This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RefreshWithPhilips #CollectiveBiasI heart spring! Spring is the perfect time to refresh everything! The drab winter months are over and the spring cleaning can commence. But I don’t just clean my house. I like to use spring as a time to refresh my beauty routine and do some spring cleaning of my skin and mind also. I decided to create a beauty gift basket for my mom’s Mother’s Day gift this year. Sometimes we don’t take the time for ourselves unless someone else encourages us to do so. By creating this fun gift idea for her, I know that she’ll be able to enjoy taking a little extra time to pamper herself instead of feeling guilty for doing so. Plus I’m sharing a fun new way to put together a gift basket. Spoiler alert: you don’t need a basket!
I am a casual dresser by nature. I prefer jeans and a t-shirt to a dress and heels, without question. As a work at home mom, I don’t have a dress code that I have to abide by and that suits me perfectly. I put on makeup each morning, even though some days I spend more time on it than others, and I aim to do my hair every day (it’s the thought that counts, right?). When date night rolls around, my instinct is to wear, you guessed it, jeans and a t-shirt. I’m so excited to be working with Dove to share 5 easy date night upgrades that take my everyday outfit and make it more stylish and night time ready. For us, date nights don’t happen all the time so I like to try to make them feel a little more special. Our favorite nights include a delicious meal and a nice glass of wine where we try to pack in the maximum amount of enjoyment. Which for me, includes comfort. Here are my favorite upgrades to give my every day casual look some date night vibes.
My husband and I recently got to do something really fun. We got to attend a real life, legit Oscar party. As in the Academy Awards. Like, celebrities, security and high fashion. I was super excited to go but also totally freaked out at having to dress for a black tie event. I’ve never had to go to an event this formal before, let alone one where people employ stylists to dress them in the finest designer attire. I also didn’t want to spend much money on this so I thought I would share how I ended up doing black tie on a budget in case you ever find yourself needing a formal look.
Can you believe it’s spring already?! It’s starting to warm up here and the weather has been gorgeous! But I’m not quite ready to fully switch to warm weather clothes. Spring is my favorite transitional season. It means that jeans are still totally comfortable but now you can pair them with a cute tank and a light jacket, one that’s more for looks and not for warmth. After feeling stuck in a rut all winter, spring is the time for me to level up my style. Here are a few ways to update your look for spring without much effort or money.
These are my favorite shoes at the moment. I wear a lot of black so these are a fun way to add a focal point and some extra style. And they don’t only look good with black. These work with other prints and just about any other color. Booties are a great shoe for moms on the go because they are comfortable and easy to run around town in. Plus your kids will laugh when they hear the word, ” bootie!” And if you don’t love leopard print (we can’t possibly be friends) they make booties in all kinds of patterns, colors and textures. So versatile!
Make Up Bags
I’m addicted to little makeup bags. They are usually inexpensive, especially if they are from Forever 21 or H&M. And they come in a variety of colors and patterns. Bright colors are a great update for spring. We tend to get all dark and dreary in the winter months so bringing a pop of color back in is great. These bags are great to carry just a few necessities in if you are going out to dinner. Or use them to organize the black hole that is your purse.
Does anyone else hear the term Black hat and think of Scandal? While you should be wearing sunscreen every day, it is probably time to start putting a little bit more thought in to protecting your skin. A hat is perfect because it provides some extra shade but they also look super cool (except when the wind blows a certain direction and it blows the front of the hat up and I look like Blossom). Spring is the perfect time for hats because it’s not quite hot enough to get your head all sweaty underneath. There is nothing worse than wearing a hat and being too embarrassed to take it off because you know your hair is a matted hot mess underneath.
I won this Stella and Dot necklace from a contest around Christmas time. It took me a long time, and several Facebook crowd sourcing posts to figure out what I should have engraved on there. Ultimately I went with “be cool” which is something we say a lot in our family. It means so many different things: settle down, chillax, be yourself. I love when I wear it because people always ask me about it. Plus it’s rose gold and that’s so pretty. Stella and Dot aren’t the only people who make engraveable bar necklaces. And while I do love this one, I could certainly see picking up another one with a longer message (or names).
I love a good bright lip. But not, like, a really bright lipstick lip. At least it doesn’t work well on me. I’m that girl who looks put together for a minute and then the next minute I look like The Joker. This Pop Balm by L’oreal (in Electric Pink) comes in a lipstick tube but goes on like a sheer balm. It provides a bunch of color in an understated way if that make any sense…All I know is that I love that it makes me feel like I have a finished make up look going on that won’t end up smeared across my face.
How do you update your look for spring?
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This post was sponsored by Ulta as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. Have you noticed that everything is changing as we get older? From the way our clothes fit, to how our makeup goes on, things are just different. Even our hair behaves differently. That doesn’t mean that we can’t be beautiful, it just means we need to find the right products to suit our mature needs. Yes, I said mature. And I just died a little inside. Luckily the Living Proof Timeless Collection, available only at Ulta, was designed to help us cater to our hair’s current needs.
A while back I found the perfect foundation. I love the color and how it stays on all day but there is one huge problem! The spatula built in to the lid doesn’t reach the sides or bottom of the bottle! The foundation formula is so thick that you can’t turn the bottle upside down to get it out. Trust me I tried like a maniac. It was a huge bummer and made me start thinking about finding a different foundation. And then a little piece of plastic fixed everything! A makeup spatula! Consider my mind blown!