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:


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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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.)

fridays… i can’t stop waving my hair

i have been ready for a change with my hair regime lately.  i am taking myself back 2001 and i can’t stop waving my hair with a three barrel waving iron. so easy and a little funky. i am into it. we call it mermaid hair in my house.

i can't stop using my three barrel waverand can we take a moment to laugh at my dead serious model face? thank you.

how to get mermaid waves with a waver | the blue closet

i got my waver from a dear friend. you can find it here.


beauty closet… best sunscreens for EVERY situation

written by beauty contributor lacey…

My love/hate relationship with the traditional “white paste” is one that is longstanding.  At 32 I cannot explain how much I covet a good sunscreen.  It is a bandaid that covers up my boo-boos of summers past, and yet also my hope that the Fountain of Youth is alive and doing well assisting me in the fight for preservation.  However, this was not always the case.  There are so many questions I have for my teenage self-regarding the sun and its effects…

There was the “Sun-In  phase”… WHY?

The summer job I held for FIVE years as a lifeguard, Why couldn’t I simply settle for summers in the A/C at a bookstore gaining knowledge as opposed to preparing my body for a lifetime of cancer checks and paranoid dermatology visits?

And most importantly, the question that haunts me to this day… why do I simply CRAVE that Vitamin D serotonin boost (with zero replications even coming close) that seems to only be delivered with a little bit of sunshine?  I crave the sun on my face like some people crave sand between their toes.  Nothing makes me happy like rays of sun that have kissed my face and left their mark.

I am a sun addict and an outdoor enthusiast, an adult who spent her teens and a majority of her early 20’s abusing her skin.  I have some serious making up to do, I know it, I own it, and I accept it.  After years of trying, testing, and my all-time favorite, product discontinuation, I am ready to share a few that are rocking my makeup, beach, and handbag this season.

My Picks:

  • For the day I finally get off and can brunch with the BFF or the new crush:

1. Josie Maran SPF 40.  It has nourishing Argan Oil in it to hydrate my skin and the added punch of SPF 40 to protect me in case I get the seat in sun.  When my skin needs a break, this with a ponytail, some cheek gelee, and a coat or two of mascara, brings it. (It has also been reformulated this season for the first time since it hit the market, now offering a better boost of hydration than the original).

  • For the Campaign Trail Advisor who is knocking on doors or volunteering in the local parade:

2. La Roche Anthelios SPF 50 Anti Aging Primer and Sunscreen  Some days I have to have full blown conversations with citizens about serious matters in 110 degree weather, all while maintaining a polished and professional face.  This product keeps me perfectly matte and it is SPF 50.  It is like a shield of coverage that keeps my skin both protected and flawless.  I never hit a Meet and Greet without it!

  • For the Golf Caddy working the green:

3. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 $14 Does it all, come rain or shine.  Goes on white, but protects like no other.  My tried and true for any weather condition.  I lather it on my face, arms, and legs. My Dermatologist recommended it years ago, he uses it as well. #sold

other honorable mentions: 4. TiZO 3 $43 / 5. Cetaphil $19 6. Neutrogena beach defense $12

  • For the days I am in my classes or walking around on campus: 

7. La Roche Anthelios Ultra Light $37  Literally Ultra Light.  The lightest I have found yet!  I can layer makeup on it or wear it none.  My face feels bare while being protected with that pack of SPF 50 punch.

  • For the Las Vegas native that cannot get away from the sun, even when I try:

Peter Thomas Roth Mineral SPF 45. (not pictured)$30  My purse always has a powder with SPF in it.  Right now I’m digging the higher protection level than most on the market.  Plus, it has its own lid and the minerals are built into the base of the brush = CONVENIENCE, CONVENIENCE, CONVENIENCE.

best sunscreens for families

now for the family by Cassaundra

i am so happy about lacey’s picks and am ordering them as i type!  when you have a red head, freckle face boy who loves the outdoors, quick sunscreens become your BFF. he never winces when i pull out these gems. our criteria: strong, quick, sting free and cool. Once the boys are out in the water, little will pull them back in. While surfing in Fiji it seemed every person on the island had one of these sunscreens.


1. colored zinka $6: remember these from those 80′s days in the sun? this is a fun sunscreen that is super thick so you have great control. It is a zinc oxide based formula so it is considered a ray BLOCKER and does not have an SPF rating. you can read more about that here. the thing i like about it the most is that it is a visual reminder every time you look at their faces if you need to reapply. myes loves it because of the colors. period.

2. Sun Bum Zinc Oxide $10: strong, smells amazing like all sun bum products and disappears easily. it doesn’t feel thick or greasy.

3. Sun Bum stick $10: you will literally want to drink this! Myes’ stocking was filled with these and Sun Bum chapsticks this year. He LOVES how they smell and since they sell them at all the local surf shops and his big teenage cousins use it, he feels super old and cool. I love it because it is so easy to apply, goes on smooth, non irritating and does not budge. on a side note:We are HUGE Sun Bum fans and it was only this week that i discovered one of our dear friends is an owner in the company, hi Court! keep making this amazingness, k? k.

4.  Headhunter Tinted Stick Sunscreen: $15 this is straight from hus’ surf bag. it is tinted, almost like a tinted moisturizer.  it stays on so well and again, we love that you can see the tint so you are reminded when you need to reapply.

After all this sunscreen talk, Lacey recommends using this sponge $30 to really scrub out your pores and get them squeaky clean. Especially after a long trip where thick sunscreens are applied every day. We haven’t tried this sponge but it is an inexpensive alternative at $10.

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best metallic and gold nail polishes

best metallic and gold nail polishes… my four faves. Penny Talk being my most fave. It is the one i have on in my instagram post. the hints of rose gold make it just a smidge more interesting then regular gold… which i also love.

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sally hansen chrome, essie no place like chrome / essie penny talk / essie good as gold

asos dress $33 / asos boots $133