A couple weeks ago I traveled to Texas for my mom's birthday party and spent several days being with my amazing family, here are some of the pictures from my mini-vacation (as you can tell I drank too much caffeine)... my travel vlog below!
Let's face it, subscription boxes can be super expensive. That's why I always find reviews helpful when trying to decide whether to go for it and spend the money.
After watching some reviews for FabFitFun, I decided to try it out... but here's the hesitation, it costs $49.99.
- Each box comes with full size lifestyle, fitness, beauty products
- The boxes are seasonal, so you only get four per year
- Each box always come with samples/gift cards
- Each box varies as far as retail value, but it's typically around $200
Watch the video to see whether I think it's even worth the money:
Have you tried FabFitFun? Let me know what you think in the comments!
Y'all, dressing rooms are the WORST. They like to tell you everything you don't want to hear... like, wait. I don't look super skinny and effortless like Taylor Swift?
This got me thinking, it definitely wasn't like this years ago. In fact, years ago I was relatively happy with my body. Size two, fit basically everything because my weight didn't fluctuate like every damn day, and knew my size because like I said... it just didn't change much.
Now, my size is literally all over the place and a lot has changed.
I'm definitely not trying to insinuate I'm over-weight, just simply commenting on how much can change in the span of just a couple years.
Life gets in the way of eating well and working out every day. I used to work at a gym, so it was super easy to finish a shift and go hit the elliptical or a class... now I have a full time job with weird hours and have trouble finding motivation to get up and work out.
And thus, dressing rooms have become the enemy. I seem to get it in my head I look a different way, or should be a smaller size and then I try on a skirt too many and realize my hips are much wider than they once were, and suddenly realize this is what it's like. That's definitely not to say I've given up, that's just to say I think I'm coming to terms... while trying to change them at the same time.
Are we really that surprised it's taken me more than a week to post my June favorites (hello almost middle of July)?
This past month I've had a bunch of various favorites ranging from glittery sunscreen to a new mascara and everything in between...
This Benefit cheekathon palette is essentially the best thing I've ever bought.
It comes with 5 blushes/bronzers which typically range about $30 each... and the whole set cost $58 ($145 value). That's a pretty amazing deal especially since each powder is full size.
It has taken me forever to find a face powder that is as great as this one.
This is the Make Up For Ever pro finish pressed powder ($36) in the shade 117 because I'm pale af.
This stuff acts as a great setting powder or light/medium coverage when going without liquid foundations.
The Tarte Tarteist lash paint ($23) has become a top contender for my mascara favorite along with Benefit's they're real.
This does a really good job of lengthening your lashes and giving them a bit of a volume kick too. Really, what more can you ask for.
Urban Decay's 24/7 glide on eye pencils ($20) are life.
These are in the colors 'Corrupt' and 'Roach' (UD always has interesting names to say the least).
The thing I love about these are that they're super easy to use... they glide really easily and the pigmentation is on point. Thumbs up UD, these will always be a classic eyeliner go-to for me.
Liquid Lipsticks, y'all.
These babies stay on my lips forever, and the pigmentation/formulation of each is basically heaven.
Here are some other, more "summer-y" favorites.
My sister gave me this sunscreen as part of my birthday present... and IT HAS GLITTER IN IT. Plus, it smells like strawberries and I'm practically still a six year old so this is perfect for me. You can find it here for $18.95. Also, the company's name is Glitter Tots... so this is totally for children, but whatever.
The next thing is Vanilla puff powder by Lush. Y'all, this stuff is a miracle worker during hot, humid summer days. When I bought it an employee said she used it while wearing skirts or dresses to prevent chafing... or for under-boob sweat (ladies, you already know).
The only thing is... this is no longer available (boo), but Lush does have other dusting powders like this one ($8.95) that smell like jasmine. I'm not sure if the vanilla scent was just seasonal, or if they've just completely discontinued.. if you know, let me know in the comments!
If you want to know more about these products and why I've been loving them, check out the video below:
Thanks for checking this post out! Leave me a comment with some of your favorite products this past month, I'd love to hear about them!
After an entire Summer off, I'm ready to get back into blogging.
The past few months have been insane... from starting a new job to graduating college and going through an overall season of change, I figured I need a consistent outlet.
I've never truly been "consistent" since this blog's conception a few years ago and I blame that in part on taking on a full time school schedule while working part-time and regular babysitting gigs.
And while these days I'm still pretty busy working as a full-time journalist, I'm determined to keep Simply Me going.
So hello, anyone reading this. Nice to meet you (or see you again), and I hope you'll stay for a while.
My life lately according to iPhone photos
I saw the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes in Target last week and decided to give them a try.
I chose the color 'Redgy' which is an orange-ish red (orange-ish is a great description)
Overall, this polish is definitely not similar to gel. Gel typically lasts 2 weeks before I see any chips whatsoever and this polish starting chipping on day three.
BUT, I didn't use any type of base or top coat, just two-coats of the polish. I decided to go without because I wanted to see just how long the polish would last on its own.
Gorgeous colors in the collection, I really like this color a lot
Considerably affordable (~$8)
The brush is freaking-amazing. It shapes really well to your nails
Doesn't last as long as I think a "gel-imitation" polish should
Takes a while to dry
Considering I didn't use a base and top coat, this polish stood up considerably well against other brands (Essie for example... love their colors, absolutely hate their formulation) but it's more like a regular polish than anything remotely like "gel." I give it a B-, but mostly because I just love the brush so much.
Have you tried these polishes? Let me know in the comments what you think!
By the middle of the week, especially on a week like this one, casual is my go-to. And pairing a skirt with a graphic top is the perfect way to achieve that.
*Oh, In the process of taking these pictures I was bitten about a billion times by bugs #storyofmylife.
T-shirt Dress - Mossimo | Button Down - J Brand | Belt - Old Navy | Heels - BCBG | Bag - Tory Burch 'Dena' tote | Sunglasses - Ted Baker
Goodness y'all, it is hard taking pictures with a tripod and timer. My usual crew of photographers (okay, my little brothers) have been absent lately, so I've had to take ootd pictures by myself and it's not easy.
Anyway, today I decided to use layer on my outfit mostly because the weather was much nicer than it is now, so I figured it would be pretty simple to adjust accordingly. Plus, this outfit has made me so pumped for fall because layering is my fave.
Top - TJ Maxx | Skirt - J. Crew | Flats - Betseyville | Bag - Tory Burch 'Dena' tote | Bracelets - JCP (pink) & unsure (mother of pearl)
My #ootd one day late. I got my hair cut the shortest it has been in over 10 years last week, so I'm definitely still getting used to it. I figured I might at well go for it though, ya know? Sometimes you just gotta take Nike's advice and just do it. What do you think?
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Button-down - GAP | Shorts - GAP | Oxfords - Madden Girl | Bag - Kate Spade | Bracelet - Charming Charlie | Earrings - Charming Charlie
Oxfords and button-downs just work, add some navy shorts from GAP and you've got an outfit made.
Of course, I only really purchase anything from GAP if it's on sale (college student, what can I say?) and I picked these up for about $15 about a month ago!