First, I apologize for the low production value video. It’s my first attempt and I really don’t have the hang of it yet. It makes me greatly appreciate those that make it look effortless!
Second, today I tested the Sonia Kashuk Latex-Free Makeup Blender Sponge (two (2) pack for $10 at @target). Thank you to @sdockendorf for gifting me one of hers for testing!
What it claims:
🔘 Tapered design makes blending under your eyes and around your nose simple
🔘 Rounded ends and sides are great for applying and blending foundation
🔘 When dampened, it didn’t change much in size.
👎🏻👍🏻 Upon initial application of the foundation, you may be able to tell that it left round marks in the shape of the sponge. My current favorite doesn’t do that, so I found it an inconvenience at first. However, it didn’t take much effort to blend it in.
👎🏻👍🏻 Because the sponge is smaller than I’m used to, it took longer to blend than I’m used to. That doesn’t mean it didn’t do a good job, it just took more time to get the job done.
👍🏻 Where I felt like it excelled was in concealer blending. It maintained an excellent amount of coverage and was precise due to the small, pointed end.
👎🏻 It didn’t stay damp for long. Since I take my sponge with me for touch-ups, it’s important it doesn’t dry up quickly.
Of the four (4) makeup sponge varieties I’ve tried in my life, this is tied for second. It’s a great price and performs well. I likely won’t repurchase it, but think you would be satisfied enough if you picked it up.
Have you tried this sponge? If not, which is your favorite? Or do you prefer applying cream products with a brush?
Family, fun, food, America. All because of the brave men and woman who gave and give their lives so that we can enjoy liberty. 🇺🇸 🙏🏻 •••
We will be celebrating by cleaning our carpets and grilling some 🥩. 😂
Do you have any #memorialday traditions? #fitsterhood
🚨Exciting news Eau Claire Area!🚨Please welcome Shonna Heath to my team. Shonna is a Certified Microblading Artist, Licensed Cosmetic Tattoo Artist and Professional Makeup Artist. She is now booking appointments for June and running some major specials! Follow her at @makeupshonna to find out more and book an appointment.
💗 Erica #microblading#eauclaire#wisconsin
One of the first @youtube creators I began watching was @shaaanxo and one of the first products I saw her rave about was the @toofaced Born This Way Undetectable Medium-to-Full Coverage Foundation ($39 for 1 ounce at @ultabeauty). While liquid foundations used to not be something I frequently used, I am so glad I took her recommendation back then!
What it claims:
🔘 Long-wearing for twelve (12) hours
🔘 Photo friendly/no flashback
🔘 On me, with the amount of foundation I’m comfortable layering on, this is medium coverage.
🔘 The shade I’m using is Nude.
👍🏻 This is unlike most all of the other foundations I own in that it’s not mattifying. For that reason, I most enjoy it in the winter, but with the right primer, powder and setting spray, I can keep the oils at bay enough to make it suitable year round.
👍🏻 Since it’s hydrating, it never settles into my fine lines or gets cakey.
👍🏻 It blends like a dream and my preferred application method is with a damp beauty sponge.
👍🏻 A little goes a long way, depending on what type of coverage you desire.
This is one of my favorite foundations because it performs consistently well. I will be using this bottle until the last drop and then will repurchase (likely in a lighter shade because I bought this originally in a summer month). Have you used this foundation before? If yes, what do/did you think of it?
Happy Friday babes!! Do you have any plans to get outside today?☀️ I never regret soaking in sun and moving outside in between working..aside from when I forget sunscreen and suddenly look like bob from veggie tales.🤷🏽♀️
I have a meeting and a gorgeous session today (@tarahelisephoto) and then I’m back to unpacking and preparing for a weekend at the cabin!! Memorial Day Weekend is my FAV!😍
That moment when you feel good and your outfit is on point 😘. Photo by @kyleeleonetti of @kyleeandchristiancreative
Wardrobe styling by Jess Burke of @well_layered
Hair and makeup by Stephanie Domrose of @embeaumn
Party supplies and styling by @sprinkles_and_confetti
Hand-crocheted OYA Hair Accessory by @Kisaboutique
Jewelry by Jordyn DiOrio of @mendjewelry
Paper Flowers by @modernflowercreation
Bridal décor & custom gift sets @bd_custom crafts
Models: @stephaniedomrose, @well_layered, @arieljesme
As a Nutritionist and long-time gluten-free foodie, I’ve perfected my skills of finding diet-compliant eats just about anywhere ✈️ So far on the list: Dallas, London, San Francisco, San Diego, New York – and now we can add Minneapolis/St. Paul!
There is likely nowhere else where locals value patio season more than Minnesoootans (and yes, you betcha - I said that like a true local with a strong emphasis on the ‘O’). 😉
Do we have summertime to waste looking for gluten-free friendly restaurants where we can enjoy the sunshine and warm weather? 🙅♀️What do you think this is, San Diego?! Our snowfall averages can be as high as 70 inches… 70 INCHES! ❄️There is no time to waste.
When you’re ready to kick back and nosh on some gluten-free apps, burgers, wings, and salads (perhaps cooling off with a gluten-free refreshment like my husband Collin at 6Smith) use the list and interactive map in my latest blog article to find the perfect spot and take back some of your valuable summertime for more Minnesota fun!☀️
(Link to blog in bio)
@6smithrestaurant @redcowmn @psychosuzis @holaarepa @stellasuptown @urbaneaterympls @moscowonthehill @pub_819 @muddywatersmpls @muddywatersbarandgrill @pier500hudson @frenchmeadowcafe @craveamerica @mercympls @cityworksmpls @barriotequila @theliffeyirishpub @citypages @mspmag @twincitieslive @eater @exploreminnesota
The first ever Yoga for Creative Entrepreneurs was a smashing success! We focused on postures that stretched the shoulders, neck, head, and hips and energetically tuned our root and second chakras to help us feel grounded and practice self care. I feel so honored and blessed to have been surrounded by this great group of people, and the vote seemed pretty unanimous- this is going to have to happen again! So if you are interested in attending or learning more about this idea, I would love to hear from you - follow the link in my profile to the official post on my site!
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How cute is this diaper bag backpack from @quiver_and_arrow?! I got it two weeks ago and I love it! So far it’s tagged along to @valleyfairmn and a @twins game, among other places. The outside is waterproof, it has magnetic closures that actually reach (even when your bag is full!), it has vegan leather and a secret zipper pocket on the front, plus a giant zipper pocket with lots of space and pockets inside. The pockets on the side are perfect for drinks, and there’s even a changing bad in the front! Plus the interior is wipeable, which is huge when you’re probably going to spill crumbs inside! Oh and the straps and back are PADDED. It’s amazing, if you couldn’t tell 😁 Head to @quiver_and_arrow to check them out! #diaperbag#momstyle#twincitiesbloggers#sponsored#wimb#motherhood#momlife
How cute is this diaper bag backpack from @quiver_and_arrow?! I got it two weeks ago and I love it! So far it’s tagged along to @valleyfairmn and a @twins game, among other places. The outside is waterproof, it has magnetic closures that actually reach (even when your bag is full!), it has vegan leather and a secret zipper pocket on the front, plus a giant zipper pocket with lots of space and pockets inside. The pockets on the side are perfect for drinks, and there’s even a changing bad in the front! Plus the interior is wipeable, which is huge when you’re probably going to spill crumbs inside! Oh and the straps and back are PADDED. It’s amazing, if you couldn’t tell 😁 Head to @quiver_and_arrow to check them out! And make sure you use code LITTLES for $35 off, making it only $99!! #diaperbag#momstyle#twincitiesbloggers#sponsored#wimb#motherhood#momlife
Hi, I’m Nicole!
I started Live & Love MN years ago when my family moved from the Suburbs to Minneapolis. I post my favorite restaurants, parks and events that are in Minnesota.
I also have an online shop that was possible by my local collaborations with @sennandsons & @jill.elaine (Jill designed the hat I am wearing). Everything was designed & printed (@mninkapparel ) in Minneapolis.
I am not usually in front of the camera. I just wanted to say a quick hello & introduce myself:) Thanks for following along on all my Minnesota adventures. Share your adventures with me by using #liveandlovemn
I have the privilege of celebrating a dear friend’s wedding in Colorado this weekend! Starting things off right with a downright ah-may-zing smoothing.
I’m one to love trying new things any saying “yes” but this turmeric pineapple smoothie just about knocked my socks off. Not gunna lie, I thought it’d be too spicy with black pepper in the mix. Turns out I was wrong. #alwayslearning
Did you know that turmeric and black pepper are eaten together to enhance absorption? 🧐
As soon as I hit pan on my current favorite bronzer, I began looking for another one to try. After reading reviews and swatching in-store, I landed on @stilacosmetics Stay All Day Contouring Bronzer for Face & Body in Light ($36 for .53 ounces at @ultabeauty).
What it claims:
🔘 Lightweight powder
🔘 Matte-satin finish
🔘 Long-wearing pigments
🔘 Blends effortlessly for a natural-looking result
🔘 I both contoured and bronzed with this product using the @morphebrushes M530 Contour Blender Brush and @itcosmetics Airbrush Essential Bronzer Brush #114 .
👍🏻 All photos were taken two (2) hours into wear. I’m now around eight (8) hours into wear and it looks the same as when I applied it this morning.
👍🏻 As it claims, it blended very easily. As you can partially see in photo 1 and definitely in photo 2, it gave natural definition without much blending effort.
👍🏻 The color is ideal for my skin tone. I like a bronzer that I can build up depending on how tan I get. This works very well for my current pale skin, but building it up on my wrist (photo 4), I can tell it will serve me well even at the end of summer, too.
👍🏻👎🏻 While the product is pricey, it’s a very large pan. It is, however, still, per ounce, around twice as much as my current drugstore favorite. I’ll continue to wear it and may even compare the two side-by-side in an upcoming Thursday Throwdown in order to determine which product will be considered for repurchase.
I’m very pleased with this product! The fact that it looks great as a bronzer, but can double as a contour because of its somewhat cool-toned shade is a big upside! I look forward to seeing how long it lasts and continuing to try it throughout the summer!
Have you tried this bronzer? I don’t hear much about it, so I would love to know your experience! If not, what’s your go-to bronzing product?
🍔! @TreasureTruck has a @PatLaFrieda Memorial Day Grillables Box on the truck today in select cities, including Minneapolis! You get eight 8oz Custom Blended for Amazon Burgers by Pat LaFrieda, six All Beef Hot Dogs and eight Sweet Italian Sausages. Get yours at amazon.com/treasuretruck #TreasureTruck#PatLaFrieda
Today is the day! Our very first workshop. 👊🏼⠀
Can I buy you coffee? ⠀
Can I pick your brain? ⠀
The emails we hate saying no to but sometimes have to. There’s just not enough hours in the day. So instead, we decided to invite all of you into our office once a month to get all of your questions answered. We’re no experts, but we have built a business with a lot of thoughtful strategy. And we want to keep you from banging your head on that computer!
We’re an open book and we love helping good people, even complete strangers. From home improvement tutorials, to how we create our mood boards, to how we built our website, our SEO strategies, brand collaborations, how to build a media kit, social media tips, tricks, and tools...& so much more! We’ll have a workshop for each and share it all. ⠀
Our social media workshop is sold out today, but we’ll be recapping it on the blog. Next up, we’ll have @hookagency & @hipreneur in talking SEO. Two different dudes that have personally taught us how simple & fun SEO can be. Tickets for our June SEO workshop are available on the blog this morning.
Morning brunch dates with some of my fav girls is my jam!☺️ Amidst all the craziness of busy season it’s so nice to be surrounded by fellow photogs and just take a break! Plus, when one of them has a cute babe how can you say no?!😉
When it comes to suning in San Diego, COOLA organic sunscreen is the only product I trust on my skin!
COOLA’s eco-conscious formulas are sourced with a Farm to Face® philosophy, ensuring that they always use the freshest, most potent natural and organic ingredients. I absolutely love their Eco-Lux Body SPF 30 Organic Sunscreen Spray especially because it leaves me smelling like a pina colada!🍍😎
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My thumb is less gross and still bandaged up, but FYI, this dish — and overconfidence — “caused” the damage: domino potatoes. (Yes, it was crispy, crunchy and heavenly.) Bless you brave souls at Allina Edina who bandaged up my thumb geyser. (Okay, maybe it wasn’t a geyser but more like a gentle stream.)
*going live on my personal Facebook page tonight 7pm CST*
A meal in a bowl has been so much more to me than less dishes and a more significant fork vs. spoon debate.
I want to share with you how eating bowls transformed the way I think about meals and how it’s made my weekday nutrition 💯 without thinking so hard! Especially now that I am building my business/working full time/singing in a band/celebrating family/being a human.
Join me at 7pm CST on Facebook and also hear my fun announcement!