My January & February Favorites

January was just so busy that I didn’t get a chance to post my favorites for that month. Ahh! Instead, I’m going to combine my January favorites with my February favorites and double up on the fun! Yay for you, haha! I really like doing posts like this because they’ve helped me get into the habit of intentionally looking for things to enjoy and be grateful for. Do you have anything in particular that you’ve been enjoying this month?

 

Vital Proteins Collagen Powder


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I have heard a lot of things about collagen protein and how it’s good for your hair, skin, nails. I was so excited when this came in a Bless Box! Collagen protein is also a good alternative for dairy/whey-free protein. I tried mixing this with only water but wasn’t really a fan of how that tasted. However, I did mix this in with smoothies and it was much better. I did see an improvement with hair my hair, skin, and nails felt after using this!

‘Tis The Season Candle from Bath & Body Works


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As you can see, I’ve burned this candle a lot lately! This candle is the perfect scent for transitioning out of the holidays because it smells fresh, spicy, and fruity all at the same time.

The Greatest Showman Soundtrack


I wasn’t planning on seeing this movie because it didn’t really interest me from the trailer and I didn’t want to see it just because everyone else was. However, I did go see it with my mom and youngest sister because they really wanted to see it, and you guys–it’s totally worth all the hype! I have been listening to the soundtrack so much in the last two months and you can listen to it too on Spotify. This cast is so musically talented and the songs are super catchy. I think that this movie could easily be a classic for years to come.

Eye Cream & Hand Cream


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I have been using this eye cream the last two months (I received it in a subscription box but can’t remember which one it was, oops!) and it’s been great for the mornings when my eyes feel dark and puffy. The applicator is a flat metal tip and so it’s already cooling to the skin when you use it. I have also been using my trusty L’Occitane hand cream because it’s been so cold and my hands have been so dry. I really like the citrus scent of this hand cream and also that it’s now made in a gel format and absorbs quicker.

L’Oreal Paris Purify & Unclog Pure-Sugar Scrub


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This face scrub has been fun to use because it’s like scrubbing a kiwi on your face, haha! I needed something gentle to help exfoliate dry skin and this has been a great product. It almost starts to self-heat once you begin using it. I have heard good things, also, about these new L’Oreal face scrubs/masks and I’m impressed with how affordable they are.

Wen Winter Cranberry Mind Replenishing Treatment Mist


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I talked about this treatment mist in a Bless Box post and I’ve still been enjoying it! This mist is so cooling and refreshing on the skin. I have noticed that my skin looks much more hydrated after using this. Plus, the scent is also really nice!

Oversized Oblong Scarf & Loft Click Bracelet


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I love canary yellow. A lot. Aside from my typical black, white, navy, and grey–this is my spirit color. I found this scarf at Target for $5 and knew it was a good investment purchase. This scarf is so soft and I have just enjoyed wearing it. I’m going to Maine in a few weeks and this will definitely be coming with me. Another thing I have been wearing a lot is this marble click bracelet from Loft. I tried to find a similar one to it to link and just wasn’t able to find one, sorry! One of my sisters gifted this to me a few years ago for my birthday and it’s been a great staple piece of jewelry for me because of the gold, grey, and white.

 

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Blogs I’m Loving Lately

This month I have been focusing on different kinds of things that I love and I hope you have been enjoying those posts. I think it’s fun to write themed posts during certain months (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc).

Today’s post is going to highlight four different blogs that I have loved reading lately. You should definitely read and subscribe to these blogs! I also really like how crisp and fresh all of these blogs look.

Jenna Kutcher


www.jennakutcherblog.com

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Jenna Kutcher’s blog is for the #girlboss! This blog is really helpful for building a brand, navigating the various forms of digital influencing, and for learning tips that are instrumental for everyday life. Jenna has also offered some free online webinars for things like email lists and Pinterest.

The Refined Woman


www.therefinedwoman.com

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I love thing blogs because it’s centered around real life issues, work, encouragement, wellness, and style. The Refined Woman was founded by Kat Harris and she is such an inspiration for the creator and adventurer at heart.

Straight A Style


www.straightastyleblog.com

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This next blog is for the fashion lover! Straight A Style is written by Amy Ann Arnold and she is a blogger in my hometown–and she’s killin’ it! Amy Ann’s posts are so helpful for styling and shopping for your every day needs–wether it be casual to formal. Amy Ann’s photos are also so great and inspire me to take better photos. Go check out her blog!

Lauren Scruggs Kennedy


www.laurenscruggskennedy.com

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I have loved following Lauren’s blog for a while because of her faith in Jesus, her strength in recovering from and overcoming a traumatic accident, and her dedication to health/wellness. Lauren’s blog is always so encouraging, uplifting, and relevant for every woman.

I hope you enjoy reading more of these blogs! What are your favorite blogs right now?

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February Birchbox

Here we are again for another Birchbox un-boxing! I hope that you like these posts and enjoy seeing what could come inside your own Birchbox each month. Are you a subscriber of Birchbox? Here are the things that I received in the February box.

Love Beauty and Planet Smooth and Serene Argan Oil & Lavender Shampoo & Conditioner


Each of these can be purchased for $9.00 and I even saw them in Target this week. I think this is a super affordable brand and this sample size will be great for traveling.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment


It’s always fun to receive samples for things that I usually can’t afford. The full-size bottle of this product retails for over $100. I’ve been a fan of lactic acid treatments for the past few years–it’s a great ingredient for acne-prone skin.

The Beauty Crop Wing Woman Liquid Eyeliner


I swatched this on my hand when I opened it and it seems like it will last a long time on the skin. I don’t wear eyeliner much, but this would be a great one for me to test.

DOUCCE Luscious Lip Stain


This looks like it’ll be a great color to wear during the spring months! The consistency of this lip stain is also definitely more on the watery side and less chalky/drying than some liquid lipsticks can be.

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Not Your Average Valentine’s Day Movies

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a wonderful day and that you know how much you are loved! Today’s post is a fun one and great if you plan to stay at home tonight. Sometimes there’s nothing more relaxing than having a movie night at home. When I think about Valentine’s Day movies, I automatically think chick-flicks. However, there are a few movies I really like that aren’t necessarily chick-flicks but are still pretty funny and revolve around the “love” theme. If you are looking for some not so typical movie suggestions, these are for you!

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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I bet you didn’t see this one coming, haha! I can’t believe this movie came out 14 years ago! This movie is so funny, so quotable, and I think this will be a classic for years to come. Napoleon Dynamite is about an awkward teen, Napoleon, his crazy family, steak, tots, and puffy sleeves. Plus, you can’t forget the Kip and LaFawnduh story line–they’re basically soul mates.

Austenland (2013)

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Jane Austen fans, unite! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie and it still makes me laugh. Austenland is about a modern-day Pride and Prejudice obsessed woman, named Jane, who risks her savings and goes to a Jane Austen theme park for a week to live in the role of a Jane Austen-based character. There are some great one-liners in this movie. Such a funny one to watch!

On the Line (2001)

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Nothing like a good ol’ throwback to the early 2000s! One the Line is a movie about Ad Man Kevin and how he meets the girl of his dreams on the El Train in Chicago–but doesn’t get her name and number. The movie continues with his journey to find this dream girl with the help of his interesting roommates. Plus, if you don’t remember music by Mandy Moore, *NSYNC (or “in stink” as it’s goofed in the movie, lolz), or BBMak–this will take you back for sure!

She’s the Man (2006)

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When her soccer team is cut from her high school, teen Viola dresses up as her twin brother in order to play soccer on his team at his separate school. How long can she pull off the role of being disguised as her brother though? And who loves Amanda Bynes movies?? This movie is super funny and a great comedy to watch on Valentine’s Day!

We Bought A Zoo (2011)

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Widowder Benjamin Mee and his two children move to the country and buy a zoo as a way of healing and coping with life after losing their wife/mother to cancer. I think this is such a sweet movie because it deals with issues like grief, loss, parenthood, and trying to feel love again. Although this movie might be on the heavier side to watch on Valentine’s Day, I still think it’s a good one!

Happy watching!

Bonus Post: Makeup Looks for Valentines Day

Hi there! I know today is not a normal bloggins day but I really wanted to get this post in before Valentine’s Day. I think it’s fun to see how people do their makeup for special occasions, so I’m going to share with you three different makeup looks for Valentine’s Day. If you’re getting dressed up and going out, staying in, or just having a night to yourself–I hope these looks give you inspiration and make you feel special. Enjoy!

Base Makeup

PRIMER: Smashbox sample FOUNDATION: IT Cosmetics & Milani BROWS: Ulta MASCARA: Maybelline

I have been using a mixture of two different foundations lately to help give me a little extra coverage. My brows are almost grown back out again so I don’t need a ton of help when it comes to taming them–I just use this brow gel to help keep everything in place. And as far as mascara, this one has been amazing and the wand is almost like a comb–so it gets to the root of the lashes easily and gives extra volume.

Look #1

EYE SHADOW: Maybelline CREAM EYESHADOW: ColourPop LIPSTICK: ColourPop CREAM HIGHLGHTER: Laura Geller

For this look, I kept everything pretty neutral but added in lots of glow. I applied the cream eyeshadow first as a base to help hold the powder shadow. The color on ColourPop was Jinxie but I think it’s been discontinued. There are so many other pretty shades though and they’re all so affordable. The eyeshadow shade that I chose is a rose gold and had a subtle hint of pink. Next I put some of the highlighter stick onto my foundation brush and then dabbed it on the high points of my cheeks. I finished off the look with a nude shade lipstick–the ones from ColourPop are also so creamy and they are so affordable.

Look #2

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EYE SHADOW: Real Her (received in a FFF Box) LIPSTICK: Jane Iredale sample BLUSH: Milani (similar one here)

This next look is all about pink! I mixed two different eye shadow shades to give a pink flush to the eyelids. Next I added some powder blush to the cheeks–Milani blushes are so nice to use and can be found in so many stores! Lastly, I finished off the look with a lip and cheek stain to the lips. I like that this look still has a lot of pink but it’s still kind of subtle.

Look #3

BRONZER: Physicians Formula HIGHLIGHTER: Maybelline EYE LINER: IT Cosmetics sample BROWS: ColourPop LIPSTICK: ColourPop

For this look, I went with a bright statement lip and subtle face makeup. I think I’m at the end of the line with my much-loved bronzer (as you can see). I like that this bronzer is matte and doesn’t have any shimmer in it. I did add a little bit of the highlighter to the high points of my cheeks to help the finish not look to0 matte and flat though. I tight-lined the upper water lines of my eye lids with a liner, to help my mascara look a little more dramatic. And I did go ahead and fill in my brows a little, just to help give a more polished look. The lipstick is one of the new ColourPop Lux Lipstick’s and so far, I love it! They glide on so smooth and the color seemed to last quite a while.

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