Things I Bought and Liked – All Under $40!

There have been a few things I found this fall that have made me feel like have SCORED in the staying-sane-and-keeping-myself-and-small-humans-alive department (#winning). Some I have found in random shopping trips or browsing online, one was a stocking stuffer (ULTA, you hooked my husband up!) and a couple came on recommendation. Here they are in no particular orderūüėĀ:

Corduroy Jumper

This cute corduroy mini-jumper has been one of my fav fall purchases from Birds of a Feather (BOAF)! I felt like I was having a mid-life crisis with this purchase because of the length, however I made all the girls at BOAF promise that I didn’t look like I was an old person trying to look young.¬†ūüėā I had an extensive convo with Jill (many many pics and texts) about how to style this and what kinds of places I could wear it. I’ve been so focused on building up my professional wardrobe, that I have sadly forgotten my fun, casual wardrobe. I was able to wear this to a concert for a parents’ night out! I paired it with a black mock turtleneck, black tights and leopard print flats. You could also add booties or a white ribbed shirt underneath.

Ice Roller

Don’t get me started about this. This $12 item has brought me so much joy in the past two weeks. I have been using it first thing when I wake up to “de-puff”. It also is great for headaches. I keep this in a plastic bag in the freezer and have it ready for use. This is so worth it – go get yourself one.

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer

This little bronzer packs a huge punch for its size. It is super pigmented, so you only have to use a small amount to create a bronze goddess look, use as blush or to contour. This size is great to travel with too! 

Firearm Kids’ Clothes

If you are a fan of Mini Boden, you will love Firearm. I’ve found some great dupes for half the cost! Best of all…it’s all available on AMAZON. The fabric is soft and breathable – enough for my two year old.ūüėÖ

Universal Thread Booties

These adorable cut out booties are TARGET dupes for the more pricey Free People ones. They are only $32.99 (and there is a BOGO 50% off going on right now)! They are comfy and very on trend for Fall.

As a fellow (working) mom, I hope some of these ideas help you to stay chic, have $$ in your wallet and generally make life easier!

Xx,

Lauren

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How To Create The Perfect Bronze Glow With Self Tanner: Part 2

 

Although self tanner is currently the new rage, I’ve been using it since way before it was cool!¬† I can remember being a Freshman in High School and having a big show choir performance coming up that I just had to look perfect for.¬† It was early in the spring and I was as pale as a pregnant lady with morning sickness.¬† I knew I had to do something and there was no time to get a real tan, so I bravely decided to try “man tan” {as my dad so lovingly refered to self tanner.}¬† I literally went.to.town with the self tanner.¬† All over me, everywhere; rubbing in every direction imaginable and paying no attention to the “problem areas.”¬† It quickly started to show color and I was SO proud of myself.¬† {Look at me, gettin’ all tan and stuff.}¬† I was beyond excited, until¬†I woke up the next morning to the zebra stripes all over my hands, wrists and feet.¬† Ironically, my body wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.¬† Needless to say, self tanner has came¬†a long¬†way since the 90’s and I’ve learned a lot in regards to the application process.¬† Many of my friends refer to me as the “Self Tanner Queen” (a title i’ll proudly wear) so i’m here to share my opinions on everything self tanner!

Helpful Tips For Application:

1.  Before applying self tanner, make sure to moisturize your problem areas: hands, wrists, ankles, feet, knees and elbows. Lather those areas with lotion before AND after self tanner application. Those areas will grab the color much easier and appear darker than the rest of your body. Be very sparing when applying self tanner to those areas.

2.  ALWAYS wear gloves during the application process. I always wear latex surgical gloves. Some self-tanners even come with latex gloves included (Like Toma Self Tanner- i loooove Toma.)

3.¬† Rub in a circular motion and stay concentrated in one area until that area is fully covered (don’t get crazy and just start rubbing it everywhere!)

4.  Apply self tanner in a cool room or in front of a fan! DO NOT apply self tanner in a hot bathroom that is full of humidity or on skin that is sweaty/moist. It will cause the self tanner to run/streak. Always apply self tanner to cool, dry skin.

5.¬† To apply self tanner on your back, I have two suggestions: If you have an awesome husband like me, ask him to apply it – the back is very flat and pretty hard to mess up! So far, my husband has a good track record. If your husband/significant other isn’t an option, then I suggest keeping a can of spray on self tanner for those times that you need to wear something backless! The QuickTan listed below is great for this.

6.¬† To avoid self tanner build up, I suggest exfoliating once or twice a week. The easiest way to do this is to buy a body scrub that has the little “scrubbing beads” included in the body wash.

7.¬† To blend any areas that are either too dark or too light, I suggest using the leg makeup that’s listed below (as mentioned before, you can use this all over your entire body!)

8.  Once the application process is complete, make sure to wash hands thoroughly and once again apply lotion to your hands Рspecifically around your palms, knuckles and wrists.

9.¬† After applying self tanner or bronzer, make sure to allow adequate time for the product to dry!¬† Do not rush and put your clothes on.¬† I generally wear a towel after application and I also keep an old robe that I often wear when the tanner is still fresh.¬† I would suggest that you wait 20 minutes or more after application before putting on nice clothes.¬† Be particularly careful with tight undergarments – especially your bra!!¬† If you put a bra on too quickly it will create “tan lines.”

10.¬† Because it takes several hours for the full color to develop, I always apply my tanner at bedtime, when I’m fresh out of the shower.¬† Clean skin and a full overnight for the color to develop will bring your best results!

 

***One leg bronzed and one bare leg.  The difference is unbelievable.***

Favorite Self Tanners:

1. ¬†My Current Favorite¬†is Tanwise One Hour Sunless Lotion.¬† This can be found at Sally Beauty.¬†¬†This gives a very rich, deep color; like you’ve just been to the beach.¬† This is a more drastic look, which I¬†prefer.¬† If you’re going for a subtle tan that people won’t notice, this may not be the one for you.¬† However, this gives the most natural looking color I’ve ever found!¬†¬† No cheeto look with this one, ladies.

Tanwise One Hour Sunless Lotion

 

2.¬† Next up is Toma’s Perfect Tan Self Tanning Lotion.¬† This can also be found at Sally Beauty and also gives a deep color.¬† This is a VERY close second to the Tanwise.¬† Anytime they’re out of Tanwise, I get Toma’s and it never disappoints.

Toma’s Perfect Tan Lotion

 

3.¬† Body Drench Quick Tan Bronzing Spray: ¬†For years, this was my go to!¬† It’s like an at-home spray tan.¬† It’s in an aerosol can and the color is amazing.¬† It actually has a 5 star rating, and for the most part, I would agree with that.¬† However, the last two cans I’ve purchased, the aerosol spray lid has malfunctioned causing me to lose/waste some of my tan.¬† Therefore, I’ve rarely purchased it lately because who wants to spend $20 on self tanner and then have the bottle malfunction.¬† This aerosol tan is perfect for a “top layer” of tan to give you a very bronzy glow!¬† Do one layer of Tanwise lotion and then apply the QuickTan Spray the next day for a seriously deep tan!

QuickTan Bronzing Spray

 

4.¬† Loreal Sublime Luminous Bronzer:¬† I’ve used this one for years.¬† It’s good, not as great as the tanners listed above, but it’s a very good substitute if I only have time to run in the drug store and grab something quick.¬† You can find this one at most pharmacy’s, Wal Mart, Target, etc.¬† I almost always keep a bottle of this one hand as a back up.¬† It’s also slightly cheaper.

Loreal Sublime Luminous Bronzer

 

5.¬† Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer.¬† This¬†product is fresh on the market, and so far, I’m loving it!¬† This provides a gradual, subtle color.¬† Although you will notice some color after the first application, it will take 2-3 applications before you notice substantial color change.¬† For someone who is scared of applying self tanner, this is definitely the place to start!¬†¬† Here’s the wild thing about this one – you literally apply it to wet skin, fresh out of the shower.¬† As crazy as it seems, it works!¬† I do pat my skin semi-dry¬†before applying.¬† {Sidenote: I have applied it to completely dry skin as well and it worked just fine; no streaking.}¬†¬† This gives you just a nice sun-glow look.

Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer

 

6.¬† Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, Deep Glow Leg Makeup – Ladies, this is a game changer!¬† Literally, keep this in your makeup kit at all times.¬† This¬†is foundation for your legs (and can be used on the entire body to cover up anything that you want to hide; tan lines, blemishes, scars, *self tanner fails!*)¬† This stuff is amazing!!¬† It’s in an aerosol can and sprays out like hairspray, but has the same consistency as foundation for your face.¬† This has immediate color and gives your legs a flawless, airbrushed look.¬† Once it dries, it rarely budges.¬† The only time I’ve ever had it get on my clothes was at a football game when it was approximately 100 degrees and we had been tailgating for hours.¬† My sweat (gag) did eventually make it slightly rub off on the inside of my shorts.¬† However, it did not ‘run’ or cause any major streaking.¬† I often use this on top of my self tanner to just give it an even more natural look.¬† I highly suggest buying a can of this, like right now.¬† You’ll thank me later.¬† This product can be found at your local drug store or Wal Mart.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Leg Makeup

 

7.¬† St. Tropez Self Tan Express – This one is a FAN FAVORITE, hands down.¬† Even the ladies at¬†Ulta swear by this one.¬† It has the most radiant bronze glow and it rarely streaks!¬† While I highly recommend this one, it does come at a much higher price tag!¬† If you’re committed to your tan and want to take it to the next level, you must purchase¬†St Tropez Self Tan Express!

Ladies, I hope this information was helpful!  As always, we would love to hear your feedback if you decide to try any of these products!  Comment with any questions below!  If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends and subscribe to our blog!

 

XOXO

Jill

 

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Say NO to B.O. – Go Native!

B.O.¬† It’s just one of those things that is not socially acceptable, unless you are living in a commune or hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I don’t think any of those people are reading this blog.¬†ūüėā

In my pre-teen or early teen years I started using deodorant (mostly because it was cool and a bit because I needed it).¬† I progressed from Teen Spirit to Secret to Dove and that’s where it ended. I have tried all varieties of Dove over the last 15 years, but recently noticed that it hasn’t been working as well.

About that same time, a friend of mine (thanks Jenna!), asked if I had ever tried Native deodorant. I had heard of Native but never really gave it a second look.  Since I am trying to eat/live more simply (I had a party in the Target aisle when I found a 4 ingredient granola bar for the baby), I thought I might as well try to do the same for the things I put on my body.

I love the fact that Native deodorant is aluminum free – which helps with the laundry situation and clogged pores.¬† (It is also¬†parabens, phthalates, and talc free.) If you are like me, you might wonder if all of those eliminated ingredients would make the deodorant less effective, so I tested it out in several scenarios.¬† My first test was a day at the office, not much activity, but can we say stress sweat?!?¬†ūüėā¬† The Native deodorant passed with flying colors! The second test was a high intensity workout AFTER a day at work. I didn’t reapply and jumped into the workout. This was another success! I was super sweaty but didn’t have that dreaded B.O. smell. The third test was a day at home with my two toddlers. It was an 85 degree day and we were in and out of the house. I probably sweated the most this day. While I didn’t HAVE to reapply, I started feeling a bit gross, so I swiped on a couple more times.¬†ūüėā

Native gives some helpful tips when making the switch:

One drawback is that you can’t pick up Native in local stores. However, they do offer a subscription, so you aren’t stuck without deodorant! Also, it’s free shipping and free returns (music to my ears). I would definitely recommend Native and hope you like it as much as I do! If you order now, you also get a free travel sized deodorant, here: Native.

We’d love to hear your deodorant experiences. Let us know if you make the switch!

XOXO,

Lauren

 

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Be Your Own Valentine: 5 Tips For A More Confident You!

We live in a world that constantly reminds us that we’re not good enough.¬† We’re not tall enough, thin enough, tan enough, happy enough, healthy enough….the list goes on and on.¬† It’s exhausting, honestly.¬† We are hit with a constant flow of information, via the internet, that tells us exactly how we should look, act and think.¬† Our senses are on overdrive trying to keep up with the latest workouts, trends and technology.¬† All we want to do is better ourselves, but what ends up happening is that we don’t love the skin we’re in.¬† We’re always searching for happiness and chasing contentment.¬† We always think “if just this one things happens, THEN I’ll be happy.”¬† Or “if I find this kind of man, THEN I’ll be happy.”¬† The truth is, you don’t¬†find happiness, you make it.¬† If you can’t find peace¬†where you are, then you never will.¬† I’m as guilty of this as anyone else.¬† While I agree that it’s always important to move forward, grow and better yourself, it’s most important to stop and smell the roses and LIVE.¬† To enjoy the present and love ourselves and those around us.¬† While truly loving ourselves on the inside is a little bit harder to achieve, here are five easy tips that will boost your outer self confidence.¬† When you look good, you feel good.¬† Outer self confidence will start to boost your inner self love!

1.  Go-To Jeans

There is literally nothing more important than having a favorite, go-to pair of good fitting jeans.¬† A cute pair of jeans can really boost any woman’s confidence.¬† Find a pair of jeans that can be dressed up or down.¬† While I’m normally chasing a good deal, jeans are one¬†thing that I don’t skimp on – I’ll pay top dollar for a pair of good quality jeans.¬† My favorite jeans are American Eagle High Rise Jeggings.

 

2. Good Skin Care Routine

I am SO guilty on this one.¬† Luckily, I didn’t have skin problems during the teen years.¬† While that is a¬†huge blessing, it’s a curse in it’s own way.¬† Because I never had to take care of my skin, I didn’t.¬† Last year, at 33, I finally got on board with a nightly skincare routine and I can definitely see the difference.¬† I keep my routine simple, but I still feel like it’s important.¬† Nothing makes a person more self conscious than to have a giant zit on their face that everyone is staring at (at least that’s how it feels!)¬† All skin types are different, but here’s what works for me (bonus: you can get this at the drug store for cheap!)

These Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes are literally the bomb.  They get everything off while still being gentle on the skin.  I even use them on my kids delicate skin after wearing dance competition makeup.

After thoroughly cleaning my face, I moisturize with Olay Firming Night Cream.  This stuff will literally make your face as soft as butter Рand it smells good, too!

3.  Lipstick!

Even though I keep my lip color very¬†“nude” most of the time, I make sure to incorporate a bold, fun lip color on date nights.¬† It’s also fun to wear a bold lip¬†with minimal makeup – to switch things up a bit!¬† Here’s one of my favorite looks:

 

4. Pearly Whites!

This one ranks right up there with good skin care.¬†¬†A healthy oral routine¬†is very important to me.¬† No one feels very confident if their smile isn’t on point.¬† I’ve had teeth problems my whole life (lots of cavities – *eye roll*, ugh.)¬† As an adult, I try to take really good care of my teeth.¬† I brush two-to-three times daily and use this Listerine Whitening Mouth Rinse.¬† I’m not even kidding, I can totally tell a difference when I’m not using it.¬† A warm, happy smile goes a long way – share yours with others!

5. Head Swag!

I can not stress this one enough!¬† As women, we are constantly doing our hair.¬† If you’re anything like me, you probably dread doing your hair – it’s SUCH a process.¬† You might even plan your hair washing days around your¬†social calendar¬†(not that I would know anything about that!)¬† Here’s a tip that will help you out majorly.¬† Find several different styles of hats that you like.¬† Create a collection.¬† I have hats for most all occasions.¬† If you’re in a hurry, skip the hair wash.¬† Just throw your hair up in a messy side bun and throw on a cute hat.¬† You’ll look trendy and your husband will be happy that he didn’t have to sit around and wait on you!

While I enjoy slathering paints all over my face and jacking my hair to Jesus, it’s not because someone else made me feel like I need to do that.¬† It’s because I like it and that’s what makes me feel confident!¬† It’s not even because of my husband.¬† In fact, he would much prefer me in workout clothes, a ball cap and bare faced.¬† But I’ve come to realize what’s most important is making myself feel confident and beautiful.¬† That feeling is going to be different for every single person.¬† Your job is to figure out what makes you feel beautiful!

Whether you’re spending your Valentine’s Day with your lover, your Galentine or you’re flying solo, make sure that you remember to love yourself first!

Hugs & Hearts,

Jill

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V-Day Gift Guide: Super Unique Gifts You Can’t Miss!

Who doesn’t like getting a gift? I realize that there are other “love languages” out there, but let’s be real, no one is going to to turn down a present picked just for them!!¬† If you are looking for some unique options that will up your gift game from chocolate and flowers for your parents, sibling, boyfriend/girlfriend, spouse, and friends, keep reading!

Capitol Market

We stopped by this market on our way back from Aerial Yoga for some fruit and found a huge selection of tasty treats and drinks! There is something for everyone here. You will find everything from delicious candy, wine, coffee to cheese, meats and fruit. There is something for everyone here!

 

 

Birchbox Subscription

While this isn’t a new idea, Birchbox had evolved with the times and have started curating more personalized boxes of makeup, skincare, nail care, and fragrance options. I absolutely LOVED receiving these boxes each month with new beauty products to try. These start at just $10/month and now have them for the GQ men in your life. ūüėČ

 

UE Wonderboom

This little waterproof, super portable, bluetooth speaker will change your life. The sound quality is awesome. This is a must-have for anyone with kids.  You can easily carry this speaker from room to room for dance parties and sound machine noises. It is also especially good for traveling.

 

Packing Cubes

For your organized friends (or ones that need some organization in their lives), these packing cubes are AWESOME! They are totally worth the less than $25 price tag. I used these when packing my kids for Disney and it was super helpful.  They come in several different colors, which makes it easy to identify whose clothes are in the suitcase!

 

Mousepad

While this might not be the most romantic gift you’ve ever given, I can say that this is one of the best mousepads I’ve ever used! My husband, who spends the majority of his day at the computer, recommended this to me and I haven’t turned back. It is super responsive and under $10! Your techie friends/family will thank you!

 

Silicone Ring

In addition to our Acro Yoga and Aerial Yoga adventures that you’ve seen, these rings would definitely be great for weight training or crossfit workouts. I got my husband one and he says it is super comfortable and would totally recommend it. These are less than $25!

I hope these unique gift ideas will be a great paring with the fun/romantic/crazy night you have planned with your boo or gal-pals!

XOXO,

Lauren

P.S. Make sure to check out the Sushi Bar at Capitol Market – they have some of my favorite grab-n-go treats (even my kids approve!)

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Ballin’ On A Budget

Our friend Tanner is back and with another hilarious guest post; this time he tells us about his favorite DIYs. Check out these super cute and totally affordable ways to up your decor game:

‚ÄúMove into your own house‚ÄĚ, they said. ‚ÄúYou‚Äôll love having a house- what a fun project!‚ÄĚ, they said. Well, the cracked shower doors, weedy gutters and dead houseplants determined that was a lie. Moving into your first house is a big deal. Packing, moving, decorating- it‚Äôs all a huge adjustment that requires time, patience and a sense of humor. For one, everything you do is a new experience. If you would’ve told me five years ago that I would be using a laundromat and eating leftover hamburger helper, I would’ve laughed straight in your face. But here I am, on a first-name basis with the dry-cleaning lady and loving every minute of that pasta.

However, what they don’t tell you about living on your own is that sometimes you have to get a little creative with what you have. This is where I found one of my new favorite things- DIY projects. Everyone has their favorite sites to find these ideas, but I enjoy Pinterest and Buzzfeed the most! After a couple successes, many flops and few mental health breaks, I found some winners!

1. DIY Frosted Windows

Don’t get frustrated if the paste looks white on your windows, at first. The paste will dry clearly after a few hours. I love this DIY, because it provides adequate privacy on your windows and still lets the natural light in. Plus, the lace adds a great texture to the room to compliment the room’s dimensions.

Materials:

paint brush

water

cornstarch

lace material

It’s easiest to use lace to prevent air bubbles, but you could probably use any type of thin fabric. First, clean your window to remove any dust. Then cut your material to fit the window and iron it. After, mix 2 tbsp of cornstarch with 2 tbsp of cold water and dissolve in a cup and a half of boiling water. Stir until a thick paste is formed, then apply to the window with the paint brush. Once the window is covered in the paste, apply the material to the window. With the material on the window, apply another layer of the paste over the material. Brush the paste from the center to the edges and let dry.

 

2. Floating Bookshelves

This DIY is my absolute favorite, because this project totally gave my living room wall a facelift and I did the entire wall for under $20. These bookshelves are the first things my friends ask me about when they come over and the possibilities are endless with them, because they’re so easy to install- and so, so cheap.

Materials:

1 L-bracket per shelf you wish to make

3 screws that fit through the holes in the size of L-bracket you choose 1 drill driver

1 hardback book per shelf

1 command picture hanging strip per shelf

These directions are short and sweet. Lay the long side of the L-bracket against your wall and insert your screws through the holes of your L-bracket and into your wall. I would place at least two screws into each L-bracket to ensure stability.

Now it’s time to for the real magic. Take one, large hardback book and open the book where the back is swinging open. Place the book on the bracket horizontally, but leave the back hanging down. Pull out your command strip and stick one side to the bottom of the L-bracket and one side to the interior of the back of the book. This creates the illusion that the book is floating on the wall and you can stack more books on top, sit decorations on it or both!

I hope you love these projects as much as I do – Happy DIY-ing!

 

This would be a fun project to help unwind from the week or a group project with the kids.  Let us know how your DIYs turn out!

XOXO,

Lauren

Today‚Äôs guest contributor, Tanner Shepherd, currently resides in Ironton, Ohio with his two Airedale Terriers that outweigh him and remind him daily that he‚Äôs not ready for children. He is obsessed with coffee, romantic comedies and Hobby Lobby. 

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Pout It Out – My Favorite Lipstick this Summer

Full disclosure: I am not much of a lipstick girl. I generally only use lip balm or gloss. HOWEVER, that’s before I found the perfect lipstick. ¬†While browsing the MAC counter at the mall, the fabulous makeup artist suggested that I try a natural colored matte lipstick, in addition to the¬†foundation, blush and brow filler (spoiler alert: it’s actually eye shadow!) I had already picked up. ¬†I took the plunge and got the¬†lipstick¬†(in Honeylove – Matte) along with this gloss¬†(in Spite, when I want to take it up a notch). It has been a few weeks and I can say that I LOVE it!!

 

 

 

Not only does it moisturize my lips throughout the day, it also makes me feel a little more “put together”. ¬†Matte lipstick is a good way to ease into daily lipstick wearing or stay current with the latest in lip trends.

 

 

I’m wearing the matte lipstick only in this pic. ¬†No filter here (*gasp*), so you can see the true color.

Whether you are a lipstick newbie, veteran, or a mom that just wants to feel a little more put together, you’ll have the perfect pout with this product! Try it out, see what you think and let us know!

XOXO,

Lauren

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My Nightly Routine – Skin Care Edition

Skin.  We all have it and at one time or another have abused it.  It has been burnt, bruised, cracked, peeled, flaky, dry, oily, you name it. While I have been guilty of all of these at times, I am a big proponent of loving your skin and taking care of it.

I grew up with a Korean mother, so my skin care regimen was set in stone, basically from birth. I have memories of my Harmony (aka Korean Grandmother) massaging my nine-year-old face with cleansers, masks, and creams.  (I don’t know why but she seemed to take pleasure in ripping masks off my face…all in love, of course).

I will tell you what I have been told by my family, if you want to avoid looking like this prematurely, read on:

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Step 1: Remove your makeup

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(Post-run selfie)

FOR THE LOVE…do not skip this step, unless you want tiny wrinkles and lines under your eyes at the ripe old age of 30.

Feeling lazy? When I’m exhausted or generally not in the mood to mess around, I will use the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes and Wipes. This does a pretty good job of wiping the day away.

Feeling ambitious?  I try to use the Queen Helene Professional Cleansing Cream, Triple Whipped at least twice a week.  Massage this all over your face and then gently wipe off with a tissue.

Face wipe (2)

 

Step 2: Wash your face with a cleanser

Feeling lazy? I use Cleansing Story, Natural Facial Deep Foam Cleansing – Aloe. I got mine at Marshalls). I pretty aggressively rub this on my skin, taking it easy around my eyes and then rinse off with warm water.

Feeling ambitious? One word, Clarisonic.  This is piece of equipment is transformative. My skin has never felt more exfoliated and bright.  I apply the Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser (which smells amazing) on the brush and use as directed.  This is great because it is rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry about changing out batteries.

 

Step 3: Pat a skin softener on your face

softner

softner dime size

Feeling lazy? Clinique Clarifying Lotion.  I used this product for most of my high school years.  It’s a good product, if you are a skin care newbie.  If you need a little boost, see below.

Feeling ambitious? I use the Korean product, IOPE, Plant Stem Cell Softner, Skin Perfection.  This one bottle lasts me at least a year and is totally worth it.  I love it.

 

Step 4: Gently spread the skin serum on your face

serum

serum size

Feeling lazy? Skip this step.

Feeling ambitious? I use about a dime size amount of IOPE, Revitalizing Lifting Serum. I definitely see some lift and firmness with this product.

 

Step 5: Massage a cream on your face

after

Feeling lazy? Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel. has been my go-to for years.

Feeling ambitious? Try IOPE Revitalizing Lifting Cream. I generally dot my face with the product and then smooth it all over. Ok, even in my early 30’s I want to fend off the early signs of sagging and dullness. This does the trick!

No matter your age, there is still time to get started on a routine that will keep your skin firm and bright.  While fillers and botox are always a fall-back option, this skin care routine will be much less expensive and way easier to keep up. You got this!

Let me know your favorite skin care products! I always love learning about new ones.

XOXO,

Lauren

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Poll: Self Tanner – Friend or Faux?

With Memorial Day right around the corner, we at Glitter Jungle are all about the self tanner. Now that tanning and laying out all summer isn’t looked well upon, I’ve resorted to covering up and applying the fake stuff. ¬†As somewhat of a self tanner newbie, I want to hear what you think are the best products!

What is your favorite self tanner (select up to 2)?

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Lauren

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The Best Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day – Everything Your Momma Needs

Our mothers are the most important women in our lives.¬† By nature, they give selflessly and relentlessly, from the moment we are born until they take their last breath.¬† We go to them for advice, recipes, babysitting needs¬†and life-hacks in general.¬† They’re honest, thoughtful, kind and caring and notorious for surprising us with the most amazing gifts.¬† So, why is it that we have such a hard time deciding what to buy THEM¬†for Mother’s Day each year?¬† Maybe it’s because nothing we can think of even comes close to showing how valuable they truly are?!¬†¬†Well, this year we’re here to make gift giving a little easier for you!¬† We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite items that mothers are sure to love. ¬†Whether you’re shopping for a new mom, a minivan momma or a veteran¬†mom, we’ve got you covered!

New Mom

1.¬†Fit Bit¬†– There are numerous styles and colors available; some options are up to 50% off for Mother’s Day!

 

 

2. Purse – Here are some of our favorite styles and brands (different price points available.)

Colorblock Rivet Lockbox Satchel

Mint Green Fold Over Saddlebag

Navy/Camel/White Color Block Clutch

Rose Pink Coach Shoulder Bag

 

 

3. Silky Robe – Think *something to wear while your self-tanner dries*

 

 

4. Insulated Tumbler РWhether you like it hot or cold, this cute tumbler has you covered.

 

 

MiniVan Mom

1.  Massage or Mani/Pedi Gift Card

 

 

2.  Perfume

Coco Chanel

Victoria Secret Very Sexy

 

 

3. Tote РThe catch-all for bibs, sippy cups, shin guards, bows, shoes in various sizes; basically all the things we need to run our household!

Brown Leather (Alert: this can be monogrammed!)

Cooler

 

 

4. Sunglasses – Stay trendy with tortoise shell frames and mirrored lenses, in these nearly indestructible frames (toddler tested, you guys).

 

 

Veteran Mom

1.  Outdoor Potted Flowers (found at your local greenhouse.)  Yard art and decorative landscaping items are also a fun option!

 

 

2. Bracelet

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Alex + Ani

 

 

3. Portable Steamer РWhile practical, we think this is perfect for the on-the-go mom!

 

 

4. Bath Bombs РThe absolute ULTIMATE in relaxation; buy one or in a set.

 

Let us know what you are getting your mom, this Mother’s Day, in the comments below!

XOXO,

Jill + Lauren

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