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.

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Anjou Essential Oil Review


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Essential oil diffusers are a huge trend that is seen everywhere nowadays. And for good reason! I just finished up my large sample pack that I ordered along with my diffuser. I purchased my diffuser around Christmas last year and use it religiously! It’s become a HUGE part of my night routine. I find it so relaxing and helps me sleep so much better. I’ve recently started bringing my diffuser out into my living room to keep the good vibes and relaxing scents going all day! I may to purchase another solely for the living room so I don’t have to keep moving it around so much.

I have nothing but good things to say about the Anjou diffuser I purchased and, consequently, the same goes for their oils. I have been loving their line. I just repurchased the same sample pack that came with my diffuser from Amazon. I used up every single oil and loved each and every one. I’ll leave a link here to a post where I tell you my favorite essential oil combinations so you can give these a try if you buy this pack. Like I said earlier, I got this same pack about six months ago and just recently ran through it all. I’d say that’s a pretty good life span for these oils for being used all night every night! I’m eager to break into my next sample pack and to branch out in the future and try out other oils.

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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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May Favorite Posts This Month

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I know I say it every month; but, seriously, how is May already over? I feel like I just left for vacation but that was almost a month ago now. Wow! Check out some of my favorite posts to come out of this whirlwind of a month.

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Working Girl Outfits x Mallory Mileham

It was such a blast to collaborate with this amazing YouTuber! If you’re in need of some serious working girl outfit inspiration, check out both of our posts.

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The Interview Outfit That Won’t Fail You

The fashionably neutral outfit that won’t throw up any red flags to your future employer.

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Wedding Wednesday – Honeymooners Paradise

Trying to plan your honeymoon or romantic getaway? Be sure to check out where we stayed during our honeymoon and what our thoughts were!

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Stripes & Sangria

My favorite outfit from the honeymoon. So chic and so perfect for the beach!

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Current Obsession – Calligraphy

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You know I love sharing my recent obsessions with you. This new obsession is something I’ve discovered through Instagram. I’ve fallen in love with watching calligraphy videos. I’m an artsy person but OMG I seriously don’t know how these artists write so beautifully. It’s honestly mesmerizing to watch. I sit on Instagram binge watching these videos and then all the sudden it’s an hour later. But I LOVE it! I’ll link my favorite account here. I highly recommend creeping on the page because they always tag the artists and give them credit for their work (which I really appreciate)! I’d love to try out calligraphy, until I remember how much of a perfectionist I am. I feel like I wouldn’t have the patience to practice my writing that much. What do you guys think? Should I give it a try?

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Suzanne Cunningham

Kei Han Goodman

Kei Han Goodman

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith (as well as the cover image)

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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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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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