Breathe Life Into Your Beauty Routine with Vincent Longo Cosmetics (Plus a Special Promo Code!)

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I tell you, these summer days are going by way too fast (July is halfway over already! Craziness!) That means we have to make the most of it, even if it means getting some more summer beauty products into our lives.

I’ve had the awesome opportunity to test drive beauty products from Vincent Longo that are perfect for riding out these fleeting days of summer. From A-list stars to girls who love shopping on HSN, this cosmetics line has been a staple in the beauty world since 1995. They have everything a beauty junkie needs – cream concealers and water canvas foundations to gluten free lip and cheek stains – a refreshing alternative to the normal name brands we see in department stores.

Pretty Purple and a Kiss from Cupid

 Summer Makeup

Crème Gel Liner in Velvet Plum

I’ve been on a major gel liner kick lately¸ becoming one of my major summer staples. This Total Beauty 2014 Editor’s pick made me fall in love all over again, a whipped mousse of water-proof color that glides on real smooth. The color itself is soft but makes a statement, with a rich color that’s a beautiful compliment to your shadow. For extra beauty points, it can also double as an eye shadow, the formula easy to blend onto your lids.

Lip/Cheek Lip Stain in Cupid’s Breath

If you’re looking for just a kiss of color on your lips or cheeks, then this stain is the way to go. The gluten and paraben free formula delivers water-proof and kiss resistant color. It goes on wetter than a gloss but dries quickly, leaving behind a natural peachy color that’s works for any daytime event. As a cheek color it works even better (as you’ll see in the second look!). Because it’s so easy to go overboard with blush, the stain gives you more control over color.

Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Misty Blossom

Glowing skin is always a summer trend and the Dew Drop Radiant Blush gives you just that without the extra product. The demi-matte powder has little dew drops of color that release their tint and texture to provide the delicate touch of color you’re looking for. Misty Blossom is a sheer pretty pink, a little sweep on the cheeks all you need for radiant color.

Summer Rose

Summer Makeup

Silk Velour Lipstick in Danae

Formulating with skin conditioning ingredients like Vitamin A,C, and E this creamy lipstick is hydrating without sacrificing rich pigments.  One swipe is all you need and easy to blend out with a brush or your fingers. This particular shade gives me the lazy summer vibe I need right now, a sweet blend of brown an pink.

Are you ready to give Vincent Longo a go this summer? I’m hooking you up with a 15% off any purchase through Labor Day when you use Code: BSBTUCV at checkout. Then come on back and let me know what you bought!

FTC Disclosure: This post is part of the #VLbbloggerhaul sponsored by Beauty Stat (#bstat). Products were received as free samples for review. All opinions are my own.

Having Some Fun with New York Color Lip Color

Lip Color

During one of my many shopping visits at WalMart, I made a serious detour into the beauty aisle. My lipstick game has been off the ball lately, my color selection a bit on the safe (read: boring!) side as of late. After having fun with this pink shade a few weeks ago, I’m itching for more color. I needed more vibrant shades, colors that I haven’t rocked before. Maybe I’m having a mid-life beauty crisis. But whatever it was there was one thing I had to keep in mind:

This girl is on a budget.

I’m combing the aisles and I come across the New York Color section. I’m already a fan of their mascara so I check out their lipstick section. The first one to catch my eye was Blossom, a beautiful, bright and pink shade. I know, I already have pink lip color at home, but this one was brighter. I take a look at the price tag and I try not to do a product junkie dance – $0.99! I give my daughter another toy to play with and keep looking for more shades. I snatched up Coralista (because Coral is my favorite color) and finally settled on Mahogany because oddly enough, I didn’t have a simple yet rich brown lipstick at home. I take these babies home and have a little beauty blogger fun.

Pink Lipstick

The first one I took for a test drive was Blossom (cuz it’s pink!). Part of the Ultra Moist Lipwear collection, it promises to deliver an Upper East Side kinda vibe while moisturizing lips. It definitely delivered on the moisture part, the lipstick feeling like a creamy lip balm. The color itself has a sheer finish that I wasn’t expecting, going on a shade lighter than what the packaging suggested. It all worked out though, not too bright for my skintone and a lot of fun to wear. The biggest downside was the wear time – it was practically gone by my second drink but hey, what can you expect from a lipstick that costs less than a $1.

Orange Lipstick

If you want something that does last longer, then you need their NYC Expert Last Lipstick. For a dollar more you still get the moisturizing goodness of Ultra Moist collection while getting more wear out of your lip color. Coralista is part of this set, a bright summer color that gives you sheer touch of orange. This one was definitely out of the box for me but as long as I wasn’t heavy handed with it, I could totally rock it.

Brown Lipstick

Mahogany takes a big leap away from the bright and summer fun, with a dark brown shade that’s definitely Fall worthy. As a matter of fact, it’s the darkest shade in the Ultra Moist Collection and like Blossom, it makes my lips feel soft and crazy moisturized. I’m not going to lie, it took a bit of getting used to because I never go this dark but it’s growing on me for sure! Out of the three, this gave me the richest color.

I want to hear from you? Are you a fan of New York Color? What’s the craziest lip color you’ve worn?

 

FTC Disclosure: Products in this review were personally purchased. All opinions are my own.

The Sleeveless Printed Lace-Trim Top from INC International Concepts Styled Three Ways

As the summer wears on I’ve pumped my brakes a bit on a lot of fronts. I’ve taken  more time to enjoy the hot, sunny days on someone’s beach or snuggling up with a good Netflix binge during the afternoon thunderstorms.

Once the fashion magic of the summer wears off, a lot of us are looking for comfortable yet stylish options to get us through the rest of the season. Taking a cue from the latest lazy girl’s guide to fashion, I was on the lookout for a cool and versatile tank top for today’s Fashion 3 Ways Feature.

The INC International Concepts Sleeveless Printed Lace-Trim Top was perfect. The slim fit is easy to wear without looking like you rolled out of bed. The summer blue print is right in line with the tribal trend and has just enough bling to make it wearable for both day and evening affairs. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ or a night out on the boardwalk, this top has you covered.

Summer Fashion

ECI Ruched Striped Maxi Skirt / Cosmopolitan Albiza Flat Sandals (JCPenney) / Marc Fisher Confetti Small Clear Tote

Summer Fashion

Vintage Havana Fringe Boyfriend Shorts / Fergalicious Ella Platform Flip Flops – Shoes – Macy’s / Kenneth Cole Reaction 59mm Square Sunglasses (Nordstrom)

Summer Fashion

French Connection Laguna Linen Flared Trousers / Nine West Women’s Cocktail HR Wedge Sandals / JCPenney Brown Teardrop Bead Earrings

Which look is your favorite?

5 Summer Beauty Tips for Us Lazy Girl’s

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Now that we’ve got the lazy girl’s fashion guide out of the way, now it’s time to talk about beauty. I know I’m less inclined to spend hours in the bathroom doing my hair and makeup to let it melt as soon as I step outside. I’m trying to have some fun but I don’t want to let myself go either.

Enter the five beauty tips and tricks that the laziest girl can pull off!

  1. For color coverage without the hassle of putting on a full face of foundation or even going out to find the right tinted moisturizer, make your own! Mix in a tiny amount of your foundation (preferably liquid) into your daily moisturizer.
  2. Headbands are your best friend. Whether you’re getting out of the pool or trying to stretch in one more day without washing your hair, you still want to look presentable. So tie that hair up in a low pony tail or high bun and throw on a cute headband.
  3. Want to go makeup free this summer, make sure your skincare game is on point. Choose a cleanser and moisturizer that brightens, evens out skin tone, and keeps those nasty break outs at bay.
  4. If you don’t want to look like you were partying too hard the night before, apply a little bit of concealer under those eyes. Using a brush will give you nice and even coverage.
  5. Here are two quick tips on how to keep those eyebrows going a little longer before your next waxing session 1) swipe on some brow gel to keep those hairs under control and 2) touch up those arches with a brow shaping kit, like this one.

Add your tips in comments!

A Lazy Girl’s Summer Fashion Essentials

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a tad jealous of girls who can come up with a super stylish and very put together summer outfit that’s new and different at every party. I used to have that type of time and energy – from scouring blogs to get inspired to spending hours in the store to find just the right outfit.

Yeah, those days are gone. I don’t have the time and quite frankly, I’m lazy. I just need to have an outfit I can count on for whatever the fashion situation calls for. And, if you’re like me, there are a few things you should have in your closet so you’re always stylishly prepared.

Maxi Dress

Summer Dresses

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The easiest way to look good (and dressed up if need be) is to throw on a maxi dress. If you plan tearing up the town this summer, a slim fit is the way to go. But, if your summer plans call for strolls on the beach or having lunch pool side, a breezier fit is a better option. No matter which way you go, make sure you pick one that’s fun – bright colors, bold prints, or asymmetrical hems- there are plenty of styles to choose from.

Denim Shorts

Summer Fashion

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Let me tell you, my cut off denim shorts are my jeans of the summer. They literally go with everything! Pair them with a tank for a summer BBQ or an office blouse for a house party. When shopping for a pair, get a dark wash (that color is the easiest to dress up!)

Black, Bejeweled Sandals

Sandals

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The last thing you want to worry about when you’re putting together your outfit is trying to figure out what shoes you’re going to wear. Or worse, having to change up your outfit because you don’t have a pair of shoes to go with the outfit you chose. Eliminate those headaches all together with a  pair of black, bejeweled sandals. Black goes with everything and the jewels take your outfit up a stylish factor without any effort on your part.

Striped Tank Top

Striped Top

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If your summers are anything like mine, 90% of the summer events are on the casual side. That means tank tops are a seasonal must have. But you don’t have to go with just any tank top or have a ton of them in different colors either. I find that even one striped and fitted tank top can go a long way in keeping your fashion options open. Besides giving you a more polished look, you have a few colors you can play with when accessorizing.

Bright, Statement Necklace

Jewelry

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Speaking of accessories, if there’s any piece of jewelry you need to have this summer, it’s a statement necklace. It can dress up anything – maxi dress, tank top, T-shirts, and anything else you have in your closet.  In the two minutes it takes to put it on you’ll instantly be put on fashionista status.

Your turn! What are your summer must haves?