Summer Essentials: My New BP Shades

I was in need of a new pair of sunglasses in my collection. Especially after my favorite pair I own started peeling O.O.

Needless to say, I knew Nordstrom would carry an affordable selection in their B.P. department. After trying on many pairs, I ended up with the “Ipso Facto” sunnies. These are one of the best shapes that fit my heart-shaped and semi long face. The modern-cat eye is actually a pair that many people love, and these are incredibly durable and quality sunnies for their price! Also- they were on Who What Wear‘s list of 19 Super Chic Sunglasses Under 50″ so we can rest assured that this classic shape is a great addition for the summer.  These sunnies also come in a great tortoise-ombre combo.

 

Shop this pair here, but check out my favorite pairs in this shape below!

 

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The quality of these absolutely impressed me. With its silver metal sides and its comfortable nose bridge, these $12 could easily pass for a more expensive pair. More details for you:

  • 52mm lens width; 21mm bridge width; 140mm temple length.
  • 100% UV protection.
  • Plastic and nickel-silver frames; polycarbonate lenses

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Shop them and my curated list of favorites (for every budget) below!

Happy shopping.

Mary Kay Glam Box Review: Sponsored

Being a part of the Ifluenster program, it is difficult to gauge when the products that get sent to me will be of quality and legitimate enough for me to recommend them to my readers and friends. However, May’s beauty box was a pretty good one-there was a mix of products that I would purchase for myself and ones that you all should really just stay away from. P.S. Make sure to click on the images for a larger, HD view :)

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I was sent over a bronzing powder, a blush, a coral gloss, a translucent powder, a cream eyeshadow, a gel eyeliner, mascara, and three brushes.

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The gloss was definitely a hit. Mildly pigmented, this coral gloss is moisturizing, conditioning, and not-too sticky! What more could you ask for in a gloss. $14 may be a bit pricey, but check it out here.

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The translucent powder was great as well. Set over my foundation and milled with very small shimmer fragments, the Translucent Loose Powder offers a matte finish which is essential for the hot summer ahead. A best-seller for the brand, this is one to pick up!

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The cream eyeshadow in Apricot Twist was a disappointment. The formula was not creamy to apply and the color was immensely sheer. My advice if you’re in the market for an amazing cream eyeshadow? Check out the Maybelline Color Tattoos here. I have three of them and they require no primer, and (guys, I’m not kidding when I say this) they stay on all day.

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The actual gel eyeliner was pretty decent; it got the job done. It was long-lasting and the black is the perfect, non-streaky black we all love in a liner.

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The brush? HORRIBLE. The angle was off and it took me 10 minutes just to try to get the wings even. This one is a hard pass.

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The bronzer sent to me was amazing! The color pay-off was acceptable, the formula was smooth and did not break out my skin whatsoever. A definite plus for the summer ahead. Use it for contouring or for a simple punch of color.

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Another recommendation I have for you all is the Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color. I sampled the product in “Shy Blush” and this one of the prettiest blushes I have ever seen! It is formulated with very thin gold shimmer and it is the perfect blush for shimmer. I know it looks major Barbie pink, but trust me- it is gorgeous! Comparable to the Lancome Blush Subtil I own in “Shimmer Mocha Havana“.

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Hope you enjoyed my review! See you soon.

XOXO, 

Mel