Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blushing Basics Summer Makeup Video

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we've all heard the words, 'summertime, and the livin's easy'. never has that been more true than when it comes to makeup. summer makeup should be easy, beautiful, natural and glowing. thanks to #WalgreensBeauty and #CollectiveBias i was able to put together a makeup tutorial video showing how to get your best summer makeup. 

first things first i headed to Walgreens in search of the best summertime makeup products. i wanted products that would get the job done without breaking the bank. thankfully, i found just the thing. Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain is a miracle of a gloss that is super long lasting and will stay put. additionally i like to use the gloss as a blush because of its glow. the stain lasts on your skin without sweating off and because it has properties of a gloss you get this amazing glow wherever it is applied. never has creating faux glow been so easy! 

next on the shopping list to was Rimmel Natural Bronzer. so many fellow beauty bloggers have raved about the quality of this bronzer and i will wholeheartedly agree with them. it is a matte finish so it doesn't leave your skin looking muddy and it is the perfect shade of bronze to give your skin the sun kissed warmth. pair it with the Studio 35 Kabuki Brush (which i found on sale!) and you have yourself a winning combination.

below is a glimpse inside of Walgreens in the beauty aisle where you can find all of these makeup products and tools. from June 29th to August 30th you can get an amazing gift with purchase by texting a code or visiting for a FREE travel size makeup brush set. purchase amount must be $20 or more on beauty products (excluding baby items) which is quite easy to accomplish!

i quickly headed home to begin filming a Summer Makeup Tutorial Video for you that would feature these gorgeous Revlon glosses. i am in love.

check out the video below to see how you can get glowing summer skin in just minutes using only lip  gloss and bronzer (plus a kabuki, of course!).

the last Revlon stain i used is called London Posh and it is the newest favorite in my gloss collection. i may end up heading back to clear the shelves for my personal stash.

that is my perfect summertime look. what's yours?


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Swim Time Style

whether you are heading to the pool, the beach or anywhere in between this summer, having your style essentials is a must. prior to swim time you'll want to prep with a few beauty items - first and foremost a shave. getting those legs (and armpits and well, other unmentionables) smooth and hairless will keep your gams looking gorgeous. Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care has you covered because it will help hydrate and protect skin again irritation. plus, its water-activated moisturizing serum will replenish skin's natural moisture for up to two hours after shaving! second, you'll probably want to go light on the makeup but a little bronzer and mascara go a long way to keeping you glam. Rimmel's Natural Bronzer is not only America's #1 bronzer but it is also a waterproof bronzing powder that will give your face a sun kissed glow with the UV damage. keep your hat on and your skin protected all while looking bronzed and beautiful. L'Oreal's Manga mascara will give you extreme volume in your lashes - and with everyone paying attention to your lashes no one will even notice your lack of makeup otherwise.

now that you have your pre-pool prep out of the way you can hit that patio like a rockstar. before you do anything you'll want to apply some sunscreen. i like using a spray on my legs because it gives a sheer sunscreen cover to protect from burning but allows me to get a tiny bit of tan. Banana Boat has a spray sunscreen that also includes Aloe Vera and Antioxidants to help keep your legs looking lovely. it is called the Banana Boat Protect and Hydrate Ultramist. cover your arms and chest with a cream sunscreen to ensure maximum coverage. you may want to try Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance lotion. it will leave your skin glowing & protected.

pretty your pout with Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain. this stain will last in and out of the water. a bright pink will pop especially with your new gold thermos cup to keep you hydrated while hanging by the pool. leave your gloss laying by your glass and if you want to reapply it is within arm's reach.

i try to be slightly productive when soaking up some sun and one way to do that is to freshen up your pedi. Walgreen's offers an amazingly priced mani/pedi set to help you prep the nails and Revlon's Colorstay Gel Envy has color and a base coat in one, making your application a cinch.

last but not least you'll want a few emergency touch up items like Burt's Bees Facial Towelettes. no matter how waterproof your mascara is you are bound to have raccoon eyes after exiting the pool. unless you like to swim without touching your face, it happens. so let's deal with it. keep a small pack of these towelettes nearby and you can quickly remove any trace of raccoon eye rather than trying to wipe it off with your towel and completely demolishing that delicate skin under your eyes. take a moment to pack one of these Burt's Bees Facial Towelettes for your skins sake.

bringing along a little hairspray never hurts either. make the most of your natural 'salt-sprayed' hair after swimming and scrunch in a little bit of hairspray to hold that wavy goodness. i've packed my Mark Hill Get Gorgeous Finish Fabulous Spray. smells good, holds good and leaves you looking good.

the best thing about all of the products above is that they can be picked up at your local drugstore. if you happen to forget, run out of, lose or need a replacement item it is a quick stop on your way to your destination. besides, the fact that the products won't cost you an arm and a leg will allow you to spend that money on other items, like a new pair of sunnies! 


Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm In Vogue!

exciting news from the blushing basics household! a few months ago i did a product review of the new Nexxus Color Assure system and once my review went live the brand asked if they could use my review for an upcoming ad they were working on. last Monday an email arrived in my inbox letting me know that my name, blog address and quote would be featured in the August issues of Self, Glamour and Allure magazine as well as the September issues of Vogue and Vanity Fair!

September issues. i die.

additionally, last week i received even more good news. i applied for press credentials for the spring/summer 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and was approved! i will be traveling to New York in September with some of my favorite girls to give you the latest details on trends, makeup and hairstyles we can expect in the coming seasons. 

thank you so much for sticking with me. blushing basics is my baby and while it has been a bit neglected this summer i can't wait to jump back into full force this fall. i love you all.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Half Moon Mani Nail Tutorial

half moon manis. exposing the 'nude' of your nail is a popular nail trend now and one of the easiest ways to do that is the half moon mani. having recently been sent some fall colors from Polish & Co., i decided to use their gorgeous blue and put it to the test.

the full coverage in one coat of this polish made the half moon mani a cinch. the blue is perfect for fall. (okay, i cross my heart and promise not to talk about navy blue for the rest of the week) while this mani goes against every instinct to brush color beginning at the cuticle, it is actually pretty simple to achieve.

begin with a base coat. carefully apply polish color of choice below cuticle line, gently creating a curve and finish with a topcoat. easier said than done, i know, but i achieved it my first go-round. even on my right hand.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lash Sleeve Mascara

raccoon eyes getting you down? is smeared mascara the bane of your existence? do you exit the pool and immediately head for your makeup remover cloth? do you exercise only to finish with black smears dripping down your face? contact lenses giving your problems because of your flaky mascara?

Lash Sleeve is your summer mascara solution.

for all of you women out there who have recurrent difficulties with mascara, this type of mascara is your solution. this isn't the first company to develop mascara that works as a sleeve but it is definitely a problem solver!

how does the Lash Sleeve mascara work? the formula surrounds lashes and once dry it forms a sleeve that remains in place without budging until removed with warm water and a little pressure. forget waterproof mascaras, those formulas can still smear. the Lash Sleeve will stay in place until you want to remove it, not the other way around.

worth a try, right?!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist

it is summertime and with it comes all the beautiful joys of summer: amazing sunsets, pool parties, road trips, beaches and a never ending list of great summer things. blah blah blah. 

let's get real. summer is hot. kind of like standing on the surface of the sun kind of hot. so hot you sweat from pores you didn't even know existed. the point of this is, you are going to sweat. that's just the nitty gritty of it. yes, showers help. deodorant helps. perfume in summer - does not help. that overly aggressive scent of perfume combined with summer sweat and humidity can be a bit terrifying. skip the perfume and invest in some fragrance mist. you'll thank me later.

in honor of my ode to Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist i will write you a haiku:

the sweat in summer

can be stifling at worst

invest in your smell

in other words, the top ten reasons why you need Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist:

  1. as mentioned above, skip the overdose from perfume and keep it light.
  2. spray it a thousand times and you still won't kill people with your scent.
  3. spray it a thousand times and you will still re-spray later.
  4. spray it a thousand times and you will smell good. re-spray and you'll smell better.
  5. the fragrances are light and always crowd favorites.
  6. Victoria's Secret has discovered the secret to sexy and bottled it in a Fragrance Mist.
  7. besides the ombre effect awesomeness, these bottles look good anywhere.
  8. get ready for a lot of compliments. a few sprays will get you there.
  9. if you are newbie to the fragrance scene, this is an easy, no-brainer way to go.
  10. you can't go wrong with these scents. ever.

get your fragrance mist on. stat.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

One Scarf Worn Five Ways

tis the season for fun in the sun but believe it or not, the sun's rays are not only harmful to your skin, but harmful to your hair as well. compound that with the fact that i may or may not go three to four days without washing my hair due to sheer annoyance of heat styling in 90 degree weather.

my solution to this? a scarf.

i picked up this scarf from the H&M opening a few weeks ago and it has been in the wardrobe rotation on the regular. doubling as a hair protector or unstyle hider it makes the perfect accessory. on a side note, i do get ridiculed by my brother-in-law regularly when this scarf makes an appearance on Instagram - but let's be honest, i'm not taking styling tips from my BIL.

how do you prefer to wear your scarf during the summer?