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Casual Chic

During the Summer, I often feel like all I do is drive. Actually, when I think about it, my whole day is spent in my car. I drive to science camp and back home, to the pool and back, to the playground and back, running errands, grocery shopping and the list goes on.

So, during these lovely long summer days, I want to be as comfortable as I can while still keeping the chic factor. I know how tempting it is to just wear Lululemon athletic cloths ¬†all day long, but I try to avoid it on days that I¬†don’t work out.

Back in February when I was buried in snow, I bought a few pairs of J Crew shorts for summer. I needed something to cheer me up…I just knew I would wear them, all the time. I love them. I chose really bright, fun colors such as lime green and orange. They look perfect with a plain white T or a button down Denim shirt.

Here is my summer UNIFORM: a comfy T, shorts, espadrilles and a big bag to carry my entire house.

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Photos by Kate Bolt

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What’s in my makeup bag?

I must start this post with a confession: I don’t wear makeup daily and sometimes if we have a quiet weekend I¬†don’t wear makeup for over a week. When I wake up in the morning I’m “on the go” with my girls and I¬†just don’t have time¬†for myself. And honestly, I feel comfortable in my own skin. That being said, I love the way¬†I look wearing makeup and I¬†know how to apply it in a way that brings out the best of me.

Over the years, when ever¬†I¬†would get my makeup professionally done, I would ask as many questions as I¬†could to learn what is the best way for me to apply makeup. What products should I¬†use, what tools are recommended for me, etc. The result is that when I¬†do wear makeup it suits me perfectly. I don’t know how to do smoky eyes, but I¬†do know how to flawlessly apply red lipstick, and basically, that’s all you need to know in life.

The items below are my bullet proof, go-to, can’t go wrong products, and the most important thing – they always produce the same result: me looking at my best.

Here’s my list:

  1. Concealer –¬†¬†Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat makes my eyes look as if ¬†I slept a good 10 hour sleep. It takes all the darkness away and brings light. Some days, it’s the only thing I¬†put on.
  2. Primer – Lancome La Base Pro Makeup Primer is surprisingly very light. It makes the surface of the skin smooth and moist. It keeps the makeup look good even after wearing it all day long.
  3. Makeup – Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour is the¬†makeup I’m using at the moment. I keep switching them, but I’m happy with it because, I will always get complements that I’m¬†“glowing” with it.
  4. Blush – During the winter months when I’m as pale as the snow outside, I use Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic. I just love everything about it, especially that it is very subtle. ¬†During the summer I love NARS Orgasam. I think you have to experience it on yourself, but it just makes the world better, more confident.
  5. Eyebrow – I’m a firm believer that everything starts and ends with eyebrows. You have to keep them in shape, take good care of them because, they¬†rarely forgive you and grow back. The CHANEL sculpting eyebrow pencil just makes the job easy.
  6. Lips – Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine is the best lipstick out there. I have them in so many colors it’s disturbing. They just make my lips feel soft and shine bright like a diamond…
  7. Mascara – Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara makes my eyes look as if I have big full lashes. What more can you ask for?
  8. Eye shadow – Dex of DEX New¬†York¬†is an amazing makeup artist. He¬†creates the most beautiful shades of colors. My favorite color is the “Grand Central” brown. It makes my boring brown eyes looks like something special.

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Skincare Favorites

I am often asked about my skincare routine or my favorite products. So, I decided to share with you my skincare essentials. And no, I am not some kind of a beauty guru, far from it. I am just a busy mom trying to get it all done with only 24 hours in a day.

I think the most important advice I¬†ever got¬† was about water, and how essential¬†it is for a beautiful skin. I ALWAYS have a water bottle with me especially in these long, dry winter months. When there is a day that I¬†don’t drink enough¬†I can see the effects immediately – my skin looks dry and faded. I also keep a very balanced diet consisting of a lot of vegetables, fruit and grains. Oh, don’t get me wrong I have my caffeine fix 3 times a day and my white wine in the evening, but I try to treat my body with respect and feed it well!

The products below are my day-to-day skincare routine. In my opinion, you need to try a product for a month before deciding if it’s right for you or not. Sometimes, especially after switching products, it takes the skin a while to adjust.

OK, so what do we have here?

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  1. Face wash – I love the gel texture of this face wash. I feel that it just takes the day away and leaves my skin really clean.
  2. Serum – I didn’t really start using it until my 30th birthday. I think that now, I¬†need to change gear and start thinking of preemptive measures. It is light, refreshing and gentle on the skin.
  3. BB cream – I don’t wear make-up on a regular basis. I think that up until recently I didn’t think I¬†need it. What I love about the NARS bb cream, is that it comes in 15 shades, so I¬†was able to find a perfect match. It hydrates the skin and makes me look glowing and fresh. I absolutely LOVE it!
  4. Make up remover – I never ever go to sleep with my make up on. That does the job without the need to “rub” your eyes to take the Mascara off.
  5. Eye cream – because, even I can see the fine lines and wish to make them go away.
  6. Face cream – Michigan in the winter is a very dry place and my skin tends to dry. This cream is like applying butter on your face. It is so thick and rich that it creates a barrier between my face and the elements. I only use it in the winter months, because it can be too heavy for the summer. But, for now, It’s a life saver.

 

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