Happy Halloween! And Holidays?…Plus, my favorite Fall Instagram moments & playlist!

Heeeeey Yooooouuuuu Guuuuuys!

Y’all have been on my heart so much this year but I needed a break. A big one. Like I’m not totally off my break even…but popping in to make sure things are still flowing and to say hi!

When my mother got sick earlier this year, I just decided to stop everything….and relax. I worked a little with my church and local places to get out and about. But it was so nice just stop all the social media, emails & such that come along with writing.

To be honest… I’m probably not keeping up my Instagram too much here… sorry just can’t do it. It’s tiresome and some weird things from weird people were coming my way.. so no. I like to keep things pretty private elsewhere now!

But I love writing to you and still here and active on Pinterest. Obviously holidays are upon us, so I have no intention of being really active again now either..lots of life stuff going on. Between marriage, kids, work and everything in between… I’m figuring out where I want to take this. But I love you all and miss this badly… but until then…

I’ll be enjoying Halloween with my children tomorrow and all the fun things that will come after… Turkey…Birthdays and Christmas shenanigans, of course.

Have a wonderful Halloween Babes!!

Halloween Vibes on Spotify

Halloween Vibes

I put together some my FAVORITE songs I’ve been rocking out to all October to get into the mood for some retro Halloween action. Most songs have ties to pretty awesome tv/movie counterparts & based on your favorite characters to dress up as. Plus, the videos are good! Be back soon and stay classy my sassies!

 

 

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The 5 Best Beauty Buys For Your Bombshell Summer!

Hey Mermaid Babes!!!  I just recently went on my coconut obsessed shopping sprees the last few weekends. I literally buy all things coconut in summer……protein bars, lotions, ice cream, chocolates…literally stock up for summer! It’s a habit, but hey it makes me happy. So as I did my Ulta Beauty round up of my summer goodies, I figured I’d share with you the Ultimate Summer Beauty List.

These items are 100%. I think less is so much more in summer. It’s hot, humid & downright sexy if you ask me!! So my gorgeous babes, here is my list of THE BEST products to keep you carefree and lovin yo self all summer long!!!!

1. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Dry Shampoo-Toasted Coconut


It’s hot and muggy in the summer. So when your locks are less than fluffy, pump them back up with this wonderful stuff. It’s smell is delightful & will give you that Va-Va Voom feeling back.

2. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray..

Who has time to do their hair in the summer? And why would you?!! I’m the kind of girl who definitely gets my hair wet all summer long. So I don’t like to fuss with styling too much. Toss in this miracle spray and be done with it. You will feel like Blake Lively snuck into your bathroom and gave you her expert hair tips.



3. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Shimmer..


Just all of these. Take my check and give them to me. They go on effortlessly. No streaky mess. No fuss. Just perfect pop of color to match your golden, summer booty. All of the tints are wonderful and simple but I love the Champagne, Grapefruit & Strawberry colors.

4. ELF Baked Highlighter


 

If you know me, you know I love me some e.l.f. products, especially in the summer. I just don’t see a point to wasting big bucks on makeup that can smudge and smear in the heat. Or keep you from swimming! Put some of this on your sweet cheeks and you’ll be feeling like a golden, goddess in no time. The cost won’t leave you feeling bad when you need to reapply & it is quality still!…
5. Amazing Maui Babe Browning Lotion


Ok. Let’s be real. We need to wear sunscreen boos. I like to get a little glow too! But I know when my time is up and just love to add a tiny, little bit of tanning lotions into the mix. It keeps that gorgeous, glow around without the constant sun exposure! I mean, the title says it all here! So don’t feel bad if you feel like you need a little extra tan every once in awhile…this stuff has your back Baby Cakes! ***But I do recommend little use of tanning lotions to keep skin perky over time and safe! A good self tanning lotion works wonders!

(Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion)

Bam! Go have some fun in the sun, when your done prep your fine self with these items and be done. Your hair will look and feel great. Your face will be glowing & so will your whole body! You will feel like you just went on vacation!

I love these items and so will you! I use all of these & put on a little waterproof mascara and eyeliner to go along with it and call it a day, all summer long.

So go enjoy your glow this Summer babes!!! Cheers!!

The Best Products For Beautiful Skin All Summer Long…

Summertime is near. So that means long, hot days and lots of sun exposure!! It’s important to keep our skin protected and balanced however. Don’t forget to reset after the sun with these fabulous beauty buys to keep your skin looking youthful and bright!

  • Vitamin C Serum by LilyAna Naturals…vitamin c will keep your skin radiant. It helps reduce wrinkles and evens tone. This will remove scarring too! I swear by this stuff now. Your skin will be glowing and any sign of recent breakouts will be gone. I love how soft my skin feels too. I actually stopped wearing foundation again after finding this stuff! It helps maintain a youthful looking complexion like no other. And combats the sun exposure!

  • Rosehip & Hibiscus Eye Cream by LilyAna Naturals…ok y’all..I had some mad dark under eye circles for awhile! No sleep, in my new mommy years, did a number on my skin. Eye creams were very new to me. This one is so delicate & refreshing. This is also another reason I do not need so much highlighter & foundation!!

  • Freeman Beauty Infusion Revitalizing Peel Off Mask- Pomegranate + Peptides…this is another amazing face mask that cost next to nothing for its work. I use this once a week for a quick way to clean out the pores and keep my skin firm! My skin feels so clean when it’s done.

  • St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer…I have sung its praises many times! I love this face lotion. This smell alone is glorious. Simply one of the best…this lotion goes a long, long way and at only $5 a tub, who wouldn’t want some?!! You need to make sure to add Collagen to your facial routine and this is a great step. Keep your skin moisturizer on hand all Summer!

  • Retinol Cream by Niara Beauty…we found this so cheap on Amazon and I had to instantly buy a few more bottles! I have even gotten compliments on my skin this summer ever since I have added this to my skincare regime. Its divine!! Retinol does wonders to reduce appearance of aging and  discoloration. Highly recommend using. This is by far my favorite beauty product.

  • Freeman Brightening Overnight Mask – Hibicus + Vitamin C… another summer staple! This will instantly brighten your skin. I use this a few times a week. Feeling tight after a little too much sun? This has your back. You will be basking in your own glow come Morning time. Another simple money saver here too! You can find this in Ulta or even Target etc..

I honestly use all these products. My skin has never looked better either. Combining a few of these will help keep your skin protected from all the sun you’ll be getting! So make sure you don’t forget a little sunscreen and think about your skin down the road!!

Enjoy all this wonderful weather babes!!

The 10 BEST Natural Beauty Products You Need To Try Now…

We all should know by now that our skin is our biggest organ. I have tried so, so many products over the last few years to find you all the best items. Some are good..some are bad…some are great!! I’m here to tell you about the products I do not go without now. They are classics and hard to beat.

It’s hard to switch to a completely natural lifestyle. It’s taken me years to learn and I am still learning. And sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid chemicals it feels. BUT… we can try to avoid them. At least to even just bring peace of mind.

And one thing I love.. Beauty Products! I have never been a full on junkie. I usually bought a few quality things and loaded up on some cheaper goods for fun or variety. So when I realized I was having reactions to things I changed it up mostly! Now, I am a self-proclaimed minimalist and love natural products.

Here are some MAJOR first steps to take to change your skincare routine for something clean & green!

10 Best Beauty Items To Have Now

 

 

  • Major First Step: Your Deodorant

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant, $4.99 Target

 

Deodorant can contain aluminum. Why is this bad? Aluminum levels are linked directly to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s & even liver toxicity. So exposure to is definitely playing a factor here. I do like Arm & Hammers Essentials but Schmidt’s is now found at Target for only $4.99…shop link now!! This one doesn’t leave you feeling sticky or stinky. It’s perfect.

 

 

  • Your Soap

everyone soap 3 in 1 $9.99 Target

Changing to a naturally derived soap will help maintain a natural ph balance. This means your skin will stop working overtime trying to correct what toxins are doing to it. Using harmful soaps can leave you dry or even oily in some cases if your body is trying to repair the damage. So don’t lather on too many chemicals here. Plus it can be bad for the water!! I love this soap because it smells great, we can all use it & it’s not expensive but cuts out a lot of the harmful ingredients still. Plus it’s huge!! Score.

  • Your Face Wash (Hands Down..The Best Stuff Right Here)

ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub $9.99 Amazon

Oh me..oh my… I am hooked..never looking back. I have been reading about Acure for awhile. And on Amazon Prime day I scored a bunch for half off. And there is a reason the aisles of your local Target are usually sold out of it. It works and is amazing!!!! Clean, green and wonderful!! Try Acure Brightening Facial Scrub asap!!

  • Your Lotion

WELEDA Skin Food $12 Amazon

This lotion is ranked highly among all who have come across it. Not only is this brand great at natural products, they have created the perfect formula. I use this for major dry skin, pedicures, sun burns..you name it. I don’t have to feel bad slathering this on. Amazon runs sales on it too! I scored my last bottle for only $5 there.

  • Your Toothpaste

WELEDA Calendula Toothpaste $12 for 2 Amazon

 

I know what you’re thinking…how could Toothpaste be bad? Well it is. While I usually reach for Tom’s brand myself, I have learned recently that may not even be enough. Your toothpaste may can contain Triclosan in the worst cases too. It is toxic and can be linked to disease. Take a look Here..even the FDA is admitting it now and removing it from products. It hasn’t been removed from Toothpaste yet though!!! Other countries already have it banned from products. Just make sure you have a Toothpaste that is nice and natural. Dr. Bronner’s also makes amazing Toothpaste we all love.

  • Your Face Mask: The Best!!

Indian Healing Clay $9.99 Amazon

Yes it works. Combine with a little water and Apple Cider Vinegar and you have your self a miracle mask. This will actually get rid of black heads, clear your skin and keep you looking fresh and bright. Just check out the other reviews..thousands of people swear by this. And the price is phenomenal for what it does and how much it will make! Get rid of of the rest and stick with the best.

  • Your Nail Polish

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color $9 Ulta

 

Our beloved nail polish can contain formaldehyde among many other hormone disrupting factors. Even the nail technicians wear masks!! Julep, Butter and even Jamberry have toxin free options though. The colors actually last. I stocked up on a few lovely colors to alternate on for each season!

 

  • Your Shampoo & Conditioner

yesto Shampoo & Conditioner $7.99 each Amazon

 

Your hair will actually work overtime to correct the damage done to it as well. It’s why I love to choose mostly natural options. Ever had dry ends and oily roots? Well this could help that. There are many harsh chemicals even in shampoo. So if you want healthy, shiny locks switch to a naturally derived option to protect yourself and the tresses. Avoid parabens and sulfates. Some chemicals in soaps actually do not break down in water. So they are bad for water too. I love Acure, Burts Bees and many others too!

  • Your Lips

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer & Tints $4.99 each Amazon

 

This one of my favorite products of all time. Gorgeous colors with stunning results. The cost is amazing for these little beauties. Parabens, petroleum & oxybenzone are just some of the issues with chapsticks and lipsticks. They can be linked to cancer…and who wants that sitting on their lips to be ingested for the rest of their life?

  • Your Foundation

Physicians Formula Foundations $10-14.99

 

Another big way to care about your skin is foundation. Tarte, Lush and Origins all have awesome foundations you can use but this one is a decent start for someone.

Continue reading The 10 BEST Natural Beauty Products You Need To Try Now…

Mermaid Water: The Only Daily-Detox Green Drink You Will Need

 

That’s right! The only green drink you’ll need…except your margarita!

I am a Huge fan of drinking my greens. I always crave a good detox friendly beverage. These are the solution to refuel after workouts or keep in some extra nutrients.

This does wonders to flush out toxins from your system and it’ll leave your hair and skin glowing too. Hydration and nutrients play a huge part on the inside and out.

I add powders into mostly all my drinks. Collagen powder in coffee, greens powder in my water and protein in my smoothies. There are so many to choose from and they are a GREAT way to get the nutrients. I have been playing around with detox waters for years now and this is my favorite. There are so many great options out there to choose from too and I’ll list some below! I actually found this powder on sale at Walmart one day and really enjoyed it too.

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Detoxing Green Drink

Mermaid Water

Vitamin Water Daily Greens Detox Drink

Ingredients:

One scoop organic greens mixture of any kind

Fresh Mint

Fresh Lemon

Frozen blueberries (to use as ice) and extra ice if desired

Fresh Blackberries

Manuka Honey

8 oz Filtered Water

Pour the water into desired glass…mix scoop of greens in until blended well. Mix in honey next. Then squeeze in a few lemon wedges and top of with the rest of the berries and mint. Add extra ice if needed.

Green Drink Vitamin Water for Detox
It is so, so yummy & refreshing! Loaded with nutrients and vitamins to keep you going all Summer long. It’s perfect for a hot day too.

Load up on my favorite brands for greens powder:

Amazing Grass Green Superfood

Vega Mint Greens Drink Mix

The Best Face Masks You Need To Try: Sheet Masks Review

Best Face Sheet Masks

So I’m sure you have seen the plethora of face masks that are on display, basically at every store. And I don’t think sheet masks are going anywhere anytime soon. I’ll admit, I have an old faithful face mask I swear by and will not ever change it…but it takes time to make and can be messy. So if I am in a hurry, I’ll grab a few sheet masks to keep in stock. I love them! I’ll be trying out more for you soon too!

And it’s no secret I’m a mama bear. Being a mother means sleepless nights, sleepless nights means dark circles..yikes. Ain’t enough concealer in the world to hide that secret sometimes! But these wonderful face masks work so well and I swear by them.

Using these three in combination will give you an instant glow for any occasion.

Take a look below and see some of my favorite grab and go masks to perk my skin up for a lovely glow.

The Best Face Masks You Need To Try

Burt’s Bees Charcoal Sheet Mask Review

1. Burt’s Bees Detoxifying Charcoal Mask

This little guy will leave your skin with a fresh, clean feeling. I think it does a great job with creating an even complexion. The best part it’s 99% natural which is why I love Burt’s Bees products. They smell great and don’t leave you too dry or oily. It’s the perfect combination ( all thanks to the honey!) Only $2.50 for a single use!

Soo AE Panda Eyes Brightening Mask

2. Panda Eye Brightening Mask

I love this!! It’s adorable and fun to use! And it works! I’m not lying when I say motherhood will leave you a little…tired…so having these masks around are a must! This is my favorite. It really does soothe the delicate eye area and leaves you with looking like a doe-eyed Disney Princess.

Masqueology 24k Gold Under Eye Gel Mask

3. Masqueology Under Eye Gold Gel Mask

24k Gold? Niacinamide? Collagen?!! Yes please.

I keep under eye gel masks at all times. They work. Collagen is very important for maintaining radiant skin. I put collagen powder in my drinks even. But more on that later, as I say. I love an instant fix though too! This will awaken your skin!

So if you’re heading out for a big event or just need a quick pick me up … these are my some favorites! And you can find them just about anywhere, Walmart, Target etc..

In the meantime just order them up to be delivered now!

Soo AE Panda Eye Brightening Masks

Burt’s Bees Charcoal Mask

Masqueology Under Eye Gold Gel Masks

Stay tuned for more masks reviews!