How to Get in The Holiday Spirt

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Sometimes when life gets you and wears you down, it can sometimes stop you from enjoying other things. I can not believe we are in the last month of the year. This year has gone by so fast. Sometimes its hard to keep up with things and to enjoy things in the moment. I wanted to share some ways I get into the holiday spirt when I may feel out of touch or stressed to the point where I forget the true meaning of this time of the year. If you have a busy schedule or have a lot on your mind, this list is also perfect for you! Please share some ways you get in the holiday spirt!

Listen to Musis/ Watch Movies

One thing I love to do to get myself in the holiday spirt is to listen to some Christmas music and watch movies! I already have my holiday playlist made with all my favorite Christmas songs. My favorite Christmas songs are This Christmas, All I Want For Christmas is You, and Silent Night. I love all of the Home Alone movies and The Grinch. I’ll make hot chocolate, get myself a sweet treat, sit by the fireplace, and put on a movie.  I know sometimes it feels as if I always watch the same movies over and over. Whenever I feel like this I actually turn on the tv instead of watching dvds. During this time of the year there is always a good classic Christmas movie on. You can definitely do this alone or invite some to over!

Interact with Others 

Being away at college, the holidays is a perfect time to gather with my friends & family. There are some days I don’t mind chilling by myself and having alone time. There are other times where having others around really reminds me what the holidays are all about. During the holidays I love to grab a cup of coffee, build a gingerbread house, go ice skating, watch movies, wrap presents, and sit around talking with others.

Decorate 

Of course decorating has to be on the list! Putting up decorations around the house instantly gets me in the mood. I first get all of the decorations out and place them in the living room. When I am done with that I’ll make me some hot chocolate or coffee and play my Christmas playlist. I have on my comfy pajamas and I start putting up the decorations. I know this might seem like a basic thing that everyone does, but this will instantly get you in the spirt and everyday you can walk around the house knowing that the holidays are here.

Relax 

The shopping, baking, wrapping, and entertaining can wait. Let go of that work ethic and take one day to rest. During the holidays a lot of people expect perfection so we worry ourselves to make sure we have the best gifts and  even the best decorations. I have found that when I stress myself over the little things, it takes away from the true meaning of the holidays. Grab you a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, or even some water. Light a candle, read a book, listen to music, or even run a bubble bath. Do not stress yourself out! Be thankful we are healthy and breathing. Enjoy your friends and family.

 

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Favorite Fall Lifestyle Products

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Wow I can not believe November is coming to an end. Both October and November went by super fast. I am not complaining because I am super excited for December! It’s bittersweet to think 2018 is soon coming to an end. I went home for Thanksgiving and even got a week to myself in my apartment without my roommates. During these breaks, I have been self reflecting and enjoying the small things. Today I wanted to share some lifestyle products that I have been using this fall. This is my last blog post dedicated to fall. Check out my other fall blog posts at the end of this post! In December I will be doing even more. Stay Tuned!!
Bath Bomb

After a long day walking to my classes in the cold weather, then going to work at night, I like to come back home and run myself a nice, hot bath. I will add bubbles and a bath bomb to my bath. This is so relaxing. It’s freezing outside and when I get home all I want to do is stay warm. I love bath bomb because when I’m taking my bath, I go into my own world, forgetting everything. Once in a while it is nice to do this. Sometimes bath bombs can be over hyped, but I will say that I enjoy using bath bombs and I tend to do them at least once or twice every two weeks. I typically get my bath bombs from Target or Walmart. Occasionally I will get from a local small company.

Face/ Sleeping/Foot Mask

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My skin gets very dry during the cold months. I have to make sure I am doing my skincare routine day and night. A times I slip up and may be running late to class or may feel too tired and I end up not properly completing my skincare routine. When this happens, I always make time to follow up with a mask. Face mask are essential in restoring your skin and meeting skincare concerns. I also love to do face mask if I am having a girls night or I will even do one with my boyfriend. Face mask help your skin but are also a fun thing to do. I get my face mask from Target or Walmart. I love doing foot mask from Sephora. I was really shocked by how good the foot mask work. Definitely recommend!

Candles 

I love lighting a candle while I’m relaxing. The smell puts me in a mood and I get so much done. You can never go wrong with a good smelling candle. Now candles are used at all times of the year. This reason I have it on my list is because of the fall scents that only come out during this time of the year. I love fall scents such as pumpkin, chestnut, cinnamon, autumn harvest, and ginger. You can really find candles anywhere. They also make great gifts.

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Caramel & Cheddar Popcorn

A sweet treat I love to have is flavored popcorn. During the fall-winter months Chicago Style Popcorn is everywhere. For those who do not know what Chicago Style Popcorn is; think of a sweet and salty snack combination containing a mixture of caramel popcorn and cheddar popcorn. This popcorn is so good that you can even give it as a gift. I have seen this popcorn in vendors in the mall, at the grocery store, local events, and there might be a store in your area that is dedicated to making Chicago Style Popcorn. It’s so good!

 

 

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Favorite Fall Lip Colors

 

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow- I was really hesitant at first to try this lip product. I normally only wear lipsticks and hardly wear lip gloss. I am not a fan of the stickiness that a lip gloss has. However, this lip product is a universal product. Meaning it is for everyone: any skin type or any skin tone. Since this is for everyone, I knew it had to be an overall good product. I decided to try and I love this lip gloss. This color is perfect for a fall because it is so natural but also a shine and sparkle to it. The lip product is perfect for any occasion and any outfit. I can wear it just to the gym and even wear it to a nice dinner. I would definitely agree that it is very versatile and would look great on anyone!

MAC Lipstick in Whirl– This is my everyday lip product. It goes great with every outfit and matches well with any skin tone. I love wearing this color in the fall because it is so natural and the burnt, rosey color pairs beautifully with my fall outfits. The formula is very creamy and slides right on. This lipstick is very  buildable and can be formulated to how you like. The lipstick is so good, there is no need for a lipliner. However, MAC does have a lipliner in this color as well. I have never gotten so many compliments from one product before. Definitely recommend!

NARS Lip Pencil in Cruella– This is my all time favorite red lip product. I do not normally wear the color red on my lips. I’ll wear a red lip on a special occasion or with a simple outfit to add a pop of color. My go to outfit in the fall is a black sweater, black jeans, black leather jacket, black boots, and this lovely red lip. Red goes so well with black and is a staple for the fall.  One thing I have noticed with red lip products is the they can be really messy. The NARS lip pencil is not messy at all. I am one to put on my makeup and not really take my time with it. I have a busy schedule so I have no time to make sure my lip product is applied perfect. With the lip pencil I can just easily put it on. It slides onto my lips with a perfect matte finish.

Buxom Lipstick in Vampy Plum-Venturing out with lip colors is something I do not do so often. I tend to use my everyday shades or get neutral colors. Besides the NARS red lip pencil, I use this purplish lip color. It’s a little hard to see the true purple color, however, this shade is beautiful on. Only con I have about the product, is its design. The lipstick is very big. At times when you apply it on the lips, it can get messy. However, the touch this lip product adds to the makeup look is worth it! The color is beautiful for the fall. I am already planning to wear this lip color with a black satin dress and black heels. The vampy plum color will pair well with the black while giving color to the look.

Colourpop Fab Five Lippie Stick- This was a limited edition lippie stick. I was very excited to get this lip product. The color will be perfect for the upcoming fall/winter months. I only have 1 other Colourpop lippie stick compared to 10 liquid lipsticks. I have been wanting another one for the longest. I honestly prefer the lippie sticks over the liquid lipsticks. I love this maroon/burgundy lip color. This lip color would look good on some many skin tones. This is one reason that I love Colourpop. They cater to all skin tones, not just a few. I would definitely recommend trying out this color for the upcoming season change.

 

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Fall Wardrobe Basics You Need

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I am so excited about today’s post. Today I wanted to not only share some fall clothing essentials that I have, but also I am going to link some items below for everyone to check out. I know sometimes while I am reading a blog post, I really want to see where the blogger gets their items from and also what the items look like. I know I’m not the only one who wishes people would provide links. I decided to provide links for items I have and items I want to purchase. Hopefully this helps everyone! The weather where I live has been very rainy and windy. Having these fall essentials during this weather is perfect. Also so many events are going on that now I have some ideas on items I need to get!

Denim Jacket

 

Last fall I wore my denim jacket almost everyday. It was an essential in my closet that I would literally wear with any outfit. The denim jacket I have is a medium, blue wash. I found I could easily pair it with black jeans, dark blue jeans, and even leggings. For this year’s fall, I want to get a black denim jacket. I currently have a denim jacket from Forever 21  that is a bit oversized. I love the oversize feel but sometimes I wish I had a fitted denim jacket. Getting a fitted denim jacket is on my list to get this fall. I feel like denim jackets will always be in style! You can never really go wrong with a denim jackets, or have too many!

Forever 21 Button-Down Jacket | Gap Icon Denim | Levi Trucker Jacket

Leather Jacket

 

A leather jacket is also a must have. I found that when I dressed up, I wouldn’t grab my denim jacket, I would grab my leather jacket. Leather jackets go great with a more nicer outfit, but they too can go with a pair of jeans and leggings. The leather jacket I currently wear was a little over $100 (Express Leather Jacket ). However, jackets are a clothing item that you can invest in and wear for many years.  Leather jackets are bit more expensive than denim jackets, however you can find good quality leather jackets for a good price. Check out the links of good quality leather jackets.

Express Leather Jacket | H & M Biker Jacket| Target Faux Leather Jacket 

Black/Brown Boots

 

Everyone needs at least one good pair of black and brown boots. It does not matter if they are short, tall, combat, suede, or velvet. I tend to have more black boots than brown. This fall I am trying to not buy anymore black shoes but instead getting more brown and tan colored. These colors are essential because you can pair any other color with these! Buy a couple of pairs of good shoes that you can style with many different colored tops. I would also say invest in your shoes. Buy a pair that you know can  last for a couple of years, not just for the current year.

Target Double Sided Zip Boots |ALDO Aurella BootsDSW Knee Boots 

Cozy Neutral Colored Sweater

 

When fall comes its time to bring out sweaters. I love sweater so much. The warm cozy feeling reminds me every time I’m wearing a sweater that is really is fall. My staple pieces include neutral colored sweaters. Colors like black, gray, brown, and pink are colors I can wear with almost anything. I usually will pair a sweater with a jacket, jeans, a scarf, and some booties.  Even if I am lounging around the house, I like to wear cozy sweaters. Some good places I like to buy my sweaters from are Old Navy, Target, Forever 21, and TJ Maxx.

Forever 21 Turtleneck Top | Old Navy Lace Up Top | Target Long Sleeve Cozy Sweater

Umbrella

 

So many people forget this essential. I understand it depends on where you live. Some places rain all the time and other places not so often. Where I live, the weather is forever changing. One day it can be sunny and warm outside and the next day it is pouring down raining. I have found that I should always carry an umbrella with me just to be safe. My worse fear is having to go somewhere important and on my way get rained on causing my hair to mess up and even my makeup. Hurricane season is slowly coming to an end but it rains year round. You can get an umbrella from anywhere. However, I have found that a good quality umbrella last for a while and holds up against heavy rain. I currently own the Coach Signature Mini Umbrella. Even though the price is a little bit more pricey, I love the umbrella so much and have found it great use.

Target Bubble Umbrella | Macy’s Totes Umbrella 

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Top Fall Essential – Diffuser & Essential Oils

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Happy Fall Everyone! Hope everything is perfect and you are enjoying the weather. I tend to spend a lot of money when it comes to the fall and winter months. I see so many items that I feel I need to have in my life. This time of the year is my favorite. My boyfriend first introduced me to the idea of essential oils. He has a diffuser in his room and would mix different oil scents and I would notice the smell every time I walked in. Sometimes I would go over just so I could use the diffuser myself 😉 The next couple of days, he bought me a diffuser! I was so happy. I bought the essentials oils myself and every since, I have been using everyday. These are perfect gifts for the upcoming holidays! The diffuser & essentials oils have become my favorite fall essential!

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The diffuser I have is from Amazon. Check out the link HERE

There are many different diffusers out there. Most diffusers tend to perform the same functions. The most noticeable difference between diffusers is the time control. My diffuser runs for 3 hours while my boyfriend has one that runs for 4 hours and another that runs for 12 hours. Besides the time control, another difference is the actual size of the diffuser. The diffuser I have is a sphere/bowl based. Some diffusers are wider and some may be taller. The ArtNaturals Diffuser lights up with 7 different colors and has an adjustable mist mode. The diffuser is very easy to use and very easy to add my oils.

I use the diffuser for many reasons. During the day if I am doing homework, I run my diffuser with calming oils to help me stay focused. If I am upset, sad, or going through something, I will have the diffuser on while I am relaxing. At night I sleep with my diffuser on. I have found it is easier for me to fall asleep and helps me to stay asleep during the entire night. The ArtNaturals diffuser creates a mist that is very suitable for an aromatherapeutic environment. No heat is applied to the oil, keeping essential oil’s healing properties intact. Many will use a diffuser to unwind, boost their mood, focus, and to maintain their health. Overall the diffuser can be used for a lot of reasons, however, it is the essential oils that promotes the benefits.

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The essential oils  I have are from Amazon. Check out the link HERE 

Finding which diffuser I wanted was very easy. However, the hard part was finding which essential oils I wanted. There are literally so many essential oil sets to choose from. The set I chose includes eight individual 10 mL bottles of pure, premium grade essential oils: lavender, eucalyptus, cinnamon, frankincense, clove, rosemary, peppermint and lemon. I love every single scent! Each scent offers many benefits. The oils can be combined together. I typically will mix 3 different scents each time I use the diffuser. My go to scents are lemon and lavender. I can mix any other oil with these two scents to create a perfect balance.

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Lavender: Universal oil. Calming, skin health and recovery, flavoring, etc
Peppermint: Wonderful for digestive/respiratory function, energy, cooling, etc
Eucalyptus: Supports healthy respiration, skin, cleansing, etc
Rosemary: Promotes healthy digestion, respiratory function, healthy hair/scalp, etc
Lemon: For increasing energy, digestive and respiratory support, cleaning, etc
Cinnamon: Supports metabolic function, oral health, cleaning, etc
Frankincense: Supports healthy cellular health, skin, emotions, etc
Clove: Promotes cardiovascular health, oral health, immune health, etc

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Fun Fall Weekend in My Life

Happy Fall Everyone! As October is ending and November is approaching, the season has been treating me well. During the next couple of months, I mentioned I wanted to do blog post centered around the Fall/ Winter months. Continuing with today’s post, I am sharing a weekend where I was able to enjoy the fall weather and have some fun! Keep reading to see the fall activities I did during the weekend!

Pumpkin Patch

I rememeber it was during September and I told myself I have to go to a pumpkin patch this year! October rolls around and I am searching for the nearest pumpkin patch. I found one and  knew I had to go! I don’t remember the last time I went to a pumpkin patch. Surprisingly, there’s none where I live. It was a Friday afternoon, my sister, my mom, and I spent a couple of hours at the pumpkin patch. We were little big kids today :)! There were games, hay ride, and pumpkin picking. There was an array of pumpkins to choose from. My sister and I ended up getting little cute, white pumpkins. We had intentions to get an orange pumpkin, but once we saw the white pumpkins, we knew we had to get them. It was a fun afternoon hanging out with my mom and sister. The weather was perfect and we ended up painting our pumpkins when we got home.

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Zoo

Fall has been treating me right so far! I have been doing so much fun things! My boyfriend and I have been trying to go to the zoo for the longest. It’s either one of us is busy, the weather is bad, or we just want to stay in bed all day. Finally after months of trying to go, we were able to. The weather wasn’t as beautiful and warm like when I went to the pumpkin patch. It had rain earlier that morning and was humid. We braced ourselves just incase it was going to rain. Luckily it didn’t!

When we first walked through the gates, there was an exhibit of flamingos. Within 5 minutes being at the zoo, I was in love. My boyfriend and I were both very excited to see lions. When we got to the part of the zoo where the lions were, they were asleep. Real bummer, but the lions were huge. Although I am very scared of snakes, I was very interested every time we would see one. I love the different patterns of their skin. I enjoyed myself so much at the zoo. It was a nice afternoon with my boyfriend.

Ice Cream & Smores

My fall weekend has been amazing! Being surround with my family and my boyfriend makes me very happy. I have been super busy with school and it is nice to spend a weekend doing fun activities to take my mind off of all the work I have. Closing up my weekend, I had a sweet tooth. My sister, my mom, and me made smores! Making smores is fun itself and we sit around talking while we have our sweet treat. I was also craving some ice cream. My boyfriend and I decided to make an ice cream run and pick up pint sizes of our favorite ice creams!

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Hello Fall Tag!

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Fall is here! My favorite time of the year has arrived. For the next couple of months, most of my blog post will be centered around fall/winter. I wanted to start off with some questions centered around fall. I hope you are able to learn more about me and get some tips and tricks on how to tackle the fall wether. Happy Fall!

Favorite Fall Candle Scent?

Anything to do with vanilla or coconut.
Coffee, Tea, or Hot Cocoa?
This is the hardest question. I love coffee & tea. Omg I have either coffee or tea a day. It would be hard to choose from. I love flavored coffee and green tea. I add 3 packets of sugar to both the coffee & tea. In the coffee I add just a little amount of milk or creamer. I use to enjoy hot cocoa but since I started drinking coffee so much I hate it.
Fall Coffee Order?
From Starbucks: I’ll get a white chocolate mocha or a caramel brulee latte.
From Dunkin: I usually get an iced caramel coffee or a caramel latte.

 

Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes to use for Fall?
I use my Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette year round. The palette is my all time favorite eyeshadow palette. I can make many eye looks with the palette and it is perfect for fall. A more fall centered eyeshadow palette that I use is the Morphe 35K palette. This palette is great for a smokey eye and even a simple look. I love the combination of matte and shimmery shadows in the palette.
Favorite Fall Memory?
Omg this is so hard. A lot of events happened in the fall for me. I honestly can’t choose one. I love hanging out with my family, boyfriend, and friends and we all just enjoy making memories together.
Best Fall Fragrance?
I don’t really have a favorite I just wear whatever. However, I tend to go for something warm and soft.
Favorite Thanksgiving Dish?
I love thanksgiving all together, I’d eat anything. My favorite would have to be macaroni. I know you can eat macaroni anytime of the year, however, it has always been one of my favorite foods. I love pairing it with other Thanksgiving dishes.
What is the weather like where you live?
The past week it has been raining non stop. This summer a typical day would be 85-90 degrees. I can tell fall is approaching fast because some days the weather has gotten cold really fast. Usually it may take a  couple of weeks for the weather to significantly change.
I definitely feel like this will be a cold and rainy fall & winter.
Most Worn Sweater?
My go to sweaters are black, brown, and gray. I like having neutral colored sweaters so I can pair them with another color. I’ll wear a basic sweater and pair it with a scarf, a jacket, a necklace, a hat, and colorful shoes.
Good Places to Buy Sweaters?
Old Navy, Target, Forever 21, and TJ Maxx
Football Games or Haunted Houses?
Definitely football games!!!!!!!!!!
Skinny Jeans or Leggings?
I have to have both. I probably wear jeans more often since sometimes the weather can be a bit chilly. I love wearing a long shirt and pairing it with leggings. During the fall I buy thicker leggings and dark colored jeans.
Tall boots or Combat Boots?
Tall black boots
Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
I would say because it comes out once a year during the fall that yeah it’s worth it. If you never tried it then you should try it. I feel like it’s either a hit or miss. You either like it or not. I like it but I can’t eat or drink a lot of it.
Favorite Fall Tv Show?
TGIT- Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal & How to get away with murder
Halloween- Yay or Nay?
Yes!! I am so excited because I will either be dressing up with my boyfriend or I might do something with my roommates.
Fall Mornings or Evenings?
Evenings! I love coming home and lying in the bed, watching tv, and catching up on social media.
Do you participate in Black Friday?
The past two years I have really participated in it. I don’t really go for the deals, I just go to have fun and to see what I can find.

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How to Make Your Makeup Last For Hours

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I wear makeup to last all day. My current makeup routine uses many products that help my makeup to last for an extended amount of time. Having oily skin, I have had to find makeup products that do not make my skin look oily but also help my makeup last. Even if you do not have oily skin, these tips will help you with finding makeup products that make your makeup last. Most of these products are included in my everyday makeup routine.  Be sure to check out Current Makeup Routine.

Primer

First thing first! Primer is essential to having a good set up or base for applying your makeup. Before you apply your primer, you want to make sure you have a clean, fresh face. I complete my skincare routine before I apply my makeup. Check out my current Skincare routine. After my face is cleaned, I apply my primer. I am currently using the Fenty Beauty Primer. In the past I have used the Benefit Porefessional Primer and the Covergirl Outlast Primer. I squeeze a dime sized amount of primer onto my finger and apply it to my skin. The Fenty Beauty Primer is very hydrating and moisturizing. The primer blends into my skin nicely, setting up a base for my makeup.

Long Lasting Foundation

All of these steps are very important for helping your makeup last long. However, I have found that having a foundation that is long last is really important. All foundations have many claims. You may think your foundation is suppose to last for a set number of hours, however, not all foundations claim to. This is a simple mistake that can be easily avoided. I suggest looking for a foundation that CLAIMS to be long lasting. I am currently using the Fenty Beauty Foundation and the foundation last amazingly for 6-8 hours with needing to touch up. There are some foundations that claim to last 24 hours. Researching is very important in determining which foundation is right for you.

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Setting Powder

For the past year and a half, I have been obsessed with using setting powder. I can not go a day without applying setting powder. I never miss it in my makeup routine. The only setting powder I have ever used is the Laura Mericer setting powder. I recently dedicated an entire post discussing why I love this product so much. Check it out! Setting powder is essentially used to help set your makeup, oil control, and for helping your makeup last. Having oily skin, sometimes I have to wipe or pat my face throughout the day. Even though I do this, I have found that my makeup stays on my face and still looks just as good as when I originally applied it.

Waterproof Mascara

When I first started wearing makeup, I always had to have waterproof mascara. It was a must for me. However, my current mascara is not waterproof, but there is a waterproof version of it. I currently use the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Although it is not waterproof, it is long lasting. If you really want your mascara lasting all day, then try using a mascara that is both waterproof and long lasting. This will ensure that your makeup will last for an extended amount of time and if you have watery eyes or you touch your lashes, that your mascara will not look smudgy.

Setting Spray

Closing up, it is essential to set your face. Setting spray should be your last product you use in your routine. Setting spray helps to control shine and prevent oil, while also helping your makeup to stay in place. A good trick to use is to spray setting spray on your makeup brushes or beauty blenders. The spray then touches your foundation or concealer and is an extra step to make sure the makeup last. Setting spray can be used by anyone with dry, combination, and oily skin. I have found that drugstore and high end setting sprays both work. Just find a setting spray that meets your skin concerns.

 

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Overnight Beauty Treatments

 

 

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Hello Beauties! I am excited to share some of my favorite products that I use to get rid of skin concerns over night! I have found it very hard to find skincare products that actually work and that work fast. I know we all have different skincare concerns that we  are all facing. Below are some products that I have found work and work fast. Please let me know if there are products you use that compact your skin concerns.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion– Whenever I notice a pimple starting to develop on my face, I grab this drying lotion. You use the drying lotion with your nightly skincare routine and apply it to the designated area. In the morning your pimple should disappear or become smaller. Each pimple you have is different depending on the size and the consistency of the pimple. This is not an everyday product, just use when needed. I have found nothing but great results.

The drying lotion has a special purpose. The drying lotion is formulated for problem areas on the skin. The way the product works is that it essentially dries out the blemish and balances oil in the skin. This is a very unique product. The formula is very strong and is only suppose to be used on blemishes, not the entire skin.To use, you get a q-tip, stick it all the way down and apply on the troubled areas. You do not shake this product!! The pink substances is suppose to stay at the bottom and the liquid is throughout. The smell of this product is strong. You essentially apply this product at night, wake up in the morning and the blemish should have disappeared or reduced. At times I feel this really works, while other times I wake up and the blemish is still the same. Overall, this is a really great product that has great and fast benefits.

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub– My main skin problem that I am currently facing is dark spots and blackheads. To deal with this concern, I use the Garnier Blackhead Eliminating scrub in my nightly routine. The scrub helps to bring the blackheads to the front so they are easier to get rid of. In the morning I’ll see a couple of blackheads that I didn’t see before or the blackheads that I did see are ready to be gone.

My favorite thing about the scrub is that it is designed for oily skin while also meeting concerns for blackheads. The scrub is black with little white beads. The only con I have about this scrub is those little white beads. I love the mask so much. However, when I go and remove the mask off, the little white beads are still left on my face and they are very hard to remove. This is a “SCRUB” so I guess it is expected to have them. This mask works wonders and I truly feel it working. It also leaves the face very smooth and soft afterwards. I use this mask regularly and have noticed that I don’t even get blackheads that often anymore. The brand also has a pore eliminating scrub similar to this one that I hope to try out soon.

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Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask– Neutrogena products truly helped to clear my skin and I cannot live without their products. I love how gentle they are on my skin and how the actually help instead of harm my skin. The Neutrogena Cleanser/Mask is my all time favorite mask. The next morning after I apply it, I can instantly tell a difference. This product can be used either as a cleanser or a mask. I use it as a mask. The directions say not to exceed 2 times within a week. That is why I only use it twice. I wash my face with hot water then apply the mask all over my face until every spot is covered, so my face is completely white. I let the product sit on for 10  minutes then wash it off with warm water.

Water– I know we have all heard about drinking water to help improve your skin. Overall water is essential for anything! However, I have truly found that with my skin, if I am not drinking plenty of water, my skin tends to break out. Then when I drink water, I can instantly notice a difference. Everyone’s skin is different. I truly believe water helps with anything! If you are drinking water and notice there is not a difference in your skin then consider that you are not drinking enough or the water you are drinking does not have the right pH for your body type.

 

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Skincare Products Haul

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Hello Beauties! I am so excited for today’s post. I recently bought some new products that I am excited to share with you all. Whenever I buy new products, I always do research on them to make sure it is the right product for me. I also do research so I do not waste my money and time going back to the store and returning the item. I have been using these products for a little over a month now and have already noticed a difference within my skin and I can tell the longer I continue to use the products, the better my skin will be. Keep reading to see some new beauty products I am trying!

 

 

Witch Hazel– This is currently my second bottle of Witch Hazel. I am a huge fan of witch hazel and this product has become a holy grail for me. I was super hesitant about using witch hazel directly on my face since the product contains very strong chemicals. After doing my research and looking up reviews, I decided to give it a try. To my surprise the toner was very gentle on my skin. I did not break out once nor did not feel any burning sensation. I use witch hazel as an overall face toner. I use morning and nigh after I have applied my cleanser. To use, I take a cotton round and squirt some of the product onto the cotton round and wipe all over my face. I do not think I will ever stop using this product. I would recommend to anyone, just make sure to test out a small piece of your skin first since witch hazel has very strong chemicals.

Screen Shot 2018-07-30 at 10.10.50 AM.pngLemon Aura Cacia Essential Oil– After doing some research I wanted to try a lemon oil on my face. While I was picking up these products, I was in a bit of a rush. Without thinking I picked up an Lemon Essential Oil. I am disappointed because this was a product I was really hoping to try out. However, I will use the essential oil with my diffuser. I have not used this product so I can’t give an honest review.

 

Vitamin C with Rosehip Pill– I have been wanting to try an everyday vitamin pill for the longest. From researching which vitamin (A,B,C,D,E), I found vitamin C to be best for me. Vitamin c provides benefits for your immune system, healing, and hydrating your skin. While doing research for products that are good for your skin, I came across Rosehip Seed/Oil. Rosehip is great for evening out skin tone, brightening skin, fading scars, and much more. Lucky I was able to find a product that had these two ingredients. The pill itself is a dietary supplement however, that is not the reason I am taking it. I having been taking these pills for a little less than a month and I can feel and see a difference. Before I fully give my opinion, I want to try the pills out for maybe two more months. My only con I have is the size of the pill. The pill is similar to the size of a dime.

 

Derma E Even Tone Brightening Night Cream– I have a current skincare routine that I have been constantly using for a couple of months now. I think the current skincare routine I have is working very well. I was a little hesitant to introduce a new product. However, after a lot of research and talking to a consultant at the store, I decided to go ahead and try this night cream out. The cream comes in two different bottles (a morning cream and a night cream). I decided to try out the night cream. The cream is designed to be “a skin-brightening and antioxidant nighttime formula to help reduce the look of discoloration and age damage.” I was super excited to try this product out because it is 100% vegan, cruelty free, gmo free, and gluten free. This product seems very natural and is what stuck out to me and made me want to try. I have never spent this much on a skincare product before. I use drugstore skincare products, however, I splurged a little and spent $30 on the moisturizer. Thus far, the product seems to be working very well. I have noticed a huge difference in my dark spots. Although, my dark spots are not completely gone, they have lighten up. I believe if I continue to use the moisturizer for a couple of more months, I will see a better difference in the fading of my dark spots.

 

As you can tell in the original picture, I picked up Spring Valley Hair, Skin, & Nails pills. I noticed these were not the pills I wanted to take so I return and picked up the Spring Valley Biotin pills. I have been taking these pills consecutively since February. I will say I noticed a big difference! I have so much to say about these Biotin Pills therefore, I will be dedicating an entire post! Be on the lookout 🙂

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