Category Archives: Beauty

Summertime Essentials for a Staycation at the Lake

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx. All my opinions are my own!

This summer, it’s all about the staycation! That’s why I was so excited for a little weekend relaxation at nearby Lake Roesiger, where my friend Megan’s family owns the cutest little lakehouse. Of course, I had to pack all of the summertime essentials for the perfect day away from home!

Summertime Essentials

It was a beautiful warm sunny day as I packed up my car with a giant pool float and a bag overflowing with my summertime essentials to enjoy lakeside! On the list are the obvious, of course: a cute swimsuit, a giant beach towel, a sun hat, stylish sunglasses, SPF, and a change of clothes for later. However, I’ve rounded up a few additional things that made this warm summer day even more enjoyable.

For everything you need for a day at the lake and all of my must-have summertime essentials, keep reading!

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How to Get Voluminous Hair

If there’s one thing I don’t want during the holiday season, it’s a bad hair day. Who has time for that? Not me! There are plenty of things that can go wrong around the holidays: getting trapped in a sudden downpour, long lines at the grocery store, traffic on the freeway, having a wardrobe malfunction, forgetting a present… the list goes on and on. With all of that and more to worry about, I just want to wake up and know that I’ll have shiny, voluminous hair, at least most days.

  Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pantene. All opinons are my own!

That’s why I’m so excited to be working with Pantene to take their 14 Day Challenge. If you follow me on Instagram, then you may know that at the beginning of December, I started the challenge, which meant switching all of my hair products to Pantene for 14 days. Using the Pantene Sheer Volume Shampoo and Conditioner was an easy switch, and the Sheer Volume Dry Shampoo proved to be a brand-new favorite for me!

How to Get Voluminous Hair Everyday

With the goal of no bad hair days and only great hair days, I’m excited to share my results with you today! While I’m at it, I’ve also put together some tips for pumping up the volume on your strands if, like me, you find them looking a little lackluster during this dry and chilly time of year!

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50+ Best Beauty Gift Sets for Christmas

It’s the holiday season which means it’s that time of year… gift shopping! More specifically, if you’re like me, it’s time to buy treats for your favorite people to show them you care. I often find myself hitting my favorite retailers for beauty gift sets.

Why? Because they’re typically filled with the best of that brand, and they’re sets typically filled with perfectly sized products for someone trying the brand for the first time.

The 50+ Best Beauty Gift Sets for Christmas

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may make a small commission All opinions are my own! 

Last year, my beauty gift guide was by far my most popular, so I figured I’d bring it back for 2018. After all, if I love shopping for beauty gift sets, it only makes sense that you might, too!

So, if you’re ready to get your beauty shopping on this year, here are the best beauty gifts for women on your list this year!

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Treat Yourself to the Gift of Hair Removal with Silk’n Infinity // Giveaway!

It’s safe to say that with the impending holiday season, there’s going to be a stressful moment or two in your future. One of my favorite rituaals, when I’m feeling stressed, is pampering myself at-home. Drawing a hot bath, relaxing under the bubbles, giving myself a manicure and pedicure and treating myself to a face mask are some of my most cherished moments when everything else in the world feels like too much.  

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Silk’n. All opinions are my own!

Recently I was introduced to the brand Silk’n, which makes a variety of at-home skincare devices that allow you to get specialized aesthetic treatments right-at-home. The Silk’n Infinity, for example, makes permanent laser hair removal as simple as a treatment at-home every few weeks. Another product, the Silk’n ReVit, allows you to have a microdermabrasion facial as often as needed, from the comfort of your home!

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My Skin Journey // A 20+ Year Battle with Break Outs & Acne

I used to be ashamed of my skin.

You may not know it now, but I used to have terrible acne. And I was embarrassed about it. Have you ever heard the term “pizza face”? That most definitely could have been used to describe the appearance of my skin throughout elementary (yes, I got my first zit in 4th grade!), middle, and high schools.

Disclosure: This post contains a review of a complimentary skin treatment provided to me by Seven Inlets Spa. All opinions are my own!

Deep, painful, red lumps and bumps covered my cheeks and chin. In my teens, it also covered my back, upper arms, and even sometimes the bumps popped up on my chest. To hide my embarrassment, I slathered on foundation, often in a shade that was much too dark for my skin tone, and to mask the body acne, I wore clothes that covered it. It was honestly hard to tell sometimes what tone my skin actually was beneath all of the redness and irritation I created.

Recently, I was invited to the Seven Inlets Spa at Little Creek Casino for a facial, and it was this experience that reminded me that even just a few years ago, I would have been terrified to have an esthetician remove my makeup.  In fact, my conversation with Hannah, my esthetician during my facial, inspired me to share my skin journey and what I’ve learned over the years. She explained that she sees clients all the time who feel embarrassed or ashamed of their skin when they come in for a facial.

Not only did I not want the help of an esthetician, but I was too afraid to go to a dermatologist, fearing that they would give me the same “bad advice” that every other doctor gave me. (Mostly it was either to tell me “it wasn’t that bad” and then prescribe medications that didn’t work for my skin.)

Instead, I threw everything at it – alcohol laden pads to strip everything, even the good oils, away. Benzoyl Peroxide creams, Salicylic Acid based gels. I tried mud masks, high concentrations of tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and more. I visited websites and forums to try to replicate other peoples good results in getting rid of their breakouts. You name it, I probably tried it.

No matter what I did, the pimples persisted.

Then, I started hormonal birth control around the time I left for college. I also stopped using so many skincare products on it, mostly out of laziness, but also because I didn’t need them anymore. I used less foundation, ultimately using just a light wash of mineral powder to even out my skin tone from some of the hyperpigmentation left over from blemishes long gone. I was thrilled. I thought I had finally cured my acne for good.

Until it returned.

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