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LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 24, 2017

Weekly Series, Link-End Round-Up, that recaps my past week and features things I read that interested me from around the internet.

link-end round-up march 24, 2017

I’ve been feeling so over overwhelmed this week, but I couldn’t put my finger on it until yesterday morning. My space is a cluttered and organized, which tends to lead to my life feeling cluttered and organized. Therefore, since it’s supposed to rain this weekend and spring has sprung, I’m going to start spring cleaning this weekend. After work today, I’m going hit up Walmart and buy all the cleaning supplies I need. Time to purge some things, too.

I’ve been feeling this need to simplify my life down to the bare necessities, but it’s hard to do when you think you need everything you have around you. For example, my desk at home and work, are beginning to look like displays for random pieces of paper and randoms objects with no designated place. When you have so many random things in your space you forget that it’s a work space. That has to change, because I need to work out some ideas that I’m storing in my head until I get to clear space or spaces.

Anywho, that’s my eventful plans for the weekend. Feel free to share your weekend plans below. Have a good weekend!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 24, 2017

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Harry’s vs. Hairy

All of my hair grows thick and razors designed for women don’t give me smooth shaves. Therefore, I’ve always preferred using razors designed for men to shave. Men’s razors give me a closer shave than women’s razors, in my opinion. My brother has the same thick hair problems as me. Also, like me, his skin is also sensitive and he has to be very selective when it comes to what razors and shaving products he could use. For the past year, he has been having great results using Harry’s shaving system. So, when I got the chance to try Harry’s for myself, I had to see what all the hype was about.

hair-free with harry's

In case you didn’t know, Harry’s makes high-quality razors and shaving products at a price point that’s very comparable with razors you pick up at your local retailers. They also offer shaving creams and balms to help the shaving process, but more on that in a minute.

Even though I mostly use men’s razors, I was still a little apprehensive about trying this system, because it might be a little “harsher” than disposable ones from the drugstore. I was so wrong.

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eSTYLIST: Hey Spring 2017

Hey, Spring! The weather is so perfect today that I almost forgot to post the eStylist Hey Spring post, but here it is!

eStylist Hey Spring 2017

Wrap Rib BodysuitCream Mix Charm Tassel NecklaceMini Skirt with FrillSmall Metallic SatchelLace Up Stacked Heel Sandal

When I think about a spring wardrobe, there has to be some floral prints, pastel hues, and nude accessories. Therefore, you will notice all of these elements in this eStylist look. I fell in love with this floral frill mini skirt from Zara, because it’s feminine with a little edge. Pairing the skirt with this baby blue wrap-style bodysuit helped make the blue in the skirt pop. Since the skirt is the focal piece, keeping the accessories nude and simple doesn’t take away from the look. However, the small gold purse adds a little more edge and detail to the look without it being too overbearing.

In some parts of the country, it’s still a little too cool and a light jacket or sweater is still needed. This look would equally chic when paired with a simple denim jacket or cream blazer.

I live for a good feminine and mute look for spring! Plus, it’s a great way to welcome spring!

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 17, 2017

Happy Friday and St. Patrick’s Day! Let’s celebrate with this week’s Link-End Round-Up. Let’s do this, folks!

link-end round-up 03-17-17

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, but my creative juices were not flowing this past week. I’m not positive, but I think it’s this unexpected winter weather. Seriously, Mother Nature, what’s the deal?! On Sunday morning, I had to sit in front of my closet and pull out my snow boots that I packed away a few weeks earlier. I thought we were done with winter weather. Nope, because it’s been freezing cold all week. Hard to talk about all the cute spring fashions and beauty trends when you have to pull out your fleece lined leggings and heavy coat. Eh. However, it’s supposed to warm up this weekend and the sun might even make a cameo or two. We’ll see.

Recently, I’ve been obsessing about money, but not in the way you think. I’ve been obsessed with saving money and how to save it. I don’t know if it’s because I’m finally making way more than I need or the realization that I want to retire one day. Either way, stashing money away for rainy day has become a hobby for me over the past couple of months. I feel adult AF when I see my savings account flourish and not living check to check.

Although it’s been freezing this week, the warm weather we’re experiencing has started to alter my eating habits. Last year was the first year that I paid better attention to what I ate. Since I am human, I fall off the wagon all the time. However, the most important thing is that I get back up..every now and then. Recently, I fell off the wagon and laid there eating everything I wanted. Not good. So, I’m going to finally do the Whole 30, which is something I’ve been longing to do.

Yesterday, I ordered the Whole 30 book, but I’m trying recipes off of Pinterest this weekend to prepare. I’m confident I can do this, because I’ve done various variations of this lifestyle before. I’m excited! If you’ve done the Whole 30 before, please pass along any tips that helped you master it.

In the meantime, have a good weekend. Take a walk, go get a manicure, or try a new recipe that you’ve been wanting to try. Basically, go live your life to the fullest this weekend and enjoy this week’s link-end round-up.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 17, 2017

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How I Use Facial Sprays in My Skincare Routine

If you’ve followed this blog or me on Instagram, then you would have some sort of knowledge of my love of facial water, especially my Mario Badescu facial spray with rosewater. I initially introduced my skin to facial sprays to refresh my skin during the day. However, they became a game changer when I discovered that there are many uses for facial sprays. Those newfound uses made me realize that facial sprays were here to stay in my life.

uses of facial sprays

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve become very obsessed and interested with the concept of washing my face. I’m sure this initially seems odd when we’ve been washing our faces for decades. However, I pondered “Was I washing my face correctly?” and that led me down a rabbit hole of articles and videos about the process of washing your face. One video I ran across was How To Clean Your Face on Into The Gloss. In the video, NYC facialist, Isabelle Bellis, prepped her skin with facial spray water before washing her face. I was instantly intrigued and had to try it for myself.

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