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Favorite Lip Products

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Favorite Lip Products

Do you forget to take care of your lips? I know that sounds kind of strange! But I feel like we do so much to take care of our face with skincare that sometimes our lips get forgotten about. I don't know about you, but I don't want wrinkly lips ;-) So today I'm rounding up some of my favorite lip products. From my favorite nourishing lip balm to my most treasured tubes of chapstick, shop my favorite product picks below…

Palmer's Cocoa Butter

Palmer's Swivel Stick Lip Moisturizer Cocoa Butter, $2.19
This is a drugstore steal! I have used this chapstick for years and always have one by my nightstand and in my purse. The cocoa butter formula moisterizes your lips. A great drugstore buy!

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Treatment

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, $26
I usually wouldn't spend $26 on a chapstick but this stuff is good and lasts a long time (as long as you don't lose it!). The smells ah-mazingggg and it glides on like butta. I have the "Dream" shade with a sheer pink tint and use it while at the beach. It makes your lips so soft and plump...and the smell/taste makes you keep wanting to reapply. 

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, $24
No matter what gloss or lipstick you apply to your lips, it just doesn’t look great over chapped lips. In the winter months and summer months our lips tend to be more chapped, and I'm a firm believer in keeping your lips moisturized. This lip scrub works like a charm. It leaves your lips super conditioned and smooth as can be!

Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask

Burt's Bees Lip Mask, $2.99
I hadn't used a lip mask until I tried this one. The product smells so good and fits both large and small lips. The lip mask really moisturizes and hydrates lips making them super soft, especially during the winter/drier months. And it's drugstore - score! 

Have you tried any of these lip products? I'd love to know some of your favorites in the comments below! 

Retailer Sales

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I'm always on the hunt for the sales so wanted to create a page dedicated to retailers and their sales. I'll update this page every week with the latest sales and include when it was last updated. Just click on the retailer that you want to shop! 

Last updated: 4/4/2017

Retailers

ABERCROMBIE | Buy one get one 50% off all swim

AMAZON | Daily deals

AMERICAN EAGLE | 25-60% off AE, Aerie & Tailgate

ANN TAYLOR | Extra 60% off all sale

ANTRHOPOLOGIE | 20% off full priced home

ASOS | 

BANANA REPUBLIC | Up to 50% off sale

BAUBLEBAR | Up to 50% off sale

BLOOMINGDALES | 25% off with code FF25

DSW | Free umbrella with purchase over $39

EXPRESS | Up to 60% off new styles + additional 20% off clearance

FOREVER21 | Free shipping

FRANCESCAS | Buy one get one, 30% off

FREE PEOPLE | Free shipping on orders over $100

GAP | Free shipping on orders over $50

Goodnight Macaroon | Enter email for the chance to win free shipping or a 10-50% off discount code!

J.CREW | 20% off two styles or 30% off 3 styles with code TAKE2030

J.CREW FACTORY | Buy one item get one free with code FREESTUFF

LOFT | 40% off all sale items

MACY’S | extra 20% off select items

MADEWELL | 20% off with code FOLLOWURCART free shipping and returns 

NORDSTROM | New markdowns + free shipping

OLD NAVY | 30% off your order + free shipping on orders over $25 with code ENJOY

PACSUN | Buy one get one 50% off mix & match sale

POTTERY BARN | Free shipping with code FREESHIP

SAM EDELMAN | Free shipping & returns

SEPHORA | Weekly specials to add to your order

SOLE SOCIETY | Free shipping on orders over $50

STEVE MADDEN | Free shipping over $50 with code SMFREE50

TARGET | Buy one get one 50% off swimwear & shoes

ULTA | 21 days of beauty giveaways 

URBAN OUTFITTERS | 25% off shorts, graphic tees and sandals

Vici | 50% off f"final few" with code SALEONSALE

ZAPPOS | Free shipping

Best Drugstore Skincare Products I'm Obsessed With For 2018

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A new year means new beauty products to the drugstore shelves. I find the drugstore aisles super overwhelming...anyone else? There are so many products, I never know what to pick or what produces are actually worth it. So I decided to try a lot of them to discover the best of the drugstore skincare products. Here's my favorite skincare products you can grab at your nearest drugstore (or Amazon). 

L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Scrubs

This stuff is good. It's gently-yet-effectively buffs off dead skin cells making your skin literally glow. The primary ingredients of this scrub is 3 different sugars and several fruit extracts, which makes is smell like kiwi. When you first apply the scrub it has a coarse feel due to the sugar but after scrubbing around your face it'll turn smoother as the sugars break down. There is a warming sensation while massaging the scrub your face but nothing alarming. I've been using it 2-3 times a week and love how it leaves my face feeling silky smooth with a healthy refreshed look to my skin. Oh and did I mention it smalls delicious. 

Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Gel Sheet Mask

This eye mask is very cooling and refreshing, while adding hydration to your eye area. 

St. Ives Glowing Apricot Sheet Mask

This drugstore mask makes your face glow! It made with 100% natural apricot extracts like apricot extracts that softens and smooths your skin.

Burt's Bees Lip Mask Lip Treatment
This lip mask has so much moisturizer-locking natural oils like Meadowfoam Seed and Almond Oils. This is a great mask for the winter months and during summer when you're skin is dry. I loved this it exfoliated and moisturizes . Post-masking, I make sure to rub in any excess oil into my lips for a some extra hydration.

Neutrogena Hydrating Makeup Remover Cleansing Facial Towelettes

I used to use makeup wipes to remove my makeup at night but felt like it was drying my face out. A few months ago on a Target run, I spotted these hydration makeup wipes and haven't stopped using them since. They take off all eye makeup, including mascara, shadow and eyeliner without tugging or stinging. I love how this takes everything off, while keeping my skin hydrated. 

#GIRLBOSS: AILLEA Owner, Kathryn Murray Dickinson

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I'm excited to introduce you to this week's #GirlBoss, Kathryn Murray Dickinson Dean, owner of AILLEA. AILLEA is a clean beauty haven with stores in Atlanta, Denver, Raleigh and Charleston. Kathryn started AILLEA because she was trying to clean up her own beauty routine and was disheartened with the lack of performance in many products and the amount of greenwashing. It took her 3 months and $150 to find a great shampoo that was truly clean. She realized that nobody has the time and energy to finding clean products. 

Here is what Kathryn had to say ...

AILLEA, clean beauty

Name: Kathryn Murray Dickinson

Current Title/Company: Owner AILLEA

Education: BA Dartmouth, MBA Columbia Business School

What was your first job out of college? Working at Merrill Lynch. It was a wonderful experience but helped me realize that I did not want to work in finance. That helped lead me to beauty where I spent most of my career.

Tell us more about AILLEA. AILLEA is a clean beauty boutique.  We have ~50 brands of makeup, skincare, haircare, fragrance, bath and body and more.  All of the products are free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals or other endocrine disruptors. We have over 1300 banned ingredients.

What inspired you to start your own company? Several years ago I had developed severe late in life allergies. In trying to clean up my own beauty routine. I was so disheartened with the lack of performance in many products and the amount of greenwashing. It took me 3 months and $150 to find a great shampoo that was truly clean. I realized that nobody has the time and energy I was putting in to finding products. With a background in beauty where I have worked with the biggest retailers in the country, I knew I could help bring this to other women.

What advice would you give others thinking about starting their own business? It is 10x more work than you expect, it takes twice as long to build and is 100x more rewarding than you expect. 

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What was your biggest fear in starting your own business? Would everyone else be as passionate about clean beauty as I am? I think the tides are shifting in that direction, but when I first started it was not as prevalent.

Why is non-toxic beauty so important to you? Have you always been interested in it? I have always been interested in beauty, but only after I was having health issues did I really focus on clean beauty. The more I learned and the more I researched, the more passionate I became about lifting the veil on ingredients and their impacts. I don’t like to speak from a place of fear - but we need to be aware that breast cancer rates for women have gone from 1 in 20 to 1 in 8, over 90% of breast cancer tumors had parabens in them, childhood cancers are on the rise. 

Are there any ingredients in beauty and skincare products that we should be avoiding? Yes! There are the big ones that everyone knows about - Sulfates, Phthalates, Parabens. But there are others that are a bit sneakier. The ingredient “Fragrance" can disguise HUNDREDS of ingredients. Because it is considered trade secret, brands are not required to disclose what makes up that ingredient. Synthetic sunscreens are another big one, it usually shows up as oxybenzone, octisalate or octinoxate. 

Do you have any products would you recommend for Winter and Summer, as I know our skin takes a beating. 
Maya Chia’s ‘The Super Blend’ Pressed Serum Brightening Moisture Concentrate really offers it all - MAJOR hydration, anti-aging, and skin brightening. 

If you could pick four products that you couldn’t live without, what would they be? Agent Nateur deodorant, Indie Lee Squalane Oil, Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner, Lily Lolo Mascara.

What does a typical day look like for you? It changes EVERY day which I love. Some days I am in the store with the team, some days I am on the road for events, and some days I am at a Starbucks working on paying bills, returning emails and planning our expansion.

What’s your most proud moment since launching AILLEA? Being named by Well+Good as one of the top beauty retailers in the country and being named to the Goop city guide were 2 big ones for me. To receive that level of national recognition for a small boutique is really validating. 

What advice would you give to your younger self? I wish I had started taking better care of myself earlier. I wish it wasn’t health issues that had driven me to seek out the clean products. Although that was a gift in itself as it helped me start AILLEA.

If you could have drinks with four women who would it be? Oprah Winfrey, Jane Goodall, Kris Jenner and Vera Wang.

What’s next for AILLEA? Any collaborations? Stores we can find you in? We are opening stores this winter/spring in Charleston and Raleigh and I am so excited that these locations will now have spa rooms offering clean services.

MY MOST-USED ITEMS OF 2017

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My most used items of 2017

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We hosted Christmas this year in Atlanta with my whole family. They flew in from all over (China, Texas, Montana, and California). Sadly, everyone has now gone back home and I'm sitting here wondering where the heck 2017 went?! But really, why does it feel like the older you get the faster time flies. As amazing of a year 2017 was for me/us, I’m excited to welcome a new year full of fresh opportunities and changes. But before I we jump into 2018, I wanted to share some of my most-loved (and used) items from 2017. I try so many products daily, but there are a handful of items that stick out to me as daily or weekly essentials. Keep reading to see what my most-used items of 2017 were…

Cuyana Travel Case Set - I can’t think of a single trip where I didn’t bring my Cuyana travel cases on. The big one carries all my makeup and the smaller is for my toiletries. I love the blush color and how you can personalize it. 

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara - I’ve been using this mascara for a while now and love, love it. I used to hop around from different brands, but now I’m pretty loyal to this IT Cosmetics one. This could easily top the whole list for the most-used item!

Fawn Design Bag - This has been my go-to bag since having our baby girl. I love that it doesn't look like a diaper bag and can be worn as both a backpack or messenger bag. 

Amazon Alexa - We use this every day, whether we're playing music downstairs in the kitchen or while playing with the baby in her room. This is the best gift for someone too! 

Tula Skincare - I didn't start using this till the end of the year, so it didn’t really have a fair chance at a full 12 month analysis like all of the other products. But, I’ve used it every single day since I bought it and it’s proven to be a must-have for my day to day, so I definitely think it deserves a spot! Read up on my post about all the products I use here

Black Friday / Cyber Week Sales

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Y'all I've been so on top of my gift buying this year! I'm usually so last minute buying gifts for Christmas but this year my goal is to buy everyone's gift with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday (more like Cyber Week) sales! A lot of stores have started their sales early so I wanted to help you find the best sales so we can both save our money! Throughout this week and next, I will be updating any/all sales on the blog and on my Instagram and sharing some of my favorites from the sale. Here we go.... PS - Click any of the photos to shop  or head straight to the e-commerce site here.

J. Crew – 40% off + free shipping with code THANKU

Abercrombie – 40% off site wide

Goodnight Macaroon - 30% off site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY17

Sam Edelman - 20% off site wide with code SAMSGIVING

TULA - 20% off site wide with code FOURTHREADS 

Some of y’all may remember THIS skin care post I did a few weeks ago. Tula has completely changed my skin and I’m SO thankful for their probiotic products! A perfect gift for the holidays! 

Express - 50% off entire purchase + free shipping