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July 30, 2020

Nordstrom Beauty - My Favorite Fragrances

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own.

Do you have a signature scent that you wear throughout the year? Or do you like to switch things up just to match the new season? I personally think it’s fun to change up your fragrance whenever you’re ready for something new. I just ran out of my favorite go-to scent and figured it was time to try out something a little lighter for the summer months. I’m all about the airy, refreshing and calming fragrances right now.


Since I was on the hunt for a new perfume, I turned to Nordstrom to check out some of their best selling perfumes.  Whether you’re looking for a fresh scent, a classic floral option, a warm & spicy, fruity aroma, or a woody & rustic option, you’ll definitely find something that works for you in the Nordstrom Beauty section. 




Here are some of my favorite perfumes that I've used over the years and a few new ones that I may want to try out one day. 

Scents of: jasmine, orchid, freesia, orange blossom and patchouli. 

This perfume is one of my favorite scents and it’s one of the best selling perfumes for women every year. This scent is perfect to wear year round and it’s a great gift option for that special someone. I love this one so much that I always keep a travel spray handy.

Scents of: bergamot, orange, jasmine, rose, patchouli, mandarin, and vetiver. 

This classic perfume is often described as a sexy fragrance. It’s been around for a while and it’s a perfect scent for all ages. I used to wear this one for special occasions only, but it’s definitely one that you can wear everyday. It’s not too strong, but it makes a statement when you walk by someone.

Scents of: grapefruit, quince, jasmine, white musks.  

This perfume is light, airy and sweet.  This is another popular fragrance by Chanel and has some amazing reviews online.  It’s perfect for any time of year too. I don’t think you can go wrong if you took a chance on this one.

Scents of: red apple, peony, and suede. 

You can’t go wrong with Jo Malone’s perfume options.  There are so many scents that you’ll be sure to find at least one that you love.  This scent is classic, floral and feminine with a hint of sweet. 

Scents of: orange and neroli

Beautiful fragrance that is light and perfect for the summer.  The scent doesn't last long which is expected with an eau de toilette since is has a lower concentration of fragrant oils than pure perfume. 


July 23, 2020

Nordstrom Beauty Must-Haves for Summer


New bathing suit? Check! Cute beach tote? Check! Sunglasses? Check! Glowing skin? Ummmm??? With the heat and humidity that we’re having lately, you definitely don’t want to wear a full face of makeup this summer.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t look put together and polished with a little summer glow. 

Today, I am super excited to partner with Nordstrom to share several of my favorite summer beauty must-haves with you all.  I usually buy the majority of my beauty products from Nordstrom because they offer huge selection of some of my favorite beauty brands like NARS, Chanel and MAC Cosmetics.  Nordstrom is usually my one-stop shop for just about anything! If I ever need to find an outfit, the new “it” handbag, a new pair of shoes or any new makeup, then I always head over to the Nordstrom website first.  I love that they offer a fun rewards program, they have an amazing return policy, and of course the shipping is always FREE! 





In today's post, I'm rounding up 7 of my everyday Nordstrom Beauty Must-Haves plus a few tips for wearing makeup in the summer heat! These products are perfect for achieving that no-makeup look on a hot & sticky day or a full -ace look for that next big outing!  Although a few of these items I’m sharing have been my tried and true favorites for the past few years, I also trying out new items here and there and I can’t wait to share some new ones with you.  So let’s get into it!


1. Sunscreen

This beauty essential is necessary all year long not only in the summer months.  Since I’m in the sun a lot here in Florida, I wear sunscreen everyday under my foundation. I currently love the Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen Sunscreen from Supergoop. It’s great for daily use since its lightweight blends seamlessly into the skin for a non-greasy finish.  This sunscreen has SPF 40 with translucent formula that blurs pores and mattifies skin.



2. Tinted Moisturizer / Light Foundation

I usually just wear a light powder foundation on days that I don’t want anything too heavy on my face.  My go-to is the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation by MAC Cosmetics. It is a one-step powder foundation that gives skin a smooth, even, all-matte finish with shine control.  I use the color NC 45 – Deep Bronze Peachy. 

I haven’t tried out any tinted moisturizers yet, but I plan to try the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum by NARS. I’ve also heard really good things about this Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer by Bobbi Brown and the Tinted Moisture Natural Skin Perfector by Laura Mercier.



3. Concealer
No matter how much sleep I get, I have always had ready dark circles under my eyes. I’ve just accepted that and try to find the best concealers to blend into  my skin. The Radiant Creamy Concealer by NARS has been my favorite for a while now. It brightens, corrects and hydrates for a 16 hour wear.  I use the color Caramel.

Another concealer that I’ve been testing out lately is the Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Concealer by Too Faced. It’s a multi-purpose concealer that contours, highlights and masks imperfections.



4. Bronzer

I just ran out of my bronzer, so I’m excited to try out the Airbrush Flawless Finish Bronzing Powder by Charlotte Tilbury. This formula was created to blend with the skin while blurring the appearance of any imperfections. The compact is about double size of your average bronzer, so it should last you a long time.  This bronzer comes in 4 shades and I’m trying out the shade 3 Tan, but I may need to try shade 4 Deep. 

The bronzer that I just ran out of was the Bronzing Powder by NARS in the color Casino.


5. Mascara

I’ve tried out several different mascara’s and this is the Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced is one of the best ones out on the market. It lengthens and delivers full voluminous lashes with just one coat.


6. Lip Color

I always have to have something on my lips and have lipstick even if it’s a clear lip gloss. Lately I’ve been wearing a lot of lipsticks and glosses that make my lips feel moisturized. I’ve been wearing this Love Me Lipstick by MAC Cosmetics and I’m obsessed.  It’s an Argan oil-infused lipstick that delivers an instant hit of powerful color and all-day moisture.  I wear the color Coffee and Cigs.

For a more sheer look, then I love wearing the Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm by Dior.  And I also just noticed that they recently came out with the Addict Stellar Shine Collection just in time for summer.  It contains 4 iconic shades of this fabulous sheer and vibrant lipstick. This would make a perfect gift for the holidays.


7. Setting Spray
And last but certainly not least is my absolute favorite All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray by Urban Decay.  This spray helps to set my makeup and keep everything looking fresh for up to 16 hours. They also offer a travel size, which is great to carry with you in your purse/makeup bag to freshen up if you need it.

So there you have it - 7 of my favorite beauty must-haves for summer with Nordstrom!  What are some of your current beauty obsessions? 


Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!  All thoughts and opinions are my own.






July 07, 2020

Blackout Tuesday - 25 Black-Owned Brands You Need to Shop


Buying Black should not be a trend that we all follow for one day each month on social media.  It should be something that we all do on a regular basis, but for some reason we don't. Today is another Blackout Tuesday dedicated to encourage you to support and shop from Black-Owned Businesses.   Making a commitment to regularly spend with Black businesses is one small way to pour into to your community and elevate new businesses.  This is the perfect time for us to be more mindful of where our dollars are being spent, who we are following and why we are following them.  In support of Blackout Day, I'm sharing 25 of my favorite Black-Owned Businesses that we can all support today and in the future.  I've purchased from a few of these brands so far and I have many items on my wishlist that are waiting for me to hit officially checkout.  And remember, if you're not able to make a purchase today, then simply like and save a few photos on the brands feed, follow them on Instagram or share with your friends. A little support goes a long way.

Let's make shopping Black owned businesses something that is normal, so we don't need a special day to call it out. Check out my list below and let me know what brands you'll be supporting.

HOME ITEMS










5. Pottery By Osa (currently sold out)

6. Tal and Bert (currently sold out)


FASHION




11. The Mie
12.  Galerie LA


JEWELRY

17. Soko
18.  Lola Ade
BEAUTY



21. The Wraplife 



OTHER

24. McBride Sisters (Wine)
25. HarperIman Dolls (currently sold out)





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