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Sephora Favorites

The best beauty and skincare products at Sephora right now.

Today I wanted to share some beauty + makeup products I’ve been loving lately from Sephora!

These are things I gravitate more towards when I’m doing my make-up, getting ready for the day or when I’m applying my skincare routines. Since I’ve had a bit more time on my hands lately to try these out, I thought you may want to do the same.

Here’s what I’m loving…

Cream Bronzer

This bronzer is the perfect shade for me—and a little goes a long way. I think it’s the perfect spring into summer bronzer!! It’s also great for contouring!

Glowscreen SPF40 Sunscreen

This is one of my favorite brands for sunscreen and skin protection!! I apply it as the very last step in my morning skincare routine for a light tint and glow… but with all the protection! It’s a perfect primer to go under your make-up.

GOOPGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

You won’t believe how good this exfoliator is! I think it’s a new product but I’ve been using this in my skincare routine a lot more lately… about 2-3x a week… and it makes my skin so much softer and smoother for days.

Drunk Elephant Resurfacing Duo

I love these two products together! I do a pump of each and combine them together in the palm of my hand before applying! Super hydrating and perfect to apply at night! 

Buff Blend Brush

Do you like to apply your foundation with a beauty blender or brush?! I’m a brush girl—always have been, always will be—but this brush is perfect for buffing out your foundation nice and smoothly. I love it! 

Pumpkin Enzyme Dermal Resurfacing Mask

A facial mask I’m loving right now is this pumpkin enzyme resurfacing mask. I have very dry and textured skin at times so I need this every once in a while to just scrub away all the dead skin and dullness. It works miracles to resurface the skin and is quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to masks. 

Tatcha Lip Mask

Have you ever tried a lip mask? If not, this is THE ONE to fall in love with. It doesn’t get too sticky but it’s thick enough that it lasts a long time. It’s a definite must first thing the morning and before going bed for a perfectly hydrated, glossy lip! 

Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner Set

I’ve been using this shampoo for a few weeks now and really love it. Not only does it smell amazing but my hair looks and feels so strong and healthy! This set actually comes with a hair perfume/mist—which, yep, also smells sooo good!! I spray this in my hair after I get out of the shower if I DIDN’T wash my hair (because I only wash my hair about once a week) and it gives me a good after-shower smell for my hair.

Marc Jacobs Coconut Gel Highlighter + Primer

I’ve been wanting to try these for over a year and never gave in until now—and I’m SO glad I did. If you love a dewy hydrated + highlighted look, then these are perfect!! Especially for spring and summer for a natural glow. 

Double Ended Liquid Eyeliner + Pencil

A little confession: I’m not that great at putting on eyeliner. That’s why this eyeliner is perfect for me. First I apply it using the roll-up applicator end; then I go in and make a clean line with the liquid side! It doesn’t smear or fade all day long!! Definitely highly recommended!

Fenty Beauty Eyeshadow Palette

This is absolutely the most used palette for me!! I love it so much. I use every shade in the palette because it truly has all the shades I love to wear for almost any occasion! Plus, it’s perfect for travel as well since it’s super small to fit in any make-up bag.

Small Slipsilk Scrunchies

I love these hair ties for three reasons: they hold your hair in tight, without slipping down or getting loose; they also hold a bun in place effortlessly; and finally, when your hair is straight they don’t leave a crease at all! I use them every night to keep my hair in place without feeling like it’s being pulled too tightly from a rubberband.

Whirl Trio Wand

Love this wand! I typically stick with the 1″ barrel for a perfect loose curl or wave and it’s been my favorite for the past couple of years.

Better Than Sex Mascara

I am OBSESSED with this mascara, I love it so much. The brush completely fans out all the lashes so they don’t clump together at all. It makes them look effortlessly dramatic, which is perfect especially on a night out. 

All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

This is my all-time favorite setting spray because it WORKS. If you want your makeup to stay in place all day and night… this is the one!

Jet Lag Mask

I’ve been using this mask for a couple of years now as my go-to. It has everything you need in it to make your skin vibrant, healthy and beautiful.

BONUS! Sephora’s Big Sale Starting THIS Weekend!

Rouge Members — 20% off entire purchase
April 17-May 1

VIB Members (That’s What I Am!) — 15% off entire purchase
April 21-April 29

Beauty Insider — 10% off entire purchase
April 23-April 27

CODE: SPRINGSAVE

You can also go onto Sephora to sign up and still get the 10% off.

What’s your favorite Sephora purchase? Is there anything I’m missing out on? Let me know in the comments below!

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Holiday Gift Guide For Her 2019

Find the perfect gift for any woman in your life with my holiday gift guide for her.

Check out my ultimate gift guide for HER!

There’s something for anyone on your list: mom, wife, girlfriend, sister, best friend—or yourself!

A little bit of everything…

A focus on fashion…

Jewelry…

Beauty + Makeup…

Now for a little extra holiday cheer…

I had a lot of fun doing my giveaway last month and with the giving season upon us, I wanted to do one again this month for the holidays! I thought it would be a great way for me to give back to everyone who has supported me and my blog!

This month will be another gift card… but this time to Nordstrom! There will be TWO WINNERS who will receive a $250 E-gift card to Nordstrom each! It’s the perfect way to either treat yourself this holiday season or shop for your loved ones. Either way, Nordstrom has some really incredible gifts and items to shop this time of year!

Here’s How to Enter:
(PS: It’s simple… but you have to do EVERY step!)

  1. Make Sure You’re Following Me on IG
  2. Subscribe to My Blog Newsletter (Check the Column On the Right-Hand Side!)
  3. Leave a comment on THIS blog post with another gift idea you want this year.
  4. Drop a comment on my latest IG post and tag a friend you think would love my blog, too.

The Fine Print…

**Winners will be announced on Saturday 11/23 at 12 PM EST. Winners will receive a DM from me on Instagram, as well as a shout out in my IG stories. Please note that your page must be public in order to win.**

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Currently OBSESSED: 8 Beauty Products You Need For Spring

8 Beauty Products Every Woman Needs For Spring

THE SUMMER FRIDAYS OVERTIME MASK 

I do this mask a couple of nights each week to make my skin super soft and smooth. Unlike other products, it’s not harsh on the skin. It has a gritty texture for a light exfoliation and just overall makes my face feel refreshed after using it. And bonus if you like the scent of pumpkin… it smells delicious!

C-RUSH BRIGHTENING MOISTURIZER 

I love this moisturizer especially for daytime use because it’s super hydrating so I know it’s helping my skin throughout the day. Again, the scent is incredible… it smells like fresh oranges (Hello, Vitamin C!)
I use it right before applying my makeup for a fresh glow all day long!

BONDI SANDS LIQUID GOLD 

OMG… obsessed with this right now! The weather is FINALLY warming up and it’s time to break out the tank tops + shorts, so if you’re looking to get tan super quick—with NO mess—then you NEED this!

Seriously, it’ll make you look like a bronze goddess.

I just exfoliate in the shower at night and then apply this before I go to sleep. When I wake up I have the best, even + natural brown glow… and I love it!! I do it about once a week right now.

LAURA MERCIER TINTED MOISTURIZER 

I have been using this daily for about a month now. Even without getting a lot of sun, it gives my face great color for a natural daytime look. I love that I can have this glow while still protecting my skin.

BECCA PALETTE 

Who doesn’t love an all-in-one palette you can use for different things: highlight, contour, and blush? So far, all of the shades have seemed to work great for me, so I definitely plan to keep using this all spring and summer long!

DRUNK ELEPHANT MASK 

I don’t want to sound dramatic, bbuutttthis mask is life changing. I actually look forward to using this once a week.

It tightens the skin and completely shrinks your pores while resurfacing your skin at the same time. I highly recommend it if you’re not one to get facials on a regular basis (or at all!) It’s like a mini facial at home (and PS: using the Marula oil after is key!)

I love this stuff!

HOOLA MATTE BRONZER

I can’t live without this bronzer. I use it literally every time I wear makeup to bronze my whole face, as well as my go-to crease color for my eyelids. I found this over a year ago and have never looked back!

LANEIGE LIP MASK

For whatever reason, I have super chapped lips, so I’m ALWAYS applying—and reapplying—chapstick. Now, I just keep this with me everywhere I go because it works so well! I love this lip mask because it’s super hydrating for my lips but not sticky like some others I’ve tried. Especially if you exfoliate your lips first and then apply this, your lips will be oh, so soft!!

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10 Ways I Use Coconut Oil In My Life

Coconut Oil Is One of the All-Time Natural Best Beauty Secrets

We’ve touched on this in my beauty tips before, but today I’m showing you ALL the ways I use coconut oil.

To me, it feels like one of those super secret weapons that everyone should know about. I keep jars of coconut throughout my house—bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen—because I use it for so many different applications.

My Favorite Coconut Oil Is THIS!

Coconut oil is perfect for moisturizing the body from head to toe.

I can’t live without it… and I bet after reading this, you won’t be able to either:

Cooking

I use the spray or the coconut oil straight from the jar, it just depends on what I’m making. It’s 100% better than butter or other cooking oils for sauteeing. But just remember that coconut oil doesn’t have a high smoke point, so it shouldn’t be used for frying or other high heat cooking. (Check out avocado oil for that!)

Body Nourishment

I use this daily (after I shower) to keep my skin moisturized and soft. I prefer this over any kind of lotion any day.

Shaving Cream

Using coconut oil for shaving cream?? It’s perfect because it allows the razor to easily glide but makes your skin extremely soft after. I just keep a jar in the shower for when I’m shaving and it lasts forever! You can thank me later!

Hair Mask

I wash my hair about once a week and before I do I drown my hair in coconut oil. I don’t get too crazy with the scalp bc I don’t want my hair to get greasy but I lather the ends up and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then I rinse it out in the shower and it’s sleek and shiny for the next week to come!

Styling the Girls’ Hair

Coconut oil is the ONLY way I can usually get a brush through Ariah and Mackenzie’s hair… and trust me, I’ll take all the help I can get to avoid the “tangle tears”. And since they’re so young, I try to keep their products as natural as possible—insert COCONUT OIL!

Eye Makeup Remover

I love using this for a makeup remover because it’s way less harsh on my eyes and ends up making my eyelashes really soft. I get a cotton pad and put water and coconut oil on it and just like that brush it over my eyes. So much better than some of the remover wipes I’ve tried over the years that leave my skin feeling dry.

Lip Balm

It’s the simplest, most natural form of chapstick/ lip balm… and I love it. It keeps my lips hydrated with just the smallest amount.

Preventing Stretch Marks

Hands down, I 100% swear by coconut oil or vitamin e oil for preventing any stretch marks. It was the only thing I used while pregnant and I do not have not one stretch mark!!

Lip + Body Scrubs

You know I’m all about natural as much as possible, so that’s why I make my own sugar scrubs, too. One for my lips and one separately for my body that I keep in the shower. I LOVE the way it smells and it’s great knowing that what I’m putting on my body is safe.

Recipe: brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey. Put in a bowl and mix all together to get the consistency that works best for you! Simple and effective!

Facial Moisturizer (For That Dewy Highlighter Look)

I do like to apply coconut oil to my face from time to time for that super dewy-hydrated makeup look!!! It’s my fave and the coconut oil just gives you that natural highlight in all the right areas.

What do YOU use coconut oil for? I’d love to learn some new tricks, so let me know in the comments!

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It’s All About the Drugstore Haul!

Does anyone else love trips to CVS or Target?I I can’t be the only one, right?

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things from the drugstore! I love checking each aisle to see what new beauty products they have- whether it’s makeup, skin care or hair care, it doesn’t matter because I just love to try new things!

Plus, I can stock up on a few of my absolute favorites things that I constantly want to have on hand!

Maybelline Big Shot Colossal

This mascara is one that I buy over and over (and over) again! I love the length it gives my lashes as well as the volume. I think it’s the shape of the brush that truly makes the difference!

L’oreal True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette

I’ve only been using this for a couple of weeks but I have tried every shade now and I’m so obsessed with this palette that it’s the only highlighter I’m using right now.

L’oreal True Match Lumi Glotion

So literally this is my absolute favorite thing I’m going to talk about today and if you’re looking for makeup to transition into summer with, this is so perfect… I can’t stop using it! I wanted something to put underneath my foundation or for those amazing no-makeup days and this is seriously all you need. I put it under my foundation and it leaves a bronzy/ dewy glow to my face that I can’t get enough of. You should definitely check this out for an easy, breezy summer look. (I think this will be my go-to product on vacation!)

Revlon Brow Pencil (Dark Brown)

It’s clearly my favorite brow pencil of all time because I NEVER EVER change it… and I may or may not buy about 5 at a time! I have to stock up because forgetting my brow pencil is one of my biggest fears, so I make sure to buy a bunch every time I’m at the drugstore since I use this literally every day. Hey- no judgments, right?

Revlon Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (Black)

I’ve been testing out this liner for a while now to use on date nights or late night events, which is the only time I wear liner anyway. This one is my favorite so far and easily glides in a straight line for me so I hardly ever mess up with this… unlike others where I’m slipping and sliding all over the place! PS: I’m awful at wing liner but this one has made it super easy for me and there are ZERO problems with it smearing!

L’oreal Mascara Primer

I’ve heard lots of bloggers rave about this primer for a while now so I decided to give it a try… and now I totally see why! It sets a great foundation for your mascara and helps hold the lashes in place exactly where you want them.  With this, I can totally tell the difference!

Cetaphil Facial Cleanser

This is my go-to facial cleanser especially when I’ve been testing out other products or have noticed any problem areas on my skin. I use this because I want something more gentle for my skin, so it’s a must-have from the drug store every time.

Neutrogena Natural Pore Scrub Face Wash

Something from my skincare routine that I always recommend is my Lancer Method Exfoliator which is absolutely amazing. I know it’s on the pricier side so when I’m trying to save that one or take a break from it, I will use this scrub… and honestly, I’m just as obsessed with it! I think it works just as great and is way more affordable than the other option if you need to save some money!

Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Wipes

I use this every night to take off my makeup. Sometimes I use the blue pack but I like to switch it up every now and then, so right now I’m using these and absolutely love them.

Dove Soap

The only soap I use- PERIOD. Especially when I’m traveling I will make sure I have my own bar of soap because I find that my skin gets sensitive and irritated with other products, especially in hotels. This makes my skin effortlessly soft and always smells fresh!

Men’s Gillette Razor

Now ladies..if you haven’t tried using a man’s razor… what are you waiting for? Remember that men’s razors are meant to be used on their faces, so call me crazy, but I feel like they put more thought and quality into them because I’m telling you, they make your skin SO much softer. Not to mention they get such a close shave that there’s never any stubble or bumps afterward! If you want a way cleaner/smoother shaving experience, then this one is my favorite- just keep the stem and refills the razor heads!

NYX Wonder Stick (Shade: Medium)

This contour stick in Shade Medium is my holy grail of contour. The dark color is the best shade for my skin tone and I use it so much that I need to get a new one but I don’t really use the concealer lighter side of it. Still, I love how super creamy it is to blend perfectly every time.

Shea Moisture Coconut Oil

I use coconut oil for so many thinks it’s crazy. This shea moisture one I use as a lotion after the shower, I use it as a hair mask, I use it to style the girls’ hair AND I use it as a facial moisturizer. Bottom line? EVERYONE needs coconut oil in their life and this one is my favorite for all things beauty!

e.l.f. Beauty Blender

Even though these are the most convenient ones for me to get my hands on, I still think they do just as great of a job as others. It helps to blend everything perfectly- especially when it’s damp.

Milani Color Statement Lipliner (Shade: 09 Spice)

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color (Shade: Forever)

I found this lipliner recently and after using it for a couple of weeks I’ve decided it’s just one of those great every day/ nude liners… and it just so happens to go perfectly with my Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color, too! I keep these two in my bag at all times now.

Dry Shampoo (Dark Brown)

I need dry shampoo almost every day unless I’ve recently washed my hair… but let’s get one thing straight: a girl can’t live without dry shampoo! I always want volume and texture to hide my greasy hair days and this one is my favorite because it doesn’t give that white residue if you use too much of it. In fact, it’s actually brown, so it easily blends in with my hair color. They carry ones for all different hair colors, so just it out and match it to your current style!

Wet Brush

I always use this brush after I get out of the shower since it’s the only one that doesn’t damage my wet hair. Plus, for little girls with curly hair it’s a MUST, check it out!

Revlon Kiss Balm

This balm is so hydrating- and tastes like a pina colada- so I was sold immediately! Now, I keep a bunch of them around my house or in the car so I never run out of my favorite lip balm!

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Q + A… What You All Wanted to Know!

Hey everyone! I’ve been getting lots of great questions from you- and I’m so happy you want to know more! Today, I’m answering some of the most frequently asked questions below- but if you have others, drop them in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer!

Let’s get started…

HOW DID MIKE AND I MEET?

Mike and I met back in 2013 while we were both going to school in College Station, Texas. We met through our roommates who knew each other and soon introduced us… and we hit it off right away! You can read more about our love story —> HERE!


HOW WAS IT MOVING FROM TEXAS TO FLORIDA? DO YOU EVER MISS TX? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT FL?

Moving from Texas to Florida has been quite an adventure, that’s for sure.

After Mike got drafted, our initial move to Tampa was quick and we didn’t really have time to look around for a place to live. I basically found the closest, most decent apartment I could find near the facility and shortly after we moved in.

I brought everything I could from my college apartment to help us get started and since then (in 2014) we have lived in three different places. And who knows, we may eventually buy a home there since we will be continuing our time in Tampa- which I’m so proud of my husband for! For those of you that don’t know, Mike has recently agreed to an extended 5-year contract, so we are very excited to be staying in Tampa!

It’s easy to love Florida! It’s so beautiful and you can go to the beach or be outside in the sun pretty much year round-and especially with kids, I love that. I also love the friends that we have made there and all the experiences we’ve had so far.

Florida will always have a place in our hearts… BUT TEXAS IS HOME.

We love Texas and try to shoot home whenever we get the chance. We live in Texas the entire off-season in our first home we recently purchased, so no matter where we play, we will always end up back here… and this will always be our home.


ANY GOOD SKINCARE TIPS?

I will say that I’ve been learning so much about skincare lately and have had fun trying different products and techniques. But, one of my best tips is to make sure you’re definitely drinking lots of water and watching what you’re putting into your body as far as your diet. It’s a bigger deal than most people think it is- plus, it helps to keep your stress levels down!

Another tip is to make sure you’re taking off your makeup before going to bed and exfoliating at least two times a week for fresh, glowing skin!

PS: I did give more of my favorite tips + tricks that you can read —> HERE!


TELL US ABOUT YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND WHAT YOU MAJORED IN?

I went to Blinn Junior College for almost two years. It was the best two years of my life and I met some amazing people that are still lifelong friends to this day.

I initially majored in psychology and wanted to be a counselor because I love giving advice and helping others!

Eventually, I decided to take a break to really figure out what it is that I wanted to do and with all the transitions going on in my life- from being a wife and now a mom (and constantly being in between states)- I’m still trying to figure it all out.

I have many interests though, such as: real estate, interior design, fashion design, etc.- so we’ll have to see where that all takes me!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A MOM? HOW DO YOU BALANCE FAMILY LIFE AND NFL LIFE?

My favorite thing about being a mom is having a bundle of joy that makes me so excited to get up every day… even if it is super early and I need all the coffee I can get to function!

I love teaching her new things + watching her explore the world as she grows up right before our eyes! It’s literally the best feeling in the world!

Luckily, in the NFL we get an off-season where we get all the free time we want for a few months to spend our time with family. Mike gets to be home and enjoy that with us, which is great because during training camp and football season it gets a little harder to get that time together.

I do most things on my own on a daily basis, like chasing around a toddler all day and getting done the many things on our to-do list. When Mike comes home, he’s clearly tired after a long day, so I have to be that supportive mom and wife throughout that time! It’s all a balancing act, but I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world!

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A WIFE TO AN NFL PLAYER?

So this was the number one question I received from you guys when I asked for your questions! I would really love to do a whole separate post on what it’s like to be married to a professional athlete… and all the different things that go on that no one sees.

It’s more than just football games, cool events, big houses, and fancy cars…trust me!

I won’t lie… it definitely takes a strong-minded woman to be married to someone who puts their life on the line for our entertainment or to someone who people call “famous” all the time… it’s still a crazy thing for me!

Of course, his job and our life is a blessing, but what you see on WAGS is so far from Mike & I’s lifestyle that we’re ALWAYS laughing when we watch those shows!  Seriously, it’s such a joke… but totally not hating on anyone, that’s on them!

Anyway, I would love to save this for a more in-depth post later, so stay tuned for that!

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN BLOG?

I started my blog in hopes to get my voice across and talk about things that I love… like this outfit above!!  It’s a great way to document the cool things that happen in my life, plus it’s a place to watch myself grow as a wife, mama, and woman in general!

I have wanted to start one for over a year and finally decided, why not? JUST DO IT!

That was the hardest part.. getting started and putting myself out there for the world to see… because believe it or not, I AM SUCH AN INTROVERT.

BUT, now that I have… I love it and I hope it will grow into something you guys love to read as much as I love making the content for you all!

So, with that said, always leave me comments and let me know what you would love to see as well! Always ask questions… I promise I will answer 🙂

WHAT IS YOUR ETHNICITY?

I am bi-racial… my Mom is white and my Dad is black.

Crazy enough, Mike and I are actually the same ethnicities and both of our moms are white and dads are black, so of course, that was something we immediately found interesting about each other, as well!

Did I answer your Q’s? I hope so! If not, like I said earlier, please always feel free to drop a comment or question below… I’d love to hear from you! 

 

PS: Shop my black, off-the-shoulder top and skirt here:

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My Daily Vitamin Regime

A few weeks ago I posted on my IG story about my daily vitamins and I got a lot of DM’s about which ones I take (and why), so I wanted to do a full post on it today!

To me, it’s so important to take your vitamins to get the nutrients your body needs to function on a daily basis.

While I try to eat a healthy diet, I know that on some days my vitamins are the only way I’m truly getting what my body needs.

I have read many health books over the years but this one, in particular, Jumpstart to Skinny by Bob Harper, is my favorite. I’ve learned a lot from his book about health in general… and think you will too!

While I will say I am not an expert, dietician or nutritionist at all, the vitamins below are the ones I take that are right for me.

Here are the vitamins I’ve been taking daily for over a year and why (and if you’re interested in learning more you can click the links!)…

Prenatal Vitamins

I started taking prenatal vitamins when I got pregnant with Ariah- and never stopped. When you are pregnant, they are obviously a MUST for added nutrients for the baby (especially the folic acid for the brain!)

No, we are not trying to get pregnant (at the moment), BUT they still provide incredible nutrients that help to grow my hair and nails super long and healthy.

And did you know: Surprisingly, doctors suggest to start taking prenatals at least a year prior to trying to conceive, so if you’re thinking of having a baby- or currently pregnant- make sure you start them asap!

Calcium

I take Calcium because it is so important for your immune system to keep you protected from sicknesses and other diseases… especially this flu season! I am not playing any games this year when it comes to taking my Vitamin C!

Probiotic

Probiotics are very important for your gut health and overall digestive system because they provide the “good bacteria” your gut needs. They can also help with belly fat, weight loss, and for women, they are also great for your vaginal health to keep everything functioning down there.

In a nutshell, Probiotics are great for fighting and preventing any bacteria or infections!

Fish Oil

I started taking capsules of fish oil when I first read Jumpstart to Skinny. While it sounds kind of gross, fish oil is for one thing really good for your heart. It’s also really helpful for those who work out a lot to combat soreness and joint pain <<— perfect for Mike, too!

B-12

Depending on your diet, you may be B-12 deficient and don’t even know it! Many vegetarians don’t get enough B-12 because it’s naturally sourced in animal proteins such as red meat. B-12 helps to keep your iron levels steady which helps you to not feel fatigued and cloudy-headed- and as a mom, I need all the B-12 I can get!

Turmeric

Turmeric is an amazing root plant that helps to fight inflammation in our bodies. You can take it in capsule form, via an oil or get turmeric powder and mix it with hot water, lemon and honey for one heck of a wake-up shot! It’s a goldish-yellow color- that WILL stain your fingers FYI– and is actually what gives curry its color! Other ways turmeric is good for you: heals your liver, boosts brain functionality and acts as an antioxidant… seriously, it’s a miracle worker.

Collagen

I like to put a scoop of collagen peptides from Vital Proteins into water or tea for hair, skin, & nail health! Plus, this berry flavored one is delicious!

Biotin

We’re back to the B vitamins… and this time we’re talking B7! It’s super effective for healthy looking skin, hair, and nails. Not only does it strengthen brittle nails but it helps to give hair and skin that beautiful glow we all want, too!

Are these some of the vitamins you take too? Maybe you were considering one and now you’re going to give it a shot! Whatever it is- and especially if you have a favorite vitamin that I haven’t tried– I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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My Daily Makeup Routine + The Products I LOVE!

Today I wanted to share my everyday quick makeup routine… which really just consists of  giving my face some color and definition, so I can look alive and fresh (hello… #momlife, right?)
I recently started using these new makeup brushes from My Makeup Brush Set and I had to come on here to talk about them because I’m actually obsessed.
It’s hard to find the right brushes for your skin and makeup combo but these brushes are so soft and give such flawless finish- I love them!
First, I start with my skincare routine (which you can find —–>> here) because this is really what helps with the texture of your skin to give you the perfect flawless finish you’re looking for you. PS: You can’t have a good makeup routine without good a skincare one too… they go hand in hand!
Next, I go in with this primer with my clean hands and apply to my whole face.
Then I go in with this foundation (Shade 240) with my new Powder Brush from My Makeup Brush and apply to my whole face and down my neck some just to make sure everything is matching. I make sure it’s all blended in smoothly and with the texture of this oval brush, it really makes it easy to blend any liquid product perfectly!
Next, I do my brows. For daytime, all I use is this Revlon brow pencil in the  Dark Brown shade and just line the bottom then fill in the ends. I like to leave the inner part natural by just brushing the hairs upward so they don’t look too drawn on.
Now its time for concealer and I’m currently using the Tarte Tape Shape/ light medium which I only apply under my eyes to cover dark circles during the day if I’m in a hurry. If I’m looking for a fuller coverage, I’ll apply a line down the middle of my nose and up to my forehead, as well as my chin, and line under my brows as I blend it all in with my Concealer Brush.
Then I go in with my cream NYX Contour Stick Deep Profound and I apply right under my cheekbones, under my jawline, and around the top of my forehead near my hairline (as well as the sides of my nose) with my Foundation Brush to really bring some color to my face. Bronzing is my favorite part because it really gives your face the definition it needs to bring out the features and structure of the face.
Now, I go in with a bronze color- which for me I usually go for the Kylie Burgandy Palette (“Penny” in the crease and a mix of “Naked” and “LA” on the lid).
Next is highlighter- and ever since it came out I’ve been using the Fenty Beauty one in shade “Hu$tla Baby”- and I love the way it applies with the Lip Brush! All you need is one swipe and blend a little and it makes for the perfect highlight. I apply this to the top of my cheekbone, down the bridge of my nose, on the tip of my nose and highlight under my brow bone.
Lastly, is my mascara and I use the Maybelline Big Shot and I swear by this mascara! I love the way my lashes look when I use this one and it really combs them out so they look super long black and spread out !
That’s pretty much it for my everyday makeup routine!
I really stick to what I know when it comes to makeup and I rarely switch it up. I just know what works for me, my face and skin- and this is what I like to do!
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Let me know in the comments some of your go-to makeup tips + tricks or product recommendations. I would love to hear from you + am always on the hunt for something new!
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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Him and Her!

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching I wanted to give you guys some great last minute gift ideas that will be good for any man or woman in your life!


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Since our anniversary is on the 13th we usually don’t give in to giving each other gifts for both occasions. Instead, we just make this holiday about our anniversary… and then do a little date night on Valentine’s Day to top it all off.

Still, here are some of my top gift picks for him or her *xoxo*

For Her:

Fashion
Jewelry

For the Home

Beauty

For Him:

Fashion

Other Gifts For Him

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My Go-To Skin Care Routine + Products For Winter!

Today I wanted to share my current skincare routine for the winter!

These are products I’m using every day (seriously, day and night) and I swear by them!

I’ll start by saying this: I have pretty normal to dry skin and I get very few breakouts but especially in the mornings and during this time of the year my skin is very dry, so I am always in need of hydrating products. Plus, this routine really helps before applying my makeup, to make it go on smooth and flawlessly- I love it!

First I use makeup wipes by Neutrogena to remove any leftover makeup and to really get the first layer of dirt off. I use them morning and night because I just love the way it makes my skin feel- plus, it wakes me up and refreshes me in the morning!

Then I grab this facial/body scrubbing brush and apply my Lancer Method polish/exfoliate and scrub it all into my face with my brush, then I rinse with my towel and water really well.

This step I do nightly to remove all the dirt and build up from the day. This product is a bit more on the pricey side, but it’s so worth it and a little goes a long way.

Next, now that my face feels totally resurfaced, soft + smooth, I apply my Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and rub that into my skin with my finger.

 

This is my absolute favorite cleanser because it makes my skin SO soft after all the brushing and exfoliating. It’s so gentle I’m pretty sure I will rely on this product forever! I also use their Baby Cleanser Body Wash for Ariah’s skin morning and night.

After completely exfoliating and cleansing my face, I tone it with this Neutrogena toner. Mainly, I use this in my T-Zone (the space between your eyebrows and down your nose) or where I notice my pores are larger. It helps to even out the surface of my skin when I keep this in my morning routine.

If I do find that I’m having a mini breakout I’ll use Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and I swear the next morning it’s either gone completely… or almost unnoticeable!

Next… it’s the holy grail of beauty products- VITAMIN E OIL- and I think everyone should have it as part of their routine!

 I use just a little bit of Vitamin E Oil all over my face and since it’s an all-natural product, I let it soak in. You can really tell it’s working because it doesn’t just sit on your face like other products that have a lot of chemicals in them. The Vitamin E Oil perfectly moisturizers my skin, so I use it all over my body- and ended up tossing almost all of my other lotions… it’s the only thing you need!

Not only does it keep my face hydrated at night, but if I’m applying makeup after the oil sets in, it really gives it that dewy, flawless look that I love. Lastly, this was my go-to for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy… so basically it’s a miracle worker- it does it all!

If I feel like I have a little extra time- or my face just really needs more of a boost- I will apply this Kiehl’s Face Mask after cleansing my face. I’m obsessed with this mask, so I definitely try to apply this at least once or twice a week.

 

What are your go-to winter-friendly tricks and tips for your skin?