Pampered to Perfection | How to Treat Yourself!

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With exciting changes that come with the new year, it’s crucial to dedicate time for yourself. Whether it’s indulging in a good book, trying a new recipe or splurging on some retail therapy- treat yourself!! Here are some of my favorite ways to relax and unwind in the midst of a hectic schedule.

Draw a bath, light a candle and enjoy- you deserve it!

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Not sure where to start? Take a trip to Lush Cosmetics! Applying a Lush face mask makes me feel like a true diva. My current favorite is the cooling “Cupcake” mask. It smells sweet enough to eat and makes my skin feel better than ever. My favorite part is that it’s infused with spearmint, giving it a tingly and refreshing feel. Pop it in the fridge and apply it cold- you’ll thank me later!

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If I decide to pamper myself, I go all out. Lighting a candle is one of the easiest ways to make your bathroom feel like a 5 star spa. My absolute favorite scent is “Mahogany Teakwood” from Bath and Body Works (it smells like cute boys, not kidding).

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If the candle isn’t aromatherapy enough, these “Stress Relief” products will definitely do the trick. This Bath and Body Works duo smells incredible and its stress relieving power proves to certainly not be falsely advertised. If I’m not using a bath bomb, I absolutely love adding the eucalyptus tea body wash to my bubble baths. Followed by the body lotion, your skin will be in heaven.

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I recently received this Liz Earle cleanser in my Birch Box and I’ve been in love! It definitely works within your pores, leaving your complexion dewy and bright. Not only does this help with breakouts, but it gives your skin an even glow. I recommend gently scrubbing it off with a hot cloth for best results.

 

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To finish off my spa day, I absolutely adore spraying my face with this “Eau Thermale Avène” spring water. It immediately feels super soothing and refreshing when used after a cleanser. Not only does it cool my skin but the thermal water gives it a lasting soft and moisturized feel.

 

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I hope you enjoyed hearing about my favorite tips for pampering! If you try out any of these products be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. How do you like to treat yourself? Wishing you a 2017 full of relaxation and rejuvenation!

 

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Thanks so much for reading!

XOXO,

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A Flight Done Right | Travel Essentials

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It’s time to stuff your carry-on bag and pick out your cutest duffle because February & Spring break are both swiftly approaching! Here are my absolute essentials for traveling regardless of the destination. Enjoy, and don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt!

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My first airplane must is definitely a good book. Let’s face it, long flights can get pretty boring and you can only sleep for so long before needing a real source of entertainment. I recently picked up the intriguing (and aesthetically pleasing, I might add), IT by fashion icon, Alexa Chung and I am in love! This is definitely a quick read as it consists mainly of chic, style inspired photos and unique illustrations. The brevity of the book in addition to the abundance of fashion insight within it, make this read perfect for your time spent in the clouds.

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My next two travel favorites will keep you sweet smelling, even if the lady in the seat next to you won’t stop eating her onion sub (yes, unfortunately I would know this from experience). First off, I love bringing my Kate Spade “Live Colorfully” roller ball perfume with me whenever I am on the go. This product has travel- friendly packaging and smells amaaaazing. In addition to this, I always throw a hand sanitizer in my bag because you never know when you’ll be caught in a sticky situation (literally). This particular one is from Bath & Body Works in the scent “Island Nectar” which not only killed off the germs on my hands, but made me extra psyched for my island vacation!

I’m certainly not the first person to say this, but airplane food is not the tastiest. That’s why snacks basically take up the majority of my carry on bag (oops!) One of my favorite treats to take on airplanes are these yummy dark chocolate pomegranate seeds. Not only are these so, so good but I like to believe that they are somewhat healthy (somewhat? Kind of? Maybe? Anyway…)

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Beat airplane dryness with the perfect moisturizer! A crucial item in my carry-on bag is definitely my EOS hand lotion. Can we just talk about how cute this is?! I love EOS products and this little, egg shaped lotion is the absolute perfect size for traveling. Not to mention it smells AWESOME. I’d definitely recommend bringing some kind of moisturizer on a long flight because dry skin is no fun.

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A final must have is definitely my phone, duh! Whether it be for relaxing music or mindless entertainment, my essentials would not be complete without it.

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My floral iPhone case is from Sonix.

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This is basically everything in my carry-on bag! What’s in yours? Be sure to tell me your airplane necessities in the comments below, and don’t forget to like follow for more posts like this! Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for more posts from my trip to Harbour Island.

Bon voyage!

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Adventure Awaits! | Birchbox Haul & Review

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Summer is finally here!! With the sunshine season in full swing there are tons of adventures waiting just around the corner. At the beginning of the month I received my very first Birchbox subscription package, equipped with many products that will be essential for summer fun this season. Here you will find my initial thoughts and reviews on each item that I received in my June Birchbox. Enjoy!

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First of all, can we just talk about how adorable this packaging is? I am already loving this monthly subscription box because it’s such a blast being surprised with one of these in your mailbox. Plus, it’s awesome getting to try new products and experiment with what works best for you. It’s like a mini gift to yourself each month! I’m already looking forward to unboxing my July package (stay tuned for a haul next month!)

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The first item that I tried from my Birchbox was this Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water. It is “made with active hydrogen mineral water” and is said to “remove makeup and brighten skin.” Originally I assumed that this was simply a glorified bottle of water… what could be so special? However, I was surprised to discover that this stuff really works! The Micro Water allowed me to remove all of my makeup with a single cotton pad and only a few drops of the product (even my tricky waterproof mascara!) While many other makeup removers seem to leave an unpleasant greasy residue on my face, this product left my skin feeling cleansed and truly clean. Much to my surprise, this was one of my favorite items in the box and is definitely something I would repurchase.

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The next thing I received was this sweet little Puravida headband. I love the tiffany blue color and feminine trim of this hair accessory. I will definitely be using this on hot summer days to keep my hair back and maybe even as a bracelet when my outfits could use a special blue pop!

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Next up is this Tocca perfume in the scent Bianca. I really enjoy the fresh and slightly flowery scent of this product. I tried it out this week and already received tons of compliments on its bright, summery smell. Although nothing can beat my favorite perfume, Fleur d’Or & Acacia from L’occitane, I’ve really been enjoying trying out this fun, new scent and will definitely be using it in the future!

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In addition to these other great products, I received the Templespa Good Hair Day shampoo and conditioner set. The products did a nice job of washing and detangling my hair, leaving it soft and silky. Personally however, I was not a huge fan of both the shampoo and conditioner’s scents, for the aroma of peppermint, lavender, and patchouli was a little too strong for my liking. Although it was not my personal favorite, if you do like this combination of smells, this is certainly the product for you!

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Last but certainly not least is this Marcelle waterproof eyeliner. I LOVE this product! Slightly out of my usual makeup comfort zone, this bright aqua shade looks stunning on the waterline of any summer makeup look. Not only is the eyeliner super pigmented but its waterproof consistency is ideal for summer afternoons, swimming and sweating. This easy to apply product glides on simply and is the perfect addition to spice up your daily makeup routine. I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of my Marcelle liner this summer.

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I had such a blast unboxing my June Birchbox and can’t wait to receive next month’s package!

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Thank you so much for reading, don’t forget to like, comment, follow for upcoming Birchbox hauls and other exciting beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts.

Much love (& happy summer!!!),

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Peaceful Primping & Pampering | At Home SPA DAY Essentials

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These last few steps of the school year can get pretty stressful, as most of us have final exams right around the corner. Let’s be real here, who has the time or energy to make it to the spa? Definitely not me. Whether you are looking for some time to unwind or battling the stress of studying, everyone deserves a summer spa day! Here are a few of my best tips and favorite products for at-home pampering and relaxation…Enjoy!

Take a bath! If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you will know that over these past few months I have become an avid “bather” (that sounds odd but you know what I mean!) In order to have the perfect spa day I would definitely recommend taking a hot bath. I always pop in a Lush product and let the magic work itself!

Can’t forget your reading material! Here I am digging into Seventeen, with the very handsome, Ansel Elgort on the cover. When taking a bath, really try to refrain from using your phone. Not only could you drop your precious baby in the water, but it’s important to take some time to your own thoughts and not constantly be scrolling through Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I still blast my favorite calming songs, and have mini photoshoots with my lush products…they are just so darn cute!

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While you are soaking in the relaxation in your hot bath, it’s the perfect time for a hair mask! This Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Masque has recently become my new favorite. Apply once a week in your hair from root to tip and be amazed at the difference you will see. I like to leave my mask in for about 10 minutes until combing through and thoroughly rinsing my hair. After just a few weeks, I feel as though my hair is softer and more hydrated. Because it should not be used too regularly, this product is perfect for your next at-home spa day!

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What would a pamper session be without a manicure?! Painting my nails is definitely a must if I have some time to myself. Here I am sporting Essie’s, Tying the Knotie. This versatile shade is just the perfect baby pink and an awesome transition shade into bright summer nail colors.

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Last but certainly not least, try out a mud mask! I recently received this Borghese Fango Purificante mask in my Birch Box and it’s AMAZING. Apply a thick layer of the product to your face (or body), and proceed to send scary photos to your friends as you will most likely look like a zombie. Subsequent to this, wait for the mask to dry and lightly scrub it off with cool water and a washcloth. After using the product I felt immediate results. Not only did the size of my pores minimize profusely but my face felt incredibly soft. I would definitely recommend this product for all skin types for it is the perfect mask to implement into your skincare routine and of course your spa day!

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Now that you have your spa day agenda, let the relaxation commence! If you try out any of these products let me know what you thought in the comments. Also, leave your favorite pampering essentials! Wishing the best to those taking final exams soon, and anyone else in need of a spa day.

Thank you so much for reading and don’t forget to like, comment & follow for more posts like this.

With lots of love,

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The Lust for Lush: Bickering about Bath Bombs

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Whether it be through Instagram, beauty blogs or just in your circle of friends- LUSH is taking over! Here’s your inside source to the good, the bad and the ugly (not really that dramatic it’s just soap) of your favorite, infamous Lush products!

My personal Lush collection

My personal Lush collection

Before Bomb Thoughts: My opinions regarding the handmade cosmetics shop had wavered back and forth. In the past I had always felt that the strong scents were a little overbearing and not worth the hype. I assumed that the quality of the products was only raved about so much because they looked cute in Instagram photos (which is true-admittedly I posted my own). My thoughts subsequent to experiencing the infamous bath bomb changed immensely however, as I saw my original thoughts were far from the truth!

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The adorable, “Bubble Bar”

After picking up on the “bath trend” I received a gift set from Lush equipped with, “The Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar“, “The Comforter Bubble Bar“, “Sympathy for the skin Body Cream“, “You’ve been Mangoed Bath Melt“, “Miranda Soap“, and what you’ve all been waiting for…THE (avobath) BATH BOMB!!

My experience: Of course I was immediately enticed by the spherical soap/ball of excitement and drew a much needed, hot bath. I decided that it would be beneficial to cut my bath bomb in half so I could get double the use out of it (and the same effect as I would later discover!) After my tub was full, I tossed that sucker into the water and watched in amazement as the small green ball swirled about my bath, transforming the once transparent water into a fizzing, emerald pool. The only complaint I had was the product did not create many bubbles in the tub and flattened out quickly, however I simply added a bit of my own body wash under the running water for an immediate fix!

The immediate effect of the "bomb".

The immediate effect of the “bomb”.

Admirable Aromas: Much to my delight, the water diffused the once, very strong scent and left the bath smelling fresh yet not overbearing. The Avobath Bomb is definitely a fruity one so keep that in mind when purchasing your own. Lush also offers many other scents featuring various natural ingredients- each with their own signature bath spectacle. This “bomb” in particular, included lemongrass and avocado, which left me smelling awesome for the rest of the day!

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My point exactly- these Lush products are just so photogenic!! Can you say insta-worthy?

Does this thing really work? I was honestly shocked to discover the immediate effects of the product. As soon as I stepped foot in the tub I noticed that my skin felt soft and hydrated- Let me tell you this thing is magic! I felt that the natural ingredients played a large part in the delightfulness in the bath bomb as it felt incredibly fresh to the skin. Also, other than a subtle (and pleasant) scent, it didn’t leave any residue on my body.

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The tinted bath water after the entire bomb had “exploded”

Overall, I would definitely recommend the Avobath bomb by Lush. I was a bit skeptical towards the quality of the bath product however I immediately discovered that it is the perfect thing to spice up an everyday bath. The fresh, natural ingredients left my skin feeling incredible and I am eager to try out other Lush products in the future!

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Don’t forget to take your own time to relax (Bath bomb or not!) Much love -Kyra Louise