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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer Makeup (Oily Skin)

With warm weather on the rise means a new makeup routine to keep it from melting off! If you have oily/combination skin (especially in the summer) this post is for you!

I'm still on the hunt for the best affordable oil free primer, but I have used the Makeup Forever matte primer and it's perfect for the summer months (just pricey.)

Foundation: I am currently LOVING Covergirl's new Trublend Matte foundation. It's super affordable, comes in 40 shades and keeps my makeup looking great in hot weather! I recently put it to the test when I wore it to a wedding that turned out to be 85 degrees during the daytime. It lasted all day/night and I didn't have to touch up once! Another tried and true summer foundation for me is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless liquid foundation. It has great coverage and keeps me oil free all day. I apply my foundations with a brush or beauty sponge, my favorite affordable sponge is by Real Techniques. PS- make sure you wet/dampen your sponge before applying your products!

Setting Powder: For oily skin it's key to set your foundation/concealer. It keeps your makeup set and gives you a flawless finish. I've used the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder for years, but it is expensive. I am interested in trying the new Hourglass setting powder, but for now I've been using the most affordable product on the market. It's the Airspun loose setting powder and you can get it at Walmart or Walgreen's. It's under $10 and you get a ton of product! I like the translucent powder the best because it doesn't change the color of my foundation/concealer. Again, I can't emphasize enough the importance of a setting powder, it's a game changer! 

Buy at Walgreens
Buy at Ulta
Buy at Walmart

Friday, May 11, 2018

Austin, TX Trip

I recently went on vacation to Austin, TX. You may be thinking, why Texas? Do you have family there? That is literally what everyone asked me, haha. The answer is, we just wanted to go! My boyfriend visited Austin last year for a bachelor party and he said it was a great city. Lets face it, living in New England all winter can be a little depressing, so I didn't care where I went- as long as it was warm.

We stayed there for 5 days and packed a lot into the trip! Before we left I did a lot of research on the city- where to eat, best places for happy hour, shopping, etc. Luckily I got a lot of info from some lovely Austin bloggers. The Darling Detail had great recommendations! I highly recommend researching a new city before you go, it helps plan out your trip a little better. 

Below I wanted to include every place we hit up and why it was so great! If you end up visiting Austin, I hope this post is a good tool for you!

Lunch-Hopdoddy: Best place for burgers & fries! The truffle fries were AMAZING!
Coffee-Manana: Possibly the best cold brew I've ever had!
Drinks- Parlor Room, Unbarlieviable (legit out of a movie, such a cool bar!), Container bar. These are all located on 6th Street in downtown Austin.
Coffee at Manana

Breakfast-Hillside Farmacy: Amazing brunch, so good we went there twice on our trip! Good to go during the week when it's not packed.
State Capitol/downtown/University of Texas
Outdoor voices: Great activewear store.
Whole Foods: Headquarter's in Austin!
Happy Hour - Irene’s: If you like frose, then you need to stop here!
Torchys tacos: Spicy, but good! I liked the shrimp tacos the best.
Shopping: Impeccable pig: I've never been and only heard of the boutique, so I had to stop by. They have the cutest clothes for any occasion.
State Capitol Building

Frose at Irene's.

Breakfast - Magnolia Table (Waco): One word, decadent.
Silos/Magnolia/Baking Co: This place was absolutely beautiful! We brought tons of goodies home!
Clint Harp Design Co
The Finders
Steel City Pops
Dinner- Eberly: Such a beautiful dinner spot! They actually had a wedding at the restaurant the day we planned to eat there, that's how you know it's beautiful.
Drinks- Gibson

Dinner at Eberly.

Breakfast-Counter cafe
Lake Travis  
Oasis: Great views of Lake Travis!
360 bridge
Barton Springs Pool: If it's hot, I would recommend taking a dip here!
Dinner-Mattie’s: I think this was my favorite place we went to. It was stunning, and they had peacocks that roam the farm!
Broken Spoke: This is a must, even if you don't like to dance- it's just fun to watch!
Amy’s Ice Cream: Recommend the White Chocolate flavor!

Dinner at Mattie's.

Graffiti hill
Tiny Boxwoods: Go for the cookies & lemonade!
Live Oak Brewing Co: Perfectly located near the airport so we hung out there before we caught our flight.
Tiny Boxwoods