On-the-Glow

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My mom sent me my makeup case with my entire makeup collection a few weeks ago, and as I was going through it, I came across a bunch of Wander Beauty products that I bought a while back but hadn’t really gotten around to trying.  I am so glad that I finally tried them, because I am in love!  I have the Wander Beauty eyebrow pencil, foundation stick, sponge, and the On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator which is what this post is all about.  I will do a post later this month on my new foundation routine, because it has changed drastically (unlike my skincare routine, which is consistently Kora Organics).

 On-the-Glow is a blush and highlighter all in one, is super hydrating, and easy to use.  Wander Beauty products are designed for the girl on-the-go, and their gorgeous yet practical packaging is perfect for throwing in your purse last minute.  Lindsay Ellingson is the co-founder and creative director of Wander Beauty, and I am a huge fan of hers, so I am not surprised by how much I love all of the Wander Beauty products I’ve purchased so far.

I also use the blush side of this product on my lips.  Their are four blush and highlighter options for On-the-Glow, and I have the soft pink/nude glow combination.  The long-lasting color allows me to only have to apply the product once or twice a day.  If you head over to the Wander Beauty website, you can browse the entire makeup line as well as watch tutorials and read application tips for each product.  I love their tutorials and tips because it has helped me learn about the versatility of the products, while ensuring that I apply them in the best way possible.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and stay tuned for more Wander Beauty posts this month!

Much love,

Carly xx

My Beauty Must Haves

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This past weekend, my mom and I began buying stuff for college.  If you have never read my blog before, I am moving (two weeks from today!) to Savannah, Georgia to study fashion design.  I am an only child, so college is a new thing for both my parents and I, and we are not sure exactly what I ‘need’ for living in a dorm.  There are those easy to think of necessities, but I know that when I get down there I am going to think of so many things I need!  So far, we’ve bought a laundry basket, laundry soap, all purpose cleaner, clothing freshener, kleenex, a drying rack, towels, sheets, a pillow, a comforter, a mattress topper, a cozy backpack, a shower caddy, and paper towels.  This whole shopping experience got me thinking about my beauty must-haves: what I can’t live without.  Okay, I am sure I can live without them, but we all have those things that make us feel beautiful, comfortable, and together.  For me, these things are:

❤ my Kora Organics Three Step System for Sensitive Skin

and

❤ my Josie Maran Vibrancy foundation

Recently, I began trying to save a little by mixing up my skin routine (not using the three step system both morning and night), and my skin broke out worse than it has in years.  I really do have truly sensitive skin that cannot handle most products.  Even more so than appearance, it is important to me for my skin to feel comfortable.  When you have sensitive skin, it is easy for environmental factors to irritate your skin.  The Kora Organics Three Step System for Sensitive Skin contains products that avoid heating the skin, while soothing and protecting it at the same time.  Needless to say, I’m back to using the system both morning and night, and whenever my skin needs a little boost.  As for the foundation, this is a fairly new product for me, but I wouldn’t post about it if I didn’t believe in it 100%.  Never before have I used a foundation that is amazing for my sensitive skin, free of harmful ingredients, and does what a foundation is meant to do.  Thank you, Josie!

I would love to know what you all think in the comment section!  What kinds of things would you recommend buying for college?  Any tips and advice are much appreciated!  And of course, what are your beauty must haves?

Thank you so much for reading my blog today!!

Xo, Carly

“un” cover-up

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In middle school, when I first began wearing makeup, it was for all the wrong reasons.  I felt extremely self-conscious, and it got to the point where I wouldn’t even go to the grocery store without full-on makeup.  My goal was to cover up the way I looked, or even go so far as to change it.  My view of makeup, and myself, truly began to change when I read Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr.  It was also the time I began using Kora Organics and practicing positive affirmations.

I love makeup.  However, makeup is now fun whereas then, makeup gave me a little anxiety.  I am now discovering products that subtly enhance my features,  rather than cover them up.  You are beautiful just as you are!

Today, I want to share with you all my favorite concealer, “un” cover-up by RMS Beauty.  RMS Beauty is an organic makeup and cosmetics company founded by Rose Marie Swift.  All of her products contain just a few, organic ingredients.  I have been using this concealer for a few years now, and I absolutely love it!  Here is how I use the RMS Beauty “un” cover-up:

❤ a little under my eyes instantly makes me look awake

❤ around the nose

❤ on the occasional blemish (the main ingredient in this concealer is coconut oil, which does wonders for acne because it is anti-bacterial)

I just love the whole message behind RMS Beauty.  It is a brand that makes me feel good when I use it.  Also, the packaging is beautiful.  They use high quality ingredients, and only a little bit of each product is needed to be effective.  There are a few other products that I use by RMS Beauty, and I will share those in a separate post!

It is a beautiful feeling to go makeup free, but I really do love makeup.  It is like playing dress up!  I would love to know all of your thoughts on this.  To me, there is nothing more fun than giving each other product recommendations and swapping advice!

My favorite piece of makeup advice is actually from Aunt Becky on Full House.  DJ was just starting to wear makeup, and she was using a lot (a lot a lot).  Aunt Becky gave her a makeup lesson, and told her, “The secret to wearing makeup is making it look like you’re not wearing any.”  I think of this quite often when I’m applying makeup for the day.  It is also one of my favorite scenes from Full House!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and thank you so much for reading!

xo, Carly

My New Foundation Routine

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I am especially excited about today’s post because I am sharing my new foundation routine, starring the amazing Josie Maran Vibrancy foundation!  This product is everything I have ever wanted in a foundation.

Josie Maran Vibrancy foundation fluid

❤ Organic Argan Oil

❤ Organic Ingredients

❤ Paraben Free

❤ Natural Ingredients

❤ Gluten Free

❤ Recyclable

❤ Cruelty Free

❤ No synthetic fragrance

Josie Maran’s motto is, “Luxury with a conscience.”  I couldn’t agree more!  In addition to never having used a foundation that compliments my skin as well as this one, this foundation also meets my personal criteria for being organic and natural.  A little side note: the packaging is beautiful!

I used to always look forward to no makeup days.  Interestingly enough, I am losing that feeling, because the Josie Maran Vibrancy foundation feels less like a foundation and more like a moisturizer.  However, it can build up to full coverage.

My new makeup routine looks something like this: after cleansing and toning my skin, I mix my Kora Organics Soothing Day and Night Cream with the Kora Organics Tinted Day Cream.  The Tinted Day Cream contains healthy spf, and while it is meant to be worn in place of foundation, I have found that it primes my skin perfectly for the Vibrancy foundation.  After this step, I am ready to apply the foundation!  Each time I use this foundation, I know that I am nourishing my skin with beautiful, healthy ingredients.

I purchased the Vibrancy foundation through Sephora.  Also, Sephora gives generous free samples of any product you are interested in trying.  My sample of this foundation has lasted two full weeks already!

Have you tried the Josie Maran Vibrancy foundation?

I would love to know what your favorite foundation is in the comment section, and thank you so much for reading.  I am so grateful for all of your kind comments!

xo, Carly

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