Golden Girl: 3 Products for Beach Vibes

*This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

I’ve always been drawn to the golden, glowing, natural beauty look of the “California beach girl.” It’s sort of an effortless, just-swam-in-the-ocean, free spirited look that gives you instant beach vibes.

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(I know it’s hard to tell from the poor quality of these photos…my iPhone 4s is kind of pooping out, I’ve had it almost 5 years! So I’m starting to look into getting a fancy shmancy camera, any recommendations?)

I recently picked up 3 products that I have been loving this summer to create the perfect beachy, golden girl, effortless look. The cool thing about them is they’re all pretty affordable, which is always a huge perk!

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  1. NYX Born to Glow liquid illuminator in Gleam: After applying my foundation (I mix a touch of foundation into my moisturizer), I gently pat in a little of this illuminator on my cheeks. It gives my skin just the right amount of glow, like you just finished a yoga class. I’ve been drawn to makeup that doesn’t make my skin matte, because it feels so flat and a little boring. This definitely gives you that perfect subtle glow!
  2. Maybelline Fit Me! Bronzer in Medium Bronze: The perfect amount of bronzer comes up on the brush, so you won’t be prone to over-doing it. I sweep a small amount under my cheekbones toward my temples and blend. I love how just a little bit of bronzer goes a long way!
  3. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray: Any day where I don’t have to waste my time blow-drying and styling my hair is a good day in my book. My hair has a natural wave, but this salt spray kicks it up a notch. After I shower, I towel-dry my hair gently, comb out the knots,and spray this salt spray in my hair before scrunching and twirling individual pieces. Then I let my hair air-dry and end up with messy, natural hair. I love it because the spray bottle has an amazing nozzle, so the spray isn’t just concentrated to a tiny area. Plus, my hair is soft and natural after using it–no crunchiness!

Bonus Product:

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Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical: In between washing my hair, I’ve been using this dry shampoo to keep my hair from getting oily and flat. The best part? It smells like pineapple. This dry shampoo keeps my hair from falling flat and getting oily. Sometimes I even use it before I go to bed to keep my hair from getting flat while I sleep.

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Now go get your glow on (:

xo

Daily Makeup Routine

My relationship with makeup started a little later than some; I was one of those girls who really didn’t touch the stuff until 9th grade. And oh, man, did I ever need somebody to teach me how to use it well back then. Over the years, I’ve worn various amounts of makeup and tried out different products and “beauty trends,” and I feel like I’ve finally found the right blend at the ripe old age of 23. Hey, I had to get there some time, right? (:

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I thought today I would share my daily makeup routine with all of you! I prefer a more natural look, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving the house bare-faced, either. Here’s what my beauty process looks like:

One: Wash, Tone, Moisturize

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I have sensitive skin, so I love this Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser to wash my face when I first get up. I follow that up with a swipe of Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner on my face and neck.

My daily moisturizer is this Olay Complete “All Day Moisturizer” with SPF 15. It doesn’t make my skin oily, and it’s very smooth and silky. You only need a teeny dab to get the job done. If I know that I’m going to be out in the sun for more than half an hour, I put on some sunscreen meant for faces with a higher SPF value (at least 30). I really believe in the power of sunscreen–not only does it prevent sunburn, but it can protect your skin against early aging. I sound like I’m giving a lecture, but please please wear sunscreen! Your skin will thank you down the road.

Two: The Typical Day

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  1. Maybelline Coverstick Concealer in Light Beige – I pretty much always have a blemish or uneven spot to cover up. This coverup stick is effective and doesn’t seem to inflame or anger the blemishes, which is good!
  2. Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder in Light – I’ve been faithfully using this foundation for years, and while I’ve really loved this product, I’m going to be looking for a new foundation once I run out of my powder. My skin is much clearer than it used to be in high school and undergrad, and I’m ready to move on to a liquid foundation that makes my skin more dewy than matte. But I would highly recommend Pur Minerals–great coverage, very light feeling on your skin.
  3. L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Peach – This blush is amazing. Cream blush all the way!
  4. Almay Intense I-Color liquid eyeliner in Brown Topaz – I recently started using this eyeliner and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s easy to apply, lasts all day without smearing, and the brown topaz color isn’t so intense or dark. I love it.
  5. Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow powder in Dark Brown and Clear Brow Gel – Filling in my brows is one of the most important steps of my makeup routine. Without it, I feel like my eyebrows look uneven and splotchy.

Three: The Occasional Products

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  1. Model Cosmetics bronzing powder in Shimmer – Some days I feel really pale and like I have a very flat complexion (hello, winter!), so I like to dust a *tiny* bit of bronze under my cheekbones to add depth. Helpful hint: after putting bronzer on the brush, give it a good tap to shake off excess powder.
  2. Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black – Recently I’ve moved away from wearing mascara every day. My lashes are really long, and I feel like they look too intense when I wear mascara during the day. When I first started wearing mascara in high school, people actually asked me if I was wearing falsies. Yikes. But anyway, I really like this mascara on occasion.

So that’s my basic day-t0-day makeup routine! It works well for me, only takes me about 10 minutes to complete. If I ever woke up really, really late and didn’t have time for all of it, I’d make sure to use coverup, a little pressed powder, and fill in my eyebrows. Those three are a must for me.

xo.

Beauty Buys: Winter Treat

One of my favorite ways to “treat yo’ self” a la Parks and Recreation is to head to the nearest Ulta and pick up some new beauty products. For whatever reason, buying new makeup feels like the ultimate treat after a hard week!

A couple weeks ago, here’s what I picked out:

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  1. Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask: I’ve never really been in the habit of using a mud mask, but I love this one. The smell is fresh and subtle, and my skin definitely feels softer after I use it. I have sensitive skin, and I love that this mask doesn’t irritate it. I’ve been using it 3 times a week, before I go to bed, and it makes me feel just a little more relaxed, even if just for 10 minutes. And it’s only $5.99–even a broke grad student like me can afford that!
  2. Nyx Cosmetics Round Case Lipstick in Tea Rose: I’ve tried a few of Nyx Cosmetics’ products, and I have to say that overall I’ve been really pleased with them. This lipstick is a pretty pink color that adds a natural looking punch to my makeup. It doesn’t last all day long, but it goes on smooth and it lasts 2-3 hours for me, which is a big deal because I’m sipping coffee and water all morning long.
  3. L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Peach: Over the past couple of years, I’ve found that I feel much brighter-eyed and dewier when I wear a touch of blush, and cream blushes are hands down my favorite. This blush is amazing. The color is perfect–it looks really natural on my skin. Plus, it lasts for the majority of my busy day (which includes helping people shower, lifting people in and out of their wheelchairs, exercising with people, etc. In other words, I sweat hard). And you just need the teensiest little drop.

Those are my most recent beauty buys! What do you like to treat yourself with after a loooong week?

xo.

What’s in Her Bag?

Today I want to share the contents of my “emergency” bag that I take with me to my internship every day.

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I love the adorable print on this Clinique makeup bag. My grandma uses their products and often gives me the free gift she gets, which I always love!

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What’s inside?

  1. Hair ties: I’ve learned from numerous experiences to always have a spare hair tie with you. You never know when you’ll need them!
  2. Mini hand-sanitizer: I’m sort of a germaphobe, and while I try to refrain from over-using my hand-sanitizer, I like to use it after I sneeze or cough to protect others, and I also like to use it before I eat. Someone sick may have touched the doorknob just before you!
  3. Medicine: I don’t take much medicine in my life, but the day I don’t bring ibuprofen I have a massive headache. I like to keep a few ibuprofen and some rolaids in my bag, just in case.
  4. Bandaids: I’m pretty clumsy. Once, I cut my finger trying to get through security in the airport, and I didn’t have a bandaid–I was bleeding all over myself and my stuff! So I like to keep a few bandaids in my bag.
  5. Tampon: for obvious reasons (:
  6. Pen: while I typically just use black ball point pens, I’m loving these Staedtler felt tip ink pens. They come in all different colors, and they make me feel special when I use them.
  7. Chapstick: I go through lots of different types of chapstick. Right now at work, I just use the grocery store brand (I know, I know, but it seems to work pretty dang well!). I also love Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Peach Kiss.
  8. Gum: After lunch or coffee break, I like to pop some gum. Extra is always refreshingly minty, and helps take care of any lingering coffee breath.
  9. *Contact solution: I’m trying to always have contact solution with me, because my eyes tend to get really dry in the afternoon.

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So, those are all the contents I keep in my “emergency” bag! I’m always trying to keep it well-stocked and efficient. If you have any suggestions about what else I should toss in there, let me know on Twitter @kellytraut.

xo

Big Summer Haircut

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After a long 5 months without a haircut, my hair was starting to look pretty grungy and stringy. Gross. So when I got back home for the summer, one of the first things I did was head to Master Cuts (they actually do an amazing job, and a cut + style is only $25!). I’ve pretty much always had short hair, except back in 2012 when I sported this (disgustingly dry, chlorine-damaged) hairdo:

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Yuck. Anyway, short hair is kind of my thing. I’ve had lots of different types of bobs and lobs, and this summer I wanted something really different. I have been hemming and hawing about getting bangs for a couple of years, and it just always seemed like a bad idea. But this summer, I finally did it!

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I asked my stylist to cut long, choppy bangs that could be worn to the front, or pushed across to the side. I was basically adding a safety net in case I hated how I looked with straight-across bangs. And I’m so happy with these bangs!

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I always bring in photos when I get my hair cut, because I have a hard time verbalizing what I want, and I always thing it helps to have a visual to refer to. I had my stylist cut a rounded edge so that my hair kind of curls under, giving me a little volume. It’s really a pretty low-maintenance cut–I just have to blow dry it and go (I use a round brush).

There’s just something about short hair and summer that seem to go together. I think I’ll try to get the same cut in August before I go back to school, so I can keep this cut a little longer!

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And a black-and-white, just because. 😉

xo

All About Eyebrows

My eyebrows and I have kind of a rough history. I was always “well-endowed” in the eyebrow department, meaning they have always been thick, dark, and long. I even sported a (very subtle) uni-brow back in the 6th grade before I started tweezing them. But the hairs were still long and unruly, and they didn’t fit into a neat eyebrow shape. Plus, I was always self-conscious that they were so dark when I had such blond hair. It was a weird time.

I like to think that I’ve gotten a little better at managing my brows, and in the last year I actually started to fill them in to help them be a little more unified. I love the full brow look (hello, Cara Delvingne!) and I’m pretty glad that I have a lot of eyebrow to start with, but I’ve found that taking care of them really works for me. It makes my eyes pop, and it’s such an easy part of my makeup routine.

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This picture isn’t the best, and it is kind of hard to tell, but the “before eyebrow” is this kind of weird ashy-brown color. There are spots that are a little bit bare, and the hairs have a mind of their own and refuse to conform into any type of shape. After filling my eyebrows in with a brow powder, I use a little brow comb to blend the color and shape them. Then, I use a clear brow gel to set my brows in place.

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They aren’t necessarily perfect, but I’m pretty happy with the way they look. It takes all of 2 minutes (or less!) in the morning, and I feel like they make a really big impact. If I was running horribly late and didn’t have time to put on makeup, I’d probably still quickly fill in my brows. They somehow just bring the whole look together.

I’m still a newbie incorporating my eyebrows into my makeup routine, so I’d love to hear what products you use. I’ve really liked the brow powder, but I know some people prefer pencils.

xo.