What’s in my makeup bag?


One thing all of my friends know about me is that I love makeup. I am constantly trying out new products and blowing all of my money in Sephora. People ask me nearly every day what kind of makeup products I use and I’m here to list four of my favorites:

Bye Bye Under Eye concealer by IT Cosmetics

You don’t know you need it… but you need it. This concealer changed the game for me. I was tired of using concealer that didn’t last all day but now you can really say “bye bye” to your under-eye dark circles.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation

I used to use Mac Matchmaster foundation but paying that much for foundation every couple of months got real old, real quick. I decided to try to find a drugstore foundation that doesn’t look like a drugstore foundation. L’Oreal True Match foundation offers so many different shades so that everyone can find their match. It’s natural looking, yet still has great coverage for day or night.

LORAC TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo

The BEST bronzer I have ever used. It takes my contour to the next level. The highlighter in this palette is not as luminous as I like my highlighter to be, but if you like a subtle glow, it’s perfect for you!

Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills

I love this brow pencil. It’s so precise and easy to use. It blends into a flawless finish and keeps your brows ~on fleek~ all day or all night long.

 

Leave a comment with some of your favorite makeup products! I’m always down to try more!

xoxo,

Liv

P.S. be sure to follow me on Instagram here for more photos of me with my favorite makeup brands on.

 

New Year, Better Me.


“New year, new me!”… not quite.

I won’t become a different person this year. I will still be me, but I will become a better me. The turn of the new year is an opportunity to change your lifestyle and commit to making healthier decisions for yourself. I have made a list of my new year’s resolutions that you should consider adopting as your own resolutions.

1) Commit to a daily skincare regimen.

As a girl in my early 20’s, I know how important it is to care for my skin NOW in order for it to look my best as I age. I’m ready to put the acne wash aside and start using something more gentle that doesn’t treat my skin like the enemy. I have been doing my research on different products and can’t wait to start testing them to discover my favorites! *Be on the lookout for a post soon about the skincare regimen I like best*

2) Drink more water.

What we put ON our skin is one thing, but what we put IN our bodies is another. Staying hydrated is one of the keys to having healthy, glowing skin. Drinking water does more than care for just our skin though, it helps just about everything. Drinking enough water can prevent headaches, help with digestion, weight loss, improve mental and physical performance, along with many other perks. Breaking Muscle says to drink half of your body weight in ounces. So If I weigh 110 pounds, I should be drinking 55 ounces of water daily. I am now committed to drinking the recommended amount of water for my body each day starting now! *Sips water*

3) Use my phone less.

I am pretty good about the amount of time I spend on my phone but I still want to focus on spending even less time on it this year. I always put my phone away during meals and that’s one thing I will continue to do. More importantly, I want to take everything in. Life isn’t about experiencing things for other people to see, even if you’re a blogger. It’s important to remember that your life is for you. So put the phone down and be present.

4) Get away more. 

Pack a bag and take a weekend trip somewhere with someone you love. It’s easy to get caught up in things that don’t matter. Don’t be afraid to get away. There are so many inexpensive ways to travel nowadays, too. So take advantage of companies like Airbnb and get out of town!

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I am really excited about my four resolutions for 2017 because they are attainable. Make sure your new year’s resolutions are realistic so you can make them happen and become a better version of yourself this year!

Leave a comment and let me know what your resolutions are this year!

Happy 2017! 

xoxo,

Liv

Bikinis in January… yes.


Don’t wait until hot weather rolls around, buy your spring break swimsuit wardrobe NOW! You’ll thank me later.

We ladies love to have a selection of swimsuits which is not cheap. Even buying a single high quality swimsuit can put a dent in your wallet. The best thing to do before spring break rolls around is to start buying them ASAP while swimsuits aren’t in season. You’ll find plenty of markdowns and sales that you won’t find ANYWHERE once March rolls around.

One of the best ways I hunt down the best swimsuit deals is finding where I can get them for free (lol, I’m on a college budget). Go on your Instagram explore page and look for models who post bikini pictures because often times, those social media influencers (like myself) have giveaways! If the price you have to pay for a chance to win a free swimsuit is to follow a swimsuit company, it’s well worth it.

If you don’t get lucky finding a giveaway, chances are you will find plenty of discount codes and swimsuit companies holding sales to get rid of any bikinis they have leftover from last season.

Don’t wait until Spring! You’ll end up paying far more than you want to. Check out some of my favorite swimsuits:

This gorgeous one-piece from Red Carter:

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And this super comfortable sexy black velvet bikini from Bikini Junkie:

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I hope you try out these brands and love them as much as I do! Happy winter bikini shopping 😉

xoxo,

Liv

p.s. follow me on Instagram here for more bikini pics in some of my favorite brands!

Teami aka my secret weapon to being FIT and HEALTHY


I have posted about Teami Blends before, but now the benefits of drinking it consistently are SO REAL I have to share details.

I have been drinking Teami blends for 3 months but in the past month, I have been drinking the Skinny Tea every single morning and the Relax Tea on most nights before bed. I want to scream from the rooftops how much drinking Teami every day has helped me in so many different ways but you won’t hear me so here’s a list:

  1. My bloat is GONE. I bloat, you bloat, *most* everyone bloats. I have always had a hard time getting rid of the bloating in my lower stomach and I noticed a significant difference in the loss of my bloat after just one week of consistently drinking Teami. No joke people.
  2. My skin is clearer. Every blend from Teami is all-natural and healthy in so many ways. One thing I have noticed is how much clearer my skin has become. Acne is one thing I have struggled with over the years and it’s awesome that something as simple as tea is a huge part of the solution.
  3. I am energized. I am not morning person and I am usually extraordinarily lazy until at least after lunch… oops. But not anymore! I wake up in the mornings and I drink my Skinny Tea first thing. The Skinny Tea gives me energy to last throughout the entire day, thus helping my days be much more productive.
  4. Overall, I feel healthier. Not only am I physically healthier, I FEEL healthier and that is so satisfying. I love that I know I am putting something good in my body and the results only prove that.

 

If you are ready to change your lifestyle and become a better you, Teami may be something for you to try to help you get there. Use my code OC10 for money off your order 🙂 You won’t regret it!

xoxo,

Liv

P.S. follow me on Instgram here to see more frequent posts about my progress 🙂

How to care for your skin while traveling


I have lots of skincare tips, but today I would like to share my skincare tips specifically for when you are traveling by airplane.

I recently was traveling from the United States to Europe and within Europe, I was traveling by plane to explore different countries. I know how my skin reacts to the extraordinarily low level of humidity in the air inside an airplane, and I wanted to share some tips I have gathered with you!

Whether you have oily skin, dry skin, or a combination, your skin will be affected. Our skin is what holds us all together and it deserves to be taken care of! Don’t let the dry air inside an aircraft take a toll on your skin. If you have dry skin, your skin will get extra dry. If you have oily skin, your skin will get oilier to compensate for the dryness. Who wants that?! Here are a list of some tips to help you be prepared:

  1. Avoid wearing makeup while traveling.
    • I like to wear makeup every day, but if you can avoid wearing liquid foundation and powder foundation your skin will thank you! And besides, you can always hide behind a pair of sunglasses if you really are afraid of anyone seeing you bare-faced.
    • BUT, there is never anything wrong with some lip gloss and mascara.
  2. Before taking a flight, be sure to moisturize your whole body.
    • Whole body includes your face, lips, and hands too!
  3. Bring travel-sized body lotion, moisturizer, chapstick, and hand lotion in your carry on!
    • It is so important to keep hydrating your body during the course of a long flight. Make sure to check the sizes of your liquids before bringing them in your carry-on bag. You can bring as many 3.4 ounce containers of liquids that will fit in a quart-sized bag.
  4. Drink water.
    • Stay hydrated from the inside out!

If you are taking an international flight, these tips will be extra helpful to you. You will walk off your flight with luminous, beautifully hydrated skin.

Safe travels!

xoxo,

Liv

P.S. be sure to keep up with me on Instagram for more frequent travel tips.