Two websites for shopping that I don’t always remember to check, but usually surprise me:
1) Lands’ End – Canvas: Cute, good quality basics given a stylish update. Even better when they have a sale! I bought this red knit dress from here that is SO cute and comfortable.
2) Aerosoles.com – big thanks to The Budget Babe for reminding me of Aerosoles! Whenever I buy a pair of their shoes I usually end up wearing them out. Finding shoes that are cute and comfortable don’t always go hand-in-hand, yet somehow Aerosoles manages to surprise. When my feet hurt, I can’t focus on anything else. Granted, some of their options can appear granny-ish. Upon further browsing, I find there are plents of gems to be had. This pair has a bit of a “retro” feel, and I’m obsessed with finding a pair of yellow sandals for summer!
I can’t do BB creams. I. Just. Can’t. Spending more than 10 minutes doing my makeup on a daily basis has never been a talent of mine. BB Creams seem like the ideal I have been seeking. “All-In-One!” Yes! “SPF!” Yes! “Will make you look perfect!” YES! Sign me up, I will sell my soul for your product. Alas, tis but a dream. Expensive products aside (NARS, YSL, etc.), the lack of shades means it took forever for me just to find a product worth trying. Some have spf, some don’t…some covered but were too oily, others were just a tinted moisturizer in disguise. I broke down recently and decided to try Rimmel’s BB cream. While the color was the closest I’d come to for a match, the formula was way to thick for my combo/oily skin. (FYI there is Shea butter on the ingredient list. My fault for not noticing that in store.) After a couple hours I couldn’t bear the heavy feel, or worrying that my face was overly shiny. If you’re like me and have some scarring from previous spots/blemishes you will need to touch up those areas with concealer. Normally most BB’s don’t provide that kind of coverage. As for me I will be going back to my usual “self-made tints.” Revlon’s ColorStay in Buff is what I use daily, applied after my spf moisturizer with a latex-free makeup sponge. Usually I just dot and blend it around where I feel necessary. On more casual makeup days I will mix a drop or two with whatever moisturizer I’m using and blend with my fingers. Since I would have to apply the BB’s with spf practically everywhere on my face for sun protection anyways, keeping my spf/moisture routine separate from my foundation makes sense. This way I ensure full moisture/spf coverage while only using my cover-up where necessary.