I recently received the new Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick and Vanish Foundation Brush to test out. Prior to this, I had only tried lipstick by Hourglass, so I was excited to try out a different product. I mean, what beauty junkie doesn’t love receiving free makeup in the mail?

The foundation went on pretty creamy and smooth and didn’t feel too heavy. I liked how it really covered some of my imperfections — specifically redness! However, the real hero product here is the brush. The bristles are soft, but compact and short, so they work hard to really blend the foundation right into your skin for a weightless, yet also full-coverage finish.

If you’re in the market for a new foundation and are looking for something that’s going to give you full coverage (think: acne scars, under eye circles, pigmentation/discoloration) but also feel really lightweight I’d definitely recommend trying out Hourglass.  But don’t forget the brush — I think its really the key to getting the “weightless” foundation look that we all want!

Shop for both the foundation and brush below:

Disclosure: I received these products for free through Influenster. As always, all opinions are my own and I never write about products that I haven’t tried (and loved!) myself.  I actually wasn’t required to write a blog post about these products, but I really liked them and wanted to share! 

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A color story

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A few years ago my wardrobe was mostly color — hot pink sweaters, green scarves, red pants, bright blue heels, you name a color and I had it! Perhaps its been a slow change since I started working from home four years ago and started to purge my closet of all my “work” clothes, but I really hadn’t realized that my wardrobe as of late consists of mostly basic neutrals — black, navy, tan and white.  I didn’t notice this shift to basics until Banana Republic sent me a few items to style that were way out of my current comfort color zone! However, my previous love of color kicked right in when I got to work styling the items.

They first piece was a bright lime green fitted blouse that I immediately saw as a great pop of color to a pair of white skinnies or white jean shorts. The shirt is very bright and definitely needed a neutral to anchor it! Or, playing with the delicate floral pattern, I could also see this look taking on a 70s spin with the addition of some flares!

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And the second item was a pair of blue paisley trousers that have a pretty modest and “buisness-y” cut, but are obviously very whimsy in print. With the addition of a sleek black tank and fancy earrings I opted towards a look I could wear out on date night. But with a black or white blouse and plain pumps I could definitely wear these pants on the rare days I head into the office.

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Look 1: Top: Banana Republic c/o  / Jeans: Old Navy / Shoes: old Via Spiga, similar
Clutch: old, similar / Sunglasses: John Varvatos / Necklace: Kendra Scott

Look 2: Pants: Banana Republic c/o / Top: TJ Maxx / Earrings: H&M
Shoes: old Dolce Vita, similar / Clutch: K.Slade

Thanks to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post. As always, opinions are all mine! Thanks for supporting the brands that support Rules for the Modern Girl! xx

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I recently stumbled upon my new favorite designer for cozy and casual cotton basics and I just had to share!!  Talia is a Southern California based brand with roots in Lima, Peru where all of their products are handmade with the softest Pima cotton.  Their flagship store is not far from me in Mission Viejo, CA, so I made a stop a few weeks ago on my way home from San Diego to check out the pieces, and ultimately stock up on as many as I could afford!

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Top: Talia / Jeans: Old Navy / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Earrings: Lagos

This shirt is their “Avery” style that has an amazing boxy fit with with slim arms. I have stop myself from wearing it every day its so comfy and versatile — I can throw it on with skinny jeans like I did here, or I can wear it over my tank and yoga pants while en route to the gym. I have it in this oatmeal color and in a bright pink, but I’m just dying for it to come in more colors! (Psst Talia,  can this come in black pretty please?!) I have a few more pieces that I purchased on my trip to the Talia store, so stay tuned for more pima cotton goodness!

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beauty obsession: coola

screenshot156 I have always been mindful of sunscreen, but not as much as I should have been. I definitely brought it out for a day at the beach or when biking around town, but I never really thought about wearing it every day when I lived in Massachusetts — and I definitely should have!!!

Now that I live in California, I feel as if I have become more mindful of the sun and its harmful rays.  Even in a short drive I can be stuck in traffic for 30-45 minutes, and I need to be sure I am protecting myself from the sun! Not only am I worried about my skin, but also my hair! My colorist says that too much sun can turn my newly blonde locks brassy. Yuck!

Because I work from home and don’t get super dressed up that often, I felt like a “double duty” product would work best for me. I wanted sun protection with a little bit of coverage. — and Coola’s tinted BB and CC creams are the perfect products.  They are lightweight, yet powerful in sun protection, and provide just the right amount of blendable coverage.

I try to be as mindful as possible (it’s difficult!!!) when it comes to cosmetics on my skin, so thankfully Coola makes the decision easy. Organic and natural ingredients make it easier for me to feel good about the products I am using on my skin. Happy Summer!!!!

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June Gloom

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Shirt: Cuyana / Jeans: Old Navy / Scarf: Sencha & Bourbon via OuiPlease
Bracelet: Will Leather / Shoes: Dolce Vita (similar) / Clutch: Target (similar)

May Gray and June Gloom are two Southern California phenomenons where the weather is just completely gray, gloomy and overcast during the months of May and June.  I heard about this prior to moving to Los Angeles, but never fully understood it until I was here — and its completely true!  The past six weeks have been so overcast every morning and sometimes every afternoon as well. Thank goodness that July is around the corner. I am ready for some sun!

Even if its super gray and gloomy out, I decided to try and brighten things up with an all white outfit. I’ve tried a ton of different pairs of white jeans, and 9 times out of 10 I reach for this pair by Old Navy.  They fit the best and are super affordable — can’t beat that!  I also wanted to add a super soft subtle pop of color, so I added a textured clutch and my monogrammed Sencha & Bourbon scarf from Oui Please.

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