Structured Top 2 Ways: Work & Play
6.23.2016

Top: c/o Maude Boutique | Shorts: Abercrombie (on sale for $29!)
Pants: H&M | Shoes: Target (under $25!)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Lips: MAC 'velvet teddy' + liner in 'whirl'

I picked up this structured top from Maude Boutique over the weekend and I'm pretty obsessed with it! I did some modeling for their website (if you click on 'what's new' you'll see a lot of me! haha), which included this top, and I couldn't leave without it. As a young professional, I think it's important to have some pieces that can be versatile for both work and play. The only things I changed between my two outfits were my shorts/pants and my necklaces, yet they have a completely different feel. I wore the second look to work yesterday and even though it's really a simple outfit, I feel like the platform sandals and details of top keep it interesting. Similarly with the casual look... typically a white top and denim shorts would be super simple and potentially boring. But the details of the top and the embroidered shorts add a little bit of interest!

My platform sandals (so comfy) and Rebecca Minkoff bag are also new to my closet! I'm a firm believer that great accessories elevate even the most basic of clothing, so I was excited to find both of these.   


Current Skincare Routine
6.22.2016

I haven't talked about skincare in awhile and have tried a ton of new products in the past few months, so I thought I would share my current skincare routine with you! I pared down this post to my absolute staple items that I use most regularly, but I definitely have lots of others that I frequently use and like a lot. I've included a couple of awesome coupon codes in the post for you guys, so make sure you take advantage of those!


I talked about how much acne.org products have helped my acne in this post, and after a full year of using this regimen I'm as dedicated as ever. I've never had a product (besides prescribed oral medication) work so well. Using this regimen has cleared up all of the blackheads on and around my nose, as well as the tons of tiny bumps I had around my mouth and chin for years. The cleanser is super gentle, the benzoyl peroxide is so effective, and the moisturizer is lightweight and perfect under makeup.

After you take a quiz about your skin, acne.org recommends a regimen for you. What I love about their program is how educational it is. They have very detailed videos explaining how you should use the products (seriously, watch them!) and every package comes with instructions as well. When you have acne you may feel like you need to scrub your skin, but acne.org's approach is that you should be as gentle as possible, and it's definitely worked for me. The cleansing method was totally new to me! I've found that their products are great value for the money and last a very long time. Pictured above I have the largest size of the cleanser (what I go through fastest), and the medium sizes of the benzoyl peroxide and moisturizer. I also use their jojoba oil (below) and their AHA/Glycolic Acid (which exfoliates chemically versus using a scrub). I also want to say that I have never collaborated with this brand. I promote their products because they have been pretty life-changing for me. If I get lazy with it for just a few days, I notice a huge difference in my skin. One of my best friends recommended this to me and after seeing her before and after photos I was sold. Now, my sister and other best friend use it religiously as well. We all can't rave about it enough!  


While I usually use my acne.org cleanser, I have also fallen in love with this Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm (c/o). I've never used a product that's so good at taking off makeup! It also leaves your skin truly radiant after. I can honestly never believe how soft my skin feels after using it - before I even put on a serum and moisturizer. If I'm wearing a full face of makeup I use this to remove it at night, and I also like using it if I take a nighttime shower. You can get 20% off any full priced Colleen Rothschild products with the code LENORE20 for one week only (so through 6/28)! This is a product I will repurchase again and again.  


If my skin needs extra hydration beyond my basic moisturizer (pretty common), then I supplement with my acne.org jojoba oil or my Colleen Rothschild Extreme Recovery Cream (c/o)! Both work so well and don't break me out! If I use the jojoba oil, I simply add 2-3 drops into my acne moisturizer. The Colleen Rothschild cream is kind of a whipped texture, so it's very lightweight (not greasy at all like a lot of high end creams), and it works wonders when my skin is dry. Like I mentioned above, you can get 20% off your full priced Colleen Rothschild order with the code LENORE20 this week only! 


I shared about all of my favorite masks in this post, but wanted to include my three most-used masks in this post since I feel they're an important part of my skincare routine. The Origins charcoal mask is so great for cleaning out pores and a little goes a long way! I've used this 1oz tube once per week since December and you can see in the photo that it still looks completely full. It's a great value! If I feel a breakout coming on or have worn a lot of makeup a few days straight, I use this to clear out my pores. It also works as a spot treatment if you have a large blemish you want to dry out.

The Mario Badescu whitening mask is newer to my routine, but it definitely helps my skin glow a bit more and I do feel like some of my acne scarring and dark spots are fading! This also smells really nice and a little goes a long way, so I plan to stick with it.

As soon as Tula sent me their Exfoliating Treatment Mask, it became a staple in my weekly rotation. It truly helps to remove dry skin and will leave your skin feeling so soft and fresh afterwards. You can get 20% off site-wide at Tula with free shipping by using the code SHOP20!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you got some helpful info. The only thing missing from my skincare routine is an eye cream that I love. I'm currently using one from Kiehls and I'm not crazy about it so I didn't include it in this post. I'm thinking of trying one from Tula or Colleen Rothschild since I like their other products, but I would love to hear your suggestions! 

Desert Vibes
6.21.2016

Desert romper
Desert romper
Cactus romper
Ruffle hem romper
Wrap choker necklace
Printed romper
Cactus print romper
Romper: Entro (found here & here) | Heels: ASOS (similar here & here)
Bag: Zara (new version here) | Wrap Choker: c/o Swank Boutique

If I owned 20+ rompers it would probably be okay with me. They're perfect for hot days, and I love that they make a statement without taking a ton of time or effort to style (#separatesarehard). I picked up this romper over the weekend because I knew it would be one I would actually wear over and over again. And you can wear a normal bra with it! I love strappy details, low backs, lightweight tops, etc., but do you guys get so sick of having to constantly fuss over what bra to wear in the summertime?! I've worn a sticky bra so many times in the last couple of weeks that I never want to wear one again. There is nothing quite as cute as sweating so much that your sticky bra literally falls off. Fun times.

Rant over because these desert vibes are givin' me liiiifffee right now. I think these are my theme colors right now (if that's a thing??)!  

High-Waisted Denim
6.20.2016

White top + jean shorts
Structured top with casual shorts
Casual shorts
Distressed jean shorts
Black choker necklace
Summer denim
Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag
White crop top + denim
Top: c/o Modern Society | Shorts: Modern Society (call to order :)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Sandals: Forever 21 (LOVE these)
Choker: Forever 21 | Bracelet: Mantra Band
Lips: MAC 'velvet teddy'

Happy Monday! I'm not going to lie, I totally had the 'Sunday blues' last night. I never want to live for the weekends, but I do love spending Sundays with Trey and know they will always go by too quickly! This weekend was extra fantastic though! I visited my friend Jo Friday and Saturday (I'll have a blog post about it later this week!), then Trey and I hung out with a bunch of friends Saturday night and got a day off at home yesterday. No wonder it flew by!

Even though I only live 45 minutes away, I hadn't visited Modern Society, a boutique in Springfield, until a couple of weeks ago! As soon as I walked in I knew we shared the same vibes! I seriously love everything they have. These shorts have quickly become some of my favorites! They're unique and I've found that they work with so many different tops. They're not on Modern Society's website yet (I'll link later in the week when they are), but you can call the number in their Instagram bio to order. I'm obsessed!


Summer Beauty Essentials
6.17.2016


Depending on where you live, summer is either in full swing or is fast approaching, so I thought I would share some of my summer beauty essentials & favorites with you today! While many aspects of my beauty routine stay the same throughout the year, I do change things up a bit to adapt to the weather, seasonal colors, etc.


This is my absolute holy grail hair product/best hair secret any time of the year, but especially in the summer when I want messy waves. I have very very fine hair, so this adds a ton of texture without making my hair sticky or weird at all. At $5 or $6 it's an absolute deal too. I legitimately stock up on these when I go to Ulta or Target because I never want to run out!

I picked up the one for blondes, but I think a leave-in spray is an essential for everyone, especially if you color your hair. This one helps to lock in moisture and protect your hair from the heat and sun. I've also used one by 12 Benefits and it's great as well.

This is a blonde-specific product, but if color damage makes you hair look a little dull I would recommend this! It holds really nicely without creating the dull film most hairsprays create.


Body/Skin
In the summer we have to show more skin by default, so I wanted to quickly share these 3 products that have been helping to keep my body and skin looking better!

I'm going to cover my favorite self-tanning products + routine in an upcoming post, but quickly wanted to touch on these. They're the easiest self-tanning method I've ever used, leave no streaks, are super quick to use, and are pretty affordable! These don't get me as dark as my staple self-tanner (which I'll share soon!), but they're perfect for a few different scenarios...
-If you don't have time for a hardcore self-tanner to dry/time to apply it (I use these after my shower if it's a late night and I don't have the energy for my normal routine)
-If you want a last-minute boost to your tan when you're heading out the door (they dry super fast and don't leave a mess)
-If you're traveling on vacation or a weekend trip and don't want to pack a big bottle and mitt and deal with all of that while you're away

Basically, they're awesome.

I just picked this up on a whim last weekend, but I really like it already! The smell is really pleasant and delicate (unlike a lot of body lotions...ick), the consistency is good, and I've found it to be a really nice lightweight moisturizer perfect for hot, humid days.

Keeping your skin exfoliated is especially important in the summer! This scrub is super cheap, smells amazing and summery, and is exfoliating and moisturizing at the same time!


Makeup
I love to change up my makeup for the season and my mood, and also love any excuse to try new products! These products are all in heavy use so far this season...


Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
I've been a devoted fan of Double Wear foundation for over a year now because the coverage and staying power is unrivaled, but picked up the Light formula last week and am just as obsessed! It still has fantastic coverage and is very long-wearing, but is a bit more buildable, allowing for a little more glow if you want it.

Almay Smart Shade CC Primer
If Almay ever discontinues this I will legitimately cry because it's the bee's knees and so cheap! It evens out the skin tone under your makeup, makes your foundation go on more smoothly and evenly, and helps it stay longer. I've tried so many high-end primers and this is by far the winner in my experience.

Bare Minerals BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer (why are these product names so long?!)
This is a new product for me, but I think it's so great for the summer. I don't tan my face, so this product is great because you can put it on alone to give your skin a tan glow that masks imperfections, mix in with your foundation or bb cream to darken them a bit, or use as a bronzer on top of your foundation.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray
This product is so pretty, smells lovely, is very affordable, and has a few great uses! I'll share another use below when I talk about highlighter, but I have been using this lately to mist my face after I've applied my foundation, powder, and other face products (countour, bronzer, blush, highlighter). It adds such a pretty glow to your face and helps to make everything look more natural!


Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Gloss
You all probably know that I'm a big fan of matte lipstick and stains, but sometimes they don't 'go' with a more natural summer makeup look. I wanted to pick up a gloss that I could throw on without a mirror if I didn't have a ton of makeup on and just wanted a light wash of color. This gloss really is great! It stays put for hours and hours, and this color ('must-have pink') is a really flattering pink that's not too bright or too pale.


Glowy skin is more gorgeous than ever in the warm, summer months and these products will help you achieve that...

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Global Glow'
This is the prettiest, glowy bronzer (not sparkly, I promise)! I use this over my contour to blend everything in, and also use it along my hair line. This has been a daily staple in my makeup bag for about a year and a half!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Soft & Gentle'
This is technically the same product as above, but in a different color and I use it as my highlighter! It's so pretty on, and is very buildable. If I don't want a lot of highlight I just lightly tap my brush in the powder and dust it on the top of my cheekbones. But if I want a little more glow, I use my rosewater spray! I simply spray the brush first, then swirl the brush in the powder. This is one of my favorite beauty tricks I've discovered! It makes the highlighter go on with a bit more intensity (nothing crazy, promise) giving you the prettiest glow. I also use this down the bridge of my nose, at my cupid's bow, on the tip of my chin, in the middle of my forehead, and above the arches of my eyebrows.



This turned into kind of a long post, but I could honestly discuss beauty products all day, so I hope you enjoyed it and discovered some new products you want to try! If you have any questions or product suggestions, please let me know!

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