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My Sephora Picks

It’s fun to go makeup shopping, looking at all the colors, sorting through the pallets, thinking through “what do I truly need/want.”

I’ve gotten to a point where my products, for the most part are “clean” and non-toxic. Surprisingly, there are some great non-toxic picks at Sephora that I cannot go without. Here they are! If I’m ever going into Sephora, I don’t ever exit with at least one of these!

What are your Sephora favorites?

 
My Mascara Picks
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Mascara is my thing! Mascara completes any look, all you do is swipe on and go! Or, at least, that’s the hope, right? For many years, I was having to spend a few minutes just on my lashes to make sure they 1) weren’t “clumpy” 2) they were separated and covered well and 3) having to apply multiple layers just to get the look I wanted.

Now, I have found the way to go about doing my lashes with my four favorite that I always have in my makeup bag. They’re all very different and you may prefer one over the other depending on your lash type. I’m digging into all of the details below on what you should know about each to get the lashes to the perfection you’ve always wanted!

Better Than Sex by Too Faced

This is my absolute favorite, hands down. There’s not many mascaras out there that can out preform this bad boy. An awkward and unfortunate name, but a great mascara! It goes on thick with only one or two swipes. The “fluffiness” of the brush allows all of your lashes, inside and out, to get reached when applying. It’s a little bit more expensive than regular mascara but trust me, it’s worth the splurge. The only thing I would change about this formula is the small amount of flakiness that you may find under your eyes after about 10 hours of wear. It’s not noticeable unless you look in a magnified mirror - just wanted to be honest! My friends with shorter lashes are not fans of this particular mascara but if you have medium to longer lashes, you’ll appreciate this one!

L'Oréal Lash Paradise

People will say that this mascara is the “dupe” for the one above. Although it’s similar, it’s definitely not the same when you look at performance. I wish I could say it was because the price is substantially less expensive but you’re paying for what kind of quality you’re getting. It’s a thicker mascara than other drug store brands, but doesn’t go on as seamlessly as the one above. The packaging is similar and the thickness of the actually formula is similar, that’s about it. I found that my lashes were clumping rather than being evenly separated like the Too Faced mascara above. Just my personal opinion! Others love it, so it may be something to try out if you’re on a budget but still want a thicker mascara!

L'Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes

This one was my absolute fave before I found the ones above. If you have shorter and/or thinner lashes, this could be for you! It’s all about volumizing those puppies so you’ll find that this formula may take a few more minutes of application to get the same affect but you have more control since it’s a bit thinner.

Beautycounter Volumizing Mascara

You’ll either absolutely love this or hate it - I’ve heard people feel both about this one! However, this has been a staple of mine for about a year now! It’s another “quick swipe” one that you’ll love if you like a quick routine. It’s luxurious for several reasons: it’s clean, there’s no harsh chemicals, there’s no flaking and it lengthens and adds volume to your lashes. However, it is a thinner formula and takes a few layers of application to get the same affect as the ones above.

If you’re looking for a new mascara, any of the ones above are top notch and out-preform all of the other hundreds of mascara types and brands on the same shelves! You can’t go wrong with any of these and these are four of the best that I always keep on hand! I can’t wait to hear what you think! What are you favorite mascara brands?

My Current Skincare Routine
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I like to know my skin is taken care of when I sleep - there's a peace of mind knowing you're ending your day well with your body.

Rose Water Spray

I like to spray my face and fan it dry with my hands after my face is clean to give it the vitamins it needs and to take away any redness I might have after the day.

Charcoal Bar

I like to rinse off the day in a shower and I love using my charcoal bar. Charcoal acts as a magnetic and strips away the dirt from your pores, unlike any other soap. If you don't have one of these bars, it's a must!

Cream Exfoliator

My go-to facial cleanser!! It has tiny grains to help exfoliate your face but it's gentle and soft enough to use daily.

Moisturizer

I love this moisturizer as my everyday moisturizer. Whether you have oily skin, dry skin or combo, this is made for you. It adapts to what your skin is needing so I never feel too greasy or too dry after using this.

Ultra Moisturizer

If my skin needs extra attention in a certain area, I love using this moisturizer in lieu of the other one. Plus, it's more affordable so it's great for daily use without breaking the budget.

Eye cream

I highly suggest using an eye cream nightly! If you are 19+, it's time to start using eye cream. Not necessarily for anti-aging repair but to protect from aging. Just a little under your eyes adds the moisture your eyes need to stay glowy and bright.

Charcoal Mask

Every so often I treat myself to a charcoal mask and it is SO FUN. Not only do I enjoy the pampering but I love how I can actually see it working. After a few minutes, I can see holes in my skin (pores) becoming empty. It's easy to wash off! Love love love!

Beach Picks
 
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Sunglasses

I always tell my friends to pick out sunglasses that are super fun, block the sun and aren't expensive. The worst is when you get to the beach and the sand scratches the lens. So, I buy a few cheaper pair for the summertime - that way I'm not heartbroken if anything happens to them.

Straw Beach Tote

Somethin' cute to throw your stuff in. It's easy to carry around, big enough to put things in but not too big that you feel like you're lugging it around.

Bohemian Cover-Up

Not all coverups have to be t-shirts and jean shorts. I mean really, jean shorts + sand + wet bathing suit is not my favorite combo. That's why I choose a flowy dress/type coverup for the beach.

Birkenstock Sandals

Sandals are also tricky. They need to be easy to wash up, preferably cute but also comfy in case you wanted to take a walk to the pier or go on a bike ride to lunch.

Classy One Piece

Two pieces are so fun but I'm thankful that one-pieces are back in! Especially at the beach: it doesn't give the ocean any opportunity to take away any pieces (hehe). This one combines a little bit of fun and a lot of class. I love this color - super flattering on any skin tone or body shape.

Sunscreen

DON'T FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN! Here's the deal: not all sunscreens are actually helping your skin. In fact, most have chemicals in them that are actually doing more hurt than good to your skin. I've found a sunscreen that I love and think is so super safe for the beach + whatever your day looks like. It comes in a lotion and sprays!!

Baby Wipes

If you've been around this tribe for a while, you'll know why I love these so much.
1. They smell so good
2. They can be used for any circumstance: to remove that little bit of mascara from under your eyes after swimming, refresh your pits, wipe off the sand + sweat, add a little bit of moisture back to your legs after getting some sun
3. They don't leave a stickiness to your skin, your skin is left so so soft!

Must have! Unfortunately, these aren't available online (only available at some Target on the baby isles with other wipes + diapers).

Summer Beauty Faves
 
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Tarte Pearl Glow

Great for an on the go whitening session. If you have a big date, a wedding to attend, maybe just to brush up after a coffee date with a friend, this is a great solution. Simply twist the bottom for the solution to be released onto the brush and swipe over teeth. It feels silly but you just have to smile until it dries (45 seconds - 1 minute) and then continue throughout your day. I like to brush my teeth afterwards because I don't like the texture but either with do!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I've been looking for a moisturizer that doesn't 1. sit on my dry skin and stay and 2. doesn't make my skin too greasy. I just need the right amount of hydration. I use Beautycounter's Countermatch moisturizer for my face but my forehead needs a little bit more attention,. This Repair cream works miracles! Truly! Also, it's super affordable!!

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I use this as lotion on the tops of my legs and near my "bum bum" to help tighten and firm. Seriously, I know it sounds a little nuts, I can see/feel the difference. Great to swipe on before the pool, lake or beach!

Rose Water Spray

Another great help for my dry skin out here in Northern California! I spray this on my fresh face after the shower, before applying makeup and after my nighttime routine. It's wonderful! The fresh smell of rose wakes me up! If you want to take it to another level, store it in the fridge to make it a fresh cool feel when you get in from the summer heat!

Highlighter + Bronzer Stick

I mean, a lifesaver when I want to either spend time doing my makeup or run out the door. I apply a little of the bronzer on the sides of my nose, the corners of my forehead and below my cheekbones and blend with my middle and pointer finger. For the highlighter, I apply it on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. If I'm wearing lip stick, I also apply it on my cupid's bow.