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Beauty | BaeWatch

Hey boobalahs! Holy cow, guys, these next few weeks are going to be insane. We have birthday on birthday on birthday on birthday this month - just one right after the other. On top of that, Brody is starting to walk, we're planning a vacation and I'm running on little sleep. Phew! Anyway, let's talk about this look!

Get The Look:

  • tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost Moisturizer
  • YSL All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation in Sand
  • MAC Mineralized Concealer
  • Benefit Cosmetics Coralista Blush
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze Bronzer
  • Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Sin
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows - Cherry Cola in the crease, Americano on the outer v, Whimsical patted on the lid
  • Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil
  • PUR Beauty Fully Charged Mascara
  • House of Lashes Boudoir Falsies
  • ColourPop Lippie Stix in Baewatch
  • Horrible tanlines by me ;)

Lifestyle | POPSUGAR "Anniversary" Must-Have Box for August 2017

* POPSUGAR PROVIDED ME WITH A COMPLIMENTARY POPSUGAR MUST HAVE BOX. #AD 

The month of August just got more awesome because on top of it being my son and I's birthday month, it's also POPSUGAR's fifth birthday - and they know how to celebrate! POPSUGAR is giving away goodies from Pehr, Kendra Scott and tarte (just to name a few!) every week this month for current and new subscribers (if you're new, click here and use code PARTY for $10 off (exp. 8/31)!).

If you haven't heard of the PopSugar Must Have Box, it's a monthly subscription box delivered straight to your door filled with full-sized home, beauty, food, fashion products (legit, one of my favorite subscription boxes!). They also have a "mini" option that contains a smaller amount of products for a lesser price per month. The full-size box will run you $39.95 a month, $109.85 for three (saving you $10) or $214.70 for six months (saving you $25). The mini box will run you $18.95 per month.

 What's in the box?

  • Pastel Cheers Lacquered Tray ($28) - I mean, c'mon. How cute is this tray? Whether you're serving drinks or using it as a collect-all, how can you not smile at it? I'm totally diggin' the confetti print.
  • First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask ($38) - I'm pretty sure POPSUGAR has been peekin' into my Sephora cart because I've been dying to try this mask. 10 minutes is all you need for brighter and firmer skin using this baby.
  • Dogeared Friendship Bracelet With Small Open Heart ($34) - Fun story: I've been obsessed with Dogeared back when Juicy Couture was still popular but never owned one - until now! There's just something about the tiny charm that makes me so happy. This bracelet, in particular, is a friendship bracelet with an adjustable clasp on the back so you can tighten it to your size.
  • Meri Meri Gold Glitter Candles ($7.50) - POPSUGAR, you shouldn't have! My birthday is the 24th and my son's is the 28th so I'm sure this gold glitter candles will definitely be getting some use this month. Woohoo!
  • Fringe Studio Free Spirit Journal w/ JEEP ($16) - How pretty is this rose-colored journal? Did you know from the age of 13 to about 21, I wrote in a journal every single day?! I used to be obsessed with it so this brings back some fun memories. 
  • Goodie Girl Cookies Chocolate Chunk ($2.95) - I'm sorry but you can never, ever go wrong with cookies. It's a win every single time! These cookies are gluten-free and surprisingly don't have that weird, gritty feel that GF cookies can sometimes have. Safe to say I scarfed these little guys down fassssst. So yummy!
  • Shoptiques.com $25 Gift Card - I love the idea behind this site! If you've ever spotted a cute boutique while on vacay but never had a chance to check out, you can shop it through this site! I love that!
Don't forget, if you're new, click here and use code PARTY for $10 off (exp. 8/31)!
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* POPSUGAR PROVIDED ME WITH A COMPLIMENTARY POPSUGAR MUST HAVE BOX. #AD 

Beauty | Yes, Please!

Before I even get into this look, if you're looking to buy the ColourPop Yes, Please! Palette ($16) featured it is currently in stock right now here! Go, go, gooooooooo! Sold out! They have an e-sign up on the site that will let you get a notification when it's back in stock and, as always, I'll let you know as well!

Get The Look:

  • Makeup Forever Hydrating Primer
  • tarte empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Sand
  • MAC Mineralized Concealer
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze
  • The Balm Frat Boy Blush
  • Billion Dollar Brows Brow Pencil
  • ColourPop Yes, Please! Palette  - Champs in the crease, Note To Self in the crease as well, Mischief on the lid, Gno on the outer lid, French Kiss on the outer v.
  • tarte Tarteist Clay Liner
  • PUR Beauty Fully Charged Mascara
  • House of Lashes Siren Lashes
  • ColourPop Lippie Stix in Frenchie

Beauty | Summertime Drama

Who said dark lips are just for the colder months? No, seriously, who said it because I'd like to talk with them. Haha. I'm alllllll about wearing whatever you want, when you want which is why I wanted to create a warm look with a dark lip, perfect for any day of the year.

 Get The Look:

  • tarte Cosmetics Drink of H20 Hydrating Booster
  • tarte Cosmetics Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Sand
  • MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Concealer
  • NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in Laguna
  • Benefit Coralista Blush
  • ColourPop Wisp Highlighter
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette - Golden Ochre in the crease, Raw Sienna in the crease, Venetian Red in the outer v, Tempera on the lid, Rech Ochre on the bottom.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown
  • ColourPop Lady (I think!) Lippie Stix

Beauty | ColourPop Yes, Please! Palette

Phew. What a day! We spent the morning racing around doing different errands and while I'm normally the first one to jump up to get out of the house, right now it feels so nice to sit down and blog. Also, I know, I know. This palette is currently sold and I'm an a-hole for putting my review up now BUT as soon as I hear of the newest release date (because I'm positive there will be another), I'll let y'all know ASAP!


But let's talk about the palette because that's what we're all here for, right? The ColourPop Yes, Please! Palette is their first ever fixed 12 pan palette inspired by ColourPop's favorite time of the day - the golden hour!



Let's talk size. The palette itself is quite small (for some reason I thought it'd be bigger) with naturally smaller sized pans (0.85g) compared to their normal pan size (1.5g). When you do the math, it comes out to be about $1.25 a pan ($16 divided by 12 pans) which actually works out to be a good deal.

  • Full-Zip - a matte warm ivory.
  • Big Cocktails - a matte orange.
  • Champs - a matte pale peachy nude.
  • Bling - a metallic rust.
  • Louie - a metallic duochrome red with gold flip.
  • Butter Cake - a metallic pale yellow gold.
  • Spoiled - a matte brick red.
  • Gno - a matte burnt orange.
  • Mischief - a matte warm yellow.
  • Note To Self - a matte warm caramel.
  • Chauffeur - a metallic bright orange with gold flip.
  • French Kiss - a matte deep red brown.
I've been playing around with this palette for a few weeks now and have a few minor notes but I decided not to go into each shade individually because for the most part, they are amazing! Instead I'll be dividing them into their finishes - starting with the mattes. The mattes (Full-Zip, Big Cocktails, Champs, Spoiled, Gno, Mischief, Note To Self and French Kiss) are slightly dusty but incredibly pigmented. I personally don't mind a little fall out when the color pay off are as awesome as these are.

The metallics (Bling, Louie, Butter Cake, Chauffeur) were soft and creamy to work with - minus one. I'm looking at you, Butter Cake. Butter Cake felt kind of crumbly and like it had big sparkles in it (but it didn't - does that make sense?). It was weird to work with. You can see how it had a different consistency than the others in the picture below.

(Crease: Big Cocktails - Lid: Louie - Outer V: Spoiled - Bottom: French Kiss - Inner: Butter Cake)

Buy - ($16)
* Currently, not in stock. Will update once it's restocked!

Hair | Beach Braids + Buns Hairstyle Tutorial w/ Schwarzkopf Gliss ™ Hair Repair

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GlissHairRepair #CollectiveBias

Ladies and gents, we are smack dab in the middle of the summer and I am LIVING for the warm weather! This is my first year ever embracing a lighter hair color for the summer and I'll be honest, I had no idea the sun, chlorine, etc. could have major effects (fading, color change, etc.) on my blonde balayage if I didn't take steps to protect it first.


Today I've partnered up with Schwarzkopf Gliss ™ Hair Repair to share with you how I protect my colored hair plus a super easy peasy tutorial on how to get a fun half up, half down braids and buns hairstyle in about ten minutes. Let's get started!

Protect your hair against the elements with a color guarding shampoo and conditioner.
Protecting your hair doesn't have to take a million different products! I've been using the Schwarzkopf Gliss ™ Color Guard Shampoo and Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Color Guard Conditioner for color protection for up to 12 weeks! It contains a special formula that seals your color in along with liquid Keratin to reconstruct your hair from any damage or breakage. Whether I'm relaxing in the pool or running around at the beach, I know that my hair is totally protected!


You can find the Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair lines at your local Walmart, right in the hair care aisle. They have quite a few lines that cater to different hair repair needs such as Extra Volume, Ultimate Repair, etc. so there's a little something for everyone. Each line features liquid Keratin to help rebuild damaged hair.

Avoid tangly beach hair with a leave-in conditioner.
After you've towel dried your hair, spray in the Schwarzkopf Gliss ™ Color Guard Express Repair Conditioner. This will make your hair instantly soft and smooth to run a comb through and add more protection to your color-treated hair. I love using this to avoid that nasty, salty beach hair. You know the hair; it's the one that makes you look like a mermaid for the first half of the day and then makes you look like got into a fight with an octopus the second half.

Dry your hair upside down for more volume.
On low heat, I blow dried my hair upside down for some added volume. I rarely ever use brushes and instead my finger comb my hair until it's dried.

Split it down the middle.
Now that we have our hair fully protected against the elements, we can get to styling it! First, I split my hair down the middle so it's even on both sides.

Braid it up.
Next, I took my bangs, split them in half and, pulling the hair forward so I could see what I was doing, braided them in a traditional three-strand braid. Repeat on the other side.

Stretch it out.
To make your braids look bigger and thicker, take each loop and gently stretch it out. My braids always start out looking tiny and this little tip makes them look WAY thicker!



Twist it up.
Taking your thumb and index finger, skim your hair up and away from your face on the right side, about an inch above your ear (see first photo) and gather at the top. Secure with hair band. Repeat on left side. Then take your little ponytails and twist them.

Secure it.
Twist your hair and then wrap it into a little mini bun. Secure it with a bobby pin and then lightly pull at it so it looks messy. Or just spend a few minutes with a toddler and a baby. Either or. Wah-lah! You have messy, braided buns that were pretty easy, if I do say so myself!


Save $5 off two (2) Schwarzkopf Gliss Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment with this coupon!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GlissHairRepair
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