August Beauty Empties


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It’s time to purge my hidden beauty empties drawer and show you all a little sneak peek behind a few things I’ve ran through recently. I feel like last month I ran through quite a few odds and ends in my beauty collection; but, most of my empties this month are hair products. Without further ado, let’s jump into this empties collection

OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo + OGX Argan Oil Conditioner

I’ll save you some redundancy and time and link my full review of these products here.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Divine Dark

Yet, another favorite of mine. Check out some more thoughts of mine in my last empties post. I go through these like every other week!

Tresemme Hair Spray

This has been my tried and true hairspray for YEARS. My hair literally doesn’t move but doesn’t compromise the lividity. No crust but all the hold! Now with me using this up, I’m on the search for a cruelty free hairspray solution. Let me know what you recommend!

Radha Rosehip Oil

Obsessed. I’ve already replenished my stock on this oil. I’m so glad I tried this out. The best part? I find mine on Amazon and have it delivered straight to me! This oil has totally changed my skin for the better and I can’t even imagine my life before it.

Retread

My go-to hair mask for damaged hair. It’s helped me keep my long hair while repairing my dead ends. I didn’t think I could get my hair to grow past a certain point; but, this product proved me wrong! Love it!

Glam Glow Thirsty Mud

Dry skin? You need this! I have loved each and every Glam Glow mask I’ve tried thus far. This mask is so perfect for that extra boost of hydration and it smells delicious!

Mario Badescu Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream

There’s no better time to start taking extra care of your skin than before the damage is already done. I started using a neck cream this year and this was the first product I tried. I loved the thick consistency and it felt very nourishing. I didn’t see any change in my neck but, then again, I don’t have mature skin yet. I’m trying a different neck product now and will let you know how the two compare!

Victoria’s Secret Fresh Body Mist

This mist is from….Christmas I think? I was gifted a collection of four or five and have been switching between them all. Clearly, I really liked this one! The scent wears off easily but what body mist doesn’t?

NYX Micro Brow Pencil

My everyday eyebrow pencil that has seriously upped my brow game. I have already repurchased!

E.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner in brown

E.l.f. is seriously underrated. I love some of their products and this is one of them. Their eyeliners are great quality and easy to apply. What could be better? I like switching up my eyeliner color to brown for daytime looks because it’s less harsh. I recommend trying this one out!

Leave me a comment below with a cruelty free hairspray you recommend I try out!

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Blanket Ladder Shelf Wrap Up

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If you ever wondered if I find my own play on words amusing, the answer is yes! But seriously, this blanket ladder shelf makes wrapping up in a cozy blanket all the more enticing and chic. These ladder shelves are so on trend right now throughout the design community. You know I had to get my hands on one of these! The best part is, I have a very good imagination and a handy husband. We built this piece ourselves and had a blast doing it!

Our home was needing something extra to fill this awkward gap we have in our living room. I have been eyeing some super cute ladder shelves for a while now; so, I finally decided to pull the trigger and build my own! They’re a design friendly way to display blankets in living or bedrooms, towels in bathrooms, or even scarves in your bedroom, if you’re like me and have stupid crazy amount of scarves. These shelves are great to use throughout your home and can serve so many purposes! It’s a great way to shake up the design of your home without needing to purchase anything down the road. If you get tired of where you have it, you can move it and completely change its purpose. It always blows my mind how little closet space homes have; but, you won’t need to worry about hiding your items in closets when you can display them this easily and beautifully!

With our moving date soon approaching, I’m excited to see where this piece will find its place in our new home. Leave me a comment down below and tell me what you use your ladder shelf for!

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Easy Breezy Summer Look – OOTD

Cardigan (similar) : Forever 21   |  Shorts : Charlotte Russe  |  Shoes  : Charlotte Russe  |

|  Tank Top : H&M  |

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Happy hump day everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and hope your week is flying by as fast as mine is! I put this outfit together for a little get together this past weekend and just had to share it with you all. I love this cardigan SO much. I try and get as much wear out of it as I possibly can (with the bold pattern, it gets quite difficult). It’s such a light piece that I don’t mind wearing it in the hotter months but it’s a nice change of pace from just the everyday tanks and tees. I paired it with this simple black tank and ripped denim shorts. The shorts certainly help the cardigan seem more summer appropriate and make the look more casual. You could definitely mix your shoe selection up with this outfit. I opted for these heeled booties to dress it up a bit; but, this outfit will look just as good with a decorative sandal as well. This was absolutely perfect for a fun night out with friends!

Leave me a comment below telling me how you change up your traditional summer outfits!

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Welcoming Home the Peanut

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Today I’ve got some fun (and furry) news to share! We have added to our family and recently welcomed home this little kitten, Beanie.

Getting To Know Beanie : We have had the little one for such a short amount of time but I feel we are getting to know her very well. Mostly because she follows us around constantly and is almost always touching us in one way or the other. She has little knowledge of personal space and would much rather lay up on your neck than on your lap. Beanie is a fan of 5 minute power naps then 15 minute play hard sessions. She’s constantly under our feet and demanding attention (with a cute little meow like hers, I can’t say no). And lastly, she is obsessed with her older sister, Leila.

Fitting In : This sweet little black and white beauty is fitting in great with our family and we are so excited to have her. We adopted her from a local shelter about a week or so ago and are just starting to get into a routine. For those who don’t know, we have an older kitty Leila who is just over 3 years old. Leila wasn’t too sure about something so small and rambunctious. However, we are finally getting to know each other and realizing that it’s kind of fun to have someone else to hang out with! We heard lots of little kitty-cat paws running around all of last night and even found them playing around with each other a bit. Beanie is watching her older sister day in and day out. She’s easily and rapidly becoming Leila’s little shadow. We have been searching for a little kitten for Leila to hang out with for a while now. (My husband and I both work full time jobs and feel that Leila’s personality needs a friend.) I’m so glad we found this little knucklehead! I think they’ll grow up great with each other!

The Name : My family has a bit of a tradition when it comes to animals. As I’m sure many of you agree, your pets really do become family. Whenever a beloved pet passes, we get a new animal and give them a name to honor the former. For those who may not know, I lost my sweetie a month ago. One of her many nicknames was Bean-head (LONG story haha). I felt that with this new little kitten, she exemplified many of the traits I found in my Bean-head when I adopted her. Thus, the name Beanie came to fruition. I think the name suits her well and we’ve already given her many other nicknames along the way – like “stop that”, “get away from there”, etc….just kidding! J

Be sure to keep stopping on by to see more pictures as we get to know this little peanut more. I’m sure there will be much more (as I can’t control my crazy cat-lady traits) and we can’t wait for all that’s to come!

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How To Get Rid Of Oily Skin


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Take it from someone who has had oily skin all her life, I didn’t think it was every going to be possible to change my skin type. I thought you were born with what you got and that’s that. However, I found that many of my habits and lifestyle choices were the reasons behind my oily skin.

I know every person is different and every person reacts differently to certain products, etc. But, I just wanted to share with all of you how I got rid of my oily skin so you could try out a few tips for yourself!

Moisturize with oils

I know it seems like backward logic and the last thing you’ll want to do is add more oil to your face; but, the results are worth it. Your face is producing so much oil because, odds are, you’re not moisturizing enough and your skin is working overtime trying to make sure you stay hydrated. The best thing you can do to combat oil is to keep your skin well hydrated and I found, personally, oil works best for me. I use 100% Organic Rosehip Oil and it has transformed my skin. I use it as a moisturizer every night for an extra boost while sleeping.

Remove makeup every night

I use to be SO SO BAD at taking my makeup off and my skin really hated me for it. I never realized how much my skin hated it until I stuck to a strict routine of removing it every.single.night. My skin improved so much from just that simple step. I know sometimes it’s hard to remember or fit it into your busy schedule but I promise you’ll thank me later.

Established a routine

Like I mentioned above with a routine of makeup removal, I also worked many other products and steps into My Skincare Routine. I feel so much better and my skin looks so much better. (I can definitely write an updated skincare routine post if you’d like to see that.) Taking the extra ten minutes a day to give my skin everything it needs and finding the right products that compliments my skin was essential to changing the amount of oil.

Multi-masking

I use to think masks were just used to get all the nasty junk out of your skin so I would only use either exfoliating or charcoal masks. They would totally suck all the good oils and moisture out of my face and only worsen my complexion. Since then, I’ve learned what problem areas to target with the harsh masks (like breakouts, my T-zone, etc.). For the rest of my skin, I’ll use a gentle hydrating mask. Multi-masking lets you create the perfect concoction for your skin that you’ll never find by just applying one single mask to your face.

Lightweight products

Let’s just say that in my early makeup days I didn’t exactly go for the ‘natural’ look. But, then again, who did? It was the early 2000’s. Everyone was orange and everyone wore pale nude lipstick. Nowadays, I’ve learned how much better your makeup and skin can benefit from using natural and lightweight products. That goes for makeup as well as skincare products! My Go-To Foundation is the Too Faced Born This Way and I don’t know if I’ll ever switch foundations. It gives the perfect amount of coverage without weighing down my face. It’s a super breathable foundation. Your skin will thank you! As for skincare, switching to a lightweight oil as opposed to a heavy moisturizer really helped my skin breathe while getting everything it needed. Less really is more!

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you’d like to see an updated skincare routine!

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How To Keep Your Wedding Ring Pristine

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You got the ring, now what? It’ll stay beautiful and radiant for the first couple weeks (probably because you’re so attached to it that it never leaves your finger). After that point, you’ll start to notice it dulling a bit. I’m here to help you keep it pristine from the very beginning. Bad habits are easier to break when you don’t start them. Here are my biggest tips for keeping that gorgeous rock clean and stunning for years to come!

Cleaning It Regularly

Basic, I know. When you wear it day after day you don’t notice how dull your ring can get. Diamonds glisten and gleam even when a bit dingy so you won’t be able to tell how dirty it actually is until you get yourself on an actual schedule. I use the Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner in Precious. I love this cleaner and notice a significant difference after cleaning it. It takes 30 seconds and makes a world of difference! I clean my ring every other week or two. Make sure to read the instructions on the cleaner you use so you don’t damage your ring by cleaning it too much.

Knowing When To Take It Off

Do I ever WANT to take this gorgeous thing off? No. Do I know when I NEED to take it off? Yes.

I make sure to take it my ring off when I’m doing anything strenuous on my hands, anything messy (even if that’s just washing my hands or light cleaning around the house), and even sleeping. Sleeping is a big one for me. I bought my husband and myself cute little ring holders that we both keep on our nightstands. You don’t realize (since you’re obviously sleeping, duh) that you put your body in awkward positions and maybe you even lay on your hands. Wear like that over time can cause prongs to come loose. Yikes!

Staring At It

It’s the most expensive accessory I’ll ever own. I mean, it’s probably the most expensive piece I’ll put on my body – PERIOD! Of course I’m going to be staring at it constantly. Another reason to be keeping an eye on your jewelry is so you can easily detect when something seems wrong. You’ll be more apt to notice diamonds coming loose or, God forbid, missing. If you are keeping an eye on your ring, you’ll be able to get it into a store to be fixed before any real damage.

Leave a comment below and tell me your secret to keeping your jewelry clean!
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Favorite Blog Posts From July

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Selecting my favorite posts this month became way easier once I realized how few posts actually went out this month. This month has been a whirlwind and you can read exactly why here in one of last week’s posts. The lack of posts are definitely going to change though with this coming month. I’ve got some really great stuff in the works that I can’t wait to share. Before we get into the next crazy month, take a look at some of my favorites from this past month.

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July Fourth Sweets

Really yummy dessert recipe that’s great for independence day or any party!

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DIY Soothing Linen Spray

If you’re obsessed with essential oils, be sure to check this out! I use my diffuser and this spray every single day (maybe even a couple times a day!).

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Healthy “Milk”Shake

Of course you could go to a restaurant and order a milkshake; or, you could stay home in your PJ’s and make a healthier version.

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Workplace Essentials Every Girl Needs

I love the concept of this post because it’s not one you see very often. I would love to hear what you all deem workplace essentials.

Leave me a comment below and tell me which was your favorite!
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