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Anti Aging High vs Low Review

I recently received the Iconic Edition of the Sephora Play Box (read my review here) and one of the products I was most excited to try out was Crème de La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream because well it's super famous and also hella expensive so of course I wanted to know what's the big deal. The .24 oz sample included was enough for about two week's use - so a one ounce jar would last about 2 months. About a week in as I was getting ready in the morning I starting noticing that my skin did indeed look different - I looked clearer and under my eyes my lines looked a little softer and my circles less dark. I took this selfie to document my skins look - because #vain - plus I knew I would need it for this longer review. I think there's still room for improve with my skin's texture but it had only been a week.
My problem was that a month's supply - the .5 oz jar - is $85 and while that might not seem bad to some it is in major conflict with my goal of being fina…
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Monobox July 2017

Oh Mylanta, I can't believe it's the 2nd week of August already! July was a crazy busy month so I'm just now getting to share with y'all the July monobox.

The Monobox from I Love Jewelry features one monogramed item monthly and two coordinating accessories. Being a southern girl I love monogramed things and being a newlywed I find this a nice way to stock up on items in my new-ish monogram. The July monobox featured a monogram Turkish towel, sunglasses and a bikini bag - it's just a pouch that is plastic so you can put wet items in it. Here's a look a the products:

I usually don't buy these types of towels but I didn't mind this one. It's long enough to layout on a beach chair or  the sand but I still prefer a fluffy terrycloth towel for drying off. The sunglasses are pretty decent - not the best quality but not bad - I'm always up for having an extra pair of sunglasses hanging around. The pouch is actually very roomy - I think it's great f…

Date Box July 2017

It's day four of my trip and tonight will be my last night of sleeping (or trying to sleep) in a big ,empty hotel bed so I guess you could say I'm missing my husband a little bit. Last weekend we had a really fun date night with our monthly Date Box. Date Box is a subscription service that sends the tools for a monthly date night in to your home for $39.95 a month. We have received dates for things such as painting, a spa night and escape room; This month's date provided us a fun night of cocktails and conversation. Each box comes with an activity, a snack , conversation starters and a spotify playlist. Most of the dates are things that could be repeated and this date is definitely something we'll do again.
This month's box came with recipes for several cocktails and mocktails, a cocktail shaker, jigger and stirrer to make out cocktails, coasters with conversation starters and the card game Rook. Although it wasn't one of the recipes included we made some f…

Travel Essentials

Confession: I love going on trips but I hate the actual process of getting there. I get motion sickness and I so both car and air travel makes me sick and I hate wasting a day traveling. But I do it anyway because the destination always seems to be worth it. This week I’m traveling for work so I didn’t really have much of a choice but hey, I made it! For business or pleasure summer time is always a popular time to travel and I’ve been on enough trips that I have my packing routine pretty well down so today I’m sharing some of my travel essentials. I’m not one of those people that prides themselves on packing for a week in a carry on so I tend to check my bag with all my clothes, shoes and whatnot and bring a generous sized tote as my carry on. I hate the idea of getting somewhere and thinking oh shoot, I left the perfect outfit for this at home so I tend to bring more outfits than there are days in the trip to give myself options. I think this one is pretty obvious but my valuables al…

Lauren James Timeless Planner Review and Giveaway

Happy Friday Y'all! Today I have a special treat - I'm having a giveaway on my Instagram. I've been posting a lot lately about the super cute southern brand Lauren James. I discovered LJ last Christmas season when I purchased a really cute Christmas sweater t-shirt and realized it's the most comfortable tee ever. Lauren James recently had their annual Pink Friday sale which offered 50% off or more the entire site; as a special treat for this sale the company featured mystery boxes for $30 - of course I had to grab one! I've seen posts on instagram of other people's boxes and it looks like everyone received a very similar product mix. Inside the box was: 1. pair of shorts 2. cotton tank 3.  long sleeve sweet tee 4. wearable drink hugger 5. tervis tumbler 6. ceramic to-go coffee mug 7. floral accessory bag 8. floral notebook 9. floral spiral notebook 10. two drink huggers 11. the timeless planner 12. planner stickers I was thrilled with the box and found it to b…

Plus Size Boudoir

I’ve had this post on my idea list for months and each month I find myself hesitating and pushing to the next list but somehow the timing now just feels good. Before the wedding I booked a bridal boudoir session – to me this served two main purposes one was the obvious to have some sexy pictures for my husband but two and the reason I think other ladies should book a session is to feel glamorous, sexy and confident going into the wedding. Of course, I don’t think you need to be getting married to do a session but for me that timing just felt right. This isn’t going to be a picture heavy posts – the whole point was to have pictures for my husband and I think that takes away the specialness if I share them all with the world; also I only have physical copies of the photos, no digitals. But I do think it’s important that if I’m going to write this post to share a few images so please understand the quality of a picture of a picture isn’t the best but you get the idea. The goal here is le…

Sephora Play July 2017

Well I finally decided to get down to one makeup subscription. Don't get me wrong, $10 is a great price for a makeup bag and five samples but I was finding the products to be a bit repetitive and was on sample overload so I need a break. I decided to keep Sephora Play because I tend to make most of my beauty products from Sephora so I'd rather focus on learning more about products they offer than products that would need to be purchased elsewhere. The theme for July is Glamp Out Satiation - so products good a for a beauty night in. I do wish the bags with this sub were a little more substantial but this month's design is really cute.

Here's what's inside: Clinique Pep Start 2-in1 Exfoliating Cleanser $19.50
I like this exfoliating cleanser -it's gentle enough for everyday use and didn't leave my skin feeling like it had been completely stripped. Madame CJ Walker Deep Conditioning Masque $32
I was not impressed with this at all - it's obviously better t…