Sharing a couple of great sales today! Jcrew and Jcrew factory are having 40% off and Madewell is having anywhere between 20 and 30% off your purchase. Here are my picks!
Sharing 20 of my favorite cozy items for fall! I have been in such a fall mood this week and wearing all of my soft sweaters and lighting every fall candle I own. Fall outfits are some of my favorites but fall COZY outfits are even better. :) Let’s be honest… on a weekend of running errands I’m rarely wearing jeans or a real bra… so these items are more my speed! Anything from Aerie use the code “HECKYES” at checkout for an additional 25% off!
ShopBop is having an awesome sale! Use code STOCKUP18 to get 25% off all of the items below. Lots of items to add to your fall wardrobe. Just click the photos below to shop the items.
It has been a little while since I have shared an updated skincare routine and with the seasons about the change I thought right now would be the perfect time to share! As you can see below I kind of have a favorite brand. I do mix in a couple of other items from other brands but I normally stick with SkinCeuticals for the most part. The research and science behind this brand is like no other. The medspa I go to sells this as well as my esthetician. Professionals back this brand too! The high quality and highly effective ingredients show results like no other brand that I have used. AND NO THIS ISN'T SPONSORED :). Just keeping it real with you guys. I hate to see people wasting money on products that they are not going to results from in the long term, so I'm here to help! I will start with my morning routine and talk about each product and why I use it. Lets get into it.
First I cleanse my skin in the morning. Below are a couple of options I have been using recently. I like to use a scrub in the morning to get my skin prepared for make up for work. Below are two that I love!
The SkinCeuticals cleanser is great for acne prone skin. The Avene' scrub is great for sensitive skin.
Next I tone my skin. I love this toner. Its not drying and balances out your skin and preps it for your next products.
Next I use a Vitamin C serum. THIS IS IMPORTANT PEOPLE. If you aren't using a Vitamin C serum now here are a couple of reasons you should start:
-It produces collagen so it firms your skin and reduces wrinkles
-It makes your sunscreen more effective
-Improves the texture of your skin and makes it more smooth
-It prevents and fades dark spots
-Helps protect your skin from pollution and free radical damage
This specific serum is amazing. It is great for acne prone skin and does all of the above things. I have seen SUCH an improvement in my skin since adding this into my regimen. The gel is great for oily skin, but both show the same results!
Next is eye cream! I love this one for daytime. Its lightweight but provides great moisture to the under eyes and makes your concealer go on smoothly.
After that I use my SPF. This SPF is the first I've tried that does not break me out. This particular one is for acne prone skin and I love it. SPF is very important, even in the fall and winter! Don't skip this step.
And last I add a lightweight moisturizer on top!
NIGHT TIME ROUTINE
First you need to remove your make up! This step is so important. Your cleanser can't do its job when there is a layer of make up between the cleanser and your skin. So first use a cleanser to remove your make up or a make up remover towel. Here are some cleansers I like to remove my make up with as well as the towel I love to use.
Next I go in with another cleanser (this is called double cleansing) and I use the same ones I use in the morning! It is very important to make sure all of the make up from the day is off your skin!
Next I tone my skin again just like I do in the morning. I am going to link the cotton pads that are a GAME CHANGER below. I know it sounds dumb to pay extra money for cotton pads but just trust me on this one.
Next I got in with my night time serums. First I put my Mandelic serum on my t-zone area where I am prone to break outs. (I havent been able to find this online, but I get mine from my esthetician Rachel Naster)
Benefits of Mandelic Serum:
- Great for inflamed acne
- Helps with hyper-pigmentation
- Gentle enough for sensitive skin
Next I use my Hylauronic Acid serum. This is for that extra hydration. Great for plumping the skin.
3 times a week I use a Retin-A.
Benefits of Retin-A
-Increases/ speeds up cell turn over (which means you are getting new skin cells faster, new skin cells = younger looking skin)
-Helps with the texture of the skin. Smoother, younger looking skin (and not the mention the GLOW it gives)
-Its great for acne
I actually get my Retin-A from my doctor but I've linked some awesome options below!
Next is eye cream. I love this option for night time. Its a little heavier than the one I use during the day but is helpful for my dry under eyes (honestly I'm a little extra for having two eye creams and its 100% not necessary to have two, one is perfectly fine)
Last I use my moisturizer and some lip treatments! I've linked some of my favorites below.
Here I am going to link some of my favorite masks. I try to mask once a week at least! Some of these are for acne and some are for redness and calming the skin and some are for extra moisture. I love all of these and switch them out during the week depending on what issue my skin is having at the moment. And the spray I linked below is AMAZING to use at the end of your whole routine!
Below I am linking some tools I use in my skincare routine. I use a jade roller for puffiness and lymphatic drainage, an Ice roller for inflamed acne and puffiness/redness. I also use a steamer to really open up my pores and clean them out. I will use the steamer after my face is totally clean and before all of my serums! Steaming is a game changer! I steam my face probably once or twice a week and I jade roll/ ice roll a couple of times a week as well. I will usually jade roll or ice roll once I have my serums on before my moisturizer. I also have an attachment for my Clarisonic that is for facial massage! (I don't recommend clarisonics for cleansing because of the bacteria it can accumulate but I do love using mine for facial massage)
SO much information but I truly hope this is helpful! My routine is changing all the time because I love trying new things and trying to find the best products for you all but I am loving all of these products I am using right now! A lot of these are staples in my routine and will be for a long time! Let me know your favorite products below.
Thanks for stopping by today. I wanted to create a post to answer ALL of your hair extension questions! I asked you all on Instagram to send me your questions so I am going to answer the most asked questions here. If you have additional questions after reading this post please leave your questions below in the comments. I was gifted these services but all opinions are my own.
WHERE I GO
I went to The Glossary Salon and I see Leah! Leah is AWESOME and very qualified (she is a level 2 NBR stylist). I trust her fully when it comes to my hair. She also colored my hair if you are looking for someone awesome for hair color.
WHAT ARE NBR EXTENSIONS
NBR stands for Natural Beaded Rows. Directly from the NBR website (you can check it out here) "The hair extensions are placed in rows in the hair by creating a “track” with an exclusive bead and string technique. Wefts are then placed on the track and sewn in." There is absolutely no glue or head used in this method so the damage to your natural hair is very minimal. They do not slip and do not take long to get installed at all!
I personally got extensions for volume and not necessarily length. I might go for length next time but for now I'm loving my shorter hair. I went in and got a consultation with Leah first. We talked about what I wanted to achieve and she consulted me on what would be best for my hair. This took about 30 minutes. I left feeling really comfortable with the process and excited! My actual appointment didn't take long at all. Leah will custom dye your extensions before your appointment so everything is ready to go. I only got one row of extensions and 6 wefts of hair. The entire process for me only took about an hour and a half. She blended the extensions with my own hair by having me stand up and she cut my hair to make it all look seamless. It does not hurt and they are surprisingly comfortable. The extensions feel a little tight for the first 48 hours but then they loosen up and you cant even tell you have them in. You can wash, brush and style your hair just as normal! And YES you can wear your hair up :).
Everyone will be different in this category. I will depend on the length of the hair and how much hair you need. I only got one row of extensions and 6 wefts of hair. I got 18 in extensions and she cut them down to blend with my hair. The cost of the hair and the installation for me was around $600. Again this will vary greatly depending on the person and the amount of hair. You will find out the cost of everything after you have your consultation!
HOW TO CARE FOR THE EXTENSIONS
A couple of things Leah recommends are a wet brush (which are amazing by the way, ill link one below), oil, shine spray, detangler/leave in conditioner, and a smoothing shampoo and conditioner. You can wash, dry and style your hair as normal but it is important to keep the extensions moisturized and to comb through them every morning and night. I went to the beach with my extensions and I followed all of Leah's recommendations and they did great! It is important to take care of your new hair so it lasts as long as possible. The hair should last between 4 and 6 months and you have to get them moved up as your hair grows every 8 weeks.
I hope this was helpful! If you go see Leah for some extensions don't forget to mention my name!
I have rounded up my top Sephora sale picks! Below is all the information for the sale.
ROUGE: 8/24-9/3 20% off with code YESROUGE
VIB: 8/30-9/3 15% off with code YESVIB
Beauty Insider: 8/30-9/3 10% off with code YESINSIDER
I have gotten a ton of questions recently on my eyelash extensions so I figured making a post about it would be helpful for you all! I had eyelash extensions about 3 years ago for 6 months and I just recently got them again about a month ago. Let's jump into it!
WHERE I GO
I go to The Lash Lounge in Overland Park and I see Nicole.
WHAT I GET
I get the mink volume lashes. They are super lightweight and fully (just what I wanted). The 10 length. My normal eyelashes measure at a 9 so I just went one above it to make it look at natural as possible. I wanted fuller and curlier lashes not necessarily longer ones.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
Right now at The Lash Lounge in Overland Park they have a special for an introductory set for $129 which is normally $275. You do have to get your lashes filled every 2-3 weeks if you want to keep them up. You can sign up for their VIP program and you would pay $100 a month and you are able to get 2 fills per month. A full refill is normally $65 without signing up for the membership.
DO THEY DAMAGE YOUR NATURAL LASHES
They aren't supposed to. The extensions attach to your normal lashes and should just shed off as your natural lashes would shed off normally. You can get your lashes removed as well by a stylish if you want them off. The Lash Lounge also addresses this on their website and here is their answer:
"Our application technique and premium products will not damage your natural lashes. It is imperative to the health of your lashes to have each natural hair isolated when an extension is adhered to it and ensure proper separation so that the hairs can continue to grow and shed as they would naturally. We only use formaldehyde-free, medical-grade adhesives which are made exclusively for lash extensions and offer a more sensitive adhesive for our guests who are more prone to allergic reactions. This combination of our top quality adhesive and individual lash attachment will sustain the health and integrity of the natural hairs indefinitely."
They also give more info on the removal process:
"Eyelash extensions can be easily removed by a Lash Lounge Stylist using a special gel remover formulated to quickly dissolve the medical-grade adhesive and gently wipe away the lash extensions. The process is painless and will not harm your natural hairs – taking less than 30 minutes. Please do not attempt to remove lash extensions yourself as this can cause damage to your natural lashes."
DO THEY HURT
They do not hurt at all. Most times I can't even feel that they are there. I will say immediately following my appointments my eyes are sometimes red. I have super sensitive eyes so this is nothing new to me. And if you have allergies sometimes they can be annoying because you can't rub and itch your eyes as you normally would. I try and keep up with my allergy medicine and eye drops to keep this from happening.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your first appointment for your full set takes about 90 minutes. Your eyes are closed the whole time and you are laying down. I usually listen to a pod cast but I'm not going to lie its hard for me to lay down that long. I'm a busy body and like to move around a lot so I get a little stir crazy. Fills only take 30-45 minutes so those aren't as bad. After you application you aren't supposed to get your eyes wet for 8 hours so be careful when washing your face and avoid showering during that time.
I hope this was helpful for everyone! The Lash Lounge in no way sponsored this post or even knows I am writing this post for that matter, I just wanted to provide you with some info! There are a ton of good lash artists out there! If you have any additional questions leave them below!
Here are some before and afters:
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
July 12-19, all card-members get to shop Early Access in stores and online.
July 20-August 5, our biggest sale of the year opens to the public.
WHAT IS THIS SALE ALL ABOUT:
This is a sale on new fall items. They release for the first time on July 12th and items are on major sale (up to 70% off) and after the sale on August 6th all of the items go back up to full price for fall. This is the perfect time to get your fall basics. Booties, cardigans, and jeans are the types of things I stock up on during this sale. I recommend making a list of things you need and prioritizing it. Go for the items higher on your list first (things go so fast!). Cardigans and booties go first usually so if you are in the market for one of those items I would suggest grabbing those first.
HOW TO SHOP
I suggest shopping online or shopping online and picking up in store. The store is CRAZY and overwhelming during this sale time. So I would use your resources (like me :)) and order online! If you are unsure of sizing I would order both sizes and then just send back the size that doesn't work for you. If you shop online and pick up in store through my links I do still get credit for that! So that is always appreciated. If you shop through the Nordstrom app I do not get credit. If you are shopping through multiple bloggers the last bloggers link you use will get credit for everything you order just FYI. Below are some of my picks that have been released in the sneak peak catalog. There will be SO MUCH MORE available once the sale goes live this is just a small preview.
This is just a small preview of what is going to be available. These links wont work until the 12th but after the 12th they will be valid and you can revisit this post! I will keep you all updated on all of my picks as they get released and I will try on as many items for you all as I can and I am so excited for this sale and I hope to be a resource for you! Let me know if you have any questions!
4/13-4/16 : ROUGE get 15% off with code YAYROUGE here
4/20-4/23 : VIB get 15% off with code YAYVIB here
4/20-4/23 : Beauty Insiders get 10% off with code YAYINSIDER here
My picks for the sale are below. Click each photo to shop! I will update this list over the next few weeks! Head to my Instagram to see some tutorials with me using a lot of these products. I have them saved under my beauty Instastory highlight.
All tops are currently 30% off and if you buy 3 or more they are an additional 10% off
Check out these sales! Most of these items are only $10. Click each photo to shop!
Use the code "EVENT18" for 20% off your entire purchase!
Use the code "SPRING" for 50% off everything and free shipping! My picks are below. Click each photo to shop the item!
Here are my picks for the current 50% off sale! This is a great time to stock up on basics and things for spring! Check it out.
Here are some adorable items that I've ordered recently. Several of these pieces are 25% off! Check it out.
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