August Beauty Faves!

It is the end of August, and I have a bunch of beauty faves for you! I have a hair fave, a few skincare faves, and an accidental NARS dupe! Let’s get into it.

First off, the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer. This is a product that you spray into the hair when it is wet, and it protects your hair from heat, and really softens the hair. It also de-frizzes, and protects hair from breakage. The smell of this is so good, it is sweet and kind of smells like candy, but not very strong. It is a nice smell that isn’t overpowering. I love this because my hair is so so soft when I use it. It is also a big bottle that lasts a long time. I love this.

Next up, the Garnier Soothing Facial Mist. This spray is actually soothing and smells like roses. I love to spray this on all the time throughout the day. It is so refreshing in the summer and just feels so good. It is not a setting spray, but will take away the powdery makeup look. It also says it is good for sensitive skin!

For skin, I have been using this Topicals Faded Brightening and Clearing Serum. This is for dark spots and uneven skin tone, which I definitely have. I have some dark sun spots and freckles underneath my eyes that I try to lighten, and I have been noticing that they are starting to lighten! This product doesn’t smell good, but the smell dissipates after awhile and I don’t mind it because of how well it is working for me. I use it daily.

I’ve got two lippie faves this month, and while I was swatching them, I noticed that they are verrrry similar. I love these Nars Afterglow Balms! This shade is Dolce Vita and is a very shiny, sheer, dusty rose color. It’s really good for a my-lips-but-better look. It is moisturizing and so nice!

Next to it is this L’Oréal Glow Paradise balm in Rose Mirage. These two products are exactly the same! Both are a dusty rose neutral color, and both are so shiny and moisturizing! I can’t believe how similar they are. This one is about $20 less than the NARS one.

Lastly, the Milk Makeup Highlight Stick in Lit. I love this champagne gold highlight, and I love that it is a stick! It goes on so smooth, doesn’t accentuate texture, and is just so easy. I like to put this in the inner corner of my eyes, and on top of my cheekbones. It’s gorg!

Here are the swatches.

Dolce Vita, Rose Mirage, Lit

See how similar the colors are?! I’d go for the L’Oréal one for sure.

I hope you liked these favorites!

What have you been loving this month?

xx Amy

A Lil Sephora Haul

My birthday was a few weeks ago, and I got a couple of gift cards! Of course, I couldn’t wait to go shopping! Here is what I picked up.

Kosas Wet Lip Oil Plumping Gloss in Fruitjuice

This is a lip oil that I have been wanting to try. The packaging is so cute and it smells really good. I wanted to try the shade fruitjuice, which is described as a neutral magenta. Here’s a swatch! It looks like a very sheer wash of berry on my lips. So gorg.

It Cosmetics CC Cream in the shade Fair Light

I have used this before, and I loved it. When I used it, there was a limited shade range and I couldn’t find a color to suit me. I decided to try this again because I saw more shades were added. I love that this has SPF 50, and I love the packaging with the pump. The finish is so nice too. Can’t wait to use this again.

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask

This is my favorite hair mask. It smells glorious and it leaves my hair so soft and manageable. Every Amika product I have ever tried I have loved. I’m excited to have this again.

The Ordinary Lash and Brow Serum

This is a very affordable lash serum that I am so excited to try. I have previously used Revitalash and absolutely loved it, but it was very expensive. I am hoping to get the same results with this one!

Burberry Her Rollerball

I don’t ever buy full size perfume because I never use it all. I’m just not that into perfume. I do love to buy these rollerballs because I can put them in my purse. This scent smells so good- very fruity with jasmine, musk, and amber. It is very similar to Ariana Grande’s Cloud but more sophisticated.

Gisou Honey Infused Leave in Conditioner

This was a little freebie I chose. I have really been curious about this brand, the packaging is so cute and their products have great reviews, especially the hair oil. I love to use leave in treatments, so I’m excited to try this!

That’s everything I picked up from Sephora! Have you tried any of these products?

Thanks for reading xx

It Girl Fashion Accessories

You know the girl. She’s effortless, cool, casual, but always put together. Today we are gonna get the look from some cute accessories.

First up, a belt bag, but if you’re a millennial like me, you’ll know this as a FANNY PACK.

Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag

I’m gonna try to link this, but they are super popular right now. I’ve had mine for a year or so, but recently they’ve blown up on social media and everyone has them! The hype is real, though. They are so easy and convenient, they are hands free, and go with any casual outfit. They are especially cute with athleisure, and so roomy! I even did a Whats In My Lululemon Belt Bag post, check it out here!

It even looks cute with my bum uniform, a tank top, joggers, and a hoodie! My daughter Allie, who is a preteen, has a Lulu one in a hot pink color, and she LOVES hers. See? GEN Z APPROVED! Here is a similar option from Target if you can’t get your hands on the LULU.

Next up, some fun hair claw clips.

Claw clips are so trendy and soo cute. They are totally 90’s, and I love to wear them! Between me and my girls, we have a TON, but these are our favorites. We wear them by gathering up all of our hair, twisting it upward, and then using the clip to hold it up.

Ashley is ready for her model moment. The girl loves to accessorize!

Adorable.

The flower clips and butterfly clips are from Amazon, and the gold one is from Ulta.

Gold jewelry is also crucial to the look of an IT GIRL.

I love the look of this gold coin choker, and these medium sized chunky hoop earrings. I pair this choker with my name necklace that I never take off, and I love the combo. Both of these are from Etsy.

These chunky gold hoops dress up any look and just instantly make you look put together!

Next up, some slides.

I know athletic slides are really on trend, and I do love those, but I love these embellished slides MORE.

Love the clear strap and the little champagne gold colored beads. These are so cute and can dress up any outfit. I love to wear these with sundresses or just jean shorts and a tank. I’ve also seen slides embellished with pearls, and those are so cute too.

Lastly, chrome nail color.

I did a post on Glazed Donut Nails last week, and I for one, am loving this trend!

These colors are so pretty and shimmery, but without the chunks of glitter. Essie Jingle Belle is a silver chrome, OPI Happy Anniversary is a white pearl, and Essie Love At Frost Sight is a frosty silver light blue color. All of these are gorgeous on the nails, and give that chrome look.

Alright, well that’s it for my It Girl fashion trends! What trends have you been loving lately?

Thanks for reading xx

Friday Fave | NYM Dry Shampoo ($5 and THE BEST)

It’s summer, it’s freakin hot (102 today here in Texas), and I don’t FEEL like washing my hair. It’s not actually the washing so much as the blowdrying and styling which takes foreeeeverrrr.

That’s why I turn to my BFF, the Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo.

I get this dry shampoo from my local Walmart for a little under $5 ($4.79 to be exact), and it is just everything.

It comes in a larger bottle than most dry shampoos; it is 11.2 oz, which is a pretty big can.

It is UNSCENTED. Yes, finally yes, a dry shampoo that says it is unscented and actually is unscented. It comes in different scents but this is the one I want. I don’t want to smell like dry shampoo.

When you spray this, it is powder that comes out. It’s not sticky, it’s not liquidy, it is just powder. I hate when sprays like this feel funky or like hairspray in the hair. It’s just powder.

This product promises to instantly absorb the oil in your hair and to refresh it without water. True, true, true. It also says that there is no visible residue. If you’re a brunette, you know the struggle. There’s always a residue, but I know how to fix that.

So, let my tell you how to use it so that you can have your dirty hair looking better than ever!

1. I spray this into my roots before I want to take a shower. I make sure to lift my hair at the roots and hold the can pretty far away while I spray it.

2. Next, without brushing it, I pull my hair into a bun and take a shower. This will give it time to “soak in”.

3. When I get out of the shower, I let my hair down and brush the dry shampoo through my hair. This will eliminate any white residue.

4. The next thing I do is hit it with the blow dryer. Yes, I know it’s a pain, but it’s the only way any dry shampoo will work. Putting a little bit of heat on it dries up the oil and really helps your hair to be refreshed. Just hit the spots with the blow dryer real quick, brush it, and it will feel good as new! Then you can curl or whatever. I usually curl or wave day one and the curls last till day three. I usually don’t go past day three.

If you are looking for a great dry shampoo and don’t want to spend a lot, you should definitely try this out! I love it, and it’s all I use now!

Thanks for reading xx

Quarterly Empties | Products I’ve Used Up

Welp I’m a month late with this empties post, but I still want to share some mini reviews on things I’ve used and loved!

Let’s start with some hair care.

This Dove Dry Shampoo is one of my favorites, it really does help with the oil in my hair and adds some volume. The fragrance is a bit strong, but it dissipates quickly. I would repurchase.

I like to use a texturizing spray in my hair when I curl or wave it. This Kristen Ess one is really nice for that, and adds the perfect amount of texture without making it crunchy or dry. It just gives the curls and waves a less “done” look and makes them look more beachy. I already repurchased!

Another texture spray that I tried was the Living Proof Dry Volume Texture Spray. I also liked this one! It is pricier than the Kristen Ess one, and it did exactly the same thing. I prefer the Kristen Ess one because it is cheaper and I like the smell more. I probably won’t purchase this.

I always use the Garnier Micellar Water to remove makeup; I’m sure it’s been in every empties post I’ve done! I use this on a makeup eraser cloth and it takes all of my makeup off super easy and then I go in with cleanser. Already repurchased!

I just raved about the Tree Hut Shave Oil in my recent favorites post HERE, and I just used up the Coconut Lime scented one. I use one pump on each leg when I shave, and it makes my skin so smooth and soft. I really noticed a difference when I started using it. They have a bunch of scents; I saw a watermelon one yesterday, so I am going to try that one next. Already repurchased!

Do you guys use oil blotting sheets? I use them in the summer when my skin gets a bit oily because I don’t like putting powder on when it’s hot. They absorb all of the oil without taking off my makeup. The Boscia ones are good, but really any brand works! Already repurchased.

If you know my blog, you know I’m a die hard Bare Minerals fan! There is nothing better than their Original Powder Foundation, but geez, why is it so messy?! It gets everywhere. Anyway, I used one up, and I actually bought a MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation compact. I like the finish of the BM more, but the Studio Fix does the job and is way less messy. The BM really does give a skin-like finish and is the light coverage that I love. I would repurchase it, even though it makes a mess on my counter.

Oh, Tarte Shape Tape. I can’t live without you. No concealer I have compares to this one, it has the mega coverage I need for my dark circles, and I just love it. One tube lasts me like a whole year. Already repurchased.

The L’Oréal Lash Paradise is also in every empties post; it is my favorite because it lengthens, volumizes, and holds a curl. I recently tried this Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara, and dude, I love it just as much. I repurchased both.

Lastly, a little baby Lawless Forget the Filler Gloss. I LOVED this gloss! It smelled good and the formula was so smooth and non-sticky. I noticed a slight plumping, but nothing crazy and it isn’t spicy. I would repurchase this.

That’s it for the empties!!!

Thanks for reading xx

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