Moving Into My New Apartment

After many months of planning and preparing, I’ve finally made the big move to Phoenix, Arizona! I’m so thankful for the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree in this amazing city. Now that I’m mostly settled into my apartment, I thought I’d share a few photos of my favorite little corners. Continue reading “Moving Into My New Apartment”

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Too Faced Eyeshadow Palettes: Chocolate Gold

I went years without lifting a finger or even coming close to purchasing a Too Faced eyeshadow palette, but after snagging the original Chocolate Bar palette for $25 at Sephora it’s been all downhill. I love the quality and shade selection of Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar and scented palette collection. Ulta recently offered a 35% discount on a limited selection of Too Faced palettes, so of course I had to take advantage. I added the delicious and rich Chocolate Gold palette to my collection and couldn’t be happier.  Continue reading “Too Faced Eyeshadow Palettes: Chocolate Gold”

Rosy Reveal: Microneedling and Dermarolling First Impressions

Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is all the rage in today’s skincare world. While the thought of thousands of little needles pricking your face sounds like the opposite of productive, microneedling is meant to allow products to absorb into the skin more efficiently as well as encourage long-term healing. It’s perfect for anti-aging and anti-scarring! You can opt for more intense treatments at the doctor’s office, but in many cases you can safely use .25mm rollers at home for a fraction of the cost. I thought I’d give the treatment a shot to see if I could get firmer, brighter, and smoother skin for less than $30.  Continue reading “Rosy Reveal: Microneedling and Dermarolling First Impressions”

Dressing the Part: Resort Style

If you’ve ever stood above an empty suitcase the night before a big vacation, this is a post for you (and for me!). Recently, I visited Mexico with my family. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably already read some posts pertaining to this vacation. If not, well, be sure to go check them out! Anyway, I wanted to share some of the outfits I packed to serve as a base point for your packing list. These are clothes that are versatile, comfortable, and well-suited for a beach vacation!

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Easy Makeup Looks for Resort Style Vacations: Orange Lips

When I am spending the whole day in relaxation mode, the last thing I want to do is bother with a full face of makeup. For nine days, I lived a wonderful life of luxury at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. After playing in the sun all day I wanted to keep my skin feeling fresh and healthy for a night of dinner and entertainment. I’ll be sharing some easy makeup looks that I loved wearing, as well as some great product recommendations that may make packing for your next beach vacation a little breezier! The first look is going to be hot and spicy: orange lips.

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Celebrating a Silver Anniversary: My Parents’ 25th Wedding Anniversary in Playa Paraiso

I was so blessed with precious time in beautiful Playa Paraiso, Mexico with my family! As an added bonus, we celebrated my parents’ 25th anniversary on the last day of our stay. We enjoyed a wonderful meal as a capstone to a wonderful series of beach days and rejuvenation. My mother scheduled a photoshoot on the resort to commemorate the occasion, so I thought I’d share a few of the shots because they turned out so well! Continue reading “Celebrating a Silver Anniversary: My Parents’ 25th Wedding Anniversary in Playa Paraiso”