My Everyday Winter Makeup

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I recently shared my go-to holiday makeup look, but most days I keep things pretty simple. I like to swap out the products I use depending on the season, so I figured I’d share my everyday winter makeup routine. Since I use most of these products on the daily, they would make great gifts or stocking stuffers as well for all those beauty lovers in your life! What are some of your winter beauty favorites?

I don’t typically wear a full-coverage foundation on the daily, but I do like to apply a few of these bronzing drops to give my skin some color and glow – it looks beautiful under foundation or even on its own. For everyday wear, I prefer a tinted moisturizer like this one – I also love that it’s a clean beauty product. If I need a little extra coverage, then this has been my go-to concealer lately. To give my skin that ‘lit from within’ glow, I love this bronzer and highlighter duo – then I’ll apply this cream blush which is an absolute must for me! Have you tried cream blush? It’s a total game changer! Lastly, I’ll set everything with my favorite translucent loose setting powder.


I’m obsessed with the Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeshadow Sticks! They’re so easy to apply and are a one-and-done shadow – plus they come in the most beautiful shades and have a hint of shimmer! When it comes to lashes, I like to use this Lancome mascara – I love how this mascara applies – you can build it up and it doesn’t clump! I keep things pretty simple with my brows – this brow pencil and brow gel are a great duo (and you can get them both for under $6)! For lips, I usually just apply a gloss like this Tower 28 Beauty one – it’s full of antioxidants like raspberry seed oil and apricot kernel oil so I feel like it’s good for my lips! It gives the prettiest shine and is just $14 – you can’t beat that!

My Go-To Holiday Makeup Look

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‘Tis the season for a holiday glam makeup look, and I like to have a little fun with my makeup this time of year. I mean, who doesn’t love a little sparkle and a moody lip? So. whether you have a holiday party to attend this year or just want to freshen up your date night look, I’m sharing some of my go-to products for a festive and fun makeup look.


Before going in with foundation, I like to apply a few of these bronzing drops to give my skin some color and glow – it looks beautiful under foundation or even on its own. For a night out or when I want full coverage, my favorite foundation is the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. It gives you a flawless complexion and stays put all day and night, especially after setting it with the this Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. I also like using this concealer under the eye area or anywhere I need a bit more coverage. For bronzer and highlight, this duo stick is creamy and super easy to apply. I absolutely love the finish and it gives you that ‘lit from within’ dewy look! I’m also a huge fan of this blush palette because both colors are stunning and perfect for all seasons.


When it comes to the eyes, I like to do something a bit more bold than my everyday look. I love a warm eyeshadow look, and this eyeshadow palette has the best warm tones – plus, it’s only $3 so it’s super affordable! After blending out my eyeshadow, I like to top it with this Laura Mercier Caviar Stick for more shimmer. I love that it’s a stick eyeshadow so you get the glimmer without all the fallout! Then, for the lashes I like to use this Lancome mascara – I love this mascara because you can achieve dramatic lashes without them clumping which is a win, win! I keep things pretty simple with my brows – this brow pencil and brow gel are a great duo (and you can get them both for under $6)! Lastly, for the lips I’ve been loving this Nudestix lip pencil in the shade Mystic which is a light brown with pink undertone – my definite go-to shade for the fall and winter months. I topped it with the Tower 28 Lip Jelly in the shade Cashew to tie the whole look together.


You could easily wear this makeup look to a holiday party, dinner or evening event – I’d love to know what plans you have this holiday season!


My Favorite Self-Tanning Products

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No matter the season, it’s always nice to feel like you’ve just gotten back from a tropical vacation… who doesn’t want that nice golden tan? That’s why I love using self-tanner. Not only is it WAY better for your skin, but it also does the trick in giving me that ‘I just got back from an island getaway’ bronze that we’re all striving for. I always feel more confident when my skin has a bit of color to it, but to be honest, not all self-tanners are made the same. So, if you’re like me and struggle to find a self-tanner that either doesn’t smell horrible or leave you looking like an Oompa Loompa, then here are my favorite self-tanning products…

St. Tropez x Ashley Graham Glow Mouse

If you haven’t heard about the St. Tropez x Ashley Graham collab, then I’m here to tell you that it totally lives up to the hype! It doesn’t have that weird fake tan smell, and it is the perfect golden shade that gives you a glow! I love that you can actually see where you’re applying it so it doesn’t get streaky, and develops into a natural, long-lasting tan.

St. Tropez Bronzing Face Mist

I like to tan my face so that it matches the rest of my body, and this bronzing face mist is so easy to use and does the trick! I just spray it on my face before bed and wake up with the most natural-looking golden tan. It also doesn’t have a weird smell or cause any irritation to my skin. I feel like whenever I use this product I don’t have to wear as much makeup, and is great for those no-makeup days!

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

Another one of my favorite self-tanning products are the Isle of Paradise tanning drops. You just mix them with your moisturizer and apply as you normally would. What I like about these drops is that they can be used on your face and body, and you can customize the shade by applying more or fewer drops. If you want something a little less maintenance, then I’d suggest these drops since they can just be added to your everyday routine. I tend to use them when I’m in a hurry or during the winter months when I want more of a subtle tan.

What are your favorite self-fanning products?


The 5 Beauty Products I Use Every Day

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I love all things beauty, which is why I’m excited for this post! While I love testing out new products and enjoy trying new hair and makeup looks, there are a few items I love and use every day. I like using clean beauty products whenever I can, so I’m always excited when I find a product that is both natural and effective. So, I’m sharing the five beauty products that I absolutely can’t live without – the ones that are a part of my routine each day…

Virtue Healing Oil
This healing oil is a life saver for dry or dead ends. It leaves my hair feeling so much more healthy and gives it a nice shine. It has Alpha Keratin which repairs damaged hair by making it stronger and silkier.

Tower 28 SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray
This facial spray is one of my favorite skincare products for blemishes which I talk about in this post. It has just three simple, yet effective ingredients that target acne: hypochlorous acid, purified water, and salt. Hypochlorous acid is an antimicrobial agent that increases blood flow and reduces inflammation. It soothes, purifies, and renews the skin while reducing redness. I spray it on my face twice a day after cleansing but before moisturizing. I also feel good about using this product because it’s clean and 100% natural.

Edible Beauty No. 3 Exotic Goddess Serum
I absolutely love this age-reversing serum because of its incredible ingredients. Supercharged with antioxidants like vitamin C, natural SPF and hyaluronic acid, this serum enhances firmness, supports collagen production, evens skin tone and shields against free radicals. What’s not to love?

Edible Beauty & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil
If you want more youthful-looking skin, then this serum does just that! Packed with botanicals like snowflower seed, this serum helps brighten dark spots, soothe redness, enhance luminosity and support natural cell turnover.

Saie Slip Tint
This tinted moisturizer has become my newest obsession! I love being able to see my natural skin when it comes to foundation, which is why I love this product so much. It has more of a sheer but dewy coverage that blends beautifully into the skin. I also love that this is a clean tinted SPF moisturizer with ingredients that are good for your skin. So, it’s like makeup and skincare in one!

The 3 Best Skincare Products for Blemishes

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Blemishes are no fun, and if you’ve ever dealt with breakouts then you know the struggle is real! There’s nothing like waking up to a bright red blemish to ruin your day, am I right? Between stress, makeup, pollution, and toxins, it’s no wonder so many of us find ourselves battling breakouts. I’ve tried numerous remedies and products to help with acne, and after years of trial and error, I’ve finally found the skincare products that actually work! So, if you want to know what products I use to keep blemishes at bay, then here my three favorite skincare products:

Edible Beauty Purifying Mousse – Pink Clay Sleep Mask

I absolutely love this sleep mask because it works to purify and brighten my skin. I swear, every time I use it I wake up the next morning with a glowy, more radiant complexion. Plus, the Australian pink clay works to detoxify the skin by removing congestion, while the avocado oil hydrates and balances oil production. I use this sleep mask to help keep my skin clear overnight. Oh, and Edible Beauty is a clean beauty brand, so what’s not to love?

Edible Beauty Turmeric Beauty Latte Serum Clear & Bright

This serum is another clean beauty product that I’ve been loving for breakouts! It helps diminish the look of blemishes and pigmentation with turmeric root, licorice root, and rumex extract. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that helps decongest pores and remove excess sebum, while licorice root and rumex extract works to brighten the skin and treat hyperpigmentation. So, this serum is an absolute game changer when it comes to treating acne!

Tower 28 Beauty SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray

Lastly, this facial spray has just three simple, yet effective ingredients that target acne: hypochlorous acid, purified water, and salt. Hypochlorous acid is an antimicrobial agent that increases blood flow and reduces inflammation. It soothes, purifies, and renews the skin while reducing redness. I spray it on my face twice a day after cleansing but before moisturizing. I also feel good about using this product because it’s clean and 100% natural.

Enjoyed this post? Check out this post HERE for my updated skincare routine!

The Best Hair Products for Messy Curls

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One of the most common questions I get asked since cutting my hair short is how I style my messy curls. I shared an entire tutorial on how I get my messy waves in this video where I go into detail, but I wanted to link all the tools and products I use down below for you as well. So, if you’re curious how I get those beachy, tousled curls, then here are my favorite hair products and tips for achieving that effortless look:


When it comes to curling irons, I absolutely love my T3 curling irons and think they’re totally worth the splurge. However, if you’re on a budget or just don’t care to invest in a more expensive hair tool, then this Conair curling iron is just as good and a fraction of the price. If you didn’t use a Conair curling iron back in the day, then you probably weren’t born in the ’90s – so if you know, you know! Even though I prefer an iron with a clamp, I wrap my hair around the barrel for a looser wave. So, you could totally use a wand like this instead if that’s easier for you. I like to alternate the direction that I curl each piece, but I always curl the pieces in front away from my face. Also, leave out the last inch or so of your hair when you’re curling it so you don’t get those baby doll curls!



I find that the fewer products I use, the longer I’m able to go between washes. So, on day one I just like to use a little dry shampoo like this one. I feel like it makes my hair feel clean but also gives it a bit more texture, especially if my hair is freshly washed. On day-old hair or when I want a messier look, I like to use a texturizing spray to give the hair more volume. This is my favorite texturizing spray, and here is a more affordable option that I love as well. If you have crazy baby hairs like I do, then I like to go in with this hair spray to hold them in place. Lastly, and probably my favorite step of all is finishing it off with an oil mist. I can’t live without this Kerastase Oil Spray because it gives your hair the perfect amount of shine and smells delightful – just be sure to only spray it on your ends!


What are some of your favorite hair products?

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Valentine's Day Lip Colors

5 Valentine’s Day Lip Colors

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to share 5 Valentine’s Day lip colors that I LOVE. I typically wear neutral lip colors but for a fun occasion, a pop of red or pink is always a great idea! But if you prefer a neutral lip color, check out this post with 5 of my favorite affordable lip products!

The formula of all of these lip products is incredible . Trust me, I am incredibly picky when it comes to lip products and these pass with flying colors!

Do you prefer a neutral lip or do you love a pop of color?

5 Valentine’s Day Lip Colors


L’Oreal Lip Stain in ‘I Am Worth It’

L’Oreal Lip Stain in ‘I Choose’

Jouer Essential Shine Balm in Peony

Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Lipstick in Nu Preferè

Jouer Essential Shine Lip Balm in Poppy

If you’re looking for more lip formulas that will blow your socks off – Check out this post here where I share 5 Affordable Must Try Lip Products!


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5 Affordable Must Try Lip Products

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I have been so impressed by affordable makeup brands lately. When I say that these affordable lip products are incredible, I am not exaggerating one bit – they are some of the best lip product formulas I have ever used!

I’m sharing the shades that I wear the most below but if they aren’t your jam, check out the other shades in the range because you won’t be disappointed! So without further ado, here are the best affordable lip products.

Maybelline Lifter Gloss

This gloss is a new release as of late 2020 & have loved this formula since the first wear. I wear the shade ‘Sand’ most often but you can’t go wrong with any of the shades. They have a pretty great color pay off for a gloss but are also great to layer.

L’Oreal Lightweight Matte Lip Stain

This particular one has almost 5 stars with over 19k reviews! I typically don’t love matte lip formulas because I have dry lips but this formula has been a holy grail of mine for years now. I recommend this to everyone I know because it stays put, doesn’t dry out my lips & it’s beautiful. I wear the shade ‘I Lead’ or ‘I Tease’ most often.

CoverGirl Tinted Lip Oil

This is a sheer lip oil but I fell in love with this formula when the Clean Fresh line was released. It’s hydrating with a sheer color & my favorite during the summer months. I wear the shades ‘Sour Grapes’ & ‘Fresh Squeezed’.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink

This is another matte formula that I shockingly LOVE. The formula doesn’t dry out my lips & the wear is wonderful – it lasts for hours & hours! I wear “Hazelnut Hypnotizer’ most often now but I have used so many different shades from this line over the past few years.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine

If you’ve been a longtime follower, you have most likely seen me talk about this formula for well over 5 years. I can’t get enough of this glossy formula! My holy grail shade is ‘Glossy Fawn’ but once again, if you love a lipstick with a slight sheen, this formula is for you!

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Share your favorite affordable lip product below in the comments. I love when you share your favorite products with me! Also, if you love affordable makeup products, don’t miss this full face of affordable makeup tutorial! 🙂

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Future is Female

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As you guys know, I am lucky enough to be an OLLY ambassador this year! This means, I get to try new products & be one of the first people to share them (+ my experience) with YOU!  

They just launched their new OLLY Future is Female product line & I was beyond thrilled to receive these products in the mail because I feel like so many of us could benefit from these. Guys, Miss Mellow was calling to me! If you have followed along for a while, you know that I have been consistently struggling with hormonal fluctuations since I had my boys & I have been searching for a product like this for years. If you have experienced the ups & downs that come along with unexpected hormonal fluctuations, then you know exactly what I’m referring to & how hard it can be to handle. I’m so happy to tell you that I feel so much more in control of my moods since using Miss Mellow + I feel like I’m handling my stress a lot better as well, which is a total win in my book!

I’m listing all 4 of the products below with a little bit of info on each so you can get a good idea of what to expect from each product. I can’t wait to incorporate these other products into my vitamin routine. Let me know in the comments below which product you’re most excited about!

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Updated Skincare Routine

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One of my most frequently asked questions is, “What skincare products do you use!?” So here I am, sharing my updated skincare routine with you because most of these products are almost used up & I wanted to share them before I start trying new ones!

I love trying out new products & finding which ones work really well & are worth the purchase for you. I’ve been using these products for 6 months & you can hear me chat all about them in this video here!

Products Used:

-This Farmacy Cleansing Balm feels so luxurious on the skin & removes makeup like a dream. I’m ranking this up there with my holy grail Elemis Cleansing Balm!

-This Boscia Resurfacing Treatment Toner has really helped the appearance of my skin texture. I’ve actually been using this product or longer than 6 months. so it will last you a long time!

-This eye cream from Farmacy is very hydrating & really helps to brighten up the undereye! I love to use this one in the mornings to help me look more awake.

-I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this Boscia B12 Serum but man oh man, I have fallen in love with this product! It has made such a major difference with my dry skin & I can’t recommend it if you have normal, dry or dry patches that need some added hydration!

-I had this anti-aging moisturizer sitting in my skincare drawer & finally decided to give it a try.. Now I wish I would have used it earlier because it is SO GOOD! It makes my skin look healthy & gives that perfect glow!

-I have been using this face oil for almost a year now & it works so well with my skin, I look forward to using it day & night. This one is a bit more pricey ($100) but if you have the ability, I highly recommend trying this one out. It lasts a very long time & the quality of this product is incredible!

-Last but not least is this little facial roller. I wasn’t sure if these little tools made much of a difference until I started using this daily. Boy was I wrong! This facial roller has become my favorite part of my skincare routine (hello, self-care!) & I can visibly see the difference in my skin since I started using it. Not only does it help with depuffing, but it also helps my products sink deeper into the skin, promotes collagen production & in turn, helps the appearance of my fine lines. Can’t recommend this enough!