Well, surprise, surprise….I couldn’t escape Ulta without a bunch of beauty products that I don’t need!
Is Ulta the new Target?! I honestly had the best of intentions this month: I made a list of EXACTLY what I needed to stock up on…but I blame the fact that I went to a different Ulta location this month. I strolled in and was completely caught off guard by how shiny and fancier this one was….and what do you know, THEY COMPLETELY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF MY VULNERABILITY!
Who am I kidding…we all know how weak I am when it comes to trying new beauty products. I mean, its research and development for my job, right? Right? RIGHT?!
Does having your own day mean you’ve officially made it?!
Well, Amazon can go ahead and check that box because PRIME DAY is one of the biggest shopping days of the year for the e-commerce giant.
SO, WHAT IS AMAZON PRIME DAY? This year, Prime Day is taking place on Monday, July 15 and it is a 24 hour period that Amazon deeply discounts some of their most popular items on their site. They have daily deals that last for the entire Prime Day window, but then they also have deals on the hour where they release new sales sitewide!
SO, WHAT EXACTLY DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AMAZON PRIME DAY? 1) In order to access the exclusive Prime Day deals, you must be a Prime member. Being an Amazon Prime member is only $9.99 a month (FYI….that the same as Netflix!) and offers SO MANY PERKS! Perks obviously includes Prime Day access…but also free video streaming, free one day shipping, free two-hour Whole Foods delivery, exclusive in-store discounts at Whole Foods…the list goes on and on! And note: even if you aren’t a Prime member currently, you can start your 30-day trial RIGHT NOW….just in time to shop! 2) If you’ve got an Amazon Alexa in your house, she’s gonna be your secret agent to scoring the best hourly deals! Just ask her, “Alexa, what are your prime day deals?” And she’s got your back! 3) Tons of deals launched at midnight, but you don’t want to miss what Amazon adds every hour for the rest of the day! You can make sure you stay in the loop by turning on “Personal Notifications,” in the SETTINGS section of the Amazon app and that will send you push notifications regarding deals it thinks you might like based on your previous search and purchase history! 4) This year they are extending the sale for an additional day, so Prime day will continue through Tuesday the 16th, too! I don’t know if the deals will rollover or if they will launch new ones, but knowing Amazon, there will be some surprises in store!
Spoiler Alert: These shopping bags are actually empty.
Believe it or not, I went to preview the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and actually left without one single thing. No receipt as long as my body to show off, no backseat full of bags, and no early access for this gal. Since I don’t have a Nordstrom credit card, I will be shopping the #NSale with the rest of America when it opens to the general public one week from today, July 19.
But if you are a cardholder, today is the official beginning to the Nordstrom sale of the year. I have covered this sale the past 2 years with a colorful and opinionated perspective….you can read the 2017 post HERE and the 2018 post HERE. While encouraging y’all to go into debt in order to own a fuzzy cardigan in 7 colors really ISN’T my style, I will encourage purchasing items if you can score them on sale! Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t just “shopping to shop,” instead, we are navigating our closets and smart shopping by purchasing items that will ADD VALUE!
But even though I won’t be bending over backwards for the sale this week doesn’t mean I don’t kinda, sorta care about it…and maybe you do to?!?! So this year I decided to cover the sale in advance so that you can shop it at your leisure…maybe today, maybe next week…either way, I’m just gonna leave all this right here for your reference!
This past Wednesday, the store manager of Northpark Nordstrom in Dallas invited me in to get a sneak peek of what’s available in this year’s sale….and FYI, everything is officially online for y’all to see now, too, HERE! I posted up in her office with a rolling rack of items I was curious to try on (head to instastories to see that try-on session!) and did a deep dive of what’s actually worth it…in my honest opinion! Here were my discoveries:
-Leopard print is HERE TO STAY: From shoes to dresses, and everything in between, this is a print that needs a home in your closet! Might be a great time to add to your leopard obsession or finally take a walk on the wild side and scoop of your first animal print item! I personally love THESE SNEAKERS and THESE STILETTO BOOTIES.
-This is an ideal time to buy leather at a discounted price: Been wanting a leather moto jacket but always have a hard time justifying the price tag?THIS ONEby Treasure & Bond is a personal favorite of mine from the sale is originally $329 and on sale for $199! Also, last winter you might remember me wearing THESE LEGGINGS ALL THE TIME! I bought them last year during the sale and THEY ARE BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR. They are a wonderful quality, have a thick consistency (aka: you can’t see cellulite through them!), and are even high rise, too!
-It’s time to pull the trigger on that item you’ve been dreaming about: Last fall, I tried on THESE PAIGE BOOTIES with my Trunk Club stylist, Megan. I absolutely fell in love with them but couldn’t justify another pair of black booties in my closet…. especially a pair that had a $360 price tag. No lie, I *almost* purchased these on 3 different occasions of weakness last winter….I loved them so much that I finally made a deal with myself: If they go on sale under $250, I WILL FINALLY BUY THEM. Well, well, well, imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon them in the shoe department for $229. Yep, I’m finally going for it!
-It’s not just fall merchandise anymore: In previous years, the #NSale was known for basically pre-selling fall merchandise at a discounted price. But this year, they made a commitment to making the sale more “buy now, wear now!” My favorite items that you could wear, like, tonight, are THIS LACE CAMISOLE (I bought it last year and I will 100% buy it again this year!), THIS SQUARE NECK SHELL (I mean, how cute with white jeans?!), and THIS SWEATER SLIPDRESS for date night with heels!
-There’s SO. MUCH. DENIM: Okay, I truly can’t think of anything worse than jeans shopping….okay, maybe swimsuit shopping….but the point is, if you are looking to find your next favorite pair of denim, this is an ideal time to purchase designer denim at a serious discount. I hightailed to MY KERRENT FAVORITE STYLE, the Levi’s Wedgie, which is available in black denim in the sale!
Well, there ‘ya have it kiddos. Should I find any other pieces that I feel the need to share, I will post them on instastories, where I will also keep a highlight tab for you to check out! Also, be sure to let me know in the comments if there are any items or discoveries you found during the sale!
Back in April I introduced this new series of sharing the most recent beauty products that I have finished, and BOY, OH BOY, the feedback I received was so positive! First of all, I am so glad that this video was so relatable, but more so, I was happy to share my honest reviews (in a candid way!) of products, and whether I would buy them again, or if I could live without them instead!
Well, I’m back with the second installment of this series and today I am sharing 6 items total….4 skin products and 2 makeup items! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know about the products that you have emptied out lately and whether or not you will be buying them again!
You know all those probiotics you’ve been told are so good for your gut?!
Well, dr. brandt has finally figured out how to create the same chain of biotics for our skin with his new collection of products containing a “biotic balancing complex!” So why would we need biotics for our skin in the first place? Okay, let me walk you through this….
Do you have skin that is easily irritated by cleansers? Do you have skin that is left feeling dry and tight after you wash it? Do you want to get rid of the oil, makeup, and pollutants, yet retain your skin’s moisture? Try the Clean Biotic Cleanser to help balance your skin’s pH levels!
Do you suffer from dark spots? No matter how much sunscreen you wear, does your skin tone still appear uneven? Is rough texture a reoccurring issue? Do you want a bright, even complexion? The Bright Biotic Resurfacing Serum definitely needs a home in your skincare regimen!
But what about a heavier product? Have you had a hard time find a sleeping mask that doesn’t clog your pores? All you want is a intense hydrating product that locks in moisture and doesn’t irritate your skin, right?! The Hydro Biotic Recovery Mask is the answer to all your skincare prayers!
Oh, and by the way….did I mention that these 3 new biotic balancing products from dr. brandt check all the clean beauty boxes?! Free of formaldehydes! Paraben-Free! Phthalate-Free! Fragrance-Free! Mineral Oil-Free! Sulfate-Free! And Fragrance-Free, too!
Have you heard about or tried any of these new products?! Let me know in the comments below! ALSO, score 25% off any of the dr. brandt products pictured below or by clicking HERE! Code is BIOTICS25!
*Thank you to dr. brandt for your commitment to healthy skin & for sponsoring this post!
It’s the age old question: If your home caught on fire, what items would you be quickest to grab?! I would never want to wish this frantic, game time decision on anyone, but it definitely makes me think about what I value in my home!
During my years of fashion & beauty blogging, I have continually received questions about a home tour of my apartment that y’all often see on Instagram, and the number one question I get is about how I decorated my home! Did I work with a designer? Where did I buy things from? And THAT FAMOUS PALM PRINT BREAKFAST NOOK WALLPAPER, omg! Trust me, it was A LOT of work to create a space that appeared chic, glamorous, & totally feminine (hey, that’s the perk of not having to share it with a man!), but also felt warm, inviting, & cozy. Filling my apartment with typical decor was easy. Two lamps for a landing table: check, white linens for the bed: check, white sheepskin throw blankets: check. Finding those items was surprisingly painless, & the truth of the matter is that 90% of the items in my home are replaceable!
While the decor does play a role in the overall vibe of my home, the pieces that really make my home feel special & curated are family heirlooms, the hand-me-down gifts that I cried when I received, the treasures that I have scooped up along my travels, & the special purchases that hold sentimental value. These pieces give me a warm fuzzy feeling inside, they put a smile on my face, & some of them are loaded with memories that date back to my childhood.
But what DOESN’T give me all the warm fuzzies inside is all the adulting anxiety that comes along with having a home! Whether it’s the wifi, or the cable, or the electricity, or the hooking everything up, or the installations, or the hanging the art, or the assembling furniture….whatever it may be, it’s not the cutest moment for me. (This is actually when a man comes in handy, right ladies?!) One of the most annoying, confusing, overwhelming, and quite frankly, big freaking expensive hassle that I used to dread was how to choose the right insurance protection. Thankfully, there’s Esurance, and if you’re not familiar with them, well, you should be! They make the “adulting task” of figuring out what type of insurance coverage your home needs surprisingly painless. They explain things so they are really easy to understand, and it’s all online & super simple to use! Esurance has affordable rates to take the sting out of crossing off “protecting what matters” (like your car & your home) from your “adulting” to-do-list!
Here are some of the treasured items in my home that make it feel so special:
–Mimi’s Fur Coat: Read the blog post HERE about how she gave it to me and why I love it so much! It comes in very handy when I am traveling to Aspen, Europe, and NYC in the cold months!
–My First Chanel Shoes (actually, they are my ONLY Chanel shoes): When I was interning at Neiman Marcus, I was privileged to the companywide 30% off discount. Considering this was my very first exposure to luxury items, I looked at everything as “A SALE!” I had never even had the opportunity to purchase Chanel, so when a pair in my size happened to go on clearance, I felt like it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to own CHANEL! I scooped these heels up at the ripe price of $215 and I bragged about it to anyone who would listen. Actually, I still do.
–Papa’s Cufflink Collection: You probably know by now that I LOVE white button down blouses so much! I especially love when I find one that needs cufflinks because I have a massive collection from my mother’s father! He passed away suddenly when I was only 2 years old so I don’t remember him, but I feel connected to him knowing that I own some of his most valued jewelry!
–Vintage Designer Pieces: I’m not the type of gal who buys designer pieces “just to buy.” (Do you think I have a money tree growing in my backyard?!) My first Celine came as a gift from my boyfriend. The second Celine, the Celine cape, & the Chanel belt were all found from a vintage store in Paris that I talked about HERE!
–Charlotte Olympia Collection: This assortment of shoes kind of began by accident! Originally I purchased the Hollywood heels when I was in LA for work. Next came the watermelon pair as a joke because I am deathly allergic to anything in the melon family! (If you can’t eat them, wear them, right?!) The next pair was scooped up in Vegas, the next pair in London, and then in Paris….so on, & so forth! It wasn’t intended to be an official “collection,” but I couldn’t resist myself and next thing I knew I was a quote, unquote, COLLECTOR?!
What items in your home are insurance-worthy and deserve the #SuprisinglyPainless Esurance stamp of approval?! Let me know in the comments below!
A girl can never have too many shoes, right?! Well, even a serious shoe addict like me knows when to simplify, believe it or not! In today’s video I am sharing the only 4 sandal styles you need to survive through these warm months! I am breaking it down into 4 categories: slides, dressy flat sandals, wedges, and high heels!
We have officially arrived into the warm, sunny summer months, so I hope SPF is on the top of your shopping list when it comes to your summer vacation & travel! As someone who has dealt with a mother who had skin cancer (alongside reconstructive plastic surgery on her face!), SPF has become a non-negotiable in my daily beauty routine. I felt like it was important to dedicate an entire video to everything you need to know about SPF, PLUS all the different products that are available that include SPF!
When it comes to choosing a daily foundation for my makeup routine, SPF is non-negotiable.
Don’t tell me you can’t find one for your skin type. Don’t tell me you can’t find one with the type of coverage you desire. And don’t tell me there aren’t enough options out there and YOU’VE TRIED EVERYTHING…..because I LEGIT have tried them all and can vouch that there are, IN FACT, plenty to choose from!
As a woman who desires to protect her skin from the sun NO MATTER WHAT, I have made it a priority to include SPF anywhere I can get it in my beauty routine, and I want the same for y’all! Here are my favorite foundations with SPF, along with detailed descriptions as to why I love them, what type of coverage they have, and what to expect from each!
–It Cosmetics Full Coverage Moisturizer, SPF50, $39.50: KERRently, this is probably my ultimate favorite. The coverage is FULL. Like, full, full. But what makes this product kindof an anomaly is that its actually a moisturizer…BUT IT LOOKS LIKE A FOUNDATION. It has a dewy finish (sorry if you are a matte lover you will HATE THIS) and your skin literally GLOWS. Stays put all day long and can cover redness & uneven skin tone like a champ!
–It Cosmetics CC Cream, SPF50, $39: You truly can’t beat the $39 price tag paired with a SPF50! If you are someone who is on the dry side and doesn’t want a face caked full of matte makeup, then give this a shot. My sensitive skin mixed with humid Texas summers and whatever moisturizer I was using at the time didn’t love this product, but that doesn’t mean it would’t work for you! I have tons of friends who consider this their #1 holy grail item, so that speaks for itself!
–COOLA Rosilliance Organic BB Cream, SPF30, $52: Okay, so here’s the deal with this item: Its vegan, its ALL NATURAL, its hypoallergenic, its lightweight, its got SPF, and its water resistant for 80 minutes. That’s all great, but I really didn’t think the pricetag was worth it. If you are a “no makeup, makeup look” kinda gal, then give it a whirl. Otherwise, I’d say pass.
–Lune + Aster CC Cream, SPF50, $52: Before SPF in foundations was as popular as it is, this was my go to. Literally, this product was the first makeup product I fell in love with that has SPF in it. The reason I was introduced to it was because I had just gotten my first profractional laser treatment (READ ALL ABOUT THAT HERE) and my doctor said that I must wear SPF50 NO MATTER WHAT for 90 days….and once I found this, it was like an incredible 2-in-1 moment for me! The coverage is medium, the finish is dewy AF (just how I like it), and IT HAS HYALURONIC ACID SO THAT’S JUST A CHERRY ON TOP. If you’ve ever been a loyal Laura Mercier Tinted Moisurizer gal, then you’ll die over how great this product is.
–YSL Touche Eclat All-In-One-Glow, SPF23, $48: If you are looking for an oil-free product that also delivers a dewy, medium coverage finish, then this is probably right up your alley. In my opinion, this is VERY SIMILAR to the It Cosmetics Full Coverage Moisturizer, but its got a little less coverage, its a little more expensive, and it doesn’t have as much SPF.
–YSL All Hours Foundation, SPF20, $58: I initially fell in love with this product when I had a makeup artist do my glam for a gala….and the initial attraction was the fact that it stayed put from 5pm till midnight! I texted the makeup artist the next morning and asked for the exact shade because I HAD TO OWN IT for when I needed a long-wearing formula…but in a very pleasant turn of events, imagine my surprise when I discovered that it also had SPF20!
–YSL Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation, SPF22, $54: Where my dry girls at who want 8-hour, buildable foundation?! So this product is EXACTLY THAT. Its not a cc cream or a tinted moisturizer, but an actual foundation that keeps you hydrated. You can layer it to create a minimal to maximum coverage that you desire, plus it stays put & won’t settle or look matte/cakey later in the day.
–Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, SPF15, $58: Let’s be honest, SPF15 is pretty worthless, but hell, its better than nothing I guess?! The reason I jumped at purchasing this product is because of the amount of hyaluronic acid that it has & how much it promotes the ability to plump the skin while also creating a minimal veil of coverage. The verdict? While my skin DID IN FACT feel plump and hydrated, I didn’t really love the coverage. I would put this item into more of the highlighter category…as in, I’d mix it with a concealer…because its more glowing than veiling in terms of coverage.
–Amorepacific Age Perfecting Foundation Cushion, SPF25, $80: Okay, so I know the price is absoultely ridiculous, but this is by far ONE OF THE BEST anti-aging foundations I have tried. The coverage is lightweight (think: milky liquid to powder) and B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Your pores are gone, you’re treating your skin with skincare essentials while wearing a full coverage foundation (mind blown!), and there’s an SPF to boast. The color range isn’t impressive and it’s always out of stock, but if you can get your hands on it, consider yourself #blessed.
Is there a foundation with SPF that you can’t live without?! Let us know in the comments below!
Believe it or not, ALL MASKS AREN’T CREATED EQUALLY.
Masks are kind of like the superwomen who wear them…..they come in different shapes & sizes: some are made to promote hydrated skin, some give the illusion of glowing skin, and some come to the rescue and keep everything tight just in time for a big event!
But I think we would all agree that masks are generally reached for when we need to to revive & renew our skin, right?! Well, if you have been following me along on Instagram lately then you know that the LAST THING my travel schedule has allowed is time for REVIVING & RENEWAL….but when I planned a recent girls’ trip to Palm Springs, I set aside “KERRentlyPampering” time for hot baths, masking with L’Occitane, & 10 hours of sleep….my girls’ trips sound pretty legit, don’t they?! So go ahead and pour your favorite green smoothie (or cocktail!) and listen to the scoop about my “KERRent” favorite detox mask!
When it comes to a detoxifying, purifying mask, there are a few non-negotiables…and lucky for me, the new L’Occitane Purifying Mask, checks all the boxes: chock full of freshly-cut, organic ingredients (hello, thyme from Provence!), get rid of all the excess oil (aka: soak up everything that is weighing my skin down!), and gently exfoliate all the dead skin cells & make me GLOW! This thick, green formula applies evenly, & after it’s been left on the skin for 5-10 minutes & rinsed off, my skin feels free of anything that might clog my pores, cause excess oil, or drag my skin down! And with all my exposure to the humid Texas weather, this Purifying Mask is PERFECT for summer months (read: congested, clogged, oily skin)!