Beauty Brunch: What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag?

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What do you bring with you when you are on vacation? Do you pack all the necessary skincare, makeup and hair products? Or do you bring the bare minimum?

Road tripping is definitely different from air travel, I don’t have any restrictions on size and number of products, but I didn’t want to overpack! So here is everything I packed on my trip to Colorado.

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To be honest a few of the things were packed in hopes of finally using them up, which actually did happen with a couple of the products.

Do you think I overpacked or didn’t pack enough? What’s in your travel makeup bag?


Colorado, Chicago, Glamorama

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Hey everyone! This is a quick update about the next month of my life!

Sam and I are in Colorado this week! Yay road trip!!! And I need you to tell me where to go thrifting! I’ll be in Denver and Colorado Springs area, and want to make sure I get a chance to check out the best local thrift stores between hiking and biking and the rest of my vacationing!

I will be back in the Cities August 1 to head to Macy’s Glamorama! An exciting event that benefits a great cause. Give me a shoutout if you are going to be there!

A trip to Chicago is next! And once again I want to see you, meet you and check out the best local thrift stores! I am already making plans with a few of my blogger friends, but I am sure I’ll have time for you too!

And I have just found out that I will be in the Quad Cities for a couple days as well!

Summer is still not over ;) Go get out there and have fun!

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My friend Jameson of Lessons with Coffee is having a garage sale this weekend. It’s absolutely amazing! shopped it last night and had a blast. Honestly this post wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for that garage sale.

I bought the metallic Ann Taylor skirt, and the vintage pink top I am wearing in the first look there (among other things  of course!)

I’ve also noticed the tendency to post two looks on Thrift Style Thursdays. It might be a coincidence, but let me know if you like it, and I’ll keep styling one item in different ways.

Also, exciting news Thrift Style Thursday now has it’s own Facebook page! So join in!

Happy weekend early everyone! I am off to Colorado tomorrow! Yay road trip!

For more Thrift Style Thursday metallic interpretations check out:

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Alligator Toe // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo //
That Cheap Bitch//Nuttier than Nutella //
Lipstick and Yarn

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Effortless Summer Beauty: Hair, Lips and Nails

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WalgreensBeauty #CollectiveBias

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I love summer for many reasons, but one of the main ones is how effortless I can be with my makeup looks. Summer is when all the eyeshadow palettes get put away, and all I focus on, as you may have guessed from the post title, are hair lips and nails. One of the main reasons why I give up on the eyeshadow for the summer is because of sunglasses. As much as I love and enjoy putting on and wearing eye makeup, I cut back on it big time. Foundation, Mascara (Maybelline Volum’Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara is the new summer favorite), Eyebrow pencil, Powder and Blush is what my summer beauty routine consists of.

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I absolutely adore nail polish, and have quiet an extensive collection. But I never seem to have time for it. So for the past two weeks I’ve been making an effort and putting on a different color every few days. I didn’t wear nail polish on my nails for about a day, and couldn’t stand looking at my nails, they looked so sad. And of course with Essie and it’s amazing colors, like Sunday Funday, every day is a celebration.

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Putting on lipstick has always been like putting on confidence. Lipstick helps you stand out. Lipstick is a great conversation starter. Lipstick helps make friends. Lipstick speaks for itself. But this time I went with Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene. I wanted my lips to stay moisturized and my color to be long lasting without the stickiness of the gloss. This beautiful deep red lip color makes me feel beautiful, I couldn’t ask for more.

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I love shopping for beauty products at Walgreens, they always have the latest trends, plus brands that I can’t find anywhere else, like this Mark Hill Fabulous Finish Hairspray. It was love at first sight. The packaging, the scent, the finish, the way my hair looks and feels. I have found my new must have. The whole Mark Hill line actually seemed very appealing to me and I would love to feature them on my blog in the future. And the fact that Mark Hill is an actual person and one of Britain’s Favorite Celebrity Hairdressers, makes me obsessed with him even more. I was also pleasantly surprised by the prices on this salon line.  And because I shopped Walgreens, I earned points towards my next rewards. Gotta love my Balance Rewards Card!

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How would you summarize your summer beauty routine? What do you skip out on or add to the routine?

Also now through 8/30 Get a Gift With Purchase at Walgreens – FREE travel-size make-up brush set with any $20 beauty and personal care purchase (excluding baby category). Get a coupon by texting a code or visiting Walgreens website.

Twin Cities Travelin’: Guthrie Theater and Stone Arch Bridge

Hands down, hanging out with Jameson of Lessons with Coffee for our Twin Cities Travelin’ series has been amazing, but on my Birthday! Double win! I had an amazing day, because St Anthony Main is one of my favorite places in the cities, but I’ve never been to Guthrie!

We started the day off with breakfast and mochas at Wild Roast Cafe, because Aster Cafe didn’t open till later, and you know us, teachers, we are early birds. That’s actually is only true on Jameson’s part, because I have been feeling like sleeping can easily be my superpower these days. A little about the food at the cafe. The mochas were amazing, but too sweet in the end. My creme brûlée french toast was more like a french toasted half a loaf of home made bread, but delicious. So yes to the toast, no to mocha! Unless you really like sugar!

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Jameson also surprised me with some Birthday presents. I knew what they were going to be, but had no idea what they would look like. But from now on, I demand that everyone gets Marc Jacobs dresses and Coach purses on their Birthdays!

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Then we walked across the Stone Arch Bridge towards Guthrie, it was perfect fall weather in July, which ended around 1 pm. I think by now Jameson and I have mastered the art of taking self-shooters and selfies. Sometimes we set my camera up on a picnic table, sometimes on the foundation of an electric tower. Tripods? No, haven’t heard :)

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Guthrie was amazing and a little psychedelic. I always loved that place for the huge picture of Anton Chekov which you can see from across the river. Russian Culture is something I’ve always been proud of.

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Inside we walked the halls decorated with photos from the plays past, took pictures, and said hi to some ghosts.

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If you haven’t been inside the Guthrie theater, you must go today! Now only to see a play there!

And of course we walked down to the Mills Ruin Park. Every time I go there I think about what life was like 100 + years ago. And sometimes I want to be taken to that era for a day, detox from all the social media, the phone, the modern day life.

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And that’s a wrap! I am so sad I’ll have to miss out on the next 2 weeks, because I am leaving for Colorado on Friday. But I will be back in time for Glamorama!  So don’t miss me too much, Twin Cities!

Z & J

PS. Don’t forget to enter my new giveaway to win a makeup brush set, and the winner of my See’s Candies giveaway  is Nout! So congrats girl! I hope I made your day sweeter!

Beauty Brunch: Mail Call

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Having spent 2 summers working at a camp, I am very familiar with mail call. Were I at camp this week, I would’ve had to sing once a day every day, if not twice a day for all my packages. I do love getting mail, but you don’t want to hear my singing voice, trust me.

From makeup to nail polish, to hair removal products, I got a lot of new stuff to try in the mail. I don’t really know where to begin, so let’s start with Sigma Standout Eyes collection of 6 gel eyeliners.

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Just in case you didn’t know, Sigma is a local company that first became known for their makeup brushes (at least to me, via YouTube). Now that they have added lines of well-pigmented and high-quality makeup, I like them even more. Last week I received this amazing set of gel liners in the mail. And let me tell you, the cat eye challenge is on! The set included liners in: Wicked (blackest black), Liberally Toasted (toasty warm brown), Stunningly Ladylike (dark brown-black), Standout Peacock (deep indigo blue), Royally Striking (true purple), and Unexpected (neutral stony grey). The colors are long-wearing, opaque, and saturated. All gel liners are versatile, yet unique and unexpected with intense pigmentation and a smooth, fluid-like finish. It also included two brushes: E06 Winged Liner Brush, which creates the perfect winged liner, and E68 Line Perfector Brush, for controlled liner application with powder products. I can’t wait to show you the makeup looks I’ll be creating with these liners and my other Sigma products. Use the hashtag – #standouteyes on social media for inspiration.

Next let’s talk about Luuux Makeup Brushes. I got 3 sets of those (yes, THREE!) and will be giving 2 of those away! One in today’s post, one on Instagram. So if you need makeup brushes, make sure to enter and get your hands on a pretty cool set, which includes: L150 Large Powder Brush, L187 Stippling Brush, L116 Blush Brush, L190 Foundation Brush, L224 Eyeshadow Blending Brush, L195 Concealer Brush, L239 Blending Brush, L242 Eyeshadow Brush, L219 The Pencil Brush, L217 Eyeshadow and blending brush, L208 angled brush, L316 Lip Brush.

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Since I will be quitting my job in the next month or so, I knew I wanted to order hand made all natural soaps from one of the teachers. She’s given me a couple before to try, and I loved them. When she brought me a box of 10 different scents on Wednesday, I knew I wanted them all. Connie started making soaps several years ago as a necessity, not a hobby. She had several health issues caused by chemicals found in every day beauty products. And that’s how her soaps came to be. To learn more about Connie’s soaps email her at conniejwelch@hotmail.com

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I am also excited to try these Completely Bare products that I got through Klout. I am always looking for alternative hair removal ways, as I seem to cut myself every time I shave with a razor. I am especially interested in the Body Moisturizer & Hair Inhibitor, it’s Lemon Grass and Green Tea scented, and promises to help reduce hair density by as much as 50%, reduce hair length by as much as 30%, reduce hair growth by as much as 55% in 28 days. I remember using a product like this before (about 5-6 years ago), and I really liked it. I’ll definitely keep you posted on this one.

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And, finally, I received some products from Gerard’s to try out, and I will write a separate post on those. But how cool does Caviar cream sound? So stay tuned!

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Dainty

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I feel like my style is anything but dainty. I love oversized, baggy shirts and sweaters with skinny jeans and boots; boots with dresses, anything that’s hippie/boho like – that’s up my alley. But dainty? I don’t think so. Needless to say, this post and putting outfits together for it stressed me out quiet a lot. But I pulled myself together, and put together two looks, that I hope, summarize my interpretation of “dainty”.

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Have you notices that I’ve been absolutely in love with my Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag? I tend to obsess over the things I buy for myself.

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And don’t forget to check other #ThriftStyleThursday posts for more inspiration! 

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Alligator Toe // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Nuttier than Nutella //
Lipstick and Yarn

And a big warm welcome to our newest thrifty stylist: That Cheap Bitch

 

 

 

The Frye

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Some of you may know that yesterday was my Birthday. And, just like that I got myself a pair of Frye boots. I can’t say I always wanted ones, and have been dying to get my hands on them, but at the right place and the right time, well, now I own a pair. And just like that, they walk me now.

Hope you all had a great day!

Love, have fun and Frye!

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Made to Move: Carefree Feminine Care

This #FreeToMove shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

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Summers are exciting and fun. My summers are full of activities. Every day brings something new and challenging, every day I push myself a little more. I will admit, sometimes I do regret not spending a couple extra hours in bed, sleeping, relaxing, or reading a book. But summer is the time to be active. Summers here are spent on the go, and I don’t want my period to get in the way. Among pads, tampons and other feminine care products available on the market today, Stayfree always stood out, and has been my go to brand since New York City days.

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I would spend all day running around Manhattan, attending events, meeting with friends, going for walks, runs or bike rides, and never have to second guess Stayfree Ultra Thin Regular.

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When the same brand came out with Stayfree Overnight pads, I knew I could cross off another concern off my list.

Now, no matter whether I am running around at work, or getting ready to jump back into college life, or being a tourist in my own town working on Twin Cities Travelin’ post, I know Stayfree won’t let me down.

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Stayfree Ultra Thin regular and Stayfree Overnight are available at Walmart, and what’s even better now is a $5 Walmart eGift card reward will be given to you when you buy any 3 products – Stayfree, Carefree, or o.b. – so stock up, ladies! I will be honest, I am finally getting the hang of shopping at Walmart. And the products that I purchased will last me a few months. So it’s a win-win on my end.

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Twin Cities Travelin’: Como Zoo and St Paul

Tuesdays have become one of my favorite days of the week. Aside from having Tuesdays Off (that’s my Tumblr btw ;) ) I get to spend them with Jameson of Lessons with Coffee and explore Twin Cities like never before.

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Last week we went to Como Zoo, and since I’ve been there multiple times on field trips with kids from work, I knew I wanted to visit Conservatory Gardens. We did however tried to take a picture of giraffes walking outside through the fence, to which a little girl told us that we have to walk around and go through the entrance to do that.

The Conservatory Gardens was a lot of what I expected and more. The inside is beautiful, but I think the Japanese Garden was my favorite, including the bonsai exhibit. Did you know that all bonsai trees are shaped like a triangle? And sometimes there are accent plants that can’t be higher than the top of the pot next to them? I learned so much that day. We met a really helpful volunteer, who told us about the Japanese tea ceremony and the tea house. I love tea, but I don’t think I could drink that green tea that they serve there.

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After we visited the Conservatory Gardens the plan was to stop by The Russian Tea House on University Ave. But apparently that place is only open on Fridays 11-3! Too bad, so sad! And I was!

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So instead we stopped by Second Debut, took pictures in front of the awesome mural. And then drove to Grand Ave and ate lunch at Salut!

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Stay tuned for the nest Twin Cities Travelin’, it’ll be my Birthday edition one! Until then – Have fun!

Z & J

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