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N Sale Picks // My Favorites

July 18, 2018

Joe and I spent some time online last night watching Homeland (our new obsession) while I browsed the Norstrom Anniversary Sale. I don’t shop at Nordstrom enough to have their credit card, so I’m going to be waiting with everyone else to shop the sale on Friday! But you can browse online ahead of time and scope out your favorites so you are ready to pull the trigger bright and early on Friday morning. I’ve emailed myself all the links that I want to add to my cart when the sale opens to everyone later this week.

I’m only stocking up on what I think are going to be basics that will last me through the fall/winter and refresh my wardrobe. So here are the basics I’m loving on the sale for myself and for Joe!

For Me //
Franco Sarto Seville Booties (pictured above, top left)
Splendid Cadell Bootie (pictured above, bottom left)
Free People January Tee (getting a couple in neutral colors as wardrobe staples)
Spanx Faux Leather Leggings (maybe a tad out of my comfort zone, but I’m going for it!)
Tahari Lace Inset Fit and Flare Crepe Dress (not sure I have a use for this yet, but I’m thinking about buying it)
Spanx Seamless Bralette (small-chested gals can appreciate a great bralette)
Thread & Supply Pullover Sweater (idk. everyone seems to have one of these!)
Kenneth Cole Wool Blend Long Coat (I’m in the market for a new, longer dressy coat)

For Joe //
1901 Merick Derby (for a casual work shoe)
Andrew Marc Walton Chukka Sneaker (another casual shoe option)

Fashion

Safer Make Made Better // My New Favorites!

July 12, 2018

Hi friends! I’m SO excited about today because it’s a day I’ve had marked in my calendar for quite some time. A couple months ago in Minneapolis I got a sneak peek at some amazing new makeup that Beautycounter was planning to launch later in the summer and today is that day! Fifteen BEAUTIFUL, high-performing and long-wearing blushes, bronzers, highlighters and eye shadow palettes that are going to blow your mind. I know that sounds a little dramatic, but friends they are that good. I wouldn’t lie to you about this sort of stuff. Even a makeup minimalist like me can appreciate what the Beautycounter team has done with these safe cosmetics.

Want to see the products in action? I can’t guarantee I’m doing ANYTHING right in the video below, but I do know it works for me and makes getting ready in the morning simple, sweet, and straightforward. I think you’ll find that you will love them as much as I do! My favorites thus far? The Romantic Palette, Nectar Blush and Halo Highlighter!

Fashion

The Best Of // T-Shirts and Tanks

June 10, 2018

If you’ve been following along over on Instagram, then chances are you’ve seen me asking for recommendations on the best t-shirts and tank tops for everyday wear. I’ve always loved the idea of a white tee shirt and jeans but had never really found tees and tanks that I loved to wear. So I scoured the internet, and tried a number of different tops on, and am sharing my favorites with you today!

1. Old Navy EveryWear Slub-Knit Tank // $12.99
This tank is a steal. It’s casual, comfortable and easy to wear with jeans and shorts. It’s a thinner material yet it isn’t see-through – a major win in my book! And so far it’s held up to washing and multiple wears quite well for the price.

2. Carly Jean Los Angeles // Carly’s Favorite Tie Tank in Grey $34
SO many people recommended Carly Jean Los Angeles when I asked for recommendations on Instagram, and for good reason! I ordered both t-shirts and tank tops from the site and have to say that they definitely lived up to the hype. The material of these shirts is SO soft and comfy and a little more polished looking than a basic tank, meaning you can dress it up or down. I also have the Tie T-Shirt in Ivory and LOVE it.

3. Madewell // Modern Tie-Front Tee $39.50
This tee is perfect! It’s a little dressier looking than a basic tee and I love the tie-front detail that makes it easy to wear with high rise jeans or shorts. It’s true-to-size and unlike some other Madewell tops, which I usually find run a little short in the torso, this one is great for those who are taller or have long torsos.

4. Old Navy // Luxe Swing Tank for Women $16.99
The material of these Old Navy Luxe tees and tanks is amazing! It washes well and feels great on, and I love that it has a little stretch so it holds its shape well. I knotted this one at the waist, but you can wear this tank without a knot for a looser, more flow-y look, too. I bought it in white and black and am in love!

Madison

Family, Fashion

A Month of June Giveaways!

May 30, 2018

Good morning, friends! With June right around the corner, I wanted to let you know of a few fun things happening around these parts. As many of you already know, I have a huge passion for safer skincare and clean personal care and cosmetics. It’s what led me to starting using Beautycounter products, and eventually partner with them as a consultant. Over the last 2 1/2 years it’s been one of the greatest joys to introduce many many of you to Beautycounter, too!

While you might not see a lot about Beautycounter over here on the blog, if you follow me on Instagram or my Espresso & Cream Beauty page on Facebook, I talk a lot about my favorite products and ways they make my skin and my life better.

As a little thank you for all your continued support in this journey, I’m going to be hosting A MONTH OF GIVEAWAYS over on Espresso & Cream Beauty! I’ll be giving away product all month long, including a bottle or two of a yet-to-be-released new product pictured above that has been giving my skin a major glow!

Not currently part of the community? Not a problem. Just head on over to Espresso & Cream Beauty on Facebook and request to join! You’ll have a front-row seat for all the giveaways and fun beauty and wellness talk!

Madison

Family, Fashion

Spring Skincare Favorites

April 23, 2018

The weather is slowly transitioning to spring around these parts, which means I’ve been switching up my skincare and makeup routine a bit as the temperatures change. Sometimes (most of the time?) what works for your skin in the winter months needs tweaking as the summer comes around, so it’s important to continue to evaluate what is and what is not working for your skin as the seasons change. Additionally, since I have a lot of mommas who read this blog, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that postpartum skin can require constant re-evaluation. Other milestones outside of having the baby (such as weight loss, weaning, sleep regressions and lack of sleep for mom, hormonal shifts, etc.) can mean that a product which once worked for your skin no longer does the trick like it used to. Hint hint: That’s what I’m here for!

  1. Nourishing Cream Exfoliator 
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I think that a lot of skincare issues come back to inadequate exfoliation and inadequate (or incorrect) moisturizing. My skin tends to be on the drier side, and in order for my skincare products to penetrate the skin it’s important to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells. I use the Nourishing Cream Exfoliator a couple times per week, especially in the summer when sweat and sunscreen tend to be a part of everyday life.
  2. Countermatch Pure Calm Cleansing Milk 
    This is a new product to my routine (and a new product this month to BC’s line-up) and, in my opinion, a total must-have item if you struggle with dry and/or sensitive skin. The milk-based cleanser adds moisture and hydration to the skin while dissolving away grease, grime and makeup.
  3. Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
    This has been my go-to moisturizer since it launched over a year ago. It adapts to your skin’s unique hydration needs and is great for dry skin. Note: Countermatch is not great for those with acne-prone skin.
  4. No. 3 Balancing Face Oil 
    Sometimes in the warmer months I can get away without using a face oil, but I LOVE these face oils more than any other product in my skincare routine. The face oils are so great for adding hydration to the skin, improving overall appearance, and combating specific skin issues such as breakouts, unevenness, dry skin and more. I use the balancing oil to keep breakouts at bay and keep my skin hydrated without feeling greasy.
  5. No. 1 Brightening Face Mask
    I use a face mask a couple times per week – more often in the summer when my skin is exposed to the sun – to treat specific skin issues. For me, brightness and evenness in my skin tone is a primary concern that I use this mask to treat.
  6. Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (No. 2)
    Sun protection + moisturizer + a product that evens out skin tone without feeling like you’re wearing makeup? Check! I wear Dew Skin at least four or five days out of the week, even more so in the warmer months when I’m out in the sun. It contains SPF 20 from non-nano zinc oxide and covers just enough to make me feel and look put together.

In the picture above, I’m only wearing the following makeup because my skin is glowing and my new routine is working well right now:

  1. Volumizing Mascara
    It’s hard to say whether Volumizing Mascara or Lengthening Mascara is my favorite. I rotate the two and sometimes even layer the two for both lengthening and volumizing impact. I really love both and use them interchangeably, so it’s really a matter of preference more than performance.
  2. Brow Pencil in Medium 
    Beautycounter’s Brow Pencil is one of the handful of makeup products I can’t live without. I have brows that need a little filling in from years of over-plucking so I use the pencil, along with the brush on the other end which is great for blending, for a natural yet put-together look.
  3. Whisper/Tawny Blush Duo 
    This duo is my favorite of all three color duo options for it’s natural look that bridges the gap between blush and bronzer. It’s versatile for many seasons, including springtime!