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Beauty Product Review on the Braun Silk-épil 9

Good morning everyone, today I partnered with Braun Beauty to share a review on the Braun Silk-épil 9 just in time for the holidays since it makes for a great stocking stuffer. In case you aren’t familiar with epilation, it’s basically a hair removal method in which you use a device that mechanically grasps multiple hairs simultaneously and removes them. Since the device removes hair from the root instead of the cutting it with a razor, your smooth skin results last much longer. However, I’m not going to lie even though I had heard great things about this particular hair removal method, I was still super nervous to try the Braun Silk-épil 9 Bonus Edition. The thought of removing multiple hairs at once made me hesitant because I had only ever shaved my legs. Although, not having to shave for three to four weeks sounded pretty intriguing and might outweigh the pain. So when Braun reached out asking me to review the product for my readers, I thought why the heck not! I figured that at least if I didn’t love my experience, I could always educate others. On top of that, Braun was named as the world’s #1 best-selling epilator brand so I felt like this was the best brand to try it out with!

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I am going to share my experience with you by sharing a lot of tips and tricks that I read on Braun’s web site. Without these tips, I would have been clueless!

Prep yourself! Just like any other beauty routine, epilating also requires a little extra planning! It’s best to epilate the night before you need your legs to look silky-smooth. This will allow your skins a full 24 hours for any irritation to reduce. Also, night time is best since you’re more relaxed and minor bumps will disappear before the morning. In addition to timing, exfoliation is also key to a successful hair removable experience. I recommend taking a warm bath and shower to relax and exfoliate your body before the hair removable process. Exfoliating with a scrub or the Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa innovative exfoliating brush will also help you avoid any unwanted in-grown hairs.

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When it comes to your first time, I suggest trying it out when you don’t have anything special going the next day just in case your skin reacts differently to the process. I also recommend this when it comes it comes to get waxed or threaded for the first time in case of redness and irritation. Fortunately, I didn’t experience any redness or skin sensitivity issues, but I was still glad that I attempted in the evening so I could just lay in bed until the tingling sensation went away.

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2) Keel Calm & Epilate On! Just like plucking, tweezing and buffing, epilation can also feel slightly uncomfortable, but fortunately the Silk-épil helps to minimize the pain with features such as the massaging rollers for an extra-gentle hair removal experience. In addition to those features, the Braun Silk-épil 9 allows you to epilate while you sit in the bathtub, which is even better since water helps to make it feel more comfortable by releasing the body’s natural pain killers – endorphins.

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In case you’re wondering how exactly to maneuver the device, gently hold it at a 90 degree angle on your legs and pull your skin tightly with your other hand so it’s easy for the device to glide over. Just like shaving, run the epilator in an upward motion against the direction that the hairs are growing. No need to press down hard, a simply touch to the skin is all it takes, but make sure to go slow. Braun recommends that you take about 15 seconds from ankle to knee because too fast increases the risk of ingrown hairs. I’m not gonna lie, I freaked out and would rush over certain areas like my thighs if it felt uncomfortable, but fortunately nothing happened! It didn’t really hurt the lower half of my legs, but it I did tend to feel it more on the knees.

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3) Enhance Your Silky Smooth Results! Finish off your epilation routine with a nourishing body moisturizer for super soft silky skin and enjoy!

The longer you epilate for the longer you’ll be able to go in between hair removal sessions. However, at first, you may have to try once a week and eventually you’ll be able to wait three weeks before your next session.

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In addition to the Silk-épil 9, Braun also makes other great beauty products that are perfect for holiday gift ideas and stocking stuffers like the Braun FaceSpa! I especially love their FaceSpa because it’s the world’s first facial epilator and cleansing brush system. Epilators are traditionally used for body hair since facial hair is too soft and short, but Braun created a facial epilation device that removes hairs from the root even 4x shorter than wax can catch! With the Braun FaceSpa you’re looking at perfectly smooth skin for up to 4 weeks! Along with the facial epilator, the kit along comes with cleansing, exfoliating and buffing skincare products. I especially love the Beauty Sponge attachment that you can use to apply skincare products like serums and moisturizers to really help rub them in. Also, this might make me sound super lazy, but I love the fact that the kit comes with batteries so you can use it right away. It’s the little things!

This post is in partnership with Braun, a brand I love. All opinions and selections here are my own. Thank you for supporting the affiliate posts who make this blog possible.

Holiday Party Style: Glam Off The Shoulder Gown

Hi everyone, now that Thanksgiving and all of the cyber madness has come to an end, we can finally start focusing on the good stuff: holiday party looks. I’m kicking off my holiday party style series with this glam off the shoulder gown from ModCloth. This stunning formal dress is perfect for a black tie wedding or a fancy holiday party. I styled the dress with plenty of jewels, a pink party bag and a lux faux fur stole to add to the glam factor of the gown. What I love most about this dress is the flattering neckline and high slit. It makes me feel so confident and luxurious like I’m in a James Bond movie! Haha! I’m serious though especially with the updo hairstyle and faux fur stole!

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Outfit: Black Off The Shoulder Gown (wearing sz 4) c/o Mod Cloth | Henri Bendel Waldorf Chain Party Bag (similar bag here) | Similar Faux Fur Stole | Similar Nude Ankle Strap Heels

Jewelry 1: 5 Point Stud Earrings | Bangles & Rings c/o Julie Vos

Jewelry 2: Harper Choker Necklace Isadora Statement Earrings & Naomi Double Ring c/o Kendra Scott

For size reference, I’m wearing the size 4 and I about 5’1 ft and 120 lbs. I’m a 34B and I normally wear a size small in dresses. If your size is out of stock, you aren’t completely out of luck because ModCloth reorders items based on community feedback and demand! So be sure to let them know by clicking on your desired size and clicking the “I Need It” button and ModCloth will shoot you an email if they’re able to restock it.

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How To Wear Sneakers During The Holidays With Hush Puppies

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and ate plenty of stuffing and turkey followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. Speaking of shopping, the holiday season is officially here, which means we’re all about to run around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to prepare for holiday parties, Christmas day and of course gifts under the tree. I don’t know about you, but I like to be pretty comfortable when I’m running errands all day. Unfortunately, we can’t wear our pajamas while shopping in public so I like to wear the next best thing: jeans and sneakers! With that being said, today I’ve partnered up with Hush Puppies to show you how to wear sneakers during the holidays. However, you don’t have to stop at the holidays, you can wear these Ekko Gwen sneakers year round! They’re super comfortable and the taupe color is very flattering to the legs. I styled them with jeans in the photos below, but they also look great with leggings, faux leather pants and of course shorts, but unless you live in the south like me, you probably won’t be wearing them with shorts during the fall and winter. My casual style is a mix of cardigans, utility jackets, jeans, leggings and cozy sweaters paired with sneakers or booties. What’s your casual?

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Outfit: Grey Ripped Jeans (similar & more affordable here) | West 57th Small  Turnlock Satchel c/o Henri Bendel | Mock Neck Top | Taupe Cardigan (similar here) | Suede Taupe Sneakers c/o Hush Puppies

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Hush Puppies footwear has been around since 1958, and has been leading the casual and comfortable revolution ever since and trust me, they definitely live up to their comfy expectations. I also love how they have a mix of styles that won’t make you sacrifice comfort for style. Most of their shoes can be dressed up or down. I also own these booties in the smoke suede.

This post is in partnership with Hush Puppies, a brand I love. All opinions and selections here are my own. Thank you for supporting the affiliate posts who make this blog possible.

Cyber Monday 2016 Sales

Happy Cyber Monday Eve everyone! If you thought Black Friday deals were good, then you’re going to flip over these Cyber Monday 2016 sales! Make sure to check back frequently as some codes may change at midnight, but most of them should remain the same!  Also, I will continue to add more style boards to this post along with a round up of of my recent outfits that are now on sale. So make sure to keep an eye out for those too!

CYBER MONDAY DEALS:

Abercrombie & Fitch | 50% OFF Site Wide

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Anthropologie | 30% OFF everything | code: LETSGO

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Ashley Sievert Beauty | Take 25% OFF site wide | code: SANTAISCOMING

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ASOS | 30% off site-wide | code: THANKFUL30

Banana Republic | 50% OFF everything (online only)!

Baublebar | Take 35% OFF 2+ items w/ code: SAVE35 (OR) 25% OFF w/ code: SAVE25

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Outfit: Amazon Bib Necklace <—SALE Alert! | Mock Neck Cable Sweater <—SALE Alert! 50% OFF | Jenni Saddle Bag (designed by Haute Off the Rack in collaboration w/ Gigi New York) <—SALE Alert! Take up to 35% OFF! | Faux Leather Lace Up Skirt (similar here & here) | BlankNYC Jacket | Over The Knee Boots

Bloomingdales |  Take 25% OFF select items

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Cami NYC | 30% OFF site wide | code: CYBERCAMI

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Outfit: Velvet Tank (more colors available here) <—Take 30% OFF with code: CYBERCAMI | Similar Grey Jeans | YSL Medium College Bag (similar Rebecca Minkoff Bag)<—SALE Alert! 25% OFF | Seraphina Statment Necklace <—Take 20% OFF w/ code: SALE20

Chicwish | Take extra 25% OFF | code: BLK25

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DL1961 | 50% OFF everything! | code: CYBER

Express | 50% OFF everything + Free shipping

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Mock Neck Lace Jumpsuit, Nude Ankle Strap Heels & Similar Quilted Bag <—SALE Alert! All 50% OFF!

French Connection | take 40% OFF site wide + FREE Shipping & FREE Returns  | code: FC40BLF

Furbish Studio | 20% OFF site wide | code: HOLIDAY20

Gap | 50% off everything | code: CYBMON

Gigi New York | Spend $125+ & SAVE 20% | Spend $250 & SAVE 25% | Spend $350+ & SAVE 30% | Spend $500+ & SAVE 45%

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Outfit: Velvet Tank <—SALE Alert! Take 30% OFF w/ code: CYBERCAMI | Similar Grey Jeans | BlankNYC Moto Jacket | Jenni Saddle Bag  <—SALE Alert! (Designed by Haute Off The Rack in collaboration with Gigi New York) | Seraphina Statment Necklace <–SALE Alert! Take 20% OFF w/ code: SALE20

GORJANA | Spend $100, save $25 site-wide on Cyber Monday

Henri Bendel | Take up 30% OFF entire site! (no code needed)! Plus a $50 SPLURGE card with any purchase!

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Outfit: Twist Front Top | Waldorf Party Bag in Pink c/o Henri Bendel | Hudson Krista Ankle Jeans 

J.Crew | 40% OFF your entire purchase | code: HOLIDAY 

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Joie | 25% off site wide | ends 11.28 | code: THANKS

Julie Vos | Take up to 35% OFF

Kate Spade | 30% OFF entire purchase | ends 12.1 | code: WIRED

Kendra Scott | take 20% OFF everything | code: SALE20

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Jewelry Details: Isadora Statement Earrings, Harper Choker Necklace & Naomi Double Ring <—SALE Alert! 20% OFF w/ code: SALE20

Last Call | take extra 40% to 80% OFF everything!

Loft  | 50% OFF everything | code: CYBERMONDAY

Lord & Taylor | EXTRA 25% OFF Regular-Priced & Sale Items + FREE Shipping! | code: CYBER

Lulu & Georgia | 15% off $250+ (CODE BLACKFRIYAY15) | 20% off $500+ (BLACKFRIYAY20) | 25% off $1,000+ (BLACKFRIYAY25)

Loren Hope | 20% OFF site wide | ends 11.30 | code: THANKFULLY

Love Always | 30% OFF site wide | code: SPARKLE

Macy’s | Extra 20% OFF + FREE shipping at $25+ | code: CYBER

Madewell | 25% OFF your entire purchase | code: THATSALE

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Outfit: Madewell Fleet Jacket <—SALE Alert! Take 25% OFF w/ code: THATSALE | Wedge Booties —take 25% OFF w/ code: CYBER | Tan Plaid Blanket Scarf —take 30% OFF w/ code: CYBER16Jenni Saddle Bag <—SALE Alert! (Designed by Haute Off The Rack in collaboration with Gigi New York) 

Madly Yours Collection | 20% OFF site wide | code: MADLY20

Mark & Graham | 25% OFF your entire purchase | code: FRIENDS

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Melanie Auld | 40-60% OFF site wide

ModCloth | 30% OFF everything | code: CYBER16

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Neiman Marcus | Get up to $750 in gift cards with code: CG4YOU

Nine West | 50% off boots & booties + extra 25% OFF $125+

Nordstrom | Take extra 20% OFF sale! | Shop Ray-Ban Sunglasses on MAJOR Sale!

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Marc Fisher Alisa Booties — 52% OFF

Old Navy | 40% OFF everything!

Rebecca Minkoff | 25% off all orders + Free shipping + when you spend $100 or more

 Revolve | up to 50% off women’s dresses and men’s shirts / up to 80% off sale

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE | Save up to 40% OFF

Sam Edelman | Spend $200+ get $75 OFF | Spend $400 get $125 OFF | code: CYBERSAM16

Shopbop | spend $200+, get 15% off / spend $500+, get 20% off / spend $800+, get 25% | ends 11.30 | code: GOBIG16 

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Show Me Your Mumu | 40% off select styles | ends 11.30 | code: 40FORMU

Splendid | 40% OFF everything | code: SAVE40

Sole Society | Take up to 50% OFF select styles!

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Steve Madden | 30% OFF your entire purchase | code: LEFTOVERS

Tory Burch | Take 30% OFF + FREE shipping | code: THANKS

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Tula | 25% OFF + FREE shipping | code: HOTR25

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West Elm | 15% off $100+ / 20% off $500+ / 25% off $1,000+ / 30% off $3,000+ | code: SAVENOW 

Urban Outfitters: Take $50 OFF of $150 (OR) $15 Off of $75!

Yumi Kim  | 30% off the site-including sale items  | code: THANKS 

White Elephant Designs | 25% OFF site wide | code: THANKFUL25

World Market | 50% off All Personal Care (BOGO in-store)
50% off All Mugs (BOGO in-store)
50% off All Throw Pillows (BOGO in-store)
50% off All Toys (BOGO in-store)
50% off Tabletop & Wall Frames (BOGO in-store)
50% off All Accessories (BOGO in-store)
50% off All Tea (in-store and online)
50% off All Tea Kettles & Accessories (in-store and online)
40% off Novelty Ceramics (in-store and online)
50% off All Towels (BOGO in-store)
50% off All String Lights (BOGO in-store)
50% off All Framed Art (in-store and online)