**IF you know of more that you LOVE & aren’t on any of these lists COMMENT on this post and I will personally add it**
I will be updating once I received the items I purchased and I’m able to take photos with them! But I wanted to share in the meantime, I’ve been getting a lot of questions to share what I’ve been finding and purchasing. I will also be updating every few days and adding categories with beauty, skincare, clothing, accessories and etc. Stay tuned! Until then, shop away and support.
As you know I’ve been trying skincare and beauty items for the past 5 years. Below I will share what I’m currently using and the items that I have tried and love. I might of forgotten some but below are my favorites that I remember off the top of my head!
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know how passionate I am about taking care of my skin. In the past year or so, I have been so on top of my skincare regimen, that I’ve found what routine and which product ingredients work with my skin. I have always struggled with adult acne, but since having Baby Xavier, I have been experiencing more hormonal skin issues as my body bounces back to normal. That, on top of adjusting to a new sleep schedule, has wreaked havoc on my skin, causing me to experience darker than usual undereye circles and small breakouts. This post is sponsored by Snowberry Beauty, my thoughts, opinions and results are my own.
Although I’ve had some fun experimenting with products and how they’ve affected my skin, I’m so excited to have found a brand that has given me proven skincare results that have given me confidence back in my skin. Enter, Snowberry!
Snowberry is a natural skincare brand based out of New Zealand, home to Snowberry Gardens, a 54 -acre bio-diversity plantation that houses more than 8,000 native New Zealand rainforest plants. Promoting natural beauty, Snowberry uses natural ingredients with science from their two trademarked peptide complexes that delivers sustainable, clean and dermatologist tested skincare products that you can be confident in. Additionally, Snowberry products are not tested on animals and include no “nasties.” As a Mom to not only Xavier but to two fur-babies, this is so incredibly important to me!
For the past 30 days, I’ve tested four Snowberry products that have given me proven results. Check out my routine!
Visit their website HERE & use discount code TONYA30 for 30% your order! It’s their largest discount code out! The code works til April 15th, so make sure if you see something you’d like to try, grab it!
A two-in-one cleanser and toner?! Count me in! I was so excited to try this product because of its two-in-one feature. This would be a great product for someone who wants to implement a toner into their current skincare routine but doesn’t know quite how to. The product consistency is thick so a little goes a long way. I use a dime to nickel size amount, rubbing between my fingers and then spreading over my dampened face. My skin is left feeling soft and free of dirt and makeup. The hydrating effect from the kiwifruit extract has left my skin feeling extra hydrated while the Kanuka honey adds a plumping effect! I’m really pleased with the results of this toner-cleanser as it doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy like a lot of toners and cleansers I’ve tried!
If you’re concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, but new to a skincare routine, this face serum is for you! First, the pump applicator feature allows you to get just the right amount of product without wasting it. Second, the serum absorbs into your skin right away and doesn’t leave a greasy texture like a lot of serums I’ve tried. Snowberry’s trademarked CuPep copper tripeptide which fights the effects of free radicals on your skin, a similar effect to antioxidants. Snowberry’s New Radiance Face Serum also includes Hyaluronic acid which provides extra moisture along with the natural Kanuka honey. Since using, my skin texture has improved and has appeared much brighter!
I use this moisturizing cream day and night and it’s helped my skin to stay hydrated this past winter! I love the multiuse function of the product as it’s helped my dry hands from all the hand washing I’ve been doing during cold and flu season! The cream is super light and not thick like a lot of rich creams I’ve tried, so it absorbs into the skin super quickly. Like the previous products, the nourishing rich cream contains Kanuka honey as well, with Harakeke seed oil (New Zealand flax), Totarol, meadowfoam and cloudberry.
Last but not least, I have been loving Snowberry’s smoothing eye serum. It has helped my dark undereye circles immensely (team no sleep) and is so easy to add into your current skincare routine. The ingredients of vitamin blends, Argireline which aids in smoothing wrinkles, Totarol, and Harakeke seed oil, all aid in plumping your undereye skin so you instantly look more alive! I like to put mine in the refrigerator for an extra cooling sensation that helps me to look alive in the early mornings!
If you’re looking for a new skincare brand to try, I would highly recommend Snowberry. I’m super pleased with the results I’ve seen after only one month and I can’t wait to continue to see more improved results!
This post is sponsored by Pantene, all thoughts, text and opinions are mine.
Growing up in an atmosphere where my grandmother and mother both not only ran, but owned a beauty shop, I was able to experience the pleasure of trying many different hairstyle trends and fads. This also meant learning how to truly take care of my hair and learning some tricks of the trade when in a bind! I’m excited to partner with Pantene to discuss their new Nutrient Blends Collection and share some of my tricks and tips on the importance of hair care including some that I learned from my mom and grandma!
Out of Dry Shampoo – Can’t make it to the store? Well, if you have baby powder laying around, simply put some in your hands, rub together and put onto the roots of your hair! This has been a go-to secret of mine for years. Rely on dry shampoo to get you through the days you don’t wash your hair.
Don’t wash your hair everyday! Washing your hair every day will strip your hair of the oils it needs for nutrition and growth. I personally wash my hair every 3-4 days!
Static in your hair? Go into your laundry room and grab a fabric softener sheet! Rub it all over your head from root to the ends. This will instantly remove any static you have. *It will also make your hair smell amazing.
Is your hair feeling dry and damaged? Not curling or straightening correctly? Use a deep conditioning mask! I highly recommend applying before bed, letting it dry, go to sleep then rinse in the morning. A deep conditioning mask is like water to your skin! It’s a must!
Eat Healthier foods for healthier hair! Foods like almond butter, tangerines, Alma berries and spinach are nutrient-rich foods that are sure to help your hair.
Know your hair and which brands work for YOU during EACH season of the year! We often change our skincare and makeup for each season, let’s not forget about our haircare. When you travel, you should also be paying attention to the weather in that area. The atmosphere and weather will have a drastic effect on how your hair reacts.
Apply conditioner correctly. I used to always use it from my roots to my tips. Big no no. That would cause my hair to get super greasy. Apply your conditioner starting from the halfway point of your hair to the ends!
Being surrounded by that hair dresser atmosphere was always fun. I will admit, I was their guinea pig for a while, haha, when trying new things, but they always taught me to take care of, nurture and condition my hair. I was taught the right way to avoid damage to my hair.
Just like skin, your hair needs TLC too. That’s why it’s important to know what type of shampoo and conditioner work for YOU. As I mentioned above, take the time to check the weather where you currently live or if you’re on the go, the weather at your destination. Each season you will see that your hair will react differently. Whether it’s frizzy, dry or oily! We often forget how much the atmosphere will affect our hair.
I personally love the Miracle Moisture Boost Collection with Rose Water because of how much I’m constantly styling my hair. I gave the shampoo and conditioner a try for the last 3 weeks and I love how it makes my hair feel and smell! These collections are free of sulfates, parabens, dyes and mineral oil.
Protect and repair damaged hair? (Use FORTIFYING DAMAGE REPAIR WITH CASTOR OIL)
Add fullness to fine, thin hair? (Use HAIR VOLUME MULTIPLIER WITH BAMBOO)
There is a hair product for whatever your need might be! You might want to add more than one to your shower collection. We all have a shower collection of products that we use, sometimes combining them will get you the best results! Click here to get yours!
Hope you enjoyed me sharing some of my hair tricks and tips, thanks for letting me share another product that I love with you guys!
For my Sephora lovers – I’ve listed my favorite beauty items in categories below in different price points for all! $25 and under, $50 and under and $100 and under! By shopping my links, I do receive a commission at no extra cost to you but it helps support my blog and my job! I appreciate y’all shopping my links and I hope you find the perfect beauty gifts below!
I have so many jewelry organizers but this one is by far my favorite. It looks super expensive and is very sleek, holding all of my favorite necklaces. If you’re looking to up your accessories game, this organizer is the way to do it!
You may have seen this makeup case already on a lot of influencer’s pages. If you haven’t it is literally the BEST travel makeup case and I am so glad I got suckered into buying it. It comes with adjustable dividers so you can be sure your makeup won’t slide around while you’re traveling. If you need a new makeup case, this one is the best one I’ve found! It comes in a bunch of different colors, but I have the classic black.
These are THE best leggings EVER! Leggings are all I wear during the fall and winter and I get frustrated with see-through leggings and don’t want to pay a bunch of money for one good pair. I found these leggings after Cosmopolitan recommended them, bought one pair, and then immediately ordered three more. They are so soft, so comfortable and NOT SEE THROUGH! For only $10.99 order as many pairs as you can.
The worst part about self-tanning is missing your back entirely. You could always ask someone to help you out, but if you’re alone, it’s the worst. This back tanning wand solves ALL of your self-tanning problems! All you do is attach the mitt to the wand and voila! Your back is tan!
A weighted blanket is absolutely one of those things where you didn’t know you needed it until you have it. If you have trouble sleeping or have anxiety, a weighted blanket alleviates so much stress and helps you to fall and stay asleep. Caroline has this one from Amazon and absolutely loves it. She says it’s not too hot as the weight in the blanket are from glass beads, so they’re actually very cooling. It feels like a hug and you feel so relaxed after sleeping! If you’re interested in learning more about some of the benefits from a weighted blanket, click here.
This brush cleaning mat is the real deal. I used to clean my makeup brushes by hand, but once I discovered this mat, I never looked back! The grooves in the mat help to get all of the makeup off the brushes and I just use some Dawn dish soap and give them a good scrub!
This is one of those Amazon finds that you didn’t know you needed until you purchased it. I purchased this facial steamer after seeing many bloggers recommend a more expensive one, so I headed to Amazon to find a more affordable one with great reviews. If you are looking for a spa-like facial treatment OR suffer from seasonal allergies or cold symptoms during these fall and winter months, you absolutely need this! The steamer opens up your pores so your skincare products work better and it also works to open up your sinuses from congestion relief. Trust me, you need this!
After doing so much traveling, I decided I needed a lighted travel makeup mirror. This mirror is exactly what I was looking for. It is the perfect size where it’s not too big to not be able to stash in my purse and not too small where I can’t see my entire face while doing my makeup and hair. I also love that it has the option to be battery powered (which I utilize) for on-the-go makeup!
These sunglasses are SO cute and trendy and perfect for any season. These sunglasses look like an expensive Chanel pair and are under $10! How can you beat that? I have the black pair but definitely want to order some of the other colors, especially the white ones!
If you’re looking for a stylish backpack for traveling, look no further. This backpack is SO cute and comes in so many different colors. It’s only $36.99 and is a steal for the quality, it honestly looks and feels so much more expensive. Caroline has this bag in black and took it on a recent trip with her. She said it held her 13-inch MacBook perfectly along with all of her other travel essentials!
If you’re not familiar with dermaplaning, it removes the top layer of your skin where hair and dead skin reside to leave your complexion feeling soft and smooth. I use eyebrow razors as they function the same way. These are perfect and come in a pack of twelve for only $7.37! I had no idea how much peach fuzz and dead skin I had on my face until I started dermaplaning my face once a week. It’s honestly so satisfying and I don’t know why it took me this long to try!
The last six of the Amazon finds here:
Which Amazon find do you now think you must have?! I would love to know in the comments below!
I can’t believe fall is practically here! It’s my favorite season, so I’m super excited. Even if you’re not a big fall person, you can get excited about fall trends such as comfy sweaters, knee-high boots, your favorite pair of jeans and of course, fall lip colors!
Caroline and I picked out our favorite fall lip colors to get you excited for the best season!
Caroline’s Picks: Matte lips you’ll love
Unlike Tonya, I prefer a matte lip! I love a good bold mauve or deep brownish red, so fall lip colors are my favorite. These are some of my tried and true favorites, and most I like to wear year-round!
You can’t go wrong with Colourpop! Their formulas are amazing and they’re so inexpensive. Most lips are under $7 and even cheaper when you sign up for their newsletter. Below are my favorite lip colors I wear all of the time. These are almost identical dupes to Kylie lip kits.
Some of my favorite lip colors from Ulta come from NYX, E.L.F. and Buxom, you can also purchase Colourpop at Ulta! Below are my favorite colors.
At Sephora, I love to shop NARS and Huda Beauty lips! Huda Beauty matte and demi lips and NARS velvet lip glide are my go-to’s. NARS lips are definitely less matte than my other picks, so if you’re not sure matte is the right finish for you, definitely check out NARS velvet lip glide! Right now, I’ve been wearing Tarte “Salt Lyfe” every single day. It’s an easy day to night pinky-nude color that can be worn year-round!
Tonya’s Picks: Gloss lips you’ll love
Unlike Caroline, I definitely prefer more of a light and glossy lip look! For fall, I definitely try and mix it up a bit more with some deeper reds. In the photo I’m wearing Buxom’s “bitten” which is more of a deep wine color and Buxom’s “influencer!”
At Ulta, I like to shop for Covergirl, Buxom and Bare Minerals! Below are some of my favorite colors.
At Sephora, I like to shop for NARS and Laura Mercier! Added at the end is an AVON lip I am currently loving, sold on their website.
Which lip colors are your favorite? I’d love to know in the comments below!
Summer is finally here! Whether you’re staying home or traveling this summer, these are my must-have items for whatever you do!
A great BB/CC cream
Taking care of your skin in the sun is SO important, but you want to look good doing so, right? These are my favorite BB/CC creams right now that protect your skin with SPF while providing a little coverage while you’re in the sun!
Another BB Cream that Tonya is loving: DERMAE – click HERE.
I have been SO into headbands and headwraps lately, I can’t get enough! Favorites that I’ve found have been from Target, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. These are the best!
I’m a sucker for a good statement earring, especially in Summer. Below I’ve linked TONS of affordable options:
Summertime is all about tan skin! Get that glow (safely) with a good self-tanner. These are the best self-tanners I’ve tried that range from a mousse-like St. Tropez, to a gradual tan lotion like Tanceuticals and Jergen’s.
A good book!
There’s nothing better than laying out by the pool, the beach, or even on your back patio or deck with a great book while enjoying the beautiful weather. These are some great summertime reads Caroline and I have picked up and enjoyed lately.
Don’t forget the sunscreen! These are some of my favorites ranging from lotions, gels, sprays, face sunscreen and lip sunscreen! These are my tried and true favorites that seriously protect your skin!
A cute beach/pool bag
Straw bags are seriously in for the summer. These are a few of my favorites I’ve found that are great for the beach, pool or just a cute summer purse!
Who can forget a fabulous pair of shades? These have been some favorites of mine lately!
Other beach/pool bag must-haves:
I keep the rest of these products in my beach bag, pool bag, car, purse, everywhere during the summer time! (Except for the Sun In, that’s a favorite of Caroline’s!)
What’s your summer must-have item? I’d love to know in the comments below!
There’s nothing better than trying out a beauty product you’ve had your eyes on for a while and absolutely loving it! There’s also nothing worse than spending your hard-earned money on a product for it to totally flop.
Caroline and I have done all of that research for you and these are our absolute favorite products we’ve found in the month of April!
This foundation is Caroline and I’s new favorite! The coverage is amazing and you barely need any for full coverage. It works best with a damp beauty blender and blends flawlessly. This is the best foundation out there right now! I wear shade “medium” and Caroline is “medium nude.”
If you’re a fan of shape tape concealer, you will absolutely love Loreal’s new concealer. The buildable, full coverage is amazing and the price point is way more affordable! You barely need any product as well; just a dot goes a long way!
This brand new NARS summer collection is incredible. This palette is Caroline’s favorite. It’s perfect for bronzer and the shades can be worn as eyeshadows, bronzers and highlighters! This is a great travel palette due to its 3-in-1 capabilities. The colors have a creamy texture to them and they go on so smoothly. The price point is a little expensive but it is worth every penny!
Huda Beauty lips have been Caroline and I’s favorite lately. They truly stay on an entire night and the shades are so pigmented and bold I always get so many compliments when I wear them! I have a bunch of shades but my favorite at the moment is “Day Slayer.” It’s a “versatile day to night nude!”
This primer is Caroline’s favorite right now. After seeing Jeffree Star use it, she knew she had to have it. It’s definitely expensive, so try the trial/travel size first to see if you like it! It lasts forever because you only need a finger nail’s worth of primer for your entire face, yes, that’s correct! Designed to fill your pores and give you that airbrushed finish, this primer feels amazing on your skin and helps with creasing!
According to Caroline, this dry shampoo is by far the best she has ever tried! She’s tried so many brands that just don’t work for her hair. Finally, Glam Squad comes through with an amazing formula. The translucent spray doesn’t leave your hair white and immediately gets rid of greasy roots! Even better, it’s so affordable and the packaging is adorable!
I’ve been using this cream since the first trimester and let me tell you it is amazing! It feels so good and helps to prevent stretch marks. I apply this twice a day so I don’t get any stretch marks. Carl has also been using this for his super dry skin so it’s an extremely versatile product! It’s thick and goes on really smooth so that you barely need any to cover your bump.
This charcoal sheet mask is truly the best I have ever used! Not only does it help to detoxify your skin, but it’s hydrating as well and leaves my skin glowing every time I use it! Use code ‘TONYAGLOW20’ for 20% off your purchase!
I love a good scrunchie and love that they’re back in style! Kaitlyn Bristowe’s Dew Edit scrunchies are my newfound fave. I have the “minis” which are regular scrunchies with a little less “floof.” They come in packs of three and are such amazing quality and don’t snap like other drug store scrunchies I’ve owned. I have the “glow uppers” and the “shade throwers” both of which are in stock!
Which beauty product are you adding to your cart? I’d love to know in the comments below!
I recently took a trip to Sephora inside JCPenney to check out some of their new releases and I was not disappointed! Most of these new and exclusive items JUST hit stores two weeks ago, so I’ve been DYING to see, purchase and try them!
When searching for new products in-store, Sephora inside JCPenney makes it easy for you because all of the new releases are on display so that they’re easy to find and you can try them all!
I’m a sucker for a good lip gloss and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty always hits the mark! I purchased the Gloss Bomb in shade “Fu$$y.” It’s a universally flattering, true pink and the packaging is gorgeous. Even better, shea butter is an added ingredient for smooth and luscious lips! I’m always a sucker for a good pink or nude!
This concealer comes in 17 different shades, and is available in select doors. I’m hoping they come out with more later on! I purchased shade “light 23.” This is the perfect to-go concealer and would be great for travel as well. It’s meant to be a good touch-up concealer, perfect to stash in your purse to fix your makeup throughout the day! I personally keep mine in my bag.
Another lip I’ve been wanting to try is Too Faced’s new Peach Puff Long-Wearing Diffused Matte Lip Color. I purchased shade “Peachin’ to the Choir,” another true pink lip! This one is meant for long-wear as it’s a stain and not a gloss. It’s available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora inside JCPenney in 12 shades! The texture is soft and creamy, the application tip is AMAZING. I’m a fan.
I have been dying to try some of Natasha Denona’s eyeshadow palettes, so I was really excited to try this mini nude one! The brown tones in this palette are gorgeous, and this is great for travel since it’s so small but has five shades for you to create a look with! This is also a good one to try if you’re not sure you want to spend the money on an entire palette!
Sephora Collection, Metallic Pigment Palette, $28
I have been loving metals lately, so I was super excited to try out Sephora’s new, limited edition Metallic Pigment Palette for the eyes and face. The price point of $28 can’t be beat and the colors work for any skin tone! These are great to use as highlighters to make your makeup pop and give you a little extra shimmer.
Liquid shadows are something I’m trying to get better at using in my makeup routine to change up my look a bit. I thought this color in shade “quartz” with the nude metallic undertones would be a great place to start!