Summer Skincare Essentials

May is almost behind us and you know what that means – hello Summer! With hotter months ahead I’ve got two things on my mind – makeup refreshes and skincare prep to make sure my skin is ready for all those vacations that lay ahead! Luckily, I have a few new favorites that I’ve added into my rotation, so keep reading for my Summer essentials — everything from skin to lips to lashes!

Skin

With Winter comes dry, dull skin that needs a little extra love and I’ve been crushing on Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads to help my skin get back into shape. I love that this product has my two favorite miracle workers — glycolic acid, which helps to retexture and exfoliate and hyluronic acid, which helps to moisturize and refresh. I always follow up with their Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum for extra moisture. If you haven’t tried either of these products, I highly recommend testing them out.

Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads and Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum also available at Space NK.

Lips

So now that your skin is buttery soft and luminous, it’s time to focus on those lips. I’m all about bright lipstick, so soft smooth lips are essential to my Summer look. I’ve always been a fan of lip exfoliation, but the one thing that always kills me is having to use your fingers to rub the product in. I don’t know about you, but it just kind of grosses me out. That’s why I was beyond thrilled to find Rodial’s Lip Scrub which has an applicator pen for a no mess scrub sesh. Hello silky soft lips!

Lip scrub also available at SpaceNK.

Lashes

I’m pretty particular about my mascara — it can either make or break your total look — but when I was recently introduced to Rodial’s Glamlash Mascara Skinny I was immediately hooked. The soft bristles give your lashes a gorgeous flutter plus the the highly pigmented color means your lashes look fab all day long.

Glamlash also available at SpaceNK.

 

So there you have it! Let me know what your favorite Summer skincare products are in the comments below!

Until next time.

Xx

Molly

Special thanks to Rodial and Nip + Fab for sponsoring this post!

Travel Essentials for a Stress-Free Flight

I just landed in San Francisco and I have to say it was one of the easiest flights I’ve taken in a while. I attribute this to a combination of a pre-flight manicure in the airport — hello relaxation — and my fine-tuned list of travel essentials.

My family loves to travel, so I’ve gotten quite good at a few things: packing light, whizzing through security lines, and packing the perfect carryon filled with everything you need and nothing you don’t. It’s all about editing. Keep reading for my travel picks!

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The Bag

The carryall is essential. It has to be big enough to carry everything you need, but not too big — you’ll keep filling it if you have the room, so don’t even allow yourself to get to the point where your arm goes numb as your walking to your gate. My favorites include Mansur Gavriel, Baggu, and Saint Laurent.

The Skincare

Planes are notorious for drying out your skin and wreaking havoc on your otherwise beautiful complexion. The key is make sure your skin is clean on the flight — this means no makeup! — and moisturized. I rely on face wipes from Burts Bees, Caudalie Beauty Elixr, and Kiehl’s cream.

The Luxe Accessories

Now for the lovely little items to fill the gorgeous bag! I’m a big fan of carrying a bunch of little pouches to keep everything nice and tidy — I typically have 2 or 3, each designated for a different use like tech accessories, skincare essentials, etc. My favorites include this cheeky one from Dogeared, this chic leopard pouch from Loeffler Randall, and this bold typography pouch by Rebecca Minkoff. Last but not least, it’s important to stay hydrated — on the inside and out — so I always carry a S’well water bottle with me. There’s nothing worse than warm water, the S’well bottle is a lifesaver because it stays cold for 12 hours! Plus, how chic is the metallic gold!

Happy travels!

Xx Molly

Travel Confession — How to Pack Like a Pro

I’m getting ready to head out on a 2-week whirl-wind adventure through Europe — making stops in Italy, Greece, and Germany along the way. I can barely contain my excitement! For the past week I’ve been wracking my brain on how to pack for two weeks of fun (and different climates I might add) without going overboard on the luggage. The first thing that came to mind, makeup essentials of course! There’s a fine line to walk with selecting your makeup must-haves for an extended vacation so I headed off to Neiman Marcus to scope out their selection!

First on my list were a few lipsticks that would get me through my trip and take my looks from lounging on the beach, to shopping, to dinner and exploring the town. I ended up falling in love with the Bobbi Brown Lip Trio Set (exclusively at Neiman Marcus!). I’m normally much more of a bold lip kind of girl, but there was something about the muted, lady-like tones that got me hooked. And for good reason, I tested them out yesterday to see how flawlessly they could take me from day to night — I think the results (and number of compliments) speak for themselves!

Morning

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Salmon was the perfect Summer shade of coral for my daytime work look.

Evening


Pale Mauve was up next. The slightly richer hue was perfect for my birthday dinner with the girls – it was slightly amped up but soft enough to not overpower the rest of my makeup.

Out on the Town


Finally the Soft Rose was my pick for the Jess Glynne concert we went to post dinner. She crushed it by the way.

Other Favorites Picked Up Along the Way:

 Bobbi Brown Lip Trio // Van Cleef Perfume // Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminator // Oribe Hair Texturizer // LeMetier de Beaute Foundation // Chantecaille Blush

Not Pictured: Darphin Hydrating Mask // Clarisonic Brush // Laura Mercier Cover-Up

Until next time!

Xx Molly

Post in collaboration with Neiman Marcus + ShopStyle Collective