Beauty Junk :: Summer Beauty Favorites

I don't do a lot of beauty stuff on the blog. I'm no beauty guru, but I *am* a Sephora Rouge member with a serious love for product. I've found a lot of stuff this summer that I am in LOVE with, so I thought I'd share a few of them with you here, especially since it's stuff I haven't seen all over.

1. Lush Rump Bottom Rub


This is my end-all, be-all summer must-have. I know, I hate the words "must-have" as much as you do, but if you've got any amount of thighs and deal with chub rub during the warmer months, this is actually a must-have. Even though I hate the smell, it was worth every penny. From the back of the package: "This gorgeous floral lotion makes things more comfortable and helps with friction and chafing." And lemme tell you - it WORKS. If I'm wearing shorts or a dress (or even a swimsuit!) I rub some of this between my thighs before I leave. I haven't had any incidents all summer (remember the chub rub incident of 2017???), even though I've been walking everywhere. Expert tip: Put a little in a small pot and throw it in your handbag for reapplications if you're going to be doing a lot of walking since it tends to lose effectiveness if you sweat too much.

2. Ardell Magnetic Accents


I picked up the magnetic strip lashes from Ardell on a random Target trip one time and man, I could not figure those things out. I resigned myself to thinking that it was either paying for the real deal or just figuring out lash glue. But when I saw a video about how to put on their accent lashes, I gave them another shot. 

The accents are FAR easier to put on, and make a big impact for just a little bit of effort. Plus when you get tired of them, you can just pop them off! It doesn't mess up your liner like traditional strip lashes. I love these things for super dramatic looks when I don't have a lot of time to fuss with lashes. 

3. Brush Cleaning Sponges


I'm not giving a particular brand of these because you can pretty much find them all over and they're all the same dang thing. It's basically a sponge in a tin can, but it's so handy when you're playing with lots of shadow colors! I've been experimenting with really colorful shadows lately and this has been great for cleaning my brushes between colors. 

4. Cover FX Blurring Primer and Dior Forever Undercover Foundation


I don't often find foundations I'm willing to rave about, but after a MUA used this on me I was hooked. It's so pretty on and applies really well with a brush. I just need my tan to calm down a bit because it's gotten just a biiiiit too light for me right now. I've also been loving the Cover FX Primer I got in a BoxyCharm a few months ago. It reminds me of Benefit's Porefessional, except a little more heavy duty. It LASTS, too. I can't believe I haven't finished the tube yet.

5. Colorful Eyeshadow


Who am I? I've suddenly gotten the urge to wear COLOR on my face. I have been a pretty boring "Neutral Palette" kind of girl most of my life, but recently I started playing with all sorts of new colors on my eyes. This particular palette is from BoxyCharm, but I'm planning on doing a huge review of the obnoxious number of Hush palettes I've bought the past few months too. 

6. Fenty Blotting Powder


Honestly, I don't even know if this stuff works, but it *feels* like it does. I use it in my problem areas before I leave for the day and toss it in my purse for quick touch-ups. I feel like it's lighter than a normal translucent powder and won't mess with my makeup! Plus the packaging is rad.

7. NYX Epic Ink Liner


This liner popped up again and again after the KVD nonsense broke as a good dupe, but it wasn't until NYX slammed down on some hateful fools on Instagram that I felt compelled to try the brand out. This isn't new news, I'm sure you all knew this already, but this stuff is awesome. I like it better than the Tattoo Liner I've been using and it's only $6. Why on earth was I paying more?

What beauty junk are you guys loving right now? 

AJ Wears :: Culotte Overalls

What happens when you combine two ridiculous things into one amazingly ridiculous thing? This outfit. Culottes + Overalls is a combination I had no idea I would be so into until JustFab sent me these schnazzy things. I planned my outfit for the next day, bebopped to work rained on the whole walk home. That's why I'm taking today's outfit photos standing in my dining room instead of in a more hip blogger spot - because the world needed to see another grown woman in *essentially* a playsuit and I refused to deny them this.

Overalls, c/o JustFab.
Top, Lush via Trunk Club (exact - on sale for $15 in three colors!).
Shoes, JustFab (I mean these are kind of similar-ish).
Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar from Target).

Sometimes I Shop :: August Trunk Club Review

Time for another Trunk Club review! This time, I asked my stylist Jayme to fill a box with some cute stuff to wear on our upcoming vacation. I have a pretty good handle on what I'm going to pack, but since she had sent me a trunk anyway and I have some credit with them, I decided to see what she could come up with. 

If you're new to Trunk Club, it's an at-home personal styling service owned by Nordstrom. You have a direct line to your own personal stylist, so you can call them, chat with them, and even send them your Pinterest boards. If there's something in particular you're looking for (say, a black dress), your stylist can send you several options to try on in the comfort of your own home. Try everything on, keep what you want, and send back the rest! I've found that Trunk Club is HIGHLY more personalized than the other styling services I've used, and I love that they include the more affordable Nordstrom brands like Treasure & Bond and Halogen.

No shoes this time, so it was a cute small box full of dresses, tops, and shorts for my upcoming trip to Paris and Nice. Let's try on!

Knotted Sleeve T-Shirt Dress, PST by Project Social T, $49.

Jayme knows I love black dresses - especially t-shirt dresses, since I've bought at least three from her already. This is a light, summery tee dress with a really cute little cutout detail on the sleeve. It's a little similar to the one I own from Calston, so I passed.

Charmer Slipdress, Sincerely Jules, $129.

Can I say that this legit felt like a nightgown? In a good way - I know a lot of blogger's clothing lines can be hit or miss on quality, but this was very well made and SO soft. It definitely hugs the curves, so I was a little self conscious about how my stomach looked in this one. I'm also not a huge brown fan - if this had been a solid color like black or red, I probably would have kept it.

Lemay Dress, Paige Denim, $238.

This dress was such a pleasant surprise! Honestly, when I pulled it out of the box I thought it was going to be a shapeless bag, but the elastic waist gives it a really cute shape. With the sleeves fully extended, it really didn't do too much for my frame, but I like it with the sleeves pushed up. The fabric is really light and airy as well; I could definitely see myself sipping some rosé by the beach in this dress! It's in my "probably keeping" pile right now.

Aniya Surplice Silk Minidress, $298.

This dress is *so* me. It's another one I'm trying to justify keeping, even though I have 50,000 black dresses. The silk is super soft and the shape is so modern. The fabric - and wrinkles - might be a little annoying to fight on a trip, especially since I'm stuffing everything in a carry on, but this would be a great transition piece into fall. Please talk me out of it. Or don't.

Noelle Tiered Chambray Dress, Rails, $158.

I normally really like Rails clothing, but I'm pretty sure I had this dress as a child. Cute for someone, but hard pass from me.

Syrah Floral Print Cold Shoulder Top, Tularosa, $168.

Fun fact, Tularosa is my Pokemon trainer name on Pokemon Go. ANYWAY, there's a lot going on with this top. I actually liked it a lot, and would 1000% buy if I were attending The University of Texas. It's super soft and the detailing is really pretty, I just knew I wouldn't get as much wear out of it as I'd like since it's a little too shouldery for the office.

Shake It Off Decon Short, BlankNYC, $88.

Jayme has a spiritual gift for finding great shorts. These are truly so comfy and stretchy that I would wear them all the time. The top of my thighs did seem to want to eat them a bit so they might not be the best fit for my body, but I know someone out there would absolutely love them.

Asymmetrical Shift Dress, Leith, $65.

Cuter than I expected! I love the color and it's super light and breezy. Just a little too hung up on those other two dresses to throw this one in the mix too, even though it's a great price.

Keyhole Tank, Lush, $35. Pucker Up Frey Hem Short, BlankNYC, $68.

Loved both of these items, just no room for them in my closet! BlankNYC must just make great shorts, because these were just as comfy as the other pair. I do think these fit my body a little bit better, but I already have black cutoffs so we had to part ways. The keyhole tank was very cute too, but the last thing I need in my closet is another black tank. Great price though - just $35 - plus it comes in five different colors.

Once again, I am continually surprised by what I get in my trunks. While I didn't end up buying as much this time, I really liked a lot of the items even if they weren't what I needed right now. If you want to try Trunk Club out, please consider using my link to join! I will get a small credit to shop with, which means even MORE TC reviews in the future. The service is FREE for Nordstrom card holders, or $25 if you don't have a card. That $25 styling fee will be applied to anything you purchase, so it feels like free money since you've already paid it and the trunk is risk-free.