Spring is coming to an end and Summer is right around the corner! At least that’s what the calendar will have you believe. Personally, we’ve been carting our umbrellas around every day. Not that a little rain (a crap ton actually) has stopped us from adding a little bit of spring into our make up game! Pictured above are some of our current favorites.
The cushion compact foundation had already been a big trend in Korea before taking off here in the US. The L’oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation ($16.99, Ulta) is a great drug store option. It offers light to medium coverage with the option to build it up for those not so great skin days. The finish is luminous, but not oily. Although, I find it works better for me if I set my t-zone afterwards, but I lean towards the oilier side. You girls with normal to dry skin may not have to. Now I didn’t really care for the sponge applicator so I’ve been applying this with my trusty Real Techniques expert face brush and it works great. Of course that very well could’ve been a user error.
The next product up on the menu is Wet n Wild’s limited edition Mega Glo Highlighting Powder($3.99, Walgreens). I questioned even putting this on the list because it is currently sold out, but if there is ever a chance that you come across this product I would definitely recommend picking it up. This highlighter is high quality with a drugstore price tag. Applying it is super quick because it literally takes a couple swipes with makeup brush and you have enough pigmentation to last for hours. It also gives you just the right amount of shimmer, without any of the glitter or sparkles that are way too common in other highlighting products.
For you nail polish junkies I have something you may want to add to your collection. I received this Ella + Mila Bon Bon nail polish in the color Pistache ($10.50, Boxycharm.com) in my May Boxycharm box. I love the color of this polish! If ever there was a color that screamed spring this is it. It’s the perfect light sea foam green that was missing in your pastel line up. I must say I first found the application to be pretty average. The first layer went on a little streaky, but it was easy to layer and overall the final effect was pretty good. Another plus is that it surprisingly fast drying and so far I’ve had this bad boy on my toes for a week with zero chips as of yet!
We have to admit that this next recommendation wasn’t a discovery of ours. We first heard about the Mac Kohl eye liner in Costa Riche ($16.50, MAC Cosmetics) from YouTube’s Kathleenlights. You may or may not have heard from her. She’s not that well known;) The bronzey chocolate eye liner makes for a great summer eye liner because it makes your eyes pop without the intensity of a black eye liner that may be too much effort for just a casual summer evening hanging out with friends. Kathleen swears by it because it makes her green eyes pop, but we find it doesn’t look half bad on us brown-eyed gals!
Lastly in this post, but not in our hearts is the new reformulated Make Up Geek blush ($15.00, Boxycharm.com, Makeupgeek.com). Pictured above is the shade XOXO. This was my favorite item from May’s Boxycharm box. The formula is incredibly pigmented and smooth. And by pigmented I mean I barely swirled the brush into the product, tapped several times, and STILL had more than enough product for both cheeks. The formula is one of the best, if not the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning. We seriously can’t wait to get our hands on more shades!
Thanks for reading and please comment below with what products you’ve been having a spring fling with this year!
Six years. That’s how long it had been since our last family summer vacation. This was one of the reasons why when a California trip was brought up, we jumped on the opportunity immediately. We had originally planned on making a road trip out of it to catch a few all-american sights, but we ended up flying for the sake of spending a couple of more days in sunny California.
San Diego here we come!
We began our trip on a Saturday at 4am, and after just a few hours (and some flight delays) we were ready to get our first official day started in San Diego California. Our first stop was Old Town San Diego where savory Mexican food was the only thing on our minds. Once we indulged that little craving we decided to take in the sights that Old Town had to offer. Because honestly wandering around aimlessly is all our sleep deprived minds allowed us to do.
Vibrant views at Old town San Diego
Bailables in Old Town
After a full nights rest (and large breakfast), we began day 2 with a mini road trip to the small town of Perris California to catch up with family members we hadn’t seen in several years.
On day 3 we discovered we all had different priorities (surprisingly.) and split up. Half of us were off to Legoland and the rest, including us, were off to explore San Diego’s famous Balboa Park. We began with the Spanish Village Arts Center where we loaded up on postcards and plenty of artsy shots. Afterwards, we headed to a few historical sights including Casa del Prado and Plaza de Panama architectural house. We ended our walk at the gorgeous and lush Japanese Friendship Garden. We think it’s safe to say that we more than fulfilled our instagram picture quota as well as our pedometer goal for the day!
Spanish Village Arts Center
Japanese friendship garden at Balboa Park
It only took us four days, but we finally made it to the beach. The fourth day might have been the most productive for us because not only did we spend time hiking at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, but we also had the chance to do a little shopping. And by little we mean we may have left some of our favorite stores just a little barer around the shelves.
Torrey Pines State Park
One of the highlights of the trip was definitely the trip to Universal Studios. We’ll admit there was some initial disappointment over the lack of Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, but there was more than plenty to do and see at the amusement park. The rides were a blast and we also had a chance to take the Universal Studios tour where we saw where the Mindy Project, Parenthood, How I Met Your Mother, and various other shows and movies were filmed.
A little piece of the L.A. skyline
Moulin Rouge at Universal Studios
The rest of the trip was filled with lots of pool time, shopping, food and beach trips. On the last day we tired to fit in as much as possible. This included a trip to downtown San Diego where we may or may not have lost our car. We also fit in one more visit to the beach by way of Coronado Beach!
Before we go any further we really do want to apologize for our absence. These past few weeks have been even busier than usual between finals, work, family and still trying to have somewhat of a social life, we have extremely neglected onsundayafternoon and you guys. Now we’re here to tell you that we are back and hopefully better than ever.
It is my first official day of summer and instead of packing for home, I have decided to catch you up a little and just fill you in on what is coming up next, because we are extremely excited for our future. We began this project as a way to de-stress and express ourselves. Which is why we started a lifestyle blog becasue we truly want to talk about all of our hobbies and some of our favorite life experiences. So be on the lookout for fashion, food, books, health and maybe even a summer vacation!