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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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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! 

 

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