What's in my Travel Make-up Bag / the Beach

This post is something very different for my blog but I only just started so I thought I’d give it a try!

Today I’ll be talking about what I brought in my beauty bag for a trip to the beach! And I’ll be honest I haven’t worn any make up during the day while here. It’s around 100 degrees F! It’s too hot to wear any sort of make-up and I think when I was packing I was a bit too optimistic about the heat. Plus I’ve been swimming and whatnot.

I’ll start off with the bag I choose to bring. I think my mom gave me this make-up case from Clinique as one of her free gifts but I thought it was adorable and perfect for the summer! It is pretty large but since I wasn’t flying I didn’t have to bring all travel-sized products.

For example, my daily moisturizer is quite a large product. It’s just a basic SPF daily moisturizer from the Target brand Up & Up. So it’s cheap and works really well! I find it to be very lightweight but still moisturizing and it doesn’t break me out at all! I also brought along a travel sized Clinique moisturizer for when I didn’t want something with SPF at night. This is not my favorite moisturizer by Clinique – I find it a bit sticky. But it was the travel size that lured me to bring it along.

Next – the eyes. I was definitely a bit too optimistic with these products! I brought along a sample Clinique (so much Clinique! I don’t know why!) eyeshadow quad. I really like these three shades and I find them to be perfect for summer. The first lighter shade is a lot more of a champagne color than the photos might suggest but I think it is perfect for summer! This quad is also perfect because it comes with a blush! So convenient.

I also brought along a Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner pen. I really enjoy wearing eyeliner but it just melts off my face at the beach so I haven’t worn it at all. I really haven’t worn it at all this summer. I also brought along my trusty Clinique High Impact Mascara. It’s expensive but it doesn’t irritate my eyes and gives my lashes length and volume!

As for brushes I stuck with my three Ecotools brushes I use everyday (well everyday I wear make up!). The first is a big powder brush, which normally I use for powder but I also use it for blush. The second is for eyeshadow and the third is supposedly a concealer brush but I just use it for eyeshadow all over my lid.

For my lips I kept things light with a few different chapstick options. One is just the normal moisturizing chapstick brand and another is Burt’s Bees. I also put in a few Maybelline Baby Lips if I wanted some color on my lips but nothing heavy. And I added my Nyx butter gloss in “Strawberry parfait” from my Taget beauty box just if I felt so inclined!

I also brought along 2 Essie nail polishes. I brought along the lavender (full steam ahead) because that was the color that was on my nails and also a bright orange (Vermillionaire) in case I wanted to paint my toenails.

Thanks so much for reading! I'd love to hear if you're going on any vacations soon! Or what products you'd bring to the beach?


The Kimono


Yesterday it wasn't too hot out (ok 89 degrees) so I decided to try out my beautiful new kimono! I tried to take photos outside but turns out - it was still just as hot! So this is the only shot I got outside.

 I've never worn a kimono before because I always thought it looked like a bathrobe but I saw this one on vinted and I couldn't say no! If you haven't heard of vinted it's like an online thrift store where you can buy, sell, and swap your used clothing! I love vinted because you can swap items you're selling, which is what I did for this piece. This kimono was NEW WITH TAGS from Target and because I swapped it was only 3 dollars.

 I paired the kimono with a dress I thrifted last fall originally from TOPSHOP! It is the first casual white dress I've owned and I have to say I love it.

For the shoes I decided on a pair of sandals from Target (of course!) but they've got the cutest amount of fringe on them. I just think they are really flattering on my feet. 

My necklace was also from the thrift store and I thought it just added a nice touch to the outfit. 

Let me know what you think and thanks for reading! 

Beating the Heat


Welcome back. Today I decided to take my photos outside.... but I ended up regretting that very quickly. It is boiling down here but at least I got some okay shots. I will definitely be heading outside to photograph from now on even though I can't stand the heat!

I decided to keep things casual since it's boiling and I wasn't up to much today but working from home.

I've had this dress for a long time (I think it was originally my sisters!). It's from Target and is definitely a staple in my wardrobe. Who doesn't need a perfect, casual, black dress? The fedora I'm wearing is also from Target. I just thought it would be a nice touch to keep my face out of the sun. 

The vest was a gift from my mom but I think it is the perfect summer vest! If you know me at all - you probably know my obsession with vests. I wear them all the time and summer is no exception! 

I got my boots back in the fall from Nordstrom on sale (and in the children's section!) so they really weren't too expensive. Especially considering how often I wear them! 

Thanks for reading and I'll see you next week! 

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Summer Brights!


Welcome back to Lee Thrifts! I have another outfit post for today. I was feeling pretty gloomy on this Monday so I decided I needed to dress the opposite of how I was feeling – BRIGHT! I’ve wanted to try this combination of pieces for a while now and I thought today would be the perfect day to try it out!

I got the floral top from a thrift store when I was living in Ireland last summer. It’s originally from a store there called Primark, which is a great cheap store if you’re ever in the UK or Ireland. This top is a really nice thin chiffon material so it keeps me cool when it’s 100+ degrees out! I haven’t really worn this top much because it is so bright but I realized that I love wearing colors! It just brightens my mood automatically.

The bright orange skirt I found at a yard sale about a month ago. It’s originally from the gap and I scored it for a dollar! Denim skirts are very on trend this summer and I thought this could be a fun way to mix it up with a bright orange one. I also decided to wear some lavender Essie nail polish today because it went with my shirt.

For my shoes I just toned it down with some crocheted flats from target I got last summer. They are extremely comfortable and definitely a summer staple! So needless to say – my outfit today was quite the bargain and almost completely thrifted!

Don’t forget to follow me on social media! I made an instagram for this blog so be sure to check it out and follow me. I’ll follow you back! I'll also be posting a new youtube video soon! 

I hope you have a great Monday and I’ll see you on Wednesday!




Welcome to my blog Thriftlee. As my title might suggest, my name is Lee and I absolutely love thrifting and finding a great bargain. I've been reading blogs for a while now and I decided to just go for it! I’m not 100% sure where this blog is going to go but as of right now I want to focus on daily outfit posts, reviews, and my great finds I pick up from the thrift store. I majored in photography so I should preface in saying this blog is going to be photo heavy and maybe not a whole lot of writing!

I decided with my first post I’d go ahead and post an outfit I wore recently. I decided to shoot inside for now just to get the hang on this whole blogging thing (and it's 100 degrees out today!) but I will move my photos outside soon!

The dress I chose for this particular day I picked up thrifting a while back for only 2 dollars! But would you believe me if I said it was originally from MODCLOTH? I didn’t realize it at the time but I checked the label when I got home and I couldn’t believe it! What a great steal!

I normally don’t wear v-necks but this dress had such stunning detail I couldn’t pass it up! Everything about this dress is intricate – the detailing on the neck, the floral design on the dress – and yet somehow it all works so nicely together.  

I paired the dress with some sandals I got at Target a few weeks ago – from the children’s section! Can you believe it? They are so comfortable and I think they go perfect with this dress. I think this outfit is going to be one of my summer go-to’s from now on!

Let me know what you think and thanks for checking out my blog!

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