When it comes to methods of removal, I have tried a ton of different options–everything from at-home wax kits, Nair and shaving to professional waxing and threading.

After years of waxing pretty much everything from the neck down (both at home and at the salon), I decided to (reluctantly) go back to shaving; my aesthetician recommended it. So much waxing, which is somewhat of a harsh process, caused my skin to become thin over time. Thankfully, however, years of ripping hairs from their roots left me with fewer strands, so I have far less to deal with than I did originally.

At age 24 I’ve pretty much gotten the hang of shaving. I know what works for my skin and what doesn’t, but no matter how careful I am, ingrown hairs, razor bumps and skin irritation are sometimes unavoidable (especially during the summertime when I’m shaving more frequently). Not to mention, the results last two days at most, whereas waxing leaves skin smooth for weeks at a time.

That’s where FUR Oil comes in.

The FUR team was kind enough to send me their signature Oil to review for Haute Mess readers, and I am so thankful they did–it was definitely a product missing from my routine! Normally after showering/shaving, I’d go in with a moisturizing body lotion (I love c. Booth’s 4-in-1 Coconut Fig body lotion, as well as Glossier‘s Daily Perfecting Cream), but that really isn’t enough for post-shaved skin. I noticed a *huuuge* change after I started using FUR Oil.

This product is much more soothing than even the most nourishing and hydrating body lotions. It instantly reduces irritation and inflammation that razors tend to leave behind, softening the skin and giving it a silky-smooth feel–something I thought was only possible after waxing.

In addition to the skin, FUR Oil softens the hair itself, so I get a closer, smoother shave with each use. On days I don’t shave, I mix a little FUR Oil with my body lotion to maintain the softness and keep irritation at bay.

I’ve never been the type of gal to forgo hair removal all winter then begin again in time for summer, mainly because I don’t feel my best if I don’t–not to mention, I wear shorts to the gym all year long, travel often and am frequently in a swimsuit (the skimpier, the better in my opinion). Hair removal is a year-long affair for me, so proper aftercare is necessary. To me, hair removal has always been a basic part of hygiene, whether or not I’m wearing shorts or dating anyone at the time.

Modern “feminism” has made body hair removal a bit of a taboo for women. But in my opinion, a feminist is a woman who does whatever she wants without judging others for doing the opposite.

Being hairless, for lack of a better term, makes my skin feel softer and makes my body feel cleaner overall. And, what’s most important, is that it makes me happy. I feel more confident and put-together when I’m clean-cut.

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It has definitely been a hot minute since my last monthly favs post, and I have a *ton* of new things I cannot wait to share with my readers! Monthly favorites posts are, no pun intended, some of my fav posts to read or watch on YouTube, so of course I love making my own, too.

I love trying new things when it comes to fashion, beauty and lifestyle, but the best part is always sharing the MVPs with you, Haute Mess readers! Be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving lately in the comments below. 🙂

Fashion

Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans: A couple months ago I finally invested in these bad boys after a similar vintage pair I own kept ripping in the wrong place. (Don’t get me wrong–I love a cheeky tear, but that’s definitely not appropriate for the office.)

As the name suggests, Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans have the same flattering, booty-hugging fit that vintage jeans do; they feel soft and worn-in, the way pre-loved jeans do *without* the inconvenient tearing. These guys are so versatile and comfortable, I wear them multiple times a week! I definitely need a second pair to add to my rotation, but until then, learn more about why I love them from my recent blog post.

The Rosemilk: To say I am obsessed with this new New York-based label would be a complete understatement! The IG feed is so inspiring. All the pieces are dreamy, high-quality and (most importantly!) wearable. Plus, everything is made in the U.S.! I can’t get enough.

I placed an order from The Rosemilk last week, and–without spilling too many details–I cannot wait to share everything in an upcoming lookbook. Stay tuned!

Inamorata Swim: I am obsessed with all things Em Rata, so of course I had to try a few things from her swimwear line when it dropped! Her style is flawless.

A few weeks ago I posted a sneak peek of my new suits on IG. I picked up the Orpheus set in cheetah, as well as the Leucadia one-piece in red snake. Much like my other two fashion favs this month, both these suits are comfortable, flattering and made in the U.S.!

As a gal with a naturally full bust (especially when compared to my waist), I really love that Inamorata swimwear isn’t padded. Nothing looks more fake or uncomfortable than swimsuits with all that unnecessary padding. When it comes to swim, it’s the skimpier, the better for me.

Beauty

Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask: After seeing several of my fellow Glossier Reps rave about this mask on their blogs and YouTube channels, I decided to try it for myself. I am a total mask junkie, anyway.

All their positive reviews meant that there was a good chance I was going to really enjoy the Jet Lag Mask, but I didn’t expect to be so blown away by it!

First of all, wash-off isn’t required, which is amazing. Most weeknights I am way too tired to get up and wash a mask off (that is, if I even have the energy to put one on in the first place). Jet Lag also has a very, very subtle minty scent and cool feeling, making it so soothing and refreshing in addition to hydrating.

I’ve been using this mask multiple nights a week for weeks now, and the results have been nothing but positive: plump, hydrated skin and reduced redness without any breakouts or that sticky, greasy feeling. A little goes a long way with the Jet Lag mask, so I haven’t even gone through half the tube yet. Can’t wait to keep using it!

Tan-Luxe The Water & The Face: Tan-Luxe created the self-tanners to end all self-tanners. I have been a loyal Saint Tropez girl for years now, but I finally decided to try something new during Sephora’s recent VIB sale.

The Water is an incredibly innovative product. It is completely clear (it seriously looks like water); you spray it on, rub it in with a mitt and, in about four hours, you have a perfectly even, post-vacation tan! I can’t begin to describe how great it is. The best part? It dries almost instantly. Perfect for my busy schedule! It is also hydrating, so there is no need to apply body lotion on top, saving you even more time.

I also picked up The Face, which is just as easy–if not easier–to use. All you have to do is mix a couple drops of this product with your usual moisturizer and apply as usual. It dries as the moisturizer dries, leaving you with a glow-y, never-orange tan in four hours.

Both these products give the skin a build-able, long-lasting bronze that can’t be beat. I haven’t experienced any streaks or discoloration using either of them! Just be sure to wash your hands after application.

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector: My dark circles like to make an appearance several times a week, and sometimes, concealer just isn’t enough to cover them.

The salmony-pink tones in BECCA’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector (I’m in the shade Light/Medium) cancel my dark circles instantly! Both of my go-to concealers (Glossier Stretch and Tarte Shape Tape) apply flawlessly on top, and the results last all day. I will definitely be repurchasing this product when the time comes; it quickly became a staple in my routine!

Gisou Honey-Infused Hair Oil: I finally restocked on this product after going without it for months. My hair definitely missed it! Of course, I loved it the first time around (I did repurchase it, after all), but this oil never made its way to my monthly favorites–until now!

Upon application Gisou’s Hair Oil feels thick and nourishing, but in my hair it feels weightless and absorbs instantly. Every hair oil I’ve tried before this one left a heavy, greasy film on my tresses; Gisou’s never does that. It leaves hair shiny and manageable, nourishes broken or breaking strands and smells heavenly. It is a must-have for all hair types in my opinion.

Glossier Lash Slick: When Glossier‘s first-ever mascara launched earlier this month, the hype was real, so I wrote an entire blog post about it. Instead of boring you here, I’ll link you to my Lash Slick review.

I will say this, though: Lash Slick is 100-percent smudge- and flake-free, even after a long day, a good cry or an allergy attack. It’s insane. And amazing. I have yet to find another mascara that does this–and I’ve tried so many! It is also worth noting here that the comb is thin and precise with bristles that hug every lash, allowing for flawless, mess-free application every single time.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb: Okay, so, I know I am way late to the party with this one, but Gloss Bomb still deserves my recognition. It was my lippie of choice pretty much every day this month! I can’t believe I didn’t pick it up sooner.

Rihanna is quite possibly the coolest person to ever exist, so of course I already own a few things from her Fenty Beauty line since it made its initial debut nearly a year ago. But for some reason, I held out on Gloss Bomb (and I’m kind of regretting it).

Not only is the natural pink color so gorgeous, the tiny golden reflects give the lips a delish shine. But the absolute best part of this gloss is definitely the formula! It’s never goopy or messy; it applies evenly with a silky feel that is just so refreshing for a lip gloss!

Lifestyle

Freedom Natural Deoderant: Freedom’s natural deodorant line is nothing short of life-changing! Personally, I’ve been reaching for the classic deodorant sticks and the Travel Minis (especially the peach scent). When I made the switch to natural deodorant a year ago, I began using Schmidt’s. Since then, I’ve tried a few different scents, and really like the Rose-Vanilla one. But, a few weeks ago I was running low and in the market for a new deodorant; luckily, I saw Jenah Yamamoto post about how much she loves Freedom!

I thought it was meant to be, so I decided to order a set of Travel Minis. Now I know I don’t want to try another deodorant! Freedom claims to be the “natural deodorant that really works,” and I completely, 100-percent agree. A normal weekday for me consists of a busy schedule at work, an hour commute each way, as well as an intense at-home workout or trip to the gym. Thanks to Freedom, I can go about my day smelling like a peach the whole way through–without any reapplication (or fear of harmful ingredients that lurk in most mainstream deodorant formulas).

HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Skin & Energy Superfood Powder: So, I’m not sure whether it’s a placebo effect, but this drink mix really works. I am definitely a big believer that your gut health affects your overall health, including your energy levels and your skin’s appearance. And because I don’t drink coffee, I am always on the hunt for safe and effective energy supplements. That’s why I decided to try this Superfood Powder from HUM.

I chose the mint choco chip flavor and mixed it with plain almond milk. The taste definitely is not horrible, but you shouldn’t expect it to taste like a bowl of ice cream, either. Just be sure to mix it thoroughly.

When I drink this mix with breakfast, I feel an instant boost of energy, and I don’t tire as easily or as quickly throughout the day as I usually do. Right now, I don’t know if I will repurchase this (it is pretty pricey when Sephora isn’t having a VIB sale), but I am really happy I tried it and will continue to use it until I run out.

Keller Rose Curve Builder workout: Not going to lie–this workout has been a part of my routine for almost a year now. I’ve always looked up to Katrina Brodsky, the face behind Keller Rose, as a blogger and as a woman in general, so when she shared her pilates-based workout routine with Keller Rose readers, I decided to try it for myself. (I mean, have you seen her bod?)

This is by no means an easy workout, and I definitely don’t recommend it for beginners or those of you who don’t exercise regularly. I’ve been exercising for about five days a week for over six years now, and I was incredibly sore for two days the first time I completed the Curve Builder circuit! It’s so worth it, though! Curve Builder tightens and tones all major muscle groups and really makes you sweat without cardio. (However, I do like to warm up with 10 minutes of jump rope and/or 20 minutes on the stationary bike if I have time.)

Katrina really created the perfect at-home routine for when I am too tired after work to drag myself to the gym or do cardio. I am on my feet *a lot* most days, so an effective yoga-mat based workout is exactly what I need.

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Hot days and balmy nights call for celebrations! After hibernating pretty much the entire time between New Year’s Day and the first warm weekend of the year, I am definitely ready for outdoor gatherings. Trips to L.A., which has become my second home, definitely helped, but it always kind of sucked returning to cold and snowy NYC. (Not to mention, we had a snowstorm the first week of April. I was so over it.)

All the killer rooftop spots in Manhattan, plus the excuse to get out of the city by visiting family upstate, leave me with a pretty packed social schedule.

This past weekend, I took a trip to Connecticut to celebrate. (BTW–Did you see all the beauty essentials I packed in a single Glossier Pink Pouch for my trip? I had so much fun participating in the #PinkPouchPostcard challenge! To discover everything I managed to fit in the 1-liter pouch, head over to Instagram.)

For the festivities I wore a colorfully striped maxi dress from Reformation. Because it was actually sort of chilly this weekend (highs in the 60s), I wasn’t ready to show my toes yet. So, I opted for ankle booties. This brown snake-print pair is super worn-in and really added to the boho-inspired vibes of the relaxed dress. They add interesting and unexpected texture to any look without overpowering it.

I kept my makeup mostly natural with a peachy-bronze flush on my cheeks, and let the humidity style my hair for me 😉

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Dress, Reformation, similar here

Booties, Free People, similar here

In my pink pouch…

Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Coconut

Glossier Invisible Shield SPF+

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha

Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown

Glossier Lash Slick

Mac Prep + Prime Fix+ in Coconut

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I never thought I would say this, but I am feeling super inspired by a meme I found on Instagram @dyslexic.aries. A few days ago I was scrolling through the Explore page when I stumbled upon this collage of early 2000s trends, complete with a shot of Paris and Nicole, everyone’s favorite BFF duo.

Particularly, I was really drawn to the white ribbed tank and denim miniskirt combo. Even though the outfit is a clear nod to the early 2000s, it’s simple enough to still be stylish in 2018. And, not to mention, it’s flattering, so, I decided to recreate it myself. After all, I was only 9-years-old in 2002, meaning that I never really had a chance to wear The Simple Life-inspired look of my dreams.

Instead of a plain white tank (which I love–don’t get me wrong), I paired my cut-off denim mini with a satiny babydoll top. Both pieces were vintage finds and totally timeless (at least, in my opinion)!

The top has a feminine floral pattern, sequin details around the bust and delicate spaghetti straps, making it a really fun and sexy piece when paired with the right bottoms. I added a pair of fuchsia block heel sandals and a chainlink belt because I was aaall about metal belts in the 00s.

Blue eyeshadow was also a huuuge trend at the time, and I love it just as much now as I did then. To bring this makeup look into the current decade, I blended a warm saddle brown shadow into my crease first.

Then, after I finished buffing the blue color all over my lid, I smudged some more blue shadow along my lower lash line. I finished the look with two coats of black mascara, as well as one coat of Glossier’s cult-favorite Boy Brow (I wear the brown shade) to avoid those over-plucked 2000s brows.

Contour wasn’t big in the early 2000s, but I wanted to add some definition to my face, so I dusted a little matte bronzer from theBalm onto the hollows of my cheeks and along my hairline.

Glassy lip gloss was a must-have circa 2000, so after lining my lips with a nude pencil, I went in with two coats of Glossier‘s Lip Gloss. This gloss gives the lips a crystal clear shine with shimmer-free glassy finish.

So many It girls like Paris and Nicole wore pin-straight hair with unblended highlights back in the day, but that’s not my style. So, I loaded my roots with thickening spray after washing my hair. After letting it air dry, I straightened only the pieces that frame my face. I think doing so really helped make my entire look more modern.

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Before

After

Before and after Lash Slick! I’m also wearing Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium, Boy Brow in Brown, Stretch Concealer in Medium, Wowder in Light/Medium, Cloud Paint in Dusk and Generation G in Leo.

Disclosure: I am a Glossier Rep, and I received this product as a gift from Glossier. All opinions are my own, and I am not required to post about the brand or its products at any time on any of my digital platforms. 

I always thought that, if Glossier were to create a mascara, I wouldn’t be into it. Even when the rest of my makeup looks as natural as can be, I love a high-impact lash–and Glossier isn’t known for high impact makeup. Glossier is known for “no-makeup” makeup and killer skincare. After all, the motto is “Skin first. Makeup second.”

Normally, I’m all about no-makeup makeup–but not when it comes to my lashes. The bigger, the better.

So, when Lash Slick arrived in the mail, it took me by surprise. I had just picked up a new mascara during Sephora’s VIB sale that was already underperforming, and after years of frustration with mascara (I’ve never bought the same one twice), I just didn’t feel I was in the market for another new one. All the formulas I’ve tried–and trust me, there’s been a lot–either look clumpy and unnatural, don’t do the job or–most often–look great upon application, but end up smudged all over my under-eye in 20 minutes. I thought it was just me.

It turns out, per Into The Gloss (Glossier’s “editorial arm”), that many makeup users struggled to find the perfect mascara. That is, until ITG took it upon themselves to develop the perfect mascara.

More than 240 trial formulas later, Glossier finally launched Lash Slick. I think the name suits this formula very well.

As a Glossier Rep, I received this mascara a few days before the official launch, so I’ve been wearing it for a while now, and I’m already so in love.

It’s full of tiny fibers that cling to your lashes, making them look long, fluttery (like, really fluttery) and wispy. Vegan biotin and natural polymers ensure healthy, shiny lashes with every use. The best part? After a long day of work in NYC that began with a seasonal allergy attack (i.e., itchy, irritated, watery eyes), there was absolutely no smudging or flaking. I couldn’t believe it!

If, like me, you’re guilty of a self-indulgent cry while watching military homecoming videos (it’s therapeutic), Lash Slick is your holy grail mascara. It quickly became mine, and I can’t see myself reaching for a different one for everyday use.

Let’s talk about the wand. It’s sleek with plastic (or are they rubber?) teeth; it’s not the fluffy bristle kind, is what I’m trying to say–thankfully! I do not like those kinds of wands. They’re way too bulky, so I always end up getting mascara everywhere but my lashes, or worse–jabbing myself in the eye. So painful!

Lash Slick is easy to use, and a second coat never causes lashes to stick together. The wand makes precise application nearly effortless; every lash is coated with fiber-filled mascara, and the results looks incredibly natural–and so stunning!

I should also mention that removal is ridiculously easy, too. Instead of running down your face, Lash Slick comes off in tiny clumps–just add warm water! Before washing my face, I remove all my makeup except the mascara, then massage Glossier’s Milky Jelly into my skin. Lash Slick breaks down and is easily wiped away!

Click here to try this revolutionary mascara for yourself.

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