August 2016 Loves

August 2016 Loves

When I was sent Momoup products to review, I thought yay for more Korean beauty products to try! Then, after opening on of the makeup removing wipes and discovering that even packet was a two pack, I thought how wasteful. But when I used them, I realized two things. One, that the amount of material is actually less than that of wipe and two I love them! I could not stop talking about them (or telling my friends).

During my trip to Nantucket to visit Gabby, I told myself I wasn’t going to go shopping. But I couldn’t resist stopping in some of my favorite shops. Like Crane & Lion, where I picked up this Maria Shireen Bittersweet hair tie bracelet (hair tie included). This purchase was justified because I needed a souvenir, and had been wanting a hair tie bracelet.

I’ve partnered with Happy Socks to put a little pep in my step (and color on my Instagram). No show socks don’t have to be boring and these have a serious shoe saver!

As a self-proclaimed crazy plant lady, my indoor garden is growing. I’ve been doing some research (a la Pinterest) on succulent care and propagation. Hopefully my green thumb is successful…

Anything with miracle in the name is setting the stakes pretty high. OGX is one of my most used hair brands and their Miracle In-Shower Oil is, well, miraculous. It provides extra moisture for my hair AND my body! This two-in-one product is my current absolute favorite.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe: Started from the Bottom

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Building a capsule wardrobe is an idea the I’ve toyed with for a while now. Pinterest (and lack of closet space) makes the minimalist approach to style seem very appealing.

The concept of a capsule wardrobe is that you limit your wardrobe to a few key pieces. Mixing and matching what you have to maximize outfit potential without the stress or overwhelm that comes from having too many options. Most capsule wardrobes I’ve come across have consisted of 30 items. I opted for 38 pieces, because I felt too restricted with anything less than that. You, however, can select whatever number of pieces you feel comfortable with. Keep in mind that less is more.

For the month of September, I decided (with a little inspiration) to simplify my closet and give a capsule wardrobe challenge a try. Each week I’ll share some of my favorite looks on Instagram using the hashtag #tspcapsule. But, make sure to check back here to see them all!

To start building my capsule wardrobe, I started from the bottom. Literally. I’m a jeans girl and don’t really wear a ton of other bottoms, so I selected four pairs of jeans and a simple black pencil skirt.

My favorite template can be found on the blog Selective Potential. I definitely gave it a Twenty Something Plus twist, but have something to use as a guideline was very helpful!

There are tons of good examples on Pinterest and if you need a little (or a lot) of outfit inspiration, check out Un-Fancy, a minimalist fashion blog.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Kiehl’s LifeRide Event

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Have you ever went for a walk in the park, been handed free samples and urged to go to an event?

I honestly say that’s happened to me while walking in the Boston Public Garden. It might sound sketchy, but the samples were from Kiehl’s, so I wasn’t going to say no. And it was DJ Hustle Simmons handing them out, so I knew the event was going to be one I’d kick myself for not checking out!

The weather wasn’t the best, but the event was worth braving the down pour. I happened to have my camera and was lucky enough to get a few photos. I don’t know what exactly I was expecting, but the Kiehl’s LifeRide event had so much, and then some! The Kiehl’s CEO Chris Salagardo, celebrity influencers (actor Gilles Marini, YouTuber Amanda Ensing, model Carmen Carrera…), facials, cupcakes, motorcycles, and a Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, of which 100% of net profits up to $25,000 go to benefit amfAR to help fight HIV/AIDS.

If you’ve ever tried the Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, then you know that amfAR is getting that $25,000.

To help make AIDS history, you can donate here.

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Enchanted Silk Dress

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After the Shake the Tree Yumi Kim event, I fell in love with Yumi Kim pretty hard.

My taste isn’t super feminine, but I find the floral prints of her dresses very appealing. It’s hard to explain, but I find that the Yumi Kim dresses I’ve worn have spoken for themselves.

I found Yumi Kim on Rent the Runway, and had to sneak this Enchanted Silk maxi into my last Unlimited order. Georgina invited me to join her on a Spirit of Boston Cruise, and this dress was absolutely perfect for it! Although, I did regret having worn the heels all day. My ankles are still not very happy with me.

Since I got so many compliments and a lot of question about this particular dress on Instagram, I wanted to share the details here as well.

For the cruise I also wore a purse and made sure to include a very similar one in the shop this post section below!

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Photos by Miranda Mu.

My August 2016 Play! by Sephora

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My August 2016 Play! by Sephora

I’m going to be extremely blunt about my August 2016 Play! by Sephora box. If this month’s Play! by Sephora had been my first, I would have canceled.

I have heard so many complaints about Birchbox and people saying they’ve been disappointed with their box. While I can’t say that I have never been underwhelmed with a monthly box, overall my experience has been really good.

I never even dreamed I’d consider switching it out for another box until Sephora’s.

And I definitely didn’t understand why anyone would complain about their subscription box samples, until getting my August 2016 Play! by Sephora box.

Not that I’m complaining exactly.

Will I use the samples? Yes. But I’ve had better. Like, much better.

The value of the samples is probably well worth it, I just wasn’t nearly as impressed as I was with my first two boxes.

I haven’t tried the Lancôme or Alegenist samples yet, but I’ll get to them, love them, and then never buy them.

I maybe had one CLEAN sample that I liked before (once upon a time, in a Birchbox), but I find most of their scents too strong. This one would make a nice home scent (if it wasn’t so strong), but I doubt I’ll use it.

As always, the makeup samples are amazing. However, I already have four or five tubes in varying sizes of the Perversion Mascara.

The Sephora Contour Eye Pencil sounds interesting, but also like a scam. Either way, I like the color. I know because I have a very similar shade liner by another brand.

You never realize how much eyeshadow you have and don’t use until you hit pan in one you use a lot. I really need to stop buying expensive palettes and only get the pots of the colors I use. Anyways, most powders can be used as whatever you want (I’ve used eyeshadow to contour before), but I do like that this MAKE UP FOR EVER one doubles as a blush. My makeup bag just got a little lighter.

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July 2016 Loves

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July 2016 Loves

I don’t even care that I pretty much just posted about my bar necklace from The Dainty Pear. I absolutely adore it and for that reason alone, it had to be a part of my July 2016 loves. It doesn’t get much more meaningful than this.

The first time I stepped foot into Niche, I wanted to move in. It is every crazy plant ladies dream. I didn’t buy anything then, but later at the Niche x Curio Coffee plants and waffles pop-up I got three air plants and spotted my next Niche purchase…

Modeling is far from my full time gig, but if you live in Massachusetts you will probably see photos of my around. Especially when it comes to local brands that I love. Going to The Innovation Conference for Boston Business Women was life changing in a number of ways. One way was getting to try Moroccan Magic. I liked it so much that when the opportunity came to participate in a photoshoot, I jumped at the chance! Later at an event at Shake the Tree, I got another sample. This time, in Rose. It’s my favorite chapstick and the only one that I’ve been using. It’s super soothing and smells divine! I am seriously considering buying it in bulk. And if I ever do another giveaway of my favorite products this would without a doubt be included.

In the same Shake the Tree swag bag, there was also a Yumi Kim sleep mask. I had a really, really cheap one that I was using and this was a major upgrade.

When I had my iPhone 4, I got for a Mophie case for Christmas and it was the smartest gift I have ever gotten to this day. I have now been able to upgraded my phone a couple of times, but I use it more than ever. Exploring Boston on a low battery is not an option. I don’t know how I’ve gone as long as I did without one!

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Fossil Crossbody Bag + Free People Top

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Top: Free People | Jeans: DL1961 | Shoes: Primark | Purse: Fossil

While I do typically useRent the Runway for dresses most of the time, that is not all that they have.

When I came across this Free People top, I though it looked unique in a way that piqued my intrigue.

Despite the fact that I was actually getting ready to cancel my Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription, and only rent something when I really needed, I figured just one more time wouldn’t hurt! Besides, it really goes with the vibe of the crossbody bag that I got from Fossil.

Although, the style of the Fossil crossbody bag isn’t exactly my choice for everyday, it’s definitely a nice piece to use from time to time.

Add the shoes that Gabby of First & Warren said I had to get during one of our Primark excursions and the DL1961 jeans that I’ve been wearing quite frequently, and you have a chic yet minimalistic look with a whole lot of style!

xx

Photos by Miranda Mu.

June 2016 Loves

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June 2016 Loves

June was a really good month for me product wise. I didn’t buy a lot or spend a ton. But, I won a few things. Bought a couple of quality things. Saved a ton. And received samples that replaced some past faves.

My June 2016 loves pretty much made the start of my summer one worth blogging about! I mean, it’s hard not to be excited to hit the beach (which I have still yet to really do) with sunglasses and espadrilles.

The espadrilles were such a deal! I had stopped by the Cotton x Rue La La Pop-Up Shop on Newbury with the intension of meeting up with friends and maybe snapping a few pics in the photo booth. When I saw the Soludos espadrille flats, for under $30, I knew there was no way I would be leaving without them. Except, I had to because they were samples. But, I didn’t leave before placing an order for them.

Bioderma was what I considered to be luxury micellar water. I felt that it did the same thing as the cheaper ones, and the only difference was the cost. That is, until I received it as a press sample to try and I take it all back! Bioderma is 1000x better. Zero oily feeling and cleans off waterproof makeup like you wouldn’t believe. I don’t even rinse my face after!

After being mildly curious about Smith & Cult’s nail polish for the longest, I went to Bluemercury in Boston to finally get it in The Bee Side. It was suggest as one of the nail polish shades you needed for summer on some email I got and I really wanted to try it anyways. I already knew I liked their lip gloss. Now I know that I also like their polish.

Follain is quickly becoming a second home for me. Finds like RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Diabolique are why I hardly ever have any extra spending money. SO worth it!

This isn’t my first time sharing about these shades on Twenty Something Plus. I got them back in June and they are my favorite pair of sunglasses. And, unless I get a pair of Prada ones, I’m sure they will be for a very long time.

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Exuviance Retexturing Treatment

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When I was in high school I wore long sleeves and jeans, most of the time. Not for any religious reasons or anything like that, which would be one thing, but I just lacked the confidence to show any skin.

And that was when my skin was pretty much still in it’s peak condition.

I’ve since outgrown that.

But, now that I am older, so is my skin.

Trying different skincare products is something that I do to cope with aging. Cleansers, micellar waters, creams…

I had NEVER tried an exfoliating moisturizer before.

Or even heard of one.

Exuviance is a luxury skincare brand that I’ve tried products from before. I love their oxygen facial mask. So much so, that I decided to start using their retexturing treatment.

My original plan was to share before and after pictures, but the real difference is in the way my skin feels.

After using the treatment for not even a full week, my skin felt noticeably smoother. I can’t wait to see the difference with continued use.

If you see me overly touching my arms or legs, you are more than free to judge me. But, only after you feel them for yourself!

 

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My July 2016 Birchbox

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July 2016 Birchbox

I’m not going to lie to you. I missed the sample choice window for the July 2016 Birchbox.

And, it may come as no surprise that I really wanted that month’s feature box. So, honestly, no matter what I got, I expected to be at least somewhat disappointed.

Really, the only let down was the box. It wasn’t the pretty patterned box for the month, but a plainer one. The samples were actually pretty decent.

I haven’t used them yet. But, I’m pretty confident that I will.

Cargo Blush and Bronzer Duo | $35
Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara | $14
MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50 Sunscreen | $30
Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris | $80
Balance Me Radiance Face Mask | $34

Let me know in the comments, if you’re interested in hearing about any of these samples!

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