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It’s Friday and I’ve officially declared it spring. Slowly but surely the weather is getting warmer which means we can put the sweaters away and start busting out the spring wardrobe – it’s about time, am I right? I don’t know about you but I bought a few things this winter that I’ve been dying to wear, like this cargo vest. Luckily, this week the sun was shining bright enough for me to finally break it out of my closet and into the light where it belongs. Also, nothing screams Friday like some fun fringe so this bag is perfect for the weekend! What is your favorite spring piece you can’t wait to rock?

Outfit details:

Jeans: Topshop // Top: H&M // Vest and bag: Target // Booties: Sole Society

xoxo,

Steph & Melina

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spring must haves

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Spring has finally sprung here in Upstate New York, meaning the weather reached over 50 degrees! Breakout the bikinis and shorts, it’s sunbathing weather. In honor of this warm weather, we’re bringing you our spring must haves this season. To start, can we just say we’re really feeling the trends this year. Like, give me everything in the Pantone Color of the Year.

This spring is all about off the shoulder tops, lace up flats, chunky heels, and ripped denim. We’ve compiled a list of some save and some splurge items for those who like to #treatyoself.

1. Chambray

For us, chambray will never go out of style. And when it does, I promise we won’t care. We recommend investing in a quality chambray shirt like this one from Gap. They always have sales too so make sure you keep an eye out!!

2. Lace Up Flats

They’re on everyone’s list for good reason. Melina and I actually own the same pair so stay tuned to see how we style them for spring! These babies go great with anything, dress them down with jeans or throw on a dress and they look amazing!

3. Florals

Naturally, florals made it on our list. You really can’t go wrong with this floral tee dress from Asos. Throw this on with a pair of lace up flats or espadrilles and bam, you are slaying for spring.

4. Off the Shoulder

We love this trend so much we had to feature it twice. Seriously, this might be my favorite one this year. It’s so classy yet sassy, much like myself. Perfect for a night out on the town or a casual lunch date!

5. Ripped Denim

I can never resist a pair of white distressed denim, even though it’s almost guaranteed I spill something on them every time I wear them. I love pairing them with a slouchy tee for a more casual spring look.

6. Chunky Heels

How adorable are these chunky heels from sole society? Wear these to work, lunch, or happy hour (I know I will). You’ll be the trendiest girl in the room with the comfiest shoes #winwin.

7. Colored Shades

If you don’t want to spend serious cash on some designer shades, but still want to have the designer feel without breaking the bank, keep reading. Warby Parker makes some of the best quality eyeglasses and sunglasses for only $95! Some designer pairs run over $200 and nobody has time for that. I love bright shades for spring like this pair here. They have The Two Sense seal of approval.

8. Espadrilles

Okay so, the entire Dolce Vita for Target collection slays my life. Espadrilles are great to throw on with a pair of jeans or shorts to mix up your sandal rotation. It was really hard to only pick one shoe to feature because I love them all. Bonus: shoes and clothes are $15 off $75 right now! YAY Target!

What are some of your spring staples? Let us know in the comments!

xoxo,

Steph and Melina

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Happy Monday guys! Today I’m talking all about treating yourself AND your skin. Fun fact about me: I’m obsessed with cleaning my face and skin care. Seriously, I have a very strict morning and night ritual! I don’t think I’ve ever let my head hit the pillow before making sure my face is fresh and clean. I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to  wear more make up (because I attempt to contour and wing my eyeliner – which usually fails) on the weekends, so I like to make sure I put some extra effort in cleansing it after a night out. This weekend I tested out some of the nügg Beauty Face Masks. I was instantly sold when I found out these were available at Target. My obsession with Target is out of this world but I know I’m not the only one. I never bought anything at Target and not liked it. That record continues to hold true with these cute and portable face mask pods. Here are just a few reasons why!

The ingredients. Over 90% of the ingredients in these face masks are natural/naturally derived. They don’t contain chemical emulsifiers, parabens, or synthetic coloring. For me this is super important because I have sensitive skin. Also, I don’t think my skin would be too thrilled if I was putting all that kind of stuff on it.

The variety. There is a nügg face mask out there for dry, sensitive, stressed or tired skin. Whatever your skin needs, there is a face mask for it by nügg Beauty. So far, my favorites are the exfoliating (found here) and revitalizing (found here) ones, but I’m still working on testing them all out!

The price. Like I said before, I have an obsession with skin care but sometimes that can get expensive. For only $3.29 (no, this is not a drill) you can snag these cute little face mask pods from Target. Who said skincare can’t be effective and affordable?

The package. Do I even have to go into how cute these pods are? Their size makes it convenient to store or pack in your bag for a trip. The mask is also protected from oxidation in this packaging so worry not. I personally love when beauty products come in small packaging because I feel like I can better organize all of my products.

Bonus: They don’t test products on animals

Bottom line, my face feels great after using these masks. It’s like my own 10 minute daily spa treatment. Ladies (and gentlemen), I would definitely recommend treating yourself and your skin to these face masks!

Their website lists all of their products with information on how to use, what ingredients are used, and much more. Check it out here: www.nuggbeauty.com

Has anyone else tried the nügg Beauty Face Masks or any of their other products? I got my eyes on their lip mask next!

xoxo,

Steph and Melina

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best under eye concealers

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Welcome back! Today’s post is all about concealers, if that wasn’t obvious. Specifically under eye concealers, correctors, powders, and some tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way. Besides eyeliner, I don’t think I could live without concealer. I have really bad dark circles due to genetics (I still love you, mom) and have spent most of my life telling people “actually no, I’m not tired.” So without further adieu, let’s get into it!

Disclaimer: We are not certified makeup artists. Just avid Youtube watchers and frequent Sephora customers.

  1. Bobbi Brown Corrector. This was my first corrector I’ve EVER purchased. The salmon color of the corrector will neutralize any blue veins you have under your eyes. This.stuff.is.magic. My favorite way to apply it is to focus the concealer on the dark pocket under your eye and don’t blend it out. I’ll get to that in a minute. The only negative thing I have to say about this one is that it didn’t last me very long for the price. I use corrector every day and I needed something to give me more bang for buck.
  1. Lush Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask. This product is kind of random, but hear me out. This face mask contains coffee grounds and caffeine is ah-mazing for brightening the skin and waking up tired eyes. I apply this in an inverted triangle shape under my eyes and leave on for about 10-15 minutes. I like to do this before I get in the shower and gently massage off from under my eye area. Ta-da! Bright eyes for days.
  1. NYX Full Coverage Concealer. Definitely the best bang for your buck. It’s creamy, yet blendable and lasts for SO long. I like to use this after corrector, right under the pocket of my eye to get rid of the 3D-ness (is that a word?) of my bags. I like this as an all over face concealer because it covers pretty much anything. Win.
  1. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I could probably write a whole thesis on this concealer. It’s brightening, creamy, medium/full coverage (great for under the eyes), and just perfect in my opinion. From my point earlier, I like to take this type of creamy concealer and draw an inverted triangle under my eye and blend out with a damp beauty sponge after I’ve applied a corrector. The triangle shape brightens your whole under eye and hides dark circles like a charm!
  1. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes. This one is bomb because the applicator is a brush #winning so you don’t have to use an extra tool. We’re all about cutting steps in our makeup routine because…well…sleep. What’s awesome about this guy is that it’s a BB cream (beauty balm) and hydrates and evens out the tone under the eyes #doublewinning The only downfall is the coverage is light-medium so we recommend a corrector and set it so it doesn’t crease!
  1. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit. This product pairs wonderfully with the matching corrector. Bonus: it comes with a setting powder so it’s handy for traveling. The setting powder is a yellow tint which is great for cancelling out darkness and for highlighting your under eye area! Same complaint as the matching corrector, the product didn’t last me very long and the consistency was almost too thick for under my eyes.
  1. Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector. My holy grail at the moment. CC stands for color corrector which is exactly what this product does. I’ve had this since December and still have so much product left. It’s SO creamy and blends like a dream. Bravo, Tarte. I like to take this on a concealer brush and fill in all of the blue under my eye, then follow with the NARS concealer to highlight and further conceal. Hello, flawless face.
  1. NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana. If you’re scared that this is yellow, don’t be and let me explain why. This is a color correcting powder that will cancel redness and neutralize dark circles. If you have ever wondered why Kim K’s face SLAYS, it’s for 2 reasons. One being her makeup artist is a genius, and two being banana powder. This powder is great for setting the under eye area as well as the highest points of the face because it gives off a highlighting effect.

I hope this helped some of you! What are your favorite concealers? Any tips and tricks you can’t live without?! Let us know in the comments!

xoxo,

Steph and Melina

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