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Three Mario Badescu Products to Try

Three Mario Badescu Products to Try

Mario Badescu Facial Spray | Mario Badescu Rose Hips Mask | Mario Badescu Whitening Mask The first time Mack saw me wearing a sheet mask… he was ACTUALLY scared. Look, I get it. Sheet masks are scary but in an attempt to improve the appearance and texture of my skin, I will try anything. It only took one time of me wearing a sheet mask that I decided never again. I even think Rebel and Tiger were confused. So, I went “old school” and bought some actual face masks to try. Let’s just say, these are much better and I love putting them on after a shower with my hair twisted up in a towel. I throw myself “spa nights” and it’s quickly becoming something I look forward to in the evening. In scouring the aisles of Ulta recently, I came across the Mario Badescu section. These products remind me of college because my roommate used to use this line religiously. The simple packaging and price point are what drew me back to them. If you’re on a budget (my tips to budgeting, here), I recommend these products as they don’t break the bank. Mario Badescu Masks to Try The […]

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Two New It Cosmetics Products to Try: Superhero Mascara and No. 50 Serum

Two New It Cosmetics Products to Try

It Cosmetics No. 50 Serum | It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara Oh my gosh you guys… it has been a month. May has been an eventful one- in both good and bad ways- but I am back home now and settling back into my routine. All that to say, I am sorry that I disappeared for the past few weeks. Between getting a gum graft, losing my Grandmother and traveling, let’s just say I needed a MINUTE. However, I am trying to get back on track so here goes! While I was home in Colorado, my Mom and I made an Ulta run. One thing that my Mom and I can always relate on, besides Rebel and Tiger, is consignment shopping and new beauty products. I have a deep rooted love for trying new products, testing different makeup options and more. However, my #budgetlife doesn’t allow for too much wiggle room beyond what I know I need when it comes to skincare and cosmetics. But, she spoiled me (#blessed). And now, these two products are going to fall into the necessity category in our budget. I am an avid It Cosmetics user (refer to this post detailing a few other products […]

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4 New Makeup Products to Try

4 New Makeup Products to Try

Lancome Bienfait Tenité Beauty Balm | IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation | IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Airbrush Perfecting Powder | IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Oh my goodness, after almost 7 days of not feeling well I am back! I apologize for my inconsistency over the past several days, I just could not get the content together for these posts. I typically plan and shoot the photos a few weeks before it actually goes live. However, I leave the actual written content until a day or two before just because I feel like its more authentic that way. Anyways, with that came in the inability to stay on track in the midst of awful symptoms that have recently been affecting so many. Thankful to be on the mend and happy to be back here sharing these 4 products with you! For Christmas, my Mom gifted me with some new makeup to try and I have to say I am fairly obsessed. Since using these products, it’s safe to say I have a new regime and have found that my makeup lasts longer- without that mid-day shine that seems unavoidable. So here are the 4 new products I think you’ll […]

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Multitasking with Smile Brilliant | Professional Teeth Whitening At Home

Multitasking with Smile Brilliant

Smile Brilliant Whitening System As I enter my late-twenties I am suddenly wondering WHEN life got so busy. A behind the scenes look into my day includes waking up around 5:30 am, heading to yoga at 6:00 am, then I am showered and at work by 9:15 am. After I spend my day there, I get home about 5:30 pm at which point I walk the dogs, eat dinner and sit down to work on my blog until bed time. I am sure your daily routine resembles this! After working in date nights with my hubby, drinks with my besties and networking events… I feel like I exhaust every minute of every day. In the midst of all that, I have to figure out time to complete routine maintenance on my eyebrows, hair, nails and of course, my teeth. Luckily, whitening my teeth is one aspect that I am able to complete while remaining productive. This busy girl loves that! I have to say that when I started my blog, I had no idea how much work it would be. It’s a 24/7 venture and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Currently, I am learning how to balance this passion of mine in […]

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Lipstick Lineup

Lipstick Lineup

First Photo (left to right) Lipstick Makeup Forever M402 | MAC Cremesheen Hot Gossip | MAC Cremesheen Fan Fare | MAC Cremesheen Creme Cup Lipliner Makeup Forever 8C (Red) | Makeup Forever 10C (Mauve) | Makeup Forever 15C (Pink) I realized in light of #NationalLipstickDay that I haven’t shared my favorite lip finds here so thought I would do so! For the longest time I was on the hunt for a lip combination that would last and not make my lips feel extremely dry. I began using the Makeup Forever foundation and powder awhile back and picked up one of their Aqua Lip lipliners on a whim when replenishing my regime. Game. Changer. These liners, when applied over a thin layer of my powder (when I apply my powder I just let the brush hit my lips in doing so), stay on like no tomorrow. I line my lips and fill them in with the pencil alone. For a matte look I will only wear the liner. When I am seeking something more dramatic or with a little sheen, I mix and match the liners and lipsticks as I see fit. Most often, I will use the 15C (pink) liner with any of the […]

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Affordable Makeup Brushes

Affordable Makeup Brushes

Eyeshadow Brush | Eyeshadow Palette | Foundation Brush | Foundation | Blush Brush | Blush My daily makeup routine is simple and in total takes me about 20 minutes or less. I use the same products in the same order, every day. However, I realized recently that my foundation was going on somewhat streaky. After looking more closely during the application process, I realized that it was probably because I was using an old makeup brush. When I met with Lindsey of Traveling Chic, she used a circular brush on my foundation so I decided to try something similar. I found this small head, round brush from Mikasa and was pleasantly surprised by the price point. Makeup brushes can be so pricey, but I found their selection to be reasonable. After testing the brushes for a few weeks, I wanted to share them with you since I’ve enjoyed using the three I selected. In placing the order, I decided to also order the angled blush brush (because I’ve been using a mini one for a while now) and a new eyeshadow brush (because you can never have too many of those). If you need a makeup brush refresh, visit Mikasa […]

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Two Products for Low Maintenance Hair

Two Products for Low Maintenance Hair

Batiste Dry Shampoo | L’oreal Next Day Hair Perhaps instead of “low maintenance” I should simply say the lazy girls guide to hair! Despite my best efforts to have voluminous, teased, perfectly curled hair, it just doesn’t work with the current climate in which we live. In Mississippi, I could curl my hair and it would stay for HOURS… I am talking hours! Best thing ever. This was quite opposite from living in Denver where I couldn’t get my hair to hold anything. Fast forward to moving to Florida’s panhandle and the moisture coming off the gulf water makes my hair fall flatter than flat. Except of course it rains in which my hair just frizzes up! So to combat all of this, I’ve developed a routine that works for me and in most cases, my hair looks better on the second day which is always good news! The two products I use weekly to keep my hair in check are L’oreal Next Day Hair and Batiste Dry Shampoo! For the longest time, I washed my hair every single day. This became exhausting and I read that it’s actually not that great for your hair. So, I now wash every other […]

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Let’s Get Local: Traveling Chic

Let's Get Local Traveling Chic

I will always love weddings! Who says that after you get married you’re not allowed to still obsess over the upcoming trends? Certainly not me! Luckily, my cousin is getting married this year so I get to live vicariously through her as she plans for her big day. Due to this, when the opportunity arose for me and Lindsey of Traveling Chic to collaborate, I jumped at the opportunity. Lindsey is a local business owner and the one woman show behind Traveling Chic, a luxury in-home beauty provider. Not only does she specialize in hair and makeup for weddings she also provides her glam services for special events and even worked at the CMA’s last year! If that isn’t just about the coolest thing than I don’t know what is! She took some time out of her busy schedule to give me a little makeover featuring the 2017 wedding hair and makeup trends (images below!) and I am obsessed. Here’s what Lindsey had to say about her ever growing business, Traveling Chic: C: What inspired you to start Traveling Chic? L: I was inspired by the mere thought of going back to work. I wanted to do what I loved even […]

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Beauty Sleep with Violet Hour Fashion

Violet Hour Fashion

Willie Chemise (c/o Violet Hour Fashion) After a long day at work the first thing I do is wash my face and change into my sleepwear. I love nothing more than to wash off the day before settling in for the evening. I’ve never been one to skip on sleep and honestly can’t remember a time that I’ve ever stayed up all night. Since I am such a lover of my beauty sleep, I want to share with you how I go about relaxing before bedtime. It’s clear that in the world of constantly refreshing social media feeds, bright iPhone and iPad screens, and general stressors throughout the day can really temper with our sleep. I find that by unplugging and sticking to a nightly routine, I am able to quiet all that noise and sleep soundly. Here’s how I prepare for a good nights sleep: Drink Tea: At about 8:30pm every night, I turn to my tea kettle and prepare some hot water. I enjoy a cup of tea while I finish watching a tv show. I feel comforted and warm while drinking my tea snuggled under a blanket! I try to always drink tea to wind down as opposed to wine […]

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Makeup Favorites + Last Minute Beauty Gifts

Makeup favs and gifts

Love: Makeup Forever HD Foundation | Makeup Forever Full Cover | Makeup Forever Pro Finish Powder | Nars Bronzer (I use Laguna) | Nars Blush (I use Orgasm)| Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara | Clinique Chubby Stick Try: IT Cosmetics CC Cream | IT Cosmetics CC + Airbrush Perfecting Powder | IT Cosmetics Color Awakening Lip Treatment | Sephora Pearl Mask Gifts: Bite Lipstick Kit | Beauty Blender | Sephora Brush Set I am a person of habit and routine when it comes to nearly everything life, especially when applying makeup. At the same time each morning, I get ready and do so in the identical order as yesterday with very little variation from the basics. Don’t get me wrong, I like to switch up my eyeshadow, use a different eyeliner and apply a new shade of lipstick depending on the occasion. But the bare basics of my makeup routine remain the same and the methods to apply remain unchanged. Here’s what I love, want to try and some last minute gifts for a beauty guru in your life. I love the Makeup Forever products and find that they simply work for me. I decided to try them because I love Jessie James Decker. She recommends […]

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