Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Dark Review / Is it worth your money?

Who doesn’t want to be bronzed and glowy for the Summer? And some of us actually want to look like this whole year round. I don’t know what it is but a good tan is an instant confidence and mood booster for me.

And even though I found a couple of self tanners that I swear by ( St Tropez and Bondi Sands). (I have videos on YouTube and a blog post reviewing those), I can never stop exploring and testing new once.

I was really intrigued by Loving Tan as I have been seeing it on social media a lot. So I decided to give it a try and see if it is really the best self tanner out there as a lot of instagram models, influencers and bloggers claim. I have seen a lot of girls raving about it and rating it pretty high on the chart of faux tanners.

I picked up the Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Dark, as first time using the product I was nervous to get the Ultra Dark. Anyway I am pretty pale at the moment and what I look for in a self tanner is a natural looking bronzed glow rather than a look of super dark, unnatural and fake color.

I always exfoliate prior to application and use a velvet mitt to apply. The product comes out really dark and warm colored foam, but looks very natural on the skin. Really easy to apply. Can get a tiny bit streaky while you rub it in but it is easy to blend the mistakes out after you go over them. The foam is a true foam texture. Fluffy and airy which I liked because I have used other self tanners with more liquidy foam and they really get messy and hard to apply.

Has nice , beach, vacation smell but highly scented. And after it starts developing a self tanner scent lingers for a while.

The guard color is not super dark so you need to pay attention where you apply. But I like that because some other self tanners that I have used have a really dark guard color and even though it allows you to see where you applied it looks very unnatural. So you have to really plan when you apply and make sure you stay home while it develops. Some other brands add a little bit extra green to their products to counteract the orange, but in my opinion, it doesn’t look that natural.

Loving Tan’s initial color pay off is realistic. Gives the appearance that you really laid down in the sun. Because that first sun kissed look that you get after spending the day at the beach is really warm, reddish , brown color. It makes you look youthful and flushed. This is what you get with the application of Loving Tan. I liked that I could apply it in the middle of the day, go out do my things without being afraid that I look like an alien.

It dries out pretty quick. If you choose to apply it during the day though be carful so you don’t get yourself wet, especially when you wash your hands or the dishes . Water might drip on your skin and it can mess up the look of your tan.

If you choose to wear tight, light clothes before it has fully developed it might transfer on them. But it washes out in the laundry.

I would recommend you to apply it in the evening so you can avoid any of the above mishaps.

The skin that reveals after you rinse out the guard color is natural, lightly bronzed and healthy looking . It is not as dark as I have seen on other people on YouTube or Instagram . But I love it!

Lasts about 6-7 days and it is very hard to tell how long exactly because it fades naturally and slowly, just gradually washes out with each shower. I was really impressed with the way it wears off. Did not have any weird patches around the wrist area or any other folds on the body like a lot other fake tans do when they start fading . After day 7 I like to use exfoliating mitt to remove whatever has left to ensure my skin is clean of any product left on it.

Overall a great self tanner that I will add to my favorites list.

  • Easy and mess free application
  • Nicely but highly scented and has a self tanner scent after it starts developing
  • Doesn’t take long to dry
  • Can transfer on sheets or lighter, tighter clothes but will easily wash out in the laundry
  • The tan that develops is healthy, bronzed and glowy looking
  • Lasts about 6-7 days

BUY it here:

Loving Tan Mousse https://rstyle.me/cz-n/faua9nc5s47

Exfoliating Gloves https://rstyle.me/cz-n/favzf6c5s47

Velvet Mitt https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fauc6dc5s47

Last Minute Mother’s Day 2021 Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I know how stressful it can be to find the perfect gift. Even though I am the one giving those ideas to you I, myself always struggle when it comes to finding the perfect gift no matter the occasion . I take it very personal and always want to find the perfect piece that will make the person I am gifting happy. Here I found a few pieces that can fit different budget and needs. Hope you find something for the woman/ women in your life 🙂

Nude purse https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e7st75c5s47

Dyson hair dryer https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fcjkz8c5s47

Jo Malone Candle https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchtiqc5s47

Architectural Digest Coffee Book https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchrikc5s47

Tom Ford Coffee Book https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e7ste9c5s47

Cloud Running Shoes https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvixc5s47

Dyson Curling Set https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fcjkuac5s47

Colleen Rothschild Beauty kit https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fcihjsc5s47

Mug & Warmer Set https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvwkc5s47

Jo Malone mini luxuries set https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchujic5s47

Santal 33 Perfume https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvqgc5s47

Le Creuset Dutch Oven https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fcjndyc5s47

Square Toe sandals https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wfytc5s47

Sunglasses https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nvh9c5s47

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2021/ Mother’s Day 2021 Gift Guide

Every mom needs a stylish tote that can hold evereryone’s essentials

Matc Jacobs Tote https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wg6qc5s47

Super comfy yet stylish running shoes

Cloud running shoes https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvixc5s47

Tom Ford table book because if she doesn’t have it already she needs it.

Tom Ford Book https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e7ste9c5s47

Stylish chair to bring some freshness and comfort to any room.

Chair https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e7stdic5s47

Luxury set to make her feel special.

Jo Malone mini luxurious set https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchujic5s47

New designer fragrance is always a win.

YSL Perfume https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvt3c5s47

Mug and warmer set to keep the coffee hot for longer and can double up as a phone charger. Perfect for busy mom life and comes in a lot of cool colors

Mug & warmer set https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fchvwkc5s47

Colleen Rothschild Beauty kit with a lot of beauty necessities great for travel or just to sample the high quality products plus the bag looks super stylish

Colleen Rothschild Beauty kit https://rstyle.me/cz-n/fcihjsc5s47

How to Make GLUTEN-FREE VEGGIE FRIED CAULIFLOWER RICE

I would 100 times choose a home cooked meal verses a restaurant one. I try to live a healthy lifestyle and this way it allows me to control what goes in my body. One of my favorite meals to order from outside is fried cauliflower rice . I always thought it is a hassle to make at home and it would never taste as good as at a restaurant. I was so wrong!! This easy recipe changed my outlook.

I love cooking simple and healthy meals that are ready preferably in under 30 min. This cauliflower fried rice is so easy to make, full of flavor and low in carbs. Loaded with veggies for extra nutrition. Shrimp is optional, you can use chicken instead or fully skip it and make this meal vegan friendly. Check my version of the Asian classic dish.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 stalks green onion
  • Fresh ginger
  • 1 cup of frozen green peas
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 bags of frozen cauli rice
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • Splash of gluten free soy sauce
Optional

Shrimp, deveined

1 bunch of organic baby bok choy

1 cup of snap peas

Fresh cilantro for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a pan or a wok add the sesame oil
  2. Add the shrimp seasoned with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on each side for 3-4 min. Set aside.
  4. In the same pan heat up the oil of your choice
  5. Add the green onion and garlic
  6. cook for 1 minute. Try not to burn the garlic
  7. Add the cauliflower rice
  8. Cook for 4-5 min
  9. Add carrots and green peas, red bell pepper and grated ginger and cook for another 2-3 min
  10. Crack two eggs in the cauliflower rice and mix in until eggs are cooked
  11. Do not overcook because it can get mushy
  12. Add splash of soy sauce and snap peas and bok choy, I like to add those at the end so they stay crunchy .

Serve it in a bow add the shrimp and garnish with cilantro , enjoy!!!

What I Want for Summer 2021

Here are a few affordable items that I am adding to my cart so I can be ready for summer!

All the items go really well together but can also be combined with so many other pieces and take you from the beach to dinner.

These bikinis from Amazon are such a high quality, so soft and stretchy and the cut is super sexy. If you are going to purchase them be aware that top and bottom are sold separately and they sell out quickly. They have great neutral colors that will look so good with tan. I am tempted to order more.

I know wool hat is not really for summer but this one just screams french classy to me and I don’t care I will be rocking it!

High quality white linen button down is essential for everyone, this doesn’t need much explanation.

Hair claws will replace my scrunchies this summer for sure.

I love those square toe flat sandals. I have been obsessed with the style for a while now but the ones I picked up last summer were high heels and I am glad I found those and can let my feet rest and still be trendy.

High quality canvas tote will go a long way! Great for the beach, overnight trips or as take it as a carry-on on the plane

Trendy pair of sunglasses that doesn’t break the bank gets me super excited. I can’t tell you how much I love this pair from Amazon.

White Linen Button Down H&M- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wig9c5s47

Bikini from Amazon – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wghnc5s47

Wool Hat H&M- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6uqjbc5s47

Square Toe Flat Sandals from Amazon- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wfytc5s47

Hair Claws- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wf3uc5s47

Marc Jacobs Tote – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e6wg6qc5s47

Sunglasses- https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nvh9c5s47

How To Use Aloe Vera Gel In Your Hair Overnight

Does your hair feel dry, brittle and lacking luster? Maybe it’s time to add a little extra moisture to your mane. Especially if you are reaching out to hot tools and chemical treatments more than you should.

I feel like with the seasons changing and entering into warmer months my hair suffers a lot and gets extremely dry ! I was really tired of my unruly, porous hair and decided to use fresh aloe vera gel to moisturize and smooth things out. I have done that in the past but this time in order to add extra moisture I left it overnight. The result was mind-blowing. My usually dull and frizzy hair was left silky smooth , super shiny and really hydrated from roots to tips. My scalp looked and felt refreshed and super clean. This not only moisturized my hair but acted detoxifying and removed product and mineral buildup from my hair and scalp.

Aloe vera mask is a super easy remedy for damaged hair. The great thing is that compared to other natural ingredients’ hair concoctions it is easy to wash out of the hair and doesn’t require you to shampoo multiple times to remove it.

WHAT YOU NEED:

All you need for this miracle treatment is a fresh aloe vera leaf. If you do not have a plant you can purchase leaves from your local grocery store. They are usually at the produce section where they keep tropical fruit as plantains, coconuts, dragon fruit etc.

Once you slice the leaf in half you will see a yellow substance coming out. This liquid is called latex and it is known to be toxic. Especially if consumed!! Let it drain in the sink for 15-20 min.

Afterwards wash the pieces thoroughly with water. Carefully cut the sides that have prickly thorns. Cut into smaller pieces and then remove the skin by cutting each piece in the middle and scoop the gel out with a spoon.

Place the gel in a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes. Strain with a cheese cloth. This step is crucial if you are going to use the aloe vera in your hair as if you do not strain it the pulp will be hard to wash out of your hair and leave nasty pieces. Once you strain it , it becomes super liquid-y and you can even pour it in a spray bottle for the easiest application.

HOW TO APPLY:

Either do it over the sink or put a towel under because it can get a bit messy. But don’t worry it feels like water, not sticky or greasy so it is easy to clean afterwards.

To make the application easier you can wet your hands and run them through your hair, this way the gel won’t just slide off your hair, it will be easier to absorb. Spray all over your hair, from the roots to the ends. Gently massage.

If you are not using a spray bottle you can use a large bowl and your hands to apply. Once you wet your scalp you can just dunk your ends in the bowl and make sure your hair is fully covered.

I then like to gently put my hair in a bun, cover with shower cap and leave overnight.

In the morning just wash your hair as you usually do.

Aloe vera is really hydrating and conditioning. Filled with vitamins and minerals it is really beneficial for strengthening the hair , soothing the scalp and… as some people claim hopefully stimulating hair growth.

I don’t know about the massive hair growth but it did leave my straw like hair extremely shiny, silky smooth and moisturized.

Really encouraging you to try it for yourself!

Affordable Things You Need to Buy for Spring 2021 HOME EDITION

With Spring around the corner I feel a desire to change my space a little bit and bring some freshness all around. In my last post I showed you items that I am adding to my closet for the warmer season but I also wanted to add something new to my house as well. I decided to play it safe and get items that have a clean and luxurious feel. All the items I picked are from H&M Home and are super affordable. I cannot express how much I am impressed with their quality and stylish look. Everything in their home collection looks way more expensive than it actually is, and the store is becoming one of my favorite places to shop for small decor items.

HERE ARE MY PICKS:

Salt & Pepper Stone Bowls https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5q9r6c5s47

Storage Basket with Lid https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5q9mgc5s47

Handmade Laundry Basket https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5q9j8c5s47

Bedspread in Soft Muslin https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5q9g2c5s47

Coasters https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5qum2c5s47

Dish Bowl https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5qubkc5s47

Black Olive & Sage Candle https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5qt4vc5s47

Linen Pillow https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5qttcc5s47

Affordable Things You Need to Buy for Spring 2021 FASHION EDITION

Recently I have been trying to resist the urge to buy everything that I see. Especially when it comes to fashion I have been more selective and buying thing that I can use and wear multiple times. With the new season approaching I have been wanting to update and refresh my look but still not overspend . Here are some cute and affordable items that I added to my cart to update my look for Spring . I feel like most of these items are very versatile and can be use throughout the other seasons as well but still add a little freshness for Spring.

HERE ARE MY PICKS

A soft and warm pair of joggers is so trendy but yet super cozy and comfy. Great for travel or lounging around. The leggings I picked are so affordable but can compare to high end ones. They fit so well, lift your butt and tuck your tummy in. I like the unique color that is super fresh for spring but also kind of muted and neutral. The mini dress is great because it can be dressed up or down. Worn with high heels and denim jacket or with sneakers. I love sneakers and couldn’t resist adding a new pair to my collection. I picked a classic white Nike AF1 with a twist. So cute and trendy these sneakers will pair great with any of the other items plus pretty much anything else that I own.

Accessories are so important to add finishing touches to any outfit. And even if I don’t buy any new clothes adding trendy accessories can make such a drastic difference in an outfit and make it seem like a whole new one. I feel like bucket hats will be in for the months to come. Practical and super cute. This one from H&M is made of a high quality nylon that is easy to clean and comes in different sizes. New pair of sunglasses sounded really good to me since we are coming into sunny months. I picked this retro squared aviators, very unique and super affordable. They look really expensive and are of exceptional quality. And a pair of gold hoops to finish everything off and keep it classy and trendy. I spend a little more on them but I love jewelry and it is something that I like to splurge on because I feel like a good pair of gold hoops will go a long way. Plus in my opinion sometimes the cheap ones can have a weird gold color and look a bit trashy and we don’t want that 🙂

Bucket Hat :https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nvyxc5s47

Triple Hoop Huggies: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nvq3c5s47

Retro Square Aviators: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nvh9c5s47

Champion Classic Sweatpants: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nvngc5s47

Bodycon Mini dress from Amazon: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nveec5s47

Yoga Pants from Amazon: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nvcyc5s47

Nike AF 1 Sneakers: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e5nhyrc5s47

ALL NATURAL SECRETS for Healthy Shiny Hair

Shiny hair adds a luxurious frame to your look. It screams healthy and gives you a sexy appearance without you even trying! But with so much styling with hot tools and environment pollution, extreme climate exposure like sun and freezing cold, bleaching, swimming pools and the list goes on and on …, our locks can loose luster.

I feel that genetics also play a huge role in that, unfortunately. I am someone that struggles to get shine in my hair. I have tried every product for shine in the past. From drugstore to high end. Some of them didn’t do much others worked for a moment. But one thing was for sure they complicated my shower routine without a dramatic result.

But whatever the cause for your dull hair is, I highly suggest once in a while to put the fancy products away and use some home remedies to ‘feed’ your locks. Not only you will get a quick fix but they all work deep down to heal the hair from within.

I have few tips and tricks to get your mane from blah to beautiful without breaking the bank.

As most home remedies they can get a bit messy and don’t have the best smell, but at least they are natural, clean ingredients that won’t do any harm to you or your hair.

Here are my favorite ones that I have used multiple times and they do wonders for my mane.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Many shampoos contain sulfates and other harsh chemicals that irritate the scalp and leave residue that makes hair looking drab . Apple cider vinegar rinse acts like clarifying treatment to remove product build up, seals the cuticle and gives a mirror shine. It also balances scalps natural oils and pH levels and it promotes hair growth. I love incorporating this simple ingredient into my shower routine since it really soothes my scalp and makes my hair soft and gives it a very healthy look.

Beer Rinse

I know this sounds a bit weird and you would probably prefer using it internally to nourish your body from within 🙂 . But trust me it has great properties for the hair as a rinse. The main ingredients in beer malt and hops are really high in proteins that nourish and strengthen the hair. Beer is also rich in B vitamins and natural sugars that help repair damage. I used to do it a lot in the past and believe me it works. I didn’t have hope when I gave it a try but it is a magic. Makes hair super shiny, manageable and voluminous. All you need to do is pour a beer over your head after shampooing and applying conditioner. I let it sit on my hair for a moment and gently rinse it out.

Banana Mask

Rich in potassium, natural oils and vitamins it softens the hair, adds shine and it is very moisturizing. Nourishes your hair and saves it from future damage. Helps calm down itchy, flaky scalp, tames frizz and makes hair manageable. I usually mash or blend a very ripe banana, add melted coconut oil and a little bit apple cider vinegar. Apply the mask on dry hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap. Let it sit for 30+ minutes and shower as usual. I always get great results but this mask is a bit messy and sometimes it gets hard to rinse the banana out of the hair. But it leaves the tresses silky smooth and tangle free.

Avocado Mask

The natural oils in avocado give your hair long lasting and deep hydration. Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants it helps the hair retain moisture plus repairs damage. I mash a very ripe avocado and cover my hair and scalp. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes before I hop in the shower. I also like using avocado in homemade hair masks. A great ingredient for smooth ,shiny hair.

Towel dry your hair right after shower

Dripping wet strands are more vulnerable to breakage and this can lead to frizz and less shine. So wrapping your hair with preferably microfiber towel that is really absorbent and gentle to your hair is a key. Once the towel absorbs the initial moisture take it off. I have noticed that leaving a little bit water in the hair helps seal in moisture.

Microfiber towel – https://amzn.to/3uM47U7

Hope you try any of those for yourself!! xoxo Iva

How To Make an EASY Chicken Tortilla Soup

I grew up in a household where soups were part of the menu every other day. I love soups and for me it always remains an essential part of my cooking and meal choices. Warm soup is such a comfort food and personally I can enjoy one any time of the year.

Chicken soups are my top choice and I got hooked on chicken tortilla soup ever since I tried at a restaurant. Have been experimenting with different recipes but this simple one is my favorite. I like easy, stress-free meals with less instructions and the ones that you almost put everything at the same time. I am not a chef so I avoid complicated cooking. If you are like me this one is for you. It is the easiest chicken soup ever , literally it can be done for less than 40 minutes from start to serving. But that doesn’t mean it is lacking on flavor.

Most of the soups I cook are from scratch but for this particular one I tend to always use roasted / grilled chicken. It really cuts the cooking time to a minimum and gives a very nice flavor . I have a local store next to me that grills this Mexican style green chili chicken once or twice a week. If I am lucky enough to stop by on a day that they make it I always make sure to grab one. But any store bought grilled chicken will work too.

Or if you feel a bit extra you can always grill or bake your own chicken but because I am all about the quick meals I prefer using the ready stuff.

And since I am cutting a corner with the chicken I like to make my own tortilla strips. Sounds fancy, but it is a breeze and the taste of them is so good. But I won’t lie, sometimes I just use tortilla chips and it is as delicious .

WHAT YOU NEED

2 cups roasted / grilled chicken , shredded

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 medium carrot, chopped

4 stalks of celery , chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 jalapeño peppers, sliced

1 box chicken stock

1/2 cup tomato sauce

Cilantro

1 Lime

1 Avocado cut into cubes (and a second one if you are okay to eat leftovers)

4 tortillas

Optional: Sour cream and/or Cheese

Spices

1 tspn black pepper

1 tblspn chili powder

2 tspns cumin

2 tspns salt

1/4 tspn cayenne pepper

1 tspn paprika

2 tblspn oil/ for high heat I use sunflower oil

WHAT TO DO

For the tortilla strips

It is your choice to use corn or flour tortilla. I like both but I know a lot of people prefer one and really dislike the other.

1. Preheat oven to 375 F

2. Cut tortilla into strips & drizzle with oil, salt & cumin

3. Put over pan lined with baking sheet

4. Toast for 5-7 minutes

For the soup
  1. In a large pot add the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sautee for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes
  3. Add the carrot and celery and cook for 2-3 minutes
  4. Add the chicken broth, tomato sauce, chicken, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper
  5. Boil for 10-15 minutes
  6. Turn the heat off and add cilantro

You can adjust the seasoning to your taste, more or less salt, and especially the cayenne pepper if you do not really like spicy.

Pour the soup into a bowl. Add avocado, sliced jalapeños, tortilla strips, garnish with cilantro and lime. You can add sour cream and cheese at this point if you would like to. I personally skip those.

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