Beauty

NIGHTLY ROUTINE FT. FIRST AID BEAUTY

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Disclosure: I am not in any way being paid to promote any products from First Aid Beauty. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my post are entirely my own! 

 

One of the things I HAVE to do before I go to bed each night is wash my face. I don't care how tired I am I make myself muster up the energy to go take my makeup off and wash my face. In high school, I was bad about being too lazy and just sleeping in my makeup but now that I know the aging effects sleeping in your makeup has on your skin I make sure to scrub it all off! I literally read somewhere that your skin ages 7 days by sleeping 1 night in makeup! Yikes! No one wants that! I'm ok with aging but I want to do it gracefully and while taking care of myself and my skin! I have been using several products from First Aid Beauty for several months now and I can tell you that I just love them! My skin feels fresh after cleaning and very well moisturized! Below I will include the links to the products that I use and what they do! 

1. Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser - This products helps remove stubborn makeup while cleansing and conditioning my skin! It is known to protect and boost the skin's moisture levels! So you get a good cleaning without stripping your face of the necessary oils and moisture that you need to help your skin stay healthy and supple!

2. Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser - I use this gel cleanser to detox, cleanse, and unclog my pores! This cleanser is great for oily, combination, or problem skin. I tend to have combination skin and this stuff works great for an every night and morning cleanser! It also contains red clay which is known for it's ability to draw out toxins and excess oil!

3. Facial Radiance Polish - This product won a "Best Beauty Buy" award in 2014 so you know it has to be good! This polish contains natural exfoliants to gently buff and polish skin to reveal a bright and healthy complexion! I typically use this 2-3 times per week to give my skin a good (not harsh) scrub!

4.Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream - I put this all over my face before I go to bed. This hydrator works while I sleep to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of my skin's firmness, and to replenish my skin with moisture! There are a lot of nightly face creams or moisturizers out there that can break the bank - this one doesn't!!

5. Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm - This product is great for use on both the under eye area and the upper eye lid. It firms, smooths, and hydrates my entire eye area while I sleep! Helps tighten sagging eyelids and improves under eye circles! Thanks to genetics, I have inherited some dark circles under my eyes and I love that this helps me keep the dark circles in check!

I almost always do a good amount of research before putting anything on or into my body and made no exception with these products. First Aid Beauty is a reputable brand and their products contain good for you ingredients and do what they claim to do! I have known several other beauty bloggers to use them and love them as well! Hope you guys give some of these a try and that they work as well for you as they do for me! Are there any other First Aid Beauty products that I haven't tried and should?! What are your favorite First Aid Beauty products?

Photography: Koli Nichols

21 WAYS TO ENJOY FALL

Happy first day of FALL, friends!!! I am so excited that today starts a new season! My very favorite season!!  I feel like EVERY girl says that fall is her favorite time of the year but it REALLY is mine! Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday and I am obsessed with all things green, red, santa, snowmen, etc. But my favorite season of the year is hands down fall! I seriously cant get enough of it and since I cant get enough of it I decided to decorate and celebrate a little early! I have been celebrating and enjoying "Fall" since the day after labor day and plan on enjoying it until November 31st! That’s right! Almost 3 whole months of pumpkin spiced everything, autumn candles, Halloween movies, and spiced baked-goods! I figured I would share a few of the old and new things I am incorporating into my fall festivities this year in case you guys want to try some of them to! Here are my 21 ways to enjoy and get the most out of Fall! I hope you all enjoy! (Be sure to sound off in the comments what some of your favorite fall must-haves or things to do! I love when y'all share your traditions with me!)

 

1.     CANDLES - Buy a candle that screams fall to you! My favorites are always “pumpkin-spice” or “autumn” scented. The one I am currently loving came from TJMAXX and is from DW Home and is labeled “Autumn.”

How do I use this as part of my fall routine? – Light that sucker everywhere and anytime you get the chance! This means at night when you are winding down and getting ready for bed (I do this when I am in the bath, and in my room doing my devotional, blogging, or watching a Halloween movie!)

 

2.     MOVIES -Watch as many Halloween movies as you can!! I can’t really watch scary movies. I’m wayyy too paranoid and I just get scared out of my mind at some things that I cant and don’t enjoy them! BUT… I grew up watching the Halloween town movies on Dismey Channel and to this day my sister and I HAVE to watch them at Halloween, (It just doesn’t feel like fall without them!) MY FAVE Halloween movie is for sure “Hocus Pocus” – Im quite sure I can quote that movie from start to finish! I rewatch it severeal times throughout Halloween! And then there’s Harry Potter!!! I don’t know why every HP movie screams fall/Halloween to me but it does and I don’t hate it! I love HP! (side note: I was never allowed to watch HP growing up bc of the wizardry etc) but when I got to college I HAD to see what all of the fuss was about and yall…I GET IT!! Seriously so good!

 

3.     PUMPKIN PATCH - Go to a pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin! – Such a fun tradition that you can do with your significant other, girlfriends, or family! I like to find a place that also has a sunflower field! And as you can imagine I take TONS of pictures! (How cute are our wind suits that we have on in this pic.? We had the cutest little fall traditions growing up and going to the pumpkin patch to pick ours out and carving it with our family was a highlight for sure!

 

 

4.     APPLE PICKING – I haven’t done this one in forever but I want to find a place to go this year! When my sister and I were little we would go apple picking when we were visiting our grandparents in Tennessee with our mom and dad! Hope we get to do this again soon! Orchards of any kind are great for photo shoots too!

 

5.     MOUNTAINS - Like I said above my family and I use to always go to Tennessee every year to stay with my grandparents (they had the dreamiest little cabin in Tennessee) and it was on top of a mountain and you would look out and all you could see was just red, yellow, and orange!! Such breathtaking views of valleys and mountains just covered in color!! And the crisp cool breeze that accompanied those views will make you swoon! Since my sister and I both get a "fall break" this year we are planning on taking a family tree to either Tennessee or North Carolina next Month! 

 

 

6.     PICNIC – This is something I like to do before it gets too cold! Not really a problem you have if you live in Alabama! But I suggest packing a plaid, wool blanket, and some coffee or a pumpkin spice latte, some cookies or some other finger food and finding a scenic place to have a picnic! Chill out and enjoy!

 

7.     CLOTHING – Wear as much flannel and plaid as you can!! I love planning outfits for fall because of the layers! So much to put on and accessorize! Also fall is the best time for long shirts/sweaters and leggings with boots! You just can’t beat that combo!

 

 

8.     BLANKET- Invest in a comfy blanket that you can snuggle up in with a good book and a spiced tea! I recently bought one from TJMAXX and it’s the best! But quilts are my very favorites! I live in them in the fall and winter months. And you can always find one laying at the end of my bed!

 

9.     WALKS -Go on a foggy morning or an evening walk!  Or both! Take a friend or your fur baby! Walking is a great way to get some cardio in and Patton loves the leaves and I like having a buddy!

 

 

10. CROCK POT - Prepare your favorite crock-pot meals! They’re super easy and SO delicious! Throw all of your ingredients in before you leave for the day and when you come home you have a hearty, and delicious home-cooked meal!

 

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11. LEAF FIGHT – This is self explanatory but so much fun! Do it!

 

 

12. Pumpkin Decorating - Carve and decorate your pumkins that you picked at the patch! Fun to do with friends and have a contest for whose masterpiece is the most creative! Then display your creation on your front porch!

 

13. FLOWERS –Put fall flowers everywhere…in your hair, on your porch, in your house etc. (I love mums and sunflowers!)

 

 

14. NAILS -Paint your nails a fun, fall color! This is the time to go for the dark colors such as grey and plum! Plus a great fall manicure will look amazing wrapped around your pumpkin-spiced latte!

 

15. TAILGATE – As most of you know, football is HUGE in the south! Like it’s life for so many people! Going to Auburn, (War Eagle!) I can’t get enough football and tailgating! For those who don’t know what tailgaiting is, its spending the day of the football game with friends and family at the stadium eating the most delicious grilled finger foods and sipping on adult beverages!

 

 

16. FAIR -Go to the county fair or whichever is closest to you! My sister and I use to go all the time with our parents when we were little but now that we are older and my sister is in college, I just go with my cousins and their kids and its so much fun seeing them light up and get excited about rides! (If we’re being honest I also go because of the funnel cakes, caramel apples, cozy dogs (corn dogs) andcotton candy! Anyone feel me??

 

17. BOOK – Get a new book (reading is a great way to relax and expand your vocabulary!

 

 

18. FIRE - Cuddle up by the fire (inside or outside). If you’re inside grab a good book and sit and read. If you’re outside have a bonfire!

 

19. HAYRIDE – Grab some friends and go on a hayride! If you’re brave enough find a “haunted hayride” and enjoy!

 

 

20. CRAFTS – Do some pinteresty crafts! You can decorate your house or room with them when you finish! I just finished making a beautiful fall garland for the fireplace and dining room table!

 

21. CAMPING – Camping, glamping, whatever suits your style but just get outside and do it! I enjoy both! See my post on “glamping” here.

 

Hope you guys found all or some of these helpful and would love to hear if any of you plan on incorporating any of these ideas into your fall routine!! Hope this post gets you guys as pumped for Fall as I am!!!  

XOXO -Erin

CRYOTHERAPY CRAZE

This is the Chamber. Not too intimidating until you look at the ice/frost on the nitrogen tank!!

This is the Chamber. Not too intimidating until you look at the ice/frost on the nitrogen tank!!

Inside of the chamber!

Inside of the chamber!

About to jump in!

About to jump in!

Coldest 3 minutes ever!! But worth reaping the cry benefits!

Coldest 3 minutes ever!! But worth reaping the cry benefits!

I mean...look at that frost on the inside! There had been a few people who went before me but I took this picture right after I stepped out! Brrrr!!!

I mean...look at that frost on the inside! There had been a few people who went before me but I took this picture right after I stepped out! Brrrr!!!

Hey loves! So if you keep up with the latest celebrity trends or recent medical/therapy breakthroughs, you've probably heard about cryotherapy! But for those who haven't heard about it, it is essentially exposing your body to extremely cold dry air (usually liquid nitrogen) for a period of 2-4 minutes ( 3 min. is what's recommended at Infusion). It is my understanding that you can get as minimal with clothing as you want but usually people prefer to wear undergarments and the gloves, socks, and boots that they provide for you! I will be honest with you..it is SO STINKING COLD!! I've never been to Antarctica but I would guess that it feels about like prancing around Antarctica in nothing but a swimsuit! But, it is seriously over before you know it! Those three cold minutes fly by and you walk out of the chamber feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!  Cryotherapy has SO many benefits for the body. I've made a little list below so be sure to give it a look!

Spa and Beauty Benefits:

Increased collagen production

reduction of skin blemishes

reduction of cellulite and varicose veins

increased weight loss and caloric burn

stronger, fuller hair and nails

a more youthful complexion 

Recovery and Wellness Benefits:

pain relief from medical conditions

increased blood circulation

resetting of body's immune system

treatment of anxiety and depression

quicker recovery from surgery

reduction of inflammation and swelling

Sport and Athletic Benefits:

quicker injury recovery time

reduction of pain and discomfort

increased athletic ability

increased total body stamina

reduction of delay onset muscle soreness

increased psychological APT

 I have personally noticed the biggest difference in increased collagen production, reduction of skin blemishes, pain relief, and a reduction in muscle soreness! I've only been doing cryotherapy for a month but I have probably gone close to 15 times in the month! It's kind of addicting! You freeze for 3 minutes but when you step out you immediately start to warm up and your body feels so rejuvenated and the increased blood flow gives your body that rush of adrenaline you need to feel like you can take on the world! If any of the above benefits sound appealing to you and you feel like trying cryotherapy - see what places offer this in your area!  If you are in the Montgomery, Alabama area, like me, you have to go see my friends at Infusion Cryotherapy and Laser Center! They do consultations and will honestly answer any and every question you might have about cryotherapy before your first session! Trust me, I know, because I probably asked 100 questions! No wonder so many athletes and celebrities sing cryotherapy's praises...it works and seriously has benefits everyone can enjoy! Shout out in the comments below if you've ever tried cryotherapy and how it has worked for you! I hope you all have such a great weekend! Be sure to follow me on instagram (erincarolinedotcom) and snapchat (erincsellars) to see pictures of my trip this weekend to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina! Can't wait to share what I'll be doing there and how beautiful it is with all of you!

xoxo, erin

Shoutout to the staff at Infusion Cryotherapy and Laser Center for always being so great!

 

LIP BOLDLY

Today's topic of discussion is about my favorite makeup essential - lipstick! When I was little I remember playing in my mom's makeup and being absolutely fascinated with lipstick. I just loved the different colors and that when I would put it on it would  make me feel "fancy" haha ( and after I put on her lipstick, I would go play in her heels!) I guess in a way it still does. There's just something about it that completes your look. It makes you look very polished and feminine. Very old-fashioned beauty. My favorite makeup look of all the decades was the 40-50's - natural eyes and face, accentuated with a bold red lip! That look is just so effortless looking yet very feminine! Whenever I am having a not so great day or just need a little pick me up, I like to go to the makeup counter and find a bold new shade that feels right at that moment and add it to my collection! Obviously I don't do this EVERY time I feel like my day isn't going great but if you're ever needing a pick me up - go buy yourself a new lipstick! It works for me! I prefer to go to the makeup counter and play around with the colors before I decide which shade to purchase but you can get great lipsticks at the drugstore too! Do what fits your budget, girl! But either way go get yourself a bold new lipstick and rock it with confidence! Below I am sharing some of my favorite shades. What are some of yours?