SUMMER Makeup Kit | 2018

The last thing you wanna wear during the summer are layers upon layers of makeup. So uncomfortable! Today, I thought I would share with you all the perfect makeup to wear this summer. All formulas are comfortable and easy to wear. Let’s get started!

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Wearing traditional foundation during warm temperatures is just about as comfortable as wearing Uggs on the beach! If you still want light to moderate coverage for your complexion without the foundation feel, I highly recommend the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream. 

I first had this product in my collection years ago, and I was head over heels for it! This stuff is truly magic in a pot. Great things come in small packages, for sure. When I apply this cream, I prep my skin with moisturizer and primer like usual. I use it solely as foundation. The texture is truly weightless and seamless. I recommend applying with your fingers; I have tried with a brush and it took a while to blend. That being said, I still have to try with a sponge…

To ensure this correcting cream stays in place, I set it with a little powder. I’m serious–you will NOT regret purchasing this product! It may seem a bit expensive, but one pot will carry you through the summer and beyond. I forgot how much I loved it! It truly looks like your natural skin–just perfected. {$32; Sephora or QVC}

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There’s nothing prettier in the summer than a soft, sunset-inspired eye look. Packing multiple eyeshadows for travel isn’t really ideal, is it? Luckily, the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is a one-stop shop; it has everything you could ever want in a palette!

The shimmering shades are absolutely stunning, and the matte ones are so versatile as well. The formula is powdery with quite a bit of kick-up, but each shadow blends so well; even the darker ones! Not one shadow is patchy. You can definitely achieve a simple, everyday look or a more dramatic look for a night out! Nonetheless, the Soft Glam Palette is a winner! Glad I have it in my collection. {$42; Sephora or Ulta}

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Within the past year or so I have become a highlighter hoarder. I just cannot help it! A good highlight just brings so much light and glowiness to my face. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter isn’t for the faint of heart, but is so stunning!

I would describe it as a beige-champagne color. It is on the shimmery side, but the particles are so fine that this highlight doesn’t look chunky or patchy on the tops of my cheekbones. The formula is powdery yet smooth; it doesn’t look heavy or greasy. If you wanna fake that sunkissed look, definitely pair this with your favorite bronzer. You will shine to the high heavens.  {$28; Sephora or Ulta}

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This lip combo has been EVERYTHING to me lately! There’s nothing more chic than a nude lip in the summer. One favorites is the Too Faced Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Lipstick in Sunday Funday. This shade is just a classic, peachy nude. The formula is obviously matte, but it glides on smoothly and doesn’t dry my lips out. Plus, it smells like peach ice cream! I also love how elegant and high quality the packaging is. {$21; Sephora}

To add more dimension and shine, I layer Sunday Funday with the Buxom Full On Lip Cream in White Russian. Again, WR is that classic pinky nude gloss you’ve always searched for. I’m on my second tube and will NEVER be without! {$20; Sephora or Ulta}

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What are some of your beauty must-haves for the summer? I’d love to know!

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Don’t Overlook Sephora Collection!

Today I thought I’d tell you about my favorite SEPHORA COLLECTION products! It may not be your first choice to look at when you hit Sephora, but it turns out the house brand has some really good stuff. Let’s get started!

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Up first, we have the Golden Hour Highlighting Powder in Dusk. I picked this up on a whim a few weeks ago, and I’m so glad I did! Dusk is the prettiest ballet pink shade. It may look shimmery in the pan, but the finish is a nice, even sheen. The texture is smooth and not ashy. You can wear it dry or use setting spray for a foiled effect. Either way, this works as a highlighter or eyeshadow. So pretty for summer! {$16}

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Sephora obviously carries an array of lipsticks–but would you believe one of the BEST ones costs just 8?! It’s true! The #LipStories line is no joke. Creamy, smooth, quality lipsticks. I have the shade Labyrinth City, a rusty rose shade. If you’re hesitant to try a red lip, I suggest trying this one. It’s not too bright and looks so natural.

To be so creamy, the staying power is impressive! Just a tip–make sure you don’t get the packaging wet; the cap is cardboard, so it shrivels up. That being said, I can’t WAIT to try more shades. These lipsticks look mini, but a full-sized bullet is in each tube. {$8}

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The Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Slate is such a good, basic navy shade. If you want something different than a traditional black or brown liner, navy is the way to go! It actually makes the whites of your eyes look brighter. My favorite way to wear Slate is on top of black liquid liner. It adds an unexpected pop of color! The formula is smooth and doesn’t drag or skip on my lids. A great little hidden gem. {$12}

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Lastly we have the Beauty Amplifier Set & Refresh Spray. I really like this setting spray! It is ultra fine and doesn’t soak my face when I apply. This works as a finishing spray, or I use it to foil my highlighter or eyeshadows.  is an effective product. I only wish it came in a bigger bottle! {$16}

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My Favorite Things | April 2018

April flew by so quickly that I barely found time to blog. So sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to it! Anyway, it’s time for another Favorite Things post. Here are the {mostly beauty} items that caught my eye this month. Let’s get started!

B E A U T Y

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As you all may know, I have been a long time fan of the Laura Geller Spackle Primer for almost six years! I still love that one, but lately I’ve noticed that my pores around my nose have enlarged a bit, and my skin is just a tad more oily. So, I decided to switch things up and give the Touch In Sol No POREblem Primer a try.

If you have oily skin and enlarged pores, this is the primer for you! Although it has that silicone-y feel, it doesn’t drag or ball up on my skin. Rather, it has a smooth, lotion-y consistency. I’m really liking it. It doesn’t feel too powdery and isn’t greasy, either. I also like that it comes in a handy pump. I will continue to purchase this primer, even though I love my Spackle too! {$18; sephora}

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The thought of wearing a full-coverage foundation used to make me cringe. Who wants to wear a mask all the time? However, since I’ve started working, I’ve wanted a foundation that doesn’t budge or let me get oily throughout the day. My mom gave me the Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme, and I’ve been loving it ever since!

For one, it doesn’t even have that heavy foundation feel; it feels more like a dense moisturizer when you put it on. To keep a natural looking complexion, I recommend only using one pump. A little goes a long way. I like to use my It Cosmetics Foundation Brush to blend it out, but you can use a damp beauty sponge for a more sheer finish.

This foundation is a true gem. The finish is natural; not too matte and not too glowy. It looks like your normal skin, just perfected! I don’t use this every day, but it’s great for when you have a long day at work or event to attend. {$37; qvc}

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This month, I accomplished something monumental. After years and years of being a true makeup junkie, I mastered fake eye lashes! I am still so proud of myself! I’ve always been fixated by them, finally putting my mind to it that I was going to learn how to slap falsies on with confidence. And I have! My favorite ones to use are the Ardell Glamour Lashes. As you can see, they are thick and full without looking costume-y.

A couple of tips: I recommend purchasing a brush-on adhesive. This keeps messes minimal. Start with your toughest eye so you can use most of your energy on it. That way, if you get frustrated, your easy eye is last. Hope that makes sense. And lastly, don’t close your eye when putting the lashes on! Look down instead. It sounds weird, but trust me–it makes application so much easier. {$8 for pack of 4; target or ulta}

T O  L I S T E N 

One of my earliest memories is listening to Elton John albums in my carseat as a small child! This past month, two cover albums of his songs hit shelves.

Restoration is made up of country covers, while Revamp is pop-centered. I have yet to listen to every single song, but let me tell ya, both albums are great. Each artist puts their own unique spin on a song without diminishing Elton’s style. My favorites are Maren Morris’ Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Lee Ann Womack’s Honky Cat, Little Big Town’s Rocket Man, Florence + The Machine’s Tiny Dancer and Sam Smith’s Daniel. If that cover doesn’t make you shed a tear, I don’t know what will!

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This post seems a little short, but I promise I’ll be back soon with more content. Life gets busy, you know? Nonetheless, thanks for reading!

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Here’s What I’ve Been Reading…

Today I thought I’d post all about the books I’ve been reading for the past few weeks. Each of the four books have a different story/tone to them, so I hope I help you find your next read. Let’s get started!

T R I L L E R

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She seems to have a picture-perfect family, yet one day Polly up and leaves her husband and toddler in search of a fresh start. And so begins Sunburn by Laura Lippman. Polly finds work as a waitress in a small Delaware town, and soon falls for mysterious Adam, a cook at the diner where she works.

So what’s so fishy about this situation? Adam is a PI hired to investigate Polly: her explosive first marriage, her oldest child whom she also abandoned, and her turbulent past. But like I said, things get complicated when they fall in love.

So who is Polly really? I kept turning the pages, waiting for the truth about this complex woman to be revealed. Sunburn isn’t as intense as your typical mystery/thriller, but it kept me entertained. It had this sultry, indie vibe about it. I just wish it was a little longer and didn’t have such an abrupt ending! Still, Sunburn is worth the read. {4 out of 5 stars}

B E A C H   R E A D

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As I have mentioned before on my blog, I have long been a fan of British author Sophie Kinsella. Each of her novels are so fun to read, so naturally I picked up her latest, Surprise Me. 

Surprise follows Sylvie and Dan, a happily married couple who have been together for over a decade. However, thy feel a bit jolted when a doctor tells them that they are likely to have several decades left of marriage. So how are they to keep their marriage fun and unpredictable? They plan surprises for each other!

In typical Sophie Kinsella fashion, Surprise Me is full of witty British humor and comical hi-jinks. At times I felt this novel was a tad cheesy (and Sylvie a little too naive and airy) but I still enjoyed. It’s a fast and easy beach read.

Surprise Me didn’t have such a heartfelt, relatable undertone; in this case, I’d recommend Kinsella’s book from last year, My Not-So Perfect Life. {3 out of 5 stars}

H I S T O R I C A L   F I C T I O N

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I have never read a book about the Cuban Revolution before, so last week I decided to pick up Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton. Historical fiction is my go-to genre, so I had a feeling I’d enjoy this one!

Havana has dual story lines; the novel begins in 1950s Cuba when teenaged Elisa and her wealthy family are in the midst of fleeing Cuba, headed for freedom in the States. Then, we meet Marisol, a Cuban-American journalist visiting Cuba for work–and to also scatter the ashes of her beloved grandmother, Elisa.

This novel details Elisa’s life during the Revolution. She and her family seem to be unaffected from all of the turmoil going on in Cuba–until Elisa secretly meets and falls in love with a revolutionary. Yep, talk about forbidden love.

Meanwhile, while working on her travel article, Marisol uncovers more about her grandmother’s turbulent last months in Cuba before she flees to the States. And just like Elisa, Marisol finds herself in a complicated relationship with a Cuban man.

Next Year In Havana also kept my attention from the first to last page. It is filled with history, drama, along with romance. A quick, fascinating read. I recommend; even though this novel also ended abruptly! {4 out of 5 stars} 

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In case you missed it, I reviewed Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah in my last Favorite Things post! I will link it if you want to read my thoughts about this novel. It’s a moving story about mother-daughter relationships, mixed with a harrowing time in World War II-torn Russia. Again, I highly recommend! {4.5 out of 5 stars}

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ULTA Haul | Hits + Misses

Hi friends!

Today I thought I’d do a quick post on a few things I’ve purchased from Ulta recently. Read on to hear my thoughts. Let’s get started…

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I’m a sucker for a good eyeshadow palette and heard positive reviews for the Nars-icist Wanted Palette, so I decided to give it a try! As you can see, it is filled with everyday neutral tones as well as a couple pops of berry. The texture of these shadows are more powdery than creamy, but still easy to blend.

After wearing it several times, I ultimately decided to return this palette. Not because I didn’t like it; I simply had similar-looking eyeshadows already in my collection. However, if you’re looking for a simple but pretty eyeshadow palette that’s a one-stop shop, definitely give this one a try. Each shadow is high-quality, and the packaging is so sleek! {$59; ulta.com}

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Searching for a full-coverage concealer without the hefty price tag? Head to your nearest Ulta and buy the Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer. I kid you not–this product is EVERYTHING! Definitely a new staple of mine. The formula is so creamy and doesn’t drag on the skin. It also doesn’t look the least bit heavy.

I could do without the fake floral, perfume-y scent, but it goes away after a couple minutes. It’s just such a nice, effective concealer. I have the shade Light Beige. Go give this a try! The price can’t be beat for the quality. {$6; ulta.com}

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As much as I wanted to believe these would be the answer to my false lashes struggle, I had to return the Ardell Magnetic Lash Wispies. 

I have never been good at applying false lashes, so it seemed too good to be true to simply clasp these lashes together and be done. Sadly, these are a gimmick! While they do an okay job of fastening at the center, the corners of each pair of lashes kept flaring up and wanting to fall off. Not going to work! Plus, these looked super un-natural and dramatic.

Hmm….guess I will just have to continue practicing with traditional false lashes and glue. Does anyone have tips to make the process easier?! {$14; ulta.com}

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Lastly, we have the Essence Keep It Perfect Makeup Fixing Spray. For some reason I just can’t ever get enough of setting sprays, so I had to try this one too. I believe they truly make a difference in helping your makeup last!

This formula is effective, but the sprayer is super intense!! You have to make sure your makeup is completely dried before you apply. Or else, it looks like you take a SuperSoaker straight to the face! The first time I applied, I practically bathed in this spray.

If you don’t want to risk your makeup smudging, I would use it to dampen my brush for highlighting and foiling eyeshadows. Nonetheless, it is worth the buy! {$5; ulta.com}

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My Favorite Things | March 2018

Hi friends! It’s been a little while since I’ve written and we have a lot of ground to cover, so I’m just gonna jump right into it. Here are the items that struck my fancy in the month of March! Let’s get started…

B E A U T Y

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This month, one of my childhood dreams was fulfilled…my Dad and I took a little father-daughter trip to Washington, DC. I have long been a history nerd, so I was in heaven. I soaked up every minute: visiting the Smithsonian, gazing at the Lincoln Memorial, strolling through Arlington National Cemetery, etc. Amid all of that history, I of course scoped out the shopping scene. In Nordstrom, I picked up this Limited Edition Nars Reve Sale Cheek Palette. 

YOU GUYS. This highlighter palette is absolutely STUNNING! I have worn it nearly every day since I purchased. The colors are gorgeous; there’s a pale pink shade, a pale gold and a more bronzy peach. It looks so good at the tops of my cheekbones! I love blending the first two shades together.

To take your highlight to the *next level,* spritz your highlighting brush with setting spray before you apply the powder. It foils the color, really  making it stand out. For around $50, I thought this was a very good value! A standard Nars Blush retails for $30, after all… {$49; nordstrom.com}

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Up next, we have one of the BEST mascaras I have tried in a long time–Benefit Bad Gal Bang! This mascara isn’t for the faint of heart; it builds serious volume very quickly. The formula is creamy and dries on the waxy side. In fact, it can be a bit clumpy. The wand is a unique cone shape and flexible, which takes a couple applications to get used to it. That being said, Bang is sure to become a staple in my collection.

If you are looking for a serious volumuzing mascara that provides thick, lush lashes, look no further! {$24 for full size; ulta.com}

S E L F  –  C A R E

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I’ve never talked about Deodorant before in my Favorites, but I thought this one was worth mentioning. We’ve known for a while how traditional deodorant is chocked with chemicals and is bad for you. Through the years, I’ve tried several “all natural” ones that have failed to work within mere minutes! I didn’t ever think I would find a natural deodorant that worked for me.

I discovered Native Deodorant while scrolling through Pinterest one day. This company had numerous positive reviews, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I purchased the Cotton And Lilly scent, which basically smells like powder.

I am not disappointed! I would give it four out of five stars. This deodorant holds up pretty well throughout the day. I’m a warm-natured person, so sometimes I have to do a little touch up mid-day. Nonetheless, I would purchase Native again! They have really unique scents that I’m eager to try. If you’ve been looking for a pretty effective natural deodorant, give Native a shot. It’s a bit pricy but worth it! {$12 each; nativecos.com}

A  G O O D  R E A D 

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A couple years ago I read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and really loved it! I don’t know why it took me so long to read another one of her books, but I did! Just like Nightingale, Winter Garden is another World War II-set drama.

It tells the story of two daughters, Meredith and Nina, and their Russian mother, Anya. For years, Anya has been extremely cold and reclusive to her two daughters. When Anya’s husband passes away, his dying wish is for the three women to become close, something they have never achieved.

Slowly but surely, Anya begins to open up about her mysterious past by telling Nina and Meredith a fairy tale–with a twist. The women begin to learn and understand their mother’s harrowing past.

Without giving too much away, Winter Garden takes place in the early 2000s and during World War II-torn-Russia. It took me about 120 pages to get into this story, but once I did, it was so worth it. Parts of this book is tough to read, but the ending is triumphant. Definitely recommend! {$14; amazon.com}

T O  L I S T E N 

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I wrote about Kacey Musgraves new album, Golden Hour, in last month’s favorites. The album dropped a mere three days ago, and I’m already in love with it. So I’m going to talk about it again.

Golden Hour is truly genre-less. It doesn’t matter if you like country music or not; I honestly think most anyone would like this album. It is so etherial and relaxing, a true work of art. Kacey helped pen all fourteen tracks, and you can tell. GH has so much heart, with her signature sassy lyrics sprinkled throughout.

Key Tracks: Slow Burn, Oh, What A World; Velvet Elvis, Rainbow, and Space Cowboy. But let’s be honest, every song is good. Give Golden Hour a listen. {$12; amazon.com}

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Makeup I Forgot I Loved…

Since I have a pretty vast collection of makeup, it’s really easy for products to get lost in the shuffle! I put them away for a while, and then rediscover how much I love them–which is fun. So today, I thought I would share with you all a few items that I’ve stumbled across in my collection lately that I forgot how much I loved! Let’s get started…

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I’ve never been one to want to drop a ton of money on a good face powder! There are plenty of great ones at the drugstore. For the past couple months I had been using my elf Color Correcting Powder, but then I decided to take a break from it and come back to my No7 Cosmetics Perfect Light Translucent Loose Powder. This stuff is awesome!

If you tend to be a little oily like me, you need this loose powder in your life! I use it to set my foundation, which helps it stay in place all day long. It is so finely milled, and doesn’t leave a white cast. I especially concentrate this powder on my T-Zone. Plus, the packaging is really elegant and sturdy, as if it is more expensive. Yet, it has a drugstore price!

No7 isn’t as bright and shiny as other makeup brands, but I highly recommend checking them out. They have really practical yet pretty items! {$13; Target}

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The L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation has been a staple in my beauty collection since I discovered it two years ago. For a long time, I mixed it with the Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation for the perfect demi-matte finish! That is still one of my favorite tricks, but I recently rediscovered how pretty this foundation is on its own.

This foundation truly gives you just the right amount of a glow. You look radiant and not greasy! Plus, the formula is very light and breathable, so there’s no need to worry about breakouts. I am almost on my fourth tube of Pro-Glow; it is one of the best drugstore foundations IMO. {$11; Target}

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Another product from L’Oreal that I love are the Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipsticks.  I have the shade Cowboy, which is a 90s-like milk chocolate color. This type of shade tends to make people weary, but it’s actually an easy, neutral color to wear!

It is a similar dupe to my all-time favorite liquid lipstick, Kat Von D’s Lolita. The texture is light and smooth, like suede. Plus, the staying power is impressive! I would say it lasts three to four hours. You don’t have to drop a ton of money for a good liquid lipstick; this line is worth checking out. 🙂 {$10; Ulta}

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The Benefit Hervana Powder Blush will always hold a special place in my heart. It is the first high-end blush I ever purchased, nearly six years ago. Since then, my blush collection has grown greatly, but Hervana has always remained.

Recently, I was reminded just how GORGEOUS Hervana actually is. In the pan, you see a swirl of four shades: a whitish-pink, a peachy-pink, a mauve and a purple color. There is an ever-so-slight sheen across the entire blush. When I swirl my blush brush in the compact and apply to my cheeks, the most FLATTERING shade of pink is deposited. And don’t worry, you don’t even see the sheen.

If blush makes you nervous, purchase Hervana. Trust me, it is worth the $30 price tag. It makes you look so glowy and fresh and awake. I seriously pray that Hervana is never discontinued. If so, I will write Benefit! You NEED this blush. It is so pretty. I’ve run out of adjectives so I’ll just stop there…  {$29; benefitcosmetics.com}

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NIGHTTIME Skincare Routine | Spring 2018

Hi friends!

As I was contemplating another makeup-focused post to write, I realized it’s been a while since I last discussed my nighttime skincare routine! I am blessed to not have any major complexion issues, so if you are looking for a fast and easy regimen, definitely keep on reading. I am really excited about and love each one of these products. Let’s get started!

C L E A N S E  + M O I S T U R I Z E 

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Cleansing Sticks are a fairly new trend on the market! For those of you who don’t know, it is basically a solid facial cleanser that comes in a twist-up tube. I recently traveled to D.C. and wanted a cleanser that wouldn’t spill in my suitcase, so naturally I picked up this St. Ives Matcha Green Tea + Ginger Cleansing Stick. 

At first, I was a little reluctant to try; I was afraid the coconut oil in the cleanser would break me out or make me feel greasy. However, I was pleasantly surprised! This cleanser works into a nice lather when applied to my face. The wind was intense in DC; I was afraid my skin would become dry and flaky. But I really think this cleansing stick kept my face nice and lightly moisturized while cleansed!

I will definitely continue to use this. To keep bacteria from harboring, I spray it with hydrogen peroxide, rinse well, and wipe the cleansing stick off with a towel. I’ve been using it morning by itself and at night with my Clarisonic Mia 2. So far so good!  {$8; target.com}

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I like to keep my moisturizer as simple as possible! For the past couple months I’ve been using the Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream. I received this for free as part of an Influenster VoxBox, and I would purchase this moisturizer on my own! It reminds me of a more affordable version of the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Cream. It has the exact same texture!

This moisturizer has a very light, hydrating texture. It sinks right into my skin, leaving soft and lightly moisturized! It’s not the least bit heavy or greasy. I love it! {$10; target.com}

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When I’m not too lazy to show my skin a little extra love, I’ll do a mask and apply acne treatment! One of my favorite Masks is the SkinFood Egg White Pore Hot Steam Pack. I got this from Ulta months ago! It has a grainy texture, which is great for exfoliation. When you apply it to your face, you’ll notice a warming sensation. I leave this on for about five minutes. When I rinse, my skin is super smooth and soft! {$13; ulta.com}

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The GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment is technically a mud mask, but I use it as a spot treatment for my blemishes. I usually leave it on overnight. When I wake up, my blemish is significantly smaller and un-swollen. I received a free deluxe sample of this, but I would consider buying the $25 travel size. It truly does work like a charm! The SuperMud Clearing Treatment is a MUST-HAVE for anyone who deals with breakouts. {$25 for travel size; sephora.com}

 H A N D S

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Because I have Cerebral Palsy and use a walker and wheelchair to navigate the world, my hands are at work all day long. Pushing me in my wheelchair, gripping onto my walker, etc. Between that and battling the harsh elements and trying to resist getting sick, my hands are dried out by the end of the day.

To combat the dryness, I use either the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream or Nucifera The Balm. Both of these products are unbelievably effective moisturizers!

The FAB cream has a lightly whipped texture. It is fragrance free and fast absorbing. I’ve also used this on my lips and face when they are really chapped. I’m also on my second container. This stuff is just so good! {$30 for 6 oz.; sephora.com}

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Nucifera Balm is chocked full of butters and oils, so it has a much more emollient texture. It’s greasy–but in a GOOD way! I consider this more of a treatment than a typical balm. I apply it before I go to sleep; my hands are so soft in the morning!  {$20; amazon.com}

L I P S

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I am a true lip balm hoarder and have a vast collection on my nightstand, but lately I’ve been reaching for the Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm. If you want literal silk on your lips, purchase this lip balm! The texture is light and creamy, hence the caramel-like feel. The product itself smells like roses, which is nice but it would’ve been cool if it had a warm, caramel-y scent to match the texture!

Nonetheless, this balm is so luxurious and effective.  {18; sephora.com}

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I hope you all enjoyed this post! What are your nighttime skincare must-haves? I would love to know!

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The *Longest Lasting* Lip Color at the Drugstore Is…

Hi friends!

Today I thought I would talk about one of my MOST FAVORITE items at the drugstore. You may think you have to spend a pretty penny at Sephora for a comfortable, long-lasting lip color–at least, that’s what I thought. Until I discovered these gems…

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Let me tell you about these Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Colors! They for sure give high-end liquid lipsticks a run for their money. The formula is quite unique; at first glance, I assumed that it was a traditional liquid lipstick that dries down completely. But, I noticed that these have a creamy, satin-like finish (similar to the ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks).

Since they are completely non-drying, that means they are a little bit on the tacky side. Don’t let that scare you away; the formula just retains your natural moisture. These don’t crack and dry like traditional liquid lipsticks. In fact, they stay in place for hours. NO LIE!!

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Here we have the shade Ruler. It may look reddish in the picture, but it is actually a rich, raspberry color. It’s bold but not too “out there,” if you know what I mean. One layer evenly coats your lips. I suggest only sticking with a single later of Ruler; if you over-apply, it will smudge a bit. That being said, it is a gorgeous color. Suitable for both warm and cold months!

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Next, we have Lover. This is the first shade I ever tried; I received it for free as part of an Influenster VoxBox. I would describe Lover as a mid-toned pink; not too bold or too light. I was really struck by the staying power; this shade honest to goodness lasts ALL day on me. I have to use micellar water to take it off. It’s just one of those universally flattering, every day pinks. Really pretty!

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Lastly, we have Seductress, a beige, pinky nude. This shade is perfect for when you want to wear a more bold eye look. It is a natural, nude color that doesn’t wash me out. I would say it lasts a good four hours (and through a meal) before I have to lightly touch up!

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From top: Ruler / Lover / Seductress

Just a couple more things: these liquid lipsticks have a very precise, easy-to-use applicator; it’s like a spongy, pointed doe foot. The product adheres to the applicator really well, which is nice so I don’t get it all over my face.

Another thing: these do have a very light chemically smell to them. But don’t worry, it’s not too strong!

And finally, for the longest staying power, I recommend that you apply these to clean, dry lips; like after you brush your teeth. I also give these 30 minutes to an hour to set before I eat or drink anything. The wait is worth it; these don’t budge!

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The Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Colors retail for $9.49 on ulta.com. You may be able to find them a couple dollars cheaper at Walmart or Target. 

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These liquid lipsticks have an impressive shade range, too. If you have tried these, let me know which shades you have. I can’t wait to buy more!

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My Favorite Things | February 2018

Hello friends!

After a busy few weeks, I finally have time to talk about my favorites for the month of February. It sure has flown by, but I sure have stumbled upon some gems  that I hope you’ll love as much as I do. Let’s get started!

S K I N

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For the past few years, GlamGlow has been a frontrunner in the skincare world. To be honest, I always shied away from this brand because they cost a pretty penny! For my birthday gift at Sephora, I received a mini set that included this SuperMud Clearing Treatment and a moisturizer. Nonetheless, I was so excited to finally get to try something from this line…

And OH. MY. GOODNESS. This mask is incredible! I have been using it as a spot treatment for the past couple of weeks. I put a small about of the SuperMud on a blemish, and by morning, it is no longer swollen and has significantly shrunk.  It’s been a long time since I found a spot treatment this effective.

For now, I will enjoy this baby tube of the SuperMud Clearing Treatment. When I run out, I will seriously consider purchasing. There’s no better feeling than finding a spot treatment that works. Even if you were to invest in the travel or full size, I think it would be totally worth it. I am truly amazed each time I use this. If you have frequent or occasional breakouts–or simply want clear, purified skin, I strongly suggest trying the GlamGlow SuperMud Treatment. {$25 for travel size; sephora.com}

H A I R 

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Back in September, I got my hair bobbed off and haven’t looked back! It’s just SO much easier to manage. When my hair was longer, it would get tangled and stringy very easily. I was more than ready for a change!

I have never been one that is good at styling my hair. Me and hot tools just don’t get along! Therefore, I’m always on the hunt for an easy hair fix. Enter Wella EIMI Extra Volume Mousse. This stuff has truly been a lifesaver for me! In the past I used creams to achieve that beachy hair look. No matter how “light” the cream claimed to be, I found that it always weighed my fine hair down, making it look greasy.

This mousse is the real deal. Since it’s airy and foamy, it hardly has any weight. I put a golf ball-sized amount in my wet hair after showering to help my waves form easily. Like I said, this does the trick. I’ll probably never use anything else. Plus, it smells earthy and clean.  {$11; ulta.com}

M A K E U P 

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I wear a cat-eye look almost every day. Something about that wing just makes me feel so sassy and ready to face the world! A few months ago, I raved about the bareMinerals Lash Domination Eyeliner Pen. I used it so frequently that it finally dried out. That one is still my favorite, but if you’re looking for a cheaper option, I suggest the Soap & Glory SuperCat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen. 

Honestly, I was not expecting to like this one as much as I have been. But the felt-tip pen is nice and uniform and precise. I can draw perfectly even wings in a matter of seconds. It dries easily and lasts all day too. I only wish the black pigment was a little more black and opaque. That being said, I would still repurchase! {$10; ulta.com}

A  G O O D  R E A D

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This month, author Jojo Moyes released the third installment of the Me Before You series, Still Me. Obviously, this novel picks up where After You left off.

Louisa Clark is still reeling from Will’s death. With a new relationship blossoming, she takes a leap of faith and leaves her small English town for New York City. Louisa starts a job as a wealthy socialite’s assistant.

For the first time, Louisa truly seems to be coming into her own. She meets people from different walks of life, enjoying the perks of her new job. But then, a more poignant thought arises..how much of her “old self” does Louisa hold on to even when her world starts to open up?

Still Me is definitely worth the read. As always, Moyes does a wonderful job of crafting an entertaining, witty novel with a deeper, thoughtful undertone. In many ways, I think we can all relate to Louisa: No matter your age, life always throws lessons at you. You never really have life figured out–which is terrifying and fun at the same time.

I genuinely hope Jojo Moyes continues the Me Before You series. I am not ready to say goodbye to Louisa yet! (Excuse my inner book nerd.)

T O  L I S T E N

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On Friday, country singer Kacey Musgraves released TWO new songs from her upcoming album Golden Hour. They have been stuck in my head since then! Space Cowboy is a traditional country ballad while Butterflies is so fun and lighthearted.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with KM, she reminds me of this generation’s answer to Loretta Lynn. Her songs are more traditionally country than what’s on the radio these days. That being said, her songs are always clever and filled with attitude. I love both of her new songs equally–I can only imagine what the rest of Golden Hour sounds like. Come on March 30th!

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