Tuesday, April 24, 2018

glowing skin + st. ives skincare


GLOWING SKIN FT. ST. IVES

Those who know me or have been with me for a while know that I LOVE to try out new skin care products. Preen.Me recently reached out to me to try out St. Ives newest Korean inspired products. I already love St.Ives and have some of their products already so I was 100% on board to try their newest products before their launch. So let me share my experience with you!



CLEANSING STICKS!
St. Ives recently released these cute little on-the-go cleansing sticks which make cleansing your face extremely easy. All you do is simply splash some water on your face and roll away and massage then rinse. These all smell so amazing and are 100% coconut oil based. I've been using them for a few weeks now alternating between the different formulas they have. 

These bad boys deliver insane benefits while making it super fun to use. My current favorite cleansing stick is the Matcha Green Tea + Ginger cleansing stick because it focused more on detoxifying all of the toxins on your skin leaving it glowing. 


NEXT UP THE SCRUBS

I love love love scrubs! I love that feeling of buffing out all of the dead skin or excess junk on my face. 


I don't really have an issue with blackheads but I was excited to try out the green tea scrub. It has a moderate exfoliating factor. I like using this for when I feel like my pores start to get clogged (usually from lack of sleep or me eating way too many fried/greasy foods). Problem skin has met its match with this scrub! The key ingredient is a salicylic acid which packs a big punch and unclogs pores and calms redness for glowing, bump-free skin!


I was so excited to get my hands on the cult classic. St. Ives' beauty editor's favorite the deep cleaning apricot scrub. This scrub has100% natural walnut shell powder and works so well for exfoliating because my skin ends up SO SO SO soft, smooth, and of course glowing skin. The smell is spectacular. I am usually not a fan of really fragranced products but these just smell fruity and all natural which is a huge plus. I just use a dime size and scrub it all over in my face in the shower or some nights roughly two times a week.

I hope this post has helped! There are so many steps to a skincare routine and St. Ives is meant to reduce that and make skincare easy and on-the-go!
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Friday, April 6, 2018

lash loving ft. winq lash bar


I just wanted to share a lovely lash bar I have been recently in love with. Eyelash extensions have become one of the most popular beauty services people are getting done. I never thought I would get them done regularly but it has saved me such a great chunk of time in the mornings and I have been much more comfortable going makeup-less now of days!

I generally wear makeup on a daily basis, but when I go to work, I usually just slap on foundation, concealer, and mascara. On the days I go out with friends or just out I need my eyes to stand out (yes because they're small and round shaped) so I add on some eyeshadow and some cat eye winged eyeliner + maybe double stacked falsies. I love makeup, especially lashes because it makes you feel + look more alive. 

Alright, let's get down to business.

Where did I go? 
Winq Lash Bar based in Boston, Massachusetts (in the Allston/Brighton area also T accessable). 


Who was your stylist?
 
The amazing Katherine Toker. She is incredibly kind and patient and will work with you every step of the way to achieve the look you desire. 

Why did I decide to go for it?
I wore false lashes so often on top of my mascara regularly because of how thin my lashes were so why not just wake up with some fluffy and curled lashes?! With a little bit of budgeting, I was sold. I'm just so busy with work and school this is a great way to make me look more alive and spend less time trying to get ready. Also, have you seen the studio?! It is drop-dead gorgeous.

How much is it? 
Full set lashes start at roughly $200 and fills start at $49. Just an FYI Winq always has a ton of promos so if you're interested, subscribe to their mailing list to receive goodies!

How long did it take? 
A full volume set took roughly 2.5 hours. Be prepared to take a long nap. 



How long do they last? 
They honestly last around 2-4 weeks (some people 5 weeks). But I love getting my fills at the 2-week mark to keep them fluffy and voluminous.

What style did you get?
I got the Yas Queen! Volume set. I am not 100% positive about what length she has me in but I got cat-eye D curl. Cat eye is essential for me because it creates the illusion of a winged eyeliner without actually wearing eyeliner.

Are they easy to take care of? 
I am someone who has a bad habit of rubbing my eyes so having these babies made me more conscious of that. Don't rub your eyes, don't sleep on your face, don't get them wet within the first 24 hours, and brush them often! So easy and worth saving time in the morning getting ready.


Overall experience? 
WORTH IT. Me being someone with naturally boring small, narrow eyes and straight lashes, these babies give me so much life and confidence. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is like me and is lazy but needs lashes, or if you are going on vacation and don't want to deal with worrying about lashes, or if you just want that extra lash fluff. Also, the store's vibe is like you're treating yourself to a vacation. Palm trees everywhere and long naps. 



If you have any questions about lash extensions, my experiences, or the store in general feel free to reach out and ask away!

Thanks so much, Winq Lash Bar for my amazing boss b lashes
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

sessions with lesley.




I just wanted to share with you guys a few of my favorite photos with Lesley Anderson.

This series is inspired by just wandering the city and exploring new places. It was lightly slowing this day which I love because cloudy skies mean beautiful soft photos.

All taken in South End Boston. Thank you Cynthia for inspiring me with photography.  
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