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    Beauty: Erbose Review + Giveaway!

    December 4, 2017

    Honesty alert: I’ve struggled with eczema all my life. My skin is incredibly sensitive and I get very nervous when trying new products. If I am interested in switching up my skincare routine, I have to do extensive research on products and thoroughly go over the ingredients list.  At certain points during the year (especially in Winter), the products that I routinely use seem to either 1. stop working or 2. make things worse. I’d then have to rely on the good ol hydrocortisone (sarcasm) to get me through a flare up.

    I came across Erbose and read up on their story. They believe that clean beauty is the goal with a commitment to maintaining self-care through holistic skincare rituals all the while ensuring that their products are environmentally and ethically sound. All products are handmade in San Francisco. I immediately knew I had to try it.

    I ordered the Restore Skin Saving Salve for the moments when spots of my skin are just too dry (my husband has the same issue). I also like putting the salve on my ankles since the current clog trend has been drying them out. It smells so clean and natural with minimal ingredients. Since using the salve, my skin doesn’t have the rough patches like it typically does during the winter.

    I also purchased the Cleansing Exfoliating Grains. It went on quite easily and I felt that I would be paying at least 5x more for a beauty product with half of the quality and care that Erbose puts in. After washing off the grains, my skin felt so soft and smooth. I’ve been using the  exfoliating grains frequently and I am happy to report that I have no flare ups and no break outs! I definitely lounge around the house with the grains on my face to further the relaxation vibes. A little goes such a long way too. I would love to host a spa day with my friends and use the exfoliating grains to do facials.

    Erbose also threw in the Grapefruit lip balm as an added bonus. It goes on so smoothly and doesn’t feel heavy on my lips.  I keep it with me wherever go.

    I love the products I’ve purchased and I’m so happy to add it to my collection. I would like to put focus on clean beauty as I’ve been trying to do with my clothing choices. Erbose is a great start in the clean beauty journey. We hope this is a brand that you can support as well.

    That’s why I’m excited to announce that Erbose so kindly agreed to participate in a giveaway with us!  The winner will receive two of the most popular products from the line: the Cleansing Exfoliating Grains and the Replenish Face Moisturizer. All you have to do is the following:

    1. Follow both styleapproximately and erbose on instagram
    2. Like our most recent post about Erbose on Instagram
    3. Tag someone you think would love Erbose products
    4. Bonus points: Comment below and let us know what your skin routine looks like!
    5. The giveaway will be closed on Thursday December 7th. We will be announcing the winner on Friday December 8th. Good luck!

    *This giveaway is open to U.S Residents only. 



    Dermarolling with the Homies

    November 26, 2017

    Aren’t we all in the search of “I woke up like this” skin? Since I was teenager I’ve had to deal with acne and because I’m tan, ended up with the dreaded hyperpigmentation. I’ve tried everything over the years: professional facials and peels. And since I’m a beauty junkie with an enterprising spirit, I tried stuff at home too: peels, microdermabrasion systems and serums that contained vitamin C but none of the products gave me the results I was looking for.
    Until I read about dermarolling.

    Dermarolling looked scary. A roller with needles that you rolled on your face?! In theory, the dermaroller when rolled over the skin, causes micro-injuries that causes the collagen to regenerate, revealing smoothing, plumper skin. Googling images of before and after pictures looked unreal. The before pictures of people with old scars revealed after pictures of people with blemish free and smooth skin. I knew I had to give it a try.

    Perusing the web I came back with a few takeaways:

    1. Make sure you disinfect your dermaroller with alcohol (the higher percentage, the better)
    2. Keep the needle size between 0.25-0.50 mm anything greater, and you’re going into professional grade territory, which if used improperly, may cause damage.
    3. Do not use serums that contain Vitamin C or retinol to roll as they may be too harsh for your skin

    I tried it out and within 2-3 treatments my skin was brighter and smoother and the scars did seem to be fading. Ecstatic, I started rolling every 2-3 days and convinced one of my co-workers to try it with me.

    We went Target to stock up on essentials: serum and alcohol to disinfect the dermaroller. A lady overheard us talking about it and offered her sage advice as she was an aesthetician that performed it at her office (perfect timing, right?!).

    Her advice was as follows:

    1. Roll every 3 weeks at MOST, to give your skin time to cycle through and regenerate collagen
      Do NOT roll on active acne
    2. Make sure to disinfect your dermaroller with alcohol prior to using your dermaroller and after
    3. Your serum should be simple, like a hyaluronic acid serum
    4. Wait 15 minutes before you moisturize to allow time for your pores to close
    5. Limit your physical activity the next day as your skin may be sensitive and sweating may sting.

    Aggregating what I’ve learned from the internet and from the aesthetician we fortuitously ran into, I’ve narrowed down a dermarolling routine that I’ve had good results with:

    1. Disinfect your dermaroller with alcohol prior to using it.
    2. Wash your face really well and use toner to make sure that your skin is clean. (I use Cetaphil Cleanser and The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution.
    3. Place a few drops of serum on your face. I use the Hyaluronic Acid from The Ordinary.
    4. To start using the dermaroller, start vertically and then horizontally (like a hashtag). Make sure not to drag the dermaroller on your face. Continue for approximately 2-3 min. It’s slightly uncomfortable, you can feel the needles, if it becomes to uncomfortable STOP!
    5. Add another layer of serum and wait 15 minutes before using your moisturizer. I use The Ordinary’s 100% Cold Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil.
    6. Make sure to disinfect your dermaroller again before putting it away.

    Keep your dermarolling to once every 3 weeks to give your skin time to rest. Don’t apply too much pressure, the dermaroller should glide onto your skin. It will feel uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t feel intolerable. You know your skin, so roll cautiously. Happy rolling!!!!

    Beauty: Fenty x Rihanna

    September 16, 2017

    Rihanna, is there anything you can’t do?

    Full disclosure, I wasn’t anticipating the Fenty beauty new line. I had made the decision months ago that I wasn’t buying anymore makeup since I have enough makeup that would last me a lifetime. I also had my routine down pat which included a highlighter that I like, what more did I need?

    Oh how badly I was mistaken. During my birthday weekend extravaganza, Mary Ann had told me she ordered the Match Stix trio from Fenty Beauty on Sephora’s website. I immediately went on and was attracted to the pretty millenium pink packaging. Then she told me it was magnetic. “MAGNETIC YOU SAY??! We went to the nearest Sephora to check it out.

    It was a Saturday morning at Sephora and it was unusually packed. The Fenty Beauty display had a large gathering of women testing all the products especially the highlighters. My curiosity grew even more.

    Look at that gorgeous golden glow

    Mary Ann picked up the Killawatt freestyle highlighter in Trophy Wifea deep gold glitter not for the faint of heart. She wanted something – in her words, hella extra.

    I got a different Killawatt freestyle highlighter in mean money/ hu$tla baby. It’s a duo highlighter with soft champagne sheen and and the latter a deeper champagne highlight with a microfine gold glitter.

    When we got back to the Airbnb, I was excited to try my new makeup for dinner. Putting on the highlighter was like buttah. My face looked so glowy and it made my skin glow from within.

    The highlight was soft and just felt so ‘effin good.The texture is so creamy and it glides on your face and it doesn’t settle into pores like highlighters can do. Mean money by itself was a pretty, subtle sheen that gave my face this candlelit glow. When I popped hu$tla baby over mean money, it was OVER. I was singing, “b*tch better have my money, ohh na na na.”

    Rihanna created a line that was meant to be inclusive with 40 different foundation shades, one universal lip color, and bold shimmer sticks with rich pigmented colors unique colors like purples, peaches and yellows.

    Fenty Beauty is changing the game. We’ll be posting our own looks soon (we’re waiting for Mary Ann’s matchstix trio to come in), so keep coming by to see how we wear Fenty Beauty.

    All images from: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

    Inspiration: All Yellow

    August 28, 2017

    Maybe it’s because it’s nearing the end of summer. Maybe because I like how it looks on me. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in a good mood lately…

    Or maybe it’s because I’ve been listening to Coldplay’s Yellow nonstop for the past 3 hours.

    Yeah, that’s it. – Mary Ann

    P.S. You can also purchase that lit neon sign if you’re so inclined to. Head on over to Urban Outfitters to check it out.

    P.P.S – Of course, I’m going to get inspired by Rihanna. Who wouldn’t?

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    Wabi Sabi

    August 8, 2017

    I’ve been struggling with the direction that I want to take this site. I have a strong desire to add creativity to my life, and this is the best outlet for that. However, I’m often crippled by this need to be perfect. It can be so consuming that I often abandon my post midway through writing or completely scrap an entire month’s worth of ideas and images. I’ve fallen victim to the social media constructs of what it means to be a blogger; in order to be a successful blogger, one must showcase an enviable and unattainable curated life. It pains me to say that as my ultimate goal was to show a life lived…approximately.


    During this most recent spell of “blog development,” I came across a Japanese concept called Wabi Sabi. Essentially, it is the idea of finding beauty in the imperfections. The quirks and eccentricities during construction of objects and processes are what makes it unique. Flaws are beautiful as that is what makes it special.

    And I firmly believe that is what Style Approximately is all about. Adrienne and I have discussed several directions on where we feel this website will go. And you know what, we still don’t know! But that’s a beautiful thing. I think we’re okay with that: style and life (as a whole) is never a linear perfect path. We’re living approximately, and we hope you can feel just as okay and connected to your flaws as we are.