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Last month my favorites were all beauty related - this month they are all over the place, but that's just how May went! 

Favorite Spray Tan//

I have my friend Jackie to thank for introducing me to Jergens Instant Sun. For a self tanning novice like me- this is the best way to get started with self tanning at home, at least it was for me!! I purchased the tan applicator mitt and followed Jaclyn Hill's tutorial and it came out flawless!! I was planning on doing a full review with photos if you're interested! What I liked most about this particular spray tan is that the scent is not overpowering and you can build with the color by waiting one day to see how it settles and then adding another layer on top the next day for a deeper glow! 

Favorite Shampoo & Conditioner//

I've gone back to my roots, quite literally and started using an old favorite of mine - John Frieda Brilliant Brunette. While I've never colored my hair, I have had a hard time with getting my color to be bold and shiny with other brands!! This one is specific for my hair color and I can see the difference in how much life my hair has when I'm using this combination. 

Favorite App//


Anything that can make my life easier, I instantly download!! Up until recently I've been a pen and paper meal planner - enter Organizy. Yes it's another list making app and when it was on iTunes free (currently $1.99) I decided to download it! Used it for grocery shopping and I'm in love!!
You can make any list you want and even print them out if you still want to have your pen and paper - but being able to swipe left to delete leaves absolutely no question in my mind that everything was packed, bought or ordered!!

Favorite New Perfume//

I stumbled upon a hidden gem last month - Zara has an entire fragrance selection. Sadly they don't sell them online (or at least I haven't found them to be online) but with prices from $10 - $25 and fragrances that beat out some of the most expensive ones at Sephora and smell just as fantastic - I'm quickly upping my collection from the current one that I have an adding some fruity ones to the mix!  

Favorite Target Buys//

Since we don't have a Target in the city, I usually only get to go to my favorite store once a month if I'm lucky! In May I actually went a few times and picked up some accent pieces for our shelves!! You know because I can't ever get it to look as perfectly styled as they do on Pinterest!!! 

I picked up this little gold whale and I love that the top opens so I actually put our little thumb drives, push pins and paper clips in there - so now they are hidden and I have a fun conversation piece! 
I also picked up this little gold urchin paper weight. I have wanted one for the longest time, but with shipping costs from a few places it was more than the piece itself. I saw them at Target and scooped it up! Currently I have it sitting on a few of my coffee table books! 

Just a few of my favorites from last month!! What are you raving about?

Linking up with Kelli and Mia


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  1. Your Target finds are so cute--especially that whale. Love it--I could see that as a cute knick knack on a dresser in our navy, white and gold bedroom!
    Your other picks looks great, as usual. And I love anything that gets me more organized and saves me a bit of time :)

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  2. Glad you shared about organizy. That sounds like the perfect app! I'm gonna have to check that one out ;)

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  3. I love John Frieda hair products, so good and smells delicious. That list app sounds like something I totally need and your whale is so cute!!

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  4. Love your Target finds - Target can do no wrong!

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  5. Target always has the cutest trinkets -- they have a gold coral piece that I'm obsessed with right now! That whale is adorable. And I love Zara perfume!
    xo Southern Style

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  6. How did I not know Zara had a perfume? Definitely stopping in there to check it out this week! And love your cute little Target finds! Target always has the best decorating accessories for cheap, love it!

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  7. I need that little urchin! I've been looking for one, but they can be soooo expensive which is crazy.

    Annie Reeves

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  8. I always love your favorite app section! I'm going to have to check out this grocery list app now! Love the paper weight too -- I had it in my hand to buy and put it back. You are making me think I need to run back to Target to get it! haha Happy Wednesday!

    xo, Rachel
    www.ablondesmoment.com

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  9. I LOVE your apps. Seriously you help my life!!! I love all that gold decor stuff at target. I have a piece on one of our consoles and love it!! I hope your Wednesday is wonderful like YOU!

    livingoncloudandreanine.blogspot.com

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  10. i love the Listonic grocery app; you can create lists, share them with your husband (he can add/remove as he shops) and everything updates. you can even access your lists on the web and it syncs to your phone app. brilliant.

    i will definitely look into that spray tan. i'm a fan of the loreal sublime one but will def check this one out as well.

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  11. Ohhh I love organizing apps! I'm going to have to check that one out. I've looked at those same Target things a million times wondering if I should pick them up! So adorable!

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  12. I LOVE all of these things. I need ot try the self tanner!! And Target - they get me every time. Such great home goods.

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  13. I’ve been trying to find that gold urchin at the Target’s by me and they’re all sold out! Love the cute little whale too!

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  14. I love the target finds! All their animal knick knacks are too cute! I bought a bunch of silver ones, but now I might have to try mix and matching gold and silver!

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  15. Once the peeling on my arms calm down I'm so doing that self tanner tutorial ;-) Oh I love all your gold accents! Another excuse to go to Target.......That organizer app makes my OCD self very happy! xoxoxo
    Amanda ~Meet @ the Barre Greece Honeymoon Recap

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  16. how cute is that whale?! i need to try that shampoo and conditioner, i do colour my hair but maybe like twice a year if that, and it does get very dull. i need some shine in my life!

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  17. Loving your Target finds, oh how I love that place! And that app is genius, I'm totally a pen and paper girl for my grocery list :-P

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  18. Those home decor pieces are so New England!! :-) Love the sea urchin. I have been curious about that Jergens stuff but I'm so fair that I'm not sure how it would look. I wish that I didn't have to get highlights but because of one night in college where I was like yeah you can color my hair to my friend I have to. Yeah my hair was yellow!! lol. Anyway, fun list and thanks for sharing!! Have a lovely day!! :-)

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  19. I should try that self-tanning spray. I use the Jergens Natural Glow and like the color :) That app sounds awesome! The one I used to use didn't help a ton so I've been using a piece of paper but I love how that one organizes. Thanks for the recommendation! And thanks for linking up, Biana! I hope you're having a great week!!

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  20. the whale dish is SO cute. now I want to go get one for all of my camera sim cards!

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  21. I've been wanting to try that self tanner! Can you see a noticeable difference with just one application? Omg I didn't know Zara fragrences were that cheap! I always smell them when I'm checking out but never looked at the price! I might have to scoop some up next time!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles
    

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  22. I love my Jergens Daily Glow so I will definitely be picking that tanner up! I LOVE the whale and urchin! I got my urchin a couple of years ago when they had them and I am so happy them brought them back! I just need to get the whale now!!

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  23. I can't wait to see your full self-tanner review! I'm still learning the ways in that department, too. I'm totally downloading that app because I hate going back and forth in the grocery store since I don't write things down by section! Girl, I have yet to do a family room reveal because I can't get our shelves right either - I love what you found at Target!

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  24. I'm SUCH a big fan of spray tanning at home! There is absolutely no need to pay what salons charge you. Not even close! I'm a big fan of the L'Oreal spray, but haven't tried this one. You need a mitt to apply it?

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  25. That whale is the cutest!! Love him!! I love the list app - I've definitely been using Wunderlist! It's so great to check things off... lol... Little victories!

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  26. Zara has fragrances? I feel like I shouldn't be surprised, but like I also should have known about that. Those are some seriously cute Target finds. I need a few more decorations for my shelves and that sea urchin paper weight is so cute!

    prosecco in the park

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  27. I LOVE Jaclyn--I thougth her tutorial on self tanner was amazing--would never have thought to use a makeup brush to blend!! I need to try that Jergens--I have been hearing great things :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  28. Love the gold whale so cute. I had no idea Zara had fragrances, will have to check that out next time I'm at their store.

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  29. i LOVE the target decorative items--esp the nate berkus stuff! so good.

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  30. I'm so surprised that there isn't a Target in the city! But on the other hand, think of all of the money you're saving haha! Loving that gold urchin and will definitely be picking up the brunette shampoo!

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  31. Love those gold decoration pieces! I need to check out that tutorial... I have not tried self tanning at home in a long time because I never had good results!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  32. I LOVE your Target finds, that whale is adorable! I love a good self tan tutorial..I have been using St. Tropez and thought I may do a review on it too!

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  33. You can only go to Target once a month? Eep!! I don't know what I would do. I go every Friday! I'm definately trying that Jergen's spray tan before the honeymoon!

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  34. i love those shampoos - i have them for blondes! great basic shampoo/condit. and i LOVE that whale I saw it at target the other day and I may have to go back and snag one :) great list girl! xo

    cheshirekatblog.com

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  35. I would love to see a tutorial of your self tanning routine. Love the John Frieda color care products! I use the gloss for cool blonde hair and love it!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

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  36. I use that sunless tanner as well and I absolutely love it! Although putting it on can sometimes be a bit messy, even with a mitt. I love all of your target purchases as well. You really always have such a great roundup of so many great things!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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  37. Thanks so much for these reviews babe. Need to try the Brunette Shampoo badly. I think it will be good for my grays, also. LOL

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  38. I'm going to have to try that self tanner but I do love my John Frieda shampoo (for blonde hair)

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  39. I'll have to keep my eyes out for those beautiful golden lovelies at Target!!
    I would totally want to see a post on the tanner & how it worked for you...all the details. My white legs are begging.

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  40. I'm obsessed with that John Frieda shampoo and conditioner!! I love how my hair looks after and I love the scent it leaves! I have been looking for a good self tanner and love jergen's lotions so I think I'm going to check that one out, thanks for the suggestion!

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  41. Target has the cutest stuff! I love the whale you picked up!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  42. I'm in desperate need of that spray tan stuff! That grocery shopping app sounds really helpful! I can't wait to get a new phone so I have more room for downloading stuff!

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  43. I have a gold urchin and love it so much! Great pick! And I'm on the hunt for a new self tanner. I use the Jergens lotion, but it doesn't work that well on my legs. I'll need to try the spray for sure.

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  44. I love that John Freida shampoo! It smells so good! I used it before I lightened my hair and I loved how it made my hair look and smell!

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  45. I love your sea urchin! I've seen them all over but they're normally just too overpriced, I'll have to check Target out!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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  46. Ooo I'll have to try that self tanner out!

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  47. I use a grocery shopping app too - darn if I can remember the name of it though. I love having my list on hand, and that I can add to it whenever!

    And the whale! Oh I love the whale.

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  48. Those gold pieces from Target are too gorgeous, we need that urchin just because and love the whale!! That app sounds like a goldmine lol, so helpful, we might just have to splurge. Never tried John Frieda but sounds like it's way too perfect for you, next time we see it, might have to give it a try!

    xx 365Hangers

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  49. I'm a sucker for any type of organizational app soooo I might have to look into this!

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  50. I'm always interested in a new self tanner!

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  51. I love that sunless tanner! It's totally fool proof!

    Wishes & Reality

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  52. I need to get my self-tanner on! Love the John Freida line and really helps when it is made for darker hair.

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  53. Loving all the pretty gold finds at Target right now! Curious about that tanner, I'm still trying to find a good one. I always like applying with a mitt for sure. Do you wash this one off after use? Does it last, or do you feel like when you shave it's gone? Those have been my 2 issues. I like the St Tropez foam, but as soon as I'd shave it's like it came off. I shave daily. I've tried a few that you have to wash off 1-4 hours after applying, but that is kind of a pain to me.

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  54. I need to know EVERYTHING about that sunless tanner! I have tried a few this year already and felt ehhhh about them.

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  55. LOVE that gold urchin and whale! My desk is currently a huge pile {aka mess} of notecards and papers but ONE DAY, after graduation, I want to buy a new desk and make it all pretty. Love these things!

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  56. Love the accent pieces from Target! Decorating with gold is so much fun!

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  57. I would love to see a spray tan review! And that gold urchin is too cute!
    xoxo Danielle
    For the Love of Leopard

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  58. The gold whale is gorgeous and that organization app sounds like something i could use in my life. I typically use my iPhone notes which is pretty much still like using paper and pen. lol

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  59. I love your lists! Im always find something new that I must have, like the gold sea urchin, adorbs!

    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  60. Oooh, that app sounds awesome!! I always geek out over grocery shopping and meal planning so I totally need another way to organize it now ;)

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  61. oh girl i love brillant brunette! i even used the blonde one when i was a blonde. i think that's going to be my next purchase when i'm in target!

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  62. Oooh I'm intruiged by that Jergens tan! Does it have a strong smell while it's developing? I'm using St Moritz mousse right now but I've been thinking of switching it up and that one sounds like it would be super affordable!

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  63. I am a self tanning freak and I am always looking for other self tanners to try! I have the jergens face self tanner but I NEED this!! and Zara is the best! My husband wears cologne from there and it smells so good and the price is even better!! haha ps I sent over an email! :)
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  64. I have been eyeing that Target paperweight for the longest time. It's so pretty!!

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  65. I would love a review on that tanner because I have read so many mixed opinions on it!!! I need one bad though, I am so pasty pale. Minus the work out tank top tan I get when I cut the grass hahaha! I love the urchin paper weight! I have had my eyes on the ones on sticks for awhile. They go on sale about every other week so next time! They have an anchor pillow that I want too. Brilliant Brunette was my jam in college. I haven't used it in awhile and you are making me miss it bad!

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  66. I've never gone for a full-on bottle tan, but I have tried the gradual tanning moisturizers from Jergens and Nivea. I'm just too afraid to go full-throttle on that one! But I would love to hear your review if it worked so well for you!

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  67. I love the Target finds! You can never go wrong there… I have the Juergans spray and it provided a great color but smelled so bad…I wish the smell was better or I would have used it more!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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  68. This is awesome! I love that whale and the gold urchin paperweight, so unique and cool! That shampoo looks like a winning formula too. Thanks for sharing your favorites!
    xo Kiki
    https://colormekiki.wordpress.com/

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  69. I tried that shampoo/conditioner in the past and forgot about it until just now. I remember it making my hair feel nice.

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  70. OMG I love it all, lol! That little whale is adorable! Would love to try that tanner, I'm always looking for a good one. Love John Frieda!

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  71. Ahh I love that nautical collection from Target- does Boston really not have a Target?!? And I still wish we had a Zara... One of these days!!

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  72. Totally on-board with the John Frieda Brunette shampoo, it's always been a favorite of mine! I'll have to try that Jergen's Instant Sun spray, I regularly buy their tanning lotion so this would be a nice change! Thanks for the recommendation! :)

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  73. Loooove those Target trinkets!! I was so close to buying the paperweight this weekend... I seem to always just go in for something small and come out with everything but what I went in for.

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  74. I just used that Jergens instant tan! I loved it! I'll have to check out the tutorial!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  75. I've been using the Jergens as well and like it so far! I do wish it lasted a little longer but I don't really do anything to help it stay. I loved that tutorial though! I never thought about using a brush!

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  76. Target only once a month, what?!?!? *GASP* I feel for you girl!

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  77. Ive been meaning to get that Zara scent. Ive smelled it and its great!! That accent piece you got for your home would be perfect in my office!

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