Go Incognito

Living in perpetually sunny SoCal sunglasses are not just an accessory but, a must have item. I wanted to share a few of my current favorites (in no particular order).

Melt Sunglasses Metal Mirrored Aviators : These have flat metal frames and super dark lenses; so perfect for the days you want to be incognito or as an addition to your RBF, ha. The only drawback? They’re heavy! I only wear these when I know I won’t be wearing them hours on end because my nose bridge ends up red and sore. These come with a slim case and a polishing cloth.

Quay Australia High Key 65mm : Yes, every style/beauty blogger has these. Can you blame them? Shown here are the black/fade (so chic!) and green/gold colorways. I’m not usually a fan of gold but I love how olive-green frames look with the gold mirrored lenses. It’s different yet still neutral.
I also dig the (obnoxious? lol) oversized frames as they help my round face/big cheeks look smaller, ha. At $65 they’re a little on the pricey side but, still affordable compared to other brands (Ray-Ban etc). My favorite part? The clear cases. It’s genius!

Forever21 : If you search their website for oversized square framed sunglasses this basic style will pop up from time to time. When they are in stock I buy two or three at a time because they’re usually under $6! Can’t go wrong with these, as they go with everything. Plus, they’re plastic and very lightweight.
Also, if you’re anything like me, you always have a backup/cheap pair of sunglasses in the glove box of your car. These inexpensive F21 shades above are perfect for this. I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten, lost, dropped, cracked/broken (thanks kids!) my sunglasses.

Nordstrom BP 60mm Oversized Aviators : For only $14 these are a budget friendly (albeit slightly smaller) option to the über popular Quay/Desi High Keys. They’re lightweight despite being metal which is a plus. It’s also available in ‘rainbow’ and ‘smoke’.

Always be prepared to block out those harmful UVAs and look fabulous doing so! 🕶

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Evening Skincare

My current nighttime/PM skincare routine includes the following (in order) :

Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser
Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner
Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Lift Cream
Herbivore Botanicals Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment
Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix facial oil
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Twice a week (when I have time, really) I incorporate Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Instant Glow mask. This mask is a game changer! Full review for the HB line to come.

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Morning Skincare

My current morning/AM skincare routine includes the following products (in order):

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner
Deciem/The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ (for dryness, fine lines, dullness)
Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Rose Water Moisture Cremè
Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity eye cream
Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer SPF 30
Dr. Jart Tigergrass Cicapair Color Correcting Treatment (nose, chin area)
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (love!)

It may seem like a lot but, it takes about 10 minutes (if the kids are being nice to each other lol) every morning. I double up on moisturizer because I’ve yet to find one w/ SPF that my skin likes.

Afterwards, I apply makeup (usually just concealer, a cream blush, do my brows) then hair.

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Influenster : Bare Minerals Made 2 Fit Foundation

innovative concept
love the customized bottle
app is user friendly
applies smooth
money back guarantee

getting a perfect match can be tricky
made my skin oily


I wanted to love this foundation because it is such a neat concept. To be able to use an app to get your exact skin tone and shade for a foundation is exactly what the makeup/beauty industry is missing. Unfortunately, there are some kinks to be ironed out.

The app itself looks great and is easy to use. Directions are clear, concise and I didn’t experience any issues while scanning myself. I received my customized bottle of foundation right away. Packaging is great; the glass bottle comes with a pump which is always a plus.

The foundation itself is light weight. It applies smoothly and I’d say the coverage is about light to medium. I used one full pump, dotted it all over and used a beauty sponge to blend. If you want full coverage, you will need to apply another layer where needed.

As for the color/shade, it wasn’t a perfect match but it was close enough to where I didn’t feel I needed to send it back. However, should there be an issue with that Bare Minerals will happily replace your bottle with the correct shade (provided you go through color matching via the app again). That’s a plus since it runs about $50 a pop.

I did notice it oxidized somewhat as I went about my day. I find that Bare Minerals formulations (the original powder kind) tend to do that on me as a rule. Something to consider if you don’t get an exact match. I normally have dry skin but, this formula made my T-zone oilier than usual.

All in all, it’s just ok. I love the concept but, it will be a challenge for the app to match everyone perfectly every time. Perhaps sending out two sample sized shades at first would be worth the extra expense on their end. I guess we’ll see what happens going forward.

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Influenster : Bare Minerals BarePro 16hr Concealer

nice color range
good coverage
good for undereye area and spot concealing

formula is a little dry
can crease around fine lines
can get streaky/patchy at 8hr mark
not much product in tube


Lucky me got to try out the new BarePro concealer by Bare Minerals via Influenster. I received the color ‘Light/Medium-Neutral 05’ (which I think is a good color match of my trusty Nars concealer in ‘Custard’). I normally use ‘creamy’ concealers (in tubes or pots) so this is my first time trying a stick version.

I applied it after I moisturizing (but without primer) to see how it would perform. I found the formula to be a little dry at first swipe. Once I used it again, it went on smooth and didn’t tug my skin. However, I was able to blend it in with a bit of work. I recommend using your fingers in lieu of a beauty sponge as the warmth of your skin will help melt and evenly distribute product.

Coverage was pretty good and it is buildable without feeling heavy. It noticed it lessened the redness around my eyes and helped brighten the area. I didn’t notice any creasing, cakey-ness or fading after 4 hours BUT, around the 8 hour mark it was starting to crease where I have fine lines and there was some patchiness. 16 hours is quite a claim to make but hey, YMMV.

Overall, I like it and will continue to use it in conjunction with other concealers.

[ I received this complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my honest/unbiased review. ]

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Influenster : Hourglass Arch Brow

stays in place
good color payoff
color is perfect, not too red
great brush

won’t do much if you have sparse brows

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure this brow gel would benefit me as I have sparse brows but, I was pleasantly surprised. It worked better than the ABH brow gel I’ve been using to keep strands in place. The color, Soft Brunette, was a good match for me. It wasn’t too red and was just ashy enough. I don’t think it thickened my brow hairs though but again, YMMV. I liked how there are different bristle lengths to distribute product evenly.

[ I received this #complimentary from @Influenster in exchange for my honest/unbiased review. ]

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