Tuesday, July 18, 2017

5 Tips for Throwing an Unforgettable Bachelorette Party

On July 29th one of my best friends from college, Sabah, is getting married in Sofia, Bulgaria!  I was honored when she asked me to be her Maid of Honor, but was so nervous about making sure everything was perfect leading up to the big day.  So, we all know what that means, making sure the Bachelorette Party was top notch, & everything she wanted and more.

Photo: Catherine Ker
This outrageously gorgeous cake was created by Pastry Chef Cassie Holcomb from Pearl Dive DC (@pearldivedc)
Sabah decided she wanted the weekend in Charlottesville, VA, which is our nearest wine country, so the co-MOH, Cat, & I went to work immediately planning the June weekend.  This was my first time planning a Bachelorette party, but I've been told I'm decent at party planning, so I knew I could pull this off and make it the best weekend ever for her.

While going through everything, and trying to plan out all the details, I came up with 5 tips I think are helpful for anyone planning, or helping to plan, a Bachelorette party.  We couldn't have asked for a better weekend and I'm so happy Sabah, and the rest of the girls, loved everything!

Tip #1: Try to Make the Cost All-Inclusive for the Guests 
Everyone loves being part of a wedding, but the truth is that it can get expensive.  For a Bachelorette party, or weekend, not only do you need to pay for the party festivities once you're there, but some people may need to fly or take a train to wherever it is your going, and that can get expensive!! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Face Mask Monday: The Body Shop's Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask & British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

If you're an avid reader of Love. Life. Beauty., or, if you know me, you'll know I've been obsessed with The Body Shop's face masks for years.  I've owned every one they've ever had, and have always repurchased.  Using The Body Shop masks are what started me on my serious face mask routine, I just couldn't, and still can't, get enough of them.

I was beyond excited when The Body Shop launched five new face masks, each geared toward a specific skin need, and ideal for multi-masking.  If you're unfamilar with multi-masking, it's basically the idea of using more than one face mask at a time depending on your skin needs.  For example, given the masks I mention in this post, if your T-zone/ chin area is oily, but your cheeks are more on the dry side, you may want to use two different masks on these areas, at the same time.  I don't always multi-mask, I more so use one, and then follow up with another, but I know the multi-mask phenomenon is real.

I was so stoked to try each of The Body Shop's new vegetarian & cruelty-free "Expert" masks.  I've been using them regularly, and since there are five of them, I'll write about them in installments, don't want to overwhelm you with too much face mask realness! =)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Behind the Scenes: Life Update

I've had a lot going on this summer, so I figure I'll start taking Saturday's to share with you all what I've been up to!  I'm hoping to make this a regular series, but I need to get better with saving photos that I Snapchat or InstaStory.  I'm so awful at actually taking pictures that won't disappear within 24 hours on social media.

I'll break up these Behind the Scenes posts into different categories, as you'll see below!  Feel free to Tweet or Snap me your thoughts...@elizabethmayce for both!

I seriously can't believe it's about to be the second week of July...where has all the time gone?!  This is the first summer as a teacher where I'm not working some additional job.  I get paid through the summer so it doesn't really matter, but it's always nice to have a little extra moolah for brunch...or, as the adult me should say, credit card bills.  Le sigh.

What I'm Doing...

This first picture is a throwback from the last day of school last month where we left as quickly as possible to go to a bar.  Any teachers reading this totally understand where I'm coming from, and if you know me, and the year I had, you're probably surprised I even made it to this day...& so am I.  We ended up having a great staff party, organized by yours truly, and brought in the summer exactly how it should be brought in...lots of drinks and great food.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thursday's Fab Five

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July Weekend!!  I'm still on weekend time & I cannot believe it's already Thursday.  I've been loving quite a few things the past couple of weeks, check them out below and let me know what you think on my Twitter or Instagram!  Make sure you're following me on Snapchat too, @elizabethmayce =) 

Thursday's Fab Five

& since I reference Ebates in this post...let me give you my quick spiel on why I love the program so much...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SkinCeuticals Skin Retexturing Activator

Yes, of course I'm going to talk about yet another serum...serums are life, and when my skin is looking incredible when I'm 60+ years old, I will owe it all to the variety of serums I'm using now.  The new one I want to tell you about today is a bit on the pricey side, but for my summer skin desires, it's exactly what I need.

SkinCeuticals is a great brand, I discovered them at Blue Mercury a few years ago, and have mostly just used samples of a few of their products.  I was lucky enough to receive a full size Retexturing Activator in a Blue Mercury swag bag...as much as I want to buy an $80 serum, it's not in my budget right now...unfortunately. 

I've been using this serum for about a month, daily, and the results have been awesome.  First, the major difference in this serum compared to your average serum, is that it is an exfoliator.  So, for me, this is ideal in my summer routine when I'm constantly worried about oily skin, or buildup from sunscreen, or even sweat.  It's oil-free, another obvious plus, and is packed with amino acids that help to promote cell turnover.