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Watch my tutorial above to see how I apply my foundation in the wintertime for matte/luminous skin or read my post below!

Winter weather has be all... blah. Even though I have oily skin, my skin turns into some weird half oily, half dry combination and I even start peeling in some areas (sexy, I know). With the freezing temperatures and dry, cold wind, winter can wreak havoc on your skin, causing makeup application to be a little harder versus the warm summer months. Today I'm sharing my everyday winter foundation routine with y'all! If you have combination skin in the winter months, follow along!

Step one: Prime the skin! This is extremely important, especially if you want your foundation to last throughout the entire day (duh, why else would we wear it?). Choose a primer that's meant for your skin type; if you're oily, choose a primer that mattifies, if you have dry skin, choose a luminous primer, if you have combination skin (like myself during the winter months), choose a silicone primer that helps control oils but also adds a healthy glow to the skin. I'm using Studio Gear Cosmetics' Prime Objective Perfecting Face Primer* (USE CODE BB FOR 10% OFF!). It's paraben-free, fragrance-free and has retinol, making it perfect for my acne-prone combination skin!

Step two: Choose a matte foundation and mix it with one that's made for combination skin types. Mixing these two foundations will help control your oils while enhancing your natural glow.

Step three: Set your face with a powder. If you're on the oily side, you'll want to make sure you're setting the spots on your face that get oily throughout the day. I usually set my forehead and chin.

That's it, friends! It's super simple to achieve both matte and luminous skin when your skin is parched from Old Man Winter. What's your skin type? Leave some tips below!

*FTC: I was not compensated for this product review, however, I was sent this product for review. All opinions are my own; I would never recommend a product I didn't truly love.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! My husband and I had a really small, simple dinner at home by ourselves and it was super relaxing. We couldn't travel this year so we missed out on our traditional family gathering, but hopefully we'll be able to make it next year!

Anyway, back to what this post is about, I figured I'd share a recap of our trip last weekend to St. Louis! We both needed a getaway from everyday stresses and figured we'd take an overnight trip to the city since we live about three hours away. I've never been but my husband Chad used to live in the suburbs back in high school and loved the area. Coming from a small town in Connecticut (no joke- 68 kids in my 8th grade glass), I've always been intimidated by big cities but let me just tell you- I fell in LOVE with downtown St. Louis!

We started our trip at Nora's in Dogtown, a local sandwich shop for lunch. It's a little hole-in-the-wall sub shop that had a 5 star rating from the locals and it was delicious! I highly recommend if you're in the area! Our next stop was the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour, which by the was is complimentary and was such a fun free thing to do. Learning about their brewing process and the history of the Anheuser and Busch families was so interesting. You even get a free beer sample- yes, please!

We had tickets for Journey to the Top-the St. Louis Gateway Arch tour- a couple of hours after the brewery tour ended, so we walked around the free zoo for a bit to kill time. It was only a high of 45 degrees, so we were super chilly but it was another fun free thing to do! After our zoo adventure, we had our Journey to the Top tour and it was amazing! You ride in a little pod that's a mix between an elevator and amusement park ride that takes you to the top of the arch, 630 feet up in the air! The views were breathtaking.

After the Gateway arch tour, we checked into our hotel and had dinner in the lobby. We were freezing since we were out in the cold from 11AM-7PM, but we had an incredible time! The next morning we went to a popular locally-owned coffee shop, Park Avenue, who are famous for their gooey butter cakes (we had red velvet and a cinnamon bun and OMG. YES!). Their coffee was delicious! One of my favorite things about traveling is trying other cities' coffee!

We had such an amazing getaway and I fell in love with downtown St. Louis. Have you ever visited?

Remember the days when no one filled in their eyebrows? Nowadays (golly, I am getting older) everyone is filling in their brows and brow pencils, pomades, gels, fibers- the list goes on- are everywhere! I didn't start filling in my brows until a couple of years ago and the difference it makes in my makeup is incredible; it completes my makeup and ties everything together.

It's super simple to fill in your brows! I know how intimidating it can be, trust me. It's almost as intimidating as your first time ordering a Starbucks drink: "what the heck is a tall, grande and venti and what are all of these extra things? Screw it, I'll just order a standard hot coffee." #TRUTH. Trust me- once you've done it a couple of times it'll get easier and will take no time!

First thing's first- figure out what type of look you want to achieve: do you want your brows to look as natural as possible, do you want them to be super full or do you want to simply frame and shape them?

Once you've decided, follow these next easy steps to achieve fuller brows in just a few minutes! You'll need 3 products: spoolie brush, eyebrow pomade (I prefer BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Waterproof Brow Pomade), angled liner brush/eyebrow brush.

Step one: brush out your eyebrows so they're not all over the place.

Step two: dip your angled liner/eyebrow brush in the pomade. Be sure to wipe the sides of your brush in the pan to remove excess product.

Step three: fill in your brows with a light hand. Be sure to do baby strokes to give the appearance of hair versus long strokes that can make eyebrows look overdone. 

Almost done! Look at the difference between a naturally filled-in brow versus a bare brow- they look fuller and so much better!

Step four (last step): brush out your brows to evenly distribute the product. This will give them a more natural and effortless look.

Voila! Easy, natural looking brows that takes less than 5 minutes! 

Do you fill in your brows? If so, what's your method and which products do you use? Let me know in the comments below so we can all help each other out!
You guys already know I'm a sucker for all things that claim to be matte- lipsticks, primers, foundations- the list goes on. When I saw Benefit released a new primer in their POREfessional line, I had to try it!

The POREfessional: Matte Rescue is an "invisible-finish mattifying gel" that claims to minimize pores and keep you matte all day long. When I picked this up at my local Sephora, I was impressed with how much product you get for $28- 1.60 oz. The original POREfessional retails for $50 1.50 oz, so this is definitely a steal!

The consistency is a thin gel formulation that feels similar to other silicone primers but feels cleaner on the skin. Most silicone primers make my skin feel oily after an hour and my face becomes a Slip n' Slide for my makeup (gross, I know). I'm not a fan of the original POREfessional- I felt like it just sat on my face and didn't minimize my pores or keep me matte. I did love that it contains no oils which is SUPER important for my oil-ridden face- mama doesn't need anymore oil!

The POREfessional: Matte Rescue primer is a lifesaver if you have oily skin! I've become obsessed and find myself reaching for it after I apply my moisturizer whether I'm wearing makeup or not. There's something about this primer that makes my skin feel clean and matte. Does it keep me matte all day? Nope- I don't anything can, but it does keep me shine-free for a few hours. Even after I get oily in my t-zone, my skin doesn't look like a grease ball, rather nice and dewy. And us oily girls want that dewyness without the oil... and I right?

If you're in the market for a new primer, I would definitely check this out! Well done Benefit, well done.

Ummm that just reminded me of the line from Babe: "That'll do pig, that'll do." Gosh I'm weird.


Ulta is one of my favorite places to shop; you have high-end products on one side and drugstore products on the other, not to mention the really freakin' cute travel sized stuff in the bins next to the registers (does anyone else get sucked into how cute those mini products are)? 99% of the time I tend to stay on the drugstore side because high-end makeup is expensive and isn't something I buy regularly. You may have noticed that the drugstore makeup can sometimes be a little more expensive than shopping at Walmart or Target, but there are some tips on saving money at Ulta and I wanted to share with you some things I've learned along the way in my makeup journey!

First, and the most important thing, is to be sure to join their rewards program! Their rewards program is similar to any other program; you earn points for each purchase you make that can be redeemed for free products. In addition to earning points you also receive exclusive member-exclusive magazines with coupons, a birthday present and a few other perks. Pssst- it's totally free!

My favorite thing about Ulta? You can use manufacturer coupons! YES, you read that correctly. Ulta accepts most manufacturer coupons and even allows you to combine those coupons with your Ulta coupon (more on that in a second)! You can end up saving more money on a purchase at Ulta than shopping at an actual drugstore because of the double coupons!

As you just read above, Ulta offers in-store and online coupons! Each month they offer either a $3.50 off $15 or a 20% off coupon! If you're a rewards member then you'll receive these coupons each month in the mail, or you can look for the coupon online or in their app. They used to have extra coupons at the registers if you forgot yours but they don't anymore so make sure you're prepared!

Also look out for their 21 Days of Beauty sales (usually in the spring and fall). They have incredible deals on high-end products during these sales; each day has a different product/deal.

There you have it folks, a few ways to save money during your next trip to Ulta! Happy shopping!

I've always loved blogging; it's such a fun way to connect with other people who share your passion and it's nice having your own little creative corner in the world to express yourself. I started blogging 5 years ago and didn't take it too seriously then; it was more of a hobby than anything. It wasn't until about a year ago where I knew I wanted to do more with blog. I was tired of reading my favorite bloggers' posts and watching my favorite YouTubers and comparing myself to them, always thinking "why don't I blog more? I could, but I don't have the time." WRONG.

Anyway, fast forward to about six months ago where I re-branded my blog from Ravin Review to Lipstick & Lattes. I love the alliteration and that it signified beauty and lifestyle mixed into one. I also wanted to take some new photos and venture into the fashion side of blogging, but I now know that's totes not my niche. Seriously- take a look at these photos my husband took for my re-branding. AWK.

Oh hayyyy, first day of school pic. UGH.

"Let me just grab my hat and look sexy while I drink my coffee." NO.

There's just no words for this one.

"I'll just stare off into the distance and ponder life"- NO. I was legit looking at a bee that was about to attack.

"I just want to drink my coffee."

"Maybe it'll be cute if I sit here and pretend to drink this?"

Bottom line- you have to be able to laugh at yourself. I'm awkward as can be, but I have so much fun with my blog. At least I know now not to waste my time in fashion blogging! 

This post was pointless but it's Friday and I'm pretty happy about that!

Bake me a cake as fast as you can! Nope, not talking about dessert, although a McFlurry sounds real good right about now (even though you don't bake it...), but we're talking about the popular "baking" trend in the makeup world!

Baking is just another way to set your under eye concealer. Because concealer is usually on the hydrating side and tends to slip and slide around your face, you must set it with a powder to avoid it melting off. Concealer also tends to crease throughout the day and settle into fine lines, so setting it with powder is a must. You can also bake your face to make fine lines appear less noticeable!

So how do you bake your face? It's super easy!

Simply take any loose setting powder- I recommend Covergirl's Setting Powder- and dab a generous amount over anywhere you applied concealer either with a brush or beauty sponge and let it sit for about 5 minutes. After it sits, dust it off your face with a brush and voila- beautifully set makeup that lasts all day!

Are you into the baking trend?

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