Having cute shirts you can just throw on is something I never have enough of. I have dressy shirts and then tank tops, but what about the in-between casual look? That’s why I couldn’t resist this embroidered cutie from Shein…only $24, and looks great with shorts, jeans, a skirt, pants…whatever you’re feeling that day. It does tend to get a bit wrinkly, so have a steamer or iron on hand before you wear it. It’s comfortable and has pretty bell sleeves!
I’ve been obsessed with better skincare now that I’m not getting up at 2:00 a.m. for work any longer. I have time to spend on a full beauty routine, which feels awesome. I’ve been going nuts trying out new skincare products and treatments, and when Nyakio came across my radar, my interest was piqued. It’s a line that is basically beauty secrets from around the globe, bottled up! (The brand is easy to find; you can order it or shop it at Ulta Beauty.) The premium ingredients come from all over the workd, like tamanu from India, chamomile from Egypt, baobab from Mali, and quinoa from Peru. I tried the Nyakio Maracuja and Yangu Soothing Oil ($42) and Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Lip Polish ($24) first. The Soothing Oil is awesome…I just went through the annoying red, inflamed, irritated skin around the nose issue, and this oil helped bring everything back into balance. You can mix this oil with your moisturizer or night cream, too. Just have your cream in the palm of your hand and add a drop or two of the soothing oil and rub the two together before applying to your face. It gives skin a really pretty glow, and keeps you hydrated all day!
The Kenyan Coffee Lip Polish is something I didn’t really think I needed. But when I realized just how dry my lips had become (thanks to long wear lipstick), this stuff is what restored smoothness. I always wear my EOS lip balm at night before bed, but that doesn’t mean my lips don’t need exfoliation, too. Once I used this product, I did notice my lipstick went on more smoothly and the long wear formulas stayed put longer. I don’t currently use LipSense, but girls have told me that it can cause your lips to peel and crack at first as you get used to the formula. The Kenyan Coffee Lip Polish is a good way to speed up the exfoliating and healing process, I think. There is also a face scrub version, so that’s worth giving a try as well!
I’ll be back later this week with a detailed version of my new eyebrow journey. Until then…thanks so much for following along!
Photography: S. Jackson