My Ride or Die Beauty Products

Below you will find seven (I just like the number 7) of my must have beauty products (all linked and available at Ulta). From skincare to makeup, and even some hair stuff - these are my ride or dies. I hope that introducing you to some of my beauty besties, can open the door for you to find some love with them as well. We all need to incorporate more of those A1 since day one products, ya feel?

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  1. The Ordinary. 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

When I say that a majority of my products are from The Ordinary. I say that with 100% honesty. In fact, this will not be the only product you find from them on this list. This product has truly changed my face for the better! I have only recently included it in my routine, and I can't even imagine my face prior, seriously. I use it as my serum step after toner at least 3-4 times a week. It has helped with aging spots, as well as returned moisture back into my skin. I like to also note that it is vegan & cruelty free. It does not contain alcohol, gluten, nuts, silicone, parabens, or sulfates. More simply put, you can feel at ease putting this on your skin. It is currently retailed on the site for only $9.80 USD which is a total steal for a product like this. I feel it has stepped up my skincare game, and I hope it can for you as well.


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2. Gucci - Bloom Perfume

Though I do not have anymore of this at the moment because it comes with one heck of a price tag. I am telling you, if you like fresh floral scents, and they mix well with your body chemistry - this is SIGNATURE scent material. I haven't been able to find anything else remotely close to this. Though I mostly stick to VS body sprays 99% of the time (my daily grab), this is one I would say to bring out for date nights, special occasions, etc. If you adore smelling like spring 24/7 and your wallet can take it, this is your new bff. It does come with a price tag of $135 USD for the 3.3 oz bottle at Ulta. However, the retail price for the 1.0 oz ($76.00 USD) can often be found on sale in the daily deals they do for fragrances. It is definitely one to look out for, and worth every penny.

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3. Juvia's Place - Serafina Blush

Let me just tell you about this blush real quick, OMG she is a freaking knockout. Juvia's Place is one of my favorite brands ever. It is Black Women-Owned and slaying every makeup game possible. I have never once been let down by any of their products, and in fact my favorite eye shadow palette I own is theirs as well. This blush is a gorgeous spring/summer tangerine meets coral shade, with a beautiful creamy texture and vibrant pigment. A little goes a longggggg way with this, I only need to dip my brush once for both cheeks to get the color payoff I am looking for. I honestly can't wait to bring this back out into my looks this coming season, I have missed it so. It retails normally for $8.00 USD but is currently on sale for $4.80 USD! Which is insane!

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4. Mario Badescu - Silver Powder

Blackheads? We don't know them. If you have problems areas like I do, specifically nose/chin/t-zone, I would 100% recommend giving this product a try. However, please note that you need to follow the directions EXACTLY or things will get a bit messy. And even when you do, it still should be applied over a sink. You will have some fallout regardless, but it's so worth it. I do advise only using this on specific problem areas, never your whole face. But if you have stubborn black heads in your nose that just won't go away, I promise this stuff will kick them out faster than a cheating ex. I keep this baddie on deck for some bi-weekly self care time. It retails for $12.00 USD and available now:


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5. Redken - Curvaceous Ringlet

I am having a bit of a beauty meltdown recently, as I am also out of this cutie. For anyone that has a natural curl that has been destroyed or lost over time from heat, color, products, natural elements, etc. - you know finding a good curl product that works for you is hard to come by. I pretty much stick to the same three (OUAI Curl Cream & as weird as it is - Johnson's Curl Defining Leave-In Conditioner for Kids) and this! This not only gives my hair the moisture it needs, but it has been helping redevelop the natural curls that have been missing. I only put a nickel size amount into wet hair, let it air dry, and I am good to go. If you haven't given this one a shot yet, I vouch for this product through and through. It retails for $21.00 USD.


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6. The Ordinary. - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

And we are back with The Ordinary. for a non-greasy hydration option that I have routinely incorporated after oil or serum a couple times a week. I alternate this with another moisturizer option on days without makeup. I also use this prior to applying makeup as a replacement primer, which has been a staple since the day I discovered it. The way my skin feels now verses a couple months ago, is night and day difference. And I know I owe a part of that, to this brand & product right here. I no longer get dry patches around my nose like I used to and my skin is FINALLY starting to feel like one texture again. Maybe this is the fountain of youth? I don't know, but I am going to keep using it until I find out. It retails for $7.70 USD.


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7. Holika Holika - Holi Pop Jelly Tint

I don't know about you, but I am jumping on the band wagon of K-beauty, and full out already in a committed relationship with some of it. I am obsessed that Ulta has started featuring this brand, so I am able to share it with all of you that much easier. I have the WORST time with lip products, seriously it doesn't matter what I do - I smear it, wipe it, something always seems to happen. But it doesn't stop me, because you know, I loveeee a bold lip. Now that I have found this tint in Cherry, Cherry, I am in love. Though this product must be carefully applied, as it is quite liquid-y, once its's on for the long haul. Eating, drinking, mask wearing, you name it, this is your new boo. And it retails for only $7.00 USD.


Alright babes, thats it for now. I hope that some of my must haves, will now become additions to your own ride or die products. Stay tuned for more must-haves, style guides, and product reviews on this category of my blog. If you want me to review or cover anything specific, as always, comment below so I can add it to the list. Have an amazing rest of your week.

XO - Court

The Adventure Challenge - Couples Edition Pt. 1

This picture is a PR provided photo as apart of an affiliation with
The Adventure Box.

You know, I always use to look at couples when I was younger and be like "yuck, boring, they just sit around and do the same things all the time." Little did I know, I would become someone just like that years later. Adventure still in our hearts, but not acted upon enough - oh and don't get me started on what this pandemic has brought to date nights for couples everywhere haha.

But one day, I stumbled upon The Adventure Challenge and it has been EXACTLY what I needed in my relationship. Each page is filled with fun scratch-off date adventures that range in price, time, location, etc. that invite a way to truly do something different with your partner. An opportunity to break up the mundane routines we often find ourselves in and awaken a more creative and enriching experience.

The items we got from The Adventure Challenge are:

  • Couples Camera Set
  • The Adventure Box Subscription
  • And currently on it's way - my Solo Edition

The Couples Camera Set came with the book itself, as well as the Lomo' Instant Camera and some nifty little tools, like color filters. (Film not included, but available on Amazon for super cheap.) The Adventure Box Subscription is AWESOME, each month they send you a box that corresponds with one of the dates in the book itself. They are noted, and the book reminds you to leave the ones unscratched that have a matching box until it arrives. As for the Solo Edition, more on that in a different post when I get it in the mail, it's going to be such a useful tool in my journey to self love and understanding...

We loved how each of the icons gave you a little sneak peak into what might be needed, where you would be doing the date, and how long approximately the activity is.

When our stuff arrived, including the 1st subscription box, we were ecstatic! We immediately decided on a day to do the date and promised each other we wouldn't peak before the date (it was so hard). The day arrived, and we ripped open the box, scratched off the date in the book that matched and immediately knew we were in for something different when we saw a mini hammer. Penny For Your Thoughts was our first challenge! And since this date had a corresponding Adventure Box, so we did not have to do the first part listed on the scratch-off, which was going to the store for supplies. They arrived in a cute package for us instead, which in a pandemic is such a win. And even better, the journals they sent us were leather, and it included a kit so we could press into the cover (which explained the mini hammer), magazines, and all the tools we needed to individualize them. Totally going to reuse for future craft projects too!

Not pictured are the magazines they also included.

Pro tip: Don't do this activity at night, my boyfriend had a mild panic attack about hammering the letters and waking up our neighbors haha.

This was such a cute and creative activity though - I loved thinking of something quirky to put on the front of the journal. Which will not be pictured, as what I chose is highly inappropriate, but the perfect moment of laughter for the two of us. And that was the beauty of this, being able to make something to laugh and enjoy together. We are still using writing prompts and putting stuff in them for each other as little notes of encouragement or affirmations each week. It was the kick start needed in wanting to continue to way find ways to express our feelings, like this for each other, throughout our life.

I also loved overall, being able to get creative with my partner. This is something we haven't done much of together, as we started our relationship during a pandemic. It definitely brought up some interesting conversations and us together in a new way, even with the little bit of anxiety involved. Taking moments to reflect that nothing goes perfectly in life, in relationships, or with anything really - but being able to appreciate those - is so important. Eventually we stopped worrying about what we were writing or creating, and just did it.

The 1st page of the journal I created with pieces of recycled magazine. I wanted to use things that reminded me of memories & how I feel about him.

After we put together the journals, and did a couple of the writing prompts listed in the subscription box, we then sat and talked about what we did for each others. Decided to read the passages aloud to one another and really just enjoyed the opportunity to have together (phones away was the rule, except for taking some photos of the goods after). And then finally we did a quick snapshot with the Lomo' Instant camera that we got in the bundle. We put in the book next to the challenge instructions, to have a little documented memory of the date to cherish forever. Which, I totally will.

Aren't we the actual cutest?!

As we continue through our journey in this box, we look forward to sharing our experience. We also hope to inspire some of you to take on the challenge yourselves.

Give yourself and your relationship an opportunity to be challenged in order to grow together. Take on new "adventures", even ones where you are still at home in your pajamas like this one. But doing them in a way that brings you closer than Netflix and pizza might ever be able to provide.

As always, if you ever want to know more about this product, please don't hesitate to reach out. This is something I am passionate about and want to share with others, so I am always happy to answer questions you have. If you are ready to take on the challenge, make sure you don't do it without using my code for a 10% discount: CALLMECOURT. We are all wanting to save a little money in these times - and thats why I am always honest and upfront with my readers on covering products I only truly feel are worth the money. Plus finding ways to save you money wherever I can.

XO, Courtney

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