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

How Often Should you Wash your Makeup Brushes?

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Sounds so complicated but in all reality – it needs to be done. It is so important to remove dirt, clumps of makeup and whatever else might be between those tiny bristles. Remember that these babies are going on our faces every day! And though our faces are probably clean majority of the time we are use them, there are definitely times when we do a touch up and the dirt from that day just went from our face to our makeup brush and back to our clean face the next morning…Gross!

Strive (longshot) but strive to clean them once a week. This will help keep the brushes clean and free of makeup clumps too. And it doesn’t need to be complicated either! We use our daily face wash to rinse off the brushes since our skin is already used to using this product. Lay them out on a towel to dry and voila! Clean brushes, clean skin!

 

5 Tips for Working Out in the Morning!

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Any time that we tell someone we work out in the morning before work they always say – I don’t know how you get up, I could never do that! Wellll we were once in that category and never thought we could either. But one day we did and guess what? It.was.life.changing.

Okay, okay that might sound dramatic but in reality it really is. We honestly have more energy and feel so accomplished before the day even truly started. Also, when the day is over we get to just go home or go to dinner without worrying about going to the gym! It has given us more sense of freedom and we love it. We know it won’t work for everyone, however if you are looking to try the morning gym routine, read some tips below on how we got started and how we maintain the pace throughout the week.

1.Prepare the night before – or else you’re doomed!
Preparation is key. Without preparation it’s never going to work. We pack everything, prepare our lunch, have our coffee cup on the counter, gym clothes laid out, and water in our bags the night before. When we wake up we literally get dressed, brush our teeth, get our coffee and run out the door.

2. Keep as much as you can in your gym bag between visits
We both have a weekend bag that we use to bring all of our stuff to the gym. When we get home that night, we only swap out clothes, bra and underwear, and shoes. Everything else – such as makeup, hair brushes, curling iron, and all toiletries stay in the bag. If we need something that night, like an eye cream, we only take out that one item and put it back right away. This keeps us from feeling like we have to “pack” every night.  

3. Mentally prepare
Not only do we have to physically prepare, it definitely takes some mental preparation. When we start settling down for the night and all of our belongings are ready to go, we always say in our heads – “you are getting up tomorrow, you can do this. Keep in mind how you feel when you don’t go to the gym in the morning.” By having this type of preparation, we are able to always (mostly) get up and not struggle with it.

4. Get yourself on a schedule
We find it easier to stay on a schedule and stick to it. This way we know that Monday through Wednesday we are getting up and going to the gym, Thursday is our day off, and then we’re getting back up on Friday and guess what – it’s the end of the week! This helps us maintain a steady pace during the week and if we want to have a later night out, we usually make it Wednesday since we’re not getting up as early on Thursday.

5. Try waking up at different times when starting off
So we’re not sleep experts by any means, however we do know that it’s better to wake up when you are not in your rem cycle. When we started off, we tried waking up at different times to see what was easiest. There wasn’t a huge difference between the times, however Sweetness found it easier to wake up at 5:10am versus 5:20am (go figure!).

We hope these tips were helpful if you have been trying to switch your workout routine to the morning! Comment below on some tips that have worked for you.

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How Coconut Oil Helps Heal Our Skin & Keeps It Clear

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The low point: We have each struggled with our skin over the years for various reasons. Sass struggles with keeping her skin clear. She went to dermatologist after dermatologist, tried product after product and nothing worked. It was miserably frustrating and quite honestly, depressing. She hated looking in the mirror. Sometimes at night she would stand at the sink taking her makeup off and be in full on ugly tears.

Sweetness experienced the same level of frustration when it comes to keep her skin hydrated. Dry patches and irritated skin are not only frustrating but can also be surprisingly painful! Not knowing which products are going to help or heighten the problem brought on long periods of trial and error. We are sharing this with you to let you know that WE GET IT. Our paths on this journey may be different but we get what it feels like to have skin troubles that change you as a person.

The fix: Now we can’t say that we’ve found a miracle product to make it all better because at least for us, we’ve learned that the only true remedy for clear, healthy skin is living a stress free life. LOL, right, but truly the only time Sass gets a severe break out now is when she is experiencing extreme stress, i.e. the entire year she planned her wedding or when she first had a baby. And Sweetness has come to learn how to best treat the dry patches that would previously make it difficult to evenly apply makeup or make it difficult to be in the sun for fear of drying her skin out even more! So how you ask? We cleanse our skin with coconut oil every day.

All natural: When you have sensitive skin the last thing you want to do is throw additional toxins at it. Products are great, don’t get me wrong, we use plenty of them, but when you’re skin is easily reactive or naturally dry, products contain chemicals and chemicals can have very negative effects on your skin. Coconut oil is a completely natural product with no chemicals, just check the ingredients label, legit all it says is “organic coconut oil.”

Healing agent: For Sass, pimples are a build up of oil and dirt under your pores, right, we all know that but if you think of pimples and acne as wounds on your skin it allows you to treat them differently. The same applies to Sweetness and the dry patches. Topicals and luxury products generally want to dry out your skin but when you get a cut or a wound on your skin in any other place, what do you do? You apply a healing ointment of some kind. Take that logic and apply it to your face. In using coconut oil you are healing and moisturizing your skin rather than drying it out. When we were at the height of troubles with our skin we were so angry at it, we wanted to attack it like a problem but really we needed to heal it and show our skin some love.

Versatility: We buy a tin of coconut oil and use it as a facial cleanser, a body lotion, a hair moisturizer, and although it is a different tin, we also use it for cooking! Sass even used it on her baby bump to prevent stretch marks!

Affordability: We can buy coconut oil at just about any grocery or drug store and compared to prescription and high-end cleansers, it is SO AFFORDABLE! We spend no more than $10 on a jar of coconut oil that lasts for MONTHS! Trader Joe’s also makes coconut oil packets that are perfect for traveling or a gym bag and is only $3.99 for a box of 14 packets!

What you need to know: You want to buy organic, unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil. We use Vita Coco Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, which we literally bought at the grocery store for about $9. When it comes to brands, there isn’t much difference but we like this one because of the shape of the jar! Sounds silly now but when you get to the bottom of the jar we can still easily fit our hands in to get the rest out! Anyway, we use it whenever we take our makeup off and anytime we shower we put it on our face and a little bit on the ends of our hair. We take two fingers worth and rub it on our hands and then rub it all over our skin. We then follow it up with witch hazel to remove any excess makeup. (Just be careful not to get it on your eyes if you have eyelash extensions like Sweetness!)

So, if you are in dire need or are just curious about a more natural way to remove makeup and keep your skin and hair healthy give coconut oil a try! And be sure to let us know in the comments below what are some of your favorite skin hacks! We’re always open to new ideas!

 

Our Perfect Staycation with Crane & Canopy

What does the perfect staycation mean to you? It might be time spent alone, relaxing with a good book or inviting some family and friends over for a fun BBQ! We are sharing what our perfect staycation looks like, which includes time with friends, and of course food and drinks!

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To make it feel like we were at some tropical resort and not in our own backyard, we set up this beautiful table scape with drinks and refreshing fruit. Can someone say #pinterestgoals ?! We set the table with some decorations we had laying around the house and made a refreshing frosé drink to help us keep cool in this sweltering heat! The recipe for our drink by Bon Appetit can be found here. We then added a tray of fruit and macaroons (yum!) so our friends had something to snack on. Flowers completed the table to add pops of color and we even added petals to the ice bucket, which looked so cute!

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One item we couldn’t forget was our Crane and Canopy Fouta towels (here). They are 100% Turkish Cotton and feel sooo soft. They also absorb water quickly (which was much needed on this hot day!) and the best part is they matched our color scheme perfectly! Relaxing in the backyard and catching up with friends over drinks and food was the perfect staycation for us. We were able to kick our feet up and not worry about having to go anywhere!

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As the sun went down and it was time to get ready for bed, we made sure that the guest bed was perfectly made with Crane and Canopy’s Mirabel duvet cover (here) and that they had fresh bath towels to use. The Fouta towels have so many uses and the bath towel even has a cotton loop to hang up and dry properly. How great is that?! But just like any other vacation, staycations must unfortunately come to an end. We are feeling recharged and less stressed that we didn’t have to travel far and we were able to still have an amazing time!

This was a collaborative with Crane & Canopy. All opinions and thoughts expressed here are our own.