June Favorites

Thursday, June 29, 2017

June Favorites
It's finally summer!
The rising temps and 2018 resort shows have influenced my summer wardrobe and beauty regime.
Because of the scorching sun, I've been wearing lighter makeup and resorting to two of my new favorite products.

This liquid eyeliner by Essence is so black and stays put! Perfect for the humid weather. It's also really inexpensive. The only fault with it is the applicator. It's not my favorite so I seek assistance from my Real Techniques Fine Liner brush to apply it.

The Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean cheek palette is my latest obsession. I casually went to check it out since I love the movies, but then, I instantly fell in love with it when I took swatches.
The highlighters are so fine and pigmented and the blushes give a natural sunkissed look.
Try applying on the cheek bones rather then concentrating on the apples of your cheeks to look more sculpted and naturally tanned.

My top looks from the resort collections are quite diverse.

Zuhair Murad's light pastels and material caught my eye.

Givenchy's head-to-toe blue blew me away.

Gucci's killer gowns came out of a dream!

The delicate designs of Reem Acra were so feminine and simple.

Thom Browne's collection was classic, cool and had an all-American feel with the simple red and blue stripes.

Dior made me want to head to the West in search for gold!
The cowboy, desert themed collection hit all the marks--- sheer dresses, fringe and the most amazing hats!

And now for some of my beloved pieces for this month: Baskets, Turquoise and Hats.
I've been on the hunt for the perfect turquoise ring for years! My mom finally found the most beautiful one out in New Mexico... where turquoise is their favorite accessory.

Nothing says summer like a basket. They are cute, classic and, best of all, can fit a lot inside!

Hope you enjoyed and were inspired!
All images my own or via Pinterest and Vogue Runway.

Ever Since New York Playlist

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ever Since New York Playlist
Kate Moss in NYC shot by Glen Luchford

The Pink Ladies are about to take on the big apple this weekend so in honor of that I've created this New York  City inspired playlist!


This playlist is a combination of songs that mention the New York specifically or that just make me feel like I'm walking down the streets of this magical city.

Kendall Jenner for American Vogue shot by Theo Wenner

Classic songs like 'Chelsea Hotel No 2' by the late Leonard Cohen are included while newer songs like Harry Styles' 'Ever Since New York' are all mixed together!

Artists that hail from New York like The Strokes and Lana Del Rey were obviously included as well!

The Ace Hotel, 2015.

See you soon NYC!!

Living Cruelty-Free

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Living Cruelty-Free

I just wanted to point out, a couple days after this post was published, it was released that NARS had gone back on its promise to be cruelty-free and now sells to China.
Over the past year I have transitioned into a cruelty-free beauty regime.
I never knew how many companies still practiced cruel and unnecessary tests on animals.
A lot of companies have ditched animal testing in the US, however, allow it in China in order to sell their products there.
(China has a law that makes companies agree that their products might be tested on animals, if they want their products to be sold in the country.)
I had to give up brands that I adored like MAC, YSL Beauty and L'oreal, but is a blush or lipstick really worth an animal's torture?
So if you want to take the leap to "leaping bunny" products only, here's a guide to some of my favorite products.

Here are some amazing lip products that any animal lover can wear without feeling guilty.
At the top is a Hard Candy chubby stick that is a nice balmy-texture and is one of my favorite everyday lip products and it's so cheap!
Going clockwise is the Charlotte Tilbury lip gloss in "Blondie"
Anastasia Beverley Hills matte lipstick in "Pure Hollywood".
Kiko Matte lip pencil. I really love Kiko products. They are great quality and very pigmented.
And the last product on the left is another Anastasia matte lipstick in "Crush".
Wet n Wild is a really cool drugstore brand that has the cruelty-free bunny right in the front!
(Not all brands put the bunny on their products so you can check on a company's FAQ to see if they test. If the company's statement is confusing or vague, you can also check on Peta's website.)
Nars and NYX are two brands that I think everyone loves so why not become a loyal customer and stick to them??
One  of the hardest products for me to give up was the Clinique Acne solutions foundation, but I quickly found replacements.
When it comes to cleansing I stick to Simple and The Body Shop. Simple is in the drugstore and is for sensitive skin and has worked out great for me.
I just discovered this Finnish brand and really have fallen for this night cream. It is very moisturizing and smells soooo good.
Of course, I couldn't leave out Urban Decay. This beauty leader is known for being kind to our furry friends. A lot of their products are vegan too!
One of my favorite brands on this planet is Glossier. I love facial water, but they can be hard to find. When I do come across them in stores, they usually come from a brand that tests, but thank God for Evian!
 This blush is at the top of my list of "must-have" products. It is so pretty! Too Faced is a really great line... but I'm sure all the beauty lovers know that already though.
About 6 months ago, I was really upset because my hair just stopped growing. I figured it was from the damage of bleaching it in the past. I don't iron or curl my hair very often so I didn't know how to help my hair grow... then I discovered this! My hair is so much healthier and is almost to my waist now!
The hardest cruelty-free products to find are the hygiene products. After some research, I bought Tom's Toothpaste. I also switched over to their deodorant too.
The Ouai has the best hair products for those girls who don't like to fuss with their hair everyday. Just a pump of this dry shampoo foam and I instantly have the greatest smelling, cool-girl hair.

There are a lot of amazing cruelty-free brands... it would just take me forever to go through them all. If you want to help stand against animal testing start doing some product research before you buy. I promise it's not too hard!

Images my own or Pinterest