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February 2018

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Face Masks We LOVE

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As I sit here with GlamGlow’s SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment on my this-time-of-the-month-chin breakouts, I can’t help but wonder – what would I do without face masks?!

With face masks running the beauty market, Kim & I thought it would be helpful to share our favorite face masks so you don’t have to go searching for the good ones. Yup, we did the dirty work for you. Pun intended. Like, I literally have mud on my face.

#1 Let’s start off with one of the most unique beauty brands out there, Drunk Elephant. We love this brand because of its high quality. Also, we are total suckers for cute packaging. Now, the packaging does not have anything to do with why this mask is one of our favorites but it’s always nice to have pretty little containers fill your vanity. The T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial improves skin texture & gives you that radiant skin you’ve been yearning for.

#2 Mario Badescu is a name that you may be familiar with as Badescu began his skin revolution in the city we all know & love, New York. This brand is known for their gentle regimens that work wonders for all skin types. The Silver Powder is a treatment WAY different from the others. Working best on congested skin (blackheads blackheads blackheads), you dampen a cotton ball & dredge it into the Silver Powder then apply on your problem areas. Or all over, like I do. I know, it sounds really weird – like am I baking chicken or am I putting on a face mask? BUT for stubborn blackheads, this is my go-to!

#3 Eleni & Chris is a brand we recently have been familiarized with & we quickly fell hard for everything from their dry shampoo to face masks – their sheet masks in particular. Some sheet masks we’ve tried tend to be flimsy & constantly remind you of why they were $1 at CVS (no shame in the budget game!) but for a sheet mask that feels luxurious and works like a charm? Give Eleni & Chris a try! They offer a Detox, Glow, & Hydration. A sure winner for every skin type.

#4 GlamGlow SUPERMUD Clarifying Treatment is hands down the best clarifying spot treatments I have ever used. In all my years of trying to zap pesky breakouts, this one does the work the best. Sadly, it’s a little on the pricey side so I don’t always have it on hand but when I do, I know my hormonal breakouts will be short-lived.

#5 I’ve shared this mask before and I’ll share it again because this Luxurious 24k Gold Bio-collagen face mask truly is the best when it comes to needing a boost. Literally a boost, your skins elasticity will improve almost immediately. Yeah, you may look like a gremlin or someone out of Wrong Turn (horrible freaking movie) why you have the mask on BUT when you wake up the next morning, you’ll be glowing. This mask makes your skin youthful, radiant, dewey & smooth within your first use.

#6 Indian Healing Clay. What doesn’t this mask do? It purifies, shrinks pores & dries out any breakouts. You simply mix the clay with apple cider vinegar, apply to your face & wait a few minutes… before you know it – the mask begins to work – your face will literally pulsate. Once you rinse the mask off, you’ll have flush skin that has never felt cleaner!

Let us know if the comments below if you love any of these masks too!

OR if you can recommend a mask you think we’d love!

xo,
Kate
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I’m going to let you all in a little secret – for YEARS, I curled my hair with a “curling wand” that I “Macgyver’d,” by simply unscrewing the clip that had loosened. Actually, the whole barrel was loose, but I kept using it anyway. Embarrassing – but it got the job done. For the longest time, I saw my favorite bloggers post about T3 curling irons. I always thought they were beautiful, but just couldn’t bear to dish out the money. However, when I saw the T3 Micro Whirl Trio Set, I thought to myself – “maybe it’s about damn time for an upgrade.”

I mean, the T3 Micro Whirl Trio design is just stunning – the white barrels with the rose gold accents can make any countertop look pretty. With all the hype and the sheer beauty of these wands, you can imagine just how excited I was when this set arrived at my doorstep!

What you receive in the set:
  • 1.25″ – .75″ tapered barrel
  • 1.5″ straight barrel
  • 1″ straight barrel
  • storage tote
  • heat-resistant glove
What look each barrel can achieve:
  • The 1.25″-.75″ tapered barrel is best for: (1) beachy waves, (2) textured waves and curls, (3) loose tousled curls, or (4) natural looking waves.
  • The 1.5″ straight barrel is best for: (1) red carpet glamour waves, (2) full-bodied waves, or (3) volume with bend or flipped ends.
  • The 1″ straight barrel is best for: (1) uniform spiral curls, (2) perfect mermaid waves, or (3) defined waves and curls.

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Each barrel can easily inserted in the base and locked into place. There are five heat settings ranging from 260-410 degrees; easily adjustable for any hair type and texture. I keep mine on the third setting since my hair is fine and has a natural curl.

The barrels are made out of tourmaline and ceramic. Meaning, the barrels emit ions that leave curls looking smooth and shiny. T3 Micro has developed Singlepass technology allowing each barrel to deliver even and consistent heat allowing your curls to stay! No need to redo your curls later in the day. Say whaaat!? And if you’re anything like me – you often wonder if you left your curling wand plugged into the wall. Well, have no fear, there is a built-in one hour auto-off. Whew.

Final thoughts:

I have used my set consistently over the last month, and let me just say – the hype is REAL. I prefer to use the tapered wand because I love the textured, beachy waves look – but have used them all. I am SO impressed with the curls and the staying power. The first few times, I didn’t use hair spray at all – and the curls remained for most of the day. I don’t know what it is, but the Singlepass technology truly works and I am incredibly impressed. Depending on the barrel, I can even go a couple of days without re-curling. However, the real MVP is the tapered barrel – my curls stay as long as 3-4 days. No joke.

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In my opinion, the T3 Micro Whirl Trio Set is a serious must have! There is a reason this particular set has won Allure magazine’s “Best of Beauty” Award three years in a row. Luckily for you, I found two discount codes that will earn you $50 off or 15% off your entire purchase.

Use coupon code: Save50 for $50 off your purchase through 2/19/2018.

Use coupon code: Hairstyle15 to save 15% off your purchase through 4/1/2018

Believe me when I say, you will LOVE this set.

Have you tried this set before? What’s your favorite barrel?

More into straight hair? Check out our review on the Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush.

xo,
Kim
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in Fitness, Food

Territory Foods Review

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Kate and I have been stepping up our fitness and health game in the last couple months. And we are happy to report, we are seeing progress and feeling GOOD! We’ve been working out everyday and eating healthy. However, there is one thing I cannot for the life of me do and really dislike, and that is: meal planning. This is where Territory Foods comes into the picture.

I work from home three times a week and go into the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and on days I go into the office, I almost ALWAYS forget or neglect to pack a lunch. So when I saw that one of my favorite Baltimore foodie bloggers posted an Instagram story about Territory Foods, I thought to myself that this just might be a solution!

A little background on Territory Foods:

Territory Foods is a healthy meal delivery service that focuses on providing prepared meals with locally sourced ingredients. Meals are prepared by local chefs with a variety of culinary backgrounds. Currently, Territory Foods is serving four regional areas in the United States : San Francisco, Southern California, Dallas/Fort Worth, and the DMV. Territory Foods offers TWELVE dietary templates from Whole30 to Paleo to Vegetarian to New and Expecting Moms – whatever your dietary preference, Territory Foods has likely got ya covered!

They offer three meal sizes and meal types:

Boost $9.95/meal, Standard $12.95/meal, and XL $15.95/meal; and
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Meals can be delivered to your home for $7.95, or you can pick up at a designated location for free.

My order:

I opted for lunch and dinner meals, as I usually have breakfast covered with my favorite protein smoothie and coffee. During my first week, I ordered six meals – a lot, but I was able to snag a credit – so I went a little crazy. Because Territory Foods allows you to edit your plan – I opted for three meals during my second and third week, and changed my dietary plan from Paleo to Whole30.

My thoughts:

I know $12 a meal sounds like a lot. But I’ve factored in the reality that my office only offers vending machines, and that purchasing lunch at a nearby restaurant is equivalent or more cost-wise. I figured indulging on a healthy, ready prepped meal is well worth it. As I mentioned, I dislike meal planning – the whole prepping and cooking is fine with me, but I cannot eat the same meals everyday for an entire week. I get sick of it and food ends up going to waste – money wasted. One of the reasons I really enjoy Territory Foods meals is the variety in types of meals offered – I’ve had Ethiopian, Mediterranean, and Asian within the last couple weeks. And the options change each week! You can also put your meals on pause, if you simply aren’t into the meals offered or will be heading out of town.

Overall, the meals have been delicious. There was only one meal where I took one bite and had to force myself to finish because it simply was not good. One of the features of the website allows customers to rate each meal, and I’ll be doing so accordingly.

I also felt that the Standard meal size was just perfect for someone my size. Standard meal sizes range from 400-650 calories per meal. Even after a workout, and I’m feeling completely famished – I feel fully satiated after eating one of these meals.

Final thoughts:

Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking and making healthy meals; but with my busy work schedule, and shockingly active social life, Territory Foods has been a lifesaver. I would definitely recommend Territory Foods – if you’re busy or just crave a variety in meals, Territory Foods is a great option.

If you’ve been jonesing to give this a try – it’s your lucky day – I have a $25 credit for ya! I would love to hear your thoughts if you  end up trying it. I have a feeling you’ll enjoy it just as much as I do. Love this, but need a little motivation to workout? Read our blog post on How to Commit and Stay Motivated to Working Out.

xo,
Kim
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in Style

Real vs. Dupe: Bag Edition

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On a whim (what’s new), I decided to sell some of my diaper bags & a majority of my handbags because I NEED CHANGE & I NEED IT NOW (shoutout to ADD!). So with a little cash in my pocket I went looking for new bags. Of course I fell hard for a beautiful $1800 Gucci backpack, I mean it is everything I’ve ever dreamed of AND it would go with any and every outfit, BUT I really want to pay my mortgage this month & not have my husband divorce me over a bag. So I’m doing what any reasonable adult would do and look for something similar at a fraction of the price. I mean, it can’t be that hard.. can it (insert huge freakin’ sigh)?

So after looking and looking and looking, I finally found a few bags that are worth sharing.

The rundown:

Gucci Signature Leather Backpack $1,790 vs. Gucci Dupe: Dream Control Quilted Textured Vegan Leather Mid Size Backpack $34.95

CELINE Micro Luggage bag $2,900 vs. CELINE Dupe: Ainifeel Women’s Genuine Leather Smile Top Handle Handbag $119

Burberry Medium Camberley Colorblock Leather & House Check Top Handle Satchel $1,595 vs. Burberry Dupe: FASH Limited Cross Body Style Satchel Bag $25.59

Saint Laurent Toy LouLou Calfskin Leather Crossbody Bag $1,190 vs. Saint Laurent Dupe: A New Day Women’s Quilted Crossbody Bag $29.99



What do you think? I’m really loving the dupes – with the right outfit, I can still look glam without breaking the bank. My husband can rest easy knowing the mortgage will be paid, and his wife, me, will be happy! 🙂

xo,
Kate
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