How To Get Clear Skin This Summer

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Summer means later nights, more activities, and hotter temperatures. It’s sometimes hard to keep your skin nice and clear during the excessively hot summer months. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that I want to pass on to you guys to help your skin out this summer! The best part is, none of these tips are difficult or come with a high price tag. Keep reading to take the first step towards better looking skin!

Use Oil To Moisturize

I swear by using oil to moisturize! I use my rosehip oil every single night before bed. If you aren’t already using an oil to moisturize, I highly recommend trying it out. It’s going to be lighter weight in the summer and feel much better on your skin during the heat.

Regularly Clean Your Sunnies

Something a lot of people overlook is how much more often they are using their sunglasses. It’s so important to clean your sunnies more regularly to prevent oil and bacteria from building up.

Up Your Vitamin D Intake

Get outside and enjoy the sunshine! It’s so great for many reasons; but, your skin will look much better after some good ol’ sunshine.

Change Out Your Pillow Cases More Often

During the warmer months, be sure to swap out your pillow cases for fresh ones every couple days. You’re sweating more during the night and definitely don’t want all of that build up getting anywhere near your pores!

Be Sure To Use Sunscreen Daily

Always rule number one. Anyone could tell you that you need sunscreen every day, not just the summer months. Your skin will DEFINITELY thank you later for the extra protection. (Tip : Use a BB cream or moisturizer with sunscreen already mixed in to avoid a step!)

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Look Into My Lipstick Collection

NYX Lip Lingerie   |  Tarteist Lip Paint  |  NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Sephora Rouge Shine   |  Revlon Super Lustrious Lipstick

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream  |  Revlon Colorburst Lip Balm

Maybelline Color Sensational   |  Nars Velvet Matte Lip  |  Covergirl Colorlicious

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My lip collection isn’t too big and there’s a very good reason for it. I don’t wear too many different shades! As you’ll be able to see from my swatches, I either go dark and sultry or extremely nude. I don’t have much of an in between. My everyday go-to lip color is of course the nudes. I only break out the dark or red shades for special events! My current favorite right now is this NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade Push-Up. They have a great formula and I’m planning on getting some more shades here soon.

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March Lifestyle & Beauty Favs

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March was a very busy month and feeling under the weather most of the month definitely was not how I would’ve preferred the month to go. But you always have to make the best of your situation so that is exactly what I did! Some of my favorites definitely helped my sicky-self get through the month. If you’re finding yourself in a similar situation to mine, keep on reading and see how I survived the month!

Samsung Tablet

I’m on my phone all day and sometimes I like to switch up my devices, especially for the silly little games I like to wind down with. I’ve been loving our new tablet and in particular Cookie Jam. It’s another knock off Candy Crush that is unbelievably addicting. My husband makes fun of me every time but I love it!

Lavanilla Deodorant

I recently hauled this and I’m really loving it. I’ll be writing an in depth review and explanation why I switch to a more natural product so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Silver Earrings

These gorgeous earrings were a gift from my boss that she got on her recent trip to Mexico. I’m in love with these earrings because they make sure a bold statement without being overly heavy.

Throat Coat Tea

If you read my How To Beat A Nasty Cold By Drinking blog, then you know all about this bad boy. It’s my ultimate go to when I’m recovering from a cold. It tastes absolutely amazing and really helps ease your throat. I highly recommend trying it out!

Sephora Honey Sugar Lip Scrub, Carmex, NYX Lip Lingerie

These three products in that order has been a life saver to helping me look more put together during my sick days. Whenever I get sick, my lips really take a toll and it shows! This lip scrub helps prep my lips for lipstick and I’m loving these.

Plaid Scarf

I’m loving this scarf for this time of year with the lighter pastel colors. The fabric is so soft and warm which is a must with these awfully cold and rainy days. But the colors channel a spring time vibe. I love this for the transitioning seasons.

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DIY Body Scrub


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We all see the celebrities and influencers promoting brand name body exfoliators but not everyone wants to shell out that kind of money for a body scrub. Naturally, I took to the internet in search of the best DIY body scrub. My goodness, I found it! I’ve been using this recipe for about a year or two now and love it. I really like integrating it into my pamper routine. (If you guys would like to see my updated pamper routine, leave me a comment below!) Plus, it’s always great to make your own products when you can so you can be sure you know exactly what’s in it. All these natural ingredients make a fantastic scrub.

The best part of this DIY body scrub is that it’s super simple and can be made with things you most likely already have in your kitchen. Doesn’t get much better than that!

For this DIY you will need the following:

  • 2 cups of coffee grounds
  • ¾ cups of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

Mix all the ingredients together and feel free to add or subtract some olive oil until you get a really good consistency. I always strive for a slightly drier than soupy consistency. Once you have your body scrub, be sure to take it into the shower with you. It’s about to get a little messy. This body scrub can be used all over your body (if you have sensitive skin I would avoid your face). I like taking my time with this and really rub it in to remove any self-tanner. Simply rinse it off after exfoliating and voila!

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Skincare & Beauty Haul

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One of my New Years resolutions this year was to spend more money and time on skincare as opposed to makeup. I’ve been doing my research and sorting through recommendations to constantly better my skincare routine. I really think I have some great products in my first haul of the year. Also, props to me for not going skincare crazy until the end of March. The self-restraint is real! Here’s a peak in my Sephora and Ulta haul.

LaVanila Sport Luxe Deodorant

This came as a recommendation from a good friend of mine after she taught me about what is really in all those generic deodorants. (It is not a pretty visual.) I’d recommend looking into the ingredients and their effects on the human body (especially the ta-ta’s). This deodorant smells amazing and has been working very well so far. I’m excited to keep trying it out!

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Just restocking on my fav pore strips. Nothing new here!

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream

In Ulta I was actually debating between buying this or one of Mario Badescu’s neck creams. I ultimately decided on Mario Badescu’s but I got this as a free gift! Maybe doing a battle of the neck creams? I’ve heard great things about both so I can’t imagine a scenario where I’m disappointed in either!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, & Rosewater

If you read my recent post about my Beauty Empties, you will recognize this little bottle. I didn’t realize how much I missed having this until I ran out. I really noticed a difference. It’s great when you want a little hydration. I highly recommend checking it out.

NYX HD Concealer

Restocking my usual concealer so nothing crazy!

NYX Angel Veil Primer

I decided to give this a try. I will admit, YouTube made me buy it. More specifically, Kathleen made me buy it. I’ll keep you updated as I get a chance to try this out for a while.

Mario Badescu Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream

Here is the other neck cream I decided on. I missed this product in my routine. I’m glad to get back on the neck cream train. It’s never too early to start age defying products.

Sephora Honey Lip Scrub

I’ve been in the market for a lip exfoliant and the fact that this one came in a stick, so I wouldn’t have to use my fingers, really intrigued me. I’ll keep you all updated!

Not Your Mother’s Beat The Heat Thermal Shield Spray

If you read my Beauty Empties post, you’ll know that I recently ran out of my old Tresemme heat protectant and didn’t really enjoy it. I’m hoping to fall in love with this new product!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried one of these and what your thoughts are!

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Beauty Empties

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My husband came across my stash of empties the other day and asked what in the world it was. I told him to leave it alone and let me stockpile my trash haha! I sound like a complete weirdo but I’ve been saving these products for a couple months now and wanted to share with you all my thoughts and feelings on my empties. I’ll let you know what I would repurchase, what’s worth your money, and what’s not.

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What’s Worth Your Money

All of these products are tried and true throughout the years. I’ve repurchased all of these products and have nothing bad to say about any of them! I love them all enough to repurchase already and continue buying these in the future.

Ok Purchases

What Could Go Either Way

These are good products that I really enjoyed but aren’t staples of mine. I’m thinking about repurchasing the Mario Badescu products again, as I really liked them. Glam Glow masks always live up to my expectations so I think I’ll try a different one next time around. The lotion was moisturizing and I don’t have any complaints but I would like to try something new!

Not Worth Your Money

What Isn’t Worth Your Money

Tresemme has been letting down after trying other products. The dry shampoo doesn’t work near as well as the Batiste and I feel like the Thermal Creations doesn’t work well. The Loreal Revitalift eye cream was fine but I didn’t notice a big change when I wouldn’t use it. I won’t purchase either of these brands especially since they aren’t cruelty free.

Let me know what I should give a try next! I love trying new things and I’d love to hear your suggestions.

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Review

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Let’s talk about cult favorite Too Faced Born This Way Foundation because it receives non-stop hype all over the internet. This foundation is a medium coverage very natural looking foundation, not too matte and not too dewy. I’ve been using this foundation for the past year or so now and I will NEVER go back. It’s often rare that I try an overly hyped product and actually like it. This foundation is amazing and I love the way it makes my skin look.

My skin type is more normal/combination and this foundation does a great job not looking greasy in my T-zone and not clinging to my dry patches in other areas. I’m also a very freckled lady so I love that this foundation still let’s my skin look natural with the freckles peeking through. I hate complete full coverage foundations because my whole body is covered in freckles and then it just makes my face look like someone stole a porcelain doll’s head and plucked it on my body. So mismatched. This foundation, however, makes my skin look natural and you can’t notice any difference between my face and the rest of my body. Love that! For me, a beauty blender is the ONLY way to apply this foundation. The beauty blender just makes this foundation look all the more natural.

I’ve repurchased this foundation multiple times, I think I’m only on my third or fourth bottle. (Not too bad for the last year or so!) Until something new and breathtaking hits the market, I’m sure I’ll be using this for years to come! If you’re looking for a natural foundation and have a similar skin type to mine, I very much recommend this product.

Let me know down below if you’ve tried this product and let me know your thoughts!

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