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What’s in My Makeup Bag

Editor’s Note—I originally published this post in April 2019, but am re-posting it in March 2020 as I filmed a makeup tutorial using many of the products below. You can watch my makeup tutorial on IGTV HERE and find all of the products linked HERE and HERE—many of which are also below!


My sisters are both amazing at makeup, and lately, I’ve taken more of an interest in experimenting with different products and techniques myself. I am by no means a beauty blogger—I’ve been doing the same five-minute face daily face routine for years now—but when I have more time to get ready, like before going out on Fridays or on the weekends, I love trying out new looks or doing something a little bit out of my comfort zone.

I’ve learned a lot from my sisters, but also have spent more time recently watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, IGTV, and Instagram Live. Maybe it’s just me, but there’ something oddly relaxing about watching others do their makeup. I’ve also learned a lot along the way—like how to contour or curl my lashes with a spoon if I’m in a pinch (real life, all the VS models seem to do this!)—and discovered some great, new-to-me products. I also just signed up for the Sephora Play! box as a way to consistently try out new products. (I did Birchbox and Ipsy years ago and found some great makeup and skincare products through those services, but after a while, I wasn’t enjoying them as much, so I canceled my subscriptions. Excited to see how the Sephora Play box compares!)

Because beauty has been on my brain a lot recently, I wanted to share the products I continually find myself reaching for in my makeup bag—and would love to know what your favorites are or if you have any favorite makeup tutorials!

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3.8.20 1

96 (More) Hours in Miami

Editor’s Note—If you’ve been following me here for a while, you know I went to South Beach, Miami for Memorial Day a few years ago. You can read that post for even more recommendations HERE

Late last month, I was lucky enough to spend four days in South Beach, Miami for a work trip. It was so nice to escape the Washington, DC cold for a few days and enjoy walks on the beach, my favorite spring/summer clothes, and endless views of the water. The last time I was in my Miami was over Memorial Day back in 2017, and while it was a great trip, I’ve since learned the kickoff to summer in South Beach is a huge party sene. (As in, cops from neighboring jurisdictions come into town just for the weekend to keep the peace.) This go-around, things were still super fun, but much, much calmer—and much more my pace.

I flew into town late Wednesday night and flew home Sunday morning, so had a nice chunk of time in paradise. The first day I was there it was hot, like almost 90-degrees with 100% humidity, and I worried I didn’t pack enough true summer clothes. After that, it cooled down to the 70s, making it was much more mild—and cooperative with my white jeans/blouse packing strategy. Since I was on a work trip, I didn’t have as much time to explore or try new restaurants as I would have if it was a true vacation. But, when I wasn’t working, I did still have the opportunity to try some new spots and visit some old favorites, so I wanted to share a little bit about where I stayed this time, where I ate, and my experience at South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which is the reason I was in town with work!

south beach miami weekend guide

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Link Love #133

TGIF, friends! Weekend before last, I was in Miami (a full post on my trip should be up early next!) and last weekend, I was in a wedding here in DC—so this is my first “normal” weekend home in DC in a while. I am really excited—and may or may not have overbooked myself. Tonight, I’m grabbing tapas with some friends, and then tomorrow, my sister and I are enoying breakfast at The Capital Burger out in Reston on their invitation. (It’s one of my favorite restaurants—done by the parent company of Capital Grille!) And later tomorrow, I’m grabbing drinks and dinner with my friend Jackie, who I met in the 9th grade—and it’s true what they say, the older you get, the more you need people who knew you when you were young.

I am excited for spring forward this weekend, even if it means losing an hour of sleep—getting out of work when it’s still light outside does so much for my mental health! These past few mornings it also has been lighter jacket weather, and I can just taste a beautiful reprieve from winter coming. (And I fully recognize this winter in DC has been so mild!) Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope you have a great one! x

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