Top picks from Sephora for the VIB sale!

04
20

The Spring Beauty Sale at Sephora is open to all beauty insiders today! Last weekend it was only open for Rouge members, but today is the day that everyone else can shop! If you are a Rouge or VIB member, you can get 15% off. Otherwise, sign up to be a Beauty Insider today and get 10% off!

I did my best to round up my LONG time loves, as well as some newer additions to my makeup bag!

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The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (I wear shade 5) has been the foundation I’ve been loving for the past few months. Depending on how you apply it it can look very natural and let some of your own skin show through, or it can be built up to a more full coverage as well. I have a post coming soon about how to do that, but if you are in need of a new foundation, definitely look into that one. The shade range is vast, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find a shade that works for you!

It’s hard not to write a paragraph about every single thing I have listed above, but the only other products I’ll give extra attention to are the two brow products I use daily. Anastasia Brow Wiz and the Power Duo are very easy to use brow products that work great. They have become absolute essentials to me.

Moving on to skin and hair, a few of the products on here are truly “holy grail” products for me.

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I’ve been using fresh lotus youth preserve with super 7 complex face cream for years. It’s fantastic. I love, love, love it. More recently I’ve fallen in love with Bobbi Brown Face Base. It preps my skin perfectly for makeup and makes it super hydrated.

Prepping for summer, I’ve had great results with MOST of the St. Tropez products I’ve tried. The ones in the graphic have worked for me! I love using the Gradual Tan Everyday Lotion to keep a very natural looking glow on my skin!

Like I said, I could go on and on, but you’ve likely already heard me rave about these products already! I’ll do my best to answer any questions left in the comments, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing a few more of my picks over on Instagram Stories today too!

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links + loves

04
20
The beautiful hostesses, Caroline and Andrea.
Grateful for each of these women!

My sweet friends threw me a little baby shower last weekend. It was so nice to just sit around and chat with my girls. We collected diapers and wipes to donate to a local pregnancy home for young mothers which made my heart happy. I’m working with Pampers on their newest diaper and wipe launch so it was nice to be able to collect items for moms in need.

Justin and I spent a little time this past week nailing down our top names for the baby. We now have 3 boy names and 3 girl names on our list. Before that we only had 1 each so I feel a little better having a few options to bounce around after he or she is born.

Speaking of he or she, David is utterly convinced it’s a girl and I think he will truly be sad and possibly pout if I reveal another brother to him in the hospital. I’m spending the next few weeks trying to explain to him that if the new baby IS a boy, it’s going to be great. So far I’m making zero progress in creating any kind of interest in another brother so we will just see how this all unfolds in May.

These are some of my favorite earrings.

A great post on white t-shirts, just in time for warmer weather!

A great body exfoliator to use before tanning products OR just to slough off dead skin!

I picked up this hand cream last week and LOVE it.

Fancy grill or not, if you love to grill but don’t have a meat thermometer yet, let this be the last thing you read before buying one. My parents have been using a meat thermometer for years but for some reason Justin and I never felt compelled to buy one. With Justin’s newfound interest in grilling, he bought a cool thermometer that allows you to keep an eye on the temperature even when you are inside. Not only has is given him more confidence in his grill skills, but our meat is cooked better than ever. If you are thinking,”Obviously, where have you been!?” then I don’t blame you because I’m not exactly sure why we waited so long to get one! We grill ALL summer long and I’m glad we have this helpful tool now!

Have any plans this weekend?

p.s. check out this rose gold bar necklace and a maternity denim button down!

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Cool Diaper Bags

04
19

I first started shopping for a diaper bag about 5 years ago when I was pregnant with my first son, David. I remember seeing tons of options with bright, colorful patterns but it was harder to find one that looked a little bit more understated and subtle. Ultimately I liked the functionality, pockets, and wipe ability of the popular bags so we used that kind!

But now it seems like there are so many more bags that look like a simple backpack or tote, but have all the pockets and functionality on the inside! I haven’t carried a diaper bag for months, and only keep a stash of clean clothes in my van in case of an accident, but with the new baby I’m planning on getting back into the routine of carrying a diaper bag with me.

I currently carry the Madewell Medium Transport Tote as my everyday bag and have received a few questions from readers asking if I was going to use that as my diaper bag, but I think it’s too small based on the amount of things I like to have with me with a newborn.

So I’m browsing around for a chic, simple bag that will store all of the baby stuff and not feel like it screams out diaper bag. I may downsize my everyday bag as well, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there!

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I actually think Justin would be comfortable carrying some of these as well! If I choose one of these, I’ll likely downsize my everyday purse so it doesn’t feel like I’m carrying around two large bags. I have this one from Sole Society and this one from Target, and both will work great as small springtime bags!

p.s. here’s another bag from Vince Camuto that would be perfect, and a more budget-friendly option too!

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