Happy Labor Day Monday! I’m currently in St. Louis staying with the Four Seasons. Sadly I have to return to work tomorrow, but I am thankful for the day off! I’m so so happy to have found a really great photographer that I LOVE! I will link her info here on the blog and on social media so you can follow her! Anyways, today I wanted to share my favorite company that I get my nail care and treatments from.

Keep in mind, this post is in no way sponsored. If I had my way I would get my nails done weekly, but I simply don’t have the time. I’ve finally found some great nail care products that I keep purchasing over and over. I thought I would share those with you!

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from left: base coat, oxygen nail treatment, top coat, drying drops

“Stick it to me” Base Coat: I like to think of this as a tape for your nail polish. It helps your nail polish last longer, and it dries fast! My favorite part of this base coat though is that helps your nail polish not stain your nails! Since I like to wear dark black polish, this is key!

Oxygen Nail Treatment: Use this light pink gloss weekly on clean nails. It is the perfect amount of pink & shine to give you a classic barely there polish. It lets your nails breathe and grow healthy! I’ve been using this for over a year, and I can tell that my nails are definitely stronger!

“Freedom Polymer” Top Coat: This is my all-time favorite nail product EVER. It instantly adds an incredibly strong top coat to your favorite nail polish. As soon as your polish is dry, add a layer of this for strength and shine. It has a gel-like appearance, so don’t be alarmed. It helps my polish stay neat for days!

“Ta-Da” Drying Drops: I give this product 10/10 stars for genius! It should be on every single beauty awards list ever. After you apply the polymer top coat, wait a couple of minutes then use 1-2 drops on each nail. It has vitamin E to help nourish and protect. What I also love is that it smells like lavender.

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Be sure to let me know if you’ve tried and love any of these products. I promise that I only share products here that I’ve tried and love! Next Monday I will be sharing my three fave nail polish colors that work year-round.



Photos by: D. Keener Photography


It’s Monday! Where in the world did the weekend go? I had the weekend off, because I was supposed to go to Houston for Coldplay. Unfortunately I didn’t get to go because of Hurricane Harvey. The concert was postponed, so I can’t wait to hear when the new date will be. My thoughts & prayers are with all of those affected by the storm. On a lighter note, I wanted to share the contents of my Sephora PLAY box from August. Here we go…

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NERD ALERT ;) This box brought back a flood of memories when I opened it. I was such a nerd in college, so this month’s bag really made me laugh. Since I’m no longer an organic chemistry geek (in school), I might as well be a makeup geek. #noshame

I can’t wait to try this Caviar volumizing mist. Since I have fine hair, I would love to pump up the volume. I’ve found that my hair holds curl better when it hasn’t been washed as often, but that tends to leave it flat. I’ve heard good things about this brand, so I’ll keep you updated!

I’m excited about this Burberry perfume this month. It’s got some major rose notes in it, so you know I’ll like it. I’m going to give this floral scent a try, because I usually stick to oriental scents.

Clinique is my ride-or-die brand. It was my first makeup brand I ever tried, and it reminds me of shopping with my mom. This high impact mascara will be perfect for travel!

This beautyblender micro mini is genius for the under eye area. I will use it to apply my favorite under eye concealer in the morning.

I have been wanting to try more from the Hourglass brand, so this foundation stick is awesome. And since I haven’t been able to get much sun, this color (vanilla) matches me well. Just throw on a little bit of bronzer if it’s too light. I tried it tonight, and it’s full coverage but not heavy. That’s a win-win in my book.

I started using this Korres serum last night to help me continue to get rid of my dark spots. I’ve been doing dermaplane, and it’s helping. However, I needed a serum for nighttime, so I’ve added this one to my rotation.

Most versatile product: Hourglass Foundation Stick (primer/concealer/foundation in one)

Product I’m most excited about: Caviar volume mist

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Also, I wrote an entire blog post if you want more info on why you should subscribe to the Sephora PLAY. That post is here!

Thanks for reading! XO,


(photos by D. Keener Photography)

Happy Wednesday everyone! AND happy August! Seriously summer has flown by, but you won’t find me complaining because I love fall. For the past couple of months, I’ve been focusing a lot more on my skin and trying to find products that work for me. I have finally found my perfect full coverage foundation routine, so I wanted to share that with you today.

If you’re ever on the hunt for a specific beauty product to cover a need you have, it can be overwhelming. I get it. There are an abundance of YouTube videos, beauty blogs, sales people at the makeup counter, and articles online to make you question what you were even doing in the first place.

So after I scoured several of these, I decided to take the plunge and purchase a few products that might help me achieve full coverage on my face. I thought I would share some tips that I think are helpful for this process, so let’s get started!

How To Find Your Undertones

*Look at the underneath of your wrists and determine the color of your veins

-blue/purple: Cool undertones

-green/yellow: Warm undertones

-mixture of all the above: Neutral undertones

Steps to Buying a Foundation

Step 1: Assess your needs

-powder or liquid?

-full coverage?

Step 2: Read reviews

Step 3: Narrow down to a handful of products

Step 4: Head to a beauty counter or take an educated guess online ;)

Helpful Beauty Counters (not pushy):

Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta

Where to Shop for Foundation Online:

Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta

Now, I’m going to show you what I have narrowed down to my favorite full coverage makeup routine. Keep in mind that I do not wear this on a daily basis, I just wear this to church, events, hanging out with friends, or when I’m not in a super big hurry (like to work every morning).

Powder // Liquid // Blender

I LOVE this blender, because the notch in the middle is helpful. The shorter end, I use damp to apply my liquid foundation. I finally settled on Estee Lauder Doublewear Liquid Foundation. I use this in the color “Desert Beige”. After this step, I use the longer end of the blender dry to apply my powder foundation. I chose Urban Decay Ultra Definition Powder in “Fair Neutral”. If you position your hand just right at the break in the blender, your fingers will stay perfectly clean without getting all dirty!

As you probably figured out from the colors I use, I have neutral undertones. I tend to wear more gold than silver, and I tan pretty easily. I do have to wear sunscreen to not get burned though, and I recommend that everyone does! I use this sunscreen under my foundation to create a barrier between my skin & the sun. Check out this post tips on how to choose a sunscreen.

I love this full coverage pair, because I have several dark spots I want to cover up. My motto growing up was that I didn’t have to wear sunscreen if I was already tan. That is just so so wrong. Please don’t be like me! I also like a blank canvas per se to really play with my eye makeup, because that’s my favorite part. It’s just easier for your makeup to look well done if you even out your skin tone first. That’s what this pair will do for you!

Now I know it may seem like overkill to wear both a liquid and powder foundation, but this is what I prefer for that full coverage look. This is not the pair of products for you if you want a “barely there” feel to your face. BUT if you’re looking for full coverage, this is definitely the pair of products for you.

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Have you tried either of these products? Let me know if you love them in the comments below!