• Clean Beauty

    Acne-Fighting, Clean Skincare Routine

    OK – let me start out by saying that I do not suffer from chronic or widespread acne, nor have I visited a skincare professional, nor am I a skincare expert.  Over the past several months, my dry, non-acne prone skin has gone through an uncharacteristic period of oiliness and acne flareups, and I want to share my latest routine for those of you who may be going through the same thing and want to gently resolve these issues with clean skincare. For the record, my skin does present as more combination during the humid summer months, but I would definitely say that the blemishes I’ve been experiencing since earlier…

  • Beauty

    Nighttime Skincare Routine

    Back in February, I posted my morning skincare routine with all intentions of following right up with the nighttime version. However, things didn’t quite work out that way (clearly 😛 ) Between finishing up products (yay!), the change of seasons, and trying to break bad habits (makeup wipes!!), my PM routine was in some sort of limbo. I didn’t want to share my process without having a consistent one for at least 6 weeks, and I’m happy to report, three months later, I got one! Products may change here and there, but the steps remain the same. For the sake of time and filming, I only included my current routine…

  • Makeup

    Vacation Glam

    Last week I shared the contents of my travel makeup bag on Instagram Stories (handle ‘bittafab’ – you can check the stories out in my highlights under Makeup) and while I pretty much brought everything but the kitchen sink, I thought it would be helpful to share the makeup that I actual did use and how! During the day when we were swimming, shopping or just lounging, I kept my makeup pretty simple and minimal: Tinted SPF: This was my only base product and although these have limited coverage, they do help to even the complexion a bit. I packed both the Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte and the Arbonne Soft Focus…

  • Clean Beauty,  Fashion,  Makeup

    5 Product Makeup & Spring OOTD

    There’s something about the change of seasons that adds such a level of excitement to getting ready in the morning. I’ve been wishing for Spring and recently, we caught a glimpse of Spring with a 70+ degree day. As the weather gets warmer, I am less and less interested in complicated makeup looks (now watch, I’ll be dying over a cut crease tomorrow, lol!). I love to let my skin shine through and I lean heavily on my most favorite makeup product: cream blush. Honestly, all I need is cream blush and I feel like I can conquer the world. I love to use it as eyeshadow, on the lips…

  • Beauty

    Morning Skincare Routine

    This post has been a long time coming, both because I have been planning on writing this for a while and also because it took me a long time to develop a skincare routine. Up until my late twenties, my routine, if you could call it one, consisted of two items: an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15 and a jar of cleanser. While there is nothing wrong with either of these items, they stopped addressing my skincare needs long before I stopped using them. In my previous skincare post, I mentioned that I have dry skin. I had just about gotten used to the tight, stretched out feeling that comes…

  • Beauty,  Makeup,  Shopping

    My Autumn Sephora Haul(s)

    Note: By total coincidence, this post is going up just as the Sephora Beauty Insider Holiday Hooray Event is starting (11/29-12/12). If you’re in the mood to shop but need a little inspiration, check out my recent purchases!  Am I the only one who finds a sale hard to resist? I could be completely satisfied, without a single consumeristic thought in my mind, but the second I see that Sephora is offering 20% off for VIBs for two fall weekends in a row…and then again for another (magical) extended weekend…I can’t not participate! As I had mentioned with my most recent Ulta haul, I wait for these sales to stock…