My July Favorites

Hello Beauties!

I haven’t done one of these in a while, have I? Well, I had a lot of favorites this month and it only seems natural to share them with all of you! Also, tell me what your favorite was this month!

MAC July Favs

What the what is this concealer and how have I never used it before?! I love, love, love it for natural coverage under tired eyes and whatever spots decide to pop up that day. And no worries — once this concealer is on it isn’t coming off. All day. Plus it smells AMAZING! I don’t get it but I don’t question it either.

NYX July Favs

Once again NYX has outdone themselves with these affordable and very pigmented lip colors. They apply like a lip gloss and then matte in beautiful shades of pinks, reds, and nudes. Even though the color doesn’t last super long, I’ll definitely be grabbing more of these.

Stila July Favs

I picked this up years ago, way before I ever knew what to do with it! Now I’m so happy with the results. A beautiful highlight and contour duo for someone who is going for a more natural look this summer. If only middle school Marin could have appreciated you more!

ULTA July Favs

I’ve been meaning to pick up these beautiful gel liner pens from Ulta, and I’m so happy that I finally got around to it! I’m not a huge black eyeliner fanatic, mostly because I can’t seem to get the same line twice. But these easily bendable and lighter shades have been perfect for whatever look I’m going for. Because no one has time for a messy cat eye, am I right?

July Favs Shea

I love this incredibly natural scent that lasts for hours with the Body Shop’s Shea Mist and Lotion. I wear them everyday, and they are not overpowering at all, which is what I prefer most of the time.

Book July Favs

I’ve only re-read two books in my life; The Run Away Pony in third grade and now this. Even though it isn’t the most amazing book you’ll ever read, something about the historical events tied in with a fictional romance and the adventures between friends, all while in the heart of Paris, gets me every time.

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin

Here’s What Every Beach Babe Needs

Hello Beauties!

As I sit here curled up on a breezy balcony, headphones in and a convenient tub of ice cream only inches away, there is a beautiful ocean just a couple of blocks away. Are you guys going to be hitting up the beach anytime soon? If so, make sure you’ve got a couple of these products on hand!

BEACH NEEDS

1. You gotta have a good bathing suit. Period. Beach, pool, lake, back yard tanning sessions; whatever you do Aerie has got yo’ back with their beautifully colorful, comfortable, and affordable suits. I got these bottoms for a DOLLAR.

2. I gotta put a good sunscreen in the mix because it’s just plain important. No one wants to be a) a lobster, b) a burnt marshmallow, or c) getting skin cancer. Seriously though it is always a good idea to have a strong sunscreen on hand. My favorite is Banana Boat‘s CoolZone spray— it’s cooling when it applies for those really hot days!

3. Even though you probably won’t be showering in the ocean, a good moisturizing shampoo is a must, especially with all that salt or smelly lake water! I’ve become obsessed with OGX‘s Nourishing Coconut Milk shampoo. There’s no need for a conditioner and it smells great!

4. A good book is the smartest and most beneficial way to spend your down time. The more time you spend regularly reading the greater your self-esteem and self-acceptance. #TheMoreYouKnow

5. If, for some reason, your face gets a little burned or dry (that’s what sunscreen is for) a good moisturizer like Neutrogena’s Water Gel Moisturizer is unbelievably good! It isn’t creamy or thick– instead it sinks in and cools immediately.

6. Make sure to keep your face clean and bright with these Love & Beauty Cucumber Lemon wipes. They are a bit drying, but that means bye, bye shine and sweat!

7. And if you want a little bit of coverage, go for Rimmel London’s Radiance BB Cream. It works miracles, and lasts too!

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks

Marin

What A Cool Kimono! | Fashion Friday

Hello Beauties!


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Featured: Blouse, Windsor; Shorts, thrift store; Kimono, Forever 21; Watch, Target

I decided to finally wear this kimono after buying it just for the purpose of working to pull it off, and I’m kinda pretty proud. Like, I think I did a good job.

When wearing such a statement piece like this, you need to make everything else more minimalistic, otherwise it can be a total overload. That’s why I stuck to a neutral, but flattering, black tank and a pair of high-waisted shorts. I also kept my makeup more minimalistic, and only wore a small amount of jewelry, which consisted of my favorite watch from Target ($10 guys… it’s amazing)!

The first thing that attracted me to this kimono was the pattern. I’m very much in love with bold colors and designs, and it incorporates non-Earthy tones with some more rustic shades very easily. I also really liked the slits on the sides; they just add a little bit more to the garment.

I’ve been seeing a lot of these kinds of coverups, whether they are light and thin or more weighted, the kimono is definitely making a rightful comeback.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned every Tuesday and Thursday for videos, and then every Friday for anything fashion! Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin X

My April Favorites!

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Hello Beauties!

The first fav of the past month is this Bath and Body Works Cranberry Pear Bellini candle. I have it at my desk so I can easily light it without getting up. The con to that is that there is a high fire risk. It also just makes me feel so grown up! I mean, what is more adult than a well decorated room filled with candles? Nothing! And I know what your all thinking, but get your head out go the gutter. Only candle shopping is for adults…

I’ve currently been “reading” Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. It’s a very thick and slightly confusing book about a man in WWII just trying to go home, but not being able to. It’s very well written, and I promise you that you’ll laugh from the absurdity of the whole thing. It gets weird.

 I went shopping a while back *GASP* and bought this really sweet watch from Target. It has a faux leather band and a beautiful face, all for $10! And yes, it actually works! I tend to be one of those people that needs to have one watch that goes with everything, and if it doesn’t then I don’t want it. Thankfully this watch can be so easily dressed up or down, and I keep it in my makeup bag so that I will remember it every morning.

I also picked up this faux leather backpack/purse whilst at Target! It is huge. I mean honestly, it is so very, very huge. I can’t handle how massive it is. It’s like the bag in Mary Poppins; it holds everything. All of the normal contents in my bag take up a fifth of what this can hold.

My next favorite is this very naughty tea mug! Tea mug, is that what they are called? British people, quick, what is it called?! This is my favorite mug and it makes me want to buy more snarky and slightly inappropriate mugs for my own amusement. Where did I get it you ask? Urban Outfitters, where else?

Finally, and most randomly, is the Nutribullet. This thing is amazing. I’m drinking so many smoothies, which are a great way to eat but also not have to waste energy on chewing. I’m a genius. Anyways, this extreme blender thingy is the best thing to ever happen to me, so thank you Nutribullet. You have earned a spot in my April Favorites.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post, please comment and watch the accompanying YOUTUBE VIDEO HERE!

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin X

Inspiration From FarFetch.com!

Hello My Beauties!

So today we’re going to try something different, okay? Okay.

A little while ago I was approached by farfetch.com, and after researching the company I’ve learned that since its start in 2007, it has become one of the most successful high-fashion e-commerce site around. Cool, right? They have clothing from all over the world, including Paris, New York, Milan, and more! Not only do they have some of the big-name fashion brands, they also sell clothing from boutiques that is sent right to your door!

Now, I must admit that the products are on the pricier side, no lies here. But what did you expect, it’s high-fashion! That didn’t restrict me from putting together a few pieces, some being very unexpected, from their site! I think it’s always smart to get inspiration from high-fashion trends, and that is what I’ve done for you! So, without further a due, here is my FarFetch Inspiration Look! I hope you enjoy 🙂

THE OUTFIT

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I wanted this outfit to look like you were just lounging in your beach cottage, an Arnold-Palmer in your hand and the sound of the waves crashing behind you. In all honesty I just pictured myself at my family’s annual vacation spot in South Haven, Michigan, in the summer!

For this outfit I choose these pants by Cedric Charlier. I’ve been really into patterned straight-legged trousers, so these were BEYOND perfect for the look I wanted!

I then needed to find a nice, neutral, complimentary top that looked like you could just slip into it and relax, or even wear it as a coverup when necessary! Either way, this Alice and Olivia V-Neck T-Shirt fit the bill!

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THE ACCESSORIES

After I put together the outfit, I wanted to find some simple accessories to go with it! That is when I found these beautiful Linda Farrow Sunglasses. I honestly can’t stop starring at them, they’re so amazing! I always support the vintage-eyewear look, and these most definitely deliver! I think they wrap up the whole vintage-beach vibe very nicely, don’t you?

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I also found this very adorable Floral iPhone Case by Dolce & Gabbana, a gorgeous ‘Rosa Folia’ Candle by Diptyque, and THE perfect table book: Kelly Wearstler’s Valentino: Thirty Years of Magic as an added bonus!

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Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO

*Disclaimer: This post was not paid for and I was not given anything other than a great opportunity to explore an interesting company. Everything that I state in this post is of my own opinion.