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Athleta Skort is Amazing!!

My first Athleta purchase has been a winner! This Momentum Skort has checked all the boxes for me and is beyond my expectations!

Key wins- amazing fit (close fit but not super tight), allows for great movement while working out, fabric is light and whisks away sweat, shorts underneath stay in place, AND it looks adorable!

Snag one before they are sold out at this amazing price! Black is in stock in a full size run. Fits tts. I wear a size 4 and the small fits like a dream!!

Shop the skort here (affiliate links)

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Beauty Deal Alert!!

Hey Colleen here! Hope your Sunday is going well and you are enjoying this beautiful weather!!

I just had to do this quick post on a truly great deal I just found while shopping for my foundation. If you have not tried IT Cosmetics this is a great way to give it a shot! I love the Bye Bye Foundation. It is a light weight tinted moisturizer that is infused with anti aging ingredients to help address those pesky signs! I just love how it makes my skin look and feel! It also has 50 SPF!!!!

With this deal you get the foundation with a Heavnly Bye Bye Foundation Brush (which on its own retails for $48) for the price of just the foundation!! Check it out here! (commission link) https://shopstyle.it/l/6pAR

I just grabbed one while I could and highly recommend you do the same!! I wear the Fair Light shade for reference.

#qvc #itcosmetics #beauty #momlife #skincare #beautyover40

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Tinted Lip Balm with SPF

Hey there!! Colleen here!! Recently my cousin recommended I try and tell you all about the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm. Well, I did and used it everyday on my vacation. The verdict? I loved it. I suffer from permanent dry, peeling lips. I use lip balm every day and then layer a lip gloss over it. This can become thick and sticky feeling, which I hate.

Shop it here!

This product softens your lips as soon as you put it on. And they stay this way even after the lip balm wears off. This best part is that they offer it with tints, so you can add color to your lips without all layering. There are about 6 colors to choose from and they are truly just a tint, not a solid color. Very subtle. In addition to all that it has SPF 20, so your lips are always protected from the sun! This has now been added to my daily routine!

(Commission links)

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Favorite Moisturizers of Summer

Hi Colleen here!! I know I have told you all that I am a beauty product junkie. So, I wanted to bring you all my favorite moisturizers for the summer. Not only is it super important to keep your skin moisturized throughout the winter but the summer as well. Being out in the summer sun is really hard in the skin even when wearing sunscreen. I know my skin gets just as dry in the summer as it does during the winter months.

So here are my top 3 for 3 different reasons. (commission links)

Josie Maran Body Butter (splurge item, but a little goes a long way)- I have blogged about this product before (you can catch up on that blog here) and all the amazing benefits of it. This is my fav year round product. It is made with 100% Argan Oil and your skin will drink it up. The best part is that it does not leave a greasy feeling at all and completely melts into your skin. I literally use this from head to toe. In the summer I use it mainly on my face as my facial moisturizer.

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer (link to different scents and combos)- I recently started using this product and love the way it also melts right into your skin. There is no greasy feeling at all. I am not one for heavy fragrances as they tend to make me feel sick. This product however has very light scents that I love (especially pineapple scent pictured above). Since I only like to apply the last moisturizer below every other day, this is the one I use on the off days!

Jergens Natural Glow (link to different sizes and skin tone needs, I use Fair to Medium) – Since I am not a fan of tanning in the sun (I never go out without SPF 50 or above) this is my go to tanner (I have been using it for at least 15 years now!). It is very subtle in the changes and moisturizes as well! I personally only use it every other day so the change is very gradual. Even though this is a moisturizer first you still need to make sure you apply it as evenly as possible and ensure to rub in well around joints and creases as you would with any self tanner.

That is it!! With these 3 items I am ready for summer!!

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Vine Oh!!! Possibly the best subscription box ever!!

We have posted about the Vine OH! subscription box in the past already, but I just had to post about the recent box that just came out for Mother’s Day.  I gifted my parents with this subscription for Christmas this past year thinking my Dad would enjoy the wines and my Mom would enjoy all the beauty/jewelry/home products (and of course a sip of wine here and there!).  So far they have received 3 boxes, so they will only get 1 more, sadly.

What I love about this box and what makes it such a great gift is when it ships it is totally curated toward whatever the upcoming holiday is (winter holiday, valentines, mother’s day etc…).  In terms of the wines that are selected, you get to choose if you want all reds, all whites, a mix, or all sweet.  The other products are always completely different from the prior box.  They can be anything from  jewelry, home decor items, makeup palettes, bath items, candles, wine glasses, key chains, any thing and everything!  All of this makes it such a surprise when it is received.

The details on the Vine Oh!:  Every box is guaranteed to consist of at least a $120 value of products for $59.99 per box.

You will pick the type of wines you enjoy.  All red, all white, one of each, or all sweet and you will always get 2 bottles. This time we got a Chardonnay and a Rose (perfect for summer!!)

The box will come with 5-6 full size products: beauty, home decor, or treats (endless options).  This delivery was set up for the perfect Mother’s Day/Spa Day for yourself with home fragrance, hair towel, body lotion, face mask and of course yummy chocolates to enjoy while you pamper yourself!

You will also get a description card on each item in your box.  The card will give you what the item is, how to use it, why they loved it and added it to the box, and any special offers for you if you would like to order that item again

You choose whether you want to buy quarterly for $59.99 ( a one time only) or buy a yearly subscription for $225 ($56.25 per box)

It will also always be beautifully wrapped with the wines in the same box but separate and well padded to ensure it all gets to you safe and intact.

After seeing 3 of the boxes delivered and how my parents, and I (of course) have enjoyed all the items I can’t say enough amazing things about this service! I would highly recommend Vine Oh! to you all either as a gift to yourself that delivers all year long or a one time gift to friends and family!! Perfect for birthdays, holidays, or anniversaries! It will be sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!! Check it out here to see for yourself!

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#TargetFindFriday: Vineyard Vines

Calling all you Vineyard Vines fans out there!!!!

If you haven’t heard Target has collaborated with Vineyard Vines and is launching the line TOMORROW, May 18th!!!

This line is full of clothing for the family, accessories, things for the pets, home decor, and outdoor fun. Literally something for everyone!

See below for My and Liz’s picks:

For you:  Stripe Pants (for beachy days) / Stripe Romper

For him: Island Scene Shirt / Stripe 1/4 Zip Pullover

For the littles: Hibiscus Whale Romper / Hibiscus Whale Swim Trunks / School of Whales Romper / School of Sharks Button Down Shirt

For the home: Whale Throw Pillow / Patchwork Double Beach Towel

For fun: Whale Wagon (needed for the beach!) / Island Scene Beach Chair

Shop the whole collection here!!

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Beauty Insider Event @ Sephora

Sephora is one of those stores that no matter what type of makeup, haircare, skincare, or overall beauty products you love, you can find them at Sephora! I have found some products over the years that continue to be my go-tos and I’ve shared them with you below. I look for products that perform well but also last awhile so I feel like I’m really getting my money’s worth!

If you are a member of Sephora’s beauty program, check out their beauty insider event! Right now is a great time to stock up on your favorites, try some of mine, or experiment with new products! Use these cods to save through 5/6. Shop the total site here.

  • Rouge get 20% off purchases in store and online. Use code HEYROUGE
  • VIB get 15% off purchase in store and online. Use code HEYVIB
  • Insiders get 10% off. Use code HEYINSIDER

Over the years, I’ve found some products that continue to be my go-to’s. First on the list are my makeup must-haves and tools that I found which really make a difference in my routine and makeup application.

You can’t go wrong with Nars blush. Colors are beautiful. My two favorites are Orgasm and Deep Throat. These two colors in particular look good on just about anyone. They are easy to apply and a little goes a long way. If you need to add more color, just reapply another layer. It’s a little pricey but lasts a very long time!

After I apply my tinted moisturizer and concealer, I apply a translucent powder to set the makeup. I’ve tried many different setting powders but the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil is by far my favorite. I prefer the original version. Bare Minerals has come out with all different versions which may be better for you depending on your needs- hydrating, tinted, illuminated. Mine is the matte finish. What I love about the matte finish is that it is completely translucent meaning it doesn’t add any color to my makeup so I know my coloring will look as natural as possible. It also helps to make my makeup last all day and my skin does not get oily or shiny throughout the day (unlike other powders I tried).

Good tools really do make a difference in how the makeup is applied and how the finished product looks. Two tools that I have found to make all the difference, is a good foundation brush, and eyelash curler.

My foundation brush is Pro Airbrush #55 from the Sephora Brush Collection. This brush is very easy to use. I apply dots of my tinted moisturizer on my forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. I then use this brush to gently create circular motions to blend the moisturizer into my skin. The long bristles create a smooth and streak free finish! This brush lasts for YEARS.

The key to taking good care of your brushes is to have a consistent cleaning routine. I wash my brushes 1x per week. It makes a huge difference in how they apply my makeup and I find that weekly washes also keeps my skin looking great and I avoid breakouts! I pump 1-2 pumps of the shampoo in my palm, and wet the brush head in luke warm water. I swirl the brush head around on my palm to create a lather. Then I rinse under running water. You will see how much product gets washed away! Then squeeze out excess water from the bristles and lay flat to dry on a towel. I regularly wash my brushes on Sunday nights, and they are dry and ready for the week on Monday morning.

A good eyelash curler can make a huge difference in making your eyes and overall face look brighter. Even when I don’t apply a lot of makeup, I use an eyelash curler with mascara and it instantly makes me look more awake! You don’t have to spend a ton on this tool. Sephora makes a great product that lasts a long time and comes with replacement pads.

If you have read previous blog posts, you would have heard how much I love dry shampoo and how it’s been a beauty game changer for me. My favorite is Verb Dry Shampoo. I find this product to work great and also be a great value. Click here to see the blog post on how I tested different dry shampoos and the pros and cons of each.

The last product that I have used regularly over the last fews years and that I would highly recommend is the Murad Clarifying Body Spray. Sorry if this is too much information, but in warmer weather I tend to break out more often on my chest and back. It’s kind of embarrassing, especially when you want to wear tank tops, swim suits, and dresses which are usually more bear. I found that if I use this spray after I shower, it keeps the break outs under control and I’m not self conscious about wearing my favorite summer looks. After I get out of the shower, I towel dry and then use this spray on my chest and back. It works no matter what angle you spray, so if you tend to break out in other areas that may be hard to reach, this spray should work great. I’ll be honest that since I usually only break out in warmer weather, I only have to use this spray for about 6 months out of the year. That also means that it lasts a long time for me and I don’t have to buy it every year.

Hope you have enjoyed reading about some of my favorite products! Would love to hear from you if you try any of these or if you have other favorites that you would recommend to us!

Happy beauty shopping!

xo Liz