Spring Beauty Product Favorites

Spring has finally sprung around these parts and the warmer weather has me loving more light weight easy beauty products. I wanted to share the spring beauty products I am loving, using and obsessing over.

 

Spring Beauty Favs

 

1. Maybelline BB Cream: This has been a favorite of mine for a few years. The great part about it is how light weight and easy it is to have as a base for your makeup.

2. Benetint: Such a great option to brighten up your cheeks and try something a little different. I also love tarte cheek stains as well.

3. Benefit Roller Lash: This I got a sample of in my recent popsugar must have box. It is life changing mascara! I can’t believe how insane it makes your lashes look!

4. Chanel Lip gloss: I have a very pale pink lip gloss from Chanel in color 108 and it is such a great go to for easy, natural looking lips with a little extra shine to them.

5. Butter London pencil eyeliner: I am usually a liquid liner fan but this butter london liner is really getting the job done. I also love that it doesn’t easily come off or smear. Always a bonus!

6. Makeupforever pressed powder: I loved pressed powder in the warmer months because I think it really keeps the shine off my face. This one is a really great light weight but also feeling like it’s covering up what needs to be covered.

7. Kate Spade Twirl Rollerball: I got this in my stocking a few years ago from my mom and it’s such a great soft, light scent. I love rollerballs for everyday use as well because it’s easy to keep them in your purse and freshen up when you need to.

8. NARS illuminator: Sometimes my face just needs a little brightening and this NARS illuminator is amazing. Just a dab and it gets the job done.

 

What are your spring beauty product must haves?

How I Changed My Sleep

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of  P&G’s Try it & Love it Program

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For a little over a month I have been trying something new to help me sleep better, especially on Sundays when it is difficult for me to get a good night sleep before starting the week. I have been using Febreeze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist and on occasion ZzzQuil.

The great part about  ZzzQuil is that I do not feel groggy after taking it. It also kicks in pretty quick with Febreeze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist  (which I spray not only in our bedroom but all over our apartment at night before we go to sleep) I am really getting good rest and so is Andrew.

I wanted to let you guys know how I changed my sleep for the better!

To ensure that you start getting a great night sleep make sure that you are drinking a lot of water leading up to bed time so you do not feel dehydrated. Consider making some calming tea before bed as well.

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One other thing that has for sure been helping me is exercise. I have always been a huge workout person but this past month I have been doing a Pure Barre challenge. Nearly every class I go to is early in the morning before I get started on work. Working out early has for sure helped my sleep.
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We know I have some difficulty sleeping on Sunday, and it turns out other people do too! A recent survey from Febreeze and ZzzQuil revealed, of Americans who struggle to fall asleep more on Sunday night, 68% attribute this to upcoming stresses including the work or school week, job or general. The survey revealed some other interesting insights, that I wanted to share with this infographic:

 

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Fore more tips on getting better sleep make sure to check out my post, 5 Tips for a Great Night Sleep .

And here are a few bedtime routine tips from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Choose Calm & Quiet: Treat your bedroom as your sanctuary from the stresses of the day, keeping work, computers and other distractions out.
  • Create Comfort: Invest in a quality mattress and supportive pillows.

 

  • Relax & Wind Down: Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, allowing time to wind down and avoiding activities that might excite you. Avoid using computers or smartphones at least 30 minutes before bed.
  • Keep it Cool:Turn down your thermostat to between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your bedroom cool at night.

 

I hope you start to have MUCH better sleep soon and if you have been doing anything to help with your sleep let me know in the comments!

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of P&G’s Try it & Love it Program

Favorite Things

Whenever someone does a blog post about their favorite things I always love reading them. It’s such a fun way to get to know someone. Today I figured I would do a blog post on some of my all time favorite things!

Favorite Drink: Coffee :) Well to be specific I enjoy nonfat lattes

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Favorite Food: Andrews pizza for sure. He makes homemade pizza(dough included) every Friday night. It has become our weekly tradition over the past few years.

Favorite Song: Just Like Heaven by The Cure

Favorite Band: Counting Crows or Avett Brothers they are equally loved in my heart.

Favorite Book: Forever by Judy Blume and Frannie and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

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Favorite Current TV Show: Dance Moms…sad but true also Scandal and Hindsight

Favorite Past TV Show: Everwood

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Favorite Magazine: Glamour and Fast Company

Favorite Snack: Smoothies

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Motown Philly by Boyz 2 Men

Favorite Accessory: Any of my purses

Favorite Clothing Item: Wonder Under leggings from lululemon

What are some of your favorites?

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

 

Hey friends! Happy Friday to you all. I am heading to Houston with Andrew today to check out the rodeo and see Brad Paisley! I thought I would share a few Friday Favorites with you guys before I headed out!

1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMA! Today is my moms birthday and I wanted to wish her the happiest of birthdays. She is the most amazing mom and friend a girl could have. I am BEYOND lucky to have her in my life.

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2. Lululemon: Seriously they have SUCH cute stuff right now. I have been obsessively adding things to my shopping cart even if I haven’t bought anything. But these are some favorites: The tracker shorts and this vinyasa scarf!

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3. White Nails: OK I know I am late to the party but I am loving the white nail trend. Mine are white right now…shocked? LOL

4. Confess by Colleen Hoover: This is Colleen Hoovers latest book and I read half of it in one night. It is such a great story and impossible to put down!

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5. Pure Barre Challenge: 11 classes down 9 to go!

 

What are some of your favorites right now?

Recent Reads

I started a book club with a bunch of local friends in January and so far we’ve picked 3 amazing books. We alternate who picks and hosts monthly and the books have been amazing.

I wanted to share some of my recent reads with you guys and get some feedback from you on what I should be reading.

Month 1: Paper Towns by John Green. This was the book I chose and I loved it and I think everyone else did too. It is by far my favorite John Green book that I’ve read and I could not recommend it more.

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Month 2: What Alice Forgot seriously could not put this one down. Its the story of a woman who wakes up and can’t remember the last 10 years of her life. Amazing page turner.

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Month 3(This months book): All the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han. I do not want to give too much away because our book club is next week and some of the girls haven’t finished the book yet. I finished it in 2 days. Very fun light read and super cute book. It was a fun rainy weekend read.

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Some other books I’ve read lately and loved: Confess by Colleen Hoover, Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Dirty Rush by Taylor Bell(if you were in a sorority you must read this!)

I try to read at least one book a week if not two and so far this year I’ve read about 26. I really need to update my goodreads account.

What are some of your recent reads that I should add to my list? I would love more suggestions!

Living with POTS /EDS

I wrote a while back about my diagnosis with POTS/EDS  . I wanted to give an update because I haven’t mentioned it a whole lot or what it is like to live with POTS or EDS. For those who aren’t familiar with them. POTS or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome is a form of Dysautonomia. The long and short of it is that I have VERY low blood pressure, a VERY high heart rate, I do not have the ability to control my temperature, heart rate, blood pressure or anything that is AUTOMATIC in my body. My blood flow is one of those things as well which is why I look so pale all the time. Nope it’s not a lack of sun exposure. It’s just something I have that I can’t change. I also bruise extremely easily. If I slightly hit my arm on a door I will have a giant black and blue bruise the next day.

EDS or Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is “is an inherited connective tissue disorder with different presentations that have been classified into several primary types. EDS is caused by a defect in the structure, production, or processing of collagen or proteins that interact with collagen.” I am super flexible and I shouldn’t be. I have several place where I am double jointed or can make myself double jointed.

Most people with POTS also have EDS. However it is not the other way around.

I spent my entire life up until last summer not knowing what was wrong with me. I was misdiagnosed with Anemia in high school and couldn’t figure out why I was so exhausted all the time. I was put on medication last summer and for the most part I have been a lot better. The medication, certain exercises and an increased sodium diet are for sure things that helped me. However for reasons I do not want to go into I recently had to wean off the medication. This has been EXTREMELY difficult on my body.

All of the sudden I was exhausted at 1PM daily. I had a hard time staying away. I was feeling overly nauseous and like I had vertigo. I was hot, then cold, and so on and so forth. My doctor had me start taking salt pills or supplements rather. Yes it helps but even on days where I take a ton of salt supplements and eat salty foods and do my exercises that help the circulation in my legs I still can feel really crappy. It’s unfortunate but I know so many people have it so much worse off.

The biggest thing being diagnosed with EDS/POTS has taught me is that you should always listen to your body. If you know something is wrong and doctors are telling you, you are fine. You need to find the right doctors. If you have a diagnosis and you know you are exhausted and aren’t feeling well. You need to listen to your body and rest.

There are a ton more daily things I deal with like: blurred vision, migraines, chills, loss of appetite, issues sleeping etc.

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Last time I talked about this I had several people email me telling me they had similar issues and after my post they went to a doctor and were diagnosed. There are less than one million diagnosed cases of POTS in the United States but studies have shown it should be 3-4 times that many. If you have these symptoms even a few of them please see a doctor!

Do you know anyone with POTS?

 

Wish Listing

My birthday is coming up in a few weeks…OK 18 days. But who’s counting? Certainly not this girl….

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I have been making a wish list for a while. Pretty much anytime I see something I want I add it to my amazon wish list. What I love is that if you add the amazon wish list tool to your tool bar you can add things from ANY website. Great for keeping track of things you want. I have been wish listing so long so I thought I would share with you guys!

Birthday Wish List

 

1. Hunter packable rain boots in navy: I had a pair of green hunter boots for a while but they were too big. I would love a new pair and the navy are perfect. I would also love if they were the packable kind because those are much easier to travel with.

2. Madewell Tote: I love the color of this black tote with brown handles. This is perfect for travel and while I realize I have a billion totes I do not have this one. Also I love that you can have it monogrammed.

3. Capri blue candle in volcano: They sell these at Anthropologie. I love them! I have had a few before and I always burn them so fast. I would love a new one for my birthday.

4. Perfume: In college Dior perfume was my favorite. I haven’t had it in years but last time I was at sephora I got a sample and fell back in love with it.

5. The Domino decorating book: I love coffee table books and since we are moving to our new house soon I would love this book. I have a friend who has it and I have flipped through it about 20 times. It’s perfect!

6. Polar Watch: I would love a polar watch for when I go on runs, hikes, any workout I do.

7. Sigma kabuki brush set: I have a ton of sigma brushes and one kabuki brush but I would love this set. It has been on my wish list for a LONG time.

8. This camera: It is PERFECTION. I know I am getting it soon but it is for sure a wish list item. Perfect camera to film with on the go!

 

What is on your wish list right now?