Autumn Favorites

The cooler weather is right around the corner people. This is not a drill! I repeat, this is not a drill! Autumn is my absolute no questions asked favorite seasons. I mean really, what’s not to love about perfect weather, beautiful colors and cozy clothes!? In honor of my favorite season,  I wanted to share why I love this season so much!

Cozy sweaters and cocoa
Warm drinks
Cool weather
Scarves
Beanie hats

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Dark nail polish
Hoodies
Movie nights
Pumpkin patches


Colorful leaves
Candles
Books and blankets
Chimney smoke


Walks in park with my dogs
S’mores and bonfires
Pumpkin pie
Soup


Let me know what your favorite season is and why in the comments below. In the mean time, enjoy this beautiful weather!

 

 

Philosophy Back to Nurture Replenishment | Review

I first discovered the Philosophy brand in college completely by accident. I was unhappy with my drugstore facial cleanser and had gone to an even at Nordstrom with a friend. My friend raved about the brand so I decided to splurge and give it a try. I fell in love with the purity cleanser. It’s absolutely amazing!

Over the years of trying different medications for my arthritis my skin became very dry and somewhat sensitive. My skin isn’t completely sensitive but I do react to a lot of products. I’m not completely sure if the medications actually had any affected on the change in my skin but hormones and purity, along side up to 30 pills a day, I believe they played some roll in the change.

Now as an adult, my skin has stabilized for the most part. I’ve found a routine that works and keeps my face relatively clear, with only the occasional breakout or texture on my face. The one thing I had been on the hunt for was a nighttime hydrating moisturizer.

A few weeks back I was on the Philosophy website purchasing my daily moisturizer and had a free gift with a $60 purchase. The free gift was a 2oz Back to Nurture Replenishment Crème. I did a little research and decided to spend an extra $15 to get the free moisturizer.


I’ve been trying this product out for about two weeks and I love it! It marketed to be a daily morning and night moisturizer but I find that’s too thick for me to wear under makeup so I use it strictly  as a night cream. It’s a very thick consistency but is easy to blend in all over the face and neck. The next morning my skin is supple, smooth and hydrated.

The only downside for me is the scent. All Philosophy products have a slight scent and this one is not different. It has a perfume scent to it which doesn’t linger for more than about 5-10 minutes but I could do without the scent completely.

If you struggle with finding products that work, I highly recommend the Philosophy brand to everyone I know! I even got my older sister who is even more picky than I am, to try the face cleanser and moisturizer and she loves them!

One of my favorite things about Philosophy is, if you sign up for their promotional emails on their website, they’re always having really amazing free gift with purchase giveaways. It’s a great way to purchase one or two products and get another for free! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a free gift?!

Let me know in the comments how you deal with changes in your skin and what products work for you. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Washi Tape DIY

If you haven’t heard of washi tape, where have you been?! I am addicted to the stuff! I have more rolls than I’ll ever use but it’s something that I just can’t resist. There’s so many uses and it’s so cheap!

I mostly use washi tape for my planner to decorate and make each week look a little more festive and fun (blog post coming soon). But, I also use it to decorate things around the house too. I’ve already done a DIY Computer Decal which I love.

A few months back I found 2 of these square containers at Target for $1.98 each (steal!!). I used them for a few months but they’ve started to be more and more difficult to clean off.

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After trying multiple times to get them back to white, I decided to just add some washi tape to make them more colorful and to cover up the scuff marks. I used 2 different colors of washi tape and a pair of cuticle scissors to cut the tape.

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The biggest tip I can give is to start each row on the same side of the square. Then just wrap each row around, ensuring they’re straight and evenly spaced. I kept adding rows, switching colors towards the top. If a row is uneven, the washi tape can be taken off and repositioned.

Here is the final product! I couldn’t be more excited about it.


I did a second one using colors that coordinated. I also used a sticker quote to jazz it up a little.


If you love washi tape as much as I do, let me know in the comments your favorite things to do with it.

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Favorite Makeup Brush Cleanser

Cleaning makeup brushes is probably the worst part about wearing makeup. For years, I never washed my brushes and then complained about breakouts and spots on my face. I’ve never really had acne, just breakouts. After changing my facial products what seems like hundreds of times, I finally cleaned my brushes. And then did it again a few weeks later and then slowly became more and more consistent  which helped my breakouts clear up.

Now, I spot clean my brushes after every use and give them a deep clean on Sunday. Since doing this, my skins has cleared up almost completely. I’ll never have completely clear skin, thank you hormones, but I’m smearing less bacteria in my face which in turn keeps my face clear. Logic!

I’ve tried many different cleaning methods but never found one the cleaned my brushes as efficiently as I’d like. I hate spending hours washing makeup brushes…seriously, who has that much time!?

I’ve finally found a method that is not only quick but cheap! I’m talking less than $1 before taxes. And with one purchase, you’ll be set for a year, maybe longer depending on how many brushes you have to wash.

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Enter, Zote Soap! It’s actually a laundry soap from Mexico made with coconut oil and tallow. I buy the pink version but there is also a blue version. Add some water and ta-da, clean brushes!!!

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My favorite part of using Zote Soap, is the fact that it not only cleans my brushes but also my Beauty Blender which is impossible to clean sometimes!


I mean look at those results! I was shocked the first time I used this method. There is a cleanser sold specifically to clean the Beauty Blender but I hated spending so much money on soap. This method is cheaper, easier and much quicker!

Here are a few more examples of Zote Soap in action.


The brushes with white bristles are always the hardest to clean because makeup can very easily stain them. However, it took very little effort to clean each brush. I was able to clean all of my sister’s brushes and mine in less than 40 minutes. And trust me, we have a TON of brushes.

I hope this was helpful for some of you. Let me know if you give this a try!

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Holy Grail Beauty Products

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more and more obsessed with beauty products and makeup. It wasn’t until the last year or two of college that I really started experimenting with makeup and taking care of my skin. That being said, I’ve tried a lot of products over the last 8 years but always come back to the same favorite products.Holy Grail Products1

Reading blog posts or watching videos of monthly favorites or holy grail products fascinate me. Trying out new products and seeing what other people are really loving is getting to be a little out of control. Here are my absolute favorite, keep coming back to, beauty, hair and make up products.Philosophy Purity

Purity Face Wash. I first discovered the philosophy brand back in college and fell in love. However, since I was in college, I was on a strict budget and couldn’t really afford the expense of $28 for face wash and $47 for moisturizer. I rediscovered the Purity face wash about two years ago and haven’t used anything since. It’s gentle and doesn’t break me out while cleansing my face without stripping the moisture.Lush Mint Julips

Lush Mint Julep Lip Scrub. I have really dry lips in the fall and winter. So dry that no amount of lip balm was helping. After watching a few favorite videos, I decided to try this lip scrub and I fell in love! The mint scent is lovely without being over powering and the scrub is gentle but removes dry skin from lips.Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil. If you haven’t been using coconut oil, you are missing out! I use coconut oil every night to remove my makeup, even mascara. Not only does it gently break down the oils of the makeup and mascara, but it moisturizes eyelashes and skin at the same time. I also occasionally use coconut oil as a hair mask overnight to give my hair a jolt of moisture.benefit Roller Lash

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. I was given a sample of the Roller Lash Mascara after getting my eyebrows done at the Benefit Brow Bar. I loved They’re Real mascara so I decided to give it a try. I fell in love. It gives volume and some length. But my favorite part is that while it’s easy to remove, it stays put during the day and doesn’t make me look like a panda by the time I get home.Clear Shampoo

Clear Shampoo/Conditioner. The Clear hair line are products that I continue to come back to after trying out new shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo gives a good lather and cleans my hair without stripping the oils. The conditioner moisturizes without weighing down my hair. And the scent of both is amazing!Seche Vite Top Coat

Seche Vite Top Coat. I use this top coat every time I paint my nails. I’m impatient and this top coat dries so fast that I’ve been unable to find anything that works better. I know that a lot of people don’t like it because of the chemicals in it but I guess I’m just a rebel.Loreal Julieanne's Nude Lipstick

Loreal Julieanne’s Nude Lipstick. I loved the nude lipstick trend from afar for a long time. Having red hair and light skin, I struggled to find a nude lipstick that wasn’t too brown or too pink. I had heard a lot about this color before trying it. I was skeptical but gave it a try anyway. I fell in love! This color is the perfect nude for me. I loved it so much I bought another for myself and one for my sister.

Let me know what some of your holy grail products are. I love trying new things!

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Lush Cup O’Coffee Mask

I love having regular pamper nights to take care of my skin, hair, nails and body in general. It’s a small thing I can do to take care of a body that occasionally hates me (joint pain anyone?).

After a particularly rough day, my sister surprised me with a little gift from Lush. I am a sucker for a good mask, especially one from Lush. If you’ve spent any time on any of my social media, you know that I’m a coffee addict. Lush put the two together and made the most amazing face and body mask; Cup O’Coffee.

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I was a little worried that the coffee smell would be overpowering and linger, making my face smell like a coffeehouse, long after I washed the mask off. Luckily, I was wrong. It has a sublte sweet coffee scent that smells great on the face and body but only leaves smooth skin, not a lingering scent.

Scent aside, my favorite part is the scrubby beads. While they provide a good scrub, they aren’t abrasive or too harsh. The end result is a caffeine jolt for my face, leaving it smooth and ready to take on the day ahead.

What’s your favorite pamper product?

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July Favorites

I love trying out new things and reading about new products, music, books, eateries, etc. Sadly, July was a slow month for me and I really didn’t find or try anything new that was absolutely-can’t-believe it-amazing. But, here are some random things I’ve really been loving this month.

Music:

Sage the Gemini

Tori Kelly

Beauty:

M.A.C. Painterly Paint Pot

California Mango Mend

Television/Movies:

Bones 

Life:

Iced Coffee w/nonfat milk and 3 pumps of white mocha

Wearing:

Victoria’s Secret Heavenly Summer body mist

Aviator sunglasses

SpiderTech tape

 What have you be loving? Anything I should tryout, leave a comment below.

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