Fall 2016 Wishlist.

I thought it’d be fun to compile another wishlist of items all around the web outside of my J.Crew post. I’ve been loving velvet blazers, bombers, shoes, and chokers that I’ve been seeing everywhere. Here is another set of wishlist items from around the internet.  Keep in mind that these are just wishlist items and not actual purchases.  In my dreams! 😉

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Row One – Velvet Blazer, Topshop Shiny Bomber, Blush Velvet Bomber, Joie Leather JacketBurberry Hooded Trench Coat, Comfy Shoes.

Row Two – Black Booties,  Lace Blouse, DVF Shirt Dress,  Red Chanel Bag, Velvet Chokers (here, here, and here).

Row Three – Rockstud Shirt, Black High Rise Jeans, Shoes (here and here),  Leopard BlouseSkirt.

What are you wishing for this Fall?

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Face and Eye Masks.

shiseidoSomething happens to you when you turn 30. You look in the mirror and realize your skin isn’t  as young and vibrant as it use to be. You up your skincare game a bit and then a year goes by, you turn 31 and realize things just keep getting worse. This is how I’ve been feeling since I turned 30.  To help me fight the you’re not in your twenties anymore blues, I’ve started to use the Shisheido Retinol Face and Eye Masks. I found these masks by the rave reviews on the Sephora website and decided that I needed to give them a try for myself.

The Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask makes you look like you’re dressed for Halloween while wearing the mask, but the results are worth it. Simply follow the instructions in the package (applying mask to clean skin), leave on for 15 minutes, peel the two sheets off, gently massage any excess into your skin and then follow your nighttime skincare routine of moisturizers/eye cream, etc. I noticed my skin is a lot brighter and tighter after using this mask . It even looked more radiant for days after use which is an added bonus. I feel like it gave my skin a more youthful, healthy glow and love the results from this mask. I also read that Katie Lee likes to use Shisheido face masks and she is gorgeous, so I knew this had to be a winner.  I would definitely recommend this product if you’re in the market for something like this. More information from the company website:

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The Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask slowly diminishes wrinkles around the eye area over time. The skin appears a little more youthful and wrinkles reduce a bit after each mask use.  I notice more of a result each time I use this.  To use, I wash my face, pat dry, apply my face serum, wear the eye mask for 15 minutes, peel off,  gently tap in any excess around the eye area, and then follow my normal skincare routine of eye cream, moisturizer, and face oil.  It’s important to note that this does not help fight bags under the eyes. At least not for me. I strictly see results against fighting Wrinkles.  More information from the company website:

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As I’ve mentioned before, I have very sensitive skin so I do not do these face masks more than once a week. If I do the eye mask one week, I will not do the face mask that week too. I’ll wait until the next week to do the face mask. Retinol also makes you sensitive to the sun, so you should only use these masks at night and make sure you use a good SPF the next day. I make sure not to use these masks if I know I’ll be outdoors a lot that week with a lot of sun exposure. Since these are pricey masks and my skin is so sensitive, I tend to only do two a month to stretch my dollar further. Both of these masks help fight wrinkles and provide a more youthful look to my face, so I think these are definitely worth the splurge.

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask available here

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask available here

Have any of you tried a Shieseido Sheet Mask or know of any more affordable alternatives to try? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. can you find my hand in the photo above? Oops. Just saying hi! 😉

 

J. Crew Fall 2016 Wishlist.

I received the J.Crew Fall 2016 Catalog in the mail a week or so ago and noticed a lot of cute items in there for Fall. I thought it’d be fun to share some of my favorite items  here on the blog. Is there anything from J. Crew that’s currently on your wishlist?jcrewfall2016

Row One – Pink Majesty Peacoat, Velvet Shoes, White Tie Blouse, Blue Striped Top, Cocoon Coat.

Row Two – Suede Glitter Heels, Camel Trench, Tie Front Silk Top, Chateau Parka, Fringe Shell.

Row Three- Tie Front Silk Top, Pink Sunglasses, Cozy SocksDouble Breasted Coat, Leopard Top.

Row Four – Chateau Parka.

A September Update.

This past week has been a bit busy, but in a good way.  We went to a wedding in Maine on the 10th, saw Adele in Boston on the 15th at the TD Garden, then spent all of last weekend in Hull for a family weekend.

The wedding was a lot of fun. Too much fun is what I told the concierge upon checkout. 😉

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My dress is by Flynn Skye available here.

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Adele was so unbelievably amazing. It was the best concert and performance I’ve seen in my life and totally worth the expensive price tag because it was the best experience I’ve had all year and the most fun I’ve had in long time.   I think the last time I had so much fun is when I went to Iceland in May of 2015. Adele is so talented and I absolutely love all her songs, her voice, and that she is a positive female role model for women and girls.  It sends a message that you can be successful without fitting a specific mold of what the media tells you to be. Granted she definitely has an image, but at least it’s not a scantily clothed stick figure one. Okay, okay, enough about that. My college major in Communication is coming out. If you’re lucky enough to have the chance to see Adele, then DO it. She is the best. Listening to her CDs on repeat the past few days has me yearning to go back to London! I can’t find any affordable airfares at this moment though.

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A view from Nantasket Beach last weekend. I had a wonderful weekend spending quality time with family which is something I truly cherish.

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Hoping to have a new beauty post up this week and that you’re all enjoying these last days of Summer!

My Favorite Eye Makeup Remover ~ Om Aroma Co Organic Coconut Pre-Cleanse Oil.

Say goodbye to face wipes that are harsh on your delicate eye area and gunky cold cream that leaves eyelids feeling clogged and cloudy. Say hello to my favorite eye makeup remover  The Om Aroma & Co Organic Coconut Pre-Cleanse Oil.  I’ve mentioned before on the blog that using plain Coconut Oil upsets my Blepharitis and makes my eyes feel cloudy.  This Om Aroma Oil effortlessly removes eye makeup without pulling the skin or aggravating it. I apply a couple of drops to the palm of my hand and then gently massage it around my eye area with clean fingers to remove my eye and brow makeup. I then dip an oval shaped cotton pad into the remaining oil on my hands and pat it around my eyes to remove the rest of the eye makeup. After this is done, I follow my normal nighttime skincare routine of washing my face, applying serum, moisturizer, and oil, etc. It looks like the company is switching names, so don’t be confused if you click on my link above and it takes you to savorbeauty.com.

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Here are additional product details from The Om Aroma Website:omeyeoil

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I’m very lucky and never really had a problem with short eyelashes, but definitely feel like this oil used in conjunction with my favorite top lash mascara helps keep them in great condition.  It’s also worth noting that a bottle of this oil will last you several months so you don’t need to worry about $32 worth of product running out fast. Eye makeup removal is almost effortless with this product and feels very hydrating and silky smooth. I recommend this to anyone that wears eye makeup and cares about what ingredients are put on your face. It’s especially great for people with  sensitive skin and eyes like me. Trust me and try it. It will change your eye makeup removal routine for life.  Comment below with what your favorite eye makeup removal products are.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel.

The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel  is a wonderful luxury cleanser for your face.  It’s a rich gel that comes out of the bottle in a beautiful salmon color. After removing my eye makeup at night, I simply apply two pumps of this gel onto my palms and massage it into the dry skin of my face.  You will notice the salmon colored gel turns into more of a clear oil while doing this.  Next, I add a little bit of water to create a light white foamy texture and remove it with a warm muslin cloth or facecloth and warm water.  After this is done and my face is dry, I follow my normal night time skincare routine which can vary. I don’t necessarily use this gel everyday because the price is a bit steep, but keep it on rotation with Tata’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser.

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According to the bottle, these are the directions for use: Massage onto dry skin until melted into an oil.  Add a little water to emulsify and remove with warm water or damp muslin cloth.  Caution: Avoid direct contact with eyes. Rinse with warm water if contact occurs.  So I’d say I use it as instructed.

I really love this cleansing gel and wish it was more accessible to get in the U.S.  It leaves my skin feeling clean, silky, smooth, and calm while being able to remove my makeup. I feel like my skin looks so luminous after using it and I should also mention some of the great perks that are listed on the OSKIA website that I pasted below!

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If the details above haven’t convinced you to splurge yet, then just picture yourself indulging in this luxury after a long day of work and how great it will make you feel. I consider my nighttime skincare routine as a way to relax after a long day. I leap for joy on the inside when I see that little pink gel come out of the bottle to wash my face.

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Have any of you tried a gel cleanser? Comment below with your favorite ones!

Little White Dress.

My friends hosted a White Party at their house to celebrate the long weekend and it was a lot of fun!  They did such a great job decorating and the food was good too. It’s always fun getting together with friends for a party.

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I wore this Twelfth Street white dress(was purchased on sale), with my Sam Edelman sandals, and MAC Matte Lipstick in Be Silly. I love this dress and these sandals because they’re comfortable and cute at the same time. I hope you’re all having a nice long weekend too and soaking up these last bits of Summer while they last.