During my last trip to an estate sale, I found a two beautiful vintage pieces—a satin dress with a halter neck and a tea-length slip skirt with lace trim. The dress is amazing on its own, but the skirt is really simple, so there are endless ways to style it.

My first instinct was to add a white graphic t-shirt to offset the skirt’s ultra-femme feel; I chose this colorful, 80s/90s-inspired one that’s great for summer and has a fit that I love. Still, I felt a little frumpy in the flowy-skirt-and-baggy-top combo. So the outfit would flatter my figure a little more, I reached for a chunky lace-up belt. The belt’s nude hue kept the entire outfit’s color palette light and airy, which was exactly what I wanted, and a relaxed half-tuck is the perfect balance of boyish and ladylike.

Because I decided this outfit needed some more texture, I slipped into a pair of worn-in leather snake-print booties. I love the earthy Brown for daytime, and these shoes seem to work with pretty much everything! They are my favs for casual, everyday wear.

How do you style yourself for summertime? What are your go-to pieces to wear or styling tricks?

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Last year I put together a short swim editorial to celebrate Independence Day. I chose a blue bikini with white stars by Minimale Animale, an Los Angeles-based brand. Because I love this concept so much, I decided to do it again in 2018 with a made-in-the-USA one-piece by Inamorata Swim.

If you know anything about me, you know Emily Ratajkowski is my biggest girl crush, so of course I had to pick up a suit (or two) when she dropped a swimwear line earlier this year. In addition to a cheetah-print bikini that fits like a glove—a very cheeky glove—I fell in love with the Leucadia in Red Snake. So unique!

This suit has the laidback wearability of a basic bikini with the vibe of a high-fashion resort collection. It is definitely an embodiment of the word steezy, the perfect blend of stylish and easy.

For the past few months, I have really been into the color red. Other than lipstick and nail polish, I never used to like wearing red. But now, I cannot get enough! Leucadia in Red Snake has a gorgeous combination of candy apple red, brick red and black. I love wearing a mix of colors and textures, and that’s not always doable in something as skimpy as a swimsuit. So, this suit is a great compromise.

I can’t wait to see what’s to come from Inamorata Swim. Because everything is made in the United States, this label makes me feel good about indulging in my swimwear obsession.

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In addition to quite a few of the new launches in the beauty world this month, I got my hands on several other products that I’ve been wanting to try–and I am so happy I did! I fell in love with so many great skincare and makeup items this past month, all of which I definitely see myself using throughout the summer.

New York City is currently in the midst of the first major heat wave of the season, making light, easy beauty a necessity. Many of my picks for the month of June quickly became staples in my “no makeup” makeup routine.

Haute Mess readers got a sneak peek of this month’s favs in a recent makeup look I shared, and now I am ready to dish all the details!

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint (Sand): If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I love my Bali Body BB Cream, but recently, this lightweight, hydrating formula has stopped sticking to my skin. Instead of sinking in, it has started pilling up no matter what I do–so frustrating! I tried a couple different primers (as well as no primer at all), and nothing seems to make a difference. So, I decided to try something new!

Much like Bali Body’s BB Cream, Milk Makeup’s Sunshine Skin Tint is loaded with good-for-you, nourishing ingredients and gives the skin fresh, glowing, semi-sheer coverage. It blends evenly, and looks incredibly natural, which is why I prefer skin tints and bb creams over traditional foundations. Plus, Milk’s formula has twice the SPF as Bali Body’s.

BECCA Be A Light Face Palette (Light To Medium): BECCA’s powder bronzer and highlighter formulas are perhaps the best on the market, so I just *had* to try this new face palette with four shades: brighten, blur, blush and bronze.

I use the brightening shade to set concealer under my eyes, the blur powder to set the rest of my face and reduce the appearance of pores, the blush to give my cheeks some color and the bronze to add definition and warmth.

Because BECCA products unbeatable-ly high quality, all four powders in the Be A Light Face Palette have a silky smooth luminous finish that never look patchy or flaky!

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn & Storm: After a few months of hoping for new Cloud Paint shades, Glossier delivered! I was thrilled when these arrived at my doorstep. Initially, I thought Storm, the deep rose shade, was going to be my new go-to. And while it is gorgeous, I can’t seem to get enough of Dawn, a refreshing tangerine.

I am obsessed with bright orange hues for the summer (did you catch my orange lipstick post?), and Dawn helps satisfy my craving day in and day out. For a sunny, fresh-from-the-Italian-Riviera wash of color, I tap Dawn on the tops of my cheeks and across the bridge of my nose.

Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush blush: Ever since I tried Rockateur in 2013, I have been loving Benefit’s boxed blushes. The newest addition to the range is Gold Rush, a warm, glowy, gilded peach. It works as a pretty everyday blush for a little pop of color, as well as a far-from-overbearing finishing touch that pairs well with bold eyeshadow or lip colors.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil in Sand Castle/Mint’d Mojito: I am a huge fan of Fenty Beauty (and Rihanna herself), and when she dropped her summer collection, the Killawatt Foil highlighter duo in Sand Castle/Mint’d Mojito instantly called my name!

Sand Castle is a hyper-metallic, high-intensity version of the pale bronze highlighters to which I am normally drawn, while Mint’d Mojito is an insanely reflective icy blue; both have that wet look that I love! I use my ring finger to apply these shades directly to my face for a casual daytime look, and a setting brush when I want to go full glam. Either way, Killawatt Foils feel creamy and melt into the skin without much effort–just blend around the edges for a seamless application.

ColourPop Fortune eyeshadow palette: It is safe to say that I am hopelessly addicted to ColourPop’s Pressed Powder Shadows; I simply don’t see a reason to try anything else at this point. They are pigmented, creamy and blend beautifully. Oh, and did I mention single pans are only $4 each? Unreal.

Although I love mixing and matching to create my own custom palettes, sometimes ColourPop really wows me with the palettes they launch. And that was definitely the case with Fortune.

I am without a doubt more drawn to warm eyeshadows than I am to cool shadow shades, so I feel like Fortune was made for me! Every time I create an eye look with this palette, even if it is something really simple, it blows me away.

The matte berry hues look bright, clean and crisp, while the golden metallic shades take the palette from day to night. Plus, I love how the rustic reds, oranges and pinks make my blue eyes pop!

Fortune has everything I need. It is full of must-have crease colors, deeper shades for accenting the eyes and both matte and metallic options for the lids. Additionally, there are ultra-natural shades (perfect for setting down eyeshadow primer!) and inner corner/brow bone highlights.

ColourPop Lux Lipstick in Third Eye: So, I am slightly disappointed I waited a bit to try ColourPop’s new-ish Lux Lipsticks, because Third Eye is my new everyday lip color! This matte pink-beige gives me that nude “Em Rata” lip that I am always after, and the formula is easy to sheer-out so I can create a fuss-free blotted/melted lip.

FUR Oil: The review I wrote on FUR Oil wasn’t enough to express my love for this super soothing product! If you use a razor to remove body hair, this is an essential product to have on your shelf.

For years I was fed-up with shaving; I hated the irritation, the bumps, the fact that I could never get close enough. I thought there was nothing I could do about it, but FUR really made the whole process so much more enjoyable. This oil calms irritation, reduces itching and redness, minimizes bumps and ingrown hairs–all while softening the skin and the hair itself, allowing for a closer shave with continued use.

(p.s. Use my code maduhlyn15 for a discount on all your FUR goodies!)

Alexis Ren’s 10-minute ab workout: Like many others, I have a major girl crush on Alexis Ren. If you do too, you’ve likely wished she would release her workout routine (or at least part of it). I followed her on YouTube a few weeks ago and was happy to discover she has a 10-minute abdominal workout!

I really feel the burn with this one–even if I only do half of it! It requires no equipment, so it is totally doable at home or while traveling. Alexis Ren’s tricks for a toned stomach activate more muscles than traditional crunches or sit-ups alone, which has been a really effective change of pace for me. Can’t wait until she shares more of her secrets. 🙂

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When it comes to methods of removal, I have tried a ton of different options–everything from at-home wax kits, Nair and shaving to professional waxing and threading.

After years of waxing pretty much everything from the neck down (both at home and at the salon), I decided to (reluctantly) go back to shaving; my aesthetician recommended it. So much waxing, which is somewhat of a harsh process, caused my skin to become thin over time. Thankfully, however, years of ripping hairs from their roots left me with fewer strands, so I have far less to deal with than I did originally.

At age 24 I’ve pretty much gotten the hang of shaving. I know what works for my skin and what doesn’t, but no matter how careful I am, ingrown hairs, razor bumps and skin irritation are sometimes unavoidable (especially during the summertime when I’m shaving more frequently). Not to mention, the results last two days at most, whereas waxing leaves skin smooth for weeks at a time.

That’s where FUR Oil comes in.

The FUR team was kind enough to send me their signature Oil to review for Haute Mess readers, and I am so thankful they did–it was definitely a product missing from my routine! Normally after showering/shaving, I’d go in with a moisturizing body lotion (I love c. Booth’s 4-in-1 Coconut Fig body lotion, as well as Glossier‘s Daily Perfecting Cream), but that really isn’t enough for post-shaved skin. I noticed a *huuuge* change after I started using FUR Oil.

This product is much more soothing than even the most nourishing and hydrating body lotions. It instantly reduces irritation and inflammation that razors tend to leave behind, softening the skin and giving it a silky-smooth feel–something I thought was only possible after waxing.

In addition to the skin, FUR Oil softens the hair itself, so I get a closer, smoother shave with each use. On days I don’t shave, I mix a little FUR Oil with my body lotion to maintain the softness and keep irritation at bay.

I’ve never been the type of gal to forgo hair removal all winter then begin again in time for summer, mainly because I don’t feel my best if I don’t–not to mention, I wear shorts to the gym all year long, travel often and am frequently in a swimsuit (the skimpier, the better in my opinion). Hair removal is a year-long affair for me, so proper aftercare is necessary. To me, hair removal has always been a basic part of hygiene, whether or not I’m wearing shorts or dating anyone at the time.

Modern “feminism” has made body hair removal a bit of a taboo for women. But in my opinion, a feminist is a woman who does whatever she wants without judging others for doing the opposite.

Being hairless, for lack of a better term, makes my skin feel softer and makes my body feel cleaner overall. And, what’s most important, is that it makes me happy. I feel more confident and put-together when I’m clean-cut.

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Back again with another easy, daytime beauty look for spring! I love dewy skin, so for this look, I decided to ditch to powder products all-together (except for a tiny bit of Wowder to set the concealer under my eyes and around my nose), and pile on Face Gloss instead.

Like I just mentioned, putting this makeup look together was super-easy. I used Bali Body’s BB Cream (I’m in the shade Natural), Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer (Light Neutral) and Glossier‘s Wowder (Light/Medium) to create a flawless base with medium coverage. To ensure my face stayed as dewy as possible, I angled the Wowder brush carefully to maintain full control when setting my under-eye concealer for precise application. With the same technique, I also set the concealer around my nose, where I tend to get a little redness (especially during allergy season). I “melted” the powder into my skin with MAC’s Fix+, my fav setting spray.

Cream bronzers and blushes are the best! Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha is the best for contouring and rinsing up the skin. It blends like the dream and always looks really natural. I used this on the hollows of my cheeks, my temples, along my hairline, in the crease of my eyes and across the bridge of my nose to create a glowy, sun kissed effect and add a little definition. Normally, I would add a powder bronzer on top (my go-to is BECCA’s Capri Coast), but decided to skip that step for this look; a natural look is key.

In place of blush, I went in with Fenty’s Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Rum on the apples of my cheeks. This really amped up the bronze-y glow.

I used the tips of my fingers to press Milk Makeup’s Face Gloss into the skin on the cheek bones, orbital eye bones, brow bones and cupid’s bow–all the places I normally add highlighter. This product catches the light just as well as a highlighter–if not better than a highlighter–but with an ultra-dewy, never shimmery finish. A little goes a long way with Face Gloss, so it’s best to start with a small amount and layer more on top where you want more.

Glossier‘s Boy Brow (in Brown) is the brow product I use, and it goes perfectly with the rest of the makeup I used today. Two coats always gives me bolder brows with a natural, feathery look.

After combing and curling my lashes, I added two coats of Milk’s new KUSH mascara. This was my first time trying it out, so I am really excited to see how it holds up throughout the day. (I can’t seem to find a mascara that doesn’t smudge under my eyes…)

To polish off the look (literally), I applied two coats of Fenty’s Gloss Bomb (in the shade Fenty Glow). This gloss is intensely shiny, which was my goal, with the most gorgeous pink-peach-nude undertones. It applies evenly and weightlessly, and has a smooth, fresh, never-sticky feeling.

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