Cue my “Please tell me summer’s almost over” monologue. But seriously, is it? I’m melting…
I hope those of you who love all the sweltering that summer brings are enjoying yourselves. The rest of us are seeing mirages of swimming pools in our living rooms. Please forgive me for going off topic, I do have some summery/beauty goodness to bring you today!
Ladies (and gentleman?), I present you – JULY FAVORITES!
It’s so funny how we evolve over time. Things that once seemed like the best things, people, careers can, over time, dissolve into disinterest and sometimes even disbelief at who we once were. To pull us out of the deep end of this discussion, I’ll use my 14 year old self as an example.
As a young teenager, I was CERTAIN that I would never outgrow my love for western wear. If you can believe it, there was once a time when colored denim wranglers were quite the thing (at least in my tiny Texas town). Can you imagine how one day, a mere year or so later, I found myself wondering how on earth I could have endured being seen in public wearing purple wrap style boot cut pants. Oh tragedy.
I think one of the thrills of style is letting yourself evolve and explore. Trying something new just because it’s fun. It keeps the mundane from becoming boring; it adds a little unexpected into everyday life. Most of all, it keeps you from taking yourself too seriously.
What’s something you’ve done to pull yourself out of a rut? How has your style evolved over time?
I’ve spoken quite a bit about the new range of nail lacquers by Nonie Creme, but just realized I hadn’t actually put together a proper blog post. Oh, the shame. So today, I bring you just a few of the polishes in the Colour Prevails collection. Wardrobe Staple. The thing I love most about the nude polish trend is that you can go a few extra days (weeks?) without anyone noticing your nails aren’t freshly manicured. This mannequin hands shade is perfect if you’re too busy having fun to paint your nails every 3 days!
Sashimi. This pale coral shade is absolute perfection for summer. It’s one of my favorite shades in the range. I spent about 75% of March and April with this on my toes.
Daddy’s Girl. The other 25% of my March-April pedicure was reserved for this gorgeous mid-toned pink. It has made it’s way into my nail rotation quite a bit as well. It’s got just the right amount of bright-but-not-too-bright pink loveliness.
Mr. Big. Since grey is my favorite color, I would be remiss not to try this deep charcoal shade. The name is perfect for the steely alternative to a black nail polish. I love returning to this shade when the sweet pastels just aren’t doing it for me. This shade also has an ever so slight golden/iridescent glitter running through it that just makes it that much cooler.
Frock Star. The final shade of the collection I purchased (on recommendation from Nonie herself) was this beautiful glitter. It’s got every color you can imagine in it, so depending on the light, different shades will translate. Here, it’s worn on a bare nail (hence, the more pinky tone), but you can pair it over any shade to transform it.
Overall, each polsih I’ve tried is fully opaque in two coats and will last between 5-8 days. I briefly owned Cry Baby (a stunning pastel blue), but it had a packaging malfunction and the lid shattered upon opening it. Sad, sad times. The bottles have a unique butterfly wing shaped handle, which makes painting a breeze and is one of those little thought-out details I love about so many of the products in the complete range of beauty products.
Let me know if you’ve tried anything from the Colour Prevails collection – I’m dying to get my hands on more!
To help keep my tresses in top shape, I’ve taken to making my own hair mask. The ingredients are simple, natural (plus cheap!) and are perfect for dry, damaged or color treated hair. Watch the video to learn how to make this easy DIY hair mask!
I adore the minimalist look that is so hot at the moment. The only problem? Many of the straight-cut styles just aren’t suited for my lady curves. While that won’t stop me from wearing looks that I love, I have found that minimalist accessories are the easiest way to embrace this trend. I’m especially appreciating all of the sandal options – here are a few of my top picks!
It’s clear to me that if I were limited to blogging/talking about only one item of makeup, it would 100 percent be lipstick. It is my forever obsession. That said, lets talk about mascara. Gotcha! We’re totally going to have a lipstick moment today.
The latest in my makeup bag rotation have been these long-wear lovelies from glo minerals. There are two new formulas – the Suede Matte Stick and the Suede Matte Crayon. Personally, my preference is for the crayon because…crayon. Both formulas offer antioxidant protection and conditioning ingredients that include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Mango Seed Oil and Shea Butter. They have a lightweight, full coverage formulation and wear anywhere from 4-8 hours on me (depending on what I eat in the meantime).
I have Trademark, Crush, and Bombshell from the Suede Matte Crayon collection. I love how they include a sharpener on the pencil so you don’t have to carry one with you wherever you go. I feel like you can get quite a bit of precision from the crayons and since they are so matte and pigmented, I very rarely reach for a lip liner with these. Trademark and Crush have become my go-to shades for spring and I’m dying to get my hands on Sorbet (a bright pink).
Trademark is a gorgeous peachy nude that compliments fairer skin tones. I love how smoothly this one applies and the subtle flush it gives the lips. It wears for around 4 hours on me.
Crush is possibly my fave of the bunch. It’s such a fun bright coral-red. Absolutely perfect for when you want to add a little punch to minimal makeup days. It’s also quite long-wearing – around 6-8 hours.
Bombshell is a lovely bright blue-based red. It’s just a touch darker than Crush and is one of those reds that makes everyone’s teeth look whiter. This one felt just a bit heavier/drier on my lips but still wore well – I got about 5 hours of wear time out of this one.
The Suede Matte Sticks seem a bit sheerer and even lighter on the lips than the crayon, but you’re still getting a full-on pigmented matte lipcolor. I find it’s a little harder to be precise because of the angle cut design so I typically would use a lip liner when wearing these. I have the shades Pinup and Port.
Pinup is another bright red but this one reads a little more neutral or true red than either Crush or Bombshell. I think this shade can so easily be worn both day and night! It wears for around 5-6 hours on me.
Port is an absolutely gorgeous deep berry wine shade. It goes on sheerer than the other shades that I have in the collection but can be smoothly applied with the help of a lip brush. This is one shade I would recommend pairing with a lip liner to really get a clean application. I get about 4 hours of wear from this color but it leaves behind a lovely berry stain.
What are your favorite long-wearing red lipticks?
Note: Products were kindly sent for review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. I was not paid for my review.
Recently, we took a little roadtrip through the Ozarks. Our plan was very much to rest and recover from what has been an extremely hectic season. My soul is at it’s best when its had time to wander – taking time to just stop and enjoy the ones I love and breathing in a little deeper.
I hope you find some time over the Summer for a little (or big) adventure! Let me know what you discover!