July 18, 2017

Loving Lately


I hope everyone is having a great summer! I am loving the long, lazy days. That being said, I have also come across some very cool products that I would love to share with you. Here is what I have been loving lately.


Doshi creates vegan accessories geared towards the eco-friendly fashionista. They offer a very chic collection of vegan leather briefcases, backpacks, belts, and accessories. Motivated to help the environment, the brand even created a program in which the first 5% of all profitable sales are donated to various non-profits benefiting animals and the environment. How cool is that?


I have been rocking this large vegan briefcase that fits my laptop, files, and then some. It is made of a high-quality microfiber shell that you would swear was actual leather. There are several zippered and open interior pockets for storage.


This bag is so cute it could really be used for anything. I might be using it for my teacher bag. I could even be used as your everyday handbag. It is a perfect size and has so much organization. I love it!


Speaking of vegan, these two hand creams do not contain any components of animal origin. My hands get dry in the summer and I love both of these. The first is a shea butter hand cream from Kneipp. The nourishing, plant-based formula of shea butter, almond oil, and magnolia moisturizes hands and prevents them from drying out. It is especially rich and leaves my skin feeling pleasantly soft.

The other is a velvety hand cream loaded with the finest oils available in nature. Carefully selected, these oils soothe and protect, leaving your skin silky smooth and bursting with vitality. The unusual scent combination of citrus, basil, and fennel is both bold and feminine. The packaging is pretty too!


I love a summer getaway. MALIN+GOETZ makes it easy to just get up and go with this travel essentials kit. It includes all of their best sellers for face, body, and hair. It even comes in a TSA approved pouch! This kit includes the gentle Grapefruit Face Cleanser, intensely hydrating Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, the refreshing Bergamot Body Cleanser, and nourishing Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer. The Peppermint Shampoo with amino acid-based cleansing agents will leave hair balanced and purified, while the Cilantro Conditioner imbues your hair with body and shine.


Time for summer hair essentials! Unfortunately, a few days in the sun is awful for your hair. The experts at Hotheads shared these tips on how to help your hair survive summer. Look for UV inhibitors in all of your leave-in hair products. Wear a hat - especially when you’re anticipating a full day of outdoor activities where shade will be scarce. If you’re planning on swimming in a pool, remember to dampen hair before taking a dip. When showering after the pool, rinse hair well to remove some of the surface chlorine or other minerals deposited on the hair.


In your beach bag, you should carry your sunscreen, but also a compact hair brush like the Mini G! It’s the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun. Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair. Finishing your day at the beach using the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail.

Also available in a larger size, the large paddle grooming brush features the same unique 3D bristle pattern. Regular use of a Hotheads paddle brush will help to improve the quality and health of the hair and scalp. Both sizes feel so good and do not tangle or pull my hair.


Throw some Scünci spiral ponytailers in your hair for a unique look. Yes, they look like some kind of jelly accessory from the 80s, but they do hold all hair types. The unique design won't dent your look, so they are perfect for both my curly and straight hair days.


What do you do when you want to sport those cute pumps or flats in the summer? You get sweat, odors, blisters, and sensitive skin rubbed raw. Unless you use Keysocks. Classic Keysocks are no show socks that don't slip, unlike those awful footies. They feel like a comfy dress sock but don't show with long pants or a maxi. They are perfect for flats, heels, booties, Toms, Converse, Vans, and more.


I also tried Keysocks Barely There no show socks. This is that light version that provides a super thin protective layer of fabric between your foot and your shoe. Specially designed fabric keeps feet cool and wicks sweat while a strategically placed keyhole cut out on the top of the sock gives you the barefoot look. Finally, a nylon that comfortably stays in place and out of sight.


I already told you about Vera Bradley coloring books, but there are two new books that I have been enjoying. Enjoy the Journey features 40 classic Vera Bradley designs, each eye-catching illustration is printed on extra-heavy, 200-year acid-free artist paper. A quick reference pattern guide provides the original Vera Bradley color schemes for every named pattern in the book, with stunning original patterns also shown in two-page spreads.


The other book is called Seize the Day. A full-color introduction shows you coloring techniques, craft ideas, and the right color swatches to use for a terrific look. Featuring a gold foil-embossed gatefold cover, this unique book even includes 16 bonus gift tags and 8 ready-to-color note cards. Get ready to color in the language of beauty with Vera Bradley! Don't be like the rest of them, darling!


July 10, 2017

June Skincare Favorites


Today I am sharing some of my skincare loves from the past month. I have two new loves from one of my favorite skincare brands and even something for the guys in this roundup. So let's get right into it!


Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum // PCA SKIN
Game changer! No one wants thick, heavy moisturizers during the summer months. Enter hyaluronic acid boosting serum. Plump and firm skin through increased hydration with this advanced hyaluronic acid formulation. The smoothing blend provides deep, long-lasting hydration on three levels: on the surface, deeper in the skin, and by increasing the skin’s own hyaluronic acid production. The thin oil-free texture is ideal for increased hydration in the summer. Due to its small molecular size, it is able to penetrate through the skin to deliver deeper moisturization and significantly reduce deep wrinkles. Like I said, game changer.


Multi-Spectrum Eye Renewal Serum // TULA
So TULA has quickly become one of my favorite skincare brands. Like everything else I have tried from TULA, I love the eye renewal serum. Its formula relaxes wrinkles and de-puffs the under eye area. Containing a proprietary blend of probiotic strains, it has been clinically proven to stimulate cell renewal and strengthen the skin's moisture barrier. The soothing blend of peptides, caffeine, Vitamin A, golden chamomile, and rare botanical actives help reverse dark circles, sagging eyelids, and bags under the eyes. I love the cooling metal tip that depuffs on contact for a rested, awake eye area. It's your eight hours of sleep in a serum.

Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel // TULA
Balance the skin’s surface and restore its ideal pH with this resurfacing gel. The formula keeps the skin smooth, hydrated and protected from damage. It contains turmeric, which reduces inflammation, and blueberry extract, which strengthens the skin and fights free radical damage. Use it as you would a toner to optimize the balance of the skin's surface and restore it to its ideal pH after cleansing.


My Skin & Co. // Razor Bump Treatments

Don't let those pesky razor bumps keep you from enjoying some fun in the sun. Used by both men and women, this proprietary formula was originally created for the use of actors and models in preparation for film and photo shoots. All three products contain certified organic tea tree oil infused with over five bacterial fighting anti-inflammatories. Together, they allow for a perfect pH balance and fewer razor bumps.

My Skin Liquid Treatment is a razor bump ointment that drastically reduces the appearance of ingrown hairs, razor bumps, burns, red bumps, and inflammation from waxing or shaving. If you would prefer an alcohol-free razor bump cream, try the Clinical Strength Cream for the eradication of ingrown hairs. The exfoliating scrub was designed to invigorate skin by cleansing pores deep down and gently exfoliating surface skin. Use the scrub first for even more impressive results.


Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash // Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare
The first step in your Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare routine, this cleansing gel will remove impurities and help protect your skin with a moisture barrier, leaving it incredibly soft and smooth. It transforms into a dense foam that removes impurities and makeup.

Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 // Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare
During the day, follow with this multi-level anti-aging day cream. It is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve, and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance. It is infused with vitamin C to protect and refresh the look of your skin.

Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment // Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

At night you will want to apply this anti-aging night cream. It repairs sun damage and addresses the effects of aging. It works with the skin's circadian cycle to revitalize the skin and is infused with a bio-copper complex for anti-aging benefits. Reduce wrinkles and improve firmness while you sleep!


Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask // REN Skincare
REN delivers high-performance skincare infused with 100% plant and mineral actives. I had the chance to try the bio active peel mask. This potent mask was designed to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and dramatically improve skin tone. It lifts dead skin and resurfaces to dramatically improve texture, firmness, and radiance. It can even minimize the appearance of pores and reduce sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and old acne scars! I love the skin rejuvenation and multiple anti-aging benefits!


Microdermabrasion Scrub // Derma E
This award-winning microdermabrasion scrub helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. The fine-textured blend buffs away dullness and smooths the skin for a more youthful radiance. Enriched with natural astringents, this pro-grade treatment may also be used on your hands, elbows, knees, or heels! What a perfect way to get glowing summer skin at home.

July 9, 2017

June Beauty Favorites


Wow, it's July! Time to share some of my beauty favorites from the past month. Summer is in full force and these picks will enhance that summer glow and make sunkissed skin pop.


Hikari Cosmetics takes summer beauty to the next level with their affordable beauty products. From high-gloss lippies to ultra-pigmented eyeshadows, you can get glowing without the guilt.


Shimmer Bronzer | Hikari Cosmetics 
Boost your beauty with four harmonious shades of shimmer bronzer! I tested the palette in Flush. The shades work together to create a glow that’s a perfect balance for all skin tones. The light reflective shimmer particles give a radiant look to the cheeks and soften the appearance of fine lines. Whether you sweep all the colors across your cheeks or use them individually as an elegant eye shadow, add some pigment to your makeup routine with this sophisticated shimmer. Look at that glow! 


Eyeshadow Quads | Hikari Cosmetics
Create a fun summer eye look with this quad of eye shadows, also from Hikari. From demure to bold, the options are endless. I tested the Kellie palette. The first two shades I swatched are a bit more pigmented and easy to blend. However, I really love all the shades. That purple is so fun for a bright summer look.


Lip Gloss | Hikari Cosmetics 
This high-shine lip gloss is full of bold, beautiful color. The shade that I received is called Starfish, a bright red-coral. Achieve a classic sultry lip with just the right amount of shine! It will definitely make your lips pop.


Mally Beauty's collection of high-performance beauty products will make you look fierce and flawless all summer long. From bodacious brows to alluring eyes, Mally Beauty knows how to make you gorgois!


Open Up! Eye Shadow Quad Duo | Mally Beauty
This set of two Open Up! Eye Shadow Quads are formulated with nourishing coconut butter and talc-free powder that lasts even through the hottest summer days. Each eye shadow quad contains both matte and shimmer shades to create gorgeous looks. The palette shown above is Everyday Deep Neutrals.


The second palette is the Everyday Nudes. Both quads contain shades are universally flattering. They also are made to highlight, shape, and enhance eyes. You don't have to choose! You get both quads.


Instantly Impactful Mascara | Mally Beauty
This might be my favorite product in this roundup. Mally Beauty Instantly Impactful Mascara is infused with avocado oils and vitamin B5 to condition and preserve healthy, strong, and nourished lashes. The intensely pigmented formula features a wand that separates each lash for the perfect definition. This multi-tasking mascara doesn’t just lengthen lashes … it defines each lash for drama-mama results! Hello, gorgeous!


Evercolor Brow Defining Gel | Mally Beauty
Mally Beauty’s Evercolor brow defining gel is so unique, yet so smart! The long-wearing, water resistant, and matte finish formula holds brows in place without smudging. The product’s packaging has a special mesh cover that dispenses the right amount of product every time. It comes with a double-ended spoolie and brow brush too!


Spotlight Palette | Smashbox Cosmetics
Use this highlighting palette to customize your ultimate summer glow, add dimension, and let features pop with layers of light. I tried the Pearl palette which contains three velvety smooth, blendable highlighters - two shimmer-finish shades and one mega sparkle that dials light all the way up. I love the velvety smooth formula. They instantly add dimension and definition, and the included, expert tips show you how to get three, get-the-looks from YouTube star Casey Holmes.


Photo Finish Primer Water | Smashbox Cosmetics
This two-in-one primer and setting spray hydrates, preps, and refreshes skin. It immediately moisturizes, soothes, and adds radiance while prepping for makeup application and instantly absorbing for lasting hydration. Your skin is left looking ultrasoft without added shine. I like using it to set my makeup and lock in my look. You need this in your summer beauty bag!


Stay Matte Pressed Powder | Rimmel London
Finally, this oil-absorbing pressed powder leaves you with a flawless, shine-free complexion. We all get shiny in the summer, so combat it while also helping to minimize the appearance of large pores! The shade Translucent (shown above) will work for all skin tones.


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July 2, 2017

Five Rose Skincare Faves


Did you know that June was national rose month? It got me thinking about how I add this delicate flower into my skincare routine. According to this article, rose essential oil contains a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It has excellent emollient properties for moisturizing dry skin, and also offers antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acneic skin. There are even properties that help treat redness and inflammation! Plus we all know that the scent possesses aromatherapy properties that calm and soothe. So let's embrace the rose now shall we?


Herbivore | Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist
This hydrating rose face mist was created with pure plant actives - no fillers. A base of coconut water is infused with youth-boosting hibiscus flower petals and moisture-enhancing rose to tone, hydrate, and soften all skin types. Spritz your face a few times and rub in. I love using this on my face after stepping out of the shower.


Ouai | Rose Hair & Body Oil
I received a small sample of this luxurious, fast-absorbing hair and body oil in a beauty box. It is rich in nutrients to illuminate and hydrate. The perfect multitasker, this nutrient-rich formula illuminates hair and skin as it restores moisture and repairs damage. Absinthium oil rehydrates dry skin and hair, rose hip oil reduces the appearance of scars and redness, and shea oil nourishes dry, dull skin and hair. The signature blend of rose, bergamot, lychee, and white musk smells amazing. I will definitely be purchasing the full size soon.


gülsha | Ultimate Rosewater
This multipurpose rosewater cleans, nourishes, and tones, all in one step. It hydrates the skin while maintaining its natural pH levels, and gently reduces redness and irritation. It is soothing for the skin with a refreshing effect. The astringent will give you petal soft skin. Ultimate Rosewater contains all the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids of the precious rosa damascena flower.


Derma E | Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil
This cleansing oil leaves your skin feeling superbly moisturized, along with an improved soft and dewy appearance. The essence of rose dissolves away long-lasting makeup and impurities, while nourishing skin with beautifying oils. Cleansing oils are great for all skin types, especially oily skin because they help to maintain skin's natural balance. Gently massage a dime sized amount onto dry face and neck. Using a warm damp cloth, wipe the oil from your skin.


gülsha | Perfecting Rose Elixir
Also from gülsha, this highly effective rose elixir nourishes dehydrated skin with vital nutrients and revitalizes your natural radiance. The valuable rose essential oil known for its anti-aging effect helps to tone and lift the skin. Powerful lipids promote skin elasticity that reinforce its barrier. It also protects skin from environmental damage and water loss. Rich in pure natural oils but not greasy, it penetrates quickly without clogging pores.


Find It :: Click below to find the products mentioned in this post!
  1. Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil ($18)
  2. Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil ($32)
  3. Gulsha Ultimate Rosewater ($20)
  4. Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist ($37)
  5. Gulsha Perfecting Rose Elixir ($40)


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