bare-minerals-rescue-ultaSummer is right around the corner (May is almost over!) and with that comes days at the beach, lounging poolside and sunny, hot days. I recently picked up Complexion Rescue by Bare Minerals and have been using it every single day, literally dying over here to share with you this fabulous new Summer makeup must-have.

ulta-bare-minerals-rescue-creamAll through the heat of the summer I love keeping my makeup light and airy and this tinted moisturizer is a skin lifesaver! I have the driest of dry skin and finding a great makeup base is always a struggle. Not only is this gel cream moisturizing, but it also provides anti-aging sun protections (SPF 30!), double yes please!

bare-minerals-complexion-rescue-review-beautyIn a few words, this tinted moisturizer is wonderful for normal to dry skin and applies a satin-like dewy finish leaving you with a healthy glow. It’s light, natural looking coverage is perfect through the warmer months and even better if you prefer a sheer, translucent coverage for already-great skin.

bare-minerals-complexion-rescueEven during the colder months of the year I still love to apply a tinted moisturizer underneath my regular foundation for a little extra layer of hydration. If you have combination or oily skin, it might be a little too moisturizing but nothing a bit of powder can’t combat in those shine-prone zones.

complexion-rescue-bare-minerals-reviewIt comes in a wide range of 10 different shades, so you can use it all year round, even after that tan fades. To achieve a layer of sheer coverage, I buffed a quarter-sized amount of Complexion Rescue onto my face with a flat top foundation brush in swift, circular motions. If I need a little extra coverage under my eyes or on a blemish, I dab a dot on top with my finger. I loved how quickly I could see a difference in my skin, less dull and more luminous. A makeup must-have all year round!

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mothers-day-with-cohenMy entire world changed when little Cohen came into our lives. It’s been such a sweet experience seeing him grow and develop, changing so fast! I sometimes wish there was a way to slow it all down but it only gets better and better with each passing day. I love being his mom, being his #1, day in and day out and I wouldn’t change it. me-and-cohen-new-orleans With that of course, some days getting ready means throwing on a favorite sweatshirt and brushing my teeth. Other days, it means letting him play in my makeup drawers to catch a few minutes to apply some makeup. Motherhood can be a unique personal transformation. Sometimes I feel like a complete baggy-eyed zombie and other times I feel unexpectedly more feminine and womanly than I ever have before. cohen-hat-hawaii Most of the time I would rather forego applying makeup and curling my hair in order to spend more time with Cohen. That being said, it’s still very important for us as mother’s to continue to take care of ourselves. I love doing everything with Cohen and that even means when I need to get ready for the day or take an evening bath. I love playing in the tub while washing away the day and he loves having all of my attention just to himself. cohen-me-hawaii-hotel Taking care of my hair is a vital component to one of my daily passions, creating and providing hair tutorials here on Missy Sue. Being a ‘hair blogger’ I am always on the hunt for that miracle product. Moisturizing, hydrating, invigorating, the holy grail of products. When I discovered Garnier® Whole Blends™ I was so pleased to discover how perfect it was for my beauty routine. It helps keep my hair in the best condition it can be so I feel confident knowing that I can help provide for my family and still feel beautiful everyday. how-to-curl-your-hairSince my hair has been so dry and frizzy lately, thanks to the weather here in Mississippi, I’ve started using the Garnier® Whole Blends™ Smoothing line with Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter extracts. I could immediately tell how much my hair had improved, it was hydrated and smelled so great. On days when I am too busy to style my hair I love letting it air dry. With these products I noticed that after using the shampoo and conditioner, my hair would dry in nice, soft waves because it was so hydrated. Exactly what I have been looking for! garnier-whole-blends

Whole Blends™ offers great haircare that is both gentle and nourishing and I am a big fan of the line from Garnier®. They design hair care, skincare, and even hair color that really works so I can focus more on time with Cohen and not have to worry about the little things when it comes to my daily beauty routine.

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Being a new mom means I don’t get a lot of time to myself. With all the diaper changes, feedings, baths, and endless playing that comes with a baby, finding a few minutes to myself is always tricky. I love getting ready though and having my hair done so finding those few extra minutes to pamper myself is very important. My hair endures a lot with all of the curling, blow drying, and updos that I put it through so taking care of it is my number one priority. Because of that, I am always looking for that holy grail product that will keep my hair healthy, shiny, and strong.

hair-care-nexxus-costco-1When I discovered Nexxus Oil Infinite Shampoo and Conditioner I really noticed a difference in my hair. It felt stronger, less frizzy, and more vibrant in color. The shampoo is so moisturizing and great for cleaning out the daily products that I use while leaving it shiny and frizz-free.  With the look of a silky lotion, this shampoo doesn’t strip my hair of shine or softness. It’s perfect for my fine hair too because despite being so moisturizing it doesn’t weight it down or leave it feeling greasy.

hair-care-nexxus-costco-2I love the conditioner just as much because it’s infused with the necessary oils to make my hair luminous and healthy; two things I always look for in a great conditioner. It makes my hair so soft and shiny that it’s so much easier to style which is a definite must for me. Unlike a lot of conditioners that cover the hair with a heavy film, this one tames my frizz while boosting shine without leaving behind any gunky buildup.  hair-care-nexxus-costco-6

A shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t leave behind a greasy buildup means I can stretch my hair washings an extra day or two which of course means I can spend that extra time playing with Cohen. A beauty routine that is both efficient and quick is more important now than ever before with him here. He craves my constant attention and being able to be there for him everyday is my new number one priority. Nexxus from Costco gives me the chance to not only spend more time with my baby but still look fresh and fabulous every single day.  It’s easily become a necessary basic in my beauty repertoire.
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It’s finally Spring and with the new season comes the chance to change your style and update your look. It’s a fresh start to the year and the perfect opportunity to be a little more carefree and effortless with your makeup. Neutral shades and soft pinks are all the rage this time of year and this makeup look is perfect for wearing everyday. I love this trend and wear this look everywhere. Check out the tutorial below and let me know what you think!

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  • Step 1 / Begin by applying Burt’s Bees® BB Cream all over the face using theEcoTools® Skin Perfecting Brush. BB Creams are great for a quick and easy makeup look. I love the new Burt’s Bees® BB Cream because it’s hydrating and lightweight while giving me a great amount of coverage. It also works well as an SPF which is a necessity since Spring means spending more time outside.
  • Step 2 / Next add a bit of concealer under the eyes to hide any darkness and blend it in with the EcoTools® concealer brush. The shape of this brush makes it easy to fit underneath the eyes making application more precise.
  • Step 3 / Then add some bronzer to the forehead, cheekbones, and under the jaw bone using the EcoTools® Angled Brush. The shape of this brush makes contouring a breeze because it allows you to precisely apply it and blend out for a more natural application.
  • Step 4 / With the EcoTools® Eyeshadow brush, dust some bronzer into the crease bringing it down onto the lids slightly to add a hint of contour. This brush is a favorite  because the shape allows you to turn it sideways for a more accurate application of color to the crease. It’s also great for packing color onto the lids as well.
  • Step 5 / Apply a few swipes of your favorite mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
  • Step 6 / Add some blush to the cheeks to add a hint of color using the EcoTools® Blending and Bronzing Brush. This is a great brush because it’s so soft and the duo bristles make building color and blending so easy. It’s also eco-conscious too because it’s made with recycled materials, has bamboo handles, and cruelty-free bristles!
  • Step 7 / Use the EcoTools® Highlighting Fan Brush to add some highlighter to the cheekbones, tip of the nose, and cupid’s bow. This brush is so fun to use and makes adding a bit of shimmer to the face an absolute breeze.
  • Step 8 / Finish off the look with a pretty nude lipstick. These new shades from Burt’s Bees® are so moisturizing and leave your lips soft and smooth. I tried on all the shades but love the Blush Basin best for a soft neutral look.

everyday-makeup-tutorial-finishYou can find these Burt’s Bees products in the Natural Beauty section in Walmart and these EcoTools® products in the Cosmetic Accessories section.
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spring-style-dsw-wedges-1One of my favorite things about Spring is getting new shoes! Sandals are some favorites to shop for and this season one of the top trends is lace-ups. These cute Nine West wedges are from DSW and can easily be transformed from day to night.  I can’t wait to wear these wedges with dresses and even my favorite boyfriend jeans too.dsw-lace-up-wedge-sandals Since Spring is nearly here, I thought pairing a fun floral pattern with black accent pieces would be the perfect look to inspire some of you to step out of your comfort zone. It’s so easy to wear pieces with flower patterns this season but I really wanted to change things up and add in some darker neutrals.

The Nine West Forest Wedge Sandals really add the finishing touch. They’re edgy yet sleek and pair perfectly with black skinny jeans and a neutral bag. I’m living in Mississippi now and I know the weather here is about to really heat up. A pair of great shoes is definitely a must, and ones that can be worn during the day for a trip to the park or out to grab some pizza in the evenings is an absolute bonus.

floral-top-dsw-lace-up-wedges Wedges are my personal favorite because they have the flirtiness of a heel but don’t come with the ache after only a few hours like a cute heel does. The lace-up detailing really adds that extra hint of interest, however these beauties actually zip up the back making them extra easy to slip on and off. dsw-strappy-wedge-sandalsI love scouring the racks at DSW for great finds and plan on scooping up a few new pairs of shoes for the Spring and Summer seasons. These Nine West Lace-ups are available now for $69.95 and will look great for play dates, on date night, and everything in between! Set your sights on a cute new pair of lace-ups at DSW and update your look this season at an affordable price too! four-strand-waterfall-braid

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