Friday, March 9, 2018

Favorite Things: Etsy Shops

Oh hello, Friday! This week has definitely been a relaxing one, but it has come by super fast. Nonetheless, I am super ready for this weekend. We are celebrating my handsome sweetheart's birthday, and I can't wait! I wanted to wrap up this week by leaving you a beautiful list of 5 of my favorite Etsy shops that I have been swooning over. I love scouting small shops and supporting awesome creatives. Scroll through to view these beautiful shops, and don't forget to stop by and take a look around at the items.

1. ObviousState: Perfect for all of my literary enthusiasts who follow along. This beautiful shop is full of cute and witty bookmarks, totes, mugs, and more.

2. BeKindBeautyProducts: I am in LOVE with every single bath bomb and soap from this Etsy shop, and Kirsha (The Owner) is the sweetest person ever. I love the unique look of each bath bomb, and they all smell incredible.

3. anewalldecor: This shop has a gorgeous amount of large murals, contemporary prints, and vintage art. I love looking at them. They are so cute and super classy. I'm thinking of possibly purchasing one for indoor sessions, it would definitely add a beautiful touch to the photos. 

4. CreativeLeatherBRO: This shop has a lot of creative and cool custom leather. I actually found this shop because I searched for "cute passport covers". I'm glad I came across this shop because they have a lot of cute stuff here. I might just get a leather cover for my MacBook. 

5. KristinSchmucker: This shop sells Christian mugs, prints, and devotionals. I love looking through her stuff. I am a big fan of beautiful graphic design, and her designs are gorgeous and simple. My favorite items besides the devotionals are the bible markers and highlighters.

Which of these do you love the most? Hope you have a wonderful Weekend!


Thursday, March 8, 2018

LeahLani SkinCare: The Pink Collection

One of my major 2018 goals was to truly care for my skin with all-natural products. I must admit that I never truly paid much attention to my skin growing up. I always had soft skin with hardly any blemishes growing up, but my skin has definitely changed over the years. I have tried to develop a brand new skincare routine, and it hasn't been easy. It's been a bit tough, simply because I am not used to caring for my skin, so it's hard for me to remember to wash and cleanse my skin.

I have always washed my face with Clean and Clear, but I decided that this year I should invest in products that are way healthier for my skin in the long run, and what better way to care for my skin than with Leah Lani Skincare. I went with Leah Lani products because I had read many good reviews about her products, and today I am going to share my thoughts on her products (The Pink Collection in particular) and I am even going to share how I use each product. Also, I thought this post would be appropriate to share since it's International Women's Day. So, keep scrolling if you want to learn more about this beautiful collection.

A little backstory about LeahLani Skincare. Leah is the founder and skincare expert. Based in Hawaii, these products are made from fresh Hawaiian nectars and are made fresh weekly. If you are interested in seeing behind the scenes sneak peeks on how these products are made, feel free to follow Leah on Instagram. Leah was inspired to start these products when she herself struggled with acne, she invested in her education and moved to Hawaii where she studied skincare. She was moved to create something natural that could transform all types of skin and bring out their natural beauty.

I love reading her story, and I love seeing how successful she has become. I immediately knew that I wanted to buy her products once I read her story, and I hope you are also encouraged to do the same. I purchased The Pink Collection which includes: cleanser, toner, mask, and balm.

One of my favorite things about this collection is that every single item in the collection is a beautiful shade of pink. I can't handle the beautiful soft color. I also loved the packaging, you can tell that Leah puts so much thought into each product and package.

 I am going to describe each product and their use below in the order that you should be applying them on your face.

The Kalima Cleansing Powder: This is such a rich and beautiful cleanser. It comes in powder form and in order to activate the ingrediants, you must use water. The cleanser then turns soft, and it feels so good on your skin. I love the smell of the cleansing powder, I must stop myself from tasting it because it's that good. This product boosts collogen production, and evens out your complexion. I have found that my skin has reacted positively with this cleansing powder. I notice how soft my skin is getting with each use that I always have to stop myself from touching my face throughout the day after using this product.

Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner: This is by far my favroite in the entire collection. This toner is perfect for those who have delicate skin. My skin is inbetween, but this product still works wonders on my skin. You must shake your bottle before spritzing to activate the ingredients, and then you must spray a generous amount on your skin. It is so hydrating, and I can't help but imagine that I am laying by the beach in hawaii when I spray this product on my face. It is so refreshing and it will leave you with a reviatlized complexion.

Meli Glow Nectar Mask: I use this mask once a week. You can use it 2-3x a week, but I feel like once a week is perfect for my skin. This product contains vitamin rich wildcrafted fruits, beauty oils, and organic hawaian raw honey. This product helps give you that rosy glow, and I love how it feels on my face. My face always feels so soft after using this, and I can't get over the delicious smell.

Bless Beauty Balm: This is the finishing touch in the collection. You apply a small amount to your face, and you can feel the moisture instantly. How much you apply I believe depends on your skin type. I already have oily skin, so I do not apply that much. The Beauty Balm contains organic shea and cocoa butters. An interesting thing about this balm that I learned from reading the product description on the website is that it does not contain water or wax, meaning that the enitire product is 100% filled with those good-for-your-skin-rich ingredients.

I have truly enjoyed this collection, and I would definitely encourage you all to invest in this product. I was a bit hesitant at first because I did find the product to be a bit pricey when I first saw it, but it is definitely worth every penny. Leah also has other collections and products for all types of skin, and I encourage you all to take a look at her collection. 

My skin has definitely improved ever since I started using these products every day. I feel a dramatic change in the texture of my skin. I tend to get a lot of blackheads around my nose area, but using the cleanser and mask in this collection has definitely helped clear them up. I can not say enough good things about Leah, her products have definitely become my absolute favorite.

Caring for your skin with all-natural products can be tricky. I had to do so much research before finally choosing LeahLani Skincare. I know all of this could be overwhelming because before doing my research, I had no idea that caring for your skin was a process, and although it is time-consuming, it is good to take care of yourself.

I hope you found this helpful. What are some of your favorite skincare products?



Thursday, March 1, 2018

Letter from Liz: Marching in with Confidence

Hello all! It's already March! February definitely came by really fast, but I am so excited for it to be March already. There are so many reasons why I love this month. First and foremost, this is the month that my lovely, handsome, sweet, super strong husband was born. I love this month for that reason, and also because the first day of Spring is in this month. This month just reminds me of starting fresh and that's most likely because of the brand new blooms.

I have so much coming up this month, and I can't wait to get started. The month of February was very slow, but I was able to redesign my photography website, and I am so in love with it! I also shared some New Years Goals and an awesome reading list. I'll admit that I didn't get very far with my reading list happened. But that is okay. As I mentioned in my January Reading list, I have decided to not feel bad for not reading. Reading is supposed to be fun and enjoyed, and if for some reason I don't feel like doing it, then that is okay.

This month should be my recovery month. I am already taking small steps with my injured foot, and it doesn't hurt too much anymore. I cannot begin to express how excited I am to be walking again. I feel so motivated to conquer the world and my goals.

This month on the blog I am bringing new hairstyle inspirations. If you have been following along with me since the very beginning, then you will remember that my lifestyle blog when I first started used to be called, The Kindhearted. I used to feature hairstyle DIYs, and I had a blast doing them. I am very excited to be bringing those back here on the Liz Diaz Blog. I am also thinking of adding a business section, where I can feature awesome creatives and possibly interviews.

Also, keep a lookout because I will be posting some photography tips under the photography tab.  I will be posting a how I edit my iPhone photos post as well as a list of my favorite photo apps. This month I am also getting a brand new lens, you guys!!! I am so stoked for this lens because it has been on my wishlist for such a long time, and I can not wait to use it. I may do an unboxing video, so keep a lookout for that. I want to start doing youtube videos on photography and BTS looks on sessions and styled shoots, but Since I am still recovering from my leg fracture I might start that up in April!

Keep a lookout for all of this and more. So do you guys love March as much as I do?

Let me know your thoughts and also if you have anything in particular that you would love to see, let me know!

XO Liz
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