Happy Sunday! I hope you all are having a great weekend. I thought I’d finally share a post detailing the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale! I asked about this on Instagram stories, and got an overwhelming “yes” that y’all wanted a post. I went through the exact products I use and those start on sale today. Be sure to check out Instagram daily for the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale now through April 7th.

Sunday, March 25th

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact WITH spf 50+ $19

IT Cosmetics Airbrush Smoothing Foundation Brush $11

This combo is my go-to for every day makeup. It covers well while protecting you with SPF 50!

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Monday, March 26th

BECCA First Light Priming Filter $19

If you are looking for a great primer that will give you a glow, try this. I wouldn’t recommend for every day but I do use it before certain events.

Thursday, March 29th

Benefit Roller Lash $12

I have very long but straight eyelashes. This mascara is the bomb! I will never use any other kind. It adds curl, length, and volume. It doesn’t run but is easy to get off with micellar water.

Friday, March 30th

Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads $22.50

I wish I could get a chemical peel weekly, but I have no time for that. These peel pads are really helping to decrease my fine lines and dark spots.

Saturday, March 31st

25% off entire line of Mario Badescu products

I use & love: glycolic acid toner and drying lotion (the BEST for blemishes + cures overnight!).

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Friday, April 6th

Dermalogica Daily Microexfoliant $28.50

My skin has never felt more soft after using a product. Since I have sensitive skin, I have to be careful which products I use. This gives just enough exfoliation that I can use it daily without harsh side effects. It’s not drying at all.

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Saturday, April 7th

MAC Fix+ Setting Spray $13

I use this product every single day. I like to use it to wet my beauty blender before applying foundation. I also use this as a setting spray, and it helps my makeup last all day.

ON SALE every day of the sale (through April 7th)

Bare Minerals Matte Lipcolor $13

Benefit Matte Rescue Gel $21

This matte rescue gel will be your new BFF if you live somewhere with humidity. I don’t prefer the dewy look on my skin, so I like this product to give me a matte finish under makeup. It helps my makeup go on in a smooth layer.

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Keep in mind, there are many more products on sale at Ulta. I shared what the products I actually use and love. I also shared the products I felt were the best deal. 50% off some of these products is unheard of.

PS I want to give 2 readers a chance to win a $50 gift card to shop the sale. Just follow the Rafflecopter below. I will announce the winners on Wednesday by 12 noon CST.

(this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Ulta)

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Happy shopping y’all.




Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had to work half of Saturday, but I think I got a lot accomplished in the afternoon. I’ve got my posts written for this week, so that’s always exciting. Thank you all for your feedback on my outfit post! Stay tuned for this week’s look on Wednesday. Today I wanted to share my favorite beauty/skincare products that you can get at the drugstore. These WAY outperform their more expensive counterpart, so let’s get started!

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PSSSST dry shampoo // Maybelline “The Falsies” Push-up Mascara // L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask // Garnier Micellar Water // Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser

Dry Shampoo: Having written about this before, I’m here to tell you (again) that you have to try this PSSSST dry shampoo. I love it for several reasons…it’s cheap, it smells great, and it works! Honestly, I go through probably two cans per month. Should I be embarrassed? Maybe. But I’m totally not! This doesn’t leave a white residue and has the most yummy coconut lime smell. It honestly transports me to the beach every single time I use it. (PS: My everyday scrunchy curls hair tutorial is here)

Mascara: I have a very specific lash problem. My lashes are super long but they are super straight. I find this kind of weird, because I have naturally curly hair. That being said, I found this Maybelline mascara and it works wonders. I apply a coat at the beginning of putting my makeup on, then apply another coat at the end. I definitely recommend this mascara if you need a curling effect. It adds volume as well!

Mask: This clay mask is very affordable, and that’s the number 1 reason I like it. It compares very similarly to a high priced department store version. It has a cooling effect that really feels good on the face, especially after getting home from a long day at work. L’Oreal has perfected its mask game with this product.

Makeup Remover: I give this Garnier micellar water 11 stars out of 10. It is the ONLY product that I’ve ever used that gets ALL of my makeup off without scrubbing my face raw. It is gentle, oil-free, alcohol free, and fragrance free. And for all of my low maintenance babes, you don’t have to rinse! WHAT A WIN.

Cleanser: Formulated without parabens, this Neutrogena exfoliating cleanser provides major hydration to even the driest skin. I love that it’s gentle enough to use everyday and it provides just enough exfoliation! The hyaluronic acid helps plump your skin.

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What are your favorite drugstore beauty, skincare, or hair care items? Let me know, because I love trying new products!



(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!