Leahlani Mermaid Mask Review

Beauty, Green, Natural, simplicity, skincare

It’s extremely odd that I haven’t done a review of this mask before because it is literally my favorite mask ever! I have briefly mentioned it on here before but never done a full in-depth review of it. I suppose the day has come where I shall review it.

fullsizeoutput_424First of all, I purchased this mask at the beginning of this year and basically fell in love. I know I say that about a lot of the products that I use, but this is the only one that I’ve ever repurchased more than twice other than the Herbivore Balancing Toning Elixir.

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If you want a little bit of background on what Leahlani Skincare is about, then click the link to a post I wrote about a year ago. Keep in mind, anything I posted last year has no pictures included.

I’m really trying to figure out the words to describe this mask, other than perfection. Honestly, that’s what it is – perfection. Do you know how when you eat really healthy after weeks of eating really crappy food feels? Well, that’s kind of how this mask feels every single time you use it. All of the crappy stuff in the air that enters my pores every day is basically cleansed whenever I apply this mask to my face.

fullsizeoutput_427The main reason I love this skincare brand is that it truly is all natural. I’m not against “chemicals” or anything but I most definitely prefer green/natural beauty. The main ingredients in this mask are raw organic honey, spirulina, chlorella, algae, and seabuckthorn oil.

What I like…

  • All Natural
  • Smells divine
  • Makes my skin glow
  • Gets rid of pimples
  • Minimizes appearance of pores
  • Brand is personable
  • Packaging is reusable (glass jar)

What I don’t like…

Well, I like everything about this mask and I’m pretty sure that it is my holy grail. I will probably always continue to repurchase whenever I run out. I went without it for about three or four months and I was honestly lost without it. If you’ve been thinking about giving Leahlani a try, try the Honey Love 3-in-1 and then the Mermaid mask and I’m about 99.5% sure you will love everything about the products.

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Thanks for reading,

ChelsiKay

Gifts Under $25 Gift Guide

Beauty, christmas, Lifestyle, simplicity, style, Uncategorized

Hello, Hello, Hello! As you can see from the title, I’m doing another gift guide! I’m still keeping the theme of gifts under $25 because I know not everybody out there is trying to spend an arm on a leg on a bunch of different people. However, I will be doing another gift guide for more luxurious gifts as well! So, if you haven’t checked out my last guide, go ahead and take a look at that if you want! Book Gift Guide under $25.

The first set of gifts is for the ladies and I definitely tried to create a good variety of items to choose from. I know not everyone is a makeup junkie, so I thought it would be nice to include some non-beauty related products such as slippers, Sugarfina gummy bears, and motivational pens.

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Mini • Laura Mercier • $23 

Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydracharged Complexion Prep Priming Spray Mini • Urban Decay • $15 

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Mini • Urban Decay • $15 

It Cosmetics Your Skin But BetterTM CC+TM Cream with SPF 50+ Holiday Edition Mini • It Cosmetics • $15 

Kopari Coconut Melt Mini • $18 

Urban Outfitters Neon Instax Mini Frame iPhone 8/7/6/6s Case • Urban Outfitters • $20 

Youth to the People Youth Duo Mini • $20 

Helen Dealtry Motivation Pen Set • Sold Out 

Sugarfina Champagne Bears at Free People • Sold Out 

Anthropologie Metalwork Hurricane • Anthropologie • $14–52 

Urban Outfitters UO Sunday Funday Slipper • Urban Outfitters • $18 

Woodlot Essential Oil Blends • $19 

The next set of gifts is for the fellas out there. Now I have two special men in my life (brother & dad) and they have very specific unique taste…so I’m really winging it here. I do feel like you can’t go wrong with some new underwear and socks though. Also, men need toiletry bags too; there is no reason the men in your life should still be carrying their toiletries in Ziploc bags whenever they’re traveling!

 

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Herschel Supply Co. Travel Collection Chapter Toiletry Bag • Herschel • $25–30 

Flight 001 Go Clean Laundry Bag • Flight 001 • $22 

Concentrated Beard Oil by Layrite (2oz Oil) • $20 

Lucky Brand Thermal Lived In Henley • Lucky Brand • $24.97 

Happy Socks Assorted Printed Crew Socks Gift Box – Pack of 4 Pairs • Happy Socks • $19.97 

Calvin Klein Boxer Brief – Pack of 3 • Calvin Klein • $19.97 

I’m really trying my best to make this blog look more sleek, professional, and overall aesthtically pleasing. I recently started a Shopstyle account so that I could create these gift guides that make it easier for both my followers and myself. Anyway, I hope you guys like these gift guides because I’m going to keep them coming for these next couple of weeks!

Thanks for reading,

ChelsiKay

Disclaimer: “I get commission for purchases or clicks made through links in this post.”

Book Gift Guide Under $25

Beauty, christmas, Lifestyle, mindfulness, simplicity, Uncategorized

Hey everyone, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I’m not, but I am trying to make the best of it and cheer up. However, it’s that time of year for gift giving and I want to do a couple of gift guides starting this week. This week I want to start off with book gifts.
I am a huge fan of books as a gift because it truly is a gift that keeps on giving. It’s not just a thing, but it’s also an experience. I know not everyone is a book person, I happened to include some books that aren’t just about reading.

I think this is the perfect book that can sit on the coffee table year round. It’s a great conversation starter for when you have people over and there are plenty of recipes, crafts, etc. to get inspiration from.

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How could I not include a book like this when the main thing I talk about on here is skin care! This doesn’t look like much of a cookbook, but that’s kind of what I like about it. I’m seriously considering purchasing this one for one of my friends because I believe that they would LOVE.

Like I said, not everyone is a big book fan, so this book includes lists! I may just get this book for myself because it seems so helpful to keep your mind positive. Who doesn’t like a book about happiness?!

I LOVE this idea as a gift and I feel that a friend or family member would love working in this productivity planner. We all know someone, if not ourselves, that could use this kind of planner in their life.

So that’s all for today. I hope this sparked some inspiration for somebody. There are PLENTY of other books to choose from, but I specifically wanted to include these. Of course, I love these books for myself, but I would definitely give all of these as gifts for this upcoming Christmas.

Thanks for reading,

ChelsiKay

Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer

Beauty, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Uncategorized

Hello there, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving or a great day off this year! I know it’s Friday and I’m posting off schedule (gasp) but I don’t usually post on holidays where I’m spending time with family. I thought this post would be a great follow up to my last post about shopping mindfully. If you haven’t read about that yet, go ahead and check it out!

Recently, I purchased my first luxury makeup item. In the past, I have used Tom Ford makeup, but I didn’t purchase that myself. Now, this really wasn’t a huge purchase or anything because it’s definitely just a concealer, but it’s a huge step up from what I normally use.

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During Sephora’s yearly VIB sale, I decided it would be a good time to buy the Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer. I mean I had to put that 20% off sale to good use right? Concealer is the only makeup item that I haven’t found a holy grail in, so I figured I’d try the Dior out.

fullsizeoutput_41eI’ve always had trouble picking out a concealer in the past because I usually buy the wrong color or I experience some irritation. I know there are a million different concealers out there that I could have chosen from, but honestly, I really wanted to buy a designer/luxury brand this time.

IMG_8950Needless to say, I LOVE this concealer, as I do most of the items that I tend to purchase and blog about on here. The best thing about this concealer, in my opinion, is that the applicator is a wand! This is a huge win for me because I am not a fan of squeeze applicators at all.

Also, the consistency is creamy and you don’t really need a lot at all. I can wear it all day without any creasing and of course, the tube it comes in is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t exactly go into too much detail about a concealer, but I do really like it so far. I’m not sure if it’ll be my holy grail, but we’ll just have to see and experiment with others to find out. IMG_8956

I hope this was a good read for you guys. I am a little foggy due to being in a serious food coma right now, so I hope this post made any kind of sense. Thanks for reading as always,

ChelsiKay

Hydrating Masks for the Cold Weather

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Ok, so let’s get away from fashion for a post or two. This time of year comes around and for whatever reason, I can’t stop talking about clothes. So, now we’re switching gears back into skincare. I feel like it’s been quite a while since I’ve talked about skincare so let’s get started.

As it’s getting cooler and cooler, the drier and drier it gets. The dry weather brings along dry skin, hair, fingernails and so on. I have a couple of hydrating masks that I like to use so that my skin doesn’t dry out during the cool/cold months.

One of my favorite hydrating masks is Farmacy’s Honey Potion. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this product in a previous post at some point. I love that this mask has a warming effect once you apply it. IMG_3993

I like to use this mask in the morning before applying my makeup so that I have a nice supple, moisturized canvas. I only have a sample of this mask, but I would love to get my hands on this bad boy one of these days.

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Of course, I like to mix it up, between, honey and roses. Fresh makes a nice hydrating mask that is infused with real rose petals. I like this mask specifically because it tones my skin. Honestly, I love any skincare product that has rose in it because I really do feel that it helps our skin. IMG_3994

I like to use this mask when my skin is feeling irritated but is also dry. I know better than to use some sort of clay or charcoal mask on dry skin because it irritates it even more. I always say…the more gentle, the better. After using this mask, my skin just looks brighter and more radiant. I also only have a sample size of this mask; I’m not sure if I would buy the full size of this product just yet.

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So these are the masks that I like to use for when I have dry and/or dehydrated skin. I know that since winter is around the corner, I’ll be pulling these babies out more often.

What hydrating masks do you all use?

ChelsiKay

IT Cosmetics’ CC Cream

Beauty, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Hello hello there! It feels like its been weeks since the last time I posted, but I know its only been about two days if that. Today I’m doing a quick review on a skincare/beauty/makeup product. You guys know how I love to keep it as simple as possible…even when I can go on a rant. Anyway, let’s get started.

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So I’ve been looking for a really good tinted moisturizer/BB cream/CC cream for a WHILE now. Pretty much, I’ve been looking for a foundation with a decent SPF in it. I’ve used Lancome Teint Idole before and I loved it. However, it oxidizes into an orange like color on my skin and I’m not a huge fan of that, to be honest. So I ran across IT Cosmetics’ CC Cream. I went for the illuminating formula because why not? Since I’m reviewing it you already know I like it! Here’s why:

  • Contains SPF 50
  • Has UVA & UVB protection
  • Is Full Coverage
  • Color Corrects (seriously!)
  • Is hydrating
  • Does not oxidize into a crazy color
  • It Glows!

Okay, so when I say it glows…it actually contains glitter or a glitter like substance. I love this because I tend to like satin finishes on my skin versus dewy or completely matte. Also, I’m heavy handed with the highlighter so during the day I don’t have to wear a highlighter now.

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Most foundations or tinted moisturizers with SPF have the tendency to oxidize in a really noticeable way. And if I mix my sunscreen with a foundation, there’s always a strange gray tint and my face gets oily halfway through the day. With this CC Cream, I don’t experience any of those things. I was also pretty shocked when I came home after a full day with this still on my face!

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I hope this CC cream continues to be great because I love it so much right now. It is basically the equivalent of my Becca Ever Matte Foundation but for the daytime. I’m in love. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

A DIY Halloween Costume

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, style, Uncategorized

Tomorrow is Halloween you guys and I would be excited except I already partied over the weekend. I had my little fun, but now its time to get back to work and reality. I’m not one to buy a costume nor DIY this super intricate one either. My costumes tend to be pretty last minute and I almost always own the things that I need.

This year I went as a ninja…okay, a sexy ninja. I wasn’t really going for the typical sexy look, but hey it happens! So really all I did was wear my usual going out clothes which is high waisted leggings and a crop top – black of course. I went with a sleeveless turtleneck this time. I ordered a really cheap ($7) ski mask (2pack) off of Amazon and just wore the bottom part to cover my mouth and nose. You can also just tie a bandana or forgo both and wear a hoodie. The look is pretty much complete, but if you want to, you can cut some stockings into removable sleeves. I did this and I felt that it tied the costume together.

Of course, since my eyes were the only thing showing, I went really dark with my eye makeup. I used my brand new ABH Subculture palette and did a purple, rust, and dark brown smoky eye. I also twisted my hair into four flat twists because I felt that a fro or a puff would take away from the ninja-ness.

If you don’t want to be this sexy, you can always change up the costume however you want. I did plan on wearing another costume tomorrow if I were to attend a party. I was going to wear the same outfit sans ski mask and add a tutu. I would probably just wear a long sleeve shirt versus a crop top as well. Instant ballerina. I DIY my costumes every year and I just use clothes that I already wear!

I hope you all liked this post, thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

 

Post Travel Skin Care Routine

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

My skin has been the worst since I’ve gotten back from my trip. In fact, it was pretty bad during my trip. I mean I did travel to three different provinces within Spain, so that’s three very different climates. It was as if I was a hormonal teenager all over again. My skin went from oily to dry back to oily in just a week.

The funny thing is that I brought sheet masks with me, but every time I had a little bit of downtime from being all touristy…I was entirely too lazy to put on a mask. Even when I returned, I was still way too lazy (and tired) to put on a measly little sheet mask. So yesterday, (I got back last Thursday) I finally decided to do my full skincare routine – mask included.

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By that point, I had to bring out the big guns because my skin was looking really rough. I pulled out my May Lindstrom the Problem Solver, mixed that bad boy up with some water, and lathered the mixture onto my face. I let that sit for about 10 minutes and I could really feel the tingling. I washed that off and my skin really did thank me by being extra smooth and somehow less heavy. The May Lindstrom comes in this giant jar that retails at exactly $100. It comes with enough powder to last years. Honestly, they could make the jar much smaller and retail it at $50 and an even smaller one at $25. Why is this jar so big?

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I also started using Sunday Riley’s facial oils and my face LOVES them so much. My mom let me siphon some of hers so that I didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg on my own. My favorite one so far is the Juno because it really does give your skin a nice glow when it’s dull looking. I like to use the Juno along with the Luna to create a power couple for my skin. The Luna makes my pores appear smaller and the Juno makes my skin glow…what a match right? Of course, after my masks treatment, I put the Juno as the bottom layer, a cream moisturizer, and then finally the Luna as the top layer. The Luna oil contains retinol which can be harsh, so I like a nice thin buffer before adding it on.

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I woke up this morning with a nice clean canvas. I like to save this routine (mainly the May Lindstrom) for when I am in serious need of a deep pore cleansing treatment. I wasn’t too aware that traveling could really do a number on your skin. Seriously…do the mask when you first arrive at your hotel or else your skin will rebel!

Thanks for reading, catch you all on Friday.

ChelsiKay

ABH Subculture Palette

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, style, Uncategorized

I’m pretty sure it’s obvious what I’m talking about today…The Anastasia Subculture Palette. I have been wanting this palette since it pretty much came out. I remember seeing it and thinking that it was basically made for me. I live for dark browns, purples, rusts, and yellows. How could I resist?

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Since I was planning for Spain I never got around to actually purchasing it. The weekend I returned, I made a beeline for Sephora and purchased this beautiful palette. So, believe it or not, I’m not much of an eyeshadow palette girl. I never got the point of getting SO many colors and only using about four of them. In this palette, I can use pretty much ALL of the colors and that makes me happy.

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Yes, I am aware of all the controversy surrounding this palette and no, like usual I do not really care. I swatched in Sephora so many times and I loved it every time and I couldn’t stop thinking about it so therefore it was a purchase I had to make! Also, you can use your fingertips to apply your eyeshadow…

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Anyway, I’m not going into a full review or anything…not yet anyway. I basically just wanted to say that I’m going to be doing some eye looks for the month of November. Most of the looks will be up on Instagram (@chelsiiohkay) but I will also be posting them up on here so that you guys can see them. I’m not sure if I’m doing a 30-day challenge or not….we’ll see. My first look will be up on Halloween because…why not?

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Look out for those eye looks in the near future. Thanks for reading

ChelsiKay

What’s in my Cosmetic Travel Bag(s)?

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Travel

I think packing is probably my least favorite thing to do. I don’t mind packing for short weekend trips, but weeklong overseas trips are kind of stressful. I’m pretty sure I watched every “pack with me” video on YouTube and yet I’m still stressed. Part of the reason I feel like I’m stressing is that I’m taking a duffel bag with me versus one of those cute little carry-on suitcases. Seriously, that would have helped tremendously! However, the duffel will have to work this time around.

One of the main things I didn’t really need to worry when it came to packing was my makeup, skincare, and other miscellaneous toiletries. On Saturday, I went to the closest Base Exchange with my dad and purchased all of the little travel minis (ibuprofen, body lotion, bobby pins, etc) that I needed. It’s kind of ridiculous how much cheaper things are on a military base compared to Target. Anywho, I picked up these 4 piece cosmetic cases to put all of my skincare and other non-liquid toiletries in.

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Everything here is pretty self-explanatory. I included my setting sprays, primer, powder, and serum foundation because they fit perfectly in the bag I’m using. I mean that setting powder is pretty bulky and the bag is perfect because it stands upright, therefore I won’t have a bunch of powder all over the place.

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Surprisingly this bag can fit all of these skincare items without being too bulky. I may have to put the toner in a clear bag for all the TSA stuff. I included my toothpaste (my toothbrush will go in here too) because I typically brush my teeth and then wash my face so why not put them together? I have body lotion hidden all over my luggage because ya girl gets ashy and I have no idea if the climate is going to be dry or not.

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I’m really proud of what makeup I’m taking. I’m proud because this is basically my everyday makeup normally minus the eyelashes and substituting the Becca Foundation for my IT Cosmetics Serum Foundation (which I’m also taking.) I love that my everyday makeup is also my travel makeup. I’m sure if my skin were even clearer, I would have even less makeup!

So these are my cosmetic bag(s) travel essentials give or take a few things pictured. I’m starting to get really excited for my trip and I can’t wait to take pictures and blog about everything! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay