Top 7 setting sprays you must have!

Summer weather means hot summer temps that are not very makeup friendly…unless you have a great setting spray! I love setting sprays because I can go about my fun summer activities without having to constantly reapply my makeup.

Here are some of my favorites:

Urban Decay “All Nighter” Setting Spray

Of course, Urban Decay’s “All Nighter” setting spray is a no-brainer. It’s light and the spray nozzle makes applying it easily. My makeup will literally last all night when I wear this setting spray and it’s always been my go to! Even better, they also have a travel size spray that can fit in your purse or luggage to freshen up on the go.

Supergoop Rosemary

As I mentioned in my last post on SPFs, I absolutely love the brand Supergoop. Their three-in-one setting spray with rosemary is by far my favorite. It gives you a matte finish, smells amazing and has SPF 50 in it so it’s perfect for the beach or pool!

Mac Prep + Prime Fix +

Mac products are always high quality. Caroline loves the Mac Prep + Prime Fix + setting spray. The nozzle is amazing and distributes the spray evenly on your face. It’s lightweight and keeps your makeup in place all day. What’s great about this product is that it comes in different scents and colors! They have romantic rose, creamy coconut and calming lavender in addition to their original soothing herbal. Their products tend to run more on the expensive side, but they make travel size bottles for most of their popular products so this one is perfect to try if you’re on the fence!

Sephora brand

If you’re looking for a quality setting spray that won’t break the bank, the Sephora brand beauty amplifier set and refresh spray is for you. I love Sephora brand makeup for this reason because it’s quality yet inexpensive makeup. This setting spray doesn’t dry out your skin yet keeps your skin’s moisture in. I have naturally oily skin and this setting spray doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily!

NYX

Another inexpensive yet quality option is the NYX matte finish makeup setting spray. I first tried this when it was in an Ipsy box I received and I loved how small it was. It’s a perfect travel size setting spray. This is a “fan fave” on Ulta’s website, so you can’t go wrong with trying this one out!

Wet and Wild

Wet and Wild is another great brand that won’t break the bank. Their “photofocus” setting spray goes on smoothly with a nice spray nozzle that sprays evenly over your face. Bonus, it’s cruelty-free AND under $5!

Elf

Last but not least, Elf is such a great makeup brand. Their products are affordable and great quality. Caroline has been using the Elf “matte magic mist and set” and loves how it keeps her makeup in place all day long. And for $4? You can’t beat that! You can even pick this up at your local drugstore if you’re traveling.

There are some that I haven’t tried yet and have been dying to! I will be doing a haul soon but these are a few that I’ve heard of and wanted to share:

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Macy’s must have shoe featuring Blue by Betsey Johnson

*This blog post has been sponsored by Macy’s*

I have partnered up with Macy’s today to let you know about these heels that I couldn’t pass up from Blue by Betsey Johnson I personally love a shoe that I can wear when I’m going to a romantic dinner with my man, yet also out on the town with my girls to grab drinks!

They are PERFECT for the clear/plastic trend that is super hot right now. Honestly, they are comfortable and don’t need “broken in” — which is a huge plus. There is nothing worse than buying the hottest shoes that you can’t wait to wear and then they kill your feet. I know when I first got a pair of “clear” shoes I thought they wouldn’t be comfortable.

So, ladies — do yourself a favor and buy the shoes! haha. You can wear these heels with anything. Jeans, a dress, work attire, wedding attire, girls night out… You name it!!

They also have a few other options and styles in this style.

You can purchase this exact pair HERE.

Wearing a pair of jeans and tank — you can easily add these heels and you have an outfit. These shoes will be the only thing people notice. I had 4 people ask me where I got these shoes during this shoot. Macy’s!! These also come in a flat sandal form – super cute, same style just flat.

Direct link to shop is HERE.

They also make a smaller heal version with rhinestones. The heel is 1-1 1/2 inches. Super cute for Summer and day to day! These would go perfectly with jeans and a white t-shirt or a dress.Adding some sparkle to your outfit is always a good thing. I know for me, I can’t ever be in a bad mood when I love my outfit and rhinestones are included.

Direct link to shop is HERE.

Whether you’re looking for some sparkle or a simple pair of sneakers — Macy’s is where you should head to get a new pair of shoes and a deal. Nothing better than saving money on something you’re looking to add to your wardrobe. If you have any questions on these shoes in general or how to style them, let me know and I can try to help!

XX, Tonya Michelle

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5 unexpected ways to bring fresh into your summer care routine + rebates!

 

Summer time brings outdoor activities that cause us to SWEAT. It’s important to find a deodorant that works with you instead of against you, that smells good and makes you feel fresh. That’s why I use Dove!

Dove’s new advanced care go fresh stick deodorant with aloe and dry spray deodorants are the perfect on-the-go summer care companions. I love the pear scent in particular, and the added aloe makes me feel fresh after a day in the sun.

I’ve partnered up with Dove’s new rejuvenate antiperspirants from Walmart to bring you five unexpected ways to bring fresh into your summer care routine!

1. Start your morning with a cup of green tea — Drinking green tea in the morning is the perfect way to start your day. Green tea boosts your metabolism and has antibacterial and antioxidant properties that leave you feeling fresh and ready to take on the day.

2. Eat your veggies!— Recently, I started to get my daily dose of veggies by eating at least one salad per day. I feel healthier and happier when I eat clean, and have had fun playing around with different salad recipes to find one I love, so it doesn’t feel like a chore to eat a salad every day!

3. Exercise — Let your body sweat! Recently, I joined Orange Theory to kick start my fitness and help me get motivated. Getting fresh starts from the inside as well as the outside, and Orange Theory helps me get my mind and body in sync so I feel more confident and healthier. When I hit the gym, I’m always carrying my Dove products with me in my gym bag. Their travel size body wash is perfect for freshening up after my workout, and of course I bring my Dove rejuvenate antiperspirants with me!

4. Keep trial size Dove products with you for a quick way to freshen up!— The great thing about Dove is how accessible they make all of their products. No matter your favorite, whether it be their lotions, body washes or deodorants, most of them come in a travel size. I like to keep these in my gym bag or my car and reapply if it’s especially hot out.

5. Take care of your skin!— The summer heat brings with it dry air that can dry out your skin fast, especially if you have a sunburn. It’s important to keep your skin moisturized to keep it from drying out and exfoliate when it does get dry. I use Dove’s deep moisture body lotion after I step out of the shower and try to exfoliate at least once a week using their gentle exfoliating body wash to get off dead skin and leave my skin feeling fresh!

Don’t forget a rebate! Can’t beat a discount right?!?

Dry Spray ($1.25 rebate on Checkout51): HERE
Stick Deodorant ($1.50 rebate on Checkout51): HERE

Changing deodorants is good for your body as it’s common to get used to the same one, making them less effective. If you’re looking for a new deodorant or need to switch, I highly recommend Dove’s advanced care antiperspirant with aloe and their dry spray in pear!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Steal vs splurge swimwear

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to hit the beach and pool in style! I’ve found the best swimwear from bikinis to one pieces fit for every budget.

One thing I love is to shop at my favorite high-end stores such as Revolve or Nordstrom and then see if I can find a comparable style at Target or Forever 21. Depending on the time frame and occasion sometimes you need a quick fix and the Mall or online options might be out of the picture. I have bikinis from Revolve, Nordstrom, Target and more… I shop at each store below and love these picks!

My first find was a pink tie-dye bikini from PacSun. I found almost the exact style from Forever 21 for a fraction of the price. Splurge on the left (PacSun), steal on the right (Forever 21).

More swimwear from PacSun:

More swimwear from Forever21:

Just like a little black dress, everyone needs a little black bikini in their life. I love shopping at Revolve, but sometimes you might not be able to splurge at that exact moment. So I wanted to share a few different options! I found almost the exact same style of  bikini that I loved at Revolve at Target.

Splurge on the left (Revolve), steal on the right (Target).

The bikini below one of my favorite high waisted bottoms from Target also the top is from there as well. Lately I’ve been buying separates then mixing them with my other bikinis. I did a small in the top and a medium in the bottoms!

An example above how I wore the same bottoms but mixed with different bikini tops. Can’t go wrong with a solid black bottom and then play around with the top!

More swimwear from Target:

Lot’s of affordable choices to mix and match with a solid color bikini bottom that you might already own!

More swimwear from Revolve:

Found some great pieces from Nordstrom as well- I have two of these in my cart currently. Again, being able to mix and match these are my favorite.

Also a few good items to complete your look:

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Favorite summer embroidered dresses! Sizes XS-3X!

I’m a sucker for a beautiful embroidered dress! Maybe it’s because I grew up around my grandma always making clothes, or something that was embroidered beautifully. It has a soft spot in my heart.  I wanted to show you guys some of my favorites that I have purchased and those that I still have in my cart. I love how you can have fun with how you style these. I added a hat and went with a pair of heels. You can add a belt, wear flats, even go total boho and do your hair in braids.

I found this white dress online last week and had to purchase. It’s currently 50% off with their code from the website (it changes so when you click just look for the new code that appears)

Also linked some of my favorite plus size embroidered options as well:

Have fun getting dressed everyday! Wether it’s sweat pants or a dress, embrace your style and what you love. Being able to express myself different everyday is amazing.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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My LA trip roundup! Sofitel, Girl Boss Rally and MORE!

I went back to Cali, Cali… It was my first time back in around 7 years. I honestly am such an East Coast girl. I live for NYC. I think you’re either ONE or the OTHER – anyone else think that? I was in the LA area for a total of 5 days and I had a great time attending the Girl Boss Rally, I stayed at the Sofitel in Beverly Hills and also got to see my friend Nina who I met while living in Miami!

Ps, how cute is this luggage? It’s from Gabbiano Luggage!

Let”s dive into my trip! – I landed and got to the hotel around 7pm and was exhausted from traveling from NYC directly to LA. I order room service that night and passed out right after. I woke up around 6:30 am with a view of the Hollywood Hills and ordered room service for breakfast before I headed off to the Girls Boss Rally!

The breakfast was literally gone in less than 5 mins, It was beyond delicious and the hash browns and eggs were perfectly cooked. I’m actually craving this while typing.

I headed to the girl boss rally which was what I flew out for! I’ve been a huge fan of Sophia Amoruso for years. Not only is she my role model, she was the reason I was so inspired to quit my job and follow my dreams. If you haven’t picked up her “Girl Boss” book, you need to. I’ve read it twice and I will probably read it again every few months. It’s a great refresher on things you might already know but kinda put on the shelf.

The Rally was filled with so many inspiring women from business owners and entrepreneurs – huge walls filled with quotes that just excited you while walking by. I had to stop and take a photo in front of this one — START YOUR OWN SHIT. I am proud to say, I started my own. Listening to these incredible women and their stories made me cry, laugh, and feel so inspired. To be honest — it was the best trip I’ve ever taken, the best convention I’ve ever been to. They have them yearly in NYC and LA. I will 100% be attending the next NY one — I’m poaching the website already haha.

I was so nervous to introduce myself, but honestly one of my good friends told me earlier in that week that I basically need to cut the shit and do it. Never be shy or intimidated by anyone. I was so glad I spoke with her for a few minutes and got a photo. I walked away feeling so glad I was able to share with her how much of an impact she’s had in my life. I might of cried when I walked away as well, haha. BUT happy tears — for anyone reading this and wondering if they should follow their dreams or do something they are shy to do….DO IT.

After the GIRL BOSS RALLY I jumped in a Lyft and headed over to see Nina! Nina was one of my best friends in Miami and GOD only know how much I miss her. I left Miami and moved to Northern Virginia and she moved from Miami to LA. She’s a full time makeup artist and she’s KILLING it, here is here Instagram account: @NinasMakeup

We did a makeup youtube video together, headed to lunch and played catch up! It was amazing to see her again! Nina – I love you girl!

I also had the chance to stop by Rodeo Drive, meet my fellow blogger friend Missy (known as @missyonmadison) which I was super excited to finally meet her in person!

We did a little bit of a photoshoot, we had a late lunch at 208 Rodeo Resturant and enjoyed the view. If you are local to that area I highly recommend the surf and turf! We both ate it so fast…DELICIOUS!! I would die to have this right now.

I had a lot of early nights in LA. Can’t lie, theres nothing better than relaxing in bed early while you’re on a vacation. At least at this point in my life I’m totally ok with it. So that being said I went home and crashed after this. haha.

The next few days was filled with a few meetings and photoshoots. I really didn’t do that much while in LA because I wanted and needed to relax. I spent more time with Nina and met a few other blogger friends whom I’ve adored for years but never got to meet. I met up with Cassydy and Candice!

Missy and I ended up meeting again for dinner together at Cattle & Claw — it’s located inside my hotel; Sofitel. We were on a lobster roll trend so we stuck with it! haha. Their drinks, atmosphere and food was incredible. (Open on in D.C. please!)

Overall, I loved my trip. I’m still an East Coast Girl but it was a whole different feel than I get when I go to NYC. I enjoyed my stay at Sofitel (the beds are so comfortable, also the bathroom is spacious which is a must!) I had a blast seeing my new and old friends and I ate some killer food. I hope they next time you’re in LA or looking for a new place to eat or stay you reference this post!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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The best SPF’s for summer and ALL year-round!

Now that summer is just around the corner and its beach and pool season, you’re going to want a STRONGER sunscreen to bring in your beach bag when you’re out in the sun! (Don’t forget to wear some SPF even in the off seasons it’s important!) Getting tan is my favorite part about summer, but don’t sacrifice your skin health for that summer glow! (I also highly recommend Spray tans or self tanners — which will be coming later this week on another post)

Here are some of my favorites:

Supergoop 

Supergoop is my absolute favorite. I’ve been using this one for 3 years and usually purchase it at Sephora. I love it because it’s not oily, there are no fragrances, and its water and sweat resistant! But make sure to reapply often if you’re going in the water.

Volition Beauty

It combines broad-spectrum SPF 50 with micro-fine pearlized powder and sodium hyaluronate resulting in a sophisticated, moisture-rich glow. Use daily with or without makeup for beautiful skin.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm 

Kiehl’s is definitely one of my go to brands. This lip balm is so hydrating and has been Kiehl’s staple product since 1969! You really cant go wrong with any of their products!

My favorite lip balms:

Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator

Another Kiehl’s product I love is the glow formula skin hydrator. There’s no spf in this one, so use an spf and then put this glow on over top. This gives your skin a shimmery look, perfect for that summer glow. It’s great for being out and about if you’re going back and forth from the beach or pool and has that natural looking no makeup look.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture 

Peter Thomas Roth is another one of my favorites. This one is perfect for travelling, and i always keep one of these in my car or suitcase. It’s spf 30 and the best part is that it’s not oily. I have naturally oily skin so its perfect for me!

Coppertone clearly sheer whipped sunscreen 50

I love coppertone, and if you’re looking for an affordable yet quality sunscreen, this one’s for you. It’s Not greasy and the consistency is like a thick mousse. It comes out white but blends into your skin tone and absorbs really fast. The best part is that it not only protects your skin from the sun, but leaves it feeling soft and smooth! You can find this one at any local drug store, so it’s easy to find if you can’t pack it with you while you’re traveling.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Makeup palettes you need in your daily routine

I went through my FAVORITE makeup palettes I have and currently love and wanted to share which ones I believe are a MUST have. You know, the ones with face, eye and maybe even lip included. I’ve linked different ones from Sephora and Ulta, depending on where you shop. If you’re looking for a palette and would like a link that isn’t below, let me know!

I love finding a palette that has everything you need. Some have the basics and some have everything you’d need for a complete glam look. I personally love the ones that have the basics and are easy to travel with, whether that means small in size, has everything I need and or comes with a mirror.

This is one of the new palettes from Laura Gellar Beauty and it’s PERFECT for that Summer glow. It’s called the Southampton Classic –

Includes:

  • Eyeshadows in Sand Dollar (pale cream), Sea Glass (shimmering aqua), Dune Road (medium brown) & Driftwood (shimmering deep brown)
  • Blush in Coral Reef (pinky coral)
  • Bronzer in Vitamin Sea (medium bronzer)

It’s currently on sale for only $19, marked down from $32.  You can purchase HERE.

I’ve linked some of my other favorites below:

Any of these would be perfect to add into your routine – every one of these I personally own and love. I have linked them all above for you. If you’re looking for a certain product or have any questions feel free to leave them below!

xx, Tonya Michelle 

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Where to get cute and affordable work clothes

As you may know, I recently hired a personal assistant! Caroline is a recent graduate from James Madison University and has a fresh perspective on entering the working world. Check out her recommendations on work attire that’s not only affordable, but cute too!

Hi! I’m Caroline and Tonya’s personal assistant. Recently, I did a major closet haul, ditching my party clothes from the past four years and swapping them for work clothes since I’m an adult and all now. I went on a mission to find cute clothes that are office appropriate yet affordable on a recent-grad budget and these were my finds!

Ann Taylor Loft

Inspired by my Mom’s business casual outfits, I decided to stop at Ann Taylor Loft first. Loft is known for their work attire that fits every body type. You can’t go wrong with work pants, and Loft has some great capri-length work pants that are perfect for hot summer temps but comfy for cold office environments! I got this pair in black and khaki.

Direct link is HERE.

I also got another work-wardrobe staple that every working girl should have, a jean jacket! I love a good jean jacket, and wanted one to wear exclusively to work and this one is perfect. I bring it along with me since the office can get pretty chilly.

Direct link is HERE

Express

Express is by far my favorite store. Their clothes are quality, they always have a sale, and they have a great student discount if you’re still in college! (or still use your student ID for discounts like me). I got another pair of work pants, but these are ones that are high-waisted and tie into a cute little bow! I got these in black, but I love this striped pair! This is great for going to work and hitting a happy hour later!

Direct link to shop HERE

Some of the other tops I got from Express were also inspired by the work-to-play idea I had in mind, such as this super cute piped Hudson tank that comes in a lot of different colors! I got this one in ivory.

Direct link to shop HERE

The Express “city shirt” is the perfect work top for those hot summer days. I paired this with the high waisted black linen pants I bought. The vertical stripes are also really flattering.

Direct link to shop HERE.

Another top from Express I loved was this t-shirt with a tied waist and rolled sleeves! It was so comfy and perfect to pair with a dress pant that would otherwise look boring.

Direct link is HERE

Forever 21

My next spot was Forever 21. I love this store because you can get away with not spending too much money but walk away with more than one piece of clothing. My office environment is pretty casual, so I try to opt for a t-shirt dress like this one and pair it with some cute sandals. This dress also goes perfectly with the jean jacket I bought from LOFT!

Direct link is HERE

I also needed some shoes and this loafer is so in right now! I’ve seen the same shoe for way more at other high-end stores, and this is my go-to office shoe.

Direct link is HERE

Nordstrom Rack

Last but not least, I headed to Nordstrom Rack to wrap-up my shopping. If you’re more of a high-end brand kind of girl, this one’s for you. I needed another work shoe and maybe another top, so I headed here.

I found this textured ruffled blouse in olive green and fell in love. It’s so cute and very work appropriate. It looked so cute with the khaki capri dress pants I got from LOFT!

Direct link is HERE

Lastly, I wanted a work sandal that I could also use for other occasions like a summer party. I found these thong sandals from Franco Sarto in black that I love. They’re so comfy and sleek and I can dress them up or down.

Direct link is HERE

Some other favorites from Nordstrom Rack that are affordable:

Tonya also told me about some great online boutiques that are perfect for finding some other items that you could wear to work! Vici Dolls – she has a discount code that is: TONYA20, for 20% off anything on their site. The photo below is a great jumpsuit you can add a cardigan or blazer with!

 

Have a favorite store to shop for work clothes? Comment below!

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How to make a salad taste good! Yep, that’s right!

Let me honest with you guys, I’m not the best with eating salads and you know why? They truly aren’t my favorite thing to eat. So when you need to start eating more greens, what do you do? You figure it out! I played around with different toppings and veggies to add to my salads recently and I think I’m now addicted. No joke, bring on the salads!

Below I’m sharing what I now love to put on mine and some other great ideas that might help you also find your love for salads as well.

My usual dressing for my salads are either a classic Oil & Vinegar, Zoës Kitchens famous dressing or Italian! Today I used Newman’s Own Salad Dressing, Oil & Vinegar! You can find it at your local grocery store or I linked it HERE from Amazon!

I like adding some sort of “crunch” to my salads — I’m a huge tortilla and chip eater so this helps me not feel like I’m just eating plain veggies on a salad! I added three different things to this salad and to my surprise…it tasted BOMB.COM

I used the following:

Fresh Gourmet Cheese Crisps in Asiago.

Fresh Gourmet Won Ton Strips in Garlic Ginger.

Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions.

Also let’s not forget the bacon bits! Don’t eat meat? That’s fine, skip them!

I added some green peppers and scallions as well. I love buying the pre-chopped up veggies at the store cause they simply save me time, to me that’s a win!

Also, talking about saving time…I recently discovered the pre-washed lettuce and I’m hooked. I’m the type of person that needs stuff done quickly and easy. Being a busy bee…I don’t like wasting time on prepping my meals, unless it’s dinner! Organic Girl has many different types of salads you can purchase and I believe to me, they taste A LOT better than anything else I’ve eaten. No joke!

I’m also the person who loves to eat my salads in the biggest bowl we own, sometimes it can be a little funny looking but I like to MIX up everything really well so each bite has a little bit of everything ya know?

I’m able to make this salad in less than 5 minutes, eat in 10-15 and then get back to work. Personally it’s shown me how I can take something I didn’t like before and turn it into one of my favorite meals of the day now.

I hope you try something new on you salad this week! Do you have something you MUST have on every salad? Mine would be onions…doesn’t help my breathe but they are SO delicious!

ps, Walmart has some really cute plastic Summer bowls. The one above has cactus on it! Came in a set of 3, super fun!!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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