Beauty Treatments That Work While You Sleep

overnight face treatments

If you’re a 20-something, “beauty sleep” doesn’t just mean 8 hours of sleep every night. It also means using the right overnight facial treatments to replenish your skin for the morning. As someone who is notorious for waking up late and definitely not a morning person, my skincare routine in the morning is pretty minimal (cleanse -> moisturize -> makeup), which means I need to make up for it at night. And do I make up for it! My evening beauty routine can get really intense. Over the past few months I’ve added sleeping masks and oils to the mix and it’s completely changed the condition of my skin – for the better. Read on for my four favorite products and let me know which ones you use in the comments.

Best for Smooth, Clear Skin

If your skin feels rough and patchy or you have clogged pores, then you need to try this Overnight Resurfacing Concentrate by StriVectin.* After just one use, my skin felt smoother and my complexion looked brighter and renewed. It works like an overnight exfoliator without stripping your skin of moisture. Apply it after washing your face and just before your moisturizer.

*Disclaimer: I received this product courtesy of StriVectin for review; all opinions are my own. 

Best for Hyperpigmentation

At $105, Sunday Riley’s Luna oil is pricier than its counterparts, but for good reason – it contains retinol. So if you have hyperpigmentation from, say, old pimples, large pores, or fine lines it’s totally worth it. The scent isn’t great and the oil (which really is blue) requires a lot of rubbing to properly absorb into your skin but aside from that, Luna is my holy grail. The following morning, my laugh lines are visibly reduced, as well as dark spots, and my skin looked like I had never missed a day of sleep. I’m still using my Sephora sample, which has lasted almost a month, but once I run out I definitely need to add this to my arsenal permanently. I use it every few days after washing my face with Sunday Riley clay cleanser and in place of my regular moisturizer. After applying it, I really don’t need to add anything else to my evening routine.

 

Best for Radiance

I received a sample of the Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial in my Sephora Play! box and I’m pretty much hooked. Not only is my skin brighter and smoother the next morning, but it also looks much clearer and even-toned. I like to use this in the middle of the work week when my sleep-deprived skin feels most tired and dull. And at under $50, it’s an amazing deal.

Best for Hydration

Like other Shiseido products, the Ibuki mask feels and smells luxurious. I apply it immediately before bed, over my moisturizer, and the spa-like scent even helps me fall asleep. Even though the results are minor compared to the other aforementioned beauty treatments, this mask still provides a lot of hydration and you’re guaranteed to wake up with brighter skin. The texture is a bit heavy, so I don’t recommend applying this as you would a regular mask; a little goes a long way.

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Summer Weekend Style: Statement Necklace & Stripes

summer weekend style

If there’s one classic summer wardrobe staple that’s flattering to everyone, it’s gotta be stripes. I probably own a dozen striped shirts but this silk peplum blouse from Zara is my absolute favorite lately; I can’t stop wearing it – perhaps because peplums are also flattering. It simultaneously makes me feel like I’m on vacation and ready to conquer a job interview. It’s the kind of top that will make you feel and look put together no matter what and it’s more interesting than your typical black and white striped top. This past weekend, I wore my favorite top with ripped jeans, pink suede heels, and a new statement necklace I received courtesy of Happiness Boutique.

Happiness Boutique, based in Berlin (one of my favorite cities; visit if you ever have a chance!), has a gorgeous collection of statement necklaces at prices comparable to F21 and H&M. I picked out this bold, ornate necklace to wear with boho-inspired outfits this summer, but I found that it paired beautifully with my current outfit, elevating an otherwise casual weekend look. I juxtaposed the fast fashion pieces with accessories from Chanel for a high-low ensemble.

OOTD Stripes and Statement Necklace

happiness boutique statement necklace

Shop the necklace and receive 10% off any order over 19 euros/$21 with code stylecontext (shipping is free!) valid through July 9.

Shop the rest of my outfit: blouse: Zara (also like this and this); jeans: Zara (also like these); heels: Jeffrey Campbell; sunglasses: Chanel.

Disclosure: the statement necklace was gifted to me for review by Happiness Boutique; all opinions are my own. 

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Score Every Summer Must-Have on Sale this Memorial Day

Happy long weekend! Like a lot of people, I’m taking advantage of the dozens of Memorial Day sales to revamp my summer wardrobe for work and weekend. Here’s a roundup of my favorite ones:

DVF – 30% off select styles with code SUMMER30

If you love DVF dresses but are on a budget (like me), this is the best time to buy one. This flattering ruched sheath dress is less than $200 and is a summery update to your work wardrobe.

dvf ruched sheath dress

 

Shopbop – new markdowns

When Aquazzura pom pom espadrilles go on sale you can’t say no, especially in this stunning shade of blue. Wear them to the beach, backpacking around Europe, or whenever you want to pretend you’re on vacation.

aquazzura pom pom espadrilles

J. Crew – 30% off with code WEEKEND

Swap your standard sundress for a bold off-the-shoulder look.

jcrew off the shoulder dress

ASOS – 20% off with code HISUMMER

Sequins aren’t just for NYE. This gorgeous blush gown will make you shine for wedding season.

asos sequin dress for wedding

 

Nordstrom – up to 40% off select style 

Because you can never have too many cropped ripped jeans this summer.

 

joe's jeans

Nastygal – extra 40% off sale

A sexy beach coverup that doubles as a weekend dress.

nasty gal crochet beach dress

 

Bloomingdales – 20% off sale and clearance with code BROWNBAG

A lightweight crossbody saddlebag for all your summer adventures and that’s under $250.

rebecca minkoff saddle bag

Free People – 25% off sale

They aren’t called party overalls for no reason. These overalls are the real boho-chic deal.

party overall free people

Sam Edelman – 30% off with code VIPSUMMER

Not only are these gorgeous lace-up pumps on sale for $98 but they’re an extra 30% off with code VIPSUMMER. Wish they were in my size! Update: I found these lavender lace-up heels on sale and they’re available in many sizes.

sam edelman lace-up pumps

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#HairGoals: Blonde Balayage with Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

irresistible me hair extensions review

I remember the first time I learned that nearly every celebrity wears hair extensions. It was a huge relief knowing that thick long hair wasn’t the norm. After dyeing and heat styling my hair for over a decade (wow, I feel old) my hair has gotten finer and more susceptible to trims. For years (years!) I toyed with the idea of getting hair extensions but was too intimidated to take the plunge. Enter Irresistible Me.

A couple of months ago Irresistible Me generously offered me clip-in hair extensions to review and I couldn’t be more excited to wear them. I went with the Silky Touch Golden Blonde clip-in extensions in 18 inches and 200 grams to balance the thickness of the hair with the length. It was really difficult to choose a color because I have balayage “bronde” hair but the golden blonde turned out to be the perfect choice. Although the shade is ashier than my hair that’s something I can easily fix with Wella toner. For now, though, the color blends in better than I expected. A couple of coworkers even thought the extensions were my natural hair! Since this is my first time wearing hair extensions I looked up a bunch of YouTube tutorials on how to clip them in for fine hair and how to wear them in a ponytail (my favorite style!). You can find my favorite one how-to videos on my Pinterest board. If you’re like me and have fine hair, I don’t recommend wearing all the wefts at once; in these photos, I’m wearing only 4 wefts so as not as to make the seams obvious. As for the extensions themselves, they’re really easy to clip-in and are soft and silky. The best thing about these extensions is that they allow me to maintain blonde balayage without constantly needing to maintain my own hair color. And I can’t wait to experiment with more hairstyles (hello, braids) this summer now that I’ll have longer, thicker hair to play with. P.S. here’s my “before hair” for reference! Do you wear hair extensions? Let me know in the comments.

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Shop similar little white dresses here, here, and here.

*Hair extensions provided to me for review by Irresistible Me; all opinions are my own. 

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Birchbox Review: Au Naturale Cosmetics, Davines, Dr. Jart

birchbox review april 2016

So I may be a little late reviewing my April Birchbox, but since this box was chock-full of really interesting products, I have to share it with you. As you can see from the photo, Birchbox totally spoiled me during my blog’s birthday month (I provided the cupcake, though!) and the box, by Rifle Paper, was extra gorgeous (this is a box I won’t be throwing out). P.S. As I sit here writing my review, I’m pampering my skin with Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, which is 100% natural and non-toxic. It only feels appropriate to indulge in beauty as I write about it, right? Stay tuned for the full review! For now read all about my favorite (and least favorite) Birchbox samples, and sign-up here if you want your own Birchbox.

The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick

The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick: Let’s start with my favorite sample from the whole box, this creamy lip crayon by a little known brand called The Beauty Crop. The lipstick is so cute and smells like strawberry jelly. I wear it almost everyday and it lasts for at least 2-3 hours even after I eat or drink. Sometimes I blend it in with another lipstick to change things up a bit. The best part is it’s hydrating; some lipsticks emphasize chapped lips but this one smooths them out. I’d love to try more products from this brand.

Dr. Jart+ Liftra™ Contour Cream: I was shocked when I heard such a product existed. Contour cream? Really? What has Kim Kardashian done to this world? But just listen. This product actually lifts and defines your skin so you don’t need to waste time watching YouTube tutorials on how to contour your face. I used the product a handful of times before going to sleep and my skin, especially the area around my mouth and eyes, looks smoother and firmer in the morning.

English Laundry Notting Hill Femme Eau de Parfum: Like a lot of Birchboxers, perfume samples are my least favorite. I prefer to choose my own scents (lately I’m loving Valentino’s Donna, Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb, and Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Now – don’t judge!). This one smells a bit too much like something a grandmother would wear.

Au Naturale Cosmetics Trio Set Birchbox

Au Naturale Cosmetics Trio Set:  I was so excited to receive this adorable organic set consisting or lip color, eyeshadow, and blush. But the sample itself is so tiny it’s almost impossible to use – it’s basically kids-sized. I managed to try the cream blush in Palermo, which I loved; the orange shade is super flattering and adds a summery glow. I may end up buying the full size. I used my finger (ew!) to try the sangria lip color, and I wasn’t a huge fan. Maybe if the sample were larger I could better assess whether it’s for me. We’ll see if I have any success trying the eyeshadow, which also has a creamy texture.

Davines OI All in One Milk: I’ve used other Davines samples before, but I didn’t expect to love this product so much. It gave my curly hair a smooth, salon-style blowout that’s lasted several days. I used it in conjunction with the shampoo and conditioner so that might’ve helped too.

Davines OI shampoo and conditioner

Davines OI Shampoo – Absolute Beautifying Shampoo: Since I color my hair, I’m very particular about what shampoo I use (color-safe shampoo or bust), but I decided to give this a try because I hate having unused samples and this one was at least paraben and sulfate-free. I’ll start by saying the shampoo smells really good. The texture is thicker than the shampoos I currently use so my a little went a long way. It also didn’t give me any dandruff, which if you’re like me and keep your blowouts for days at a time, is always a bonus. My hair felt smooth and soft afterwards when I straightened it. 

Davines OI Conditioner – Absolute Beautifying Conditioner: I used this sample following the Davines shampoo and though it had a more masculine scent, I thought it was still a decent conditioner. I tend to judge shampoos and conditioners based on my blowout afterwards and I’ll say that this conditioner didn’t weigh down my hair or leave it gunky so my blowout was able to last for several days! 

 

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Review: Drinking Jus by Julie Without the Cleanse

jus by julie

As the title implies, you don’t need to go on a full fledged juice cleanse to enjoy a yummy cleansing juice. I’ve always loved juiced as a way to get a daily boost from vitamins (I hate taking supplements), so when Jus by Julie offered me a complimentary 6-day cleanse and 1 probiotic coffee I was stoked (who wouldn’t be?). Even if you don’t go on a cleanse, you’ll want to drink plenty of water while drinking these juices since they are detoxifying. I didn’t change my eating habits while drinking the juices (although I may have skipped breakfast once or twice); I merely added these juices to my existing routine and drank one a day. Here’s my honest recap of the juices. Remember, taste is highly subjective, so what I find great or not so great you might think is the complete opposite! Definitely give these drinks a try.

jus by julie sweet spin

Day 1: Sweet Spin – kale, spinach, pineapple, banana, mango, and rice milk

A lot of green juices contain cucumber, which I loathe, so I was glad this one had no traces of it. The juice was a little more pulpy than I’d prefer, but overall it was tasty. Green juices that contain kale usually give me acid reflux but luckily this drink didn’t do that. I even felt a boost after drinking it.

spicy lemonade jus by julie

Day 2: Spicy Lemonade – lemon, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, h2o

I have to be honest, I did not like this flavor. I thought the cayenne pepper was too strong and overwhelming, and this is coming from someone who loves cayenne pepper on food. Many people seem to like the flavor in the reviews, though, at the ingredients are meant to stimulate circulation and detoxify, so I don’t want to discourage you from trying it. Definitely give it a try!

jus by julie dr green

Day 3: Dr. Green – kale, spinach, celery, apple, ginger, lemon, rice milk

Like the Spicy Lemonade, Dr. Green was a bit heavy on some flavors, in this case ginger. It wasn’t my favorite green juice ever, but the apple made it more tolerable.

jus by julie chia berry

Day 4: Chia Berry – chia seeds, pomegranate, strawberry, lemon, h2o, agave 

I didn’t expect to love this flavor so much. It’s sweet, tart, and refreshing. Plus it contains chia seeds for extra protein and fiber. This is a great summery drink to enjoy while walking around on a sunny day rather than sitting in your cube (which I did).

pb & jus jus by julie

Day 5: PB & Jus – all natural peanut butter, strawberry, banana, rice milk

I was beyond excited to try this flavor. As someone who loves pb&j (yes, I am a child), I couldn’t wait for Day 5 to try this drink. But as what always happens when you get your hopes up, I was letdown. Maybe I’m just not used to having peanut butter in juice, but I thought the texture of the drink was too thick. If you regularly have peanut butter in your smoothie/juice, then you’ll probably love this. This drink is marketed as a healthier dessert so it’s heavier than the other juices.

And now for my favorite flavor…

x-treme greens jus by julie

Day 6: X-treme Greens – spinach, kale, orange, pineapple, hemp seeds, lime

If I could drink this everyday, my life and health would be a 1000x better. This is the best green juice I’ve ever had. Maybe it’s the tart flavor of the orange, the sweetness of the pineapple, or the sour accents from the lime or the combination of the three that give this juice a zing. Plus it contains over 140% Vitamin C and 200% Vitamin A so you’ve got your immune system covered.

There you have it! Have you tried these juices or any other juice cleanse brands? Let me know in the comments.

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Spring Trend: Ruffles for Work, Weekend, & Weddings

Now that it’s finally warm enough to dress stylish again, there’s one spring trend that I’ve been eyeing for my closet – ruffles. Even when not in season, I’ve always been a huge fan of peplums and ruffled dresses, because they are super flattering, feminine, and add a delicate contrast to structured clothes like pencil skirts (hello, workwear!). Plus, they’re are versatile enough for just about any occasion. For this post I rounded up my top ruffle picks from Farfetch for – you guessed it – work, weekend, and weddings (as a guest).

Ruffles for Work

From the ruffled cardigan to the ruffled skirt, these clothes are staples for your spring/summer work wardrobe.

ruffles for work spring trends1. Red Valentino cardigan

2. Theory ruffle tank

3. Stella McCartney sleeveless shirt

4. Stella McCartney ruffle skirt

Ruffles for Weekend

Flirty and sassy, these pieces are great for going on vacation, going shopping, or just taking a stroll through the park (with an #OOTD photo!).

2. Red ruffled fitted dress

3. Pinstripe ruffled blouse

4. Dsquared2 short peplum skirt

Ruffles for Wedding

My sister is engaged so wedding guest dresses are on my mind. Whether you’re attending a beach or indoor wedding, these dresses will stand out (in a good way!) for the spring/summer weddings on your list.

ruffles for wedding spring trend

*This post is an entry for an exclusive giveaway by Farfetch. All opinions are my own.

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