Spring Break Essentials

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With Spring Break season in full affect, you can never have too many suggestions on what to bring to make your vacation go off without a hitch.

For me, I always over pack because I’m worried I won’t have enough outfits or I’ll need certain outfits for certain things or a bathing suit will get ruined so I bring a few extra…let’s face it I just pack WAY too much.

So here are my essentials you need that will have you well prepared:

  1. A Multi-Purpose Cover Up – this is key, if you bring a cover up that can also be acceptable as a dress for lunch or dinner, your wardrobe can be set for that day and your packing is cut in half! This versatile black dress is from Revolve Clothing)

coverup

  1. Makeup Bag full of must haves – for me on vacation this would be a BB or CC cream (with sunscreen! – It Cosmetics CC Cream), Makeup Forever waterproof concealer, waterproof mascara (I love the L’oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara), a great waterproof gel liner  (Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner) and a highlighter than can double as eye shadow, Que Jacklyn Hill’s Champagne Pop.
  2. Beach Bag – I always use the Scout Bags at the beach because you want a durable bag that can withstand the sand and is waterproof, these are perfect and come in so many patterns.

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  1. Hat – perfect for a cute photo opp and to shade you from the scorching sun!
  2. Reusable Water bottle – my Swell Water Bottle is just about glued to me in my everyday life and I definitely wouldn’t forget it on a vacation, it keeps your water cool in that hot sun all day long.

swell

  1. Hair Tamer – this is crucial to my beach outings, my hair will dry frizzy and crazy if I go for a swim in the ocean. I always bring these two products in my beach bag to tame my mane. (Johnson and Johnson No More Tangles, Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream)
  2. Day to Night flip flops (try TKEES and Sam Edelman)

tkees flip flops8. Reversible Swimsuit (Maaji Swimwear has amazing reversible bikinis that are great quality and so cute!)

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9.SUNSCREEN and/or tanning oil

10.Jean shorts (My favorites are American Eagle and Carmar Denim)

11. Your Favorite Sunnies – Of course!

And my number one tip for spring break – get a gel manicure before you go, your nails won’t get messed up from sand, ocean water or any other shenanigans that go on!

Have a great trip and Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

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August Beauty Favs So Far

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I recently went a little crazy at the mall and got a bunch of new goodies for my summer makeup routine! After about a month of using all of them everyday these are my favorite for long-lasting makeup for your workday!

The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is AMAZING, I had heard a lot of hype about it and finally bought it, let me tell you it’s worth the price, my lashes double in length! I also picked up a few of the Bobbi Brown cream eye shadow sticks in the colors Dusty Mauve and Golden Pink, these swatched beautifully at the store and I just could resist! But now after wearing them for a while daily they really do last all day! And they blend amazingly. My foundation that is now the only foundation I can wear is work is the Estee Lauder Double Wear – this stuff really does last as long as it says it does. Through sweat, rain and a full 12 hour day it doesn’t even budge! I have literally even slept in it (which you really shouldn’t do) and I’ve woken up with it still looking pretty decent and not all over my pillow either – pretty amazing.

The next two are a powder bronzer from NYC and a powder foundation from Kiko that I use as a powder to set my makeup. The bronzer is just a perfect shade thats non-shimmery and isn’t muddy or orange looking. The Kiko mineral foundation was just a random buy when I needed powder and I love it! I can put it on over my foundation and it makes your skin look flawless, I am so happy to have found this product.

I am always looking for long-lasting makeup suggestions so if anyone has any feel free to leave comments!

Happy Reading!

Maura

Too Faced Better Than Sex MascaraEstée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place MakeupBobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder – SunnyKIKO SOFT FOCUS COMPACT WET & DRY MINERAL FOUNDATION