First Impressions: Summer Fridays R+R and Overtime Masks

Thinking of picking up the Summer Fridays R+R or Overtime mask? Let this first impressions be your sign to get them. Now.

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For Christmas, my brother so kindly gifted me with the Summer Fridays Merry & Brighter set. Anyone who follows me knows that I am the biggest fan of Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask. 

I’ve been using Jet Lag for over a year and with every application, I fall in love even more. However, I never got the chance to try the other two masks from the brand, R+R and Overtime, until now.

I finally gave the two masks a try and I want to share with you my first impressions of them!

Let’s start with the Overtime Mask:

Overtime is intended to exfoliate your skin and act as a mask to liven up dull skin. Some key ingredients include: oat kernel protein, vitamins A, K, C and E, apricot seed powder and pumpkin.

Taken straight from the notes on my phone, here were my first thoughts as I applied it to my skin:

  • This stuff smells AMAZING (like pumpkin pie).
  • Gorgeous texture
  • The exfoliating ingredients are not too harsh on the skin; they’re gentle. 
  • As the mask sits on the skin, there is a slight tingly/warming feeling. (nothing too intense or irritating.)
  • This tube packaging will always be my favorite.
  • Cute & perfect travel size!

All in all, my skin loves this product. I had a visible glow once I washed the mask off after exfoliating and letting it sit for 10 minutes. My skin appeared brighter than it looked before applying and felt so smooth. 

My only caution goes to those who have sensitive skin: beware of the tingly feeling you may feel when it sits on the skin as a mask.

Next is the R+R Mask:

This is a 2-in-1 mask that works to buff away dead skin while restoring it with antioxidant-rich oils. Some key ingredients include: Bulgarian rose, argan oil, rose flower powder and more.

Again, taken straight from the notes on my phone, here were my first thoughts as I applied R+R to my skin:

  • It smells so much like the Fresh Beauty Rose Face Mask (one of my favorite masks on the planet,) which instantly gave me high hopes!
  • It doesn’t have the typical jelly “texture” that I expected. It feels more like a gel with light exfoliants in it.
  • The oils in this mask left my skin looking super radiant.
  • The smell is very relaxing; not too strong, reminds me of being in a spa.
  • Not a messy texture at all
  • Deeply hydrates & moisturizes the skin.
  • Great use for the winter time to reduce dryness.

The final verdict? They’re both awesome products that did not disappoint. Combined with the third mask in the trio, Jet Lag, these three masks make a magical team. 

My skin enjoyed these two products and I could not stop staring at my newfound glow in the mirror.

Have you tried Summer Fridays? I’d love to hear your thoughts as well!

What's On My Apple Watch? (My Favorite Apps That You NEED)

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If you see me at the gym, walking from class to class, or running errands, you’ll most likely see my Apple Watch series 3 on my left wrist. One of the most common questions I hear or get asked is, “What are some good apps to have on your Apple watch?” 

Funnily enough, when the watch first came out, I wasn’t crazy about it. I had no interest in purchasing one and couldn’t see myself wearing one either. But once I started seeing my favorite bloggers, influencers and friends sporting theirs, that quickly changed.

For my 20th birthday, I decided to give in and ask for one as a gift.

Now that it has been over a year, I can tell you that the watch is worth it! I never go a day without wearing mine. 

I thought it would be a great idea to share with you what apps I have on my Apple Watch as a college student, blogger and writer.

Motivation – Daily Quotes

A positive quote is one of my favorite ways to start off the day. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that every now and then, I love to post a snapshot of a positive quote from my Apple Watch. Motivation – Daily Quotes is the app they all come from. 

Everyday you get a different quote which I find is something fun to look forward to in the morning! As a writer, these quotes serve as awesome inspiration as well.

Spotify

For all music-lovers including myself, Spotify is a must. This app is on my phone and laptop so naturally, it makes sense to have on my Apple watch as well. 

Spotify says it best themselves that by having this app on your watch, you become a “DJ from your wrist.” You can control the music that you’re listening to from your wrist as well as get more information about the song you’re listening to. 

This comes in handy way more than you think.

Nike Training Club

For all of you fitness fans, you need the Nike Training Club app if you don’t have it already. 

I started off by having this app on my phone years ago. It has over 300 workouts, taught by professionals themselves, that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Their workouts also vary by level of performance, for example, beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Although you’ll need to use your smartphone to start your workout of choice, the Apple watch displays how much time in the workout you have left, how many reps you have and your heart rate/calories burned. 

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Headspace

We all need to remind ourselves to breathe and relax especially if we tend to constantly be on the go. 

The Apple watch comes with a breathe app already that will guide you through breathing exercises ranging from 1-5 minutes, however, Headspace is a great addition if you want even more.

Headspace is a guided meditation app that works wonders when it comes to relaxing your body and mind. What I love the most about the app is that you can use it anywhere and anytime. Between the SOS and touch options offered through the watch, you will always be one step closer to living a more mindful lifestyle. 

4 Letter Word

I have another daily word app on my watch that speaks to my more spiritual side. The Four Letter Word app gives you a new four letter word each day. Underneath it, you’ll find a biblical passage that the word is included in. I love this because it serves as an amazing food for thought! 

Drink Water Reminder N Tracker

This app is truly changing lives and by lives, I mean mine. I am the worst when it comes to remembering to drink water. So much so, that I took the initiative to download an app that will REMIND me to do it. As crazy as it sounds, this app has helped me a lot. 

You can set the quantity of water that you want to drink in the app on your phone and the app will provide you with reminders throughout the day to reach your water-drinking goals! 

So now that I’ve shared some of my favorite Apple Watch apps, I need to hear yours. Whether you have an Apple Watch or not, what app can you not live without? Let me know below!

The Skincare Line That DEFINES Beauty Sleep [Moonlit Skincare]

How many of you have heard the terms “beauty sleep” or “beauty rest” thrown around? It is believed that a good night’s sleep is important to sustain a youthful appearance and complexion. According to this study, poor sleep quality is in fact associated with signs of aging, diminished skin barrier function and low satisfaction with appearance.

Maybe it’s time we start to rethink our whacky summer sleep patterns…

Now of course today we have thousands of skin care products to choose from that can support glowing and healthy skin even when we may not be prioritizing enough sleep. But, what if I told you there was a skincare line out there that highlights the importance of both a good night’s sleep and radiant skin?

Good news, there is and it’s called: Moonlit Skincare.

I had the pleasure of coming across this brand back in April and my initial thought while glimpsing over their products at first was: Where has this line been all my life?

From skin care products to sleep essentials like eye masks, silk pillowcases and more, Moonlit Skincare epitomizes the importance of beauty sleep, literally and figuratively.

One of their products that caught my eye the most was their Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil. At the time, I was going through a facial oil craze and was on the hunt for more to try.

The vegan and cruelty-free overnight facial oil offers to provide you with “smooth, plump and redefined skin” when you wake up in the morning, while its lavender scent works to whisk you off into a peaceful slumber at night.

To use this product is very simple. You just warm up a few drops of the oil into your hands and press it into a freshly cleansed face and neck during your night time skin care routine/before bedtime.

When I first tried this product, my first impression was the cute and whimsical bottle as well as the oil’s charming, lavender scent.

Prior to trying out the oil, my concern was the possible strength of the fragrance. Would it be too strong? For me, products with too strong of fragrances are unappealing for me to use because they distract me from the true purpose of the product and can get overwhelming.

The Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil has the perfect balance of a pleasant, and natural synthetic-free fragrance that relaxes and calms the mind before bed. Aside from the stunning results that the oil brings to your skin in the morning, the fragrance of this oil ended up being one of my favorite parts about this product.

Some key ingredients that this oil includes are: jojoba oil, sunflower oil, ginseng, papaya and grape seed oil. All of the ingredients work together to soothe dry, dull, aging and uneven skin overnight and over the course of your usage.

When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks noticeably brighter and vivacious without any leftover residue like some facial oils can leave on your skin. Absorption of this product into the skin has never been any issue at all for me.

I can no longer go to bed without this stuff. In fact, when it comes to my nighttime routine, this oil is something that I look forward to using because not only do I know that my skin will look bright, dewy and radiant in the morning, I know that I will be getting a good night’s sleep as well.

Yes, this is a skin care product of your dreams and it. DELIVERS.

Moonlit Skincare has some EXCITING news. A few of their select products are available for PRE-SALE on Urban Outfitters!

Their Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil is one of the products that you can pre-order online right now. Their products will be available online and in select Urban Outfitters doors in California and New York!

Click here to check their stuff out now!

What is a skin care product you cannot go without before bed?