Jan 16, 2018
Happy Tuesday my sweets!
Today, I'm sharing my thoughts on two products from Aveda's Tulāsara Wedding Masque collection, the night and eye creams. These products were sent to me to test out back when I was pregnant with Aviah, but I didn't begin using them until days after I came home from the hospital after having her because I was in dire need of some TLC. As I've mentioned in a previous skincare post, I didn't truly begin to take my skincare regimen seriously until after having Aviah. Not only have I realized the importance of taking care of my skin, but it gives me a few minutes of some me time. It feels good to know that I'm doing something that is good for me, too :)
It's been roughly six months of consistently using both of these creams, which I feel gives me enough time to accurately share my thoughts and experience with them. I also want to mention that these two products happen to be the only two best sellers out of the entire Tulāsara collection! Now, let me share what my thoughts are on them. Let's begin with the overnight masque.
Prior to using this night (masque) cream, I wasn't using a night cream at all to be honest. I was only using coconut oil, which I'll talk about in a separate post. Though I did consider night creams, I never really knew of a great all natural or organic based cream that actually worked. I had tried a handful of brands that I wasn't satisfied with. They weren't a thick enough consistency to make me feel as though they were really moisturizing or doing something beneficial. Furthermore, I didn't see any notable results. Plus, creams that contain organic ingredients tend to be rather expensive and I was done with wasting my time and money. With that, I didn't have high hopes for this cream. I didn't think negatively of it, I just didn't have any expectations at all. I happened to rediscover it in my skincare draw and decided to give it a try. Remember, I was in search of that me time.
Well, I love it. I honestly love it. First of all, considering that I use it nearly every night (there are some nights that I don't have any energy for a skincare routine, though very few) for six straight months, you get a lot of product. The consistency is quite thick, like a lotion, which is why I'm guessing it's referred to as a masque. As a result, you don't need much. There are a number of interesting ingredients, such as turmeric and apricot seed oil (read complete ingredient list here) that claim to brighten and firm the skin and I can attest to that. My skin does look noticeably brighter and though I haven't experienced sagging or aging skin, as I'm still quite young, I do feel as though my skin is firmer. I also wake up each morning with soft and supple skin. It retails for around $65, but I promise you it's worth it. Remember, I had stopped purchasing night creams because I was done with spending a lot of money on organic skincare, but I will definitely be repurchasing this cream!
Now onto the eye cream...
I absolutely love this eye cream! As a new mom who doesn't sleep nearly as much as I used to, starting this cream right after having Aviah was the perfect timing. I never had dark circles and as one would presume, I started to get them. Prior to using this cream, I was using a Korean eye cream that I actually do still like, but had stopped using during my pregnancy because I was paranoid about the ingredients, since everything is written in Korean. It was gifted to me by my mother who's friend is friends with a lot of Koreans who sell this product (I know, a little confusing) and so I trust using it even though I have no clue what it says on the jar, haha.
The consistency of this cream is extremely thick, whereas the face cream has more of a rich consistency. This one is a bit different. It has more of a paste/lotion/cream consistency. It's rather hard to explain, you'd have to try it yourself for you to get what I mean. It makes sense though, since it's inspired by an Indian pre-wedding ritual in which a turmeric paste is made and applied under the eye in preparation for the big day.
I don't have any dark circles and I'm sure it's due to the use of this cream. However, I do still get bags and it claims to help with puffiness. The bags I get aren't filled with a ton of fluid though, so perhaps it's because of the cream? I don't know, but I still do get them. What I love about it, though, is the fact that I don't have any signs of aging or stress when that couldn't be further from the truth, haha. This retails for around $10 less than the face cream ($55) making it quite pricey for the size of the jar (0.5 oz). Even though that's not a lot of product in terms of ounces, a little goes a long way because like I mentioned, the consistency is on the thicker side, so you don't need a lot.
If you're looking for an eye cream that would help with noticeable puffiness and you tend to have bags that are filled with more fluid, then I don't know if this would be the best option. As I've mentioned, there are times when you can still see some of my bags if I had a particularly rough night. If, however, you're looking for an eye cream that will help brighten your under eyes, I think this is worth the try.
Both the face cream and eye cream contain mostly organic, all natural ingredients and are paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free. They're also cruelty free and are made in the USA. In case you're wondering why the collection is named Wedding Masque, it's because as I've briefly mentioned, they're inspired by the Indian Haldi ceremony, a pre-wedding tradition in which great care is given to the skin in preparation of the wedding ceremony, which I found quite interesting and hadn't heard of prior to being introduced to this line.
I hope you found this post helpful and that it gave you some insight on this collection and these particular products if you were considering them. If you hadn't heard of them before, now you have some new products to consider if you were looking to try some new creams!
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Have you tried any of Aveda's skincare products? If so, what are some of your favorite products?
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you're having a wonderful day so far!
Jan 15, 2018
Happy Monday my beautiful friends!
I hope you all had a great weekend! Last week was a bit quite here on the blog because the week started off as a whirlwind, which resulted in me not having much time to interact in the comment's and setup a post for Friday, but I'm here today and I'm glad to be back with a post that pops a punch with my favorite color of the moment, red. I mean, who isn't loving red these days? It's such a classic way to do a pop of color and though it can be quite bold, it's nearly always classy and sophisticated, especially when done with black!
I love an all black outfit with some sort of pop of red thrown into the mix. Be it a red lip, coat, or pair of boots, I'm all for it. In fact, I've been contemplating about adding a pair of pointy toe red boots to my shoe collection. I have a pair of red open toe booties, but let's face it, they're not the most practical during the winter months. I'm not willing to get frost bite for the sake of a cute outfit. My love for fashion doesn't go that deep, lol!
Anyway, an all black outfit is one that's classic and looks good on everyone, regardless of body shape, size, or skin color. There are a number of ways you can style a black monochrome outfit to prevent things from appearing boring. I personally chose to omit the use of texture or a belt because I wanted to create the illusion of a long lean and clean look, but mixing textures is such a great way to add interest and of course comfort during the winter months. I did do some layering; I'm wearing a black tank underneath the turtleneck for some added warmth.
I also think this is a great look to go for if you want to continue wearing that festive red coat you wore all December long. We don't have to put away the red coats and accessories just because the holidays are over. You can still wear red all winter long by wearing it with neutrals. Think of your red pieces as a red lip. Do you only sport a red lip in December? I'm pretty sure the answer is no, so why limit your red accessories to just one month?
Have you embraced the red color trend that's been going strong since fall? If so, what's your favorite way to wear it?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the most amazing start to your week!
Jan 10, 2018
Happy Wednesday my beautiful friends!
I hope you're all having a great week so far. We finally got our furnace replaced and the heat is now working, yay! You don't realize how blessed you are until you no longer have what you've been so used to having. A great lesson to start off the new year with is to never take what you have for granted, especially those things that make your daily life that much more comfortable and convenient.
When it comes to winter fashion there are a few things that come to mind, aside from specific colors there are textures. Textures play a huge roll in keeping warm and can also be rather stylish, too. Who knew that when we pay more mind, winter fashion can be quite interesting and anything but dull! I particularly like sweaters and cardigans that have a fuzzy texture because they're often incredibly cozy and enhance that wintertime feel in appearance. When it come stop styling them one thing you really must consider are the other elements in the look. I wouldn't suggest combining your textured piece with more than one other piece in your outfit or else you risk looking like a teddy bear, haha. Pieces that have more structure pair great with this fabric, such as leather leggings/coated jeans, suede, or your classic denim.
As you may have noticed, I've been really into edgier vibes as of late and added in a crossbody that has some chain details and these ankle boots with buckle details. This texture is quite easy to mix into any wardrobe though, so feel free to add in pieces that exude the vibe of your particular style or look you want to go for.
I will say this, pieces that have this texture can make one appear wider and more bulky depending on the length of the piece. So, if you're bustier or have a wide chest and back, I'd suggest you go for pieces that are a bit longer in length, such as a tunic style or perhaps and oversized cardigan. They'd look super cute paired with leggings!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends! I hope you found some inspiration from today's post and I hope you have a great day!
Jan 08, 2018
Happy Monday my beautiful friends!
I hope you all had a great weekend! I was able to get some much needed cleaning done. Very exciting, I know! Haha. It's been so incredibly cold here in Connecticut with record lows, and we had a snow storm this past Thursday and in the midst of all this cold, our furnace gave out the day before the storm as mentioned in this post. We were supposed to get it fixed on Friday, but due to the storm, it's been postponed until today. The anxiety of not having working heat with a baby with record low temperatures and a snow storm gave me enough anxiety, but thankfully we've made it through and Aviah has been kept warm.
Since it's been so cold, I've been layering up while keeping style in mind. Of course this coat would be buttoned up with a scarf, but I wanted to show you what was underneath ;)
Black, gold, and medium-dark brown shade combinations are amongst my faves this time of year. I feel they work so well together to create a classy and chic combination and look great on everyone. In this case, I've roughened up the trio a bit by adding in a couple of pieces that are more on the edgier side, such as the distressed knee jeans, fishnet tights, and the camo ankle boots you all know I'm obsessed with come winter (this is my third season wearing them!).
Though all of these pieces look great paired together, I feel it's the belt that really ties it all together in this case. It adds a great focal point with the black and gold contrast and look so good with the sweater partially tucked in the front. You all know how much I love doing this with my sweaters. I only ever tuck the front part in by the zipper and pull down the sides to give it a more casual, laid back feel. It's also a really flattering way to wear a sweater, as it conceals a larger mid-section in a way that's discrete and stylish.
Now that it's coat/layer weather, what are some ways you love to style your coats to make your bundled look more fashionable?
Thanks so much for stoppng by, I hope you have the best start to your week!
Jan 04, 2018
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Happy Thursday my gorgeous friends!
As I'm typing this, we're bracing ourselves for a supposedly major snowstorm set to hit the northeast and our furnace blew conveniently. Luckily we have a fire place, send all the positive (and cozy) vibes our way.
Anyway, you all know how much I love my outerwear. From fur coats to leather jackets and vest, I'm all for them. Why? They're not only practically in keeping you warm, but can make an entire outfit. In fact, during the winter, it can be an entire outfit, since we're so bundled up that not many get to witness the great amount of (stylish) effort we've put into what's underneath. That said, when there's an outerwear trend, my ears and eyes perk up. This winter, it's all about the puffer coat. It's a bit nostalgic for me having grown up in the '90s and owning so many different colors and styles. I'm glad they've made a comeback and though some of the colors and finishes (hello, metallic!) are very reminiscent, there are some more contemporary styles that have been added, such as velvet and the teddy fabrics, can you say ultra cozy!?
Jan 03, 2018
Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!
If there's one styling technique I love to turn to when I want to create an outfit that's unique and interesting it's juxtaposing. Though as I've mentioned in Monday's post, my style is evolving, but I still enjoy experimenting with various styles and vibes and that I don't think will ever change. It's reflective of my personality; I'm one that enjoys a little bit of everything.
Jan 02, 2018
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Happy Tuesday my beautiful friends!
I hope 2018 has been treating you well so far! In case you missed it, yesterday I shared an open letter summing up my thoughts on 2017 and what my aspirations are for the new year in case you're interested in reading :)
Though the holiday season is officially over, I'm sure there are a few people that you've forgot to include in your holiday shopping or were given gifts by people you didn't expect and felt bad that you didn't get them anything in return. I know that's happen to me a few times and after spending so much during the holidays, sometimes our wallets don't necessarily want to open so widely for additional gifts. That's when knowing where to shop really comes to play. JcPenney has been a store that I've grown up shopping at. I've shopped there a number of times for Aviah, since they carry our favorite baby clothes brand, Carter's.
Jan 01, 2018
Happy New Year my sweet friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to embrace this new year with a fresh perspective. 2017 was a year of self discovery and change for me, right up until the very last day of the year yesterday. I had the absolute joy and privilege of becoming a mother for the first time to my sweet baby girl, Aviah Liora. Never would I have imagined how much being a mom would have changed me in more ways than one. It's been a humbling experience thus far and it's revealed the strength and weaknesses in myself, both of which I've had to acknowledge for self improvement. It's been incredibly challenging, yet joyful and rewarding; I wouldn't change or trade it for anything in the world. As it pertains to fashion, with becoming a new mom, I've also noticed my style has continued to evolve. I've went from a more playful and energetic taste to that which a bit more clean, chic, and practical. Though I will never turn my back on the bold and the beautiful, I've noticed that my approach in styling the two are much more different now and I like it.
Dec 22, 2017
Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
I hope you all had a great week and are ready to enjoy the long holiday weekend! I don't remember the last time Christmas fell on a Monday, giving us a 3 day weekend, so I'm pretty excited! Today's outfit is one that I hope inspires you, particularly if you want to get a bit dressed up for the holiday and add some slight festive touches. I totally get that going all out with red or green may not be everyone's cup of tea, but that doesn't necessarily mean the desire to be festive isn't there. The easiest way I feel to add a nice festive touch is with your accessories. I opted for a check blanket scarf that has some red in it, but you can also go for a red beanie or pair of shoes. If you're not feeling those ideas, you can always go for a red lip, which has a festive vibe this time of year.
Dec 20, 2017
Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!
I hope you're all having a great week so far! So, to give you a little update on Aviah's sleep training, these past couple of nights, she's been sleeping in her crib at night! This is a huge victory for us because like I mentioned on Monday, it's been such an arduous task to sleep train her. With much persistence and consistency, we're making strides, what a sigh of relief! It was really getting to met that she wasn't sleeping as much as she should be before, so I feel so alleviated that she's catching up on much needed rest! A huge thank you to all of your words of encouragement, you're all awesome!