Updated Makeup Favorites

Updated Makeup Favorites

Hey all! Long time writer, long time since posting (sorry)! I’m well-overdue for a beauty related post!  Since the majority of questions I get asked are in relation to makeup, I thought I would do an updated makeup favorites post! Doing freelance bridal makeup, there are definitely my favorite go to’s, but for me in my every day life, there are so many products I use that I really have been loving I want to share with you all. In this post, we will cover skincare and makeup!


I received promotional items from Kiehl’s for a fundraiser they had last month. One of the products they sent me was an oil. Prior to receiving, I had never tried an oil before for skincare. Hesitant, because…oil… I went for it. Oh my gosh–I have fallen IN LOVE! Somehow it’s quick absorbing and not greasy at all. I do have to wash my hands after using this product, but wow–I wake up and see a difference! My skin looks brightened, more clear in tone, and balanced. It’s called Midnight Recovery Oil  which is meant to enhance the skin’s nighttime recovery. Definitely get your hands on this! One other product by Kieh’s worth mentioning and now part of my daily routine is their Creamy Eye Treatment. Meant for the under-eye, it’s a concentrated avocado oil formula meant to moisturize. It absorbs so quickly and keeps this area beyond hydrated! So thankful to be introduced!

Last but not least for the skin category is more of a misting refresher. It’s the Mario Badescu Facial Spray (aloe, herbs, and rosewater). I use this before makeup, after I set my makeup, and when it’s been a long day and I need a refresher. It smells so good, is so inexpensive ($7), and a new favorite of mine!

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Microblading with Indy Microblading

My Microblading experience (2)

As you may recall, I am beyond delighted to share that I will be collaborating with the ever-so-talented, Indy Microblading, LLC to get my brows microbladed! Save the date for July 3rd at 1:00 PM EST to follow along with my microblading experience!

A little background: What started out for a love of makeup turned into doing freelance bridal makeup in the Indianapolis area. With that said, you know that I am always sharing products, tips and tricks on Snapchat, Instastories, and on my blog. It took me quite a bit of courage one day to show you all something that has always been an insecurity of mine: My half-missing eyebrows.

When sharing this on social media, I received so many comments from readers thanking me for doing that. I even had someone send me a selfie of their brows saying, “mine are missing too!”. It just goes to show that we all have something we are insecure about. I literally couldn’t imagine leaving the house with my brows on!

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Monat Review


If you have wondered about Monat and have considered use, keep on reading! I had an opportunity to try this product in exchange of a review. Monat was new to me, but I’m surprised I haven’t heard of it before based on how many comments I received when mentioning on Instastories! I had so many responses from people letting me know how much they loved it!

So, what is Monat you ask? Monat is a hair care line that is dedicated to bringing your hair back to its “youth-like” state. Monat carries many different treatment types— but ultimately each product focuses on bringing back the strength of the follicle, and providing nutrients to your scalp, which leads to hair growth. It’s easy to ask how products differ from one another, but when you see the statistics below, I think it speaks for itself!

For the review, I was gifted with the Intense Repair Treatment system. Upon first use, I was greeted with a minty smell—something I fell in love with! I also appreciated that their products are sulfate free. Although sulfate free is better for your hair, I don’t always love how it feels. When using Monat, I didn’t get that “is there really any shampoo in my hair?” feeling, so that was a plus for me! This product called for massaging into your scalp for a few minutes. Which, let’s be honest, I never do that typically, but I actually appreciated a moment of relaxation! Upon rinsing my hair out, my hair felt clean–but not that “overly-squeaky” clean that comes from stripping all natural oil. As for the conditioner, I did feel like I had to use more than normal to cover my hair, but absolutely loved how it felt after rinsing out.

The most noticeable thing for me (that was immediate and continued with use), was the texture of my hair when dry. My hair is very fine and I felt like my hair was actually fuller! It didn’t feel weighed down or oily at all–it just felt balanced! I also noticed how shiny it was, which is super important when you have highlights like me!

What impressed me the most was the statistics! Monat shares on their website that their clinically proven ingredients have demonstrated the following outcomes:

  • 88% Increased manageability and shine
  • 76% increase in collagen directly increasing follicle size
  • 70% increase in repair effect improving hair anchoring
  • 58% noticed a decrease in fiber breakage
  • 48% decrease in DHT hormone that contributes to hair loss
  • 46% increase in hair growth
  • 35% in hair follicle strength

If that doesn’t wow you, I don’t know what does! Even Nick was impressed with use. When he heard about the hair growth, follicle strength, decrease in hormone contributing to hair loss, and improving hair anchoring, he was sold!

To learn more about Monat, please visit www.theamysloan.mymonat.com

A very special thank you to Amy Sloan for offering the collaboration. You can find her on Instagram at @theamysloan.

If you use Monat, let me know!

Until next time!

Our First Home: Updates Part I


About our home

For starters, Nick and I did not anticipate to buy as large as a home as we did (it’s not crazy in size, but essentially structured very well), which makes it seem big! Because we fell in love with the layout, the reasonable price-point, how well the former owner’s maintained it, and the lovely neighborhood it was in—we were sold! The home simply needed some updating.

Initial thoughts for updates:

  • Paint original wood trim to white
  • Change paint colors (lots of bright blue, lime green, and eggshell walls).
  • Stain/paint bathroom and kitchen cabinets
  • Replace carpet with LifeProof vinyl flooring.
  • Update light bulbs and fixtures

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