Thursday, August 16, 2018

Desk Diaries Vol. II

As I mentioned in my very first Desk Diaries Vol. I, I have been incorporating more organic products into my skincare routine. (I do still use a few Boscia products that I have not been able to phase out yet, they're still too good, I'm looking at you Tsubaki Glotion!) I'm pretty sure that everyone is familiar with Herbivore and French Girl by now, they have been taking over the social media spotlight all summer. If not, here's a simple rundown of what both companies stand for: natural & sustainable ingredients, plant based oils, recyclable packaging, etc. For me, if the product works and feels good, I'm in. The organic angle is just an added bonus, although I do like the fact that I know exactly what I'm rubbing into my skin on a daily basis. Plus, I am a sucker for pretty packaging.

Okay, let's get into it. I LOVE a refreshing face mist for that half way point in the day when you don't want to ruin your makeup but you could use a little moisture boost. So, I started out buying Herbivore's Rose Face Mist for this task, but have ended up replacing my nighttime toner as well. Thank goodness oils have been such a skincare trend lately, because I am obsessed. I used to use the Neutrogena body oil in high school, and sort of forgot about oils after that. I am now using French Girl's Face Oil Elixer in the am and Herbivore's Phoenix Face Oil in the pm. After bath time, I like to use the Lumiere Body Oil on my collar bones and shoulders for a soft glow, and the Jasmine Body Oil on my arms, the subtle fragrance is lovely.

On to the extras. I'll use a few spritzes of the Coconut + Sea Salt Hair Mist in the morning before styling my hair with a blowdryer, it gives my locks a fresh feel plus (again) I love the scent. Followed with dry shampoo for those lazy shower-less days. I used to exfoliate with a charcoal sponge, but I've been loving the Rose Face Polish, a little goes a long way! Most nights I just use a face oil plus retinol, but if I'm feeling a bit dry I'll add in the Creme Lumiere Face Moisturizer as a final step. That's about it for now!

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Not shown here, but recently purchased (and fallen for!) are the Jasmine Body Oil and Coconut + Sea Salt Hair Mist from Herbivore as well as the Rose Sea PolishCreme Lumiere Face Moisturizer and Face Oil Elixer from French Girl. I've also heard good things about the Pink Cloud and Moon Fruit moisturizers.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Manhattan Beach

Spent our annual family vacation at one of my favorite beach towns in Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach. We've been coming here since I was little, and it's remained a very nostalgic destination for me. The warm sunshine and sandy beaches greeted us, and I got to indulge in multiple frozen chai boba teas from Urth Cafe.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A New Summer Hat

With summer coming to an end almost everywhere else, it's only just beginning in San Francisco. Our official summer season usually peaks during October, which means I will be wearing strappy sun dresses and straw hats for a couple more months! My go-to brand for hats has been the Aussie company: Lack of Color. I came across them years ago when I started following Jasmine Dowling, an Australian graphic designer, if you do not know her yet, (huge fan here!) you should. Side note: something on my SF summer bucket list that I finally want to make happen this season is a beach bon-fire with friends, cozy sweaters and s'mores. Fingers crossed!

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