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

Sweater Dress Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

I know this isn’t even the day that I should be posting about an outfit of the day, but I thought since I haven’t in a bit…today is a good day! I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how BIG I am on wearing sweater dresses, but if I haven’t then now you all know!

IMG_8991I really could live in a sweater dress and I’m honestly not sure why I don’t have more. I think all my wardrobe really needs are some nice sleek to the knee boots to really take my outfits (mainly sweater dresses) to their limit. I have really narrow calves so if anyone is in the same boat as me and has found some boots that actually fit then please leave a comment!

Anywho, if you’ve been reading, you’ve seen this sweater dress in a post before. I purchased this bad boy from & Other Stories and I cannot get enough. It is a bit short, but that’s kind of what I like about it. Actually, I’m just a big fan of short dresses period.

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My Madewell “Coatigan” is back out again and I get extremely excited to wear it. In my opinion, the sweater coat works well with this dress due to the different lengths. I normally don’t like to mix oversized with oversized, but in this instance, it does work pretty well. If only I had some sleek to the knee boots though…*sigh.*

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That’s my outfit for today. I don’t know if you guys like it, but I’m obsessed. Again, if there are any recommendations for some sleek to the knee boots that fit narrow calves, leave a comment! Toodles!

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

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

 

Shopping for Better Quality Clothing

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Hello there, I hope everyone had a good weekend! I know I’m a little late posting today, but I was accumulating some things for this post.

So yesterday I ran across this blog post that was about trendy fast fashion. I’m a huge comments reader unfortunately and saw a comment that said us consumers should shop a little more sustainably and buy better quality clothes. Now you all know I DEFINITELY agree with this statement and was rooting for this person. However, people started to disagree with this person, saying that not everyone can afford designer clothing. Funny thing is, nobody ever mentioned designer clothing and this wasn’t the first time I’ve seen something like that.

First and foremost, shopping for better quality clothing isn’t usually expensive…depending on what your definition of expensive is. Also, shopping at a non-fast fashion place doesn’t automatically mean designer clothing. There are so many mid-range stores that one can shop in! I just wanted to take some time and post some stores that can be shopped at that are alternatives to fast fashion. Some of these stores are not necessarily sustainable, but they do sell better quality clothing.

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You guys know I love AE very very much. It’s the perfect place to find semi trendy clothing that’s decent quality and not overly expensive. These clothes will typically last you a good year to three years. They are almost always having a sale too!

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I’m still a pretty new Lulu’s shopper. The majority of these clothes are not the best quality, but not the worst either. However, they have a MADE IN USA section and yes the quality is much better in my opinion. Lulu’s items may last up to maybe a year or two.

 

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Ok, so I’m aware that Madewell may not be SUPER affordable, but there are items that actually are affordable as well as sale items. There are trendier items in this store as well as your staples. Madewell items should last from 2-5 years.

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I LOVE & Other Stories, but I wouldn’t call it affordable. To shop here…you may have to save a little to get just what you want. The quality of the clothing is pretty amazing in my opinion. When I do feel like splurging a little bit, this is my go to store. I personally think clothing from here could last a lifetime depending on the garment.

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If you want complete transparency and affordability (give or take some garments) then this is the place to shop. There really aren’t many trendy items here, but I would recommend shopping here for staples. The quality is pretty decent, however, the fit can be a bit strange depending on the garment.

Of course, there are many other stores to shop from that offer affordable, better quality clothing such as Target, Gap, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters (certain brands), Asos (certain brands), thrift stores, local boutiques, and small online boutiques.

So that’s my post for today. There are other stores that aren’t necessarily fast fashion but are still pretty affordable. You don’t have to break your bank to shop for better quality and/or sustainably. Anyway, thanks for reading…check back for my post on Wednesday.

Shopping at Sephora on a Budget

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

Am I the only one who loves Sephora? I think not, in fact…who doesn’t love Sephora?! I think the only thing we might actually hate about Sephora is how much money you can spend when you’re in there. I think we’ve all had that moment where we go shopping for one thing and come out with more stuff than we anticipated.

However, there are ways to come out of Sephora without spending at least $100. Believe it or not, I’ve come out of the beloved store without spending over $25. Trust me, it doesn’t happen often, but it is very possible. I have come up with some tips (some no brainers, some not) that could help so you’re not spending your entire paycheck in one place. I use these tips everywhere I shop, but mainly I use them for Sephora because sometimes self-control goes out the window when makeup and skincare are involved.

  1. Save up

Well duh right? This is at the top of the list simply because it’s a huge no brainer. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell anybody here how to save their money (if they can) so that they can buy what they want guilt free. However, I like to save $5-$10 every week along with putting a quarter of my paycheck into savings.

  1. Go in for samples or travel kits

I never buy a full sized product unless I’ve sampled it or tried a smaller version first. It makes absolutely no sense to buy something full sized only to not like it and return it or toss it out. I personally hate returning things, but if it comes down to it then I will. If you’re especially on a budget, definitely sample it and have no shame going back in a week later to get another sample. The struggle is really real sometimes.

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  1. Shop with a game plan in mind

We all like to waltz into stores to “just look around,” but that doesn’t really work out too well in Sephora. So, before you go into Sephora do your research on the things that you want and go in for that specific product or products. Try your hardest not to look at anything else including the checkout trap and just walk out once you’ve purchased what you wanted. Do this at other stores as well…some of us can get really caught up in that clearance section.

  1. Shop the Sephora line

The Sephora line has really stepped up their game this year. Their masks, highlighter palettes, and liquid lipsticks are pretty amazing. I want to say that everything in the Sephora line (individually) is all under $40. You can pretty much buy your essentials with this line and come out without spending an arm and a leg.

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  1. Shop sparingly

Believe it or not, you actually don’t need every highlighter palette that comes out. Now, if that’s your thing then carry on and do not mind me. This tip goes hand in hand with shopping with a game plan (tip #3.) Find that eyeshadow palette that you’re going to use every color and buy just that one. Really look for your holy grail concealers and foundations and keep repurchasing them. Also, maybe consider buying lipsticks and brushes from somewhere else. I personally love the NYX Soft Matte Lip Crème’s, MAC Lipsticks, and Real Technique Brushes. I mainly purchase my foundation/concealer and skincare at Sephora and that’s about it. You’ll find that you really only go into Sephora when you need to and not just randomly. You’ll even find that some things really don’t catch your eye like they used to.

Hopefully, these were some good tips because I certainly use these all the time when shopping anywhere. I’ve saved a lot more money over the last year or two following these tips. If you have any questions then just shoot me a comment. Thanks for reading

ChelsiKay

Boyfriend Jeans Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a fashion post so why not now? I think the rest of the week and next Monday I will be posting just fashion…unless of course that changes. Okay now onto the outfit!

So, it’s a really mild day today, in fact, it’s pretty chilly out. I decided to where my new Lucky Brand boyfriend jeans that I am so in love with and a long sleeve black shirt. I also grabbed my new North Face rain coat and slid into my gray Zara sneakers. Obviously, I didn’t do it up with my outfit, but I LOVE this look because it’s still so chic yet comfortable.

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I didn’t realize how much I needed boyfriend jeans until I actually had them. I love how they can go with just about anything, including heels or a nice crop top.

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I also didn’t realize how essential a raincoat was until I didn’t have one for the last two years. Fun fact about me, I lose umbrellas like nobody’s business. I just purchased an umbrella about three weeks ago and I’m pretty sure it’s lost into oblivion.

I’ve worn this look so many times already and I just can’t get enough of it. I really am excited to change it up as it gets a little bit warmer. I’ll be sure to keep you guys in the loop when I do.

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ChelsiKay

 

Madewell Muscle Tees!

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

When I truly like something I hold onto it and cherish it for as long as I can. I always try to do the same thing when I’m shopping. I try my best to find items that I truly love and will hold onto for as long as possible. With all the constantly changing trends and enticing fast fashion stores, this can be extremely difficult. This is why I really like shopping at Madewell and why it has become one of my go-to fashion stores.

Even though Madewell does tend to have pretty trendy items, there’s always this one section in the store that I feel that calls out to me. Okay technically it’s not a section but the items I’ve always grabbed are in the same vicinity to each other. It’s where they sell all of their basics – t-shirts, muscle tees, tanks, and even cropped tops.

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I think you all know I’ve got heart eye emojis for Madewell’s Whisper Cotton muscle tees. I’m pretty much obsessed with my light olive green one that I wear non-stop. So, I took it upon myself to buy two more…they were 2 for $30 so why not?

I purchased a white and a gray muscle tee. I love muscle tees, to begin with, but for some reason, I really love this style. I’m pretty sure I like it so much because it makes “the girls” look great (lol.)

Another reason is that these tees can go with pretty much anything and can also be layered. I foresee many outfit possibilities with these babies. I’d say this was a great purchase because I know that I’ll wear them without a second thought.

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Before I go, I’d like to reiterate for those who don’t know that I am still on my slow fashion journey and would like to have a slow wardrobe along with a capsule wardrobe. Every time I make a purchase I usually replace at least two items that I know I probably won’t wear again or as much.

That’s all for today and this week. Thanks for reading as always my lovely readers. Until next week.

ChelsiKay

Adding to my Capsule

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

I know I know, I didn’t post my Friday post yesterday. I should seriously consider auto posting for when I’m out and about and don’t plan on being near a computer. Anyway, today I wanted to talk about American Eagle Outfitters. It’s not weird that I want to talk about this retailer, I promise.

I didn’t really shop at American Eagle as a teen because their clothes were pretty logo intensive then and I did not like that sort of style and still don’t. It wasn’t until a few years ago I happened upon their site and saw that they kind of changed their style to more everyday basics yet somewhat trendy style. This was around the time that I started doing a capsule wardrobe and shopped there for mainly t-shirts and jeans.

AE jeans are some of the best jeans on the market. This is coming from someone who has trouble finding jeans because of my somewhat abnormally long legs and the random tushy I have. Shopping for jeans is something I never ever want to go do but I know is necessary every few years or so. Sometimes I’m a 0 and sometimes I’m a 4. It always depends on the store and if their sizes don’t vary too much. American Eagle is one of those stores where I am the same size in every rise, fit, and wash. Ultimately, it’s as if American Eagle jeans are made for people with “abnormal” bodies…not for the super curvy, yet not for the waif either.

Anyway, I recently went on their site again and noticed the style has changed a bit once again. They still have their Soft & Sexy line, but also added a new line that I am really here for. The line is called “Don’t Ask Why” and it features slightly sexy, edgy and somewhat trendy clothing. Think, off the shoulder, lace up necklines, bomber jackets and an homage to Yeezy maybe?

Of course, I bought some things and plan on buying a couple of more items from there for the warmer months. I’m forever in a bind when it comes to clothes and Summer and I think American Eagle is my answer!

Is AE slow fashion? Not really, but it isn’t fast fashion either. There happens to be some retailers out there who fall right in the middle. Are their practices ethical? Well, I’m still searching for that but AE has a page about a better world which doesn’t exactly include “100% ETHICAL” or anything of the sort. However, they’re leaning more towards sustainability, which is a step in the right direction.

It helps to have a retailer to shop at that’s not super expensive and also pretty stylish. I can’t say the same for some slow retailers out there. I actually really love the idea of shopping somewhere that’s priced somewhere in the middle ($30-$150.)

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So I said all of that to say that I’ve added American Eagle Outfitters to my slow fashion shopping list, especially for the Summer months. If I buy anything else from AE, I’ll be sure to post about in my next capsule update! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Slow Fashion Challenge: Update

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

I broke a rule…well, really I bent a rule. My slow fashion challenge is going so much better than I expected, but nobody is perfect. I purchased some fast fashion items not too long ago. I didn’t exactly do it on purpose, though. Here are some of my offenses.

The first incident happened when I was going to a birthday party at an 80’s, 90’s club. I purchased this cheap dress off of Amazon which actually was in my parameters as far as the challenge went. I am allowed to purchase fast fashion for themed parties and technically it was a themed club. However, I also went to H&M for some tights and thigh high socks that same week. It was supposed to complete the outfit and what sense would it make to spend an arm and a leg on tights and socks? I also forgot to bring some earrings so I ended up buying some at H&M while I was already there. Two (three?) offenses in one week…I am out of control I know.

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The second incident happened a few weeks ago after my dentist appointment. I failed to mention it in my blog post about my relaxed outfit. That belt…is from H&M as well. Again…I couldn’t justify spending more than $10 on a belt that I tie around myself! I mean I really could have just gotten some thick black shoe strings and tied that around my waist but I wasn’t really thinking. I blame the excessive lidocaine.

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However, I have done so well in this challenge. This is one of the first times that I have ever been this committed to something like this. I am worried about when it starts to get warmer, though. I tend to buy seasonal clothing in the summer simply because it is hot. I will really have to restrain myself from purchasing that cute flowy dress from Forever 21 because I know there’s going to be one I just have to have.

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The only recommendation I have for myself is to either wear clothes that I already own for the summer months or try my hand at sewing my own flowy dresses and shorts. Of course, I can purchase from slow fashion stores as well as Target, but I tend to be a little more lenient with my purchases when summer comes around. Hopefully, I can keep up with my challenge because I am really enjoying it and loving how my wardrobe is changing into great quality pieces.

Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay