When I was graduating from high school almost ten years ago, my mother took me to Sephora to buy some high quality makeup and get a tutorial on how to properly apply it to my face. It was on that (glorious) day that I was first introduced to Laura Mercier. It may seem dramatic to say that it was a life-changing day, but when I look back at it — it was a life-changing day!
At the time, Laura Mercier was a relatively new makeup line (about 10 years old), but what first attracted me to their foundation was how simple it was to apply and the fact that I did not look like I had makeup on after I applied it. Laura Mercier’s primer and tinted foundation allows my skin to glow through the product.
I am not one to use heavy makeup on a regular basis, so Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer and primer have been a staple for my daily makeup routine since I first discovered. Admittedly, I have tried other foundations and primers because I love testing out different makeup products, but I always come back to Laura Mercier.
It’s dependable and oh-so-practical for my daily routine. It is also comparable to a bb cream that has good coverage. The foundation is perfect in warmer months when you want something light. It is also easy to build upon the Laura Mercier foundation if you need to add concealer or additional foundation for more coverage. The primer also creates that perfect base for the foundation to go on smoothly and evenly across your face.
The best thing about Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer and primer is that enhances your natural skin, and doesn’t leave you feeling super covered up. It is worth giving a try if you are looking for something with this effect. Let me know if you try it!
“They are a little too tight around my hips.”
“They’re little too loose around my thighs.”
“They fit well at first, but after washing they are way too tight.”
“They are giving me a recurring wedgie!”
“They always have to be hemmed.”
These are just a few of the common comments us ladies make about jeans. We all know it can be hard to find a pair that fit well, especially when there are so so many options out there. But, that struggle makes the achievement of finding a pair that truly fits your body shape that much more cheer-worthy.
Throughout my searches I have discovered some bits of knowledge that have helped me find jeans that fit and have helped my jeans maintain that fit. Here’s the scoop:
- Know your inseam – this is a lesson from the gentlemen in our lives. They know how long their legs are and how long their pants need to be due to the ways men’s pants are sized. This number is especially important for women above and below average height as it can save you a trip to the seamstress or from constantly returning pants that stop at your calf. Tip: look for this information in the jean’s details section when shopping online.
- Inside out, cold water & air dry – these are key when you are washing jeans. Washing them inside and out and in cold water helps the jeans maintain their vibrant blue color. Airing them dry afterward helps your jeans maintain its stretch factor.
- Don’t overwash – jeans should be washed only after you wear them several times. Doing this dramatically increases how long your jeans last.
- Don’t force a trend – It’s sad but true. We all have different body shapes, so not all trends are going to look good on you. No matter how much we love those high-waisted jeans on Gwyneth Paltrow, they aren’t going to look so great if you’re short-waisted. Think about the parts of your body you love, and then determine which new trend or cut for jeans will accentuate that part of your body.
At the end of the day it is all about feeling good in your skin. Clothes should help you achieve that feeling, not leave you feeling self conscious or physically restricted. Hopefully these tips ease your search for jeans with a perfect fit and help keep you from getting frustrated as you search. It’s a process that takes patience. I know.. easier said than done!
I’ll share later this week on my go-to jeans and some denim looks I love.
At the beginning of summer, I decided to try Babe Lash, an eyelash serum that claims to “strengthen, condition and enhance your eyelashes in as little as 4 weeks.” I was curious to see if this product would thicken and lengthen by blonde eyelashes.
Babe Lash’s instructions say to apply the serum to your eyelash line daily and you will see full results after six weeks. It is important to make sure your eyelashes don’t have mascara or makeup on them before applying. The serum goes on really easily, just like you are applying eyeliner.
I bought Babe Lash Eyelash Serum on Amazon for about $30 (it retails for $65). After six weeks of use, I could tell my eyelashes were thicker and longer. I just applied the serum every night after washing my face and taking off my makeup. The wand and product were super easy and quick to use.
The photos below show my results. It is difficult to see the full results in the photos where I do not have mascara on because my eyelashes are quite blonde at the tips. Nonetheless. I think you can see a difference. What do you think?! While I could tell after six weeks that my eyelashes were longer, I did not see full results until I had used Babe Lash for eight weeks. For the price and results, this is a product I would definitely recommend.
Here is what the packaging looks like. It is simple and chic in design and about the size of a mascara tube.
I have never been big on fake eyelashes (mainly because I do not like the hassle of gluing them on). Babe Lash feels like a more natural alternative, and I like waking up and not having another step to get ready in the morning. Have you ever tried Babe Lash or do you have a different method for achieving long eyelashes, like extensions or fake eyelashes? I would love to hear about it.