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One of my goals for 2017 is to focus more on skincare. My skincare routine has always consisted of soap & water, and although I hear it’s a cardinal sin it works fine for me. As of recently, I’ve been wanting to do a little bit more to give my skin some oomph. My desert dry skin is always in desperate need of moisture so I figured a proper skincare routine could do just that.

Last year I bought the Clinique three step system and it broke me out terribly. The system requires you to use it twice a day and it comes with a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer; which I think was just too much for my skin. I got rid of it and have been looking for a replacement ever since. When I started researching on YouTube I noticed that everyone’s routine was either too long or required too many products. I knew I didn’t want to spend 15 minutes cleaning my face every day, so I wanted products that could be multipurpose.

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My first stop was Sephora, where a lady sold me on the Kate Somerville goat milk cleanser. I liked it because it was nonfoaming, which dries out my naturally dry skin, and it also worked as a moisturizer. It didn’t leave my skin feeling tight or stripped like most cleansers do. I went back and purchased the full bottle and so far it’s just O.K. I’ve been using it for a couple of months and for the $35 price tag I don’t think it does anything spectacular.

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Next purchase was something to help hydrate my skin. I’ve tried lotion after lotion but nothing that feels like it really seeps into my skin. I’ve heard rave reviews about the Tarte Maracuja and Its been on my wishlist for a while. When I found out that it came in an affordable travel size, I decided to purchase.  A little bit of this product goes a long way, so the small size will last a while. I typically apply this right after removing my makeup with the Tatcha Cleansing Oil.

I’ve been on the hunt for is a daily exfoliant so if you have any suggestions let me know!

Have you used any of the above products?

kierra again

 

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I have officially been working out for over a year now; consistently in the gym chugging away at my weight loss and overall trying to live s  healthier lifestyle. Despite the fact that I’m losing inches and weight it’s still hard for me to make investments in fitness. I have gradually made purchases to help enhance my workout routine, the last of which was long overdue..wireless headphones.

Ladies, we all know the struggle of having to stuff your phone between your boobs while doing deadlifts or certain exercises that require the use of both your hands. My iPhone 6s is too large to fit into a pocket and is inconvenient to hold while I’m workout out. In the past I have opted to not listen to music simply because the cord wouldnt reach or get entangled.

I’ve been browsing for months trying to find a quality pair of wireless headphones specifically designed for fitness. I looked at jay bird, beats, and sennheiser, but nothing stood out. I’ve always been a fan of Bose so when I heard they finally tossed their hat into the fitness wireless game I quickly jumped on board.

Packaging

It comes in a nice box case that’s pretty standard for any high-end wireless headphones. I actually had the people at Best Buy open the entire case in front of me because they didn’t have them on display and I wasn’t going to drop a whopping $180 on headphones I had never listed too. The headphones come with a charger: which they only give you a USB not an actual plug, a case with a clip, and three interchangeable earbuds: a great addition for people who have small earbuds and need something besides ” one size fits all”.

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Design

These headphones come with three different earbuds with a hook to hang on to your inner lope. For security reasons I prefer To have an over the ear option but when I tried these on in store I wiggled they didn’t budge. It also has a small clip along the back of the wire so you can clip it onto your shirt while working out. I don’t use it but if you’re a runner, bike rider etc then it might be helpful. Along the wire is a remote button where you can pause, skip, and answer a phone call as well as adjust the volume. I do use this often but I will say it’s a little stiff. It’s not as easy to use as my apple headphones.

First Impressions

For starters let me say that I am no sound guru. I bought these headphones for the simple fact that they were wireless and from a company I genuinely like. I didn’t want black so I like the fact that I could chose different colors. Overall the sound quality is amazing but again this is just coming from an everyday customer. I know some people can say they can tell the difference between plug-in headphones and wireless, that the sound quality is comprised but I can’t tell anything.

The charge lasts for as long as the product claims too, although it took me a while to figure out how to actually turn it off. You can set it to automatically turn off via your phone after a certain time. Great for someone like me who’s usually exhausted after a workout and doesn’t remember to turn them off. The rubber earbuds are comfortable, but after testing them out I switched out the standard size for the small.  You also can download the Bose connect app, where you connect it to your devices and it tells you the battery percentage. When you turn the headphones on it tells you the battery percentage and what device it’s connected too.

Are they worth it?

Now down to the big questions: are they worth the investment? If you are someone heavily involved in fitness and are looking to make your workout more convenient then I would say yes. You could go with a more affordable brand but I think buying quality it is worth the payoff especially if you’re a consistent gym goer. If you want to use the headphones for everyday use I would suggest buying a different Bluetooth headphone. The battery life is not sufficient enough for all day so as of now I’m solely using them for the gym!

Have you had your eye on any new headphones lately?

-Kierra Lee

 

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Hey, guys! I’m back with a Luxury Haul of some items that have been on my wishlist for FOREVER! I love collecting handbags, and my recent trip to Europe was a perfect time to pick up some duty-free goodies!

Louis Vuitton Neverfull  GM

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Nothing says multifunctional, timeless, and quality better than the Louis Vuitton Neverfull. I have been obsessive over this bag for the past year. It would catch my eye anytime I saw someone with it, and anytime I could get my hands on it I did, just to make sure that when the time came to buy I had no regrets!
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Initially, I wanted the GM Damier Ebene but when I saw it up close it felt very masculine. The Monogram had the exterior that I wanted but I wasn’t all that impressed with the interior. I wanted the ballerina interior of the Damier Ebene with the exterior of the Monogram, but that wasn’t an option; so I opted for the Monogram with the brown interior.
** It was offered in a hot pink interior & although it was a fun color I felt like it wasn’t as timeless as the brown.
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The drawstrings on the side are used to cinch the bag inwards giving it a totally different shape. Im amazed this style isnt more popular becuase its one of my favorite ways to wear it. I rarely ever fill this to the brim so having the sides pinched in is the best way to keep the bag from getting in the way.
I primarily use this for work, but it also served as a great carry-on or a weekender bag. It comes with a de-teachable wristlet that I use separately when I’m running errands or out on a date. I’ll have a what’s in my purse post coming soon!.

Gucci Soho Crossbody

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This bag sort of crept in towards the end of 2016. I had my heart set on the Chloe Marcie crossbody but when I read reviews that it wasn’t the most secure to travel with I began looking for alternative options. I commute to work every day and I travel often so security was important to me; especially when the items inside and the bag itself are very expensive.
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What drew me to the Gucci Soho bag was the zipper and the many colors that it came in. I didn’t know anyone that had it so unlike the LV Neverfull, the first time I saw the Soho was in store when I was buying it. I chose the red color because of how bold and sexy it felt. Its statement bag, that could easily be dressed up or down. It looks great with an all black outfit for date night or a striped t-shirt dress and converse.

Celine Shadow Glasses

Ever since I bought my first pair of Celine glasses i knew I wanted to go back and buy the shadow glasses. My other Celine’s are a classic black and brown tortoise.I wanted my second purchase to be a fun seasonal color. I felt like the burgundy was unique enough without being too loud to where I couldn’t wear it every day if I wanted to.
They are super comfortable and I get compliments on them all the time. I prefer to wear them with my hair down just because the round bottom can bring out the roundness in my face, but other than that they go with anything!
 What’s been on your wishlist lately?
-Kierra Lee
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