Why we are Ready for Fall!

summer1summer3summer4summer2We’ve been seeing articles everywhere about the “Summertime Blues” and how the end of summer can drastically impact your mood. While we can both understand the reasons why this might occur, Sass and Sweetness are in a different boat over here! We are actually happy to let summer go and welcome fall with open arms. So we are sharing some of our last summer pictures and sharing why we are ready for fall!

We recently posted a picture mentioning the end of summer and we received a comment by someone who got very technical with things. They made sure to let us know that summer doesn’t end until September 21st… and while we appreciate this person for stating the true facts (there’s sarcasm here), we [mentally] feel that summer ends when August ends and when the school year starts. Neither of us are in school, but it’s just a subconscious thought that we automatically reset and get back in the groove of things when school goes back in session.

Fall is personally Sweetness’ favorite season but there are so many things that we can both agree that Fall offers. It’s time for a new start, a new beginning. Not in a New Year’s resolution type of way, but we seem to get back on a regular schedule and be more structured… again it must be the subconsciousness of “going back to school”.

It allows for new outfit changes and to be those basic bitches that we are… the leggings, over the knee boots, cozy sweaters, and structured hats. Do we dare say we are excited for pumpkin spice lattes too? Well we generally don’t drink those (just like toooo much sugar) but yes – it’s the pumpkin spice everything and the color of the leaves changing that is more romantic and cozy.

Though the temperature is dropping, the outdoor activities are now different than just going to the beach. There’s Oktoberfest, Chowder fest, and pretty much any other type of festival under the sun. We can go to pumpkin patches, apple picking, and eat apple cider donuts without having to worry about being in a bathing suit anytime soon. And we can’t forget about some of our favorite shows that are starting in the Fall:

  • Ozark (August 31st)
  • Shameless (September 9th)
  • This is Us (September 25th)
  • Modern Family (September 26th)
  • Ray Donovan (October 28th)
  • House of Cards (November 2nd)

So goodbye summer and hello fall! We need an excuse to binge watch TV without feeling guilty it’s a beautiful, sunny day outside. Oh wait… it literally rained the whole summer so keeping our fingers crossed that fall also brings drier weather and frizz free hair!

Are you excited for fall or are you experiencing summertime sadness?

Xo Sass and Sweetness

Our Favorite Henri Bendel Travel Accessories

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Henri 3If you’ve read any of our traveling/packing posts (here and here), you know that we are both extremely organized when it comes to preparing and packing! We always have everything ready ahead of time and everything has its own spot. So what do we use when we travel to keep us organized? Henri Bendel Travel Accessories!

Seriously these are the best travel accessories of all time and we keep going back for more! Not only do they just look cute; they are practical, stackable, durable and have a compartment for everything under the sun! We are sharing some of our favorites below that we use all the time and promise that they are worth the splurge!

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Jewelry – Centennial Stripe Small Travel Jewelry Case (here)
Traveling with jewelry can sometimes be scary. You don’t want your expensive items to get lost and you definitely don’t want necklaces getting tangled or the backs of your earrings ending up at the bottom of your suitcase. This jewelry travel case has been in a lifesaver as it allows for all types of jewelry – rings, earrings, necklaces; however it is durable and tiny!

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Makeup – Henri Bendel Packable Trio (here)
This is a MUST! It comes with 3 cases in one (amazing deal!) but the packables are different sizes and can have multiple uses. We use the medium size for our makeup when traveling and the smaller one for our makeup brushes. The largest case allows us to put any bigger items like sunscreen, hairspray, perfume, etc that might not fit in our toiletries case.

Also, the material is flexible so you can shove it between shoes and clothes and can wipe off any makeup that might stain! They are also so easy to grab on the go such as the beach or gym!

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Toiletries – Large Hanging Weekender Bag (here)
We always had trouble finding the right toiletry case until we came across this one! Most of the past ones we used never had enough room for everything or took up too much space in our suitcase. Our favorite part of this bag is that it zips both sides securely closed to make it compact. There are also two compartments on each side to put all of your items in. We organize it by putting hair products on one side and all of our face creams on the other. There is even a smaller pouch for items like contact cases or your toothbrush!

Oh and did we mention that you can hang this just about anywhere?! When you get to your hotel room you can hang it on the door or towel bar to make it easily accessible but also so it’s not taking up all the counter space. Genius!

What are some of your favorite travel accessories?!

How to Fight the Dreaded Puffy & Baggy Eye Problem

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Are you a new mom, a seasoned mom, a 30-something, a constant traveler, or just someone who had a kick ass weekend at the Beyonce and Jay-Z concert? We don’t know about you but as we age, the problem of puffy eyes and under eye baggage is getting worse and harder to fight! Other than sleep and living a stress-free life, which HA!, just isn’t always possible, we trust a few handy and reliable products to help us fight off, prevent, or simply hide this problem:

The VP Ice Roller
Ahhh the ice roller, you know we love our VP ice rollers! We roll the cold ice roller all over our faces but in particular over our eyes to help ease the puffiness. It feels AMAZING! It also aids in the occasional headache from sleep deprivation so we roll it over our foreheads for some relief! And lastly, it helps tighten our pores! Who doesn’t want tightened pores?! Go.get.one.of.these.today.

Dr. Brandt No More Baggage
This product is marketed to help ease the dark circles under your eyes and reduce puffiness. We found that you have to use the product consistently for about 2-3 weeks before we noticed a change in the dark circles but we immediately noticed the cooling effect. Similarly to the ice roller, it cools and tightens the pores above and under our eyes. We definitely notice a decrease in puffiness after applying this product. We apply it to our under and upper eyes and let it dry before applying any moisturizer or makeup. Get yours here!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye
This is the holy grail! Seriously this was a game changer for us! We feel human again after using this product! The coverage is amazing but it is still light and what we love most is that it doesn’t ripple or cake under our eyes. A tab of this concealer covers the under eye, a little bit over top of our lids, and sometimes we even use it to smooth over blemishes on the rest of our face. This is a must buy!

So, since the only TRUE remedy for a face free of puffy and baggy under eyes is not always possible, it is just fine to get by with a little help from Vanity Planet, Dr. Brandt, and It Cosmetics, right? Let us know in the comments how you fight off the dreaded puffy and baggy eye problem!

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Our 5 Favorite OGX Products

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Oh hey! Sass and Sweetness here!

Today we are talking OGX – have you heard of them? I’m sure you have because they are the uniquely shaped shampoo bottles with Uh-mazing scents!

Well we’ve been fans of their products for awhile now and guess what? If you walked into our showers right now – you will find two pretty little OGX shampoo and conditioner bottles sitting on the shelf. Oh and probably the body wash too because we are kind of OCD and need everything to match (but we actually like it too!).

So what’s the deal with OGX? They focus on using exotic ingredients to keep their products pure and smelling oh so good! They have evolved over the years, just like our hair has (thank goodness) and have added even more hair products to their line. Check out some of our favorites below that we use on a daily basis – you know unless it’s Sunday and we don’t shower or do anything. KIDDING! …maybe.

1.Marula Oil Shampoo/Conditioner
This is a tough one since there are so many amazing scents and benefits from each shampoo/conditioner. We’ve narrowed down our favorites and have to go with the Marula Oil as a top contender – it’s benefits include smooth, frizz free hair, which is especially important during the summer. We also have to go with the OG Coconut Milk blend because anything with coconut is a favorite in our book! Buy Here

2. Coconut Oil Body Wash
We are going back to the OG Coconut Oil scent with this one. Our skin needs moisture and as we talked about in our own Coconut Oil post (here) there is nothing short of moisture in this natural ingredient. We are also looking forward to trying the Lavender Oil Body Wash because it sounds sooo spa-esque and would be super calming for a night shower! Buy Here

3. Volumizing Mousse
The Bamboo Fiber Full is our go to! We love how it almost comes out like hair spray so you can spray it directly into your roots and it also gives great body! With long hair, adding body is important since it can get weighed down. This mousse gives us the right umph we need! Buy here

4. Quick Drying Thermal Spray
Anythinggg we can do to cut down our blow drying time is a life saver and this product does just that. It protects from heat, makes our hair dry faster, oh and it smells amazing too! Buy Here

5. Bodifying + Bamboo Fiber Full Texturizing Spray
Okay so we have clean hair, sooo much volume, what do we need now? Some texturizing spray to help keep our “do” continuing to look fresh. We recently added this one to the line up but so far so good. One mistake we made was spraying too much, which made us look greasy, so go easy with this one and spray underneath the hair! Buy Here

Have you tried OGX products and what are some of your favorites? We would love to hear below in the comments!

Xo, Sass and Sweetness