Sorry it’s been a little quiet around here lately. Since I’ve started school again and been a little busy with work, my free time has been spent with my guy and my pup. And I haven’t updated in over a month!
Here are some highlights…
A birthday trip to Austin…
A beer run in Oak Cliff…
This awesome lady getting ENGAGED. BOOM.
And many, many walks with my guy and my pup.
Seriously. They’re just the cutest.
Happy Easter, everyone! Mark and I will be obsessing over the season premiere of Mad Men tonight (my favorite show returning on my birthday! YAY!) and then spending the next couple of days in Austin for my birthday—I have a feeling that I’ll be exercising my butt off after we get back from our Gourdough’s binge…
It’s hard for me to find a foundation that I really like. My skin tends to get a little oily on my nose and chin, while my cheeks and eyes always seem a bit dry. I usually just opt for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream most of the time, but when I need some coverage I feel a bit stuck using concealer/foundation.
I was recently approached to try Estee Lauder’s Pro-Longwear Foundation, and became immediately intrigued when I read that it was an oil-free formula that lasted for up to 15 hours. Working at a store and having a million things to do doesn’t really allow me the time to spot-check and reapply throughout the day so if it’s long-wearing, that’s an immediate plus for me. I headed to Nordstrom to get matched for a foundation and it was surprisingly easy (and pretty funny considering that I am about two shades lighter than their lightest shade available. #palegirlproblems) I always have a really hard time selecting foundations, so I decided to go sans-makeup so my foundation would be a perfect match. continue reading
I’m totally guilty of judging books by their covers when it comes to packaging. Let’s be real: if something looks great on the outside, I’m more likely to buy it. I was first drawn to R+Co.‘s beautiful packaging, but it turns out their products are pretty damn awesome, too.
Dry Shampoo | Salt Spray | Styling Mousse | Smoothing Conditioner | Hairspray | Thickening Spray
I’ve tried the shampoos and conditioners, but I just ordered the thickening spray (I mean, it’s called Dallas) and I can’t wait to try it. I’m crossing my fingers for some Dolly Parton volume.
How often do you select products based on packaging?
I’m pretty obsessed with anything stemming from the mid-to-late 60s, but the artistic approach to beauty and makeup really does it for me. That expertly-applied eyeliner and those thick lashes… it’s just so good.
I’d love to be able to replicate those thick, Sixties-style lashes, but I hate wearing false lashes. So when Physicians Formula sent me their Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit, I was immediately intrigued. It’s super easy to apply, but it doesn’t feel heavy or irritate my eyes throughout the day. It’s a perfect everyday product.
Click through to see my lash transformation! continue reading
I never really thought too much about shaving and moisturizing until I read Skin Cleanse. When you stop and think about the stuff our skin endures, it’s pretty crazy. And my skin definitely doesn’t respond well to shaving—I get razor burn and ingrown hairs every time. So after doing a bit of research into what I need to be doing (and what I’ve been doing wrong for years), I think I finally figured out the perfect shave…
- Invest in a good razor. This seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes stuff happens. You’re running late, a little strapped for cash, etc. Here’s the thing, though… you’re dragging a very sharp blade across half of your body. Let’s invest in something that isn’t in the bargain bin at your local pharmacy. But don’t think that you should spend an arm and a leg either—I’m using the new Venus Swirl and haven’t had a single problem lately. The razor is designed to contour to those trickier areas and is coated with a moisture serum to glide over skin.
- Don’t shave as soon as you get in the shower or bath. Your skin needs a little time to soften up, so wash your hair and do your thing and save the shaving for last.
- Consider changing your shaving direction. I used to get razor burn on my shins every single time I would shave. It didn’t matter how careful I was, or how well I moisturized post-shave. I recently read that it’s best to shave with the hair growth, instead of against it. If you shave pretty often, it’s best to shave in the direction of hair growth, but if you don’t shave too often, you may want to shave against the growth and then again with the growth.
- Pick a moisturizer that doesn’t irritate—no fragrances and no frills. It’s best to go with an all-natural moisturizer that won’t irritate your skin and cause any problems. I usually stick with coconut oil in the summer and apricot oil during the colder months. A little bit goes a long way, and they absorb quickly without any grease.
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I’m definitely a creature of habit when it comes to music. Truthfully, I still listen to a lot of the stuff I listened to when I was 13, and if it ain’t broke I don’t fix it. So it’s pretty hard for me to get into new(to-me) music. But I’ve been spending a lot of quality time with my Spotify account lately, and I’m so thankful for a little extra spare time! I’ve been reeeeally loving these albums lately…
Waxahatchee’s Cerulean Salt | Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Dum Dum Girls’ Only In Dreams | Vivian Girls’ Self-Titled
What have you been listening to lately?
I tend to have an oily scalp, but my ends can always use a little TLC. It’s so easy for me to get into that habit of straightening my hair, just to avoid that crunchy feeling. I know, I know, I should get trims more regularly, but it’s hard to do that when you’re trying to grow your hair out a little! Instead of subjecting my hair to the flat iron of death and destruction, I’ve been vigilant about applying hair oils to my hair instead. Here are a few of my absolute favorites:
Bumble & Bumble Oil | Argan Oil | Show Beauty Treatment Oil | Ojon Hair Therapy
The Bumble & Bumble Oil is one of the first hair oils I’ve tried and it’s definitely an old favorite. It’s a bit more lightweight than other hair oils, so if you’re worrying about greasy strands or applying too much, you don’t have to worry too much with this product. It’s also an Allure 2014 Beauty winner… that should tell you just about everything you need to know. continue reading
There’s something about spring/summer that makes me want to wear some seriously sassy shoes. Maybe it’s because I’ve been living in moto and ankle boots for the past few months. I definitely need some color and pattern! Here are a few fun shoes that would definitely make my feet happy…
Leopard Heel | Septiva Heel | Lyra Heel | Propaganda Heel | Rain Boot | Cutout Leather Oxfords | Back-Zip Sneaker | Heart Sneaker
What’s on your spring shoe wishlist?
I’ve recently made the decision to eliminate meat from my diet and to my surprise, it hasn’t been as difficult as I expected! The only time I really eat meat is when we’re ordering from a drive-thru menu, so it’s been nice to cut out the fast food, too. Here are a few recipes that we’ve tried and loved so far…
Breakfast hasn’t been too difficult but when I want something a little more substantial, egg whites and avocado are the way to go. I love this egg white breakfast burrito recipe from Ambitious Kitchen—it has sweet potatoes, black beans and creamy avocado. The enchilada sauce really made it for me—try it with a spicy salsa for a little kick. continue reading