Hi there! I'm Liz and I'm a Dallas transplant sharing my style, beauty, and home decor tips! Stay awhile and let's get to know each other! - xoxo Liz
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In high school when all the other girls had pretty, long pin-straight hair, I had bulky, thick wavy hair. No amount of straightening would keep it the way I wanted it. I had the Hollister hoodie, fake Dooney & Bourke, Five Star notebooks, and all I was missing was that gorgeous highlighted, straight hair all the other girls at school had. After years of trying to get my hair to behave the “right” way, I’ve finally embraced the hair I was born with.
Loving My Waves Using Kenra
My mom and I both have wavy hair and frankly, neither of us have ever known what to do with it. Finally, I just started letting my waves do what they wanted and it felt so good! Moving to Texas made me rethink my hair routine though. I used a lot of great coconut oil products but I needed something that kept up with the heat, humidity, and the need to have “big hair” like the other girls in Texas. Enter the Kenra Grip Collection at Ulta.
Kenra Professional sent me the Air Grip Spray, Whip Grip Mousse, and High Grip Spray to try out! After showering, I let my hair air dry and then scrunch in the lightweight mousse to keep the wave from becoming fluff. When it’s finally almost dry, I spray in either the Air Grip or High Grip Spray to tame the inevitable frizz. The only thing it can’t quite control is the annoying cow-lick (I think that’s what it’s called!) that I was born with. Nothing, not even NASA, can control that little section of hair!
Loving who you are and what God gave you is so hard when you’re a fashion and lifestyle blogger. Everyone seems to have a prettier face, better hair, and thinner body than you. But as I’ve grown up a bit, I’ve realized how blessed I am to be born with my mom’s hair, my dad’s eyes, and my unique personality. Embracing who I am and what I look like is a slow process, but it started with my hair!
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Hey friends! Today I’m sharing with you a post all about Father’s Day (and great gift ideas!) Father’s Day always creeps up on me and I end up looking unprepared for my dad’s big holiday! This year, I teamed up with HARRY’S to share a sweet story about my dad as well as share nice, affordable Father’s Day gifts with you!
Growing Up With My Dad
My dad has always been the hard working, loving parent that every kid wants. Since I was little, he’s been getting up at 5am to go to work no matter how cold it is. He’s always been there for all of my accomplishments and cheered me on. He served our country for 20 years in the Navy. And he laughs at almost all of my dumb jokes. But I never realized how proud of me he was until the day I graduated college. In a crowd of several thousand people, I could pick out my dad’s face from the stage because he was just over the moon that day. For this Father’s Day, I’m letting my dad know how proud I am to be his daughter and how thankful I am to have him as my dad!
The Luxe Winston Shaving Set
Harry’s sent my dad a beautiful engraved Winston Shaving Set as a Father’s Day gift. I gave it to my dad just a little early (he was visiting me in Dallas last week) and he absolutely loved it! My dad isn’t the type to spend crazy money on “extra” things. Up until I gave him this shaving kit, he literally used disposable razors because he didn’t need anything nicer. It’s safe to say that he’s upgraded with Harry’s! After using it once he said it was the best shave he’s ever had!
The Winston Set comes with the razor handle, 3 blades, carrying case, razor cover, and foaming shave gel all for $25! It really makes a great gift without having to spend a fortune! I come from a very budget-conscious family, so this was right in my favorite price range!
Please share sweet stories about you and your dad or dad-figure! I love hearing from you!
Growing up I was one of those teenagers that had clear skin no matter what. Sure, I broke out in a few pimples from time to time but for the most part, I had beautiful skin. And it drove my friends crazy. When they were hiding their faces from every camera in sight, I was right there in front of them. My skin was great then and it still is now. So how do I keep it that way? By following these few simple tips!
Exfoliate Dead Skin Carefully
To get that youthful glow, which I have mostly because I’m in my twenties, I exfoliate like crazy! I hate feeling like my skin has a layer of dirt or grease sitting on top of it. You’ll get that “glow” but not the kind you want. Every night before I go to bed, I use my Spin for Perfect Skin to remove dead skin that builds up over the course of a day.
This nifty little tool comes with a variety of spin heads to choose from depending on what you’re exfoliating. There’s one for general face exfoliation, body exfoliation, and even a pumice stone to exfoliate your feet! Keep scrolling for an AMAZING discount code just for you guys!
Go Makeup Free
SO many girls I know won’t leave the house without a full face of makeup. I totally get that but honestly, who are you trying to impress at the office or on a Target run? No one. I go makeup free at least 3 days a week to allow my skin to breathe! Crazy I know, but it works! The only times I really wear a full face of makeup is when David and I are going out, meeting up with friends, or doing blog photos. Otherwise, the heck with it. My skin appreciates it.
Pop the Blackheads
I know, I know every dermatologist says to leave them alone. Or maybe that’s pimples? Either way, when I see one of these suckers on my face, you better believe I’m getting rid of it. The best way is to use a comedone extractor, however I often just use my CLEAN fingers to pop them out. There’s nothing that ruins a complexion like a gross blackhead sitting in your skin.
Discount Code for Witty n Pretty Readers
Ok so here’s that discount code I was telling you about. Vanity Planet is offering my readers 70% off their purchase of the Spin for Great Skin exfoliator. Here’s the link to the exfoliator and the discount code is BBSFPS70
I honestly love this product and have way too much fun using it on not only my face but my very ticklish feet!
*product provided complimentary. all opinions are my own
Lately here in Dallas it hasn’t really felt like spring or summer. It’s been chilly, wet, and just icky. But I know come late May it’s going to heat up! Last summer was my very first summer of living in Texas and wow! I didn’t know what 105 degrees felt like until I stepped outside of my apartment and felt the heat wave. Unfortunately my hair felt the heat too and dried up pretty darn fast, so this year I’m preparing my hair in advance with a great hair care routine!
Beat the Texas Heat With Hair Essentials
So my number one rule for my hair is to use as little heat as possible, in other words no straightening, blow drying, or curling. Of course if it’s a special event, then I indulge a little, but the average day of sitting in my office- forget it, I’m saving my hair.
My second rule is to use a shampoo and conditioner that’s free of the stuff I don’t want in my hair like sulfates, parabens, and other things that I can’t even pronounce. Instead, I love using coconut oil and organic honey! Who’s with me on the coconut oil train?! Hask Beauty just came out with a new collection of hair care products that are made from yummy-smelling exotic oils and they let me try some of their coconut oil-based hair products!
If a hair product doesn’t smell good, I’m not inclined to use it. When I opened my Hask shampoo and conditioner bottles I was overwhelmed by the smell of coconut and honey! So it got past the smell test! After using it a few times though, I was sold. My hair is soft and when I brush it, it doesn’t frizz up like a poodle. Win for me!
My final hair care tip for the hot summer months is to embrace the boho chic braids. I love cute little french braids worn with statement earrings for a stylish summer hair style. It’s easy and so cute. Embrace the coconut oil hair care trend and enjoy the summer heat, because it’s coming whether you like it or not!
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How’s it goin’ gal pals?! Today I’m sharing with you my new obsession with La Bella Donna makeup and chemical-free makeup! I’ve never been the kind of girl to really care what’s in my food or what’s in my makeup, but after feeling the difference between makeup full of chemicals and makeup without it, you could say I’ve been converted!
Why You Should Use Mineral Makeup
I’m a girl that’s always after a bargain and unfortunately makeup bargains used to be my go-to. As I’ve gotten, ahem, older I’ve realized how important it is to really take care of my skin so it looks nice when I’m joining the AARP someday. Mineral makeup is the easiest way to do this. A few of the benefits are:
- A lightweight feel, as if you aren’t wearing makeup at all
- Natural protection from harmful UV rays
- Moisture balance for your skin
- Color that lasts instead of fading away
- Natural-looking coverage that allows your skin to breathe instead of clogging up your pores
The lovely team at La Bella Donna sent me a few of their mineral makeup products to try and like I said earlier, I’m hooked! I tried the Moonlight Highlighting Crème Colour on my cheeks, the Liquid Liner, and the amazing LBD Sun with SPF 50! I’m wearing all 3 in the photo above! I rarely love any sort of foundation or powder for my face but I was really surprised at how beautiful my skin looked with it on. It felt completely natural and didn’t leave that icky residue on my phone after I called my mom (because that’s what good daughters do everyday!)
Eyeliner is also tricky for me as I suck at putting it on and it usually slides of my face in an hour anyway. I was pleasantly surprised that the La Bella Donna eyeliner pen stayed on all day even in this hot Texas sun! The highlighting cream was also a fun treat to try! I put it on my cheeks and just overtop of my cheek bones for a little highlight.
The best part is that La Bella Donna has been kind enough to offer my readers 20% off their purchase with code “SPRING20”! As I mentioned earlier, I love a deal and 20% off on high-quality makeup is one I can’t pass up. Cheers!
*this post was sponsored by La Bella Donna. All opinions are my own.
Every time Monday rolls around I wonder where the heck my weekend went! I did my grocery shopping, cleaning, and enjoyed my Saturday date with David… so where did the rest of my Saturday and Sunday go? Ya feel me? Throughout the work week I try to find ways to make my evenings relaxing and my favorite way to do this is by pampering myself! If you enjoy some “me-time” every week, then you’re going to love the delicious bath and body products from Simply Divine!
When I was a teenager, I lived for Bath & Body Works. Now that I’m an adult and have learned to read product labels, I always opt for something organic and natural as opposed to mass-produced items. Sara, owner of Simply Divine in Austin, sent me a few of her bath and body products to enjoy and share with you guys. All of her creations are carefully crafted and made deep in the heart of Texas. You won’t find anything bad in these skin products! Read on for my product recommendations!
Secret to Great Skin Care
What’s the secret ingredient? Coconut oil, of course! We’ve heard all about how great coconut oil is and honestly, I hadn’t tried it until I started using Simply Divine body scrubs and bath soaks! The first thing I tried was the “Rosé All Day” bath soak. Rose petals, lavender blossoms, and dead sea salt make for one of the most fragrant and relaxing scents I’ve ever smelled! When I opened the super cute little mason jar to sprinkle it in my bath, it immediately gave me this happy, relaxed feeling. Sometimes a girl just needs a hot bath, you know?
I’m not even sure where to start with the “Brown Sugar Body Scrub” because it was legit the best thing I’ve ever smelled! I kid you not when I say, it smells like something you’d find in a bakery. And I may or may not have tasted it just to see if it tasted as good as it smelled (it did.) When I was enjoying my little pampering session in my bathtub, I lathered this stuff on my legs and arms to exfoliate and it did not disappoint!
Finally, I finished my bath time with the “Sweet Renewal Face Scrub.” This was another product that I really wanted to eat because it smelled so amazing. That’s not weird, right? I gently rubbed it on my face to exfoliate and it left me with a brighter complexion, which is always nice to have!
If you purchase anything this week, make sure it’s one of these locally made products! They’re reasonably priced and a great addition to your beauty collection. I truly believe that supporting small businesses is the key to growth and sustainability in our communities and Simply Divine certainly deserves our attention! Enjoy your me-time and spoil your skin this week and don’t forget to check out Sara’s online store! Use code “glow” for 20% off your next order!