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!

                                                                                                    Before tan!

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!

                                                                                  After tan! Look at that glow 😎

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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I know I’m not the only one who has a place in my heart for online boutiques. Of course big name brands are always enjoyable to shop at, but there’s something so satisfying about shopping somewhere the clothes are unique and cater to your style. Metal of Pearl is that online store for me. It is the perfect mix of edgy-bohemian that I personally adore. I have the opportunity to work with Metal of Pearl by modeling their clothes for their website! It is so much fun because not only are the owners of the store, Maggie and Arielle, so sweet and accommodating, but the clothes are on another level of cuteness. Whenever I wear Metal of Pearl clothes I feel like the truest version of myself. Their clothes are comfortable, trendy, affordable, and sooooooooooo freaking cute I can’t take it. Their spring collection is launching very soon, so you guys are able to get a sneak peek at the items going up! Some pieces in this post are already available, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for on the site just yet keep your eyes open! 🙂

*Side note: if you’re wondering why the heck I’m so tan in all these pictures it’s because I got a spray tan right before the shoot so I didn’t blend in with the backdrop 😬*

Tried & True Button Down

Obsessed doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel about this top. It is a staple piece you NEED in your wardrobe this spring. It’s lightweight, soft, and can be paired so many ways. I am wearing a size large in the pictures, and I even ordered a size large for myself! I think it gives the perfect “oops I stole my boyfriend’s shirt but it looks really cute and trendy” look. Here the top is paired with some distressed boyfriend jeans, but it would look equally as great with some distressed denim shorts, a denim skirt, or if you’re feeling really loungey and comfy, leggings are always an option 🙂

Strawberry Fields Forever Dress

I’m going to be honest, I’m usually not a huge fan of maxi dresses. I love the way they look on other girls, but on me I always feel like something looks off or I just have no shape. This maxi changes the game, though. With it’s double side slits you’re able to add some sexy to your basic maxi dress. Also can we talk about the color? It is such a versatile color for every season tbh. I can’t rave about this dress enough! It’s stunning for a dinner date, and can definitely be dressed down for running some errands. Whatever your adventure, this dress is guaranteed to make you look and feel your hottest.

Desert Rose Bomber Jacket / Once Upon A Time Swing Dress

Summer weddings? Anniversaries? Just feeling like a glam badass diva? This dress gotchu covered. Not only is it a stunning gold, but the material is insanely soft and comfortable. There is honestly nothing worse than being trapped in an uncomfortable dress for hours. We’ve all been there, but with this hot little stunner those troubles are in the past. You’ll be sure to turn heads and glow all night long in this baby.

Super Sweet Denim Skirt

If someone ever asks me to put my personality into a style, this would be it. When I was modeling this outfit I wanted to stay in it all day long. I am so in love with this skirt it’s not even funny. It’s not only super affordable, but it’s made so well and it’s so flirty and fun. I love how girly it is, but it can definitely be paired with a band tee, or oversized sweatshirt and sneakers for a tom-girl vibe. I will absolutely be rocking this skirt all summer, spring, and fall!

Wallflower Swing Dress

Easter is right around the corner, and I found the perfect outfit for the occasion. It’s probably what I will be wearing so we can all be twins and match it’ll be adorable 😉 Seriously though, I have been looking for a swing dress that isn’t too short and gave me at least a little shape, so when Metal of Pearl put this dress on their site I was in love! The flower detailing is beautiful and delicate, and it’s the perfect amount of sweet and sassy! 🙂

Tassled Up Blouse

Tassel’s and bell sleeves are two of the hottest trends for spring! This top combines them both into one airy, bohemian top that is everything your fashion dreams are made of. I know that bell sleeves aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some stores sell tops with super extravagant sleeves which my boyfriend refers to as “wizard sleeves”, and he’s not wrong. This top however has a subtle and tasteful amount of drama without overdoing it! So if you’re a little hesitant to try out the bell sleeve trend, this top is perfect!!

I want to thank Metal of Pearl for having me model your amazing clothes! It’s an honor to work with you and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things Metal of Pearl has in store in the future. In the meantime, I hope you all will check out this amazing store! There’s truly something for everyone on the site, and you will be sure to find your newest obsession!

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Spring is FINALLY here! Which means that a lot of spring shopping is to be done 🙂 I prefer to shop online because there’s just something so exciting about getting packages! I also found that there are a lot of awesome online stores that aren’t available to shop at in person! If you’re like me and love online shopping, here are a few of my fave stores that are also super affordable!! 🌷🌞🌸

Brandy Melville $3-80 : Brandy is a store that I have loved shopping at for years now. I love that their clothes are super soft and really nice quality. Every piece of clothing is so comfortable, and most of their pieces are basics so they can be paired with a bunch of different outfits! The only downside is that most of Brandy’s pieces are one size only which usually fits size X-Small/Small. I fit into the tops, but their jeans and non-stretchy bottoms are not made for girls with booties like myself. 😂 However, if you are a size 0-2 you should fit into their bottoms well! Brandy has specific locations, none of which are near me unfortunately. PacSun carries some of Brandy’s products so if you have one near you you should definitely check it out!

A’GACI $1.99-79.99: So I’ve be high-key stalking this website for weeks now. I recently discovered it and I’ve been obsessed. I haven’t purchased anything yet because there are so many cute pieces I can’t decide what I want! I will absolutely be having a shopping spree from this store very soon and when I do you can expect a haul/review! I love that A’GACI keeps up with the latest trends, but also stays at a very affordable price range! The clothes seem to be good quality and I can’t wait to order a few things!

Princess Polly $14.70-320.00: Princess Polly has made a huge splash recently. So many bloggers and YouTubers alike have been raving about this Australian boutique and I am jumping right onto that bandwagon. Princess Polly can get a little pricy, but their sale section is everything. Their new arrivals and other clothes are pretty reasonably priced, but it’s not a place I would recommend going on a huge spree unless you have the dough for it! Nevertheless the clothes are absolutely adorable and I’m so excited to get a few pieces here and there 🙂

MakeMeChic $8.50-68.00: MakeMeChic is an online wholesale store that offers really affordable and trendy clothes, shoes and accessories! I have not purchased anything from this store, but they have a lot of really cute items and the prices are unbeatable!

SheIn (overall suuuuper affordable): SheIn is another wholesale website that a lot of bloggers and YouTubers rave about. I have yet to order anything from their site, but if you’re in the market for some new, trendy spring clothes this is the place to go! Everything on the site is insanely affordable, which also means that the quality may be lacking for some items so make sure you check the reviews before purchasing! 🙂

I hope this post has inspired you to do some spring shopping the affordable way 🙂 Also if you download Honey into your browser it automatically finds coupons and deals for the site you’re on to save you even more money! How awesome is that?? I’m so excited to do some spring shopping myself and share my findings with you guys! Until next time, happy shopping! Let me know you’re fave affordable stores in the comments! I’m always interested to learn about new places 🙂

All photos used in this blog post are not mine. They belong to the clothing store listed and I do not take credit for any photographs used.

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Last week I introduced a new series called, “Get to Know ___” with the brand Mikasa Beauty! If you haven’t seen that post you should definitely check it out because I have a really get discount code for you guys there and I show you some really fabulous products 🙂 This week I want to tell you guys about one of my new favorite brands, Winky Lux. If you receive ipsy bags then you might have gotten a sample of their Diamond Complexion Powder which is essentially the most magical thing you’ll ever put on your face, but I’ll go into that more later 😉 I reached out to Winky Lux a few weeks ago, and they were kind enough to send me some products to review for you guys!

Before we get into the review, I want to remind you all that I never agree to talk about a product unless I truly love it and think it is worth your time and money 🙂 

Now besides having a really freaking adorable name Winky Lux is a makeup brand that offers high-quality makeup for an affordable price. Here is an excerpt of their mantra from their website for you guys to get a better idea of the product and brand. I love the way they wrote this, so instead of paraphrasing here is the Winky Lux motto.

“Winky Lux is a line of color cosmetics made from the highest quality ingredients known to woman-kind. All of our products are cruelty free, paraban free, phthalate free, non-toxic and heavily pigmented. We don’t test on animals and we insist that our suppliers don’t either. They’re sustainably made and we strive to create beautiful and unusual colors to stop you in your tracks. Since we sell online, we’re able to pass significant savings on to our customers. This allows us to offer a luxury product at a drug store price.”

Now that you guys are more familiar brand let’s get into the goodies 🙂

Flower Balm

When I opened this lip balm I just about fell over. This has got to me the most favorite thing I was gifted and my new favorite lip balm for the rest of forever. Not only is there a FREAKIN’ FLOWER inside this insanely smooth balm, but it smells like a tropical heaven with notes of coconut. It goes on clear, but reacts with the pH levels in your lips to create the perfect shade of pink just for you. Is this a miracle product or what? It’s only $14 which is totally amazing and an added bonus 🙂

Glossy Boss: Birthday Cake

If you’re like me, then you try to avoid glosses for the fear of sticky tackiness that makes your lips look and feel like a goopy mess. With Glossy Boss though, that is not an issue whatsoever. This gloss is so smooth, and it’s infused with Vitamin E so your lips are getting some extra love and care. It’s not sticky at all and it offers a gorgeous shine. This particular scent is made with real vanilla extract for an authentic birthday cake scent, and who doesn’t love that?

Matte Lip Velour

This lipstick is hands down the smoothest, creamiest lipstick I’ve ever worn. Not only is it super hydrating and pigmented, but the colors are sooo beautiful. I absolutely hate when lipsticks make my lips feel like a desert, but this does the complete opposite. While offering an incredible color it also makes my lips look and feel refreshed and healthy. I adore this lipstick and I will absolutely be getting it in more shades!

Pippy

Dirty Love

Diamond Complexion Powder

I honestly can’t rave about this product enough. As I mentioned before, I got a sample of this in my ipsy bag a while back and I LOVED it. It’s so silky smooth and makes my skin look and feel flawless. I’m wearing it in all the pictures above so you can see what it looks like on 🙂 When I wear this my skin looks so healthy and naturally glowy. This powder is made with finely crushed diamonds to illuminate the skin. It’s velvety smooth and definitely a new essential item for me!

I hope you guys give Winky Lux a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂 Make sure you check them out on Instagram as well with the tag @winky_lux! Thank you for reading and a HUGE shoutout to Winky Lux for sending me these incredible products! Let me know if you’ve ever tried Winky Lux and what your favorite product is!

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Sooo Valentine’s Day is today, and some people are really excited and some are pretending the day doesn’t exist. No matter how you feel about this holiday, you deserve to celebrate and make it a great day whether you’re single or taken. I know that Valentine’s Day is the worst day of the year for some people, and to others it’s like Christmas only with more flowers and chocolates. This year, I hope everyone has a wonderful day despite any circumstances, and makes it the best ever. If you have a honey to celebrate with or even just some friends or even just you and your couch, here are some last minute ideas in case you’re stuck in panic mode with no plans 🙂

For Couples

Make Dinner at Home: Romantic, fancy dinners are lovely, but making memories in the comfort of your kitchen is even better. The two of you can cook up a recipe you’ve been dying to try, or maybe a favorite of yours. No matter what you make, it’ll be special and wonderful because it was made with love by both of you and you’ll have fun making it too! Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll be giggling and creating something with your love and honestly, what’s better than that? 🙂

Here are some recipes from my Pinterest board for some even more inspiration!

Build a Fort & Watch Movies: We all have a five-year-old inside of us that loves making forts and watching movies on the floor with a bunch of pillows. Why not bring out the inner child in both of you and create the most epic pillow/blanket fort of all time. You can order some food, make snacks, gather all your blankets and pillows, watch your fave movie and cuddle all night.

Explore: If you don’t have dinner plans, and you and your bae aren’t in the mood to cook but don’t know where to eat, then play the left-right game. Essentially, you start off somewhere and go back and forth deciding when to turn right and when to turn left (no using your gps unless you get super lost) until you end up somewhere you’ve never been or stumble upon a restaurant you’ve never heard of. This is a super fun idea, especially if you and your babe are the adventurous type 🙂 Who knows, you might find your favorite new spot!

For Friends

Have a Party: If you and all your friends are single ladies, then there is no better way to celebrate a day of love than with your girls. Have all your friends over, tell them to dress up and have a fancy feast or wear pjs and order out! Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have fun and no that friends are just as wonderful valentines as a significant other 🙂

Have a Spa Day: Manis, pedis, face masks, comfy pjs, wine, and all the best movies and pizza out there. Have a spa day/night with your girls to help unwind and forget about all your troubles. Ulta offers some really affordable masks, and you can also find other reasonably priced spa essentials there as well! Go grab yourself some supplies and relax the night away!

Go Out for a Fancy Meal: You don’t need a bae to wear a hot dress out to a fancy dinner. Grab your girlfriends, tell them to wear their hottest outfit, and spoil yourselves with a fab dinner. You can all treat one another and have the elaborate date you deserve with the ones who will always have your back.

For Yourself

Don’t Diet: Don’t worry about the calories, don’t count the carbs. Eat all the chocolate you want, all the wine you need, and all the pizza you deserve. You have the right to eat and drink as much as you want (without getting sick of course), without feeling down about yourself. Let loose, relax, and eat the extra slice of pizza. You’re perfect the way you are and you absolutely deserve it.

Go Shopping: Valentine’s Day is a day full of love, and who better to love and spoil than yourself. Take the day to splurge a little and buy an outfit that makes you feel amazing. Get that highlighter that makes you feel like a goddess. You need to love yourself before you can love anyone else, so take time to be comfortable in your skin and get that me time you need!

Relax: You know that bubble bath you’ve been dying to take but haven’t had time? Now is the time. Go to Lush, buy that bath bomb, and use it for an incredibly relaxing experience. Everyone needs to “me-time” and there is no better day to relax the night away in the tub than Valentine’s Day tbh. You can light some candles, play music, grab your favorite book, and soak into the colors of the tub. Pretend your a mermaid or go completely zen. Whatever you decide, relax and enjoy!

I hope that you all have a fantastic Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love! Remember, this day is not about flowers, chocolates, or gifts. It’s about celebrating the people we love each and every day 🙂 Let me know what you guys are planning on doing tonight! I hope this post inspired someone and you have the best Valentine’s Day yet 🙂

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