2017 Swimwear Haul

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With summer right around the corner and my honeymoon even closer, it was definitely time to add some new swimsuits to the wardrobe. The last time I bought swimwear was at least four years ago so it’s safe to say I was overdue. I picked up two sets and one top but plan on mixing and matching throughout our honeymoon and for the rest of the summer. I really was enjoying the more natural boho vibes when I was selecting new pieces and loved how all three of these pair together nicely. I picked all of these up at the ever so wonderful Target! That’s why I wanted to be sure to write this post sooner than later so you could go pick up any of these that you may like!

You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t try these on for you now as I’d probably blind you with my lovely winter pale a** skin. Of course, I’ll be taking way too many pictures during our honeymoon so you’ll see all of these suits in action! Plus, everything always looks better in a tropical location.

| Top : Target   |  Bottoms : Target  |

| Top : Target   |  Bottoms : Target  |

| Top : Target   |

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

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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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Makeup & Skincare Haul

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I’ve been going a little spender crazy this month but I’m not mad about it! Beauty product prices never cease to amaze me. So expensive! For products that go over the majority of my face though, I definitely pool more money into. Something simple like mascara I could care less about. I just want the best of the best on my skin. Speaking of skin, let’s start with skincare products first.

Origins Active Charcoal Mask

After my disastrous attempt with the Lush mask, I needed a good charcoal mask to work on clearing up my skin asap. I’ve heard about this mask for a while now and decided to give it a go. Charcoal is great for extracting black heads and all the junk that gets in your skin. This product is probably the one I am most excited for!

RCMA Powder

Kathleen Lights shed light on this beauty and I’ve finally decided to purchase it! I’m hoping it will be the perfect setting powder for the big day! (que the wedding bells)

Hourglass Stick Foundation

I’ve been very intrigued by the stick foundations and of all the reviews I have heard on them, this one seems like it would be a good fit for my skin. I decided to pick it up prior to the big day to try out. I’ll let you all know my thoughts! Let me know yours if you have a better wedding foundation recommendation!

Sephora Collection Pro Press Full Coverage Complexion Brush

The reviews I read on the Hourglass foundation recommended a brush as opposed to a sponge for fuller coverage, which is what I’m aiming for in this foundation. So I picked up this Sephora Pro brush because of all the amazing things people have said about it! It’s sooo soft, I almost feel bad getting makeup on it!

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

I fully anticipate this product to work wonders! I’ve not heard many people, if any, complain about this setting spray. I’m hoping this will give my face makeup the extra push that it needs on the big day!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Frill Seeker

When I saw this color, I knew I needed to have it. The color is the exact shade I wanted for my toes on the big day. It’s going to compliment my dress beautifully!

Vegas Nay Lashes in Easy Elegance

Perfect lashes for the big day as well. Dramatic but wispy enough to not look ridiculous on my eyes! I’ve heard great things about this brand so I’m excited to finally give them a try.

As you can see, most of these items were purchased in mind for the big day (minus the Beauty Blender – just replacing my old sponge). I’m hoping I have the perfect combination within these products. I’ve picked some of the most recommended products so I’m not too worried. As always, I will update you all in a few weeks with my results!

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Lush Products Review

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I wanted to pop in and update you on how my Lush products were going since I hauled those a month or two ago. This post is going to be split down the middle, sadly, because one of the products I’m in love with and the other is…just not for me. It’s a real bummer too because both of these products were so hyped up by everyone who owns them. So, let’s jump into it!

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Retread

This conditioner, for those who don’t know, I have been using as an intensive hair mask before washing my hair. I use it just about every time I wash my hair and it took no time for people to notice! It is fantastic and makes my hair so smooth and silky. It diminishes the damaging look that my hair truly has (I’m waiting until after the wedding to chop it off). I love this product and have nothing bad to say about it. I got the larger tub and have been using it for a couple months and I’ve barely made a dent. This is also coming from a girl with extremely long and thick hair. Love it!

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Mask of Magnaminty

I know, I know! Occult favorite! I tried so hard to like this product. I used it once weekly, three times weekly, before showers, after showers. Nothing worked. Every time I used this product, it would break me out. And I’m not talking about a spot here or there; but, multiple of those pesky small whiteheads. Enough of them to deter me away from using the product. I’m not sure what everyone else sees in this product but my face is not on board with it. I’ve tried my hardest to make it work but I’m just going to have to give it to a friend or family member. There’s no way I can finish the rest of it!

Let me know your thoughts! Did I just get a bad batch? Is the self-preserving version not as good as the original? I’m curious about your thoughts on these products!

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Shopping Haul – Target, Ulta, Michael’s

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I definitely satisfied my shopping itch this weekend. My wallet isn’t happy, but I am! Like most people, Target always gets the best of me. This haul is definitely an odd mixture of all things décor, clothing, and beauty so let’s just get into it!

Firstly, this shirt…omg it is made of the comfiest material ever. I purchased it this weekend and I’ve already worn it. It’s super cute and super comfortable. This shirt will definitely be one of the most used in my collection and who can argue with that price? Am I right? Target you don’t disappoint.

Cat owners will understand this next purchase. I’ve been needing a jewelry tray to put my ring and earrings in at night. Whenever I put them loosely on my night stand, I’ll wake up to find that my cat took them and hid them…This tray is super cute and I loved the metal mixed with glass.

I was in desperate need of a mascara so I decided to try out a Wet N Wild mascara to add to my cruelty free products. So far, I’m not disappointed! I can’t tell if that is because this mascara actually rocks or if my old mascara was soooo beyond done that anything looks better. I’ll keep you updated.

I picked up two more bottles of the Batiste Dark & Deep Brown dry shampoo because I go through these things like nobody’s business! I like the brunette version much better than the original due to the fact that I don’t have to worry about brushing out the white cast.

I’ve wanted to try out these blushes ever since I saw Casey Holmes rave about them. So I picked up Wet N Wild’s Color Icon Ombre Blush in Mai Tai Buy You A Drink. I’m excited to try this out! I bought it at Target but can only seem to find the purple blush on their website? So I linked the actual color from Wet N Wild.

I couldn’t resist picking up another darker nude liquid lipstick and I’ve been meaning to try the new NYX Lip Lingerie line (mine is in the color Push Up). Dark nudes are definitely my go to year round.

I’m always looking to get my hands on a backup eyebrow pencil. So naturally, I had to pick up some more of my ash brown!

I’ve been looking for a good set of cute letters to display. I’m not quite sure where they’re going to be displayed yet but I love the color and material of these. I just had to have them!

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New Hair Care Products

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Today I wanted to talk to you about a couple new products I picked up recently to try out. My shampoo and conditioner are getting low; so, while I was out buying backups, I decided to try out these two beauties. I’m super excited to dive into these. I’ve heard nothing but good things about OGX so I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. My hair is in a desperate need of a trim so any extra life I can put back into my hair, the better. While in the OGX section of the store, I decided to try out the Coconut Milk Shampoo and the Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner. I didn’t want to commit fully to one or the other (coconut milk vs argan oil) so I decided to go with one of each. The main reasons I finally gravitated towards these are due to the fact they’re sulfate free and cruelty free. YAY! More cruelty free products to add to my arsenal! I’m itching to give these two a go and once I do, I’ll be sure to let you know my thoughts.

Have any of you used these products or any products by OGX? Have you enjoyed them? Let me know below.

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