JUNE - BEAUTY BUYS

REVLON LIP STAIN - I rediscovered the the cult following Revlon lip stain this month and found a new favorite lip color for Summer. It's called "Lovestruck" and is the perfect bright pink. It also has serious staying power and is very easy to manage, application wise. 

EVIAN MINERAL WATER SPRAY - You know those bins full of things you definitely don't need by the check out area at Sephora? Yep. These babies were an impulse purchase, but have quickly become an item that I have with me at all times. One spritz after a workout class, before happy hour or post-flight refreshes your face/makeup and is the perfect pick-me-up. 

TWEET TWEET MEOW MEOW MEOW DEODORANT - Yes, you read that right. This product has quite the name. If you haven't heard...the ingredients in most deodorants are incredibly harmful and toxic to your body. Aluminum, for example, has been linked to Breast Cancer. Oh, and some of these products even contain Propane...which just sounds like a horrible ingredient to rub into your pores. So, after trying many natural deodorants that are on the market my coworker recommended "Tweet Tweet Meow Meow" which is considered the best on the market. It takes awhile to get used to the new application process, but it honestly works just as well as regular deodorant. If you're looking to change to a natural alternative, check this one out! 

SABON BODY SCRUB - This scrub is amazing. I'm new to the scrub category but have been converted to a serious advocate after using this product. It's a sugar/salt scrub that exfoliates your skin and leaves a film of moisture that stays on your skin skin which makes your skin SO soft. The lavender vanilla scent is my favorite, but if you have a chance to stop by a Sabon store I highly recommend it so you can test their products and scent offerings. 

ORIGINS A PERFECT WORLD MOISTURIZER - After a terrible sunburn incident around Memorial day I splurged for an every-day moisturizer with decent SPF. Apparently anything under 20 in a moisturizer doesn't protect you from the sun. As an Origins fan I picked up the "A Perfect World Moisturizer". Honestly, I'm disappointed with this product. Sure it get's the job done, but it feels like a moisturizer was mixed with sunscreen so it's heavy on your skin and doesn't smell great. 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Send me any must-haves for July and I will add them to my next haul. 

Posted on July 1, 2015 .

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Want: These adorable Jack Rogers sandals for summer. How perfect is that color? 

Love: Nars "multiple" in Malibu. The perfect lip and cheek color for the girl on-the-go!

Need: A summer scent. This perfume from Calypso St. Barth is described as, "a Caribbean paradise, featuring aromas of island mimosa, bergamont, jasmine petals, almond blossoms and a hint of musk." Which, for me, sounds perfect! 

What are you loving right now?  

Posted on June 24, 2015 .

night time skin care routine

Unless you’re Brit from the Bachelor, waking up with a full face of makeup is considered a no-no. While most women how important it is to remove your makeup before bed, there are a few crucial steps in a nighttime beauty routine that can have you shouting...I woke up like this.


While I shared a variety of options for your morning skincare routine, I’ve perfected my night time routine over the past couple years and swear by these products.

  1. The first step is to remove your makeup with your preferred makeup remover or wipes. My favorite is the Neutrogena make-up remover wipes. 

  2. I step up my cleansing game at night, especially if I’ve worked out, and use a salicylic acid cleanser which is known for controlling breakouts and ridding the skin of excess makeup and dirt. This cleansing gel smells amazing and a little goes a long way.

  3. Two to three times a week I use my Clarisonic with this cleanser for an extra deep cleanse and exfoliation.

  4. Next is the toner to calm my skin after the deep cleanse. I particularly love this one at night because my skin feels instantly tighter after using it and it has rosewater in it which is a great soother.

  5. I haven’t perfected my night cream usage yet and use a rotation of brands from Kiehl's to Tart and Clarins.

  6. Lastly, I apply Origins “nightamins” moisture which is a nice heavy moisturizer, without feeling oily, to seal everything in before bedtime. Of course, it also it smells amazing.

Do you have a staple night time routine? What are your favorites? 

Posted on June 22, 2015 .

fitness files - 30 day jumpstart

Let's be honest...while we all have good intentions when it comes to staying fit and healthy life tends to get in the way. Before you know it, happy hours turn into late night meals which ultimately ends up in you canceling your morning spinning class. Although my wedding is five months away, after Memorial Day I decided enough was enough and it was time to get serious about getting myself back on-track. Luckily, there are some great resources for doing just that. 

Sore to the Core: If you haven't heard of Alexa Jean Fitness programs I highly recommend that you check them out! They are super easy to follow and this particular challenge requires no equipment. The best part, you will see results FAST!

MyFitnessPal: MyFitnessPal is the best app to keep yourself accountable when it comes to food. Reaching for that chocolate brownie as an afternoon snack? You better log it in! Seeing those 400 calories disappear from my daily allowance after eating a delicious (but not filling) snack makes me think twice about reaching for that brownie next time. 

Fit Girl's Guide: The hardest part about staying fit is eating well. I've always been very active but when it comes down to it, pizza is my favorite food and I just can't say no. I also don't believe in depriving yourself or staying in instead of doing dinner with friends just because your on a diet. The solution to all of these problems is the "Fit Girl's Guide" 28 day jumpstart. The recipes are super easy to follow, and make, and everything tastes delicious! 

The results? I'm down 5 lbs as I approach week four of my 30 day jumpstart. More importantly, I feel great! Eating clean really does give you more energy and makes you feel so much better! 

Posted on June 15, 2015 .