Monday, July 17, 2017

Seven Summer Essentials!

Summer has officially hit here in Seattle, and it keeps getting warmer and warmer. I'm so happy that it's been a really sunny summer so far, and honestly this 70 degree weather has been pretty nice. I can go outside and comfortably eat my lunch without getting too cold or hot, and the weekends have been perfect for hiking, going to the beach, or doing anything outside!

With how busy I've been doing fun things, (keep up with me on Instagram to see!) I wanted to share with you my summer essentials! I was inspired to do this post by Warby Parker and their new sunglasses collection - definitely check them out because they have some really cute styles right now! I've been a fan of their glasses for a while now, especially since I had to get glasses of my own recently, after years of swearing I had perfect vision. I guess that's what five years of blogging does to you ;)

1. Polaroid camera

I invested in a polaroid camera a couple of months ago, and I'm so glad I did! It's so nice to be able to print photos right then in there, instead of just keeping them on your phone and computer, and never having them in person. I also love the "vintage" quality of the photos, and there's so many cute ways to display them! You can easily turn them into a focal point in your room, and hang them up wherever you want.

2. Versatile eyeshadow palette

If you read my last post, you saw that I got the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette! It's perfect for the summer - and all year round, honestly - since it has some really pretty turquoise colors, as well as a warm shades. You really get it all with the palette! If that's not your cup of tea, though, there's plenty of palettes out there that are perfect for summer, like the Urban Decay Heat palette.

3. Comfy pair of shorts

I went to Pacsun this weekend and got a couple of pairs of shorts, and they're so comfy! They're mom jeans so they're high wasted, which is perfect for summer since there's so many crop tops to wear. I've been needing jean shorts for so long now, so I'm really glad to have picked up a couple of pairs! I'm really picky with them because I wear them a ton over the summer, so it's super important to me that I can wear them for the whole day..

4. Comfy sandals

I have had Birkenstock tan lines for probably three consecutive years now because I wear them year round. I wish I was kidding, but there's also a little part of me that's proud of the lines. They're seriously the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, though, and I highly suggest looking into them if you haven't before! There's also a lot of cute sandals at Target right now, I recently got a pair for around $20 and they're really comfy!

5. Cute swimsuit - bikini or one piece

I finally got a one piece this year that has a really low back, and I absolutely love it! It's really convenient to just wear with a pair of shorts over them if I'm walking around but want to swim later, and it honestly just looks like a cute body suit. The plus side is I don't even have to wear a bra, so it's a win win. A staple swimsuit is definitely a summer essential though, even if you don't live by the beach. They're great to wear while tanning, going to the lake, or swimming in a friend's pool! You don't have to break the bank to find a cute one, either, which is great.

6. Sunglasses

My eyes are really sensitive to light, so a great pair of sunglasses is definitely a must! They're also great to add a little something to a more plain outfit, and of course they're really useful on bright summer days. The great thing about sunglasses is there's an option for everyone, and you can spend as much or as little money as you want on them, since pretty much most clothing stores have them. Like I said in the beginning of the post, check out Warby Parker to find a cute pair!

7. A bag to hold all of these things

A nice, big bag is definitely a summer essential, especially if you're having a beach day, or are going somewhere you need to carry all of these things in. I like to just get a large bag from Forever21, or Nordstrom in the BP section because they aren't too expensive and they have so many cute options. It's also nice to have a smaller bag in addition to a larger one, in case you're going to an amusement park, or somewhere you can't bring a large bag.

Alright, well there are seven of my summer essentials! I'm so excited for the rest of summer, and I definitely hope it's filled with lots of bonfires, beach days, and warm summer nights.

What are some of your summer essentials?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Not all photos are mine.
This is NOT a sponsored post.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette | Swatches, Review, and a Look!

I've been a fan of Jaclyn Hill for at least four years now, so when she announced that her palette was finally coming out, I was super excited. She's been working on it for two years now, so the anticipation was definitely high! I bought my palette right at 8 a.m. on the launch date and it came in the mail last week. I filmed a video that afternoon, which you can watch below!

Of course I wanted to do a blog post on it as well and share some photos and swatches! I definitely wasn't thinking, and didn't actually take photos of all the swatches, so I had to screenshot them from the video - sorry! I took photos of the palette itself though, and of the look I created using the palette.

I did both brush and finger swatches!
Swatches from the first row

The rest of row one

Row two

Row three

Row four

Row five

The finished look I created!

Overall, I really love this palette! Sometimes the matte colors were a little bit splotchy when I swatched them, but I think it was a combination of me not having enough product on my finger, and the fact that they're so buildable. They weren't splotchy at all on my eyes, and they builded up so nicely. They also blended really well! It was super effortless to create this look, and I was so impressed with the shimmers in this palette. They went on so well with both finger and brush.

I really love all of the colors, too! Even though there's a couple colors in the palette that look really similar on my skin, I do appreciate that there are a couple of options to similar shades. There's so many looks you can create, and it's definitely a palette I'll be bringing with me when I travel so I can have options with the looks I want to create. There's so many neutral looks you can make, as well as more bold, smokey looks. I'm really glad I have this because I definitely don't have a palette that's this big and versatile!

This is the first Morphe palette I've gotten, and I'm impressed, so I'll probably try more Morphe products in the future. The only thing I wish this palette had is a mirror so I could get ready literally anywhere. I have other mirrors, though, so it isn't too big of a deal. That probably would've made the price go up, too, so I can't complain too much! 

This palette retails for $38, but there's so many coupon you can find through Morphe affiliates on YouTube, and Jaclyn herself has one which is JACATTACK (I'm not sponsored to say this!). This code gets you 10% so definitely use it! The palette is sold out right now, but will be restocked on Tuesday, July 18th at 8AM PST! I recommend getting this palette whether you are a fan of Jaclyn or not - you will not be disappointed!

What do you think about the palette?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

This is NOT a sponsored post, and all opinions are mine!