A few weeks back, I woke up in the middle of the night with an urge to scratch my neck. It was unbearably itchy! I initially thought I had developed a rash of some sort (I’ve got some weird allergies that kick in once in a while), but quickly realized that it’s because my skin was CRAZY dry. How did this happen so suddenly?! I definitely had not been on my full winter skincare routine, mainly because the temps just dropped a couple of weeks ago and I thought I was in the clear. Well, that sh*t snuck up on me, and fast.
I’ve been on the mend – it’s taking time for the dry patches to heal completely, but it’s getting there. One of my winter skin tips is heaving up on hydrating beauty products. I’ve been using three products on repeat to help rejuvenate my current skin situation.
You’ve heard me rave about this stuff before – well, almost two years later I’m still using it on the regular. The last few weeks, I’ve been mixing more of it on after my daily moisturizer and piling it on my neck (it sounds weird, but it’s the truth). I also apply it before bed on my face & neck so I wake up nice & hydrated.
A few months back, I was on the hunt for a hydrating face mask. After scoping out my beauty reviews, per usual, I came across this oatmeal mask by First Aid Beauty and decided to give it a shot. I love how light it feels when applying (it smells so natural), and how soft my skin feels afterwards. It’s gentle enough to use a few times per week – I’ve been using it about once a month, but I’m going to step it up to 2X a week to give my skin an extra boost in this cold weather.
I discovered this mask when perusing through Soko Glam’s site one day (PS – Soko Glam is a one-stop shop for all Korean beauty, def worth checking out!). It was one of their best sellers at the time (still is), and at $10 I figured I’d take the plunge and try it. Best $10 I’ve EVER spent. It’s basically like putting candy on your face. The sugar exfoliates, and at the same time the shea butter hydrates. The end result is glowing, soft skin.
Did I always know how to style curly hair? Absolutely not. I’ve had curly hair my entire life, but didn’t figure out what to do with it until later in high school. Up until that point, I pulled it back in a ponytail and hair sprayed the fly aways. The result was a frizzy, sticky, slicked back mess. For someone who wears their hair curly daily – I straighten my hair maybe 3-4 times a year – it was important that I figured out how to manage it. Over the last 10 years my hair routine has evolved drastically, and I think at this point I’ve got it down to a science!
I’ve shared how I care for my curls, but I never shared how I actually get my curly look! Luckily, my hair has a natural loose curl, so that helps, but I do enhance it. Based on the stuff you guys search for on my blog and the feedback on Insta, I figured you may be curious what it is I actually do to my hair, so here is how to style curly hair (or at least how I do it!). You can shop all the products I use below!
I should have started experimenting with hair removal much sooner than I did. I blame that on my mom (sorry Mom, you know it’s true). I was a 5th grader with a unibrow and a mustache, and grade school kids have no remorse. Things were rough.
My first experience with hair removal was when my mustache was addressed in junior high. I started with wax, which ended horrendously at times…i.e. scabbing at the edge of my lips where I cringed every time I opened my mouth. My girls out there who’ve waxed their upper lip – I know you’ve felt this pain. No one deserves to go through this. Despite my traumatic experiences, I bought my own wax warmer and started waxing my legs, upper lip, bikini, etc all on my own. It was just easier and cheap…and ultimately better than shaving. But after years of waxing, the ingrowns worsened, my face became more and more sensitive to the wax, and I realized it wasn’t worth the effort given my hair would grow back in 7-10 days (yes, it grows freakishly fast). It was time to try something different.
I’ll admit it, I am a sucker for reviews. On everything. I want to know the ins and outs of each and every single thing I’m buying before I pull the trigger. Yes, it can be overwhelming, paralyzing at times, but in most situations it pays off. ESPECIALLY when it comes to beauty products. For one thing, because most non-drugstore products don’t come cheap. Also, the market is SO saturated, so you usually don’t know what you’re getting and if it even does what it claims it does.
With all that said, I research the sh*t out of every beauty product I purchase. I need to make sure I know what I’m putting on my face & hair, and that the product is worth the price. Call me crazy, but I check reviews across a few sites for different perspective.
I’d like to think that I don’t wear much makeup – I stick with bronzer, concealer, mascara, eyeliner (sometimes) & blush. That’s pretty much it. If I’m looking to spruce things up a bit, I pop on my favorite lipstick of the moment, and I particularly love rocking a bold lip. Since lipstick is my go-to in elevating my look, I’m always close to the latest trends and bounce on them immediately. You saw my favorite lipsticks of the summer a couple of months ago! Today, I’m sharing the beauty trend I’m loving lately…METALLIC LIPSTICK.
For years now, I’ve been trying to get off of anti-perspirant deodorant. Yes, I was still using it until recently…but I swear it’s because NOTHING else worked! I can’t be a smelly, sweaty mess. It’s just not an option. I’ve been on a serious hunt for the best natural deodorant. I’ve tried so many varieties, including Arm & Hammer, Toms, and that weird crystal one because my mom swore by it growing up and I was a curious child (it smells like salt and it’s as weird as it looks). Bottom line is, I might as well have gone au naturel because I sure smelled like I did. TMI, but I’m trying to make a point here!
Lipstick is magic. Do we all agree? You can have zero makeup on, be rocking sweatpants and a tee, throw some lipstick on and BOOM…you’re ready to face the world. I started embracing lipsticks in my early twenties, and red was my go-to in the early days. I’ve since expanded to more adventurous colors – I swap my lipsticks like I do my wardrobes every season. I typically go with brighter tones in the summer (oranges, berries, pinks), and darker, bold tones (eggplants, mochas, burgundys) in the fall & winter. This summer, I wore a lot more nudes than in the past. I think this kind of goes with the minimal makeup look I’ve been experimenting with…either way, nude lips are gorgeous and SO low maintenance!
Below are the lipsticks that have been on my rotation this summer – they range from super bright to barely there, but are all equally amazing. They’ve been there for my statement lip moments to my beach going days!
If you’ve been reading along for some time now, you know I frequently call out the unruliness and unpredictability of my brows. It’s even made it’s way to my Instagram bio – yes, it is that much a part of my life. I’ve shared my favorite places to get my brows threaded in Chicago, and around this time last year I discovered the magic of brow gel. Since then, I’ve been religiously using Benefit’s Gimme Brow and it’s changed my life in the eyebrow department!
However, after using Gimme Brow for almost a year now, I felt like it was time to challenge the champion. People have been raving about Glossier’s Boy Brow, so I caved and decided to give it a try. A brow gel face-off then ensued. Which is the best brow gel for me? Have I been wrong all along? I needed to find my brow gel soulmate…
Annnnd I’m back! I feel like I’ve been gone for ages, yet at the same time my vacation didn’t feel long enough (does it ever?!). I can’t wait to share more details on our trip – we had the chance to explore new islands, eat tons of Greek food (went overboard as we always do), spend quality time with close friends AND celebrated a wedding. All in all, it was an amazing trip and it came and went too fast. I can’t wait to share more juicy dets next week!
Though my post-vaca blues have officially kicked in, the fact that my skin is on point right now has softened the blow a bit. Relaxing on the beach for a week straight definitely has it’s benefits (as long as you wear SPF 30+!), and I’m determined to keep this look going for as long as possible post-beach life. Below are my tried and tested ways (7 to be exact) to get the lovely dewy summer skin we all strive for –
Since I can remember, my brows have been out of control. There was a point where I had an eyebrow…that’s right, eyebrow singular. Let’s just say ages 11-14 were my rough years. The photos I have from this period are frightening…to put things into perspective, my eyebrows were the least of my worries. I didn’t know how to manage my curly hair, I had a mustache (this was pre-waxing days), there was a lot going on.
I didn’t attempt cleaning up my eyebrows until 7th grade, and it was LONG overdue. They still were insanely thick, but at least I split them into two caterpillars vs. one. Baby steps. By freshman year of high school, I had discovered the miracle of eyebrow threading. I don’t know why I didn’t consider waxing initially, perhaps because waxing would not have done the job? I can’t recall, but either way, threading was the best discovery I ever made. In fact, I still do it to this day.