Nighttime Skincare Routine

 

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I start out by removing all my makeup and depending on what I have on my face that day I may use my Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm for a more fuller face along with micellar water or just the Milky Jelly Cleanser from Glossier to remove and cleanse. I have a couple other cleansers I use and alternate during the week depending on what I feel my face needs. Twice a week I like to exfoliate my face with either Mario Badescu Glyolic Foaming Cleanser or just plain old baking soda which was recommended to my friend and me from a woman in Ulta with heart shaped glasses. ♥

I then spritz my face with Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater which I have been using religiously for the past year. Rosewater seems to work really with my skin and I feel like I’m pampering myself when I spray this all over my face and chest. Side-note, I also keep a tiny travel size one at my desk at work for a little midday refresh.

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Currently, for nighttime, I am using this thicker eye cream that I received in an Amazon beauty box by SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate,. I really like this for nighttime and even though it’s thicker it absorbs nicely. Any excess I like to run around my lips since the skin is very similar and I heard this helps minimize smile lines.

I like to treat my skin with 2 products, first I use The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% and let that absorb into my skin for a few minutes. Then I use my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which my skin just loves and eats up. When I am really in the pampering mood I use my jade roller which I got off Amazon.com to work in the Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

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Once that is all said and done I like to moisturize with coconut oil, my skin is glowing when I wake up in the morning. In fact, I use coconut oil all over my body, kinda putting myself into a coconut oil cocoon.

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Guest Post // Sare’s 5 Fave Beauty Products

Happy Monday to all my beautiful readers out there! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend and got to enjoy this beautiful weather. I have a special treat for you today folks, one of my good/oldest friends messaged me one day and said why don’t you do a post on products for acne prone skin and I told her that bottom line I didn’t feel comfortable talking about something that isn’t my skin type, but that if she was up for it I would love her to do a guest post on this topic. Sare loves vegan/cruelty-free products just as much as me so I knew what products she was going to talk about were going to be good (she let me try most of these and I only have good things to say). So without further ado here are Sare’s 5 Beauty Picks!


Before I start diving into some of my most favorite beauty products I want to give a brief history about myself and why these things have made my list of favorites. I think I have the world’s most angry skin, so angry that the second I think I’m looking decent I pop a pimple just from my skin’s sheer contempt for it’s host. It’s really angry skin. Enjoying a bit of ice-cream means punishment for the next ten days by angry skin. I’m not even joking here, I have a super restricted diet to avoid breakouts not to mention the hefty list of products I can’t use on my skin. The only reason I know I can’t use them is because I’ve tried them. I’ve tried probably every “acne cure” you can think of besides the extreme (not so safe and also discontinued) Accutane.

Around September of last year a close friend of mine hosted an Arbonne party and thinking to myself, “I’ve tried everything else so why the hell not?” I dived right in and bought the Calm line. I loved it, honest to goodness, I loved it and my skin was clearing up and no new breakouts. The only thing I didn’t like about this line was the moisturizer didn’t seem to be quite enough for me and since I’m postpartum and have crazy hormones at 24 I was already getting deep wrinkles and over dryness around my eyes.

So naturally, when I ran out of my Arbonne products I switched to an acne brand called Nerd, which advertises that they use probiotics to treat your skin. Do not buy that product. It was a HUGE waste of my money that I will never get back. Not only did it not help my acne, it dried out my skin, made the wrinkles and dryness around my eyes significantly worse and SO MANY CYSTIC PIMPLES. You know, the really really deep ones that take FOREVER to heal? They were all over my face, just like in high school. So, after using this awful product for about 3 weeks I called up my Arbonne friend and asked her opinion about which products I should use and she suggested the RE9 line to me. Within a week of using these products my skin was clearing up, the discoloration was starting to go away, and no new breakouts!! Was is love? Yes. Yes it was. Now, I can’t wait to tell anyone and everyone about them and my story. I have my confidence back along with my pregnancy glow (sans pregnancy). Bye-bye acne, hello dewy, baby-like skin!

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These are in no particular order and I feel like I love them all equally so listing them numerically seems unfair, but I’m going to do it anyway because people like lists for some reason.

  1. Arbonne RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser

This stuff is incredible- not only is it a super gentle cleanser/make-up remover it also doesn’t dry out my super sensitive skin! It also smells amazing and it gets super sudsy in the shower which I absolutely adore (c’mon, you know there is nothing less satisfying than a cleanser that doesn’t get all sudsy in the shower). This stuff also lasts way longer than you would expect it to – seriously, I’ve been using the same 3oz bottle (morning and night) since February.

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  1. Arbonne RE9 Advanced Night Repair Cream

This stuff is amazingly hydrating and honestly, is probably what has saved my poor angry skin the most. I wake up in the morning after using this and my skin looks hella fresh. This product is very thick and creamy – everything you could want from a night cream, plus it’s vegan!

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  1. Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen in Honey Beige

BOOM. It’s no wonder they use this stuff on the Grey’s Anatomy cast, it’s hands-down the best foundation I have ever used! Now, for years I was a die-hard Bare Minerals girl because I thought it would be better for my skin, but it never actually covered up my flaws and I continued buying it justifying it to myself that it was “healthier” for my skin than other beauty products (maybe it is, but not healthier or better coverage than Arbonne’s that’s for sure). My first use of this stuff and I was in awe – where was this stuff when I was in high school miserable about my acne-ridden skin?? It blends on so smoothly and covers everything WITH JUST ONE PUMP. One pump! I don’t even use a brush or a sponge to blend this stuff- I’m lazy and also I have an 18mo so I don’t have time for a long make-up routine. Healthy, vegan, no animal by-products, this stuff is a winner and if you want to try the best foundation ever, it’s right here.

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  1. Arbonne Rescue and Renew Detox Gelée.

I’m starting to have a hard time picking just my top 5 favorite things, but this one is a no-brainer. I’m an avid HIIT fanatic (OrangeTheory Fitness WOOO!) and I go most days of the week which leaves me fairly sore the majority of the time. The Gelée. works absolute wonders for sore muscles – it has this amazing cooling/warming effect (I can’t decide which one it is but it feels fantastic) and my muscles aren’t nearly as sore when I use it. Also, it’s GREAT for sunburn – I’m pasty and very susceptible to sunburn and my first 15min in the CLE sun the other week got me my very first sunburn of the summer – one use of this on sunburn is all you need to make that awful burning stop. Oh, and before I forget, the Gelée. is an absolute necessity for that special time of the month with Aunt Flow. Just a bit of this on your belly and see-ya cramps!

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  1. Arbonne Intelligence Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads and Solution

Acne scars? Sun spots? Skin not smooth? Not anymore! Did I say yet how amazing my skin looks now? It looks pretty amazing and partially because of this product right here. Even if I don’t do my entire night-time skincare routine I still make sure to use this because it’s working! I had horrible discoloration all along my cheekbones including acne scars and even more acne scars on my poor little chin. Since I’ve been using this product (two months about) I’ve seen a major reduction in redness in my cheekbones and I can barely see any of my acne scars. My skin is starting to look like my daughter’s adorable little porcelain butt cheeks. I’m not even a little mad about that.

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I had to trim my list from over 12 products I use every day to just 5 which was very tough but I figured I would list the things that have changed my life the most and that’s what we’ve ended up with here. I’m basically obsessed with everything Arbonne- thanks to this company I have my confidence back and there’s nothing quite like that feeling. For more information and more amazing Arbonne products check it out here.

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Thanks for reading,

Love,

Sare

My 5 Makeup Essentials for Summer

As the weather continues to get warmer I notice I make tweaks to my makeup routine, switching out some certain products for creamier ones. I wanted to share those items with you this week, so here are my 5 makeup picks to keep in your makeup bag this summer!

Creamy Eyeshadow Palette

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Skip the eyeliner and utilize an eyeshadow that can do both and the best way to do it is with cream shadow. Get a palette like Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in the shade Not Just Nudes. The colors blends so nicely together and have a shimmer that is perfect for summer.

Cream Blush

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I love cream blush for the summer months because it lays on the skin so naturally, it just looks like your sunkissed from a day in the sun. My go to blush lately has been Glossier Cloud Paint, in shades Haze and Dusk. Use code 2BLUSH to get two for $30 and use link code http://bff.glossier.com/fCxL8 for 20% off your first order!

Skin Tints or Tinted Moisturizers

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I try to go foundation free in the summer months and just use concealer on my under eyes and blemishes, but there are days when I feel that I need a little something extra and I have been loving the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. It doesn’t add much coverage but it enhances the natural look of your skin and still allows any freckles to show through.

Cream Highlighter

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Switch your powder highlighter for a cream version to give you cheekbones a natural glow. Also use it down your nose, on your cupid bow, and even under your brows. Haloscope from Glossier in Quartz is what I have been reaching for lately, Glossier also has 2 more colors to check out depending on your skin tone.

A Bright Lip Color

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Glossier Generation G gives the effect of just blotted lipstick and lays on the lips nicely without being overdrying. For a little extra moisture though I love to apply some coconut Balm Dot Com first then apply Generation G in the shade Zip, a poppy red color.

What is in your summer makeup bag?

Alison’s Articles // Switching to Natural Deodorant

So who wants to talk about natural deodorant? Sounds like a great topic to start your week out right? RIGHT! I’m going to be completely honest I did not think switching to natural deodorant was going to be such a process. I mean did you know there was a detox period??? I didn’t, but I didn’t really do a lot of research before switching.

I have been thinking about switching to natural deodorant for about a year before I actually made the commitment to switch, trying once but giving up quickly. The first time I tried to make the switch I just picked up Tom’s from Target and was like this will be easy. I will just switch to this and be done… wrong! The first day or 2 I noticed I was sweating more and just not overall liking the deodorant I chose, so I just switched back to my normal chemical packed one from Secret. I got the notion in my head that I sweated too much to switch to natural.

Back in the end of March, I believe while I was in Sephora with Eileen I saw in their travel section the Lavanila natural deodorant and just thought man I really want to try again to make the switch maybe it was just because I tried a drugstore brand, so I bought the travel size to try. The first week was a little rough… there was an increase of wetness and smelliness and I noticed I started to get a bit of red irritation, which worried me a little bit. Since the redness didn’t go away I started to research a bit and found out that this redness is most likely caused because my armpits were detoxing. Basically detoxing is the aluminum that is present in typical drugstore deodorant clogs your underarm sweat glands which interrupt your body’s natural ability to remove materials that would normally be removed through your body’s natural process of sweating. So now that I have stopped putting pore clogging aluminum under my arms my body was overproducing sweat until it can start to regulate.

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By the second week, although my sweating and smelliness started to normalize, the red irritation was not and now I was having my lymph nodes so swollen I could see them. My under arms at this point felt as if I was on crutches for the past 2 weeks with no padding. After doing some more research which included swollen lymph nodes I read something that was interesting to me that since natural deodorant uses a lot of baking soda in it that it sometimes tends to cause irritation and to look for a baking soda free option. I instantly remembered that one of my favorite YouTubers, Ingrid Nilsen (which you should totally check out her videos), mention that she was sensitive to baking soda and uses a baking soda free option. I went back through some of her videos and found the brand Meow Meow Tweet.

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At the time when I purchased this on Amazon they only had the jar option (they came out 2 weeks ago with a paper push up option, here). I was little nervous trying a jar, would it messy? would it be hard to apply? No and no! I can’t even explain the consistency this product turns into once you begin applying to your underarms but it almost becomes a powder and leaves your finger clean and dry. After the first day, I noticed my irritation starting to go down along with my lymph nodes. This option was a little bit more expensive ($18) but a lot of natural deodorants are so I am not going to complain about the price point and I have had it since March and barely used half of it. Now, I don’t know if I will always be sensitive to baking soda based deodorants or it was just a shock to my system with switching to a natural option, but I really like this brand and deodorant. Can it last from the time I wake up at 5:30 all the way to 10 at night? no, but it gets me through the work day or longer depending on what my day consists of. I also use Pacifica under arm wipes as a refresh when needing to reapply, it neutralizes any existing odor and cleanses my skin of older product. Those wipes are a must in my opinion when going natural.

I am going to leave you with a little advice if you are thinking about making the switch:

  1. You don’t smell as bad as you think and you are probably the only one that notices
  2. You probably don’t sweat naturally as much as you think either – give your body some time to regulate again
  3. Underarm wipes are you best friend
  4. Maybe start out the switch with a baking soda free option

Alright folks, this is my opinion and personal experience with switching to natural deodorant. I also wanted to end by saying that I am in no way a health professional, these are just things that I have noticed and did during my own personal experience with making the switch.

 

 

Alison’s Articles // Recently Purchased

Good Morning to all my wonderful readers out there! So, I was bad and ill prepared my blog post for this week (I had a pretty good idea in mind too, but it will have to wait). sometimes life and working full-time just gets the best of you. But I did not want to post nothing so here are a bunch of things I have recently purchased in the last week. I have only just tried one or two of these items but if I love them enough you see them pop up in my May favorites with a few review, otherwise, I am really excited to try the rest out!

Hair

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OGX Bodifying + Fiber Full Sugar High Tousle Spray & Bumble and Bumble Bb. Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler

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AG Hair Dry Wax & AG Hair Volume Thikk Wash Volumizing Shampoo &AG Hair Volume Thikk Rinse Volumizing Conditioner

Makeup

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Pixi By Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Copper Peach

Skincare

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

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Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy & Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy (sample size) & Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy (sample size)

 

Morning Skincare Routing // May 2017

 

Hello, beautiful readers and happy Monday! I wanted to talk about my current morning skincare routine today. I have been basically using these products or variations of these products for a couple months now. As I mentioned before I am slowly transitioning my products to cruelty-free but I still have quite a bit to work through. But I just want to state that I am not a licensed esthetician and this is just what I am using currently and what works for my normal/slightly combo skin type.

SIMPLE Cleansing Micellar Water

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I don’t use a cleanser in the AM, instead, I opt for micellar water. It’s nice and gentle in the morning and honestly how dirty does my face get while I am sleeping, there is no need to strip my face, just removing the products from last night. Currently, I am going through my stockpile of micellar water, I was using Garnier for awhile, but I am on the look out for a cruelty-free on to replace these both, any recommendations?

MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater

Next, I spritz my face with this rose water spray, it’s such a nice wake me up in the morning. Rosewater has anti-inflammation properties and helps with redness and irritation. I have been using Mario Badescu’s rosewater for over a year now and I can’t get enough of it (I even keep a small one at my desk at work for a 2 pm refresh). This spray also has a duel purpose as a makeup setting spray, whenever I do a full face.

ORIGINS GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (sample size)

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While I am letting the rosewater dry and absorb into my skin I dab on this Origins eye cream that I got a sample of from Sephora. I don’t have any particular eye cream that I love at the moment so I am currently working through the samples I have.

FIG + YARROW Facial Serum Rosehip + Argan

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I talked about this in my Target Natural Aisle post (Here) and I have been alternating this and the next item every morning. I am still loving this formula and how it absorbs nicely into the skin. I am noticing the ingredient rosehip oil more and more lately and actually seems to be a new “trend” in skincare. But, the great thing about rosehip oil is that it helps with discoloration and wrinkle prevention. This oil is packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to help improve skin texture. Bottomline, you don’t have to try this particular brand but I recommend you trying rosehip oil this year.

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum

Another amazing Sephora sample that I alternate with the above product. Without a doubt, if you want to have vitamin C serum in your routine this is, in my opinion, one of the best products out there. Its benefit is brightening your skin tone and preventing signs of aging and absorbs nicely.

PIXI By Petra Sun Mist

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This is a newly acquired product (if any of you follow me on Instagram Alison_Kozik this might look familiar) to my morning skincare routine. I’ve been in the market for a good facial sunscreen that doesn’t clog my pore and this is it. Once I shake it up I spray it about 3 times onto my face and instead of rubbing it into my skin, I pat it in. I’ve notice Pixi products popping up more and more on beauty blogs and youtube videos and I have only recently come intrigued by the product line. I have a couple things I want to try next on my list which I will keep you posted on.

GLOSSIER Priming Moisturizer

I really like this moisturizer for the daytime, especially when I am wearing makeup. This product provides a great base for makeup or just a bare face. I would recommend an actual primer if you are using full coverage foundation.

GLOSSIER Balm Dotcom

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And to top the whole process off I apply some Balm Dotcom and let that soak into my lips before I apply any lip product.

Have you tried any of these products?

April 2017 Favorites

Happy Monday to all my readers I hope you all had a fun filled weekend! Another month passes us by and here we are in May! April was filled with a lot of fun adventures and trying a lot of new things, so without further ado here are my favorites from April.

Products

Sweet Dish & Darling Candles

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Peachwood Amber & Patchouli Grapefruit

At April’s Cleveland Flea I purchased 2 candles from Sweet Dish & Darling soy candles, I got the scents Peachwood Amber and Patchouli Grapefruit. I usually gravitate to the more woodsy/muskier scents but these had an unusual sweetness that you would normally not find paired with amber or patchouli which really got me, I couldn’t stop smelling them. So far I am currently burning Peachwood Amber and I love the smell that fills up my room, I can’t wait to burn the next one.

Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant

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I talked about my recent purchase of this baking soda free deodorant in this past post but after trying it for over a month now I love it! This deodorant does not irritate my underarms which was my biggest problem when first switching over to natural deodorant. Also, the grapefruit scent is subtle but pleasant. Although this doesn’t last the whole day, it does get me through at least 8-10 hours without needing to be reapplied. If you are thinking about switching to natural deodorants I would recommend this one because in my personal opinion the baking soda based ones were too much and this helps you ease into the transition.

SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment (Sample Size)

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Buy it Here from Sephora

I got a Sephora sample earlier this month and was crazy excited to try it out, I am sure most of you have heard about this brand. And let me tell you this product completely lives up to its hype! The only way I can describe what it does for my skin is healthier, it just appears healthier. The only downside to this? The price point… this product is $105 and the sound of that kinda hurts my wallet. Now don’t get me wrong this product is definitely worth the price tag, but I  wanted to see if there was an alternative out there. I am sure a lot of you have seen the brand The Ordinary out there, that offers good products at a low price point. I order their lactic acid product recently, and once I get it and try it out I will let you know how it compares to Sunday Riley and my thoughts.

Travels

Backstreet Boys Concert in Las Vegas

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This past month my friend Gina and I traveled to Las Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys and let me tell you I never felt more like my 8-year-old self! It was such a nostalgic experience to relive all those songs in person. Everyone in the audience was just feeding off each other’s energy it was amazing. This was their final week of performances before they went on their Las Vegas hiatus. We also got lucky enough to go to their after party where Kevin and Howie hosted and sang some great 90 throwback songs. Oh and also we worked our way to the front and Kevin held my hand for 1.5 seconds. Apparently, there is a Backstreet Boy cruise but that is sadly sold out already… next time BSB I am coming for you at sea.

Cleveland

The First Cleveland Flea

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The Cleveland Flea Homepage

This past month The Cleveland Flea kicked off the spring season with their first flea! I love the flea, it creates such a perfect Saturday in Cleveland offering vintage pieces, original creations, and food/drinks to die for. It’s important to support these small local businesses because they are what make Cleveland great, original, and feel like home. I went with my mom and friend Eileen on the brisk Saturday morning as we clung to our hot coffees, we all walked away with a little something that day. You should check out the next flea May 13 from 9-4 pm if you have the chance, you won’t be disappointed.

Entertainment

S-Town Podcast

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S-Town Podcast from Itunes

So I started this podcast because there was a lot of hype about it and it made me curious. And let me tell you I am one episode from being done and I am still thinking to myself WTF? It is basically about a guy named John from what he calls Shittown, Alabama. Its hosted/investigated by Brian Reed from Serial and This American Life. This podcast starts off with an alleged murder that has taken place but justice is not being served which upsets John, but then turns into this Grey Gardens like vibe about John’s life. It’s quite fascinating and I encourage you to give it a listen if you are in the market for a new podcast, there are a lot of episodes so it doesn’t take a lot of commitment.

Fashion

Aerie Bathing Suit

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AERIE PRETTY TEXTURE ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT
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Recently I have gotten two new one-piece bathing suits from Aerie and I am obsessed! First off I am so happy for the one-piece comeback and second, Aerie has such great suits to choose from. I got one more “basic” plum colored one with a criss-cross back and then one more “fun” vintage red one with ruffles and a small cut out. Both are flattering and are super comfortable to wear all day at the pool. You can find me in them all summer long by the pool.

What have you loved this past month?