Summer Beauty Makeup Tips [Video Tutorial]

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Summer Beauty Makeup Tips [Video Tutorial] #WalgreensBeauty #shop

I’ve had so many requests to do a video about my summer beauty makeup tips, and I have finally delivered. I’ve tested out dozens of new beauty products this summer and found a few new favorites. While I was in Los Angeles last weekend, my makeup and hair had to stand up against some long hot days.

Right before heading to LA, I dropped by Walgreens to re-up on some of my faves. I’ve been obsessed with the L’Oreal Collection Privee Lipsticks this summer. They are creamy, smooth, long-lasting, and gorgeous.

I’m also a huge fan of Maybelline mascaras. I go through bottles of mascara like it’s going out of style… although it never will, because that would be heartbreaking. The Mega Plush and Falsies Volume Express mascaras are two of my all time favorites. I pile them on my lashes, even when I apply falsies. They give them a little extra oomph, and it lasts all day long.

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After trying at least 10 different foundation and concealer routines, I’ve finally settled on one that I LOVE. I’ve been using CoverGirl’s TruBlend liquid makeup (i2) and FixStick (Fair). I’m also loving the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. I’m not the type of girl that touches up her makeup throughout the day, so I NEED skin that’s going to stay flawless without being high maintenance.

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In order to keep my skin in order, I always use a primer. I’ve been loving the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. I normally use a high end primer but spending $30 on one product every month gets old… fast. As much as I love shopping for makeup, I hate spending a bunch of money on it.

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I have the Walgreens mobile app on my phone, so I usually just pop it open and check the ad to see which makeup brands are on sale that week. There is currently a Gift With Purchase offer which runs between 6/29 – 8/30 and allows you to get a coupon by texting a code or visiting this link for a FREE travel-size Studio 35 make-up brush set, your gift with any $20 beauty and personal care purchase (excluding baby category).

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I try to keep my haircare routine as fuss free as possible. I’ve been using the L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner. I looove the way it smells, and my hair feels healthier after each wash. I recently picked up the It’s  a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product and had NO idea what to do with it, after asking my Instagram friends, I realized there is really no wrong way to use it.

I’ve been spraying It’s a 10 all over my hair before styling it, and it creates shine and silkiness. In the video below, I show you my favorite makeup routine and my go-to no-fuss glam summer hair. Everything I mention in the video is totally affordable and from #WalgreensBeauty.

Summer Beauty Makeup Tips [Video Tutorial] #WalgreensBeauty #shop

If you wan’t an in-depth look at my favorite summer beauty products, check out my video. I show you a tutorial for this hair and makeup look along the way. Enjoy!

Many thanks to #CollectiveBias for this fun collaboration. :)

Perfectly Cute Bras by Perfects Australia

Many thanks to Kohl’s for collaborating with me on this post. :)  

Perfectly Cute Bras by Perfects Australia

I love to shop. Whether I’m buying clothes, groceries, or apps… I love to shop. The only thing that I usually hate shopping for, are bras. I’ve always had a terrible time trying to find a bra that actually fits me. A few years ago, I found the perfect bra. It was super padded and totally comfortable aaaand totally discontinued earlier this year. Just my luck.

I’ve been trying on bras from just about everywhere, looking to find my new breastfriend. I wear a 38C, in case you’re wondering. My chest is a little disproportionate to the rest of my body, so it’s always been hard finding a bra that fits around me and doesn’t leave me drowning in the cups.

I’m also a bit of a snob when it comes to bra patterns. I don’t care how well it fits, if it’s not cute… it’s not coming home with me.

Perfectly Cute Bras by Perfects Australia

A few weeks ago, I was browsing the Kohl’s website and saw some super cute bras. I’d normally just pop into the physical store to buy my undergarments, but I was feeling adventurous. Yeah, I’m a daredevil. Well… I’m not that much of a daredevil. I made sure to use the Bra Fit Guide before adding anything to ‘my cart’. The cute bras I’d spotted were all Perfects Australia bras. They arrived in just under a week and I immediately popped them on to see if they fit.

Guess what? They did. Not only that, but they are even cuter in person than they are online. They have a thin layer of padding and super cute embellishments, like little bows on the straps and lace detailing.

The four that I bought were the Sally Curve It Up Full Coverage (polka dot), Michelle Curve It Up Balconette (white)Louisa Curve It Up Balconette (black), and Christina Curve It Up Balconette (pink & black stripes).

Perfectly Cute Bras by Perfects Australia

My #FavoriteBra had to be the Christina Curve It Up. It fits me perfectly and is super cute. Cute bras really make having to wear a bra all day a little less agonizing. Am I right? ;)

How I Manage My Kids’ Thick & Curly Hair + French Beach Braid Tutorial

This post is written in collaboration with Johnson’s No More Tangles. Trust me guys, this stuff works. 

How I Manage My Kids' Thick and Curly Hair + French Braid Tutorial #NoMoreTangles

I get asked all the time how I manage my kids’ thick and curly hair. Finally, I’m ready to reveal the secret. Now, ever since they were born they had full heads of hair. Their hair has only gotten longer, thicker, and more curly. I’ve tried dozens of products on their hair and finally found a routine that works for all three of us. I’ve been using a Johnson’s No More Tangles haircare regimen.

How I manage My Kids' Thick and Curly Hair + French Beach Braid Tutorial

1. In the shower, we use the Baby Shampoo & Condition for thick and curly hair. It helps loosen some of the knots from the night before.

2. While their hair is still wet, I run a quarter size amount of the No More Tangles Leave In Conditioner through their hair to maintain the frizz.

3. Finally, I spray their hair like crazy with the No More Tangles Detangling Spray. It helps to unlock stubborn knots in wet or dry hair. I use a bunch of it, because my kids are SO sensitive when it comes to getting their done… and the less tears, the better.

I also use a detangling brush to comb through their hair. The name on mine has long worn off, but you can pick one up at any beauty supply store.

After I’ve applied all of the No More Tangles products, their hair is almost completely knot free, even before brushing through it. They always have a few stubborn knots towards their ends, but they brush out quite easily.

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I love that it helps to maintain some of the frizz that is inevitable with my kids’ type of hair. The No More Tangles line is formulated with hair conditioners that gently moisturize as they cleanse, to nourish hair as it grows. Jaden (my son) almost always wears his hair down and it’s absolutely beautiful when it’s not a frizzy mess. If we are going to be spending a lot of time out and about, I make sure to apply a tiny bit of curl gel to secure their locks.

Nahla, on the other hand, never wears her hair down. She is always asking for pony tails and braids. I love the No More Tangles line because it rids their hair of knots and it keeps their hair shiny and healthy.

In the video below, you’ll see how to create an easy side french beach braid that is perfect for maintaining curly hair in these hot summer months. Nahla’s hair managed to survive 4 hours of vigorous bouncing in a bouncy house. Impressive.

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

I recently had an awesome opportunity to team up with Fashion To Figure to talk about, well, my body and how I dress it. It was awesome. I’ll be sure to update with a link, once I’m able to. For now, I’m super excited to share a mini lookbook featuring some plus size party dresses to get you through the summer.

I’m not big on wearing dresses. I have a dozen or so, but I hardly bust them out of the closet. Mostly, it’s because I spend my days with two toddlers and even when we are out and about, dresses are not the wisest outfit choice. That being said, I’m still a woman… a woman that hates making plans. Thus, I occasionally need the p e r f e c t outfit, last minute. So, I keep my closet fully stocked with last minute, knock em’ dead, style of outfits.

You never know when Robert Downey Jr. is going to need a last minute date to the Oscars. Amiright? A girl can dream- er fantasize. ;)

I’m hosting a closet sale very soon, so my dress selection seriously declined. I had no choice but to re-up my party dress selection. Fashion To Figure (whom I featured in my latest summer lookbook) has a huge selection of affordably priced clothes and accessories. It wasn’t hard to find three outfit choices for a variety of affairs.

Variety of affairs... Geez, I’m such an adult sometimes. Moving right along…

Look #1: “Family Party” = Sassy & Stylish

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

Sweet Tart Flare Dress//Fashion To Figure
Shenandoah Stone Necklace//Fashion To Figure
Gold Bangles//Fashion To Figure
Pearl Cuff//Fashion To Figure
Metallic Strap Platform Heels//Torrid (Worn Here)

Look #2: “Business Event” = Professional & Polished

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

 

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

 

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

Okay, so this one isn’t technically a dress. It’s a crop top and skirt, but if you want to be more demure, you an easily pull the skirt up to make it look like one piece. Sexy as hell, either way. 

Elise Textured Crop Top//Fashion To Figure
Textured Skirt//Fashion To Figure
Necklace//Fashion To Figure
Gold Bracelet//Fashion To Figure
Belt//Torrid
Nude Heels//Forever 21
Python Skin Bag//CUADRA (Seen here, here, & here)

Look #3: “Girls Night” = Sleek & Sexy

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

 

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

 

Plus Size Party Dresses LookBook

Super Model Halter Dress//Fashion To Figure
Bangles//Fashion To Figure
Vegas Cutout Clutch//Fashion To Figure
Heels//Target

Watch my lookbook video and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel! 

 

Pretty In Purple Makeup Tutorial Video feat. Vincent Longo

Many thanks to the folks over at BeautyStat for the opportunity to review these Vincent Longo Cosmetics. #VLbbloggerhaul #bstat 

Pretty In Purple Makeup Tutorial with Vincent Longo Cosmetics

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of purple makeup. Purple lips and lids are a regular in my routine. My makeup collection was lacking a bit in the purple hues recently, after I got rid of a bunch of old makeup. Thankfully, some of the goodies I received from the Vincent Longo line included my favorite shades.

After testing the makeup out for a couple of weeks, I felt the need to share my new gems. Some of the products were things I’ve never tried before; like the lip and cheek gel stain (which are totally gluten free, pretty cool).

Pretty In Purple Makeup Tutorial with Vincent Longo Cosmetics

I fell totally in love with this Pearl X Eyeshadow in Destiny Rose. It looks so beautiful in the packaging and even more gorgeous on my lids. For the makeup tutorial, I packed the color all over my lid. I intensified it by wetting my brush with a setting spray before applying the shadow.

Pretty In Purple Makeup Tutorial with Vincent Longo Cosmetics

I’ve been on a mad hunt for new blushes recently, because I own like 2… maybe 3. This one blew me away. Again, it looks so nice in the packaging and the color payoff is great. My Dew Drop Radiant Blush is in the color Desert Rose and totally complements my light skin tone.

Pretty In Purple Makeup Tutorial

The pièce de résistance is definitely this Silk Velour Lipstick in the shade Vanguard. I am a sucker for purple lips. This super silky soft purple color was the perfect addition to my pretty in purple makeup look. I know a lot of people shy away from these deep shades or reserve them for the Fall or Winter seasons… but lipsticks this beautiful deserve their time to shine, no matter what season it is.

I tried out many products from Vincent Longo and can honestly say, I’m pleased with them, overall. If you’re interested in trying out some products for yourself, check out the Vincent Longo Website. (I mean, who can resist that eyeshadow? Seriously.)

Use the code ”BSBIBEQ” for 15% off any purchase!

For the full makeup tutorial, watch my video below and be sure to subscribe to me on YouTube for many more makeup tutorials, fashion, beauty, and body confidence!

[Plus Size Fashion] Summer Lookbook

Hello gorgeous. ♡

It’s been a little while since the last time we talked.  I’ve been incredibly busy over on my YouTube channel, Sarah Rae Vargas, and have been neglecting my blog a teeny tiny bit. But not anymore! I have some exciting new posts planned for the near future.

For now, let’s all enjoy the rest of summer before it zips on by like every other season. I made a plus size fashion summer lookbook and am so excited to show it to you. :)

Watch the video to see all 5 outfits in action.

Look #1

Plus Size Summer Lookbook

Blazer//Lane Bryant
Light Wash Ankle Pants//Fashion To Figure
Paradise Double Strap Tank//Fashion To Figure
Nude Flats//Target
Sunnies//Aldo

Look #2

Plus Size Fashion Summer Lookbook
Polka Dot Peplum Top//Torrid
Denim Shorts//Torrid (different wash)
Accessories//New York and Company
Parella Backpack//ALDO
Espadrilles//Target

Look #3

Plus Size Fashion Summer Lookbook
Psychic Reader Graphic Hi-Lo Tank//Torrid
Belted Chiffon Hi-Lo Skirt//Torrid
Wedges//Steve Madden
Sunnies//ALDO
Python Skin Bag//CUADRA (same style, different color)

Look #4

Plus Size Fashion Summer Lookbook

Top//Old Navy
Cropped Jeggings//Torrid
Sandals//New York and Company
Sunnies//Forever21
Harry Potter Bracelet//Etsy

Look #5

Plus Size Fashion Summer Lookbook

Pascal Quote Racerback Tank//Torrid
Plaid Shirt//Torrid
Denim Shorts//Torrid
Sandals//New York and Company
Bag & Sunnies//ALDO

I’m wearing my Irresistible Me Hair Royal Remy 200g, 22″ set in Chocolate Brown #2.
Use code “IrresistibleSarahRae” for 10% off your purchase.

You might also like my previous lookbook, all about Plus Size Swimwear, click the picture below!
Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook

Many thanks to Fashion to Figure for sending out the cute tank and jeans I wore in outfit #1. ;)

Lotto Tickets, Cheap Beer, and Bruno Mars

Many thanks to the Illinois Lottery for hooking it up with tickets to an
amazing concert as part of the Anything’s Possible Music Series.

Lotto Tickets, Cheap Beer, and Bruno Mars #APMusicSeries

Lotto tickets, cheap beer
That’s why you can catch me here
Tryna scratch my way up to the top

I can relate to Liquor Store Blues, by Bruno Mars, on so many levels. I’m here for you, Bruno. I’ll even comb that gorgeous pompadour that you rock. Okay, but seriously, I love me some Bruno. When the Illinois Lottery approached me with the opportunity to go see Bruno Mars live on his Moonshine Jungle Tour, I was all over it.

Bruno is only one of the many amazing artists that are a part of the Anything’s Possible Music Series. The Illinois Lottery’s Anything’s Possible Music Series features over 30 amazing concerts, with something to please just about everyone. It includes the Vans Warped Tour, Aerosmith, Panic! At The Disco, Robin Thicke, Foreigner and a whole bunch of other great artists, courtesy of Live Nation.

Lotto Tickets, Cheap Beer, and Bruno Mars

I went to the concert with my brother and planned to get there nice and early so we could scope out the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, as I hadn’t been there in about 7 years. Turns out, traffic from the western suburbs to Tinley Park… is no joke. Especially on a Friday night. It took us about 2 hours to get there, so if you’re heading to one of the concerts at the Amphitheatre this summer, I would suggest leaving extra early.

We didn’t have much time before the show started to look around, but I did stop by the Illinois Lottery booth to see what they had going on. The folks working the booth were super helpful and their booth was pretty cool. If you bought $5 worth of tickets, you could play a little scratch off game on their iPad, and win a prize. I won some bright blue stunner shades and $2. Awww yeah.

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Also, they have an awesome sweepstakes going on, where you can win a Flyaway Trip for a Live Nation show plus $5000 cash! You also get a $1 instant ticket just for signing up at their booth.

Anywho, after visiting their booth and taking a terrifying trip into the pitch black porta potty, we headed to the VIP deck for some Bruno action. It was a nice little deck just to the right of the stage where Bruno and his hella talented band/back up dancers were getting down for a couple of hours.

Like I said, this wasn’t my first concert at the  First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, but WOW this place was totally packed. Last time I was there, I was actually able to sit down and chill out in the field (aka the cheap seats). There was not a single person sitting down for the duration of Bruno’s concert. The amphitheater was completely packed and Bruno put on one hell of a show.

I KNOW this won’t be my last concert from the #APMusicSeries this summer. There are just way too many great artists on the lineup and I can’t resist a good concert. I like to live my life in a Wiz Khalifa approved manner, just living young, and wild, and free. PS: Did I mention Wiz is a part of the #APMusicSeries, and will be here August 5th? Eeek!

Outfit of the Day: I’m So Fancy

Outfit of the Day I'm So Fancy

I love switching my style up, but sometimes I note that certain trends just won’t work for me or my body. One of those trends: joggers. I’ve seen so many people from Gabi Fresh to Nadia Aboulhosn rocking the hell out of plus size joggers buuut I just couldn’t seem to make them work.

I’ve tried on countless pairs, but none of them made it to the register with me. Then I was contacted by Pop Up Plus and they asked if they could send me their “it” item. When I saw what that item was… I wanted to say “No, thanks.” Actually, I wanted to say “hell to the nahhh.”

Instead, I said gave them my address. Challenge accepted. I may have tried at least 10 different tops and shoes with these joggers before finally settling on something that was not only totally my style, but looked fly as hell too.

The joggers are super comfortable. The shoes… are not. That’s Target for you, though. Their shoes are hell on the feet, but they look so cute, that it’s almost worth the pain. The entire outfit is really lightweight and airy, perfect for the summertime.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Iggy Azalea lately, and I’m not even going to lie.. I was feeling myself in this outfit and couldn’t stop singing…

“I’m sooo fancy. You already know. I’m in the fast lane. From LA to Tokyo!” 

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What I’m Wearing

Chiffon Long Sleeve Open Back Blouse//Torrid
Fashion Joggers//Pop Up Plus
Ankle Strap Heels//Target
Ring//Forever21
Earrings//Torrid
Royal Chocolate Brown 22″ 200G Hair//Irresistible Me

 

Outfit of the Day: Crop Top & Living Doll LA Plus

Plus Size OOTD Crop Top & Living Doll LA 1

Hi there, sweets. Why do I feel like it has been f o r e v e r since my last plus size outfit of the day? I feel like my life has been flying by. I’m so busy now, with the daily vlogs that I’m uploading, and the crazy amount of videos I have recorded and waiting for editing.

Anywho, I needed to go exchange some things at the mall recently and found this awesome little leather and gold tassel belt at New York & Company. I knew that it would be the perfect addition to my new “Sicker Than Your Average” pants that I received from Living Doll LA.

I had a courtesy package sitting on my bed for me when I arrived home from my last trip and was sooo excited to rip it open and try on all the clothes. I LOVE the tanks that I got. They are graphic and super comfortable. The quality is awesome, and it’s made in the USA… double awesome.

The second I tried on these pants I KNEW that I had to feature them in an OOTD, asap. They were about 6+ inches too big at my waist, but fit my thighs perfectly. Taking them in takes only a few minutes and they look freaking gorgeous. They are really lightweight and perfect for being summertime fine. ;)

You can find Living Doll LA in Nordstroms, Dillard’s, Von Maur, Belk, and Buckle, 80% of their line is made in the USA. You can use code “ravings10″ and get 10% off anything, excluding sale items through June 30.

I’ve been obsessing over gold accessories and embellishments lately and this look really shows that. Head to the bottom of the post for all outfit details. Be sure to watch my video on YouTube and subscribe to never miss an update.

Plus Size OOTD Crop Top & Living Doll LA

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What I’m Wearing

Crop Top//Forever21+
Sicker Than Your Average Pants//Living Doll LA
Adelaide Bag//ALDO
3-Strap Open Toe Platform Heels//Torrid
Belt//New York & Company
Hoxie Sunglasses//ALDO
Watch//New York & Company
Earrings//Torrid
Royal Chocolate Brown 22″ 200G Hair//Irresistible Me

Bye-Bye Razor Burn! [Whish Shave Cream Review]

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Whish Body. I received a promotional item and Whish Body samples to facilitate my review. 

Bye-Bye Razor Burn! [Whish Shave Cream Review]

Shaving has always been a huge pain in the butt. I have super sensitive skin and I constantly break out in razor burn. It’s not limited to the sensitive bits like my bikini line and underarms. Nope. I get razor burn absolutely anywhere that the razor touches. It’s terrible.

I’ve tried those hair removal creams, but they stink and make my skin burn. I’ve tried waxing but it’s too expensive, too time consuming, and too freaking painful. Plus, you have to let your hair grow out before you can wax and I’m not into the Chewbacca look.

I’ve tried dozens of shaving foams and shaving creams and they’ve all resulted in burned skin. I have bought tons of pre shave and post shave serums and creams and they have fallen flat. Because it’s such a big problem for me and I’m kind of desperate, I am at the point where I’m willing to spend anything if it means that I can have smooth skin, for once.

Thankfully, I recently discovered Whish. Man oh man, I’ve never been so excited about taking something new into my shower. I was skeptical when I got the Whish Shave Cream, Ingrown Hair Serum, and Hair Inhibiting Gel. I was willing to give it a shot, but expected nothing magical.

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I love the packaging of all three products. It’s unlike anything I’ve bought before and that was kind of exciting. I read up on the shave cream before using it and learned that it was created with the power of men’s shaving cream but without any harmful chemicals. I was  surprised by how much I liked the shave cream. A little bit goes a long way and it didn’t clog up my razor, like some of my other creams.

As I mentioned, my main problem is razor burn and occasionally ingrown hairs. The Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum worked wonders. I’m not sure if it was the serum alone, or having it paired up with the shave cream and gel, but together… it was truly magical. Okay, it wasn’t magic. It was pretty awesome though.

I recently shot a swimwear lookbook and couldn’t risk having razor burn or bumps all over my skin and showing up in the pictures and video. I used the shave cream, then the hair inhibiting gel, and followed up with the serum in the week leading up to my shoot. My skin was smooth and totally devoid of any burn or bumps.

Maybe one of the reasons that my skin responds so well to Whish products is because they are all natural, paraban free, sulfate free, TEA & DEA free, and petrochemical free. Whish is conscious of their ingredients and my skin thanks me for it. :)

You can pick up Whish products at Nordstrom or Nordstrom.com. They are pricier than your typical drugstore shave creams, but I think they’re worth the extra cash. The shave cream is $20, the ingrown hair serum is $22.50, and the hair inhibiting gel is $26. I have no doubt that I’ll be picking up some more Whish when I run out of my current stock. #MC

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