Skincare Routine

Skincare Routine

Hi loves! Today I am finally breaking down my full AM and PM skincare routines! I am not a skincare fanatic, but I have tried quite a few products over the years and really narrowed down my favorites and exactly what works for me. If you are just starting off with skincare and on a tight budget, check out Trader Joe’s line of skincare products! I still use many of their items, but starting out I used their toners, serums, and more and really love their products (especially their rose line)! I personally have a normal-oily skin type and very, very sensitive skin. I am allergic to many skincare products (especially those with heavy fragrance). I’ve tried Tula, Drunk Elephant, and more, and they all had products that I either had a reaction to or broke out from. I discovered Paula’s Choice around three years ago, and I have loved every product I’ve tried from them! Without going into too much detail on the brand, all of their products and formulas are backed by scientific research. There are so many skincare brands that draw you in with pretty packaging and branding, and I was so excited when I found Paula’s Choice and started reading up on how every single one of their products is science-backed! This is in no way sponsored, I am just so happy with the brand and the positive effects it’s had on my sensitive skin, and I’m excited to share all of my favorites! 🙂

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FASH WASH: Soap & Glory – Vitamin C Facial Wash – I use this face wash morning and night and it is perfect! It does not leave a film or residue on my skin, and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. I love the Vitamin C component, and my skin always feels so smooth after using it!

TEA TREE: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Cleansing Pads – These are hands down the BEST skincare product I use! I could not live without these tea tree wipes! Tea tree oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, and it calms redness while also preventing breakouts. I’ve been using these wipes for years, and they have definitely helped my skin in terms of breakouts. I use these directly after I wash my face, and you will be amazed at how much dirt is still left on the pad. I’ve gotten my friends and family hooked on these wipes as well, they are truly the best! I linked them through amazon, but I recommend purchasing them directly in your local store.

EXFOLIANT: Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant – This is another product I absolutely swear by! I have been using this liquid exfoliant for around 3 years now, and I’ve seen drastic differences in my skin. This product has definitely minimized my pores and improved the overall texture of my skin! I use this every single morning and night, and it keeps my skin smooth and bright! I cannot say enough good things about this product!

VITAMIN C: Paula’s Choice Vitamin C Super Booster – I recently started adding Vitamin C into my skincare routine and I have been loving this super booster! This product is a concentrated 15% pure Vitamin C, and it visibly brightens skin and improves fine lines and wrinkles! This product is one I use more as a preventative skincare product to take care of my skin now for the future.

MORNING MOISTURIZER: Paula’s Choice Super Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 – This morning moisturizer is incredible! It is really important for me to wear SPF every day, while also having a daily moisturizer that is not oily or greasy and can be worn under makeup. This product has a silk like texture and leaves the most beautiful soft finish on the skin. It actually has a slight tint to it as well!

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FACE WASH: Soap & Glory – Vitamin C Facial Wash

TEA TREE: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Cleansing Pads

EXFOLIANT: Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

RETINOL: Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment – I recently added in a retinol treatment to my evening skincare routine! Retinol is clinically proven to diminish and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and I have been loving this serum! I only use this product once a week (I will be building up to 2-3 times a week as my skin is ready). Skin can be very sensitive to retinol (redness, peeling, etc.), so it is important to slowly introduce retinol into your skincare routine overtime.

EVENING MOISTURIZER: Belif – The True Cream Moisturizing Balm – This moisturizer is AMAZING! I have been using this product for about 5 years now, and I still have yet to find anything I like better. The consistency is the perfect thickness, and it leaves my skin feeling so plump and fresh! They also make an aqua balm which is their water based version which I also love in the warmer months!

LIP MASK: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – I know this sounds dramatic, but I actually cannot go to sleep without using this product. If you have not tried this lip mask, RUN AND TRY IT! My lips literally have not been chapped since using it, and I do not need to use chap stick AT ALL throughout the day. It has made the biggest difference in the texture of my lips, and my husband and I both cannot go to bed without putting it on! My favorite flavors are the original, vanilla, and sweet candy!

Everyday No Foundation Summer Makeup

Everyday No Foundation Summer Makeup

Hi loves! Today I am sharing my everyday no foundation summer makeup! This is the makeup I have on 99.9% of the time in the summer and it is quick and easy! Most of these products are my go-to favorite makeup products, and it only takes 5 minutes! I linked everything below, but if you would like to see a walkthrough you can head over to my saved instagram highlight!

Primer: Tula Filter Blurring Primer
Concealer: Nars Soft Matte (Custard)
Cream Blush: Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out (Cool Berry)
Blush: Kiko Cosmetics Sicilian Notes Bake Blush (Panarea Mauve)
Bronzer: Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer (Seychelles)
Powder: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish (Fair)
Eyeshadow (blush): Laura Mercier Strawberry Blush
Eyeshadow (lid): Hourglass Scattered Light (Reflect)
Mascara: Lash Paradise
Lip Liner: ColourPop Lippie Pencil (Lumiere)
Lipstick: Mac Amplified Lipstick (Blankety)https://rstyle.me/+4HVv4-DSfJ1VWoIF2tIjiA

Neutral Farmhouse Peel & Stick Wallpaper!

Neutral Farmhouse Peel & Stick Wallpaper!

Hi loves! We are in the process of doing a cosmetic renovation to our bedroom and I could not be more excited. I am creating a cozy corner in our room with an egg chair, adorable pillows, fluffy rug, and an accent wall! I started my search for our accent wall first. I knew I wanted some type of muted patterned wallpaper and came across the new trend of peel and stick wallpaper! I have no idea which pattern I want to go with, but I wanted to share some of the patterns I am deciding between. I’ve discovered some amazing brands during this search, and I cannot wait to try them out! Even if you are in the market for a bolder pattern, there is no shortage of adorable prints and colors to bring your walls to life!

  1. Magnolia Home – I had NO idea Joanna Gaines had her own peel and stick wallpaper line, but are we surprised at how gorgeous it is?! This pattern may be a bit too bright for what I’m personally going for, but I feel like I need to find a space in my home to put it because it’s just too pretty!
  2. RoomMates – I am SO happy I discovered this brand! This specific pattern I think would look really cute in a bathroom, but they also have so many other adorable patterns like this blue tiled pattern, which if you know me you know I am just obsessed!
  3. Loomwell – Barlow – This brand is seriously out of a magazine! I fell in love with all of their patterns, especially their adorable floral nursery designs! Seriously saving them in my back pocket for nursery decor one day! My other two favorites from this brand for my bedroom space are the Oakley and Ivy.
  4. Etsy – WatercolourWorkshop – This is a top contender for our bedroom accent wall! I am in love with the muted colors and the herringbone pattern.
  5. Etsy – TimberleaMinimal – Another gorgeous tile-like pattern! It may be slightly busy for the large area we need, but I still think I am going to order a sample to test it out!
  6. Etsy – IPInteriors – I am seriously kicking myself for not discovering this before finishing my office! This is definitely too feminine for our bedroom, but I am in love with the floral pattern and gold tones, it would have been absolutely perfect for my office!
  7. Etsy – artlinkwallpaper – Similar to #2, I think this pattern would look great in a bathroom behind a mirror! I am loving this trend, and now I am seriously thinking of adding some wallpaper like this to our downstairs bath!
  8. Etsy – AccentuWall – In love with this pattern, and this company has many other beautiful prints!

I will be deciding on a wallpaper over the next few days, let me know which one is your favorite!

Choosing The Perfect Paint Colors!

Choosing The Perfect Paint Colors!

Hi friends! We are finally, FINALLY nearing the end of our big home renovations (YAY)! While we did not professionally renovate every room in our house, we did redo the interiors of each room to match my style and interior design vision. This cosmetic renovation came along with painting each room in our home to attain a cohesive look! Simply painting the walls and trim in our home made the biggest difference in making the space look fresh and new!

The two colors we used throughout our entire home are Benjamin Moore Collingwood and Sherwin William Oyster Bay. We used Oyster Bay for our kitchen and dining areas, and Collingwood for the living space, stairwell, bathrooms, and office. Both colors can be seen below!

While I absolutely LOVE these colors for our home, it is so tricky to pick out paint colors based upon someone else’s photos because every single home is different! The way paint looks in once space can look completely different in another based upon the lighting, wall surface area, shadows, and more! I am listing my top three tips when it comes to choosing a wall color, I hope is is helpful in your decision making process!

Tip #1 – Decide Yellow or Blue

Now I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t want yellow or blue on my walls…”! Deciding between “yellow” or “blue” is just deciding the undertone of your wall color. Do you want a warm undertone (yellow) or a cool undertone (blue)? Even the most similar of colors can look SO incredibly different in a room if the undertones are different. The undertones can sometimes be difficult to identify, so I put some examples below to help!

Tip #2 – Bottom of the Color Wheel

If you are having trouble identifying the undertone of the paint color, grab a color wheel from your local paint shop and start flipping through. I find it challenging to identify undertones of very light colors, so once I spot a color I like I trace the color all the way down the strip to the darkest variation of the color. From here it is much easier to see the true root of the color. I find this especially helpful when looking at grey paint colors. When you trace a grey paint color down the wheel it could actually be very blue or very yellow!

Top #3 – Big swatches!

My final tip is to narrow down your options to around 3 colors and paint big swatches on all different sides of the room you are painting! It is absolutely impossible to pick a paint color based upon the tiny paper sample you find in the color wheel or store. The best way to see how the color will look in your room is to manually paint a swatch on the wall and see how it looks with the light and structure of your room!

I hope these tips help, if you use any of them when choosing your paint colors be sure to let me know!

8 Everyday Sunscreens!

8 Everyday Sunscreens!

Hi loves! Today I am back with a blog post talking all about sunscreen. I am not one to put sunscreen on my body every single day, and I have been working outside much more often than usual these days. I do put facial sunscreen on everyday since it is built into my morning moisturizer, but since I used to work in an office every day I never got into the habit of putting on a daily body sunscreen! Now that I am outside much more often, I went on the hunt to find a daily body sunscreen I can feel comfortable wearing every day. While I have my favorite beach sunscreens, I wanted to find something a bit different that felt more like lotion, and less like a coconut beach day! Below are some suggestions you sent in as well as some I found during my research!

Face Sunscreens:
Tula
Supergoop! (This is my go to face sunscreen!)
EltaMD
Paula’s Choice (This is the daytime moisturizer I use everyday with SPF!)


Body Sunscreens:
EltaMD (Most highly recommended!)
SunBum (My go-to beach sunscreen!)
Coola
Supergoop! (Body butter with SPF?! Sign me up!)

Red Dress MDW Sale!

Red Dress MDW Sale!

Hi loves! My favorite boutique is having their MDW sale, and I needed to share all of my favorite picks! I placed an order last night for some of these pieces, and I am too excited! Let me know which is your favorite!

1) White Jumpsuit

2) Lemon Swim

3) Sweater Romper

4) Cropped Puff Sleeve Cardigan (I have this and it is a staple for me!)

5) Floral Sage Midi Dress (just ordered last night!)

6) Dusty Rose 2 Piece (just order last night, and I still can’t get over the price!)

7) White Studded Loafers (only $10! also scooped them up last night!)

8) White Sweater (the last thing I picked up last night, perfect for spring/chilly summer nights!)

9) Peach Midi Dress (I was SO tempted to get this, but I definitely have too many fancy dresses and no place to wear them, but I still may just have to get it!)

Finding Ornate Gold Mirrors!

Finding Ornate Gold Mirrors!

Hello loves! Today I am writing a much long overdue post! When I began my wedding sign rental business Details and Swirls, I fell in love with ornate gold mirrors. I started collecting beautiful mirrors to add to my rental collection, and this obsession grew and quickly took over the decor in our home. Along the way I’ve picked up many tips and tricks on where to search for these pieces, and how to find them for the best price! Today I am walking you through exactly how and where I find all of my beautiful mirrors!

Facebook Marketplace

This is my NUMBER ONE secret when it comes to finding vintage gold mirrors! Believe it or not, there is an overwhelming number of mirrors on facebook marketplace. Now, this approach definitely takes some time and effort. If you are on the hunt for mirrors I suggest checking facebook marketplace around 3 times a day consistently, and reach out immediately when you see something you are interested in. These pieces go very quickly, and I am still kicking myself on some mirrors that I missed! Browsing facebook marketplace definitely takes some imagination. Many times the photos are poor, but you have to picture how the piece would look once it is cleaned and in a well lit space! Half of my mirrors (especially my really big ones) are all from facebook for a fraction of the price! I once found a $1,000 mirror I was eyeing for months online for just under $300 on marketplace (coming to my rental collection soon!), just keep checking consistently and they will appear!

Antique Stores

The next place I shop for my mirrors are antique and vintage stores. I have purchased 3-4 of my mirrors from antique shops and there are pros and cons. The pros are the quality and history. All of my antique store mirrors are my best quality pieces, and they most often come with a story of how old the piece is and the origination. The main con is the price. Unfortunately many mirrors at antique stores are quite expensive, so while you may be able to barter, you probably will not get the cheapest mirror at a vintage store.

Online

While I absolutely love searching marketplace and antique stores for mirrors, sometimes I do not have months to wait for the perfect piece to magically appear. Luckily after lots and lots and lots of digging, I’ve found numerous beautiful mirrors online (many of which I own)! Some are more expensive than others, and I will list them below based upon price!

Egg Chair Round Up!

Egg Chair Round Up!

Hi friends! I am dying to get my hands on an egg chair, I feel like they have been everywhere lately! I have the most perfect corner in my bedroom, but I am having trouble pulling the trigger on spending $300+ on a chair mostly for decoration…so I decided to take a deep dive to see if I could find anything cheaper! Unfortunately in terms of “egg chairs” they are all around the same $300 price tag. Even though I could not find many specific egg chairs under $300, I did find many alternatives that have the same style and aesthetic for a fraction of the price! I will definitely be purchasing #6 to put in my bedroom corner, I think it will give off the same overall vibe, I am so excited!

1) Wayfair $314

2) Big Lots $370 – I have been tracking this and is seems to go on sale often, so keep tabs on it!

3) Overstock $315

4) Walmart $297 – Currently out of stock, but sign up for updates!

5) Serena & Lily $198 – Not necessarily an egg chair, but same exact design details, materials, and coloring!

6) World Market $230 – This is my TOP pick! I am so happy I came across this find! This is the best egg chair dupe I could find under $300, and I think this is the one I am going to order for my bedroom! It is less bulkier and has all of the same design details as the traditional egg chair!

7) Wayfair $240

8) IKEA $130 – Cushion not included!

Designing My Backyard Bungalow

Designing My Backyard Bungalow

Hello friends! I am back today with another home makeover post! One of my favorite parts of owning my first home is designing every room from the ground up. I’ve completed the design for almost every room inside our home, and I thought it was about time to begin on the design plans for our patio! Now we do not have the largest patio space, but it is such a cute and cozy area to relax in. I imagine drinking coffee in the mornings, and lounging under the stars in the evenings and I am just too excited!

With every room design I’ve done for our house, I always create a design plan. My design plans include colors for the space, patterns, and the pieces of furniture or decor I want to incorporate. I partnered up with Wayfair to create the design plans for my backyard bungalow, and I am seriously obsessed! As you all know, I am in love with the Moroccan tile design and all things neutral and grey. The decor in our home is greatly influenced by these design aspects, and I wanted our outdoor space to follow! I decided to stay with the main design element of grey Moroccan pattern, but also incorporate navy blue for a flare of color. I love how everything is coming together, and I already have some of these pieces on the way! I think it is important to keep a consistent decor theme throughout your home including the outdoor space! If you are planning to redesign a new room or outdoor space in your home, I highly encourage you to start with a design plan! This will help you ensure all of your pieces coordinate and fit into the aesthetic you are envisioning! Below are links to all of my top picks for my backyard design, happy patio season!

Garage Door Makeover

Garage Door Makeover

Hello friends! I am coming to you today with the EASIEST DIY tutorial! I love the look of farmhouse garage doors, I think they make a huge difference in the curb appeal of a home. While new garage doors are definitely not on the top of our home renovation list, I found the easiest way to mimic the look with magnetic hardware! I wasn’t quite sure how easy or nice this project would turn out, but I am SO happy with the outcome! Everything you need can be found on Amazon prime, and it took me 15 minutes to do!

Everything you will need:
Sponge
Cleaner
Painter’s Tape (1 inch)
Window Magnets
Hardware Magnets

Step 1: Clean Garage Doors
First thing first, clean! This is not necessary, but I wanted to make sure we were putting the magnets on a clean surface, so I simply took a sponge with some household cleaner and wiped down the areas I would be working on.

Step 2: Add Windows
Time to add our “windows”! Using painter’s tape, measure out a + on each of your garage door squares. Ensure that the horizontal line on each square is at the same height so all of your windows line up! You can use a measuring tape to assist with this, but I found that eyeballing it worked perfectly fine! Once your tape + is up, stick on the magnetic square to each quadrant. Peel away the tape and you have your windows! I am really impressed with the quality of these magnetics, the suction is extremely strong! Repeat this step for all “windows”.

Step 3: Add Hardware
Once the windows are up, it is time to add the hardware! Again these magnets are extremely strong, so they basically flew out of my hand and attached to the door! You can place the hardware anywhere you like, but I chose to place one of mine below the first row of the door and one above the last row of the door. I popped the handles in the middle and that is it! A completely new set of doors in under 15 minutes!

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