How I Finally Cleared my Skin

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Acne is something I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. I started having breakouts before a lot of my friends and nothing ever seemed to make a dent in it. It's worth noting when I say acne, I mean cysts covering my cheeks, chin, forehead and blackheads all over my chin and nose. All of the products I would use trying to clear it up, would make my skin look dry, dull, and washed out. When I would put on makeup, because my skin wasn't balanced, after an hour it was oily and gross. Some well known products made it unbelievable worse, while others just didn't do anything. I have visited my dermatologist for years and tried multiple prescription products. Unfortunately, most of these did not help either.

The first step to my clear skin: I had wanted to try a Clarisonic for several years, but they are expensive and it never seemed like a good time to invest. Just over a year ago, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with them, so I received a Clarisonic Mia in the mail. I tried their acne wash and acne brush, but what seemed to work the best was the standard brush that they come with. The first thing I noticed was that the bumps I usually had all over my forehead seemed to be dissapearing. Now, it didn't completely get rid of them, or clear all of my acne, however my complexion really started improving.

Next, exactly one year ago, my boyfriend was watching the Instagram story of a photographer he liked raving about how the Kate Somerville face wash had completely cleared his skin. Me, still struggling with acne, decided to order it and give it a try along with my Clarisonic. WOW! Within just a couple days, my skin color and texture improved dramatically. After a couple weeks, most of my acne was gone - minus some of the remaining bumps on my forehead. The acne along my cheeks, which I was the most embarrassed about, completely dissapeared. I continued to use it and love it!

About this time I also decided to try a new lotion to see if that would help clear up the rest (I had done this many times unsuccessfully). A popular blogger that I like said that she loved Sunday Riley Tidal lotion and it had helped with her skin tone without breaking her out or being oily, so I ordered it. I immediately loved it. I started using it at night only and that 'washed-out' look that my skin had for so long started to go away. My skin looked so healthy and finally mostly clear. I started having days where I could leave the house without makeup and still feel just as confident. My breakouts at this point were very minimal - more days than not, I actually had a clear face. I also have tried the Drunk Elephant Protini cream and even though I love the Sunday Riley one more, the Drunk Elephant cream is amazing as well.

The Glossier solution is a recent addition. I bought it because reviews said that it had helped them with bumps and blackheads, which I still had sometimes. I started using it morning and night in between my wash and lotion, and it has completely cleared up my forehead bumps and has kept them away. I know the face pads are for removing makeup, however my sister purchased me some and I love using them to apply my Glossier Solution.

It's worth noting that I use a prescription retinol cream to help with some of the dark spots remaining on my face. There are a lot of non-prescription versions though, I have heard the Drunk Elephant one is amazing. I have been fortunate enough not to suffer from scaring. I also love face masks. The two that I have found that help my acne and don't cause breakouts are one: Glam Glow Supermud and two: Lush Cosmetics Just to Clarify. I slightly like the Lush face mask better. It's a better price and brightens my skin more. The Glam Glow mask lasts a lot longer though, especially with the larger size.

To wrap up, my routine is:
  1. Wash my face with my Clarisonic and Kate Somerville EradiKate
  2. Use pads to apply the Glossier Solution
  3. Apply Retinol
  4. Once it's dry, apply small amount of lotion
  5. 1-2 times per week, use a face mask
Everyone's skin is different so I can't say that this combo will fix anyone else's acne, but these have certainly worked for me. If you are interested in trying any of these, I would try them one-by-one and wait a little in between products so that you can see how you react to them. I linked all of the products underneath the photo and at the bottom of the post if you are interested!

Summertime in Savannah Georgia

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Happy Summer vacation to all my readers! I am so excited to be on break and have more time dedicated to creating new content. Today, I am so excited to share my favorite two-piece that I have found this summer! It is from a new-to-me brand called Mara Hoffman (a bunch of you reached out to me on my Instagram to say you loved her).  So far I have been very impressed by the quality of the suit, which is something I am very picky about.

A couple of my other favorite swimsuits this season are this one from Kiini which is currently on sale. I have another one of their suits and absolutely love it! I also love this one-piece from J. Crew. Another new-to-me brand that I have found and love is Boutine LA. I am looking for a good/simple neutral bikini and I think I may try them. I would love to hear if any of you have any suggestions!


Spring 2019 Shopping List

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hello everybody! Today I am sharing a compilation of my favorite 'things' for Spring. I use the word things since it's really a little bit from every category (apartment, clothes, beauty, etc.). The items I have been looking at give a slight vacation vibe, I think because I am SO ready for the semester to be over and I am looking forward to traveling this summer. Even though this is my 'shopping' list, a couple of these items I already have, I just love/use them so much I recommend buying them. 

With this face mask, I was #influenced (lol). Another blog I read, Bows and Sequins posted about it a while ago and I have wanted to try it ever since! 

I am receiving a sample from Sephora of the Dolce and Gabbana 'Garden' scent and if I like it, I will either buy the full or size or this one that I have previously tried and loved that is linked above.

Unfortunately, the website for this ring is currently down. However, when it is finished with the update, they used to have these rings that came customized with a TON of different sororities. I will for sure be ordering one with my letters as soon as it is back up.

Previously, I had these exact sunglasses, however I just purchased them in this color and love them just as much!

I just did a blog post about these shoes, but I love them in the floral orange! The neutral pair I have are currently my most comfortable heels.

I LOVE this hard-shell luggage case! I read this really cute blog (I wish I could remember the name!!) years ago when they were first becoming trendy and thought hard-shell cases were the most practical thing because they protect your belongings from getting squished. I never bought one, but now that I am in my own apartment and traveling more, I think it may be time to invest in one.



Shoes for Spring

Thursday, April 4, 2019

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Purchasing new shoes is definitely my guilty pleasure, however I struggle to find shoes that I love. I found these from Sam Edelman last fall, however I waited to purchase them for the Spring (and when I'd hopefully find them on sale). So far, I have worn them with so many outfits and they are so comfortable! I have walked around downtown with them several times and so far, no blisters! I love that they are versatile to wear with pants or a dress/skirt. I think they come in a few colors, however I decided on a neutral color so that they would match more outfits.

Below is a short compilation of my favorites for Spring and transitioning into Summer (some of them will even be great to carry into this fall).  I love a good neutral shoe because I know I'll wear them all the time. A lot of these also come in other (bolder) colors if you like the style, but want something with a pop!

P.S. these are also on sale right now here.

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