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!

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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A Glimpse Into Glossier

With 2017’s beginning approaching the subject of growing up has been at the forefront of my mind and with that I’ve been reflecting on my beauty journey. My taste in makeup has changed drastically, I’m much more into the natural approach and Glossier is the ideal brand for enhancing all my natural features.

One of the avenues to my heart is thru any beauty product promising a “lit from within” complexion. So the instant my eyes caught sight of one of Glossier’s newest serums, Super Glow a.k.a apart of The Supers Squad, it was practically already in my shopping cart. My #1 way to work with this serum is to mix it in with my BB cream, you can say I’m an expert at making my own foundation cocktail.

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The Boy Brow‘s constituency leans more towards the pomade side of things while getting the hold & pigmentation of a tinted brow gel. From day one its had its own spot on my vanity top and there is no sign of it being pushed to the back of my makeup drawers anytime soon. Trick: I’ve used this before as mascara for my lower lash line and let me just say, it has completely changed my mascara game.

In my family we have this saying that we’re continuously telling each other, we’re ride or die and that’s exactly how I feel towards the Stretch Concealer. It makes your undereyes look as though you haven’t stayed up until 1 am binge watching Law & Order and snap chatting your best friend!

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The dewy skin has been in full effect recently so Glossier’s Haloscope in Topaz arrived at the perfect time. A turn off for me when it comes to cream highlighters is that sometimes they don’t melt into the skin for that naturally glistening affect. I’m all about those glossy borderline sweaty cheekbones and Haloscope continues to be my partner in crime for all things glowy.

The Fragrance Files

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We all have those go-to fragrances sitting on top of our vanities that we rotate between. So for this issue of The Fragrance Files, we’re gonna be conversing about what scents are battling each other at the moment.

  1. Miss Dior Eau de Parfum: The Dior brand embodies elegance. From their gorgeous makeup to their killer shades and this fragrance is by no means any different. This aroma has a citrusy freshness with a touch of jasmine.
  2. Elizabeth & James Nirvana {White}: I picture this scent on a sophisticated lady from The Upper East Side who is about to jet out the door for a mid Sunday brunch with her girlfriends or a natural grunge girl who loves nothing more then an all black outfit and to accessorize with a choker. With notes of peony and musk this perfume is the definition of refinement.
  3. Gucci Bamboo: I’m sure I could sit here and endlessly describe about how this fragrance carries notes of Italian Bergamot, Sandalwood and Casablanca but if I’m being 100% real with you the only way I can describe this scent as being da bomb!
  4. Elizabeth & James Nirvana {Black}: One whiff of this perfume and you’ll know it’s similar yet worlds apart from its sister scent. Consisting of Violet, Vanilla and a touch of Sandalwood, there is no better aroma with the perfect blend of masculine and feminine.

 

 

 

The Beach Photo Diary

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Now and then there’s nothing better then taking a good ole break from reality and one of the best places to escape to is the beach! I’m here for a week with some lovely family and friends. Here’s my vacation so far in pictures! You know what they say, A picture is worth a thousand words! Don’t forget to follow me on IG (@beautychatwithlexi) and Snapchat (@beautywithlexi)!

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My best friend Emily (M&M) and I

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Two of my best friends: Danny (left), Me (middle), & Emily (right)

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