Embracing Your Beauty

The inspiration for this post came rather spontaneously, as it’s something I myself struggle with more then I’d care to admit… embracing your beauty. Now I’d consider myself to be a rather confident person 99% of the time but seeing as we’re all imperfect I can’t lie and say everyday is all rainbows and butterflies.

Living in this generation we’re constantly bombard with images of these gorgeous “perfect” humans with their stunning bodies and not one imperfection to be traced on their skin but I’ve come to realize through the help of others that that’s not the only kind of physic that is attractive or beautiful. I know I’m guilty of getting so use to seeing the same reflection in the mirror day after day that it starts to slip my mind just how beautiful & unique the little features of my face and body can be.

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It’s no secret that I adore a good off the shoulder top but very few individuals may know one of the reasons behind that. On the upper right hand side of my chest I’ve got a scar which has been imprinted on my skin since I was a year or so old and there is nothing I love more then showing it off. To me scars are really beautiful & what is even more beautiful is someone who radiates confidence when it comes to those marks and isn’t ashamed of them or feels the desire to hide them.

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What I’m Wearing:

Off The Shoulder Lace Blouse

3 Pair Hoop Earrings Set

Rhinestone O-Ring Choker Set {similiar}

In conclusion I’d like to express this: no matter what it may be that you’re struggling with, physical or mental, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL & PLEASE DON’T EVER THINK OTHERWISE!

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St. Pete Shenanigans

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đź“Ť St. Petersburg, Florida

Downtown Saint Petersburg… the heart and soul of the city. It felt as though down every alley way was lined with cobblestone grounds and architecture to die for. Exploring the hallways of art galleries and taking in all the brightly painted murals was a photographers dream… or at least mine. As soon as I caught heart eyes for one mural I’d turn the corner to be amazed by another. It fascinates me how every artist has a completely different technique for when it comes to creating their murals yet they’re all cohesive.

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My best friend / partner in crime Emily. 

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By the time we had wrapped up roaming through the back ways of Downtown our stomachs had awakened an appetite we couldn’t ignore. Our cuisine destination of choice: Locale Market. With food stations stretching from back to front there’s no denying the urban ambience this place carries. Sadly at this time in our adventure my hangry side dominated and the photographer / blogger side got shoved to the curb which is why there’s no photographs of food. *insert sad face*

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 Outfit Details:

Navy Off the Shoulder Lace Top

Shorts {similiar}

White Vans

June 23, 2017 will forever go down in the books as one of the most art enriched days of my entire life and I’d relive it in a heartbeat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Infusion

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In the Sunshine State we’ve got bright skies and humidity for a good 11 months out of the 12 but as of recently the pool party invites have began streaming in and with the sun  beaming brighter then ever a strawberry toned lip has been hollering my name.

Now chances are if you know a thing or 2 about the makeup game then your ears have heard the words ‘MAC Ruby Woo’ & ‘Bomb Red Lipstick’ uttered in the same sentence more times then you could possibly add up but today we’re switching it up a bit and talking about an amazing drugstore choice.

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Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks are honestly smooth as butter and that’s no exaggeration, the way the bullet seamlessly glides across your lips is incomparable to anything else. I’ve come to the realization that this range of lipsticks gets a 10 outta 10 for me when it comes to the formula, it may say matte but don’t be mistaken… it’s by no means a uncomfortable, dry matte where the whole day you’re scratching your eyes to take it off {we’ve all been there before. Where your lip color be looking on point but you can’t help but lick your lips to bring back a tad bit of moisture into them, don’t lie!}

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Without a doubt there’s something very empowering about having the ability to pull off a classic bold lip regardless of the shade. If there is anything I’d like you to get out of reading this it’s this: Don’t ever be afraid to rock that 1 daring lip color you may see everyone else wear. No matter what it is… you’ll look beautiful!

P.S. I’m rocking the shade 67 Matte Confident!

A Touch Of Color

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“Women who wear black lead colorful lives.” – Neiman Marcus 

There’s no better piece of literature that can possible describe me yet with the renewal of energy that comes along with the spring time I’ve made a commitment to myself to start integrating more aspects of color into my wardrobe.

Now I’m aware of what you may be thinking, “Lexi… you’re just wearing navy blue.” Well while you might be correct, I’m still dipping my toes into this new colorful lifestyle, I never said I was ready to jump in head first.

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On my journey to more intense hues I’ve took a little detour into the arena of off-the-shoulder tops. There’s something so amazing about feeling the warm breeze across your dĂ©colletĂ© every now and again.

SHOP THE LOOK

Top

Chokers

Shades

Cartilage Stud

Watch

I must admit I’m falling in love with anything & everything to do with fashion. This may be the 1st styling post you see from me but have no fear, it’s by no means the last…

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The Spring Edit

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March 20th: the official day Spring sprung! Without a doubt in my mind I’m obsessed with the overall composition of this look. Glossy skin, bold brows and bare lips are the basics of this ensemble.

  • Glowy Skin – For me my makeup isn’t complete unless I top it off with a touch of highlight, particularly cream-based. As of late I’ve rediscovered my MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush. Once the sunlight strikes your cheekbones there’s no denying the luminosity it leaves you with. There’s a saying that goes ‘The proof is in the pudding.’ well in this case it’s ‘The proof is in the picture.’
  • Unruly Brows – My brow technique has without fail been the most consistent aspect of my makeup routine. Bold yet still on the natural spectrum, my ride or die to achieve bushy brows is the Anastasia Brow Definer in Chocolate.
  • Simple Eye – Spring is the time when all things color start appearing but if you’re a girl like me then bright shades tend to intimate you. Which is the exact reason adding a hint of a subtle colored shadow into the crease for some definition on the eye could make a world of a difference. Personally, muted purple shades make my brown eyes {or what I like to call ‘poop eyes} stand out a tad more which I love!
  • Natural Lip – I feel as though the whole matte lip craze has slowly started to wither away, so with that being said I’ve began to embrace the simplest lip of them all: bare lips. The natural tone of my lips are quite pink which is ideal for the spring time drawing near. All I’ll do is slap on a lip balm for both nourishment & a hint of gloss and I’m out the door.

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The Glow Getters

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Non-touring: an approach to your makeup shunning the heavily contoured look and embracing a natural glowy complexion. Personally my motto is: the dewier, the better!

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SKINCARE

If your anything like me then you drink Pepsi as if it’s getting discontinued {I’m trying to work on it okay!}, but until I can ween myself off of it I’m gonna stick to slapping on a thicker moisturizer a little bit before I sit down at my vanity. My go-to one is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I like to refer to it as my everyday shot of hydration. It leaves the skin with the appearance of moisturized / glossy skin, what more could you ask of a cream.

A technique I’ve loved incorporating in my beauty routine as of late is combing a few droplets of a glowy serum with a tinted moisturizer. In this case we’re chatting about Glossier’s Super Glow Serum & Pixi’s H20 Skin Tint. Grabbing a damp beauty blender and dabbing {insert a gif of an old lady dabbing} into the skin leaves you with a flawless yet natural base.


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MAKEUP

A product that’s out of the ordinary to achieve glossy skin is Glossier’s Balm Dotcom. The texture leans a little more on the sticky / tacky side but trust me, after a light sweep of powder it appears as if a little of your natural oils have crept to the surface. Read very carefully what I’m about to write: cream – based products are the key to a dewy complexion. Once they’ve sat on the skin for a bit they begin to melt into the face & become extremely skinlike. The drugstore has been killing my blush and bronzer game, the Wet n’ Wild Mega Cushion Contour = A+ combined with the H&M Cream Blusher in Cameo Brown.

I’m all tapped out for this Glowy Guide! ✨
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First Impression: Sephora Haul

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You know that moment when you realize you’ve done it again… spent way more money then you’d care to admit on makeup, yeah that was me last Friday. If we’re being honest though I was lowkey enthusiastic about all my purchases.

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Bold and feathery are the two words I’d use to describe my brows as of late. There’s something about that unkept, natural appearance that just gets to me. My preferred method for the brows are pencils, the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil has taken the top spot amongst all other brow tools. With an angular tip on one end & a spooly on the other to comb through the brows, this pencil leaves your eyebrows defined but still on the natural side.

For the longest time I never set my brows yet wondered why they never stayed in place. Well… Lexi it’s because you’re not using brow gel, duh! The Gimme Brow from Benefit has completely changed my brow game, major props to Benefit for their entire brow range!

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When it comes to the skin my aim is for it to appear minimal & glowy. I personally lean more forwards cream luminzers, the subtle dew they leave me with is indescribable. It was about that time to introduce a new highlight {or 2} to the family and there were the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops calling my name. The pipet applicator is unique but I’m kind of into it. It gives the skin a wet-like appearance & don’t even get me started about when the sunlight hits your cheekbones.

We all are familiar with the “Walk Of Dome” at Sephora a.k.a. the aisle of minis. This last splurge I blame on that aisle, the Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow To Go. I haven’t really come up with a complete verdict on this palette quite yet. As for the shade ‘Gleam’ though … it gets all the heart eye emojis from me!

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