Monthly Archives: September 2019
Hello Hello! I’m so excited for this new Beauty Trials series!! I’m always trying out and playing with new beauty products, some I buy, some PR companies send over to me. For beauty products, I like to try them for a few days or weeks depending on the type of product before giving them my stamp of approval. I was trying to group like products and routines, but I find this can take months of trying out different products before a post comes together. I really wanted to share products I love with you immediately, and the idea of this series was born. The series will be a product review of one product I’m currently trying out and my thoughts on it. Hope you enjoy this new series!
My love affair with self tanner is no hidden secret. A few months back, I even wrote a post on how to apply self tanner. Since then, I have been trialing a few different products to share my thoughts on some of the best self tanners on the market. Isle of Paradise tanning products have become super popular! You may have heard of their drops which are on my to try list. When I went to check out the drops at the store, I stumbled upon the Isle of Paradise Clear Glow Self Tanning Mousse. In my quest to add more clean beauty products to my routine, I was excited to find a clean self-tanning product!
So what is a clear tanning mousse?
Most self tanners have some sort of guide color in the mixture that helps you see where you have applied the tanner and helps ensure you don’t miss a spot. When you shower off your tanner, this guide color washes off. The guide color is also what tends to stain your sheets and clothes. The clear mousse is the same tanning product minus the guide color.
Pros of No Guide Color
No staining! I wore this product to bed a couple nights and no stained sheets. I read reviews about people wearing this out and about in everyday happenings, so I decided to try it out. I applied the self tanning mousse on 3 different mornings before I started my hair and makeup routine for ample time to dry. I then proceeded to apply my face moisturizer and makeup like normal. I also wore different style outfits each day – a loose shift dress, flared jeans and skinny jeans. I also wore a white cami underneath tops on the two jeans days.
The results – No staining of my clothes! The white cami was fitted and both days I didn’t see even the smidge of self tanner. I do think my legs were a little darker from the dress day vs the skinny jeans day, but not by much. I didn’t see any uneven coloring from my clothes rubbing or from applying makeup over the product.
Cons of No Guide Color
You can’t see where you are applying the tanner. If you have never used self tanner before, I would start with a product with guide color. This will help you learn the areas you need to focus on when applying a clear mousse. I know I always miss under my arm, so I go slow when using the clear mousse and make sure I hit this spot. As a regular self tannner, this product would probably be pretty easy to use since you are used to applying tanner and know how to apply for full and even coverage.
What about my results?
I opted for the medium green shade. This mousse is supposed to have color correcting in it, and green helps cover red which is my color correcting issue. I do notice some color after using this tanner. It’s not as dark as I normally go. I did like the color and would use it in the winter when I don’t want that fresh off the beach look. After I run out, I plan to try the purple dark shade just to see how it works. The tan lasts about 3 days until I feel the need to reapply.
How long does the bottle last?
I have been using this for about 3 weeks, and I’m about halfway through my bottle. I would guess that I can get about 12-14 tans out of the bottle.
This self tanning mousse will be a staple in my line up for sure! I love that I can wear it to work and that you don’t need to shower after 6 hours to wash off guide color. When I sleep in it, it saves me precious morning (aka sleep) time before I go to the gym. For yearly use, I would like the color to be a little darker which is why I plan to try the dark shade. If you want to say goodbye to stained clothes and sheets, this is your product!
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Hello friends! How’s the week going so far for you? We are having a pretty rainy week with some chances for light street flooding, so it’s been a stay at home and indoors week for me. Hopefully, it will all clear out just in time for the weekend!
As we are all prepping our closets for fall, I wanted to share a cute outfit formula for a fall business casual outfit. Now business casual can mean different things at different workplaces, so jeans may not always work. My past business casual environments have allowed jeans, but I have friends in more professional offices where business casual means no suit but still skirts and slacks. With that in mind, my business casual looks do occasionally include jeans. You can easily change out the jeans for a nice pair of slacks too.
For the jeans I wear to work, I opt for dark wash or black jeans, no-distressing, and not too tight. I really love bootcut and flare dark wash jeans for the office. I think they have a very professional look to them. As for skinny jeans, I would wear them but I usually pair them with a flowy or longer style top, again this is going to depend on the dress code allowances of your office.
For fall, a structured sweater with a good fit is a great business casual option. I opt for solids and sophisticated prints and avoid anything similar to a graphic style tee. Polka dots, stripes, and florals are great prints to consider. For colors, I would wear all of them, but you may want to consider staying away from flashy neon colors if it doesn’t fit your office vibe. With that being said, don’t forget to keep a little of your personality in your work wardrobe!
A nice pair of heels or flats is a great way to finish off your business casual look. As a shoe gal, my heels are usually wear I let my style shine, so all the colors and prints are in my choice box. This is where I like to let my personality show through a little. Browns, black, and nude colored shoes are a great professional color choice if you don’t want to do a statement shoe.
If you are new to a work environment, check out what others are wearing to gauge the business casual level of the office. I personally think business casual really lets you flex your style muscles and gives you lots more flexibility in what you wear. It also can help you create a more versatile wardrobe, since many of the pieces can also be worn on weekends.
What is your work dress code?
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Hello Ladies! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty relaxing, enjoyed some time at the pool plus a little football on both days. I also survived another weekend of my sugar detox. It’s definitely getting easier, and I’m noticing feeling hungry for junk food less. I think a sugar detox is easier than Whole 30. You just have to get past those mental cravings.
With fall fashion, we typically start grabbing the darker colors and jewel tones. I definitely look forward to adding in burgundy, dark brown camel colors, and emerald greens. But just because it’s fall, doesn’t mean you need to put away those light pastel colors of spring and summer. Much like you can still wear white after labor day, you can also still wear those pastels. I wanted to share a couple of my tips on how to wear pastels in fall, so you can keep wearing some of those spring favorites!
First, try pairing them with another dark item like dark wash blue or black jeans or a darker colored cardigan or jacket. I love the dark wash jeans and leather jacket combo with a pastel top. Second, add in fall accessories like brown peep toe booties, tall boots, and a darker fall colored handbag like my versatile brown tote bag. Those are my two main ways on incorporating pastels into your fall outfits, and it’s 2 pretty simple and easy things to do!
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Happy Friday friends!
These snakeskin heels where my Hello Lover moment of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I wanted a fun pair of heels for fall and saw these when I went to the store. I had already spent my budget, so I added these to my wish list as a maybe later item. Sure enough, a few of my items were cancelled, and these beauties made there way to my doorstep during the final week of the sale.
I could not be more happy with these fun heels. I love the chic and polished look of the print. I’m so picky with my animal prints, and this one is pretty darn perfect to me. I love the gray, black, and taupe colors in the print, because it mixes well with my wardrobe. I have worn these a few times to work, and they are pretty comfy. A little breaking in required, but I like the padding in them. I plan to pair them with all the things from jeans to dresses.
For a simple but chic look, I paired these heels with a classic black top and dark wash jeans. These high waist jeans are perfect with my shorter turtleneck. This outfit makes me think of the simplicity of an Audrey Hepburn outfit with a splash of a statement shoe over her ballet flats. This knit turtleneck will also pair well with pleated midi skirts for the office. I think it will work well with metallic skirts during holiday party season too!
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by this week!
| OUTFIT DETAILS |
c/o Black Sleeveless Knit Turtleneck | Dark Wash High Waist Jeans | Snakeskin Heels | Similar Gray Crossbody Bag | c/o Bead Bracelets | Pave Links Bracelet | David Yurman Bracelet | c/o Stone Earrings
Photography By: LA Photography
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