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Watch: How To Master The Perfect Top Knot

My go-to hairstyle is the topknot. It’s not only easy, but it keeps my hair out of my face when I’m busy with the kids or running errands!

Check out my YouTube tutorial below for easy tips on how to master it effortlessly:

The Products:

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hairspray // Ouai Soft Hair Spray // IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo

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Bikini Ready Recipes: Saucy Paleo Meatballs + Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

In my experience, the main reason I quit a diet or healthy eating plan is because I don’t feel satisfied. Well, guess what? That’s no longer an excuse! It is possible to prepare dishes that are still light and healthy but still leave you feeling fulfilled.

This week, Kelly is sharing two hearty and healthy options that even your kids will love! Scroll down for the recipes!

Saucy Paleo Meatballs:

To cut the carbs, switch out the noodles for zucchini noodles aka zoodles. You won’t be able to tell the difference!

Ingredients: 

Makes 8 meatballs, for 2 servings

1 pound 100% grass-finished ground beef (or protein of your choice)

1 large egg

¼ cup ground flax meal

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

1½ teaspoons pink Himalayan salt

1½ teaspoons onion powder

2 tablespoons fresh minced or dried parsley

1 (16-ounce) jar of your favorite marinara sauce

Grated goat’s- or sheep’s-milk Parmesan cheese or yogurt, for serving (optional)

Zucchini or squash zoodles (directions here!)

Directions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, use your hands (or a wooden spoon) to combine the beef, egg, flax meal, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, onion powder, and 1 tablespoon of the parsley. The mixture should be smooth, but don’t overmix.

3. Form the mixture into meatballs about 1 inch in diameter and place them on an ungreased rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.

4. Transfer the meatballs to a decorative oven-safe baking dish. Pour the marinara over the meatballs to cover. Bake for 5 minutes to heat and thicken the sauce.

5. Sprinkle Parmesan over the meatballs and garnish with the remaining parsley. Serve warm, with a side of pesto covered zoodles.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie:

Skip that sugar-loaded muffin and try this sweet smoothie instead. The nut butter and blueberries pair nicely to re-create the comforting flavor of a blueberry muffin.

Ingredients: 

1 serving vanilla protein powder

1 to 2 tablespoons nut butter of choice

1 serving raw fiber powder

¼ cup frozen or fresh blueberries, plus more for garnish

2 to 3 cups unsweetened nut milk

Hemp seeds, for garnish

Directions:

1. Place all the ingredients except the hemp seeds in a high-speed blender and blend to the desired consistency. If you use fresh blueberries, add a few ice cubes before blending to cool.

2. Garnish with hemp seeds and blueberries.

Stay tuned for more tips from Kelly on both my blog and Kelly’s, Be Well By KellyFor 12 weeks, we’ll be sharing recipes and tips to help you get ready for bikini season…post-baby or not! 

Skincare Must-Have: Nyakio Beauty + A Q&A With The Founder, Nyakio Grieco

Many of my most treasured beauty secrets came from my momma. I remember watching her put on face cream in the bathroom mirror while she gave me all her tips. The best one? Always start with the neck and go up. (With that said, never forget the neck. Ever!) She also taught me the power of a little rouge and I still love my blush today. She knew her stuff and she still does. Dottie Sims looks DAMN good!

That’s why I’m so inspired by my friend, Nyakio Grieco’s new skincare line, Nyakio. As a first-generation American of Kenyan descent, she spent a lot of time traveling to Kenya to see her grandmother as a child. While there, Nyakio would learn family beauty secrets that would spark her interest in skincare. Her line, Nyakio, is inspired and dedicated to these very secrets.

I love her products and especially the story behind them. Scroll below to read a special Q&A with Nyakio about her line, the ingredients, and what makes them so special!

1)  What sparked your interest in the beauty industry? Specifically, skincare?

My beauty journey began when I was eight years old visiting my grandmother in Kenya. She taught me my first family beauty secret, and at that point my interest to create a global skincare line was sparked! My greatest inspiration comes from those family beauty secrets, and those beauty secrets shared with me by my girlfriends and discovered in my travels around the globe. 

2) What does beauty mean to YOU?

Beauty to me is standing in your own light, strength and truth. Compassion, kindness, and confidence radiate from the inside to the outside and give you a naturally beautiful glow.

3. What are some of your favorite family beauty secrets?

Some of my favorite beauty secrets were passed down to me from my Kenyan grandmother who taught me to use Kenyan Coffee Beans and sugarcane to exfoliate my skin.  My grandfather was a medicine man, and stories about him extracting oils from nature to treat the skin inspire me as well. I love sharing these beauty secrets from my family as well as those shared with me by my friends and discovered in my travels.

4. What type of products are currently in your line?

Grounded in ethically and sustainable sourced ingredients, nyakio combines cultural traditions with modern, results-driven formulas. The line features a five regimen collection: (Cleanse, Exfoliate, Restore, Moisturizer and Treat) that work together to hydrate, revitalize, smooth and provide anti-aging benefits. A collection of cultural traditions and global beauty secrets that help to deliver naturally ageless beauty!

5. Where are your ingredients sourced from?

I proudly source ethical and sustainable natural ingredients, including unique, cold pressed oils from 13 countries (including Kenya, Peru, India, China, Mali, Ghana, Spain ) around the globe. Our journey takes us around the world in search of pure, effective and sustainable ingredients sourced through Community Commerce to support women’s employment and empowerment for a better living. 

Formulated without sulfates, phthalates, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, formaldehyde, and butylene glycol. 

6. If you could pick a “must-have” product from your line, what would it be?
I love each and every one of my babies in the nyakio line! I would say that our Nyakio Firming Face Balm featuring Tamanu Oil from India is my constant go to. It’s sort of a magic balm. Not only is it formulated to help minimize the signs of aging on your face, I use it on my neck nightly as I’m a side sleeper and worry about aging in that area. I also use any extra on dry skin areas like my cuticles, heels, elbows. I even use it as a highlighter on my cheeks after applying make up! Apply to palm of your hands rub together and it melts into this multi-tasking wonder!! I also carry the Nyakio Quinoa de-puffing and firming eye cream with me everywhere I go!  The ceramic tip applicator is instantly cooling and wakes up my tired eyes!
All Nyakio products are available EXCLUSIVELY at ULTA and ULTA.com. Also, check out her beautiful sizzle video below! 
 

Bikini Ready Tips: Healthy Fats Decoded

Remember when every diet and weight-management program seemed to say we should any and all fat?! I used to try to eat absolutely no fats, no exceptions. Then I’d go and eat rap food. Not anymore. Now I know how crucial it is to have fats in our diet. Not just any fats–good fats. Today, my #BIKINIAFTERBABY guru, Kelly LeVeque is helping us decode the “good, the “bad”, and the “ugly” when it comes to fats, a micronutrient must-have! Read below for all the details:

Fat provides the building blocks of the brain, cellular membranes and hormones in the body, it is deeply hydrating and essential for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, K and E. It is absolutely my favorite macronutrient and the most powerful anti-aging beauty food used both internally and externally. When consumed, fatty acids help stabilize blood sugar – allowing your body to release fat, protect lean muscle, and surge with energy. Fat can take a meal from fuel to satisfying helping you to snack less on processed foods and focus more on whole food meals rich in fibrous leafy greens, wild proteins and healthy fats.

For cooking, choose oils with a high smoke-point, for salad dressing, smoothies and dessert enjoy organic cold pressed oils. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Oils Decoded:

Avocado Oil:

Avocado oil is the new olive oil with a higher smoke point; this MUFA is loaded with oleic acid, a fat linked to a reduction in inflammation with anti-cancer benefits. If you are looking for a great all around fat this is the winner! (Primal)

Coconut Oil:

A great fuel source for the body, coconut oil includes a special type of saturated fat called medium chain triglyceride (MCT). Unlike other fats, MCTs do not require bile acids for digestion. This means they are easily absorbed in the upper part of the small intestine as energy.

Algae Oil:

Algae oil is anti-inflammatory and the highest source of monounsaturated fat, the good fat. In fact, one tablespoon alone has as much monounsaturated fat as an avocado. Coined MUFA, these fats are known for decreased risk in breast cancer, lower cholesterol levels, aid weight loss and a decreased risk of heart disease and stroke. Algae oil is best used for high heat cooking (like stir-fry’s) because of its 485-degree smoke point and super light taste. (Thrive)

Ghee:

Ghee is clarified butter. The milk solids have been removed so it’s very low in lactose and is almost entirely fat – mostly saturated. It has a grass fed salt-free butter taste with a higher smoke point. This is a savory fat good for sautéing, browning meat and cooking eggs.

Olive Oil:

When it comes to olive oil quality is everything! Reports in the last few years have exposed that many olive oil producers cut olive oil with soybean and other cheap oils so ensure your olive oil is truly 100% olive. For dressings, choose organic extra virgin olive oil (this variety contains the highest level of antioxidant polyphenols and oleic acid) and when it comes to roasting reference the smoke point chart to ensure you.

How To Use Them:

Healthy High Heat Oils for Cooking:

Type of Fat + Smoke Point

Algae Oil  | 485°

Light/Refined Olive Oil | 465°

Clarified Butter (Ghee) | 450°

Macadamia Nut Oil  | 390°

Avocado Oil (Virgin) |  375-400°

Butter | 350°

Coconut Oil | 350°

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil  | 325-375°

MCT Oil | 320°

*note the difference in olive oil smoke points

Hot Uses: 

Non-animal fats, organic, unrefined forms are ideal:

Coconut

Algae Oil

Avocado Oil

Animal fats, from pasture-raised/grass-fed & organic sources are ideal:

Butter

Ghee

Lard

Tallow

Lamb fat

Duck fat

Eggs, meat & seafood

Olive Oil Extra Light (high smoke)

Cold Uses:

Organic, extra-virgin and cold-pressed forms are ideal:

MCT Oil:

MCT, or medium chain triglyceride (like in coconut oil) can be purchased in its concentrated form to be added to your morning Be Well Smoothie or blended with a cup of hot coffee or tea instead of creamer. MCT is easily digested and has been shown to promote fat burning and increase energy expenditure. Be aware this oil is delicate with a low smoke point and shouldn’t be used for high heat cooking.

Olive Oil – check smoke point

Sesame oil

Nut oils (walnut, pecan, macadamia):

Flaxseed oil (higher in omega 6; use in moderation)

Nuts & seed butters (including nut & seed butters):

Snacking on nut butter like, almonds, cashews, walnuts or brazil nuts, can pack your diet with filling protein, fiber, unsaturated fats, and important vitamins and minerals like magnesium. Not to mention, they have been linked to lower cholesterol, better heart health, weight control, and even a lower cancer risk.

What To Avoid:

Sunflower

Safflower

Corn

Vegetable

Cotton Seed

Stay tuned for more tips from Kelly on both my blog and Kelly’s, Be Well By Kelly.For the next 12 weeks, we’ll be sharing recipes and tips to help you get ready for bikini season…post-baby or not! 

Watch: What To REALLY Expect From A C-Section

I’m SO excited to have the hilarious Sharzad Kiadeh on my YouTube channel today. We’re talking about a topic we both know all too well: a c-section. Click on the video below to hear our experiences and what you should expect! It’s about to get REAL!

Head on over to Sharzad’s channel here to hear our tips on bringing home baby to their siblings! Subscribe to her, too. SHE’S HILARIOUS! 

Bikini Ready Recipes: Chicken Fab Pho + Spa Smoothie

So, this momma is officially getting back to business. And, by business, I mean getting into a bikini after having my baby! Now that it’s my third kid, I definitely know how to take care of my body during pregnancy so it’s not such a struggle to lose the weight afterward.

With that said, there’s still a bit of weight I’d like to lose before the summer bikini season. I’m definitely not as big as I was after having Brooks (I gained 80 pounds due to a thyroid condition!) but there’s still some pounds I’d like to shed. I’ll be honest–my Sports Illustrated photos are currently hanging on my wall for inspiration. I mean, hey! Whatever works.

To lose these pounds the healthy way, I hired Los Angeles-based nutritionist, Kelly Leveque to guide me along the way. You may also recognize her from her blog, Be Well By Kelly and her YouTube channel. Also–her Instagram is where food dreams are made of!

Even if you haven’t just had a baby, follow along with us. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to get a little healthy and fit before bikini season! For 12 weeks, on both of our blogs, Kelly and I will be sharing some healthy recipes every Monday followed by some healthy facts on Wednesday. We’ll also be sprinkling some Facebook Live videos in there so you can see us whip up these recipes in real time.

Weight loss is all 80/20 meaning 80% of your successful weight loss will come from what you are eating. The other 20% is exercise (which is still important!) With that said, all of Kelly’s recipes that we’ll share will help tone you up and lose those pounds. It’s all delicious, too!

For the first recipe, we’re kicking it off with some warm and cozy Pho before the weather gets a bit warmer. This recipe is a great example of Kelly’s “Fab Four” approach to health. That means it includes protein (ups collagen, muscle tone, and metabolism), fat (benefits hormones, skin, cellular health, and doesn’t store in your body like carbs do), fiber (for gut microbiome proliferation and detoxification), and greens/veggies deep in color (cancer and inflammation fighting phytonutrients)

Chicken Fab Pho

This recipe calls for a store-bought rotisserie chicken; try to choose one that is organic and not heavily spiced so you can add your own flavor.

Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 quarts chicken bone broth (see below) or chicken stock

2 tablespoons coconut aminos

2 zucchini, zoodled (see below)

2 summer squash, zoodled (see below)

4 small bok choy

1/2 cup bean sprouts

1 store-bought rotisserie chicken, meat shredded

Fresh cilantro

Fresh basil

Red pepper flakes

Directions: 

1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes

2. Add the broth and coconut aminos, bring to a boil, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cooked through.In shallow bowls, layer the veggies and top with the shredded chicken. Top with broth

3. Top with cilantro, basil, and red pepper flakes

Note: I love my zoodler (also known as a spiralizer), but you can also use a vegetable peeler to make long, flat strips of the vegetables.

Bone Broth

This richly textured, deeply delicious broth is a supreme immune support and overall anti-inflammatory. An elixir you will enjoy!

Ingredients: 

About 2 pounds grass-finished beef or pasture-raised chicken bones

1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar

1 medium organic carrot, peeled and chopped

1 medium organic onion, chopped

1 organic celery stalk, chopped

3 organic garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped

Directions: 

1. Place the bones in a 3-quart slow cooker. Fill the cooker to the top with filtered water and add the salt and vinegar.

2. Cook on low for 18 to 24 hours (The more time, the more flavor, so if it tastes good at 18 hours, you’re good to go!)

3. Strain the broth through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh strainer and cool.

4. Store in a glass container in the fridge.

Spa Smoothie

Chill out, hydrate, and refresh with this spa-day smoothie. It’s the perfect way to add a little Zen to your morning.

Ingredients: 

1 serving vanilla protein powder

¼ to 1/2 cup diced avocado

¼ to 1/2 cup diced avocado

1 to 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Juice of ½ to 1 lemon

Fresh mint leaves

Spinach

1 small Persian cucumber

2 cups unsweetened nut milk

Directions: 

Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend, adding water as needed to reach the desired consistency.

Stay tuned! This Wednesday, Kelly will be sharing the facts about a micronutrient must-have, FAT. And, no–it’s not something to be scared of!

Double Chocolate Matcha Bark

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

I may be trying to lose my baby weight but that doesn’t mean that I can’t splurge from time to time. Since St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this delicious recipe with you!

I’m all about adding a healthy ingredient to any recipe if I can–even dessert. For this festive “leprechaun bark”, the health benefits and the color come from everyone’s favorite superfood, matcha. Matcha powder is FULL of antioxidants and has proven to increase energy levels (which I desperately need!)

Matcha naturally has a more earthy flavor but when mixed with chocolate you can’t tell. Your kids will just think the green color is magic, not a superfood.

For this recipe, you don’t even need an oven. It’s super easy and only takes up to 20 minutes. Check it out below!

You’ll Need: 

  • 1 12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips
  • Chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp. matcha powder
  • Sea salt

Directions: 

1. Melt the white chocolate chips on a stovetop or microwave until melted. Mix in the matcha powder.

2. Pour mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle chocolate chips and sea salt on top.

3. Place baking sheet in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. When fully hardened, take out and break into pieces. Voila! A dessert with some added health benefits.

Looking for more matcha recipes to try? Check out these links: 

Matcha Green Tea Coconut Pancakes | The Healthy Foodie // Matcha Truffles | My Whole Food Life // Matcha Latte | Bon Appetit

#MOMGOALS: 10 Tips For Balancing Work & Motherhood

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

I always say it takes a village…because it really does. I’m a better mother because of the intelligent and inspiring mothers around me. We help each other, we give each other advice, and we’re there to just listen when things get rough.

I decided it was a MUST to start highlighting some of these amazing women right here on the blog. I’m calling it #MOMGOALS because these women really are. Starting today, I’ll be interviewing some pretty influential mommas on different topics every month.

To kick it off, I reached out to Christina Carbonell and Galyn Bernard who founded the affordable and essential children’s clothing brand, Primary. These two power moms make it their priority to balance both work and family. And, they do it well!

Here are Christina and Galyn’s 10 tips on how they balance it all: 

Tip #1: Be Picky About Things That Really Matter 

Being in a startup means living in an 80/20 world. There just isn’t enough time or resources to try to do everything perfectly, or try to do it all.

Tip #2: Exercise At Home

It saves time and avoids the whole pack-up of our entire bathroom and closet that is required to go to the gym or a class.

Tip #3: Work From Wherever 

From home, on the commute, at night after the kids are in bed. Flexibility is everything.

Tip #4: Know When To Disconnect

Take those opportunities to give your kids undivided attention…even if an email comes through. It will allow you to recharge, as well!

Tip #5: Have Great Role Models

You can learn a ton by watching and learning from other people’s approaches–including things that work for them and things that don’t.

Tip #6: Work With People You Love

As an entrepreneur, having a business partner makes a huge difference. It should ideally be someone you’ve worked with before so you know that it works through the ups and downs.

We also surround ourselves with a team that cares about each other’s personal priorities. You can have a driven culture that is also very supportive.

Tip #7: Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help: 

There’s nothing heroic about going at it alone, and not asking for help will just put you at a huge disadvantage. Try to be specific about what would be helpful, whether it’s asking for an introduction, or asking your neighbor to throw your grocery delivery in the garage.

Tip #8: Blur The Lines Between Work And Personal 

We have found that it helps to blur the line. A 4:30 weekly happy hour is a great time to decompress with the team, but still get home for dinner. We also love bringing the kids to work, and engaging them in what we do.

Tip #9: Shop Online

This saves some serious time! That’s why we are so passionate about Primary. It was the go-to we always wanted for ourselves–which is why we turned it into a reality. It’s the place you can count on for essential styles and beautiful colors at prices that make sense (all between $10 and $25)

Tip #10: Remember That Life Isn’t Perfect

And, neither are you! There will always be those days you feel guilty for staying late at the office. But, those things happen. It doesn’t mean you are a bad mother. It means that you are balancing it all the best you possibly can. That’s what counts!

Make sure to check out Christina and Galyn’s clothing brand, Primary (here!) It’s the perfect online shopping destination for all mommas (working or not). With all the essentials in every color, it makes shopping super easy.

Also, make sure to stay tuned for next month’s #MOMGOALS. I think you guys will love it!

Watch: 5 Tips To Design Your Home For Less

design for less

It’s easy to think that redecorating your home or space will take a lot of money. But, it doesn’t have to!

One of my favorite interior designers, Tiffany Harris, is showing us how to get great looks for less today on my YouTube channel. Click the video below for her tips and tricks:

TIP #1: Accessorize Your Home

design for less

Try not to buy a lot of small accessories. Just a few statement pieces. It can really change a space with not a lot of money. Look at scale, texture, and it can be easy to find a knock off.

TIP #2: Use Texture

design for less

Adding texture changes a room and provides depth. The use of fur throws and textured table runners are a few examples. So, how do you know if you’ve gone overboard? It’s just like fashion. When you look in a room and all you see is that one texture–you need to tone it down. Mixing and matching helps with this!

TIP #3: It’s All About A Floral Touch

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This might be the most important tip yet easiest tip. In my opinion, a touch of floral can really change a room and add a bit of color. If you’re not a professional florist, it can be a bit intimidating. Instead of sticking with a classic clear vase, buy stylish ceramic ones. You’ll have variety and with or without flowers, it’s a statement piece.

TIP #4: Know Where To Shop

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Before I shop, I find my inspiration. Create a Pinterest page to help conceptualize your space and decide what you like. When you find what you like, it’s easier to shop high and low. Stores like Target, West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Ikea have great knockoffs of designer pieces. You’d be surprised how many high-end homes have Ikea!

I also love a good find or a treasure that tells a story. Shop Etsy or your local flea market for those one-of-a-kind items.

TIP #5: Splurge On Key Pieces

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In the long run , you save more money when you splurge on something you know you’ll love for years to come. Whether it’s a couch, a table, or even an art piece. It will last and you’ll love it. Those are the key pieces you can build around.

For more design inspiration, check out Tiffany’s website here!

My Favorite New Beauty Launches For Spring

I love beauty products, especially when I try out something new. And as you can see…momma went shopping! I can go a little overboard in the name of beauty but they don’t call me a “product junkie (whore)” for nothing.

This spring, it’s all about a fresh glow. Here are some of my favorite new beauty launches of the season:

Glossier Cloud Paint:

I’m in love a cream blush and I love Glossier so I KNEW I’d be obsessed with this product. It’s gel based which makes it buildable and easy to apply. It’s also sheer which blends into the skin beautifully. I’ve been dabbing a bit on the apples of my cheeks and across the bridge of my nose. There are four colors but I prefer the Dusk shade. It doubles as a bronzer, too! Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to add that EVERYONE seemed to be wearing it on the Oscar red carpet.

Wander Beauty On-The-Go Blush & Illuminator:

I mean, they had me at “on-the-go!” But, seriously. Wander Beauty is definitely becoming the new it brand. I love that I can throw this stick into my purse and have blush and highlighter for whenever I need.

Frank Body Glow Mask:

You’ve probably heard of Frank Body from the super popular coffee scrubs they have. Not going to lie–coffee is a great exfoliator especially for any cellulite issues. They’ve recently come out with a face mask that brings a serious glow factor. You also only need to leave it on for 5 minutes to get the full result so it’s perfect for mommas!

Thank You Farmer Sun Project Shimmer Sun Essence:

Every spring/summer, I’m always on the hunt for a new sunscreen. And, I think I’ve found a winner! It’s unlike any product I’ve seen recently. The brand, Thank You Farmer, is Korean which is how you know it’s good. K-Beauty is EVERYTHING! This sunscreen is SPF 30 and has a shimmery pink finish on the skin. A highlighter and a sun protector? Yes, please.

R+Co Palm Springs Pre-Shampoo Treatment Mask

This product is especially for people with damage from heat styling, coloring, or from being out in the sun. It’s like that extra boost to your conditioning treatment. Apply to dry hair, leave on for 10 minutes, and then shampoo. It also smells AMAZING! Like a literal vacation.

Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick:

This product is magic. It goes on yellow…but turns coral. Like a really, really pretty coral. It’s super moisturizing, too!

Milk Makeup Blur Stick:

This oil-free and silicone-free product has been called a snapchat filter for your face. I mean, who doesn’t want that? The blur stick looks beige but goes on clear to minimize pore size and any other imperfections. I’ll be honest–I bought this product the day it came out. It’s so good. You can apply it as a primer or just wear alone.

Litoralle Aromatica Isola Rosa Perfume:

For all the people who love Le Labo but can’t get over the price point, meet Litoralle Aromatica. This LA-based perfumery designs, creates, packages, and labels by hand all in small batches. Their newest scent, Isola Rosa is so fresh for spring. The best part? You only need one little spritz. The scent lasts all day!

What are your beauty must-haves for spring? Comment below! Let’s be honest– a girl can never have too many!