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Dianna's Picks: Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials
We've been taking turns here on the blog sharing our summer beauty picks (see what Team BB writers Lauren, Sophia and Ashley are loving), and now it's my turn. While I don't have much time to devote to my beauty routine these days, I've been able to focus on fewer products that are hopefully better, and yes, a bit more expensive...but I'm in my mid-thirties now, so it's allowed. Here's what I've been using this summer that I think you'll love, too:

Off the Rack: H&M 30% Off Coupon, Coachella Fashions & More

Spring fashion at H&M
There's a lot going on at H&M for spring, from festival fashions to a Louvre-inspired Conscious Collection to Earth Week perks. First, if you want to get your festival chic on, check out the H&M x Coachella collection filled with high-waist shorts, barely there tops, lots of fringe, crochet, and boho goodness. Then there's Earth Week - at my store, H&M is gearing up by encouraging shoppers to bring in their unwanted garments in any condition to be recycled, and in exchange you'll get a 30% off coupon good for one item. I was told you can get 2 coupons per visit but don't quote me on my facts, I was simultaneously dealing with a toddler/baby mutiny while chatting with the cashier. (In all fairness, it was lunchtime and they were really good sports up until that time.) This eco-friendly program isn't new - you may recall this embarrassing informative video I put together for H&M when they first launched garment recycling - but the deal is better now, up from 15% off to 30%. #yaaas

Burt's Bees Launches Limited-Edition Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm Only at Target

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees at Target. All opinions are 100% mine.

Love the limited-edition Pumpkin Spice lip balm by Burt's Bees available only at Target
Whenever fall rolls around, I'm immediately drawn to all things pumpkin spice. My Pinterest boards are becoming full of pumpkin spice recipes, and so is my kitchen - I'm talking pumpkin spice cream cheese, pumpkin spice gluten-free pancake mix (Trader Joe's makes a yummy one), and of course, pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. Then there are the pumpkin spice candles that fill your home with their irresistible scent and even pumpkin spice beauty products.

How to Spring Clean Your Closet Based On What You Own

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Closet Based On What's In It

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to start cleaning out your closet to make room for new pieces! The question is: Where to begin? Sure, you could list your unwanted fashions on eBay or Threadflip, but who has the time? Instead, consider my quick and easy approach based on what you want to get rid of - is it fast-fashion pieces that slant young and trendy? Luxury items you never use? Keep reading for 5 quick and easy spring-cleaning tips that will help you get the most cash out of your closet based on what's in it.

60 Second Beauty: Burt's Bees All-Natural Lip Shine and Lip Gloss

Burt's Bees lip shine and lip gloss review

I have been trying to use more natural products now that I'm expecting, so I was eager to review the Burt's Bees Lip Glosses and Lip Shines that recently landed on my desk. These 100% natural lip glosses and shines contain no petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens or sodium lauryl sulfate, and are not tested on animals. In other words, if you inadvertently eat these pout-prettying-products, you don't have to fret. Fun fact: According to Burt's Bees, a woman consumes an average of 6 lbs of lipstick in her lifetime. Yum! So let's see how these all-natural lip glosses stack up, shall we?