I’ve gotten a few questions recently regarding what foundation/skin make-up I use, so I decided to give you a little step-by-step of my foundation routine! The products I’m sharing with you today have been my go-to foundation products for quite some time now, because I’m obsessed with them and don’t even want to try anything else!
Japonesque primer: It wasn’t until a year or two ago when I started using primer. I’d tried out several and couldn’t really tell a difference. I love this one from Japonesque because I can tell a huge difference when I wear it. It makes my skin feel so much smoother and really helps my foundation stay on longer!
Laura Mercier concealer (not pictured): if you’ve been following me for a while, you know, if there was one make-up product I could not live without, it’s concealer. I’m somewhat cursed with dark circles under my eyes (like, always), so this concealer for me is a must. The coverage is amazing and it stays on forever.
Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer: if there was one make-up that I’d say changed my life, it would be this one. I first tried this moisturizer out when I started working at Neiman’s in 2013 because I’d heard such great things, and it’s been my go-to foundation ever since. The coverage is surprisingly amazing, but it’s still lightweight enough to just put on if you’re going to the beach or pool (and it has SPF in it!). It lasts pretty much all day on me, and doesn’t make your face shiny like a lot of moisturizers do.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Bronzer: Bronzer is a must for me, and if I ever accidentally leave the house without it, I feel naked. I love this bronzer because I like my bronzer to actually show up, but not look too fake. This one looks natural, yet still gives you a really nice sunkissed look.
Bare Minerals blush balm: this blush is a more recent addition to my make-up routine. I put just a touch on the very apple of my cheek bones for a nice little pop of color (yet, still subtle).
Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc: I finish all of this off with my favorite blush in the world. I sweep this shimmer bloc across my cheekbones, really highlighting the top of my cheeks. This shimmer bloc is the perfect color pink and has just enough shimmer to give you a glowing effect, without being too over the top.
I hope you get to try some of these products out and love them as much as I do! I’d also love to know what some of your must-have make-up products are :). xoxo
This summer I have developed a major love for anything and everything related to cacti: succulents, the cactus emoji…I just think they are so adorable. Because of my current cactus crush, I instantly fell in love with this cactus-print dress. Not only is the print bright and so summery, but you can actually wear it in this 100+ degree Texas heat and survive! I wore it to brunch on Saturday at Saint Ann in Dallas…and we ate outside!
Happy Friday eve ya’ll! So by now you probably know me well enough to know I am all about a deal, and saving money. I’ve always wanted to be a Chanel purse, Prada sunglasses type of girl, but that’s just not me. Maybe in my next life, but for now, I strive to be on trend and feel my best, without breaking the bank. Today though, I want to talk about when you should choose quality for your wardrobe over quantity. Early on this summer I was on the hunt for white jeans. I tried on (no joke) at least 7 pair that were all around the $50 price range. I hated every single one. They didn’t fit right, or they were too ripped, or they were super thin and I knew I wouldn’t get more than 10 wears out of them.
I slightly felt like the heavens opened up when I tried on this pair of white jeans though. They are definitely more than what I usually spend on jeans, but the fit was perfect, the material felt like real quality, and I knew I’d be wearing them for summers to come.
So, to each his own! But, in my opinion, a good pair of white jeans that will last you years (instead of buying a $50 pair every summer), is totally worth it.
And this top – let’s talk for a minute about Bella Dahl. I’m sure you’ve seen some of Lo’s posts about them – but we are both obsessed. The top I’m wearing here isn’t your typical denim top. Because it’s from Bella Dahl, the quality is truly amazing, and you would not believe how soft it is. BD is known for creating ultra-soft women’s essentials, with outstanding quality. Each and every item is hand-dyed, treated and quality controlled in Los Angeles, using only the finest materials.
Also, I got this entire look (top, jeans, and birks) from St. Bernard Sports! A few years back I always thought of this store when I needed new snowboarding gear or a Patagonia fleece. However, it has quickly become my one-stop-shop for anything and everything. They carry high end fashion lines, sporting goods, LAFCO candles, and literally anything your heart could desire. Make sure you check out my instagram to see how you could win a $100 giftcard to their store!
If you follow me on snapchat (@laurenkay2), you are fully aware of my current obsession with Flywheel. In case you’re not familiar with it…Flywheel in indoor cycling class that really will transform your body inside and out. Most classes are 45 minutes long and you burn anywhere from 600-800 calories in those 45 minutes. The music is fun, the instructors are motivating…it’s definitely my current favorite way to stay active!
I’d love for you try it out yourself and see how amazing it is! Join me for a fun sip ‘n shop event on Tuesday, July 28th at Flywheel Highland Park! Here’s all the details:
The class will be at 7:30. So, click this link to create an account and sign up for free, and then reserve your spot for the class on July 28th at 7:30pm. It’s still too early to reserve your spot now, but just check the website daily to see when you can reserve your bike. (If you’ve already used your first free ride, email Chelsea at CMorehart@flywheelsports.com. Tell her you are attending the event with Lauren Sims and you’ll get in for free!)
Roots Juices will be there before the class to provide us with yummy drinks, and you can shop all the Flywheel apparel for 15% off! (Their stuff is so cute!) So, get there anytime before 7:30 to sip ‘n shop, and then be ready to ride at 7:30!
Also, how fun is this look from six:02? Still my absolute one-stop-shop for all things fitness apparel! The tank, capris, and nikes are all from there!
The amount of times I’ve worn this denim dress in the past few weeks is borderline embarrassing. But, no shame. I love how this dress is perfect for running errands, Sunday brunch, or date night. Dress it up with wedges or go for the Cali cool look with slides. I’m obsessed!
I love when you find a hidden treasure out of the blue. I discovered DNA Life Bars from a 3-second snapchat (this is when I become thankful for social media!). My favorite pick out of the bunch is the Chocolate with Roasted Quinoa. It is the bar I have been searching for for years: no refined sugar + full of chocolate pure enough for a cleanse while providing a substantial amount of protein. These bars are my go-to breakfast, snack, after work out bite + perfect sweet tooth filler in the evening. I have to limit my daily intake, but I guess it’s okay if I have too many. #soyummy #guyslovethem #healthybuttastesgood #pureingredients #glutenfree #dairyfree
Scroll down to read this entirely inspiring story of owner Brian Layne discussing how this business began, why the bars are top-notch in the health department, and why they differ from current snacks on the market.
1) What led you to create DNA Life Bars?
In 2010 My wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with MS. It completely took us by surprise, she had been healthy and active her whole life. After much research she decided to heal herself holistically with diet, supplements and exercise, and not take prescribed medications. After 6 months of a very strict routine that has become her life style, I was blown away by the dramatic difference in the quality of her life. One thing we could not find was a yummy protein bar she could eat on the go or after a workout. I decided to make them for her only at first. She liked them so much, and then friends and family started eating them and were asking for more…this is when I realized we had something special. With her encouragement, I decided to start a business making the bars for the public. It has been two years and a wild ride so far. I have always been into exercise and nutrition, but seeing her stay strong and healthy inspired me to jump in and create a protein bar that was nutritionally AND delicious for people who appreciate the importance of gut health!
2) How does it feel to know that something you started to help your wife is now being enjoyed by so many people? How did people start finding out about the bars?
It is really awesome to have people enjoy something you have created. Every time someone buys our bars online or sends us a comment I feel truly blessed to be doing this. We started like a lot of artisan food makers do- at the farmers markets. After about 6 months, we had a couple of local health food stores approach us and we decided to take the plunge to go retail. Since then we have moved more into a online direct to consumer company because the cost of making the bars is still a little high for distribution through retail.
3) How did you decide on the ingredients to use?
I really just looked at my wife Seeing Elizabeth’s food restrictions helped me start seeing what I could put together that would provide her a good source of energy, protein and be primarily non-inflammatory ingredients. The problem with most nutrition bars on the market are they are high in sugar. And even if it is derived from fruit sugar is a major inflammatory ingredient.
4) What are the health benefits of this bar?
A lot of what makes DNA Life Bars so good is what they do not have in them.. No Gluten, no dairy, no soy, no corn, all non GMO ingredients and of course no refined sugars. The combination of these ingredients are great because it provides a lot of healthy fats from organic coconut and almonds. Fats play a critical role in many functions in out bodies and can be used as a fuel for both exercise and food for the brain. Americans tend to be scared of fats but the reality of it is that healthy fats do not cause the weight gain and chronic health issues. Refined sugar is really what people should be avoiding.
5) Is this a full time job for you or a side project?
This is definitely a full time endeavor for me. Between making the bars, marketing and running the business this is all there is time for. We are hoping to find a trusted co-packer (a company that makes the bars) this year and have them take over production for us. We will not do that until we find a team that takes creating the DNA Life Bars as seriously as we do.
6) Tell us how we can incorporate these into our lives.
Really everyone is different. What I hear a lot of people doing in the endurance sports world (runners, cyclists, triathletes, etc.) who use our products is they will eat a bar 30 minutes before an event and then half of one in the middle. Other people enjoy them after they hit the gym, yoga or Pilates. The combination of protein and complex carbs from organic sweet potatoes and pumpkin really help refuel the body. And of course on a day to day bases they are a great snack for anyone who wants to avoid sugar and wants a healthy dose of protein. Moms like them for kids and my wife likes them as a substitute for dessert.