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CoverGirl's TruBlend Matte Foundation & Skim Primer

I love receiving beauty products that actually work for my skin so I can do a rave review after testing for a few weeks and then have the products to use until they run out and I repurchase.

New Beauty Voxbox from Target

Another great VoxBox was received from Influenster a few weeks ago filled with some new beauty goodies from Target, which I've been testing and I'm excited to share my thoughts on.

Blackhead Suction Device

I stumbled upon this "Pore Vacuum Cleaner" on Amazon and I'm so glad I decided to purchase it. Costing only $27, it's a steal of a deal and works wonders.

Weekending + March TBB Asks Beauty Edition

Hello're not my favorite day but I embrace a new week with lots on the agenda. Most of the weekend was spent relaxing at home with a little adventure out and about on Sunday.

Recent Amazon Purchases - Vol. 3

As much as I want to say the convenience of my Amazon Prime membership will be the death of me/my bank account, that couldn't be furthest from the truth. It's actually a lifesaver (and often a money-saver) despite the occasional impulse purchases.

Friday's Fave - The "Coolest" Thing in Skincare

I've never tried a tightening gel or firming treatment of any kind so Kate Somerville's Tight'N Cryogenic Tightening Gel couldn't have come at a better time as I approach my mid-30s and the fine lines have started to appear around my eyes and forehead area.

Sephora Black Friday Sale

Believe it or not, I've never braved the crowds of Black Friday shopping. I usually shop on Cyber Monday if there's anything I really need that's on major sale. This year my mom and sister want to see what Black Friday shopping is all about. While we're not going out in the middle of the night for big ticket items, we have some smaller stores on our list to checkout during the day.

Friday Faves

This week felt like it just dragged onnnnn and my job is by no means boring so I can't explain it but I'm so happy it's Friday and the weekend is near!

Let's get rocking and rolling with some faves from this week.

Summer Beauty Lusts


The summer heat in Florida is no joke! During the day we're at boiling temps and then the rain comes crashing down in the late afternoon leaving us with the worst humidity. Definitely not ideal for good hair days or keeping your makeup intact.

I went to ULTA yesterday to pick up some basic beauty essentials - Yes To facial towelettes, a makeup blending sponge, and my go-to Maybelline Falsies mascara for everyday wear.

Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Review + Giveaway

I've tried several different home teeth whitening products over the years that I've liked to varying degrees. None that I can say I loved or had remarkable results. The problem with me is that I've never made teeth whitening a priority in my routine which has left my teeth looking stained and quite dull from coffee, wine, etc. Having very sensitive teeth also limits my options or at least makes me wary of many of the whitening products that don't have a desensitizing factor.

Interesting Finds: Skincare Edition

Happy Friday lovelies!
After last weekend I was feeling so relaxed and ready for the week until I was hit with a migraine, cold sweats. and sore throat on Wednesday just in time for my work's client event which I've been planning for months now. I pulled through but have been home in quarantine since.

I started doing "Interesting Finds" posts a few weeks ago and I've been really enjoying finding new and unique products in different categories so I'm rolling with it as a Friday series moving forward. Feel free to join me sharing your interesting finds. 

Last Call For a Beauty Haul

Happy Friday friends!

Beauty products have been on my mind lately and Spring is the best season because it brings brighter colors for clothes, accessories, and makeup. Even though I live in Florida - "the land of no real seasons" - different skincare products are needed to deal with the temperature changes and brighter lip colors are always fun.

Today I'm sharing some new products I've stumbled upon along with my tried & true products that are permanently in my beauty/skincare routine.

(The Ulta/Sephora Beauty Giveaway is at the end of this post)

New to Me

I'm so intrigued by the new Bliss Correcting Sticks to even out different tones whether it may be blemishes, redness, or discoloration. They supposedly help soothe your skin before applying tinted moisturizer or foundation. Since I have pink undertones, redness is my main concern.
Yellow Corrector - Neutralizes redness
Peach Corrector - Corrects darkness and discoloration
Green Corrector - Camouflages redness and covers blemishes
Lavender Corrector - Counteracts dullness and brightens skin

Current Beauty Lusts

Tried & True Beauty Faves

I've mentioned these products before, if not several times, when I share my skincare routine and favorite makeup products.

Last call for a beauty haul!


Spring Beauty Giveaway

I've teamed up with some other lovely ladies/bloggers to gift one lucky person a $75 Sephora or Ulta gift card --winner's choice! Along with some of Emelia's tried and true favorite products including a GlamGlow mask, BECCA Highlighter and more.

The Giveaway Gals:

Kate  Macy  Emily  

The giveaway ends Sunday April 2, so be sure to check back on the blog next week to see if you're the winner!

Good luck!

Finding Balance for Your Skin Type

Has anyone tried Ole Henriksen products before? This skincare line was completely new to me so I was excited when I received 3 full-size products in the mail to test out. 

Although I have my tried and true favorites when it comes to skincare and hair products, I'm always keen on trying out new and possibly better products especially as ingredients become more organic or refined.

The Ole Henriksen Balance product line is specifically formulated for oily or combination skin so you can get that glow without the icky shine from oil-prone skin. The face moisturizer is particularly unique because it hydrates and mattifies at the same time.

I incorporated these three products into my AM/PM skincare routine over the past couple weeks with no breakouts, no redness, just healthier looking skin. The smell isn't my favorite but I think the natural ingredients keep it from being too fragrant plus these products contain no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

Key Ingredients
 Green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss: extracts contain natural antiseptic properties which help to absorb excess oil and refine pores.

Salicylic acid + glycolic & lactic acids: help lift and loosen dead skin cells that clog pores.

Neem seed oil: a legendary ingredient in Ayurveda.

Rosehip fruit extract: helps reduce oil production and fights shine while minimizing the appearance of pores (only found in the face hydrator/moisturizer).

    Oil Control Toner
    A gentle astringent that removes oil and refines pores—without stripping your skin.

    Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser
    Deeply cleanses and purifies pores reducing excess oil.

    Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
    Hydrates, controls oil, mattifies and reduces the appearance of pores.

    I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions expressed in this post are true and honest based on testing out the products over a period of time.

    Favorite Products & Purchases

    After a super busy work week, I could definitely use a little downtime so my brain and body can relax.

    The flowers in the photo above are from Valentine's day. I've said it before, I'm not a huge sucker for flowers but if you really want to give me flowers, carnations are my absolute favorite. They last long and are inexpensive. It's been almost two weeks and they look just as vibrant as in the photo.

    On to some fashion, beauty, and home decor favorites...

    The President's Day sales last weekend had me browsing and shopping around for good deals. I wasn't really in the market for new clothes but I picked up a few pieces for work and play at Kohl's.
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    I was on the hunt for a cute yet smallish backpack for traveling and finally chose this one. Earlier this week I shared all the fun adult backpacks that Target has on the shelves (or online) so it was a tough decision choosing the right one.

    I compare Formula 10.0.6 skincare products to the NYX brand in terms of great value for price. I've been using the skin toner for a couple years now and it's my absolute favorite...with a $6 price tag.
     The mattifying moisturizer works wonders with oil-control in the Florida heat/humidity (the only thing is it doesn't contain SPF.)
    The newest product to me is the 3-in-1 Wash + Scrub + Mask which exfoliates and fights blackheads. I tried this mask for first time over the weekend and my face felt silky soft and so clean afterwards.

    Happy Friday and I hope you have the best weekend!

    Birthday/Holiday Wishlist Items

    For most of this year, I've been focusing on saving money to decorate our new home (which has finally come together) so I barely did any shopping but with my birthday just around the corner as well as Christmas, I've come up with a few wishlist items.

    I've started collecting charms for the Pandora bracelet my best friend gave to me in June so when my MIL asked what I wanted for Christmas, I said a Pandora charm and told her to surprise me with one of her choice.

    Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Crossbody
    Color: Plum
    Crossbody purses are the perfect travel buddy and I adore this color.

    BaBylissPRO Porcelain Ceramic Flat Iron

    I'd love to get facials and massages more regularly and since my back has been giving me severe problems for the past 6 months, I think a membership would be the way to go.

    I've had this exact pair for the past several years but at this point they're very worn with scratches on the lenses but I'm clearly so attached to them that I'd love a replacement pair.

    I think the most exciting gift of all is that we're taking a long weekend vacation down to the Keys to celebrate my birthday. K planned this trip and I can't wait to relax and enjoy!

    Sorry I haven't been able to read all your blogs or respond to comments this week. My laptop charger got some water damage last weekend leaving me with a dead computer. Way to feel helpless and useless in the evenings when I usually dedicate my time to blogging. 

    I should be back up and running this weekend with a computer so I'm looking forward to reading your posts and catching up on all the blogland happenings.

    I hope you have the best weekend!

    Flawless Starts with Skin

    The e.l.f. brand is not a new name to me but I've never in fact owned or tested any of their cosmetics so I was pretty ecstatic when Influenster sent me a Voxbox of beauty and skincare goodies to test.


    Hydrating Bubble Mask
    Goes on as a gel, and then transforms into a refreshing fizzy bubble foam that removes excess dirt and cleanses pores without drying them out.

    Mineral Infused Primer
    Helps prep you skin so makeup goes on silky smooth for a long lasting finish.

    Lip Exfoliator
    Treats and helps smooth lips for a soft and supple pout.

    Matte Lip Color
    Glides on effortlessly and gives long lasting, richly pigmented matte color.

    Baked Highlighter & Bronzer
    Creates a gorgeous sculpted glow.

    I've read several e.l.f reviews and I'm happy to report I was extremely impressed with all of these products.

    The Highlighter & Bronzer compact creates a gorgeous look which will be perfect for the holidays and the lip exfoliator is another favorite especially around this time of year when the cold can take a toll on your lips (mine at least). I've been using it everyday.

    Another favorite was the Hydrating Bubble Mask, because hello my skin needs all the hydration it can get and I haven't tried anything like this before.

    You push down on the top to dispense a small amount which helps to keep bacteria out. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and it works magic on deep cleaning your pores. This is a product I definitely need since I wear makeup on a daily basis.

    For such great quality products, the price point is shockingly low. For instance the bronzer is $3 an the lip exfoliator is also $3. That's very affordable and are perfect stocking stuffers.

    e.l.f. offers some great gift sets such as The Desk to Dinner eyeshadow set for only $5.

    The e.l.f. Cosmetics and Skin Care Voxbox is definitely one of my favorites to date with so many good quality products and ones that I'll continue to use.

    These products were sent to me complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes but my review stated in this post are my true and honest opinion.

    Aussie Hair & Yoga Gear

     Who else agrees this week was one hell of a ride? Almost everyone I spoke to on Wednesday was exhausted from staying up way too late watching the election. I made it to midnight and couldn't hang any longer. 

    That being said, on Fridays we celebrate with some favorites and inevitably a cold glass of wine in the evening.

    I started Wildflower by Drew Barrymore this week and I'm enjoying the recap of random happenings throughout her life. I've been intrigued with her as an actress since my teen years so, when a few of you ladies recommended her book, it was immediately added to my book list.

    Two workout gems from Target: This strappy back sports bra and the most comfortable workout capris. I'd buy them in every color but unfortunately they don't come in a variety of colors.

    We're hosting our first party at the new home this weekend and we have lots of classics on the menu but I'm most looking forward to trying this new-to-me Pulled Pork Sliders with Garlic Aioli recipe.

    Influenster sent me 3 full size products from Aussie for testing purposes and it made me remember how much I love the smell from when I used this back in college. The triple moisture conditioner has always been a favorite of mine.

    My sweet Lola all day everyday, even though she hogs the bed.

    Hope you have a fab weekend!