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October 2016

My Everyday Makeup Routine

Posted in Beauty
on October 19, 2016

Being a college student, I find myself having to throw on some makeup and run out the door now more often than ever. When you’re a full-on makeup hoarder, a lot of times it can be hard to pick only a few favorites out of your whole collection. It’s taken me forever, but I’ve finally gotten a good routine going as far as my everyday makeup goes, so here it is! Enjoy!!

P.S. I didn’t include much commentary, just because all that’s really important are the products, but if you have any questions feel free to shoot me a comment!

FACE

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light/Medium

CHEEKS

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Kat Von D Contour Palette (I use the bottom row middle shade)

Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop Highlight (LOVE LOVE LOVE)

BROWS

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ash Brown

Inglot 31T Brush

Japonesque Liner Brush

EYES

Kat Von D Contour Eyeshadow Palette

MakeupForever Artist Palette- Volume 1

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

Lash Curler- Drugstore (They’re all the same, save yourself some moola by getting one from the drugstore!)

LIPS

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Urban Decay Ozone Lipliner

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Liquid Lipstick

ABH Kristen Lip Gloss

Case of the Monday Blues

Posted in Fashion
on October 17, 2016

I hate Mondays just as much as you do, trust me, but hopefully this blog post makes your day a little better!

In case you haven’t been able to tell, I’ve been really enjoying creating outfit posts for y’all. My style tends to consist of pulling together simple pieces to make an outfit. This one is no exception! I’m a big fan of playing with basics, and one that I think every girl should have is a denim jacket. They’re so easy to play around with, and the best part is- they’re so comfy! Continue reading

So Fresh So Clean

Posted in Beauty
on October 14, 2016

No, I’m not talking about the song… When it comes to beauty, my number one most important piece of advice is to take care of your skin. It only makes sense, considering if your skin isn’t healthy, your makeup probably won’t look too good, either. Finding a skincare regimen that works for your skin specifically can be a really difficult process, and most of the time it requires trying out every product under the sun to find what works for you.

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I’ve finally gotten my routine down, so I thought I would share with all of you my favorite products! Keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you, so when you’re searching for skincare products be sure to look at what the product is made to do, based on your own skin type. As a reference, I have normal/combination skin, and I do get the occasional blemish, but no severe acne. Quick disclaimer- I’m definitely in no way a dermatologist, these are just products I’d recommend to a friend because they’ve worked for me!

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I am a big fan of GlamGlow, as you can probably see. I’ve tried out quite a few of their products, and I’ve definitely picked out my favorite of the bunch. Quick tip- GlamGlow sells their products in mini travel size versions. I’d recommend picking one of those up if you’re not sure yet if you want to commit, and try it out before shelling out a ton of money on a product that may or may not work for you. That’s what I did- I bought something at Nordstrom and it came with a gift with purchase, so I was able to try out a few of their products without paying anything out of pocket. They also have a set available that’s just sample sizes! Also, don’t forget that Sephora does take returns! I always take back products that don’t work for me. I’ve had a lot of friends tell me they feel bad for taking it back because it’s already used, but the products’ prices already include the company’s estimations for product returns. Moral of the story, if you’re paying the money, make sure you get what you want!

I’m going to break down each product and what they do really quickly, + my opinion:

POWERMUD Dual Cleanse Treatment– I’ve only used the travel size version, but I love it! It’s a quick mask that leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed. Definitely worth a try, I’m definitely contemplating getting it in the full size!

THIRSTYMUD Daily Hydrating Cleanser– My favorite all time cleanser. You know you love a product when you have it in 3 different sizes. I use it with my Clarisonic, and it works great. It gets a nice, deep clean, but it’s not too harsh. Plus it has a slight pleasant scent that’s not too overpowering.

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GRAVITYMUD Firming Treatment– The infamous silver facial mask.. this mask is definitely worth the hype plus more. I love the way my skin looks after I apply it, so a lot of times when I’m not rushed in the morning I’ll put the mask on and afterwards apply my makeup. It creates a smooth canvas for your foundation, which I love.

 

I personally no longer use a toner, just because I find that I really don’t need one. A lot of toners are basically 99% alcohol, and it can really dry out my skin. If you do prefer using a toner, I recommend the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner. To be completely honest, the only reason I stopped using it was because I ran out and didn’t get a chance to go out and get a new one… but after a few weeks of not having it, I kind of realized I didn’t really need it- my skin still looked and felt the same without it. But it’s definitely a nice toner, it has a very slight scent, and takes care of any makeup residue you might have left.

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On to serums!

Why do I have two serums, you might ask? Because I can! I like to switch things up every once in a while just so that my skin doesn’t grow used to a product and it becomes ineffective. I typically use serums every night, and every morning, before my moisturizer. I like to think of it as my skin drinking up the serum before the moisturizer provides a shield from the makeup. Both of these are great, but my favorite is definitely the Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Serum. I know I’m only 20, but it’s never too early to prevent wrinkles!! I also really like the Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum– it basically does the same thing, and it’s super accessible because it’s sold at Target.

 

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Next up is my moisturizer. I use the Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer- it’s unscented, and super light, so it glides onto the skin like butter. I’ve recommended it to friends and they all love it to! It’s also great because of the hygienic dispenser- you don’t have to worry about dipping you finger and all the bacteria on it directly into the moisturizer. The only downside is that it can be pretty pricey.

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Last but not least, something I like to call my miracle worker. Have your skin ever graciously surprised you with a zit the size of a planet the day before you had something important to attend? Yeah, been there done that. This little guy will save your life! All you have to do is use a Q-tip and dip directly into it, apply it to your pimple, and voila! the next morning you’ll wake up flawless. Just kidding, but this treatment does significantly reduce the size of your blemishes, and helps to dry it up so you don’t have a huge red honker on your face. I actually got this recommendation from the queen of beauty herself, Kylie Jenner.

Whew! That was a long one! I hope all of you enjoyed learning about my favorite skincare products, let me know what your recommendations are- I look forward to seeing y’all’s comments!

 

¡Vamos a Mexico!

Posted in Travel
on October 12, 2016

This past summer, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Mexico. You can check out the travel diary I made here! It was one of my first times being on vacation without my entire family, and it was the first time I’d ever planned a vacation all on my own. We had so so much fun, but planning the whole trip was definitely quite a handful to handle. For those of y’all who are here from my old blog, you’ve already seen the pictures I shared from the trip, but I really wanted to write a post sharing with y’all my tips for planning a trip for the first time. Being college students, we were also trying to minimize as many costs as we could, so the majority of my planning tips are for those of y’all on a budget. I’m definitely not an expert (yet), but I hope some of my tips can help relieve some of the stress that comes with vacay-planning.

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I don’t know about y’all, but I’m definitely a planner. I like to know exactly what I’m going to be doing each day, where I’ll be, how much it’ll cost me. For those of you who are like me, you’re going to hate this tip- I recommend not booking excursions prior. I can’t speak for other locations, but for Cancun, the number of excursion vendors is insane. Thanks to the handy rule of supply and demand, if you wait until you arrive to book, the options are endless. We were able to visit Xplor park, go scuba diving, get massages, and zip line- all for under $200. Let’s just say that we definitely learned the power of negotiation on this trip and leave it at that. 😉

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Tip number 2! Dining in any tourism-heavy city can be pricey- if you don’t know where to look. It’s easy to just stop by one of the popular tourist restaurants like Senor Frog’s or Carlos & Charlie’s, but if you’re not wanting to pay a fortune for a plate of mediocre nachos, I’d recommend dining at local places or their supermarkets. I know what you’re thinking- supermarkets??? Yes! After doing some research, I found that the supermarkets in Cancun also have food courts, and the food isn’t half bad- at ALL. Honestly, I would’ve eaten there over the other places we’d tried even if it wasn’t less expensive. Their food courts are pretty legit, too- they had a gelato station, a bakery (complete with gourmet cakes and pastries), a pizza place (made to order), and a ton of other food like sushi, pasta, sandwiches, you name it. It also didn’t hurt that since there was a supermarket right downstairs, the drink selection was endless.

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but pack comfortably. Unless you’re planning to spend your entire trip in the resort, I definitely recommend packing clothes and shoes that are suitable for walking long distances. We spent a lot of our week exploring the city, which meant lots and lots of walking. With walking and crazy humid weather comes sweat, and you definitely don’t want to be dripping with sweat and wearing clothes that aren’t comfy!

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This next one is for those of y’all who are hoping not to spend your entire vacation budget on transportation. Take the bus! The buses run all the way down the Hotel Zone and even down into downtown, so it can essentially take you to wherever you need to go in Cancun. We stayed near the end of the Hotel Zone, so walking into the busy part of town was quite a trek. Each ride on the bus- no matter how long- was only about 50 cents in pesos. This brings me to my next tip: if you plan on taking the bus, convert a little of your cash into pesos. Without getting too deep into math, the rate if you pay in pesos is about half of what you pay if you pay in US dollars- bottom line is, pay with pesos.

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When hotel searching, I recommend using a travel agency like Expedia or Travelocity. It makes it easy to determine hotel/resort prices. You don’t necessarily have to book with them, but I personally found it easier to do so. I was able to look at excursions and resorts all through the same site, without having to go back and forth and back and forth. Plus, sometimes they have promotions on certain resorts, that brings the price down a little.

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Next, look into hotels rather than resorts. We stayed at the Real Inn Cancun, which is a hotel about a 5 minute drive from the busy area of the Hotel Zone. With the money we saved by staying at a hotel rather than a resort, we were able to do a ton more excursions. Along with that, we had a ton more freedom to eat wherever our hearts desired, and we weren’t restricted to just food at the resort.

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So that concludes my travel tips for a trip to Cancun! I’m hoping this will reach a few of you well because of winter break coming up in the near future. I’m hoping to plan a trip this coming holiday, but I have yet to pick a destination. Let me know your suggestions!

Cheers to Boot Season & Sweater Weather

Posted in Fashion
on October 10, 2016

EEEEK! Even though my string of fall-related posts has already begun, I can’t help but be slightly in shock that we’re already a week into October. It feels like just yesterday that it was 110 degrees outside and I was heading out to my internship every morning at 6AM before the sunrise. But hey, it’s the season of pumpkin spice lattes, haunted houses, and flannels, so I’m definitely not complaining!

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The start of fall also equates to breaking out my endless storage boxes full of booties and boots. Who doesn’t love boots, right?

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I can’t wait for everything this upcoming season has to bring! The next month or two is going to be busy, busy, busy, but I have a lot planned for the blog. I can’t wait to share everything I have in store with all of you!

Outfit Details

Sweater (Similar) J. Crew | Skirt Tommy Hilfiger | Boots Dolce Vita | Necklace Charming Charlie