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It's no secret that I'm a sucker for trying new skincare products.  Whether they are new items on the market or new-to-me brands, I get equally excited to check them out.  I recently had the opportunity to try my first item from Farmacy Beauty and after reading some positive things about the brand, I was thrilled to try it for myself.  Keep scrolling down for a review and a discount!!
Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm
I got to sample the Green Clean Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm, which is a nourishing balm featuring Echinacea GreenEnvy that melts off a long day of makeup and grime!  The Balm comes pre-packaged with a spatula for ease of use.

At first glance, I was already hooked because of the really cute packaging.  The box even unfolds and tells the story of Farmacy (the ingredients, the farmers, etc.  Little details make all the difference!)  The bottle is also really cute, as is the case with most of Farmacy's line (obsessed with the Honey Drop bottle too!)
The balm was easy enough to use.  I generously scooped some product with the handy spatula (so cute right!) and the balm melted in my fingers so it was easy to apply.  I wet my face prior to using the balm and washed off once I was done.  The formula is so gentle and felt great on my skin.  It has had a really light, natural scent, which I appreciate in my skincare products.  And how pretty is that green color!

I could see and feel results right away.  My face has never felt cleaner and there was no dryness...at all!  Hours later and my face still feels moisturized and clean.  I do have to say that while it was effective, it did not remove all of my makeup which I was hoping for.  My mascara lingered, so I had to go in for round 2.

You can experience Farmacy for yourself with a discount!  Use code Green50 to get 20% off your purchase through October 31st!  

I loved the Cleansing Balm; it has been added to my daily skincare routine.  If you're looking to try a new cleanser, I highly recommend this one.  I may have to stock up on some other products with that discount.









Thank you to Farmacy Beauty and Brandbacker for the sample in exchange for a review.  All opinions shared above are my own.
I've been loving fall clothing trends lately, especially since the weather has finally been feeling like fall.  I've been acquiring some must have fall clothes like sweaters and booties, much also have my eye on some other pieces that are a little out of my comfort zone (i.e. camo!)  As much as I'm all about quality over quantity, when it comes to trendy pieces, I prefer to purchase something more affordable to test it out first.  In comes Zaful.  Over the summer I posted some outfits featuring Zaful (remember this dress) and was so impressed that I can't wait to try some fall looks as well.  In the meantime, I'm sharing a quick wishlist of some of my favorite items.

Sweaters top my fall must-haves, but I'm really loving gray for fall.  It balances out rich jewel tones like wine and navy, but also look great with jeans.  I'm loving this embroidered number, this dramatic sleeve, and this tie detail.

I absolutely love dresses with full sleeves.  As soon as the weather starts getting cold, I pull my full sleeved dresses out.  Bonus if it has a dramatic sleeve!  This embroidered, dramatic sleeve dress is the perfect fall LBD!

I can't get enough of embellished denim right now, but embroidered jeans top the list.  I'm loving this pretty colors of this distressed pair for fall!  Also love this skirt which looks so cute with booties!

4.) Booties
Speaking of booties, I'm growing quite the collection.  Pearl embellished booties are my go-to this fall.  I'm crushing on this pair, which combines a tough combat boot with girly details.

I could go on with fall must haves, but I'll let you check out Zaful for yourself!

A few weeks ago, bloggy babe Melissa of Skinny Affair and I headed over to Jerry's Bar to try out a new event called Plant Nite.  You may recall my post about Painting With A Twist from a few months ago, so I was very intrigued about this new craft offering.  Plant Nite is similar in that you gather a group of friends, have some drinks, and make a craft to take home. 
I can't say I have much of a green thumb, but luckily this class is designed for gardeners of all levels!  The instructor made it easy to follow along.  The first step, and maybe the hardest, was to decide which container to use.  I made the first terrarium in a glass bowl and the second in a long wood planter!

I won't go into step-by-step directions of making the terrarium (gotta leave some magic for the class!)  But customizing each terrarium was one of the most fun parts.  We got to pick out which succulents we wanted, the decor (pretty stones, colored moss, figurines, etc.) and how we wanted to arrange everything.
Keep scrolling for the after!
Check out that handiwork!  
Succulent #1
Succulent #2
It took two tries to "perfect" my succulent planting skills.  I  crammed way too much into the first one, but oh well!  I still love it and luckily they are still holding on after a few weeks.  I can't wait to try Plant Nite again with even more friends (I'm already coming up with new ideas!)

The next time you're looking for an hands-on activity to do with friends, I highly recommend giving Plant Nite a try!  And if there's one more recommendation I can make, just try the Lavender Moon cocktail at Jerry's - you'll thank me later!








This is sponsored by Plant Nite.  A huge thank you to Plant Nite for inviting me to experience the event to share with you guys here on the blog!  
Marshalls Wrap Dress, old (love this and this for fall!) | Old Navy Denim Jacket | Zooshoo booties, old | GoldenTote Crossbody, old (love this velvet version) | Layered Necklace (under $15!) | Baublebar Ring, old

Photos by Sarah | Shades of Sarah

I was going through my closet recently and rediscovered this dress, which I wore to the PHLbloggers Blog Connect Conference earlier this spring.  I haven't had an opportunity to wear it again, but it's just too cute to have hanging there so I decided to dress it down and take it out for a spin.  Of course I immediately thought of pairing it with my go-to denim jacket!  A dress + denim jacket is a classic combo that you can't go wrong with.  It's still not feeling quite like fall yet, but once the weather cools down, I'll style this again with a moto jacket and boots.

On a side note, I love a wrap dress (remember this pretty and this one too!)  This red dress was lucky find from Marshall's and since it's not available anymore, I tagged a few other options for you below!

Also on another note, I've gotten into belts lately and I'm looking for some fun new options!  Please let me know where you're getting your belts in the comments!

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Floral Sweatshirt (under $20!) | NY&Co Leggings, old (love these) | Charlotte Russe OKT Boots, old | White Crossbody, old | BaubleBar Earrings, old

As someone who doesn't really do casual wear, sweatshirts were just something I never incorporated into my wardrobe.  But the idea of a sweatshirt dress really intrigued me, and when I saw the floral embroidery on the sleeve, it was love at first sight.  I knew I had to give the style a try.  I ordered a size larger for an oversized fit and it was perfect.

Of course I had an outfit in mind as soon as I purchased the sweatshirt; I wanted to dress up it up with my black OTK boots.  I was expecting it to be longer, but I just paired it with leggings and that was much comfier.  It's super warm, making it a great fall/winter layering piece.

I was pleasantly surprised by the good quality of the piece too, especially for the price.  The embroidery is even more beautiful in person.  I've been having some great luck with my Amazon purchases.  This is a great layering piece to hold onto for fall so I highly recommend snagging it while you can.

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I received the sweatshirt as a discount in exchange for a review.  All opinions shared above are my own.

When it comes to skincare, the one item that I'm always looking forward to try is face care (that may seem  odd as most people don't like to experiment with facial items!)  However I always do my research and find products using natural ingredients and shouldn't irritate my skin.  Enter Peter Thomas Roth, a skincare line using breakthrough formulas to combat skin needs.  

I recently had the chance to sample the Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser.  This gentle formula dissolves even the hardest to remove makeup but also refreshes and hydrates skin.
I've been using this once a day at night and it actually does remove my makeup with just this one product (other products I need to use eye makeup remover after washing my face to get rid of those raccoon eyes!)  It can be used twice a day or as often as needed, but I'll be saving this to get rid of my makeup after a long day.  I've read that some people mix this with other face washes depending on skin needs, so I may have to try that.

The formula is rich and creamy, and spreads nicely after being exposed to water.  I personally love a thicker formula because it seems to be more effective as a cleanser.  I do have to follow up with a moisturizer however because my face does still feel a bit dry.

Why Should You Try PTR's Cloud Cream Cleanser?

  • Gently removes makeup, oils, and impurities!
  • Fragrance-free!
  • Non-stripping formula helps keep skin moisturized!
  • Contains Hyaluronic Acid which helps retain moisture!
  • Other ingredients like coconut oil and marshmallow root nourish and soften skin!
  • Works for all skin types!
  • Perfect for contact lens wearers!
This is a fragrance-free cleanser which is fine, but typically I gravitate towards a natural, light scent for my facial products.  And finally, I'm a sucker for packaging and I just love the light and airy look (and feel) of the tube.

I'm seriously obsessed with this product.  It's the BEST makeup remover I've tried and I cannot wait to use other products by Peter Thomas Roth!










I received a sample of the Cloud Cream Cleanser in exchange for a review.  All opinions shared above are my own.
Black Cami, old | Forever21 Denim | SheIn Ruffle Sleeve Cardi | Zooshoo Pumps, no longer available | Crossbody, old | Chloe + Isabel Pendant (not available, but love this)

Even with so many cute fall pieces out there, there was one piece that I knew I wanted to add to my collection - a ruffle sleeve cardigan.  I searched for a while and found some cute options, but didn't want to spend the big bucks for one sweater.  When I saw SheIn had an option that was under $30, I knew I had to give it a try (and also see what SheIn was all about!)  It turned out to be a great find and I highly recommend snagging it while it lasts.  The cardi is so warm and cozy, though it does have a more cropped fit - my only complaint is that I wish it was slightly longer in the back.  I will be wearing this all fall/winter for sure!  Since I wanted the cardigan to be the statement piece, I kept the rest of the outfit pretty simple!

I had mixed feelings about ordering from SheIn, but saw a few pieces that I absolutely wanted and since the price wasn't bad, I placed my order.  It shipped and arrived pretty quickly, something that I was not expecting since this is an Asian company.  The pieces all fit and they are all super cute, though the quality isn't the best it's not the worst either.  I will definitely order from here again.

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