October + November Favorites

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Happy ~aLmOSt~ December Babes!!

If you keep up with my blog, first of all, I love you, and secondly you may have noticed I forgot to do a favorites post for the month of October. To be simply put, I didn’t have too many new products that I was crazy about that month and I never want to just put together a bunch of crap just for the sake of putting up a post. However, I do love favorites posts…one might even say they’re my favorite. (I just cringed too, it’s okay) So I am planning on keeping this trend going and when I run out of things to feature again, I will most likely combine two months like I am doing right now. It’s funny because if I was talking in person that would probably take like less than a minute to explain but it just feels so dragged on typed out. Anyways, for some reason I feel the need to explain myself a lot (it’s a bad habit) so if you don’t like that just skip this part and look at the pretty pictures of products because I’d probably do that too, tbh.

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Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment: I haven’t talked about Glam Glow on here for a while and that’s mostly because it’s a bit more on the pricier end than other skincare brands and I’m ballin’ on a budget. With that being noted, I was SO excited when Dilliards (department store back home for you Californians) was having a buy 1 get 1 half off sale on their whole beauty department. Seriously whenever there is a sale on Glam Glow, I have to splurge because it’s so worth it. If you’re someone who isn’t super into skincare and doesn’t want to spend $$$ on a bunch of different products, I highly recommend Glam Glow for you because you can honestly get away with just using their masks + moisturizers alone. Whenever I’m feeling lazy, this is my go-to nightly product. I’ve tried tons of their stuff so I am going to link a few of my favs down below for you guys.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow: This is for all of you blonde babes out there. I have struggled with my eyebrows for the longest. I prefer getting them tinted because it makes my life SO much easier when I’m getting ready in the morning. Plus, I personally prefer the look of blonde hair + darker eyebrows on myself. I actually got them done back home over break and I suddenly remembered why I am obsessed with tinting. It seriously makes your life feel easier guys. However, the only issue is that it’s not legal here in California for some reason, SO I have to do it myself (currently typing this and wondering if I am going to go to jail for outing myself on the internet). Anyways, I found a tint kit on Amazon and I wanted to share that with you guys. I am going to link the brand I found below, and I’ll keep you updated on how that works out for me.

Side note: I keep getting sidetracked because I haven’t written a blog post in so long and I feel like I’m catching up with my old friend or something and I just want to update you guys on everything in my life so I’m sorry if this is the most scatterbrained blog post ever but I promise that eyebrow story DOES have a point and I am getting to it now.

OK SO, the reason I felt the need to inform you on my eyebrow endeavors is because I found a new eyebrow product I prefer over brow wiz (which has been my OG since like 2016) so this is kind of a big deal. Since it’s so much easier filling in my brows when they’re tinted, I decided to try out the Dip Brow Pomade and it’s WAY easier and looks so much more natural. Along with the pomade, I got the Anastasia brush that came with it and that makes it so much easier to make the little hair strokes. I got the color soft brown in the pomade and dark brown in the tint kit because I’m psycho. Jk, it fades super easily so I prefer to just go darker.

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil: The name of this stuff just sounds fancy and the packaging is adorable. I keep it out on my desk because it’s just that cute. Gisou actually gifted me this product, but this is by no means sponsored. I genuinely love this stuff. If you haven’t noticed from my last few blog posts, I LOVE honey scented products. It’s my favorite thing ever and this smells amazing + makes your hair SO soft.

Laneige Lip “Sleeping Mask”: I kinda feel annoying at this point still talking about this but like at the same time I am kinda obsessed so I kinda don’t care. This “Sleeping Mask” is the best thing since sliced bread, I use it every second I can. My LIPS ARE SO DRY in the winter and it’s tragic and this has solved all of my problems. It honestly feels like your healing your lips. I don’t know what else to say, you just NEED to try it for yourself and thank me later. Also, just realized there are like 4 different flavors and I want them all so I am going to link those down below too.

Bondi Sands Self Tanner + Mitt: So if you know me personally, or you’ve followed my blog for a bit you would know that I am a self-tan freak. I am not a big fan of laying in the sun and I just don’t think it’s worth it…there’s just a lot of risks that I don’t want to cover right now but I think we all know what I am getting at. Anyways, I’ve used St. Tropez years…like since high school…and I think I found a new self-tanner. Bondi Sands is based out of Australia, which is fun, and their stuff smells like coconuts. The smell is 100x better than St. Tropez and idk why but I feel like it lasts longer too. Plus the MITT…is amazing. It’s not cheaply made and works SO Good. I’m pretty sure it’s cheaper too. So if you’re a self-tan freak like me, you gotta check this one out.

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My style right now is kinda just really cozy and trying to stay warm. I went home for break and I was freezing but also excited because I could finally wear some winter clothes without feeling uncomfortable + sweaty. Winter in California is so funny to me because it’s basically the same temperature as it was in the summer but suddenly everyone you know is wearing uggs and beanies. I’m allowed to make that joke because that’s 110% ME. All month I’ve been wearing my fuzzy teddy jacket, docs, my favorite Levis + any cozy sweater I can find because it’s November so, duh.

Docs: I’m really happy that these have made such a comeback because I got a pair of black velvet docs for Christmas back in HS and now I wear them all the time. I just recently picked up a pair of the white, leather ones and I am obsessed. I just love how I feel so powerful when I wear my docs (r u ok). They honestly just elevate any outfit and make you look a lot cooler than you really are. Idk why, but just trust me on that. I am gonna link a few dupes below for you guys, because there are so many out there and they’re wayyyy more reasonably priced.

Levis: Levis look good on everyone, don’t @ me. I wanted to give a lil promo here for Jeans By Keely. She is so cool and sells fixed up vintage Levis so make sure to check it out.

Teddy Coat:  This is just a staple. You need it.

QUAY Blue Light Glasses: This one might seem really unnecessary and kinda stupid but I think they’re cute and super on trend right now so idc. Fun fact about me, I am actually very much blind and have to wear contacts everyday and I hate wearing my glasses to see just because it gives me a headache…BUT I love the look of glasses. I like looking sophisticated sometimes. So if you’re crazy like me, this is the perfect solution and you’ll protect your eyes from the harmful rays of your cellphone at the same time. 🙂

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I have been moved into my apartment for months now, and I still haven’t given you guys an updated apartment tour/blog post because I am ALWAYS wanting to change things up. So i’m sorry, I don’t know if that post will ever come but in the meantime I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces I have in my apartment right now.

Grafomap: I actually did a collab with Grafomap in the past but I wanted to mention this because I honestly love mine so much. If you are from out-of-state or have a friend who’s out of state, this is such a cute and thoughtful gift idea. I have a really. hard time finding wall art so I think a map is a cute way to decorate with some meaning behind it.

Microwave/Coffee Cart: If you live in a tiny space like me, this is such a good idea for your kitchen! I didn’t want to use up all of my counter space with my microwave so I found this little cart on Amazon for pretty cheap. It’s such a great addition to my kitchen. I have my microwave on the middle shelf so it’s not super bulky and it’s out of sight. Then I have my Keurig and coffee/tea containers on top! I wanted to mention this because I think my last apartment post featured my old coffee cart, which is now my mail cart… I really need to get my ish together and give you guys a tour /:

Christmas Candles: I am candle obsessed, I always have at least burning in my apartment at all times. I wanted to mention a few of my favorite Christmas candles because it’s that time of the year and these make your home feel SO cozy. I am going to link a few below so make sure you check those out.

Christmas Lights: I somehow found these lights at Target for $2.99 (idk why but every year I feel like they’re so expensive) and they’re such great quality so I had to mention them. I have some around my mail cart and my mirror and it feels so much cozier already. Lights are an easy way to make a smaller space feel more homey and festive for the holidays.

Mini Tree/Holiday Decor: I personally love decorating my apartment for the holidays because it just feels so cozy. I mean, who doesn’t want to end their night with Christmas lights + a cup of tea…it’s the best. I already have a little tiny tree in my apartment and I actually set it on my TV stand. I am planning on going to a craft store and getting some burlap for the tree skirt because I love that look. I wanted to feature some decor that I found on Target that I love just in case you haven’t started decorating.

Clothing Rack: I have a pretty decent sized closet but I wanted to get a clothing rack for my clothes from collabs + stuff that I need to shoot. This has honestly made my life so much easier because it’s right in front of my face and it helps me keep track of everything I have to shoot. So I highly recommend one of these if you’re an influencer because they’re so handy + this was about $13.

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BHU keto Protein Bars: These are vegan and keto friendly and taste exactly like cookie dough. They’re amazing! I’ve found them at Target and on campus at SDSU.

TAZO Vanilla Bean Macaron Tea: I have been trying to stick to only 1 cup of coffee per day. But I always need a little pick me up and this does the trick. It tastes so good with a little splash of milk. If you’re a tea person, I highly recommend trying these ones out.

Oat Milk: I just recently discovered Oat Milk and it’s my new fav. If you’re in SD go to Better Buzz and order an Oat Milk latte…you’ll fall in love.

Sunday Scaries Gummies: I have mentioned how I struggle with anxiety in the past, and up until a few months ago I could never really find things that helped me long-term. CBD has genuinely helped SO much. It doesn’t have any THC so don’t worry about that, kids. It really just relaxes your mind. I highly recommend taking some gummies before you go to sleep. If you’re someone who struggles with anxiety, I highly recommend trying CBD out. I will say, it’s not for everyone but it’s worth a shot!

You can shop Sunday Scaries here, and use my code JAMIELYN10 for discount!

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

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Hey Babes!

I am actually back home in Lexington for break this week + I am so happy about it! It is MUCH colder here than San Diego, so I’m finally starting to get into the holiday spirit. I am planning on spending this much needed free-time catching up on e-mails, content + Christmas shopping! I know Thanksgiving is still a thing + hasn’t happened yet but I wanted to put this up before Black Friday + Cyber Monday sales because that’s the absolute best time to shop for gifts. I had a bunch of different guides in mind for different personalities + such. So, instead of posting a bunch of separate blog posts I am just gonna add them all into categories here!

P.S. I will most likely be posting my black Friday + cyber Monday picks on my IG story so look out for that!

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My 5-Minute Nightly Skincare Routine

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Hello Lovelies!

First off, I just wanted to welcome you guys to the new + improved Faithfulluxe. I decided it was time to upgrade and revamp the site + I’m loving the way it turned out! I noticed I get a lot of questions about how I started a blog + which platform I use so I am planning a post this week where I walk you guys through the whole process, so stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, I am so excited to share my nightly skincare routine with you guys. It’s been way too long since my last skincare post + that is mostly because I wanted to give myself a reasonable amount of time to make sure I absolutely love the products before I share them with you guys! I know keeping up with a nightly skincare routine can feel a bit tedious but it’s SO important and honestly helps your skin the most, so I tried my best to simplify mine + make it little easier for you guys! Please keep in mind that I am super into skincare so this whole routine might seem a bit intimidating at first, but I promise it takes me around 5 minutes before I go to sleep. Also, I wanted to mention I do have normal-to-dry skin so these products work best for me. If you do have a different skin type and are weary about these products, feel free to DM me because I love skincare and have tried tons of different brands so I can definitely recommend some products to you!

Now let’s get to the good stuff. Here is my step-by-step 5 minute nightly skincare routine:

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Step 1: Remove Makeup + Cleanse

Now this first step really depends on the day. I’ll be honest, I usually only wear makeup 2-3 times per week so if that’s the case I always make sure to remove my makeup with my Olay Daily Facial Wipes. These aren’t pictured but I will be sure to link them down below for you guys because I absolutely love these! I started using them to avoid excess oil for my eyelash extensions (you should stay clear of oil if you have lash extensions) + they work like a charm. I honestly prefer them over any makeup wipes I’ve ever tried because they don’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

Once my skin is makeup-free, I always cleanse! My go-to face wash is the Farmacy Clean Bee ultra gentle facial cleanser. I have seriously been obsessed with this product since the first time I tested it out. First of all, it smells like honey and chamomile, which is so relaxing before bedtime. It always leaves my skin feeling super fresh and dewy. I love Farmacy because they are cruelty free + super cautious about what they put into their products. Something I have been trying to pay more attention to when buying anything is the ingredient list. It’s really refreshing to find a brand that focuses on clean beauty so I am excited to share this product with you guys!

Step 2: Apply Serum + Moisturize

Skin Serums are probably the one product most people tend to go without in their skincare routine. Serums are usually used for fine-lines, wrinkles, uneven skin-tone and brightness. It’s definitely not a necessity if you’re on a budget but if those are your main concerns, I highly recommend trying one out because they do work! I started using the Ole Henrickson Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum every night before bed + I have really noticed a difference with my skin tone.

After I quickly apply my serum, I always moisturize. My go-to night-time moisturizer has been the Ole Henrickson Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Creme. This is from the same line as my serum so I think it really helps to use them together. They are both super hydrating and leave your skin feeling so soft. Since they are meant for night-time use they have a lavender scent, which is so relaxing. I actually keep mine in my fridge so it’s chilled when I apply it. This is SO refreshing, I highly recommend.

Now this last product I use one to two times per week in my nightly skincare routine. The Farmacy Honey Savior all-in-one skin repair salve is basically like a heavy duty moisturizer. On days when my skin is feeling extra dry, I apply this on top of my Goodnight Glow for some added hydration. This might sound like a lot but when I first tried this duo, I woke up with such dewy and soft skin. This stuff works amazing + once again, is filled with such clean ingredients.

Step 3: Jade Roller Time

This step is probably going to sound extra to someone who isn’t super into skincare but I had to mention it because I love my jade roller. I keep mine in the fridge (pro-tip) + I always use it after moisturizing.

Overall, the benefits of jade rolling include: reduced puffiness + inflammation and it can also help smooth out fine lines + wrinkles.

Honestly, I just enjoy the way it feels. It makes your regular everyday skincare routine feel a little more glamorous. I think it’s super important to treat yourself and try to make skincare more fun + relaxing, as opposed to a chore. I will link some super affordable one’s for you guys down below so you can try it out yourself!

Step 4: Masking Time

I decided to add this step at the end because it’s not vital to a nightly routine but I love to do a good mask 2-3 times per week. Since it is pumpkin spice season, I had to mention my absolute favorite Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask. This mask is super quick + easy. You don’t have to leave it on for long + you basically rub it into your skin to exfoliate when your done. This leaves your skin feeling SO soft + it smells like pumpkin pie (perfect for this fall szn).  Whenever I add this to my nightly routine, I always use it right before I cleanse just to get that extra dirt out of my pores.

Another Mask I love applying at night is my Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. This is such a good leave-on mask to wear overnight because it’s basically like a heavy-duty moisturizer. There is so much hype around Summer Fridays and that is for good reason. This leaves your skin feeling so soft + dewy in the morning. I also use this underneath my makeup sometimes if I am going for an extra dewy look. It works perfectly as a primer!

Check out all the products I mentioned here:

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