January 16, 2017

Luna


Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil
before bed? Groundbreaking.
(Note the Devil Wears Prada reference.)
I know this is literally the product heard round the world, but hear me out: it's incredible. Yes, it's pricey, but it lasts forever and it works.

Now that that is all out of the way, let me jump into why I, and so many others, are so obsessed with this blue oil. This oil is not only very hydrating because... it's an oil... but it also has stellar ingredients. It contains retinol which produces cell turnover, and is the ultimate weapon against anti-aging and adult breakouts. I have always found in the past that retinol irritates and dries my skin out, but since this retinol is inside of an oil, it actually reduces my dryness and breakouts by ten fold!
Luna also contains blue tansy which helps reduce redness and irritation, as well as chamomile which soothes and softens the skin.



I apply Luna Oil as the last step in my nighttime skincare routine. I apply three drops to my hands and massage it into my skin until the blue pigment is no longer visible. I use Luna every other night as to avoid any breakouts, because although it is super soothing, my skin is still sensitive and just cannot do it every single night. On my nights off, I use a general moisturizing oil, like the Palmer's Cocoa Facial Oil just for added hydration.

As for the price, this tube is $100 (gulps), but it last for so, so long because you don't need much product during use to create an impact. Also, I got mine during the Sephora VIB sale when everything is 20% off, so that knocked $20 off. I highly recommend getting it on sale if you are worried about the price.

There is major hype on this price for a reason, and it's a product I can genuinely see myself using for the rest of my life! For full disclosure, because of the retinoids, you cannot use this product while pregnant or breastfeeding.


January 11, 2017

Ways to Stay Happy During the Winter



After Christmas, the winter can be a very weird time. It get's darker, colder, and something seems a bit absent when the Holiday lights turn off the decor comes down. This time of year can be super confusing and hard for some people. You may feel like you just want to go into hibernation, but it is important to stay active and seek out ways to enjoy this time of year. Here are my top tips on how to make late winter more enjoyable and stay happy:

Get Active
I know it's hard after the New Year not only because of all of the calories consumed over the holidays, but also the crowding of the gyms during the New Years resolution spike, but getting your muscles in motion and some exercise in can do absolute wonders for your health and mood during the winter. You can do yoga at home, try a new group class, or even go for a jog, but just get moving! I personally think this is the most important to feel healthy and happy during this time.

Hydrate
Winter is cold and since that coldness can encompass wind and less general sunlight, drinking lots of water is important to keep you feeling and looking your best. This will help with skin that looks dull or dry, and you will overall just feel better when getting your daily 64 ounces (or more!)

Embrace the Cozy
Try a new comforting recipe, light some candles, put on your favorite warming outfit and just enjoy the coziness of this time of year! Not only can the aesthetic be cozy, but think about the clothes: oversized scarves, faux fur jackets, tall boots - it's a fashion lovers dream!

Enjoy the Events
There are so many great award shows and sporting events this time of year, it's the perfect excuse to get together with friends and enjoy all together. Whether you go to the movies to check out the nominated films, or play hostess to a superbowl party, there are so many fun reasons to turn these events into a fun activity. 



January 5, 2017

New Year Beauty Reset


   

In the new year I am always ready for a fresh-face reset. After holiday parties full of dark eyeshadow, heavy powdered faces, glitter, and dark nails, I always try to move to the lighter side of things come January. For my base, something like the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel is perfect for me. It gives my face a burst of hydration and some light, evening coverage, all while looking natural and glowy. I like to apply it with my Real Techniques Sponge to make the product look even more skin-like. I enjoy wearing a base like this day and night in the new year. Another area I love to lighten up are my nails. You can usually catch me wearing a red at most times throughout the year, but after dabbling in dark blues and blacks with glitter in the festive season, I like to go for a more neutral color like Essie's Gel Couture Polish in Sheer Fantasy.

For the eyes, I still love glitter, but in much more natural tones to brighten the eye. 
I always reach for my Stila Eyes are the Window to the Spirit palette during this time of year for pretty and neutral shades. If I want to add a liquid liner, I am much more likely to go for a brown for some subtle definition. As far as the lips go, after destroying my kisser for most of the month with Kylie Cosmetic Liquid Lipsticks (amazing, but super drying) I like to reach for a gloss, such as the Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Literally, for a beautiful rosy nude shade with amazing pigment, or if I would like a more sheer option, Marc Jacobs gloss in French Tickler is so easy to wear and adds the perfect amount of shine. 


I have been thoroughly enjoying keeping things light and fresh in the new year so far. In my life, and on my face.


December 16, 2016

Wintry Skin Defense

I really do love winter. I love how fresh and clean everything feels and also how much the weather makes me want to be super snuggly. The one thing I don't love about this time of year is how the cold, dry weather can really wreak havoc on my skin. I like to protect my entire body with the Eucerin Skin Calming Body Lotion that I apply immediately all over after getting out of the shower. This really helps resist irritation and especially the major itchiness I can feel one the air cools down and the heaters kick on. To keep my face moisturized and happy, I love to cleanse daily with the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser in the shower, followed immediately by the Cerave Moisturizing Cream to add in moisture and rebuild my skins natural barrier. Before bed I always slather on some facial oil, and my favorite affordable pick is without a doubt the Palmer's Skin Therapy oil. This locks in my moisturizing cream and adds an extra level of hydration. The final step before I go to sleep is always to top off my lips with the Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing lip balm. It's so thick and soothing that it is still on my lips when I wake up the next morning and keeps my lips happy and flake-free all day long. Moisturization is super essential to keep my skin happy and healthy all year long, and after years of perfecting my winter skin care, this definitely seems to be what works the best for me.

December 13, 2016

Cozy


Pajamas (similar) / Mug
I absolutely love the holiday season for many reasons, but one of them is just how cozy everything is! I've been reading a lot about hygge, which is a Danish practice of living a cozy lifestyle, and I find it so interesting. It's just a nice way to add an extra bit of coziness into your daily life just by simply adding warm, low lighting, candles, comfy clothing, etc. I thought I'd share with you a few shots of how I like to cozy up my apartment this time of year. I would love to hear how you like to cozy up your space during the winter season too, so please leave your favorite cozy tips down in the comments.

December 8, 2016

Glamorous Holiday Gown with Tobi


There is nothing I love more during this time of year than to get all glammed up. Between the events and fabulous festive outfits, the Holiday season always has a way of allowing you to feel more like a 1920s movie star.

This glamorous Role Model Slit Maxi Dress is my ideal party dress for the season. It is super classic, yet has a bit of an edge with mimicking cut-outs on each side. It also has a double-slit skirt which is very flattering and tasteful. You could wear this dress anywhere! From a winter wedding, to your New Year's Eve party, even to the symphony. You can also pair it with any type of shoes, jackets, or jewelry to really amp up the look. I love wearing it with a faux-fur jacket, to achieve that old Hollywood feel.

Be sure to check out this dress here, and view Tobi's other party dresses here.










This post is in collaboration with Tobi! #ShopTobi

December 6, 2016

Lovely in Leopard Print with Tobi

 

In my opinion, leopard is a neutral. I love wearing leopard all year round, but especially in the colder months because of the way it pairs with dark green, gray, brown and black. It makes any outfit much more pulled together, but definitely with more of a fun, non-stuffy flair.

I adore this Fierce as Night Tunic Dress from Tobi because of the cut and versatility. This is definitely a dress that I can wear to work with a jacket or cardigan, and easily transition into night with some black over-the-knee boots and bare arms. This dress is also cut super-flattering, which is amazing in the winter time after those holiday meals. This dress is also on sale on Tobi right now for only $15! I will definitely be wearing this for years to come during all seasons.


Be sure to check out this dress here, and view Tobi's other party dresses here.




This post is in collaboration with Tobi! #ShopTobi