Friday Finds | Vol. 7

Happy Friday! I wanted to end the week with a good ol' fashioned 'Friday Finds' post since I haven't done one of these in a while! I feel like there are so many great items I've found recently that I've wanted to share with you all!


#1. This PJ set came home with me last week and it is the best $20 I've spent in a while! SO soft and comfy! True to size!

#2. As always, Target is killing it in the shoe dept. I ordered these block heel pumps (in color Taupe) because I was in need of some dressier heels. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried them on at how comfortable they are! ALSO - Target is currently offering 20% off all shoes with code: SHOES, so snag these while they are discounted!

#3. I finally jumped on the bralette bandwagon and ordered this $10 racerback one from Amazon. It is surprisingly so comfortable and easy to throw on under over-sized sweaters, tee shirts, etc. For those of us that need a little more support than what a bralette can provide, I actually wear mine over my favorite strapless bra (this one is AWESOME! Does not slip down).

$10 lace bralette | sweater (I sized up to a Med) | jeans

#4. Another Amazon find recently were these fun, beaded earrings! I really need to add some more fun statement earrings to my collection for summer and I am not willing to fork over $40 a pair. This pretty red $10 pair came yesterday and they are actually really great quality! And not too heavy which I was worried about. (I do plan on posting an Amazon Finds post next week, so you will hear about these 2 items again! But, wanted to share them before they are sold out!)

#5. I just ordered and received this fun, floral wrap dress from Express and it is SO perfect for summer! I am on the hunt for a few dresses I can not only wear to weddings, but also on my upcoming vacation. This one is SO flattering and the colors are so pretty in person too! They have a ton of different colors and patterns of this dress as well. This one is also gorgeous!

There are my top 5 finds of the week! Pop over to my 'Try Ons + Sales' page for info on all the best online sales happening this weekend!

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BeautyCounter Review | Products I've Tried


I've been using a handful of Beautycounter products for the past couple of months and have recently purchased a few BC products as well. If you don't know what Beautycounter is, I highly suggest going to their website here and reading their Our Story page as well as the Never List. Bottom line (Cliff notes version) is that we need to be a bit more cognizant of what beauty products we are using and what ingredients are in them. The FDA does not currently regulate ingredients in beauty or skin care product industry (including sunscreen!) so, companies can literally put anything they want in their products including harmful chemicals and toxins.

When Amy reached out to me late last year regarding BC, I was a little skeptical at first. I thought to myself, 'Is this just another 'moms that sell stuff' fade/pyramid scheme? Is she going to try to convince me to sell stuff?' I was also in a bit of sticker shock when I looked at the prices of the products on the website. However, the more I read about the company, their mission statement, and the fact that they are working to advocate for safer beauty and skin care products in the U.S., I became intrigued. 

I made a goal for 2018 to do my own research on a skin care routine that would work for me. Before this year I really didn't have one (yikes!). I would typically just take my make up off at night with a make up wipe and maybe put some face lotion on before bed... that was it! Now that I'm in my mid 30s (gulp), I know it is definitely time to invest in my skin. So, I asked Amy if I could try out some of the skin care products. I've also tried out their lip sheers (I now own one!), lip glosses and have purchased an spf stick. She recently let me try out some make up products that are included in the 'Flawless in Five' promotion they are offering currently. I wanted to give you all my full and HONEST opinion on these products since I feel it is my duty to do so!

*Just FYI - I myself do NOT sell Beautycoutner. I do not plan on selling BC products or to become a consultant. This is not a sponsored post, however, Amy did provide me with samples of some products to try out. I am using affiliate links for the items I've suggested below, so I will get a small commission if you purchase any of these products. And as always, I feel responsible to give my readers my full and honest review!



Here's what I've tried...

Skin Care

+ Countermatch Line: Amy gave me travel size samples of the Eye Rescue Cream, Adaptive Moisture Lotion, Intense Moisture Serum and the Recovery Sleeping Cream. She gave me these samples back in January and I am still using them every day! The fact that these little sample sizes have lasted me more than 3 months, tells you that the full size products will last you a long time!

I have been using the eye cream and the recovery sleeping cream just about every night before bed. I have been mixing a few drops of the intense moisture serum to the sleeping cream a few times a week. I occasionally will use the adaptive moisture lotion on my face after I wash it in the morning.

Since using these products, my skin has felt SO much more hydrated through out the day. I think that it has helped with my overall complexion since my skin is typically a bit on the dry side. Since these sample sizes have lasted me this long I haven't bought any full size versions of these products yet. However, I am almost out of the Recovery Sleeping Cream, so that will most likely be my next BC purchase!

*She also just gave me some samples of the Body Moisturizer and the Cleansing Milk which I just started using this week and so far I love them!

+ No. 1 Brightening Face Oil: This oil was my free gift when I signed up for their Band Of Beauty Membership (visit this link to find out more about the membership program). The oils are definitely on the pricey end, but I have seen a HUGE difference in my skin tone and complexion since I started using this oil. And I've had it for at least 4 months now and the bottle is not even a third of the way empty. So, I would say it is an investment, but these oils last forever since you only use 1 or 2 drops at a time. I use this oil at night (1 or 2 drops) maybe twice a week before or mixed in with the Recovery Sleeping Cream and my face feels so much more hydrated when I wake up in the morning.

I also have a sample of the No. 3 Balancing Charcoal face mask that I'm excited to try out tonight! I will be wearing the mask for our Facebook Live event at 9pm (est)! (You can join the event as well here)


Make Up

Flawless in Five: Amy graciously gave me samples of each product from their Flawless in Five promotion. So, I was able to sample the Tint Skin (in shade: Linen), the Touch Up Skin Concealer Pen (in shade: Light), the Color Define Brow Pencil, the Volumizing Mascara, the Powder Blush Duo (in 'Tawny/Whisper')  and the Lip Gloss (in shade: Bare Shimmer). Right now, you can buy all six of these products for $150 ($200 value).

I loved this easy, quick make up routine which gave me just enough coverage for an everyday look. I literally was able to apply all 6 products in less than 5 minutes. This would be a great combo for busy, working or stay at home moms, college students, jet setters, and really just anyone that just wants or needs the bare minimum when it comes to everyday make up.

Stand outs for me out of this group were the Volumizing Mascara, the Powder Blush Duo and the Lip Gloss! The mascara has a really nice formula and I loved the shape of the brush! It really helps with adding volume to the lashes. The Powder Blush Duo in Tawny/Whisper was just the perfect blush color for spring and the lip glosses are SO good! They smell like a vanilla cupcake!

The only make up product that I have purchased myself, is the Lip Sheer in Petal. And I have been using it everyday ever since I received it! It makes my lips feel so moisturized and the color is the perfect pink shade for spring! I would definitely call this more of a tinted lip moisturizer than a true lip stick. If you want something more pigmented that lasts longer, I would suggest trying out their new lip sticks.

I also just received a sample of the Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage (in No. 2) and I loved it! This is most comparable to the Maybelliene BB Cream with spf that I currently have been using everyday. The Dew Skin, however, definitely leaved my face feeling more hydrated throughout the day!


Others

I also recently tried out the new Make Up Wipes and I will say, they are not my favorite. I did not like the smell of them and they weren't as 'wet' as I felt like they should be in order to remove my make up. BUT, they did leave my skin feeling more hydrated than after use than the ones I'm currently using (Target brand). The main benefit is that they are biodegradable and are made with more natural ingredients than the ones I currently use.

I also recently purchased this Protect Stick Sunscreen spf 30. After all the hoopla last year about the dangerous and toxic chemicals that are found in some sunscreens, I definitely made it a point to do my homework on buying sunscreen for this season. I plan to keep this stick on me at all times so I can apply when needed on myself AND it is safe enough to use on the boys as well!


In summary, does this mean I am going to buy all BeautyCounter products to replace everything I'm using? Answer: Simply, no. I do plan on swapping out the main offenders, such as skin care, face lotion, oils, sunscreen and lip products. I may or may not switch out any of my make up products besides the lip products. I like to think of it like my diet... I try to eat 'clean' as much as possible, but does that mean I don't have a cheat meal or snack every now and then? No. I mainly am focused on investing in my skin care regimen so those will most likely be the main products that I, myself, will purchase.

Products in my cart for my next purchase: The Eye Rescue Cream, The Recovery Sleeping Cream and possibly some more spf products.


Phew.... that was A LOT! If you are interested in hearing more about BeautyCounter and the products I've been using, make sure to join our Facebook LIVE event tonight at 9pm! I will be wearing the charcoal face mask and drinking wine, so that will be a sight to see! All you have to do is hop on your computer and comment/ask questions in your jammies!

JOIN OUR EVENT TONIGHT HERE!

Hope to see you all tonight!

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Spring & Summer Capsule Series | Vol. 2 (Denim)

Hello, friends! I bring you volume 2 of my Spring and Summer Capsule series! This post is all about jeans! I may do another post closer to summer regarding shorts, but for right now with this weather... I'm still covering my legs!

I think it's important to have a variety of jeans available for all seasons and occasions in your closet. For Spring and Summer, I like to have a good pair of white jeans, a light wash distressed pair of jeans and a dark wash pair available in my closet for a variety of occasions. I have listed below the jeans that I currently have and love, as well as some jeans that are on my wish list.


Let's start with this pair of dark washed, raw hem jeans. I got this pair a few weeks ago and I have been wearing them non-stop! They are ankle length with a 'chewed hem' as they call it and have the slightest distressing sprinkled on the front. But, these are the perfect running errands in my flip flops during the day and then throw on a pair of heels for date night pair of jeans! They fit maybe a little larger than normal, but I went ahead and got my normal size in the petite length (I'm 5' 2") and they fit great!

cardigan (currently 40% off!) | cami (currently 40% off) | jeans (currently 40% off!) | similar bag here and budget friendly here | bow wedges

$15 kimono | cami (40% off!) | jeans | bamboo clutch (less than $40 with free shipping!) | similar wedges

Second up are these distressed, high waist jeans. They are considered jeggings most likely because of how soft and stretchy they are. And pair that with the high waist and it's like you're basically wearing high waisted leggings! These were my first pair of high waisted jeans and to be honest, I don't know what took me so long! I'm much more comfortable in a mid or high rise jeans these days (RIP low rise). I got my true size in these, but they do run a big snug with the high waist! But, mine have stretched out a bit with wear.



Lastly, my favorite pair of white distressed jeans. I bought these last summer and have worn them constantly (besides the winter months) ever since! They have good stretch and are mid rise, so I feel a bit more confident wearing them. They are not see through and have butt pockets which is a must with white denim! I would say these run true to size as well.



denim jacket | tee shirt | distressed white jeans | designer dupe booties | similar bag | $8 sunnies

These are definitely my top 3 most worn jeans currently. I also wear this pair quite often and refer to them as my 'church' jeans 😂 Because there is no distressing on them and they are very basic and flattering!

I've linked to several other similar styles to these jeans below:

Dark wash:



Lighter wash / distressed / high waisted:



White jeans:



Happy Shopping!

My Nightly Routine (with Smile Brilliant)


*I was provided a complimentary teeth whitening system from Smile Brilliant in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own! Thank you Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post! 

As a working mom of 2 toddlers, it goes without saying that my life is very busy! On a daily basis, I feel as though I am being pulled in so many different directions. One of the main reasons I started my blog and have continued to post through this busy season of life, is to have my 'me time' everyday. Weather it's just taking the time to post on social media, post on the blog or follow along with other blogs and bloggers that inspire me.

I also look forward to spending the end of every busy work day at home with my family. Once the boys are in bed, I spend the last hour before I go to bed just relaxing and enjoying my 'me time'. During this time, I may write a blog post, catch up on a show, sip on a glass of wine and maybe have a snack. Usually around 9:30pm or so I start to get sleepy, so I will start my nightly routine. For the past month I've been coupling my skin care routine with Smile Brilliant's custom teeth whitening system and I've seen a huge difference in the color and brightness of my teeth!



It is no secret that I enjoy my daily cup (errrr... cups...) of coffee in the morning and a glass of wine or 2 during the week. So, it goes without saying that my teeth have started to yellow and stain over time. I had tried the over the counter teeth whitening systems in the past, but never really saw great results with them. And the teeth whitening procedures at my dentist's office were out of my budget. So, I was really happy when SmileBrilliant reached out to me for this collaboration!

Once I received my welcome package, I immediately opened it and started to make the molds for my custom teeth whitening trays. They made it so easy with step by step instructions on how to make the molds for the custom trays. Once the molds were dry, I placed them in the pre-addressed envelope that was provided in my kit and sent them off in the mail. Only a week or so later, I received my custom trays!




Once I received my custom trays, I was ready to start the whitening process. Smile Brilliant provides you with the teeth whitening gel as well as a desensitizing gel with your custom trays. I simply apply a thin layer of the whitening gel to the top and bottom trays and put them in my mouth to start the process. Because the trays are custom, the trays fit comfortably into my mouth and after a few moments, I forget they are there! I usually keep them in for about 45 mins to an hour (can keep them in for up to 3 hours). This is when I might finish up a blog post or catch up on a tv show before bed. Once I'm done, I just take them out, rinse them out, then brush my teeth as normal. I'll apply a small amount of the desensitizing gel in the trays and put them back in for about 20/30 mins while I wash my face and complete my nightly skincare routine. 



I've been using the trays now for over 6 weeks and I have definitely noticed a difference in not only the color, but the decrease in visible stains on my teeth. With so many other obligations during the day, it's so nice that this process doesn't interfere with anything that I wouldn't normally do! I can whiten my teeth while I blog, catch up on social media, or just wind down at the end of a busy day. 



I'm so happy that I get to offer my readers 15% off your Smile Brilliant order (with code: llstyling15

AND Smile Brilliant and I are hosting a GIVEAWAY! One lucky participant will win $149 credit towards their very own Smile Brilliant custom teeth whitening system!

All you need to do is click this link here: www.smilebrilliant.com/g/llstyling
and complete all the entries required.

*This giveaway is open to all USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents. 

Tooth Whitening Gel

Shopbop Sale Picks!


Hi friends! I had another post scheduled for today (my second installment of my Spring/Summer Capsule series), but I had to share with you this awesome sale! Shopbop is an online retailer that offers designer/high quality merchandise with free shipping and free returns! You can also connect to your Amazon Prime account to get FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING

Shopbop only hosts a handful of sales per year, and there is a great one going on currently. You can receive 20% off your purchase under $500, or 25% off your purchase of $500 or more (with code 'EVENT18' at checkout)! I would suggest purchasing those splurge/designer items you have had on your wish list now! This sale is only 4 days long and most likely, the popular items will sell out so snag them today!

I already did some work for you and picked out my top picks from this sale. Right now, I would invest in good, quality sandals, handbags, beach totes, jeans, shorts, dresses, sunglasses and jewelry. I will be going over my picks on my instastories later today, so you can listen along while you view this post for more detailed descriptions!

Here are my top picks (click on the image to link to the item, affilate links are used):




Happy Shopping friends!

March Favorites (Most Clicked On + Sold Items)

Can you believe March is over? That means we are already 1/4th of the way through 2018?! I would say that month flew by, but for me the first few months of the year always drag! I am SO ready for some warmer temps! 

I wanted to share with you all some of the most popular items I've shared on the blog and instagram from last month. These posts are always a hit, so I thought I would go ahead and keep sharing them monthly. I use my analytics from RewardStyle (affiliate program connected to Liketoknow.it) to figure out the top purchased and clicked on items...


Let's start with the top 5 most clicked on items from March 2018 (in order from most clicked on):

1. This ruffle one-shoulder swimsuit (on sale now for $25!) : Now is the time to snag this suit if you haven't yet! It is on major sale! It's so flattering! One thing I will mention, is that it doesn't have any padding on top. So, I actually ordered these inserts to put in mine.

2. This pink loose-knit sweater (which is still available in a few sizes and color options!)


3. These super high-waisted distressed jeggings (On sale for less than $38!) - You guys these are the best jeans! I love wearing them because they really suck everything in with the high waist!


4. My favorite everyday BB Cream with spf 30.

5. Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (Brightener) - The BEST under eye concealer/brightener!


Now, here are the top 5 most purchased items from March:

1. My favorite long sleeve, side slit tee was the most purchased items from last month!


2. Second most popular items were these designer dupe sunglasses from Amazon, which unfortunately look like they are sold out!

3. Another Amazon find, my palm leaf criss cross one piece suit. I bought this suit last year and I definitely plan to wear it again this summer! AND it's less than $22!

4. My high-waisted distressed jeans were also a top purchased item last month!

5. Last, but not least, my favorite new $20 bow slides were a hit with you all as well!


There you have it! The most popular items shared on LLStyling last month! 
Did you purchase any of these items? What are you loving for April?

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