On January 21st, three girlfriends and I went north to attend the Women's March on Washington. The event was created the day after the 2016 Election as a simple Facebook post. From Election Night to Inauguration Day, the Women's March began to wildly evolve. Sister solidarity marches began popping up in New York, Austin, Copenhagen, and 500 other cities around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people wanted to be apart of the movement! 

My girlfriends and I had talked about going to event but never made concrete plans. Two weeks before, the price of the rally buses had skyrocketed from $35 to $90, Amtrak trains were sold-out, and people were buzzin' in my ear about the possibility of a dangerous situation. I was feeling lazy and the option of picking up a shift seemed more appealing. Yet, at my core, I couldn't commit and I kept looking at possible ways of getting up to D.C. After a chat with my Judy in Seattle, she said how much she wished she could be in D.C. for this event and she thought I might regret not going. She was right. How could I be a woman with a Social Justice degree and say that I didn't go out of pure laziness? What side of history do I really want to be on? I was thankful that my girl Summer offered to drive and we rallied two more pals to ride with and that was it! We were going! 

Our friend Jenny's neighbor made us hot pink hats via Pussyhat Project. This project developed as a way for marchers to make a collective visual statement in every city. In addition, for those who couldn't attend, the hat was another way of representing and supporting women's rights. The color pink was chosen cuz you know, the color to represent female. As much as I am for gender-neutrality, I f-ing love the color pink. And while I don't love using the word pussy (I prefer vagine), it was chosen as a way to reclaim the word as a means of empowerment. 

I kept joking that train rides in Tokyo truly prepared ME for D.C. Metro mania. We managed to squeeze ourselves into a pretty full car. Morning breath and close quarters were a major concern of mine. Three more people hopped on at the next stop and I was certain the train was going to malfunction. It didn't and of course, there were many cheers when we finally made it. It was a crazy sight to turn around and see a platform full of people plus all of the people ahead of me, patiently trying to filter on the smallest escalator possible. 

I can't even describe the feeling that I had when we emerged out of the metro station. Scores on scores on scores of people! Signs and pink and music and speeches and I just wanted to burst into tears. I just felt so happy to be amongst like-minded folks who wanted their voices to be heard. We were drawn to the big cutouts of Cher, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, and the crew blasting Whitney Houston. We accepted a handout about #NoFascism and listened to their speeches. It was already impossible to move around the crowd, but we found a pathway along with perimeter of the Department of Education building.

Honestly, we spent the first hour and a half just looking for a bathroom!! The Internet made it seem like there was going to be hundreds of porta-potties, but our eyes determined that was a LIE ! There was literally 3 stalls with a long ass line. I'm already kinda nauseous when it comes to public bathrooms, but straight up, I would have rather peed outside than wait in that line. So I basically didn't drink anything for hours until we could get to my girl Casey's house. In this process, I saw Eddie Huang and his Viceland crew, which I fan-girled about, then we saw Padma Lakshmi running through the crowd. My two D.C. celeb sightings were food stars. 

We were trying to make our way back to the rally stage but we simply could not push ourselves any further. The streets of D.C. seemed to be at capacity. We stood around for awhile, trying to get a glimpse or earful of something but it was nearly impossible! We were on 7th and Independence, right by the Hirshhorn Museum.  For about an hour, we kept creeping closer to the crowd thinking that the march would start rolling at any minute. Nobody could get service, so there wasn't a real way to know what was going on. I was ear-hustling on the people next to me and they were reading a CNN headline that said the official march route was so flooded with people, we could not actually march. We were determined to march it out, so we decided to find our own way to the White House. Luckily, others had the same idea and we were able to fall right into a march right behind some puppets and gals on stilts. We held a broken sign for a theatre company, before pawning it off on other marchers.

We were in the thick of it all. People burning smudge sticks, throwing confetti, and dancing their way to the White House. After a while, we jumped out of the crowd to eat some snacks. I packed enough snacks to feed a family of four. I People cheered for cars that made their way through the crowd and safely parted when an emergency vehicle need to come thru. As soon as we made it to the Washington Monument, we spotted rows and rows of porta-potties! I still wasn't about to use one though. 

We got as close to the White House as we could before police horses prevented us from going any further. We battled cried with everyone else and I wondered if the horses were bothered by all of the noise. I remember being in front of the White House in December and pleading for the Obamas to stay. At this point, you could have marched in any direction. The streets were flooded every which way you looked. So we decided to march ourselves down 9th street, which was in the direction of our destination. We were passing the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, where they have banners of currency hanging from the front of the building. It just looked like George, Abe, Hamilton, and Harriet were looking over us. The echoes roared down 9th street. I kept falling behind of my group because I wanted to take a picture of every amazing sign that I saw! 

I was incredibly inspired by all of the signs that I saw. I don't care if that's cheesy. It gave me an idea of the wide range of issues that people were speaking out about. It was clear this was so much more than a women's but a march for unity. Yes, there were mad people with pink hats (myself included) and pussy posters, but I believe that almost all of the issues were represented amongst marchers. After stopping at our friend Casey's house, I peed for the first time in 7 hours, then we ate at Amsterdam Falafel!!!!

A man approached us while we were waiting for the subway and asked us what the hats meant. We explained it to him without saying the word pussy and he felt it necessary to say (or something like), "Back in my mother's day, they used to have back door abortions, but I think the profanity of the word is demeaning to the issue." We were like, SIR. He wasn't dumb, he knew what the hats meant. He just was testing the waters with four women who marched all day give and don't give AF about your opinion. NEXT! Summer graciously told him to scram and he went on his way. That was probably the only negative experience we had the entire day. 

The day after the march, the Internet was on fire. There is literally an article written by every type of person bashing the march. There were many women who didn't support the march, as well as arguments over the level of importance of the issues. All of the bashing was kinda breaking my spirit. I know I've been on some crazy Buddha vibes but division and us vs them attitudes seem counterproductive. I felt overwhelming unity at the march and I do believe this is a jumping off point for people to truly get involved and make a difference. Educate yourselves, find issues that you are most passionate about and FIGHT FOR THEM! If you don't think your voice makes a difference, I encourage you to give it a try. We can't all fight for the same cause, but we can support each other.  I am so glad I didn't let my fear stop me from attending because it truly enhanced my perspective.  No arrests, no injuries; the march was peaceful and , and I would call that a success. 

Want to know how you can get involved? The Women's March organizers have created 10 Actions in 100 Days to follow along with and stay engaged.




(It's the 12th, can I still say that?)


I always love the energy at the beginning of a new year. Everyone is in high spirits and ready to take on a new beginning. While everyone on the Internet hated 2016, I personally had an incredible year. Not only do I just love even numbers;  I turned 30, graduated from college, and traveled internationally. Beyond that, I feel that I am the happiest I have ever been. My relationship and friendships are stronger than ever, I am healthy, and I have job that I enjoy. Despite the presidential election and many celebrity deaths, there were so many positive things that happened in 2016, I wouldn't dare say that it sucked.


To properly celebrate a milestone year, James and I treated ourselves to a vacation to Japan. It was a graduation/holiday/early anniversary celebration, all rolled into one! Plus, our friend Enna has been living there for the past 3 years and we didn't want to miss the chance to experience Japan from an insider's perspective. To say that we had an amazing time would be an understatement. (Also, I'm really trying to quit using the word 'amazing') Over our 13 day trip, we traveled around the country by train and saw so many beautiful places. Being abroad for the holidays was a nice change and we really enjoyed being away from America's idea of Christmas. The people of Japan are so gracious and accommodating, I was inspired daily by their culture. Please stay tuned for more blog posts as I go further into detail about my trip! 


Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions, so Christmas is not really about Christ in Japan. It is more of a couple's holiday, like Valentine's Day. I heard that most people get a bucket of chicken from KFC and go to a love hotel. I mean, fried chicken in bed is pretty romantic. 

However, New Year's Day IS a very special holiday. This is when families get together and exchange presents and well wishes for the New Year. Many people start the day watching the first sunrise of the year and heading the temple, which is exactly what we did. (Stay tuned for more deets!!!) 


Under the Japanese zodiac, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster; the Fire Rooster to be exact. If you are not familiar with the Japanese or Chinese zodiac, every year is related to an animal sign, according to a 12 year cycle. In addition, each year is associated with one of the five elements. If you are into this kinda stuff, which I'm assuming you might as a Judy, it's pretty fascinating. (I'm a fire tiger, in case you were wondering) Needless to say, there were rooster trinkets E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E in Japan. I have an affinity for roosters because my grandfather used to raise them, so they have always been present in my life. I honestly don't mind a cock-a-doodle-doo. I wanted to buy ALL of the rooster things!!


Upon our return from Japan, I was supposed to start a job that I was offered right after graduation. I was feeling pretty good about life until I got an email letting me know that they couldn't honor the offer, due an unexpected stop in their funding stream. While I was bummed, I knew it had to have happened for a reason. While I may not know what that reason is, just yet, I still have high hopes for 2017. Now I have time to dedicate to the blog, meditation, and my animals! I'm pretty excited for this new chapter of life, despite not knowing what's in store. At the end of the day, it is up to me set the intention and create a remarkable 2017! 

I look forward to an amazing year with my Judys! What will you manifest in 2017? 

Please stay tuned for more blog posts as I go further into detail about my trip! 


I was first introduced to the luxury skin care brand, LATHER, when I first started blogging at Elements Beauty Shop. I am a sucker for great product design, so immediately I was drawn to the clean, simple packaging. The brand has a holistic approach towards skin-care by using aromatherapy and natural ingredients to create high-quality products that are great for the body and mind. They rely on pure essential oils, fruits, herbs, and other organic ingredients to create products that are free of synthetics, parabens, and sulfates. 

LATHER's mantra is "Clean Living for a Radiant Life" and I, too, am trying to be about that life!! As I begin the aging process, it important that I am aware of the food and products that I consume. Did you know the average woman puts around 500 chemicals on her body daily? Ever since I became an Elements Beauty Blogger, I have become more dedicated to cruelty-free beauty.  As an animal lover and aspiring vegan, no tube of mascara is worth millions of animals suffering. Conscious, ethical brands like LATHER make it so easy to be guilt-free when shopping for skin/body care!  

Over the Summer, I received a fun care package from LATHER. I got to try out some new products and restock my old faves! I

images via lather 

images via lather 


After years of using loofahs, I was ready to elevate my bath time ritual. Also, I started using more soap bars, so a washcloth felt necessary. Made with organic cotton and sustainable bamboo fibers, this washcloth fights off bacteria and mildew. As a closet germophobe, this puts my mind at ease. I mean, this washcloth has a huge responsibility and it does a the job right! 


I am so guilty of being one of those girls who freakin' luvs lavender. Yes, I love honey lavender tea and dream of visiting Provence. This duo treat really takes me there.

Lavender & Olive Foaming Body Scrub - First of all, this is a major upgrade from the good ol' days of St. Ives Apricot Scrub. The olive gives this a nutty scent that pairs well with the lavender and I kinda wanna eat it. The gritty texture is gentle & powerful. As we lurk into Winter, I know I'll be working overtime sloughing away dead skin.

Sofian Lavender Whipped Body Creme - Formulated with coconut & jojoba oils, plus shea butter; this creme is truly luscious. It's delicate scent still offers an aromatic punch upon first touch. I love the way that my skin feels after it has totally absorbed into my skin! Plus, I think I much prefer the wide mouth container over a pump.


I was so not prepared for the potency of this product the first time that I tried it. I had an aching back and slapped on some muscle gel before bed. I was probably two scrolls deep when the fast acting plant extracts started to kick in! WHEW! It was straight sensational; chilling and burning in the best way possible. Last week, the back of my knee was so swollen and it hurt to walk. Muscle ease gel totally took the pain away and it hasn't hurt since. 


Judy Dudes need luv too. I love a multi-purpose product and this shave oil fits the bill. Use it as a pre-treatment, shave oil, or grooming aid! Great for mustaches, beards, and sometimes my armpits. Be aware that the oil won't glide as easily on the skin, but I feel like it has a moisturizing affect. For some reason, I was apprehensive about the citrus, herbal notes. It reminds me of the mountains and also of toothpaste. It's crazy.


I've always had a love-hate relationship with shaving, so that's why I lasered everything off! JK, but for real, I pretty much have to shave my legs everyday. This is one of the few pros of Winter.  ;) Formulated with glycerin for extra moisture, this almond shave creme smells like decadent marzipan. Great for dry or sensitive skin, but everyone should use ! Shaving with the wrong products can really irritate the skin. I suggest always throwing down for quality shave products. 


Quite possibly my favorite LATHER product ever. I come from a long line of Flinstone feet, so I'm try to take extra special care of my dogs. Chock full of soothing herbs, this creme stimulates circulation while increasing softness and moisture. I like to generously apply this to my feet and cover with socks before bed. I can really feel the difference in my heels when I am not consistently using this.  Lavender & Eucalyptus are my fav power couple.


Ok, honestly. I don't use the washcloth for my body anymore. It is strictly for removing face masks. (I kept forgetting to wash it.) That's why I love the sponge. I let it air out on my shower shelf and it dries up til my next scrub down. It definitely can absorb a small amount of gel, which is great for prolonging yr favorite body wash!  


Last Winter, my lips were on fire. I thought it was due to the cold weather, but it turns out I was allergic to my favorite lipstick! In the meantime, I purchased this lip scrub for relief. The sugar crystals are tasty and gave me sweet relief to my red, itchy lips. A lip scrub is more important than you think, especially if you fux with matte lipstick. You (I) do not wanna be that girl! 


Faux ocean scent is usually either delightfully refreshing or induces sea sickness. Luckily, this cleanser is abundant in seaweed oil and aloe vera giving it invigorating, fresh marine notes. Loaded with essential vitamins, this gel is super hydrating. Close yr eyes, smell the ocean breeze, and pretend yr in an outdoor shower. (That's what I do) LATHER up with yr sea wool sponge or add this body wash to your bath!

If you're in Richmond, stop by Elements Beauty Shop and give some LATHER products a whiff. There is a LATHER store in Fairfax, VA that I am dying to check out. Or you could just go to LATHER.com

Stay tuned; just got my paws on some new LATHER swag !  Can't wait to tell you more about their new holiday gifts!




Back to School Beauty with the Elements Beauty Bloggers

The Elements Beauty Bloggers are launching a new, fun series of beauty lessons! In my first installment of Elements Beauty School, I am going to tell my Judys all about SHEET MASKS!  If you're unfamiliar with this term, you're probably thinking what's a sheet mask? It is a thin, face-shaped fiber or gel sheet immersed in a concentrated serum. The liquid generally contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. They are packaged individually and intended for one time use (however, if there is leftover serum, you might be able to get two uses out of one sheet. #judyhack) I first discovered these masks while on a layover at the Seoul Incheon Airport a few years ago. They are slightly terrifying but hilarious and definitely full of benefits! I've been so excited as they gain popularity and are more accessible to me! 

One of the many reasons i love sheet masks is because you can literally do them anytime, anywhere. I prefer to use sheet masks before bed, but they are also great in the morning (during meditation or to remedy a hangover) and in the afternoon (right before an event or even while you fly!) You can use them everyday, if you wanted to. All you need is 20-30 minutes. 

1st step: CLEANSE. Follow your regular AM/PM cleansing routine. I like to tone before I use a mask. 

2nd step: UNWIND. Decide where you plan to chill. I've seen people cook or clean while using sheet masks, but they don't call this the 'lazy girl facial' for nothing. I often use this time for me time. Everyone  deserves to set aside time to relax while treating your skin. 

You can even have a beer on the couch! 

You can even have a beer on the couch! 

3rd step: RELAX. These masks are usually standard one-size-fits-all, with two eye cut-outs and one for the mouth. Unfortunately, not all faces are proportioned the same way, so when you begin to put the mask on your face, find the positioning that is most comfortable for you. Try to keep the mask away from the eyes and mouth. I like place it on my nose and smooth it outwards on my forehead, cheeks, and chin, putting extra serum on my neck and décolleté.

4th step: ENJOY. While you read a mag/watch Netflix/take snaps, your skin is getting pampered. Sheet masks are the perfect treat to cool your face off during the Summer or to balance skin dehydrated by central-heat blast in the Winter.  My mask ritual hasn't replaced my skincare routine. I've just incorporated it as more of an added hydration boost. I love to use a variety of masks that will firm, brighten, or detox; depending on what my skin care needs are. It's also much more convenient and cost-efficient to buy one single mask over an entire bottle of product. 


5th step: REVEL IN LUXURY. Leave your mask on for as long as you want. When you're done, throw it away. Viola! Your skin should be rejuvenated. Rub any excess serum into your skin. (I like to treat my neck & decollete.)

Are you ready for your first sheet mask? Stop what you're doing and head on over to Elements of Carytown or elementsbeautyshop.com. Elements Beauty Shop is a woman-owned, local business here in Richmond! The shop specializes in cruelty-free, luxury skin and body care items. They have a wide array of unique products for all to enjoy. Beard oil, nail polish, deliciously scented candles......need I say more?

* Go to Elements Beauty Shop, don't forget to mention my code LUSCIOUSJUDY to received 10% off your first purchase.

*While you're there, join the loyalty rewards program and earn points towards future purchases! For every dollar that you spend, you will receive one point.

*Let me know what mask you chose by posting your goodies on social media. Include the hashtag #ElementsBeautyHaul for a chance to win a $50 gift card!! 

*Follow my Pinterest page to keep up with my favorite products.

These are just some of the great benefits of shopping local! 

shop my picks:

ERNO LASZLO Detoxifying Hydrogel Mask // 1 for $16 / 4 for $60

Erno Laszlo offers a selection of sheet masks that are intended for firming, detoxifying, brightening, or soothing sensitive skin. The exfoliate & detox mask is a personal fav becuz I'm obsessed with charcoal and anything that will minimize my pores. This mask is ideal for those with blemish prone, combination skin. The AHA fruit complex aids in removing dead skin cells, while kiwi extract helps boost collagen. This was the first hydrogel mask that I've used and it adhered to my skin so well that I didn't want to take it off! It was so comfortable. Try an Erno sheet mask for fun and get to know this amazing line.

TALIKA Bio Enzymes Mask Décollete // $12

Sheet masks are not restricted to the face! In addition to their hydrating/brightening/purifying facial masks, Talika offers décolleté, neck, and after-sun masks. Chock full of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and a complex of 17 plants this bio-enzymes mask is highly-concentrated with ingredients that will visibly lift the skin after one use. This mask is great for sun worshippers who spent years forgetting to apply SPF to the décolleté (me). Talika's bio-enzymatic process is influenced by skin regeneration therapy and these masks promote youthful, healthy skin. Vitamin B3 helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, while aloe vera vigorously hydrates the skin. No really, this sheet mask was almost dry when I removed it. My décolleté was parched and this sheet mask helped quench the thirst! 

JOANNA VARGAS Bright Eye Hydrating Mask // 5 for $60

Joanna Vargas knows how delicate the eye area is and there are special treatment pads! Whether you are trying to firm or hydrate, these soft bamboo sheets tone and depuff under the eye. There are 5 peptides that are soaked into the mask that prevent aging and revives elasticity. Other ingredients include: licorice root, an anti-inflammatory that hydrates the skin around the eyes and matrixyl, a potent ingredient that mimics collagen. This leads to a boost in collagen production. A great way to pass the time while traveling. Throw on an eye mask while getting ready for an event and your peepers will certainly glow!  

PETER THOMAS ROTH Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Intense Wrinkle Mask // SALE!!! 6 for $54.40

Let me start off by saying that Element Beauty Shop is trying to move their PTR supply, so take advantages of this deal ASAP!!! I bought this package of sheet masks last Christmas and gifted them to my family members. There is just something so decadent about gifting gold. The 24k element has anti-inflammatory benefits that are intended to illuminate dull skin. I was drawn to this masks claim of minimizing the appearance of deep wrinkles. 18 neuropeptides and peptides work to reduce fine lines and frown lines (my arch enemy!). This cotton sheet is pumped with hyaluronic acid (duh), which improves hydration and retains moisture from water in the air. Can we all just agree that hydrating is key to maintaining a youthful glow? You do not want to miss out on this sale!! 


Do you have a favorite sheet mask? 


This is a sponsored blog post; all opinions are my own. 


My friend Robin won a night of private shopping and wine at Fab'rik, a clothing boutique in Carytown and I was so happy to get an invite to the event! 

I have walked by this store a million times and had never been in before. I was always intimidated to go in and browse because I wasn't sure of their price point and am always prone to impulse shopping. I was pleasantly surprised to find that their price point is very reasonable and within my budget. I was finding things in the $20-$80 range. I don't think I looked at anything over $100.  

I have been purging and donating clothes over the year, so I have been slowly re-adding to my closet. Investment pieces over fast fashion crap. It was nice to browse around with some girlfriends and get everyone's opinions on things.. I even tried clothes on, which I never do! We were lucky enough to get 20% off of our purchases and that was incentive enough for me. 



High style with heart. No attitude or stickershock. True!


Accessories for daysssss.


I bought this Porcelain Printed Tank. I am not super crazy about the print, but I will learn to love it. I am totally into this cowl neck tank trend and I'm gonna ride it out til the Fall. (Also, I really hate this phone-in-the-face-mirror-selfie thing..but...when in the dressing room) I wanted so badly for these light grey leather shorts to work out. They had an elastic waist band, but this Medium was a little puffy in the front. I tried on the XS and they were too bootylicious for my taste. 


As soon as I walked in, my friends were letting me know about all of the frond prints that Fab'rik had. I love this dress because it is pink with darker fronds, as opposed to my normal white on green. I have a wedding to attend in September and this dress will be perfect! It's not surprise that it's called the Maui Wowie Dress


This necklace is a bit busy for my taste, but you know I love all things flamingo. 


I purchased a Mariah High Neck Dress in Black and Grey Crop Top that I have been wearing over it. In addition, I also purchased a Triangle Lace Bralette in Luscious Purple. I have had to use Hollywood Tape to make sure it stays on, but it is so cute as an accent intimate.

So happy with all of my Fab'rik purchases! Can't wait to shop there again! If you're in Carytown, check them out at 3004 W. Cary Street, RVA 23221



I have a manic relationship with Sephora. One day, I'll need something, so then I spend $100. Other days, I'll see what they're giving away for free and I'll come up with an order. There is no rhyme or reason to my spending, but I do know that I need to make some major purchases to keep my VIB Rouge status. I prefer to shop online because shopping in-store gives me true anxiety. I have much more control behind the screen and in-store, I've been known to purchase items purely out of impulse. For this particular haul, I was in desperately needed to replenish my tinted primer, so I decided to let loose. 

BENEFIT COSMETICS Life's Little Correctors Color Correcting Kit // I was desperate for a color correcting kit, yet my face doesn't need too much correcting. A main concern of mine is dark under eye circles. This little kit was just $20 and I figured it would be the best way to get my CC fix. In the kit comes two shades of Boi-ing Concealer, Erase Paste brightening concealer, Eye Bright instant eye brightener, and two doses of Lemon Aid CC Eyelid Primer. I'm so glad that I only spent 20 bucks on this kit because it's meh. It does a great job concealing, but it makes no difference if I set with powder because everything creases. I barely use the Erase Paste because the shade is kinda funky and I find the texture of the Eye Bright to be a little thick. The eyelid primer has to be the most disappointing. I need a heavy duty primer for my oil slicks. Don't let me front though because I do use the concealer every day. 

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Brow Definer // I had previously used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and had really enjoyed using a pencil again. The thing that I did not enjoy about that brow pencil was the ultra-thin crayon. It was almost painful to apply. When they released the angled crayon, I was much more intrigued. I usually like to alternate my brow products but I have used this everyday!I haven't gone through an eyebrow pencil any quicker. I love the ease of being able to throw on my eyebrows in less than 5 minutes. It was much more easy going than the MUFE Aqua Brow that I typically use. Next time, I will order the shade after Medium Brown. Add a coat of ABH Clear Brow Gel to complete your look! 

TARTE COSMETICS Tinted Treatmer 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen // This has been my go to tinted primer, thanks to a recommendation from my girl, Lauren. It is so light yet offers great coverage. The SPF protection is an added bonus. I love using this with my Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation brush for easy application. I top off my look with Bare Minerals Matte Foundation. If I am going to the beach or going for a super-minimal look, I won't put anything on top but just be mindful that it takes longer than normal to dry. 

JOSIE MARAN Bear Naked Wipes // My absolute favorite face wipes. I mostly love that this product supports the Polar Bear Initiative. These wipes are great because I never feel like they dry my face out. The Argan Oil adds a nice, soothing touch for cleansing on the go. I can always count on this wipe to take off all of my makeup, even layers and layers of mascara! There are 30 wipes for $12, which sounds steep, but in fact breaks down to 40 cents a wipe. I feel less guilty for not washing my face when I know these wipes support a wonderful cause. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Metallic Gold Temporary Tattoos // Well, I love tattoos, that's no surprise. I love scouring the Sephora sale section for any hidden gems. It's kinda like all of the last-minute deals near the checkout register. I had to get these metallic gold temporary tattoos to have on hand, for any occasion. I was experimenting with them, to see how long they'd last (about 2 days)  and to see if I could commit to tattoo placement (Still undecided). The tattoos add flare to any outfit and I knew I had to have these before I went to Miami! The palm tree down my sternum was a hit! 

URBAN DECAY Perversion Mascara Duo // The truth is that I love a good value. Sometimes I will buy a $10 travel mascara as a way to try a mascara out. I couldn't pass up two mascaras for the price of one.This is how I first came up on Perversion. I liked the fluffy brush and how much volume it gave me. I saw this duo as a true value. I ended up sharing the travel size with a stranger and I never used it again. The full-size just doesn't give my lashes the drama that I normally love. I use Perversion for natural, daytime lashes and I will swipe a few coats of Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara for much needed volume. I am forever on a quest for the perfect mascara and unfortunately Perversion just isn't it! 

All photos via Sephora


Redken Braid Aid 03


This defining braid lotion smooths out the hair for a long lasting braid! Because braids should last for daysssss. Great for damp or dry hair! Put a lil on your fingertips for extra grip for easy braiding. 





I was so pumped to find out that I would be receiving an Ole Henriksen X Influenster box! I am a huge fan of Ole Henriksen products and loved to see a few favorites plus a new product in the box! Shall we begin?

Sheer Transformation --- An oil-free moisturizer that is great for all skin types. Fruit acids exfoliate the skin while smooth skin texture. It works to fade dark spots, which is great bc I just found my first one on my forehead. :( I have noticed that when I use Sheer Transformation as my moisturizer, my makeup lasts so much longer! 

Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster --- One of my favorite serums that is full of a five-source vitamin C complex that helps brighten the skin while minimizing fine lines. Vitamin C is great for brightening as well as repairing the skin after sun exposure. This is the perfect summer serum, if you are a sun worshipper!

Power Bright --- NEW PRODUCT ALERT! This three step brightening system is sure to make you glow! Start the treatment with Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask to slough away dull skin, leave on for 5-10 minutes, rinse with warm water and rinse clean. Apply Truth 25% Vitamin C Concentrate to your face, leave on for 2-3 minutes, don't rinse off. Lastly, apply Pure Truth Melting Cleanser on top of the Vitamin C Concentrate, don't add water. As the treatment begins to activate, you'll feel a warm tingly sensation. This box includes two complexion sponges, which literally look like pieces of sandpaper. I was so surprised when they expanded into sponges! Use these to remove the entire treatment. 

This treatment is recommended for use at night, about 3 times a week. Follow with Sheer Transformation moisturizer! 

I've had some pesky chin acne for a couple of weeks and my skin has significantly improved since using this treatment!! Luv u so good Ole Henriksen




It was really nice to come home to this package upon my return from Guatemala. I really love the geometric rainbow vibes of this month's BirchBox. Cannot thank my SIL, Jen enough for gifting me this subscription! I never knew how much I needed a monthly box in my life. 

NUXE Rêve De Miel Facial Cleansing Gel // I was introduced to the NUXE brand when I sampled their Huile Prodigieuse dry body oil in the Bloom Vox Box that I received via Influenster. This face cleanser doubles as a makeup remover as well. I always need to do a preliminary swipe of makeup remover across my eyes before washing my face. This gel did a great job on removing the leftover makeup from my eyes. It gently washed away the rest of my makeup, however, I def needed to finish this routine off with REN Skin Care 3-in-1 Rosa Centafolia Cleansing Water. The smell is sweet floral, honey mixed with Grandma's Sunday perfume, so distinct scent, like many of their products. This face cleanser is next up on my products to purchase! 

BALANCE ME Congested Skin Serum // I love the woodsy, herbal scent of this congested skin serum. It smells calming yet potent. I know I've mentioned in previous posts that I have been seriously battling chin acne. I'm always prone to popping blemishes but sometimes it takes some outside assistance to get rid of my zits. I haven't used this product as much as I thought I would have to because my skin kinda cleared up after I started using it! It is a serum that doubles as a spot treatment. It helped balance out my skin after weather changes and an abnormal travel routine, without drying out my skin! This serum is formulated with Aloe Vera extract, which has wonderful healing and soothing properties. The best part is that they do not test on animals. :) 

LAURA GELLER Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator // At first, I thought this was eyeshadow but was even happier to realize that it is an illuminator. I love to highlight; it's minimal touch that adds a big pop (for me anyway). During the Summer, I try to keep my face routine pretty basic. I use Tarte Cosmetics BB Tinted Primer, Bare Minerals Matte Foundation, NARS Blush, followed with a spritz of Coola or Urban Decay  Makeup Setting Spray. I have added to my daily face a swipe of Gilded Honey on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and an upside down triangle in the middle of my forehead with my Sephora Pro Precision Blush Brush #73. It's amazing how much a little shimmer can brighten up the face.  Nothing makes you feel more fierce walking out of the door that a bronzey glow.

SUPERGOOP! Daily CC Cream SPF 35+ // At first, I scoffed at the size of this sample but there was definitely more product in this tiny package than in the Luminous 3-Minute Peel! The Light/Medium cover is perfect shade for my not yet tanned skin and it covers my imperfections, naturally. Honestly, not even sure if I care about getting tan anymore. I care about not getting wrinkles! This moisturizing sun cream features SPF 35 that protects against harmful rays, I have been using that same tinted primer for awhile now but I loved this CC Cream so much that I bought it. It's great because it's light yet long-lasting. 

REAL CHEMISTRY Luminous 3-Minute Peel // I wanted this product to be amazing but it just wasn't. First of all, it looks like one of those applesauce packages for kids. I held off using this, so that I could wait to really polish myself. The package does say to concentrate of specific areas, but I was hoping there would be enough product to do my entire body. NOPE. I wanted to make sure that I could do my lower-legs as I hadn't been moisturizing properly. I was going to save some for my arms but there was barely any left! I put the rest on my upper leg. The consistency felt like snot! It did not feel like it was exfoliating AT ALL. I was totally disappointed by this product. :( 

Loving 4 out of 5 products ain't too shabby! Can't wait for my July Birchbox! 


 I was rioting all morning and I am so happy to be reunited with my favorite statement piece. 

Thank you Welsy for a wonderful gift! 

Necklace by: Drift // Riot


May BirchBox

While I feel like BirchBox is trying to run out their supply of Tocca products, I am pretty pleased with everything I received! You all know I'm a Coola fangirl with a strong desire to minimize pores, maximize my cat-eye, and never wash my hair. My theory about getting bunk boxes during odd numbered months has been proven wrong. (I'm crazy!) Let's peep out the goodies!  


COOLA Mineral SPF 30 Daydream Makeup Primer 

If you read my previous post, you know that I am serious when it comes to suncare! I spent too many years not protecting my skin and I've got some making up (get it)  to do! This primer-sunscreen combo is a dream come true. Not only will it prep your skin for immaculate makeup, it will shield against the sun. This product feels silky on the skin and minimizes pores in the process. What more could I ask for? (A bigger sample ;P)

TOCCA Crema da Mano in Bianca

I had to bust on Birchbox just a little bit because I've already received two Tocca perfume samples! All different 'girls',  but let's be real, how many versions of floral, citrus scents does one person need?! This scent is the most mild, IMO. Tocca hand creams are insanely hydrating because they are formulated with shea butter, avocado oil, and aloe. I wash my hands and use hand sanitizer so much at work, it's nice to have this ON HAND to indulge.

AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo

First of all, the Sea Buckthorn Berry gives this dry shampoo such a beachy-fruity scent. I didn't realize that most dry-shampoos use aluminum shavings or talc as a main ingredient. However, amika uses rice starch and it is safe for color-treated hair. Obliphica oil moisturizes hair while repairing split ends. Some dry shampoos really weigh my hair down, but this spray leaves my  hair feeling lighter and softer. Stay tuned for my upcoming post dedicated to dry shampoo.

DR. BRANDT PoreDermabrasion

I am on a lifelong quest to minimize my pores. The other night I fell asleep with my makeup on and I knew the only to rectify that situation was with potent exfoliation. Salicylic acid unclogs pores while lentil seed extract tightens the pore walls. The results were immediate. My pore size reduced almost instantly. The scrub was gentle and I love the minty-fresh scent. It's going to be so hard to only use this 1-2x a week!

EYEKO Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner 

I am an advocate for liquid eyeliner as it is the only way to get a winged-eye done, IMO. I received the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner in one of my first Birchboxes and while it is a great product, I just prefer skinny liners. There is less room for error, yet it's so easy to build on. Eyeko products are smudge-proof, budge-proof, and fade-proof. I can count on this liner to stay bold throughout a long day. This is perfect gals on the go, who don't have time to reapply. However, this lives in my purse, just in case. ;) 

What was in your May Birchbox?!?



Growing up, I have always been a sun-worshipper. Getting tan was #1 on my agenda, much to my grandmother's chagrin. Between the tanning bed and the beach, I would do whatever it took to be the perfect shade of bronze. It wasn't until my mid-20s that I started to realize that I needed to protect my skin! (Thanks, Lauren!) I sit back and think about all of the years of wearing SPF 4 and I cringe. While I am much better about prevention, the older that I get, the more I have become terrified of sun exposure. Yet, my desire to be tan still remains strong! What's a Judy to do??

Cue: Malibu Tans! A wonderful, sunless alternative to getting your tan on. Alison Renahan, owner and Richmond's #1 professional spray tanner offers luxury airbrush tanning, right here in RVA! Located in the Near West End, (Skipwith & Parham) a quick session with Alison will make you feel like you've been sunning on Zuma Beach. Malibu Tans offers a variety of services; Full Tan (Standard), Half Tan (Waist Up or Down), Express Tan (Color within the hour), and Face Tan (Bronze that mug!). She even offers strap mark fill-in, which I am so grateful for and I wish had been available before my high school Senior Portraits.

Every time I go to Miami, I have to get a spray tan! It's so necessary to keep up with the South Beachians. I normally go at the end of April, so I am still coming out of my Winter paleness. There is nothing better than getting sprayed to really get you in the Summer mindset.

Welcome to Malibu Tans!

As soon as you walk into salon, you instantly feel transported to Malibu. It smells like the beach! 

PREACH. I *almost* asked her to contour me some abs. 

This is where the magic happens! Alison offers hair nets, pasties, thongs, earplugs, footies, you name it.....she will make sure you are as comfortable as possible before your session begins. I opted for to get sprayed topless with underwear, simply because I wanted the tan line. I was glad that she had makeup face wipes available because I didn't even think about taking my face off before my spray.

I told Alison that I was down to go dark and I let her decide exactly how dark that would be. Last Miami trip, my reference point was Kourtney Kardashian. LOL. She let me know that she would save the formula, so I could request this shade for future appointments or change it if necessary. DHA (Dihydroxyacetone, derived from plant sources like sugar beets/sugar cane) is the active ingredient in the solution, which is organic, paraben-free, AND environmentally-friendly. That's so Malibu!

It's necessary to exfoliate before you tan. You want to remove dead, dry skin cells to get the best out of your spray.  Make sure to pay special attention to knees and elbows. Alison sprays you twice; front, back, left, right, & face. She even makes your booty cheeks are evenly sprayed! It takes 8 hours for the solution to develop (unless it's an express tan!). It's so important not to get your skin wet in this time. No sweating, no showering, and no rain!! She suggested that I go home and get into a loose sweatshirt/sweatpants and to make sure not to cross my legs. This was the night before my birthday and my friends wanted to grab a drink, so I went out in blue velour genie pants and a black sweatshirt. It was pretty fierce. Luckily, the rain stopped for my walk to/from the bar. 

Loved catching up with this lady! 

Here is a picture of my butt/tanline the morning after my tan. Look at how NOT ORANGE, I am. I'd say this is very caramel macchiato. I can definitely achieve this color naturally, but the spray is guilt-free. SO DARK AND I LUV IT. 

I wore my Brittanny Chanel Taurus midi ring the night that I got sprayed. I didn't even think about it! I kinda like how it looks though and it makes me wanna get a finger tat. 

This is 4 days after my spray, sitting on South Beach, checking out my Coola suncare! (I know I'm in the shade but I didn't take many pix in Miami. Please don't mind my face!) 

After you get sprayed, it's necessary to keep your body moisturized. However, make sure to check your products; mineral oils can strip your tan, as well as petroleum & sodium laureth sulfates. Certain bar soap brands can also affect your tan, so I just used body wash with my hands. Keep showers cool and quick. It's not suggested that you shave your legs after getting sprayed, but I just had to do it while in MIA! (SORRY!) I don't think that it affected my tan too much! Spray tans can last anywhere from 5 to 10 days and this was day 5. I think my legs look pretty good and bronze!

If you've been wondering about the world of spray tanning, take the plunge and check out Malibu Tans!  Alison is running some awesome specials, buy two tans and get one free!! Also, refer a friend and get $10 towards your next tan. It's so easy to book your appointment online through Vagaro. Tell her Luscious Judy sent you! 

Cheers to being bronze! 


This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


As a stationery lover, I was super excited for this month's Birchbox. They partnered with Rifle Paper Co. to debut their new spring designs on the April box. Since I am a hoarder, I already made this box into the new home for my nail polish collection. I love the romantic, delicate vibe of Rifle Paper Co and I can't wait until I'm bougie enough for all of my stationery to come from this brand! :P

This is my 4th Birchbox and I definitely have to say, it is hit or miss. Interestingly enough, it has been a hit during the even months (February & April) and a miss during the odd months (January & March). Y'all know I hate those odd-numbered months! Let's take a peek inside and see how I fared for April. 


NAOBAY Mattifying Cream

I am always thrilled to receive moisturizer. I haven't had to buy moisturizer in so long because I have been living off of samples! It is incredible and lazy at the same time. My face is almost always an oil slick. This mattifying cream is moisturizing and also prevents excess oil buildup. It has definitely helped smooth out my chin zone, which I have been having major problems with. Naobay is an eco-concious family owned brand hailing from Spain. There is truly nothing better than sustainable skincare! 

COASTAL SCENTS Social Eyes Shadow Sampler

Unfortunately, this has to be my least favorite product in the box. First of all, I never wear these color eyeshadows. I typically have dark circles under my eyes (even with concealer) and the smoky, metallic look just has never worked for me. Maybe I'm just applying it wrong? I lightly dusted the dark silver shade and wore it with light mascara and a baby pink lip. I just felt like a raccoon all night. Not my vibe, but it could be yours!

TOCCA Eau de Parfum, Florence

I was over the moon to receive this perfume sample of Florence, as that is my new baby niece's name! It is fruity with notes of grapefruit and bergamot, with touches of floral jasmine and blue iris. It lasts all day and I am down for that; a great scent for April! I enjoyed it so much that I went ahead and bought the hand lotion. 

BURT'S BEES Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia

Winter 2015 did a number on my lips and I was so happy to see this tinted lip balm in my box! I am a huge fan of Burt's Bees, even after they went corpo. The tint on this balm is perfect for the days when I want to add a little bit of color to my face, without committing to a lipstick shade. Plus, I know my lips are getting much needed moisture from botanical waxes and shea butter. More importantly, I HAVEN'T LOST THIS YET! 

BRIOGEO Don't Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask

Unless Adam is sending me haircare products, I rarely purchase any. (Oops!) This deep conditioning mask could not have come at a better time! I just colored my hair and I definitely wanted to give my locks some extra TLC. Formulated with avocado, almond, and argan oils, this mask gives tresses a new life by hydrating and repairing dry hair. Just a few days after my color treatment, I ran out of conditioner and this totally saved me! I was literally squeezing every last morsel out of this sample because I am guilty of overindulging. Sorry 'bout it!  

What was in your April Birchbox? Did we receive any of the same products?? I wanna know what you got!!




Oh, how I love Springtime! The birds are chirping, the dogwoods are blooming, and my skin can finally catch a break from the harsh winter weather! I tucked away my sweaters and snow boots, broke out my pastel pinks; revamping my beauty routine is the next step as I transition into Spring skin care. 

As I am squeezing the last drops of my moisturizer, the timing could not have been more perfect! Elements Beauty Shop is hosting a Spring beauty event called BEAUTY IN BLOOM. All of the Elements Beauty Bloggers will be there as well as Julie Glazer, a skincare representative from Erno Laszlo. She'll have gifts with purchase, giveaways, and answers to your questions about the brand! 

I am not familiar with Erno Laszlo at all, a few other Elements Beauty Bloggers are big fans. It was really fun to research the essence and culture of the brand. Hungarian-born Erno Laszlo was a world renowned doctor, who specialized in skin pathology and skin disease in the 1920s. His early claims to fame were treating Princess Stephanie's acute acne (which led to the development of pHormula 3:9) and treating Hungarian actress Frida Gombaszögi's after she was shot in the face. (Fun fact: her sister Irene married Erno!) After building quite the following in the United States, Dr. Erno Laszlo went to open an Institute on New York City's Fifth Avenue in 1939. His clientele ranged from European royals to Manhattan elite to Hollywood starlets. It was nearly impossible to get an appointment, unless you were Greta Garbo! He continued to foster a culture of exclusivity until demand got so high, he sold the operation to the Chesebrough-Ponds company. This never changed the integrity of his product, just made it more accessible to those who so desired it. With close to 90 years as a pivotal brand, Erno Laszlo remains 'the authority on skincare'.

I couldn't wait to give my skin the Hollywood treatment after receiving these samples from Elements Beauty Shop! (Thank you!) First of all, they are so mini and cute; I wish I could get everything in this size. It's been about 3 weeks since I have been using this system and I am finally ready to tell you all about it. 


1. WHITE MARBLE TRANSLUCENCE CREAM: This revitalizing face cream is perfect for brightening and balancing the skin tone. It is also known to heal & repair sun damage, while enhancing luminosity. One thing that I definitely noticed is that it helped my makeup stay on longer/look better throughout the day! 

2. PHELITYL CLEANSING BAR: This botanical face wash is perfect for dry skin. It is supposed to boost cell turnover while nourishing the skin. I didn't love this cleansing bar as much as I love the sea mud, but that's just me! (Make certain to wash your face with their special Splashing Technique! (After using the Pre-Cleansing Oil, fill a basin with warmish water, lather with the bar and splash your face 20 times. To rinse, splash your face 10 times!) 

3. LIGHT CONTROLLING LOTION: The holy grail of toners! I love using this at night, clove oil is a main ingredient that is perfect for eliminating bacteria and oil on the skin. Perfect for those with large pores, like me! 

4. PHELITYL PRE-CLEANSING OIL: With my oily skin, I didn't think that I would benefit from this pre-cleansing oil, but I was SO WRONG. Formulated with 13  essential oils + vitamins A, C, E for nourishment, this oil removes makeup and trapped grime before you begin to cleanse! 

5. TRANSPHUSE DAY SERUM: This product is best used in the morning after toning. I was immediately drawn to this because it claims to "repair and plump fine lines for a smoother, firmer complexion, acts as a derma filler" I have been exclusively using this on my forehead and frown lines. It's only been a few weeks, but the collagen boost has been noticed!  

6. HYDRAPHEL SKIN SUPPLEMENT LOTION: This alcohol-free toner calms and hydrates the skin after cleansing.  Vitamin B encourages renewal and repair while panthenol reduces inflamattion. This works better for those with dry skin!

7. ERNO LASZLO SEA MUD DEEP CLEANSING BAR: Annie Hall loved this exfoliating cleansing bar and I do too!!! Formulated with 26 minerals, it will also restore your mineral levels without stripping the skin.  Dead sea mud exfoliates and refines the complexion, while removing impurities for soft, beautiful skin! It is perfect if you are prone to occasional breakouts, like me! I cannot pinpoint the scent of this bar, but it smells like luxury!!

It was so nice to overhaul my Winter routine and shift into Spring with such a glamorous skincare line! It gave me a chance to reassess my skincare needs.I started to make a list of things that I need. Here is a preview of a few items I plan to pick up at BEAUTY IN BLOOM.

photo via elements

photo via elements


The Evercalm line is geared towards sensitive/delicate skin, however I love this moisturizer because of it's global protective complex (a potent blend of botanical extracts). Often times I forget about how environmental aggression/pollution affects my skin. Protection is necessary for city life. Plus, it combats the signs of premature aging! A staple in my vanity, for sure! 

photo via elements

photo via elements


A sunscreen that doubles as a natural BB cream?? Where was this product when I was 15 and wearing makeup at the beach! I love this sunscreen when I am in need of sheer coverage. I add a spritz of Coola Makeup Setting Spray and my face is done! I love knowing that my skin is protected from the sun and I swear the matte finish also works as a pore minimizer. This is coming to Miami with me! 

photo via elements

photo via elements


I have dabbled with so many different clay masks and I must say, this is my absolute favorite! No really, I am obsessed. It cleanses and exfoliates yet is very soothing. This is my secret weapon.  Every Sunday, I relax with 10 minute of this mask, but it works wonders as a spot treatment. I use it before bed and it zaps the blemishes away. I am seriously crushing on this clarifying clay mask! 


I can't wait for the event on Tuesday! Come hang with the Elements Beauty Bloggers! We all have different skin types and needs, it's always fun to get together and share our favorite products. I'm looking forward to replenishing a few products in my stockpile. I love any reason to shop at Elements. Not just because it is within walking distance of my house, but I am proud support a local, woman-owned business. The cherry on top is knowing that none of the products are tested on animals. This shop has made the transition to cruelty-free beauty so much more simple! 

photo via elements

photo via elements

Hope to see you there, Judys! Don't forget to use my code for a discount on your haul! 

Beauty in Bloom: 

Tuesday, April 19--5:30-8:00pm 

Elements of Carytown, 3425 West Cary Street



Every April 29, I celebrate another trip around the Sun! I spend the entire month pampering myself because that's just what I love to do. This is normally when I give my hair it's annual chop. Last year, it was 12 inches and the year before, it was 14 inches!! For a few months, I had been thinking about going chin-length for 30, but after polling my friends & giving it some thought, I decided that this wasn't going to be the year for that!

Instead, I decided to something different: COLOR! My haircare vibe is pretty low-maintenance, which is why I rarely get my color done. Last year, I was at hair model for the mavens at Parlor Salon, as they were testing out the High Power Browns by Schwarzkopf line. It had been the first time that I had colored my hair in 7 years! Erin gave me subtle ombré and I loved it. I've been itching for a change and decided if I wasn't going to go shorter, I should go lighter.

 I turned to my hair guru, Welsy, co-owner of Elle Style Studio. All she said was 'Sun-Kissed' and I let her work her magic! I really just want to pretend like I live in Miami because it's all about your mindset, right?? I am so in love with my new 'do! 















I'm not sure why I never indulged in subscription boxes, but there is nothing more exciting than opening a Birchbox! I must say, my February box was way more ME than January. These are all products that I use regularly and I was familiar with almost all of the brands! What was in your February BirchBox?

JUARA Candlenut Body Creme 

This skincare driven brand uses Indonesian botanicals to formulate their products. Candlenut oil is used,  along with rice bran and avocado oils to create a super hydrating body creme. It could not have come at a more perfect time. My skin was begging to be nourished with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. I found myself squeezing the life of out this sample for one last dollop. Needless to say, I need more of this in my life! 

MALIN + GOETZ Clarifying Clay Mask

Moveover, Aveda there is a new clay mask in town! Not only does this mask draw out impurities and excess oil, it also exfoliates dead skin. My chin is so prone to breakouts and after one use with this mask, my skin was clean and clear. I'm certain anti-inflammatory arnica extract has something to do with that! The perfect mask for PMS week. 

MODEL CO. Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner

If you wear lipstick, you neeeeeed an illusion lip liner. This is a staple in my purse makeup bag. Not only does it keep lipstick in place, it has a nice nude tint, so you could even wear it bare if you'd like. It is a nice touch for neutral, full lips. 

COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint 

This was definitely the all-star of this months box. I waited until an unseasonably warm week to begin wearing this product. I cannot get over how matte it is! It almost works like a pore refiner, as well. This was the perfect bb cream for days where I was rushing. It balances my skin and doesn't make me look oily throughout the day. This will be a summer staple, for sure. 

KLORANE Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk -Natural Tint

This dry shampoo claims to be for brunettes, however, I don't know many brunettes with beige hair! Klorane, you get an  A for effort though. I went 5 days without washing my hair and this product made me look as good as new. The trick is waiting about two minutes before brushing through. I would love to see a dark brown version!! 


This Christmas, I received a wonderful Sephora goody bag from my Aunt. It was full of great products from a bunch of brands that I love! She even threw in a Sephora gift card so that I could purchase any items after giving them a shot. The off-white makeup bag is a current staple in my purse. I love how versatile it is. I used it as a clutch at a recent party after realizing that I had nothing to go with my white ensemble. It was the perfect accessory! It's been about 3 months since I've been using these products and I'm finally ready to review. See what products were my faves! 


WEN BY CHAZ DEAN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner

As you all know, I could really care less about hair products. Needless to say, I loved the minty smell of this conditioner. This is how I used conditioner: Put a glob in my hand, run it through my ends, tie my hair in a bun, then do the rest of my shower things. I like to let the conditioner sit for a 3-5 minutes, to ensure that I won't have to brush my hair. :) 

BOSCIA Tsubaki-Oil Infused Exfoliating Powder

I was so intrigued by this product and I didn't know what to expect! It suggests that for best results to mix with Tsubaki Oil instead of water, but y'all know I ain't got that. Less water = more exfoliation, more water = less exfoliation. It's kinda nice that you are in control of how much you'd like to exfoliate. This is my PM cleanser. It is gentle enough for every day use, but I know my skin is getting CLEAN and exfoliated. I haven't accidentally dumped out any extra powder, so that's a definite WIN. 

GLAMGLOW Power Mud DualCleanse Treatment

GlamGlow products are like that cool girl in school that you wish you could be friends with. And what I really mean is that I cannot consistently afford their products. I hoard their samples for extra special occasions and was so excited to receive this DualCleanse treatment. I wear makeup everyday and some of those days, I am working in a restaurant, so my oil/dirt/ buildup situation is real. This clay to oil deep cleanse is my go-to product on Sundays. It is the best way to say detox my skin of the previous week. 

ORIGINS Checks & Balances Face Wash

I identify as an oily girl but during the winter, my skin has dry spells too. This cleanser is wonderful for balancing my skin. It is the best for taking off a day's worth of makeup. It is full of aromatic essential oils, but the spearmint really comes through and is so refreshing. Use this day or night! 

BUMBLE & BUMBLE Prêt-à-powder Dry Shampoo

Washing my hair is a pain in my ass, therefore I live for dry shampoo. I mostly love that it adds volume to my normally flat hair. I have to admit that I am not a fan of the application. I can never tell how much product I am putting in my hair. I have also noticed that it can make my hair rather tacky. I know it's not environmentally friendly, but I prefer my dry shampoo as a spray. I'll keep this around for hair emergencies! 

OLE HENRIKSEN African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser 

I love this foaming cleanser! It hydrates and nourishes the skin while smelling like a delicious cup of tea! Gentle enough for everyday use yet chock full of antioxidants and Vitamin C that strengthens, brightens, and firms the skin.

BOSCIA Konjac Deep Cleansing Sponge 

I am such a fan of this sponge! It is formulated with Konjac root, which is a detoxifying dietary staple used in Japan. This sponge is great for gentle exfoliation, especially around the under eye area. This was the perfect tool for exfoliating dry, winter lips. Not sure if that use is suggested, but I highly recommend it. ;)  There are a few different types of sponges with different types of clay. I am going to try a different one, just for fun. Replace this sponge every 3 months for optimal results. 

SMASHBOX Be Legendary Lipstick in Magenta Matte 

I am pretty sure this is my spirit lipstick. It is so bold and bright!! Magenta is the color of my energy. Do not even think about wearing this lipstick with dry lips! It is so incredibly matte that it accentuates every crease. Of course, I wear No Bleeding Lips-Secret Lip Liner underneath. This combination ensures my lips will stay perfect, all night long! Never leave home with out my legendary lipstick.



For many years, I believed that my superpower was surviving on little-to-no sleep. I'm over that phase of life. I have since become very serious about my shut eye ever since realizing that it is the key to slowing down the anti-aging process. (Hydration is pretty essential too).  These days, it is no secret that I love indulge in beauty sleep. I love to honor my body and my brain with the much needed rest they deserve. This is also my favorite time to indulge my skin in products that are going to be doing work while I catch some Zs.

Peep out some of my fave nighttime products! 

*These products are geared to my Judys who are looking to slow down signs of anti-aging. You can never be too young to start the process!*


1. Dr. Brandt Skincare; Do Not Age Dream Night Cream

I received a sample of this cream with a Sephora order and I tried to make it last as long as possible. Rich in vitamins and amino acids, thanks to Tahitian black pearl extract; this night cream is truly a dream. The addition of Resurrection plants provides intense hydration. I can't wait to be rich one day, so that I can splurge on decadent night creams. Until then, I will savor every sample. 

2. Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting, and Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream

I have been drawn to this line for many reasons. #1. Design. #2. Black Pine. After a week of using this night cream, my skin felt firm and I knew my collagen production was on fuego. However, the scent was a total buzzkill for me. It wasn't the rich, woodsy pine that I so desired. It was super fragrant and floral. Eventually, I pawned it off on my man who I convinced needed to begin taking care of his (slowly) aging skin. 

3. Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advancing Brightening Sleeping Facial

This brightening facial is more of my speed and scent. For years, I disliked the idea of 'brightening'. In Southeast Asia, the whitening of skin is encouraged in beauty products. However, I have learned that 'brightening' can also mean evening out skin tones and improving dark spots. My skin feels delicate and radiant after I use this sleep mask. 

4. Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment

Most products claim to be invigorating, but are they for real? Ole Henriksen night cream is true to its claim. 12 source AHA complex uses glycolic, lactic, and citric acids to amp up cell turnover while algae extract nourishes and hydrates the skin. Wake up to renewed skin cells and total exhilaration. 

5. Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power Cx30 Brightening Sleeping Mask

My boo always says that my face smells like maple syrup when I put this mask on. I also believe that it gives me a slight tan. I was lucky enough to receive this bottle as a hand-me down from Christina at Tiramisu for Breakfast! A night mask is truly the gift that keeps on giving. I believe that Vitamin C is going to keep me young forever, so I slather my face in this mask about twice a week. Of course I use my Camu Camu Brightening Serum on the regular as well. 

6. SkinINC Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask

I would definitely say that a huge reason that I love sleep treatments is because I don't have to wash them off! I tried this transparent gel mask and loved that it gave you the option to sleep in or rinse off. I definitely woke up with little mask particles on my face, but it was no biggie. This potent mask features hydraulonic acid, soya bean extract, and Okinawa deepsea water for three times the nutrients. Hydrating masks are especially my favorite after a night of drinking. ;) 

7. Vichy LiftActiv Night

Hands down, this is my shit; #1 Night Cream right here! This is a must-have on my bedside table. The obvious selling point for me is the mirror on top of the lid. I have been known to apply this with half-shut eyes. For the past six months, this night cream has kept my skin firm and hydrated. Rhamnose is a main ingredient, a naturally derived plant-sugar that fights the signs of aging. I have noticed a significant change in the wrinkles around my mouth, which are of course, my number one enemy. There is a subtle hint of fragrance that I love.

Guilty Pleasure: 

8. Bath & Body Works Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy Body Lotion

Look, no shade but I don't really shop at Bath & Body Works. I find their products to be overly fragrant and you have all learned by the end of this post, that's not my vibe. However, I received a couple of gift cards for Christmas and there is no better way to cure a shopping itch than with free money. I was directed to the aromatherapy section because I assume it is a little more natural than say, Country Chic shower gel (no shade). I like to shower at night, so I was drawn to this sleep enhancing aromatherapy lotion. The scent is still a wee bit peculiar, but it gets the job done! We also indulged in Eucalyptus Spearmint body wash, hehe.

How can I talk about a night time routine without eye cream? Stay tuned for my next blog post!