When it comes to jewelry, I like to keep things simple, but unique. I shop quite a bit on Amazon and I wanted to narrow down my top three jewelry pieces for this month’s recommendations. These earrings are a nice width which provides a nice pop in my dark hair. I was nervous about them being too heavy, but to my surprise, they didn’t weigh my ear lobe down. The necklace is probably my most complimented jewelry item, both on and offline. You should know that the pendant doesn’t actually spin, which at first, kind of annoyed me. But then I realized that this was a good thing, because it meant that I would not have to constantly turn it the right direction. The ring is a nice, simple alternative to my wedding ring. I can wear this without fear that I’m going to dislodge one of the diamonds in my band, because there are no embellishments. I am a total klutz so it’s important to me to have a ring that I can be careless with, while preserving my wedding ring.
Also! This top is on SALE and it’s my absolute favorite top right now. It’s lightweight, breathable, and super flattering. I was nervous about the shirred body because I have a short torso but I wore it to a brunch this weekend and didn’t feel self-conscious at all.
Lastly, and no, this isn’t exactly jewelry, but you know, it went with the aesthetic. The Laneige lip mask is literally heaven in a tub. It goes on so smooth and buttery, while enveloping the lips to prolong the moisture all day and night. I wear it under my liquid lipstick and it prevents that awful, dry, cracking sensation I sometimes get when wearing matte formulas. And for concealer, I have never found a more universally flattering concealer than this one. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer literally looks good on everyone. I like that it can be worn alone, or built up for a full glam look. The shade range is great and it works well during these warmer months.
Hi! I am addicted to Amazon and during the quarantine, it’s become even more of an obsession. I heavily rely on these beauty staples to keep myself hydrated and hairless. The Banila Co Clean It Zero cleansing balm is used daily and I love it because it’s affordable and does a great job of breaking down makeup quickly. The Tinkle Razors are great for quick touch-ups on the upper lip, and actually help your skincare ingredients penetrate your skin more deeply. The Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil is literally the only thing that truly locks in moisture and soothes my under eyes nicely. For those nights where my sleep was off or I spent too much time on TikTok (#guilty), I use the skyn Iceland patches to decrease the puffiness under my eyes. And lastly, I was truly skeptical of the Revlon One-Step dryer brush but you guys, it really is great for a quick, at-home blow out. It soothes my hair cuticle and leave my hair shiny and frizz free.
Bad breath is probably the most non-glamorous thing I will discuss on this blog. It’s honestly just not chic or fun to discuss all the bacteria building their own little eco system on the same thing you swish rose on. But this post is an evil necessary, for both lifestyle and beauty lovers. It’s just not the best look to have an amazing lip combo, accompanied by bad oral hygiene. It’s also just flat out unhealthy. The one thing that’s missing in your beauty routine right now (if you’re not already doing this) is a tongue scraper. A stainless steel one to be specific.
Using a tongue scraper before and after you brush your teeth is the bad breath remedy you didn’t know you needed.
Tongue scraping has been around for centuries and dates back to ancient Indian Holistic (Ayurvedic) practices. Ayurveda literally translates to “medicine”. It is based on the principles that the balance between mind, body, and spirit is key for ideal, optimal health. According to Ayurvedic practices, the thick layer of white or yellow film that builds up on the tongue overnight is called “Ama” and considered to be toxic residue.
This toxic residue, whether you are super into Ayurveda or not, really does hold a ton of bacteria. The layer that masks the tongue can actually impact your immune system negatively if you don’t remove it prior to ingesting anything in the morning (including that first sip of coffee). It can also retain food and debris that we may have missed when brushing before bed as well. If you don’t carefully maintain proper tongue health, you could experience gum recession as well. Scraping the tongue is also key for eliminating bad breath and aerates the tastes buds. When the taste buds are aerated properly, you taste food on a more satiating level and tend not to overeat.
Here are a few quick tips for tongue scraping:
-Use that that is stainless steel/made of unalloyed metals. Plastic ones are often made with harmful chemicals and don’t work as efficiently.
-Make sure that the arms of the tongue scraper are flexible/non-gagging to reach the entire length of tongue.
-Use a few firm strokes before and after brushing to ensure that no residue is left behind.
-Keep a separate toothbrush to clean off the tongue scraper and avoid buildup.