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    Three Masks We Can’t Live Without

    Three Masks We Can’t Live Without

    Your Hair, Skin and Lips Will Thank You

    Anyone else feel like they just can’t get enough moisture these days? This never ending winter thing really takes a toll on us! Parched skin, chapped lips, dry ends…it ain’t pretty friends. But on the bright side, we’ve gotten pretty good at finding products that boost and retain moisture to help get us through this dry season.

    Sam and I are ALL about masks these days. Whether we use them a couple times a week or every single day, masks seem to be the fastest, easiest way to bring our hair, skin and lips back to life. There’s nothing quite like waking up with luscious hair, glowing skin and plump lips. Like, hello! We’re ready for our closeup!

    So with that friends, let’s get into the three masks we can’t live without.

    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through these links, you won’t pay a penny more, but we’ll get a small commission, which helps us continue to grow our CO brand. Regardless of this, we promise to always give you the most honest and real reviews about every product on our site.

    For the Hair: Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask

    Three Masks We Can't Live Without - Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask

    The Rundown

    • Product: Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask
    • Price: $59.99
    • Where to Buy: Amazon
    • Perks: Salt Free | Sulfate Free

    You hair is in for a major Moroccan treat guys! We recently received this hair mask in our FabFitFun box, and it was like love at first sight/smell/touch. Literally. My hair has never responded so well to a hair mask before!

    The Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask is made with pure Moroccan Argan oil and keratin, which help restore dry or damaged hair from heat or color/chemical treatments. Guilty anyone? We know we are! But are we ever seriously going to stop styling or coloring our hair? Nuh-uh honey! That’s what hair masks are for…duh.

    Three Masks We Can't Live Without - Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask

    Why I love this hair mask:

    • It smells absolutely divine! It actually has kind of a manly scent to it, which I totally love. But it’s not too overpowering!
    • My hair feels sooo soft and light the day after. No residue or heaviness left in sight!
    • It helps my hair stay cleaner for longer. The more moisturized your locks are, the less oil your scalp will produce!

    How to use it:

    Once a week (typically on Sundays), I…

    1. Wash my hair with one of my favorite shampoos, like Virtue!
    2. Take a dollop of Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask and massage it into my ends and scalp
    3. Leave it on for 5 minutes
    4. Rinse and let my hair air dry overnight

    The result? Bouncy, moisturized hair that looks and feels amazing. Now you know why it’s one of the three masks we can’t live without!

    For the Skin: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™

    The Rundown

    • Product: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™
    • Price: $80
    • Where to Buy: Sephora
    • Perks: Rated “Clean” at Sephora | Fragrance Free | Essential Oil Free | Silicone Free

    Hey guys, Sam here! Being that I’m your resident Drunk Elephant aficionado, I’m here to tell you about one of my all-time favorite products from their line…the Babyfacial! I actually purchased this mask back before my wedding in effort to achieve major results, in a short period of time, without having to actually get weekly facials at a spa!

    This power-packed formula of a mask is designed to totally revamp your face in a short amount of time. It’s a pro-quality AHA/BHA “facial” that works to resurface your skin to work towards clarity, evenness and an overall brighter complexion!

    Why I love this mask:

    • It is powerful, yet gentle. It does some serious work with some serious ingredients (which may sting a bit when you first put it on TBH), but it balances it all out with gentle, restorative ingredients!

    Note on this: I’ve totally strayed away from scrubs that damage my skin these days…using this product once every week or two weeks totally takes over the need for a regular scrub!

    • I can see the results almost instantly. When I use this at night, I wake up with my skin looking fresh, clean and restored! It gets better with regular use too!
    • Wallet-friendly facial. Sure, $80 for one product may seem insane! But when you compare the results of this mask to that of a $150 facial…and then realize that one bottle of this lasts FOREVER (I don’t even think I’m half-way through mine and it’s been 6 months!) it can’t not be a good deal.

    How I use it:

    Once every week or every two weeks, typically on a Monday night, I…

    1. Take off my makeup using the Farmacy Cleansing Balm and cleanse my face using the Youth to the People Cleanser.
    2. Pump a nickel-sized amount of Babyfacial onto my fingertips and rub a thin layer over my face.
    3. Let it sit for 20 minutes! Honestly, the first 60 seconds are really uncomfortable for me, but the worst of it is over in no-time and then it feels like nothing!

    Voila! Visibly brighter and even-toned skin! There’s no wonder this mask has won a TON of awards. It just freakin’ works, friends!

    For the Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

    Three Masks We Can't Live Without - Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

    The Rundown

    • Product: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
    • Price: $20
    • Where to Buy: Sephora
    • Perks: No Parabens | No Phthalates

    Sam and I first heard about the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask on one of our favorite podcasts/blogs, The Skinny Confidential. Lauryn Evarts is a skincare QUEEN, so of course we had to give her recommendation a try. I was a little hesitant at first because paying $20 for a lip mask seemed a bit absurd. But after Sam couldn’t stop raving about it, I knew I had to jump on the Laneige bandwagon. Am I too easily influenced? Perhaps…#sorrynotsorry.

    The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is a leave-on lip mask that helps to soothe and plump those precious lips of yours overnight. Like magic! It’s made with a Berry Mix Complex™, which is filled amazing antioxidants, vitamin C and a delicious blend of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and blueberry extracts. Talk about YUM!

    Not to mention, their exclusive Moisture Wrap™ technology uses hyaluronic acid and minerals to form a protective barrier over the lips to help lock in ALL the moisture. It’s like lip balm on steroids!! (In a good way of course lol.)

    Why we love this lip mask:

    1. Our lips have never looked or felt better. Buh-byeee chapped lips!
    2. It smells and tastes like a very berry paradise. It’s the more “mature” version of that strawberry Body Shop lip gloss you were obsessed with in 2004.
    3. It’s not just for overnight! We literally use this stuff all day every day because it absorbs so easily into our lips.
    4. It’s hubby approved. Berry flavor and all.

    Three Masks We Can't Live Without - Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

    How we use it:

    • Got chapped lips in the middle of the afternoon? Laneige it.
    • Got chapped lips after your workout? Laneige it.
    • Got chapped lips before bed? Laneige it. (And be generous this time around!)
    • Got chapped lips after a steamy makeout sesh? Laneige it.

    Ok, you get the point. We use this stuff ALL. THE. TIME. At night, we make sure we lather on a generous amount. And throughout the day, we use this lip mask in place of our regular chapstick. It works that well!

    So there you have it, friends! The three masks we can’t live without. Comment below with your go-to mask this winter!

    Thrive Causemetics Eye Makeup: Bright-Eyed Beauties

    Thrive Causemetics Eye Makeup: Bright-Eyed Beauties

    Thrive Causemetics had me at hello…

    There were three main reasons why I was super excited to give Thrive Causemetics a try:

    1. This brand has a program called, Beauty with a Purpose, that takes part of their profits and donates to different organizations that help women thrive
    2. Their products are CLEAN!
    3. I saw the Brilliant Eye Brightening Pencil literally everywhere and tbh, I just wanted my eyes to look as pretty as those gals.

    After receiving the Brilliant Eye Brightening Pencil in my FabFitFun box, I immediately purchased their Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara and Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner. With amazing reviews and purpose behind their mission, I was more than convinced.

    Mascara Ingredients: Water, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Alcohol Denat., Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tromethamine, Palmitic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Laureth-21, PVP, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylglucamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Neofinetia Falcata,Callus Culture Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Lecithin

    Eyeliner Ingredients: Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Silica Silylate, Microcrystalline Wax, Iron Oxides, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Octyldodecanol, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, “Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate”, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceramide 3, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol

    Eye Brightener Ingredients: Dimethicone, Mica CI 77019, Silica, Isoamyl Cocoate, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Synthetic Wax, Trimethylsiloxysilicate/Dimethiconol Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Silica Silylate, Iron Oxides CI 77491, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Iron Oxides CI 77499, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate

    Price:  Mascara: $24 | Eyeliner: $22 | Eye Brightener: $24

    Where to buy: Thrive Causemetics website! Get $10 off your purchase of $50 or more and free shipping with our link.

    Time Used: 2 months

    Perks:  Cruelty Free | No Parabens | Vegan | No Sulfates

    Experimenting with Thrive Causemetics

    Okay, ladies. We have A LOT of ground to cover with these three products, so for the sake of us all…let me keep this brief and informative!

    If you’re more of a visual learner, than a reader, I’ve got you girl! Check out my latest easy everyday makeup tutorial where all three of these products are featured:

    Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

    Last time I preached about a mascara, it was for the Glossier Lash Slick, and while I’m still a Glossier-obsessed gal, I had a couple issues with the Lash Slick in the end. Though I still LOVE the formula for those natural, yet enhanced, looking lashes, I went through the product WAY too fast. I was ordering it every month! So for the sake of my wallet, I gave Thrive Causemetics a try.

    I’ll just come right out and say it, the Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara is BOMB. It goes on so smoothly, boosts my lash length and volume instantaneously, and just makes my eyes pop! My only issue with it is sometimes too much product gets on the brush, so I just have to be cautious with that. If there’s too much product, things get clumpy and crazy…no one has time for that! Other than that, I freakin’ love this stuff!

    One of our loyal followers seems to be right in line with me on this mascara! She says,

    “The mascara has a learning curve for sure. The longevity and no flaking is amazing though!”

    Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara 

    Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner

    Honestly, I have a love-hate relationship with eyeliner. Mostly because I’m not a makeup pro and the struggle can be oh-so-real during the application process. That said, the Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner is a real contender for a gal who isn’t so confident in her makeup skills.

    I wanted to mix things up a bit and got the shade Nalie, which is a dark brown shimmer shade, and it has totally changed my makeup routine! Since it’s lighter than my normal black eyeliner, I use this on days were my vibe is less-is-more, ya feel? It goes on pretty smoothly, but sometimes I do feel like I have to push a little harder to get the pigment, than with other eyeliners, like Tarte Sex Kitten. That said, I LOVE that it has clean ingredients…especially when it sits SO close to my eyes. In comparison to other “clean” eyeliners I’ve used in the past, this one is BY FAR the best!

    Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener

    Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener

    You guys, this product is a total game changer. Claudia and I have both been experimenting with this bad boy for a few months now and we’re totally obsessed! You know when you feel groggy, tired, and your eyes look like you took a nap and didn’t get a full night’s sleep? (Lol…everyday right?!) If that’s you, say hello to your new best friend.

    The Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener is literally magic! We have never found a brightening pencil that works so well! It has the perfect amount of shimmer to it and it stays on all day long! Yes, you can be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed all freakin’ day. Pro tip: on the weekends, use the Brilliant Eye Brightener and the Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara and you’re SET.

    When it comes to my Aha! Moment, I always think, “Will I buy this product again?” and for all three of these the answer is yes!

    In my book, the Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara gets a 9/10. I LOVE this product, but, like I mentioned, sometimes getting too much product can be a little annoying during the application process. The Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner gets a 8/10 for me. It’s a real good clean beauty product, but in the name of application, there are others that take the cake for me. But, like I said, I would TOTALLY buy this product again. Last, but certainly not least, the Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener gets a 10/10 in both of Claudia and I’s bright eyes…simply because we have never found a better brightening pencil!

    All three of these products most definitely receive our CO Stamp of Approval!

    Have you tried any of the Thrive Causemetics products?! What are your thoughts? Share below!

    Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion: Age-Defying Exfoliator

    Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion: Age-Defying Exfoliator

    The Secret Weapon to Anti-Aging

    It’s never too early (or too late) to incorporate anti-aging products into your skincare routine, friends! Even though we can’t fight time, we can definitely try to delay any signs of aging by adding one or two great skincare products that can help rejuvenate and revitalize the skin. And it all starts with EXFOLIATION! (And lots of moisturizing masks of course!)

    During my last facial at my favorite local spa, the esthetician told me that the best way to prevent and even get rid of fine lines was through the consistent use of a good scrub. Massaging troublesome areas (hello 11 lines!) in circular motions with a powerful scrub helps to remove dead skin cells, which in turn helps your skin soak up all the beautiful goodness of the skincare products you use following your scrub.

    As she was explaining this, I was laying there waiting for the moment when she would tell me that getting facials on a more regular basis was real answer to age-defying skin…but nope! It’s as easy as exfoliating! Although a few facials here and there can’t hurt 😉

    So of course, I took her advice to heart and experimented with the highly reviewed Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion exfoliator that I got in my fall FabFitFun box.

    Because who doesn’t want to prevent fine lines and wrinkles?! And who doesn’t love a good skincare experiment?

    Product: Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

    Key Ingredients: 

    • Chamomile: calms, soothes
    • Aloe Vera: soothes and protects
    • Aluminum Oxide: polish and remove dead skin cells.
    • Jojoba: vegetable oil that soothes and softens the skin.
    • Lactic Acid: alpha hydroxy acid derived from milk gently sweeps away dead skin cells and softens skins texture

    Price: $79 (2 oz)

    Where to buy: Ulta, Sephora or our Shop Page

    Perks: Sulfate Free | Phthalate Free | Paraben Free

    Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Scrub

    First Impressions of Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

    To be quite honest, I was kind of intimidated by this exfoliator at first. An at-home microdermabrasion? Sounds a little scary! Was it going to irritate my skin? Would I break out? What if it dried my skin out too much? You know…the typical questions we tend to ask ourselves when we’re trying a new skincare product.

    But after reading endless glowing reviews about this stuff, I knew I just had to give it a go!

    Initial thoughts about the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion:

    • It has a light, fresh scent to it. I noticed on their website they claim this product is “fragrance free”, but it definitely has a scent to it. Think fresh lemons! Personally, I love the way it smells.
    • It’s super creamy. I love when cleansers are creamy because creamy = moisturizing! This exfoliator is very rich and non-foaming.
    • The texture is perfectly scrubby. The tiny little crystals feel so good on your face. It feels kinda sandy, which is nice because it’s not too abrasive on the skin.
    • My skin was incredibly soft after. Like a baby’s butt type of soft. As soon as you rinse the exfoliator off, you notice that your skin is 100x smoother and softer than when you started. A+ for instant results!

    How I Use It

    Being that I’m a total rule follower, I make sure to use this scrub as instructed – only twice a week allowing for 2-3 days in between uses. It’s one powerful little scrub, let me tell ya! Even though the crystals feel gentle on the skin, you do notice they exfoliate away a good amount of dead skin. So giving your skin a little break in between is key.

    With that in mind, every Sunday and Thursday night I…

    1. Get in the shower and let the steam and warm water open up my pores
    2. Squeeze a dime size amount of the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion onto my finger tips
    3. Gently massage the scrub all over my face and neck in circular motions for about 1-2 minutes (more on this below!)
    4. Rinse off with warm water and pat my face dry after the shower
    5. Moisturize with a facial oil and my FAB Ultra Repair Cream

    Yes, rubbing this product on for 1-2 minutes is quite a long time. But it’s actually kind of nice because it forces you to just stop and focus solely on your skin. It’s meditative in a way! Not to mention, when you cleanse your face for a full 60 seconds, you allow the ingredients in the cleanser to actually activate and work! I’ve been applying this rule to all my cleansing rituals lately and have noticed a HUGE difference.

    Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Review Results

    The Results

    I’ve been using this exfoliator now for about three months, and I’m not quite sure I can live without it. UGH! Why does this always happen to us??

    Ever since I started using it, my skin has felt softer and looked brighter. Even though I don’t have any super deep wrinkles just yet, I do see more of an overall suppleness to my skin. Not to mention, this has helped immensely with some of my hormonal breakouts! Those pesky little pimples don’t stand a chance when I use this stuff. It cleans my skin, gets rid of dead skin cells and leaves me feeling all sorts of fresh.

    Even though it’s a little pricey, a little bit does go a LONG way. I’ve had my bottle for 3 months and still have quite a bit left. IMO, it’s totally worth the money!

    So with that my friends, I give the Dr. Brand Microdermabrasion a 10/10 and the official CO Stamp of Approval. You HAVE to try it!

    Five Hair Tools We Can’t Live Without

    Five Hair Tools We Can’t Live Without

    Maybe she’s born with it…or maybe it’s hair tools.

    Does anyone else have a love-hate relationship with their hair? Some days we are feeling like those girls in a Pantene commercial (honestly, me today) OR it’s a day where you wish you could wear a hat to work.

    There are a few things I’ve learned along the way that help keep your hair feelin’ commercial-status:

    1. Good shampoo and conditioner (Virtue is one of our favs!).
    2. Regular haircuts.
    3. Reducing the amount of washing. Claudia and I both wash our hair every other day!
    4. Hair masks.
    5. Being delicate with your wet hair (It’s the most vulnerable at this state!)
    6. High quality styling tools!

    To help with these must-do’s for your do, there are also a five hair tools that we’ve found along the way that totally help!

     

    1. Shhhowercap

    Okay, so by now we’ve all heard the benefits of avoiding washing your hair everyday. So when it comes to the days when you’re not washing your hair (but still showering…please!) you have two options: wear a shower cap in the shower or put your hair in a top knot and find yourself dancing around the shower to avoid getting your hair wet. If you’re like me, the dance never works and the second you drop your razor and have to bend over, BOOM your hair is wet.

    So, shower cap it is. I don’t know about you guys, but when I think “shower cap” I don’t necessarily think of it being chic or Instagram-worthy, but it is 2019 and just about everything is made insta-worthy these days so…let me introduce you to the Shhhowercap.

    Shhhowercap has taken everything you think is wrong with a shower cap and fixed it. These shower caps are durable (they will last a lifetime, I’m sure of it!), machine-washable, cute (well as cute as a shower cap can be lol), and the best thing…they actually stay in place and keep your hair DRY. Imagine that!

     

    2. AQUIS Rapid Dry Hair Towel

    Did you know your hair is at its most vulnerable state while it’s wet?! Your post-shower routine needs to be oh-so-sensitive to your hair’s needs! That means, you need it to be dry as fast as possible in the healthiest way. The AQUIS Hair Towel just does that!

    This hair towel cuts drying time IN HALF compared to other towels. That’s amazing!! The towel is made from their proprietary fabric called Aquitex. So, it totally prevents Hygral Fatigue—the stretching and swelling of wet hair that makes it vulnerable to frizz, split-ends and damage.

    I’ve been using my AQUIS Rapid Dry Hair Towels for quite some time now and I knew Claudia needed to try it, so I got it for her for Christmas! Long story short, we’ve both been loving our healthier, frizz free hair! Pro tip: I recommend getting the towel without the elastic built in because the elastic in these towels is SUPER tight and totally gives me a headache!

     

    3. Dyson Supersonic Blow Dryer

    It’s Claudia popping in! Now when it comes to drying your hair, it’s good to make sure you’re using a tool that will limit the amount of damage to your luscious locks! Alex and I got the Dyson Supersonic Blow Dryer as a wedding present and we absolutely LOVE it (He uses it more than me! Lol). It’s extremely expensive, so it’s best you put it on your birthday/Christmas/Hanukkah list! But it’s amazing what a really good blow dryer can do for your hair.

    The Dyson Supersonic Blow Dryer:

    • Dries my hair 10x faster than any other blow dryer I’ve used in the past
    • Leaves my hair frizz-free and shinier than ever…like a professional blow out but at home!
    • Never feels like it’s frying your hair because it’s constantly adjusting the temperature to prevent extreme heat damage
    • Is super light! Your arms won’t get tired after using this one 🙂

     

    4. Hot Tools Curling Iron

    If I’m wearing my hair down and going anywhere where I need to look presentable, my hair will be curled. No ifs ands or buts. I love a good loose, beachy wave! It’s easy to do (AT least for me, and I’m the WORST hair styler on the planet I’m pretty sure) and it (usually) holds throughout the day, or at least it dies down well.

    The way I get my go-to waves is with my 1-1/4″ Hot Tools Professional Ceramic Titanium Professional Curling Iron. Yes, it has a clamp, but I totally use it as a wand and I have no issues! I’ve been using this curling iron FOREVER. I mean probably since my senior year of high school?! So like 6-7 years?! It works like charm, has a temperature knob, and has held up extremely well through the years. It still looks brand new in my opinion!

     

    5. HSI Professional Flat Iron

    Claudia again! Just like Sam, I love my loose curls, but instead of using a curling iron, I use a HSI Professional Flat Iron. I originally got this flat iron because I needed a dual voltage iron that I could bring on my honeymoon to Europe. And it turns out, this is one of the best flat irons I’ve ever used! It’s really great at reducing frizz and it never pulls on my hair. I also love that it has a 360 degree swivel cord because it makes it so much easier to maneuver – especially when I’m using it to curl my hair!

    Don’t get me wrong, I still love to straighten my hair with my HSI Professional Flat Iron, but curls are my typical go-to! Here’s how I do it:

     

     

    What are your go-to hair tools? Do you have any of the same tools as us? Let us know!

    5 Things You Need to Survive the Holiday Party Season

    5 Things You Need to Survive the Holiday Party Season

    Fa-La-La-La-UGH

    Guys, I love the holidays just as much as anyone else. But the one thing that always gets me is the never-ending parties and family get-togethers…one, after another, after another. It’s A LOT! Just to put things into perspective, the week leading up to Christmas, I have…

    1. My work holiday lunch party on Friday…
    2. Followed by my husband’s holiday party that same night.
    3. Then we take a breather Saturday night (but will likely be doing last gift wrapping.)
    4. Then we have a family dinner on Sunday…
    5. Followed by another family dinner on Monday…
    6. And then Alex and I leave for Madrid Tuesday (a.k.a. Christmas day) to see my mom and brother!

    Wowzaaa! Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m so totally grateful to have so many festivities and so much family and friends to share this season with, but it does get a teensy bit tiring. Agreed?

    So with that in mind, I put together a list of the 5 things you absolutely need to successfully survive the holiday party circuit this year. Check them out below!

    Tips for Surviving the Holidays

    #1: Morning Recovery Drink

    Product: Morning Recovery Drink

    Ingredients:Proprietary DHM (dihydromyricetin) blend: Hovenia Dulcis, Rattan Tea, Wolfberry Extract, Fructose Mume, Bulbus Lilii, Maltodextrin, Isomalt, Stevioside, Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Taurine (vegan), L-glutathione, Jujube Fruit Extract, Green Tea Extract, Korean Red Ginseng Root Extract, Korean Pear Extract, Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid), Thiamin (as Thiamine Hydrochloride), Niacin (as Niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (as Pyroxidine Hydrochloride), Folate, Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin), Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium

    Price: $30.00 for a 6-pack (use our code “CO” to get $10 off your purchase!)

    Where to buy: Morning Recovery website

    Time Used: 2 months

    Perks: Non-GMO | Vegan | Caffeine-Free | Lactose-Free | Soy-Free | Nut-Free

    Morning Recovery

    The One that Detoxifies, Rehydrates, and Replenishes You

    Say hello to your new holiday party drinking buddy! It’s called Morning Recovery and it’s here to help make your next day much more productive and much less painful.

    No seriously! I was very excited when our friends over at Morning Recovery sent us a couple of cases of their special recovery drink a few months ago. Even though I don’t drink excessively, I do still totally feel it the next day…even after just a couple glasses of wine! It’s such a pain because I don’t want to give up a night a fun (especially around the holidays!), but I also don’t want to give up a day of productivity. Morning Recovery seemed to be the perfect solution to my problem!

    I’ve tried this drink three times, and I have to say, not all experimentations went well. But I think I have it down pat now!

    Experiment #1: Alex and I went out on a date night and enjoyed a few glasses of delicious champagne (and maybe a random tequila shot…because we love tequila! lol) We had our Morning Recovery drinks waiting for us when I got home, so we each chugged a bottle, laughed about how much we disliked the taste, and went to bed.

    Four hours later, I woke up with my heart racing and my mind running. After that, it was nearly impossible for me to fall asleep. Same thing happened to Alex, but we both blamed it on the alcohol…not Morning Recovery. Overall, I didn’t have a headache or stomach ache the next day so I was happy! But still VERY tired from not sleeping the proper amount.

    Experiment #2: Alex and I go out again for another fun date night…this time to celebrate my birthday! We drink basically the same stuff as we did in Experiment #1, and I take my Morning Recovery as soon as we get home. The taste is still not great, but I can handle it. After all, it’s a small bottle.

    Next thing I know, I’m wide awake after just a few hours of sleep and have the hardest time going back to bed. Okay, now I blamed it on Morning Recovery! Lol So I got in touch with their team, and they suggested I try it BEFORE I start drinking. The B12 vitamins could have been giving me too much energy too late at night, and thus not letting me stay asleep through the night.

    Experiment #3: This time we’re going out to celebrate Alex’s birthday! And this time, I take my Morning Recovery drink at around 6:30pm, just before we head out for dinner and drinks. I felt great the entire night, got in 8 solid hours of sleep and was SUPER productive the next day (did stuff for the blog, cleaned the apartment, went grocery shopping…all the Sunday things!)

    Morning Recovery Review

    So overall…

    • The taste isn’t the best. I’ve gotten used to it by now, but honestly it’s this weird mixture of chicken broth and peaches. LOL! Sounds yummy right? Luckily, they are working on improving the taste so stayed tuned for that!
    • This stuff DEFINITELY works. But for me, it works best when I drink it before I go out for drinks…not after.
    • I feel so productive the next day, it’s crazy! It makes me so happy that I don’t waste an entire day in bed, feeling like crap with zero energy. I actually wake up at a decent hour and can get sh*t done! (This doesn’t mean I use this as an excuse to drink excessively the night before though…I still control myself!)
    • Zero headaches or stomach aches for me. This drink is great!

    You better believe I’ll be drinking my Morning Recovery before some of the holiday parties I have coming up! If you guys use our code “CO”, you get $10 off your purchase! It’s totally worth trying…trust me.

    #2: Oribe Dry Shampoo

    Product: Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

    Ingredients: Description from website below…

    • Oribe Signature Complex (Watermelon, Lychee and Edelweiss Flower Extracts) defends hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and the deterioration of natural keratin all while protecting from the drying, damaging and color-depleting effects of the elements.
    • Translucent Starch Blend instantly absorbs dirt, oil, impurities and product buildup leaving hair feeling “just washed.”
    • Celery Seed Extract helps extend time between styling by reducing oil on the scalp.
    • Bamboo & Rice Silks leave hair instantly smooth and silky soft.
    • Myrrh Extract nourishes and fortifies dry, damaged hair.
    • Lavender & Chamomile moisturizes and hydrates to soothe a dry, itchy scalp.
    • Fragrance-Retention Technology prolongs our signature scent so it lasts throughout the day.

    Price: $44 (6 oz.)

    Where to buy: Our Shop page, the Oribe website or Amazon

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks: Translucent | Dermatologist-Tested | No Parabens | No Sulfates | No Sodium Chloride | Color and Keratin Treatment Safe | UV Protection | Vega | Cruelty-Free | Gluten-Free

    Oribe Dry Shampoo Review

    The One that Keeps Your Hair Fresh All Day and Night

    This Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo is, by far, the BEST dry shampoo I’ve tried in a loooong time. Here’s why:

    1. The powder is completely translucent so there’s no white/brown residue left over in your hair.
    2. It smells divine but is not overpowering AT ALL. Basically, you won’t be reminded that you’re wearing 10lbs of dry shampoo every time a single strand of hair blows in the wind.
    3. This is the only dry shampoo that hasn’t weighed my hair down! It does leave a little bit of texture behind, but I don’t feel like I have a helmet of dry shampoo on. (a.k.a. I can run my fingers through my hair with no problem!)
    4. You don’t need to use a lot to soak up the remnants of the

    So basically, you can go from one holiday party to the next looking absolutely FAB without having to worry about completely re-washing and re-doing your hair. Just spray a little dry shampoo to your root, touch up the ends, and you’re out the door! Talk about a time saver!

    Oribe Dry Shampoo

    My only issue with this Oribe Gold Dust Dry Shampoo is the fact that it’s $44. It’s definitely on the pricier end of the dry shampoo spectrum, BUT…(big but)…the bottle is actually GINORMOUS. It’s a full 6 ounces of dry shampoo. So this sucker should last you quite a while!

    #3: BLAQ Hydrogel Eye Masks

    Product: BLAQ Hydrogel Eye Masks

    Ingredients: Aqua, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, carbon (activated charcoal), xanthan gum, chondrus crispus powder, glucomannan, algin, citric acid, potassium chloride, potassium citrate, phenoxyethanol, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, parfum.

    Price: $29 (5 pairs per pack)

    Where to buy: BLAQ website or Amazon

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks: Enriched with Activated Charcoal and Hyaluronic Acid | Cruelty-Free

    BLAQ Eye Masks Review

    The One that Brightens Up Your Eyes

    Let’s face it. We’re probably not going to be getting the most restful sleep as we bounce from one holiday party to the next. Some of us might be running on less than the ideal amount of sleep this coming week, but we can’t let our complexion suffer the consequences!

    With that in mind, I introduce you to my new favorite set of eye masks: the BLAQ Hydrogel Eye Masks. These eye masks are made to depuff and detox your poor little eyes after a night of holiday fun.

    The three superstar ingredients in these eye-saving masks are:

    • Hyaluronic Acid: Restores moisture out of just about anything and holds close to 1000 times its weight in water. (a.k.a. It plumps your skin!)
    • Activated Charcoal: Removes excess oil and toxins from around the eye area to give you a brighter complexion.
    • Hamamelis Virginiana Extract: Has calming anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

    I’ve been experimenting with these for the past two weekends and have quickly fallen in love. As soon as I wake up after a late night, I go to the bathroom, wash my face, apply my face cream and place the BLAQ eye masks under my eyes.

    I then go back to bed and close my eyes for 10-15 minutes to let the masks work their magic. Once I take them off, I rub in any residue gel all over my under eyes and eyelids, and I’m good to go! These eye masks really do instantly depuff my eyes and brighten them up so I don’t look as tired.

    In other words, these are an absolute MUST-HAVE for your holiday party survival kit.

    #4: Jade Roller

    Product: Jade Roller

    Price: Depends on the brand! We got ours through FabFitFun, but we recommend trying the Mount Lai Jade Roller for $34.

    Where to buy: Amazon or Sephora

    Time Used: 1 month

    Jade Roller Review

    The One that Depuffs Your Face

    Okay, I must admit. I’m a sucker for all the delicious food that comes with the holiday season. Even though I typically follow the 90/10 rule when it comes to eating healthy (90% of the time I eat very healthy and 10% IDGAF), I tend to throw this ratio out the window during the holidays. I eat all the cookies, drink all the champagne and probably indulge in a few late night cheeseburgers. And I freaking love it!

    The one thing I don’t love is my super puffy face in the morning that shows all the signs of too much sugar, carbs and sodium. Luckily for all us, there’s this magical tool called a JADE ROLLER! And oh-em-gee, it’s the best invention known to mankind. (At least that’s how I feel every single time I use it.)

    Why you need a jade roller in your life…especially for the holiday party season:

    1. Boosts circulation which helps reduce signs of fine lines and wrinkles.
    2. Reduces swelling…so say goodbye to your puffy-a$$ face in a matter of minutes!
    3. Massages your skincare products deeper into your skin and helps with lymphatic drainage.

    Now you see why I’m obsessed? I literally use it every morning a night after I shower, wash my face and apply my moisturizer. You’re going to want to start under the eyes and cheekbones and roll outwards towards the hairline. Then, massage the jawbone in an upward and outward motion, starting from the chin out towards the bottom of the ear. Finally, don’t forget the neck! by Roll down the sides of the neck towards your clavicle.

    I’m telling you it feels ah-may-zing (especially if you leave the jade roller in the fridge!), and also helps to release any tension in your face and neck. It might even help with headaches!

    In other words, ask Santa for a jade roller this year. You won’t be disappointed!

    #5: Herbivore Bath Salts

    Product: Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts

    Price: $18

    Where to buy: Our Shop page or Anthropologie

    Time Used: 1 month

    Herbivore Calm Bath Salts

    The One that Calms Your Body

    If you’ve stayed with me this far, THANK YOU! I know this is a long post, but trust me, all of these products are serious must-haves to get you through the long nights and days ahead.

    And if you’ve followed the blog for some time, you’ll know that I’m not a lover of baths. I know, I know! I’m super weird, but I just don’t like my booty touching the bottom of a tub. Hahaha.

    However, I do totally believe in the calming and healing benefits of a bath for most people. So I’m going to hand this off to our resident bath-lover, Sam, so she can give you the deets on her favorite brand of bath salts!

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    As the resident bath-lover, I have a few requirements for my baths:

    1. The water must be HOT. The hotter the better! If I’m not sweating, then it’s not hot enough. And honestly, if it’s only warm when you get in the tub, it gets cold way too fast and then…what’s the point?!
    2. There MUST be a candle burning. Preferably, the Boulangerie Sweet Vanilla Cinnamon candle that I get at Anthropologie. There is NO better candle, friends!
    3. NO bubbles! Bubble baths are generally full of toxins. In order for the bubbles to be possible, there’s usually Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate which is a skin irritant and can corrode the skin (and there are some findings that it can lead to hormone imbalance and infertility…GASP!). Plus, there’s usually parabens and artificial fragrance in bubble bath soaps.

    I always reach for salts when it comes to my baths for a number of reasons, but mostly because of their detoxifying properties. Bath salts do wonders for combating stress and fatigue, reducing inflammation, and just general detoxification. I mean how can you NOT love that?! (Cough, cough…Claudia! Just kidding…I totally understand her argument against baths.) Anyway, I’ve tried a lot of bath salts through the years (I feel like everyone gives them to me as gifts?!) and nothing has compared to the Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts.

    Eye Creams: What’s Working So Far

    Eye Creams: What’s Working So Far

    I Spy A Work In Progress

    Just like most things in life, Claudia and I’s journey with eye creams is a total work in progress. I think what makes eye creams so difficult to assess is that the progress can be so gradual. I feel like by the time an eye cream starts visibly working, I’ve been using it for months…the change has been gradual…and I don’t even notice it. UGH.

    My biggest desire with eye creams? INSTANT results. Call me a stereotypical Millennial…I don’t care. This girl loves instant progress and results.

    I Spy A Learning Lesson

    So today’s learning lesson is…our journey with eye creams is a work in progress. And though you’ll soon find out that we have some that we like and others that we don’t, we’re not going to stop trying different eye creams! But, we figured since we have more than a few that have gone through the CO Experimentation Process…we might as well update you on where we’re at!

    Here’s a breakdown of our eye cream reivews for ya! Cream by cream.

    Price: $26

    Ingredients: Water, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Butylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Mica, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Caffeine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tin Oxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hyaluronic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Ci 77891.

    Perks:  Formulated without…parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial colorants and fragrances. Safe for sensitive skin. Cruelty-free.

    Eye Cream Reviews Roller

    Experimentation with the First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller

    First up in our compilation of eye cream reviews…it’s not even a cream! Lol. I was SO excited about this product. To me, I thought of it as an eye cream and a trendy jade roller all in one! No? Just me? With peptides and caffeine as two of the main active ingredients, I had high hopes for this little one. The main purpose of this product is to depuff your eyes. So if depuffing is your thing…listen up!

    I have to admit, I haven’t used this product without another eye cream. I always use an eye cream first and then layer this on top, when I use it, just because it takes a minute or two to dry. This product works best, for me, in the morning when my eyes are at the absolute puffiest. Just 2-3 rolls from corner to corner, under the eye, wait a few minutes…and poof! Instant relief. My only issue with it is it kinda stings a little when you first put it on…at least for me it does!

    The Results

    Even though I do totally see a reduction in puffiness when I use this product, I can’t give it my full stamp of approval because I don’t feel like I can use it alone. It’s good as an additional product, but honestly, no one has time for more products…am I right?!

    FYI: This is the cheapest eye product we have on today’s blog post. Moral of the story: eye products ain’t cheap, friends! If you’re looking for some bang for your buck and puffiness is your main/only problem, this may be the way you want to go.

    Price: $60

    Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Boron Nitride, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Coconut Alkanes, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Niacinamide, Copper Tripeptide-1, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Steareth-20, Lecithin, Panthenol, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Ubiquinone, Citric Acid, Thioctic Acid, Tocopherol, Chrysin, Sclerotium Gum, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin

    Perks: Free from…Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, Triclosan, Triclocarban.

    Experimentation with Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum

    You all must know by now that I’m a total Drunk Elephant fan. I mean big time. Their stuff just works. Simple as that. Oh shoot…did I just give this review away in the first sentence? #spoileralert. The brand is full of clean products that are proven to work. The biggest problem with Drunk Elephant? The price.

    When it comes to Drunk Elephant, I always recommend to buy their trial packs first. For example, I’ve tried the Rise + Glo Duo and learned that I loved it, without having to risk over $100 to try both full size products…love! I found myself with the Shaba Complex Eye Serum when I purchased a pack called, The Littles, to experiment with almost the entire Drunk Elephant line.

    The Results

    Before the DE Shaba Complex Eye Serum, I was using the Arbonne RE9 Eye Cream and it was working pretty well, but just like I mentioned before, nothing crazy! Once I started using the Shaba Complex, my eyes totally changed! They were significantly less puffy on a daily basis. Not to mention, the skin around my eyes had some bounce to it again. Yes!!

    Here’s the thing…this is going to sound like a rave review (and it is), and I’m going to give the Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum a CO Stamp of Approval, BUT with a caveat…

    This serum WORKS. It’s the only truly clean eye serum that has worked for me thus far. The reason why I’m giving you a caveat is that it works, but it’s super pricey. So, if you’re someone that values clean ingredients over price, then add to cart! But if you’re someone who likes to stick to a budget…keep reading.

    Price: $36

    Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Cyclopentasiloxane, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Betaine, Methyl Gluceth-20, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Darutoside, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 60, Polysilicone-11, Maris Aqua (Sea Water, Eau de Mer), Sorbitan Isostearate, Carbomer, Sodium Lactate, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate.

    Perks: Formulated without…parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial colorants and fragrances. Safe for sensitive skin.

    Eye Creams Review AM Gel Cream

    Experimentation with First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy A.M. Gel Cream

    I was initially really excited about this product because of our love for the First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer and how much Claudia loves their Ultra Repair Cream. Obviously, this brand makes stuff that WORKS. Right off the bat, my biggest issue with this product was the name. It’s way too freakin’ long…just saying. That aside, when it comes to your morning eye cream needs…look no further, friends! Don’t believe me? It even has an Allure Best of Beauty Award!

    Have you ever put cucumbers on your eyes? You know, like back when you used to play spa in your bathroom with your friends? That’s how the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy A.M. Gel Cream feels on your eyes. REFRESHING AF. This product makes me want to have a skincare fridge, like the Skinny Confidential (and plenty of other trendy people), because I feel like it would work even better than it already does!

    The Results

    I need the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy A.M. Gel Cream back in my life…NOW. Ever since it’s been gone I’ve been oh-so-sad because my dark, puffy eyes have totally returned, with vengeance.

    When I was using this product regularly, my under eyes were calm, cool and collected…literally. My skin was hydrated and soothed, they were cooled by the amazing gel, and the skin was nice a taunt. Obviously, the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy A.M. Gel Cream totally deserves my CO stamp of approval (it may be my fav eye cream yet!).

    Claudia’s Experiment with the Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel

    Price: $54

    Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Squalane (Material), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Panthenol, Algae Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tocopherol, Pentylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Go Ji) Fruit Extract, Lycopene, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Acacia Senegal Gum, Dimethicone CrossPolymer, Carbomer, Lauric Arginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol.

    Perks: Free from…Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban.

    Eye Creams Review Biossance

    Experimentation with Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel

    I was really excited to try this eye gel because it claimed that 96% of the people who tried it agreed that the dark circles under their eyes were visibly reduced. And hello! I have major dark circles (thanks to my dad’s genes). When I saw that Biossance was running a promotion where you could order a free a sample set of their eye gel and vitamin C oil if you just paid $5 for shipping, I was like, “Heck yeah! I need some of that!” So add to cart I did.

    I loved the fact that it was a “clean” eye gel. It’s fragrance free, paraben free, PEG free, nontoxic, vegan and cruelty free. Plus it was chock-full of good ingredients, like:

    • Squalane – hydrates and locks in moisture
    • Eyeseryl + Argireline – reduces puffiness and signs of dark circles
    • Swiss Apple Stem Cell Extract – brightens the under eye area

    The Results

    As soon as I got the Biossance Peptide Eye Gel in the mail, I started using it on a daily basis. I would apply a pea-sized amount all over my eyes, from the under eye area up to the brows, morning and night. The gel was very soothing on the skin and it absorbed nicely, so no complaints there! Typically, eye creams make the skin under my eyes break out a bit. But this one never did!

    The entire sample bottle lasted me about a month and a half, which is not bad. However, it was very hard for me to see any results. At one point, I thought my dark circles looked worse! Lol Being the millennial that I am, I was frustrated at the fact that I wasn’t seeing results quickly. (And that’s probably why I have such a weird relationship with eye creams…I need to results FAST people!) But nevertheless, I continued using the eye gel twice a day until I finished the bottle, hoping that I would notice a big difference in my before-and-after pics.

    Final Feedback

    Even though it did slightly reduce the dark circles under my eyes, I don’t think I can attribute that completely to this gel. Stress, hydration, quality of sleep, nutrition…all of these things play a factor in this! And you know how they say you never really appreciate something until it’s gone? Well, I’m sad to report that I have not noticed a difference in my eyes since I stopped using the eye gel a month ago. I don’t really miss it one bit. So it’s hard for me to justify spending $54 on an eye gel that isn’t out-of-this-world amazing.

    Plus, the reviews on their site show that a lot of people have had bad skin reactions after using this product. It seems like more research needs to be done on their part when it comes to some of the ingredients that are in this gel! Which goes to show that you definitely can’t blindly trust when a product is labeled as “clean.”

    Overall, I would NOT give this my stamp of approval. Sorry Biossance!

    Price: $38

    Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Jojoba Esters, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Undecane, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Gluconolactone, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Tridecane, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Ribose, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Behenyl Alcohol, Strelitzia Nicolai Seed Aril Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Glucoside, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Gellan Gum, Allantoin, Sodium Phytate, Cellulose Gum, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino-Esters-1, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Calcium Gluconate, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Salicylic Acid, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Sorbic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Glycolate, Corralina Officinalis Extract.

    Perks: Formulated without…Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, Triclosan, Triclocarban. Cruelty-Free. Made from naturally derived ingredients.

    Eye Cream Reviews Farmacy

    Experimentation with the Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream

    After getting this cream in my Fall FabFitFun box, I was TOO excited. I’ve heard so much about Farmacy and have seen their products all over our Instagram feed. The hype was real. Mostly, I was just excited to try an all clean eye cream that wasn’t as expensive as our Drunk Elephant friend up at the top.

    The Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream is chock-full of promising ingredients! Like:

    • Echinacea Green Envy™, Algae, and Rosehip Extract: Help brighten, visibly firm, and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid: Boosts moisture and visual elasticity.
    • Baobab Fruit Oil: Aids in cell renewal to reveal a youthful radiance.
    • Chamomile and Calendula Extracts: Help reduce redness and promote soothing benefits.

    See why I couldn’t wait to get it on my eyes?!

    The Results

    I’m sad to report that this eye cream did nothing for my eyes! I’ve been using it morning and night for a long while now and ugh…no results. In fact, my eyes are craving more love. So for now, Farmacy won’t receive a CO Stamp of Approval…at least not for this product!

    Which eye creams have you been experimenting with lately?! Which are on your radar? Have you tried any of the ones that we mentioned? Let us know below!

    Shiny Leaf Shampoo: A Clean Shampoo That Works!

    Shiny Leaf Shampoo: A Clean Shampoo That Works!

    Time to Moisturize those Locks

    Winter is upon us, friends. Boooo! And you know what that means. We need to take extra good care of our hair, skin and nails and focus on MOISTURIZING. So with that in mind, let’s talk about the shampoo Sam and I have been experimenting for the past two months!

    Shiny Leaf reached out to us a few months ago to see if we would be interested in trying their Argan Oil shampoo. To be quite honest, we looked at the packaging and weren’t really into it. (As you know, we’re big on brand image and voice!) But then, we started reading through the RAVING reviews on their website and knew we had to give this Shiny Leaf shampoo a try.

    Not to mention, they don’t use any parabens or SLS in their formulas! Lately, Sam and I have been trying our best to go the non-toxic route when it comes to anything that is touching or going into our bodies. So this was a major perk for us!

    Plus, the shampoo is only $14…and you know I’m all about trying to find the best deals for high quality products.

    But did it get the official CO Stamp of Approval? Check out our experiences below!

    Product: Shiny Leaf Argan Oil Shampoo

    Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel, C14-16 Alpha Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-150 Distearate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyquaternium 10, Organic Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Biotin, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

    Price: $14.29

    Where to buy: Shiny Leaf website (use our code OBSESSED10 for $10 off orders over $30)

    Time Used: 2 months

    Perks: SLS Free | Parabens Free | Made in USA

    Shiny Leaf Shampoo Review

    The Shiny Leaf Shampoo Breakdown

    Let’s start off with scent and texture, shall we?

    I personally looove the smell because it reminds me of the Herbal Essence shampoo I used to use in middle school. It’s got a nice mix of floral and clean tones…and a whole lot of nostalgia.

    Sam, on the other hand, didn’t love the scent as much as I did. She thought it was good, but definitely not her fav! And I can’t blame her because her OUAI shampoo smells like a dream.

    When it comes to texture, the best word I can use to describe it is: LUXURIOUS. It’s super rich and moisturizing, which is perfect for the winter time when our hair is in desperate need of some TLC. It also lathers up very nicely!

    The Results

    Shiny Leaf Shampoo Results

    You know those shampoos you lather on and you know right away you’re going to like? This is one of them! OMG guys, this shampoo literally starts moisturizing your hair the second it touches those strands. No joke. It almost feels like a conditioner because your hair feel softer while you’re still in the shower. It’s amazing!

    Sam and I both noticed a huge difference in our hair after just a couple of washes.

    The Shiny Leaf Shampoo:

    • Leaves our hair super soft…like zero-knots-after-the-shower kind of soft.
    • Gives it a nice shine
    • Has just the right amount of nourishing oils without weighing down our hair.

    The Argan oil in this stuff is pure magic!

    Sam did start to see a little build-up recently, so she’s been using it in combo with her OUAI Scalp Scrub. I haven’t experienced any so far! But as you know, everyone is different!

    What We Didn’t Love

    Even though we’re super grateful that Shiny Leaf let us try their shampoo FO’ FREE, we feel like it was a little hard to judge how well this shampoo really worked because we didn’t have the conditioner to go with it. First world probs, we know. But having a shampoo-conditioner combo is key! I’m planning on repurchasing once I’m out so I’ll keep you guys posted on what I think of the conditioner.

    And like I mentioned earlier, we really don’t love the packaging and overall branding. Not to mention, they had a spelling mistake on their label! Lol It made us completely second guess whether we should share this shampoo with you or not, but it’s just so dang good that we couldn’t resist! We did talk to their team about the labeling mishap and they completely owned up to their mistake and even told us to call them out on it. So kudos to you Shiny Leaf!

    As we always say, you don’t realize you truly love something until it’s gone. When Sam was on her honeymoon and I was in Vegas for a work event, we both realized our hair was just not the same without our Shiny Leaf shampoos! Our ends were dry and, overall, our hair just didn’t feel as soft as it normally does.

    As far as “clean” shampoos go, this one has definitely worked the best for both of us!

    So with that being said, Sam and I both agree that Shiny Leaf deserves 4 out 5 stars and our official CO Stamp of Approval. You guys HAVE to try this stuff! We promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂

     

    Our Travel Must-Haves

    Our Travel Must-Haves

    Get Ready, Jet Set, Go

    Whether it’s a big overseas getaway or just a quick weekend trip, traveling widens our eyes to a new part of the world! There are few things better than exploring a new place…at least, that’s what Claudia and I think!

    Though Claudia and I LOVE to travel, and we’re always beyond grateful for every opportunity we have to take off, we both agree traveling can totally take a toll on us. We’ve found there are a few products that make those long travel days even the slightest bit easier…

     

    #1 Comrad Companion Compression Socks

    Travel Must Haves Comrad Compression Socks

    Have you ever taken your shoes off on a long flight and upon arrival realize that your feet don’t fit in your shoes anymore? Maybe it even hurts to walk on those swollen feet and ankles? Yep, been there. Done that. No matter how hydrated you are and how many stretches you do, it can feel like there’s no way to stop the swelling. Cue: compression socks.

    Compression socks have become a total travel must-have for us! Specifically, the Comrad Companion Compression Socks. Not only are these socks cute, but they basically give our calves, ankles, and feet a tight hug throughout the flight to keep blood flowing. How? Well that steady squeeze gives your veins and muscles that extra oomph to move blood more efficiently. It’s a safe and easy way to prevent blood from stagnating. Easy peasy!

    #2 Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

    Travel Must Haves Summer Fridays Jet Lag

    Long flights can cause serious skincare woes for most of us. For me, that dry cabin air makes my skin overproduce oil to make up for the dryness and then BAM…breakouts. Ain’t nobody got time for breakouts on vacation, am I right?

    The ultimate cure for dry skin? The Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. You can put it on during your flight or use it as an overnight mask after a day of traveling. Let this mask sit on your skin for as long as you have time for and I promise your skin will be glowy and bright! For full details on this mask, and my other fav Summer Fridays mask, Overtime, click here to read my full review!

     

    #3 KOR Water Bottle

    Travel Must Haves KOR Water Bottle

    You know what I hate? Spending close to $5 on a bottle of water at the airport. Especially if I JUST had to dump out my water before going through security. #TheWorst. And then the whole rest of the trip I’m stuck buying water bottles because I don’t have my filtered water from home. UGH.

    Claudia has found the most perfect solution to my miseries: the KOR Nava filter water bottle. This bottle has a built in filter made from coconuts that provides up to 40 gallons of delicious filtered water! So not only can you fill up pre-flight and not spend an arm and a leg, but you can save the earth throughout your entire trip! Winning! One of the best parts of this water bottle is the functionality – it’s easy to drink out of and you never have to worry about it spilling in your bag. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy (always opt for a squeeze of lemon in your water for hydration boosting, skin glowing benefits!).

    #4 Nuun Tablets

    Travel Must Haves Feature

    I hate to say it, but one of the first things I think of when I think of traveling is germs. I hate to be a debbie downer, but the amount of germs encountered during a day of traveling is GROSS. And with my luck, I’m always next to the sick kid that doesn’t know how to cover his mouth on the plane.

    When I was getting ready for my wedding and honeymoon, Patrick and I knew we were going to need to stock up on all the immunity-boosters to get us through the crazy time. We were wandering through the supplement aisle at Whole Foods and stumbled upon the Nuun Immunity Tablets. The key ingredients in these tablets are:

    • Elderberry extract
    • Organic turmeric
    • Ecninacea purpurea
    • Organic ginger powder
    • Zinc/selenium
    • Vitamins A, C, D and E
    • Electrolytes

    We started drinking Nuun Immunity about every other day for a week leading up to the big day, a few times during our week-long honeymoon, and every other day or so ever since we got home a few weeks ago and we BOTH have managed to stay healthy! (I really hope I didn’t just jinx us right now…). So, if you need an immunity booster that’s easy on-the-go, these are highly recommended!

     

    #5 HUM Flatter Me (Digestive Enzymes)

    Travel Must Haves HUM Flatter Me

    One of the best parts about traveling? Trying all the FOOD! Seriously though, you can’t travel and fully experience a new place without eating the local grub. Of course, if you’re like Claudia and I, breaking our normal at-home eating habits can lead to serious bloat and discomfort. There’s no room for bloat on vacay…especially if it’s a beach vacay.

    If you haven’t learned by know, we’re big Hum Nutrition fans! We have both experimented with a lot of their supplements…with positive results! Though a few of them have become staples in our daily routines, the Hum Nutrition Flatter Me has become a staple in our on-the-go bags. This powerful little pill, taken just before a meal, has the power to ban bloat and keep your digestive system feeling happy all trip long!

    The Ordinary Buffet Serum: Multi-Task Your Anti-Aging

    The Ordinary Buffet Serum: Multi-Task Your Anti-Aging

    Skincare with Integrity

    We had heard a lot about The Ordinary skincare line and its efforts to celebrate integrity in skincare. Focused on functional beauty, DECEIM (the umbrella brand of The Ordinary) brings effective, more familiar chemistry and biochemistry technologies to the market at honorable prices. Discovering this made us realize The Ordinary would make for a PERFECT CO Group Experiment!

    If you’re at all familiar with beauty industry news, you may be feeling a little sense of irony in the company’s mission as it relates to its founder’s recent actions. As the company works to rid themselves of the negativity he has brought on, it still remains true to its mission to provide great products at a better price…and most importantly, it’s not closing! We all go through mountains and valleys in life, right?

    Can someone please simplify my routine?!

    When it comes to our skincare routines, they can be anything but simple…we know. Claudia and I are always looking for products that will multi-task in effort to keep our routines (and bathroom drawers) a little more simplified.

    When we stumbled upon The Ordinary Buffet, a multi-technology peptide serum that targets multiple signs of aging at once, we knew we had hit the skincare jackpot…and we just had to share with our Certifiers!

    Keep reading for the results and opinions of not just Claudia and I, but eight other AH-MAZING CO Certifiers!

    Product: The Ordinary Buffet

    Ingredients:

    Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Trehalose, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, Urea, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

    Price: $14.80

    Where to buy: DECEIM website or our Shop Page

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks:  Alcohol-Free | Silicone-Free | Nut-Free | Vegan | Gluten-Free | Cruelty-Free

    The Ordinary Buffet Experiment

    How To Use The Ordinary Buffet

    I told you we were going to simplify your routine right? This one powerful little serum is the answer to all your anti-aging woes. Just a few drops in the AM and PM all over your face and you’re good to go!

    FYI: The Ordinary does recommend avoiding using Peptides in the same routine as Direct acids (most chemical exfoliants), LAA (L-Ascorbic Acid) (a.k.a. Vitamin C) and ELAA (Ethylated Ascorbic Acid) (a.k.a. More Vitamin C). And I must admit I feel like a total dummy for not reading this before experimenting…I was definitely using this daily in combo with my Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum…oopsies.

    Baby-Like Faces

    Alright, alright onto our results! Both Claudia and I loved how smooth and hydrating this serum is! It’s light enough that it doesn’t effect the oiliness of our skin throughout the day, but gives this extra boost of moisture when paired with our day-to-day creams. Just like our Certifiers (see below), we noticed the The Ordinary Buffet was pretty sticky, but when paired with our moisturizer, the stickiness dissipates right away!

    Other benefits? Well our faces are smooth as a baby’s bottom all freakin’ day when we use this serum! That, and it has ZERO scent. For us, zero scent means zero added unnecessary chemicals. We can always get behind that! The biggest thing Claudia noticed? Her dark circles around her eyes actually started to fade! That was a TOTAL surprise and had Claudia feelin’ 100 for sure!

    The Ordinary Buffet Claudia

    What Our Certifiers Thought

    Our Certifiers this round…omg the best! From start to finish, they were excited and eager to put The Ordinary Buffet to their own CO test. Everyone was so ready to give us their feedback, mostly due to amazing results! Not only that, but one Certifier even shared the serum with her husband and he raved about the results too! (We just need you to teach us your sharing ways because, for the most part, Claudia and I like to keep our precious products to ourselves! Sorry Patrick and Alex!)

    Q: What did you like or not like about The Ordinary Buffet serum?

    “I liked that it made my skin feel like new! It felt so soft and plump after! If you use the right amount, it dries relatively fast and completely disappears. I didn’t like that if you use too much, it takes awhile to dry and is tacky/sticky while drying. I felt like it was better to apply this at night than in the morning for this reason. I felt like I didn’t want to apply this as much during times of the month when my skin was more problematic because I felt like it might be contributing to the acne (but I wasn’t sure).”

    “I have used serums in the past, however this one was a lot different than other ones. I used this one every morning and night, and was honestly able to use it without a moisturizer afterwards. It was extremely hydrating. The first night, it broke me out a little bit, but afterwards, it made my skin brighten and glow up.”

    “I liked the supple feel of the serum and the dewy look it gave my skin. I did get a few dry spots on my skin around my chin and nose.”

    “First off the packaging of this product is amazing! I love the ease of the dropper. At first I was not quite sure what this product was doing for me. It was that lovely time of the month and my face often breaks out than. I then started to notice that my face was softer and these weird bumps on my chin was not as prominent.”

    “It was sticky to put on, so definitely needed a moisturizer over it. Couldn’t wear it alone.”

    Q: Did you see visible results in your skin?

    “Yes, absolutely! My skin felt plump and soft and well taken care of. My wrinkles seemed less noticeable too.”

    “Yes, my face is super soft.”

    “Not yet! I would assume for my anti-aging concerns that it would take longer to see any visible results.”

    “Yes, it made my skin a lot brighter than it has been. I am 7 months pregnant, and they say you get a glow about you. I am not sure if that is true for me, but I can definitely say that this serum helped me glow even more.”

    “My skin looked brighter and bouncier.”

    The Ordinary Buffet Sam

    Overall, our Certifiers had pretty rave reviews of The Ordinary Buffet! Glowy, smooth skin! What else can you need?!

    With all these magical results from almost all of us in the experiment, our aha moment is pretty self-explanatory. Soft faces, glowing skin, and serious RESULTS! But the ultimate aha moment is realizing we gained all of these fabulous results without breaking the bank! (Well, of course, our Certifiers got it for free!) This serum is only $14.80…like WHAT!

    Out of the 10 of us that experimented with The Ordinary Buffet serum, 9 of us gave it the official CO Stamp of Approval! That’s a 90% approval rate and you better believe all of us approvers are going to be running to buy more after our bottles are empty!

    Is Away Luggage Really Worth the Price? (Plus our Best Packing Tips!)

    Is Away Luggage Really Worth the Price? (Plus our Best Packing Tips!)

    The Away Hype is REAL

    Guys, Away is legit the trendiest luggage brand out there. Never have we ever seen so much buzz around a freaking suitcase! Lol so naturally, we had to see what all the hype was about. Because if we’re paying $250 for a carry-on, it better be DAMN GOOD.

    My husband, Alex, jumped on the Away train wayyy before Sam and I did…such a little #trendsetter he is. And guess what? He fell in LOVE with these suitcases almost immediately.

    After hearing his rave reviews, you bet Sam and I weren’t too far behind! Sam splurged and got herself the Bigger Carry-On for her honeymoon to Greece, and Alex bought me the Bigger Carry-On and the Medium Away luggage as an early birthday gift being that I had a bunch of trips coming up in the fall. In true twinsie fashion, we both got the blush pink color!

    (And of course now Sam’s hubby, Patrick, is feeling the FOMO. Tbh, you might be too after reading this!)

    Okay so let’s get down to business. Is this luggage seriously worth the hype and money?

    Product: Away Luggage

    Styles: The Carry-On, The Bigger Carry-On, The Medium and The Large

    Price: Range between $225-$495

    Where to buy: Away website (use our referral link to get $20 off your purchase!)

    Time Used: 2 months

    Traveling with Away Luggage

    Away We Go!

    Sorry, I couldn’t possibly get through this post without at least one pun!

    Soon after we both got our Away luggage, I took a couple of trips to the east coast for a friend’s wedding festivities, and Sam went off on her enchanting honeymoon to Greece. We both brought our Bigger Carry-Ons with us and put them to the CO test.

    Before we get into our experiences…here is our list of #musthaves when it comes to suitcases:

    1. Must make the packing process easy
    2. Must roll around effortlessly
    3. Must be light enough that even our wimpy little arms can lift it into the overhead bin
    4. Must have well-made zippers
    5. Must be strong enough to take the “checked luggage” beating

    Lucky for us, Away pretty much checks off all these must-haves. But even luckier for us, these bags come with so much more than that!

    Away Luggage Perks

    Away Carryon Review

    So besides the fact that Away bags…

    • Offer the perfect amount of space and capacity for all our goodies (even when we go overseas!)
    • Are the perfect fit for all overhead bins (except this teeny tiny plane that Sam and Patrick had to take from Athens to Santorini that didn’t have overhead storage)
    • Roll really well throughout the airport and even over the cobblestones in Greece and Italy!
    • And are super lightweight and easy to maneuver

    They also offer…

    • An ejectable charging battery that can charge any phone up to FIVE times before it dies!

    This comes in super handy after long flight delays where literally all airport charging ports are taken (you know what we’re talking about!)

    • An attached nylon laundry bag so you can keep your dirty clothes separate from the rest.

    Alex and I actually used these laundry bags to bring all our dirty clothes to a little laundry shop in Rome during our honeymoon! It was great because we didn’t have to lug around our actual suitcases.

    • Easy storage when you’re back home.

    How to Pack with Away Luggage

    One of my favorite parts about the Away luggage is that they all fit inside of each other like little Russian nesting dolls! Lol The Carry-On fits into the Bigger Carry-On which fits into the the Medium bag which fits into the Large! So if you live in a small apartment (like us) and don’t have tons of storage, this comes in super handy because four suitcases take up the space of ONE.

    • TSA-approved lock

    All Away bags come with built-in TSA approved locking systems so you can rest assured your precious cargo will be kept safe and sound no matter what. All you have to do is a pick a 4-digit code and you’re off!

    Away Luggage Let-Downs

    Sadly there were a couple of let downs. Womp womp!

    The past few flights I’ve been on, I’ve had to show the gate agent that the ejectable battery compartment is empty before I board the flight (even though my bag is a carry-on.) This has only happened on Delta flights so far! So beware. If you’re planning on bringing your Away Carry-On on a Delta flight, be sure to leave your battery at home…which sadly makes it kind of pointless to even get the bag with the battery option!

    The only other let down is the durability. Even though the hard shells are GREAT at protecting your belongings, they don’t necessarily hold up well when they have to be checked. Expect plenty of scratches people! If anyone knows how to get those out…HIT US UP.

    Which Away Luggage Should You Get?

    Away Luggage Review

    So there’s four sizes to choose from in the Away family: the Carry-On, the Bigger Carry-On, the Medium and the Large.

    If you’re planning on just investing in a good carry-on, we HIGHLY recommend you get the Bigger Carry-On. It fits perfectly into all overhead bins and you get more space to pack. So why the heck not??

    As far as the Medium and Large, both Alex and I agree that the Large is TOO large. Alex originally had the Large and ended up returning it to get the Medium because he knew we would definitely risk getting charged with overweight bags if we had the Large Away. You can literally pack for a lifetime in that thing. Now we both have the Medium and think it’s more than plenty of space for a long trip!

    Packing with Away

    Okay do you ever really look forward to packing? If you’re anything like me, you’d rather have the packing genie take care of it for you am I right?

    Well friends, things have changed with Away. They somehow managed to get us both excited about packing! Why you ask? It’s a little thing called: ORGANIZATION.

    Check out the video below to see how Sam packed for her entire honeymoon just using her Away Bigger Carry-On, some packing cubes and the super trendy Lo & Sons tote!

    To Get Away or To Not Get Away?

    Hehe. Are my puns killing you yet?

    First of all, always get away…literally. Traveling is the best thing you can do for your soul!

    And second of all, yes please get Away! As you can tell from both of our experiences, these really are some of the best pieces of luggage we’ve ever had. If you’re an avid traveler like me and Sam, you’re definitely better off investing in suitcases that won’t let you down.

    And with that friends, we give Away the official CO Stamp of Approval! Happy traveling!