The Nude Lipstick Edit

Everyone loves a good, nude lip. Speaking of, has anyone else been eyeing the Kylie Cosmetics KKW collection? I may or may not have placed an order for it already…the colors look absolutely gorgeous!

Anywho, today I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite nude lipsticks that I have in my collection. Almost all are pink nudes since I feel like pink compliments my skin tone better than beige nudes.

The Nude Lipstick Edit

  1. Real Her “I Will Succeed”
    This color is a very gorgeous classic nude. It’s also the most resilient formula I have ever tried. I had to scrub the swatch with a makeup-removing wipe for several minutes in order to get it to come off! If you love a long-lasting matte lip, this brand definitely knows what it’s doing.
  2. Colourpop “Littlestitious”
    “Littlestitious” is a bit more daring as far as nudes go. It is a very, very pale pink color and the undertones are on the cool side. I personally wouldn’t wear it for ‘everyday’, but I think it looks great paired with a dramatic eye.
  3. Milani “Bahama Beige”
    I love Milani products, and their lipsticks are no exception. This color is so beautiful and natural-looking, and I love the formula. It’s not long-lasting, but honestly I prefer a smooth, creamy formula that doesn’t make my lips feel dry.
  4. Milani “Nude Créme”
    Same comments as above, but this lipstick is pink instead of beige. This is one of my go-to lip colors because it’s so effortless; it adds a hint of natural-looking color and the formula is comfortable to wear.
  5. NYX “Spirit”
    Here we have another classic nude. I love to use this as a base color with a gloss on top; it makes a stunning combination!

The Nude Lipstick Edit
From L to R: I Will Succeed, Littlestitious, Bahama Beige, Nude Créme, Spirit

What are some of your go-to nude lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!

Self-Tanning Products Worth Purchasing

Though I’m not the most consistent self-tanner applier, I have tried several tanning products over the course of my adolescent and adult lives. I believe I was 12 or 13 when I tried self-tanner for the first time, and I can honestly say I had NO idea what I was doing. Unfortunately, I had an orange phase. Like a really, really orange, streaky, splotchy phase and I’m not proud of it…yikes.

Then it finally hit me: stop trying to force your skin to be something it’s not meant to be! I have very pale skin, so as you would imagine, going 10 shades darker wasn’t exactly the best way to approach things.

While I used to not like the Jergens Natural Glow Fair to Medium formula because it didn’t ‘do anything’ for me, I have actually really grown to like the subtle color that it creates. It adds a hint of color without completely altering my appearance and making me look unnatural.

I’ve tried all kinds of tanning products from different brands (both high-end and not), and I always come back to Jergens because they have really great products. They have been in my life on and off for over 10 years! Besides, you’re supposed to moisturize your skin everyday anyway, so I figure why not add a subtle color into the mix for summer.

The three products featured here today are the Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Tanner ‘Fair to Medium, Jergens Natural Glow Face Gradual Tanner in ‘Medium to Tan’, and the Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse in ‘Deep Bronze’.

You’re probably thinking, “That’s a broad range of skin colors you got going there.” It seems crazy, but I have my reasons!

I use the tanning mousse very sparingly, once every week or two whenever I feel like I need a boost. They didn’t have the ‘Light Bronze’ mousse at the store the day I went, and I reeeally wanted to try it so I went ahead and bought the ‘Deep Bronze.’ It actually doesn’t give that much color initially! The formula is definitely buildable; I used it for a few days in a row and got pretty tan (a bit too tan for my taste), so I think if you’re looking to build some color this is a great affordable option! It’s also a long-lasting formula; it lasts several days before it starts to fade. The consistency is very foamy and there is a slight color guard so you can see what you’re doing. The formula is a bit sticky after it’s been sitting on your skin for awhile, but I apply it right before bed and shower in the morning so I don’t really notice. It smells alright for a self-tanner, too!

The gradual tanner lotion in ‘Fair to Medium’ is what I use to moisturize and maintain color throughout the week. I apply every night before bed, and in the morning I wake up with a hint of color and soft skin! This is the product I’ve been using on and off for years and it’s always been my go-to tanning product. The only places I notice it gets a little funky is on my feet and wrists, but that’s just a common thing in all self-tanners. Other than that, it’s smooth, even color all around!

For my face, I use the gradual tanner lotion for the face in ‘Medium to Tan’. The reason I go darker for my face is because I’ve noticed that it tends to wear off quicker on your face than it does on your body. Since I wash my face twice a day and exfoliate occasionally, the color payoff just isn’t enough in the lighter version.

Normally, I’m really bad about keeping up with my self-tanning routine, but when I’m in the mood for a little color I love using Jergens’ products. They’re my favorite that I’ve tried over the years!

What are some of your favorite self-tanning products? Let me know in the comments!

Self-Tanning Products Worth Purchasing

May 2017 Goals

A new month means a new list of goals! April was a great month. I feel like I accomplished my two main goals: establishing regular exercise and blogging routines. I’m really proud that I consistently had multiple posts every week, and I’m also feeling great now that I’m back into yoga and walking again. I did read a book, 13 Reasons Why (you can check out my thoughts here), and I know I will always be working on my photography and eating healthier. Might as well chalk those up as lifetime goals!

As for May, I’m hoping to:

  1. Spend smarter.
    April was a bad month for my bank account. Not sure what came over me, but I could not put the credit card down! For May, I’ve decided to give myself a budget for my frivolous spending. I always tell myself that I work hard for my money and that I deserve to buy things I want (otherwise, what’s the point?). However, with my husband paying for school out-of-pocket and just the want to be more financially responsible in general (a.k.a. that Roth IRA isn’t going to fund itself), I knew I needed to chill out with the spending. I will still buy myself things, just not as much as I was.
  2. Train with my husband.
    I really would like my body to get stronger, so my husband (who is very much into fitness) offered to help me train in order to achieve that goal. While I am going to continue my morning yoga sessions 4-5 times a week, I know it’s not enough for the amount of sitting I do every day. He’s giving me mini intensive workouts in the evening a few times a week, and so far it’s going good! I’m definitely feeling the burn…
  3. Have productive training sessions with my dog.
    We’ve signed our dog, Pickles, up for a 7 week dog training course that starts this month. He is a little reactive to other dogs and humans; a lot of it stems from his anxiety, and the class is supposed to be specifically designed for dogs just like him. We would eventually love to be able to take him to the park and other public places, so we’re going to work really hard to help him overcome some of his anxieties.

It’s a very short list this time, but obviously my April goals are carrying over into this month as well!

What are some of your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments!