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Sephora Beauty Insider Sale Picks 2018

April 20, 2018
Sephora Beauty Insider Sale 2018 Pure Beauty Blender, Rose Sugar Face Polish, It Cosmetics CC Cream, NARSissist eyeshadow palette, Nars Concealer, Drybar Triple Sec, Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel, Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream, Hourglass Primer Serum, Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner, Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation, Kopari Coconut Melt, Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil, Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Sephora Beauty Insider Event Spring Bonus

It’s that time of the year again… The Sephora Beauty Insider Sale! It’s such a great time to stock up on your beauty favorites, and try things out without having to spend full price. Everything is 10% off through Monday, April 23rd! Don’t worry if you’re not a member yet – it’s FREE and super easy to sign up. Just head to and fill out a short form.

Need some help with what to order? Have no fear.. I have broken up this post into 3 different sections – my tried and true products I have loved for a long time, things I have been using lately that I like, and the things I ordered to try.


Sephora Beauty Insider Sale 2018 Pure Beauty Blender, Rose Sugar Face Polish, It Cosmetics CC Cream, NARSissist eyeshadow palette, Nars Concealer, Drybar Triple Sec, Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel, Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream, Hourglass Primer Serum

Beauty Blender in Pure // I have tried the original, the black and this beauty blender and this one is by far my favorite. I feel like it blends your make-up in the best and it also makes me happy that there’s no dye in it. It doesn’t stay as “clean” looking, but a small price to pay for it working better than the others!

Hourglass Primer Serum // This primer is life-changinggggg if you have dry skin. It helps moisturize your face before your foundation so your skin isn’t peeling throughout the day. This is probably my 5th bottle because it’s that good!

It Cosmetics Illumination CC Cream // If you only buy ONE thing from the sale, buy this cc cream! It’s the perfect amount of coverage but doesn’t feel super heavy on. It also has spf 50 in it, which I love. I love a dewy look so the Illumination kind is my favorite, but if you prefer a more matte look, you may prefer the original cream.

NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette  // If you’re into neutral and shimmery eyeshadow, this palette is for you! I love all of the colors on this palette and they are long-lasting. I’m trying to venture more into the darker shades, because I tend to use the lighter ones, but they are all gorgeous.

Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel // If you’re one of those people that has a weird enjoyment of peeling your skin after a sunburn (ewww, people do that?! 😉 lol) then you’ll loveee this mask. It’s so fast-acting and gets all the gross old skin off of your face and clumps it into little balls. Then you wash it all off and your skin is super smooth. I use it a couple times a week and the bottle lasts forever.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer // My favorite concealer! It has great coverage and covers alllll the things you need covered. I find a lot of other concealers are too drying on my skin but this one doesn’t get dry or crack at all.

Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40 // Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’98: Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it… lol. Hopefully some of you get that reference 😉 Anywayyyyy, this hand cream works great as a hand cream but it also has sunscreen in it. Yay! I put some on after I get ready and it soaks in right away and doesn’t make my hands feel greasy.

Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 // This spray works so well for giving your hair some ‘oomph’ the days you don’t wash it. I spray some at the roots in a few different spots and then kind of scrunch/massage it into my hair.


Sephora Beauty Insider Sale 2018 Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner, Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation, Kopari Coconut Melt, Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil, Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner // I didn’t even know I needed a facial toner until I used a sample bottle of this and then ran out of it. This stuff is super amazing at getting your face clean and hydrated after washing. I’m excited I have a big bottle to use so I won’t run out again for a while! 😉

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 // Who else has the hardest time finding facial sunscreen they like?! I like using the It Cosmetics CC Cream because it has SPF built in, but on the days I know I’m going to be in the sun a lot… I need more coverage. This Supergoop Sunscreen comes out clear and layers on like a primer. It has a very very light hint of sunscreen smell but doesn’t bother me how much sunscreen smells do. I’ll definitely be using this all spring and summer long.

Summer Friday Jet Lag Mask // This mask has been alllll over Instagram lately and I wanted to try it out to see if it lived up to it’s hype. It does! It’s super hydrating and has a nice cooling feeling on your skin. I like to use it after I work-out/shower, it helps cool me down and hydrates my dry skin.

Kopari Sheer Coconut Oil // This oil is similar to the argan oil I also use but is a lighter feeling oil. I also feel like it soaks in faster than the other oil. I love both, but lately I’ve been reaching for this one.

Kopari Coconut Balm // This feels like you’re using coconut oil on your skin but is a bit more ‘elevated.’ It’s easier to rub in and feels like it soaks in faster than plain coconut oil. I am loving this small sample I got and definitely want to buy more once this tube is gone.

Kopari Coconut Melt // Can you tell I’ve been into Kopari lately?! This one is similar to the coconut balm but is more like regular coconut oil and feels so nice on dry skin. I definitely notice a difference from when I use it or don’t use it.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo // I have been a long time lover of Drybar’s Triple Sec so I wanted to see if the dry shampoo was also as great. I really like it! It works great at soaking up oil on the days you don’t want to wash your hair. I still use the Triple Sec afterwords for extra volume!



SUPERGOOP! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45

Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45 // I love everything else Supergoop so I’m thinking this will be great to keep in my purse and use on the go. I’ll keep you updated on if I like it!

DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial // Another Insta-famous beauty product I’ve been wanting to try. We’ll see if it lives up to the hype!

DRUNK ELEPHANT Rise + Glow™ Duo - B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel, C-Firma™ Day Serum

Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo // I’ve been wanting to try a variety of Drunk Elephant products and I found this duo and the one below that gives you decent amount of oz for the price. If I like it, then I can get the full size bottles.


Drunk Elephant NightBright Duo // These are Drunk Elephant’s night products that come in a cute duo sample pack. Looking forward to trying both of these!

FOREO LUNA™ 2 for Sensitive Skin

Foreo Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin // Does anyone have this & what are your thoughts?! I have been wanting to try it but eeek, such an investment. I like that you don’t have to buy replacement brushes and you can keep it cleaner (it seems) than the Clarisonic.


friday favorites

February 23, 2018
Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ Drybar 3-in-1 Triple Sec Hair texturizer hair refresher dry shampoo Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

Back with another round of Friday Favorites… this week I am focusing on a few beauty favorites that have been a part of my routine lately. Check them out below…

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friday favorites

February 9, 2018
The life-changing magic of tidying up Marie Kondo

How about that snowstorm?! Ha. If you’re not local to Eastern Iowa, we were supposed to get 6-8″ of snow last night and only ended up getting maaaybe 3 total? That’s being generous. Anywayyyy, I’m excited about the weekend. No real plans thus far, but hoping to get some stuff done around the house. Ever since our fireplace mantle remodel project, my husband and I have been thinking of other small projects to do around the house. I think our master bathroom is next! Nothing major – new paint, new light fixtures, painting our vanity, etc.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite things from this week…

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sephora play box review: january 2018

February 8, 2018
Sephora Play Box January 2018

Time for my first Sephora Play Box review of 2018! Yaaas! I was happy to see a wide range of products in this box – hair care, skin care, and make-up… there was a little bit of everything. As I’ve said before, this box is such a GREAT deal. $10 for 6 larger product samples?! You can’t go wrong there. Find out what I thought about each item below…

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valentine’s gift guide: gifts for under $50

January 26, 2018
Valentine's Day Gift Guide Ideas

January is almost over and that means Valentine’s Day is almost here! My husband and I have never been big Valentine’s Day people – we usually do something small like make a nice dinner at home. It can be a fun time to gift someone with a simple gift to show your appreciation, whether it’s your mom, significant other or galentine. Skip the expensive flowers and go with something that’ll last all year!

For the ladies

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Friday Favorites

January 19, 2018
Gap Leopard sports bra and leggings

Happy Friday! I’m looking forward for a (mostly) relaxing weekend at home. My husband tore apart our fireplace and plans on re-doing it this weekend, curious to see how that goes. 😉 We also have a kids’ birthday party tomorrow afternoon. Here are some of my favorites this week…

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Sephora play box: November 2017

January 16, 2018
November 2017 Sephora Play Box

This Sephora play box review is a little late! I just got an email notification about my January box shipping, which reminded me to post this. My overall thoughts about November’s play box that I’ve really been enjoying the variety in products they select. It’s nice to get something along the lines of skin care, hair care, make-up and perfume.


November 2017 Sephora Play Box

My favorites in this box were the Origins Clear Improvement charcoal mask and the Caudalie Vinosource serum. I have been wanting to try the charcoal mask, so I was super happy to get that. I have used the vinosource serum in the past and really liked it, so it was nice to get some more.

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask

I was a little worried that the charcoal mask would be too harsh for my (extremely) sensitive skin, but it actually works really well! I have been using it about once a week and I definitely notice a difference in my skin. Like a typical mask, it gets tight as it dries and tingles a little, but as soon as you wash it off, your skin looks and feels great.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum

Confession: facial serums are something I still don’t completely understand. According to this Huffington Post article, they are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients to your skin. I really like the consistency of the Caudalie serum and it doesn’t make my skin red, which is a problem I have from other lotions and face products. I’m not sure I will rush to buy it again, but I will definitely keep it in mind on my next Sephora run.

November 2017 Sephora Play Box

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Perfect Nude

When I first saw ‘ultra shine,’ I figured that this lip gloss wouldn’t be the one for me. I like a slight glossy look but not a heavy glossy look. Luckily, it’s not as shiny and glossy as the name implies. It really is the perfect nude and feels super moisturizing on my lips. I like that it feels thick but not goopy.

Burberry My Burberry Blush perfume

To be honest, when I smelled this for the first time, it brought me back to my Britney Spears ‘Fantasy’ perfume days of middle & high school. It smells very similar (both have Jasmine notes), although more sophisticated. It’s not my favorite scent of all time, but I would definitely consider purchasing in the future.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

I feel like I’ve been on the quest for the perfect mascara… I’ve been buying the Sephora sample packs like nobody’s business. I think part of the problem I have is that a mascara will start off great, and then start to get clumpy within a couple weeks of use. Anyone else have this problem?! Anyway, I do have to say that the Velvet Noir does not have the clump problem. I don’t know that I would say it’s my favorite mascara of all time, but once I run out of all my tiny mascaras, I think I’ll be buying this in full size.

MoroccanOil Oil Treatment

Holy, flashbacks! While the Burberry perfume gave me flashbacks to my signature middle/high school perfume, this oil was something I used religiously in college. It works great, I just happen to like a couple other brands more (this & this).


If you’re interested in trying these, shop the products here:


If you’re a Sephora-holic like me, I definitely recommend signing up for the play box. It’s only $10 and everything they send is available in their store or at, which I love. You won’t have trouble finding where to buy something that you really like. It’s also nice because you get a beauty insider card in every play box, so if you buy something at the store within 2 months of receiving the box (easy!), you get an extra 50 points for rewards.


mom’s day out

March 10, 2016
All by myselffffff… Today I was able to get out for a couple hours alone! I grabbed a veggie burger for lunch and then ran a couple errands. I’ve been on the hunt for a couple spring items – a dress for Easter and a new spring jacket, in particular. I found a couple options but I didn’t buy them. I’m still considering going back for the first top and jacket!

 Free People top (I can’t find the exact one online but this is similar) // this top is soooo cute. It’s pretty simple but it’s super soft and comfy. I love the delicate details that Free People puts into their clothes. Nothing is overdone but it always has a great vibe. I could see myself wearing this with jeans or leggings.

 Free People tunic dress // I loved this! I actually got it in a different color that seemed a bit more ‘springy’ to me. You’ll be seeing it in an upcoming outfit post.

French Connection dress // I think I would like this dress if I were a bit thinner (thanks, baby weight!) but with my current body type I just don’t think it fit right. The sleeves are adorable though. I think I want to get something with a pattern. Or a romper! I tried this BB Dakota romper but it didn’t work. *sad face*
Jack by BB Dakota jacket // I feel like this jacket is way more flattering in person than in a photo, but honestly, the photo is what stopped me from buying this! I love the neutral colors and how soft the jacket is. It would be so easy to throw on when heading out for playdates or errands with the kids. I  may be going back for it!


diy shellac manicures at home

March 9, 2016

You know what’s better than getting a shellac manicure at the salon? Getting one at home FO FREE. (after your initial investment, of course) I was laughing to myself because after I gave myself this mani this afternoon, I was changing dirty diapers. #momlife

My mom was actually the one that had the idea to invest in a UV gel light nail dryer and the shellac supplies. We both love getting shellac manicures and pedicures because they last SO much longer, but it’s always hard to find the time to go to the salon. This system does require about a $100 investment, but you easily recoup that after a few manicures and pedicures. 
My shellac process in 8 easy steps //
1} Pretend you’re at the salon! Pour yourself a glass of wine, or make yourself a coffee! This iced latte is brought to you by our lovely Jura espresso machine. Ice, vanilla almond milk and espresso layered in a cup and complete with a straw. My favorite!
2} Get your supplies together. I use rubbing alcohol, the Thermal Spa nail drying system and CND Shellac brand base, top and color coats. I usually set up my station at our kitchen bar, so I have plenty of space and it’s easy to see what I’m doing.
3} Clean your fingernails with rubbing alcohol.
4} Put your base coat on one hand. I set this for 30 seconds in the dryer.
5} Put on your first layer of color coat. I set this for two 60 minute sessions.
6} Repeat step 4 for your second layer.
7} Put on your top coat. Set for 60 seconds in the dryer.
8} Wipe fingernails down with alcohol again to remove the stickiness.

Nail dryer (on sale for $52!) / top and base coat / color coat (I love this color, it reminds me of grape soda!)

new beauty product obsessions

February 25, 2016

Truth: I’ve never been that good about washing my face every night. For the past few years, I’ve been using these Simple cleansing wipes. And while I only have good things to say about them, I don’t think they were taking off all my make-up and cleaning my face the way it should be cleaned.

I’ve been adding a few new products to my beauty routine, and I LOVE them. Yes, it takes a little more work at the end of the day to get my face “taken off,” but I feel SO much better, and my face is smooth and moisturized. I also have extra sensitive skin, so I’m happy to say these work well without irritating my face.
I start with Clinique’s ‘take the day off’ cleansing balm. I love this balm because it reminds me of coconut oil – solid when you first take it out and then it melts onto your hands and face. I massage the oil all over my face, and then wash off with warm water. When water hits, it gets sudsy and you can see the color change with your foundation coming off. It makes my face feel soft and smooth.
Next, I use Shiseido ‘Benefiance WrinkleResist24’ Intensive Eye Cream. Yes, it’s pretty expensive, and yes, I did debate whether or not to take the plunge for quite a few days. I’m so glad I did though! I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the way my under eyes look and I’m so impressed! You have to use such little of the product, a little goes a long way.
I end with a newer product that I was recently introduced to, Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream. I haven’t tried all of their products, but I love this one! It is SO moisturizing and feels so good on your face. I swear, it does feel like yogurt… in a good way! The cream has probiotics in it to nourish your skin. Sign up for their e-mails to save 15% on your first purchase!
Do you have any products you love? I have really been getting into trying new beauty/make-up products!