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Sun-Kissed Summer Glow Look

August 10, 2018

With summer on it’s last leg in the Midwest (cue tears and sad face emojis) I wanted to share a bronzed, fresh-faced makeup look that’s easy to create and perfect for the ultra-hot days of August before we transition into cooler temps. It’s been SO hot here lately, which means that I’ve been living in workout gear with the girls and pulling my hair back most days because it turns into a sweaty mess any other way.

This look is all about giving your skin a radiant GLOW. While makeup can certainly give you a glow when used correctly, I must also say that the best glow comes from healthy skin. Joe and I have both been using this Overnight Resurfacing Peel a couple times per week. He might kill me for putting that out there on the internet (sorry, babe!) but it’s been amazing to see the change in the way my skin looks over time using a peel a couple times per week.

As for the makeup, here are the products and steps I used to create this summer glow look…

PS: ALL the makeup linked in this post is currently 20% off now through August 13th. Use the links in this post and enter the code LOVE at check-out to get a super deal on safer makeup. 

Apply a tinted moisturizer (or BB/CC cream…) all over to subtly even out skin tone and appearance. Apply concealer under the eyes and any place that needs a little extra coverage, such as blemishes, around the nose, etc.

Fill in your brows with a brow pencil to create definition and frame the face.

Apply the world’s most universally flattering blush shade (this blush in Nectar) on the apples of your cheeks for a rosy glow.

Use a cream or powder highlighter on your cheekbones and in the corners of your eyes to brighten the face and give your skin a fresh glow.

Apply a shimmer body/face oil under your cheekbones and on your temples to give your skin a dewy bronzed appearance.

Finish with mascara, liquid eye liner and a great neutral lip color (such as Terra) to complete the look!


My Simple Makeup Routine for Put Together Days

August 7, 2018

I’m the first to say that I’m no makeup expert. Most days I have a really minimal routine that includes a little tinted moisturizer, concealer if necessary, blush and mascara. But there are occasions when I crave looking a little more put-together. If you’re like me, it helps to have a little bit of a step-by-step guide for putting yourself together. Enter the Flawless in Five. I’ll admit that I haven’t shared this routine nearly enough, but for those of you who want a one-stop-shop for a full, fresh face of makeup this set has you covered.

My Flawless in Five // 
1. Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation in Linen (Porcelain in the dead of winter)
2. Touchup Skin Concealer Pen in Fair
3. Brow Pencil in Medium
4. Volumizing Mascara 
5. Satin Powder Blush in Melon (Nectar and Sorbet are also favorites)
6. Lip Gloss in Blush Shimmer

One tip I feel must be shared: I find I get MUCH better and more even coverage (almost an air-brushed look) using the Retractable Complexion Coverage Brush with the Tint Skin. It makes applying the foundation so much easier and the coverage is so smooth and even.

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Espresso and Cream Behind the Scenes // The Newsletter!

July 25, 2018

At the beginning of the year I had a LONG bucket list of items that I wanted to complete. Half way (over half way) through the year I’m afraid to say that I have a lot of work left to do in order to check those items off said list, but I’m working on it. One of the things that is LONG overdue for the blog is creating an e-newsletter to share behind-the-scenes content for you all. Basically, if you’re a reader of E&C and like the content that goes up on the site, then you’ll find the newsletter to be even better.

I’ve been trying to do a better job of meal planning and prepping each week, and, spoiler alert, it’s been SAVING my life over the last month. Maybe that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. The dinnertime hour had become SO stressful for our family (okay, for me) and doing a little weekly meal plan, some simple prep for the week on Sundays, and the amount of stress it’s saved me at dinnertime has been unreal.

Let me be clear, I am NOT cooking from a recipe each night of the week. In fact, I’m hardly ever cooking from a recipe. I’ve just been sketching out general plans with easy-to-make proteins, vegetables and some sort of whole grain/carb to round out the meal. While our meals aren’t fancy on any given week, it’s been so great to have a healthy and balanced meal planned out and shopped for, with a few things prepared in advance to toss on the plate.

I’m hoping to share more of our meal planning and prepping process along the way. I can’t promise it will be polished and pretty, but it will be useful, honest and hopefully make your life easier like it’s made mine! I’ll be share some beauty tips and tricks, recipes, and other behind-the-scenes content along the way as well.

You can sign up HERE.



N Sale Picks // My Favorites

July 18, 2018

Joe and I spent some time online last night watching Homeland (our new obsession) while I browsed the Norstrom Anniversary Sale. I don’t shop at Nordstrom enough to have their credit card, so I’m going to be waiting with everyone else to shop the sale on Friday! But you can browse online ahead of time and scope out your favorites so you are ready to pull the trigger bright and early on Friday morning. I’ve emailed myself all the links that I want to add to my cart when the sale opens to everyone later this week.

I’m only stocking up on what I think are going to be basics that will last me through the fall/winter and refresh my wardrobe. So here are the basics I’m loving on the sale for myself and for Joe!

For Me //
Franco Sarto Seville Booties (pictured above, top left)
Splendid Cadell Bootie (pictured above, bottom left)
Free People January Tee (getting a couple in neutral colors as wardrobe staples)
Spanx Faux Leather Leggings (maybe a tad out of my comfort zone, but I’m going for it!)
Tahari Lace Inset Fit and Flare Crepe Dress (not sure I have a use for this yet, but I’m thinking about buying it)
Spanx Seamless Bralette (small-chested gals can appreciate a great bralette)
Thread & Supply Pullover Sweater (idk. everyone seems to have one of these!)
Kenneth Cole Wool Blend Long Coat (I’m in the market for a new, longer dressy coat)

For Joe //
1901 Merick Derby (for a casual work shoe)
Andrew Marc Walton Chukka Sneaker (another casual shoe option)


Safer Make Made Better // My New Favorites!

July 12, 2018

Hi friends! I’m SO excited about today because it’s a day I’ve had marked in my calendar for quite some time. A couple months ago in Minneapolis I got a sneak peek at some amazing new makeup that Beautycounter was planning to launch later in the summer and today is that day! Fifteen BEAUTIFUL, high-performing and long-wearing blushes, bronzers, highlighters and eye shadow palettes that are going to blow your mind. I know that sounds a little dramatic, but friends they are that good. I wouldn’t lie to you about this sort of stuff. Even a makeup minimalist like me can appreciate what the Beautycounter team has done with these safe cosmetics.

Want to see the products in action? I can’t guarantee I’m doing ANYTHING right in the video below, but I do know it works for me and makes getting ready in the morning simple, sweet, and straightforward. I think you’ll find that you will love them as much as I do! My favorites thus far? The Romantic Palette, Nectar Blush and Halo Highlighter!