beauty / boots botanics age defense eye cream

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like, how hard is it to write a beauty review?  i’ve been staring at the screen for 30 mins.  typing, deleting, typing, deleting… do i start with something funny?  do i just get right to the point?  does anyone even care?  (hi, i’m new here!)  i guess i’ll just tell you that these beauty-related posts are gonna start happening more often – products i like, reviews, diy, maybe a video here and there… so let’s get started, shall we?

eye creams.  we’re all looking to de-puff and brighten, am i right?  maybe fill in those laugh lines or crows feet?  yeah… amen, sisters. i don’t know if it was turning 35 last month or the fact that i’m usually up late reading scottish porn (currently reading outlander), but either way, sometimes i just look tired.  so i’ve been on the look out for an eye cream that focuses on hydrating the under eye area and reduces the appearance of dark circles.  not so much wrinkles.  i don’t really have any.  boom!  take that, age.

here’s the skinny.  i do have a wish list of somewhat expensive beauty products, but they’re not in the budget at this time.  for example, i am currently coveting kat rudu cooling cucumber eye bright gel, but it’s like – do we eat for the week or do i choose to look well-rested?  i know, tough.  but i will always choose eating over anything.

so i headed to target in search of the aforementioned eye cream – hydrating and dark circle reducing, but affordable.  my mom recommended boots, so i made a beeline and immediately zoned in on their botanics line.  apparently these products are considered organic, using only (or mostly) plant extracts and active ingredients.  sold.

the review

product – boots botanics age defense hydrating eye cream
price
– 15.99
details – meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.  contains ginkgo extract.
my experience – i’ve been using this cream for about 3 weeks, but noticed a difference within the first few days.  the under eye area appears softer and any fine lines that i do have, seem to be “filled in”, if you will.  i believe the dark circles/bags have diminished, but not entirely (thanks, genetics!)  i don’t feel like i need to use as much concealer, so there’s that!  the only bummer may be that it didn’t seem to hold up well under makeup, causing creasing under the eye.  because of this, i only use the eye cream at night, applying after washing and moisturizing.  for the price, i think this is a great addition to any skin care routine.

fyi – i apply to the orbital bone, then use my ring finger (it has the lightest touch) to gently dab the product into the eye area.  never rub!  the skin below your eye is very delicate.

what is your go to eye cream?  i’d love to know!

19. March 2015 by paige
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worn / neutrals

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i really have nothing of importance to share.  just these photos.  i dig this easy, casual look.

so what’s the word, friends?  we had a wonderful weekend full of fantastic weather, a visit from IL family, brunch with friends and mimosas x3.  winter in california is officially over and that is all for now.

is it friday yet?

7fam jeans (similar)
tee – american apparel
zara
blazer (no longer available)
gage huntley custom-stamped cuffs

16. March 2015 by paige
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beauty / HUM nutrition

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let’s talk about HUM supplements.  i’m not typically one to take vitamins/supplements (do children’s chewables count?), but a few months ago, my hairstylist mentioned that my hair felt thinner (i used to have the thickest ginger mane!) and she suggested that i consider supplements.

after doing a bit of research, i came across HUM and i liked what i read.  their products are pure, gluten-free, non-gmo, sustainably sourced, rather inexpensive, aaaaaaand… the packaging is pretty.  come on, we’re all suckers for packaging.

so, i took their 3-minute quiz to get a personalized assessment of which supplements would be best for me according to my lifestyle, what i eat, my level of activity, etc.  my “nutritionist” recommended the three supplements that you see in the photos above:

runway ready – promotes healthy hair, skin and nails (this might be their most popular.)
OMG omega the great – fish oil that helps support even skin tone, a healthy heart, brain + body.  and no fishy aftertaste!
daily cleanse – an herb nutrient blend that cleanses the skin, liver, bowel, kidneys and lungs.  (contains antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. so good for acne prone skin!)

*i’m pumped to try ripped rooster, big chilland beauty zzzz

review
nails – they’re much stronger/thicker and growing so fast!  i think this is important if you’re a gel manicure kinda girl (which i am!)  i love the way gels look, but they can wreak havoc on the nail beds, leaving them brittle and ruined.  i’m hoping this will help.

hair – i don’t know that it’s thicker (i may need to try biotin or b12), but it definitely feels softer and looks shinier.

skin – my skin has never looked better!  even tone, fewer blemishes (i still get one or two on my chin before my period, but they’re not as bad and seem to heal faster.)

how to purchase
i ordered my first supply via a monthly subscription on the website.  there are several different payment plans and you’re never locked in. if ordered online, shipping is free when you spend $50 and you’ll get 25% off if you order 3 items or more.  PLUS – use my referral code F6C27 and we’ll both get $10 off!

bottomline – i dig these supplements and i’ll continue to take them.

let me know if you give it a try!  i’d love to hear what you think.

11. March 2015 by paige
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our weekend

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weekend photos via instagram.

books, food, friends – that about sums up our weekend, but here are a few highlights…

saturday
zoey did not sleep in.  why would she?  she only does that when we have to get up and be somewhere before 730 am.  kids, man.  anyway, we got an early start and met some friends at a local family event complete with snow (driven in from who knows where), an elsa impersonator, 3 bounce houses, junk food, face painting, a dj and a pelvic-thrusting elmo.  ps.  this elmo had boobs… which my friend megan so quickly pointed out.  no, we were not drinking.  that came later.  oh!  but guess what? i finally tried the starbucks version of the flat white and i dig it.

now, as a parent, you take your kids to these types of events hoping to tire their little asses out.  but of course, zoey didn’t nap.  so we watched big hero 6, then went to megan’s house for dinner.  the kids played and the adults ate and drank.  standard.  by the time we left, z was exhausted and fell asleep in the car.  once home, we cozied up under the warm blankets and drifted off to the sound of the rain.  it was a good day.

sunday
we slept in!  sweet baby jesus, we slept in.  i finished the first bad man by miranda july while sipping coffee and zoey watched big hero 6.  again.  half way through, she side-eyed me and said in a very conspiratorial voice, “moooooommyyyy, what do you say we go get donuts???” and wiggled her brows, no joke.  so we high-fived, got dressed and headed out.  the rest of our day went like this…

donuts
book store
play ground
burgers + fries for lunch (i tried a fried egg on my burger for the first time!)
no nap
laundry
more movies/shows
lots of rain
jumping on the bed
pizza for dinner
story time
bedtime

i was asleep before 9.  it was awesome.

so, here’s to a good week!

ps.  i tend to buy/read books in 3s.  next up:
outlander
it’s kind of a funny story
1984

and also, the poem in the middle – it’s my favorite so i shared it.

02. March 2015 by paige
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saturday sounds / fitz & the tantrums

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fitz & the tantrums

28. February 2015 by paige
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#tbt style icon with boohoo.com

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happy thursday, kittens!

today, i’m sharing my little collab with boohoo.com.  they asked me to choose a dress from their collection based on my personal style icon – jane birkin.  if you don’t know who jane is, get educated ladies.  first, she’s a babe.  second, her style.  effortless, minimal, masculine/feminine – a beautiful mix of wide leg trousers, basics, and sexy little shift dresses.  plus, great hair.  i chose this dress (c/o – thank you, boohoo!) because it exudes that boho/jane birkin/60s/70s-vibe.

everything i wear doesn’t put me in the league of women.  if i were a boy, i could look a lot prettier than a lot of boys i know. – jane birkin

who’s your style icon?

19. February 2015 by paige
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worn / the silk scarf

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i bought this scarf because it was on sale.  quite frankly, it was an impulse buy.  i got home and i was like – now whatwho can i tie up?  just kidding.  ish.  so i do what i always do when i’m stumped… i google it.  ironically, i found an article on the jcrew website (!) talking about how to wear silk scarves.  jackpot.  i love stealing ideas.  so here you have it.  wear the scarf under the cardigan.  who knew?  it acts as a blouse, minus all that bunching.  granted, i don’t have long model legs, so the scarf hangs a little too long.  however!  i dig the deep v look.

what do you think?  would you try this?  do i look ridiculous?

sweater – h&m (old)
jeans – local boutique
aimee kestenberg
crossbody (no longer available)
gage huntley dagger lariat
shoemint pumps

12. February 2015 by paige
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try this / peekaboo straps

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bralettes from top to bottom:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4
paired with – daftbird even lower scoop slub tank  (obsessed!)

i dig this trend so much.  and while i’m no stranger to the coyness of showing a bit of lace under a vneck tshirt or a sheer blouse, this is different.  it’s sexier… edgier.

what do you think?

other ways to wear it here here and here

11. February 2015 by paige
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worn / this giant scarf

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ah, the giant blanket scarf.  all the ladies are wearing them.  i think they’re a bit obnoxious, so this is as big as i go.  otherwise, i may as well just leave the house with an actual blanket around my shoulders.  which would look silly.  and all day i’d have to bark at people like – what??  i’m really cold, okay?  geez. 

also, there are so many ways to tie/drape/style these things.  i don’t get it.  i’ve attempted and failed multiple times.  it’s pretty bad.  so bad in fact, that at one point i got the scarf stuck in my hair (how??) and then punched myself in the face trying to unknot the damn thing!  i should make a video – how not to tie a giant blanket scarf.

so basically i’m a two-trick pony… over the shoulders like a shawl or the loopty loop you see in photo 3.

easy.

jcrew scarf (on sale, no longer on site.)
lou & grey top (on sale, no longer on site.)
jeans from anthropologie (old)
belt – diament designs - 40% off right now!

10. February 2015 by paige
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our weekend

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it was a good weekend!  saturday brought rain, so i stayed close to home – read, watched tv, did some laundry.  alone time is nice.  but sunday was sunny and warm, so after pilates zoey and i went on a mini hike with some of our friends.  it’s amazing what the outdoors will do for your mood!  not to mention zoey was wiped and took a great afternoon nap.

the selfie you see above is to share my first attempt at a “cat eye.”  that shit is hard to do!  but i’m going to keep practicing.  as silly as it may be, perfecting this little makeup trick is one of the many items on my things to do in 2015 list.  i’m turning 35 in a few days, so i made a list of things i want to accomplish this year.  some things are big, some are small.  more on that in a later post.  maybe this week.

also, i finished reading i am that girl by alexis jones and i’ve been drinking hot lemon water every morning.  stay tuned for a book review and my thoughts on all things lemon.

so much to look forward to!  haha.

i hope you had a lovely weekend!

09. February 2015 by paige
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