Spring Must-Haves!

Morning, Everyone! Since it’s officially spring (all together now: yesssssssss!), I’ve complied a list of some spring essentials for you guys! To me, spring means happy, bright colors, minimal makeup, bold lips, and fun clothes! Oh, and the my favorite thing about spring? We’re that much closer to summer (:

My Spring Essentials:

Body Scrub. We all know the drill: as the weather gets warmer, the clothes get shorter! After being chained in jeans and long sleeves for winter, it’s time give some TLC to your skin, other than your face (which you should always be caring for!). If ya’ll are anything like me, your legs gets seriously neglected during the cold months. To be honest with you, you’re lucky if I actually shave. hahah TMI? Sorry! So when spring rolls around, I always find myself a great body scrub. To me, a body scrub is a body scrub. Find one that smells good and use it! You can even make them yourself, though if you don’t wanna do the DIY thing for this, I highly recommend Bath and Body Works and Lush for a wide range of choices. Use it after you shave or, in my case, weed-whack, for a silky-smooth feeling!

Bright Lip Colors. Now, I don’t care who you are, I am hereby making it mandatory that each and every one of you go out and buy yourself that bright lip color you’ve been drooling over this winter. Now is the time to try them! It doesn’t matter what color… pinks, tangerines, purples, oranges, fuchsia, whatever! Pick it up and give it a try. If you wanna go the drugstore route (which is what I typically do for day-to-day use) I recommend Revlon, Maybelline, and Nyx. Got some extra money to dole out? Hit up Mac for my favorite lip color range.

 

Setting Powder/Spray. The weather isn’t too warm yet, I get that. But those torrential downpours spring is known for? Yeah, your makeup probably won’t like that too much! I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t walk and carry all my things and carry an umbrella at the same time, so I never use umbrellas. My setting spray is my umbrella. haha I 100%, completely, totally, positively, recommend the Ben Nye Final Seal Setting Spray. I’ve been promising you all a review over this and I promise, it’s coming up this week! Just know that I love it and swear by it!

Fun Nail Polish. Whether it be nail stickers, DIY nail art, or just some bright, fun colors, try something happy this spring! Need inspiration? You can Google or, you know I’m going to say it, Pinterest for ideas (:

Self Tanner. I swear off tanning beds and spray tans like they’re atomic bombs, but tan in can (Yep, I came up with that off the top of my head. I’m giving Dr. Seuss a run for his money)? Swear by ’em! You can get gradual tans or you can get something that will appear overnight. For these, I always go the drug store route. It doesn’t matter where you get yours from, it’s going to make you tan, so there’s no sense in dropping extra bucks for no reason. I use Jergen’s tanning products myself, but I’ve had friends and clients tell me about Neutrogena’s, so I’ll probably give those a shot this year!

Flip Flops. Every girl’s favorite shoe. ❤

Fun Dresses. With boutiques becoming all of the rage lately (Time for a shameless plug: check out k2avenue.com!), fun, casual dresses are getting a reboot! I die over anything chevron and aztec and bright colors are kinda my thang. I’m short, so maxi dresses are a bit harder for me to wear, but does that stop me? Absolutely not! I’m not much of a dress wearer, but recently, I’ve actually found that dresses are extremely comfy. I don’t have to put on pants? What? Where can I sign up at?!

These are my spring essentials that I swear by and that I will be rockin’ until summer! I love spring and summer because there’s just something about it that makes my clients extra adventurous and ready to try new trends. Go bigger and go bolder with your look this spring, you never know what you’ll fall in love with next.

XOXO, Megan (:

 

Spring Hot or Not List!

Hey, Everyone! I hope ya’ll had a fantastic weekend and I hope you guys got some nice weather to enjoy finally! It was great weather here in good ol’ central Illinois this weekend, I was seriously lovin’ it. And it came at sucha great time for the high school in my town. They were having a Spring Fling type dance on Saturday, so I was busy doing a whole buncha girls’ makeup and helping them to feel like a more dolled up version of their already beautiful selves. That’s what I got into the beauty industry for, to help girls feel amazing about themselves, so I had a blast seeing all their smiles. As the weather keeps getting warmer and warmer, we know Spring has officially arrived, so I wanna start something new today: my own, personal, hot or not list!

FULL DISCLAIMER: These are my own personal opinions that I want to share with you guys in an honest and humorous way. I’m not meaning to insult anyone and I think you’ll even find that most of you can share in my opinions.

Hot or Not? The No-Makeup Makeup Trend: HOT! I lovelovelove this look and it’s something that I sport almost on the daily. When my boyfriend sees me get ready on the weekends (he stays in bed way later than I like to, lazy bum!), he always laughs at how many products I use just to look like I haven’t used anything. But the thing I can’t stand about this look? Girls who claim they actually aren’t wearing makeup (example: look at most celebrities’ Instagram accounts). Honey, I can clearly see your mascara, blush, contouring, and lip balm. Don’t play me like that. You’re not foolin’ anyone.

Hot or Not? Tan Skin: NOT! I know some of you are probably confused by this, but I’ve seen one too many spray tans and tanning bed endeavors gone wrong. My fragile heart can’t take much more. We all know that one girl who apparently goes to get a spray tan and orders Oompa Loompa. Oh, and not to mention the toll tanning beds can take on your skin. As someone who has struggled with skin cancer (and I’ve never stepped foot in a tanning salon a day in my life), I take it personally when someone who is close to me still uses them. When summer comes rollin’ up on us, I wanna share my skin cancer story with you guys and I hope it will raise awareness with some of you. Until then, I say EMBRACE THE PALE!

Hot or Not? PDA: HOT! I sounded like a total creep for calling that hot. haha I don’t sit there and stare at other couples, I promise! But I do feel that a little PDA is perfectly harmless! Grabbin’ your guy’s arm when you’re with your friends is a sure-fire way to let him know you care. You’re showing him off in a sense, and what guy doesn’t like his ego boosted by that? A kiss, hug, holding hands, even a smack on the ass? Great! Making out, shamelessly groping, hands in pants, dry humping? Not okay! I don’t wanna witness a  baby being made. Get a room.

Hot or Not? Designer Dogs: (Obviously) NOT! I hope you all agree with me on this one! Ya’ll know that there isn’t a dog out there who can’t melt my heart and make my crumble to my knees, but if I see one more celebrity flaunting around a $9,000 teacup dog in a $3,000 doggie sweater, in their $46,000 purse, I will vomit. Who the hell do you think you are that you’re apparently too good to adopt a dog from a shelter? Let alone, a dog that isn’t handheld. Now, don’t get me wrong. My shih tzu isn’t from a shelter. I got her from a breeder and I love her very, very, very much. But my other 4 dogs were all proudly adopted and I love being a momma to all of them. Designer dogs are cute, but you’ll never know love until you look into the eyes of a shelter dog and take them home with you.

Hot or Not? Diets: Let me scream this at you… NNNNNOOOOOOTTTTTT!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? Diets? Girl, no. You’re so much better than that. Unless you have a serious weight problem (which, in that case, I 100% condone seeing your doctor for a plan that will work best for you!), don’t fall into this trap. There’s way too many insane diets out there: the nothing but liquid diet, the no carb diet, the tapeworm diet, the baby food diet… Uhh, no. Just no. I can’t. I’ve done the diet route (and I was nowhere near being overweight) and it turned into an eating disorder for me. I NEVER want any of you to do that to yourself. You’re beautiful already. Just get some (fun) exercise in and you’re set!

Hot or Not? Experimenting with New Makeup Trends: HOT! Ya know what? I don’t give a crap if you go out lookin’ like a straight-up clown. You TRIED! That is absolutely all that matters to me. I’ve found that most makeup artists have that same opinion as me. Wanna try teal eye shadow all the way up to your eyebrow? Do it. Found a gorgeous new plum lipstick that might not work with your skin tone? You make it work. Never tried intense eyebrows before? Get on YouTube and learn how. Love wearing a dramatic cat eye with orange eyeliner, purple eye shadow, mint green lipstick, and cheery blush? You get out there and ROCK that shit, girl. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t. Don’t limit yourself. Ever.

So, there ya have it, my little hot or not list! I hope you guys enjoyed this and if you guys make your own list, let me know so I can go check it out! Thanks for spending some time with me today, talk to ya later!

XOXO, Megan (: