Summer Foundation Tips & Tricks

I’m a full coverage chic. Winter Spring Summer Fall. I can’t help it. I can but I don’t care. Summer time is the worst its so hot and sticky. With the weather reaching almost a million degrees some cuties just skip foundation all together. If you’re not that chic (me) don’t sweat it (no pun intended) I’ve put together some great summer foundation tips and tricks.

  • Make sure you’re using the right type of foundation. I’ve pretty oily skin so I used matte foundations. Right now one of my favorite matte foundations is Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation. Its medium coverage but I always just pump a little more and make it full coverage.  Dryer skin will benefit from more of a hydrating or dewy foundation. Tarte Water Foundation pretty much says water in the name. Thats definitely a suggestion if you need hydration.
  • Invest in a primer. A good primer is the first line of defense against hot mess makeup. Two of my favorites are Baby Skin by Maybelline & Smashbox Photo Finish. I also use an eyeshadow primer by Urban Decay.
  • Setting is ya sista. Setting powder and setting spray. Using a setting powder before foundation is also helpful. I’ve heard of people using actual cornstarch in replace of setting powder.
  • Blotting and using a toner before anything gets rid of access oil. No makeup is sweat proof. I also use Kat Von D Lock It Foundation at the beach because its water proof.
  • Aunite Jackie taught me this: When using a concealer to highlight let is sit for a few minutes. It’ll sorta set and it won’t be too much to blend. Also set your powder with a wet sponge.
  • Last tip! Use a liquid highlighter and mix with your foundation. Skip a step! There won’t be so much product to blend.

So now that you’ve some tips to make your summer makeup flawless, slay and enjoy the sun!!

5 Tips For Shopping Like A Tourist

Vacations are the best part of the summer! I love shopping in new places. I like to find pieces I know I won’t find at home. When shopping as a tourist you gotta shop smart. Check out these few tips to make shopping out of town memorable.

Plan & Budget – Google a bunch! Try to plan and figure out where you want to spend your bucks. Put together your list of places you wanna go, know how much you wanna spend and where exactly you wanna spend it.

Extra Luggage– If you’ve planned on shopping a lot it won’t hurt to take or buy an extra suitcase. Check with your airline to get all the info on carry on and luggage weight restrictions.

Outlet Shopping – Most touristy areas have outlet mall. Do not I repeat do no snub outlet malls. I always score name brands at amazing deals. I remember getting a designer brand at 60% plus an additional 20% off.  Sizes sometimes run different however so try on everything.

Tax– Check state and local taxes. Taxes could totally have your shopping experience.

Shop Local– Shopping local is in general just a good thing. I always look for vintage boutiques. I have found everything from Prince memorabilia, fish purses to bomb sunglasses.

So now that you’ve got some shopping tips, where’s the next trip?


Turns out if you practice, you get better! Im really loving the growth I’m seeing in myself.  In this look I used a palette I posted about here. I wanted to go with something bright and summery. Check out the pics for makeup details.

Kat Von D Lock It #78 || ABH Ultimate Glow Kit / Amber Gold || Ardell Flawless Tapered Luxe Lashes

Elf Gel Liner/ Black || Elf Lock on Brow Cream/ Medium Brown||Fenty Gloss Bomb

You guys know I love Snapchat filters. I picked up these earrings in D.C. look for details on a future post.

OOTD: Arlington Cemetary

I love anything classic. Put on some of my vintage Ralph Lauren “mom” shorts and red Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers

You guys know I’d usually have a pizza or animal purse, not today! I wore a cute little Michael Kors cross body!

Told y’all I walked 400 miles! I put on a cute classic Levi T shirt I picked up for $6 at the Levi outlet in Birmingham 

Arlington Cemetary

I work educators hours. I never know how much an adult could enjoy having the summer off. This summer I traveled. My third stop on my summer tour, was D.C. Yesterday we all celebrated Independence Day. I wanted to shared with you all my pictures ( and outfit) from my visit at Arlington Cemetary. It was most definitely a hike. I don’t think I will walk that far ever again to see a gravesite. While there I stumbled upon The Changing of the Guard Ceremony. I only last 30 minutes but standing there actually it felt like hours. I was so memorized. I felt patriotic, humbled, and inspired watching the guard coming on duty. I knew how hard he worked to get to this place in his career. His skin matched mine and I cried for that reason. The fitbit told me I took 15k steps walking through the cemetery, it was worth it walking amongst the graves of some of the greatest Americans in history.

Gravesite of President John F Kennedy & Jackie Onassis along with an eternal flame