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Weekending | 4th of July Edition

July 06, 2015

Happy Monday friends!! Can we all agree that long weekends are just more fun than regular two day ones?! When weekends start on Thursday nights, it leaves more time for food, friends and feeling good! 
My usual Friday workout was replaced with a sweat session on the court! I had been watching Wimbeldon all week and it felt so good to get out on the courts again! Obviously we followed up all the calories burned with a delicious mint chocolate ice cream cone! 
Since we had the whole day to relax we decided to have a date night and ventured Downtown to Merchant!! We both had incredible meals and this Maine Mussels dish was actually an appetizer I had as my meal - you can see they are very generous with their portions! 
After dinner we made our way to the Boston Harbor Hotel for their Summer in the City and on Friday's they play movies. It's such a fun way to spend your night and the best part is that it's FREE! The movies are usually hit or miss, but this past weekend we got to see Rocky and believe it or not, it's one of my favorite movies! 
How gorgeous is the flag in the middle of the rotunda?
While the weather didn't really cooperate during the day on the 4th, we still had a really great time with old and new friends!! 
We had all the fixings for an incredible day! Delicious cupcakes, corn hole and even the pink flamingo made an appearance! 
All the ladies feeling festive!! 
Knowing how crazy Boston gets with the fireworks, instead of fighting the crowds Gary and I made our way to a not so secret spot, yet somehow always free of people and clear enough to see the fireworks! 
Somehow Sunday came way too fast and we spent the day with friends enjoying perfect weather, playing another round of tennis and I stumbled upon a fun summer up-do while shooting another post for this week!! 
And just like that another Summer weekend is in the books! Hope you all have an amazing start to your week and link up below to share your 4th of July weekends with us!! 
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Happy Weekend!

July 03, 2015

Just popping in to wish you all a wonderful Holiday Weekend!! 

See you all here Monday for Weekending!! 

Beauty Spotlight | Highlighters + Illuminators

July 02, 2015

If you've watched any Beauty Vloggers recently they are all about the highlight! I've used illuminators in years past, but never thought much of it, but now that it's summer and I want to accentuate the tan/glow on my face and I've got my eye on a few highlighters & illuminators that can do that! 
Highlighters & Illuminators to try

What's the difference?

Illuminators are used to add just a bit of shimmer to your face to give it that healthy glow. You can mix it into your foundation or just in the area you want to add the glow to. You want to make sure you're left with the dewy look not so oily! 

Highlighters play of the light and are applied to the areas that the sun would naturally hit your face. Think of it as giving your skin that gorgeous filter when you're having a romantic candlelit dinner. You are pushing or "highlighting" the features that are your favorite. When applied to the right places it can make you look more youthful, think Jennifer Lopez at 45 and how her skin is always so radiant! 

Sonia Kashuk Illuminator

Highlighters & Illuminators to try
I almost bought this Sonia Kashuk translucent illuminator last weekend, but then opted against it because I didn't read enough reviews on it. I used a similar product a few years ago and swore by it but then it was discontinued and I couldn't find anything similar. It looks like the dupe is back! I would opt to put this on mixed in with my foundation for a dewy look or if I just wanted to use it as a highlight I'd dab a little on above my cheek bones and also on my clavicle/shoulders to give a little shimmer off! 

Wander Beauty On The Go

Highlighters & Illuminators to try
This double sided beauty stick was created by a Victoria Secret model for the girl on the go! One side for blush and the other side illuminates. I've had this pinged on my "to buy" list for about two months now and after reading countless reviews think it would be 100% worth it! It's only sold on the Wander Beauty website right now, but I imagine Sephora will be picking it by the end of the year! I also love that it works double duty because you can use the blush side as a lipstick as well and it's free of all the bad stuff we're looking to cut out of our makeup like paraben's!  

Benefit Watt's Up

I'm a huge fan of all benefit's products. I love that this comes in a stick and is blendable. The other side is actually a sponge that you could blend with as well, but after watching some videos it looks like you're fingers would do a better job with blending. With almost 800 5 star reviews on Sephora, so it's hard not to want to try this product out. 

NYX Born to Glow Illuminator

Since a lot of people prefer drugstore makeup I would say the NYX Illuminator in Sunbeam (less than $5 at Ulta) has gotten the best reviews that I've found. Just to emphasize, this isn't a BB or CC cream, it's meant to illuminate the face not hide blemishes, which is what I read some people were thinking these products would do. 

Josie Maran Illuminzing Wand

I'm such a fan of this line! All her products are natural and leave your skin feeling fresh! If you want to see this product in action check out her quick 45 second video here. You can instantly see the glow this gives you. 

For a lot of these products, especially those in wand form, you'll end up having them for a long time since you're not using a lot of the product all at once.

How do you feel about highlighters and illuminators? Do you have a favorite that you're currently using?
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