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It’s summertime, so that means sandals and fun colors of nail polish!
When I was little, painting my nails was always a huge deal because I’d get to dive into the massive plastic bin of nail polish that my mom had collected over the years. It was something that was saved for special occasions or as a special treat after various accomplishments.
When it was time to paint my nails, I’d take each of the bottles out one by one and arrange them by color, size, brand, and anything else I could think of before finally picking one and sitting down with my mom for some fun mother-daughter pampering.
Flash forward to present-day. With what I do for work, I constantly have my nails painted and I’ve put together quite the collection of polishes myself. (One that honestly rivals my mother’s.) Today I’m sharing some of my personal favorite nail polish brands and nail colors for the warmer months!
It’s been quite a while since I posted a monthly favorites video and I’ve had quite a few beauty faves accumulating. So, for today’s post, I’m sharing five of my current beauty-related favorites!
If I’m being honest, I’m super picky when it comes to taking care of my hair and the products that I use. Hask gave me the opportunity to switch up my routine and try out their Superfruit Healthy Hair Collection and I’m absolutely loving it!
For some background, I don’t put much time into my hair routine and most days I just get up, brush it and go. It’s rare that I use heat or product on my hair at all (I literally don’t own a straightener and I’ve used a blowdryer maybe 12 times in the past three years.) I curl my hair a few times a year for special events, but that’s pretty much it. When it comes to shampooing and conditioning, I typically wash my hair at night and go to bed with slightly damp hair.
I’m a sucker for a fun lip product, so while I was in NYC I stopped by the BITE Lip Lab on Prince Street in SoHo to design my very own BITE lipstick. This location is the only BITE Lip Lab in the world and when designing your lipstick you get to pick four aspects: 1. The color (of course) 2. The texture/finish. 3. The scent 4. The style of lid.
This past weekend, the weather in Chicago was absolutely gorgeous and I had the pleasure of attending my third Beauty Trend Show at Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue!
It was awesome to see so many familiar faces both on and off the runway. I’ve only been to the Fall Beauty Trend Show in the past, so I loved getting to see the Spring side of things! I’m loving some of the trends this season and I’ve linked all the featured brands and products from the show in this post!
Let’s be honest here, I’m a bit of a Target junkie. I go in for one thing and then 20 minutes later I find myself in line to check out with three more things that I discovered while roaming around. There are a few sections that I always hit up whenever I set foot in Target: office supplies, the dollar section (I’ve found some great stationery there!), the women’s clothing section, and the beauty aisles. Whenever I walk through beauty, I’m always overwhelmed by the seemingly endless options when it comes to every kind of product you could imagine, especially when it comes to skincare.
I’m really not one for new year’s resolutions… I’m not the best at keeping them, at least. However, one of my resolutions this year is to take better care of my skin by hydrating and moisturizing more. In other words, to drink more water and find products that agree with my skin and really make a difference in how it looks and feels. I have somewhat sensitive skin, so I also want to make sure that what I’m putting on my skin, especially my face, does more good than harm.
A “new-to-me” brand, derma e, recently launched their line at Target and released a brand new product, Firming DMAE Eye Lift, which specifically targets (mini pun there) a bunch of the under-eye issues that lead to looking far more tired than you actually are. Given the fact that I never sleep enough, I can use all the help I can get. I got to try it out as well as a bunch of the other derma e products that have launched at Target, and I love them! One of my favorite aspects of the products and brand, beyond the visual change in my skin that I have noticed, is the fact that derma e uses what they call “Green Chemistry,” a term that’s explained below in the derma e story.
I’ve talked about Pinrose on Bowtiful Life before, in my September favorites video and in my Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Show recap! Ever since I was introduced to the brand, I’ve been hooked! The packaging is adorable, the scents smell amazing, and the way they help you pick you scent is super cool! To figure out the “perfect” scent, you take their quiz and they match you up with your scent personality type and the three fragrances that go along with that type! I got “goddess” when I took it.
You can enter the giveaway right here!
|Estee Lauder’s granddaughter, Aerin Lauder!|
|Erika Shumate, Co-Founder of Pinrose|
|Jo Malone’s newest scent, Mimosa and Cardamom|