Beauty obsession: Sheet Masks

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Lately I’ve been going crazy over sheet masks! With virtually no mess, they are super easy to apply either before bed, on a lazy Sunday morning, or even on the go for a relaxing mini-spa experience anytime. It also helps that whenever I put on a sheet mask I typically lay back on the couch with a magazine and relax for a few minutes. With such a busy schedule lately, its been so nice to have a few minutes to myself!

The no-mess factor has even made them super easy to bring them when I travel. I’ve used them on some of my long-haul flights back and forth from the east coast. That airplane air is super drying!

My go-to sheet masks are from Sephora. They have full face, under eye, and lip sheet masks to choose from, each with different formulas for hydration, anti-aging, smoothing, detoxifying, and more. I’ve also tried sheet masks from Dr. Jart+, WHEN, and Tony Moly, and I’m always on the lookout for new ones to try. Truly one of my new favorite beauty products!!


 
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HM x Coachella

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Tank: H&M / Skirt: H&M / Jacket: Gap
Sandals: Tory Burch (old, similar) / Sunglasses: Celine

I’m not much for festivals or camping, but I couldn’t pass up this super cute H&M x Coachella skirt! A long time ago, my grandmother told me that an elephant with its trunk up is good luck, so I’ve always been drawn to anything that has pictures of them on it. I’ve also been wearing my jean jacket non-stop! Its a perfect layer for a chilly California evening. I’m starting to think I need a white one, so that I can wear one with jeans without giving off the “Canadian Tuxedo”  vibe.

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Daytrip to Santa Barbara

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Last weekend Doug and I woke up and decided it might be fun to take little trip to Santa Barbara. About 1.5-2 hours north of Los Angeles its not an awful drive, so we just grabbed some coffee and hopped into the car.

Our first stop was just a few miles south of Santa Barbara in a little town called Summerland. We stopped into the  wine tasting room of Summerland Winery, and then popped into a few antique shops before we headed up to Santa Barbara.  And the lovely ladies that worked at Summerland were nice enough to give us some lunch and winery recommendations for the rest of our day so we didn’t even need to plan our trip!

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Chambray Shirt / White Jeans / Jean Jacket
Earrings from Istanbul (similar) / Bag / Sunglasses / Sandals

We  stopped at a few tasting rooms and had an amazing lunch at Seven Bar & Kitchen. I definitely think that Santa Barbara would be a really amazing weekend trip — we were so preoccupied with the tasting rooms in town that we didn’t really get to spend any time next to the ocean. I’ve been doing a little Air BnB research for some places that will let us bring Zinnie along — hopefully there will be another Santa Barbara trip soon!


 
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F&F at Shopbop!

Its the most wonderful time of year — the Friends & Family sale at Shopbop.com! Head over to Shopbop with the code INTHEFAM to get 25% off almost everything on the site, including sale items!! Lucky guys who shop at EastDane.com get 30% off too! Sale ends midnight on Thursday, so head over there now before its too late. Here are some of my favorite items:

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Everyone in Los Angeles is buzzing about Coachella! Even though I won’t be attending this year (we’re going to Vegas!) I still feel myself gravitating towards some festival-chic items like this fringe backpack.

Tortoiseshell shades have always been a classic style, but these sunglasses are upgraded with some blue-green tinted lenses.

I find myself wearing flats more and more these days, but I still want them to look fun! Espadrilles are perfect for summer, and the embroidery on these make them look so luxe.

A flowy maxi dress hides a multitude of things, and can be dressed up with wedges and some jewelry, or dressed down with sandals and a jean jacket. (This is the best jean jacket ever.)

Add a little more Coachella chic into your wardrobe with a turquoise and leather wrap bracelet. The freshwater pearl adds an unexpected feminine touch!

Nothing is better than clean white sneaks. These have a bit of a platform to give you a little height. (Don’t forget to spray them with a scotch-guard spray first to keep them looking their best!)

Every beach day needs a straw tote bag to haul the essentials! This one is super roomy, and would look so cute on the back of my bike!

The only thing better than one ring is having two rings! These stacking rings have a great tribal pattern and can be worn together or separately.

Sweet scallops with a halter neck style top makes for this year’s must have bathing suit. It also comes in other colors — I’m partial to the white!

Don’t forget — the sale ends on Thursday at midnight! Use code INTHEFAM to get 25% off your entire order, including sale items!


 
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Beauty Obsession Thursday: Facial Mist

My latest beauty obsession is with facial mists and sprays. They are refreshing and have so many uses — hydrating your skin, setting or refreshing your makeup, reducing redness, and more. I’ve been making the rounds trying several different kinds and I bring a new one every time I have to take a long plane ride back east, which seems to be every other week! Here are some of my favorites that I’ve tried, and a few others that are on my list!

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Herbivore Botanicals is a brand that I’ve had on my radar for awhile now, and I just recently spotted them in the window of Urban Outfitters in downtown Santa Monica. I love anything rose scented, so I can’t wait to try their Rose Hibiscus Facial Mist. I’ve also been eying their Sea Mist Hair & Body Spray.

A tried and true staple, Evian’s Brumisateur Facial Spray comes in 3 different sizes from TSA friendly to a huge 10oz bottle. I keep the largest size in my refrigerator and pack it with me when I go to the beach. Cools you off without having to go in the ocean! I’m a wimp and never want to go into the chilly water!

Another facial mist I am dying to try is by Vitamin Hydrating Mist by First Aid Beauty. This one is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which sounds like exactly what our skin needs on a long haul flight. I’ll definitely be picking this one up before my next trip.

Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is one of the first facial mists I tried (of course, its French!) and it  has a bit of an astringent in it. Its also packed with tons of essential oils and has a soothing herbal scent to it.

I love Kiehl’s for their lip balm and Creamy Avocado Eye Cream, but I stumbled upon their In-Flight Refreshing Face Mist while at the Orlando Airport. I had 5+ hours ahead of me in the air and thought I’d give it a try. The essential oils in the mist also have natural anti-bacterial properties, which is perfect for that icky recycled air.

Before it became more widely available, I used to stock up on Avène products, including their Thermal Spring Water, every time I went to NYC. I’d spend 45 minutes at Duane Reade scoping out all of the European skincare products! I have a large bottle of Avene on my bathroom vanity and use it to set my makeup before I leave the house.

My newest facial spray is by Mario Badescu. I’ve loved their drying lotions and creams for acne, and picked up this while I was waiting in line at Ulta. This one has soothing aloe and rosewater in it and as a bonus its one of the most affordable sprays!

The third spray that’s on my list to try is by philosophy. The Renewed Hope in a Jar Hydrating Mist contains philosphy’s exclusive skin renewal technology and AHAs that helps your skin to glow from the inside out!

I’ve used La Roche-Posay’s sunscreen for years, and picked up their Thermal Spring Water when I was on my way home for the weekend and forgot my spray at home. Its very similar to Avène and Evian sprays — just plain pure water!

Have you ever tried a facial spray? Are there any must-have facial sprays that I missed on my list? Send me a tweet at @tinewatson or a snap me at @moderngirltine!


 
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