My Beach Bag Essentials!

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Peter and I are headed up north this Friday for a mini vacation, so as I was packing I thought I would share my beach bag essentials with you guys. I found a few new products earlier this summer that I’ve been loving so far and thought you might want to check them out as well. Also – since the #Nsale is still going strong I’m going to try and link as many of my favourite beach bag essentials that are currently included in the sale in the widgets below!

1. I’m sure everyones number one essentials are a bathing suit and towel. My bathing suit is a couple years old from Victorias Secret and my towel is a Home Sense find but I’m linking some cute sale options for you guys. When buying a beach towel I always try to find the biggest one around but also one that is not too thick, you want to extra room so it can double as a beach blanket but you want it on the thinner side so it dries fast! There’s nothing worse then a soaking wet towel when your at the beach!

2. Next up is UV protection: I’m currently using this sunscreen and this SPF lip balm to protect my skin. I have very fair skin and tend to burn easily so its deffinitly a must! I starting adding the lip balm into my routine last year when I was constantly getting really dry burnt lips after weekends in the sun and now I never have that problem!

3. I alway bring a book, magazine, floaties and some head phones to the beach to keep myself entertained. I just received this floatie from a brand and I’m packing it this weekend so I can lounge on it while floating around the lake. This book is what I’m currently reading and I’m packing it as well for when I’m tanning on the beach!

4. When I go to the beach I like to bring a simple inexpensive pair of flip flops that I don’t mind getting wet, sandy, and dirty. Every year before I go up north I usually stop in at Old Navy and pick up this pair of their all black foam flip flops, they aren’t the cutest but they are perfect for the beach and showers. The foam dries fast, wipes off like a breeze, and I get to save my cuter more expensive sandals from all the abuse!

5. A good pair of sunnies is a must at the beach, and again I like to bring a pair that isn’t so expensive incase they get scratched up in the sand, or lost(I’m the worst for losing sunglasses!). I currently have a BP. pair almost the same as this pair and love them because they are still cute and trendy but cost less then $20!

6. I don’t like the feeling of sand stuck to my skin after I’ve left beach so I always keep body wash, exfoliator (ironic, I know), moisturizer and aloe lotion in my beach bag. I’m loving the BABW ‘at the beach’ collection right now because it smells amazinggg and is super refreshing, but if you want to take advantage of some #Nsale deals I’ve linked a few other options below.

 

 

What are your must have essentials for the beach? Am I missing anything? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

May Favorites!

Hey Guys!

Happy Friday everyone, I’m doing something a little different for my Favorites post this month and sharing a few of my favorite summer trends instead of my usual Makeup picks. My makeup routine has stayed the same through May so I don’t have much to share and thought this would be a good time to add something new into the mix!

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Beauty

ONYX Professional Nail Dryer – here (On SALE for $2!!) 

This stuff is a game changer and definitely my favorite out of all my picks this month! If you’re prone to smudged nail polish because you cant sit still for long enough for it to dry, your not alone! Waiting for nail polish to dry/smudged polish is probably my biggest pet peeve, so you can imagine my excitement after finally finding a product that prevents this. Its a aerosol spray that smells like coconut and dries your polish 10x faster then letting them air dry, and its only $8! I tested it out myself and had a perfect mani with only 1 minute of dry time…life changer!

The Body Shop Youth Facial Peel – here 

I kept seeing this product all over Instagram so I had to give it a try for myself. Its a gel-like liquid that you apply to your face in circular motions, and you can start to see the dead skin cells peel off instantly. My verdict: It’s amazing! My face feels sooo soft and clean after each use.

Dove Advanced Care Coconut Deodorant – here 

Okay I know this is pretty random to add to my favorites but I switched over to this deodorant for the summer because it smells like coconut and works sooooo well. With summer around the corner I love everything coconut and moisturizing, and this deodorant is the best of both worlds while keeping me dry at the same time!

Trends

One Shoulder

I’ve been loving the one shoulder trend just as much as my favorite off-the-shoulder trend. I think it’s the perfect mix of sexy and practical because the one strap keeps the shirt in place so you don’t have to keep pulling it up or adjusting, but it still has the sexy bare shoulder and exposed collar bone on the other side. Making this the perfect summer trend!

Lace Up

You guys know I’ve been loving this trend for a while, and the month of May has been no different. I love pieces that have interest to them but are still comfortable, so this trend is perfect since most ‘lace up’ tops are just normal cotton tees or tanks with the lace details added in.

Yellow

Yellow is big for summer this year so I’ve been stocking up my closet in preparation. I always used to love wearing yellow as a kid and I’m so happy its come back in style for the summer. Not that it was ever ‘out of style’ but yellow just hasn’t been the ‘it’ colour in a while so its been hard to find in stores, until now!

Lifestyle

Currently Burning – Georgia Peach Bath & Body Works Candle – here

I’ve been burning my Bath&BodyWorks Georgia Peach candle all month! It’s the perfect spring and summer scent for your house and car, I have the car scents too and get compliments on how good my car smells all the time!

Greenery (instead of flowers)

I love how tropical this looks in a vase without adding flowers, and they stay alive for months! Its the perfect alternative to buying fresh flowers and much less expensive. Each leaf usually costs around .99 cents and you only need a couple for an arrangement.

The Bachelorette

Who else is watching this season? I love Rachel and she seems to have a pretty great group of guys this season! Peter is my favourite so far…but I might be name biased haha!

On another note: I’m starting to feel a lot better! So Peter and I are planning a blog shoot tomorrow morning, which means more OOTD posts coming soon! Also its National Doughnut day so I’m going for a doughnut and iced lemonade run after I publish this post! Follow me on Instagram for updates on what I get up to this weekend 🙂 links are in the side bar!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

<3

How To Acheive A Beachy *Glow* This Summer!

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…and I’m not just talking about being tan! I have discovered some holy grail highlighters, body shimmers, and oils that give you the BEST summer glow, and I’m going to share them with you ladies in today’s post – but first I need to apologize for going MIA on you guys for the past week! I got the flu for the THIRD(!!!!) time this year and was in bed all last week. This week my flu symptoms have subsided but I think its turned into strep throat, or something throat and thonsil related. I havn’t been able to stop coughing in like 4 days, it’s so bad at night it keeps me up. But I’m going to the clinic today to get it checked out, so hopefully no more missed posts because of it.

Okay anyways – lets get into the good stuff….

Here are my tried and true products for achieving a gorgeous beachy glow without the sun!

A Good Exfoliatiant

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I’ve been loving these two lately (here and here) from Bath&BodyWorks. They smell like summer and do a really great job of scrubbing off any dry dead skin to reveal the soft healthy skin underneath. By exfoliating, you are setting your skin up for success when applying a self tanner, or moisturizer afterwards, it lets your products penetrate into the skin for better results all around!

A Base Tan

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A base tan is the key to a beachy look, try applying a layer of faux tan to achieve the sun kissed look in only a few hours! I rave about this one all the time so I’ll keep it short today, if you want more details you can check either of these posts here & here.

Highlighting Primer 

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I’m obsessed with this highlighting primer, and it’s affordable too! I apply it after my moisturizer and then apply my concealer and foundation over top, it makes for a very subtle and natural glow once your makeup is finished. *It can even be used over your foundation as a highlighter, however I prefere a powder highlighter over top of makeup.

Cheek & Brow Bone Highlighter

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This pallet is the best $25 I ever spent, hands down! I love that this pallet has like ever highlight and eyeshadow shade a girl could need for summer. It’s so beautifully made and packaged too, I’m honestly obsessed! If you buy one thing from this post I would have to say this one would give you the most bang for your buck!

Collar Bone Shimmer

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I received a few samples of this shimmer from Sephora and you guys…its sooooo good! A lot of people have been using it as a primer for under their foundation and are loving it, but its kind of expensive to use it for just that, so I have been applying it to my collar bone and chest area and its sooooo pretty. Its not an obnoxious shimmer at all, its just the right amount to make you look like your glowing!

If your looking for a less expensive alternative I’ve been using this one alot too and loving it aswell!

Dry Oil For Legs

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Nothing screams summer to me like cut-off shorts and smooth shaved legs! I love applying a dry oil onto the front of my legs to keep them smooth and hydrated but also to give them a silky shine. My all time favourite is no longer being sold but I found a close second here.

And voila- You can go all-out and apply all these products for the ultimate beachy look, or pick and choose from a few of your favorite!

Thanks so much for stopping by

<3

April Favorites!

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False Lashes / Rose Mask / MAC Lipstick / Keyboard CaseWaikiki Candle / Roses / OTS Top / Crossbody Bag / Soft Shorts

 

Kiss Lashes – in style ‘Shy’

I don’t wear false lashes daily but I am one to break them out for a special occasion or a photo shoot. I love the way they add definition to my eyes without having to fuss with liquid eyeliner or layers and layers of mascara. This brand/style in particular feels super light weight and flexible on my lash line (no stiffness here!) and looks whispy and natural once applied, they are perfect!

The Body Shop – Rose face mask

This mask is my newest obsession, I have been applying it almost nightly before bed. You can actually see the rose petals in the mask which is really cool and it has skin plumping properties that make your skin soft, smooth and energized.

How I’ve been using it:

  • About an hour before bed I’ll wash my makeup off and apply this mask to my clean damp skin
  • After about 30 minutes I’ll take a clean face cloth and wet it with warm/hot water, and then slowly wipe the mask off my face
  • Once my mask has been removed I splash my face with cold water (to close the pores) and then tone and moisturize my face as usual before bed

Then I wake up looking and feeling super refreshed. I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my skin since I added this into my routine!

MAC Lipstick – in shade ‘Please Me’

I’m sure you guys have noticed by now that I’ve been wearing this shade in almost every outfit post for the month of April…Ooops! I bought it recently and quickly found out it’s the perfect everyday pinky/rose shade.

Ipad Pro Keyboard Case 

You. Guys. If you have an IPad Pro this keyboard case is a game changer, it literally turns your IPad into a mini computer! First of all its super affordable, very high quality for the price and it soooo cute! They have every shade of case to match every colour so you can get one that matches (No black Apple keyboards for us!) I have gotten soooo many questions/compliments on this thing. I’m actually using it right now, as I write this post from a hockey arena (Peter’s playing!). It makes working on the go so much easier – and lighter. No more carriying my heavy laptop around to do work while I’m out, having a mini IPad laptop is honestly so perfect!

Bath & Body Works Candle – in scent ‘Waikiki Beach Coconut’

The definition of summer in candle form…not even exadurating, you have to smell it for yourself! I have the candle on my bed side table and I haven’t even lit it yet but it still smells up my room just enough.

Yellow Roses 

Who doesn’t love roses? I feel like I’m always obsessed with roses but now that its warmer out I’m loving yellow roses, they brighten up my room and stay looking fresh for much longer then my old go-to, tulips.

 Off The Shoulder Tops

My Fashion picks should come as no surprise since they are things I’ve been wearing non-stop on the blog this past month. Off the shoulder tops are all I’m buying right now, I actually have a problem haha! I just love how flattering they are and how they look good on every body type. It’s a very feminine meets sexy kind of look, I love it.

Crossbody Bags

Now that I’m not lugging around a hat, scarf and mitts, I’m loving my cross body bags again. They’re the perfect size to carry the essentials while I’m out and about. Runnning errands or shopping trips arnt as fun when I’m carrying around a heavy tote bag.

Banana Republic Soft Shorts 

Okay I don’t think ‘soft shorts’ is the official name for these shorts, but I call them that because they’re super comfortable and soft. I buy this style of shorts every year from BR because they can be easily dressed up, but also cuffed at the seam and worn casual to a BBQ. It’s the most versatile short I own, hands down!

 

Thanks for much for reading guys!

Sunday it my last day as a full time employee and I’m just itching to get it over with so I can start turning this blog into what I dream for it to be. Thank you so much (again) for all your support. See you in Mondays post <3

 

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