I know practically every blog is talking about the Nordstrom sale right now – so I will spare you a round up of favorites since so many of my fellow bloggers have curated stellar picks. Just one thing I’d like to share on the beauty front since this is the perfect time to stock up on classics.
There is something so pure and timeless about Mario Badescu. Their packaging is chic and simple at the same time. For the sale, the brand is offering the The Icon, The Cult Favorite & The Hero’ Set – a trio of absolute “must haves”. Included is:
Drying Lotion – the only spot treatment I use on my acne. The calamine, salicylic acid and drying formula zaps stubborn spots overnight. Dip a cotton swab into pink sediment at the bottom of the bottom (don’t shake the bottle). Apply directly on the affected spot.
Botanical Exfoliating Scrub – a botanical scrub ideally used a couple times a week for a deep clean. Skin is left radiant and clear.
Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater – a favorite summertime product, this mist is fragrant and hydrating. The slightly herbal fragrance awakens the skin without disturbing makeup. Also great for by the pool.
All the products are made in the USA. Shop Nordstrom sale here.
Tomorrow, July 14th, begins Early Access for Nordstrom‘s The Anniversary Sale for you insiders. I can’t wait to dig around for some finds. I’ll be back before it opens to the general public next week with some of my favorite things.
This weekend was full of pool time again. And naturally I bring down my sunscreens for everyone to use. I love keeping my friends safe in the sun and getting their thoughts on products. I snagged a new Keihl’s sunscreen that had been sitting on my counter for a couple weeks. When I cracked it open, I was completely blown away! I don’t think I’ll be able to use anything else on my face all summer.
I’ve used Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ religiously in the past. The newer Dermatologist Solutions™ Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ is a twist on the original but with mineral sunscreen formula. The texture is super lightweight but still nourishes my drier skin. The mineral ingredients play nice with my sensitive skin. The shade is lightly tinted which works beautifully on my light-to-medium skin tone. I have heard reviews of a whitish cast but I in no way had this issue. I love using it under makeup as a primer, especially on these sun intense summer days. Lastly, the formula contains vitamin E which can fight against damage-causing free radicals.
Splash seems to be the theme lately – I think I spent 80% of my weekend in the pool. I am most definitely a water baby. Been keeping the habit going after work this week, just spacing around for some exercise. This week every year is a sort of quiet doldrums after the festive holiday weekend. It has been nice to have shorter days, loads of naps and staying either in the pool or A/C. Some finds from around the web to keep you company on his hot mid-summer week:
Taking a little beauty break to share some exciting shopping ideas for the cutest summer accessories from Stella & Dot. I partnered with my friend from my Austin days, Whitney Fields, to host a little Summer Soirée. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite looks on my Instagram through July 9th. And we will be teaming up to give away a $75 Stella & Dot gift certificate!
To enter, leave a comment with your email address (will not be publicly displayed), first name and Instagram handle. Then head over to Instagram and give Whitney (@whitneycf) and Belle Belle Beauty (@bellebellebeauty) a follow. Good luck and happy shopping! US Only and open through July 8th at midnight ET.
Thank you for having me, Whitney and Stella & Dot!
Wednesdays are usually reserved for a little life check in and some links around here. But given my birthday celebrations and little blog break last week, I wanted to keep up with sharing some of my favorite products. If you’re like me, I love letting my hair air dry in the summer, so these wet hair care tips are on the forefront of my mind.
First up, skip your regular brush while hair is wet. Pick up a specialty brush like Conair Hook Up Detangling Brush. The soft, flexible bristles help distribute conditioner and knock out tangles. The hook-shaped handle makes it easy for shower storage. And I actually love the way it massages my scalp.
Another wet hair tool that has been in my bathroom for years is the hair towel. I am currently loving the AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel. For any hair type, this towel helps dry hair while maintaining strong, unbroken strands. I love throwing up my hair and doing the rest of my PM bed prep. And I get enough moisture out of my hair so that I am not sopping wet when I hit the sheets.