5 Trader Joes Beauty Products You Need Right Now

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Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

Although fairly new to Trader Joes, this moisturizer has quickly become one of my favorite new additions to my daily beauty routine! I have combination skin that is not only very dry, but also breaks out when I use the thick ultra-moisturizers my skin wants and needs. This moisturizer is extremely light weight and clean feeling, all while managing to keep my skin super moisturized all day long.

Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

I have a very sensitive scalp and a budget that does not allow for the high end shampoo formulas that boast how gentle they are- so I was SUPER happy to find this pure, affordable, and not to mention well-working shampoo from Trader Joes. It makes your scalp feel pepperminty fresh and effectively cleanses my oily hair without completely stripping it.

Coconut Body Butter

Okay, I am about to confess a weird habit of mine. I CANNOT fall asleep at night if my hands are dry. It’s like all my tired mind can focus on is how dry and crispy my hands are… so yes it’s weird I know, but because of this I rely on this Super Creamy Coconut Body Butter from Trader Joes. It smells like heaven and I can’t fall asleep without it.

Blueberry & Acai Facial Scrub

There is a reason this facial scrub has become one of Trader Joe’s best selling beauty products- it works! Along with it’s amazing antioxidant powers, this facial scrub gives just the right amount of exfoliation and has the best scent!

Lavender Triple Milled Soap

Whether I am using it in the shower or just washing my hands- bar soap is my favorite for a couple of different reasons. Without going on a rant about it- I firmly believe that bar soaps cleanse more effectively than liquid antibacterial soaps because instead of killing most germs but leaving the strongest bacteria, bar soap simply causes all levels of germs and bacteria to ‘fall off’ and physically rinse away from your hands. This Lavender bar soap not only smells incredible but there are physical pieces of lavender inside of it that help to exfoliate as well as cleanse.

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5 Unique Table Books Under $30

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For The Animal Lover:

Animalium: Welcome to the Museum

I listed this book as #1 on the list because it is my personal favorite. Each page is so beautiful and fun to look at that you will want to rip out the pages and hang them on the wall as art! Additionally, this book is part of an entire series of table books by this author and they are so cute that once you buy one you will want them all….trust me.

For The Space Nerd:

The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide

This book gives you some good packing tips on what you are going to need to bring for your trip through the planetary system and as a fun little bonus it includes some NASA posters to get you excited for your trip.

For The Wannabe Sommelier:

Wine Folly

This book includes a plethora of different easy-to-digest guides on everything there is to know about wine. From learning about the different types of grapes to finding the perfect food and wine pairings, this book teaches it all.

For The Modern Farmhouse Fanatic:

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

Who doesn’t love to look at beautiful and esthetically pleasing spaces. Joanna Gaines is queen of designing homes in the ever-popular ‘modern farmhouse’ style and this book will make you want to create spaces that you never want to leave.

For The Adventure Junkie:

National Parks of America: Experience America’s 59 National Parks

This was the first table book I ever bought and it is still one of my favorites today! Not only does it list all of America’s National Parks but it describes all the activities you can do there and the best places to stay while visiting.

13 Tips To Ensure A Flawless And Lasting Spray Tan

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1. Exfoliate Before Your Spray Tan

Forgetting to exfoliate before your spray tan means that when your dead skin cells do come off they are going to take your beautiful new tan with them! Because of this it is best to come into your spray tan appointment with fresh skin.

2. Shave/Wax The Night Before

If you don’t plan on shaving anytime soon then don’t worry about this one, but if you plan to shave right after getting your spray tan done it’s better to do it before hand so you don’t remove any of your new tan when you shave.

3. Pre-tan

If you have the ability to get some sun before your spray tan then do! Having a base tan underneath your spray tan is only going to enhance the end results.

4. Moisturize! Before and After

Young woman applying hands moisturizer lotion on wooden table

Keeping your skin moisturized the week before your spray tan will help the solution absorb evenly. Going into a spray tan appointment with dry skin will cause patchiness and uneven results. Just make sure to forgo or wipe off the lotion before getting sprayed! Even though you don’t want to apply lotion before your first shower while your solution is developing (usually 8-20 hours after your spray), you do want to make sure you keep your skin moisturized after your first shower to lock in the color and prevent flaking.

5. Apply Baby Powder to Sweat-Prone Areas

Sweating while your spray tan is setting can cause streaking and lead to an uneven tan. So if you know yourself and know that you are definitely going to sweat in certain areas like your underarms before your first shower, apply baby powder lightly to those areas before getting dressed to help keep the solution set in place. Just be very careful while applying the powder! As a spray tan artist myself, there is nothing worse than getting ready to prep for the next client and walking into a room coated wall to wall in baby powder.

6. Wear Loose Fitted Clothing

This is an important one. Wearing the wrong clothes after your spray tan can cause creasing, lines, and smudges. If you’re coming straight to the appointment from somewhere where loose clothes are not an option, just make sure you bring a change of loose clothing to wear afterwards.

7. Avoid Water& Sweating at All Cost Before Your First Shower!

Water is the enemy! Contact with water while your spray tan is developing will cause the solution in those areas to wash off too early and leave you with an uneven tan. If you have a hard time avoiding water (yes this includes sweating and crying too) try making an appointment with a salon that offers an express solution that only needs to be kept on for 1-3 hours before rinsing.

8. Take Only A ‘Bird Bath’ For Your First Shower

The first shower you take after getting a spray tan should be with lukewarm water and without any soaps or shaving.

9. Avoid Any Oil Based Soaps

At all times while trying to maintain your spray tan you want to make sure that you avoid any oil based soaps and lotion products because they will strip you of your tan. A common example of a very heavily oil based product would be any Dove soap or lotion. To get your money’s worth out of your spray tan, it is best to use soaps and lotions that are specially formulated for maintaining a spray tan. I recommend Norvell Post Sunless PH Balancing Cleanser and Norvell Post Sunless Skin Repairing Body Butter.

10. Avoid Swimming Pools, Salt Water and Taking Long Hot Baths

This one can be a tough one if you are getting a spray tan to look good on your tropical vacation, but the reality is that soaking the skin for long periods of time in harsh conditions like this can pull the tan from your skin.

11. Avoid Using Toners or Products With High Alcohol Content

Toners and other products containing a high alcohol content will strip your skin and fade your tan. This is often why people notice the spray tan on their face fading faster than the rest of their body.

12. Don’t Forgo Sunscreen After Your Spraytan

A lot of people forget that getting a spray tan does not mean that your skin underneath that tan is any more protected from the sun than it was before. Forgetting to apply sunscreen before getting some sun could result in burnt and peeling skin, causing your tan to become splotchy.

13. Use A Gradual Tanner To Maintain Your Tan As It Fades

As wonderful as a spray tans are, all good things must come to an end and eventually your tan will start wearing off. If you are leaving for a long trip or can’t re-visit the salon soon but want to stay glowing the entire time, one of the best options is to use a gradual self tanner as your spray tan starts to fade. Having a gradual self tanner on hand is also really great for people who have areas of their body that tend to fade faster (such as the hands and face). I recommend Norvell Venetian Sunless CC Tanning Color Extender Moisturizing Lotion or for more instant results I recommend Norvell Venetian Sunless Self-Tanning Mousse with Bronzer.

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What Is A Lash Lift?

So this week I had the privilege of meeting up with @mollywoodbeauty at the @beverlyhillsmicroblading salon where she answered all of my questions surrounding Lash Lifts and even treated me to the process itself! This post includes answers to questions about Lash Lifts I was not able to find anywhere else followed by pictures of the process itself!



Questions I Had About The Procedure:

What is the difference between a lash lift and lash extensions?
A: Lash Extensions consist of some form of ‘mock’ lashes being applied to your natural lashes to make them look fuller and longer, the natural lash is not altered in any way. A lash lift does not add any foreign substance to your lashes but instead a treatment is applied to your natural lash to darken, lengthen, and curl them so when people ask if they are your real lashes you get to proudly respond HECK YEAH THEY ARE.

What exactly is applied to my lashes during a lash lift?
A: During a lash lift the beautician will apply a treatment to lift, darken, and curl your lashes over a rounded form that is placed on top of your eyes at the beginning of the process (see pictures below), followed by a deep conditioning treatment to strengthen and nourish the lashes.

Is the process different at every salon? How much does the process of giving a lash lift change from salon to salon?
A: The process of preforming a lash lift does not change much between salons, but the experience of your beautician and quality of products used during your lash lift does. Just keep in mind that a cheaper lash lift most likely means that they are using cheaper products on your lashes and your beautician may not be as experienced!

How long do the effects of a lash lift last?
A: A lash lift lasts the duration of your natural lash cycle, which for most people is about 8 weeks.

Is there pre-care before I get it done?
A: There is no pre-care before you receive a lash lift but it is best to come to the appointment with no mascara or any other eye makeup on.

What is the aftercare?
A: The only aftercare for this treatment is during the first 48 hours after you receive your lash lift while your lashes are still setting. For 48 hours after the treatment you want to avoid water, steamy showers, and eye makeup. Your beautician should also give you a clean mascara wand to comb your lashes during that 48 hours to ensure they set nicely. After the first 48 hours you are free to enjoy yourself with a good swim, cry, night out with makeup on, etc! It is also recommended for continued care that you use a Keratin Mascara to keep the lashes healthy. Find Keratin Mascara here!

Can I wear mascara on top of my lash lift?
A: It is not advised during that first 48 hours after the lash lift to wear mascara because you will then have to take off that mascara and you want to avoid washing/scrubbing your lashes during that time, but after 48 hours- YES!

The Process:

Your eyes are cleansed (my favorite part- it was so relaxing!) and shields are applied under your eyes and a curl forming shield is also placed on top of your eyelid

Eyelashes are carefully separated and placed into the perfect shape against the form where they sit with the solution to help set them. You can see where she is setting my lashes against the form on the right compared to my lashes on the left that have not yet been touched.

Here the beautician is applying a deep conditioning treatment onto my lashes

Lastly, all of the shields are removed and your new and improved lashes are revealed- Ta Da!

Want a Lash Lift too?? Check out the rest of Molly’s work here or look at all the other amazing beauty treatments Beverly Hills Microblading has to offer!

Book of the Month

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Why I chose this book:

I was never a huge reader until I was gifted a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and realized how nice it is to be able to read throughout the day during downtime instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media. I quickly discovered my obsession with crime novels so this category is usually where I start the search for my next book. This book is also free with my Kindle Unlimited subscription (Including the free Audiobook version!) and had 4.5/5 stars with over 10,000 reviews so I felt like it was safe to take the plunge on this one.

What It Is About:

Gina Royal lives a run-of-the-mill life with her husband and two kids when a car crashes into the side of her husband’s workshop and reveals the body of a missing girl- therefore revealing her husband’s secret life as a serial killer. After the trial her husband is sentenced to life in prison but she quickly learns that her family is still in danger after receiving death threats by the internet stalkers who believe she played a key part in her husband’s killings. The story follows along as she and her kids take new identities and try to seek refuge from the attackers who are determined to give them the punishment they believe they deserve.

My Thoughts on This Book:

The reviews don’t lie! With plot lines like this I always worry about the book being too predictable, but this book was the opposite of that. I would think “oh gosh she’s making it sooo obvious what is going to happen next” and then BOOM something my lame mind couldn’t even process as an option would happen. So do I recommend this book? YES! It is a super suspenseful read and is also book one in a four-part series following Gina Royal and her family so I will definitely be reading the next one in this series as well.

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My 4 Must-Have Skincare Products

My life has been a rollercoaster battle with my skin. With combination skin I feel like my skincare needs are constantly changing and by now it seems like I have tried just about every method out there to cure whatever tantrum my skin was deciding to throw at the time, whether it be extreme oiliness or being flakey and dry as a desert, I am endlessly attempting to discover the perfect products to battle it all. Throughout my life I have found myself constantly switching between wanting to try all of the cult-favorites and dish out every penny I have for “the best” skincare products, and wanting to only put natural products on my skin that are processed as little as possible (and cost as little money as possible). But whatever skincare phase I am in, I have discovered a couple of products that I now live by and while a lot of them are fairly popular brands, some of them may surprise you. So enough ranting about my unruly skin- lets check out what products I’m talking about.

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1. Cinnamon

Yes, straight up cinnamon. There is a reason I listed this as number one and it’s because it has been my favorite skincare discovery that no one talks about. Cinnamon is my favorite way to turn any face wash into an exfoliant when I am needing some extra scrubbing. Not only is it great for scrubbing, but cinnamon is proven to help with issues like acne, scarring, fine lines, complexion, and is even an antibacterial. With my skin constantly changing, I am ALWAYS changing my face wash. I have yet to find a daily cleanser that I am in love with so being able to turn whatever face wash I am using at the time into an exfoliant when I need it is a huge plus. Additionally, sometimes I go weeks without needing exfoliant and sometimes I feel as though I’m needing it everyday so this is a great (and affordable) way to customize your face wash without having to buy a separate exfoliating cleanser. Just don’t forget guys, this is cinnamon you are putting on your face so you don’t want to leave it on your skin for too long because it will start to sting! I use this one–> Simply Organic Ceylon Cinnamon

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Serum

Okay so this is one that you guys may have heard of and it’s a cult-favorite for a reason. This is a Kiehl’s product that I love so much I actually use it both at night and in the morning. This product definitely runs on the more expensive side but this is the one serum I have tried that I feel is worth the price. Not only is my skin brighter in the morning after using it but it actually helps my acne heal so much faster! If you’re hesitant about the price they have smaller travel size versions you can purchase so you can test out the product before dishing out the money for a larger bottle. Find it here–> Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

3. Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream

I have to make a confession with this one…I may or may not have discovered my love for this product by sneaking some from my mom’s medicine cabinet every time I was visiting home sooooo sorry maa! But seriously, I have tried about 12 separate “cult-favorite” eye creams (sadly that is not an exaggeration) and none of them compare to this one. The difference between this one and every other eye cream I have tried is the density and its staying power when it comes to moisture. After I put on most eye creams they not only feel super thin and almost too lightweight, but I often feel like any moisture they did provide is gone within a couple of minutes. With the Clinique All About Eyes Rich eye cream, it goes on creamy but not greasy and keeps the skin around my eyes moisturized all day long- Praise. Find it here–> Clinique All About Eyes Rich

4. Caudalíe Hand and Nail Cream

I’m not quite sure if it is the years I have spent frying my skin out in the sun or just my genetic tendency for having dry skin but guys, for only being 22 my hands are in pretty rough shape- like are super wrinkled and painfully dry kind of shape. BUT, one day while testing out makeup in a mall a beautician offered me a sample of this hand and nail cream and boy oh boy did it end up saving my life. Not only did this lotion instantly hydrate my skin without being greasy, but the wrinkles in my skin I was telling you about? Gone…my hands looked so smooth and fresh and happy! I never find myself having to reapply with this cream either. Another great thing about this product is that not only does it last forever (literally forever- it took me a whole year to finish my little sample tube!) but while Caudalíe’s products can get quite expensive, this cream definitely runs on the more affordable side running between $12-$15 per bottle. Find it here–> Caudalíe Hand and Nail Cream