July Favorites

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1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, in shade ‘Moonstone’ and ‘Opal’.  For me personally, since my skin is so light, I wear Moonstone more often.  It’s the exact color of my skin, maybe a tiny bit lighter, and looks like I’m glowing from within.  Opal is also gorgeous.  It gives more of a golden glow, almost sun kissed.  If you are any darker than I am I would suggest Opal for you.

2. Fresh Lotus Moisturizer.  This is the perfect summer time moisturizer if you have normal, dry or combination skin.  It’s light weight while still being moisturizing.  I haven’t had any trouble with clogged pores or break outs and I’ve been wearing it all summer.

3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Masacra.  Is it better than sex?  I don’t think any beauty product is, but this mascara is amazing!  It lengthens, volumizing and never flakes.  This has become my favorite mascara.

4. GlamGlow PowerMud Dualcleanse Treatment.  This treatment mask is ah-mazing!!  GlamGlow has out done themselves.  It reaches deep down into the pores, and pulls out all the garbage build up.  Then leaves the skin silky smooth and glowing.

5. Nars Lip Gloss, Turkish Delight.  Nars reformulated their lip glosses and they are so much better!  The horrid smell of the old ones are gone.  And there is a lot more color in the glosses now.  This one gives a great gloss to the lip.  Wear it alone or over a lipstick.

6. Mac Mineralized Blush, New Romance.  I have always loved Mac mineralized blush.  The formula is amazing.  The color ‘new romance’ is awesome!  It’s not to pink, not to peach, not to dark, not too much shimmer.  This is the perfect go to shade for everyone.

7. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I am obsessed every year about this sale!  Even though it’s been going on for a while now I still go online every day to re-shop to see if there is anything I missed.  This Sunday, August 3rd is the last day to shop the sale.  Don’t miss it!  Click here to see all my favorites of the sale.

8. Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss, Butter Cream.  I only have 1 word for this- Obsessed!!  This is my go to lip for everything lately.  Must Have for every single woman!!  Use code ‘rachel’ for 25% off purchase.

9. Cane & Austin Retexurizing Pads.   These do exactly what the title says, retexurize.  These get rid of texture, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, etc.  I had some nasty break outs a couple months ago and they left brown spots on my face.  I had to cover them every single day.  After just 1 week of using these pads they were gone.

10. Dr Brant Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream.  The last couple of years I have struggled with dark circles under my eyes.  I thought maybe it was because I’m sleep deprived from having 2 children, or possibly age?  Whatever it’s from, it really doesn’t matter.  What does matter is I don’t like it!  I tried this eye cream and within 1 month my under eye area is noticeable brighter.  Definitely give this a try if you struggle with dark under eye circles.

11. Pureology Shampoo & Conditioner, I use ‘perfect 4 platinum’.  This brand has no sulfates, and has a no fade complex to keep your color longer.  Not to mention my hair feels clean, but not stripped; moisturized, but not heavy.  Awesome!

12. The Body Book.  I just started reading this book last week and I’m already obsessed.  I love how Cameron Diaz writes everything in a way that’s so easy to understand.  I feel so empowered and motivated to live a healthier lifestyle.  If Cameron is giving tips out on how to get her body, I’m listening!


Belt It

Belt it Dress

belt it dress

Nordstrom dress belted

nordstrom dress, belt it

Belt: Nordstrom | Dress: Nordstrom | Shoes: Michael Kors (on sale), also love these (on sale) | Clutch: Old, similar here, here, obsessing splurge | Necklace: BCBG (old) similar here (on sale) | Earrings: Nordstrom Studs (on sale) | Sunglasses: Chloe (sold out) similar here, here | Lips: Whitening Lightning ‘Sugar Mama’, use code ‘rachel’ for 25% off entire purchase.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on!  This Sunday, August 3rd is the last day to shop the sale.  Click here to view my top picks of the sale.

Some times I fall in love with an adorable dress or top.  Then I put it on and it hangs on my body like a tent.  I have seen some girls wear this style and it looks cute on them.  On me, I feel like I gained 20 pounds.  My body needs a little more shape to my clothes.  Solution?  Belt it!  Instantly I have a waist line again.  Everyone should have a couple belts, these are closet essentials.  Here are a couple of my favorites.


Dark Spots, Acne Scars, Textured Skin

Sun spots, age spots, brown spots, acne scars, pit marks, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, textured skin… We all have issues with our skin that we want fixed.  But how?  I have to first talk really quick about prevention.  Prevention is so important for all these skin concerns.  Wear sunscreen, don’t pick, healthy diet, drink water, have a good skin care regimen with good products.  Prevention is always easier than fixing a problem.  And never ever use alcohol or products that have alcohol in it on your skin!  Alcohol will never fix anything on your skin, it will only cause more damage and worsen your skin.

So you didn’t prevent, or the problems just happened.  Some times that zit that lasted only a couple days leaves a brown spot for months.  Or maybe you had hormonal acnes that left scarring.  Whatever the case is, I’m sure you don’t like it.  Let’s take care of it!

Clarisonic- Clarisonic is a deep cleansing tool that gets deep inside the pores, thoroughly cleaning the skin and eliminating skin texture.  By cleaning so deeply this prepares the skin to absorb any products you put on, allowing you to get the full benefits of each product you are using.

Glycolic Acid- Your Best Friend!!!  Glycolic acid improves skin texture and appearance.  It stimulates collagen production and elastin fibers, reducing acne scaring, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.  For home use you can get products with 10%-20% glycolic acid.  For higher % of glycolic acid you will have to visit a dermatologist or some estheticians.

Important to know about using glycolic acid:  When any product with glycolic acid is on your skin, this will make your skin sun sensitive.  You must wear a sunscreen if you have any glycolic acid on your skin.  I use my glycolic acid treatments at night before bed.  Then I wash my face in the morning.  This way I’m never out in the sun while any glycolic acid is on my skin.

There are many different types of products with glycolic acid.  The ones I feel are most effective are gylcolic acid peels, retuxurizing pads, treatments (similar to a mask), moisturizer.  Here are some products I recommend:

  • Cane & Austin Retexurizing Pads.  This is my #1 recommendation.  It’s so easy to use and it works!!  All you do is take out 1 pad and rub it around your face, avoiding the eye area.  It will burn or tingle a little, that’s ok.  You will probably be slightly red for a few hours, that’s normal too.  (this is why I do it before bed)  Within 1 week of using it, all the brown spots I had from previous break outs were gone.  And most of my husband’s acne scaring was gone.  We were also using Cane & Austin Eye Cream and Retexurizing Moisture Cream.  I use this every night if I have issues I’m clearing up.  To keep my skin clear I use it 3-4 times a week, at night only.  I never experienced any dryness from using these products.  Not only has my dark spots cleared up, but my fine lines have also gone away and my skin is glowing more than ever.  My skin hasn’t looked this good since I was 18!
  • Ellen Lange Retexurizing Peel Kit.   This peel kit will even out skin tone, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, diminish hyperpigmentation and acne scarring.  Use as much as once a week or as little as once a month, depending on your needs.  You will see results in as little as 1 use and your skin will continue to improve with each use.  Make sure you read and follow the directions that come with the kit.  When applying the treatment, a burning or tingling feeling is normal.  Most likely you will be red for a few hours after, so plan accordingly.  The next day is when you will see results!
  • GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment.  This is a treatment, use just like a mask, to clear up breakouts, whiteheads, blackheads and skin discoloration related to break outs.  This will also brighten and soften the skin.  I would recommend a treatment like this for someone who has a skin care routine that you like, but need that extra boost to improve what you are already doing.

Retinol/Retinoid- Comes from Vitamin A, boosts collagen and speeds up cell turn over.  This powerful ingredient helps to retexurize, even out discoloration, prevent wrinkles, brighten and soften the skin.  You will need to use any product with retinol in it for at least 2-4 weeks to see results.  Retinol can cause redness or dryness.  Using these products at night is ideal.  If dryness occurs, use less often.

I love all of the retinol products by Dr. Brandt.  They are gently, yet effective!  The Overnight Resurfacing Serum and Ruby Crystal Retinol Hydracreme work awesome together to promote natural cell turnover and improve skin texture and tone.  I’ve been using the Dr Brandt Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream and love it so much!  It gives a natural, healthy glow.  Like my skin is glowing from within!

Both gylcolic acid and retinol are serious ingredients in treating the skin.  They give great results!  But should also be used properly and with caution.  Both can cause redness, dryness or sensitivity.  Introduce only 1 of these ingredients at a time to your skin.  If you are having any negative effects, use less often.  Gylcolic acid and retinol should never be used in the same regimen, but you can use them at different times.  Example: on Monday night you can use all products with gylcolic acid.  Then on Tuesday night use products with retinol.  What NOT to do: on Monday use gylcolic acid treatment pads, retinol eye cream and gylcolic acid moisture cream.  Don’t mix gylcolic acid and retinol at the same time.

Trying to take care of skin that has any issues can be frustrating and difficult.  I want every woman to feel comfortable in her own skin.  If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will try to answer :)

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I am pretty much a girly girl.  I love makeup, clothes, shoes, handbags, pretty candles, fluffy pillows, anything pink! I love to surround myself with everything pretty.  I find it so fun to get new shoes and figure out what outfits I can wear them with and what lipstick I’ll put on.  I love to get all dressed up to go out.  It makes me feel good to look pretty on the outside.  And I love to help other women get that confidence to feel beautiful.

But something more close to my heart than helping anyone look beautiful on the outside, is to help you know how beautiful you are on the inside.  I believe that true beauty is from within.  And when it shines out, others will find you beautiful.  Forget about all the things that you think are wrong with yourself.  Everyone woman (including me) has sat in front of the mirror and picked out all of the things that you don’t like about yourself.  Some of these things I was born with and I will never be able to change (unless I want to go under the knife… Yikes!).  Let’s be nicer to ourselves!

All the women you see on the cover of a magazine and on the runways, these are not the women you should be looking at to aspire to be.  ALL of them are airbrushed and photoshopped, who knows how many of them are on unhealthy diets, surgeries, procedures, etc to look the way they do.  Instead of trying to look like someone you think is beautiful, you should want to look like you! YOU are beautiful!  You were born such an amazing person!  Don’t let the media or society make you think any different.  You don’t need a new lipstick to be beautiful.  Sure it’s fun and I love putting on a new lipstick.  But the lipstick is not what is going to make me beautiful.

Be who you were born to be, BE YOU!  Embrace everything that you are.  If you are curvy, skinny, dark, light, freckles, wear glasses, short, tall, outgoing, quiet, totally weird…. it doesn’t matter!  Just be you!  Embrace every part of yourself.  Be the best version of you.  Find your inner confidence and rock it out!  Know how amazing you are.  Right now, where you are sitting- you are amazing!  You don’t need to change, just own it.

As women let’s agree to encourage one another to embrace who we are, and not be negative and mean.  We all have enough pressure on us to be a certain way and act a certain way, none of us need any more added pressure or negativity.  Go out today and compliment a woman who is a total stranger.  Go out of your way to say something nice to someone who you don’t normally talk to.  You might make someone’s day :)

You are an original!  Don’t try to make yourself a copy of someone else.  Embrace everything about yourself; the way you look and your personality!  Don’t change who you are for anyone!  Be you and rock it out!

Here is a silly picture of my family :)  Have a great weekend!!!



Floral Skirt

Nordstrom Floral Skirt

Nordstrom Floral Skirt

Nordstrom Floral Skirt

Nordstrom Floral Skirt

white button down shirt

Nordstrom Floral Skirt

Nordstrom Floral Skirt

Skirt: Nordstrom, also love this (on sale) | Shirt: Zara (old) similar at J Crew | Shoes: Guess (old) similar here, here | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sold out), similar here, here (on sale) | Bangles (50% off), Earrings (on sale) or these (50% off), similar | Lip: Marc Jacobs Lust for Laquer, 308 Sweet Hearted

This outfit is a little different than what I typically wear.  But there is something so sweet and lady like about it that I just love.  As I was wearing it I felt like a classy lady :)

I have been gone for the last 5 days down in Florida visiting my family and celebrating my sister’s birthday.  I had so much fun!  I love hanging out with my mom and sister.  Just going out shopping with them means so much to me since I don’t see them all the time.  I never want to leave my family in Florida but I miss my kids at home so much.  Maybe some day my heart won’t have to be constantly torn…

One more thing, I recently joined Pinterest.  I’ve been staying up late and getting a little obsessed with just about everything!  Come over and check out my boards and tell me what you think :)