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!

Monday, July 16, 2018

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | SUMMER ESSENTIALS

We're starting off the week with a round up of my favorite summer products.  At the beginning of the season, I was determined to love this season.  Summer is definitely my least favorite time of the year.  As much as I love experiencing all four seasons, cold weather is my favorite.

Nevertheless, I really want to enjoy the summer season.  When I set that intention earlier this year, I imagined that I would find a way to enjoy my wardrobe (which is a whole other post/story... basically, I've decided that I hate shorts and black leggings are life on the weekend).  Instead, I found my groove with my skincare and my makeup.  These are just a very few products that I've been enjoying lately.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer essentials. Click here to read what she's been loving this season!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer essentials. Click here to read what she's been loving this season!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer essentials. Click here to read what she's been loving this season!

xobeauty Smooth on Lip Liner in Marie

Nude lips are life right now!  I can not get over this color.  It's such a beautiful, creamy color that looks good with everything.  It's not too cool or too warm, and it smooths on (just like the name) perfectly.  I wear this over my favorite Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask for added moisture.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer essentials. Click here to read what she's been loving this season!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer essentials. Click here to read what she's been loving this season!

Colorescience Mascara

When Colorescience sent me this mascara, I did not expect to like it.  To be honest, I haven't tried a lot of natural or healthy mascaras that have worked for me.  Well, this mascara takes.  The.  Cake.  It is absolutely amazing.  Holy grail of mascaras!  It does not budget during the entire day, yet it removes easily.  I will probably do a more in-depth review in the future, but this mascara ticks off all my 'must haves' for a mascara.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer essentials. Click here to read what she's been loving this season!

Coola Mineral BB Cream

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream

The heat really puts me off wearing a lot of makeup, so I've been opting for one of two things.  This Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream is amazing, and it makes my skin feel so hydrated.  The Coola Mineral BB Cream is equally as nice plus it mattifies my skin.  I don't feel the need to powder my t-zone at all when I'm wearing this.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her summer essentials. Click here to read what she's been loving this season!

Flower Beauty Light Illusion Foundation

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation

These are two of the glowiest foundations I've ever worn that actually look good!  I do not want to cakey and matte during the summer, so glow has been the way to go.  Honestly, I don't want to look like a disco ball.  I just want a healthy glow that really picks me up and brightens my face.  If you're looking for a gorgeous, glowy foundation that stays all day during the summer, check out these two!

What have you been loving this summer?

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