We all love Amazon (am I right?!🤩🤩) and the convenience it brings to our lives. Need a quick birthday present? Amazon Prime it. Need new lightbulbs? Amazon Prime. Going swimming this weekend and need a new suit? Amazon Prime. I could go on and on.😂But do you use it for beauty products? I’ve tried a lot and some were busts but these are the products that made it to my Top 5 Favorite Beauty Products on Amazon!
•My Favorite Teeth Whitening Pen! Easy to use and great for those that are sensitive to whitening products. My teeth and very sensitive and haven’t had any sensitivity issues with this brush on whitener and it works faster and better than any other that I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot)!
•The Schick Hydro Silk 5 women’s razor. I like the handle, it shaves really close for a smooth, soft finish and I love the Hydra-Boost!
•Tinkle razors that I have been using for years! Removes the top layer of flaky skin and hair leaving your face soft. It also helps makeup and skincare products glide on smooth and absorb into your skin nicely.
•This Cosmetic Travel Bag is AMAZING! Great for storing makeup, skincare products, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, jewelry, perfume, etc when traveling! It has a handle as well as a long strap. The compartments are adjustable so you can build it to suit your needs perfectly based on the sizes of your products.
•My Favorite Glue On Fake Nails! So easy to apply and they stay on so well. I have tried other brands too but have had the best luck with these by far! I get complimented on them all the time and they are an fast, easy, inexpensive way to have cute nails!
I hope you have enjoyed this roundup of my Top 5 Amazon Beauty Products! You can view all of my favorites and recommendations at My Amazon Storefront linked here. I share swimwear and coverups, home products, fave kids toys and more over there so be sure to check it out!
Bathroom photos taken at this gorgeous Airbnb!
A few months ago I scheduled my first leg wax, ever! I had wanted to get my legs waxed for years and years but never took the plunge. At 30 years old, I figured most of my friends and community had experienced a leg wax and I was way behind the times but after sharing about it in my stories, I realized so many of you had not and you had so many questions surrounding the experience.
Prior to experiencing it myself, I had so many questions and curiosities about it that I never reached out to ask anyone about so I asked Kortany, my waxer, if she could provide my community with some more information on it. She’s answering your most saught after questions here.
Kortany can be found on Instagram at @kortany_michelle_esthetics where you can find a full list of her services (full body waxing, facials, brow henna, lash lift, makeup), days/times she works, and even book an appointment online via the link in her bio. She provides these services at Symmetrie Studios located at 412 Front Street, Lynden, Washington.
Kortany is answering everything you’ve wanted to know about waxing, here!
First of all, Kortany, what made you want to be a waxer?
Honestly I don’t know how to answer that question because I don’t know if I really wanted to wax when I first started out. There are so many different services an Esthetician can offer like waxing, facials, lash extensions, lash lifts/ tints, makeup, etc... but waxing was just something that came very natural to me, which made me quickly fall in love with waxing and the results I was getting from it!
I tell my husband almost way too often that “I love my job!”, his response is usually something like “I can’t believe you wax lady parts, how awkward...” but it’s truly not like that at all. This is what I do everyday and I am a professional at work, so it quickly stoped being weird for me.
What I love most about being in esthetics is being able to help and inspire so many people. Whether it's helping boost someone's confidence or helping them reach their goals, being in this industry is so rewarding!
10 Most Frequently Asked Questions!
1. Is my hair way too long?
Sorry to break it to you but most likely it’s not long enough... Let it grow out! If you have been shaving, allow a minimum of 2-3 weeks or 1/4 of an inch growth (the length of a grain of rice) in order to achieve the best waxing results possible.
2. Should I put lotion on before my wax?
Yes, Make sure your skin is properly hydrated in the week leading up to your wax appointment. Moist, plump skin will release the hair follicle easier, making for a more enjoyable waxing experience!
3. Should I shower before my wax appointment?
It’s ideal to shower at least the morning before your wax appointment as clean skin allows for a better waxing experience.
BONUS- most waxing professionals (like myself) provide cleansing cloths for you to use before your service to make you feel fresh and clean, so there is no reason to worry even if you don't get a shower in before your appointment!
4. Can I get waxed on my period?
YES, absolutly. But for your estheticians sake PLEASE wear a tampon. However you might be a little more sensitive during your menstrual cycle, so keep that in mind before booking!
5. Can I drink before to make it less painful?
It might actually hurt more. Alcohol tightens pores and makes waxing more difficult. Opened pores allows for a more enjoyable waxing experience as the hair follicle is easily removed from the pore, a tight pore will either be painful to remove or the hair will break at the skin level and your waxing experience will not be as effective.
6. When should I wax?
Face: every TWO-FOUR weeks
Underarms: every TWO weeks
Bikini Area: every FOUR-SIX weeks
Additional Body Services: every FOUR-SIX weeks
7. Popping pills before wax?
Yes, take some pain meds about 30 minutes before your wax appointment to help minimize the pain.
8. Best at home after care?
9. Waxing VS. Shaving?
Waxing provides smoother and longer lasting results by removing the hair from the root, whereas shaving cuts the hair right below the skin's surface, causing a prickly feel days after shaving. Waxing is also healthier because it provides a physical exfoliation, removing lifeless surface cells.
10. Is it going to hurt?
Yes! Any type of waxing will hurt because your hair will get pulled out by its roots, but it won't be so bad that tears will stream down your face. You'll definitely be able to walk afterwards.
Yes, there are some waxing horror stories, but those are exceptions, not the norm!
Thank you, Kortany, for sharing all of that wonderful information! It is so helpful to know these details before booking or showing up to a waxing appointment. I can’t wait to see you soon for my leg wax before vacation! I’m excited that I won’t have to waste any vacation time shaving!😉🤗
If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to Kortany or myself directly!
I can’t believe it’s almost February! With that, comes Valentine’s Day of course! Have you gotten anything for your sweetheart yet? I’ve rounded up a few favorites that are perfect for gifting to your hubby or boyfriend this season.
Photo credit: Teressa King
Top Selling Men’s Cologne
Abercrombie Fierce has been an incredibly popular cologne for YEARS. My husband started wearing it back when we first started dating (when we were in high school😱) and it’s still my favorite of his colognes to this day. The signature Fierce scent now comes in many product types including body wash, deodorant and a 3 wick candle. It’s a blend of marine breeze, sandalwood, and sensual musk wood notes and is one of the most sought after scents in the world.
Durable, High Quality Watch
I got my husband this watch for Christmas (in the all gold/black) and it’s his favorite watch he’s ever owned. It’s classic, bold and masculine and comes in a variety of stunning color options, plus the quality is amazing! Not only do my hubby and I love it but it also has 160 reviews and an overall score of 4.8 out of 5 so you can trust that it’s a great choice for the guy in your life!
Classic Button Up
I also purchased this flannel button up shirt for my husband recently and it’s one of my favorites that he owns. Nordstrom always delivers high quality products and I love that they always offer free shipping. True to size.
My husband is really picky about his jeans; is anybody else’s?! So picky that I can never pick out jeans for him because they never end up fitting right. Except this brand. I know that they will fit and he will like them, plus they’re under $100, so it’s a win win!
We have a few of these $10 powerbanks and have gotten so much use out of them! They charge your phone (and other devices) quickly and stay charged for quite a while; definitely recommend!
Track Your Important Items
My husband has been using Tile trackers for over a year and it has came in handy time and time again. You can put them on your keychain, phone, wallet, laptop bag, gym bag, etc and if you lose it you can find it via an app in your phone!
Need more ideas? Here’s a few more he’s sure to love!😉❤️
I hope you have the best Valentine’s Day yet whether it’s with your husband, boyfriend, any one else you enjoy company with, or just yourself! We will be doing something casual, still undecided at the moment!
Other posts to check out:
❤️Cute Valentine’s Day Outfits
❤️10 Ways to Wear Leggings
❤️My Secret to Looking Refreshed and Energized
If you’ve been a part of this community for a bit, you heave probably heard how much I love Tula skincare! It has changed my skin so much and has made me much more comfortable about my face, especially when make up free. Want to know why I love it so much?
PS Tula has given me a promo code for all of you to use and get a discount on their products! I listed it at the bottom of this post!💕
Tula is full of probiotics and superfoods making it both clean and effective. I have watched my skin become softer, smoother, more evenly toned and hydrated throughout the past 5 months of using it. I currently use quite a few Tula products, but wanted to touch on their Detox In A Jar Exfoliating Treatment Mask today and what it has done to change my skin.
Thank you to Tula for gifting me this product to try; all opinions are my own.
This Detox in a Jar mask is clay-based and gently exfoliates and detoxes skin, and you only need a few minutes to do it! You simply apply a thin layer of the mask, let sit for 5 minutes then gently wash away with warm water by massaging in a circular manner (this exfoliates). It is recommended to do this 2-3 times per week for best results. It boasts that it will leave your skin nourished and well-balanced and I definitely agree with those statements. This mask is suitable for all skin types including oily, combination, mature or sensitive skin and is looking for firmer looking skin with a more even tone.🙋🏼♀️🥳The lactic acid and bentonite clay gently peel away skins impurities and debris while the plant-based, biodegradable bears release hydrating nutrients (including Jojoba and Vitamin E) to help soothe skin. You can shop the Detox in a Jar mask here and be sure to use my code (provided at the bottom of this post) to save!
I find that my Tula products go a long way and I am able to get months and months of use out of each product making it well worth the investment for high quality skincare, plus, I find them priced very fairly and affordably.
Another Tula mask I recommend you try is the Self-Care Sunday Nourishing Face Mask. This one can be massaged into skin as a serum or worn overnight as a nourishing treatment. I love putting it on before bed and waking up with brighter, softer skin! The added hydration is amazing and there is no need to rinse it off.
What’s super exciting is that Tula has provided me with a discount code special for all of you guys!!🥰🥰I am so excited for it! To save 15% sitewide at Tula just use my code:
I hope this post was helpful and informative and I can’t wait to hear how much you all love your new Tula products!😘😘
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✨My Secret to Looking Refreshed and Energized
✨Makeup Must Haves
We all want to wake up looking bright eyed and youthful, right? The reality is: it’s hard.😂Whether you are waking up multiple times a night with the baby, staying up late to get in some alone time, or just simply never seem to catch up on your z’s, dark circles and puffiness can be hard to combat.
Now that I am 30 (gasp! How did that happen?😆😅) I’ve become more and more concerned with the status of my skin. I love a good youthful glow and found the perfect mix of that plus a bonus highlighter in this Rose Glow and Get It Eye Balm.
It is important to me to use healthy products without sacrificing results and Tula products contain both probiotics and superfoods. I use many Tula products now daily and my skin has never looked better. It is clearer, softer, smoother and healthier than ever (head to the bottom of this post for more of my Tula faves). This eye balm is 100% free from alcohol, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, silicone, and sodium lauryl sulfate and Tula is cruelty free.
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This amazing “glow stick” contains caffeine, aloe, blueberry and hyaluronic acid plus rosehip oil and hydrating rosewater to instantly help you feel energized, awakened and ready to take on the day.
Remember how I told you it doubles as a highlighter? I use it daily to highlight my nose and cheekbones as well as my under eyes for the slight glow finish. I love the cooling effect it has instantly upon application. The eye balm can easily be applied and reapplied throughout the day, both under and over makeup. The cool balm is so refreshing, like a super quick little pick me up just when I need it the most!
I highly recommend you snag one of these babies so that you can see the results yourself! The eye balm is suitable for oily, dry, mature, combination, normal or sensitive skin. You can even use my code HPS15 to save sitewide with Tula!
More of my Tula favorites:
🌟Beauty Sleep Overnight Repair Treatment - the most potent of the creams, targets premature aging, smoothes wrinkles and improves skins tone and texture: all while you sleep! I wake up with moisturized, soft skin and I couldn’t love it more!
🌟Face Filter Primer - gives a “filter like” finish and can be used alone or as a primer under makeup
🌟Hydrating Day and Night Cream - provides deep hydration and revives dull skin for an even complexion
Tula also offers great Value Kits to test out multiple products in smaller sized containers and a lower price. I have both the Discovery Kit and the Anti-Aging Discovery Kit and have had great results with both.
Makeup and beauty products always make for such a fun stocking stuffer gift! Tarte Cosmetics is one of my favorite makeup brands as it consistently provides high quality makeup at affordable prices. The eye shadow palette pictured in the upper right hand corner of the collage has been a favorite of mine for YEARS. Great colors (some matte, some shimmery) and their shape tape is such a game changer for hiding dark circles, acne and other imperfections. You can’t go wrong with anything on their site but I’ve handpicked a few of my favorites for you below! I just ordered the four piece lipgloss set for myself and can’t wait for it to arrive!
Looking for more gift ideas for women?
Check this Splurge or Save?! post for gifts under $25, under $50 and under $100 or this post featuring more Under $50 Gifts for Her Favorites.
Want to know what’s in my makeup bag? Find out here.
I love makeup and have tried thousands of products in my thirty years but these are the ones I ALWAYS come back to. They are priced right and give me the results I am looking for time and time again. Most of them you can find at Ulta or Sephora and a few can even be found on Amazon or at your local drugstore. I spend about 8 minutes a day on my makeup and get complimented on it often. When the products are good it’s easy to apply them effortlessly and be out the door!
I have been using this Shape Tape for two years now and let me tell you, it is a GAME CHANGER. I dab a little under my eyes to hide dark circles, use it to cover any red spots or problem areas and it covers them right up, concealing imperfections beautifully. It stays on all day too. It comes in 30 different shades to match any skin tone; I wear the light neutral. I then apply either this BB cream or this IIID foundation from my friend Ashley over my whole face to even my skin tone and give me a good base to start with.
This brow liner is the best of the best. I have tried so many and keep coming back to it because nothing compares. It comes in so many colors (I wear soft brown) and has a nice applicator tip on one end and a brow brush on the other end. I use the brush before and (lightly) after application to tame my eyebrows prior and give it a more natural look after.
I’ve been using this palette of silky pressed powders for about 8 years. It was a great find and I haven’t found anything else I’ve loved more; it’s amazing. I get the color Naked and love it’s bronze, glow and blush trio. It creates a glowy, natural sun kissed look. When I’m wanting a little more color I add this blush as well. It’s super affordable, comes in a bunch of colors (I wear Peach 40) and stays on wonderfully. For extra highlight (photos, special occasions) I add this Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop.
Now I have tried a ton of eyeshadow palettes before but this one takes the cake! A perfect blend of colors; some matte, some shimmer. If you are looking to create a gorgeous smoky eye or an everyday look this has it all. Long lasting wear and this palette lasts me sooo long (I wear it daily)!
I love this eyeliner and it is super affordable. It comes with a built in sharpener and smudge stick and I love the smooth crayon application. I get it in black.
I’ve only been using this duo for a few months but I am super happy with it. I first use a lash curler, then apply this primer. I wait about two minutes then apply this Nars Mascara (I usually do two layers). It adds great volume and length to my lashes and the primer helps keep my natural lashes healthy and strong while amplifying the effects of the mascara; I’m loving the results!
While we are discussing makeup I HAVE to show you this amazing cosmetic travel case I just got! It holds everything I need for a week of travel and has made packing for trips so much easier! The dividers are removable so that you can change them around however best fits your needs/products and it comes with a long carrying strap too. It features brush holders, a zipper compartment and even a buckle strap that holds it open for you. It comes in black and pink and is only $20; highly recommend!
Interested in more of my routine? Check out How I Curl My Hair here. Spoiler alert: my curling iron is under $10!
Also pictured: my favorite resurfacing pads that are clinically proven to improve skin moisture, elasticity and firmness in just 2 weeks! Plus they reduce the look of dark spots and fine lines to make skin more smooth and even-toned. Another favorite has been this perfume that I am constantly asked about.
Bathroom photos shot at the Blackbird Farmhouse AirBnB; read more about them on my blog post here!
A question I get asked all the time is “how do you curl your hair like that”? I wear my hair loosely curled more often than any other way, mostly because it has a bit of a natural wave to it so throwing a few curls in it is easier and much quicker for me to do personally than straightening it with a flat iron!
I have pretty long, very thick hair so I focus on only curling the top pieces all the way around as well as a few extra curls in the front. This of course takes significantly less time than curling it all and gets me out of the door quickly! It really does give off the same overall look as if I had curled it all and I’ll save time any way I can!
I always use this 1” curling iron when curling my hair. It is super affordable and has worked well for me over the last 2 years. I grabbed it in a pinch after my much more expensive curling iron stopped working and figured I’d only use it a bit while researching which curling iron to get next but I’ve been very happy with the results it’s given me so decided to stick with it! The 1” barrel works well with my long hair, you may want to find a thinner barrel if you have much shorter hair but it all depends on your preference.
I curl the pieces near my face away from my face. Other than that I switch directions of the curl to give it a more casual, tousled look. I start a few inches down from my part and leave an inch or two at the bottom uncurled as well for a more natural look. I only hold each curl a few seconds before opening the barrel and letting it fall out. I then let all of the curls cool down completely and then run my fingers through my hair a few times making sure to break up each curl. You will want to be sure to wait until they are cool, otherwise they will lose too much shape and volume if they are tousled too much prior to cooling. After that, I spray lightly with this hairspray an arms length away from my hair, run my fingers through it again, and go!
It’s super simple and I’m usually able to rewear it a day or two with little to no touch ups since my hair holds curl well. Sometimes I will throw it up in a curly pony tail, low side bun/ponytail or put a hat on if it’s not looking it’s best and those little changes make the curls still look cute!
Here are a few of my favorite hats; linked below! I have gotten so many compliments on each of these. I used to never wear hats and now I can’t imagine not wearing them one or two days a week to accessorize or simply make getting ready in the morning with day 2 or 3 post curled hair that much easier!
Fur Pom Beanie
Grey Felted Panama Hat
Leopard Louis Vuitton Hat
Camo Louis Vuitton Hat
All Black Adidas Hat
Are you a hat girl? They have seriously been a life saver when getting the kiddos off to school in the early morning!
Interested in more beauty products? Here are my Makeup Must Haves and Stocking Stuffer: Beauty Favorites.
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I have been using the VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Mask for All Night Repair for a few weeks now so thought it was time I review them for you, as promised! These eye masks are the first approved for 8 hour wear so I have been putting them on before bed and wearing overnight!
(Thank you to VII Code Beauty for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.)
I have been wearing these eye masks twice weekly. I remove my makeup and go through my normal nighttime skincare routine then apply the eye mask last.
The masks are a gel like consistency and are immediately cooling to the skin. It’s so relaxing and is such a treat for me at the end of the day! I love how well they stick so I am able to run around the house and get a few things done, watch a favorite show, etc, all without them sliding around or falling off. In the morning when I take them off my under eye area feels fresh and moisturized. My skin tends to be dry, especially in the winter and I’ve noticed my under eye area moisture has improved since adding these eye masks to my skincare regimen.
To summarize what the VII Code website says about the benefits of using these eye masks: instantly refreshes under eye area, minimizes signs of aging around the eyes, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and moisturizes and soothes the delicate under eye area. From my experience in the past few weeks, I would definitely agree with this. As I’m quickly approaching 30 I’m becoming more concerned with my skincare and have enjoyed the benefits of using these masks. I wake up feeling more refreshed and wearing these masks is a treat I look forward to!