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Show Me Your Nudes, Colourpop!

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Do these actually all count as nudes? Probably not. But I have to tell you, I absolutely love these.. What do you actually call them? They’re called Ultra Matte Lips, but are they lipstick? I mean, they aren’t a stick, they’re a doe foot applicator. Whatever. Colourpop is possibly the best deal ever. These are $6.00, the quality is amazing, the lasting power is to beat, and they have endless color options. These colors are my favorites at the moment. Midi, the second lightest color, is the perfect nude for my skin tone. All of the shades are perfect for day or night, summer or winter. I just LOVE them. If you want to purchase your own, be sure you use the $5.00 coupon you get when you subscribe to their email list, and try Vice, Midi, Echo Park, or Lumiere 2.

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Sunny Summer Lip Colors

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Lipstick is basically magic. It can transform an entire look in just a few seconds. From day to night, fun to professional, drab to fab, lipstick can do it all. With every season comes new makeup, but it also means taking a look at the makeup you already have and saying “well that’s clearly a summer color, so I should probably wear it before it goes back to being a clown color.” Clowns are the worst.

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All good lipsticks require a juicy helping of lip balm first. You should always moisturize your lips before caking on the fish scales (do they still put fish scales in lipstick?). My bestie Anna brought me back this mint balm all the way from Tulum, Mexico. It minty and smooth, not to mention the jar is perfect. But since most of us won’t be going to Tulum to pick up our own anytime soon, I also included my second favorite, Mary Kay’s Satin Lips Lip Balm. Not only does this moisturize, it also adds a light shine, so it’s perfect to wear alone. MK says it lasts for 6 hours, and has vitamin A and E. While $10 might be a little pricey for lip balm, this stuff lasts forever. I mean, I’ve had this tube for like 2 years. I’m not even sure it even has a shelf life.. and if it does, my lips are still in tact, so whatever.

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When it comes to lipsticks, I usually lean towards pinks and oranges in the summer. I have some pretty *HELLO LIPSTICK* colors, but those are more special occasion colors for me. These four are my go-tos for every day wear. The first being my all time favorite Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in shade #103, which is apparently no longer available.. HOW DARE YOU KATE MOSS?! But there are a bunch of shades in the collection that are very similar. She has an entire nude range now. How do I not have any of those yet?! Second in line is Katy Perry’s Katy Kat Matte for COVERGIRL in Kitty Purry. Obviously I bought this because of my love for Katy Perry and there’s literally cat ears on the packaging, but it turns out to be a great lipstick and color. Very smooth, but does require reapplication. Coming in around $8.00, the quality and packaging make it worth the cost.

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Third in my summer lipstick lineup is Pacifica’s Power of Love lipstick in Nudie Red. This is more of a coral color that also transitions great into fall. The muted color allows you to wear a shade of orange without having to commit to a super standout color. I received this tube in an Ipsy bag, but they are available at Target for $10. Lastly, is an oldie but a goodie, which also apparently no longer available (I clearly need to clear out my makeup). COVERGIRL came out with their Whisper line a couple years. They are light coverage/shear lipsticks that give you just a whisper of color. This one is in #60, Petal Rebel.

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So now that I’ve realized I need some new lipstick, what colors do you like to wear in the summer? Are you a little more adventurous than I am and just rock neon orange and fashion on the daily? Comment below!

Mary Kay Satin Lips Lip Balm
Katy Perry’s Katy Kat Matte
Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick

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Mascara Must-Haves

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Lately I’ve been wearing much less makeup. Brows, mascara, highlighter, lip color, done. I mean, I’m unofficially working from home right now, so it seems better for my skin to let it breathe for a while. But, if I’m leaving the house, brows and mascara are 100% required in my world. These two mascaras have been my go-to gals. PÜR’s Big Look Lengthening Mascara goes on first to separate and lengthen. Then, before it dries, I apply COVERGIRL’s Super Sizer to really volumize. I’m not a huge fan of the Super Sizer by itself, but as a second coat, it’s like BAM! LASHES! The prices vary depending on where you purchase these, PÜR looks to be between $18 and $22 (I got mine at Kohl’s), and COVERGIRL between $5 and $7. Also, PÜR appears to have switched packaging, but I believe the formula is still the same.

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What are your favorite mascaras this summer? Leave a comment below so I know what to pick up next!

PÜR Big Look Lengthening Mascara 
COVERGIRL The Super Sizer by LashBlash Mascara

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Another Week

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Well, my blog post calendar/schedule slightly failed. It’s been 12 days since I wrote my last post. However, if I get as far to hit publish on this post, I will have outdone last month’s count. This week is Spring Break, meaning there is no cap on my hours at work. You can sure as heck bet I am working the full 40 hours. Talk about a vacation.

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The weather is finally starting to warm up. It’s been raining off and on the last two days. My peonies and daffodils poked their heads above the cold black dirt early last week. The leaves have been raked, and the trash from all these filth bucket college students has been disposed of. To say I’m ready for my favorite to season to be begin would be an understatement. I have always had an affinity for spring, likely because it’s my birthday season, but also because I love watching the world bloom. And it’s certainly not just nature, I think even people start to poke their heads out of the dirt.

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I’ve been focusing much of my time on my professional future. Mostly by obsessing over my resume, following the leads of a few people who have been so kind as to offer advice and connections, and a lot just down right whining with my new found friend, Brooke. As May 7th creeps ever closer, you can’t help but feel the serious pressure of adulthood. I know I’ve said this many times, I am feeling both excited and terrified, and the degree to which I’m affected by those feelings changes daily. Today, I’m hopeful that this week I will perfect my resume and get it into the right hands before the end of April.

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I’ve been feeling a little rough around the edges. With all the ‘get out and there and adult’ stuff, it’s easy to find comfort in candy. I’ve totally plateaued in the weight loss world. Not that it’s all about losing weight, but I was on a roll for a while. I think now that I can ride my bike again, if I can just avoid emotional eating, I will kick my 25 Before 26 goal, no problem. But, for more immediate results, I went to see my dear friend Jac at the salon yesterday. Four hours later and…

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I couldn’t be happier. Jac is a hair Goddess. If you live in the area, make an appointment with her at Hair Biz on San Marnan.

-Saturday at the post office, the old boxes are my favorite
-There’s something for everyone at the thrift store
-Catching a UNI game at Toads with Mom, I went for the company and chips
-Babes out on Main
-Sunset bike ride with Brynn
-Lunch on the roof of the Union with the bros
-Breakfast nachos, a new regular
-Silver hair wasn’t built in a day, but stage one sure is pretty

Food You Can Wear

Some of the best stuff to smear on your face is food, and I don’t just mean the messy foods like sloppy joes or spaghetti sauce. Food products are some of my favorite things to put on my skin. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my skin hates winter. It’s like it knows the second the season changes. I get dry patches, red patches, extra oil.. hell. During the less extreme months, my skin is a more normal state of combination, but I always have a little redness and rarely have any zits. Now that you know all about my skin type, let’s get to the food.. or products..

Of all the food products there are, my three favorite have got to be coconut oil, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar (that’s what’s in the green bottle, not Grolsch). The greatest part about using food products is how inexpensive they are, especially when it comes to quantity. I usually go for the cheap stuff, so I’m not sure if you spent more money on higher quality how that would affect their performance on your skin.

Olive oil compared to coconut oil is a bit lighter. I only use olive oil on my face. I’ve noticed it’s most helpful with dry eyelids. Other products always make my lids puffy and sometimes even make my eyes red and goopy (ew). I use other beauty oils on my face as well, but good ole olive oil continues to be my favorite.

Coconut oil on the other hand is thicker. I love to use coconut oil all over my entire body, but it can leave you a little greasy, so I usually just use it at night. When I get those pesky dry patches, anywhere but especially on my face, it’s the best and can usually clear them up in just a couple days. My Mom just started using coconut oil and she’s totally hooked. If you’ve never tried an oil before, I would highly recommend starting with coconut oil. Not too expensive so if you don’t like you haven’t wasted a boat load of money. Just use it sparingly, say once a day, so you can ease your skin into oil.

Oh and if you already have oily skin, sometimes an oil can be the best thing for it. Your skin might be over producing oil because it’s dry, adding oil to it may clear it right up!

Sorry for the gross nails!

Lastly, my newest addiction is apple cider vinegar. My friend Marie made a batch of vinegar and I have been using it for everything and anything. On my face it works perfect as a toner, applied with a cotton pad. Vinegar, of course, does have an odor, but the smell goes away as soon as it dries. ACV is an antiseptic so it can dry out your skin if over used, but it’s great for clearing and shrinking pores.

Of course, this is just what has worked for me. No guarantees on how these will work for your skin. But, like I’ve said, these products are all very inexpensive, so if something doesn’t work you haven’t wasted too much of your money!

What food do you like to use on your face?