Beauty Routine

Step Up Your Beauty Routine – 3 Easy Switches to Make Life Better

Change is good. While sometimes, it might make people on the uneasy side, making changes in your life can be refreshing and much needed. For me, a great place to make changes is in my beauty routine. I’ve built up a small arsenal of beauty products to keep in rotation, but for some people, they may only have the bare minimum. That being said, beauty is intensely personal, so bare minimum might be all you want!

Little changes here and there can make a MASSIVE difference in your routines and how you feel. Beauty is different for everyone. Some people may like makeup, styling hair, or none at all. Everyone’s experience is totally different and thats perfect. It would be super boring if everyone felt the same!

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Bring in light!


Getting up early is bad enough, but if you don’t have a place to do your makeup, that makes it even worse. For me personally, I wouldn’t be into beauty as much as I am now if I didn’t find it to be enjoyable. My routine totally changed when I started using a backlit mirror similar to this one that helped me to see what I was actually doing to my face. Seriously, I’m nearly blind with how bad my eyesight is and having a good mirror makes an entire world of difference.

Put down the hand mirror already and get yourself one with lights! A big thank you to Mirrormore for sending this new mirror my way at a super discount! I appreciate the generosity (and my face thanks you!).


Find time for you!


Among other things, it’s always important to schedule out some me time in your schedule. Find some ounce of time to do the things that you love, and you’ll feel better just about instantly. I love to write, so pretty much on a nightly basis I sit down with my laptop and work here or on my social channels. On a more relaxing note, I die for just about any sort of bath products (I’m a bath FIEND) and so the uptick in the bath bomb trend was a holy grail of moments for me.

When Tronco reached out and wanted to send me some bath bombs to try for free, of course I was in. Who turns down a good bath bomb? Certainly not me. You can find Tronco bath bombs here ! They come in super pretty packaging perfect for gifts, and with grad party season coming, they would make for a super cute gift!


Invest in brushes


Again, another love in my life is my makeup brushes. If you know me personally, it’s pretty likely you’ve heard me rant and rave about brushes in one way or another. Good brushes can change up your entire beauty routine and they don’t have to be expensive. I love these brushes with glitter in the handles. I am a sucker for glitter, so having brushes that glittered and were easy to clean were an obvious choice for me.

Obviously, if you have the cash, you can always invest in luxury brushes if you wanted. I have a few, and while those are totally my babies, having some low cost guys to add to the mix helps to keep your worry low if you travel often or wear a full face on the daily. I haven’t had any issues washing my budget brushes, and they are still like new even after using them for a couple years!

Do you have a beauty routine that you hold near and dear? Tips and tricks to make it a little easier to get ready? Share in the comments below, I always need new tricks to speed up my mornings!

Happy Monday!


Beauty Routine

Natural Beauty with The Beauty Crop

All Natural Beauty Essentials with The Beauty Crop

I love all things related to beauty, so when products are natural, that’s a total added bonus. So, when The Beauty Crop reached out to collab, I was super excited! I started my blogging journey with a tiny beauty blog, so I thought it would be a fun chance to get back to where I started.

The Beauty Crop is an indie makeup brand that focuses on all natural ingredients, in order to make cosmetics better for you. Around now, you see a ton of stories online and on television about all the harmful ingredients that are in cosmetics, that we are pretty much absorbing in through our skin. Seeing a company that is looking our for my skin is a breath of fresh air!

I recieved these products for free for testing and reviewing purposes. My opinions stated are my own. Theres no point in reviewing a product if you aren’t honest about it!

They sent me four different products to try out: a lipstick, mascara, highlighter, and eyeshadow trio. First things first; the packaging that The Beauty Crop has on their products is ADORABLE. Everything is so colorful, decorative and so pretty that I don’t want to throw them away like I do with my other cosmetics.

Glow Milk Highlighter

First item that I opened up was the Glow Milk. The packaging on this little baby is SO. CUTE. I love that it comes in a little carton, it really is a lovely presentation for the highlighter.

Glow Milk

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to use this product as intended because the shade is too deep for my skin tone. Online, it is described as a “champagne” but I think that it leans more bronze in color. I think I will use it as an eyeshadow topper, but as a conventional highlighter it is just too deep for me.

GRLPWR Liquid Lip – Peach Please

Peach Please!They also sent me a liquid lipstick in the shade “Peach Please”. This is probably my favorite item that I received. This lipstick smells so good compared to my other lipsticks, and is so smooth too!

Peach Please

The color goes on so easily and doesn’t need multiple applications to become totally opaque. I like that it also feels soft on the lips too!

3 Amigos Eyeshadow Trio

3 Amigos

This tiny little eyeshadow trio is too cute! Perfect for tossing in a travel bag or your kit. All three neutral colors make for an easy eye look for everyday wear.

3 Amigos

The pigment in the shadows could be better, not going to lie. I’m a little spoiled by my favorite high end shadows, and these take a little more effort than I’m used to. That being said, they still are good shadows to have around and for travel.

Fabulous Flocking Lashes Mascara

MascaraLastly, I received the Fabulous Flocking Mascara! I loved that this mascara came in a tube instead of the standard mascara bottle, it really helps you get all the product from the bottom of the tube!

I also really love the brush on this mascara, it helps to really separate all of my lashes!

The Beauty Crop also gave me a coupon code to share with you all! Use code “EMILYSWINS” to get some cash off of your order (Not an affiliate code, just a coupon!).

Thanks to The Beauty Crop for sending me these products to feature and review! I really had a great time trying them all out.


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