Plants are powerful. Now that I’ve tackled my hair woes, (see previous post) I’ve moved on to concour my temperamental skin with the help of Botanics. Since I have combination skin, I’m always fighting breakouts along my chin and T-zone. Over the years, (even with sunscreen every day) I’ve dealt with sensitivity and blotchiness that is hard to tame. With that being said, I’ve gone through many a dermatologist and many skin care products in my day, but nothing has been nearly as effective, gentle, and affordable as this line. Now at Target, they’re all under $10 and I’m happy to have found something that works that’s affordable.
I’ve been using Botanics now for 2 weeks, and I’m already seeing clearer, calmer skin. Hyper pigmentation has reduced significantly to where my face is one tone with very little redness. I’m even using just a bb cream, no foundation or cover up necessary anymore. So here’s what I do:
Wash morning and night with the Shine Away Mattifying Mousse. Willowbark is naturally high in salicylic acid so it removes oil and clarifies skin
Pat on the Shine Away Toner (or with cotton pad) to remove impurities and tighten pores
Twice a week (at night) I use the Shine Away Clay Mask to draw out all the gunk and impurities my skin may absorb. Leave on for about 10 minutes and your skin will feel extra clean before washing with cleanser.
Twice a week (at night) I use the Invigorating Face Scrub that gently sloughs off dead skin. (Don’t rub too hard, I usually do this on the days I don’t use the mask.)
3-4 times a week (at night) I apply the Shine Away Gel Cream prior to moisturizing which acts to clarify and seal in all the work I just did. My skin actually feels tighter each time I use it!
And there you have my effective and affordable skincare routine using the #PowerofPlants. You can find Botanics and all of their many products at Target or with the links provided.
Let’s get personal shall we? Having gone through a lot shampoo bottles and brands over the years (mainly all from drugstores and the occasional splurge at Sephora) I think I’ve finally found something that actually works for my hair type, which is a little troublesome: Oily, sometimes itchy and flaky, thick, and colored. Why hasn’t Head and Shoulders, Pantene, or OGX done the trick? It’s because they’re not custom. They may try to treat one of the problems, but not all. Or they’re filled with junk and chemicals that aren’t good for you nor the water system.
Enter Function of Beauty. Fill out a fun and easy hair survey based on your needs via their website, pick a delicious scent (I chose Passion Fruit Hibiscus) and their chemists will mix a concoction up for you and pop it in the mail. What’s more is that I can’t stand all the junk such as Parabens and Phthalates, and Function of Beauty is free of all that. No GMO’s allowed.
Free shipping and $26 later, I shortly received 2 bottles of my new custom hair care with my name on the bottles. They’re just for me, myself, and my type of hair :D
I’ve been using my new shampoo and conditioner for about 3 weeks now and my hair seems softer, shinier (not to be mistaken for oily), and my scalp seems calmer and less irritated. Plus, every time I wash my color treated hair, I smell like passion fruit which I love.
Let me know if you decide to mix your own via Function of Beauty because I definitely want to hear your thoughts. You can save $5 when you click the link. Until then, wishing you all happy hair days from here on out :D
Sometimes I forget that I’m one part Shoes, one part Sashimi, so this post makes complete sense as I am happily a part of one of the most coveted luxury brands of shoes to hit the market: M.Gemi. As part of their Client Advisory Board I get to give you all some special treats along the way.
If you’re not familiar with their handcrafted Italian shoes, I think you soon will be because they’ve had some beautiful pieces grace bloggers and stylists everywhere. They were one of the first to bring The Lace Up flat onto the market as well as the Brogue and The Loafer that women have been wearing nonstop this year. They’ve completely reinvented the way we shop for splurges like these: online, free shipping, free returns. What’s more to love? Well, I’ll tell ya.
For those new to M.Gemi use my code “Lauren705” for $40 off your purchase, it never expires and you’ll get a great deal for they almost never have sales!
So there you have some of my favorite shoes worn by some of my favorite Instagram accounts :D I’m pretty happy to be a part of the M.Gemi Advisory Board and also be able to give you some cool deals along the way. Happy Shopping!
Good morning everyone, if you’ve been following me on Instagram I’m currently back in Los Angeles styling a commercial shoot! However, that has not stopped me from sharing this overdue post dedicated to my love for subscription boxes. Why? Because getting a box full of little surprises in the mail every month is more exciting than opening regular mail :D There’s Birchbox for the beauty and grooming gurus, Rocksbox for jewelry, Loot Crate for comic geeks, and then there is Cate & Chloe. Cate & Chloe is a little different in the accessories game, because now you get to customize your own box. Everyone’s style and taste is different, so why should you receive the exact same box as someone else?
Cate & Chloe sent me their September VIP Box full of goodies, 2 of them are jewelry pieces that I have been wearing all week. The other was a total surprise, a set of makeup brushes rolled into a nice neat bow. I was thrilled because 1: I need a new brush set. And 2: Timing was perfect, I packed them for my work trip to LA this weekend and I’m powdering my face as we speak :D
Like good surprises? Pick your plan at Cate & Chloe.com, select your style, and lastly sit back and let their team build your box for you. You’ll receive your box in the mail and I’m sure you’ll be excited to open it!
As a thank you to my readers, I give you my special promo code SHOESANDSASHIMI25 for 25% off when you sign up, valid until November 30th. And finally, for the month of October, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to the American Breast Cancer Society!
Thank you for reading and keeping up with me. For daily adventures, be sure to follow on Instagram for real time photos :)
Another weekend well spent, this time in beautiful Half Moon Bay. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve probably see all the real time pictures of our sea side adventures. If not, be sure to follow @Shoes_and_Sashimi to keep up! The weather was perfect, the sky was clear, the water was cool, and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the downtown area of Half Moon Bay itself with all the quaint little cafes and trinket shops. Boo was sure popular at the Ritz Carlton, we met many nice people on the grounds with their pups too. If you’re in the area, check out this little beach town and relax. It’s the perfect staycation, if you ask me :)
Thanks for reading. And as always have a wonderful week.
People are always shocked when I say that I’ve never really experienced Napa Valley, simply because as an adult I’ve been in Southern California the majority of the time. My parents go often, either for themselves or to entertain guests so I end up living and eating vicariously through them. Bouchon, The French Laundry, Ad Hoc…It seems like everyone and their cousins have been except for me. So to my surprise last Sunday after being bed ridden with what seemed like the plague, the beau decided to pack me in the car and drive on up to Napa for the day. Sweet, right?
Perusing all the vendors at Oxbow Public Market. There’s just so much going on and so many wonderful smells of all kinds of cuisines permeating the place. It’s overwhelming, but in a tasty sensory overload kind of way.
Making a pit stop at Vallarta Market to try their famed burrito. Who goes to Calistoga for a burrito? We did…and it was divine….it’s hidden in this tiny little Mexican grocery store, luckily you can get directions to such establishment here: 1473 Lincoln Street, Calistoga, CA
Going to Bouchon Bakery to pick up gingerbread muffins for Mama and Papa. It’s a bustling little place that I call bread heaven: 6528 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
Ending our trip with a surprise dinner reservation at Ad Hoc by Thomas Keller. Each night is a different prefix menu and I’m still full just thinking about our meal. In all honesty, the Cream of Mushroom Soup was my favorite, served with a gruyere cheese crostini. The main dish was Veal Scallopini served on whipped gold potatoes and broccolini romanesco. And finally for dessert, Vanilla Ice Cream Sundaes with butterscotch, pecans, and strawberry sauce. Needless to say, I am back at the gym and hot yoga to work all of this off!