Summer Vibes + $200 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!

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Hey y’all! Sometimes when I wake up I still have to pinch myself knowing I am a full time blogger! The joy it brings me to exercise my creativity on the daily is something I may never get used to. This month marks 6 months of blogging full time – where did the time go?! To celebrate, I wanted to do something special for you, my amazing readers! I’ve teamed up with PAIRIE, a jewelry company selling delicate crystal pieces. Some of my favorite pieces from the collection include the Jacquelyn Crystal Tennis Bracelet, the Yvonne Crystal Bracelet and the Evangeline Charm Long Necklace.

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The Jacquelyn Crystal Tennis Bracelet (pictured  above on the top) is a timeless bracelet which features stunning round-cut crystals. The Yvonne Crystal Bracelet (pictured in the above photo on the bottom) is a slender white gold-toned plated bangle with fine Austrian crystals. I love how these bangles are great additions to any arm party!

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Finally, the Evangeline Charm Long Necklace (pictured above) features a locket pendant with crystal beads inside, signifying good fortune. The adjustable 31-33″ chain allows you to layer this necklace for an elegant touch! It’s for this reason I wanted to give you a chance to win some of the goodies above!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

-1st prize: $200 Nordstrom gift card

-2nd prize: $150 one time use PAIRIE online store credit (can’t be combined with other promo codes)

-3rd prize: 1pc PAIRIE jewelry

 

To enter to win these goodies, simply enter the giveaway widget below! Goodluck!

Pairie Jewelry Giveaway

Thank you to Pairie for sponsoring today’s giveaway. As usual, all opinions are mine alone. #pairiejewelry #beyondpassion #summerjewels

Joshua Tree

I’m sharing Hawaiian Tropic in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™ #HawaiianTropicCrowd

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Some places you have to experience firsthand, no photos can do it justice. Joshua Tree National Park is one of those places. Meghan, author of Boho Nouveau, and I have been wanting to visit “J Tree” (as the locals call it) for some time and we finally pulled the trigger last weekend. Resting approximately 3 hours outside LA, this National Park is a dream-like desert. We stopped in Coachella Valley along the way to gas up (we couldn’t stomach the thought of being stranded in the desert) and it was a whooping 114 degrees! It felt like we were in an oven. Being from Canada, I had a mini freak-out and purchased all the water and ice I could find in the gas station. After filling our car with ice, water and snacks, we slathered on some Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen and hoped for the best. Turns out, Joshua Tree National Park was actually cooler (by about 17 degrees, nbd) but still overwhelmingly sunny. I couldn’t believe how large the park was – it covers 790,636 acres and is comprised of two deserts: Mojave Desert and Colorado Desert! The Joshua Trees (also known as Yucca brevifolia) can reach 49 feet (pictured above) and can live anywhere from a hundred to a thousand years! These trees are sprinkled throughout the national park and are amazingly beautiful in person!

We left Joshua Tree thankful to have witnessed such beauty in person! Luckily we didn’t melt into a puddle or leave with a scorching burn thanks to plenty of water and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen! As a typical sun worshipper, Meghan was thankful I forced her to apply sunscreen, leaving our skin protected and free of peeling! Initially drawn to the Hawaiian inspired scent (Meg’s family have an annual Hawaii getaway), she was impressed by the smooth application of the product and it’s endurance in the desert heat! We left Joshua Tree National Park feeling thankful to live in such a beautiful world.

Shop Outfits Here:

Michelle’s Outfit:

Top: Nasty Gal | Shorts: Nasty Gal | Belt: Nasty Gal | Sunglasses: Nasty Gal (sold out, also love) | Shoes: Topshop | Purse: Marc Jacobs |  Necklace: Unjaded Jewelry

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Pool Party Ready + Shimmery Lemonade Recipe!

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1 Gypsy Queen Goddess One Piece | 2 Avalon Ukulele | 3 Kismet Necklace | 4 Inflatable Flamingo | 5 Circle Shades | 6 Beach Sounds Speaker & Radio | 7 VINIQ Shimmery Lemonade  | 8 SunnyLife Maracas Set | 9 Inflatable Ice Cream Raft | 10 Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in ‘Divine Divine’ | 11 ‘Alyssa’ Espadrille Wedge Sandal | 12 ‘Stardial’ Round Beach Towel

With the summer heat creeping in, you will likely find me 1) by the pool 2) at the beach 3) inside with the A/C cranked to max. I’m no fan of the heat, which is why I’ll be returning back home to Canada for the summer. In the meantime, I’ll be laying by the pool enjoying the Florida sun. I have included some of my poolside favorites above! Y’all know I am majorly crushing on one-piece swim suits this summer, boho jewelry (Vanessa Mooney is my current jewelry girl crush), round sunnies and cute wedges (the wedges listed above are under $100!). I’ve also had a major love affair with pool floats (check out my complete pool float roundup here), and if you’re wondering, the ice cream pool float and flamingo inflatable drink holder are next on my list to purchase!

But we all know that no pool day is complete without a refreshing drink. I’ve discovered the most delicious (and gorgeous) lemonade recipe! It features VINIQ Original  – a shimmering fusion of peach, citrus, berry, orange blossom and vodka liqueur, for a lemonade recipe unique in look and taste!

 

Shimmery Lemonade Recipe

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 Viniq Original
  • 1/2 Lemonade
  • Lemon Wheel

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Chill all ingredients prior to serving
  • Dice 1 lemon
  • Pour ingredients into glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel
  • Enjoy!
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If you want to wow your friends with a dazzling and delish poolside summer cocktail, you need to try out this shimmery lemonade recipe! It’s super easy to make, incredibly tasty, and oh so pretty! I will most definitely be making this for an upcoming pool party!

Do you have any pool parties planned this summer? Share pics of your shimmering moments with the hashtag #bringtheshimmer to see your post alongside mine on bringtheshimmer.com!

Thank you to Viniq for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are mine.

A Pop Of Color

Thank you to Target for sponsoring this post! As usual, all opinions are my own.

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If there is one thing I love in this world, it’s a great bold lip. With little effort, a bold lip can make your makeup pop! I am long overdue for a makeup tutorial, so I thought I would share with y’all a drugstore makeup look featuring one of my new favorite lip colors! The best part of this makeup look is it is quick and easy for an on-the-go look! Keep reading to see how I accomplished this makeup look!

One of the best parts about my job is having the opportunity to try so many makeup and beauty products! This makeup look contains an assortment of new drugstore beauty finds. While I may be late to the party on some of the products, I hope to introduce you to at least one or two new products!

The Look: Pop of Color

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#1 The Pregame

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Hair Food is a beauty company I have recently discovered and grown to love. A product of Clairol, Hair Food contains relaxing ingredients to hydrate and condition hair. The Jasmine and Vanilla Hair Milk Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for dry, damaged hair. If your hair is colored and/or soaked in heat-infused products on a consistent basis, it will love this dynamic duo. Not only does it smell like heaven, but it is perfect for a quick hair transformation, leaving hair feeling refreshed!

 

#2 All About the Base

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Summer is (basically) here, which means it’s more important than ever to protect your skin against harmful UV rays. I use a daily sunscreen as a base for my makeup. I’ve been loving Bare Republic’s Natural Mineral Sunscreen Face with SPF 30! I love how this sunscreen isn’t too heavy on my oily skin! The packaging is small enough I can stick it on my purse and re-apply as needed on-the-go!

 

#3 Conceal Baby!

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After applying foundation, I used Sonia Kashuk Undercover Liquid Concealer to conceal my dark under eyes. At first, I didn’t think I would like the sponge applicator; however, I find it helps to apply on my face. To blend, I simply use my fingers. The product has impressive buildable coverage and staying power! I have been keeping this makeup tool handy in my purse for quick touch-ups!

 

#4 Illuminate

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Next, apply a highlighter on your cheekbones. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator for a while now. During my last visit to Target, I finally picked it up! While I typically use powder highlighters, the liquid illuminator has a lightweight formula that doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. I absolutely love this product!

#5 Power Brows Pt. I

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Now it’s on to the brows! Use a brow pencil to create full brows. I used Sonia Kashuk’s Brow Definer in ‘Haze.’ I find it super tricky to find a brow pencil shade that complements both my complexion and hair color; however, the shade of this pencil is p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n! I apply small strokes to my brows to give them a fuller effect!

#6 Power Brows Pt. II

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After using a pencil to fill in your brows, set them with a brow mascara. Otherwise known as brow gel, brow mascara secures your brows for a lasting look! For this makeup look, I used NYX’s Tinted Brow Mascara to tame and tint my brows! Both brow products are super compact and can be kept in your purse for touchups!

 

#7 ‘Pixi Dust’ Your Eyes

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Next, laminate your eyes with shimmering eye shadows in the peach hue family. I adore using the Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette to create a ‘fresh-faced’ makeup look. The mineral formula reflects light from your eyes, giving a mesmerizing ‘glow.’ Love it!

#8 Pump Up the Drama

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Create a winged liner using your favorite black liquid liner! I’m constantly experimenting with new liquid liner formulas—and I’ve recently been addicted to NYX’s Vinyl Liquid Liner Eyeliner! The formula is downright amazing, and the extremely fine and flexible brush ensures a flawless winged liner!

#9 Create Doll Eyes

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Lengthen and volumize your lashes using your favorite mascara. I used NYX’s Doll Eye Mascara Volume to extend and volumize my lashes. I am a super fan of this mascara’s feathery applicator! If you haven’t tried this mascara yet, you must!

#10 Go Bold or Go Home

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Now for my favorite part—the bold lip! I am seriously taken aback by the gorgeous lipstick that is NYX Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink! I have heard beauty gurus rave over this shade; however, it wasn’t until it was on my lips that I understood the veracity of this shade. This lipstick looks great with everything, and the blue undertones make your teeth look super white!

#11 Go Bold-er

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To finish off my bold lip, I applied NYX’s Liquid Suede Lipstick in Pink Lust. Almost identical to NYX’s Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink, this product takes your bold lip to the next level with a suede finish! Both lip products have impressive staying power, a perfect combination if you’re on-the-go!

#12 Work It!

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Here is the final look! I hope y’all enjoyed this makeup tutorial! Every item used in this tutorial can be picked up at your local Target and is compact, so it can be stashed away in your purse for on-the-go touch ups! Please let me know in the comments what makeup tutorials you would like to see in the future!

Have you tried any of the products used in this tutorial?

Which makeup items are you dying to try?

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