Reclaiming My Time

Hey, you all, so I know I didn’t post on Wednesday, but honestly, I had nothing at all to post. Also, my mind was on Thursday, which was my 24th birthday! Yesterday I spent the day with my friend and they took me to go get my nails and feet done.

The reason why we decided to go get mani’s and pedi’s is because another one of our friends recently got engaged and her engagement party is this weekend too! So actually, my mind has been on this whole weekend because A LOT is going on! However, I did want to post today to let you know I’m still here and am not neglecting this blog whatsoever!

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This week started out kind of wonky because I was just not feeling it. That could have been a combination of hormones or just people kind of getting on my nerves. As most of you know I am striving to live more simply so I really do try to not let little things get to me.

One phrase that has stood out to me lately is a phrase spoken by Maxine Waters: “Reclaiming my time.” I know the meaning of that means something entirely different than how I have been applying it to my life, but the phrase just speaks levels to me. Needless to say, the mani and pedi was very much needed and I’m glad that my actual birthday was low key and didn’t involve too many people.

Now with all that said, I want to share one of my birthday gifts with you all. It was something I did actually want, but I did not expect to get it at all. This year I wasn’t too focused on gifts…maybe that’s a sign of growth or something? I probably won’t feel the same when Christmas comes around though.

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For the past few months, I have been using my mom’s FujiFilm Instax camera and I think her getting this for me was a way of telling me to give hers back. Fine by me. I love having things of my own and not having to borrow from others…including my mom. Of course, I would have preferred to purchase it myself, but I’m still oh so grateful for the camera. Also, I LOVE the color!

Yesterday was a good day and today will be a good day as well. I will try to have pictures from the engagement party as well as my birthday celebration. Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Reclaiming My Time

TULA Skincare Review

Ok so I honestly didn’t think this review was coming so soon, but the results came so much sooner than expected.

Two weeks ago, I ordered from Tula.com – the probiotic skin care brand and it arrived sometime last week. Of course, I started using it as soon as it arrived and I instantly saw a difference.

The week I began using the product I had a few little pimples and some hormonal acne on my chin that cleared up the next morning. The two products that I ordered were the Illuminating Face Serum and the Hydrating Day & Night Cream. I got the travel sized version simply because I believe trying things out before purchasing the big daddy versions.

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So after I’m done washing and toning my face morning and night, I apply the serum and then the moisturizer. The illuminating serum is a little bit misleading because it comes out as a cream, but then kind of melts into a serum like consistency. It’s very lightweight and instantly brightens your skin tone. I’m not a fan of the smell because it has a slight chemical like odor.

Here’s a little blurb about the illuminating serum:

“This lightweight serum expertly targets dark spots, hyper pigmentation, and dull skin, revealing a youthful glow and brightened complexion.” 

The Hydrating Day & Night Cream is just what I was looking for in a moisturizer. It’s lightweight, yet buildable and smells pretty good. I absolutely love using this at night because I can always apply more in case my skin gets dry while I sleep. Now here’s a little blurb about the Hydrating Day & Night Cream:

“Delivering deep hydration to soothe dull skin, this luxurious, nourishing cream reveals an even, glowing, age-defying complexion.” 

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Obviously, each product is infused with a probiotic ingredient that has the ability to restore your skin’s natural balance, which helps skin to look healthy and clear. The probiotic strain that seems to be used in the majority of their line is Bifida Ferment Lysate.

If it hasn’t been clear by now, I really like these products so far. I especially like the serum and moisturizer together because I feel that it’s the perfect base before makeup even without a primer.

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Only wearing eye makeup

The prices of the full sized products are like most skin care lines…not exactly expensive, but not cheap either. The Illuminating Serum retails at $78 and the Hydrating Day & Night Cream retails at $52. Okay, so maybe that’s not that affordable, but luckily they have the travel-sized versions that you can always purchase if need be. The travel sized serum and cream are sold together and it’s only $38!

So, I will continue to use these and keep you guys updated of any problems, breakthroughs or even concerns. I would like to get my hands on the mask and face mist at some point. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

TULA Skincare Review

JerryBox Cosmetic Organizer

You guys should know by now that I’m trying my actual hardest to get organized. The best place to start for me is usually my vanity and I go from there. I thought I had it all figured out at one point and threw the majority of my makeup into this really pretty wired bowl. That system worked out for awhile until I had to dig around just to find stuff and somehow makeup would get EVERYWHERE!

So for about a month and a half, I had a purchase in mind but kept putting the purchase on hold until this Monday. This Monday was Prime Day on Amazon and the prices were all just really amazing deals. Soo…I figured why not get my hands on the JerryBox Makeup Storage. The Jerrybox is a makeup and makeup accessory organizer that saves a ton of space on your vanity.

 

The actual setting up process is really self-explanatory, you just kind of fit all the pieces together. There are also directions on the back of the box, which do help out if you need it.

 

There are different styles of the Jerrybox which include: Tower, Circle, and Square in white, black and transparent. I went with the circle style in white, but if I were to purchase this again I would most definitely get the Tower in transparent just because it looks like it may be easier to clean.

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I haven’t figured out how I want everything to sit on here, but I’m sure it’ll all come to me very soon. Overall, the JerryBox is a really cool, innovative, and a pretty ingenious idea that easily clears up space on your vanity. It has a plastic feeling, but it is still quite sturdier than I expected.

So that’s all for today my lovelies! I hope this was a cool post for you guys! If you’re interested in the JerryBox, it’s on Amazon for a pretty decent price. Thanks for reading!!

ChelsiKay

JerryBox Cosmetic Organizer

The “Hangover” Routine

So last night I went out, as I do most summer nights on the weekend. I went to my favorite rooftop and basically kicked off my Summer by drinking (alcoholic)  peach slushies on a nice warm summer night.

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Naturally, I woke up in the morning feeling kind of blah and dehydrated. I won’t go as far as to say I was hungover, but I was feeling some after effects for sure. So of course, I have a whole routine to bring me back to life…especially my skin.

First off I start by going ham with the water. I’ve probably had about four or five glasses of water today and I’m still so thirsty. I like to drink alkaline water because it supposedly rids the body of toxins…but I also like my good ‘ol filtered water too.

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For whatever reason, my nail polish always gets chipped on one or two of my nails whenever I go out. Last night, they got pretty messed up somehow, so the blue will be coming off right after this blog post. Any good nail polish color recommendations?

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As I’m typing this, I have a hydrating mask on my face. I have the Farmacy Honey Potion on to be exact. This mask never fails to make my skin feel so smooth and look glowy, which is great after a night out drinking.

Normally, I would include a lip mask as well, but I currently don’t have one on me. I like to get the sheet lip masks from Sephora for $3. They actually do work especially after a good lip scrub!

Last, but not least, I rest! I use this time to catch up on my shows and get some much-needed sleep. It’s great to go out and enjoy yourself, but it’s even better to take care of yourself after a long night. I’m a huge fan of pampering myself even if I have no reason to! I plan to write more about self-pampering in the near future because it’s so important!

That’s it for tonight, you guys. As always, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

The “Hangover” Routine

Fridaze Outfit of the Day + Hair

Today is a really good day so far! It’s a nice mild cloudy day with a slight breeze. There is nothing I love more than overcast weather…I know, I’m weird for liking slightly gloomy weather. That’s me though!

One of the reasons today is such a good day is because my hair looks pretty damn good. I even posted it on Instagram.

Today I went with a pair of dark wash blue jeans and a royal blue top along with a hooded kimono/cardigan. I’ve been gravitating towards this color blue this whole season…I’m honestly not sure why either.

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Top: Francesca’s 

Jeans: American Eagle

Sandals: Sam Edelman 

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I love (faux) silk tops for breezy, mild days like today. They’re so effortless and simple, but can easily be dressed up or down…I think I may need a few more in more colors – preferably neutral colors.

Well, that’s all for this wonderful Friday, I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s posts because I sure loved writing them!

ChelsiKay

 

Fridaze Outfit of the Day + Hair

Not Your Mother’s® NATURALS

As most of you know, I have naturally curly hair that more often than not, gives me the blues. Over the past couple of months, I fell into a routine that I really liked for my hair. I would wash it with conditioner, put in all my styling products and then braid it up for the night. The next day I would usually take down the braids to reveal crinkly curls that last about 3-5 days. I’m a very lazy natural because I do this every week and leave it alone until it is time to wash it again. Occasionally, I do re-braid it, but I mostly just put it up into a big ‘ol puff.

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I noticed that my hair wasn’t really maintaining length even with my super simple routine and products that contained little to no protein. I realized that my detangling method was the problem, which you can read about here. Two weeks ago I did my six month trim that I so desperately needed and ran across a natural hair care line that really took me by surprise.

I am not a hair care junkie by any means. When I find a product that really works for my hair, I will stick to it and repurchase it. I do wish that I was good at making my own products, but I’ve tried and my hair does NOT respond well whatsoever.

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Anyway, the product line that I ran across was Not Your Mother’s® Naturals line that has a nice variety to choose from. Sometimes, you have to choose them all though. Every product is only $9 and every now and then Ulta has a buy one get one 50% sale. I’m not much of a bargainer, but that’s a steal!

Initially, I chose the Coconut Milk & African Marula Tree Oil Smoothing Cream and the Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Combing Cream. Yes, I know…such a mouthful! I’ve never actually been in love with a hair care product until I tried these products. My hair stays moisturized for at least three days and doesn’t even frizz up too much in the humid weather. NO natural product has ever been able to do that for my hair EVER!

What I love most about these products is that you can use them together without getting a white cast on your hair or crazy product build-up. I try to use at least two together and that gives me the best styles I’ve ever had. Also, my hair is starting to retain length again AND even getting longer.

Today I plan on trying out the Royal Honey and Kalahari Desert Melon Leave- in Conditioner along with the Curl Defining Combing Cream (pink bottle) to see what effect that gives me. So wish me luck!

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If you’re a curly natural too or even have curly/wavy hair then give these products a try because they smell good, they work and they’re inexpensive! If you’re not a fan of heavy creams that may leave a greasy feeling in your hair then I do not recommend this product for you. I prefer it because my hair sucks up everything.

What are some hair care products that you are in love with?

 

ChelsiKay

Not Your Mother’s® NATURALS

The Ordinary Serum Foundation + Giveaway WINNER.

Happy Monday everyone! So first I want to thank everyone who entered the giveaway! I’m very glad that people actually participated and I will be having more giveaways in the future so be sure to enter those when they come along. So I used a raffle app on my phone called Raffle App to choose a winner for me.

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Without further ado…the winner of my giveaway is: IMG_5877

Congratulations EmmZeeBee, I’ll be messaging you on Instagram later today to get your information!

Now for the blog post! I HAD to get The Ordinary Serum Foundation and try it out. I filmed a video about it even and I’ll post it at the end of this blog.

I ordered this foundation May 6th and it didn’t arrive until May 28th. There were a ton of people ordering and it took awhile to process, but it was well worth the wait. I read a handful of reviews and everybody really fell in love with this foundation. I was really psyched for it to arrive!

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Here are a few things to know about the foundation:

  • Lightweight almost like water
  • Medium coverage
  • Buildable
  • Satin finish
  • Plays well with others (other foundations or concealers)
  • No creasing
  • Incredibly affordable

IMG_3695So far, I’m really loving it except that it doesn’t contain SPF which is alright because I can wear sunscreen underneath. I do choose to wear this at night when I don’t want a super full coverage look.

I’m done rambling because I did plenty of that in the video. Thanks for reading as always!

ChelsiKay

The Ordinary Serum Foundation + Giveaway WINNER.