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July Favorites

Whoa! The last time we did this was in April for March – we really dropped off on this. Sorry about that.

Favorite TV Show: The Bold Type

You would think that because I’m working full-time and writing part-time on Yow Yow! that there wouldn’t be much time left over for my television. False. This is a terrible thing for me to say and my parents and my childhood self would probably be appalled by this statement, but my TV is one of the most important things in my home. It’s my constant background noise. It’s the one thing that I never get tired of and there’s always something to watch. When Kevin was in town a couple of weekends ago helping me move, we decided to upgrade my 32″ from college to a solid 49″ and it is life changing. In case you were wondering just how serious I was about my television, now you know.

Freeform (formerly ABC Family) recently debuted a new show and I’ll admit, at first I wasn’t all that convinced that this would be something I’d enjoy, but I’ve watched other shows on Freeform that I’ve liked and it deserved a fair chance. The show centers around three women working at a magazine that resembles Cosmopolitan. They each have three different roles, social media, writer, and assistant each with their fair share of issues – like the rest of us! I identify the most with Jane, who has recently been promoted to a writer and is a mid 20-something who just snagged herself the hottest boyfriend (also a writer in the same building!)

Anyways, I’ll let you check out the show for yourself, but four episodes in and I’m hooked already.

Favorite Album: SZA – CTRL

SZA is one talented individual. We actually wrote about listening to her album all weekend at the end of June – happy to announce that not much has changed and I am still very much listening to her every day.

Favorite Product – Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in Air Kiss – $19

Honestly, I haven’t bought any new products lately! I will admit that I have a lot that I hoard over the years and since I’m using all of them at the minimum, I don’t finish my products that quickly. I’m always open to trying new stuff though and I love when brands email me to see if I’d be open to sampling. The problem ends up being that I say yes very often. I’m still very new to the lipstick game and even though I bought this back in December, I’m still very much in love with it. It’s a good lipstick for “most days,” but not everyday use. I’ll only wear it if I feel like it makes sense for the outfit that I’m wearing, but more recently – I put it on before I did a fitting for my bridesmaid dress at Weddington Way just so I could look a little bit more done up.

Favorite Closet Item: Wilfred Beaune Dress – $185

This isn’t the type of dress that I would normally gravitate towards because of it’s length, but lately, I’ve been more open to this style especially for the weddings I’ve been attending. I bought a dress for Jennie’s wedding a few months ago, but I’ve had slight reservations about it – just that it wasn’t “the one.” I know, I’m kind of weird like that. I happened to be in Aritzia last weekend though for their sale and while perusing decided to just give this a shot. It fit like a glove. I felt pretty and like a little princess with the pleating! The color made my complexion feel and look warmer than it really was. I left the store that day without it because of the price, but I couldn’t stop thinking about. I published me trying it on to my Instagram stories to which 5 of my friends had responded “I hope you got it!” I texted my mom a photo of me in the dress. When I returned home that evening, I realized I had made a mistake leaving it behind and promptly ordered it the next morning. Interestingly enough, the dress on the website is selling out! Looks like we snagged it just in time. ;)

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Your Beauty in 3’s

Imagine if you were tasked to pick three items from your beauty routine to use while getting ready that day. If I’m being honest, I haven’t even done that, but it’s something that I’ve thought about it. Picking three items would mean that I could prioritize the things I wanted to highlight on my face. Picking three things would significantly cut down on my “getting ready” time in the morning and lastly, it just allows me to not spend so much time thinking about the way I look. Cause it doesn’t really matter that much right? If you had to choose, what would you pick! So I didn’t challenge myself with this, but I was able to get halfway there and pick three items!

I didn’t want to focus only on the face or the eyes so instead, I chose three different areas:

  • Shu Uemura eyelash curler – hold the eyeliner and mascara
  • Chloé “Love Story” rollerball perfume
  • Benefit hydra-smooth lip color in “Air Kiss”

Now, I’m not sure when an opportunity or an event would arise where it would make sense to only wear these three things because I realize it’s an odd three to select, but who knows – maybe we’ll just give it a shot someday.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 32

This is a little bit overdue, but I didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to talk about one of my favorite beauty brands – Benefit. For the past two years, Mandi and I have been so lucky to have our holiday parties fall on the same evening in December. We’ve turned this into a little bit of a tradition by getting together in the afternoon, having our hair done at Dry Bar and then getting our makeup done. Last year, we went to Bare Minerals and this year, Benefit. Now, every makeup counter is different and while they all have similar products, the outcome can sometimes be hit or miss. I think Mandi ended up choosing Benefit because of convenience ie) close to our Dry Bar and also so that we could have our appointments done at almost the same time as each other.

The only product I’ve ever used from Benefit was the foundation in the center – Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! liquid foundation and I’ve probably been on it for what feels like a year and a half or close to two years. The reason why I started using it was because before that I was using Chanel and that felt a bit expensive to me and a little too thick for my taste. This foundation, however, is exactly what it promises though – it’s light, hydrating, brightening, and lasts a very long time! And as if I couldn’t boast about it even more, it has SPF 25.

Since I bought this lipstick on the left, I have been obsessed. Every time I’m going out for a special occasion or for a night when I want to elevate my look a bit, I swipe this on. The packaging is adorable, but the color glides on well and lasts. I usually well do a quick glide of my vaseline and then 15 minutes later, put this lipstick on. I have this in Air Kiss – which is a sheer bubblegum.

The only downside about getting your makeup done at Benefit is that they make you buy three products. I’ve been to other makeup counters where you can choose to buy products if you like and I usually buy two out of courtesy, but three was a bit much for me because I really only needed two. I intended to buy the lipstick so I could re-apply the night of the holiday party and the foundation because it’s what I already use and I figured I would run low soon. So the product that I bought that I was the least excited about was the Hervana blush on the right. It was a great piece to complete my look, but it wasn’t something that I needed so I ended up giving this to my mom for Christmas. :) The packaging for this is awesome though and it’s actually a great blush so I would still recommend it.

I would definitely consider going back to Benefit again to get my makeup done just because out of all the places I’ve ever had my makeup done, they did the best job. I don’t necessarily agree with the buy three products thing, but maybe that will change in the next year once I get more used to their products and use them more consistently.

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What We Wore: Holiday Party

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Hair – Drybar / Makeup – Benefit / Top – Topshop / Skirt – Trouve (Nordstrom) / Shoes (not pictured) – Vince Camuto

You guys, we totally blew it on making sure we had a perfect shot for our holiday party look this year, but thank goodness for the roaming photographer at my company’s holiday party who caught this! It’s not a full shot that is lookbook worthy, but it will do!

Before holiday party season even started I knew I wanted to wear an outfit that was going to be in two parts. In fact, I almost considered this formula for Mandi’s wedding as well, but landed on a sheer Urban Outfitters dress that was more perfect instead. The thing about two piece outfits though is that it’s really difficult to find two things that work together and even trickier if they are from the same store. I like to consider myself lucky in this case. I didn’t know it then, but I found this look on the very first day that I went holiday party dress shopping and after trying on a few options including this one, I went home empty handed. This was my favorite of the day, but something didn’t feel quite right. A couple days passed and I had my second shopping trip planned, but I couldn’t get this out of my head. So I tried this getup again for a second time and that’s when I pulled the trigger on it.

Even with some minor doubts in my head, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I loved the velvet top and it was just a little bit of a mock neck and how it paired well with the skirt to just show a sliver of my “Taylor Swift midriff!” No bellybutton involved – just the way we both like it. I initially thought the skirt was going to be too long, but it worked and I didn’t even bother trying to find a place to get it tailored. Out of all of my holiday party looks, this was different and that’s why we loved it so much.

This year, we chose to get our makeup done at Benefit instead of Bare Minerals and we LOVE this look. It felt like a very natural look for me and closely resembled how I do my own makeup except maybe 3 dials down. Our hair was done at Drybar of course and I considered doing the same “hair to the side” look I did last year, but then opted for a ponytail inspired by Miranda Kerr on the runway in the end.

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Caught In A Beauty Bind

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I trade off between spending the week down in the South Bay and my weekends up in San Francisco. Though I’ve done this so frequently, I always end up forgetting to pack something in my weekender and this weekend that “thing” happened to be my entire beauty bag! We had plans to go out that night and while I wish I could say I am comfortable enough with myself to go completely make-up free, that wasn’t the case. I managed to find a moisturizing lotion where I was staying so I had the base covered, but the next thing I needed to do was prioritize. I asked myself two questions: What did I absolutely need to have and where can I get it?

I’m not someone who is big on makeup and knowing everything, but I think I can get by on the basics that my mama taught me. On the priority scale, I decided that I needed black eyeliner, eye makeup remover (if I could get it – to take off the previous night’s work,) mascara, and a foundation.

First stop? Sephora. You might be wondering why I didn’t choose to go to a drug store first and I wondered about this myself, too. Too often, I find myself actually using products from Sephora rather than drugstore brands and while these were just going to be “back-up buys,” you never know when you’re gonna find something that you can either a) end up using for a longer amount of time or b) replace something you already have that maybe needed to be replaced.

Sephora is a store that gets abused by their customers. Too often, people come into the store that don’t want to buy their own makeup and test products all day long until they’ve done their entire look for the night or had someone else do that for them. Using samples at Sephora to do your makeup is kind of gross because as sanitary as they try to make it, that doesn’t usually happen. Gross. I went into the store with a fresh face and only moisturizer and I knew I might speak to some consultants, but I wasn’t going to take advantage of them by not buying anything. The first place I headed to was near the cash register where they have a lot of their basic products in much smaller sizes. The price ranges from about $8-$15. Here is where I picked up a duo combo of eyeliner and eye makeup remover as well as my Tarte mascara.

I’d been wanting to replace my foundation for quite some time as I have been using my Chanel for at least a year. (Should probably throw that out by now, right?) I’ve always been interested in using Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and this was the perfect opportunity. A consultant matched it with my skin tone. I asked if he could try it on my entire face so that I could see it and I walked away with that purchase at around $36. Altogether from the day I spent about $50 on four things.

Long story short, if you’re ever caught in a bind like this – pick the items that you need and head to your nearest Sephora :) It sounds like they asked me to say that, but I promise they didn’t.

Note: I didn’t love the eyeliner and the makeup remover because it was too greasy so we didn’t include it in the photo.

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Benefit Launches Airport Kiosks

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Typically when you’re traveling, you’re not always looking your best. And for good reason! You’re going for comfort over style – flats over wedges. It’s hard to find a balance for being comfortable and still trying hard to not look like a slob and Benefit understands this. I swear that when I walk into Sea-Tac Airport I’m feeling like an 8, but between checking in and god forbid – that security check – that number gets dropped to a 4. Recognizing the need to feel and look your best in a sticky traveling situation, Benefit is launching new kiosks within 25 different airports across the country so that you can freshen up and re-apply on the go.

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