August Beauty Favorites!

I'm in denial that it's the end of August and summer is almost over but this is that magical time of year in Nashville when you can actually have dinner on the patio of your favorite restaurant without sweating. So It's a lose-win kind of situation. (I'm working on that "glass half-full" mentality, how am I doing?)

Anyway. I thought the end of August would be the perfect time to share with you all, my August favorites.

1. Hourglass Veil Primer. Yes, I know I've told you all about this stuff before but our relationship is still going strong.

2. Marc Jacobs Lip Laquer. I have this in the shade "Allow Me" It has the perfect amount of shimmer and shine and it lasts longer than most lip glosses. I love this stuff.

3. Lush Bath Bomb. This summer has been all about the home spa experiences for me. Going to the spa is expensive! And these bath bombs are the bomb. They have essential oils in them and leave my skin feeling so soft and of course they smell amazing.

4. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish. Speaking of home-spa experiences, as much as I would love to get a gel manicure every week and a half, I just can't afford it! And painting my nails at home is the worst because I feel like it never dries. So, one day I picked up this gel polish and I was amazed! Two coats of color and one coat of the gel topcoat and it dries almost immediately! I have the colors Birthday Suit and Malibu Peach. Love them!

5. Burt's Bees Sensitive Moisturizing Cream. I have sensitive skin so I am always super cautious about my moisturizer but this cream is gentle and moisturizing. It's a winner in my book. 

6. Jo Malone Perfume. The Wood Sage and Sea Salt perfume was my scent of the summer. I love everything Jo Malone has to offer. And you can mix and match their scents! I will sometimes spritz Wood Sage and Sea Salt and then Wild Bluebell on top. It smells amazing. Tim loves it too!

Use all of these products and then do this..

What are some products you've been using this summer?





Makeup Tip Monday - The BEST Primer

Okay gals, do you wear primer? I didn't used to, but after I kept seeing Hourglass Mineral Veil primer all over the place, I knew it was time to try it. And boy was it worth the hype. I can go from work all day to dinner at night with the same face of makeup. I literally just had to do a touch-up with my MAC Studio Fix powder compact and I was G2G.

Hourglass Veil

Here's how I wear it:

1. After I wash my face, I put my moisturizer on and let it soak in for at least 5 minutes. I'll usually apply my moisturizer and then finish fixing my hair or get a cup of coffee (a very large cup of coffee).

2. Apply the mineral veil primer. I just use my hands. I also let this settle for 5 minutes.

3. Then I apply my foundation with absolute confidence that it will stay on my face all day.

4. Party. Wherever I'm going, I party.

If you're like me, wearing a full face of makeup is heavy enough and adding another layer of something (like a primer) will just make it feel heavier. Well not this stuff, it feels so powder light and I'm not exaggerating in the least. It gets a 10 on the Tennessee Pretty awesome product scale!

Hope you had the most wonderful Monday ladies!



Homemade Lip Balm

Last week, someone asked me how I kept my lips so smooth (yes these are the kinds of things gals discuss). My response was, "kissing my husband". But the next day, I realized that Tim's (my husband) homemade beeswax lip balm is really what does the trick. He is always finding ways to cut out chemicals so that's why he decided to make this stuff out of real ingredients and now my lips are always soft and smooth!

So since we love to live our lives with less chemicals here at Simple Native, I thought I'd share Tim's lip balm recipe. He said I could. Because I think that smooth lips are something we take for granted until we don't have them. Putting lipstick or gloss on chapped, flaky lips just doesn't work!

Here's what you'll need:

2 tsp beeswax

3 tsp coconut oil

4 drops rosehip oil

4 drops peppermint oil


Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax. Once melted, add the coconut oil until it is also melted. Then add the essential oils rosehip and peppermint. Pour mixture into containers of your choice while it is in the liquid form. We ordered these lip balm tubes from amazon for really cheap. Let it sit until it hardens.

It is so easy! And you can play around with the oils you add. Just make sure they're good to ingest. We use the rosehip oil because it has amazing benefits for skin, such as anti-aging and the peppermint oil because it smells so good.

Hope you enjoy!


The secret anti aging technique that gals don't want to talk about

Okay. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't want to get old and anti-aging techniques are pretty high up on my list of priorities. So after much research, counsel and prayer, I took the plunge and shaved my face.

Before you judge me, hear me out. I first heard about this a while back on the radio and then a few weeks ago, my very own dermatologist confirmed that she in fact shaves her face on a regular basis. But why, you ask? Well, have you ever noticed that men don't have as many lines on their face where they shave? It's because their skin is constantly regenerating in those areas! Shaving is essentially exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. Plus it gets rid of the peach fuzz on my face and I love that.

And yes, we've all heard the myth about hair growing back darker and thicker. Well according to aforementioned dermatologist, myself and actual truth, it does not. I'm two weeks in with this new experience and I'm sold and I haven't grown a thick, dark beard.

So, here is how I did it:

1.  I bought these eyebrow razors at Target. You can also use a nickel-free razor without a moisturizer strip because apparently those little strips harbor bacteria. Which I feel like we should be more concerned about but whatever. And make sure that this razor is only used on your face.

2. I washed my face and then reapplied a small amount of my cream cleanser to act as a shaving cream of sorts.

3. I took my teeny tiny razor and gently shaved my entire face. Yes even my forehead, my cheeks and my chin. I'm not just talking about shaving lady mustaches here. And if you have any skin concerns at all, check with your dermatologist before you shave.

4. Rinse and lather on some moisturizer.

5. Touch your face and be amazed about how smooth it is!

Are you going to give this a try?