health and beauty

lipstick tip

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I did something I haven’t done in forever, and I have to admit I kinda liked it. I stopped at a makeup counter and experimented with lots of colors and a very playful makeup artist, who let me in on a few of her secrets.I have to say I am completely in love with the new colors and products I tried (and purchased) from Clinique. The lip color is by far my favorite. I may have looked ridiculous running errands in this bright color afterwards but I was SO impressed by the long-lasting wear and the color, I had to share.

I went with the brightest red they had, and to top is off, the makeup artist applied a bold lip liner (in a similar shade) to set the look, after applying the lipstick, who knew to apply lip liner after the fact. My lips looked amazing.
Lipstick: Red-Y to Wear  Lip liner: Rich Red

friday finds: kismet

How is October just a few days away?! I didn’t get to soak up as much sun as I would have liked this summer, but I can keep a glow thanks to Kismet Opulent. I have never been one to spray tan or hit the tanning beds, but a streak free glow for one night, count me in! This is by far the best bronzing lotion I have tried, no strong smell, applies evenly and doesn’t rub off {little black dress & white dress tested}. If you are looking for a “one night highlight” this is the perfect lotion! And I can’t forget to mention, it’s only $19 a bottle!

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Kismet Opulent $19

*lotion courtesy of Kismet Cosmetics

the mini brush

I carry around a full size blush brush in my handbag and needless to say I end up with blush and bronzer on just about everything. I came across these mini brushes with their own bag {to keep the blush and bronzer leftovers contained} and my problem has finally been solved. Only took 10 years. Here’s to a cleaner handbag!

mini blush brush

double duty

One of my biggest pet peeves is ponytail holders on the wrist. Especially at a formal event or even on a job interview. Can’t you leave that in your purse? When I came across these ponytail holders, I changed my mind, and I too immediately wanted to wear these ponytail holders on my wrist {in addition to all my other bracelets}. So stylish and functional. Anything that serves a double duty is worth purchasing in my book!

{3 count, $4.99}

perfect shade for September

Well hello September, can’t believe you’re already here. I’m looking forward to the long weekend you bring with you {but first a fresh mani/pedi}! This time of year can always be difficult for nail polish. I’m over the brights and pastels but not ready for the darker shades. I recently came across the perfect transition color {goes on a little more gray than the picture shown} at my local drugstore and I have it on my nails since.

{Revlon, Gray Suede, 705}

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