Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Loving Right Now

Phlur: Jumping on the "do you know where your products are made" bandwagon, Phlur uses beautiful packaging that don't damage the environment. I did the try it at home kit and loved all three fragrances, which is rare for me, since I'm pretty picky. I ultimately decided to go with Olmstead + Vaux, which is touted as a bright, crisp and ultimately clean fragrance with notes of shies leaf, white ginger and orange. I also loved Hanami and Greylocke. These fragrances are pretty unisex and don't make me sick from smelling them too much (yes, that happens sometimes...).

Lake Pajamas: Confession - I am obsessed with pajamas. I'm very particular though. I have to be wearing a t-shirt (not tank) with either pants or shorts and they have to be really really really soft. Did I mention soft? I'd also like to look semi cute. These Lake Pajamas are swoon-worthy and soft. 

Nine Fair Custom Backgammon Boards: I've gotten this fabulous wedding backgammon board for two of my best friends and I have been SO ecstatic with both. While buying off the registry is a safe bet, when it's a close friend and you know they'd appreciate something a little different to commemorate their wedding, this should be a go-to. They're a little pricey but they are so gorgeous.

Closed: This European brand has sprung onto my radar and while expensive, I cannot get enough of it. My sister got the most amazinggg mint green, reversible, shearling coat last year from Closed and I don't think I have ever been more jealous of one of her pieces. From amazing coats and knits to fabulous bottoms, I wish I could spend my whole paycheck on this brand. 

Ritual vitamins: Ritual vitamins have everything you need in a vitamin and nothing you don't and they source from the finest ingredients. Especially made for women, the company is super open about exactly what is in the vitamins and they don't use any fillers or synthetic materials. The only other thing I take in the morning is a probiotic so the ritual vitamins definitely save me some time. With it's subscription-based model, you'll never be out of vitamins. My mom even swears they give her a little energy boost. 

White + Warren travel scarf: My first cashmere sweater was from White +Warren and I've been pretty loyal ever since. Last year, my mom got me a hot pink White + Warren travel scarf and, to call it a scarf is a little unfair since it can literally be used as a travel blanket. These are SO soft and luxe. I've got my eye on a more neutral light blue color.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Early Fall Wishlist

It's that time of year again! What pieces are on your Fall wishlist?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Natural Products Hit List

After making a conscious effort to change my diet to one that is more natural, I decided I should transition all of my products to natural ones and it wasn't as painful as I thought it would be. There were a few products that didn't make the cut (a few natural deodorants that didn't seem to do anything) and skin care products that weren't quite right, but I've finally settled on some favorites. My three favorite resources are Follain, Beauty Counter and The Detox Market. I actually have a Detox Market retail location on my street so I mosey in and try everything just about every other weekend. If you guys have any favorites let me know in the comments below - I love to try new beauty products : )

I started with Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Deodorant but, while it smelled amazing, it didn't quite keep me smelling amazing and wasn't much of an antiperspirant either. I tried Piper Wai charcoal activated deodorant next and it definitely does the trick. It's a little weird putting it on with your hands but you get used to it.

David's premium natural toothpaste (Runner Up: Tom's of Maine). You don't really think about toothpaste in this category but may as well go big or go home.

Vitner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum is my choice in this category. Check out the amazing reviews on their website. No need for lotion after this potent baby is put on, which I love.

Face Lotion
Beauty Counter Rejuvenating Day Cream is one of the first Beauty Counter products I tried and I love it. It's so light and has a really nice consistency but packs a great moisturizing punch. It also looks great under makeup. (Runner Up: Tammy Fender Antioxidant Creme). I am also really excited to try Beauty Counter's Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion that has gotten amazing reviews and sold out a few times.

I used the face wash recommendation that Follain assigned to me after I took the skin quiz and so far so good with India Lee Brightening Cleanser. I may transition to Elizabeth Dehn Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil in the winter so I don't dry out my skin too much.

Makeup Remover
This one is tough because everyone knows I love my Clinique eye makeup remover but SW Basics Makeup Remover removed makeup well. I've also tried and like MV Organic Skincare Pure Jojoba Oil.

Don't forget to cover up! Most of my tinted moisturizers and face lotions have SPF but I got Suntegrity spa 50 body sunscreen for body and I also got their face version.

Face Wipes
I love Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes because they get rid of makeup, travel well and really make you feel fresh. Sort of a different category because they are more of a toner pad than a face wipe but I love Arcona's toner pads.

Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer
Beauty Counter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer or Tint Skin Foundation both work as well as my non-all-natural ones.

My favorite concealer (natural or not) is Beauty Counter Touchup Skin Pen.

This has probably been the toughest category to transition but some early favorites are from Rahua (shampoo, conditioner, elixir and finishing treatment) and Sachajuan (Shine Serum).

I love the smell of Bergamot, so this one was a no brainer. Anyone have a great natural body lotion that they love?? I'm looking for a good one for my super dry skin.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beach Day Essentials


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