Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Rompers for Spring Under $100

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Rompers are my favorite thing to wear in the spring and summer.  I love that you just need to throw on one piece with a few accessories and you're look is done, it couldn't be easier and who doesn't love an easy look?!  I own so many rompers and wear them all spring and summer.  If you follow me on Instagram (@theblushblonde) then you saw the one I bought just last week, and that purchase has me in the mood to keep adding to my collection.  Here I have for you some of the most adorable rompers to add to your warm weather wardrobe.  If you want something subtle this and this solid colored rompers are perfect for you.  If you're looking for something a little brighter one of the print rompers is great for that, I especially love this one because of the sweet ruffle it has on the front and back.  I could see myself wearing any of these though and need some help narrowing it down!  Which one is your favorite?


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday Ten: Summer Skin + Tutu Tuesday Linkup

1. Dry brush before you shower.
In my post last Wednesday I briefly discussed dry brushing.  To dry brush you first need to get naked, then you take a brush like this and "brush" your body in sweeping or circular motions from the toes all the way up to your neck (but don't dry brush your face or neck!), and finish by showering.  Dry brushing removes dead skin and helps to improve circulation - it has even been said to help improve the appearance of cellulite.  Doing this before every shower has created a noticeable difference in my skin, it's significantly softer and helped to get rid of the keratosis pilaris on my arms.  If you want smooth skin for summer this is a must try!  This pin has more information on dry brushing and is super helpful.

2. Scrub in the shower.
I always feel like in the summer my skin needs a little extra exfoliation, so about once a week I like to use a body scrub in the shower, in addition to dry brushing.  Even if you skip the dry brush you have to at the least exfoliate in the shower to get smooth skin the warmer months.  I use a scrub at the end of a shower and vigorously scrub my whole body, I then pat it dry and use lotion to lock in the moisture.  Fresh makes the ultimate body scrub, and I also love this one from DERMAdoctor, which physically and chemically exfoliates your skin; you can also DIY a scrub and I have a few recipes coming in the next few weeks!

3. Embrace moisturizing and anti acne body washes.
This might seem kind of counterproductive, but having two different types of body wash is important to get the best skin possible.  I use a moisturizing body wash, like this, for the areas of my body that are dry, like my arms and legs.  I then use an anti acne body wash on spots that tend to break out, like my chest and back, and am a big fan of this.  Another great tip is to make sure to wash your back after you rinse the conditioner out of your hair so you get rid of any residue that could potentially clog your pores.

4. Use a quality razor.
I learned the hard way that using a quality razor is important.  For as long as I can remember I've used Venus razors, even the most basic one contains moisturizer and multiple blades; however, one time I tried to use a super cheap razor and it destroyed my skin.  After I used the cheap disposable razor my legs broke out with horrible razor burn that really hurt; needless to say I never tried that razor again and went back to Venus.  In addition to the awful rash the cheap razor also did not give as nearly as close of a shave as my usual Venus.  This taught me it's worth it to spend a little more on a razor because it just works better, saves time, and prevents problems.

5. Moisturizing shaving cream is a must.
I've been shaving my legs for over a decade and I've learned that next to having a good razor using a moisturizing shaving cream makes all the difference.  My skin is super sensitive to some shaving creams, but this one works the best for me and I love it.  Using a moisturizing shaving cream will help you to avoid cutting yourself, help you get a closer shave, and will hydrate your skin.

6. Get Bikini Zone.
To avoid razor burn on your bikini line Bikini Zone is an absolute must have.  I always used to get razor burn whenever I shaved down there, but this has been a serious game changer for me.  I put this on the areas I shaved when I get out of the shower and it prevents any redness, irritation, and/or itching.  If you wax or depilate your bikini area you can also use this to soothe any irritations you may experience.  I've actually told a few of my friends about how well this works and they love it now too!  For the summer months I also like to use the Bikini Zone Anti-Bumps shave gel when I shave my bikini line just to really make sure my skin doesn't look irritated when I wear a bathing suit.

7. Moisturize with oil.
If you've read some of my beauty posts than you probably know I love using oils to moisturize.  Oils moisturize your skin even better than lotions do and they typically have more natural ingredients, which is a big plus for me.  My favorite oils to use to moisturize my body are coconut oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil; I used to also love using almond oil, but I developed a bad allergy to tree nuts so I can't use it anymore.  I advise putting oil on before you go to bed so it is all absorbed in the morning and you wake up with soft, gorgeous skin.

8. Use a firming cream.
I am a huge fan of Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10 Plus.  Not only does this lotion moisturize your skin nicely and smell good, but it helps to tone and firm skin too.  I've been using this for years and it does noticeably tighten the skin on your body.  I love using this cream in the summertime because a lot more of my skin is exposed and this just makes it look nicer.  It helps with the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks and is great for an extra boost of confidence.

9. Take a bath.
Soaking in a bath, especially when you add a moisturizing bubble bath or bath oil to it, is a great way to soften your skin.  If I'm experiencing any skin issues I like to soak in a bath with this before bed and it really soothes my skin.  To get the most out of a bath dry brush before you get in and quickly apply oil to seal in moisture when you get out.

10. Use sunscreen!
In my opinion this is a no brainer because who wants skin cancer or sun damage, but it always amazes me how many people still do not wear sunscreen.  I am crazy about sunscreen because I am so fair skinned and love Neutrogena sun products.  Make sure to apply sunscreen fifteen minutes before sun exposure and to reapply frequently, especially if you're in the water.  If you don't follow any of the other tips on this list please at least follow this one!

What are your best tips for getting your skin summer ready?

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Shopping Haul: Sephora

Recently I've hit up Sephora a few times and I thought it would be fun to share what I bought.  I'm sure that you'll be able to tell from my purchases that the sheet mask obsession is so real for me right now.  Below is my second Spring Sephora Haul.

I'm a big fan of the Sephora brand sheet masks - they're great quality and a good price at $6.00 each.  I originally bought this for my sister, but she didn't use it so I landed up stealing it the other night.  This mask uses algae to detox skin to make it look more radiant.  It helped me with some skin congestion I was experiencing without drying my skin out.  I think this would especially be good for the summer months when my skin needs a gentle cleaning.
Repurchase? Yes.

As I mentioned in my post last Wednesday this is my favorite sheet mask I've tried.  It brightens my skin without making it dry, which is an issue I've had with some other brightening masks.  In addition to not drying out my skin it does a great job at providing the extra hydration it needs.  It also tightens pores and gives your skin an all over glow.
Repurchase? Yes. This sheet mask actually comes in a five pack and I am planning on purchasing that because I love it so much!

I picked this up because of the good luck I've had with the other Sephora brand sheet masks.  The Avocado Sheet Mask is meant to nourish and repair skin.  I have super dry skin so I thought it would be great for that.  I haven't tried it yet, but check out my Snapchat @kthomp to see when I do!  (P.S. I document all my sheet masking on my Snapchat account!)
Repurchase? Not sure.  I haven't tried yet.

I was looking for a matte bronzer that would compliment my very fair skin and not make me look orange.  I did some research and several websites recommended this because it looks great on all skin tones - even the super pale.  I wanted a bronzer for the warmer months to warm up my complexion and to experiment with contouring.  I haven't worn bronzer in forever so I'm still playing around with this, but I like that the color is very buildable.
Repurchase? Not sure. I won't know if I'll repurchase until I use it more.

Since I love their sheet masks so much I figured trying the Sephora brand eye sheet masks was a no brainer.  The Algae Eye Mask tones and detoxes around the eyes to give them a fresh look.  I brought these to use before graduation because I knew that I would be tired coming off Senior Week.  I used these the night before the first ceremony and they helped to brighten the skin around my eyes.
Repurchase? Yes.

This made its way into my Must Have post from last week.  This has been a game changer for me and I am completely hooked on it!  Like I said in my previous post my eyelashes are naturally super long and my bottom lashes touch under my eyes, which means I've always had an issue with mascara flaking and rubbing off under my eyes.  I figured for Senior Ball and graduation I would give this a try so have to worry about wiping away flakes all the time and it worked amazing.  This is the only mascara I've ever used that actually stays on my bottom lashes until I take it off, which is a miracle for me.
Repurchase? YES!

I purchased this for my Mom.  I haven't used any MAKE UP FOR EVER products, but I had heard good things and their eyeshadows came in so many gorgeous colors so I turned to them when my Mom asked me for eyeshadow.  The color is actually lighter in person than online, but it is beautiful; it's a perfect base eyeshadow.  She loves the way it goes on and it has a nice subtle shimmer to it.
Repurchase? Yes.

This also made its way into my Must Have post from last week.  I purchased this as a highlighter to use when learning to contour; however, after I ordered it I read a lot of reviews that it wasn't a highlighter, but just a sparkle powder and I began to panic.  When it came in I figured I had to give it a try and if I didn't like it I would return it.  I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this though; I would categorize it as a light highlighter because it does deposit a highlighter color on my skin.  In addition to the color it has the most beautiful iridescent shimmer that I absolutely love!  My favorite part of this is the way it looks along the tops of cheekbones layered over blush.

First off I have to tell you that this sheet mask is actually pink, which is so fun!  The boscia sheet masks are hands down the best fitting sheet masks I've tried, they come in two pieces and because they are made of hydrogel (instead of paper like fibers that most sheet masks are made of) it molds to the shape of your face really well.  This mask was helpful when I was in need of some extra hydration and made my skin super smooth.  I loved it so much that I landed up going back and buying a second one for my Mom to try because she has super dry skin too.  Last week to prep for all the graduation pictures we knew we'd be taking we had a sheet mask night together and she loved this!

I had been waiting to try this for a while, but it's always sold out on Sephora's website because it's so popular.  Luckily when I ran into Sephora one day to get the Clinique mascara from above they had one so I had to get it!  It even won an Allure's Best of Beauty Award in 2015.  This mask gives your skin a major dose of water and does an amazing job of hydrating.  It's super refreshing and hydrates without clogging pores.  This mask is great for all skin types, even those who are acne prone or oily.

When I went to repurchase the Too Cool For School Egg Cream Sheet Mask the Sephora I was at was out so I decided to give this a try.  It's the same design as the boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask and fit my face really well.  Although I liked the Too Cool For School Egg Cream Sheet Mask better I was overall a fan of this.  It brightened and hydrated my skin, but my favorite part was the dose of antioxidants it provides.

This mask not only hydrates skin, but it helps to strengthen the skin's moisture barrier as well.  Using this will help your skin to better hold in moisture in the future.  In addition to hydrating it also uses seaweed extract to purify skin.  I was really pleased with the results from using this and I could actually feel the difference in the hydration levels.


Have you made any recent Sephora purchases?

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Favorites

Favorite Look at Cannes Blake Lively
Blake Lively wore Vivienne Westwood Couture to the Slack Bay premiere in Cannes.  Blake has been owning the red carpet since she's been in Cannes with her many gorgeous looks and this is no exception.  She looks absolutely stunning in this Cinderella-esque gown, which she compliments with perfect hair and makeup.  This is hands down my favorite look that Blake, or any celebrity, has worn during the film festival.

I have been seeing these sunnies everywhere lately.  Every time I see someone wearing them I love them more and more.  They are super chic and their shape is a modern twist on a classic.  If you're looking to splurge on sunnies for summer make sure to check out these beauties.

Favorite Party Fun Birthday Cake
I came across this 1st birthday cake on Pinterest and think that it's absolutely adorable.  It's perfectly simplistic and looks great for pictures.  I honestly think that this cake could even be used for an adult and it has me thinking about my next birthday in January!

This comprehensive (and fun!) quiz will give you detailed information on the type of facial you need based on your skin type, lifestyle, and more.  The website says to "Take our quiz for sage advice from top dermatologists, [and] celebrity facialists!"

Favorite Flowers Simple Bouquets
Another fun Pinterest find this week was this picture of these beautiful blooms.  I love how pretty flowers look when wrapped in simple brown paper.  A bouquet like these are sure to brighten up any room.

What are your Friday Favorites?

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Celebrity Style Obsession: Chloë Grace Moretz

Chloë Grace Moretz is that super cool girl we all know with the perfect effortless style.  We've seen her style evolve over the years as she's grown up in the public eye and developed her own unique look.  Chloë easily goes from classy and feminine on the red carpet to edgy on the streets.  Her off duty looks are easy with an edge and she typically favors dark colors.  She experiments the most on the red carpet going between a variety of different looks depending on the event.  I can't really pin down a specific style that Chloë usually rocks on the red carpet since she wears everything from floral dresses to leather mini skirts to chic matching sets and more; however she does typically favor skirts and dresses while on the carpet.  She compliments all of her looks with her hair and makeup, which also have an effortless, yet chic look to them.  No matter where she is Chloë always looks incredible and is definitely a star to turn to for fashion inspiration whether you're grabbing brunch with a friend or heading to a dressy party.  Here I have for you my favorite looks she has worn.

Which of Chloë's looks is your favorite?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Must Haves

This shimmery powder is absolutely gorgeous!  I've been using it as a light highlighter because it doesn't deposit a lot of color, but more of an iridescent shimmer that looks beautiful.  I especially love the way it looks along the tops of cheekbones layered over blush.  I rocked it all through graduation and senior week and am completely hooked.  You can even dust some on your decollage and cleavage for special events and it gives a light, tasteful sparkle!

This is hands down my favorite chemical exfoliant and it's fun to use.  You apply a thin layer of this, wait one minute, then massage your face to roll off the cream and all the dead skin comes with it.  My face is always super smooth and looks glowy after I use this.  I alternate between this and a physical exfoliant three nights a week to free my face of any dead skin cells.  This is a must have all the time in my book.

The skin on my face has been so incredibly dry the past few months and this has been an absolute lifesaver!  Once a week, I wash my face, apply this, then leave it on as long as I can before wiping it off with a damp washcloth and applying moisturizer.  I have seen a huge improvement in my skin since I started using it and it is worth the price for how well it works.  If you're experiencing dryness on your face you have to try this!

I've been using a sample of these that I got using my Sephora Beauty Reward Points.  Oh my gosh these are AMAZING!  Seriously one of the best skincare products I have ever used and I don't say this lightly.  After a few days of using these my skin has looked the best it ever has - my pores are smaller, blackheads are gone, and my skin literally glows.  When I'm done with my sample I will be purchasing the full size!

I love dry brushing my body before I get in the shower.  It really helps to get rid of dead skin and keeps skin smoother than using an in shower exfoliant.  The best thing I've discovered though is that it helps with Keratosis Pilaris and mine has essentially disappeared.  I'm thinking about doing a post on dry brushing sometime soon!

My eyelashes are naturally super long and my bottom lashes touch under my eyes, which means I've always had an issue with mascara flaking and rubbing off under my eyes.  I really didn't want to have to worry about wiping away flakes all night for my senior ball and during graduation so I decided to gave this a try and fell in love with it.  This is the only mascara I've ever used that actually stays on my bottom lashes until I take it off.  I use Diorshow on my top lashes and then apply this to my bottom lashes and love the look.  To be honest I always thought bottom lash mascara was a gimmick, but I don't think I will ever go back to not using it now.

Lately I have been super obsessed with sheet masks and all their amazing benefits.  I've been trying so many different ones from Sephora and Ulta and have been loving the results I'm getting.  I've been doing a sheet mask once a week now and even have my Mom hooked on them!  While I've tried a bunch my favorite so far has been the Too Cool for School Egg Cream Sheet Mask, it both hydrates and brightens skin leaving it looking amazing.

With all of the events I've been to this month I have been using this constantly.  The weather has been so crazy this month - hot, cold, rainy, humid, that I need this to keep my eyeshadow in place through it all.  If you have oily eyelids you need this to keep everything in place and looking amazing through anything.

What are your must haves of the moment?

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