The Teacher: Cupcakes and Cashmere
The Lesson: Bare Face, Bold Lip
Bright lips on a clean face is one of my favorite beauty looks. I love how it makes me feel pulled together; even with messy hair and a t-shirt and jeans. I liked Emily’s take on making the most of a bold lip with even skin and just a little bronze glow.
Here are the products I used from my makeup stash to recreate it:
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation – I added a little moisturizer to a couple pumps of foundation, then mixed and warmed it in my hands before applying it all over my face for a more sheer, dewy finish. Then I went back and added a few drops of undiluted foundation under my eyes, around my nose, and to any other places that needed a little extra coverage.
Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bronze Light – I’m no longer afraid of liquid bronzer; this stuff is easy to blend and lasts all day.
Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara
FLOWER Sheer Up Lip Tint in Dewy Rose – Sheer, moisturizing lip crayons make an everyday bold lip almost fool-proof. I did a quick search on Walmart’s website to find this shade, but I think it may be discontinued (sad face). I also love Clinique’s Chubby Stick in Chunky Cherry, which is really similar.
Blank Denim Relaxed Galaxy Jeans
Cynthia Vincent snakeskin ballet flats via Hautelook
Lauren Merkin leather tote bag via Nordstrom Rack
I lived in these Blank Denim Relaxed Galaxy Jeans this summer. They were so easy to throw on with tees, tanks and camis, and worked with both flats and the stacked-heel sandals I grew to love over the last several months (put me in a stiletto these days and I’m like Bambi learning to walk). There were many mornings that I pulled them off the top of the hamper for round two/three/four, and I am not ashamed.
I have no plans of slowing down their heavy rotation as we [oh-so-slowly in Florida] transition into fall; they’ll play just as nicely with sweaters, long sleeve tees, loafers, and booties.
More specifically, this Nutella cupcake recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
Last weekend, we celebrated Labor Day and my friend Steve’s birthday with a lake day and BBQ. I offered to bring cupcakes — I will always volunteer as tribute for handling dessert — and since Steve is the only person on the planet who loves cupcakes more than I do, I wanted to make something I hadn’t tried before.
We’re all pretty big fans of Nutella (in fact, most of us won’t keep it in our pantries because we can’t resist eating it by the spoonful right out of the jar) so with a quick Pinterest search for Nutella cupcakes, I found Gimme Some Oven’s recipe.
I used a chocolate box mix for the cupcakes (devil’s food, I think) and made the simple 5-ingredient Nutella frosting from scratch. After I iced the cupcakes and ate at least a cup of the leftover frosting, I chopped up some Ghirardelli dark chocolate hazelnut squares and sprinkled them on top.
Now I want to keep a tub of Nutella frosting in my fridge, like, always.