Summer 2015 Favorites!

September 23rd, marks the first day of my absolute all-time favorite season: Autumn!!! (Or Fall, if you’re American/more casual.)

Between the cooler weather, the colorful, crunchy leaves, snuggly sweaters, adorable boots, and my favorite holidays, Fall could literally not be any more perfect. This will be an interesting Fall for me this year since I moved to Florida this year from Minnesota where it’s absolutely gorgeous in the Fall.

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Florida hasn’t gotten the memo that it’s Fall yet, so the heat and humidity are still pretty miserable. However, with Magic Kingdom being decorated for Fall/Halloween now and Pumpkin Spice Latte’s being served all day every day, (the joys of working at a Starbucks) I know that my favorite season is officially here!

So, in honor of this glorious time of the year, I thought I would review just a few of my favorite things from this past Summer. It’s going to be a mixture of things, so I hope you enjoy!

Beauty/Health Favorites:

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Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer

This cruelty-free primer from Tarte has become my all-time favorite foundation to use. When the lady at Sephora recommended this to me as a medium-to-full-coverage foundation good for those who are as pale as a ghost like me, I kind of looked at her funny. I mean, I’m used to Primers being clear-ish and what goes on *before* foundation. This is SO not like that. It not only matches my pale skin perfectly, it protects from the sun, lasts all day, and has awesome, buildable coverage. I hate when foundations say they’re buildable and then it feels like your face weighs 10lbs because of all the makeup you put on. But, not this stuff. It feels amazingly light and looks super natural. The more you put on, the more matte it becomes, but I find that it’s *perfect* for covering up my redness and the occasional blemish I might get. I’m almost out of this stuff, but you can bet I’ll be headed to Sephora the minute I run out to purchase this again.

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Crystal Roll-On Natural Body Deodorant

Being in Florida, the heat and humidity are probably the hardest things to get used to. I knew that once I moved here, I’d have to find a deodorant that worked really well, so I expected to pay a lot of money for something that was a good cruelty-free product and didn’t use aluminum. Who knew that spending $4 at CVS would be one of the best decisions I’ve made!? Now, let me preference this by saying it’s a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. I wanted something to keep me from getting stinky, and I don’t sweat much so that’s why I chose this one. Not only is it unscented, which I prefer so it doesn’t mix with any perfumes I wear, but it’s long-lasting, completely clear so it doesn’t leave those annoying white stains on my clothes, and is absolutely cruelty-free! I call this a win-win in every sense of the phrase.

Non-Beauty/Health Favorites:cartwheel1
Cartwheel App by Target

I’ve been using the Cartwheel app for a couple of years now, and if you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically a coupon app exclusively for Target. You browse the current deals and get 5% or more off a variety of things at Target. I do all my grocery shopping there, so I always make my list with the app, and it shows what you can get discounts on based on the current deals of that week. And it’s not just for groceries. It’s for everything Target carries. I’m lucky enough to live by a Super Target and can buy pretty much anything there. I’ve used it for everything from clothes to toiletries to home goods and medicine. Plus, they usually have discounts on the cruelty-free brands that they carry, which is obviously a huge incentive for me to use it.

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Halloween Minnie Ears

I’ll be honest, when I first saw these ears, I did not think “Halloween.” I just thought, “Ahhh! Two of my favorite colors! They must be mine!” I’ve been wearing them when I go to the parks and they’re just so much fun. I’ve never really worn ears and I figured that these sequined beauties were a sign that I must finally get myself a pair I’d actually wear.

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Just me and Cinderella, being princesses. πŸ˜‰

There’s just something about putting on a pair of Mickey/Minnie ears and experiencing Walt Disney World as a guest instead of as a Cast Member that really just reminds me of how grateful I am to be working at the Most Magical Place on Earth where I can celebrate being a kid at heart.

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And on that note, I must go back to being an adult and finish all of my errands for the day. Thank you so much for letting me share with you!

Question: Can anyone recommend a good cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner? I liked my Lush Braziliant Bar, but I’d prefer something a little more moisturizing and easy to use. Any recommendations would be great!

As always, thanks for reading!

Until next time! ❀

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