Beauty, product review, Promotional

Back to Basics Skincare


Everyone’s skincare routine needs a boost once winter weather sets in. This summer, I fell in love with a new, all-natural line called Back to Basics Skincare. Using some of the world’s most organic, active ingredients, Back to Basics offers a unisex trio of oils that target different skincare needs, and are designed to fit into anyone’s unique routine.

Founder Manon Von Csiky-Sessoms set out to craft these natural formulas after struggling with her own skin. Once finding that pure vitamin E relieved her hyperpigmentation more effectively than any of the high-end products she’d tried, Manon wondered if simple, organic ingredients might be the answer to most skincare woes. In the comfort of her own kitchen, Manon got to work and proved herself right. Whereas a lot of products mask issues with chemicals, Back to Basics Skincare seeks to help skin from the inside out.

The first oil Manon created is my favorite, and a total must-have this winter: the Avocado Repairing Oil is a rich yet non-greasy remedy for damaged or super dry skin. Made with eczema in mind, the soothing Repairing Oil works wonders on dry patches and skin that’s raw from sun exposure, cold temperatures, or those moments when you’ve gone a little overboard attacking your blemishes. I like to put a few drops onto an exfoliating cotton pad and use the oil to gently buff away dead, flaky skin. Using this oil to heal damaged skin can also help prevent pesky scars and dark marks. The best part is that a little bit goes a long way, and it won’t clog your pores.

The Rose Hip Radiance Oil helps brighten your complexion and even skin tone. I had a few faint but stubborn scars from a nasty brush with dermatitis last winter, and I noticed significant improvement within the first week of adding the Radiance Oil to my everyday moisturizer. A few months later, those marks have completely disappeared.

For me, the best way to balance my skin is to use a water-based moisturizer and control over the amount of oil I apply to my face. Back to Basics’ third oil is the Macadamia Nut Hydrating Oil, which gives my moisturizer the perfect extra boost of hydration I need on cold, brisk days. When I’m wearing minimal or no makeup, I like to pat some of this oil onto my skin for a natural, dewy glow.

Any or all of these formulas would make great holiday gifts or stocking stuffers for everyone on your list—they can even be used as moisturizing beard oils! Plus, not only are they affordable, but Back to Basics Skincare products also come in sleek, minimal packaging that will look elegant and luxurious on anyone’s vanity or bathroom counter. To sweeten the deal even more, Fashion Saucers can get a special discount by using the code ‘STAYSAUCY‘ when placing an order with www.backtobasicsskin.com. Get back to basics, get shopping, and get the best skin of your life!

 

 

 

 

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Fashion, Promotional

REKS Optics: #BeUnbreakable

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REKS Optics round ‘Lumolux’ soft touch sunglasses in white with polarized lens in smoke, worn with Triangl ‘Isabel’ bikini in fuchsia. Photo by Bella Caballero.

Sunglasses are by far my favorite accessory, but they often come with a big price tag, and since most are pretty easy to break, that means they also come with a certain level of responsibility. Who hasn’t had their heart broken by a broken pair of shades? (I’m still sulking over a pair that lost their life during the excitement of Bonnaroo 2014. R.I.P.)

Much to my amazement and delight, I was recently introduced to REKS Optics, a new line of affordable, cute, customizable sunglasses that bend…but don’t break. Yes, you read that correctly. Go ahead—bend and twist your REKS, toss them into your purse, or cram them into a suitcase, and they’ll still remain as good as new. REKS Optics’ unique soft touch material renders their sunnies perfect for travel, sport, or for downright clumsy people, like myself. But REKS doesn’t want you to sacrifice style for practicality. You can choose from six frames, eight frame colors, and eleven different polarized lens colors—some mirrored, some not. For somewhere between just $30-$60, you can customize the perfect shades for your poolside look without having to worry if it might be precarious to wear them in the water. Plus, the soft touch material prevents REKS from wobbling or sliding on your face while you’re on the move. Scroll down to see more color combinations in the round-style frames, which are my personal favorite:

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REKS Optics round ‘Lumolux’ soft touch sunglasses in raspberry with polarized lens in amber-rose, worn with Maje ‘Bacary’ silk bomber jacket and dress from LF Stores. Photo by Miranda Mu.

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Photo by Annie Goldman

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REKS Optics round ‘Lumulox’ soft touch sunglasses in metallic blue with polarized lens in blue mirror, worn with Madewell plaid off-the-shoulder dress and Alexander Wang ‘Marion’ cross body bag. Photo by Miranda Mu.

REKS can add such flair to such a variety of looks, it’s really hard to believe they can’t break—and won’t break the bank! The great news for you, my beloved Fashion Saucers? You can get an exclusive offer when you customize your own REKS by using the code TheFashionSauce at checkout. So what are you waiting for? The latest way to #StaySaucy is to #BeUnbreakable. (Don’t forget to show off how you rock your REKS by sharing photos and using the hashtag #BeUnbreakable on social media! Follow REKS Optics on Instagram here.)

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Beauty, Boston, Fashion, Promotional

OMG! Nice to Meet You!

DSC_0315-15Crop top by The Hanger, skirt from LF Stores, Phillip Lim clutch, Aldo ‘Istrago’ sandals.

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BostonBloggers2015-TheDangerBooth-44(From left): Sydney, myself, Gabby, Koko, & Miranda.

DSC_0331-18Jenny Bird Palm Cili Collar in Silver.

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BostonBloggers2015-TheDangerBooth-96(From left), Stephanie, Neha, myself, Sydney & Lianna.

DSC_0399-30Eddie Borgo bracelet, Michael Kors watch. Rings (from left): Cartier band, Gamine Zofia Ring Set in Silver, Margaret Elizabeth Faceted Cocktail Ring in Navy, Gorjana Gisele Ring. 356 Lacquer Creme Polish in ‘Alimersai.’

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This past Monday I attended the annual Boston Bloggers Meet & Greet at Audubon with my kickass new crew of blogger friends. Between the drinks, the delicious snacks, and the infamous Danger Booth, everyone had a blast—and since the large majority of the group are female fashion bloggers, the event served as glorious evidence that the catty stigmas of fashion culture are so out. With that said, one still feels some pressure when dressing to impress a group of fellow fashionistas…

Unsurprisingly enough, I went to the event in my favorite silhouette: high-waisted bottoms and a cutaway crop top—and in my favorite color combination: plain old black and white. The skirt’s dramatic asymmetrical hem and the sweatery fabric of my summertime top bring new life to my go-to look, and I went with my bright blue Phillip Lim clutch and Jenny Bird collar necklace, courtesy of Rocksbox, to kick things up another notch. I chose a mint-turquoise shade of nail polish to offset the bag, and added a navy cocktail ring for good measure, also from Rocksbox. If you haven’t heard of Rocksbox, it’s basically like the Netflix of jewelry: with Rockbox, you can rent and try fabulous new jewelry by top trendsetting brands like Gorjana and House of Harlow, and you can purchase the pieces you love for discounted prices. All you have to do is fill out a quick but effective style survey, start keeping a wishlist, and expert stylists will send you three pieces per box in a prepaid envelope, so returns are no fuss. You can return and receive as many boxes as you want for just $19 a month, but you can also get your first month free by using the promo code FASHIONSAUCEXOXO.

As for the gorgeous polish, it’s by Somerville-based 365 Lacquer, a vegan and non-toxic polish company dedicated to making fun colors without harmful ingredients, and without testing on animals. I have to admit, I can be a bit calamitous (by which I mean careless), and have therefore stuck almost exclusively to gel manicures for the last two years, so I felt a bit wary of going back to regular polish. But 365 Lacquer promised a quick-drying, long-lasting product—and they weren’t lying. I’ll admit to a couple of chips within the first 48 hours, but they weren’t caused by faulty polish; so many consecutive gel manicures have left my nails in a slightly weakened state, but on my nails that have managed to stay strong, 365 Lacquer has stayed strong, as well. Plus, they just released a neon collection that’s sure to get you even more excited about summer.

Fashion photography by Miranda Mu | Group photos courtesy of The Danger Booth.

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Fashion, Promotional, Travel

Off-Duty

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IMG_2775Vintage 90s floral maxi dress from Gypsy Vintage (you can shop Gypsy Vintage at the SoWa Vintage Market), Jeffrey Campbell ‘Bastia’ slide sandals, vintage choker.IMG_2723

IMG_2714Piece Apparel ‘Wild at Heart’ tank, Carmar denim cutoffs, Sandro booties. Piece Apparel makes amazingly cute and comfortable basics, and all you Fashion Saucers can use the promo code ANNIE20 for 20% off your next order at www.pieceapparel.com. Rad clothes and free, international shipping: that’s the sauce. (Photos by Matt McKenna)1Q1A9103

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1Q1A9109REISS London sweater, Helmut Lang tank, Maje shorts, Nasty Gal ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat, Jeffrey Campbell sandals (Photos by Amanda Rosen)

The long weekend has come to and end, but MDW is the official kickoff for summer, and so it’s time to start thinking about your off-duty summer style. When it comes to dressing for summer weekends, it’s all about creating outfits that look both relaxed and refined. I give my flowing, vintage floral maxi dress a stylish kick with my sleek, silver choker and structured Alexander Wang ‘Marion’ bag. You can spice up casual summer staples, like graphic tanks and cutoffs, with a bold lip color and dressier boots. Look for comfortable classics with a sophisticated twist, like the mesh overlay on my oversized, pastel sweater, or minimalist sandals in luxe patent-leather. And try fun, wide-brimmed hats for extra flair (and sun protection).

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