3 Products I Bought at Sephora to Achieve Clear Skin

Hello, lovelies!

I’ve tried many different products and samples to maintain clear skin. Some products were ineffective, while others stopped working once my skin acclimatized to them. The products I currently use are soothing on my sensitive skin while still effective for breakouts.

1. Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel 

This brightening gel cleanser from Tarte is gentle enough to use daily to cleanse and reduce breakouts. It does not foam or leave any residue, which keeps my skin clear without clogging my pores. This cleanser is the main product I apply as part of my skin care routine.

2. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment 

I like to apply a heavy-duty cleanser once a week. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a thicker mud mask that minimizes pores while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. It contains active charcoal and salylic acid to lift away dirt and other skin-clogging debris. This mask refreshes my skin and decreases any blemishes I may have.

3. Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask 

One skincare product I don’t use diligently is a moisturizer. On days when my skin is dry and just needs extra moisture, I apply this hydration mask from Clarins. It is a cooling, cream-gel mask that delivers hydration. While it does not cleanse or brighten my skin, it effectively hydrates and refreshes my skin. If my skin appears drier or dull this mask is the perfect product to introduce more moisture into my skin.

What skin care products are you currently using? let me know in the comments below! 

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3 Quick Ways to De-Stress When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time

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Stress is a normal part of everyday life. As much as we’d like to just drop everything and start a vacation, we usually just have to power through it and keep working. It is not easy to relive all the stressors in your life, so here are three quick ways to de-stress:

1. Find a short, relaxing exercise routine 

A short exercise routine like stretching or a brief jog is ideal when you don’t have a lot of extra time. If you devote just 10-15 minutes to exercising each day (even if it just involves taking the stairs instead of an elevator) you accomplish three things: (1) You get your blood flowing, (2) You relax, and (3) You stretch any tight muscles.

2. Set a daily routine for yourself 

Any joyful tasks that you enjoy doing on a daily basis have therapeutic benefits. For me, drinking my daily cup of coffee and applying makeup are calming activities. Maintaining a daily routine is an effective personal development practice. By engaging in a daily activity, you devote time to you.

3. Just breathe 

Practicing deep breathing exercises can dramatically reduce stress and tension. Take a few slow, deep breaths each day to relieve stress. Mindfulness apps that include breathing techniques (my personal favorite is Calm – it features meditation and deep-breathing techniques for stress reduction.

What techniques do you use on a daily basis to de-stress? 

3 Tips to Help Your Lipstick Last All Day

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I love wearing vibrant, bright lipstick colours. When I apply my lipstick in the morning, I use a few simple tips to keep it in place all day long. (Just a note about these tips: Despite how many I’ve tried, I have discovered that even my longest-wearing lipstick is not kiss-proof.)

1. Exfoliate your lips

Applying a lip scrub to your pout before lipstick prevents your lips from becoming dry. Use a gentle lip scrub to exfoliate the lips and create a smooth canvas for lip colour.

2. Prime your lips with foundation

If you do not have a lip liner, your favourite foundation is a great substitute for a lipstick base! Apply your foundation to the lips and let dry. The colour will diminish the natural pigment of your lips to create a neutral base for lipstick. Lipstick also tends to adhere to the lips better if it is swiped over a base product.

3. Set your lip colour with powder

Apply a translucent/pressed powder to your lips between lipstick coats to strengthen the base for your colour. A translucent/pressed powder will also help set any liner that you applied to the lips.

What are you best tips for long-lasting lipstick?

3 Ways to Grow Your Blog

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Growing a new blog takes time and effort. Based on tips and my own experience, I’ve created a list of three ways that you can grow your blog in 2018.

1. Specify your niche 

What topics are you passionate about? To determine your blog’s niche, you need to think about the topics and ideas that you enjoy writing about. Also, you need to think about who your readers are. After you’ve determined your target audience, begin to brainstorm how your writing will benefit them. This process will make it easier to determine specific topics and categories for your blog.

2. Invest in a responsive theme for your blog 

Find a theme that suits your niche. I like to select themes that are elegant yet aesthetically-pleasing. Themes that fit your blog’s main topics will encourage readership. A great way to individualize your blog theme is to select different widgets, colors, and font options.

3. Find a guest blogger 

At first glance, guest blogging may not seem attractive. Including guest blog posts on your website is beneficial for many reasons:

  • Widen your audience
  • Improve your blog’s SEO with backlinks to the guest’s website

How do you plan to grow your blog this year?

3 Ways to Creatively Use Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoo is a game-changer on mornings when washing your hair is not an option. Using dry shampoo absorbs excess oil, but there are also ways to use it to increase body and volume in your hair.

1. Spray the shampoo into specific areas of your hair

The best area of hair to use dry shampoo is the roots. Part your hair to one side, spray the shampoo about 10 inches from your scalp and repeat with the other side. Applying dry shampoo to the scalp will absorb the most oil from your hair.

2. Refresh your hairspray

Do you hate the sticky weight of hairspray? Spritz dry shampoo into your hair before hairspray to give your strands some grip. This trick will give your hair grip.

3. Add natural volume

Applying dry shampoo to damp hair adds extra volume. This will work best when your hair is almost dry. Simply spray shampoo along the length and ends of hair to add volume and lift.

Why I Bought a New Planner Before the New Year + 3 Steps to Set One Up

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I love to plan. I usually buy a new planner every January, but this year I decided to buy a new one in November. The planner I previously owned did not have adequate space for my daily scheduling and I know I’ll need more writing space once I head into a new internship in January.

What planner did I buy?

I bought a large, spacious planner from my local bookstore. This one originates from a brand called ban.do. It features a 17-month spread (August 2017-December 2018), color-coded tabs and yearly/monthly/weekly calendar pageviews. To satisfy my inner organized nerd, it even contains a coil-bound closure and internal pockets.

So, why did I buy a new one before the year ended?

This new planner serves two purposes:

  1. It tracks all my reminders – Important dates, reminders, and schedules popped up throughout this semester. I already used up a lot of space in my previous planner, and required more writing space to track everything. (Grad photos, party reminders, group work, etc.)
  2. I can schedule activities in advance – I already have a few important dates scheduled for 2018. This new planner allows me to write those dates and times without waiting until January.

Tips to set up a new planner 

Setting up a new planner doesn’t need to be time-consuming. Here are three tips I use whenever I buy a new one:

  • Transfer all important dates into your new planner before throwing the old one away
  • Determine how you will colour-code your planner to organize it

How do you organize a new planner?

How I Pamper Myself During an At-Home Spa Night


Hello, lovelies!

I blog about self-care and relaxation often. I’ve begun to view self-care through a lens that it involves activities beyond the bubble-bath, but I do enjoy spending time creating my own spa-like environment at home. My routine does not include a bubble bath, but I do focus on skincare. Today I share my own spa-night routine.

Unplug 

The first step in my routine involves silencing my phone and other electronics. I like to ensure my environment is quiet, peaceful, and free from distractions. (Unless my cat decides to perch on the edge of the tub, of course!)

Focus on skin care 

always apply a face mask after removing my makeup on Friday nights. I tend to minimize my skincare routine during the week, and my top priority is to rebalance my skin once the weekend arrives. I cycle each mask in my collection, but two masks in heavy rotation each week are GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment and Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay.

Relax 

While I wait for my mask to set, I indulge in a glass of wine. I select a wine that is light, crisp, and refreshing. This portion of my spa night routine relaxes me after a long week. I enjoy curling up in fluffy blankets to settle in for a night of movies or reading.

 

eSalon, a California-based hair colour company offering custom colour services and haircare products, provided a list of additional ideas to implement into your own relaxing spa night!

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How do you pamper yourself after a long week?