Saturday, November 11, 2017

Affordable Fall Haul

I haven't been too focused on shopping for clothes until the last week or so when the leaves and weather finally started to feel like fall weather in GA. But recently I started my fall shopping so I wanted to share with you what I picked up! I didn't want to wait until Monday to post this because things always sell out and I want y'all to take advantage of the current sales. I would love for you to subscribe to my new channel. I plan on making it a bigger focus for my upcoming content.

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Thanks for watching!

xo Amanda John

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Five Minute Work Makeup Routine

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I'm definitely that girl that lays in bed scrolling Instagram for too long and I like to enjoy my morning coffee on the couch. But, I'll rush to get ready and eat breakfast in the car. I can typically get ready for work in 30 minutes, even 15-ish minutes at times with my hair curled! I wanted to share my quick makeup routine to look presentable at work but not be late. If you're interested in seeing my full coverage makeup routine (think blog photos, fancy date nights, or weddings) then check out this video.

I start with the It Cosmetics CC cream. You can read my full and very honest review of it here. I recently switched to the fair shade and mix a little bit of light in it to get a better color match. I use this for work because it targets multiple needs: it doesn't require a primer, has skincare benefits, covers SPF, and offers great coverage. I use half a pump and just use my clean hands to apply it to my face.

Conceal under my eyes with the Naked Skin Concealer. This is a repurchase (x2) and I love the consistency of it. I don't really have super dark circles but I love to brighten under my eyes. Some concealers give me a clogged pore under my eye if they're too heavy or fragranced, and this one has passed the test. It's just thick enough to cover but doesn't look cakey.

I add a little definition back into my skin with this Chanel Bronze Universal along my cheek bones and hairline. I've had this thing for years, it will last you forever! I typically use this drugstore brush to get the most natural application.

I use the Benefit Gimme Brow (also here) for a quick fix to my super light blonde eyebrows. It gives you color and is very natural on it's own, so if you need defined and perfect brows to leave the house you'll need to use something else in addition to this! When I get ready for a weekend event or blog photos, I typically use this on top of the Anastasia Brow Wiz to get a more defined brow. You can watch my full-faced makeup routine in this video.

Instead of applying eyeshadow, I swipe MAC's painterly paint pot all over my lid to even it out. If I have the time I also apply this brightening stick to my inner corner and brow bone to wake up my face.

Line with this waterproof brown liner ($10!). I got this last year on my honeymoon after Delta forgot our luggage for a day and it's great for a quick line! My favorite liner is gel eyeliner because it coats the very base of my blonde eyelashes, but I typically don't have the time in the morning to get out the brush and apply it. Since I'm not wearing eyeshadow, I try to apply a thinner line to make my lashes pop more.

Two coats of my holy grail mascara. What's the point of only applying one?! I usually always have to clean up my mascara on my lids after with a q-tip. Which is a big reason I don't bother with eyeshadow most days.

Finish with a tinted chapstick or a one of these glosses. I usually don't add anything to my lips until I park at work because I normally eat in the car on the way there, ha!


  • Have the products laid out so you're not digging for what you want. I typically keep the mentioned products out on my desk during the week and put them away on the weekend.
  • Once you get a routine down, it will get quicker! Save the beauty trials and new products for the weekend in case you're not a fan.
  • Use palettes to save time between opening new blushes and eyeshadow colors
  • Keep touch up items in your bag. I don't start with powder in the morning, but I always keep some in my bag along with a lipgloss or two to touch up after work. 

Then I typically run this curling iron through my hair (20% off!), get dressed, and grab a bar as I head out the door. What does your morning routine look like?

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xo Amanda John 


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Favorites

It's been too long since I did a proper favorites post. I've been sharing them on Instagram stories or Instagram posts but haven't on the blog in a few months. Ironically, they're one of my favorite posts to do because I get to share everything I'm currently loving with y'all and hope they make it into your loves, too!


I deal with hormonal breakouts every month along my lower cheek area. I've been using this Mario Badescu Drying Lotion at night when I have a new spot come up and by the next morning it's not exploding on my face like it normally would (too visual?). If I can't resist picking my face (which is never), I also love using this alcohol-free aloe toner as a compress afterward to calm it down. It works!

This lavender cuticle oil was in my fall Fab Fit Fun box and I've used it every night since! It's a lot easier than applying a balm I used previously and doesn't make your hands sticky. Plus, the lavender scent is perfect before bedtime.


A few lip products I've been loving and apparently y'all have been too because I've had a lot of questions on my Instagram stories about the color every time I wear it! I received the lip crayon product in my FabFitFun box.  For real, if you haven't signed up for that yet you need to try it! Read my FabFitFun review here if you're still wondering about it. And no, I'm not sponsored by them. Back to the lip products... I've been lining my lips with this product then dabbing this MAC lipstick in Velvet Teddy on my lips and it's gorgeous for fall. I received this Pixi Lipscrub in a PR package and it has replaced my previously favorite elf lip scrub. It's less harsh but still gets the job done. It's also very moisturizing. I typically use it as a first step when putting on my makeup so it has time to soak in a bit before I finish with lip products (if I even apply any that day).


I recently switched up my hair products to Meraki and have had amazing results. My friend Emily created her own vegan and cruelty-free hair product line after clients would ask for her recommendations yet she didn't really have products she 100% loved.  So she just #girlbossed it up (yep, I'm making that a verb) and created her own product line. My absolute favorite product is this Vitamin Mist because it's an all-in-one pre-styling product that doesn't make my fine hair greasy or weighed down. It helps with hair growth (with vitamin D&E), strengthens and protects against breakage, and protects against heat damage. My flyaways have diminished since I started using it! I've also been loving the volumizing shampoo and conditioner and the first thing I noticed was I didn't have to use dry shampoo until the third day! It's even Tim approved. He said it makes his hair less frizzy and I definitely second that!

I've been focusing on home decor the last few months and haven't been inspired by fashion until the last week or so. That's because it's still been blazing hot in GA (until now).
I purchased this blanket scarf during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and finally wore it as a poncho for the first time. I fell in love with the color and pattern and it reminds me of an old school COACH print from when I worked there in college. 

I wore this dress for our anniversary photos and it was the favorite out of all of the dresses I ordered AND it was the most affordable option. I ordered at least 7 different dresses because I'm #indesisive. You will need to get a hook put in the top to contain the girls.  
I've been loving the Sugarfix line at Target since it launched because it's affordable and on trend. I always pick up a new piece when I'm shopping at Target. This necklace is the latest piece I picked up!

We finally found an ottoman to serve as our coffee table and it makes our living room feel so homey! Here is an update on the tray situation since the last home decor update. I shared where I get all of my decor coffee table books in this post!

We hosted our first party ever for my coworkers to warm our house and it went smoothly! I'm not sure how I didn't rush to get ready or burn anything ;) Although I didn't have time to shoot any photos other than the bar cart because by the time the food was set up guest started to arrive. We are hosting another one for family and friends very soon so now that one is under my belt I hope to shoot more pictures of the next one!

My favorite post of the month was definitely our one-year anniversary shoot. We had so much fun re-visiting our wedding venue and celebrating all that we learned and have grown together in the last year.

H A P P Y  H A L L O W E E N! I tried to talk Tim into being a blogger so I could be an Instagram husband, but he wasn't too thrilled with the idea of wearing my weave and willingly letting me post a picture of him ;) What are you dressing up as?

Read My Older Monthly Favorites Here

xo Amanda John