If you have been following along, you know that I love to pair blazers with more casual outfits. I put together some really great light-weight blazers to pair with shorts, jeans, or even your favorite Summer dresses! It is such an easy way to elevate an outfit into a more polished look.
It’s rare that I have a natural tan these days, even in the Summer. Years ago, I would spend hours in the sun to get a tan and now you’ll find me under the umbrella with a hat + plenty of SPF. However, I still LOVE a good bronzey glow. For today’s post, I’ve narrowed down 4 products that I can’t live without (especially in the Summer) and how I apply them for a perfect tan. These are products that always perform well for me, and I continue to buy them over and over again. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
Bondi Sands Tanning Foam: When I want to tan my entire body, I usually reach for a tanning foam/mousse and you really can’t beat this one by Bondi Sands. It is the perfect tone, not orange, not too olive, and the price point is great! It looks so natural! If I have a photoshoot, wedding, heading to the beach, etc, I will reach for this because It’s pretty easy to apply + you can see exactly where you have applied it with the guide color. When I use a foam, I like to shower, exfoliate, and shave the night before, and apply the tanner first thing in the morning. (I let it develop during the day.) I always exfoliate withthis scrub. Make sure to focus on your elbows, knees, and ankles. I moisturize my entire body with this lotionbefore bed. The next morning, I will apply this creamto any areas that I exfoliated to make sure those areas don’t develop into a darker tan than the rest of my body. Next, I use this mitt (the best one by far!) for my body and this brush for my face, hands, and feet (any flat-top synthetic brush will work for this.). I work from home most days, so I will do this on a day that I don’t have to leave the house while my tan develops.
Tan Luxe Drops:If you have been following me for a while, you know my love for these tanning drops. They are so easy to use. I’ve used them for years and have been through many bottles. Simply mix a few drops in with your favorite moisturizer, apply to your body, and you’re done! If you want a deeper tan, simply use more drops. This is a product that you can use gradually to build a tan over several days also if you wish to go that route. You don’t have to shower this tanner off, however, make sure to wash your palms after applying! I have no issues using this on my face!
Bronzing Lotion:I love to layer this product on top of an existing tan, or just on my natural skin for a gorgeous glow. It gives you an immediate bronze effect and it also has a gradual tanner built in it, which will deepen your tan. You can dilute this with regular lotion if you want it to be more subtle. It is absolutely stunning on legs! Make sure to let this product dry down before getting dressed or it will transfer!
My All-Time FAVORITE Bronzer: I discovered this bronzer last year and it is such a staple in my makeup routine year round–It made it onto my best products of 2020 post. I wear it with or without foundation. The formula is so stunning and you can wear it super sheer or build it up when you want more color. It never streaks on my skin and it always looks so natural. I use the shade Nude Bronze Light. It comes in a few other shades for different skin tones as well. The price point is a little more than I like to spend on a makeup product, but it lasts SO long.
Let me know if I missed your favorite tanning product below or if you plan to try any of these out! I can’t believe we have almost made it to Summer!
Hellllo there! Today’s blog topic falls into one of my favorite categories–skin care! I am one of those people who will sit and read product reviews and watch YouTube videos for hours. (I know, I know.) So, I have rounded up today for you 5 of my most trusted mineral-based facial sunscreens! They are all different, but I love each of them for their own reasons. Sunscreen is arguably the most important step in your skincare routine each day, so why not have options? Side note: All of these sunscreens are mineral-based meaning they have no chemical filters in them. This is the type of SPF that I prefer for my skin after my research over the years. I hope you enjoy! To shop any of the items, simply click on each one in the photo or scroll through at the end of this post.
Elta MD UV Replenish(SPF 44) – Best for wearing under makeup every day. I use BareMinerals original loose foundation on the daily (which has additional spf), and it buffs over this sunscreen beautifully! I love all of the skin benefits that comes along with this sunscreen as well. It is very moisturizing and needs to be blended in well. This is the only one on the list that can leave a very slight white cast, but it does not bother me at all.
Paula’s Choice Essential Glow Moisturizer(SPF 30): Best for very dry skin in need of some glow. Like the name suggests, this leaves you with glowing, dewy skin. I love to put this on my chest as well to keep my skin looking healthy. Blends in the easiest of the group. No white cast.
Elta MD UV Physical Tinted(SPF 41) – Best for skipping foundation all together. This is a thicker, tinted consistency, but it does not feel heavy. I love to layer liquid blush and concealer over this one for no makeup makeup days. No white cast.
Paula’s Choice Super-Light Wrinkle Defense(SPF 30): Best for those who don’t like the feeling of anything on their face. This is the lightest-weight formula that I have tried. Since I have dry skin, this one is best for me in the dead of Summer when I’m planning on being by the pool/beach or breaking a sweat. Even my husband approves of this one, and he hates putting lotion on his face! No white cast.
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue(SPF30): Best for getting the most custom shade in a sunscreen. Complexion Rescue is technically a makeup product, but it offers so many skin benefits that it deserves to be on this list! This is such a unique product, and I’ve used it for years. The texture is light (it’s a gel-cream) and it comes in multiple shades. Their claim is that this will increase your skin’s hydration by 200% after one week. It definitely leaves your skin looking radiant. Of course, no white cast with this one.
Well y’all, this is my army of facial SPF’s. I hope that my brief write-up of each one was helpful! Let me know if you decide to try one this season!
I don’t know about y’all, but Jordan and I don’t really buy each other Valentine’s Day gifts. We typically like to cook a nice dinner at home or go out to one of our favorite restaurants. However, I DO love all of the adorable pink and red Valentine’s Day themed items in the stores. They bring so much joy to this sort of grey-feeling part of the year while we wait on Spring. I put together a list of items for you ladies to treat yourself to because you deserve it! Orrr you can send this post over to your man as a hint 😉 . Either way, these are really great items for all year round, not just Valentine’s Day. Simply click on each item in the photo above to shop.
PJ Set: This is the same PJ set that I raved about back during Christmas, and I still love it! It comes in so many options, as well as a long sleeved/pants option that I’ll link here.
Veja Sneakers: Y’all gave me such great feedback about Veja sneakers a couple weeks ago in my stories, and I am still waiting on a different color option of these sneakers to come back in stock. BUT how cute are these pink and red ones?? I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair.
Mini Waffle Maker: I picked up this adorable waffle maker from Target yesterday and we had breakfast for dinner. It was absolutely delicious–highly recommend. There are also so many ideas on how to use a mini waffle maker on Tik Tok like cooking cinnamon rolls in them. I’ll be buying cinnamon rolls and trying this ASAP.
Glossier YOU perfume: If you buy one thing from this whole list, let it be this. I really can’t describe this fragrance in words, but it is meant to smell different on every single person. It is perfect for every day, and just smells fresh, musky, and sweet all at the same time. It is such an unoffensive scent, and I just feel put together when I wear it. I even wear it when I don’t plan on leaving the house (which is most days if you’re new here lol).
Plumping Gloss: If you are looking for an extreme plumping gloss that stings your lips, this is not it. However, it does have a bit of a minty-fresh feeling that I love and the formula is so great. It feels very comfortable and moisturizing on the lips. I can’t believe this is only $7.99 at Target! I bought the shade champagne and it is the perfect color to wear on bare lips or over lip liner for a natural look.
Aerie Cotton Undies: Everyone knows that cotton undies are the best to wear everyday. I love Aerie’s line of cotton underwear. They are so comfortable, and I love how affordable they are. You can mix and match 8 pairs for only $32.
Gold Choker: I have had my eyes on this jewelry brand for a while! One of my favorite bloggers to follow raves about this jewelry that she wears everyday. She even showers and sleeps in it. It is water-resistant! This choker in particular is in my cart because I know it will layer with all my other gold jewelry, and I am absolutely loving that look right now. I’ll link the website here to check out the rest of their jewelry. If you use Madi’s code Madi25 , you’ll save $22 on this choker!
I hope y’all found something to treat yourself to! Thank you so much for reading, as always. <3
I don’t like to give up white jeans in the Winter time– I believe there is a chic way to wear them all year round. My exact white jeans from Abercrombie are sold out, but hopefully this gives you an idea of what to do with the white jeans you already have in your closet. 🙂 Linking all of Abercrombie’s white jeans here. I highly recommend their “Curve Love” or “Mom Jean” options!
Here are some key tips that I take into account when creating an outfit with white jeans during this time of year:
Add a white or off-white sweater for a chic, monotone base. A sweater with some texture or lines like this one will give the outfit depth.
I love to add pumps to an outfit like this, but if it is colder where you are, you could opt for a sleek pair of booties like these.
Layer on a tan or lighter colored coat to balance the outfit.
Add pops of dark accessories like sunglasses and a black bag for contrast.
Lastly, you can’t go wrong with stacking different types of gold jewelry to finish off your outfit. I especially love a classic gold watch with an outfit like this.
Let me know how y’all like to wear white jeans during the Winter, or if you are going to try it out after reading my blog post!
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Hey guys! Welcome back. 🙂 I know many of you are happy to kiss 2020 goodbye at this point, however, I wanted to highlight some really great finds from 2020 that I will for sure take into 2021 with me! I love reading “round up” blog posts like this that tie together stand out products. I always end up finding one or two items that I want to try myself from other people’s posts, so I hope you find something from my list that you want to try! Let’s get started:
*Click on any item to shop!
Abercrombie Curve Love Jeans: Y’all probably knew this would be top of the list. Jeans are SO hard to find the perfect fit, and Abercrombie really nailed it with this cut. The curve love jeans have an extra 2 inches around the hip and thigh area, and then they taper more in the waist which means your booty and thighs are more comfortable AND you have no waist gap. I have these in 3 pairs! They come in petite, regular, and tall!
Aerie Offline Goals Leggings: Big surprise, I also own three pairs of these. When I love something, I love it lol. These are a true athletic looking legging that you can totally wear casual as well. They have a good amount of hold without being uncomfortable (wearing them now as I type this) and they are great to work out in and feel secure. If you are into barre workouts, I think you would love these!
Aerie Real Free Padded Bralette: My most worn bra of 2020. It is so so comfortable, y’all. I could sleep in it. I have this one in two colors and it is my go to bra for anything. Running errands, chilling around the house, traveling. It is a great one. It is almost a hybrid between a regular bra and sports bra, however, I wouldn’t wear this one for an intense work out.
Chain Belt: This is such a fun find of 2020! It can be worn in so many different ways and just adds a little something unique to your outfit. I love how adjustable it is to get the exact fit that you want depending on what you’re layering it over. Very affordable piece too!
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Serum: 2020 was a year that I experimented with skincare, and I really love this serum! I put it on before my moisturizer or mix it in depending on what I’m feeling. It is super light weight and I love adding in hydration to my skin care.
Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Serum: I don’t think I’ve talked about this one with y’all yet! I usually like to use products for a long time before sharing about them, so that I know how they perform. This has been constant for me for the past 7 months or so– love this serum! It is packed with amazing ingredients. I apply this at night before my moisturizer and eye cream, and I have actually noticed a significant difference. My skin texture is so much better and it brought an overall evenness to my complexion. It also has a brightening effect. I will definitely repurchase!
Paula’s Choice Light Weight Sunscreen: I talked about this product over the Summer with y’all, but I wear it everyday. It is super light weight so anyone can wear this and not be bothered by it. I actually layer moisturizer underneath since I have dry skin. It acts as a primer for makeup for me and it even blurs my complexion a bit, so it’s also really great on its own. It has a slight tint so that it will not leave a white cast.
Hourglass Bronzer: Oh my goodness y’all. Why was this new to me in 2020?? It is the most gorgeous bronzer. I wear this even if I only put on the tinted sunscreen above and mascara. It is just so youthful and glowy without making you look glittery. I have it in two different shades: Luminous Bronze Light for Summer and Nude Bronze Light for Winter. I also sweep this in the crease before eyeshadow or by itself. It’s a pricey but very versatile product, so it is worth it in my opinion.
Briogeo Hair Mask: I go through a lot of hair masks, and this one is definitely worth mentioning for this year. I am almost done with my current one, and I will be purchasing another. It is super moisturizing without being super heavy, which is odd to me because I actually love the feeling of a really heavy hair mask. This one gives me the results that I want without being so thick. I do like to add it drops of pure argan oil to any hair mask that I use. This is the one that I use.
Ouai Hair Oil: Another stand out hair product that re-discovered this year. This is a super light weight oil that I put on my ends after blow drying. It smells amazing and adds shine without adding grease. I even reapply this in between washes when my hair gets dry.
Thanks y’all for reading! I hope that you have a happy New Year!
Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I published a blog post! I thought that this post would be helpful for those of you who enjoy practical layering pieces that you can wear all season long. I own many of these pieces myself, and one of my favorite parts of shopping from Old Navy and Gap is the fact that they carry such a wide variety when it comes to sizing. Not only do all of their pieces come in XS to XXL, but many of them also have the option of petite, regular, or tall. This is so nice when it comes to sweaters and layering pieces to get that custom-tailored look. I ordered all of my items in a size XS regular, except for the denim jacket below (I ordered a small in this for a more oversized fit.) Many different outfit combinations can be made with just a few layering pieces. I hope you enjoy looking through the items I pulled. They are picky-girl approved. 🙂
I will be writing a separate blog post for different kinds of jackets soon, so stay tuned for that!
We are at the beach for the week, so I thought it would be a good time to share all of the Summer items I’ve purchased this year with the beach being on my mind 24/7. A lot of them are great prices, and all of them are excellent quality! Stay tuned for more beach content this week. I’ll be styling these items and posting more outfits on my Instagram page + linking them in the LikeToKnow.it app. Feel free to follow along over there if you aren’t already. Linking my LTK profile here.
Denim Shorts: I did NOT want to love these shorts as much as I do because of the price tag. They are the most expensive item on this list, as well as the most expensive denim shorts I’ve ever purchased. What I love about them, is how flattering the fit is. They don’t hug your thighs or butt too tight at all, which is what I prefer. Most reviews say that these “run big,” however, I ordered my normal size and they are perfect. They are high wasted, so shirts tuck in nicely, and they also look really great with crop tops or swim suits. I know I will continue to wear these into the Fall with booties and cardigans, so they are a great investment.
Straw Hat: Another item that I have had my eye on for a solid two years, but continued to buy target hats instead (those are totally great as well, don’t get me wrong!). However, this hat is amazing quality and you can order your correct size for a more custom fit (not a one size fits all). For someone who loves straw hats as much as I do, this one is the top on my list. And, I have a lot of straw hats y’all!
Pink Bikini Set: Both the top and the bottom I linked are the same exact pink color, although they do not look like it online! I just want to note that I have never been disappointed with the quality of swimwear that Nordstrom has to offer. I’m the type that doesn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a swimsuit, but I am also crazy picky about the fit and quality. I could write a whole blog post on swimsuits alone with how many swimsuits I’ve ordered and sent back this year, let me tell ya. I am done with trying to “get a deal” on the “fast-fashion” sites for swimsuits. This brand has my stamp of approval for sure.
Snakeprint Bottoms: Some of you may think I’m crazy for this, but these bottoms were too loose on my hips when they came in, so I actually took them to the tailor because I loved the shape, coverage, texture, etc that much! I wanted to make them work. These are amazing quality and thank the lord for some cute bottoms with actual booty coverage lol. They come in plain black and pink as well. I ordered a small (my normal size in swimwear), and they definitely run big.
Makeup Organizer: I can’t believe I have just thrown all my makeup and brushes in a bag whenever I traveled before ordering this this year. Game changer for sure. There’s plenty of room for your compacts, palettes, and brushes.
Linen Boyfriend Shirt: This shirt ended up being exactly what I had in mind when I ordered it. I love the look of a linen shirt at the beach. So classic and timeless. This one is a great price too!
Beach Wrap: Y’all need this easy beach wrap from Amazon! I love the pom poms and it comes in multiple colors.
Daily SPF: This layers perfectly under makeup or by itself. This formula is actually for oily skin, so I just make sure I moisturize with another moisturizer beforehand, and I’m good! I love that it is a mineral sunscreen that isn’t greasy and doesn’t break me out. I’m going to order the glowy one next, and I’ll let y’all know how I like that one!
Hair Mask: This hair mask is so hydrating. I use a hair mask every time I wash my hair in place of regular conditioner, so I often try out new ones. I love this one ( I have dry/thick hair). It smells amazing and makes my hair so so soft.
I also never go to the beach without packing this scrub. It helps to really take off all of the sunscreen at the end of the day. It is also really great at scrubbing away leftover spray tan! Smells so good too.
My two favorite sunscreens for the body linked here and here.
I am still a total fan of the Billie Razor too! It is all I use (I used to be addicted to a much more expensive razor). I love that I don’t have to think about it, and I get razors sent to me every two months for only $9! You can customize how often you want new razor heads sent. I simply use Dove body wash to shave with, and it works perfectly.
This post is *not* sponsored. All items linked are products that I have purchased with my own money and I genuinely use. 🙂 I hope that this post was helpful for those of you who have been on the search for some of these staples! Let me know something that you have purchased this year for Summer that you love. I’d love to hear from ya!
For years, I was so against electric toothbrushes. I doubted their ability to clean my teeth that much more than a manual toothbrush and honestly found them annoying to use, heavy, and noisy. However, electric toothbrushes have come such a longggg way from what they used to be. There are so many different kinds to choose from on the market, and it can be a little overwhelming. I am so thorough when it comes to taking care of my teeth (floss, mouthwash, brush, and wear my retainer every night!), so I began to question if I could make my routine better.
For those of you who have been reading my posts for a while, I partnered with Smile Brilliant to test our their teeth whitening system back in November, and absolutely loved my results. I’ll link that post here. So, when they reached back out to me back in February asking what kind of toothbrush I currently used, I was slightly embarrassed to tell them I use a manual toothbrush. They asked me if I wanted to try out their CariPro electric toothbrush, and my response was of course! Right, why not??
I have been using it now every single day for the past 4 months, and my teeth and gums are noticeably cleaner and healthier. I hate to say the typical line, “just got back from the dentist clean,” but that is honestly how my teeth feel whenever I brush with this toothbrush! If you have permanent retainers on the back of your teeth from having braces, this is a game changer for sure. It cleans those hard to clean areas so much better than my manual toothbrush could have ever done. I also love that there are multiple modes on the toothbrush including a sensitive option, which is the one I use most of the time for my sensitive teeth. I have completely changed my opinion on electric toothbrushes, and I don’t think I could go back to a manual, not even for a weekend getaway to the beach. (You know you love something, when it goes in your travel bag too.) 😉
I am so excited to be partnering with Smile Brilliant again for a giveaway. One of you will receive a CariPro toothbrush, charger, and an extra toothbrush head ($120) value. All you have to do is click the giveaway link below and enter in your email. I also have a discount code that you can use on anything on Smile Brillant’s website. Use code OLIVIACCGREEN20 for 20% off your entire order. Like I said earlier, I use their teeth whitening as well, and LOVE it!