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As much as I love fall makeup [and really, everything that goes along with the season], I appreciate a kind of pared-down, streamlined summer routine. On weekends, I’ll break out one of my latest eyeshadow faves – Stila’s Soul eyeshadow palette and do a neutral smokey eye with a really smoked out liner look – but, for everyday, I’m a one color wash kind of girl. The look is a bit golden and peachy, with a bit of shimmer thrown in the mix. Here’s the line-up:

  • Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzer – ahh Kevyn Aucoin, master of all the contour and bronze things. This bronzer is super pigmented, so the tiniest amount goes a really long way. Rather than sculpting my face with this guy, I use a large fluffy brush to hit points of my face where the sun would naturally hit [cheeks, across the bridge of the nose, temples, etc]. Bronze goddess vibes.
  • Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Gold Copper – I have written about this so, so many times. Still my #1 – the most perfect golden bronze eyeshadow of life.
  • Nars Orgasm Blush – I got back into this OG product because it came inside a Sephora 500 point perk. A perfect summer peachy-pinky-golden blush that brings cheeks to life.
  • Glossier Haloscope – this guy adds the most gorgeous natural highlight to cheekbones – more in depth discussion here.
  • Glossier Stretch Concealer – this concealer is really easy to blend, looks natural, and stays put. Also, it’s perfect for quick touch-ups on the go.
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – still loving this really easy to work with, super black liner. As it’s name suggests, it has incredible lasting power.
  • Surratt Lipslique in Gamine – a beautiful creamy, muted peach shade that feels really moisturizing, hugs lips, and adds a really pretty shine. This guy hasn’t left my bag since I picked it up weeks ago.
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – since I’m going neutral on the eyes, I love lots and lots of lashes. This mascara will give you that, while holding a curl. Done.
  • Surratt gloss in Coquette – a semi-sheer, kind of milky pink with shimmer. Love how it looks on its own, or tapped onto the center of lips over any lipstick.

What are your current go-to summer products?

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If you’ve been with me for a while on here, I’m sure it’s apparent that I’ve been posting much less frequently than I have in the past.

But, that’s life. Things happen; things get in the way. I wanted to put into words why I lost some of the drive to blog that I once had, and a recent post by a fellow blogger helped me along. I’ve been following Kate La Vie for ages, and one of her posts from last month about some of her own personal struggles really spoke to me, and inspired this. Overall, 2015-2016 has been… not stellar.

I’ll go back to the beginning of what started this kind of funk I’ve been in – a sort of melancholy, not-incredibly-motivated mental state. In May, 2015, I achieved what I feel is the greatest accomplishment of my life thus far: I graduated from law school. Yes, tons of people become J.D.’s every year, but I was especially proud of this one. There are no other lawyers in my family, so my decision to take the LSAT and apply in the first place was influenced by no one other than myself. In fact, when I first told my parents that I wanted to apply, they seemed not only shocked, but apprehensive. How was I going to afford this? Where would I go? What would happen to the loans I still had from college? Just a few of the questions they posed to me.

Still, off I went the following fall. I worked my ass off, met incredible people, participated in clinics and internships, and graduated cum laude. And then….and then I spent the summer after graduation studying for the bar. Fast forward a few months later, and the bar let me down, a job prospect fell through, and I felt like everything—all that I had worked so hard for—was crumbling around me. A couple more life-altering events later, and it was a struggle to figuratively peel myself off of the couch, to motivate myself to do anything remotely creative. I would go through the motions of my everyday life, get up, go to work, work out, go to sleep, repeat.

Over the past few months I’ve thought to myself, why am I doing this? This is one of my greatest passions, and I’m not putting any work into it. The fact is, I had no energy. I would try to think of ideas for posts, and my mind would go blank. I felt listless. Not good.

A few weeks ago, however, I headed into the city to meet with one of my favorite beauty brands, Glossier. Walking into their chic, uber-cool girl vibes offices sparked something inside of me – mainly, what the **** are you doing? I felt like a two year old meeting Mickey for the first time, I was so deliriously excited. Right then and there I decided to pick myself up, start writing again, and stop being all sad for myself.

It worked.

Not that I feel all kinds of elated all day everyday – it’s a process. However, now, I’m excited to look through all of my beauty things, head outside to take pictures, and rack my brain for post ideas.

In order to continue heading in this direction and keep my thoughts on the positive side, I’ve made a few changes. Some are very small things, like stopping to notice flowers while walking Julius, or, taking Julius for an especially long walk on a nice day. I’ve reached out to friends I haven’t spoken to in a while, and have been making lists of things I’m grateful for every. single. night. Something I’m planning on doing [props to A+B for these ;)] is downloading inspirational audiobooks to listen to on my commute to work, like The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Whatever works, right?

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. I’d love to know what you guys do for inspiration, or even to add a little more positive energy into your day. Look forward to loads of new posts coming up – let’s do this, August.

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I’ve been going to the beach much more than usual. By “much more than usual” I of course mean twice in the past month, which is more than the zero times I visited sand and ocean last summer.

Now, I am completely fine leaving my house without any makeup on; however, I don’t think anything’s wrong with wearing a bit of natural, glow-y makeup to the beach [overtop of my 70 spf, obviously – #vampirevibes]. You know – the kind of products that will look even better when mixed a little sun.

  • Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain in Vibes – this lip stain is very moisturizing, and the super pretty pink color lasts allll day long. I’ll apply it in the morning, and throughout the day will layer lip balm overtop.
  • Glossier Haloscope in Quartz – if I’m at the beach, I know that my skin won’t be shine free. Instead of obsessing over powder, I’ve been embracing the shine, and kind of enhancing it. Haloscope provides the most beautiful natural highlight that glistens in the sun.
  • Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Gold Copper – yep, my favorite eyeshadow of life making what’s probably its hundredth appearance on here. A beautiful everyday, glow-y neutral bronze-gold that stays put and will hold up against the heat.
  • Clarins Self Tanning Milky Lotion – so, this definitely does not have any spf, which is why I’ll apply it either the night before, or day-of so that I don’t have to expose my translucent skin to the outside world. I’m so glad I was introduced to this self tanner a few months back, as it helps to achieve a really natural, non-streaky light tan, and dries down very quickly [so much so that I can throw on clothes only minutes after applying, and not have to worry about any weird stains].

Do you apply any makeup before heading to the beach? If so, what are some of your fave products?

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Glossier has impressed me over and over again with each and every new product launch. A couple years ago, it was the Perfecting Skin Tint, Balm Dot Com, and Priming Moisturizer that won be over and quickly became part of my everyday routine. Next, came the Moisturizing Moon Mask, which literally saved my reptile-like skin this past winter. Boy Brow turned my three step brow routine into one simple brush-through, and, more recently, I fell head over heels for Stretch Concealer and Generation G lipstick – both of which never leave my handbag.

Nowwww, we have Haloscope in Quartz, and Rose Balm Dot Com. Another two Glossier products that have permanent places in my top shelf, and, like most Glossier products I own, are used every. single. day.

Let’s talk Haloscope – holy freaking cow, you guys. At first I was like, OK, I get it, highlighters and being super glow-y is IN – I have boat loads already, do I really need another? Yes, ladies in gentlemen. The answer is yes. The effect Quartz provides is truly unlike that of any product I own. It catches the light so, so beautifully, and adds a gorgeous dewy sheen with a slight hint of a kind of pale rose-silver shimmer. I apply it basically all over my face – tops of cheekbones [cheeks on fleek guys, CHEEKS ON FLEEK], brow bone, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow…. like I said, everywhere. It never seems to be too much – the shimmer is so fine, so subtle – no one will mistake you for a disco ball. I’m obsessed with with how much it emphasizes my cheeks while still looking super natural.

Ok, phew, onto Rose Balm Dot Com. I’m crazy about the soft rose scent, and the very pale pink color that gives my lips a very sheer baby pink color. As with the other Balm Dot Coms I own [the OG, and Coconut flavors], it’s a very thick consistency that keeps my lips looking smooth and feeling hydrated all day long. If my lips are feeling more chapped than usual, I’ll apply some at night as well, and wake up with them feeling soft af.

Now…what products do you love from Glossier? Any predictions for their next launch? I’m hoping for either a cream blush or eyeshadow situation, or, perhaps a lip gloss/stain? Whatever they come out with next – I’m on board.

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You guys know – lip products are my weakness. It’s the rare occasion that I am able to hold strong and walk out of a department store, Sephora, or CVS without a lip gloss or two in tow. It’s a problem, I’m an addict, I know.

Where am I going with this? Well, today, I want to share lip products from two brands that I have been totally obsessed with. Said brands being Marc Jacobs and YSL. Both brands bring when it comes to lips – there are so many options; whether you want something sheer + glossy, or full-on, they’ve got you.

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Gloss in Pretty Thing – a perfect sheer peachy-nude gloss that goes with everything. This guy has been a staple in my handbag since I picked it up.

Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Understudy – such a nice muted coral – great for this time of year. The name suggests that the color will be sheer, but I find that it really can be built up with a couple of layers. This formula is one of my faves of all time.

YSL Gloss Volupte in Nude Carat 20 – a stunning beige with gold sparkles. Similar to Pretty Thing, Nude Carat is a great everyday, non-stick gloss with a little something extra.

YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil in Undress Me 3 – this formula is soooo hydrating, and I find really perfecting + plumping. Undress Me is pretty sheer, with a slight pink tint. So pretty for a summer no-makeup makeup with a bit of black liner and mascara.

Do you love these brands as much as I do? What are some of your favorite lip products from them?

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