my favorite skin care masks


Origins Charcoal Mask: When my skin is looking particularly dull after a rough week I reach for my Origin Charcoal Mask. It's very effective at unclogging pores and feels like I'm giving my skin a "deep clean". I use his about two - three times a month, more in the summer if I've been outside for a long period of time. 

Aveda Hydrating Mask: This mask is my savior in winter months, but I've been reaching for it lately for a nice refreshing feel. Everyone knows that hydration is super important for your skin, if you've been skimping on your water intake or have very dry skin this is a must-have. I love to use this at night to calm my skin before going to bed because of it's calming and soothing effect.

Murad Clarifying Mask: If I feel a breakout coming on I immediately reach for this mask. While it's safe to use on a weekly basis, I only use this when my skin needs it. If you're acne prone, this mask would be a great investment for weekly use. Oh, and a little goes A LONG way so the $35 price tag is definitely worth it. 

Do you have any go to masks? Feel free to share in the comments!

Posted on July 29, 2015 .

summer workout playlist


Happy Monday! If you're looking to get your butt in gear this summer and commit to those workout plans a new playlist is a great start. When seasons change, so does my workout playlist. While there are some songs that make it onto multiple playlists, I find that listening to the same songs over and over definitely attributes to my workout ruts. Here are the tunes that I'm working out to currently. I'm always looking for new ones, leave me your favorites in the comments! 

Where are you now - Jack U, Skrillex, Diplo, Justin Bieber
Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
Pumpin Blood - NONONO
The Walker - Fitz and the Tantrums
Talking Body - Tove Lo
Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo 
Fight Song - Rachel Platten
Goodness Gracious - Ellie Goulding
Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
Bang my Head (feat. Sia) - David Guetta, Sia

If you have Spotify, listen to the playlist for free here. 

Posted on July 20, 2015 .

links of the week

Happy Friday everyone! Summer is finally here in Chicago and I’m excited to relax by the pool this week and detox my body and apartment this weekend before the crazy month of August begins. Can you believe that it’s already mid-July! PS: I’m getting married in THREE months. Holy schmokes.

Onto my favorite links of the week…

A friend of mine was featured on Glitter Guide this week spilling out the contents of her beauty bag. I can attest to her amazing skin/beauty habits and will definitely be picking up a few of these must-have items myself.

I’ve been told over and over again that drinking lemon water has amazing health benefits, but I never knew exactly what it did until I read this article. I’m up for anything that helps your metabolism and has skin benefits!

If you haven’t  heard…Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale this weekend. Brighton has some of the best shopping guides that I’ve seen around the bloggersphere. I especially love her buy now, wear year round guide. If you’re looking for beauty specific finds, check out my post from earlier this week!

The Beauty Department shared tips on how to prevent concealer from creasing. I can’t wait to try their method this weekend!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Posted on July 17, 2015 .

Nordstrom anniversary sale - beauty steals


It's that time of the year again...Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale and there are some seriously great items up for grabs in the beauty department. If you're a Nordstrom card holder you can access the sale early! If not make sure to bookmark your favorite items for when the sale goes live on the 17th.

A few of my all-time favorite products are on sale, including: The Living Proof Fizz control shampoo & conditioner set,  perfect for controlling your hair during the summer humidity. The best pencils, by NARS, in three amazing shades. Remember my go-to anti-aging serum, the Clarins Double Serum? Well it's on sale. Lastly, for those of us who are curling iron challenged, the Sultra curling wand is a life saver.  

My beauty department sale picks...

Loral eye palette $15.00 ($135.00 value *WHAT?!) 
Living Proof set $45.00 ($70.00 value) 
Mac lip set $29.50 ($47.00 value) 
NARS lip pencil set $49.00 ($81.00 value)
Dior Addict limited edition in Hypnotic Plum $33.00 
Anastasia Beverly Hill's brow set $36.00 ($56.00 value)
Sultra curling wand $99.00 ($130.00 value) 
Clarins Double Serum $135.00 ($204.00 value) 

Happy shopping! 

Posted on July 13, 2015 and filed under Beauty.