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1. ARCONA Magic White Ice – I mentioned this a couple days ago but it is my favorite hydrator and I know I have said a million times before how much I love ARCONA products but they really are my favvvorite. I put this on every day before I do my make up and I do my hair while I let it set it. It is really light though and goes perfectly under make up.

2. Coconut Oil – I am going to be doing a post soon on all the things I use coconut oil for because there are like a million but one of my favorites is I put it on my face BEFORE I shower so the steam sets it in my skin and then before I get out I rinse it off. It makes my skin feel like a million bucks.

3. TARTE Pure Maracuja Oil – This stuff is amazing and I have honestly noticed a difference since I started using it. I unfortunately am already getting fine lines under my eyes and I hate when my make up sets into it so I put a tiny bit this under my eyes before my make up and it helps keep that area really moisturized. And on days when I am just at the house all day I put it on my entire face and just leave it there all day.

4. GLAM GLOW Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment – I read tons of reviews on this stuff and how awesome it was so I decided to give it a go and it is pretttty darn amazing. It is a super hydrating mask that you can wear as a mask for 20 or so minutes or leave on over night. For the last month I have been wearing it to bed every night and love how my skin feels in the morning.

5. ARCONA White Tea Purifying Cleanser – This is my absolute favorite cleanser because it takes all my make up off annnd has tons of nutrients and antioxidants.

6. ARCONA Raspberry Triad Pads – If you have been reading my blog a while I am sorry you have to hear me talk about these again but by far thee best toner, ever! I have them in raspberry and cranberry.. raspberry is supposed to repair while cranberry refreshes and honestly I don’t prefer one more than the other but I will say they do exactly that. The raspberry you can feel a tingling which I love because I feel like it is doing something and the cranberry is just really refreshing. Anyways, I use these after I wash my face at night, and then also in the morning.

7. Evian Facial Spray – Okay you know when you take a quick shower to rinse off and you have your make up on? Well I always love how my make up looks after the steam has kind of moistened it all.. and I feel like these essentially do the same thing. I have the little two pack of travel sizes and I have one at my vanity I use after I do my make up and then I always have one in my purse to use while I am out and about to keep my skin hydrated.

8. ARCONA Eye Dew – I have been using this for a couple of years now and it is something I allllways have to have. I love putting it under my eyes at night along with my moisturizer. Its a thick serum and literally makes your under eye feel so dewy and amazing.

Posted On : January 29, 2014 at 7:57 am, by amber
Posted In : Beauty

21 weeks

Barefoot Blonde

 DRESS: Nordstrom

A lot of you have been asking for pregnancy updates so I figured I would do them every few weeks or so :) today I am 21 weeks which means I am more than half way done with my pregnancy (according to my app) which is so nuts to me! We found out what we are having a few weeks ago and we are having a baby boy! I am so excited because me and my two little sisters LOVED having our older brother, especially in high school.. I always knew if a guy said or did something to me I didn’t like he would take care of it :) and he was always there any time I needed him so I am really excited that he will get to be the older brother! And obviously David is stoked to be having a son!

We have our name all picked out which I won’t share yet but it has Italian roots since that is kinda where he was brought to be (TMI? sorry!) and we both really really love it. I have been so tempted to get cute newborn clothes but honestly I just want him to be comfy in a onesie all day every day! I hate being in clothes when i am laying around and I wasn’t just in a comfy womb for 9 months so honestly he will probably just be in cute soft clothes for the first few months and I have been stocking up on cute jammies since I think babies are just to die for in their pj’s!

We are also planning to move this year to another state but I will wait until it is 100% finalized to say where but I cant decide if I want to move in April when I am 7 months pregnant and get settled or if I want to move with a one month old baby! Would love advice from any of you who have moved with a baby or while pregnant! I honestly keep going back and forth and just cannot decide!

Anyways, thats all for now but thanks so much for all of your sweet words and congratulations! Love you all!! xo

Oh and PS this pic is a little deceiving haha my bump isn’t actually THAT big quite yet, it must be what I am wearing or the lighting or something :) So next post don’t be surprised if it looks like it is shrinking!

Photo by Courtney Ann Photography

Posted On : January 28, 2014 at 7:27 am, by amber
Posted In : pregnancy

Rose Petal Facials

Rose Steam Facial Okay you guys know I love my natural beauty tricks so while I was in Morocco I was in heaven with all the herbs and spices on every single corner. I picked up some dried rose because I had read about all of its benefits and remember hearing one of my favorite models talk about how she does rose steam facials with them.

Rose has vitamin C and works as an antioxident for your skin and the natural oils moisturize your skin. It also has a natural astringent so it leaves your face toned and glowing. And I have to say this rose steam facial is the most relaxing thing on the planet, which is why spas use rose to detoxify and calm.

HOW IT WORKS:

1. Boil a pot of water

2. Put about 1-1 1/2 cups dried or fresh rose and stir (you can buy dried rose on Amazon, here)

3. Get a towel and place it over the back of your head. Put your face directly above the pot using the towel as kind of a curtain to not let any steam out

4. You can do this for as long as you would like (at least a few minutes to feel results), I usually do about 7 minutes! *I always put the pot on a hot pad on the floor and then sit cross legged next to it, that way I am not standing hunched over! :)

After this I will usually go put on an organic moisturizer, my favorite is my ARCONA ‘Magic White Ice’ Hydrating Gel, all ARCONA products are organic and so so amazing, they are by far my favorite skin care line out there.

Another thing I like to do with rose is..
Rose, honey, and yogurt facial for glowing skinRose, yogurt, and honey facial for glowing skin This facial has so many benefits but mostly the same as the ones above I already listed. The honey just adds more antibacterial helping clear the skin and the yogurt helps to brighten your skin :)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Boil a small pot of water. Once boiling, add 1 cup dried roses and let sit until they are soft.

2. Strain the softened roses and place them in a bowl.

3. Add 1 large spoonful of Greek Yogurt and about a tbsp. of honey (I don’t really do any exact amounts, just kind of eye ball it)

4. Mash all of these together until they are a consistency you like. Apply to face and let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water!

**This one is kinda messy but I promise its worth it!!! I usually put a thick head band on and wrap a towel around my neck like a scarf and apply it laying down or you can make your husband/boyfriend/roommate/sister do it :)

Hope you guys enjoy!!

Photos by Jessica Janae Photography

Posted On : January 27, 2014 at 12:50 am, by amber
Posted In : At Home Beauty,Beauty

Faux Fur and Fingerwaves

Barefoot Blonde - loose finger waves

Barefoot Blonde - loose finger wavesBarefoot Blonde - loose finger wavesBarefoot Blonde - loose finger waves JACKET: Finders Keepers c/o

PANTS: 7 For All Mankind c/o

LIPSTICK: MAC ‘Coral Bliss’

Photos by Jessica Janae Photography

I did some proper finger waves the other day for a tutorial and then felt a little too fancy for this all black ensemble I wore to a dinner with my friend Christine so I kind of loosened them up a bit and made them a little more messy!

I hope you guys all have a good weekend!

Posted On : January 23, 2014 at 11:08 pm, by amber
Posted In : personal fashion

Natural Remedies To Fight Acne

Natural remedies for getting rid of acne So today I am talking about acne and natural ways to get rid of it! I am not against using products with chemicals, I have plenty in my medicine cabinet, but I definitely prefer doing things natural when I can and honestly I have tried all of these and I think they work better than most products anyways. It also doesn’t hurt that most of these items we have in our homes already so it saves some money! (some of these you cannot do while pregnant so if you are make sure you ask your doctor first.)

1. Pepto-Bismol: Who knew Pepto-Bismal could be used in your beauty routine?? It has salicylate and benzoic acid in it which are both found in a lot of acne treatments out there. These acids are lipid soluble so they can fight through oils and use their anti-fungal properties to get rid of acne! How to use it: So basically you just use it like you do nail polish remover… grab a cotton ball and put it on top of the opening and tip upside down and then just dab on your face. Leave this on for about 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water!

2. Tomatoes: Vitamins A and C are found in acne treatments and also found in tomatoes. The acidity in them can get rid of acne as well as shrink your pores! How to use it: You can apply tomatoes several ways for a facial – you can slice them and lay down with the slices placed on the problem areas for about 15-20 minutes or you can scoop out the insides and apply to your face, which I find to be a bit more messy!

3. Aspirin: Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is the most commonly used ingredient in acne treatments. It will clean out the pores and exfoliate clearing up acne. How to use it: So to use this you will get a small bowl and put in just enough water to dissolve the aspirin pills and make a paste. You can use 5-7 uncoated pills, but most say not to do more than 7. When the pills look soft, you can crush them to speed the process. Then I like to add a little bit of honey which has antibacterial properties and will also help with the acne. I just add about a teaspoon or two. Then you apply to your face for 10-15 minutes. *you can also use this without honey as a spot treatment.

4. Nutmeg and Cinnamon: This is one of my all time favorites. (I talked about it a long time ago, here) Nutmeg has major antifungal and antibacterial properties that will work as an astringent and clean out your pores. The cinnamon will bring the blood to the surface which will plump your skin as well as dry out any problem areas. How to use it: Mix 1 1/2 tsp. honey, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 1 tsp. nutmeg into a bowl until it becomes a paste. Apply to face and leave on for 20-30 minutes.

*Hope you guys enjoy! Comment if you try any of these and let me know how you like them! But remember like any acne treatment it may need to be used more than once depending on how bad the problem area is :)  when I break out I usually pick one of these and do it 3-4 times in a week and it clears it up. However, if you are needing just one big one cleared up really quick for an event or something the next day, do the Aspirin one without honey as a spot treatment and leave it on a little longer! Xx

Photo by Jessica Janae Photography

Posted On : January 23, 2014 at 12:23 am, by amber
Posted In : At Home Beauty,Beauty