beauty closet… back to school beauty picks for women

lacey and i are back for another installment of the beauty closet. recently lacey had the honor of working with sephora, and you know how we love sephora. we are all busy women and one of my biggest pet peeves is when people talk about how busy they are so, with that aside lets move forward with our busy lives. lacey is literally going back to school for her second year in her masters degree program. i just love a back to school freshening up so we put our heads together and each came up with our go -to can’t live without back to school beauty faves for this fall.

lacey’s picks:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light:

This little gem is my favorite go to. At 33 my appetite for glitter/shimmer has been dormant for well over a decade and frankly, I don’t have the time to deal with budding crow’s feet illuminated with reflective particles of iridescence. What I do need and want however is a healthy glow. This finishing powder makes every picture, humid day, and micro wrinkle that much more bearable. From the lighting inside the classroom to the bright summer sun at midday, this little dream, especially when applied in downward strokes, transforms my surface imperfections into a soft blanket of smooth. My skin needs to breathe but also appear lit up from within, check and check.

Smashbox – Bronze Lights – Sunkissed Matte

Is there a more important staple besides mascara and concealer, than a bronzer? I think not. This one is as matte as I can find, an even more amped up staple. I plan on continuing to use this power player way into my Indian Summer to contour, accent, define, and even as an allover eye shadow (or in the crease) with a brown gel eyeliner for summer nights, keeping it natch in the heat. I use this every day with a series of revolving palettes to keep me looking Vitamin D sufficient.

Dior Addict 389, Kiss Me

Some days I just need color! Period. The end. When I do, this is my crush. It seems lighter in the packaging than it is. It is, most def pink, but the best one I can find. Its application is wet, but doesn’t stay that way. You feel like you are getting a bit bamboozled by the texture, but you are so happy with the color that you don’t mind. And when you come back a few minutes later to reevaluate you accept that this lipstick/gloss hybrid has an agenda of her own, she is tricky, but oh so good. Try it with a pony to open up the eyes or let it be the focal point while you accommodate day 2(or 3) (or 4, I don’t judge) of your blow out.

Cassaundra’s Picks:

BEST NUDE NAIL POLISH FOR FALL 2014

back to school fall beauty basics

1. Skindinavia Bridal Make Up Finish:

I like to finish my make up off right and THIS is my favorite make up finishing spray. It keeps everything right where i put it, all day. period. easy as that.

2. Color Proof Super Plump Volumizing Conditioner:

i was a little hesitant when my local beauty shop suggested this conditioner but then i tried it. I love the scent,  kind of a cocoa meets something else yummy and it is rich and weightless at the same time. it took a lot of finagling and an allergic reaction to pull me away from my favorite hair care brand bumble and bumble but i really like this conditioner so i am sticking to it.

3. Marc Jacobs: Funny Girl Nail Polish

i have a hard time finding nude polishes that i love. this one by marc jacobs is super shiny, long lasting, not too gray, not too beige…its juuust right. the price tag is a little hard to swallow but i have been wearing this baby for weeks now and i am LOVING it!

4. Benefit They’re Real Push Up Eyeliner:

i have worn a thick line of eyeliner ever since i was fifteen. it is my drooled stained security blanket of make up. i feel undone without it. trying new eyeliners is my jam. i have some criteria for a good eyeliner. 1. must go on smooth and not tug the eye. eye tugging creates wrinkles and the pencil will skip and make unwanted marks. 2. it must be long lasting. 3. it cannot budge.  Gel liners are great for this but with the typical pot and brush technique it wrecks havoc on my brushes and they dry out before i use all the product. this is the first clickable gel liner with a perfectly shaped brush applicator to create the perfect cat eye that stays all day. thank you benefit.

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mama style with hey natalie jean…

do you follow hey natalie jean? you should. she is a brilliant writer and funny and strong and oh so stylish. we decided to team up to inspire one another on what we wear. i looked to natalie for overall inspiration and she looked to me for some kaftan inspo. click on over to her blog and check out all the deets. hope you like it.

overalls 3 overalls 2 overalls 1

denim shirt / overalls from h&m / shoes/ bikini top / hat / glasses /

fridays, i can’t stop…reading the classics

i can’t stop… rehashing my youth and reading the babysitters club . that claudia. swoon.

reading the classics

hat / suit /sunnies/ book

you know what else i can’ stop doing? losing expensive sunglasses so you have seen these $18 pair in full rotation until i get up the nerve to splurge again.

actually my last pair were set on the counter at Nordstrom, i forgot them, ran back 20 minutes later and they were gone!! one week old. tears.

beauty closet… easy dress, easy concealers for LOTS of coverage

big dresses for body coverage with breeziness underneath are my jam right now. this shirtdress from urban outfitters is thick and roomy. it will transition real nice into the fall.

and these concealers have become my face coverage jam. see why.

side note: ello decided to make a ” real live ocean” in our bath tub for his polar bears to swim in. he is checking out their progress, one was drowning.

urban outfitters black dress urban outfitters black caftan shirtdress

 

best concealers for the job

dress (and i think i might have this hemmed to just an inch or two under my knee) / sandals / vintage bolo tie from this amazing shop

1. covergirl illuminator (comes in three shades, the light is really light)

2. bobbi brown tinted brightener ( i use bisque 3 and yes i like it more then the YSL version. remember THIS post. a must read, still one of my favorites and i use the tricks EVERYDAY.)

3. covergirl tru blend fixstick (i use medium/light)

4. laura mercier secret concealer ( i use 2)

5. urban decay 24/7 concealer  (if this were easy to sharpen i would give it a 10 the matte coverage is flawless but it is such a pain to sharpen and you lose so much make up in the process.)

how to tie a sarong that you haven’t tried before

my sister is crazy beautiful. i mean she was called “katie crawford” through the 90′s because, well she had the whole “oh this mole perfectly placed next to my lip” thing going on. today i am stealing her style. she wears sarongs all the time and as a woman who lives, literally, on the beach she knows a thing or two about beachwear. i never tried the sarong until we went to fiji  (and click here) and now i am completely hooked.

i love how easily the sarong can take you from laying by the pool to effortlessly covered up to grab lunch in a restaurant. i like sarongs the most for vacations at resorts. light and easy to pack, sooo versatile and can double as a towel in pinch without packing all the bulk.

How to tie a saronghere we have the halter dress, harem shorts and the side tie maxi dress. which is your fave?

how to tie the halter dress:

how to tie sarong into a dress

 

how to tie the harem shorts (my fave):

how to tie your sarong into harem shorts

 

how to tie a side tie maxi dress:

How to side tie a sarong

 

i found so many of these amazing looks online and a million more. the sarong is here to stay, even if it doesn’t make me look like a 90′s super model.