Beauty Favs + Linkup

Confession: I'm out of outfit photos and it was really cold and rainy this weekend, which derailed my outfit shooting plans.  I also have a giant zit under my eye thanks to a crazy amount of stress at work.   What I did instead was clean my bathroom, prep cook for the week, and make some insanely decadent chocolate banana bread (you need this cookbook).  Super glamorous, as illustrated by the above photo.  

I'm not the tidiest person, but I actually care about keeping my bathroom organized and clean.  It makes getting ready so much more efficient.  I keep my go-to skin and makeup products easy to access in organizers on my counter. And yes, my Clarisonic is vintage from 2009.   I suppose I'm due for an upgrade soon.

So post-bathroom tidy session, I decided to take a few pictures of my beauty favorites to share with ya'll, because I've been meaning to for awhile...

Hair things

Dyson hair dryer || Guys, this has been such a game changer.  I got it for Christmas, and haven't looked back.  I have long, thick hair, and it took a good 45-60 minutes to blow dry and flat iron all of it.  Since Christmas, I haven't used my flatiron AND it only takes about 15 minutes to blow out all my hair smooth!  I've saved SO much time and my hair is way healthier.  

Moroccan Oil || I put a dime amount of this in my damp hair before blowdrying, and it makes it super shiny and conditioned.  It's also great for dry ends a few days after washing hair.

Aquage Beyond Shine || This has been my favorite shine and heat protectant spray for years.  It's doesn't get heavy, adds shine, and has a really pleasant fragrance.
IGK Dry Shampoo  || This is just a really, really great dry shampoo.  I've tried tons and this one is my fav hands down.

Pureology Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner || I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my fav Pureology shampoo and conditioner.  I've been using it about ten years, and when I travel or use something else I immediately notice how much drier and tangled my hair is.  It's that good. 

Shhowercap || I upgraded my cruddy shower cap a few months ago, and it was such a good decision.  This shower cap doesn't leave the big line on your forehead and does a much better job keeping the moisture out.  Plus it's SO much cuter.


For my 3-minute face, I slather on a little Tarte tinted moisturizer, a quick swipe of Glossier Boy Brow, and finish with a dusting of Tarte bronzer on my cheeks and eyelids.

For my 10-minute face, I swap in Arbonne CC cream, applied with a BeautyBlender (I've tried the off-brand, the silicon applicator, and so many others, and there really is no substitute!).  I also use a bit of Nars concealer (applied with a concealer brush) to brighten up under my eyes.  I use the same Tarte bronzer, but also add a little Nars blush in 'Orgasm'.  I finish by filling in my brows with the Anastasia brown pencil, apply a quick swipe of Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara, and swoosh on Dior Lipglow in pink.

If I'm really amping it up, in addition to my 10-minute face described above, I curl my lashes, use Tarte primer, Giorgio Armani liquid eyeshadow, topped off with either Becca eyeshadow or (my fav) Violet Voss palette.

Oh and not beauty related, but I keep this waterproof bluetooth speaker, which I adore, in my bathroom too.  Perfect for listening to music or podcasts in the shower and while I get ready. 


AM || I first wash my face with Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser.  I love it because it is gentle enough to use on my eyes, but actually removes makeup.  It doesn't strip the skin but gets it nice and clean.  It's also a bargain.  Then, I use Arcona's cranberry scrub a couple mornings a week.  It smells AMAZING and my skin feels so soft after using it.  I follow up with Arcona craberry toner, Tarte eyecream, and Murad mattifying moisturizer with SPF.

PM || Again, Kiehl's facewash, followed by Bioderma to remove makeup and tone, followed by Drunk Elephant hydrating gel (which I picked up this week 🙈).  

My exact organizer is no longer available, they replaced the top drawer with two smaller ones, see it here.

I keep my skincare items in this basket for ease of access.  
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Spring Wishlist + Linkup


Ferragamo Vara Navy Pumps | I've been hunting for the perfect navy shoes for work for a few months now (tried these splurge heels, these flats, and these flats for a bargain- all went back) I've read a ton of great reviews for the Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pumps, and I think they'd be adorable with everything from pencil skirts, to slacks, to jeans a little more casually (which is key because these would be a hefty investment.)  What do you think?  Pull the trigger?

Aftershokz Headphones
| I tried these on at the running store a couple weeks ago, and haven't been able to get them out of my head.  They're bone conduction headphones, which means nothing actually goes in your ears, and you can hear ambient noise still.  For running, that's awesome!  That means no sweaty earbuds, and I can still hear traffic, etc... which makes me feel much safer.  It would also be convenient for the office.  Anyone have experience with these?  There's so many crazy good reviews, they must be awesome, right?

iPhone X | Guys, I've got a super cracked screen iPhone 6s, and while I use my phone SO (read, way too) much, the price tag of the new models makes me grimace because uhhh I could basically buy a laptop for that amount of money.  The husband has an iPhone X for his work phone though, and I'm constantly borrowing it to take pictures.  So basically I want it for the camera, ha!

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Hydration Gel | I think I'm going to have to snag this at the upcoming Sephora sale.  I got a sample and LOVED it, but I have a pretty new bottle of this I feel like I should get through first.  It's also good, but the weightlessness and great scent of the Drunk Elephant gel really did it for me. Also yes, I totally spelled the brand wrong in the picture, and it's totally 11:53PM so I don't care.

Wusthof Bread Knife | The husband got a Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas (seriously it is his, I've only used it once since then) and has been churning out some pretty stellar crusty loaves of bread since then.  Our bread knife kind of sucks (and probably really needs to be sharpened...).  The other kitchen knives I've upgraded to Wusthof are INCREDIBLE, so I think the bread knife is next in line.  The question is, so I get the classic or the double serrated?   
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Activewear at Usery Mountain Park

Happy Spring, friends!

I am vying so hard for the Arizona weather we left behind, as I write this post it's SNOWING.  Not cool, Mother Nature.  

I wore this for an AM hike at Usery Mountain; it was stunning!  If you're ever in the Mesa area, I'd highly recommend making the trek.
Did you know that saguaro cacti can live to be 200 years old and tower over 50 feet?!  Being amazed by all the varieties of cacti caused me to do some research, and now I find them even more fascinating!  They grow SUPER slow, typically only 1 inch in the first 10 years.  SO crazy.  Then it takes at least another 50 before an "arm" starts to grow.  Makes you really appreciate those giant cacti, no?!

Panda bamboo sunglasses [similarsimilar]  //  Mesh panel 7/8 leggings [exact under $30]  //  Cutout back tank [exact under $20]   //  Nike sneakers [exact]  //  Favorite running socks [exact]  //  H&M destructed denim jacket [similar]  //  Favorite backpack [exact]
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Under $50 Distressed Skinny Jeans + Hello Monday Linkup

Howdy friends!

I just got back from a few days in Arizona (where these photos were taken) for husband's sister's wedding (yayyy!) and dang do I miss the weather already! Although it did get a little chilly at night, so it was rather unfortunate when I arrived Tuesday night and realized I somehow didn't pack jeans 😒

So Wednesday, when we were out running a few last minute errands for the bride, I also tracked down a reasonably priced pair of jeans to wear the rest of the week.  I didn't want to buy something I basically already had, so when I found these super soft, lightwash destroyed skinnies for under $50, I was stoked.  They run true to size, if not a tiny big, and are super comfortable and lightweight.  Perfect for Summer.

Destructed skinny jeans [exact on sale for $44, orig $108]  //  James Perse tee [similar]  //  Birkenstock sandals [exactsimilar under $40love these too]  //  Vince crossbody [similar]  //  Madewell bandana [exact under $13]  //  Panda bamboo sunglasses [similarsimilar]

Also perfect for Summer- these sandals.  I love LOVE and wear mine so often.  They're as comfortable as traditional Birkenstocks, but the more delicate, shiny straps look so much more feminine.

Spiced up one of my favorite Vince crossbody bags from last year with a fun, affordable scarf.

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