Monday, January 23, 2017

Current Skincare Favorites

Why oh why, do weekends go by so darn fast? Can someone make 3 day weekends a permanent thing, please? Imagine how much more we could get done...how much happier we would be? Haha! All jokes aside, today I wanted to share a few skincare products that have been on repeat in my bathroom. These are all products that have clear my skin and also help in the anti-aging process...it's a win, win! So let's get into it! 

Acne Prone & Anti-Aging Skincare Products | beautywithlily.com


Highly recommend this cleanser if you battle with acne prone skin. It has helped me so much AND Ulta will have at 50% off next Thursday! You know I'll be stocking up! 


I was a huge fan of a Micheal Todd scrub but this quickly took it's place. Not only does it smell amazing, it works wonders on the skin AND it's under $10!! 


Another product with glycolic acid -- I prefer these over the actual liquid, they last so much longer. If you have textured skin, definitely give this product a try! 


As you can see glycolic acid has made it's way into my skincare regimen and I wouldn't change it -- my skin has been at it's best (knock on wood) since using all of these products. These pads are very similar to the Pixi pads BUT these also contain salicylic acid (helps combat acne and unclog pores) lactic acid (removes dead cells and toxins) and hyaluronic acid (helps improve skins hydration) -- they are packed with nothing but good for your skin!


This is a product targeted more for those with normal to dry skin, but I have really enjoyed this. I use this product at night -- it has 50% hyaluronic acid, which helps hydrate the skin, as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 


This mask is perfect for times when my skin is acting up -- it draws out impurities, absorbs oil and fights breakouts. The only downside -- it's a little difficult to wash off, but it's something I can deal with because it's so good! THIS kit has a mini mask, glow tonic and cleanser -- I definitely recommend it if you are looking to test this skincare line out, it's only $22! 


I've been using both the day and night time creams for a few weeks and I'm really liking both products together. They claim to firm and plump the appearance of skin around the bust and décolleté. I haven't been using these enough to say I've noticed a difference, but it's definitely a duo I see myself using for the long-run. Especially since I'm a side sleeper and well, let's be honest, I'm not getting any younger. 




Acne Prone & Anti-Aging Skincare Products | beautywithlily.com


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Valentine's Day Outfits | Under $100

I think by now most of you know that I like to 1.) always be prepared, 2.) find great deals, and 3.) help you guys out! So, I wanted to put together a few outfit ideas for Valentine's Day (really and truly for any occasion) that were UNDER $100! Yes, including shoes and accessories. When I first started my research, I though, "pshh, this is easy peasy!" WRONG! It was much harder than I anticipated but I'm glad to say that I was able to put together 4 outfits! 

I hope you find inspiration in these, or something you may want to #treatyoself to! 

Valentine's Day Outfit Under $100 // Casual Date Night Outfit  | beautywithlily.com


Sequins, leopard and pink all together -- why not!? This entire outfit would cost $97.26! PS --- The leopard shoes are under $20!! Run before they sell out!! 

Valentine's Day Outfit Under $100 // Flirty Date Night Outfit  | beautywithlily.com


Burgundy and blush look so flirty and feminine together -- and how pretty is that blouse! This entire outfit would cost $93.44!! 

Valentine's Day Outfit Under $100 // Fancy Date Night Outfit  | beautywithlily.com


Valentine's Day just isn't Valentine's Day without some red! This outfit would cost $103...just a bit over, oops! 

Valentine's Day Outfit Under $100 // Sexy Date Night Outfit  | beautywithlily.com


Perfect dress for a sexy date night and this entire outfit would cost $95.99! 


What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Any ideas on what you'll be wearing? 



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Distressed Denim & Lace

You guys, I've been blogging for the last 3 and a half years and have NEVER posted a fashion look that features me! After years of being so self-conscience about my body I finally feel comfortable enough to share an outfit post in my little corner of the internet. 

I'm still worried about trolls of course -- but whether or not I share myself entirely I know there will eventually be someone out there that has to be negative. And when that day comes, I hope I have enough strength to just delete the comment, forget about it and move one. 

I'm sure many of you are aware of the monthly box subscription craze -- I finally found a service that caters to curvy women -- Dia&Co

Plus Size Winter Outfit -- Distressed Denim & Lace | beautywithlily.com

Dia&Co is a body-positive styling service for women who wear sizes 14 and up. You get a Dia Box with five garments hand-picked by your stylist. The $20 styling fee will be applied to any purchase you make from your Box. Keep what you love, send back the rest. Shipping both ways is always free!


Plus Size Winter Outfit -- Distressed Denim & Lace | beautywithlily.com

I had 4 clothing pieces and an accessory in my box. Unfortunately you will only be seeing 2 of the pieces -- I accidentally deleted the pictures of the other clothing items and well, you guess it -- I didn't like how they looked on me so they were returned. 

Actually the entire box was returned. I really liked the fit of the jeans, but I already have a similar pair and the sweater was pricey in my opinion, $60 and it was made of very thin material. So it just wasn't worth it to me. 

Plus Size Winter Outfit -- Distressed Denim & Lace | beautywithlily.com

I don't know how fashion bloggers do it, to be honest. We took SO many pictures and out all of them only these few made the cut. I am still not very comfortable in front of the camera, as you can probably tell. I don't know how often I'll post outfit posts, but definitely let me know if it's something you would like to see more of. 


Have you tried any clothing subscription services? 



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Monday, January 16, 2017

Concealer Tips & Tricks

Back in December I did an end of year survey to get some insight on what you guys liked reading, what you needed help on, etc. (Thank you for those that participated and Lindsay I hope you enjoyed your Starbucks gift card!) I was glad to see from the responses that most of you love beauty related posts AND a few of you wanting to know more about color correcting. So I decided to bring you guys a 2 in 1 post today -- color correcting 101 along with some concealer tips and tricks. Let's jump in! 

All About Color Correcting & Concealing -- Concealer Tips & Tricks | beautywithlily.com


Moisturize 

Before we ever begin applying any makeup it's best to moisturize, the same goes for the under eye area. Find a good hydrating eye cream -- some of my recommendations -- > hydrating and has a tint of pink to help with darkness or this one that has a neat applicator and also very hydrating


Color Correct 

In order to be able to concealer imperfections without having to cake on the concealer, you should begin by color correcting. There are several different shades used to cancel out certain colors, you can see that in the image below. 

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All About Color Correcting & Concealing -- Concealer Tips & Tricks | beautywithlily.com


All About Color Correcting & Concealing -- Concealer Tips & Tricks | beautywithlily.com

Conceal 

Now that we've covered color correcting, we can begin concealing. If you want to brighten your under eye area -- it's best to go for a concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin color -- this method is used most when contouring and highlighting. When concealing blemishes or imperfections elsewhere, going for a concealer that is the same color and tone as your skin will be the best option. 

When applying concealer on your under eye area -- apply from the inner corner of your eye, to the end of your nose and back in an upward angle to the outer eye area. 

All About Color Correcting & Concealing -- Concealer Tips & Tricks | beautywithlily.com

Some of my favorite under eye concealers -- > full coverage and almost NO creasing, good coverage but very fragrant, super affordable and great coverage

Just a few tips and tricks on the basics of correcting and concealing. I hope this was helpful or for those that already have this down, I hope you found some new products to try based on my recommendations. 

What is your favorite concealer? Let's chat below!


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | For Your Bestie

You may think it may be a little to early to be thinking about Valentine's Day, but let's be honest...it's going to get here before we know it. I loved the feedback from all of my holiday gift guides, so why not share a few more for Valentine's Day. 

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Your Best Friend -- Under $25 | beautywithlily.com


I'm sure that when everyone thinks of Valentine's Day, they think of love, significant others and such -- but I think a lot of people overlook the fact that it's a day to celebrate love in general -- it's a day to not only spoil your significant other, but also your loved ones around you, like your friends. So I've put together a few options to help spark some ideas. 

Click on any product in the image below to take you straight to the site! 



Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Your Best Friend -- Under $25 | beautywithlily.com



Jewelry 

I don't think anyone would turn away some nice baubles! These square studs are less than $10 for the pair and this initial bar pendant necklace is less than $12 -- total steals! For someone who likes more statement pieces, these ear crawlers would accessorize any outfit perfectly.  For your bracelet loving friends, this colorful cuff is perfect or for a more sentimental piece, you could gift her a 'friends forever' MantraBand

Drinkwear 

I'm pretty sure we all have a friend or two who are avid coffee drinkers -- xoxo mug / travel mug -- or maybe they love wine -- how cute is this wine glass! Regardless, any girl could use a gold polka dot tumbler

Beauty 

I'm a nail polish lover and Zoya happens to be one of my favorite brands -- the shade Rue is my jam! Moving on...a good lip gloss is a staple for my work bag. And for the girls that love to pamper themselves how about a delicious smelling shower gel. I might just gift myself this DryBar travel set.  

Miscellaneous 

The pom pom beanie obsession continues and you can't go wrong with a cute crossbody (that's under $18!) Or what about a cute heart shaped catch all dish. These mirrored rose gold sunglasses look so much like a high-end pair, but they are only $12! One thing that I never buy myself and always think about it when it's already raining...an umbrella -- such a practical gift too, especially with the upcoming spring weather. And how adorable are these Kate Spade comfy socks!? 



Do you and your friends exchange gifts for Valentine's Day? 



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter Wardrobe Essentials

As I've scrolled my Instagram feed lately and seen the different climates others live in...it dawned on me that our winters here in Texas are SO different than really any other state. Sunday we were in the teens, freezing cold and had gotten some snow on Friday -- Monday it was 79 degrees and sunny! You see what I mean!? It's ridiculous! 

Winter Wardrobe Essentials | Winter clothing must haves -- beautywithlily.com

So it got me thinking about winter wear and what were some essentials -- well, for most states at least. But even us who have bipolar weather can still get some use from some of these pieces mentioned below. So I hope this helps you narrow in on some classic pieces that can be worn for winters to come. 


Winter Wardrobe Essentials | Winter clothing must haves -- beautywithlily.com

Coats 

Like I mentioned earlier, living in Texas, we don't get a super harsh winter -- so I haven't owned a puffer coat since I was 6 and my mom would bundle me up to the point where I could barely walk! This coat is not only going to keep you warm, but it's also pretty! (PS - My friend Biana knows how to rock winter wear like no other, check her out here!) Moving on to a more classic coat, a peacoat is pretty much an essential no matter where you live...in my opinion. It's such a classic coat that can go with just about anything -- I have a few peacoats in different colors -- but this red coat is just gorgeous! 

Vests

They are a great layering piece! I love the look of mixing patterns when styling vests, how cute would this quilted puffer vest look on top of a flannel?! Or this shearling vest on top of a bell sleeved top!

Tops

Obviously sweaters are a must, especially chunky cable knit sweaters! Buffalo plaid is also really in during the colder months, so this top would be a great addition to anyone's closet! 

Shoes & Accessories 

I wouldn't get much use out of snow boots, but I could definitely use a nice pair of rain boots. Both would make great staple pieces for someone living in cold climate. (PS - Have y'all seen these Christian Louboutin boots!?) Blanket scarves and ponchos are a definite -- duh! And to keep your noggin warm, there are beanies galore wherever you shop at....literally everywhere! 

Thank you guys for reading and I hope you found this post helpful! 

What are some of your winter must haves? 


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Monday, January 9, 2017

New Makeup At The Drugstore

Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am still sick...it's been such a pain to start the year off like this. In other news, I dyed my hair this weekend! My hairstylist is so sweet and has been begging to do add some dimension to my hair, so I finally caved. I'll have to share a pic soon, I love how it turned out. 

New Spring 2017 Drugstore Makeup Products | beautywithlily.com

Today I'm here to share what new products have hit the shelves at the drugstore! A new year, brings new releases! In this post I will only be mentioning what I have purchased and what the product is about and it's claims. I will be updating everyone in a video later, along with mini reviews, so make sure you follow along on YouTube

New Spring 2017 Drugstore Makeup Products | beautywithlily.com


This foundation is within the same line as my favorite, Infalliable Pro-Matte foundation, so the ever curious me just had to pick it up. This foundation claims to have 24 hour full coverage with a weightless feel. The display even had a picture showing that it covers tattoos. There are 12 shades in the collection, but don't let the packaging fool you. The color you see on the outside packaging is very different than what's inside. 

Milani Retouch + Erase Light-lifting Concealer 

I'm always on the hunt for a good drugstore concealer because I hate having to use my expensive stuff on a daily basis (is that weird?) Anyway, Milani has the most new releases out at the drugstore, but this concealer is the only thing that really caught my eye. This concealer claims to instantly erase the look of dark circles and add a brightening effect. It also claims to not settle into fine lines or crease. There are 6 shades in the collection. 


What really drew me into this kit were the colors, they are stunning! The kit includes a highlighting powder and 3 blushes. The blushes all are a satin finish, included are a peachy shade, a mid-tone pink, and a dark mauve color. These colors were the only colors available at my local drugstore. 

New Spring 2017 Drugstore Makeup Products | beautywithlily.com

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color 

There was a huge display of new Jordana products and the first thing I zoned in on were the liquid lip colors! There are 18 different colors to pick from and they are all so pretty! These claim to have a velvety matte finish, that will last on your lips for up to 16 hours! They are infused with nourishing vitamins and claim to keep your lips comfortable and never dry. 


I'm a sucker for anything that claims it will keep your lips hydrated! This claims to give you vibrant color, shine like a gloss, and condition like a lip balm. They also claim that this will improve your lips over time. There are 8 shades in the collection. 

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks 

I'm a HUGE fan of the Creamy Matte line of lipsticks from Maybelline! So when I saw that they released new colors I was over the moon. Unfortunately most of the lipsticks in the display had been tampered with, so I could only walk out with one shade. If you are unfamiliar with this line of lipsticks, they claim to have a matte finish, glide on smoothly and not dry out your lips. 

New Spring 2017 Drugstore Makeup Products | beautywithlily.com

So far, those are the new products I have picked up from my local drugstore. Like I mentioed earlier, I will be posting a video over on my YouTube channel with mini-reviews of all of the products mentioned above. So make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out -- new videos will be going up on Sunday's at 1 pm, central time! 


Have you purchased any of the new releases at the drugstore? Which of these products are you looking forward to try?


New Spring 2017 Drugstore Makeup Products | beautywithlily.com


PS -- Yesterday's video is all about my empties! I'm talking about what products I used up, along with mini-reviews! You can watch below or click here to watch in HD and on YT. Oh, I got a new camera and I'm still working around it's settings...but so far I'm in LOVE! 



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Friday, January 6, 2017

5 Must Have Eyeshadow Palettes

I often get asked by family members and friends what eyeshadow palettes I recommend the most -- and well, that's very tricky for me, because I am obsessed LOVE makeup and I could go on and on about which palettes I like best. So, I go to thinking about my crazy collection and if I had to narrow it down to 5 palettes, which ones would I keep and why. It was much harder than I thought! 

5 Eyeshadow Palettes Everyone Should Own | beautywithlily.com

I think 5 eyeshadow palettes is a reasonable amount of eyeshadows for a person who likes makeup, likes to experiment with different looks, and likes a bit of variety. So let's get into the palettes I recommend! 


Not only is this palette packed with neutral matte eyeshadows, but it's also one of the best eyeshadow formulas I have tired. This palette can easily take you from day to night. 


This palette is great alone, but I prefer to use it alongside other eyeshadow palettes -- it's full of rose toned eyeshadows -- which I think look amazing on all skin tones. 


This palette is perfect for beginners and advanced makeup artists -- you can follow the rows horizontally to create an easy eye look or you can play around with all of the other rows. It has a great selection of warm, cool, and rose toned shades. (Speaking of beginners, these are the best eyeshadow palettes for beginners!)


This palette brings more color to the table, but nothing that is over the top. Just like the Lorac palette mentioned earlier, this matches up really well with other palettes. The deeper burgundy shades are stunning and it also includes beautiful warm colors. 


All of the other palettes are pretty neutral or warm toned -- although not many people are fans of cool toned eyeshadows, I think it's nice to have a good quality palette that gives you that option. The metallic shadows in this palette are out of this world!  
As you can see, most of these are oldies, but goodies! 

Hopefully this list can help some of you out next time you are out shopping for your next eyeshadow palette. 


What is your absolute favorite eyeshadow palette?


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5 Eyeshadow Palettes Everyone Should Own | beautywithlily.com




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