Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hair and Beauty Bag .22

Hey y'all and Happy Wednesday! I have been meaning to do this post for awhile... since the last time I got my hair done. Today, I'm sharing my my latest cut and color plus what's on current rotation in my beauty bag. I get my hair colored every seven weeks or so because I've had some gray hair since I was 18. I'm not a fan of the gray hair but I do love the time I get to spend with my stylist! I really enjoy the hair coloring process and it's fun to add in my new colors every once in awhile. My hair is naturally pretty dark so I've decided to continue to embrace the dark hair. Dark hair is definitely here to stay but I do love adding in a few light pieces to break up the dark color. I feel the most like myself when my hair is dark. I've tried blonde (yes, you read that right) but it's just not me. I just get the ends trimmed because I am currently still letting it grow out plus my stylist adds in some layers.

My stylist curled it with a 1.25 inch curling iron. To achieve this style she used Kenra Dry Texture Spray and the Kenra Working Spray. They also smell so good on top of working so well! I wish Kahli could come to my house and style my hair for me every day so that it could look this good all of the time! She's the best! I have learned so much about styling my hair from her. My stylist is Kahli at Renew and she's been doing my hair for almost ten years! If you decide to let her work her magic on your hair, be sure to let her know that I sent you over!

You can also read more about my hair care routine and how I go four or more days without washing my hair in this blog post! I don't skip washes because I'm lazy (but that might be part of it haha), I skip washing because my hair is so much healthier and so much more manageable when I skip a few days between washes. I've also shared about a life changing hair brush in this blog post last year. It has been a game changer for my own hair but especially my oldest daughter! We are still using and loving that hairbrush. I own several of them!

But, before I move on to my beauty bag, I did want to talk wavy hair! At my hair appointment, was the first time since the last time Kahli did hair (seven weeks) since my hair had seen heat! I have used a blow dryer or curling iron at home since at least April. I have been letting my natural wavy hair do it's own thing and I have been experimenting with a method that works best for my hair. I tried to go the wavy route last August but my hair didn't feel touchable. It felt crunchy and I just didn't like it so I gave up on the wavy hair by fall. But, I have finally found a method that works for me! I am sure I will tweak it as time goes on and the weather changes but for now I am so happy with it! I'm going to dedicate a post just to my wavy hair routine but this curl defining jelly has been the game changer!

M Y  H A I R  C A R E  F A V O R I T E S

Now, on to my beauty bag! For the most part, my beauty routine has stayed the same because when I find what works, I keep doing it but I have changed up a couple of products. I feel like the most important part of my makeup routine is definitely skincare. When I started intentionally taking better care of my skin, my makeup starting going on so much better and just looked better overall. These products are in my current skincare lineup:

I always follow up my face wash with rose hip oil, in the morning and evening, followed by moisturizer. These routine has made my skin so happy and healthier than ever! Now, let's talk makeup...

F O U N D A T I O N | I've been using a BB cream for awhile but I decided I wanted to switch it up and try a light to medium coverage foundation instead. I started using this foundation back in March and I am really loving it! It's lightweight and gives the coverage that I was looking for. When I'm wearing foundation, I still want to look like me. I'm totally fine if my freckles show through my foundation. I have grown so much more confident in my own skin this past year!

 C O N C E A L E R | For the past few years, one of the very few non-drug store products I would buy would be concealer. But, I was determined to find a concealer that I liked that was also budget friendly. I have been using this for about a month now and I really like it. I am planning to try a few more affordable ones but this one definitely does the job! I use this blending sponge to apply my foundation and my concealer. It's my favorite one!

P O W D E RI have been using a different powder for over two years and they are discontinuing it so I am hunting for a new powder. I use a layer of powder on top of my foundation to set it for the day. I am trying this new, budget friendly option and I like it so far. I would recommend applying this powder with the foundation brush that I'm sharing at the bottom of this post. It goes on more smoothly and you can blend it so much better! I have repurchased this several times. I apply my powder with this brush.

B R O N Z E RI just bought this bronzer for the second time and if you haven't smelled this kind before, you need to! It smells so good! I also really love how smoothly it goes on and it gives you such a really glow. I would highly recommend it! I apply my bronzer with this brush. I also even use this as an eye shadow. It's such a great product!

B L U S H |I have been loving this blush in the shade tea rose. I love it! This is such a good drugstore blush. Also, the packaging is so pretty! I apply my blush with this brush.

H I G H L I G H T E RI have been using this super budget friendly highlighter for almost three years. This is only $4 and it lasts forever. It adds the prettiest highlight to your face! I apply my highlighter with this brush.

E Y E L I N E R | I have been using this eyeliner since I was 18! I usually use a small brush to smudge it a little after applying for a more subtle look on my top lash line.

M A S C A R AThis Cover Girl Exhibitionist mascara is probably my favorite drug store mascara find of all time! When I look for a mascara, I'm looking for one that can give me length and volume. This one does just that and does it so well!

L I P  B A L M | I have been using this tinted lip balm with SPF this summer. I love that it protects my lips and gives them some color!

M A K E U P  T O O L  C L E A N E RAlso, keeping your makeup tools clean is a super important part of your beauty routine! When I was younger, I didn't do a great job at this and my skin paid for it in breakouts. I have been using this soap to clean my blender and brushes for a few months now. I love this soap because it's make out of all natural ingredients. It comes in a bar or liquid formula and can be used for everything from cleaning your makeup brushes to your body!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Here's to good hair and makeup days! Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Instagram Roundup .213


Hey y'all! It's been a couple week since I shared an Instagram Roundup so today's post contains a lot of outfits and style inspiration. I have been having so much fun putting together looks, even if it's just something that I am going to wear around the house. I know a lot of people love fall style but I really love spring + summer clothes! I also just really love summertime in general!

D R E S S similar | T E E | S A N D A L S similar | T O T E

S W E A T E R c/o BohoBlu + save 15% off with code EMILY 15

D R E S S c/o BohoBlu + save 15% off with code EMILY15

T O P  c/o L'Avenue Boutique

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Friday, August 7, 2020

Currently Loving .193

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Happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week! Our week has been busy prepping for back to school. My girls had their first day of fifth and third grade yesterday! They are going two days a week in person (at least for now) and three days of days a week of distance learning. It's going to be a very different year but they are so excited to be back at school and they both had great first days!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm currently loving. This time of year, I usually start to add pieces to my closet that I can transition into fall. But, honestly, it's been kind of hard to do that because it's been so hot and humid here! However, I did find one really great piece that will totally work right now and in cooler weather. I really love versatile pieces!

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Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. T R I N I T Y  S W E A T E R | This is the most recent addition to my closet and it is going to transition perfectly into fall! This week, I wore it with the sleeves rolled up a couple of times and front tucked into my favorite pair of denim shorts. It will also be great with high waisted denim in the fall! The fabric is like a waffle knit so it's breathable, even in the summer humidity. The fit is true to size. You can get it for 15% off with my code EMILY15!

2. C L O G S | I have always loved the look of clogs but I haven't added any to my closet yet. I am really loving this pair of clog sandals! The color would go with everything.

3. L I N E N  D R E S S | I keep realizing that I need a midi length black dress in my closet. This linen one is a closet staple! It would be super cute right now on it's on or even with a tee layered on top. It will also move with you into fall by adding a denim jacket or a cardigan! Bonus: this particular dress is currently on sale. I think it's going to make it's way into my cart!

4. B A G | How gorgeous is this bag?! I have been really wanting an animal print bag in this style and shape. This is definitely a wish list item and I hope it goes on sale soon! I love it!

5. T A N K | I am still loving sweater tanks! I just found this adorable one that comes in lots of great colors. I love this color, especially for moving into fall. It would be great for layering!

6. T E E | These super budget friendly tees are my very favorite. I reach for them more than any other basic tees! They are eight dollars, fit true to size, and the quality is amazing. I highly recommend!

7. E A R R I N G S | I have been living in my little gold hoops but I am really drawn to this pair of earrings. They make a statement without being too much of a statement, if that makes sense, lol. They are definitely on my wish list, too!

8. C A R L Y N  D R E S S | Leopard print is my love language! How pretty is this little dress?! It's another great piece that works great on it's own right now but would be so lovely with a jacket and ankle boots when the weather cools off. You can also save 15% off with my code EMILY15!

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Currently Loving .192

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Happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week! Yesterday, we went to pick up Julianna's computer and school schedule. My girls go to a charter school and the fifth through eighth graders go to the middle school. How is she already going to middle school?! Time is seriously just flying by, way too fast. I am certain that time moves faster when you become a parents, well at least after they are potty trained. The days of changing diapers seem to move so slowly, lol!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving and every single one of my pickthis week are from my beloved Madewell! Also, almost almost everything is also on sale for an additional 30% off the sale price with the code WHATADEAL. I haven't really purchased a lot this spring + summer but the deals that Madewell has been having lately has had me doing some shopping. I have added several really cute pieces to my wardrobe... for a great deal!

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Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. E A R R I N G S | I have currently been loving small gold hoops. I love layering my necklaces so I feel like I need to balance out the necklaces (and arm party) with smaller, more simple earrings. This cute pair from Madewell is on my wish list!

2. T E E | I have a thing for gray tees and my closet is proof. I love throwing on a gray tee with denim and gold jewels for easy look. This tee is so cute!

3. B A G | Isn't this bag beautiful?! The style is so cute and I am loving the leopard print. This bag would also transition perfectly into fall + winter!

4. S W E A T E R | I already own and absolutely love this sweater tee! It's one of my favorite recent purchases. The quality and detail are just even better in person! The fit is true to size.

5. T O P | The details on the straps of this top are just so pretty! I really want to add this to my cart ASAP. It would pair perfectly with shorts, jeans, or a skirt!

6. S A N D A L S | These sandals have been on my wish list for awhile and now that they are on sale, I might have to finally buy them! Metallic sandals are my favorite.

7. S K I R T | This denim skirt is a classic piece! I already own and love a similar skirt that I wear often. Mine has had a spot in my closet for years!

8. B R A C E L E T | This is another item that I recently purchased and love! I think I have worn this bracelet just about everyday since it arrived in my mailbox. It's so comfortable to wear and of course, it's cute! I love layering it with other bracelets, too.

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Currently Loving .191

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Happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week! Last weekend, my husband and I spontaneously purchased a spin bike from Facebook Marketplace. It was something that I had been wanting for my home workouts but when we saw the bike for such a great deal, we had to get it! I would have loved to purchase a Peloton bike but it just wasn't in the budget. So, this bike is a great compromise plus I can use the workouts on the Peloton app with it! Such a great budget friendly solution and it has totally got me back into gear as far as working out goes. Exercise is great for physical health but I personally need it for more mental health so much more. The Peloton workouts have been so encouraging for me and I am finally motivated to exercise again!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! I got in a bad habit starting back in March of just wearing ultra comfy clothes around the house. I kept "saving" my special clothes for special occasions. But, when I realized that we weren't just staying home for two weeks, I had to start wearing my favorite spring and summer clothes! Don't save clothes for special occasions; everyday is special enough to wear what you love and what you feel good in! I already own number three and it made my Thursday working from home even more special. There's lots of great pieces in this week's roundup to wear now and later!

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Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. D R E S S | I have a thing for little black dresses! They are so timeless and they instantly make you feel beautiful. I'm really love the sleeves and the button detail on this one! You can save 15% off with my discount code EMILY15!

2. G O L D  S A N D A L S | I absolutely love metallic sandals! They are just my favorite. I love this strappy pair and they remind me so much of a pair that I bought last year. So perfect for wearing with dresses and skirts and shorts and everything!

3.  B L A C K  T O P | This is the top I wore yesterday and it's just so flattering! The buttons are functional so this would also be a great top for nursing mamas. The fit is true to size, too. I plan to wear this throughout the rest of summer and transition it into fall with jeans!

4. L E O P A R D  S A N D A L S | How cute are these sandals?! They also look incredibly comfortable. They are currently on sale right now, too! Such a great summer shoe!

5. B A G | This bag is also on sale and it's such a great crossbody bag! You just can't go wrong with leather bags from Madewell. The quality and size is always amazing.

6. J E A N S | As much as I love Madewell bags, I equally love Madewell denim. I have tried so many pairs of jeans but I always come back to Madewell. I love the fit and they last forever! I personally size down one size from my normal denim size in their. I am really loving the style of this pair!

7. H E A D B A N D | Is it possible to have too many headbands?! For me, I don't think so! I literally wear one almost every single day and I share them with my daughters. My favorite and my comfortable ones are from J. Crew. They don't hurt my head at all!

8. W H I T E  T O P | White tops are my favorite! I have quite the collection of cream, off white, and white tops in my closet. I love pairing them with denim! This cute top would be great with shorts when it's still warm or a cool summer night but it would also be fantastic with jeans in the fall. I love finding pieces that I can wear through multiple seasons!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have an amazing weekend!
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