Thursday, January 25, 2018

How To Keep Your Skin Clear II My Nighttime Skincare Routine

From my freshman to junior year of high school I struggled with acne and uneven skin. My forehead was very textured and had little bumps that wouldn't go away. I have and always had oily skin, no matter what. I use blotting sheets everyday usually around lunch time and they are life-savers. My skincare routine was pretty much nonexistent when I first entered high school, aside from a Neutrogena face wash or two. The skincare routine I have now is from trial and error and this has kept my skin clear so I thought I'd share it. Keep in mind that everyone has a different skin type and what works for me does not necessarily mean it will work for you.

**First, here are easy ways to help keep your skin blemish free: 
  • Don't touch your face at all because the bacteria on your fingers and hands can cause acne. 
  • Drink enough water to hydrate yourself, your skin will appear less dull. 
  • Do not sleep with your makeup on, no matter what! 
  • Keep up a skincare regime that fits your skin type/texture.
  • Don't use harsh exfoliants because they can damage your skin. 
  • Clean your phone with a disinfecting wipe every so often -- a lot of bacteria can build up from leaving your phone on the table or dropping it on the ground. 
  • Wash your makeup brushes once a week to minimize the amount of breakouts.

My Nighttime Skincare Routine

Clarisonic Mia 2: I personally use and own the Mia 2 for gentle daily exfoliation. The difference between the models is that the Mia 2 and Mia/Alpha FIT have 2 different speeds (one for sensitive skin and the other for normal) while the Mia 1 only has one. My main concern was that my pores on my forehead and cheeks were clogged because I was using a comedogenic face oil at night (my fault) and my skin was just super oily. After regularly using the Clarisonic, it has cleared my skin and kept it blemish-free. 

You will break out pretty badly when you first use it because it cleans deep in the pores. It cleans 6x better than if you were to wash your face with your hands and cleanser, this is why my acne cleared up. Your skin will feel super clean after using it; there's an initial breakout because your skin hasn't been that clean ever. It's a phase that a lot of people go through when they use this device.

It's waterproof and comes with a two year warranty; you can switch out the brush heads -- I personally like the radiant cleansing one and the luxe ones. The only caveat about this product is that it takes so long to charge and it's pricey. The Mia 2 costs $169 and Mia/Alpha FIT costs $219 while the Mia 1 costs $129. They perform similarly and I prefer the Mia 2 because it's a more ergonomic design for me. Investing in skincare in the long run will be worth it for clear radiant skin. My mom bought this for Christmas in 2014 and it's still going strong! It's also important to replace the brush heads every so often because I found that it does not cleanse as well if I don't replace it after about 3-4 months. 

Witch Hazel Toner: This product is a life-saver, I swear this helped clear my acne in conjunction with my Clarisonic. I buy it from the drugstore; it's like $5 and pour it into a spray bottle. I use it after every time I wash my face. If you have dry skin then I recommend purchasing alcohol-free witch hazel. Whenever I breakout, I spray a couple spritzes and a non-comedogenic moisturizer to not aggravate my skin even more. That usually does the trick and my skin goes back to normal after 2-3 days. The scent takes a bit to get used to but don't let that deter you. 

Yes to Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser: I've been using this for 2 years and it removes all of my makeup quickly. It's fragrance-free and does not dry out my skin. It's a good basic makeup remover/cleanser from the drugstore; there aren't that many to choose from surprisingly! I use this primarily to take off my makeup then I take a makeup wipe (I don't have a specific one that I rebuy, but I've been using THESE and they smell so refreshing!) to get rid of any residual eye makeup. Then I follow up with the Burt's Bee's Soap Bark and Chamomile cleanser with my Clarisonic to cleanse my skin.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration: I picked this up on Black Friday and have been using it ever since. It works for every skin type, whether you're oily or dry. I use it after my night showers and it keeps my skin from getting dry in the winter. This is a very hydrating cream that is not greasy-feeling at all and is a good basic moisturizer. You can use this all over your body if you wanted to.

100% Pure Rose Hip Oil: I use a small amount of this all over my face for extra hydration. I find that this oil is non-comedogenic and does not clog up the pores on my cheeks. I find myself using this more in the winter because of the harsher cold weather. Honestly this product works wonders, it made my skin better than ever. It made my skin more supple and reduced the appearance of scarring from previous acne. This oil is full of antioxidants that keep your skin smooth and radiant. 

That's all I do at night for skincare and it has been keeping me blemish-free for months. If you're still on a quest to find the right products, do your research to find out what is best for your skin-type. Read reviews or watch videos to see how well a cream or cleanser works and then decide for yourself if you think it would work for your skin.  It is imperative to keep up a consistent skincare regime to minimize wrinkles, breakouts, unwanted skin texture, enlarged pores, etc... And remember maintaining healthy skin is an investment, of money and time but it's worth it.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Monochromatic OOTD

On lazier days where I don't feel like going through a lot of trouble picking an outfit the easiest thing to do is to grab monochromatic pieces. It's a no-brainer and everything goes together. White, gray, and black, in my opinion, is a classic color scheme and can be simple or glam depending on your accessories. I accessorized with a burgundy hat and a statement necklace from BaubleBar. Statement necklaces, scarves, hats and large earrings are easy ways to amp up your outfit; it makes you look like put together and more fashionable.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Current Favorites January 2018

I've been using these products and wearing these items for the past couple weeks -- I also included why I like each item. The new semester starts back up next Thursday and I will be super busy since I'm also adding in a minor. I hope to have a blog post up weekly, so stay tuned!


This is for all girls who have short bottom lashes, I know how difficult it can be to find a mascara that works. Larger bristled mascara brushes can easily smudge and leave unwanted marks around your eye, but this brush is small so it doesn't. It also lengthens the lashes (very buildable) and is water-resistant. I found it to be very easily to remove also, as you know waterproof can be difficult to get off. It comes off with some soap and water.

This liner is $7 and is the best liner in the drugstore, I think it beats some high-end too because of the price. It is a true matte black and the brush tip lets you create a wing with ease. This makes winged eyeliner easier to do (no lie). It dries quick and doesn't transfer, what more can you ask for out of a liner?

This is a cult favorite and I recently found it again in my collection. It gives a natural glow to the skin in addition to the peachy pink. It blends out like a dream and is perfect for a fresh-faced makeup look. 


GLAMGLOWYOUTHCLEANSE™ Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
I use this exfoliator after removing all of my makeup and it leaves my skin very supple and smooth after just one use. I noticed my skin brighter and looking healthier the next day! It did not strip all of the oil on my skin to the point where it felt taut or dry, unlike some others. 


The scalloped detailing on this coat is what caught my eye because it adds a lot to a basic black jacket. I like wearing distressed denim jeans to juxtapose the formal look of the coat. Add a basic top and flats and there's a cute casual outfit right there. I've worn this a couple times and I recommend to go up a size if you want to wear sweaters underneath it.

OTK Boots 
I know I'm a little late to hop on the trend, but it's because I did not think I could pull them off. This type of boot keeps my legs warmer than just my jeans, which is a plus. They also make any outfit stylish, even if it's only a t-shirt and skinny jeans. Also, they make your legs look longer than they are.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Orange Collarless Coat Under $40 OOTD

(Me & Jor)

I'm currently still getting over the flu -- this is the first time I've had it and the first two days were rough. I had just about all the symptoms and stayed in bed with my heated blanket for days. This outfit is from a week ago; my friend and I reconnected and went to a market and took photos. Honestly s/o to her for braving the cold + taking these pics.

I think collarless coats are going to be in trend real soon, there's something about them that is very chic. My orangey-red coat LINKED HERE has gold hardware and is on sale for under $40 (it looks more expensive than it actually is!). I tried it on in store and I recommend sizing up if you want to wear sweaters underneath it. I bought mine in a size 2 and the arms are a tad bit long, but I think I'll just cuff them. The coat is on the thinner side so I think it is more fit for spring than winter. Other than that I love the cut and fit of the coat, it fits TTS.

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