While I’m desperately clinging on to summer there are a few things that bring me joy as the days dwindle down and autumn makes its inevitable return. Shall I remind you that summer officially ends mid September? Until then, I’ll keep rattling on about my beach bag essentials.

While I just discovered a pool ten blocks away from my apartment (took me until August to find this out), the beach will always have my heart. There’s nothing quite like a beach day. The sand, chilling with your friends, creeping on potentially single, hot dudes. What’s not to love?! Let’s enjoy it while it lasts! I’ve partnered with Dove to share a few of my must have beach bag essentials.

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant review

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant

Hear me out. Before heading out I need something that provides unbelievable protection. I’m a sweat-er (TMI?). I need an antiperspirant that can keep up, man. Turns out this one offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection. Bonus? You even get softer, smoother underarms because of the NutriumMoisture formula. Sign me up.

I always shower after hitting the beach (or pool) to wash away the sweat, sand, chlorine, layered SPF, and whatever else managed to make its way onto my skin. What I want is something that’s gentle on my underarm while having my back (or in this case, my pits).

We live in a world where almost 2 in 3 women have had some sort of an underarm issue (think: irritation or dryness) in addition to odor and wetness. I myself have always had really dark underarms which I used to be self-conscious about. The Dove Advanced Care formula can help alleviate some of that. The last thing you want to worry about is your pits.

Bikini

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I live for a good bikini. If you were to raid my closet you’d think I lived in sunny beach home in Los Angeles versus a cramped New York City apartment. I have SO many and usually stock up in the winter at end of season sales. For my ladies with smaller boobs (ain’t no shame in my game), opt for a style with a bit of padding. I love triangle tops because the deep-v definitely helps flaunt what IS there.

Lipgloss and Lipsticks

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I wouldn’t be a beauty blogger if I didn’t recommend SOME form of makeup! I typically opt for a gloss because it’s lightweight and I don’t have to worry about touch ups. After I leave the beach, I’ll grab a lipstick in a bright, punchy shade to complement the tan I just got.

SPF + Sunglasses

Duh.

Camera

Yes, we all have smartphones with cameras in them but there’s nothing like film. Throw one in your beach bag and snap away! Having a physical copy is a great way to remember your summer. Heck make a scrapbook if you’re feeling thrifty.

Water, water, water!

Please don’t forget to drink water. The sun. The heat. You’re bound to get hot and no one wants to be dehydrated. I love reusable water bottles because they’re a chic alternative to plastic bottles (and they’re environmentally friendly!).

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Check out the Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant here. Shout out to Simply Stylist and Dove for sponsoring this blog post.

What are some of your beach bag essentials?

I honestly have a Sephora shopping problem. I’m visiting my local Sephora on a near weekly basis, not necessarily to shop but to browse. I love seeing what’s new at Sephora. It’s my happy playground. I swatch and test; apply, remove, and reapply; add items to my basket only to remove them at the last minute because honestly just how many serums does a girl really need?

As we near autumn (?), I LOVE seeing what’s coming out in the Fall releases (?) and that means we’re one step closer to HOLIDAY (I love a good gift set). Me being me, I’ve already picked up a few goodies so watch this space for reviews. In the meantime, I wanted to share a mini haul and sorta wish list. A girl could never have too much makeup, IMO.
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MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22)

Okay I received these free samples as a member of Influenster. I’ve always been a fan of MAKE UP FOR EVER but more for their eyeshadows than lipsticks. Yes, they have a few hits but when it comes to lips, I wasn’t really seeking them out for it. That changes now. The new and improved Artist Rouge Lipsticks have 25 percent more pigment than the original Rouge Artist and are super creamy. They quite literally glide on lips without looking patchy, dry, or flaky. There are two finishes in the range: a non-drying matte and a cream finish. I received the shades C502 (Taupe Violet), C404 (Passion Red), and C211 (Rose Wood- my personal favorite).

Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner ($55)

Sunday Riley is definitely one of those skin care brands that crept up on me. I’ve tried several of their facial oils and am in love with their Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream (used at night). As someone with oily skin, I’m always looking for something to calm. it. down. Formulated with bentonite clay to mattify and help reduce pore size, the Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner was made for those with to oily and acne-prone skin concerns. Also in the formula are marshmallow and green tea to soothe and cool the signs of redness and sensitive skin; cucumber and witch hazel extracts to tone and tighten; and Manuka, black cumin and magnolia bark extracts to act as natural antibacterial properties to balance oily and problem skin conditions. Sign me up! The reviews on this are quite literally tempting. My name has been added to the waitlist when it comes back in stock. I recommend you do the same.

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil ($80)

So the toner is out of stock but the $80 face oil isn’t and your girl is contemplating how many days she can go without luxe meals. With 1.5 percent salicylic acid, this promises to be a fast-acting, quick-drying, medicated oil to help clear acne and blackhead-causing buildup and debris from congested pores. It has one of my favorite skin care ingredients – tea tree oil which is known to have help clear acne, while hexylresorcinol and licorice naturally brighten the appearance of old acne discolorations for a more even-toned complexion. I haven’t had luck with their Artemis oil (largely due to the scent) but this one sounds promising. *Adds to basket.*

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46)

Okay, guilty. Another item I purchased and have in the queue to review. The foundation releases are non-stop. In addition to this, there’s a post coming up featuring the new Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation AND the new ABH full coverage stick foundation. Needless to say, I’ve been keeping busy! Hourglass’ Vanish Foundation claims to be a foundation and concealer in one. Since it is infused with double the amount of pigment versus traditional foundations, it’s definitely more of a full coverage. As the temperature cools off and I can wear makeup without sweating it off the minute I exit my building, I look forward to wearing this. The claim “…long-wearing, waterproof formula provides 12 hour coverage, and the innovative formula adjusts to your body temperature to effortlessly blend into the skin.” Hopefully this means my shade will match? I purchased Almond (medium deep with a cool undertone) but I’m pretty sure I meant to take Golden Almond as I have more of a golden undertone. Watch this space. Subscribe to my YouTube channel as I’ll be doing a first impression of this foundation.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème ($26)

Another one. Told you this was a mini haul ?. I haven’t had much luck with the Lock It foundation but as I look to step my concealer game up, I just hd to pick this up. Lock-It Concealer Crème promises to brighten the undereye area, cover blemishes, correct discoloration, contour, AND bake. A pretty hefty claim if you ask me. We’ll see how that holds up. I will say finding the right shade was pretty daunting. I eventually settled on Deep 37 Warm because I was looking for something to brighten (Deep 39 didn’t really do much for me).

tarte Tarteist™ Metallic Shadow ($14)

I’ve had my eyes on these shadows for quite some time since tarte released them on their website a few weeks ago. I didn’t bite the proverbial bullet simply because I need to swatch them before committing. I’ve seen a few good reviews but my experience with tarte powders are hit or miss– and I mean everything from highlighting powders to eyeshadows. All of their palettes have a few key home run eyeshadows but also a few duds. Since it is a metallic formula, I’m hoping they’ll be more intense! Bonus: tarte made it easy to de-pot these and place them in a magnetic palette (I’m a fan of the Z palette).

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo ($39)

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been drooling over NARS’ fall campaign. Everything from the model to the products are absolutely gorgeous. I was sent the Sculpting Multiple Duo and honestly it is life. It has everything you need to brighten or shade. The fact that it’s a stick means you can throw it in your makeup bag for a midday touch up or end of day zhoosh up your look before dinner. It comes in three different shades and my favorite is Hot Sand & Laguna, although Flamenco & Oahu is coming in really close.

So these are a few items that are new at Sephora. Have you seen anything that caught your eye? Let me know in the comments or tweet me!

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I was having a conversation with a friend the other day laughing (crying?) about the “bounce back.” Remember how you could easily bounce back from anything when you were younger? Too many drinks the night before? No problem. A dude ghosted on you? Pshh…whatever, there’s another one around the corner. A pimple popped up? It’ll be gone in the morning.

The minute I hit my late twenties, I feel like bouncing back is much harder. I need a full weekend to recover after going out at night and I sure as hell need an arsenal of skincare products to deal with breakouts. I’ve now gotten to the point where I’m noticing lines on my face that didn’t exist just a few short years ago.

Not to sound bleak, but damn. Can I live?

When Vida Glow reached out to me I was skeptical yet intrigued. The beauty girl in me tries almost anything once (twice if I like it). Vida Glow is a soluble powder that can be mixed into your fave drink (hot or cold!) or food.
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HOW SWAY?

Collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is what holds the body together. It can be found in bones, muscles, skin and tendons. As you age, collagen production declines and leads to sagging skin, lines, and wrinkles. Fun stuff to look forward to!

Just a casual reminder mid blog post that I am not a nutritionist or doctor of any kind; all the information that I have provided are either on Vida Glow’s website or the internet.

OKAY, SERIOUSLY BUT WHAT DOES VIDA GLOW HAVE TO DO WITH ANY OF THIS?

Vida Glow is a 100% Natural Marine Collagen Supplement. The marine collagen found in Vida Glow is extracted from the scale of salt-water fish and works from within to promote increasing the body’s natural production of collagen. Vida Glow promises to assist in hydrating your skin, giving a clearer and smoother complexion, fewer lines and wrinkles, and reducing sun damage among other things.

HOW DOES IT TASTE?

Like nothing. I just started taking the Vida Glow Original and was surprised there wasn’t a taste. Most supplements I’ve taken always have an odd taste whether it’s fishy or greasy or even chemically. I will say that after burping (TMI?) there was a slight after taste but that only lasted about five minutes.

HOW DO I TAKE IT?

Take one sachet and pour it into your food or drink and stir. I mixed it with my green juice (apple, kale, lemon, and watermelon) and let the powder fully dissolve to avoid any clumping. (No side effects after taking it!)

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DOES IT WORK?

Since I just started taking it, I can’t comment on any of the above. I plan on taking it for 4-6 weeks to see how my skin and hair looks. FYI, 4-6 weeks is typically how long it takes to see results in topical skincare products!

If you’re someone who prefers having a something with flavor, there are four other flavors plus one called a Beauty Blend which is obviously on my wish list.

I’m excited to review this and use up all of the sachets inside in order to report back! I’ve been breaking out like crazy and my skin has been looking pretty dull/ lackluster overall. This came just at the right time. I have plenty of beauty supplements at home (again willing to try anything in the name of beauty) BUT most of them are HUGE capsules that I just don’t want to swallow. I’m a child.

HOW MUCH IS IT?

There are three different tiers depending on what you’re looking for. The “Gratitude” set ($44.95) comes with 30 sachets that I consider the entry level version. Take one sachet a day and you’re good. The “Prosperity” set ($79.90) comes with 60 sachets that you take twice a day. Lastly, there’s the “Love” set ($109.95) that comes with 90 sachets and you take it three times a day.

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For more information or to purchase, visit Vida Glow’s website. Definitely read through their FAQ to learn more if you’re nervous. I’ll try to do an updated post when my container runs out of sachets, which is a month. Wish me (and my bounce back) luck!

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own.

I’m pretty sure love is Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream.
Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream
Having natural hair means I’ve become such a product junkie. I’m always searching for something that will make my curls pop without drying it out or leaving it crunchy. Some products leave my hair feeling greasy or stringy and others have zero difference. What’s a girl to do?

Luckily, I received a sample of the Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream at Beauty Con LA. The timing was perfect considering I left ALL my hair care products in NY at the time. The Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream smells yummy and is infused with natural grape seed and jasmine.

I apply it on damp hair, making sure to evenly coat each strand of hair with a dime (okay, nickel) sized amount. I usually let my hair air dry in an attempt to avoid heat and the result was defined, bouncy curls. There was no frizz or flyaways and I’ve never been so happy without gel. I definitely plan on purchasing the full size product once this runs out.

If you have curly or natural hair, I highly recommend picking this up. You can’t beat the price!

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I should have a series on this blog called “Instagram made me buy it.” One of the items on that list would definitely be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette for sure.

When news of this palette first broke, I wasn’t really in the mood to pick it up. As much as I love the ABH palettes, I didn’t really care much for the Modern Renaissance palette (who needs red shadows, amirite?)

As more and more beauty bloggers got their PR shipments, I started to crack. I’m not sure which vlogger ended up convincing me but I caved and bought. Boy am I glad I did!

Modern Renaissance Palette Overview

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance
The Modern Renaissance palette features 14 shades, including neutral and berry tones. This is Anastasia Beverly Hills’ first permanent palette and it’s filled with warm tones which is right up my alley.

As with all of her shadows, the shades in the Modern Renaissance palette are highly pigmented and easy to blend. Of the 14 shades, 11 are matte and 3 metallic shades. It’s super versatile and the berry shades in the palette are very wearable. It does come with a dual-sided bristle brush which is actually very soft. I’m not usually a fan of brushes that come with palettes, but this is an exception.

Swatches: Top Row

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance swatches From left to right:

  • Tempera – Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
  • Golden Ochre – Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
  • Vermeer – Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
  • Buon Fresco – Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
  • Antique Bronze – Metallic sable with a satin finish
  • Love Letter- Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
  • Cyprus Umber- Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Swatches: Bottom Row

Modern Renaissance palette swatchesFrom left to right:

  • Raw Sienna- neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish
  • Burnt Orange- deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
  • Primavera- shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
  • Red Ochre- Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
  • Venetian Red- Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
  • Warm Taupe- Earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
  • Realgar- Brick with an ultra-matte finish

While I do love the shadows, they are unbelievably soft which means there’s a lot of kick up when you swirl your brush. I can also see this breaking if you were to drop it one to many times (that said I don’t generally throw my makeup around). I would recommend doing your eye makeup first as I’ve gotten fallout while doing my makeup.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette costs $42 and can be found at Sephora (sold out now but sign up for their emails to be notified when it’s back in stock). You can also find it at Ulta.

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