My Shower Essentials

Hello!

Today I am sharing my must haves for the shower from shampoo to shaving cream. I’m also talking about what I use to moisturize after I’m out of the shower.

Let me know what your fave shower products are!

Hair Products

TRESemmé Touchable Softness Shampoo and Conditioner: I have used TRESemmé for years not like a couple of years, but like since the beginning of High School which was 10 ish years ago. I love how soft it leaves my hair, it does a great job at getting out the tangles in my hair, and it leaves it looking so clean over all.

– EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask: The smell alone is what sold me on this product. It smells so good. Obviously though I wanted the actual product to work well and thankfully it did. This is another great detangling product and it leaves my hair feeling so unbelievably soft like run your fingers all the way through your hair soft.

Body Wash

Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash: I am a big fan of Dove. Aside from there body wash I also love their deodorant and bar soap. I like that their body washes smell great without being over powering. This body wash is so moisturizing and leaves my skin feeling so soft.

– Lush Whoosh Shower Jelly: I didn’t jump onto the Lush Band Wagon until earlier this year (yeah, I know.) Just like the Dove body wash this has such a great scent without being over powering. The smell of this wakes me up, so I enjoy using this when I take a shower in the morning. I just think the idea of a shower jelly is so fun! With this product a little bit goes a long way. I will use a quarter sized piece and it lathers up so much into my wash cloth.

Shaving

Shaving Razor: I don’t have a favorite razor. I do typically buy Venus, but I have bought Gillette before along with those cheap, could cut your whole leg open razors (thankfully they didn’t) what I am saying is I don’t have a brand or specific razor that is my tried and try and true, my most repurchased, must have razor. As long as it shaves my legs and doesn’t cut me I like it.

– Barbasol Soothing Aloe Shaving Cream: Years ago one of my friends told me that she used Barbasol to shave her legs and ever since that recommendation it’s what I have been using. Firstly this stuff is only a $1.49, but secondly I haven’t found another shaving cream that leaves my skin feeling as soft as this does.

– 4-in-1 Foot Paddle: I know this isn’t a shaving product, but I still wanted to include it because it’s a great product, and I do use it in the shower. I am one of those unlucky people that suffer from very dry (let me emphasize the word dry) feet. Especially on my heels (sorry if you dislike feet) Anyways, this product has been such a big help to getting my skin more soft plus it’s so easy to use being a 4-in-1 product.

Moisturizer

Neutrogena Body Oil: This is another item that I have used for years. This is so lightweight, absorbs quickly, and once again is a product that smells good without being over powering. I will note that the scent is not long lasting, but that isn’t something that is a con to me. I specifically use this on my legs typically after I shave. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and does a great job at locking in moisture.

– Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal: This is a thick lotion, so if you don’t like that you may not enjoy this lotion, but I prefer a thicker lotion especially for my legs. This is probably a lotion more gear towards the winter time, but I still enjoy using it during the summer time.

And that is everything that I consider essentials for in the shower. Let me know what your shower must haves are!

Thanks for reading! Xx

Another Makeup Cleanout

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Yes. Once again I am doing another makeup clean out. I know I just did one of these last week and another one a while back, but I had so much expired makeup and I just kept finding more. This is most definitely my biggest clean out yet, and I have a feeling it’ll be a while until I have another one that is this large. All of the makeup I am getting rid of in this post was from my makeup organizer which is technically a jewelry holder, but I don’t wear jewelry. Anyways, all of the makeup in there was past expiration, so therefore another clear out. I figured I would share what I am getting rid of.

I’m not going to go in depth about the products and share my thoughts on them because there is a lot, so if you wanna know what I think of something and if I’d repurchase it recommend it just let me know!

P.S. I am messing with photo apps to figure out how I want my pictures to look, so that’s why some of them look different.

Primers

Hard Candy Color Correcting Primer

– Hard Candy Intense Redness Color Correcting Primer

– Urban Decay Naked Palette

– Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

– Too Faced Peanut Butter Palette

– Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe (Christmas 2016) trio palette

– Makeup Revolution (middle) Fortune Favors the Brave Palette

– Makeup Revolution Flawless Ultra 32 Palette

Foundation

IT Cosmetics CC+

– Physicians Formula Super BB

– L’Oreal True Match

– L’Oreal Infallible Total Coverage

– Maybelline Pure B.B.

– Rimmel BB Cream

– Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder

– Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Loose Powder Foundation

Concealer

– Urban Decay Naked Skin

– Ulta Full Coverage Liquid Concealer (next one is the same)

– Maybelline Instant Age Rewind

– Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin

Contour

– 2 Nyx Wonder Stick(s)

Mascara

– Rimmel Super Curler

– Covergirl Plumpify (2)

– Covergirl So Lashy

– Maybelline Great Lash

Lipstick

YSL Pur Rogue shade #19

ELF Moisturizing Lipstick in Bordeaux Beauty

And that is everything I am getting rid of. Do you throw your makeup away when it’s past it’s expiration date or do you not believe in that?

Thanks for reading!! Xx

My 10 Minute Makeup Routine

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Today I wanted to share my 10 minute sometimes less makeup routine. Don’t get me wrong I love makeup and I love wearing makeup, but most days I don’t want to be spending 45+ minutes getting ready for the day. I’d much rather go for a simple, not very time consuming look.

Are you a full glam all the time kind of person or do you usually go for a more simple look? Let me know!

Here are all the products I use for my 10 minute makeup routine

  • NYX Shine Killer Primer: My go-to primer at the moment. I love how it feels on my skin.
  • Maybelline  Instant Age Rewind Treatment Makeup: My favorite foundation at the moment. The coverage is great, it applies well onto my skin and it lasts all day.
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: I think this is my most repurchased concealer ever. It is such a great concealer and a must have product in my opinion. Just like the foundation the coverage of this is great and it has pretty impressive lasting abilites
  • ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzer: I mainly use this just for the bronzer, but some days I do use the blush. I am not looking for an intense bronzer look just to look a bit more sun kissed.
  • IBY Beauty Dessert Vibes Palette: I know this this is probably a palette more gear towards fall/winter looks since it is mainly warm toned, but I don’t base palettes I use off of seasons but more off of what I am liking at the moment. For an everyday look I typically will just use the shades Low Key and Cali Sun and blend them all over my eyelid and some days I will add the shade Insta Story over top.
  • Tarte Maneater Mascara: Mascara is probably the product I rotate through the most. I will usually have 3-4 mascaras I am using at a time where as I will use the same foundation, concealer, finishing powder etc everyday for a while.
  • Maybelline Setting and Perfecting Loose Powder: I love how soft this feels on my face. I don’t know if that is the right word, but hopefully it makes sense… Anyways aside from feeling lovely on my skin this does a great job at setting my makeup.
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Shade 10: I usually do not to a red lip, actually I pretty much never do a red lip as I am somewhat intimidated by it, but on this day I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give it a try. Not sure if I will do it more regularly now, but I will say I did like it.

 

And those are the products I use for my easy 10 minute makeup look. Let me know what your typical makeup routine looks like!

Thanks for reading! xx

Current Skincare Routine & Favorite Cotton Pads

Current Skincare Routine & Favorite Cotton Pads

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I shared my nightly skin care routine pretty much a month ago, and while I usually don’t switch out products this quickly (unless they are pretty bad) my skin recently had a really bad breakout especially around my chin (that is where I break out the most) and I also suffer from significant redness around my cheeks. I can’t remember a time where they weren’t red. I think the stress of moving and the fact I have been in a funk lately took a toll on my skin. I realized the products I were using weren’t helping me in the moment so I went to my skin care products draw and pulled out some different products to try in hopes that they would help clear my skin. Spoiler alert: they have!

I wasn’t expecting these products to make my skin looking incredible and clear of spots/redness.  I realized a long time ago that with how my skin is that’s gonna take a dermatologist and/or a lot of money, but what I was looking for were products that would help clean out my skin and minimize my spots.

Cleansers

I alternate between these two washes.

– Don’t Be So Sensitive Find Here: My mom actually gave me this face wash when I was home in Michigan and was complaining to her about how red my face had been. The purpose of this wash is to use after post procedures such as waxing, but we figured I would try it to see if it helped reduce the redness on my face. I have noticed that while it hasn’t totally eliminated it it has helped to alleviate redness especially around my cheeks where it is typically the worst. I will also say a little of this goes a long way. I only use a dime sized drop and it will lather up to cover my entire face.

– Neutrogena Clear Pore Face Cleanser/ Mask Find Here: This has been a favorite product of mine for many years (not the same bottle of course) anytime I use this my skin feels so much cleaner and I will notice right away if not the next day my zits looking smaller and dried out. This works great both as a cleanser or a mask. I will say it has a cooling sensation when used as a mask and that will cause the redness to inflame, but it goes down shortly after being used.

Exfoliator

Philosophy Micro Delivery Exfoliating  Wash Find Here: This is a great product for cleansing away dead skin cells to reveal more clean and rejuvenated skin. I use this product 2-3 times a week. I like how gentle this wash is on my skin yet  tough on dirt and impurities.

Toner

– Clean and Clear Astringent Find Here : I feel like I am back in my high school days using C&C. Anyways this astringent is great for drying out spots and removing impurities. I will put a couple squirts of this on a cotton pad and hold it down where I have several spots. After some time the spots are both dried out and minimized.

Face Mask

– Freeman Purifying Clay Mask Find Here: I use this mask 3-4 times a week and it leaves my skin feeling so squeaky clean. It draws out impurities and leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturized.

Moisturizer

-The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion Find Here: Tea Tree is a great product for acne prone skin at least it has been for me. This lotion helps control the oils of my skin specifically around my t-zone and well as helps dry out my spots.

Cotton Pads

– Shiseido Facial Cotton Find Here : I know what your thinking.. what is so great about cotton pads?! Well if you have used these ones, you know what is so great about them! Believe me I was in the same boat thinking all cotton pads are alike well they aren’t these ones are the best! They are gentle on skin yet so effective at taking off my makeup without any harsh rubbing.

And those are all of the products I am currently using to help out my skin. If you are wondering I use these products both in the morning and evening minus the exfoliator and face which I will use in the evening on varying days. What does your skin care routine currently look like?

Thanks for reading! xx

Makeup Clear out: What am I Getting Rid Of?

Makeup Clear out: What am I Getting Rid Of?

Hello!

Okay, so, I have no issues admitting that I am addicted to buying makeup because it’s 100% true and has been for the past 5 ish years. Now they do say admitting you have a problem is the first step, so there was me admitting my problem. Unfortunately for the longest time I wasn’t doing anything about it which led to a makeup collection that was way to unnecessary especially since I use the same 5-10 products unless I am testing out new stuff. Anyways I have come to the realization that I don’t need all the makeup I have and that I need to get better about returning products I don’t like or pitching things I haven’t used for a while or that have gone past their expiration dates. I am trying to get better about cleaning out my makeup, and I am not sure if this will be monthly, bi monthly or if it will just happen randomly.

I decided to do one of these clean outs yesterday and I am sharing what I am getting rid of. I will say unless a product 100% flops or doesn’t work for me personally I will keep it for about a month or two just so I can use it multiple times before I make a final decision on if I want to keep it or not.

Foundations and Powder

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder: I used this stuff in high school and for most of college, and I LOVED it. It was a ride or die, repurchase it over and over again product. Unfortunately when I tried it out a while back recently I didn’t get the same results I remembered getting which was disappointing. I didn’t find that the coverage was as good, so this is going goodbye!

– Maybelline 24 Hour Superstay Foundation: I wanted to love this foundation and while I found the coverage was great at the beginning and it applied well as the day went on this foundation made my skin look so oily and it would start to break up especially around my t-zone.

– Revlon Photo-Ready Instafix: I am really starting to get into stick foundations (yes I know I’m late to the party) and I saw that I had this in my makeup collection, so I decided to give it a try. Sadly this stick foundation was a thumbs down. This just didn’t work for at all. I had the hardest time applying it because no matter what I used it just seemed to grab onto the brush or sponge and not my skin. It would look like I had no product on, so therefore the coverage was non existent. This did not work for me.

Primer and Concealer

Milani Prime Correct Face Primer: I suffer from pretty severe redness on my face especially on my cheeks, so if I see a product claiming to reduce redness I want to try it. I am a big fan of Milani, but unfortunately this product did not make my favorites list. I didn’t mind how it felt on my skin and I found it blended nicely, but it didn’t help reduce my redness, and that is what I was hoping for.

– Covergirl Revitalist Healthy Concealer: I am all about the new look of covergirl and I do think they are coming out this some really cool products, but this concealer is not one of them in my opinion (yours might be different and that is awesome!) I just found that this concealer did no…. concealing. After applying this I would still see my spots, and I know this isn’t full coverage, but I was still expecting some sort of coverage.

– Neutrogena Skin Clearing Concealer: This was another concealer that provided little to no coverage, and I was looking for something more.

Lip Gloss

-Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss: I have started getting more into lip products lately. I still haven’t decided if I am a lipgloss or lipstick kind of girl, but I have decided that these lipglosses did not work for me. I absolutely loved this color, but when I applied them they were way to sticky and I couldn’t deal with that feeling all day.

And that is everything I am getting rid of. I will say that this post is in no way to bash any of them companies. I have products from all of these ranges that I love and use all the time. I am just keeping it real in that not everything I try will be a favorite. Let me know if you do one of these clear outs or on an opposite note what products you have been LOVING lately!!

Thanks for reading! Xx

Bathroom Tour

Bathroom Tour

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I’m so excited to say the hubby and I are officially moved into our first home together. Is it the grandest of homes? No it’s not, but I love our quaint little home, and I am so ready to start decorating, and adding our personal touches to truly make it our home. A lot of cosmetic work needs to go into this home, and while I’d love to do it all at once I’m “ballin’ on a budget” as they say, so that will be a work I’m progress and I am going to work with what I got for right now. I am going to be sharing post dedicated to each room in our home (not back to back). I love seeing other people’s room tours as I always find some sort of inspiration, so I hope you can find some from my home or at the least enjoy reading it, and seeing photos!

The photo posted above is when you are standing in the door way. To the left out of shot is the toilet ( not photo worthy!), so you can get a layout idea. Shower curtain is from Walmart!

This is the storage cupboard above the toilet seat which I decided will hold toilet paper and my very beloved candles which I’m sure will be even larger when I make it to Bath and Body Works to check out their fall candles! What is your favorite scent from them???

This cupboard is behind the door to the room, and it is such a great piece of additional storage. I put our dogs things and some of my extra bits of stuff that I don’t grab all the time.

Here’s the mirror. I took it at a weird angle since I was in my pj’s and I don’t wear the cute blogger girl pjs you see on Instagram Lol. Anyways I also know some people (like myself) like to see what people keep in their medicine cabinets, so peep the photos below. Don’t get to exciting it’s nothing that great

And no I don’t know where the cap is for my deodorant, but hey, at least I’m wearing some!

Here’s the counter top, and I will be coming back to appreciate this photo because it will not stay this organized and clean looking for long.

There’s a pretty decent amount of storage here, so I’m happy with that. I wasn’t going to bothering making the drawers look organized inside, since I knew they’d just end up all disorganized anyways.

Top drawer has some random stuff like nail polish and a lip liner, but it also has everyday stuff like tooth brushes, and make wipes.

The second drawer is dedicated to face products. My everyday/fave products are in the medicine cabinet.

The third drawer is body stuff such as lotions and sprays. As well as q-tips and nail polish remover.

Finally here is underneath the sink. This is where I keep my caboodle which holds the majority of my makeup, and refills for soap along with shampoo, and other bits.

And that is my bathroom. If you are sharing room tours of any on your blog, let me know!!

Thanks for reading!! Xx

Yes, Oh Yas July Box

Yes, Oh Yas July Box

Hello!!

I recently got my July Yas Oh Yas box and I wanted to share what came in it. If you are unfamiliar with Yas Oh Yas it is a monthly subscription that sends you 5 products for $14.99.

I do have a promo code to receive 10% off your first box! Click the link here and use code YOY

Alrighty here is what I received in this months YOY package

Please excuse the lighting. We don’t have blinds in our living room yet and the sun was out shining in all its glory (not that I am complaining)

This beautiful eye palette from IBY Beauty is without a doubt the product I’m most excited to try. I think all the shades are so pretty.

I am always looking to try new face products to help my skin, so I’m looking forward to trying this stuff.

The other products I received were a eyeliner, lip pencil, and lipstick. I am not sure how much I will use the lip liner or eyeliner seeing as I don’t use those items in my routine, but I will at least try them once.

And that is everything I got. Let me know if you decide to try this subscription and if you do, don’t forget to use my code I shared above.

Thanks for reading! Xx

Self Confidence & Social Media

Self Confidence & Social Media

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We have all heard this quote above. I’m sure many of us have told someone or been told this quote to ourselves, and it is so freaking true! Is there ever a circumstance where comparing yourself to someone else brings to a sense of joy or a feeling of comfort? I know it doesn’t for me. Back in the day we would compare ourselves to our friends thinking “there clothes are so much cuter than mine” or ” she is so much prettier than I am” Now a days we are stilling having those same feelings except now social media has come into play, and we have these thoughts (and much more) about we’e never even met. Why do we let strangers faces on a phone or computer screen dictate our self worth or how we feel about our lives? Now don’t get me wrong I think social media has a lot of pros to it, but we must admit that it has very  much affected how we see ourselves. Would we still feel this way if social media wasn’t around or as relevant? (lolz! imagine that.)

I have always been the type of person who thought self confidence and self worth were so important. I’d tell my friends that they just needed to be more confident in themselves. Even today I tell my husband he needs to have more confidence in himself and not stress out about what other people think. However, recently I needed to be reminded about what I said so passionately to other people. I let social media and strangers affect my sense of self worth to the point of crying unable to control my emotions.  I was also having one of those days where I didn’t like any of my clothes and my makeup looked like crap (yeah, we know how much fun those days are *major eye roll*) Just a bunch of little things that just kept adding up. How did I get to this point? Follower count. Instagram follower counts.

Just typing that makes me rather annoyed with myself, but I am the type of person who believes my feelings are valid and the reasoning for them are valid. Anyways, I was having one of those days where I wasn’t feeling very confident in myself (we all have those days) and I had been losing Instagram followers in the dozens (40+ in 2 days) and I was seeing everyone else on my feed garnering all these likes and comments, “what was I doing wrong?” I wondered. That was a first mistake making it personal. I didn’t know why it affected me so much, but it  did. It affected me to the point of my husband having to sit with me while I cried and cried. Why am I not good enough? I thought my content was good, I thought my pictures looked nice? What was I doing wrong? But more importantly why was I letting a social media platform affect me so much?!

In today’s age comparison is so hugely relevant and social media is no exception. In fact it seems to be the place where comparison is most evident. What started out as a fun hobby for me was starting to cause me emotional pain all because I was comparing myself to others.  I let number on someone else’s page affect my personal thoughts about myself. The thing is in the grand scheme of things follower count is so minuet. Yes these people may have great photos on their Instagram, they may have a lot of followers, and they may portray their lives as being put together, but put the camera down and log out of social media how great is their lives? how happy, confident, and content are they? We are comparing ourselves to people who we truly know very minimal about.

So how can we having strong self confidence in a world of social media? I can’t speak for everybody, but I can speak for myself and how I am going to improve my confidence and feelings of self worth towards myself. I am going to remind myself that a social media page doesn’t show every detail of a person. In reality social media can be very very vague (depending on what people chose to share). I remind myself that these people who might be “popular” on Instagram might be struggling behind the scenes. Yes they might be happy at times, but I’m sure like everybody else they have problems. We all have things we’d like to change whether it be about our lives or how we look, and we need to remember that every one has these thoughts. Everyone.

Now maybe instead of having these thoughts and comparing ourselves to others we can fill our thoughts with more affirming ideas about ourselves. We all have things we are good at: being a good friend, listening, doing makeup, being artistic, helping others. I guarantee if we had someone else say what they thought about us they would list so much more positive than negative (if they list more negative they aren’t your friend and you need to say peace out, girl scout!) Why don’t we start thinking of ourselves more positively? Let’s have more self confidence in ourselves. Yes I am aware of how much easier said than done this is, but you’d be amazed at how much one positive affirmation to yourself everyday can help build up your self confidence. Write down a positive attributes about yourself and write them down or put them up around your room or house. Enjoy social media, but remember that in the grand scheme of things it is such a minuet part of life.

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If you are highly involved in social media here is another thing I am choosing to remind myself which is “to honor your pace” You will get to where you  want to get to. You can even exceed past your goals, but you need to accept the fact that it will take time. You will hit bumps in the road. You will hit snags and set backs, but you’ll get to your goal. Honor you pace accept that fact that hard work takes time. If you believe in yourself that is such a huge huge step in the right direction. Everyone achieves their goals and reaches their dreams in their own time and you and I will as well.

How has social media affected you whether it’s good or bad?

I know this was a different post compared to what I typically do (beauty and fashion), so if you read this far I really appreciate you reading and listening to my thoughts. I think writing is very therapeutic, and I am sure there are other people who have felt how I did, so I wanted to share those feelings. So again thank you for reading! If you would like me to share my thoughts on other subjects just let me know! xx

Drugstore Makeup Haul

Drugstore Makeup Haul

Hello!
I recently popped into Walmart with the intention of getting some paint supplies for our house, but of course I am incapable of  going in somewhere and just getting what I need, so I walk out with some more things that necessary including makeup (shocker). To be honest though I haven’t been very happy with my makeup lately. It might be the fact that it is so hot here in Oklahoma, but lately my makeup has looked so patchy even when I wear my favorite foundations that used to stay on all day long. I intended on just getting a couple foundations, but of course that didn’t happen… Anyways, I am going to give all these products a try and decide what I think is worth keeping.

On a somewhat different note, but still relatable I just wanted to share a tip if you’d call it that with you guys. On the back of all makeup items there is a small jar with a number in it for example 18m, That means an item is good for 18 months after opening. I’m sure some of you already knew that, but I didn’t till recently, so I wanted to share!

Here is what I got!

Primer

  • Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Redness. The primer I got isn’t available online for some reason, so the link is for another master primer, but the one I got is available in stores.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
  • NYX Shine Killer Primer
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base

Foundation, Concealer, and Contour

Finishing Powder and Spray

And that is everything I got. If you tried any of these products let me know your thoughts on them! I’m looking forward to trying these products out (minus a couple I’ve already tried like the age rewind concealer).

Thanks for reading! xx

Boho Swing Dress

Boho Swing Dress

Hello!

I’ve been spending the last week with my family up in Michigan. It has been such a wonderful time filled with good food and of course spending time with loved ones. I always wish time here could last longer, but I know we need to get back to Oklahoma eventually (Friday to be exact). I am looking forward to getting back to the south and being able to start decorating our house!! I’m planning on doing post on here if anyone is interested. Our new house isn’t a total fixer upper, but it does need some TLC and cosmetic work. My Pinterest is flooded with diy and decor ideas. What are some your favorite (inexpensive) home decor places?

Thanks for reading!