Sephora Spring Sale Picks

Happy Friday Friends!! I know I normally do my Instagram round ups on Friday, but there is a HUGE Sephora sale happening that needs immediate attention! The weekly roundup will be up later today or tomorrow!

Twice a year, Sephora holds a site-wide sale for their Beauty Insiders. This is a big deal because they don’t hold site-wide sales any other time of year. I typically stock up on all of my beauty products for the next 6 months during these sales because, let’s be honest, good quality beauty products are expensive! If you’re not already a beauty insider, it’s free to sign up and you instantly gain access to the sale!

Typically, you get 10-20% off site-wide depending on the amount you spend at Sephora in a year. But, I was lucky enough to gain access to all of the sale codes, and I’m sharing them in this post! eeek!! It’s like Christmas!

The sale ends 5/6 and items WILL sell out. Some of my favorites that always go fast are my shampoo and conditioner that I’ve used for years and have also gotten my sister hooked on. We swear it makes our fine/thin hair thicker! My CC cream that I use on my hair before blow-drying. This stuff is life changing – makes my hair hydrated in the winter and not a flat mess in the summer! Also, I’ve had one tube over 2 years! And my foundation, which lasts a full 18 hours!

Also, this is a great time to invest in pricey items like my straightener and curling wand (which comes as a convertible base and wand attachment). These are the top products I would recommend. I’ve rounded up others I own and use regularly below in both makeup and hair categories!

And ICYMI, I did a spring makeup tutorial on stories yesterday – it’s all saved to my Instagram highlights and almost every product included is part of the sale! You can also find every product used linked here!


10% off with code HEYINSIDER

15% off with code HEYVIB

20% off with code HEYROUGE




Sephora Beauty Insider Event 2018: Favorite Products on Sale!

Popular Beauty Blogger Lauren Meyer of The Lo Meyer Blog shares her favorite items from the Sephora Beauty Insider Event and Sephora Sale 2018

It’s that time of year again! The Sephora Beauty Insider Event is underway with huge sales site wide!

As you all know, I buy a TON of my everyday beauty products from Sephora. I mean, the fact that I’m a “VIB Rouge” with them gives you some indication of how much I “invest” in makeup and beauty products every year (lol). I think it’s a solid investment, even if Kevin doesn’t always agree 😉

The sale is open to VIB Rouges only through today and opens to ALL beauty insiders tomorrow! There is still time to sign up to become a beauty insider! It’s Sephora’s free rewards program, and it’ll let you gain access to the sale starting tomorrow. Through the sale, VIB Rouges can get 20% off SITE WIDE with code “YESROUGE”. Starting tomorrow through 9/3, VIB members get 15% off site wide with code “YESVIB”, and Beauty Insiders get 10% off with code “YESINSIDER”.

This sale is the perfect time to stock up on your everyday necessities or splurge on those big ticket items. Last year, I splurged on my straightener and am so happy I grabbed it! No more damaged ends 🙌And, if you’ve been eyeing up my curling wand or my self-tanner those are both included too! This sale is also a great time to grab gifts for the holidays. Yes, I’m aware it’s still August, but your Nov-Dec frazzled self will thank you! Sephora has a TON of great gift sets that are perfect to give as is OR separate out into individual gifts.

I took an Instagram poll yesterday to see exactly what you all wanted in this post. A product roundup by category (like I did for the sale this Spring) or a round up of ONLY my favorite products I use. A roundup of my favorite products won out by a landslide! Below you’ll find just over 50 products that I use on a weekly basis from Sephora. Keep in mind – this includes everything from skincare to haircare to makeup/makeup brushes! I’ve captioned stand outs that I use everyday or highly recommend grabbing on sale like this lipstick that I wear in almost every photo (shade Caramello) and the only shampoo and conditioner I’ve used for the last 2 years!

Click on each item below to shop the product! And remember, items are selling out so if you want something – GRAB it! They have a very liberal return policy!

What items are you planning to grab?



The Best Drugstore Makeup Dupes for High-End Makeup

Popular Beauty Blogger Lauren Meyer of The Lo Meyer Blog shares The Best Drugstore Makeup Dupes for High-End Makeup

For the longest time, buying high-end makeup was a point of pride for me. In some cases, high-end makeup really is the best option. There are instances when the quality is better, and it lasts longer. But, after experimenting with quite a few drugstore products over the last few months,  there are a lot of instances when budget friendly alternatives perform just as well, if not better than their high-end counterparts. And, let’s be honest, if I can save a few bucks on makeup here and there, that leaves more money for the important things in life. Like shoes 😉

When I shared the drugstore foundation I’ve been using lately (and loving!) on Instagram stories last week, you all LOVED it! So many messages rolled in with requests to share all of my drugstore faves immediately. So, I’m excited to share a whole round up here! I’m giving my honest opinion on the best drugstore makeup dupes and also letting you know what products I think are worth paying a bit more for.

All of my drugstore to high-end dupes are in the graphics below separated by categories! Click on each image in the photo or product name below to shop! I’ve detailed my top finds at the bottom as well as the items that didn’t make the cut!

High End: Make Up Forever Primer | Estée Lauder Foundation | Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector | Kat Von D Translucent Powder

Drugstore: NYX Honey Dew Me UpL’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte | Pixi Color Corrector | NYX HD Finishing Powder


High End: Urban Decay Beached Bronzer | Tarte Blush | Tarte Highlight | Urban Decay Setting Spray

Drugstore: Milani Baked Bronzer | Milani Baked Blush | E.L.F. Highlight | NYX Matte Setting Spray

High End: Urban Decay Naked Basics | STILA Liquid Eyeliner | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz | Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Drugstore: NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette |L’Oréal Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner | NYX Micro Brow Pencil | L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara


L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte ($13) dupe for Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place ($42)

Let me start off by saying, I am FIERCELY loyal to my Estée Lauder foundation. Or, I was. Prior to trying the L’Oréal Infallible, I had been using the Estée Lauder foundation for 2 years and had raved about it more than once on the blog and Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, it is a very good foundation. It’s mattifying, long wearing and doesn’t oxidize (turn orange throughout the day). But, the L’Oréal foundation is also just as mattifying, long lasting, doesn’t oxidize, AND it costs $13 as opposed to $43. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that this was literally the same product in different packaging. And, I think the L’Oréal is more mattifying over a longer period of time!

A few things to note: First, I have very sensitive, acne prone skin. Neither foundation broke me out. Second, both foundations have a range of shades to cover any skin type. I am neutral toned and, although the Estée Lauder definitely has a greater range of shades, I feel the L’Oréal foundation is neutral enough it can work for yellow, red or neutral undertones. (Foundation Pro-Tip: when in doubt, always go with a neutral shade!). I am currently between shade 106 and 107 of the L’Oréal depending on how tan I am and am shade 3N1 in Estée.


NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($10) dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21)

NYX is like high-end makeup disguised in drugstore packaging. The quality is hard to beat! Before trying their Micro Brow Pencil, I had been using various Anastasia Beverly Hill pencils (the Wiz then the Definer). Both are great, but rather pricey. One thing that always turned me off from drugstore brow pencils was that I felt they were either always too warm toned or not pigmented enough. The NYX pencil is a different story. Ever since I tried the NYX pencil in Ash Brown, I haven’t even considered picking up the more expensive, Anastasia alternative. It is a true dupe and saves you about $10 dollars. In my opinion, Ash Brown will work for most dirty blonde – darker brown tones as it’s easy to build upon to make it darker and is a true “ash” color (more cool v. warm toned).


NYX HD Finish Powder ($10) dupe for Kat Von D Translucent Powder ($30)

One of my first posts on the blog detailed my foundation routine, and translucent powder is a big step for me. I use it to set the concealer on my under-eye as well as on my lids before applying eyeshadow. Many people use it to set their whole face; however, I use a powder foundation for that. Now, I still have the same pot of Kat Von D powder I featured in this post. A little goes a long way, and it lasts forever. So you do truly get a lot for what you pay for. But, that being said, NYX works just as well and lasts just as long. It also does a great job at keeping you matte throughout the day. So, when I know I’ll be in humid conditions, I’ll often apply the NYX powder to my t-zone to avoid any excess oil.


L’Oréal Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($9) dupe for STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22)

Although I don’t often do a full winged eyeliner look anymore, I often like to line my upper lid with liquid liner. Given I have lighter colored lashes, I find this makes my eyes pop a bit more and accentuates my lashes. A girlfriend of mine, who is a pro at winged eyeliner, recommended Stila to me. She’s a med school resident and swears that Stila lasts all day. And, my thoughts are, if it lasts for someone who works as hard as med students do, it’ll probably work for the average Joe! But, the price tag always got me! When I discovered the L’Oréal dupe, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it lasts just as long as the Stila but costs only $9. I’m on my second L’Oréal Eyeliner and don’t plan on going back!

Here are some items that I didn’t find a good drugstore alternative for:


I tried, but always go back to the Becca Aqua Luminous Concealer I’ve been using since last Fall. The reason being that it’s super hydrating and provides great coverage. So it works for both under-eye and blemishes. If you’re looking for a drugstore option, I suggest using Maybelline Instant Age Rewind for under-eye and Maybelline Fit Me for blemishes. The Age Rewind is great for covering dark circles but not pigmented enough for blemishes. Whereas the Fit Me I found to be too drying on the under-eye and can leave you with a “cakey/creasy” effect.


I have tried 3-4 different lash primers but ALWAYS go back to Benefit Tinted Lash Primer. It’s the only one that separates and lengthens lashes but doesn’t cause your mascara to clump. Although L’Oréal makes a great Lash Primer, I found that it caused my mascara to become very clumpy over time. It’s as if some of the primer rubbed off on my mascara wand and ruined the product. Plus, the Benefit primer is tinted and is great for giving you that “no makeup makeup” look on days when you’re trying to look put together but don’t feel like going the whole nine yards!


I am sticking with my powder Benefit foundation. It lasts forever, so I’m okay paying the price because I know I’ll have it for years. Like I mentioned above, I like to use a powder foundation over my liquid to really help set everything in place. I found that a lot of the drugstore powder foundations I tried gave me a very cakey appearance and weren’t flattering. The Benefit is very natural yet pigmented. Something that’s hard to come by. This one is worth paying a bit more for!


My favorite brow gel from Anastasia Beverly Hills just can’t be beat. It’s like super glue for your brows. After you fill in your brows, you apply this overtop to hold the hairs in place and make sure the product doesn’t smudge. I’ve tried other more budget-friendly products but they fail to keep the hairs or product in place. This is another one that I’m happy to pay a bit more for. Luckily, it lasts a long time. The last tube I picked up in October 2017 is still going strong!


And, lastly, I’m still loving the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. It’s the only one I’ve found that lasts literally all day  – no matter how much you eat or drink – without getting flakey or dry. If you’re looking for similar shades at a better price, I suggest trying out NYX’s line of liquid lipsticks. However, they do not last nearly as long and you have to reapply after eating or drinking!

Phew! That got quite lengthy, but there’s so much to share I didn’t want to miss anything! I hope you all found this helpful! You can find most of these products at Sephora, Ulta (they have both high-end and drugstore products) or Target!

And, as a friendly reminder, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends THIS Sunday! Head here to read all of my posts for the sale and stay tuned Sunday for one last roundup of in stock items!



Reader’s Favorites for May – Instagram Round Up

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

I know what you’re thinking, “Lauren, it’s almost July, May is a distant memory.” But, better late than never right? 😋

I had such a great response from April’s post that I wanted to be sure to squeeze this in, even after my blog break!

So, I rounded up the top 10 bestsellers from May in an Instagram round up! I’m including product, sizing & price details below every photo!

As always, thank YOU for your continued support of this blog! I’m truly honored to be able to call this my job and keep inspiring you all month after month! 😍

Top retailers include Nordstrom, Loft, Target, American Eagle, Sephora & Amazon

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Loft Tank Dress

  • XS – fits TTS – works for petites & regulars!
  • $70
  • comes in 2 colors

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

AE Olive Tank

  • XS – TTS
  • $10 (on sale!)
  • comes in 6 colors!

Amazon Prime Bralette – This bralette has been a bestseller for the last few months!

  • S – typically a 34/32B
  • I suggest going with the padded version so you don’t have to wear a bra!
  • $14
  • comes in 5 colors (padded/unpadded versions!)

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

AE Sweatshirt – I may be wearing this as we speak – LOL.

  • XS – TTS, oversized fit so size down if you want it tighter
  • $23 (on sale!)
  • Comes in 6 colors
  • Also comes in a similar tee version for $14 here
  • Super lightweight so perfect for summer mornings & nights.

Ripped Knee Skinny Jeans – bestseller for 2nd month in a row!

  • 26 – sized up for more of a straight leg fit; size DOWN if you want them to be skinnies; they don’t come in petite so I cuff them!
  • $58

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

Topshop “Mom” Shorts – literally started posting these at the end of the month when I got them so you know they’re good if they’re already bestsellers!

  • US 4 (normally 25/0) – Size up one as these go off of UK sizes & have no stretch! (there’s a size guide on the product’s page)
  • $42 (on sale!)
  • High waisted so ultra flattering and perfect for hiding food babies 😋

Old Navy Double Strap Sandals – the comfiest, inexpensive sandals I’ve ever owned!

  • 7 – suggest sizing up if you’re a half size as they only have whole sizes (I’m typically 6.5)
  • $18 (on sale!)
  • Comes in 4 colors

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

Loft Sweater Tank – shared again on Instagram yesterday because it’s THAT good!

  • XS – sizes running out quickly on this one, but it does come in limited petite sizes here. I could have easily sized down to XXS or XSP to have it be a bit shorter, but the XS works too! (there wasn’t too much of a difference to be honest!)
  • $45
  • Comes in 3 colors
  • Perfect to wear to work then out at night!

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

Leith Wrap Top from Nordstrom – bestseller 2 months in a row!

  • XS – TTS – A girlfriend of mine who is taller (over 5’7″) also has this top, and it fits her well too!!
  • $27 (on sale!!)
  • Comes in 3 colors!
  • Another one that’s perfect for work to night!

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

Levi 721 Skinny Jeans in “Rugged Indigo” – one of my favorite pairs and another bestseller of all time!

  • 25 – TTS – these have NO stretch so if you’re looking for a little give, size up! I cuff them as they don’t come in petite
  • $88
  • Also available here!

St Tropez Dark Self Tanner

  • $44 – & yes it’s worth it! (one bottle lasts about 3 months with weekly use)
  • The only self tanner that doesn’t turn orange because it has a green tint out of the bottle so gives you an olive glow!
  • Lasts 7-10 days even with shaving & working out!
  • I recently picked up the extra dark self tanner and am loving that even more!
  • Can be used on your face without breaking out; however, I use this serum on my face/neck every morning for anti-aging and tanning (again, worth it!)

Kevin & I are off to Madison today for one of my best friend’s weddings tomorrow! I remember when she and her fiancé first got together back in 2010 (I took the first photo of them!). So exciting they’re finally tying the knot! We’re squeezing in dinner tonight with my mom downtown and then going out with some friends! It’ll be a fun (and busy) weekend 🙂

Make sure to follow along on Instagram + Instagram Stories!


PS – if you see any products in the photos above that you want details of that aren’t part of the “bestseller” roundup, please message me on instagram or email at 💗


5 Expert Tips For Gorgeous Healthy Hair

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You guys have been requesting a post on haircare tips for a while now! So, I’m happy to be bringing you some of the best haircare tips straight from the experts. The experts being my hairdresser of the last 10 years (yes 10!) and yours truly 😉

If you know me at all, you know that my hair is something of a point of pride for me. It used to border on an obsession, but I like to think I’ve toned it down over the last few years. Think of a hairstyle or color, and I’ve likely had it. So short that I couldn’t grip it in the back to almost down to my waist. From white-blonde to dark brown and even orange, I’ve put my hair through a lot! But, I’ve also learned a lot about how to best take care of my hair to ensure healthy growth and volume.  Today, I’m sharing the best haircare tips I’ve picked up along the way. Many of which have come directly from my hair stylist, Amber.

By the way, if you’re in the Madison, WI area, I encourage you to seek out Amber for your next cut/color. She’s taken me from a super short bob circa ’09 to long locks and back. She’s also responsible for my many hair colors. She is a GENIUS and just a cool chick (in addition to being drop dead gorgeous)! And, she is one of the people I miss most from Madison! She has no idea I’m writing this post or giving her a shout-out, so this is in no way sponsored by her! Here’s her Facebook and her Instagram. Leave her some love!!

On to the hair – Here are my 5 expert tips for the gorgeous healthy hair you’ve ALWAYS wanted!

1. Products Matter

If you’re like me, living with a frugal person or are a frugal person, you’re likely always trying to save that extra buck. Skimping on hair products can seem like an easy way to do this. However, by buying cheap, drugstore hair products you’re doing your hair a disfavor. Many drugstore products contain sulfates and parabens. Sulfates create that lathering effect in shampoos, and parabens are preservatives to keep your shampoo fresh.

In recent years, scientists have determined that these two ingredients are actually dangerous to our scalps when used. Suflates can be carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and can lead to hair loss given the abrasive nature of the chemical. They also are extremely drying on your hair as they eliminate a majority of the oil from our scalps, some of which we need to keep our hair healthy and moisturized! Parabens have been linked to other cancers (notably breast tumors) and have been known to irritate certain skin conditions.

The science behind these two chemicals is ongoing, and there are still questions as to the exact link between sulfates/parabens and cancers. However, why not be safe than sorry and avoid these two ingredients altogether?

Alterna Haircare is a great company that sells affordable, high-end shampoos/conditioners that are sulfate and paraben free. Their Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture shampoo and conditioner are good for any hair type. And, as you can guess from the title, they’re perfect for fighting the effects of aging in hair. I started using this line from a sample I got at Sephora, fell so in love with it that I know purchase them in the 16.5oz tubs. It’s all I’ve used the last 18 months. My sister started using the line last fall, and we’re both convinced it’s made our hair thicker even though it’s not advertised to do so. I am in LOVE with their products, and you’ll see a lot of them in this post.

2. Wash & Condition Your Hair The Right Way

You’re probably thinking, there’s not a lot to that right? You just wash and condition it? Wrong! This is something my hairdresser clued me in on a few years ago that was life changing to me. I complained to her that I felt like I was going through an insane amount of shampoo every day for how short my hair was then. She told me that most people will get their hair wet before shampooing and “wring” it out so to speak to get excess water out. You should NOT do this. When you shampoo your hair, you want your hair to be sopping wet all the way to your scalp. This helps the shampoo slide between the hair and scalp to help it lather better. Think – if you apply hand soap on dry hands, it doesn’t lather, right? But, once you add water it instantly lathers. I promise if you try this, you will use about 1/3 of the shampoo you normally do!

When you condition, you should gently wring your hair out to remove excess water. Then condition from the mid-shaft down. After the conditioner is through your ends, you can lightly run your hands through the top of your hair if you need to; however, only do this with a very small amount of conditioner. More conditioner on your scalp = a lot more build-up.

3. Wash Your Hair 1-3 Times a Week

If I could capture the look on people’s faces when I tell them I only wash my hair once a week – LOL – it’s priceless!  It’s easy to wash my hair less frequently when it’s longer, but I still only washed it 2-3 times a week pre-extensions. I have two secrets to get away with this. One, dry shampoo. Say it with me, dry shampoo is your best friend. I only ever use this dry shampoo because it actually cleans your hair instead of just masking it with products (technology!). I use it 4-5 times a week and a can lasts me about 2-3 months depending.

Second secret – have a routine for how you style your hair when it gets dirty. This might look like day 1: hair straight, day 2: hair curled, day 3: hair half up or braided, day 4: top knot. That way, as your hair gets greasier you don’t have to use as much dry shampoo on all of it. You can put parts of it up to hide the dirtier areas. It also takes the hassle out of thinking about how to style your hair for the day!

4. Use a Scalp Exfoliator Every 1-2 Weeks

Ever feel like the water in the shower just hits your head and runs off, never getting absorbed by your hair? Or maybe, your freshly washed hair looks greasy and oily within hours of washing it? Or maybe, you have little white flecks/balls in your hair that don’t look like dandruff but are definitely coming from your scalp? You likely have product build-up on your hands.

When you don’t wash your hair frequently, use dry shampoo, use cheaper products or even just use a lot of products on a daily basis, you’re bound to get scalp build-up. I was helping a girlfriend with her hair for a party last year and had a feeling she had a build-up situation going on. She complained about her hair getting greasy quickly, and I noticed it just felt like there was product in it even though she had washed it an hour prior. When asked, she confirmed it felt like shampoo just ran off it. I had her get this Scalp Exfoliator that I use. When I saw her next, I could tell she had used it. Her hair looked like she had 3X the volume as normal because it was no longer weighed down by product, and she was so happy to have healthy hair again.

Even with extensions, I still use this facial scalp exfoliator (hello, dry shampoo queen over here!). However, I just use it on my crown above where the first extensions are. You can find this scalp exfoliator here (called “Exfoliating Scalp Facial”). I originally bought it from Sephora, but it’s actually 1/3 of the price on Amazon, and it’s the same product!

5. Don’t Forget Your Ends

We’ve paid a lot of attention to your roots and scalp in this post. However, the ends of your hair, especially in this dry weather, are equally important. Maintaining healthy ends allows you to go to the hairdresser less frequently and allows your hair to grow healthier and longer faster. At the same time I tried the shampoo and conditioner, I also tried Alterna’s CC cream for hair and fell in love. It protects against 10 different things (UV light, heat etc) and makes your hair incredibly shiny. I put this on my hair, mid-shaft down, before drying. After drying, I apply Moroccan Oil to my ends to eliminate any frizziness. Both of these products are pricey up front, but I haven’t replaced either in over a year and still have half of the bottles left. So, they’re definitely worth the investment!

A side note – all of the products I listed are SAFE to use on tape-in hair extensions! Just be sure you do not use Moroccan Oil anywhere near your bonds or else they will slip (any oil based product can cause slippage!).

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Follow these 5 tips, and you’ll have gorgeous hair in no time! I’ve linked all of the products in the descriptions and in the “shop the post” widget below. I also linked my robe which is under $40! If you’re thinking of getting any products, I highly suggest the Alterna Shampoo and Conditioner. Having a solid shampoo/conditioner will go a long way for getting you that healthy, gorgeous hair you’ve always wanted!

Do you have any tips or tricks you swear by for haircare? Let me know in the comments below!



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