Beauty

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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Summer Skincare Routine

With the severe change of weather in the summer – hello heat and humidity! – you really want to be mindful of what skincare products you’re using each season. For example, in the winter, I’ll use a thicker, heavier face cream, while in the summer I’ll use a lighter one because I don’t need it – and also, I break out from the combo of heat + a heavy cream. Today, I’m sharing which products I use during the summer! Summer Skincare Routine Exfoliator If you’ve been following me for a while, you know the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is one of my holy grail products. I’m obsessed and have been using it for almost 10 years now! It’s soooo gentle, but so effective. It’s a rice based powder that you pour into your hand (about 1/2 a teaspoon), then wet and rub together, to create a paste. You gently massage it all over your face (really get that nose area!) and wash off. I do this two times a week in the shower and it keeps my skin bright, smooth and even. It’s gentle enough to use everyday if needed! Moisturizer After you exfoliate and/or cleanse, apply this dreamy, sheer moisturizer. It’s called Active Moist and contains Silk Amino Acids which gives it the amazing texture. I like to apply it right after I get out of the shower, or splash my face with cold water in the morning, because it absorbs best when my skin is slightly damp. I bring it all the way down to my neck area as well. What’s great about this moisturizer is it’s ideal for summer – it’s so light and sheer. SPF I am VERY picky about my SPF. Most SPF makes me break out. The Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense passes the test. It’s invisible just like the name says, weightless, and blends beautifully into your skin. I LOVE that it also protects against blue light that comes from our phones and computer screens! It’s packed with Green Tea Antioxidant so it feels really nourishing and is also great for sensitive skin. I apply this right over my moisturizer in the morning, and reapply as needed throughout the day. Don’t forget to get your neck too! Free Exfoliator! I’m so excited because for the next 24 hours only – Dermalogica is offering a FULL size of my favorite exfoliator, the Daily Microfoliant (a $59 value), for FREE when you spend $100 on Dermalogica.com. Simply use code: KATSUMMER at checkout. If you haven’t tried the Daily Microfoliant already, now is the perfect time. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
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Best of Beauty: May

It’s already the end of June and I realized I haven’t done a Best of Beauty for May roundup. Better late than never right?! I’ve been testing quite a few new products, and using some old favorites on repeat lately, so I wanted to share everything I’m loving. Best of Beauty: May Goop Face Oil I’ve raved about this face oil before and have been using it a lot more now that I have a Gua Sha tool. I dab a few drops on each cheek and run the tool along it to help with jaw tension and puffiness. I love the texture and smell, plus it’s super nourishing. Gua Sha This is such a great tool for sculpting your face and de-puffing. It’s so easy to use – just run it along your jawline with face oil. I use it about 3-4 times a week. Skin Medica Eye Cream I’ve tested hundreds of eye creams and found about 5 that I actually like. This is one of them. The consistency is really nice (not too thin, not too thick) and it absorbs really fast. It brightens the skin under your eyes and really hydrates the fine lines. Honest Beauty Mascara I’ve been wanting to find a clean mascara for years and am beyond impressed with this one. At first I was annoyed that you have to use the primer before applying it, but it takes 2 seconds and really does add length to your lashes. This is pretty much the only mascara I use now. Iluminage Eye Mask If you’re looking for an eye mask, look no further. I’ve used this one for years and it’s so comfortable. It’s wider than most masks and also adjustable. Supergoop Glowscreen I LOVE this sunscreen. It’s super light, sheer, and has just the right amount of highlight/tinted moisturizer/SPF coverage. I wear this everyday now. Foot Spa Bath Thomas’ mom bought us this spa pedicure foot bath a few weeks ago and we’ve been using it a ton. Since I haven’t been able to get a pedicure in months, this really does the trick. So relaxing. Lancome Juicy Tube Remember Lancome juicy tubes?! I used to buy these religiously in high school! They just came back so I ordered a few….and I just LOVE the way they look on. They give your lips a super high shine and smell amazing.
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How To Clean Your Candles

Every time I share these empty jars of candles on Instagram, I always get questions asking me how to clean them so I thought I’d share this post. I love repurposing things – especially when they’re this aesthetically pleasing! It’s fun to see my favorite candle jars sitting out on my dresser, vanity, or bathroom counter rather than a boring cup or glass. How To Clean Your Candles Wait until your candle is almost done, but not to the point where you can see any glass at the bottom. Pop it into the freezer for about an hour or two. Take a spoon and crack the frozen wax, it should come up in 1-2 thick pieces. Wash the remaining residue with warm soapy water. So easy right?! You can also use the jars as drinking glasses (once thoroughly washed and sans label). Or vases for flowers around your apartment. I use an old Diptqyue 34 candle as a vase on my living room table and love the way it looks as opposed to a clear vase. My Favorite Candles My three favorite candles are Diptyque Vanille, Diptyque 34, and Byredo Bohemia. Do you repurpose your candles too? What are some of your favorite scents?
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