Are you sad that summer is ending or are you excited for fall? Maybe even both like I am? You probably already know that summer is my favorite season if you follow me on Instagram. I am a summer baby after all.
Up The Coast
My best friend since our preschool days just had her first baby. She lives near Seattle now so we visited her family out there. We went to Portland for two days then took the train up.
Portland was a breath of fresh air. All the locals we met were so friendly. Even walking along the street, people would say hi and offer to help. Everything and everyone was so chill.
We surprisingly fit a lot in 2 days!
-Voodoo Donuts (open 24/7)
-Sizzle Pie (open late)
-pizza food pyramid mural
-Rose Garden/Hoyt Arboretum/Washington Park (Japanese Garden, Holocaust Memorial, Oregon Zoo, etc. are also located in the same park!)
-Wasabi Sushi (sushi donut!)
-Coalition Brewing (CBD-infused beer)
-Pine Street Market (reminds me of The Packing District in California near Disneyland)
-Portland, OR white stag sign
-keep Portland weird mural
-Powell’s City of Books
-Alder Food Cart Pods
-Pioneer Courthouse Square
Getting around downtown Portland is so quick and easy. You could take their MAX train or walk like we did. I filmed a vlog which I’m still debating on whether I’ll post but if I do it’ll be up on my YouTube channel @ExploreBeautyXO and will add the link here.
I’d definitely go back to Portland again. Seattle, probably not. Most of the Portland attractions are free and easy to do on a budget so that’s a definite plus. I don’t want to offend any Seattle locals but let’s just say that ones we happened to meet there were more aggressive than friendly.
My friends live outside the city so we spent a few days in downtown Seattle and the rest of the trip at their house. It was nice getting away for a bit.
Beauty & Wellness Favorites
–Bath & Body Works shower steamers: This is my newest obsession from B&BW. If you love their Aromatherapy lotions and candles, you will likely love this TOO! I got the “Energy” scent which is perfect when I have to get up early (and by early, I mean before noon 😂). I found that it helps with nausea too! This scent is made of orange and ginger. I purchased this myself. Would definitely repurchase this scent and try the other shower steamer scents too! Highly, highly recommend.
–CBD for Life lavender roll-on: I use this mainly to help tone down my migraines, but it helps with other conditions like anxiety, nausea, muscle pain, insomnia, etc. For more info, check out my YouTube video: https://youtu.be/vMN4t5wDcBs. I talk about how I met the brand and their products.
–Sol de Janeiro Ipanema Sunset glow oil: this summer was all about dewy looks and I think this oil perfectly sums it up. First impression was that it smells AH-MAZING. Seriously. So. Good. I love how versatile it is too. You can use it in place of lotion (so hydrating!) or as a highlighter for the face/body. It’s long lasting and have I mentioned how amazing it smells?! I received this via Octoly where creators can get complimentary items in exchange for honest reviews (if you want to sign up: www.octoly.com/creators?cref=hbo10).
–theBalm girls’ getaway trio: At first I thought this blush/contour set was too bronze-y for me, but as summer grew closer, I found myself reaching for it more and more. By summertime it was my go-to. It gives you the perfect sun-kissed look. Lasts all day and the packaging is perfect for traveling too!
–L’Oreal sublime bronze tanning milk: Last but not least, this lotion. I’ll give you the pros and the cons. Pros: affordable, easy to apply, subtle tan, appears fast, doesn’t streak when applied, buildable. Cons: fades fast if not applied daily, streaks badly as it is fading. Overall I would still recommend if you can keep up with the consistent application. Check out my Instagram if you’d like to see a photo of me wearing it. I received this complimentary via Influenster (http://www.influenster.com/r/3472314) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Did you have any summer favorites? Want to share a fun trip? Any fall products you are excited about?! Let me know your thoughts!
I have several giveaways planned so make sure to follow me on Instagram @ExploreBeautyXO too! I have a makeup giveaway starting on the 1st of every month (most recent one was $500 worth of YSL luxury makeup!) and I have an organizer giveaway coming up soon too. The holidays are coming up fast and I’d love to hear what is on your wish list!