August Favorites

Hey y’all! Happy September! I’m so excited for the start of a new month… Cooler weather & the start of fall… What could be better than that?!

But before August is too far gone, I wanted to share some of my favorites from the past month!

  1. Bondi Sands Aero Tanning Foam

I love a good tan, but my time to lounge by the pool has decreased significantly since Bryant was born! This summer I have been relying heavily on self tanner and I recently discovered this one at Walgreens and I love it!

I have used quite a few brands over the years and this one is my favorite so far. It is a very natural looking color and easy to apply. It also smells SO good and doesn’t have a weird artificial smell. I have been applying this every 1-2 weeks since mid-June and I haven’t run out yet, so I think you get a pretty good bang for your buck!

I shower, shave and exfoliate before applying. Then I use the Bondi Sands Mitt to apply it before bed, put on a long sleeve tshirt and pajama pants (to avoid any transfer to the sheets) and just rinse it off in the morning! Super easy and great results!

I have been working out at home a lot lately, and to be honest, I get sick of doing the same things all the time. So, this month I decided to switch it up and order some resistance bands! I have been surprised by how many different things you can do with these and how good of a workout you can get with them! I just look up “resistance band workout” on YouTube and get to work while Bryant naps!

I just want to apologize to all the Essential Oil enthusiasts that I used to make fun of endlessly. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still don’t believe that eucalyptus oil can heal cancer or grow back a bone, but I am a believer in the power of a house that smells clean!

I don’t really know much about diffusers but this one holds a lot of water, cuts off when the water runs out and is completely silent… Highly recommend.

Oh, and it has a bunch of different colored light options but I usually just have mine on white. FYI

I’m really terrible with money, so I made a decision this month to try and stick to a budget. I am still not great — No miracles to report here — but this app has really helped me keep track of my spending! I am no expert by any means, but I just thought I’d pass it along.

I’m sure I’m not the only momma who struggles to balance my marriage and motherhood. I truly cannot recommend this book enough if that’s the season you’re in! Even for moms of older children, I think this book is such an encouragement. Think of it as a “Love Dare” like from the movie Fireproof, but specifically for new moms and their husbands. I’m only 1 week into the 21 day challenge and I already feel like things are shifting to a more balanced place.

My Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products

With all the traveling I have been doing this summer, it seems like all I do is pack and unpack my suitcase. I love being busy, but I get stressed out when I’m trying to remember what I need for each trip! Today I’m actually getting ready to go to youth camp with our church, and I had to run to the stores to get some essentials… I thought I would take some time today to share my favorite drugstore makeup and beauty products!

What do I mean when I say Drugstore Products?

All I mean by “drugstore” is affordable (Less than $20) and readily available at your local drugstore (Walgreens, CVS, etc) or superstore (Walmart, Target, etc).

Of course, I love a good high end product, and I will splurge when something is really worth it! I may do a post on my favorite luxury products soon, but today we are focused on Budget Friendly.

Face Products

Drugstore foundations have come a LONG way since I was younger! I used to be such a snob until I decided to branch out and try some new things. These are all definitely “go to” products for me and I almost always have them in my makeup drawer!

Blushes/Bronzes & Powders

I’m a big fan of finding affordable brands for these types of products because I go through them like crazy! I love blush and bronzer and use them year round… I am also very oily so I go through power pretty quickly too!

Eye Products

Ok, I will admit, I am an eyeshadow SNOB. I very rarely use anything but high end eyeshadows — DON’T JUDGE ME. But the rest of these products are awesome, especially for the price!

Lip Products

Lip products are one thing that I very rarely buy high end. I just buy so much lipstick and go through it so quickly, it doesn’t really make sense to buy a $30 lipstick… These products have truly stood the test of time!

Hair & Skin

These 5 products I have literally been using for YEARS. I have tried other products and just cannot find anything comparable. These will go with me to the grave.

I hope this is helpful for any of you looking for some affordable beauty buys! Each of the pictures is linked to the product, if you’re interested in buying anything I’ve shared. I’m going to do another post with my favorite makeup brushes soon, so stay tuned for that!

XO, Laura Beth