Monday, May 18, 2015

Luxola x The Luxe Nomad (and some rambling)...

Summer is around the corner, which for someone in my profession means an extended vacation. And none too soon.  Students and teachers alike are running on fumes. Actually, in all seriousness, I cannot believe that next week is our end of year HKD showcase, and the following week is Graduation.  It's actually insane.

So, on the topic of summer and vacation, let's do a little dreaming shall we?  The family and I have some fun things lined up for summer.  A long stay in our Madison house this year.  A short trip to NYC.  Visits with the in-laws.  The usual.  But, just say I didn't go back to do the usual, where would I go?  Easy. I've got a bucket list of places to visit.  Just not much of a budget.

Here it is:

Sri Lanka

Luxola contacted me several weeks back and offered me a chance to win a trip to Bali here if I reviewed some skincare products for them.  This, I can do.  And it serves two purposes, really.

The obvious one is that a vacation anywhere would be a thrill.  Life working as a teacher with three kids doesn't afford much travel or luxury.  Not complaining, but just being honest.  The Luxe Nomad is a website that can assist with this, by joining the affiliates program, you can find luxury accommodations at a more affordable price.

Morocco has always been at the top of my list.  I think it's the textiles.  The idea of wandering the markets, visiting all the different souqs to look for treasures.  I think it's why I like the markets here in Hong Kong so much, too; the idea of a hidden treasure down any alley.

The second purpose of jumping on this opportunity is a self serving one.  At 40, I've realized (or come to grips with) the fact that in order to keep looking the way I do, I need to take better care of my skin.  I've been thinking over the last few years about sunblock and skincare so I can establish a routine that puts me (and my skin) in good shape to age well.  

I stumbled onto a picture of the hubby and I just a few years after we were married taken at my sister's wedding.  I was startled at how much younger I looked, how smooth and firm my skin was.  It was like a smack in the face because I don't necessarily feel older, but then I get a reminder that I am.

Alpha H is the line of products that Luxola sent me and I have to say of over the last few days that I've been using them, that I at least feel like my skin looks smoother. They're all lightweight, too so I don't feel like I'm dying under a lot of product, which is key for Hong Kong humidity right now. I don't know that any product can combat what I do to myself in terms of sleep deprivation, but I like how my skin feels each day.  The best part of it is, it's easy (fool proof)!

I have a balancing cleanser I use each day, a day serum and a night serum intended to make my skin glow again and reduce fine lines, and a moisturizer.  I also have something called Liquid Gold that I use every other night.  And it's a travel set, so I'll definitely bring them along this summer, wherever I go.

Don't just take my word for it, though.  Here's a 15% discount code created exclusively for my readers that you can use for your first orders on  Just enter BLX-IMANORBYAH at check out.

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