May 2021 Favorites

Way back in OG Youtube days, monthly favorites videos were some of my favorite things to watch. I just loved watching what other people were loving, and it honestly gave me so many of my favorite products in my teen years. Unlike those early youtubers though, I wouldn’t expect a new favorites post from me every single month. I just feel like it takes at least two months for me to decide if I like something, and even longer for it to become a “favorite”. So these posts will probably pop up more as we change seasons, but you know, still going to call this a monthly favorites. Let’s get right into it!

  1. Sweet by Ellis Brooklyn

So in my last fragrance post, I talked about Ellis Brooklyn’s Bee perfume, and this past month I’ve been loving “Sweet”. So normally my fragrance tastes are far from anything that can be deemed smelling like candy (which one of my friends claims it kinda smells like Swedish fish), but I think this is more of a grown up kind of sweet. With notes of pear, bergamot, violet, as well as white amber and cashmere, it’s just subtle and light enough to get noticed and perfect for the summer season.

2. Megababe Beachy Pits Deodorant

If like me, you loving using natural deodorant but the “natural” scents don’t always work for you (lavender smell does not work in my underarm region), then this is the deodorant for you. It’s baking soda and aluminum free, using sage and green tea to prevent odor causing bacteria from forming.It’s a light scent, but perfect for summer.

3. Megababe Space Bar Charcoal Bar

So here in Texas, it gets HOT in summer, which means that I sweat A LOT, so sometimes you need something a little extra down there. Enter this soap bar, it has glycolic acid, tea tree oil and charcoal. As a bit of a warning though, don’t leave this bar in the shower because it will dissolve fast.

4. Lancome L’absolu Mademoiselle Shine Lipstick in “Mademoiselle Plays”

With the vaccine rollout and mask mandates being lifted, it’s finally time to showoff lipstick again and I have been absolutely loving this one. The formula is amazing, giving you hydration and pigmentation (think lipstick/lip balm hybrid), and it smells divine! I love this shade just because it’s the perfect peachy nude for summer with little flecks of gold inside.

5. Nisolo Huarache Sandals in Almond

What my boyfriend has deemed my “farmer’s market mom shoes”, these are honestly my favorite splurge purchase I’ve recently made. They’re honestly super comfortable (like enough I wear them to work pretty often), but cute enough that I also wear them everywhere else in my life (aka brunch, because that’s all I have going for me currently as a social life). A great thing I love about this brand that makes the price tag worth it is that they’re extremely socially conscious, with the shoes being handmade in Peru where they pay higher than an actual living wage (100% Living Wage) and have also worked towards reducing their impact on the world (0% Net Carbon).

I’m so sorry about missing the post last week, life just got absolutely insane and to be honest, I just didn’t have time to finish working on it. However, I promise I’ll do better in the future, so make sure to check back every Friday for a new post. My socials are linked if you want to give me a follow. Have an amazing week!

The Bare Face Dilemma

I’ve been playing with makeup for as long as I can remember. When I was elementary school, it came in the form of red lipstick and as much glitter as I could possibly coat myself in for dance. Middle school was an unfortunate run-in with a shimmery bronzer that I thought was a genius idea to apply all over my face. In high school, I probably spent hours watching tutorials and practicing how to do the perfect smokey eye (much to my chagrin, I still looked like a raccoon most mornings). I spent every dollar I could get on NYC lipstick from Walmart in every shade possible, and the day I could finally buy the original Naked palette with money earned was one of my proudest moments. Makeup to me was an escape, a way to get out of my own head and the demons I could often find there, a place where troubles could rarely find me. I often forget sometimes that it’s not that way for everyone.

A startling reminder of that fact came to me in meeting a girl my own age, reduced to tears, overwhelmed at just how many options there were to choose from in the store. Never having worn makeup before, she had heard tinted moisturizer was a great place to start, but was also told by her friends that she was going to need full coverage, powder, contour and the works. When we got into an honest conversation about what exactly she would be comfortable with, what she truly wanted, it really was just the tinted moisturizer. Everything else she didn’t know how to use and scared her, and that is perfectly fine. The encounter for me was a stark reminder about how much in today’s time we constantly see full face, full coverage glam and how that has become the standard that we hold ourselves.

The thing I think is often forgotten about makeup is that there is no one standard that anyone should be held to about it. Makeup is all about what makes you feel beautiful, confident, and comfortable in your own skin. If that’s a full face of glam, then good for you. If that’s nothing at all, then also good for you. Makeup shouldn’t be something that makes you feel forced to wear or make you uncomfortable in your own skin, instead it should make you feel at home. And just like everything else in your life, though, what makes you comfortable can change. Where glam for me was once an easy, everyday occurrence, after a year in quarantine, I am much more comfortable in a natural look that let’s my bare skin peak through (which with how much I spend on skincare, is probably a good thing). Can I still rock my full coverage/contour when the mood hits me? Absolutely. Am I also found most of the time nowadays in mascara and bb cream only? Also yes, because it’s what I’m in the mood for and makes me feel beautiful that day. All that really matters when it comes to makeup is what makes you feel good.

So, lets embrace our bare-faced babes the same way we do our full-face divas, and have no shaming going either way. Because how we do makeup is an expression of our individualism and what makes unique, and no one should be ashamed of that!

Thank you so much for reading, and just as a reminder, I’ll have a new post up every Friday at 12 CST. My socials are all linked if you want to give them a follow, and I hope you have an amazing week. Till next time!

Tula: Is It Worth the Hype?

It seems all over every influencer’s page nowadays, you can see the tell-tale teal package. Tula is a modern day success story of how to grow a brand by using social media. Constantly, you will see them pop up on feeds, limited edition skincare sets curated by different bloggers from all walks of life. But just like any brand you see being constantly promoted by sponsored posts, there’s a very big question mark. Does this stuff really work?

The first time I ever saw a Tula product was on instagram, and I remember it being the eye balm, and I was just completely surprised. I can remember it being one of the first times a skincare product ever caught my eye, but I was also a little skeptical and cautious. I have super sensitive skin, so trying anything that the dermatologist hadn’t suggested to me, I wasn’t something that I was jumping to try. That being said, I am also one of those people who love to chase down internet rabbit trails. So here’s what you need to know about Tula: it was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a gastroenterologist who for fifteen years has been studying the effects of probiotics and probiotics in beauty and wellness, it’s a clean brand that’s free of all harsh chemicals and sulfates, certified cruelty-free, with moves towards more sustainable packaging, and once you try them, you are going to be hooked for life.

My Tula Favorites

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  1. 24/7 Moisturizer

With my eczema, my skin can be very dry (which honestly is kinda an understatement), but especially in the winter months. Enter stage right 24/7 moisturizer. This was the first Tula product I’ve ever tried, and honestly is one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever used. It contains probiotics and superfoods like shea butter, squalene, and vitamin c, and just leaves the skin feeling amazingly soft and hydrated.

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2. Face Filter Primer

I have to be honest here, I don’t use this as a makeup primer. Instead, I think of face filter kind of as something that I can just throw on my face and head out the door while still looking put together. I guess I treat it like a tinted moisturizer (which now that there are shades of it, even better!), but at the same time, it’s even lighter than my tinted moisturizer. It is literally like I am just wearing the blurring insta filter around on my face all day. I have the original which is now sunrise in the shades.

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3. Protect and Glow Sunscreen

An absolute for everyday, I’m absolutely obsessed. This sunscreen is lightweight, non greasy, and instead of a white cast, leaves you with a stunning glow. Pineapple and papaya (two of my favorite skincare ingredients) help with even skin tone, while the butterfly ginger root means not only are you protected from UV rays, you’re also protected from blue light (aka your phone and laptop screen)! Tula just announced that they’re making this in a supersize, so hopefully that means it takes longer for me to go through a tube.

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4. Glycolic Acid Toner

Glycolic Toners are all the rage right now (I’m looking at you the Ordinary), but this one by far the best one I’ve tried. Not only do you get the resurfacing power of the glycolic acid, but you also get prebiotics and hydration factors being added back to your skin so that you’re not dying out your skin.

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5. Dew Your Thing Moisturizer

Look, I know, I know. At the beginning of this post I said 24/7 was the best moisturizer I had ever tried, and I still stand by that. But just like how the seasons change so too does my skin, and living in Texas means 100 degree summers and a lot of sweat. I was needing something a little lighter on my skin, and dew your thing was just perfect. It’s oil free, more of a gel, and has prickly pear extract which is great, if like me, your skin tends to be more on the irritated and red side of things.

Linked below is the Tula page, as well as to Terracycle, an amazing program that Tula’s teamed up with to recycle their packaging. Make sure to keep an eye out for next Friday’s post and I hope you have a great week!

Top Summer Fragrances 2021

To be totally honest with you, I am obsessed with fragrance. Just something about being told you smell good is just a great boost to your confidence. As a personal quirk, I don’t have just one single fragrance that is my signature scent, but multiple depending on the occasion. I’m talking work, church, brunch, a night out, or a casual night in. They all have their own scent (like I said, personal quirk). Summer is no different, I think it’s a fun time to try out something different. This season’s fragrance launches are hitting it out of the park (I guess that year long break was good for something), and there are some brands that have really surprised me. So here are my top five new summer fragrances you need to be wearing.
  1. Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle Soleil Crystal

Since we are being honest, I’ve never really been a fan of the original La Vie Est Belle. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the spun sugar notes in there (I’m not the biggest fan of anything smelling candy sweet). The best way to describe this perfume is like someone bottled sunshine, it’s literally summer in a spray. With top notes of mandarin, a base of coconut and Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla, with some iris and ylang-ylang thrown in for good measure. You definitely won’t regret picking up this fragrance.

2. Valentino Donna Born in Roma Yellow Dream

Citrus florals are honestly my favorite kind of fragrance. There’s just something about them that I naturally gravitate towards. So when I found out Valentino was releasing this perfume, I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. This scent takes Italian Lemon and twists it with Damascus rose, and the base is a clean, light musk. it’s been one of my absolute favorites for everyday wear.

3. Juicy Couture Oui Splash

If you grew up in the early 2000s, then there’s a chance that the slightest whiff of Viva la Juicy takes you straight back to middle school. That being said, I usually run the other way when I see a Juicy launch. It’s normally just too sweet, too immature smelling for my taste, but this scent surprised me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s probably still more for my girls on the younger side, however you’re not going to smell like you rolled in straight sugar with this one. The notes are lemon sorbet and pineapple, with jasmine and magnolia, with a base of cedarwood and white moss.

4. Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia

Again, this one surprised me. I’ve never been a lover of Estee Lauder Fragrance, it’s kind of like Juicy Couture (except instead of me feeling twelve, it’s more like I’m a fifty year old), but they got me. It’s still a more mature scent, however I don’t feel like a grandma wearing it. The notes are magnolia (of course), with Solar Gardena and Turkish Rose, and a base of cedarwood and sandalwood. It’s such a light scent, I actually love layering it with the Valentino. I feel like they complement each other perfectly.

5. Ellis Brooklyn Bee Eau De Parfum

For my girls who love sustainable beauty, this one’s for you. Bee is darker and richer scent than the other fragrances on this list, making it amazing for a night out. There are notes of dark rum, cinnamon, vanilla bean, sandalwood, and of course, honey! It’s non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty free, so not only do you smell good, you feel good about wearing it too.