makeup · skincare

bluemercury haul: summer break shopping party


Ok, I admit it – I am slightly obsessed with bluemercury. Mainly because they give THE BEST samples/gift with purchases that I have yet to find at any other beauty store (sorry, Sephora – I still love you!) and I never feel as overwhelmed as I do at Ulta/Sephora, mainly because their stores are much smaller. I will say their only downfall is the sales associates/beauty gurus. They’re either a wonderfully helpful or super standoffish/don’t know what they’re doing. My first few experiences at bluemercury I had the sweetest ladies help me and they did a great job in product selection. Recently though, I have steered away from going into the stores due to poor customer service and opt to shop online (free 2 day shipping – heyyyy)

What bluemercury does best is their shopping parties. They do these quite frequently with amazing gift with purchase bags and a couple times a year (Christmas + 1 or 2 other times) they give up to 20% off your entire purchase! Unreal. The gift with purchases are phenomenal and is how I’m able to try such a variety of high end skin care products I would normally never buy.

I attended their summer break shopping party last week and it didn’t disappoint. I had tried some of the samples in the gift bag previously, but luckily they were some of my faves – Oribe dry texturizing spray! and I am super excited for a few of the ones I have yet to try – bumble & bumble all-style blow dry  and Supergoop! defense refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50

At the shopping party I grabbed some tried and true favorites:

And decided to try some new products as well:

  • M-61 PowerGlow Body Butter  – I love the original hydraboost body butter so am excited to try this version which will hopefully give some of the same effect as the PowerGlow peel to the rest of my body!
  • Laura Mercier candleglow sheer perfecting powder in shade 2. I will admit I was skeptical about this as I never use powder and find it to look too cakey on my face but decided to give it a try after chatting with the sales rep and trying it on. So far I am loving it! Gives a nice luminous finish to my skin and is not drying at all.
  • Trish McEvoy fan brush #62 – this brush is just so so in my opinion. Or maybe I just don’t know how to use it properly? Oh well. I really just wanted to try a fan brush so I could get my highlight on like the rest of ya’ll.
  • Lune+Aster eyelid primer – have yet to try this but it has some great reviews so we’ll see!

Thoughts on some of these products/can someone please explain to me how to use a fan brush?? 🙂



effortless spring makeup

spring (2)

I am all about easy, breezy, out the door makeup once it warms up and my skin has a little color to it! These are my current favorite go-tos for effortless spring makeup.

Unless you have skin concerns that you really want to cover up, you don’t need much more than a tinted moisturizer, a little concealer and some bronzer. I prime with this Lune+Aster Real Glow Primer which looks great under the tinted moisturizer for an added glow. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer has been a staple of mine for years (and it’s SPF 20!). Light coverage but just enough to make your skin look even and polished. My favorite bronzer has been Nars Laguna Bronzer Powder but I dropped it recently and it crumbled to pieces so I need a new one! Any suggestions?? I have a sample of Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer, which I’ve heard is quite good so I’m going to give that a try.

For the eyes, it’s nice to keep it simple and just sweep a cream shadow stick over the lids. A favorite has been Trish McEvoy’s 24 hour shadow and liner. The coverage is great and it’s really easy to blend out with your finger. I love the rose quartz color and think it looks great on all skin tones. Swipe some mascara and that’s it! I just tried this Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara  and I have to say it’s pretty nice! Definitely more on the natural side, but great for daytime wear. And it doesn’t clump, which is a pet peeve of mine 🙂

Add a pop of coral to the lips and cheeks and you’re good to go! Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color in Coral Reef and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick  in Venezia are two amazing colors, easy to apply, and they really do stay in place for hours. Nars Blush in Orgasm is a cult favorite for a reason. It looks great on everyone!

Beauty lovers, have you tried these products? Any other favorites I am missing?