Brands We Love: Leahlani Skincare

Hawaii is my happy place. (Well, one of several – I’ve said the same thing about Sephora.) I’ve been lucky enough to travel there a few times over the years, and it’s always spectacular. From the omnipresent sunshine to the gorgeous beaches to the lush rainforests punctuated by stunning waterfalls, Hawaii is pure magic.

Despite being a fairly high maintenance city girl, there’s something about the converse aesthetic of natural beach beauty that I find very appealing. When our friend Meredith suggested I check out Leahlani Skincare, whose products are all handmade in small batches on the island of Kauai, I knew I was going to love it.

Leahlani Skincare - Handmade in Hawaii

Leahlani takes a natural approach to skincare, using the finest nutrient-rich ingredients, organic oils, and potent botanicals native to the Hawaiian islands. Leah, the brand’s founder, says her intention with Leahlani is to help create a skincare ritual you will fall in love with. Mission accomplished! I look forward to using my decadent Mermaid Mask twice a week, and I absolutely love how nourished and soft my skin feels afterwards.

Leahlani Skincare - Citrus and Citrine Regenerating Toner

Leahlani Skincare - Hawaiian Perfume Oil

Leahlani Skincare - Mermaid Mask

Leahlani Skincare - The Pink Collection

Leahlani Skincare's Organic Coco Infusion smells like heaven

Aside from having some of the prettiest packaging ever, you can really tell how much care and attention goes into every single product. As Leah says, “When something is made by hand with love, you can feel it. Each jar and bottle of Leahlani harnesses that connection and is infused with aloha.”

Apart from the Mermaid Mask, I’m a huge fan of their super-luxurious coco infusions, and every time I sniff their Kauai Orchid perfume, I feel like I’m breathing in the warm Hawaiian air. I’m also dying to try some of their new additions, like this Illuminating Nectar Mask

Leahlani Skincare - Handmade in Hawaii

Can you tell I’m obsessed? What’s your favorite under-the-radar beauty brand?

♥ Mil


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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, one and all! What are your plans for the holiday weekend? I can’t quite decide what to do with myself – I’ve narrowed it down to a spontaneous road trip or marathon nesting in the new apartment. Either way, singing along loudly to upbeat tunes will surely be involved. While I mull it over, you guys can entertain yourselves with a few of my favorite links from this week…

Friday Favorites 9.4.15

1. These engagement ring traditions from around the world are so interesting. In Chile, men receive engagement rings too! (WhoWhatWear)

2. Have you heard of the Fluffington Post? It’s your go-to site for adorable, fluffy cuteness. (The Fluffington Post)

3. We all know that Etsy is a magical wonderland of shopping possibilities, but somehow I’ve never purchased any beauty products there. Well, that’s about to change with this roundup of cool beauty finds. The Mermaid Mask is especially intriguing. (Byrdie)

4. This easy trick for keeping the sparkle in your champagne is a game changer. Hello, morning-after mimosas! (Food52)

5. I’ve been feeling the call of the open road lately, and any one of these amazing road trip itineraries look like they could satisfy my wanderlust. (Fathom)

Have a fabulously relaxing long weekend!

♥ Mil

P.S. This week marked our blog’s one year anniversary. It’s so bizarre to think that at this time last year we were just getting started! Huge thanks and big internet hugs to all of you who have read our posts, left us sweet comments, and made blogging so much fun. We love you!

Etsy Roundup: Jewelry

I’ve always felt there’s something very individual about the jewelry someone wears–for some reason, it seems more personal to me than clothing. My favorite pieces of jewelry often have history (an antique garnet ring that belonged to my grandmother) or come from somewhere exotic (the pair of lapis drop earrings Jules brought me from Istanbul). But most of all, I really just love jewelry that’s unique. That’s a big part of why I’m so obsessed with Etsy. Nothing is mass-produced, and many of the items are vintage or handmade. But best of all, whenever you buy something there, you’re virtually assured that no one else you know will own the same thing.

So while it may be counter-intuitive of me to share finds from some of my favorite Etsy shops, my instinct to pay it forward for my fellow shoppers is too strong. Here’s some of the jewelry I’m currently coveting on Etsy:

Etsy Roundup: Jewelry



Where’s your favorite jewelry from? Is there a story behind your favorite pieces?

♥ Mil

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