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Best Winter Drugstore Beauty Buys

beauty, Healthy, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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I am ALWAYS on the hunt for new products ranging from high quality to drugstore buys. Although I look to Sephora time and time again for products, sometimes I just can’t make it there and end up picking up a few things at a drugstore. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite winter buys right now. All of these are items I’ve been using for at least a month and am extremely satisfied with. (None of this content is sponsored - just tried and true!)

Skincare

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser: This is a dermatologist recommended product and I’ve used it on and off for years. It’s so gentle! If your skins to be on the dry side it works great at removing makeup and grime without stripping your face of natural oils. It comes in trial size if you are on the go and a full size bottle lasts for a few months.

Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer: Winter takes such a toil on your skin and this night cream is heavenly. I slather it on my face and neck each night and awaken with soft supple skin.

Noxema Clear Ultimate Anti-Blemish Cleansing Pads: These have been discussed in the past (see this post) but they have made a huge difference in breakouts. You can use them as a spot treatment or more like a toner. Start by using every day or every other day and then build up to more frequently if you need to. I now use them only if I am getting breakouts but to get my skin under control last year I was swiping a pad over my face at least every morning. If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to wash, you can also use these before applying make up.

Makeup

Covergirl Melting Pout CoverGirl Melting Pout Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Chronicles: Talk about a game changer! I’ve loved many lip products and this one stands the test. It’s a matte neutral and doesn’t turn orange or bright pink when applied (many lipsticks are not true to color on my skin because I have so much pigment in my lips).

L’oreal Voluminous Lash Primer: I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that L’Oreal finally put this in a full size product. Years ago I used this when it was party of a mascara duo. But now that it’s full size I can easily use with ANY mascara. It keeps my lashes looking fuller and also keeps my mascara lasting longer throughout the day. Finally, it makes it easier for it to come off at the end of the day.

L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise: For all of my sensitive eye people, this mascara does NOT irritate my eyes or make them itch. It’s formula and wand lengthen and add fullness to my lashes with a touch of glam. I also really love that it doesn’t clump after a few coats.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation: I’ve been using the FIT line for a while now and the liquid foundation goes on really smoothly and lightly. It doesn’t even feel like I have much on my face. I usually use a BareMinerals Matte Loose Powder Foundation on top to set it or their Mineral Veil, but it can be worn alone as well. This liquid foundation also comes in a dewy finish and finally they make a great concealer as well!

As we enter into the holiday season I hope you find these products helpful. I am always looking for new recommendations and would love if you tweeted or DM me on Instagram your favorite products!

What products are tried and true in your beauty and skincare regimen?

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Two Months of BBG

Fashion, Healthy, Lifestyle, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Let’s do a little catching up. You may have already read my one month of BBG post where I shared a Q&A about starting BBG. Now that another four weeks flew by it’s time for an update. If you look at the first picture you will note BBG week 1 (pretraining) and BBG Beginner Week 3 (but I took the course twice - so I’m on week 8 but in BBG Beginner it’s the second time I’m did Week 3). Here’s the follow up Q&A for Two Months of BBG.

Why did you redo BBG Beginner?

I felt like I needed to get through more laps and push myself to do the full 7 minutes. The first time I went through the course my goal was just to get through one lap on each circuit.. This time I did close to two laps for most of the exercises.

What changes have you noticed?

First of all, I am a ton stronger than before. I am doing deeper push ups, I’m less sore than I was eight weeks ago after a workout. I’ve also increased my cardio. I’m logging an average o 12,000+ steps a day. This helps work out the soreness from the day before.

Have you adjusted your diet?

Starting at the beginning of October I removed alcohol, most dairy and am eating meat a couple times a week at maximum. Mostly plant based. I also removed as much sugar as possible and now am adding fruit back in. I did not cut out caffeine. I also take a few multi-vitamins, enzymes and probiotics every day. Finally, I am eating around a schedule as much as possible.

Have you lost inches?

Absolutely! You can see from the before and after picture that my waistline and upper thighs have slimmed down. There’s more work to do to reach ideal toning, but I am much further along.

How will things change for your lifestyle over the next four weeks?

First, I’d like to add HIIT cardio at least 1-2 days a week in place of my 12k LISS steps. I also am beginning BBG 1.0 next week and will look forward to what it has in store for me. Finally, I will start incorporating a medicine ball and weights.

You can read more about one month update for BBG here.

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Winter Style Guide

Fashion, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Did you know in most places in the Northern Hemisphere Winter is the coldest between January and February? As temperatures have been in the 20's this past week and gearing up for a trip up North soon, Winter Style is on my brain! Here are a few ideas for a chilly day or evening.

Layer Up

I've found over the years it's easy to remove layers if you get warm, but if you are unprepared for the cold it's pretty miserable. For longer days outside I like to wear sweater socks over my jeans and then put on boots. Sometimes I'll wear a puffy vest underneath a coat or even layer two coats for added warmth. It's also a good idea to grab a larger tote if you are out all day so you can stow away items you may take off when you heat up.

Pastel Palette

Although I tend to wear red throughout the Winter, a pastel palette can be refreshing after the holidays have come to a completion. Pink and pale blue make a cozy and soft combination. Another good one is to mix lavender and pale pink. I've rounded up some of my favorite pastel coats and accessories below.

Luxurious Fabrics

Now is the time to pull out all sorts of luxurious thick and soft fabrics. For evening choices velvet, sequins and fur make great choices! Add a stole to a long coat or grab a slinky velvet dress for a nice dinner. If you are looking to wear something a little more casual a soft sweater layered over a velvet skirt is a good pairing. You can also do a velvet bodysuit over a metallic skirt and then add a statement bag. There are so many  options, but it's fun to get creative with warm textures you can't wear during months that aren't cold. 

 

Hope you guys stay warm out there and I'd love to hear about any of your current Winter favorite styling tips!

Stripe // Stripe

Fashion, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
Dress: Meaneor // Shoes: Vince Camuto // Striped Bag: Random (Similar here)

Every now and then we all need a weekend with nothing on the books for plans. I have a habit of constantly filling up my schedule with things to do until suddenly I'm completely worn out. I decided to build a little rest and relaxation time into my weekend instead of too much socializing. Most of the weekend included binge watching Westworld (if you haven't seen it, I do recommend!) But I managed to emerge for a few hours on Saturday stop by an antique shop and old soda fountain for quiche and coffee. 

This dress has to be one of my favorite picks right now. When I originally ordered it in blue (see this post), I like it so much that I immediately bought a red version. The price point was under $30 and I love the cut out in the back. When you find something you really love, buy multiples. 

I've talked about my love for thrift and vintage clothes shopping, but from time to time I stop to look at antiques. I've picked up a few fun things over the years and when I strolled by this antique store I found the cutest picnic basket. Being that I frequently take my old picnic basket to the beach or park - I decided this neutral version could be useful. If you look closely, you'll be able to see it in the picture above on the far left awaiting me to purchase it. 

I finished my Saturday afternoon by taking a good long walk. Walking is one of the best activities to de-stress. Not walking on a treadmill, but getting out. A wedge shoe is an excellent choice if you want a little height or you can easily slip on these slides if you are looking for a good pair of flats. I almost always carry an extra pair of shoes in my bag if I'm out all day. 

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Shades of Blue

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Blue has been on my mind lately. Ever since I was little, I loved the color blue. Over the years, I’ve gravitated to different shades from cobalt to navy, but it seems like I just keep coming back to the softer shades of powder baby blue. Recently, I’ve been wearing it more and more from scalloped ballet flats to skirts (like this post) and it’s bleeding into dresses. I’ve even recently worn a pale blue romper. Here and here I've worn an off the shoulder top with jeans and overalls.

I’ve rounded up a combination today of some of my favorite soft blue looks and some shop-able items. Blue is paired really nicely with softer shades of blush and nude. It also works great with pops of yellow. White seems to be a perfect neutral and really adds a little pop against pastels. Finally, a warm shade of cognac brown leather is always a win with baby blue. Remember, orange browns sit directly across blue on the color wheel so it contrasts nicely!

Last year I wore gingham in many different shades of blue (light blue gingham shirt, gingham dressesthis one and this one and gingham shorts), but this year it looks like stripes are bleeding into my closet. I love the look of a long skirt paired with a simple shell. I also like this bow backed dress which could be paired with skinny jeans as a tunic. A striped button up always is a classic and I love this lightweight one I wore in this Daily Dose post. It’s long enough to knot and wear with jeans, shorts or a skirt. What are some of your favorite baby blue outfits? Link it below and I’ll take a look!

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