July Beauty Favorites

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I think July has been the fastest month of 2015 yet. Where did the month go? I took a look back through my makeup stash to see what I've used most throughout the past few weeks and filmed my monthly beauty favorites video! (Oh, and if you're in need of a killer face mask to zap any blemishes, I have quite the recommendation.) 

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The Innovative Eyeliner

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I go through serious phases with my eyeliner. If you'd have asked me a month ago, I'd have said I was a pencil/kohl eyeliner girl through and through. This past month I've been loving gel liner that comes from a pot. I've been trying to perfect my cat-eyeliner, and for that, I prefer gel liners over liquid liners. I find gel liners easier to manipulate and apply. The newest addition to my eyeliner cat-eye collection: Stila's Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner in Smokey Quartz Ink.

It's a fusion of liquid liner and gel liner: gel in that it's stored in a pot and is applied using a liner brush and liquid in that its formula is slightly watery (but in a good way). I dip an angled liner brush (this one from Tarte is perfect) and gently press it onto the cushion. Like magic, the perfect amount of product is deposited onto the brush. The liner itself is pigmented but is buildable; I found two coats was what I needed to achieve a slightly bolder look. 

I only have Smokey Quartz Ink, but after testing that out for a while, I have my eye on the black, copper, and teal colors. What color would you go for?

 

Geometric

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Dress: Peter Som for Kohl's | Heels: Tahari via TJ Maxx | Necklace: Macy's | Phone Case: Target | Nails: Ciate's Hutch

This weekend was filled with birthday celebrations in honor of Lizzy's 26th birthday! On Thursday we went out for happy hour at a place in midtown called J.Coco and then had a fun little photoshoot at the most colorful wall in Omaha. It was a hot, sweaty photoshoot, but we laughed (and squinted) our way through it. My go-to striped dress was a no-brainer for battling the heat and humidity. Then it was on to Jazz on the Green (a must-attend if you're in Omaha on a Thursday in the summer).

A Little Sparkle

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Jacket: Loft | Tank: The Limited | Shorts: Old Navy | Flats: Sam & Libby | Bag: Michael by Michael Kors | Sunglasses: Loft | Lips: MAC Creme Cup with Stila Kitten Lip Gloss

Happy Friday to you! This weekend is going to be a busy one because it's my roommate/best friend/faux twin sister's birthday today! Happy birthday, Lizzy!

(I'm sure I'll be sharing plenty of birthday celebration shenanigans on Snapchat, so be sure to follow me: remixher!)

Friday deserves a little sparkle, don't you agree? This is one of those tanks that has stayed on my hanger for way too long, and as I was doing a little reorganizing this weekend, I rediscovered it. It was cool enough in Omaha this week to pair it with a light jacket, so of course I took advantage of that.

Hope you have a great weekend!

SPF Setting Sprays

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One of my biggest summer frustrations is the greasiness of sunscreen; it doesn't matter what form it comes in—it always makes me greasy and usually breaks up my makeup. This year was game-changing in that two makeup setting sprays were introduced in the market that provided sun protection. I've tried both!

The first one I tried was Supergoop!'s Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50. The pros: SPF 50 (as compared to Coola's SPF 30), promises of controlling oil, and a refreshing rosemary and mint smell. The cons: the heaviness of the actual product, the nozzle not distributing the spray evenly, and the product—once sprayed—never fully drying. It left a stickiness on my face after spraying it, but if you can stand the sticky feeling, the spray does its job in protecting you from the sun and setting your makeup so it won't budge in the heat. Just be warned, though: My bottle exploded in my bag.

The second one I tried was Coola's Makeup Setting Spray SPF30. The pros: an even spray that covers makeup well and a lightweight product that dries completely. The only con: an SPF 30 (as opposed to Supergoop!'s SPF 50). Coola's version is by far my favorite. It protects my skin, sets my makeup, and doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky. And even though you spend more money for less product with Coola, I think it's a slightly higher quality spray with better results.