Hey Y’all! This is a post I have been meaning to put up for a while now. I wanted to put it together to answer a lot of common questions about products I use. I will be updating this every little while with new items I love. Please feel free to email, comment, or DM me on Instagram (@prepofboston) if you have any questions about any of these products! I know many questions you all have are on hair so I will be posting a separate post on more details on what I use around that and only put up a couple around that topic here!
Lotion: Alba Botanica Hawaiian After-Sun Lotion I swear by this stuff. I use it all year round because 1. I LOVE the scent, it smells like summer to me: coffee, coconut, yumminess. It also is meant to be extremely hydrating since it is made for using after a day in the sun where you skin just gets drained of all of its moisture. I use this when my skin is still warm after I shower. It is so gentle that I have even used it on my face.
Moisturizer: Fresh Overnight mask I have loved the brand Fresh for a while now and have even worked with them which was a dream come true. Their overnight mask is a heavier moisturizer that I sleep with. I was scared at first since it is definitely a thicker mask but I have never broken out from it. My skin always feels amazing when I wake up. I also use their cleanser and it is super gentle.
Dry Shampoo: Living Proof , I LOVE this dry shampoo. It actually cleans your hair so it doesn’t feel like a normal dry shampoo. I have no joke tried every single dry shampoo option out there and this is one I swear by. I usually will take my blow dryer to my roots where I sprayed it for a few seconds after and massage with my hands just to work it into my hair better.
Mascara: Well People Expressionist Mascara in black and jane iredale PureLash. I use the conditioner first, always starting at the root of my lashes and working my way up to make my lashes appear fuller. You will immediately see how this formula is LIFE CHANGING and lengthens your natural lashes. I let this dry for a few seconds and then do the same motion with the mascara and apply two coats. I love this mascara since I never have fall out.
Bronzer: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer or Nars in Laguna. Both of these bronzers have red undertones so you will never look orange or like an oompa loompa! A little goes a long way with both of these I always tap my brush a couple of time before applying. Nars has a slight shimmer and the Benefit one is completely matte.
Lip gloss: Nars Turkish Delight and Smith & Cult Life In Photographs both of these are a beautiful light pink that are super subtle. They add a little brightness to your face which I love. Most days I only wear mascara, bronzer, and one of these.
Curling wand: T3 Micro Trio I tried this out c/o and I will never use another wand again. This baby holds a curl like no other and I love that it is one iron instead of 5 or 6 but can do so many different looks. I typically use the largest iron for touch ups and the smallest on first day clean hair since it is a tighter curl that then relaxes over the next few days.
Self tanner: St. Tropez Self Tan Express I recommend buying the mitt as well since it gives an even tan. I leave the tan on for the longest amount of time: 3 hours. I love how natural the tan comes out and yes, I do use it on my face. I apply it to my entire body and use what is left on the mitt to spread over my face. Tip: I put lotion on my hands, feet, and lightly on my elbows and knees to since those are the driest parts of our bodies so they tend to collect a lot of the product! ALSO, if you are a local Bostonian, I also go to blush tans in West Peabody (20 minutes north of Boston) and see Kate. She gives the most natural tans and they fade incredibly. If you don’t want your whole body sprayed, she can also just do your face or your upper body which is great for the winter.
Nail polish: Essie Ballet Slippers If you know me, you know my nails are always painted. I love how a simple nude or a plain white (although spray tans make white a little hard) can make you look clean and put together in one second. I am also weirdly good at painting my own nails but ever since gel nail polish came into the picture I go and get my nails done frequently; however, I got a couple infections from nail salons so I usually just get a gel polish change where they just paint my nails and I do my own cuticles at home!
Hair Scrunchies: Velvet hair scrunchies are my GO TO for holding my hair in pony tails or top knots. They don’t leave any creases in my hair which means I can go longer with out washing or styling my hair but if you know me you know I wear my hair down a lot but when I am working or running around the house, I always have my hair up and these save me time having to re do my hair.
Detergent (wow I must be an adult): Tyler Diva. I always tell people to buy this in the smaller size since it is less expensive and it is good to see if you like it first. It has a strong scent (in the best way possible) so I mix half with half of unscented laundry detergent. It is absolutely AMAZING and my perfume has been neglected lately since I don’t need it. I use it on Jimmie’s clothes, too, and he LOVES the compliments he gets at work and from complete strangers (not kidding) haha!
Photo by: Katie Salerno Photography
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Hello y’all! I have been LOVING the color pink lately! Especially light pinks and blush. I feel so girly and flirty when I wear it so why not! I am usually a very neutral color wearer (is that English?), so pink is definitely stepping out of my comfort zone and I totally am loving it. This cardi is one I have had my eye on for a while and it was worth the wait. It is currently 30% off PLUS an extra 20% off if you sign up for emails so it is going FAST. I have worn it 5 times a week since getting it and it does not disappoint. I love it with faux leather leggings for date night with booties or with jeans and over the knee boots or snow boots during the day! This hat is the absolute cutest, too, and is certain to receive compliments PLUS it is under $15 so WIN WIN! Have a fabulous Thursday!
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Happy Saturday everyone!
A couple weeks ago, I was just coming back to Boston from my amazing stay at Foxwoods in Connecticut. Continuing my travels within 4 hours of Boston from this fall (we went to Nantucket, Newport, Portland, and a staycation in Boston!), this fit perfectly into the guidelines of quick getaways from Boston. It is a speedy 2 hour drive from the city and super easy to get to (there are signs everywhere). The fun thing about Foxwoods that I didn’t know is that there is SO much that they offer besides gambling and drinking. SO do not let that stand in your way of going. Although that is the main draw for most, I am neither a big drinker or a gambler, so it is important to know that I had an absolute blast and didn’t partake in either of those activities. We thought of this trip as a spa trip and it was certainly just that!
After checking in, we knew we wanted to do a little shopping at the Tanger Outlets. The coolest part about shopping at Foxwoods is that you don’t have to leave the building to shop! On the far side of the casino is the entrance to the Tanger Outlets so we didn’t have to wear our coats or carry anything extra around with us. We did our last minute Christmas shopping (with a week to spare), and grabbed a couple goodies for ourselves. The mall has all of everyone’s favorites and is always holding amazing sales and deals on usually higher priced items. I was able to buy a pair of boots I had been eyeing for a while for about half the price!
After a little post shopping rest (and java), we headed downstairs to G Spa for a couples massage. We were able to go to the second level of the hotel on the elevator and exit right into the spa. We were given spa shoes and robes and had a little snack and cucumber water while we waited for our appointment (I am always early, always). We were separated while we were waiting (men and women’s locker rooms), and Jimmie might have gotten a little curious and wandered a bit so I was alone in the massage room for a few minutes while they were trying to locate my boyfriend. “We are trying to find James”…oh boy. Anyways, he was found and we had the most amazing massage ever! We were so relaxed which we both needed desperately. We rarely dote on ourselves like that and the one hour of pure relaxation without any phones was the best present. We relaxed in the co-ed area and had some more cucumber water (Jimmie loves cucumber water so much we now have it in the fridge 24/7) and talked and relaxed a bit more.
For dinner we went to Alta Strada. I have been to a different location and it is one of my family’s favorite spots! The restaurant is right off the casino so people watching was fun. We turned our phones off again and just really enjoyed one another. We opted out of dessert from Alta Strada, although everything looked AMAZING and we took a walk to the other side of the building to Ben & Jerry’s. (Again, all of this is all in the same building)!!! We ended up splitting a pint since we are professionals at that and watching a movie back in our room.
We woke up to snow the next morning which was so exciting and beautiful. We checked out after having a little coffee and headed home! (Fun fact: valet is free at Foxwoods)! We had so much fun on our little getaway and could not be more thankful to Foxwoods for hosting us!
Thank you Foxwoods for sponsoring this post.
I had so much fun checking out the fresh store on Newbury street in Boston. The holiday gift boxes are PERFECT for everyone on your list because let’s be real, who doesn’t want hydrated healthy skin all year round? Jimmie and I have been loving our new nighttime skincare routine thanks to Fresh. We use the Soy Face Cleanser to cleanse our face of any oils and dirt (and makeup for me) that has built up throughout the day. Next we use the Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream around our eyes. I ALWAYS use my ring fingers to rub in cream or any makeup around my eyes since this is our “weakest” finger and we can’t apply as much pressure. The area around our eyes is so incredibly delicate and you want to be SO gentle! We then put a decent amount of the Firming Overnight Cream all over our face and necks. Lastly we put on the Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm on our lips. Anyone else get completely cracked dry lips in the fall and winter?? I am certainly raising my hand. This balm you will want to eat…I warned you! I have been loving how healthy my skin has been looking doing this every night. Jimmie looks forward to going to bed so that we can do this “new skin regimen” (as he calls it) together. For reference, I have combination skin and Jimmie has oily skin and we both do the exact same night routine and have been loving it.
*Thank you to fresh for sponsoring this post.
You guys! I have found the BEST consignment store in the Boston area and I am so excited to be partnering with them to share two styled winter looks! For my first look, I wanted to do a casual look that would also work for drinks with the girls but also for running around doing errands. Chic Consignment, in downtown Andover, has all the best brands in like new (and a lot with tags) condition. The owner, May, is the sweetest and with a fashion background herself, knows her stuff. Make sure to check out Chic Consignment and snag some cute winter coziness for yourself!
Photos by: Catherine Threlkeld Photography
Hey y’all! I am starting to pull together some ideas for holiday gifts and I definitely will be gifting some Barrington Gifts totes. If you know me, I am ALWAYS carrying a tote bag! They carry everything. I am someone who has a band aid, Advil, and a bottle of water on hand in their bag just in case. Call me Mary Poppins. At least this is the cutest tote EVER and personalized, so it doesn’t get much better. This tote is so versatile and goes with anything day to night PLUS is fabulous for travel. I love how you can make it YOU with colors, patterns, and your monogram DUH. What color combo and pattern do you like best?
Photos by: Katie Salerno Photography