September has been, and will be, a very busy month for me. I have two engagement parties, two weddings, two big milestone birthday parties, a weekend getaway, and celebrating my parents’ anniversary. They’re all wonderful things, but hopefully October quiets down more and I can savor the beginning of fall—with very many books, cuddled up in bed. 🙂
Today, in “things you never knew existed,” I try out a DNA skin test! It’s called HomeDNA™ Skin Care, and it’s a service that gives you a skin evaluation and product recommendations based on your individual DNA. Based on the (correct) assumption that skincare for women is confusing, saturated, and difficult to demystify (and find something that actually works for you), HomeDNA™ Skin Care lets users search for products that would be tailor-made for your skin’s specific needs.
I was given the opportunity to try out this unique service free of charge, and this is what I thought!Read More »
I may be late to the velvet game, but I feel like early fall is the perfect time to rock one of these gorgeous velvet crop tops. They’re warm and echo autumn’s deep colors, but they’re definitely perfect for warmer fall days, too! I’m not a huge fan of the velvet boots thing, but I am absolutely on board with the tops!
Here are some photos of a recent boat ride around the city. I’ve been on several of these cruises in my life, but I never ever get sick of the views. It reminds me of everything that makes this country amazing, and how lucky I am to be an American (and a first-generation one!). It also reminds me how much I love New York, and that I get to spend every day here (even if it is stuck in an office 😉 ). Hope you enjoy these shots!
During spring and summer, there’s nothing more effortless than a maxi dress—it’s instant elegance and it’s so easy to style. But it’s also a great transition piece of clothing, for those days in late summer when the mornings and evenings turn colder and a shorter dress seems out of place, or uncomfortable. Here’s a gorgeous maxi dress I styled with transitioning and fall in mind!
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I’m no longer a college student but I still tend to operate on a different “year” schedule: from September to June, as if I were still in school. That means that September feels like a new year for me, and whether I’m in school or not, it always feels like the chance for a fresh start, new beginnings, and starting over. I like to turn over a new leaf by making renewed commitments to be healthy, exercise more, and take care of myself, my skin included.
For those of you who are going back to college, I bet you feel the same way—the need to start fresh. Sometimes, especially when it comes to your skin, a new beginning can simply mean some new products that can take the guesswork out of skincare. If you know me, you know that I have:
- oily skin & big pores
- tendency to break out in my t-zone
- the need to exfoliate like CRAZY!
So, I gave three new products a try: the Neutrogena® SkinClearing Liquid Makeup, Neutrogena® SkinClearing Mineral Powder (both with salicylic acid), and the Clean & Clear® Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub. I bought all three at Target. Buy them here, by hovering over the image to reveal product links:
Every once in a while I get bored of just throwing on a dress and leaving the house, especially since my instinct is to be a bit lazy. I like to mix up my outfits, styling them in unexpected ways that infuses my closet with a little more excitement. I own dozens of dresses, and even though they’re my favorite things to wear, by nature they’re pretty simple. An easy way to style a dress in a more interesting way is to layer–even in summer!
Here, I layered an embellished-sleeve white tee over a pinafore-style dress. The dress, with spaghetti straps and an unusual neckline, would have been ever-so-slightly inappropriate for work, so I decided to mix it up by throwing it on over a tee. I love the way the white of the shirt mirrors the white of the dress’s design.
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Last year, I discovered matte liquid lipstick (albeit late) and I loved it: for the most part, one application in the morning meant all-day lip color, with maybe one or two touch-ups around mealtimes. I loved knowing I didn’t have to worry about my makeup, something that, I think, is a huge priority for a lot of us. But matte lipstick isn’t infallible: often, oily food will turn it blotchy and it’s hard to wipe off evenly. I mean, I didn’t think there was anything better, but then I heard about LipSense.
I first heard about LipSense via my sister, who swore by it. It’s basically a two-step, long-wearing lipstick product: one tube holds the actual pigment, and another tube (bought separately) contains a topcoat, or sealant, that prevents the lipcolor from budging, feathering, or fading. The wear can be anywhere from 4-18 hours, and the whole system is meant to improve the health and moisture of your lips, provided you never wear any other lipcolor. 😉
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This October, I’ll turn 26. I know that seems like too young to be worrying about anti-aging products, but according to dermatologists, it’s never too early to take care of your skin and prepare for the future. I use a whoooole lot of moisturizer in my daily routine, oil-cleanse my skin, and use products with hyaluronic acid, like Cera-Ve. I also experiment with using anti-aging products, like this one and this one. Recently, I tried out the Simplicity Skincare Anti Aging product. Here’s what I thought.
First off, I should mention that since I have no visible wrinkles and am still in my 20s, judging this product by its anti-aging properties after just a couple weeks of use won’t be conclusive, so I’m judging by the texture, health, and clearness of my skin! On all these fronts, Simplicity Skincare delivered.Read More »
Is it just me or are pineapples everywhere these days? I really like them personally, I think they’re cute and summery and make for an excellent clothing print. Pineapples are also the international symbol of friendship, which is appropriate for this post, considering I bought this skirt after my friend wore it!