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Seeing is super important-Waldo Contact Brand & Price Review

Araceli V.

Hey bbs!

I’m back and hitting you with a product review. Waldo’s social team reached out to see if I was interested in trying out their contact lenses. And of course I said yes, because who doesn’t want free stuff. ahahha! All joking (not really) aside, I was super curious what this new contact lens company had to offer. If you’re eye challenged like myself (22yrs and counting, so fun!) you know that eye products can be super expensive so being the frugal person I am, I’m constantly looking for a good deal.

waldo contact lens review

Here’s a little background on the company:

Waldo originated in the UK that recently made it’s way to the US. The founder wanted to find a better way (including price) to buy contact lenses. Their products are sold as a subscription, to make it easier to not forget to buy contact lenses.

Info on their contacts:

-Moisturizing properties. Say bye to dry/itchy eyes, their contacts include 58% water

-UV protected

-Added oxygen to prevent ocular changes

-They offer Vitamin Infused lenses (B6, B12, E) for added nutrients

waldo contact lens competitors

When deciding to add a product to my monthly personal purchases I break down the price as much as possible. I’m not a math whiz (my fam & friends can testify) but I DO know how to use a calculator, so here’s a price breakdown of a few competitors including Waldo:

Waldo:

-$36 p/mo (60 lenses)

-$.60 p/lens

Hubble:

-$33 p/mo (60 lenses)

-$.55 p/lens

Costco (US only):

-$117.99 p/box

-$.65 p/lens

waldo contact price comparison

I’ve been using Waldo contacts for a little over a month and can say that they are very comfy, easy to use (minimal folding) and priced pretty similarly to competitors. They are slightly more expensive than the other subscription based company by ($.5) but you do get a few more added benefits: added oxygen (totally worth it if you’re wearing lenses daily and for long periods of time), 58% vs 55% more water (again, so needed!).

If you ask me the price difference is worth what you’re getting out of the product. In terms of value, the subscription is the obvious winner (for 3 months worth of lenses=$99 vs $117.99 for the same amt).

Do you have a favorite contact brand? If so, share below, I’m always open to trying new products :)

Basic Skincare Favorites

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This week is all about skin! Today I'm going to be sharing my favorite skincare products. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I'm really trying to simplify my skincare routine and incorporate products that are as natural as possible. For maximum skin nourishment. 

skincare favorite products

Also, please make sure you test any products before incorporating them into your routine. I have pretty resilient skin meaning I don't have sensitive skin. If you do, do some research and see how these products will affect you. 

Let's get started! 

1. Tinkle Face Shavers

Yes, I shave my face and I'll tell you why YOU should too! Let's be real here, I'm sure I'm not the only one,  I have alot of thin black & peach fuzz on my face. So using these has helped me exfoliate my face and get rid of that annoying facial hair. 

These nifty little shavers are amazing. I like to use them on dry/clean skin and go to town shaving my entire face. It's not complicated at all, they aren't built like men's razors so you don't have to worry about nicking yourself and you really can't mess it up. 

2. Rosehip Oil

I've been on a journey trying to get my skin in check. To give you some back story, I've suffered from acne on & off throughout my teenage years and into adulthood (ugh, it's a true pain in the ass!). 

This oil (which is a recommendation from the queen of oils & all things healthy living, Lauryn at The Skinny Confidential) has changed my face game. I was looking for a more natural moisturizer and boy did I find it in this amazing oil. Not only does it help with moisturizing, it also helps reduce scarring (from pimples), wrinkle but also looks great under makeup! 

rose hip oil.jpg

3. Rosewater & Glycerin

So this may or may not be considered skincare but in my book it does and let me tell you why. Rosewater itself has really healing properties (anti-inflammatory, reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema & more) and amazing in itself but then you add glycerin and that's when you really up the anti. 

I spray this on as a makeup setting spray because it makes foundation (powder & liquid) just blend in flawlessly. When I'm going for an extra dewy look, I spray and let it soak into my skin. If I want a more "natural" dewy look, I pat my beauty blender and it gives you the best finish. You need to try it! 

4. Skinceuticals UV Defense

If you haven't already been hassled to wear SPF, I'm going to do it here as well. Wear SPF!! It's just the best thing you could do for your skin, protect it from the harmful UVA & UVB rays. I aim to use sunscreens that only contain Zinc Oxide & Titanium Oxide. Why? Because they aren't absorbed into the skin like commercial brands, they actually create a barrier between your skin and the sun's rays.

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

5. Good Ol' Lipbalm 

My lips are always chapped and only a year ago did I figure out that I need to drink lots of water & apply moisturizing chap-stick everyday. I've tried all kinds of lipbalm but hands down, the only one that has worked for me is the Sprouts Vanilla Coconut lipbalm. If you don't have a Sprouts near you, pick up any of the Nivea lipbalm they are good but aren't as natural.

What are your skincare favorites? I love to experiment with new products!

<3 Araceli

Summer 2017 Nail Trends

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Ok ladies! 

Winter is coming (who else is a GOT fan!??!?) but we still have a few more months until we have to switch gears to incorporate fall colors & clothing. 

I've compiled some gorg pictures to inspire you next time you go to the salon or doing an at home manicure. 

Geometric Goodness

I think geometric nails are always going to be on trend. They never go away and they always look so chic.

geometric neutral nail trend
black and pink nail trend

Metallic Metals

The thing with trends is they always come back in some way or another, I feel like in the 90's metallic nails were all the rage.  Surprise, they're back again!

metallic nail manicure
metallic nail trend summer 2017

Updated French Manicure 

Call me basic but I love me a good french manicure. For my wedding day I did an ombre french manicure and it looked amazing. These manicures are a cool take on the ladylike french manicure.

summer 2017 nail trend grey manicure
metallic french manicure

I personally LOVE the neutral with white geometric lines.Which nail art is your favorite?