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

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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

A Post about Mindful Shopping

Fashion, Lifestyle, mindfulness, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

I know that I have spoken about this topic in a few other blog posts, but I would like to bring it up again. The year is slowly coming to a close and that means my slow fashion journey is too. I will most likely do a separate post on how my challenge went.

Today I want to talk about spending a little bit more on your clothing and why. Some of you know I’m kind of big on spending more for better quality clothes. Before I get started, I just want to state that – more expensive does not automatically equal better quality/sustainable/ethical. It is extremely important to do your own research of a brand/store before making any kind of purchases.

So why spend more? Well, usually but not always, you’re going to get better quality. My Loft and Madewell sweaters are way thicker and better made than my Boohoo and H&M sweaters. My mustard Loft sweater will probably take a year or so before it starts to pill or shed or just completely lose its shape. The same cannot be said for the cheaper alternatives.

Another reason to spend more is that the fit of a garment (in my experience) is far more superb. Ladies, I know depending on the store, style, wash, fabric….etc…your size can greatly vary. However, when I tend to purchase something of better quality, it actually fits! In my Lucky Brand skinny jeans, I feel like I can actually conquer the world – okay dramatic. I do feel much sleeker and pulled together whenever I wear those babies though.

Construction of a garment is a huge deal for me. I’m all right at sewing and I know how some things should look and feel. Typically, an investment piece is going to be better constructed. No holes, no botched sewing, no loose or flimsy buttons and no unmatched seams is what I usually strive for when I’m shopping.

Last but certainly not least, you spend less in the long run. It doesn’t seem like it makes much sense, does it? As a teenager and throughout my first year of college, I shopped pretty much every weekend. I would make a beeline for Papaya, Forever 21, H&M and drop $60-$100 every single time. This usually did not include shoes or accessories either. You do that math. It is far more worthwhile to spend $60-$200 every month or few months on one or two…maybe even three garments. Now I rarely shop for clothing that often and when I do, it’s usually something I’ve been saving up for or have been wanting for a long time. My rule is: If I keep coming back to it or can’t stop thinking about it, then I should buy it at some point. 

By no means am I saying go out and spend your whole paycheck on something, but definitely be more mindful of your purchases and saving your money. I’m also not saying to NEVER buy from fast fashion stores or ONLY buy the more high priced items because I believe those stores and cheaper items do serve their purpose. I think there should be a healthy balance as there is with most things.

I know this was a much longer blog post, but this is a topic that I’m really passionate about and I really want to get this message out there. I would also like to write another post on when to buy fast fashion/cheaper items as well! Thanks for reading and leave a comment down below!

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

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

5 Skincare Practices I Stopped Doing

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Hi everybody, today I’m going to be talking about skincare today. I feel like its been kind of a while since I’ve talked about this topic. There are some skincare practices that I stopped doing earlier this year that has improved my skin SO much… I’m sure most of you know that I have lessened my dairy intake to reduce my cystic acne, but here are five more things I’ve stopped doing and what I do instead.

  1. Stopped washing my face in the mornings

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but my face typically isn’t dirty in the mornings. A few days after I began doing this, my skin improved greatly. Now what I do is rinse my face with lukewarm water and then tone to remove any dirt that may be present. If I do feel that my face isn’t all that clean, I will use a gentle cleanser like Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleanser or Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser.

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  1. Stopped Using Drugstore Brands

I actually stopped doing this a long time ago. Drugstore brands pretty much did nothing for my skin, in fact, I think they used to make my skin worse. No matter how many oil-free cleansers I would try my skin would always be oily and that was part of the problem. The right oils fight oil, you guys! Now I’m sure there are drugstore brands that work pretty well now and are packed full of moisture, but I’ve found my products now and don’t see myself returning back to drugstore products anytime soon.

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  1. Stopped using makeup wipes

Yes, I know this is a weird one. The main reason I stopped using makeup wipes is that they always left a sticky residue on my face and I felt like when I would use them my skin just wasn’t happy. Another reason I stopped using was that wiping, pulling and tugging my face to get makeup off probably wasn’t the best technique for my sensitive skin. So now I either use micellar water with a really soft cotton pad (Shiseido cotton pads) or I oil cleanse. Occasionally I’ll use those makeup towels to remove my makeup, but that kind of goes back to using makeup wipes – so I use it sparingly.

  1. Stopped using physical exfoliators

This kind of goes hand in hand with the makeup wipes. The pulling and tugging, as well as the scratching from microbeads, irritated my skin. Also, microbeads aren’t the best for the environment either. This also means I threw out my Clarisonic face brush. I saw no results with a face brush no matter how soft the bristles were. The only physical exfoliator I feel comfortable putting on my skin is charcoal or honey granules (Lush Dark Matter or Leahlani Honey Love) and also I’m extra careful with these when using. I even use chemical exfoliators pretty sparingly just because of how sensitive my skin is. At least for me, the more gentle, the better.

  1. Stopped using salicylic acid

I stopped using the end all be all acne treatment for acne prone skin?! Yes, I certainly did. Every skincare guide I read swears by salicylic acid, but for whatever reason, my skin is just not here for it. Every single time I start using the salicylic acid for a pimple, my skin laughs and produces another even bigger pimple or pimples. Now when I get a pimple, I apply some tea tree oil directly on the pimple and just spot treat. Usually, it’s gone or at the very least, smaller the next day.

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So those are the five things I stopped doing or using to improve my acne prone, sensitive skin. I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but everything I stopped doing was irritating my skin meaning all of that had to go! So if you’ve done pretty much everything you could following the normal skincare practices and still haven’t gotten any relief, then try some of these things! Thats it for today you all.

Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Bodysuit & Jeans Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Welcome back to Fashion Fridays! Is it just me or are these weeks just going by super fast? I feel like I was just typing up last Fridays fashion post. Today’s post is going to be a little bit shorter as well as a little different than my last few outfit of the days.

So, of course, I’m going to show my favorite outfit of the week because I don’t know if you guys realized but that’s what I’ve been doing in my last few Friday posts. Anyway, the focus of this post is my new bodysuit and my hair.

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I purchased this very pretty bodysuit from American Eagle and let me tell you…it’s really soft! I normally have issues with bodysuits fitting a little tight because of my long torso but this one is actually all right. I’m really like the lace-up trend because it really flatters us girls with itty bitty boobies and gives the illusion of cleavage.

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The jeans are also from American Eagle and I wear these all the time. I want to say that they are my favorite, but I also really love my Lucky Brand Jeans. Am I allowed to have more than one favorite jean?

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Now let’s talk about these shoes real quick. My mom gave me these because she couldn’t fit them. YAY for bomb hand me downs right?! These are Lucky Brand ballet flats and I’m in love because they actually look like ballet slippers. Also, I’m really fond of Lucky Brand because the quality of the majority of their products is amazing!

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Okay now onto the hair. So I’ve been protective styling my hair like a mad woman because my hair keeps plateauing right at armpit length. I find myself trimming my ends quite a bit because they’re thin and have a ton of split ends. Out of frustration and a little desperation, I have been keeping my hair up and out of the way in hopes, I’ll start seeing more growth.

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Annnd that is all for today, you guys. I hope you all enjoyed this fashion post. I really want to get better at taking these pictures and making them look a little more professional. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

OOTD: Happy Autumnal Equinox

Beauty, Fashion, Hair Care, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Happy Autumnal Equinox everyone! You all should know by now that I’m happy because this means the hot gross weather will soon be gone! Seriously, I’m getting pretty tired of sweating in places I’d rather not be sweating!

Anywho, welcome back to Fashion Fridays! It seems like it’s been weeks since I’ve posted an outfit of the day but it’s only been just one week. It seems the last few times I have worn a picture worthy outfit I’ve been in Georgetown, D.C. I really love it there because it’s so cosmopolitan, but also so historic. If you ever find yourself in the Washington, D.C. area then definitely visit Georgetown.

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Remember a few posts back when I was speaking of future purchases? Well, I got my hands on that perfect American Apparel tee dress. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be wearing it A LOT. I can wear it out dancing, to happy hour, or just to the coffee shop to chill or work. When I wore it to Georgetown two days ago, I was just working in the coffee shop, so I dressed it down.

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I paired it with some super old booties from Forever 21. I’m in need of some casual flat ankle booties or at least I will be. I can feel these boots starting to wear at the soles and that just doesn’t seem safe.

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I also paired the dress with a denim jacket from Levi’s…at least I started off that way. Of course around noon, it got pretty hot out and the jacket had to come off. It was even a little hot for the dress considering it is all black. I may have to pull this back out on a cooler or even cloudier day for sure.

Oh, and my curls are twisted up into cute little twists. I decided to do this one day because I was so sick of styling my hair. I also didn’t want to add extensions so this was a great happy medium for me. What do you all think?

That’s all for today! Check back Monday for a new post!

ChelsiKay