Summer “Must Have” List

What’s on your summer “must have” list? Are you sticking to versatile basics, or are you adopting a unique trend? I decided to ask a few of my friends what their absolute-gotta-have-it-can’t-live-without-it-this-summer items were. Check out what they had to say!

Leigh’s Summer “Must Have”
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This summer my go to look is the maxi skirt. If I’m going out to dinner with friends, to a concert, or even simply running errands around town, wearing a maxi skirt ensures I will look cute and comfy, day or night.

It is easy to dress up a maxi skirt with wedges and statement jewelry, but my favorite look is a simple colored tank and flip flops. Bold colors, stripes, floral patterns and tie-dye are just a few of the variety of prints maxi skirts come in.My personal favorite is pairing my black and white striped maxi with a bold colored top and matching flip flops for an instantly cute, easy outfit. I think that every woman should have at least one in their closet this summer, they are perfect for any occasion!

Kaylie’s Summer “Must Have”

Ray Ban Sunglasses
The one thing I definitely cannot live without this summer is my Ray Ban sunglasses.

Ray Ban sunglasses are the perfect accessory for any occasion.  Whether I’m wearing them out on the town or at a sporting event, I can always count on my sunglasses to add some glamor in my every day look.  805289278511_shad_qt

Picture yourself on a warm summer evening driving down the road, the windows down, wind blowing through your hair and you’re wearing your stylish Ray Ban sunglasses as you cruise the night away.  That’s what summer’s all about!

Now, I’m the type of person who looks for simplicity in things, and these sunglasses are the perfect touch to any look.  They are just the right amount of style without fussy rhinestones or frill.  I can count on them to be fashionable and provide protection in any situation.

If you are considering any type of sunglasses I would highly recommend the Ray Ban sunglasses. You’re sure to get some head turns and who wouldn’t want to be the star of the show?

Natalie’s Summer “Must Have”
1. Sandals, preferably sparkly

Summer is the perfect time for flip-flops and sandals, and I always love to add sparkle to my wardrobe! These black Olsenboye sandals go with almost every outfit, and are comfortable for walking long distances.

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Whether it’s a little windy or you’re trying to cover up those bad tan lines, a maxi skirt is a comfortable alternative to looking classy. They can easily be dressed up or dressed down, and come in so many great colors, patterns, and materials.

3. Sunglasses
Every girl needs a pair of signature sunglasses that are fashionable and sensible. I love aviators, but the options are endless. Just make sure to steer-clear of those tempting $5 pairs, because they will surely break in the first week.

4. Pastel Bathing Suits
It is ideal to look your best at the pool or beach, and lighter colors will emphasize that sun-kissed skin. Pastel is all-the-rage right now, and looks great for a bikini.

5. Stretch-Ribbon Hair Ties
These cute, little hair ties are growing in popularity, and are great for pulling your hair back, without the annoying crease. They can be rather expensive, but are cheaper in bulk and are sold at many art fairs. I personally love wearing them as bracelets, and even own an MSU set to match all my college gear (Go Green!)

Scout’s Summer “Must Have”
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In the past, I chose to accessorize with fringe purses, multicolored strappy sandals, and even the notorious hair feathers. However, this summer I’m going for a much more simple and meaningful look: inspirational jewelry.<

Years ago, my mother gave me a ring engraved “Be true to your dreams.” I had never thought about wearing it until this year when I finally understood what it meant to be true to your dreams. As I start to move towards a life of being an adult, this accessory proves as a great guide to become the person I want to be and do the things I want to do in college.

I don’t normally wear jewelry everyday, but with this ring I can remind me of what keeps me going. Not only is inspirational jewelry a great way to accessorize, but it also keeps our personal mantras on our minds as we live out every day.


The Brows Have It

Aside from general brow grooming (waxing / plucking), I have honestly never really given my brows much thought. They aren’t too thin. They are the right color. They are just kind of there, living above my eyes. Big deal, brows.

I remember in college, one of my friends was obsessed with clear brow gel that you could pick up at the drugstore. She literally applied and reapplied it a few times daily. (Even then) always willing to try a new product, I purchased my own clear brow gel and proceeded to incorporate it into my make-up routine. Did it really do anything for me? I honestly doubt it, but at least I was giving my brows some attention. Right?

Anywho…I was reevaluating some of my make-up choices to help transition into summer (tanned skin, increased sweating, more bronzes, light-weight everything, etc…) and I started really looking at my brows. Did they need some attention? Some love besides just grooming maintenance? Probably.

One thing that has actually bothered me about my brows is the fact that one of them has kind of ‘balded’ slightly near the inner eye / starting point. It is something that I have just kind of overlooked because, well, hairs just haven’t grown there. It was kind of ‘whatever’. I started thinking about clients who used to come in to Sephora or Macy’s (when I worked as a make-up consultant) who had actual brow issues. Women who had virtually no eyebrows, brows that were the wrong color, brows that needed to be tamed, brows that needed X,Y,Z… I remember researching pencils and gels and powders (oh my!). I remember applying different products during make-up trials to my clients and really seeing the transformation that a ‘good’ brow can have on one’s face. So, why oh why, have I neglected implementing one of these products into my own make-up routine. That answer, my awesome friends, is still a mystery to even me.

Long story short (whew), I have recently experimented with a few brow products to fill in my little balding patch and create an overall more striking / filled in brow. I have to say, I love the results. It has given my face more symmetry and has just created an overall cleaner look for the rest of my make-up.

My product of choice is Laura Mercier Brow Definer.
This product works for my needs because it is a wax / gel formula that naturally grabs onto the brows hairs that I do current have. It creates some color enhancement, as well as fills in any bare spots. The look is so natural, I just love it.

The wax / gel formula isn’t sticky at all and it wears well all day.

I apply the brow definer with a thin but stiff angled brush (THIS is my favorite) and gently create small upward / diagonal strokes to encourage the product to flow with the direction of the hair. Easy peasy.

Laura Mercier Brow Definer comes in three shades: Fair, Soft and Warm. My brows / natural hair color is a pretty rich brown, so I selected the Warm tone.

This little pot of brow happiness runs for around $20 a pop, but should last a LONG time. You really only need a small amount daily.

So, if you are thinking about switching up your make-up routine, or simply want to reevaluate your overall look, take a peek at those brows. Do they need some love? They might…and that just might make a world of difference.

Don’t you just love a simple solution!?

It’s Coming…

…are you ready?!

Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner!
It is difficult for me to contain my excitement and I am not joking….

This super-hyped product hits shelves 6/27/14 and the anticipation has been out of control.

I got “in line” early and was lucky enough to be at the front of the pre-order list (my Liner arrives within the week! Eeek!)

Learn more below!


What it is:
An innovative and waterproof lash-hugging gel liner pen.What it does: Benefit-Theyre-Real-Push-Up-Liner_lash-hugging-gel-liner-pen-tip
Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner is the first fool-proof and budge-proof gel liner in a pen. A gorgeous way to open up eyes, this matte black gel formula won’t dry out, and its cutting-edge tip ensures a precise line every time.

What else you need to know:
This eyeliner’s soft AccuFlex™ tip is custom-angled to draw an easy line. Its flat, wide guard gently pushes lashes aside to get close to lash line. 

Research results:
In a consumer panel survey on 32 women after 2 weeks:
– 91% said it was longwearing
– 81% said it was waterproof
– 88% said it hugged the lash line
– 84% said eyes looked visibly larger

How to apply

Twist base once to “push up” gel liner to tip. Resting the AccuFlex™ tip on the base of your lashes, slowly guide along your lashline from the inner or outer corner. The angled AccuFlex™ tip works both ways.

*For first-time use, remove and discard tip protector. Activate they’re real! push-up liner by twisting base until gel is delivered to tip. Wipe any excess on tissue.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

Do you ever feel like your skin could use a “little something” at about 2:30 pm? I typically free pretty good about my make-up after freshly applying it in the morning; however, afternoon rolls around and I feel like my skin is looking for moisture and, therefore, starts sucking my make-up dry. Not a good look.

After doing a little research, I decided to give Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray a try for some added afternoon hydration.

Many of the reviews made claims like:s762518-main-Lhero

  • Makes my skin look healthy and dewey
  • Face revival!
  • Refreshes my make-up
  • Moisturizing with a pleasant scent
  • Doesn’t affect your make-up
  • Life-saver

Pretty great, right?! So far, I will say that I have enjoyed the refreshing feeling of the spray. I brought it into work and just leave it at my desk during the week for an afternoon pick-me-up.

I will say it certainly absorbs quickly and I can tell that it is oil-free. It is cooling and very moisturizing, especially when coming in from being in the sun.

I am looking forward to seeing how it wears this summer!

How To Use:

  • Hold 10-12″ from face. Close eyes and spray a light mist.
  • Use in addition to daily moisturizer, under or over makeup, whenever skin feels thirsty.
  • Avoid spraying into eyes.
  • For all skin types.

Sweet Scents

Signature scents are so interesting and can speak volumes about a person. Floral to citrus, sporty to sexy…your perfume is personal.

Since my last team poll post regarding favorite nail colors was a hit, I decided to ask my favorite ladies, the MSU Pompon Team, what their go-to fragrances are!

Below are each of their favorites, which included some overlap! Apparently a few girls have the exact same taste when it comes to fragrance!

What is your go-to scent? Maybe you will find a new favorite among my team’s picks!

Lost & Found

Don’t you love when you find something that you completely forgot you had!? It is like winning a prize!

The other day, I was rifling through my make-up drawer and came across a lip product that I 100% forgot that I owned.

LIPPY Liquid Lipstick in “Trout Pout”Trout_Pout_LIPPY from butter London.
The website describes this color as ” a creamy peach-cantaloupe colored liquid lipstick.” I would agree, but would add that it does have a very girlie-sweet pink tinge to it that really enhances one’s pink lip undertones.

I really like the LIPPY Liquid Lipsticks because they aren’t sheer like a gloss, but provide the same kind of formula wear — a smoothness, with a hint of moisturizing shine. After applying LIPPY, I do typically smooth it around with my finger to make it distribute and wear-in the way I prefer.

So, pretty fired up about this long-lost product discovery, I grabbed one of my favorite go-to lip base products – Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry – and layered the Lippy “Trout Pout” over it. VOILA! I think I may have discovered the PERFECT spring / summer lip combo!

It isn’t too pink, or too coral. It is literally the definition of fresh and pretty.

Moral of the story –
So, before you run out and drop some cash on another lip product…go shopping in your own make-up drawer! You might uncover a previous purchase that was forgotten about that could turn into your new go-to!

MINK 3D Make-up Printer

What if you could print out any color of lipstick, eye shadow, foundation, etc… IN YOUR OWN HOME.

grace-choi-mink-makeup-printerGrace Choi, a Harvard Business student, has developed an at-home 3D makeup printer which has the capability to print out eye shadow, blush and lip colors in the same FDA-approved ink used by makeup companies.

Is your mind blown yet? Just wait until you see her presentation.

Start saving your pennies people…this might be the future!


Styles to Love

Bloggers are usually inspired by other bloggers. I am always on the hunt for new fashion / lifestyle blogs to become obsessed with, but no matter what…I will also have my list of favorites.

I have mega girl crushes on all of these fabulous women. Not only are they absurdly stylish and gorgeous, but they are all talented business women who inspire others to be themselves while also nudging them to take chances with their person style.

Although I don’t know any of these women personally, I feel like we are old friends thanks to their personal story-telling, thoughtful posts, and lovely glimpses into their lives via their blog.

I encourage you to check out each of their blogs for inspiration and maybe you will become a fan, too!

Splurge vs Save – e.l.f. lipstick winner!

Who doesn’t love a good splurge vs. save post!?
Why spend more for a product just because of the label / brand?

Now, don’t get me wrong, this Tom Ford lipstick is outstanding. But, it is also $49.00. (Which, personally, I think is bananas). The doppelganger by e.l.f. is literally the same color and you can snag a tube for $5.00!

Both offer a subtle hint of pink, wrapped up in a lovely neutral. The e.l.f. mineral lipstick is long-wearing, somewhat moisturizing (although I wouldn’t say it is extremely moisturizing), glides on smoothly, and is highly pigmented. Score.

I am actually a big fan of e.l.f. products (remember the Lip Exfoliator post? Still use it almost every night!)

So, if you are looking for a pretty, slightly pinkish neutral, do your pocketbook a favor and opt for e.l.f mineral lipstick in rosy tan over Tom Ford’s Pink Dusk. Put those pennies away for something else…like a fabulous new pair of shoes!

Shop smart, my awesome friends!

24 Shades of Spring

I love finding new, happy nail colors…especially when the seasons are transitioning. A fresh manicure is often an attitude changer. It can brighten your spirits…life your mood…pop a little pep in your step!

I am always curious to see what nail colors are being coveted by others and have been trying to keep an eye out for trends and inspiration lately. So, I decided to poll one very special group of ladies – my beloved MSU Pompon Team! I am lucky enough to coach these talented and spirit athletes, and often look to them for top trends, current styles and fun fashion.

I asked each team member (and two awesome assistant coaches) to share their current favorite nail color.

Below are each of their favorites! (Technically, there should be 25…however, two girls actually picked the same favorite! Any guesses on which one was a double-fav?)