Hey ladies, happy Wednesday! I'm back from my long weekend in Palm Springs and I'm really excited to share pictures of where Nate and I stayed, what we did, and of course what I wore. It was one of the most relaxing vacations I've had.

The beauty of going away somewhere relatively close to home is that it lets me recharge without the pressure of a bigger, longer vacation. Palm Springs is only an hour drive from our house and I've been there countless times so instead of cramming in a bunch of activities and sight-seeing, we mostly stayed at our hotel and lounged at the pool.

I also took the opportunity to pamper myself a little. I brought some of my current favorite beauty products from home so that I could not only use them but also have pretty backdrops to photograph them. I've been using and loving all of these products for a couple months (or more) so I can fully attest to how good they really are!

Ouai Leave In Conditioner  is a multi-purpose product that I spray on my damp hair before blow-drying. It protects against heat, helps hair look healthy and shiny, detangles, combats humidity, and is formulated for all hair types. It also smells incredibly luxurious - if it came in perfume form, I would buy it! I also love that it doesn't have any sulfates or harsh chemicals. I don't use very many products on my hair, just this before heat styling and a couple oribe products in between shampoos. You have to try this!

Ahava Hydration Cream Mask is a thick creamy mask I've been using twice a week. It contains Dead Sea minerals, shea butter, and other ingredients that help lock in moisture. Simply leave on for 3 minutes and rinse with cool water. Fast, easy, and great on the dry patches I get sometimes on my cheeks. 

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream has been a game changer for me. I originally tried their hand cream over Winter, and as soon as I ran out of that I decided to buy their signature bum bum cream. It contains caffeine and a blend of oils to help smooth and tighten. I specifically use it on my thighs, and while I know the results aren't permanent, it does make my skin look much firmer. Hey, anything helps, right? It also smells like a tropical vacation, so there's that. I'll definitely be using this all Spring and Summer long. 

Becca Glow Gloss in Camellia is a cool-toned petal pink that makes my lips look fuller and well...glowy. I purchased my first tube last Summer and loved it so much that I bought another before Palm Springs. I'm not much of a lip gloss girl anymore (mostly due to the sticky factor) but the texture and formula of this gloss is so comfortable for everyday wear. I find that once the weather starts heating up, I crave a more minimalist makeup look and this is just the right amount of color and shine. Plus, it smells minty and this specific color makes teeth look whiter. 

Have you tried any of these products? What are some beauty items you're currently loving?


  1. Ok, it's official, I have to try the Bum Bum cream, there's only so many times we can hear about a product before deciding to get it. And I need to try the Ouai conditioner, I use an oil but I have to use it with my hands and I think something I can just spray on is much easier.

    Marta - www.aroundcolours.com

    1. Yes Marta, please DO try the bum bum cream! I had heard about it from bloggers and friends alike but didn’t believe the hype. There are so many lotions, potions, and creams out there that I didn’t get what the big deal was. If you don’t want to commit to the larger size you can try the mini which is honestly perfect because you don’t need that much product per use. Let me know if you do get it, I’d love to hear your thoughts! The Ouai is amazing, it’s convenient and smells like heaven in a bottle.

  2. I haven't tried any of these products, but I need to! The bum bum cream sounds like just thing I need! As we get older I take any help I can get with my thighs and bum-bum! Haha!

  3. I've been using the bum bum cream for a while and love it!


  4. Noelle! I've been wanting to change my beauty routine and the products you use seem to be exactly what I need! You are awesome! I may be going to Palm Springs in May and I'm so excited. I'm also closer, about 4 hours away. Xoxo Erika

  5. Okay how clever are you to think of bringing your beauty products so you could photograph them on cute backgrounds! Your plan worked out well! Fun to read about these products and what you like about them! The Brazilian cream sounds like a must-try!
    Gina || On the Daily Express


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