It’s What’s Up Wednesday !
On the last Wednesday of every month, Sheaffer and I host this little link up where we share what’s going on with us right now. It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re wearing, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else all in one post. Today is extra fun for me because I’m partnering with Nordstrom and ShopStyle and bringing you some of my favorite beauty buys for Spring including my favorite waterproof makeup pieces, self-tanners and more! I love it when we team up together and talk all things BEAUTY! The post might be sponsored, but all of these items were bought by me, loved by me and used over and over again..by me. You know how passionate I am about beauty stuff 😉 .
So, let’s get started!
Have you guys tried this yet…
Why oh why can’t it be summer already?! I’m thinking all about these days…
…these are my FAVORITE days!!!!
All the beauty products from Nordstrom that make me look TAN!
You guys know how much I love my faux-glow! Want to hear a secret? I have tried several other types of self-tanner looking for a new one to showcase to you…but I ALWAYS come back to these two and never tell you about the others because these are THE BEST!! I buy both the Alpha Beta Glow for Body and the Alpha Beta Glow for Face. Now, I use the face ones year around about once a week. I think it takes a few hours for them to “kick in”, so I always wash my face at night, rub one pad all over it, let it dry for about five minutes and then add my serum and moisturizer (I have new ones!! Keep reading!!). The next morning when I wake up, my face looks just a little tan and gives me that perfect amount of color. Easy! Now, I tend to only use the body wipes in Spring (because I have a natural tan in the summer and don’t care if I’m pasty in the fall/winter). I apply them the exact same way. After I shower, I open up one wipe, rub it all over my body (make sure you flip it over and use both sides!), wait about five minutes for it to dry and then apply my moisturizer and put on my pjs as normal. Sometimes, I’ll have Andrew wipe down my back, but sometimes, I’m lazy and just don’t care that much because it’s not a dramatic difference…it’s just a nice GLOW! If you wake up the next morning and notice that you missed a spot, use another wipe that night to even yourself out. I am so practiced at this, that I don’t miss spots anymore. I really think the more you do it, the better you get. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
So, I mentioned that I’m on a new serum/moisturizer kick. Here’s the thing, the last beauty post I did, I told you that they stopped making my serum which meant, I had to locate another one. I went to Nordstrom and their VERY helpful and VERY experienced beauty consultants pointed me to this combination. I’ve been using it for about a month now and don’t see myself going back…
Apparently, I’m like the only one left on the planet who hasn’t tried these two because once I started telling people, they were all like “yeah, I use it all the time!”. Now, I just checked and the Vintner’s Daughter is currently sold out (boo), but I will let you know when I see it online again. I started by buying a smaller jar of the La Mer and love it so much that I know I’ll buy another one. I’ve actually started using both in the morning and at night. My skin feels super hydrated and glowy. Thanks to the helpful consultant in store, I’m now a convert.
Want to know what else I have started using daily? These…
…I told you about the Coola Sunscreen Spray last year and so far, this Spring, I’ve already bought three bottles. This is what I used on our vacation, and now, I’m spraying it on myself when I go out to play with the kids. It smells so good and really does keep me from getting burned. I’m also OBSESSED with the 100% Mineral Matte Screen from Supergoop. I wasn’t sure what I would think about the “matte”, but I love it! I apply it every day under my makeup and then also kept it with me in my beach bag while on vacation. It applies so easily and I love that it’s not “greasy” at all. I put it on right before I put on my foundation primer each morning.
Here are a few more fun beauty finds this month from Nordstrom’s Beauty Department…
…my friend Jeni told me to buy this Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder, and I’m a fan! I’ve been using this for a long time…
4: WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
All the Spring sports have started around here…
…Kensington has had her first volleyball game, and Smith has kicked off another baseball season! I love watching my kids do what they love 🙂 .
5: WHAT I’M DREADING:
I’m pretty sure I say this every year, but seriously, every.darn.year, they eat me up. Now, you guys pointed out to me once that my blood type has something to do with it (who knew?!), but I’m always looking for remedies. Help. Please.
6: WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
We are planning vacations like crazy around here! Trips to Walt Disney World, Alaska, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, Australia, cruises all over the world, and many, many more destinations. If you are looking to book your next vacation, we would love to help you! Email us today for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
Guess what happens tomorrow?!?
…BASEBALL SEASON STARTS!!!!
Woohoo!!! If you’re looking for me tomorrow afternoon, I’ll at home watching the Sox play!! I’m so excited! I’ve missed you baseball season!!
Did you guys see this…
9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
Honestly? A lot of Game of Thrones.
So, this is Andrew’s very favorite show. Ever. And I’m pretty sure he’s watched it all the way through like three times. For our anniversary, he asked that I watch the whole series. Buuuut…you guys know how picky I am about what I watch. I don’t like things that aren’t set present day. I don’t like a lot of violence. I don’t like things where I have to concentrate too much. I don’t like anything mythical. This is why I basically just watch the same four movies on repeat. I’m picky!! That being said, I’m on season 1, episode six right now. It pretty much has every.single.thing. I dislike in a show in it…but I have to admit, it’s a little interesting, and I’m starting to overlook all the blood, guts, gore and dragons. Ha! I’ll keep you posted.
10: WHAT I’M WEARING:
Okay, I did a little experiment for you guys!
Since I was partnering with Nordstrom today, I thought I’d do another test of waterproof makeup…because…come summertime, we could all use a little makeup that doesn’t sweat off in the heat or run everywhere when we jump in a pool.
Now, I would love to say that I jumped in the pool for this experiment, but my pool is freezing cold. Instead, I put it on and then went to my nastiest, hardest, sweatiest workout class. I typically never wear makeup for this class, but thought this experiment would be fun 🙂 . Here’s what I used…
Here’s what I looked like at home on my way out the door…
Fast forward to the gym. I went to class, I worked by tail off, sweated like crazy and then snapped these pics on my way back into the locker room. I did not add or touch up anything…
…not too shabby, right?! I was really pleased! I’m sweaty (sorry about that!), but my makeup stayed put!!
I am absolutely going to be incorporating all of these products into my summer routine!!
Random side note, did you notice how great my lashes look? It’s because I use this every night before bed…
…I promise you, NeuLash is a game changer!
One more product that stays put…
…these Mac Paint Pots aren’t necessarily “water proof” but they don’t budge. I have been using them as the base for my eye shadow (like a primer). I’ve told you about them before, but the longer I use them, the more I love them.
Here’s a little widget that includes everything beauty from today’s post along with some other fun Nordstrom beauty pieces you might love. I love that they have free shipping and returns, curbside pickup and really knowledgeable people in the beauty department to help me find the right products for me. Just scroll and click…
11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
Did someone say Spring sports?! Um, because that’s what I’m doing!
12: WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
I have two trips planned…and they’re both realllly different and going to be reallllly fun!
13: WHAT ELSE IS NEW:
I think that covers it!
Bonus question this month: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EASTER SIDE DISH?
Um, I love a side dish. I can pass on all that ham and turkey business, but give me #allthesides!
You can see my 9 Easy Easter Sides HERE!
Okay, that wraps up What’s Up Wednesday! I hope you all have the BEST day!
I’ll see you all back here tomorrow!!! xo