Our favorite beauty finds

We are having a blast hosting The PLACE on Fox. Lucky for us we get to highlight our favorite beauty finds every Wednesday. Here is quick recap to see what we are loving lately!

Makeup remover, cleanser, and moisturizer all-in-one:

Gimme brow by Benefit, keeps brows in place while adding color and shape:

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow Instant Matte Waterproof Body Perfector, has a matte finish that we love:

Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray

Cheap and awesome color changing lipstick from Amazon:

 

What kind of razor do you use?

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So, we really want to know… what kind of razor do you use? For the last 15 years we have been avid users of pink, girly Venus razors. That is until we started stealing our husbands. You know that moment you realize you have misplaced your razor and your husband’s is the only one in sight? Well, come to find out they work a lot better! Many have twice the number of blades and tend to have a much longer life span. We are hooked. A couple things we’ve learned about shaving after doing it for 15 years….

  • Shave at the end of your shower. At that point the steam and heat from the water have opened up your hair follicles and you will be less likely to get razor burn
  • Shaving cream matters. The old soap trick doesn’t quite cut it. Shaving cream creates a smooth barrier and makes legs stay smoother a lot longer.
  • Now I’m going to contradict myself and say if you’re in a pinch lotion does the trick. It’s definitely not as good as shaving cream, but it gets the job done.
  • Razors only last so long. Better to just buy the jumbo pack at Costco so you don’t feel guilty every time you have to throw one away.

Do you guys have any other shaving tricks up your sleeve that we don’t know about? Please share!

Finding the Right Lipstick Color

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We go through a lot of lipstick around here. When you have to dress up like a drag queen for TV every day, it’s easy to go through makeup like water! One thing that Brooke and I both love to change every day is our lipstick. It is an easy way to spice up any outfit. We are always trying to find the perfect color with the perfect texture.

Trestique just came out with a new lip crayon that has gloss on the other end – genius! Plus, the whole thing is magnetic. Our favorite colors are “Nammos Pink” and “Nantucket Nude”. I like to do the crayon first and then put gloss on top, but if you like to have a more sheer finish, you can apply the gloss first. I have never really understood people who loved nude lip color, that is until I tried “Nantucket Nude”. I wore it for my birthday dinner because it made me feel sophisticated and summery.

Trestique makes crayons for all different types of makeup: eyeliner, blush, and even foundation. We loved all of them because they are compact and you can easily throw them in your purse without damaging them. I just get so excited when makeup companies come up with something new! What lipsticks have you loved lately?

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Steal or Splurge Contour Kits

Britt and I have jumped into the contouring world head first… and after a little practice we are loving it! We’ve all seen the pictures on Pinterest that show how to contour your makeup, but end up looking more like Halloween tutorials. {these pictures can be terrifying} However, if you follow the guide and use light strokes it works like magic. We now use our contour kits instead of bronzer or highlighter, because it contains both products. It’s also a great space saver if you need to finish your makeup on the go, you can just throw it in your bag (oh wait, I’m the only one that finishes my makeup at my desk, right?).  Britt and I have been testing out countless products over the years and wanted to share our two favorites. One is a steal and one is a splurge.

Splurge: Anastasia Contour Kit $40

We are pretty obsessed with every item in the Anastasia makeup line and this kit is no different. The palette has 6 different shades to choose from which makes for a more natural look. It also comes with a guide that shows you where to use each color – so helpful! This is a good choice for someone who plans to contour regularly. Below is my before & after after using the Anastasia kit, it makes a big difference! (I also contoured my lips with regular lipstick & a highlighter.)

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Steal: Ulta Contour Kit $18

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This kit has the same layout as the Anastasia edition. However, the price makes it more approachable for anyone that is still feeling intimidated by contouring. It is a great starter kit, perfect for experimenting and seeing what looks best on your face. Also, the powder is in larger containers, so technically you are getting more bang for your buck with this kit. Plus, look at the handy dandy guide that comes right on the cover! Britt’s before & after pics using this kit are shown below.

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 If you end up like this, please send me a pic :) Or just start blending! AmySchumerMakeup

ALT Summit Stars You Need To Know About

We were so thrilled to be invited to host a round table discussion at Alt Summit. If you don’t know about Alt, it is a 4 day conference, held in Salt Lake City, where creatives from around the world come together to learn. {As well as party hard together in some of the most insanely gorgeous set ups you have ever seen.} Britt and I spoke on creating a relationship with the media and how to make the most of your opportunities. We were overwhelmed by the caliber of women that were asking US for help! It was intimidating but so gratifying. Women working together to help one another achieve goals feels so good. As we met with attendees we found some new gals that made us wish everyday was ALT Summit. They are inspiring, funny, creative, and well just nice.

#1 Rachel Ryle: She was named the top Instagrammer to follow by Buzzfeed. She is a creative genius and her stop motion videos are just so dang CUTE! She was one of the Keynote speakers and was able to share her story of success. Come to find out she is a wonderful person who has stayed incredibly humble despite her catapult to success. Thanks to her popularity she is moving to New York City and opening her own studio! We loved interviewing her.

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#2 Danielle Kryssa: Homegirl is the best. She has worked with Oprah among other big names, yet she still had time to chat with us. She lives in a picturesque town in Canada where she runs the website The Jealous Curator. She is an art expert and curates her favorite contemporary art and then shares it with the world. {Little does she know that we are planning a trip to stay with her ASAP…jk, but not really.} Up next she is releasing her second book. We miss you already Danielle!

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#3 Reachel Bagley: Rachel is a Phoenix fashion stylist. She is as sweet as pie and so fun to chat with. If you have a fashion question – she’s your girl!  She has helped thousands of women across America find their sense of style. It was fun to have Rachel do the color test on us, we’re hoping she returns to Utah soon!

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#4 Nancy Soriano: (the one is glasses below) Nancy is author of “The Jewelry Recipe Book“. She is a true New Yorker and is incredibly refined. We were lucky enough to be at the same dinner as her and delighted to hear about her life in the city. Her book is full of SO many fun projects. We will just be making our own necklaces for the next 24 hours nbd.

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#5 Gabrielle Blair: (bleach blonde next to Brooke) Gabrielle is known in the blogging and writing world as Design Mom, she is also the brains and beauty behind ALT Summit. She has created something truly amazing, it’s in it’s 11th year! She recently came out with her own book called “Design Mom”. We got a copy and spent every spare minute reading it. The book is full of fun tips and tricks and appeals to pretty  much every person on the planet. It’s fun to read about Gabrielle’s life in the Bay area. We want to send out a special thank you to Gabrielle for inviting us to be speakers. We had the best time!

Below we have posted a few more fun moments from the summit! xo

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Maui Wowie

DSC_1473 Our striped maxi dresses are from Island Company. So soft & comfy! If you’ve been searching for a maxi dress that looks cute, but feels like pajamas, this is it!

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Britt loved wearing the Albion Catalina Pin up top and cute ruffle bottoms… just enough coverage to feel fine about eating dessert, but still getting a great tan :) I’m wearing the flattering-on-everyone Albion Venice Beach one piece.

We were lucky enough to spend a week in Maui with one of our favorite couples in the entire world. Britt and I met Erin while attending BYU and going through the Broadcast Journalism program. While there we were able to watch Erin meet Cole, fall in love, and eventually get married. They are one of those all around amazing couples that make you want to be better. Right now they live in California so we jumped at the chance to be able to spend 7 uninterrupted days with them in Hawaii. Erin is the type of friend that goes above and beyond to make everyone feel comfortable and have fun. Not to mention they have the worlds cutest baby who did not cry the entire trip! We love them dearly and are so grateful they introduced us to such a pretty piece of paradise! We stayed at their condo on Kaanapali Beach and tried to pack in as much as possible.

Our top 5 favorite things we did were:

1. Swimming with turtles at Napili Beach. They are ginormous and so cool to see in their element.

2. Bamboo Forest Hike. This is along the road to Hana and was a definite highlight. Although I fell so many times I stopped counting. It gets a little muddy :) You pass countless waterfalls and the scenery can’t be beat.

3. Jumping off Black Rock. Every night a local man jumps from the rock at sunset as part of an island tradition. We decided to give it a try and it was extremely fun!

4. Hula Pie, anywhere and anytime. We fell in love with this dessert and most definitely ate waaaaay too much of it while we there. We loved all of the restaurants we tried on the island. Some favorites included: Leilani’s, Hula Grill, and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

5. Paddle boarding along Kaanapali Beach. Paddle boarding is always fun and the water is the perfect temperature so it doesn’t matter if you fall in!

We can’t thank Erin and Cole enough. The trip was fabulous and we hope they become our permanent travel buddies! IMG_3934-1 IMG_3920-1 IMG_3962 IMG_4002-1 DSC_1274 DSC_1289 DSC_1306 DSC_1345 DSC_1305 DSC_1335 DSC_1391 DSC_1396 DSC_1407 DSC_1493 DSC_1302 DSC_1306 DSC_1370 FullSizeRender-6 IMG_3660 IMG_3790 IMG_3793 IMG_3860 FullSizeRender-9 IMG_3870-1 IMG_3975-1 IMG_3976 DSC_1437

Big Announcement

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We are so excited to announce that we have accepted positions as hosts of Fox 13’s new lifestyle show! We never thought this opportunity would come up in our lives where we would be able to work on something we are both extremely passionate about – and do it together! We feel extremely blessed and could not be more excited to get the show going! We are so grateful to all of our family, friends, and mentors who have been so supportive all along the way. We look forward to working with some fun, new faces. We will be posting details about the show as the launch gets closer. Wish us luck!

What is Barre?

FullSizeRender-14 As many of you know, Brooke and I have recently become obsessed with Barre and Pilates class at Xcel Fitness. Most people are familiar with Pilates, but Barre is a somewhat new workout. I have been asked more than once why I’m going to go to a bar to workout and not drink. So, here’s a little explanation about what Barre class is if you’ve been wondering:

– You workout at a ballet barre, not necessarily doing ballet, but it is ballet-inspired

– You never lift heavy weights, the maximum is 3 pounds, but oh my goodness it feels like a million at the end of the workout!

– It’s great for any age group (we recently had our Mom try it out and she was terrified, but she keeps coming back!)

– You don’t have to be a good dancer (we grew up dancing, but there is no choreography or technique that you need to know before you begin taking classes)

– It makes everything high and tight. We originally tried it out after hearing several of our fit friends say they had never done a workout that lifted their booty more than Barre and it’s true, lots of the moves are targeting towards lifting your “seat”, the Barre way of saying bum :)

– It’s a full body workout

– It’s fun. Seriously, we have kept going because the one hour classes fly by.

– Your legs will shake uncontrollably the first time you try it – that’s a good sign it means your muscles are working!

If you want to switch it up with your workout routine, try it and let us know what you think! Promise it’s better than running on the treadmill :)

 

Quick Treat: Smores Rice Krispie Treats

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After making these 3 times in the last week I decided this recipe was worth sharing. Britt and I are no experts in the field of baking… BUT we are obsessed with treats and like to share recipes when we think they could be beneficial to someone else. There are a few things that make me instantly love this recipe.

1. It takes under 10 minutes to make.

2. You can take it, share it, eat it… or all of the above.

3. No turning on the oven.

I have seen a number of different recipes for these online but just decided to do my own because I am more of a “fly by the seat of my pants” type of baker. They are ridiculously simple, yet a crowd pleaser. My husband regularly requests them as his favorite treat. I took them to a youth group activity and a dozen, hungry teenagers devoured them in minutes. These are especially yummy fresh out of the oven when the marshmallows are lightly browned and ooey gooey!

Smores Rice Krispies

  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 2 cups of rice krispie cereal
  • 2 cups of Golden Graham’s
  • 4 TBS of butter

Melt butter in pot on medium heat. Slowly add in 3/4 bag of marshmallows. Stir continually until well blended and melted. Take off heat and add rice krispies and Golden Graham’s until desired thickness. Last add 1.5 cups of chocolate chips. Quickly pour into pan. Cover the top with remaining marshmallows and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. Broil in oven for 2 minutes. Voila! You are done!

 

 

5 Keys to Flawless Foundation

Flawless Foundation7 When Brooke and I hit the age of 12 a terrible thing started happening… zits! We were cursed with acne and it took years to find out how to get it under control. Our advice for that — go to a great dermatologist and get on something that cures it from the inside out. You can try all the topical creams in the world, but you have to stop the actual cause of acne and I can almost guarantee it’s not because your face is dirty. For us, it was birth control pills and an antibiotic. Worked wonders and cleared up our faces. Anyway… along the way we experimented with just about every concealer and foundation out there. We finally found a favorite that does everything a great foundation is supposed to: covers, blends and makes skin look flawless. People ask us quite a bit what kind of foundation we use, so we figured it was time to do a post about it. Either we are total cake faces and they are trying to give us a hint, or they actually want to know, so if you fall into the “actually want to know” category, here are 5 keys to flawless foundation!

1. Moisturize Your Skin

There is no foundation that will look good if your skin is not moisturized. It will look splotchy and flaky and be hard to apply evenly. We love Phytomer Hydracontinue 12 Hour Moisturizing Flash gel.  If you’re looking for a lower price point, Cetaphil works great and can be purchased at the grocery store.

Flawless Foundation1 2. Use a Primer

No one has perfectly even skin and this product fills in holes and smooths bumps, plus it feels like silk on your skin. Our hands down favorite primer is Too Faced Primed and Poreless. Let your moisturizer dry before you apply it. Primer gives your foundation something to stick to, which will make it last longer.

Flawless Foundation3 3. Find a Foundation You Love

We have used everything from Covergirl to $65/bottle foundation. After years of buying and trying, we have found one that does everything you want a foundation to do. Our favorite kind is Makeup Forever HD Makeup. Now don’t stop reading because you know this stuff is kind of pricey at $43 per bottle. It is worth the price! It will not clog your pores or make you break out. It lasts a very long time. I have applied it on dozens of different skin tones and textures and it looks great on everyone. We love finding great deals on other makeup products, but spending a little extra on foundation can go a long way. It is on your skin nearly every day, so you want a high quality product that is not causing more problems than it’s concealing. (climbing off my foundation soap box  :) )

Flawless Foundation5 4. Use Your Fingers to Apply Foundation

This is so not politically correct in the makeup world, but fingers are truly the best makeup brushes for foundation. If I am doing someone else’s makeup,  I will do the main application with a brush and then blend with my fingers. If I am doing my own makeup, I hate wasting foundation, so I just use my fingers. Actress Diane Kruger said it best, “I never understand makeup artists who only use sponges and brushes. Cosmetics need to be worked into the skin in order to look natural.” By the way, she always does her own makeup and it always looks fabulous.

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5. Set with a Powder

I know everyone loves a dewy glow, but in order to make foundation stay on your face, you must set with a powder. I love using MAC Studio Fix or Setting Powder from Dermablend. This will ensure that your makeup does not slide off your face 5 minutes after application. I do use a brush for the setting powder and apply a light layer on my entire face.

I hope this answers a lot of your questions, but please feel free to ask away if I missed something!

 

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