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    Beauty, Outfits, Travel

    Honeymooning with bareMinerals

    bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation c/o bareMinerals

    bareMinerals Moxie lipsticks & lipliner c/o bareMinerals

    bareMinerals READY blush c/o bareMinerals

    Alexis Maxi dress (old) / similar

    sunglasses c/o zeroUV / similar

    druzy bracelet & wrap-around rhinestone bracelet c/o Itchelita Jewelry

    purple leather bracelet c/o Marissa del Rosario

    white beaded bracelet & necklace c/o Marlyn Schiff

    photos of me by Jordan 🙂

    There’s more to strategic travel packing than just clothes! It’s also about which beauty products to pack along for the ride. Like I mentioned before, all I brought to Greece for our honeymoon was a carry-on and another small bag, so for me, packing light was key. While I resorted to travel-size shampoos, conditioners etc, I also had to tailor down my makeup bag to just my essential makeup pieces. I packed my everyday, can’t-live-without beauty products that included three main staple bareMinerals items. 

    My three go-to makeup items on the trip:

    foundation & powder



    I’ve featured the bareSkin foundation multiple times because I love how you can adjust the coverage depending on the occasion. Packing this was a no-brainer. A couple of drops meant light day coverage – which was a must in the heat btw – and I applied a heavier amount on the foundation brush for dinner and night time activities. After dusting over a setting powder, my skin was good-to-go. There were many days that I just wore a light layer of the bareSkin/powder, and that was all I needed because we were outside the entire time. Yep, there were days I had no eye makeup on at all!

    Since were out in the sun so much (yes, I had my 50 SPF sunscreen!), I didn’t need much of a bronzer, but I did dust READY blush on the apples of my cheeks at night to give my makeup a more dressed up look. Since I was wearing very minimal face makeup the entire trip, I did bring a range of lipsticks shades to instantly brighten up my face in the evening. The bareMinerals Moxie lipsticks and glosses have become instant favorites of mine. The Moxie Gloss in Rebel never leaves my purse. Ever.

    Hopefully, this might inspire you to pack lighter on your next trip – I learned that it’s definitely not necessary to bring your entire product collection on vacation, and to be honest, it was nice to not worry so much about my makeup on this trip! 

    Shop my honeymoon makeup bag:

    Compensation was received for this post from bareMinerals, but all opinions expressed are my own.


    Discovering New Products w/ Gloss48

    One of my favorite things is trying out new products, but sometimes the price tag attached doesn’t make that entirely possible. Luckily, there are now so many great websites and programs that make it incredibly simple and affordable to receive sample products right to your doorstep – including Gloss48.

    Gloss 48 is a site featuring weekly promotional sales on up-and-coming beauty brands to let you try new products without breaking the bank. Every day, they pick out a fresh dose of niche products and offer them on sale for one week before they return to full-price. I’ve been able to try a couple of new brands offered by Gloss48, and most recently, I experimented with this mini set of SW Basics.  It’s an all-natural brand that produces skin care products using only three ingredients each!

    The line is completely chemical-free and uses ingredients like apple cider vinegar and rosewater to lessen the chance of irritation, offer higher potency and have a smaller overall ecological impact. This is a great line for people with sensitive skin or those who are just concerned with using products loaded with harsh chemicals – and it’s on sale on Gloss48 now.

    I could definitely tell by trying each one of these products that they are entirely made from natural ingredients – there were no chemical or artificial smells and each had a very rich texture about it. I cannot tell you about long term use of the product yet, but so far it’s very good! (Plus, I just love good packaging too!)

    Head over to Gloss48 to get more details on SW Basics and for more information on their weekly promotional sales!

    All skin care product in this post and on social media were courtesy of Gloss48 and compensation was received, but all opinions remain my own.

    Beauty, Wedding

    Rehearsal Ready w/ bareMinerals

    products c/o bareMinerals

    French Connection dress (no longer available)

    photos by Lacey Rabalais

    I’m back with another post on how bareMinerals helped me get wedding ready, and in this case, I’m talking rehearsal dinner prep. In the last post, I introduced the new bareSkin foundation and how I am finally learning to use a lightweight foundation instead of wearing just powder on top of a moisturizer – sounds crazy, but yes, I’m just learning to use foundation

    When getting ready for my rehearsal dinner, I started with the bareSkin serum one shade darker than my skin tone as my makeup base and dusted the sheer mineral veil to set (the veil will lighten the color a tad). I then went on top of that base with the Well-Rested face and eye brightener to highlight certain areas of my face. It contains light-reflecting minerals to even skin tone while minimizing pores. It’s also good for creating contours to certain areas like your cheekbones or right above the arch in your eyebrow. This process has become my go-to routine when applying foundation and highlighter. 

    I’ve also found that Well-Rested is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up for tired eyes or rejuvenating your concealer when you’ve got somewhere to go after work. It’s sheer and doesn’t get cakey, so it’s completely fine to add on top of your makeup that you already have on. I can compare it to YSL’s Touche Éclat that I’ve used in the past. It works just as well in my opinion and is about half the price tag.

    And yes, I did do my own makeup for my rehearsal dinner AND these bridal portraits!

    Shop my favorite bareMinerals products here:


    A special thanks to the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge for allowing me to get ready in their pretty bridal suite that is available in the hotel for wedding weekend use. The suite includes multiple makeup stations, a full length mirror for dressing and full bathroom amenities. For more information, check the Renaissance Hotel Facebook page!

    Compensation for this post was provided by bareMinerals, but all opinions are my own. I regularly use bareMinerals products, and this is a brand that I genuinely believe fits me personally and my blog.

    Beauty, Wedding

    Bachelorette Party Prep

    bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation c/o bareMinerals

    Flamingo Cosmetic Bag / Strawberry Romper

    photos by Kaela Rodehorst Photography


    Special thanks to L’Auberge Casino & Hotel for the use of this beautiful suite for today’s photos. The entire time we shot on the property, it literally felt like a mini vacay with posh rooms and the most fabulous pool deck. It’s absolutely a must-see and must-stay the next time you’re in Baton Rouge or Lake Charles!

    I’ve already shown a couple of posts on what I’m wearing, what invitations I’ve made and what wedding details I’ve been putting together, but I haven’t shown you what products I’ve been using to put my best face forward at all my wedding events so far. Plus, I’ve got a bit of a confession to make… I’ve never really used a foundation before, so with parties and showers in the forecast, I knew that I’d better find one that I trust and fast. Since I pretty much only wear powder, it was perfect timing that bareMinerals debuted their very first liquid coverage product – bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation.

    This bareSkin product is a tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum all-in-one, but more importantly, it contains no oils, no silicone, no water, no parabens and no fragarance. It’s literally a foundation that was 20 years in the making. Needless to say, I was convinced that I needed to give it a try, and now I’m such a fan that I’ve teamed up with bareMinerals to tell you how bareSkin is the perfect choice for busy brides.

    The first opportunity that I had to try bareSkin was right after it’s debut and just in time for my bachelorette party in Vegas. The great thing about this foundation is that it can be used for light coverage or full coverage depending on how much product you use. A couple dots of product onto the foundation brush’s center opening will give you light all-over tone correction – the perfect amount for traveling. Add more product to get full coverage that’s perfect for a night out. I was able to use bareSkin for both day and night while on my trip instead of using two separate products like a tinted moisturizer and another foundation – bareSkin acts like two products in one!

    Can’t wait to show you more posts coming up with bareMinerals!

    This post was sponsored by bareMinerals, but all opinions are my own!


    Say Hello to Kismet Cosmetics!

    You know when you have a secret so awesome, it takes every ounce of you to keep it from flying out of your mouth? Yeah, that’s sort of what’s been going on for the past few months as I’ve waited for THIS product launch. (Okay, I told a couple of people, I couldn’t help myself… I even hinted about my newly acquired tan in a previous post.)

    When Caitlin, the creator behind Kismet, asked me if I were interested in designing the packaging for her first product, Opulent, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. For one, I normally only get to design for print or web, so designing for packaging was very appealing. I also got to design a product that I actually use which is pretty cool. Plus, I even was able to participate in the first product photoshoot this past Sunday – did you catch my cameo in the promo photos above, haha?

    Kismet Opulent is a body bronzing product that gives you a natural looking glow without streaking. It’s not a self-tanner, so no weird smell. In fact, it smells fabulous. Whenever I wear it, I always catch the scent throughout the day. The bronze – not orange – you get is a couple of shades darker than your regular skin tone and it adjusts to any shade of paleness (like myself).

    During the ingredient process, Caitlin sent me a bottle of the trial formula, so I’ve been wearing Kismet Opulent in nearly all of my summer outfit posts thus far – saving you all from seeing photos of my pale legs. And now finally, the product is pretty and packaged and ready for wear!

    Kismet will be available for pre-order online starting TODAY and in boutique locations July 19th. For all of you interested in pre-order, make sure to use APoL’s special discount code PINCHME to get 15% off (ends next Thursday).

    There will be a Kismet launch party next Friday at the Covington POSH Boutique location during normal business hours of 10 a.m. to Check out the retailer’s page on the Kismet website to see locations. And if you’re an interested retailer, visit and fill out the retailers email – you’ll even get a free sample!

    Next week, I’ll be showing you insight into our packaging design process!

    Photos by Kaela Rodehorst Photography