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Hey y’all! I hope you’re having a great week! As I’m preparing for my next competition, I’m also preparing for…. the beach! Whoo hoo! I am so excited to relax and get away for a few days. My parents and I will be headed to the beach just two days after the competition. I’m starting to gather up the clothes, beauty products, snacks, and other things I think I’ll need at the beach. I thought I’d share my personal favorites I’ll be packing, and some things you should remember to pack! I’m going to break it down into beauty, clothes, and healthy snacks. Let’s get started!

BEAUTY & SKINCARE| WHAT TO PUT ON YOUR FACE

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  • waterproof Mascara
    • any kind will do, but waterproof is a must for obvious reasons!
  •  tinted lip balm

 

CLOTHES | WHAT TO WEAR

  • white tee shirts
    • they go with everything from skirts to jean shorts. I love to get mine at Target.
  • jean shorts
  • white shorts
  • comfy shorts
  • wrap skirt
  • sun dress
  • t-shirt dress
  • off the shoulder top
  • floral top
  • tank tops
  • sweater
  • pj’s
  • undies
  • sandals
  • wedges
  • flip-flops for the beach
  • workout/running shoes if you plan on being active
  • workout clothes for hiking or outdoor activities
  • bikinis (i like to limit it to 2 or 3. It’s good to have options but you  don’t need to over pack)
  • one piece
  • baseball cap
  • sunhat
  • fun jewelry

HEALTH | WHAT TO SNACK ON

some of my favorite protein/energy bars:

other yummy snacks:

  • trail mix
  • rice cakes and travel packets of almond or peanut butter
  • travel packs or protein powder (great to mix in oatmeal at the hotel) I like these from PEScience.

OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • water bottle
    • I love Corkcicle because they keep your water ice cold for up to 24 hours!
  • sunglasses
  • beach bag
  • cross body bag
  • wristlet
  • reading for the beach – I’m taking a book and a few magazines!
  • your vitamins/supplements
  • cash for beach shops
  • extra sunscreen for your body
  • after burn sunscreen- I know you all wear sunscreen… but just in case!
  • camera – I’ll be bringing my cannon to get some quality shots and my polaroid for some fun snaps.

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I hope you all found this checklist helpful! Let me know what you’re beach (or pool) essentials are!
Stay happy and healthy.

xoxo,

Steph

Hey guys! Today’s tutorial is a fun purple and gold look, perfect for a holiday party! I love the “spotlight” or “halo” eye technique- when a much lighter shade is in the center and a deeper shade is on the inner and outer corners. It makes your look so big and doll-like, and is flattering on almost anyone! If you want to see how to get this look, watch the tutorial below! (full list of products below!)

Thanks for watching! Here’s some more pics of the look:

Products Used:

Ulta Eye Primer in Nude Matte

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Smashbox On The Rocks Palette (discontinued…sorry! Use any purple shadow that is similar!)

Rimmel ScandalEyes Liner in Black (on waterline)

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

Makeup Forever HD Fondation

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette 

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

Tarte Exposed Blush

Becca Champagne Pop Highligher

NYX Nude Suede Shoes Lip Liner

Loreal Fairest Nude Lipstick

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Super Natural

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog!
I hope you all are having a great holiday season! Let me know what you wanna see next!
Xoxo,

Stephanie

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Hey guys! Today I thought I’d share a fun makeup shoot I did, let me know if you’d like to see more of my freelance work on here! Enjoy!

model: Millie Milton

photographer: Hayden Proctor (Instagram @ jhp_photography)

makeup: me

products used:

Nars Pro Prime Eyeshadow Primer

Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Palette (discontinued)

Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner in Black

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

Ardell 110 False Lahses

Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard

Kat Von D Contour Palette

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Poured in Opal

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Champagne Pop

Nars Madly Blush

Mac Spice Lip Liner

Soap & Glory Matte Lipstick in Super Nude

Maybelline Color Jolt in Stripped Down

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,

Steph

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Lately I have been trying to find a skincare routine that works for me. My skin has been crazy the last year, and will either be very oily or very dry– and acne prone. This combination makes it tough to find products that fight acne without over-drying. I’ve been hesitant to do an “Updated Skincare Routine” because I’ve struggled to find products that really work. There are so many amazing, quality products on the market, but they may not work for your unique skin-type. After tons of trial and error, research, and several trips to Sephora to chat with the experts– I’ve found 3 produts that have been working wonders on my skin.

The 3 products I’m loving are the Murad Time Release Cleanser, Sunday Riley U.F.O., and Kate Somerville EradiKate™ Acne Spot Treatment. I use them in that order, morning and night. Come on, I’ll tell you some more about each product!

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser

What is it?
An extra gentle anti-aging acne cleanser that contains sustained-release salicylic acid to help clear skin (without over drying) and maintain youthfulness.

What does it contain?

0.5% salicylic acid treats acne while amino acids and hyaluronic acid bind moisture to skin

What does it do?
Time Release Acne Cleanser’s low foaming formula delivers sustained-released acne medication and improves skin’s appearance. It does not foam much because ingredients that create foam can cause drying. “Encapsulated salicylic acid technology” provides a long-acting acne treatment that stays active even after rinsing. Amino acids and hyaluronic acid bind moisture to skin to optimize hydration and restore suppleness while antioxidants neutralize free radicals to preserve a more youthful appearance.

Why I LOVE it:

As I talked to the lady at Sephora, I questioned why I should choose this cleanser over Murad’s (or any other brand’s) harsher acne cleanser. She explained that the lower , slower release of salicylic acid would be less harsh on my combination skin and not just an “instant fix” product. I love the tingly feeling this cleanser has when you wash your face,  I actually feel like it’s working. It also it has a fresh minty scent, which I personally love!

Sunday Riley U.F.O. (Ultra Clarifying Oil)

What is it?

A quick-absorbing, medicated dry oil to clear congested pores, treat and prevent acne, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for clearer, smoother skin.

What does it contain?

1.5% salicylic acid to treat acne , tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil support clear skin, while hexylresorcinol and licorice naturally brighten the appearance of old acne discolorations for a more even-toned complexion.

Why I LOVE it:

I instantly fell in love with oil as soon as I tried a sample. Immediately after I finished my sample jar, I ran to Sephora to purchase the full size! This oil has really calmed my skin and left it feeling moisturized but not oily. It absorbs into the skin quickly, and soothes any inflation or redness on the skin. I used 3-4 drops at night before bed and 1 drop in the morning. Sometimes I follow with a moisturizer, but honestly I feel like U.F.O. is enough on it’s own!

Kate Somerville EradiKate™ Acne Spot Treatment

What is it?

A strong blemish-banishing acne spot treatment to fight pimples, zits, and future breakouts.

What does it contain?

Actually NOT salicylic acid! haha  I love salicylic acid, but sulphur is also a great ingredient to fight acne. EradiKate™ Acne Treatment is specifically formulated with the highest level of sulfur allowed to effectively heal blemishes, reduce acne, and help keep skin free of new breakouts. AHAs are designed to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores while zinc oxide, a natural mineral, provides oil control by absorbing excess sebum production. The result is clear skin that lasts!

Why I LOVE it:

I’ve heard a lot about this treatment and I finally decided to give it a go! I’ve found success with drugstore spot treatments, but found I had to apply them for several consecutive days to see results. This one works overnight!

What else you need to know:

  • EradiKate™ Acne Treatment is most effective when applied to affected areas as soon as blemishes or pimples are noticed. Here’s what Kate says:

    “Do you have a pimple you can feel but can’t see? Use EradiKate on the area immediately to help prevent it from surfacing.”—Kate Somerville, Founder

 

  • Apply with a cotton swab. Don’t double dip to prevent bacteria contamination.
  • Do not shake the bottle!

 

Thank you so much for stopping by! These are some products I’m truly impressed with, so let me know if you try them out!

xoxo,

Steph

Product Info From: www.sephora.com

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Fall is the perfect time to break out the bold, dark lips- but most days you probably want a color you can wear to school or work and still feel appropriate. Today I picked out some of my favorite shades that are tame, but still give you that fall feel. I chose a range of warm and cool nudes and berries, so you’re to find one just for you! Here are 5 lipsticks (and 1 gloss for them all!) that’ll spice up your everyday look this season.

1. Maybelline  Touch Of Spice”  – this color is perfect if you like a mix of pink and brown. I grab this color all the time! It reminds me of the classic “Kylie Jenner” lip color. It goes with almost any outfit and looks good on every body! My best friend Kathryn wears it, who has lighter skin, green eyes, and light blonde/brown hair. My grandmother wears it, and has warm tan skin, dark brown eyes, and caramel hair. It just works on everyone!

2. NYX “Butter” Matte Lipstick  – the perfect “grey nude.” If you want to try the grey trend, but don’t want to go full on grey lips- choose a “Greige”: a beige nude with a hint of grey.

3. Maybelline “Nude Nuance” – This is probably my current favorite. It’s a deep browny- nude shade, something I used to never gravitate toward. Now I love the fact that is still a neutral without going super pale nude. It enhances my natural lip color, and can look glam, edgy, or casual depending on what look you pair it with. Like “Touch of Spice”, it looks good on a lot of skin tones. But, within this line, there are several shades in the same color family– so look for one that you think will suit you the best!

4. Maybelline “Party Pink” – If you like a brighter berry with a pink tint, you’ll love this shade! It’s bright enough to add a pop of color, but deep enough to still look like a fall shade. I love wearing this color on days I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup, but still want to look put together.

5. Soap & Glory “Super Nude” Matte Lipstick – this is the perfect warm pinky nude for a fall smokey eye. This is my first Soap & Glory lipstick, and I definitely want to try more. The matte formula is creamy and not dry at all. Plus it smells like vanilla, never a bad thing!

6. Rimmel “Captivate Me” Stay Glossy Gloss this sheer shimmery berry gloss will go on top of any of the lipsticks I mentioned. It will enhance the darker colors, and add just a hint of berry to the nudes. I love this line of gloss because it lasts well and isn’t sticky.

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you try out any of these lip colors!

xoxo,

Steph