12.27.17

My Favorite Face Powders

Hey Ya’ll! I wanted to share with you the powders I’ve been enjoying the most this last year. Powders come in all shapes, colors and sizes. It’s pretty hard to pick between one or the other….. I mean, they’re all powder right? It’s so much harder than it should be to find a good powder. Some make you look like a cake face while others just don’t do a darn thing. There are powders that mattify and some that make you glow. Then there are some with flashback and others that look good in flash photography. The list goes on and on. I’ve used a ton of powders both high end and drugstore. I haven’t really found a drugstore powder that I’ve liked until I hit pan. A few of them are good until you get halfway through and then they start developing these weird bumps. I don’t know if it affects the application or not, but I feel like it affected mine.

The first powder I love is a foundation powder by Chanel. In the summer I don’t wear liquid foundation because it just can’t hold up in the Texas heat. So then I turn to this powder to even out my skin tone. It’s full coverage, build-able, and not dusty. It gives my complexion a nice smooth, matte finish. I can easily make it a little dewy by spraying it with a setting spray. Don’t let the $60 price tag fool you! I’ve have my compact for a long time. I hit pan a while ago and it’s still got tons of product. The only thing I don’t like about this powder compact is that I wish it was more…well, COMPACT! It takes up a lot of room in my bag because the sponge and powder aren’t stacked. But I guess you do get a larger mirror this way.

The Urban Decay Velvetizer is a loose powder that I ‘think’ I love? I’m honestly not sure about this powder. Urban Decay had this a while back released in their Naked collection. It was a colored powder but I don’t think it’s being sold anymore. Since then they have released this translucent powder. This powder really does work! You sweep it on your face and you instantly look airbrushed. It would be perfect for people with large pores. I’ve been using it every day, and while I love the effect it has, I hate the texture. The powder is…… I can’t explain it. I don’t want to say ‘grainy’ because it’s very fine, but it’s not soft and fluffy like baby powder. It’s heavy and firmer? I don’t know if that makes any sense. Maybe you just have to feel it to understand. It seems to float everywhere. Worse than other setting powders I have. I do have a little flashback with this powder. Mostly under the eyes! This is my true finishing powder. After I’ve applied all of my makeup and setting powder, I’ll dust my face with this stuff. It may seem like over kill but it really makes a difference.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder is the top dog when it comes to setting powders. It’s used by makeup artists universally because it’s amazing. It’s the best powder to use for ‘baking’ too IMO. I’ve been using LM Setting powder for years and I probably wont stop anytime soon. This is the powder I use to set my liquid foundation and concealer. It is soft like baby powder and it’s great for setting your look. It does lighten my face a tad, but it’s not a big deal. It seems to get better after it sits for a few minutes.

Another powder I recommend in the same category as the Chanel powder would be the Dior Diorskin Forever Extreme Control. This powder is also full coverage. It was my favorite powder foundation before I tried the Chanel one. They are both good. But if you’re concerned about price the Dior one is a few dollars cheaper. The only difference is that the Dior one is a bit more dusty, but that may be the compromise for how full coverage it is.

If you aren’t interested in the luxury brands but you want something better than drugstore I recommend MAC. Their Studio Fix powder has been another staple in many makeup cases for years and years. It’s a good full coverage powder that offers a HUGE range of colors. Best part is it’s budget friendly at $29. When drugstore powders are starting to reach $15-$20, this is worth the extra money. I use it sometimes to set my makeup if I’m going to be taking pictures. The only downside for me is that it oxidizes on my skin a little. I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone who uses it. But that is why I don’t use it as a foundation in the summer.

What are some of your favorite powders? I love to try new makeup products. You’d think I would reach a point where enough is enough, but I’m not there yet. At least I’m forcing myself to use up the products I have before I try new ones. I was really bad at that a few years ago. I never hit pan on anything because something new would catch my eye. What other products are you interested in? Any special ones on your Christmas list?

12.20.17

Cozy Day To Night Look #OOTD

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Today I have another STEAL item for you which is this flowy layered top I bought from Walmart.com for $6.50! Yes I said $6.50! Part of my style is mixing quality/luxury items with cheap steals. You can pair a $20 outfit with a nice handbag and look like a superstar. You’ll feel like one too knowing you didn’t go broke for your closet. In reality, this is how I afford to splurge on other items like handbags and accessories. I hardly ever buy things if they aren’t on sale or have some other promotion running. I bought these Hudson jeans at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale 2 years ago and I fell in love. They are the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever owned. They feel like leggings, but they aren’t as unforgiving as leggings. I loved them enough I bought a second pair. I would definitely splurge to buy them full price because I’ve fallen in love with them. On another note, this is my first time wearing a pair of pants from my pre-baby closet after Elliot. He’s 1 now and it’s been a long road but I have 5lbs left WOHOO! I’ll be able to wear all my pre-baby clothes soon yay!

I wore 2 looks. One is super comfy and low key and the other is a bit more chic. On the comfy outfit the only difference is the duster which I bought at Forever 21 years ago. You can find a similar one here and it’s under $50! The next difference is the shoes. I’m lounging in my Ugg slippers found here in my comfy outfit. That’s it! To chic it up I just swapped the duster for a blazer and added some fierce pumps. The blazer is a light floral print I found on sale at Forever 21 a year ago. I found a gorgeous one that’s similar here. The pumps are a Merlot color velvet and they are so cute. Nordstrom sells a bunch of different prints every season here. I was surprised at how comfortable they are. They may be good luck too! I’ve had a very good experience in them. Between the 2 outfits I’m more likely to be found in the comfortable one. Probably because the majority of my day is spent keeping my children alive and my sanity in tact. The last thing I want to be is uncomfortable when I have to accomplish those tasks.

As for accessories, I’m just sporting my new Fit Bit Charge 2 and my Nadri dangle earrings. Now are you guys ready for Christmas? I honestly can’t believe we only have 10 days left. Last year I was ready for Christmas and this year it’s coming too fast. Ugh I don’t wanna grow up lol!

12.15.17

SALE ALERT! My Fav Stuart Weitzman Boots On Sale!

 

OMG GUYS! It’s rare to see these highly sought after over the knee suede boots on sale! But these Tielands are! You can find several colors at Nordstrom and Stuartweitzman.com. These are my favorite pair of boots so you better believe I jumped on this sale and bought them in the color Topo Suede. I have them in black and I wear them so much I worry you won’t want to see outfit posts because I always wear the same boots. So now you get to see them in a new color. I also have the Stuart Weitzman Lowland boots but I haven’t worn them since I got the Tielands. I love the Lowlands too but the Tielands are a better investment IMO because you can really dress them up or down. I tried to wear my lowlands on a night out and I felt so under dressed compared to all the cute heels being worn around me. Then the Tieland came out and I was hooked! A heeled boot as comfortable as the flat ones…..I’m in!

These boots do cost a pretty penny and I’m typically not a person to spend a ton on shoes. But the quality speaks for itself. I’ve had many dupes of this OTK style and none of them compared to the quality of the Stuart Weitzman boots. The dupes left me wanting to keep buying more in order to find ‘The Perfect’ dupes, and in the end I spent so much I could have just bought a pair of SW’s. Time to treat yourselves! Get on this sale!

12.12.17

December In Texas Outfit Post #OOTD

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Today was the first warm (75°) day for us after a string of 60’s and below! I decided to take advantage of it and wear this new dress I bought ON SALE at Walmart.com. It’s only $7.50! Can you believe it? I bought it in the olive and pink colors. It’s a really nice dress too, made with nice thick material. I originally ordered the Medium size but exchanged them for a Large. I still have 7lbs of baby weight to lose before I can think of buying a Medium haha! After getting the Large though I’m definitely sure it will fit great after I lose all the baby weight too.  The long duster was purchased from a Burlington’s. I found a similar style at Nordstrom. But don’t forget about Walmart! They have a great selection of these dusters online for CHEAP!

My shoes are the Deserts by Tom’s. I bought them at Nordstrom. They go with everything don’t they?! I actually wasn’t sold on this shoe until 2 years ago I saw this chic looking chick at the airport. We were delayed for 4 hours in a crowded San Diego airport miserable….and I looked it. I was admiring her outfit and the fact that she looked so good after sitting in an airport for hours. She was wearing these Tom’s too! I though GENIUS! It’s a way you can wear a cute shoe and still be comfortable. I think I bought a pair online from Nordstrom right then and there. My Earrings are by Nadri and the watch is my new love – the FITBIT Charge 2. I bought the special edition rose gold FITBIT Charge 2 and it’s SO worth the extra money. The handbag is a vintage Chanel Mini in lambskin with GHW. Here is a similar style by Kate Spade.

Long cardigan here
Toms shoes here
$7.50 DRESS!! here
Nadri earrings here
Fitbit Charge 2 here
Chanel Mini Flap, Similar here