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Some of my Summer Makeup Faves (+ Giveaway!)

Summer is upon us and I’ve got a nice little list of my favorite summer pick-me-ups for y’all. I don’t know about you, but I am all about the glow in the warmer months. (But not too much glow, ya know? No thanks, strobing.) Dewy, hydrated skin is number one for me, and I even find myself reaching for nude and pink lip colors as to not detract from getting my glow on. (I know, it’s true. I actually don’t wear super intense lipsticks every day of my life.)

So let’s take a look at some of my standouts, shall we?

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Suntouched – People. The very first time I wore this coral-pink blush, a friend remarked how “fresh and post-vacation glowy” I looked. Um, I was so not those things at the time and thought to myself, “I WILL WEAR THIS FOREVER AND EVER AMEN.” And I pretty much do. It’s so good. So so good.

RMS Blush Brush – Please stop using any other brush with your cream blushes because nothing compares! This brush makes it foolproof to apply a lovely diffuse pop of color on the cheeks without looking streaky or too intense.

RMS Luminizer Quad – You can’t beat this quad for dosing up some serious glow because it has 4 different shades to work with – this works for all skintones and I love to mix it up. (I love that rose gold shade on the bottom righthand corner for my cheekbones, but prefer the lighter colors for the inner corner of my eyes and my cupid’s bow.)

Kosas lipsticks in Stardust and Rosewater – My my my, I love these shades. Perfect for day or night. You can see Rosewater on me here, and Stardust on me in the above photo with a little Kjaer Weis Affinity on top for shine.

Kjaer Weis Lip Gloss in Affinity – And speaking of…Kjaer Weis Affinity is the perfect balanced pink gloss. Not too opaque yet not too translucent, it’s so lovely and I love the way KW glosses taste. Random, but true.

Plum Nourish and Define Brow Pomade – In the summer, I’m more apt to pull my bangs back or to the side, which means I actually have to focus on my brows for once. This pomade in the color Chestnut Decadence is the perfect match for my brunette brows. Despite the name “chestnut” which makes think of a warm brown, there are not any warmish/reddish/orangish tones in this color. It’s perfectly ashy and I adore it. (The brush seen above comes with the pomade.)

Perfekt Lash Perfection Gel Minis – I travel a lot during the summer, so I prefer to have the mini version of my fave mascara in my travel tote. One will definitely get me through the summer, and they are only 10 bucks!

Pining for any of these items? Well, my lovely friend Melissa is offering one of my readers a $200 gift certificate to Citrine to purchase whatever your little heart desires. Click here to enter!

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ABLE Upping the Ante

I’ve been a huge fan of ABLE for years. I have accrued many of their scarves over the past few years (psst – this is one of my very favorite scarves of all time), but up until recently, my purchases have been accessories-heavy.

However, now? Scarves are just an itty bitty component of the ABLE collection. We’re talking jewelry, bags, shoes, and oh yes, apparel. If I’m totally honest here, when I heard about the launch of apparel, I wasn’t sure if it would be up my alley, but HELLO, can we talk about this ensemble?

White wide-leg jeans FTW

ABLE alvarado pullover, ABLE wide leg denim, kelsi dagger sandals

They are so flattering and yet ridiculously comfortable at the same time. A rarity, in my opinion. And the paprika pop of this tee is so fun…the material feels almost like a thin sweatshirt. Love it.

Speaking of tees, I’ve been singing the praises of this ringer tee for months.

I wear it all the time, and I’m hot after the mustard yellow version as well.

These earrings are gorgeous.

And it doesn’t stop there. Bags, bags, bags, my friends. Tote-wise, I have two in my collection. First, this lovely nude pink tasseled gorgeousness.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a complete sucker for a good nude pink shade (which is actually not the easiest to find!), and this bag fits the bill perfectly. 100% supple leather and the perfect size to throw everything in for a day out and about.

rag and bone blazer, citizens of humanity jeans, madewell pumps

The above bag is great for running errands around the city, but for traveling and/or toting my computer around, this bag is my favorite. The key, for me, is all the pockets and the zipper top. Keeps me super organized while traipsing around airports. I have the cognac color and it goes with everything.

Some really lovely items, yes? Well, not half as lovely as this company’s mission, which is ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. They manufacture directly in the communities they wish to impact, both locally and globally, creating jobs and ending the cycle of charity dependency. Through your purchase, you are able to empower women and give them a job with dignity.

ABLE has seen tremendous support over the years, growing from producing a single collection of hand-woven scarves to now offering leather goods, hand-made jewelry, apparel, and footwear. Whether your purchase is produced in Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru or at the headquarters in Nashville, TN, each item has one thing in common: through working with women, it is leading all of us a step closer to the end of generational poverty.

I truly am such a fan of this company for so many reasons. Hope you will become a fan too!

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Odds and Ends

1. Did you read about the Boston Marathon women’s 2nd runner-up? Amazing.

2. We should all really watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory again. Creepiness abounds!

3. No one really talks about the alcohol/breast cancer risk.

4. You can now give your car keys to Amazon. What the WHAT.

5. Now that I’m a pool owner, I’m in the market for a wide-brim hat. This one fits the bill.

6. Will this jumpsuit replace clothing as we know it?

7. So incredibly moving and so needed. We need to remember these atrocities.

8. Such an interesting read about high-paying trade jobs sitting empty while young women and men pursue college degrees.

9. Why is everyone so exhausted? Could it be adrenal fatigue?

10. What your favorite TV characters would actually pay in rent.

11. In this week’s Selfie Podcast, we talk about the Starbucks debacle and interview Leroy Barber about racial bias and what we can do about it.

Happy weekend to you all!

image credit: sarah meyohas