Leahlani Skincare Review

Lifestyle, Minimalism, Plastic Free

For the last few years, I have focused solely on skincare to get my acne prone skin back to the normal skin I once had. Since I was 14, I had pretty horrible acne that I soon realized was cystic acne. I would get these huge boil-like bumps on my face that took weeks to go away. It didn’t matter if I popped the bumps or let them disappear on their own, they would always leave an ugly acne scar.

Now, at 23, I know that much of my acne stemmed from my diet and my intolerance to dairy. My clean eating and dairy moderation has most definitely improved my cystic acne, but left behind the more regular type of pimples.

I’ve been through many skincare lines that worked, but didn’t really get the job done. Some of the lines I tried throughout the years were Clinque, Philosophy, Cetaphil – pretty much every line that wasn’t Proactiv. The one line that worked and kept pimples at a minimum was Lush. I absolutely adore Lush and will always continue to use their products. While I love Lush, I needed something more that keeps the pimples away and makes me want to truly love my skin.

I then discovered Leahlani products thanks to my dear mother. Leahlani products are infused with all natural, organic, straight from the Hawaiian island ingredients. Leah of Leahlani uses cold pressed oils, tropical fruits, botanicals, clays and Hawaiian nectars to create this amazing blend of skincare products.img_4046

The products that I have been using these last few weeks (again thanks to my mom) are Honey Love and Champagne Serum. The third day of using Honey Love followed by Champagne Serum, my skin did the unthinkable and cleared completely. Also my skin glowed…makeupless. This was something that hasn’t happened since I was 18 when I thought I was done with puberty (second puberty is a thing you guys!)

Let’s review.

Honey Love 3-in-1 is a cleanser, exfoliator and mask that clarifies and evens out the skin tone. This is the first cleanser that doesn’t completely strip all of my natural oils or leave a residue on my skin. It is the perfect happy medium for my sensitive and combination skin. The best thing about Honey Love is that you only need a little bit for it to work.

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After A week

Champagne Serum is kind of a misleading name because it is actually a combination of oils. Upon first use, I was expecting the sticky consistency that most serums come with, but instead got the oil based consistency that felt like melted butter. Usually I follow up my cleansers with a moisturizer and an acne spot treatment, but I no longer feel the need for the spot treatment.

 The packaging from Leahlani is all eco-friendly containing all cardboard and paper, NO plastic whatsoever. The containers the products come in are glass and are wrapped in corrugated cardboard. This was a plus to me because I am trying to live a more eco-friendly img_4055lifestyle. The purchase also came with a sample of one of Leahlani’s many masks – which of course I had to give a try.

I don’t really have any cons for these products because they are really just that good. They are affordable and all natural. Leahlani products are aesthetically pleasing and smell quite amazing. I think that this line of skincare is my holy grail for life…or at least a long while.

I plan on purchasing the Kokoleka Mask and another mask in their line in the near future. I definitely plan on repurchasing Honey Love 3-in-1  again and again and again. I am most undoubtedly obsessed.

I am glad that I can finally say, Goodbye forever cystic acne and au revoir reoccurring pesky pimples.

ChelsiKay

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Honey Love

Champagne Serum

Kokoleka Mask

Fall Wardrobe Revamp

Fashion, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

This week it will be fall!! Words can’t describe how happy I am to have Fall weather back…well except those words. This summer was seriously a rough one and I am elated that it is finally over. Who else is ready for Fall?!

While I am sooo ready for Fall, I am not sure my wardrobe is. I opened up my vacuum-sealed bag and was quite disappointed. It was at that moment I realized I still dress like a teenager. I wouldn’t say that this is such a bad thing, because well at least I have clothes to wear. I’m only in my early twenties, so it isn’t that far fetched that some of my outfits look a little juvenile. However, I believe that it is time for a much needed closet revamp. With a capsule wardrobe this could very well be challenging, but I will most likely use the search and replace method. Search for whatever doesn’t fit (my style) anymore and replace it with something that does.

The last few days, I’ve been imagining my future Fall wardrobe and for the first time ever I saw color. For the most part, my wardrobe is pretty black, white and grey with very little colors here and there. Don’t get me wrong I still love my basic neutrals, but it is time to add something more. I’m definitely not thinking of going crazy because I KNOW I will never wear anything crazy. I only plan on adding more neutrals such as a dusty pink, olive green and taupe. I know you might be thinking, “that is not adding color,” but for me this is totally adding color!

I decided to get extremely visual with this process of planning out my wardrobe and I think it’s a really good idea for someone who wants to change his or her style up. I took my ideas over to Polyvore and got to work.

 

I recently got a job that I get to do from home. Obligatory YAAAASS! I may have to dress in a little work wear every now and then, so something that’s not leggings or jeans is much needed. Trousers! I never ever thought I would wear let alone like trousers, but they’re actually very comfortable. Of course I can dress them up or down depending on where I’m off to.screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-6-49-31-pm

I’m not even sure why I’ve been sleeping on bodysuits, because they go with so many different things. I’m not completely sure why I don’t see them in capsule wardrobes more often either. A couple of bodysuits is something I will definitely be adding to my capsule due to their versatility. I’m not quite sure about the skirts, because I never thought I looked great in them but I’ll give them a shot.

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Little black t shirt dresses are my favorite! I actually don’t even have to buy one, but I still felt obligated to plan it out because hey you never know. I’ll need some new boots most definitely! I know I said I was adding color, but this is where the accessories come in!

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Oh how I love joggers! Having dusty pink pants freaks me out yet intrigues me at the same time. I can’t even remember the last time I wore colorful bottoms that weren’t jeans. I didn’t include it, but I’m absolutely going to need a bomber jacket to go along with these joggers.

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Of course, some of these items are already in my capsule, so I won’t have to go out and purchase a completely new wardrobe. I highly suggest visually planning out your wardrobe because it will help to not buy unnecessary items that don’t even fit your needs. My goal was to add color and I purposely didn’t add any really bold colors because I know I probably won’t wear them. It helps to see everything so you don’t go overboard when you’re in the store…yes we’ve all been there.

I hope this post was useful and enjoyable! In the future I will probably make more post like this because it certainly has helped me. With that said, Happy Almost Fall everyone!

ChelsiKay

Mindful Eating

food, Lifestyle, Minimalism

Ahh mindful eating. This is a big one for me, yet probably the easiest change for me. I’m definitely an abuser of eating junk when I’m bored; who isn’t though? Eating mindfully comes easy to me because I gave up gluten around this time last year. So once I gave up gluten, eating healthy and clean was something that was pretty much written in the stars for me.

This definitely isn’t a how to guide to healthy or mindful eating, because what may work for me may not work for you. Personally, I read a few books and magazines and even watched a couple of documentaries. I ran into this user on Reddit who makes these amazing recipes, both clean and not so clean. NerdsWithKnives is their website and I certainly will be visiting quite often.

As for the books – cookbooks to be exact, they really aren’t always the best. You read this awesome recipe only to make this huge dinner and have ALL these leftover herbs, spices and sauces that you’ll probably never ever use again. Recipes seem to be written for families of 5 of 6 as well. Have you ever seen a recipe that says “Serves 8” and you’re only a family of four or less? I mean even the ones that say “Serves 4” you end up with this giant meal for an extra three people. Of course leftovers, but do we really want to eat the same thing for the next three days? If you have this problem, try to half your recipes; yes this involves a little math, I apologize. Or you can eyeball everything, I don’t think I’ve ever actually followed a recipe to tee – yup I’m such a rebel.

I picked up this cool mimg_3977agazine on whim at Wegman’s and it includes some really creative recipes. Instead of it being sorted by meals of the day, it is sorted by type of food. For example: There is a section on egg recipes and then another section on pork, chicken, etc. The portion sizes are pretty decent and they’re easy and affordable.

Pretty much any documentary talking about any social or economic issues like the food industry, it is going to be somewhat extreme. I’ve watched about three documentaries on the affects of junk food and processed foods and sugar. All of this stuff is bad for us and we know that. The problem isn’t that we eat these foods; it is that we eat it in excess. That’s what the documentaries don’t tell you which is why they don’t really seem to be that effective. If they came out and said, “hey don’t eat so much of this, you’ll feel better,” this would be a better tactic. The key should be to change the way we eat, not to scare us into eating healthier foods. So when watching any documentary on food or any other economic issue, take points from it and not at face value.

If you’re still reading, I suggest doing your own research when it comes to food. This is a personal and intimate choice for us all. Changing the way you eat is a huge adjustment to your life and not everyone can do same thing. Even eating mindfully is a big change, but definitely attainable. Give it a try; you might like it.

ChelsiKay

 

Documentaries (All on Netflix)

Food Matters

Hungry For Change

Sugar Coated

Books & Cook Books

Waste Free Kitchen

Damn Delicious

Eat Cheap. Eat Healthy

 

 

Foodie Fridays

food, Lifestyle

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  1. Breakfast in bed is one of the best things ever. I get spoiled by my boyfriend almost every weekend with a fried egg, bacon and cinnamon toast. Sometimes the breakfast changes every now and then, but this is usually the norm. I gotta say, he might be a keeper :).
  2. Have any of you seen these jello shots all over the Internet? As soon as I saw these, I had to make them. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was throwing myself a birthday party. Well I did! I made a big batch of these awesome jello shots and my friends and family loved them! The key to making jello shots not taste like cough medicine is…use tequila and any flavor of jello that is not cherry.
  3. This giant pancake was probably the best pancake I’ve EVER had. That allergy stick is there is because I got them made gluten free. Normally GF waffles and pancakes are not that great, but this one may have been better than regular pancakes.
  4. Who doesn’t like seven layer bean dip? I also had this dip at my party and half way through it was completely gone. Everyone kept on asking me where I got it from and when I told them that I made it myself, they were surprised. It is literally the easiest recipe ever. Comment if you would like for me to share!

That’s all this Friday! Thanks for reading and if you would like me to share any of the recipes or restaurants, just leave a comment!

ChelsiKay