Back to School Makeup Must-Haves

Hi there readers!

Well it’s after Labor Day, which we all know means it’s time to head back to school (NOOOOO). One of my favorite things to do during this time is to watch my favorite YouTubers post their back to school videos, with ideas for easy to pack lunches, quick hairstyles, and you guessed it…makeup looks! I thought it would be a fun to show you guys what my favorite makeup products are in case your stash needs a bit of a pick me up (or you need retail therapy because you are already up to your eyeballs with work). Let me know if you have tried any of these products!

1.) The Beauty Blender
I KNOW. I KNOW. EVERYONE is talking about the Beauty Blender. And for a good reason! The Beauty Blender is a blending sponge that is useful for a seamless foundation application. To use it, you run it under water while squeezing the sponge to absorb the water, and then squeeze out any excess until the sponge is damp. I like to use the wider end of the Beauty Blender to blend my cream contour, and the tapered end to blend out my concealer. It’s perfect to toss into a bag because it can multitask! Other uses include applying cream blush or a cream highlight. http://amzn.to/1Qn9kGZ

 

Beauty Blender via Amazon
Beauty Blender via Amazon


2.) Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

This is such a lifesaver! Nothing is worse than having your makeup on fleek, going to classes all day and running around like a nutcase, and then coming home and realizing that your makeup melted down to your kneecaps and you look like the scary matchmaker from Mulan (see picture below). Urban Decay’s Chill Makeup Setting Spray not only is refreshing and cooling, but also helps your makeup last all day long! http://amzn.to/1KD7KlC
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3.) Fresh: Sugar Lip Treatment

Okay, okay I know it’s a bit (err very) expensive for a lip balm, but Fresh has the most delicious smelling lip balm with SPF 15, moisturizing oils, real sugar, and no parabens! It is soooo moisturizing and is definitely helpful when the weather gets nippy and you want to keep your lips smoother than a baby’s bottom. It’s definitely a worthy splurge. http://amzn.to/1OwKByJ

via Amazon
via Amazon


4.) NYX Lipsticks

BUY THEM ALL! NYX is one of my go to lipstick brands because of their inexpensive pricing and amazing selection of shades. I love to try new colors, but hate committing to a price, and that is why I am a devoted fan of NYX products! In addition, their lipsticks are extremely moisturizing (believe me…I have eczema on my lips…TMI I know…)and it is one of the only lipsticks that I think applies super smooth and doesn’t totally dry out my lips. http://amzn.to/1FwYZSI

via Amazon
via Amazon

Let me know what your favorite beauty products are from back to school! If you try any from my list, let me know if you like them!




Top tips to help you say yes to the dress!

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Throughout my three years working at an esteemed bridal store, there is MUCH that I have learned about wedding dress shopping. From who to bring (and not to bring), how to prepare before your appointment, and how to interact with your consultant, I have so much to share! Weddings can be stressful, but they shouldn’t be! You have no idea how many girls come to buy their dream dress and are absolutely terrified! So if I can make dress shopping any easier for you or for the bride-to-be in your life, it would be my pleasure. Here are some top tips for making your dress selection one of the best memories of your life!

1.) Bring as few people as possible!

You have no idea how many times I see a bride-to-be bring a HUGEEEE entourage to her dress selection appointment. While more may sometimes be merrier, this isn’t really the case. More people means more opinions, which usually ends up making the experience a lot more stressful than it needs to be. I only recommend bringing three people (at most) to your appointment, especially if you have a hard time ignoring the opinions of others. It takes a very specific bride to be able to choose the dress that SHE loves despite what others in her group may think. And make sure if the salon allows pictures to be taken that no one posts your dream gown on social media!!

 

2.) Pregame!

No, I do not mean come to your appointment in a drunken stupor (you will surely regret whatever you pick, I promise). What I mean to say is that if you have no idea what kind of gown you want, you should try some gowns on in a smaller boutique before heading to any larger stores. It will make it much easier to narrow down what silhouette you are going for, and will bring much more focus to your following appointment…Which brings me to…

 

3.) Tell your consultant EVERYTHING.

Since when is being picky bad? I personally love a bride who has a vision and knows what she likes and what she isn’t so found of in a wedding gown. It makes the dress shopping experience much more productive! That doesn’t mean that she may change her mind (it happens ALLL the time), but the more specific the better!

 

4.) IT’S OKAY TO CHANGE YOUR VISION!

This is a MAJOR tip. I have so many brides who end up picking a gown that was everything that they didn’t want. Usually, we have a conversation that involves the bride hemming and hawing because she just can’t believe that she loves something that she swore she wouldn’t wear down the aisle. It’s a-okay to change your vision! As long as your most beautiful when walking down the aisle, that is all that matters!

 

5.) Undergarments are important!

When shopping for a dress, be sure to wear full coverage seamless nude underwear (it makes measuring much more pleasant for us and the seamless variety ensures no weird panty lines for you, and I mean really who wants to see your red underwear through the white gown you are wearing? It makes imagining walking down the aisle very very difficult!). Also bring any kind of special bras or shape wear that you may wear under a gown, and a pair of shoes just in case the salon doesn’t offer sample pairs to try with the dresses.

 

I hope that you find these tips helpful and that your gown searching is fun and as stress-free as possible! Now that we have that covered, comment below with stories about your wedding dress shopping adventures!