Beauty Essentials For Summer

makeup for summer

Summer makeup is my favorite right now.  Less really is more during this time of year.  It’s all about fresh and healthy looking skin and a more “natural” look.  Here are my go-to products you need in your beauty arsenal.

Summer Beauty Essentials

Sunscreen – I’m sure this is one everyone’s summer list and it should be.  Protecting your face (and your body) from the sun’s harmful rays should be a part of your daily routine – sun or rain.  Doing so helps fight against wrinkles and greatly lowers your chance of cancer.  I’m loving this sunscreen right now because it helps tighten pores and is non-greasy.

Primer – One of the biggest tips I have for summer is to use a primer. It keeps makeup from melting off helps it last all day long.  There are a ton of primers out there and they are definitely not one-size-fits-all.  Find the primers that work with your skin: mattifying, smoothing, nourishing, etc .  I’m using this one a lot because it really shrinks my pores for a flawless finish.  I don’t know what’s going on lately but the pores around my cheeks are huge and using this primer makes a big difference.  You can also get primers with sunscreen if you want to use both.  Not feeling like wearing makeup?  This one is perfect to use with or without makeup.

CC Cream with SPF – As a glam gal I love foundation.  However, this has been my favorite product for hot weather.  Hell, for every day.  This CC cream has broad spectrum SPF, fantastic coverage, a beautiful dewy finish, and even has anti-aging properties.  Win!  It really does look like your skin but better.

Waterproof Mascara – This is a given, right?  Smudged mascara under your eyes is not cute.  Between sweating and water activities you are gonna want your mascara on your lashes and not your face.  Invest in a waterproof mascara!

Cheek Stain – Lighter can be better and that’s why using a cheek stain instead of a powder blush could be your best friend.  It will keep the summer glow you want while still adding a flush to your face.  Use it as a lip stain for double the usage.  This is more of a jelly texture than a cream or stain.  Oh, and it’s super hydrating!

Dipbrow – Brows are what frame your face and the last thing you want during the summer is your brow dripping down your face.  Dipbrow is made to resist sweat and water making it the perfect summer bff.  I like to use it with the #18 brush.  Tip: After picking the product up with your brush, wipe some onto the lid to get rid of excess.  Use a light hand and feather light strokes for a more natural look.

Bronzer – After slathering our faces in sunscreen chances are our faces won’t match our body’s summer tan.  Use a little bronzer to warm up your face right where the sun hits.  Don’t think contour, think bronze babe.  Hit the forehead, cheeks, nose, and brow bone for a natural look. 

Lip with SPF –  Is there anything worse than getting a sunburn on your lip?  Ouch!  Be sure to add some balm with S ke this one because it adds a little tint to my lips while protecting it with SPF15.  I generally like a clear one but sometimes it’s nice to add a little rose color.  I’m picking up the nude color next!

What are your summer beauty must haves?  


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Snacking with GOOD THiNS

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own.

good thins the wholesome savory snack

Baseball might be America’s favorite pastime, but in my household snacking wins that honor.  Yup, we are huge snackers. My family is constantly on the go with each of our schedules, and a school pickup is never complete without “I’m hungry” being said in the car. I prefer to find tasty and wholesome snacks, and I found my newest go-to, GOOD THiNS.

good thins healthy snack

They are thin, crispy, and delicious. Oh, and they’re baked with real ingredients. These snacks contain no artificial flavors, colors, cholesterol, partially hydrogenated oils, or high fructose corn syrup.

Can I get a woohoo?!

It has everything I look for in a snack – including flavor. I get cravings for potato chips, but these have what I love about potato chips without the guilt. I find some of the better food choices lack flavor – these are packed with it. I finally have a better option without feeling like I’m sacrificing anything!

healthy new snack good thins

The potato original has the crunch of a potato chip while being baked instead of fried. They are a fabulous choice when you are looking for a crunchy and savory snack.

Kids are honest in a way that adults rarely are – like when they point out a zit on your face.  They’re also difficult to please, which is why they make great go-to food critics. If my kids say something is delicious, it’s because they mean it. They even steal my GOOD THiNS every time I set them out. I might need to hide behind the kitchen counter next time I eat them.

GOOD THiNS is a new brand of wholesome savory snacks from Nabisco/Mondelez International.  The brand was created in response to consumer demand for delicious snacks that start with real ingredients (like wheat, potato, and rice) combined with enticing flavors (like spinach, garlic, and sweet potato) baked thin and crispy. It’s a new snack you can feel good about.

good thins original

I look forward to trying the other varieties of GOOD THiNS in the three different categories – potato, rice, and chickpea. The potatoes ones include sweet potato, spinach and garlic, and original, and the chickpea one comes in garlic and herb.

Need gluten free options? Check out the rice ones featuring simply salt, veggie blend, and poppy and sesame seed.

Be sure to follow GOOD THiNS on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

What flavors are you going to pick up? I’m definitely picking up sweet potato for my sweet tooth and the veggie blend!

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Some Important Info

Hi my loves!  I’m gonna start off the email with my important info.  My email has not been working since Wednesday.  I’m not sure what happened but I can not send or receive emails from my normal email address.  I was hoping it would be resolved by now and it hasn’t.  Instead of waiting any longer I decided to create a new email address.  You can know reach me at  I will be spending all day today and into the weekend updating my information on sites and emailing contacts.   Well, I will be doing this all between my usual mommy duties.  Please send wine.

My blog was deactivated yesterday because a plugin took up too much server space.  Thankfully, that is all cleared but yesterday was a blog stress kind of day.  I’m just proud of myself for not throwing my MacBook across the room in frustration!  Joking…kind of.


On the flip side, I have been consistent with going to BodyPump every week.  I’m really loving it and it’s a great way to clear my head.  I would go today to the gym but I really need to get this email situation squared away.  Lots of emails to send today!

I know I said I was going to post my face tutorial on the blog but I will do so next Monday or Tuesday.  All these technical issues took up my whole day yesterday.

On a personal note, Damian gets out of school next week.  I can’t believe this year has flown by.  I just want to savor every single moment this summer as a family.  I watched a video of my boys from two years ago and I started to get choked up.  Pax was always attached to my chest from breastfeeding or babywearing.  As I type this I’m watching him pretend to be “Master Yoda” with foam sticks as a cane.  

Well, I have to take Damian to his last Friday of school right now and send out some emails.  Thank you so much for reading and sticking with me.  You guys have no idea how much it means to me.


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