Favorite Summer Lippies

Happy National Lipstick Day, everyone! If you ask me, I think today should be a national holiday. And to celebrate, all lipsticks at every store should be half price. Like, can you imagine that: Sephora would be packed to the rim with makeup lovers killing each other trying to get the very last bargain priced YSL lipstick in who-cares-what-shade.

In a grand tradition of the holiday, I thought I would share my go-to lippies for the summer time. All of these products are amazing (and most of them are rather cheap), so take my word and head to the store right away.

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From left to right: Rimmel Kate Moss in 111, COLORblur in 50, NYX butter gloss in Praline, bareMinerals Pop of Passion in Nude Passion, and (very faint) Be a Bombshell lip balm in french kiss

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Favorite Summer Lippies (in order from lightest to most vibrant):

1.) Be a Bombshell Lip Balm in “french kiss”

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This tinted lip balm is so great. I received this color in my June IPSY bag, and it’s just so perfect for summer. The tint is a soft baby pink that looks like your lips, but better. I love swiping this on for a soft wash of color on days when I want to have something a little extra without the hassle of a full on lipstick.

2.) bareMinerals Pop of Passion in “NUDE PASSION”

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Shout out to Momma Anderson for treating me to an Ulta haul when I went home for a few days earlier in July. When I picked up a new foundation, I ended up grabbing one of the Pop of Passion lippies so I could get a free gift with purchase. And boy is this lipstick luxurious. I love how the lipstick is infused with a vitamin E oils. Instead of leaving my lips dry and cracked like some lip colors, this one feels like a super moisturizing balm. And the price really isn’t terrible for a higher-end product.

3.) NYX butter gloss in “PRALINE”

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I never thought any butter gloss color could rival “creme brulee,” but this one might just do so. I was timid to buy this shade because the packaging is a dark brown. But the gloss comes out in a darker neutral pink shade that is a perfect darker neutral shade for the warmer months without being completely opaque.

4.)Maybelline New York COLORblur cream matte pencil & smudger in “50 I like to Mauve it”

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I hunted FOREVER for these COLORblur lip products. And I’m so glad I did. These lip products have amazing staying power, and they don’t come off when eating, drinking, or giving little kisses to my boyfriend. This color is such a sweet matte shade. I’m waiting for more colors to come out in the line so I can pounce.

5.) Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick in “111 Kiss of Life”

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Oh, Kate Moss: how I love your lipsticks. If I could only buy one brand of lipsticks for the rest of my life, it might just be these Rimmel Kate Moss lippies. Although this red shade is much more vibrant than the other colors featured in this blog post, I love it as a nice statement lip for a night out or paired with a flowy sundress. This shade has a gorgeous blue undertone that works very well with my fair skin tone.

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Hair-spiration

I’m at that point in my life when I just want to change my hair. Again. This feeling comes in waves of me wanting to chop all my hair off and pull a Miley mixed with a desire to grow it super long like a mermaid so it covers my boobs in the shower and I feel super cool. Right now, I’m somewhere in the middle.

I’ve been trolling Pinterest for hair inspiration (hair-spiration?) lately, and I can’t help but ADORE and OBSESS over all these chic ladies. Once I have all the money in the world, I think I’m going to dye, highlight, snip and coif my hair like a celebrity.

PS: Happy TMQ 1-year anniversary, loves

Sweet Summer Treats

It seems as though I’m a woman of habit. That habit, of course, being that I can’t remember to blog on a consistent basis. So here I go again.

Lately, I’ve been instagraming up a storm of foodie pics. Because, to be blunt, it’s summer, and the only thing I can do is work, sit on my couch watching Netflix and eat. Given that the first of those are less glamorous, my day to day posts tend to showcase yummy meals instead of my lazy bum laying on the couch.

This summer has lead me to find THE BEST sweet treats Madison has to offer. Here are a few of my favorites:

Crescendo Cafe – cold brew coffee and toast

I never thought I would rave so much about toast. But this is theΒ best toast ever. The bread is both thick and crispy with a variety of toppings. My favorite is the peanut butter and granola with honey. Add in their cold brew coffee (which is on tap – YES, on TAP), and you’re about to have the best breakfast, lunch or snack of your life.

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Bassett Street Brunch Club – horchata latte

Yes, every blogger and their mother has blogged about this location for yummy sweet and savory brunches. But I feel like I need to emphasize how delicious their horchata lattes are. Whoever thought of combining horchata with espresso deserves a gold star.

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Farmers’ Market Fresh Strawberries

Fresh fruits at the Dane County Farmers’ Market are always a go-to. I never thought to try the strawberries, though. If you hunt around for a while, you can find a basket for a pretty good price. Don’t let the size of the berries fool you. They might be small, but boy are they mighty. These strawberries are the sweetest I’ve ever tried. Jorge and I ate our basket in one sitting, oops. But I can’t wait to go back and buy more to bake with.

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La Coppa Gelato – cherry chocolate cheesecake gelato

Literally, this gelato changed my life. I’m a sucker for cheesecake ice cream, but this flavor goes beyond expectations. Earlier today, in the heat of the day with full humidity, Jorge and I were dying for something to cool down with. This gelato is packed full with chocolate chunks, gooey cherry filling and sweet decadent cheesecake batter. I hope this flavor sticks around, because it’s worth sampling.

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