Dip Nails

Hiii guys! 

I have recently been getting dip polish because I heard about all the hype & got really curious! I decided to do a whole post about my experience with them & tell you guys more about it because I know I had so many questions when I first got them! I’ve had them for about 3 months now, so I thought that was enough time to test them out & see if it’s reallyyyy worth it. 

For starters, dip powder is supposed to be healthier for your nail. I went through a phase freshman year of getting acrylics & they really messed up my natural nail for awhile. And all throughout high school my mom & I would do “mani Monday” so my nails have been through a LOT. hahah. I have noticed that my nails are strong & long & don’t break as easily.

Second, dip powder doesn’t require a UV light to dry, which I think is a bonus because we all know that isn’t the healthiest, & it also takes a minute to dry! Dip is instant dry which I love because I don’t have the time & patience to wait for them to dry any other way hahah.

Another benefit that some people might really like is there is no oder! If only there was a way to do this at home because I remember the smell always really bothered my brothers & dad. Must be a dude thing lol. But seriously, it can get strong & annoying so that’s another bonus in my book! 

Also, dip nail polish is easy to remove! I never want to go & pay money to have my polish removed so I’ll always try to do it at home & spend an hour scrubbing my nails & end up ruining them. Dip nails just need to be soaked in 100% acetone for 10-15 minutes! I suggest wrapping the tips in tin foil to help them really soak. 

Overall, I have not noticed a HUGE difference in my nails since getting dip. It is slightly more expensive than gel, maybe by about $10. I do like think that my nails are healthier & I can remove them easily at home if I want. But do I think it’s worth the extra money? Honestly no. 

Hope this helps answer some questions you guys might have! I’m definitely no professional, but I’ve tried pretty much every nail technique out there, so in some way, yeah I’m an experienced pro. 

Chic of the Week

Hey guys, happy Friday! 

I have a super cute & perfect-for-summer Fabletics outfit to share today! I’m am PSYCHED because I think I’m going to continue to work with them in a new way, so you guys are gonna get to see even more cute Fabletics content! heheh. I’ll try to get creative & not just to do ootw’s, but I feel like it’s such an easy to way to show every outfit! But I also miss styling other cute looks too.

This is the first pair of shorts I’ve tried from Fabletics & I have to say I’m a fan! I like how they have spandex attached to them, especially since they are on the shorter side. The spandex don’t ride up & honestly you can hardly tell they are there! The top honestly was kinda too big for me. But if it fit right, I think it would be super comfy to workout in. It’s breathable & doesn’t rub into your skin like some annoying tops!

Hyper 2-Piece Set

My Fav Skincare Products

Hey guys!

This post is going to be the second part of my little skincare journey post. If you haven’t already, go check out my  first post where I talk all about my struggle with acne. I really open up about how much it affected my daily life. That might sound dramatic, but skin is such a huge part of our lives, & when it doesn’t look good, it can make you not feel good.

This post is going to be the fun post where I share the products that work for me! They are truly dermatologist recommended & have definitely helped my skin clear up. I have to be honest that I also take medication to help my skin, so it’s not all topical. But I played around with a lot of different creams & washes & this is what works for me so I’m sticking to it! 

First, I have to say, nail down a skincare routine & don’t skip a day! This is especially important when you’re first trying to heal up your skin. It’s going to take a long time & be a process. Unfortunately, there’s no overnight cure for acne which SUCKS. But nailing down a routine filled with products that are just right for your skin type & issues is so important & the first step to really feeling confident with your skin. I am a firm believer in a skincare routine & have successfully gotten a few people to actually adopt one! I am that friend that will yell at you if you fall asleep with makeup on hahah

Night

Step 1: Cleanse skin, Panoxyl 

This stuff is amazing! I have tried a ton of face washes along this journey & so far this one has delivered the best results! It comes in maximum strength & daily control, & I usually just use the daily control, which has 4% benzoyl peroxide because it really dries out my skin.

Step 2: Toner, Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner

Okay, so this step isn’t necessary, but I feel like it takes off a lot of extra makeup & just smooths my skin overall. Kinda like a double cleanse. I am always SHOCKED at how much makeup hasn’t been removed after using a makeup wipe & cleansing. 

Step 3: Double cleanse, Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water

So you’ve probably heard about this stuff & how amazing it is so I won’t get into it! But I wasn’t so sure when I first heard about it, but it helps take off any remaining makeup & refresh my skin. I usually use this around my eyes because my mascara always takes forever to come off (yay for waterproof mascara).

Step 4: Moisturize, Differen Adapalene Gel

This is another product I swear by! I don’t really like heavy face creams so this one is perfect because it’s a gel! This also comes in other strengths & I usually just get what I can find at the store hahah

Step 5: Spot treat, Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

I use this product once a week for its actual purpose because it’s very drying for my skin! But because of that, it’s great for spot treatment because it dries up pimples overnight! 

Morning

Step 1: Cleanse, Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water

I use this again in the AM to just refresh & cleanse my skin.

Step 2: Double cleanse, Panoxyl

I use this stuff twice a day! 

Step 3: Hydrate + SPF, AMBI

This stuff is dermatologist recommended to help get rid of acne scars & dark spots, of which I used to have a lot! This has an SPF built into it, which I love as well because I’m always protected! It goes without saying, but a good face sunscreen is a must to any skincare routine!! This product has a special formula for oily skin, so I usually opt for that one cuz ya’ girl has a shiny face. 

Those are the products that are tried & true by me! I have been using most of them for a couple of years now, so I’m sure they work & I like the results! Just a reminder that healing your skin is a long process & even now I obviously still break out & am working to be comfortable in my skin no matter what. But a skincare routine with products you love is a great place to start 🙂

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy Friday! 

I have a non-Fabletics outfit to share today! Hahah can you believe it?? I wore this outfit to Mother’s Day lunch a few weeks ago & realized almost all of it was from Target! I’m only slightly obsessed… 

I originally got the pants when I was shopping for business casual clothes for my internship a year ago! I always get lots of compliments when I wear them & they are so comfy. They are basically like the goucho pants that were so cool back in the day. I just need my monkey tee & I’d be so cool if it were 2006! (if you know, you know) 😉 The top is from H&M because I found a similar top while at Tilly’s awhile ago & fell in love with it, BUT they didn’t have my size. I thought it wasn’t meant to be, but then I found this top & realized it was, in fact, meant to be. The shoes are from Target & were only $20!! I honestly don’t think I’ve worn a different shoe since getting them. They are comfy & go with everything so I don’t see a reason why NOT to wear them! The necklace is a gift from my mommy & idk where she got it, but I linked something similar. I love dainty jewelry & this moon necklace is the perfect piece. 

This week has been crazy busy! I know I always say that, but it seems any free days I have every week somehow fill up. I’m working 5 days a week & then socializing on the weekends. It’s a lot for my introverted self, but don’t worry guys, I shall live. 

Striped High-Rise Cropped PantsAnkle Strap SandalCrescent Moon Rose Gold NecklaceOff-the-Shoulder Top

 

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy Friday!

Somehow I’ve been crazy busy even though it’s summertime! Thankfully I’m busy with fun stuff instead of homework, but it still makes 2 jobs & a blog a lot to handle. BUT I decided to share another Fabletics outfit with you guys because this one is TOO cute. 

For starters, the color of this set is everything. I was laughing at myself the other day because I was wearing this to workout, along with my rose gold/pink headphones & rose gold water bottle… I might have a slight obsession! My favorite part about this set is the cropped long sleeve top. It’s definitely the kinda set that can be worn alone, because the bra is supportive & cute, but the top is an added layer of protection without feeling like it. It will be perfect for the colder months too! As always, I’ve linked it down below 🙂 

Contender 3-Piece Outfit

My Skincare Journey

Hey guys! 

Today I’m going to be talking about my skincare journey. This post is honestly a long time coming, but someone recently commented on my skin & said it “looks really good.” That was the best compliment ever tbh, because my skin has never been great. Skin is truly something I have struggled with for so long, & I know that I’m not alone with that. So I’m very excited to share my skincare story & next week I’ll share the products & things that work for me! 

I feel obligated to say this, but what works for me will not necessarily work for everyone else. Everyone’s skin is so, so different so the first thing I’m even going to recommend is to visit a dermatologist. I think I was in my freshman year of high school or somewhere around there, when my parents recommend I go see a dermatologist. At first I was embarrassed that my skin was even that bad. But looking back, I honestly wish I’d gone sooner! Getting a professionals opinion & taking strong topical medications to get my skin under control was truly the first step in my little skincare journey & I have no shame admitting that! 

With that being said, I’ve struggled with acne for a long time now. I think I really started to become conscious of it in about 7th grade. (Thank u, puberty.) I had just started to wear makeup, but obviously didn’t know the first thing about actually making it look good & had never really had to have a skincare routine. I tried the typical Clean & Clear & all the Walmart skincare stuff, but nothing seemed to help, only aggravate it worse. I was already desperate & poor me had NO idea it was only the beginning of this long, hard, process to clear skin. 

I tried everything for good skin. I would get on Pinterest (probably where my obsession began) & would search everything to do with skin. I’d read countless articles telling me to drink water, eat well, wash my sheets, get enough sleep. Anyone with rough skin knows that “drink more water” is the most annoying thing to hear. Listen, I’m peeing every five minutes & still have acne so….. 

The most ridiculous thing was that I read apples were really good for skin, so I’d have make sure to have at least one apple a day in the hopes that it would clear up my skin for good. I also had an obsession with lemon water that didn’t clear up my skin, but did give me a cavity. I tried to avoid sweets because I knew that sugar wasn’t the best for acne. I hated drinking milk because dairy isn’t so great for skin either. (It tastes nasty too, but that’s besides the point.) I was just too conscious about what I was putting into my body hoping it would help in some way, but instead I just missed out on a lot of good brownies. 

I’ll never forget one time I had a sleepover at someone’s house & there were a bunch of girls there & we were getting ready for bed. They all just put on their pjs & I’m in the bathroom for like 15 minutes doing an extensive, intense skincare routine. One girl actually came & asked if I was okay. Girl, NO. My skin isn’t CleAr. hahah. Looking back, it was not the only time where I was so jealous of girls with perfect skin & no skincare routine, but also just so frustrated that all the time I spent focused on my skin wasn’t doing a darn thing.

I credit my good skin now to a few things. One, my dermatologist. She immediately put me on topical medication & pills to help. The combination of the pills & prescription creams really gave me a solid base to work on. I was at the point where typical acne washes weren’t going to help. I was desperate to try anything, so I wasn’t even mad about all of the creams I had goin’ on! Two, diet. I went vegan about a year & a half ago & I think it has actually helped a lot. Eating cleaner has helped me feel better & helped my skin. Three, patience. This is by far the hardest one if you’re anything like me. This journey has seriously been yearssss long. I mean, I was in middle school when it all started. High school was definitely the peak of it all, & my skin continues to improve. 

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not very patient. I want instant results & instant gratification. If I start something, I want to finish it, & finish it well. So if there is anyone who would want a quick fix, it’s me. Well, I got a rude awakening when I was told I wouldn’t have perfect skin overnight. It was so frustrating. But I wanted to share this part of me because it’s something I’ve struggled with for a long time & I have always been self conscious about.

I finally feel like I’m at the point where I’m happy with my skin. Sure, I do get the occasional breakout & I have trouble spots like anyone else & I have a strong skincare routine & make sure to never go to bed without my night creams on. But for the most part, I am a clear QUEEN. It’s not easy for me to be vulnerable & share a photo of when my skin was at it’s worst. But I can truly say this journey has helped me grow so much as a person & realize that looks aren’t all that important, but being healthy, happy, & confident, is. 

Chic of the Week + Life Update

Hi good morning, happy Friday!!

I’m back with another outfit of the week! I actually have a non-Fabletics outfit to share today, but don’t fret, there are more hahaha 

Lately I have been LOVING a good graphic tee. They are just so easy to style & I feel like they really show someone’s personality too, which I love. A walking billboard for all the things that make me happy! This cute tee is from Thread Tank & I had such a hard time picking one out because they have so many cute options! The shirt itself is so soft & fits just right. I hate walking around looking like a 12-year-old boy. The pants are thrifted Levis that I’ve talked about a couple of times because they are my best thrift find to date! The shoes are from Target & I’m convinced I can’t go a day without wearing something from there! All the items are linked at the end of this post. 🙂

I thought this would be a good post to give a little life update in since I’ve been MIA. That always happens at the end of the school year. I say I’m going to take a week off & it ends up being like a month. Ooops. But it’s officially summertime so I’m hoping to have more consistent content & just take more time for my blog!

I think part of the reason I just kinda stopped there for a second is that I am/was feeling uninspired. It can be so hard to constantly have to “keep up.” With something like blogging & content creation, there is so much pressure to work, work, work because you won’t get anywhere if you don’t put in the time & effort. I was just burning out & uninterested, especially with school. This isn’t to make excuses, but this is more just me being honest. 

I’ve realized that I have been feeling uninspired because I’ve been trying too hard. It was difficult for me to accept that because I never thought of myself as a wanna-be. But it hit me that sometimes I don’t want to share about makeup, or fashion or anything like that, I’d rather just write! About my feelings! Because feelings are great! But forreal, my passion for writing began when I started journaling & just writing about my day & what was on my mind. I started this blog so that I could share those thoughts & I realized I’ve become just another lifestyle blog! And there’s nothing wrong with that because I truly love all things lifestyle & the different aspects of it interest me, but I also sometimes just want to VENT to the internet. Hahah no not really, this is not a diary. But I guess I’m just saying I’m going to start writing about whatever the HECK I want to write about, whether that’s skincare, or another Fabletics outfit, or how I’ve been feeling less than confident. I want to inspire people because I love helping others, & so I think by sharing my struggles or even just talking about the things that bother me, more people will be able to relate. We love a relatable gal! 

Anyway, if you’re still reading this, thank you!! It truly makes me so happy when people actually read what I write & enjoy it. I hope to continue to create content that inspires & entertains. 🙂 

Peachy Keen T-shirt |501 Original Cropped Jeans|Velvet Slide Sandals

Vegan Raspberry Cupcakes

Hi guys! 

I have another yummy recipe today! I made these delicious vegan cupcakes for Mother’s Day yesterday & they were a HIT. My family isn’t vegan, but they thought they were the “best cupcakes” they’ve ever had! These are light & perfectly sweet & they weren’t that hard to make at all! I know that when it comes to vegan baking, I’m always intimidated because everything has to be by scratch, but the ingredients were simple & instructions easy to follow. I found the original recipe on Pinterest, & I’ll link it here 🙂 

Ingredients: 1 1/16 cup non-dairy milk

2 tbsp raspberry jam 

1/2 cup vegan butter 

1 1/2 cup flour 

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups powdered sugar 

1/2 tsp salt 

3/4 cup sugar 

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

1 tsp apple cider vinegar 

1/3 cup coconut oil 

Prep time: 38 minutes

Serves: 12

I used almond milk and coconut oil butter for the substitutes! The batter is thicker than usual, but it makes the cupcakes super dense & flavorful 🙂 

Chic of the Week

Hey guys! Happy Friday! 

This is the last Fabletics outfit I have to share with you! I have loved working with them & showing you guys the different outfit combos they have! This last one is so cute & something I probably wouldn’t normally go out & get for myself so it’s nice I got to try something different. The leggings are so comfy & I can’t get enough of these types of tops! The bra is attached so it makes it so much easier to pick out my outfit in the morning before the gym because I don’t have to try to match anything! I like to workout when my outfit is matching because I just feel a lot more pulled together & motivated to workout hahah 

School has been kicking my butt these last few weeks with final projects & tests on tests, BUT it’s almost over in a couple of weeks & I’m excited to get more blog & Instagram content! Sometimes it’s so hard to focus on school & this, plus work & Instagram… they’re like four totally different things & I get very overwhelmed sometimes! Like I’m currently writing this in bed & it’s past 10pm & if you know me… you know I don’t just stay up past 10!! But I’m trying my best & it’s all totally worth it 🙂 

Strike 2-Piece Outfit

Vegan Banana Bread

Hi guys!

I finally had some free time this past weekend, plus some old bananas to use up sooo I made vegan banana bread!! I hardly ever buy bananas so it’s not something I would normally make, but I had gotten them for another recipe & decided to try something new! Growing up my grandma made the BEST banana bread & sometimes I just get a random craving for it. This didn’t turn out as good as hers, but for being vegan & only a few ingredients it hit the spot!

Ingredients: 4 bananas

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract 

3 tbsp almond milk

1 & 3/4 cups flour 

1/2 – 1/2 cups brown sugar 

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

So I actually halved the recipe because I only had 2 bananas, but it still turned out! I will link the original Pinterest recipe so I don’t repeat the steps, but it only took me about 15 minutes to put together! I baked it for 35 minutes & the consistency is perfect. It definitely needs something for added sweetener, so maybe even try adding agave or maple syrup for added flavor!