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    Beauty Staples

    makeup favorites

    There are a few beauty staples in my makeup bag that I have to share! When you find something you love it’s only fair to share the good news right? A couple of the products are favorites from a long time ago. One is new to me but, let’s just say I’m hooked!

    FOUNDATION: LANCOME TEINT IDOLE ULTRA LIQUID 24HR LONGWEAR SPF15 FOUNDATION– I began using this foundation seven years ago while I was having some major acne issues. It was my go-to for six years and last year decided to make a change. I turned to NARS tinted moisturizer. Which I do love for light coverage. However, this July I was in Portland on a trip with Nick and left my NARS moisturizer at home. At this point, I decided I was missing my good old tried and true Lancome foundation.

    WHY I LOVE IT: It’s full coverage, stays all day, has SPF, and is non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic is a term for skin-care or cosmetic products that are formulated in a way so as not to cause clogged pores. But, most importantly I really do feel that it evens out my skin tone and gives me as flawless of skin as possible when I currently have pretty bad acne (yet again!) But, that’s for a different time. We’ll talk about overall skin health another day.

    MASCARA: LANCOME CILS BOOSTER XL VITAMIN-INFUSED MASCARA PRIMER- I used this product when it was first released while I was in high school. I remember really liking it then! However, I wasn’t willing to spend $25 on primer and $25 on mascara. Within the last year, I started using drugstore mascara and recently received a sample of the primer. Once I started using it again, I realized it was so silly to ever stop! Let’s just say it is now back in the daily rotation.

    WHY I LOVE IT: I have extremely short eyelashes. Like, almost nonexistent. This stuff truly makes them look so much longer! The length the primer adds is ridiculous. It’s a magic worker! Especially, since I tried to go the fake eyelash route and just couldn’t take myself seriously. Kasmir, even asked me what was on my eyes. HAHA! I love the way it looks on other people though. Really wanted the fake eyelash thing to work for me and maybe I tried some that were too long. But, for now I am happy to say I’ve found longer lashes thanks to the Lancome primer.

    UNDER EYE CONCEALER: TARTE SHAPE TAPE CONTOUR CONCEALER- I am new to this stuff! I have been using the Shape Tape for about a month and am hooked! I’ll never go back. It’s full coverage and can be used to cover blemishes too. I just watched a video on Tarte’s website and just found out it can be used to highlight and contour as well! This is definitely intriguing! I may have to give that a go. (for highlight go two shades lighter and for contour go two shades darker)

    WHY I LOVE IT: This stuff is full coverage and lasts all day! Never creases and brightens my skin so well! I have major dark circles from almost two years of terrible sleep. Kyrie is not known for sleeping well! haha. I have been on the hunt for reliable under eye concealer. After using Lancome and Urban Decay I can honestly say this stuff is way better than either of those and I am not longer on the hunt! I have found the good stuff. I know because after I wash my face twice I look in the mirror and can still see it under my eyes. It only fully wipes away with eye makeup remover.

    With that… I thought I would share my face with no makeup and with! A perfect glimpse of what these products look like in use!


    No Makeup here! And honestly, this photo is to also document my skin prior to cutting dairy out completely as well as what I will be using or taking once I see a dermatologist for my skin:

    makeup routine

    These photos are taken on the same day. Before makeup and after. There is no filter and the only reason the lighting is different is that I smartened up and took the makeup photo in front the bathroom window. makeup routine


    Thanks for stopping by! If you decide to give these products a go make sure to come back and let me know what you think! I’d love to know your thoughts!


    Summer to Fall

    summer to fall


    Summer is in full swing with fall fast approaching. Just so happens that fall is my favorite time of year! I am pretty much thinking about how any piece could work for that time of year! In any case, I thought it would be fun to discuss how to style a dress for summer and transition it into fall. Some pieces are not able to transition from season to season. However, a dress is something that is perfect for transitioning! The most important part is color scheme. The colors that work well for every season are muted (subtle) hues and deep/dark colors. A bubble gum pink dress or sunshine yellow dress is great for summer. However, will not likely transition well into fall. On the other side a dress, that is a rich berry hue or deep blue is perfect for all seasons- summer, fall, winter, and spring. Certain colors are appropriate for year-round wear! I love when a piece of clothing is wearable for more than one season.

    The Dress:

    Any length dress is perfect for seasonal transitions. The only rule of thumb is to stay away from anything too bright. Yellow is great for any season. It just depends on the type of yellow. For example, bright yellow is best for summer or spring. Mustard yellow is great for summer, fall, winter, and spring. I discussed muted hues earlier and wanted to touch on this. A muted hue encompasses colors like; blush pink, cream, beige, and grey. The dress I chose to style has a floral print. The background is beige with navy, burgundy, blush pink and brown accents. I love florals for any time of year! Nevertheless, the guidelines apply to any type of dress, whether patterned or solid.

    Finishing Touches:

    The pieces that take a dress from summer to fall include the jacket, purse, and shoes. For summer, pair your dress with sandals or wedges. Come fall, switch them out for a fun pair of flats, booties, or tall boots depending on the length of the dress.

    During summer, a jacket may not be needed. However, if one is needed a denim jacket is perfect. When fall arrives wear a leather or suede moto jacket, or long cardigan.

    Lastly, I used a large white leather bag for my summer look. For fall, I chose a black clutch as a way to tie in my black booties.

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    Smile Brilliant

    smile brilliant toothbrush

    When Smile Brilliant reached and offered an electric toothbrush for my review, I jumped at the offer! I had yet to own an ultrasonic electric toothbrush. With years of going to the dentist and always having a cavity, I definitely wanted one in hopes of it helping with my horrors at the dentists’ office! (I’m sure I could decrease the sugar consumption as well) But, let’s start with the toothbrush. Okay?)


    Comes with a toothbrush handle, charging base, and two brush heads.

    My Thoughts:

    I love this toothbrush! I’m upset with myself for not starting use of an ultrasonic electric toothbrush sooner! I love how clean my teeth feel after each use! I love the options for cleaning (see below #3). I love how the brush head is interchangeable- perfect for sharing with your spouse!

    smile brilliant toothbrush

    For You:

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    If you’d rather not wait and would like to get started on a happier, healthier mouth now; Smile Brilliant is offering you a 20% discount on their products! Use code: Macca20 at checkout.


    1. First…it feels so good that my teeth feel so smooth and clean after every brushing. They literally feel like I just left the dentist. For so many years, I thought that was only possible to feel that clean after visiting the dentist for a cleaning. However, that is not the case! I know. I know. I am behind the times! But, in any case, my mouth now feels so wonderfully clean morning, noon, and night! No exaggeration.
    2. The toothbrush operates for two minutes with brief pauses between each 30-second interval. This is my FAVORITE feature! If you are anything like me, you use your regular toothbrush and brush like a spaz. Haha! I would start on the right left, then jump to the left bottom, then to the front top…brushing aimlessly! Now, I can simply follow instructions and start on one of the quadrants of the mouth and stay in that vicinity until the toothbrush pauses; indicating when to move on to the next quadrant. (Although, sometimes I get back to my old habits and will start moving around…only to remember that my toothbrush does the work for me! Follow directions, Macca!)
    3. There are five brush settings. YES…FIVE! I love this feature so much. The options are; clean, white, massage, gum care, and sensitive. I use clean every day; and intermittently add white, massage, or gum care to the days care routine.


    1.  You can use the brush or scraper on the back of the head as a means to clean your tongue. However, I feel like the brush is too small and the bristles too soft. In which case, I use my regular non-electric toothbrush. This is really a personal preference. My husband, Nick uses the Ultrasonic brush to clean his tongue and he feels like it does the trick!

    WOO HOO:

    I actually went to the dentist after having started using the toothbrush and left with no cavities! Whoop! Whoop! I’m sure it is in part to my efforts of consuming less sugar. However, I am certain that this toothbrush is helping. No way they can feel this clean and not play a roll in the health of my mouth.

    Check it out:

    To check things out for yourself head on over to their website: Smile Brilliant