Saturday, March 30, 2019

review | peach slices charcoal crystal clarifying shimmer peel-off mask

 Charcoal, shimmer, peel-off- all buzz words for what is trendy with skincare right now! Charcoal has been added to a lot of things (like the black lemonade which you SHOULD NOT JUST DRINK!!!! {charcoal is used to detox the body, but you shouldn't just ingest it willy nilly, guys}). Shimmer is always a glamorous person's best friend, and a peel-off mask is a #lazygirl dream. 

So today, I am reviewing the fun peach slices charcoal crystal clarifying shimmer peel-off mask (whew, this felt like a run-on sentence). 

I found mine at Target on sale, but you can find it here! (Would like to mention this isn't a sponsorship, and I paid for this with my own money). 

The packaging is really cute and simple. I think it definitely appeals to this day and age of making sure your products are instagram worthy. And yes, this photo will be on my instagram if you were wondering, haha! 

Here is a swatch of the product. When I first opened it, I didn't see any shimmer, but then I moved it into the light and was pleasantly surprised to see it was full of pretty little sparkles. 
Close up of it applied to my skin, and drying- you can see how it definitely is sucking the dirt from my pores!
The product does not come with an applicator of any sort, but for once, I do not totally mind it. For one, only I will be using this product, and secondly, I do not mind dipping a clean fingertip in this product. I literally only had to dip my fingertip in to get a good amount of product to smear all over an area. 

The nose portion from the peeled off mask- you can see how it's pulled out some stuff! 

Really, I was a bit shocked at 1) how well the product spreads 2) just how little you need to still get great coverage, and 3) how it's still quite opaque. 

I followed the directions and started with a clean face and applied a layer that wasn't too thick, but also not too thin. I waited about 25 minutes and then peeled it off, surprised to see it came off in one go!

♥ My skin feels softer after one use, and I do believe quite a bit of my natural oilyness was absorbed

♥ It didn't feel super shockingly tightening- you know those masks that seriously kinda hurt because of how they dry? This one was still comfortable to wear

♥ I found the scent to be pleasant enough that it wasn't a distracting sensation

♥ Like with most peel off masks, if you apply it too thinly, it will leave behind straggler pieces, but for me, these were minimal 

♥ Pores did not look as clogged, and skin felt refreshed afterwards

I think the money, this mask is a great value. With it's ingredients including some essential oils as well, those can help with clarifying skin. As well as how it seems to spread well without requiring a ridiculous amount to coat your face, and the cheaper price point, this is a great mask, especially if you're looking to get into peel offs!

Do you prefer peel off masks, or do you like different types of masks? Let me know! 

Monday, March 18, 2019

#lazygirl | 3 spa night hacks

Sometimes we want to have a nice spa night, but having a nice spa night often takes a lot of time to prepare, or it costs a lot of money to have someone else do it for you. But hey, us #lazygirls deserve a nice night once in a while too!

I've done a cozy night hacks post too- check it out if a spa night isn't really your jam! 

I like to throw bath salts on the floor when I first start a shower to get the aromatherapy benefits! 
1. take a shower, then sit on the floor

Okay, you're gonna look at me like I'm the wild one for suggesting it, but if you've never spent a few minutes at the end of a shower, pretending you're enjoying warm tropical rain while on vacation in some hot and sunny destination, then I don't know what to tell you! Sometimes, running a bath is really way too much work and then you worry about which bath bomb you're going to use! 

If you'll willingly sit in a bathtub full of warm water with your own skin flakes floating around in it, then you should be fine with pretending you're in a 3 minute long dove commercial while you relax. 

2. dim the lights

This is the easiest way to pretend you can actually relax. Dimming lights creates such a romantic atmosphere, and if you have that energy to light a candle, then even better. Fairy lights also make for a great mood setter, as they have that odd effect of making you feel romantic and whimsical at the same time. 

You can put a clay one on, wait about 15 mins, then hop in the shower to wash it off easily!
3. whip on a face mask

Be it a peel off one, a sheet mask, or if you're particularly ambitious- a clay mask- just do a face mask after your shower when you're sitting in the glow of post lotion application (yes, use the more creamy lotion, you spoiled rotten girl you). I like sheet masks cause my skin is clean and I just put one on, then listen to an audiobook or podcast for about 20 minutes, peel it off, throw it away, and follow up with my #lazygirl skin care routine. It's that simple! 

PS. Spa nights can happen any night that you need them! I think I do spa nights about 3-5 times a week depending on how badly I need those extra few minutes of self care and time to think. 

What are your #lazygirl spa night hacks? Have you ever sat on the shower floor and pretended you're a mermaid basking in the shallows during a rainstorm?

Saturday, March 16, 2019

craft | 3 easy crochet patterns i LOVE

Hi all! 

Are you a sometimes-sort-not-really crocheter? Just like me? Or maybe you go through really intense phases where you're hookin' ( ;D ) for days on end? 

Well, in any case of crocheters, there's no denying a simple and fast pattern does some wonders for your motivation. Finishing a project fast makes life feel so good! So, I've gathered a few here that are quick, easy, and oh so fun. 


These gloves make an AMAZING present, and use up that leftover half a skein (or a few if you wanna go wild with colors) perfectly! I love making these and they really do work up quickly, especially if you use a chunkier yarn. 

cr: Weaving Wonder
Bernat Velvet yarn is the perfect yarn for a luxe scrunchie, and I found a few yarns that mimic this awesome yarn for much lower prices. I've used this pattern, but altered a few parts of it to make my own scrunchies. I love it though! What an awesome blast from the past. I've given one to all of my friends so far. 


I've made several of these hats as gifts and for myself before. It's a very basic pattern, and so much easier than crocheting in the round where you have to reduce or increase stitches and use stitch markers! This is an easy one that you can crochet in the span of a movie most likely! 

Are you a beginner crocheter? Or an advanced one? Or are you interested in starting? Let me know in the comments ♥ 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

life | turning 23...

Can I say I'm glad that my 22nd year is done? This rotation around the sun was really weird and really stressful. I feel like I did so much but did not get a lot in return that I can show for. It's really hard to admit that, especially since I made a promise to myself after I had turned 20 that I would live with conviction and gratitude.

Yet this year was trying.

But, my motto for this new year (as in from March 13th 2019 to March 13th 2020) is.... RESET! This is a big theme that will be happening throughout this rotation. There are so many things I wish I could do-over, but at the same time, doing them over means I wouldn't have the lessons I have now. Instead, I wish to reset. I want to reset my health, both physical and mental, reset my living situation (move back home to Seattle), as well as reset my mindset on how I view things in terms of responsibilities and priorities.

It is so damn easy for me to get caught up in a depression episode and find that a whole month has gone by with me being in a funk.

I don't want to do that anymore!

In addition to my motto, I am choosing a color to guide me for the next year. Its kinda fun, and I think will be a neat focus point for me.

What color, you ask?


Green means money, spring, and health (to me). That's what I want to focus on so I can thrive this year while I reestablish so many things.

It won't be easy, but it certainly WILL be worth it.

Do you set goals for your personal rotation around the sun? If so, how do you structure them?

Friday, March 1, 2019

a thrifty whimsy | president's day haul

Hello and welcome to a segment on my blog that I'm pretty excited about!

I love it when there are featured segments on blogs. A lot of people will do a style series or interview bloggers, and I honestly love those so much. They're structured in a similar way, and I think it provides a good "in" for regular readers, as they feel apart of the action and easily reference an earlier post in the series. 

Thrift shopping is something I've always done. My grandpa on my mom's side is a thrifty person by nature, and he would always take my brother and I on a circuit of the local thrift shops around town when we would visit. We always found interesting things here and there. 

So, in need of new pants because the literal 3 pairs I wear to death are falling apart, I headed out to the Goodwill that opened up during the summer, and boy, oh boy, did I make a huge getaway!

This haul was actually a huge accomplishment because I can usually find neat things at the thrift store, but since I've gained weight over the past few years, it's been getting harder and harder to find clothes that fit me well. However, this haul was amazing in that I actually bought six pairs of pants. Five pairs of jeans and a pair of leggings. I had gone into the fitting room with eight pairs of pants, with no high expectations at all, and yet six pairs fit me!

I'm so happy that it worked out the way it did!

I actually had big success with denim this trip, finding this cute embroidered denim shirt.

Embroidery continued to be a trend for me, and I found this awesome Ava & Viv shirt from Target. I remember seeing this shirt last year when I was perusing Target, but I couldn't justify the price tag. At around $6 for an additional 50% off? You bet I bought it.

Some nice ripped jeans and this brand new sweatshirt from a local theater production of Carmen found their way into my cart...

As well as a basic striped long sleeve shirt and some interesting leggings with some weird semi-horror images on it.

I also can't resist stopping by the shoe section!

I found these shoes from apostrophe, with a cute little heel and a wonderfully classic look to them.

And then these Minnetonka mules, which I'm so excited to wear when the snow finally melts here! It may sound silly, but I'm planning on crocheting (or knitting????) some socks to wear with this specifically.

What do you like to look for when thrifting? Do you go with a plan or just mosey around till you find an interesting treasure?