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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

My Top 10 Summer Beauty Picks for 2014

1. BB Cream for the Body - I've been a huge fan of BB cream for the face, so I'm dying to try this BB Body cream for summer. I'll do a product review and let you guys know how it goes after I try it. Pictured above:  Jergens BB Body Cream for All Medium-Deep Skin Tones, 7.5 Ounce

2. Tinted Lip Gloss - I practically live in lip gloss during the summer. A tinted gloss is a nice change from heavy lipstick I wear in the winter. It's easy to keep in my purse when I'm running around between shopping and Barnes and Noble, and I don't run the risk of it melting in my purse if I'm out sightseeing or shopping in a boutique area where I'm doing a lot of walking around outside. I like a lightly tinted gloss with an applicator so I can reapply anywhere. Pictured above: Chanel Summer 2014 beauty collection

3. Bronzer Quad Compact - I'm sure I've mentioned a time or two how much I love my bronzer quad. Every now and then, I like to bust out rich-colored eyeshadow, but for everyday wear, my bronzer compact has replaced my blush and eyeshadow. A bronzer quad with different shades like the ones pictured above is perfect for this. I use mine for contouring, highlighting, as blush and a highlighter and contouring eyeshadow as well. For summer, it's absolutely perfect for traveling. Pictured above: Jane Iredale Moonglow Golden Bronzer, .3 Ounce

4. Travel Cosmetic Case - I love to update my makeup case for spring and summer with something bright and colorful. For summer, I love a hanging toiletry bag for all of my makeup and bath products. Pictured above: SOHO wash bag - Target

5. Summer Nail Polish - Even in the warmer months, I tend to wear wine-colored nail polish or a rich red, but this year I'm getting inspired by all of the pinks and corals. It's hard for me to wear lighter colors with my olive skin-tone. Even whenever I'm in desperate need of a tan, my skin tone just doesn't look right with lighter makeup, but I'd like to find a pink or orange-based shade that will work. I think the melon shade pictured above could be the one. Pictured above: Zoya Nail Polish .5 oz Wendy #734

6. BB Cream - I'm still crushing on BB Cream for the face. It's like a tinted moisturizer for the face that also offers sun protection as well as skin brightening. In the winter I layer it under my foundation, but on a hot summer day, I can get away with just the BB Cream and a quick swipe of powder. It now comes in an oil-control version as well. Pictured above: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector Bb Cream, Combination To Oily Skin, Light/Medium, 2 Fluid Ounce

7. Curling Wand - I have naturally wavy hair, so getting the beach-wave look isn't hard if I use the right products, but I'd like to try the more sophisticated waves this summer that I always see on the red carpet. That is going to take a LOT of blow drying and one of these babies - Bed Head by TIGI curling iron

8. Coconut Oil - So I've tried EVERY oil known to man on my frizzy, dry hair, and I've finally come to the conclusion that coconut oil works best for me. For deep conditioning before washing, I still like to use a mix of olive and vitamin E oil, but as a leave in conditioner and smoothing serum, nothing works better for me  than coconut oil. Pictured above - Spectrum Naturals - Coconut Oil Unrefined, 14 oz liquid

9. Scented Lotion - I like to use scented lotion in the summertime instead of heavy perfume. My current favorites are each by Bath and Body Works. Pictured above: Bath and Body Works French Lavender and Honey, Carried Away, and Pink Chiffon

10. Vitamin E Oil - I've been using Vitamin E oil as a moisturizer for years, and it works so well. I use it on my hair and occasionally use it on my face for extra moisture and an antioxidant boost, but mostly I love it as a rich conditioner on my arms and legs during warmer weather. I recently switched brands when I came across this Jason Vitamin E oil at my local health food store. It was twice as expensive as the kind I usually find at Walmart, but it's also twice the amount. The last bottle I bought for about $8 has lasted me for months. I love how this kind also has apricot seed and almond oil in it; the added ingredients give it a naturally sweet scent that smells amazing, but is subtle enough, I can still wear it with my perfumed lotion if I want to. It's currently even cheaper on Amazon, priced under $8 for one and priced at $20 for three bottles (each option with free shipping available). Pictured above: JASON Vitamin E Oil 5,000 IU Pure Oil, 4 Ounce Bottles

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  1. A bronzer quad. One of those things that lies completely out of my vocabulary!

  2. Ooohhhh pretty when am I aloud to use make up again?


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