After the close of Bona Clara I have found it hard to find a line of products I like and actually WANT to put on my face. After spending SO much time with a skin expert you become very aware of what is in your products. I was introduced to Beauty Counter and had to dive in!! I still have a few things from Bona Clara so I started with my body when testing Beauty Counter. I love that their mission is about so much more than skin care – its about making people aware of what is in their products and forcing the US to pay more attention.
Lustro Oil: all over hydration – has a light sent of citrus – the box suggests using it all over after the shower or adding a few drops to their moisturizer called “Hydrate”.
Hydrate: every day body lotion – same citrus sent with a bit of mint – not only is this a hydrating mixture but it has Mongongo oil and Ximenia Americana seed which both encourage rejuvenation.
I like mixing the two together for a super hydrated and fresh smelling body lotion!
While in Newport RI last weekend (a few weekends ago now) with a few of the girls we stumbled into a Soap Shop on Thames street and had to pop in – I am SO glad we did!! Half of the space is a store front while the other half is the actual “lab” where the magic happens – not only can you watch but you can make your own!
The store featured everything from room spray with essential oils to foot scrubs, soaps, lotions, candles and more. They even had something for my man 🙂 Beard oil – to moisturize those prickly buggers that I LOVE but always seem to scratch me.
The ladies skin care section caught my eye – with all natural essential oil based products ( keep an eye out for a post on my newest obsession ) such as cleansers, toners, masks, scrubs and even bath soaks. I could read everything on the ingredients label and the prices were unreal!!
Not only did we all leave with full bags – most of us had to go back for seconds once we discovered other must have goodies like these aromatherapy shower balls – you put one on the side of the shower where it will be hit with moisture but not directly getting soaked + you are in a spa like zen in no time. She had ones for sore muscles, decongesting, relaxing and even one to help with a nasty hangover!
I am OBSESSED with small businesses and the creativity that goes into them… I have so much respect for entrepreneurs that are just killin it! Cant wait to come back with the girls for a soap making party – little wine, little soap, my best girls… sounds like a fun night!!
While I must admit, fall is my favorite season, especially in New England, I can’t believe Summer is over!! Every year I say it fly’s by faster and faster ( I feel old saying that). Labor day does mark the end of this beloved time for most, it also marks sales weekend!!!
Stella and Dot of course is doing one of their own – 25% off all SALE items!! Check out a few of my favs 🙂
Check out the rest of the sale items at www.stelladot.com/brandcheerleder .
I have been a part of Stella + Dot for 3 years and always wanted engravables in all way shapes and forms and its finally HERE!
We even have a little something personal for the men in your life!! I can’t wait for mine to come in for my man friend 🙂 There are so many combinations and ways to personalize and tell a story I can’t wait to see how people combine them.
You can only order through me or a trunk show so email me brand firstname.lastname@example.org for your custom order!
Last week I had the pleasure of taking my first calligraphy class with the uber talented Liz of Calligraphy Boston. I arrived at her South Street studio to a table set up with individual place settings, instruction cards, pens, name cards and goodie bags for each student. Her adorable office felt like a real life Pinterest board, she had examples of her work all over her walls, I couldn’t wait to get started! After a brief overview and show and tell we got right to work on – with small class sizes you get the perfect amour of 1-1 attention and work time.
I learned so much I couldn’t possibly tell you all of it without being boring and certainly not doing the class justice.
- each letter has hairlines and — lines (thick and thin) and they are created by using different amounts of pressure on the pen
- you must sit with the paper at 45 degree angel and your elbow on the table
- its hard, you have to practice, a ton
Liz was such a good teacher, she had us trace the letters on the worksheets and told us the more you do this the better you will get for more than the obvious for muscle memory and equipped us with take home papers with numbered strokes. One of the best parts I just have to mention is the ridiculous amount if goodies you get to take home and practice with – the pen, ink, paper, pre cut cards to make things with – none of which I knew about before! If you want to take Liz class just click over to her website and pick a date – its as easy as that!
My newest obsession seems to be subscription boxes, birchbox, glossybox, barkbox as a gift, and now best of all, Bright Cellars, a wine subscription box!! They sent me a complementary box to review for the blog! I will be the first to admit, I LOVE wine but know very little about it – besides red/white and a little about the stereotypes of each kind (from my bar-tending career).
This is where Bright Cellars comes in, it’s a company launched by two MIT graduates whose goal was to introduce “hidden gems” (non mainstream wines) to you each month, they know you will love them because they created a “quiz” which matches your taste preferences using a bright points algorithm GENIUS I know… I tell you these MIT kids think of everything!
Once you get your score they suggest wines you would like (and have never heard of) – it even tells you what specifically you may like about the wines! The best part is each month you get 4 DIFFERENT wines to try – so you are constantly being exposed to new wines. They are even working on ways to rate and customize the experience – this is where the Pandora part comes in, you love a wine, you can let them know and “request more like this” or if you don’t like it – you can do the opposite – just like when you are listening to a station on Pandora!
You can take the quiz yourself – its super quick and easy, it asks things like what is your fav juice in the morning (i picked does coffee count as a juice) and candy preferences!
Since they are at the very beginning they have a rewards programs where you can refer a friend (if you love it) and you can get bonus wines to your subscription – sometimes wildcards that are still linked with your preferences but maybe a little outside of your comfort zone!
They are even offering my readers 50% off their first month with this link so head on over to their site and take the quiz!!
Spring time marks graduations and (although it doesn’t feel like spring here in Boston) I have two beautiful cousins and my sister graduating in the next few weeks. I remember graduation as such a meaningful time when what people said really influenced and effected my outlook so I wanted my gift to be heartfelt.
A few weeks ago when my boyfriend gave me a lokai bracelet I knew this would be the perfect gift for them.
These bracelets represent the highs and lows in life and remind you to have clarity in-between. They feature a white and black ball across from one another and clear beads in between. The black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth to remind you that you stay hopeful when you stumble upon a “low” in life. The white is filled with water from Mt. Everest, the highest place on earth, this is to remind you to stay humble when you are at the highest points of life. The Clear Beads remind you to keep moving,
they represent that everyone has their own story. While life has its highs and lows, every point in-between is just as meaningful – these points make up the fabric of your own story. The clear beads remind us that clarity is key in times of joy and sadness.
You can learn more about lokai at their site www.mylokai.com and be sure to check out their Instagram for a little inspiration!