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The recent snow storm during NYFW while logistically challenging, still was a bit of a treat for Ashley and I. We both have been desperate for some true winter weather and New York definitely delivered. We still made it to almost all of our meetings and shows, so alls well that ends well in my book. I loved getting all bundled up, and the city always looks like the inside of a snow globe with a fresh coat of white on the streets. The one thing I am sad about is that I didn’t end up packing my Tory Burch snow boots, which would have made navigating the icy sidewalks extremely easier haha.

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c/o ROSEGAL red pom pom sweater – only $35!! | MARC FISHER booties | 7FAM jeans | CHANEL wallet on a chain | SAKS OFF 5th pom pom hat | c/o SMITH & CULT red lip gloss

Photography by Beckly & Co for SideSmile Style

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J.CREW linen embroidered tunic  | CULT GAIA bamboo ark bag | STUART WEITZMAN sandals (similar for less) |  J.CREW straw hat

c/o CAMILLA braided bikini

c/o TAVIK SWIMWEAR morocco cover-up | QUAY aviator sunglasses | J.CREW straw hat

c/o TAVIK SWIMWEAR morocco cover-up | QUAY aviator sunglasses | J.CREW straw hat |   c/o IPANEMA deco sandals (also available in black)

c/o TAVIK SWIMWEAR morocco cover-up | QUAY aviator sunglasses | J.CREW straw hat

c/o HEMANT AND NANDITA tassel top | MADEWELL high-waisted denim shorts | CELINE sunglasses

c/o PITUSA pom pom festival dress (also available here) | QUAY aviator sunglasses | J.CREW straw hat

c/o MINISTRY OF STYLE off the shoulder top | CELINE sunglasses |  MADEWELL high-waisted denim shorts | c/o KENDRA SCOTT whitlee  necklace

c/o VACAY blue sky caftan (also love it in white) | QUAY aviator sunglasses

c/o VACAY blue sky caftan (also love it in white) | QUAY aviator sunglasses | c/o KAYU jane shell clutch | c/o IPANEMA deco sandals (also available in black)

QUAY aviator sunglasses | c/o TRIANGL bikini

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That silly ground hog said 6 more weeks of winter, so in my opinion now is as good a time as any to head for the beach! I myself am in Punta Cana till Saturday, and let me tell you the warm sunshine is just what the doctor ordered. Below are a few of my favorite pieces that made the trip as well as some I have my eye on for the Bahamas in a few weeks.

BIKINIS

DRESSES

BAGS

SHOES

TOPS

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SIDESMILE STYLE SKINCEUTICALS HA INTINSIFIER REVIEW-4

I’ve been vaguely aware of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and that it plays an important role in my skin’s overall appearance and well-being for a while now, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago during a trip to Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Institute that I learned just how important. I came into Dr. Aguilera’s office for a general consultation and to learn more about SkinCeuticals latest launch, the H.A. Intensifier. I’ve been a huge fan of SkinCeuticals for years, and am always excited to try out new procedures and products to share with y’all. So when the opportunity came along to be one of the first influencers to test out the H.A. Intensifier I jumped!

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During my consultation with Dr. Aguilera, I more or less got a crash course in all things HA. I felt like I was back in science class, but in a good way because this was information I can actually use (and hopefully y’all can use too). I’m not going to lie to you, it is a lot of information to absorb, so I’m presenting in a Q&A format to make it as easy to get through as possible.

What does HA do for my skin?

HA is a naturally produced humectant aka something that helps to regulate moisture levels in the skin and keep your skin hydrated.

If my skin already produces HA why do I need to worry about using a product with HA?

Your skin’s natural HA production declines with age starting around your 20s which contributes significantly to signs of aging.

Why is SkinCeutical’s H.A. intensifier different from other products on the market?

Basically most other products containing HA help on a surface level to provide moisture, which provides temporary results but SkinCeutical’s H.A. intensifier takes it step further. Their formula helps encourage your own natural production of HA, which helps correct the problem in the long run.

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What are the ingredients in the H.A. Intensifier and how do they work?

10% Proxylane
• Supports skin’s hyaluronic acid levels
• Helps maintain skin’s balance for improved firmness

2.0% Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate and 0.2% Purple Rice Extract
• Dipotassium glycyrrhizate is the principal component of licorice root
• Purple rice is a seed of oryza sativa linne, a type of rice originating in China
• Together these ingredients help preserve hyaluronic acid content in skin

1.3% Hyaluronic Acid
• Provides long-lasting hydration to improve skin’s texture

Who should use the H.A. Intensifier?
• Anyone with signs of volume loss
• Loss of elasticity
• Fine lines and wrinkles
• Rough, uneven texture

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Can I wear it under make up?

It’s a super lightweight serum/gel, and in my opinion it almost acts as a great primer for makeup application. I use it after a SkinCeuticals antioxidant and follow with up with my favorite SkinCeuticals anti-redness moisturizer and SPF.

What’s the bottom line? 

The H.A. Intensifier is a multi-beneficial formula containing a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid (HA), Proxylane, and purple rice extract to support skin’s natural HA reservoir to help renew plumpness, elasticity, and firmness. The appearance of crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines are reduced, and a taut and smooth canvas is formed to help refine skin’s complexion.

SIDESMILE STYLE SKINCEUTICALS HA INTINSIFIER REVIEW-6After my info session, Dr. Aguilera analyzed my skin and helped me come up with a game plan. Because I’m still in my 20s, the effects of declining H.A. are still minimal on my skin, so we took a more preventative approach.* He recommended that he inject a few areas with fillers to smooth out some lines forming above and below my mouth, and that I start using the H.A. Intensifier in the morning and before bed. Basically the fillers will help fill in any problem areas, and the intensifier will help the results last longer while it works to get my HA production back on track.

BEFORE

AFTER

* I also think it bears mentioning that it is SO much easier to prevent than it is to correct when it comes to taking care of your skin, whether it’s skin damage, wrinkles, or facial fullness.

A special thank you to Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Institute for their hospitality and services.

This post is brought to you by SkinCeuticals. All opinions remain my own. 

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I am on a major ruffle kick lately. I love the detailing of this Endless Rose shirt from the pleated hem to the bows on the sleeves. I decided to pair it my fav adidas to keep the look from getting too girly. Plus, I wore this on a walking tour of Savannah so I needed to be comfortable walking down all of those cobble stone streets!

MORE RUFFLES

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I’ve been wanting a pair of Celine Sunglasses for a while now, and lucky for me Christian took the hint and got some for me for Christmas. I’m in love with the Havana Brown / Black combo because the go with literally everything! I was worried that they might be a bit small for my face (I tend to like my sunnies a bit larger because I have such big cheeks), but they work great. Should I do a full product review on them?? I know they are quite the investment, so let me know.

SIDESMILE STYLE SMITH & CULT Lipgloss

Did y’all know that Smith & Cult (famous for their nail polish) is making lipgloss lip lacquer now? They are the perfect consistency and smell AMAZING. I’m completely obsessed.

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ENDLESS ROSE pleated hem shirt | c/o PAIGE raw hem jeans | CELINE sunglasses | CHANEL wallet on a chain | c/o SMITH & CULT lipgloss in flesh riot

 

  • February 3, 2017 - 10:02 pm

    Taylor - Lights Camera Catwalk - Recognized Sav as soon as I scrolled past these photos. I studied there and miss it so much. Lately I’ve been seeing so many bloggers posting pics of their travels to the charming city and it’s been making me so antsy to get back for a visit!

    Xx Taylor
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    • February 3, 2017 - 10:03 pm

      SideSmile Style - It was SO pretty! I can’t wait to go back :) any places I should add to my list??ReplyCancel

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