Why I like BB Cream for the Summer

I honestly cannot believe May is already here, which means summer is just around the corner. My inner child is very excited, although summer isn’t the same for adults. Anyways, one thing that I think needs mentioning as summer approaches is the transition into summer makeup. As much as we don’t want to admit it, women do sweat, and not all makeup is built to stand up to that. When it starts getting warmer, I like to transition into using a BB cream instead of a full foundation, and here’s why:

  • It’s not heavy on my skin. BB cream (or CC cream, because I tend to use Aveeno’s CC cream) is usually a sheer to medium coverage that is more meant to even things out than actually cover things up, so it’s much lighter than a full coverage foundation would be.
  • It usually has an SPF built in. I’m terrible about putting sunscreen on, even though I know I should be putting it on every day, so having a BB cream with SPF already built in is really important for me.
  • It works with my skin even when I vary in color a little. I’m not one to get very tan (I’m actually really pale most of the year), but I will occasionally get a little color, so it’s nice that I don’t have to change foundations. Since BB cream is a lighter coverage, the color doesn’t really show up as much, so no matter where I am on my very limited spectrum, it still works for me.
  • It moisturizes your skin and evens it out at the same time. The sun (and sunburns) can really dry out your skin, so it’s important to keep it hydrated. This means drinking water regularly, too, so it can be hydrated from the inside, as well.

I will say, I’m fairly lucky in the fact that (knock on wood) my complexion is pretty good, so I don’t break out or anything too often, which is why I can get away with wearing just a BB cream instead of foundation in the summer. However, it may not be something you’re comfortable with, and that’s okay. There’s no rule saying you have to switch to something lighter in the summer, but it works for me and I just wanted to share. What’s your favorite summer makeup tip?

Spring Cleaning 101

I’ve spent most of the morning so far today working on cleaning out my house. A little spring cleaning, if you will, even though it snowed here all day yesterday. I tend to be a little bit of a hoarder, but most of it comes from laziness, rather than having any actual attachment to the stuff. Because of this, I thought it might help some of you who are like me to hear my approach on how I get started when I finally work up the nerve to attack the clutter.

  1. Start wherever you feel comfortable. Decluttering your house can seem really overwhelming, so feel free to start wherever you want. Today, I started by cleaning out my makeup drawer and just throwing away anything I hadn’t used in the last 6 months or more. There were some things I didn’t even know I had! I was tempted to keep some of those, but realized I had lived this long without it, so I probably didn’t need it. Plus, who knew if it was even good any more.
  2. Make piles to help you stay organized. When I started cleaning out my closet, I made a pile that I was going to take to Plato’s closet (stuff that was in good shape that I thought they might buy), a pile for Good Will, and a pile to trash. Then, I put those piles into marked garbage bags, so I could take them to their respective destinations.
  3. Clean immediately after decluttering. I know it can be tempting after you’ve decluttered to take a break for the rest of the day. However, your floors and counters will never be clearer than right after you declutter, so that is the perfect time to clean them, as well.
  4. Stay hydrated. Decluttering your home is no small task, so make sure you don’t undertake it without taking care of your body, too. Take short breaks to grab water every now and then and just to sit down for a minute.

I hope everyone’s spring cleaning journeys are going well and that these tips helped you out a little! What is your favorite spring cleaning tip?

How to Keep Yourself From Looking Sick and Tired, Even When You Are

I think I may have gotten a stomach bug from one of my nephews on this trip, and I spend a good portion of my flight home refusing offered food, sipping ginger ale, and trying to keep things down. I’m still not feeling great today, but I have work to do, so I’m trying to find ways to at least look like I’m feeling better, even if I’m not.

  1. Get dressed like you normally would. I know when you feel terrible, it can be super tempting to throw on sweatpants or leggings and a big tee or sweatshirt, but don’t. Pair leggings with a cute top and boots or wear a light swing dress with comfortable tights. You’ll be close to just as comfortable, and you’ll look so put together, no one will know the difference.
  2. Do your hair and makeup. Just because you feel like your body betrayed you, that doesn’t mean you should let it down as well. The phrase “look good, feel good” isn’t just empty words; it actually can help you feel better, even if it’s just a placebo effect. Also, you’re likely dehydrated, so putting on moisturizer is even more important when you’re sick.
  3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Even though you may not feel hungry or thirsty, it’s important to drink lots of fluids. I did manage to keep some orange juice down yesterday, and I feel like it helped me tremendously. If you are worried about throwing up, take small sips. This way, you won’t assault your stomach all at once, but you can still get some fluids to your body.

These things may not heal you, but they can at least help you start feeling better and get back to your normal self. Hopefully, flu season isn’t affecting any of you, but if it does, I hope you get back to normal quickly! What are your best tips for not looking sick even when you are?

Travel Tips to Make Your Life Easier

Good morning! I’m writing this today from the Dallas airport, where I’m on my way to Frankfurt, Germany to see my mom, bother, sister-in-law, and precious nephews. From there, we will be going to Disneyworld Paris, and I could not be more excited, both to spend some much needed time with my brother and his family (they’ve lived in Germany for the past 4 1/2 years) and to see my nephews’ faces as they experience Disneyworld. It will definitely make this almost 24-hour trip worth it. With that being said, here are some travel tips that can make long journeys a little easier on your mind and body.

  1. First and foremost, arrive early for your flight. Nothing can stress you out more than trying to get through security while your flight has already started boarding. The amount of time you need arrive prior to your flight varies by time of day as well as which airport you’re traveling through, but an hour and a half before your flight is usually a good rule of thumb.
  2. Dress comfortably, but presentably. I know it can be tempting to throw on the first thing you can grab when waking up at 5am to get to the airport, but if you don’t feel presentable in what you’re wearing, you’ll be self-conscious for the rest of the day. Additionally, if you don’t dress comfortably, you’ll be miserable the entire day. Currently, I’m wearing a loose swing dress, black tights, and these black Lauren Conrad loafers that I absolutely love.
  3. Wear shoes that can be easily taken on and off. Flats and sneakers are great choices. When going through security, you’re going to have to take off your shoes, so it’s best to have on something you can slip off quickly and not hold up the line. Also, wear socks or tights, because airport floors are probably really gross.
  4. If you’re checking luggage, put all your liquids in your checked bag. It’ll be one less thing you’ll have to remove when going through security. The quicker you can get through security, the happier you’ll be.
  5. Be kind to gate agents, TSA agents, flight attendants, and any other airport employees you encounter. First of all, they are people, too, and deal with hundreds if not thousands of unpleasant people every day. Don’t be one of them. Second, they can help you out a lot. Depending on how open your flight is, they can help you get a better seat assignment and keep you comfortable on the flight, among other things. They won’t always be able to do something for you, and you shouldn’t expect it, but if you’re mean to them, they definitely won’t help. Being nice to people in the service industry is just a good policy in general.
  6. Drink lots of water. This is always important, but especially while traveling. When airplanes reach higher altitudes, it can really dry you out, so staying hydrated is crucial.

This list isn’t all-inclusive, but it should help make your traveling a little easier. What are some travel tips you swear by?