Friday, July 20, 2018

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | NYX STAY MATTE NOT FLAT FOUNDATION

Are you ready for another foundation Friday?  I am super excited to try some foundations from NYX.  Today's foundation is the NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Foundation.  This particular foundation speaks to me on a personal level, because more often than not I love a matte foundation.  However, for the past few months, I've been wanting dewy foundations that give my skin a glow.  Since this foundation claims to be matte but not flat, it was definitely begging for me to buy it!  Plus, NYX was on sale on Ulta's site at the time.  That was just a bonus.

CLAIMS

The claims are that this is lightweight, buildable, and full coverage.  Based on the name, it claims to be matte but not flat.  To me, that would be a satin finish.  I love a satin finish foundation, because it's really the best of both worlds.  As a combination/oily gal, I really need some oil control but I appreciate a dewy look at the same time.  It is $7.50 for 1.18 ounces.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately reviews the NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Foundation. Click to read her latest #foundationfriday!

SHADE RANGE

Per the usual, this foundation seems to have started out with not a lot of shade options.  Their website says 10 additional shades have recently been added.  I have the lightest shade in Ivory, and it's a really great match for me at my natural shade.  This is not something I can wear when I have a tan on, and I really appreciate that.  This whole entire summer of foundation Fridays has basically been me finding foundations that match me when I'm tan (which is not very often).

For shade comparisons, here are foundations that match me:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Porcelain
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation in 100 (first impressions video here) 
rms beauty Un Cover-Up Foundation/Concealer in 000 (review here)
Wet n Wild MegaCushion Foundation in 106A (review here)
Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation in Soft Ivory (review here

NYX Matte Not Flat in Ivory

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately reviews the NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Foundation. Click to read her latest #foundationfriday!

HOW TO APPLY

I did my usual methods of application -- a buffing brush and a damp beauty blender.  The buffing brush was by far the best way.  A damp beauty blender just makes it cakey and heavy, which is definitely not what I want.  I've been using my always favorite Marc Jacobs The Face III brush.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately reviews the NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Foundation. Click to read her latest #foundationfriday!


MY REVIEW

I really like the concept of this foundation.  A satin matte finish is the way to go when you're oily but want some glow.  As you can see in the picture above, it creases on me.  My face was lightly powdered with a NYX HD setting powder, which was part of the reason it creased.  I wore this un-powdered and it creased a little bit, but not nearly as bad as when it was powdered.  This looks pretty good throughout the day.  I don't feel the need to touch up during work, and it doesn't look cakey on my face.

I tend to always have a problem with the area between my eyes.  Foundation never settles in that spot well.  If you ever notice that in my photos, that's simply something that happens with nearly every foundation I try.

I can't knock this foundation too much.  It doesn't crease as bad without powder, and it looks good for an entire day of work.  If this didn't crease at all, it would be perfect.  The price is also really great, and the size is slightly more than the standard 1 ounce.  Overall, it's a great foundation from the drugstore and it would definitely be a repurchase for me.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | TRAVEL MAKEUP

Are you an overpacker like me?  Whenever we head out of town, I feel the need to bring everything with me.  However, when we're packing for five people, I really have to pare it down.  Over the years, I have gotten a little better when it comes to packing my makeup.  There's one tiny secret I have for you, and it is pack what you love.  Imagine all the products that make you feel amazing, and pack those.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her cruelty free beauty travel essentials. Check out what she packed!


I am literally packing all of my current faves.  I'm loving all of these products so much at the moment, they've really become my current makeup look.  It's all very natural, so this will go with any of the clothes that come along, too. 




Face •

Colorescience All Calm Redness Corrector • This creates a gorgeous base for my foundation and has SPF 50.  This will be perfect, since we might be visiting a zoo!
Flower Beauty Light Illusion Foundation • Currently my go-to foundation.  Review here.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector • I can't go a day without applying this under my eyes.  This goes under my concealer

NYX HD Concealer • This is the smoothest concealer I've found for under my eyes.

Marc Jacobs The Face III Brush • My favorite buffing brush.  Enough said!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light • I am using up this gorgeous powder at the moment.  It diffuses any redness in my skin and gives me a glow.  I will definitely repurchase this!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit • I love everything about this palette, but  mostly it's coming with me since it's so travel friendly.

Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Hermosa Rose • If you are looking for a rose gold, glowy blush then you need this!

Real Techniques Travel Essentials • Aside from Marc Jacobs, Real Techniques are some of my absolutely favorite makeup brushes.

Eyes

NYX Micro Brow in Brunette • This is a great dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Wiz, although the colors are a bit warmer.

Rodial Smokey Eye Pen • This is very dark and doesn't smudge during the day.  You can also blend it out before it sets and get a gorgeous smokey effect.

Rodial Smokey Eye Sculpt Palette • I haven't been able to put this down lately.  It has the perfect amount and variety of neutral shadows to make a huge range of looks.

Colorescience Mascara • If you need a good summer mascara, I highly recommend this one.  It defines and lengthens and doesn't smudge one bit.  It's also easy to remove, which is crazy considering how well it stays on my lashes.

Lips •

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask • My dry lips can not live without this.
Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in 020 • A nude lip is a must have for travel, but I am bringing a lipstick to switch it up one day.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Fig • This is the first Bite Beaut color I ever purchased, and this particular tube is a repurchase.

And that's it!  What are your go-to products for traveling?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SUMMER STYLE | SEVENLY HUMAN TRAFFICKING CHARITY

These tops were sent to me to style.  All opinions are mine alone.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.  And thank you so much if you make a purchase through Seenly this month, supporting human trafficking charities!

If you remember from the beginning of the year, I made a few intentions going forward.  They were specifically for 2018, but of course I hope to continue them on into the future.  One of my goals was to add more and more ethically sourced clothing to my wardrobe.

For years, I've been aware of ethically sourced clothing.  I've shopped at a couple online shops that only sell ethical brands or produce their own ethically produced clothing and accessories.   To be honest, it never felt like I could really make a difference when it comes to ethical products.  Most of the items I'd come across were so expensive or simply not my style.

Over the past couple years, I've found a few brands that not only speak to my style but also fit into my budget.  I can't tell you how wonderful it is to not only add to my wardrobe but to also support causes that are important to me.

Enter, Sevenly!  In case you've never heard of Sevenly, they are a clothing company that dedicates each month to a particular category of charities.  The entire month of July is dedicated to the fight against human trafficking.  Sadly, I live in an area where human trafficking is a reality.  Being so close to I-95 means that human traffickers can get in and out of the state quickly.  In 2016, we were ranked 10th in human trafficking cases.

That is a very scary statistic, and any way I can help spread the word is good.  You can find Sevenly's collection here.  I was given my choice of tops, and it was very hard to choose!  There are so many styles, colors, and designs to choose from.  There is literally something for everyone, not to mention how incredibly soft they are!  Every tee I have is so, so soft and comfy.  I will be wearing this for a long time to come, but especially during the month of July.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her collection of Sevenly tees. Click here to read and support Anti-Human Trafficking month!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

REBECCA READS | SUMMER READS

I was sent Hello Sunshine and When Life Hands You Lululemons for review.  All opinions are mine alone.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

Is there anything better than lounging outside reading a book during the summer?  It's so relaxing, and it's been my favorite thing to do lately.  An hour or two in the afternoon with a book & a good drink is simply wonderful.

I have a small stack of summer reading to get through, and I don't think they're going to last me long.  I've already started blazing through one, and the others sound just as amazing!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer reads. Check out these fun, girly books!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer reads. Check out these fun, girly books!


Slightly South of Simple & The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Harvey practically feels like a local author.  In fact, I found out about her through a friend who attended one of her events in town.  I love a good, Southern girly read & these will not disappoint.  This series follows a family of sisters and their mother as they navigate their future after the father's passing.  Much to the dismay of one of the sisters, they have moved back to the small seaside down to live in their family's summer house.  I am reading the first one, Slightly South of Simple, right now and am loving it.  The pace is great and there are a lot of characters to keep the plot interesting.  I really love the tone of Kristy's writing style.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer reads. Check out these fun, girly books!


Hello Sunshine: A Novel by Laura Dave

This is a new-to-me author, and I'm so excited to read this.  Doesn't the cover just look like a fun summer read?  Hello Sunshine is about Sunshine Mackenzie, a famous chef with tons of fans and a tv star.  She loses it all, along with her husband, when she's hacked and secrets from her past are revealed. Sunshine returns to her childhood home and attempts to save her own life.  This sounds like a page turner!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer reads. Check out these fun, girly books!

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

Out of all of the books, this is the newest release. It came out last month.  Did you ever read The Devil Wears Prada?  This is by the same author!  When Life Gives You Lululemons is the story of Emily Charlton after she leaves working for Miranda Priestly.  As Emily is looking for her comeback, one comes along in the form of Karoline Hartwell, a famous supermodel down on her luck.  With the combined efforts of Emily, Karoline, and their friend Miriam (lawyer turned stay at home mom), they each might find the comeback they want/deserve.  And maybe Miranda Priestly makes a little appearance along the way...

What are you reading this summer?  Anything I should add to my tbr list?

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer reads. Check out these fun, girly books!