Budget Beauty: Ponds Cold Cream

My BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, Heather, swears by Ponds Cold Cream. Cold cream was my go to years & years ago, but with so many makeup removing products on the market I honestly forgot about it. I was recently out of makeup removing cleansers and decided to pick up Ponds Cold Cream while perusing Target one day. I 100% forgot how much I love this product and I am SO HAPPY it’s now back in my skincare routine.

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Budget Beauty: Bioré Rose Quartz Charcoal Cleanser

I don’t know about you, but I’m flying through all my beauty products! Which, in my opinion, is a great thing because it means I’m making more room for new products once this quarantine craziness is over!

The one product I’ve been using recently that’s newer to me is the Bioré Rose Quartz Charcoal Cleanser. This is a perfect pandemic Budget Beauty buy because you can find it in stores that are still open like grocery stores and drugstores!

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Derma E Blue Shield Spray & Serum

Before I get into today’s post…how are you doing? I know the world is quite crazy right now, and it’s important we’re checking in with one another and making sure we’re all doing alright. With that being said, I know a lot of us are working from home now. Teaching online is certainly different, but I’ve been trying to do the best I can with what I’ve got. I’ve been at my computer a lot more than the norm, have you been? I thought today would be the perfect time to highlight two products by Derma E designed to protect your skin when exposed to a lot of blue light.

If you haven’t heard of blue light it’s certainly a current buzz word for wellness. For one, we have blue light blocking glasses to protect our eyes from our tech toys. The glasses help to block the blue light penetration to the retina which can be harmful. The newest blue light trend though seems to be in protective skincare from this light.

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Thursday’s Fab Five: Book & Podcast Edition

Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope all are adjusting to our temporary new normal the best you can. It’s been interesting learning how to teach first graders from afar, but hey, every day is an adventure!

I know our ability to go out has been close to zero, so I wanted to focus on some Fab books and podcasts I’ve been enjoying while in somewhat of a quarantine. I read a majority of my books on my iPhone, but I did just recently get a DC Library card that I’m excited to use once this sh*t is over! Anyway, here are two books I’ve read in the past two weeks. Both of them are filled with suspense and are total page turners.

The first is The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda. I’d consider this a thriller in the sense that makes you think about the lengths people will go to alter, or altogether hide, their identity. Yes, there’s murder involved, but the element of the book that captured me was having to reevaluate my thoughts on characters after almost every chapter.

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Redken Volumizing Mousse & Captain Blankenship Sea Salt Hair Spray

Today I’m sharing two hair care products that I just cannot get enough of lately. I honestly don’t spend too much time on my hair, I more so have a routine I follow with certain brands. It’s nothing special and that’s about it! I love trying new products, but I’m super particular with hair. I’m nowhere as adventurous with hair as I am with my skincare. However, once in a while, I try a new hair product, and really love it! Which is why I’m sharing the Redken GUTS10 Mousse and Captain Blankenship Sea Salt Spray with you today!

I wash my hair about 2x a week. If I washed it every day I’d be an absolute mess. My hair is super color treated, and can get dry very quickly, so I deep condition with a mask once a week- but more on that another time! My shampoo is tea tree based to help keep my scalp healthy. After shampooing I’ve tried quite a few mousse type products, and just haven’t been happy. When a stylist recommended the Redken GUTS10 Mousse to me, I was hesitant at first, but happy I decided to give it a try! I felt I needed way more root volume, and she insisted this would deliver just that.

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Dr. Brandt Clean Biotic pH-Balanced Yogurt Cleanser with Chlorophyll

Happy Wednesday! Hopefully this is a short week for everyone! It’s gotten so cold here in D.C. which means I need to pump up the hydrating products to the max. Which is why I’ve decided to feature the Dr. Brandt Clean Biotic pH-Balanced Yogurt Cleanser with Chlorophyll today.

If you have redness (like me) or are a bit more dry in the winter months, then this product is FOR YOU. First of all, the Clean Biotic line is incredible. I had the Sleeping Mask and used it all up immediately because I was obsessed with how my skin felt in the morning after using it. This line focuses on skin that needs to combat redness and dryness, so the Yogurt Cleanser is the perfect cold weather product for me.

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Thursday’s Fab Five

I hope the first 16 days of 2020 have treated y’all well! So far I’ve been super impressed with 2020! I’m excited to share five items I’ve recently incorporated into my daily routine, in today’s Thursday’s Fab Five.

SoftLips Lip Protectant SPF 20 Vanilla, $3

Okay, first of all, this price…$3 for two lip balms? Yes, please! I discovered SoftLips at Target, shoutout to the Target app and all those dang coupons- this was a great discovery! I love that this lip balm has SPF 20, and the price is so perfect I bought a few packs and just have them literally everywhere. My lips feel soft and hydrated when I use it- not sticky, and I don’t need to reapply every 10 minutes to keep that soft feeling, thank gawwwd.

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Face Mask Monday: Olay Glow Boost White Charcoal Clay Mask

The first Face Mask Monday of the year goes to a budget beauty buy, the Olay Glow Boost White Charcoal Clay Mask! When Olay came out with these stick face masks I thought to myself, wow this looks super easy. & guess what, it is super easy! Easy to apply, easy to remove, just all around…easy.

Olay is a super trustworthy brand, and when they came out with their line of mask sticks, it was a total game changer. Right now I only have the Glow Boost White Clay, but as my mask collection dwindles in this new year, I plan on adding the rest of the collection to my own!

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Self Care Sunday: Welcome to 2020, Beauties!

Oh hayyy 2020, you’re lookin’ pretty great…

I’m big into even numbers, so perhaps that’s why I’m so hype about 2020? Or, it could be because I’m happily pushing the reset button on a huge part of my life? I know 2020 will focus on getting back to who I really am and what I really want. I’ve spent a lot of years trying to make myself into something someone else wanted, and that didn’t really go so well, hence that reset button.

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Londontown Holiday Polish 2019

About a year ago vegan & cruelty free polish line Londontown reached out to me with their spring/ summer collection. I loved their polish, it’s high quality and the color selection is, in my opinion, strong & on trend. So, not surprisingly, I was thrilled when LondonTown reached back out with some great holiday polishes!

I’ve used two of the four holiday polishes so far, and I’m loving the vibes and quality of these colors. Londontown also sent over their Soft Touch Nail Scrub, which has now become a staple in my Sunday skincare routine.

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