Tuesday, May 7, 2019

skincare | a night with Savor Beauty

I had the privilege of going to Savor Beauty Spa in Saugerties this past Sunday night for an intimate night where I got to test out their whole line, meet other local lady bosses, eat a delicious farm to table dinner, and learn how to correctly wash my face! (which who actually knew there was a WRONG way to do it! I'll get into that later tho!) 

Robin (babytooth to all you OG readers) was also invited so we hit the road and got to the cutest little spa. Upon arriving we were literally welcomed with open arms by Angela the owner and Sabrina the party planner, who were so sweet and couldn't wait for us to get the night started. Angela wanted us to all introduce ourselves and give a little bit of our backgrounds, so we could then get down to the facial part of the evening. Angela and her team taught us SO much about our skin-which they all said we should treat like expensive silk. Something I was so intrigued by was that in our 20s, our skin exfoliates itself every 14 days. In our 30s, its every 30 days and then in our 40s its every 45 days...which is why exfoliating is v important to keep your skin looking young and it's very best.

Face Washing;
Savor Beauty is a 5 step skincare line that is all natural and organic and literally made 45 minutes from my house.

0-pre cleanse; this will their makeup remover and will help get your skin ready to get it's cleanest.
1-cleanser; put this on right over the pre-cleanser for the full effect!
2-toner; Angela says she uses this throughout the day to keep her skin fresh and give it a boost!
3-serum; 2 to 3 drops in your fingers (think flat hand), rub them together to heat it up and then pat, pat away. 
4-hydrate; this day cream can be used at night, as well!
5-repair; you only need a teeny bit of this eye cream, put it on using your ring rings (they are the least strong of the fingers and have less pressure!), & don't put it too close to the eye-really on your cheekbones works-think where you hit your face with highlight.

*I linked all of the things that were recommended for my dry skin, but there are other options for different skin types as well!

How to properly wash your face;
Figure how which direction your facial hair grows, now wash in the opposite direction going in small directions. Use small amounts of products. Layering the products is best and ALWAYS pat them in, never rub. Patting allows them to be distributed evenly. You should always look like sunlight on the river, meaning if you move your face side to side, you should see a sheen on your skin. 

After we took off our amazing masks and applied steps 4 & 5, we were asked if we wanted to use the makeup area to get touch ups done by the in house makeup artist and all of us declined because we all felt so good in our glowing skin!

Dinner was a delish farm to table meal curtesy of Olsen & Company complete with a cashew cheese for Alane and I who don't eat cheese and let me tell you, it was the most delish thing ever. Dinner included hemp pasta, quinoa patties with jalapeƱo mayo, and roasted veggies. Dessert was a homemade salted caramel marshmallow & raspberry truffle from Lucky Chocolates w/ champagne, so you know I was a happy little camper. Between the tasty food and the flowing conversation, it felt like a dinner with a group of old girlfriends. 

Goodie Bag;

Now not only did we get to have this amazing experience and meal, but we left we a custom face mask, brush applicator, and whichever serum would work best for us! Mine of course was the raspberry which is perfect for my very dry skin. But I think the coolest goodie of all was the planner Angela designed for the next 90 days. It's a thoughtful gift for us to not only help us expand our beauty, but our minds as well. And Angela is not only beautiful and talent, but she is the ultimate lady entrepreneur who left me feeling so inspired! I cannot wait to head back to Savor Beauty & Spa for some treatments! Local babes; Savor Beauty & Spa has 3 locations; West Village, Upper West Side, Saugerties. & if Savor Beauty couldn't get any better, if you use their #cakefaceforacause they donate a skincare product to a local woman in need!

The other attendees;
Katrin-an amazing food photographer and author
Nina  & Alane-two photographers and creative eyes behind the local powerhouse And North
Robin-who is talking about fitness and nutrition on IG while keeping it real
& me who just wants to take a nap, but has promised to wash her face the right way at least once a day!

Did you know how to properly wash your face? I will honestly say that I haven't worn any makeup since the event because my skin is still GLOWING! What skincare do you love? Let's chat...

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Copycat Collab!

Let’s face it, we all have a fave Blogger/IGer (or if you’re like me you have a bunch). You love keeping up with her life, beauty routines, and of course, her #ootd (outfit of the day, if you’re not hip to the lingo). I’ve been following Emily from Champagne and Chanel for yearssss and I had this brilliant idea to copycat some of her looks with clothes from my own closet.  
Emily’s style is trendy, chic, and cute. One day she is wearing the cutest dress, the next she is sharing a cute sweat jumpsuit from Amazon, and then she’s in ripped jeans and a camo tee! To me, she’s the ultimate put together, style icon of IG. Here’s how I copied her style…I can only HOPE you babes think I’m a teeny bit as cute as she is in the looks!
First up was the look I knew I had to recreate was her white, detailed sleeve tee, with shorts, and a headband. I don’t really wear shorts, so I had to go with jeans, but I think I did a really good job. 

Would you believe I’m wearing two tops? I had the one with the sleeve deets, but it didn’t have the tie bottom. So I hit Marshall’s & found that one and Jen the genius (aka my assistant, day 1 ride or die) was like wait, put that tie bottom top over top and TA-DA, success! 

Top; with tie detail: Marshall’s
Top; with sleeve detail: Marshall’s 
Jeans; Amazon
Headband; Forever 21
Booties; Amazon
Bag; Deux Lux

Next was what I like to think of as the blogger uniform; camo tee, ripped jeans, LV bag…I had the pose in my head, but my dad was shooting and it’s like 2 pics and done with him, so I didn’t nail it, but I think it’s PRETTY DARN CLOSE!

Top; that’s actually a dress: Forever 21
Sneaks; Walmart
Bag; Louis Vuitton 

Last was one I was dying to do, but I’m going to be honest, I had zero luck finding similar pieces in my size at Marshall’s, so I ended up in this jumpsuit that didn’t really fit (peep the camel toe…awesome.) But here’s a dressing room shot.

Jumpsuit; Marshall’s
Jacket; Marshall’s 

Because I was so hype about this idea, I invited some of my blogger besties to join in on the fun. YOU HAVE to check out how they styled looks inspired by their fave bloggers. Sneak peeks of their looks and links are below, go show them lots of love!

What do you think of my copycat looks? Did I look as cute as Emily? I’m only 10 years older than her, but I think I’m just as young and hip, but you tell me and we’ll chat in the comments…

*ps, if you use any of my links I may get a commish, so that means you are putting a little money in my pocket, which makes me v happy && probably buys me starbs. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Guest Post | Renee Nicole

I'm so excited to have Renee sharing her latest blog post with us today! She's one of my closest blogging friends and I hope you love her as much as I do :) Show her blog & IG some love when you're done reading how she switches up her skin care!

Skincare routine transitioning from winter to spring
have a love affair with skincare. But I also know how important it is for skincare routine transitioning from winter to spring. I love so many different kinds and products but also at certain times of year too. I think that it is important to change up your skincare for the season and when your going into spring from winter its a major change.

In the beginning:
My skincare routine since I can remember has started with the proactiv because I had acne breakouts around that time of the month. I pretty much used it exclusivity till I was introduced to Rodan and Fields. A friend of mine loved it and had a party to introduce the brand to us and I feel in love.

I tend to use two different cleansers, also a separate scrub. I use the Tula facial cleanser and love the results. When I am having a breakout I use Glamglow Clearing cream to foam cleanser. I am all out of this and waiting for the Sephora sale to stock back up. When I want a really good scrub, I use Derma E microdermabrasion scrub. It smells wonderful and feels so good on my skin.
Toner I was using was two different ones actually. One more as a cleanser to clean up any leftover eye makeup and then an actual toner. It is great for getting rid of stubborn eye makeup, Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. I was using the Rodan and Fields Reverse toner and have switched over to the Tula Toner. I love that it is a gel and doesn’t go everywhere when I use it.
Eye Cream:

One that I have been doing forever was eye cream. I have always used an eye cream since I was in college. I had a friend who told me whatever you do, use eye cream, use it now. And I did. I have used many different kinds and have only used the Rodan and Field one consistently and the BELIF.
Both of those have worked really well for me but I switched over to the Tula Multi Spectrum Eye Renewal Serum. I love this for spring and summer. It has a cooling metal tip to apply the product and it feels so good on your skin.

I have used the Rodan and Fields Reverse, yes, I like to stick to the same thing, but I have now changed it up to Tula Volume Defense Serum. Getting older, I am concerned about wrinkles and what they are doing to my forehead and around my mouth so the switch to something more concerning to me was important. I also am wanting to try the Tula Acne Clearing and Tone. Hearing all great things about it and I tend to still break out every once in a while on my jaw line.

Winter I tend to go with a lot of oil products and heavier moisturizers then I would in the spring. I switched over from using up the end of the Reverse line of Rodan and Fields. Now over to Tula Hydrating day and night cream. Like it says you can do it day and night so it saves me some major needed counter space and money buying two different products. I also started using the Tula Multi-Spectrum Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment. This has been feeling really good at night and I am excited to see the results.

Looking forward to seeing the results from this combo of sunscreen and Vitamin C Serum. I am using the two together to get the best results. Soon will update you in two weeks how it is going.
I finish off with a primer to set my makeup. Winter I have been using Too Faced primer to spray my face. I have now switched back over to Pur 4 in 1 Correcting primer. I love how it feels when I put my makeup on and leaves a flawless finish. Another favorite of mine is Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow primer. It is a light primer that has a touch of sparkle to give a you a fresh dewy finish.
In conclusion:
This is the newest lineup for skincare for spring. I believe that it is important to change up your skincare routine from winter to spring. I am looking forward to putting in some more beauty content soon. I have a great friend that I am going to ask if she would like to do a guest post about her mask routine. She loves masks and her article about them is great and I would love to share.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Workwear Challenge at Marshall's!

If you’re like me, you spend a whole lotta time in business casual workwear & by a whole lotta time, I mean 5 days a week. So Jen (my trusty assistant, photog, drink holder, longest friend, the list goes on…) & I set out to do another challenge. This time we headed to good old Marshall’s with a budget of $150 to get a WHOLE WEEK OF WORKWEAR. Let me tell you…this was a challenge! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

assumptions about me from IG

This post has been floating around IG and YT for months now & I couldn't wait to write it. I asked twice (I got a LOT of duplicate questions) on my stories for you guys to give me your assumptions about me, some were funny, some were strange, and some were down right spot on haha! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

recent amazon purchases!

Let’s talk about a place we all love to shop…Amazon. Literally most days, I have a prime package waiting for me on the porch. Amazon has made me layzier, but more efficient-you can have things you need auto delivered, like dog food which helps keep my four-legged friends happy! I’ve been putting together a list with shoppable links for you all of my latest Amazon purchases (minus the hats my dad bought because I don’t think you need Cobra golf hats…if you do tho, hit me up, I’m your girl!)

Good Vibes tank-almost like every IGer has this tank in orange, so I went with the blue! It runs TTS, but I wanted it a little more baggy so I sized up. 
Faux Love bracelets-I had been waiting one of these FOR-freaking-EVER & I pulled the trigger accidentally (the gold one was in my shopping cart). After I got it, I promptly ordered the silver and rose gold. They never (they are screwed on) leave my wrist!  
Black Oversized Sunnies-I think almost every one of my friends HATES these sunnies, but I LOVE THEM the most. 
Lilac Top-if you remember on stories, I said I was going to return this, but then somehow I wore it on a Monday…a lot of you said nice things on IG, so it’s a keeper!
Heart Sunnies-these are a YSL knockoff and I love them on Amanda Stanton (which hers are real), but I don’t really love them on me. But I will continue to wear them cause it’s cool…right?
Collagen Creamer-I grabbed the coconut flavor cause Amanda (pardonmuahinsta on IG) uses it and I love it!
Black Jumpsuit-I wanted a jumpsuit that was a teeny bit more casual like the one Emily (champageandchanel on IG) has and stumbled across this one. It’s exactly what I was looking for and I’m going to grab it in other colors cause it’s the perfect throw on and go. You can dress it up if needed or keep it cas. 
*nsync tee-it dawned on me that I don’t have any actual *nsync tees-I know you gasped. Hear me out, I have a bunch of special tees (like the one they did for the children’s charity from Planet Hollywood with their handprints.) But I didn’t have an album tees, so I got this one!
Crest Whitestrips-I buy these once a year and use them every so often in between using my SmileBrilliant trays and gel. 
Jeans-this is going to sound weird, but I went on a jeans buying spree (& promptly returned almost more than half of them), but I got these from Amazon on a whim and they fit pretty well. I was on the fence, but wore them, so they’re mine now…(do you see a bit of a pattern here?)
What have you picked up lately from Amazon? I’m always in the market for new things, so let’s chat in the comments…

*ps-if you use any of these links, I'll get a small commission. && will love you long time. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sephora Current Faves | GIVEAWAY!

I was in my bathroom the other day and did a quick inventory and realized I have so many current Sephora faves that I never shared with you! I mean you're not surprised, right? You do know I'm layz...well anyway, I happen to be giving away a $300 gift card to Sephora over on IG (with the easiest rules eva!), so as some inspo for how you will spend you $$ when you win, here we are!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

how I get the perfect shave!

Let's talk about my least fave part of the beauty routine...shaving! I HATE it. I love the way my legs feel after, but it's a complete chore and I always nick myself no matter how careful I am, but I think this may have changed because I found the most perfect razor of all time! Read on to see how I get the perfect shave and to find out the shaving tip I SWEAR by and have for years...

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Target Budget Challenge!

A couple of weeks ago I teased on stories that I was heading to Target with my childhood bff Jen to do something fun & today I'm finally sharing part 1 with you! 

The Challenge: 5 different outfit needs, 5 different price points to stay under

Outfits Needed:
 Girls' Night Out
Spring Wedding Guest
Date Night

Price Points:

After we grabbed some Starbs (& took a pic for a giveaway), we got down to business. We had previously written down the prices and outfits needed on pieces of paper and then we picked at random. I'll start off before I show you what I picked that this was A LOT harder than we imagined. There were a few times where I wanted to go over, but Jen was not having that! Anyway, grab a snack & let's dive into this because it's going to be a long one :)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Battle of the Dry Shampoos!

Let's chat about something we all use...the real hero of the hair game...dry shampoo! I'm always trying new ones, so I decided that I'd share my experience with the latest ones I've gotten my hands on. 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Quick 3 Step Pamper Session!

It's no secret I love me some skincare, so when my sweet blogging friend, Carlene offered to send me samples of the Rodan & Fields 3 step anti-aging line, I was down! The 3 step sample kit comes with a   daily cleansing mask, lip renewing serum, and intensive renewing serum. 

while the cleansing mask was drying

after the mask-skin was feeling so smooth!

lip serum on and working! 

no filter-this was after the mask, lip serum, and renewing serum

I used all of these products right after a shower and was excited to give my face a little treat. After you rub the cleansing masks in, you let it dry for 2 minutes which was the perfect amount of time for me to comb through my hair.  After I washed off the mask, my skin felt so soft and really clean.

The next steps you can apply at the same time and you'll instantly see the effects from the lip serum. I really loved the effects from it on my super dry & cracked lips. The renewing serum felt nice on my skin, but I didn't see any changes right away, but I guess it's a product you have to continue to use to see long term effects. 

All in all, this was a nice little change in my regular after shower skin care routine and I would def check out this line again. Have you tried R&F? If you want to test out any of the products that I mentioned or any of their others-I LIVE for their eyelash serum. Check out Carlene's IG for more info! Until next time, 

*these products were sent to me, all thoughts are my own!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

must have Spring staple!

Spring is OFFICIALLY here. Well according to the calendar & that’s good enough for me! I love pieces in my closet that I can wear every season and one that I am loving for spring is the duster. In case you don’t know what, a duster is, that’s a long cardigan-why it’s called a duster, idk. But it’s the best transitional sweater you could have. (it also makes for a fun toy for your nephew and he’ll giggle a bunch if you keep draping it over him and removing it.)  I styled my fave duster which was only $14 (!!) a bunch of different ways to show just how versatile it can be.

Casual Look
tee: Target
jeans: Old Navy
duster: Rainbow
sunnies: Amazon
mules: Target 

Night Out
duster: Rainbow
top: Rainbow
leggings: Torrid
heels: Primark, but I found these similar ones for you from Old Navy!

tee: Amazon
leggings: Torrid
sneakers: Walmart

how funny is that out take? That was the exact moment I realized someone else was around and that I had to change all of my clothes again, lol!

Casual Friday
top: Forever 21
jeans: Old Navy
inital necklace: Loft

Which look was your fave? I personally love it with the leather leggings cause the pink makes them look more delicate. What piece of clothing do you love for spring? Let’s chat in the comments,

*some of these links are affiliate links & if you use them, I'll receive a small commission. Which means I will love you foreva-eva. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

spa night in && your next Netflix binge!

I live for a trip to the spa-like yes, please rub my back for an hour. But let's face it, we can't all make it to the spa as often as we'd like, so cue spa night in! I've finally found my fave combo that my face wants on a weekly basis. Here's what I've been using back to back (or even alone on the nights I need some selfcare)...