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My Nighttime Skin Care Routine

nighttime skin care routine

It’s been a while since I’ve chatted about beauty products…

What better way to get back into it than by sharing my go-to nighttime beauty routine?!

Let’s get started—

  1. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm: If I wore a lot of makeup that day, I always begin my wind down by taking it off. This product is so effective, and I have yet to find anything better. It’s not too oily. Otherwise, I would just use coconut oil.
  2. Alba Hawaiian Facial Cleanser: I rotate through different cleansers regularly. I love something gentle and refreshing. The Alba products have always worked well for me. Their ingredients speak for themselves, and their tropical scent is unmatched.
  3. Hey Honey Detoxifying Mud Mask: I found out about the Hey Honey brand through my Ipsy Glam Bag subscriptions and have fallen in love. I only do it once or twice a month, but this mud mask gets the job done. I have combination skin, so I am constantly searching for a mask that isn’t too harsh and drying. This mask is just what I’m looking for.
  4. Tarte Maracuja Oil: The best thing I have ever done for my acne prone skin is start putting this oil on every night. I always joke that it should be called Miracle Oil instead of Maracuja Oil. Tarte has been one of my favorite brands for a long time because they are one of the few makeup companies that sell healthy products that actually work. The oil always feels like it’s healing my skin, and when I wake up in the morning my skin feels soft and looks radiant.
  5. Hey Honey Open Your Eyes: I received this product in my Ipsy Glam Bag as well, and I was not immediately impressed. I couldn’t tell any difference in the appearance of my eyes after using the product for a few weeks, but I still found myself reaching for it. I soon realized this was because of the way it makes my eye area feel. After a long day, this product wakes my eyes up. That might sound counterintuitive at bedtime, but for someone who loves to read before they fall asleep, it’s ideal.
  6. Clinique Moisturizing Lotion: Similar to my cleansers, I’m always trying out new moisturizers. Yet, I find myself coming back to this one time and time again. It isn’t too harsh for daily wear, and it feels comfortable on my skin.
  7. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: Like I mentioned earlier, I have combination skin. I am oily in some places and dry and sensitive in others. That’s why a spot treatment is perfect for my skin type. I put a drop of this stuff on a blemish before bed, and when I wake up the next day, it has dramatically gone down in size.
  8. Kiehl’s Chapstick: Going to bed with dry lips is one of the worst feelings! I always always always have a chapstick by my bed. This one in particular is great because it has a cooling sensation that soothes and relaxes as I’m falling to sleep.

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Off The Shoulder

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It took me a long time to hop on the Off The Shoulder train. I always assumed I wouldn’t be able pull it off, or that I would need to pull it up every second like with strapless dresses—but I was pleasantly surprised.

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I have found Off The Shoulder dresses to be way more supportive and flattering than strapless dresses. Not to mention, the femininity is effortless.

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I normally don’t wear necklaces, but I love pairing an Off The Shoulder dress with a simple, dainty chain.

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For those of us who don’t have sculpted upper arms, this cut is perfect. You get to show off what you want, and hide what you don’t.

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This dress in particular is more supportive than most. The elastic in the chest section is perfectly placed, and the scrunched fabric looks cuter on than I had expected.

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Shop my look: Urban Dress/Clarks Shoes/Marc Jacobs Sunglasses/Similar Necklace

Here are some other Off The Shoulder pieces I love:

Off the shoulder dress

Asos $40

Off the shoulder dress

Asos $24

off the shoulder dress

Revolve $98

Off the shoulder dress

Shopbop $63

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The Sleeveless Turtleneck

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I love the retro look of sleeveless turtlenecks. I find them incredibly flattering and stylish.

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When I was in elementary school, and my mom still helped me pick out my outfits for the day, she used to always suggest I wear a turtleneck. At the time, I refused with all my might. Now, I reach for them all the time and laugh at the irony.

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Sleeveless turtlenecks are perfect for the hotter months of the year, when you still want the same look of a turtleneck without the extra warmth.

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On a side note, I love the way black and brown complement each other. I know that’s an unpopular opinion—to each their own. To me, there’s something so effortless about the combo.

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Whenever I wear this top, I pair it with a simple outfit—jeans, low heels, and cat eye sunglasses. Everything fits together seamlessly, putting a vintage spin on the classic jeans and a tank top style.

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Shop my look: slide sandals/ jeans/ top/ purse/sunglasses

Summer Slides

red sweatshirt, high waisted jeans, heeled slides, cross body purse

Every summer I find myself slipping into these slides again and again.

red sweatshirt, high waisted jeans, heeled slides, cross body purse

Aside from being incredibly comfortable, they go with everything. I wear them with dresses when I’m going out to dinner, or with jeans on casual day.

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I love the way they elevate a simple outfit like you see here. What would have been the equivalent of a “moving day” outfit is now enhanced to create a cute weekend look.

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Being just under 5 “4”, most of my favorite shoes have a small heel. I have seen a lot of flat slides recently, but this kitten heeled one is perfect for me. It’s high enough to make a difference, but low enough to walk in for long distances.

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Shop my look:

Nine West Jaya Solid Crossbody • Nine West • $44.25
Who What Wear Women’s Carolina Double Band Block Heel Slide Sandals – Who What Wear • Who What Wear • $32.99
Women’s Free People Found My Friend Sweatshirt • Free People • $78
BDG Twig Super High-Rise Skinny Jean – Indigo • BDG • $59

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The Floral Dress

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A simple floral dress is one of my go-to looks for the summertime. It’s effortless, season appropriate, and just plain pretty.

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Finding a pattern that doesn’t cross the line into grandma territory can be tricky, but here are a few suggestions that can help:

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Choose a flattering silhouette. I have been reaching for off the shoulder dresses recently. As long as the dress itself looks good on you, the pattern will take a back seat.

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Stick to a pattern that only focuses on two complementary color categories. In the dress I’m wearing, black and gold stand out. This way, it isn’t too overwhelming.

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Unless your flowers are smaller (like in the dress I’m wearing), make sure the print is a bit scattered and spread out. It’s easier on the eyes.

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“After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” -Christian Dior

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On Me: Similar Urban Dress/Clarks Heels/Nine West Purse

Here are a few floral dresses I love:

ASOS floral dress

ASOS $35

Calvin Klein Floral Dress

Calvin Klein $74.66

Forever 21 Foral Dress

Forever 21 $35

Put Together

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I have always been told that I look “put together”, and it’s something I strive for when I am getting dressed each day. It doesn’t mean that everything matches perfectly, or that I have a million accessories on, but instead that everything together creates one, unified look.

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I have a few tricks that can make this process a little bit easier. 1) Always start planning your outfit at the basics—the shirt and jeans, the skirt and top, etc. For instance, if you’re wearing a pair of high waisted jeans, choose a crop top. If the baseline of your outfit looks off, then your whole ensemble will suffer.

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2) Match your shoes to your blouse. This doesn’t have to be a perfect color match—it could mean that stylistically they go really well together. For example, a lot of jobs allow you to wear jeans to the office, but you still need to look professional. To do this, wear a button down top and a pair of pointy toe pumps. The top and shoes always signify the mood of your look.

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3) Pick one statement piece. In the look I’m wearing, I chose the bell sleeve cardigan. You want something that stands out from the rest—something that draws the eye in, but still subtle enough that onlookers won’t be able to pinpoint it. This goes for jewelry too. Have you ever heard the famous Coco Chanel saying, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”? Overdoing it is an easy mistake to make. Wearing just one statement piece of jewelry is a good way to play it safe, be it a dramatic earring or a beautiful necklace—you can’t go wrong.

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On Me: Similar Nordstrom Cardigan

Similar Clarks Shoes

Forever Top

Urban Jeans

The Utility Jacket

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I’ve been trying to find a cute, everyday utility jacket for a long time. I wanted something that was light enough to be worn year round, but also heavy enough to keep me warm on a chilly day. This Gap jacket fit my requirements perfectly.

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Utility jackets can often be a little too masculine for my liking, but this one was cut in a more feminine way. It’s both cropped and loosely fitted, which adds a little extra style than a typical cut.

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I love the versatile collar too. I’ve been wearing it untucked recently, but folded down is great for a warmer day. All in all, I highly recommend investing in this closet staple–especially if you’re living in a city like San Fransisco that’s freezing one minute and hot the next.

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On Me: Gap Jacket

BDG Jeans

Lucky Brand Shoes

Nine West Crossbody 

Fourth of July Tops

Fourth of july outfit, forever 21

Tomorrow is one of my favorite holidays–there is so much to celebrate. I usually spend Independence Day swimming in the lake and eating BBQ. My go-to patriotic look is something breathable, able to be worn over a bathing suit, and in the red, white, or blue color family. Thus, the tie front button-down.

The top in this pic is from a couple years ago, but here are some similar options:

independence day top

Free People 

tie up button down

Revolve

white tank

Revolve

Happy Fourth of July!

Easy Summer Buns for the Lazy Girl

Summer Hairstyle

Dealing with my hair in the summer is always difficult. During the rest of the year, I stick to my strict washing/blow drying schedule. But whenever I’m up at the lake, everything shifts. I’m in and out of the water constantly, and blow drying becomes less and less realistic. I’ve developed two go-to easy summer buns:

Summer Hairstyle

My first look is done with semi-wet hair. Out of the shower, I let my hair begin to air-dry while I put on make-up and get dressed. Then I use a round brush to blow dry just the front section of my hair. Styling the front pieces adds a little framework to the look and reduces the overall damage to the majority of your hair. After that, I part my hair and tie it up into a low twisted bun.

Summer Hairstyle

For my second look, I let my hair air-dry overnight naturally. Whenever I do this, I wake up the next day with a curly mess.

Summer Hairstyle

To tame my textured mane, I start by parting my hair farther left than I normally would. Then I create two messy French braids with the front sections of my hair. After that, I loosen up the braids even more, making them big and romantic. Finally, I pin up all of my hair (including the braids) into a low messy bun.

Summer Hairstyle

Both of these looks are incredibly romantic. And most importantly, they take less than two minutes to accomplish!

Summer Hairstyle

Though I prefer my hair blown out, these easy alternatives come in handy when you would rather spend your time enjoying the sunshine.

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Playing with Patterns

Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Heels, sunglasses

I’ve always been drawn to a fun print; there’s something so effortless about throwing on a playful top–the rest just falls into place.

Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Heels, sunglasses

During the warmer months I especially love to experiment with my wardrobe. That means switching out my favorite basics for something with a little more personality.

Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Heels, sunglasses

A feminine pattern is my favorite. A delicate design with light colors complements my style nicely. Pairing a fun top with a neutral bottom ensures my look isn’t overwhelming. I try to keep the rest of my look a little muted too—natural makeup and hair, a low heel.

Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Heels, sunglasses

It can be fun to step out of your comfort zone for a while, and playing dress up never gets old. Soon you get so comfortable trying new looks, you realize you aren’t playing anymore. You’re just being you.

Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Heels, sunglasses

On Me: Urban Top (old)–Similar Styles here and here

Levi’s Skirt (old)–Similar Style here