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!!

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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…

The Ultimate Ladies Christmas List

Who loves a great stocking stuffer?! I do I do! Only a few things are over $15!! I have gathered up my fave things for my lovely ladies here..great products with great quality.

These are the items on the top of my little wish list this year too & I just had to share them with you! I love it all!!! I got you covered..from face masks to fitness, all the way to down to cozy slippers.

All of them are adorable and adorable…and it all comes together to make one happy chickadee! Come check out some Christmas cheer babes..

And don’t forget to share, so your loved ones know exactly what you wish for!

The Ultimate Ladies Christmas List

ban.do Glitter Bomb Pink Stardust Water Bottle

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ban.do Women’s BFF Deluxe Hot Stuff Thermal Mug

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Soft Stretch Cable Knit Ribbed Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie Hat

Kate Spade New York Lunch Tote – Deco Dots (Out To Lunch) & Tumbler With Straw

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Forever 21 Slipper Socks

Winter CC Faux Fur Furry Crossbody Shoulder Handbag Wristlet Clutch Purse

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TonyMoly I’m Real sheet mask (Set of 09)

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Tone It Up: 28 Days to Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous

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Knit Winter Infinity Scarf for Women Fashion Thick Warm Circle Loop Scarves Beige

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VS Pajama Set w/free slippers

H&M Loose Knit Sweater

H&M Triple Stand Necklace

Happy Holiday Hunting! Stay tuned for the The Gentlemen’s Guide..with a very special appearance!

3 Healthy Smoothies to Love This Summer…

I have been back on the smoothie train lately. There is something so refreshing about a post workout smoothie or a smoothie first thing in the morning to get things going. It can help curb cravings, help build muscle and be a great way to get nutrients. Not to mention, all the wonderful effects is have on your hair & skin!

So here are some great recipes to get your Summer mood roaring & ready Babes!!! 


1. “Cool As A Cucumber”

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple 
  • 1/4 cucumber 
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 mango 
  • 1 cup kale 
  • 4 mint leaves 

Add ice, blend & enjoy! This one is so refreshing and just has me excited to be sitting poolside on a hot day. Makes about two smoothies. *This can also double as a fresh, cookout cocktail with a little clear rum!

2. The Funky Banana”


Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana 
  • 2 tbsp nut butter (be mindful of ingredients)
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk 
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

This is my go to dessert drink! It’s creamy & the perfect substitute for a milkshake. I feel so satisfied after having this. 

My sweet tooth is cured and definitely helps with my snack attacks. It’s also great for breakfast! Or an afternoon pick me up. * Add vanilla or chocolate protein powder for an even more filling smoothie

This works as a good meal replacement in the morning or for when you’re just drained from dieting! I like this to get healthy fats when I’m feeling low!



3. “The Miracle Worker”


Ingredients:

  • 1tsp Spirulina
  • 1/4 dragon fruit 
  • 1 cup pineapple 
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 cup frozen acai+guarana
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes, fresh or packaged 
  • 1 cup kale

I was inspired to make this during my new fitness challenge I am trying! The Tone It Up Bikini Series is no joke and I’m loving it! Head to ToneItUp.com if you want to join.

This smoothie is on the more exotic side but it so yummy!!! I was worn out after a week of clean eating & working hard to build strength. I really needed some energy! So I came up with this superstar smoothie! 


 I got all the ingredients at a local grocery store, so don’t shy away from this one. Spirulina is amazing for you & has fantastic benefits for energy. This drink perked me right up and had me feeling great. 

I found some of the ingredients in the frozen fruit section but the fresh, juicy dragon fruit was amazing. I also used the fresh coconut flakes I had on hand from another recipe I am working on.

*You can always add ice to any of these smoothies…especially if using fresh ingredients instead of frozen, so it’s nice and cold!

*Protien powder is important in smoothies if using as meal replacement or to replenish energy! I use vanilla in any of these smoothies if I need that boost. 

I hope you all enjoy! I will keep cooking up some fresh concoctions for you Loves! So stay tuned for more! Xoxo 


The Best Beauty Buys under $10…

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I have rounded things up that I always keep around and some of the best beauty dupes out there!!!!! All of these things come together for a quick 5 minute foul proof makeup routine to wear regularly. These are some of the best products out there that you can get anywhere for under $10…brace yourself…

 

For The Face…

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  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation & Powder – in Buff/Nude Beige shown here..the look is flawless and lasts quite some time…definitely lives up to the name..$4.99 a piece 
  • E.L.F. Cover Everything Concealer- absolutely love for a little light contouring and hiding the dark spots and circles…and its $2.00!!!
  • E.L.F Mineral Face Primer/Makeup Mist Set & Brushes- I am a huge fan of e.l.f…clearly…I keep these two products on hand always for a clean fresh look. I keep a few of these extra brushes in the car even for those busy days where I’m literally running out the door with concealer in a hurry!       



For the Eyes...    

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  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara- one of the best new mascaras on the market!! I’m a full fan indeed…price varies $5.99-$8.99
  • Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow- I love these color combinations put together…shown here in Chai Latte…lasts for hours when used with primer..very shimmery solid colors..beautiful on….$4.99!!!
  • E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit & Eyeshadow Brushes- this eyebrow kit is one of the best products out there. Goes on great and perfect for a quick eyebrow fix….$3.00 y’all! The brushes are cheap and do the job wonderfully.
  • E.L.F. Eye Refresh-  I use this right before applying makeup to liven up the tender under eye area and help with puffy circles…looooove!!! $3.00!!


For the Lips & Cheeks…

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  • Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor- my favorite matte lip product out there..shown here in Rogue…cost $8.99…rich creamy color with perfect matte finish… I keep one of these in my diaper bag at all times…perfect finish to any look.
  • NYX Simlpy Red Lip Cream- shown here in Knock Out… I love these lip pencils. I prefer this shade for a dramatic sexier look. Matte finish and very rich color…$6.50
  • Covergirl Cheekers- literally have kept these around since my first experience with makeup in the younger years..shown here in Snow Plum!! Love this little thing..perfect shimmery look….$2.99-$4.99
  • E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip- ok..I talk about this a lot..I have one in the Jeep..one in the diaper bag…the purse…you feel me…its glorious with a cost like $1-2!!! I use every where for a glow or even on eyes for a quick pick me up…



So there you have it…all these things are in my bag and some of my absolute favorite/worth it steals & dupes. I’ve compared to some of the pricier counterparts and find these products hold up majorly. Use it all together for a beautiful flawless glow that comes together in a matter of minutes. Perfect for any occasion. So try it out if you haven’t and find your favorites!!!!