Today is a really good day so far! It’s a nice mild cloudy day with a slight breeze. There is nothing I love more than overcast weather…I know, I’m weird for liking slightly gloomy weather. That’s me though!
One of the reasons today is such a good day is because my hair looks pretty damn good. I even posted it on Instagram.
Today I went with a pair of dark wash blue jeans and a royal blue top along with a hooded kimono/cardigan. I’ve been gravitating towards this color blue this whole season…I’m honestly not sure why either.
Jeans: American Eagle
Sandals: Sam Edelman
I love (faux) silk tops for breezy, mild days like today. They’re so effortless and simple, but can easily be dressed up or down…I think I may need a few more in more colors – preferably neutral colors.
Well, that’s all for this wonderful Friday, I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s posts because I sure loved writing them!
I haven’t broken out in almost three weeks now. I have one pimple right this second that was caused by my excessive dairy intake, but that is all. That is a record for me…by now my skin would be covered in a bunch of unsightly pimples that appeared out of thin air. I don’t know what it is about my current skincare routine, but my face likes it a lot! I bet you can already guess what I’ll be talking about today then – my current skincare routine!
First, I’m going to talk about the nighttime because that’s typically when I have the most steps.
So I do wear makeup – foundation, eyeliner, mascara, you know the usual. Therefore, it’s so important for me to do a first and second cleanse. I like to start off with either my Dr. Jart’s Dermaclear Micellar Water or my Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil to get my make up off. I gave up makeup wipes a long time ago because I felt that they were slightly too abrasive on my skin. After doing my first cleanse I normally just do whatever needs to be done at home before I move onto my second cleanse.
I’ve fallen in love with my Bosica Charcoal Deep Cleansing Stick because I feel like it really does do a nice deep cleanse without being too harsh. I honestly do think charcoal was one of the keys to keeping the pimples away for this long. Anything with charcoal or even clay might be my saving grace for my pesky acne-prone skin.
My next step is toning which I did not think was even important. Sometimes there can be leftover dirt or just leftover cleanser, which needs to come off. I use the Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner mainly for extra hydration.
Then I follow up with my Glossier Super Pure niacinamide serum which I think played a big role in keeping the pimples away as well…I mean that’s what it’s for.
I finish off the nighttime routine with the Dr. Jart’s Water Drop that is packed with lots of hydration. I like the Korean skincare brands lately…they work!
In the morning I rinse my face with lukewarm water and tone my face. I recently purchased this MISSHA Time Revolution Clear Toner from SokoGlam. The toner contains fermented yeast extract which promotes cellular turnover and a brighter, even skin tone. So far, I like it and it’s another Korean brand!
I apply the Glossier Super Pure again and then moisturize with the Dr. Jart’s Water Drop and I’m done!
On Wednesday’s or Thursday’s, I’ll usually do a mask. Lately, I’ve been reaching for my Leahlani Mermaid Mask…it’s almost time to purchase some more.
That’s really all I’ve been doing with my skin lately. I’m a little afraid to add any acids again that at some point I’ll add the First Aid Beauty Glycolic Pads back in since they are pretty gentle.
Sorry for posting so late today, I had another busy day and I didn’t want to completely neglect you guys again. So, thanks for reading!
I think it’s a trend for me that I never know what to write about, but usually come up with something! Today, I thought hey why not write another fashion related post. At first, I was going to rant about my love for Madewell clothing, but that’s pretty specific I think. So I decided to talk about some of my current fashion favorites. So let’s stop wasting time and jump right into this post!
I’m not a huge fan of the warmer months because of the heat and the allergies, but I decided that this year I would embrace my personal style along with the weather. Normally, I would wear my usual jean shorts and racerbacks/white tees, but I decided to change it up!
So you guys know that I love Madewell, as mentioned above and in multiple other posts. I especially love my new tops that I purchased at the end of March. If you’ve been on any of my social medias or have even seen past post then you know about these tops. The green muscle tee is probably my favorite because it goes with everything and it’s also extremely soft and breathable!
This bracelet also from Madewell goes with everything! I love that it’s adjustable and that trendy rose pink that is everywhere! If they’re still selling it, I may get the navy blue one! You all know that I could go on and on….and on about my love for Madewell, but I’m going to stop here. I’m sure I’ll have another post about it sometime next week.
Speaking of the trendy rose pink, remember I featured this top a few weeks ago? I love the color and of course the style. I hope the off the shoulder trend stays for awhile because it’s perfectly feminine and can be dressed up or down.
So I was planning to get sandals from Madewell, but I liked these Sam Edelman ones a whole lot more! Also, they were cheaper and have little cushions. I wouldn’t walk for too long in these because they do get really uncomfortable, but I think that could be said for most sandals. I believe these will be my “holy grail” sandals until they completely deteriorate.
Who doesn’t love bralettes? I know I do! I could definitely buy some more to wear with my muscle tee(s) which will probably happen in the near future. I’m still on my braless journey which I’m fully enjoying. I finally invested in some silicone pasties that I wear ALL the time. It’s probably time to buy a new pair, but I’ve gotten at least 20 wears out of these babies. They can be pricey ($12-$25) but they’re absolutely worth it in my opinion.
Of course, I can’t forget about dresses. Well, I only have one dress that I can wear with pretty much everything – Vans, sandals, heels, etc.! That dress I got from American Eagle a couple of weeks ago is the one I’m speaking of. I don’t know what to say except….I love the dress!
So, those are my current fashion favorites, you guys! I hope this was an interesting post! I love all of these items because I can pretty much wear them all throughout both Spring and Summer. I’m glad that I changed up my style a little bit because I have to say, it’s a whole lot more fun. Thanks for reading!
Sometimes I feel like every time I have clear skin, here comes another breakout just waiting to happen. About two weeks ago, I broke out all over my T-zone, (minus the forehead) cheeks and chin. I’m not sure why exactly, but I felt like I had this great routine to keep all the pimples away and it wasn’t working. All I know is that my skin was really inflamed and was giving me the blues.
I had been using the Peter Thomas Roth Acne System that is loaded with salicylic acid, which is known to keep acne away. It worked for about a week and then, BAM, another breakout. To try and remedy the pimples, I did my Leahlani Mermaid Mask and then later that week my Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask. They did help temporarily, but the pimples would not budge!
At one point, I was just extremely frustrated, which I’m sure caused some more acne. So, I went back to basics. Each pimple, I applied a hot compress and slowly drained them. It was a process but it did work.
I came to a realization (thanks to the Youtuber Gothamista) that maybe I was being way too harsh on my face. She is very knowledgeable about pH and the ingredients in the products out there on the market. I began to use some of the same steps she uses to keep her skin clear as well as some steps that I thought would help.
Don’t over wash my skin
I began washing my face with just water in the morning followed by a gentle toner
Calm my skin down
I used a calming mask (stolen from mom) from the Farmacy line: Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask
I also used Glossier’s Super Pure niacinamide serum which is unexpectedly gentle.
Hydrate my skin
I stopped using just the Herbivore Lapis Oil and applied an actual moisturizer. Dr. Jart’s Water Drop to be exact…also stole from mom.
Added a little extra oil at night
Use a gentle yet effective cleanser at night
I’ve always done this but decided to try out the Boscia’s Charcoal Cleansing Stick…stole from mom yet again. I love the cleansing stick btw and it is surprisingly gentle.
Within two days, my skin improved. My pimples didn’t hurt and weren’t nearly as big. It’s been four days now and even my hormonal acne is responding well to this new routine. I would love to pinpoint exactly what’s helping, but it could be all of it or some of it. I get so irritated with my acne that I slather EVERYTHING onto my face just to get rid of pimples and that could have been setting me back this whole time. I’m going to keep up this routine for a few weeks and then be sure to update you guys. I’m also going to take a before picture now so that I don’t forget and can show you all actual results! Thanks for reading!
Today I decided to be proactive and start blogging a little bit earlier than normal, especially since it’s going to be a busy day for me. Today I’m celebrating my best friend’s birthday. She has a blog too called thelavendersmile. So instead of completely neglecting my schedule and you guys, I thought why not just get a head start and post early?!
Most Friday’s, I don’t have too much to talk about unless of course, I’ve planned something in advance. Today isn’t really a planned post but I do want to talk about my purchase from Glossier.
I have no idea what took me SO long to buy anything from them, but the day has finally come. This, of course, isn’t a review, because I JUST got the products yesterday and I’ve only used one of them.
Glossier is a brand that stands for pretty much everything I am about! It minimal, clean, no nonsense, still fun, quirky, and of course aesthetically pleasing! I have used their skin tint and it is a little too lightweight for my hyperpigmented skin, but one of these days I will ONLY be able to do lightweight.
Anyway, onto the purchases. I will do a review on these products very soon…I have a long list of products to review already!
So I had to get the Glossier Boy Brow in black because 1. It’s a bestseller and 2. It makes everyone’s eyebrows look natural and filled in instantly! I think everyone should have a little bit of boy brow in their makeup kit and I haven’t even used it yet! I’ve seen countless videos on YouTube of people using this brow gel and it’s a hit. The tube should be a whole lot bigger for the price. I’m not usually one to complain too much about price, but the Boy Brow is pretty small. At $16 they could definitely make the tube a bit wider. It does seem to be the only product that is that small as well as the only product you’ll need to buy over and over again. There’s gotta be a method to their madness.
I was not supposed to be buying skincare this month, but I really couldn’t resist. So I kind of tweaked my no buying skincare month into purchasing from Sephora. I am in Sephora at least 3 to 4 times a month and I ALWAYS buy something skincare related. Anyway, I had to get my hands onto the Glossier Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc serum. Apparently, niacinamide and zinc are supposed to help with inflammation that accompanies acne. Well, guess who has acne prone skin and lots of skin inflammation? This girl. So it was almost written in the stars that I had to buy this serum. I already like it because it goes on your skin like water!
So, I think that I’ll really like both of these products and I’ll probably purchase some other ones later on. I couldn’t make this post too long, but I did want to get it up for you all nice and early!
Comment if you’ve tried Glossier and tell me what your favorite product is!
I know I know, I didn’t post my Friday post yesterday. I should seriously consider auto posting for when I’m out and about and don’t plan on being near a computer. Anyway, today I wanted to talk about American Eagle Outfitters. It’s not weird that I want to talk about this retailer, I promise.
I didn’t really shop at American Eagle as a teen because their clothes were pretty logo intensive then and I did not like that sort of style and still don’t. It wasn’t until a few years ago I happened upon their site and saw that they kind of changed their style to more everyday basics yet somewhat trendy style. This was around the time that I started doing a capsule wardrobe and shopped there for mainly t-shirts and jeans.
AE jeans are some of the best jeans on the market. This is coming from someone who has trouble finding jeans because of my somewhat abnormally long legs and the random tushy I have. Shopping for jeans is something I never ever want to go do but I know is necessary every few years or so. Sometimes I’m a 0 and sometimes I’m a 4. It always depends on the store and if their sizes don’t vary too much. American Eagle is one of those stores where I am the same size in every rise, fit, and wash. Ultimately, it’s as if American Eagle jeans are made for people with “abnormal” bodies…not for the super curvy, yet not for the waif either.
Anyway, I recently went on their site again and noticed the style has changed a bit once again. They still have their Soft & Sexy line, but also added a new line that I am really here for. The line is called “Don’t Ask Why” and it features slightly sexy, edgy and somewhat trendy clothing. Think, off the shoulder, lace up necklines, bomber jackets and an homage to Yeezy maybe?
Of course, I bought some things and plan on buying a couple of more items from there for the warmer months. I’m forever in a bind when it comes to clothes and Summer and I think American Eagle is my answer!
Is AE slow fashion? Not really, but it isn’t fast fashion either. There happens to be some retailers out there who fall right in the middle. Are their practices ethical? Well, I’m still searching for that but AE has a page about a better world which doesn’t exactly include “100% ETHICAL” or anything of the sort. However, they’re leaning more towards sustainability, which is a step in the right direction.
It helps to have a retailer to shop at that’s not super expensive and also pretty stylish. I can’t say the same for some slow retailers out there. I actually really love the idea of shopping somewhere that’s priced somewhere in the middle ($30-$150.)
So I said all of that to say that I’ve added American Eagle Outfitters to my slow fashion shopping list, especially for the Summer months. If I buy anything else from AE, I’ll be sure to post about in my next capsule update! Thanks for reading!
I think I might be a little strange because I like to plan out my purchases. Obviously, I don’t plan out just any and every purchase, but anything over $75 I do. I have this wish/need list that I should finally start purchasing from, but I always get sidetracked by skincare and makeup. At this point, the only makeup I need is a new foundation which can be a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. And I MAY have to let my skincare obsession suffer for a few months in order to get the items on my wish list.
So what are these items that I speak of? Well, some of the items I do actually need and the rest are just items that I want. For instance, all of my jeans are slowly getting tighter and tighter. There is nothing more uncomfortable than tight jeans that don’t fit that well. I’m not getting fatter or anything, I’ve actually been working out and toning my body which causes some plumpness…especially in the booty area. I have a $20 off coupon at Madewell for some jeans, but since it’s getting warmer I can wait on that purchase.
I also could use some new sandals. I’ve worn the same sandals from TJ Maxx for three years and they are sadly falling apart. I figured I could just replace them with some new Madewell sandals. I told you guys, I really love Madewell’s clothes and accessories!
The next item, I’m not too sure I need or just want. I haven’t tried on my shorts from the last two years, so I’m not certain they fit or not. Just in case, I may purchase some in the near future from…you guessed it…Madewell!
The rest of the items are just things that I want. Since I’ve stopped purchasing fast fashion, it’s a little bit harder to just go out and get them whenever I want. However, this saves me from purchasing crap as well as making impulse buys!
I’ve had my eye on these Vince Camuto block heels for awhile now! I have shoes like this that I’ve had for years and it’s finally time to renew them with something a little more substantial. I love any shoes from Vince Camuto because the quality is great and the comfort level is amazing! I used to have some platform heels from Vince that were super high and I could dance, walk and do flips in those babies. Now, I don’t really wear heels that high simply because I don’t go out as often anymore.
This next item most definitely leans to a frivolous want. I went to Bloomingdale’s the other day and saw this tee dress that I felt like I needed to have. There are those days that I don’t really feel like getting dressed and how easy would it be to throw on this cute slightly oversized tee dress with some heels, boots, or sneakers? The only problem is that because it’s an Alexander Wang brand, it’s pretty expensive for what it is. However, I’m sure this dress would last FOREVER if I do decide to purchase it.
Last but not least, I saw this Pop & Suki bag a few months ago and I knew that I just had to have it. I don’t see too many people with it IRL and that is always a plus to me. What I like most about it is that it’s a convertible bag! I can get a shoulder strap or backpack straps…how cool is that?! If you’ve read my blog before then you know that I’m all about versatility when it comes to clothing and accessories. I love backpacks and I love small bags so this is perfect. It is near $200, but it is a handbag and completely worth it in my opinion. I’m not sure when this will be mine, but I’m hoping very very soon!
So that’s my Spring Wishlist you guys! I was going to do a March favorites or essentials but they honestly haven’t changed that much from February so I thought this would be better!
What are some items that are on your wishlist? Comment down below, I’m curious :).