July 25, 2017

Summer of My Youth


With the launch of Lana Del Slay's latest album Lust for Life, I am feeling inspired and ready to blog (we'll see how long that lasts) and today's post I feel embodies the very mood her music invokes. Right this very moment I have it playing in the background and I just feel like I'm in the summer of my youth, I'm thriving and adventure awaits (that's if the adventures I take from the comfort of my bed with a good story count).

Anyhoo, this outfit was really a thrown together look because it was too hot to fuss about clothes. So I wore a really simple white cotton button up, leaf print skort (yes I wear skorts, I don't care how elementary they are) that I thrifted at my local thrift store (duh) and these lace-up gladiators from Steve Madden. Paired with my favorite straw wide brim hat, that I hardly wore because it messed up my hair, and gold jewelry. Like I said, super simple, low maintenance with minimal effort.





I really like outfits like this because they can easily be transitioned from day to night just by adding a slinky camisole, a black leather jacket and some heels and you have a super chic and urban look. It's super easy to style and is super versatile. Having versatile pieces that can easily be mixed and matched are what make for a good closet. (I've been thinking of writing a how to build a great closet post, thoughts?)

Well that's it for today's post, real short and sweet.
I hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading! (Outfit details below!)

Lots of love,

- T U M I♡



Shirt: H&M| Skorts: Thrifted| Shoes: Steve Madden| Hat: IDK lol|

July 11, 2017

Beauty Review: mySpa Life 24k Gold Eye Treatment


Is it a gimmick? Is it worth the money? Well, keep reading to find out!

Today we have a beauty Review on the mySpa Life Shimmering 24K Gold Under Eye Treatment. This is a mask that is worth $25 (hun you know that I didn't spend that much on this product, I like to clutch my coin purse close to my chest but we'll get to that later) on the mySpa Life website. I'll be telling you about what I think this product based on what it claims it does and whether I think it actually does those things effectively. I'm sure for any of you that pay attention to social media and the blogosphere, you might have seen these type of products everywhere. Every beauty guru and beauty blogger has been hyping up gold infused products, why? Because it's aesthetically appealing, that's why.

Now this mask is a 20-minute treatment that you leave on your undereye. It is infused with 24K gold― that is said to lower collagen depletion― seaweed, and tea that are both meant to help open up the pores for a deep moisturization. You get 6 treatments that are each a one-time only use in sealed packets, which is different from other products because products like this often come swimming in a jar wich I don't personally like. I like this type of packaging because each treatment comes in its own individual package, allowing for the gel the product is submerged in to be distributed evenly. When you open each packet there isn't an overwhelming smell, it just sort of smells like a spa (shocking, I know).

This mask claims to help moisturize and tighten the undereye area, which it does do. Anytime that I have used this, my undereye has always felt very soft, and hydrated;  my skin feels just that slight bit tighter but not scaley (thankfully).  Somethings that I don't like about this product: the gel pads don't stick to the face well forcing you to lay still and immobile (ain't nobody got time for that, we got stuff to do), it's 25 freaking dollars which makes each packet about $4.20 for a one-time use (that is not worth the money sis) and it's a little messy.

Now in saying all those things, I did purchase mine for $2.00 at a department store. On their website, they have a section that lists the different stores that you can buy their products (10/10 would recommend going to these stores instead of ordering online to save some money) and I do think the whole idea of an at-home spa treatment is appealing. It is definitely a way to force yourself to relax and unwind by getting you into that whole luxurious spa treatment mindset because it is gold.

Would I buy this again? Not for $25! No ma'am, but if I found it for that $2 mark then sure.
I do think it's a little gimmicky, but it's a nice gimmick.

I would give this product ⭐⭐⭐


That's all I have for this post. Comment down below if you have ever given into the hype? Did you regret it? Or is the hype the hype because it deserves to be hyped (huh?) What were these products? And do you still use them?  Tell me in the comments!

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Thank you for reading

Lots of love,

-T U M I♡







July 8, 2017

Lace and Linen


Hello!

Another week, another outfit!

This one was incredibly easy to style with the simple silhouette and complimentary colors (even though white is technically a shade and not a color, but semantics). Starting with basic colors like white, blue, black and gray is the best way to build a great closet or capsule collection. And having simpler silhouettes makes it easier to mix and match clothing, lowering the number of times you have to go out looking for new outfits, therefore saving you some coin. There is no shame in repeating items or whole outfits infact I'm wearing these pants for the second day in a row (they are clean of course) for this outfit post.

 I think fashion has moved into a space where more is more and to be considered fashionable you have to have the most outlandishly creative ensembles or the most "minimalistic" looks to be chic. You have to have the latest trending shoes or that bag that every blogger and their mama is posting on Instagram to be relevant. But sometimes, all it takes is a great fitting pair of pants, a flattering shirt, the right accessories and the confidence to rock it. Being effortless without forcing it can be the very definition of chic. French culture has always been at the forefront of this effortless approach to fashion, in France less is more. And who doesn't want to live like a Parisian?

 I wanted to wear something very breezy, airy and summer appropriate because I don't know if you can tell but I was sweating buckets during this shoot. Linen is a great summer staple for any closet and breathes very well during those hotter months. The peek-a-boo lace shirt with the gorgeous flared sleeves allow for amazing air circulation (especially when worn with a super skimpy bralette) and show just enough skin peeking through but not enough to make you feel like you're flashing everybody.  I paired them with amazing gold geometric earrings that made the look a little more modern and my fave Vince Camuto block heels for extra length (even though I don't need it being 5'10 1/2 and all). 

That's all I have for this post. Comment down below your thoughts on today's fashion and the influence of social media on the industry. Perhaps I'll make a full post discussing the topic, what do you think? Would you like to read something like that? Tell me in the comments!

All outfit details will be below the last picture. Don't forget to follow my blog and you can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter @iamthehag. 

Thank you for reading

Lots of love,

-T U M I♡



















Pants: Burlington Coat Factory| Shirt: Burlington Coat Factory| Shoes: Vince Camuto| Bag: Zac Posen| Watch: Ted Baker| Glasses: Givenchy| Earrings: Dystrict LA



June 30, 2017

My Top Summer Skin Essentials



New skin who dis?

Guys, I have been feeling myself lately. My skin has been looking fantastic and clear and glowy (well not right now because of hormonal pimples, curse you mother nature you're cramping my style) all due to these 4 products that I am going to be sharing with you now. I've really been researching and taking the time to learn what works for my skin and what doesn't; what are the right ways to do things so that you get the most use out of your products and I really think that I have gotten the routine down pat. Obviously, as you can see in the pictures below I still have a little texture left on my forehead and chin but my skin has come such a long way!

So keep scrolling to read about these 4 products and to pick up some tips to achieve that summer glow↓


Sun Screen

Well, this one is a no duh.

But you would be surprised how many people neglect to use any form of skin protectant in the warmer months. Sunscreen is not only good for protecting your skin from damaging UV rays but is also important to minimize premature aging. An SPF of 30 is the standard you should buy in any sunscreen but that doesn't necessarily mean the more SPF you have the more protection. Experts have shown that there is hardly a significant difference as you increase the SPF.

The Forever Living Aloe Sunscreen protects the skin from both UVB and UVA rays (UVB rays being sunburn-causing and UVA rays being the skin damaging, premature aging rays) and is infused with pure Aloe Vera Gelly.

Tip N॰1: When buying your sunscreen make sure you look for the words "broad-spectrum" and UVA protection because a lot of sunscreens only protect from UVB rays.

This particular sunscreen is incredibly hydrating and doesn't cause that highly unattractive blue cast. It also doesn't have that overpowering sunscreen smell and is gentle enough to use on children. Foundation applies beautifully on top of this,  this is usually my final step of skin prep before I start my makeup, and leaves the overall look of my skin really moisturized and healthy.

Tip N॰2: Apply your sunscreen in sections with pea sized amounts and really work it into your skin, allowing the product to seep into the skin.

Forever Living Sunscreen 

Aloe Vera

This product is the perfect blend of 100% stabilized Aloe Vera Gel, which just simply means that it has organic preservatives to keep it from decaying it quicker and that there was nothing added to the aloe to change it chemically, and glycerin. Aloe vera has always been used as a holistic treatment for burns but in recent years, cosmetic companies have been using aloe vera for it powerful moisturizing capabilities. It's really hydrating without leaving behind a greasy or sticky film on the skin once it dries down, it doesn't clog pores leaving skin feeling softer and looking more radiant.

Tip N°3: A little goes a long way with this stuff! Focus on really working it into the skin in small increments, you don't want to overload yourself with product.

Aloe Vera gel is also great for anti-aging. It's loaded with vitamin C and E which are great for lightening dark spots and signs of aging, which also makes it great for healing and lightening acne scars. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that make it great for acne-prone skin.
This Aloe Vera Gelly by Forever Living is colorless and odorless but it does have a distinct taste that I personally don't like, however, it's perfectly safe to ingest (don't go around eating this stuff though). It's really gentle and can be used around the eyes as well.

Forever Living Aloe Vera Gelly

Peel-Off Mask

Now, peel-off masks are a bit of a sticky topic among the cosmetic industry. Many experts and dermatologists discourage the use of peel-off masks because the actual peeling off part can cause pores to grow in size, that is why many recommend masks that don't cling to the skin so completely. However, peel-off masks and masks in general, are a great way to pamper yourself at home. I personally like to use the Freeman Renewing Cucumber Mask at least twice a week as a treatment to rejuvenate the skin.

I'm not going to lie, I always feel a tingle when I put this mask on that some may find a little scary, but don't worry this is quite common with this mask if you read the reviews on Ulta's website and actually leaves the skin feeling very clean. I particularly like this mask because it doesn't hurt when I go to peel it off and just overall leaves the skin feeling softer and hydrated.

Tip N°4: If you have red and often inflamed skin purchase masks that have soothing ingredients like Aloe Vera and Gorgonian Extract. For Oily Skin, Clay infused masks are great for drawing out grime and dirt. For those of you with clogged pores, glycolic or sulfur based masks are best to draw out dirt from pores.


Freeman Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

Exfoliate

This specific method may not be for everyone, especially in the warmer months. However, I've noticed that my skin has a pretty fast turnover rate, which simply means my damaged skin cells get replaced faster than normal, causing layers of dead skin cells fairly quickly and often. If I don't exfoliate almost daily my skin tends to look dull, lackluster and tends to feel extremely rough.

This activated charcoal scrub from Brooklyn Botany is infused with coconut oil and other organic oils that, once seeped into the skin, leave it feeling soft and moisturized. Salts from the Dead Sea make it the perfect exfoliator that has just enough grit so that your skin feels brand new, but not enough that your seriously harming your skin.

Dermatologists don't recommend exfoliating often in the summer if you're going to be spending prolonged time in the sun unless you're like me. But there are many other ways to exfoliate without necessarily using a scrub. Toners are a great alternative and come in many varieties that can be best suited for your skin.

I suggest trying fresh lemon and honey to exfoliate and brighten the skin, as well as trying watermelon mashed with cucumber to hydrate and gently exfoliate (DIY posy maybe?).

Brooklyn Botany Charcoal Scrub 

Along with these products don't forget that how you take care of yourself on the inside is just as important on the out. Eat healthily, drink tons and tons of water, exercise (or at least pretend to) and don't stress yourself out!

Chill, relax, laugh a little and don't sweat the small stuff!

And that is it for this post! You can find links to all the products mentioned underneath their pictures, and I'll also post some alternatives in the sidebar. Thank you for reading and don't be afraid to comment some of your summer skin essentials down below!

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See you next time,
Lots of love

-T U M I♡

June 19, 2017

Backless Red Striped Shirt//


Hello.

A brand new outfit and a brand new post!

Now, I am one for a great slightly masculine button-up shirt all year round because they are a superb basic for any closet. But they can get a little boring and repetitive so I thought of this great way to revamp and pump up the way you can style them.

All I did was wear the shirt backwards and button it up at the collar. I decided to tuck mine in, only in the front to create this very beautiful (and dare I say it, sensual) open back that is great for summer. But if you don't want that high neck, you can button it up halfway and pull it down so that it's more off-the-shoulder and style it with some cut-off denim shorts.

I styled the shirt with these vintage jeans and my mules from Forever 21. 
I think that this outfit is a really great day time outfit that can easily be transitioned into a night out look by throwing on your favorite pair of pumps and grabbing a smaller clutch. 

Don't be afraid to experiment with the pieces in your closet and come up with new and inventive ways to rock them. It's just fashion in the end, do you boo!

Well that's it for today's outfit post, I hope you all liked it! Don't be afraid to leave a comment down below and click the follow button in the sidebar. 

Outfit details down below and shop my look!

Lots of love,

-T U M I♡














Shirt: Ralph Lauren| Denim: Thrifted| Shoes: Forever21| Earrings: H&M| Bag: Arcadia Bags