How I Clean My Beauty Blender: Are You Spending Too Much Money on Soap?

I had been cleaning my Beauty Blender makeup sponge with anything I could get my hands on… Blender Cleanser, baby wash… But I still wasn’t totally happy with the results.  So I finally took the time to google how to clean a Beauty Blender.  And what did I see?  Countless videos of makeup-lovers cleaning their Blenders with Zote Laundry Soap.  So I thought, “Well goodness.  Maybe that should be how I clean my Beauty Blender!”

I never before heard of Zote.  I don’t know how, because I am kind of a clean freak, it’s only $1 at Walmart, and I am in Walmart pretty frequently.  Like, what?! read more


Review: Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner (I Got Kendall Jenner’s Look!)

I’ve always been a fan of Kendall Jenner.  I love her hair, I admire her style, and I think she just exudes the perfect level of confidence.  So when I found out that she swears by Finesse products, of course I had to try them!  If Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner could help me inch my hair closer to Kendall Jenner’s on the awesome hair spectrum, it’s 100 percent worth it to me!

This shampoo and conditioner duo arrived at my doorstep at the perfect time:  at the end of a harsh winter and when I hadn’t had my hair trimmed in over 3 months (and still haven’t!).  My hair was in need of some serious TLC after flapping around in the frigid wind!  Read on to learn how my hair fared after I used Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner and to see how I styled it like Kendall!  Let me know how I did in the comments! read more


Review: VII Code Oxygen Eye Mask

You know how you make those fancy smoothies with tons of nutrient-rich ingredients?  Consider the VII Code Oxygen Eye Mask a smoothie for the skin under your eyes!  The creators of these overnight gel eye masks packed them with nourishing ingredients specifically for your under-eye area. Yep, you wear them all night! I’m as intrigued as you are, so when VII Code asked me to review the eye mask, I saw an opportunity to get rid of some (eye) baggage and wake up looking ready to go! read more


5 Spring Lipstick Colors I’m Wearing for the 2017 Season

While I had fun with festive lip colors this past winter and holiday season, I am happy to be moving on brighter shades for the spring.  Although it is still technically winter, I have already been painting my pout with poppy pinks.  And since I’ve been enjoying several amazing colors and formulas, I am sharing 5 spring lipstick colors I’m wearing for the 2017 season.  You need to try them, too!

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Spring Lipstick Colors: The Swatches

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From top: Sephora Colorful Gloss Balm in Warrior Princess, Makeup Revolution Salvation Lacquer in More than I could give, Cover Girl Colorlicious Jumbo Gloss Balm Cream in Parfait, Clinique Almost Lipstick in Pink Honey, Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color in Blushing

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Are you smiling?  How pretty are these lipsticks!

Spring Lipstick Colors: Sephora Colorful Gloss Balm

I kind of purchased this one just to meet the free shipping requirement, but it is my favorite of the 5 spring lipstick colors!  When I slide on this glossy pink, I instantly feel finished.  This lip color is perfect for the days you feel less than stellar. read more


Review: Essie Gel Couture Polish

As soon as Essie Gel Couture Polish hit the store shelves, I was eager to try it, but I was still in my salon-going routine.  I love that salon gel polish dries almost instantly, reducing opportunities for smudges or dings!  Who doesn’t love being able to buckle their seatbelt without worrying about ruining a nail??

Aside from that, there are some things I do not like about salon gel manicures:  They never seem to last the full two weeks, and I cannot easily remove the polish myself!  While my salon gel manicures did a pretty good job of withstanding my continuous household chores, mom-related duties, and hand-washing, I wanted the freedom to remove the polish myself when I got sick of it.  But since it is so tedious to remove, I always found myself back in the salon, perpetuating the cycle.  Well, I finally worked up the nerve to ditch the salon and dive back into DIY with Essie Gel Couture! read more


A fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog written by Jackie Mikkelson, Instinctively en Vogue is a source of inspiration for busy girls, especially moms like her, who want to be chic while staying comfortable. #stayCHIComfy

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