Summer is finally here! Whether you’re staying home or traveling this summer, these are my must-have items for whatever you do!
A great BB/CC cream
Taking care of your skin in the sun is SO important, but you want to look good doing so, right? These are my favorite BB/CC creams right now that protect your skin with SPF while providing a little coverage while you’re in the sun!
Another BB Cream that Tonya is loving: DERMAE – click HERE.
I have been SO into headbands and headwraps lately, I can’t get enough! Favorites that I’ve found have been from Target, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. These are the best!
I’m a sucker for a good statement earring, especially in Summer. Below I’ve linked TONS of affordable options:
Summertime is all about tan skin! Get that glow (safely) with a good self-tanner. These are the best self-tanners I’ve tried that range from a mousse-like St. Tropez, to a gradual tan lotion like Tanceuticals and Jergen’s.
A good book!
There’s nothing better than laying out by the pool, the beach, or even on your back patio or deck with a great book while enjoying the beautiful weather. These are some great summertime reads Caroline and I have picked up and enjoyed lately.
Don’t forget the sunscreen! These are some of my favorites ranging from lotions, gels, sprays, face sunscreen and lip sunscreen! These are my tried and true favorites that seriously protect your skin!
A cute beach/pool bag
Straw bags are seriously in for the summer. These are a few of my favorites I’ve found that are great for the beach, pool or just a cute summer purse!
Who can forget a fabulous pair of shades? These have been some favorites of mine lately!
Other beach/pool bag must-haves:
I keep the rest of these products in my beach bag, pool bag, car, purse, everywhere during the summer time! (Except for the Sun In, that’s a favorite of Caroline’s!)
What’s your summer must-have item? I’d love to know in the comments below!
There’s nothing better than trying out a beauty product you’ve had your eyes on for a while and absolutely loving it! There’s also nothing worse than spending your hard-earned money on a product for it to totally flop.
Caroline and I have done all of that research for you and these are our absolute favorite products we’ve found in the month of April!
This foundation is Caroline and I’s new favorite! The coverage is amazing and you barely need any for full coverage. It works best with a damp beauty blender and blends flawlessly. This is the best foundation out there right now! I wear shade “medium” and Caroline is “medium nude.”
If you’re a fan of shape tape concealer, you will absolutely love Loreal’s new concealer. The buildable, full coverage is amazing and the price point is way more affordable! You barely need any product as well; just a dot goes a long way!
This brand new NARS summer collection is incredible. This palette is Caroline’s favorite. It’s perfect for bronzer and the shades can be worn as eyeshadows, bronzers and highlighters! This is a great travel palette due to its 3-in-1 capabilities. The colors have a creamy texture to them and they go on so smoothly. The price point is a little expensive but it is worth every penny!
Huda Beauty lips have been Caroline and I’s favorite lately. They truly stay on an entire night and the shades are so pigmented and bold I always get so many compliments when I wear them! I have a bunch of shades but my favorite at the moment is “Day Slayer.” It’s a “versatile day to night nude!”
This primer is Caroline’s favorite right now. After seeing Jeffree Star use it, she knew she had to have it. It’s definitely expensive, so try the trial/travel size first to see if you like it! It lasts forever because you only need a finger nail’s worth of primer for your entire face, yes, that’s correct! Designed to fill your pores and give you that airbrushed finish, this primer feels amazing on your skin and helps with creasing!
According to Caroline, this dry shampoo is by far the best she has ever tried! She’s tried so many brands that just don’t work for her hair. Finally, Glam Squad comes through with an amazing formula. The translucent spray doesn’t leave your hair white and immediately gets rid of greasy roots! Even better, it’s so affordable and the packaging is adorable!
I’ve been using this cream since the first trimester and let me tell you it is amazing! It feels so good and helps to prevent stretch marks. I apply this twice a day so I don’t get any stretch marks. Carl has also been using this for his super dry skin so it’s an extremely versatile product! It’s thick and goes on really smooth so that you barely need any to cover your bump.
This charcoal sheet mask is truly the best I have ever used! Not only does it help to detoxify your skin, but it’s hydrating as well and leaves my skin glowing every time I use it! Use code ‘TONYAGLOW20’ for 20% off your purchase!
I love a good scrunchie and love that they’re back in style! Kaitlyn Bristowe’s Dew Edit scrunchies are my newfound fave. I have the “minis” which are regular scrunchies with a little less “floof.” They come in packs of three and are such amazing quality and don’t snap like other drug store scrunchies I’ve owned. I have the “glow uppers” and the “shade throwers” both of which are in stock!
Which beauty product are you adding to your cart? I’d love to know in the comments below!
I recently took a trip to Sephora inside JCPenney to check out some of their new releases and I was not disappointed! Most of these new and exclusive items JUST hit stores two weeks ago, so I’ve been DYING to see, purchase and try them!
When searching for new products in-store, Sephora inside JCPenney makes it easy for you because all of the new releases are on display so that they’re easy to find and you can try them all!
I’m a sucker for a good lip gloss and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty always hits the mark! I purchased the Gloss Bomb in shade “Fu$$y.” It’s a universally flattering, true pink and the packaging is gorgeous. Even better, shea butter is an added ingredient for smooth and luscious lips! I’m always a sucker for a good pink or nude!
This concealer comes in 17 different shades, and is available in select doors. I’m hoping they come out with more later on! I purchased shade “light 23.” This is the perfect to-go concealer and would be great for travel as well. It’s meant to be a good touch-up concealer, perfect to stash in your purse to fix your makeup throughout the day! I personally keep mine in my bag.
Another lip I’ve been wanting to try is Too Faced’s new Peach Puff Long-Wearing Diffused Matte Lip Color. I purchased shade “Peachin’ to the Choir,” another true pink lip! This one is meant for long-wear as it’s a stain and not a gloss. It’s available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora inside JCPenney in 12 shades! The texture is soft and creamy, the application tip is AMAZING. I’m a fan.
I have been dying to try some of Natasha Denona’s eyeshadow palettes, so I was really excited to try this mini nude one! The brown tones in this palette are gorgeous, and this is great for travel since it’s so small but has five shades for you to create a look with! This is also a good one to try if you’re not sure you want to spend the money on an entire palette!
Sephora Collection, Metallic Pigment Palette, $28
I have been loving metals lately, so I was super excited to try out Sephora’s new, limited edition Metallic Pigment Palette for the eyes and face. The price point of $28 can’t be beat and the colors work for any skin tone! These are great to use as highlighters to make your makeup pop and give you a little extra shimmer.
Liquid shadows are something I’m trying to get better at using in my makeup routine to change up my look a bit. I thought this color in shade “quartz” with the nude metallic undertones would be a great place to start!
This post is sponsored by Clarins USA, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
When it comes to brand loyalty, I try to remain as transparent as possible. I am loyal to brands that I use consistently and brands that I love! Clarins is one of those brands.
I first started using Clarins’ Double Serum one year and six months ago. I wrote a first impressions style post followed up by my results one year later. Now, I’ve been using Clarins’ double serum for an additional six months and cannot wait to share some more results with you all!
If you do not know, Clarins Double Serum is a plant-based serum that improves your skin’s texture, boosts radiance, firms, tightens pores and even skin tone while fighting wrinkles for younger looking skin. The Serum promises results in just 7 days! I know, I was skeptical at first too but I can attest to how well this product works.
I have always been honest with you all when it comes to problems I have with my skin. Just like most, it’s not perfect! However, some have more insecurities than others when it comes to skin care and that’s me, which is why I take skincare so much more seriously.
Since I believe so strongly in skincare, I make sure I am not using any product that includes harsh chemicals. Clarins Double Serum includes 21 different skin nourishing plant extracts that are great for your body inside and out so you never have to worry about the ingredients inside!
Using Clarins Double Serum the past year and a half I have noticed an improvement in my skin’s natural skin tone. I have naturally red skin and Clarins Double Serum helped me tone down my redness and bring it back to its natural color!
With the redness toned down, I have also noticed how much more radiant my skin is. Restoring my skin’s natural oils, the Serum works with my skin and not against it.
Additionally, Clarins Double Serum is a seamless addition to any skin care routine and fit for any age and skin type! Just put it on right after cleansing and before moisturizing day and night!
If you have yet to try Clarins Double Serum, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for! I love my skin now and attribute it to Clarins Double Serum.
This post is sponsored by #Lancome, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Creating a Fun Bold Look with Lancome’s 3-in-1 eyes, cheek and lips! This post is sponsored by #Lancome, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Lancôme has always been one of my favorite makeup brands. Their quality products seem to last all day and I always get compliments on my makeup whenever I’m wearing Lancôme!
I previously wrote about an easy day-to-day makeup look I created with Lancome’s 3-in-1 product and got so much positive feedback I decided to another fun look! The 3-in-1 cream-to-powder tint can be applied all over your face from eyes, cheeks and lips to give you a coveted afterglow effect with an oil-free color. This cushiony, soft texture glides seamlessly onto your skin providing a subtle flush of color or a buildable rush of color.
Before using the products, I first primed my skin with Lancôme’s prep and matte primer as I prefer my makeup looks to be mattified and this primer is perfect for that. One thing I love about the 3-in-1 cream-to-powder product is how “fool-proof” it is that you can use your fingers or your favorite shadow, blush or lip brush!
I first used the product on my eyes with shades Á La Mode and Éclat. Both of these colors were absolutely gorgeous on my eyes. The brown with pink-gold pearl notes in the Á La Mode mixed with the Éclat champagne with gold pearls made my eyes pop and accentuated the brown in my eyes. Forget anyone who says brown eyes don’t pop because these two colors proved them wrong!
For my cheeks, I used the shade Petit Bisou that is a light pink with purple pearls. I usually don’t wear blush but this is now my go to color as it matched perfectly with my olive skin tone. I used a blush brush for this look but you can also use your fingers to smooth the product onto the apples of your cheeks.
As for lips, I blended the Petit Bisou that I used on my cheeks with the Haute Couture shade that is a burgundy with blue undertones. The two colors blended seamlessly giving my lips a red-pinky glow that is perfect for fall! I again used a brush but you can use your fingers too! To finish off my look, I used Lancôme’s Fix it Forget it makeup setting spray and let me tell you it is my new favorite! It helped my makeup stay on all day long in the summer heat while I ran around finishing up errands before my wedding!
For just $22, you get a 3-in-1 product that helps you create a gorgeous look that you can blend together and experiment with their 10 different buildable shades with three matte, three sparkle and four metallic shades. I would 10/10 recommend Lancôme’s new 3-in-1 all over color eyes, lips and cheek exclusively on Lancome’s website! I linked everything above for you to shop.
When my bestie Victoria asked me to go to Chi-town with her for a quick trip, I jumped on it. If you haven’t noticed I try to travel once or twice a month. Not only to experience and make new memories but because I love sharing my favorites places and recommendations! It was a fast turn around but we had a blast, ate some amazing food and took some great photos. So, let’s dive in.
We checked into Loew’s hotel Chicago (the one located 455 N Park Dr, Chicago, IL 60611 ) – it’s affordable and beyond stunning. Between the decor and atmosphere it reminded me a lot of one of my favorite NYC hotels. A place where you can work in the lobby – also grab a bite to eat and a drink.
Soon as we arrived we headed straight into ETA Restaurant + Bar – ordered breakfast, a smoothie and felt recharged. I had my usual, the American breakfast (I ate it all, it was beyond amazing!) V had the avocado toast and chicken sausage! Highly recommend – service was also great. Even being busy they didn’t make you feel like it was a hassle. Much appreciated.
Checked into our room & the view was priceless. V was super excited cause she’s never had a room with a crazy view before. I think since she’s been to NYC afterward that’s now a thing…. a room with a view is a must!!
We got changed, fixed our selves up to be presentable and then headed out to explore. We did a little shopping at Moon Voyage, it’s a local boutique (2010 W Pierce St East) – I got a cute sweater and skirt, V purchased a gold ring with her initials on it “VIE” You can see it here. We explored and found some cool graffiti art – of course had a photoshoot LOL.
We decided to head to the Sky Deck — first off, if you guys don’t know I’m going to tell you: I’m afraid of heights. But I’m so glad I went and did it, def won’t be doing it again but I’m glad, HAHA. I think the scariest part was the elevator ride (60 seconds takes you up 103 stories) YIKES.
We then looked for the best pizza in town!! We landed at Gino’s East. We walked in there around 5:30pm right before the rush. I ordered everything basically, I was starving. We ordered: Pizza Breadsticks, Fries, Chicago Fire Pizza (Hot and spicy patty-style sausage, fire roasted red peppers, red onions) and Spinach Margherita Pizza (Spinach cheese blend, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil) & some beers!
Headed back to the hotel for some drinks at the hotel bar, watched the Steelers lose, got some computer work done and then crashed!
Well after not having the best life choices and drinking each a bottle of wine the night before we were so sick we couldn’t eat the breakfast we ordered. LOL Wish I was kidding. We were pretty mad at ourselves.
V headed to her hair class for Bombshell Extensions (the ones I wear and love!) So I ventured out for a little on my own.
I got myself together and headed to meet my friend Roxanne for lunch! Roxanne is known as @glassofglam on Instagram and she moved to Chi-town from D.C. recently.
I was super excited she had time to meet up while I was in town! She recommend Summer House Santa Monica – Honestly she killed it. This place was stunning and the food was delicious to say the least. I just discovered as I’m typing this they have one in Northern Bethesda! Ok, I’m pumped and def diving to Maryland for this.
After, headed back to the hotel and decided to have myself a spa day. I went to the Spa on level 3 — booked myself a 50 minute massage and a 50 minute body wrap. Both were incredible. I fell asleep and twitched like 4 times, haha. Highly recommend their spa if you’re local or staying there.
We met back up after and decided to head to dinner! We used the hotels concierge service (which again, highly recommend). Ended up at Katana, only locations being West Hollywood, Chicago and Dubai! It’s tapas style eating which was perfect for us, we got to try so many different items. Our favorites:
Sunomono – spicy marinated cucumbers
ishi ebi no tempura (popcorn rock shrimp tempura, miso glaze)
Shishito Japanese peppers (soy garlic sauce, bonito)
SKEWERS wagyu kosho (american wagyu new york, black pepper sauce), Suzuki (chilean seabass) and Ebi bekon (jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon, chili garlic sauce)
We also got sushi but it wasn’t anything mind blowing. We would of gotten more skewers instead! I honestly forgot to take photos of most so bare with me but I would 100% recommend you trying this restaurant. I wish we had one in the D.C. area.
After we walked a few blocks to the Chicago theatre for some photos and shopping. Stopped at a bakery and wasn’t a fan, I sadly didn’t even eat my cupcake and the place smelled weird when we walked in. LOL.
Chicago is so beautiful during christmas – all the lights, decor that the buildings put up is stunning. Even the display windows at Macys.
It was a quick and fun 48 hours – honestly much needed! Hope y’all found some new places to go while in Chi-town or if you’re local to the area. We headed back to D.C. and I’m already ready to go back for more.
The fall weather is my favorite. The air is so crisp and cool and I get to break out my favorite jeans, sweaters and boots! However, with the fall weather brings dry air that leaves my skin, namely my scalp, feeling dry, itchy and flaky at times.
You all know that I have been using Dove products for forever. Their gentleness to my sensitive skin is unmatched, not to mention their prices are always low so that I don’t have to compromise to feel fresh and clean. When Dove announced their NEW Dove Dermacare 2-in-1 Anti-Dandruff shampoo and conditioner, I was SO excited to try it out! You can too here: shpp.in/1jplei63b
Taking care of your skin is so important. For healthy hair to grow, you have to take care of the skin on your scalp as well! When your skin is dry and itchy, usually your scalp is too, creating dandruff that can be embarrassing, especially with my dark hair it can be extremely noticeable.
There are times that I have to shoot an outfit on a moment’s notice or look perfect for a picture and there’s nothing worse than feeling like I can’t do it when my scalp is feeling dry and dandruff flakes are visible in my hair. But thanks to Dove’s new Dermacare 2-in-1 Anti-Dandruff shampoo and conditioner, I no longer have to worry about that!
Dove’s products have always been affordable, but BJ’s prices are unmatched. I purchased Dove’s new Dermacare shampoo and conditioner at my local BJ’s and hope you all will.
This post is sponsored by Clarins USA, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This time of year, when it gets dark so early, I feel as if I’m tired ALL of the time! Can anyone else relate? My skin gets drier and tired looking, my under eyes get puffy from allergy season, accompanied with dark circles from feeling tired all of the time. Luckily, I found a product that has helped with ALL of that!
Clarins’ new Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate is a plant-powered, all-in one, sulfate free formula that targets puffiness, dark under eye circles, gives your eyelids a more “lifted” appearance, and even helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your under eyes looking younger and brighter looking. What more could you ask for in an under-eye cream?!
The all-natural ingredients of, Organic Harungana Extract, Cassie Flower Wax, Tetrapeptide and Albizia work together to improve the appearance of your under eyes in as little as seven days. The Organic Harungana Extract helps to restore the appearance of density, while the Tetrapeptide creates a more “lifted” look. To combat the puffiness, the Cassie Flower Wax smooths the appearance of the under eye area while the Albizia works to combat dark circles and puffiness.
To apply, warm the product between your finger tips and gently press under your eyes moving from the inner corner outward, from temple to temple. Repeat again above your eyes on the browbone and that’s it! This product is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin, combination skin or oily skin and should be applied morning and night for maximum results.
I’m so glad I found a product that targets all of my under eye insecurities this time of year and leaves me feeling confident to take on the day!
This blog post is sponsored by Olay, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
There’s nothing worse than hearing, “you look tired!” Maybe you got a full eight hours of sleep and you’re not even tired, dark under eye circles just run in your family! Or you packed on your favorite concealer and not even that can hide the fact that you pulled an all-nighter for work.
Introducing my new skincare holy grail for under eye circles: Olay’s NEW Brightening Eye Cream!
I have been exhausted from traveling so much lately, especially to different time zones which contributes to my lack of sleep and therefore, my dark under eye circles. Sometimes, my favorite concealer just doesn’t cut it, so I was thrilled to find a product that worked for me. In just a week, it’s really helped me look not so tired from being on the go so much!
The lightweight formula, with Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Vitamin B3, Pro-Vitamin B5, and Vitamin E anti-oxidant complex and Optic Brighteners hydrate your skin and smooth and illuminate it, so you can fool everyone else that you’re well rested, even if you’re not.
In addition to my lack of sleep on occasion, my olive skin tone can leave the areas under my eyes darker than usual. Olay’s new Brightening Eye Cream has really helped combat the darkness under my eyes, even if I’m not suffering from lack of sleep.
I put this cream on under my eyes in conjunction with my regular skincare routine. It fits into my normal routine so seamlessly that it was basically fool-proof to use. In the morning following my cleansing and moisturizing, I put a small dab of Olay’s Brightening Eye Cream under my eyes and gently massage it into my skin in little upwards motions. The difference is almost instant!
I then apply my makeup for the day if I’m going out and no one would ever guess I didn’t sleep well last night.
You can find the Olay Brightening Eye Cream at CVS or here!
Are you dealing with bad under eye circles? Let me know in the comments below!
This content is sponsored by Olay. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The worst part about starting your day is realizing you’re having a bad hair day. Bad hair days can totally ruin your day…until now. I’m sharing my secrets on turning a bad hair day into a good one!
The first thing I do when I wake up with a bad hair day is try some of my favorite dry shampoos. Eva NYC, Living Proof are my go-tos and Not Your Mother’s is Caroline’s favorite. They instantly transform a greasy hairdo into one that looks like you just washed it!
If you’ve gone a few days without washing your hair or your shampoo and conditioner seems to not be working lately, try this amazing anti-residue shampoo from Neutrogena. It’s affordable and totally transforms my hair. Caroline swears by it and I can always notice a HUGE difference in her hair when she washes it at least once a week with this shampoo!
Invisibobble and bobby pins
Another hair-hack for a bad hair day is simply throwing it up in a bun or ponytail and calling it a day. Recently, I have been obsessed with Invisibobble. The clear or hair-colored coils keep your hair from kinking up, so you don’t need to commit to keeping your hair up all day because of all the kinks in your hair. Additionally, bobby pins can bring a somewhat boring hairstyle to the next level with these cute and fun ones I found on Ulta. They keep frizzy hair at bay and out of your face and look cute doing it, too!
There’s also nothing worse than styling your hair only for it to fall flat later. These hairsprays are my favorite for keeping my curls or blown out hair in check.
Also, I get so many questions on how I curl my hair and what tools I’m using. I currently use all curling wands, straighteners and blow dryer from ONE brand. Click HERE to shop them.
Have a favorite hair product that can transform your bad hair day? Let me know in the comments below!