Friday, July 25, 2014

Guest Blogger: Rachel's Makeup on a Budget

Hello! My name is Rachel and I blog over at Rachel’s Lookbook, a personal style and beauty blog. I have been obsessed with makeup and trying out new looks since I was in high school, and I feel like I’ve learned a lot over the years. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite drug store products and few more expensive items that I think will benefit someone looking to find a good makeup routine on a budget.
With just a few investments, my makeup routine has gone from 15-20 minutes down to 5-10 minutes (okay this can also depend on how awake I am in the mornings --- coffee is a must)! Most of my picks are budget picks, but I will recommend that you spend a little more up front on a couple things because you will use them every day and they will LAST you a long time.

1. The first thing I would recommend is purchasing a primer. I have had a hard time in the past finding a primer that I didn't break out from or actually seemed to help keep my makeup on longer. I LOVE this one, even though it is a matte wear (when I usually prefer non-matte primers and foundations). It is affordable and a little bit goes a long way! It helps keep my foundation in place and looking less oily at the end of a work day.
2. A foundation brush - you NEED this if you want a perfect application in the least amount of time. While I don't mind applying foundation with my fingers, it just isn't the same as a brush. Plus, then you have to wash your hands and be careful with touching your clothes or other things around you. With my brush, I simply put some foundation on top, rub it in within 30 sec - a minute my foundation looks perfect. Even with redness, acne scars and new breakouts, my face looks 10x better when I apply with my brush. This is one of the most expensive products I will recommend, but it is worth it. At first, I didn't love how big the brush was, but the more I use it, the more I've gotten used to it and love how it leaves my skin looking.
3. Foundation - Well now you're wondering, what foundation do I use on this brush? I have been using this well-loved drug store foundation for over a month now. And I am ALSO in love. It is another matte foundation (not usually what I like to wear) but I actually love this one and it is great for the work week. Blends well, stays on well and gives great coverage without feeling like your makeup is caked on. I still love this drug-store foundation and use it when I want to achieve a glowier look!
4. Finishing Powder - During the work week, I want my look to stay put and end up with the least amount of oil on my face at the end of the day (especially during the summer)! I always finish my foundation with a little bit of powder. I don't use a special brush for this because I am using very little and just want to set my look!
5. Blush helps intensify my look (aka makes me look awake) so using a little bit of powder blush over your powder on the apples of your cheeks. While Tarte will always be my number blush choice, I do like this drug-store blush in Pale Peach!
6. An eye shadow palette - this is another recommendation that is going to cost you more up front but is TOTALLY worth it. Eye shadow palettes allow you to create an overall makeup look, whether light and simple for work, or an extreme smokey eye for the weekend, without having to grab for multiple eye shadows and cluttering your counter. I have only used the first Naked Palette, but I totally love it and would buy it again. It makes my life so easy in the morning. I'm not sure if Naked 2 or Naked 3 would be better, but look at the colors. I love the first one because it has a dark gray and black color that I use on the weekends and plenty of highlight colors. Trust me I had never spent that much on an eye shadow palette before, but two years later I still use it every day. Plus, there are plenty of YouTube videos out there to show you how to master the palette!
Sometimes breaking up how much you use something in a month or even year helps me justify the price. If you don't feel comfortable spending that much, I also love these trios.
7. I think mascara and eyeliner can depend on your eyelashes and what you are comfortable with. I still haven't found a better drug-store mascara for me and I use a gel eyeliner because it usually stays better throughout the day (otherwise I'm wiping off black smudges when I use a pencil). I love the look a pencil gives for a smokey eye, but for precision and a great sleek look, teach yourself how to use gel or liquid liner! This is my favorite and what I taught myself using. Again, a little more expensive, but I think if you are teaching yourself, something with a better applicator and something that won't stick to your eyelids is the best idea!
Here is another option... it has great reviews and is half the price!
8. Setting spray! If you want your makeup to last all day without touch ups, I would highly recommend a setting spray! (like hair spray for your hair) I have used and loved this setting spray. I have not tried any other makeup setting sprays, so if you have your own recommendations, let me know! You can purchase the travel size to get an idea of how it will work! And YES if you want your makeup to last as long as possible, I definitely recommend both a primer AND a setting spray. While these aren't necessary, you will see a noticeable difference in the appearance of your makeup at the end of the day if you use one or both.
If you have any questions or beauty post request, feel free to let me know! I love talking about beauty products and although I haven't been making as many YouTube videos as I want, I feel like that will be in the process soon! Just need some better lighting and mirror set up to do full makeup tutorials!Thank you so much Jewel for allowing me to guest post today! It was so fun!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Curly Fro & Mirrored Sunnies


Today's kind of a short post. Just checking in. I wore this outfit to work a few weeks ago. Speaking of work, it's been nice to have an actual break from work and just relax.  Since most of my posts are prescheudled. Stay up to date with me through my instagram.

xx,
Jewel

Pants/H&M| Tee:f21| Bag:Calvin Klein

Monday, July 21, 2014

Marciano Silk Dress


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What I'm Wearing
Dress:Marciano/ sold out (Cute & Cheaper Alternate) Heels:Zara (old) Clutch:TJMaxx/old


My affinity for Blue continues with this gorgeous blue silk dress by Marciano. The minute I laid eyes on this dress, I knew I had to have it. It was however, quite pricey. Lucky for me, it happened to be on Sale at Macys, so naturally it came home with me.  It's a bit on the shorter side, so boyshorts are a must. Overall, The beaded detail at the sleeves, the scalloped back, makes this dress perfect for a nice summer day. 

I hope you're all have a great Summer!
Thanks for stopping by!
xx,
Jewel

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bohemian Mama

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What I'm Wearing:
Top: TJMaxx (similar) White Denim: H&M (similar styleBag Sunnies: Tommy Hilfiger (similar)



I think this is my new favorite top, and no not just because it's blue. Although, that is why I purchased it. I love the Bohemian feel of it and how perfect it is for Summer. Since it's showing quite a bit of skin, I decided to pair it with white crisp skinnies to balance things out. Less is more, but not in this case/ I've worn this top twice in three days. First with a high waisted skirt, and with this look, I slipped on a blue Cami to cover my belly for a dinner I went to.
 Can't wait to wear this top to the beach for some fun and relaxation. Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to follow along on  insta for details of my trip. I'll be doing a recap when I return, here on the blog/
xx,
Jewel
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guest Blogger: Rachelle's Summer Go To Looks


Hey guys! Rachelle here from PinkSole, I'm taking over Jewel's blog today while she's having the time of her life. Living in South Florida, dressing up for a night-out or just to hangout with friends can be quite challenging as it gets oh so hot. Really less is more but you don't want to overexpose any body parts. Below are some of my go-to looks:3-three-goto-perfect-summer-outfits, style optimist blog, pinksole, blog
Outfit 1: studs || tank || sunglasses || shorts || sandals
Outfit 2: earrings || dress || rings || sandals
Outfit 3: earrings || top || skirt || sandals
Hope you guys find these outfits helpful and thank you so much Jewel for having me.
xoxo
Rachelle

Monday, July 14, 2014

Red, White & Blue







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I've worn this floral Vince Camuto Blazer too many times to count and I can't get enough of it. Super light weight, which is perfect for Summer. Actually, I wore the pants and blazer in this POST. In the patriotic spirit, last weekend, I added my favorite blue heels with my Phillip Lim Pashli to complete my look.

I'm flying to Africa (Liberia) right now, and I'm both nervous and excited. Long plane rides can be anxiety producing but I'm excited visit after 15 years. Looking forward to seeing my grandmother, aunts, uncle, cousins, the whole works. Oh and my daddy, whom I haven't seen in a year. 
I have some guest posts coming your way, so be sure to visit tomorrow and follow my African Adventures on Instagram!
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Thanks for stopping by!
xx,
Jewel



Thursday, July 10, 2014

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I've been wearing my hair in a bun for over a week now; it's just easy and perfect for those lazy hair weeks!
I wore this LeTote Dress for a court hearing today. I have to admit, I was a bit on the fence about it because it showed some legs, but I think the sleeves added a good balance.  I've gotten quite a few boxes from LeTote and I really enjoy the pieces they've send me. (I'm taking this dress to Liberia and Paris) They recently added some House of Harlow jewelry, and they're pretty amazing.  
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