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Samantha Ramos

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    Inside Sam’s Skincare Fridge

    Inside Sam’s Skincare Fridge

    You have a refrigerator dedicated to skincare?

    Absolutely. Call me crazy, but I never want to live without my skincare fridge again. It has become the cheapest luxurious thing in my life! And let’s be real, I’m not saying I have an extra Sub-Zero in my bathroom (as if I even have one Sub-Zero). If you get a micro fridge, they’re totally affordable!

    Though I got mine from Santa (a.k.a. My husband that supports my skincare addiction more than most would!), you can get yours on Amazon! I have the Cooluli Mini Fridge in all white. It’s only $44 and can be used with a variety of power sources (AC/DC, USB, etc.). You better believe my next road trip will include my skincare fridge!

    Skincare Fridge

     

    Honestly…we all need a skincare fridge and here’s why.

    Preserving Finicky Products

    You know that expensive Vitamin C serum you’re obsessed with? Or that retinol product you can’t live without? What if I told you those ingredients specifically can literally FAIL if not held at the proper temperature? So yeah, that $80 serum could be doing absolutely nothing to your face because the active ingredients are no longer active. SAY WHAT!

    That fact alone was made it worth it for me to get a skincare fridge. I hated the idea of spending my hard-earned money on products that may end up not working if they get too warm or are exposed to too much light!

    Decrease Puffiness

    There’s no surprise here that the cold depuffs your face. That’s why my college roommate always stored spoons in the freezer and put them on her eyes in the morning! Honestly though, a skincare fridge is a major upgrade from the spoons in the freezer…that you have to walk a ways to get to (first world problems!).

    Don’t believe me? Try putting your eye cream or jade roller in the fridge for the next few days. By the first day you’ll automatically realize how AMAZING that cool cream feels on your eyes, and how quickly that cold jade roller depuffs your face. Then you’ll be like, “Yeah this is amazing, but who wants to walk to their kitchen mid-way through their AM skincare routine?!”

    Cue: add Cooluli Mini Fridge to Amazon cart.

    What’s In My Skincare Fridge

    Though my skincare fridge inventory is always evolving (life of a blogger), here’s what’s in my precious fridge at the moment:

    Skincare Fridge Inside

    EYES:

    1. Eye gels! There’s no better place for eye gels than the fridge. Currently, I’m OBSESSED with the skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. They stick to my eyes more than any other eye gels I’ve tried. Not only that, but they just work!
    2. First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy A.M. Gel Cream if you remember from our latest review roundup video on eye creams, this is the eye cream I’m obsessed with currently! It works like a charm. Especially when kept cold!
    3. Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb is new to my fridge as of the past few weeks! So far I’m loving it and using it every night! Stay tuned for more deets on that.

    SKIN:

    1. Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum. The weirdest thing about this serum is it’s a night-time only serum. Usually Vitamin C is a day-time treatment, but whatevs! This serum is good, but it’s not as good as the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum! That said, it’s significantly cheaper too so pick your poison I guess!
    2. Jade roller! There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it, Claudia and I love our jade rollers! These things do wonders for puffiness and honestly, just feel freakin’ amazing. It’s no wonder why we don’t go anywhere without it.
    3. As far as resurfacing products go, I have a couple taking up real estate in my fridge! The first is the PIXI Overnight Glow Serum which is new to my routine, as of about a few weeks now, but I don’t think it’s going to stay. It’s not as effective as two of my other favs: Arbonne Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads and the Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum. These two I can’t live without!
    4. For moisture, there are two products in my fridge that are here to stay: the Youth to the People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream and the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. These two products are definitely MUST-HAVES! Especially if you live in a cold, wintery climate!

     

    Feeling the skincare fridge envy?

    Don’t worry guys, I was too. Just treat yo self to a cute little fridge and trust me, you won’t regret it! And when you do get that fridge, let me know how you like it!

     

    Xoxo,

    Certifiably Obsessed Sam

    Happy New Year! Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet

    Happy New Year! Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet

    What are your dreams for the new year?

    After a quick Google search, I learned that when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, a lot of us are on the same wavelength…the most common resolutions this year are:

    • Exercise more
    • Lose weight
    • Get organized
    • Learn a new skill or hobby
    • Live life to the fullest
    • Save more money / spend less money
    • Quit smoking
    • Spend more time with family and friends
    • Travel more
    • Read more

    Even if you don’t believe in making New Year’s Resolutions, you’ve probably wanted to incorporate one of these common resolutions into your life! I mean, who doesn’t want to live life to the fullest?! Personally, I’m somewhere in the middle…I’ve never been a New Year’s Resolution person, but I don’t have anything against them either! Want to set a goal to make your next year better than the last? By all means…go for it!

    Regardless…let’s make 2019 the best.

    Now, Claudia and I aren’t experts in this space, but one thing is for sure, we’re really good at finding the perfect products and services to help you achieve your biggest goals for 2019! So let’s go resolution by resolution and see if we can help you stick to and achieve your goals!

    Let’s get started…

     


    Resolution #1: Exercise More and/or Lose Weight

    Happy New Year Exercise

    We are BIG believers in exercise! And here’s the thing, it doesn’t have to be anything strenuous, but just moving your body, at least a little bit, every day is HUGE! When it comes to working out, it’s so important to find what works for you. Even between Claudia and I, we have different routines and methods for working out…and that’s GREAT!

    For Claudia, P.volve has become her go-to workout! She’s seen amazing results and feels better than ever after incorporating this into her routine. If you feel like cardio is not your cup of tea, then P.volve might be for you! This workout program is focused on elongating and creating lean muscles, eliminating bulk, and stretching and opening the hips, all with low impact and anti-pulse movements. Amazing right?!

    So, if you’re looking to exercise more and get that lean body you’ve always been wanting, P.volve might be your answer for 2019! (Pro tip: use Claudia’s link to get $20 off your first month!)

     


    Resolution #2: Get Organized

    Happy New Year Organize

    If I could quit my career in marketing and advertising and start all over, I would be an organizational expert. I’m not kidding. I LOVE to organize. Even ask my friends, I used to volunteer to clean and organize their bedrooms when we were young!

    While I could rant on and on for ways to get and stay organized, there’s one thing I feel every person needs to keep their life on track: a planner. Now, I’m a total paper planner person, but if you are a electronic person, then by all means, type away! For me, when I physically write things down they are more ingrained in my head.  

    This year, I’ve found my all time FAVORITE planner: Golden Coil. Every single page of this planner is completely customizable. I mean every freakin’ page, my friends! Need a social media planner every month or week? How about a meal planner? Like your days of the week on one page and notes on the other? And you guys, I’ve only just barely scratched the surface on how much you can customize. Check it out for yourself!

     


    Resolution #3: Learn a New Skill or Hobby

    Happy New Year Skill

    Claudia and I are all about learning new things! Heck, if we didn’t have a desire to learn all the time, we wouldn’t have Certifiably Obsessed. And when it comes to keeping up with the trends and staying ahead of the game, we always like to stay in-the-know when it comes to blogging, design, and more.

    Our new favorite resource for learning new things is: Skillshare. You can learn how to do just about anything on this site! Each video is proctored by an expert in the field and they make it so easy to follow along. You can take classes in the creative, business, technology, or lifestyle categories. Honestly, think of any new hobby or skill you want to learn and I can almost guarantee they have it!

    The greatest thing about it? You can get a good portion of classes completely free! But if you find you’ll need a Premium Membership to learn the skill you’d like, you can use our link to get your first month FREE!

     


    Resolution #4: Save More Money/Spend Less Money

    Happy New Year Budget

    I’ll admit it, this is not my strong suit. I’m more of a spender than a saver…that’s for sure! And I’ll confess that this is even on my list of to-do’s this year! Knowing that this was going to be one of my big things for 2019, I’ve done a lot of research on ways to help me along the way!

    A few of my favorite podcasts have had Rachel Cruze (a.k.a. Dave Ramsey’s daughter) as a guest on their shows and of course, this gal really knows her stuff! I won’t get into the nitty gritty but one of her top recommendations is using the EveryDollar App. This app makes it easy to get your mind around budgeting (a.k.a. One of my least favorite words on earth…lol). It helps break down your spending into categories in order for you to meet your budgeting goals and save money! Check it out if this is one of your New Year’s Resolutions!

     


    Resolution #5: Travel More

    Happy New Year Travel

    This one is always on Claudia and I’s list for each year. Whether you’re going near or far, traveling is a great way to refresh and learn more about the world! If you’re like me, you love to travel but hate actually traveling…lol. Just the stress of getting to and from can be exhausting and overwhelming!

    To ease my travel stresses, there are a few things I need. First, of course, is a solid suitcase. Claudia and I both got the AWAY Bigger Carry On this past year and we are in LOVE! It’s worth every penny. The portable charger and ample packing space make it the best suitcase I’ve ever used! I love it so much, I even used it as my only suitcase when traveling to Greece for a week for my honeymoon. AMAZING! If you want to try it out, you can get $20 off with my link!

    Travel anxiety is eased with more than just a suitcase, though. Lucky for you guys, Claudia and I have gathered all of our favorite travel must-haves in one little blog post. Check it out!

     


    Make 2019 the BEST

    Happy New Year

    Regardless if you are setting New Year’s Resolutions or not, there’s always time to make positive change in your life. To do so, sometimes you just need a little help getting there. And that’s A-OKAY! We hope this post helps lead you in the right direction to some awesome resources and inspires you to have your best year yet!

    For us, we couldn’t be more excited for 2019. We’ve seen major growth in each year of Certifiably Obsessed’s existence and we can’t wait to see what this year holds! We can’t wait to share with you guys what we have up our sleeves! Stay tuned!

    Waxing vs. Sugaring: Pick Your Poison

    Waxing vs. Sugaring: Pick Your Poison

    Beauty is Pain (especially when it comes to waxing vs. sugaring)

    Want to know what’s not fair? My hair grows like a wooly mammoth. Yep, I said it. I don’t know if it’s the Italian blood in me or what, but MAN oh MAN. I can’t keep up! Seriously, after 24 hours, I have to shave my legs and underarms again. It’s annoying and absolutely ridiculous. Why, oh why, do I have SO much hair?

    If I’ve successfully grossed you out, this may not be the blog post for you. On the other hand, if you’re like YES GIRL, THAT’S ME. Then, listen up!

    Hairy Girl Options

    The way I see it, us hairy girls have limited options when it comes to hair removal…

    1. Shave (If I counted up how much time I’ve spent shaving in life it would be depressing…and don’t get me started with razor bumps and irritation).
    2. Laser Hair Removal (If you have the money for this then you are one lucky gal!)
    3. Wax (You know…hot wax slapped on your body with a popsicle stick and ripped off with a strip of fabric..)
    4. Sugar (A paste [usually all natural] made of lemon, sugar and water that promises to be less painful than waxing…)
    5. Let it grow…

    Now if letting your hair grow is your kinda thing then you do you girl, but I prefer quite the opposite! And since I like to be as hairless as possible, I absolutely have to use the most effective, long-lasting method that doesn’t break the bank. I’ve experimented with shaving (obvi), waxing, and sugaring and here are my results…

    Waxing

    I’ve been waxing for I don’t even know how long…probably freshman year of high school? I’ve always had overgrown eyebrows and a shadowy upper lip so those were the first to be taken care of early on. Ever since, I’ve had experience with waxing my brows, upper lip, full arms, and bikini area. With all my experiences, here are my pros and cons to waxing:

    Waxing Pros:
    • It’s fast!
    • It’s more available than sugaring. More estheticians have been trained in waxing so it’s much easier to find in most areas.
    • A good wax (for me) lasts about 4-6 weeks, depending on the area.
    Waxing Cons:
    • It hurts! Some areas are way more sensitive than others to me, but all-in-all, it’s not pain free.
    • Since the wax pulls on your skin (both dead and alive cells), it can cause a lot of irritation.
    • It’s hard to know what exactly is in the wax…aloe? Toxins? Who really knows?!
    • Sometimes it doesn’t play nice with the skincare products you’ve been using…ever break out in a rash after a wax? Check the ingredients on your face wash or lotion…it may cause irritation with wax.
    • Traditional waxing techniques pull hair in the opposite direction of your hair growth (a.k.a. More pain and irritation)

    All in all, waxing has become my bestie that I love to hate. I rely on it for just about all of my hair removal needs, and have for years, but when I started seeing more irritation and the countdown toward my wedding was getting closer, I started to do some research on healthier alternatives…

    Sugaring

    I became intrigued over sugaring after watching some bloggers on their Insta stories walk into their sugaring appointments, which promised to be healthy, non-toxic alternatives to waxing. Sounds good right? Because the sugar paste is only made (usually) from three ingredients: water, sugar and lemon, it’s easy to know what’s being put on your skin. With it, everyone promised less pain and less irritation…so obviously I was ready to give it a try. I found the ONE sugaring studio in my area (yes, one) and ventured on.

    Sugaring Pros:
    • It claims to be faster than waxing since the esthetician doesn’t have to keep going back and forth to apply wax, grab cloths, etc. He/she will use one bunch of paste throughout the majority of your appointment. (My experience was NOT faster…but putting this out here in case you get someone that’s faster than the girl that handled my appointment.)
    • It’s chemically-free, non-toxic, etc.!
    • Apparently, it only pulls on your dead skin cells, not your live cells, so it should, in theory, be less painful.
    • Sugaring pulls hair in the direction of your hair growth…so less pain and irritation.
    Sugaring Cons:
    • The actual application of the sugar (before it pulls out the hair…this is the step equivalent to applying the wax with the popsicle stick in a waxing service) hurts like heck. It’s not comfy. The esthetician has to push and pull the sugar down the area, in the opposite direction of the hair growth, which allows the sugar to grab ahold of the hair, and it honestly hurts…a lot.
    • Since you’re ripping hair out of its follicles, it can still cause irritation and redness.
    • It’s hard to be precise with the sugar. Most sugaring places don’t even recommend having your brows sugared because they can’t be specific in its placement.

    Here’s the thing, sugaring is a solid option, but if you live in the metro-Detroit area, it might not be a solid option yet. Full disclosure, the parlor I went to was truly AWFUL. I’m not going to name names, but if you google sugaring in Detroit, you’ll find it…there’s only one. At the end of this blog post, I’ll give my waxing/sugaring studio recommendations and must-avoids.

    Okay…Picking My Poison

    Ding ding! Waxing vs. sugaring…who’s the winner? I’m caught between a rock and a hard place right now…I truly HATED my sugaring experience, but the results, skin wise, did seem to be better than waxing. After the initial pain and swelling went down, I noticed less irritation than when I wax. No bumps or ingrown hairs…success!

    Waxing, on the other hand, gives me much more precise results and my hair seems to grow back slower. By precise results I mean there’s less hair missed. I think the wax itself does a better job picking up hairs than the sugar so there’s less need to go over the same area twice.

    Honestly, they’re both painful, but in the end, I think I’ll stick to my wax. I like the idea of a one-stop-shop and since I can’t get my brows sugared, I’ll stick to wax for brows and everything else. I’ve learned to trust the process and the esthetician I use. She gives me great recommendations to combat irritation and I never have any missed hairs with her. And honestly, if the wax keeps the hair away longer then…by all means, sign me up!

     

    Have you tried sugaring and/or waxing? What are your thoughts?! Everyone has different experiences so let’s help each other out and comment below!

     

    Review on the Metro-Detroit Sugaring Parlor

    If you live in the area and you’re interested why it was so bad…here’s why. The owner, who I scheduled my appointment with, answered my phone call that day to confirm my appointment to tell me that she isn’t able to do my service because she injured her arm. She assured me she was leaving me with the best-of-the-best and it would all be okay…

    I went in the first day to honestly a not-so-great first impression. It was cold, dark and poorly renovated (not that it means everything is going to be bad, but aesthetic is huge for me). I was put into a room and told to lay on this portable, wobbly massage table that had NO cushion or paper or anything. It was just cold, fake leather on my bare skin and I was getting a brazilian, full arm, and underarm so you can imagine how this felt. The room was dirty and the table she had all her supplies on was disorganized and messy. The girl was fairly new (she admitted to me) and didn’t seem to have a lot of experience. I was in SO much pain throughout the entire appointment and I left with my underarms bleeding. I’m just going to leave it at that.

    UPDATE: A friend of mine suggested I try This Girl Lori Beauty Spa in Birmingham, MI for sugaring. She had a super positive experience so if you’re looking to try sugaring…start there!

    Review on Georgi’s Waxing Studio

    If you live in the area, I highly recommend Georgi’s in Royal Oak and Birmingham. The studio is beautiful, clean and so warm and friendly. All of the estheticians I’ve used have been great, but Alex is my favorite, by far. The actual waxing rooms are clean, calming and feel more like a spa room than anything else. If you ask, they’ll tell you what kind of wax they’re going to use and will always give you an ingredients list. They do great work here! I highly recommend.

    GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment: That Hollywood Glow

    GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment: That Hollywood Glow

    10 Minutes to Revamped Skin

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned after experimenting with face mask after face mask for Certifiably Obsessed, is that there’s a perfect mask for every need, but rarely is there a mask that does it all. And you know what? I’m okay with that! It gives me the power to cater my products to my skin’s ever-changing needs!

    The GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment mask is no different. This mask is perfect for a day when you need to revamp your skin and give it some deep TLC! What does it do, you ask?! Scroll down for more details and a video of how to use it!

    Product:  GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment

    Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite (Volcanic Minerals), Kaolin (French Sea Clay), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Purified Clay), Polyethylene, Pumice (Micro Volcanic Rock), Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea Leaf), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Marigold), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Hedara Helix Extract (Ivy), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey Herb), Lavandula Hybrida Oil (Lavender), Glycerin (Vegetable), Parfum, [Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool], Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

    Price:  Full size: $59 | Mini: $25 | Value: $79

    Where to buy: Our Shop Page! Or Sephora!

    Time Used: 5 months

    Perks:  No Parabens | No Phthalates | No Sulfates

    GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment experiment

    Get Your Tingle On

    Okay so first things first, the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment mask is THICK. When they say mud, it’s really almost clay. Not to worry though, I just add few drops of water in my hand with the mask, mix it up, and it’s super easy to apply after that!

    Almost immediately after applying the mask, the tingling sensation sets in. Now I wouldn’t say it’s a good or soothing tingle, but I wouldn’t say it’s torturous either! Honestly it just feels like it’s getting work DONE deep in those pores!

    Watch It In Action

    Want to see it for yourself? Watch my full experiment here!

    That Flawless Finish

    As you can see from the video, the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment definitely has a way of taking your skin from dull and congested to bright and clear! No wonder all the celebs and stars are running to try all the different GLAMGLOW treatments…they work!

    Next Steps Matter

    Just like anything in your skincare routine, how you follow up with an intensive treatment is almost just as important as doing the intensive treatment in the first place! When you’ve done serious work to your skin, you have to be sure to protect it moving forward.

    Just like in the video, I followed the mask with products that would nurture, soothe, and treat my skin. They were:

    1. Cocokind Organic Rosewater Facial Toner
    2. First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy A.M. Gel Cream
    3. First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller
    4. Coola Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops SPF 30
    5. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration

    After experimenting with the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment for a while now, I’ve realized it’s a mask that I can’t use too often, but it’s also not a mask I want to live without! The mini size is perfect for 5-6 uses, which is just right for me! It’s the perfect size to not break the bank, but know that it’ll last a while with using it once per month or so.

    The tingling may not be the most comfy sensation on earth, but it does truly feel like it’s getting deep into those pores and brightening up my complexion…which you’ll never catch me arguing against!

    For brightening my complexion and making my skin baby smooth, the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment deserves the CO Stamp of Approval!

    Have you experimented with any GLAMGLOW products?! Which are your favorites? Let me know below!

    Ritual Vitamins: Only What’s Essential

    Ritual Vitamins: Only What’s Essential

    The Future of Vitamins is Clear

    Vitamins are a tricky, sticky subject. Everyone seems to have their own opinions of what we should and shouldn’t take. So, just like everything else in life, it’s important to do your own research and figure out what’s best for YOU!

    About a year ago I started to do just that after I felt like I needed some sort of multivitamin in my life. (I also started taking supplements with Hum Nutrition! I consider these to be non-essential, therefore in a different category from a vitamin!) There are so many vitamins and nutrients that we need on a daily basis and honestly, it can feel like an impossible feat to get them all in just one day through just food alone. I mean, seriously, I’d be SO impressed if someone could get absolutely everything in all three meals!

    What’s in your vitamins?

    Here’s the thing…most women are lacking nine essential nutrients (the ingredients of RItual, duh!), but common multivitamins typically have 20-40 unnecessary ingredients (UGH!). So, tell me, what’s in your current vitamin? Maybe you only take one or two non-multivitamins so you know exactly what’s in it, but are you sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need then?

    That’s why I went with Ritual vitamins. Honestly, it just made it easy! I had started to do my research of which vitamins I needed, which I didn’t and everywhere I looked, I just kept finding vitamins with fillers and unnecessary stuff. With Ritual, I didn’t even have to think twice about it.

    Product: Ritual Vitamins

    Ingredients: Vitamin K2 (90 mcg), Vitamin D3 (2000 IU), Vitamin B12 (8 mcg), Boron (1 mg), Iron (8 mg), Vitamin E (10 IU), Magnesium (50 mg), Folate (600 mcg), Omega-3 (320 mg)

    Price: $30/month

    Where to buy: Get $5 off your first order with this link!

    Time Used: 1 year 1 month

    Perks:  Non-GMO | Vegan | Gluten & Allergen Free | No Synthetic Fillers or Colorants | Made in the USA | Patent Pending Technology | Free Shipping

    Ritual Vitamins Experimentation

    Ritual Vitamins: First Impressions

    Obviously, Ritual vitamins are easy on the eyes. I mean, those clear capsules with the floating beads…how cool! Not to mention, the packaging is simple and adorable. Even the packaging that arrives every month is super cute. Great product design and simple packaging can win over this designer girl’s heart anyday!

    As I went to take my first two Ritual vitamins I noticed something amazing…they smelled and tasted minty! There’s really nothing worse than putting a vitamin that tastes like fish and rocks in your mouth so I was pleasantly surprised that these were pleasant on the palate!

    So…Do They Work?

    Honestly, I really struggled with how to “review” these vitamins because, just like with most vitamins, it can be hard to know if it’s really “working.” That being said, I’ve now been taking Ritual vitamins for over a year and there are a few things I’ve noticed:

    • Immunity: I can hardly believe this, but I haven’t been sick since I started taking Ritual…not even once, not even a little bit! (Transparency note: I also take a Garden of Life Probiotic for Women that supports my immune system as well! Extra immune support never hurt!)
    • Overall Mood: I’m generally calmer, happier and have more maintained energy! Now that doesn’t mean I don’t have my days, but compared to times prior to Ritual, I’m generally more calm, cool and collected!
    • Peace of Mind: With Ritual, I know I’m getting all the essential vitamins and nutrients I need so I generally have full peace of mind when it comes to obtaining a balanced diet!
    Let’s Talk Ingredients

    Remember when I said there are only nine essential ingredients that women need? Let’s talk about those!

    1. Vitamin K2 (90 MCG) is pertinent to your bone, skin, and heart health!
    2. Vitamin D3 (2000 IU) supports your immune system, bone health, and cognitive function!
    3. Vitamin B12 (8 MCG) aides in nerve and brain function, while supporting consistent energy levels!
    4. Boron (1 mg) contributes to bone and joint health, while supporting healthy hormone levels!
    5. Iron (8 mg) helps to build your blood while supporting your brain and energy!
    6. Vitamin E (10 IU) is full of antioxidant actions, while helping you have healthy skin in delivering anti-aging properties!
    7. Magnesium (50 mg) promotes calmness, while also supporting your bones and heart!
    8. Folate (600 mcg) works to improve your brain health and overall mood, but one of its most unique jobs is DNA synthesis (a.k.a. The stuff we need to make healthy babies someday!)
    9. Omega-3 (320 mg) supports your immune, cardiovascular, and neurological systems!

    Feeling like you might need to add Ritual vitamins to your life?

    Ritual Vitamins Close Up

    Even though I generally feel healthier on a day-to-day basis since taking Ritual vitamins regularly, my aha moment here is the total peace of mind I have! Not only am I getting those nine essential nutrients, but I’m not getting a ton of other icky stuff that I don’t need!

    Since I did a ton of research beforehand, I know that these vitamins are a rare gem that I know I can’t find anywhere else! So they most definitely have earned my CO stamp of approval!

    Have you guys tried Ritual vitamins yet? If you haven’t, click here for $5 off your first order!

    Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo: Small, but Mighty

    Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo: Small, but Mighty

    Why Drunk Elephant?

    Honestly, I still have no clue why the company is called Drunk Elephant…I seriously just spent the last 15 minutes digging around their website and have no clue, but I do know I’m convinced I need to try literally all of their products.

    Drunk Elephant takes their skincare seriously. That’s something you would think all companies would do, but apparently not! Drunk Elephant is committed to using only clean ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of their formulations. Now that’s some hype I can get behind!

    Putting the Hype to the Test

    I don’t know about you guys, but I had heard of Drunk Elephant from just about every beauty blogger out there! When I first started researching the brand, I realized it was so far from wallet-friendly and I had to force myself to stay away…for my bank account’s sake. But the more I read reviews and learned about the company’s philosophy, I thought it might be worth the price in the end.

    Then, I discovered the Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo which gave me the ability to try two of their products in mini form without breaking the bank! I couldn’t have been more excited! This dynamic duo couldn’t get to my doorstep fast enough.

    Product: Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo (contains C-Firma™ Day Serum and B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel)

    C-Firma Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Ethoxydiglycol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopherol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Acetyl Glucosamine, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Glycine, Sucrose, Maltodextrin, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60

    B-Hydra Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Lactate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cyclodextrin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

    Price: $23

    Where to buy: Sephora or our Shop Page!

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks:  Made in the USA | Free of the “Suspicious 6”: Essential Oils | Drying Alcohols | Silicones | Chemical Screens | Fragrance/Dyes | SLS

    Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo Experimentation

    First Impressions with the Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo

    After eagerly waiting for my package to arrive (Sephora’s two day shipping wasn’t fast enough!), I opened it up to be semi-disappointed. The little bottles seemed oh-so-small and the only thing I could think was that they were bound to last me only a week. (Spoiler alert: they lasted WAY more than a week!)

    I had learned while perusing the Drunk Elephant website that since these products are free from waxes, silicones, thick oils and butters, there’s no need to layer them. You can just mix them up in your hand and apply them all at once. Talk about convenience! So I put one little pump of both the C-Firma™ Day Serum and B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel on my hand and applied it all over my face.

    Hotdogs or Legs?

    (Not sure where the “legs” play into this paragraph, but there aren’t many phrases with hotdogs so just roll with it, okay?!) I have to be honest here…the C-Firma™ Day Serum smells a little like hotdogs… Now, I know you’re all thinking that’s gross and there’s no way you want that scent all over your face, but honestly with the results I started to see from these products, I didn’t even notice the scent anymore!

    Spa-Like Results

    After two days of using this stuff I went to work, like any other day, and a coworker that sits right next to me pulled me aside and said, “Alright, did you get a facial? Your skin is glowing and I need to know how!!” (Cue the biggest smile ever on my face!)

    You guys, I can’t make this up. No B.S. here. I’ve honestly never had anyone ask me that in my life and I felt on top of the world! I know it was the Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo she was noticing because I hadn’t changed any products in my routine for weeks! That’s AMAZING and worth every penny in my book. Thank you, Drunk Elephant!!

    C-Firma™ Day Serum vs. B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel

    I’ve started getting questions on which of the two in the set I like better. Honestly, I’ve used them hand-in-hand and never apart from each other so I can’t give great insight on that. However, I do know that the C-Firma™ Day Serum significantly reduced the appearance of my acne scars and discoloration (hallelujah!). Meanwhile, the B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel gives my skin the perfect amount of hydration for steamy summer days! These two both sit perfectly under my Glossier Priming Moisturizer too!

    Like they say…you never know what you have until it’s gone! When I first ran out of this dynamic duo, I decided to try and live without it for a while…just to make sure I really loved it as much as I did. Sure enough, within a week or so my skin was just not nearly as nice as it was before. We’re talking dullness, dry spots, irritation…the works!!

    Since the Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo is now considered an absolute MUST in my routine, it 100% deserves the CO Stamp of Approval!

    Have you tried Drunk Elephant yet? What do you have your eye on? The T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ and the new D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum are calling my name, BIG TIME!!

    Glossier Lash Slick: Game-Changing Mascara

    Glossier Lash Slick: Game-Changing Mascara

    The Staple in My Routine

    It doesn’t matter whether I’m doing a full face of makeup or going au natural for the day…chances are, I’m putting on mascara no matter what! Just a little bit of mascara can make me feel infinitely better about my day! Anyone else?!

    I’ve tried SO many mascaras in my time…from drugstore to high-end brands, I’ve had favorites from time to time, but I’ve never found a mascara that doesn’t have a flaw. The drugstore brands are flakey and wear off throughout the day, while the high end brands may work better, but they totally break the bank.

    What’s a Girl to Do?!

    My answer to my mascara woes comes from the company I always turn to when I need something…Glossier. When Glossier released their brand new mascara, Lash Slick, I knew I had to give it a try. Honestly, all of our past Glossier experiments have been more than successful so I had a lot of faith in this one! The #GlossierObsession is real, friends.

    Product:  Glossier Lash Slick

    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Acrylates Copolymer, Alcohol, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, PEG-15 Glyceryl Stearate, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de Carnauba, Butylene Glycol, Kaolin, Pullulan, Behenyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Rayon, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Sucrose Distearate, VP/VA Copolymer, Nylon-6, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Silica, Panthenol, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77266 (Black 2).

    Price: $16

    Where to buy:  Glossier website or our Shop Page!

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks:  Cruelty Free | Paraben Free | Fragrance Free | Hypoallergenic | Allergy Tested | Dermatologist Tested | Ophthalmologist Tested | Suitable for Sensitive Eyes and Contact Lens Wearers | Non-Irritating

    Welcome Home, Glossier Lash Slick

    As soon as I saw that pretty Glossier package sitting on my doorstep, I was so excited to rip into it and take out my new Lash Slick, but I was honestly a little nervous. What if Glossier let me down this time? Can a mascara really be that groundbreaking? I had my doubts!

    The first thing I look at when I get a new mascara is the brush. It can’t be too thick, too spikey, or too round…it has to be just right. Glossier Lash Slick is just right in my books. The next thing I look at is the consistency of the mascara. The consistency of Lash Slick is not too thick, but definitely not runny. Not only that, but it doesn’t clump at the end of the brush causing all kinds of build up at the rim of the tube over time! (Honestly, this was a HUGE win for me!)

    What You Came Here For

    Now here’s where things get real good…I put on the mascara and BAM. #MindBlown. You guys, this stuff goes on SO smoothly and never clumps (WIN). It adds serious length to your lashes! I’m talking lash extension length without the extensions (and the price!). I mean the difference is crazy!

    Glossier Lash Slick before and afterAfter seeing my Instagram stories during my initial experimentation, Claudia was totally sold on Glossier Lash Slick too! It’s become a total staple in her routine.

    The best part? It lasts all freakin’ day. No smudging…not a single flake. Nothing but pure, uninterrupted lash PERFECTION! Yes, Glossier Lash Slick gives you perfection-level lashes.

    The Dreaded Moment

    Because I now love my mascara so much, when it comes time to take it off at the end of the day it’s honestly a little sad! (Might be a tad dramatic, but whatevs!) The funny thing about this mascara is it doesn’t really come off when I use my micellar water, but it comes right off with warm water. With warm water and gently rubbing my lashes between my fingers, it comes off like a charm!

    Somehow, Glossier has perfected mascara…something that so many companies have attempted to do and so many companies have failed at. And that, my friends, is my Aha Moment. I didn’t think it was possible for a mascara to be perfect, but day after day, this one never disappoints.

    For becoming both Claudia and I’s most swoon-worthy mascara, Glossier Lash Slick so deserves our CO Stamp of Approval.

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    Curology: Custom Acne Treatment

    Curology: Custom Acne Treatment

    It’s Real Talk Time

    If you deal with acne on a regular basis…listen up! I’ve dealt with cystic acne that not only ruins your day, week, outfit, night out, work day, etc. because you hate how it looks, but is honestly just downright painful and uncomfortable! For many years, I’ve woken up, looked in the mirror and thought, “How is this happening to me?”

    The Breaking Point

    The frustration was almost unbearable! I’m generally a healthy person. I eat well (everything in moderation!), work out regularly, always wash my face at least twice per day, take my vitamins…etc., etc. No matter what I tried, the acne never went away. In fact, it seemed to get significantly worse as I got older. (Anyone else?!) I was adamant that I would figure this out in a natural way. From all natural skincare products to cutting out gluten, I had tried it all.

    As you may imagine, knowing I’m getting married soon…the pressure was on. The desperation and frustration wreaked havoc on not only my mental health, but my bank account too. I tried SO many products that promised to heal my acne…and all of them ended up in the trash with no improvement to my skin. That is until I met my skin savior: Curology.

    Quick Disclaimer

    Before we get into the nitty gritty of this…please know that your skincare journey is 100% unique to you. If you deal with chronic acne, just one zit here and there, or never deal with any breakouts, what you decide to do with your skin and your body is totally your decision. Whether you choose to go an au-natural route or use man-made ingredients…you do you girl!!

    I’m so excited to have an outlet to share my in-depth acne journey with you, but know that just because I’m doing something one way…doesn’t mean you have to nor does it mean it will definitely work for you.

    Product: Curology

    Active Ingredients: Every person’s cream is unique to them! Mine is: 4% Azelaic Acid, 1% Clindamycin, and 4% Niacinamide.

    Inactive Ingredients: Water, glycerin, aloe vera leaf juice, PEG-100 myristate, sweet almond seed oil, xanthan gum, methyl paraben, propyl paraben, tocopheryl acetate.

    Price: $19.95/month

    Where to buy: Start your FREE trial using this link!

    Time Used: 5 months

    Perks: Cruelty Free | pH around 4.5 | No Added Fragrances

    Curology Before & After

    Getting Started With Curology

    Anyone else guilty of falling for a Facebook/Instagram ad? They are my weakness. Curology targeted me for months on social media, but it took me a while to finally cave. In my head, I was convinced I was going to cure my acne naturally. I had come to the point where I had tried just about everything and the only thing left was to try oral medications or birth control, but that’s where my train stopped. Neither of those were the solution for me!

    I had been researching dermatologists in my area when I remembered Curology. When I started researching the brand, I knew I was going to have to compromise some of my earlier must-haves (like staying the au natural route), but I also realized the brand had a team of real dermatology professionals ready to solve my major skincare woes. A whole team of real pros and no co-pays?! Sign me up.

    But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

    Getting your free trial with Curology requires you to take selfies. These aren’t necessarily the kind of selfies you’re probably used to taking (if they are, then you are my spirit animal!). These selfies require the best lighting possible, absolutely zero makeup, and plenty of angles! The goal here is to give the dermatologists all the information they need without having to see you in person. I sent in three selfies to show both sides of my face and the front.

    After submitting my selfies and answering a quick quiz, my information was sent off to my assigned dermatology nurse practitioner (Lindsay Swan, NP-C) for her to analyze to create my custom Curology formula. Within a day, I had my results and my Curology bottle was on its way!

    Let’s Talk Inactive Ingredients, Specifically Parabens

    Since I had been so adamant about curing my acne naturally, I was having a really tough time knowing that I was going to be putting so-so ingredients on my face. So, I did my research! The inactive ingredients in Curology aren’t as extensive as I thought they’d be, but there was one ingredient (and two forms of it) that stood out the most: paraben.

    Everywhere I look, everything loves to claim it’s paraben-free, but what does that mean and what do parabens actually do? During my research, one article really stood out to me: Are Parabens Really a Problem? Give it a read when you have the time, she links to all of her sources, de-bunks previous studies, and gives proof as to why parabens really aren’t anything to get our panties in a bundle about (phew!!). Here’s my favorite part of that article:

    “Despite the media frenzy surrounding parabens, the published research and global cosmetic regulatory organizations are making that answer clear: parabens, especially in the small amounts used in personal-care products, do not pose a significant health risk. There is no legitimate reason for consumers to avoid cosmetic products that contain parabens. According to these studies, parabens are “fully metabolized before they enter the bloodstream.” In a review of the estrogenic activity of parabens, the author concluded that based on maximum daily exposure estimates, “it was impossible that parabens could increase the risk associated with exposure to estrogenic chemicals.” We repeat: Impossible.”

    Curology ingredients
    Let’s Talk Active Ingredients

    This is where our Curology stories will differ…or maybe be the same! Here’s a breakdown of my Curology bottle’s active ingredients:

    • 4% Azelaic Acid: Azelaic acid occurs naturally in several whole grains, and when applied to the skin, effectively battles acne, clogged pores, dark spots, and inflammation. (It’s even safe to use topically for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity!)
    • 1% Clindamycin: Clindamycin is a powerful antibiotic, perfect for battling Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), an acne-causing bacterium that camps out in your pores. Simply put, bacteria are a major cause of acne. Antibiotics kill bacteria.
    • 4% Niacinamide: When UV rays and free radicals damage the structure of skin, this handy antioxidant does a top-notch repair job. One of the most thoroughly researched anti-aging ingredients out there, niacinamide has been shown to fight fine wrinkles, redness, and especially dark spots.
    Incorporating Into My Routine

    One of the greatest things about Curology is that it’s SUPER easy to incorporate into your routine! In fact, not much has to change. Curology is a night cream that fits seamlessly into what you’re already doing. Have a favorite face wash you don’t want to give up? No worries! Have a favorite day time serum you just can’t separate from? Perfect! I would bet that after using Curology regularly, the rest of your products are actually going to start to work better than they ever did before!

    After drying and washing my face, I just apply 1-2 pumps of the Curology cream all over my face and neck before bed. That’s it! The cream is light, goes on easy and really doesn’t smell like anything!

    Words to the Wise

    You should know, some of the active ingredients in Curology can cause your skin to be a little more sensitive than others…which in the grand scheme of things can be okay! For example, Claudia was loving ExfoliKate, but it was making my face SO red and irritated. Now, I don’t know if it still would’ve made my face irritated if I wasn’t using Curology, but the great thing is I don’t feel like I really need a strong exfoliant since Curology does some serious work to my skin every night!

    Another word to the wise? You absolutely must incorporate SPF into your daily routine. (Newsflash: you should be using a daily SPF even if you’re not using a medicated cream!) Me? I stick to our favorite Coola products. Stay tuned on this, I’ve been experimenting with the Coola Sun Silk Drops and so far so good! More to come on this.

    The Good Part

    My favorite thing about Curology? IT ACTUALLY WORKS. You guys, I can’t even tell you how many acne treatment products I’ve tried that NEVER work. In fact, I even did a CO review on one. Within a month of using Curology I had seen visible results. Within 4 months? NO ACNE. Don’t want to take my word for it? Check out my timeline with befores and afters below!

    Curology timeline

    I think it’s pretty obvious what my Aha! Moment is. My self-confidence has skyrocketed and I’m more wedding-ready than ever thanks to Curology!

    It may have not been my dream all natural route, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to dive into Curology. This company and this cream have completely changed my life. For that, Curology most definitely deserves a big CO Stamp of Approval.

    I’ve already convinced two of my friends to start using Curology and both have seen serious results in just 2 months! Convinced you need Curology? Click here to start your free trial.

    OSEA White Algae Mask: Shine Bright

    OSEA White Algae Mask: Shine Bright

    “Shine bright, shine far, don’t be shy…you’re a star!”

    (Anyone else love Life Size as much as I do?)  

    We all have different skincare issues…dry, oily, blemish-prone, etc., but if there’s one thing it seems like everyone runs toward is products that promise to brighten your complexion! We all can use a little luminance every now and then, am I right?

    Of course, I found myself running for a brightening product after dealing with stubborn acne scars and uneven skin tone. I turned to a brand that has my full trust after helping me find a balancing moisturizer to prevent acne…OSEA. This brand cares deeply about the ingredients it puts into its products…all vegan, no parabens, no sulfates, and the list goes on! When I discovered the OSEA White Algae Mask that improves the appearance of dull, uneven skin tones and complexions, it was in my cart two seconds later!

    Product: OSEA White Algae Mask

    Ingredients: Aqua, *Algae Extract, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Manganese Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, *Glycerin, Resveratrol, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, *Macrocystis Pyrifera Kelp, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rubus Coreanus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinensis Fruit Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Uuron-Cha Ekisu (Oolong Tea) Extract, *Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, *Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, *Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate

    Price: $48

    Where to buy: Our Shop Page!

    Time Used: 5 months

    Perks: All Natural | Plant-Based | Vegan | No Parabens | No Petrochemicals | No Sulfates | Compact for Safe Cosmetics | USDA Organic Algae | Cruelty-Free



    OSEA White Algae Mask experimenting

    No More Mask Messes

    I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I apply a face mask it seems to get everywhere! After just a couple of seconds it’s in my hair, on the counter, the faucet…the list goes on. It’s not very often a face mask comes in a container that actually makes it simple and clean to use!

    My first favorite thing about the OSEA White Algae Mask is just that…the container is different than any mask I’ve used before. It reminds me of something a hair mousse or similar product would come in. You never have to squeeze the bottle to get more out and the pump makes it easy and effortless!

    Is This Thing On?

    The mask itself is light and airy…it almost seems whipped! You only need to apply a thin layer all over your face and you’re good to go. And I mean…you literally could be good to go. This mask almost blends right into your skin. I read other reviews where people literally wore this mask to go grocery shopping because you can barely tell it’s there! That’s convenience, people!

    After applying the mask, I noticed a tingling sensation for the first minute or so. Nothing painful or uncomfortable, but just slightly tingly! After that, you can barely feel the mask on your face. After many a mask experiments…I can undoubtedly say that this is the most comfortable face mask I’ve ever used!

    The Results Are In

    OSEA recommends you use this mask 1-2 times per week for around 20 minutes. That being said, you can use it for longer…even overnight if you want! I’ve only been using this mask about once per week for the past several months and I have to say…I’ve noticed a difference!

    As I mentioned before, I’ve still struggled with acne in my adult years. With acne, comes stubborn acne scars. With stubborn acne scars, comes one frustrated Sam. It’s been hard for me to find anything that could ever make them go away! I’ve learned that it’s a much slower process than I want it to be. All that said, the OSEA White Algae Mask is slowly fading those scars and helping my overall hyperpigmentation with every use!

    The greatest thing about all of this? This mask works and is so comfortable to use all while its ingredients are ah-mazing. White tea extract, resveratrol, and prunus mume fruit extract? Oh, they have brightening properties to give me a healthy glow? They’re all toxin-free and vegan? I’ll take them all please.

    Great ingredients and it works…sounds like a recipe for a Certifiably Obsessed stamp of approval to me!

    Have you tried any of the OSEA lineup yet? Let me know your thoughts below!



    Lull Mattress: #GetYourLullOn

    Lull Mattress: #GetYourLullOn

    Rock a bye baby…

    Has anyone had an online mattress retailer advertising to you literally everywhere you go? Yep, same. These things are everywhere! Maybe you can relate, but as I started experiencing this I had two questions running through my mind…

    1. Are these affordable online mattresses really as comfy as their multi-thousand dollar counterparts?
    2. If I do decide to buy one of these, which company do I go with?! Casper, Purple, Lull, Helix…to name only a few. How’s a gal to choose?!

    I spent weeks, even months, researching these mattresses. I was so close to checking out and buying a Casper because it seemed like the leader in the industry. Then, I thought I’d go with the Helix because it’s completely customizable. Then, a friend of Patrick and mine became an influencer for Lull and I watched videos of her testing it out. I was sold!

    What’s There to Lose?

    That’s the thing, there was nothing for me to lose…except that crappy mattress we had been using since college. With a 100 day free trial period, I was ready to give it a go!

    Product: Lull Mattress

    Ingredients: 7″ polyurethane foam foundation, 1.5″ foam blend transition layer, and 1.5″ gel-infused memory foam top layer.

    Price: Twin $550  |  Twin XL $600  |  Full $750  |  Queen $850  |  King $950  |  Cal King $950

    Where to buy: Online only. Save $50 by using this link!

    Time Used: 6 months

    Perks: Free Shipping  |  Free Returns  |  Delivered in 1-4 Days  |  Wallet-Friendly  | 0% APR Financing Available |  100 Night Free Trial  |  10 Year Warranty  |  CertiPUR-US® Certified  |  Sustainable Furnishings Council Member  |  Mattress Recycling Council  



    lull mattress experimentation

    Getting That Bad Boy Up the Stairs

    We ordered a king Lull Mattress. So yeah, it was fairly large! The whole convenience factor of this online mattress thing is that it can be delivered super quickly because it comes in a box. I have to say, I was super excited. A box full of foam…what could go wrong?!

    Well, it was delivered in the middle of the day and Patrick was at work so I was on my own. I went to lift it up and was absolutely flabbergasted at how heavy it was. Then the little engine that could came chugging through my head. So I used all my might, saying “I think I can, I think I can…,” almost threw out my back many times, but I dragged that box all the way upstairs.

    Tone It Up…thank you! (Insert muscle emoji here.)

    The Unboxing

    If you’ve been on social media ever you’ve seen the videos of influencers opening the box, taking off the plastic, and watching that mattress literally come to life instantly before your eyes. So I don’t have to explain what happens to you. I’ll just say…it’s pretty cool!

    I did notice one thing that I wasn’t too fond of…the smell. It’s a plastic, rubbery smell that only goes away with time. Luckily, it was the beginning of summer when we got the mattress so we opened up all the windows, put the fan on and let it air itself out. After a few days, the smell was completely gone!

    What Really Matters Here

    The sleep quality…duh. Before we get into this, let me just put this out here: everyone has a different mattress preference. Soft, hard, bounciness, breathability, etc. You name it, there’s a factor that weighs heavily on everyone when buying a mattress. For Patrick and I, it was finding the perfect balance. We didn’t want to sleep on a rock, but we also didn’t want to sink too deep into a fluffy cloud.

    So after doing some digging, we found a lot of people went to Lull as opposed to Casper or others out there because it was slightly less firm. I watched videos of people sitting on it, walking on it, etc. and envisioned myself doing the same. Before I knew it, I was dragging a Lull mattress up to my room.

    The Good Ol’ Pillow Top

    I grew up sleeping on a pillow top mattress and I always loved it. I didn’t think there was anything better. The fluffiness surrounding me made me so cozy and so happy! As I grew older and wiser I noticed a few things about it, though…

    1. I was always hot in the summer. There was no breathability.
    2. Sometimes I would wake up with weird pains and strains because the mattress didn’t encase me.
    Lulling Me to Sleep

    Lull proved me wrong. I didn’t need a pillow top forever. After sleeping even just one night on the Lull mattress, I knew my life had changed. Yes, that sounds dramatic but it’s so true you guys.

    1. I never wake up hot because of the mattress anymore. It breathes and cools as you sleep!
    2. It encases and supports your body so you never, ever wake up with pain. Seriously…no pain!!

    I’m not the only one! Patrick felt the same way. My parents were in the market for a new mattress for a guest bedroom at our vacation home and I told them to give it a try. Multiple guests have slept on it, all of ranging ages, and they all have raved about the Lull mattress! So much so, they’ve been asking my mom where she got it so they can get it for themselves!

    This is pretty simple…the Lull mattress is amazing. It’s improved my sleep and in turn, improve my quality of life. All of that and it didn’t break the bank! There are a lot of online mattresses out there, but the Lull mattress is the one for me…and it could be the one for you!

    The Lull mattress deserves a CO stamp of approval every night! Literally every night.

    Has anyone else taken a leap and tried an online mattress? Maybe even the Lull mattress, too? Tell me about your experience!