I am so behind on beauty post because I have been regaling y'all with year, decade and unemployment updates BUT I am trying to make more of an effort to post personal, beauty, and other topics better evenly and try not to heavy one topic over another.
So that being said, my Jiyubox for winter!
The theme for this box us staying hydrated and de-stressing. Please know that this box was gifted to me but all thoughts and opinions are my own! I am also under no obligation to post in exchange for product but I have always loved to share natural beauty brands.
Let me be the first to acknowledge that gift guides aren't really a thing I feature on my own blog and before we delve into it a few things to note: This gift guide is just code for my ultimate wish list. These are the things I would buy if I was rich. I figured I might as well go big for my blog's first gift guide. These are my definition of "I have my shit together" type of splurges. While the items aren't tens of thousands of dollars they're still expensive and I could never justify the cost, employed or otherwise.
If anyone does feel like buying me something expensive, next month's rent would be nice.
Also, this list is a great example of how I would be a terrible sugar baby because everything is under $1000 and the most expensive thing is a mattress. Seriously, I joke that I would become a sugar baby in exchange for a Costco membership and a VitaMix all the time.
I could win the lottery and I would still be all about that “sort from low to high” life while online shopping.
I'm going to assume that y'all read my Luna Nectar Moon Boost review so you all know I love long lashes. (JK, JK - I assume that only my hype bae, Lydia is the only person that reads my blog.) I used to wear false lashes on the daily but now that I'm a fitness bitch I wear them less often because I am a sweaty human and I don't think any lash glue can survive a spin class.
The other thing about wearing false lashes is that even after all these years I feel like I haven't quite mastered the application process. I find that the inner corners end up lifting near the end of the day plus I can't apply them close to my lash line to save my fucking life. I usually end up doing a thick cat liner to help hide the lash band.
A former classmate of mine, Sophie, is a bomb lash tech that is damn near impossible to book in with but prior to my trip to NYC trip I wanted to make sure I looked as fresh as possible while being low maintenance. From what I understand NYC is humid AF in September and I wanted to be Yonce this face and wake up #FLAWLESS and looking like a Victorian doll all the time.
It seems long overdue for Lululemon to introduce selfcare to their athleisure empire so when they launched 4 products last week I promptly headed to one of their locations to check it out. The collection includes a lip balm, dry shampoo, an aerosol spray deodorant and a moisturizer.
Lululemon is one of those brands people love to hate on and I will be the first to admit that I am not always drinking the Lululemonade due to controversial ownership and marketing tactics, however I didn't want to just jump on the bandwagon and assume that the products weren't worth the cost without actually trying them.
When I posted a poll on Instagram asking if people would be interested in a review I received dozens of messages that echoed sentiments of hating on Lululemon. "Destroy them" and "UGH, fuck Lululemon" are examples of messages I got. As polarizing as it may be, I had to try to try it for myself to decide. Let me preface this by saying that this line is not what I would call budget friendly at all. This review is solely to review the products and talk about the effectiveness.
Plus they're selling their products in Sephora and this is available at some fitness studios - say what you will about Lululemon, being sold at Sephora is a BFD.
If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug HERE) or know me in real life (lucky you), you’ll know that I life for a lush lash. There was an extended amount of time (think years, not months) where I was never seen without my ridiculously over the top lashes because all I really want in life is to look like a Bratz doll.
Asian lashes are known for appearing short because of the way the hair grows. Due to eye shape Asian lashes tend to point straight forward instead of curling up therefore the lash appears less full. So yeah, I became about that false lash life. Then I became one of those annoying people who learned to love a spin class and I had to give up that daily false lash life (insert all the broken heart emojis.) There was no way in hell that any lash glue could survive the sweat storm that is a spin class so false lashes became more of a special occasion type of thing.
So when Luna Nectar reached out to me asking if I would be interested in trying their Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum I was elated to work with a brand and a product that checked off all my boxes. Luna Nectar is a Canadian, 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free, female-run business aimed at providing effective products suitable for a variety of uses. There is a lot of reasons to love Luna Nectar but while I am in the midst of what feels like a lifelong closet purge the fact that their products are versatile is a big selling point for me. As someone who tries out dozens of products every week I am so appreciative of products that can do it all. Why have a dozen products that aid in a dozen different things when you could have one product that does a dozen things?
(Also - another shameless plug because of who I am as a person: tune in to the Luna Nectar’s Instagram story this Sunday as I will be doing an Instagram takeover over on their page showcasing a day in the life of a girl on the go.)