The Beauty Round-Up:

Sorry, about the radio silence guys! For those that didn't see the drama unfold via Instagram or Snapchat (find me at thestyleboro), I've been in fracture hell ever since April.

So two bone-setting sessions, one surgery, and a full week of extreme pain later... I'M BACK!

I'm still in recovery mode and life has been difficult (and slow) without my dominant hand, but staying in all weekend gave me the itch to talk beauty finds. Let's get started shall we :).

HAIR
A few weeks back I received a StriVectinHAIR's Ultimate Restore kit which includes a shampoo, conditioner, deep repair mask and densifying foaming treatment. I was a little unsure how it would react with my curls since I don't have any issues with thinning (if anything it's the opposite) but gave it a go since it claims to restore and revitalize hair from root to tip.

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AND, you GUYS, my hair feels so healthy and my curls look more defined and healthy after a month's use.

First and foremost, there are no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. The entire line is made with their NIA-114 Technology which reinvigorates the skin's surface and loads of other amazing things. The shampoo is rather gentle and doesn't lather, which is the norm in the no-poo world. The conditioner and deep repair mask work hand-in-hand to restore damage caused by heat styling, coloring, and environmental stressors as well as restore hydration. The scent isn't overpowering at all -which I prefer. I have mixed feelings on the densifying foaming treatment, but the other three are a must-have. Sephora currently offers a sample kit at a great price, so pick that up and let me know what you think.

FACE
There are a few stand-out brands in this category, the first one, Farmaesthetics, was introduced to me by Pearlesque Box. I reviewed their last impressive box in this post and loved everything. I can only imagine being blown away by what's inside this box. 

For the start of summer, Pearlesque teamed up with Farmaesthetics to create a box devoted to sustainable skincare. All of the gems inside the box are 100% natural with ingredients that are certified organic. The woman behind the brand has also been touted as an entrepreneur at the forefont of the natural beauty revolution. Amazing, right?

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Let's dive into the contents - three out of four being full-size products :). The first up, is the Nourishing Lavender Milk which I've been using for my face, body, and wrecked right hand - it just smells and feels so good. When used on my face the light formula doesn't cause that too-dewy look on my forehead which is much appreciated. Tansynella Organic Bugscreen was tested out next, and although there are no signs of mosquitos (yet) the moisturizing oil was perfect for my knees and elbows. The scent was also way better than any other bug spray I've ever tried - so that was a win.

As we all know, I'm a mist-head so I was super excited to try The Cool Aloe Mist. Its cute travel size is perfect for tossing in your gym bag or toting along to the beach to soothe sun-kissed skin. After cleansing my face, I love misting this on before locking in hydration with the Lavender Milk. They're basically partners in crime. But, my entire favorite out of the box has to be the Herbal Hydration Complex - Remedy Reserve Mask. For some reason, my forehead has been super greasy and my skin (probably from stress) has been breaking out. No bueno. This mask sort of sops up excess oil (to prevent future breakouts) and hydrates my skin so it's dewy and plump in the right places. The 5-minute mask is a definite game-changer and one that has been immediately included into my routine bi-weekly. You must try the mask for reals!

What I really love about Pearlesque Subscription boxes is the value. This entire box is valued at $119 but if you get it through Pearlesque it's only $39.95. What's even better is that they threw in a bonus code AILEEN15 for an additional 15% off your first box. So, if you like what you read make sure you scoop up this box before June 3rd (last date to order).

P.s. Hope your Memorial Day Weekend was amazing!

Something Sweet

Only two more days until Tulum! I'm so excited to finally get some sun on these pale legs of mine and peace out for a little bit.

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I'm so pumped to retire the bulky suffocating layers and bring out the pastel and lighter jackets. Show a little bit of skin and get some necessary vitamin D.

With all my shifting around from one apartment to another I've misplaced a lot of things - RIP denim shorts. So you can only imagine my need to find cute shorts (perfect for spring here and the heat in Tulum) only increased tenfold. I also need to stick to a budget while on the hunt because of yet another possible move looming ahead - I swear it never ends. 

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I'm already a regular shopper at Gap Factory - lots of on-trend pieces for half the price. So, I logged onto their online store for a bit of shopping and...

Holy Moly... so many good options and so affordable too. Obviously, I got ALL of the pairs. Some were textured (like the one I'm styling here), printed, or solids. And as a tall girl, the length is perfect.

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I decided to do an all-white look which is perfect for Soho strolls and art gallery hopping. Not to mention it's a sweet way to pop in front of any murals you come across. I paired the Factory Eyelet Shorts with Boyfriend Utility Shirt and kept the look sweet with pink lace-up flats and chambray jacket. When the temps rise even higher I'll forgo the jacket, but for now, it'll stay on.

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Jacket: Gap Factory  Top: Gap Factory  Shorts: Gap Factory  Flats: J. Crew  Purse: Rebecca Minkoff  Sunglasses: Miu Miu via Ditto (use thestyleboro for one month free)  Bangles: Monica Vinader & Kenneth Jay Lane  Lipstick: Color 8 via YSL

This day, in particular, I stopped by Harry's (64 Macdougal St.) for this fun wall art and then headed towards First Street Green Art Park (33 East 1st Street, corner of Houston Street and 2nd Avenue).

P.s. Did anyone else watch Beyoncé's Lemonade more than once? I legitimately can't stop watching it.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Today's post was created in collaboration with Gap Factory. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!

Easy Festival Braids

Today's shop has been sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible! 
#RethinkYourColour #CollectiveBias

Hello Monday! Or should I say happy first funemployment Monday? This month has been such a whirlwind that I still haven't had time to digest my trip to Nashville (loved!!), my move (yes, another one), broken laptop (FML), and my new job (huzzah). In the meantime, I've been unpacking and enjoying my new hair!

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I've used John Frieda Visibly Brighter® Line over the last two weeks and gave myself a much-needed trim. My locks are feeling spring-ready after using a combination of the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo & Conditioner and John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment. All found at Walmart too! If you can't find it at your local Walmart, try Walmart.com instead.
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Although my hair is still on the dark side, I love how the line gave me sun-kissed highlights throughout. Did I mention I didn't have to pay salon prices to go lighter? With the amount of money I saved on this process I could actually take a trip to Tulum. Should I?

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I'm thrilled with the results and wanted to share this easy braid tutorial since we are entering festival season. If any of you are coming back from Coachella or getting ready to go - have an amazing time! I've been three times and it's always been incredible. I'm taking a backseat from it this year and am instead heading to the local ones in New York City. But, there are so many this year you might as well bookmark this for later. It'll keep the hair out of your face and off your neck - perfect for dancing all day.

Alright before we begin you're going to need a brush, clear elastic bands, and bobby pins. Playing your favorite festival playlist in the background is optional. 

FIRST
Part your hair down the center, from the front to back. You should be left with two section. Comb through each section to get rid of any knots which will make braiding easier.

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SECOND
Give yourself two pigtails right above your ears and secure with the clear elastic band. In case you're worried, the clear elastic band won't show.

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THIRD
Braid your pigtails. If you prefer your braids to fall on the chunkier side - loosely braid your hair. If you want smaller braids then aim to keep your braids tight. Make sense? Don't forget to secure your braids with another clear elastic band at the end.

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FOURTH
Grab those bobby pins! Start with one braid and drape it over your head. Think of draping it in the same position a hairband would be placed at - not at the front of your scalp nor at the very back. Secure that first braid with bobby pins. To make them less visible make sure to tuck them under your braid or on the backside of your braid. Another trick is to use bobby pins as close as possible to your hair color. Repeat with the next braid.

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FIFTH
Smile, you're all done!

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I told you that was easy. It's my go-to hairstyle during festival season and a cute way to disguise two-day old hair as well.

P.s. Check out the original BEFORE post & photos here!

Photos by Gita of Mimi & Chichi.