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



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! 

Kabana Rooftop Soft Opening

Rooftop Bars are SO HOT in Richmond right now. Kabana Rooftop is Richmond's newest addition to the rooftop bar scene. I was lucky enough to get an invite to their soft opening via my bro & sis in-law. Located in the heart of Downtown Richmond, Kabana is on the 20th floor of the Hampton Inn and Suites, located at 700 E. Main Street here in RVA. You will see the restaurant Belle and James on the right, but enter on the left, take the (buttonless) elevator and get transported to luxury. 


What an incredible view!


Hemingway Daiquiri


Behind me was the VIP area, which includes a pool and a view of the Hotel John Marshall.


Hi Kim & Justin! 


Apps: Black Shrimp & Spicy Thai Mango Salad


I was having a good brow day, what can I say?


El Sol


Sunset Views


Chinese Scallion Pancake with smoked shiitakes, black garlic cream cheese, and bok choy. The pancake was too thick for my liking and a little tough. It might have died in the window. :( Overall, the food was pretty meh. We waited incredibly long for drinks/food/service. However, I have helped open a few restaurants, so I know that it will take a few months for the front and back of the house to get into the groove. No disrespect, it's just the nature of the beast. (And who really cares when you've got an amazing view!)  I will definitely be back for Thai Tea Panna Cotta and some dranks!! 


Me & James


Bye Bye Sun!


Livin' on the edge

Citizen Burger Bar

I recently attended my very first Virginia Bloggers event! We were meeting up at Citizen Burger Bar, a burger joint based in Charlottesville, recently opened in Carytown. While I love burgers, (especially Shake Shack), I am trying not to consume very much meat, so I rarely eat them anymore. The folks at Citizen were kind enough to hook the bloggers up a bit. We had the bar tables all to ourselves and took advantage of some discounted menu items. The service was on point, especially when we were moving tables and playing musical chairs. (They split our checks like a champ!)

I knew that my fellow Elements Beauty Blogger, Whitney of WorthyStyle would be there, but I hadn't met any of the other bloggers before. I am always nervous to meet new people, sometimes I don't feel interesting enough! I had a nice time meeting and chatting with the other bloggers! It's always a great time connecting and putting faces to names! It was fun to swap business cards and social media handles and not blink and eye when we all took out our phones to snap pix. I hope I can more of these events! 

If you're interested in a Carytown restaurant that uses products from local, nearby farms and top-notch ingredients, check out Citizen Burger Bar



Truffle Fries!


Flash-fried Shishito Peppers, with sweet soy sauce and ranch dressing. My personal favorite appetizer.


Whitney was on Periscope until it got a lil out of hand! 


Bathroom Selfie, duh! 


I opted for the Vegan burger, made with quinoa, millet, and beets. Honestly, my stomach doesn't normally agree with quinoa, but this is the only veg burger option, unless you want a grilled cheese . I added sautéed mushrooms and yellow mustard because that is my burger vibe. I went to cut my burger in half (because again, that's how I do) and the burger kinda smushed in half. I ended up just eating it with a fork. It was pretty tasty tho. The addition of beets to the vegan burger was super delicious, I just wish it would have held together better! 


I wanted dessert but I had also been craving a spicy marg, so I went for a Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita. Luv that salt/chili rim! 

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!!




This week has been a whirlwind! I kicked it off with my 30th birthday, a long weekend in Virginia Beach to celebrate the nuptials of our friends Lynna & Dan, then we jetted to Miami for some weekday fun. Note to self: my birthday is not a great time to visit South Florida. We experienced flight delays on arrival and departure, but made it back in the knick of time for me to take my Spanish final. I pretty much always fly by the seat of my pants and I am happy to be home, snuggled in between my furry lovers. 

Today marks the Taurus New Moon and the timing could not have been more perfect for me to sit down, create new intentions, and reset. Not only am I setting goals for this lunar phase, but also for this new cycle of life. I am going to realign my focus with things that I am going to accomplish in my 30th year. I get all of my cosmic consulting from The Astrotwins and their New Moon guide has a lot of great tips! "The first of the Earth signs, Taurus is all about creating the fertile soil to plant our seeds in--both literally and metaphorically." The Astrotwins suggest that this is a great time to check in with eating habits, time management, and finances. Vacation eating really threw my body for a loop, so I can't wait to get back to my normal eating schedule. As a person who is constantly running late, time management is something that I have been struggling to work on. It is always my New Year's Resolution to be more punctual. I am just so tired of feeling rushed and unprepared. As I wrap up the end of my Spring semester, I cannot wait to have more time to devote to myself, Luscious Judy, and a fun secret project with my sqirl friends!   

What intentions will you set today?? Ground yourself and watch your intentions manifest over the next six months! It's always to wonderful to check in with yourself at the Taurus Full Moon, which will fall on November 14. Happy New Moon, Judys! 

And now....my week in photos

                        TAURUS: EARTH SIGN; Ground into the Earth & align with nature. Plant your seeds and watch them grow. 

                        TAURUS: EARTH SIGN; Ground into the Earth & align with nature. Plant your seeds and watch them grow. 

Ok, this wasn't this week, it was April 29, 1987. My first birthday party! 

We kicked my birthday off with beers at Don't Look Back, our fav watering hole. I had just gotten a spray tan and was wearing my favorite blue genie pants IN PUBLIC. Also, I drank too much and didn't eat enough....another bad habit that I am trying to leave in my 20s! I'm so glad I got to hang with our best pals. Leah and Jerry. They used to sneak me into bars! 

I have been lusting after these Nike Roshe One Cherry Blossoms for months! I had no idea that James would personalize them for me! My sneaker game went from 0 to 100, real quick. Feeling these so hard and I can't wait for the rain to stop so I can wear them! 

Here is a picture of me with NO MAKEUP. I didn't want to wake up hungover on my birthday, but I did. We hit up Early Bird Biscuit Co. on the way out of town and their biscuit of the day was Parmesan Peppercorn! Paired with a Sephora Rose Eye Mask, it was a fabulous cure. 

Cleaned up for the rehearsal dinner! Our room had an amazing view and the waves were the perfect sound to fall asleep to. 

On Saturday, we hit up The Green Cat, a new juice bar and market on 38th & Pacific. We got some smoothies and I bought The Spicy Gypsy, which was Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne, Maple Syrup, Alkaline Water, and Salt. I was trying to save it for Sunday morning but our hotel fridge was turned up to max and it exploded. However, I drank what I could save! Note to self: always check the hotel fridge temperature. 

Congrats Lynna and Dan!! How adorable is Reggie the Dog?? Can you find my man up there with the other long haired groomsmen? Lynna was such a stunning bride! She reminded me of January Jones. It was a beautiful ceremony and fun reception! The Sun was there too! 

I love my professional groomsman. 


Thank you to my friends for joining me for brunch! As much as I hate (waiting on) large parties, it was a great time to catch up with my pals. It also happened to be Greek Easter. I forgot what eating brunch was like now that I work it every Sunday. :( Summer gave me a flower crown and I didn't know how much I was gonna be feeling it! How do I wear one all the time without looking like a festie?  It's like a hat right? 

My parents gave me a mini key lime pie and I'm so glad we remembered to eat it! Thank you Andrea for the flamingos! In this moment, I realized that I drew a Mercedes symbol and not a peace sign in Dan & Lynna's wedding guestbook. 

THIS IS 30! 

Stay tuned to hear about my trip to Miami! 


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! 


Subscription boxes are so hot right now. Can you believe I've never subscribed to one before? My sister-in-law, Jen, gifted me a one year subscription to BirchBox! I am so so pumped on this gift and she had Luscious Judy's best interest in mind! Once I got my subscription set up, I took a quiz that asked questions like, "How would you describe your skin tone?", "How do you style your hair?", "What's your level of beauty knowledge?". BirchBox uses this information to hand-pick items and send a curated box based on your beauty needs! 

I was so pumped when I received my first BirchBox! I truly loved that it was different than the rest of my first who had also received theirs. After using these products for a month, I can't believe I haven't been doing this THE WHOLE TIME. 



First of all, I live for liquid eyeliner. Secondly, I was in need of a new liner and this came at the perfect time. I am not super into fat, thick eyeliner and the tip of the pen is so small that I can still make a rather slim cat eye. Hooray! It lasts 8+ hours and doesn't smudge! 


I've never been to Provence, but I'd like to imagine that it smells as delicious as this perfume. It is floral yet musky and so very light. At first I hated that it was a dabber sample and not a spray, but I enjoy putting it behind my ears and on my collar bone. Strong notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and violet, with a subtle undertone of amber. 


This Winter has been BRUTAL for my lips. I'm pretty sure they were on fire for the entire month  of December. I had been using a Neosporin Overnight Lip Treatment, but couldn't find the perfect product to use during the day. Formulated with 100% Medical Grade lanolin, this is perfect for dry, cracked lips. Dr. Lipp's Miracle Balm has seriously saved me!! I love the hint of shine that it adds while providing serious relief. It can also soothe sunburns and tame eyebrows too! 


Hand cream is also very necessary when it comes to surviving the winter! Dry hands are not my best look. Plus, I wash my hands so much; I need to give my hands proper TLC. Concocted with essential oils and botanicals, the aroma is very intense! I can barely hand the citrus. It smells like iced green tea on a cripsy Spring day. This hand cream has residency in my purse. 


This product smells like coconut but also like a doll and I love it!! My hair is super prone to tangles and I always shower at night, so detangler is so necessary. It minimizes frizz while providing protection against UV rays and heat. I could totally see myself stashing this in my beach bag for post ocean swim suncare. It's non-greasy and 100% vegan! 

I am so happy to be exploring the world of subscription boxes! A couple of days after I got this I subscribed to LOLA, a tampon subscription service. I was able to custom my boxes with different sized tampons! They are 100% natural cotton and biodegradable. I love the fact that they are delivered to my door and I don't have to remember to buy them! Plus, I just really want to receive mail whenever I can. :) 


It's been over ten years since I got my last pair of glasses. My eyes aren't totally bad, the right is just weaker than the left. I can totally survive without them, but I would kinda just like to have some on deck. Glasses would certainly help when I drive at night; and now that school is back in session, I have noticed a need for new specs. Last week, my man and I turned date night into a trip to the eye doctor and topped it off with pizza and churros at Costco. 

We just couldn't wait to get our painfully hip paws on a Warby Parker At Home Try On kit. If you're not familiar with this service, this designer eyewear brand will send you five frames to test out for five days! It's free and they'll even cover the return shipping. At this moment in time, I have gone over the five day limit, so we shall see if I get penalized. However, we already ordered our new frames! So they can't be too mad right? Regardless, it's a pretty cool feature of the brand. Waaaay better than any app that will put the frames on a picture of your face. In addition, Warby Parker says that with every pair purchased, a pair is donated to non-profits in developing countries. The organizations then train individuals to be able to give eye exams and sell glasses. Warby Parker is making eyecare available to those who may otherwise not have access. I am ALL ABOUT THIS.

Let the trials begin!

Here is what I look like without glasses, in case you forgot. According to WP, there are a few rules when it comes to choosing the right pair of glasses. Your pupils should be in the center, your eyebrows shouldn't be covered, and the frames shouldn't rise when you smile. I don't know how to smile for real tho. 


Not smiling, pursing my lips. They sit a little low and I just don't think round frames are for me !



I can't explain why, but I was instantly drawn to these frames. Is it because they're rose gold? Or called 'bellini'? I kinda feel like a Golden Girl hipster, but what really is a hipster anway?


Well, these are a FIRM NO. The frames are too small, however, I do love the tortoise. 


These are nice and classic. These are my third favorite.


I really, realllly like these glases. I can see myself wearing them everyday, even though my eye doc said I only need to wear glasses part time. 

Decisions, decisions! Good thing I have five days to decide!