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

shoes | pillow
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.

Valentines Day Inspiration

Thursday, February 7, 2019

I hope you are all as excited as I am for it to be the end of the week! I have been insanely busy with school, hence the lack of outfit posts. I did however want to share some Valentine's Day inspiration with you all. Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I don't typically exchange big gifts with people on Valentine's Day. Instead, it is usually little cards, handmade notes, or boxes of chocolates which I think are much more personal. 

This is all some inspiration for small gifts for your friends! I will probably be going to a local shop, or coffee shop this year to pick out chocolates as a gift. I also think I'll be buying the cheesy boxes of cards from Walmart to give to my coworkers, however I haven't decided a theme yet! I am thinking maybe puppies ;) 

What are you guys planning for Valentine's Day?


Guide to Travel Accessories

Friday, January 25, 2019

travel bag

Thinking about Spring coming up has me daydreaming of where I want to travel this year. Spring is a relative term here since today it was 65 and gorgeous out, but it's the principle haha. When I travel, I definitely prefer to dress on the comfier side. I am totally lusting after this sweater by Tory Burch. It is so cute with that bright red color and looks so comfortable. Next on the outfit would be these adorable joggers.  I actually tried them on in-store and they were so soft. Lastly, with the outfit are these sneakers. I wear them everywhere and have not had any blisters and stay comfortable all day. Some people say that they run slightly large, however I ordered my regular size and they fit perfectly.

In terms of bags when I travel, I love my Longchamp bag. My large one has been perfect for traveling, and easily fits everything I need.  This inititaled bag would be perfect to keep cosmetics and such in while traveling. I also keep a water bottle like this one on me at all times. Honestly, it's easy to forget to drink water, especially when you are busy and carrying one at all times helps me remember. Not that I need any more water bottles, however this is the one currently on my wish list.

Next on the list is skincare while traveling! I take my Calrisonic everywhere I go. I have always struggled with acne and it has given me the clearest skin of my life. Also while traveling, it is SO SO important to moisturize. Especially if you are flying somewhere. This all in one skin balm is easy to travel with because it has several uses combined.

Lastly, on my travel necessities is a good book! I love reading and am trying to devote more time to it. To put it in perspective how much I love it, when the 7th Harry Potter book came out, I finished it in a day. Currently, I am reading the first Game of Thrones book in honor of the last season premiering.

Let me know what your travel essentials are!

My Favorite Blazer

Friday, January 11, 2019

blazer | top | jeans | shoes

First outfit post of 2019 woohoo! To start with, I bought this blazer summer of 2018 for presentations and to share a professional outfit with you all since I know many of you, like me, are in school/starting to apply for big girl jobs. I never got around to sharing it, however I did wear it for a few presentations and loved it. I purchased it from Target (I think for about $24 on sale). My only complaint is that even though I love the linen, it is SO HARD to keep is ironed. I have ironed and steamed this sucker and keep it hanging at all times and cannot get some of the wrinkles out (if you have any suggestions please share!) Otherwise I am so in love with it, and prefer love the rolled sleeves look for a more laid back appearance. I hope everyone is having an amazing start to 2019!


Happy 2019!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

I wanted to pop in today for a quick Happy New Years!! I am so excited to start this new year with you guys and cannot wait to continue sharing with you all. In honor of 2019 I want to share with you all 9 things I would like to do this year:

1) Travel somewhere new
2) Drink more water
3) Run 4-5 times a week
4) Blog more often. I have so many ideas in terms of outfits, places to visit in Savannah, etc.
5) Work smarter, not harder (and manage time better)
6) (fingers crossed) Have my research paper published and/or submitted successfully to a research convention
7) Watch less TV; I love TV (i.e. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), however it is such a time suck and I would like to use my time more wisely, such as reading a book or drawing/painting.
8) Wear better things than just a favorite t-shirt and leggings to class
9) Spend more time with my favorite people

Thank you to everyone for your continued readership and I look forward to the new year!

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