A Glowing Mother’s Day Gift

04
23

I’ve been exploring a few different products for Biossance for some time now and was thrilled to be able to get my hands on their limited edition Rose Glow Set. This set (a $126 value for just $88!) has their bestselling Vitamin C Rose Oil (in a beautiful bottle) and their Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel, all packaged in a zippered cosmetic case.

This would make a really lovely Mother’s Day gift, but honestly would also be a great set to buy for yourself.

Boissance focuses on good ingredients, sustainability, and high standards. Plus, their products are clinically proven so you’ll get the performance you would expect, without any other toxic chemicals.

All of their products (including the two in the Rose Glow set) have an ingredient called Squalane. It’s a plant-based moisturizing molecule that is found in sugarcane.

The Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel reduces puffiness and dark-circles, plus adds a dose of hydration to your eye area. Apply if with your ring finger, drawing a circle around your entire eye.

The Limited Edition Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil is a deeply hydrating oil that sinks into the skin. Vitamin C and Squalane help brighten and soften the skin, without any kind of heavy reside that you may otherwise associate with an oil. I’ve been using this oil and I truly can’t believe how quickly it sinks into my skin and leaves me hydrated without any slick feeling on my face and neck.

It’s never too late to start caring for your skin by using good skincare products, and these two would be perfect to start with. Like I mentioned above, I’ve used a few other Biossance products recently and have enjoyed them, but these two are truly skincare regimen staples.

You can find the Limited Edition Rose Glow set at Biossance.com.

This post was created in partnership with Biossance, a brand I’ve really come to love.

Black Leggings Competition: the best and the worst for working out & lifestyle

04
19

I’m breaking down my favorite and LEAST favorite of all the leggings I’ve tried recently. They range from $20 up to almost $100! I wear leggings to boot camp classes and also on my “mom days” when I’m running around with the kids. I love how easy they are, and I am always looking for a pair that can withstand a lot of wear and be comfortable all day long.

I’m curvy so I need my leggings to stay where I put them. If they slide down during the day, I’ll donate or return them. Also, my thighs touch so pilling between the thighs is to be expected. Some pill worse than others, it ultimately depends on the fabric. You can buy a tool to remove pilling if it bothers you. It doesn’t bother me.

Lululemon Align 28” pant ($98.00)- For me, these are the holy grail of leggings. They are so very comfortable, high-rise, and have a wide color option. They CAN be see through if you size down too much. In general, though, if you get your true size you shouldn’t have issues with the pants being see through. Because they are so thin, it is very easy to see panty lines, so just keep that in mind. A panty like this would be a good option (and what I wear!) under these leggings. I’ve never had to pull these up, they feel as close to wearing nothing as humanly possible, and they are always my top choice to wear when traveling.

Colorfulkoala Buttery Soft High Waisted Yoga Pants Full-Length Leggings ($22.99) (80% nylon, 20% spandex) – I absolutely love these leggings. I have 3 pairs now and have been happy with each one. They have a similar look and feel to the Align leggings, but are thicker and not quite as breathable. They hold you in a bit more than Aligns, but not in an uncomfortable way. I did not have trouble with these slipping down or rolling over at the waist when I worked out in them. They are prone to collecting hair and fuzz, but so are the Aligns. If you need a budget friendly legging, these are my top recommendation. They are not as “cloud-like” as the Aligns, but they are the least fussy leggings I’ve worn besides the Aligns.

Colorfulkoala High Waisted Yoga Pants 7/8 Length Leggings with Pockets ($25.00) (75% poly, 25% spandex) – I love the pocket option of these! A legging with a pocket is perfect for days I’m running around with the kids. I can slide my phone into it or even just my license and credit card. They were comfortable for working out as well! Just like the non-pocket version, they don’t move, slide down, or twist when you wear them.

CRZ Yoga Naked Feeling High-Rise Tight Yoga Pants Workout Leggings-25 ($26.00-$30.00) – I didn’t love these. I feel like they may work better on someone who isn’t curvy. I was constantly having to pull them up from the back, and I never have that problem with leggings. They were smooth and soft, but the fit was wrong for me.

CRZ Yoga High-Waist Tight Tummy Control Sports Yoga Jogger Lounge Leggings ($26.00-$30.00) – I hated the ribbing on the ankle and waist of these leggings. I thought I’d like it, but it felt uncomfortable, and I found myself pulling these back up several times during the day. I did not want to wear them again, they were that uncomfortable.

90 Degree By Reflex Powder Flex Yoga Pants ($19.99-$34.99) – These were so uncomfortable. They didn’t fit my body well and the waist was way too tight. They twisted on my legs while I wore them which drove me crazy. Of all the cheap leggings I tried, these looked and felt the cheapest. I almost have nothing good to say about them!

Zella live-in high waist legging ($54.00) – I love these leggings. I had a few pairs before I was pregnant and wore them a lot! They are very, very similar to the Colorfulkoala Buttery Soft High Waisted legging. The high-rise doesn’t budge, the quality is fantastic, and they are great for working out or lounging.

So of the bunch that I’ve tried and worn, the holy grail is still the Lululemon Align pant. However, if those are not in your budget, the Colorfulkoala Buttery Soft High-Waist leggings are very, very close to perfection!

While we’re talking about leggings, how do we feel about the bike short trend? It’s like leggings as shorts, and in theory I think it could be the perfect work out short but I just don’t know if I can quite get there! I’m afraid I’m going to feel like I’m dressed like an 8 year old girl in the 90’s!

p.s. Are you hoping to get back into working out or want to see how I found the workout program that I love?

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3 Things I Bought from Social Media . . . and How They Actually Worked Out

04
17

If I see a thousand or so positive reviews about something, that is pretty much the first jumping off point that piques my interest level. I may not even know what the product is, but if a ton of people are into it I swiftly want to explore it for myself.

Oddly, even after hearing that some sketchy brands will PAY people to leave positive reviews (I heard this on a podcast recently. . . I believe it was Reply All?!), I’m still influenced by the swarm of interest in a new or viral product.

And sometimes, I take the plunge.

I’ve gotten sucked in to a few products/items recently thanks to very frequent facebook ads, and I thought I’d share my experience with them here!

Brooklinen

I’ve been looking for comfortable sheets for a long time and found some wonderful ones at Belk. They are the Biltmore collection and I still love them. I wanted to try Brooklinen, though, just to see what all the hype was about. I bought the luxe sheet set and they are truly wonderful. I’m so happy with my purchase. In fact, I was so happy I bought a lightweight duvet and a duvet cover and it may be the best bedding purchase I’ve ever made. My husband and I tend to get hot when we sleep and this light duvet is perfect for us. Naturally my dang cats (looking at you, Grits) have already ripped holes in it so I need to purchase a back up when this current duvet gets too shredded for my liking.

Virtue

I saw a few ads about this haircare line on Facebook, then met someone who works at Virtue at a Madewell event a few months back. She really sold me on the product line after explaining the new keratin molecule they discovered and infused into their haircare products. I bought the volume line and the recovery line and I really like both! I get a bit of extra static electricity in my hair after using the volume conditioner, but I did find it to be a nice, light option for those looking for extra lift!

I am looking to explore more of their line once I run out of my sample sizes of shampoo and conditioner!

Flamingo

I had seen a few ads about this razor on facebook, and then I saw it displayed in beautiful packaging at an end cap at Target. I quickly snatched it off the shelf and couldn’t wait to shave my legs with it.

Ultimately, it left much to be desired. I was looking for a smooth, buttery soft finish but I found I had to really drag it against my legs a few times to get a clean shave. I had previously used a Venus Comfortglide that has the built in shaving cream around it. I used shaving cream with the Flamingo razor but it just didn’t blow me away.

I’ll stick with my 12-pack from Costco of the Venus refills for now!

I’m curious, have you bought anything from a facebook or IG ad that lived up the hype?! 

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