Feb 22, 2018
Happy Thursday my sweet friends!
Today, I'm brining you yet another review on a skin mask I've been testing out for about a month courtesy of Alya Skin. I've mentioned a number of times how much I love using clay masks and how I use them nearly every Sunday in preparation for a new week (see my last post here). What I typically look for are vegan friendly, all natural brands, as you know, and I was pleased to know that Alya Skin's Australian Pink Clay Mask offers just that and the benefits from their ingredients really appealed to me, which are:
1. The kaolin clay removes toxins and pollutants from the skin and stimulates regeneration of skin cells.
2. Aloe vera and pomegranate reduces skin inflammation and assists in removing eczema and acne.
3. Witch Hazel provides anti-aging effects and helps to detox and tone the skin.
*See full ingredient list here.
Now, after having used this mask for nearly a month, I've noticed that it's made my pores less noticeable and extremely smooth. However, I had a couple of blackheads around my chin that recently appeared and it didn't draw them out upon washing my face, but it made it easier to gently extract them myself. I has eczema years ago (I suffered with it for nearly 10 years) but cured it entirely by making a huge change in my diet and it hasn't returned since (let me know if you want a post on this!) so I can't speak on how effective it is in treating eczema, but the claims are definitely an eyebrow raiser.
Would I suggest you check it out? Yeah, I think this is a great alternative to pink clay masks that are on the market that don't contain naturally derived ingredients and that aren't vegan and cruelty free. At the same time, I didn't notice a substantial difference in my skin's look and/or texture, but that could be in part that I've been on a strict skin care regimen that's been working for me and I haven't had many breakouts, flareups or irritation (read my mourning skincare routine here).
Have you ever used a clay mask before?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a great day!
Feb 21, 2018
Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!
Today's look features one of my favorite color combinations, burgundy and green. I typically wear them during the fall months, but I was thinking, why limit myself to them for a couple of months when I can extend the combo to winter, too. Do you tend to wear certain colors during particular months and avoid them during others?
Feb 19, 2018
Happy Monday my friends!
One of many ways to look chic in the winter (and all year long) is to go monochrome. We've talked about the power of monochrome quite a few times on the blog, but I wanted to break it down a bit more in this post and we all know that repetition and the more examples make for better understanding and inspiration. At least that what works for me! So, I figured it would be a great idea to compile them all into one post.
Feb 16, 2018
Happy Friday friends!
When was the last time you wore a mini-skirt if ever? Okay, how often do you wear a mini? I'm guessing that many of you don't wear them for the simple fact that they're well, mini, and quite short. I can totally understand if you've avoided anythign mid though for fear of looking risque becaues they require more thought when styling to prevent such a vibe. I for one stayed clear for many years because I'd like to consider myself quite conservative when it comes to my fashion choices and the thought of exposing a bit too much doesn't necessarily appeal to me.
Feb 15, 2018
Happy Thursday my sweet friends!
Today, I'm reviewing a straightening brush from HerStyler. When the folks over at HerStyler provided me with the opportunity to review one of their hot tools, I immediately took the opportunity to try out their straight brush pro. I'd been hearing a lot about straightening brushes, but had never tried them before. I either blow dry my hair or use a flat iron (which they also offer) so I thought this would be a great time to try one out and see how it works. Keep reading for my thoughts on it, as well as a step-by-step tutorial on what I did to achieve the finished look.
Feb 12, 2018
:: SHOP ::
Happy Monday my beautiful friends!
Since I've been doing some online shopping these past few days, I figured it would be a good idea to share some of the things I've ordered and some things I've been eyeing, in case you plan on doing some shopping yourselves and want some inspiration. Most of the things I've purchased and are eyeing is from H&M and I ordered one of the white mules I featured in Friday's post, number 6. As much as I wanted to get everything that made my eyes look like the heart eyed emoji, I know my wallet would tightly close on me, so I got what I knew I'd get the absolute most wear out of for the start of spring and into summer. On that note, the pieces with the heart eyed emoji are the ones on my wish list, everything else is what I purchased.
Feb 09, 2018
:: SHOP THE SET ::
Happy Friday my lovely friends!
I'm sure many of you know that white boots are quite the trend this winter and have been since the start of fall. I personally don't see the white shoe trend slowing down this spring and summer. In fact, I think it'll only gain more momentum, since they'll be more practical to wear during the warmer months. I mean, let's face it, though white boots may look uber chic, they aren't necessarily the shoe of choice when it's raining, snowing, or there's a mix of both, which basically defines winter; at least in the northeast. It's almost inevitable that you'll get them dirty and it can be annoying to try and wipe them clean again.
Feb 07, 2018
Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!
Valentine's Day is in exactly one week, so I thought it was a good time to share some cute gift ideas with all of you. In recent years, Eddie and I have decided to make it a family holiday, including my step-daughter and now Aviah. I believe it's a "holiday" that should embrace love in all relationships and not just those that are romantic. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed going on those romantic dinner dates for two to some of the fanciest restaurants, but it can be so overrated. Speaking of restaurants, before we get into the gift ideas, I have to share this story with you.
Feb 05, 2018
Happy Monday my sweet friends!
Being a fashion blogger, I do challenge myself to think outside the box and wear clothing that perhaps I wouldn't otherwise wear and through doing so, I've found that some pieces I'd perhaps turn my head to are actually quite practical, one of which are faux fur coats. Before blogging, I would've most likely thought, though stylish, they wouldn't be at all practical for everyday kind of wear and save them more for special occasions. Honestly, that couldn't be further from the truth. Perhaps some of you feel this way and for that reason alone don't own one, feeling as though you'd never get any real use out if it. These three outfits are ones that I feel can be easily worn on the regular. It all comes down to how you put the pieces together to make it more practical and less forced.
Feb 02, 2018
Happy Friday my sweet friends!
When it comes to creating a chic and stylish outfit that's easy, you're best bet is to seek out black pieces. You'll always get plenty of use by styling them with other colors and prints, but they look all sorts of chic when paired together. Key pieces to have are a pair of sunglasses, a top, bag and pair of shoes. Since we're styling for the colder months, the top can be in the form of a sweater or turtleneck. What I love about the turtleneck in particular is that it looks so chic when done with just about any bottom. However, I love it even more when it's paired with denim. There's something about the simplistic combination that's effortlessly edgy and sleek.