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Blogging/Photo Set up

I never imagined myself making a post like this for many reasons. One, I never thought I’d enjoy blogging this much. Second, I never imagined people would take an interest in my work! Lastly, I am my own worst critic so I just never imagined any of this!

I was recently complimented on my photos and was asked for any tips so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned. A lot of it has been trial and error. More often than not I get so frustrated I can’t capture my vision and I ask the Hubs for help. Thankfully he is an amazing support system and will gladly help. I am very grateful for everything including his support.

Let’s begin with the camera. For product pictures 90% of the time I use my Nikon D3300. This was a valentine’s gift from my husband. He believes in me more than I believe in myself so when I told him I wanted to take my blogging more serious he sprang into action. So far it has been such a great investment. I think it gives my blog a more “uniformed” look. We also used it to do my daughters easter pics saving us a good chunk of change. I haven’t purchased a different lens so I simply use the 18-55MM it came with. We have huge windows in our living room so that’s where I usually set up. I try my very best to catch natural sunlight since it gives the pictures the best look.  NIKOND3300

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For products I have multiple surfaces and backgrounds I use. Some are diy others I’ve purchased for taking home pictures. What I mean by that is for example the wood surface in the picture with the camera or the marble surface. For backgrounds I use poster boards in different colors. Usually its just white though and I’ll just add flowers I have for decoration or a fluffy pillow. I also use a tripod which is a ton of help to avoid any shakiness. IMG_2416NikonCamD3300

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These are the settings on the camera I normally use for product pictures with the zoom in manual so I can control it to my liking. 

For editing I use free apps from our Mac computer. Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 5.24.53 PM

Which are PhotoScape X and Pixlr. A simple google search will pull up a bunch of free editing options but so far these have been my favorites.

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This is what PhotoScape X looks open. I like this for more personal pictures. Such as the ones of my daughter

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This is what Pixlr looks like open. This is my usual go to for a quick fix on product pics. 

So by now you know I blog from our  Mac Computer. My husband bought this specifically for editing. He does car videos on his GoPro and so far its been amazing for that and for blogging. My goal is to one day be confident enough to do YouTube videos and so far all our research shows Mac has the best free editing software.

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This is what WordPress looks like on it. 

At our old house we had a desk but in our new apartment there’s a built-in desk area. And this is how it looks. It’s just a little nook. IMG_2425

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These photos were taken with an iPhone 6s. 
Just as a little fyi I don’t use the camera for selfies. I still haven’t played around with the timer, lighting, and settings enough to manage that. For selfies I just use my phone. Either the regular camera or Snapchat (Prissycutes add me) because of the fun filters.

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This is my Makeup Of The Day. All of these were taken with snapchat. The top right is the only one without a filter.

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These are filter free.

So thats it!

This is all just my opinion, what we have, and what works for me. None of this is a necessity.

Any tips you may have for me? Anything we can learn from each other??

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it was helpful!

-PrissyūüíĖ
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

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Love to Hate, Hate to Love

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I want to apologize in advance for skipping Fridays/Weekends #MOTD and Mondays Fave so today to make it up I’m going to show you a few things. Lets start with my Monday Faves.

As I mentioned I was on a hunt for the Milani 2 in 1 foundation. I have tried many many drug store foundations and have had absolutely BAD luck with all of them. I usually get oily through the day but I also have dry patches. I don’t know whats the deal with that. When I try a new foundation I do some things before giving up on it. I try different moisturizers with it, different primers, and different concealers. By far this foundation has held up. I can already tell it will become a staple in my collection. If I had to compare to another foundation I’d say it reminds me a lot of my ‘holy grail’ the Estee Lauder Double wear foundation. The coverage is AMAZING one layer is good with spot checking but it can easily be built to more of a full coverage. It matched me so well too, which is something I struggle with in other foundations. It applied well with both a foundation brush and the beauty blender. On Saturday I wore it all night and it held up so well. As you can see even after some dancing and sweating there’s minimal oil, there was no patching, and hardly any creasing. Some of the other foundations I tried settled into my fine lines making me looked aged, I don’t know how else to describe it! (Now keep in mind I set all my foundations the same exact way.)IMG_2349

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Now I’m going to complain, hence my title. Today I wanted to try something I received in my April Ipsy Glam bag. I was so excited because the shade of the cream shadow by Starlooks is absolutely beautiful. But, ugh, I hate to do this but I hate the consistency. It was so hard to apply and it set so weird on the lid. I tried to redeem the look by going over it with an actual eyeshadow and it didn’t help. Which is such a bummer because the color is absolutely beautiful. IMG_2377

Here you can see how weird it looks. I primed my lids like usual so maybe that was the mistake? Anyone else having trouble with this product? Any suggestions? On the lips I am wearing two new products from this post.

Let me know if you try this foundation and your t

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Random Buys

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I usually post on Wednesday but I really wanted to find this foundation before posting. We went to about 3 local stores with no luck. In the meanwhile I purchased some other little stuff while being out.

Like I always mention I set my eyebrows with e.l.f.’s clear eyebrow gel. The reason I love this product is because of how inexpensive it is. At only $2 for an eyebrow gel and mascara ¬†I feel like you can’t go wrong. I can either fill in my eyebrows and set them with the gel or just use the gel alone. Once I’m out of the eyebrow side I actually use the mascara on the eyebrows as well. Perfect, good, and cheap!

This BB cream by Rimmel was such a disappointment and I wish I wouldn’t of been so impulsive with it. For a while I’ve wanted a product that is light weight but still provides enough coverage that it can be worn alone without concealer. What attracted me to this specific BB cream was the name,¬†BB Cream Matte. As someone who tends to be very oily its only natural I seek products that will keep me matte the longest.

This specially formulated BB Cream is packed with matte perfecting benefits, resulting in gorgeous and shine free skin! Minimizing the appearance of pores and evening skin tone while controlling shine, the lightweight formula makes it perfect for combination to oily skin, with ideal benefits: soothes, conceals dark circles and even helps prevent blemishes. -From the Rimmel Website

It does provide good coverage. Initially I was very impressed. However, it only comes in TWO shades (Seriously?!?) so I set it with my Mac powder foundation for some color. I had an early doctors appointment so I didn’t want to pack on a full face which is why I didn’t bronze. BUT by like 10AM I was as oily as can be. Like bad pizza greasy . . . ugh!

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Now this impulse buy I’m happy with. NYX¬†Intense Butter Gloss¬†in¬†Chocolate Crepe¬†is such a pretty shade. I am all about glosses for the warmer weather. My lips tend to be drier during summer (weird right?) so I always use glosses.

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This is a swatch from the NYX¬†website. I feel like I need to mention these smell amazing like cake or a cupcake. . . or like frosting! The applicator is awesome, yay.¬†I can’t handle how pretty of a color it is. BTW, as I’m on the NYX website I am SOO tempted to purchase more.WETnWILD

Another lip purchase I made was this Wet n Wild MegaLast lip color. This is in the shade¬†Just Peachy.¬†I’ve owned other shades in this formula when they first released and I wasn’t too impressed. Like I’ve mentioned matte lipsticks tend to dry my lips but I’m hoping it’ll be different this time. I did purchase an awesome lip balm to help with dry lips. Walgreen’s is having a bogo sale and my kiddo wanted a nail polish so momma got a lippie, #WINNING!

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Now this foundation is what I’ve been waiting for!! This is Milani’s¬†Conceal+Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation+Concealer.¬†The idea that it can provide that much coverage is mind blowing. It also comes with a pump, bonus! I hope this foundation lives up to the hype because besides my Estee Lauder Double wear I have not found a foundation I love that is drugstore.

Combat under eye circles, redness and other skin imperfections with this full coverage, water-resistant foundation plus concealer in one. A no mess, no drip pump dispenses just the right amount of fluid needed to achieve a flawless look and works around the clock to keep skin looking naturally perfect! -From the  Milani website

There is a variation of shades on the Milani website but in stores I saw way less. Maybe half of them. Also, it was sold out in most stores I looked for it. So I suggest looking which stores actually have it and maybe even calling to make sure. I wish I had. Could have saved us some trips.

Now I wouldn’t¬†call this a haul because it’s such little items but besides the BB cream I am so excited for my purchase and I definitely recommend them to everyone! I’m all about inexpensive yet good makeup!

Any¬†drugstore products¬†you’ve been loving¬†lately you¬†recommend???

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

-PrissyūüíĖ
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

Cruelty Free, Ipsy, Monday Favorites, Uncategorized

Ipsy is my Monday fave!


I finally got my ipsy bag! It mailed to our old address so the hubby had to get it for me. This month’s theme was “dreamers” and the bag itself is so cute! I think definitely one of my favorite!

A lot of people ask me if I think it’s worth signing up for ipsy and personally I enjoy it. For many many reasons. 1. At least one product pays for the monthly fee of $10. 2. I get to try new products without spending a whole lot of $$$. 3. I secretly enjoy having something to look forward to in the mail! (LOL!!)


Like my best friend said “Ipsy knows you!” So of course I was super excited for a new brush. I’ve never purchased any Crown brushes but I have purchased a cream contour kit from them and enjoyed it very much! This is the¬†C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush.¬†This brush retails for about $10 on their website. I like these type of brushes to stipple in my concealer and to apply blush and highlights.

¬† As you can see I was having a hard time capturing the true color of this eyeliner. This pencil is by Skinn Cosmetics and this is the Bright eyes Eye enhancing Eyeliner. If like me you’re a bit more on the tanned side than you’ll notice using a white liner in the water line may look kind of odd. For a long time I’ve been searching for a different shade that isn’t white and had settled for a gold so I am soooo happy I received this specific color liner. This eyeliner retails for $18 so I mean COME ON! Two products already payed for the $10 fee.

¬†Next up is this cream eyeshadow by Starlooks in Rose Gold. I haven’t tried this shadow but I am so stoked. Golds make my eyes look a bit lighter so I love these type of shades. I did swatch it and it goes on so smooth and bright.
¬†I don’t think I have ever tried a Tarte lip product so I was excited for this. As soon as I saw the shade I knew it was something I can carry around in my purse for pops of color whenever I need it. This is their LipSurgence‚ĄĘ lip cr√®me in Wonder. As we all know Tarte is cruelty free, yay!
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Perfect your pout! Swipe once for a sheer wash of color, or build for more intensity.
P.S. It also doubles as a cheek color! Apply to the apples of cheeks and blend for a radiant flush of color. (From the Ipsy Website).

¬†I’ve never been big on hair products I don’t know why, just never have. So I wasn’t super excited for this product Moroccanoil Moroccanoil treatment. However I have found some hair products I genuinely like through Ipsy so I’ll give it a shot.

Shine on! It’s the original ‚Äď and best ‚Äď argan oil treatment that’s won countless awards for its insane hair-perfecting power. Just one use transforms lackluster locks into the super shiny strands of your dreams. It’s also a magical multitasker ‚Äď the all-in-one product works overtime to condition, style and finish your hair. (From the Ipsy website).¬†

Overall, like always I am pleased with my monthly Ipsy bag. In the past there’s been some fails but I’m glad I waited it out. If you’re interested in an¬†Ipsy¬†subscription in this post I describe what it’s like and how it works.

Were you pleased with this month’s bag?!

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!-PrissyūüíĖ
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

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#MOTD 

  
I feel like lately my #motd’s have been sooo simple.  Some days I go so basic and others I go all out like this Pink look. But one thing that stays the same is not filling in my eyebrows. I haven’t found a product I can work with or like. I have thick eyebrows as it is even after I wax so a usual clear gel is enough. 

I however have not waxed so I do the whole ‘defining’ the eyebrows trick with concealer to hide those pesky hairs. I noticed that it left my eyebrows looking plain so I was on a hunt for an eyebrow pencil.   

 I can’t justify purchasing something super expensive since I hardly fill them in but let me RAVE bout this L’oreal Brow stylist definer. It has a super fine tip. I pull at my eyebrows when I’m anxious/nervous and have spots missing hair and the small tip makes it so easy to fill it in. 

 

Naturally when looking into a product I check up reviews and Heidicupcake  on YouTube said  the spoolie is similar to Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow pencil. I’ve never owned that product so I have no clue if it’s true. Haha!! But for me personally this pencil and spoolie work amazing!
  
   
 I still need a lot of practice working on my eyebrows, I know, but this pencil combined with e.l.f’s clear eyebrow gel works wonders for me! I can’t wait to wax my eyebrows and have a thinner brow to play with the pencil a little more. Now, these are just my opinions on this product. . . So would I recommend it?! If like me you’re a make up lover on a budget, then yes. Yes I would!! I believe it was only $7 at Walmart. I did one day without the clear gel (first picture) and one with it and my faux eyebrows stayed in place all day.  

 
On the eyes I used the morphe 35N palette. If you own any Morphe palette then you know the shadows don’t have a name on it. But I went with a super soft brown shade in the crease and on the lid I used Too Faced Chocolate bar’s Marzipan. I was inspired by KathleenLights recent tutorial. Inner corner highlight and tip of the nose is Benefits Mary-Lou Manizer.  On the lips I did just a little of NYX’s Instabul.  (Oh, and please ignore the hormonal planet that made an appearance above my lip ūüėĖūüėĖ.) Easy peasy! 

  What are some of your favorite eyebrow       methods/products you recommend?!
 Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!-PrissyūüíĖ

Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes
And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

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On Wednesday We Wear PINK!

Anyone else obsessed with Mean Girls?? I know I was/am lol. I didnt know what I was going to do with makeup today but I knew I wanted to wear makeup. I was going on a week of being makeup free and I was getting bored. So since it’s Wednesday and on Wednesdays we wear pink I gave this look a shot. I kind of just winged it and only knew I wanted to use pink, of course! This is to make up for missing last weeks #MOTD

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On the eyes I wore:

  • Almond truffle on the crease & bottom lash
  • Divinity for the brow bone
  • Totally fetch on the outer corner & bottom lash
  • Sprinkles all over the lid
  • Satin sheets for an inner corner and nose highlight

All from the Too Faced Bon Bons palette. I’m not usually bold with color but I am so happy I gave it a shot. I don’t know when I’d wear something like this maybe date night on the beach? I tend to stick to neutrals so these bold pops of color are different/new for me.

Whats your favorite color for spring or for a pop of color???

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
-PrissyūüíĖ
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

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Monday Faves, Kinda. . .

I mentioned in my previous post we were going to be moving soon and finally it happened! Although we did go from a house to an apartment I cannot be happier. We lost a back yard and a garage but we gained a 3rd bedroom which I am super happy for. This will be our “guest bedroom” and my makeup/shoe room! Sadly I couldn’t get up a¬†#MOTD over the weekend¬†since we were so busy and I skipped on the makeup but I do apologize!!

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Let me begin by telling you guys I AM ALL ABOUT REPURPOSING RECYCLING THINGS! I mean it. I am constantly looking out for things I can re use or give it a new purpose. We all see on pinterest these ideas of using mason jars as brush holders and while I am all for it . . . I won’t spend money on a jar just for brushes. Instead I use Classico Spaghetti sauce jars. I started doing this because I noticed the jars had measurements on it so I went on a huge jar saving binge, LOL! I use these jars for makeup brushes, measuring cups, cotton pad holder, and to drink out of them. I have even stained some and use them to decorate.

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I also took this hot pink basket from my daughter to hold my palettes. I gave birth while my husband was deployed so I didn’t have a nursery and I had to get creative when it came to putting baby clothes away and these $1 basket from Target were a life saver, then and now! I saved the gelato container because it reminded me of the Bath and Body works big candle everyone cleans out and uses as brush holders but since I don’t use candles, lol, this will do. I saw on Facebook a cool idea about using contact paper to wrap it in so maybe I’ll give that a try since the container does have letters. The acrylic lipstick holder I purchased at Marshall’s for something insanely cheap like $5.99.

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So for now this is my little set up. I still have to set up some more products that are packed away and some more brushes. I also need to set up our Jordan’s (you didn’t think I meant heels did you?!?) lol. I also need a chair but I am so happy to be out of my husbands way. My makeup stash was taking up our bathroom counter. So this Monday this is my favorite. . . ¬†my OWN little space. I can’t wait to get some wall decor up and my shelves for the extra stuff!

What’s some stuff you like¬†repurposing for your makeup room/stash?!? Or a good place to buy makeup storage (besides ikea sadly it¬†isn’t an option for us)?!?

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
-PrissyūüíĖ
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

Makeup, Uncategorized

Dear 18 Year old me. . .

Have you ever been asked, “If you could go back in time and ¬†tell your 18 year old self anything what would you say??” That question always gets me thinking. Since this is a blog about makeup and what not I will be telling my 18 year old self the importance of moisturizing. I don’t think I ever cared. I did use a moisturizer but it belonged to my mom. I figured that she looked young for her age so why not use it too and it was free (haha) who doesn’t love free??

Another thing I wish I knew the importance of is spf. At such a young age I thought using sunblock only when I went to the beach was enough. Little did I know or understand uv rays and how they’re not only out just during summer. I do know during summer I used a tinted moisturizer with spf 15 but any other time of the year I didn’t bother with my daily moisturizer having spf. As an adult I am scared this will affect me down the road.

I’d also tell myself my eyelashes falling out with a certain mascara means I’m allergic to it so STOP using it. I used to have long thick lashes and suddenly that changed. I noticed it happened when I used a certain mascara. Luckily I never went through a bright blue shadow phase or black eyshadow (lol) so I got lucky with that. I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup so my teenage makeup routine was black eyeliner and mascara.

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Then I grew a little left the nest and started my party stage. Which meant I was using a lot more makeup. . .and I wish I could tell myself to wash it off before bed. As an adult I get so mad at myself for not getting into that routine at a younger age. My excuse was always, “I’m tired!” or “I don’t have makeup remover wipes”. As an adult now I understand the importance of washing off my makeup and hydrating my skin. Not just with a good eye and face moisturizer but with water (drinking plenty of it).

This past week I ran out of my makeup remover wipes so I stopped wearing makeup completely just because I hate using a makeup eraser on a full face of makeup. Then I remembered I have my trusty¬†Purity¬†wash by Philosophy. Like always I use my Equate oil-free eye makeup remover¬†to take off my eyeshadow, liner, and mascara. I am not particularly picky about brands when it comes to this I just make sure it doesn’t irritate me. I have had other brands do that. I soak a little cotton pad and hold it against my closed eye for some seconds to break down the makeup and then gently wipe. Once thats off I wash my face with the face wash. If I didn’t do a full face of makeup thats all I do then I just moisturize like usual. If I do I’ll wash off my makeup with Purity¬†then ¬†I use a second face wash or a scrub. Purity is pretty amazing and does the job (I even use it to wash my stubborn ¬†foundation brushes and beauty blender) I just double up if I need it. It is a pricey wash but SO worth it. . . in my opinion.

10 years later I like to think I am a little wiser when it comes to my health both internal and external. Beauty begins in the inside so health and hydration is important to me along with properly caring for my skin! Like many beauty guru’s say “your skin is your canvas” so I try to care for mine as much as possible. Undo all that damage I did as a care free teenager.

If you could go back in time and tell your 18 year old self anything beauty related what would it be??

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
-PrissyūüíĖ
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

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Monday Favorites

One of my favorite things to do on my down time besides reading, online window shopping, is watching videos on youtube. Some people I watch because I genuinely like their talent but others I like watching their video blogs or ‘vlogs’. Here is my top list of Youtuber’s I like to watch. They’re in no specific order.

First of is¬†Jazminesong¬†. . .I have spoken to her one on one. She is so talented, nice, and down to earth. We follow each other on snapchat and she’s given me pointers and has helped me whenever I have any questions.

Second is Lustrelux. . . I came across Katy when I subscribed to all of the Ipsy beauty gurus. She is so funny and has amazing talent.

Then we have¬†Kathleenlights. Chances are you’ve seen her or have heard someone talk about her. I started watching her channel because she was also a military spouse and that made her so relatable. Not to mention she looks so much like my best friend. Also, Kathleen does a lot of drugstore looks and if you watch her for a while you’ll notice she genuinely uses drugstore products.

Nicole Guerriero¬†, I think everyone knows her. She’s like the OG of youtube. I like watching ¬†her beauty videos but I LOVE her video blogs ‘vlogs’ she has the cutest personality and like me knows the lyrics to almost every song she listens to. She loves cats and at times my daughter and I watch just to see the cats.

What would Lizzy do is my favorite makeup vloggers. Her personality is contagious and her makeup looks are so easy to recreate.

I am slightly obsessed with makeup videos. I always turn to youtube for reviews and makeup looks. I like challenging myself by recreating looks and maybe one day when I gain some confidence I’ll start my own channel but for now I’ll just watch and admire.

Who are some of your favorite¬†youtubers or “beauty gurus”??

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
-PrissyūüíĖ
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

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#MOTD (my spring go to look)

It’s been beautiful here in Florida and I’ve started to back off of foundation. It gets so hot I don’t like to pack on the products. On days we go out or to the beach I skip foundation and just opt for concealer and a face powder.  Easy, quick, light, and simple!!

 We spent all of Saturday at the beach with family so I didn’t take any pictures of myself but this is basically the look I do. The only difference was I skipped the wing liner. But like usual I moisturize and prime like normal. I ALWAYS make sure my moisturizer has spf. If I’m going to wear foundation I make sure it has spf too. I did a glossy lip just to go with my “Dewey” theme. I packed on the highlight just for a fresh look.  Which I have been using the eyeshadow Satin Sheets from the Bon Bon palette. A neat trick I saw Nicole Guerriero does is she puts setting spray on her beauty blender and goes over her highlight just to set it into the skin and get rid of that powder look. 

    
This is Saturday. Same makeup deats just no liner. By the way I really should have thought of bringing a Chapstick or lip balm with spf in it. First time in my life I have sun burned lips! Ouch!   

 
I’m so excited for summer 2016. Anyone else?! 

What are some of your spring/summer looks? Or go to products??

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
-PrissyūüíĖ
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)