The sun and the heat have me gravitating towards specific types of products these days. Soothing and refreshing products are what I’ve been pulling into my routine. Here are some of my favorite soothing summer products.
I like putting this on after my cleanser. My skin is very sensitive, so this soothing spray is what I’m looking for, especially if I have quite a bit of redness that day. It also feels nice at the end of a hot summer day.
I think this mask is really underrated. It’s cooling and refreshing, but it’s also hydrating. I’ve been using clay masks in the evening and working out in the morning. This mask is such a nice, refreshing boost after my workout. It also feels nice after a day in the sun or heat. Keep it in the fridge for added cooling. I recommend checking out the PTR mask sets for good value.
This is probably the thickest hair mask I’ve ever used. The texture is almost like pudding. It also smells delightful. Post pool and sun, this mask gives my hair the nourishment it needs during summer months.
I’ve talked about this for forever. I’m using it day and night to keep my lips soft.
Let me know your favorite summer products!
Product Review: Kosas Sun Show Bronzer
I’ve had my eyes on Kosas for awhile now. Their aesthetic is cool girl, effortless chic. I also like that they are a clean brand. This product launch happened at exactly the right time. I was looking for an all in one type product. Most days I wear lazy girl contour, blush, warm bronzer, and highlight. For lazy summer days I wanted something that knocked out a couple of those steps.
The packaging is so pretty; I love the color and transparency. While I don’t feel like this bronzer adds moisture, it does allow for a smooth application that doesn’t emphasize texture. I like the pretty sheen it gives my skin without any glitter. You can see shimmer in the formula (mica), but I think it actually helps the product blend out. If you’re looking for a bronzer to double as contour, this isn’t it. The color and texture does not mimic shadows at all. On initial application it did give quite a bit of kick up, but that was a one time experience.
Overall, this product gives a lovely sunkissed glow. I think it gives the perfect touched by the sun bronze and pink color with a pretty sheen. The baked formula also prevents your hair from sticking to it. I love it for a juicy summer look.
Beauty Capsule: Santorini Nails
Something I like to do when I feel the urge to shop unnecessarily is create collections. I’m always intrigued by inspired collections, and this keeps older products feeling fresh. I do this with makeup, and this was the first time I tried it with nail polish. When I was younger, I thought naming nail polish shades and collections would be the coolest job. Now creating curated sets is a fun hobby.
This idea is similar to a “shop my stash.” I just like a good theme, so I threw that in, too. Into the Gloss posted about mood boards yesterday, and that fits into this idea as well. Picking a vibe or destination makes well loved makeup products feel different.
Four or my favorite nail polish shades creates “Santorini Skies”
Let’s Be Friends by OPI is a pretty almost-white pink. I love this shade and have used it many times. It’s also a favorite of my mom’s as well. I recommend three coats if you’re doing your own mani.
Icebergers and Fries has been a long time favorite of mine. I love it all times of the year, but it’s especially nice with a suntan.
It’s a Boy by OPI is a beautiful light blue. It reminds me of the sunwashed doors and shutters of Greece or the bottom of a pool. It’s a great spring and summer color. Bonus: it’s opaque in two coats.
My Solar Clock is Ticking is another year round favorite. It’s an orangey, browny, red shade that reminds me of terra-cotta pots.
This exercise is all about loving what you have and making them feel new; however, if I was going to add to this collection, these are the two shades I bring in.
Something needs to fill those terra-cotta pots right? 11 by Lights Lacquer is the coolest green shade I’ve seen. It’s made me double take a few times.
This may be my favorite lipstick of all time. I was skeptical that it would live up to the hype, but it does. Anything “matte” makes me nervous, but it is creamier than I expected. It’s also very long lasting. The color is what really makes it my favorite, though. It’s a beautiful browny pink. It’s so versatile that I’ve been wearing it on the daily at home, but it can also go glam.
To be honest, this is the only under eye corrector I’ve ever used. It was the first one I’ve tried, and I love it so much I haven’t wanted to try out anything else. It’s creamy so it keeps my under eyes from looking crepey. It also has reflective properties that really brighten up my face. I think it’d be great for no makeup days, too. The mascara I use is budge proof, but I could see this being a product you’d want to set if you have oily skin or are prone to mascara transferring.
This is my favorite pore blurring primer. They usually pill up on my dry skin, but this one stays smooth. The stick application is so quick and effortless. I always get the mini version because I only use it on the sides of my nose typically and they last me for a long time- I’m afraid the full size would expire before I used it up. This product is one I’d recommend to someone wanting undetectable correcting, too.
After using this blush, some of my old favorites no longer measure up. It’s so youthful and pretty. It’s glowy without adding any shimmer or enhancing texture. I have the color Seychelles, but Mykonos is in my cart.
This has been on my wishlist for awhile, and when I finally ran out of my balm dot com I placed an order. This mask is so moisturizing and it isn’t scented. It also has a cooling effect that’s very refreshing.
I have also been wanting to try this product. Several of my students have told me it’s a go-to. I like the shine and the feel of it- very juicy.The subtle tint also prevents the white cast that some lip glosses give me. It’s not as cushiony as I would have liked, but I will for sure use the whole tube.
I was most excited to give Futuredew a try. The packaging and marketing were a solid sell for me. The packaging is just as beautiful in person. The product itself is much more substantial and moisturizing than I anticipated; I thought it would have quite a bit of slip, but it’s more dewy than oily. It has a scent, but it hasn’t irritated my skin. I do like to let it set in before I apply makeup. It leaves a beautiful glow.
I also love this glowy product. The white glass packaging is so pretty. I use it on the high points of my face, and it does make my cheeks have a glassy sheen. It has an interesting texture; it almost reminds me of a serum or melted verison of the Smashbox silicone primer. They even smell similar.
I’ve been using this for awhile now and feel like I can give a better review. This perfume lasts a long time on my skin and has really nice notes. I know it seems like it’d be a typical rose perfume, but it isn’t. It’s so much lighter and cleaner smelling, and the lingering scent is super fresh.
Let me know what products you’ve been loving!
Spring Fashion Haul 2020
I have done a little bit of spring (online) shopping that I thought I’d share! The weather is turning for the better, and I wanted a couple items to update my wardrobe. These will transition well into summer, too.
Typically, the end of the school year is filled with events where I need to look nice and professional (prom, graduation, end of season banquet). I opted for this jumpsuit because its modest sleeves and length. Jumpsuits also make me feel a little edgier than dresses. It’s 30% off right now. I paired it with black heels, but I’ll probably pair it with something later when I wear it out. My heels are old, but these are very similar.
I was in need of a casual and versatile dress (30% off). I love the smocked details on this one. It also has adjustable tie straps. I love it with these new heels, but think it’ll be cute with sneakers or sandals and a jean jacket, too.
I’ve been looking for a casual set since seeing so many cute options on Instagram. I knew I needed to find one that was not only comfortable but also pretty modest. I like how high rise the joggers are and the longer line of the sports bra. It’s also made of jersey, so I’m not too concerned with fading.
This copper tanktop is the racerback look that I’ve seen so often, and I like the darker color because I think it’s easier to pair with undergarments compared to the true nude. I like it styled for casual wear, but also think it’ll be great under sweaters and blazers for work. I’ve had my eye on this western belt for awhile, and finally went for it. These white shorts are high waisted and a longer length (they are rolled in this pic). I’ve had these mules for a bit, but here is similar option.
Casual Outfit #2
I’ve had this strappy tank (similar) for a bit. It crosses in the back, has lace, and is short. I like the shorter length because I don’t have to struggle tucking it in. This necklace is a multiple look with a single clasp. These pants are something I’ve hunted for all winter. They are off-white and my favorite cut.
I’ve wanted this LightsLabel sweatshirt since it launched. I grabbed it immediately when it restocked. These leggings were an Amazon find; they are comfy and opaque.
What are you on the hunt for? Let me know!
Spring Break Starter Pack
If you’re headed somewhere warm for spring break, first off, I’m jealous. Second, here are some things you might consider packing or using before you’re on your way!
I am not usually a rose perfume girl. Up until the past couple years, I didn’t like anything rose scented. The Glossier cleanser changed that, and I’ve been exploring more rose products. This scent is so nice. It doesn’t have the weight that rose perfumes usually carry. It definitely has rose top notes, but the lasting scent is much fresher and sweeter. It also has bergamot, which I love. This perfume really lasts on my skin.
I just raved about this in my gentle skincare routine, and it’s still holding up. It gently exfoliates and cleanses my skin. My usual exfoliants have been to harsh, so this has been a nice break. It’s expensive, but the powder formulation is lasting much longer than typical physical exfoliants. The luxe packaging also doesn’t hurt.
I have been around the block when it comes to hair masks. I go through phases where I exclusively use them. This one is all around good. It makes my hair feel and smell salon fresh. It is a more light, whipped feeling mask, which I didn’t expect. I tried their banana coconut conditioner before this, and I expected it to be at least as thick as that formula. It is not. I find the banana conditioner to actually be more nourishing. However, if you are not into hair products smelling like laffy taffy, you might prefer this mask! Both products are really good.
Finally I can say I’ve tried the iconic lipstick. And guys, it lives up to the hype. I love it. The word matte in the title made me nervous, but it’s a good formula. The lipstick is long lasting and substantial enough to hold up under a gloss. It’s not drying or uncomfortable. The color is much more nude than I expected; for some reason I thought it’d pull very pink. It’s a great everyday color. I’ve been wearing it every day.
If you need an affordable liner to go with the pricey CT lipstick, this one is a great option. It’s the perfect nude for me and holds up all day, too.
Let me know what products you loved during February!
Gentle Winter Skincare
Skincare is not something I change up often, but in the dead of winter my skin has new needs. I have sensitive, dry skin and experience hormonal breakouts. It has taken me awhile to understand practices that are good for my skin type. I used to think dryness needed abrasive scrubbing or lots of cell turnover to reveal skin underneath. I thought harsh products would do something to my hormonal breakouts. Now I’m starting to understand that my skin needs moisture and less this time of year. I can do things like chemical exfoliation in the warmer seasons, but right now it’s all about hydration. Here are some products I’ve been using and liking.
I’ve been using this for removing makeup at night. I wet my face, lightly rub it in, and remove with a wet black washcloth. This cleanser has hyaluronic acid in it, which brings in moisture to the skin. It doesn’t leave a film, and it doesn’t strip my skin. If you’re looking for something really conditioning, I recommend Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser.
I still like exfoliation, and this one is more gentle than using my Clarisonic, scrubs, or chemical exfoliants. It comes out in a powder that you mix with water to create a gentle foam. You can feel the exfoliation, but it’s far from abrasive. I’m using the classic version, but the sensitive one also sounds nice. This product is a splurge, but the powder formula will last longer than a similarly sized standard scrub.
This mask can come in handy in the summer with sunburns or just wanting to cool off. However, it’s also is great for dull winter skin. I’ve been wanting a more moisturizing mask and this one has helped my skin chill out. I still need to get my hands on a thick, creamy mask too.
This is a soothing spray. I use it morning and night after cleansing. I haven’t noticed any drastic results yet, but it feels nice. It kind of smells like a swimming pool, which makes me feel like it’s going to do great things for my skin (obviously not a professional take).
I like this for a hydrating primer and setting spray. I’m not sure if it’s really the formula or if the cute packaging makes me feel that way to be honest.During the week I usually only use it to set my face. On the weekends I have more time to get ready, so I’ll use it to prime, too. It feels nice. I unfortunately don’t love the smell. I’m a huge fan of coconut, but for some reason this smells like antiques. I don’t know how to explain it better. If you’re sensitive to scent, I wouldn’t recommend. I picked up a sample size for that reason, and so far I’ve been okay. Max Fx+ is still my favorite.
How do you change up your skincare for winter? Let me know!
Beauty Refresh: February 2020
One style of video I like to watch on Youtube is a “shop my stash.” They have big collections of makeup, so every week or month they swap out new products to try. I have a relatively small collection, but when the seasons start shifting, I like to pull in new products. I’m really feeling the spring transition early this year, so here are some products I’ll be pulling into my everyday look.
Becca Khloe and Malika Palette
November-January I like a kissed by the cold flush. Now, I’m phasing that out and moving into warmer, glowier tones. This palette is perfect. I love to use the blushes on their own, swirl them together, or mix with the highlight. The bronzer isn’t great for me, but it’s nice in my eyes’ creases. This palette was limited edition, so there are some similar looking products below. I have not tried these myself, so you might watch or read reviews if you are thinking about picking them up!
Changing up nail polish is such a quick fix. I love this periwinkle color for right now. It reminded me of Melt’s Millennial Pinx Palette- and it’s much more affordable way to rock this color. My niece also had a similar color on her toes and influenced me. This is the first time I’ve tried this formula, and I’m really happy with the application. It was creamy and shiny. I’ll let you know how well it lasts.
Winter is a great time to rock a red or brown matte lip. As I crave warmer weather, I’m read for something balmy and light. The Dior is a great my lips but hydrated look. The Fresh version packs more of a punch, but is so comfortable. I hadn’t tried this treatment for a long time, and I think they have reformulated since. It’s less slippery than I remember-which is what I prefer.
Product Review: Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector
Hooray for my first pan of 2020! I scraped this baby clean. This product has been a lifesaver for me. I like bright but not too light under eyes, and this corrector helps me achieve that look.
Before purchasing this, I tried to get bright under eyes by using a light concealer, but I found my under eyes would just look patchy and my makeup just kind of sat on top of my skin. Not a cute look.
This salmon color works to correct the blue in dark circles. If you are new to color correcting, think of the color wheel. Blue and orange compliment each other, so that means they will neutralize each other. That’s why you’ll see green concealers for blemishes; they neutralize the red.
To be honest, this is the first under eye corrector I’ve ever used. I don’t have any reason to test out others. I like that the focus seems to be more on reflection rather than coverage. I usually look for more luminous rather than full coverage foundations because I think they are more flattering on my skin. I like to utilize light rather than pigment to disguise imperfections.I also don’t feel like I have to use heavy products to correct this corrector. It works nicely with my concealer.
I like to tap this on with a big ecotools eye brush and then pat in with my fingertips. I use the brush so I’m not dipping my hands into the jar, and I like to press it in with my fingers so the warmth melts the product in.
The only thing I could see being a potential issue for someone is how emollient this formula is. It is super creamy. If you have oily skin, you might find it works better with matte foundations or setting powder. I don’t set my face very often and don’t have problems with smudging.I use the Thrive Causemetics mascara on my lower lashline, and that stuff does not move. I also don’t stress too much about creasing under my eyes.
I’m glad I had a backup because I haven’t gone a day without this magic since purchasing it.
One Top Five Ways
February is here, and so are the spring launches. Beauty and fashion are starting to release spring items, and I’m feeling the shift myself. I no longer want to bundle up in all my cozies. My winter clothes are feeling played. The temptation to buy buy buy is so real. The heart earrings at Target have been calling my name. Cute Valentine’s graphic tees have a strong pull.
So, instead of purchasing, I styled a top that’s been in my closet for awhile. If you saw my holiday capsule wardrobe, many of the pieces and looks are the same or similar. This top adds a pop of spring that revamps wintry styles without refreshing an entire wardrobe. Pale pinks, florals, and crisp whites are my favorite ways to transition into spring fashion. Yellow also seems to be having a serious moment right now.
Simple Everyday Look
If you’ve seen my instagram, you know this is a look I gravitate towards often. It’s simple and comfortable. These jeans are my favorites from Gap, and the sock booties were a steal from Express (similar style here).
Casual Weekend Style
Throwing on sneakers make this look even more comfortable. A pink teletie also matches the top and sportier style.
I wear black pants to work often. Pairing a monochromatic shoe is a fun twist, but I’m also always a fan of a nude pump. I thought the black ribbon was a fun, romantic touch. I repurposed mine from a dress or skirt’s belt, but Madewell has a gorgeous pre-tied version.
It’s still chilly out, so leather and velvet are great for a night out look. This is one of my favorite silhouettes.
I’m seeing monochromatic looks everywhere, and I’m a huge fan. Pink on pink is one of my favorite looks. I’ve had this skirt in my closet for seven years and love pulling it out in the spring. A hot pink skirt isn’t the most practical, but the cut and color were true to my style. When looking for statement pieces, I really try to evaluate if it’s trendy or timeless and invest appropriately. P.s.:Express has a satin version right now that’s beautiful.
The version I styled is no longer available, but Express has some really pretty ones.
What spring piece are you looking forward to styling? Tag me when you do!
I’ve seen so many memes going around about how January has been 1,000 days long, and man has that been true. I feel like my family and I kind of holed up all January, and I’m not mad about it. It’s been nice to stay in and take it easy after the holidays. Here are my favorite products from this month.
This palette has been my eyeshadow routine all month. It’s so easy to use for everyday looks. It’s been so bleak and dark in the mornings, so getting up and around has been slower for me. It’s nice to have a look I can do with little effort, thinking, or time. My most used shades are Strip Poker and Cashmere Bunny- I’m about to hit pan on both. The packaging is also weighty, pretty, and luxe.
This stuff is so nice. Again, January has got me lazy, and hair washing is a chore. I’ve been using this on off days, and it keeps my hair feeling fresh and voluminous. This formula smells and feels nice.
I’ve wanted something to give me a little color without making me look self tanned. This formula is a subtle color on my skin and just gives me a little glow. It does not have a self tan smell and I haven’t noticed any streaking. I usually like a more reddish undertone in my tans, but this one is so subtle that the warm tone works for me.
Okay, so if this favorite doesn’t show you how boring my life is, I don’t know what will. You guys, these crackers are so good. I eat them almost everyday for lunch. They are salty, buttery, and thin. I used to just stick to Ritz or Tollhouse, but these crackers are gold.
Spray toner is genius. I don’t know why I haven’t tried one so far. I love not wasting product or using a cotton round. This toner smells nice and feels good; I can’t speak to the “clearing” properties, yet, but I can keep you updated!
Let me know what products you’ve loved this month!
2020 Fresh Start
For some reason, this new year really feels new. It feels like a fresh start, and I’ve been trying to start some new habits. My word for 2020 is intentional. I want to be intentional with my time, my consumption, and my health. Obviously there are other areas, too, but so far these are what I’m focusing on. I wanted to share some things that have been helping me build some good habits so far.
1. Fridge Dry Erase Board
My husband and I are trying to eat out only once a week when it’s just our family (we won’t miss dinner invites with friends and family). We are both trying to make choices that are good for our bodies, and bonus, it’s also good for our wallets. One thing we ran into when we’d meal prep for an entire week is we’d forget what we planned, or we wouldn’t commit to what days we’d be cooking what. Then, we’d forget to prep ingredients or not give ourselves enough time to prep the meal. This would often lead to us making unhealthy choices or grabbing something quick that wasn’t really satisfying.
Now, I’ve been making a weekly schedule of meals on a dry erase board. This gives us a heads up for what ingredients and also keeps up from being wishy washy about the meals we’ve planned. It’s worked really well for us.
2. Desk Calendar
I also really wanted to commit to a workout schedule this year. Three times a week is my minimum goal. January-March is really busy for me because I coach cheerleading, and basketball season is full of games. By scheduling my workouts on my desk calendar, I’ve really committed to getting them done. Something about seeing my week in advance has really helped me. I’ve also put non-fitness related things on my calendar, and it feels really good to mark them off.
3. Fitness App
In a different season of life, I am totally down for going to the gym. However, with work, two boys, and coaching, at home workouts are where it’s at. I just downloaded the ToneItUp app, and I think it’s going to be great. I did the Manhattan Beach Booty workout today, and I like the format and how I felt after. I’ve also used the Sweat App and DailyBurn in the past. I think having something accessible, whatever that looks like for you, is important for a consistent routine.
4. Podcasts and Audiobooks
I want to be more mindful of my time. My husband listens to podcasts and audiobooks all the time, and I want to get better at utilizing my down time, too. I listened to Dolly Parton’s America, and I felt like I learned a lot. I want to find more podcasts to listen to. Right now, Youtube is my background noise. And although I love beauty Youtube, it’s really hard to resist purchasing things when I watch it. There’s always a great recommendation or cute product. I think I need to detox a bit.
Let me know what your word for 2020 is!
Easy, Everyday Makeup
On the mornings where I need to move efficiently but still want to look pulled together, this is the makeup look I do. This isn’t for oversleep,get out in five, but it’s a look I can count on and create with little thought or worry.
I’ve taken a while to review this splurge-y palette. I really wanted to have a thorough review. I use it for everyday makeup looks, and I’ve also tried more complex (for me) looks, too.
Let’s start with the color palette. I use this to create pink and purple looks the most. I like the way purple tones bring the green in my eyes out. I was pleasantly surprised how vibrant the light purple shade (libra) is. The taupe shade (crash) pulls more rosy on my eyes than I anticipated, but I don’t mind. I also enjoy the gold glitters for an everyday sparkle, and the warmer tones for something different. The peach shade (utopia) is the first peach shadow I’ve used. It’s so bright and beautiful. I think it makes really lovely, sunset inspired eye looks.
I find the matte shades easy to work with and have been happy with the looks I’ve created. They blend well and are nicely pigmented. I use most of them for transition shades and smudging under my eyes. The darkest shade (vortex) I’ve only used for eyeliner.
The glitters are different than I expected, but I really enjoy them. I think celestial is the perfect way to describe them. It’s more of a smattering of starlight versus an opaque pile of glitter. The glitter spreads out and creates a nice effect, but it’s not piled up like you might be used to. I enjoy using the glitters as toppers. They add interest without overwhelming a look. If you’re looking for something that packs a glittery punch, like the Stila liquid glitters, this won’t give the same effect. I like that many of the glitters pull purple, and the shade supermoon is so beautiful layered or on its own.
The packaging is stunning. I love how unique and luxe it is. The transparent element really stands out in my collection, and I love when palettes are weighty. The mirror is huge, and I’ve used it to complete full makeup looks. It’s the best mirror I’ve had in a palette.
Overall, this palette has been worth it for me. I use it several days out of the week and anticipating hitting pan on several of the shades. I find the color selection excites me without overwhelming me.
Let me know what palettes you’ve been loving!
*My swatches are on clean, dry skin. I dipped in twice for finger swatches. Swatch pictures were taken in natural lighting, with no retouching or editing.
Best in Fashion: 2019
This was a year of good basics for me. I found so many staple items that I really lived in. When I pieced together outfits, one of these items was always in the mix. Here are my favorite fashion items from 2019.
I always find boots comfier than heels. I like that this color and fit almost disappears with any outfit. They elevate but don’t distract. Mine are from Express, but this version from Aldo is very similar.
I wore these all late summer, fall, and early winter. They were so versatile and fun. Now my feet get a little too cold, but I can’t wait for their return this spring. They are dressier than my white sneakers, but the neutral tone goes with most of my wardrobe and the white is something fresh.
White Leather Sneakers
These held up so well, and they really fit the casual look I wanted. Usually sneakers fall into a too athletic vibe for my everyday style. The leather made them a tad dressier without embellishment. It’s also easy to clean. Mine are from Gap, but this Banana Republic pair is similar.
These are my favorite jeans ever. They have a real denim look, but they are soft and comfortable. I like the high waist and cut. I’ve worn them so many times.
Free People Bramis
I always like camis for smoothing everything out under a top, but I don’t like fabric bunching up (especially with tucked in shirts). These bralettes have the smoothing effect without the added layers at my waist. I have a reddish and nude version, and will probably purchase a couple other colors in the new year.
Kendra Scott Hoops
I wear this pair all the time. I like the iridescent sparkle and size.
Old Navy Tank
I was shocked at how much I loved this tank top. It’s opaque enough to wear alone, had a nice cut, and is comfortable. I bought two.
This fall and winter, I’ve gotten so much use out of my mom’s cableknit, cream sweater. She bought it at Gap ten years ago. It’s heavy enough to keep me warm on chilly days. These are similar styles from Gap and Banana Republic.
These items will definitely be seeing more love in the new year, too! Let me know what your favorite fashion finds were.
Best in Beauty: 2019
2019 has been a great year of discovering beauty products for me. I’ve found several holy grail status items. Not every category is here because I only wanted to included top shelf items. Here is the cream of the crop.
Pixi Glow Tonic: I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this. It’s effective and gentle. I’ve tried various other toners, but so far this one is my go-to.
Pixi Rose Oil: I love to slather this on my face and neck at night when I’m feeling dry. It plumps my skin up and makes it feel so soft.
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery: This is my favorite face sunscreen. It’s lightweight, and I like the smell (it’s a very sunscreeny smell). This is another expensive item, but it did last me an entire summer. Keep an eye out for it on the Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty.
Milk Makeup Blur Stick: I’ve almost gone through two sample sizes of this product. They last forever. When my pores are on the larger side, this is the product I grab. Most pore filling products pill up on my skin, but this one doesn’t. It really smooths out pores and is undetectable. I would also recommend it to any one that wants to smooth out pores without looking like they are wearing makeup.
Glossier Bomb Dot Com: I put this on every morning at the start of my makeup routine. It’s hydrating, but it doesn’t leave a weird film before applying other lip products at the end of my makeup routine. I’ve only tried the coconut scent, but they all look appealing. I have my eyes on others, but this one has lasted forever.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: I love applying this at the end of nighttime skincare routine and wake up with rehydrated lips. It also lasted a long while.
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer: This is the only concealer I’ve used in quite some time. I have three different shades I mix and match with. It’s so creamy but long lasting. I can use it under my eyes and on my face. It’s perfect.
Becca Undereye Corrector: After baby number two, my undereyes needed some help. This bring light to my undereyes and reflects light to brighten. It’s also kind of juicy, which would seem like a nightmare for undereyes but isn’t.
Sephora Mini 55.5 Brush: I’ve never loved a brush more. It fits into all my crevices and even though it’s pretty dense, it doesn’t swallow product up. I use it for concealer.
Glossier Play Blade Sharpener: I feel silly loving a sharpener so much, but it’s so satisfying. This one has a simple and effective design compared to ones I’ve tried in the past.
Buxom Wanderlust Blush: This is the prettiest blush. It has a subtle glow that doesn’t enhance texture. I have it in the color Seychelles and find it works with any makeup look.
Let me know what your favorite beauty products of 2019 were!
Fashion Inspiration: White Christmas
White Christmas is one of the Christmas movies for my family. I watched it every year growing up, my dad and I danced to The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing at my wedding, and now my oldest loves it, too. The costumes, the dancing, the music, everything just captivates me. And everytime I watch, I study Vera Ellen’s costumes. Edith Head designed the costumes, and, of course, she did an amazing job. They are beautiful and timeless. Here are my favorites and how you can find inspiration in today’s styles.
Classic Colors, Patterns, and Lines
This black, white, and red outfit is so classic. She looks just like a Barbie doll. I love the mid a-line skirt paired with a turtleneck. No other outfit makes me feel more myself than a skirt and turtleneck combo.
Express offers turtlenecks and skirts very similar. This red belt can be found at Nordstrom.
Chartreuse and leopard is such a fun pairing; I think it especially looks beautiful on blondes. It’s unique but still classic.
Banana Republic always has beautiful blouses and accessories, and the cute tee can be found at Express.
Pink is such a fun color. Her two pink costumes are my favorites. The dress is so beautiful, and it has a fun pop of hot pink in the skirt. I also love how flirty and fun her hot pink dance number is.
ASOS always has a wide variety of holiday dresses. The hot pink pops are from Banana Republic, and the pale blouse is from Express.
I love all white this time of year. Mixed with sparkles is perfect for Christmas. In high school, after watching this movie, I wore stacks of bracelets for years.
The skirt and turtleneck is from Express. These bracelets are pricey, but searching your jewelry collection (or mom’s or grandma’s) might be a more affordable option!
Let me know which look is your favorite!
Holiday Capsule Wardrobe
Shopping looks a lot different these days than it used to. I used to pick specific dress for a specific occasion, and then I felt like I couldn’t wear it again. Nowadays, I prefer separates or very versatile dresses. I like the variety separates provide. There are seemingly endless options for one sweater or skirt. This holiday season comes down to three things for me: texture, sparkle, and comfort. I documented how I’d style these pieces, but there are so many other options.
Here are the pieces for this my holiday capsule wardrobe this year:
1. Black Ribbon: I cut a belt from an Express dress to make mine, but Madewell has this really pretty option.
2. Sparkly Earrings: I just got this pair from Express, and I love them. They are lightweight and more affordable.
3. Belt: Belts are still going strong, and this chain version can go from casual to dressy.
4. Tights: These are optional, and if you live in warmer climate you can probably pass. I love the feel of these sheer ones, and they are also body shaping (bonus!).
5. Denim: My favorites are from Gap. I can’t get enough of this style.
6. Coated/Black Denim: I like how these go from casual to dressy. They are also really comfortable.
7. Sock Boots: I found mine from Express, and they are currently sold out. Find a similar style available here.
8. Black Boots: I pulled these in to pair with the skirt. You could make all the looks with the sock boots, though.
9. Skirt: I’ve had my leather skirt for years. Here is a similar version.
10. Velvet bodysuit: I purchased mine from Sophie. It’s currently sold out, but Good American has this one.
11. Red sweater: I love a red sweater for the holidays. Mine is from HM. Here is the newer version.
This capsule wardrobe is really suited for my style. I like girly mixed with edgy. I also enjoy classic holiday pieces, like the red sweater and ribbon. What I love about capsules is you can really customize them to fit you. By bringing in a graphic tee, sequin skirt, or flats, this wardrobe would take on a totally different feel.
Here are the looks I created with these pieces.
The holidays are here, and I’m ready for festive makeup! I’m usually into natural or soft glam looks, but during the holidays I like to slightly spice things up. Throwing on a red lip or glittery eye is fun this type of year.
I’m not a makeup artist, but years of doing my own makeup and watching Youtube has made me feel more comfortable with glam looks. I didn’t invent these tips, and I have been doing them for so long that I can’t credit who did. Here are my best tips for holiday glam looks:
I think lashes are important for glam makeup, especially if I’m doing a smoky or bold eye look.
Falsies: I don’t wear falsies often. However, I’ve learned that letting glue sit for a bit on your lashes before applying them is really helpful. By putting some glue on lashes and then sitting them down, the glue gets a little sticky and easier to work with. Also, getting some small scissors and customizing the length of the band or the lashes can make them more comfortable, too.
I typically put a little more work into my base for holiday looks. I think it just helps everything look more cohesive.
Prevent Flashback: If I know I’ll be taking pictures, I’ll avoid anything with SPF or white powder. My moisturizer of choice is the Drunk Elephant Protini Peptide moisturizer. I don’t have a good powder recommendation, because my dry skin holds up with foundation without it.
Fill Pores: I have a love/hate relationship with pore filling products. Sometimes I need them, but then I question if filing my pores with products is going to make the situation worse. Logic says probably. However, for one evening, how bad could a pore filling primer hurt? My favorite is the Milk blur stick. Mine has lasted forever, and it’s the tiny sample size. I avoid the slippery silicone primers because they always pill up on my skin.
Highlight is also fun this time of year. I like mine to look as natural as possible. Like I drink a lot of water (I try, but not enough to make me glow).
Buff In: To make highlight really natural, I take quite a bit of time to buff it in. This keeps it from looking like a line on my face. I also like to use my blush brush so the colors meld together a bit.
A bold lip used to be a lot more intimidating for me. Now, I feel like I have some more bulletproof steps to help.
Scrub and Hydrate: Sloughing of dead skin makes lips ready for a bold lip. Lip scrubs are my favorite way to do this. I’ve used the VS one for awhile and like it. Lush has great, edible versions, too. Hydrating with a balm is important, too. Glossier’s Balm Dot Com works well for me because it’s hydrating without being gloopy. Anything too thick makes a precise application almost impossible.
Layer Up: I start by using a lip liner that is a shade or two darker than my lips. I like doing this because my freckles make my lipline a little less defined. I find the more subtle shade easy to lay a base layer. Then, I go in with a liner close to the same shade as my lipstick. Then, I apply my bold lip.
Touch Up: Having a small, dense brush (I use the one from the Naked palettes) to touch up any mistakes. I wipe of any rouge lipstick then pat my concealer on. This helps me not smear it all over my face. I love the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. Putting a dot on the back of my hand then dipping my brush in gives me more control with this creamy formula.
I love the look of complicated eye looks, but usually go for something simple. These tips help me add a fun pop to my makeup looks.
Brighten Up: I rarely use an eye primer, but when I want my eyeshadow to be really pigmented, I’ll use a white eyeshadow primer. This allows the color to stay more true to the pigment in the pan. Kind of like when you put a white base layer under nail polish.
Clean Up: When you do your eyes before the rest of your face, cleaning up stray shadow is easy. I’ve started doing this everyday, but it’s especially useful for smoky or glittery eyeshadow looks.
Make It Stick: Using a glitter primer helps make shadow and glitter stick and last. I also think it makes sparkles look more sparkly because you can really pack them on.
What are your favorite holiday makeup looks? Let me know!
Holiday Gift Guide: Girl Gang
I have so many women in my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. When Christmas rolls around, that means I have so many gifts for gals to purchase. Here are some small gift ideas that are perfect for someone in your girl gang:
I love when a gift solves a problem for someone or it’s something I know they’ll get a lot of use out of. These gifts are practical but still fun.
I have metal straws, and I love them so much. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they also make my drinks seem colder. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of mine. I’d like to try glass ones, too.
This is one item I know not many people will splurge on for themselves. I love how decadent these are packaged. They are also delicious.
What are you gifting your girls? Let me know!Xoxo,
Small Steps Toward a Capsule Wardrobe
For a long time now I’ve been studying and following capsule wardrobes. The idea have having a small and curated collection of clothes is so appealing to me. The past several seasons I’ve worked on implementing ways to make my own wardrobe slimmer and more “me.” Here are some ways I try to avoid impulse buys and strive towards a more curated closet.
1. A Separate Space
I use the closet in our office to store items that are “maybes.” When I’m cleaning my closet and think, “What if I need a hot pink high waisted skirt I haven’t worn in four years?” I move that item to that closet. If it hasn’t made the cut by the next round of declutters, it usually gets donated or tossed, depending on its condition. I don’t have any fierce rules, but recognizing how few trips I’m making helps me feel okay about decluttering items I once loved. Also, since we have the space, I can give myself grace for the items I’m emotionally attached to.
2. Keep a Donate Bag Close
Sometimes the closet method is completely unnecessary. If I put on a top, dislike the fit or style, and put it back on multiple occasions, then it’s time to donate. Sometimes I just know and don’t need to sit on it. I keep a bag for those items in my closet, and when it fills up I pass those items along.
3. Utilize Pinterest and Instagram’s Save Button
These are two places I collect outfit inspiration. Then, when the seasons are shifting, I look through what I’ve saved and see what pieces are common. A lot of the times I’m drawn to items I already own. Sometimes I’ll see a common thread between outfits. For example, this fall I knew I wanted a pair of high waisted, straight leg jeans because so many outfits I saved were styled with them. They filled a gap for me. Very rarely will I see an item that isn’t consistent with other looks that I want to purchase. Items I’ve saved a lot I feel more comfortable investing in. For example, I love so many outfits styled with white sneakers that I knew purchasing a leather pair that would hold up and be easy to clean was worth the price. Trends that I’m unsure of or have limited ideas on how to style make me slower to purchase and unlikely to splurge.
4. Make a List
I like to have a list of items I’m looking for. If I find gaps in my wardrobe based on looks I want to create, I’ll add those pieces to a list on the notes app on my phone. This list is always changing. I try to hold myself to a thirty day rule (sometimes longer if it’s really pricey for me). If something has been on my list that long, I can look more seriously into purchasing it. For items I know I love and will wear, like a pink sweater, I allow myself more leeway. For new trends or styles, I like having this guideline. This keeps me from jumping into a purchase without thinking through its usefulness or cohesiveness.
I am nowhere close to a capsule wardrobe, but these things have made me a more thoughtful consumer while still allowing me to enjoy fashion. Let me know if you have any helpful ways to optimize your wardrobe!
Holiday Gift Guide: Guys
I used to really stress about shopping for my husband. I wanted to find something just right. In the years we’ve been together, I’ve found practical is always the best option. He wants gifts that he can use often, consume, or fix a problem he has. Here are some of my favorite gifts for the guys in your life:
The Most Practical
My mom used to joke about getting us underwear and socks for Christmas. As an adult, that sounds great.
So maybe getting these for your dad or grandpa would be awkward, but I bought these for my husband for his birthday and he loves them. We bought them for my oldest son, and after laundering them a few times I convinced my husband he needed them, too. They are so soft and come in cool patterns. They also hold up really well in the wash.
My husband and I both love our Quip toothbrushes. They are not only super sleek in design, but they also do a great job cleaning our teeth. You can find a promo code online, and also set him up so he receives brush heads in the months to come.
Consumables are some of my favorite gifts. My husband doesn’t like having a lot of stuff, so something he can eat or drink for gifts is great.
Our own liquor store provides carriers so you can build your own six pack. This time of year I love filling them with Christmas ales and other seasonal beverages. I always like to tie a big ribbon bow to the handle. It looks cute and is practical.
I like to keep a running list of products I’m interested in. I move really slow when it comes to making purchases. I try to follow a thirty day rule (unless it’s a replacement item). This means I have to think about an item for a minimum of thirty days before I make the purchase. I’ve also been trying to stick to only replacement items, though, because Christmas is coming up. The following brands have been on my list. I’ve heard good things about all of them, so maybe they will make your list, too. Even if you aren’t interested in making a purchase, the beauty brands have some seriously beauty Instagram pages.
Patrick Ta has been on my radar since his first launch. However, the Monochrome Moment Collection has got me seriously intrigued. The blushes look so buttery and pretty. I love a monochromatic beauty look. Also, if you aren’t following Patrick Ta on Instagram, you are missing some beautiful makeup inspiration.
Victoria Beckham Beauty is stunning. The website is so beautiful and editorial. I feel like I’m scrolling through a well-curated beauty blog. I’m especially interested in the eye products. They look so luxe that it would be hard to dip in an disturb the beautiful product. The tortoise packaging is also so chic and would look beautiful on a vanity.
Em Cosmetics is a brand I have to try. It feels so thoughtful. I like that this brand is slower to roll out new products. Michelle Phan also shares behind the scene looks that I really find interesting. The blush serums and morning dew gloss have caught my attention. The brand’s instagram is also so beautiful.
Nudestix is one that I can’t believe I haven’t tried yet. Their vision is right up my alley. I love the idea of swiping and going. I also love multi-use products. I’ve been checking out the Nudies Bronze in sunkissed for awhile.
I pay less attention to fashion than beauty on Instagram. These brands I want to try, though.
Skims is going to be my next shapewear purchase. Who wouldn’t trust Kim Kardashian when it comes to shaping and sculpting? I love the variety of nude choices.
Fabletics and Lululemon are lumped together because I’m going to purchase a pair of red leggings from one of them. I have checked out these websites so many times, but I have never purchased. Every time I’ve seen someone in leggings and thought they were high quality, I’ve noticed the lulu logo. Fabletics also has so many positive reviews. Choices, choices, my friends.
Let me know what brands you are interested in! Xoxo,
Happy November, friends! I feel like I blinked and October was over. However, in that seemingly short month, I found some great products. This month is filled with beauty, fashion, and food favorites.
This month I discovered and rediscovered some great products. One new product I’ve been loving is the Buxom Wanderlust Primer-Infused Blush in the shade Seychelles. It is such a smooth, long-lasting formula. I have worn it every day since I purchased it. It adds some sheen to the cheeks without overemphasizing texture. I have my eye on the shade Mykonos next.
A rediscovered combo is this lip pair. When I want a pretty pink pout, the Nyx Slim Lip Pencil in Nude Pink paired with Buxom’s Full-On Plumping Lip Cream Gloss in Blushing Margarita is the perfect match. I do like to make sure my lips are exfoliated and hydrated before putting this combo on. The lip cream is thick and will enhance any dry patches.
I like how neutral these three products are. I’ve been jumping around from cool to warm toned looks, so having some effortless things to pair with them has been nice.
This month I’ve had a lot of fun with fashion, but only one thing I’m ready to call a favorite. I’ve been eyeing these Free People bralettes for a long time. They are so soft, pretty, and versatile. I was slow to purchase one because I was afraid the skinny strap would be uncomfortable, but I’m glad I gave it a try. The straps do not cause any discomfort, and they look so cute peeking out from a sweater or top. I love the look of the thin, dainty straps.
I’ve been really fickle about food lately, but these two items definitely made the cut. The first is Sam’s Choice Chicken Apple Sausage. It’s so delicious. It’s salty and sweet at the same time. You can taste bits of apples, but at the right ratio. I’ve eaten half of one with my eggs in the morning and then taken the other half to eat with my lunch. We’ve also made easy dinners by combining it with rice or broccoli. I like having a pack for when we are in a pinch for dinner but don’t want to eat out. My second food favorite is the Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds. I haven’t had a big sweet tooth lately, but when I do these satisfy it. They taste exactly like Cocoa Puffs.
Let me know what you’ve been loving throughout October!
My absolute favorite reviews are reviews of finished products. Not only do I trust them the most, but there is also something so satisfying about a polished off product. Here is a trip down trash memory lane.
I’m not surprised that I didn’t enjoy this product. I think it’s time to conclude that face balms aren’t for me. They always make my eyes feel weird. I’m so intrigued by balms, but never happy with them.
I love this gel. It’s probably the most difficult to work with gel I’ve tried because it’s so waxy, but that makes it great. It packs some pigment and stays in place. A tip I’ve learned it to scrape quite a bit off before application. It’s much easier to build up than take away.
This is the base I’ve been wearing since the start of summer. I love the medium coverage and it melts into my skin instead of sitting on top. I’m moving into a more matte formula for fall, but I’ll come back to this one. Hopefully it’s still available because it’s not showing up on Ulta or Sephora’s website.
This is my favorite setting spray. It smells great and really refreshes my skin. I would like to try it in one of my favorite spray bottles, instead, though. The one it comes in sometimes leaves water droplets on my face.
It’s such a luxurious product. The scent, packaging, and overall feel is spa-like. I think I would have preferred a heavier formula, but this would be nice for someone with oily or combo skin. Next time I want to try the Dewy Skin Cream.
Nostalgia is an emotion I feel hard. I become very attached to moments and items, so when something reminds me of my childhood, I’m immediately drawn in. Recently, fashion and beauty has really thrown me back, and I like it. Here are some products or trends that have created some serious intrigue based on nostalgia.
Glitter has made a major comeback. Pressed versions have remained a staple, but I love that suspended and roll-on options are back in the spotlight. While I don’t have plans for slathering this type of glitter on for work or the weekend, I double-take every time I see a launch of pretty glitters. It reminds me of dressing up and putting on makeup with my friends as a kid. We’d pretend we were Britney or the Spice girls and dance around the house. I also made sure to incorporate glitter into my halloween costume (an alien) this year.
While there are some haircuts from my childhood I won’t ever revisit (fourth grade mushroom head), this is one I am currently back to wearing. I love a good slicked-back ponytail, but switching it up with face framing layers has been fun. One of the first hair trends I remember intentionally following was the bang-down-hair-clip-flip of the 90’s.
Something about this beautiful CoverFx palette makes me feel so much beauty nostalgia. It reminds me of a palette I’d imagine my Barbies having at their plastic vanity. The compact size and color is exactly what I dreamed of having.
What products make you feel nostalgic? Let me know!
Favorite Beauty YouTubers
A couple of years ago I decided I was finally going to learn how to do winged liner (spoiler, still haven’t). I went to YouTube, and I discovered a world I had no idea existed. Before that, I only went to YouTube to find funny videos or music videos. I had no idea the Beauty Community existed. I found all my beauty information from magazines, Pinterest, and Instagram. Now, I am subscribed to several channels and it’s my go-to washing dishes or cooking dinner noise.
When I was younger, I loved getting ready with my friends. It was usually even better than going out. I liked to look through their makeup bags, do their hair and makeup, and just talk. Beauty YouTube is like the grown up supplement of that experience. Here are some of my favorite beauty YouTubers that you might enjoy, too.
If you need realness and a laugh, Kristi is your girl. She is so down to earth and thoughtful. I love hearing her talk about animals and nature as well as her expertise in makeup. She’s so talented and creative, and she also gives life advice along the way (and not in an obnoxious way).
Jessica is a YouTuber that I relate to. She was a teacher, and she is a mom and a wife. She also loves Disney and theater. I like feeling those connections when I watch her, and her former career definitely lends itself to YouTube.
Kathleen is another YouTuber I relate to but in a different way. We are the same age, so her references and nostalgic moments are so accurate for me. I also love her 90’s aesthetic because it’s so familiar.
Let me know who you enjoy watching!
How to Fake Awake
When the cold fronts hit and even the sun is slower getting around, work mornings are tough. The bed is warm, my slippers are soft, my coffee just isn’t enough. On those days, my makeup has an extra duty: help me fake awake. Here are some simple steps to help you achieve an “awake” look when all you want to do is hit snooze. Repeatedly.
When splashing your face doesn’t wake you up enough, using a priming spray can also help. I welcome refreshing products on those tough mornings. This L’oreal spray has a fine and pleasant mist and adds hydration, another bonus for sleepy skin.
When my dark circles come out, I like to use this Becca corrector to help minimize the darkness. It reflects light and really makes my undereyes look awake. I use a small amount because it’s quite thick and pat it in with the warmth of my fingertips.
Another way to look alive is to really highlight the eyes’ inner corners. I find this makes a big difference. I will use a tiny dab of a light concealer right in that spot. I don’t use that light color under my entire undereye because it doesn’t provided adequate coverage. I will also add a pop of a bright white, like MAC Nylon. When I’m in for a long evening, this is the first step I’ll do for retouching. It wakes up my tired eyes in a flash. I’ve been using an Ecotools eyeshadow detail brush to really focus the highlight in that small area.
One tip I’ve learned is adding a nude liner to my lower waterline. If I’m really tired, my waterline will be red and this makes me look even sleepier. Using a nude liner brightens my eyes. Rimmel makes an affordable, creamy version.
Add Some Color
Nothing looks more awake than rosy lips and cheeks. Throwing on an effortless formula is always the best bet for me. When I’m tired, a complicated look is not in the cards. Instead, products like Glossier Cloud Paints and Revlon’s lip cushions are easy to throw on and brighten up my face.
The holiday season is almost upon us, and parties are about to begin. I always like to come with a hostess gift. Wine and candles are always my go-to’s, but sprucing them up with some cute pairings is a way to make them feel more personal.
Here are some of my favorite hostess gift ideas:
Mug and Fillings
I think so many people enjoy a cute mug. Finding one that is just right for a person is already individualized, but finding something they’d like to fill it with adds a little something extra. These Mulling Spices are my favorite, and I think hot cocoa sticks or spoons makes the best hot chocolate.
Bringing a bottle of wine is a classic hostess option. Throwing in an opener or bottle stopper is purposeful and cute. This is my favorite wine (I’m a noob). We use our Houdini on the regular, and I really enjoy an adorable bottle stopper.
This is a great physical exfoliator for my skin. It’s gentle enough that my skin hasn’t gotten irritated from use. It also smells like sweet and fresh strawberries. I’m not sure why I was expecting a more candy-like, synthetic smell, and this scent was a nice surprise.
I love this perfume. It has adorable packaging with the functional cloud base. The scent reminds me so much of Bath and Body Work’s Marshmallow Fireside candle (one of my favorites). As it wears on my skin, it leaves a clean scent. It doesn’t have the best lasting power, but I’m okay with that because it smells so good.
I’ve been wearing the color Set Sail almost every day. It’s a pretty terracotta-rose shade, and I love it for fall. The formula is a hydrating matte. I like that it’s matte without drying my lips out, but not so hydrating that it leaves a shine. The pigment fades throughout the day, but it fades nicely and gives my lips long lasting color. I prefer wearing it without liner because I find it more comfortable that way.
When the seasons change, sometimes I get restless with my space. When it’s starting to get cool, I want cozy and warm. When it starts to get warm, I want spacious and breezy. Since I can’t afford to overhaul every room every season, I’ve found some reasonable ways to update a space without having to completely overhaul things we’ve invested in. I also have several pieces in my home that I’m emotionally attached to, and I make things work around those.
Here is a list of affordable home updates that can really change the feel of a space.
I’ve just recently noticed the huge impact having greenery can have on a space. We have a mixture of faux and real. I prefer low maintenance when it comes to plants.
Another affordable update is to paint your front door. I’ve done this a few times now, and I’m always satisfied with the results. It’s minimal work with a lot of visual payoff. I’ve painted ours black, orchid, green, and now I’m considering a curry-gold shade.
Throw pillows are an effortless update. I like having them around because they create a nice coziness. They can also change the feel of a room or add festiveness for a holiday. I’ve even considered making some of my own pillow covers when what I’ve wanted has been really pricey.
LampshadesThrowing on a new lampshade also provides new vibes. Adding some pillows and a new lampshade updates a room without breaking the bank.
Glossier is the one brand that always has my attention. I love their aesthetic. I love seeing their new releases. I love the cute bubble wrap packaging and stickers. Here are my thoughts on several of their products.
This was the product that originally caught my attention. It’s very unique. It’s waxy and pretty intense. It has the best hold of any brow gel I’ve tried, and I really like how it looks. I’m always happiest when I go in sparingly and slow.
Balm Dot Com
I use this every single day. I love it for my cuticles and lips before I get started on makeup. The only scent I have is coconut and it smells deliciously good.
Milky Jelly Cleanser
Milky Jelly is my my favorite cleanser. It is exactly what you’d expect from the name. It has a like rose scent and leaves my skin wonderfully conditioned.
Another unique product, Haloscope adds a nice sheen to my cheeks. I prefer the application when I warm up the formula first, either between my fingers or on the back of my hands. It was my go to highlighter all summer.
This is the only Glossier product I wasn’t a fan of. I almost didn’t include it because I’ve decluttered it and can’t remember why. I wanted to be transparent, though, so I included it on the list.
One of my very favorite blush formulas. It’s so natural and beautiful. I have the shade Dusk, and I have my eyes on others.
I’ve seen this used in so many GRWM routines. It’s surprisingly glowy for concealer, and I like the way it reflects light. I prefer this for evening out skin tone over spot concealing.
These are the most subtle glitters I own, but I’m okay with that. They give a nice wash of color that I find very modern.
Their perfume is so good. It lasts a really long time on my skin, and for some reason it reminds me of my other favorite, Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue.
I never knew I could love a pencil sharpener so much. All my others have been messy or broke. I love the simple, sleek design and find satisfaction sharpening my makeup.
When I’m in a huge hurry it never fails that there is something beauty-related that I have to tackle. Whether it’s my eyebrows out of control or my flyaways can’t be tamed, these little beauty issues attempt to make late. Here are some hacks that have helped in those moments.
There’s been several mornings where I’ve looked in my magnified mirror and saw facial hair that’s gotten out of control. And an hour before work is not the time for plucking or waxing because I’ve got pretty sensitive skin that stays red for a long time. These Tinkle razors come in handy for those moments. Quick swipe, no redness, hair gone. Obviously the hairlessness doesn’t last as long as waxing or plucking, but it is a nice short term solution.
I hate when I’m wearing a cute pair of shoes but then notice my heels are in really rough shape. To remedy in the short term, I’ve used the hand lotion in my purse or desk drawer to add moisture. Lately, I’ve put this balm with my nighttime skincare. It’s the perfect size to dip my heels directly in, and I don’t mind doing that because my feet are clean from my shower and I only use this balm for that purpose. It keeps my heels really moisturized.
I don’t have the most manicured hands. I do all my nail care myself these days and, although I value polished hands, it’s usually not my most critical concern. One easy step I do to look more polished is put my Balm Dot Com on my lips and cuticles before putting makeup on. My fingers may not be painted, but they are clean and not crusty for the day.
Nine month postpartum, my flyaways are something fierce. I still love rocking a high pony, though. To tame my flyaways, I’ll rub a bit of Argan oil between my hands and smooth hair into place. If that doesn’t work, I’ll swipe some of my husbands hair gel and spot treat with an old toothbrush.
So many times I’ve applied the perfect mascara application and then sneezed. Mascara dots go everywhere. Ok, so that sounds dramatic, but it is frustrating. To clean up, I wait till the mascara is completely dry. Then, it usually flakes off easily. If there’s a little smear left behind, I’ll dab a Qtip in concealer and lightly cover wherever the mascara messed up.
Sometimes I just cannot resist. When this happens I’ll do my face makeup at the very end of my beauty routine. This gives the skin a little time to heal and lose the redness. Then, I’ll use concealer to cover, but I make sure not to concentrate it solely on the blemish, but the area around. That makes sure light isn’t drawing attention to it.
What are some things that help you get ready in a pinch? Let me know!
I usually hate carbonated water. Like really hate it. This one is special, though. I saw Jojo Fletcher recommend it, and the packaging is cute, so I bought it. I love it. It’s bubbly but it doesn’t have that sting that most carbonated water has- the one where you have to purse your lips. It’s refreshing and a fun switch up from plain water.
This is the best ginger dressing I’ve purchased. It tastes just like the one at my favorite sushi restaurant. It’s got so much chunky ginger, and it’s not sickly sweet from sesame like most store bought versions. I’ve put it on spinach with just rotisserie chicken and enjoyed it, so that’s a win.
My husband and I never eat pasta. He has a gluten sensitivity, so pasta dishes have been a no for awhile. I’m so happy we tried this. It is just like pasta but made from chickpeas. Both of us have devoured the dishes we’ve made with it.
Since going back to work, I’ve wanted a quick breakfast. I’ve been making shakes with this protein, and I really like it. It has a nice flavor for protein powder. My husband also likes that it’s plant based because he hasn’t enjoyed whey protein.
This is what I’m most excited to share. This popcorn is delicious! It’s just the right amount of salt and not overly buttery. My family has gone through 12 bags of it, and we are buying more for sure. We’ve eaten more popcorn since discovering it than we’ve ever eaten in five years.
I become really attached to items, and I love when I can make them last. I hate feeling like I have to get rid of something I still find joy in. I wanted to begin this series to share ways I preserve items I see value in.
I have purchased an embarrassing number of expensive shoes with the promise, “I’ll get my money’s worth from wearing them forever.” However, until I worked at a shoe store in college, that “forever” would end as soon as something happened to my shoes. Then, I’d throw them out and have to repurchase something similar. When I worked at Sophie, one of the most valuable things I learned was to utilize the cobbler. That the cobbler wasn’t just a storybook character. I thought the fact that Ashley referred people to the cobbler was so cool because she could profit from customer shoes being worn out, but instead she taught them how to get the most value from their purchases. By utilizing the cobbler, I can preserve shoes for longer.
Here are some things the cobbler has done for me.
In college, I dated a guy that told me he would have his expensive cowboy boots resoled to make them last longer. I thought this was such a great idea. I then took a pair of leather riding boots to the cobbler to do the same. They were great quality and a timeless style. By resoling them, I was able to get many more wears out of them. I’m still holding onto them because I know riding boots always come back in.
Replace Heel Caps
When I bought my first nude pump, the heel cap almost immediately came off. The shoe was already sold out, and I had an event I needed them for. The cobbler was able to replace the heel cap for an affordable price, and I was able to love on them a little longer
For some reason, my zippers are often in need of repair. I currently have an over-the-knee pair of boots I need to take to the cobbler for this reason. I’ve taken boots to the cobbler to fix this issue before.
Repair Leather Goods
Our local cobbler also fixes other leather items. One I had a purse strap break where it attaches to the purse. He was able to repair it by restitching.
Other times, I’ve also taken matters into my own hands. Here are some things I’ve done at home:
Depending on the material, I’ve touched up scuffs with various household items. For patent shoes, I’ve used nail polish in the same shade. My mom has used black markers to touch up black boots. This week I wanted to wear a pair of shoes that perfectly match my favorite dress, and I used a taupe eyeshadow to conceal where the faux leather had chipped. For tiny spots, these techniques have worked really well.
My mom uses a toothbrush to dust off dirt from suede. On of my favorite ways to clean sneakers in a pinch is to use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
A couple times my soles have come loose, and to temporarily fix the issue, I’ll use a hot glue gun to reattach it.
Let me know how you’ve extended the life of your shoes!
On cooler days, I’ve been living in these. They are so comfortable; the denim isn’t so light that I feel everything is visible but not so heavy that it’s uncomfortable. I love the high rise and button fly. I’ve been reaching for them over ever pair of denim I own, and I’m tempted to by another wash in this style.
I bought this combo after hearing Kathleen Lights and Rawbeautykristi rave about them. It’s pricey, but I don’t wash my hair often, so it’ll last me awhile. Also, I bought them during the Sephora VIB sale, so that helped a bit. These have the best smell. Fragrance doesn’t seem to last on my hair very long, but when I use these I notice it. They smell like banana Laffy Taffy mixed with a delightful sunscreen. Like how it would smell if you passed a family applying sunscreen at the pool. It’s really nice if you are into those fragrances. I am. I also prefer using them in combination. The shampoo leaves a squeaky clean feel. That works, though, because the conditioner is so thick and nourishing. It has a pudding consistency. I love it. It makes my hair feel hydrated but not heavy. The packaging is so cute because they look like little juice bottles. This one is limited edition, and I’m tempted to by another pack for the future.
I bought this during the Sephora VIB sale after trying a sample. The first time I applied it I was skeptical because it felt almost gel-like. However, this stuff it great. It’s balmy and melts right into my skin. It has the lightest pleasant smell. The packaging is hygenic and also keeps me from using too much. It’s pricey, but I feel like it’s going to last a while.
I love a good clay mask. The Glam Glow version has been holy grail status for a long time, but this one is now the reigning favorite. I think it does an equal job cleaning my pores at a fraction at the price. It’s also the first mask my husband was willing to try and he saw immediate results as well. This paired with the DE moisturizer has been my go-to.
I’m always very weary of trying out new laundry items because my skin and my sons’ skin are pretty sensitive. When I saw Stephanie Ledda rave about this plant-based, gentle softener, I wanted to give it a try. The smell is perfect for laundry. I was worried that it would be too floral or earthy, but it’s very clean smelling. I like that is still smells like laundry.
Let me know what your favorite products of the month were! Xoxo, Kirsten
When I was in college, I purchased a lot of items from Victoria Secret’s pink line. I lived in their vnecks, shorts, and a pair of their yellow sweatpants. I also gifted several of their pajama shorts to my friends for birthdays and holidays. However, as I got older, I felt more self-conscious about wearing the obviously branded “Pink” items. Now, though, their branding is more inconspicuous, and I feel a lot more comfortable in their clothing. The brand is super comfortable and cute.
This pink sweatshirt is so nice and soft. It’s crew cut, and long enough to cover my bum in leggings. It also has a waistband, but it has slits on the side. I don’t like when sweatshirts have tight waistbands that make the fabric bunch up. This one lays flat. The leggings are acid wash, and I like the faded style. They are a cotton spandex blend, so they have a little bit of squeeze and shine that I prefer in my leggings. I find spandex makes them last longer, too.
I love this tshirt for weekends. The drawstrings give it a little extra spice compared to my usual tshirts. The print and color are outside my usual, too.
I bought this hoodie and legging set for gamedays. The hoodie is cropped, but the style is cute with high-waisted leggings. I also love the slit in the back because it’s an unexpected touch, and I can wear a regular bra with it. The leggings are opaque and have good hold.
This sweater is my favorite purchase. It’s so soft. Like cloud soft. It’s light enough I can wear in warmer temps. The fabric gives me Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, and Ariana Grande vibes. I love the pink summer sunset aesthetic. I’ve been so drawn to that color combo and pattern. I couldn’t find the pink version online, so I linked the peach.
Last is this white cozy sweater. It’s oversized and so cuddly. I’ll be able to style it with so many outfits.
Do you find yourself falling out and then back in love with certain stores or brands? Let me know!
Here are my favorite work outfits from this month and links to the available products.
The top and pants are from Express and I love them individually as much as I do paired. The shoes are from Sophie (a long time ago), and these are my favorite hoop earrings. All the linked pieces are currently on sale.
Styling skirts is one of my favorite things. This one came from The Vogue Boutique. The v-neck is so versatile, soft, and flattering. I’ll get a lot of use out of it. My shoes are Sam Edelman from awhile back; I found them at TJMaxx.
I love this dress from Sophie so much. The color, cut, and fabric are all lovely. I liked styling it with my white booties because it has tiny white flowers. I felt like Kacey Musgraves this day.
I paired this velvet top (boutique awhile back) with white jeans (Dear John from Sophie awhile back). My top was kind of sheer, so I wore a white camisole underneath. One styling tip I use when wearing sheer items is to create a monochromatic base so the sheer style can shine.
Skincare is a part of my regimen that I don’t skip. Nails and hair I’m not as consistent about, but skin I’m all in. From a young age I’ve washed and moisturized consistently, but now that I’m nearing 30 I have a couple more steps. We only get one set of skin, and I’m trying to take good care of it.
Just for background I’m 29, I have dry to normal skin, and I don’t have any fillers or Botox. I also am not a regular with any spa services, so all my skincare is done at home. I want my skin to look as plump and glowy as possible. I’m not a dermatologist or esthetician, so I’m not an expert. However, Wayne Goss and I do use several of the same products, so I feel like that gives me some credibility;)
I like to double cleanse in the evening. I wear makeup, and this ensures I’m removing it all and any dirt from the day. I like to go in first with a jelly cleanser; right now I’m using this one from Bliss. Then, I’ll go in with my Clean & Clear cleanser. I’ve been using this stuff for ages, and it combats breakouts without over-drying my skin. In the morning, I splash my face with water but don’t wash with product. I’ve found washing my face too often leaves it really dry and sensitive.
Exfoliation is probably my favorite step in my routine. I love the look my skin has when it’s been scrubbed, either chemically or physically. I don’t use these products all at once or too often.
I reserve physical exfoliants for when I need some extra exfoliation, probably twice a week max. My skin is pretty sensitive, so any more than that and it wouldn’t be happy. This one leaves me fresh without causing any irritation. It also smells divine.
Two or three times a month I’ll shave my face with these razors. It removes peach fuzz, but it also exfoliates my face. My hair does not grow back thick and long like rumors will tell you. I like how makeup apply to my skin after using these. I learned how to do this by watching Michelle Money’s tutorial years ago.
My favorite mask right now is this L’Oréal clay mask. It does a great job clearing my pores. My husband also likes it. To moisturize after, I like to pair it with the Neutrogena Hydrogel Masks. I wish these weren’t sheet masks, but they cling nicely to my skin and provide so much moisture.
These two are my current favorites. I’ve tried a lot of moisturizers. The drunk elephant one is so nice. It’s unscented and really hydrates my skin. I especially like to use this after masking and under makeup. It’s so good that I purchased the full size after using up this mini. Major commitment. The fresh rose mask I prefer on lighter skincare nights, and I exclusively use it in the evening.
Sunscreen is so important. This one from Dermalogica is really nice. It works well under makeup. I know there are more affordable options, but this one was on sale during the Ulta 21 days of beauty and has lasted me a surprisingly long time.
Let me know what your favorite step in your skincare routine or what your most repurchased product is!
I love the direction denim is going. Or should I say directions? Denim styles are all over the place, and I love the variety. One of my favorites that’s back on the market is the flare jean. When I was younger, I almost exclusively wore this style before skinny jeans took over. I’m happy the flare has returned. Here are some of my favorite ways to style them.
This pair came from Sophie, and they are the Dear John brand.
The first way I styled this jean is with one of my favorite fashion stapes: a mock neck tank. I wear this one all the time. Flare jeans, mock tank, and resin earrings really puts off a 70’s vibe.
Another 70’s inspired style is with an athletic style t-shirt. This is a perfect game day or weekend look. I paired with hoops to doll it up bit.
Rachel Zoe is the inspiration for this outfit. I love the longer length top paired with flair jeans. Usually I’m afraid wearing two long pieces will make me appear shorter, but I think these proportions really work. I added longer resin earrings to keep the long lines.
A French blue button up is always a staple in my wardrobe. The one I’m wearing is an older version from Gap, but this one looks similar. I like how flare jeans can go from casual to polished.
For a cozier look, flare jeans also look cute styled with a thermal or sweater. I added a longer necklace to keep the lines long again. When I pair boxier pieces with flare jeans, I try to add elements that keep the eye moving up and down because it helps keep me look elongated.
A long sweater with flare jeans is really trendy right now. I paired with a shorter tank to keep my waist somewhat defined. Lace camis can be found at so many different stores; I bought this one from American Eagle a very long time ago, but they have similar ones. For a date night or weekends, I like the look styled with drop earrings.
What style of jean are you most excited for this fall? Let me know!
I keep holiday and seasonal decorating pretty minimal except for Christmas. When it comes to Christmas, I go full on Clark Griswold. Here are a few things I do like to do around my home to celebrate the seasons changing.
#1: Kitchen Chandelier
I have this little bottle chandelier hanging over our kitchen sink. I love the whimsy it adds to our kitchen. Every season, I swap out the flowers. I wish I had the attention to detail to use fresh flowers, but these are fauxs from Hobby Lobby. I’ll also be using a fall garland in this space. I can’t remember if I found the garland from Hobby Lobby or a local boutique.
This is how I decorated it for summer:
Here is how I switched it for fall:
I like to store all of my chandelier goodies in this basket so it’s quick and easy to decorate.
#2 Happy Everything Plate
I love having plates on display. It’s a practical way to decorate because I can take them down and use them. Happy Everything plates have velcro attachments I change for the seasons. It’s a simple and easy update. I purchased mine from a local boutique, The Vogue Boutique.
Here is the attachment I had for summer:
This is the one I’m using now:
Scents are a great way to change the feel of a space. I love swapping out tropical for cozy when fall returns. It immediately adds a coziness to our home. Here are some of my favorites:
Pumpkin Pecan Waffles: This is the most poignant candle I’ve ever owned. It adds scent to a room without being lit. And the scent is perfect fall baking deliciousness.
Marshmallow Fireside: This scent it tied for my number one favorite candle. It’s sweet but smoky at the same time. I love all of Bath and Body Works’ firey smells.
Coconut Macaroon: I usually associate coconut with summer, but this candle has a warm, buttery scent paired with the coconut that makes it perfect for fall. I’m burning it right now and it is the perfect transition candle.
Napkins are a great seasonal swap because they are so practical. We have our napkin holder out on the table, and having a cute seasonal style makes me happy. It’s also an affordable way to decorate. I purchased these at Party City or Hobby Lobby; both places have affordable options, but my local boutiques always have adorable ones, too.
Other swaps are welcome rugs or wreaths. Target, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby often have sales for these items. Our cats destroy them, so we use the same indestructible mat and I’ve long given up having wreaths on our front door.
What are your favorites ways to decorate for fall? Let me know!
If you haven’t heard, the Sephora VIB sale is on! Depending on your Sephora status, the dates and percentages off vary. I look forward to this sale. Here are items I found splurge-worthy, but they are by no means necessities.
This moisturizer is less about the experience and more about the way it feels. It is unscented. On first feel, I thought it was going to be really slippy on my skin like a gel, but it also provides a lot of hydration. It makes my skin feel plump.
I cannot attest to lifting and firming because I didn’t document with photographs, but these feel so good and make me look alive. I love slapping them on while I drink my coffee before putting on makeup. The gel really stays in place, and the gold feels luxe.
I have the first version of this palette, and it is my favorite glitter formula. They are best applied with the finger (hence the name) and don’t require a glitter glue. I typically don’t take much time doing my makeup, but this allows me to add a pretty pop. This is the glitter I used on my mom to create her eye look below.
I love the ABH eyeshadow formula, and have hit pan on a lot of the Modern Renaissance shadows. It has a beautiful fall color scheme, but this brand also has a lot of other pretty options. I have my eye on the Sultry palette. I used a mix of Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange on my mom.
I am so happy with the lipstick I purchased in YumYum. It’s comfortable and the packaging is so cute.
Aside from the refills mentioned in this post, I plan on purchasing the Briogeo Banana and Coconut Superpack and the Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash. I hope they live up to the hype. Again, these are all purchases I consider splurges. I really take my time before spending money on these types of items. One thing I like to do is keep a list of items I’m interested in in my phone. Rarely does an item make it from the wishlist to the cart to my hands. Let me know if you are planning on purchasing anything from the sale!
I love to add seasonal pops into my makeup routine. I don’t do an entire overhaul of beauty items, but I like to bring in some products to change up my look. Here are some ways I change my routine for fall.
#1 Nail Polish
I love using seasonal inspired tones on my nails. This summer I wore a lot of baby blue because it made me think of the sky and the pool. For fall I’m really feeling a turning leaf color story. Here are some of favorite fall polishes. They are all from OPI.
From left to right:
Malaga Wine- A perfect deep red with a really glossy shine.
My Solar Clock is Ticking- A burnt terracotta with quite a bit of pink. This shade is so unique, and I wore it a lot last fall.
Red Heads Ahead- I fell in love with color and its name (I have two babies with red hair). It’s the perfect school spirit red.
#2 Scented Hand Lotions
Scent is really important to me. I like having hand lotions for the different seasons since memories are closely tied to smells. Hand lotions are also usually more affordable to change than perfume, and my hands get drier the closer we are to winter. This Pumpkin Cupcake scent is from last year, but this one is similar.
#3 Lip Color
In the summer I prefer light and glossy formulas. In the fall I like something with a little more pigment. I gravitate towards nudes and browns, but red and orange have really captivated me, too.
From top to bottom:
Sephora #Lipstories in Yum Yum- A nice milk chocolate brown. I usually don’t care for the feel of cardboard packaging, but this one is smooth and so adorable. The formula is really comfortable.
Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in High End Coral- This is a really pretty orange shade. It reminds me so much of the OPI polish. This formula has a vanilla scent and I like the feel. The only con is the size of the cushion applicator; I have to be really careful while applying.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Do Me Baby- This is the vampy-ist color I’ve worn on a regular basis. It’s bold enough to make a statement, but I still feel like I can wear it during the day. It also has the most lasting power and is the easiest to apply.
Summertime blush for me is glowy and orangey or coral. When fall comes around and I use less self tanner and see less sun, I switch to more cool toned looks. I like to start transitioning from sunkissed to cold bitten.
NARS Dolce Vita- This one is a pretty, cool toned blush. I like the added shimmer. You can tell it’s seen a lot of love.
What are your favorite ways to change up your look for the season? Let me know!
Priming my skin is a newer but now necessary step in my makeup routine. I used to throw on a moisturizer and call it good, but now I’ve added a few more products and am happy with the result. Lasting power isn’t so much a concern as much as a dewy, natural look. I want my skin to look like skin instead of makeup, and these products create a nice, glowy base so my coverage products don’t create a mask on my skin. My skin also leans on the dry side, so I like things that reflect light so my skin isn’t left looking dull.
This is the lightest feeling primer I use. It gives off radiance without glitter. It also has a purple tint meant to cancel out any yellow in the skin. My makeup goes on smoothly on top. I prefer this primer if I’m wanting to use a higher coverage foundation. It also smells citrusy and delicious.
This formula is thicker than the Becca primer. It also provides more glow without glitter. It comes in a variety of shades, but I don’t find it provides coverage. It would be a nice no makeup makeup product, and it feels good under heavier foundations on my skin. My makeup goes on smoothly over this lotion. The smell is sweet but very subtle, almost like a baby doll smell.
This formula is the thickest. It provides an intense but natural glow. I purchased the pink version and like how it makes my skin look youthful. It also has skincare ingredients in it. I prefer this primer under lighter foundation formulas because it’s heavy itself. It has a very distinct citrus smell I find hard to describe.
I use this product when my pores aren’t their best. My skin doesn’t get along with benefit porefessional or smashbox primer. Those both pill up on me. This is a pore smoothing product that allows my makeup to stay smooth on my skin. It really blurs. I think this would be another perfect no makeup makeup product. I only apply it around my nose and chin when I need it. It has an almost undetectable scent, possibly citrusy.
After having my second baby, my under eyes needed more attention. To combat dark circles, I first tried using a lighter concealer. This didn’t work it just kind of turned my undereyes a weird blurry shade. So a gave this product a try and am so happy I did. I find I have the most control when I apply with a small brush (I use the one that came with the naked pallets). I don’t have to use very much, so this tiny pot will probably last to its expiration date. This under eye primer seriously brings light to my face. It reflects in such a pretty way. I just end up using my face shade of concealer instead of lighter one because it’s so brightening. It also has beautiful packaging. I love a glass pot.
I’ve been priming my lips with the balm dot com. I have the coconut version, and I’m not sure I can stray to try another one because I like it so much. It comes out of the tube in almost a solid form but then melts into my lips. It’s hydrating without being gloopy, so by the time I’m ready for something with color it glides on smoothly. It also smells like a coconut cookie. Yum.
I’ve always loved the look of crisp white sneakers, but this season I wanted to give something new a try. Last December I noticed a girl wearing white booties (I almost titled this blog post White Booties Multiple Ways, but I didn’t want to draw the wrong crowd). They were adorable, and she did an awesome job styling them. At first I thought they were too bold for me. Eight months later, I have my own pair. I found these at Dillard’s; they are Lucky Brand.
I really thought on this shoe purchase. When it comes to pricier items, I am not an impulse buyer. I don’t like feeling buyer’s remorse. So, when I got these boots home I immediately started styling them. I wanted to ensure that I would get good use out of them. These shoes are great for looks now and into winter. Here are the different ways I plan on styling them.
A warm-weather friendly way to style these is with a dress. I like how the sleek boots look with a flowy dress. When it gets cooler, this look would look great with an oversized cardigan or jean jacket.
Another way is a tank and skirt combo. I like how this mock neck tank looks with a button up skirt; it has a 60’s vibe to it. The white booties just amplifies that look. It’s gogo-ish without being over-the-top.
Shorts and a button up is a nice transitional outfit. It’s a fall feel without being sweltering. I have a couple of these button up shirts from Express and I’ve worn them so many different ways.
I love shorts with a long sleeve shirt. It’s one of my favorite looks ever. The look reminds me of Princess Diana and my mom (two of my main fashion inspos). This Gap thermal is going to get some serious love this year.
I’m obviously a big fan of button ups. I like that this one has a western feel to it without being over the top. Black and white is one of my favorite color combos.
These booties will also look great paired with jeans and a nice sweater. Cozy and cute. Pink and red are also colors I like to pair with white.
What looks are you most excited to wear this fall? Do you have an item you look forward to wearing? Let me know!
I found or rediscovered some products this summer that I’m so happy with, and I wanted to share them. I almost titled this “essentials,” but really these are just things I enjoy and used a lot. A lot a lot.
Let’s start with fashion. These items have been on serious repeat this summer. I’m happy to know that I have really worn these items. And, bonus, all three will be perfect transition items into fall.
These are the best sneakers I’ve ever owned. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve worn them almost every day since I’ve gotten them. They are casual without being too athletic for me to wear with just about anything. They are leather, so they took some breaking in. Now they are very comfortable. The leather makes them easy to take care of and substantial enough to take me into fall and winter.
This was a random find, and I loved it so much I bought a backup. I’m picky with white tank tees and tanks, and this one is my all time favorites. I like wearing it tucked in because it gives off bodysuit vibes. It’s opaque enough that I can wear a flesh toned bra alone under without worrying about it being too see-through.
These trendy babes allow me to switch it up from my usual gold hoops. I love that they have black, brown, and white because they can go with almost any outfit. They will also be super cute with fall sweaters.
Now on to beauty items. These can also stick with me into colder months.
This one wasn’t cheap. I bought it during Ulta’s 21 days of beauty and have worn it almost every day. It’s got a sincscreen smell that I actually enjoy. It’s actually one of the reasons I apply it so diligently (and the obvious sun protection). It also isn’t as greasy as other formulas, so I think people with oilier skin types would like it, too. I know there other great and affordable options, but I wanted to share this because it’s been my go to.
This is the first summer I’ve rocked natural waves for the majority of days. I knew hairspray wouldn’t be an option because it just frizzes me up. This product doesn’t give hold, but it provides really nice volume without frizz. I like to spray it on under my top layers when my hair feels flat. It also has a great smell.
I’ve had this in my collection before, but I really embraced it this summer. It’s so refreshing. I keep it in my fridge and use it post sun, workout, or whenever I just want some added hydration. It’s a spa-like pamper product.
This product adds definition to my waves without crunch. I put it on damp hair and sleep with my hair piled up on my head. It adds some texture so I don’t have to use much, if any, heat. My hair is really heavy and not curly by any means, and this has been the first curl enhancing product I’ve enjoyed.
This is the only tanner I’ve used since June. It gives a really pretty tan that’s natural looking for my skin tone. I haven’t been out in the sun too much this summer, so this adds a really healthy glow to my skin tone. Once I got used to no color guard and realized it’s best applied with a mitt I’ve really loved it.
Foundation is the one beauty product I’ve always been fickle about. I feel like I’m always on the hunt for the perfect formula. Today I want to share with you the formulas that work for me.
Some background on my preferences: I have dry to normal skin, and I like to glow. I don’t love super full coverage for everyday. And when I want to add coverage, I prefer getting it from my concealer. I have lots of freckles and I feel like lighter coverage foundation blends more seamlessly with the rest of my body. However, if I’m going full glam I like a little more coverage to define my eye and lip areas. I hate foundations that feel heavy, and flashback isn’t a concern for me so bring on the spf.
This one has so many skin benefits and spf. It provides nice coverage and a natural finish. I love that it doesn’t feel heavy or itchy like some other high spf cc formulas I’ve tried. I like to apply this one with my hands. The squeeze tube packaging is nice, and I already have a backup.
So this product provides zero coverage. It’s the most unique formula I’ve used. It’s super liquidy, but when I apply it with my hands it seems to gain a thicker consistency. It’s great for evening out tone and helping look alive, but it won’t cover imperfections. It’s a nice, very natural look. The way I use this the most, though, is as a mixer. It’s amazing at sheering out matte or fuller coverage products. It’s also got a squeeze tube.
I bought this product after seeing it applied on Jojo Fletcher. It looked so glowy and fresh, two things I’m going for. It’s not heavy feeling, but provides buildable coverage. It’s very watery. I apply this one with a brush. The only downside to this foundation is the packaging. It has a dropper and can get really messy.
I usually stay far away from any formula with “matte” in the name, but I’m glad I tried this one. This is the foundation I go for when I want my makeup to last and look flawless. It’s the heaviest coverage I’ve found that I actually like. It’s got a peach scent. My favorite way to apply this is with a brush, and I love how it looks mixed with Face and Body. The packaging is my favorite because it has a pump and squeeze tube.
It’s taken so many trials and errors, but I’m really happy with this lineup. I haven’t been tempted to buy another foundation in awhile. Let me know what your favorite foundations are!
When it comes to fashion, I divide items into two categories. The first is key items. These are pieces that will last me a long time, so I feel comfortable investing in them. An example would be a white button-up shirt or a classic pair of jeans. I really think on these items and take my time before buying them. The second category is trendier pops. These are fun items that add spice to my wardrobe, but I know they might not withstand the test of time. I buy fewer of these items, and I don’t like to spend as much money on them. I like to really wear my clothes. I don’t like decluttering my wardrobe and feeling guilty for not getting use out of a piece.
Before a season starts, I like to look in my closet and see what wardrobe holes I have or if I need to update any pieces. I keep a list of items I need in my phone, and it really keeps me focused and less likely to impulse buy. Last year I really focused on sweaters; this year, I needed professional pants and a jean jacket. I consider these investment pieces because I wear professional pants almost every day during the school year, and a jean jacket is a staple piece in my wardrobe. Here’s what I’m swapping and why.
First, I’m swapping these green chinos. They aren’t the most comfortable and the pockets are a lot of work; I get the pants on and then have to spend a lot of time pushing the pockets down and lying them flat. I also am gravitating towards high-waisted pants right now because I think they are so much flattering on my figure. They really lengthen my short legs. I found these knit green pants to replace the chinos with. They are so incredibly comfortable. I was in the fence for sizing, and probably could have sized down. I can’t wait to style them.
Next I’m swapping these camel pants. They are seven years old, so quality-wise they were amazing. A couple years ago I had them altered them from a flare leg to more tapered one and was really happy with the style. Again, I wanted to update with a high-waisted version and I love the cargo pockets on the sides of the new version. I also like the wider waistband for tucking in shirts.
My last investment piece swap is this jean jacket. I cannot even remember how long I’ve had this jacket in my closet, but it was time for an upgrade. It’s cropped, which I like, but it’s always been tight through my shoulders and I am uncomfortable wearing anything heavier than a T-shirt underneath. Last winter, I was on the hunt for a trucker style jacket but couldn’t find a version at a price I was comfortable spending. This upgrade was from Target, and I’m in love. It has dropped shoulders and nice long lines. I think it’s really flattering for an oversized jacket. The arms are also large enough I could wear it over a cozy sweater or hooded jacket (I love that doubled up look). I like that there’s also enough space that I can really scrunch up the sleeves, too.
And just for a bonus item, I love this top from Express. This falls between the two categories. Animal print stands the test of time, but the cropped style seems trendy to me. Since the collar is a different print, it gives Peter Pan collar vibes. The cropped style is perfect for high-waisted pant. I think it’ll look cute for work and styled for the weekend.
How do you go about organizing and decluttering your wardrobe? What pieces are you investing in this season and what trends are you looking forward to? Let me know!