Explore My Fragrance Collection

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Happy National Fragrance Day! Fragrance is something that I pride myself on having knowledge of, and it honestly took a long time for me to develop the nose I have for it. Fun fact: when I first started at my current job, they put me in the fragrance department where I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, and yet people were asking me my opinion and for suggestions on fragrances. I think the art of scent is so particular to each person that there’s no wrong answers when it comes to fragrance; not only does each scent smell different to us, it also smells differently on us. Fragrance is powerful in that the slight whiff of a familiar scent can take us back to a specific time and place from our past. Personally, I am someone who has a different scent for the time of year, as well as for the occasion, which means that now I have unintentionally started a fragrance collection. So let’s take a little peak inside what’s currently living on my self.

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Most Loved: Clean Classic’s Skin EDP

Key Notes: Lotus Blossom, Dewey Petals, and Creamy Vanilla

As you can probably tell from how much is left in the bottle, this clean fragrance is one of my go-to’s. It’s light, with subtle notes of vanilla and lotus blossom that warm up on the skin to leave just this soft, feminine scent. This fragrance also lasts for hours on the skin, which is super impressive, and is 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Most Complimented: Ellis Brooklyn Sweet EDP

Key Notes: Pear, Bergamot, Violet, Marshmallow, and Cashmere

An homage to E.E. Cummings poem “In Time of Daffodils”, this fragrance is the perfect way to do sweet the adult way. It’s light, airy, but at the same time makes a statement. Not to throw any shade, but I am pretty sure that Ariana Grande took a whole lotta inspiration from this fragrance when it came to her scent God is a Woman. Though honestly, Sweet knocks Ari out when it comes to lasting power. This scent is also vegan, cruelty-free as well as being paraben and phthalate-free.

Most Recent Favorite: YSL Black Opium Extreme EDP

Key Notes: Jasmine, Coffee, and Vanilla Bourbon

I have a confession to make: I hate the original Black Opium. I know, I know, as a self professed coffee addict, I should love it, but I think it’s just too heavy in my own personal taste. That being said, Extreme just hits differently for me, and was a go-to for me over the winter. It might be the way that the bourbon vanilla cuts through the coffee, but balances out the sweetness of the jasmine, but it just hits different. The quality of the fragrance is just amazing as well (as you would expect from YSL), so you just need a little to last for hours.

Date Night Favorite: Valentino Donna Born in Roma EDP

Key Notes: Blackcurrant, Jasmine, and Bourbon Vanilla

Even though this is one of the newer additions to my shelf, I have been in love with this fragrance ever since it launched. To me, this is the epitome of the perfect date night scent. She’s sweet, yet still has this headiness to her that makes her sexy. She’s bold enough to make a statement, yet light enough to not overwhelm. It’s just the perfect scent.

Girls Night Favorite: Coach Dream EDP

Key Notes: Orange, Cactus Flower, and Joshua Tree

One of the first perfumes that I ever bought for myself, a quick whiff of this scent takes me straight back to all of the fun nights that my friends and I use to have before the great shut down of the world. She’s fresh, yet woody and a whole lotta unique. And just so you’re aware the nozzle is the flower so DON’T pull it off of your bottle (you’d be surprised how many people do).

Power Fragrance: Maison Lancome Figues and Argumes EDP

Key Notes: Mandarin, Fig, Jasmine Sambac and Tonka Bean

So this is the most expensive fragrance, which is why I break her out for very special occasions (or when I need a confidence boost). This scent is supposed to evoke the feeling and freshness of being in a Mediterranean orchard, and it hits it spot on. Unfortunately, this scent has been discontinued but I would give Maison Margiela’s Under the Lemon Trees or Ellis Brooklyn’s new Sun Fruit a try if this sounds like your cup of tea.

I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something a little bit about me and about fragrance. If any of these caught your eye, make sure you head over to Ulta for 5x the points on fragrance purchases today (3/21) in honor of National Fragrance Day! My socials are linked below if you want to give me a follow. See you next time!

Winter Favorites 2021

Merry Christmas Eve! I feel like the day before Christmas is the perfect time to explore all of great things that I’ve discovered this Winter (also can we please just appreciate that this winter I’ve actually been able to wear sweaters in Texas and not roast alive). I feel like this holiday season has been a change up from ones in the past; it’s my first in a place that’s just mine and my significant other’s, no roommates or parents really making me compromise on my taste in decorations (so as you can guess, the majority of them are black and white). I still feel like I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone this season and tried a lot of different things that I haven’t in the past. So here’s just a few things that I’ve fallen in love with this winter.

Starbucks Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte

It wouldn’t be a winter favorites without talking about a Starbuck’s holiday drink. Can we just appreciate this year that I don’t have to sub out the milk for once in this seasonal drink?!?! I am obsessed with this latte, and I love it hot AND iced (which is saying something since I’m an iced coffee all year long kind of girl). The sprinkles are just adorable in it, and it makes up for the fact that my eggnog latte didn’t make a comeback this year. I am not ashamed to say that if you look in my order history, it’s basically just this drink for the past few months.

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Target’s Opalhouse Eggnog Latte Candle

So Target has been knocking it out of the park lately with all of their season scents (which are literally half the price of Bath and Body Works, so I haven’t been in once this season which is very impressive if I do say so my self). This one was a bit of a compromise in our house; personally I love the Tree Farm candle while my boyfriend is more of the Orchard Cider/ Sugared Cinnamon taste, so this was the the middle between us. It does smell really festive but it’s super light and not overwhelming at all.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Reading used to be a big pastime of mine when I was younger, but honestly reading for pleasure kinda just flew out the window with university. The last few months, I’ve been trying to get back into it, and after seeing this series all over Tiktok, I decided to give it a try. Needless to say, I read the entire series in a week, and am now on a first name basis with several employees of my local bookstore. I don’t want to spoil the books for anyone who hasn’t read her yet, but let’s just oh my.

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Olaplex Bonding Oil

Now due to the fact that I’ve been bleaching my hair for a solid four years, it’s safe to say that my hair is pretty dry most of the year, but winter just makes the issue ten times worst. Enter the bonding oil; now I’m not saying that this is the best hair oil on Earth, however it will be the only one I purchase from now on. I absolutely love how it leaves my end smooth and soft, but doesn’t weigh my hair down.

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Again with the Tiktok trends, though I will say that my friend who works for Clinique has sworn by this lipstick for as long as I’ve known her so I had to give it a try. I now see why this is a must in so many Hollywood makeup artists kits and why it’s been around for over twenty years. It gives you just a beautiful amount of color on the lips with some hydration (are you noticing a trend here). I love it so much in fact, it’s actually the lipstick I’m wearing in my senior photos.

YSL Black Opium Extreme

I have long held that my standard fragrance is some sort of fresh floral, but this season it was time to find something a little darker and spicier to match the shorter days. Despite my love affair with coffee, the original Black Opium is not my cup of…well coffee. However the vanilla in this fragrance (which is a bourbon vanilla fyi) just balances out the coffee accord so much better in my opinion, and it has jasmine which is just one of my favorite flowers instead of the simple “white flowers” that the original features. I’m not the only one who likes it, as the first night I wore it my boyfriend declared that it’s his new favorite of my perfumes.

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So those are all of my winter favorites! I always love this time leading up to the new year since it’s a good time to experiment. I hope you enjoyed this week’s post, and check in next week to see what’s new. All of my socials are linked if you want to give them a follow, until next time!

Morning Skin Routine

Sorry for the three week hiatus, between the Thanksgiving holiday, working Black Friday, and finishing my university career, things have been crazy, but I’m back! So I’ve covered in a previous post all about my night skin routine (if you haven’t checked that out, I’ll link it here), but my morning routine is a little bit different. Where at night my products are more geared towards repairing the skin from damage after a long hard day, my morning routine is all about trying to prevent the damage to begin with. So the first big difference between the two are that there are a couple of more steps and definitely a few more products than in the evening.

Cleansing and Essence

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A good place to start is at the beginning, and both morning and night starts in the same place: a good wash. I love using Fresh’s Soy cleanser on my face brush (the same every night), though I do now follow it with a new product, Fresh’s Kombucha essence. If you’re unfamiliar with an essence, it’s whole primary role is to help with better absorption of other products such as serums and moisturizers. What I love about Fresh’s is that by being based in kombucha means it’s high in probiotics that also help with skins luminosity as well as pollution protection.

Serums

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When it comes down to serums, Peach and Lily’s glass skin serum has been a long time favorite of mine; with ingredients like niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and peach extract, it helps to brighten the skin, gives beautiful luminosity, and reduces pore size and redness. It’s just an all in one serum that fits so many different skin types and needs. I personally also love using a vitamin c serum in the morning; it helps give the skin a beautiful glow as well as helps in the longterm in reducing the appearance of dark spots. I normally love experimenting with different ones just since every vitamin c is formulated a bit differently (vitamin c is notoriously unstable so quite a bit goes into formulating it). Currently, I’m using Tula’s which is a triple vitamin c complex, meaning that the vitamin c actually comes from three different sources.

Moisturizer

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Winter is beginning to set in here in Texas, that means my already dry skin is entering drastic drought territory. So I’ve decided to switch it up and go back to one of my old favorites that I haven’t used in quite a while: Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide Cream. It gives me amazing hydration, and I love the fact that the pump means that I don’t have to put my fingers in the jar (which low-key grosses me out.)

Eye Care

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I love a good eye cream, but there are mornings when my eyes just need a little bit more (i.e. the dark circles and puffiness is more than my concealer is going to be able to cover). So depending on how much time I have in the mornings, I do try to put eye patches on after I cleanse to let them sit while I apply serums and let them skin in. Skyn Iceland’s have been a long time favorite of mine, however I have been also enjoying Tinted’s new Copper Rays which have copper peptides in them. I also love a good eye balm (i.e. please refer to my previous reference of hating putting my fingers in jars), and Tula’s new 24/7 swipe is basically eye cream in a stick and is so quick in the mornings to use.

Protection

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The final step to any morning skin routine is SPF. There are so many people under the impression that sunscreen is something that you only use in summer and they are dead wrong. The fact of the matter is that you’re exposed to UV radiation every single day n o matter the season so you need to protect yourself every single day. I personally use Tula’s glow sunscreen; I love that it’s a gel so it’s super lightweight and wears really well under my makeup, and as well as offering UV protection, it also offers blue light protection (aka protection against the light from screens like your phone, laptop, and tv).

So those are all of the products in my current morning skincare routine. Again, keep in mind, that these are the products that work for me and my skin type. They may or may not work for you depending on your skin type and the concerns or issues that you are wanting to address. I hope you enjoyed this post, all of my socials are linked if you want to give me a follow. See you next week!

Worth the Hype:The Ordinary

If you have been anywhere on Tiktok over the last year and a half, you know that skincare gurus have become the new top of the beauty chain so to speak (hello, skincare by Hyrmn). With the rise of the skincare influencer has also come an increasing awareness by the public of skincare brands and ingredients, which I fully embrace. While I am so glad to see people not just settle for Neutrogena wipes and calling it a day, this has produced a new thorn in the side of beauty retail workers everywhere: enter The Ordinary. I wish I was kidding when I say that this brand is the entire reason that I got Tiktok; it got real annoying real quick to be asked about the red mask from Tiktok five times a day and have no clue what they were talking about (which btw wasn’t even a mask at all, it’s a chemical peel). There are definitely good and bad parts to the Ordinary, and I feel like this is a good space to explore them all.

The Ordinary is what we have come to refer to as a beginner skincare brand. It’s a really good place to get to feel out and explore and see what your skin likes and needs without breaking the bank. To be completely honest, I know that I have rather expensive taste when it comes to my beauty products (but also in my defense, I also have extremely sensitive skin and it seems like the pricier stuff breaks me out less often), and I am lucky enough that I have a job that makes getting my hands on expensive skincare a lot less of a hit on my bank account. That’s not the case though for most people in their early twenties, and so it’s a great opportunity to explore ingredients without committing to $60 serums that may or may not work for you. By breaking down the serums where each ingredient is it’s own serum so you can make your own kind of concoction that works, and then find those same ingredients in a higher end serum. For example, if you love the nicinamide, hyaluronic acid, and buffet (peptide) serums from the Ordinary, give Peach and Lily’s Glass Skin Serum a try: it has all of those ingredients at a higher quality plus peach extract to help brighten the skin. While the serum is slightly more than the three combined, it also switches you from three to one (and that one bottle normally lasts four plus months), which also frees you up to try other serums and products.

This leads us to one of the problems that the Ordinary does have. A lot of people are unaware that you’re only suppose to use around three serums and oils on your face at a time; the reasoning is that three is the magic number for your skin to absorb, after that it’s just over saturation and you’re just pouring product (and money) down the drain. By separating out the ingredients, it takes more of the Ordinary’s serums to get the same results that you would get with one serum that’s all of those ingredients combined, so while yes it’s a great beginner thing to have the ingredients separated out, it’s also a money grab since you have to buy more. Speaking of money grabbing, let’s talk about the quality of ingredients that you’re getting. You’ll notice that near the top of most Ordinary serums is an ingredient called glycerin. Just as a bit skin ingredient knowledge, glycerin in a small amount is good for your skin, it’ll draw moisture into your skin. However, in large amount after long term use, it will dry out your skin and exasperate any issues that you’re having (so you then buy more skincare hence the term money grab). Glycerin is derived from vegetables, so it’s super cheap to make and is a great filler ingredient. The point is that $6 you’re paying for the serum is mostly filler and not actually that much active ingredient.

I think that I’ve made my feelings on the Ordinary pretty clear, but let’s be clear, I don’t think you have to spend hundreds of dollars to get quality skincare. There are plenty of amazing skincare products in the drugstore; two of my favorite examples of this are Good Molecules and Peach Slices (which is the drugstore brand of Peach and Lily!). They have amazing quality products that aren’t going to break the bank. But that’s the post for this week, and I hope you enjoyed. Feel free to leave a comment letting my know what your favorite drugstore brand is. I post every Friday, so make sure you subscribe to see updates and my socials are linked if you want to stay up to date on my day to day. Hope you have a great week!

My Favorite Vegan Lipsticks

As shifting more of the makeup products I use to clean beauty products has become a personal focus this year, I feel like one of the hardest spots hit for me. This honestly stems most likely from my love of lipsticks on complete opposite ends of the spectrum: nudes and deep reds. Do I own in-between those two extremes; yes, though they are few and far between. While finding amazing nude formulas that are vegan, it is much harder to find a nonpatchy, lasting red. This most likely stems from the fact that historically speaking, the red pigments used in makeup products have come from things such as red algae, fish scales, and more commonly cochineal (aka crushed beetles) which is an ingredient still found today in makeup. Vegan formulas obviously don’t use any animal products, which does make it harder to formulate. However, after much searching and testing, I feel like I’ve come up with a pretty good selection of vegan lipsticks.

Live Tinted’s Hue Multisticks

Live Tinted is a relatively new brand out on the market, but so far what I’ve tried, I’ve absolutely loved. I feel like a real standout from this brand is their multisticks; designed for use on the lips, cheeks, and eyes (they’re ophthalmologist tested), I feel like they are perfectly designed for people who don’t like a lot of extra clutter in their makeup bags. I now own three colors, Perk (a peachy pink), Rise (terra-cotta), and Found (deep brick) and have experienced no real difference in the color payoff despite the great variation of colors. They all blend beautifully, are cruelty-free, and are a must in a minimalist’s makeup bags.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks (relaunch)

If you have been a longtime lover of Urban Decay, you will have noticed lately a lot of small relaunches and that there’s not as many shades available in the eyeshadows and lipsticks as before. The reason behind this is simply that Urban is slowly but surely making their brand 100% vegan along with being cruelty free as they’ve always been. If you love’d the old formula, don’t worry the new one is just as creamy and pigmented. While there are some new shades in the range, some time true classics have returned as well such as Backtalk, 1993, Bad Blood, Naked and Hex.

KVD’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

I can’t talk about vegan lipsticks without talking about the one that started it all for me. I can’t say enough good things about it; the pigmentation, the staying power, I love how thin the formula is. Like I can’t imagine a day when I’m not obsessed with this lipstick. While shade Lolita is definitely a fan favorite and best selling, personally I thick Ludwig is my perfect shade of nude.

Bare Minerals BarePro Longwear Lipstick

In the past, Bare Minerals has a had a certain age demographic, but I feel like that’s certainly changing as they’ve brought in younger spokeswomen (hello Hailey Bieber) and there brand is just really being slept on. I’ve tried the liquid lipsticks (which are okay) and the gloss-balms (I’m obsessed), but what surprised me most was their OG bullet lipsticks. Like, they are comfortable, long-lasting (for a bullet lipstick), and also have sunflower seed and blackberry seed oil to help protect against environmental aggressors. The two standout colors in my mind are cinnamon (warm rosy brown) and raisin (it’s exactly what you’re picturing).

Honorable Mention: Tarte Lip Paint

So the Tarte lip paint has long been a favorite of mine, but it’s no longer available in my local Ulta or Sephora which is why it’s an honorable mention. A quick search let me know that it is still available on Tarte’s website, but there’s definitely not as many colors as I remember (as well as of the the few they do carry, half seem to be sold out, which makes me think the line is being discontinued) . The formula is really similar to KVD’s, however it’s honestly even thinner which I love. Festival and Birthday Suit were always two of my favorite colors, so if you happen to stumble across them, I would snatch them up.

So that’s the post for this week, I hope you all enjoyed. There are definitely more formulas out there that I haven’t tried (and I already have a list of the ones I want to) so there might be an update to this post in the future. Make sure you subscribe if you want to be kept up to date about when I post, and my socials are linked if you want to stay up to date on my life. Hope you have a great week, and see you next Friday!

Holiday Gift Ideas 2021

Even though we are only in our first week of November, it seems like already the holidays are upon us. A quick stroll through the aisles of Target will tell you that as the lights, wreathes, and ornaments have been up since mid-October. As probably many a basic girl will say, there’s just something about Christmas time that is absolutely magical. However, one of the biggest struggles I have during this season (besides dealing with unagreeable family members) is figuring out what to get everyone in my life. There’s just so many options out there nowadays, that it can be difficult to decide what to pick. So here are a few options for those in your life (with a few of my own longings thrown in) that might be a bit more challenging.

For the Book Nerd: Minalima’s Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

This illustrated edition is a great option for any Potterheads you many have in your life as well as those who love special edition books in general. If you didn’t know, Minalima are the duo behind all of the amazing graphic design you see in the Harry Potter films. Like I’m talking every book cover, sign or poster in the movies, they’re the ones who did it. I got the Sorcerer’s Stone edition last year for Christmas, so when I found out that they were releasing book two this Christmas, no joke, I may have let out a scream. Needless to say, this book already has a reserved place on my bookshelf, and will be what I read to my future children at bedtime.

For the Hair Obsessed: Dyson Airwrap

If any of you have ever gotten to play with any Dyson product, you know they are next level and the hair tools are no exception. The airwrap is the one to go for if you’re ready for the commitment (not gonna lie, they are quite the investment piece), but with all the attachments, you’d never need another hair tool again in your life. Also, this Christmas they’ve released a limited edition blue and copper one that’s just *chef’s kiss*.

For the Skin Guru: Limited Edition Skin Sets

We all know that person in our life who could go on for hours and hours about skincare. Their routine has about fifteen steps, and you can bet that they’d never dare go outside without sunscreen (I have a friend who’s so obsessed with SPF she keeps a bottle in her work bag for second application before she goes home for the day). Helping them restock their skincare cabinets is basically their love language, and one of the best things about the holiday season is the variety of sets out there. Whether it be time tested staples (like Fresh’s shower gel and lotion duo) or limited editions of your year-round favorites (Tula’s So Polished is available this season in scents like gingerbread, sugar plum or delicious peppermint chocolate).

For the Conscious Makeup Lover: Tarte Holiday or Urban Decay Cyber Collection

Let me tell you, every year it seems like more and more brands are stepping up their game when it comes to their holiday collections, but personally I feel like Tarte and Urban are the creme de la creme. Tarte of course has always been vegan and cruelty free, but now that Urban Decay’s started creating more and more vegan products, I feel like that these are great options for the clean beauty lovers. The newest holiday collection features both the Cyber palette (think duo chrome and pastels) as wells as the new Naked 3 mini in a set with the perversion eyeliner along with an all nighter spray duo. Tarte every year releases a flood of great value sets like their shape tape sets and palette vaults, along with a few limited edition items (this year there’s a coffee themed palette and I feel like it’s calling my name.)

So while this list is definitely not entirely finished (as in there are probably hundreds more options to offer up), there is always the hope that perhaps this list has given you some ideas about what to get your loved ones this season (or maybe a few ideas about what to ask for yourself). I think the most important thing to remember is that it’s the thought that goes into the gift that matters, not the amount of money you spend. Make sure to subscribe if you want get notified when I post, and my socials are linked if you want to stay up to date on my day to day life. Till next time!

Current Hair Favorites

Hair care is something that I would say takes a priority in my beauty routine/daily life. To say that I’ve put wayyyyyy too much money into my hair to think differently is putting it mildly. I’ve been a platinum blonde since 2017( if you haven’t read my blonde hair post, check it out here), and if I want to keep it that way I have to put some work in. So I’m constantly scouring the market for new products to see what can make my life easier and my hair healthier, and now I can confidently say that I’m in a very good place when it comes to my hair.

Treatments: Olaplex No.3 & Ouai’s Thick Hair Mask

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Now there are multiple Olaplex products that have a place in my routine, but the OG No.3 holds a very special place in my heart. I use this product every week when I wash my hair. Of course, No. 3 is a preshower treatment, so while I am in the shower I love using Ouai’s Thick hair mask. All of Ouai’s products smell amazing (this one has Melrose Place, which is the same as the dry shampoo) and this mask is no exception; designed especially for thick hair, it’s a mixture of shea, almond, and olive oils plus keratin. So it’ll leave your hair feeling soft and smooth.

Shampoo & Conditioner: Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Oil

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This duo is my favorite when it comes to giving my hair hydration but not weighing it down. Cruelty-Free and sulfate-free(so the shampoo isn’t going to suds up), the six oil blend helps to soften and defrizz hair. It’s designed for those of us out here with dry, damaged and brittle hair.

Wet Hair Care: IGK’s Good Behavior Prep Spray & Smoothing Treatment

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While you can definitely use the products separately, I feel like I get the best results when I use them together. Both offer heat protection up to 450 degrees and contain Spirulina which helps to smooth, nourish and strengthen the hair. I go in with the prep spray first on my towel dry hair before using a come to detangle and rough drying my hair. After it’s about 85% dry, I section, spray the smoothing treatment and round brush for that smooth, blowout look. All of IGK’s products are vegan, cruelty-free, and formaldehyde-free (which is a big one since I’m allergic), so feel free to use them guilt-free!

Dry Hair Styling: Ouai’s Texture Spray & Drybar’s The Chaser finishing cream

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There is a reason that the texture spray from Ouai is a cult classic, if you want beachy-textured waves look no further than this spray. Honestly when I use this spray in my curls, I don’t use any hairspray (it’s kinda like if dry shampoo had a baby). It gives me enough hold and grit that my curls last all day, but if I brush it out, there’s not so much texture that my hair feels unbearably dirty (it’s a fine line I like to walk, lol). Also the scent is great (it’s called North Bondi, and it’s actually available as a perfume and candle on Ouai’s website). To smooth my ends and give them a bit of shine, I’m obsessed with the Chaser from Drybar. The shine actually comes from bits Mica infused in the cream. A little bit goes a long way though, so only use a pump.

And those are some of my favorite hair products. To be completely honest, there are literal baskets full under my sink, and I can probably talk for hours about my favorite dry shampoos (which deserve their own post tbh), these are my ride-or-dies. I know not every product works for everyone the same way, I hope that this can help you on your own hair journey. So that’s the post for this week, make sure to check back in next Friday to see what’s new. All of my socials are linked if you want to give them a follow, and until next week. See you then!

Current Night Skin

We can all agree that getting home at the end of an extremely long day is a sigh of relief, and just like how you want to kick your shoes off at the end of the day, so does your skin (theoretically speaking). Night is the time when your skin is at it’s most relaxed, after a long stressful day of being exposed to different kinds of stressors, whether those are outside aggressors like environmental (like pollution) or internal (example: consuming six cups of coffee and not one ounce of water). Your nighttime routine should be as be as different from your morning as well night and day; where in the morning the concern is about protecting your skin, at night you should be concerned with repairing your skin. The order in which you would use your products also changes depending on the products in your routine. For example: if you use toners or essences (which I haven’t been lately), then they would go after your cleanser but before your serums. I’ve actually been downgrading my routine lately in an attempt to be more efficient with my time so it’s pretty simple: a double cleanse, followed my two serums then my moisturizer and eye cream.

Step 1: Cleansing

Just as with any skincare routine, the first thing you need to do is cleanse your skin to get all the dirt and gunk out of your pores as well as any makeup from that day. To begin, I go in with Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil to melt off any makeup from earlier before doing a light rinse and using Fresh’s Soy Cleanser on my PMD brush.

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Step 2: Serum

After cleansing, it’s time to attempt to repair some of the damage from the day. Retinol has always been a popular night serum, though unfortunately with my sensitive skin it has always been a struggle to find just the right one that’s going to give me results while not breaking me out in. Enter in the chat the new retinol from Kiehl’s: it’s a microdose serum which means that it’s gentle and safe enough for everyday use. I am honestly obsessed with this serum and pair it with Fresh’s Rose Oil-in-Serum. Rose is well known for it’s ability to help with cell turnover, so it’s just an obvious choice to pair to help with night repair.

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Step 3: Moisturize

And finally, moisturizing and sealing in those amazing serums that I used. Currently I’ve still been rocking the Tula Dew Your Thing oil-free gel cream, which is giving me the hydration that I need while still being lightweight in all of this persistent humidity. As hopefully it starts to cool down soon, I will probably transition into a heavier cream but for now this works like a charm.

So that is my current night time skincare routine. A big thing to take from this post is while this routine and these products work for me, they may or may not work for depending at your skin type and needs. It’s really important to listen to your skin and it’s needs rather than trying a product because it’s trendy. I hope you enjoyed this post and learned a few different things. My socials are all linked if you want to keep up with me, and I post here every Friday. Until next time, have a great week!

Fall Favorites 2021

As a professed basic white girl, I can honestly say that there is no time of year I love more than fall. I honestly enjoy pumpkin spice flavored anything, football games, and being able to walk outside my house without completely roasting. There’s just something about this time of year, no matter how briefly it is that I enjoy. My love of fall-themed products is no different. Every year it seems that the market is filled with more and more limited editions of a wide range of products from food to home and beauty, and while some have managed to wrangle their way into becoming permanent editions, others are here for but a brief second before being gone forever. So here are just a few of my favorite products this fall season.

  1. Trader Joe’s Maple Cookies
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So these are a delicacy that technically can be found all year long (and that I do enjoy them ALL year round), but there’s just something about enjoying maple cookies while having a pumpkin spice hot chocolate and being cuddled on the couch in front of spooky movies that is just a complete vibe and I am here for it.

2. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Oatmilk&Almondmilk Creamer

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Just to establish again that I am a basic b-word, once the middle of August hits I am basically exclusively drinking pumpkin flavored coffee beverages. However, a recent issue that I have discovered is that dairy and I no longer are on the best terms, which is why stumbling across this in the grocery store is one of the best finds of the year. It’s amazing, and if you didn’t know that it was nondairy, you wouldn’t be able to taste the difference.

3. Purlisse Pumpkin+Ginger Detoxifying Charcoal Mask

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Living in the South, as much as I wish the first day of Fall meant crisp leaves and chilly mornings, unfortunately we are still the lower 90s most days which means I am a sweaty mess and clogged pores under my mask (like the pandemic kind) most days. This mask cleans all of that gunk out and it smells amazing. Pumpkin enzymes are amazing for resurfacing the skin (getting rid of all of those dead skin cells, ew), while ginger is proven to detoxify and improve skin texture. It doesn’t hurt at all that this mask smells exactly like a yummy pumpkin snack!

4. KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira

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On principal alone, 90% of the year I am a nude lipstick queen and I don’t stray from that path. When the air starts to crisp up, there’s just something about a dark red/maroonish lip that does something to me. Now KVD has always had one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas that I’ve finally been able to go back to since a certain problematic is no longer a part of the company (but that’s a whole other topic), so the color Ludwig is my go-to nude for most of the year. Vampira just fits this time of year perfectly: 1) the name is *chef’s kiss*, and 2) the color almost perfectly matches my school’s color which is great for football season. There’s something to be said about a color the can go from fun days to spooky nights.

5. Target’s Opalhouse Harvest Brunch candle

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Like most who proudly call themselves basic, fall use to mean flocking to Bath and Body Works and spending $100+ only to walk out the door with like five candles. But with age comes wisdom and the realization that Target has candles that smell just as good that cost literally half the price. Among your typical pumpkin and maple scents, there was just something about it that set it apart for me. Like there’s definitely still pumpkin in it, but also I smell fruity pebbles? I’m not sure, all I know is that this candle smells good.

Thank you so much for checking in to this week’s blog post, and I hope you enjoyed! If you want to try anything, I linked everything that I could. If you want to give my a follow to keep up with my day to day, all of my socials are linked in the menu. Until next Friday, I hope you have a great week.

Worth the Hype: Fresh Skincare

One of the exciting things that happened during my hiatus was Fresh Skincare coming to Ulta. Once a Sephora exclusive, you can now find this clean skin love at your local Ulta (and it’s not the only once Sephora exclusive that’s found it’s way into Ulta recently). Founded in 1991 by Russian immigrants living in Boston, Fresh is all about natural, sustainable ingredients inspired by the food bazaars found across Europe. An amazing aspect that Fresh has brought to the game is that they’ve partnered with the UEBT (Union for Ethical BioTrade) to ensure that all of their ingredients can be traced back to their source. They are also working towards having net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 and 100% of packaging either made of recycled material or being recyclable by 2025. All of these things are absolutely amazing, but of course comes the question: are the products worth the price tag?

From experience so far, I say, absolutely! There is not a single item that I have tried that I haven’t loved, and as someone with extremely sensitive skin that is a miracle. There are very few brands out there that I can say that about (even my introduction to natural skin, Origins has given me a few reactions). While some of the ingredients are very typical for skincare, they’ve added some unique ones that certainly work (like kombucha, great for the gut and your face lol).

  1. Soy Face Cleanser
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As a combo-dry skin person, I am constantly on the lookout for a cleanser that is going to get me clean, but not leave my skin dry and tight feeling. This cleanser is it. Like hands down, one of the best that I’ve ever tried. One of my friends shared with me that she’s not the biggest fan of the scent (think soy and cucumbers), but honestly I don’t mind it. I just love how clean my skin feels after using this.

2. Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum

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On principal, I’m not the biggest fan of rose scented things. Don’t get me wrong, I love what rose does to my skin, I love receiving roses, however anything that’s artificially scented rose or most things with rose essence just immediately bring to mind elderly ladies (I think it’s a direct correlation to my paternal grandmother and her love of rose lotion). Fresh’s rose line is something else however. It might be the fact that in several of the items I can actually SEE the rose petals (like the toner and mask), but I really just enjoy it. This serum has become one of my nighttime routine, going directly after my retinol serum, and I just love how it makes my skin feel.

3. Sugar Lemon Body Wash and Lotion

So lemon has always been one of my favorite scents/flavors (like lemon Luna bars and Lemonades from the Girl Scouts are my weakness), so the first time I smelt this scent, I was done for. My skin is SO soft after using this shower gel, and the lotion *chef’s kiss*. Together, I just look and smell amazing. With ingredients like mango seed extract and actual sugar, Vitamins C&E, and nourishing shea butter, it’s doing good for your skin while leaving you feeling nice and refreshed.

4. Lip Treatments

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So with the return of the masks, unfortunately means that my lips are back to being as dry as the Sahara. Never in a million years would I have imagined myself paying almost $20 for a lip balm, but these have become an actual favorite of mine. To be totally honest, I have two just because I hate going between bags and forgetting it in the other when I need it. So the mint flavored one lives in my work purse, meanwhile the tinted Rose one lives in my just regular purse (so that way there’s a bit of color on my lips when I’m going out to eat). I’m honestly probably way too obsessed, but with winter coming at least I know crusty lips aren’t in my forecast.

Thank you so much for joining me this week, and if you want to check out Fresh for yourself, I’ll have their website linked here. As always, if you want to keep up with me, all of my socials are linked in the bar. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week, and see you next Friday!