What’s the Best All Inclusive Family Resort?

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You all had such great responses regarding vacation spots…can I take it one step further? Have any of you stayed at an all-inclusive resort with your family? What’s your favorite? I just started my search, but immediately happened upon this resort in Turks and Caicos. (It won Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Hotel for Families in 2014.) I have to admit…I like the idea of everything being taken care of from the get-go.

I would love to hear any and all thoughts! We were planning to visit our old stomping grounds in California this August, but are now leaning towards a resort-type vacation instead. I think the kids would absolutely love it. (Who am I kidding? ME TOO.)

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The Best Workout Clothing

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Do you remember the days when only a very few workout apparel companies existed? And none of them were super exciting nor particularly attractive to wear? Yeah, well, those days are over, as it seems every week a new retailer jumps on the scene. I, for one, am thrilled about this since none of the workout clothes from the days of yore worked very well on me.

I decided to put together a list of my favorites, as well as reader favorites (via the Whoorl Facebook page) for your perusal. The ones denoted with asterisks are my can’t-live-without essentials.

C9 Champion® Women’s Enthusiast Seamless Sports Bra – C9 has been mentioned to me many times due to the excellent price point. Bonus that you can pick them up at Target!

Zella Stamina Sports Bra* – This is a personal favorite of mine – it’s great for walking, yoga, or low-impact activities, and the slightly deeper v-shape in the front is very pretty. I get pretty modest when it comes to cleavage in sports bras, so this one is as low as I go.

Under Armour Eclipse Sports Bra* – Another favorite, but for medium-impact activites. I like that this one doesn’t dip as low in the front for days that I want to feel completely covered in the chest department, and I like the adjustable straps on the back.

Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra – Many larger-chested women swear by this sports bra for keeping the chest situation intact.

Enell High Impact Sports Bra – I had never heard of this brand, but it was mentioned a few times by readers. It looks like they’re onto something – just check out the 700+ 4- and 5-star reviews!

Lucy Studio Cami Racerback* – Personally, this racerback replaced my Lululemon Power Y Tanks when the quality of those tanks started to decline. The Lucy tank has an internal shelf bra removable pads, which is a must for me. (Gotta keep the headlights under control, people.)

Zella Double Scoop Tank – The Zella brand at Nordstrom is a huge winner for me personally, as well as many readers. I haven’t tried this particular tank, but it’s been mentioned to me several times by friends.

Lululemon 105 F Singlet* – I don’t wear a ton of Lululemon anymore, but I do LOVE these singlets. They are super lightweight, and I personally love the deep armholes, exposing some of the mid-back and ribcage. I think I have about 4-5 colors.

Zella Z5 Tee – Once again, Zella can do no wrong. Plus, if you don’t have a Nordstrom near you (hello!), you get free shipping and returns.

Under Armour Twisted Tech Tee – Under Armour was another brand mentioned several times (besides my personal love for the above sports bra), and the brand has a great price point.

Nike Tempo Short – A huge winner in the running short department, according to readers. (Do you guys remember The Great Running Shorts Search of 2007? Nike Tempo shorts were a favorite back then too.)

Under Armour Perfect Pace Short – These look promising, however, I don’t run any longer so don’t listen to me.

Zella Live In 2 Capris* – Love these capris. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve disliked anything by Zella.

Under Armour Alpha HeatGear Stripe Capri Leggings – More Under Armour! You guys like this stuff!

Athleta Chaturanga Capri – Highly recommended my many, and I own two pairs myself. They don’t ride down and wear/wash well. Two thumbs up.

Alo Airbrushed Capri Leggings – You people like yourselves some Alo. I haven’t tried the capris, but I really want to try the Goddess leggings. (See below.)

Old Navy Compression Capris – Old Navy garnered some mentions – great price point!

Fabletics Salar Capri*** – Okay, I’m going to gush for a moment. I can’t get enough of the Fabletics Salar capris and leggings. They are, far and away, the best workout pants I own. Now, I haven’t had tons of luck with Fabletics tops and sports bras, but I LOVE THESE CAPRIS. They don’t stretch out or ride down, and the waistband is high enough that I feel nice and contained in the low abdominal region, if you know what I mean. These capris come in 20+ colors and patterns, and I seriously am smitten.

Fabletics Salar Leggings*** – The Salar leggings fit just like the capris, except full-length. 30+ colors and patterns, and they are on sale right now. DO IT. (It seems some are final sale, though, so double check!)

Zella Live In Leggings* – I own these in a few colors, and they fit very well. My only word of advice is make sure you get them in the right size. I ordered a small thinking they were very comfy for yoga and such, but they started to ride down over time. I think if I would have gone down a size (which was the size I should have bought – according to the size chart), it wouldn’t have been an issue.

Splits59 Nova Reef Capris – I don’t have these, but aren’t they super fun? This brand was mentioned a couple of times.

Alo Goddess Ribbed Leggings – I think these are the coolest leggings I’ve ever seen, but don’t have any myself. Such a fun and different take on leggings. Do you have a pair?

Alright, ladies, there you have it! Sorry if I didn’t mention all the recommendations I received, but I’m hoping this will be a great jumping-off point for your exercise apparel search. Also, if you have a favorite that wasn’t mentioned, please leave a comment. It will be much appreciated, as always.

The Best Styling Tool in All the Land

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I am frequently asked about how I achieve the undone waves featured in the above photo. Well, my love for the Ion Titanium Pro Multi Styler from Sally Beauty knows no bounds. It started with this tutorial from a few months ago – I had just recently started using the multi-styler, and I knew I liked it, but had no idea that it would pretty much replace every other styling tool I owned. (Well, except for my hair dryer, of course.) This baby does it all. It straightens (even stubborn, cowlicky bangs), waves, curls, flips, you name it.

As many of you know, I only wash and style my hair twice a week, so this iron is a workhorse on those days. I usually blow dry and then create the messy waves I demonstrated in the tutorial, but I also can’t live without it to help manage completely rogue bang sections on the other days when I wake up, walk to the bathroom, and take a gander at something similar to this. (Good ol’ R Pat can rock it, but not so much over here.)

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The key to the iron is the small surface area that makes it easy to work with short hair like bangs, but also the shape of the iron. As you can see in the above photo the iron curves all the way around, and it heats up on the sides as well, not just the plates in the middle. That way, you get a full curl, instead of the usual flat iron curled-yet-crimped look. It’s pretty cool.

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Also, it heats anywhere between 0 and 450 degrees to accommodate most hair types. I like to keep the heat around 350.

To keep things fair, thought, I do I have one beef. If I had to choose one thing I didn’t adore about the iron, it would be the color. I much prefer simple black, but if blurple is your thing, you will love it. (Obviously not an issue that affects the performance of the iron…I’m just a nitpicky lady.)

What’s your favorite styling tool? Sally Beauty is featuring tons of favorites over the month of March as part of their Beautiful Finds at Beautiful Prices campaign. Some of the categories featured are Best Selling, Blogger Faves, Cult Faves, New Finds, Stylist Picks and Top Pinned. If you are looking for a new tool, I highly recommend checking it out!

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My Current Beauty Essentials (+ The Best Concealer)

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This episode of Sarah Says covers my current beauty essentials, as well as the best concealers I found from my extensive searching spurred on by this post. (Great comments and suggestions, by the way.)

Master list:

LORAC Pro Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard

Josie Maran Creamy Concealer Crayon in Light 1

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep

Revlon Lip Butters in Peach Parfait and Sugar Frosting

Sam Villa Flat Brush

Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color

Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray

Sephora Color Wand Lip Gloss Trio

What are some of your beauty and hair essentials right now?

Best Undereye Concealer: The Search is On

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I have long sung the praises of Clinique Airbrush Concealer. I first noticed it on one of Lisa Eldridge’s videos, and immediately bought it. I figured it had to be the best, I mean, Miss Eldridge can do no wrong, right? I’ve used it for years, and I love it, I really do…it’s just that I was relatively well rested during those few years and now I’m…not. You guys, I look like a mess. (I CURSE YOU, INSOMNIA.)

While the Clinique concealer has been a loyal, trusty companion, it’s time to pull out the big guns for the time being. So, I’ve been doing some research (surprise, surprise) on some bestsellers and also put a call out on the Whoorl Facebook page last week. (We like to talk about makeup. Lots.)

Here’s what I’ve found so far.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, $33 – A front runner from the Facebook convo, but I noticed many negative reviews on Sephora. What gives? Here are some comments from my FB lady friends:

“In exhaustive research on dark circle concealing, most people recommend either Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown’s concealer kit, which I really like and get at Sephora.”

“Two words. Bobbie Brown.”

“I love Bobbi Brown.”

“I have pretty dark circles so I use the corrector first and layer the creamy concealer on top. I set my whole face with her powder so just use that on my under eye area too. I say “set my whole face” like I wear makeup but most days lately I’m lucky if I get concealer on. Her BB cream if fantastic though too.”

“I also use Bobbi Brown, but not the kit. I use the corrector and then the concealer and then I set it withe Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder…”

NARS Concealer, $28 – I’m a NARS junkie, so I am hopeful this concealer could be great. I like that it’s a liquid – obviously easy to blend. Some comments:

“NARS has a stellar one.”

“I’m a huge fan of the NARS concealer. I am pretty hopeless when it comes to applying makeup and it’s so easy to use.”

“Nars’ newest concealer (Radiant Creamy Concealer) is pretty great.”

Benefit Boing, $20 or Erase Paste, $26 – I already have this in my arsenal, but haven’t been using it lately. Maybe I should bust it out again? I sure seemed to love it in 2010.

“I use a combo of Benefit products: Stay Don’t Stray and Boing. (I use) Fingers all the way.” (ME TOO. Have no time for concealer brushes!)

“I love Benefit’s “Erase Paste”, it can be a bit dry, but I put it on over my foundation and then blend it out and it works great. I’ve got light skin with olive tones but some wicked undereye circles and have found it to be the very best at covering. And a little goes a long way.”

“Another vote for benefit’s erase paste. i have fair skin and dark circles–works really well for me and i love the texture. very easy to blend with your finger, i never use the spatula provided, total PITA.”

Clinique Airbrush Concealer, $19.50 – Mah baby, but we need to take a break.

Amazing Concealer, $42 – I used this concealer back in the day when there were only a few shades. Goodness, this stuff is POTENT, but it really does the job. My only beef was that the color didn’t match well, however, now that they’ve introduced tons of new shades to the line, could this be the one for me?

Josie Maran Creamy Concealer Crayon, $20 – Now, no one mentioned this new product, but I have high hopes for this one. First off, I love Josie Maran, and secondly, a concealer pencil? COULD LIFE GET ANY EASIER?! Just draw right over those dark circles! (Please let this one be the one please let this one be the one.)

Laura Mercier Secret Camoflauge, $32 – I have a feeling this is too solid to blend well. Comments have been varied:

“I use the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and love it. It is very easily blendable, doesn’t dry, and I like that I can adjust the colour to the season (and how much sun I’ve had). That said, I use mine more to cover my mild rosacea redness than dark undereye circles.”

“I used Secret Concealer for years, but it became too dry. I was constantly blending it with eye cream.”

“LOVE this concealer. love that you can blend the two colors to make it just right for either under eye or blemish concealing. I always use my finger too, because i feel like the warmth of my skin makes the concealer a better consistency.”

“I used to love secret concealer but I found it to cake and dry some.”

“I feel like LM secret camo is more for blemishes and kind of dry.”

“I will say I do NOT like Secret Camouflage, and do not find it easy to blend especially under the eyes. If you like Laura Mercier, they have an under eye concealer, called Under Eye Perfector.”

YSL Touche Eclat, $40 – I’ve wanted to try this for years, but always wondered if the formula was similar to Clinique since they are both in click applicators. Mixed reviews as an undereye concealer.

“I used to love secret concealer but I found it to cake and dry some. Now I’m loving this – I put on with brush and then wait a few min before I blend with my fingers. Best I have found and my dark circles are epic.”

“The YSL Touche Eclat is a fantastic highlighter, but is not actually a concealer, so sadly it won’t help any more than your Clinique airbrush (my personal favorite light-reflective concealer).”

MAC Select Cover Up, $18 – Love me some MAC, and these comments sound promising:

“M.A.C. Select Cover Up is the only thing that can hide my raccoon eyes. It’s heavier, and dries quickly so you have to work fast but I love it. And I only use my fingers.”

“I’ve tried many but I always come back to MAC Select Cover Up. It’s creamy, blendable and stays on stubbornly.”

Cle de Peau Concealer, $70 – One of my best friends swears by this, and she’s usually right on when it comes to skincare and makeup. Hey, I’ll pay the price tag for results! (Although, SEVENTY DOLLARS?)

“Cle de Peau…hands down the best! Yes, it is expensive BUT it lasts forever!!!”

“Yep, definitely Cle de Peau.”

“If you have an extra arm and leg to spend, you won’t be disappointed with Cle de Peau.”

Other notable mentions:

Kat Von D

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer – the pot version

T. LeClerc Correcting Fluid Pen

I’m headed to Sephora very soon with the hopes of finding my next companion. Will report back. In the meantime, have I missed any major contenders?

The Best Summer Clothing Combos

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Summer is here, summer is here! Although I have a sweet spot for cool weather layers, the punchy colors and breezy fabrics of summer are always a welcome change come June. Instead of layering, I try to focus on fun pairings to keep things lively. Some things are definitely better together, so I’ve rounded up my favorite summer clothing combos for the season.

Linen Button Front Dress  ::  Tropical Love Bandana ::  Six Pocket Tee ::  Polka Dot Shorts ::  Sleeveless Chambray Top ::

Carnival Stripe Skirt  ::  Cargo Vest  ::  Floral Dress  ::  White Denim Vest  ::  Regatta Capri Pants

Summer clothing rule #1? Make it fun. Summer clothing rule #2? Make it machine washable, thankyouverymuch. All of the above items are machine washable, which is always the first thing I look for when buying a new garment. (This lady ain’t got time for dry clean only.) And speaking of laundry…

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Better together is right.

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