Finally it’s Wednesday! I’m so glad to have a day off tomorrow. I’m sleeping in then getting a massage! I can’t wait! I feel like summer is winding down, but I think I’m just dreaming. I’m specifically dreaming about fall, football, and sitting in front of the fire. But while it’s still summer, I’m continuing to try out beauty products made for this heat. Today I thought I would share what I got in my Sephora Play Box for July.

As you will see, every Sephora Play Box has a drawstring bag with the products inside. This month’s theme was “Glamp Out” and trust me…you won’t find me camping but I don’t mind a good glamping weekend ;) I wrote a post about why I love the Sephora Play Box, so be sure to check it out if you want to know more. Here’s what I got in this month’s box:

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This box made me smile for sure. These summer must-haves will transition us right into fall. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to need an entire skin overhaul once we get into September. I have been taking better care of my face when it comes to sun though, so hopefully that will have helped.

Hands down I’m most excited about this Perricone MD moisturizer. I have tried a couple of other products from this brand, and I’m really excited about this moisturizer. PS it smells like roses!

Everyone loves the Viktor & Rolf flowerbomb perfume, so I’m sure this new fragrance will be a big hit. I’m not much about floral scents, so I will give this sample to a friend ;)

As busy as I am, my nightly routine has taken a back seat. I really need to be better about my hair masks, so this one from Madam CJ Walker is exciting! I will report back about how it works for my fine hair.

My Clinique lip balm melted in my car, so thankfully I have this travel size to take with me. The pink is the perfect color for everyone!

I have had this IT Cosmetics mascara for a couple of years now. I’m glad to have a travel size for my makeup bag, because I’m taking three different trips in August. I have long lashes but they are super straight. I like this mascara, because it adds plenty of volume.

I’m equally as excited about this REN rescue face mask. This 10-minute mask is formulated with white mushroom. I tried this last night, and it definitely helped my redness go down and made my face super soft.

Most versatile product: Clinique Balm (use on lips or cheeks), only $17!

Favorite product: Perricone MD Moisturizer & REN Rescue Mask

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Thanks for reading! XO,



Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m still recovering from an #nsale hangover! Have you snagged any goodies? Be sure to let me know in the comments. This last weekend I booked a hotel strictly for a pool day for myself. I had been needing some sun, because I was am ghostly white. I knew I wanted an outdoor pool, and I knew I needed a new pool/beach bag. I’ve got you covered on all the pool day must-haves below.

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photo details: tote // beach towel // sunscreen

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten much more careful with my skincare regimen. With that being said, I’ve started wearing sunscreen every single day on my face. Even when you’re driving, you can get sunburned. Being a pharmacist, I’ve done lots of research on which sunscreen I should use. I’m also allergic to a popular sunscreen brand, so I had to find something that would work for me.

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photo details: Sunscreen // Daily Moisturizer // Makeup Setting Spray // Hair Protector // Cosmetic Bag

After all my research, I chose this Neutrogena sunscreen. It feels amazing on your skin, and doesn’t make my eyes burn if it gets in my eyes. I wore this in the pool and my face didn’t burn one bit. It absorbs quickly! I recommend reapplying every hour or two when swimming.

This Kate Somerville moisturizer is what I wear on a daily basis right now. It has SPF 50 and is anti-aging. I highly recommend this. My esthetician said to be sure your face gets at least SPF 30.

Coola makes this great makeup setting spray with SPF in it! I wouldn’t use this product by itself, but it’s a great add-on to your sunscreen regimen. It’s refreshing as well.

I think I’ve told you before, but I use heat protectant on my hair when in the sun. I really like this Orlando Pita Play spray. It smells good and works well to protect my hair! ***Be sure to visit my post on healthy summer hair here!***

This cosmetic bag is perfect for the pool, because the inside has a plastic coating. If you want to throw a wet bathing suit inside, that works too. The canvas stripes are fun, and they come in a set of 3 with a sunglasses pouch!

Here’s what to look for in a sunscreen:

*protection from BOTH UVA & UVB rays

*SPF 30 is ideal

*water-resistant if sweating or swimming

*ingredients: avobenzone, titanium dioxide

Tips to remember about sun:

*lips can burn, too (try this)

*ears, hair part, and nose can burn quickly

*wear sunscreen even if you’re tan

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I will be sharing more about where I stayed in Thursday’s blog post! It was the perfect weekend getaway with a pool to get my tan on ;)

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions about sunscreen!



This past Saturday morning, I got up super early at 6AM to get ready and head to Springfield, Missouri for the Sephora VIB Rouge Event. VIB Rouge members were invited to shop in a Sephora store from 8:30AM to 10AM before the store even opened its doors to the public. This fall preview event was exciting for me to attend.

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Y’all I love me some Sephora. But let’s be honest..I can only shop on the weekends and Sephora is usually packed! It gets crazy in there, and it can even be hard to focus. Since I had planned this visit a week ago, I looked and reviews and had a list of items I knew I wanted to purchase.

I got to really take time & focus on some brands that I wanted to try out & sample: FRESH & Drunk Elephant are high on my list right now!

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And if you’re looking for a cute gift for your BFF, check out the Sephora Collection for Summer. How adorable are these strawberry accessories?!

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While in store, I was able to try several products and get help from the experts. I for sure knew I wanted to try a new full coverage foundation, so they helped match me with the perfect shade. I thought I would go ahead and share what I bought with you!

VIB Rouge Event Purchases:

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Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation: I have heard really good things about this foundation, so I waited until I could shop in store so the ladies could help me find the perfect color! They did just that & I purchased “Light 45 Warm”. It matches perfectly and accomplishes my goal of full-coverage foundation very well!

Fresh Floral Toner: This version is for deep hydration. You know my obsession with rose from this post. I wanted to try this toner, because I’ve read that the “FRESH” brand is very gentle on the skin. Since I have pretty sensitive skin, I knew I wanted to try this product. It has actual rose petals in it and helps tone down the look of pores! I will keep you updated!

Klorane Peony Shampoo: Disclaimer–I use a lot of dry shampoo. Probably around 4/5 workdays in a week. I wanted to try this shampoo, because it’s like food for your scalp. And healthy food at that. It  is formulated to be soothing to your scalp, and that’s just what I need after some major dry shampoo’ing during the week. It smells heavenly, too!

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Kohliner: I had every intention of picking up a dark black liner this trip, but this color changed my mind. I chose the dark navy after the makeup artist tried this color on me! It was just dark enough to get the job done, but it didn’t look so drastic as dark black can tend to do. It blended well for the perfect smoky eye! I’m already in love with this product. I highly recommend grabbing this limited edition color!

Clinique Supercharged Concentrate: This is a sample that I got and loved, so I bought the full size. I think I will write an entire blog post on samples I’ve loved. Anyways, this product is perfect for summer, because it’s lightweight yet does it job well. It’s loaded with antioxidants and has amazing moisturizing coverage. I even heard a tip: keep it in the fridge for an extra dose of cool-ness when you apply it ;)

Hair Brush Cleaner: This is kind of one of those products you never know you need. Back to the dry shampoo…when I brush my hair out before I wash it, it collects so much buildup (GROSS!). I had been looking for a brush cleaner, so I snagged this one. It works so well!

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