Summer Makeup Favorites

At the beginning of this summer I had to start over with my whole makeup situation. Mid-May I realized my skin wasn’t what it used to be and I think it was because I was wearing makeup almost everyday and was ignoring my blemishes. So, I decided I wanted to do without foundation and all the baking and try to go a bit more natural this summer. Along the way I found some new products that I thought I would share with you today.

Tarte Marcauja Creaseless Concealer (Cruelty-free)

Tarte concealer

Since I haven’t found a foundation or BB cream that has worked for my skin I use this concealer under my eyes and wherever else I need to even out my skin tone. I like this one because its easy to blend and a little bit goes a long way. The shade I use is medium neutral.
 

Bite Beauty Multistick (Cruelty-free)

Bite multistick

 I love these multisticks! I like that they have multiple uses. I use gelato as my blush and cashew as my bronzer, eyeshadow, and I sometimes even mix it with a little bit of cream highlight if I want to add some shine to my eyelids.

 

Clinque Chubby Stick Illuminator

Clinique Chubby Stick

 I use this stick on my cheeks, under my brow bone and sometimes mix it on my lids with the cashew Bite multistick. I like that its a subtle highlight that is great for an everyday natural makeup look. Its easy to work with since its creamy and thankfully it doesn’t clumpy when I blend it! This only comes in one shade.

 

Becca Highlight (Cruelty-free)

Becca highlights

Becca highlights are some of my favorites, unfortunately I can’t put them on my cheeks because they cause me to breakout. I know…I’m really sad about it too. TRUST ME. But that doesn’t mean I can let mine go to waste! I use these highlights in the corners of my eyes to brighten them up. The shades I use are moonstone (left) and champagne pop (top right).

Laura Mercier Brow Definer 

Laura Mercier Brow Definer

 I used this product when I was in high school and for some reason I stopped using it. I came back to the brow definer because I felt like I had more control with how much color I put on my brows. I’m going to be real, I definitely went too dark with my brows at times (sometimes still do), but the brow definer is really subtle, but easy to build. I use this in the shade warm.

 

Benefit Roller Lash

Roller LashMascara is something that I love and will always be picky about. I first bought this about two years ago and LOVED it, the only problem was the price tag. Thankfully, my mom bought these in an HSN set. That’s what I suggest you do if you want to buy this mascara. First try out a sample size and make sure it works for you and that you love it and then look for it with other Benefit product sets.

 

A few months later and I feel like I know what causes my blemishes. It was really frustrating looking up the ingredients to everything I use to find out I could continue use only one or two products. But we need remember that our skin is always changing. What worked for us 5 months ago, might not work for us anymore. You should always take note when you have a reaction to something and try to find out what is causing it. We only have one face…we have to treat it well!

I hope you found something that might work for you!

 

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

 

Styling My JORD During the Summer (JORD Contest Included)

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I struggle with wanting to be be trendy but not wearing and styling the same exact things as all the other bloggers. I like to style myself with a twist or try to truly show my personality when put my looks together.

As I am sure some of you have noticed I like one or two bold items in my day-to-day outfits. It could be my bag, shoes, top, lip color or even my jewelry for the day. I also like to think about what I want to be be the focus of the outfit, do I want my top to make the statement or my shoes? Maybe both? I find myself choosing my statement item first and then styling the rest of my outfit around it.

This is where my new JORD watch comes into play. During the summer months I want to wear lightweight things and keep my accessories to a minimum while still making a statement. My watch is so light weight and goes so well with the latest summer trends (denim, stripes, light blazers, etc.) so I find that it is super easy to style but still makes a statement.

This summer I found myself reaching for my watch when wearing a simple outfit. I felt like it dressed up the look and made it all come together. I loved feeling like I had a unique piece of jewelry on. Check out the photos below on how I styled my JORD watch this summer! I can’t wait to transition it into the fall.

And don’t worry! JORD has both male and female watches, so be sure to enter the contest at the end of my post!

Stripes and JORD

Outfit Planning and JORD

Light Blazer and JORD

Planning ahead with JORD

One winner will win $100 towards their own JORD watch and EVERYONE who entered will receive a $25 code! Enter below before 8/20/17!

Luxury Wood Watches Contest and JORD’s homepage

Good luck!

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

Daily Skincare Routine AM/PM

For as long as I can remember my mom was telling my sister and I to wash our faces before bed. To this day I still feel so guilty whenever I don’t because I know in the morning I will regret it immediately.

Even more so, during the summer I try to stay on top of my skincare regime because I want to be able to wear as little makeup as possible. Since mid-May I have adapted my regime and have been SHOCKED by my skin! I have never seen it so dewy and clear.

Here are the products I use broken down by morning and night.

Morning Routine

1. Tatcha Polishing Classic Rice Enzyme Powder 

This product is used to cleanse and minimize pores, prevent wrinkles and help with uneven texture of your skin. It seems kind of odd at first since you pour powder on your hands and then wet it, but once you get the water to powder ratio down you’re golden!

2. Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum

I use this on my sunspots or areas where I have acne scars/discoloration. It helps lift the dark spots over-time and prevents wrinkles. Since I’m in my early 20s, I only use this as a spot treatment but if I were older I would apply this all over my face and neck.

3. Tatcha Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream

This eye cream is thick yet absorbs quickly! It helps with puffiness, fine lines and and has anti-aging benefits.

4. Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

This is a good moisturizer if you have a combination of oily and dry skin.

5. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46

SPF is a must! I wear it everyday and I like this one because it doesn’t leave me white and is super light.

Night Routine

1. Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil is life changing! It melts all my makeup off at the end of the day without any trouble at all. It is especially good for dry skin because some makeup removers end up leaving your skin dry and this one does not at all!

2. Tatcha Polishing Classic Rice Enzyme Powder 

This product is day and night.

3. Tatcha Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream

As well as this one.

4. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate

Okay ya’ll…I have never had such dewy, beautiful skin in the mornings until I used this little pot of magic! This is one of my favorites!

5. Good sleep and lots of water before bed! 🙂

And if I just need to clean my face really quick (when I don’t have makeup on) I use this: Kiehls Cucumber Toner. I love it because it leaves me refreshed without using alcohol in the formula.

And I know what you’re thinking…Lisa is TRIPPIN with all these products but guys, these have truly revamped my skin! If you have been following me on IG (@lavidalisa_) you know that I have been sporting the minimal makeup look all summer and this is why I have been able to do so.

The SkinCeuticals and Tatcha products are 100% an investment but you and your skin are worth it. I found my SkinCeuticals for a deal on Costco (you have to check often and be ready to buy when it becomes available because it sells out FAST). My Tatcha products came in a set on QVC (QVC also has some of the best prices when you buy these items individually).

I hope this helped you in some way and I would love to hear your feedback!

 

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

Don’t Wish Your Life Away in College

My mom has always told me to never wish my life away. As I got older, I started to say this too. I feel like as a society the majority of us look forward to the weekend or can’t wait until the next vacation we go on. We end up wishing for anything but the present.

Senior year for most people is the combination of wanting the year to end but also not wanting to give up all the freedom that you have. The first semester of my senior year I found myself wishing my life away, something I know my mom told me not to do. I couldn’t wait to be done with those courses, to go on the trips I had planned or even just to have a break from everything. I was so ready for a new experience that I wasn’t enjoying the present.

As second semester rolled around, I was on the verge of tears just hearing the word graduation. One day it hit me that my time was limited. I had already accepted a job offer in another state and knew I wouldn’t be close to friends or family. This is when I started to panic. I had spent a whole first semester not enjoying Saint Louis or the people I was surrounded by. I soon changed my perspective. Of course there were days when I was “over it” and wanted to be done with college. But more often than not I just wanted to hang out with my friends as much as possible.

One of my roommates graduated in December and the differences of a college student and a post-graduate was becoming more and more obvious. Seeing her live her post-grad life was shocking. You think that when you graduate you suddenly have all this free time, think again. You quickly get back into a routine and have your own things to accomplish on a weekly basis.

The days and weeks started flying by and all my friends and I could think about was making the most out of the last few moments we had together as college students, as roommates, as 5M (our freshmen year floor).

When it came to the end of the year, I noticed that the people that I was still surrounded by would definitely be there to stay. I have lived with them, shared so many experiences with them and have been there for them just like they were there for me.

My advice to those who are in college and can’t wait to get that degree and be done is just to enjoy the moment. You don’t realize it at first, but that is the last time you will be in the same place at the same time as some of your closest friends. Never take your time with the people who meant so much to you for so long for granted.

 

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

Content Creator Community

After sitting around for months thinking about starting my own blog, I finally did it. I did it because I was so inspired by all the bloggers I was seeing express their love of fashion. A few months after getting interested in blogging I realized that every creative thing you can think of is striving due to its online presence. Social media has empowered anyone and everyone with internet access to pursue their dreams and express themselves.

Once I started my blog I couldn’t get over how many content creators I was surrounded by that I had never interacted with before. Some are bloggers, photographers, graphic designers, song writers, and so many other things. Interacting with them on a regular basis has given me so much inspiration and confidence to continue to pursue my passions.

Over the course of the last few months, I have found myself going back to this same group of people. At first I thought it was because I had just found a new group of friends, and then it hit me… I keep coming back to these people because they inspire me and keep me motivated.

After reflecting on all these conversations I have had with these people, I noticed a common thread. We are all more passionate about our side hustles than we are passionate about school and work. It is so hard to sit there and not be able to focus on something other than your passion. It is so hard to sit there and feel like there is this massive barrier between you and your dreams.

I started to think about why I feel so inspired by these people; the people who take my photos for my blog, the people who designed my logo, the people who I am constantly asking how their music is coming along. Then I realized what it was; I am inspired by their passions because they are real. They aren’t afraid to put themselves out there for others to see and hear. They aren’t afraid to invest in themselves and their future without seeing a return on investment immediately.

I think this is why this community is so close. We are always asking each other how our content is going, commenting and liking each other’s posts and its because we get it. We understand the daily struggle of producing content that virtually the whole world could see. We understand that sometimes its hard and can be so frustrating, but also one of the most rewarding things ever.

I never thought that the friends I made due to blogging would be some of the best friendships I have formed. Blogging has not only opened the door to new friendships but has made some of my existing friendships even stronger. I think it all comes down to sharing your passion with people, once you open up to them on what you really want in life the “real talk” slowly starts consuming your conversations.

What is your passion and what are you doing to express it?

Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

Emily Brady Designs Illustration

This is an illustration that @emilybradydesigns made for me! Check her out on Instagram!

 

Graduation Season Inspiration

Let’s face it, graduation season is here! Seniors, yes, that means reality is creeping up on us. Thank you for those who noticed that I was freaking out about graduation season and commented on my Instagram (@lavidalisa_) posts asking for some must-haves/inspiration! 

Here is my list of must-haves during this graduation season along with a few gift ideas!

Graduation dresses – whether you are graduating or attending a graduation you probably want to look good! You will likely need at LEAST one dress for a graduation and one for a graduation party. (click the photo to direct you to the site!)

If I was a graduate I would wear something like this… 

Nordstrom Graduation Dress 1  Nordstrom Graduation Dress 2  Nordstrom Graduation Dress 3

These are all bright so if you take a few pictures with your gown on it will stand out! I also worry a lot about length and sleeves. I hate feeling like a dress is borderline too short for me or feeling like I have to adjust my sleeves or pull up the bust of my dress.

If I was the graduate at my own party I would wear something like this…                                Nordstrom Graduate Party 1  Nordstrom Graduation Party 2     Nordstrom Party 3.2

These are a little bit more statement pieces. You will want to stand out at your party while being comfortable!

If I was attending a graduation party I would wear something like this…

Nordstrom Party Guest 1  Nordstrom Party Guest 2 Nordstrom Party Guest 3

These looks are casual but still super cute. You don’t want to show up to a party too over dressed but definitely not underdressed!

And here are a few gift ideas…

For her:

  1. Water bottle for her new big girl job
  2. Inspiring bracelet to let them know you’re proud
  3. A tote for work  so she never has to use the one she took to class everyday again

For him: 

  1. Messenger bag for work  because they will look sleek af
  2. Tie and coordinating socks  let’s be real, they might not know how to match
  3. A travel kit  in case they are going to go on their first business trip and have no idea how to pack

For either:

  1. Bed Bath & Beyond gift card because they will have to drop a lot of cash on their new apartment
  2. A bar tool kit so they feel classy in their new place
  3. Tech cables kit  so they can finally have their life together on those long flights

 

I hope you are inspired for this graduation season!

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Xoxo,

Lisa Marie

Spring Must-Have Sneakers

By now I am sure you have noticed that I love wearing sneakers. They are my go-to on a daily basis, my go-to when I travel and my go-to when I can’t decide which shoes to wear. I am constantly planning my outfits around sneakers because let’s be real, everyday isn’t a booties or wedge day!

Today I am sharing some of my favorite sneakers that are available this season and what I might pair each category with!

“Traditional” Sneakers

These are the type of sneakers that I would style much like my Adidas Superstars; a shoe that I throw on at least 3 times a week with a simple graphic tee and jeans. These are such good shoes to have in your closet because they are fashionable with minimal effort.

Adidas Superstars

My favs that are in store now…

  1. Adidas Cloudfoam Advantage Sneaker (literally JUST bought these!)

    Adidas Cloudfoam Advantage Sneaker

  2. Reebok ‘Classic’ Sneaker (I had a pair of these as a kid and tbh, I want to invest in them again!)

Reebok Classic Sneaker

3. PUMA Basket Strap ExoticSkin Sneaker (the “exoticskin” adds texture and makes a simple sneaker unique!)

PUMA Basket ExoticSkin Sneaker

“Simple as can be” sneakers

These would be like my Nordstrom Halogen sneakers; I wear them with dresses and jeans so that the focus is on the top/dress. Here are two ways that I love styling a simple as can be sneaker:

My favs that are in store now…

  1. Steve Madden Genette Slip-On Sneaker (a little platform never hurt nobody)Steve Madden Genette Slip-On Sneaker
  2. Vans Perf Leather Slip-On (the name says it all…)

Vans Perf Leather Slip-On

3. PUMA Basket Heart Sneaker (simple, but still a little girly)

PUMA Basket Heart Sneaker

“Statement” Sneakers

I consider statement sneakers to be the accessory that makes the outfit. I typically don’t wear my statement sneakers with anything that is too loud on the top since I want the shoes to me the focus of the outfit. So like in the picture below, a simple bomber jacket and white tee is spiced up with my statement Nikes.

Nike B&W Rose Print Sneakers

My favs that are in store now…

  1. Topshop Cupid Embroidered Sneaker (pop of blush with some detail can make a simple look super chic!)

Topshop Cupid Embroidered Sneaker

2. FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Bow Sneaker (idk what it is about these, but I am feelin them…)

FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Bow Sneaker

3. Gucci New Age Snake Embellished Sneaker (okay okay, I know these are far fetched for my current budget, but I love them! You get the general idea though, simple sneaker with a statement patch/design)

Gucci New Age Snake Embellished Sneaker

There you have it! Some sneakers that are out this season that would go with just about anything in your closet! These can make your casual outfit look casual chic with little to no effort.

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Xoxo,

Lisa Marie