Friday, May 25, 2018

6 Staples for Glowing Summer Skin

The weather has really taken a turn here in Buffalo and so has my beauty routine. Warmer days equals simple makeup, and I am loving an easy, glowy beauty look.

In the past, I have strictly used full coverage foundation. I wanted flawless skin with no scars or blemishes in sight. Not only was finding a full coverage foundation that worked with my skin next to impossible, but it made my skin worse. The past few weeks I have been using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer. My skin has been much happier and I have embraced the flaws I once scrambling to hide. I do use a touch of concealer here and there, but mostly for my under eyes. My go-to brand has been the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. It's a great price and blends so easily with just the tap of my finger. I feel like acne has been a hot topic lately. The truth is a lot of people deal with it and that's okay. At the end of the day, a blemish really doesn't matter. And to be honest, not stressing about my skin has been a breathe of fresh air.

Blush is my favorite summer beauty product. The Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff has quickly become my day to day go-to. The Dusk shade is perfect for an evening look. When I'm feeling like a little shimmer, the GALifornia Blush by Benefit gives my cheeks a rosy glow. 

When it comes to lip products, I always prefer something I can swipe on without a mirror. I love using the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. The colors are gorgeous, it has SPF 15, and keeps your lips so hydrated. I also recently started using the Glossier Balm Dotcom in Rose. I love the scent and the thick formula for when my lips need some extra care.

I have two mascaras that I consistently reach for. The high end brand is Benefit's BADgal Bang!, and my drugstore pick is L'Oreal's Voluminous Lash Paradise. They are quite similar, but if I had to choose I would go with Benefit. Pro Tip: Always buy the travel size of high end brands. It's cheaper and the smaller wand allows for more control.

Spritzing on setting spray is the best part of getting ready. It's so refreshing and really wakes me up. Any setting spray by Urban Decay is a winner in my book. I recently tried the Quick Fix. The subtle coconut scent is very nice, and this formula is super hydrating and brightening. 

Travel Diary: A Day in D.C.

When flying home from Dallas last Tuesday, a tornado just outside Washington, D.C. caused a cancelled flight and an impromptu overnight stay. A cancelled flight is not often a welcome hitch in the plans, but once I was settled into my hotel room I decided to take advantage of this opportunity. I love D.C. and have been to our nation's capital a few times over the years. When one of my good friends was studying at GW, I made a few trips to visit her and instantly fell in love with the city. It is beautiful, clean, and swarming with men in suits.
Before I set out on my spontaneous adventure, I did a bit of research just to find out where the optimal drop off location would be. I planned on walking everywhere and needed a solid starting point. I decided I should start at the Lincoln Memorial. Here is what my day in D.C. looked like:

11:30am - Took an Uber from my hotel to the Lincoln Memorial. Pro Tip: Always use Uber Pool. The cost is way cheaper and sometimes you get to ride solo.

12:00 pm - Made my way along the Reflection Pond to the WWII Memorial. I had to stop for a few minutes to watch a mama duck and all her little ducklings swimming in single file. They quickly became quite the tourist attraction. 

12:30 pm - Arrived at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. This museum focuses on modern art. Even the building is a work of art. Pro Tip: All Smithsonian Museums are free, so take advantage!

1:30 pm - Stumbled upon a dozen or so food trucks across from the Federal Building. Lunch was in full swing. I grabbed some empanadas from The Corn Factory and claimed a shady spot to people watch. I also swung into a Starbucks to charge my phone and escape the heat. It was 95 degrees that day. Pro Tip: It never hurts to take a break and charge your phone. 

3:00 pm - Walked to the United States Botanic Gardens and passed the Capital Building along the way. The Botanic Gardens are so beautiful! I spent an hour wandering through each room, doubling back to view a few rooms twice.

4:00 pm - I stepped foot in the most beautiful building my eyes have ever seen. The Library of Congress took my breathe away. I spent well over an hour starring at the ceiling and taking pictures from every angle imaginable. There is not one photo I snapped that will do this inspiring space justice. If you ever get the chance to visit the Library of Congress, do not pass it up. I stood amongst Thomas Jefferson's personal collection of books. It was the perfect last stop on my day of adventures. 

6:30 pm - I ended the day with a cold beer and a plate of the most delicious tater tots of all time at ChurchKey. The bartender was so friendly and very helpful when it came to answering all of my beer questions. There were so many great brews on tap. Pro Tip: Make friends with the bartender, they have the best stories and are more than happy to give you sample tastings.

8:30 pm - Arrived back at my hotel. I was exhausted and my feet were killing me, but spending the day exploring one of my favorite cities solo was so worth the minor foot cramp. It was so exciting to explore new places in one of my old favorite places. Having the freedom to make my own literary and do whatever I wanted was very liberating. I love traveling with family and friends, but traveling solo is something everyone should try at least once. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Met Gala 2018: Favorite Looks

There's nothing like the first Monday of May to get the creative juices flowing. This year's Meta Gala Theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, filled the red carpet with ethereal looks. Here were the gowns that blow me away:

Amal Clooney in Richard Quinn 

Blake Lively in Versace

Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta

Sarah Jessica Parker

Amanda Seyfried in Prada

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton

Lili Reinhart in custom H&M

Zendaya in Versace

Emilia Clark

Priyanka Chopra in custom Ralph Lauren

Images from WWD.