Oh So Glam began in 2011 as a personal style blog and a way for Christina to connect with women to share her love of fashion. It has since turned into her full-time job and has expanded to include beauty, lifestyle, home decor, and world-wide travel.
A huge thanks to Walmart for sponsoring today’s post.
You guys!!! It feels like forever since I’ve been back in the blogging groove between all of our renovations happening and our trips for weddings this summer! We just got back from The Bahamas for one of my best friend’s beautiful wedding and I’m so excited to share this beauty look I basically wore the entire time I was down there! I’m all about easy, low-maintenance makeup in the summer time, especially with high humidity and hot temps like in The Bahamas — the last thing you want on your skin is a face full of makeup! I added a little CC cream with SPF, filled in my brows and added these simple finishing touches using some of my new favorite products that you can now get at Walmart! I love the fast 2-day shipping on so many products and being able to check if something is in my local store (since I now live less than 5 minutes from mine) if I need it faster! I grabbed most of these items right before my trip and it was so convenient to grab them from Walmart! Plus, I love being able to shop for ALL of my favorite beauty brands in one place!
Using the Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette in shade Fair/Light, I apply shade ‘passionate’ to my lid using a shadow blending brush. *GLAM Beauty Tip: Since I typically love creamy eyeshadows (I find they blend better and are easier to work with), I run my eyeshadow brush under water and then blot with a towel before dipping into the shadow. The product goes on like a dream this way!
Using a small, angled brush, I then use shade ‘glamorous’ to line my under eyes for a little dimension to the bottom and to help balance out the eye.
I then apply L’Oreal Paris Summer Belle Bronze Please! Bronzer in shade Portofino Light to my face for a little bronzy glow. *GLAM Beauty Tip: The trick to applying bronzer is to apply it strategically and NOT all over. I love applying bronzer to my cheeks, tip of my chin, sides of my forehead, and the sides of my nose. It looks so much more natural — those are the areas the sun would naturally hit your face, and helps accents your features!
Using this creamy highlighter L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Highlighter in shade Light, I apply and blend in to the apples of my cheeks, tip of my nose, above and below my lips, and above my eyebrows for a radiant complexion. I love that this product is extremely hydrating as well — my sun-kissed skin soaks it right in!
To finish the look, I apply a coat of MILANI Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumper in shade Soft Rose. It’s a nourishing lip gloss and not sticky in the slightest. So perfect for the summertime and any beachy vacations where you want hydrated lips without that gross, typical lipgloss feel. And, this color is the most gorgeous pinky/nude!
I can’t believe it’s actually that time again, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is right around the corner — starting later this week for early access! Sales like this can be a tad overwhelming and you might even be questioning what all the fuss is about. I’m here to answer a bunch of FAQs regarding the sale and provide every last detail you need to shop smart over the next few weeks!
WHAT IS THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE?
It’s a 3 week sale that focuses on FALL merchandise! Unlike most end-of-the-season sales that focus on previously full-price items that are then marked down, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is BRAND NEW merchandise that has yet to hit the shelves on major markdowns! It’s the perfect time to get some new pieces ahead of the season!
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
The timing is tiered. If you’re a Nordstrom card holder, you can start shopping the sale the first day it opens — Early Access begins July 12th and lasts about a week! You have to actually have a Nordstrom credit card in order to shop early! I use mine regularly, and love that you receive “Nordstrom Notes” (which act as points) when you hit certain spending marks! These act as gift cards that you can apply to future purchases — they essentially pay you back for shopping with your Nordstrom card!
Public access (people without Nordstrom a credit card) begins on July 19th and lasts another two weeks.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Early Access begins: Friday, July 12th at 12:30 EST
Early Access ends: Friday, July 19th
Public Access begins: Friday, July 19th
Public Access ends: Friday, August 4rd
WHAT TO BUY DURING THE SALE
Remember, this is all upcoming FALL merchandise. It’s a great time to THINK AHEAD and try to buy what you think you’ll need for the new season. I love shopping for STAPLES that you can mix and match all season long. Items always on my list? Suede jackets, designer jeans and boots, layering pieces like thermals and basic tanks, and workout sneakers!
MY BEST TIPS FOR SHOPPING THE SALE
This sale can be VERY overwhelming without a game plan, I’m not going to lie. It’s definitely one of those sales where you can go overboard buying shit you DO NOT NEED, and somehow leave out pieces that you can get a ton of use out of. I preach this every year — DO NOT BUY PIECES YOU WILL NOT GET USE OUT OF JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE ON SALE. Here are a few of my best tips:
It’s best to approach this knowing what you need in advance. First of all, because ITEMS GO FAST and if you’re not prepared, you will miss out on them. Some items sell out and are not restocked, or prices will go up for the remainder of the season and you missed your chance at a major discount. Seriously (and I’m not even kidding) — go through your closet and actually WRITE DOWN what you’re always wanting to reach for that you simply don’t have. Maybe you keep wishing you had a darker version of your favorite pair of skinny jeans, maybe you need an in-between jacket, maybe it’s a neutral duster cardigan, maybe you have always wanted a pair of designer boots. Make a wishlist first without looking at the sale and then get ready to ATTACK.
Once you are shopping, don’t hesitant on an item. I’ve had items literally sell out in my cart… the order will even go through (after it was sitting in my cart for hours), and then I’ll receive the worst email ever — “your item cannot be fulfilled.” That doesn’t mean have a free-for-all and buy everything you see out of FOMO, but if you have your heart set on an item or two — order those first, and then go back and browse the rest of the sale and see if there’s any add-ons that you can place in a separate order. Since it doesn’t matter how much you spend to get a discount, it’s okay to have separate orders!
Also on that note, order multiple sizes if you think you’re in between. It ensures the item will be in stock when ordering the size you actually need, plus, it ensures you’ll actually get the item at a discount without having to fight for it. Shipping can be a little slower than normal because of all the action, so if you have to send an item back and wait for it to be processed before ordering again, you’re running the risk that the item will be gone. Either order multiple sizes (and return what doesn’t fit with FREE RETURNS), or do a hell of a lot of research in advance and pay attention to the size guides!
Popular items tend to sell out during EARLY ACCESS (which you need a Nordstrom Credit Card to access). If you don’t have a credit card — I wouldn’t recommend opening one just for the sale. Find a friend who already has one! I’ve had a few of my girlfriends send me items they’re DYING to have during Early Access because I have a card — and they’ll just venmo me! Works like a charm!
MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW ALONG & SUBSCRIBE FOR UPDATES
I’m going to be keeping my eye on the sale over the next few weeks and will be sharing what I bought from the sale along with the best buys I think you can score. You’ll want to stay glued to Oh So Glam for updates — so make sure to follow along with me on Instagram (if you’re not already). I’m going to be doing some try-on videos and sharing info on sizing, and sharing some ideas to style some of these new pieces! I also have a Nordstrom gift card giveaway launching on Instagram SOON — with some of my favorite bloggers!
Can you believe 4th of July is right around the corner?! You guys are so great and gave me such amazing feedback on the Band Tee 6 Ways video/post I put together a few weeks back, so I’m back with another round of summer styles for your 4th of July weekend! We’re heading out to Colorado for the first time to celebrate a wedding — so, I’ll be packing some festive gear to celebrate under the fireworks and to go GLAMPING… freaking cannot wait!
You all have also been asking a TON about my necklace combo you can see here in most of the looks — both are by the brand Shashi and are linked below!
One of my HANDS DOWN favorite trends… the band tee! I’ve been styling my favorite tee on and off since starting this blog almost EIGHT years ago, and my go-to Guns N’ Roses cutoff tee is one of my favorite pieces in my entire wardrobe. I’ve styled it every which way but wanted to share some FUN summer outfits since the trend is bigger than ever right now. I ended up finding this oversized tee with the same exact print as my cutoff tee — it’s fully stocked right now, so GET ON IT.
Band Tees are having such a moment right now and can sell for up to $200 — absolute insanity if you ask me! Unless it’s a VINTAGE tee from a band you’re in love with, don’t spend that kind of money on something trendy… I’ve rounded up some great options for you below (in case Guns N’ Roses ain’t your thing like it is mine).
A huge thanks to Mansion on Forsyth Park for the wonderful stay! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Last spring’s trip to Palm Beach, FL had Marissa and I craving another southern destination to travel to together — so, when we started brainstorming where we wanted to go, Marissa mentioned Savannah (since she had been once before) and I was IN! I had always wanted to travel there and was so excited to check off another Southern location off my travel bucket list!
Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city and has been named “one of the world’s friendliest cities” by Condé Nast Traveler readers — which I HAVE to agree with! In my opinion, it’s the quintessential South (amazing food, the sweetest people, hot and humid temps), but it really has a vibe of its own. It’s also one of America’s most haunted cities (in the same circle as Salem, MA and New Orleans) and has a very somber history that now lingers with a slightly spooky energy. Despite all that, it’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to and I can’t recommend traveling there enough!
The entire city is covered with huge, gorgeous Spanish moss draped oak trees, cobblestone streets and stunning architecture and looks like something out of an actual movie set.
We spent 4 full days in Savannah and packed SO MUCH into the trip to be able to give the best recommendations to you guys! We were seriously going from the first thing in the morning until bedtime — checking out all the places you guys recommended and eating our way through the gorgeous southern city! I’m sharing all about where we stayed, what we did, where we ate (most importantly!) and where you can snap the perfect Instagram photo!
WHERE TO STAY
We checked into the beyond beautiful Mansion on Forsyth Park, which you guessed it, is on Forsyth Park — an easy landmark in Savannah which is smack dab in the middle. It honestly reminds me of how New York City has Central Park (on a much smaller level of course), but it helps divide the city, and is a beautiful 30-acre park right in the middle of the Historic District (more on the park below). When we pulled up to the brick and terra cotta 19th century structure, I felt instantly transported to a Victorian novel. The 1888 built former funeral home (yep) has big city vibes and amenities while also feeling quaint and tucked away. The Kessler Collection property is filled with eclectic decor, its own art gallery (as Mr. Kessler is quite the collector), a gorgeous roman-style pool, and 125 guest rooms. There’s also an onsite restaurant 700 Drayton (more on that below), a famous cooking class, and an old-world bar with some crafty cocktail selections.
Not only is the hotel absolutely breathtaking, but each and every staff member truly made us feel at home from the moment we arrived. Cold water bottles handed to us the second we walked in the door, fresh baked cookies to snack on in the lobby, and a staff we got to know so well — it seriously felt like a bed and breakfast at times! This North East gal felt instantly at ease (coming from a part of the country where you’re afraid of an eye roll for asking a basic question) — I love staying at a place that people genuinely love working at. Each and every staff member was so accommodating, filled with knowledge and recommendations — and they all knew the history down to every detail — it seriously felt like live-in tour guides!
WHAT TO DO
Trolley Tours. The best and most efficient way to bounce around the city, learn some history, and take in the sights of Savannah. We opted for the “hop on and off” tour which would let us hop on and off the trolley at any of the 15+ stops, or you could elect to stay put and the full tour is about 90 minutes. They take you by all the famous sights including City Market, along River Street, in between some of the famous Savannah Squares and stunning homes in the Historic District. It’s a great way to grab some photos as well, since you’re sitting up a little higher and a good excuse to get off your feet without feeling unproductive!
Check out The Olde Pink House. Just about every OSG reader with a Savannah recommendation told me I needed to go here! I felt like I reached the motherland when we walked up to the jasmine-filled pink house with the most gorgeous oversized porch I’d ever seen! Although we didn’t eat here, it was still so fun to walk around the block snapping photos, and checking out the inside — the decor inside is just as gorgeous as the outside.
Stroll through the Savannah Squares. There are 22 “square” parks throughout the city that break up the architecture and cobblestone streets. Each has its own history which you can find written on the plaques noted at the entrances. A few of note? I loved walking through Chippewa Square (located on Bull and McDonough Streets) which is the famous scene in Forrest Gump (where he’s sitting on the bench). I also thought Pulaski Square (Barnard and Macon Streets) was the most tranquil and photogenic of the bunch.
Shop along Broughton Street. We ducked in and out of some beautiful shops that made me wish I didn’t only pack a carry-on — I wanted to bring so many trinkets back with me! My favorite was The Paris Market (located at 36 W Broughton St) filled with the most beautiful antiques, jewelry and speciality gifts. It also has a little café on the upper level that looks straight off the streets of Paris. Get the lavender iced-tea — I’m still craving it!
Ghost tours. I touched on the somber history of Savannah above, making it a perfect city for a little paranormal activity. Due to the wars and bloody battles that have taken place throughout the streets, deadly disease outbreaks like Yellow Fever, the fire of 1796 and the even bigger fire of 1820 which destroyed over 500 buildings, and slavery which occurred until the Civil War — there are plenty of ghost stories to be told and tours you can take to learn all about it — if that’s your thing.
*GLAM Travel Tip: Wear your most comfortable walking shoes — Savannah is very walkable and an absolutely beautiful city to take in by foot. Also, make sure to be VERY careful and look both ways before crossing the street. We had an Uber driver tell us to be extra careful of cars and Trolleys and he was 100% right!
WHERE TO EAT (& DRINK)
700 Drayton. Attached to Mansion on Forsyth Park (where we stayed), we decided to check out brunch there our first full day in Savannah. We sat in the sunroom portion of the restaurant overlooking Forsyth Park (with trolleys going by — it was something out of a movie set) and I ate my weight in chicken and waffles and sipped on the most delicious iced coffee ever. We also had the sweetest waitstaff who listed off so many “underground” recommendations!
Collin’s Quarter. One of the most popular recommendations, we ate here twice for brunch. It was THAT good. I went with the shakshuka the first day and the short rib hash the second day. It’s also the most Instagram-friendly looking restaurant in town.
The Bohemian Hotel. We went for rooftop drinks overlooking the Savannah River for a little happy hour sunset and then went to eat dinner downstairs at Rocks on the River.
The Vault Kitchen & Market. One of my personal favorite spots of the entire trip, this is a newer Asian-fusion spot in the old Bank of America building. The menu was so unique and every single dish was delicious — still dreaming of that tuna tartare and those fun fusion rolls.
The Atlantic. A Mediterranean spot a little drive away from the Historic District — but worth it! I can be preeeeetttyyyy picky eating Mediterranean food (my Lebanese husband can be to blame for that — I’m used to the best of the best), but this place hit the spot! Marissa and I sat outside on the back patio and split a bunch of plates including fattoush salad, lots of roasted veggies and harissa chicken. YUM.
Savannah Square Pops. Since we all know I don’t eat ice cream, this little spot that includes vegan and gluten free options was like music to my (dairy free) ears. This recommendation came from our waitress at 700 Drayton and is a little under the radar — for now! They named each pop after a square in Savannah and there was every flavor and combo imaginable — including real fruit in the middle!
*GLAM Travel Tip: Most of these restaurants were on Open Table, making it super quick and easy to book a reservation. Most places in Savannah on are on the smaller side, so if you’re going at a peak time (or want to sit outside), make sure to book prior to traveling!
Memorial Day Weekend is almost here — HERE already if you’re taking an extra long weekend! There are so many sales across the board happening throughout the weekend and it’s the perfect time to take advantage and save big! I used these sales to shop for a few home pieces I had my eyes on for the last few months and am shopping for some upcoming travel next month!
SHOPBOP DESIGNER SALE
JCREW SALE — 40% off with code SHOP40
SERENA & LILY — 20% OFF WITH CODE SUMMERPREP
TARGET — 30% OFF HOME WITH CODE HOME
WORLD MARKET — EXTRA 50% OFF OUTDOOR ITEMS
While I wrap up working on my #GLAMtraveldiary Savannah Travel Guide, I wanted to share a roundup of all of my looks from my trip from a couple weeks ago. I’m also including sizing information and links to where you can find each piece — some are on major sale right now!
And just like that — it’s time to shop for SWIM! This year, we’re seeing a lot of romantic detailing across all swimwear. THINK: ruffles, flutter sleeves, polka dots, florals, bows & ties, belt details and soft colors. I’m rounding up my favorite picks in each category to make shopping for your swimwear easy and effortless!
This was SUCH a requested post — my OSG fam seems to be just as beauty obsessed as am I and my little heart is PROUD. The Sephora VIB event is currently happening for Rouge Members only right now (those beauty insiders that spend $1,000+ at Sephora annually). It opens to VIB (Very Important Beauty Insiders) and regular Beauty Insider members starting May 2nd — and it’s the BEST time to take advantage of these site-wide deals… beauty rarely goes on sale!
HERE’S THE DEAL:
Rouge Members Early Access April 26 – May 1st: 20% off with code HEYROUGE
VIB and Insiders Sale May 2 – 6th: VIB Members get 15% off with code HEYVIB and Insiders get 10% off with code HEYINSIDER.
SEPHORA VIB SALE PICKS
Dr. Brandt No More Baggage de-puffing eye cream is one of my favorite beauty hacks and I’ve gone through about 3 bottles! I don’t use it everyday and save it for days I’m REALLY needing a little help (especially long travel days… it’s a must!), but this stuff is absolute magic. I’ve also started incorporating an exfoliant into my skincare routine a few times a week (I love the SkinCeuticals one I mentioned on my stories a few weeks ago) but this Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion is another top contender — a little goes a LONG way so you’ll have this baby for a while. Exfoliating has helped tremendously with my ongoing cystic acne issues and helps to renew my skin so previous breakouts fade faster.
La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream is worth the splurge if you’re looking for a thick night cream. Again, not something I use every single day, but when my skin is really dry (or had too much sun), this cream does the trick. I hear a lot of people note that they don’t think it’s anything special and I could NOT disagree more — my skin is extremely dry and sometimes, this is THE ONLY cream that actually moisturizes me!
Speaking of sun — you all know I’m all about that SPF life every single day. I’ve been using Supergoop! Unseen Suncreen since it launched last year and it’s the best. Now, you can’t use the excuse that you hate wearing face sunscreen because “it feels gross and thick” because this is more like a silky serum that is absolutely weightless. I also love Supergoop! CC Cream for days I want to go without foundation but still want a little coverage — and this stuff is amazing to bring on vacation!
Drunk Elephant recently sent me a bunch of their best sellers to try out (knowing I’m a skincare junkie) and while I haven’t switched from my beloved SkinCeuticals routine — the two products that stood out were the Virigin Marula Face Oil (omg, yes) and the Baby Facial, which is a mask I’ve been using about 1x per week for the last month and LOVE.
Charlotte Tilbury everything. Seriously, this brand has become my absolute favorite makeup brand over the last year and it seems like every new product I try, I fall in love with immediately. I could list every product out here, but I’ll just stick to the life changers (haha). Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Setting Powder is one of the best things in my makeup bag right now. I use it with a damp beauty blender to help set my eye concealer and it does the job without making around my eyes TOO bright (and unnatural looking). For days where I don’t wear foundation, or days where I want a dewy look, I apply Flawless Filter on bare skin or on top of foundation and it instantly gives that sun kissed, glowy, goddess-y feel. You all know my obsession with cream eye shadow and Charlotte Tilbury makes one of my all time favorites: Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow (I love shade Jean SO MUCH). If you’re looking for the perfect nude lipstick, look no further than Pillow Talk (one of CT’s iconic shades).
For my brows, I’m a huge fan of layering on Benefit’s Ka-Brow (which is a cream-gel consistency that helps me fill in and define my brows) followed by Gimme Brow (which is a volumizing gel that helps give my brows a bushy, not-so-perfect look). I’ve been using both of those for over a year!
My current favorite lash routine starts with Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Lash Primer followed by the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara which does just that — it gives insane volume to the lashes and gives my eyes the appearance that I’m wearing eyeliner on the top, it’s that thick! I hate the look of spidery lashes (no thanks) and love how natural (but also dramatic) this looks!
I go to a Kérastase ONLY salon — so my obsession with the brand is at an all-time high. I use the Kerastase Reflection Shampoo & Mask (and have for years) which is specially for colored treated hair. Since I switch up my shampoo/conditioning routine every time I shower (and tend to rotate products in and out depending on what I need), using the masque instead of the regular conditioner means I’ll treat my hair about every 3 washes to a deep condoning treatment. On days I feel like I have buildup (from products, sweat, and/or our hard water), I love using Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub as a shampoo and the Detangling Conditioner — it makes my hair feel SO CLEAN and my blowouts definitely last longer. I’ve also been swapping in SEED Phytonutrients (a CLEAN at Sephora stamped brand) on all other days for a good daily cleanse — I have a giveaway coming up with them really soon, so stay tuned!
For tools, my Dyson hairdryer is still my best friend — going on a year and a half of using it and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you want to know my true thoughts and an honest review, check out a post I wrote last year. In my opinion, it’s worth it! I’m also still using my t3 Whirl Trio to curl my hair and alternate between the different wands depending on what look I’m going for!
What are you scooping up from the sale?! Leave me a comment and let me know!
I’m usually pretty simple (and boring) when it comes to makeup but, lately — I have gotten a recent urge to switch things up now that the weather is getting gorgeous — and let’s be honest, now that I have a big bathroom where I can actually get ready in natural lighting… it’s the little things! I’ve been wearing a lot of pinks, corals, and blushes lately so I wanted to try a little something different with my makeup to play off that color scheme — for my skin tone (which is olive but on the fair side), I actually LOVE the way this turned out. It gives me very natural looking color and gives me a little life without the need for the sun! I’m ALL ABOUT a dewy glow during the warmer months and this look would be perfect for any spring/summer events you have coming up! I’m sharing all of the products I used to create this makeup look including shade info below. I also created a VIDEO TUTORIAL over on IGTV, so make sure to check it out if you like following along.
First up, I love priming my face using the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer which helps to blur imperfections and prep my face for foundation. This primer is silky smooth and lets my foundation and face products glide right on!
Next up, I love using a little of a few products that I layer over one another. This Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer can be used over or under foundation and is perfect for helping to achieve a glow that looks like it comes from within. I don’t love it as a foundation primer as much as I love the Smashbox one above, so I use a little and blend into my cheeks and layer my foundation on top. It instantly makes my skin look hydrated and is great to wear in place of foundation on a lighter makeup day.
One of my favorite foundations that feels so lightweight and provides light coverage — this Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation (shade 3) is perfect for spring and summertime. I dot a little of this onto my cheeks, chin and forehead and blend with my foundation brush.
Last up to layer on, I apply this Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter (shade 3) to the apples of my cheeks, down the bridge of my nose, center of my forehead and a little on my chin. It acts as a subtle highlighter for an immediate dewy complexion.
For under eye concealer, my number one trick is to make sure your under eye is hydrated (so using a lightweight eye cream is a must, my daytime favorite is THIS ONE). For full coverage concealer, my go-to is the cult classic Tarte Shape Tape (shade Sand) which I add in an upside down triangle and to any other darker spots on my face. Using my finger first to warm and really blend the formula into my skin, I then take a damp beauty blender (repeat after me: MUST USE DAMP) and dab into my skin to work it in, making sure to blend onto my eyelid as well. It looks like a ton of product at first, but with the damp beauty blender, it immediately starts to smooth out and brighten my under eye.
Using the same damp beauty blender, I tap it into Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder (shade Fair) and apply to all the areas I just used the concealer above. This helps to lock in the concealer so it won’t crease or move throughout the day. I love using this color because it helps to brighten without being too light — you all know the struggle of the dreaded flash photo that gives it all away.
Moving onto the eyes, you all by now probably know my love for cream eyeshadow. I apply a layer of Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize (shade Jean) to my full eye lid and dot into the corners of my eye (immediately helps to brighten and will make you look more awake).
Moving on to the main event, I am OBSESSED with this Tarte Chrome Paint Eyeshadow (shade Frosé) and it’s the reason I wanted to create this look in the first place. Using my ring finger, I tap the color across my crease. The color is buildable and has a slightly creamy consistency without being too silky, so it melts right into the skin (but still lets you move it around to blend). It IS sparkly, so this is definitely for a night out or event, but the pop of shimmer is so gorgeous and pigmented. I love the mirrored effect! I also love to add it to my under eye for a pop of color against the liner below.
For a little dimension, I love using Laura Mercier Caviar Stick (shade Coco) on the outer corners of my eye and as eyeliner for the bottom lash line.
To fill in my brows, I’m using Benefit Ka-Brow Cream Gel (shade 3) that comes with its own brush! I start by lining the bottom of my brow from my nose out to define and outline the area — and then blend upwards to fill then in while trying to follow the natural hair lines.
To contour — (my favorite trick EVER), I use this palette from Charlotte Tilbury. Using the sculpting brush from this set, I dip it into the dark shade and line under my cheekbones, the top of my forehead (blending into the hairline), and under my jaw (blending down onto my neck). I then take the fan brush from the same set, dip it into the darker color, and bring down the sides of my nose from my eyebrows down. I swipe across the tip to define my nose!
For some MUCH needed color, I apply a little of this Smashbox Blush (it’s technically highligher but works as a blush for me) to the tops of my cheeks.
For my lashes, PRIMER is a game changer (if you’re not using it, you MUST). I love using this Marc Jacobs primer — the key to using primer is that you cannot let it dry before layering on your mascara. I do ONE EYE AT A TIME (primer then mascara) and then move on to the other eye. For mascara, I love Too Faced Better Than Sex for a ton of volume and a little length.
If you mess up and get any mascara on the eyelid, you can easily apply a little of the cream eyeshadow over the mascara mistake — that’s what I LOVE about cream eyeshadow! You can fix a mistake AFTER mascara without having to worry that the powder will fall on your lashes!
For highlighter, I love my drugstore find, Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter (shade Rose Gold) and I’ve been using it for years! It’s a creamier consistency but blends and melts into the skin so beautifully and adds a rosy color that looks sunkissed. It also smells like coconut and is HEAVEN on earth. I apply to the top of my cheek (we just defined the cheek by contouring), down the bridge of my nose, the tip of my nose (GAME CHANGER), above and below my lips, and on the arches of my eyebrows.
Since I tend to gravitate towards matte lip colors always, it’s fun to add a little pop of shimmer to my lips using these Smashbox shimmer drops.
To finish off my makeup, I apply a coat of Huda Beauty Matte Cream (shade Game Changer) — the most perfect pink/color color EVER. It’s becoming my favorite lip color… FAST.
To set my makeup, this boscia Rosewater Mist pulls triple duty — acting as a setting spray, while also moisturizing and toning the skin. You can also spray it to help refresh makeup done earlier in the day to get back that dewy glow!