Hill is a nice place full of kind people.  I keep hearing I am going to love the winters since I’m from Chicagoland, so I am actually looking forward (at least a little bit) to winter this year.

There’s still a lot to work on and a lot of things to accomplish and the craziness of the fall season has yet to start for either of us, but getting the chance to settle in over the summer was a great choice.  Life is good 🙂

Top 10 Summer Must Haves

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I figured since I initially intended for this blog to be a branch of of my youtube channel, which is beauty related, I should probably get a post going that isn’t about my life and all of it’s changing glory.

Everyone has their list of summer beauty essentials to get through the hot summer months, and I thought I should share mine.

1: Clinique CC cream

Summer means time to bust out the less intense face makeup.  Translation: lose the full coverage foundation for something a little more giving.  I have been exploring the world of BB creams for a while now, and on a recent trip to Sephora I was recommended Clinique’s CC cream.  For those new to the products, a BB cream is a beauty balm; it has anti aging, SPF, light coverage to blur out imperfections and all sorts of good for the skin things.  Well, CC cream (color correcting) is taking BB to the next level.  I consider this product quite a find for several reasons.  SPF 30 is built right in, making it impossible for me to forget to protect.  It’s a hydrating formula yet oil free, meaning my skin doesn’t get thirsty but won’t get clogged up either.   It’s a great lighter summer alternative to foundation.  I’m not confident enough with my skin to go bare-faced, but this CC cream offers the right amount of coverage without weighing me down.

2. Crocheted TOMS

After seeing TOMS on many feet I finally managed to get a pair of my own (two actually), and my cream colored crocheted pairs very rapidly turned into my favorite pair of summer shoes.  With MD (see my post about MD for more information) sandals and shoes of the like that are comfortable enough to walk in are nearly impossible to find.  These shoes are wondrously comfortable and SO cute.  These shoes cover your entire foot, but because they are crocheted they breathe everywhere.  It’s like wearing no shoes at all.  High comfort and adorable.  What more could you ask for?  They also come in a wide range of colors: neutrals, blue, purple, neon green, and beyond. Click here to see the complete line

3. Lip Balms with Color

I am never seen without a lip balm of some sort in my pocket or in my purse.  Having to apply a separate balm to moisturize and then reapply your color throughout the day is a two step process that you don’t need to spend time on this summer.  Enter the colored lip balms.  I have 3 favorites: Maybelline Baby LipsRevelon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter.  I was going to try and pick a favorite, but I couldn’t decide which of these I liked the best.  They all offer exceptional moisture and a nice burst of color.  The Maybelline Baby Lips has less color than the other two, so if you’re a minimalist girl, these will give you a subtle bit of color and a lot of lip moisturizing nutrients.  The Revlon stain balm is more about the color.  It does a nice job of staining your lips with a semi-matte finish.  While it goes on like a balm, it leaves the least glossy feel of the three.  The Revlon butters are a great payout of color and moisture.  You can go subtle baby pink all the way to a bright splash of hot pink (one of my summer faves for the days your makeup needs a bit more spice).  These are a one step must for a splash of color and kissable lips this summer.  Pop one in your purse or pocket and go.

4. Naked Eye Palettes

Urban Decay is hands down my favorite brand for eye shadows and liners.  The color payout is awesome, the staying power is great and the colors themselves are to die for.  My favorites for summer (well, lets me honest.  These are my favorites, period.) are the Naked Eye Palettes.  The entire collection offers a fun play with neutral colors: shimmers, a few glitters, mattes.  They’re all in one place and ready for action.  Naked and Naked 2 are the larger collections, and for the minimalist girl there is the Naked Basics Palette, which has all matte shades  except for a subtle highlight.  Again, I can’t pick a favorite because the entire collection is incredible.  Perfect to keep it beachy and natural while still looking a bit glam.  What more could a girl ask for this summer?

5. SPF

Let’s be honest, SPF might be the most important summer accessory.  Personally, I need to get a lot better at this.  Sunscreen is essential to healthy summer skin.  Let’s do everything we can to stay skin cancer free, my friends.  For the body I recommend Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration.  SPF and moisture all in one bottle.  I tend to notice that well hydrated skin tans better in the sun, so while protecting you this stuff offers a bit of soft and silky help too.  For the face you need to take a different approach.  Neutrogena Clear Face offers a nice coverage of SPF and the promise that it won’t clog your pores.  For trouble skin like mine this is a God send.  Now there’s no excuse to not protect your face while laying out catching rays.

6. A favorite water bottle

I know this sounds like an odd summer essential, but a water bottle could be the most important thing you keep with you this summer.  Water is SO important for so many reasons; Your skin stays clearer and more moist, your body functions better, it keeps you feeling fuller, it’s great for your diet, it will keep you a bit more tolerant of the summer heat; the reasons water is essential to your life are many and all are important.  Find yourself a cute water bottle that can double as a fashion accessory and keep yourself hydrated.  I am proudly sporting a cute purple one that ran me a whole $10 at Target.

7. Skinny cow ice cream treats

Ice cream is one of my favorite things about summer.  Skinny Cow is a brand that the Weight Watcher in me absolutely adores.  The ice cream treats this brand offers taste outstanding and have a PointsPlus value that doesn’t do the taste justice.  Amazing ice cream bars in flavors like chocolate, cookies and cream and pink velvet (my favorite, and pictured above) are only 3 points.  There are ice cream sandwiches and new bars (cookie dough and caramel pretzel OMG!) that offer sweet tooth satisfaction at only 4 PointsPlus.  Check out their site for all of your flavor options and then hurry to your grocery store to stock up.  Ice cream is an essential part of summer.  Feel free to enjoy and not feel one calorie of guilt!

8. Waterproof mascara

Whatever your favorite mascara is, I suggest getting the water proof version for summer.  Raccoon eyes are not hot, ladies.  Between pools and spending time outside (inevitably getting a bit sweaty) mascara is bound to get a bit runny.  Keep your pretty eyes together with some water proof mascara.  I use the Cover Girl Clump Crusher in the water resistant formula.  I use this simply because I found this mascara to make my lashes look the best, but I know every glamour girl has her favorite mascara.

9.  Urban Decay De-Slick Spray

I probably should have put this product at number 1.  This is one of my holy grail products and will be a continuous repurchase.  This is a makeup setting spray that also controls shine.  In the summer it is easy for your makeup to melt right off, and we don’t have time for that.  This spray will keep your products right where you put them, they’ll last a lot longer AND it will help keep shine at bay.  I have never had any breaking out from this product (added bonus!) and my makeup stays looking fresh.  To ensure this staying power I start my makeup routine with a splash of the spray before anything else as well as spraying it liberally after all is said and done.

10. Bright Nail Polish

Summer is about bright colors, and the easiest fashion accessory to change up and get noticed comes in a bottle.  There are amazingly bold nail polishes out there, and summer is a chance to try colors you normally wouldn’t.  Give the neons a go.  Try a hot pink or a peach, or go really bold with summer blues.  Pictured above are just a few of my summer faves.

I’m sure my list could have gone on for another 10, but there you have it!