Thursday, February 22, 2018

What’s In My Makeup Bag

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For all of your beauty lovers like myself, I think you’ll like today’s post! This was a highly requested one from you all, and I had so much fun putting it together. Today I am sharing what’s in my makeup bag! I always love reading everyone else’s posts on what’s in their makeup bag, and finding new beauty products to try! Beauty products are definitely a guilty pleasure of mine, haha! With so many products out there to try, it can be a bit intimidating at times, so I often find it helpful to see what others have tried and recommend. I enjoy doing and wearing makeup everyday, but I definitely don’t have an extensive makeup routine. I can do my daily makeup look in under 10 minutes, but it still gives me a complete, pretty and put together look. I have drawers full of products I love, but all of these are ones that are always in my bag, and that I know and love no matter what.


FOUNDATION– I have been using this NARS All Day Luminous liquid foundation for years now, and it is hands down my favorite foundation! I have tried out a couple others here and there, and have always come back to this one! I thankfully have pretty clear skin, but it sure can get dry, ha! This foundation is full coverage while still being very lightweight and not the least bit heavy or ‘cakey’. It goes on so smooth, and really does keep my skin bright and luminous all day long. Don’t you love when a product actually lives up to its name? Ha! I can put this on in the morning, work all day, workout and this foundation will stay! I can’t recommend enough trying this foundation out! I wear the shade ‘Mont Blanc’ in the winter (I think it’s the palest of pale, lol!) and then usually ‘Deauville’ in the summer.

PRIMER– For a long time I hadn’t been using any primer at all, and then kept hearing so many great things about this YSL Blur Primer and decided to try it. I will never go back! The price point seems a little high for a primer, but it truly was worth it to me. It really does help blur your pores and fine lines, and my foundation goes on SO smooth! As I mentioned, I can have pretty dry skin at times, and this primer helps keep my foundation from sticking to the dry spots, and keeps my skin feeling moisturized all day long. A little goes a long way too!

BLUSH– This blush is another NARS product that I have been using for quite some time now, and will always be one of my go-to’s. There are a handful of blushes I really like, but this blush in the shade ‘Impassioned’ came in a set I recently bought, and I ended up really liking the shade! I also love the shade ‘Orgasm’. It’s such a beautiful, universal shade and I’m obsessed with the subtle shimmer in it.

BRONZER– I started using this Hourglass bronzer this past year after falling in love with some of their other products, and really love it! I have also used their blush and highlighter, and their makeup just goes on so smooth and blends so well. I have the shade ‘Nude Bronze Light’ and it is a fairly subtle bronze which has been perfect for me during the winter while I’m so pale, or if you are naturally fair. It also has very little orange tones to it which I liked. Some bronzers can get so orange! As I tan in the summer, I would switch to a darker bronze shade.

FINISHING POWDER– If there is one product in my makeup bag that I can’t recommend enough, it would be this Charlotte Tillbury Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder. I hadn’t been using a finishing powder, and then tried this after hearing amazing reviews, and it’s just. so. good!! I put this on very last after I have done my foundation, blush and bronzer. I somewhat contour with my bronzer (very basic contouring, haha!) and blush, and then use this finish powder almost has a highlight and all over for an air brushed look! It goes on so light with a brush, and gives you a matte, very smooth finished look! I also helps sort of blend your blush/contour areas. I seriously can’t live with out it. If you are someone with shiny or somewhat oily skin, this might be a great product for you to try! I use the shade ‘2 Medium’.

HIGHLIGHT– Highlighters are one of my favorite products to try out! Anyone else? They’re all just so pretty! I have a couple that I love, and currently this BECCA one is one that I am always reaching for in my makeup bag. I have the shade ‘Moonstone’ and love it. It’s so beautiful, has just the right amount of shimmer, and goes on so smooth. I use this above my cheekbone, bridge of my nose, and lightly above my brows.

CONCEALER– I have quickly fallen in love with anything and everything Kevyn Aucoin, and this concealer is at the top of my list! I have converted my mom and sisters to this product too! Fortunately I don’t have many breakouts, but when I do, this concealer covers it perfectly. This concealer is also fantastic not just for covering spots, but also as an under-eye brightener and for highlighting. I will apply a little bit under my eyes and it helps eliminate those dark bags and really brighten it up! It’s also great in the spots that you want to highlight. I use the shade ‘Light EC 01’. TIP- I went so light not just because I’m pale right now, but if you want to use it under your eyes for brightening or highlighting, you would need to get a lighter shade!

BROWS– If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories lately, then you’ve seen how much I love Glossier! Their Boy Brow product is one that they’re famous for, and let me tell you. It’s THE BEST!! I have very light brows and I have always wished that I didn’t have to fill in my brows every day. I had always used a powder to fill them and it worked great, but it didn’t always give that natural look and it was kind of time consuming to get them perfect. The Boy Brow is like a mascara wand and it just sticks to your brow hairs. You can then use a brow brush to shape and blend as much as you want. This stuff is seriously a game changer for me, and it takes me like five seconds to do my brows. Plus, they look natural! I get my brows waxed by Anastasia Beverly Hills at Nordstrom and they have saved my brows (they can seriously work miracles), so I have always been happy with the shape of my brows just not how light they were. Now with the Boy Brow it’s almost like a quick tint and my brows look natural. I use the shade ‘Brown’

EYELINER– I can’t say enough good things about this Stila liquid eyeliner. It’s so incredibly easy to use, goes on perfectly and lasts all day long. It’s so precise, which is great for achieving a cat-eye look too.

MASCARA– I plan to do a post soon on my top 5 favorite mascaras, but currently my number one favorite is this Stila Extreme Lash Mascara! I got this mascara in a PR package and I’m so glad I did, because I am obsessed with this mascara! I have pretty long lashes, but not thick at all, and this makes my lashes look so long and full! It layers so, so well and doesn’t flake or clump. For a primer I use this Dior Triple Volume Plumping primer and really love it.

So there you have it! That’s what’s in my makeup bag! All of my tried and true, daily essentials for my makeup routine. If you have any questions about any of the products or want any tips, please don’t hesitate to ask! Also, I’d love to know what’s in your makeup bag! Share your recommendations with me! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you have any requests for future beauty posts. I plan to start having a weekly schedule of 3 posts per week, with one beauty post every week! Start sending your requests!

Xo, Rach

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Perfect Sweatshirt Dress

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Clare V., Sunnies: Chloé, Earrings: BP., Necklace: BP., Lips: Lipstick- Brave

Hello everyone! Sorry it’s been a little quiet over here the past week! It’s been a little hectic and this whole stuck between winter and spring transition is getting a little old, haha! All I want to do is share spring content with you all, but here in KC we have gone from 70 degrees to ice storm in the past 24hrs! Anyone else on the same struggle bus?

This time of year can be hard to dress for. With all of the cute spring new arrivals and spring break right around the corner, all you want to do is break into your spring wardrobe, but the weather is so unpredictable. Today I wanted to share an incredibly easy look with you all, that also happens to be my current favorite outfit right now!

This little sweatshirt dress is without a doubt my FAVORITE purchase so far for spring. It’s under $100, and it doesn’t get much more effortless than a sweatshirt dress. I’m obsessed with how cute it is with a denim jacket around your waist, and I paired mine with these espadrille sneakers that I’m totally crushing on. If you don’t have a pair of these for spring, they should be at the top of your shopping list! I linked two amazing pairs above that come in different colors! This dress is so, so comfy and can also be worn on it’s own. It’s perfect paired with sneakers, and also with wedges! You will definitely see me wearing this with a baseball hat and Adidas! Not only is this look so comfy and effortless, but also looks cute and put together whether you’re out running errands, headed out to dinner, or for traveling! It would make the perfect #travelstyle pic, ha! Don’t wait to grab this sweatshirt dress for yourself ladies, I have a feeling it won’t last long!

Xo, Rachel

Monday, February 5, 2018

Spring New Arrivals

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Happy Monday, my friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! Did anyone else eat way too much yesterday for Super Bowl Sunday? And can we talk about JT? Best halftime show EVER!! Another fun topic I’m excited to talk about is all of the CUTE spring new arrivals! There are just so many good ones, y’all. I’ve never craved spring so bad like I have this winter, and I couldn’t be more ready to break out all of the happy spring colors, wedges, and fun accessories! I have already started purchasing some of my favorites, and seeing that we got snow yesterday and are expecting more, I can’t quite go outside to photograph them all for you, ha!

Today I wanted to put together a bunch of fun pieces that I’ve already bought or am planning to so that you can start shopping all of the amazing spring new arrivals. Despite the cold weather everywhere, a lot of the cute items will sell out quick, or already have started to! Clearly I’m not the only one craving spring! Plus, spring break is right around the corner so if you’re headed somewhere sunny, or wanted to get started on your spring shopping…now’s the time! Many of these items are under $100 and such a great deal. Some items like the bags and shoes are a little bit more of an investment piece being over $100, but are well worth it as you will use them as we head into summer too! I want to quickly highlight some of the items and why I love them!

  1. Tops & Dresses: All of these are so affordable and absolutely darling! Many of them come in multiple colors options too! I’m obsessed with the orange dress (got size S), and it reminded me of a designer one I saw last year, but it’s only $69!
  2. Bags: I have both this Cult Gaia and Clare V. straw tote! These bags sell CRAZY fast, and are so cute for warm weather, especially if you’re going somewhere tropical! I used the straw tote a lot last summer.
  3. Wedges: JUST GET THEM! Seriously, they’re so good, and again..sell out SO fast every year, in every color. This year Marc Fisher added new styles and colors too! I have the brown and wore them just about everyday, haha! Incredibly comfy and worth every penny. I now have them in 4 colors.
  4. Sneakers: I love espadrille sneakers so much!! I have an identical pair of these Marc Fisher sneakers, mine just have blue stars. I wore them a ton last season, and all though Paris! So comfy and totally cute. I love that they’re a summery twist for sneakers!
  5. Statement Earrings: Cute, colorful earrings are a must-have for the season! There are so many fun, affordable options to choose from!

I hope this helps you get a head start on your spring shopping, and I’d love to hear what items you decide to get! Xo, Rach

Friday, February 2, 2018

Little Black Wrap Dress

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Happy Friday and happy February, loves! Does anyone else feel like January was about 83 days long? Haha! While February may still be a cold, winter month, at least all the sweet treats, flowers and all things pink help brighten things up a bit! Plus, it’s only 28 days long 😉 This month you might find yourself with date nights, or a girls night out, and today I wanted to share the perfect little black wrap dress for the occasion.

A LBD is a must-have in your wardrobe, and I’m loving this fun, flirty wrap dress! The ruffles are so darling, and it’s very flattering. I love how it looks paired with a moto jacket and OTK boots, but it would also be so cute paired with booties, and then wedges and sandals in the spring/summer! You can’t see with the jacket on, but the sleeves come just below your elbows, so it’s a versatile dress for all seasons by just adding/removing layers. I can’t wait to wear this in the summer, and if you’re headed somewhere tropical, it’s the perfect easy, breezy dress to pair with a cute straw bag and sandals! Along with any fun color accessory!

This is one of those dresses that is so easy to dress up or down, and great for many occasions. It also comes in a pretty burgundy color, it’s only $55!! How can you not grab this little black wrap dress for yourself!? Whether you have a Valentine’s date, or a girls night out for all you single ladies like myself, this dress is the perfect go-to! For size reference, I went with a US size 8 since Topshop can run so small.

What are you weekend plans? If you’re headed to a Super Bowl Party, I’d love to hear…are you there for the game, or for the food? 😉 Share below!!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Our Parisian Apartment With HomeAway + Where I’m Going Next

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Happy Saturday, loves! With almost a full month into the new year, I can’t help but look back at some of my favorite moments of 2017, and look ahead with excitement for what 2018 holds. You could say that I have a constant case of wanderlust, and some of my most memorable experiences of 2017 were without a doubt my travels. Top of the list would be my first European adventure to Paris for two weeks this past summer! It was my first time visiting the City of Light, and my first time out of the country actually, and it was such a surreal and unforgettable experience of a lifetime! For those of you that were following my travels, you might remember that we stayed in the most stunning Parisian apartment for those two weeks, and it made the entire experience that much more special. Today I wanted to share some never before seen photos of our Parisian apartment with HomeAway, including some details on why we loved it so much, and highly recommend it! I hope that you find this helpful if you find yourself planning for a trip to Paris!

First off, I want to quickly mention why my sister and I decided to stay with HomeAway rather than a hotel. Given that it was our first time to Paris, and that we were staying for two weeks, we wanted to have a “place of our own.” We wanted to truly have that Parisian experience, and what better way than to have your very own (trés chic!) Parisian apartment? We were able to unpack, bring home food and fresh flowers from the market each day, and have our very own, gorgeous red door to come and go out of each day! The doors of Paris are breathtaking! One of my favorite things was being able to open up those gorgeous windows and sit on the little balcony overlooking the street, while enjoying breakfast or whatever yummy treat we had brought home that day, and listening to the rain showers at night. Everyone had pretty flower baskets on their balconies just as you would expect in Paris, and you kind of got to know everyone’s routine that lived across from you, ha! I loved hearing the neighbor across the street practice their instruments. After a busy day in the city, it was like coming home and having a place to spread out and relax for a bit. It’s the little things like that that you don’t always get to experience in a hotel, and make a trip that much more memorable!

Why did you choose HomeAway?- Before I start, I have to mention that this is not sponsored in any way, although I would gladly partner with them as my experience was 100% positive! I am sharing simply because I loved my stay that much, and hope you find this info helpful! They have rental properties all over the world, in 190 countries. Renting with HomeAway was so easy and reliable, and there were so many wonderful places to choose from.

Where was your apartment located?- We were in the 16th Arrondissement. It was our first time in Paris, so we weren’t entirely sure where the best location was. We were only a 5-10 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, which was wonderful.

Did you like the location?- Overall, we were pretty happy with the location of our apartment. The area was safe, fairly quiet and pretty! It was easy to get to and from everywhere, and our Uber drivers had no problem picking us up/dropping off on our street (we took Uber everywhere, about 65 different rides the whole 2 weeks, lol!) I loved our actual street, Rue Robert le Coin, it was the perfect, quiet little street! The area seemed to be where people were just living their daily lives, there was a school just down the street, so it was mainly locals in the area. This was nice in that it wasn’t too hectic, but in the future we think we’d like to stay in one of our favorite arrondissements like the 6th or the 7th, closer to some of our favorite places where there is a little bit more going on. Although I would gladly stay in this apartment again no complaints, ha!

How was the price compared to a hotel?- We found that there were so many well-priced rentals with HomeAway that were much more inexpensive than a hotel, especially for that many nights! Our apartment was under $200 a night, which is honestly so incredible, especially when you consider the experience we were getting by staying in such a gorgeous Parisian apartment!

What did you like about your apartment?- Everything, haha! I will mention a few main things though. The owners greeted us when we arrived and were very friendly and helpful. They showed us how everything worked and answered any questions. The entire apartment was very clean, modern and updated. The beautiful windows, the parquet floors and chandeliers, and we had plenty of room. If the two of us had been in a single hotel room for two weeks with no other rooms to wander around in, it would have gotten old fast haha. The bathroom was so cute with pretty tiles, and there was a full, modern kitchen. After a day in the city, it’s hard not to come home with fresh finds from the markets and leftover food, so it was nice having a full fridge and kitchen to store it, as opposed to a hotel you don’t. The apartment was secure and safe, as well.

Tips when searching for a HomeAway rental?- A couple main things. These are more of an issue when staying abroad. Pay attention to whether or not there is wifi included in your place!! Not having wifi wouldn’t have even been an option for us. Also, depending on the season or your comfort levels, make sure there is AC/heating! Most places in Paris, and Europe in general I’m sure, do not have AC! It was in the 70’s-90’s when we were there, so it was so important that we ended up having an AC unit. Make sure you’re aware of whether or not there is a washer/dryer. Given the amount of time we were there, we had to wash towels, etc. and this apartment had an in-unit washer/dryer, along with a dishwasher and all of the basic cleaning/kitchen supplies we needed.

Would you choose to stay with HomeAway again, or a hotel?- I would 100% love to stay with HomeAway again in future locations, but I am also never opposed to a hotel. They both have their benefits. It helps just to take into account what kind of experience you want to have, pricing, length of your stay, and amenities. For us and how long we were there, it would have been too pricey to stay in decent hotels, and as I mentioned, we wanted the Parisian experience, etc. At times it would have been nice not to have to wash towels at night (haha!), but we didn’t mind much and are very clean and tidy people. If you don’t ever want to wash towels, or want room service and cleaning everyday, I would recommend a hotel of course, unless your stay was short enough that you wouldn’t need those things.

All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing, or unforgettable first time in Paris and I still get the best feeling looking back on these photos. I still can’t believe I got to “live” there for two weeks! I truly hope that you found this information helpful! Hopefully I answered all of your questions, and it will help guide you in planning your next trip to Paris or abroad, especially if you’re considering HomeAway! I can’t recommend it enough. If you have any other questions, PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask!!

Here is the property listing for our parisian apartment with HomeAway if you want to check it out and see more photos/details, or maybe even book your stay! LMK if you do!!

And now, I promise I haven’t forgotten the second part of this post…where I’m going next! I am SO excited to share that my sister and I are headed on our next international trip in just a few short weeks. We are headed to IRELAND! We leave mid March, and will actually be there for St. Patrick’s Day, which turned out to be a total bucket list moment being in Ireland on that day! I can hardly wait and look forward to sharing more travel content, some incredible, scenic photos, and of course, another travel vlog! Plus, I got the coolest new drone for Christmas that I’ve been practicing with to hopefully capture some amazing footage for the vlog! You can watch my Paris vlog HERE and see a tour of the apartment, and make sure to subscribe to my channel!!

See some of my other posts from Paris here and here.

Xo, Rachel


Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Motivation

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It’s that day of the week that we all need a little extra motivation. Monday, we meet again. What makes getting the day started on a Monday morning even harder? Waking up to a grey, rainy day which is my current situation, haha! Today I am here to share a little Monday motivation style with you all! These comfy basics make tackling your to-list on Monday a little more effortless! I always find myself reaching for a cute vest, throw on a hat, and slip on my favorite pair of sneakers. I also have to mention that these leggings are hands down my BEST pair not only for wearing, but working out too! They seriously feel like you have nothing on, are so silky smooth, and incredibly comfy for working out/running. I’m not sure why I don’t already own like five pairs, ha! Speaking of running, I had mentioned that running a half marathon was one of my goals for 2018, and if you have any tips/apps or programs that you recommend using for training, I’d love to hear!

What is your go-to outfit for getting things done on Mondays? Share below!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cozy Coat and Boots

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During the winter it can be hard to look cute and cozy when things outside are so not cute, ha! Everything is grey and blah, and currently covered in salt and slush, so sometimes the struggle is REAL when it comes to getting dressed. Lately I’ve been opting for anything that is soft and relaxed yet still looks put together. Plus lots of layers and warm accessories/shoes to make these frigid temps somewhat bearable (if that’s even possible!) Today’s post is all about this cozy coat and boots! My recent favorite combo. Last week I shared an athleisure look for the new year (see post here!) featuring this cozy coat! It’s one of my most recent finds and I just can’t get enough of it! I mentioned in the previous post that it’s one of those pieces that will get your from gym to street, and can be styled multiple different ways! Today I wanted to share how I styled it a second way for a cute, effortless, everyday look for the winter!

I was immediately drawn to the shearling-like lining in this coat, along with the long length (and the hood!) I love that it’s long so it’s the perfect thing to pair with leggings as well as jeans or joggers. It is SO totally cozy and warm, and I love the way it looks paired not only with sneakers, but with cute boots! Whether your favorite pair of UGGS or a shearling boot like these that are crazy popular this season! I’m completely in love with this See by Chloé pair that I’m wearing, and I’m so glad I decided to splurge a little on them as I’ve already gotten so much use out of them. If you love them too, I also found an IDENTICAL pair under $100 here. Such a good find you guys, and they come in two colors too! Don’t wait to grab yourself a this style are flying out of stock this season! I also just bought this UGG pair that I’m also obsessed with! This coat would also make a great piece to travel in, and you might just see me in it on my upcoming travels to somewhere cold in a few weeks! 😉 Stay tuned for my post in a few days announcing where I’m headed…can’t wait to share!

Xo, Rach

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winter Survival Tips

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Winter, why ya gotta be so cold!? Does anyone else find that January and February can be the longest months ever? The holidays are over, I am so anxious for spring and warm sunshine, and we’re stuck in the dead of winter. For what seems like forever. As I write this it’s currently snowy outside with a wind chill of -17. Not cool, winter. Not only is it freezing outside, but it’s a constant battle trying to stay healthy….and sane. Lol! I had posted a poll on Instagram Stories if you all wanted me to share some of my winter survival tips, and it was a 100% “Yes, save me!” response. I thought that was too funny, haha! At least I’m not the only one struggling through winter this year. So today I am here to share a few winter survival tips that have helped me get through long winter days!

1. Purchase yourself a humidifier for your room if you don’t already have one!! This is seriously my number one tip. When it feels like Antarctica outside, my first instinct is to crank up the heat inside to 85, but all that heat can make your house SO.DRY. Earlier this month my mom and little sister got pretty sick with bad coughs, and both ended up getting humidifiers in their rooms to help combat the dryness and make it easier to breathe/less coughing, and it made a world of difference! I ended up getting one for my room too and I can’t live without it now. Especially at night. I leave it running while I’m sleeping, and wake up feeling much more refreshed, whereas before I would wake up feeling so incredibly dryed out. Humidifiers can also help you stay healthy during these dry months, as viruses don’t travel well in air that is moist. I use this one from Target!

2. Use an essential oil diffuser. If you aren’t already familiar with all of the benefits and uses for essentials oils, you could read endless articles about them! There are a million and one ways to use essential oils, whether it’s diffusing them, consuming them, for health benefits/treatments, etc. I purchased this diffuser for my room, and have really enjoyed finding new oils/blends to diffuse! It’s also such a cute little diffuser and it’s on sale for only $30! It has time adjustment settings and different light settings which are great for at night while you’re sleeping. I wanted to quickly share a few of the oils I’ve been using lately. I haven’t even begun to really get into all the different oils/blends and all of their uses, but these are 3 that I love to keep it simple for you!

Peppermint. Not only is it a refreshing and soothing scent to diffuse, but it also has great health benefits. It can help with concentration, respiratory relief, headaches, nausea, muscle/joint pain and many others. This is always my go-to whenever I come down with the dreaded stomach bug, as it can greatly help with nausea and makes such a difference for me! It’s also what my mom diffused to help with her bronchitis. PS- I am no expert by any means (haha!), so always be careful when wanting to topically apply or consume essential oils. Here is an interesting article about all of the different uses if you’re interested!

Gentle Baby. I had seen a lot of people talking about this oil on Instagram/blogs, and got it in my stocking for Christmas to try out! While I may not be a mom, this is still such a soft and calming oil to diffuse! Not only do I love the gentle scent, but it’s also very calming and great if you have stress. I like to diffuse this one while I’m sleeping or working!

Thieves. This is one that my sister got and we’ve been trying it out. We had heard of so many people that swear by it when it comes to supporting your immune system and keeping germs at bay. There is actually a super interesting story behind this oil that you can read here! This oil can be used for immune health, killing germs, and I’ve even seen Thieves cough drops and home cleaners/disinfectants.

3. Silk sleep mask/pillowcase. I’ve recently started using these and they really are so helpful, especially during the winter! Silk pillowcases/sleep masks are used for anti-aging, avoiding creases/wrinkles, and are great for your hair and skin. They keep your hair silky and not tangled, and don’t absorb your hair and face products or moisture. All of these benefits are especially helpful during the winter when things are already extra dry and there is so much static!

4. Face and Body Moisturizers. This one is an obvious tip during the winter, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites!

– For my lips the two main products I use are Aquaphor and Lanolips. I am sure many of you have used Aquaphor before, and it’s a product that I always have to have on hand! Not only is it one of the best moisturizers for your lips, but it also can be used a bunch of other ways. You can use it for minor burns/irritations, it’s the best thing to use when you get those painful cracks in your hands/feet, or under your nose when you have a cold and your nose burns from using so many tissues! Lanolips is another lip product that I’m sure you’ve heard me mention on Instagram before. The lanolin is so wonderful for hydration and leaves my lips feeling so smooth! I also love the banana and lemonade flavors, haha!

– Body Lotion. I love the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps for my whole body, and this Gold Bond healing cream is without a doubt the best hand lotion I’ve ever tried. It’s also pretty inexpensive and you can purchase it just about anywhere. I am pretty picky about my lotions, and can’t stand when I put hand lotion on and it leaves my hands feeling greasy or sticky. I end up washing it right off, haha! I also hate when I put lotion on, and it doesn’t seem to soak in and get rid of the dryness. This Gold Bond lotion is for real the only lotion that I will use on my hands, as it soaks right in, leaves them feeling so soft and smooth, and it feels like there’s nothing there once you rub it in!

– For my face there are three products that I’ve currently been using a lot. Let me start out with saying that my skin has not been reacting well to the cold this year for some reason. You may have heard me mention on IG Stories, but I’ve been getting these horrible dry, red patches on my face. They tend to burn and puff up, and get worse anytime I go outside into the cold. Awesome, right? Haha. I have tried SO many products and have found these few to work the best. The Caudalie Beauty Elixir spray is one of my favorites. I spray it on generously throughout the day and before I go to bed, and can even be used to set your makeup. It’s so refreshing and soothing. This Kiehl’s Deep Moisturizing Balm has also helped save my face. It had great reviews from people who live in the Northeast with brutal winters. If you have super dry skin, I would check this product out! Just like it’s called, it really has helped to deep moisturize my dry patches. The one other product that has drastically helped is Eucerin Eczema relief cream. This is another drugstore product that’s easy to find, and has really helped reduce the redness and irritation on my face.

5. Find good books to read! I absolutely love reading, especially mysteries and psychological thrillers, and I always reach for a book when I’m stuck inside on long winter days. I feel much better when I’ve passed a few hours reading, rather than staring at my phone or computer screen. If you’re looking for book ideas and like some of the same types of books I do, I shared a book review here

6.  DRINK WATER! This has never been a struggle for me as water is about all I drink. You may not know this about me, but I HATE soda. Actually both my sisters and I do, so weird, I know! I drink juice and a few other things here and there, but on average drink well over 100oz. of water a day. I think the recommended amount is about an ounce for every pound you weigh. I know some people don’t enjoy drinking water, but I promise you will notice the benefits especially during the winter! It helps flush toxins and boosts your immunity, helps with your skin and hair, prevents headaches, hydration (of course), etc. All the things you need a little extra help with in the winter. Try adding lemon or fruit if you need some extra encouragement!

My last and final survival tip? Give up on winter and move to the beach. HA! For real, though.

Sorry that this post turned out so long, but I truly hope that you find some of these tips helpful!! Winter can be a long haul, so if you have any winter survival tips, please share them below with everyone! Xo, Rachel

Friday, January 12, 2018

How I Organize My Makeup

how i organize my makeup rachel puccetti between two coasts acrylic makeup organizer rachel puccetti between two coasts makeup organizer drawers rachel puccetti between two coasts container store acrylic makeup organizer rachel puccettiHello Friday! It’s so good to see you! I’m excited to be kicking off the weekend with a fun and highly requested post! I often get asked how I organize my makeup, and today I’m going to share exactly what I use to keep it all organized!

For beauty lovers like myself, you’ll understand that all of those trips to Sephora for “just one thing”, or a little late night online shopping can quickly add up to drawers packed full of precious beauty products! Tell me I’m not the only one who feels like they found buried treasure when you rediscover a product in the back of your drawer that you totally forgot you bought? Lol! A few months ago I decided that I finally wanted to get it all organized and sorted out, making it easier to access and not forget what I had! Plus, so many beauty products come in such pretty packing, so it’s nice to be able to see it on display!

I had seen pretty acrylic makeup organizers on Pinterest, and knew that I wanted to find the perfect set to put on my dresser or vanity. I was familiar with and loved the idea of GLAMboxes, but they were a little pricey for how many I wanted, so I kept searching for something similar. That’s when I came across the Luxe Acrylic Modular Storage at the Container Store. They were practically identical to the GLAMboxes, but much more affordable and you could build your own set with so many different sizes and pieces to choose from! They do all different size drawers, trays, inserts/dividers, and risers to set on top! I was a happy girl, haha! I ended up putting together a set that had exactly what I needed, and organizes all of my makeup perfectly. And looks pretty too!

As you can see in the photos above, I went with two of the large drawers (which are actually a little thicker now than the ones I have in these pics which is nice, but same price still!) 1 medium drawer next to two small drawers, and two medium short drawers. The nice thing is that all of their drawers stack perfectly on top of each other. For example, two medium drawers side by side will fit on top of one large drawer, etc. If you have limited space in your room/bathroom, you could just use the medium/small drawers to make a taller, skinnier stack rather than adding in the large ones for a wider stack! I can’t think of a better way to organize your makeup, especially if you live in an apartment, dorm, have limited storage space, etc! You can also use these for hair accessories, jewelry, desk supplies and all sorts of things! Click here to see these luxe acrylic stacking pieces, and click here to see all of their acrylic makeup storage pieces.

I love that the drawers are clear so that you can see exactly where everything is and what you have. It’s so easy to find the lipstick I’m looking for (can you tell I hoard them, lol!) by being able to see the labels. I have a drawer specifically for face masks, my nail polishes in the small drawers, beauty samples I’ve collected and lip liners in another drawer and hair products and face creams in the bottom drawer. On top I set things like perfume, makeup brushes, my most used products and my 24-lipstick riser (only $6.99)! Since organizing my makeup with these, I find that I use a lot more of my products because I can see everything neatly displayed and not forget what I have! It’s freed up drawers in my vanity and gotten rid of clutter. Plus, it’s easy access right on my dresser so that I’m more likely to use everything, and looks really pretty too!! I actually had fun organizing and going through everything, and love that I can always go back and grab more drawers if I need to. Because let’s face it, the addiction is real and my makeup collection is ever-growing, especially my lipsticks, haha!

I will wrap this post up now, but I wanted to mention one more quick thing! These organizers make the BEST gifts for any woman you know that loves makeup, jewelry etc. You can build a set just for her, and she always has the option to go back and add more on. If you know someone going to college, or moving into a new apartment, or just needs a little help organizing ;), these are a great go-to. For Christmas this year, we put together a set for my mom because she loved mine and my sister’s so much. We filled it up with some of her favorite beauty products and travel size items which was such a fun way to complete the gift!

So that is how I organize my makeup! I hope that this answered some of your questions and that you found this helpful! I would LOVE to hear if you give these organizers a try, and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any more questions! Stay tuned for many more posts to come on my favorite beauty products + what’s in my makeup bag! LMK if you have any requests you’d like to see! 🙂

XO, Rachel

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Athleisure for the New Year

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! I am so glad to be back into the groove of things, and ready to take on 2018! I hope you all have had a wonderful start to your new year so far! I’ve been a little quiet around here lately due to a slightly slow start to January. It was so nice to unplug and relax a bit after Christmas, which then turned into trying to stay healthy and fighting the unbearable cold weather! Winter has been brutal this year, haha!

All that aside, I am SO excited for all that 2018 holds, and I can’t wait to share some exciting things with you all this year! I am so incredibly grateful for all of your support in 2017, and I hope to continue to grow this community that I love so much throughout 2018! You all are the reason why what I do is possible, and why I love it so much!

With a new year comes new goals, and one of mine is to put fitness first and run a half-marathon by the end of the year! During these cold winter months, I find that I need all the motivation that I can get, and to be honest, cute workout wear and new gear definitely make a difference! Are any of you the same way? The athleisure trend is one that I will never tire of, and definitely makes life easier during the winter. One of my latest obsessions is this cozy, chalet faux-shearling coat! It is honestly so snuggly, and also effortless. The one thing that instantly sold me on this coat, other than the fact that it is SO cute, is that it’s long! It’s the perfect thing to wear with leggings and joggers, and can even be worn with jeans and booties! This coat will get you from gym to street! Whether you’re headed to spin class, running to the store, or trying to tackle your to-do list while still looking cute enough to grab lunch with friends, this coat is for you! It would also make a great layer for traveling.

What are some of your favorite ways to style the athleisure trend?

I would love to hear what some of your goals are for 2018! I absolutely LOVE hearing from each and every one of you, and I hope that this is a space you always enjoy coming to. I appreciate every single “like”, comment, sweet message and question asked! If there is every any questions you have, things you’d like to see more/less of, post suggestions, or you just want to chat and introduce yourself, please don’t hesitate! I love getting to know you all, and want to post content that you want to see! 🙂 You can always email, comment here or on Instagram (@rachelpuccetti), or send me a DM on Insta!

Xo, Rachel