The Power of Vitamin C for Your Face!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Now that I'm squarely in my late 20s (thirty is getting scarily close), I'm more worried about the condition of my skin than I ever have been before. As in I'm wearing sunscreen. And if you know me at all, you know I'm more the slather on some tanning oil with SPF 4 (any SPF is better than none, right???) than slather on the protector (I know, I know. You can yell at me now, I've learned the error of my ways). So I'm always on the lookout for skin-perfecting qualities with ingredients as good as the results.

Welp, guys. Let me introduce you to my newest secret, miracle-in-a-bottle, wonder-product: Valentia's Vitamin C Serum for face. It is seriously the best. Packing really awesome natural ingredients, it's a non-greasy, orange-y smelling bright-booster that absorbs in a flash and doesn't leave you greasy. With Vitamin C to keep the skin tight, smooth and looking ageless and reduce the effect of sun exposure on the skin (think sunburn, sun spots, wrinkles, etc), organic rosehip seed and sea buckthorn to promote hydration and prevent aging, resistem to protect against stress-related aging, hyaluronic acid to draw moisture from the environment to your skin and stimulate collagen, and green tea extract to act as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, this little bottle packs a punch.

And it works! I've been using the product for almost 5 days now and already I notice brighter, firmer skin. My pores seems smaller, any fine lines seem to have disappeared my skin just seems to glow. I've received compliments on my complexion lately (that never happens) and I tell everyone about this product. This is definitely going to become a skincare routine staple, especially in winter when my skin is super dull and in need of a boost! I apply it morning and night after washing my face and before my trusty moisturizer, and I absolutely can't get enough. 

Be sure to try out the Even Glow Serum and check out Valentia's other products!

I was provided with Valentia Even Glow Serum c/o Valentia and BrandBacker. As always, thanks for supporting the brands that make TCC happen!


Monday, August 18, 2014

{Sweatshirt: Target | Bathing Suit: ModCloth | Shorts: Gap | Belt & Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Kate Spade (they're Kusy's - I couldn't stop squinting) (last season, similar) | Bracelet: Smithsonian Folklife Festival | Ring: ILY Couture | Lip: Dior Fluid Stick in Pandore}

Photos | Kusy

 Ok! So. Sorry peeps. Apparently my body (which has never really dealt well with jet lag in the first place) really doesn't deal well with it at 27. When I say I was out of sorts, exhausted, and in no place to even adhere to my wake-up schedule - much less a blog schedule - I am not exaggerating. But, after two glorious days of rest, I am feeling much more myself. Good thing, too. These are a busy few weeks coming up.

This is an outfit I wore to the beach (clearly) near Carmel-by-the-sea, i.e. the cutest seaside town on earth. I want to move there immediately. With one caveat: that it's sunny more. Apparently it's warm and sunny all of 5 days of the year. Not exactly my idea of a "beach town" but the beauty of the coast and the adorable town almost makes up for it. Thankfully I had picked up this light sweatshirt at Target after arriving in CA because it came in handy in the fog and chilly wind. I haven't been so cold on a beach since random Septembers in Maine where beach season had long since fled. Someone (ahem, Kusy) did not tell me clearly enough what the beaches in Northern California are like. As in, there is NO SUN. WHAT KIND OF BEACH IS THAT (apparently the sun does appear in the afternoon, except on days when I am at the beach and want to be warm and go swimming). 

At least I got the opportunity to wear my bathing suit again (I'm obsessed with it, I want to wear it as clothes - is that normal?) this weekend at the pool. Which is now closing for the summer. Wail. It's August!

How To: Pack for Vacation!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Erm. Hello there, readers. As you may have noticed, I disappeared for the last week and a half without warning. Sorry! I was on vacation in California, and I had excellent post ideas for the duration of my trip but, in typical Shay fashion, I waited until the last minute to do everything related to my trip and didn't have time. But I'm back and with a few tips on how to pack lightly up my sleeve!

I'm a chronic overpacker. At least I was, until I moved a plane ride away from home and realized I can't be checking my bag every time I go somewhere! Thankfully, I've streamlined the process quite a bit, though I'm always looking for tips and tricks to pack even less. You have to be able to get your rollerbag into the overhead bin, after all! Thankfully, Refinery29 wrote a post just as I was leaving with some really excellent tips that I was able to put into practice for this trip. 

First, you should be thinking of your trip wardrobe in terms of items, not outfits. This goes against how I had been packing in the past. Oops. But, it was actually kind of helpful. Second, count the number of days you're traveling. For this trip, I was going to be in California for 9 days, not counting my 2 travel days. I divided that number by 5, rounded to the nearest whole number (2) which gave me the number of dresses I would pack. Then multiply that number by 3 to get the number of tops and bottoms you should bring (6). 
I opted to pack only 1 dress and an additional skirt (more options!), so I brought with me one dress, two skirts, a pair of shorts, and four shirts (two tank tops and two t-shirts). I tried to stick with neutral shirts so that they would go with my bottoms. 

Then came the necessities. I knew we were going camping on Lake Tahoe, where it would get cold during the night. Therefore, I needed to bring appropriate clothes along, even though they took up more room. We also planned to spend some time on the beach, so a bathing suit (I brought 2 just in case), cover up, and hat were necessary. 

I packed lightly in terms of shoes. Thankfully, the summer means sandals are always appropriate, so flip flops and a pair of dressier sandals did the trick. I also had to lug my hiking shoes along because of the camping trip. 
Last were accessories. I tried to keep these to a minimum, but I still over packed. At least they're small!
In order to fit everything in my suitcase, I used the tried-and-true, Girl Scout-approved method of rolling my clothes. Small things (underwear, socks, etc) went inside my hat, which was on the bottom. I then packed my boots around it and evened out the surface with a layer of clothes. 
I packed the rest of my clothes on top and was set to go! There was plenty of space for my purse in the lid of my suitcase, and my accessories and makeup bag fit right on top. I wore one pair of shoes and packed other in my carry-on. I wore pants, a t-shirt, and my third pair of shoes to travel in and carried a scarf and jacket in case it got cold on the plane.
There you have it! An easy, fool-proof method of packing. This was seriously so simple, I can't believe it took me that long to actually pack this way. Refinery29, you're geniuses. 


Friday, July 25, 2014

{Top: TJ Maxx | Skirt: ModCloth | Belt: Steve Madden (similar) | Sandals: Loft (similar) | Necklace & Earrings: Loft Outlet (super old) | Watch: Fossil | Lip: Revlon Cherries in the Snow}

Blog, meet another ModCloth skirt. Equally as obsessed with this as with the other. It's been perfect for summer. The material is crepe, so it's lightweight and breezy. And it is the best color green! And it has pockets. They're a girl's best friend!

In other news, someone seriously needs to explain how it is almost August? Which is great. Because August = finally vacation month (I'm jetting off to California next Wednesday), but it also means several other things. The end of summer. Which is great. The start of fall, arguably one of my favorite seasons. But it also means some big changes, which are scary. Terrifying actually. But, I'll take them as they come because that's all you can do!

Liquid Matte

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I love me a matte lip. Obviously. And I also love things that come in a liquid (or liquid-like) format. And I am completely intrigued by things that are liquid but have a matte finish but utterly lost as to how they even work. How. I've tried products like this (Sephora's Cream Lip Stain and Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick) and was not impressed. Tacky, super matte, and even more drying, they're just not my thing. Who wants to have crusty lips after 15 minutes? And I don't even have particularly dry lips! 

Then came NYX's Soft Matte Lip Cream. And I became a convert.
{shades 07 Addis Ababa and 08 San Paulo}
Unlike either the Sephora or Stila products, these are actually creamy. How they're creamy, liquidy, and matte at the same time is beyond me. But it's true. Their whipped texture makes them lightweight but with a really excellent color payoff. The wand is the perfect size for applying the stuff and makes it easy to stay inside the lines (I struggle with Sephora's applicator. #fail). What's more, the stuff somehow stays moisturizing for hours. I usually forget I have it on! I only start to feel some dryness around lunchtime, but even then the color is still stamped on my lips (as long as I let it dry down first...learned that the hard way). And better yet, it's not sinking into any lines! I really need to invest in more of these.

The one downside is, it doesn't last very well through eating. But a girl can't have everything....