Today marks our 2 year journey together as a team. So much has happened since starting LWSS and it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for my readers. I’ve made new friends, discovered my true self and continue to grow as individual with each passing day. Blogging and interacting with you guys is the best experience I can take from all of this, I would probably be the same lost girl I was 2 years ago if I hadn’t summed up the courage to create LWSS.
All I can say is thank you and I’m truly humbled by all of your kind words on here, IG, Twitter, for those of you who take the time to write emails or messages, all of it! It’s extremely encouraging to know I have such a big support system from different places around the world. I can’t say what the future holds because I’m unsure of what lies ahead but I will do my best to provide you all with great content and always promise to stay true to me. While I have grown up and my personal preferences have changed I’m still myself, blogging has only enhanced me. I’m still learning as I go and make it a point to keep filling my big ass head with as much information as I can. So again thanks to all my old faithfuls and new faces for being fu*king awesome!
To splurge or not to splurge? It’s hard investing in products without giving them a good test run first but today I thought I’d share some of my must-haves and repurchases. Sorry I’m not sorry (to your wallets)!
I love a good pamper session before any important event I have planned! I tend to do this routine the night before so that my skin and teeth are ready on the actual day. As nice as a day at the spa sounds I like the comfort of my own home and being able to prep at my own pace.
1. I’ll light one of my Diptyque Candles and fill the bath with my Aromatherapy Associates Oil in De-stress to set the ambiance.
2. Make this year the year you strike a pose with your smile. #StrikeASmile and let Crest 3D White Whitestrips be your secret weapon to help you achieve that confident, beautiful red-carpet smile all year long.You only have to wear these for an hour so in the mean time i’ll move onto my skin
The FlexFit technology allows Whitestrips to stretch and mold to custom fit your smile for superior coverage and improved application
FlexFit technology provides 30% more coverage to whiten more teeth
Crest 3D White Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips whiten as well as a $500 in-office professional laser treatment
You don’t need to be an A-list celeb to achieve a red carpet-worthy white smile. Add Crest 3D White Whitestrips to your beauty routine and voila! You’ll #StrikeASmile with absolute confidence. Don’t forget to tune into the E! Live from the Red Carpet special on February 22nd and follow @3DWhite to follow the #StrikeASmile conversation.
2. After using the EveLom Cleansing Balm I like to use an abrasive exfoliant like the Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate to remove all the dead skin on my face.
3. Sheet masks are totally in right now and there are so many types to choose from for all skin types. I’ve been using the Leader’s Brightening Recovering Mask which helps with discoloration, blemishes and dehydration. I also use a mask on the eyes and my favorite is the Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask. *Tip – pop these in the fridge for a nice cooling effect to help with any puffiness or irritation you might have.
4. Next up is toning and I love the Diptyque Infused Facial Water, I grab a cotton pad and gently swipe it all over my face.
5. Last step is moisturizing and I use the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture which acts as a perfect base for makeup. I also suffer from really dry under-eyes so I will dab the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream with my ring finger to avoid pulling or tugging at such a sensitive area.
I have a wedding in March that I have to be in and future trips to NYC so this is the routine I’ll be using to ensure my skin and teeth are looking their best. I think the key to a good make-up application is having good skin, it needs a little TLC every now and again!
* This post was sponsored by 3D Crest White Stripes, other products are my own. For more information please refer to my disclosures.
Red lipsticks are so empowering and really give you that extra bit of confidence you need to feel like a woman. It can be intimidating to find the right shade and tone but I promise there is one for everyone! Above are 7 lip shades from Marc Jacobs which are available at Sephora and their website.
Swatched from L to R : Miss Scarlet, Core Cora, Oh Miley, Blow, Je Taime, Rei Of Light and Goddess.
The formula is very creamy, opaque and lasts for several hours. The packaging is sleek with a magnetic closure and the Marc Jacobs etching on the tube. My favorite out of the bunch of course is the darkest shade, Blow. I’m really impressed with the payoff and overall formula of these lipsticks. Below is a shade guide to help you choose the right color for you!
Warm (Golden or Apricot Undertones)
Blonde, Silver or Red Hair – Oh Miley, Je T’aime
Brunette or Black Hair – Goddess, Blow
Cool (Pink or Rosy Undertones)
Blonde, Silver or Red Hair – Core Cora, Goddess
Brunette or Black Hair – Rei Of Light, Miss Scarlet
So this time around I skipped the chit chat and decided to film how I usually do my hair. I have to straighten it no matter what due to its unruly nature as you will see in the video, it’s very Monica-esk (Friends)! ghd sent over these beautiful rose gold hair straightens which made perfect timing because my 6 yr old Remington ones died. I rock my hair 1 of 3 ways, straight, wavy or homeless. I currently have a long bob which works perfect for me and is very easy to style. I hope you enjoy my 4 min demo and I’ll see you all next week with a new video!
Hourglass have now dipped their hands into the skincare industry and although this bottle comes at a hefty price it doesn’t disappoint! I was fortunate enough to receive a bottle of the new biomimetic serum which is only to be used at night, you conserve more of the product this way as well. The texture and consistency is very liquid like, it’s hydrating too! I’ve been using this for a good 3-4 weeks religiously to see if it lives up to its price and my skin has honestly never looked better. I was breakout free for the first 3 weeks but then decided to try a new face oil from Antipodes and suffered painful cystic acne. I then switched back to the Hourglass serum and just overnight most of the swelling was gone.
The texture of my skin is much smoother and a few pores have shrunk in size. As for hyper-pigmentation that too has improved making my face a lot more radiant. It contains phosphatidylglycerol, which is a natural body lipid or fat found in the protective liquid surrounding a fetus that’s proven to be essential in lung development. The lipid was also linked to normalizing skin-cell growth. The serum also contains. . .
3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid: Helps reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and brightens skin tone
Squalene: Restores skin suppleness and flexibility
Dunaliella Salina Extract: Helps even skin tone, brighten the complexion and act as a free radical scavenger
The serum is created using an ultrasonication process, producing microscopic oil droplets which deliver the ingredients into the skin on a much higher concentrated level. This is magic in a bottle and it’s why my skin has been looking its best lately. I apply this after cleansing at night and will use my moisturizer over top, I have yet to have a reaction while combining the two. Leave it to Hourglass to be innovative and creative, it’s something I admire from the brand.
V-day is almost here and lets face it, less is always more when it comes to makeup! No man wants lipstick all over his face or (as my boy refers to) “sticky shit” on his lips. It’s a day to embrace imperfections and making the skin look as radiant as possible. Soft airy textures always look best in my opinion and need little to no touch-ups throughout the day. Here’s my take on Soft & Perdy. . .
I started out by priming the skin with the *Burberry Fresh Glow in No. 1 Nude Radiance to add some glow to my face. For base I decided to skip foundation and opt for the *Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Bronzed, this looks undetectable on the skin and gives it a tone of moisture. I set the base in place with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. I then did some cheek action with my trusty *Jouer Bronzer in Suntan which is a very natural shade for me and gives shape to my face. I used the new *Jouer Luminizing Liquid Highlighter in No. 01 Nude Light to highlight the skin even further applying it to the tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, cupids bow and brow bone (this stuff is amazing). To finish the face I dabbed a bit of the *Jouer Tint in Petal for some color with a stippling brush, Jouer is my go to brand when I want my skin to look its best.
For the eyes I wanted the lashes to be the main focus (there might be some fluttering action going on at dinner time). I used the Chanel Illusion D’ombre Shadow in Emerveille as a base for M.A.C All That Glitters. These are both peachy pinky neutral shades that will look great against dark lashes. I then lined my waterline with Illamasqua’s Medium Pencil in Hex which is just a basic nude shade to open up the eyes even more. After the eyeshadow was blended I then curled my lashes and added 2 layers of the Maybelline Full & Soft Waterproof Mascara. Finally the lips! I prepped them by using a lip scrub from Lush and wanted to apply something moisturizing but still with a hint of color. Keeping it very simple I used the *ByTerry Baume De Rose in Rosy Babe to complete the look.
The typography on this design was created by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Even though the font was created in 1937 it brings a very modern minimal look to todays time. I love danish interior design and anything monochrome so I had to place an order. You can see the entire range here if you’re interested in investing, they do plates, utensils, bedding and even mini cups! I’m currently housing my makeup brushes and think it’s a great alternative to an empty Diptyque jar.