Spring Beauty Favorites


Did you catch the video that Ashley Brooke and I made about our favorite things? I couldn’t help myself and made a follow-up for you because I’ve tried SO MANY new products over the past few months that I had to tell you about!

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Adjusting foundation coverage with 2 different tools


A versatile foundation is a MUST in every makeup bag. Notice I said versatile! I truly don’t believe that everyone needs a full coverage foundation if they don’t like that, and if you hate sheer foundations you should skip those. But everyone should have a versatile foundation that they feel comfortable wearing in their makeup kit!

For years and years I’ve leaned way toward the end of full coverage foundations. Given the nature of what I do here on the blog, I felt most comfortable with a full coverage foundation! Now with age and lifestyle changes, I’m leaning a bit more toward the medium/buildable coverage range. There are still a lot of times that I opt for a full coverage foundation, but generally I find myself reaching for a medium level of coverage for day-to-day life.

The highly recommended Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation (I wear shade 5) made its way into my online cart at Sephora several months ago, and I have to admit this was a huge win for me! It’s certainly a luxury foundation but I’m continually pleased with the finish, wear, longevity, and versatility it offers. The shade range is enormous and it has been pretty much all I’ve worn for the past few months. I switch off between using my fingers to apply it on a really fast makeup day and using my Sonia Kashuk foundation brush (it’s only $9.00).

To show you how the coverage varies, I applied foundation using my fingertips only on the left side of my face (my left), and used my foundation brush on the right side (my right). I’m wearing no other makeup here because I wanted to focus solely on the foundation finish.

On the fingertip side, one of the most noticeable areas is at my cheeks right near my nose. You can see more of my natural skin texture on this side vs. a smoother coverage on the foundation brush side. I also found that more of my freckles showed through on the fingertip side, which is exactly what I expected.

The finish is natural/radiant, in my opinion. Definitely not matte, but not luminous either. I was very apprehensive about the word “luminous” in the foundation description because I don’t like overly shimmery or dewy skin, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this foundation just looks like skin!

Whether you are using this foundation or not, try adjusting your application methods to change up your coverage. I know a lot of other women love a beauty blender, and I do too at different times! If you have a full coverage foundation, but are looking to lighten up the finish, try using a damp beauty blender to apply!

I know this post was full of a lot of close-ups of my face but I hope that you were able to see and understand the difference in coverage when you use two different tools to apply the same product!

P.S. You can read all about my favorite Sonia Kashuk brushes here! And random, but if you want a comfy maxi dress for summer, check this one out!

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How to coordinate lipstick and blush tones


I love wearing brighter lipsticks and blush shades in the summer, but there is an art to making sure the two don’t conflict on your face! So today, I’m breaking down how to pair the right lipstick and blush tone based on whether it’s cool, warm, or neutral!

I pulled out a bunch of different lipsticks from my stash, and unfortunately some are discontinued, but everything that is still available is linked up for you!

Let’s start with cool pinks!

cool pinks: Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Pretty Social, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Flush, Urban Decay lipstick in Turn On, Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Panorama Pink

When something is referred to as “cool” or “warm” it’s describing the tone of the makeup. Cool tones often have purple, blue, or sometimes green undertones to them, so they fall on the cooler part of the color wheel. Typically if you have a pink undertone to your skin, it leans towards the cool end of the spectrum.

The easiest way to look for an undertone in lipstick is to swatch it, or apply it to your lips, and hold a purple or violet object near it to see how they compliment each other.

Next up are warm coral or orange shades.

warm corals: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Tipsy, YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in 10, Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in L.A. Sunset

Warm colors can be a bit harder to wear, but when they’re done right, they’re beautiful! Warm tones look great on yellow skin tones, or those with deep olive or darker complexions.

Finally, these tones are super versatile and can work either way!

neutral: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Seduce, Albiet Lipstick in Azalea, Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in BabyMAC Cremesheen in Creme CupSmashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Posy Pink

These colors are soft pinks that would look great on either warm or cool undertones, and are super easy to wear!

It’s not the end of the world to mix warm and cool toned makeup, but you may find that if you try to stay within one color family your makeup will “flow” together a little bit better. My final tip is for days you want to test out wearing a really warm or bold lip color, skip the blush altogether and just wear bronzer! That way your blush won’t compete with your lipstick and you’ll have a warm tone on your lips and cheeks!

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