Londontown Holiday Polish 2019

About a year ago vegan & cruelty free polish line Londontown reached out to me with their spring/ summer collection. I loved their polish, it’s high quality and the color selection is, in my opinion, strong & on trend. So, not surprisingly, I was thrilled when LondonTown reached back out with some great holiday polishes!

I’ve used two of the four holiday polishes so far, and I’m loving the vibes and quality of these colors. Londontown also sent over their Soft Touch Nail Scrub, which has now become a staple in my Sunday skincare routine.

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VIICode Oxygen Eye Masks

Masks, masks, masks…2019 is all about the sheet mask craze and I’m 100% here for it. I’m also 100% here for a great eye mask. Eye masks are specially formulated for the sensitive under eye area and typically focus on anti-aging and depuffing the area. Pair a once a week eye mask with a really great under eye cream, like the Dr. Brandt needles no more Eye DePuffing Gel I featured a few weeks ago, and your eyes will be unstoppable.

VII is a brand I have featured before, back in 2017 I featured their Oxygen Eye Cream. I really enjoyed how thick of an eye cream it was and it did a great job at keeping me hydrated and bright while I traveled through Europe. I highly suggest it, but beware, it is not budget friendly by any means! You can check out my thoughts on the VIICode Oxygen Eye Cream, here!

Now, back to the Oxygen Eye Mask review…

I’m super serious about my face mask routine, and I’ve been upping my usage recently like crazy. So, when VIICode reached back out to me to feature their Oxygen Eye Masks, it could not have been more perfect timing!

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Budget Beauty: CoverGirl TruBlend

I’m all about Budget Beauty when it comes to skincare. There are some awesome wallet friendly skincare brands and products on the market! Recently, I’m slowly coming around to introducing more budget friendly makeup options, a couple of which are the CoverGirl TruBlend products. I often partner with Influenster when new products come out- so I was super excited when I got a nice little CoverGirl package in the mail! I received four products, I’ll feature two of them today, and two next week.

The first product I tried out was the new TruBlend Base Business Primer. I love a good primer, especially because I have oily skin. & I need a primer to set my makeup up for success through the day. I typically reach for high end primers, thinking that the quality is better than your average drug store brand. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the TruBlend Base Business Primer! I’ve been using it daily before work, after applying my current moisturizer, & I’m loving how my makeup looks after a long day of teaching!

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Clarins Gentle Day Cream

I’m sharing a great moisturizer today that I just recently ran out of, haaaalp!! The Clarins Gentle Day Cream for Sensitive Skin has been my go to night moisturizer for months now. Yes, you read that right, a day cream has been my go to night moisturizer for months now.

Confused as to why a day cream at night? I was too at first! I was shopping in Nordstrom one morning and Clarins had a team of their national makeup artists in store. Naturally, I couldn’t resist a makeup session. I explained to the makeup artist that I struggle with rosacea, and he immediately brought over two products that would help me. The first was a serum, which I’ll share next week. The second was this Gentle Day Cream.

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Dr. Brandt’s needles no more Eye Depuffing Gel

Wow this is a great eye gel. Like really, my eyes feel so great after I apply this in the morning it’s unreal. Dr. Brandt products are super high quality, and while I haven’t used very many in my routines, I’m so happy to have the needles no more NO MORE BAGAGE Eye Depuffing Gel as part of my current eye care routine. This is a FabFitFun product that was in my last box, and I’m so worried about running out soon. HELP.

Similar to all eye creams or gels I use, this product aims to depuff and combat dark circles. If you’re familiar with my under eye talk, I’m very #blessed that I do not have any under eye concerns at this point in my life. I’m super thankful for this but it also means that I’m super extra when it comes to being proactive in preventing any issues from popping up in the future. The under eye area is so delicate and prone to dark circles and pooling, I’m trying to avoid that as long as possible as I inch closer to 30. Using a great product like this Dr. Brandt Depuffing Gel greatly helps.

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Saturday Link Love

September is in full swing, YAY! Here are some recent links I’ve been lovin’…

11 Physical Signs Your Stress is Out of Control

By: Self

Stress is a silent killer, people!! Sometimes we have no idea we’re stressed, it can be happening without us realizing it. I’m a firm believer in meditation and self-care, and I know I wouldn’t have made it through the summer without either of those two things. Pay attention to your body and what you need. If you’re questioning whether or not you’re stressed, read through this article, and if any of it applies to you, research steps on how to minimize stress in your life!

Morning Routine Habits for a Happy + Productive Day

By: Thirteen Thoughts

Last Link Love post I shared how much I love the blog, Thirteen Thoughts. This is another article that I was really drawn to recently & a great follow up to the above article I shared about stress. Having a solid morning routine has helped me eliminate a bulk of stress.

The Chicest Fall Nail Colors That Aren’t Burgundy, Black, or Navy

By: Who, What, Wear

Ok, I admittedly stick to burgundy and navy nail colors for fall- BUT, I’m ready to shake it up for fall 2019. I love the caramel and deep violet colors and I’m excited to incorporate them into my color choices for the fall and winter season! Check out the other suggestions from the trusted Who, What, Wear!

Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday’s Fab Five! Are you ready for fall? I’m so ready for fall. I think I’m too ready for fall. It’s still hot here in D.C. but we’ve seen some glimmer of a cooler season ahead, and I cannot wait. While I patiently wait, here are some of my current end of summer fab faves.

OPI’s My Very First Knockwurst, $10.50

This is my current nail color, and I’m loving the simplicity of it. I thought it was perfect for the back to school mindset & the rosey-nude-ish color is a great transition in this end of summer time.

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Saturday Link Love

It’s Saturdayyyy…ouuuouuuuuu! Love me some 2001 Ludacris, and yes, I actually listened to this song this morning while putting the finishing touches on this post/ cleaning my cloffice.

This is my last summer Saturday, a new school year starts on Monday, and I’m ready to get back into my routine, but not ready for all the work, work, work, that’s about to come my way.

Here are some of the posts & articles I’ve been reading through the week now that I’m back from Europe. I’m super excited to share tons of pics and travel tips in the upcoming weeks from my European adventure, so stay tuned!

The Amazon Rainforest is Ablaze- Here’s How You Can Help

By: Refinery 29

My anger in this issue is through the F’ing roof. The Amazon Rainforest fires are not getting the coverage deserved, and it’s really pissing me off. This is a huge deal for our planet, and we should all be taking time out of our lives to read up on what’s happening, WHY IT’S HAPPENING, and what we can do moving forward to protect Earth. PLEASE, read this article ad understand that you can lend a helping hand without always needing to open your wallet.

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Face Mask Monday: Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask

Face Mask Monday here with a mask I’ve been reaching for pretty often this summer, the Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask. I received this in my FabFitFun box, and I was instantly excited and intrigued by the color of this clay mask. A purple face mask just sounded so fun, amirite?! & a clay mask is always on my list when I have a pesky hormonal breakout or just feel super oily and like my pores are clogged.

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Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum

Before I start explaining how much I love this product, let me make a slight disclaimer. The Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum is an amazing product that will give you fast results, but it’s def not cheap! While I feature a lot of budget buys on my posts, some of my products aren’t the most budget friendly, like this one! Just wanted to throw that out there before you get to the bottom of the post and are thrown off by the price. =)

Okay, now on to the info…

My lovely mother purchased this eye serum for me a little while ago- I was so excited to start using it. I love the Murad brand, it’s one of the reasons I use Massage Envy for my monthly facials, and I know they use only high quality and proven ingredients in their products. This eye serum was new to me, and def not something I’d purchase on my own- although now that I’m out, I might!

The major ingredient in the Youth Renewal Eye Serum would be the retinol, which helps boost collagen and stimulate cell turnover. This is a powerful & essential ingredient for anti-aging skincare routines, but not an ingredient to be played around with. Any and all products containing retinol should only be used in the evening as it causes skin to be more sensitive, and sun exposure is a big no no after use.

In addition to the retinol working to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, the Youth Renewal Serum also has marine kelp which aids in moisturizing, firming, and brightening up the under eye area.

I’m fortunate in that I don’t experience dark circles or fine lines (yet!), but I wanted to show this picture, from the Murad site, of 4 week results when using this product. I can certainly speak for the brightening and firming benefits of the Youth Renewal Eye Serum, and I rely on the retinol as a preventative measure. If you struggle with fine lines around your eyes, I hope this gives you a better idea of how this product may help you combat that issue.

As I mentioned, Murad is a top brand with great products, and this is def one of my favorites by them. As I also mentioned, it’ll cost you more than your average eye cream, but if you feel that under eyes is a problem area for you, it’s more than worth the splurge. For me, it’s all about preventative maintenance, which is why I will be repurchasing. If you need results quickly, I think this product will absolutely deliver on

XO

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