Morning Skincare Routine

I’ve been loving my skin lately and wanted to share my current go-to morning skincare routine with all of you. I’ve also found some cool new products I’m obsessed with at the moment. I also filmed a YouTube video showing you my morning skincare routine and how I apply the products, if you want to check it out.

My Morning Skincare Routine

1. Facial Wash: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

fresh soy face cleanser

I start my morning skincare routine with this gentle Fresh soy cleanser. It smells quite a bit like cucumber, so if that bothers you, beware. It does not foam very much but know it’s working without removing your natural oils too harshly. This is great for anyone who doesn’t like that stripped down feeling or if you have sensitive skin.

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Desert Island Challenge: 5 Eyeshadow Palettes

If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what eyeshadow palette would you bring with you? The options are abundant, but we’ve narrowed it down to these five beauties!

Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

This one shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise as it’s one of the most talked about and love palettes in the industry. ABH eyeshadows are notorious for their high pigment, so you we know these would last you a lifetime on the any desert island!  What makes this warm palette so great, is the ability to layer the colors together to create multi-dimensional looks with its variety of shimmers, matts and metallics. If you don’t have this yet, you’re missing out!

COLOR TO TRY: Venitian Red (dark red shimmer with pink undertones)

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance eyeshadow palette


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5 Ultimate Travel Essentials

No matter what the adventure, these travel essentials are coming with me wherever I go! What you pack can really make a difference. Check out these five travel essentials and travel like a pro.

Ultimate Travel Essentials

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

bose noise cancelling headphones travel essential

Life. Completely. Changed. My gem of a husband gifted me my Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones (35 | 1st generation) about a year ago and my life hasn’t been the same since. What makes these such a must have for me is the noise cancelling feature. If you’ve ever gotten stuck on a plane right next to the engine or a screaming child, you know what I’m talking about! These will literally turn the noisiest airplane into a quite oasis for you to zone out or pass out. The cordless/Bluetooth and high sound quality are also super nice to have.


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Lush Products You Need to Try

Lush is quite the special brand in that their products are 100% vegetarian, handmade, and don’t test on animals. They use natural fresh ingredients that work. I used to get a bit overwhelmed with all of the options but have since then found some Lush product gems I think everyone needs to add to their skincare and beauty buckets!

Lush Products You Need to Try

Dark Angels

W H Y   Y O U   N E E D   T H I S: Exfoliate to get glowing skin.

dark angels tublush dark angels scrub

If you’re ready to get glowing baby soft skin, you need to give this one a try! Dark Angels is a black sugar and charcoal body and face scrub with Moroccan lava clay. What I love

about this scrub is that it’s tailored towards sensitive oily skin, so it definitely exfoliates, but in a gentle way. Plus, it helps with redness and the oils really help to not dry out skin.

I typically apply it once or twice a week on my face in the shower to maintain soft skin. When I’m feeling extra I’ll extend it to my neck, decolletage, and hands. I make sure to never miss my lips as it will do wonders for any chapped skin you might have.

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Effortless Aloe Vera Face Mask

Effortless Aloe Vera Face Mask

I’m not exaggerating when I say aloe vera face mask left my skin feeling the best it has ever felt after a mask! I definitely noticed a brightness and tightness, but my favorite was how soft it felt after I took it off. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did – let me know what you think if you end up trying it!

Aloe vera is known for its many amazing benefits for hair, skin and digestion. I had mainly used it only to treat some tropical sun burns I had gotten a while back ago but had heard such great things about using the raw plant in its pure form.  I had been dying to try a DIY aloe mask at home, so one day after a visit to the local nursery I brought home the plant feeling inspired to start my at-home spa session 🙂

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November 2017 Favorites | Beauty & More

I can’t believe it’s already December 🙂 Things have been moving at quite the pace. The last 60 days have been so hectic for me, filled with moving to our new home including a landscaping project, lots of travel, and a handful of visitors. Here are my November Favorites which include some amazing new finds and the things I’m currently obsessing over!

Beauty Faves

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

pink container and box of LANEIGE lip sleeping mask

One of my favorite brand discoveries this year is LANEIGE 100%! Their products just work.  Bonus: They don’t test on animals and don’t have any of the bad stuff, like parabens, in their products. I found the Lip Sleeping Mask during one of my Sephora app shopping sprees during the Black Friday sales. If you want soft lips, or live somewhere cold or dry where chapped lips are a thing you are forced to deal with no matter how much of anything you put on them, you need this in your life. Continue reading “November 2017 Favorites | Beauty & More”

Playa del Carmen Paradisus by Melia | Royal Service Review

Last month my husband and I took our annual ‘anniversary-moon’, this time to the Riviera Maya in Mexico. Having had a great experience at the Melia Caribe resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic last year, we decided to call the Playa del Carmen Paradisus resort our home for one week. Only about a 45 minute ride from the Cancun airport, the Playa del Carmen Paradisus resort is a beautiful and modern all-inclusive property on the beach that makes you feel welcome and special throughout your entire stay. Continue reading “Playa del Carmen Paradisus by Melia | Royal Service Review”