Nordstrom Sale Early Access Picks!

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It's the MOOOOST wonderful TIIIIIIME of the yeeeeaaaaarrrrrr!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is HERE! Early Access starts today, and I stayed up all night shopping the sale and picking out the very BEST pieces! Now you don't need to sift through the pages and pages of sale pieces or brave the crowds in stores, because I did the dirty work for you!

Below you'll see my *initial* picks from the sale! Over the next few days, I'll be doing additional posts and you will be able to shop my picks from the following categories: Women's, Men's, Kid's, Home, Beauty, and What I Ordered (with try-on photos!). So, keep checking back for those posts over the next couple of days!

Just simply click on a picture below to shop the item! Each picture is a link that will take you directly to the product page where you can see details, colors, pricing, sizes, etc...

If you're not a Nordstrom Card holder, you can click here to get one so that you can shop the Early Access sale! Otherwise, the sale will open up to the public on July 20th.

Alright, ready to shop?? Let's go! Get ready, because this sale is SO GOOD. There are so many amazing deals and pieces and, as I said, I have a ton more posts to follow with even MORE picks! Be sure to check my IG and blog over the next few weeks for try-ons and up close shots of all of the pieces from the sale that I ordered!

Here are my initial picks from the sale:

 

What are your favorite items from the sale?? Let me know what you are LOVING and what you are ordering!

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My Current Makeup Lineup

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Hi beautiful people!

I did a poll on Instagram asking if you guys wanted to see a post on books I've read recently, or on my current makeup lineup, and the makeup post won! I'll get my book review post up next week (hopefully!). But let's dive right into the makeup products I have been using recently!

I am really liking my current makeup situation. I've got it down so that it is super quick (I can get my full, daily makeup look done in under 10 minutes), and really easy to do. As a mom, I don't have time for fancy brushes, sponges, contour, etc... I keep it straight forward and easy peasy! I also use my fingers to apply my foundation, concealer, and blush. The only thing I use a brush for is my highlighter and my eyeshadow. Easy!

Before I apply my makeup, I wash my face every morning and then apply this facial tanning lotion: click here

While that is drying, I brush my teeth and put lip balm on. I like this lip balm. Then I'll pat in a tiny bit of moisturizer. I have been using this moisturizer lately, and I know it's full of bad ingredients, but honestly I've had so much trouble with my skin lately and since using this my face has been the most clear that it's been in awhile. So, I'm sticking to it for now!

Next up I use my fingers to apply a couple of pumps of this CC + illuminating cream. I use the shade 'Light'. I love the subtle glow it gives, and it does wonders when it comes to evening out my skin tone. Plus, it has SPF 50+, which is a great bonus! I blend the cc cream in to my hair line and also down onto my neck, using my fingers. I sometimes will use a beauty blender, but I have found that I like the outcome best when I just use my fingers.

After I apply my cc cream, I go in with this concealer. It's full coverage, anti-aging, and water proof, and it is my FAVORITE concealer. I wear the shade 'Light'. I like this concealer so much! It doesn't settle in the creases  under my eyes and it provides a really full coverage which I am AAAALLL about. I do use Shape Tape occasionally, but Bye Bye Under Eye is definitely my go-to.

Next, I apply a tiny little bit of this blush with my finger tips. When I say a "tiny little bit", I mean it. A little of this goes a LOOONG way. Start off with less than you think you need and you can always add more. I love how dewey and light this blush is. It gives the perfect hint of pink. I wear the shade 'Puff'.

To finish off my face, I use this palette from Tarte. I recieved this palette in the FabFitFun Summer Box, which was sent to me, and I am SO happy to have been able to try it! Side note: you can get $10 off of your first FabFitFun box HERE with the code AMC10. Anyways, this palette is a GAME CHANGER. I am seriously in love. It is so good. I use the shade 'Strobe' on my cheek bones, nose, brow bones, upper forehead, and all over my eyes. It acts to set my face, as well as acting as a highlighter. Then I'll dust a bit of the shade 'Lit' all over to add a nice warm glow. I then will use the shade 'Stunner' as my eye shadow, sweeping it all over my lids. I really can't say enough good things about this palette. I've gotten so many compliments on my skin since I started using it! I use a Sigma brush.

I finish off my makeup with my eyes. I curl my eyelashes, apply eyeliner (I love how easy this is to use and how it effortlessly gives that cateye look), and this mascara. I was using this IT Cosmetics mascara for awhile, which I love. But honestly, nothing beats this one, and it is so affordable! I honestly just don't love any other mascara as much as this one. It makes my eyelashes look so full and long, without looking clumpy at all.

It seriously takes me less than 10 minutes to do my makeup each morning. I also shower at night before bed, so I don't have to shower in the morning, and I wash my hair every 2-3 days, so usually I just spray some dry shampoo and I'm good to go! My routine is fast and easy - what every mama strives for, haha.

How long does it take you to do your makeup? What are your favorite products? Please share!

 

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Five Favorites

Wow, sorry for being MIA this past week! We were traveling for a wedding and things have been SO busy since we got back!!

Ok, ready for another round of Five Favorites?

Here are five things from all categories - makeup, skincare, fashion, etc... that I am LOVING right now, and I think you will love them too! Just click each title for more info!

1. Haloscope by Glossier

This highlighter is SO easy to use and it gives the most perfect, dewy glow.

These are the cutest wedges and they go with everything.

Such a beautiful top - perfect for Spring!

Such a beautiful top - perfect for Spring!

Perfect for flat lays!

Perfect for flat lays!

Hope you all have a great rest of your week!

5 Minute Makeup Routine

I think we'd all agree that, while it can be fun to spend a half hour on achieving the perfect makeup look SOMETIMES, there are days when you need a look that is a bit faster to achieve. Now, add in the whole "mom-factor" and the need for a quick and easy makeup routine is multiplied by 1,000. AmIRight??

That's why I have perfected this 5 minute makeup routine!

It uses minimal products and requires minimal effort...and the end results are very put together and lovely...which is a win! Basically this makeup looks like you spent much longer on it than you actually did.

I shot this quickly one morning while I was sitting on the living room floor getting ready. James was doing tummy time in his Dock-A-Tot and watching me. He thought the whole thing was pretty weird and funny. haha

So, that is proof for all of you other mamas out there that this makeup routine is PERFECT for whipping up real quick during a nap or when you have a few spare minutes while your child plays.

Here we go:

First, start with a clean face. I like to apply a tinted moisturizer with SPF (usually this one), followed by my favorite primer (this one). I also like this one A LOT.

Next, I apply a couple of pumps of this MAGICAL CC cream all over my face, blending it down into my neck. I then apply this cream blush to the apples of my cheeks and blend it up along my cheek bones.

I just use my fingers for all of this when I'm in a rush. If I were spending more time on my makeup, I would use a Beauty Blender.

This blush has been my go-to for years. I love how it's so creamy and dewy. I'm ALL about the dewy looking skin. Plus, it's very easy to apply and blend.

Next, we'll move to the eyes - in my opinion the MOST important part of any look. I take my eye makeup VERY seriously, haha. I love dark, dramatic, long lashes and a good cat eye.

First, I'll apply a light shade of eye shadow all over my lids and brow bones. Then, I'll go into the crease and apply a light swipe of a slightly darker shade. This palette is the one I've been using lately and it's great! Plus, it's very affordable!

Then I apply my eye liner. I've started only applying it to the upper lash line - NOT the lower. This helps my eyes look more bright and open. I do a cat eye on top. I like this eye liner the best right now.

Then, MASCARA. If I had to pick one thing to take with me to a deserted island, I might just pick mascara. As you can see, my eyelashes are BLONDE, and therefore basically invisible. haha So I LOVE mascara and feel so naked without it.

This one is my current favorite. I also really really LOVE this one!

Don't mind the smudgey finger prints all over the tube... haha

*sigh of relief* There! Eyelashes!

Next up, LIPS. Mine are (clearly) so dry and flaky this time of year. I really love this lip color because it moisturizes while giving great color.

Ta-da! DONE!

I hope you liked this quick tutorial! This is my go-to every day makeup routine, and I get a lot of questions about it, so I'm really excited to finally be able to share it with you all!

Let me know what you think, and tag me (@tiugirlanna)  in any pictures of you with this makeup look after you try it!

My Daily Makeup Routine

Today I’m going to be sharing the makeup that I use on a typical day. I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this, and I think you all will be happy to learn that all of my makeup is from…Rite Aid! That’s right. I use drugstore makeup and you can too! Honestly, I’ve tried expensive, designer brand makeup, and yes, it is fun and nice. But I truly think that you can get just as good results from using makeup brands found at the local drugstore - for a FRACTION of the cost. 

Here’s my daily makeup routine:

  1. Sunscreen. (I'll either use Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen, or if I feel like I need a little extra glow, I'll use Jergens Natural Glow Face Moisturizer.)
  2. BB cream.
  3. A light coat of foundation (only if I’m going somewhere or have blemishes, etc… otherwise I will skip this step and just stick with the BB cream only.)
  4. Blush. (I am OBSESSED with pink cheeks! Blush is my favorite. I use this blush in the shade "Fresh Pink".)
  5. I don’t use eyeshadow any more…instead, I apply a coat of foundation to my eyelids. I think it makes my eyes look brighter, cleaner, and more awake! 
  6. Eyeliner. (I love dramatic eyes! Cat eyes are my fav.)
  7. Mascara. (Again, I LOVE dramatic, dark, thick lashes!)
  8. Lips. (PINK lips. I’m ALL about pink cheeks, dark lashes, and pink lips! I love this lip balm in "Pink Punch"!)

That’s it! I finish my look off with a light misting of MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ (Ok, this can’t be bought at the drugstore, but I HIGHLY recommend it. It sets your makeup and keeps it looking fresh longer!) 

As I said, I love pink cheeks, dark, dramatic lashes and cat eye, and pink lips…and dewey, creamy skin. I am majorly into the dewey, glowy, creamy skin look. I HATE dry, cakey makeup so I’m hugely into moisturizing and spritzing my skin throughout the day to keep it moist and dewey looking. 

I’d love it if you’d share some of your favorite drugstore makeup finds!

xo, Anna

Review: Oh Sugar! and Plumpify

Covergirl and Influenster sent me over some of Covergirl’s newest products for free to test out and review for them. I am already a big fan of Covergirl, and so I was very excited to try out some of their new stuff! They sent me some of their new Oh Sugar Lip Balm in the color ‘Taffy’, and their new Plumpify Mascara by blastPRO. Let me tell you, I am in love. 

Oh Sugar! is one of the best lip balms I’ve used. It goes on so smoothly, the color is beautiful and natural looking, and this stuff doesn’t dry out your lips. In fact, it contains vitamins that moisturize and nourish your lips while you’re wearing it. I will definitely be trying out more colors!

The Plumpify Mascara by blastPRO is great. It makes my lashes look so long and thick, which is what we’re all after, right?? My ONLY complaint is that the brush is HUGE and makes application a tiny bit tricky. But, it also ensures total coverage of all of your lashes, so I think it is worth it for the slightly awkward size of the brush. 

Bottom line: I highly recommend both of these Covergirl products. Plus, they are affordable and you can get them at your nearest drugstore. How can you beat that? Let me know if you try these products out! I’d love to hear what you think of them!

xo, Anna