BeautyCounter Review

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hey everyone!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful week so far. :) Today I am sharing a new beauty product line called BeautyCounter that my coworker, Jenn introduced to me. Growing up, I've never really been into make-up, or anything of that sort. I do, however, like to spend money on hair, lip care and facial products.

Something I didn't know, is that there are actually a TON of ingredients in beauty products that you should never be putting on your skin! And I mean NEVER! You should never have to look at the label of something that should be safe for you. Below is a two minute video on who BeautyCounter is. I highly recommend everyone watch it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCur_ywX8Lo&feature=youtu.be 

Now, I want you to find your favorite beauty product that you use every single day. Look at the label. What do you see? A list of ingredients that you don't recognize perhaps? The link below is a database by the Environmental Working Group that tests all of the products that are on the market and rates them based on their ingredients and potential hazards. It even takes an extra step by dividing everything into categories for Cancer, Allergies, Fertility Issues and other concerns.

https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

BeautyCounter has created a "Never List" that is on the back of every consultant's business card. This list contains the top chemicals that you should NEVER have in any of your products. 



I was able to test out their Nourishing Line which is exactly what I would have chosen from their products. I have always suffered from dry skin on my hands and I have a bad habit of biting my lip. If I had to name my top products from the line (even though they all are absolutely amazing), I would recommend their Enrich Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa and their Lip Conditioner in Peppermint


Let's start with the body butter! When I try lotions or body butters, I like to have them on for a little while and then wash my hands to see if everything completely disappears. I put this body butter on in the evening, washed my hands a few times, and my hands were still so soft and supple the entire next day. I couldn't believe it! If you have dry skin like me, I highly recommend trying this. You will be amazed by the results!


Now, for the lip conditioner! I have tried so many lip balms in my life, and yes, a few have worked out well. However, BeautyCounter's Lip Conditioner surpassed all of them! My lips felt so smooth and soft after just one use! If you're a (regretful) lip biter like myself, haha, or if your lips crack and get dried out from the weather, this lip conditioner is for you! The container may look small, but it doesn't take much to make a huge impact. In other words, this should last a decent amount of time! 



I hope you try out the entire Nourishing Line and find what you love. 



Now, for the most exciting part! My coworker Jenn is offering a free gift to everyone with a $75 purchase! Place your order here www.beautycounter.com/jennifersesniak. To claim this offer, please email myself at Jenn at jensesniak@yahoo.com to confirm your order, and she will send you your free gift! Make sure to mention my blog in your email! This offer does expire June 30th!!!

Beach Wedding Dress

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

When I first started planning this post, all I could think about was the movie bride wars. Since the theme of this post is summer weddings, I kept hearing Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway’s voices saying: “June. Weddings. AT THE PLAZA!!!!!” If you haven’t seen this movie yet, please do. It’ll give you a good laugh and teach you what NOT to do when planning your wedding. :P 



Any who, I’ve always thought that beach weddings were absolutely beautiful.  With so many beautiful destinations to pick from, you really can’t go wrong! I also love that beach weddings can be as casual or formal as you want. I’ve seen a variation of dress styles for a beach wedding. Short and flowy, long and formal, etc. 




I found this beautiful lace midi dress from Morning Lavender and instantly thought it would be the perfect beach wedding dress. Also, if you are going the more formal route, you could always use this as a reception dress! With it’s price of $59.99, it’s probably the cheapest thing at your wedding! :) 




Photography by: Chantell Cruz Photography

Entire Dress Collection: Morning Lavender Dresses

Monday Blues

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Monday!



I hope you all did something fun this weekend! :) Chandler and I spent our weekend relaxing, hanging out with Diesel and friends and of course working on the blog! :) What did you do? I'd love to know in the comments below!

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite maxi dresses for the summer! This floral blue maxi dress from Lulus is such a happy dress, filled with color. I've always loved anything that is bright and colorful because it puts me in the best mood for the day.  






Dress: Lulus

Entire Dress Collection: Lulus

My Favorite Dog Training Treats

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy Thursday everyone!

Last night at Diesel's advanced training class at Petsmart he learned how to stand and stay, back up and how to deal with loud noises. Of course he did really well! :) After class I had to get some more training treats since we were running low and I am excited to share my favorite ones with all of you.

Both of these treats can be found at your local Petsmart. The first treats (on the left) are True Chews Premium Jerky Cuts. True Chews comes in a variety of flavors. The two that Diesel has tried and liked are the duck flavor and chicken flavor. These treats are 100% natural, made in the USA and do not contain wheat, soy, animal by-products, artificial flavors & preservatives. You do have to use these treats up within 30 days after opening or else they will go bad. However, if you're doing a ton of training like us, you're good to go!


The second treats (on the right) are Blue Buffalo's Blue Bits Soft-Moist Training Treats . Diesel absolutely LOVES the chicken flavor! Similar to True Chews treats, these treats contain no chicken or poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors & flavors. 

These treats also contain Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin, DHA for cognitive development and of course the best quality chicken! 

Diesel does have other treats at home, however we ONLY use these training treats at Petsmart and when we are practicing at home. By doing this, he knows that he only gets those specific treats when he's learning. 


As you can tell, he loves them!


I'd love to hear if your dog likes these treats in the comments below! Also, if you are curious about any other good training treats or regular dog treats in general, I'd love to share Diesel's favorites. :) 

I hope all of you enjoy the rest of your day/week! 

Chambray Off The Shoulder Dress

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

 
I absolutely love living in Florida. I don't think I'll ever get tired of the beautiful beaches, flowers, and sweet little towns. I've never really had a favorite flower, but I know what I like. As Chandler and I were driving around Ponte Vedra, I saw these stunning flowers on one side of the road and immediately pulled over!
 
As soon as we pulled over, I started thinking about all of the color pairing opportunities there are with this dress. You truly could put any pop of color with this and it would look good! Not to mention, the off the shoulder details will show of your gorgeous summer tan!
 

 
 
 
Dress: Lulu's. Shop more of their dresses here.
 

Nana Teresa's Bake Shop - Fernandina Beach, FL

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Monday beauties! I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend.
 
Chandler and I absolutely love exploring new places. I'm always astonished by what wonderful places are within an hour to two drive of our home. The other weekend we decided to explore the downtown area of Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach.
 

Neither of us have ever been to the downtown area so it was a great new place to explore! This town is filled with fun shops, colorful hotels and restaurants, and a beautiful view.


Anything that is colorful and happy always catches my eye. We were lucky enough to stumble upon the cutest bakery in Fernandina. Nana Theresa's Bake Shop had so many delicious pastries, cupcakes, and my favorite, macaroons!!!



Chandler and I tried three delicious macaroons and a yummy chocolate dessert. I think my favorite part of this entire bakery, besides the macaroons of course, was the interior! If I could have one room in my house that looked just like this, I think I would be in heaven! I think I need the poster of the macaroons below in our home too. You think Chandler will mind? :)





Dress: Francesca's (sold out, other lace dresses linked)
 

Favorite Summer Pool Floats

Monday, May 15, 2017

It is unofficially summertime in Florida! Florida really only has two seasons: Very hot and not as hot. The temperatures are starting to be back in the 80’s and 90’s which means it’s the perfect time to hang out by the pool or head to the beach!

I’ve been obsessed with my Sunnylife Gold Swan Float since I bought it from Francesca’s last year. Sunnylife’s cute floats take your pool or beach day  to the next level! You can get these directly from Sunnylife’s website (linked below) or you can find their floats at Nordstrom, Asos and Modclothodcloth! Francesca’s has a different brand of pool floats this time, but they have some super cute options that are also linked below!


I'm also still IN LOVE with my swimsuit from Aurora Swimwear. I first featured this swimsuit in my packing post and haven't stopped wearing it! They recently launched some new arrivals which are absolutely stunning and pair perfectly with any giant pool float.😊 Since they're so popular, they sell out quick, so make sure to get yours before they're gone!




Here are some more of my pool float favorites:

Diesel's Intermediate Training Graduation

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I am so proud, yet again, of my little man Diesel. He has now completed the intermediate level of dog training at Petsmart! I have to take a minute to brag about our amazing trainer Katie. We definitely got lucky at our local Petsmart because Katie has been the best person to work with. Not only does she have an extensive knowledge of obedience training, but she also has been super flexible about making up a class when we were unable to attend our normal time. She’s also great about giving training advice on anything we’re unsure of.

If you're searching for a great place to start obedience training, I highly recommend checking out your local Petsmart and meeting the trainer. The socialization the dogs get during their training session is great and they really do learn a lot! Diesel, Chandler and I can't wait to start his advance classes this week.
P.S. Katie also helped take the photo above J

Lemon Printed Romper

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Monday everyone!

 
 
I know it's been a hot minute since I posted, but I'm back! Today I'm sharing this adorable romper from Francesca's. I love anything with a fun print and the lemons on this romper are the cutest touch for spring or summer!
 
 
 



 


 
I'm wearing a size medium in this romper. It fit a little big in the top and perfect in the bottom. 
 
Shop the look here: Mylie Floral Tie Front Romper
Shop more rompers from Francesca's here: Rompers


Spring 2017 FabFitFun Box

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. I spent my day going to church with Chandler, taking Diesel to get his next round of Trifexis, and then relaxing at the pool for a few hours.

I'm super excited to share my thoughts on the spring 2017 FabFitFun box. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to continue my subscription or not so I made sure to look at the spoilers this time. As soon as I saw the Gypsy Roundie teaser, I was hooked! I've been wanting one of these for the longest time. I'm sure a few of you are wondering, how did I get the blue roundie with my box? A coworker of mine that is also subscribed to FabFitFun knows that I have a serious obsession with blue tie-dye. Once she received the blue tie-dye roundie in her box she immediately asked if I wanted to trade if I got a different color. As you guys can see, I said yes!


I was so impressed with the items in this box. The first item that caught my eye was the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray. My hair is my favorite thing about myself and so I can't wait to try it out and see the difference it makes!
 
The next item that I was drawn to was the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask pack. I got four great face masks that I can't wait to try with one of my girlfriends on our next girl's night in.

A few other items that were included in this box were two cute Deborah Lippman nail polishes that are perfect for spring or summer, a beautiful Emerald + Duv bracelet, a pack of delicious strawberry flavored Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies by Nature's Bounty, a fun lip kit from Realher, and the Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator from dr. brandt.


Don't worry, I didn't forget about my adorable Milly Zip Pouch. When I received my pouch that said "Haute Mess", I thought, wow, they do get me! haha :)


The best part about this pouch is that you can fit pretty much everything you got in the box inside of it! This pouch is perfect to take to the pool, the beach, or even as your very own make-up bag inside your purse!


What did you think of the spring 2017 FabFitFun box? I would love to hear more about your favorite item from the box in the comments below!

Have a great week!

Xoxo,

Caitlin

How To: Pack For A Trip

Friday, April 7, 2017

I hate packing. I don't think I know anyone who doesn't! You spend a ton of time trying to figure out what outfits you want to pack, how to make everything fit, and then you ask yourself "Did I forget something?"

I'm super excited to share a few of my favorite packing tips with all of you! I'd like to start by sharing what you should pack. The key to packing outfits for a trip is to pack the essentials, plus a few fun pieces that you can create multiple outfits with.



In this photo I have included:
  • Dark Wash Skinny Jeans
  • Dark & White Wash Jean Shorts
  • Black Leggings
  • Black & Blue Bralettes
  • Black & White Cardigans
  • Casual blue romper
  • Casual stripe romper
  • Three sleeveless tops
  • Short Sleeve Graphic Top
  • Black Sequin Dress (formal)
  • Tan Tulle Dress (formal/informal)
  • Lavender Bikini

Let's start with casual wear! You can create multiple looks with these seven pieces (jeans and leggings below items). Each top pairs with both pairs of jean shorts, and jeans and a few tops pair perfectly with the leggings. The romper is a cute alternative for those days when you want to switch it up.


It's important to bring a few dressier options because you never know where your trip will take you! I like to pack at least two dresses; one dress that is more formal, and another that can be dressed up or down. I also like to bring at least one top that can be worn with shorts or jeans and a cardigan for a night out with the girls or date night with your special someone.


Finally, my favorite things to pack: swimwear & cover-ups! For cover-ups, I like to bring something that is not as see-through so that I can wear it as another outfit. I found this adorable romper from ASOS for only $40! I also recently discovered this local swim company called Aurora swimwear. Their suits are so soft and comfy and this one is the perfect color for sun-kissed skin!


I'm sure you're wondering "how does everything fit in one small suitcase?" The answer is plastic bags! Go to your local grocery store and purchase gallon size zip lock bags. With these zip lock bags, you're basically creating those space bags you saw on TV years ago (that really do work I might add).



Let's start by packing your tops. Grab any top and roll it up long ways as tight as possible, then put it at the bottom of your zip lock bag. Repeat this step until you have fit 2-3 more tops in the bag, or as many that will fit.




Once you do this, fold the bag over, zip it half way, and begin pressing the air out. Once all of the air is out, completely close the bag. This will eliminate extra air space within the bag and flatten it out.


When you do this for all of your clothes, you have more room to bring back souvenirs or new clothes haha. :)  I will add that this does not work as well for thicker material items such as jeans or sweatpants. Those items are best kept flat or rolled up.



If you're hopping on a plane, this tip is especially useful because those who check baggage will be able to see what's in your suitcase more clearly without having to touch everything. Now, I can't guarantee they won't open the bag and look through your stuff, but every little bit helps!

I really like to do this with my undergarments, because the thought of someone else handling my undergarments kind of freaks me out.



There you have it! I hope you enjoyed all of my packing tips and I hope they help you for your next adventure!

  
P.S. Traveling alone is fun, but traveling with a friend is even better!



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