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I hate it when you see these bloggers in totally amazing bathing suits and then when you click on them, they’re usually over $150. While I might be in love, I have a really hard time convincing myself to spend what could be a nice night out on a bathing suit that covers literally 12% of my body.

So after a little internet sleuthing (that’s what I’m here for, right?) I have found a whole bunch of cute & similar styles to the ones all the it girls are wearing, all for under $50. Yes, both pieces of two-piece sets are under fifty TOTAL. 

It’s time to stop spending an insane amount of money for a cute piece of spandex you wear for three months, amiright? 

Let me know if you buy any of these and what you think! 

1 AF seersucker one piece

2 Forever 21 chain and floral bikini

3 Target black one piece with cutout (buy this in your bra size for $49)

4 Amazon pom pom high-waisted bikini

5 Forever 21 watercolor bikini (comes as a set for $27)

6 Red Dress ruffle bikini (comes in black too!)

7 AF leopard one piece

PS: TJ Maxx is a great place to find well-made, department store bikinis for around $30 max. The stores have way more of a variety than online, so head there asap. One of the only stores I go to in person anymore!

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It’s no secret I’ve changed my ways when it comes to face makeup over the past year– I’m planning to write a post about that soon, but I converted to a light coverage kind of gal and ditched my old full-face, matte routine. But I think for the summer, most of us don’t want to wear our normal makeup and opt for something lighter or something with SPF.

Recently I ran to Ulta and picked up some new things for the season that I have been absolutely loving. I’ve been really leaning towards a light or no base, with bronzer and blush and something to give my skin a dewy effect. For eyes, I really have been loving a warm-toned look.

These products give me just that! Let me know if you try any of them and what you think.

Summer makeup products

Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup

Ya’ll, I am shocked at how much I like this stuff. Its one of those products that comes out white with little grains, but it changes color when you rub it on. I rub it between my fingers for a few seconds until the color starts appearing, and then apply it directly to my face and blend with the warmth of my fingertips to make sure the color is just right. There’s several different shades that adjust, and I went with the lightest. 

I LOVE the way this cream feels on my face, and I love it has an SPF. Its the perfect beach makeup for me! It also isn’t very dewy, so if you’re looking for something like that just use a dewy primer or spray over it and you’re good to go. Perfect natural face makeup when you just want a little help and protection for your skin! (Buy it here)

Australian Wellness Co. Mango and Papaya Lip Balm

I picked this up at a CVS at the beach on a whim (it was in those darned things by the cash register, they always get me!) and I have been in love ever since. It goes on really white and thick, so I use it before bed or first thing in the morning before I do my makeup. After it has time to soak into your lips, you will feel the difference. I don’t think there’s an overwhelming smell or taste, despite the claims on the bottle. It’s pleasant, but definitely not too much.

PSA the applicator on mine had a little plastic bump on it, so I’ve just been applying it to the back of my hand and then using my finger to rub it into my lips. (Can’t find it online, but I love this brand too)

Sun Bum Tinted Lip Balm

Can you tell I have a slight lip balm addiction? This stuff is great because unlike the other one, you can wear it like a lipstick during the day. It smells AMAZING, tastes good (don’t ask) and has a color that wears like a light lipstick. And, it’s got SPF! Lips are one area, like the tops of your feet and your ears, that usually don’t get sun protection. Anytime you can remember to protect those areas and actually have a product that makes you forget you’re helping your skin, it’s a winner. 

I have the color Sunset Cove and Sand Bar. You can pick these up at Ulta or online!(Buy it here) 

Revlon Volumazing Mascara

This is an incredibly underrated mascara, in my opinion. It’s a really lightweight and easy to remove formula, which is awesome, but it stays put all day even in the sweaty summer days down south. It gives you that thick, flirty lash look and is more volumizing than lengthening, but I’m completely down with that. If you’re looking for a new drugstore mascara, check this guy out. (Buy it here)

Colourpop Brow Boss

I am usually NOT a thin brow pencil kind of girl- my usual go to is Benefit Goof Proof. I ordered this on a whim because it was $5 and at first I wasn’t crazy about it… but I started using it, along with a little brow gel (Archery from Soap and Glory is my fave) and I love the way it looks! I use the gel first, and then fill in any bald areas with this little guy, concentrating on the front and the arch. I love the thick look this process gives my brows! With a light, summer makeup, I think full brows are a must. And God knows I do not naturally have those. (Buy it here)

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Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat

The internet made me do it. I’ve seen this palette since it came out last year and I have always liked it, but I didn’t ever bite the $29 bullet and buy it. Well, that day came and I am completely smitten. I was a little worried about the limited looks 5 shades could give, but it’s actually surprised me in the best way possible. There is a great browbone/highlight color, a neutral for the lid, two great outer corner or crease colors, and a color I can use as a liner. Shockingly, I have been reaching for it everyday and haven’t gotten tired of it! 

I also love how this little guy has a big mirror, and its perfect for travel. I’m already planning for it to be the one shadow I take with me to the Bahamas next month! (Buy it here)

Pacifica Alight Multi-mineral BB Cream

This is another product I bought on a whim (are you seeing a pattern here?) and I’m surprised I actually like. It’s also another white-turn-nude formula, but maybe a little less versatile than the Almay shades. This product doesn’t actually give you any coverage or color to your skin really, but acts as a dewy cream that makes you look like you have a Victoria’s Secret model skin. I recently used this with a little of my Petite Heat eyeshadow, some strong brows, and my tinted Sun Bum balm for family dinner after a day at the pool and it was such a perfect look! It isn’t irritating to my skin or covering up my face, but rather giving a little healthy glow to look a little less tired than I usually am.

I am curious to see if this lays well under makeup— if so, it would be the best primer! (Buy it here)

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Ya’ll know I love a full coverage foundation. That’s why I don’t want anyone to have a heart attack when I say in the past few months, all I’ve been wearing is light, sheer coverage.

I KNOW. I KNOW.

But before you have the reaction I would have six months ago, let me make my case.

I started having skin issues about two or three months ago, when I realized my thick Tarte Shape Tape concealer that I swear by was beginning to really dry out my undereye area. Since I was wearing it every day during the week, I think my face just really needed a break. I tried every moisturizer on the market, but nothing helped. So, I stopped wearing concealer.

At this point, I figured 1) full foundation without concealer to cover up my zombie eyes is going to look ridiculous on me, and 2) my whole face probably needed a break.

I went on the hunt for a good face sunscreen, and landed on the IT Cosmetics SPF 50 CC Cream.

This is where everything changed.

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Since it’s humid and hot where I live, makeup in the summer doesn’t ever work very well, anyway. I started wearing the CC cream with a little of my Loreal Magic Lumi Highlighter underneath my eyes for a little pop, and then using my normal blush and bronzer on top.

And I liked it better than ever.

In the past 2 months or so of wearing this combo, my skin has changed. My face is so much clearer and I have less redness in my cheeks than ever before! Because of that, my freckles really stand out and the CC cream lets them show through. I really like being able to show off my skin, accentuating my features while covering what I really need to and adding sun protection (which if you know me, I am a huge advocate of!)

When I want a little more of a full makeup look, I’ve still been wearing the CC cream, but mixing in the Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation. The Lumi foundation keeps the dewy, natural look going— but gives you a little more coverage and a more even, smooth finish. I sometimes use the Lumi on its own, too. It’s got SPF, and its similar enough to the IT Cosmetics to interchange.

It’s no secret I don’t own a lot go high-end makeup, but the IT Cosmetics cream is a new must for me. It costs $38 at Ulta, but you can usually find a coupon to take a little off. I have not been able to find a dupe for this product, and I have tried about every CC/BB cream at the drugstore! And the Lumi line, which I obviously love, is already at the drugstore. Score!

If you’re a full coverage girl, give this a shot. If you don’t want to shell out your money for the CC Cream, run to Walgreens and pick up the Lumi. You will be glad you did!

Are ya’ll interested in seeing a video or photo step-by-step on how I do this light-coverage routine? Just let me know! I would love to share! 

Xoxo

Ivana

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Hey y’all! Sorry for my absence lately, I’ve been slammed at my day job with some big court news. Keep up with me on Twitter if you’re interested in that!

But, I wanted to pop in and talk to you about one of my favorite activities— shopping! Y’all know I’m on a budget, and I think most of you are too. And, even if you’re not, why spend more money if you don’t have to?

Here are some of my favorite places to shop and some of my best tips per store.

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Happy shopping!

TJ Maxx: TJs is my goldmine and I could talk about it for days. But I’ll keep it short and sweet- check out every department, including the beauty and jewelry, for items up to half off store prices! You will find brands you never expected to be there, and save your wallet some pain.

H&M: My favorite leggings are from H&M. It’s one of the only places I can find leggings that are long enough and don’t shrink up past my ankles! Again, don’t forget their beauty aisle! Their makeup products are surprisingly high quality.

Old Navy: This is a great place for comfy basics like cardigans and workout clothes, and they also have an awesome selection of jeans. They have a huge variety of sizes, and their pants come in petite and tall. The Rockstar 24/7 jeans are my favorite!

Forever 21: I love keeping up with current trends, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something I’ll probably only wear for a year. Forever has the trendiest clothes, with a huge selection, and you don’t have to shell out money that you’d rather spend on a year-round item. Also, they have some amazing sandals for summer!

Belk: If you don’t have one, Belk is a southern department store that carries brands like Free People, Ralph Lauren, Sam Edelman, Jessica Simpson, French Connection and more. They sell shoes, makeup, accessories, and home goods. The best part— like most department stores— is they’re always having sales and giving our coupons.

Target: I have a love/ hate relationship with Target’s clothes. I always feel like they look so cute on the rack, but not so much on my body. Lately though I’ve really been loving their new brands A New Day and Universal Threads. I got two great work dresses from AND for just $7 and $13 a piece on the clearance rack! I also have two great button down shirts from UT that are so light and comfortable for summertime.

SheIn: I have a lot of thoughts on SheIn, but read more about that here. Overall, I think they *can* be a great source of cheap, cute clothes, especially for summer!

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

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One of my favorite fashion “things” is easily a good pair of statement earrings.

Big, eye-catching earrings are literally the easiest way to change up an outfit you wear often, or to jazz up an otherwise simple jeans and white tee combo. While I wear them year round, my favorite time of the year to stock up on new statement earrings is the spring and summer! I just love the way they look with sleeveless summer tops or breezy sun dresses.

Some of my favorite places to buy statement earrings are places where I normally shop for other accessories, like Target or Lucky Brand. I also found some amazing pairs (like this and this) at the online boutique Red Dress! I recently found their site, and I am totally obsessed! How did I go 24 years without this place?

All earrings are linked at the bottom of this post. Also, these pics came on a no foundation day, so ya’ll can see that its not always airbrushed skin and full lashes for me! 🙂

Scroll down for some of my favorite statement earrings for the season!

I also love buying things from local shops in Birmingham. My amazing friend owns Knotty Designs jewelry, and ya’ll… her stuff is AMAZING. I highly recommend her! Check out her site here.

Disclaimer: I love these feather earrings, but do not wear lip gloss when you have them on. Trust me on this one

Lucky Brand pink fan earrings : On sale for $12!!

Target Sugarfix fringe earrings: Comes in several colors, only $12.99

Red Dress white beaded earrings: $18 and comes in five colors

Knotty Designs tiered earrings: $30 and several color combos!

Knotty Designs beaded dangle earrings: Custom-made

Feather earrings: $16.99 and unavailable online, but they had tons at my store. Similar ones linked here!Follow

We all know its open-toe season, and its time to break out the sandals. This year, its all about the details! Fashion icons and bloggers both are loving tassels, bright colors, and ties this summer– but it can be hard to find your cutest pair without breaking the bank.

I’ve seen so many people wearing the cutest espadrilles or slides, but I always turn away when I see the brand is Chloe or Tory Burch, because that’s just not something most of us can drop money on without affecting our budgets!

Below I’ve listed some of my favorite sandals for the season— both flats and wedges. I included a range of styles and price points, so hopefully everyone can find something they like and can buy without worrying about the price! Links are included in each description below.

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1.Old Navy sandals

These sandals are so precious and provide the perfect pop of color to any everyday, causal summer outfit. The tie detail also makes these sandals ok for a more dressy look– just pair them with a sun dress and some delicate jewelry. Old Navy also makes the comfiest shoes, so you may want to pick these up in several colors!

2. Free People Revolver Clogs

I bought these clogs years and years ago, and they just look better with age! (Mine are older and don’t have the tie) The leather is so soft, and the wear on it makes the shoes look lived in, which I adore. The wooden bottom is also surprisingly comfortable– I’ve worn these from work to dinner, and didn’t need to change. While they’re some of the more pricey shoes on my list, I definitely recommend them and I know you’ll get your money’s worth!

3.Steve Madden Jaylen WEDGE sandals

You’ve seen these all over your favorite bloggers’ Instagrams, and I am here to tell you that they’re just as great as you think. They’re a less expensive alternative to the ones by Chloe, which run about $660. The Steve Madden wedges come in several colors, but this taupe color is so versatile that I couldn’t resist. I will say I don’t think these shoes are as comfy as the Free People ones, but that may be because I haven’t broken them in yet and I have pretty wide feet.

4. Forever 21 Tassel Slides

I showed these on Instagram earlier this summer and got so many comments asking where they were from! Everyone was shocked to hear how inexpensive they are, and that they’re from Forever 21. They’re super easy to throw on, and they make any outfit look more put together and festive. Limited sizes are available in these now, so run to your nearest store or to their site!

P.S. If they’re sold out of your size, here are basically the same shoes in a different color from Amazon.

5. Sam Edelman oliver Flip Flops

People never believe me when I say the best basic flip flops I’ve ever worn are by Sam Edelman, but it’s true. He makes so many styles and colors of flip flops that you’re sure to find what you’re looking for, but get the comfort and durability of his brand. If you are looking for a more affordable option, T.J. Maxx often gets a boatload of these!

6. Sam Edelman Carrin Platform Espadrille

These are some of my favorite options for weekend errands. These slip ons are suede, but the espadrille bottom keeps them summery and the slight platform also gives you a little height. Best of all worlds! Again, these are insanely comfortable (are you seeing a theme?) and will go with just about everything.

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own. Some links may be affiliate links.

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