My Favorite Highlighters

For me highlighter is my must have makeup product. There’s something so satisfactory about finishing a makeup look up with some sparkle! I’ve rounded up the ones I use on heavy rotation in my makeup case!

From top to bottom

  1. This Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder is my latest obsession. It has a pinky champagne glow and is incredibly layer able. Compared to the BareMineral highlighter its shine is on the micro level (AKA it doesn’t look like you have obvious strokes of glitter. This is the highlighter I used in the photo below. When I want highlighter to strobe (or insanely pop) in a photo I take a tiny scoop out and mix it with my lightest concealer and dab where I want for a WOW- I CAN SEE YOUR HIGHLIGHTER FROM THE MOON NO FILTER REQUIRED- look. Out of all of my highlighters this is my current favorite.
  2. This next item is bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo Matte- Mat, Glow- Brilliant and is considered a matte and glow setting powder. One side has matte powder and the other is a subtle glowing setting powder. I like using the matte side on the traditional t-zone area and the glow on top of my cheekbones (usually over a traditional highlighter) for extra POP. This is one of those products that lasts AGES. I’ve had it since the summer of 2016 and use it several times a week.
  3. This bareMinerals Invisible Glow™ Powder highlighter I’ve had for so long they’ve redone the packaging. The formula looks the same. Its cheaper than the Bobbi Brown one and a little goes a long way. Its not as buildable as the others but is a universally flattering champagne glow.
  4. This product is the deluxe sample of Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter and has lasted me for ages. Its cream to powder and I usually use it over a light bb cream and blend with my fingers. This one is perfect for my travel makeup and is easy to blend in for a more natural shimmer.
  5. This product is a dupe I bought when my Benefit Cosmetics Girl Meets Pearl Golden Pink ran out. The color overall is more of a pearlescent pink unlike the previous highlighters champagne colors. The color of the dupe is spot on but I wouldn’t recommend it based on the formula differences
  6. . The original formula is easily buildable and will blend into skin super easily. The dupe needs to be blended ASAP or it dries really fast and looks streaky. Overall Girl Meets Pearl is a fantastic color that really pops, this dupe while cheaper is not a great formula.
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Highlighter Pop

 

 

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ModCloth IRL: San Francisco FitShop

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ModCloth FitShop Photo: Jamie Atchinson

As many of you already know, I love the ModCloth brand. Their whimsical prints and designs have been a long time favorite of mine so when they opened a FitShop in San Francisco I had to go. For those of you wondering what a FitShop is, I’ve got the scoop. The store features a plethora of their online designs in an inclusive range from XS-4X for you to try on. At the fit shop you try on the apparel and find your fit before purchasing online and having it shipped to you free of charge.

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See the Rainbow Photo: ModCloth Instagram

For my ModCloth visit I booked a free hour long ModStylist appointment online, and from my experience I highly recommend you do as well. If you come to the FitShop without an appointment you still have access to everything, but the one-on-one appointment has so many perks. With an appointment you have a reserved dressing room( no waiting in line!) and a stylist assigned to you, who helps with finding pieces and giving some great recommendations. With this appointment I felt like I was shopping with a friend for an hour!

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Vintage Photo Jamie Atchinson

The store has a huge variety of ModCloth pieces, but one of my favorite sections was the vintage area. Unlike the other pieces in the FitShop you do not have to wait for shipping. These unique vintage pieces can be taken home the same day. The ones I looked at were in excellent condition and had the cutest prints! I will definitely be back to peruse this section again.

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Bridal Photo Jamie Atchinson

Calling all brides to be. Right across from the vintage section is bridal wear. These swoon worthy dresses were all very reasonably priced, and so very gorgeous. I almost tried one on for fun.

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My Amazing ModStylist Jacqueline Photo Jamie Atchinson

Upon arrival I was paired with my Stylist Jacqueline. She was seriously the best! When I asked her why she chose to work at ModCloth she talked about how the brand is is championing diversity and working to empower women. Her favorite part about working here is ” working one on one with  lot of different people everyday”. She talked about how the ModCloth dressing room was ” one of the most supportive places with women complimenting each other in a positive environment”. We talked about my style preferences ( I am currently on a quirky print and stripe binge) and the two of us went around browsing the store with her writing down my favorites. She also said that she would pull more styles that she thought I would like.

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Dresses Photo Jamie Atchinson

The ModCloth dressing rooms are too cute! Mine was floral themed. There are also cat and Fungi themed ones! I ended up trying on so many dresses. It was really nice being able to see the fabrics and prints in real life. If I needed a different size the amazing ModStylist Jacqueline was right outside.

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More clothes to try Photo Jamie Atchinson

When ordering online I usually stick with dresses and skirt- items that I know will fit.  Jacqueline pulled some super cute separate outfits together for me to try on. This was helpful for future online orders as I now have a better sense of sizing.

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Accessory Expedition

Another huge perk of the stylist appointments is when looking for the perfect outfit accessory the two of you can explore the lobby together. Also, they are more than happy to take non-dressing room  photos when trying on outfits

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Dressing room couch

If you are shopping with  friends the store has this cheerful yellow couch right outside the waiting room. This is the perfect place to try on outfits as a group and get opinions on them. Also this pink background makes for an #INSTA worthy photo.

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Say it Louder. Neon Lights and Floral walls Photo from Launch Party

I had a great time visiting the store. The staff were so friendly and incredibly helpful!  I  ended up ordering some dresses that Jaqueline picked for me that I would have never even thought about ordering online. Shopping in real life can be stressful, this was not. The store exudes a positive and inclusive energy. I ordered some super cute outfits courtesy of ModCloth and can’t wait to share them once they arrive. If you guys want to set up your own ModStylist appointment ( which I highly recommend) click here .  Feel free to message me in the comments or on Instagram if you  have any questions!

Click HERE for youtube haul video showing what items I actually purchased!



5 best sunscreens for sensitive, acne prone skin

I am one of those individuals that has a combination of super pale sensitive skin that will break out for pretty much any reason. When I add a new skin product I get a rash, the weather changes- acne, and sometimes both. For this reason I am VERY picky when it comes to my SPF. Here are my top five SPF containing products that work with my skin type. If anyone has some other favorites please feel free to drop their names in the comments.

1) Hawaiian tropic silk hydration is my daily sunscreen moisturizer that I use on my body- not my face. It’s SPF 30, so I mainly use it for daily around school/town outings and switch it out with a sunscreen that has greater SPF for the beach. I like this sunscreen because it has a very light fragrance that doesn’t irritate my skin. Hawaiian Tropic

2) For beach days, or summer days where I will be out in the sun I use Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum on my face. It’s SPF 70 and is invisible under makeup and doesn’t cause breakouts.

3) I love Neutrogena products and always pack their Ultra sheer body mist in my bag for a quick, non messy reapply during outdoor adventures. At SPF 100 it’s hard to beat that kind of protection.

4) This suggestion falls more into a makeup category- Supergoop CC cream . This is my go to SPF +light coverage on days where I don’t feel like doing my makeup. I never skip SPF and I love the light coverage this product provides with a SPF 30.

5) For me Supergoop setting spray falls into the must have product category. It’s a makeup setting spray with SPF 50. It’s light weight, synthetic fragrance free and helps control oiliness. I have combo skin, so for me oil control is a must. In the summer I keep mine in the fridge and use it as a cool makeup finishing refresher.

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Bay Area Beaches

Now that the weather is warming up these beaches are perfect for weekend trips. Here are my top three Bay Area beaches.

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Capitola

Capitola is one of my favorite weekend trips. The beach here is typically less busy than Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk area and has that authentic beach town feel.  My favorite part of this beach is its eclectic beachside houses. These colorful rentals are one of the most recognizable places in Capitola and make amazing photo backdrops.

 

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore is perfect for a long weekend. You can drive down the coast for several hours and take in the gorgeous views. Some areas that you can pull your car over to include its iconic beached ship, succulent fields on the beachside hill, and its classic lighthouse. Be sure to check the hours of operation before visiting the lighthouse.

 

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Next time you are heading into San Francisco be sure to exit right before the Golden Gate Bridge and check out Kirby Cove. One can capture great views of the bridge before hiking down to see the beach.

 

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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

This beach features some of the best tide pools in the bay area, as well as scenic hiking. Additionally you might get lucky and catch a look at the nearby seals colony. If you are interested in the tide pools, be sure to google the tide before making the trip

 

Disneyland and California Adventure Photo spots

One of my favorite places to visit when in SoCal is Disneyland. The parks are undoubtedly nostalgic with plenty of things for people of all ages to do. Additionally the parks undoubtedly provide the perfect photo backgrounds.
Here are some of my must stop locations!

DISNEYLAND

The Disneyland castle is always my first stop for photos. The earlier you are there the less people you will have to angle out. One of the best shots to limit the amount of people in your photo is sitting on the lip by the side spires. You can use your body to angle out most of the people on the walkway while still getting a good amount of the castle in the background.

MY second favorite stop for photos is in Fantasyland. I LOVE LOVE love the cuteness of the teacups for photos and all of the whimsical Alice in Wonderland  themes attractions.

 

Honorable mentions: King Arthurs carousal  provides a particularly photoesque backdrop. The flower Micky upon first entering the park is lovely as well. Additionally the Dumbo ride as well as the It’s a Small World ride provide great backdrops.

 

CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK

Cars Land is the BEST spot for pictures in California Adventures Park. Its bright backdrops really make a photo pop. I recommend using the vintage looking mint gas dispensers in front of Flo’s Café to use as a backdrop. The path next to the Radiator Springs Racer is perfect for photos as there are minimal to none people in the background. On your way in be sure not to miss getting a shot next to the Cars Land billboard.

I am going to be sad when they remove A Bug’s Land attraction later this summer. This part of the park is designed to be from the perspective of a bug. The benches  look like popsicle sticks and the fronds tower over you and provide a great place to take a photo of the Guardian’s of the Galaxy- Mission: Breakout ride.

 

Disney’s Pacific Warf area is a great place to stop for Ice-cream or a bite to eat. Its bright buildings and SF feel serve as excellent photo backdrops.

Magnus Clothing Co. part 2

 

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Fairytale Floral collar+T REX skull t-shirt

 

Not only does Magnus Clothing Company  offer a wide selection of novelty collars they also design the most PERFECT novelty shirts and sweatshirts to pair with them.

I paired the Fairytale Floral Collar and the T-Rex skull t-shirt together for my look. My style preference is on the feminine side and i really enjoyed the look of a floral collar with a casual t-shirt.

Sweatshirt and t-shirt designs range from softer florals, to literary pigs, to Jurassic times DINOSAURS.  They have a very retrolicious vibe to them. Below I have  included a gallery of some of my favorites.

The shirt was delivered to me well wrapped and carefully folded. In person the design is vibrant and well made. I ordered my shirt in the oatmeal triblend color which is a polyester, ring-spun cotton, rayon blend. The shirt was soft, lightweight, and of good quality. As far as fit goes I would say the one I am wearing is more of a casual loose fit. I am typically a small when it comes to most tops and probably could have gotten away with and extra small if I had wanted a more fitted shirt.

For collar styling inspiration I would check Magnus Clothing Co’s Instagram HERE

In case you missed it here is my original review of Magnus Clothing Co’s Sweetheart collar collection click HERE

Color Factory

img_4277 The color Factory is a 12,000 square foot visual experience in San francisco. It consists of  15 exhibits and takes a little under an hour.

Upon arrival you register with Color factory to receive a photo card to be used at cameras spread throughout the exhibit.

My favorite exhibit would have to be the ball pit. In the room there were several camera stations and ice cream samples.

As far as snacks go you can expect a French macaroons and charcoal lemonade upon entering the exhibit and an ice cream sample upon departure.

Other rooms exhibits include a room that intermittently drips confetti from the ceiling, an all orange arrangement, a disco ball display, and a room that continuously prints out photos that have #selfie.

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Ball pit in the yellow room

Magnus Clothing Co.

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I am so excited to share this new brand with everyone today. Earlier this month I was given an amazing opportunity to get an early preview of one of the MANGNUS CLOTHING COMPANY’S 2018 Sweetheart collection Collars! Collection launches February 1st, so be sure to mark your calendars an purchase yours early- I have a feeling this style will not stay in stock

      If you aren’t familiar with the company – here’s a short blurb. Magnus Clothing Co. is your go to destination for both whimsical and day to day collar choices. Additionally, they also sell other apparel. Their collars are AMAZING and can be worn underneath a plethora of sweatshirts, dresses and other tops. On Instagram, they are the creators of the hashtag  #livecollarfully. From their website, Collars weren’t always “the plan.” Wearable art has always been the plan. I’ve come to find that detachable collars work as wonderful, interchangeable pieces of art to express yourself”.

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The mock shirt-collar I received was PERFECT for me. Its scalloped rimmed (which I LOVE) and because of all the different colored flowers it seriously goes with everything. When I paired it whit my oversized yellow Polka dot coat I received so many compliments on it! It is one size fits most and comes with adjustable underarm straps. Its floral romantic vibe makes it perfect for Valentines Day.

 

 

img_4410   I am one of those people that loves receiving packages in the mail (who doesn’t), but I was especially excited when I opened theirs. The collar came folded perfectly in a custom poly mailer with a business card and a UNICORN sticker! I loved the attention to detail and care that they provided with packaging.

   The full collection launches February 1st, for sneak peaks check out their Instagram HERE. To shop current Magnus Co. offerings click HERE

 

 

 

Favorite Brands: 2017 Edition

This year was filled with novelty print dresses and accessories. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite brands.img_3026

1).Sunny Girl- This is one of my all time favorite brands from Australia. I tend to get their  items from Modcloth .If anyone knows of any other vendors of this brand PLEASE drop names in the comments .

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2). Miss. Patina- This british brand is ADORBALE. If you are into cat collars and dungarees you simply must check it out.  To shop Miss Patina click on images below.

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3) Starting around late September/ early October Folter is my go to dress brand. It has a plethora of spooky prints perfect for the Halloween  season.

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4). This year I admittedly wore a LOT of Retrolicious brand clothing. They are my go to store for fun novelty print dresses and tops.

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                                                                                                                                                                                             5).Modcloth namebrand actually has some really cute dresses and is my go-to for bastic tops and cardigans.