Spring Beauty Obsessions

Spring Faves 2015

 

Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser: This stuff makes me happy…SO HAPPY! I discovered it when I was on vacation in Naples, FL. My skin was breaking out like crazy so I went to the spa at my hotel and asked for something that would clear me up. They recommended the Clear Skin Starter Set which includes the cleanser, moisturizer, mask, and serum. I fell in love with the entire line. I use this cleanser in the morning. I love the way it makes me skin feel and it smells like mint and cucumber– the perfect cleanser to wake me up!

Nars Dual Intensity Blush (Adoration): A blush and a highlighter in one, could you ask for anything more?!? I use this everyday. The colors are gorgeous on every skin tone and a little goes a long way. I also like to mix the highlighter with my lip gloss. I take my finger and dab a little in the center of my lips to make them pop. I even use this on my eyes and put the darker shade in the crease and the highlighter on the lid. So many uses!

Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer (oil free): Every time I used a product that reduced the size of my pores or minimized my pores I would break out…this primer does not do that! I was so happy to find something that really works without making my skin freak out. The texture is like clay so it’s a little weird at first but once you apply it your skin it becomes soooo smooth. Every time I use this primer people come up to me and tell me how amazing my skin looks…if they only knew THIS primer was the real reason. Secret’s out folks!

Make Up Forever HD Powder: Obsessed. Can’t go a day without it. This makes your skin look flawless. It gets rid of any shine and also sets my makeup beautifully! It doesn’t have a powdery or cakey finish either.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette: The colors in this palette are absolutely stunning and can be used for everyday or for a dramatic evening look. The colors are very pigmented and I’m finding NO fallout when applied. I just love this palette– everything about it!

Nivea In Shower Body Lotion: I’m almost out of it and that makes me really sad. I use this to shave my legs and use it right before I get out of the shower. It smells great and makes my skin really soft. I will definitely be purchasing more.

Avoid Breakouts with My Favorite Moisturizers

Let’s talk moisturizer! It’s that time of year where the weather really messes with your skin causing dryness, irritation, and breakouts. It’s the worst! If you’re breaking out like crazy it’s because you’re not moisturizing enough. Even if you think you are, you’re not. What happens is that your skin gets so dry that nothing can come out of your pores causing you to breakout and even get those nasty underground zits that are sooo painful. I learned this from my girl Julie at Mirelle’s Studio. She gave me a facial and she could barely do extractions because my skin was too dry. This is when I started to use a good moisturizer that got the job done. In about a month’s time frame, my skin cleared. It’s funny that something as simple as moisturizing can do the trick. I’ve tried countless creams, gels, and even eliminated certain foods from my diet. Who knew?!

This weather totally sucks but your skin doesn’t have to. Below are my favorite moisturizers both drug store and high end brands. Have you tried any of them? What is your favorite moisturizer?  Screen Shot 2013-10-21 at 10.24.38 PM

My Favorite Neutrogena Products

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Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover: I’ve been using this for years! I love how this is oil free and I can use this all over my face without clogging pores. It’s light, non greasy, and an all time favorite of mine. I also like the wipes but I tend to go through them very quickly. I’ve found the liquid lasts much longer.

Triple Moisture Leave-On Cream: I just began using this about a month ago. I got sick of spending $30+ on leave-in conditioner. I found that this does the same thing for a quarter of the price. The best part, it smells amazing!

Body Lotion: This super light, non greasy, lotion doesn’t smell too over powering. I slap this on after every shower.

Body Oil: Obsessed. This has been a staple of mine. I leave the bottle in my shower. After I’m done showering I put this all over my body when it’s still wet and pat dry with a towel. It sinks into my skin leaving me smelling amazing all day.

Rainbath Shower Gel: This shower gel smells like a spa, no joke! I buy the 32oz  from Nordstrom Rack and it lasts me months.

The Natural Way: My All Natural Style and Beauty Secrets

Having natural style and beauty comes from within. I feel that it’s all about how you take care of yourself and your body with the foods you eat, the products you use, and your mental state of mind. I sometimes like to think of my body as a well oiled machine, I need to give it the best nutrients and keep it strong every single day. As important as it is to take care of your body on the inside, it’s just as important on the outside. Below are my #AllNaturalStyleSecrets that help me be the best I can be.

IMG_4537 1) I try to avoid processed foods at all costs. The thought of putting that garbage in my body grosses me out and I can barely read the ingredients on the labels. I try to eat as organically as possible and choose brands that are made with all natural ingredients. I always purchase organic meat, that is something I will never change.

2) I workout out 3-4 days a week (depending on my schedule). This is a great way to relieve any stress that’s going on in my life. This is also the one hour I take to focus on myself and make it all about me. I like to challenge my body and push my limits. The workouts I do are very challenging, but that’s the only way I’m able to see results. It feels really good when my clothes fit me better. It makes me feel more confident and that my hard work is paying off.

3) No matter what I’m doing or where I am, I always moisturize. It’s super important to keep skin as hydrated as possible. I started using Seventh Generation Skin Serum and I am in love with the Revitalizing Boost Serum. I mix it in with my moisturizer. It’s become a great addition to my skincare routine to prevent and treat fine lines. One of the best features, it won’t clog pores! YAY! This is a plant based formula, so I know I’m not allowing any harsh chemicals to seep in my skin. Seventh Generation has a line of 6 skin boosting serums and are sold at your nearest Walgreens!

seventh-generation-boosts-1-537x402 4) As I’ve mentioned before, I take extremely good care of my hair. I don’t use any heat on my hair during the week and it’s helped my hair grow faster and stronger. I’m not even kidding, my hair has gotten so long! I only wash my hair twice a week to avoid dryness since my hair is color treated. My current favorite hair products are Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Shampoo, Kerastase Lait Vital Conditioner, Moroccan Oil Hair Mask (once a week), Kerastase Elixir Oil, and It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Product. I purchase most of these products on Amazon since they can be less expensive on there.

5) I have a very simple style. I like to wear basics and pair them with something bold such as a colorful blazer, statement jewelry, or bag. I like to build my outfits either around the statement piece or start with a basic and build around that. Whatever it is, I always find that when I try really hard it never turns out the way I want. When I throw together an impromptu outfit, it always ends up working out. I have the hardest time dressing for in between weather where it’s too warm to wear a jacket but chill enough to wear long sleeves. Lately, I’ve been doing lots of layering to make sure I’m prepared for all weather!

Disclosure: I received a free sample of this product from Lucky and Seventh Generation for use in connection with this blog.

Beach Bag Essentials

in my beach bag
Surf Spray gives my hair the perfect amount of texture to give me beachy waves. I use it on wet and dry hair.
SPF 30 Spray Gel it has a bronzer that gives me a tan glow instantly while protecting my skin.
Eos SPF 30 Lip Balm This is with me at all times because my lips always burn.
NARS Body Oil Smells like heaven in a bottle.
Fabric Hair Ties I love how they don’t leave a crease or pull out my hair.

 

What’s in your beach bag?

Office Chic

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IMG_7708 Blazer: Zara, Top: H&M (similar here + here), Pants: Theory, Shoes: Chinese Laundry, Watch: Michelle, old. 

The dress code at my office is business professional Monday-Thursday and casual on Friday (my fave). I like to look professional yet stylish by pairing a simple blazer with dress pants, skirts, and dresses and then jazzing it up with some jewelry  During the summer the office has the air conditioning on full blast so a blazer or cardigan is a necessity.

On another note, I decided to get ombre hair again. I did it last year and I wasn’t sure if I wanted it again. My colorist went a bit lighter than last time and I’m loving it! I go to George at Charles Ifergan on Oak Street, he does amazing work.

I’m off to my friends Bachelorette party in Wisconsin for the weekend. Have a great weekend!

Wavy Hair Inspiration

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 9.26.25 PM Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 9.26.56 PM Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 9.27.29 PM Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 9.27.55 PM Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 9.25.39 PM Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 9.29.04 PM I typically wear my hair wavy on a day to day basis. I use a 25 mm clipless curling iron see here. Recently I’ve been trying to not put any heat on my hair during the week to get my hair as healthy as possible. It’s really been working! My hair has grown so much within the past few months and I’ve seen such a difference.

During the week I wear my hair in a braid, top knot, or down & natural. To preserve my hair’s shape while I sleep, I’ll put it in a high pony tail tied with a scrunchy. This also helps give my hair some extra volume. What are your hair care tips? I’d love to know!

Spring Beauty!

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ONE: A combination of sexy, confident, modern, perfume that is feminine all the way. I love it and I love wearing it.

TWO: My makeup artist Jillian said a peachy blush is a must for Spring! I love how this color compliments my skin tone.

THREE: This lip conditioner makes my lips feel like butter. I’m obsessed!

FOUR: I got this in this month’s birchbox. I love putting it over any shade of lipstick to plump up my lips and make them super shiny.

FIVE: This eye de-puffer does wonders, especially when I’m running on no sleep. It’s incredibly light & amazingly cooling.

Drug Store Beauty Must Have of the Week

I’m a sucker for any good lip products, especially in the winter when my lips get dry. I was immediately drawn to this lip balm because of the name, baby lips! I went to my local Walgreens and picked up peppermint which goes on clear. I immediately fell in love and went back the next week and picked up cherry me, pink punch, and peach kiss which are tinted. All of the flavors smell delicious and have SFP 20.

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The balm has a glossy constancy that gives your lips the perfect amount of shine. It’s not too sticky or waxy either. I also like the bright colors of the packaging which makes it easy to find in my purse. My favorite flavor is cherry me, the color very natural looking and brightens up my lips. I highly recommend baby lips for an everyday lip balm. Throw it in your purse or your desk drawer and your lips will always be baby soft.

Drug Store Beauty Must Have of the Week

I haven’t used Apricot Scrub since high school. I stumbled upon it when I was at Walgreens and picked up a travel size for my trip this week. I completely forgot how amazing this stuff is! First of all, it’s a great exfoliator and left my skin super soft and glowing. After wearing a face full of makeup all day it successfully took off all of my makeup AND it’s oil free!

Screen Shot 2013-01-23 at 9.09.24 PM If your skin is feeling dry or dull, pick up this scrub at your nearest drug store. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend using it 1-2 times a week since exfoliators can be harsh. I’m in love and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it in the travel section of Walgreens!

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