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Summer Beauty Suggestions


Jergen's Natural Glow Lotion
I was a little hesitant about using this lotion that is supposed to gradually give you color. I'm quite fair and never go out in the sun without a healthy dose of sunscreen. (I never tan, you see. I just turn red and then fade back to fair.) But I decided to give this lotion a try and picked up a bottle of the kind designed for fair skin. I've been using it for about two weeks and my skin is noticeably a little tanner. It is very gradual. I've only been using it once a day... so maybe it would darken faster if I used twice a day. Anyway, I'm very happy with the results. Plus, it makes my skin verrrrry soft. :)

Clinique Happy In Bloom
When walking through Herberger's one day, I stopped at the perfume counter and spritzed on the perfume in the prettiest bottle. It happened to be Clinique Happy In Bloom, Clinique's limited edition fragrance that is only available in spring and early summer. Well, after spraying some on... I fell in love. Or, more accurately: infatuation. I couldn't stop smelling myself. Every time I went in that mall, I could resist paying a visit to the perfume counter to give into my cravings. I came and went, came and went... unable to bring myself to spend the money on a bottle. But then I gave in. I bought some. And now I smell deliciously lovely every day.

Soap & Glory Glow Lotion
I've been loving this stuff for almost a year now. The simple bottle comes packaged in a fabulously retro-inspired box. The lotion itself squirts out a pale, silky pink. It smells yummy and leaves skin with a very soft shimmer.

Burt's Bees Lip Gloss
Burt's Bees has been my go-to lip product since I discovered their adorable little tins of lip balm back in my junior year of high school. I still use that lip balm daily, but I've also become smitten with their other lip products... especially the nude gloss. It's not sticky. It's not thick. It goes on smooth, pretty, and feels great on the lips.

Physician's Formula Blush & Physician's Formula Eye Shadow
I love Physician's Formula mineral make-up. I'm hooked on their blush and eyeshadow and will not use any other brand. The colors blend so well and feel light, smooth, and fresh on my skin.

Lash Blast Luxe
The bigger, thicker, and longer the lashes... the better. I love the big fat orange tube of Lash Blast and ramble on about it to everyone from girlfriends to my grandma. Then I spotted a big fat pink tube. An oh! It's the "Luxe." It comes with a hint of shimmer in the mascara. I'm not sure if it's entirely noticeable by anyone... but I do feel a little extra glamorous knowing that my eyelashes are shimmering if you get close enough to look. ;)

I don't think anything could bring an end to my love affair with aviator sunglasses. I just wish they wouldn't get so bent out of shape at times.



Pretty Lady said…
I'm so tempted to try the Lash Blast Luxe mascara from covergirl. When it comes to mascara, I only use Revlon but your review makes me want to commit infidelity with Revlon!!

And I'm so buying Soap & Glory Glow Hydrating Shimmer Lotion!
Try it, try it! It's inexpensive and so worth it. :)


DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.