Beauty

Sephora Beauty Haul and Review

About 2 weeks ago I shared my updated Fall Skincare Routine on here and I shared a ton of new products. Now that I’ve actually used the products for a few weeks, I wanted to share my honest review of them with you too. I hadn’t changed my skincare routine in about a year, so this was definitely interesting to me to have to figure out what to try. I try to keep my skincare routine simple, because I feel that simple usually gets you the best results. Keep on reading to see how I like the new products I got!

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask

This is a limited edition version of the original Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Mask that is made with honey which is a super moisturizing ingredient for your hair. It’s also not skincare, but it’s the only one I have that’s not, so I figured I should share first. It comes in a cute little teddy bear bottle, which I like better than the original tub version because it’s just easier to squeeze the product out and see how much you’re using. I like the smell sort of, it’s a little too sweet for me but it’s still nice. It smells sort of like synthetic/plastic sugar cookie so do with that what you will. The scent lasts after you get out of the shower and smells much better once your hair is dry. As far as moisture goes, I do find it more moisturizing than the original which is the point so it’s definitely worth looking into!

Summer Fridays CC Me Vitamin C Serum

I love to use a Vitamin C serum for brightening and I had used the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum for a year and just felt like I needed a change. I had never used any Summer Fridays products before, but had always heard good things about the brand. I’ve also been a huge fan of Marianna Hewitt for a few years so when I saw this product, I figured why not? The texture is very light and reminds me of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. It’s got like a silicon texture once it’s applied on your face, which I actually like a lot. The texture feels really light and it’s got a very light scent. I don’t see a huge difference in brightness, but it’s only been 2 weeks so I wouldn’t mind giving this a little bit longer to work it’s magic.

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask

I love this eye mask so far! I think it’s done a great job of brightening and depuffing my eyes. With my new work schedule and commuting an hour and a half every day (versus my previous 5 minute commute), I’m definitely lacking sleep so this helps me pretend like I’m not. The texture is really heavy and creamy which personally, I love for night time. I like to use it in the morning too, because it works very quickly to help depuff. There’s really not a distinctive scent which is nice since it’s an eye cream and sometimes fragrance can be irritating. I would definitely recommend this product if you’re on the market for a new eye cream.

THE ORDINARY Lactic Acid 10% + HA

This is a product that I’ve used for the last year, but only in the 5% version. Sephora doesn’t sell that one and frankly, I didn’t want to put in a separate order for a $6 product so I just stepped it up to the 10% version. It’s definitely stronger, so I don’t recommend using it if you have sensitive skin. I like this because my skin really feels smooth, soft and brighter after using this product. I use it once or twice a week depending on what my skin has been doing that week. I love this product and I like that there’s the option to get the less strong version also! Plus the price is nice too!

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

This is a product that I got as a sample with my order and I really like it actually. It keeps my skin really soft and healthy looking. It’s an oil but it’s really light and so far I would definitely consider buying the full size version. It’s a little pricey for a serum, but I think it does a good job at repairing my skin so I would probably purchase when I run out of this sample size!

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

This is another product that I got as a sample and I am definitely going to buy a full size of this. I love to use a super moisturizing heavy moisturizer/cream at night and this is not that. It’s super moisturizing, but not heavy at all. It feels really light, almost cooling, but it is so moisturizing. If you have dry skin, I would highly recommend this product but it’s also great for oily skin too. It’s so good and I think I’m going to look into a few more Laneige products.

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Fashion

Target Haul: My New Favorite Fall Pieces

I recently shared a Target Haul on my Instagram Stories and I figured I would also officially style those pieces on here too! I really love these pieces and they are great additions to my fall wardrobe. Each piece is great for multiple occasions, which is why I chose them in the first place. They are also fairly classic styles that could definitely transcend more than a few seasons. Keep on reading to see how I styled each piece and follow me on Instagram to see the try on in my highlights @karenmauritzenn. Everything is linked!

Outfit 1

The first piece is this super cute dress. I initially love the shape of it and the sleeves, but once I got it in the mail I also loved the material and the fit. The material is a thick denim material so it’s great to transition into the fall. I really love a shift style dress so the fit was great and the puff sleeve detail really sold me! I paired it with these old polka dot mules from Something Navy x Nordstrom and I promise this outfit will be on repeat all season!

Dress: Target / Shoes: Something Navy
Dress: Target / Shoes: Something Navy
Dress: Target / Shoes: Something Navy

Outfit 2

I got this feminine black top because it was versatile and stylish enough to wear for work but also going out with friends or on a date with my handsome man. It’s got a wrap style detail in the front which creates the illusion of a smaller waist, so it’s super flattering on all body types! It would look great with black trousers for work or with jeans for date night. I’d throw on a leather jacket for an evening out and be all set. I paired it with some medium wash raw hem jeans from Topshop and these strappy sandals, but you can do a lot more with this top.

Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Target / Shoes: Something Navy
Dress: Target / Shoes: Something Navy

Outfit 3

I saw this little puff sleeve t-shirt in stores one day and couldn’t stop thinking about it so I went online and ordered it about a week later! I think this is a perfect casual top to pair with jeans to go out with friends or a casual date night, but when paired with trousers would be great for work also. I’ve shared my love for these orange trousers a bunch of times also so I decided they would look so fun with this top and a simple pair of suede heels. These tan suede heels are on clearance for less than $10! This whole outfit is from Target, actually!

Entire outfit is from Target
Entire outfit is from Target
Entire outfit is from Target

Outfit 4

I was in desperate need for plain long sleeve tees so I, of course, looked at Target. They have the best quality basics for the best price. These tees are only $10! I got this top is this pretty orange and an oatmeal color. I also already had it in black and white from last year. I decided to keep this outfit casual with a pair of light wash straight leg jeans from topshop and a pair of sneakers from Target also. These never go out of style and are also $10!

Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Target
Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Target
Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Target

Outfit 5

I have been scouring the earth for the perfect tan cardigan and I finally found it. The material is high quality and super soft so I was very impressed with the quality. I kept this really casual because this is definitely the most common way that I’d style this cardigan. I just threw on a simple white tank and my favorite leggings and white sneakers and now we have a LOOK. Cute for grabbing coffee or heading to the pumpkin patch!

Cardigan: Target / Top: Old Navy / Leggings: Target / Shoes: Target
Cardigan: Target / Top: Old Navy / Leggings: Target / Shoes: Target
Cardigan: Target / Top: Old Navy / Leggings: Target / Shoes: Target

Please note: this blog post contains affiliate links from Target.com.

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Fashion

Fall Clothing Wishlist

Like it or not, it’s almost fall. August is nearing the tail end of the heat and humidity and the crisp fall air in approaching at the end of September. With that being said, I thought I’d get a jump start on sharing some cute fall clothing pieces that I have my eyes on.

A big trend I’m into for fall is corduroy. I got a little taste of it late spring this year and I’m feeling it again for the upcoming fall season. I think it’s the best texture for the fall, honestly. It’s cozy, keeps you warm and it looks great in all the beautiful fall colors. Below are a few of the corduroy pieces I’ve got sitting in my shopping cart.

American Eagle: Corduroy Mom Jean

Of course, I’m also looking forward to throwing on my coziest sweaters. I’ve mentioned before that I’m on the hunt for cardigans that are short enough to be worn as a top but still comfy and slouchy and it looks like Nordstrom has exactly what I’m looking for. Here’s a few cute sweaters that I’ve got my eye on!

Nordstrom: Halogen Ribbed V-Neck Cardigan (I shared this one during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it’s still available!)

Now that I’ve just started a new job, I’m also on the hunt for some pretty blouses to wear to work too. I like to have tops that are versatile, that I can wear to work during the week with trousers and also on the weekend with jeans for a night out. I don’t like to dress TOO sexy, so usually pretty printed or ruffled blouses are what work best for me for both occasions. Below I’m linking a few that I think would be perfect for both work and a night out!

Nordstrom: Astr The Label Stevie Peplum Top (this one is sold out in my size but wanted to share anyway cause it’s so dang cute and I’m LOVING this brand!)

Something else I’m looking forward to is DENIM. All the denim. I LOVE DENIM. It’s my favorite clothing piece to wear, although not always appropriate. I’m still obsessed with a looser, mom style jean but I also love really big baggy boyfriend jeans (unclear if I can pull them off so stay tuned). And of course, can’t forget the denim jackets. A denim jacket is the perfect fall layer to go over a sweater when it’s just starting to get chilly out!

Nordstrom: Madewell The Momjean Ripped High Waist Stretch Jeans (LOVE the color of these and the minimal distressing, and can’t complain about the price tag at 25% off!)

Let me know in the comments below what you’re looking forward to this fall!

This blog post contains affiliate links from Nordstrom.com and ASOS.com.

P.S. Keep up with me on instagram: @karenmauritzenn

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