09 September 2015

After going through our past nail polish posts, we have noticed a trend... essie. Both of us have quite a few colors from the lacquer brand and if you asked us our top polishes most likely you will get an essie color. Because of this, we thought it would be fun to show our essie appreciation and add to the #essielove that is on social media like Instagram.

Essie is a top contender in the nail polish game and it really isn't a stranger to those who love polishes. You can purchase the brand at almost any store that sells beauty products which is always a plus.  And even though it's accessible and priced right you still feel like you're getting high-end because of the beautiful and extensive color range as well as the quality of the polish itself. We can't help but love essie.  

Some of our favorite essie polishes are featured below. Steph loves old favorites like Turquoise & Caicos while Erica is quickly loving new releases like Penny Talk. 

Erica's favorites

Stephanie's favorites

What are some of your favorite essie polishes? Let us know and use the #essielove. 

Summer Blushed and Bronzed

04 September 2015

When it came to make up this summer, I was all about blushes and bronzers. Whether I put on a full face or just quick simple makeup, blush and bronzer were the two items that I always used. 

My go to blushes for the summer have been the new Too Faced Love Flush blush in I Will Always Love You and the Balm's Frat Boy and Cabana Boy.  All three of these blushes really feel like summer for me. The colors are bright in the pan but so subtle when applied to the cheeks.

If the Balm does anything perfect it's blushes. Cabana Boy and Frat Boy have been my favorite blushes for quite some time now. They are pigmented so one swipe is really all you need. Both colors work on different skin tones so you can wear them when you are tan or your tan is faded. 

The Too-Faced blush is a new release. It's one of their 16 hour formulas in the color I Will Always Love You. One of the main reasons I wanted to feature it in my summer blushes is the color. Never in my life would I pick an orange toned blush but after swatching this in Sephora I knew I had to have it. But that is all I'm saying for now as I will have a full review within the next few days so check back for that! On to bronzers!

For summer, it's all about bronzing instead of scuplting or contouring. I think summer makeup should be natural and bronzers are perfect for creating that look. Three of my favorites have been Benefit's Hoola, Too Faced Endless Summer 16 Hour Long Wear Bronzer, and Rimmel's Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze. 

All three of these bronzers are perfect for adding a summer glow to your face. For applying, I generally take a blush brush, like the Real Technique blush brush, and use that to apply my bronzer to the areas of my face where I would get tan. I use a blush brush instead of a contouring brush as I don't really want to sculpt my face but just give myself the summer glow. I would apply the bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks and the top of my forehead with a light hand. 

Summer is still here in New England so I'll be keeping these pieces in my makeup routine for a few more weeks.