Ridin’ High(lighters): Rachel’s Top 5

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Take notes ladies because our highlight is about to be as on fleek as Jaclyn Hill (at least that’s the goal). I’m here to share with you my top 5 highlighters to achieve maximum glow and dew. So stay tuned because I’m saving the best for last!

note: no photos are edited in order to maintain true color and shimmer


5. NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam~$7.50

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Any time someone comes to me asking how to get that summery ~dew~ I direct them to this. For those who may be new to makeup, this is definitely a good starter investment. A tiny dab up your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose gives a nice glow and radiance. At only $7.50, NYX proves once again they are the champions of drugstore makeup.

I found mine at Target.

4. The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Blush~$22.00

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I’m pretty new to The Body Shop, as I am deeply committed to my points at Sephora. However, the shimmer waves can bring both a nice flush to your cheeks or highlight to your cheekbones, depending on which waves you focus your brush on. I like to run a fan brush along the bottom two waves and apply it as a highlight or use the whole block as a blush.

I found mine at The Body Shop.

3. Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop~$38.00

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In the words of my girl Jaclyn Hill, highlight. on. fleek. This stuff is gold. Literally. By far the boldest and goldest highlight I own, so I tend to reach for it when I’m feeling extra glow-y. I’ve found it works well on every skin tone I’ve tested it on and brings a nice pop (duh) to any look.

I found mine at Sephora.com.

2. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight-01~$38.00

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This is definitely my everyday highlighter. It’s layers well so a quick dusting doesn’t overpower my face or look too dramatic for a day to school or work. The second I swatched this at Sephora I picked it up and took it to the counter to purchase. It blends so nice and can withhold the heat of summer.

I found mine at Sephora.

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1. Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Hollywood + Highlight~$29.00

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Not sure I’ll ever be daring enough to put this on my lips, but on my cheekbones it’s a game changer. If you had a color issue with Benefit Watt’s up, this may be a good alternative for you. The pigment is insane and the buffer at the bottom holds enough product if you blend some on the back of your hand first so you can dab it on for a lighter, everyday glow. And for nights out, just swipe the stick on your skin and buff it with the buffer or a beauty blender. It’s so versatile and so beautiful in color. Favorite highlighter hands down.

I found mine at Sephora.

Stay dewy, dolls.

xoxo,

Rachel

OOTD: San Francisco

  I’m in Cali this week ladies and gentlemen, and it is certainly treating me right so far (aside from the necklace sunburn on my neck which luckily isn’t extremely obvious in photos). We stayed in San Francisco and after two days of cable cars and the Painted Ladies, my dad and I did some exploring and found this awesome beach.    San Fran is known to be sunny, yet breezy, so layering is really the best option if you’re not sure how to dress for the day. I sported these Madewell shorts which I may or may not have bought in four colors. Paired with this Old Navy flowy top (similar style) which is oh-so-kind to my wallet, and blue bralette to avoid major boob sweat (we all know it happens). It was perfect for walking around the city this morning. Walking towards the pier, though, brings a little wind, so my go-to denim jacket from Gap saved my arms from goosebumps! My Nikes from J. Crew sure make my tired feet happy, too!   This Michael Kors crossbody (similar) is a lifesaver in the city. It has two big zip-up pockets with a space in the middle with various slots that I usually end up shoving receipts in. I tend to be a safety-Sadie about my belongings, so having the strap along my body makes me secure and set to take on any public transportation.     Blockin out the haters (and UV Rays) requires my all time favorite sunnies from Ray Ban. Totally worth the splurge, y’all.    I stopped by the Mac store in San Fran because I never seem to make it into the one in KC. The Blue Brown Loose Pigment makes my blue-green eyes sparkle and compliments my Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft nicely. Have you noticed my coordinates bracelet yet? Read more in Abbey’s June Favorites!   Xoxo, Rachel

june favorites: abbey

Abbey's June Favorite Makeup Products

Happy July! July is one of my favorite months — fireworks, ice cream cones, my birthday and more. Summer is at its best in July, I think. Warm nights spent outside with friends shouldn’t be taken for granted when the snow rolls in by December!

June was a good month for me for discovering new beauty products and tools that I love, in addition to a few new style favorites and more!

Here are the 10 things I adored in June:

(disclaimer: no links are affiliate links and all products were purchased by myself)

BEAUTY

1. Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly

Mac Paint Pot in PainterlyIt took me too long to start using Mac products. I’m a Sephora junkie (mostly just to get that Rouge status) but Mac products surprised me (in a good way) in June. I’ve been using the paint pot in Painterly as an eyeshadow base/primer for my eyes. I like the results so far — it keeps eyeshadow on while limiting creasing or fading, while also acting as a great base color. There are few worse beauty problems than eyeshadow that just looks muddy and the paint pot hasn’t failed me yet!

Eye on right has been primed with Painterly, eye on left has no base.

Eye on right has been primed with Painterly, eye on left has no base.

2. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Moonstone

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

So, strobing. The beauty trend that wasn’t really a trend that has taken the world by storm. Beauty enthusiasts have been ditching the contour and bronzer in favor of an intense highlight for a while, but I enjoy the label for it! Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Moonstone is THE end-all, be-all best highlighter for fair skin. Others I’ve tried, including Benefit’s Watts Up, are too dark and too gold/orange. Becca’s is intense without making you look like a glittery disco ball and feels so unbelievably creamy on the skin for a powder. I have dry skin so I tend to sway more towards cream or liquid highlighters, but this one is different. Apply with a fluffier fan brush on the cheekbones, above the brows, down the bridge/tip of the nose and the cupid’s bow and get your #beccaglow on. Becca. Thank you for giving my pale skin a J-Lo glow.

Becca Highlighter Shimmering Skin Perfecter Moonstone

Wearing the Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. Photo can be found on instagram: @_makeupandmacarons

Moonstone swatched on the right. On the left is Benefit's Watts Up.

Moonstone swatched on the right. On the left is Benefit’s Watts Up.

3. Mac 219 Brush

Another great Mac find in June: the 219 brush. It’s a dense pencil brush that is perfect for defining the outer corner, smudging shadow or liner on the lower lash line, and perfectly placing an inner-corner highlight on the eye. As I start to up my eyeshadow game (talk to my sister about my eyeshadow woes) this brush has helped me tremendously. A classic brush that any girl who loves eyeshadow needs in her kit!

The Mac 219 is great for defining the

The Mac 219 is great for defining the “outer v” of the eyelid.

4. Sigma E40 Brush

A great companion to my Mac 219, the Sigma E40 brush is a cult-favorite fluffy tapered blending brush that I finally splurged on. It’s perfect for blending out colors in the crease. It gives the perfect diffused, blended look (nobody wants a hard line of black on their eyelids) and feels so soft on the eyes. It’s a cult-favorite for a reason!

The Sigma E40. A best friend to a greatly blended crease shadow.

The Sigma E40. A best friend to a greatly blended crease shadow.

5. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula

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Dry-skinned ladies who still get occasional breakouts: listen up. These exfoliating pads are AWESOME. They exfoliate but also leave a cleansed feeling after using. I’ve been looking into chemical exfoliants to buy after I use up my Soap & Glory Face Polish (bye bye microbeads – they are bad for the skin and the earth!) and I had a few samples of these pads from my mom. My skin feels baby soft after I use these. Be sure to use at night (they cause some redness, at least for me) a moisturizer after using to ensure your skin doesn’t get dry from the chemical exfoliant. They are very expensive ($88 for 30 sets of pads or treatments) but they do work well!

Warning: these pads will cause redness for fair skinned chicas. Use these before bed and follow with a serum and night cream for best results!

Warning: these pads will cause redness for fair skinned chicas. Use these before bed and follow with a serum and night cream for best results!

STYLE

6. Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol Lady Watch in Rose Gold

Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol Lady Watch in  Rose Gold

My boyfriend bought me this beauty for Christmas, and I’ve been loving pairing it with my Coordinates Collection Legend bracelet lately. You know those girls who somehow seem to have it all together? They wear coordinating jewelry every day and stack bracelets effortlessly – they always have a conversation piece on. This combo will make you feel like one of those girls. This watch is impeccably made and simple. The brown leather is light enough to match with practically anything too, and the rose gold is feminine and classy. Love this watch!

7. Coordinates Collection Legend Bracelet

Coordinates Collection Legend Bracelet

Another Christmas present (this one from my parents) I’ve been loving lately is my Coordinates Collection Legend bracelet. If you haven’t read about these, they’re customizable cuff bracelets that you can have a coordinate to a special location and a message on the inside engraved. My coordinate is to a very special place for my family and the message on the inside reads “my safe place.” I graduated college in December and it feels nostalgic and special to have a piece of home with me wherever I am. Though they haven’t managed to get rid of me just yet, when I move out I think it’ll feel even more special. It’s elegant, understated, and has started many conversations with coworkers and new friends. Thanks, mom & dad!

Coordinates Collection Bracelet

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Rachel and I have found our favorite little boutique close to home in Leawood, Kansas. Etiquette has it all: cute sundresses, sexy date night frocks, rompers (so. many. rompers), beautiful shoes, Quay sunglasses (the ones worn by so many Instagram celebrities), and more. The pieces are fairly affordable too. I have quite a few dresses and rompers from the boutique and so does Rachel. We haven’t found a thing we don’t love in that store. Our wallets might not love us for it, but that’s okay. We’ve got some amazing clothes to show for it. Below are some of our favorite pieces from the boutique (my black sundress, Rachel’s white flowy top and skirt). If you’re a KC native, you must check out Etiquette!

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ENTERTAINMENT

9. 20 Feet From Stardom

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My friends Tyler and Brie suggested this last week for our movie night and I was blown away. The movie focuses on the music industry’s best background singers — people who have sung for Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones…you know, just some little-known artists ;). I’m a singer myself, and the pain they felt as some of them tried to break through to have solo careers just resonated with me so much. These singers are the reason some of history’s best songs are so catchy and I thought this was an incredibly poignant documentary abou

FOOD

10. Justin’s Almond Butter Packets

51Ar1AVc+gL._SY300_These cute little packets have totally revolutionized the way I eat breakfast. As someone who presses the snooze button a few too many times in the morning, I need something that I can grab as I’m sprinting out the door and spread on some toast (I loooove Oatmeal bread) when I get to work. This stuff is DELICIOUS. The classic and vanilla are my favorite flavors. They keep me full until lunchtime (a big deal breaker for my breakfast food choices) and make me love quick breakfasts. I buy mine at Target!

June was a fabulous month for me. Some of these products and items helped make it so. I hope you’ll try at least a few — let me know what your favorite products were this month! Always hunting for the next holy grail…

xoxo

abbey

Dad Does My Makeup- Father’s Day 2015

Father’s Day was about a week ago and we had a lot of fun in our house. Our dad took us golfing and opened prezzies and we ate our weight in steak and watermelon. I let my dad do my makeup to celebrate in “Dad Does My Makeup.” We had so much fun and even made a video of the experience to kick off Makeup & Macarons YouTube channel! Don’t forget to subscribe and share!

 


 

xoxo, Rachel p.s. thanks to daddy for participating. I love you!

Yes, I put Greek yogurt on my face

Korres Greek Yoghurt Facial

As long as the ingredients aren’t harmful and the product isn’t too smelly, I will try just about anything in the name of beauty and healthier skin. Cosmetics brands are becoming so innovative with ingredients and cute packaging (yes, I’m a sucker for packaging). But sometimes we can be fooled by an intriguing ingredient list or a fancy gold bottle when the product fails to live up to its hype.

Enter Korres. The Greek brand has been a Sephora mainstay for years, but I don’t hear many employees or fellow shoppers discussing the brand’s products.

Rachel and I have Greek ancestors and both of us always love to learn more about this unique part of our heritage. When I visited Greece, I fell in love with the kind people, delicious soutzoukakia and ouzo and the gorgeous landscape and history of the land. Now, however, I’m kicking myself for not visiting Korres’ HQ!

Being a dry-skinned gal, I’ve researched sleeping masks, or masks you simply apply right before bed, and instead of washing them off 20 minutes later, you sleep with the product on your face. Sleeping hydrating and nourishing masks can help people with dry skin get an incredible boost of hydration overnight. Bye, flakiness!

Korres Beauty

The Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial contains “moisturizing Greek Yoghurt, [which] provides a natural source of proteins, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultrahydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion.”

In short: this stuff packs an ultra-hydrating punch in just eight hours of shut-eye.

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The packaging is in a glass jar, which isn’t ideal for travel, but I use it more as a once-a-week treat for my skin, though you can choose to use it daily. The design is simple but feels luxurious.

The product itself is very creamy – thicker than most night creams I own. The smell is fresh, clean and pleasant (it doesn’t reek of sour yogurt or anything!). I take a bit of product, about the size of a nickel, and apply it all over my face, massaging it gently into extra-dry areas. The packaging advises to avoid contact with eyes, so I wash my hands after applying and apply my eye cream as normal (I’ve been using Clinique All About Eyes lately and I love it as a nightly eye treatment but find it makes my makeup too greasy in the daytime).

Overall, I’d rate the Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial 5 stars out of 5. A home-run for dry skin in my book and it definitely holds up to its promises. If my wallet agreed with me, I’d be purchasing the entire Greek Yogurt line. Until then, I’ll be dreaming of sunny days in Santorini…

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xoxo, abbey

Fabletics+Wish List

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Ladies and gentlemen (read more, I promise I haven’t forgotten about you!!!), summer is finally here! The warm months are so often associated with fitness and achieving that “swimsuit bod,” it can get a little stressful and working out becomes mundane and routine rather than something exciting and beneficial for your health.

Fret no more, readers! A little fashion in your fitness is all you need to spice up your trips to the gym! (Not to mention at a reasonable nod to your wallet!)

The answer comes in someone unexpected: Kate Hudson???

Kate is the founder of our favorite athletic wear brand: Fabletics. Fashionable and reasonably priced, you’ll be feeling sassy and prepared for your trips to the gym in fun prints and colors rather than frumpy in your 3 year-old basketball shorts and senior class t-shirt with more holes than years you’ve been out of high school.

Please note: there are no affiliate links in this post and we were not paid or sponsored to talk about Fabletics. Abbey and I simply adore this brand and wanted to share with you health and money-conscious readers out there.

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This animal-print ensemble is my most recent purchase. I wore the leggings to school one day with many questions as to where I bought them. The top is flowy and breathes well, and both pieces come in other fun colors and patterns. Plus, if you’re not ready to commit to both the top and leggings, you can start with just one!

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Your first purchase on Fabletics is discounted, and the purchases that follow are all reasonable. To compare, my snakeskin outfit at full price is $59.95 ($29.97 discounted), while competing activewear companies sell a single pair of leggings for nearly $100.

There are two ways to shop: regular member and VIP member. To learn more about each membership, click here. Take your quiz and get ready to exercise in style.

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        Rachel’s Wish List

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First up on my wish list is this darling romper which could be used for some at-home yoga or lounging. The whole outfit comes with the romper and a bandeau to wear underneath. Definitely first on my wish list.

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Abbey has this 3-piece outfit and the sports bra is to die for. You can pick and choose which pieces to buy or get the three of them together.

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Some days you’re in the mood to lay low and hop in and out of the gym fast. This outfit is perfectly stylish and subdued.

Looking for a healthy treat post-workout? Check out Rachel’s yummy kale smoothie recipe in her April Favorites.

Alrighty gentlemen, if any of you have stuck it out long enough, Fabletics is releasing a men’s line. I’m seriously considering buying one for my boyfriend when they come out and I can’t wait to see what outfits they have in store for active men out there.

lots of love,

rachel

ootd: may showers

Joules Rain Coat and Madewell Jeans and Steve Madden flats

It’s been raining hard in Kansas City this week. Today at work, I looked out the window and could have sworn we got a foot of water in 15 minutes (maybe I’m exaggerating juuuust a bit)!

May showers call for a beautiful spring rain coat. I picked this one up at Von Maur, a department store similar to Nordstrom, last weekend after I fell in love with it weeks before and had it ordered in my size (it sold out in my store in just a week!).

Spring fashion Joules Rain Coat

The jacket is made by British clothing brand Joules, a brand Rachel and I have been swooning over as of late. I lived in London last spring, so anything British-made just calls my name and makes me think of the good times I had across the pond!

Joules Rain Coat Details

Joules Rain Coat Details

Because I’m a fan of details, this jacket really won me over. The lining, the cute tag, the drawstrings inside the jacket that allow you to create a waste in a cinch (no pun intended)…this jacket is simply made well.

Speaking of Madewell, my jeans and work shirt are both from the amazing store! Both are old so I’ve left links to similar pieces. I’m a Madewell denim fan through and through, and I’ve had both of these pieces for years and they still look like new.

Now that I have the perfect May Shower look, maybe I’ll venture out in the rain more often…

Joules Jacket and Madewell Shirt

until next time,
abbey

p.s. my lipstick is NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita. It will change your life. 😉

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