Hello friends! Today I’m feeling all sorts of emotional. I’m a little nervous, super excited and very appreciative all wrapped up into one. If you’ve been following this little makeup journey of mine for awhile now, you’ll know just how much I truly love makeup and every detail that goes into it (holler at my fellow makeup junkies who keep beautiful packaging). Glossier is one of those brands that draws you in and before you know it, you’ve spent an hour on the site and have 10 things in your cart.

Today I’m excited to announce that if you need to do some shopping on Glossier, you can now do it through my page! You can find it HERE and it looks like this:

If you want to shop with me on the site, which does help a sista out, just click the “Shop With Me” button on my page. Now let’s talk about some of their products I love:

Skin Tint – Light: This product has a very thin, lightweight consistency. It is truly what a “no-makeup makeup look” is all about. Lately my under-eye area has been super dry and I haven’t been able to wear concealer. I’ve been mixing 2 drops of this into my eye cream as concealer and it’s been doing the trick. To cover my whole face I need 5-6 drops.

Balm Dotcom – Coconut: I’m borderline obsessed with this balm and will probably be ordering it in every flavor minus the mint (I’m not a mint lip product person). I lost this in my purse for 2 days and was having a 2007 “Where’s the Chapstick?” moment (if you’re too young for that reference, I’m sad).

Boy Brow – Blond: I used to be loyal to the Benefit Gimme Brow. I think that it’s a great product, but I like it better after 3 months or so when it’s started to dry out. Boy Brow feels like how I always want Gimme Brow to feel right from the start and with some serious hold.

Haloscope – Quartz: While this product can totally work over makeup, I actually like it best on bare skin. It is such a natural, moisturizing glow that really performs best when it’s the star of the show.

Cloud Paint – Dusk: I’m normally not huge on cream blush because I feel like by the end of the day it ends up on your chin if you don’t set it with a powder. Not this stuff. Dusk a great warm, deep apricot shade and doubles as a pretty blush/bronzer for quick makeup looks. You only need to use the tiniest amount and I buff mine out with the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush. I definitely need the shades Haze and Puff in my life next.

Mega Greens Galaxy Mask: I don’t think I would call this max “detoxifying,” but I do think it’s balancing. If you’re looking for a pore-vacum mask that hardens and cracks off, this is not the mask for you. I really like using this because it helps balance me out if I’m oily without irritating my sensitive skin.

Moisturizing Moon Mask: I slather my face with this mask once a week for some serious hydration. I wipe this off and don’t even feel like I need moisturizer once I’m done because it is so moisturizing. If you have oily skin, use a thin layer and only apply it where you need it.

I am extremely grateful to work with a brand like Glossier. They’re all about taking care of your skin, getting your glow on and having fun. I’m excited to try more Glossier products, so if you have any favorites that I missed, let me know! Thank you for all of the love and support,

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Finally, summer. I couldn’t be more relaxed writing this blog post. I just wrapped up a gorgeous yoga practice (Happy International Yoga Day) and now am eating an evol. Steak Burrito Bowl (they’re so delicious and good for you). Now that it’s finally warm out, I wanted to share a few of the things that help get me through summer!

  1. Jergens Skin Firming Lotion: Let’s be honest – nothing is going to get rid of cellulite. With that said, I still really like this lotion on my legs in the summer. I’m a body butter gal, but that’s too intense in the heat for me. This lotion is a little bit on the thicker side so you feel hydrated, plus it gives your skin a nice smoothing effect.
  2. Soap & Glory Instant Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion: While I’ve tried some self tanners that I really like, I’ve determined that I’m far too lazy with maintenance. Enter this lotion. It has olive undertones rather than orange so you don’t look scary, doesn’t transfer, has a hint of shimmer and smells like a tropical dream. Sold.
  3. Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist: This mist is great if you are prone to redness. While it’s pricey, I love applying it before my makeup to tone down the redness and add a little extra hydration.
  4. Clinique Pep-Start Sunscreen: This sunscreen is perfect under makeup and is great by itself. It has the slightest yellow tint to help even out your skin and has SPF 50.
  5. Nad’s Body Wax Strips: I’ve tried the Sally Hansen strips, which are so painful, and the Nair strips, which didn’t remove a thing for me, and these are the best. The strip is soft like fabric, not stiff and plastic feeling like other at-home waxes. While these are for body, I’ve cut them up before for my eyebrows. Definitely recommend.
  6. Tweezerman Step-To-It Foot File: This foot file helps keep your feet sandal ready. It has two sides depending on what you need for your at-home pedicure.

Now, a giveaway! I’ve teamed up with 3 of my blogger friends for a HUGE makeup giveaway worth over $200! To enter, check out the Instagram post here. Good luck!

This past weekend Jacob and I were lucky enough to spend the evening with my friend and amazing photographer, Alex. Since graduating from The University of Iowa this spring (Go Hawks!), Alex has been diving into her photography full force. Check out her website here!

I wore this dress last year for graduation and was so excited to wear it again. While my dress is no longer available, I linked some similar dresses along with accessories below.

  

While I’m a little late for graduation ideas, white or ivory are great to keep in mind because they will look good with any cap and gown. Obviously black is a classic choice as well. A white shift dress like the ones below are perfect for a wedding shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner…you get the idea.

  1. Lord & Taylor Scalloped Lace Shift Dress
  2. Kohl’s Lace Shift Dress
  3. Kohl’s Lace Shift Dress – Additional sizes
  4. Earrings
  5. Bracelet
  6. Sandals

To see the second outfit we wore, click to Alex’s post here.

(Alex’s magical unicorn photos versus the iPhone) Thanks for such a fun evening, Alex!

 

It’s time for the #NSale! Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale is always amazing, but make sure you hop on things FAST! I know in the past I’ve let items sit in my cart overnight and they’re gone the next morning. I kept my top picks under $50 for ya so you can snag a few extra things. Now, let’s shop:

  1. Decker Lace-Up Sandal
  2. Oracle Drop Earrings
  3. Movement Trail Blazer Tank
  4. Small Pineapple
  5. Jet Set Travel Card Case
  6. Cat Eye Gradient Sunglasses
  7. Denim Shorts
  8. Textured Stripe Slipdress
  9. Good Vibes Sweatshirt
  10. Home State Glass Coasters
  11. Getdown Sandal

I tried to keep it to 10 but had to sneak in one extra! I’m getting the shorts because I don’t have a denim pair and am thinking about the slip dress. Also considering the pineapple because who doesn’t need a rose gold pineapple?