Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Life in Pictures

Hi all! Hope everyone is having a great week! I had my yearly mole check with my Dr. today and everything looks good! Everyone needs to get screened this month if you haven't already. Anyway, we have been SUPER busy around here lately. Here's a little peak at life via pictures

How I start my morning. A healthy green drink

What mid-morning stress eating tends to look like. Bagel with cream cheese, Cinnamon Dolce Latte, and Advil. Sometimes I just can't help it haha. 

Watching my 12 year old brother pitch at his baseball game last Thursday. 

My 5 year old cousin Emma already knows LV is where it's at! She was modeling my bag at her brother's basketball tournament Saturday morning. Love this little ham!

My dear husband and I at UCA's graduation Saturday afternoon. His sister's boyfriend graduated! Yay Josh!

Me with my Hubby's fam and the graduate. Have I ever told ya'll that the hubs has four sisters? Obviously one is not in the pic with us (His older sister is a journalist and lives in Qatar. Yes, the middle eastern country!)

Sunday morning breakfast. Crescent rolls, stuffed with Nutella, covered in cinnamon and sugar, and baked.

So yummy, totally bad for us, and so worth it!

A little Sunday afternoon shopping. Found this Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent dress at Dillards for half off! 

Finishing up our Sunday by my parents pool with margaritas!

And a few new favorites:

My new favorite snack!

Favorite candles at the moment.

Have a good one ya'll!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Self Tanner Review

Happy Monday!! Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! We did and I'm so sad it's already over. Why is it that the week drags by so slow and the weekends just fly by? It's seriously not fair.

So, we have quite a few events coming up the next few weekends that require me to wear a dress. I love having a tan, but I have sworn off the tanning bed and I haven't had any time to spend by the pool yet. I headed to my local department store to see what they had to help me get my glow on. I ended up purchasing two from Clinique; one for the face and one for the body. Here's a little review:

Clinique Self Sun Face Tinted Lotion

This is a tinted self tanner specifically for the face. It comes in a 1.7 fl. oz. tube and costs $20.00. This is more of a gel-cream formula than a lotion which makes it really easy to spread on your skin. I'm not crazy over the yellowish tint it leaves behind though. It also smells terrible. I used this at night after exfoliating. I let it dry for about 15 min. before applying my night cream. The next morning, after gently washing my face, I was left with really natural looking color. I have used this a few times at night and I really like it. If you can get past the horrible smell (always a problem with self-tanners) and the weird tint it initially has, this is actually a really good product. A little goes a long way, so the tube will last forever.

Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion in Medium/Deep

This has the same consistency as the face one. It comes in a 4.2 fl. oz. tube and also costs $20.00. I really like this a lot. I mixed it with a little moisturizer in my hand to help it go on a little easier ( I usually do 70% self- tanner and 30% regular moisturizer.) It took forever to dry, but didn't have too horrible of a smell. I woke up with an actual tan the next morning. The Hubby kept commenting all day about how dark I looked.  It leaves a very natural color and I'm pretty sold on it. It's also tinted like the face lotion which helps with making sure everything is covered. They also have a fair/medium formula.

I really recommend both of these products if you are looking for a safe way to get some color this Spring/Summer! Stay out of those tanning beds!

Hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, April 27, 2012

My Summertime Daily Make-up Essentials

TGIF!!! It seems like it took for-ev-er for the end of this week to get here. Blah! Anyway, today I wanted to share with you my summertime daily make-up essentials. I have a very low maintenance face (or at least I consider it to be) during the day in the warmer months. I just don't like to walk around all day with a full face on when it's 100 + degrees out.

  1. Dior DiorSkin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer- This is an amazing everyday concealer. It's great for under eye circles and doesn't dry my skin out. I wear shade 002 Beige. 
  2. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream- I wrote about this B.B. cream a couple of weeks ago in my foundation review post. I can already tell you that this will be my bff this summer. Love the glow it gives me and it's so light weight. I get a lot of compliments on my skin when I wear this. 
  3. Benefit Ooh la lift - this is a great, subtle eye brightening product. I use this before I put any makeup on and then kind of use it to highlight after I use concealer and B.B cream. It also has a cooling effect under your eyes so it feels good going on in the morning. 
  4. Anastasia Brow Powder Duo- I have to fill in my eyebrows daily. It's a non- negotiable. I look weird if I don't. I use this in the medium ash/ medium brown. 
  5. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes- I love this pencil eyeliner to define my eyes during the day. It stays put and goes on so smoothly. 
  6. NARS blush in Orgasm- Love this peachy-pink blush. It's so flattering and looks especially great with summer bronzed skin! 
  7. Eye lash curler- I HAVE to curl my eye lashes every day. It just makes me look more awake. I never skip this step. 
  8. NARS bronzer in Laguna- Such a pretty bronzer. Not too much shimmer and very natural looking. 
You may notice mascara missing. Well, I have been able to give up wearing mascara daily because I have started having my eyelashes tinted. Best thing I ever did. My poor lashes were so light before and I always had to wear mascara. Now I can skip that step every morning. I do still wear mascara for nights out, when I want to up the drama for my make-up. I'm thinking the tinted lashes will be really nice for beach and lake days this summer. No more waterproof mascara!!! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Super Food Chocolate Milk

Hey ya'll! Hope everyone is having a good Thursday. Is it just me, or is this week going by super slow? I have woken up twice this week thinking it was Saturday, only to be disappointed. Anywho, on to today's post. One of my favorite treats lately has been my super food chocolate milk. The recipe is so easy and it's really a feel good treat. 

  1. Organic Honey- I drizzle a little of this in my glass to sweeten.
  2. Unsweetened Cocoa- 1/4 tsp is all it takes for flavor and an antioxidant boost. 
  3. Amazing Grass Green Superfood powder- 1 heaping scoop. Love this stuff. I add it to smoothies, juice, on top of fruit, and anything else I can think of. This greens powder helps you achieve your 5-9 daily servings of fruits and veggies. It gives you amazing energy, helps boost your immune system, is made of raw, whole food ingredients, and has probiotics and enzymes to aid in digestion and absorption. You can buy it at Whole Foods, GNC, or the amazing grass website. 
  4. Cinnamon- I sprinkle cinnamon on everything. I have read so many studies on it's health benefits! It has been shown to help reduce inflammation, help regulate blood sugar, sooth upset stomach, improved brain function, lower cholesterol, helps with headaches, the list goes on and on..... 
  5. Unsweetened Almond Milk- I add 6-8 oz to my glass. I love almond milk for many reasons. It's lower in calories than cow's milk. Actually has more calcium and protein. I don't have to worry about added hormones and antibiotics that we have to worry about in cow's milk these day's. And it's easier on my stomach. If you have never tried it, I highly recommend it. 
Wisk all of these ingredients in a glass and enjoy! 

And yes, it's green. If you can get over the fact that you're drinking green chocolate milk, you will love it! It's good for when you are needing a chocolate fix or even a breakfast drink. So try it out!

Have a good day!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Latest Favorite Drugstore Products

1. Yes to Carrots Body Wash. I am loving this yummy smelling, hydrating body wash. Plus the bottle is huge so it will last you awhile.

2. Dove Style+Care Nourishing Dry Ends Serum. Since I have been doing the ombre hair lately, my blonde ends run the risk of looking dry.( especially when my hair is straight) It also doesn't help that I have been growing my hair out and have barely had a trim in months. This serum is great for faking healthy looking ends and also helps protects against heat styling. I use on my ends before I blow dry and then again to kind of seal after I straighten.

3. Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towlettes. These are truly awesome. They remove my makeup and smell amazing. I use these nightly before my Clairsonic. Also good for post workout cleanup.

4. Alba Hibiscus Facial Toner. Gentle, non- irritating, and leaves your skin feeling so refreshed. That's all you need to know.

5. St. Ives Purify Exfoliating Body Wash. Usually I walk right past any body wash that claims to be "exfoliating" because a few soft beads are not enough for me. This uses sea salt and is definitely a scrub, not a body wash. We go through these bottles like crazy at our house. It is seriously one of the best body exfoliators I have ever used.

6. Schick Hydro Silk Razor. So I have used one of those Venus razors for years and years. I never thought to try anything different. But the other day I was at Target and I decided to give this one a go. Best. Razor. Ever. My skin was so smooth after shaving with this and the serum in it really left me hydrated. It's so worth it to make the switch.

I love finding gems at the drugstore! It seriously makes me giddy! Have ya'll found anything worth mentioning lately? Please share!