Simple, Every Day Makeup

Happy Thursday, friends! Today, I’m sharing a simple makeup look that is perfect for every day. And the best part….I only used 6 products, which are all linked at the end of the post. I’ll share with you what I used, and also how I achieved it. I think this look is great because anyone can do it…no matter how skilled or unskilled you are at makeup application. So here we go!

Products used:

  • Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation in shade 07 Sand
  • Makeup Forever Pro Bronze Fusion in shade 30M
  • Benefit Gimme Brow in shade 3
  • Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
  • Becca Highlight in shade Opal
  • Anastasia Lip Gloss in shade St. Tropez
how to achieve the look:

  • Apply foundation: apply foundation with a Beauty Blender or your favorite foundation brush all over your face, including underneath your eyes to conceal. This foundation is key for this look because it provides enough coverage underneath your eyes that you really don’t need to use concealer, especially when you’re in a hurry and want to get out the door. Also, this foundation goes a long way, so you really don’t need to use more than one pump.
  • Apply bronzer to your face and eyes: bronze up your face by sweeping it all over your cheek bones, including the apples of your cheeks, your forehead, jaw, and bridge of the nose. Using that same bronzer, sweep it all over your eye lids, blending up towards your brow bone. Also apply bronzer on your lower lash line, blending it until diffused. I love using bronzer as eye shadow when I’m in a hurry. It adds more color to your face and makes you look more awake. It’s also the easiest thing ever because you can just be messy with it and it still looks good.
  • Enhance your eyebrows: Give your brows a little bit of color by brushing through them with Benefit’s Gimme Brow. When you’re doing a quick look like this and you don’t have a lot of time to spend on your brows, this product is amazing. It quickly gives your brows some color, without having to spend 10 minutes precisely filling them in and shaping them. If you don’t do anything with your brows, then you can skip this step.
  • Highlight all key points of your face: add highlight to your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, brow bone, and inner corners of your eyes. I also added a bit of highlight to the top of my lips to make them look a bit more plump. This step will make your skin look glowy, healthy, and fresh.
  • Apply mascara to upper and lower lashes: apply two coats of your favorite mascara to your top and bottom lashes. I’ve recently fallen in love with the new Loreal Lash Paradise mascara. It makes your lashes look longer and fuller without being clumpy.
  • Apply lipstick or lip gloss: finish off your look by putting on your favorite lip color or gloss. I love the Anastasia glosses because they are super pigmented and last much longer than most glosses. I have really been into the color St. Tropez for the hotter months because it has a bit of a gold tint to it, but for the Fall months I would use either a cranberry or taupe shade. This look is also really great if you like bold lip colors. Because the face is so simple, you can pull of any lip color with this look.

I hope y’all enjoyed this simple makeup! It’s great for when you’re in a hurry but still want to look put together and fresh. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

xoxo Kristle

 

 

Local Eats: San Antonio

Hi friends! This blog post is a little different than what I normally do, but a while back one of my friends told me that he would want to see some posts about local food spots that I recommend around San Antonio. Since my husband and I are always wanting to trying new places, I thought it was a really good idea. So, I’ll be writing more posts like this in the future as we try places we love! Here are a few spots that we highly recommend so far!

Fattboy burgers & dogs (website here)

This place is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. There are two locations in San Antonio: one off of Vance Jackson (the original location), and the other is in Huebner Oaks. We got a little bit of everything….fried pickles (my favorite), burgers, chili cheese fries, and a hot dog. We went all out!! You can tell that everything is made fresh to order and nothing is frozen. Their fries are hand cut, which I love, and their burgers are nice and juicy. We went to the original location, which is much older and smaller, and is sort of a hole in the wall, but sometimes those are the best kinds of places, am I right? They also have shakes that looked awesome, but we couldn’t fit anything else in our bellies, so we’ll have to try those next time!

Lulu’s bakery & cafe (website here)

Home of the best chicken fried steak EVER and the 3 pound cinnamon roll! Do y’all see how big their chicken fried steak is?! They have different sizes, but of course my husband wanted to get the biggest one. The thing that makes their chicken fried steak stand out to me is that you can get queso on top of it instead of gravy. I have never seen that anywhere else. Now, I love me some white gravy on chicken fried steak, but I wanted to try something different….and I will tell you that I was NOT disappointed. It was the best chicken fried steak I’d ever had! For dessert we of course had to get the famous 3 pound cinnamon roll. You can’t go to Lulu’s without getting it! Sometimes we’ll go just for that and coffee. And they’re open 24 hours. You can’t beat it!

Southerleigh (website here)

Located at The Pearl. Not only is the food great, but the atmosphere is so fun! I love the industrial look of it. Their menu is very different than any other restaurant you will go to – lots of their menu options change frequently, which is really cool because you won’t ever expect the same thing every time. Jacob had chicken and waffles and said it was some of the best fried chicken he’d ever had. I’m a pretty basic bitch and went with the fried chicken sandwich. Normally that would sound like a boring thing to order with all of the other options, but this wasn’t your basic chicken sandwich. The pickles on the sandwich are homemade and the sauce they put on it was unreal! Another thing I love is that they will serve you a cocktail to go!

the original blanco cafe (website here)

This is definitely one of my favorite Mexican restaurants that we frequent. I am super picky about my cheese enchiladas and these are some of the best! It’s not a fancy place, but that’s what I love about it. It’s just a place you go when you want some really good Mexican food but don’t feel like going out to a fancy restaurant. I know there are many places like that in San Antonio, but this one is always a winner. We normally go for breakfast and get tacos, or we’ll go during lunch when I’m craving enchiladas (which is like every day….I’m drooling right now thinking about it). Jacob usually gets their fideo loco. He says it reminds him of his grandma’s fideo.

original hot dog house (website here)

My husband took me to this place for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I loved it! I didn’t even know we had a place like this in San Antonio. It’s off of 281 and Bitters. They have any type of hot dog you can think of! I had a frito pie hot dog and OMG…..SO GOOD. We also had their fried pickles which were awesome, and their homemade chips. They also have burgers, which I’ll have to try the next time we go. But if you love hot dogs like we do, then this is your kind of place!

Thanks for reading, guys! Let me know in the comments if you try any of these places and how you like it! Like I said, I will be writing many more posts like this, so stay tuned!

xoxo Kristle

Lake Life

Happy Monday! This weekend flew by and I’m sad it’s over. We spent the weekend on Lake Livingston at my best friend’s parent’s house. We had the best time! It was HOT HOT HOT but we surprisingly survived haha. The house is right on the lake, and there’s also a boat dock that we relax on for a good portion of the weekend. The pics below show the back area of the house, so you can see how easily accessible the lake and dock are. I LOVE the backyard. When we are there in the cooler months, we spend a lot of time playing games in the yard and hanging out on the porch. Even though I’ve been many times, I never get over the view walking out onto the porch every morning.

In the summer, the dock is our favorite place to be because there’s a nice breeze and we can just relax, lay out, listen to music, and of course, drink. We can also jump into the lake whenever we want! The views of the sunset are also pretty incredible.

On Friday, we took a boat ride to a nearby lakeside restaurant called Farmhouse on the Lake. It was so cool to travel by boat rather than by car. We had some amazing desserts there, that I’m drooling thinking about! It was such a cute place with some really nice views of the lake. I would love to go back again when it’s not so hot and sit out on the dock and eat. Judging by their dessert, their food is probably just as good!

We had such a great weekend, and I can’t wait to go back. We are thinking of going in December so that we can hang out on the porch (without melting), play yard games, make fires, and eat s’mores. Weekends like this make me feel so lucky to have such great friends and an amazing husband who I can make these memories with. Life is good!

xoxo Kristle

**Floral Cover-up and hat are from Jane. Black floral dress linked below!

 

DIY: Daily Lip Scrub

Happy Friday Eve! Today, we’re leaving for our yearly lake trip. My best friend’s parents have a lake house in Livingston (outside of Houston), and we make a trip out there every summer. I think this is the 5th year we’ve gone. It’s definitely something I look forward to every year. I’ll be sure to post pics next week!

Today I’m sharing my DIY recipe for daily lip scrub! I think one of the things that people neglect the most is their lips – from sun protection to just overall daily care. This lip scrub will help to heal dry lips and make them super soft! This is a lip scrub that you can use daily, since the ingredients are natural and not harsh on the skin. You can even use this on your face if you want.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Tablespoon
  • Small bowl
  • Small jar
  • Raw honey
  • Coconut oil
  • Brown sugar

How to make it:

  • Add 1 tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp of coconut oil into a small bowl. Make sure the coconut oil is solidified enough to scoop. If it is liquified, put the coconut oil in the fridge until it has hardened up a bit and you are able to scoop it out.

  • Mix the coconut oil and the honey until it is completely combined.

  • Add in the brown sugar and mix until combined.

  • Add mixture to small jar and put in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to allow it to harden a bit.

When you’re ready to use, gently massage the scrub into lips for 1-2 minutes. This is key. Then rinse off with warm water or a damp wash cloth. 

That’s it! This recipe is super easy and it works soo well. I was thinking of keeping the scrub in the fridge at all times, but I found that this makes it too hard, so I’ve just been leaving it at my bedside. My house is pretty cold, so it stays at the perfect consistency.

Why this works:

Honey: loaded with antioxidants and healing properties, which helps with dry skin and aging.

Coconut Oil: anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which helps to heal the skin. It’s also one of the best natural moisturizers out there.

Brown Sugar: a very gentle exfoliator because of the soft, small particles. It scrubs away dead skin cells, making your lips (and skin) super soft and healthy.

I hope you guys like this easy recipe! Let me know in the comments if you try it and how you like it!

xoxo Kristle

Weekend Fun

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Friday night, we went to see Anjelah Johnson’s comedy show. If y’all haven’t seen her stand-up, you have to watch! She has a few shows on Netflix right now. We got the VIP tickets so that we could sit front row and we were able to meet her after the show! It was such a great night. My top is from Maurice’s, but I got it a while back, so they probably don’t have it anymore. The bralette I’m wearing underneath is from Aerie. It’s soo comfy. I will link it at the end of the post, along with dress, hair, and makeup details from Saturday!

 

Saturday, my hubby and I got up early and headed to The Pearl Brewery. It’s a really trendy area in San Antonio that’s filled with cool restaurants, bars, and shops. On the weekends, they have a Farmer’s Market where they sell tons of local food and handmade items. We had been wanting to go for a while, so we finally got up early enough to make it haha. Since we went early, it wasn’t as scorching….but it was still pretty deathly (I can’t wait for summer to be over).

 

Cured Restaurant

One of the best bakeries in town!

 

For brunch we went to Southerleigh, which is probably my favorite restaurant at The Pearl. The building was originally a brewhouse, and you can tell that a lot of the structural details are still intact. They still brew their own beer today, and their food and drinks are out of this world!

 

I opted for this super comfy Chambray dress that I got from Target for only $28. The dress is linked at the end of this post if you want to shop it. It’s probably my favorite dress right now. The straps are adjustable so you can make the top go up as high or low as you want. And I just wore my Aerie bralette underneath!

 

My hair was already straightened from the night before, so I just put it in pigtails to hold it back. I use argan oil on my damp hair before I blow dry it to keep it soft and shiny, and I just run the Chi straightener through it to get it super straight.

All of the makeup I’m wearing is linked below! You can scroll through and click on any picture to shop that specific item. The only thing I’m wearing that is not linked is the Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette for my eyeshadow. The lip color I’m wearing is linked below in the color Plum. It looks a lot more purple on the website, but in person it’s more of a deep hot pink. I love it for summer!

I hope everyone has a great week!

xoxo Kristle