Pillow Talk: Are Silk PIllowcases Worth The Hype?

Silk Pillowcase Reivew

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the hype around these silk pillowcases and if you haven’t you must be living under a rock ūüėõ In true FOMO fashion, I had to try them out for myself after hearing so many girls rave about the wonders they do for your hair and skin. I was gifted an¬†off brand one¬†a couple of months ago and loved the small benefits that I saw from using it. So much so that when I had the opportunity to buy the Slip silk pillowcase (aka the real deal) for 50% off I literally jumped at the chance. TJ Maxx was carrying them for half price so I’m not kidding when I say that I drove to multiple locations all over Houston to find myself one. I probably spent as much on gas as it would have been just to outright pay for the Slip pillowcase full price but that is besides the point here. LOL

BENEFITS

Silk pillowcases are said to be an “eight-hour beauty treatment every night” and claim to have anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, and anti-bed head abilities. Not to mention I’ve heard people go as far to say that it helps minimize acne, hydrate skin and prolong hair washes. So basically what I’m telling you is that these pillowcases are working magic on your hair and skin overnight so you can truly say “I woke up like this” and not look like you just got runover by a car.

DOES IT REALLY WORK

So why is silk so much more beneficial than cotton? Well for starters, it is significantly less absorbent than cotton so it is less likely to cause hair and skin products to transfer. That means you can keep your expensive products to yourself and not accidentally give your pillow an unwanted $50 facial. Secondly silk pillowcases are more slick which reduces friction and causes less pulling of your hair. This means less tangles, bed head and breakage! I didn’t even realize how¬†not normal the amount of¬†shedding I was doing until I got the silk pillowcase and now I almost never find stray hairs on my pillowcase!

Also, what they say about prolonging hair washes is 100% true. I used to have to wash my hair every single day. Now I only wash my hair twice a week.¬†I have noticed that my hair is significantly less greasy and my cowlick is almost non existent. In addition to not being greasy,¬†my hair holds¬†it’s curl for the most part so I usually just have to make minor touch ups. So this pillowcase is literally a life saver.

NAME BRAND vs OFF BRAND

Now were talking a difference of over $60 which is no small amount by any means. To be completely honest I have found that the only noticeable difference is that the $22¬†off brand pillowcase does not help my cowlick which is the main reason I would have to wash my hair almost every day. No amount of product or styling will fix it once it’s been slept on, washing it would be the only remedy if I didn’t want to look ratchet. Other than that I will say that the off brand works pretty much the same from what I can tell.

To the touch, the off brand one doesn’t feel as luxurious to me but that could also be in my head to justify the $60 price difference. Also, I’ve noticed it doesn’t get as dingy as the off brand one. But that could also be because¬†my name brand one is patterned and the off brand one is stark white. So again, not the best way to¬†gauge this.¬†Lastly I am a very hard sleeper lately. No matter how hard I sleep, the name brand pillowcase still seems to hold my day before curls and volume whereas the off brand one sometimes does not.

Final verdict: 100% worth the money for the real deal. But if you aren’t ready to pull the trigger yet on the name brand pillow, start with the off brand. It’s one of those little luxuries that I would put on my birthday or Christmas list but probably wouldn’t spend my own money unless it was on major sale. If you do happen to stop by a Marshalls or TJ Maxx, I highly suggest looking for the Slip pillowcases there. They are usually located in the beauty section mixed in with the face and eye masks. You can’t beat scoring them for 50% off.

FAQ

CAN YOU WASH & DRY IT?

For the best results you should always hand wash silk although both of these say that they are machine washable. I have washed both of my name brand and off brand pillowcases in the washing machine on a cold, no spin cycle with gentle detergent and have had no problems or pilling. That being said after doing my research for this post I can say that I will definitely be hand washing my name brand pillowcase going forward and plan on getting a detergent specifically for silk (like this one). The reason for this is that the friction of the washing machine can degrade the silk and make it less slick which is what gives you all of the benefits discussed above. You will want to hang dry it. Do NOT put in the dryer. Heat is bad for silk.

DO THEY WORK FOR ALL HAIR & SKIN TYPES?

YES. The benefits are for all!

CAN YOU SLEEP ON IT WITH WET HAIR?

Yes, in fact silk pillowcases are the best kind of pillowcases to sleep on with wet hair! Since they don’t rob your hair of the moisture, your hair will naturally dry more evenly and less frizzy.

DOES YOUR HAIR GET STATICY?

Not one bit. No static. ALL of the volume from the day before though!

DOES IT STAIN?

I personally have not had to deal with stains yet but I do always take my make up off and do not drool so I’ve only had minor “stains” to deal with and they have always come off in the wash. I’ve read that for minimal stains you should gently apply detergent and work it into the fabric. Never use a brush or bleach on silk.

HOW DOES IT HELP YOUR SKIN?

Not only is Silk nonabsorbent, it is naturally hypoallergenic and is resistant to mold, mildew, fungus and dust mites. That mean it prevents bacteria transfer from your face to your pillow and vice versa. It also helps keep your face hydrated! Between the silk pillowcase and this face oil that I swear by, my face has definitely been noticeably clearer!

DOES YOUR PILLOW GET HOT?

That depends! Silk naturally regulates heat, which helps you maintain the correct body temperature. It doesn’t conduct heat, so if you want to keep cool at night on hot days, go with silk. On the flip side, it retains heat during cold weather.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SATIN & SILK?

Material wise, silk is a natural fiber and satin is a synthetic fiber. Benefit wise, they are said to have the same hair and skin benefits. I found the satin to work the same as the silk but still had the cowlick issue.

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Vacation Wear Packing List

**CLICK ANY IMAGE TO SHOP THE ITEM DIRECTLY**

I asked you ladies what you wanted to see this week and the number one request was for vacation wear so ask and ye shall receive! Whether you are headed for some fun in the sun or to hit the slopes, I’m sharing everything you should have on your packing list! I have to say that I am pretty jealous that so many of you have vacations booked. As of now my travel¬†list for the year¬†isn’t too long. I’m hoping to decide if¬†I’m going to move out of state¬†and what timeframe that would look like by the end of next month. Until then, it’s hard to really nail down travel plans when you aren’t sure what city you will be¬†living in!¬†So far, here are my definite travel plans for 2019…

February: Fredericksburg & Nashville

March: Chicago & Tulum

April: Dallas

July: Miami

September: New York

Looking at my list, the cold is out weighing the heat which means I need to get to booking some more beach trips! I am a water, sand and sun girl through and through! I hope that this post is helpful when you are planning out your outfits and packing lists. Every picture above and below is clickable and will take you directly to the retailer’s site where you can purchase that item. Happy shopping!

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Vacation Wear, Beach Packing List, Snow Packing List
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Best Places To Shop For Affordable Active Wear

Active Wear Under $50

AERIE

CURRENT SALE: 40-50% OFF

My favorite leggings from Aerie are the 7/8 leggings (pictured above). I love them more than 99% of the leggings in my closet and find them comparable to ALO leggings. I will go so far to say that I like them better than Zella leggings. The fit and quality is just THAT good. They run true to size. Here is the original and here is a bigger selection with more colors and patterns. Not active wear related but their swimsuit section this year is my favorite and is 50% off right now.

FOREVER 21

CURRENT SALE: FREE SHIPPING OVER $21

Forever 21 surprisingly has a great active wear selection. While I will say a lot of their selection is more about the cuteness factor than functionality, I love that they have implemented different categories such as high, medium and low impact wear depending on how intense your work outs are.

GAP

CURRENT SALE: 40% OFF WITH CODE BRANDNEW

While I have never personally tried out Gap’s active wear, it comes highly recommended by all of you! The prices below do not reflect the 40% off discount. Discount is applied after the code is used in cart. One of the features I like about the GAP activewear selection is that you can shop by intensity level.

NORDSTROM RACK

Nordstrom Rack is hands down the best place to get name brands that you love for less. Think brands that Nordstrom carries at a fraction of the cost. Some of my favorite brands to shop at the Rack are Zella, Nike, Outdoor Voices, North Face and Electric Yoga. These Zella leggings were one of the top sellers in 2018 and a great leggings if you are in search of a basic, everyday legging! Check out the reviews!

Active Wear Under $50

OLD NAVY

CURRENT SALE: 20% OFF APPLIED AT CHECKOUT

Old Navy has been and always will be one of my favorite affordable clothing options! Their active wear selection has come a long way and offers trendy options that are almost always on sale. I particularly love their graphic tanks and mesh leggings!

OUTDOOR VOICES

Outdoor Voices is a newer¬†athletic brand to me which I solely found through Instagram.¬†I know a million and one bloggers that swear by this brand! While I have heard great things about the quality and support, I love the color blocking patterns that this brand offers plus who doesn’t love a good matching set?! I suggest filtering by the lowest price or checking out their sale section. Retailers like Nordstrom Rack and Hautelook also carry Outdoor Voices from time to time at a major discount.

TARGET

I’ve accumulated so many active wear pieces (well clothing in general) over the years from Target because let’s be honest you can’t go in without buying something! After trying out several of their different brands, my favorite¬†is¬†JoyLab.¬†

VICTORIA’S SECRET

CURRENT SALE: SEMI ANNUAL SALE

You can always bank on Victoria’s Secret to have sexy active wear.. is¬†that a thing?! Right now they are running a special where you can get an entire outfit (sports bra + leggings) for just $55. That’s a great deal considering most of the sports bras are $40-$50 and the leggings are usually upwards of $70! Also since it’s currently the semi annual sale, you can score pieces as low as $9.99!


Other notable mentions are Nordstrom, Revolve and Shopbop. While these retailers are usually on the higher end, they do have sales from time to time that are worth checking out! Also, with any retailer that offers a range of different brands and price points, I almost always start off my search by filtering the price points from lowest to highest. See more of my new arrival picks below!

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Top Ten From 2018

Top Ten Purchased Items


Each month during 2018 I shared the monthly top ten selling items purchased by all of you! This information is super helpful to me so I can plan out future content based on what you all are liking and buying and on the other hand what you don’t care for. Looking back at the top selling items from 2018, I think it’s safe to say you girls LOVE your designer dupes. Part of me thinks I should devote 100% of my time in 2019 to finding designer dupes because they are always the most requested from you ladies! See below for our favorite dupes and the top ten from 2018!

10. SIDE SLIT TEE

Cyber Monday Sales

Tee linked HERE. Very similar option with more sizing availability linked HERE.

9. FUNNEL NECK TOP

September Top Ten Purchases

Comes in 4 colors and linked HERE. Great basic, work appropriate top.

8. TIE WAIST WORK PANTS

Cyber Monday Sales

All of my working ladies LOVED these. They are currently BOGO 50% off.

7. PAJAMA SET

Cyber Monday Sales

One of the top purchases all year plus these Target pajamas make the perfect gift. Size up! They also come in a short set HERE. I found the short set ran true to size.

6. OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

Cyber Monday Sales

Tan // Grey // Black
I am normally a size 7.5 and went with a size 38 in all 3 colors! Use the sizing chart online. They are currently 30% off if you buy 2 pairs.

5. BLANKNYC SUEDE SKIRT

4. SUNDAY RILEY UFO FACE OIL

This Sunday Riley oil that I swear by for hormonal acne has been a favorite of mine since 2017! I couldn’t believe y’all sold out¬†Anthropologie’s stock a few weeks ago, placing it in the top 10 for the entire year! If you are just wanting to try the oil out, they have their smallest size bottle for just $40 here. It also comes in a trial kit here with 2 of my other favorite products (cleanser & lactic acid) if you are looking for an entire skincare system.

3. BLANKNYC SUEDE MOTO JACKET

2. HERM√ČS & DAVID YURMAN BRACELET DUPES

October Top Ten

1. GUCCI BELT DUPES

September Top Ten Purchases

Cyber Monday Sales

The number one seller every single month are these Gucci dupe belts. They are getting harder and harder to come by as Amazon is cracking down on dupes. I’ve linked all above that are currently working. For size reference, the real belts come in two sizes, 0.8″ and 1.5″, so I suggest getting a dupe similar to those dimensions.

Top Ten Blog Posts


I spend a lot of time creating content for the blog and it’s always one of my favorite things to do at the end of the year to see which posts you ladies liked the most especially since it’s always eye opening to see¬†how the analytics compare to how much time I spent on the posts. Sometimes they correlate and others they don’t. Sometimes I spend hours and hours on a post thinking you ladies will love it and then it’s a total flop. My goal for 2019 is to create more content that you ladies actually want to see by devoting my time creating the content that you request. You can bet to see a lot more dupes, try on sessions, and budget friendly finds! If there is anything else you want to see, let me know in the comments!

10. WEDDING DRESS CODES & STYLE GUIDE

Wedding Style Guide: Dress Codes, Etiquette and FAQ

Everything that you need to know about wedding dress codes and options to wear. Read post HERE.

9. MY SURGERY DIARIES

In 2017 I had two PAO hip surgeries. Read the post HERE.

8. LET’S TALK LASHES

Avon Lash Serum and Mascara

I tried a new lash serum to grow my natural lashes! Read the post HERE.

7. MINI DONUT RECIPE

This post is from 2016 but still one of my most visited! Read the post HERE.

6. FRIENDSGIVING: WHAT TO WEAR, HOW TO DECORATE, & HOSTESS GIFTS

Friendsgiving Ideas

Read the post HERE.

5. CHIC CHAT: FAQ

Blogging FAQ

I plan to do a lot more of these “chic chats” in 2019! Think of them as chit chats or girl talk will you ladies! Read the post HERE.

4. GIFT GUIDES

Gifts for the Homebody, Cozy gifts

Find over 20 gift guides HERE.

3. 50 FALL INSTAGRAM CAPTIONS

Fall Instagram Captions

Find the post HERE.

2. OLD NAVY TRY ON HAUL

Find the post HERE.

1. NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE TRY ON SESSION

Find the post HERE.

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AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES

Christmas

From my family to yours, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season! If you have gift cards that are burning a hole in your pocket or just want to treat yourself to some insanely good deals, here are the best places to shop!

ABERCROMBIE

40-60% OFF SELECT ITEMS

AMERICAN EAGLE

$40 OFF OF $150, $25OFF OF $100, $10OFF OF $50 WITH CODE NICELIST 

ANTRHOPOLOGIE

WINTER SALE // EXTRA 30% OFF OF SALE ITEMS

BACKCOUNTRY 

UP TO 30% OFF SELECT STYLES

BANANA REPUBLIC

40% OFF FULL PRICE ITEMS + 60% OFF SALE

DSW

UP TO 60% OFF

EXPRESS

50% OFF EVERYTHING

FOREVER21 

 50% OFF PARTY WEAR, OUTERWEAR AND ALL SALE

FRANCESCAS

BOGO 60% OFF EVERYTHING + UP TO 70% OFF CLEARANCE

GAP

40% OFF EVERYTHING WITH CODE FORYOU

GOODNIGHT MACAROON

40% OFF + FREE GIFT WITH A $300+ PURCHASE

H&M

20$ OFF $100 + FREE SHIPPING

HUNTER BOOTS 

WINTER SALE // UP TO 50% OFF

J.CREW

EXTRA 50% OFF SALE WITH CODE BIGGERSALE

J.CREW FACTORY

40-60% OFF FULL PRICE ITEMS + 50% OFF CLEARANCE WITH CODE YAYSALE

LOFT 

50% OFF WITH CODE LOVEIT

LORD & TAYLOR

EXTRA 50% OFF WEAR NOW STYLES WITH CODE DECEMBER 

MADEWELL 

EXTRA 40% OFF SALE STYLES

NORDSTROM

SELECT STYLES 50% OFF

NORDSTROM RACK

NAME BRAND FOR LESS

OLD NAVY

UP TO 75% OFF STOREWIDE // CHECK OUT MY TRY ON HAUL HERE.

QVC

MARKDOWNS ON BRANDS LIKE SPANX, GLOPRO & MORE

SHOPBOP

UP TO 70% OFF SALE

TARGET 

So many sales + FREE TWO DAY SHIPPING 

URBAN OUTFITTERS

EXTRA 30% OFF SALE ITEMS // CHECK OUT MY SELECTS HERE.

WALMART

UP TO 50% OFF CLEARANCE

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