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Makeup Essesntials

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I spent five years working in the beauty business as a beauty consultant for a large, high end cosmetic company. I learned alot about products, ingredients, application, and sadly, immense insecurities. Truth be told, it got to be too much for me. I love makeup, but I wear it to enhance by skin and express my personality, not to hide or cover any imperfections. An older woman I worked with told me something I'll never forget, "Honey, there is no amount of makeup that can cover up insecurity, nastiness, or shallowness. That sh** shines through the thickest of formulas." And she's right. Wear make up because it makes you feel good, not because you feel you have to in order to be beautiful. Outside beauty only goes so far, right?! 
That being said, the above picture is what I consider essentials. A good primer (love Baby Skin), a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, mineral powder (especially if you're oily, like me), concealer and highlighter built in with a brush (May…

Shopping Tips to Make the Most of Your Money

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Make a budget. I usually tell myself I will not spend more than $40, or if it helps you, take a certain amount of cash only, so you are not tempted.Have an idea of what you are looking for, take an inventory of your closet before you leave. I know I constantly forget how many polka dot shirts I own and have a hard time resisting one if I don't look at my closet first. Think multi-tasking. Buy pieces that can be flexible for work and for nights out. More bang for your buck!Don't buy something just because it is on sale, buy it because it will be useful and go a long way. Money is money, even if only $5, it all adds up rather quickly at the register. This may seem super dorky, but I keep a notebook in my purse of things I'd like to add to my wardrobe. I take a gander at my notebook before I shop, keep my buget in mind, and see how lucky I am. Be patient. Buying second hand and/or clearance takes patience to wait for the right price or the right piece, but for me, that is whe…

All Hail to the Blazer

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There are certain items in my closet that I adore. This plaid blazer is one of them. I snagged this at Target for $7.48 last year and every time I wear it, I'm happy. Not only is the plaid subtle, but there are small details like pin striped sleeves and mustard yellow piping on the inside. I love to wear this with a tshirt, preferably this Gap polka dot or a solid white to work with burgundy skinnies and riding boots. It can also be paired with a dress or jeans and heels for a night out. My point here is: don't pass up a good blazer, I do believe it is a wardrobe staple, especially if it is under $10! For anyone interested, Target had an enormous clearance section this weekend and I garnered some serious self control leaving some major bargains behind. Later in the week, I'll divulge some shopping tips I find extremely helpful with that shopping self control. Happy Monday, if you're in New England, hope you're warm and dug out. If not, enjoy the sunshine, my frien…