This week I finally did a major overhaul to my beauty routine–one I’d been planning for a while. The major changes? First, I decided it’s time I started wearing foundation to even out my skin tone. I went with Bare Minerals classic foundation in “fair” after reading many glowing reviews. I also purchased their stroke of light concealer/brightener due to the same reviews. I tried it on in the store (I went to Ulta) and the neither the stylist or I could believe the difference it made. One of the biggest factors was choosing a hue with a bit of pink in it (“Luminous 1”), as my cheeks tend to be quite rosy. I also replaced my old shade of the classic Age Rewind Undereye Concealer with a pinker hue (“120 Cream Ivory”), and layering the two together virtually eliminates any dark circles. #happiness
The biggest other change I made was to start filling in my brows. As a fashion blogger, you can imagine that I look at pictures of myself frequently, and lately I felt like there was just something missing. Comparing myself to my favorite bloggers really highlighted the issue: sparse brows. I took the stylist’s recommendation at Ulta and went with this (rather expensive, I thought) Brow Zings palette from Benefit Cosmetics. It does a great job of really bringing out my brows without making them too dark and heavy.
Finally, I’ve decided it’s time to take the bull by the horns in terms of my nail color. Generally, I never wear nail color because it’s too expensive to get regular manicures and too frustrating to paint my nails at home only to have them chip three days later. That said, I love nail polish, so I’ve been in a bit of a conundrum. Enter Vinylux, a brand I discovered after scouring the internet for help. Their polishes plus top coat are akin to getting a gel manicure at a salon (they claim) and they promise their polishes to last a full week without chipping. Well, I’m half a week in and I can tell you that they seem likely to go the full week. The key is the top coat, which coats the nail in a somewhat thick gel-like layer. I’ll let you know if I make the full week.
And on a final note, I wanted to mention that I’d never been in an Ulta before, but I really liked my experience. I was helped by two very friendly and knowledgeable stylists and the overall abundance of selection I found there was a real treat. I’ll be going back.
Links I Love:
> I may have to dig out my sewing machine to make this DIY lace bralette. So cute.
> This week Toni Morisson won the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. If you haven’t read her work, I urge you to pick up one of her many excellent novels.
> These block-heeled elastic sandals are perfect in every color. Seriously, which one should I buy? I need help.
> Here’s the definitive guide to air dryer your hair correctly, with tips for each hair type.
> I love this pink peplum jacket worn by Blushing in Bows. Perfect for spring!
> These 29 recipes show just how delicious clean eating can be.
> As everyone knows, The Oscars were this past weekend. Glamour rounds up the best looks, starting with my favorite.
> Here’s one more gorgeous red carpet look from this year’s Oscars. I seriously want this dress.
> For your weekly dose of cuteness: chick cuddles with cat (be sure to wait for the surprise ending).
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