Hitting Pan On Some Favorites


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It’s that time again to run through some products of mine that I have used up. This time around is a lot of hair care products. Mostly because I’ve got some seriously thick and long hair. My hair eats up anything I put into it like it’s nothing! As you can tell, I’m a loyal Batiste customer. I’m always on the lookout for something new to try so I’d love for you to leave me some suggestions below.

This time, my empties consist of some real tried and true staples in my beauty collection. I’ve loved all of these and repurchased them all again. This is definitely the post to check out if you’re in the market for anything new.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

I haven’t tried a Batiste dry shampoo that I haven’t loved but I’m a sucker for the Divine Dark shade. It works just as well as the others and masks the typical dry shampoo “dust” with a hint of my brunette hair color. Really great!

OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo

Yeah, I’ve run through a huge bottle of this. Since I go 3-4 days between washing my hair, I like to double up when I do wash it. I find giving it a double dose of shampoo really cleans my hair well. This coconut milk shampoo feels great on my hair. Shampoo naturally strips the oils from your hair, good and bad, but this shampoo doesn’t dry my hair out at all. I’ve purchased another large bottle of this already!

Lush Retread

Cannot think of a better hair mask. I really can’t! I have yet to come across another moisturizing mask that can beat this product. I live by this! Click here to read my full review on this product!

Jergens Natural Glow

For all the pale girls out there like me who have the worst time getting a natural tan. I highly recommend this natural tanner. It’ll save your skin from the harsh sun rays but will give your skin the glowing radiance of beautifully tanned skin.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Ever since I tried this out last year, I’ve been HOOKED! I don’t go a day without using it. It really does keep my makeup in place and helps my face stay in place throughout the day! Click here to read my review of this product!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

I’ve done a full out review of this product so I won’t waste your time. Click here to read my review. Just know, you’ll be hooked after trying it!

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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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Lavanila Deodorant Review


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Let’s talk about a less than glamorous product today, deodorant. Last month I purchase the Lavanila deodorant to replace the basic name brand deodorant I was using. Once a lovely friend of mine recommended it to me and explained why she purchased it, I threw my old deodorant away immediately.

*Ignorance is bliss, yes? Well, if you’d prefer to stay ignorant to the dangers of your deodorant ingredient list, please exit this post now. Fair warning J

Go ahead and grab your deodorant and read the ingredient list. I’m assuming you won’t be able to pronounce half of the chemicals. All those nasty chemicals seep into your skin and with the location being a little too close to the ta-ta’s makes me nervous. Cancer studies are done on all of the nasty chemicals and some are finding a link to breast cancer. NO THANK YOU. I’d rather go natural and safe than risk anything in that department.

I’ve been working on transitioning to more ethical and natural products so I’m very happy with the change I’ve made with this product. I like Lavanila as a brand because they make their products very transparent. There’s no guessing on ingredients and the company’s methods. Natural, vegan, and cruelty free. What more could you ask for? But as always, do your own research before buying anything. I bet you’ll be as disgusted as I was when I read into my old deodorant ingredient list.

I’ve noticed that this deodorant isn’t as strong as the old one I was using. Mostly because Lavanila isn’t crammed full of harmful chemicals that interfere with your body. It definitely works and does it’s job, don’t get me wrong. I love this product and will continue to purchase it in the future! I highly recommend you try it out.

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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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March Favorite Posts This Month

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It’s been a crazy busy month this month. For those who follow my blog closely, you’ll recognize that I took a much needed break this last week. With my five days a week posting schedule mixed with my professional work schedule and life in general, there just wasn’t the time to put my full 100% into my blog. Definitely not wanting to give you all half-a** posts to read, I opted for a break and I’m VERY glad I did. For the remaining weeks I was posting, I had a few that I really loved and I noticed you all felt the same about them as well! Without further explanation, here are my favorite posts from last month in case you missed any.

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Beauty Trend : Oil Pulling

I wonderful trend I highly recommend everyone trying out. You just might love it!

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Makeup Storage

Take a peek inside my bathroom and how exactly I organize my beauty stash!

Tips For New Bloggers

5 Most Important Tips For New Bloggers

Some great tips for new and old bloggers. Be sure to check it out.

Skincare Haul

Skincare & Beauty Haul

Because everyone loves a good haul. I’m super excited to be trying out all these new products!

Let me know down below with any post requests for April!

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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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