Beauty

Valentine's Day Treats

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, are single or in a relationship, can we all just agree it’s the perfect excuse to buy ourselves frivolous, girly things?! I mean come on… we could all use another luxurious candle, delicious smelling bubble bath, a pretty PJ set, a silk eye mask, or a new lipgloss! Here are a few fabulous, indulgent treats. Valentine’s Day Treats This is my favorite lip mask – I actually use it as a regular lip balm throughout the day. The vanilla scent is amazingggg. I have this robe in the shorter version, and let me tell you, it is such beautiful quality. Silky and luxurious. Treat yourself to a chic Hermes dish for your nightstand to hold rings or necklaces. This Laundress delicate laundry wash is ideal for lingerie. This silk lace cami comes in this gorgeous neutral color…swoon. These Hanky Panky thongs are the best, and this pair is extra fun! Spray just a touch of my everyday perfume Diptyque Eau Duelle for a romantic date night or night at home. Shop more goodies below, including this edible wax candle (oh la la!) and make sure to see more of my go-to Valentine’s goodies from last year!
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5 Ways To Look Your Best In Photos

I’m so excited to share the easy things I do to look my best in photos! I’ve been blogging for 10 years now, and if there is one thing I’ve learned it’s how to get camera ready quickly. These simple beauty hacks will have you looking and feeling more photogenic in minutes! 5 Ways To Look Your Best In Photos Powder Your T-Zone Forehead shine is so not cute! I’m all about dewy, glowy skin, but full blown forehead shine is a no no. Even if you don’t think you look shiny before you leave the house, by the time you’ve moved around outside/start chatting with people/stand under harsh lighting, your forehead is inevitably going to sweat or produce oil. This is why setting powder is a GODSEND and every blogger and model’s beauty secret. I’ve been using this Laura Mercier translucent setting powder available at Walmart Beauty forever and can’t recommend it enough. Take a blush brush or even thick eyeshadow brush and brush the powder all over your forehead and under your eyes. If you don’t have a brush, I’ve even used a tissue or cotton pad in desperate times!!! The powder will completely even out your skin tone and make you look flawless in photos. Don’t put it anywhere else, because you want to keep a pretty glow/little shine on your cheeks. Random – but I’ve actually used this as dry shampoo too when I’m traveling and didn’t want to pack a ton of products! Works like a charm. Apply 3 Coats of Mascara Ok so this is my trick to apply mascara and make your lashes look extra long. Put on your 1st coat like you normally would. Then about 1 minute later, put on your 2nd coat. Put a light coat on your bottom lashes. Then do something else for 10 or so minutes and before you head out the door or are going to take photos, apply a 3rd coat – and really get in there and work the brush hard into your lashes from bottom to top. By the 3rd coat you’ve got a great base so you can really create a ton of volume and get that length! This final 3rd coat will make your eyes POP and optimize that mascara. This L’Oreal mascara has been a go-to of mine for years and you can’t go wrong with the price – get 2 for under $10!!! Lightly Curl Your Hair Subtle curls give your hair volume and depth. I prefer a curl to straight hair any day. If you’re looking for an affordable curling iron, this Hot Tools 1″ iron has held up for almost a decade and costs under $40. I love that it has so many different temperature options so you can really adjust it based on your hair thickness. If you’re interested, I have a mini hair tutorial saved under my IG Hair Highlight! Gloss Those Lips A pretty pink lip gloss really enhances your lips in photos. I LOVE this Julep one in shade All The Feels. It smells so good, gives me just the right amount of color, is super hydrating and stays on. It’s not super goopy/overly glossy which is a must for me!!! This would make a PERFECT stocking stuffer too FYI. Manicured Nails I feel naked without nail polish. And to be honest, I feel unpolished – literally haha! A manicured nail looks so good, and is so easy to do yourself. It’s worth taking the 10 minutes to paint your nails before you get your photo taken. Your hands will show up in the photo, and you’ll look more feminine and put together! When my nails look good I also feel more confident. It’s weird but I really do. In the fall/winter I always use OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, which is a deep purple-ish black color. It’s on sale for under $10 here – and another great stocking stuffer idea. Holiday Beauty Gifts All of these beauty products are available in Walmart’s Beauty section! AND they’re available for 2 day shipping! Walmart’s Beauty section is also full of amazing gift sets for the holidays – and I love that they broke their gift section down by price point making it so easy to find what you need. This is a great makeup organizer for the bathroom counter, or under the sink. This Dolce & Gabbana perfume smells sooooo good (reminds me of summer in Italy!) And this gua sha + jade roller set is a steal for under $20.
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Best Hair Tools

I’m so excited to share my tried and true hair tools with you. These are my absolute holy grail hair products that I can’t live without!!! I rarely wear my hair straight and these tools are how I get a subtle beach-y wave in my long locks. Best Hair Tools T3 Curling Iron I upgraded to this curling wand a few years ago, and have never looked back. It is worth every penny! It heats up in under 1 minute – no joke, and I only have to wrap my hair around it for 10 seconds to get a long lasting curl. I don’t even use hairspray, and the curls last all day, and look really pretty and relaxed the next day too. With my previous curling iron – this was never the case and my curls would fall out throughout the day. Nordstrom carries several different sizes of the barrels. I have the clip-less 1″ barrel that attaches to this base. What’s great about this base is, you can use it with tons of different barrel sizes to suit your needs. If you have longer hair you could use a 1.25″ barrel, or if you prefer a clip barrel you can get any of these! T3 Hairdryer I rarely dry my hair, but when I do it’s with this T3 hairdryer. (It just sold out, but may restock soon – so be sure to check back! This is the auto sensor version.) It’s insanely lightweight, dries my hair quickly, and is compact + sleek. It’s the only dryer my hairstylist uses as well! If you’re willing to splurge a bit more, and have extremely thick hair, then I do recommend this Dyson hairdryer which is pricier, but really impressive in terms of drying time. Thomas actually uses this on his hair so it’s in his bathroom lol! Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo This is one of the best smelling scents EVER. It’s intoxicating! If I ever need a little extra boost in my hair I spray this perfumed dry shampoo. It makes it smell heavenly, and gives me that volume and texture I love. Oribe Hair Oil Never underestimate a hair oil! It is key for nourishing dry, split ends. This one has the same amazing scent as the dry shampoo and comes in this beautiful bottle. Just drop a dime size into your palm and run through your hair with a focus on the ends. This really helps keep my hair looking healthy between cuts. Oribe Heat Protectant Spray Heat protectant spray is a must. You have to protect your hair against heat every time you blow dry and curl it. Especially with the T3 iron since it gets hot! This spray comes out like a fine mist and I spritz it all over before I’m about to curl my hair, then I brush it through. The instructions say to spray on damp hair, but I typically just spray it on dry hair. Mason Pearson Hair Brush I’ve had this hair brush for 10 years! Yes 10 years. It lasts forever, and is what I credit to making my hair stay thick, healthy and full. The bristles are so gentle and I feel like it makes my hair extra shiny. It’s expensive for a hair brush, but when you think about how long it lasts and see the effects firsthand, you’ll understand why. Nordstrom Beauty You can get all of my favorite hair tools at Nordstrom here! They have everything your hair needs from curling irons, to blow dryers, scalp treatments (this one is great for volume at the roots), shampoo and more. They also just restocked the Dyson Airwrap, which I’ve been dying to get my hands on – have you tried it yet? Cozy Robes PS If you don’t already own a cozy robe, I love this one, this one and this one! Any of them would make the perfect Christmas gift.
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5 Fall Beauty Products Under $50

Does anyone else get overly excited about switching up little things like their nail polish color in the fall?!  I LOVE rocking a deep, rich purple nail in the fall and winter.  I’ve been wearing this shade forever, and rarely stray from it in the colder months.  I wanted to share a few other fall beauty products that are currently in my rotation now that it’s October! Fall Beauty Under $50 OPI Lincoln Park After Dark Nail Polish Like I said, this nail polish is the BEST fall color.  It looks so luxe on, is super easy to apply, and is available in Walmart’s Beauty section.  I use this clear top coat, which just went on sale!  In the spring and summer I love wearing lighter colors like Bubble Bath and Funny Bunny. Image Skincare Lip Balm I am obsessed with this lip balm.  It’s clear, scent free, and feels like a smooth butter on your lips.  It gives you the prettiest sheen and is the most hydrating and nourishing lip balm I’ve ever tried.  I keep one on my desk, nightstand, in every one of my bags…I’m compulsive about having one near me haha.  It’s usually $22 but on Walmart Beauty it’s only $13 so I stock up! Gua Sha If you don’t already own a gua sha, trust me you need one.  It’s only $16 and you can get it next day delivery.  This little tool completely sculpts and depuffs your face.  Just put a face oil all over your jawline, forehead and cheeks and press the gua sha along your face.  I like to use a deep pressure to massage out any tension.  Within 3 minutes, I instantly can feel and see the tension release in my jaw.  It helps to really get the face oil to seep into your skin, and carve out your cheekbones.  It feels cold and refreshing under your eyes especially in the morning! L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara If you’re looking for an affordable mascara that really gives you long, voluminous lashes – this is it!  It’s under $10 for 2, yes 2 mascaras!  This was one of the first mascaras I ever tried, and I am still so impressed with it today.  There’s a reason it has over 2000+ positive reviews! Nars Dolce Vita Blush This Nars blush is a best seller because it’s seriously gorgeous on.  Dolce Vita is the perfect pink shade (in the photo online it looks more bronze, but it’s actually more pink in person.)  I love to wear a blush in the fall/winter to give my cheeks a subtle rosy glow. Have you tried any of these products?  Walmart Beauty has soooo many amazing beauty items, many of which ship right away!!!  So convenient, and a nice way to treat yourself this season! Also love this eye makeup remover (so gentle and comes in a cute travel size) and this epsom salt for soothing baths.
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