Skin update + First Impression of The Ordinary

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Last week my Beautylish order arrived and I finally got my hands on four of The Ordinary products:

1. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

2. Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

3. AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

4. Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

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Fancy White Tee

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I’m back! I’m still getting through a cold so please send healing vibes. Still trying to figure out how this happened since the last few days have been unseasonably warm. Anyway, last night I decided to not pull the sweats out for date night and wore this look instead. I managed to eat 5 slices of pizza in this outfit so I consider it a success.  Continue reading “Fancy White Tee”

Covering up acne spots + updates

Bare Minimum Coverage

Yesterday I decided to finally pick up a concealer to cover up the redness on my chin. I haven’t had much luck with concealers in the past, but after seeing that my Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint wasn’t providing the coverage that I wanted, I stopped by Rite Aid and picked up the Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 25 Medium ($4.89 at Target!). There are 6 shades in the range, not ideal if you’re in between but I guess you could buy two shades and mix them. Might have to get a darker shade to mix with the Medium once I come back from my Spain trip.  Continue reading “Covering up acne spots + updates”

Throwback Thursday: Wedding planning

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This time last year I started seriously thinking about what I wanted in our wedding. What are we going to eat aka where will the reception take place? Yes, eat because brides do that. What am I going to wear? Who are we going to invite? How are we going to document it all? And probably most important, how are we going to have a good time? Whether you’re a bride to be or a friend/family member of a bride-to be, I hope this can help you put things into focus and nail down your planning process.  Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Wedding planning”

For your eyes only

Happy Hump Day!

The weekend is close by and it smells like a box of fresh donuts. Maybe it has something to do with my birthday on Saturday. I will need the doughy comfort to soothe me through the rain that is supposed to happen even though it’s MAY!

Donuts and rainy weather aside, I’ve been feeling really uninspired with my Spring style. The easiest way to pretend like the sun is actually out when it’s playing hide and seek is putting on a pair of sunglasses. It’s the easiest way to talk to the world without saying a word. Continue reading “For your eyes only”

Monday Blues

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I spent this weekend wearing and stretching out my new High Rise Ankle Crop jeans from Re/Done, a company that repurposes vintage Levi’s. I’ve been scoping their site for the last few years and I finally decided to take the plunge. Continue reading “Monday Blues”

Dealing with acne

This week has been a terrible skin week. About three weeks ago, my chin started developing these bumps that you couldn’t see but could feel. Then some whiteheads formed and some remained stubborn bumps. Naturally, I did the worst possible thing to “fix it.” I attempted to pop all of them regardless of their readiness to enter the outside world. Instead of turning this into an incredibly long rant about acne, I’m going to show you what I’ve been working with and what I’ve been using. Brace yourself for some of these close ups. Continue reading “Dealing with acne”

Why I started my blog

At the end of last week, I started brainstorming content for this week and panicked because I had nothing new to talk about. I also knew it was going to be difficult to top last week’s vacation inspired posts. Then I realized that I never dedicated a post to why I started my blog. So here goes my best attempt at explaining this new roller coaster in my life.

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When in Palm Springs…

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View from the 2nd floor of the Best Western

Palm Springs was definitely my favorite part of last weekend. The sun, palm trees, and the view of the mountains never got old. My friends and I stayed at the Best Western Plus Las Brisas, which was both close enough to our Coachella shuttle stop and plenty of restaurants. We lucked out there!

When I go back, I would definitely look into renting a house in that general area because of how much variety there is in terms of food (priority #1). But if you would rather stay in a hotel, the Best Western is great as a home base for sleep and being by a pool. There are also plenty of hotels close by as well. Continue reading “When in Palm Springs…”

Traveling light + Coachella Style Diary

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How I travel light:

Check the weather: For Palm Springs and Indio, the weather was 90-100 degrees in the day and a low of 70-80 degrees at night.

Ask myself the following questions:

What will I be doing?

What pieces will look good and feel comfortable for each activity? (Bonus points for pieces I can wear more than once)

What do I need to add to complete the look (bag, shoes, etc…)?

Second guessing something? Don’t bring it.  Continue reading “Traveling light + Coachella Style Diary”