Woo hoo! Bringing back my weekly recaps. Here are my top 5 things from this past week. Let me know in the comments what yours are!
About a month ago I received one of the coolest products ever in my mailbox. I had won Christine’s StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner giveaway and was so thrilled to try it out. Before we get into the (spoiler alert) Amazing review of this product let’s just take a minute to talk about Christine over at Simply Stine.
If you don’t know who she is and you love makeup you need to head over to her blog right now. I have gotten so many great products based on her recommendations as she gives fantastic reviews. Christine is extremely honest and ranks products based on a plethora of different features. She never gives something a “it’s great go buy it now, here are affiliate links!”. She always gives a detailed review and is honest when there is something she didn’t like about a product or if it didn’t work out for her. That my friends is how you review a product. Now, back to me who is still working on my product reviews haha.
So, I’ve had the StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner (phew that’s a mouthful!) for just over three weeks now and I have used it morning and night right after my moisturizer. In the mornings this makes for a great primer for my makeup as it mattifies my skin without making it appear dry which makes it a wonderful base for my foundation. I don’t use this all over my skin, in fact, I only use it on my cheeks and forehead where I have enlarged pores just to see if it has been changing my skin at all.
Yup, in just three weeks i’ve definitely noticed that my skin has been more smooth. I’ve also noticed that when i’ve got this on my pores are definitely smaller in appearance. I can’t say for sure if they’re actually getting smaller but they are wayyyy less noticeable with this on than when I wear my beloved Porefessional by Benefit. And I’ve raved about that stuff for years.
If you’re willing to spend the money on the StriVectin (it runs about $100) then it is for sure worth it. I know it costs a lot, but, for visible improvements in just three weeks? I’d say it’s worth the money. However, if $100 is way over your budget (I will be repurchasing this once i’m done but I did receive my original bottle for free) and you have enlarged pores the Benefit Porefessional (at $31) is for you.
Question: Have any of you tried this out or used any other products from StriVectin? What are your thoughts?
*none of the links above are Affiliate links but I did want to menntion that right now Macy’s has a free 3 piece gift set with purchase of any StriVectin purchase over $89.
**Also, I used to work at Marshalls and we always had StriVectin products so head there and see what you can find!
Although it feels nothing like winter here in South Carolina i’m still really into fall/winter clothing and I wanted to share some great outfits to wear when the weather gets cold! I love searching Pinterest and various fashion websites for inspiration so I thought i’d post some of my own favorite winter outfits to hopefully inspire some of you!
I call this winter work wear. Clearly a short sleeve top might not be the best for your office but where I work it’s either -45 degrees or 800 so a short sleeve top is great some days. Paired with a classy black pencil skirt and chevron patterned tights and you’ve got a perfect winter-y warm outfit for work.
This next work outfit is a little bit more suitable for cold weather assuming you wear tights (can’t believe I didn’t add them to the picture). The cropped sweater is a nice touch so you can see more of the star pattern on the button up. You could tuck in the shirt and show off the cool detailing on the skirt or leave it out for a more casual look.
sweater // necklace // pants (similar)
This third outfit is quite possibly my favorite. I just love colored pants. These pants are so comfortable because they’ve got a bit of stretch and they’re pretty cool (in my opinion) because of the zippers and pocket details. Paired with a loose sweater you definitely have a comfy casual outfit with a lot of style.
I obviously had to include my favorite leggings somewhere in this post and I only thought it appropriate to pair them with the trendiest pieces. A cropped sweater (because there ain’t no way i’m letting my midriff show in the cold winter) with a button up plaid shirt that’s long enough to cover my bum. Plaid is always perfect for fall and cranberry is THE color this winter season so why not wear a plaid cranberry (with purple, black and white) top with a crop top and just wear all the trends!
tights // dress
Flannel is so incredibly soft and cozy that I obviously had to pick up a flannel dress. The material is so great for a dress because it has such a nice structure and it’ll keep you toasty warm. Paired with tights and some ankle boots you can go out to dinner or even a Christmas party! The tie around the waist really makes this dress even better because it gives you shape (flannel can be pretty stiff) and adds a little extra flair. You could even replace the tie with a pretty black belt!
Hope you all enjoyed my outfit inspirations, let me know what one is your favorite in the comments below!!
*No affiliate links are used and all pieces were purchased myself.