Spring Beauty Roundup

Currently: April 26 @ 10 p.m. — Spring Beauty Roundup

Hi, everyone! The weather has been terrible here in Rhode Island but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream about the summer and how great it will feel once it gets here!

Spring Beauty Roundup

I am really hoping April showers bring May flowers! In the meantime, however, I decided to gather some of my favorite products currently that are getting me thinking of summer, while spring is still here.

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So lets get started!

Tinted Sunless Tanning by Ulta — you can even slip clothes on right after using it because it dries almost instantly!

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This self tanner is a favorite of mine because it is more of a gel and less of a lotion. I feel that the gel spreads easier and you are not left with streaks because it goes on more evenly. Plus, an added benefit is that it has a really nice subtle scent that is not to perfume-y.

I tried to find the link to this product for you guys but it seems as though Ulta does not have it on their website. Either way, here is a link to Ulta’s more updated sunless tanners — look out for the gels over lotion in any brand.

defy & Inspire — Water Resistant Nail Lacquer 

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Every month I get a little something in the mail because I subscribe to Ipsy. It is a company that sends you about 5 products in really cute bags and I really love getting one each month.

A lot of time they will send me something I wouldn’t have thought of trying but since I got it, I’ll try it. Ipsy named this polish a ‘Must Try Color’ and I have to agree!

I definitely feel like these hot pastels will be making a comeback for this spring/summer because everyone is tired of the nudes at this point though (I don’t think I ever will be!)

Ciate London: Mini Bamboo Bronzer: Must have

IMG_8786 (1)IMG_8788 (2)I got this product via Ipsy as well and I cannot get enough of it. I am always looking for new bronzers to try out because a lot of time they will be too dark for my fair skin.

This bronzer by Ciate, though is perfect for spring and summer because it is super lightweight and has a warmth to it without looking too dark. It is definitely for a natural day and I usually do a couple swipes over concealer on the way to class!

Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel

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This is a great product for me and I am usually really skeptical about trying new products on my face because I have super sensitive skin. However, this is awesome because it freshens up my face after a shower and I can tell it is going to be perfect for after a day at the beach this summer.

I usually only like to moisturize once a day so this aloe is good because I don’t consider it a moisturizer, as much as a refresher. It is not heavy at all and I actually can’t wait to use it tomorrow. It also clears up all those dry patches from this winter!

DW Home: White Rose Candle 

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So this isn’t so much of a product but I definitely would say it adds to my nightly routine after a shower and before bed.

If you’re like me then you go through Marshalls and TJ Maxx and sniff around the candle section for fun. Well, I was doing that once and completely fell in love with the scent of this candle.

The funny thing about this candle is that it smells more when I just have the top off, rather than when I am actually burning it — so that’s a little sad. However, this brand candle is all throughout Marshalls and TJ’s and they are fairly cheap and come in smaller sizes so it wouldn’t hurt to pick one up and try it for yourself, maybe some of the other scents smell more. I am more of a light scent gal myself so I don’t mind that it isn’t too stinky.

How to: Preparing for your summer wardrobe

Currently: April 10 @ 6 p.m. — How to: Preparing for your best summer wardrobe

Samantha Kristiansen

Here are somethings I do when I feel the seasons changing. In this case we are going from winter to spring/summer (can I get an Amen!)

  • Make a list of items you would like to add to the pieces you currently own for the upcoming season
    • To get inspiration for what you might want or need, I advise you to go window shopping, head over to your favorite store’s websites and browse the new arrivals section, or ask friends what they plan on buying for the upcoming season
  • Figure out what worked for you last year, and what didn’t work (aka, what did you spend money on and not wear?)
    • As an example of this, I know that teeny-tiny jean shorts are not my best friend when it comes to the humid days, they are just so uncomfortable. Because of this, I am excited to try the new trend that the Kardashians are sporting a lot, and that is the denim Bermuda shorts. These pair from Forever 21 are already on my wish list
  • Go through what you have and find what needs to be throw away due to being over-worn last season
    • I know that I need all new pairs of flat sandals because mine get scuffed easily (I trip on my own feet a lot). The ones I do own, I’ve owned for two summers already — though its a pain to go out and buy all new sandals, you’ll thank yourself later
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      Check out the scuffs at the toe!!

  • Going on a trip? You might want to add some specialty pieces to your wardrobe so you can pack them later in the season
    • For me, I know that I want a long, open front cover up for my cruise I am going on in June, as well as a couple more bathing suits (I have a goal to have a  different bathing suit for each day of the cruise)
    • If you keep a list, you can check off what you already have and that will make it seem like you don’t have as much shopping to do as you originally thought you would. Plus, it is a good way to keep a log of what you want. If you’re like me, you will think of something you need at a very random time in the day or night and just want to write it down.
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VSCO: Love it or hate it

Currently: January 30 @ 7 p.m. —

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I’ve been having a personal dilemma lately: to follow the trends or to not follow the trends.

You, yourself may be having these thoughts without even thinking that you’re having them too! Here’s what I mean:

Do I really want to spend the $40-50 now, three months into the trend, to buy those over-the-knee boots that might be out of trend in a month? I’m not sure…but what if they stay in-trend until March and into next winter season? Then it might be completely worth it – plus, they are super cute. See my dilemma?

I have the same issue with choker necklaces but it’s not because I don’t want to spend the $5, it’s more along the lines of, do I really want to look like everyone else and then be 7 chokers deep when they definitely go out of trend? I’m not sure…

A trend I am set on investing my time into is the velvet everything trend. Velvet is so classy looking and can be dressed up or down – it really is catching my eye.

You may be asking yourself, how do I even go about finding what is ‘in’ right now? Well it’s simple, hop on the computer, type in any trendy store’s website on the internet, head to the ‘new arrivals’ section and there, you have everything that consumers are currently craving.

Coming from experience, having researched trends for an assignment, I know that there are some things that will only last one season. However, no one knows that until the season is over — if it is still alive, the trend has a chance to  turn from micro to macro. I guess us consumers are willing to take the chance and make the purchase for the sake of fitting in and looking trendy.

I admit the trend bug will bite me once and a while, but only for a good price — oh and if it’s altered enough to not be too trendy.

Currently: January 8 @ 12:40 a.m. —

I always found it excessive when I would see a link to VSCO in social media bios. I wondered, ‘why a link to another social media on a current one?’

Well, that was before I had enough storage on my phone to actually download the app — (since I have it, does that require me to learn how to pronounce the app?) Anyways, since I was able to download the app, I did and I realized, wow, yeah, I really like this app and the creativity it allows.

VSCO is not as clean cut as Instagram. It is hard to figure out and there aren’t a lot of words leading you to a homepage or a connection with friends or even how to upload photos for that matter. It is sort of fun to figure out this app with it’s mysterious name.

I think my favorite thing about VSCO is that I can post as many pictures as I want in a row and no one that ‘follows’ me (because I think there’s a total of 2) will judge me for posting more than one picture a day. Plus, did I mention the filters are to DIE for?

Unlike Instagram where I feel the need to play around with the brightness, the saturation and the highlights and shadows (seriously, what is even the point of those last two?), with VSCO, I take one of my ‘eh’ photos from my camera roll, upload it onto VSCO, pick one of its amazing filters and voila — a wonderful, enhanced photo that is in a collection of my very own.

The app is well, addicting and I feel the need to upload like three or four photos a day. To see some of my faves, look below. And now, since I have the app and understand the need for my personal VSCO link everywhere, here’s a link to my personal account!

http://vsco.co/rbimonte/images/1