So lately my obsession has been subscription boxes/bags/whatever if you haven’t noticed. They are all so convenient and cute! I’m lucky I can use my social media influence to try them before they come out! Since it’s April 30th and tomorrow is May I’d like to share what’s gonna be in the May Ellie Box! Ellie Activewear has a monthly subscription of Activewear /lifestyle products at a really great price. It’s 5 items that always include a sports bra, a top and leggings or capris and then two other items for 50$ a month. If you think about it a nice pair of leggings is that price already! It’s a subscription box that I have gotten two of now. I loved my first one so when they wanted to send me another I was so exited! Number one the box it comes in is soooo pretty. 😍 Also the stuff that comes inside is super cute and useful for a healthy lifestyle! Below is what was in my box and then I’ll go over everything on its own.
The tank top, sports bra and leggings are a matching set from a brand called Marika. They are really good quality and could be worn to workout or just an athliesure outfit. The sports bra has those cute cutouts and I’d even wear it as a bralette! It has removable padding as well. The other two things are a Marika arm band that holds your phone while you workout. You don’t realize how convenient this is until you use it in your workout! It’s really nice and can fit most phones I’d say. The last thing was sort of unique it’s a set of stress balls that have different levels of resistance. That might sound a little silly but they are fun to play with if you’re doing computer work or just reading a book or something.
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I have got to say I am no less than impressed with the subscription box from Sephora called the Play Box. I had heard about it from a girl at work, we are all obsessed with makeup! She said it was only 10$ a month so I had to look into it! I went on my Sephora App, which is great by the way, and they had a little tan all about the box. I have my credit card on my app so I bought it right then! I got an email that I was confirmed. I didn’t get into the subscription program until about two months later because there was a waiting list! When I finally got an email that I would be getting an April box.
When it came in the mail I knew right away what it was. The box was red white and black and it said “Play!” On the front. Below is a photo of what was inside!
1. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench
2. Purity Face Cleanser
3. Sephora Brand Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
5. Makeup Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil
6. Miu Miu perfume
I was so excited to try out everything! That night I washed my face with the cleanser. It smelled really good and I liked it but I had makeup on and it didn’t really take it all off. Then after I used the moisturizer and I really liked it. I love the consistency of it and that it said it would hydrate for 72 hours. I have combination skin so I love a good moisturizer! Then that morning I used the Makeup Forever eye pencil. It went on really well and since it’s hot and sweaty I liked that it was waterproof. It really did stay on all day. I had used the Smashbox primer before and I had already loved it but I enjoyed having a cute little size of it! The waterproof makeup remover worked really well on my Better Than Sex mascara (which is kinda hard to get off) and it was so much easier than trying to scrub it off in the shower. The Miu Miu perfume was cute but it just wasn’t the right smell for me personally.
Overall the box is totally worth the 10$ a month especially if you already buy stuff from Sephora. And who doesn’t love the cute little sizes! It’s really nice to try it in a small size before you buy it for real.
You have probably seen or heard of the company Bootay Bag before. Probably because its so popular and for a good reason! If you haven’t, Bootay Bag is an underwear subscription bag. Every month they send you two new pairs of super cute undies! When you subscribe, you get to pick what styles you like. Chose from Cheeky and Thong, you can chose to only have thongs, sometimes have thongs, or never have thongs. You pick your size and then you can also chose to be sent a bralette as well! The subscription is 12$ a month. If you’re already buying undies from Victorias Secret this is nothing to you! The undies you get are really cute and really nice quality, so its not like you aren’t getting what you want out of your underwear. Its also really nice because it comes right to your door every month its like a little present to yourself! Bootay Bag is also really good at giving back. When you receive your bag and post a photo with the hashtag #UnderMatters they will donate 1$ to the Melanoma Foundation. They have given so much back because of this simple idea. If you are interested in subscribing to Bootay Bag the link is here
Here are some photos of my April Bootay Bag!
Their Instagram page is @Bootay_Bag
As some of you know, I work as a receptionist/makeup artist/ social media manager at a local salon called The Powder Room in Missouri. The salon is also a boutique with everything from Bare Minerals makeup, bath bombs, clothes, purses, candles, and a ton of cute other stuff! Recently we added a new collection of the Quay Australia Sunglasses to our boutique and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Quay is a brand from Melbourne but it has swept across the world like wildfire. You can often see celebs such as J-Lo, Kylie Jenner, Bella Hadid, Jasmine Saunders, Hailey Baldwin and many more wearing these super stylish sunnies. When my boss said we were getting them I thought to myself, “they have these in like Pacsun and other huge stores, this is going to be so popular!” Sure enough I was right. We ordered about 40 different kinds to start off and in just over a week we have sold HALF of our inventory. They are 100% UV protection and are such good quality, comparable to prescription sunglasses in my opinion so I can see why they are so popular. Having them about 10 feet away from me every day isnt good for my wallet but they are all so cute I love each and every pair. They are suitable for all ages and some are even unisex. If you live nearby feel free to stop by The Powder Room and check them out! If you live far away feel free to message me with any questions.
Instagram: @quayaustralia Their Insta
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In case you haven’t noticed in some of my photos (especially ones where my skin looks really good) I tag the company Bali Body. You have probably seen them on Instagram as it’s a pretty popular brand. But is it worth all the hype? I’m here to say YES it really is.
Bali Body is a skincare brand that has gotten world wide recognition for the way it makes your skin glow! They have a wide range of oils, a lotion and even a BB cream! Personally I have tried the Watermelon Oil, the Cacao Tanning Oil, the Tanning/ Body Oil and the Bronzing Lotion. They all smell really good to start off with. I frequently use the Body oil as a lotion because it smells so good and keeps me moisturized. In the summer I always have the tanning oil and when it starts to get colder the Bronzing Loton helps to keep me from being pale while also being a great moisturizer as well. I have only heard good things about the lotion and BB cream and I am eager to try those as well. I have had many people ask me if it really works, is worth the money and lives up to the hype. My answer to those is yes for sure. I would definetly check out their website to decide which product would be best for you if you’re looking to try it! Follow them on Instagram as well.
I love blogging for brands that have a meaning behind them, or ones that give back. When I saw Bootay Bag it had both and I fell in love.
Bootay Bag is a underwear subscription bag that sends you two new pairs of super cute undies every month! You can choose for them to send thongs, full coverage or a mixture of both to fit you! They are all super cute. Bootay Bag is all about promoting inner beauty and confidence in women. Along with raising money for the Melanoma Foundation! How awesome is that? When you get your underwear snap a selfie with the bag, or if you feel comfortable snap one on the undies! For every photo with the hashtag #undermatters Bootay Bag will donate money to the Melanoma Foundation. It’s such a fun and easy way to give back. Go check out their Instagram and their site! They are also now having bralettes that are super cute as well.
These are the ones I got! A full all over lace cheeky pair and a more full coverage black lace with a cross cross on the butt. I love them.
Probably one of the most common questions I get is how, and what I use to edit my photos. People always ask me “What filter is that?” “Did you use an app for that?” and I always tell people but I decided to make a post for those who are curious.
The app I use the most is called VSCO Cam. Its very popular and a lot of people have it. Even celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Sahara Ray and Kylie and Kendall Jenner have talked about it and use it.
I like VSCO Cam because of the simplicity of it and how easy it is to use. Not to mention the filters are probably the best out there. You can find presets that fit any Instagram theme imaginable. The initial app is free and comes with a number of free filters. There is also a store where you can purchase more preset packages that are so worth the price. They even sometimes have specials and sales where some filters are even cheaper or free. I always download them because you never know when a cool filter will come in handy. Another thing I like about VSCO is that it holds your photos within the app so that’s handy so you aren’t filling up your camera roll.
When I upload a photo to VSCO the first thing I do is find a filter that enhances the natural lighting and coloring of the photo. My favorite filter is called C6 and that is the one I use the most. I usually up the brightness of the photo depending on how bright it is already and I ALWAYS up the saturation at least a little bit. I just like the way it makes the colors and skin tones look. VSCO Cam also has options for contrast, warmth, highlighting and things like that for basic photo editing.
The second app I like to use is called Gliche. Its in the Apple App store but I am not sure about Google Play. This app does really cool glitching effects, 3D effects and other really cool overlays for photos. I like using this app to spice up a simple photo or just for fun to play with as well. Gliche is free in the app store and all the effects I have used are free.
Everyone gets blemishes, bruises and unsightly things on their skin so having an editing app for that is a must. My go to is Face Tune. Face Tune is 2.99 in the app store but to me its so worth it! It does a great job of removing blemishes or spots where you need it without over smoothing or making your photo look fake. You can also enhance skin tone, correct red eye, and whiten teeth with Face Tune as well. This app is a must have for those who love selfies or photos with others in it as it can fix pretty much anything wrong in the photo.
Modeling has always been a passion I’ve had ever since I was younger. It’s been my way of flaunting creativity and art. I first began building my career when it first became all about bikinis. Growing up in Florida and always living near the beach, created a massive impact. I would always see all these gorgeous, local bikini shops and it was something I had to have, later becoming my most worn attire. I would always get an abundance of compliments about how I wore them or where I got them from. This is how all of my swimwear collaborations came to a start. I began posting creative pictures of me in bikinis and started getting offers from companies all over. I also had connections with a few friends that manufactured bikinis and knew popular photographers. If you love it and it makes you feel beautiful I say go for it. I am so alarmed when people are afraid to wear a type of bikini because they don’t feel like it “looks right” on them. You’re at the beach, you’re suppose to relax and enjoy every moment, not feel insecure about yourself. It can be difficult sometimes but everything is mentally. You mentally assume to see yourself defined as “not perfect” but us human have a inadequate habit of visualizing the negative and not the positives.
Nudity was something I started composing recently. I was always a big fan about it but was too young to express it. Nudity is an exquisite gem that everyone has but never recognize about it. My confidence about nudity photography was very high due to it being my art of own. It was so much more than what any other individual would see. I had an enormous help from the greatest photographer, Graham Oakley. I was able to express fascination, curves, confidence, beauty, and happiness. Society has their own image of a “perfect body” but in my own little world, everyone has something perfect that should not be negatively judged. Everyone is rare and you should always feel luxurious about themselves.
Studio photos by: Graham Oakley
Barbas and Zacári is a brand that you have probably seen on Instagram before. They have beautiful and unique watches as well as stylish sunglasses! They are known for their minimalistic and chic look that can be worn with literally anything. I have seen their watches be the cute accessory to a swim suit and even the finishing touch on a fancy night out. I personally love all their pieces and can’t wait to see what else they come out with.
One thing I love about Barbas and Zacári is is that they give back! That is so important to me when I work with or blog about a brand. Barbas and Zacári are official partners of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and they are donating 5$ from every watch sale to them. Cancer research is so very important as so many have been effected by it! This touches close to me because both of my grandmothers have had cancer. Check out my Instagram post of them and if you’re interested in buying a watch use my code “Maggie20” for 20% off and all the fight against cancer.
Sirenetta Bikinis is an amazing brand that has some of the cutest prints and cuts!! I can say first hand that they are such quality and really worth getting if you’re a mermaid like me. I recently interviewed the owner about how she got started. Go check out her page @sirenettabikini on Instagram! Read the interview below!
Q: How did you get started with Bikinis?
“When I started I honestly always kinda doodled them and found myself buying bathing suits and thinking they should be this way or that way and then one day I took one of my doodles are actually made it and it turned out pretty good so I just started designing/sewing them as more of a hobby I really like to do. And then one day I literally dropped everything, I was going to school to be a math teacher haha and dropped out and started Sirenetta and although it’s one of the toughest things I’ve done so far, but I seriously love every day of it!”
Q: How do you get engagement?
“In the beginning and still now we are constantly liking others photos on certain tags like #bikini #beachpeople or #beach and/or following others every single day ☺️”
Q: What inspires you?
” I love the fact that it can help the ocean, I try to do everything with the ocean in mind. With reusable mesh bags, recycled hangtags, and a donation towards ocean conservation from every line launched. The ocean is the reason we had swimwear in the first place, we gotta thank it some how 😜👙💕☀️🐠🐟”