What’s in My Medicine Cabinet

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I can be, shamelessly, a slightly nosy person. I love blog posts and Youtube videos showcasing things that are usually kept secret. Show me a “What’s in My Bag” video and give me a glass of chardonnay and I am a happy camper. It’s probably the beauty product junkie in me, but I  especially love to see posts on the contents of medicine cabinets. I enjoy them so much that I decided to make my own post about my medicine cabinet so other nosy people can check out some of the products that I use often.

1. Some skin care necessities. SHISEIDO Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face (left) to protect my pale Irish skin. Kiehl’s Ultimate Facial Moisturizer, (center) a must-have for the drier winter months. MAC Cleanse Off Oil, (right) the best for taking off stubborn eye makeup.

2. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (bottom), my favorite thick eye cream to use at night. ORIGINS GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (top), perfect for making me look wide away in the morning.

3. Secret Scent Expressions in Ooh-La-La Lavender (left), using a clear gel is good if you’re wearing darker colors like I often do in the winter. LUSH R&B (bottom), I use this to tame my hair back when I wear ponytails or braids. Vaseline (top), this works well on super dry skin.

4. My most used makeup products: MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, Maybelline Volum’ Express the Rocket Mascara, URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Zero and Demolition and the Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler

5. Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser, this product smells so good, but I’m actually not crazy about the results. I’ll probably go back to using the Philosophy Purity Cleanser once I’ve used the Neutrogena up.

6. Crest 3D White Toothpaste (left) I love this product and I think it works well. To the right is my retainer is in its girlie pink case.

7. My trusty Clarisonic Mia2, this face brush is incredible and using it has really improved my skin.

8. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes on the rare days when I wear foundation or other makeup products on my face, I use these to ensure that I get rid of every last trace of makeup.

9. A comb is an essential to any girl with curly hair. Mine (left) is infused with macadamia oil, so as I comb through my tangles it works to hydrate my hair. Ouidad Curl Quencher is what I use to enhance my curls on days when I’m embracing the genetic gift/curse of curly locks (thanks Dad!). A product to prevent frizz is a basic need for my hair whether I’m wearing it curly or straight. Currently I’m using the Bumble and bumble Defrizz. Once I’ve finished the product I want to try Moroccan Oil because my hairstylist says it works well for people with dry hair like me.

10. Nimbus Toothbrush (left), my family and I discovered these from our dentist and we are all in love. They are the softest toothbrushes and come in really pretty colors. Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion Toner is what I use to tone my skin where I commonly breakout, but I find that it irritates the parts of my face that aren’t acne-prone so for those areas I use the Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner

11. At night instead of my Kiehl’s moisturizer I use the Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (top left) which I love. I use the Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick (top right) as a spot treatment when my skin breaks out. The Soap & Glory The Righteous Body Butter not only smells amazing, but also has been such a savior for my dry skin this winter.

That’s everything that I keep in my medicine cabinet! What are some of your everyday must-have products?

How To: Camping

As a true girly girl, I have always found my family’s annual camping trip to be a challenge. While it provides great relaxation, it also proves to be a huge complication for one’s appearance. Just as I have mastered ways to get out of fishing and creek walks through trips to local towns, croquet and wine tastings, I have learned how to look cute camping. I am not one of those girls who packs her whole makeup collection and manages to blow out her hair perfectly while living in the outdoors. Rather, I have developed simple and fast ways to make camping a little more bearable.

While still at home, I like to paint my nails a dark color so that when they get dirty no one will be able to notice. I really love the OPI shade Hank if You Love OPI. When I am packing my bag I like to include lavender sachets so that my clothes stay fresh. For my beauty routine while camping I like to keep things simple. Instead of cleaning my skin with my usual cleanser, I opt for a facial cloth like the Yes to Cucumbers ones. I use a toner to remove any excess dirt and then I use my normal moisturizer. I coat my fair skin in plenty of sunscreen. I like to use the Josie Maran sunscreen for my face and the  Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch for my body. For makeup, I only put on a tinted balm, like the POREfessional, a lip tint and some mascara.

For outfits I like to embody a boho vibe which I don’t usually incorporate into my style at home. I usually wear Minnetonka Moccasins because they are easy to put on in a hurry and are close toed. I have included pictures bellow of the different outfits I wore on my camping trip.

Sweater: Banana Republic Shirt: The Webster for Target (Blog post to follow soon) Pants: J. Crew Shoes: Minnetonka

Shirt: J. Crew (Last seen here) Dress: Anthropologie (Last seen here) Shoes: Frye

Sweater: Topshop U.K. Shirt: American Eagle Skirt: Anthropologie

XOXO

Lauren