Amazon Must Haves 2020

We all love Amazon, and for this video, I bring you 12 of my current favorites. I provided images of what each item looks like on the site, as well at the start rating and the price. You’re welcome!

L I N K S :

1) Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – Salicylic Acid Scrub (.5 Fl. Oz.):

2) Silicone Face Mask Brush,Mask Beauty Tool Soft Silicone Facial Mud Mask Applicator:

3) Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor Handle + 1 Blade Refill:

4) Pacific Shaving Company Natural Shave Cream:

5) Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment:

6) NY Threads Luxurious Men’s Shawl Collar Fleece Bathrobe Spa Robe:

7) Topwit Electric Kettle Glass Hot Water Kettle:

8) Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi:

9) skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gel, 4 Pair:

10) Stone & Mill Set of 2 Large Double Walled Glass Coffee Cups:

11) 12 Pack Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws with Case – Regular Size – Long Flexible Straws:

12) Garnier Hair Color Nutrisse Nourishing Creme, 11 Blackest Black:

What You Need From Amazon

summer makeup and fashion must haves

You guys know the amazon obsession is absolutely real. Amazon is such an incredible site for streamlining your life if you are on the go, a little last minute, or just really don’t love shopping in person. As their selection for clothing and accessories is only getting better, I really wanted to take some time to highlight some of the fabulous pieces they have right now. Here in Dallas, where the sun is absolutely unforgiving, I try to find a happy medium between looking like I just left the pool and being season appropriate. The items I got this week have totally been great Summer staples, and I know you guys will love them to.

FLOYU Button Down Romper Women Solid Color Short Sleeve Casual Summer Short Jumpsuit with Pockets: This linen romper was a tricky one for me at first. I loved the fabric, simplicity and color, but once I tried it on, I wasn’t so sure. I wore it anyway, because I firmly believe that if you act like you can pull something off, you typically do. And guess what? I got a ton of compliments at an influencer event I went to. The event was at Sunglass Hut Northpark and they had makeup artists from Glamsquad doing touch ups, cute refreshments and all access to the seasons newest styles. It was such a fun event and I started to feel like I looked a little less ‘Prince George’ as time went on. I also noticed that it didn’t wrinkle as quickly as my other linen items, which was as total plus.

STHUAHE 3PCS Hair Bands,Women Handmade Lovely Style Cloth Cross Knot Hair Hoop Hairband Headband Headwear Hair Accessories by Beauty Hair (multicolor): When it doubt, just ask yourself, ‘What Would Blair Waldorf Do?’. Just kidding, because although she was a style arbiter, we all know she was a total bully. But one thing we cannot take away from her character was the ability to inject headbands into a ton of her looks. Right now, headbands are all the rage, but truly, I never stopped loving them. They are such a great way to pull hair away from the face, add a touch of volume to the crown, hide dirty hair and the list goes on. I wore the yellow striped headband to a concert last night and did I mention that it was an outdoor concert?! It was brutal, but fashion over function for me and I did not want to put my hair up. So this headband was a great compromise and kept me (semi) cool. It comes in a three pack and there are a ton of cute designer dupes on Amazon too. I just ordered these cute “Gucci-esque” ones, and they are arriving with ‘Same Day Shipping’ eeeek!

Natural Chic Hand-Woven Round Handle Ring Toto Retro Large Casual Summer Beach Handbags (Yellow Grass 15.7×12 H inches): Straw Summer totes are an essential, but I struggle to pay a ton for them, simply because they aren’t really bags. They are meant for the beach, and when I see some that go up as much as $50, I kinda die inside. I wanted to upgrade my summer bag situation from the Cult Gaia dupe everyone had, to something softer with more flexibility. I also knew that even though I am a babe on a budget, I still wanted the bag to have a refined, luxurious edge to it. So I went for a bag that was less  ‘raffia’/straw looking, which can sometimes be a little muted, and grabbed this yellow straw bag instead. I loved the shape and the inside is lined with a creamy linen fabric. It also comes to a drawstring closure so that I don’t have to worry about my stuff falling out, or being exposed like other totes. It is also incredibly lightweight which is nice. The round handles are great for tying on cute little tassels or scarves so you can get some versatility out of it as well.

Kimono Kimonos for Women Beach Cover up Floral Print Short Sleeve Loose Open Front Cotton Cardigans DusterAlthough I am considered petite, I do struggle with one main body part: my arms. I have always held a little weight in my arms and while I am actively trying to sculpt them, I find it hard to expose them outright, even though it’s 500 degrees here. These gorgeous, sheer Summer kimonos are so great for adding coverage to the arms without the weight of a long sleeve. I have to wear this piece with an elevated shoe simply because it drags on the ground when I don’t. I am 5’1 and that is typically not an issue until it’s time to wear floor length dusters. It did come with a sash but that’s not really how I wanted to wear it, but can we just talk about the color scheme here!? I am obsessed with the pattern and pops of turquoise throughout the piece. I wore this with a plain grey tank and some olive jeans and loved the way it worked with some many different colors in my outfit. This vendor has a few different styles and color ways, but this was my favorite. It’s also on prime so how can you resist?!

Levi’s Women’s 721 High Rise Distressed Skinny Jeans, Rugged Indigo, BlueWhen I am not living in denim shorts, I have been reaching for these Levis high rise jeans with giant gaping holes at the knee. I have lusted over these via all the tall beautiful bloggers in Insta. Not being so tall myself, I knew that I was going to have to get these hemmed or cut a raw hem myself. One thing you should know is that these jeans have very little stretch. They pull you in tight, stay in place and don’t budge. Depending on how you like your denim to fit, this could be an issue. I do find that because the holes in the knees are so large, you get a little wiggle room  (and air!). It’s hard to wear jeans when it’s so hot out, but this destroyed pair in the lighter wash is totally great for Summer.

5) AOMEI Women Spring Summer Blouses with Puff Sleeve Sashes Shirts TopsThis top, hands down, is the must universally flattering top in my wardrobe. It wraps at the waist, hides my arms (blah) and cuts off right at the waist so I don’t feel swallowed. I have it in another striped pattern, which several of my readers really loved. When I saw the gingham pattern, I knew it would be a great summer staple as well. The lightweight cotton fabric works well for this heat, and it can be worn with ripped denim shorts, or wide legged white trousers. It comes in a few other patterns, but not all of the fabrics are the same for each top. My striped one is a silk/poly blend and this gingham one is cotton. Both wrap and drape beautifully and you know I am a sucker for anything that ties into a bow.

Summer Makeup + Fashion Must Haves

Summer Makeup + Fashion Must Haves

summer makeup and fashion must haves

Jeans: DL1961 Bella Vintage Crop: (similar pair

Top: Prologue Women’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Essential Popover Blouse – PrologueTM Black

Headband: H&M Leopard Headband with Knot

Getting glam for the Summer is a little more difficult than it sounds, simply because it gets to be about 200 degrees here in Texas. Keeping a few items on hand which can be worn with just about anything is super important. For this wild Texas heat, I like to throw on cotton tee shirts to pair with cropped, destroyed denim, or cute little shorts. For accessories, I keep them small to avoid being overwhelmed by the bulk, and I avoid printed or logo bags so that I don’t get tired of them. Jewels are kept to a minimum because nothing is worse that having your necklaces stuck to your sweat (ew). Flatforms are my go-to, rather than wedges because of the casual elevation they offer. And makeup? It’s all about locking in what we put on. Going with waterproof mascara, setting sprays and using a quick dry towel so we don’t break a sweat while grooming is absolute must.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Handbag : This bag has been the of the best purchases I’ve made this season. It’s a neutral color, with a very real look to the ‘leather’, despite it being faux. In the past, when I’ve bought bags in this bucket shape, I found that I needed more interior space. This bag opens up like a more rectangular tote, has the right amount of gold hardware, and can be worn as a crossbody. It comes in white as well!


Forever 21 Faux Suede Espadrille Wedges: Flatforms over wedges all day. And don’t get my wrong, I love wedges. They are sexy and definitely elongate the leg. But that’s just it. I don’t always want a ‘sexy’ high heel look. I want more of a summer, beachy, casual glam. When it’s super hot out, and I want a somewhat dressed up touch, I reach for these. The are great for comfort, height and versatility.

Impact Men’s AC DC High Voltage T-Shirt: I love a good band tee shirt. 99.9% of the time, I can honestly say I’ve never even listened to the band, but I have always gravitated to this kind of look. Truly, I think it’s because I’ve always gone so heavy on the hair and makeup, so when it came to my wardrobe, I dress it down a bit. To me, it’s important that the band tee does not look sloppy, nor too tight like a baby tee. I always want a soft cotton blend, with a slightly worn look. Amazon has been quite the hub for cute tees, and this is my second one from there. This is a men’s medium, and fits loosely.

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Waterproof Mascara: Some people wear waterproof mascara all year around, but despite having horrendous allergies and watery eyes, I only really choose to wear this formula during the sweaty months of the year. I have already been an avid wearer or the Maybelline Angel Push-Up formula because I am OBSESSED with the brush shape. This mascara wand is magical y’all. It is tiny enough to fit into the corners of the lash line, allowing you to really coat each lash and build up the product. I also love how I can nestle the wand in a zig-zag motion along the lower lash line to really open up my eyes. For Summer, I’m sticking to the same mascara and just reaching for the waterproof version.

ACC PLANET Coin Necklace 18K Gold Plated Vintage Coin Pendant Gold Necklace for Women Girls: So how I got this necklace is actually by total accident. I was browsing on Amazon and instead of clicking ‘Add to Cart’ and contemplating the potential purchase, I accidentally clicked ‘Buy Now with 1-Click Purchase’. After a minor ‘Oh baby Jesus’ moment, I decided it wasn’t a big deal and if I hated it, I could always return it. So when it finally arrived, I actually ended up liking it. It is a bit yellow-ish, but I don’t mind because it pops against my skin. The coin style is really in right now, but this is kind of the ‘faux’ version because the coin doesn’t actually spin. Also, with inexpensive necklaces, I like to make sure that the chain doesn’t look too inexpensive. Overall I’ve been super pleased and often layer this with other necklaces.

Ardell Studio Effects Demi Wispies: Because my eye shape is very almond, it’s hard for me to find lashes that feel comfortable and weightless. False lashes can be slightly itchy, heavy and just plain annoying, so when I find a pair that really works for me, I have to share! I like high end lashes, but find myself only really wearing them on special occasions. For random date nights, dinners, IG videos and brunches, I reach for the KISS lashes and the Ardell lashes. My  criteria for lashes are that the band has to be clear (those are the most flexible and comfortable). The lash cannot be shiny, because those look cheap and not natural. And lastly, I like pairs that have a little flair on the ends to open up my eye shape. These are inexpensive and if you are new to wearing lashes, I recommend practicing with these to get the hang of it!

Urban Decay Cosmetics Travel Size All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray: I recently did a mini-breakdown of setting sprays and how they are not all created equally. With the growing popularity of sprays, i.e. plethora of IG videos, I wanted to clear up how different each type was. I broke them down into ‘blenders’ and ‘sealers’. Blenders really help melt all the superficial powder particles together, to get rid of that ‘freshly powdered’ look. ‘Sealers’ are a more matte formula that lock in your makeup, similar to hairspray. Locking in makeup during a Texas summer heat wave is going to keep you glam and minimize the touchups you have to do. The only downside to the one I’ve been using by Urban Decay is that the spray function sometimes ‘spits’. The spitting can lead to an uneven application, so my recommendation is spray it right in front of your face, rather than directly onto your face, and then walk into like you would a fragrance.

Cinema Secrets – Makeup Brush Cleaner Travel Set: Raise your hand if you could afford to wash your brushes more often. I know I struggle about being diligent with brush cleaning, simply because I have so many and I rotate them often. While we are all planning for vacations and trying to not overpack, I think it’s important to also streamline the makeup/brush situation for our luggage. Keeping a few brushes, but cleaning them so you can use them interchangeably will help minimize the load. The brush cleaner that I reach for the most is this one by Cinema Secrets. I love that it cleans the brushes quickly and dries rapidly! It allows you to multi-task with your brushes without having to buy and pack more! Plus, frequent cleanings will keep down eye infections and breakouts.

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick: I love a matte lip, but when it’s blistering hot out, the last thing I want is to slather on a dry lacquer that it going to make my lips look like day old croissants.  This Smashbox liquid lipstick formula is unlike any I’ve tried on. It is still very much a liquid lipstick so you get the longevity from the wear time, but it it super comfortable so it doesn’t totally dry down and chip off. It also moves with your lip so you don’t get that awkward line where the product abruptly stops. I first found out about this because I was freelancing and I had a client tell me that they wanted to use their own lip product. I was happy to accommodate that, and offered to apply it for them. You guys. This formula glides so beautifully onto the lip. It’s creamy enough to blend out the edges of the lip line, but does matte down so it won’t move too much. This color range is also something to acknowledge. There’s such a great assortment of brights and nudes and the one I’ve been loving is ‘Stepping Out’.

Aquis – Original Hair TURBAN, Patented Perfect Hands-Free Microfiber Hair Drying, Dark Grey (10 x 27 Inches): So we’ve all seen a version of this towel somewhere. Whether it was an infomercial or in a random bin at CVS, if you’re anything like me, you probably thought it was gimmicky. My dilemma was that when I am already super hot from this summer heat, and then I go to wash my hair, the last thing that I want to do is reheat myself by using a scorching blow dryer. Sometimes, I feel like it takes away from how fresh I feel after the shower when I start to sweat. To eliminate this icky feeing and cut down on my blow dry time, I bit the bullet and bought a quick-dry hair towel. This specific towel caught my eye because it’s not just the fabric that is absorbent, it’s the shape of the towel that really makes all the difference. It’s shaped similar to a banana so that when you flip your head over to wrap it, all your hair is in contact with the towel. Wearing this for about 15 mins while I do my skincare helps cut my blow dry time in half.



Black Friday Sales: My Top Picks

Happy day after Thanksgiving! While I fight the pie coma and sip my coffee, I couldn’t help but post my top picks from Amazon and Ulta. Happy shopping!

VASKER 3 Layers Waterproof Makeup Bag Travel Cosmetic Case Brush Holder with Adjustable Divider VA-06:

BAGSMART Travel Jewelry Storage Cases Jewelry Organizer Bag for Necklace, Earrings, Rings, Bracelet:

Calvin Klein Women’s Modern Cotton Lightly Lined Bralette:

Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Jacket:

adidas Women’s Alphabounce Cr:

beautyblender gold mine: Makeup Sponge & Beauty Essentials Set:

OVIOS 001 OVIOS03 Digital Kitchen High Accuracy Multifunction Food Scale, Stainless Steel,11 lb 5 KG,LCD Display (Batteries Included), 5KG, Gold:

Betrome Hanging Suit Cover, Storage Garment Bag, Mothproof, Breathable Garment Cover (4 Pcs 24” x 43” & 2 Pcs 24” x 51”), Sturdy Full Zipper Dust Cover for Closet Storage. White, Set of 6:

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi – USDA Organic Reishi Mushroom Powder – Natural Calm, Relax, Sleep – Vegan, Paleo – 10 Count:

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Alkalize & Detox Organic Plant Based Powder with Wheat Grass and Greens, Flavor: Simply Pure, 30 Servings:

Simple Modern 22oz Slim Cruiser Tumbler with Straw & Closing Lid Travel Mug – Double Wall Vacuum Insulated – 18/8 Stainless Steel Thermos Pattern: Primrose Marble:

Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser with Spout – 1.0L / 34oz Ovalware RJ3 Brewing Glass Carafe with Removable Stainless Steel Filter:

Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit:

Mac Shiny Pretty Things Lip Kit:

Ardell Lash Wispes 12 Piece Pack:

Ulta Skin Favorites For Her:


How To Get a Thinner Waist

how to get a smaller waist

Aside from a cleaner diet, and regular exercise (which I am working on a lot more frequently these days), we can create the illusion of a smaller, thinner waist. There are clothing pieces that will work in our favor to cinch the waist in, and compliment any body top. Now, the only reason I’m even addressing this is because I don’t have a very defined waist. My body shape is more, er, well, square I suppose.

This issue of creating lines and illusions to pull in the waist is something I’ve been crafting up since I realized that I didn’t have an hourglass shape.

Aside from being super complimentary, they add the perfect amount of punch to any look. It’s the most ideal hybrid of fancy with a touch of casual. These tops are like the waist shaper’s you’ve see on Instagram, without all the unwarranted organ damage.

Also, this super chic waist-defining style can be found in dresses as well. Clothing that pulls you in the waist to enhance your shape, and make you feel super polished and pull together is my kind of clothing. The top I’m wearing here is officially sold out, but I’ve linked a few flattering pieces I cannot wait to snag.

Express Stripe Tie Waist Shirt • Express • $39.99

Na Kd Slip Shoulder Tie Waist Shirt • NA-KD • $35.95

PrettyLittleThing Stripe Tie Waist Shirt • PrettyLittleThing • $40

Forever 21 High-Low Stripe Shirt • Forever 21 • $18.32

Selected Evelyn tie waist stripe shirt • Selected • $67