July Favorites 2014

July Favorites

 

I am happier and happier with every month of summer that passes by. I know when I was a child, they were the best times of my life, but now that I am an adult, I just find the heat and humidity dreadful. I’m counting down the days until autumn and cannot wait to start busting out my layers, scarves, and boots!

My favorites this month are very minimal but essential for the summertime.

  1. Soap & Glory- One Heck of a Blot Mattifying Powder
  2. Boscia BB Cream- Light
  3. Clarins Bronzing Duo in Light
  4. Milani Shadow Eyez in Brown Deluxe
  5. Big Sexy Hair- Powder Play

Sticking to keeping it short a simple, I’m not going to bore you by going on and on about why I love these products. Just know that I think they’re all great and I’ve been using them non-stop during the month of July.

What products were you using the most this month? Anything you could recommend to ME? I love hearing your recommendations!

Brittney

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July Lust List

July Lust List

This month, I got Mell in on the action to share some of the things BOTH of us have been lusting after this month. I’m sure you could tell which ones are mine straight away. I’m a pretty predictable person and love nice, classic pieces. Now, Mell is usually the more adventurous of the two of us. I think you will like the pieces she adds to Lust List- I know it is going to be permanent moving forward.

To see who chose what, keep oooon reading.

Brittney

  • Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
  • Michele Jelly Watch in Navy/Gold
  • Jo Malone English Pear & Frescia
  • L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation- There was a small sample at CVS when I went and I really liked it! Only 3 things detoured me for purchasing it. 1) I have like, 6-7 foundations sitting on my vanity right now. I really need to be using them! 2) The color selection threw me off. I don’t know which color I would be!! 3) At CVS it was something like $16?! That seems like a lot from the drugstore, but if it works, I guess it would be worth it. I will just wait until it’s on sale and I’ve got a good coupon.

Mell

  • MAC Lip Liner in Beurre
  • Purple Hair
  • Michael Kors’ original perfume
  • Makeup Geek 9 Eyeshadow Starter Kit- (The picture includes a random Makeup Geek palette that someone put together themselves. Could not find images in Polyvore for this specific one.) This kit is so creamy and pigmented. It has all the colors in it to make any kind of look you could imagine. The price is pretty good, considering the great quality of the product and the range of shades you get as well. It’s definitely something worth saving up for!
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Mani Monday: Huckleberry by Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine

Huckleberry by Barry M

When my nails match my bag, I get all Charlie Sheen. #WINNING I am obsessed with pastel nails during all seasons, but there’s something fresh about having a pastel nail in the summer. You know, when you are used to seeing all the hot pink and neon green and highlighter yellows, a pale blue can stand out.

This is Huckleberry by Barry M. I got it in London, so I am sorry to all you ladies in the USA who are dying to have it! I did Nail Foundation by butter LONDON as a base, 2 coats of Huckleberry, then a top coat of Hardware by Butter London. It’s looking perfect, and I couldn’t be happier with the color.

I also want to give a shout-out to my wedding ring set. Whew. I’m still obsessed with it!!

Happy Mani Monday to you all!

Brittney

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Plus Size OOTD: Casual Friday & Apple Bodied Jeans

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If I could REALLY have it my way, casual Friday would be a nice pair of comfy shorts, a tshirt and no bra. Of course, I can’t wear things like that to work, so I will save that for Lazy Sunday.

Casual Friday in a work place usually means jeans. I think I speak for well over half of the plus size community, especially those with the APPLE body shape, in saying that JEANS SUCK. They aren’t always comfortable, they just don’t FIT right, or the size 20 you need is for someone who is 6’4″. For apple girls, the pants that fit our butts and legs are WAY too tight at the waist and visa versa. Struggle city.

Oh, but along comes that ONE pair of jeans. You know, the one you try on and the world stops and spins around you…the ONE PAIR OF JEANS on the whole earth made for just you.

That’s what these jeans are to me. I found them on a whim at Target for $7.48. The brand is Pure Energy and the bulk majority of these pants I have tried on have fit. (My favorite pair of skinny jeans are by this brand as well. I don’t say skinny lightly, because I have to be at my lower resting weight to wear those bad boys.)

Here are some links to some of the pants they have online right now.

Besides the fact that they seem to fit an apple shape and most other shapes, another great thing about them is that they range from $27.99-29.99. This is AWESOME compared to Torrid or Lane Bryant jeans. (None of their jeans ever fit me anyway.)

Hope this small jean tip helps you guys find your perfect pair!

Brittney

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July Ipsy & Water Park Day Trip

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Last weekend, Brett and I joined Mell and her family at a small, local water park that happens to be at the halfway point between both of our houses (15-20 min each way.) It was a little chilly, but it was such an awesome day!

I took my Ipsy bag and some of my favorite contents from July’s bag. The Pixi lip crayon, Pur Big Look Mascara, and Hang Ten tanning oil are my picks for the day at the park. I also brought some cash and my eyelash curlers. The best part about my Ipsy bag this month was actually the bag itself! It’s the only one I’ve truly loved. The neon pink is so in for the season and the scalloped edges really makes it even cuter.

The Big Look mascara by Pur Minerals was just okay. It was waterproof, but it didn’t make my lashes stand out or look any better than usual. My all-time favorite waterproof mascara is The Falsies by Maybelline.

Now on to the fun part! Here are some of the cutesy pictures of the day. I didn’t get any of Mell’s boyfriend, Ryan, or their three older kids…but I got Mell, Brett and CoCo, Mell & Ryan’s baby. Enjoy!

How are you using your July Ipsy bag? Want to try out Ipsy for yourself? For $10/month, I highly recommend! Sign up here.

Brittney

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The Nudes Palette (With Swatches)

Maybelline The Nudes Open Palette

When I first saw a picture of The Nudes by Maybelline, I knew I wanted it. In all honesty, I didn’t need ANOTHER nude eye shadow palette, but who cares? This one is only $9.99 at most drug stores and you can always use coupons or specials that drugstores have to get it even cheaper.

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Now, not all the shadows blew my mind. There ARE about 3-4 shadows I LOVE. They all happen to be the shimmery, taupe and bronzy shades. The rest I just like. The pigmentation isn’t the greatest, especially in the matte shades, but if you have a good base, you can work these up to a really great color. They blend nicely as well. Swatches with natural light are below.

Maybelline The Nudes Top Row Swatches Maybelline The Nudes Bottom Row Swatches

I’ll leave you with a few looks I’ve included in OOTD/MOTD’s using this palette. :)

Light Shimmery Taupe
Light Bronze Smoky Eye

I’m sure I will have more looks in the future. I definitely think this palette is good for the price!

Brittney

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Blogger Event: Bagger Dave’s

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About a week ago, I was invited to a happy hour/tasting party to sample some of Bagger Dave’s newest signature drinks. (Spoiler alert: They are all delicious!) I took my husband and our friends Kathy & Liza to do the testing with us and had an awesome time.

The drinks were all really flavorful, but Red Sky and The Silencer were my favorites. Oh! You can’t leave out the food!! We had a Bleu Buffalo Taven Fries appetizer and some sweet potato chips and regular french fries. I am in LOVE with their garlic buffalo sauce. It’s honestly to die for. They have tons of burgers and a build your own burger option as well.

I urge you to check out Bagger Dave’s website to see if there is one near you. You won’t regret it!

Now, I just wanted to share some pictures!! So enjoy my night through photos! :)

Brittney

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