Summer Makeup Look

Summer is upon us once again. The flip flops are out, days are spent by the pool, and ice cream becomes an acceptable food to eat for dinner. People also work on their tans and the makeup looks become simpler and focused around lots of highlight. With that in mind, I wanted to create a look that didn’t take long to do and yet was still beautiful and fit for the summer time.

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Nude Lipstick Affordable Makeup

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do on a 90º plus summer day is cake my face with makeup. No one I know enjoys the feeling of thick makeup melting off their face as it approaches happy hour. Oil and sweat is not equivalent to dewy skin, so less is more when it comes to summer time makeup. With my less is more approach, I like the look of a comfortable, nude lipstick. Bright lipstick is also fun for summer, but for an everyday basis, a nude lip is pretty and close to maintenance free.

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Bluebird tea pineapple coconut cocktail

Summer is here, and so are the ice cold cocktails. While I’m not a huge drinker, I definitely enjoy a nice cocktail every once and awhile, especially when I’m hanging out with some friends. There’s nothing like relaxing on a lounge chair after a long day and enjoying a drink. By a pool would be even better, however I don’t have one of those. Maybe one day…

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NYX has become one of my favorite makeup brands recently. They’re affordable and easily accessible but still feel and look high end. One of my favorite products from them is their soft matte lip creams. This matte liquid lipstick is so comfortable on the lips and lasts a long time. I could eat a bagel and then look in the mirror to see that the lipstick is still on my lips. The formula is creamy and velvety and they go on so smoothly. The one thing I will say about these lipsticks is that they take about 5-10 minutes to completely dry. Once they’re dry though, they’re not going anywhere. I also tend to forget I’m wearing lipstick when I have one of these on as they’re that natural feeling.

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From left to right: Istanbul, Prague, Antwerp, and Sydney

I love that every shade is named after a different city; I think it’s a cute touch. I really want to purchase the shades London and Paris as both of those cities hold a special place in my heart. The lip creams can be purchased from Ulta, Target, and CVS for $6-7 or from nyxcosmetics.com for $6.

What shades of the lip creams do you love, or want to purchase?

Thanks for reading!

XoXo,

Audrey

I hope you have a sweet tooth, because today on the blog is the gooiest, most delicious s’mores bars you ever did eat. I love a good s’more as it’s a reminder of summer and such a staple for when you’re gathered around the campfire with friends and family. I found this recipe while searching through Pinterest and I thought I would give them a go! The original recipe is here, and you can follow me on Pinterest to see what other recipes I’ve saved right here. Now, let’s get baking! 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 1 cup (100g) graham cracker crumbs (9 graham crackers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme, or enough to have a thick layer on top of the dough

How To:

  • Preheat your oven to 350° F and then line an 8×8 pan with tin foil or parchment paper. This recipe doesn’t make a lot of dough so don’t use a pan any bigger than 8×8. 
  • In a mixer or with an electric whisk, combine the butter and sugar until creamy. Add in the egg and vanilla. 
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, graham crackers, and baking powder
  • Slowly add the flour combination into the wet ingredients, keeping the mixer on a low speed
  • Spread about 2/3 of the dough into pan. After trial and error I found it’s best to just spread the dough with your clean hands (emphasis on the clean!) 
  • Layer the fluff on top of the dough, spreading with the back of a spoon or spatula. Then add your chocolate chips before spreading the remainder of the dough on top 
  • Pop your bars into the oven for 25-27 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • They will not be hard when you take them out of the oven, but that’s okay because they’re meant to be gooey just like a campfire s’more!

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Look how gooey they are! That melted marshmallow and chocolate chips! I may have to go eat one now…

Happy baking, and thanks for reading!

XoXo, 

Audrey

 

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Summer has officially started, and with it comes long, relaxing days at the beach! I could spend every day at the beach for the rest of my life and have no complaints. Whether it’s the ocean or a lake, there is something so peaceful about relaxing by the water and enjoying time with family and friends. There are a few essentials that are always in my beach bag, and I thought I would share them with you!

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A bathing suit is a no brainer, but I still had to include it in my list. Target has so many cute ones for an affordable price. I love mixing and matching different tops with bottoms and get so excited when I find a cute combination. Also a must for the beach is a pair of flip flops; they’re so easy to slip on and off once your toes have been in the sand!

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You’re going to be in your bare feet a lot when you’re on the beach, so I think it’s nice to paint a fun pop of color on your toenails. Essie always comes out with the best colors for summer that will last way past your weeklong beach vacation.

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Essential to any beach bag is a pair of sunglasses. I got mine from Forever 21 for $5, but Target, Charlotte Russe, and Marshalls all have cute pairs for an affordable price. I have yet to splurge on a designer pair of sunglasses as I’m afraid I’ll break or lose them.

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Staying hydrated is so important, especially in the summer when you’re running around all day in the sun. A reusable water bottle is a great idea, as they usually hold more water than a plastic one, and are much better for the environment. Another thing that’s necessary for any day on the beach is sunblock. Sunblock can be pricy, so I normally stick to store brands, as they do the same thing as a name brand sunblock would. Make sure to reapply regularly! And don’t forget a lip balm with spf in it to protect your lips. A lot of brands make them, but my favorite is the lemon flavor from eos.

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I don’t like using the same sunblock on my face as I do on my body, as a have very sensitive skin. Right now I’m loving Olay’s all day moisturizer with SPF 15 for sensitive skin. I wear this every day in the summer because it’s so light and non-greasy. The last thing in my beach bag is a body spray. You never know where your friends might want to go after stepping off of the sand, and a shower might not be an option for a while. I’m not saying body spray is a substitute for good hygiene, but it’s nice to freshen up a bit.

Let me know what you put in your beach bag, and happy summer!

xoxo,

Audrey