Summer Face Base

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I hope everyone had a relaxing and fireworks-filled Independence Day celebration! I know I did—along with two cookouts, some apartment cleaning/reorganizing, and a good book I finished (see my July edit to find out what I've been reading).

I wanted to walk you through my summer foundation routine because if you're like me, summer + humidity + makeup = creased, slippery, not-there-at-the-end-of-the-day face. Enter the star of the show, Clinique's Acne Solutions BB Cream. It's a non-greasy liquid BB cream that holds up all day long, doesn't crease, mattifies, has high coverage, and blends seamlessly. Are you convinced yet? The one con: the shade "Light" is the lightest shade it comes in and is just a shade too dark. That just means I have to blend, blend, blend, but for this BB cream, I'm willing to put in the extra minute to spend time blending.

The coverage from the Clinique BB cream is great, but if I'm looking for added coverage, I mix in a few drops of Cover FX's Custom Cover Drops in with the BB cream. It just adds extra pigment that's great if you're in need of some blemish-erasing power. (I use the shade N10, if you're curious.) To finish it off and set everything in place, I use a powder foundation—currently, Too Faced's Cocoa Powder Foundation in the shade "Fair." The result is natural and mattified with loads of coverage . . . and it's sunshine and humidity proof!

My July Edit

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July is shaping up to be a fairly laid-back month, especially compared to last year's wedding-filled July. I have no travel plans this month, so I'm looking forward to spending some serious time by the pool. Here's what I'm looking forward to this month:

  • BaubleBar Ear Crawlers: I tend to wear less jewelry in the summer because I don't want to get my jewelry oily from sweat or sunscreen (TMI?). Ear crawlers are a fun alternative to mix up your earring game.
  • Rifle Paper Company Agendas: I've used my Kate Spade planner for the past year, but RPC recently announced their first set of agendas are available for pre-order. I might switch from KSNY to RPC for the rest of 2015/2016.
  • Speculoos Cookie Butter: How have I been shopping at Trader Joe's for a couple of years now without stumbling across this stuff? Give me all the cookie butter!
  • The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren: I'm currently in the middle of this book and gobbling it up. It's one of the last books in the series, and I can say I've fallen in love with every member of the Christiansen family Susan has created.
  • The Session Room: My friends and I just checked out this relatively new bar this week in downtown Omaha. The food was amazing (you have to try the sweet potato fries and the asparagus fries), and the service was fantastic. It'd be a great place to watch a baseball or football game!
  • Forever 21 Sandals: These are as close to the flatform/ugly sandal trend that I'll get, but I picked up this pair in black in stores—and they were less than $20. Hello, summer sandals!
  • Loft Gingham Top: Blame it on the holiday weekend, but I'm going to be sporting this light and airy gingham blouse throughout the entire month (with red lips this weekend).

Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

Current Skincare Favorites

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It's a day later than normal, but my weekly video is here! I'm sharing my current skincare favorites for summer, particularly for battling oil and sweat. If you have oily/combination skin, let me know what products you like to use. I've put the video below so you can watch it directly on my blog, but if you're interested in product links, check out my YouTube channel (and be sure to subscribe while you're there)!

Summer Simplicity

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Top: Banana Republic (on sale!) | Denim: LC Lauren Conrad | Sandals: Bullboxer via DSW (on sale!) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Necklace: H&M

We're at that awkward point of the year where it's too hot outside to wear jeans but too cold inside not to wear them. So what's a girl to do? Just turn up the air-conditioning full-blast in the car on the way to the coffee shop for the afternoon, that's what. 

My mom (who has been visiting me in Omaha for the past couple of weeks) and I went on a bit of a shopping trip this weekend. I picked up this top from Banana Republic with a bit of a sporty twist. I really like the mesh back; how fun will this be for a summer evening concert outdoors? I couldn't waste an opportunity to wear my new sandals, either; you'll probably be seeing these comfy guys a lot this season. 

The Dewy Drugstore Foundation

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You know those moments when you're in Walgreens just picking up one thing and you end up spending 10+ minutes in the makeup aisle? That's what happened when I picked up this foundation. If you have dry skin, stop reading this post right now and go pick up Rimmel London's Lasting Finish 25H Foundation with Comfort Serum.

So here's what the foundation promises:

  • Instant perfect coverage that feels extra comfortable and lasts all day
  • Blends flawlessly, seamlessly, instantly and easily into the skin
  • Sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof for up to 25 hours

A small caveat to keep in mind with my review: I have oily skin, particularly during the summer. The coverage of this foundation was on-point from the moment I applied it with a brush, and it covered my blemishes so well that I needed a little less concealer than usual. It did, indeed, blend well, and the color ("light porcelain") was perfect for my cool-toned skin.

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Everything sounds great, right? Everything was fine and dandy until I walked out into the humid, 80-degree weather. A few hours into the day, I noticed most of the foundation had moved completely off my nose and seemed to be moving around quite a bit on my chin. The foundation never seemed to set completely, and if my fingers brushed my face, I had foundation on my fingers, despite using powder to set the foundation. 

The overall finish was quite dewy, so while I wouldn't recommend it for oily-skinned gals in the summer, it might work well in the winter for you ladies with similar skin to me. But if you have dry skin, go out and get yourself a bottle of this foundation. As for me, I'll be stashing this away until cooler weather comes.