Sundays and Somedays

Summer Makeup Staples

Life, StyleBrenda McIntoshComment
Summer Makeup Staples | Bobbi Brown eyeliner, Nars shadow stick, Nars creamy concealer, BareMinerals bronzer, Benefit They're Real mascara, Blink Browbar eyebrow gel | Sundays and Somedays

With the arrival of summer comes sunshine, warmer temperatures, days spent outside in the park, and a bit of a change to my makeup routine. I want my makeup to feel lighter, more natural, and able to withstand a commute on the hot and humid tube. I've gathered my go-to products for a quick summer makeup routine - here's what I'm currently using and loving:

Bobbi Brown Ink Eyeliner |

I bought this on a whim while browsing the beauty aisles of Liberty London. I heard that Adele uses this brand (and of course, she's got the best eyeliner game in town), so I thought, why not give it a go? I'm glad I did - it's ridiculously easy to apply (even I can get a good cat-eye) and lasts all day, even in the heat!

Summer Makeup Staples | Bobbi Brown eyeliner, Nars shadow stick, Nars creamy concealer, BareMinerals bronzer, Benefit They're Real mascara, Blink Browbar eyebrow gel | Sundays and Somedays

Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara |

This has been my go-to mascara for a really long time - and for good reason. It gives me thick, long lashes with only a few swipes of the wand. The end of the wand is also shaped really well for defining those hard-to-get lower lashes. 

Summer Makeup Staples | Bobbi Brown eyeliner, Nars shadow stick, Nars creamy concealer, BareMinerals bronzer, Benefit They're Real mascara, Blink Browbar eyebrow gel | Sundays and Somedays

blink browbar Brow Colour and Build |

I've been making the rounds to several brow bars (which are apparently now a thing), and blink has been one of the best. I'm really loving these two products for summer as the color adds precise definition while the build wand keeps my brow shape and color in place all day, no budging!

Summer Makeup Staples | Bobbi Brown eyeliner, Nars shadow stick, Nars creamy concealer, BareMinerals bronzer, Benefit They're Real mascara, Blink Browbar eyebrow gel | Sundays and Somedays

bareMinerals Invisible Broze Powder Bronzer |

What's summer without a sun-kissed face? I add a touch of this light-as-air bronzer below my cheekbones for definition and then a very light brushing on my cheeks, nose, and chin (where a tan would naturally appear) for a sun-safe glow.  

NARS

spotlight on my favorite makeup brand

Since discovering NARS last year, it's quickly become my go-to beauty brand. Their products are always worth the cost, last for ages, and are quick and easy to apply. For summer, I'm loving these ones in particular:

Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla |

This is really a year-round product, but I love it in summer because I can apply it in the morning and the coverage lasts all day, even if I'm commuting on the Central Line in rush hour.

Nars Velvet Shadow Stick in Siros |

This was a fairly recent buy, but I love it as an alternative to a powder eyeshadow (which tend to become creased in hot weather). This one glides on and stays put. The Siros color adds subtle shimmer to my lids and is perfect for an everyday look. I'll certainly be exploring and buying new colors soon!

Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation in Mont Blanc |

Once summer rolls around, I trade my heavy liquid foundation for this cream one, which is a bit lighter and more breathable, but still provides me with medium coverage. Plus, the application takes seconds!

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bolero |

I love coral colors in the warmer months. I tend to go for bright coral nail polish and more subtle peach colors for the lips, like this one from NARS.

Nars Blush in Orgasm |

A cult beauty product for good reason. I love this blush because it has a warmth to it that others don't - perfect for adding a little bit of sun-kissed color to the cheeks.

Summer Makeup Staples | Bobbi Brown eyeliner, Nars shadow stick, Nars creamy concealer, BareMinerals bronzer, Benefit They're Real mascara, Blink Browbar eyebrow gel | Sundays and Somedays
Summer Makeup Staples | Bobbi Brown eyeliner, Nars shadow stick, Nars creamy concealer, BareMinerals bronzer, Benefit They're Real mascara, Blink Browbar eyebrow gel | Sundays and Somedays
Summer Makeup Staples | Bobbi Brown eyeliner, Nars shadow stick, Nars creamy concealer, BareMinerals bronzer, Benefit They're Real mascara, Blink Browbar eyebrow gel | Sundays and Somedays

...and a couple of my current favorite summer extras. 

J.Crew Sunglasses |

I'm loving the candy floss color of these shades. I don't think I could get away with wearing these in winter, but for a summer day, they're just perfect. I'm also loving all the shades that are currently stocked in Madewell. I just have a weak spot for sunnies! 

J.Crew Earrings |

I snapped up these earrings in New York to wear for a recent Las Vegas trip (I went for some glitzy looks), but I'm finding that they add a bit of fun and sparkle to many of my everyday summer outfits. J.Crew's accessory game is always strong!

Until next time,

- B

7 Polo Terms to Know

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7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Baublebar earrings, Boden occasionwear dress | Sundays and Somedays

| My Outfit |

Boden Dress | Prada Bag (more about the Prada outlet in Florence here) | BaubleBar Earrings (more of my current favorites at the bottom of the post) | Steve Madden Sandals | Le Specs Sunglasses

Going to a polo match is like entering another world and certainly unlike any other sporting event I've ever been to. Glasses of bubbly, a chance to wear a pretty dress, and an afternoon spent in the sunshine? This is my kind of sport!

Having just attended my very first polo match, I came away with a bit of a champagne headache, plus a few new words to add to my vocabulary. Here are seven terms to know if you're heading to a match, plus some snapshots from our day at the polo pitch:

7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Baublebar earrings, Boden occasionwear dress | Sundays and Somedays
7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Baublebar earrings, Boden occasionwear dress | Sundays and Somedays

| Pony |

A polo pony is really a horse that's been bred specifically for the sport. They're quick, agile and usually Argentinian. Because the sport is very intense, a player switches ponies each chukka to give the horses a much-needed rest.

7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Sundays and Somedays

| Goal |

A goal is scored when a player hits the ball between two end posts. Like a (American) football field goal, even if the ball goes higher than the posts, as long as it's crosses the goal line between them, a goal is awarded.

7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Pimm's Cup | Sundays and Somedays

| Chukka |

A chukka is a period of play - the match we attended consisted of four chukkas, each seven minutes in length, separated by a halftime. Other matches can have six chukkas, or periods.

7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Baublebar earrings, Boden occasionwear dress | Sundays and Somedays
7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Baublebar earrings, Boden occasionwear dress | Sundays and Somedays
7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Baublebar earrings, Boden occasionwear dress | Sundays and Somedays

| Smart Casual |

Not necessarily a polo term, but something good to know. At most polo matches, you're required to dress nicely, similarly to how you'd dress for a wedding or a nice restaurant. Women generally wear a dress that falls at or below the knee and wedges (making walking on grass much easier), while men wear jackets and nice shoes (tennis shoes are a definite no-go). No need to wear a fascinator, tie, or anything more unless the dress code specifies. 

7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Baublebar earrings, Boden occasionwear dress | Sundays and Somedays

| Mallet |

A mallet is the stick a player uses to hit the ball. The handle is made from bamboo (which provides a bit of give) and the head is solid wood. All polo players hold the mallet in their right hand, as it's the rule of the game - who knew?

7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Baublebar earrings, Boden occasionwear dress | Sundays and Somedays
7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Sundays and Somedays

| Stomping the Divots |

Divots are chunks of grass that are kicked up by the horses' hooves as they're running during the match. At halftime, spectators are invited onto the field to 'stomp the divots,' or put the grass back into place. It's a fun chance to be on the field and mingle!

| Pitch |

The grass field on which the match is played is known as the pitch - at each end are goal posts and the field is usually 300 yards long.

7 Polo Terms to Know and What To Wear to a Polo Match | Pimm's Cup | Sundays and Somedays

Plenty of Pimm's and spectating a new sport made for a perfect date with my dapper husband. It was a day of proper fun and we'll certainly be attending more matches soon! 

Until next time,

- B

 

 

 

How To Clean a Diptyque Candle

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How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays

Want to know how all those cool girls go from Diptyque candle to cute glass makeup brush container? All it takes is hot water and a smidge of elbow grease (really!).

I love upcycling my old Diptyque candles, turning them into chic storage containers. The little candles (like this Mimosa one) are perfect for holding q-tips or cotton pads, while the classic large candles (like these - Baies and Freesia) are ideal for lip colors or makeup brushes.

How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays

So, how do you clean out those candles? To get rid of the soot and remaining wax, pour hot tap water (not boiling, just hot) into the empty candle, making sure to avoid getting any on the outer label.

How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays

Fill it just to the brim, then let it set for 2-3 minutes (depending on how much TLC your glass needs). Now pour out the water, again, making sure to avoid getting any on the label. 

Using a paper towel (or two...or three), wipe the inside of the glass, making sure to get all the wax and soot - it might get on your hands, but it'll come off with some soap and water.

How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays
How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays
How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays
How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays

Repeat again if your glass needs it (my Baies candle was quite the mess and did). Dry with another paper towel, fill with your favorite products (I've chosen a bareMinerals brush, NARS concealer and eyeshadow stick, Bobbi Brown ink eyeliner, and Philosophy retinol cream - I swear by this stuff!).

How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays

Is it bad that I might just enjoy the empty glass vessels more than the candles themselves?

Until next time,

- B