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Lazy Morning Rituals With Splendies

Working five days a week leaves little time to enjoy your mornings. When we get to relax and take our time in the morning there are a few "rituals" we like to include....

  • Stretch! We rarely stretch in the mornings, our alarm goes off, and we reluctantly crawl out of bed. Stretching first thing before getting out of bed feels so good!
  • Good vibes. If you still need to set an alarm, set one on your phone that reminds you to enjoy and appreciate all you have. Ivy's alarm has hers say "Thank you for today" to remind her to be thankful.
  • Go electronics free. We are on our phones, computers, or watching TV so often at home. Take time to wake up without checking these things- maybe read a book, newspaper or magazine- you'll have time to catch up later.
  • Play some soft music or open a window and listen to the birds outside. 
  • Enjoy coffee. This goes for tea as well, but take a moment to enjoy it not gulp it down and rush out the door.
  • Appreciate that you are in no rush, and that you can be lazy and not get dressed right away-relax in your undies! 

Splendies is a monthly underwear subscription service. For only $13.99, you get three adorable undies each month! The service is totally catered to your taste, you can request certain kinds of underwear or ask for it to be a surprise! The quality is great and they have a huge selection of sizes. We love getting new undies every month. What girl doesn't?!

xxx Ivy & Eve

Thank you Splendies for partnering with us on this post!

AQUIEM: Coffee Brewed Right

We love coffee as much as the next person, and enjoy every sip of our morning cup of joe. For years, we have been using Nespresso coffee and their machines and love the simplicity of getting a great cup with little effort. Nespresso's coffee beans are great quality so when we recently discovered AQUIEM we were interested in testing it out with our machine.

AQUIEM sells boxed water to use when making coffee. Their water is purified specifically to include the minerals that enhance flavor and exclude all the bad stuff - like chlorine, zinc, copper, and acids you find in regular tap water. This water is meant to enhance coffee's taste and aroma. Hmmm... It sounded sort of ridiculous when we first read about it, how different can your coffee taste just by changing what water you use to brew it?! 

After testing AQUIEM though, we changed our minds. We decided to test it with both a drip coffee method and our Nespresso machine to see how different they tasted. We felt like we were back in high school working on our science project!

 Hypothesis: There would be no taste difference.

Method: Follow every instruction given to us by AQUIEM, while also measuring and cleaning everything precisely. Like many science projects our hypothesis was proven wrong.

Conclusion: We did taste a difference, enough to say the coffee tasted better with the AQUIEM water than when brewed with the tap water. The AQUIEM water made the coffee have less of a mineral taste and created a smoother finish.

We would definitely recommend this product to coffee connoisseurs or anyone who enjoys a perfect cup of coffee!

Happy Brewing!

xxx Ivy & Eve

Thank you AQUIEM for providing the products for this post.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color Review

Lipstick is a girls best friend (OK maybe second to champagne). It can transform any look in just seconds! When we were younger we shied away from them because they seemed like an "old person" beauty essential, but now we realized how amazing they are (our grandmas were smart)! The only problem we continually run into with lipstick is having to reapply it after eating, drinking, and basically breathing. Lipstick just hasn't ever held up to our standards, until now.

Let us introduce you to Maybelline Super Stay 24. Although it isn't in the standard lipstick tube, it truly is a lipstick in color and look. We were skeptical when we first bought the shade Always Blazing lip color but we were soon amazed by its performance. Simply apply the color to your lips as you would a lipgloss, let it dry (2-4 minutes) and then apply the moisturizing balm on top. We love the ultra-conditioning balm because it keeps your lips moisturized and happy. On an average day we only apply it once in the morning before work and by dinner it's still on and as good as when we first applied it. We wear Maybelline Super Stay 24 to almost every wine event we go to because we seriously don't need to reapply even if it's a 4 hour party with food and LOTS of vino. For the days we wear it from dawn to dusk though we will only reapply one time after dinner if needed (by reapply, we mean just a small touch up). Maybelline was not kidding when they said it feels just-applied after eating 300 cupcake bites, 120 coffee sips, and 99 kisses. The only bummer is most of the colors have an added shimmer (sometimes nice but we are more into matte lips). We have found three that are matte and mentioned them in our color review below. 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Colors we have tested:

  • Perpetual Plum- The color is pretty similar to the online photo, however the shimmer does not show up as intensely once applied. This color ended up being the most popular in our family, we both have one and we bought our Mom one too. It's the perfect color to accentuate your lips without making it look like you tried too hard. 
  • Always Blazing- This is Ivy's favorite of them all. Unlike the photo online it is a bright red color and has no sparkle to it at all. If Ivy is wearing red lipstick in our style posts its most likely this color. See here, here, here, and here and the photo below.
  • Keep Up The Flame- This is also a very red lipstick. It is a little richer (darker red) in color then always blazing and also is matte looking. Perfect for fall and winter looks or a night out! This is Eve's go-to red lip. 
  • Constant Toast- This color goes on much more translucent then we expected. We thought our lips were going to look like the ice princess lips, but the color was very light pink with quite a bit of shimmer. Although the color was fine on us (our skin is so pale!) we wouldn't recommend this for tanner people it may actually make you look like the ice princess, if your into that totes get it!
  • On And On Orchid- We like this color because it's a bubble gum pink perfect to wear everyday, and it is also matte not shimmery at all. 
Ivy wearing Always Blazing!

Ivy wearing Always Blazing!

With the right lipstick you can conquer anything!

Korean Beauty: Lip Tattoos, yes you heard us right...

While perusing the universe of Amazon, Eve saw lip tints which claim to last for 12 hours! Naturally, we had to test them out. Oops My Lip Tint Pack by Berrisom are "lip tattoos" or insanely long lasting lip stains. Made in Korea and recommended by pretty much all Korean beauty bloggers and K-Pop stars, they come in candy colored tubes and adorable packaging. Available in 9 colors, the multi-pack features the 6 most popular colors, (Berrisom also makes awesome animal shaped sheet masks which are on our must try list). The lip stains arrived on Easter when all of our family was visiting so we decided to get our cousins J, S, and B in on the testing fun! 

The packaging is in Korean so we had to look up the directions online. We googled directions written in English and basically got the same directions everywhere...

  1. Apply a thick layer evenly onto your dry, bare lips. (be precise as you cant really make any changes once its on)

  2. Wait about 10 minutes, until the lip tint is dry. The edges may start to peel on their own. 

  3. Slowly peel off the lip tint. This will look really creepy. lol.

  4. You now have a fabulous lip color that will last all day!

We were skeptical that these colors would be anything we could use daily, but they come out much more subtle than the tubes or gel suggests. Some of them smell a bit weird, and our cousin J thought the "Virgin Red" stung her lips a little when she applied it. 

 Overall, we thought these were awesome!

Once applied and peeled, the lip color is literally weightless and didn't leave your lips feeling dry, sticky, or any of the other undesirable qualities that go along with most long lasting lip colors.

Eve's favorite colors are "Virgin Red", and "Pure Pink", and Ivy's are "Vivid Scarlet", and "Sexy Red". The five of us have different coloring and style, but we all found a color we would wear on the regular. 

If you want to dive into the world of Korean beauty sensations, heres the link!

If you have tried Oops My Lip Tints or any other weird and wonderful beauty product let us know! We're always up for testing out new products. 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Slightly worried about the color of Ivy's lips....

Slightly worried about the color of Ivy's lips....

Left to right: Eve- Pure Pink, B- Bubble Pink, Ivy- Lovely Peach, J- Virgin Red, S- Sexy Red

Left to right: Eve- Pure Pink, B- Bubble Pink, Ivy- Lovely Peach, J- Virgin Red, S- Sexy Red