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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!
Happy hump day gals! It’s been a crazy few days decorating and getting ready for Christmas. I apologize if I seem absent but this time of the year is chaotic for me and most likely everyone else too! I’m actually getting to go back to my home town in Maryland tomorrow as an early Christmas present to my family. Is there anything better than being in your childhood bedroom again? I don’t think so!
In preparation for going home, I try to get myself looking my best because let’s be honest, you’re not only trying to look decent for your family but also all the other people you’ll end up running into! I bought some stick-on nails for my trip home and am totally loving them. Read on for more details!
I went to Target last weekend (no surprise there!) and was browsing the beauty aisle when I came across these stick on nails. Normally, nails like that just plain suck. However, a coworker told me how cute they were and how much she liked them so I gave them a try! They’re called Impress Nails and they look so good! Everyone has a Christmas or holiday office party to go to in the next few weeks and these are the perfect nails to sport while holding a plate of little munchies.
I’ll confess to you that I bite my nails a lot and they just aren’t presentable for a work function where I need to impress people. Impress Nails covers up my not so nice nails with professionally manicured-looking nails. I bought them for $5.99 and have gotten tons of compliments. During your next Target run, which will probably be tomorrow, pick up a set to try out. Choose one that features an accent nail like the gold glittery one on my ring finger, it adds so much!
Hi ladies! I hope your week is going well! With the holidays just a few weeks away, my stress level is going to an all time high and I tend to freak out easily. Since my job involves deadlines and time sensitive things, I have to schedule everything I do for clients around holidays. Sometimes I just have to take a step away from my desk and breathe. Other times, I give myself a mini pampering sesh right at my desk (or in my car if my boss is around!) using the hydrating evian Facial Spray Solution!
Favorite Ways to Chill Out at Work
One of the best ways to relax at work in my opinion, is by doing a mini manicure! I spray the evian Facial Spray on my fingers to hydrate the cuticles before filing my nails. It makes them a little less rough and gives my tired fingers a chance to rest. After filing my nails, I paint a clear coat of polish on them!
Another way I decompress at work is by going outside and sitting in the sun. I spray on some evian and let it dry in the warm sun. There’s something so enjoyable about just relaxing and focusing on how beautiful a sunny day is. Since my face gets dry in the cold office air, I love having a hydrating facial spray to keep my skin from flaking!
Lastly, my hair gets rather flat and dry throughout the day (shocking, right?). To give it a little lift, I spray my evian Facial Spray in my hair and fluff it while it dries. It appears cleaner and freshly styled! More than likely, that morning I hadn’t styled it in the first place, but you’d never know it.
If you like evian products, then you’ll love the giveaway they’re doing! 20 winners will receive a professional and travel size bottle of evian Facial Spray (link here!) Be sure to enter and share with friends! Post a comment below with your favorite ways to relax at work, and if you’ve tried it, comment with how evian Facial Spray fits into your daily primping routine!