Love It or Leave It: Summer Foundations at the Drugstore

Summer Foundations- Since summer is among us and my skin tone is getting a little darker, I thought it was a perfect time to test out some new drugstore bb creams and cc creams. I love lighter foundations in the summer because it doesn't feel like it is weighing down my face. There are definite hits and misses here, so see which foundations I love the most!

With it being summer and my skin tone changing, the need to find summer foundations/bb creams was essential.  During the winter months, I usually wear either the Clinque Acne Solutions foundation or their Age Defense BB Cream.  I have been using self tanner, so my winter colors just did not work anymore.   Lately I have been seeing so many ads for new foundations and bb creams that I have been intrigued to try out.

In the summer months, I gravitate toward face products that are light and don’t feeling heavy on my face.  But for real, when you have the insane Midwest humidity, you need something that will cover up any imperfection but also doesn’t make your face feel weighed down.  Therefore, I decided to try out several new foundations for the drugstore and report back to you!

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Two Summer Skincare Tips You Need to be Using

This post was created in partnership with LANEIGE as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.

Two Summer Skincare Tips I Live By- In the summer, it can be so easy to get caught up in all the action and forget about keeping your skin healthy. I am making it easy on you and sharing the top two skincare tips I never go without in the summertime!

It’s the first week of summer and what do you do? Well, you probably have spent it by getting a little more rays than usual and soaking up some Vitamin D.  Spending days in the sun by the pool are some of my favorite times.  I used to have a pool up until about 4 years ago, and spent all of my free time on a raft in the water.  I’m such a water girl, that you practically had to bribe me to get out of the water!

Although I will jump at any opportunity to be by the water or just be outside in general in the summer, there are always two summer skincare tips that I never forget.  Sometimes it can be easy to get so caught up in the moment and excitement.  However, my skin is always top priority, so I never want to forget about taking care it.

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What’s in the Box: POPSUGAR Must Haves May 2016

What's in the May POPSUGAR Must Haves Box- This was the first time I tried this box out and am excited to share what I think about it! Check it out to see if I think it's worth it!

If you are a regular around here, you know that I have been on the hunt for some really awesome subscription boxes. There are so many things I love about them that appeal to me and have me coming back for more.  First, it’s like Christmas every month because you get to open a box with a ton of goodies.  Second, these boxes allow you to try out new products that you might not have purchased in the first place. 

After seeing seeing so many people rave about the POPSUGAR Must Haves box, I thought I would give it a try.  To be honest, I had been putting off ordering it because of the price tag.  Paying $40 a month for a subscription box seemed a little too much for something that I didn’t even know what I was getting inside.  Plus, there is such a wide variety of items that come in the box, so you really don’t know if you will truly like what you receive for that month.

I finally ordered my box at the end of May thinking that I would receive the June box.   I got an email saying that I would receive the May box. (something they said I should be excited about)  However, before I even received the May box, I was charged again on June 1st (the renewal date) for the June box. I think that the POPSUGAR people are a little sneaky because I didn’t even get my first box to determine whether I wanted to keep the subscription.  So yeah, keep that in mind when you purchase your subscription. I would highly recommend purchasing on the first of the month, if not later, if you want to receive your box prior to being charged for a renewal.

Okay, now let’s get on to what was inside this box! The theme of the May box was centered around yoga and health.  I think it’s cool that each month has a theme so the products tie in with one another.

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Fashion From Work to Weekend: Plaid Top

For me, there is nothing better than having clothing items that easily transfer from work to weekend.  When you are on a budget (thanks, college), clothes that are multi-functional/purpose are essential to any wardrobe. Most of my engineering co-ops that I have had were business casual which was awesome for my budget because I feel it is so easy to style those pieces regardless of the day of the week.

This plaid top from Mo & Cho has been a staple in my wardrobe because I can wear it on a Friday to work with dress capris, but I can also throw on jeans and it still looks adorable.  One huge reason that I love this top is because it doesn’t wrinkle very easy, which makes packing it for travel a breeze. 

Work

Fashion From Work to Weekend- Owning clothing items that easily transition from work life to weekend plans is essential for anyone on a budget. When you are in a business casual environment, planning outfits is a lot easier because those items are easier to pair with weekend attire. Check out the ways I wear this plaid blouse!

For work, I simply throw on this blouse with a couple of my usual bracelets. (I’m wearing a Pandora bracelet and three Alex and Ani bracelets, this onethis one and this one)  Since I work at a computer during the day I don’t like to wear too many bracelets because it’s annoying when typing.  As mentioned earlier, this top is so hard to wrinkle.  It makes me happy to know that I don’t have to add ironing/steaming to my morning routine with this top.  In the summer, I pretty much live in dress capris.

Fashion From Work to Weekend- Owning clothing items that easily transition from work life to weekend plans is essential for anyone on a budget. When you are in a business casual environment, planning outfits is a lot easier because those items are easier to pair with weekend attire. Check out the ways I wear this plaid blouse!

Fashion From Work to Weekend- Owning clothing items that easily transition from work life to weekend plans is essential for anyone on a budget. When you are in a business casual environment, planning outfits is a lot easier because those items are easier to pair with weekend attire. Check out the ways I wear this plaid blouse!

I also almost always wear these black Kelly & Katie flats that I got from DSW three years ago.  I got them for a Society of Women Engineers conference and they are SO comfy to walk everywhere in.  Lastly, I throw the whole outfit together with my Dagne Dover (c/o) 15 inch tote.  It is the perfect tote to carry everything around in and it looks really professional to carry to work.  

Weekend

Fashion From Work to Weekend- Owning clothing items that easily transition from work life to weekend plans is essential for anyone on a budget. When you are in a business casual environment, planning outfits is a lot easier because those items are easier to pair with weekend attire. Check out the ways I wear this plaid blouse!

A couple weekends ago, Cory bought truck and in order to get it, we had to drive 2 hours.  I decided to take this opportunity to stop and check out the Longaberger basket. (located in the middle of nowhere) I have heard so much about for years and been wanting to check it out.  To my understanding, the place has been shut down for a while, but it’s still pretty cool to see a giant basket! Oh the things that Ohio has…

When I have plans on the weekend, I like to look presentable, but dread spending forever getting ready.  So, if the top pairs well with jeans or jean shorts it’s a perfect piece for me. 

Fashion From Work to Weekend- Owning clothing items that easily transition from work life to weekend plans is essential for anyone on a budget. When you are in a business casual environment, planning outfits is a lot easier because those items are easier to pair with weekend attire. Check out the ways I wear this plaid blouse!

Fashion From Work to Weekend- Owning clothing items that easily transition from work life to weekend plans is essential for anyone on a budget. When you are in a business casual environment, planning outfits is a lot easier because those items are easier to pair with weekend attire. Check out the ways I wear this plaid blouse!Cross-body bags are another one of me weekend essentials.  When I am out an about I can’t stand constantly holding on to something.  Slinging a bag over my shoulder and keeping my hands free is definitely important to me.

Fashion From Work to Weekend- Owning clothing items that easily transition from work life to weekend plans is essential for anyone on a budget. When you are in a business casual environment, planning outfits is a lot easier because those items are easier to pair with weekend attire. Check out the ways I wear this plaid blouse!

And since my boyfriend is the one who takes my pictures, he couldn’t help but throw in a little “product placement.” Haha if only Chevy was sponsoring this post…Cory was just so excited with his purchase that he wanted his gorgeous truck included in a picture (: Silly boys and their toys…

I am so glad to have brought you this top from Mo & Cho today.  Not only was this top extremely comfortable and high-quality, but the customer service is fantastic.  For me, customer service says a lot about a company and sometimes it is worth more than the actual product.

What clothing items do you usually transfer from your work outfit to weekend fun?

PR Samples were sent to me in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Blissful Gal possible. 

How to Create an At-Home Spa

This post was sponsored by Aixallia as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Create an At-Home Spa- Going to the spa is such a luxury that may not be in many of our budgets, but that doesn't have to stop you from creating one at home! You probably already have everything you need to make a spa night at home already, you just need to think a little bit! This post is centered around how I create my own at-home spa and what I do to relax!

Going to the spa seems like such a luxurious and wonderful experience that can make any woman feel glamorous.  Having someone massage your back and face could quite possibly be one of the best feelings in the world. With the subtle background music, you are easily transported from reality.  What about this experience doesn’t sound perfect? I’ll tell ya, the price tag.  As someone who is still on a college girl budget, I can’t see myself forking out a ton of money  on something that is over so quickly. 

Now now, before you tell me that going to the spa is something a girl should definitely splurge on, and I am not going to deny that.  If I were to have that extra cash in my bank account I would be heading right to the spa like it was my job.  This post is all about how you can create an at-home spa experience and not about why you shouldn’t go to your local spa.

When I first received the Aixallia skincare line, the smell reminded me so much of the types of products that are used in a spa.  The scents are so natural and calming, from green tea to lavender.  This instantly made me want to pick up the phone and schedule a facial appointment right then and there.  

But I’m smarter than that.

Why spend that kind of money when I have all the tools in my own home to get my body to relax?!  At first, I didn’t think I had the ability to calm myself down in my own home.  Sometimes it just takes a different mindset to get the creative juices flowing.  I am so glad that I actually put my mind to work and came up with some items that you could also have in your own home!

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Company for a Cause: Out of Print

 

I am so excited to start this new little series on Blissful Gal! Since there are so many companies out there doing good for society, I want to highlight some of my favorites.  Whenever I come across a brand that I love and know you guys will love too, I am going to make it my mission to share them with you! Because what’s better than loving a product that ultimately gives back to someone else too?!

Out of Print- Companies that give back to the community always have my heart. The fact that Out of Print donates to Books for Africa whenever an item is sold!

Let’s go back in time.  You’re five years old and love when your parent reads you a book. Better yet, when you can actually read a book to them.  Going to the library and getting to choose whichever book you wanted was one of the highlights of your week. 

Ever since I was little, I have loved reading books and always begged my mom to take my sister and me to the library several times per week.  Do you remember the book mobile? That made my school day even better! My mom always allowed my sister and me to each pick out 5 books for the week to enjoy, and you better believe I tried to stretch that limit a little…

Now imagine this. What if your favorite childhood or classic novels were able to be displayed on a shirt for you to wear? Yeah, this is why I can’t wait to share with you Out of Print tees. The fact that I could still reminisce over my childhood (and all-time favorite) novels every day is so nostalgic and brings happiness to my inner child.  Not only do they keep these classics alive by creating apparel centered around  them, but they also donate to Books for Africa whenever an item is sold.  Knowing that I’m wearing clothing that is also benefiting others makes my heart so happy.

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Health and Beauty Essentials to Rock Your Summer

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

Staying healthy over the summer should be one of your top priorities! I received this Babbleboxx of all the latest goodies to stay fit and healthy during these summer months. How are you staying healthy?

I feel as if summer is the one season that you want to take the most care of yourself.  With constantly being on the go due to more daylight hours, or wanting to look good in a bathing suit, the need for putting time aside for yourself is important.  

From health to fitness, I have been working to develop a routine for the summer that will keep me sane and still allow me to do everything I want to do.  While people say there is no such thing as balance, I think that when you devote enough time to each activity you want, even if it’s not as much time as you would like, you become a happier person.  I am so excited about receiving this summer health and beauty Babbleboxx because it really got me into getting healthy and keeping my body happy!  I am extremely impressed with this box and all the brands in it! So, without further ado let’s talk about these health and beauty essentials to rock your summer!

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How I Take Care of My Shoulder Length Hair

Ever since I posted this Youtube video, I have been asked by so many people how I do my hair.  Not going to lie, this absolutely made my day/ week because I have such a love/hate relationship with my hair.  The common saying “you want what you can’t have” is totally true in my case because I have always wished for thicker and curlier hair.  I have been really trying to work with my hair lately to learn to love what God gave me. (:

How I Style Fine/Thin Hair- When your hair is shoulder-length you may think that there aren't many things to do with it, but that's so wrong! Step out of your comfort zone and try a new style! Read more to find out how I get beachy waves!

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It’s Not Selfish- Take Time for Yourself

This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.

It's Not Selfish to Take Time for Yourself- Regardless of what anyone says, taking time out of the day to work on yourself will only make you and your relationships better

It’s really not selfish at all.  Taking time away from other people is an essential part of my day in order to regroup.  As an introvert, it is extremely draining to socialize with people all day so in order to regain my energy, I need to spend time away from people.  It’s not that I don’t like hanging out with or talking to other people–I actually really enjoy it, but it takes more energy than it gives me.

While my goal for this space is to create something centered around affordable beauty and fashion, I still want to focus on inner beauty and staying mentally happy.  And how can you do this when you don’t take time for yourself? While some may say this concept is selfish, I think it can only improve your relationships. If you take time for yourself, you become in a better mood, which will lead to happier relationships! Bam–easy as that.

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Staying Healthy and Sane During a Busy Summer

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Staying Healthy and Sane During a Busy Summer- While it is fun to play with makeup and try new looks, it is always important to maintain an inner beauty and the health of your body. During these busy summer months, take some time to think about what it takes to make your body tick, like vitamins!

I know I have mentioned this before, but in case you are new to Blissful Gal, (first, welcome!! So glad you are here!) I accepted a co-op position close to home for the summer and am extremely excited about the possibilities of adventures that this summer now holds! Since I am close to home, it means I am able to spend more time with my friends throughout the week, which is something I wasn’t able to do when I was in Indiana last fall. Because I am not used to being able to spend time with my family and friends so often, I tend to try to soak up every second I have with them, leaving me to forget about my health and sanity sometimes.  However, I have been getting back on track and am sharing how I am staying healthy and same during a busy summer!

There are so many different things you can do to make yourself happier and less stressed, but you just need to find the right activities that work for you.  Please keep in mind that although these tips work wonders for me, they might not work exactly the same way for you.  However, I hope that sharing these tips gives you some ideas as to what you can incorporate into your schedule to ease the stress of the summer.

Staying Healthy and Sane During a Busy Summer- While it is fun to play with makeup and try new looks, it is always important to maintain an inner beauty and the health of your body. During these busy summer months, take some time to think about what it takes to make your body tick, like vitamins!

1. Face masks

Whenever I am stressed out, my face shows it, which is not fun at all.  I always lean toward face masks when it’s time to wind down and take a second to pamper my face.  I love starting out the week on a Sunday night with a face mask and typically to masks a couple days throughout the week.  Spending this time on myself really makes me feel better by putting time aside to work on and take care of myself.

Some of my favorite face masks are from LUSH and I wish I could just buy that entire store.  I am currently using Mask of Magnaminty and the Coffee mask.  Mint masks are especially helpful when you want to draw out impurities from your pores and clear up any acne problems.  Coffee masks work wonders for brightening your skin and revitalizing its appearance. 

2. Yoga

I wish I was more disciplined and was able to say that I get up early every morning to do yoga, but if we’re being honest here, I typically do yoga about 2 to 3 times per week.  Stretching my body feels so good and I always feel refreshed after a session.  I usually just watch Youtube videos and do yoga in my room, which is really convenient when you have a busy life! 

3. Drink Tea

Staying Healthy and Sane During a Busy Summer- While it is fun to play with makeup and try new looks, it is always important to maintain an inner beauty and the health of your body. During these busy summer months, take some time to think about what it takes to make your body tick, like vitamins!

Tea is my drink of choice for so many reasons. First, it gives me the caffeine and energy to tackle my never-ending to do list.  Whenever I have a lot to get done, I always grab a cup of tea because it allows me to stay focused on the task at hand, but doesn’t give me the jitters.  Second, when I just want to sit back and relax, herbal teas are perfect.  With various antioxidants in tea, I never feel guilty about drinking several cups throughout the day.

4. Sleep

For me, I think sleep is the most important thing.  Throughout the week I get around 7 hours of sleep each night, which may seem like a lot to some, but I prefer 8 hours.  Although I want to get a lot of work done in the evenings, up until the very second I go to sleep, I know that’s not possible.  In order to get a good night’s sleep, you should put down your phone at least an hour before you hit the hay.  This will calm your brain down and help you to better unwind for bed time.  I also love using a sleeping tracker app that tells me how I slept at night.  It monitors your breathing to analyze when you were awake and when you were in deep sleep.  While it doesn’t give me tips for staying in deep sleep longer, it is a good thing to check in the morning so I know how much caffeine I’ll need or how early I should go to bed the next night.

Staying Healthy and Sane During a Busy Summer- While it is fun to play with makeup and try new looks, it is always important to maintain an inner beauty and the health of your body. During these busy summer months, take some time to think about what it takes to make your body tick, like vitamins!

5. Vitamins

Without giving my body the nutrients it needs to maintain a busy lifestyle, I would never be able to get anything done. I always make sure that the multivitamin I am taking contains B vitamins that give you energy, which is one reason I take Centrum Vitamints Raspberry.  I was slightly nervous about the flavoring when I first purchased it because there are some that I am not good with, however I love this taste.  The flavor of raspberry and hint of mint (did not mean to rhyme there hehe) make a great combination.  During this busy time, I simply throw the bottle into my bag because I always forget to take my vitamins during the chaos of my morning routine.  The chewable vitamins make it super easy to take on the go as well.*

Staying Healthy and Sane During a Busy Summer- While it is fun to play with makeup and try new looks, it is always important to maintain an inner beauty and the health of your body. During these busy summer months, take some time to think about what it takes to make your body tick, like vitamins!

Staying Healthy and Sane During a Busy Summer- While it is fun to play with makeup and try new looks, it is always important to maintain an inner beauty and the health of your body. During these busy summer months, take some time to think about what it takes to make your body tick, like vitamins!

You can easily find the Centrum Vitamints and gummies in your pharmacy section at your local Walmart too

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Staying healthy and sane isn’t something that will happen overnight.  And while I have these methods in place right now to help during this busy summer, there are times when I still feel overwhelmed.  This is completely normal and I want you to know that if you stick with a healthy lifestyle, you will eventually feel better.  When you hit a bump in the road, don’t be so hard on yourself! Take it as a learning experience and move forward. (:

How are you staying healthy and sane this summer? Enjoy staying healthy with simple solutions like Centrum Gummies and Vitamints.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.