Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Night Time Face Products






Hello ladies! So sorry I've been MIA. Since I got back from GA, my schedule has been off and I'm trying to get back on track in catching up on things. I'm also preparing to move in with my boyfriend this week or next! Yay!! :) So now begins the great fun of packing. It will definitely be a crazy few weeks but once I'm settled and can develop a routine, I will be aiming for more than the one post a week I've been doing. I have been writing down some ideas for posts so I am really excited to work on those in the new few months! So please bare with me in the next 2-4 weeks. :)

Now that I got ya caught up...let's talk about the face products I use at night. The pictures are what I am currently using minus one or two. I also mix it up when I get samples from Sephora. 

The first step I do is remove my eye makeup with the oil-free eye makeup remove by up&up. I have tried several brands from high-end to drugstore and find that this one works pretty good for me so far. My issue is trying to find one that takes off my mascara. I don't even use waterproof and still find that there is always residue left. The one I'm using is the closest thing so far that works.

Next, I use a makeup wipe to get most of my makeup off before I cleanse. I like to use these wipes by Ology. My skin is senstive and I don't like products that are very fragrant. These are hypoallergenic and fragrance free and they don't irritate my skin. 

After that, I then wash my face. I am currently using the Purifying Face Cleanser with Probiotic Technology by Tula. I tried this after I saw it on another blogger's site. I really like and have been using it for a few months now. Another favorite cleanser of mine is the Clear Complexion Cleanser by Boscia. I'm still getting breakouts even now in my 30s so I think this one works very well too. I will also swap in some samples of different cleansers to see what other options there are. 

For eye cream I am currently using Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment by Origins. I like this product because it doesn't burn underneath my eyes as I've had some do. It also has a list of things that it doesn't contain such as parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and more. Again, I will also try out a sample I get to see what else it out there. Another eye cream that I have used in the past and will use again is the Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream by Estee Lauder. As I approach my mid-30s (ahhh!) I need something that will help with the signs of aging. This cream fights dark circles and fine lines which is what I look for.

While we are on the subject of eyes, I had started using about a month ago, the Enhancements Lash Boost from Roden + Fields. For best results it says to use for 8 weeks. Since I've only used it for about 4, I don't want to say whether I like it or not yet. I will have to get back to ya on that. 

Another new product I started using is the Dr. Brant Skincare needles no more 3-D LIP PLUMPfix. It has one part for am which is the plumping and the other part is for pm which is the moisturizing. I like this product so far. I haven't used it consistently every night and day. I sometimes forget but I also want to same the am part on the weekends or when I go somewhere and want my lips to look a little bigger. Ha!

For serums/moisturizers after cleansing I have been trying a lot of different ones. I have a few faves so far. The first one is Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil by Drunk Elephant. I love this stuff! A lot of oils leave a greasy feel to your skin, but this one doesn't which is why I'm obsessed! Another bonus for me is that it's natural and fragrance free! If you stop in Sephora, you must ask for a sample of this to try! Another product I loved is the Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream by Tatcha. I know the price is steep but if you read all the benefits---so many to list here---it's worth the price. Plus a little goes a long way. Again, go in Sephora and ask for a sample of it before buying. And throwing in one more fave which is the Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil by Ole Henriksen. OMG! This stuff not only smells amaaaazzing but it is great for dry skin which I defnitely have. It really does leave a glow on my face and don't we all need that?! 

And the last product you see in the pics above is the No7 Beautiful Skin Refreshing Toner. I acutally use this on my neck, chest, and back. I do this to get any residue left over and because I tend to break out sometimes on the chest/back region. I like this toner because it doesn't dry your skin out and of course it's fragrance free! 

What are some of your favorite products?

Thanks for reading!!

~Michelle 







Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Grey Boots










Hello girls! Happy Valentine's Day! So I am back from my conference and will do a review post on that next week. I wanted to do a quick post on these gorgeous boots from DSW

I have a few pairs of grey heels and booties but not an acutal boot. I saw these and loved the suede and how they hit at the mid calf. They go with just about anything...jeans, skirts, dresses! I'm acutally wearing them with a dress today! (You'll see that look soon!)

Boots ~ DSW


Sweater ~ H&M ~ similar here  ~ love this one!

Scarf ~ H&M ~ similar here  and here 

Bag ~ DSW ~ similar here  and here 

Have a wonderful day!!

~Michelle 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Valentines Gift Guide



Hello lovlies! It's getting to be that time! We're about two weeks away from Valentine's Day and I put together a gift guide list. Some of these I have and some are on my wish list!! I wanted to get this out as soon as possible as next week I will be away in GA at the Southern C Summit Conference! So very excited! As I said in my last post, I will post a review of the conference when I get back. So, now on to the post....

1. AG Velvet Corduroy Legging ~ I have these and love them! These would look perfect for a VDay date night with a black or white sweater and heels! The color is so pretty and I think they make the behind look pretty darn good! Ha! Just saying...But I seriously love these and if this color isn't your thing they have a few more to choose from. Sign up for their newsletter and you get 10% off! 

2. Alex & Ani Red Heart of Strength Charm Bangle ~ This is so cute! I have a lot of bracelets from them in both silver and gold and this one has now been added to my list of ones to get! Also, with the purchase of this bracelet Alex & Ani will contribute 20% of the purchase price to Global Fund to fight AIDS. 

3. Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip ~ I am a huge fan of Sephora! VIB Rouge member speaking here! LOL This gift is so adorable in the package it comes in and you can't go wrong with lip products in a nude color! It will work for anyone you give this to. Not to mention that it's an $88 value selling for $28!!! You can't beat that price! 

4. BCBGeneration Pailie Pump from DSW ~ How gorgeous are these burgundy suede heels?! I seriously need to get these! I have a few pairs of shoes by this brand and they never disappoint. You could pair these with the AG pants from #1 with a white top and you got yourself a hot little outfit! And they are under a $100! 

5. Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat ~ I heard nothing but good things from this product so I ordered it and just got it in. I haven't tried it yet but I think it will be a winner! It has different textures to meet your cleaning needs and has the suction cups on the back so you can stick it in your sink when cleaning your brushes. Only $25!!  

6. Diamonds Open Ring from Mejuri ~ I want so many things from here including this ring! How simple yet gorgeous is it?! I saw another blogger wearing jewelry from this line and fell in love! So many things too choose from! They have free shipping on orders over $100 and 30 days free returns. You can even get a gift card throught the site which I think is such a great idea! 

7. UGG Oversize Knit Blanket ~ Who couldn't use a gorgeous blanket like this? Especially on those cold winter nights. You can snuggle up on the couch with a good book and this blanket and you are good to go! This is definitely an investment gift but how beautiful would this look in your home?! Not to mention the other two gorgeous colors it comes in. Any color you pick would be perfect! 

8. diptyque Vanille Scented Candle ~ I think candles are such a great gift! I know people can be picky with scents..I know I am...but I don't think you can go wrong with a scent that has vanilla in it! To me it's a pretty safe way to go when you're not sure what the person likes. I'm also loving the glass and label--so pretty! I would keep that and put makup brushes in it after the candle is all gone!

9. 'Bella' Blush Pink Wide Ribbed Scarf ~ I'm loving all things blush pink and this scarf is too pretty to pass up! It does come in three other beautiful colors but this pink is perfect for Valentine's Day not to mention taking you right into the Spring season. It's also on sale for $24.99! This is on my wish list! 

10. Kate Spade Stripe Slim Battery Bank ~ This is such a great gift because everyone needs a portable charger nowadays. Once I started blogging and was on social media all the time, I knew I had to get one. The design on this is so chic! I love it! It's $60 and you get 15% off when you join their mailing list. 

11. T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand ~ So I have been seeing this all over and everyone is raving about it! I want it so bad! This is definitely at the top of my wish list! If you haven't noticed from my pictures, I have naturally straight hair. I prefer curly hair (don't we all want the opposite!) but my hair can be a pain and not hold a curl sometimes. This wand I heard is fantastic! It's a $355 value selling for $270! Get it now before it sells out!! 

12. Delsey Chatelet Plus Hardside Spinner Suitcase ~ I have never been so obsessed with a product before! I saw this luggage on another blogger's site and immediately fell in love! I literally obsessed over it until it went on sale and got the carry-on first. Then around Thanksgiving they had a huge sale on this luggage again and I got the 28" and could not be happier. I love that I can roll it along side me and I love that it's so pretty! I know...I just can't help it! And no, I am not being paid by any of these brands, I just really love this. Maybe because I never actually had a good set of luggage before. Now for the best part.....this line is on sale!!! Check it out on the link! Sale ends 2/20/17. 

13. Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Crossbody ~ Another item on my wish list is this gorgeous bag! I've had my eye on this one for awhile. The color is Lilac Rose and it's under $200! You can never have enough bags, am I right? I don't have this color so that's my justification! Ha! Also, when you join their mailing list you get 15% off! 

Hope you enjoyed this list!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo
~Michelle




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

An H&M kind of day.....













Hello ladies! Hope this week is off to a good start for ya! I am so excited that in two weeks from today I will be in Georgia attending The Southern C Summit! It is my first conference and I'm hoping to learn a lot so that when I get back this little blog of mine can start growing. I will do a review of the conference and hotel on the blog when I get back. 

Now on to the outfit! The sweater, jacket, and scarf are all from H&M. The sweater is a light green which I know is a little hard to tell in the light. The weather was not the greatest that day. I bought all in the store about two weeks ago and while the sweater is still available online, I cannot find the jacket in green or scarf which makes me so mad! It has only been two weeks!!!! Perhaps they are still available in store but online they only have the jacket available in grey or black and both are on sale for under $20. I apologize! I really hate when I can't link the exact item for you guys. 

So I have been sweater crazy this season and while I do prefer tops that are on the longer side, I've been drawn lately to more of a crop style. At least in my eyes this is like a crop...you will not see me in a top above my belly button unless of course it's summer and I'm on the beach! Ha! I wasn't sure how I was going to like the "puffier" sleeves but I think it works since the sweater is short. I'm a jeans kinda gal so I think it works well especially with some kind of heel to make you look longer. I feel that clothes that are "puffier" can tend to make you look heavy..at least for me...so I like to make sure I'm in some kind of heel so that I look taller and leaner. I'm 5'5 1/2 ....(yes I included the half-lol) in case anyone was wondering my height for reference reasons. I also think this sweater would look so cute with a pencil skirt. Am I right?? :) The blush pink scarf has been my fave lately. I love that I can just throw it on and not have to worry about wrapping it. And for the coat...well it's green...so naturally I had to have it. I spotted it and just loved the color. I had to try it on for a bit because I wasn't sure about the style as it is one I normally don't wear. But this year has been a first for many things so I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did. It's easy to throw on and looks super cute with just about anything. 

Sweater ~ H&M Under $30 and comes in 3 other colors!! 

Coat ~ H&M ~ in either grey or black and very similar green one here (on sale for under $40!)

Scarf ~ H&M ~ similar here

Jeans ~ Paige

Booties ~ DSW

Bag ~ Inzi ~ similar here 

xoxo
~Michelle 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Weekend in Boston






Hello girls! Hope everyone had a wonderful week! So last weekend I went to Boston and had an amazing time! I had never been and it was on my list of places to visit. You would think with me being so close I would have been there ten times already, but sadly no. Since I work full time at another job, I'm limited on vacay time so this was a short stay. We drove up Friday and drove back Sunday so we basically had a day and a half.  But since it was so great I wanted to do a recap of where I stayed and what we did there. 



I know this pic above is dark but it was so pretty in person with all the treees lit up . As you can see from the sign we stayed at the luxury Boston Harbor Hotel and let me tell you it did not dissapoint! Can you see all the marble below!! Gorgeous!! Everyone was so nice and we basically got red-carpet treatment the whole time we were there. I cannot recommend this place fast enough! I can see why it was voted as a Forbes Five-Star Hotel. And that's not all! They have a whole list of other awards such as Most Excellent Service, Readers' Choice, Worlds's Best Hotels, etc!! 




This was out back and being from Long Island I love being near water so this was right up my alley. 





Something about the below pic reminds me of London. Anyone else? I love how it's illuminated against all the darkness. 



This is me and my wonderful boyfriend who planned this whole trip! And if you can't tell my sweater is dark green so that we could match! Ha! Yes, we like to coordinate! 



This is our room and it was so nice, spotless, and very comfortable. The pictures don't even do it justice. 




So this was something I haven't seen yet in any hotel, perhaps it's a new thing, but see that tablet down there they provided? It has everything on there about the hotel, the area, restaurants, shopping, weather, and you can even choose what kind of music to play. It's genius! 



My boyfriend arranged to have them deliver the chocolate covered strawberries below as they are my fave! <insert heart emoji>



So we decided on Friday night to stay in the hotel and eat at one of their restaurants and we chose the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille. OMG!!! The food was amazing!! I cannot stress how important good food is to me. I may be a picky eater but when I find something I love and it's fantastic, it makes me very happy. We both had the filet mignon and it was just terrific. Worth every penny! Also, our waiter was excellent! We never had to wait for anything and he was so nice and funny. We were so happy with our service and food that we ate lunch and dinner there on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday! Ha! 


I loved the decor of the restaurant! How pretty are all the pictures?! And you can't tell from the pic, but that is dark blue velvet behind those pictures! <insert heart-eyed emoji> lol 



This is the restaurant at night. So cozy!! 


I have a thing for lanterns so this was perfect for me!! 



This was the view from our room! In the upper left corner where all those lights are is the airport so you can see the planes take off and land which I think is pretty cool. 


The moon was so perfect and bright! 


On Saturday we went to Beacon Hill as that is the one place I had to go while in Boston. I loved seeing the neighborhoods and how pretty it was. It was nice to see some houses still decorated from the holidays. I love the decor on the front porch below!! So pretty!! 






So this is Acorn Street and I read it is one of the most photographed streets in the country! Before I knew that I already had decided I wanted to see it and takes pictures. Of course just as we were walking up to it, this car parks in the middle of it! So we tried walking around a bit and coming back, but no such luck so I took a pic of it anyway because I just love the cobblestone. We plan to go back in the spring or fall so I will hopefully luck out next time with a nice photo. 



Next, we went to Boston Public Garden. So beautiful! I couldn't get enough of it. I would love to just sit and read a good book down there. We don't have anything like this where we live and I wish we did. We definitely have the land for it. I can't wait to see what it looks like in nicer weather when all the flowers are bloomed! 









This church was so pretty!


Yes, we went in and boy did I find something! Ha!!









This trip was so much fun and much needed for both of us!! We had such a great stay that we will definitely be back. I highly recommend this place. If anyone goes, let me know how you liked it!!

Thanks so much for reading! I appreciate it so much and I love it when I get comments so please leave them!! 

xoxo
~Michelle


*This post was not sponsored in any way. My opinions are my own.