Lately Rocksbox has been killing it with their selection! And it seems I have a thing for pavé.

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rocksbox pave collection raudette
Clockwise:

Sophie Harper Pavé Circle Studs

Jules Smith Pavé Cinched Ring in Gold

SLATE Pavé Triangle Earrings

Gorjana Crescent Shimmer Necklace

House of Harlow 1960 Tessellation Necklace

Top Picture: Sophie Harper Circle Ring Set

They fall right into my little obsession with delicate jewelry.

rocksbox new member free month

 

Wow! As a lifetime Nordstrom shopper, I never knew. Now there are things that I think are always worth the splurge, but some of these awesome products are as good (if not better!) than their pricier counterparts. Thrilled!

ubu blender baby foundation sponge

 

Ubu Blender Baby Foundation Sponge

I started out a beauty blender convert after years of preferring to blend by hand over that of a brush. But the beauty blender changed it all for me! I love the way it distributes the makeup, I get even coverage with less on my face. Then I tried the UBU sponge, and found I actually prefer it! It’s a little denser in texture, and my foundation goes on super smoothly. I use it in the same way as recommended for the beauty blender:
– Get it soaked with water
– Wring it out completely before applying my foundation.

Defintely my favorite steal I’ve found this year!

 

 

NYX soft matte lip cream

 

NYX soft matte lip creams

Bold colors, creamy textures with staying power!
My favorite colors:
– Amderstam, a true, bold, bright red
– Addis Ababa, a bright fuchsia
– Morocco, a lovely orange-red

You know I love a bold bright lip! They have some gorgeous nude options too, Stockholm is a lovely shade to try!
You can buy online, but I like to shop color in person. Nordstrom Rack is one of my faves for a full selection.

johnson and johnson head to toe baby wash

 

 

Johnson & Johnson
Baby Head-to-Toe Wash

My friend Regi turned me onto this as an eye makeup remover. Made for babies, it’s incredibly gentle, yet removes all my eye makeup with so little rubbing. It’s even safe for my eyelash extensions!

(ps) Regi does the best eyelash extensions in the great seattle area!

raudette lashes

 

 

 

monistat chafing gel primer
Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel This last Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel This last one was a bit of a shocker to me, but my friend Michelle recommded it and I had to try! I’ve been using it in place of my foundation primer for the past month, and it’s a winner! I’d say it definitely comparable to Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer and would work for just about any skin type. At a quarter of the price, it’s quite the deal.

 

 

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but here in Seattle it has been one HOT summer.
And I need a drink.

grapefruit margaritas
Grapefruit Margaritas via Apartment 34

apricot lime mojitos
Apricot Lime Mojitos via Heather Cristo

Cucumber Ginger Prosecco Sangria
Cucumber, Ginger & Prosecco Sangria via the kitchn

cantaloupe cocktails
Cantaloupe Cocktails via Probably This

rose wine ice cubes
Rosé Wine Ice Cubes via Tasting Table (Genius!!)

We’ve got a bachelorette party coming up next month, and I’m thinking I need to break out at least one of these delicious recipes to beat the heat poolside!

Absolute favorite new place to shop: & Apparel. So cute, the most fun…. and everything under $50! I’m obsessed. Here are a few of my faves:

and apparel raudette faves

Jogger Jumpsuit  /  Coral & Fringe Dress  /  Tropical Vibes Pencil Skirt  /  Flamingo Tee  /  Lemonade Sweater  /  Melange Lounge Pant

Better hurry! They sell out quick! I’ve got the lemonade sweater and the tropical vibes skirt… I think that coral dress might be next on my list! xoxo.

UPDATE: Please note they have a very limited return policy. It must be received back to them within 14 days. So try it on right away!

This summer is too hot for cooking. But a quick chop of veggies roasted for a few minutes in the oven, seasoned just right? Perfectly easy and delicious on a hot night.

roasted chickpea ratatouille _ raudette

Roasted Chickpea Ratatouille
via love and lemons

1 small eggplant (about 1.5 cups, cut into 1-inch cubes)
3 roma tomatoes, cut into 1 inch wedges
2 cups chopped zucchini/yellow squash
1 medium yellow onion, sliced into strips
1 15 oz can chickpeas
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoon white or red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
a few pinches of red pepper flakes
a few leaves of basil, sliced
(optional): cous cous, cooked millet or crusty bread on the side

Preheat oven to 425. Arrange the eggplant, tomatoes, squash, onions and chickpeas on a baking sheet (it’s ok if it’s a little crowded). Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano. Toss to coat, then bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Remove from oven. Drizzle the vinegar over the veggies and toss them with the minced garlic and a few pinches of red pepper flakes. Bake 5-10 minutes longer (or broil 1-2 minutes)… until the veggies are golden brown on the edges but still have somewhat of a bite (you don’t want them completely mushy). Remove from the oven and toss with sliced basil. Taste and adjust seasonings. Drizzle with a little bit more olive oil, if you like. Serve with a grain or protein (pictured with cous cous).

100% all over primers these past few months. I’ve been doing everything I can to get my skin in the best shape (cleanse! moisturize! exfloiate! not too much! AHAs! Vitamin C! Whatevs!), but I still have this oily t-zone and makeup that just slides off part of my face halfway through the day. In come the foundation primers to save the day!

smashbox photo finish primers

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – This was my first primer. It’s fantastic and definitely helps my makeup stay on longer. What I love is the range of shades and skin types. I usually stick to the original, but I’ve tried the color correcting; pore minimizing and blemish control are next on my list (this oily, oily skin needs a little more). I’d definitely recommend the classic for most skin types, and the hydrating for dry skin. The yellow reduces redness and the pink is great for dark spots and discoloration. There’s even an SPF primer now with anti-aging! Seriously, something for everyone!

studio gear prime objective face primer

Studio Gear Primer Objective Face Primer – This one surprised me. I’d never heard of the brand prior, but tried a sample and was pretty impressed. I think this one has a similar texture to the Smashbox, but feels a litle more heavy duty. Great for my oily skin, or for someone who likes a little more of a “done” look.

dr brandt pores no more

Dr. Brandt Pores No More – LOVE this one for my oily skin. Feels less like a primer, more like skincare. It’s super light but still smooths out my pores and helps my makeup stay on all day. It’s a little pricier ($45 vs. the average $30-$35 here), but I think it’s worth it. I definitely want to try out the rest of the Pores No More line. Particularly the Mattifying Lotion and Pore Vacuum Cleaner (I love a good pore clearing mask!).

benefit the pore fessional

Benefit the Pore-fessional – I sauntered over to the Benefit counter to check out their famous brow bar and ended up walking away with a sample of this Pore-fessional and was so impressed. It has the light feeling of the Dr. Brandt with the same pore minimizing power. Great for everyday or even a lighter look.

urban decay primer potion

Urban Decay Primer Potion – How did I not know that the majority of this line is vegan? or AMAZING? Urban Decay has been under my radar for WAY too long. The Primer Potion is serious stuff. Definitely the most heavy duty, professional of the primers, but still feels great on my skin. This is my top pick for the longest, lasting, most matte, most flawless finish. This is the one I go to for events, weddings, all-day anythings. Urban Decay, I’m hooked.

In the end, Dr. Brandt Pores No More is my go-to every day. I love the lightweight texture; it works best under the BB creams I’ve been trying lately. My friend Michelle turned me onto to an awesome alternative (it isn’t a primer but works just like one!). I’ve been testing it out lately and will have more details soon! xoxo.