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Sunday, March 27, 2016

5 Beauty Tips for a Beach Vacation

If you've been following me on Instagram you might have read my chatter about going to Mexico! I was fortunate enough to earn my Glam Getaway through Keep Collective. I can't wait to hit the beach  for a few days, but I also know that this blonde headed, fair skinned girl gets red way faster than tan. So in preparation for my trip I have put together some of my favorite beauty products and tips for beach vacations.

1. Obviously, sunscreen is a must. I've kind of bounced around from brand to brand but last year on a trip to Hawaii I tried Sun Bum and loved it. It dried quick and didn't make my skin feel greasy. Regardless of which sunscreen you choose I HIGHLY recommend it buying it home and brining it with you. Resorts jack the price of sunscreen way up because they know they can get you.

2. I am little more selective about sunscreen on my face because I don't need a massive breakout on vacation. For years I have used Clinique Super City Block SPF 40. It has a bit of tint to it, and works awesome alone or underneath a BB Cream or foundation. I've talked to the Sephora experts a lot about sun care and here are two recommendations from them

  • Your foundation, moisturizer, make-up, etc might have an SPF of blah it won't be effective all day so you need to continue to reapply throughout the day.
  • When applying your beauty products you should apply your moisturizer first, then sunscreen, then printer, and then your foundation. 
3. Fake that glow. I have three favorite products for faking a tan.

  • My good old standby is Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. If I actually remember to use this everyday it really does build a nice tan for me. Just remember to wash you hands really well after each use. 
  • Last year I started using the Clairins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. You put a few drops in your facial moisturizer or foundation and it help build that gradual glow. Love the stuff, and a bottle last a REALLY long time. 
  • I've tried a lot of the aerosol spray tans and the one I have fallen in love with is A Bliss Tan for All Seasons. This stuff is pretty fool proof and gives me a nice bronzed look. It is best to spray it on in the shower because it does kind of get everywhere. It take a few hours for the color to develop fully so I like to do this the day before a big event. 
4.  Keeping make-up minimal. I'm not too proud to admit it. I like to through a little make-up on before I head to the pool. On this trip I am trying a few new products including Anastasia Dipbrow, Make-Up Forever HD Blush in Fawn (I'm loving this stuff), and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner to keep me looking pulled together. I'll report back after the trip. 

5. Carry it on or check a bag? So far I've been to Punta Cana and Hawaii twice and I have still never just made it without checking a bag. One thing I always make sure I do when checking my bags is a bring a small carryon with a swimsuit, hat and sunscreen in it. That way if my luggage is delayed, we can't check into our room yet, etc. I still will have everything I need to get on the beach ASAP.

What are your favorite beach products. Anything I need to rush out and purchase ASAP? I wish I could find a good lipstick or gloss with SPF.

If you liked this post check out my 6 Tips for Better Air Travel.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easy, Reusable Easter Baskets

Who looked at the calendar this past week and went, "Holy cow, Easter is early!" If you are sitting there thinking 1. Where in the world are our Easter baskets and 2. What am I going to put in the dang things? I've got answers!

Keep Collective just released their new pouches and mine is already getting a ton of use. I can't wait to fill mine full of sunscreen, lipgloss and books to read when I head to Mexico in April. My iPad also fits in it perfectly, so it will make the perfect protective pouch when I head to Houston in a couple weeks for a business trip. And finally with Easter around the corner it will make the ideal Easter basket that can be reused over and over again.

I also love that I can pick any of Keep Collective's keys (charms) to go on the leather strap and personalize the pouch in seconds. Plus, in addition to the navy option there is also a hot pink bottomed pouch.

If you love fun notebooks than Target is the perfect place to do your Easter basket shopping. Cadbury Mini Eggs are my absolute favorite treat! It takes major will power for me to not eat an entire bag. The hope, faith and love charms on the pouch are perfect for Easter.

Next, for those younger Easter lovers I had to add the Little Blue Truck to the basket. I bought this book for my nephew and since he's 15 months old I've declared it is his favorite. Plus, an iTunes gift card will be perfect for downloading his favorite cartoon or game. I love the KIND key because all the proceeds go to the KIND Campaign that provide resources to stop bullying. 

Finally, show a little sports pride with this next pouch. Keep Collective has all kinds of keys to represent your or your kids' favorite sports. I am a huge fan of EOS lip balm. You can find it in pretty much any Walmart or Target check out lane, or at Ulta Beauty stores. I also love these markers. I am a big fan of fine tip Sharpies, but they were bleeding through my Erin Condren planner. These markers are the Staedtler brand and I found them at Target. 

If you need the perfect Easter basket I would love to help you with your Keep Collective purchase. All orders placed by midnight on Monday, March 21 will arrive in time for Easter. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

TurquoiseThursday: Drooling Over Anthropologie Furniture

Why does Anthropologie have to send gorgeous catalogs to my house. I'll be honest... I usually am not crazy about Anthropologie's clothes as a whole. However, their home pieces are a completely different story especially when turquoise is a favorite color palette of theirs.

And these four pieces are particularly gorgeous! If they combination of all four pieces weren't over $8,000 then I would have immediately went out and purchased all of them. 

1. Premium Leather Olivette Sofa - I've alway been a sucker for a tufted leather sofa. I am just going to keep telling myself that it is probably really uncomfortable. 
2. Lacquered Mirror - This mirror comes in three sizes and I love the turquoise lacquered color. 
3. Tamsin Dinning Chair - I love the subtle color of this chair and think it would give any room the perfect pop of color. 
4. Lacquered Wellington Dresser - They are also several other pieces of in this Wellington collection. 

So now that we've all come down off our turquoise high let's make a pack. Since all of these pieces are pretty much ridiculously expensive let's all keep an eye out for equally as gorgeous, but much less expensive pieces and notify the group as soon as you find something! Deal? 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Eight Tips for Your Wedding Registry

It is hard to believe that the Boy and I are approaching our fourth wedding anniversary. Say what?!? The year that we got, and the follow year it seems like all we did was go to weddings. We did something like six weddings in one summer, then there has been a lull and now the next wave of friends getting married has begun.

Everyone will tell you picking out what you put on your registry is one of the best parts of wedding planning, and they are right! But, it can be hard to decide what are the items that you want to remain in your home for the rest of your life. So, after using our registry items for almost four years here is a little advice.

1. Get way more flatware than you think you'll need. Why? Because I think forks and knives have a missing sock club and will disappear, and then your flatware will be discontinued and you'll be stuck trying to find something similar.

2. It is worth registering for nice pots and pans. Yes, these items can be expensive, but we found that the most expensive items on our registry were purchased first. Often guests want to go together and make a purchase therefor they purchase those larger ticket items. I was thrown a Pampered Shower shower and we purchased a lot of our kitchen ware through the party with our hostess credits. p.s. The Pampered Chef stuff is amazing.

3. Get a Kitchen-Aid. They are bomb and I use mine all the time. Even if you aren't a big baker they are great for dips and shredding meat. We also received a lot of the attachments, but honestly we haven't used them much.

4. It is worth registering for serving ware. Even if at this point in your life you aren't hosting Thanksgiving or big dinners at your house one day you will. It will save you a lot of money not having to run out to buy serving platters, bowls for mash potatoes, serving utensils.

5. However, we didn't register for China. Instead we went with a neutral white dinner plate from Pottery Barn, and then we also got a setting of bright turquoise plates. The white is nice because it goes with everything and every holiday, but we have the option of throwing a little color in there.

6. You will always use nice storage containers. We received some glass Pyrex and Pampered Chef containers and they are fantastic. Of course I use my share number of disposable Gladware pieces, but I love that I can reuse these over and over again.

7. Don't be afraid to register for those off the wall pieces that represent your passions or hobbies. We actually asked for a liquid nitrogen tank that stores semen. They are quite expensive, but something we knew we would really need for our farm. A group of our cattle friends went together to buy it for us and it is a great reminder of them.

8. Make sure you put enough stuff on your registry. I have talked to so many of my girlfriends that tell me, well we really don't need that much stuff or we are hoping to just get gift cards. There are going to be a lot of people that want to buy you a tangible gift, and if you run out of things on your registry they are going to by you something they "think" you will want. That is when you end up with stuff. Continue to check back and see how many items are left and if items have been discontinued, and don't be afraid to add more.

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