my favorite perfumes.

if you haven’t noticed by now, i love sharing favorites.
i swear it’s the nosey part of me coming out. i always want to know what products people are using, because well, if they are good enough i want to use them too!
today i wanted to share a few of my favorite perfumes, and not just to tell you what brand and underlying notes it has but to categorize them in a more useful way by season or situation.
because if i told you i love dolce & gabbana light blue for its notes of sicilian cedar and apple, you’d say “oh, okay” and keep going. but if i told you it’s my favorite scent for summertime, that might be a little more helpful..ya feel?

for every day: Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede
out of all twenty-six fragrances that jo malone offers, this has got to be my number one. i mean, it’s reached holy grail status, y’all. jo malone describes it as “flirtacious” with notes of juicy red apple, jasmine and rose, which i’ve noticed are common in a lot of my favorite scents. i’m a creature of habit i guess.

for spring time: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
imagine it’s the most perfect spring day. like april 25th, because it’s not too hot and not too cold…all you need is a light jacket. 😉 this is the scent for that day. it’s the perfect combination of fruity and floral with notes of sicilian cedar, apple, white rose, and solid base notes of amber and citron wood.

for date night: Marc Jacobs Decadence
i feel like this is a fragrance you’ll either love or hate…but i hope you’ll love. it’s definitely a deeper, woodier scent perfect for a date night with your man. it has top notes of italian plum, iris and saffron, and after it settles into your skin the base notes of amber and papyrus woods really come out.
decadence is one of my favorite perfumes, so i use it sparingly. but maybe i’m biased because it was my first purchase from bergdorf’s. 😉

for summer: Elizabeth + James Nirvana White
i had such a hard time deciding whether to buy the nirvana white or black. they are both amazing! props to you mary kate & ashley.
surprise, surprise it’s another floral scent. peony, muguet and musk are the key notes in this scent, which make it perfect for sweet summer days.
*que the windows down, hair blowing around and sun in my face.*

now i’m off for a fun weekend trip to fort worth, texas!
posts on the weekend to come, no worries. 😉



updated: holy grail products.

hello, lovebugs!!
it’s been a while, i know, but i’m back and excited for what’s to come this year.
i wanted to kick off 2017 with an updated list of my holy grail products. i still love some of the products from last years holy grail post, but over this past year i’ve found some new products that have earned their way onto this list and maybe even bumped some off.
let’s get to it, shall we?
i’ve repurchased some of these products more than 5 times this year. i mean when you find your favorite brow pencil, eyeliner, and dry shampoo you don’t tend to stray. it makes my target runs a little more manageable. let’s get real, that’s a problem we all need to solve. 😉
– nyx brow pencil
– e.l.f contour brush
– kylie cosmetics “ginger” lip kit
(this color looks good on everyone. take my word for it!)
– urban decay “buck” eyeshadow
(my perfect natural crease color.)
– revlon eyeliner
(stays. stays and NEVER budges)
– lush american cream conditioner
(smells SO GOOD.)
– batiste dry shampoo
– paul mitchell tea tree shampoo
skin & body:
– jo malone peony & blush suede perfume
(all time fave!!)
– johnson’s baby bedtime lotion
have any holy grail favorites of your own that i need to know about?
share them with me!

night time skincare routine with Clarisonic.

it’s almost the weekend y’all. can you feel it?!
i’m usually pretty excited for the weekend, but for this weekend in particular, I’M STOKED. it’s OSU’s homecoming, and let me tell ya they don’t call it “America’s Greatest Homecoming” for no reason. it’s about to be one heck of a weekend.
however, if you are lucky enough to get to relax and take some time to pamper yourself this weekend, just know i’m (a teeny bit) jealous.
i love spoiling myself on nights in. take a nice bath (with a bath bomb of course), maybe a hair mask, my favorite face mask, use all the skincare products i save for special occasions. the works.
in an ideal world i’d be able to do this routine like twice a week, but i’m lucky to do it maybe once every two weeks! so instead, today i’m going to tell y’all about my nightly skincare routine.
i’ve been using the clarisonic mia for about a month now, and it’s crazy what a difference it makes!
let me just throw in a quick thank you to clarisonic and her campus for partnering with me to make this post happen. so cool.
make sure to go to to check out all the limited edition gift sets. if you’ve been thinking about getting a clarisonic, just bite the bullet and do it! you won’t regret it! especially if you order by october 31 and use code “HERCAMPUS” to get 15% off!!
here’s the link one more time in case i have persuaded you. 😉
okay, into the routine!
[ remove. ]
if i ever have any makeup on, and i mean even the slightest bit, i use a makeup wipe. i always think it’s better to start your skincare routine with a bare face. because if you didn’t you’d have to wash your face twice…once to get the makeup off and once to actually clean your skin. so just save yourself some time and wipe it all off! my favorite wipes have always been the neutrogena cloths.
[ cleanse. ]
i switch face wash all. the. time. but i have to. i find that my skin get’s used to a certain kind and it loses it’s effect. right now i’m using the deep pore daily cleanser that came with my clarisonic mia. usually, i’m skeptical of products from brands i’ve never tried, but i’ve noticed how well this cleanser helps with oil control! praise jesus!!
to cleanse with the brush, i put about a quarter size amount of cleanser onto the damp brush head and then let the brush do all the work. the mia uses a “t-timer” to help you effectively wash your face. it starts with your forehead (20 seconds), then moves to your nose & chin (20 seconds), and then finishes up with ten seconds on each cheek. and don’t worry, it beeps and pulses when it’s time to change areas. so so easy.
[ spot treat. ]
i’ll use my paula’s choice spot treatment after cleansing on any blemishes i may have.
read my review of it here!
[ mask. ]
once, sometimes twice, a week i’ll use the clarisonic detoxifying clay mask. i like this mask because it doesn’t make your face all still when it dries. don’t you hate that? masks always make me feel like i’m going to crack my face open if i move too much. ouch!
just let this mask sit for about 15 minutes and then wash it off with a warm washcloth or the clarisonic.
[ moisturize. ]
let me just say, i LOVE this moisturizer. i’m pretty sure i’ve talked about it before with y’all, but you’re going to hear about it again. this olay active botanicals overnight moisturize is magical, y’all. it’s lightweight so you don’t feel like you’re going to bed with a layer of goop on your face. i literally slather this stuff on my face…like probably more than i should, but i just love it so much.
however, i really only use this maybe every other day.
it’s that simple girlies (& guys).
i don’t like to be too extravagant otherwise i wouldn’t do the whole routine every evening.
somethings were meant to be kept easy.
okay, i’m off to go enjoy my weekend with my family, friends and fellow pokes!
happy homecoming!!
happy weekend to everyone else!