Best Skincare Products Found at CVS Pharmacy | Haul

I’d always get so excited for CVS visits ever since I was a kid, they have everything! Snacks, magazines to thumb through, stationary, and as I got older – my interest in the beauty aisles evolved with me! From the days of strawberry glitter lipgloss to now enjoying products like dermatologist-approved skincare and luxurious cosmetics, I still feel a pang of excitement when it’s time for a CVS run! There has been a couple changes over the years though. For one, they’ve banned tobacco from their shelves and they’ve also increased their beauty offerings! Win-win! CVS is the destination for drugstore beauty, no longer just a place to pick up your prescriptions. With more than 7,600 stores nationwide, it’s very likely that there is one within 3 miles of your home. Off the top of my head, I can think of three locations within a one-mile radius of my home – score!

I popped in recently to replenish some of my favorite skincare products and I was so pleased to find every single item in my makeup-removing-skin-cleansing routine! You’ve heard me talk about all of these items before, & the fact that I still love them shows that they really stood the test of time for me. Select stores will provide personalized consultations and product advice from Beauty Consultants, who go through specialized training on several different topics – including skincare! So if you have some questions or issues that I can’t provide help with here, help is just a short (3 mile ;) ) drive away!

I wanted to share my CVS skincare haul with you!

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Transitioning my Makeup from Fall to Winter

Right as November hits, I realize that Winter is my favorite season – not Fall! Maybe it’s my deep love for the holidays that really takes over the whole season. Christmas decorations are everywhere, jewel-toned makeup and clothes line the shelves and so do all things sparkly – glitter, sequins, metallic eye pigments, just so much eye candy!

I created this quick and easy makeup look today and wanted to share a few of the new Revlon ColorStay™ Eye Collection and Kiss™ Balm products that I used and have become staples in my makeup bag.

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Drugstore Contour & Highlight | CVS Pharmacy

If you watch my makeup tutorials you know how much I love to work on my cheeks! I know, I know, most people favor eye makeup or some great lip art. For me there is something about sculpting cheekbones and creating depth & dimension to the face that is really satisfying!

Ever since I began wearing makeup as a teenager, I would get so excited to go shopping for beauty products! I would spend hours flipping through girly magazines for inspiration and browse the beauty aisles of my local CVS store. Especially in college, this was my favorite thing to do late at night (yay for 24 hour CVS’s!). I stopped by my local CVS for some skincare products and ended up leaving with some new makeup to play with! CVS stocks dozens of new and innovative products every month and are even shoppable outside of the beauty aisles too! They’ve placed trendy beauty products in check-out aisles so you’re always up to date on what’s popular!

I sculpted & highlighted my cheeks with the few products I just picked up and wanted to share my haul and process with you! What’s really great about shopping beauty products at CVS is that they are 100% risk free. Beauty products can be returned no-questions-asked unopened or opened as long as you have your receipt. I do have a feeling though you’ll love everything I just picked up! :)

First up.. contour!

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Hello from the United Arab Emirates!

Waseem and I have been in Dubai for a little over a week with still quite a few days left! Waseem is here on business and I was at Pop Con Dubai over the weekend speaking on a social media panel as well as being Chrisspy’s model for her masterclass (also at Pop Con!). I’ve been to Dubai several times, usually for long layovers so my mom could hit up the gold souq; but Waseem and I also visited for our first wedding anniversary almost three years ago! I was excited to come back for such an extended period of time with a little bit of experience under my belt. What I was most excited for was the chance to drive down to Abu Dhabi and visit the gorgeous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque again! This mosque is my favorite place I’ve ever visited in the world – how can it not be?! It is so gorgeous and peaceful – not pretentious like I expected prior to my first visit. It’s beyond decadent, adorned with marble, gold, precious stones, and crystal galore, don’t get me wrong – but I think there’s something really beautiful about feeling proud of your place of worship.

The Grand Mosque was established by the late president, who wanted to create something that truly unified the Muslim world – its peoples, history, & art. Materials and artisans from all over the world were brought to design and create this mosque and the design is best described as a fusion of Arab, Persian, Mughal & Moorish architecture. Yes, I got that from Wikipedia haha ;) The Grand Mosque accomodates over 40,000 worshippers and is made up of over 1000 columns and 82 domes, it will seriously take your breath away!

Tourist hours vary depending on the day. I was lucky enough to pray jummah (Friday prayer) twice here! In 2014 it seemed as though tourist hours began right after prayers ended (busloads of tourists came through as we were getting out) but the current schedule shows that tourist hours begin after 4:30pm on Fridays – be sure to check the schedule! I was a bit nervous about taking photos after prayers but no one said a thing & the mosque seems to be very photo friendly – they even host a photography competition every year! I have heard that you cannot bring tripods though, luckily I didn’t visit alone! :) To be honest, I don’t understand the Rihanna controversy from a few years back – she wasn’t doing anything that everyone else wasn’t doing! All tourists take a million photos. It’s the #1 tourist destination in Abu Dhabi and there are guided tours daily!

I drove down to Abu Dhabi with my friend Shyema (who took my bomb photos!) on Friday for Jummah prayer. Waseem & I spontaneously drove down last night and I have to say it is also soooo beautiful at night! To visit during Mahgrib (sunset prayer), is on my bucketlist! I don’t know if I can handle another drive this week, but God willing – next time!

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Santorini Secret Suites & Spa | Santorini, Greece

Happy Fri-Yay!

This year has been quite the doozy! I think I’ve traveled internationally at least once a month since March, with the exception of May. Not only has it been an exciting year traveling the globe, I got to visit my dream destination twice in the same season! My husband and I visited Santorini during our anniversary trip in March and I was back again in August! Santorini Secret Suites & Spa was generous in hosting me and their property was such a quintessential Oia dream – everything was so white, clean & dreamy. Located right off the pedestrian walkway in Oia, shopping and restaurants were available all around the property. During our first visit at a different property, our room was on the street level so it wasn’t built into the cliffside like the rest of the hotel and like most of the residences in Oia. At Santorini Secret, we had such a Cycladic experience living and sleeping in our cavernous room!

Everything is carved into the cliff so be prepared for a ton of stairs! I get tired easily so I was happy to have a higher room; but the lower you get, the more private the rooms get as well. I had no issues with guests walking by when we were lounging on our terrace though (which was rare anyways!); & from inside the room you can’t hear a thing! So peacefully quiet & private.

Santorini is the most photogenic place I’ve been & any picture taken outside on the terraces or stairs at the hotel will be flawless by default. You can’t take a bad photo with all the light reflecting everywhere and the ever-so-perfect backdrop! You gotta check it out below to believe it!

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