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Graduate Your Beauty Look


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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In two short years since graduating college, my beauty routine has changed immensely (and for the better). College consisted of late nights, early mornings, and terrible habits that I quickly shook upon entering "the real world." Let's not even talk about my high school beauty habits. Apparently I didn't understand the concept of matching your foundation to your skin color. I cringe thinking about how poorly I applied foundation. Even though my techniques were all wrong in high school, at least I tried. In college, I was lazy. There is no better way to put it. I was so exhausted from classes, exams, group projects, and work study, that some days I would completely neglect my beauty routine. Towards college graduation I realized that if I put effort into my beauty regime, I would look better, and in turn, feel better. Luckily, with the help of beauty blogs and YouTube videos, my habits, skills, and techniques in the beauty department have flourished.

6 Tips For Achieving Your Goals


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Building a personal brand takes dedication, time, sleepless nights, and a ton of patience. Becoming a successful blogger does not happen overnight, and you have to create a routine for yourself in order to tackle your goals. You are your own boss, and it's completely on you to complete tasks and work towards achieving your daily (and overall) ambitions. Creating a routine and carrying out habits with the intent to keep you organized, will help you stay on track and reach your desired goals. I've narrowed down the habits and tips that have helped me the most throughout my journey as a blogger. 

1. Set clear daily, monthly, and yearly goals. If you don't clearly write down goals and ambitions, they can often times go unaccomplished, especially if you don't have a plan in mind. Goals are fantastic, but what good are they if you don't create a plan towards accomplishing them? I have been able to get where I am today by creating lists of goals, and then writing down HOW I am going to accomplish each goal. For example, a huge goal of mine last year was to increase my social media followings across all platforms. To achieve that goal, I created a list of tactics for increasing my following on each social media network. I found by following those tactics (posting at certain times, using certain hashtags, etc) I was able to achieve the overall goal. The best part about writing down your goals? The amazing feeling of being able to cross it out once you've achieved it. 

My Skincare Story: Products I'm Currently Loving


Friday, May 22, 2015

Let's preface this post by saying I have always struggled with my skin. Also, let's make a note that I am not a dermatologist, I'm just speaking from my own experience. I honestly don't remember a time before acne and breakouts. It's been quite the uphill battle, and I would be lying if I said I was never disheartened by it. Luckily, as I've gotten older I've learned what works for my skin. I've basically tried every cleanser, moisturizer, spot treatment, and serum under the sun. You name it, I've tried it. I've learned that creating the perfect skincare routine for yourself is all about trial and error. You won't know what product works for your skin unless you try it. I'm also all about giving a product a fighting chance. You can't try a product once and expect immediate results. Sometimes the foods that you're eating, the make-up you're wearing, and even the detergent you wash your clothes with can result in breakouts, so don't immediately blame the new moisturizer you tried.

I've recently incorporated quite a few Murad products into my current skincare routine, and after using each product for at least four to six weeks, I can honestly say they have changed my skin for the better. Murad has created dozens of products designed to target specific skincare needs. One of my greatest concerns regarding my skin are the marks left behind from years of breakouts. It's something I am quite conscious about and I've tried dozens of serums with no results. The Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel is the first serum I've received real results from. Other products I've tried worked for a little while, and then the progress just halted. I apply the Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel every evening, and every morning I notice a brighter, more even complexion.

Indulging in A Moment For Me


Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Lately, I am always busy. Whether I'm working on my blog, attending events, shipping orders for my online business, planning trips and family gatherings, or simply cleaning the apartment, I am always doing something. While it can be a challenge, I try to find time at least once a month to indulge and enjoy "me time". If I want some alone time outside of the home, I enjoy shopping. There is something quite relaxing about sifting through racks to find hidden gems. It's so therapeutic to walk around the city, from shop to shop, enjoying the beautiful weather and basking in my alone time. I love spending time with my loved ones, but sometimes a girl just needs some time to herself!

Get Ready With Me: Spring Edition


Monday, May 18, 2015

In Spring and Summer, I am all about creating effortless, light everyday looks, when it comes to both beauty and fashion. It's too warm in NYC to wear full coverage make-up looks or intricate clothing. My go-to look as of late features five products from one of my favorite cosmetic brands, Benefit Cosmetics. My aunt introduced me to Benefit years ago, and I have been loving and using the brand ever since. I mean, I'm pretty sure they are the inventor of cute make-up packaging.