Prime Time

It’s that time of year Amazon Prime Day! I’m going to share what’s been in my Amazon shopping cart these past couple of months along with several Prime Time deals.

Fashion

  1. Boho Crochet Cotton Blend Cardigan
  2. Boho Beach Wrap Dress in Lavender
  3. Le Specs Air Heart Tortoise Sunglasses (also comes in black) Celine look for less and really nice quality.
  4. CRZ Yoga Pant
  5. CRZ Running Short I love to wear these in the Summer.
  6. CRZ Biker Short (CRZ longer short here)
  7. CRZ Strappy Sports Bra
  8. CRZ Tennis Skirt Size down.
  9. Woven Straw Clutch
  10. Lushforest Yoga Cropped Cami

Home/Kitchen

  1. Le Creuset Cast Iron Sauteuse Oven ($179 instead of $299)
  2. Silpat Silicone Baking Mat ($22 instead of $25)
  3. Vitamix Exploration Blender ($269 instead of $429)
  4. Gooseneck Electric Water Kettle ($44 instead of $53)
  5. Wire Storage Baskets ($31 instead of $46)
  6. GE Countertop Nugget Ice Maker ($449 instead of $549)
  7. Buffalo Check Cotton Gingham Tablecloth
  8. Michelangelo Kitchen Knit Set ($14 instead of $60)
  9. Turquoise Silicone Spatula Set
  10. Fly Repellant Fans When we were in Hawaii and Mexico the restaurants would put these on our table to keep the flies away.
  11. Bzyoo Dishwasher Safe BPA Free Moroccan Tumbler Glasses
  12. Epicurean Cutting Board Set Dishwasher safe.
  13. Collapsible Laundry Basket
  14. Puppia Soft Dog Harness
  15. Rishi Matcha Tea & Rishi English Breakfast Tea My favorite tea.

Beauty

  1. Ursa Major Face Wash, Recovery Cream, Travel Face Wipes, Face Balm, & Face Tonic
  2. Real Purity Natural Deodorant The best natural deodorant…it really works!
  3. Velvet Pearl Scrunchies
  4. Dr Hauschka Lip Care Stick
  5. Fenchilin Lighted Makeup Hollywood Mirror

My Top 10

I haven’t done a beauty post in awhile so I thought I would share my Top 10 Beauty Products. I am not a product junkie I like to keep my products down to a minimum to avoid clutter in the bathroom. My favorites listed below.

Sale AlertShopbop is taking an additional 25% off sale (with code Hello) . A couple things to check out below from Shopbop’s Hello Summer sale. The Great Trousers // College Sweatshirt // Zimmermann Strappy Sandal // ALC Myra Mini Dress // Xirena Lex Dress To shop the whole sale click here.

  1. Tarte BB Cream Tinted Moisturizer with SPF Clean product, great coverage, and gives you a glow. I wear Light Medium shade.
  2. Nars Concealer I wear Light 2 Vanilla shade.
  3. Ursa Major Face Wash & Ursa Major Tonic I love Ursa Major products because it’s made with clean ingredients and it’s affordable.
  4. Ursa Major Face Balm & Ursa Major Recovery Cream Face balm in the morning and recovery cream in the evening.
  5. Suntegrity 5 in 1 Tinted Moisturizing Face Screen I wear this when I’m playing tennis. I wear Light Shade.
  6. Neocurtis Lumiéme Eye Cream I use this every night.
  7. Marie Veronique Retinol Night Serum & Marie Veronique Vitamin C+E Serum Retinol at night and serum during the day.
  8. Juice Beauty CC Cream When I don’t feel like wearing make-up I moisturize and just put this on. I wear Desert Glow shade.
  9. Anastasia Soft Glam Palette My favorite eyeshadow palette.
  10. Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara I use all three colors (love the blue!)

PS – I learned a ton last year when I interviewed beauty guru Janna Mandell of Beauty Binge. You can check out the interview here.

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Julie

Lovin Lilac

  1. Ulla Johnson Lilac Dasha Cotton Poplin Dress mini option Ulla Naomi Ruffled Poplin Mini Dress in cream.
  2. Le Specs Outta Love Oval Tortoise Sunglasses
  3. Roxanne Assoulin Loopy Enamel Bead Necklace It’s all about the colorful beaded necklaces this Summer.
  4. Roxanne Assoulin Rainbow Heishi Bracelet
  5. Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 All natural beauty product.
  6. Ariel Gordon Mini Dottie Enamel Ring
  7. Amanu Lace Leather Sandals for a flat sandal with this dress Miu Miu Puffy Braided Sandal.

Spring Forward

  1. Xirena Eden Shirt (on sale $33) also like Anthro Eyelet Blouse (Ulla look for less).
  2. Anthropologie Amaya Wrap Belt
  3. Ray Ban Icons Sunglasses
  4. Mother Tripper Jeans
  5. CV x Maya Brenner Lip Earrings
  6. Jan Win Heart Pendant
  7. Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen I’ve been using this for tennis and really like it.
  8. Rue De Verneuil Crossbody Tote also love the pink and navy color way.
  9. Olio E Osso Tinted Balm
  10. SZ Blockprints Espadrilles

Blue Hue

  1. Ulla Johnson Kiri Dress
  2. Veronica Beard Camilla Quilted Denim Jacket
  3. Stone & Strand Nailed It Pave Diamond Ring
  4. Juice Beauty CC Cream Gives you a natural glow with just enough coverage and SPF.
  5. Jane Win Baby Heart Love Earrings Cute Valentine’s Day Gift.
  6. Ursa Major Recovery Cream
  7. Mansur Dream Ballerina Flat Runs small size up 1 full size.

For Good Knit

Merry Christmas to all of those who are celebrating! If you’re doing any cooking over the holidays last night I made Sesame Noodles with caramelized mushrooms and Asian Meatballs, definitely worth making everyone loved it! Now onto today’s look….

  1. Loeffler Randall For Good Knit Collection Comes in cream, navy, oatmeal, and heather.
  2. Mango Faux Shearling Reversible Jacket
  3. & Other Stories Diamond Quilted Mittens
  4. Mother Pixie Dazzler Raw Hem Ankle Jean
  5. Gucci Beige Wool Wristlet (navy/red color way here)
  6. Freda Salvador Brooke Waterproof Lug Sole Boot
  7. Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lip Gloss
  8. Gucci Coated Logo Phone Case

Flower Power

Flower Power

Beauty update! I wanted to give you an update on several new products that I started using and really like. I was looking for a new face wash and bought the Ursa Major set consisting of face balm, tonic, and face wash (all clean beauty products at a great price point). I just ordered Suntegrity Sunscreen, a friend recommended I try it she loves it! Will keep you posted.

  1. Ipanema Women’s Pearl Strap Sandal Amazon, $32.
  2. Roxanne Assoulin Daisy Anklet Shopbop, $45.
  3. Seed Bead Flower Hair Pin Madewell, $17.
  4. Ruched Bikini Top & Other Stories, $29.
  5. Floral High waist briefs & Other Stories, $29.
  6. Embroidered Kaftan & Other Stories, $99.
  7. Twisted Turban Headband Etsy, $18. Not pictured above (headband I was wearing in last weeks pic).

 

 

Monday Mood

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent the weekend binge watching Normal People (loved Marianne’s chic & elegant style), bike riding, doing yoga, making pizza, and jump starting my new skin regimen (with thisthisthisthis, and this). It’s hard to believe next weekend is Memorial Day and the start of Summer. It won’t be a traditional Memorial Day weekend but we’ll still make the most of it.

Today I’m sharing what’s been in my shopping cart along with some weekend finds while browsing. I bought this cute eyelet tiered mini on sale at Shopbop. I’ve been living in my Fiore mini (runs big also like the maxi), and can’t wait for my Shop Mille dress to arrive. I took advantage of J. Crew’s swim sale which will be arriving this week, and found Marysia on sale herehere, & here. I spotted these comfortable Bottega look for less sandals, along with Dr Scholl’s original clogs (& these Marni ones). Now onto home, I updated our pool hammocks, found these chic ping pong paddles from the Jennifer Fisher x CB2 collab, and trying to decide on Adirondack chairs for our front patio. Considering thisthis, or this

Have a great week!

XOXO

Julie

Photo: Slim Aarons Pussyfooting available at Jonathan Adler.

 

 

Let’s Talk Beauty

Beauty Binge

 

With all this time spent at home and limited amount of make-up being worn, I started wondering what I should be doing with my skin. I reached out to beauty expert, journalist, and brand strategist Janna Mandell to get some of my burning beauty questions answered.

Julie: Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the beauty world?

Janna: I started out in writing, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. When I was in New York, I was writing about nightlife for New York Magazine. I had always wanted to write beauty but there was no need for more beauty writers. I started temping at Goldman Sachs to earn extra money and I started a conversation with an MD about an electronic trading firm they had invested in. Long story short, he convinced me to join the start-up and I went from temp to Director.  I taught myself the world of finance. Five years later, I was recruited to start a competing brand by a bigger electronic trading firm. I loved the challenge but it was a really draining job and I missed writing. One day my husband told me his client’s wife was the Beauty Director at InStyle and that we were going on a double date. We went out to dinner and we talked beauty the whole time. She told me I had a bunch of great ideas and I should start writing again. She was the one that suggested I become a blogger. I had no clue what a beauty blogger was but I gave it a try. Shortly after that, I was chosen as a finalist in Allure’s first beauty blogger competition. That helped get my name out, and I went on to write for E! as the Beauty Police, San Francisco Chronicle, and Forbes. I am currently writing for the Huffington Post.

Julie: On days that we have Zoom calls and want to wear a little make-up. What’s your natural go-to make-up look?

Janna: I love Juice Beauty Stem Cell CC cream with SPF 30 (also favorite tinted moisturizer), Henne organic lip balm, and a little Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil and Glossier Boy Brow gel.

Julie: I have a lot of redness in my skin. Suggestions on ways to reduce redness? Does drinking alcohol perpetuate redness?

Janna: Yes, alcohol is definitely a trigger. Also stay away from hot showers, hot tubs and spicy food.  Angelina Umansky, founder of Spa Radiance, is a master esthetician who taught me cooling down your skin is the most important thing. An easy at-home remedy is applying organic Greek yogurt as a face mask. Also, Saint Jane has a CBD beauty serum that helps calm the skin. I also love Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator. I keep this in my purse and in the fridge so I can spritz when I feel my skin heating up. Josh Rosebrook Vitabalm Cream has blue tansy in it and it’s an ultra-healing cream.  

Julie: What are your favorite beauty products if you have no budget?

Janna: I love French brand Biologique Recherche. It really works. One of my favorite products is Biologique Recherche Lotion P50W, otherwise known as “Jesus in a Bottle.” It exfoliates and hydrates the skin. You apply it by tapping it on your skin. Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix is a panacea for dry, irritated skin. I also recommend investing in an LED light therapy device like Lightwave or Light Stim LED Light Therapy. It takes down inflammation and also stimulates collagen production. I also love Marie Veronique Vitamin C+E Ferulic serum as a superpowered antioxidant serum and her Gentle Retinol Night Serum for evening, along with In Fiore Vis Clair Supreme eye cream AM and PM. It brightens immediately and helps build collagen over time.

Julie: What are your favorite budget-friendly beauty products?

Janna: Egyptian Magic healing balm is amazing for everything. I am also a big believer in skin care spatulas. You should never put your fingers in your skincare products. Use the spatulas to scoop the product out of the jar and then apply with your hands.

Julie: Do jade rollers really do anything for your skin?

Janna: They help cool down your skin but I prefer the Gua Sha for lifting and definition.

Julie: What’s your favorite concealer?

Janna: Cleu de Peau has been my favorite for years. Perfect amount of coverage.  

Julie: Any other beauty tips?

Janna: When you’re trying new products it’s always important to slowly introduce new things. You don’t want to overwhelm your skin—another tidbit from Angelina. When applying make-up to your face I like using clean fingers instead of brushes, which can collect bacteria and soak up all your product.  

I loved every minute of my conversation with Janna. Janna is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to skincare. She’s an expert, innovator, and lover of all things beauty. You can follow her on Instagram @ Beauty Binge.

 

Soft Serve

Screen Shot 2020-04-12 at 8.14.46 AMIf you’re looking for a super soft sweatshirt that’s affordable you will love this one from Glossier, $40, this tie-dye number from The Drop Amazon, $44 (shorts to match here), and this cropped version from Thakoon, $95. Some other things to check out from Glossier…Trio Lip Balm ( you can customize your tint), Invisible Sunscreen, Skin Care Set, and Lash Slick.


 

In my Cart

Amazon Cart

I’m constantly finding new things on Amazon so I thought I would share what’s been in my cart the past couple of weeks.

  1. CRZ Yoga Seamless Athletic Top Amazon, $24. Runs small size up. My whole tennis team is wearing these shirts now…great find!
  2. Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Amazon, $15. Spa for your lips.
  3. Real Purity Deodorant Pack of 2 Amazon, $29.99. A friend of mine just recommended this brand of natural deodorant. It really works!
  4. Rishi Match Super Green Tea Amazon, $12.99. I drink it everyday along with Rishi English Breakfast.
  5. Orchard Valley Chocolate Covered Almonds 2 pack Amazon, $15.
  6. Gnowann Padded Seamless Underwire Strapless Bra Amazon, $24.99. It’s a great bra for the price and it also comes with clear straps (also good for your teens).
  7. Vanicream Gentle Face Cleanser Amazon, $8 and Vanicream Moisturizer. Free of preservatives.
  8. Feetures High Performance Cushion Sock Amazon, $12.99. My new favorite workout socks.
  9. Eedor Women’s Thin No Show Socks Amazon, $13.95.
  10. Neocutis Lumiere Illuminating Eye Cream Amazon, $97.
  11. R. Vivimos Floral Print Beach Cover-up Amazon, $24.99.
  12. Colorfulkoala Highwaisted Legging Amazon, $29.99. Great legging for the price.
  13. Ursa Major Face Tonic Amazon, $26.

Nouveau Parfum

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I have been searching for a new scent and finally found one that I love. Bergamote 22 by Le Labo is a mix of grapefruit, orange blossom, and bergamot. I love the body balm roll on applicator because you can control how much you put on. It’s not an overwhelming scent and there are no artificial fragrances used in Le Labo products…score!

Le Labo Body Balm Bergamote 22

FRI-YAY

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Shopbop’s big 50% off sale starts today! Lots of Ulla Johnson Saloni, and Sea NY on sale and so much more check it all out here.

  1. Alex Mill Pleated Bib Ruffle Voile Top Nordstrom, $138. Even cuter in person size down.
  2. Ariel Gordon Helium Earrings Goop, $595. Also love the Ariel Gordon Heart Silhouette Studs Goop, $260.
  3. UO Marled Crew Sock Urban Outfitters, $14. I love the look of a marled sock sticking out of a pair of boots.
  4. Re/Done High Rise Ankle Boot Shopbop, $265.
  5. Mini Mini Bucket Bag Bordo Mansur, $445. I love a mini mini bag!
  6. Rag & Bone Walker Buckle Boot Nordstrom, $475. Almost exactly like the Saint Laurent Jodhpur Boot.
  7. NAMJOSH Marseille Pony Bow Shopbop, $25. Holiday is all about the hair accessories!
  8. Nars Lip Pencil Set Sephora, $39. I just got this set yesterday. You get 4 pencils for the price of one.

 

 

Think Pink

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  1. LOVESHACKFANCY Stormi Tiered Floral Cotton Dress Moda Operandi, $425. This print also comes in a top (here & here). Also love the pale pink Phoebe Top.
  2. Medea Prima Hanna Small Bag Net-a-Porter, $550. It’s all about the handheld bag this season.
  3. Dior Lip Glow Sephora, $34.
  4. Charlotte Tillsbury Glowgasm Face Palette Sephora, $75.
  5. Valet Set of 2 Kelly Clips Shopbop, $38.
  6. Alexandre Birman Clarita Bow Sandal Net-a-Porter, $595.


Golden Glow

Beauty Bae

After a long holiday weekend it’s time for a clean beauty refresh and a Golden Glow. My picks are listed below. I added new styles to my SHOP IT page over the weekend check it out here.

  1. Cote x Goop Nail Polish Goop, $18 No formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates, or animal ingredients.
  2. Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette Sephora, $39 No parabens or phthalates.
  3. Beauty Counter Sunscreen Stick SPF 30  Beauty Counter, $21 Mineral sunscreen with non-zano zinc.
  4. Juice Beauty Sheer Lip Gloss Bloomingdales, $22 Formulated without parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.
  5. Tint Hydrating Foundations Beauty Counter, $42.
  6. Clean Beauty Travel Kit Net-a-Porter, $155.
  7. GOOPGLOW Body Luminizer Goop, $48. Subtle shimmer that can be used on the whole body.
  8. Exfoliating Instand Facial Goop, $125 Made with certified organic ingredients.
  9. KOSAS Weightless Lip Color Sephora, $28 Formulated without sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban.
  10. W3LL People Mascara Amazon, $21.99 All natural formula free on ingredients from the dirty list.