New Beauty Products I'm Excited About

I hope everyone is having a nice week. Today I wanted to share some new beauty products I'm really excited about. I'm currently trying to take very good care of my skin to repair damage caused by the hot summer air and prepare for the cooler months ahead. For me that means lots of moisture. Plus, I can never say no to a knew spa gadget, they are just so fun and satisfying to use! 

Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System
Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System

1. Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System (c/o) - After a summer of pedicures my toes have seen much better days. This treatment system sounds like the perfect way to get them in good shape for the upcoming months of thick socks and cozy slippers. It has a "bioactive Phyto Crystal Complex, a natural nail-hydrating formula that is free of harmful chemicals".  I'm also happy that you apply it once a week, which is so much more manageable than other nail treatments that are every day.

AMP MD System
AMP MD System

2. AMP MD System (c/o) - This uses a micro-exfoliating roller to condition the uppermost layer of your face, and then you add the contents of the night renewing serum capsule. The capsule have peptides and retinol to improve skin texture, and absorb easily after you use the roller. I've seen a lot of micro-exfoliating systems online recently, and am so excited to try this one! I love that it has anti-aging benefits without the cost and recovery of surgical or in office treatments. 

Supergoop

3. Supergoop hand cream and SPF spray - I try and use SPF all year round, and a makeup setting spray is such an easy way to do so! Plus, you can take it on the go easy. In addition, I'm trying to get better at remembering to put SPF on my hands, and this hand cream is an easy way to remember. 

ageLOC LumiSpa
ageLOC LumiSpa
ageLOC LumiSpa

4. The ageLOC LumiSpa (c/o) - This device is a lot like my Foreo Luna, but the handle offers you a lot more control, and it pulses to tell you how long to treat each section of your face. It also makes my face feel a little more exfoliated than the Luna does. It has a silicone head, and comes with a few cleansers depending on your skin type. 

Slip Silk Hair Scrunchies

5. Silk hair scrunches - I use a Slip pillowcase, and it truly makes a difference in how frizzy and unruly my hair is in the morning. Slip just released hair scrunchies, and I'm hoping they allow me to put up my hair at night without crimping my blow out. 

Have you seen any new beauty products lately? Please share! 

Happy Friday Friends

Happy Friday from lovely Rome. Today we will be touring the Colosseum and other ruins and I am over the moon with excitement. I took Latin all through high school and read so many books on Ancient Rome and all of its wonders. To see it all in person is truly a dream come true. (plus, my Latin may finally come in handy. It only took over a decade, haha). 

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Some other things I have been enjoying are -

1. I loaded up my iPad with books for the trip. We have a lot of plane and train time, and I didn't want to carry around physical books. On my queue is When Life Gives You Lululemons, Therapy Animals, Alison Weir's novels on Henry VIII's wives, and Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper books. I'll let you know my thoughts when I finish them all.

2. I tried on these shorts at J.Crew before we left to take on the trip and the fit is so good. I think jean shorts can generally be unflattering, but these are the exception.

3. I'm already excited to make pasta when we get back. Does anyone have any good recipes? I saw a book at Williams and Sonoma yesterday, and it looks like I can use my mixer to make the dough, which sounds ideal. 

4. I am so, so excited to get to wear fall clothes again. Here's everything I have my eye one to start a functional autumn wardrobe -

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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New Body Skincare

Active Hydration Body Replenish

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I'm sharing a new skincare product I'm really excited about - the new Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish. I have extremely dry and itchy skin on my legs, which only gets worse when I take long hot showers and baths. I have tried again and again to forego the hot water for something more tepid, but I just love it too much. So, I am constantly looking for a new and better way to moisturize. You name it, I've tried it!

When I heard about a new moisturizer made for to allow "skin to reach its optimal moisture equilibrium through the use of 3D3P Molecular Matrix" which providing skin with "immediate and continuous hydration throughout the entire day without feeling sticky" I knew I had to try it! 

Active Hydration Body Replenish

The cream comes in a giant jar, and has a subtle pleasant scent. After using it a few days I can say that it absorbs quickly, doesn't leave behind rescue, and best of all my legs haven't been dry and itchy. I have extremely sensitive skin (anyone else have Irish skin?) and this hasn't irritated it at all. Instead my body feels calm and hydrated! What a win. 

Active Hydration Body Replenish

Rodan + Fiends Active Hydration Body Replenish (c/o)

Is anyone else always on the hunt for new ways to sty hydrated? Any other itchy leg sufferers out there? I'd love to hear your tips for staying moisturized! 

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Monday Morning Coffee Date

I'm sorry it's been so many days since I've written a blog post. It's been a little tough to find a minute and to get to internet because...we moved to Washington D.C.! This is a huge change for us, and I am so excited. I can't wait to experience all that this beautiful city has to offer. Over the last couple of days I have seen so many gorgeous buildings, so many stately trees and so much history. My heart and my mind are bursting with excitement and inspiration, and I can't wait to channel it by creating new content for All That Glitters so I can share everything with all of you. 

All That Glitters

I will do my best to post a few times a week for the next two weeks, which are going to be a whirlwind between getting settled in our new home and going to Italy. After that I will be back to my regular posting schedule, with lots of pictures and beauty finds and tips and tricks. Hopefully lots of baking recipes too- I can't wait to bite into a cannoli and recreate it at home! 

I hope you all had a wonderful week last week and a joyful August ahead. If anyone knows any spots in D.C. we have to check out, please send them my way! Neither I nor my husband is from the area, and we would love all the recommendations that you guys have! 

Happy Monday! 

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The Best Summer Hats

I have been all about hats recently. It started because I went to the dermatologist for my annual wellness check, and got a lecture about how my part was burned. I had been at the beach the day before, and reapplied sunscreen to my part at least every hour, so I feel like the fact that it still got sun burned means hats are a must for me in the summer. So, the hat hunt begun! Since it's important for everyone to protect their head, especially in the summer, I have put together the Best Summer Hats for everyone. Tell me what's your favorite is! 

The Best Summer Hats

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1. Packable Straw hat - This hat folds up to fit in your suitcase without being crushed and is under $50 even without a discount code (which J.Crew often has).

2. Straw Floppy Hat - I love that the hand on this one is dark blue!

3. Brixton 'Joanna' Straw hat - This hat has a super wide bring which is great for shielding your face from the sun. 

4. Bow Scarf Straw Floppy Hat - The long ribbon on this hat makes me want to stroll around Central Park with a chilled ice tea and a flow dress with a beau on my arm, haha. 

5. Straw Panama Hat - I love that the ribbon on this hat is a blush pink shade. 

6. Textured Summer Straw Hat - This hat matches pretty much anything and is $34.50. 

7. Straw Boater Hat - I'm picking this hat up today for our trip. It's $17.40! 

8. Wide Brim Straw Hat - It's $25 and the brim looks glamorous and protects you from the sun. 

9. Contrast Straw Trim Panama Hat - Isn't the turquoise on this hat a fun and unique detail? I love the pop of color.

I also always love a nice baseball cap. This gingham one is adorable and on sale, and of course I love my Boston hat :)

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Happy Friday everyone!

Did everyone have a nice week? I hope so! It was pretty busy around here, but full of so many wonderful things. We are planning our trip to Italy, which is in less than two weeks and I am just so excited! We've been booking hotels and trains all week; if anyone has any recommendations I am all ears! 

bicycle basket

I'm on the hunt for scarves to tie on my handbags and around my neck for the end of summer and fall. I love this gator one (go Gators!), this one is reversible, and this one is just darling and on sale!

I was listening to the podcast Fat Mascara on my way to visit my parents last weekend and they had a guest interview talking about this new product, Biossance 100% squalan oil. It sounds amazing; it is supposed to hydrate and lock in moisture like nothing else and is "clean" (as in no paragons, phthalates, mineral oil, retinol palmitate, etc.).  Call me intrigued. 

Has anyone else seen LA to Las Vegas? It is surprisingly funny! And the perfect amount of cooky. 

I've been on the hunt for a "personal item" to pair with my carry one suitcase so that I don't have to check a bag when we travel. These Vera Bradley grand traveler bags look perfect, and the price point is much lower than everything else I found. Plus, doesn't Vera Bradley luggage bring back so many sentimental memories? 

Happy weekend! 

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Summer Haircare Tips

I don't know about you, but my hair feels so much heavier in the summer. It is so hot and humid, it just turns into a LOT and it doesn't feel healthy. This summer I finally feel like I have conquered my locks and added a lot of needed moisture and TLC and am excited to share my summer haircare tips with all of you. 

 Cheers to healthy hair!

Cheers to healthy hair!

First, it is important to remove buildup. A lot of times what feels like dry and brittle hair is actually an excess of product buildup. I use a baking soda scrub to try and remove it - mix together 1/3 cup baking soda and 4tbsp water and message into your hair. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes (I put a shower cap on over it) and then rinse thoroughly.  

I generally wash my hair every few days since it is naturally dry, but in the summer I wash it more often because of all of the heat and humidity. I also switch out my favorite sulfate free shampoo for some good old fashioned Head and Shoulders. I want my scalp clean.

Try and avoid heat styling as much as possible. It damages hair, and in the humidity it just doesn't last anyway. 

I use a wet brush to brush out my tangles when it's wet. It doesn't pull or break my hair, which is important since hair is more fragile when it's wet. Brushing it also helps it air dry better since I'm not using heat.

Finally, for that last bit of TLC I like to add in some hair oil while my hair is drying. The Davines OI is my favorite, and Moroccanoil is very good too. 

What are your summer hair care tips? 

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My Acai Bowl Recipe

I recently started making Acai bowls for breakfast, and they are so easy and yummy! Plus, making it at home is so much cheaper than going out. Acai bowls are almost $8 around us, and they only cost a few to make. 

Trader Joe's acai bowl recipe

Here's what I use for one bowl:1 packet Trader Joes frozen acai berry puree 

1 packet Trader Joes frozen acai berry puree; ½ cup frozen berry mix; 1 banana; 1 tablespoons almond milk; ½ cup coconut granola; 2 dates. I buy all my ingredients at Trader Joe's, but they can all be found elsewhere. 

Blend the acas packet by itself until smooth and creamy. Then add the berries, half of the banana, and the almond milk and blend until smooth. Transfer the puree to a bowl and add the granola, the other half of the banana sliced and cut up dates. Enjoy!

What's your favorite breakfast food this summer? I love new recipes! 

 

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The Best Travel Beauty Items

With our upcoming trip to Italy (we're officially going!) I've been thinking a bit about what the best travel beauty items are. I try my best to only travel with a carry-on, but I like having my hair supplies and makeup for a few different looks with me when we travel. After a bit of trial and error over the years, I've come up with a pretty good formula that I am excited to share. These items will cover your beauty routine, but take up very little space!

The Best Travel Beauty Items

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1. Dry Shampoo - I don't always use dry shampoo at home but I love to travel with it. On days where you have walked a lot but don't want to take up vacation time with doing your hair, this one allows you to go a few days in between washes.

2. Travel Wet Brush - I love the wet brush, it detangles my hair after the shower without over pulling or tangling it. This travel sized one is itty bitty and takes up almost no room in your suitcase.

3. Styling Cream - When I blow dry my hair I always use a styling cream, and this one comes in a great travel size. 

4. SPF Setting Spray - Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day is so important! When I travel, however, I am often walking around all day. This makeup spray is an easy way to reapply SPF to my face since the little bottle fits in my purse. 

5. Travel Hair Dryer - I just got this blow dryer and I am so excited about it! It is soooo tiny! Plus it is dual voltage which is amazing for international travel. 

6. Eyeshadow stick - Eyeshadow stick are great for traveling because you don't have to bring eyeshadow brushes. These Laura Mercier caviar sticks are lovely, and Glossier Lidstar is wonderful too. 

7. Cream blush - I like to bring cream blush when we travel since you don't need to bring a brush to apply it. My personal favorite are the Glossier Cloud Paints

8. Makeup wipes - My favorite are the Say Yes to Cucumber ones. The scent is pleasant but not overpowering, you can often find them on clearance, and they never break out my sensitive skin.

9. Travel beauty containers - I put my night cream and eye cream into little containers that take up a lot less room. You can get sample jars free from department stores, or these clear containers work well too. 

10. Glossier Milky Jelly mini - My favorite face wash now comes in a mini size! 

11. Foreo Luna Play - You all know how much I love my Foreo Luna (theres a deal for both the mini and the play as part of the Nordstrom sale), and this little mini one is so cute and takes up almost no room in your makeup bag. 

12. SPF moisturizer - This moisturizer has a high SPF and actually protects your skin from the sun. Plus, your man will use it too (unlike the makeup setting spray, haha). 

What are your favorite items to travel with? 

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday friends! Did everyone have a nice week? Did it go quickly? Mine sure did! Basically, I blinked and it was Thursday. I think this weekend is going to go by pretty quickly too; I'm going to Orlando to see family and friends and that always flies by. What about you, and fun plans? 

Stuart beach

I've been making acai bowls a lot lately and it's way easier than I thought! The Trader Joes acai packets make it so easy to get a thick texture. Does anyone else like acai? Should I post my recipe?

Have you seen these new sweatshirts on Kiel James Patrick? I swiped up the Cape Cod ones. I never find cute tourist sweatshirts, and these look soft and cozy too. 

New items have been added to the Gal Meets Glam sale (40% off!). I got this dress, which I'm hoping to wear it when we go on vacation for our one year anniversary next month. Here is everything on sale right now:

Have you seen the trailer for the new Winnie the Pooh movie? It looks positively wonderful. As does the Mary Queen of Scotts trailer. Tudor history is one of my absolute favorite disciplines, and this movie looks like it could be an all time favorite for me. 

Does anyone have any light summer reading recommendations? When we go away I try not to bring anything too heavy or dark, since I don't want to bring down my mood. I'm always up for a new fantasy book if you've read any good ones! 

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Glossier Lash Slick Mascara Review

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara Review

Hi Friends! Today I wanted to share a Glossier Lash Slick Mascara review after having used it for over a month. I know that when I read makeup reviews I like it when the person used the product for a while, so I wanted to provide the same to you guys.  So, in short, I love this mascara

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara Review

Lash Slick mascara provides a lot of length and separation, as well as volume. It is also easy to layer on (I put on coats throughout the day last weekend without any trouble). In addition, it does not flake or smudge throughout the day! AND it removes easily in the shower! 

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara Review

Mascara that doesn't flake and also comes off easily is basically a holy grail product for me, and I've spent a bit too much on mascara in the past to find this winning combination. Glossier Lash Slick is $16-more than the drugstore, but about half of many of the options at a department store. I think it is a very fair price, considering how great the product is. Plus, if you use my link (used throughout this post) you can get 20% off your first order! 

Have you tried Lash Slick yet? Do you like it? 

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