Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Eyebrows For Beginners + My Routine

I mentioned in Monday's post that I would be sharing my full brow routine today, so here I am talking brows! Just a little disclaimer...I am NOT a brow expert, nor a brow stylist. I'm just here sharing a few tips and tricks on what has worked for me. 

Very recently I have been embracing a more natural look, I have been skipping my brow routine and instead came up with something that is much easier and quicker. Which has been great now that I'm back at work. But for now, I have this routine up. If you would like to see my more natural routine, let me know! 

PS - Don't forget to check out the description box of the video, there is always a TON of extra info there. Hope you all have a wonderful day! xo 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

My Go-To "No Fuss" Makeup Products

Over my summer break I rarely wore makeup and it was so refreshing. But there were days when I wanted to look put together and still feel refreshed. In other words, I didn't want to pile on foundation and all that jazz in the 100+ degree weather. So I found a few great alternatives and that's what I'm going to share with you guys today. 


These products are perfect for natural or "no makeup" makeup days, they are also my go-to when I have hit the snooze button one too many times and don't have time for a full face of makeup. I'm sure you've all been there! 

It Cosmetics CC Cream 
  • Not only is this CC cream basically the best invention EVER, it's also good for you! It has SPF 50, an anti-aging serum -- packed with peptides, vitamins and anti-oxidants! I first tried using this with a Beauty Blender, but it gave me sheer coverage...so I used the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush to apply it and got medium coverage. Since I'm used to wearing FULL coverage foundations, I can't really agree with the claims that this is full coverage. However, for a CC cream...it definitely has more coverage than most. I am in the shade Light, and it seems to match me really well. 
  • When I first tried this concealer I wasn't the biggest fan...but I have since changed my mind. This works so well along the CC cream, it has good enough coverage to conceal the dark circles or blemishes without looking or feeling cakey. 
  • I've talked about this product like crazy recently, it's THAT good! Especially when I don't want to fuss with my full brow routine (which will be up on Wednesday!) It now comes in 3 shades, I use the shade Browny Brows and the best part -- it's ONLY $2.99 and a great alternative to Benefit's Gimme Brows! Benefit recently re-packaged their entire brow line-up and I'm not entirely sure if they re-formulated Gimme Brows...but I have tried BGB (the old packaging) and think they are pretty much the same thing. 



That wraps up my round up of go-to "natural" products. I will have a "No Makeup" Makeup video up soon so you can see all of these products, along with a few of my other favorites, in action. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you found it helpful, click here to tweet and share with your friends. Don't forget to come back on Wednesday for my full brow routine, alone with tips and tricks on how to groom and fill in your brows. Until then, beauties! 


What are some of your favorite "no fuss" makeup products? 


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Friday, August 19, 2016

Currently

I've been blogging for 3 years now and I've never done a "currently" post here! So today's the day for one! I hope you all have a wonderful Friday! 


Feeling // TIRED and ready for the weekend! You guys, this first full week back to work has kicked my butt! Over the summer there were new laws passed on vaccinations so things have been insane, along with Open House, and paper work...I'm ready for a cocktail and a good YouTube binge! 

Wearing // The heck out of It Cosmetics CC Cream! I was a bit hesitant to try it, but it has surprised me! I will have a more in depth post or on it soon. 

Eating // Like crap! Thankfully we haven't been eating out, but we haven't been eating healthy either, except last night we had mashed 'cauli-tatoes' and my husband had no idea they weren't potatoes! #win 

Watching // the Olympics! You guys, I've never been into watching the Olympics, but this year for some reason my husband and I have been watching then nonstop. We haven't even watched any of our regular shows because were busy cheering on the US! 

Enjoying // going to bed at a decent time. Albeit, I have to take some over-the-counter medicine to help me sleep, but I wake up feeling so refreshed in the mornings. (I have terrible insomnia and it worsens during my summer break.)

Wanting // to start meal prepping but just the thought of it overwhelms me a bit. I might wait and give it a try once the business of coming back to work dies down. 

Annoyed // at my cellphone! It's been acting up like crazy...and I'm hoping it can hold on until the new iPhone comes out! 

Dreading // the pile of paperwork that's waiting for me at work...seriously guys, it's a HUGE stack! 

Loving // that football is finally back on! I can't wait for some college football games! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 


What have you currently been up to? 


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Playing With Color

Most of us are probably ready for Fall...I know I am, but we still have some time left before it officially arrives. This year I really wanted to play around more with different eyeshadow colors -- I usually just stick to neutrals and basic browns or mauves. So in this (super short) video, I created a pink & purple eye look. 


Still not as colorful as I would like to eventually go, but it's just outside of my comfort zone, so it's a start! This look is fairly simple and it's great for a fun summer night! I hope you enjoy this look and thank you SO much for stopping by! 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Online Dermatologist? | YoDerm*

I had NO idea there was such a thing as online dermatologists? Did you guys know, have I been living under a rock? Well in case you don't know...I was recently contacted by YoDerm, a place online where you can have a consultation with a dermatologist! 

I don't know about you guys, but if I can have one less doctor's appointment to have to actually go to, I'm all for it. Since we deal with infertility, we see TONS of doctors and having to worry about going to another doctor just isn't very practical for me at the moment. 


The consultation at YoDerm is very simple, you fill out a few forms with general information along with skin concerns and you can even upload pictures of your face showing the areas of concern. Then a certified dermatologist reviews your information and contacts you within 24 hours. My dermatologist was Dr. Beckham, or Dr. B as he likes to be called. 



He reviewed my info and withing LESS than 24 hours I had an email from him with a treatment plan for my skin, and he had already faxed the information to my pharmacy! You guys...they are FAST! 



I had a few questions for Dr. B about my treatment plan and his response was very quick. I ended up not going with his treatment plan because we have decided to possibly pay our infertility doctor a visit soon, and Dr. B said it would be best if I didn't take the medication he prescribed. I loved his honesty and he did direct me to some over the counter products I could try. 

Although, I didn't end up going with Dr. B's plan, I was very happy with the overall service. Everything is very professional, quick, and the customer service is also amazing. 

If you are looking to pay a dermatologist a visit soon about some skin concerns and you are open to trying out an online service, YoDerm is definitely a place I would recommend. 

What are some of your skin concerns? And what are you doing to help treat them? 
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Tried & True Products

I always share my monthly, and sometimes weekly favorites...but I realized that I have never shared what my most repurchased products are?! That's how you truly know that a product is your absolute must-have...possibly a holy-grail! 



Foundation - L'Oreal Infalliable Pro Matte Foundation 

I've tried MANY foundations...and this is the only one that has been purchased more than two times! I also love the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation but since I don't wear that every single day, I don't run out of it often. Now, the L'Oreal foundation is amazing...great buildable coverage with a matte finish. Perfect for my oily skin!


Concealer - MAC ProLongwear Concealer 

Literally THE best concealer for my raccoon eyes! I have tried a ton of concealers and they just don't cut it. I've heard that the new Tarte Shape Tape Concealer is amazing, so I'm looking forward to trying it out. 


Powder - NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat 

I used to not be picky about powders, but overtime I've tried different types of powders and I know what my skin likes and doesn't like. This is considered a powder foundation, but I like to use it as a setting powder, since I'm so oily. Super creamy and smooth, and I love that it doesn't look cakey! 


Mascara - Pacifica Dream Big 

I am not a fan of trying new mascaras...I am not sure why, but I like to stick to what I love. But this year one of my goals was to branch out and try different brands. So when Pacifica sent me this, I was less than thrilled. This mascara is WONDERFUL! I am absolutely obsessed and already have 2 backups! 


Lip Balm - First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy 

I love me a good lip balm...I go through them like crazy! And one that has my heart is the First Aid Beauty balm. Amazing for super dry lips...honestly a lifesaver! My lips peel because they are so dry...this has helped tremendously. FAB, can you please come out with tinted balms? #TYSM 


Moisturizer - St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Moisturizer 

I first purchased this after seeing it ALL over Pinterest several years ago. I liked it but I wasn't sold on it, so over the years I tried different moisturizers but I always come back to the St. Ives Timeless Skin moisturizer. It's lightweight but hydrates my skin so well, without feeling tacky. The ONLY problem I have with this...is that I can ONLY find it at Walmart, I HATE Walmart! 




What are some of your absolute must-always-have products?



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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

July PopSugar Must Have Box

Happy Hump-Day friends! How is it that the days go by faster and FASTER! Today I will be at an all day simulation lab event for nurses, so I will not be able to get blog reading done until much later in the day...AND I go back to work TOMORROW! You guys...how FAST did these last 3'ish months go by! It feels like just yesterday I was over the moon about being off for Summer and now I'm going back! 


The first month or so is ROUGH! I suffer from insomnia so during the Summer months my schedule gets SO out of whack and it's so hard getting back into a normal sleeping routine...heck it's hard getting back into a routine in general. 

Okay, enough about me...today I'm sharing the goodies I received in the July PopSugar Must Have Box! If you haven't heard of this box, it's a well rounded lifestyle box that includes beauty, fashion, home, food and sometimes fitness related products. You can find much more info and get your own box by clicking HERE! Oh before I forget...use the code SHOP5 to save some cash! PS - It NEVER expires! ;) 

Click here to see what other goodies were in the box!


* POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try but ALL opinions are my own and 100% honest.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Day In My Life | Summer

Call me nosey, but I LOVE reading these types of posts! So I thought it was fitting to do one. This is a somewhat usual summer day for me. I say summer day, because I'm off during the majority of the summer months, once I go back to work...my days change a LOT! I hope you enjoy this and I hope you have a wonderful day! 
--PS -- Some of these pictures are NOT the best quality because I was home alone and didn't any help, so my little iPhone had to do. But at least I'm showing you the real deal...nothing is staged. LOL! 


This particular day that I decided to share with you all, was pretty much taken up with blogging and filming. I like to film 3-4 videos at a time and afterwards I like to work on the following week's blog posts. It's a great way to help me stay ahead and also free's up the rest of the week for my online classes. 

This morning I was woken at 8:45 by my sweet pup! My husband goes off to work before 6 o'clock in the morning, so after I send him off, I take Charlie out and he goes to bed with me. He LOVES summertime because he get's extra time with momma! LOL! And he's the sweetest alarm too. So up we go to feed him and let him out again...I usually let him run around the yard while I water my plants and drink some coffee. 


After breakfast and after my usual phone call to my mom, it's time to get ready to film...I'll wash my face (I shower at night) and fix my hair. Getting ready and setting up my lights takes SO long! Little Charlie is SO good (most of the time) and naps while I film...which gives him EXTRA energy for later on in the day. 


After about 3-4 hours I'm finished filming and it's time to have lunch...while I have some lunch, Charlie usually munches on a bone or he'll have a snack. I also like to take a little break and catch up on social media. So I'll get comfy on the recliner and pull out my iPad...which by the way, has the CUTEST skin! Marble and gold give me life...so when I saw this on CaseApp's site, I knew I had to have it! They have such trendy custom iPhone cases and skins! I decided not to customize mine, because I like it just like this. And in case you didn't see my phone case over on Instagram, I have an even cuter case on it...pink, gold AND marble! Also from CaseApp! 


Just so happens that I have a coupon code in case you want to be twins and get the super cute phone case or skin as well...or maybe you want to customize your own! Use code: BEAUTYWITHLILY20 for $$ off until the 17th of August! 

Okay, back to my day...after catching up on social media, I settle at my desk and start working on either editing, blogging, or anything related to the blog. I work at my desk for about an hour or so and then I get my gear out again to start taking pictures. Just like my videos and posts....I like to get them all done in advance. 

My husband made it home earlier than usual on this day, so he picked up dinner on his way in, so I didn't have to cook. Normally, I cook 5-6 days a week...we try not to eat out too much. 

After dinner, it was time to shower, relax and paint my nails. I usually end the night by watching a few YouTube videos or catching up on my DVR shows. 

My summer days vary by day though, some days I'm at my computer ALL day working on my online class work. While other days I go out, run errands and do a little bit of shopping. This day just happened to be full of fun work. Haha! 

I'll be going back to work soon and my days will be NOTHING like this...it's definitely an adjustment...and the first couple of weeks are rough. But, if you would like to see what a typical day looks like for me once I start working...let me know! 

I hope I didn't bore you too much and you stuck this post out! Don't forget about the CaseApp discount code --> BEAUTYWITHLILY20 <-- I've gotten so many compliments on my case and several people mentioned they were going to be ordering one soon...it's just too cute! 



*This post was sponsored by CaseApp


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Friday, August 5, 2016

July 2016 Favorites

You guys, it's been a week since I last blogged...I can't remember the last time I went this long without posting ANYTHING up. After we got back into town on Monday after our getaway, it hit me that work was 2 weeks away and all I wanted to do was RELAX! With my online classes, blogging, YouTube and life...I really didn't have a chance to just relax all summer, so the week off was much needed. Initially, I was going to return on Monday, but I couldn't wait THAT long! 


Today, I have my July favorites to share with you all! I hope you enjoy this quick video and don't forget to enter the giveaway below, today is the LAST day! 


Click here to see what I LOVED during July!



I hope you all have a lovely weekend!


PS - Enter for a chance to win the same whitening system I use to whiten my teeth, click here to see my results and enter! Good luck!


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