Current Beauty Favorites

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1| Garrison + Body Charcoal Scrub

I found this scrub at my local Marshalls and I LOVE it. Although I still love my Cup O’Coffee from Lush for my face, this charcoal scrub works wonders for my body. I’ve gotten into the habit of exfoliating my skin at least once a week, and I’ve noticed a huge difference in how soft my skin is. And it’s only $5.99 for 19 oz. You can’t go wrong with this inexpensive and effective scrub!

2| Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil

If you’ve been around, you know that I have had an issue with finding an eye makeup remover that won’t irritate my eyes. I’ve tried some off-brands eye makeup remover—and needless to say, it wasn’t pretty whatsoever. At a recent trip to Sephora, one of the associates recommended this product from boscia, and I’ve been in love with it ever since because it removes all my eye makeup without any irritation. If you have sensitive eyes, I would recommend this for you.

3| Lush Damaged Hot Oil Treatment

As much as I love my DIY coconut oil hair treatments, I thought it would be good to try this Lush hot oil treatment. What’s awesome about this product is that you get at least three treatments out of one small bar. All you do is heat up the oil to melt it, and then place the remainder in the fridge and use as necessary. I would recommend using the “Damaged” treatment twice a month for best results.

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4| Tony Moly Pomegranate Sheet Mask

I have been using sheet masks regularly for over a year now, and I love the results of my skin consistently. A few months ago, I posted a Battle of the Sheet Masks post between Sephora and Tony Moly. You read the post to see which brand won. I have been loving the results of using the Pomegranate sheet mask and the Seawood sheet mask from this brand.

5| Lush Bath Oil

I know everyone loves Lush bath bombs and bubble bars, but they recently came out with these bath oils that are natural butters with essential oils that melt into the water and into your skin. You can add in supplementary bath bombs or bubble bars, but I love the results of simply using the bath oil. I picked up Floating Island, which has sandalwood and vanilla bean. It leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed.

What beauty products have you been loving this month? Make sure to leave a comment below!

 

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5 Posts I Loved: July Edition

There was a time last year where I would share love to other blogger’s posts that I loved from a particular month. I realized I haven’t done this in quite some time, so I thought it was time to bring the love back. It’s so important to show your support for other bloggers because let’s be real—we are a community of people who have like-minded passions. Here are five posts I loved this month, and I know you’ve love them, too!

My Quarter Life Crisis: Raw and Real

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I’ve been reading Summer’s posts for awhile now, and while I always love her content—this post particularly spoke with me. And I’m sure many of you can relate to the things she mentions in her post. Although I am a happy, optimistic person, I also can relate to the feeling of emptiness, confusion, and a slew of other not-so-fun feelings. Summer is honest, real and straightforward with the downsides of a quarter life crisis.


How to be More Productive

I’m all about blog posts that are related to productivity, organization, minimalism, etc. Jenny’s post offered some amazing tips on how to be more productive and organize your time more effectively. Personally, I think it’s important to focus on organization because it can change your entire day if your manage your time, plan out your day, and stick to your to-do lists. If you need a little motivation to get stuff done, you’ll love Jenny’s post.

 


How I Deal With Panic Attacks: Notes on Anxiety

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As a person who struggles with anxiety, reading this post was something I needed to read this month. Even if you don’t have anxiety, I would still recommend reading it. My favorite line is, “The point is this: If you experience anxiety, you are not a flawed person. You are not broken. You are not lesser or unworthy or incompetent.” Erica is honest, compassionate and gives some amazing insight whether you or a loved one is struggling with anxiety or panic attacks.


Nine Ways to Live a More Authentic Life

I’m been working on myself day by day in several areas of my life. One of them is by living more authentically and minimally when possible. The a.m. Grind has some amazing tips on how you to live a genuine, authentic life that is tailored to your passions and lifestyle. I love when they discuss not letting the Internet deter you, which is something I’ve been working on every day since social media is a big part of my life for my job.


5 Simple Ways to Make Your Workday Mornings More Enjoyable

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Kayla offers amazing career and #girlboss advice for working women in any field. Her post is great if you’re looking for a little inspiration to make your morning simple, easy and enjoyable. As a morning person, I find these tips easy to follow, but it’s always nice to see where you can improve and adjust your current routine. If you’re in need of some happiness in your morning, read this post.

Have you read these posts from July? If not, what posts have you been loving from other bloggers? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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5 Looks I’m Lusting For: July Edition

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Another months means another list of outfits and looks that I’ve been loving!

I love sharing the trends and styles from outfits that I’m lusting for. It keeps me inspired and motivated to step out of my comfort zone more with outfits on a daily basis. Hopefully, this will inspire you and motivate you to step out of your fashion comfort zone as well!

 

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen an all-black outfit that I didn’t love. I know summer is a time for bright colors that you can’t wear during other months of the year, but I love when fashion bloggers can incorporate all-black outfits into their style. For me, I’m all about the neutral colors regardless of the season—so this outfit was a priority to share!

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Aside from all-black or all neutral outfits, I LOVE neutrals colors paired with bright, neon mixes. I am also in love with her shoes in this outfit. They’re a more causal, beach-inspired wedge than your typical, summer wedges. I’ve been on the hunt for these particular shoes, but haven’t had any luck. This would work well even for the office if its paired with a blazer or cardigan.

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Again, I think it goes without saying that bold, attractive patterns a definite “do” for summer style. What I love about this look is how you pair neutral white jeans and light brown wedges, so that the floral top can be the focal point of this outfit. This way, you won’t overdo it with showing off too many trends all at once in your outfits.

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There are outfits you completely fall in love with even when it’s out of your comfort zone or personal style. This outfits holds true for me because I don’t have the bohemian-inspired style; but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy and appreciate the look as a whole! If you’re into maxi skirts this summer, pair a tight crop top with it like this photo. The flowing skirt will balance out the tight crop top.

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Rompers are my anthem for summer because you don’t have to think about several separate components to create a finished, causal look. That’s the beauty of rompers—you need one time and you’re all set. However, I love the additional accessories and jewelry pieces in her outfit because it brings a southern meets bohemian vibe. Personally, I love this look for simplicity.

Which outfit is your favorite? What looks have you been lusting for this month? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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5 Skin Tips to Master NOW!

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1| Remove Your Makeup

I feel like a broken record when I talk about this, but I cannot stress this enough! You need to remove your makeup every single night no matter how tired you may feel. Your skin is already dirty from bacteria, and adding makeup to the mix will break you out even more. Take off your makeup, and you’ll notice a huge difference in the clarity of your skin.

2| Exfoliate

Invest in good exfoliating products that you can use once or twice a week. Make sure you’re not using the same product for your face and body (unless the package says it’s safe to do so). Some exfoliating products can be harsh on your face instead of your body, which will do more harm than good. Make sure it’s suitable for your skin type and use it religiously.

3| Moisturize

I can’t believe how many people my age don’t use moisturizer on a daily basis. This boggles my mind because it’s so important for your skin health. Don’t just pick up a cheap, off-brand from Target. Do your research and invest in some high-quality products that will truly benefit your skin type. You will be happy you splurged on those products!

4| SPF

Make sure your moisturizer and face products contain SPF in them so that you’re well protected from the sun. Even when it’s not summer, you still need to make sure your skin is protected from the sun. If you’re spending the day at the beach, wear a hat, sunscreen, and cover your body properly to ensure that you won’t get burned.

5| Keep Your Diet In Check

Truth be told is that your skin can definitely be affected by what you’re eating. If you’re looking to clear up any blemishes and imperfections on your skin—try to eat more fruits and vegetables for a week and cut back on animal fat like dairy products and meat. When you eat meat and dairy in high quantities, it can lead to skin problems, so make sure you’re eating the healthy stuff to keep your skin in check.

What tips would you add to this list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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10 Tasks to Simplify Your Life

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1| Manage your email

There was a dark time in my life where my email inbox was somewhere in the 1,000s, and I knew I had to take care of it as soon as possible. I took 30 minutes to mass delete and unsubscribe from emails to remove the clutter to my inboxes. I know it doesn’t seem like a big task, but it will make a huge difference when you’re not receiving unwanted emails every day.

2| Delete old contacts from your phone

I’m going to be completely honest when I say I had cellphone numbers from people from middle school. The worst part is that I haven’t talked to them since then. I don’t know how my phone became a mass holder for people who I haven’t talked to in almost 10 years. Needless to say, it was time to clear out my phone of all the unnecessary contacts.

3| Plan your meals for the week

No, I don’t do this every single week because I’m human and sometimes I eat 90-minute rice for dinner. It happens. But I will tell you that I have gotten so much better with planning my lunches and dinners for the week. When I do have time to do this, my week is so much better because I can plan ahead and spend less time thinking about what to make, buying ingredients during the week, etc.

4| Write your to-do list before bed

My work to-do list is done the day before before 5 p.m. My personal to-do list is done before I go to bed Sometimes, I think of last-minute work things, or other small tasks and errands I need to do after work. This helps me sleep easily at night, and I wake up knowing what my day will look like. There’s nothing keep me up at night wondering if I forgot about something, so I’m ready to take on a new day.

5| Keep a donate bag in your home

I started doing this before I moved out because I found that there were so many days where I would get in a “mood” to clean and get rid of things. That way, you have a bag/box already started, so you’ll feel more inclined to keep adding to it throughout the season. In the last five months, I’ve easily donated 10 garbage bags of clothes, books, bags, jewelry, shoes, etc. I find that this always keeps me thinking about removing unnecessary items I don’t love, and it helps me to stay productive with decluttering.

6| Make a routine and stick to it

My routine is simple and straightforward. But there’s nothing worse that taking more than an hour to get ready in the morning because you don’t know how to manage and prioritize your time throughout the day. See where you can cut time from your routine to make your day flow better. It will allow you to have a better, productive day, and you will simplify your daily routine in the process.

7| Rethink how you organize

If your organization is all over the place, you might want to reconsider your methods for organizing your finances, medical information, insurance, etc. Whether you choose a filing cabinet, file folders, or a portable organizer—choose one method, and keep everything in one space for important documents. When you have a mishap of papers everywhere, that’s when things get lost, and you get stressed.

8| Shop intentionally

This can mean anything from clothes shopping, beauty shopping or home shopping. Regardless, ask yourself if it’s something you know you will use. If yes, how often will you use it? Is it worth purchasing; or are you just buying it because it’s on sale or it’s trending on Pinterest? Why do you want to buy it? Ask yourself these questions to learn more about your shopping habits and what prompt you to shop. This will help you down the road to only buy what you need.

9| Make time for yourself

I know you’re asking, “how does this relate to the other suggestions?” Doing the things you truly enjoy is essential for simplifying your life because you don’t wan tot spend your days doing things that don’t bring you joy. My tip: make a list of things you love, and a list of things you actually do every day. If you don’t have any items on there from the “things you love” list, you need to adjust your life by removing the unnecessary things that don’t bring your joy.

10| Eliminate instead of organize

The world of Pinterest does not help my cause on this one. There are so many tutorials and inspiration for organizing just about every area of your home. But if you have so much to organize, you might need to rethink how much stuff you have or need. Instead, take time to go through each room and see what you truly need and what you don’t need. Then, you can organize what you decide to keep.

What tips would you add to this list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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