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!!

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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.

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10 Best Summer Style Pieces To Own

As I write, I can hear the birds chirping just outside my bedroom window…could it be that time of year again?! Could it finally, dare I say it, be warmer?!!

All I know is that I am beyond ready to get outside. I do not even mind Winter actually, but this one was brutal and will not end. Sickness and snow for days, weeks, months and years! OK, it felt like years anyway…

But those little birdies (and my latest shopping excursion) has me so ready to live it up in the sunlight. And here are my favorite finds for you baby…get out the sweet tea and lemonade because things are about to get hot up in here…

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1. The One Piece

A great print on a one piece is fun for sporty days of swimming and looks amazing with a pair of cut-off jeans. This one is gorgeous and my new favorite.

2. The Sundress

You must always have a comfortable dress on hand for any event. I love one that can go over a bikini or be great for a night of deck drinking with the besties. Shop this beauty here..

3. The Everyday Sandal

Choose one really great sandal that goes with jeans, shorts, dresses or just a cover up. I love a good, snazzy sandal but my neutral ones always get worn the most.

4. The Denim Shorts

Always have a good distressed demin on hand for Summer. It is the essential Summer staple. Any shoe, bag, top will look great with it.

5. The Cross Body Bag

Straw bags are everything! And so are crossbody bags. You want to have your hands free for a margarita and cotton candy dont you?! This is my absolute favorite right now.

6. The Tops

I adore a retro prints in the Summer. And casual bright tops are something you can throw on quickly and feel great in. Here are some of the best tops to rock over and over again..

7. The Romper

These are the best, as I am sure you know. Whether you are too sunburnt to function or just want a carefree outfit, these are the way to go, yo. So casual and cute. They look lovely for a date night too.

8. The Cover Up

Ah…I love to throw a cover up on and hop in the Jeep and head straight to our fave local ice cream spot. This one is so freakin cute..

9. The Bikini

A simple bikini that you can actually mix and match with others all Summer is always a good addition. This one is so simple yet beautiful.

10. The Hat

Cover up that beachy hair in a hurry, if you must, with this little beauty. Plus it is always nice to give your face a little break from the sun from time to time. This one is cute for any occasion.

My Ultimate Style Icons: Audrey Hepburn & Brigitte Bardot

Some style just withstands the test of time. And while there are quite a few people who have gotten Style right, I definitely have my top favorites. I remember being borderline obsessed with classic style when I was younger. It started with my love of magazines. I would not only read the articles but I would observe the style in all the ads. Clothes just made me feel happy… you know that feeling!!

But I’ll never forget getting big stacks of magazines leftover from my mother and older sister. I read about all the best Seventeen had to offer. One day though, I came across a picture of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in one of the magazines. I had to know who the girl in the movie was! This glamorous woman in one of the most elegant outfits I had ever seen…

So of course after some digging, I found out she was none other than Audrey Hepburn. I would later come to love the movie and even book…but she was my style icon right then and there. Effortless yet elegant. Now I am thirty years old and still her style speaks to me and influences me. I hung that very picture I had seen in my first apartment and every apartment after that.

There is a twist to this love of dear Audrey though. Another time I saw a photo of yet another beautifully styled woman..and she stood out like a weed in a rose garden…but in a good way. She was just different. Her style wasn’t as simple as Audrey but that’s what made her awesome…So in came my Bridgitte Bardot obsession. I mean her hair alone is amazing!!!

And after all of these years of loving style, I am convinced that combining that 60s don’t-care hair and black eye liner with elegant pieces are the key to perfection. Well my happy perfection atleast 😉

Check out below for some style inspiration that we all need! All of the items are priced under $25!

If you’re doing some Spring cleaning or just want to go a little more minimal with your look then look no further… these Boss ladies knew what was up.

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Audrey Hepburn

Style & Grace. Period. Her timeless combinations of big sunnies and simple black on black ensembles will never grow old. The neutrality of it all was pulled off with the perfect makeup and accessories. She makes minimal look so chic. Being comfortable was always what set her apart. She believed happiness was the best look…and who isnt happy when they are cute and comfy?!

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Shop her style under $25 here:

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The Ultimate Minimalist Shoe Guide: Kristin Cavallari Edition +20% Deal Inside!

I love me some shoes. It is honestly hard to be a minimalist when it comes to shoes. I remember even in my young’n days, I would buy big,huge Spice Girl approved shoes. There just had to be options and heels. Now, I definitely care more about comfort than ever before though. That is why I bring you these lovely items below. There is quality, comfort and style.

And the trick to trying to keeping things minimal, without sacrificing style, is to buy the essentials for each occasion. Keep your colors mostly neutral and only buy your absolute favorites. For instance I love to have a few pumps in different colors and a few boots in different colors and so on.

You will need something for more elegant nights and you will need something for calmer days. So here is my absolute guide to all things shoes and the best part is some are on sale and designed by the wonderful Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry!

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1. GEORGIE SLOUCH BOOTIE

Bootie, Bootie, Bootie, Bootie walking everywhere…..that’s right. Everywhere. These bad boys are my absolute faves for anything. They are casual enough to run around in, so cute for a casual date night and the thicker heel will keep you balancing in heels baby.

2. SAFFRON OVER THE KNEE BOOT

Pretty woman..walking down the street. These boots are hot, hot ,hot. I mean literally. I live in the Midwest girlfriend. These sexy things keep you warm and smokin hot. Over the Knee boots are a closet must have for Winter time. Going out with these always make you feel put together too. I love to wear them with a chunky sweater.

3. COPERTINA POINTED TOE PUMP

A classic high heel is a must. I love this color because it will be cute with a neutral dress or jeans. Having a few heels that are versatile enough for any event is okay in my book. I really do try to keep things elegant but simple, so this is a great pump to have on hand for anything.

4. CAPRI MULE

Flats have my heart ya’ll. I wear a ton of blouses and I feel having a classy mule is a great alternative to tennis shoes if you need to dress it up a little more. They are so comfy and so cute! You can walk around the entire day with these and feel fantastic. These shoes are so elegantly chic. Pair these with a comfy sweater or basic top and you will be looking like the belle of the ball…the Target ball.

5. BREA SUEDE LACE-UP SANDAL

Summer summer summertime…time to sit back and untie… An awesome pair of shoes to go with anything all summer long. I prefer these to flip flops actually. Some cut off jean shorts and these beauties are going to be my go-to outfit this Summer. Effortlessly beautiful.

6. LILAC ANKLE STRAP SANDAL

You already know you need to have your Bradshaw moment from time to time. Go a little more glam with this heel. These and a fabulous clutch will make any LBD shine like diamonds. It is important to have that one shoe you can count on for suprise dates or to jazz up any dress.

7. LEEDS PEEP TOE ANKLE BOOTIE

Ok…I have a weakness for booties. I could just wear these all year long. Do have a shoe that is just too cute not to have. Hey we all deserve a treat. So even if you are a fan of downsizing…you can never go wrong with a shoe this beautiful or two….

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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!