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There's still a month left of summer, so I wanted to share a quick wish list of items from Zaful that will take you to the end of the season!

Bathing Suit
Zaful has a pretty cute selection of bathing suit, but I'm especially crushing on the bandage styles right now.  The fun cutouts are the perfect detail to keep things interesting!
I'm loving this blush option (still one of my favorite colors right now) but it also comes in a classic black!
Or how about this monokini?!  This bright cobalt blue caught my eye immediately, but it also comes in black and white options.  One pieces have been my go to for this year.  Be sure to check out all Zaful bandage bikini summer 2017 promotions!

White Dress
To me, a white dress screams summer.  You can't get through the season without getting a new white dress.  I chose this pretty OTS number to style on the blog, but it's sold out so I'm sharing 2 other options which I'm crushing on!
This is one dress that you can take into fall.  I love the laser cut-outs and the scalloped hem.
I'm a fan of all things floral, so of course I now need this OTS cutie with embroidered flowers, which is also less than $35!!

Jumpsuits are another trend that I needed to try for myself, and I can say that I'm a fan.
I snagged this floral number and cannot wait to style it on Paint The Town Chic!
I also liked this striped deep v jumpsuit.  Such a great piece as we get closer to fall.

Sunglasses need no explanation.  Zaful has many trendy options that are less than $10 a pair - major steal!
These floral frames are giving me life!  They are even cuter in person, trust me!
And here's another pair that I have my eye on.  In case you can't tell, I'm into printed frames this season.  So cute, right?

And there you have it.  A few styles that I'm really loving this summer.  I'm really impressed with Zaful's quality and affordable pricing.  I'll be sharing more on this in some future posts.  Want to try Zaful out for yourself?  Get 10% off your purchase with code ZafulChen!

What summer styles do you want to try before the season is over?

Summer is really flying by!  I been using some really great skincare and beauty products lately so I wanted to share some of my favorites.  But before we dig in, how cute is this makeup bag by Crimes of Beauty.  It's huge enough to fill for vacation, but fits all the everyday essentials as well.   I'm loving the Wake Up, Slay bag, but there are 2 other options as well as a bunch of smaller bags.  Definitely worth the purchase!  Now onto the products...

Barefoot Botanicals Rose Geranium Hydrosol
Hydrosol is something that I recently learned about and am loving.  I use this rose geranium hydrosol as a toner in the morning before moisturizing.  It has a delicate scent and helps control oil.  I'll have to dive further into hydrosols in a future post!

L'Oreal Revitalift Moisturizer c/o
I recently received this in an Influenster box and am obsessed.  I use it both day and night and skin is feeling super moisturized and healthy.  An added bonus is that is has anti-aging benefits.  I use it immediately after the hydrosol, when my skin is still a bit damp!

Maybelline Master Prime Skin Primer
I've tried a few primers, but I'm really loving this Maybelline version for summer.  It has SPF and a light glow while controlling shine at the same time.  You can even use this without foundation.

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse
Maybelline is my favorite drugstore brand, and this foundation does not disappoint!  It's lightweight but has great coverage!

Temptu Bronzer
This is a sample I got in an Ipsy bag, and while it's not dark enough to be a bronzer on my skin, I love using this for highlight.  Sometimes I'll add a bit into my foundation for some added glow!

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Quickie
I love anything from Urban Decay, and the bright pink shade caught my eye.  This has great color payoff, but this can be layered for more color!  This also lasts longer than other blushes I've tried!

Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer
I love lash primers!  They always make lashes pop!

GA-DE Idylic Mascara c/o
This is my favorite mascara right now, and I've tried a bunch.  This creates dramatic lashes that are perfect for everyday use.  It also smells nice. Check out my review on it here for more on the results!

Rimmel London Soft Kohl Eyeliner
If I do use eyeliner, I love a jet black shade for an extra pop.

Pacifica Power of Love Lipstick in Sweet One (also love Tenderness)
This was another Ipsy discovery, and I have to say that I'm really loving it.  Sweet One was an Ipsy exclusive, and is the perfect nude shade.

Glo Minerals Suede Matte Lipstick in Punch (also loving this Lip Crayons)
When I want a pop of color, I love Punch.  It's the perfect pink!

Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray
I don't do much with my hair, but I love everything from Living Proof, including this hairspray.  I've been using it for a while, mostly as a finishing spray and for the scent!  It always makes me feel so put together.

Kat von D Perfume in Saint and Sinner c/o
Loving these perfume samples, also an Influenster find!  I have to say that I'm more of a Saint, but they both smell nice.  Saint has floral notes and Sinner has more of a spicy scent.

That's my skincare routine.  I mix and match depending on the day, and I do try to keep my look light and natural during the summer!

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Cami, old | Kohl's Joe B Maxi Skirt (not available online, linked other options below) | Old Navy Denim Jacket | Sole Society Straw Hat, from the summer Rachel Zoe Box of Style (no longer available, but love this

As a petite gal, it can be hard to find maxi dresses and skirts that work with my height.  But...when you find the perfect maxi, it can actually create the illusion of height!  When I saw this floral maxi skirt at my local Kohl's, I couldn't resist.  The print and coloring looked like something I could wear into the fall (hello skirts and oversized sweaters!)  I topped it off with a cami and denim jacket for this easy summer look.

Of course I can't go frolic a sunflower field without a straw hat.  I recently got this in my Rachel Zoe Box of Style and I love it.  This was actually the first hat that I styled and it really is the perfect summer accessory.

But the stars of this shoot are obviously the sunflowers.  Recently I had the chance to visit a this field at Barefoot Botanicals in Doylestown, where I work.  Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers, and these are even more beautiful in person.  

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Hope everyone had a great start to the week!

A little late but as I'm waiting for spoilers for this month, I'm sharing the goodies  got in my July Ipsy bag!  As always, this month delivered some great new skincare items, which are my favorite things to try.  Let's take a closer look at everything...
1.) Puretem Purevera Emulsion
Here's a brand that I had never heard of before Ipsy so I had to do a little research on it (it's a Korean skincare line with a pretty cool selection of products!)  This Emulsion is a gentle, soothing moisturizer made with 100% pure organic aloe.  I liked the lightweight formula, which made it easy to apply and it had a nice scent.  I'm liking it so far, so I would definitely get this again.

2.) Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Cleanser
This was the item I most wanted to try this month!  And it was amazing.  The gel was great for my combination/oily skin and it removed all the residue and makeup.  The best part is that it didn't leave my skin dry, but I still followed up with a moisturizer.  This gel is full of natural ingredients and smells so good.  I can't wait to get a full sized cleanser and try other products in this line!

3.) Nomad Cosmetics Illuminating Highlighter in Midnight Sun (Part of the Nomad x Stockholm Palette)
I like the idea of highlighters, but I don't use them (mainly because I don't have time in the mornings!)  This Nomad sample may just change my mind about that though.  It adds such a pretty natural glow and works on all skin tones.

4.) So Susan Blender Brush (Not available online but see other brushes here)
I had a little break from tools, so I'm not surprised to have received another brush.  However it is soft and big enough to bend other areas aside from eyes!

5.) Ciate Wonderwand Gel Liner
I have so many liners so this hasn't been opened yet, but I love that this dual sided pencil also has a brush attached.  For anyone needing to blend, it's perfect.  Plus the packaging on this is super cute.

Overall another great month.  I'm just really excited about my newest Ipsy discovery...that you can request ONE sample to be guaranteed as part of your bag.  Tarte was my chosen this month and I'm figuring out what to get for September, any suggestions?
Any Maybelline fans out there?  Influenster recently sent me two of Maybelline's new Super Stay Matte Lipsticks and what better day than today, National Lipstick Day, to share a review on these lippies!
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks in Pioneer (cherry red) and Lover (rosy pink-nude) c/o (swatches in different lights above)

Maybelline is my favorite drugstore brand and so I was really excited to test these out.  At first glance, I loved the shades I received and the sleek packaging.  Both shades would work well on most skin tones - a cherry red and a rosy pink.  But after further examination and testing, I have mixed feelings about them.  The applicator was fantastic; it was easy to spread the liquid lipstick without wasting product.  Once dried, you're left with a beautiful matte finish that doesn't budge; I wore them around NYC and I didn't have to reapply, even after drinking!  This product is supposed to last 16 hours, and for the most part, I believe it.  They also have a nice scent.

Tip #1: Once you've applied the lipstick to your liking, let it dry completely before closing lips (I had lipstick transfer to my teeth and it was annoying.)
Tip #2: This lipstick is almost impossible to remove, except for this trick I accidentally found out.  Layer on a lip moisturizer over the lipstick and that loosens the color, making it easier for removal.  I tried everything, including a makeup remover and nothing worked but that.  Some people have suggested an oil based cleanser so I may try that.

Final Verdict: Even layered over a lip moisturizer, my lips just felt way too dry and a little sticky for comfort.  I love the shades, but I don't think I'd purchase these lippies again.

And here is Pioneer on!  I'm not a matchy-matchy type, but I loved how this red shade complimented the tank I'm wearing.  It will be a great pop of color for future outfits as well.

I received these lipsticks complimentary from Influenster and Maybelline.  All opinions shared above are my own.

A good dry shampoo can be hard to find.  When I saw that Hask haircare had a line of dry shampoos, I knew I had to give it a try.  As a huge fan of Hask Haircare (see my reviews here and here), I had high hopes and this did not disappoint!

It was a hard choice between the 4 dry shampoo options, but I chose to try the Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo (because what girl doesn't want voluminous hair?!)  In case you're curious, the other options include Argan, Charcoal Purifying (trying this next!) and Coconut.

This was really easy to use.  I sectioned off my hair, sprayed and lightly brushed out my roots.  I liked that this didn't leave a white residue like some other dry shampoos.  I tend to have oily hair, so dry shampoo can be a lifesaver, especially on the rare occasion that I straighten my hair.  I found this to last for most of the day (longer than any other dry shampoos I've tried) and it felt really lightweight on my hair.  As for volume, I can't say that it was exceptionally volumizing but I did notice a little extra bounce to my hair.  But what really drew me in was the scent; this had a light floral scent that I couldn't get enough of.

Hask dry shampoos are also free of sulfates, parabens and other unnecessary ingredients and is a cruelty free brand.  This is very important to me as I look for products that don't use chemicals and protect colored hair from fading.

Just like other Hask products, I loved the packaging.  You get a generous sized bottle all for under $10!  If you're in the market for buying a dry shampoo, I highly recommend giving this a try.  You can find them at Ulta in-store and online.

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I received a complimentary sample in exchange for a review.  All opinions shared above are my own.

Recently my sister and I tried out our first Painting With A Twist class.  It's something we've been wanting to do for a while.  Spoiler...we had a blast!  I wanted to share my experience with all of you.  Keep scrolling down and you'll see my actual painting as well.

For me, one of the hardest parts about Painting With A Twist was deciding what class to take!  Luckily there are so many painting options, and time slots, which is great.  This carnival painting reminded me of a recent trip I took to Coney Island so it called out to me and that's what we decided on.  The registration process was so easy and we were quickly registered for 2 spots.

How cute is this setup?  We were warmly greeted upon arrival and the staff is so personable that I felt comfortable and ready to tackle the painting!  We learned that the summer is a slower season for Painting With A Twist, so we were lucky enough to have a private painting class!  Though these classes are designed for all artistic levels, our instructor Shannon made the directions so easy to follow.

Check out the colors in the background!  So pretty right?  The second half of the painting was a little harder because of how busy it is.  Shannon gave us great instructions and gave us the option to personalize our paintings which I loved.

Our class was 2 hours, but Shannon was kind enough to let us stay a little longer to finish up.  Here are our final paintings - I love the way they turned out!  Did you know that Painting With A Twist also offers one hour each month for anyone who wants to polish or add to your painting?

I couldn't wait to set up my painting today.  It has already found a comfy spot in the house among all my favorite accessories so I'll be checking out my handiwork everyday!  

My sister and I are already talking about trying some fall classes.  Another class that we thought sounded interesting is Paint Your Pet.  They also do private parties, so this would be a fun idea for a birthday activity, date night, bachelorette, fundraiser or more!

Do you have a Painting With A Twist class near you?  What painting would you choose?  Let me know in the comments below.

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