Beauty

Best in Beauty 2014

by agirlandhermutt on January 23, 2015

Happy Friday Friends! If you have been reading for a bit then you know that I LOVE all things make-up, fashion and hair. That doesn’t mean that I’m a pro at any of these, but I do enjoy pretending to be! In past years I have talked about monthly favorites or items I was into throughout the year, but this past year I kind of dropped the ball. So we are doing a whole big ol’ round-up of my tried-and-true products! Warning: This is going to get a bit long! Enjoy!

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Face

It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation
Color: Light-Medium
This powder foundation is perfect for someone who wants full coverage, but hates the feeling of traditional liquid foundation. I used this foundation all summer and winter long. It goes on perfectly and lasts all day! Even the super sweaty days.

IT Cosmetics Buffing Foundation Brush
This sucker came as part of a little kit that I got off QVC when I ordered my foundation. When applying the IT Cosmetics foundation with this brush I got that airbrushed looked that can be really hard to achieve with powder foundations. It is jam packed with synthetic hairs that don’t shed. A must for any brush.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Color: Luminous Light
After watching about a bajillion bridal make-up tutorials, I was convinced to give this finishing powder/highlighter a try. Yep. It is just as fantastic as people said. It gives my face a light glow (now sweaty looking) that makes me look sun kissed. It isn’t sparkly or shiny, but truly a glow. Perfect for those of us who have grown out of the glitter make-up stage. This stuff ain’t cheap, but it also doesn’t take much so it will last forever!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush
Color: Prim (or any color)
I debated putting this one in because my favorite color doesn’t seem to be a part of the regular Tarte blush rotation. I got the color Prim in the Chic to Cheek collection over the holidays and fell in love. But honestly? All of the Amazonian Clay blushes are fantastic. They last all day long, have a ton of pigment and have a fantastic texture. Is it weird to like a blush texture? I just mean that it goes on really smoothly without having any patchy spots. Which happens with other blushes and that can get weird.

Makeup Geek Rounded Blush Brush
If you haven’t watched Marlena, the woman behind Makeup Geek, on YouTube then go do that and come back later. She has great tutorials and her make-up line is fantastic. What I’m most in love with though are her brushes. This rounded blush brush is PERFECT for applying bronzer. It lets me be a bit more precise in my application and doesn’t get all muddled on my face. These bad boys are always sold out so stay on top of the website to grab one the minute they are restocked.
Eyes

It Cosmetics Brow Powder Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Color: Universal Taupe
This brow pencil takes some getting used to, but once you do…magic. The universal concept is simple. Press lightly for light color and press harder for darker color. No lie. It works! I alternated between dark and lighter brows throughout the year. When I’m doing a no make-up look, I go lighter. When I’m dressed up, those bad boys are DARK. Bonus, this stuff looks really natural.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil
Color: Milk
This eye shadow/liner pencil doesn’t crease. Ever. Which makes it perfect for a primer of sorts. When I want my darker shadows to stand out, I first apply a layer of this pencil, rub it in with my finger and then apply my regular eyeshadows. Suddenly the colors just POP.

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara
This is a relatively new favorite, but deserves some attention. I’m a sucker for advertisements and this mascara had Katy Perry in it. Yessss. BUT! This is actually a really nice mascara! It provides a really natural look where the lashes are longer and fuller, but not over the top. A perfect every day mascara for sure. And take it from this small eyed gal, it doesn’t smudge!

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics
I’m obsessed with the Naked line from Urban Decay, but the first basics palette just didn’t wow me. When the Naked2 Basics line came out I was surprised to see that there was a bigger range of shades. This ended up being my go-to and travel eye shadow palette. They are all matte and just look great with anything.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
Color: Brightner
I don’t have a huge under eye circle problem, but I do really like that whole Kim Kardashian bright eyed look. This concealer is perfect for getting the bright look without being heavy and settling into my fine lines. Plus, it is CHEAP!

Lips

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm
Color: Pudgy Peony & Whole Lotta Honey
These little chubby sticks are so cute and perfect for my lips. The sticks have a sheer quality to them, but with still plenty of color. They also live up to their moisturizing name. Don’t you hate when moisturizers dry you out?! Not the case here.

NYX Wonder Pencil
Color: Light
Ok, this is my lip secret. I use this as my lip liner. My lips + this pencil= BOOM. Big ol’ lips.

It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain
Color: Je Ne Sais Quoi
My lips but better. Gorgeous sheer color that just seems to bring out my natural color. Plus, it stays put all day long for me! Be careful with this lipstick in the heat though. It is a softer lipstick and will become a big ol’ puddle in your bag if you let it get hot.

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Hair

Sexy Hair Healthy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray
I don’t typically use hairspray. I’m blessed with good hair that just holds curl and styles. HOWEVER! There are times when I want to just make sure everything stays in place. This hairspray gives me the hold I need without becoming a helmet head. I also don’t need a professional hair wash the next day to get this stuff out. Seriously. I have had to do that before. It was awful! This spray really does leave your hair touchable but still provides a great hold.

Herbal Essences Sleeker the Butter Shampoo & Conditioner
Mmmm. This shampoo and conditioner smells so good! I should note that I wash my hair about 2-3 times a week. At most. So when I condition, I REALLY need to condition my hair. This combo not only smells good, but keeps my hair looking and feeling healthy without feeling weighted down.

NuMe Titan 3 Curling Wand Set
First…don’t ever pay full price for a NuMe product. There is ALWAYS a coupon code to be found online. I think I paid about $65 for this set and I really love it! The variety of barrels give me a great option for curls. I tend to stick to the medium sized barrel (25mm) but have used the others too. I wouldn’t say using a curling wand is faster for me than a regular curling iron, but it does provide a much more natural and relaxed curl. Great for when you want curled hair but don’t want to look like you spent an hour getting ready. And use the glove that comes with it! Safety first folks.

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Other Goodies

OPI Nail Polish
Color: My Vampire is Buff & My Favorite Ornament

I’m obsessed with gel manicures and this combo was my favorite for the whole year. Simple. Elegant. Gorgeous!

Ponds Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes
Never ever ever ever go to sleep with your make-up on! A quick swipe with one of these wipes and your make-up will be gone. It takes off the most stubborn eyeliner and mascara with ease.

The Body Shop Body Butter
Smells: Almond, Coconut, Vineyard Peach, Strawberry, Honeymania
I’ve mentioned these body butters before and I still adore them. They are super moisturizing without being sticky and I just love them.

The Body Shop Body Mist
Smells: Coconut, Almond
If we ever hang out in the summer, I will smell like coconut. If we hang out in the fall or winter, I will smell like Almond. Light, delicious and long lasting. These body mists are perfect for those people that want to smell good but don’t really care for the traditional perfume smell.

Eyelash Extensions
Sigh. I *wish* I had the time and money to keep these up year round! The price is totally reasonable for the amount of work they do, but every time I went I thought about other things I could be doing with that money. I would totally do it again for an event, big trip, etc. They were perfect for my wedding! Locals, I got mine done by Lash L’Amour in Newton. Total pros.

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So there you have it! My top beauty faves for 2014! I’ll be posting in a few weeks about my wedding make-up and hair where you will see a few of these favorites appear again. I also plan on doing a bit of a Not So Hot products post. Hopefully I can save you a few bucks with that one.

See you soon and have a great weekend!

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Summer Lovin’ Tag

by agirlandhermutt on August 8, 2014

summer is coming to end for many of you, but it is still raging here. I’m prepping for a summer vacation and I have YET to make it to the beach. Summer isn’t summer until I have gone to the beach. I have several friends in Florida that posted pics on Facebook of sending their kids back to school this week. That is nuts!

Since it is still quite summer for me, I thought it would be fun to do a Summer Lovin’ Tag! Hope you enjoy hearing about some of my favorite Summer things!

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1. What’s your favorite summer nail polish?

I’ve actually been a bit obsessed with two different things this summer. For a while it was just bare nails. I was training in a pool full of chlorine several days a week which is no bueno for nail polish so I just didn’t wear any. It was fantastic! Once the triathlon was over I was a bit lazy with the polish and decided to get into nail stickers from KISS. This is my current favorite set.


Technically, these are not nail “stickers”, but rather KISS Nail Dress. You can pick them up at Target or any drugstore.

2. What is your favorite lip color this summer?

Back at the beginning of July I posted my Summer Make-Up Routine (which is still the EXACT same stuff!) and talked about my go-to lip color for this season.

NYX Butter Balm in Brownie + NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair + NYX Wonder Pencil in Medium. PERFECT COMBO!

WONDER PENCIL

3. Show us your favorite summer dress.

I finally embraced the maxi style dress this summer. This one was my favorite because of the elastic waist and the gorgeous blue color on the top. LOVE!

This sucker was from TJMaxx for almost nothing. Follow me on Instagram to see more of my daily fashion picks.

4. What is your favorite summer accessory?

BRACELETS! I love being all jingly and bracelts are my thing. My favorites are my Alex & Ani bracelets and my Lily & Laura Bracelets. I have a few regular Alex & Ani that I wear almost everyday and then I have a variety of the beaded bracelets that I switch up depending on what I’m wearing.

5. What summer trends are you most excited about this year?

I’m not good with trends and such, but I have enjoyed the whole boho look. The beachy waves hair and flowy clothes. Is that a trend? I’m not sure.

6. What is your favorite summer candle?

We all know that I don’t do candles. I’m deathly afraid of burning down my house. I DO love Scentsy though! My favorite scent is Posey Peach. Such a delicious smell!


PS. I am an Independent Scentsy Consultant. You need something to make your house smell yummy?! Let me know!

6. What is your favorite body spray and perfume?

I’m a HUGE fan of The Body Shop Body Mist. My favorite for this summer has been the Coconut. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

 

7. What is the weather like where you live in the summer?

I think the words I would use are…HOT AS CRAP.

8. What is your favorite thing about the summer?

The pool! The beach! Being in the water!

9. What are your plans for summer vacation?

Ohhh! I’m going to Jamaica! ;) Yep. BEACH VACATION BABY! The BF i staying home and I’m going away for a week with my spinning buddy, Megan, for some time in the sun. I can’t wait! We have never vacationed together but I just KNOW that it is going to work. We have similar approaches to how we want to spend our free time on vacation…laying around with pina colada in hand!

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Have a blog?! Then I tag you to do this tag! I want to see what your summer faves are!

Have a great weekend! I will see ya on Monday with a week of workouts recap!

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Summer Make-Up Routine

July 5, 2014

Summer is here! Bring on the sweat! I’ve pretty much nailed down my summer make-up routine to about 10 minutes from start to finish. Everything I wear is really easy to apply, great to put into my travel make-up bag and last all day long. I mean, it lasts through swim lessons, sweaty gym sessions […]

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