Clio Palmperfect Cordless Shaver (and my Self Tanning Routine)

A convenient beauty tool

Have you ever been wearing a skirt and crossed your legs in a meeting and then realized you did a terrible job shaving your knees? Just me? On more than one occasion, I’ve wished I had a razor with me for a quick fix. So I was pretty excited when Clio reached out about their Palmperfect Cordless Shaver.

I like the smaller size compared to most electric razors and how quickly this takes care of any unwanted hair. I think it’s especially great for the underarms as the rounded top is perfect for this more delicate area. I love that you don’t need water or shaving cream either, so you can quickly take care of shaving anywhere.

This is going to be perfect for beach trips or warm-weather travel! Or even when I’m wearing a sleeveless blouse to the office. At under $10, this such an affordable tool to have on hand – I definitely recommend it.

I also tried self tanning for the first time (review coming next week!) and the Palmperfect has been working like a charm to prep my skin. I can easily shave my legs and underarms without nicks or having to hop in the shower.

If I am doing my nighttime, post-workout shower routine, I’ll also use a body scrub to help exfoliate and make sure my skin is smooth first. My favorites are the Josie Maran Argan Sugar Scrub and the Sol de Janeiro Bod Buff! Then I’ll mix the Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops into one of my favorite body lotions and apply all over. I’m sadly almost finished with the Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk, which smells amazing and hydrates without being heavy.

Have you ever tried an electric razor before? What’s your favorite self tanner? I’m hooked on both now!

Favorite Fitness Classes in New York City

Best Group WorkoutsThis post is a bit different for me, but exercise is a major part of my life and these studios are the best I’ve found here in the city. I like to take a variety of classes from dance to weightlifting in order to train and strengthen my body in different ways. I also find each one corresponds to a mood or evokes an emotion (more on that below).My absolute favorite discovery workout-wise has been Classpass. It’s a subscription based app that lets you use credits for classes all across the city. That’s how I discovered almost all of these studios and instructors. I pay $45 a month and take around 3-4 classes a month. Sometimes I’ll stretch my credits and use a couple for Gym Time as well.I love that Classpass is a low-risk way to try out a new class, considering how some drop-in fees are $30 or more. I also don’t like being tied to one gym or studio since my workout schedule varies so much due to travel or what I’m up for that week. If you’re interested in trying Classpass, you can get $40 off your first month by using my referral link!Pilates is my favorite workout class, so there are a couple options on this list. I do Reformer and a combination Mat and dance class.

  • WundaBar – this intimate, ground-level studio in Soho houses the WundaFormer, a twist on the classic Reformer machine with an added ballet barre and jump board. This class is a lovely, doable challenge and I leave feeling stronger physically and mentally. The small studio size means it’s great for beginners since there are only about eight people in any class. There are always advanced modifications too, so I haven’t gotten bored or plateaued.
  • Pop Pilates @ Athleta Flatiron – this one isn’t on Classpass, but it is free! I love this fusion exercise from Blogilates founder Cassey Ho. It’s a mixture of traditional mat pilates set to music with some choreography. I feel the burn in this class, but it’s also really fun. Now that it’s during the middle of the day on Mondays, I don’t really get to go, but you can catch Omayra teaching Zumba too.

Dance and Barre classes are in my top favorites as well. Sometimes I want a deep-burn or a sweaty cardio session and other times I want something closer to traditional ballet.

  • Feels Pretty Awesome – this is one of the most uplifting classes I’ve ever been to. Kristen is an amazing teacher and has combined dance cardio with the therapeutic feeling of a yoga class. You’ll sweat it out in a carefree way and feel happy afterward.
  • Pop Physique – this is the best class for sculpting in my opinion. It’s a Barre class featuring the Lotte Berk method focused on core stability (like Pilates) while drawing from ballet. I still shake while doing this class, but the fun music and bright pink decor makes it feel less rigid.
  • Buns Out Ballet – this is another class I originally found through Athleta and Kiva now teaches privately. It’s a more relaxed approach to ballet, but you will still improve your technique and learn the language. I find this class brings me back to my childhood ballet practice.

The last two are kind of opposites as one is an intense weightlifting class and the other is a yoga class.

  • Liftonic – this is a weightlifting class that will really push you. My favorite one is  Abs and Core, but Full Body is a great all around workout. There are several sets of lifting with some body-weight and cardio training in between. I leave exhausted but empowered.
  • Coreworks – this is a class at Sacred Sounds Yoga. It has traditional stretching and flow sequences with a focus on the core. I love that it makes me feel relaxed and centered, but like I still got a workout in too.

I’ve also taken boxing, rowing, and other dance classes through ClassPass, but these are my very favorites. Have you ever tried ClassPass? What’s your favorite workout?

Weekend Wear: New Favorite Skirt (OOTD #16)

A flattering find

I’ve been having a hard time with skirts lately as I’ve realized that too much volume can overwhelm my frame and add bulk. However, I’m not a fan of bodycon or pencil skirts on me personally; the former is just too tight and the latter tends to be too long. If it sounds like a Goldilocks situation, that was definitely how I felt before I found this denim dream from Free People.

It’s the Zip It Up Mini Skirt in Haven Black and I love everything about it from the color to the frayed hem! The cut slightly flares out from the waist, which I find very flattering. It’s fitted without being too tight and I love all of the pockets. The zipper is functional too, and I think it helps elongate my body with a vertical line. I really like the high waist fit, although it is definitely the shortest skirt in my wardrobe…

I originally ordered a size 26 (which is my typical denim size) but since this sits about three inches higher, I had to exchange it for a 24. Just something to keep in mind if you’re ordering online. It also comes in blue, which I’m probably going to pick up as well.

This skirt pairs perfectly with plain tanks, cute crop tops (shocking for me!), and graphic tees. I’m wearing my favorite one from Maje in these photos, but it’s from last year. These have some similar floral details: a cute, affordable option and one with flutter sleeves. I would also love to get something like this amazing Kenzo tee.

What’s great is that this skirt feels really summery when paired with sandals and light tops, but I can see it transitioning into fall seamlessly too. Add a long cardigan and tights or a leather jacket with booties. It’s definitely my new favorite skirt and I think I’ll get a ton of wear out of it!

Have you found any wardrobe heros lately? What is your favorite summer clothing item?

Memebox Favorites from I Dew Care and Nooni

Sharing K-beauty favorites

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I’m super excited to share all of the fun products I have been trying out from I Dew Care and Nooni. They’re two K-beauty brands that are available on Memebox. I’m a new ambassador on the site and you can shop all of my favorites here!

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Let’s start with my favorite item: the Nooni Applebutter Lip Mask. I have chronically dry lips and have to put on lip balm several times a day. I first used this as an overnight mask and was happily surprised when I woke up with moisturized lips! I loved it so much that I started applying it a couple times during the day as well. It goes on like a shiny balm – it’s not too glossy, but it looks pretty enough to wear on its own. The texture melts into the lips without being thick either. I also love that it comes with a little plastic spoon because I can be a bit of a germaphobe and try to avoid lip products in jars.

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The Appleberry and Applemint Lip Oils are lovely too. They aren’t as moisturizing as the mask, but they do leave a good bit of hydration behind. The berry one leaves a pretty red stain on the lips while the mint isn’t tinted at all. 

I have also been trying out some face masks from I Dew Care. Isn’t their packaging so cute? I love the emojis on their boxes, pastel colors, and reflective lettering.

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One of my favorite items is actually the Silicone Brush Mask. It makes applying any face mask so much faster and less messy. It also helps with even application for masks that need a thicker layer, such as these peel off masks! Disco Kitten is an exfoliating and illuminating mask while Sugar Kitten is hydrating. They peel off very nicely in one piece, plus they have the prettiest iridescent formula that makes for fun Instagram Stories haha.

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Lastly, I’ve been enjoying the Double Down 2-Step Mask. I have never seen a sheet mask with multiple steps and I think it’s such a smart idea! First you exfoliate with a mini mitt for 5 minutes to prep the skin. Then you apply a brightening sheet mask for 20 minutes. Sheet masks are a nice treat in my opinion, but they’re usually just relaxing or hydrating in my experience. So I was really surprised that this one actually makes my skin look more radiant and clear and feel softer.

It’s pretty rare for me when everything I try from a brand works out, so I’ve been really impressed with both Nooni and I Dew Care! I’d recommend any of these products, but my absolute favorites are the Applebutter Lip Mask, Silicone Brush Mask, and Double Down 2-Step Masks!

These products were kindly gifted via Memebox and all opinions are my own. Thank you Veronica!

A Celebratory Giveaway!

Popping in to share my latest giveaway celebrating this wonderful community. I’ve been stashing all of these lovely products to send to one of you! My sweet, supportive friends in this little online space. If you’re here, you probably follow my blog and have already earned an extra entry! To complete your entries, please follow me on Instagram and find this post where you can tag two friends in a comment.That’s it! Keeping it simple and sunny. Thanks so much for following along ♥️

5 Minute Face for Summer – Minimal Makeup

Easy, fast makeup

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Summer is one the busiest times for me since I’m traveling a bunch. It’s also been incredibly hot and I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup that may melt off. So recently, I’ve paired down my everyday makeup to just a few steps. It has made getting ready in the morning or before a flight a bit faster and I’m into the minimal dewy look.

I totally forgot to include my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer since it’s in my medicine cabinet, but that’s the first step. I love that product for its lightweight feel and sheer coverage that adds a dewy glow to the skin. I have the shade Fair which matches me nicely now that I have a tiny tan. It has SPF 30, which I appreciate, but is unfortunately not Reef Safe, so I won’t be repurchasing it. Any recommendations for tinted moisturizers with Reef Safe SPF would be so helpful! I’ve tried the Raw Elements one, which is great on its own, but makes my face look super oily at the end of the day when layered with other makeup.

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Next, I apply Vapour’s Illusionist Concealer in 010 under my eyes and brows, down the bridge of my nose, and a little on my cheeks. This brightens, highlights, and covers redness beautifully (full review here!). That quickly blends in with my Real Techniques Mini Expert Face Brush. I have the full size of this too and absolutely love it! This smaller version works just as beautifully and is so travel friendly.

One of my favorite steps is bronzer and my current go-to is the BareMinerals Invisible Bronze in Medium. This works nicely to warm up my complexion and looks very natural on the skin. It’s a bit strange that medium is my shade match in this product because I’m relatively fair, so be careful if you’re looking at the different shades. Sometimes I’ll blend this into the crease of my eyelid as eyeshadow too.

 

I’ve actually been using my Luxie Tapered Highlight Brush from June’s Boxycharm with that bronzer. It seems odd because bronzer brushes are generally quite large, but I don’t have much room in my travel makeup bag and was looking for another alternative. This one worked out because it’s a fluffy brush. If it were dense, it would be hard to lightly sweep product onto the skin.

Since there is a scar in my left brow and my brows can be a bit unruly, even a super minimal look includes some type of brow product for me. I love this Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel for how quickly and easily it applies and evens out my brows. It doesn’t leave them crunchy either. The Brunette color matches my dark brown, almost black brow hair really well, which can sometimes be hard with gels.

Lastly, I’ve been trying out the Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Black. It’s a very wet formula, so I have to be careful while applying or little specks get all over my lids (which is hard to hid when you’re not wearing any eyeshadow!). However the longer application time is worth it because it gives me serious length and pretty volume too.

So that’s this super simple look. I always have lip balm on and a few gloss options with me too. I love Tom Ford La Piscine and Clinique Pop Splash in Pinot Pop (swatched here).

What’s your favorite look for summer? Are you feeling a minimal vibe or all out glam?

Dermstore June BeautyFIX Unboxing and Review

New monthly unboxing!

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I’ve been subscribed to Dermstore’s BeautyFIX box for three months now and it’s become my very favorite subscription box! That’s a big deal for me because I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for over five years. BeautyFIX is more skincare focused, although it usually includes makeup, haircare, fragrance, and body care in every box as well. I love the variety and that full size products are included too – it’s a great value to me. It’s been fun to experience new-to-me brands and have a stash of samples for all of my recent trips.

The June box arrived just before I left for Florida – which was perfect because it has two sunscreens. I’ve committed to using only reef-safe options (more on that here!), so I’m thrilled that these are both mineral formulas.

The first is the Color Science Sunforgettable Broad Spectrum SPF 50. I love the idea of an SPF powder for easy reapplication throughout the day, but I couldn’t really tell how much I was applying. Even though this is shade Medium, it was pretty undetectable on my light skin tone. It did take down the shine in my t-zone during a hot day at Disney thankfully. Overall, it’s portable and convenient and I’m definitely going to use it for the rest of the summer, but I wouldn’t buy it for $57.

The other is from Nia 24 and is a Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Lotion. I could definitely tell where I applied this one, unlike the powder, as it’s super white. Zinc and Titanium Dioxide tend to be, so it doesn’t really bother me, and thankfully this formula blends in nicely without tugging at the skin. It’s also not too drying – I used a moisturizer (VMV Hypoallergenics from last month!) beforehand. I also appreciate the inclusion of Niacinamide, which is a great anti-aging ingredient.

Lastly for facial skincare is the Dermologica Biolumin-C Serum. I see tons of rave reviews on Instagram and I’ve been wanting to try this brand, so I’m really happy it was included in June’s box. I’m not opening this just yet because I’m still testing the Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense Serum from last month that is supposed to brighten as well. That was another brand I had been wanting to try, so BeautyFIX has really impressed me.

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For body care, I was excited to see a product from Sol de Janiero since I love their Bod Buff Scrub. This is the ever popular Bum Bum Cream. I had first tried this a couple years ago and found it way too shimmery for my taste. It smells delicious though, so I tried it again and I’m happy to report that it makes my dry, pale legs look a bit more healthy and hydrated. You still can see the shimmer particles unfortunately, but you can’t feel them at all! I could never use something that felt remotely like rubbing glitter onto my skin… If you haven’t smelled their line at least, I would recommend it!

Another one for the body is The Cool Fix Target Gel Lotion. This lightweight, blue gel is supposed to help with ingrown hairs, razor burn, bumps, and redness. I don’t deal with those too often thankfully, but I’ll be sure to have Reed try it and maybe I will need it sometime this summer. I think it’s a unique item that is nice to have on hand.

The haircare item this month is from one of my favorite brands, Alterna. I absolutely love their Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner as well as their Ocean Waves Spray. This Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter is supposed to give medium to thick hair a smoother, easier blowout. I never use a blow dryer on my hair – I actually don’t even own one – since it’s curly and air dries best. My hair is also pretty fine. This smells so good (like all of their products), so I am tempted to try it, but I may keep this for a giveaway.

Next we have the fragrance from Juliette has a Gun. It’s called Moscow Mule and has notes of lime, bergamot, and sandalwood. I like the original scent from this line, Not a Perfume, which I tried through Birchbox years ago. It’s light but pretty. I’m saving this new one for my mom since she loves trying out different perfumes.

Lastly, I completely forgot to photograph the Jane Iredale Lip Drink Lip Balm because I had taken it out of the box right away to try it on! I received the shade Flirt, a pretty, subtle pink. I enjoy the SPF 15 and lemony scent, but it’s definitely not the most hydrating lip balm I’ve ever tried.

Box Breakdown:

  • Powder Sunscreen (full size) .21 oz = $57
  • Mineral SPF 30 Lotion (full size) 2.7 oz = $49
  • Vitamin C Serum .10 oz = $8.70
  • Body Cream 1 oz = $4.50
  • Razor Gel 1 oz = $6
  • Hair Cream .85 oz = $5.78
  • Fragrance .06 oz = $3.35
  • Lip balm .05 oz = $6.07

For $27 (with tax), I received $140.40 of product!! This is such a good deal and I love the variety of categories included. Plus I got to discover new brands and I’m stocked on reef-safe sunscreen for this season. I’m really excited for next month now!

Are you subscribed to BeautyFIX? What was your favorite item this month?