What I Would Pack with HomeAway

Happy Thursday!

First off, thank you all for reading yesterday’s post — I received a ton of great comments on social media and so many of you read the post, which is so much appreciated it.

I’m excited to have worked with HomeAway on a fun post talking vacation essentials– I mean, who’s NOT excited about getting away this summer?

First, I picked a place to go and I chose the Florida Gulf Coast – specifically, Navarre Beach! You can check out some other beautiful locations along the Florida Panhandle here. I’ve been looking at places in hopes of getting a chance to sneak off to the beach of a long weekend and found some beautiful options there–the white sand and blue-green water?! Sign. Me. Up.

Here are my essentials:

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Bobble water bottle: I’ve talked about Bobble’s products before, but having water out by the beach is essential — especially if you’re sipping a couple of cocktails. It’s all about balance, right?! I will always love Bobble’s products since they filter water as you drink it, help cut down on the amount of plastic water bottles used and make life so easy when traveling.

Budget-friendly floppy hat: As I get older, I practically hide from the sun — so much for all of those days of throwing tanning oil on and trying to get as tan as possible! I’d love to get a beautiful, expensive hat, but reality sets in when it comes to the wind, the water and the salt. This Forever 21 option is fantastic! I bought three when we went on our trip to the BVIs and wore two of them out during the trip. When I’m having fun with family on the beach playing games or going in the water, I don’t want to be worrying about getting my hat wet!

A great book [or series of books!]: I’ve shared my Hunger Games obsessed before and the series is one of my favorite beach reads. Sitting by the water with a book listening to the waves crash — my favorite place on Earth!

BB cream with SPF: When CC and BB creams started becoming popular, I bought a sample pack for the above mentioned trip to the BVIs thinking it’d be great to have some coverage — especially with a high SPF — and have the chance to even out my skin with minimal work before hitting the beach, pool or heading out on the boat. This one by Dr. Jart is fantastic — such great products, coverage and protection from the sun.

The perfect beach chair: Last, but maybe most important is a good beach chair. Tommy Bahama makes some great chairs (and sometimes you can find them at Costco or B.J.’s for a steal!). This chair is my tried and true – lots of pockets, a cup holder and it’s a backpack. We sneak our towels in there, as well, while we’re walking out to claim our spot. I’ll take my chair down by the water and let the waves hit my feet, while I enjoy my book and a drink…can I go to the beach right now, PLEASE?!

I hope you enjoyed this post — I’ve always been a beach girl, so it was fun teaming up with HomeAway to share some of my essentials. Now, I just need to book the vacation.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

-Lindsey

Golden Globes + Dr. Jart Sheet Mask Review

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. We relaxed and got some stuff done around the house which was perfect. Then, I prepared for one of my favorite times of the year: AWARDS SEASON!

To sit here and say I’m a fashion expert would be a lie, but I love awards season and oogling the gorgeous dresses and jewelry and makeup and hair that comes down the red carpet.

The 2016 Golden Globes were no exception and my favorite was:

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior (not shocking!). The red gown was so stunning and the cutouts were so different. Her Chopard jewels, especially the choker, were incredible! Many didn’t like the hair, but it seems very “J-Law.” Talk about someone who does what they want and doesn’t care what others think — love her! The red lips were a good choice, too.

The next group of ladies were my next round of favorites — probably second was Julianne Moore, third – Kate Bosworth and fourth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. I didn’t see Julianne Moore’s gown until later in the show — INCREDIBLE and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is just so gorgeous. I’m going to spend the next week attempting to capture the texture her hair stylist managed for the event. The gold just looks amazing on her. JLo looked gorgeous as always and Rooney Mara went with such a bold choice with hair and makeup — love it — and her McQueen gown. Jenna Dewan-Tatum wore my favorite sparkly number of the night, but, and this is petty, don’t use the pockets for the red carpet shots. Every girl loves pockets in her dress, but it just looks strange in some of the portraits — a lot of ladies posed with hands burrowed in them and it looked weird.

Microsoft Word - Document1Left to right: Kate Bosworth (Dolce & Gabbana), Rooney Mara (Alexander McQueen), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Saint Laurent), Jennifer Lopez (Giambattista Valli), Julianne Moore (Tom Ford), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Zuhair Murad).

Every year, Amy Adams always seems to be one of my favorites and Rachel McAdams choice of pattern was beautiful. I couldn’t find the designer of Uzo Aduba’s dress, but, after always choosing a bold color, I like that she chose a black, sparkly number. Her waves and middle part were pretty, too. Brie Larson ROCKED that gold Calvin Klein gown–her abs are insane and Olivia Wilde looked so gorgeous in the Michael Kors gown. Her date rocking Jordans was pretty awesome, too.

Microsoft Word - Document1Left to Right: Amy Adams (Versace), Rachel McAdams (Lanvin), Uzo Aduba (couldn’t find designer), Brie Larson (Calvin Klein Collection), Olivia Wilde (Michael Kors Collection).

Laverne Cox just always glams up for the occasion and her white gown was beautiful and Zendaya looked so grown up in the Marchesa dress. I’ve never seen Downton Abbey, but Joanne Froggatt’s periwinkle gown was so pretty and Sophia Bush went simple and classic — so gorgeous! Bryce Dallas Howard’s dress story was probably the best of the night as she talked about picking out her own gown at Neiman Marcus the week leading up to the Globes. If she did her own styling, too, bravo! Loved the earrings and the simple hair with such a bold gown — could have gone with a low updo, too, but her hair color popped against the blue.

Microsoft Word - Document1Left to Right: Laverne Cox (Elizabeth Kennedy), Zendaya (Marchesa), Joanne Froggatt (Reem Acra), Sophia Bush (Narciso Rodriguez), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jenny Packham).

Microsoft Word - Document2Left to Right: Maura Tierney (Elizabeth Kennedy), Leslie Mann (Monique Lhuillier), Natalie Morales (couldn’t find designer), Jane Fonda (Yves Saint Laurent Couture), Savannah Guthrie (couldn’t find designer), Katy Perry (Prada).

I always get kind of sad watching people KILL these actresses for their red carpet choices, but the above dresses just weren’t my favorite. It doesn’t mean they don’t look gorgeous, but, especially with Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie, I thought the styling was just off. Both of those ladies look impeccable on the Today Show everyday and I was just underwhelmed by their red carpet looks–they’re both so pretty, too! Leslie Mann, Maura Tierney, Jane Fonda and Katy Perry are different ages, but all of them have rockin’ bodies — Katy’s dress might have tried to show that a little too much. Her gown was just too tight for my taste and just didn’t have that ‘WOW’ factor for a red carpet. Hopefully, they all felt gorgeous because, at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters!

Well, that was fun! I can’t wait until the Oscars — always my favorite!

Now, for a quick beauty product review: the Dr. Jart Clearing Solution sheet mask.

I follow Jillian Harris on social media and, especially on SnapChat, she’s always highlighting sheet masks that she uses when she’s traveling, so when I received a Sephora gift card for Christmas (Thanks, Mom!), I thought it’d be a great time to try a few different ones.

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For the last few weeks, between the differing temperatures and stress from the holidays, my skin has been freaking out, so I chose the clearing solution mask after buying about six different ones.

Here’s what it promises:

What it is:
An ultra-fine microfiber sheet mask that controls blemishes and corrects uneven skintone.

What it is formulated to do:
This silky, hydrating microfiber sheet mask—made of soft microfiber finer than a strand of hair—addresses trouble-prone complexions by soothing redness and inflamed skin from acne and preventing pigmentation. Featuring a super silky texture, the thin material of the mask gently clings to skin for even and consistent absorption of active ingredients. Glutathione, a potent antioxidant, visibly evens out skintone and helps brighten and improve the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. A trio of essential ingredients including salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and niacinamide control excessive oil and breakouts for a clear, luminous skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates

I decided to do it yesterday when I had plenty of time to let the serum soak in after using it. Here are the directions:

Suggested Usage:
-Cleanse and apply toner.

-Peel off, discard the film liner, and apply mask adjusting around eyes and mouth.
-Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes.
-Remove the mask and gently pat remaining serum until fully absorbed.

Skin before: you can definitely see that there’s a lot of redness, scaring and blemishes (really keeping it real today!).

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During: Ha ha! The dogs usually freak out when I do face masks and this was no exception!

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After: This is with the serum still on my skin. The redness definitely was toned down. I left the serum on until I went to bed (probably a couple of hours; it was definitely sticky, so not something I could have done if I had somewhere to be).

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Verdict: I liked it; it didn’t seem to make TOO dramatic a difference right after, but I’m hoping the blemishes I have now clear up more quickly and that it helped with that process. Throughout the day today, I didn’t wear any makeup and limited the products on my face (I used my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate last night and the Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion in the shower today to clean out my pores) and I’ve notched the blemishes going down a little. I liked the feel of it and the fact that I could use the serum after just using the mask. I left it on my face for hours!

I hope you found this helpful — I purchased a variety of masks, so I’m looking forward to testing them out during the coming weeks.

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

 

Product Review: Boscia Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal

For Christmas, Hubby did a great job of picking out some new products for me to try and I was especially excited about the Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal and Detoxifying Black Cleanser.

The cleansing sponge has always interested me and, after using the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask for years, I was looking forward to trying more of the line.

As a very loyal Clarisonic girl, it was a little strange to not use it every day since Christmas, but I’m loving rotating the two so far. The sponge is awesome — it softens up when you wet it and, combined with the detoxifying cleanser, I really feel like my face is so clean after using it. Occasionally, I have to take a break from the Clarisonic because it does clean so deeply. I’m hoping that the mixture of the two will be the perfect combination.

Below is what the sponge promises:

Konjac Cleansing Sponge With Bamboo Charcoal cleanses and exfoliates to deliver smoother, softer, brighter-looking skin while minimizing the appearance of pores and eradicating blemish-causing bacteria. Formulated for combination to oily skin, the konjac root absorbs debris and impurities, while the bamboo charcoal acts as a natural anitbacterial agent, to cleanse deeply and detoxify pores without irritation. Gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skin types, it can be used over the face, neck, and even the delicate undereye area. When used regularly, it helps draw out impurities, minimize the appearance of pores, and reduce blemish-causing bacteria       

It definitely delivers. Even though my skin feels SUPER clean, it doesn’t feel like it’s been through the ringer and I have no redness which is amazing.

Below is a description of the cleanser:

This Black Cleanser heats up on contact with skin to effectively open and de-clog pores. Its gel texture transforms into a gentle and effective lather to dissolve oil and makeup, rinsing away pore-clogging surface debris, impurities, and excess oil. It refines skin texture, brightens skin clarity, and minimizes the look of pores over time.

What I’ve really loved about the cleanser and the sponge is that I don’t have to use a ton of product to get a great lather to wash my face. It always frustrates me when I go through a bottle or tube of something quickly because it takes a ton of product to be effective.

Jason also got me the Charcoal Pore Minimizing Hydrogel Mask. The reviews aren’t great, but I’m looking forward to trying it. The single-use masks seem to have been all the rage this past year. This will be my first time trying one, but some of the Sephora ones are on my list to try out.

I hope this review was helpful — did you receive any beauty-related products for Christmas?

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

 

 

 

Wish List Wednesday

Since October (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit), my mom has been asking me what I wanted for Christmas. I guess today’s Wish List Wednesday is the ‘Lindsey Gift Guide’…ahem, hubby and Mom, you’re welcome! Ha ha!

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 I’ve been coveting this i smell great perfume for a while. I tried out the sample pack and Wild Honey was my favorite. It lasts all day and smells so good!

As I become more and more obsessed with hiking (it’s not doing me much good down here in Louisiana!), I’d love a great pair of trail shoes and this pair of Saucony shoes got rave reviews.

LOVE this bracelet – so pretty and can be dressed up and down!

Reese Witherspoon was brilliant in the move, Wild, but I really want to read the book. I bought it for my brother-in-law a few years ago and wish I would have grabbed an extra copy.

If I had to sum up my hopes and dreams in 10 words, I think this shirt is pretty much on point. Coffee could be replaced with wine, too – I think I love them equally!

At this point in my life, I’ve baked thousands of cupcakes and I STILL cannot make a full batch that are consistency the same size. This little cupcake scoop would be a HUGE help!

The Big Cats Initiative collaboration with TOMS and National Geographic has been included in several gift guides and it’s making another appearance. I usually don’t invest too much in sunglasses, but I’m loving these – and the fact that profits benefit big cat conservation – purrrrrrrfection!

Anyone that knows me knows how obsessed I am with Ellen. This water bottle would be great for work – I’m REALLY trying to drink more water!

We have a few Pure Barre locations in NOLA and I’d love to try some classes—I’ve only heard amazing things and it’d be fun to try a new workout.

Board games are a blast – would love to add Cards Against Humanity to my collection.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

Tutorial: Abstract Fall Nails

A few years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to paint my nails once a week. I know, I know…pretty silly, but I thought it would look professional and, this might be dumb, give me an outlet for some minimal creativity.

Once I felt like I had mastered the at-home mani, I started searching for different nail tutorials to mix it up from painting my nails a solid color. I first found this tutorial on LoveMaegan.com and first tried it with the same color palette. As the temperature drops in New Orleans (slowly…SO slowly), I find myself wanting to embrace fall and was looking for a fun way to do it with nail polish (since I was jus starting to feel crappy and was resting a lot). I’m going to apologize — these pictures are less than stellar.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Base coat

-Three nail polish colors (one medium to light color for the bottom and two to mix on the second layer)

-Top coat

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I used (from left) Seche Vite top coat (SO fast drying for my impatient tendencies; this is an amazing product!), Revlon Golden Charm, OPI Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ, Essie Chinchilly and butter Nail Foundation (this is a great base product).

Step 1 – Paint your nails with your base coat.

Step 2 – Paint your nails your base color (Chinchilly; I used two coats).

Step 3 – You’ll do each nail one-by-one starting with this step. Once your nails are pretty dry, use one color and paint a few dots (Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ).

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Step 4 – Using the second color (Golden Charm), add a couple of drops on top of the first color.

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Step 5 – This is VERY scientific! Ha ha! Shake your finger around conservatively so that the colors mix together.

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Step 6 – Do this for all of your fingers.

Step 7 – Use your top coat to seal your abstract art and you’re done!

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It’s been a while since I’ve followed this tutorial and I’m mad at myself for waiting too long! My mani lasted a week and I got a ton of compliments on it.

What color combinations would you use?

Have a great day!

-Lindsey