Under-eye Gel

 

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This No More Baggage is by far my favorite find this week. I’m not sure if I just walk around in a perpetual state of exhaustion, or if puffy under-eyes come with age, but they are a daily thing for me.

I saw a bunch of people posting about this product recently when it went on mega sale, and then the reviews came, and they were raving.

So, I decided to try it when it went on sale for 50% off. And now I’m raving.

You dab it under your eyes, and seconds later, you can literally feel the area tightening up. And, if you watch really closely, you can see the puffiness under your eyes shrink. I’m SOLD. Try it, you will be too.

Also, after using the No More Baggage, I’m dying to try this 3D filler mask.

 

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XOXO,

Erika

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A Simplified Life by Emily Ley

 

 

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Every time I post a fav product, I’ll add it here.

 

XOXO,

Erika

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A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living

 

By Emily Ley

 

I love this girl. If you don’t already follow her on Instagram, go do that now. You won’t regret it. Her posts are filled with life and organizational tips, product recommendations, and adorable (yet real life) pics of her kids. It’s an overall aesthetically pleasing feed that’ll brighten and enlighten your day.

 

Then, get this book.

There are so many great ideas to make your life more simplified and less hectic. My favorite, and one I’ve recently put into action, is to donate your current towels (all those mis-matched, stained up ones) and order inexpensive all-white towel sets from Walmart or Target. I ordered these when they were on sale, and got two sets for $25 including shipping. I wash them twice a week and add either bleach or oxyclean to the load to keep them fresh and clean. The best part: I never have a 4-foot high mound of stinky towels to wash. Plus, my linen closet looks so much neater and more organized now.

 

My other favorite tip from the book: wash a small load of clothes daily, no matter what the colors. She recommends adding a ColorCatcher sheet to the load to prevent color bleeding. I have to admit, I was leery of this, but I gave it a try (even including reds in the loads) and I’ve had no problems. This is now part of my daily routine and has really made laundry a little less overwhelming for me.

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Trust me. You need this book in your life.

 

Not a big reader? Order the audible version. I listened to this book while cooking and cleaning and really enjoyed it. The narration is good and it allows you to accomplish other things at the same time. Win-win.

 

XOXO,

Erika

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Eyeliner


I don’t always use eyeliner, but when I do, I have two kinds I alternate between depending on the look I want. For winged liner, I’ve settled on this affordable option in jet black. I’ve tried multiple brands at different cost points, but I always come back to this one. And, it’s $2. I love it.

 


If I just want to make my lash line pop, I use this no-tug waterproof gel liner in black. It’s long wearing, doesn’t smudge and makes my lashes appear thicker than they really are (because irl they are scanty).

XOXO,

Erika

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Mascara

 

My lashes need all the boost they can get (but what girl doesn’t want that?). I’m kinda choosy when it comes to mascaras, but this one has had me hooked for the past 6 months. I apply two coats of Hello Lashes 5 in 1 mascara, and that’s plenty. I love that the wand keeps my lashes fanned out prettily, and doesn’t clump them into spikes.


If I really want to pile on the wow-factor, I’ll add one coat of this mascara on top of the two base coats of this. And wha-laa, no need for fake lashes. You’re welcome.

XOXO,

Erika

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Face Cream


I wear the Miracle Worker moisturizer morning (under makeup) and night (before bed). It’s thick and creamy but absorbs into the skin like a dream. I’ve noticed my face is not only much smoother after two months of using, but my fine lines are a lot less noticeable. Plus, that glow! I’ve had three different people ask me what I’m using to keep my skin so smooth and glow-y.

The price of this is $60, which is pricey in my book, but well worth it (I mean, it’s your skin!) I’m going to share how I validate the expense:

Before, I was using a drugstore anti-aging cream by ROC. It was great, but not nearly as good as this one, and it was $25 a tube. One tube lasted me one, maybe one-and-a-half, months.

This cream lasts 3 months. Broken down, that’s $20 a month for a much more luxurious and effective skin care product. Give it a try, you won’t regret it. Promise.

XOXO,

Erika

 

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BB Cream


This BB Cream is a literal lifesaver.

It smooths the complexion, adjusts to any skin tone, and adds just a hint of color. Mostly, I wear it under my foundation. But on days I don’t have the time and/or energy to apply a full face of makeup, I use my fingertips to quickly blend this into my skin, and wha-laa, I look like my skin is naturally pretty, haha. And, the price is a steal. You can pick it up at any drugstore, or get at Ulta and use one of their coupons to get it for even less.


XOXO,

Erika

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Foundation

Foundation is one of those things that I’m constantly on the lookout for something better (aren’t we all on the quest for flawless skin?). I’ve been wearing IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ for at least six months, and so far, I have little inclination to search for another. It hits on all of my major requirements: SPF, long-wearing, and natural (while providing lots of breathable coverage). I like this one because it really covers pores and redness without settling into my fine lines (whyyy can’t I be young forever?). It’s priced along the lines of most department store foundations, but I think it lasts a little longer, especially if you apply with a wet beauty blending sponge (which I do). I also wear it over this Loreal BB cream. It definitely requires a setting powder, as it feels a little tacky if you don’t, but I wear that anyway so it doesn’t bother me at all. Click on the link below to shop.


XOXO,

Erika

 

 

 

 

 

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