What’s In My Bag // November 2017

Happy Monday ladies! Is everyone ready for Turkey day? I know I am ready to stuff my face! A few month ago I made a splurge purchase to spoil myself when I was at The Cleveland Flea and stopped by the FOUNT booth. I have eyed and lusted after these bags for quite some time and finally decided to bite the bullet and invest in one of these gorgeous bags. I absolutely love the fact some that something designed and created in Cleveland has its home on my shoulder now and when people ask me where I got it I find myself responding with pride that it is from FOUNT in Cleveland Ohio.

I know I love these types of posts where you get to peek inside someone’s bag and see what items that they truly can’t leave home without. So here is what I cannot leave home without and has its home in my Fount bag.

HUM Nutrition Vitamins* // A big goal of mine for 2017 was to start taking more vitamins and supplements daily and some of those vitamins I take throughout the day so I like to keep them easily accessible in my purse. When HUM Nutrition reached out to me I was really excited to try their products, especially after seeing them at Sephora. I took a recommendation quiz on HUM’s website which got me 3 great products to try out. HUM recommended the following products:

GUT INSTINCT is a skin probiotic that benefits your skin, health, and beauty. This product contains 25 billion organisms and 10 strain probiotics. As someone who suffers from digestive issues pretty frequently, I was really interested in seeing if this would help alleviate some of my problems. I noticed pretty instantly that my stomach problems pretty much stopped or decreased drastically and the couple times I forgot to take them I experienced my symptoms had returned!

FLATTER ME is a digestive enzyme that helps support a flatter stomach and healthy digestion. You just take one pill before two of your biggest meals and helps with that awful full feeling you get and help break down your food during digestion. I have noticed such a difference with digesting after large meals with this and I ended up liking this supplement probably the most because if I can avoid that full feeling I am all in!

UBER ENERGY supports consistent energy through adrenal strength and this is something I need desperately since I wake up at 5 am every morning during the week and I need a little extra help when it comes to keeping my energy up. I did notice a decrease in that 2 o’clock feeling where you feel pure exhaustion sweep over you, which in turn makes me more productive in the afternoons.

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Rifle Paper 2018 Planner & Pens // I always carry my planner and a few pens with me because if I didn’t I would have no idea my schedule. I wanted to show off my new planner from Rifle Paper because I am slightly obsessed with it and cannot wait to start using it.

Ray-Ban Round Sunglasses // These round sunglasses have been my go to since the summer. I find that they truly look good with anything I am wearing so I always like to keep them on me.

Urban Outfitters Wallet // I found this tiny envelope wallet at Urban Outfitters about a year ago when I needed a smaller wallet for a purse at that time I was wearing. I love that this holds everything I need and I can just toss it from purse to purse.

Lippies // I carry quite a few lip products with me at all time but there has been three lately that I have been giving a little more love to. The Glossier Balm Dot Com in cherry smells delicious and adds the slightest bit of color along with the moisture we know and love from Balm Dot Com. If you want to try it out click my link here to receive 20% off your first purchase. I’ve been also wearing this gorgeous Maybelline lipstick in Toasted Truffle which feels so velvety and gives a beautiful brown 90s color vibe. And we can’t forget my one and only gloss from Fenty Beauty, the universal luminizer adds the perfect touch to any lipstick.

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Hair Bobbles // Hands down these are my favorite hair ties and I carry them with me at all times! They don’t crease your hair and they hold ponytails and buns very securely! They come in tons of color but I like the clear and nude ones. I have bought these from Amazon and Sephora and the price difference isn’t much if you buy the real ones.

Mario Badescu Hand Cream // What I love about this hand cream is that it absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy. The formula is made up of vitamin A, vitamin E, wheat germ oil and honey for ultimate hydration and nourishment.

Vintage Mirror Compact // Last but certainly not least is my vintage mirror compact which I picked up at Flower Child in Lakewood, Ohio. I love vintage pieces that hold history and I thought that this compact was so beautiful and was a nice feminine touch.

*HUM Nutrition vitamins were provided by HUM Nutrition. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HUM Nutrition. #humnutrition #startwithin.
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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?