summer beauty essentials & giveaway!

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Hey guys!  It’s almost Fourth of July and I’m so excited.  It finally feels like summertime now that a three-day holiday is on the horizon.  I wanted to share a few of my summer product essentials I’ve been using and enjoying…and I have a giveaway so you can enjoy them too!  Keep reading to find out how to enter…

  • Aussie Total Miracle 7N1 Dry Shampoo – I’ve been using a lot of dry shampoo lately (California is in a drought afterall!) but I’ve been looking for a more cost effective option.  I like the way this one refreshes my locks at a great price point.  Brunettes–make sure to brush thoroughly to remove any lighter residue!
  • Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Detoxifying Restoring Intensive Treatment – I’ve got a TON of hair (it’s a blessing and a curse), and because of that I’ve always leaned towards more affordable drugstore brands that I find to work really well for me.  Herbal Essences’ scent takes me back to high school and I just love their scents!  I wish they made candles!
  • Olay Fresh Outlast Champagne Mango Body Wash – I was using this same body wash back around March and recently found this mango scent for summer–yum!
  • Pantene Power Up Daily Treatment – I like alternating between this treatment and the Herbal Essences one mentioned above.  This stuff is a few steps above conditioner and really makes my hair feel stronger.
  • Clairol Nice n’ Easy Sunkissed Collection – My friend Amanda used Clairol a couple weeks back and I decided to give it a shot as well.  I recently lightened up my ombré hair for summer and I decided to take a cue from Kaley Cuoco and play with my brows by lifting the color up a shade to compliment my lighter locks.  I dabbed a bit of dye on my brows and within minutes they were just a touch lighter to compliment my brighter summer hair.
  • CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick – No explanation needed, this lipstick is super pigmented, super creamy, and I think I’ve just about picked up every color from the drugstore.  This color is Garnet Flame–looove!

And…now for the giveaway!  I’ve giving away three beauty packs including some of my summer favorites to three lucky winners!  Three options to enter below…enter via one or all three!  Good luck!

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stripes and spots

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print mixingprint mixing print mixingTop: Tart via Le Tote // Skirt: 14th and Union via Marshalls // Heels: TJ Maxx // Bag: Valentino // Heels: KDB // Rings: Porter Gulch

Print mixing is nothing new but I love a good striped top mixed with another print.  I’m not sure exactly what print is on this skirt (it kind of looks like brick masonry to me!) but the combo of the two makes my heart sing!

Also–I recently gave my hair a bit of a chop-chop and I’m loving the shorter length.  I’m all about trimming the ends off to keep my hair healthy, and a bit more manageable going into summer.  It’s fun to mix things up a bit, especially when I’ve had long hair for so long.


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backyard essentials: beer lime margaritas

This post is sponsored by Bud Light.

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I’ve really perfected the art of the backyard hangout, if I do say so myself.  I try to spend at least one day per weekend outside with friends to enjoy the insanely gorgeous weather while catching up.  Not to mention, these backyard hangouts with friends are more budget-friendly that rounds of drinks at a local bar.  Hey, more funds for the dream house and summer sandals, right?

I first tried this beer-margarita recipe at a Cinco de Mayo  party and I LOVED IT.  I knew I needed to replicate it and serve some of this lime-y goodness to my friends over Memorial Day weekend.  Check out the recipe below

Serves 4

  • 8 oz beer (I went with Bud Light Lime—extra lime flavor for the margs!)
  • 4 oz margarita mix (or juice equivalent)
  • 4 oz tequila
  • 2 limes
  • ice

Combine together beer, margarita mix, tequila, and ice and mix.  Serve into four glasses and squeeze fresh lime on the surface.  Garnish with lime and enjoy!

Super difficult recipe, right?  After making a couple of batches of these, I just ended up eyeballing my pours and they turned out just as yummy.  I love the tart kick of lime, and the Bud Light Lime mixed with fresh lime is so refreshing!  These babies fueled a long afternoon of fun times with my friends filled with laughs, music, bbq, and the pups.  Take that, $15 San Francisco margarita!

Bud Light Lime® is the perfect beer for summertime refreshment – and it now comes in a cool and unique new bottle.

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spring workout gear

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Sweatshirt: Jockey // Sports Bra: Adidas // Pant: Nike // Shoes: Nike // Rings: Porter Gulch

I don’t know about you guys but I’m so happy spring is here!  My weekends have been filled with outdoor open space hikes and it’s my new favorite hobby–might have replaced Sunday brunch…?!?!!

If you haven’t heard, San Francisco’s Zappos Bay to Breakers race is coming up this weekend and I’m excited for this years festivities.  I’ve participated in the past from a party perspective but this year I’m lacing up my fresh kicks and tackling the hills.  If you follow my instagram you’ve noticed that hiking has dominated my weekends (sunshine, puppies, and a workout–what could be better?) and this piqued my interest about doing the race.  I like climbing hills more than running on flat ground because I love that heart-pumping feeling it gives me, and I’m so ready for you San Francisco hills!  Another major motivation–new workout gear to inspire me to get out the door and onto the trail.  Super colorful workout clothing has dominated the trends lately but I’m just not that into it.  I’m instead opting for the athleisure trend of sporty pieces in a neutral palette to take you from finish line to coffee date.  Additionally, I wear a few dainty jewelry pieces to keep a bit of polish in my athleisure look, like these beautiful rose gold black diamond stacking rings from Porter Gulch (local San Francisco made!).  I picked up these pieces from Zappos because–2 day free shipping, ’nuff said.

Are you headed out on the Zappos Bay to Breakers race this year, are you running or partying?  Can’t want to see all the costumes!


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spring cleaning my travel beauty bag

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I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately with flights hopping around from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Seattle and back.  I’m constantly swapping products in and out of my carry-on toiletry bag since I love trying new products and late-night hotel room spa sessions are quickly becoming the norm for me.  Here’s a look into what I brought in my bag this week…

spring beauty Hello toothpaste: Did you know that Hello was created by the genius behind the amazing EOS egg-shaped lip balm?  Yeah, I didn’t either!  Hello toothpaste is free from preservatives, dyes, triclosan, microbeads, and artificial sweeteners and I love that they come in more flavors beyond the typical mint.  I have all of them at home (from my local Target!) but this week I brought along pink grapefruit–yum!

Pulsaderm Buddy: I’ve been a long time fan of sonic skincare brushes to enhance daily skin cleansing and exfoliation, and the Pulsaderm Buddy brush is so adorably cute to fit in my toiletry bag.  It has two different speeds and can be charged via USB which is great–one less charger to plug in!  It’s like a palm-sized facial that I can bring with me everywhere.

spring beautyderma e Microderm Scrub and Hydrating Night Creme: I’ve been using this night creme for a couple years now and love its velvety feeling on my skin.  It feels great to smooth on after cleansing for tons of hydration via haluronic acid and plumping of fine lines for a more youthful appearance.  I recently discovered the microderm scrub and I like to use it maybe once every two weeks if I feel like I really need to scrub out clogged pores.  The gritty Dead Sea salt and volcanic sand buff my skin to super smooth finish!

Aura Cacia Apricot Oil:  As someone with oily and dry combination skin, I’ve often had mixed feelings about using oils.  Why would I want to ADD oil to my already oily skin?  I’ve noticed that adding this apricot oil instead of lotion gives me longer lasting hydration.

Have you guys tried any of these products before? Would love you hear your thoughts!  What should I try next?


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