Spring Break Makeup Essentials

I clearly have my upcoming vacation on the brain this week! I know some Spring Break's are sooner than others, so I wanted to share my makeup essentials for our tropical vacay coming up. If you missed my swimsuit round up, find it here

Above are a few things to pack in your beach bag for simple, dewy and beachy makeup looks. I'm planning to go very minimal with makeup! I'll be wearing the Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer and giving myself a break from foundation, of course use sunscreen, a little blush (love the bright flamingo color-- just got it in the mail. A little goes a long way!), a swipe of gloss and maybe some bronzer. Did you sunscreen is one of the products that have the most harmful chemicals? A safe sunscreen that works and has good consistency is hard to come by, but this one is great! It comes in a face stick or all-over sunscreen.
If you struggle with razor burn or sensitive skin when shaving (like me!), here are some tips for you as I have extremely sensitive skin:

- Before shaving, use a scrub to exfoliate. This one is great!
- I use Trader Joe's shaving cream which has been really good for me. I make sure to run hot water through my razor before shaving, too.
- Putting coconut oil on my legs after shaving is the only thing that doesn't burn my sensitive skin! This is also super nourishing. 

My skin is so sensitive that after shaving and then going into ocean water with salt, it burns! These steps help cut down on that. Hopefully it helps someone else, too!

If you're local to West Michigan, I'd love to meet you TONIGHT in Hudsonville where I'll have lots of Beautycounter products at our PopUp event, along with lots of other local boutiques! Stop by my table and enter to win a $25 credit to BC :) RSVP HERE. 

Have a great day!

** After switching over to safe makeup and skincare, I joined Beautycounter's team as a consultant! If you're interested in learning more about my decision to use non-toxic products, click here. If you want to sign up for my safer beauty tribe newsletter (just one email per month with helpful facts and promotions!), click here. If you are interested in trying a few samples or need help color matching, I'd be happy to help! Just email me: hello (at) michaelanoelledesigns(dot)com **

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How to Set Your Spring & Easter Table

Easter is only two Sunday's away and the first day of Spring was yesterday! I can't believe it. I know a lot of you will be hosting Easter this year, so I found some really inspiring tablescapes (to me at least!) and thought I'd share them with you here. Under each image is how you can get the look yourself! If you want to go really simple, just fill bud vases with tulips spanning the whole width of your table. It'll have a big impact, but not break the bank, since tulips are everywhere right now :)





If you're making name place cards and want them to look more elegant/handmade, check out this tutorial to make your own DIY Deckled Edge paper.
And if you like to dye Easter eggs, here are a few of my favorite tutorials for unique ones!
This one is for watercolor floral eggs. I tried it a few years ago and absolutely loved!! I might do it again this year :) Here's how mine turned out:
If you're a black and white kinda girl, this one is cute! It's just sharpie.

This blue one is calling my name (my love affair with blue and white continues!) It says it's decopauged (with egg whites), but it almost looks painted. I love these! Now to find a pretty blue floral napkin...

Hopefully this gets you excited for the holiday coming up in just about 10 days! 

Happy (or should I say "hoppy"...ha!) Wednesday!
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Spring Break Inspo: Swimwear

The countdown is on for our Hawaii trip! Just about 3 weeks until we leave for California to meet up with my parents, before taking off for Kauai. My parents sent me videos of some hikes we're going to do while there, and let's just say I need to continue my gym workouts if I'm going to survive. I asked if we're going to have any relaxing days by the pool and I was assured that, yes, we will! So then I started searching for swimsuits. I have a couple I will take but am thinking about getting one more before the trip. I love my two Target suits, which are just plain black and pink bottoms (the bottoms with seams down the middle of the bootie always look best on me for some reason!) and bandeau tops. I like those best for tanning purposes, too.

I'm completely in love with the top left suit, but I'm not sure the size will fit me and it's a little pricey. I'm thinking about it!! Here are a bunch of my favorite suits. Putting this together has me so excited for the beach and WARMTH! 

If you've found any cute floral one shoulder suits, let me know!! That's what I'm really keeping an eye out for. Enjoy your Monday!
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Friday Finds: Spring Looks + Sales

Birds are chirping outside my window on this sunny Friday morning, but I'm stuck resting as I have a horrible cold + strep :( I haven't been sick in probably 4 years, so I'm being a big baby about it...ha!

Putting these Spring outfits together did give me some joy, though! With our trip to Hawaii around the corner and the first official day of Spring next week, I couldn't help but put a few looks together that I'm looking forward to recreating. A few must-haves:

* White denim. I bought my first pair of white jeans last year and wore them all the time. Can't wait to break these out again. They're so inexpensive and great quality!

* Denim jacket. For those brisk Spring days and Summer nights.

* White Tennis Shoes. I'm going to grab myself a pair of converse this Spring! I need something to slip on quickly and go do errands in. But also these are calling my name. Tough decision!!

* Flowy Dresses & Something Eyelet. I absolutely adore eyelet tops and dresses! It's breathable and forgiving and feminine, which I love!

* Statement Jewelry. Just a few key pieces of statement jewelry in your wardrobe (that you don't wear all at once! Flashback to a teacher of mine in high school who would wear all the things...!!) will be handy to pull out to make an outfit pop. Love those coral earrings with the black dress below. I love J. Crew Factory for jewelry because of the awesome prices.

* Feminine tanks. I have a few easy-to-wear tanks in my spring and summer wardrobe that make an outfit look effortless. This peplum stripe (comes in gingham too) is so cute-- I have my eye on it!
All the above looks are linked below. Just click the picture to shop (some of the pictures show the item in a different color, so it might be a little tricky!) Most of the items are on sale, so check the sale info below to make sure you get the best deal.

A few sales to know about:

1. Anthropologie Member Sale: if you're a member, you get 20% off this weekend only!
2. Loft: 49.50 for ALL dresses!
3. J.Crew Factory: extra 25% off your purchase with code GOLD 
4. Sole Society: Free shipping on orders over $50.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to wear green...Happy St. Patrick's Day ;)
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