Budget Beauty: Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Foam

The summer heat can lead to easy breakouts.  Whether it’s from sweat, sunscreen, or just the daily oil slick that somehow forms on our faces, hot & muggy days can produce pore clogging events.  Nobody has time for that ‘ish, so in comes one of my latest favorite Budget Beauty products, the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Foam!

This is a deep cleansing foam that I’ve been using at night, after removing  my makeup.  It’s good for all skin types, and really gets into those pores to clean and degunk them from the long day.  I haven’t noticed any drying whatsoever, which may be because I generally have more oily skin, but since it’s geared toward all skin types, I don’t think drying should be a concern.

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D.C. Happenings: Pisco Month at Service Bar DC

Did you know, Peruvian Independence Day is July 28, and National Pisco Day is July 22?!  No, you didn’t?!  Well, now you know!

I had the opportunity to attend the press party for Service Bar D.C.’s Pisco Month kickoff the other week, and let me tell you, Pisco drinks are the best. Every Monday during the month of July, Service Bar will be serving up Peruvian cocktail realness starting at 5pm.  Service Bar really prides itself, as it should, on the craft cocktail experience in a relaxed and chill as F setting.  The Peruvian cocktails below were made especially for this Monday month long celebration, and the mix of flavors is on point…it really is an experience versus just your typical drink.

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Recipe Wednesday: Quick + Easy Chicken Salad

Summertime should be all about light cooking and grilling.  Since I’m a teacher I have a bit more time to focus on the little things during the summer…like…making lunch!  My boyfriend & I ordered our favorite Peruvian chicken one day last week, lo and behold, they actually gave us two, yes, two, whole chickens instead of one.  Needless to say, we had a lot left over.

I decided to get creative and whip up a quick chicken salad for lunch one day, using all Trader Joe’s ingredients…minus the chicken, of course.  Although, it would be super easy to use the precooked Grilled Chicken Strips (hint: in the green packaging).

My secret weapon in this chicken salad is the Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce, which is, let me tell you, the best sauce ever.  You can put it on anything, and it serves up the best mustard realness.  I put this on grilled salmon, use it as a dipping sauce, you really can’t go wrong.

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Ulta Haul: Bath Bombs + Face Masks

A while go I gave myself a little Ulta Haul…I didn’t go crazy, but I did pick up a few fun items.  I was in desperate need of some bath bombs, and def not in desperate need of some sheet masks, but bought some anyway!

First up, the Fizz & Bubble Artisan Bath Fizzy bath bombs.  I bought five, each one would perfectly fit any of my moods on a given night.  First, I chose Hawaiian Lei, which smells like amazing spring & summer flowers.  It’s so light and refreshing, perfect for a summertime bath.  The second one I chose is the Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey which I think is perfect to have on the back burner just in case I get a leeeeetle bit of a sunburn this summer.  These three ingredients will def tone down any burn I have, all in a nice & relaxing bubble bath of course.  Third bath bomb up is the Lavender Fields which will be perfect after a long day, or the next morning after a long night.  Lavender is one of my favorite scents, and this bath bomb smells so good!

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D.C. Happenings: Delicious Food, The Caps, & More!

I had a couple big foodie events this week, and def need to detox through next week to rebalance myself!!

This past Wednesday was Jose Andres’ annual Dine-n-Dash event to benefit World Central Kitchen.   This was my fourth time attending this amazing event, and honestly, it’s my favorite night out in D.C. each year.  A little over 30 restaurants in the Penn Quarter and 14th St areas close for regular service and turn into incredible cocktail parties with passed drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  You start by checking in at your designated restaurant, and then just walk from place to place sipping on cocktails and nomming on the restaurants best.

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Nordstrom Rack Finds: Tory Burch & Ted Baker Sandals

My Mom came and visited during Mother’s Day weekend, and of course, we shopped, shopped, and shopped.  One of my favorite places to stop is Nordstrom Rack, and we have quite a few in the D.C. area.  The best one, in my opinion, is in the downtown area in Penn Quarter.  It’s a huge store, and they are always stocked with great pieces from clothing to shoes & accessories.  I didn’t find any new clothing pieces to add to my wardrobe while I was there, but I did find two new pairs of sandals at great prices.

The first pair I found are the simple and easy Tory Burch Terra Thong Sandals in nude.  They are sold out on the Tory Burch website, but they had a lot in stock (both nude and black) at Nordstrom Rack- so you might want to call your local one to see if they have any!  It looks like PoshMark also has a few up, so if you like this style, check there too!

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Budget Beauty: Neutrogena Face Mask Review

I love Neutrogena products- the quality is great, I see results when I use them, and most importantly they’re affordable!  I jumped at the chance to work with Neutrogena on their latest It’s in the Gel campaign, focusing on their new 100% HydroGel sheet mask line.

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Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday!  Long time no Fab, ugh, I know!  Here’s what I’ve been loving the last couple of weeks.  Don’t forget to comment below, or Tweet me, with some of your favorites!

Bath & Body Works Candle in ‘French Lavender’, $24.50

This is my current living room scent and I am loving it for this time of year.  Lavender & lilac scents are my favorite, so I always make sure to keep a candles stocked up.  Right now Bath & Body Works is offering 20% off purchase with the code, GLOWING.  & once the weekend hits, who knows what candle deals they’ll have!

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D.C. Happenings: District To Dos

The weather in D.C. is finally getting itself together.  Both yesterday, and today, have been 90 degrees.  SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE!!  With warm weather brings plenty of fun, and mostly, outdoor, District activities that should be on everybody’s to do list.

Toned Up Tuesdays FREE Yoga in CityCenter !! 

It’s a leeeetle last minute, but every Tuesday, for the rest of May, CorePower Yoga hosts a free,YES FREE, hour long yoga class.  Toned Up Tuesdays is a great way to get in a class, all while enjoying the awesome environment of CityCenter D.C.  I haven’t been able to attend this year as of yet, but last year it was super fun!  The class is from 6-7pm & you’ll need to bring your own mat…I suggest getting there 5:45 at the latest because it does really full up  The workout is totally worth it, and plan ahead & decide what restaurant you’ll be hitting up for drinks after!!

Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

This is one of my favorite events in the area.  I go to both the fall and spring Wine Festival at George Washington’s house, and it’s always a great time.  Tons of wine from all around the region, and great prices for any bottles and glasses you might want to enjoy while picnicking on the property.  You can also take tours of the house, and wander around the grounds.  There’s plenty of food options too, all perfect for pairing with any vino.  There are still tickets available, but they’re selling out quickly!!

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Budget Beauty: Thayers Witch Hazel Lavender Toner

Toner. IS. Life.

No, really, toner is life.  It’s my favorite part of both my AM and PM skincare routine.  Why?  Well, it proves to me how clean my face truly is, and also makes my skin feel ready for the next steps of serum and moisturizer.

Since I love to try new products, I always bounce around from toner to toner…but the toner I’ve been using most recently is the perfect budget beauty buy.  Thayers Witch Hazel Toner can easily be found in Whole Foods or Target.  It’s a natural, alcohol free toner, that refreshes and cleanses the skin without stripping it of natural oils.

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