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Products I'm Loving Lately

I've been testing out a few products here and there and I can finally dish on the ones that I'm really loving! 

Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

I randomly spotted this under eye brightener at Sephora and decided to give it a whirl. You're supposed to apply it before using your concealer and can build with as much highlight as you need. So it brightens, it doesn't conceal. You can also use this as a highlighter for your cheekbones or wherever you like to highlight. I really like the applicator (it's a brush) and find that a little goes a long way. It's a double-duty product which I love when travelling! 

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer 

I mentioned this bronzer a few weeks ago after I was finally able to find one in stock - these were scarce around Boston probably because we all needed to fake some color! First and foremost, the smell is the most amazing thing ever! It smells like summer in a bronzer - like the best tanning oil you've ever put on! I actually went with the lighter color and find that it has just the right amount of color for my skin tone and it's buildable if I need more color. I've used other Physicians Formula products in the past, but none that I've loved as much as this one. I'm tempted to buy at least two more on the off chance they decide to discontinue this. It does come with an applicator that seems to be more useful if you want to contour with the bronzer, but I like an all over bronze, so I don't use it.  

Defy & Inspire Target Exclusive Nail Polish

I'm slowly starting to become more conscious (I probably always should be) about products and toxins which is why when I saw Target's new Defy & Inspire nail polish line I paused because it's 5-free formula. If you're like me and didn't know what 5-free meant it's basically free of the three most common chemicals (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde) and also another two (Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). Usually this means that your nails will chip faster because it doesn't have all the other chemicals, but it's not thanks to their dual-polymer technology that bonds to your nail. So I'm slowly getting rid of my other polishes (there are some tried and true favorites I will never part with) but Essie & OPI are 3 free so that's good! 

Lavanila - The Healthy Deodorant

I recently mentioned that I've switched deodorants to an all natural one found at Sephora - Lavanila. It currently comes in 5 different scents (one travel size too) and I'm using the Vanilla Lavender scent. I'll be frank - the price hurts when you're used to paying about $3 for your regular deodorant and then to shell out $14 for their larger bottle, but when I think about all the years that I've unknowingly (and now knowingly) been applying what's not so good for me, I'm willing to pay more to be safer (even if it might be in my head). I had a lot of questions about the scent, the wear-ability & overall thoughts so I'm excited to share that with you - only speaking about the Vanilla Lavender scent. It doesn't necessarily glide on, you do have to rub a little harder than with normal deodorant, but once it's on, it's on. I read that it takes your body a little while to get used to the new product, so I carry it with me in my purse to touch up if needed during the day - probably a good idea in the summer too! I personally really like the deodorant and while I haven't made a dent in using it, I think it will give me just as many uses, if not more, as my regular deodorant. 

L'Oreal Quick Dry Primer Spray

For anyone that doesn't have a lot of time to blow dry your hair - this primer spray is for you. My hair is long and even though it doesn't take as long to dry as some might think (30 minutes tops to air dry) when I blow dry it using this spray it cuts it down to about 12ish minutes and leaves my hair silky smooth! Love the finish and the smell! 

Burt's Bees Lipstick (Nude)

I picked up this lipstick and then put it back down because I wasn't really sure how good Burt's Bees lipstick could be...well I'm a fan! It's 100% natural (just like their other lip products) and also moisturizes while giving you the perfect amount of color! There are 14 shades to choose from and Iced Iris is the next one I have my eye on. This particular shade is a great everyday color because it's not too harsh, so you can feel comfortable wearing lipstick to work and not worry about it being too loud. 

Not too many new products because I have been trying to get through all my samples - seriously they just pile up! I don't need a face cream or moisturizer for the next year...I'm sure I'll find an excuse to buy one anyway! Have you tried any of these products?

Weekending Snaps

Happy Monday friends!! I'm not going to lie, there was talk about this weekend being a washout and I think my confusion of it being sunny and pretty on Friday totally put good vibes out in the universe because it was really pretty amazing all weekend long - a sprinkle on Sunday didn't last long at all! 
Here's a little peek into the weekend...

Friday Favorites Round Up

Happy Friday everyone! It was another quick week around here and I'm not complaining one bit! With no real plans set for this weekend and sun in the forecast, I'm pretty happy! Let's get right to some favorites from the week with Amanda

Spring and Summer Midi Dress

So it's a pretty bold statement to say this is my favorite dress to wear for just about any special event be it work related or personal, but it really is! I found this dress just before my first photo shoot for our website - I was looking for something that was crisp and timeless as well as figure flattering. This was the first time I was trying a midi-type dress, but I was into the style so I thought why not! After a little tailoring around the shoulders, the dress that I know I'll be wearing for years to come was ready! 

Smoothie Goodness

Smoothie with Strawberries and banana
Smoothies have been my favorite way to start my work days for the last month. We've revived our very old blender, which until I convince Gary that we need to get the NutriBullet will have to work, or maybe not, so we will be forced to get it (see what I did there...)! I've been drinking the same smoothie adding in a few ingredients here and there, but the one I'm sharing today is my absolute favorite! I haven't started adding protein powders, chia seeds or anything fancy, but it's only a matter of time!