Overnight Favorites

October is fast approaching and I am so looking forward to all my upcoming travel plans. I will be headed to Memphis working with Memphis Tourism and then hit Austin City Limits in Austin where I am then home for one short week before taking off to Maine where I will be traveling the the entire coast from Bangor to Boston. I am so excited to connect with some amazing and inspiring people on these journeys. And I really look forward to putting together some amazing travel diaries for you!

It has been nice being home all summer working on some home projects and really focusing on routines here-one being skin care.

My favorite parts of my skincare and bedtime routine occur in the evening. There's nothing more satisfying than giving your skin and mind all the love and TLC it needs after a stressful day. The night is also the time where your skin repairs itself, so it makes sense to give it as much help as it needs to achieve maximum results. Below are some of my tried and tested gems that I really recommend for some overnight magic—some for the skin-some for the mind.

VIICODE 5ML T2 OXYGEN EYE CREAM O3.0

Did you know that your eyes show the effects of stress and time before any other place?! Good thing I had the wonderful chance to connect with the lovely Elle from VIIcode a month ago about this amazing skincare line and I have really enjoyed our email conversations as she is such a beautiful, friendly and passionate soul. VIIcode contained the special beauty present which was served by Byrne Victor for the Empress Josephine - the widely spreaded “Ageless Mythology”. Um yes please, give me all the Ageless Mythology!! Elle sent me their Oxygen Eye Cream and I am absolutely loving this product and seeing some significant changes in such a short time. I am also incredibly sensitive and had zero reactions to this! T2 Oxygen Eye Cream O3.0 uses an "exclusive 'T2' stone mortar extraction process", which facilitates the healing and regeneration of damaged skin cells near the eyes by protecting this delicate area of the face and by fading away the first visible signs of aging. This cream leaves you feeling instantly moisturized and youthful and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I especially love that it absorbs well with no lingering residue. It’s handcrafted with amazing ingredients such as Elderberries, Jojoba Oil, and Evening Primrose. Elderberries are powerful anti-oxidants that leave you with glowing, younger skin. Jojoba Oil not only firms and keeps your skin hydrated, but also useful in lessening the appearance of skin wrinkles—rich in antioxidants, which help regenerate the skin cells. The Evening Primrose boosts blood circulation, which is helpful to treat tired skin and eyes and is especially effective in removing wrinkles.

The consistency feels luxurious and so soothing and cooling. (hello allergy season…OMG..anyone else’s eyes on fire with all the ragweed?)

My inherited dark circles are fading and I am seeing the puffiness fade away too which is so exciting because “under eye bags) are not the cutest. I am starting to see some improvement with my fine lines too!

The packaging is also incredibly luxurious and looks beautiful on my vanity! It’s a nice size too making it perfect for traveling!

I just love that VIIcode Skin Care is a skincare company that specifically focuses on the skin around the eyes. There is something to be said about that!

The Oxygen Eye Cream can be purchased directly from VIIcode and is only $99.00.

A little goes a long way too!

JADE ROLLER

This trending beauty tool has been piquing my interest ever since I saw Courtney Kerr use it on the airplane and I’ve become quite fond of incorporating it into my nightly beauty routine. But for those of you who have had a similar reaction to mine upon hearing the phrase “jade roller,” today I’m covering what exactly this beauty tool does and why you should be using one…

While jade rollers are having a major moment right now, they have actually been a staple in Chinese skincare routines since the 7th century. You can think of them as handheld mini face massagers. They are can be made of beautiful green jade or pink quartz, and are believed to have healing and protective properties for the skin, including boosting blood circulation, reducing swelling, and allowing for deeper penetration of skincare products. They are made out of the gorgeous jade green stone and have a rolling piece at the top with a handle.

I like to keep my jade roller in my refrigerator so that it is cold and refreshing when I go to use it. I use mine at night after I have washed my face and applied my nighttime facial oil (this one is my fave lately). I simply wash my face, apply my oil and roll away all over my skin. It is said that not only does this help with circulation, but it also helps your oils or serums to reach a deeper level of your skin, allowing the product to really penetrate and do its job. Jade rolling works best if you think of it as a massage tool: Roll back and forth, up and down and side to side, working around your facial contours and adding a little more pressure with the upwards motions. I’ve also read that jade rolling can help with lymph drainage if you start rolling from your nose as the central starting point, then rolling outward to the sides of your face; start in the middle of your chin and roll towards your ears; start at the top of your neck and roll down towards your chest. This rolling path is said to help your skin detoxify. The most well-known benefits of using a jade roller include reducing inflammation and puffiness of the skin, reducing the appearance of under eye circles (especially if your roller is cold plus I use it with my VIIcode Oxygen eye Cream), stimulating the lymphatic system and blood circulation, brightening complexion, tightening pores, helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, and allowing skincare products to penetrate more deeply. Aside from these benefits, I also find it a lovely way to relax and get in “bedtime mode” after my skincare routine in the evening. After using my jade roller, my skin always feels cool and calm and ready for bed.

This one is the one I use and I absolutely adore it!!!

TRIA BEAUTY BEAUTY BOOSTING PILLOWCASE AND BEAUTY BOOSTING EYE MASK

It’s amazing to see how the landscape of beauty is changing, and @triabeauty is completely shaking things up with innovating products that go beyond just a great serum and a masque. Instead focusing on products that enhance your natural beauty, which I really can appreciate. 💁🏻‍♀️💁🏻‍♀️And who wouldn't want smoother hair and radiant skin AND all while just getting those beauty zzzzz's?! 🛏 Beauty Sleep has never been easier and more beautiful with their beauty boosting pillowcase and eye mask. With the pillowcase, I started seeing smoother hair after just 1 night and am seeing noticeable differences in my skin! I saw them within the first week but have been sleeping on the pillowcase now for months.

Goodbye sleep creases and bedhead! And goodbye wrinkles. The late nights, the long years, the laugh 'til it hurts moments. Your eyes show the effects of stress and time before any other place. Tria's beauty boosting eye mask is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the blink of an eye ! Both products are carefully infused with copper, an essential mineral known to enhance skin appearance for a healthy, youthful glow. Each thread is carefully infused with the copper, clinically proven to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. So I can totally keep hitting snooze, right?!!!!! 

The pillowcase is 100% Copper Infused Polyester with a thread count of 249 and I love that it is machine-washable—Anti-aging technology proven to last over 100 washes too! They eye mask is also 249 thread count and has an adjustable strap making this a one size fits all. And you will want to hand wash this and lay it flat to dry!

Only triabeauty.com lets you try these beauty boosting products for 60 days with an exclusive money-back guarantee. If you're not happy with your results, you can call their customer care for a full refund.

You can purchase both directly from Tria Beauty!

BLIND DATE FROM OBVIOUS STATE

We’re all guilty of it- that first click to open Instagram or Pinterest leads you down a rabbit hole and before you know it, you’ve spent way too long looking at your screen. This fall, I am committed to putting down my phones and focus on other hobbies of mine like reading! I want to fill my mind with something other than social media and news before sinking into a slumber and I just love what Obvious State is doing!

Obvious State is a creative studio in pursuit of wisdom and beauty. (two things I am obviously obsessed with) They are inspired by provocative language that has stood the test of time, poetry that captures the beauty of the human experience, and philosophy that drives us to examine and re-examine.They aim to create art and thoughtfully designed gifts that prompt conversations and bring aesthetic joy to everyday objects. All of their goods are meticulously crafted in the United States and printed on the finest papers and materials. After all, beautiful language deserves beautiful treatment. Gasp. And of course with Nichole Robertson being the co-founder and creative director, well I am not surprised one bit. I have been a fan of hers for a really long time. She’s also the author of five books: Paris in Color (Chronicle Books, Apr 2012), Paris in Love (Chronicle Books, Dec 2014), The Paris Journal (Obvious State, May, 2014), New York in Color (Chronicle Books, June 2017) and Literary Paris (Chronicle Books, Spring 2019).

In August, we launched the first in a series of illustrated classics (via our monthly Blind Date) as well as a collection of books with Juniper books.

They just launched Blind Date with Obvious State and it’s such a fantastic idea!

It’s a blind date with a book (an Obvious State original and exclusive!), plus 5-7 thematically related, limited edition Obvious State goods.  The total retail value of the Blind Date is $45, but is priced at $15. In other words, dinner and drinks on a coffee and cake budget. Not bad. 

Each month, they will release one illustrated classic from their new collection. See a previous Blind Date here. 
If you like classics, and literary surprises, and deals, you are going to be all over this!

The August Blind Date had….

- Two copies of  Let Us Go Then: The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock (a bonus book to share with a friend!) 
- One 5x7 art print 
- Two mini notebooks 
- One bookmark 
- One pencil 
- One literary lollipop 
So let’s all read some more and power off those phones and televisions before bed.

Check out Obvious State here!!

I cannot wait to see what you all think of all of these amazing products!! Please let me know what you think in the comments!

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