June Loves + a $600 Nordstrom Giveaway

Clean skincare products
pictured: sunglasses (on sale for $29), earrings, eye gel, face oil 1 & 2

I'm in shock that June has come and gone, but time flies when you're having fun! Without further ado, here are all of my favorite things from June...

Beauty Loves
This was the first face oil I tried starting back in the spring, and after months of using it, I truly believe in its magic. Crazily enough, my previously oily skin is so much more balanced now, and this oil helps to heal acne and redness as well. I also apply what's leftover on my hands onto my neck, and the texture of my skin has completely changed. Bonus points: Herbivore is a clean skincare brand, and this product is clean and cruelty free. I alternate it at night with the Acure oil below and also add a couple of drops to my morning moisturizer.
I discovered this skincare line through Thrive Market and couldn't be more obsessed. All of their products are squeaky clean - cruelty free, vegan, and free from parabens, sulfates, phthalate,  mineral oil and more. I'll be sharing my updated skincare routines soon, but definitely check out Acure in the meantime! I love using this $10 face oil as the last step in my nighttime routine for locking in tons of moisture. Also: argan and rosehip oils are non-comedgenic - meaning they won't clog your pores!
I ordered a sample of this eye gel from Biossance, and am loving it so far! It's also lasted me weeks already because a little goes a long way. I'm definitely noticing brighter undereyes, and love that it's lightweight, easy to blend, and perfect for wearing under makeup.
My friend Jo told me to get this $4 lip pencil, and I legitimately haven't used another lip liner or lipstick since! I use it to line then fill in my lips, then simply top with some lip balm. It's a beautiful nude color that makes your lips look plumper with a finished, yet natural look! As long as I top with a little lip balm it's not drying whatsoever either. 

printed hair scarf with a ponytail
Accessory Obsessions
You've probably noticed that I'm fully embracing the hair scarf trend, and I love that they dress up your hair just a bit. I've never had great hair for wearing "up" but hair scarves help to elevate the look. I love these Free People ones because they have a built-in scrunchie that makes them really easy to wear (and they stay put!). You can wear them with a ponytail like above, or wrap them around a top knot. So cute!
I was so nervous to wear bigger hoop earrings, but these $10 hoops from the BaubleBar for Target collection have completely converted me! They've easily been my most-worn earrings this summer and I love that they're lightweight (they seriously don't hurt my ears at all). They also come in silver and rose gold!

Aerie Real workout outfits // Mount Bonnell in Austin
Aerie ribbed henley bikini // Aerie REAL

June Highlights
Traveling to Austin with my Best Friend
Hopefully you followed along with Jo's and my roadtrip to Texas, but we loved Austin so much! It quickly became one of my favorite US cities, and I can't wait to go with Trey sometime. You can find my Austin travel guide here. We got to explore, stock up on tons of photo content, eat some amazing food, and plan the future of our blogs and goals beyond that. I highly suggest going on a road trip with your best friend sometime!

Partnering with Aerie on an Unretouched Swim Photo to Benefit NEDA
Not only was partnering with one of my very favorite brands exciting in the first place, but this particular campaign hit home for me because NEDA (the National Eating Disorders Association) is a non-profit that helps those with eating disorders. You can read more of my story here.

June Reads
6 nutrient-dense foods that fight disease
In pursuit of career happiness: how to switch gears on your career
5 unexpected causes of food cravings
Jo is not only my best friend (see above) and a crazy talented wedding photographer, but she’s also ridiculously business and finance-savvy and has started a website for future or current small business owners and entrepreneurs. This stuff goes straight over my head and overwhelms me, so to have a resource who breaks down these topics in a relatable, digestible way is invaluable. I’ve already learned so much from her and her site, and can’t wait to see what else she shares!

What I'm Listening to
"Falling Water" by Maggie Rogers
Maggie is my favorite new artist and I've been listening to her latest release daily!

The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher
Can you tell I have small business/entrepreneurship on my mind?? Jo introduced me to Jenna's podcast and it has so much practical + inspiring content for creatives, content creators/influencers, and small business owners. In listening to just a few episodes I've come away with strategies to apply both here and to my photography business.

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AND....a Nordstrom Giveaway!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is coming up (I cannot wait to stock up on my favorite leggings!!), so I partnered with some fellow bloggers to give a $600 Nordstrom gift card to one of you! 

$600 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway
To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete, the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning! This giveaway runs until end-of-day 7/12 at 12AM EST.Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! *this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

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