Summer Looks

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Subtle summer look 

While I am lacking some summer outfits right now, I think I need to share my favorite summer makeup and hairstyles.

Wearing makeup in the summer is not ideal. It’s hot out and putting a full face on is not the best combination for a sticky summer day. I have some quick and easy makeup tips for the summer that proves that less is more.

For the base of your face: a tinted moisturizer. I prefer tinted moisturizers over a foundation year-round, especially in the summer. Finding ones that have SPF in the cream is something to look for when choosing a brand. I use the Origins Ginzing Energy-boosting tinted moisturizer. I like this one because it’s light and the cream blends in with your skin and doesn’t feel as heavy as foundations usually do. Another reason why I love this product is because it has SPF 15, so in the summer my skin is protected.

On top of the tinted moisturizer of your choosing, a light powder is something good to hold the moisture in a give yourself a matte look. I use the BareMinerals Matte Foundation Powder that also has SPF 15. This can be used as a foundation or a light powder to top off your face. I use this year round, but in the summer I will sometimes switch it up and use the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Bronzer. This gives your skin a radiating look without the overpowered bronzed look.

For the eyes, eyeliner and mascara are my go-to look, but in the summer sometimes mascara is all you need for the day. I think longer lashes in the summer is a better look than over-the-top full lashes, so I like to use the Katy Kat Eye Mascara by Covergirl. This adds length to my lashes.

Those are some basics of a look in the summer. To add to those looks, finding the perfect eyeshadows and lip colors is key. For eyeshadows, bronze/gold shimmery colored eyeshadows are my favorite. I think that color with tan skin makes your face glow while also bringing out your eyes. If you’re not into the bronzy look, any pinks are also a go-to eye look for me in the summer. Pinks are bright and fit the summer season, so doing a pink look with a touch of mascara and you’re good to go.

For those of you who love lips, nude or subtle lip colors are the move for the summer. The winter is the time to make bold statements with dark blues and purples and bright reds. The summer is when you should bring out those light pinks and nude colored lipsticks to give yourself a natural look.

Long or short, curly or straight, thin or thick, each of these summer hair tips fits for everyone. First, embrace your natural hair, whichever it is. Summer should be the time to give your hair a break from the damage of winter. Care for your natural hair and manage it this summer with these looks.

My go-to hairstyle when I’m wearing my hair natural is wearing it half up half down in a ponytail. I will usually brush it all back and out of my face or leave some hair on the sides and tuck them behind my ears. This is my favorite hairstyle because it’s simple and you get the best of both worlds with wearing it down and up.

I get it. Sometimes the heat and your hair don’t mix and you just have to put it up. For those days, I say high ponytail either brushed back or with some hair around your face. I’m a fan of both and in the summer this is my second go-to for bad hair days.

To spice up your hairstyles, throw some braids in and you’re good to go. I’ll either wear two french braids in pigtails, or braid a little from each side away from my face. With this style, you can also pull it back into a ponytail with the rest of your hair or pull both for a half up half down look. Braids are another look I want to utilize more this summer.

For those who are extra like myself, hair accessories are growing to be my favorite items to buy. Any wrap headbands are perfect for the summer. You can throw them on with any look or wear just the headband to keep your luscious locks away from your face. I’ve also found that cute hair pins are fun to add to your hair when pulling it back. You can find them just about anywhere, but my favorite place to find them for a cheap price is at Forever 21.

Lastly, scrunchies over hair ties every day. Scrunchies are much more friendlier to your hair and look cuter than the basic hair ties. For summer, finding them in reds, yellows or blues would be perfect to use when wearing your hair up. The colors are more fun than blacks and greys that fit the winter vibe. The brighter colors will add something to your looks and you can also coordinate them with your summer outfits.

We’re almost done. Just a few more weeks until we can actually utilize these looks in the sweet summer heat. If your taking summer classes this year, take these tips and walk into the classrooms a ray of sunshine with your fresh natural looking face and head turning hairstyles.

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xoxo

 

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Fresh Face

Spring is here, which means summer is right around the corner–hopefully. I’ve found some new products that can help you embrace and enhance your natural skin so you can glow this summer.

I was in the need for a new face wash and I’ve been on an Origins kick lately with their moisturizers,so I thought I’d try a face wash. I bought the Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser with Saw Palmetto & Mint. I absolutely love cleanser. I use it in the morning and my face feels fresh and tight after. This is meant to minimize pores and excess oil and also clear your skin. When I use this face wash I also used my Origins Original Skin Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb. I bought both products from Sephora, but you can order it from Origins’ website.

I’ve been on the hunt for good face washes lately and the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is another solid face wash and another one of my favorites. Any charcoal face products are my favorite because they help clear your pores. This cleanser purifies your pores while also giving it a deep clean. I’ll use this face wash a couple times a week before bed and top off my face with my Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer.

Three for three with face washes for this week, my last one: St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub. Face Washes from St. Ives are my favorite if I want an exfoliating cleanser for my skin. Exfoliating your skin daily is important to keeping it fresh and getting rid of any dead skin. I use the St. Ives Blemish Control in the shower that leaves my face feeling fresh.

I’ve recently been introduced to the Green Tea Scrub and after I used it I felt like my face was free from any impurities. I bought this from Target and will use it when I feel like switching it up with my exfoliating routine.  

If you have a Sephora rewards card and have enough points, you usually can add on a few sample products for free to your purchase. With the Origins face wash I bought I added on a Sephora mud mask and the Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior.

I was hesitant about the Sephora mud mask because I’ve never used one, nor have I heard anything about Sephora’s face masks, but I really liked this one. Once I washed it off, my face felt smooth and clean. It’s a purifying and mattifying mask that really does detox your skin when you need a lift up.

The Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior is a hydrating moisturizer and wrinkle cream. I think you’re never too young to use any kind of wrinkle cream. I want my skin to stay young-looking as long as possible. This can be used on your entire face and neck, but I just use it for my neck. I feel like it actually works after a few uses. I’ll use this before bed every night and occasionally in the morning after washing my face.

My last product to help enhance your natural skin is the Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent. I use this like a toner, and I think one should always keep a good toner in their skin care basket for a quick clean. I use this when my face is starting to break out and it helps clear and tighten my skin. After using it my skin always looks smooth and I would recommend this as an essential skin care product. I usually buy mine from Target, but you can get it just about anywhere. It’s only around $5 and lasts for several months–depending on how often you use it.

 

My Skin Care Saviors

If Michigan is ever lucky enough to see some warm weather this spring or summer, your skin should be ready.

Breaking away from the winter season, I’ve been looking for new products to use on my skin for the warmer months ahead. I have found three solid products that will surge your skin for an even glow.

I finally got around to trying the third facial spray by Mario Badescu. This one is infused with aloe, cucumber and green tea. Not only does this spray brighten up tired and dull skin, but hydrates and leaves your skin feeling healthy. I see myself utilizing this spray more in the spring and summer to refresh my skin from the sun (hopefully).

The next two products are moisturizers. I’ve mentioned in previous articles my go-to Clinique Moisture Surge, but I’ve been trying new brands out to see if other products work well with my skin.

I really like the brand Origins–I think their products are made to be gentle with skin. I use a few products by Origins, so I thought I’d try a moisturizer and I found one that I absolutely love. I bought the Original Skin Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb and it comes in a light pink container with a white lid that you take off for the rose colored water cream.

I like this moisturizer because it’s similar to my Clinique. The water cream is a bit heavier, but it also does more for your skin. It is used for all skin types: normal, oily and dry. This moisturizer is mattifying, so when it soaks into your skin it leaves skin looking healthy. I also like it because it helps even out your skin tone, texture and minimizes your pores. This is infused with pink rose rock, so I like to use my rosewater facial spray by Mario Badescu to top off my face. When I wear a heavy set of make up, sometimes I get little bumps on my face, but I’ve noticed this moisturizer helps with that. I recommend this moisturizer as we’re heading into the spring and summer months.

To work both the moisturizers into my skin care routine, I’ve started using my Clinique moisture surge after I wash my face at night before bed and use my Origins moisturizer after washing my face in the morning.

The next moisturizer is by the brand Belif: The True Cream Aqua Bomb. I bought this before I tried the Origins moisturizer and this took second place. The Aqua Bomb is the type of moisturizer that is best for winter. This gel-cream is loaded with hydration that also helps minimize pores and heal dry or damaged skin–all positive qualities. I wish I would have found this in the beginning of the winter season. Although this is a gel-cream, this product is lightweight and noticeably refreshes your skin. The Aqua Bomb is made for normal-oily skin types, but I agree with the Sephora expert that helped me that it is more for dry skin types.

xx

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Summer, I’m ready for you!

Over the past few months I have been adding more to my summer selection of clothes. As much as I love winter fashion, I feel like stepping up my summer style. If Michigan ever decides to end this winter season and give us that summer sun and high temps, I’m ready for it.

First up, a sleek black romper that’s perfect for grad parties. I bought this at the Forever 21 in Florida over Christmas break. I debated wearing it on New Year’s Eve, but wanted to keep it for summer. It clips on the side of the waist and has a belt that wraps around. Unfortunately there are no pockets, but it was still a top priority purchase.

I think summer dresses might be the move this summer. The first one is from H&M that I bought in Florida as well. I liked this because even though it is a plain t-shirt dress, there are ties on the sides of the hips that give it something different.

These next two are from Forever 21 that I thought would be perfect to wear over the summer to work or on days when I’m out with my friends.

Both the top and bottom are from Forever 21. I bought the top last summer with the idea of wearing it with white shorts or a white skirt, but never got around to buying either. I found a white skirt at work the other day and finally bought it. This is exactly the look I had in mind when buying the shirt and I can’t wait to wear this.

This is one of my favorite outfits from this post. I’ve shown the patterned top in a previous post, but this outfit was inspired by one of my favorite Youtubers/artists Jessica Andrea. She wore something similar on her Electric Tour Documentary and I tried to mimic that look. The jean skirt is from H&M and the jean jacket is from Target. I bought the jacket a few years ago, but to spice it up a bit I cut off the bottom to make it look a little distressed.

As I’ve said before, white t-shirts are kind of my thing. For the summer I’ve decided to switch up my white tee selection to more summer styled shirts. Both are from Forever 21.

That’s all I have so far, stay tuned for more! Also, follow my Instagram for Not Your Average Girl @notyouraveragenic

My Make Up Favorites

Anyone trying to step-up their make-up game, add to their collection, or feeling rebellious and wanting to try something new, this one’s for you.

As someone who has never been a big makeup fanatic until recently, I’ve found a new appreciation for all the beauty bloggers out there talking about their favorite products. It’s fun to find new products you like and share them with others, so that’s what this is.

Starting with the base of a beat, your face. I use the Bareminerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15. This is a powdered foundation with SPF. I like this product because I hate wearing a thick foundation on my face, and this is a light powder that you brush on. It lasts all day and gives your skin a natural smooth look. This product is also great because it offers 30 tones to match with a variety of skin tones.

If you’re someone with naturally thick eyebrows, you’re lucky because some of us have to put in work for that. My eyebrows are thin, so I feel the need to fill them in almost everyday. I use the Goof Proof Brow Pencil by Benefit. Out of the many pens I’ve tried, this is by far my favorite. This also comes in six shades, so worth checking out if you’re in need of a brow pen.

I was never one to be into the many eyeshadow palettes that make-up brands offered. I didn’t understand the hype over the amount/variety of colors in a palette. I’ve recently been cultured to the make-up world and now understand. The first palette that I bought was the Modern Renaissance by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I’m a little late to the game with this because it’s been out for a while, but it’s new to me. The neutral and berry tones are my favorite kind of looks to do. The second palette that I use is the Lorac PRO Palette. This has eight matte and eight shimmer shadows. I like this palette for doing more pink/mauve looks.

Eyeliner and mascara my go-tos when it comes to wearing make up. I like liquid eyeliners better than pencils because it’s easier to use. I’ve found three that I like (all in black).

The first is the Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner by Lorac. This was the first liquid eyeliner I bought because I was getting my makeup done and they used it on me. This one has a brush tip that paints on easy and lasts as long as you need it to.

The next is the Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner by Stila. This one has a felt tip that I liked at first, but once it starts to dry out it doesn’t do as precise a job as when it was new. It lasted a few months and I liked the look, but I wasn’t a fan of the felt tip.

Finally, my current eyeliner is the Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen by Clinique–my favorite of the three. This has a brush tip like the Lorac one, but it’s stiff like a felt tip. Like it’s name, it paints on easy and I can do more subtle or more dramatic looks with it.

As for my mascara, I’ve tried all different kinds. Right now I use three different ones (sounds dramatic, but trust the process). First, I use the Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced. This used to be my main one, but once it ran out I started using it to brush through and prime my lashes. I also use Katy Perry’s Katy Kat Eye Mascara by Covergirl. This makes them look long and is a cheaper mascara. I’ve mentioned in a previous article that I also use the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise. This makes my lashes look thick, so that’s why I like to use this one with the Katy Kat.

The last of my make-up picks are for your lips. These will make your lips look so good people will be saying “Kylie, who?” Just kidding, but I really like how these lip products make mine look. I have a two colors from the Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint by Tarte. On the special occasions when I do add some color to my lips, this is my go to because it lasts all night. If you go to Ulta or Sephora you can choose from a variety of shades. The second lip product I like is the Vice Lipstick Sheer by Urban Decay. This gives a more glossy look to your lips and doesn’t last as long, so this is one I’ll use for a quick shift at work or if I’m going out with friends.

All the products I’ve talked about can be found at Ulta or Sephora!

 

Hair Care Tips from Nic

Cold weather, especially lately, takes a toll on our hair. End the cruelty on your luscious locks and try a few of these hair care products!

Wash, rinse and repeat. Washing your hair with a good product is the first step to keeping it healthy. I have found two brands that have shown results for my dry and frizzy hair. The first is the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine shampoo and conditioner. All Garnier Fructis products smell beautiful and this one doesn’t fall short. After a shower, even before putting product in my hair, I feel the softness.

The next shampoo and conditioner that I like is the Biolage Ultra Hydrasource by Matrix. Although the Garnier Fructis product works well with my hair, Matrix does wonders. If you’re someone who has naturally dry hair or if your hair takes a lot of damage from straightening/curling/blow drying etc. this product is the answer.

The Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner can be bought at almost anywhere, though I typically buy it from Target. Matrix is also found at Target, but I always buy mine from Ulta. It’s a little on the expensive end, but if you buy the 33.8 oz bottles it lasts. Ulta also does a buy two get one free special, so I’ll buy an extra shampoo because that always seems to run out first.

Haircare doesn’t stop in the shower. These next few products are for after you get out. Both are by the brand OGX and I’ve used both of these products since high school–they’ve never let me or my hair down.

The first product, and also the first that I put in my hair after a quick towel dry, is the Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Healing Oil. It’s a 4 oz bottle that you spray in your hair. I use this product first because it’s light and helps loosen the tangles in my hair. I spray a little on the sides of my head and on the top of my part.

The next product and step is the Extra Strength Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Hair Oil. This is a 3.3 oz bottle that I drop a pearl size into my hand and run through the bottom half of my hair and the ends.

Both of these products are great for your hair alone, but work even better together. The spray adds shine and detangler, while the oil fights against frizz and also strengthens and moisturizes. These products are also good for the summer because they both protect hair against UV damage.

Another little tip for anyone who has long and thick hair like myself–I’ve noticed that after I stopped using a brush to run through my hair after a shower, and started using a wide toothed comb, my hair started feeling and looking healthier.

These are just some awesome hair products that are out there and work. I currently use the Matrix shampoo and conditioner and both OGX products!

If you already have products that work well with your hair keep it up, but if you’re struggling with what products to use, I 10/10 recommend trying some of these.

 

Brand Baby

I did some shopping over winter break. I’m a little late for sharing some of them, but better late than never, right?

For my street style skater girl days, I bought this hoodie and shirt from Pacsun. The shirt is oversized a little, but looks awesome when I wear it with my black jeans. The hoodie is cropped, but thick and soft inside and it’s comfortable.

When my family and I were in Florida over Christmas, we went to an outlet mall that had a Calvin Klein. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that CK is my favorite brand. You can imagine how hard it was for me to pick one item out of the endless supply of CK clothing. I went with a simple black tee.

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A brand that I have been trying to hunt down and find for a while has finally entered my closet. I bought the shirt from a random store in Detroit when I was with my mom and dad doing some Christmas shopping. The crew neck is from Urban Outfitters. I’ve been starting to like how the color red looks on me, so this bright red crew was a top pick from the other colors offered.

Sometimes flaunting a brand name is just what you need in your wardrobe.

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I use this to post quick outfits I throw together that I don’t always have time to blog about!

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xoxo

-Nic