My 5 Minute Face

We all have those mornings where we’d rather sleep in a little bit and not take the extra time to get ready. But then we rush to get ready and every girl needs a makeup routine that can get the job done quick. Here’s a peek into the look I use as my “5 Minute Face” or my “No Makeup Makeup Look”. You know, that look that says “I just woke up like this!”

 

July Favorites

Another month is over and that means new products that I fell in love with! I was pretty spend this past month and got a lot of new things, many of which made their way into my favorites!

July Favorites

Happy July 1! Hope you all had a fabulous June! It’s time to yet again share some of my favorite products from the past month. I’ve got some standouts in lipstick, haircare and a candle and snack too! Without further ado, check out what I’ve loved the whole month of June!

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Products Mentioned :: 

Benefit Rockateur Blush :: http://bit.ly/1iRGamZ
Sephora Lashstash :: http://bit.ly/1qpjixN
MAC Lipstick in Bombshell :: bit.ly/1jARiQf
NARS Lip Gloss in Easy Lover :: http://bit.ly/1x2ooR2
Bite Lush Lip Tint in Watermelon :: http://bit.ly/1m14rq3
Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Coral Crush and Ripe Raspberry :: http://tgt.biz/1m14wKc
Straight Sexy Hair Smooth & Seal :: http://bit.ly/1z0IQnj
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dry Spun Finish :: bit.ly/1lqDuYn
Bath and Body Works Watermelon Lemonade Candle :: http://bit.ly/1ogEy5M
Kind Caramel Almond and Sea Salt Bar :: http://bit.ly/1sPTRqU

Products I’ve Used Up #2

I find it very gratifying when I finish my face wash or my shampoo. There’s something about throwing that empty bottle into my “beauty trash bag”. I feel like often times I buy products to “try them out” and after a few uses they get thrown into the back of my bathroom cabinet and forgotten about. Now that I’ve started doing empties videos, it’s given me a reason to actually put things to use and not let them collect dust!

So here’s my latest empties video. Many of the items are smaller in size, some are even sample sizes. But hey, using a product is using a product and at least I’m starting to learn to not let things go to waste!

QUESTION // Have you ever used up a product even though you knew from first trying it out that you didn’t like it?

What’s In My Purse?

One of my favorite videos to watch on Youtube are the “What’s in my Purse” videos. Let’s be real, all of us as women are a little bit inquisitive as to what is in each of our bags. So, I decided to film my own and show you what I carry with me on a daily basis.

The purse I’m currently using is the Tory Burch Robinson Double Zip Tote and I am in LOVE with it! I have it in the color black with gold hardware and it’s such a classic and timeless handbag that goes with everything I wear. It’s a very structured bag and has multiple pockets and zippers so it also helps to keep all of the stuff I carry with me organized.

Let’s take a peek and see not only what I carry in my purse, but also see just how heavy that bag of mine really is.

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Friday Favorites #4

Finally…FRIDAY! There’s no greater feeling than waking up on Friday morning knowing the weekend is only a few hours away! The husband and I have another busy weekend on tap as we’re heading up to Minnesota for one of our friend’s weddings. I’m looking forward to another road trip with B and also catching up with some of my besties I haven’t seen in awhile.

This past week I’ve had some new things enter my life that I’m becoming obsessed with. Check out what I’ve been loving lately!

I’ve wanted to try this for awhile but I kept thinking that this would be like putting sunscreen on each day. It’s not like a sunscreen spray at all! It sprays in a more concentrated area and the formula is light and thin. It dries really fast on my skin and the result is the smoothest and softest skin I have ever had. I’m officially converted to spray lotion now!

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I take one of these mugs every morning with my favorite juice in it, an Arnold Palmer (half ice tea, half lemonade). Of course I love this because it’s pink and sparkly, but this has also been handy since they’re doubled walled. Since it’s been extremely hot out, this cup doesn’t sweat like other cups do and therefore my desk at work stays dry and not a puddle of water on it.

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Speaking of mugs, one of my favorite things to get from one of our local coffeehouses is not only the seasonal Arnold Palmer but also a chai tea latte from Scooter’s. Their chai tea is seriously the BEST I have ever had. While I’d love to get it everyday, I try not to drink too many calories each day, so I keep this as a special treat to myself once in awhile. I’ve tried to make this at home for myself numerous times, but it always tastes better when I get it from here. If you’re a fan of Scooter’s Coffee, starting this Monday they’ll be available at grocery stores, including Hyvee’s across the state of Nebraska. Flavors available include Scooter’s Blend, Ethiopian Select and Scooter Doodle. So much easier to get your favorite coffee at home if a location isn’t nearby.

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Scooters also has an Instagram contest going on right now to celebrate the start of the College World Series this weekend. Winners of the Instagram contest will receive a grand prize of Championship Tickets to the College World Series or a FREE YEAR of coffee from Scooter’s!

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To enter to win:

  • Follow @scooterscoffee on Instagram
  • Take a picture of your Scooter’s cup that shows any type of baseball emotion (i.e. a photo of your favorite drink while at your son’s little league game, ordering smoothies after a baseball win-there’s TONS of possibilities!)
  • Tag the photo with #TeamScooters
  • Contest ends on Tuesday so start snapping away!

And theres more! For all of you Scooter’s lovers out there, I’m giving away a $15 gift card, a box of the new Scooter’s K Cups as well as a Scooter’s koozie and mug!

To enter the giveaway:

  • Comment below and let me know your favorite Summertime Scooter’s Drink
  • Include a link to your Instagram photo

My giveaway will end on Tuesday June 17th at 11:59 pm and I’ll announce the winner (who will be selected at random) on Wednesday’s post.

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Scooter’s Coffee. However, all opinions are my own.

 

 

 

May Favorites

Well, another month has flown by! It was a busy month for the husband and I. We celebrated my birthday, headed to Scottsdale for a long weekend, had our first anniversary, and we traveled to Chicago because I was a bridesmaid in my college best friend’s wedding. WHEW!

Another month ending means time for some monthly favorites! I tried out quite a few new products this month that I fell in love with, including some new snacks!

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Product Spotlight :: Mary Kay

I am a self-proclaimed beauty junkie. I love makeup and find any reason to buy new cosmetics. Whether it’s for an upcoming wedding I’m attending or because there’s a new eye shadow palette that’s cute and “travel friendly”, I can come up with any excuse to head to Sephora and load up with new products. Although I have tried a lot of items out there, there are still some brands that I have never tried before. One of those being Mary Kay.

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My first thought when I think of Mary Kay is a pink Cadillac..and then I think of cute little older women. I think I’ve never tried this brand before because it’s never been readily available to me. I’m a big fan of heading to the store to swatch out things because ordering online can give me BIG TIME anxiety. There’s that whole waiting a week for it to arrive, and what if I don’t like it? But, I do like coming home to packages on my front door step! Whatever the case may be, I’ve just never tried anything from their makeup line.

I recently got my Influenster Box* in the mail and it was filled with full size Mary Kay products! We’re talking brushes, bronzer, a powder, blush, mascara and more! I have been loving digging into these items and so far I LOVE the bronzer and there’s a cream eyeshadow too that is starting to make it’s way into my daily makeup routine.

I decided to check out what Mary Kay had to offer and here are my top 5 items on my radar currently:

  • CC Cream $20 :: Lately I’ve been obsessed with trying out BB creams and CC creams. This one claims to have 8-in-1 benefits including having SPF 15 which is perfect for the upcoming summer months.
  • Baked Eye Shadow $10 :: I love this little eyeshadow! It has 3 different colors so this would be easy to pack when you’re traveling and they’re great colors for summer!
  • Mary Kay At Play Eye Crayon $10 :: I’m a huge fan of neutral eye colors and the color Over the Taupe looks like it’s right up my alley. This product would be great for an everyday wash of color on the lids.
  • Mary Kay Compact $18 :: This little compact is great because it’s a palette you can create! You can purchase any variety of eye shadows or blushes and they connect in with a magnet. Think of all the possibilities you can make with this palette! It’s also small enough to carry in your purse for everyday touchups.
  • True Dimensions Lipstick inFirecracker $16 :: I am a lip product junkie and this color looks like the perfect red for your lips for the hot summer.

The other great thing I realized about Mary Kay as well is how affordable all of these items are! They’re price just a bit higher than drugstore brands but I think these items are more along the lines of higher end makeup brands.

Given how great these initial items are, I may need to be making a makeup purchase soon!

QUESTION // What’s your favorite makeup brand?

*Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media users and consumers who give their opinions of products and services. I received all of these items in a VoxBox which is a complimentary box of products sent to me to test and review.

4 Or More Makeup Tag

I think we all have those pieces of clothing in our closet that fit so well we have them in multiple colors. Or makeup items that we purchase and fall in love with and have to have them in multiple colors. Recently I took a good look at my makeup collection and realized that there are a few products that I have a lot of colors of. One thing that stands out to me is how many lip products I have! I am a total lip product junkie, especially when it comes to drugstore lip products. They’re so inexpensive and have great colors at a fraction of the price of high end brands!

Take a look into my collection and see which items I have multiples of. Obviously, I highly recommend all of the products in this video!

Bobbi Brown Nude Basics

Bobbi Brown has always been one of my favorite makeup brands. When I first started to really get into wearing makeup, this was the first brand that I purchased from. I really like that Bobbi Brown focuses on natural beauty and using makeup to enhance what you have. All of her products are natural, wearable shades that are perfect to wear everyday. Most of all, I love that her products make you look like you’re wearing no makeup!

I recently purchased the Nude Basics Set from QVC. I should really learn to not watch QVC when she is on because those TV hosts give me anxiety when they start talking about how many have sold! Since this set was a Today’s Special Value and I paid about $80 total for it (the value of it is around $180), I figured I had to go for it because otherwise I would regret it. Take a peek and see what all of the items are in the set!