Recent Makeup & Skincare Purchases

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So skincare and makeup have become some of my top priorities in 2018. Over the past six to eight months, my skin has been hating me and I live with consistent breakouts. It’s no fun to wake up in the morning and look in the mirror just to see the next colony of pimples that have decided to take up my face as their place of residence.

I also really love makeup, and I find the process of applying makeup very therapeutic. Over the past year, I became #obsessed with the gym (and don’t get me wrong, I still am), but I noticed my appearance became that typical gym-goer who lived in workout clothes and no makeup. I loved that because it was so easy and carefree, but I wanted to look a little more presentable on a regular basis.

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Quick & Easy Daily Makeup

Quick & easy daily makeup perfect for college students, post-gym routines, or if you're in a rush!

Hey y’all! Okay so I went back and forth for what seemed like hours about what to call this post. It could be makeup products for post-workout, it could be everyday makeup products for a busy college student, or it could be makeup products for when you don’t feel like wearing a ton of makeup. But I’m just settling on quick and easy daily makeup because it encompasses all of the options and more.

This routine takes me at most 10 minutes but usually it’s around a solid 5 minutes. It requires only four products minimum (blush and bronzer not included) which means it can be taken with you anywhere! Hence the reason I wanted to make this a post-workout makeup post.

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Gift Guide for the Makeup Lover

Hey y’all! I’m back! I didn’t mean to take Tuesday off, but some unforeseen events occurred, and it just didn’t feel right to publish a post. As you’re reading this, I’m probably having my wisdom teeth removed or I’ve made it back home and I’m drooling all over the place while consuming liquid foods. Wow, doesn’t that sound appealing?? Haha, well while I’m at home all drugged up, here’s some makeup items that are all under $20 that I’m sure any makeup lover would love to receive!

Perfect gifts for the makeup lover in your life. All under $20! | Makeup Lover Gift Guide

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I already own a lot of stuff that’s on this list, so I can definitely vouch for how amazing it all is. Those makeup sponges are a life saver when it comes to applying liquid foundation, blending out concealer, or buffing in some liquid/cream contour. Everyone needs a quality pair (or pairs because let’s be honest, tweezers always seem to go missing) of tweezers to get those brows on point. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a single ELF lip color. And to top it all off, those makeup brushes are killer and I use them almost ever single day. KEEP READING “Gift Guide for the Makeup Lover”

A Fall Photoshoot

Somedays, after a long, emotionally draining week, you just need to throw on a cute outfit, a powerful lip color, and killer shoes and have a photoshoot. That’s just what I did about a week ago after I arrived back in Columbia after almost a week in Houston.

A fall photoshoot on the historic Horseshoe | Columbia, SC

I love the Horseshoe here on campus and have been wanting to do a photoshoot there for a while, but I never had someone to take my pictures. These photos were taken by one of my besties on staff. She also let me borrow her beautiful lip color (which is Bordeaux Beauty by ELF and is only $3!).

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Morning Skincare Routine

Clear skin has always been a dream but never a reality for me. I had the typical middle school acne, high school was a little better, and I still struggle with the occasional break out now and then. I’ve tried a lot of products over the years that promise to “clear up your skin” or “erase blackheads for good,” but NOTHING ever seemed to work. I’ve found that what I do in the mornings, is essential for having clean skin. Today I’m going to share with you my morning skincare routine.

Morning Skincare Routine | A collaboration with Clarisonic and HerCampus

I have some new and old favorites incorporated into my morning skincare routine, and those include:

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Daily Curly Hair Routine

Very recently I made a major decision to chop off 5+ inches of hair. I’ve never had my curly hair short before and I was in desperate need of a change. The ends were dry and brittle and my hair had lost its overall shine. Chopping off my hair was the best decision I’ve ever made, and it’s kept it super healthy. Today, I wanted to share the products I use on a daily basis to keep my curls bouncy and almost frizz-free!

Daily curly hair routine - products & techniques

Welcome to the struggle bus known as trying to maintain a mane of curly hair. Curly hair is very moody and does whatever the heck it wants no matter the day, important event, or special moment. It’s taken me 19 years to finally figure out what works for my hair, and as a fellow curly-haired girl, I find the need to share the products and techniques that work for me to maintain the frizz. All of these products can be found at your local Target and Sally Beauty because this girl doesn’t have the budget for high-end hair products. I’ve stuck with these products for the past several years and they’ve never let me down!

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