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!


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See Ya Later May! Favorites From the Past Month

Ah, May. You’ve left me with such mixed emotions. I finished up my Junior year at college, moved all my apartment fixings home (moving is the WORST!) and settled back into a much more relaxed routine. I have been dying to have some time away from the books where I can just focus on myself, writing, and winding down.

So many exciting things are on the horizon for me and my blog this month! I am finally taking the dive into vlogging, and hopefully, will be bringing back footage from Disney World! In addition, I plan on doing some live streams from the parks to share the magic. If you’d like to tune in, I’ll be streaming from my Facebook Page! Let’s get together and watch the fireworks, okay?

One of the best things about the start of a new month is getting to reflect. May was a successful month in my eyes, and I could not be more excited for what is to come this summer. Before moving onto June, however, I have to share all my favorite things from this month!

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May Favorites


The first thing that totally blew my mind this last month is the AncordWorks Wireless Bluetooth Speaker! I was in great need of a speaker to play music while I work at my desk, and this little guy came to the rescue! The sound is clear, crisp, and so pretty. For the price, the speaker is really quality, and I have been loving getting to play some music at night!

Thank you to AncordWorks for sending me this product at a discount so I could try it out!

Discount or not, this is a powerful little speaker for you to have in your arsenal. It’s a perfect edition to my desk for sure!

I have also been totally obsessed with my Vera Bradley Tote! It is totally soft on my shoulders when I’m lugging stuff from home to work, and I don’t have to worry about getting it dirty since it’s washable! Tons of pockets, organization, with everything in its place in this tote. I decorate mine with a big bow, and some hand sanitizer in a holder to help keep the germs at bay! 

I’m not going to lie; it hurt a little inside handing my card over to get a new pair of Birkenstocks. I had them as a kid, and wanted them back in my life, but was worried that the hefty price tag wouldn’t reflect the quality. Woah, was I wrong.

These sandals have quickly moved to the front of the list in terms of shoes I wear the most. Once broken in, they are some of the most comfortable shoes I own, and are super cute in pink. 110% would purchase these again, even if they were more expensive.I am OBSESSED with this Corkcicle cup. The glitter is so gorgeous and it keeps my drinks cold all day long. I recently discovered the brand and have had to hold back on buying more. They’re seriously so pretty! The color I have (pictured above) has a rainbow glitter effect when the light hits it right. I am in LOVE.

My last favorite this month is my new Vera Bradley Backpack! I love swapping this backpack for my standard purse on days that I want to be hands free. I’m taking mine to Disney World later this month because it is so perfect for days in the park! Plus, with all Vera products, they come in so many colors and patterns, so there’s one perfect for just about anyone.

What was on your list of must haves this month? Discover anything really cool? Share in the comments below!


Vacation Time! How to Keep Cool on Your Next Disney Park Trip

We’re under a month until my next Disney vacation! I can’t wait, it really is like going home for me! My family spends a near shameful amount of time in the parks (seriously, we love it!) and have learned our fair share of tips and tricks along the way to help you keep cool and hydrated. There is no fun in exhaustion and being sick because you overheated or didn’t think to drink enough water. And it is. so. easy. to do.

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Believe it or not, keeping your entire family cool is simple, easy, and CHEAP! All it takes is a little planning ahead of time, which will save you from having to nurse headaches, burnt skin, or worse. We do it every single summer, pretty much without fail.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

This might sound painfully obvious, but it seems to go over the head of so many people who hit the parks year round. Florida is a warm place, with sunny skies and high humidity. You will sweat, and therefore, lose hydration pretty fast. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not drinking enough water. Another problem is drinking too much soda, juice, coffee, or alcohol. These products don’t hydrate you like water does, and can leave you feeling worse.

Vacation Tip #1 – Skip the Bottled Water!

I know I just said to drink water as much as you can, but hear me out. Bottled water in Disney World is such a huge price gouge, and when you travel with family, one stop for waters can leave you about $20 poorer. One of the best ways to save cash fast is to get free water from quick service restaurants and stands. If you ask nicely, they will give you as many cups of water as you like at no charge. We use this water to pour into our water bottles, or just drink straight from the cups. You will be amazed at how much more water you can get when you aren’t spending money on bottles you are just going to throw away!


Free water!
Peep that cute cup!


Vacation Tip #2 – Enjoy a Breeze!

The air in Florida is heavy, humid, and usually pretty stagnant. This can leave you feeling pretty gross, because if I had to describe Orlando in a word, I would probably use sticky (ha!). The park has fans you can buy there (at a premium of course) and when buying more than one, again, the cost can add up quickly. One great tip is to order fans ahead of time (like this cutie!) that you can recharge at night, saving money on batteries. I received this one at a discount, but I have to say, its a powerful little fan, without being heavy. Small kids wouldn’t have an issue toting this guy.


Portable Fan
Being pink doesn’t hurt either!


Vacation Tip #3 – Dress Light

Once again, Disney is a hot, hot place. The way you dress for the day can make or break it; you should be opting for lighter fabrics that help to wick moisture away from your skin. For me personally, I prefer to wear athletic shorts and tanks, or light dresses with shorts underneath. You can always layer up if it gets chilly after dark, but during the day, you’re going to want to have light layers that don’t weigh you down.


Dress Light
Dressing for the weather doesn’t mean not dressing cute!

You can find the above dress here (I received this dress at a discount as well, but man, its comfy!) and its super affordable! You could easily dress it down or up and it’d be perfect for a Minnie or Mickey Disneybound!! I plan on picking up more colors and bringing them all with me for an easy, comfy, go to outfit. Perfect with the rose gold ears! The material of the dress is smooth and soft, perfect for days where you’re running nonstop!

Seriously, all dresses need pockets.

What are your go-to tips when hitting an amusement park, Disney World or otherwise? I’m always looking for new tips and tricks! Let me know in the comment section below.

Happy Tuesday!


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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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Custom Mugs – The Perfect Gift for Dad!

Father’s Day is under a month away! If you’re like me, it can be NEARLY impossible to shop for dad. They either have it all, or you can’t come up with something that you think they’d enjoy and use. I have this problem every single year, but this year, I think I have found the work around! Enter the custom mug!

I received this product at no cost for promotional purposes. This does not affect my opinion on the product and will still be 100% honest. There’s no point in sharing if you’re not being genuine!

Making my Father’s Day Mug!

I teamed up with Presto Photo to make the perfect Father’s Day mug for my step dad! They were kind enough to pay for the mug for me, and I got to play around with their online designer! You can upload your own photos, move them around, choose different templates, and more! It makes gift buying easy and simple, then it’s shipped right to your front door. Easy, right?!

From start to finish, it only took me about 15 minutes to design the perfect mug. I chose some photos from a recent Disney vacation, chose my layout, and BAM! I previewed to make sure everything was perfect, and clicked order.

Shipping was super fast too! My mug came packaged up in foam, with no scratches, chips or other imperfections.

My finished mug! So cute!

So.. How can you make your own mug?

Click here to make your own Father’s Day mug! Follow the instructions, select your shipping, and soon, you’ll have your very own custom Father’s Day gift! Also, you can use code BONUSCARDS if your order is more than $15 to get 5 free cards! Two birds, one stone!

A big, big, big thank you to Presto Photo for sending me my mug. I am so excited to gift it!

Looking for other gift ideas for dad? Check out my post about other Father’s Day gift ideas! 

What’re you planning on getting dad this year? Maybe just taking him out for a nice dinner, helping around the house, or something else unique? Share in the comments below!

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