Photo Shoot

Like I said in my La La Land post, there are so many opportunities that come with living in Los Angeles. I am definitely thinking about moving to Austin to try to keep living in a bigger city that will have more things to do to keep up with my blogging. One of these opportunities has been being able to participate in free photo shoot meetups. I was kind of worried at first but you get to know the people and it is a fun experience!

This photo shoot was not like the last one, it was in a studio that had different rooms and setups! I wish I had been able to see what the rooms looked like before I went because then I could have thought out more looks! Nonetheless, I was excited to go and shoot this dress! I honestly hadn’t shot in a while and I hadn’t done full hair and makeup in a while either! I almost did not want to go because of traffic and I was already tired after work, but after going and especially after working with these photographers I was glad I went!

So this dress is actually my boss’s dress! When she had a photoshoot I planned for her to wear this outfit (except with black boots) and we never got to it. I found it at a consignment store here in Los Angeles and I had the idea to cut it along the sides so it flowed and could show the black shorts underneath. While I wish I had my boots here with me, they are not black anyway, and since she didn’t shoot it I wanted to really bad. Thankfully she allowed me to borrow it and I totally fell in love with how these pictures turned out!

Photos shot by RK Visuals // @rk_visuals_ on Instagram // these are the unedited versions

Dress : (similar) // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Boots : Charlotte Russe

 

Lace A Peel Face Mask with Dermovia

Applying face masks in unconventional places has been a big trend on Instagram recently. I was excited to be apart of Dermovia’s Ready, Set, Glow Challenge and participate in the trend.

I have been huge on skin care recently. I have done everything from drinking 6 glasses of water daily, I cleanse, tone and moisturize daily and I am more conscious about the products I apply on any part of my body. One thing I have been very keen on keeping up with is face masks. I believe a quality face mask will really help boost your skin and make it glow from the inside out! I am very picky on the masks I use and the products so I looked into this one before just saying “yes” to participating in the challenge.

This mask is made with Black Bamboo Charcoal peel paste and if you follow my Instagram stories you know I am a fan of Charcoal. I use a weekly charcoal face mask, Pantene charcoal shampoo, and even charcoal deodorant. All of the products give off a sweet smell and leave me feeling clean and fresh. I do always have to lather up with moisturizer after so I wondered about that aspect with the face mask. While the charcoal definitely does deep cleaning, there are other ingredients like chamomile and aloe vera in the mask to soothe the skin and leave it glowy. Also how cute is the lace details? So innovative!

Dermovia’s Lace A Peel masks have been on Shark Tank and the Ellen show. Watch the Ellen show clip HERE. There are great reviews on the mask and there are a few different ones to choose from for different skincare needs.

I love sharing my beauty finds with you, leave a comment below if you would like me to share more beauty products or if you would just like to see more fashion posts! I also could do more lifestyle/health and wellness posts as well!

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Sephoria

Yesterday I was able to go to the Sephoria House of Beauty and I loved it! Definitely a great experience and if you are a makeup lover, it was a must! One of the girls I met literally compared it to beautycon!

Let me just try to describe this to you, a three-story building filled with pop-ups of your favorite brands! From Dior to GlamGlow, it truly was a huge Sephora store. Every brand gave out either samples or demos of the products and I totally loved it! I came home with so many new products and even though I came with makeup on, I left with even more! The only item I bought (besides my ticket) was a #Lipstories lipstick from Sephora which I have been wanting for forever! But instead of just a regular top (which is super cool already) I was able to print out any photo from my phone and add it to my own color of choice! I absolutely stood in line for that and I was so happy I finally got an item I had been wanting as well as have it customized! And let me tell you, the photo ops where insane! There were some at every corner and I didn’t even get to all of them! Also I got to see Chrissy Tiegan! She was doing a master class which unfortunately I did not get to sit in, but she was just as she was on TV and on Twitter and was funny and upbeat! Another great thing about Sephora, they really are all about the complete experience.

I definitely was not ready for the photo ops if I’m being honest! I would have actually put together a new outfit to shoot, I did not even plan on making this a post until I got home and set it to go up the next morning! But anyway, I just wanted to share and keep making my blog as genuine as possible. The easiest way I come up with content is by the things I get to do, and see so I am super excited that I get to share that part of my life with everyone.

At the end of the night, the bars were poppin’ and there was a dancefloor and DJ! I wish I had not gone on a Sunday and gotten to enjoy it with all of the new makeup I had just gotten to sample! That’s the thing about LA, always something fun to do around every corner! I also recently went to a Netflix promotion event for their new Sabrina the Teenage Witch show! That comes out October 26th so be sure to catch my stories that day to check out how that went!

Also sorry about the horrible quality of the photos! Like I said, I definitely did not plan to shoot a post, but it turned out to have tons of great content!

 

Friday Faves

I pulled a few of my favorites this week from my Wish List Tabs above. This is where you can find my recent “wants” and “must-buys” before I even buy them and shoot them for the blog! Leave a comment

Song : Late Night by Deputy

I may be a little biased because I know the singer very well, but I genuinely like this sound because it’s something I would listen to on my own! Also, you gotta support local artists, they tend to be the best when you find a really good one!

Podcast : Get Real with Caroline Hobby

I just started listening to this podcast and I started off with her interview with Maddie and Tae, the country singers, and I really loved it! She is a former country singer in Nashville Tennessee and I definitely recommend checking this out if you are all for girl bosses and country music!

 

Beauty Product : Jade Roller

I recently wrote a blog posts about this, and I love it so much I had to mention it again. It’s a perfect addition to your morning routine to reduce inflammation and decrease drainage build up in your facial region (eww). Just pop it in the fridge and add a light serum and you’re halfway to a facial! Mine is linked and it is 100% all natural jade!

Wish List : Show Me Your Mumu Concho Belt

This belt has actually been on my wish lists for a while and I just posted about it on my Instagram stories recently as a poll if I should buy it or not. I went to check out the Show Me Your Mumu boutique in Venice beach and I didn’t see it in store, still wanting this cute belt!

Link : The Sakura Life Founders on why you should adopt a plant based diet

While I am honestly not going to go on an all plant based diet anytime soon, it was a good read for clean eating tips! I honestly thing The Newsette has amazing articles for girls like me who are into wellness, beauty, fashion, and daily corporate updates on businesses I want to know about. They keep me updated with the beauty industry and pop culture! Sign up for a super short and super worth it daily newsletter HERE.

Morning Jade Roller Routine

Let me start off by saying I have been way more into skincare than usual recently! From the products I use to how I use them, its all essential. I put on lotion everyday after I shower and I have even been applying sunscreen which I did not do before!

One essential beauty product is my Jade Roller. I have been wanting one of these for a while now since I definitely have puffiness in the morning. This is caused by lymphatic drainage and when you roll out the drainage is released from your facial area. There also are other benefits like increasing circulation and reduced dark under eyes.

So after a night out I will stick my roller in the fridge or for a few minutes in the freezer if I forget. Then I will apply my daily moisturizer with SPF and apply a light layer on my face, you can also use a serum. Then I use the roller and slowly roll up and out.  It should feel like a massage!

I try to do this daily if not at least three times a week. It has been a new part of my beauty routine and as someone who is used to having a puffy face in the morning it really makes a difference. The exact roller I use is this 100% natural Jade stone roller from Purbert.com and I bought it through Amazon. I use the larger roller for my cheek and forehead area and the smaller roller for around my eyes. You can also use the smaller part for your face and the larger parts for your body! The one I use also comes with a one year 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Jade Roller

 

How to Care for your Hair

Everyone knows the basics, cut an inch or two off the tips of your hair every few months, reduce heat on your hair and sleep on silk pillowcases. Well if you didn’t know those, there are a few more tips! Here are a few of the tips I found out work well for me and my hair type! I have a straight/wavy type of hair and it’s very thin. So what works for me may not always work for you but I tried to keep the tips as general as possible!

  1. Weekly Hair Mask : I usually do a quick hair mask when I shave so I can be doing something while I’m waiting for the mask to set in. That or for some serious repair an overnight hydrating hair mask will do the trick, just sleep with a shower cap on!
  2. Don’t wash everyday : Okay this one may be basic but I cannot stress the importance and the difference I have seen in my hair! I for sure go AT LEAST two days without washing it and now I am shooting for three. It takes training, patience and lots of dry shampoo, but it really does make a difference!
  3. Hold off on the Product :  I try not to use product the day I wash my hair to let the natural oils set in. I also try super hard to not straighten, curl or blow dry it after a wash just for a “reset” for my hair and give it some rest.
  4. Use Product : On the second day I always use a product that my specific hair needs. I usually use a hydrating product for the ends like a leave in conditioner and maybe a repair serum on the ends. If your hair is curly use something specific to your hair type and what you need.
  5. Use Protection : I never blow dry my hair without blow dry serum. It makes my hair silky smooth and I use it on “cool”. Also you should ALWAYS use heat protectant, I sometimes even do it when I know I’ll be out in the sun for a long time but that’s me being over protective now.
  6. Cut between cuts : My aunt recently taught me this but if your section off your hair and twist it then cut the ends that stick out because those tend to be the split ends.

I found a really great Keratin hair treatment by a hair care company called Finesse. I’ve been trying the MAX deep conditioning treatment and it has really changed the softness of my locks. Not only is it easy to use and came with this perfect comb, it’s easy to purchase as well. Check out Target.com , HEB, Meijer, Winn Dixie and Woodsman Market (depending on where you live) to try some for yourself!

I like to tease my hair a lot so this treatment makes my hair silky and easy to undo the knots I create.

 

More products on my Beauty Wish list!

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Post Gym Products

Hey loves! I have been going to the gym at least four times a week recently. So I got the idea to add a post about some of the products I use after a good workout sesh as well as a few workout wear pieces I have been wanting! Let me know in the comments what your favorite machine is at the gym, I always love learning more and changing up my routine!

Water Bottle : First off I had to add my water bottle! Hydration is a must for skin, hair and over all health so it starts from within! How cute is this water bottle?! I’ll take two!

Dry Shampoo : After a good fitness class my hair tends to be a bit oily. Everyone’s quick fix is a dry shampoo. So I love this one because it does not leave any white residue on my hair since my hair is brown. Do you know of a more natural dry shampoo? I’d love to try!

Face Wipes : While I hate to wear makeup to the gym, sometimes I like a light coverage like a CC Cream. So regardless of if I have a CC cream on or not I always wash the sweat off my face to clear my pores. I use Olay 5-in-1 daily facial wipes since it is an easy product to clean, exfoliate, hydrate, tone and remove make up all in one!

Deodorant : Between deodorant and body spray I can never get enough until I shower. If I don’t sweat I don’t feel very productive. I prefer an all natural deodorant for before AND after a gym session because I get super self conscious about how I smell. I definitely recommend this Kopari Coconut Deodorant because of the brand and the smell!

 

Body Cleansing Wipes : Like I said, I like to sweat when I workout. So after if I am having lunch out I like to feel cleaner with these towelettes from Bath and Body. How convenient, right?!