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Shelby’s Favorite Things

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Hey everyone! I wanted to create a post that talked about all of my favorite items from the past month or so. Some of these items are new and some old but they are all things I found myself using/wearing time and time again recently.

A lot of these items are from Amazon and everything is so affordable. Links to shop everything are below. I bet you will find a few of your soon-to-be favorite things as well!

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1. Black/White Checkered Vans

I am on a mega Vans kick lately. I have several pairs but I don’t love any like I do these. They go with any outfit and make you look super cool. Also, they are affordable and only get better with time. Great for back to school! I get my normal size in these, but if you are between sizes, I’d go up half a size.

2. No Show Socks

I can’t talk about sneakers and not immediately follow that up with no show socks. I have tried a lot of different brands and style in no show socks but these are recent favorites for the past few months. I used to be loyal to Stance no show’s, and while I still love them, they are kind of pricey. These are great, don’t fall down and hold up after being washed. Grab some asap.

3. Travel Jewelry Organizer

I have recently started buying a lot of dainty jewelry that I don’t wear all the time but I want to have it with me wherever I am. After misplacing the same necklace like 9 times, I decided to invest in this $20 jewelry bag. It’s honestly so great and I haven’t lost a single piece of jewelry since getting it.

4. The Best Shorts EVER

I bought these in late June of this summer and I am not exaggerating when I say I have not worn a different pair of athletic shorts since buying them. I’ll put my Nike shorts on and immediately wish I had pockets like these have. They are sooo great and worth a million dollars. I went a size up from what I get in their leggings and some people even size up twice. I have the black but I will likely get another color soon!

5. Teeth Whitening Strips

For the longest time, I had the teeth whitening trays that I used (which I’m sure most of you are familiar with and used as well). When I lost those, I was hesitant of how I’d whiten my teeth because historically, strips made my teeth SO sensitive. Well, push came to shove and I needed Ross Geller white teeth and gave the strips a try. This was about 3 years ago and I haven’t gone back. I don’t think you need to use them often because they work so well! So if you are looking for a way to brighten up your smile, I can honestly say that these work and they don’t hurt you!

6. $30 Sheets from Amazon

I have seen so many people rave about this and go on and on so when I needed a new set of sheets, I decided to give them a try and so far so good! For $30, these are absolutely amazing! I don’t get sweaty at night and the white has stayed so bright. Really good for guest bedrooms as well!

7. Favorite Basic Tee

My uniform is essentially a basic tee, jeans and sneakers. I wear that exact combo to work every day. That being said, I have tried a LOT of basic tees. Like a lot of them. But none have been as great as this one. Which is why I am a proud owner of said tee in 3 colors and I will likely be ordering at least one more white one. White tee and jeans for life. It really is the perfect tee for only $16. I have the black, tan and white right now!

8. Slim Can Insulated Coozie

This has been on my favorite list for longer than just this past month but I feel like it’s even better in July. I literally use this every day between Truly’s and White Claw and the slim can La Croix. You don’t have to screw off the lid to take the cans in/out but they don’t feel loose. It’s legit perfect. I can open a La Croix at 9 am at work and it’s still cold at lunch. This is the best gift idea, too because they have regular shaped cans as well and I’ll link those below!

9. Hardshell Carry On Suitcase

I looked for a WHILE when I decided I wanted a new carry on size suitcase. I really wanted the Away one or even the new BEIS brand but ultimately they were a little pricey. After looking for a while I found this one on Amazon and ordered it. Same look and feel as the pricier ones but a little bit cheaper. And you guys, this thing is the easiest rolling suitcase I have ever touched in my life. Worth every penny. If you need a new carry on, I HIGHLY recommend this one!

10. Tinted face sunscreen

PSA: Not all sunscreen is created equal! This brand is the freaking bomb diggity and it’s for people prone to acne/sensitive skin. I use it every day and have for several months now. Whether that be under my makeup or without anything else when I’m at the pool or the lake. This brand has clear and tinted but I really like the tinted one to help even out your skin tone on those no-makeup days!

Below are all of the products mentioned above that I got from Amazon as well as a few other favorite finds from Amazon! Hope you enjoyed this!

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Extra! Master the natural no heat curls!

I have been working on not being so attached to my curling iron and being able to wear my hair natural this summer. After several different products and methods, I think I have it down (for me at least).

Step 1: Wash your hair as you normally would. Try not to use harsh shampoo or conditioner that will strip your hair of its natural oil.

Step 2: Brush it out and let it air dry for a bit.

Step 3: I do two french braids down the back of my hair. I split my hair down the middle and start at my forehead with tiny pieces and braid to the bottom. Be sure to braid as far down as you possibly can then use a small elastic to tie it off (not too tight!). Then loosen the braid a little bit just so it’s not too terribly tight. But this is up to you!

Step 4: I have been going to sleep like this and letting it fully dry while I sleep. When I wake up it’s usually like 90% dry and that is cool with me!

Step 5: BEFORE you take the braids out, I spray down both braids top to bottom with this texturizing spray. Smells and works so great!

Step 6: Take the braids out and kind of just toss your hair. Then I use at least a quarter-size amount of this hair oil and run it through all my hair. This stuff is the bomb! They sell it at Sephora for like $25 but you can get it way cheaper on Amazon. It smells amazing and it’s the only hair oil I use. Can’t recommend enough.

Step 7: Walk out the door like a boss and get ready for all the compliments! 🙂

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Prime Day 2019

All the things I love from Amazon as well as the things I’m buying today that I don’t have yet. Get all of your electronics, people. The deals won’t even be this good on black Friday. Alexa’s for EVERYONE. These are all things I either have or I am definitely buying today. Come back and check today and tomorrow as I’ll be updating as I go!

Gift Guide Gifts for Him

Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide

I’m back! I have been working on this for a while and have gotten ideas from a ton of different people! Most of these are affiliate links, meaning I’ll get a tiny commission if you purchase from my link, but not all of them because I truly wanted to bring you ALL the ideas! I have broken it up into different categories and you can shop by photos at the bottom of this post. Hope you like it!

Brought to you by Bill

These are the specific items that Bill Free (my dad) wanted to be included on this list. Thanks for the help, pops!

  1. Hari Mari flip flops 
  2. Allbirds – the most comfortable sneakers ever! I have two pairs and wear them all the time!
  3. Froggy motor tours in Eureka Springs – Dad has been eyeing this since winter and I am hoping we get to go do it when they are up here in a few weeks!
  4. Golf locker
  5. Keen footwear
  6. Bald head blues clothing  – it appears they have a little bit of everything including polos, t shirts, swimsuits, etc. I like this polo, this swimsuit and this super lightweight long sleeve tee.
  7. Fish Hippie clothing – This seems like a cool brand! Here are a few of my faves >> trucker hat, pocket crew neck tee, stripe golf shirt.
  8. Olukai sneakers and flip flops
  9. Walker Brothers gift card – this is for all of you NWA familiar people. Walker Brothers has everything you could want for any man in your life.
  10. Wright’s BBQ gift card – Bill is legit Wright’s #1 fan
  11. Leatherman tools – this is the highest rated item on Amazon and it seems pretty cool. But I’m sure there are other tools from this brand that are great!
  12. Burlebo.com.  Clothing brand with cool swim trunks and bright colored shirts. Looks like a good brand if you are taking a beach vacay!
  13. Brumate Insulated Slim Can Holder – for all you slim can drinkers of Michelob and Truly’s or White Claw, you NEED this!!! I used Dad’s one time I was home and instantly bought myself one.
  14. Bertucci Field Watch

The Handy Man

I know (basically) nothing about all things tools and stuff but I had some awesome guy friends send me things they like and they are all linked here!

Big Sports Guy

  1. ProV1 Golf Balls
  2. Golf lessons – I would call up the pro shop where he plays golf most often and see if they offer them and go from there!
  3. New golf bag
  4. Golf Towel – I don’t know the importance of these but apparently, this one is the bomb.com
  5. Golf Range Finder
  6. Soft-sided portable cooler for golf, pool, cookouts, etc.
  7. Dart Board

Shoe Game Strong

  1. Keens
  2. Teva
  3. Allbirds
  4. Birkenstocks
  5. Old Skool Vans
  6. White Leather Sneakers – a must!

Closet Update

  1. New swimsuit(s)
  2. New underwear – I’m not men’s undies expert so you should just use your best judgment here.
  3. Dad to the Bone hat
  4. Best everyday shorts
  5. Money clip
  6. New wallet
  7. Tommy John Undershirt – I just saw where one of my fave insta accounts husband really likes this and it has good reviews.

Experiences & Long Term Value

  1. Tickets to an event (concert, baseball/basketball/football/sports event)
  2. Unlimited car washes – Zipps car wash has this for $15/mo
  3. Quarterly car detailing – If you’re in NWA, checkout Splash!
  4. Go hiking or camping together. Tell him you want to spend quality time with him doing whatever it is he loves!
  5. A trip somewhere he has always wanted to go.

Thoughtful Gestures

  1. A handwritten note telling him thank you and all the reasons he is the best dad
  2. Photos of you and your siblings/kids
  3. Painting of his favorite dog/animal

Electronics

  1. Apple watch
  2. Garmin watch
  3. Fitbit
  4. Portable charger
  5. New TV
  6. Apple TV
  7. Roku Stick
  8. iPad
  9. Bluetooth Speaker – this portable bluetooth speaker is awesome! It’s my favorite and it holds up so well.
  10. Airpods
  11. Bose Headphones
  12. Amazon Echo, Show, Dot or any Alexa speaker!
  13. Roomba vacuum
  14. Reusable Notebook that also converts your notes into PDFs

Master Chef in the Making

  1. Bluetooth meat thermometer
  2. New Grill
  3. Airfryer
  4. Instant Pot
  5. Vitamix Blender

The Busy Dad

  1. Airpods
  2. Bose Headphones
  3. New work bag
  4. New luggage
  5. Good Toiletry Bag

Everything Else

  1. A fancy bottle of their favorite liquor
    • You can order custom Crown Royal labels on their website for free then stick it to the bottle!
  2. Small blood pressure reader
  3. Two Doves Bird belt
  4. Craft beer and a cool bottle opener
  5. All the Razorback and NWA gear from B-Unlimited
  6. Steamer! A steamer really changes the game and these small ones are the perfect gift for literally anyone that doesn’t want wrinkles. And it’s small enough so he can travel with it.
  7. Electric Razor – such a good price and great reviews!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I’m here to help you find a few good gifts for all of the mothers in your life. This is a LOOOONG post that took quite a while to put together so I hope it helps! These won’t all be links to something specific but should help you get the gears turning.

Also this will be a good post to reference when you need to buy any woman in your life a gift!

  1. Massage – Big ole DUH on this one. But in case you were born yesterday, this is always a great option.
  2. Facial – Same goes for this. Depending on what your mom’s skin type is, she may like different kinds of facials so a gift certificate would be best (and maybe even scheduling one for her that she can cancel if she can’t make it, but the thought that counts).
  3. Mani/Pedi – Mani/Pedi gift card is something no one is ever upset about!
  4. Year Supply of Nail Appointments – I get my nails done every two weeks and this would be the BEST GIFT OMG
  5. Spa Day WITH Your Mom – If you have the time and you live near your mom (or MIL or whoever), actually going with them and spending that time together is something they will appreciate.
  6. Gift card for Botox – Probably only go this route if you know your mom has been wanting it or gets it regularly. Don’t want to offend anyone haha
  7. Birthstone jewelry with the birthstones of her children/family on it
  8. Personalized Jewelry with the initials or names of her children
  9. Framed Family Photos – Whether you all have gotten family photos taken and never taken the time to frame them or you can surprise your mom with updated pics of you and your siblings or you and your children and frame those. And if you’re in the area, I have a nice camera and would charge you like $20 to take some cute pics!
  10. Fresh Flowers – This is a big obvious, too! If you live near the person, I recommend going to a grocery store and getting a bouquet and vase there to save a few bucks. It would also be nice to give her a monthly subscription for flowers and have them delivered every month! If you do need to send her flowers, how freaking cute are these Farmgirl Flowers?! Absolute must.
  11. New Makeup/Beauty Bag
  12. Fill her new bag with affordable beauty products
  13. Gardening Tools and Gift Card to a Nursery (for plants and trees, not children)
  14. Hanging Flower Pot – These are super trendy!
  15. Car Detailing – If you live near a Splash car wash, they have the quickest, most affordable and best car detailing ever! Highly recommend! And what mom doesn’t need her car cleaned?
  16. Unlimited Car Wash Subscription – a lot of car washes offer these for a monthly fee!
  17. Tickets to a Play, Show or Concert – This guarantees that you will hang out with her and she will likely love that! Or you can give her 2 tix and let her take whoever she wants!
  18. Handwritten Note on How Much You Love Her – I wrote 10 things my mom taught me/why I love her on a piece of paper for Christmas one year and she still has it! Plus she told me that was all she wanted and I was really poor so it was a win win win.
  19. Cutting Board – Get a cute cutting board that she will display in her kitchen! Pair with some new high-quality knives and you have a happy momma!
  20. Instant Pot and Cookbook!
  21. Air Fryer and Cookbook – I don’t have an Air Fryer (yet) but I have heard great things and I really want one!
  22. New Coffee Maker
  23. Vitamix Blender – I don’t have one of these but if your mom makes smoothies on a regular basis (or wants to) she definitely needs this!
  24. KitchenAid Mixer – I don’t have one of these, either but they are apparently a game changer! Also free 2-day shipping from Walmart
  25. New Luggage!
  26. New Cute Sandals or Sneakers
  27. Sign up for a cooking class you can take together!
  28. Lash Boost from Rodan and Fields – this stuff actually works and is legit!
  29. Insulated Coffee Mug $15
  30. Hydroflask Waer Bottle
  31. House Cleaners!
  32. Professional Carpet Cleaning
  33. Professional Furniture Cleaning
  34. Handheld Steamer – an iron and ironing board is sooooo 5 years ago. Get your mom and everyone in your life a handheld steamer. I legit use mine every single day.
  35. Flight Voucher
  36. DNA/Ancestry Kit – I still haven’t done one because everyone else in the family has and I feel like it would be an overkill haha
  37. Lululemon Leggings – she will freaking love these leggings because they are made of angel hair
  38. Lululemon Joggers – I have the pant version of these and the joggers are at the VERY top of my wishlist right now (Junie, I’m talking to you!) These are everything.
  39. Athleta Ankle Pant – I saw the Spoiled Home rave about these the other day and thought it would be a great addition to the list! Perfect for every woman in your life!
  40. Airpods – If I lost my Airpods I would replace them the same day. I specifically love wearing them when I’m doing things around the house or running errands and I’ll listen to podcasts and books!
    1. Airpods case if she already has Airpods
  41. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones Best of the freaking best. I wear mine every day and they are worth the investment for travel and if you work in a shared space
  42. Audible Subscription – Always a good idea and if she already has it, you can schedule a free month to be delivered on a specific day! Also, buy her Becoming by Michelle Obama!
  43. Roomba – talk about the gift that keeps on giving!
  44. Ring Doorbell – I don’t have one of these but I really want one! We got one for my Grandmother for Christmas and she loves it because she can check to see who is at the door before she gets up haha
  45. Clarisonic – I have had my Clarisonic for 4 years and I still use it 3+ times a week. It is another gift that keeps on giving!
  46. Unbreakable Outdoor Wine Glasses – add a few bottles of wine to this and that’s a great gift!
  47. Series 3 Apple Watch – I am obsessed with my apple watch. This is series 3 with no cellular but there are a lot of options!
  48. Silk Pillowcase – these are FREAKING game changers and I’m not kidding. Get her as many as you can! They help prevent wrinkles, you don’t wake up with cowlicks and your moisturizers and serums stay on your skin! I linked a few different price point ones below.
  49. Headbands to hold your hair back while washing your face! – These are $10 for SIX and would be perfect to give your mommy friends with a face mask!
  50. Cute and Practical Raincoat
  51. Portable Phone Charger this is a good gift for literally anyone
  52. Charging iPhone Case
  53. Gift Card to her favorite restaurant
  54. A gift card to her favorite store – Some of my faves would be Amazon, Walmart, Target, Everlane, Madewell, Nordstrom
  55. Self tanner – because skin cancer and wrinkles aren’t cool. This is my fave one but St. Tropez and Tan Luxe are my other fave brands
  56. Cool Sneakers for the Cool Mom
  57. Veja Sneakers because Megan Markle wears them
  58. The perfect Mama Tee
  59. Mama Hat – These are the absolute BEST hats
  60. Phone Stands – These are great for so many things. One of my favorites is being able to stand your phone up, have your Airpods in and watch a show or insta stories. Also good to have it set up watching the baby monitor while you’re doing chores!
  61. Ember Coffee Mug with Temperature Control
  62. $26 Indoor Camera – Great for monitoring your home, your children’s rooms, checking on your dog, etc. I have one and love it!
  63. Best and softest bathrobe – this brand is amazing and so soft but here is another affordable option from Amazon!
  64. Ugg Slippers – seriously find me someone that wouldn’t want these. And if they are too pricey, these are great, too! I will be ordering my Grandmother some slippers because she is amazing. May get her these, though, because she likes a little more support (I got these for my Mom for Christmas and she LOVES them!). And I usually throw in a Walmart gift card or gift card to her fave place to eat!

Okay, I will try to add more in the coming days but for now that is a great start and you should definitely buy your mom, grandmother, aunt, wife, friend, etc all the Mother’s Day gifts! Shop everything below!

Beauty Sale

Sephora Event Must-Haves

The Sephora event is here! Rogue members get 20% off with ‘HEYROGUE’ April 26 – May 6, VIB members get 15% off with ‘HEYVIB’ May 2 – May 6 and Insiders (aka everyone who doesn’t spend $350 a year at Sephora) get 10% off with code ‘HEYINSIDER’. Wanted to post this a little early for some of you who are interested.

This may not seem like a huge discount but it really adds up! So I wanted to share some of my favorite items from Sephora and what I’ll be grabbing during the sale.

One quick note about Sephora. They will give you as many free samples as you want at any time and the samples are usually big enough to use for about a week. Just ask one of the associates if you can get a few samples of things and they will help you out! I ALWAYS take advantage of the samples then I’ll go back in the store and purchase or order online once I’ve really decided.

What I’ll Be Buying

  • It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ – I have been looking at this for a while and I got a sample of it from Sephora about a week ago and have been using it nearly every day. It’s lightweight but a good amount of coverage and it has 50 UVA/UVB SPF!!! And you know I love me some SPF! Fun fact about CC vs BB cream. CC stands for color correcting and BB stands for beauty balm. So any CC cream will have a little more coverage.
  • Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder – I also got this as a sample last week to see what I thought about it and I am obsessed. For one it smells amazing and it really blurs your skin and leaves you looking flawless. I’ll be getting the color ‘Butter’.
  • Anastasia DIPBROW® Gel – I use Anastasia products every single day of my life and I freaking love everything from this brand so I know this will be no exception. I couldn’t get a sample of this but did give it a try in the store and was very pleased. It will add some color to your brows and make them stay in place. I’m getting the Medium Brown color.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Blush in Pillow Talk – I have seen SO many people rave about this blush and I am ready to bite the bullet. It looks so pretty and I’m in need of some new blush.

What I Own and Love

  • FRESH Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil – I have had this for about 5 months and it has been a game changer! I never understood how important moisturizing your skin was but now I’m a grease ball every night before bed and my skin is loving it haha. It’s definitely shiny but it really freaking works.
  • Laneige Lip Mask – If you haven’t heard of this, you live under a rock and you don’t deserve perfectly smooth and wonderful lips :).
  • Anastasia Clear Brow Gel – If you don’t need any color on your brows but they get a little cray sometimes, this is for you! This gel will keep your brows in place all day long!
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – This is lightweight and really great! I almost always use my Tarte Shape Tape but on days where I just need a little something to brighten my eyes, I use this and it’s perfect.
  • Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer in Natural Bronze – This bronzer is a beautiful color and goes on really nicely! Plus I like the small compact size of it.
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – I have had this for almost 2 years and when my skin is crazy dry or I just need a little color, this is my go to “foundation”. It really doesn’t have like any coverage but great to build powder on the top of if you want more!
  • Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer – This is Holy Grail. It comes out white and you put it on to give you a small amount of color and wow it’s so great! I love wearing it when I’m feeling ultra white and just want some color on my skin and mascara and it does a world of difference. YOU. NEED. THIS.
  • Tan Luxe THE GRADUAL Illuminating Gradual Tan Lotion – This stuff is just great. I have truly never had streaks or weird lines when I put this stuff on and that is a game changer. It doesn’t smell bad AT ALL. I can legit put it on before I go to work and I don’t smell it. It is super gradual which is nice to keep a good base color but if you are wanting something quick and dark, this isn’t that. I rub in a light layer with my hands, go back over it with a mitt, wash my hands then take the mitt and run the excess over the tops of my hands.

Beauty

My Skincare Routine

Hey guys, this is my skincare routine as of late! I want to be very clear that this is what works for me but it may not be what works for everyone so be sure to ask a skincare professional what will work best for your skin.

I do a few different things in the morning vs at night and I go into detail with every step and product below. Please let me know if you have questions!

A little background, last fall I got TERRIBLE hormonal acne. I have never had acne in my life and I legit didn’t know what to do. I tried several things and nothing was working on the cystic acne I was experiencing. Granted, I wasn’t doing my proper research and if something didn’t work right away, I would give up.

Before this, I could sleep in my makeup, hardly ever wash my face and I would never have acne. Maybe one pimple every other month.

Starting in December 2018, I became much more consistent with my routine which IS SO IMPORTANT!!!! And with consistency came results!

Night Time Routine

I’ll be linking everything at the bottom of this post!

1. MAKEUP ERASER!

Guys. I will die on this freaking hill. Makeup wipes have so many chemicals and dry out your skin and they’re so bad for you. Not to mention, they totally do NOT get all your makeup off. I stopped using makeup wipes (which I used every day before) after Christmas and my skin is so much better. I do not know what kind of magic is in this makeup eraser but wow. It takes off all of my face makeup and eye makeup without a problem. Keep in mind I have like 3 layers of mascara on so that is saying something! I just run warm water and press it on my eye and then it just rubs off gently. To clean it, I will pour some Micellar water on it and hang it to dry. Even the aesthetician could not sing her praises loud enough for these amazing things! She said she has tried the off brand ones and they aren’t as good. Spend that $20 and thank me later. (Also, shout out to my aunt for getting me this for Christmas after seeing it on The View! haha)

2 & 3. Acne Cleanser & Spot Treatment

After trying several drugstore brands and nothing helping, I bought a 30-day Murad Acne Cleanser kit. However, I actually bought three because they were on super sale haha. This really worked so well for my skin. There are 5 mini products and they last way longer than 30 days. Start with a cleanser, then I put an acne serum all over my face, then spot treatment. I will use my Clarisonic a few times a week at night when I use this cleanser as well. This will absolutely not work for everyone but after a month of using it consistently, I saw major improvements! Note: if you don’t struggle with acne, just use your regular cleanser in place of this!

Murad - Acne Clear Control 30-Day Kit

4. Moisturizer

My face was SO freaking dry this past winter. Like texture and flaky dry (sorry, TMI). I was legit putting coconut oil on my face every night in hopes of it getting better and it just wasn’t. Then I found this stuff! I have used it every day, twice a day (at least) for 3 months and it is freaking amazing. Not to mention it’s so affordable! This has no scent and is good for all skin types.

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin- 8oz - image 1 of 3

5. Lip Mask

I have raved about this lip mask before but I’m back to talk about it more. I use this twice a day every day and I can’t live without it!

6. Face Oil

Back to my comments about my face being so insanely dry that it actually hurt! I decided to invest in this. I read a few bloggers that said it was amazing then I asked the Sephora employee about it and she highly recommended it. Then I bought it. It’s a little pricey but wow so worth it. It also makes your skin kind of shiny/oily looking but your skin soaks that up while you sleep and all problems are solved!!! Just take my advice that this face oil is amazing and definitely need it!

Morning Routine

1. Cleanser

I use this cleanser in the morning because it isn’t as harsh/doesn’t dry out my skin like acne cleansers do. Plus this smells amazing and it’s medical grade so it’s great for your skin! This will give your skin a fresh palette to apply makeup and get all of the dirt/leftover product off from the night before.

2. Cucumber Gel Eye Patches

I don’t use these every morning but when I do my under eyes look SO MUCH BETTER! I keep them in the fridge so they are cold and they immediately plump and hydrate my under eyes to get rid of those dark and swollen circles. I will leave these on while I fix my hair and everything I do before I start my makeup.

3. Moisturizer

Same moisturizer that I put on at night! This is great for under your makeup. I read up a lot on how to apply makeup to dry skin and this was the best moisturizer to use before applying makeup. It really has been amazing!

4. SPF!!

This is SO FREAKING IMPORTANT, guys! SPF every single day! If you are leaving your house, you need SPF. End of story. I like to someone combine the SPF I use into another step so I am more likely to remember. Right now my $10 primer has SPF in it so I am good to go. I will put this on before I start my makeup to smooth out my skin. I am also looking into the EltaMD moisturizer/SPF!

5. Lip Mask

I just freaking love this product so much. On the days when I wear lipstick, this is amazing to really prep my lips before (I’ll just wipe the excess off before lipstick). But usually I just wear this as lip gloss/chapstick during the day.

6. Makeup

Then I put my makeup on! Believe me, I know that all of these steps are not ideal and I’m not one to enjoy all of the steps but it’s SO WORTH IT!

A few more notes…

  • Moisturizing is the most important thing you can do. Morning, night, every moment in between. Keep your skin hydrated.
  • Consistency is key! Stick with something for long enough to it to make an impact!
  • Figure out what is best for YOUR skin. I am so bad about seeing a pretty blogger and just copying what she does but everyone’s skin is different. Take the time to get answers about your specific skin.
  • I do not know everything about skincare but this has worked for me. Defintely recommend these products but I cannot promise they will work for you.

If you read this entire post, you deserve something nice. Thanks for reading along and I hope this helps!

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