I usually don’t fall for super trendy pieces. But the ruffle midi skirt trend was one that caught my attention from the get-go. Such a fun update to a classic style and I love that it works for literally any occasion. I wore a similar style to the rewardStyle City Tours event in San Francisco on Tuesday night and it was so comfortable and easy to wear. I find body suits are the easiest to wear them with (obsessed with these) but I love the way the skirt looks paired with a plain white tee (addicted to these). Add some gold hoops and a minimal pair of sandals and you’ve got the perfect look! I also love, love LOVE this version of the ruffle midi skirt in mustard yellow!
I’m currently roaming the streets of San Francisco and can’t help but get in the mood for fall. I always forget how cold it is here but it’s making me crave boots (OBSESSED) and jackets. Don’t get me wrong, I 100% a summer girl. But I enjoy switching things up and am looking forward to styling new pieces as soon as the weather cools down.
P.S. Check out some of my pre-fall picks in the Style Edit shop here!
Another month down and another round of beauty products I had to share. My July beauty favorites were some of my most coveted products I’ve used in a while. Most of which are easily making their way into my August routine. Here’s a round up of everything I used to death in July and why each product has become my go-to…
After makeup removal (I swear by this for gentle cleansing), I use this witch hazel to tone and remove any excess product on my face using these cotton pads. It’s the last step in my makeup removal process and makes my skin look and feel squeaky clean. It smells lovely, isn’t harsh on my skin, doesn’t dry me out and it’s affordable. I even have a travel version that I take with me everywhere, because it really makes that much of a difference on my skin. Much needed when travel tries to wreak havoc on my skin.
I switch up my moisturizers constantly, but finding the right daytime moisturizer for summer can be tough. I tend to stick with gel-formulas when it’s hot and humid outside because it provides the moisture I need without looking greasy or oily on the skin. This moisturizer has that perfect formula that wears well throughout the day, makes a great base for makeup and doesn’t leave my face looking oily. It’s lightweight, oil-free and also has a pleasant citrus scent that’s perfect for mornings!
This stuff is like nothing else I’ve ever used. It’s not a skin tint, it’s not a CC Cream and it’s not a foundation. But it acts like all three! Although referred to as a liquid bronzer, this is a multi-purpose formula that hydrates and conceals and blurs imperfections to create an airbrushed effect. You can read my full review of this product here and trust me when I say, this is the ultimate replacement for foundation in hot and humid weather.
After falling love with Glossier’s Cloud Paint, I was eager to try any and all liquid blushes for their ease of use in the summer. The NARS formula is sheer, lightweight and easily blendable. I went with the peachy shade, Luster, and I love the way it looks layered with a cream bronzer for a nice summer glow. When I tried it for the first time it was very liquid-y so I threw it in the fridge to thicken the formula bit and it worked great! Now it’s a perfect consistency and easy to apply with your fingers. Similar to the Cloud Paints, a little of this product goes a very long way.
There’s not much to say about this easy to use cream highlighter other than the fact that it’s been my most used product in my arsenal all summer long. The higher the temps get, the more I stay from powder products so I’ve been reaching for this highlighter to add the ultimate glow. Especially if I know I’m going to be outdoors. The way this product glistens on the skin when the sun hits it is unreal. I love Haloscope for those lazy makeup days but still want the ultimate glow.
This is an oldie, but a goodie. For those days when I want a little extra pop of color on the cheeks, I’ve been reaching for this peachy-hue that instantly adds a glow to my face. I tend to opt for peachier shades in the summer and love how easy this product is to blend. It was actually a favorite last summer too! It’s highly pigmented, adds a little glow with (very) subtle shimmer and it’s under $10! Definitely my favorite blush for summer.
Guys, this is no ordinary eyeshadow. It’s the most insane highlighter! I first heard about this multitasking shadow on YouTube and had to track it down. The second I had it in my hands I had to swipe this metallic beauty and couldn’t believe how pigmented the product is! One swipe is all you need to achieve an unbelievable glow. Annnnd… it’s $4. Yes, an amazing highlighter for under $5. #win
This shadow is a beaut! It’s the lightest, creamiest formula – almost like a mousse – and has the most gorgeous shimmer. It leaves a beautiful sheen on the eyes and gives it an almost wet look but actually stays put! I love this for both day and night to add a little shimmer to the lids and find that it makes my eyes pop. I love tapping this on the lid with my fingers then smudging a brown liner into my lash line for an understated smokey effect. This baby is pricey but worth every penny. I’ve gotten much more use out of it than I thought I would. I also always keep it in my bag to take my look from day to night instantly.
This was a definite splurge. And I’m not going to lie, it sat in the box for a while because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to keep it. But my curiosity finally got the best of me and I had to break it out for use. I fell in love with the warm-hued tones and the colors are right in my comfort zone for everyday wear. The bronze/copper shadows really sold me on it and they really are gorgeous, highly pigmented shades. Again, a splurge, but such a good palette. It’s been getting a lot of use lately.
YES. I finally found something to replace my coveted CoverGirl LashBlast. I’ve been using that mascara for years but nothing ever came close in comparison. Until this mascara came around. This is hands down my favorite mascara. Ever. It’s buildable, flake free, doesn’t transfer under my eyes and makes my lashes look sky-high. It’s also under $10 which is a plus for me. I can’t justify high-end mascaras because I go through them so quickly. But this? This is the one. I’ve found my perfect mascara!
Meet your new favorite brush. Talk about the ultimate multitasker, I use this brush for everything. Blending foundation, applying loose powder, blending concealer, bronzer/contour and even blending liquid/cream blushes! It really does it all. It’s unbelievably soft, minimal-to-no shedding and is only $6. I’ve already bought three because I use it so often. It’s replaced my flat top kabuki brushes and I’ve even been using this more than my Beauty Blender! It’s definitely a must-have beauty tool.
Last, but definitely not least is this shampoo and conditioner from Kristin Ess. I love finding incredible budget friendly hair care products and this collection is top notch when it comes to affordable hair care. The entire line is so good but I’ve especially been loving this shampoo and conditioner. It leaves my hair super clean from any product residue, doesn’t weight down my hair and smells amazing!
What products have you tried recently and loved? Share in a comment!
I am SO excited to be announcing that Volition Beauty Launched at Sephora today!! If you guys read my post about Volition here, then you already know how much I love this brand. They reached out to me about a month ago and sent over their line of products and I instantly fell in love. Not with one, or two products, but ALL of it. Every single Volition product has quickly become a favorite for reasons I can’t wait to share with you guys.
A detoxifying, nutrient-rich, super-moisturizing gel mask.
Good For: All skin types; large pores, dryness, uneven skin tone
Thoughts: I love that this doesn’t dry out and crack on the skin. It detoxifies, helps minimize pore size and brightens skin while locking moisture in – rare for a detoxifying mask. And it comes with two sponges!
A lightweight, active gel moisturizer that combines marine algae with anti-aging bio-actives for hydrated and younger-looking skin.
Good For: All skin types; dryness, dullness, uneven texture, fine lines, and wrinkles
Thoughts: This is a definite winner. It moisturizes without making my face look greasy which is ideal as a base for foundation or when wearing on its own. It’s lightweight enough to wear during the day, yet moisturizes so well it works at night too!
A refreshing face mist to absorb oil and mattify skin.
Good For: Normal, oily or combination skin; oiliness, dryness, pores
Thoughts: This is a really cool product and one that surprised me. I typically go after anything that makes me glow or look dewy but this does something entirely different. It works as a great setting spray and instantly allows powder products to melt into my skin, yet mattifies the oilier parts of my face. So it allows makes my makeup (and skin!) to glow but doesn’t look oily.
A fast-absorbing, cooling, anti-aging eye gel that serves as the perfect canvas for makeup application.
Good For: All skin types; fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dryness
Thoughts: This is hands down my favorite product. It is the best eye gel and concealer base in one! It not only depuffs, moisturizes and smooths out fine lines under my eyes but also primes them making this the perfect concealer primer. Something I never even knew I needed!
An indulgent polishing scrub to brighten skin and reveal a natural glow.
Good For: All skin types; dullness, uneven texture, dryness, uneven skin tone
Thoughts: The trend with turmeric continues and who would have thought it would make an amazing scrub! I prefer this product on my body rather than the face. I use a small amount on each leg, rubbing in circular motions to promote better blood circulation, and find it leaves my legs looking brighter and radiant – and smooth!
Volition Beauty is a beauty brand that stands behinds its community and allows the consumers to be the innovators. I love that they are now able to share their products with so much more people with the launch at Sephora. This brand is unique, ethical and innovative with an incredible thought process that goes behind each product. I can honestly say that I have been so impressed with each of these products and hope that you’ll try some of these yourself.
How was everyone’s weekend? If you watched my Instastories, you may have seen that I was in Chicago last week and attended my first Lollapalooza! Well, sort of. I ended up buying a ticket last minute and was there for about an hour and a half before the storm struck. Literally a torrential downpour! We found ourselves being directed to the nearest emergency exit when we thought we were headed to see Lorde. Thankfully I wasn’t wearing this linen off the shoulder dress. White would have been a terrible choice. We were soaked!! Seeing Porter Robinson live and dancing in the rain was totally worth it though. I’ll be singing “Sad Machine” for weeks ahead reliving that moment.
While not festival appropriate, this is definitely my favorite dress for summer. I actually wore it out for our insanely delicious dinner at RPM Italian. So, so good, by the way. LOFT has actually been surprising me more and more lately with some really chic pieces. When I first spotted this linen off the shoulder dress online I didn’t know how good the quality would be but it’s surprisingly well made! Reminded me of something you’d find at Reformation, at a fourth of the cost. I’m currently eyeing this and this before summer comes to an end but would still easily transition into fall. Add a leather jacket and booties and you’re all set!
P.S. Check out more summer dress ideas here and here!
Every so often I come across a brand that literally blows my socks off. Volition Beauty is one of them. They were kind enough to send me these two products to try and it was truly love at first try. So I, of course, had to do a Volition Beauty review and share this awesome brand with you guys, because they’re truly one of a kind. Here’s why…
How Volition Beauty Works
A beauty brand that allows you to be a beauty innovator? Yes, please! I love any brand that allows consumers to get involved. But Volition takes it one step further and actually allows you to submit ideas for beauty products! How cool is that?! You can also discover product ideas, or “campaigns”, and vote on your favorite. Successful campaigns become part of Volition’s permanent collection so you can shop them anytime!
Why Volition Beauty is Better
Volition promises “performance and results without harmful chemicals”. They are formulated without “bad-for-you” ingredients such as sulfates, phthalates, parabens, nitrates, coal tar, formaldehyde, BHA and BTA. They’re also formulated to be hypo-allergenic or non-comedogenic. And… drumroll please… they’re cruelty-free!!
Volition also takes an interest in what their consumers are looking for and lets them vote on products, instead of leaving it up to a group of executives. You decide what products are best, not the other way around. So many beauty brands tend to shove beauty products our way telling the consumer what’s best and why you need it. But Volition lets you decide what’s best for you by solving real beauty problems. #respect
Ok, now on to the goodies…
Illuminating Body Milk
“Oooooh, pretty” – my immediate response with just one swipe (as you can see below). Said to be like magic, the Illuminating Body Milk leaves a gorgeous sheen on the skin. I couldn’t have tried this at a better time because it’s perfect for summer! The light reflecting particles leave my skin looking dewy and illuminated. Anytime I wear shorts or dresses I apply this moisturizer on my shins to give the ultimate summer glow. And boy does it glow. We’re talking celestial status. I even put a small amount in a travel container to take with me on vacation because it’s too good to be left behind.
Thanakha Radiant Bronzer
This stuff is pure gold. Don’t let the liquid consistency and the word “bronzer” in the title scare you. The Thanakha Radiant Bronzer is more like a liquid luminizer and tinted moisturizer in one. Or simply put, a complexion enhancer that gives skin a natural glow while diffusing imperfections.
The main ingredient, Thanakha, was used by Burmese women centuries ago to minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections and offering long-term skincare benefits.
I generally opt for lighter foundation options in the summer, but this has replaced all my other products. I almost stopped using foundation altogether since receiving this product because it makes my skin look unreal when I wear it on its own. It moisturizes, corrects and faintly conceals while adding a subtle bronze glow. It also easily matches to the rest of my skin tone in the summer when I’m more tan without having to pile on darker makeup. #win!
To apply, I just use a few drops on my hand and blend all over my face similar to how you would apply a moisturizer. And that’s it! Super easy (and quick!) to use. I’ve also used the dropper to drop a small amount on different areas of my face and use a buffing brush or Beauty Blender to blend everything in. But the consistency is so light and easy to blend that using my hands has been the fastest and easiest way to apply.
Want a Discount?
The lovely team at Volition Beauty was kind enough to offer a discount code for my readers so you can try Volition products for yourself! Use code JACLYN20 on the Volition Beauty site to get 20% off your purchase!! Also, my favorite product the Thanakha Radiant Bronzer is currently on sale. So that’s a win, win 😉
Let me know if you guys have tried Volition products or end up trying anything after reading this post. Would love to hear your thoughts!!
P.S. Watch my recent beauty favorites video here and my favorite tool to style my hair here.