My Skincare Must-Haves.

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source: iSkincare Reviews

Since starting to work at a beauty company, I’ve gotten a lot of skincare products. No seriously, if you ever come to my apartment, I will give you a gift bag of skincare products because there’s no way I’ll ever use them all. Since I have exposure to all these products, I’ve been trying to care more about having a skincare regime, and along the way, have discovered some great products that I use to keep my skin moisturized, smooth and glowing from my head to my toes.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream

You guys, this moisturizer is so amazing. I love how it makes my skin feel hydrated all day long. It’s so lightweight and creamy, and thankfully a little goes a long way. I will say, it’s initially alarming how liquid-y this is, and you do have to be conscious of how quickly you are opening the lid. I am also unsure if it’s worth its $65 price tag since I technically haven’t had to buy it yet, but I do feel it’s a great product and effective moisturizer.  Keeps Me Hydrated: 9/10

NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil-Horchata

Okay, I’ll admit it, this product is one of my favorites because of the smell. The horchata scent is SO good, like so good I have to stop myself from licking my fingers after I apply. In terms of the product itself, I do think it’s helping moisturize my cuticles, an area I have not taken care of in awhile. I have noticed less hangnails, etc. since I started using. It’s also vegan and cruelty free, extra bonus points! Worth the $18 price tag? Probably not, I would ideally pay no more than $12 for something like this. Keeps Me Hydrated: 7/10

Human + Kind Body Soufflé in a Tube

This lotion is my absolute favorite thing, if you’re going to buy one thing off this post, buy this!!! The price tag is great at $18.50, I literally own 5 bottles of this (not joking) because I love how easily it rubs onto my skin, and leaves me feeling smooth and moisturized all day long. I’ve given to my mom, friends, boyfriend and they all say how much they love it and want to get more. It’s also vegan, natural and cruelty free!  Keeps Me Hydrated: 10/10

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Intensive Hydrating Serum

I use this serum after I cleanse during my morning skincare routine and it’s a great base before my toner. I wish I had had this product during the harsh east coast winters that my skin used to suffer through for months. Since I do live in SoCal, I cannot confirm if this does help make winter dry skin better, but I feel like it would? I did use when I was home for Christmas for about 2 weeks and my skin didn’t get dry at all, so take what you will from that.  Keeps Me Hydrated: 8/10

Ouai Leave-In Conditioner

My holy grail hair care item, I have wavy/curly, frizz prone hair that’s color treated and heat damaged, and this stuff just infiltrates my waves and tames them into looking somewhat behaved. It doesn’t leave my hair slick or crunchy, though I have heard complaints of that happening if you use too much. It smells great and this is another one where a little goes a long way, but I do wish the bottle were a bit bigger.  Keeps Me Hydrated: 9/10

 

From Left to Right: Human + Kind Body Souffle, Kate Somerville Goat Milk, NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil, innisfree tea tree serum, OUAI Leave-In Conditioner

Any hydrating skin care products that you recommend as one of your must-haves? Let me know in the comments, I’m always looking to try something new!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

This was not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Vanity Upgrade

One of my favorite things in my room is my vanity, which also doubles as a desk (when I’m not working from bed). I am currently using a white desk that I got at Target, with a white mirror and lighted vanity make up mirror. Recently I decided to spice things up and add the marble top (marble is my new favorite). I bought this adhesive from Amazon, it was seriously so easy to apply! Would definitely recommend getting this for sprucing up an old space, plus it makes a great backdrop for photos!

7 Basic Things from the Week! (9/5)

  1. Interesting take on a new fad, Why #SquadGoals Isn’t Helping Our Society at All. I can’t say she doesn’t have a point…
  2. I don’t know if this would ever happen, but I’m 100% for The Supreme Kourt!!
  3. Because I can’t go a week without mentioning Taylor Swift, can we talk about her new video for Wildest Dreams? Watch it again, for the 890th time, I know you want to.
  4. For every other twentysomething starting their ‘freshman’ year, here’s a wonderful article to remind you that we’re all in the same boat.
  5. Although Miss Piggy and Kermit broke up, there is still some relationship drama as the two move on with other, er, people.
  6. There’s a new app out that will keep users safe when walking alone at night. Great read for females, I know I’m definitely downloading this one.
  7. A great take on beauty and not letting it define you. I was screaming YAS all the way to the end.

Reader, I hope you have a lovely and beautiful Labor Day weekend!

Love, B.

That One Time I Gave Myself a Virtual Nose Job

Happy Monday Reader!
For the past month, I have been undertaking a daunting task. No, it has nothing to do with the title of this post, but it actually has everything to do with this title. Let me explain.
Reader, I was bored with my Facebook profile picture. You know that feeling, it’s been up for months and there haven’t been any new likes and it’s old and you need to freshen things up. I like to think of it as a rebirthing of sorts. You post it, people like it and comment on it and, don’t you dare deny it, you feel so (shallow) wonderful and confident!
I took selfies any chance I got that I looked moderately presentable. If you saw my camera roll, you’d be either be impressed or judging me for the amount of pictures of myself I had taken in the last week. But alas, one magical day, I swiped on some red lipstick and knew it was game time (que ‘Style’ by Taylor Swift). After capturing a few dozen photos, I set out to edit one or two. Reader, you’d either be impressed or judging me for the amount of photo editing apps one of my picture goes through before I post it.
One app in particular is similar to photoshop. Now, I believe that photoshop is awful and in Hollywood can have negative affects on us mere mortals in normal society. But this app is magical! It’s called FaceTune and you can smooth skin, whiten teeth, and reshape/resize your face.
Here, I will admit, I do think I am pretty. I have dainty features; small mouth, cute almond eyes, tiny teeth all of which is ruined by my nose. When I look in the mirror it’s all I can see. I’ve always hated it, mostly the tip which is just fat and round and awful and sort of comes to a point like a beak. I have a bump on the bridge of my nose which is something I’ve come to love, but I haven’t been able to accept the rest of my nose.
Enter FaceTune. Yes, I reshaped my nose to make it more suitable for my personal tastes.

2015/01/img_0274.jpgHere’s the two pictures, on the left is the unedited picture and on the right is the edited picture. It’s probably hard for you to tell but I can immediately see that the nose in the right picture is more of the nose I’ve always wanted.
But which picture did I post on Facebook?
I chose to post the unedited picture; although, I’d be lying if I said that my hand didn’t hover over the edited one for a few seconds. I don’t want to be a hypocrite and I would have been if I had posted the nosejob selfie. I’m one of those, ‘beauty is on the inside, who cares about what you face looks like!’ harpies, so I’d be lying to not only the world, but also myself if I posted that picture. I’d rather be real and genuine than post a false picture of myself. Plus I would have hated myself every time I got on and saw the false image.
The unedited picture I posted has gotten a considerable amount of likes and comments about my appearance. I guess maybe, my awful nose isn’t that noticeable to anyone else. Maybe most of the time, we’re the only ones who can see the ugly parts of ourselves. And maybe, those ugly parts are just part of our imaginations and they’re not so ugly after all.

Reader, have you ever heavily edited a picture of yourself? I hope you haven’t, and I hope you love every part of yourself.

Love, B.

Build Your Puzzle: A Letter to Myself.

Hey pretty girl!

So, if you’re reading this that mean’s you must be feeling lonely or insecure or sad or all of the above. But guess what? It’s just for a moment. For a fleeting moment, it feels like the universe and all of its cosmic forces are working against you, the only single person on the planet. But oh, you are not alone. You are not unloved. Although, no one is there to hold you at night, to tell you sweet things, to kiss your forehead and say those three little words.

And that’s okay. You are free, you can go anywhere, you have a whole bed to you and you don’t have to shave your legs every day. Spend time with your friends, your family, and most importantly, yourself. Bask in your own beautiful life. Every moment, find the simple things to fall in love with. Smile as much as you can and for as long as you can. Look for the beauty in other things, other people.

Sure, those other people are in relationships, heck, they’re engaged or married. But that’s for them. Their life, that fits together right now. Your life in this very moment? It’s not a fit. Stop trying to shove two puzzle pieces together that will never fit. One day, one fleeting moment, the right puzzle piece will drop into your lap. It might be tomorrow or three years from now or 15 years from now, or never.

And that’s okay. Your puzzle piece will come. And if that one puzzle piece doesn’t come, then the cosmic universe will fill your lap with a dozen other puzzle pieces to complete your master puzzle. So read, paint, fill your head and heart with beautiful words and ideas that will inspire your puzzle. Every puzzle is different, every person has a different puzzle to build. Embrace your puzzle, it’s the best thing you’ve got.

Remember, you have a beautiful soul and an even more beautiful life. Don’t waste any more moments waiting for pieces to a puzzle that isn’t yours.