One thing that many women have in common is the love of being tan. There is just something so satisfying and confidence booting about having a glow. Being a naturally fair-skinned girl, I tend to gravitate towards self tanners more and more this time of year. Tanning beds are a huge no-no for me because 1.) I would severely burn and 2.) IT IS SO UNSAFE. A much safer, cheaper, and easier alternative to tanning beds is self tanning! I have been in love with self tanning for quite some time. When I first started I was orange and splotchy and very far from the bronze goddess look I was going for. Since those frightful days I have learned quite a bit about self tanning and the important steps it takes to achieve a stunning, natural-looking glow! I have tried MANY self tanners throughout my tanning journey. Some have failed miserably, and some I fell in love with. Today I’m going to be sharing with you guys my most recent tanning obsession!

This post is not sponsored or affiliated with Tarte in any way. I bought these products with my own money and all opinions are my own 🙂 

Tarte is in my top ten favorite makeup brands of all time. Not only are their products high-quality, but their prices are fair and pretty affordable! My fav self tanner at the moment has been Tarte‘s Glow With the Faux Foaming Self Tanner.  I prefer foaming tanners over lotion because it’s easier to see what you’re doing, and you usually get instant color. What I love about Tarte’s take on the foaming cleanser is how dark it is, its’ smooth consistency, and how well it blends and applies! There is nothing worse than a blotchy, uneven tan, and if applied correctly this tanner comes out perfect every time! Now I say “if applied correctly” because there are precautions to take when applying self tanner. You need to make sure your skin is shaved, exfoliated, and ready to go! Another amazing thing about this self tanner in particular is that it come with a super adorable/soft/awesome tanning mitt to make your life easier and your hands stain free. It’s more important than you think to use a tanning mitt rather than your hand. The mitt is designed to apply the foam flawlessly, without leaving your hands stained and orange. So make sure you put on that mitt before you apply your tanner!

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Self tanners can sometimes be harsh on the face causing you to breakout or become splotchy. To prevent that from happening I use the Brazilliance Face Tanning Wipes also by Tarte. These wipes are designed specifically for the face so they’re gentle on all skin types! The tan develops over time, so there isn’t any color payoff which is kind of a bummer. But honestly the lack of instant color is worth it if I don’t get zits in return!

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I hope this post gave your guys some tanning tips and inspiration!! I cannot wait for the warmer weather all the time so I can lay out and get a natural tan! Until then, self tanning will do the trick just fine 😉 What are your favorite self tanners? I would love to know in the comments! I’m always open to try new products!

Get your glow on, babes.

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Happy March!! The fact that it’s getting closer to spring is making me soooo happy. Spring weather and spring vibes are my favorite (besides summer vibes, of course). I just love the feeling of renewal and warm spring air. The flowers start to bloom and the sun shines bright and it’s totally acceptable to drink iced coffee all the time 😉 Since today is the beginning of a new month, that means it’s favorites time!! Today I’m going to be sharing my favorite things from the month of February from all different categories! There’s a lot to get through because I love a lot of things hehe 🙂 so let’s hop on into my February loves 🙂

FASHION

The month of February was an entire 28 days of feeling lazy and just wanting to be comfy. So you’ll notice that mostly all my fashion faves for the month are comfortable pieces, and also gray because I still love gray…that has not changed 😉 The weather here in Jersey in February was pretty strange. Some days were freezing and some days were 60+!! I was kinda over wearing sweaters and jeans so I resorted to sweats, leggings, and comfy tees 🙂 I promise in March I’ll step up my fashion game 🙂

Sneakers have been my go-to shoe in February. They’re so easy and comfy and that to me is a perfect combination. I love how these Adidas sneakers go with everything! They look adorable with jeans and make a loungey outfit look a little more put together 🙂

Bralettes are hands down my favorite thing to wear as far as intimates go. They are way much more comfortable than a regular bra, and as an added bonus you can let them peek through your shirt to add a cute little touch to your outfit 🙂 I also love how many variations of bralettes there are! Some are more sexy and lacey and some are simple and chic. You can’t go wrong with any and these two have been worn to the max in February for me! I love wearing the black lacey bralette under white v-necks and having it poke out a little with some dainty necklaces; it looks sooo cute and it’s one of my fave looks at the moment 🙂 The gray bralette is super adorable with the glitter band detail. I prefer to wear this one under sweatshirts, but you do you girl, you wear your bralettes how you please 🙂

Hoodies and sweatshirts that are stylish and comfy are staples for me. This mint green hoodie is not only super soft and comfy but it’s so adorable. Whenever I wear this I get compliments on it 🙂 It has some distressed details as well which I think add a little something extra to an otherwise basic piece. Mint green is also a huge color for the upcoming spring season, so I’m preparing early 😉

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I have a mild obsession for graphic tees 🙂 I just think they are so fun and they are a great way to incorporate your personality into an outfit! I got this very cute (and very accurate) tee about a year ago so unfortunately it isn’t available anymore, but you can get a super similar one here!!

Sweatpants have been my best friend in February. Granted, I love sweats all the time no matter what the month or weather but I was feeling extra lazy this past month in particular 😉 I think that if you find yourself a good few pairs of stylish sweats and you pair them with cute sneakers and an oversized tee or jean jacket then that is just as cute and put together as dressing up, but you’re comfy! I purchased these marled gray sweats from Charlotte Russe and they are by far the most comfortable sweatpants I have ever put on my body. I could absolutely wear them every single day if that was acceptable. They were super affordable, too! I can’t rave about them enough 🙂

BEAUTY

For me, February was the month that I tried out a lot of new beauty products and found some that I am going to be using for a very long time. I ordered the Carli Bybel BH Cosmetics palette from Ulta as soon as it came back in stock (end of January, early February). I am so happy I got it because it is such a beautiful palette. The eyeshadows are so creamy and pigmented, and the highlighters make me feel like a shimmery fairy princess. It’s also insanely affordable which is what sold me on getting it! I am thoroughly impressed with this palette and will be creating some killer spring looks with it 🙂 Another affordable palette I’ve been obsessed with is the Lorac California Dreaming palette! Lorac has some of the most incredible bronzers and highlighters out there, so when I found out they created a palette using my favorite products I was sold. This palette gives me the perfect beachy glow which is awesome for my pale self in the middle of winter 🙂  As I mentioned in my Winky Lux post, I have been IN LOVE with the Diamond Complexion Powder. Like super in love. It’s so creamy and gives my face a flawless finish with a bit of glow and shine. It’s amazing and you need to get it and try it out! The Pixi by Petra Lower Lash Mascara has been another game changer for me. It makes applying lower lash mascara way easier and less messy, but it also works great as a regular mascara too! The small brush separates and lengthens lashes making your lashes look long and beautiful. I usually pair a thicker mascara on top to make my lashes stand out even more! Finally, the brush that has given me a flawless face for months now is the IT Cosmetics Complexion Perfection Brush #7. I received this brush a while ago actually but only recently have I fell in love with it. This brush gives my complexion the most flawless look and applies makeup so beautifully! It’s the first brush I reach for when I do my makeup and has been for the last month 🙂

SKINCARE

Unfortunately only recently have I been getting into skincare products, but now that I am I haven’t looked back. Relazing that taking care of your skin is super important is incredibly crucial. If your skin is glowing and healthy not only will you look good, but you’ll feel even better. You only have one face, so take care of it and make it glow! These five products have been lifesavers for me this past month. All the products have different features, and they all work so well together to give me a fresh, clean face 🙂

Soap & Glory has been an all-time favorite brand for me for such a long time. They have the best skincare/beauty products at such affordable prices. I love love love their body butter and their shower gel smells amazing. What’s even more fantastic is their Vitamin C Facial Wash! I use this in the shower and as soon as I put it on I can feel it working. It makes my skin feel rejuvinated and energized which is perfect for the mornings. Since using this I’ve noticed a significant difference in the appearance of my skin! I after I wash my face in the shower, I use the O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Face Peel. My skin feels super soft after I use this and I love how refreshed it makes me feel as well! I try to use this as much as I can. It recommends twice a day, but sometimes I forget 🙂 If I have a stubborn pimple, the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion has been a godsend for me. I just put some on the pimple, go to sleep, and by morning it’s either gone or significantly reduced in size! This stuff is magic in a bottle. Face masks are treats I like to give my skin about once a week. My top pick for February has been the Global Beauty Wash Off Mud Mask! If you want healthy looking skin, this is the way to go! It’s really affordable and it works so well. It’s creamy and when I wash it off my skin glows! The final step to my skincare routine has been the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel. I apply this right before I do my makeup and instantly my skin feels and looks bright and healthy. It soothes my skin and gives such a fresh feeling. I love using this in the morning to wake up my skin, and it works so well!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found some new products to check out!! February has been a crazy month for me, but I promise I will start posting more regularly in the upcomping months 🙂 I would love to know some of your favorite things! Leave them in the comments below! 🙂

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Hey guys! It feels like it’s been such a long time since my last post 🙁 I’ve been pretty sick and feeling gross so I haven’t been up for blogging and all that goes with it the past week. But I’m back and good as new 🙂 A few weeks ago, a brand reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to feature their products on my blog. I hadn’t heard of them prior to the email, so before I agreed I did some research as one curious blogger does. I came to find out that Mikasa Beauty is a brand that I will continue to be using for my makeup brushes from now on! Mikasa Beauty is based in Vancouver, and focuses on ensuring their customers receive the best makeup brushes around. Their brushes are some of the softest I’ve felt, and are mostly made with goat hair, which is what most high-end companies use for their brushes as well. Mikasa offers premium brushes for affordable prices which you guys know is right up my alley! They also feature makeup and hair products too 🙂 Since Mikasa is a new brand I recently discovered, I decided to start a new series on One Broke Blonde called, “Get to Know:__” where I’ll be featuring some of my favorite brands at the moment, or brands that I’ve just discovered that I think you should check out!

As I mentioned, this week I am excited to introduce you all to Mikasa! They are super generous and gave me a discount code for you guys to use to try out their products! I know you won’t be disappointed! If you’re not sure what to try out, here are five products of theirs that I tried out and fell in love with.

Mikasa Techni O6 Oval (M) Brush

I’ve been seeing these brushes sweep the makeup world by storm recently! Some of these brushes go for $60+!! When I was browsing Mikasa’s website and I saw this was only $35 I immediately put it in my cart! This brush is perfect for foundation, powder, contour, and blush! It smoothes over the face giving a unique, soft finish. It looks very natural, and not cakey at all which I love. The brush is so soft and the flexible handle makes it easy to reach all parts of the face you want your makeup applied!

Bodyography Natural Finish Foundation

I am alwaysss on the lookout for new foundations to try out. I haven’t heard of bodyography products before, so I was intrigued to try it out! I will say that it isn’t as full coverage as I hoped, but it definitely is buildable and the finish is very natural. It wears more like a BB cream to me, but I do really enjoy it. I used this with the Techni O6 brush and I my makeup looked so natural and glowy. This foundation has Vitamin E and licorice extract in it which gives your skin a revitalized glow!

Mikasa F250 Kabuki Brush

Kabuki brushes are my favorite. I love how they are so versatile and can be used for so many different products! Usually I use mine for finishing powder to achieve an airbrushed look. Kabuki brushes are also awesome for bronzer and contouring as well! Mikasa’s kabuki brush is made with pure high grade natural goat hair, so the bristles are extremely soft and give a flawless finish.

Bodyography Creme Blush (Sea Pearl)

This blush is everything. It combines the best of both worlds; blush and highlighter! It’s so creamy and glowy and makes me look like a goddess. I am obsessed with the fact that it isn’t too intense, and the color is very buildable. If you’re into dramatic glow or a subtle shine either look is achievable with this blush! Bodyography Creme Blushes are available in a variety of colors and they are extremely affordable! It’s such an amazing product and one of my new favorites 🙂

Mikasa S100 Lemon Drop

Sponges are known for giving a flawless, airbrushed finish to makeup looks. So many makeup artists and beauty gurus swear by them, including myself. Once I started using a sponge to apply my makeup, I rarely reach for anything else. The great part about the Lemon Drop sponge is the flat bottom and pointed top. The bottom makes it so easy to apply foundation, and the smaller top makes it simple to blend concealer under the eye. This sponge has such a unique shape that is actually super effective!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are excited to see what brand I feature next week! If you want to try out any of the products I mentioned, or anything else on Mikasa’s website (which you totally should), make sure you use the coupon code BROBLODEMAKEUP15 for 15% off!! Let me know of any brands you think I should check out!

If you’re a brand looking to collaborate please feel free to contact me at onebrokeblondeblog@gmail.com

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I am so excited about this post that I am typing faster than I ever have before. As some of you may know, Soap & Glory is one of my favorite brands ever. They offer the absolute BEST shower gels, face washes, lotions, and more. Obsessed is a word that many bloggers use (myself included) to describe products we love, but I am truly addicted to this brand. They are so affordable, and the results I’ve gotten from using their products are amazing. Ever since I started using the Clean on Me shower gel I’ve received more compliments than ever on how amazing I smell (and that’s without perfume), and I noticed an amazing difference in the softness of my skin as well. I also have the Righteous Butter which is almost gone and I’m very upset about it. Point is, Soap & Glory has the best bath, body, and makeup products and if you haven’t tried them out yet you are seriously missing out.

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As if Soap & Glory wasn’t affordable and amazing enough, they’ve released something for the holiday season that takes things to a whole new level of kick-ass. Soap & Glory released a gift set called Soaper Spa, and as soon as I found out about it I immediately got butterflies in my stomach over the excitement. This INSANE gift set features three full-sized and two minis of the most coveted products Soap & Glory offers. Want to know the kicker? It’s only $40!! How amazing is that? I’m actually baffled at the price. I told you they’re awesome and affordable, didn’t I? But the incredible news doesn’t stop there. This baby is on sale TODAY ONLY for $20!!! LIKE WHAT SOAP & GLORY ARE YOU SERIOUS?

I never have luck when it comes to purchasing hot items. They’re always sold out right when I go to buy them. However, today was my lucky day. These gift sets are only being sold at Walgreens, so head over to your local store to check and see if they’re still in stock!! I walked into mine this morning, feeling discouraged because I didn’t see any. But then as soon as I was about to walk out, I noticed two, gorgeous pink boxes sitting in plain sight calling my name. I ran over and picked it up and stared at it in awe. It was like a scene out of a movie, honestly. I am beyond excited to give this as a gift this Christmas. It’s the perfect gift that any girl would absolutely LOVE to receive.

I hope you are lucky in getting this incredible gift set before it’s gone!! May the Soap & Glory gods be with you. Good luck, and I hope you have a fabulous day! Leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve used Soap & Glory products before, and what your favorite product is 🙂

These are the products featured in the gift set! If you can’t get your hands on it, any of these products alone would make a marvelous gift as well!

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This post is not sponsored by Soap & Glory. All thoughts are my own opinions, but hey, Soap & Glory if you see this hit me up 😉 

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