The Essentials: July 2017

I'm starting to realize my "essentials" posts is my very own version of "empties". And I ain't mad about it. 

There were quite a few empty bottles stored away in my tote bag so this time around I decided to break up my essentials into skincare, hair, body, and of course makeup. Maybe when I don't have a ton of product to review (or built up from stress-shopping) I can give my essentials more of a curated theme. What do you think?

Anyway, let's get to it!

Best of Beauty July Summer 2017

Hair: I am head over hair in love with Viva Curl's Whipped Coconut Milk collection. The formula is super gentle and hydrates my hair from root to tip. I actually had the opportunity to meet the family and experts and learn firsthand why they use coconut oil and shea butter within their formulas. So for my curly girls out there, head to your nearest drugstore and definitely pick my top faves: nourishing shampoo and leave-in conditioner. Sebastian's Whipped Creme is another favorite I'll be repurchasing this month. The mousse doesn't leave my curls crunchy but instead touchable and frizz-free. Even on the most humid of days, the mousse does not let me down!

Face: This one is going to be a doozy since each one is so GOOD. Let's start with my Holy Grail (and consistent space-taker on my shelf), Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. I use this first in my skincare routine to gently exfoliate my skin for even-toned skin. It also reduces redness and unclogs pores which helps clear up my adult acne. Next up is new-to-me brand Earth Tu Face's Toning Mist in Rose + Aloe. It's cruelty-free and earth-friendly (which I appreciate), but what I love the most is the scent, the refreshing feeling, and how it tightens my pores on contact. 

Last year, I got a chance to learn about True Botanicals in-depth and there is a blog post coming up. But, I did want to get Pure Radiance Oil on your radar now! The oil strengthens the skin's barrier, eliminates infection, reduces inflammation, and balances blemish-prone skin.

Then, my favorite heavy-hitters from Derma e, Microdermabrasion Scrub and Firming DMAE Eye Lift are true must-haves. I used the scrub weekly to diminish the appearance of acne scrubs and fine lines. And the multi-action eye cream is one of the best I've tried within its price points ($25).

Body: Like my last essentials mentioned, I absolutely love Molton Brown and am the biggest fan of their Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise scent. I finally ran out of their Bath & Shower Gel (sigh) and but am finally considering making their perfume my signature scent. It's only available during certain seasons and holidays but if you ever come across it - GET IT. It's an incredibly light, feminine scent and reminds me of Sofia Coppola for some reason.

Makeup: It Cosmetics has been expanding their cosmetics line rapidly, some things I've been loving and others not so much. Two, in particular, their Confidence in a Compact and CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush, have simplified my beauty morning routine. Instead of doing primer, foundation, and concealer I can now do the compact and move onto my brows and head out the door. It has this fantastic dewy-finish too that I've been digging as of late too. Now, I wouldn't recommend the compact to those with oily skin as it would only call out the oily spots even more. Their new brush is also amazing and great for all skin types. And last but not least, Estee Lauder's Sumptuous Infinite mascara has an amazing bristle that coats every single lash and the formula really does make them look thicker and longer.

Any favorites you've been loving this month?

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TSB: September Rack Up

This felt like the shortest month ever! Probably because I spent most of it celebrating my best friend's birthday - one day is never enough. And In a few weeks, I'll be in Oregon watching another best friend marry the love of her life. I feel the tears already welling up inside of me!

No big Buzzfeed article to share this time around but I will say I challenged myself to dress more for the office than before. You know, grown up looks haha.

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SunglassesThe Row  Sweater: Express (old, similar here)  Skirtboohoo.com  ClogsSwedish Hasbeens  Purse: Rebecca Minkoff (& under $90!!)  Lipstick: Glacé via Bite

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Shirt: J. Crew  JeansBond via Mott & Bow  SunglassesThe Row  BackpackTumi  Boots: Modern Vice  LipglossCoral Sands via L'Oreal

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Shirt: Wilfred  Pants: J.Crew (similar here)  Jacket: Joe Fresh (similar here)  Sneakers: Adidas  Necklace: Nashelle + Athra Luxe  Rings: Assorted  LipglossWolfie via Colourpop

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ShirtBanana Republic  Skirt: Banana Republic (similar)  HeelsJ. Crew  PurseRebecca Minkoff  Bracelet: J. Crew + My Own (similar eye bracelet)  Watch: Q&Q Smile Solar (similar)  Lip Stain: Red My Lips via YSL Beauty

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Sunglasses: Nordstroms  Bodysuit: Wildfox  JeansOne Teaspoon  ClutchOra Delphine  Rings: Assorted  Bracelets: Banana Republic + The Sak  ShoesEgo  LipglossCoral Sands via L'Oreal  Foundation + Pressed PowderBoth Maybelline's FIT Me!

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Top: Outdoor Voices  PantsOutdoor Voices  Sports BraSweaty Betty  ToteBaggu  SneakersBrooks  LipglossCoral Sands via L'Oreal

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Dress: Dezzal  BootsOuigal  BanglesThe Sak  Rings: Assorted  EarringsLinks of London  Necklace: Athra Luxe + Baublebar  PurseShana Luther  Eyebrow Pencil: Billion Dollar Brow Pencil  Lipgloss: Riot via Lime Crime

The Dress That Almost Got Away

If you couldn't tell by now... I am living my very best (and very broke) life. Even if I had the opportunity to go back and change something - I wouldn't. This summer has been so filled with extremes and each one so worth it. Including that one week when I fought off starvation with 99 cent ramen packs.

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Lucky for you, I think we all have ups and downs so I'm not ashamed to admit any of my struggles with you. We're basically internet fam by now.

Another struggle you might relate to... buying things and then completely forgetting about them. Case in point, this gorgeous dress I got from Pixie Market. It was purchased on a gotta-have-it-right-now shopping spree but when it arrived I never found the perfect moment to wear it out. And before I knew it, Christmas was a week away. Ugh.

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I then rediscovered this dress, as I was packing for Tulum and fell in love with it all over again. But as luck would have it, I'd have to wait a few more months to wear this gem due to a pretty bulky cast. If you follow me on SnapChat, you know what I was talking about. (For those of you that don't, find me at TheStyleBoro).

Anyway, it worked itself out in the end and here I am wearing the shit out of this dress. I couldn't find this exact dress anywhere but I did find a pretty close copy here.

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Dress: Pixie Market (similar)  Sneakers: Novesta  Purse: Patricia Nash (similar)  Necklace: My Own  Rings: Assorted  BraceletCapwell+Co  Wine Tote: Happy Town Hawaii  LipglossCoral Sands via L'Oreal

Another thing, I've been wearing on repeat. My Novesta sneakers. These unisex canvas goodies are handmade in Slovakia and have been since the 1930s. Most sneakers will always be comfortable (although these are super comfortable) to prance around in but I'm really drawn to the fact these shoes are eco-friendly.

Alright friends, time for me to get some work done.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

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