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Dealing with the heat is never an easy task. Summer requires a change in wardrobe, hair, and makeup routine. Even then, the hot temps still manage to sometimes degrade our well-planned, and cute summery looks. Living in the Arizona heat(try highs of 114+), getting your makeup to stay on is a difficult task I faced daily. I finally got tired of wasting my makeup with retouch after retouch, so I looked around for some “anti-sweat” products to help keep my face on. Out of the few that people said actually worked, I decided to order MAC‘s FIX+ Spray:

At only $10, it is $3 cheaper* than Urban Decay’s “De-Slick” oil control spray(At Sephora*. Online-$29). However, with tax and shipping, my total came out to be slightly over $15.

I did my normal makeup routine this morning, but skipped my usual primer. After all my makeup was finished, I sprayed three small pumps across my face, making sure it set everything. Two hours later at lunch, and after driving through the heat with no A/C for about 15 minutes, the majority of my makeup was still on. I decided to touch up just a little, but did not use the setting spray this time. I finally came home three hours later, and about another 20-30 minutes of driving in the heat, and my makeup looked just as fresh as is it did right after my touch-up! I have only used this product for one day, but I think I can safely say I will definitely be purchasing this for months and months to come.

Verdict?: BUY!

What “beat-the-heat” products do you use that help keep your makeup on during the summer months?

-M

(Shirt, Skirt, and Necklace-All F21. $12.99, $7.50, $5.50. Sandals-Wal-Mart. $Unknown. Total Cost-About $40.00)

For the Holiday on Monday, I met up with a couple of friends to watch the fireworks, eat watermelon(with Tajin of course!), play with sparklers, and went bowling(which I kicked butt at!).

What did everyone else do to celebrate?

-M

I have had a couple of small projects I’ve been meaning to do throughout the last couple of months, and I finally have the extra time to do them! The first one is a laptop case for a friend of mine that was inspired by this book:

I will be posting a tutorial at the end of this week showing the finished(and slightly altered) finished project.

The next DIY was inspired by this picture I found in a magazine:

The simplicity of the shape with the fun, glamorous stripes of sequins, make it a perfect staple for summer. I’m using an old thrift find and doing my own twist on the idea that I can dress up or down all season long. The finished product might take a while since I am having to hand sew all of the sequins on.

More projects are already starting in my mind after finding this new book on a recent trip to JoAnn’s:

(DIY Book. Price- Orignally- $24.95, with coupon- $12.47)

The clothing items in the book are super cute and it even comes with a helpful CD. I also snagged these items while I was there since I had a couple of coupons on hand:

(A pair of Gingher scissors I bought as a gift to myself for getting into FIDM. Already 50% off. Price-$10.99)

(A bag of multi-colored sequins for the DIY project I mentioned above. Price-$3.99)

(An Ironing Blanket that will come in handy when pressing fabric. Price- Originally $12.99, with coupon- $7.99)

Can’t beat a good bargain! I hope everyone has a safe and fun Independence Day.

-M

(Tank top-FACI $9.99, Shorts and Belt-F21 $10.80 & $3.50, Shoes-Payless $23, Necklace-F21 $5.50, Bag-Salvation Army $4.00, Sunnies-Wal-mart $6. Nails-Essie “Sand Tropez” $4, Martha Stewart Gold Glitter $3.50. Total cost= $70.29)

It’s been in the 100’s+ this past weekend, so I threw on this outfit composed of lightweight fabrics. I recently found this bag on a successful thrifting hunt and was a steal at $4! It has plenty of compartments and goes with everything. The overall neutralization of the outfit happened to be a complete coincidence. My nails were done a few days back after finding Essie’s “French Affair” Collection on sale at Walgreens for half off. The gold thumb nails were done after seeing this post. Using loose glitter instead of an actual glitter nail polish allows for a wider variety of pretty nail combinations. It also stays on great with a clear top coat!

-M

I wanted to dedicate this post to my best friend who has recently joined the blogging world on WordPress.com. She’s into beauty(makeup, nails, etc), and will be posting about that aspect of fashion. Read her blog here!

(Dress-COCO $32, Belt-F21 $Free with skirt, Earrings-Claires $?. Total cost of outfit: About $40)

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-M