Hey babes! I hope you’re all having an awesome spring so far! Since it’s nearly summer I wanted to share with you a few of my secrets for getting summer ready! I’ll let you in on a hint…they’re all done at night and easier than ever! You’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about, but stay tuned and you’ll understand soon enough 😉 I want to share my night routine with you guys so you can try some of the products I’m loving, and you can get ready for bed and summer in a breeze too!

I don’t know about you, but white teeth are something I definitely consider an essential especially for spring and summer. Having a glowing tan and glowing teeth is a look I am totally here for, and with Smile Brilliant it’s so easy to achieve it! Smile Brilliant is awesome and unlike any other at-home teeth whitening system because the teeth whitening trays are molded to fit your smile! That way you get perfect results, a perfect fit, and your teeth will be shiny and new in no time! I like to put in my trays and leave them in for an hour or so while I do some other things before bed! I honestly forget the trays are even in my mouth tbh. It’s a great way to whiten and do other things as well!

While the trays are in my mouth making my teeth all pearly white this is the time I like to catch up on any emails, blog posts, work, etc. Once I do a few productive things and stop watching Zoella on YouTube (because somehow I always end up there), I decide to do my skincare routine!

As I mentioned in a few posts ago, I’ve been trying so hard to stick to a skincare routine this year, and I have to say I’m not doing terrible! Granted, there are nights when I just remove my makeup with a makeup wipe and call it a day, but I really try to not do that too often. I first use my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm to literally remove my day from my face. I can’t tell you how awesome this feels. Next, I moisturize with my Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer. This stuff is such a dream and makes my skin feel so soft and smooth.

Once my skincare is complete and my trays are still working their magic I like to apply my tan 🙂 Remember before I mentioned my ultimate spring/summer look was glowing tan and glowing teeth? Well since the glowing teeth are being covered we have to take care of the tan 🙂 Now if you guys are interested I would love to show you my entire tanning routine, but for the sake of this post I’m gonna save that for another time 🙂 My favorite self-tanner is Loving Tan. It gives the most natural olive tan which I love! I apply that all over and let it sink in before I get into my pjs.

Once I’m all comfy in my pajamas and it’s been an hour since I put in my Smile Brilliant trays I remove them, rinse them off, and brush my teeth. After the teeth whitening trays it’s so important to apply the desensitizing gel for at least 20 mins. This prevents any further stains and reduces teeth sensitivity. This is extremely important especially if your teeth are a bit sensitive to teeth whitening and if you’re an avid iced coffee drinker like me. Once I’m finished with my Smile Brilliant I put my trays back in their case and get into bed. Now I watch some more Zoella or Law and Order: SVU until I can’t keep my eyes open. Then it’s off to dreamland for this broke blonde.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! It was so fun to create and I hope you love it as much as I did writing it! I also want to give a huge shoutout to Smile Brilliant for collaborating with me on this post! If you would like to add Smile Brilliant to your night routine (which I 100% recommend) then make sure you enter this giveaway!! Smile Brilliant is giving away a $149 credit to one lucky winner. All you have to do is share this post and enter your info in this form! Make sure you share this giveaway with your friends and family so they can enter to win a white smile too! The giveaway is open to the USA, UK, Austraila, and Canadian folks. The giveaway will run for one week. Good luck to everyone who enters and I’ll chat with you very soon! 🙂

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Even though it may not quite feel like it just yet; IT’S SPRING. This is my favorite time of the year because not only is summer slowly but surely approaching, but everyone’s demeanor is positive and excited for warmer weather! And I just love that so much. There are some trends and certain products I know are going to be HUGE this season and summer as well. Being the hip, wonderful person I am I want you to be in the loop 😉 But seriously, I have been obsessed with all the products and trends I’m talking about today and I’m uber excited to share them with you! If you have any favorite spring essentials I forgot to mention please leave them in the comments so we can all be super trendy together. Also quick side note: this post is going to be a bit all over the place but that’s just how my mind works so excuse that lol.

Matching Sets

Guys. When I tell you that I am all for this trend on another level of love and happiness I’m not kidding. Unfortunately, I don’t have any sets YET but I know I’m going to be picking some up very soon 🙂 I’ve been seeing them all over Instagram and all over stores so I’m absolutely going to be picking some up and when I do I promise to share some pics 🙂 Here are some of my favorite affordable sets!!

Striped Cami Top | Striped Skirt

This set is so adorable and definitely a spring/summer essential. It’s perfect for a beach day, picnic, trip to the park, grocery shopping, taking pics in your room, honestly, the opportunities to wear this are endless. The best part? The whole set is under $40!! Literally such a steal. Go get it. Now.

Smocked Crop Top | Palazzo Pants 

This set screams “look at me I’m so freaking trendy”. I’ve also been obsessed with palazzo pants as well so this set is giving me all the feels.

Dainty Jewelry

I’ve never really been a jewelry person, but lately I’ve been digging simple little pieces! I have a few favorite places to get dainty jewelry from spanning from all different price points. None are too expensive though, don’t worry 😉 I recently stumbled upon Madison Miru on Instagram and fell in LOVE with their jewelry. Trisha, the creator of gorgeous jewelry and fellow girl boss is a sweetie and super talented. Make sure you give her some love and let her know One Broke Blonde sent you 🙂 I’ve also been totally in love with wearing an ear cuff! So many people have asked me if it’s a real piercing and complimented me on it! The best part is it doesn’t get infected and you can take it off when you sleep 🙌 Here are some of my fave places to shop for dainty, affordable jewelry!!

Stargaze Jewelry | J&Co | Pura Vida | Madison Miru | GLDN

Self Tanner 

I’m an avid believer that I’m a much more confident, better person when I’m tan. It’s just a thing. Entering the spring months you want to have a glow and embrace the sun and all its glory. I’ve linked some of my favorite self-tanners so you too can look like you just took a week-long vacay. Also, exciting news! Loving Tan, one of my FAVE self-tanners was sweet enough to offer a code to you guys! If you use the code LOVINGTAN you’ll get a FREE exfoliating glove with your purchase of a mousse!! Exfoliating before tanning is a crucial part of self-tanning so make sure you take full advantage of this! (I’m not receiving any commission from this coupon code and this post is not sponsored.)

Loving Tan | St. Tropez | Tarte | Minetan 

Glowy Skin

Healthy, glowing skin is always in style. Recently though I’ve been very into using BB Creams and moisturizers instead of foundation to give my skin a breather. I love love love the look of “no makeup, makeup” so I have been absolutely obsessed with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Moisturizer. Guys. This stuff is a game changer. It’s basically a full-coverage moisturizer that has all the benefits of a moisturizer but covers your skin like a foundation. It’s absolutely genius and if you haven’t tried it yet, girl what are you doing. I promise you’ll be as obsessed as I am. On days when I do want a bit more coverage my go-to foundation has been this super lightweight, but full coverage foundation by Bourjois! It gives my skin such a healthy, natural-glow-from-within look that I’m in love with! Whenever I wear this foundation I get so many compliments on my skin!

Sneakers

Whether you’re into super chunky sneakers or just into basics, sneakers are making it big this season. Personally, I love wearing sneakers. They are my go-to shoe option! I have been wearing my platform Vans nonstop since I got them a month ago. They are my babies and I highly recommend them! Here are some other sneakers I’m loving! 🙂

Platform Vans | Forever 21 Heart Sneakers | Fila | Asos Studded Sneaker

There ya have it! Just a few of my favorite things I’m going to be using like crazy this spring!! I would love to add more loves to my list so leave your spring essentials in the comments. I’m telling ya, you need all of the items I mentioned in this post. They are truly the best. So go get em, like now. Sorry…is that too pushy? Get them whenever you want 🙂 hehe and if you do tag me on Instagram and let me know what you think!!

Chat soon, broke babes!!

 

 

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What’s up broke babes?! So a few weeks ago, I caved and I put in quite a hefty order on glossier.com. I’ve been seeing the aesthetically pleasing brand EVERYWHERE, and decided to try it out for myself. I mentioned in my last post that I was dyinggg to try it. And I did. HolyGuacamole. When I say that this is the absolute greatest my skin has felt/looked in a long time I’m not exaggerating. My skin is glowing, ridiculously soft, and feels insanely healthy!! I owe it all to Milky Jelly Cleanser, the Priming MoisturizerBalm Dotcom, and Solution. Honestly, there is no greater combination in existence. I’ve been lucky that my skin has never been acne prone. Of course I struggle with blemishes like any normal person, and I do have VERY dry skin. Milky Jelly Cleanser has ultimately made my skin radiant and my skin tone more even in a little more than two weeks! I’m very proud to say that I have been sticking to my new years resolution to take better care of my skin! I’ve been washing my face with Milky Jelly Cleanser twice a day every day and I have genuinely noticed a difference in my skin! My makeup is also applying better because it has a better base to work with! Overall Glossier gets too ginormous thumbs up from me, and it is my goal to own every single item on their site. I just wanna lay in a pool filled with Glossier products….is that weird?

As for the makeup side of Glossier; I only purchased one product, the Cloud Paint. I got the color Puff, and I absolutely adore it. It gives me the “oops you made me blush” effect and it’s just perfect. It’s so easy to blend and build up to give the perfect amount of color to the cheeks!

One of the best things about Glossier (besides literally everything) is that they are pretty affordable! Skincare is the one thing I believe in splurging a bit on since it is so important, but when I find brands that make my skin AND wallet happy, that is the greatest combination in my book 😉 Glossier also has the most pleasing and beautiful packaging, website, and social media presence out there, so that’s another win. I could honestly go on and on about how much I’m in love with Glossier, but instead of boring you I’ll just show you some pics instead 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!! If you have any requests, comments, or a fave Glossier product leave them in the comments! Chat soon, babes!

P.S. This post is not sponsored by Glossier, however, Glossier if you see this hmu.

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We did it folks, we made it through the first week of 2018! There are so many new products I’m dying to try this year, and you should too if you haven’t. It can be like a product journey we can go on together 🙂 I’m excited to say that I have already treated myself to some of these products, and I cannot wait to try them out and let you know what I think!

I think it’s safe to say that Glossier. is hands down the most aesthetically pleasing brand out there. Their marketing and branding is ON POINT because I’ve been wanting to try everything on the website for so long. I recently decided to treat myself with my Christmas/birthday money and try some things out! I purchased the Glossier Phase 1 Set, the adorable Cloud Paint, and the impressively shiny Lip Gloss! I cannot wait for these products to come in so I can test them out and let you know what I think!! I’m hoping for some new holy grail products 🙂

A few weeks ago I got an email from the sweetest lady, Mengju, the owner and creator of The Brush Bar. Before she reached out to me, I had never heard of the brand before. I am so glad she reached out to me though, because I think it is such an awesome concept! Essentially, the brush bar is a tool to make cleaning and drying your makeup brushes 10 times easier. I’m about to get real gross and honest up in here and admit that I NEVER clean my makeup brushes. I know, it’s a sin and uber disgusting but I honestly never feel like it or think about it! The Brush Bar makes it so easy to clean your brushes, and store them afterwards. To be completely honest, the first time I tried the brush board I wasn’t 100% sold. It took me a while to get my brush completely clean, but that was only because I’m a grosso and never cleaned it before. I wasn’t sure if it would be able to clean my dingy brushes, but low and behold – it did! I tried it with some more brushes, and I became a believer. The Brush Bar is honestly genius, and I don’t know how I’ve survived without it in my life. Don’t be like me, clean your makeup brushes. If you want to try The Brush Bar, Mengju was sweet enough to give you guys a discount code – BROKEBLONDE15 for 15% off your first purchase! (I receive no commission from this whatsoever, it is just to help ya out) :). I did receive The Brush Bar products at no cost, but all opinions are my own and 10000% honest.

Not only does this brand have the best freaking name on the market, but it is one I have been wanting to try for so long. As one broke blonde, I cannot afford to buy $90 night cream or $70 oil. However, since one of my resolutions this year is to find a skincare regime I swear by, I hope I can try out at least one product eventually! I have heard nothing but great things about Drunk Elephant so I’m really eager to try it out! Plus once I give it a shot I can try to find some affordable dupes because that’s how your girl rolls 😉

I feel like I am so late to the Ouai train, but I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this brand. I can’t believe I haven’t tried it yet!! Haircare is another thing I tend to put on the back burner that I want to start getting more into. I’ve used so many texturizing sprays and hair oils but nothing has thoroughly impressed me, so I’m excited to see if I find what I’m looking for in Ouai! I really want to try the cult fave Wave Spray, the Treatment Masque, and Rose Hair and Body Oil just to name a few 🙂 If you’re a fan of Ouai let me know what I should try!!

Staying on the topic of haircare, Love Beauty & Planet is another brand I would love to try! It’s super affordable and available at one of the best stores on the planet (Target). What’s awesome about this brand is that while the shampoo and conditioners make your hair look and smell amazing, the brand is using recycled materials to shrink our carbon footprint AND the products are made without parabens, silicone, it’s vegan, and all other sorts of good stuff. It pretty much sounds like it’s gonna make my hair really happy and healthy. I don’t know about you, but I plan on heading over to Target asap 🙂

Since I’m super nosy, I would love to know what you’re looking forward to trying out this year! I think it’s 100% cool and well deserved to spoil yourself with something you’ve had your eye on for a while, and this is the year for that! If you’ve tried out anything I mentioned let me know in the comments! 🙂

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Babes!! Long time, no chat 🙁 I’ve missed blogging sooo much, but my hiatus was 100% necessary. Blogging, writing, photography, and creating are passions of mine but recently I haven’t felt inspired. Not whole-heartedly loving what you do is one of the shittiest feelings there is. I had lost my creativity for a few months, and I didn’t want to put out content that I wasn’t proud of. I was becoming discouraged with Instagram because it’s so hard to keep up with the lives of professional blogger and influencers and make content even remotely comparable to theirs. Basically, I was in a rut. The deepest, muddiest, stickiest, most dreadful rut I’ve ever been in (creatively at least). Now that I had my time to reflect on the direction I want to take One Broke Blonde, I’ve fallen in love with it again. This new year has inspired me, as it does most people, to think about what I want to change not only about myself…but my work and goals as well. As corny and cliche as it sounds (and I am probably the corniest person on the planet so this should come as no shock), I am inspired by 2018. I want this to be my most accomplished year. The year I better myself, better my brand, and better the world. Here are the ways I plan to do that!

This one is pretty obvious and relatable, but it’s a pretty great thing to be inspired about! Last year I decided to cut red meat out of my diet completely, and it has made me feel better. It was pretty hard at first cause ya know, cheeseburgers, but it has been beneficial in the long run. This year I want to try to cut back on sweets, and focus more on eating veggies. I want to create a workout schedule that I can stick to and look forward to. I also want to live healthy mentally as well. As a person who has to deal with anxiety I want to try to rid my mind of any negative thoughts or feelings that may cause me to be nervous. I overthink EVERYTHING and have some pretty irrational fears. This year I want to focus on removing those thoughts from my mind to live a happier, healthier 2018 and years to come.

Because of my anxiety I tend to stray away from food, situations, and people who don’t make me feel 10000% comfortable and I end up missing out on opportunities! I want to try food I never would have before, and go places that I normally wouldn’t, and take up new hobbies I might have been anxious about failing before. I want to take on new challenges with my blog and writing and do something that scares me a little more regularly.

I’m the type of person who is always planning ahead and looking towards the future instead of appreciating what I have at the moment. I’m always thinking so far ahead that I put pressure on myself to make sure those things in the future actually happen on time. Time goes by so fast when you live in the future rather than in the moment, and that is something I want to work on this year!

This has been a goal of mine for soooo long, but I have a great feeling 2018 is the time it’s actually going to happen lol. I don’t expect to be anywhere near finished with my book by the time 2018 is over, but I at least want to have it going 🙂 Hopefully you’ll see a book by me on shelves in 2020 😉

Enriching my mind and expanding my horizons is something I am 100% dedicated to achieving this year. I want to learn a new language, and hopefully by the end of the year be almost fluent 😉 Some languages I would want to learn are Spanish, Italian, French or maybe even Chinese!

Skincare is something I have never been dedicated to. I know how important it is, but I can just never stay in a routine or find products I really love that make a difference in my skin. In 2018 I want to find my holy grail products and stick to a routine that makes my skin glow! I also want to regularly take time out of my day to relax, take a bath, paint my nails, put on a face mask, and unwind.

In 2018 I want to stop living in fear of what others will think. I want to make decisions based on my happiness instead of how others might view me. This is a goal I have been working on since high school to be honest, and I think every year I improve more and more. I hope this year I can take it all the way and fully not care what others think because ultimately, it’s my happiness that matters. People can change their opinions, but happiness lasts longer.

Creating goals is easy, but keeping up with them is a different story. In order to make sure you stick to your goals be sure to put them on your wall, write them down, tell your friends and family, and remind yourself how gratifying it will be once you complete your goals!! You can do it, and I’m here to cheer you on! What are some of your goals for the new year?? Leave them in the comments, I would love to know 🙂

 

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