After writing my last post on what ten clothing items are vacation essentials, I thought it only fitting to share my beach makeup survival kit. This isn’t day at the beach makeup,but more like the products I’d pack if going on a getaway.So after careful deliberation ,I chose the below fab five. I took a logical approach to this challenge, and picked the products that I would actually need and use when getting my vacation on.After all,the last thing anyone needs is another summer makeup collage with some tinted lip balm ,a cheek stain,and mascara thrown in for good measure.( Girl,I have stuff to hide!)So without further ado,here it is:

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1.The Loroc Pro Palate: I absolutely can’t say enough good things about this palate. The looks you could do with this single palate are endless.It also doesn’t hurt that the pigmentation is so rich,and the texture is creamy .And bonus,you can use the champagne shadow as a highlight.

2.Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream: This is one of the only BB creams out there that actually can cover imperfections. Day to day I like a medium coverage foundation,because out of it you can go heavier or lighter depending on your needs. Unfortunately, bright sunlight can make heavier foundations look absolutely awful. Enter Smashbox BB cream. It blends into your skin flawlessly,and doesn’t look fake in strong sunlight.

3.NYX Concealer In A Jar: I  picked this wonder of a concealer not just because it can cover random spots,but because it’s creamy enough to deal with dark circles. I use this everyday,and I continually choose it over some of my more pricey products.

4. Benefit They’re Real Mascara: It just works so well. It doesn’t take you twenty minutes applying 10 coats,and yet it manages to separate every lash. I love,love,LOVE this!

5.Elf Bronzer and Blush duo in St Lucia: I’ve been using this as both as my contour,and bronzer for years. Its mostly matte,with very subtle shimmer. It doesn’t hurt that the blush is gorgeous,or the fact that it cost $3.00.


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As I get ready to go away on summer vacation, I have been rummaging  through my favorite websites to find perfect beach ware. With any trip you go on, you want to be prepared,yet practical. So I proposed a challenge:What if I could only take ten clothing items? If you want to see my “deserted island” wishlist,read on.

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1.A Chunky Knit Sweater– You can throw it over your bathing suit as a cover up, or rock it with linen pants. I love the light pastels of this one pictured above. VS Linen Tunic Sweater available here

2. White linen pants– These can go from day to night in a snap, and there so light and breezy,its like wearing pj’s.VS The Beach Pant in Linen available here

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3.A Frilly Bathing Suit– This mint two piece is simple enough to mix with other patterned bikinis,yet looks fab on its own. Take a jump off the deep end and look oh so cute!  Billabong Deven Triangle Top and Deven Stringer Bottoms available here

4.A Multipurpose tote– I love that this bag is stylish enough to work away from those sandy shores. It also doesn’t hurt that this can double as your beach bag.Ralph Lauren Gardiner Tote available here

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5.Cotton sun dress–  Hanging out in the sun all day? Throw this breezy sundress over your bathing suit and your instantly ready for wherever the night may take you.VS The Beach Dress available here

6.Gold rimmed aviator sunglasses– I am always amazed at how easily these dress up anything. Put you hair up in a sleek top knot and throw theses on, you instantly look like a celebrity. Ray-ban Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses available here

7. Floral Maxi Dress– Between the cutout details to sweet floral pattern this Maxi dress should be an all around summer staple. ASOS Oh My Love Cami Maxi Dress available here

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8.Chambray shirt– This is probably the most worn item I own.  It’s just so  effortless,and goes with just about anything. Throw it over a maxi dress,with jean shorts,or just over your two piece and it works.J Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt available here

9.Distressed jean shorts– An old standby that always works. I really love fray detail of the ones pictured above,a great way to beat those summer rays.True Religion Joey Cutoff Shorts available here

10.Simple sandals– I love these nude t-strap sandals by Sam Edleman. There comfortable,classic,and make your legs look miles long. Sam Edleman Gigi Sandals available here


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With summer here and many of us packing up to head on vacation, I put together a DIY project to organize your makeup brushes. This brush roll is so easy to make, and is a fraction of what it costs to buy one. My favorite thing about this project is you can create it however you want! So put on your design hat, and get to work!


1 yard of any fabric of your choice

A glue gun and glue sticks

1/2 yard of any ribbon of your choice

1 zipper (optional)

1 fabric bow (optional)


1. Cut two 16X16(inch) pieces of your fabric .

2. Cut one 16×9(16 inches across X 9 inches high) piece of fabric

3. Place your two 16x16in.fabric squares with the pattern facing in.

4. Place a line of glue across the bottom of the square .You should be gluing the patterned part of your fabric together, with the blank side facing up.

5. Repeat this step up both of the sides


6. Wait until glue is dry, and flip right side out .It should look like a square pillow case with the top open.

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7. Lay your square down flat and measure about 10 inches up from the bottom (enough space for your brushes to stand up)

8. Place straight pins right above this line to give yourself a point of reference

9. Open up your square so that you’re looking down inside, and place a line of glue right below the straight pins you just marked. This creates the flap that will cover your brushes.

10. To make a pocket out of the flap that covers the brushes, first measure the length of your zipper. (Measure a space long enough for the actual zipper, not the fabric surrounding it)

11. Mark the length, and cut one long straight line for your zipper.

12. You now should have a straight cut in the center of the flap. On each side of your cut, make two very small cuts at the ends. Make one on both the top and bottom fabric of where you’re putting the zipper. It just needs to be enough to fold the fabric over and get a finished seam. It should look like a long H.


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13. Flip each edge on the top and bottom inward and glue.

14. Position your zipper inside the opening and glue finished edges to the fabric of the zipper.


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15. Fold the final side of you square inward, and glue edges. At this time you should have a square with four finished sides and the upper portion in a pocket.

16. Gather your 16X9 piece of fabric from earlier and fold each of the four sides over and glue. You now have four finished edges.

17. Place (but do not glue) your 16X9 piece of fabric1 inch from the bottom of your square. It should be centered but 1/2 inch closer to the right side. This will account for the fabric used to create the brush pockets. See diagram below.


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18. Glue the left edge of your 16×9 piece to the bottom front of your square, where we previously positioned it.

19. Next grab a old pencil, or something that approximates the size of the brush slot you want to create. Fold the 16×9 piece over exposing the inside of the left edge you just glued. Now place your pencil flush with the glued edge.

20. Make a vertical line of glue down the fabric, just left of where you placed your pencil. Unfold fabric over the pencil and push into line of glue. Quickly slide out the pencil before glue dries. This creates a slot.

21. Continue across making as many brush slots as fabric will allow. I used the pencil with half of my fabric, and then used a empty lip gloss tube to create larger brush slots with the other half. Glue down left edge, and bottom.


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22. Flip over so that the backside of brush roll is facing up. Take ribbon and glue in the center. I then used a silk bow to cover where I glued the ribbon down. Roll up and tie!

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below. Many safe summer travels!

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