beauty

Mermaid Dry Shampoo

There are certain things that simplify life, dry shampoo being one of them! Luckily I get away with two washes and styles, and dry shampoo the other days of the week. After reading an article on the scary ingredients most dry shampoos contain, I checked the label on my regular go-to and saw ingredients like liquified petroleum gas! No thanks. Since it’s the hair product I use the most, I recently switched to a version free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. The other major benefits is it’s all organic, and doesn’t have any harsh chemicals. I noticed that dry shampoo in the powder form goes a really long way. Sprinkling it into my palms and rubbing it into my roots absorbs oil and creates a ton of volume, without the damp white residue the aerosol form can leave behind.  How cute is the packaging?

A New Routine


This week, I was given the green light to resume workouts, and I could not be more ecstatic. I just feel better when I’m  working out daily, and I have never been more motivated to get back in shape. 

When I’m working out daily, I tend to stick to all other routines more consistently, like my weekly beauty mask. Since I’m feeling like a new person this week, I decided to switch up my usual mask routine with something new

 Lately, I don’t attempt anything without multitasking, as I applied a layer and went on to wash bottles and load up the sertilizer. By the time I was finished, the mask had already dried and was ready to rinse off. The fact that it is quick-drying, makes it so much more seseptable for me to use. 

Curious to see how well it “pulled the gunk out of my pores” since it isn’t a peel off mask, I rinsed my face with warm water and was left completely amazed. It wiped my pores clean. I was so impressed with the facial-like results (without the inflammation) that I couldn’t wait to use it again, and feel like my face is clearer than ever. It’s seriously a game changing beauty product. 

Instagram Round Up

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This blue hue has been on repeat lately. This polish is really long-lasting, especially with how my fast my nails have been growing.

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The countdown is on to meet our sweet baby boy! I’m gravitating towards basic tees, comfy lightweight cardigans, and my favorite maternity denim and ankle boots (even though they’re becoming a little more difficult to zip on and off! haha)

breakfast

My favorite weekend breakfast, vegan sausage patties, gluten free cinnamon raisin toast and fresh fruit. When in need of a caffeine fix, this Black & White Cold Brew with Almond Milk is pretty yummy!

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Coloring eggs for Easter weekend.

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The Freshly Picked team sent Baby H the cutest moccs! I can’t wait to stick his little feet in them!

Morning Links

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Ankle boots have been my closet staple for the past 6 or more years. I have a seriously weakness for this cutout style. The right shoe can update your entire look

I can’t wait to try this healthier version of Fettuccini Alfredo that’s vegan & can also be gluten free

Smart Beauty Hacks with products you probably already have on hand

I’ve been obsessed with the simplicity of this app, that pays you for scanning your grocery, beauty, and apparel receipts. Cash accumulates quickly, and you can transfer it into your Paypal account at any time. (Get a $10 bonus for signing up with this link or using this referral code: ethxieu when signing up with the app)

Shakeology has been apart of my daily morning routine for the last year. Vegan Chocolate is my go-t0, but Monday launched the newest flavor, Cafe Latte. If you’re a coffee lover it’s a must try, all the benefits sans the caffeine! (Cafe Latte is not vegan)

Holiday Beauty Drugstore Beauty Haul

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Polish / Mascara / Liquid Eye Liner / High Definition Undereye Setting Powder / Mascara & Shadow Shield

I couldn’t be more impressed with my latest drugstore beauty haul. Pregnancy makes my already fast growing nails, grow 10x faster. Painting my nails is the best option for me, since they grow out so quickly. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure has been a game changer. It applies better than any polish (at any price range) I have ever tried, and gives the look of a gel manicure. It pairs perfectly with my go-to top coat for speed drying and full shine.

  

The e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder takes my favorite concealer to the next level, by keeping it in tact all day and adding a velvety finish that helps camouflage fine lines and dark circles. I’ve been extremely surprised by how amazing this product is, especially for a $3 price tag.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Carbon Black and L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black, makes a bold statement for any holiday eye look. From a statement cat eye, to a smoky eye, to a metallic sheen, each product in Carbon Black really makes lashes and eyes pop!

I came across this super convenient tool, when doing my mascara and shadow in a pinch. The e.l.f. Studio Mascara and Shadow Shield is great for avoiding mascara on your lid, and undereye, as well as accumulating shadow under your eye when applying. Another $3 find.

Holiday Gift Guide // For the Beauty Techie

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I enjoy getting ready. Doing my hair, doing my makeup, choosing my clothes. But drying my hair has always been my most dreaded beauty task. With the amount of hair I have, and it being so long, it usually takes me up to 30-40 minutes to get it completely dry.

I’ve had a couple of great hair dryers throughout the years, but my latest one was at the end of it’s run after a short couple of years. So I probed my hairstylist for her favorite hair dryers. She suggested BaByliss. I started researching and found nothing but amazing reviews for this Italian made beauty tool, created with a real v12 Ferrari engine, and nano-titanium technology.

The verdict? 6 minutes. 6 minutes is all it took for a completely dry, shiny blowout. Sold.

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The amount of times that I didn’t have time to finish drying my hair and had to let it air dry to look like a mess. I wish I would’ve discovered this piece of beauty magic much sooner.

If you’re in search of the perfect gift for the beauty techie in your life, I’ve rounded up an array of amazing products that amp up anyone’s beauty routine.

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BaByliss Pro Volare V1 Dryer This hairdryer is magical. It’s no doubt worth the price to cut down significantly on your beauty routine time & comes with a 4 year warranty at Ulta.

Beachwaver S1 Lust Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show beach waves? This is the exact product top stylists used to create the effortless sultry look.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System This is a life changer. Using this facial brush everyday, makes my skin so soft, eliminates dryness, and helps fade any previous breakouts.

Clarisonic Acne Cleansing Brush Head With my hormones all over the place, being pregnant, I use this brush head to control breakouts. It’s safe for sensitive and acne prone skin.

Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head Designed with a unique gradation of bristle firmness and dual-action movement, making it optimal for cleansing oily skin, skin with large pores or those looking to target hard to reach and uneven areas of the face, like the crevasses around the nose. This brush head is safe and gentle for use every day.

Clarisonic Sensitive Brush Head If you have a sensitive to normal skin type, this brush is great.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brush Head This is the next brush head I plan on trying out. The luxurious brush head with plush new filaments that remove sebum and surface-level pigmentation to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dullness.

Clarisonic Smart Profile Skin Cleansing System If you’re obsessed with the results of the facial brush as I am, you can take it to the next level with this full body set, that includes a facial brush, body brush, and pedi smoothing disc.

Color Me Automatic Universal Starter Kit I’m dying try this foundation applicator that creates a professional airbrushed look. You can use it with any kind of foundation from liquid, loose, pressed, to BB creams.

Brought to you by People Style Watch and Ulta.

Holiday Gift Guide // For the Beauty Buff

Gift Guide For The Beauty Buff

Drybar Blowout Peace on Earth Good Hair to All! | Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa® 2X Brush Cleaning Glove | Sephora FavoritesUrban Decay Naked Smoky PaletteGLAMGLOW GIFTSEXY Ultimate Anti-Aging Set | GLAMGLOW Poutmud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment & Wet Lip Balm Treatment Duo | Yves Saint Laurent Vernis À Lèvres Plump Up Glossy StainGiorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation | Boscia Japanese Cleansing Ritual for Flawless Skin

One of my favorite gift guides, for the beauty obsessed in your life, or treating yourself! You can’t go wrong with any of these glam gifts.

 

Beauty Game Changer

L'Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara

I’ve read great things about this mascara for the longest time, and when I ran out of one of my favorites, I decided to give it a try. The only regret I have is not trying this sooner! It’s the best mascara I’ve used, even compared to my usual $30 finds, for under only $8!

After trying out lash extensions for my wedding and honeymoon, I felt like my real lashes were never the same. My full, long lashes weren’t there anymore, even using my favorite mascaras. This mascara brings them back to life. The curved brush version is great too!

Currently Loving

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Lace up Gladiators: 1 |  2 | 3 | 4

Banana Leaf Print: 1 | 2 | 3

Decorative & Functional Home Decor: 1 | 2 | 3

a Dewy Glow: 1 (highly coveted) | 2 | 3

Stripes: 1 | 2 | 3

Cut Outs: 1 | 2 | 3

Off the Shoulder: 1 | 2 | 3