Two piece sets are trending BIG time. It’s definitely one of those trends that I am hesitant to drop a lot of money on because 1) they are seasonal and 2) most of them don’t cover much surface area so what material are you paying all of those monies for?! My favorite budget friendly places to shop this trend are Forever 21 and Red Dress Boutique which has pretty decent quality clothing that will last a few wears. If you are looking for a one time wear outfit (ex: bach party), check out Shein but make sure to read reviews for quality and sizing. And if you are looking for a splurge worthy two piece set that will last a long time, check out Revolve, specifically Free People and SuperDownbrands.
Matching sets are SO fun for vacation and warmer weather. I’ve also linked a bunch of white sets that I think would be cute for bridal events and bachelorette parties. If you do try out the trend, tag me or send me a pic so that I can see!
Backpacks aren’t just for the classroom anymore, they are being used in place of purses, laptop bags for work, carry ons for travel and even diaper bags! I personally these two backpacks (here and here) and love that my 15″ laptop fits in both. They make traveling so much easier because my purse fits inside and I have plenty of room to carry other things in my hands. Also, my Calpak backpack has a flap on the back of it that allows it to easily fit over your suitcase handle.
I’ve rounded up backpacks of all sizes and prices below! Just hover over each picture to see the price. Keep in mind that most of these come in several color options!
We are back for another monthly round up of the most purchased items from the previous month. I always love these posts because I enjoy seeing which items you ladies loved the most and which ones took a back seat. I always want to make sure that I bring you the best content and sales so looking over this data for trending items, categories and retailers helps me plan similar content for the next month and hopefully you like seeing behind the scenes a little bit too!
The past couple of months I have started sharing more of my Walmart and Amazon finds and I’d say by the number of top sellers from these two retailers that I have a good idea of what you ladies are liking! That certainly doesn’t mean that I will stop sharing my favorite items from places like Nordstrom, Abercrombie, Revolve and Old Navy!
To shop any of the below items, simply click on the picture and it will take you to the retailers site to purchase! Also, if you enjoy these types of post and are curious about how I obtain this data and track sales on the back end, scroll down to the bottom of this post for more information on that!
Top Ten Purchased Items
10. Walmart PJs
The coziest $15 pjs you will ever buy and they come in several color combos. If in between sizes, size down.
9. LV Pouchette Dupe
These LV dupes continue to be top sellers every month. I do not personally own any of them so I cannot say what the quality is like or which seller is best. I do receive quite a few messages with very satisfied followers, I will say that! But I do suggest conducting your own research before purchasing. If you like this Amazon designer dupe, check out this post here with a lot more!
8. Abercrombie Cami
This cami will be a staple in my Spring/Summer wardrobe. Pairs well with denim, statement skirts and pants! Both the cami and shorts are true to size.
7. Abercrombie Wrap Dress
The little wrap dress that is perfect for most occasions. Can be dressed up or down and is nursing friendly! Runs true to size.
6. Amazon Scalloped Swimsuit
This Amazon swimsuit has been a top seller for months and for good reason. It is incredible quality and looks great on every body type. If in between sizes, size up! I am typically an XS and the small fits me perfectly. It also comes in lots of color options now!
5. Revolve Cocktail Dress
If you are in need of a cocktail dress that is bright and fun, look no further. It is on sale for $82. It does not have much stretch so I suggest sizing up if curvier. Also comes in a pretty coral color and wait till you see the back! I’m also linking my instant self tanner here.
4. Fiesta Two Piece Set
I wore this stunner of a two piece set for the RewardStyle Conference. It is $76 but I found it on Amazon for just $45. I do not personally own the Amazon one so I’d read the reviews before purchasing. The waist is not elastic so if in between sizes, size up!
The Slip Silk Pillowcase and the Amazon dupe keep placing in the monthly top sellers. This month the dupe won out. If you are debating which one to get or what the benefits are, read my full review here.
1. Walmart Maxi Dress
This $16 maxi dress won by a landslide! It is insanely soft, has pockets, adjustable straps and comes in 10 colors! It runs true to size.
And as a reminder on how I obtain the monthly top ten data…
I use an affiliate program called rewardStyle. This means that if you click on any link- whether it be from my Instagram, Liketoknow.it app or blog- that takes you to a product page on a retailer’s site and rewardStyle is able to track that it originated from me. Some affiliate programs will pay the influencer for every click that they generate from their site. RewardStyle pays per purchase made. This means that if you click on one of my links and then end up purchasing that item, I will get a small commission (usually between 7-12%). Many bloggers use this same program as part of their revenue source.
Because I use this service I do have access to data analytics. This means I can track what items are clicked on and purchased. I cannot see who clicked on them or what other items might have been purchased. For example, if you click on my Gucci Beltlink and then purchase a swimsuit and a top in the same transaction, I will only be able to see that a purchase was made and that the belt link is how you got to the retailer’s site.
These analytics are incredibly important to me because it allows me to see what all of you are liking. At the end of the day, this little blog business of mine is meant to be a resource for all of you so having the ability to track and measure each product’s success is invaluable. Coming from a Finance background, I tend to geek out over the analytics side of it as I find it incredibly intriguing what all of you are liking, buying and clicking on the most! It gets my gears turning because I genuinely want to bring you products that you are going to love and want to buy (at the right price point of course)!
Like I mentioned, this little blog is a full time business for me which means I am so appreciative when you choose to click and shop through my links – whether that be on Instagram or the blog. I have poured everything I have into being a resource for all of you so that hopefully it makes your life a little bit easier. I know that shopping through my links is an extra step for you, but please know it makes all the difference to me. It is how I am able to continue sharing great deals, try on sessions, and everything else. O and it allows me to pay my bills 🙂
All of that is to say, shopping through my links does not cost you anything additional (the item is the same price), the retailer will just pay me a small cut since I am the one that referred you. Please know I am so thankful when you choose to shop through my links and give me credit for helping you score a great find!
Last month at the RewardStyle Conference, I had the opportunity to meet with the Garmin team and learn all about their smart watch, the vívomove® HR. I instantly fell in love with it’s chic look and had to have my own. Since getting mine, Mama Adams has oohed and ahhed over it every time that I went home so when the time came, I knew exactly what to get her for Mother’s Day. I let her open her gift a little early this year so that she could be in these pictures with me and I’d say her face says it all of how excited she was to receive her own.
While Mama Adams has had a smart watch before this one, I have personally held off getting a smart watch up until now because frankly they just weren’t cute enough. With being in front of the camera 24/7 I didn’t want to invest in something that wouldn’t look good with every outfit. The whole point of a smart watch is to wear it all day, everyday to track your life so finding a watch that would look with everything from pjs to business casual was a must have. The biggest selling factor for me with the Garmin vívomove® HR is that it at first glance it looks just like a normal, fashionable watch but when instructed to “come to life”, the smart watch display transforms to give you all of the smart capabilities that it houses.
Garmin vívomove® HR can honestly do it all. Some of it’s features include tracking your steps, calories, distance, heart rate, and stress. Since it is able to connect to your smart phone, it can also alert you of incoming calls, text messages, calendar reminder and even social media notifications. Mama Adams is a pilates and golf lover so she is excited for all of the capabilities revolving around her active lifestyle whereas I was sold on the fact I could still be “connected” without constantly having my phone in my hand. There are so many times I will get a text message while working and then somehow I fall down a black hole of opening Instagram, scrolling my feed, watching stories, and then an hour later I realize I’ve just wasted an hour of my life all because I opened my phone to check a text message!
I could go on and on about all of it’s amazing features but I’ll just leave you with one more. The battery life on these watches is crazy good. They can last up to 5 days! This is almost unheard of with other smart watches and was another reason why Mama Adams made the switch. In fact it’s one of the main reasons that we are already looking into one for my Grandmother as well. Although it is a smart watch, it has been extremely easy to navigate and figure out which is why it would be an excellent gift for all ages.
With Mother’s Day in less than a week, I’m excited to share that Garmin is currently running a $50 off promotion so some of the vívomove® HR smart watches are as low as $150. Mama Adams opted for the Sea Foam with Silver Hardware watch (currently $150) while I have the Rose Gold Stainless Steel Case with Gray Suede Band(currently $299). The hardware and band are fully customizable depending your your lifestyle and preference. They ship in just 1-3 business days so you still have time to pick one up for mom, grandma or any other special lady in your life!
*This post is sponsored by Garmin. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*
With the Sephora Beauty Insider event currently underway, I thought now would be the perfect time to share my ride or die everyday makeup products. With my job I get the opportunity to try out SO many makeup, skin care and hair care products. Some products are so good I end up bumping an old one out of the crew and others get thrown into the donation box. These right here are my makeup products that have stood the true test and are products I keep coming back to. See below for all of the details on the sale and a little bit more about each of my favorite products.
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Primer– Prior to using the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, I used a moisturizer AND primer before putting on my makeup. The magic cream serves as both! So while it is a little bit of a splurge, it is taking the place of two products. And it certainly lives up to it’s name. It is pure MAGIC! It leaves my skin soft and hydrated without feeling greasy or like my make up will slide off of my face. It also fills in my pores so that the rest of my make up goes on as smoothly as possible. If you are someone with oily skin and/or bigger pores, you will love this product.
Foundation– I’ve raved about the IT Cosmetics CC Cream for years now. I’ve been using it almost 7 years and would be surprised if I ever switch away. I have tried other foundations that compete it with it such as the Estee Lauder Double Wear or NARS Natural Radiant Foundation , but I always come back to this one. It is full coverage without looking cakey. I wear it on “no makeup” days with mascara and even to go out with a full face of make up. It’s the perfect everyday foundation. It also comes in a matte formula that I would suggest for oily/combination skin and an illumination formula that I like to mix with the regular formula in the Spring/Summer for a more dewy look. I use shade light in the winter months and medium in the warmer months.
Concealer– I have used Tarte Shape Tape for years and would highly suggest it if you have dark circles. I use it under my eyes, in between my brows, down my nose, and over any blemishes. I apply it with the applicator and then “dab” it into my skin with a damp beauty blender.
Setting Powder– I use this loose setting powder with a damp beauty blender to set my concealer under my eyes. There is something about using loose powder that seams to work better for this area of the face. I’ll use any residue from the beauty blender in any oily areas of my face, usually my T zone.
Pressed Powder – I have found that applying a translucent pressed powder with a brush works best for the rest of my face as it doesn’t apply as much concentrated make up in one application. I particularly love this setting powder because it has a small amount of illumination in the formula meaning it gives a slight glow! Love this for a natural, dewy finish. The setting powders are meant to make your make up last longer by minimize oil and grease.
Bronzer– I am not a contour girl by any means but I do like a bronzer that I can use all over whether that be my cheek bones, hair line or neck. This is not a matte bronzer as it does have a slight shimmer to it which personally I feel like makes the face less dull! It gives a very natural, sun kissed tan to the face. I apply it in a 3 motion along my hair line, under my cheek bones, and below my jaw line. I will also bring it down my neck.
Blush– While this blush oddly looks like a female body part that I won’t name, I cannot say enough good things! I fell in love with this product the moment I started using it. I use the shade “First Love” which is almost a cross between a bronzer and blush. It gives the perfect sun kissed look. Not too pink, not too coral, just right!
Highlighter– I apply highlighter on days I want a little extra “oomph”. It makes the face pop a little more, especially for pictures. I apply my highlighter on top of my cheek bones, above my blush, above my eyebrows, down my nose and above my upper lip. Think about it as putting the highlighter anywhere that the sun would naturally catch your face.
Setting Spray– The last thing I do before heading out of the house. Setting spray is used to hold your makeup in place throughout the day/night and is honestly a So refreshing! I’ve noticed a huge difference since adding this step into my routine.
Eyeshadow– I’ve been using this pallete for the past year and absolutely love it. Most of the shades are in the brown family with hints of purple and pink making it a great Spring/Summer, everyday pallete. Most of the colors have a shimmer to them so if you prefer matte palletes, I would not suggest this one.
Pencil Liner– I don’t like harsh eyeliner on my bottom water line so I usually use eyeshadow or this pencil. I use shade “smog” and it is the perfect color to make your eyes pop.
Liquid Liner– This drugstore liquid liner has a felt tip that provides easy application. I use this on my lids and sometimes to make a cat eyeliner look. I’ve tried the higher end versions and this one trumped all of them!
Mascara– The best drugstore mascara out there and personally my overall favorite. If you have long lashes and like bristle brush applicators, you’ll love this one.
Brow Pencil– I used Anastasia pencils for years before finding this gem. It last 3X as long as it very similar. It has an angled pencil on one end and a brow brush on the other. I used shade soft brown.
Brow Gel– A newer find for me but since I have long eyebrow hairs, this clear gel makes sure to keep the hairs in place all day without giving them a gel like appearance.
Lipstick– I use shade Backtalk and it is a great everyday shade. Not too pink, not too brown, but a soft shade in the middle. It is also not too matte which I love since my lips tend to get chapped and this one does not have that effect!
Blush Brush– I use this too apply my blush to my cheek bones.
Bronzer Brush– I use this too apply bronzer as well as blend out any harsh lines from the bronzer and blush.
Eyeshadow Brush– I use this to apply my eyeshadow. It is the only brush that I use for my lid, crease and outer corners. It is a great blending brush too.
Beauty Blender– I use this too apply my concealer and loose setting powder. Make sure it is ALWAYS damp when you use it. This mean running and squeezing it under running water for at least 15 seconds before use.
ON MY WISHLIST
1. Precleanse– A pre cleanser is meant to be used before your cleanser to take your make up off. If you are taking your make up off with your cleanser, it is not having the chance to do it’s job. Wipe your make up off and open up those pores so that you can really clean them properly.
2. Cleanser– The only product I use morning and night. This Dermalogica cleanser is a great, gentle option that I have used for 3 years now. I have tried others and always come back to this one.
3. Acne Cleanser– While I’ve tried higher end acne cleansers I always come back to this one for two reasons. 1) It is under $10 and 2) It has 10% benzoyl peroxide which is an acne fighting ingredient. Most other products have between 2-5%. I don’t use this product every day, but I do most! If you experience hormonal or random acne, I highly suggest working a second, acne-fighting cleanser into your routine. I know it seems a little excessive to have multiple cleansers, but it has made all of the difference for my skin!
4. Toner– A newer product to me (< a year) and I’ll never use anything else. It is gentle, does not sting or burn my eyes and gets any remaining make up, dirt or gunk off of my face before applying my high end products. You would be surprised how much stuff can come off of your face even after 3 cleansers! I use the toner with a cotton pad and just run it all over my face.
5. Face Oil– If I was stranded on a deserted island, this is the one product I would bring! I swear by it. I have a few face oils but this is the only own I couldn’t live without. It has drastically reduced my hormonal acne. It has tea tree and salicylic acid which are two acne fighting ingredients. I look forward to this step every night!
6. Face Serum– My second must have product that has drastically changed my skin since using it. This serum has lactic acid in it which minimizes pore size, fine lines and smoothes skin. I have seen a noticeable difference since using this product when it comes to my pore sizes and minimizing my acne scars too. It also feels AMAZING going on your skin. It tingles a little bit. In a good way 🙂
7. Moisturizer– I don’t use a moisturizer every night. I use this moisturizer on two occasions. 1) when my skin really needs a little extra TLC and 2) when I want to tan my face because I mix my face tanning drop with it. I like this moisturizer better than others because it is a thinner consistency so the tanning drops mix in easily, it has SPF 50 and smells like ginger!
8. Spot Treatment– This is a newer product to me and I haven’t decided if I love it or not or when is best to use it but if I have a pimple, I will put this on it before bed and let it dry out overnight. You apply the product with a Q-tip to the pimple and let the product dry before going to bed and then wash it off in the morning. If it works properly, your blemish should be noticeably smaller in the morning! No pimple is created equal and this doesn’t work for every pimple. I have found it really only works for those stubborn, underground pimples. Also, it can only be used for untouched blemishes, once you poke or “pop” them, it does not work and should not be used.
9. Face Tanner– I have not had the chance to try out the Isle of Paradise drops that everyone is raving about but I have used these for years and love them. You just add a few drops to your daily moisturizer and it creates a gradual, natural tan. I just use this for my face. I have heard that people use the Isle of Paradise ones on other parts of their body by adding the drops to their body lotion.
10. Body Tanner– My ride or die self tanner. No matter what shade you are, I always suggest the dark shade. It gives the most natural looking tan and you are able to control how dark you want. All of the other St. Tropez shades that I have tried haven’t given me the level of darkness that I want. This one works for all seasons. The longer you leave it on the darker you will get. I apply the mousse with a tanning mitt (you must), let it dry, and then sleep in it. I typically leave it on for at least 8 hours before washing it off for maximum darkness. It will get on clothing and sheets and has a self tanner smell but it will wash out. I typically wear loose, dark clothing to bed.
11. Tanning Mitt– I use this to apply my self tanner. If you are using any kind of semi-permanent self tanner you will want to use a mitt so you do not stain your hands.
12. Instant Tan– Another new product that I LOVE. If I forget to self tan or just want a one time tan, this is the best product! It’s more like a body make up than a tanner. It comes out as a lotion and you just rub it into any area that you want to tan. You do not want to put it on areas that will touch clothes as it will rub off. It gives a very natural, not orange, sun kissed look.
Shampoo– My everyday shampoo that is great for color treated hair and smells SO good. I’ve also noticed that I could go longer in between washes when I started using this!
Conditioner– I love this conditioner! It leaves my hair silky smooth and smelling AMAZING.
Hair Mask– Since I put so much heat on my hair, I try to do a deep conditioner once a week to give my hair a little TLC. If you use a lot of heat or find that your hair feels dry or damaged, I highly suggest this product. You apply it in the shower, leave it on for 5+ minutes and then wash it out. It’s like a normal conditioner but on steroids 🙂
Hair Dryer– The hype is real about the T3 hair dryers. While they take a little bit longer to dry, they aren’t nearly as drying or damaging as others. My hair feels much smoother after using the T3 than others.
Curling Iron– The perfect size barrel and I love that you can control the heat of this iron. 1.25″ is the perfect size curl as you can brush it out for a loose wave or leave the tighter curl for a more polished look.
Curling Wand– Again, the perfect sized barrel! If you are more of a wand girl than an iron, this is my best wand on the market and budget friendly too!
Straightener– I’ve had my Chi straightener for over 10 years and still love it!
Dry Shampoo– The best dang dry shampoo out there. I love the coconut smell and that it does not leave a white, residue in my hair. Also I feel like other brands have left noticeably more build up which ends up forcing me to wash my hair,, whereas this one does not.
Texturizing Hair Spray– I personally do not use a texturizing spray but LOVE this product. It doubles as a texturizing and hair spray. It is flexible enough to be sprayed all over without the firm hold of a hairspray yet still hold all day! Like the name, it gives you that “wind blown” effect. Think sex hair in a can 😉
Heat Protectant– Not only does this heat protectant smell like absolute heaven (no really you will want to bathe in it), it protects your hair up to 450 degrees. I use this before I blow dry my hair and before I apply any sort of hot tools.
Purple Shampoo– Purple shampoo is not just for blondes! If you have any sort of highlights, I highly suggest purple shampoo. Bleached hair (any sort of highlights) will naturally start to get a slight yellow/orange tint if not treated. Purple shampoo will make those blonde pieces blonde again. Or even if you are not blonde, it will lighten the lighter pieces of your hair to a more cool tone than warm tone. I use the purple shampoo once a week.
Silk Pillowcase – I swear by this product! It has been a complete game changer for my hair. I can go much longer between hair washes and it keeps my curls in tact so that I don’t have to touch them up every day. See more of the benefits here.