Today, I’m sharing a post that I’ve been wanting to write for a long time! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE getting lost in Sephora for hours, but I don’t splurge on every single item in my beauty regimen. Over the past few years, I’ve stumbled across some absolute favorites right in my drugstore or grocery aisle. These are great options when you’re in a pinch while traveling or trying to stay on your monthly budget. Check out my favorite drugstore beauty products in today’s full post!
When it comes to the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I always go for the shoes first because those really fly off the shelves (and internet) first. But once I’ve secured all the closet essentials, I settle in and REALLY enjoy clicking through the beauty products on sale.
I’m a bit of a product hoarder, and once I find my favorites, I tend to be a loyal fan. SO many of my favorites are included in the Nordstrom Sale this year. To prove it, I literally whipped out all of my products at home for this post – I even forgot to include some bc they were packed for the beach already (T3 hair dryer). No collage for this post – these are real deal personal favorites that I use on a normal basis!
Murad is a pretty new brand for me, but I’m currently trying out their oil diminishing mask. Sounds like a much-needed product for southern summers! Have heard great things about a few of the other products too.
Brows are indisputably the biggest beauty trend for 2017, and microblading has become THE treatment to try. But, I’ll tell you the reasons why I’m NOT microblading and what I am doing instead in today’s post. I’m including my eyebrow before and after – as well as what I learned at my brow consultation at HiBrow Beauty Bar!
To understand why I’m not considering microblading, we need to go back to my high school days. Those were the days of the skinny brow and my obsessive compulsive relationship with the tweezers. I could have literally titled this post “Lessons In Over-Plucking,” but I digress. When I look in the mirror today, I see sparse, assymmetric brows that are the direct result of my teenage plucking sprees. And compared to photos of my pre-plucked brows, it’s really quite tragic.
So you must be thinking – this is exactly why one should get microblading – to fill those spaces semi-permanently. BUT that’s exactly why I’ve decided against it. I narrowly escaped one eyebrow trend in my lifetime! I am lucky to still have the brows that I have left. So yes, I am being super cautious and overly-protective of my eyebrows during this second wave of brow popularity. And just to be sure, I met with Lauren Prats, the owner of HiBrow New Orleans to get a professional’s perspective on the situation. See what I learned in today’s full post!
I’ve mentioned Aveda products here and there in my Friday Favorites posts before. BUT it’s quickly become one of my can’t-live-without brands. Not only is it eco-friendly, it also strives to use all-natural ingredients which I love. So, it only makes sense for me to round up my favorite Aveda products that are currently in my beauty arsenal – get ready there are quite a few!
I also frequently visit the Paris Parker Aveda location for everything from highlights + lowlights and spa services. If you have an Aveda location in your area, I’d highly suggest trying one of their facials! I made a facial appointment recently when I had a round of hormonal breakouts, and it was a major lifesaver in clearing it up! Talk to them about your skincare concerns, and they will come up with a facial to fit your skin needs.
And since I already have talked about their chakra essential oils, the massage services are a no-brainer favorite for me too! I love their use of essential oils as a combination to the massage therapy. Ps. Baton Rouge peeps – the Paris Parker spa area is getting a major update and renovation soon to enhance the spa services even more!
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hair color and style + makeup c/o Paris Parker Aveda
Read more about these products in today’s full post!
Once it’s officially spring, we tend to kick our bikini body fitness routine into overdrive. (Juice cleanse, treadmill workouts. Let’s kick it up a notch.) What if I told you that there’s a new product that is dedicated to speeding up the process? Heck yes! Enter Clarins Body Fit – a cellulite contouring cream formula that helps visibly reduce cellulite. Clarins is challenging me to test out their newest product to see if I can get firmer, toner looking skin just right in time for my next beach vacay!
Consider this product the extra step in your fitness routine that you never knew you needed. And after taking a few weeks off from my regular Tread BR classes due to travel, I’m definitely ready for a new jumpstart! I’ve already started using it, and it smells SO good you guys. I apply after dry brushing, and it’s almost like a luxurious spa appointment at home. Here’s one of those #treatyoself kind of moments while banishing cellulite – I think we can all get on board with that!
Have you guys tried any sort of home treatments for cellulite contouring or skin firmness? Would love to hear what you guys think. And of course, I’ll be sure to share some updates and results to this post later!
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