Product Review: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Hi lovlies! So I know I am a bit behind on this review, but I only recently got my hands on this popular makeup remover and wanted to test it out for a few weeks before giving it my final thoughts.

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Clinique is one of my favorite brands for skin care as its formulas are generally simple and great for people with sensitive skin. Similarly, this balm is fragrance free. You get 3.8 oz of product (enough to last a few months) for the price of $29. The texture of the balm is very similar to slightly melted candle wax. While rubbing the product in-between your hands to soften it, you are left with a silky, non-greasy, non-drying formula that takes off all your makeup.

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As far as how thorough this cleanses, I find that one scoop is enough to lather my entire face. However, on heavy makeup days, it can be hard to get stubborn mascara off the eyelashes. It is important to gently focus your attention on this location to ensure all of your makeup is off. Do not forcefully rub your eyes as you can cause early wrinkles! To be completely honest, I prefer my Lancome Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover on nights that I have on a heavy eye look.

After cleansing with the balm, I still go in with my Chanel Mousse Douceur foaming cleanser that I have been using for years. It leaves my skin moisturized and ensures I got all the dirt off from the day. My final thoughts on the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is that its a winner! The simple formula leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy, and a little goes a long way!

Have you tried out this product? What do you think of cleansing balms?

Until next time,

Leila

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May Favorites 2017

Favorite Fashion Pick

I’ve been noticing the color yellow everywhere this season … it’s such a vibrant and lovely shade that will always get you compliments! I picked up this BCBG dress for my cousin’s wedding this month, and think it’s the perfect outfit for any event or a fancy dinner out. The ruffles down the top-side create an elegant look, while the slit in the front eludes sexiness. Pictured in the feature photo is the open back – icing on the cake.

Favorite Skin Care

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Shiseido’s Refining Moisturizer is a lightweight cream formulated with PhytoResist Complex to boost skin’s strength to resist problems. I have sensitive skin and find this moisturizer to be gentle and incredibly rehydrating. Shiseido is known for its variety of moisturizer, but specifically for its wrinkle resistant solutions, and offer products with a range of prices up to $260.00. The refining moisturizer that I have featured is great for young adults with minor skin conditions and is the most basic formula Shiseido offers; it is sold at a price of $45.00

Favorite Jewelry

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The marble trend may be on its last run, but I could not resist purchasing these rings from H&M. I love the color white during summer, and these rings incorporate marble into different shapes and sizes. The whole set included 5 rings for the cost of $10.00. I love H&M for accessories like this!

Favorite Make-Up

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I’ve had the NARS illuminator in shade Orgasm for over a year, but only break it out in the warmer seasons (it’s a bit too dark for me when I’m pale). The liquid illuminator refreshes and enhances the skin by creating a shimmer base. I like to wear this under my BB cream to add extra glow, or use it as a highlighter when I have a nice tan. Full size product sells for $30.00

Favorite Perfume

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COCO Mademoiselle by Chanel is my favorite perfume pick for a night out. The scent includes fresh and vibrant orange, jasmine, and May rose. It has a light smell, making it perfect for summer, but also carries sexiness with it, making it my night out fragrance. The full size product retails for $72.00.

What are your favorite or least favorite items this month?

Until next time,

Leila

Beach Essentials

No one captures the essence of the beach better than Zac Brown Band

Toes in the water, ass in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand, life is good today

And life is good today, and always! Memorial Day Weekend kicks start summer (in my book anyways), which means nothing short of a shopping spree. Today I picked out my beach essential items, and some pieces I have been eyeing up!

 

  1. Having a sun hat is a necessity to anyone who burns easily, or to anyone who just wants to be fashionable. There are so many great places to purchase sun hats for cheap, like tj maxx, target, kohls, etc. However, my go to store for a more dramatic and luxurious piece is Nordstrom. The two hats I have featured here are definitely quite expensive, but come on, how cute?!
  2. Everyone knows a beach tote is essential to carry your random knickknacks you just need to have on the shore (leave-in conditioner, comb, sunscreen, chapstick, etc.) and there are a million different styles and trends. Sunnylife has anything and everything you could dream of for your beach endeavors, and the pineapple tote I found is to die for – so freaking cute! If you like the more traditional straw tote, this one adds a twist with bright colors and trendy tassels.
  3. No matter your taste in fashion, sunscreen is universally flattering. To be completely honest, I don’t care what brand I use on my body as long as the SPF is waterproof. For my face, I am very particular to avoid breakouts and greasy skin. My absolute favorite face lotions are by La Roche and Shiseido. They give great coverage with SPF50+ and don’t damage my skin.
  4. Sunnies are my favorite beach accessory; with so many different styles, colors, and brands, my collection continues to grow. I’ve had my eye on Quay Australia for ages, and this classic pair is so affordable. For a luxurious option, Dior kills it with a bright yellow, geometric option. I would never wear a high end brand on the beach and risk it getting scratched by sand, but would rock these around town.
  5. Of course, when you’re on vacation at the beach, you need swimsuits. Since you’ll be wearing this laying out or walking around, I always like to purchase trendy options, and this year I’m looking for high-waisted and one piece suits.  Cupshe offers plenty of on-trend pieces at affordable prices, but I’ve never purchased from this company so I can’t vouch for its quality. The yellow suit from Revolve is so hot, and the straps on the back just make it!

What do you think of my beach essentials list? What do you consider a necessity?

Until next time,

Leila

OOTD: Denim Skirt

Hello lovlies –

This weekend was jam packed with fun starting with a wedding on Friday, a visit to my city Philly on Saturday, and a fun photo shoot today thanks to my lovely boyfriend who was visiting me (the things they do for us). I couldn’t resist planning some awesome outfits with the weather recently and knew I had to feature this sick denim skirt on my blog!

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The mid-length skirt is the focal point of this outfit, with a unique criss cross detail down the side. I wore a white crop top to bring out the distinction in the skirt and to draw attention towards the eyes. I always like to elongate my legs with some sort of heel, so the white mules were a no brainer. Fashion forward and incredibly comfortable, mules have become the new shoe craze! Obviously the outfit is fairly neutral, so I wanted to incorporate spring color through my shoulder bag and ear cuff – both so fun and girly.

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Featured items:

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I absolutely adore this outfit … what do you think? Next weekend I’ll be hitting the shore for Memorial Day and picking out my favorite beachwear pieces.

Until next time,

Leila

 

Product Review: LOreal Pure-Clay

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I recently picked up the revamped L’Oreal Pure Clay Treatment Mask’s at Ulta ($12.99/each) to test them out. The line includes three masks that claim to target different issues: Eucalyptus; Purify & Mattify, Red Algae; Exfoliate & Refine Pores, and Charcoal; Detox & Brighten. I used the masks three times in the past week, as recommended to achieve the best results. This product happily surprised me as I noticed improvement in my skin immediately! I totally recommend this skin care line.

The Eucalyptus mask is targeted for oily skin and claims to:

  • Draw out build-up of impurities
  • Absorb impurities and unclog pores
  • Visibly tighten pores
  • Reduce excess shine
  • Leave smoother, more mattified skin

The first thing I noticed with this mask is the firming effect it had on the skin. You can feel the mask working, and the tightening sensation lasts until the next day – incredibly impressive! After washing the mask off, I noticed my skin was smooth and clearer, which I credit to the unclogged pores.

The Red Algae mask is targeted for rough textured skin and claims to:

  • Draw out build-up of impurities
  • Unclog and tighten pores
  • Exfoliate dead skin cells and smooth imperfection
  • Leave smoother, refined skin

This is the only mask in the product line with added texture – tiny beads for exfoliating. This mask is suppose to sit on your face for 10-15 minutes before you wash off and exfoliate your face. Honestly, I don’t feel like it does anything sitting on my face, but I do feel the obvious exfoliation when washing it off.

The Detox mask is targeted for dull skin and claims to:

  • Draw out build-up impurities
  • Reduce dull skin and increase luminosity
  • Even out skin tone
  • Leave brighter skin and move even skin tone

I used this mask on my nose and chin where I notice uneven skin tone and redness around my nose. My only problem with this mask is that it is a wash off. With charcoal masks, I like to have a peel off so I can feel the dirt being pulled off. With that said, I still noticed clearer pores and brighter skin – so the mask does what it claims.

After testing out the pure-clay masks this past week, I highly recommend them to anybody. Obviously, you do not need to purchase all 3 if you do not have combination skin. Each of these masks sit on your face for 10-15 minutes before you wash them off to see clearer, brighter, and refined skin.

Have any of you tried this product? What do you think?

Until next time,

Leila

Let’s Talk Shoes!

College graduation and the annual grand pool opening can only mean one thing, Summer is here!! This season, floral makes its predictable return, but less predictably, so do mules and sliders (YAY)! Coming from someone who lives in the suburbs, heels are only worn on nights out or special occasions, so having adorable, trendy options for daily use is pretty awesome. I’m sure my shoe collection will continue to grow, but for now, enjoy my favorite picks of the season!

PS. I’ve linked websites to each shoe to make it easy to shop – you can thank me later 🙂

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These sliders are soft, pink, and fluffy – WINNER! Undoubtedly a copy off Puma Fenti x Rihanna – I’m not complaining as I can not find the original in-stock anywhere. This Steve Madden alternative is affordable and bound to get you some attention; whether your grocery shopping, chilling at home, or hitting the town at night, rock these bad boys with a variety of outfits.

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Hurry! These floral heels are on sale for a limited time, and I highly recommend them. I’ve been playing around with floral on sheer tops, patched jeans, and my new favorite, these heels. I’m particularly a fan of this shoe’s high ankle cut. It’s universally flattering and allows for easy paring; tuck in your jeans or show some skin in shorts/skirt. The heel height is no more than 3 inches, making them ridiculously comfortable to stroll around in. Plus, it can be worn all year round. Have I convinced you to buy them yet? GO GO GO.

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WOAH – this shoe is definitely a statement. But for how wild it is, I’ve actually found Pearls to be quite versatile. I recently wore this badass shoe to my graduation ceremony and plan to wear it again for a wedding. Because the shoe color is a pinky nude, it can be worn as a neutral tone for any outfit (seriously, try it out). Mules are everywhere this season, and I can see why. Besides the versatility of the cut, they are SO comfy. Like even more than flats/sliders. These shoes definitely inspire me to get more creative with my outfits, and for that reason alone, we have another winner.

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Another great find from the almighty Steve Madden, Patches takes sliders to a new level, incorporating velvet! The shoe comes in different works: leopard, floral, and a rolling stones inspired. My killer outfit to wear these with? All black everything. Follow me on Instagram @fashionflurry4 to see how I style these, and others, in the future.

Which of these shoes is your favorite? What have you been loving this season?

Until next time,

Leila

Dark Autumnal Look

State College has gone through a rollercoaster of weather this past week, finally dwindling down to the cooler 50’s. After beating Ohio State yesterday (WE ARE!) I headed to the Arboretum to recharge and get ready for the week ahead of me. The lovely individuals who decorate the Arboretum always leave me surprised with their talent and superb pumpkin collection :p

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Although not my typical Autumn look, I was feeling very glam goth/hip today. I kept my top half very dimensional by adding different textures and layers. BONUS! Lord and Taylor recently had their extra-savings sale where I scored amazing pieces for great discounts. My silver sequin tank top and navy vest are both from Design Lab – a new favorite brand of mine. My black leather jacket is from Guess (last seasons). I find leather jackets to be a staple in my wardrobe, and something I spend time and (reasonable) money in investing. I particularly enjoy this one due to the structured look and patchwork/zipper detailing.

My black ripped jeans are from Zara (also last years), but you can find very similar jeans on their site this season, as well as other online shops like Topshop, American Apparel, and Missguided.

I am OBSESSED with hoop earrings right now and got this lovely pair from Nordstrom! So happy they have come back into my life.

Fall allows for creativity and personality to shine through unique styles and outfits. I think that’s why people in the fashion industry love the season so much.                                       Extra perks: Apple cider, pumpkin picking, snuggle weather, etc.

What’s your favorite thing about Fall?

Until next time,

Leila