Friday, September 20, 2019

Amazon Beauty Finds Under $50

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Who loves a good beauty find?  What's even better, is finding a great product that actually works, and is affordable!  In this weeks Rachael's Radar, I'm sharing my some favorite beauty finds, and they're all under $50!  In fact, most of them are under $20.  You're welcome.

1. I have tried a lot of dry shampoos, and have only found a couple that I like, and actually keep my grease at bay.  However, they're all over $20 a bottle! So when this one was recommended to me last year, I was excited to give it shot.  And I love it!!  Not only does it work just as well as my favorite high end dry shampoo, but it leaves less of a white residue in my hair, and smells so good.  I use the coconut formula, but if you're not a fan of coconut, it does come in other formula's/smells.  I haven't tried the others, so I can't speak of their performance, but I'd say they're worth try.  I also love that it's free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and is gluten free.  Oh yea, it's under $8 a bottle!

2. These beauty sponges are the best!  In the past couple of years, I have leaned that the tools you use to apply your makeup, make a big difference.  The better the brush, the more even application you'll get.  This also holds true with beauty sponges.   The best that I have found are by Beauty Blender, but at $17 to $20 a sponge, they aren't the most affordable.  Especially since the sponge needs to be replaced every couple of months.  I had seen a few influences talk about these BEAKEY sponges, so I decided to try them, and I'm glad that I did.  They make the perfect Beauty Blender dupe!  Plus you get a package of 5 for under $9.

3. I'm constantly on the hunt for good makeup brushes that are affordable.  And to be honest, my list is slim.  As I mentioned earlier, the brushes you use do make a difference in your makeup application.  The better the brush blends, the better your makeup will look!  Because I like to invest in good brushes, I have a high standard when it comes to affordable brushes.  Not only do I need them to blend well, but I can't stand when the bristles fall out, or the brush handle breaks. I've always found the Real Techniques brand to be a great option for affordable brushes, and I love this eye set!  Not only do I use it daily for myself, but I have a couple of sets that I use on my clients when giving makeovers. Plus, they're currently on sale for under $5!

4. If you follow along on my Instagram, then you have heard me talk about this hair dryer multiple times, plus I have a tutorial on how to use it saved to my highlights.  I picked this up during Prime Day after hearing both influencers and friends rave about it.  Not only does it cut down on my drying time, but I find it easier to handle than my normal hairdryer.  The best part is that it gives my hair more volume!  It took me a few time to get use to it, but it's all I use to dry my hair now, and I'd recommend it to everyone!

5. Okay, so I don't actually own this makeup bag yet, but I do currently have it in my cart.  I need a new travel makeup bag, and thought this made a cute LV dupe! Plus it has amazing reviews! It looks like a great size, and you can't beat the price!

6. How cute is the marble print on this makeup train case?  It's funny because I've seen so many people rave about this case is the past six months, and I've had mine for two years!  I actually own the larger size so I can travel with all of my makeup for demos and makeovers, but I think I need this smaller size for my personal weekend travels.  It's available in multiple colors, and most are under $20.

7. This brush cleanser is the best!  Not only does it easily clean all the makeup off of your brush, but it also dries within seconds, so you can use the brush right after cleaning it!  Plus it sanitizes, and smells really good. It's perfect for a quick brush cleaning!

8. This mascara is the bomb.  A friends of mine introduced me to it last year, and I ended up switching out my Super Hero mascara for it!  Not only does it add incredible length, but the formula is a deep black, making my lashes really pop!  I still can't get over the fact that this mascara is under $5!!! I do have to admit, currently, this is not what I use for mascara, as I have found a better option (with great ingredients), but if you're looking for an affordable find, then I highly recommend this Princess Lash!

Tell me in the comments if you use any of these products too.  Also if you have a favorite affordable beauty find, I'd love to hear what it is!

XO Rachael
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Rachael's Radar

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Hi friends!  I hope every one's week is off to a great start.  As many of you know, I've been a little inconsistent with blogging his year.  Between my five-year-old son's chronic illness, my beauty business growing, and just everyday life of a SAHM, life got a bit overwhelming causing me to put Threads for Thomas on the back burner.  It was hard putting the blog aside, as it's something I truly love and enjoy, so that's why I'm excited to announce that I'm back!  Tyler is healthy and doing great, and he and his brother started Kindergarten this month, which means more free time for the blog!  I'll be back posting weekly, and I'm also excited to bring back Rachael's Radar!  Each week I'll be sharing five items that are currently on my Radar.  These are items that I'm loving, purchasing for myself, and putting on my dream wish list.  Here are the seven that I have my eye on this week:

1. Embroidered Dress: How adorable is this dress?  I'm loving the boho feel and eyelet detailing.  It reminds me of a Free People dress, but for half the price! I will look great paired with booties and a leather jacket, and I can also see myself wearing it as a tunic over skinny jeans.  This dress also comes in black and in white.

2. Henley: Speaking of Free People, I can never get enough of their thermals!  This henley thermal is such a great cut, and one I'll wear with both jeans and leggings.

3. Leopard Belt: I don't know about you, but I'm all about leopard print this season. What I love about this belt, is that it is a subtle way to add the print to your outfit without being overwhelming.  Pair it with jeans and a white top, and it's the perfect pop of leopard.

4. Cult Gia Bootie: These booties are just so cool!  They're definitely a wish list item, as they're a bit out my price range, but I just had to share them with you!

5. Leopard scarf: One can never have too much leopard.  That's my motto this fall!  I'm loving the neutral colors of this scarf, and it's another simple way to add the animal print into your wardrobe.

6.  Leopard Sweatshirt: Speaking of leopard......  I'm loving the cut of this sweatshirt!  Not only does the oversized fit look super cozy, but it has side slits, and the back comes longer covering the bum.  This is the perfect top for both jeans and leggings.

7.  Pocket Legging: I've actually been looking at these leggings for a while, and finally purchased them last week.  I love that the pocket and cuffed hem give them a jogger look, but they still fit like a leggings.  I'm happy that I finally pulled the trigger on them because they are so soft, and different from the other leggings that I own.  They come in multiple colors (I got the Dusty Mushroom) and are currently 40% off!

Xo Rachael
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Friday, August 30, 2019

The Best End Of Summer Dress & Labor Day Sales

Button Front Dress
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Happy Labor Day weekend! Although I'm sad to see summer come to an end, I do have to admit that fall is my favorite season, and I love dressing for the transitional weather!  It makes me so happy when it's still warm enough in the daytime to wear my favorite dress or denim shorts, then as the night cools off, I can throw on a cozy sweater and a cute pair of booties.  It's like getting the best of both seasons at once!  

Speaking of transitional weather, this Button Front Dress happens to be the perfect dress for this time of year! Although it is technically a summer dress, the material is on the heavier side (I love that it's not thin and flimsy!) which made it too hot for me to wear in the dead of summer.  Now that the weather has started to cool down, this dress is ideal for these 70 degree days.  The slightly longer sleeves and midi length also make it perfect for entering into the fall.  I can wear it now with my sandals, then as the weather cools off even more, I'll add a pair of booties and a leather jacket for a cute fall look!

Wishing you all a great weekend, and start to the fall!  We'll be enjoying one last weekend at the lake, then the twins start kindergarten!  I still can't believe it!  Whether you're hanging home, or squeezing in one last beach weekend, make sure to check out the Labor Day Sales that are happening!  I rounded up my top sale picks below, and all my picks are items that are perfect for entering the fall!

Blue Button Front Dress

Summer Dress

Blue Dress

Button Front Midid Dress

Shop Labor Day Sale

Abercrombie & Fitch: Take 50% site wide. Some exclusions apply.

Aerie: Take 40% off!

J.Crew: Take 40% off your purchase, plus and additional 50% off sale items!  Use code: SUNSET

Nordstrom: Summer Sale.  Save up to 40% off select items.

Sole Society: Select styles up to 70% off!

Victoria Emerson: Take 40% off your purchase!

Happy Shopping!  
XO Rachael