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April Follower Faves + Bestsellers

Hi friends & happy Cinco de Mayooo! It’s been a while since I’ve done a round up post of any sort. So, I thought it’d be fun to start out the month with a round up of April’s bestsellers!

Beauty & comfy clothes definitely dominated this month’s top sellers!! No surprise with this quarantine season and that big Sephora sale last month. I know we all got SO many goodies from that sale! Still finding places to hide all my makeup so Kevin doesn’t find the packages LOL. True Life | I’m addicted to shopping (and makeup).


APRIL TOP SELLERS

what you shopped the most!

Blog Bestsellers | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares April Blog Bestsellers & follower Favorites

1. Straight Leg Jeans – these have been a bestseller since I first shared them in February. And, I’m still just as obsessed as I was 2 months ago, lol. They’re SO comfy (so great for wearing now + later), flattering & work for petites! Size up one!

2. Tinted Moisturizer – SALE CODE: LOMEYER – pretty much the only thing I’ve been wearing the last month. If you’re looking for an easy makeup solution to throw on and go but still make you feel a bit more put together, this is it. Rub it in like moisturizer, and it evens out your skin tone + gives you an amazing glow! I wear shade 25N (when in doubt, go with a “n” neutral shade).

3. Lash Serum – NOW ON SALE – if you didn’t grab this during the Sephora sale – do so now!! This lengthens and thickens your natural lashes. It’s safe to use with extensions and ensures your natural lashes stay healthy. It’s been a life saver for me since all my extensions fell off. My lashes are just as long as they were pre-extensions & I had volume extensions for over a year straight!

4. Bike Shorts – ON SALE – the obsession with bike shorts continues, haha! These are essentially like the summer version of leggings. They’re like legging shorts! This pair is great for working out and lounging + the waist line is super flattering. It’s cut to avoid any tummy rolls! I just grabbed the black pair too!

5. Nirvana Sweatshirt – RESTOCKED – the infamous Billy Eilish sweatshirt as Kevin calls it lol. This oversized dream is soooo comfy & I love the graphic! It’s long enough for leggings & you can tuck it into a cropped/top sports bra to make it shorter like I did here.

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6. Double Shot Blow Dry Brush

7. Match Stix Contour (shade Amber)

8. Spanx Faux Leather Camo Leggings

9. Denim Shorts – ON SALE

10. Fiddle Leaf Plant


And a few exciting updates for you guys! I shared in stories over the weekend, but I’m currently working with a website design agency to completely redesign my blog! I’m SO EXCITED for this. I’ve been wanting to revamp it for over a year so I have lots of ideas! It’ll take just about to the end of June, so stay tuned!!

In the interim, we’ve updated some of the tabs at the top! Under “Shop” you’ll now find a section to shop my TikTok + Instagram. And, under “Sales” you’ll find sales listed under each retailer page. If you click on a retailer you can see their current sale + my current favorites! My assistant and I are working to update these sales so that they’re always current for you guys! This would be a great tab to bookmark to check back on for your favorite store’s sales! And, as always, under “Beauty Routine” you can find my current beauty faves for hair, skin and makeup!

Have a great week & a great month friends!! Stay healthy & stay safe!

xx


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Why I stopped waxing and started shaving again

If you watch my stories, you’ll probably remember that monthly “need to wax my sasquatch legs” appointment I’ve had since February. I started waxing because I was so tired of constantly dealing with stubble and razor burn. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of self tanner on razor burn. And, since I typically shave right before tanning, I consider myself somewhat scarred from the many times my legs felt like they were on fire after shaving. So, I gave up shaving and started waxing!

What I loved about waxing is that I didn’t have to deal with razor burn, rarely got ingrown hairs and the hair took a solid 5-10 days to start to reappear. If you had told me last Spring there was a razor out there that could do pretty much the same thing, I’d have laughed. Truly, I thought spending $100/month on my wax membership was the only answer.

So when my friend Taylor texted me telling me I “had” to try this $9 razor I was skeptical. But also curious – I mean how often do your girlfriends text you about needing to try a razor, lol! So I gave it a try, very quickly cancelled my wax membership and haven’t looked back since. This little $9 razor not only gives me NO razor burn or ingrown hairs, it keeps me smooth for 4-5 days. And even then, I have only a mild stubble. With a traditional razor, I could feel stubble almost instantly because the shave was never close enough!

Billie Razor Review | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares why she stopped waxing and started shaving with the billie razor!
Billie Razor Review | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares why she stopped waxing and started shaving with the billie razor!

The Billie razor is made for and by women. That means it’s designed by gals who know a thing or two about needing to get the closest shave. It also costs a fraction of the price as drugstore razors (did you know women’s razors are typically 10-15% more than mens?!) and is made from quality ingredients. The five blade razor is encased in charcoal shave soap to help the razor glide over your skin (AKA – NO razor burn!). And, it’s made with all natural ingredients – no parabens, sulfates and it’s gluten free! I’ve mentioned before the harmful effects parabens and sulfates can have on the hair on your head. But, I never stopped to think that these could be in my razor leading to further irritation.

Let’s chat about price! I mentioned that the Billie razor is less than your drugstore one – much less. For $9 (+free ship!) you get a razor, mag(net)ic wall holder and two 5-blade cartridges. Once you sign up to receive your razor, you can select how frequently you want replacement blades. Billie will then deliver FOUR blade cartridges for only $9! You can cancel or skip a shipment whenever you want! I mean, ladies, $9 is the price of 1.5 Starbucks’ coffees. And, if it stops razor burn + keeps my skin smooth for 4-5 days, it’s really a no brainer!

Billie Razor Review | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares why she stopped waxing and started shaving with the billie razor!
Billie Razor Review | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares why she stopped waxing and started shaving with the billie razor!

I also picked up the Billie lotion and shaving cream! The shaving cream is heavily concentrated so you only need a little, and it helps the razor glide over your legs. It’s also very hydrating. You know that feeling when you get out of a shower after shaving and need to take a second bath just in lotion to avoid the alligator skin? Yeah, not gonna happen with the Billie shaving cream. But, in case you live in the North like me, they do have a body lotion that works wonders for our dry skin in these cooler months!

So, once a week (yes once) you can find me shaving with my new BFF, Billie! Here’s to being smooth ladies!

xoxo

**Thank you Billie for sponsoring today’s post. As always, all opinions are my own!**

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NSale Beauty Faves

Happy Friday! Sharing a round up of in stock beauty faves from the NSale! Lots of my beauty staples are included like my go to shampoo/conditioner, my eyelash serum and hair dryer.

I’m also eyeing up this face + eyeshadow palette! I love the range of colors in it, and you get eyeshadow, blush, and highlight all in one! It comes in warm or cool tones. And, if you’re in need of a great highlight, my fave brand Becca just came out with this kit!


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Kev and I are off to Milwaukee tomorrow for a friend’s wedding! We’re going to *attempt* to be on the road by 7am to avoid the massive construction on 494. Wish us luck – haha!

Have a great weekend everyone! Stay tuned Sunday for my weekly Instagram and sales round up (it’s back!). And for those subscribed to my emails, I’m moving my emails to a weekly newsletter. It will go out on Sunday and have a round up of every post from the week as well as your favorite LIKEtoKNOW.it outfits from that week. It’ll also have a list of top sales! If you’re not subscribed, you can sign up here! You won’t want to miss it!

xoxo

My Skincare Routine

Blogger Lauren Meyer of The Lo Meyer Blog shares her skincare routine using Korean Beauty Line Saranghae


Hello & Happy Friday Everyone!

If you follow my Instagram stories, you know this post has been a LONG time coming! I’m so excited to be sharing my skincare routine today as that’s something I get quite a few questions on! I’m even including before and after photos of what my skin looked like before I started the routine I do now!

And, if you follow me on the ‘gram and watch my stories, you know that adult acne is something I struggle with. I didn’t always struggle with acne. In fact, I rarely had blemishes as a teen. Which made my adult acne that much more unbearable. I didn’t know how to handle it, what caused it, and it took me years (and hundreds spent on various products) to find a solution. All the while, most of my friends had perfectly clear skin and had grown out of the breakout phase I was just starting. Fun times!

Around this time last year, I partnered with a Korean skincare brand called Saranghae. Like most partnerships, I viewed this as a great opportunity to test out new products for you all but didn’t have much hope that they’d truly work for my skin. I was stuck in the habit of using the same products from Sephora day in day out because I knew they at least made my acne tolerable. I used Saranghae for three weeks and have never gone back to my old products. For real! I repeat, a relatively new skincare brand kicked my “classics” like Clinique and Origin out the door.

Since that time, I’ve tried various other skincare products because that’s my job – to test new products and styles for you! But, I’ll be honest, I always go back to Saranghae. I’m not totally certain, but I’m pretty sure their products are as close to magic as I can get. I tested this theory back in March. Trying to save money and leaving things to the last minute (surprise, surprise!), I traveled to Sanibel Island with Kevin and my family with a hodge-podge of skincare items. Some had been gifted, others were leftover from what I had used BS (before Saranghae). I came back and things were NOT looking pretty! So, the second I stepped off the plane, I reordered Saranghae’s 5-step plan.

Yes, you read that right. I purchased this product with my OWN money. And, I still do. So, no, this is not a sponsored post!

Here’s a full run down of the 5-step routine I follow everyday with their products. The only modification is that I swap out their serum (Step 2) with Coola’s tanning face serum in the morning to help me get my glow on. Other than that, I follow this to a T.


    1. OIL & FOAM CLEANSER: This cleanser actually has bits of gold in it to enhance your glow. And, let me tell you, it works! It’s incredibly gentle yet insanely effective. It even removes my Estee Lauder Stay-in-Place Foundation that’s technically water proof. You actually use this on dry skin, rinse with warm water and then pat dry!
    2. ESSENCE + SERUM: Essence is a product unique to Korean skin care. Saranghae’s version takes Essence, a traditional Korean anti-aging product, with a typical North American anti-aging serum to form a very effective combination. It’s a gel like product that you put all over your face and neck directly after drying. This is my favorite product out of their entire line because it is so soothing on skin, especially in dry winter months!
    3. MOISTURIZER: After applying the Essence + Serum, I gently rub this into my face and neck. This moisturizer helps repair damaged skin reducing things like redness, age spots and wrinkles. It’s also a really effective moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores, which is hard to come by!
    4. EYE CREAM: Lastly, I use their eye cream on my under-eye, above my brows to reduce sagging, and on my lids too. The thing I really like about this eye cream is its ability to sink into your skin and allow your under-eye concealer to go on smoothly. So often, I cannot use eye creams under makeup because they make my concealer crease or cake horribly. This actually makes my concealer go on smoother!
    5. FACE MASK: Saranghae always sends out a big pack of sheet masks with every bundle too! We all know I love my me-time! So I usually use this mask once a week (the night before I wash my hair, lol).

Great Skin


In terms of price, I’m not gonna lie, it is pricy at first. The complete 5-step routine is $189 with a membership. Membership only means that they will auto-ship you a new bundle when you want it. It defaults to shipping every 45-days, but I find that one box lasts me about 60-80 days. So, I have them ship it every 2 months or so. With every purchase, the price drops. You can read more about their pricing here.

But, before you exit this post convinced that this is too pricey let me ask you – have you ever totaled the skincare products in your cabinet? I’m willing to bet, they come to at least that amount. Or, if they don’t, are they really working for your skin? Are they anti-aging, skin clearing and made from quality ingredients? When I totaled my old skincare products before Saranghae, I found that my eye cream alone was $55, my face wash was $25, my moisturizer $35, and my toner was $15. Plus, I had to purchase replacement heads for my Clarisonic every 4 weeks or so (~$20/piece). So, skincare adds up REAL quick! And I used to pay this for products that only sort of worked and didn’t have as many quality ingredients.

Part of the reason why Saranghae is pricey is because the quality of their ingredients cannot be beat. Their ingredients are botanically based, 100% vegan, paraben, sulfate and pthalate free as well as cruelty free!

Need more convincing? Look at these (unedited) photos I sent them a few months back as part of an acne scarring review. My face was relatively free of breakouts from their products BUT what’s more, their products make my acne scarring fade to basically nothing. Those weird dark spots are literally a thing of the past. These photos are taken at the start of their program again in March, 3 weeks after using it and then 8 weeks after using it.

Blogger Lauren Meyer of The Lo Meyer Blog shares her skincare routine using Korean Beauty Line Saranghae

Doesn’t the last photo look like I’m wearing foundation?! SHOOK PEOPLE! I was so surprised by these photos! You can clearly see a huge improvement in the darkness around my eyes, my acne/scarring as well as the overall evenness of my skin tone.

One last thing, if you’re like me and married to a frugal person or born a frugal person, you may be thinking you can squeeze by by just using *some* of their products. I’m gonna let you know right now that I’ve tried that, and you definitely need the whole routine to make it work. Case in point, two weeks ago, I ran out of my face wash. As most of you know, we just got done moving so I thought I could make do with some random face wash while I waited to get settled and have it shipped to our new address. In the last two weeks, I have had more blemishes than I had all Summer. Needless to say I am tracking my new package like there is no tomorrow because your girl NEEDS this!

So, in a nutshell, my skincare routine involves Saranghae with a touch of Coola for that glow. And, I hope the amount that I’ve gushed in this post tells you how much I love this product (lol).

If you’re ready to try it, you can purchase it from this link! And, if you’ve tried Saranghae, what was your favorite product?

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo

 

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Sephora Fall VIB Sale Picks

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**UPDATED**

Sale Dates: 11/10-11/15

ROUGE: 20% off 20FORROUGE

VIB: 20% off 20FORVIB

Beauty Insiders: 15% off INSIDER15

I know everyone always says October is their favorite month (leaves changing, pumpkin everything etc), but mine has always been November. November always signals the start of the holidays for me, which begins with my birthday mid-month, Thanksgiving shortly after followed by LOTS of shopping then Christmas and New Years! It really is the best time of year.

November also marks the Sephora Fall VIB Sale for Beauty Insiders. The Sephora Beauty Insider program is a rewards program that’s free to join and allows you to gain a point for every dollar spent at Sephora. It also gains you access to weekly deals, and their twice yearly sales site wide. There are different tiers to the program – Beauty Insider, VIB and VIB Rouge. Your tier depends on the amount spent in a calendar year. If you guessed that I’m a VIB Rouge you guessed right. Please don’t look up how much that means I spend there in a year and PLEASE do not tell Kevin! LOL. To be fair, I buy everything from Sephora. From makeup, to skincare, to haircare almost my entire bathroom is from Sephora.

During their twice yearly sales, I stock up BIG time. I mean, it would be silly not to with how good the sales are (talking 10-20% sitewide depending on your tier). The exact dates for the November sale are still up in the air, but it typically starts the first or second weekend with the VIB Rouge, then moves down the tiers until the end of the month. If you’re wondering what to buy, I’ve sorted out my top pics for different categories below! My post from Tuesday on holiday lipsticks also has a ton of products that will be on sale as well! Happy shopping (and saving!)

 

I. GIFT SETS:

‘Tis the season right?! One of the best things about Sephora is that year-round they have a “gift” section separated into different price categories. These are some of my top picks (most below $60). A lot of these would be great as a whole gift or even separated out into stocking stuffers/smaller gifts for different people. Endless Options! My top 3 picks in this section are below!

  1. Fresh Sugar Lip Beauty Box: You get 6 of these tinted lip balms at $45, which is a crazy good deal considering they normally retail for $24 individually (and this is without an extra % off!). This is a great present to get and then divvy up into stocking stuffers or individual gifts!
  2. Beauty Blender Gold Mine: This is very similar to a gift set I got for my sister last year. Again, another instance of saving crazy money considering one beauty blender alone retails for $20 and this set of 2 + a cleanser and blotting papers comes in at $40. It’s the perfect gift to introduce someone to beauty blenders. Wondering what these are? Read more about how you use them in my post here.
  3. Too Faced Best Year Ever Collection: This collection of 3 mini eyeshadow palettes is great to separate out into individual gifts at a very affordable price. It also comes with a variety of shades so is likely to have something everyone likes.

 

II. MAKE-UP:

These are my must-have sale picks for makeup at Sephora. A lot of these are staples in my beauty regime, and some are palettes I’ve been dying to try! Again, my top 3 picks are below!

  1. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette: I received this palette as a gift from a friend a few months ago and use it almost every time I wear makeup. I barely touch my other palettes because I’m so obsessed with this one. It has all warm-toned colors with enough for both summer and winter looks, which makes it great to use all year-round. It’s also highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. With the sale, this palette will be below $50, which is a seriously good deal!
  2. Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick: This is a recent purchase for me that I’ve been using the last few weeks. In my foundation post, I talked about using the regular Double Wear Stay In Place foundation, which is also an amazing product. However, sometimes with the Stay In Place foundation I would find my skin looking really dry when in fact I have normal – oily skin most of the time. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I need something lighter and not so full coverage. So enters the Nude Cushion Stick. The Stick has the same shades as the Stay In Place original with the same staying power (in my opinion) just without the heaviness. I’m obsessed with the glow this foundation gives me and how buildable it is! 😍
  3. Ready to Roll Brush Set: This set is perfect for the beginner make-up enthusiast or for someone looking to re-vamp their brush collection. For 10 brushes, this is already a good deal, but with the sale it’ll be even better!
III. SKINCARE:

Sephora carries some of the best skincare products out there. In my opinion, their skincare products already come at pretty affordable prices, but I always like to stock up during the sale. Make sure to check out my 3 essentials and snag yours at the lower price!

  1. Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash: This is hands down one of my favorite skin products of all time. A Sephora sales rep introduced me to it last year, and I use it almost daily. It’s perfect for normal or combination skin as it will literally balance out your oily/dry areas (hence the name Checks and Balances). It has a foamy texture when wet and works well with a brush like a Clarisonic if you have one.
  2. Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment: This acne treatment works wonders on blemishes. It almost always eliminates blemishes within a day or two. However, it is very drying, so make sure to use a good moisturizer before applying it and use it once a day! Also, mine typically lasts 6 months with sometimes daily use so you get a lot for what you pay for!
  3. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Cream: A gift from the anti-aging gods! I bought this eye cream last Spring during the VIB sale and have used about half of it. A little goes a long way and it’s one of the most effective products out there. Definitely worth the money!
IV. HAIRCARE:

Haircare products are some of my most purchased items from Sephora, which might surprise you. But, they have SO many quality brands at good prices. I’ll be highlighting my favorite go-to products that I’m planning to stock up on during the sale. You’ll notice most are from 3 brands – Alterna (personal fave!), Living Proof, and Amika. And, I’ve actually included 4 must-have products below because I’m really that much of a hair-lover 😜

  1. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo: Hands-down the BEST dry shampoo out there. And trust me, for a girl who washes her hair only twice a week, I’ve tried the gamut of products. This dry shampoo is a step above the rest because it actually cleans your hair when you spray it on your roots. What?! I know! After a sweaty workout, this product eliminates oil and grease to allow you to style your hair any way you want. I’ve actually been running super low on this dry shampoo for a few weeks and have been using my travel size to get me through to the sale LOL #hardlife. If there’s one thing you pick up from this post, let this be it!
  2. Amika Bombshell Blow Out Spray: This spray is perfect for us fine-haired ladies. It’s a spray so it won’t weigh your hair down like a mousse would. Also, it works when you both blow dry and air dry your hair. I use mine every time I wash my hair!
  3. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo + Conditioner: Alterna products are a step above the rest. I discovered this brand largely on accident after using my Beauty Insider points to purchase a few samples of their shampoo. After I used the samples, I was hooked, and this is now my go-to shampoo/conditioner. I even got my sister hooked. We’re also convinced this makes your hair thicker over time. This stuff is MAGIC you guys! Cannot rave about it enough 💕
  4. Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction: This is another product I use every time I wash my hair. You only need a little so you can make even a sample size last months. Just as the name says, it protects your hair in 10 different ways from anti-breakage, heat protection, UV protection, smoothing, etc. yet is still light enough for fine hair. This was a game-changer in my hair routine, and I think is another reason why my hair feels thicker and healthier than it has before!

Whew! Didn’t realize this post would be so long! But there are just SO many good products I didn’t want to miss one! Make sure to stay tuned for the Sephora Fall VIB Sale, and I’ll be sure to update this post once they release the official dates. 🤗

Kev and I had a great time at the Minnesota Wild Hockey game on Tuesday! Unfortunately, they lost, but it was still a really fun experience. Tonight, we’re going over to my sisters to have dinner since my Dad is in town for a workshop. My Dad is a donut aficionado so tomorrow I’m taking him to Bogart’s for a morning treat before he leaves for home. I’m excited to see his face once he sees all their flavors!

xo,

LO

 

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