Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Summer Favorites: Outdoors, Makeup, and Stuff
I need a fun post; how about you? Here are a few things I'm loving right now because...summer.
No Limits Waterproof Phone Cases we bought from Academy. I had my doubts about these actually being waterproof, but they really work. There are several levels of "locking" mechanisms to keep the water out, and you can still use your touch screen and take pictures through the case. Best part? They were only $6.99.
I am in looooove with my Lane Bryant Livi Active Molded Underwire Sport Bras! You'll have to follow the link to those because, as it turns out, I'm not a very good bra photographer. I have two of these, and they are life changing. I've actually abandoned my regular bras for these because they're so comfy, and I don't mind the edges peeking out from under summer tanks. They look a little pricy at $44ish a pop, but for a really quality sport bra with lots of control, that's pretty average. If you're still not sold, Lane Bryant has regular buy one, get one 1/2 off sales and significant coupons. I managed to get two of these, three pairs of workout pants, and two workout tops for the cost of one bra with a sale plus a $25 off $75 coupon a while back.
Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask. This is a really light, clear-on-the-face gel formula that feels fresh and cooling. It only stays on for five minutes or so and then give it a rinse. It makes my skin feel so good.
I got this mask in a Sephora Favorites Quench Your Skin set (no longer available but they usually have similar sets online), and while I haven't decided if I'll purchase a full size, I did look it up and it costs $52 for 5oz. That really is a fairly spectacular deal since a little of this product goes a long way. I'm pretty sure it would take the better part of a year or more of regular use to use a full 5oz.
I don't wear makeup nearly as much as I used to because I don't leave the house as often since I work from home. I still love makeup, for sure, but I don't feel compelled to put it on every day when I'm hanging out at home. However, I do wear makeup most nights that I teach, and I have a new favorite foundation combination.
I like my It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ cream with SPF 50, but it's a touch too light for me right now. I've been mixing a half pump with a half pump of the Too Faced Born This Way foundation in the "nude" shade on the back of my hand. I dot it onto my face and blend it in with a damp sponge, and it gives the most gorgeous, natural medium coverage. It looks really healthy and fresh for summer. No cakey heaviness here.
When I first started using Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, which seems to be a beauty fave on YouTube, I really didn't get the hype, but this summer has turned my opinion around. This is a plain lip balm with SPF 15, and the $24 price tag is steep for a lip balm (note: I'm using a sample tube that came with a Sephora order). Why do I enjoy it now? It has good staying power, I love the citrus scent, and it doesn't put a taste of sunscreen in my mouth. It has really come in handy while spending time outside in the blistering Texas heat. My lips would stay chapped, parched, and flaky without this stuff. I've also tried the Rosé version which is lightly tinted and like it, too.