Fashion & Beauty


The Secret to Soft Lips


Winter has a way of being harsh on our bodies. Our skin dries out, our lips crack and our mood can drop if we don’t take care of ourselves during the cold winter months. It happens to the best of us! But with winter over, and spring hanging in the air, it’s time to rejuvenate our bodies, skin and minds.

For me, taking care of my lips involves two simple products: 1) C.O. Bigelow’s My Favorite Night Balm and 2) C.O. Bigelow’s Vanilla Supreme 2x Lip Shine. I know what you’re thinking: “wow, this post only talks about two products? Huge secret there!”

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But in all honesty, all you need are these two products, so why should I waste your time with fluff? I bought these two lip treatments a few weeks ago, and I immediately fell in love. When I first went out shopping, I was looking for a lip exfoliator to scrub away all of the extra dry skin on my lips. Although Bath and Body Works used to carry one, they no longer do, but of course, they had so many other fun looking products for your lips; I ended up with these two. I picked up the lip shine and night balm without having done any research on them beforehand. Sometimes that can end horribly. This time it didn’t.

I went home that night without an exfoliator. That night I put on my night balm right before bed. I woke up the next morning, and (no joke) my dry, peeling lips were gone. In one night! I will definitely be repurchasing this night balm, and the title is accurate; it is now my favorite night balm.

The Vanilla Supreme 2x Lip Shine is high quality and effective; although, I think that most of Bath and Body Works’ lip glosses are, so you probably couldn’t go wrong with any of the other options they carry either. The Vanilla Supreme 2x Lip Shine stands out primarily because of its fresh smell.  If you ever worry about having fresh breath, this is a great product to try… and it feels refreshing!

After buying a few unexpected items and loving them, I still wanted to pick up an exfoliator even though it was no longer much needed, so I did some searching on Pinterest and found that the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator came highly recommended, so I snatched that up at Walmart for only $3!

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You can see my review and demo of the lip exfoliator in my Secret to Soft Lips Youtube video below. Long story short, the first time application took a minute to work, but in the end, it did its job (and I hurt my lip by doing it for too long). I would recommend this product! For $3, you get more than what you paid for… and more. After using the lip exfoliator, the box recommends following up with a lip balm or gloss. This is the perfect time to use the Vanilla Supreme 2x Lip Shine.

Have you tried any of these products before? What did you think? How do you keep your lips soft and moisturized throughout the winter? Let me know in the comments below!

Gifts that Keep on Giving

Gifts that keep on giving

Haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet? No worries, you still have plenty of time left to finish! And you still have plenty of time to do it in a big way. This year you have the power to give gifts to more people than the ones that are just on your ‘to shop for’ list. This Christmas you can give gifts that keep on giving and help women, children and men all over the world… I’ve compiled a list of companies that give back not only during the holiday season but year round. With these companies, you can give a gift AND give back. They’re the gifts that keep on giving. So, this Christmas shop at:

My Plaid Poncho

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Happy Monday! This past weekend Katie and I took our second trip to the apple orchard this season, and we had a blast! We tried out a few DIY pumpkin decorations that we found on Pinterest, and Katie’s went a little bit better than mine did. I was a bit ambitious!? Painting a pumpkin plaid takes a lot more time than you’d think, okay? With enough time, I’ll finish, I swear.

The forecast called for rain while we were at the orchard, so we wore our rain boots and bundled up. I’ve been obsessed with this plaid open-front poncho I found at Old Navy, so I’m wearing it ever chance that I get. It’s comfy, warm and easy to throw on. Apparently I’m not the only one obsessing, because when Ty and I got home from buying my plaid poncho, I spotted it on a fellow blogger on Instagram! Ponchos and plaid. What screams fall more than that?

As for Sunday, I’m pretty sure I never left my bed for more than an hour, but I’m a strong believer that we all need those kinds of days. In fact, be sure to check out one of my favorite bloggers Leah over at My Favorite Adventure, who just wrote a great post on taking care of yourself. It’s definitely a nice little reminder to carve some time out of our busy schedules for ourself.

Wearing: Plaid Open-Front Poncho | Michael Kors Rain Boots (found other color variations but couldn’t find the two tones) | Leggings | Long Sleeve Tee

So, what did you do this past weekend? What’s your favorite fall trend?

5 Reasons Not to Wear Waterproof Mascara

It had become obvious to me in the last few months that my mascara was causing havoc on my eyes and things needed to change. The culprit: my waterproof mascara... 5 Reasons Not to Wear Waterproof Mascara

Just last week I threw away my bottle of Maybelline New York’s Waterproof Lash Stiletto Mascara and traded up for the non-waterproof variation. It had become obvious to me in the last few months that my mascara was causing havoc on my eyes and things needed to change. The culprit: my waterproof mascara. After wearing waterproof mascara every day since I first started playing with makeup, I won’t ever go back. 5 reasons why I won’t wear waterproof mascara:

Waterproof mascara dries up quickly.

Have you ever thought that your mascara doesn’t last long? Clumps before you can finish? Chances are likely it’s because it’s waterproof. Try the non water resistant variation and see what happens… it might just last longer.

Waterproof mascara was ruining my contacts.

Because of its chemical makeup, waterproof mascara will not dissolve if it comes in contact with your eyes. This means that it also won’t easily come off of your contacts. This isn’t true with regular mascara. You won’t have to scrub and scrub at your contact. Blink a few times instead, and it should do the trick. No more throwing away contacts because of your mascara!

It was giving me wrinkles.

It’s no doubt that the around-the-eye area is a soft and sensitive one. It’s also one of the first areas that begins to wrinkle as we age. That means we should be treating our eye area delicately- something that just isn’t possible when you have to rub so intensely just to remove your makeup.

Waterproof mascara was breaking my eyelashes. 

Although both non water resistant and water resistant mascara dry out your eyelashes, it has been said that waterproof mascara will dry them out more severely. This can cause your eyelash to become brittle, split and break.

Waterproof mascara was causing my eyelashes to fall out.

With the harsh scrubbing and inevitable tugging on my poor eyelashes, they were not only breaking, but they were falling out, leaving me with the occasional gaps between my lashes. Even after scrubbing and scrubbing, all of the residue was not gone, so when I went to curl my eyelashes in the morning, the gunk left over would adhere my lashes to the metal of my eyelash curler, and they would stay there, causing even more lash fatalities along with the ones I lost just trying to remove my makeup the night before. My mascara was having the opposite effect than desired. The harmful consequences of waterproof mascara were leaving my eyelashes looking less full and plump than ever.

No more waterproof mascara for me, that’s for sure. Since switching to non-waterproof mascara, my eyelashes are looking fuller, longer and much healthier with and without mascara on. I’ll never switch back!

Do you wear waterproof mascara daily?