Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream Review


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The best way to take care of yourself is to be proactive not reactive. That’s why I’ve started using something like a neck cream in my mid-20s. I’d rather prevent than have to deal with problems as they arise later in my life. I’ve tried a couple neck creams so far, which I’ll touch on later, but this Juice Beauty one has been my favorite thus far. Although, at my age I can’t see any differences, I’ve heard nothing but good things from women with more mature skin while using this product. And as I’ve been using this product, I haven’t had any bad reactions or breakouts from it. So that’s a win in my book!

In the past, I tried out the Mario Badescu Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream and I didn’t have anything bad to say about it. Again, I’m not at the age of where it is essentially needed. So it’s hard for me to grasp if a product really works or not. However, what I can attest to is the consistency or formula. The Mario Badescu formula was more true to the term “cream”. It is very thick and heavy. Some women may view that as a plus and that the heavier the cream the more moisturizing. While others, like myself, just view it as unnecessary and uncomfortable. I used it before bed and the next morning, I could still feel a thick layer on my skin. I adjusted the amounts of what I would use and still ran into the same effect. It seemed like it was too thick to really absorb into my skin fully.

After I ran through my Mario Badescu neck cream, I started giving the Juice Beauty product a try. After having something to compare it to, I can tell you that I much prefer the formula of the Juice Beauty neck cream. It’s a much thinner consistency. I apply it at night before I go to bed and I can still feel it on my skin the next morning. Not in a heavy way that the Mario Badescu came off to be; but, a lightweight well-moisturized feeling. I can tell my skin soaked up all the moisture and I know that my makeup products will lay beautifully on top of it.

In my opinion, I will continue to purchase the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream because I think it does much better for me and my lifestyle. It may have the larger price tag but I think it’s worth it to maintain youthful looking skin. I will always spend more on skincare than make-up for the sole reason that I’ll live with my same skin forever but can always switch up my make-up.

P.S. I hope you enjoy the little fur baby who thought this was a photo shoot for her 😊

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Football Saturday Snack


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Football season is upon us! Weekends are now ruled by tailgates and parties to watch the big games. If you’re as busy this season with parties, food, and plenty of drinks; then, I think you’ll want to check out this yummy appetizer to bring to your next event. My normal tailgating go-to snack to bring is Buffalo Chicken Dip but, with every weekend needing something yummy, I decided that we needed to change up the menu. So, I came up with this yummy fresh recipe that is also easy finger food (PERFECTION!). I love this recipe because it’s a twist of the usual veggie & dip. I love the portability and, of course, how yummy it is!

What You’ll Need : (makes enough for 8 people)

1 – 8 oz can of crescent rolls

1 – 8 oz package of cream cheese spread (I chose chive & onion)

Veggies of your choice (I used carrots, broccoli, and red peppers)

How To Assemble :

Leave your cream cheese out in a room temperate room for about an hour prior to baking. It’ll be much easier to spread.

Spread your crescent rolls out flat on a non-stick pan and bake for the recommended time.

While those are cooking, start chopping all your veggies.

Once your crescent rolls are done baking, take them out and let them cool.

When your crescent rolls are cooled down, put your cream cheese spread over top. Sprinkle your vegies on top throughout.

Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat!

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Everyday Makeup Look Under $20


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Yeah, you read that right. This look was created with less than $20! Sometimes a girl has to ball on a budget. And just because you’re on a budget, that doesn’t meant that you have to compromise your style at all. The trick to staying under $20 is picking the right products to get a multi-use out of each one. Here is what I used:

Elf BB Cream – $6.00

I love this bb cream and have been using it for a couple years now. You can find my full review on it here. It’s great for this look because it gives a lively dewy glow to the skin so you don’t have to stress about ditching a primer! This bb cream looks great applied with a beauty blender but also looks great applied with your hands (for an even cheaper application).

NYX HD Concealer – $3.74

I cannot live without concealer and my under eyes definitely can back me up on that haha! I used this concealer to highlight all the usual high points on my face and also used it to prime my eyelids. Dual purpose!

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette – $4.99

This product is so great and the most versatile of all the products I use here. I use the matte highlighting side to set my concealer all over my face and eyes. Then I took the contour powder and brushed that over the perimeter of my face. This powder is still rather warm for me so I like to use it to bronze as opposed to contouring. Then I took the contour powder on a smaller brush to work that on the crease of my eyelid and lightly dust under my lower lashes. Since I’m a brunette, I was able to use this contour powder as a filler for my brows too! Can you say amazing?! If you prefer to pass on foundations and concealers, you could survive off of this one product! Love!

Wet N Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara – $4.99

Mascara is something I can’t live without so I had to make sure I included this product in this challenge. This is actually my favorite mascara and I use it religiously. You can see my full review on this product here. If you’re an eyeliner junkie, you could take some of this product on a liner brush and give yourself a bit of winged liner. I usually don’t use liner so I opted out of that.

That’s it! Four products, under $20, fabulous everyday look. This was a fun challenge for myself and also taught me a thing or two about my own collection. Next time I’m running low on room when packing, I now know I can create this beautifully simple look with four small products!

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Thinning Out My Wardrobe


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If you’ve been keeping up this year, you know that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to purge my wardrobe of items I just don’t wear. At the beginning of the year I turned all my hangers backwards and as I wore certain pieces, I put them back hanging the right way. I’m very proud to say that I’ve kept this up ALL YEAR LONG. So proud! With an impending move date, I wanted to start purging the clothes from the warmer months since they’ve had their season. I’m not completely purging my winter wardrobe since real cold weather hasn’t hit us yet; but, I wanted to share the experience as I go through my warmer clothes.

I did not expect this much to come out of my wardrobe! It just goes to show how much rationalizing you do in your head when you look at your closet.

“I’ll wear this!”

“I just didn’t know I still had this, I’ll definitely break this out this year!”

“I paid too much to not wear this. I’ll make myself wear this!”

I’m guilty of saying all of these phrases. I’m forcing my hanger method to be the deciding factor in whether a piece stays or goes. I highly recommend everyone looking to purge their wardrobe of non-essentials to try this hanger method out. It was so useful for me to see what I actually touch and what I should just forget about (however bittersweet that may be). You don’t have to wait for the New Year to roll around to give it a go. Just put a reminder on your calendar for a year from now to look back at your wardrobe.

Now, it’s time to march all these clothes down to my nearest donation center. I love donating all the items I don’t want/need/use. I don’t need it so why let it go to waste? Be sure to consider donating any of your items you remove from your wardrobe. There are plenty of people who will definitely appreciate it!

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3 Tips To Stay Organized During The Busy Months

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School just got back into session. The holidays are coming up. We are starting to get less hours of sunlight. Needless to say, it’s a busy time of year! I can’t stress enough how a well maintained organizational routine is key, especially this time of year. Here are three major components on how I stay organized throughout the year.

Google Calendar

My saving grace! I love planners and journals for the occasional desire to physically write things down. However, most of the time, I love using a digital planner. I love the ability to switch things around and mess up an entry without having to erase or cross something out. It keeps my whole thoughts together and gives me the ability to move things around. Love! I plug everything into my calendar from what blogs to write, pictures to take, and when to actually post my blogs. However, I use my calendar for much more than just blogging. I use it to keep track of personal appointments, bills, and even planning out larger projects. You can color code, assign times, set up alarms, and so much more. I’m so glad I switched over to Google Calendar! They even have an easy to use app so I can get notifications on my laptop and phone. I highly recommend!

Carefully Scheduled Timers

Having an iPhone spoils me. It’s as easy as, “Siri, set a timer for….” I like to set timers for reminders of when I need to start working on things; as well as, using the timers to tell me when I need to stop doing a task. It can be tedious at first but once you really start getting into this habit, it will really start to boost your productivity. It will start to show you how long tasks actually take and how quickly you can get them done! It’s a great self-accountability habit to get into. It’s important to work and get things done but it’s equally as important to rest. Having an alarm to tell you when to quit will help act as an outside voice to really tell your brain to stop.

Set Routines

I’m a creature of habit and a stickler for routines so you know I had to include this. I have certain things that I like to routinely do every day or every other day. Keeping to a schedule helps balance all the different events going on in my life. For those who are new, I have a full time job and also push to post four blogs a week. That’s a pretty full schedule and I like to make sure it all works into my routine! If you aren’t a routine person, using timers will actually help get you on a scheduled routine. Once your mind can settle on a routine throughout your day, you’ll rest a lot easier and be so much more productive.

Leave a comment below and tell me how you stay organized during these busy months. I’d love to hear!

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5 Helpful Tips For Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


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It’s not a fun task, but it’s a necessary one! Cleaning my makeup brushes is always a dreaded task for me and I have no idea why. It takes me all but 15 minutes and is so SO beneficial. I really need to get into a better habit of just doing it (I’ll touch on that later though). Here are some tips that will make your cleaning process easier and hopefully cheaper!

Use Household Products

Feel free to skip out on the specific cleaners out there on the market that are dedicated to cleaning makeup brushes. There are much cheaper alternatives that you most likely already have! I use a mixture of dish soap and just a dash of extra virgin olive oil. The soap will sanitize your brushes while the oil will keep the hairs/fibers of your brush moisturized and prevent them from splitting. I have been using this concoction for a few years now and love it! No use messing with the big name brand cleaners that are way more expensive.

Down Is Always Right

When you are sink washing your brushes be sure they are always pointing down. If they are facing up, you’ll get water into inner parts of your brushes and upsetting the glue. You’ll find more bristles will start falling out and your bristles may even become deformed. Just always make sure the bristles are pointing down while washing and you’ll avoid any problems!

Your Hand Is A Powerful Tool

Sure the cute little glove or insert you clip in the sink that makes “washing your brushes a breeze” looks cute and every Instagrammer has them; but, you really don’t need this. (Unless you have like 40 brushes to wash then, in that case, you do you booboo!) The natural grooves and curvature of your own hand works just the same and the textured mats. More money saved!

Elevate Your Brushes

When you’re all done washing, be sure to lay them out to dry before setting them back upright. I like to elevate the handle of my brushes to even further prevent any water from settling inside the brushes. It helps dry them faster and ensures the longevity of my brushes. Win, win!

Schedule Your Washes

Personally, I need to get much better at this. I like setting reminders on my Google Calendar to remind myself to set aside a few minutes at the end of the day to get this done. This makes remembering to wash them so much easier! Now, I just need to work on the follow through. J

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Clothes I Can’t Wait To Break Out This Fall

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I’m a summer baby all the way; but, I have to say, I really do love the fall time. The weather is a gorgeous relief from the heat, the landscape really starts to change, and fall is home to my favorite holiday – Halloween. Although, one of my favorite things about fall is the fashion! Nothing beats the cozy sweaters and oversized accessories. Ugh! Just talking about the fall fashion is taking all my willpower to keep myself seated and not running straight to my closet. My fall clothes are screaming to be worn again this year; so, come take a peek at what favorites I’m dying to bust out again this year!


Hats

Beanies, oversized knitted caps, and oversized sun hats. I can’t get enough!


Mixed Textures & Patterns

Some of my favorite pieces to wear in the fall don’t actually have a specific name or piece. I just love mixing and matching all the fall textures and patterns together to make a beautifully layered look.


Knee High Boots

Knee high boots are the perfect pair to a pair of leggings or even a dress to keep covered up and still look chic!


Thick Scarves

With all the static and frizz that comes along with this time of year, I like to throw my hair up in a bun and pair it with a big chunky scarf. Top it off with some dramatic earrings – killer.


Knitted Sweaters

Yes! Fall means it’s officially sweater weather time and you bet this is one of the first things to come out of my closet this year!

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you’re most looking forward to wearing this fall season!

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