Summer Beauty Product Favorites

Monday, August 22, 2016

mario badescu, maybelline, its a ten, tula day night cream
Summer in the desert has been a new adventure. Throw being pregnant into to the mix and you've got a whole slew of beauty situations that need tending to. These 8 Products have been my go-tos for the last few months and some even longer. read on to find out what makes them each so special.

Tula hydrating day and night cream
Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream: Seriously, this is the best face cream I have tried in years. The price isn't crazy either! Only $52 bucks. It has been so helpful with my crazy pregnancy skin. And I love that its day/night so I don't need two separate products!

its a ten keratin leave in miracle treatment
It's a 10 Miracle leave-in spray with Keratin: Since moving to the desert my hair has been so much better even if it has been a bit drier. I can honestly go 4-5 days with out a wash which has helped my hair grow immensely which is something I've struggled with for many years. Since I don't have to wash and blow dry (aka, damage) my hair as often, I like to give it a little extra love on the days in between washes. I keep a travel size of this and a full size to spray on when needed. Mostly before bed or before I go out in the sun or re-curl my hair. It gives an instant softness to my hair! 

Age rewind brightener, Maybelline great lash big
Maybelline Great Lash: This tried and true favorite always wins out when i get fed up with a more expensive brand and I don't know where else to turn. It's always worked so I'm not exactly sure how I get swept up buying more expensive brands that make big promises. Anyone else keep this classic as their fallback?

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: I haven't actually tried the concealer version of this. I've only used the brightener, as show above. It's an easy to apply highlighter. I constantly avoid highlighters and illuminators because I feel like I always put them on unevenly, but his clever little stick has a built in fluffy applicator on top and all you have to do is twist a few clicks to release the product. It's a pretty genius concept for a highlighter dummy like me.

mario badescu egg shampoo, Mario badescu super rich olive oil lotion
Mario Badescu Super Rich Olive Oil Body Lotion: I've been a huge fan of Mario Badescu products for over 15 years now! This lotion has always been one of my favorites. it is super lightly scented and the moisture it delivers is incredible yet is not greasy. My skin just slurps it up, especially now in this dry climate. It's a staple in my moisturizer collection. 

Mario Badescu All Purpose Egg Shampoo: I'm not sure when I started using this one but it had to have been discovered by a sample. One of my favorite parts of buying Mario products is you usually get a bunch of samples when you purchase. Nordstrom now carries so many of their products and I've even seen them at Anthropologie. This shampoo makes my hair feel so clean and leaves it super shiny. And don't let the whole egg thing scare you. it really smells like nothing. Virtually unscented. And only $8!

** On our last trip to New York, I had the best idea to try out the Mario Badescu salon since I've always been such a huge fan of the line, and I must say it was one of the best spa experiences of my life. The staff worked quickly and was so friendly. The best part was that it's SHOCKINGLY AFFORDABLE! The place was packed with men women and teens, apparently the secret is out. If you are in NYC and looking for a spa experience without an outrageous price tag, I suggest you book a facial there. They even do mani/pedi add-ons for $15! And of course, my favorite part is when you leave they send you off with a packed bag of samples! Seriously, do it if you're in town!

estee Lauder anti aging eye balm review
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Eye Balm: I think this was another discovery from a free sample. I've been using it for about a year now and love its light non-greasy formula. It sinks in fast and feels light on the sensitive skin around my eyes. 

loreal self tanning mist review, easy self tanner
Loreal Sublime Bronze self-tan spray: This one is great for me considering I can barely reach most of my lower limbs with this pregnant belly in the way. I make sure to use it in a well ventilated area of course. A bit of a tan helps me feel more like myself in the summer, even though I've pretty much been hibernating indoors away from the crazy heat this summer. AC is a summer preggos best friend and so is a little sunless tan spray!


Off The Shoulder Floral Dress

Friday, August 12, 2016

maternity style, red hair, off the shoulder, casual outfit

maternity style, red hair, off the shoulder, casual outfit

maternity style, red hair, off the shoulder, casual outfit

You may remember me talking about the cute dresses that H&M has been putting out this summer that all ring in at under $20! You can see my navy boho printed maxi here and another bright red number here. Well here is the latest edition. This one is just $17.99! it also came with little shoulder ties but I chopped them off because I liked how it looked better without them. 

I just checked the site and this dress is still in stock in almost all sizes but these cheap thrills seem to sell out really fast, so act fast. It also come in blue as well. Hope you catch this one before it's too late!

Happy Friday!!


Canyon Casual

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

maternity, kolob canyon, ghd classic wave wand, oval wand, red hair, converse

maternity, kolob canyon, ghd classic wave wand, oval wand, red hair, converse


maternity, kolob canyon, ghd classic wave wand, oval wand, red hair, converse
Shorts // Tank // Shoes // Sunglasses // Waves with this wand

As you may know from my recent posts on social media, Andrew and I have been traveling alot. Most of it not together unfortunately, but as of this week I'm staying put and resting till this baby is born. Traveling so much pregnant is super exhausting!

The first leg of our travels was a family trip to Las Vegas. My side of the family meets there every summer and this was the first time ever that we lived close enough to just drive there! The drive is very scenic and there are cool places to stop and enjoy the views along the way. 

This spot, Kolob Canyon,  we discovered the first time we drove out to Las Vegas about a month ago and wanted to stop at again because we liked it so much. Isn't it beautiful. The best part is it's only a few minutes off the highway so it barely takes any time to get there.

I've got so much more to share from our trips which include some really awesome murals we found in downtown Las Vegas as well as some fun stuff from Chicago and my baby shower there! Stay tuned while I sort through it all to show you! 



LBD by Target

Monday, August 8, 2016

Target, mossimo, off the shoulder, black dress, summer outfit, mini MAC minkoff

Target, mossimo, off the shoulder, black dress, summer outfit, mini MAC minkoff

Target, mossimo, off the shoulder, black dress, summer outfit, mini MAC minkoff

Target, mossimo, off the shoulder, black dress, summer outfit, mini MAC minkoff

Target, mossimo, off the shoulder, black dress, summer outfit, mini MAC minkoff

Target, mossimo, off the shoulder, black dress, summer outfit, mini MAC minkoff

Target, mossimo, off the shoulder, black dress, summer outfit, mini MAC minkoff

To prove to you the magic of a LBD, let me share with you what my niece said to me when she saw these pictures on my computer. "Aunt Jill, this was before Athena was in your belly."

Isn't that all we really need to hear? Especially out of the honest mouth of an 8 year old? If thats not enough to convince you, this dress is also under $30. So what are you waiting for? GET IT.

Photos by my friend and blogger buddy, Sandy.



26 Weeks

Sunday, August 7, 2016

gap maxi, dress blue, easy maternity outfit, adidas and a dress

gap maxi, dress blue, easy maternity outfit, adidas and a dress


This is one ridiculously easy to wear outfit, which is probably why I bought this Gap dress in two different shades of blue. It's not Maternity but certainly stretches to accommodate the bump. The first one I bought in navy on sale for around $21 and I thought that was a good deal. The one you see here I found in store marked down to $19 with an extra 40% off. When I brought it up to the register it rang up $7!! I'm not sure what kind of math Gap is doing but I'm not going to argue with a $7 dress!

Also I should mention that although this post is titled 26 weeks, I am actually 27 weeks currently, and the photos were taken in my 25th! Life has just been so crazy traveling for the last two weeks, it's been near impossible to get a post up.

The pregnancy update itself is almost too lackluster to share. She's still healthy, but man am I NOT! I'm still sick, still nauseous, still throwing up, still bad heartburn and I've also developed a fun new symptom. Apparently I have carpal tunnel now which makes me feel like an old lady who cant open jars or control a hair brush. The doctor says the pain can minimized by wrist splints. Fun stuff, huh? I feel like I'm in the running for the award of worst pregnancy of all the people I know, but I really don't want to win this contest. Let's just hope she throws me a bone and gives me either an easy delivery or a good temperament. For her sake she better be a sweet heart, because mama didn't teach inner city kids for 11 years and not learn a few tricks. She has to deal with ME on the outside!