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THE MAGIC CREAM


Hi!  I haven't done a beauty post in a minute, so here we go.  Charlotte Tilbury recently sent over a box of products and I was elated.  I've tried numerous samples of their skincare/makeup, but have never actually splurged and made a purchase.  When the box included their famous Magic Cream, I may have done a little jump..was a bit excited ;)

I've been using the cream regularly now for ~3 weeks and can say I'm in love..it's going to be an issue when I run out (groceries for the week or Magic Cream..).

The texture of the cream feels luxurious (if that isn't weird to say about a face cream).  It's extremely hydrating, but my skin stays well balanced after using (..no oil..).  I typically use it as a night cream, but I know it also can act wonderfully (combined with spf) as a day cream and can tell it work wonders as a primer.

I highly recommend trying it..maybe start like the samples like I did, then get hooked, then make the actual purchase.

A few of the other products they sent are below (tbh - I haven't tried out everything yet, but I've loved everything I have tried..):



Thank you Charlotte Tilbury for sending over the goodies; I am in love!

ROOTS || WELCOME TO DC


See?  I told y'all I would be back :)

It's been a long week, but a good one.  My parents were in town last weekend through Wednesday morning and we did a lot..mostly eating..but a few site-seeing activities, as well.  I attended a puppy bday party, worked out in the park (sounds way cuter than it was) and tonight I'm headed to the grand opening of Roots at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City!

Roots is actually opening two locations in the DMV..one at PCM and the other in Georgetown.  I'll be out at the Fashion Centre later today, but I believe the festivities start at 11am.  Make sure to follow along on my Instagram as I'll be going live ~6:30pm EST to show off the store and some of my favorite items. 

I'm really excited to have this retailer here.  They're known for their super high-quality leather goods, but I'm really excited to check out their loungewear..this has my name (well, their name) all over it.

Okay, make sure to follow me later and have a great weekend!


#NSALE || #IKNOW


Well, hi everyone..it's been a while.  I know, life.  I have been completely neglecting this space, but it's time to jump back in.  I'm not making any promises that my one-blog-post-a-day thing is coming back, but I'm going to try and post once a week.  I miss it..not sure y'all have..but I have and to be brutally honest, this space is for me.

Recent updates:  

a1)  I GOT A NEW JOB (hallelujah).  Oh, and I like it..a lot.  But that's all I'm going to say because I feel like I may jinx it if I talk about it too much.

b2)  My bff4l got married and it was the best time ever..I rarely post personal, friend photos, so please refer to her wedding planner's Facebook page to see some photos.  It was the most fun I've had in a while..

c3)  I turned 31.  Yep..can't even fake not being an adult anymore.  Still feel 16 at heart, though..just now doing Botox.

That's a super quick update because I want to get into the important stuff.  The Nordstrom Sale.  I know, it's so annoying.  I'm not going to bombard you with daily, individually curated posts for you, your mom, your dog, etc..it's just this one with a handful of my favorites.  



If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I only kept one of the items I purchased..can you guess which one? 

Check out the rest of the sale here and see you all next week?  Can't wait.

SHOPPING & SPA DAY WITH GAYLORD NATIONAL RESORT & TANGER OUTLETS


Two weekends ago, Ashlee and I were invited by Gaylord National Resort to experience a day down at the National Harbor.  I was so excited because even though I've lived here for three years now, I had never made the trek down there.

We started our day at Tanger Outlets and met with Isida and Katherine who gave us a shopping 101 crash course on how to utilize all their coupons.  Let me tell you..you can save a lot!  They have so many ways to save from joining their TangerClub membership club, getting the Tanger Style coupons, checking the website to just stopping into Shopper Services for random coupons the stores will provide.


Once we had been given all the savings advice, I started by stopping into one of my my favorite outlet stores, Theory, to pick up a few of my everyday tees and tanks ($90 t-shirts for $30 and they are the exact same quality you would get in their regular stores).

We then tried on some fun sunglasses at Sunglass Hut..may have to go back for those since my favorite pair broke a few weeks ago..

After that, we walked around and Ashlee made some purchases at H&M and the The Cosmetics Company Store and we both got some workout gear at Nike.

I think my favorite purchases were at Le Creuset.  I finally upgraded my wine glasses (I see you, rosé season) and picked up a new wood spoon since Mollie somehow discovered how to jump on my kitchen countertops and chewed up all my wooden utensils..fun.


After shopping, we headed to the Gaylord National's Relâche Spa for some R&R..not like shopping is that strenuous..just saying.


Right when we walked in, I knew it was going to be good.  The spa & salon were gorgeous and the staff was so friendly and attentive.  We were given a a mini-tour of the spa and then we went on to our service rooms.  We both had an Elemis Biotech facial and I opted for the Radiance Renewal one which was amazing.  If you watched my Instagram stories, you'd know I thought it may have been the facial I've ever had.  My aesthetician, Irene, was incredible.  She explained everything that would be happening during the service and made the experience so relaxing.





After our treatments, we were greeted with a glass of champagne and then guided to a room overlooking the river and the Capital Wheel.  They also had a jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna.  Side note:  I was super close to stealing the robe..it was so comfy.


We had the best day and I would highly recommend checking out the National Harbor area if you haven't already..don't forget to stop by the Relâche Spa ;) It's more than worth the trip and my only regret is not spending more time out there..

Thanks so much hosting us and for the experience, Gaylord National Resort and Tanger Outlets!

MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH BOTOX


I have received so many questions on my first experience with Botox, so I wanted to dedicate a whole post to it..it's a long one, though, so sit tight.  Also..there's a video at the end :)

To preface, even just a few months ago I was pretty against the process.  I thought 'Why in the world would I have Botox? I barely have any wrinkles and the ones I have don't bother me..just seems unnecessary'.  I had also been to a Botox party before that completely turned me off - the doctor at that party came up to me and said "Oh honey..you really need to start getting Botox now" - let's just say that's not the way to sell me something.

However, about a month or so ago, I was invited to attend an event at West End Plastic Surgery and was pleasantly surprised with how different the experience was.  Everyone there was so friendly and professional, and although it wasn't specifically a Botox party - more of an informational session with a Q&A portion with the doctors and staff - a lot of people ended up asking about Botox and the doctors answered a ton of questions about it.

A couple weeks after the event, I went into WEPS for a consultation with Dr. Ruff and again was so surprised with how helpful the meeting was and how at ease he made me feel about the process.  He answered all of my questions and I never felt any pressure to actually go through with the procedure.  However, after leaving the consultation, I knew I was going to go through with it and here's why:

1.  It's so safe.  I was thinking there were tons of things that could go wrong, but Dr. Ruff eased those fears.  Botox has been around for decades and is used for many other medical issues than just wrinkles.  Knowing that doctors have been using the product for ~40 years made me feel a lot better about it.

2.  It wasn't going to significantly change the way I look.  I've always thought it would raise my eyebrows a ton and I would look like a deer in headlights.  I also thought I wouldn't be able to show any expressions..I was totally wrong.  Dr. Ruff works with each patient individually on the look they want to achieve and for me he didn't want to do a ton of units..just wanted to "soften" my face.  I also decided to only have my "11's" and one small horizontal wrinkle above my nose done since the rest of my face didn't need anything.

3.  Your wrinkles aren't going to be deeper once the Botox wears off.  I had always heard that once the Botox wears off (average of 4 months), your muscles are stretched out and so your wrinkles will appear deeper.  That's a total rumor.

Basically, those were the three issues I was worried about and after my consultation I felt much better.  The one thing I didn't really think about until I actually went in for the injections was if it was going to hurt (see my nervous smile below - I was sweating I was so nervous).  Well, let me tell you..I literally couldn't feel a thing.  It was totally painless.  There is also practically no down time and you can easily go into work or meet friends out immediately afterwards.  The only thing is you don't want to rub the area or work out for ~4 hours following.




Dr. Ruff explained that the results fully appear in about a week or two and he was right.  For the first couple of days afterwards I was a little disappointed because my wrinkles were still there, especially when I squinted.  I'm now two weeks out and I can't see them anymore..the wrinkles are completely gone!  I still look the same, I'm just unable to furrow my brows.


So overall, I had a wonderful experience with WEPS and with Botox and 100% recommend trying it out if you've been thinking about it.  I also highly recommend going to WEPS as they'll make your experience really great..just like mine :)


Thank you for hosting all of us, WEPS..can't wait to come back!

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