✩ March Favorites ✩

Better late than never!

Hey ladies! So as you might’ve noticed, I’ve been gone for a couple weeks. I have been in Los Angeles working on a new TV show so I’ve been working 16 hour days. Now we’re back & better than ever and ready to deliver some of my favorite products from this past month! Let’s get right into it…

Quay Blue Light Glasses, $65

Alright, first up is probably my favorite product of this entire post. I finally caved and got some blue light glasses – I’m literally wearing them as I type this! If you’re not sure what they are, they block the blue light from our phones and computers from creating negative effects on our eyes. Extended exposure to blue light can disrupt your sleep cycle and create strain on your eyes. Nobody wants that! I’ve always seen the glasses on Amazon but when I saw this pair in the Quay store, I just had to. Not only are they stylish, they’re helping my eyes at the same time. Win, win!

Vermont Village Vinegar Shots, $16 per pack

None of us like to take the god awful apple cider vinegar shots, but the benefits have us drinking them through the pain. If you’ve ever had ACV, you know how acidic it is – meaning it’s not great for your teeth. I found these vinegar shots from Vermont Village that have a little more tolerable flavor and are meant to dilute in your water. This way, my teeth can be spared & I don’t mind consuming ACV everyday!

Kopari Coconut Deodorant, $14

This deodorant has been a lifesaver for me this month. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been working in LA in the heat. I’ve been using natural deodorant for some time now, but this one from Kopari truly, truly works for me. This deo is aluminum-free which means you won’t have clogged pores in your armpits and prevents a harmful ingredient from getting into your bloodstream through those pores! I used to believe I would never find a natural deodorant that actually worked for me, until this one. It smells amazing, doesn’t leave white residue & is safe for your lymphatic system. If you’re wanting to make the switch, this is the #1 one I’d recommend!

Vital Proteins Collagen Shot – Glow

Speaking of wellness shots, here’s another one I’ve been loving! Vital Proteins is known for their collagen powders, but late last year they started selling individual liquid shots & I’m obsessed. I’ve been loving the “Glow” one because in just one little shot it has 7g collagen peptides, 60mg of hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and biotin. To put that in clearer terms, it’s amazing for your skin! I find mine in Whole Foods so I don’t have to buy an expensive bulk pack. Tequila shots on the weekends, collagen shots during the week!

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion, $6

Back in my January Favorites, I showed you guys my holy grail lip balm from Palmer’s. I discovered their Cocoa Butter Lotion this past month and my life was forever changed. This is the best naturally smelling & hydrating lotion I have ever used. I am pretty bad about regularly applying lotion, but I get excited about applying this stuff! It’s also super affordable and doesn’t contain drying fragrances. I’m obsessed.

There you have it – the products I’ve been obsessed with over the past month! These Favorites posts are always my favorite to write & I hope you were introduced to some new things! This month was all about wellness for me, so go ahead and get started with your self-care!

The Best Skincare Packing Checklist For Your Next Trip/Vacation

Spring has sprung & if you’re lucky, you might be jet-setting off on a vacation soon! In my case, I’m headed to California for some work so I need to make sure I don’t forget a thing.

Before anything, I start packing my skincare because it’s the most easily forgettable for me! Whether you’re flying or driving, going to a warm climate or cold, you have to be prepared for how your skin is going to react when you get yourself in a new environment. You could have beautiful & clear skin at home, but it may go a little crazy after traveling. Make sure you’re ready!

I put together a packing checklist that I use when traveling and I thought I’d share just in case you need to get more organized! When flying or driving for hours on end, its important to hydrate and protect your skin! I’ll start with the products I need in my carry-on or car bag and move on to the list of things I bring for daily use on a trip!

Travel Essentials

Alright, so you’re boarding a 5 hour flight or preparing for a 10 hour car ride, what do you need? First off, it’s important to know that it is important to take care of your skin during that time. Being in a confined space with other people and low air quality can attack that skin that you’ve worked so hard to get.

Airplane cabin air truly sucks all the moisture out of your skin. Make sure to pack your favorite moisturizing mask or creme. The most iconic mask for traveling is of course the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. It’s definitely pricey at $50, but it you travel a lot, it’s a great investment! Once you board your flight, slap this baby on and prevent your skin from drying out so you look glowy on that vacation! Speaking of hydration, I don’t go anywhere without my Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. A true essential for any flight.

Usually when I’m traveling, I get started very early in the morning. With early mornings, comes those not-so-cute eye bags. I always, always, always pack eye masks/gels when traveling to make sure I look fresh upon arrival. You don’t want anyone to know how tired you are, trust me. I love these Activated Charcoal Eye Gels from Blaq! Don’t be afraid to look a little different on a plane, skin is important!

While the first two products are the main things I always pack, I often forget the smaller items. Two more things you need for your next flight or long car ride are sanitizing wipes & a facial spray. Once you get in your seat, be that person and wipe down your seat and tray & whatever else you will be touching during your travels. Touching a dirty seatbelt and then touching your face is skincare suicide – don’t do it! I also always throw in a travel size facial spray to refresh and hydrate throughout the hours. Must have!

VACAY/Trip Essentials

Alright, you’ve made it to your destination and you’re ready to spend a short or long duration there. When packing, I could bring an entire checked bag of all the products I feel like I would need. But in reality, a few good essentials will get you through. Here are the products I always need on my trips, no matter where I’m going:

When I’m traveling to a hot or cold climate, I always find the need to hydrate. Sunburn or below zero temperatures can desperately dry out your skin. My favorite go-to creme is my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I know I’ve talked about it so much, but it’s my most universal product for any climate I find myself in.

Peach and Lily

There’s nothing better than a little “me-time” in your hotel room or Airbnb after a long day. That’s why I always pack sheet masks to indulge a little on a trip. I work in film which means I usually work 16 hour days of chaos. Having a hydrating or plumping sheet mask to throw on and relax at night gives my skin back some life after a crazy day. When packing for your next trip, throw in some masks for a little treat every once in a while.

This one is obvious, but make sure to pack your essential cleanser, moisturizing & exfoliator. Whatever your faves are, don’t switch it up. Keep your skincare routine as regular as possible so your skin doesn’t freak out! When you’re going through your routine the night or morning before travel, throw the products in your bag after use! It makes it way easier to not forget something that your skin is used to!

Last, but certainly not least: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! If you’re not technically heading to the beach, sunscreen is something that I always forget about. In cold or hot climates, the sun can always damage your skin. Bouncing off the snow or beating down from the sky, those UV rays are after you. Find a sunscreen that works for you and layers well with your other skincare and makeup. I love the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen. It has 40 SPF and works well with my skin type!

There you have it, my travel essentials for all my trips and vacations! The next time you’re heading out on a flight or a road trip, take some of my suggestions into consideration. When I’m packing for my upcoming work trip, I’ll be referencing my list because I still always forget! Happy travels!

The Skincare Organizer You Need In Your Life

With the copious amount of skincare that you guys know I have, it would be a disaster if I didn’t properly organize all of it. Today, I’m sharing the product that truly made me feel less overwhelmed when it came to my skincare.

I have a one-sink bathroom with minimal counter space. You can imagine that that conflicts with being able to display all of my products and have them easily accessible. I was cramming cremes and cleansers into a tiny space which looked awful & simultaneously stressed me out to have to look at.

Anyway, let’s get to the point: I got a rotating, customizable beauty organizer off of Amazon and my life, and counter, was forever changed. It’s called the sanipoe 360 Rotating Makeup Organizer & I’m obsessed! The shelving on it is customizable so you can move them up and down to different heights for different sized products.

I now can display over 30 products in a 12 inch space!

As for the actual organization of my products goes, I like to group together similar products. Up top houses my moisturizers and larger tubs of product, since the shelving works best for smaller items. My cleansers go together, as well as my eye products, oils, etc. It sounds self-explanatory, but I know exactly where to spin when looking for a certain product at each step of my routine.

There are many great organizers out there, find the one that works best for you! I recommend using one with adjustable shelving like mine, so you can ensure that you’ll be able to accommodate for future products you plan to add to your collection!

I know this one was short but sweet, but I wanted to share a simple product that truly helped me declutter my life. If anyone has watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, you’ll appreciate that a simple fix can change an entire room! If you have a cluttered countertop full of makeup, haircare and skincare, I highly recommend finding an organizer that works for your space!

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty: The Deals You Should Not Miss Out On

Start your engines & get ready to run. The ULTA 21 Days of Beauty event is now here!

First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you celebrated yesterday with green beer & partying like you were in Dublin, your skin is going to need some rejuvenating. If you’re just makeup obsessed like the rest of us, this sale is for you.

ULTA’s bi-annual mega-sale has now begun and there are way too many steals you need to get your hands on over the next 3 weeks. There are tons & tons of amazing products on sale – but I’ll be elaborating on & adding a photo of the ones I think you need to throw in that cart.

I linked all my favorite products below & they are only on sale for their respected days! So make sure to jot down your favorites in your calendar. Let’s get started shall we…

Week 1: March 17-23

If you’re in the market for a new staple in your makeup routine, this contour palette is IT! Whether you’re a pro or a newbie to contouring, this palette has all the basic you’d need & it’s 50% off. Can’t beat it.

We all know eye creams can run high prices, so when I see a good quality one on sale, I have to let you guys know! I’ve used this product before and it has done wonders for my dark circles. Pick one up if your fatigue shows on your face.

If you have a Clarisonic electric facial brush, you need this. Having a massage head is key for lymphatic drainage every morning before makeup application. If you wake up with a puffy face, this massage head will help you with that real quick!

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Dr. Brandt. I love all of their products, but not necessarily their prices. So, that’s why I will be picking up this “botox in a bottle” for 50% off! Amazing.

week 2: march 24 – 30

This is pretty much my favorite product from Kate Somerville. Whenever my skin is feeling dull, I slap some of this one for something special. My skin truly feels more plump and hydrated after use. This discount is MAJOR!

I’m always in the market for an amazing serum that actually does something. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum. Dr. Mona Vand uses it in her morning routine so if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me!

If you have an active zit, this stuff will dry it up overnight! Truly a product I will continue to purchase over and over – definitely need to stock up with this major discount.

Week 3: March 31 – April 6

If Clinique products are one thing, they are moisturizing. This product is no exception. Moisture Surge goes on smooth but doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy. This is the 72-hour one, which I love just as much as the original. If you’re wanting to try it out, getting it on this sale is smart!

If you’re a fan of the Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads (I’m addicted), these are a pretty good alternative! If you’re skin needs exfoliation and some glow, radiance pads are the way to go! I love anything from First Aid Beauty so these will be making their way into my cart!

Thank goodness, this is finally on sale! Every single time I’m at ULTA, I want to pick this up. I’ve heard amazing things & I ran through my sample size way too fast. Add to cart!

This is one of my all-time favorite brow products. Let me tell you, Benefit knows what they’re doing when it comes to brows! If you’re new to shaping or filling in your brows, buy this. It instantly makes your brows look full and structured. Half off!

Obviously there are tons & tons of other deals going on during this three week event, these were just my suggestions! Do you take advantage of this sale twice a year? If so, what are you grabbing this time around?

Honest Review: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser

Time to tell the people what they want to know: all hype aside – how is the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser?

Apart from being a mouthful to say, I’m here to give an honest review after testing this cleanser for about a month now. First of all, I’d like to preface this review by admitting that I am a big fan of this brand. I use all of their face masks and was introduced to this product by first falling in love with the Water Drench Cloud Cream. So when I saw that they made a cleanser under the same name, I had to give it a shot.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser, $28

When trying out a product for the first time, I like to use it exactly the way it’s directed in the directions on the packaging. That way, I can avoid basing an opinion on it without using it correctly – duh. It directs you to squeeze a small amount into your hand, add water & rub hands together. This actually isn’t the way I usually use my cleansers, so I’m glad I checked the directions prior. My first initial opinion was that I loved the consistency of this cleanser. It truly felt like marshmallow fluff in my hands.

The next reaction I had was one of the negative things I have to say about this product – the smell. I think it’s safe to say that we all like our cleansers to not be fragrant necessarily, but to have a pleasing smell. Since this product has marshmallow root extract in it, I was expecting a sweet & subtle smell. This cleanser had more of a medicinal smell. Since Peter Thomas Roth is a “clinical skin care” brand, this might be expected, but I have not experienced this smell with any of their other products before. Not a huge deal breaker for me, since the smell wasn’t horrible, but still noted.

With that being said, this product works. It directs you to focus on the parts of your skin which have makeup and it claims to melt that makeup away. After using it for a month, I can say that this cleanser makes your makeup disappear! With past cleansers, I always go back over my skin with a cotton pad & some micellar water to make sure I get all the makeup off, and the pad usually comes back dirty. With this product, I am always shocked to swipe my face post-wash and get a clean cotton pad back. This cleanser breaks down high quality mascaras, foundations and eye shadows. I am still always impressed every time I use it.

Cleanser removed my mascara, BB Cream, concealer & powder.

Since a cleansers job is to obviously clean the face, I confidently can say that my skin feels the cleanest after using this product. I believe it’s used best in the morning before applying makeup. It makes your face the perfect smooth & clean canvas which makes for the best makeup & skin all day. It claims to “froth” up, which I wouldn’t necessarily say is the case, but it does act as a great creamy & milky cleanser.

To sum it all up, I will continue to use this product when I’m in the need to get a deep cleanse & makeup removal. I would say that the scent of the product is more medicinal than pleasing, so if that is a deal breaker to you, there are so many other amazing cleansers out there. If not, pick up a travel size of this at Ulta or Sephora and give it a shot before committing!

Happy cleansing!

Beauty Products That Will Save Your Skin From This Cold Weather

Alright, I’m over it. I need sunshine & warmth and I need it now.

This year, more than ever, the cold weather and wind have been really affecting my skin. It’s been dry & dull and lacking the “bounce” we all strive to have in our skin. Luckily, there are some pretty amazing products out there that have helped me get through this difficult time. (Dramatic, but whatever)

If you’ve been experiencing this year’s polar vortex, listen up. If you’re lucky enough to have been soaking up the sun this winter, check out these products for your next ski trip or adventure in the mountains. Enough with the chatter, let’s get to it!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, $32

Let’s just get the obvious one out of the way! This moisturizing cream has worked miracles for my skin. It hydrates your skin immediately whether you’re dealing with dryness or a bad sunburn (can’t relate). First Aid Beauty being the name of the company makes sense because it truly comes to the rescue. This stuff has been my holy grail winter item this entire season.

Savannah Bee Beeswax Salve, $10

With cold weather, you get dry and cracked hands & heels. It’s not cute. With that being said, this Beeswax Salve is a dream. This company uses all natural ingredients & this product is comprised of a blend of pure beeswax, vitamin E, and olive oil. I like to apply this salve to my heels at night and slap on my favorite fuzzy socks and I wake up with totally different feet. It feels amazing, smells amazing & it truly works.


e.l.f Hydrating Face Primer, $6

It’s super important to properly prep the skin before you apply your makeup for the day. Having the right primer helps the makeup go on smoother & in this case, your skin will stay hydrated. e.l.f is known for their primers and with how affordable they are, I always recommend people try them out! This one has been my favorite primer this cold season because it hydrates any dry patches and creates a silky canvas for my makeup to lay upon. Love.

Grown Alchemist Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser, $49

If your skin is already dry and red, the last thing you need is to use a harsh and chemically product to cleanse your face. I’ve been reaching for this cream cleanser that is packed full of natural ingredients. When looking at your cleansers, look at the first few ingredients. If you don’t recognize the ingredient, or it’s alcohol, steer clear. The first ingredients in this products are Aloe and seed oils. Those are extremely hydrating and soothing & will do the trick if your skin is acting up this winter.

Patchology Get Dewy With It Hydrating Mask, $5

Whenever my skin is acting up, I just slap a sheet mask on my face. However, there are so many different masks that serve so many different purposes. Luckily for us, brands slap “hydrating” and “nourishing” right on the front of the product so we don’t have to do the digging. I love this Get Dewy With It mask from Patchology. If you’re an avid sheetmasker, you know there are good masks and there are bad masks. This one actually stays on your face, I can move around and do other tasks while wearing; which is a deal breaker for me. Also, I notice a difference immediately after use; my skin looks glowy and hydrated – it does it’s job!

philosophy Snowman Glazed Body Souffle, $22 – out of stock

Along with exfoliating your skin & drinking plenty of water, moisturizing your skin is major. The days when I jump out of the shower and skip cream, my body pays for it for the next day or 2. Obviously there are plenty of amazing creams, body butters, souffles out there! This one from philosophy has been my saving grace. It’s thick and hydrating and doesn’t leave a sticky film on the skin. This scent also has to be one of my favorites ever! It truly smells like you’re in a spa using high end products. Since this one seems to be a seasonal product, check out their other scents – they all rock.

I’d like to personally thank each and every one of these products for getting me through this rough Indiana winter. Obviously, I also need my Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask as well, but I already told you guys that in my February Favorites post! What are your favorite hydrating products that you need in your bag?

Just the Motivation You Needed: My Tried & True Workout Playlist

If one thing is going to motivate me during a workout, it’s music.

Without music, there’s no way you could get me to run endlessly on a treadmill, get through a tough spin class or drown out everyone at the gym. It just wouldn’t happen.

Over the years, I’ve honed in on exactly the type of music that works best for me & put together my tried and true workout playlist. You won’t find any of today’s top “hits” on my playlist, I can’t risk getting sick of hearing a song too much! If I’m hearing it all day on the radio, chances are I’ll want to skip it during my workout.

I’ve found that EDM music is truly the only thing I have blasting through my AirPods every day at the gym. Fast tempos & minimal lyrics are the perfect combination for a sprint on your favorite trail. Slow & smooth songs are great for cool downs and stretching. This playlist hasn’t let me down yet and I’m constantly adding to it. Feel free to use it for your next workout and let me know what you think! Here it is…