2017 Faves

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HI FRIENDS! Bet you all thought I forgot about this thing. Since the last time I posted, I went through a whirlwind of stress and anxiety and unhappiness and I definitely didn’t feel like posting when I was feeling so crappy. I’m muuuuch better now but I’ll admit that I’ve been dragging my feet when it comes to getting back into a regular writing schedule. I didn’t know what to write about and I even let myself make the excuse that I forgot the password to this blog. (Nevermind that I could have easily recovered it via “forgot my password”…)

Last year was a hard year for me. I felt directionless and unfulfilled and unhappy even though there wasn’t anything exactly wrong. Not gonna lie, I cried all the time. However, I made strides to change the things I could, and accept the things I couldn’t. And let’s be real, it couldn’t have been all bad. I figured I’d focus on some of the positives and share a hodgepodge of favorites from 2017.Read More »

How I Cleared My Skin

Most people go through bad skin days, and I’m definitely not an exception. I’ve always struggled with acne here and there, but there was a period of time when my skin was so bad that I literally wanted to cry every time I looked in the mirror. I knew I couldn’t continue living that way, so I decided to make my skin health a priority. I made several lifestyle changes that I think truly transformed my skin!Read More »

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access has already started and the Public Sale opens up July 21 and lasts until August 6! Shopping the sale during early access is exclusive to Nordstrom cardholders, but the sale opens up to everyone during the public sale. Although I don’t personally have a Nordstrom card, I still perused the sale catalog and the beauty exclusives and thought I’d post my personal picks here! *Note: I’m most likely NOT buying most of these things, but I’ve picked out what I like!Read More »

Affordable Beauty Products I Love


Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater ($7)

To be honest, I mainly like this because spraying my face with it is fun and feels good and smells nice. The spray is multipurpose. I use it pretty much at any step of my face routine.. before/after moisturizing, before/after makeup application, etc. It’s hydrating, refreshing, and soothing. Rosewater also has a number of benefits because it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties. I don’t think I can speak to those benefits but it’s nice to know that spraying this stuff on my face may go beyond being fun and feeling good.Read More »

My 5 Skincare Essentials


1. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ($29)

Taking off makeup is one of the most important steps in my skincare routine. How else is my skin going to breathe if it’s always covered in crap? I’ve tried various makeup removers, but this product is by far my favorite. It comes in balm form so it’s perfect for traveling. I scrape off a little bit of the balm with my finger and as I massage it into my face, the balm immediately dissolves into an oil. I focus on my lashes first and then spread it out from the center of my face where most of my makeup is concentrated. This product is excellent at removing any traces of  makeup on my skin but it also gently and effectively melts away my waterproof mascara!!!! There’s no need to tug on my lashes and the balm turned oil doesn’t burn my eyeballs. I also love how lightweight it feels despite the oil form and when I wash it away, my skin doesn’t feel stripped nor oily. In fact, I don’t think I would need to cleanse my face again except that I just want to.Read More »