Happy Friday sweet friends! These summer weeks are just going by, aren't they!? Before we move on to my Friday Favorites, I wanted to thank you all so much for all of the love, support and encouragement I received on Wednesday. Making a huge career change like that is no joke, but it's something that I've prayed about and wanted for a long time now. And I don't see anything wrong with having multiple careers! In case you missed it, you can read about my life changes and NEW blogging schedule, here! Now, let's get on with my weekly favorites!
Favorite Planner | You all know I have a slight planner addiction...so when I first saw that MAMBI was releasing a BIG version of their already amazing planners, I was ALL over it! I purchased mine a few weeks ago and I have been itching to start decorating it. And the time has finally arrived...I started planning next week and I'm already in love with it! If you are looking for a planner, I highly recommend checking out the MAMBI line, they are super affordable and they have so many cute designs. PS - If you shop at Michael's, you can use a 40% off coupon on it and get it even cheaper!
Favorite Purchase | I stopped by CVS on Monday to pick up a few things and of course, I had to hit the makeup aisles. They didn't have any makeup that intrigued me, but I did pick up 2 polishes from Wet N Wild's new nail polish line...1 Step Wonder Gel in the shades Stay Classy and Pale In Comparison. I am obsessed with white nail polish during the summer so Pale In Comparison has been on my nails all week...and no chipping! #win
Favorite Post | If you are in the market for a one-piece swimsuit...heck, even if you aren't, you HAVE to check out my sweet friend, Dana's post! She rounded up 32 one-piece swimsuits that are lust-worthy! Stop by Dana's blog and show her some love, let her know I sent ya, she's a doll and has the absolute cutest baby boy!
Favorite Sweet Treat | I have the biggest sweet tooth EVER, but it does not mix well with my healthy eating right now. BUT, I found this recipe online for Skinny Strawberry-Banana Bread...uhm, YES, please! It's SO good, gluten-free and guilt free! Haha!
Favorite Newsletter | I'm fairly new to newsletters, but in the few short weeks I've already subscribed to at least 10! Hey...I like to support my fellow bloggers and I like to stay in the loop. One of my newest subscriptions is theSkimm and I LOVE it! It basically gives you the latest in news along with a few extras. Definitely worth checking out!
And that about wraps it up my friends! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back NEXT week with a new posting schedule! Big hugs to you all!
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You've probably noticed that I've been a little inconsistent with my blogging and videos these last two weeks...well, at least I hope you have. ;) It's not due to lack of motivation or ideas, I actually have TONS of ideas and SO much motivation! It's due to lack of time...
Which may sound rather odd, since I'm out of work for the Summer, I should have time to spare right? Well, I don't and I absolutely hate it. But you may remember THIS post, where I mentioned I was thinking about my future a lot. Well, I've made some changes...good changes!
First, I want to mention that our dietlifestyle change, is going well. We aren't perfect so we do have our cheat days, but for the most part we stick to it during the week and on weekends we don't deprive ourselves but we also don't over-do it either, we limit ourselves. It may not be the best way to do things, but it's working for us. We are trying our best to get healthy!
Secondly, one of the biggest changes I've made that has affected my blog is that I decided to go back to school to become a Real Estate Agent! Whaaaat!?! Total opposite from what I currently do (I'm a nurse) but it's something that I have always wanted to do and after much prayer, we decided the time was now. So a LOT of my spare time is going toward school, so unfortunately I have less time for my hobby passion, right now.
So with that said, there will no longer be a new blog post Monday thru Friday. It's just very difficult to post every single day and keep up with school, commenting, emails, housework, etc. I have decided to only post 3 times a week now -- 2 new blog posts and 1 new video a week. I also think that with posting less content a week, I will be able to post BETTER quality content. I love to blog and some of my posts take hours, sometimes days to put together! (Seriously, I'm not exaggerating! THIS post took a week, and THIS post took a couple of days, and THIS post took a few hours!) I don't like posting bad quality pictures, I hate when I don't provide useful links, -- I like to give you guys my best work. So I will be taking one day a week to work on JUST blog work...less posts, means more time to better my work.
For now, I don't plan on leaving my current job...I love it. But I also don't have all of the details set in stone yet, once I start practicing and get my feet on the ground and established in a company, perhaps then I'll decided to leave the medical field and pursue real estate and blogging full time. But we'll see what happens when the day comes.
The last thing I wanted to do was take a long hiatus and just quit blogging. I love this so much and eventually would love to make this my full-time job -- okay, so maybe I daydream a bit too much. :)
I hope that makes sense to you all! I had a full week of content to get up this week, but school has been crazy, we went of out town for Father's Day weekend, my grandmother stayed a couple of days with us, and on top of all that, I fell the other day and injured my knee and ankle pretty bad, nothing serious thankfully -- which is so annoying because I haven't been able to work out this week.
My new schedule will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday's. I don't think I will be back tomorrow with a new post, but I'll try to get one last Friday Favorites post up -- I won't be doing that many Friday Favorites since I want to change things up and keep things fresh, new and exciting!
If you've made it until the end, THANK YOU and if you are still hanging around, although I've been very sporadic, a BIGGER THANK YOU! I promise next week and the weeks after that, I will be more consistent and you can expect something new on Beauty With Lily, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I wish I could give you all a huge hug and personally thank you -- you have all been so supportive and loving, I truly appreciate it.
That's it for now friends, I ask that you please say a little prayer for me -- so that I don't go insane and so that I ACE real estate school!
Happy Friday, friends! I haven't done a Friday Favorites in a while, so I figured it was about time I share a few of my lifestyle favorites!
Favorite Pin | So you all know I've been trying to eat better and exercise, well I had a bad few days so last weekend I got on Pinterest in hopes to find good, easy healthy meals. I happened to stumble into this one and decided to give it a try. We started on Day 1 and things have been going well. I'm not sure if I'll continue after this week, or go another route...we'll see.
Favorite Smoothie | So I've only had this smoothie once and it was SO yummy and refreshing! I didn't have plain yogurt, I used Greek yogurt that has a slight honey flavor to it and it tasted really good!
Favorite Quote | You know I am all about sharing inspirational and motivational quotes!
Favorite Look | These wide leg jeans are giving me life! Don't you guys with that everything we pinned would just automatically show up in your closet? I need a second job to keep up with all of the newest trends!
Favorite Product | About a month ago I purchased an essential oil diffuser and recently started using it regularly! I had no idea what brand to go with, so I just got on Amazon and purchased one. It's such a good diffuser, I LOVE it! And it was super affordable too. A tip if you are looking to buy essential oils...I purchased mine from HomeGoods! I bought a set of 4 and love them. Once I run out, I will be purchasing a set on Amazon that has great reviews. I love using the diffuser at night with a couple of drops of lavender essential oil...so soothing!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for stopping by today, reading your comments just make my day! xo
A couple of years ago, The Perfect Palette Tag began trending on YouTube and all over the blog world. For some odd reason, I never did it. So with the new release of The Perfect Palette Tag 2, I thought I would share what would make MY perfect palette, by doing the first tag.
With Summer right around the corner, I wanted to talk Summer fashion. I recently shared a Spring Outfit Ideas post and Spring Accessories Under $50 post, which can all easily transition into Summer. So I wanted to talk shoes today! Who doesn't LOVE shoes?
Wedges scream summertime to me, so I gathered a few of my favorite style of wedges for the hot upcoming months. Also, you probably know by now that I like to share affordable products with you guys, so ALL of these wedges (okay, with the exception of 1 pair) are UNDER $100! Let's get into the shoes!
2. If you're looking for inexpensive lace-up espadrille wedges, the Sole Society 'Sena' Espadrille Wedges are for you! They have the cutest rope detail and can easily go from day to night.
3. Strappy leather wedges are pretty much a must, they go with just about everything. The Hinge 'Neta' Wedges are perfect and a gorgeous cognac color!
4. You can't go wrong with a fun, bright pair of wedges either. My mom LOVES MK Wedges, says they are so comfortable and always gets compliments on them. I personally don't own any because they are taller than what I prefer...but the Michael Kors 'Damita' Wedges in Fuchsia are just too pretty! Can these be made about 2 inches shorter, please?!
5. Another pair of inexpensive lace-up wedges, BCBGeneration 'Vanda' Lace-Up Wedges are so darn cute and I love the tassel detail at the end of the laces...talk about being on trend!
7. Did you think I was going to forget a boho-esque fringe pair? Well I didn't, the Carlos Santana 'Sandy' Lace Up Wedges are such a great pair for a fun night out! They can instantly give any outfit a boho look, and they also come in nude & black!
8. These H&M Wedges are such a classic wedge that can go with any outfit AND the best part...they are under $20! And also come in nude!!
Hi there friends! One of my favorite videos to watch are "get ready with me" videos. I'm not sure why, but I LOVE them. So the other day I sat down to film one, and realized I had a few products that I had not used, so BING! (Light bulb went off) And I filmed a GRWM but I'm trying a few new products!
Let me start off by saying that you DON'T have to spend any money to have a blog that you are happy with and is successful. But, if you want to take it to the next level and one day monetize your blog, then eventually you'll have to put a little money into your blog.
I've rounded up 5 INEXPENSIVE blog investments that are worth every penny and will help grow your blog in the long run!
One of the first investments I made toward my blog, was purchasing my domain name. When I purchased my name, I didn't know if I would eventually want to monetize or not, but it was such an inexpensive purchase that I was okay with spending the money. It was a very simple and easy process, I used GoDaddy and did not have any issues. This one change may not seem like much, but it gives a more professional vibe.
I'll be honest, I don't have a fancy editing software, like Photoshop. It's something that I'm not looking to invest in quite yet. One reason being, I would have NO idea how to use it and I don't want to spend hours trying to learn. I decided to upgrade from regular PicMonkey, to the PicMonkey Royale Program. It has so many more features, over 1,000 extra overlays, premium fonts, and no ads...making the editing process faster! I went with the annual membership...$33 a year...seriously a steal!
Rebranding and buying a new template was a seriously a huge improvement for my blog. I immediately noticed more traffic and an increase in followers too. I purchased my template on Etsy from Lovely Paris Designs. Maria is the absolute BEST! She was extremely helpful, still is to this day, and has such beautiful work. You can find really inexpensive templates and she will work with you to switch a few things up too. She is so incredibly sweet, she is giving my readers a discount code, LILY10. So if you're in the market for a new template or social icons/headers, definitely check out her Etsy page...you will fall in love with her work -- just going thru her page makes me want to revamp my site again! LOL!
Before getting serious about blogging, I had no idea that there were hundreds of blogging courses being offered! And to be honest, I don't have the time, nor the money to spend on a course that I may or may not like. So when I was introduced to Blog Boss Babe, I immediately knew it was perfect for me. It's a monthly membership and you get SO much interaction with the mentors...it's amazing! Last month we had our first blog challenge and guess what...I was runner up! I was thrilled when Helene emailed me and said she was in love with my work and had given me second place! Blog Boss Babe has been one of the best investments I've made toward my blog.
It may sound a little silly to PAY to advertise your work, but it's worth it! If you have a Facebook Page for your blog, then you have probably seen notifications about "sponsoring" one of your most popular posts. I've done it a couple of times and have seen a HUGE increase in traffic to my blog and to my Facebook Page as well. You can also do the same thing on Pinterest, which will help drive EVEN MORE traffic and audience to your blog.
Don't forget to pin this & share with your friends!
And don't forget to use the code: LILY10 to save you some money if you shop on Lovely Paris Designs!
I've said it time and time again, Ulta has the BEST rewards system EVER! Especially once you reach Platinum Status, as a Platinum we got the chance to purchase the Lorac Pro 3 Palette before it hits the shelves AND before it's available online for everyone else!
The Lorac Pro 3 Palette will be available online on June 12th and it will be in stores on June 26th...at least for Ulta. It costs $44 and it includes a Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer (which is not a bad primer.)
Now, I received this palette a few days ago, but I was out of town and just now have the chance to get swatches up for you. I wanted to do a full review before it released online but I think it's pretty much impossible. So I will give you my first impressions instead.
For the most part, all of the shadows are equally as good as the other 2 Lorac Pro palettes, with the exception of one shade...Medallion. It has chunky glitters throughout and it was hard to swatch. No telling how it will work on the eyes, or if it will work better wet. But for now my first impression of it is not so good.
Like I mentioned, all of the other shadows are super creamy and live up to the Lorac Pro shadow quality. If you own any of the other Lorac Pro palettes, you are probably aware of the creaminess and fallout of these shadows. Some don't mind that, while others can't stand it. Personally, I don't mind it, as I'm used to tapping off the excess from my brushes before applying anyway. At a glance, there are a couple of shades that look similar to the other palettes, but they differ in tone, so none of the shadows are identical to the previous palettes.
So far, I like this palette! I can't say too much because I have yet to use it, but the colors are beautiful and muted, perfect for everyday looks, but you can also easily create smokey, dramatic eye looks.
I love the other 2 pro palettes so much, so I can see myself loving this one just as much!
Will you be purchasing this palette?
Don't forget to pin this & share with your friends!
When I was a teenager I rarely had breakouts, I had pretty good skin and I loved it. But boy, am I paying for it now! My skin has been going haywire lately, and it doesn't help that a bronzer I used caused an even worse breakout around my cheeks. But acne isn't my only problem, I also have textured skin. I don't know how to describe it...it isn't acne and it's not dry patches either...it just feels textured.
I exfoliate two to three times a week and nothing seemed to help...nothing! Until I tried the Pixi Glow Tonic Toner! I'll admit, I went into it thinking this wasn't going to do anything and it was just an overpriced, overrated product. Boy, this toner proved me WRONG!
Pixi's Glow Tonic Toner has 5% Glycolic Acid -- what is glycolic acid? Well, it's a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane, it's part of the AHA's (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) molecules. Glycolic Acid is an exoliator, it removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, bringing fresh, new skin to the surface. This also helps brighten this skin by helping diminish the pigmentation of age spots and helps with acne prone skin. You can read more about glycolic acid and it's benefits, here!
5% is a small amount, most dermatologists office provide in-office peels that have 30-40% glycolic acid. Which are quick and obviously more effective. But we don't all have the luxury of going to get peels every so often.
Now, I'm on skincare expert, but I've seen such an improvement in my skin! I've been using this toner for a month now and I can tell you guys that the texture on my skin is now gone. I am getting over the horrible breakout caused by the bronzer, but before that, my skin looked so fresh and healthy! I wish I had before and after pictures, but like I said, I didn't think this was going to do anything to my skin.
This is a product that I think everyone should try, or at least find a product that contains glycolic acid and incorporate it to your skincare regimen.
Have you tried the Pixi Glow Tonic Toner? What are you favorite skincare products?