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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Big Rings

DSC_0255 DSC_0257 Last weekend I was able to shoot a few photos of my outfit before heading to brunch (I had raspberry lemon pancakes and they were delicious). This entire look is basically made up of staple pieces. There was a "cold front" so I decided to leap at the opportunity and finally pull some outwear out of storage. I find that bomber jackets are the perfect light piece to throw on for Fall, but can also provide serious warmth when necessary. I copped this Topshop MA1 jacket a few years ago (similar here) and it's definitely an essential piece in my wardrobe. I got this sweatshirt at Zara recently and I swear it's the softest article of clothing I have ever owned, it's very appropriately named the soft top. I also have on my favorite white tee, the Everlane cotton V, and my new favorite Zara distressed jeans that I've basically been living in.
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photographed by Lilly

Monday, October 5, 2015

What's In My Bag feat. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag

& Other Stories Belleville Bakery Mini Hand Cream lovely hand cream that smells like cake

Marc Jacobs Leopard Umbrella perfect travel umbrella

Celine Radical Sunglasses will instantly elevate any outfit

Saint Laurent Leather Card Holder well-made, and ideal with three slots

Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne my signature scent

Etienne Aigner Fur Pompom Keychain moderately priced and great quality to fulfill all your pompom needs

Mansur Gavriel Large Wallet surprisingly fits a ton considering how slim and sleek it appears

NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick (I prefer this in pot form)

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist lovely for those who want a perfect dewy finish

Glossier Balm DotCom my all time favorite balm

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream incredibly hydrating without feeling sticky

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in 'Boy' a gorgeous formula with an effortless feel

MAC Lip Pencil in ' Soar' total must have lip pencil

Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in 'Smitten' seriously the best lip stain in crayon form, total drugstore gem

Boscia Pink Peppermint Blotting Linens they smell like peppermint and do the trick

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Perfector beautiful packaging aside, this is a great product

Givenchy Le Rouge super pigmented and hydrating
Ms. Manicure Mini Emery Set my favorite nail files

Saint Laurent Classic 11 Aviators so light on the face and fly AF

 Butter London Scrubbers because chipped nails are only cool if they're black and short and you're in a band

Rohto Redness Relief Cooling Eye Drops because it always feels like there's something in my eye

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sunday Riley Overview

This post is long overdue, if you follow me on Instagram you'll already know I've been obsessed with Sunday Riley products for a while now. Whenever I try products this good, I feel the need to share with everyone.
Ceremic Slip Cleanser is the first Sunday Riley product I tried. It's described as 'a gel-based, foaming clay cleanser rich in vitamin C and essential oils'. It claims to purify skin, tighten pores, detoxify, support natural collagen and circulation, and help you achieve a flawless, “ceramic-smooth” complexion. My initial concern was: will this work well with my beloved Clarisonic? The answer is yes. And even better, it does everything it claims to do. After a few days I noticed my pores we much less visible, it cleansed my skin without making it feel stripped, and my skin looked more even and smooth. It is such a gentle yet effective cleanser. I have not stopped using it since, and will continue to repurchase this cleanser.

Good Genes Treatment is a brightening, multitasking, radiance treatment and mask that is meant to naturally brighten and improve radiance, texture, and circulation. 'Long term use will help restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and scars, reduce the depth and number of lines and wrinkles, even out skintone, and increase skin firmness.' I initially purchased Good Genes because I had read about Sunday Riley's amazing flash-facial which basically consists of about 2 pumps of Ceremic Slip and 3 pumps of Good Genes (I like to use 2 pumps) which you keep on for 5-10 minutes and when you rinse it off you're left with flawless, glowing, and radiant skin. ALL. TRUE. I use this trick before any special occasion or if my skin is not looking its best. I have never been this blown away by one product. Good Genes will instantly make your skin look plump and vibrant. After using it for about a week I noticed a significant reduction in any hyperpigmentation, and increase in skin firmness. This product is seriously magic for your face, I can't recommend this one enough.

Luna Sleeping Night Oil is a 'next-generation retinoid oil to reduce pore size, improve appearance of damaged skin, and help fight wrinkles' and it does just that. I apply this product as the last step of my skincare routine every night. Don't let the retinol scare you off, I've been scarred (literally) by retinol before, but this product is a trans-retionol ester which basically means that it does everything a normal retinol does but it's extremely gentle on the skin. I don't know the exact science of this product, but apparently the cold pressed avocado and other ingredients in this product make it special because anything you layer underneath will absorb more efficiently. Sometimes I'll use a little bit of Good Genes with some Luna on top before I go to bed, and it's literally an overnight skin transformation. I massage about three drops of this  oil into my neck and face every night before bed.

Start Over Active Eye Cream is probably the only eye cream I'll ever use. Also, the bottle is huge so it seems like it will last forever too (and it has a pump!!!). This eye cream gel 'corrects the appearance of puffy eyes, dark circles, and damaged skin'. When applied it has a cooling effect that feels refreshing, and I love how quickly this eye cream absorbs. My under eyes have never felt so comfortably hydrated. It just does everything I want an eye cream to do.

Last but not least, the Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer. It comes in three shades, I use shade light. It is a 'sheer, lightweight primer that oxygenates and plumps the look of skin' and if you haven't noticed, everything Sunday Riley claims has been one thousand percent true for me. This primer has a slight tint, so I do tend to wear this alone with a little loose powder on top for a natural but polished look. I love how plump and glow-y my skin looks when I use this primer. I also use it as a regular primer under foundation and it works beautifully to extend makeup wear and create a smooth surface for foundation.