We Took a Last Minute Seven Hour Roadtrip This Summer — And it Was Awesome


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I’m not really a spontaneous person. I’m the plan ahead type. I like to know I’m going to an event at least 2-3 weeks ahead of time. But for some reason, this summer was different. See, my step-daughter stayed in Florida with her grandmother for 7 weeks. This left us, a (slightly) newly married couple, 49 days to do whatever the hell we wanted without searching for a sitter. And when we thought about it that way, we took advantage. 

My husband called me on Thursday night (while I grabbed drinks with a friend) and said “Hey, remember that trip to Buffalo that we planned but never followed through? Do you still want to go?” That trip meant I’d have to get home, pack, go to work the next day, get home at 6pm and embark on a seven hour road trip. That’s not my idea of fun. I made excuse after excuse, but we ended up going. The road trip itself was great! The views through Pennsylvania and New York were stunning. Sure, we got into a couple brief arguments because he wanted to listen to old school rap and I wanted to listen to R&B.

We stayed with one of Josh’s high school pals, his girlfriend and their baby. Little did we know, our entire trip was planned for us. We were going to see the fireworks at University of Buffalo, meet some of the host’s friends, and do a little shopping and sightseeing.   Over the course of the two days, we attended three cookouts with over 100 people. We shook so many sets of hands and said we were from Baltimore so many times that we were dizzy.

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My favorite cookout was with a bunch of doctors in their early thirties. The hostess had such a terrific, handmade, cozy garden, and I envied how effortless it looked. Listening to the surgeons (who are just a couple of years older than me) put a totally different perspective on life. They were fun, laid back, non-judgmental and so inviting. Here I am, trying to start a new Etsy shop, and they are saving lives in the ER!  
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But the greatest part of the trip was Niagara Falls. It’s so humbling to see a piece of beauty like that. It’s awesome to see what nature can do. No matter what angle we stood, we just couldn’t believe how intense it was! After two days of shopping, sightseeing and eating everything in sight, we went back home. Josh and I always talk about our fun Fourth of July weekend. Had we stayed home, we would have gone to the movies, hung out on the couch with our laptops open and enjoyed each other’s company. But instead, we took a (slightly) unexpected vacation and created totally new experiences. I’ll drink to that!  When you’re #upforwhatever, Bud Light Lime is the perfect beer–your ticket to spontaneous summer fun.
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This summer, Bud Light Lime is bringing you the flavorful, refreshing twist of lime that will keep you ready for spontaneous fun all summer long. And now, the perfect beer for whatever happens invites you to click here to prove that you’re #upforwhatever. 

My Mini Make Up For Ever Haul + Pro Finish Video Demo

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This weekend, Josh and I took a random trip to Philly. In my mind, Philly = King of Prussia Mall = The Make Up For Ever boutique!! Every time I go into Sephora, I swatch the same products over and over. This time, I went ahead and bought them all.

I finally got Aqua Brow in #30, and it is as long lasting and pigmented as everyone keeps telling me! This cream isn’t as thick as I thought, which made it easy to glide along with a slanted brush. I used it today when I went to get my brows done (I color my brows super dark so they don’t over thread them).  Speaking of threading….

Eyebrow threading hurts like hell

Anyway, back on schedule. I also picked up the The Full Cover Concealer in #14 is that light as air product that packs in major, major coverage. The color is lighter than my skin, so I used it to cover blemishes and then applied foundation on top.

Okay guys, my new holy grail powder foundation is Pro Finish in #177! It blew my mind how natural this powder looks and how long it lasts! You can use it wet or dry, and the makeup artist on hand applied it by “rolling” it on with the side of their foundation kabuki brush. For reference, I wear #175 in MUFE HD foundation and #44 in Face & Body, as well as NW43 is MAC Studio Fix. This is reason #62281171 why MUFE is my favorite beauty brand of all time!

Nine Powders, Creams and Primers To Help You Keep Your Bronzy Summer Glow

I hate when we get to that time of year where the focus is on Fall instead of Summer! I’m a hot, sunny day girl, all the way! Since we love to be outside and get those free bronzy glows, I’ve got a list of products that will keep you glowing year round. This is just a roundup for now, but I’ve got swatches to come!

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Liquids

Maybe I should have saved the best for last, but these are definitely the best bang for your buck! They are more concentrated and give you the glowing effect instantly. I use these almost everyday.

Japonesque Color Liquid Light in Bronze – Here’s a product that gives you the bronze glow without looking too obvious!

Make Up For Ever Uplight in Bronze - This is actually a gel product, and it’s got a fair amount of glitter in it. If you’re going to use it, only do a little at a time.

Koh Gen D Illuminator in Beige - This is a much lighter shade, but the microfine sheen is irreplacable. Again, I found this product after taking a class with celebrity makeup artist Sheika Daley. I couldn’t believe what it did to the skin! [ glow_primer

Primers

Primers are the most subtle way to add a glow to your skin. These products barely had enough pigment to show on camera, but you can see it more on bare skin.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiant Bronze - Laura Mercier makes a lightweight lotion-y primer that melts into the skin.

Becca Cosmetics Bronzing Skin Perfector - Super lightweight, almost undetectable.

Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Luminizing Foundation Primer – This gives the slightest golden glow under makeup. If anything, get it for the texture. Your makeup will glide on effortlessly!

 

Glowing Powders
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These are the most practical, and probably the most common way to add a glow to the skin. You can brush it on with or without foundation, and you can also use them to easily highlight and contour.

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish – A cult favorite! It adds sheen and a bunch of color at the same time. You can use it wet or dry, and it comes in a million limited edition colors. If you see one that you like, don’t hesitate, just get it! Metal Rock will always be my favorite–RIP.

Cover Girl Bronzer in Ebony Bronze – A fan favorite. I’ll say it over and over again–it’s the perfect brown girl bronzer. And for less than$10, how can you beat that? [See swatch and review here]

Shea Moisture Illuminating Powder – Ah, a newbie! These products are available exclusively at Target. You’ll get a light, but buildable glow with this one.

 

Japonesque Color Liquid Light  / Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Luminizing Foundation Primer  / Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Sheer Beige Illuminator  / BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector SPF 25+  / MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight Face Luminizer Gel  / Laura Mercier ‘Radiance’ Foundation Primer M·A·C ‘Mineralize’ Skinfinish  / CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer

Do you have a favorite product that gives you a glow? Share it below! 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Beauty and Fashion Picks!

Bobbi Brown ‘Extra’ Skincare Set / Smashbox ‘Studio Prep’ Set / Mario Badescu ‘Complexion Perfection’ Kit  / stila lip glaze set  / NARS ‘Schiap’ Lip & Nail Set  / Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Yves Saint Laurent ‘Essential’ Collection / NARS Cheek Palette / M·A·C ‘Look in a Box – All About Beige’ Kit  / Bobbi Brown ‘Nude on Nude’ Color Set 

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is one of those legendary events that people plan for forever. The deals are intense; and you can almost never leave with only one thing! I created a Nordies wishlist that would look perfect in my makeup and skincare collection. If you happen to pick any of these up, let me know!!

Since I’m actually trying to revamp my closet (for the 42353th time), here are some items I’d like to wear!