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…

✩ February Favorites ✩

It feels like yesterday that I just shared my January favorites with you all. This month flew by! But, I still happened to fall in love with a few things within that short window and per usual, I feel the need to share.

This was the month that I finally got on top of things in my life: work, wellness, etc. I also have been experiencing extremely cold and windy weather, which I have not loved. My first product helped me get through that. Here are my February Favorites…

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

The only reason my lips have not completely fallen off of my face during these cold temperatures is my LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask. This product gives my lips the deepest hydration they’ve ever had and I haven’t had crusty lips since purchasing. It’s called a “sleeping mask” because it works great when used overnight, but I find myself using it during the daytime if I’m spending time outside. Must have.

OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam

I’ve been exercising a ton this month which has been great for my body but not so great for my hair. We all know we shouldn’t be washing our hair everyday, but sweaty & greasy hair is a no go. There are plenty of great and cheaper dry shampoo products out there, I have a ton! But I decided to try out the OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam because I thought it looked unique. I became obsessed the first time I used it and now I already need to run out and pick up another bottle. It’s the consistency of a mousse, but instantly sinks into your hair and absorbs the oils. I have no clue how it works, but it works for me!

Tesla High Frequency Current Facial

The 100% most life-changing discovery I made this month was the Tesla current. Guys, as you can see in the photos, I was struggling with some hormonal acne around my chin. Not even two days after this facial, my acne completely flattened out and essentially disappeared! The wand you see in the photo is where the current is administered & it delivers a non-painful “zap” to your problem areas, killing the bacteria below and around a zit. This facial also can reduce fine lines, decongest puffy eyes & reduce the appearance of under eye circles. The next time you’re seeing your esthetician, ask them about a high frequency facial! I’m addicted.

Bliss Mint Chip Mania Mask

Ok, if you have a sweet tooth, I found the perfect mask for you. I’ve been a fan of Bliss for quite some time now, but I just got around to trying their Mint Chip Mania mask and holy moly, I’m hooked. It literally looks & feels like ice cream and don’t even get me started on the smell. It contains aloe vera so it truly feels cool on the skin the entire time you have it on & it feels so good. The shea butter “chocolate chips” help exfoliate the skin when you wash it off and the skin is left smooth and refreshed. Cute sh*t like this keeps me going.

CycleBar

Like I mentioned in the introduction, I really have been trying to get on top of my fitness lately. I don’t love going to a gym and running on a treadmill for a half hour, it’s hard for me to get excited about it. That’s why I love taking fitness classes – you can’t slack off & they are designed to be fun and motivating. I’ve been going to CycleBar, a cycling studio, for a couple years now, but this month I went almost every other day. The instructors and music make for a great workout and I leave drenched in sweat every single class. Since cycling classes can be pretty pricey, I book classes through my Class Pass which allows me to get more for my money. Let’s hope this habit sticks through March as well!

Thank U, Next

You saw this one coming. Not only have I been a huge Ariana Grande for years now, she keeps pumping out amazing music lately and I can’t get enough. Her most recent album Thank U, Next has been on repeat ever since it dropped earlier this month. My favorite songs are “7 Rings,” “Needy,” “In My Head.” Please tell me you’ve been listening, too?

February was short, but sweet. These were a few of my current obsessions, I can’t wait to see what I get into this next month! What were some of your favorites this month? Share them down below!

Hollywood’s Biggest Night: My 2019 Oscars Predictions

I care about this way too much.

Anyone that knows me knows that my favorite season isn’t summer or spring, it’s awards season. As someone who works in the film industry and sees about two movies per week, you could understand why I get so excited about the Academy Awards every year!

Since tonight is the big night, I like to put my predictions out in the universe so I can “grade” myself during the show. I know, these are the types of things I do in my spare time. I saw a lot of amazing films this past year and I can’t wait to see which ones get their deserving recognition! Without further ado, here are my 2019 Oscars predictions…

BEST PICTURE

“Roma” – Although my favorite movie of the year was “Bohemian Rhapsody,” I don’t think it will be bringing home the gold because of the recent controversy involving the director. However, “Roma” has been getting the most praise this season, not only for the amazing story & international aspects, but for being from a streaming service. It would be awesome to see a Netflix film win Best Picture!

BEST ACTOR

Rami Malek – Please, for the love of God, let this award go to Rami Malek. If you’ve seen “Bohemian Rhapsody,” you will agree with me on this wholeheartedly. His transformation into and portrayal of Freddie Mercury still gives me chills every time I re-watch the film. He has gone home with many awards this season, so I believe he will be adding another one tonight.

BEST ACTRESS

Glenn Close – Although I didn’t see “The Wife” this year, I have a pretty strong feeling Close is going home her first Oscar after seven nominations. She’s been getting nothing but praise and applause for this recent role and was able to snag the Golden Globe for it as well.

BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuarón – I would be surprised if Alfonso doesn’t go home with this one! I see him winning Best Picture & Director for his amazing work on “Roma.” Also, I was able to come to this conclusion when comparing him to the other nominees & because he also won the Globe for this one as well!

SUPPORTING ACTOR/ACTRESS

Mahershala Ali/Regina King – One of my favorite performances of the entire year was Ali in “Green Book.” I still don’t understand why he’s in the Supporting category instead of Best Actor, but he definitely should be going home with this award. As for Regina King, her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk” without a doubt should have her awarded. She also went home with the Globe and Critics Choice Award so she should be pretty happy about this award season!

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Shallow” – If you’ve been riding the “A Star is Born” train since it’s release in October, you probably know every word to this song. Even though the film got a ton of Oscar buzz initially, I think this is going to be the one award they will be going home with tonight. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper kill this song & it truly is the focal point of the entire film. I’d be shocked if any other song snags this one.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – This is one I am super passionate about. I am a huge comic book movie nerd, like huge. When I first saw the trailer for this film, I honestly thought it was aimed more towards children, being animated and all. But, this film was one of my favorites of the entire year. I’m all for “Avengers” and “Deadpool” Marvel movies, but this one was different. The animation alone is incredible & sets it apart from the other nominees. Please, just don’t let it be “Isle of Dogs.”

Although there are tons upon tons of more categories, I won’t bore you with the details. I’ll leave that to the extra extensive bracket that I make my parents and boyfriend participate in every year! What are some of your major predictions? Let me know down below!

A Morning Beauty Routine Focused On Self-Care

I want to start off by prefacing this post with an admission. No matter what I say down below, I am still not a morning person. But, when I am able to pry my tired eyes open, I like to use my time wisely – on myself!

Whether you’re a busy mom, a working woman with absolutely no spare time or a tired college student, it is so important to take time for yourself! It’s not selfish, it’s imperative. I work in a nonconventional career, so I often have days off to be able to pamper myself a little bit. But, you can create your own routine based around your schedule. Here’s mine…

To be completely real, the first thing I do every single morning is check social media, emails & texts that came in overnight – for way longer than I should.. Then, I actually get my day started. As you’ve seen in my January Favorites post, I’m on a celery juice kick. It works most effectively when you drink it on an empty stomach, so before I do anything else, I go downstairs and get that celery juiced!

While I’m drinking that delicious (not!) juice, I grab my Ice Roller from the freezer and get to work on my face. Just like most people, I wake up with a very puffy face – not cute. I use an ice roller every morning to reduce inflammation in my cheeks and under eyes. For how cheap these are on Amazon, pick one up and add it into your routine! I couldn’t live without mine.

After making myself a healthy breakfast & a huge glass of water, it’s time to get into the good stuff. You guys know how much I love skincare products, so getting to actually use them is my favorite part of the day.

I start off by cleansing my skin & washing off all the oils that accumulated overnight. Based on how my skin is looking, and feeling, that morning I choose between two of my cleansers. If my skin is looking clear and just needs a pick-me-up, I reach for my Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling conditioned and refreshed. But if I woke up with some problem areas, like acne, I go with my Mario Badescu Acne Facial cleanser. Listen to your skin every morning, some days it needs more help than others.

Before moving into any heavier products, it’s important to tone the skin! I used to not think this was an important step, but now it’s an essential step in my routine. If your skin ever feels “tight” after cleansing, it needs to be toned, or balanced! That’s where my Cucumber Cleansing Lotion (aka toner) from Mario Badescu, on a cotton round, comes into play. It’s designed for combo/oily skin so it reduces shine while also nourishing my skin. Yay!

If you’re going to use some type of serum, now is the time to apply it – before the moisturizer. The closer to your skin, the better; it won’t do much work if it’s blocked by a thick cream. Recently, I’ve been putting a lot of importance into my eyes. I have two different serums that I like to rotate between. When it’s an extremely early morning and my eyes are struggling to stay open, I use a roller ball eye serum – Morning Perk from Me Time Botanicals. This 100% natural product contains coffee and nourishing oils to wake those eyes up. If I want to focus more on the fine lines around my eyes, (yes, I’m 23 & they’re already there) I use an eye serum that contains Vitamin C & hyaluronic acid. I’ve been loving the Line Eraser Vitamin C eye serum from The Beauty Foundry. Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate the skin and reduce fine lines. Yes, please!

Finally, it’s time to moisturize. During the day, I like to use a lighter moisturizer so that my skin is a smoother (& less oily) slate for makeup. I’ve been loving the Drench & Quench daytime moisturizer from Bliss. It has a cream-to-water consistency and instantly melts into the skin which I love because it doesn’t leave my skin greasy. The last step to your skin routine every morning should be sunscreen. If you plan on leaving the house that day and your foundation doesn’t have SPF, slap some on there! Find the sunscreen that works best for your skin & lifestyle.

As lengthy as my morning skin routine seems, it’s really doable in minutes. If you find products that you love, you’ll be excited to use them every morning! I used to not put much effort in my mornings because I thought I could never find the time, but washing your face and slapping on a few products really won’t set you back much! Make yourself a bigger priority and you will thank yourself!

After my skin is done, it’s time to get to work or get a quick workout in & then my morning is gone! Everyone has a different morning routine, what’s yours?