Jo Malone London Does It Again With Their Queen of Pop Collection!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


As promised, I'm showcasing the next Jo Malone London collection, Queen of Pop - sooner than you thought, huh? Like I said, they've been kicking the year off with a handful of limited edition collections so far. and I'm not mad about it!

They've recently launched their Queen of Pop collection this month, which is a curated collection from model / actress, Poppy Delevingne. This collection features three Bubble Baths, three Colognes, and three Home Candles, all in different scents. The scents are from Jo Malone London's everyday collection, but the packaging is decorated in bright pink with a random splash of stripes and / or polka-dots. I was able to receive one product from each category, plus the cute rubber duck from the collection (thank you so much, Jo Malone London)!

I have the Bubble Bath in Black Cedarwood & Juniper, Cologne in Peony & Blue Suede, and a Home Candle in Blackberry & Bay! I'm most excited for the Bubble Bath because I haven't seen anything like it in a Jo Malone London limited edition (like the Hair Mist and Body Spray). Besides, who doesn't love bubble baths? I know the scent Peony & Blush Suede is a favorite of others, so I'm excited to finally own it - it's very floral and super appropriate for a night out on the town! And lastly, I'm loving the Blackberry & Bay Home Candle... this is one of my all-time favorite Jo Malone London scents and I'm ecstatic to own the candle version!

If you're considering purchasing something from the Queen of Pop collection, just do it. Every product from this collection will make your space pop with summer vibes and positive energy.

Queen of Pop Products Mentioned:
- Jo Malone London Black Cedarwood & Juniper Limited Edition Bubble Bath
- Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Limited Edition Cologne
- Jo Malone London Blackberry & Bay Limited Edition Candle

xx

My Boyfriend's Current Skincare Favorites are the Perfect Mini Father's Day Gift Guide!

Thursday, June 14, 2018


I'm such a huge skincare person, and it only made sense for that to rub onto my boyfriend, Michael. It was definitely a gradual change, because he has super oily skin and thought that skincare would only be a hassle on top of his oily skin... until I introduced the right products to him! Keep reading for his current skincare favorites.

We're starting off with his all-time favorite, philosophy's renewed hope for men mattifying moisturizer. He always has one in his bag - don't be afraid to ask him to use it (though he might be a tad too protective over it). This moisturizer is nice and lightweight, which is suitable for his oily skin, and the mattifying ability just tops it off! He also loves the microdelivery for men face and body scrub because who doesn't love a multi-tasking two-in-one product?

I was recently introduced to the brand, Triumph & Disaster, a cool skincare brand that uses natural ingredients and great for men! The names of their products are so fun, such as Logic (toner) and Gameface (moisturizer), and that definitely drew Michael's attention. He still doesn't know what the purpose of a toner is, but I'm glad he makes an effort to use it anyway. The Gameface moisturizer has been implemented into his evening skincare routine, as it's slightly thicker than philosophy's mattifying moisturizer (which is okay when you're sleeping)!

Products Pictured:
- philosophy renewed hope for men mattifying moisturizer
- philosophy the microdelivery for men face and body scrub
- Triumph & Disaster Logic Toner
- Triumph & Disaster Gameface Moisturizer

Pssst! Father's Day is coming up this weekend and this makes for a great short-and-sweet gift guide!

xx

Bokksu Blossoming Spring Unboxing (April 2018)! 💮

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


If you know me, you know I'm a huge fan of snacks. However, I never loved them enough to join a snack subscription for long... until I came across Bokksu, a Japanese snack subscription box. When it comes to food (snacks included), I can't turn down anything Japanese - it's my all-time favorite type of food! 

The Bokksu team was so generous enough to send me their Blossoming Spring (April 2018) box! Lucky for me, all of the flavors from this spring box were right up my alley - sakura, strawberry, and Japanese plum. Are you drooling yet? Let's go see what's inside this beautiful orange box! 


My first impression when opening this box was nothing short of positive - it was filled (and there were at least two of each of almost all the snacks). 


The box itself was thoughtfully curated, as not only was it a box of delicious snacks, but the presentation was definitely on point and aesthetically pleasing as well. 


To be quite frank, I ate half of these snacks right after I finished taking these photographs - couldn't help myself! 


There was a brochure inside of the box that gives you more information about each snack - I think it's super helpful, especially when Japanese snacks don't always have English on them. My favorite snack out of this entire box was definitely the Suppa Mucho Stick Sour Plum bag! My mouth is drooling as I'm reminiscing on the sour-but-savory taste of those chips!

If you're interested in trying out Bokksu for yourself, you can use the code CX5 for $5 off your first subscription! Thanks again, Bokksu!

xx

My Picks from the Blossom Girls + Hot Blossoms Collections from Jo Malone London! 🌸

Monday, June 11, 2018


Jo Malone London has been starting the year strong with a few limited edition collections! Right after the debut of their English Fields collection, they launched two more, Blossom Girls and Hot Blossoms, during the months of April and May.

The Blossom Girls collection features three limited edition floral scents, Plum Blossom, Nashi Blossom, and Sakura Cherry Blossom, dressed with neon details (and only available in their bigger size). Apparently, these scents were launched as limited-edition fragrances in prior years, and made their way back around for the Spring 2018 season. I was able to get my hands on the Nashi Blossom scent, and it definitely lends to a super clean scent. According to the website, this scent is comprised of pristine white petals, succulent with nashi fruit and pear, a bite of crisp apple, softened with rose and white musk. I love how light and green this fragrance is - not overpowering at all. Absolutely playful and suitable for the everyday!

Jo Malone London launches a limited edition fragrance every year around this time. Last year, it was Star Magnolia, and it launched with a matching hair mist! This year, the Hot Blossoms collection features their limited edition fragrance, Tropical Cherimoya Cologne, along with Jo Malone London's first-ever body mist, Cattleya Flower Body Mist! The packaging screams summer, with its random pops of color, and the scents are definitely colorful themselves as well. If you love all things fruity, this fragrance is perfect for you! The body mist leans to more floral notes, which is great for casual everyday wear. These scents are definitely long-lasting, and perfect for both day-to-day as well as special events. Super fun collection for a transition to summer!

Products Pictured:
- Jo Malone London Nashi Blossom Limited Edition Cologne
- Jo Malone London Tropical Cherimoya Cologne
- Jo Malone London Cattleya Flower Body Mist

Stay tuned for the next fun Jo Malone London collection!

xx

Good-For-You Makeup Brands You Need to Try!

Monday, June 4, 2018

As of late, I've been testing out more and more beauty brands that are on the cleaner side of things. At first, I was drawn to cleaner skincare brands, and naturally became aware of makeup brands that were clean as well. Keep reading to see some of my favorite good-for-you makeup brands! 

OLGA'S ORGANICS
Let's start off with my current favorite good-for-you makeup brand - Olga's Organics. This brand does not get enough hype that it deserves, as their makeup products are truly truly truly worth trying. Olga was generous enough to send me their Organic Certified Loose Face Powder, Vegan Kabuki Brush, and Lip Tint (in Sedona). It took me a while to actually try the products, but I'm so glad I did because these products have been implemented into my makeup routine for good. I love using The Loose Face Powder for setting my makeup - the powder is so silky and it leaves my fave feeling nice and soft! I don't normally wear lipstick, but the Lip Tint (in Sedona) is a great natural color for my lips and the product glides on ever so smoothly! Totally recommend checking out this clean makeup brand! 100%!

VAPOUR BEAUTY
Next up is Vapour Beauty, a natural luxury makeup and skincare brand. I have not tried their skincare products, but their makeup is pretty promising, especially their Aura Multi-Tasker and Velvet Lip Gloss. The Aura Multi-Tasker is perfect for on-the-go gals like me, who prefers to sleep in just a few more minutes and ends up rushing on makeup. I use this on my lips for quick color, and will add a bit of color on my cheeks for a bit of flush - this works on the lids as well, depending on which color you get! I love popping a Velvet Lip Gloss in my bag - it's not overly glossy and the product melts from the warmth of your finger. Loving these natural colors and this natural makeup brand!

MINERAL FUSION
Mineral Fusion is not a new favorite - it's an oldie but a goodie. There's always that one brand that you always run back to, no matter how many new brands you come across. I first discovered Mineral Fusion at Whole Foods and have appreciated their mineral products since. I'm a huge fan of their lip products, as they have stunning pigments in a wide variety of color and finishes. Their Sheer Moisture Lip Tints are my current favorites as they give a natural finish with a my-lips-but-better look. I also recommend checking our their classic Lipsticks and Lipstick Butters!

Let me know if you have any favorite good-for-you makeup brands! 

xx
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