Top 10 Must-Have Skin Care Products

If you follow me on IG, you’ve probably noticed from my stories that I’ve been sent tons of different products for review + a majority of those products are s k i n c a r e. Considering I’m a skincare addict…I am seriously stoked + have been working with such lovely brands that have AMAZING products. I have been waiting to do this post for you guys and I am so excited right now because I can finally share these products I’ve been loving!

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I just recently discovered the brand Tula, which is a probiotic infused skincare line, and I am obsessed with their products! This cleanser is in such a decent sized bottle + works amazingly! It leaves your skin feeling so fresh + clean after one use.

I also wanted to mention this exfoliating facial brush from Nion Beauty, which is a new + up and coming K-beauty skincare brand. I’ve always been so intrigued by K-beauty lines so I was super excited to test this product out! I love facial brushes because they truly exfoliate your skin + leave it feeling so smooth. With that being said, I am SO excited to announce that I am doing a GIVEAWAY with Nion Beauty for a range of goodies from their line. Be sure to head over to my Instagram account to enter. Here are the only rules:

You must be following me + Nion Beauty on IG & you must currently reside in the US

I will announce the winner on Sunday (August 4th) <3

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If you don’t already use toner, you need to start! I swear since I started using a toner in my daily skin routine, I have noticed such a difference in the brightness and color of my skin. I have a lot of options here for you guys and I am obsessed with them all!

Okay…I never thought I’d say this, but I think this Rose Water Calming Face Toner by Herbal Dynamics Beauty has Mario Badescu beat. The ingredients in this product are AMAZING + have sooo many benefits! I have seriously been obsessing over this product.

First Aid Beauty has ALWAYS been one of my favorite skincare lines + I am seriously overjoyed to work with them. They have such amazing products + they are decently priced for being a higher-end brand. These Facial Radiance Pads are my recent obsession. They help exfoliate, tone + brighten…I don’t know what more you would need. They’re super easy + I love the way they make my skin feel!

I’ve noticed tons of beauty bloggers rage about vitamin c serums for your skin + I was so excited to try this C15 Booster by Paula’s Choice. Some of the benefits of using vitamin c products for your skin include brighter + more even skin tone! I am super excited to try out this product and will definitely keep you guys updated on it!

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I know I’ve mentioned this Glam Glow Moisturizer in multiple blog posts already but I am still obsessed! It’s honestly a must in my makeup-routine.

There are lots of First Aid Beauty products featured in this post because they are seriously that good. This Coconut Water Cream is one of the most moisturizing lotions I have ever used for my face. Plus it smells amazing.

I have also been on the lookout for a new eye cream and I have been loving this 5 in 1 Eye-Cream they have!

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Okay, if you take away anything from this blog post…it should be this. I am OBSESSED with this Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask. It is seriously so good. I have honestly never loved a mask more in my life. It exfoliates so it leaves your skin feeling so smooth + fresh.

I also had to mention this pretty + pink clay mask by Alya Skin, a vegan + cruelty free skincare co. based out of Australia. This brand has seriously been all over my Instagram feed + I was so curious to see what the rage was about. So, I actually teamed up with Alya Skin to share it with you guys! Overall, I love the mask + it’s seriously so cute!

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Tula Cleanser

Nion Beauty Exfoliating Facial Brush

Herbal Dynamics Beauty Rose Water Toner

Paula’s Choice C15 Booster

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Eye Cream

First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream Moisturizer

Glam Glow Moisturizer in Nude Glow

Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask

Alya Skin Pink Clay Mask

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Tips + Tricks: How to Make a Rental Feel More Like Home

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I am a firm believer that a happy environment at home can have the most positive effect on your everyday life. Similar to my own unique style and writing, I consider decorating as another form of a creative outlet for myself. As cheesy as it may sound, I think it’s so important to use your creativity in your everyday life. By surrounding myself with the things I love, I feel so inspired and motivated to be my best self. Since moving into my own place, I have been overly-obsessed with decorating and finding the perfect pieces for my little apartment, on a budget. I’ve mentioned before that as a college student, it’s so easy to feel like you’re just going through the motions and don’t have a set place you necessarily call “home.” With my own experience with renting, I’ve found that it can be difficult to make it feel like home, when you don’t exactly “own” the place. However, I’ve found that adding your own personal style, with bits + pieces of inspiration can fix any situation to feel cozier. No matter if you’re in a dorm room, apartment, or house,¬† I have a couple helpful tips + tricks that will go a long way into making your rental feel more like home:img_9355-e1531256243851.jpg

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I can’t stress this one enough…nothing makes a room feel more lonely than empty wall space. With rentals, there’s really only so much you can actually do with your space so there’s no better way to lighten up a room than with some wall art. A lot of online website are pretty pricey when it comes to simple prints, so I have a life-hack for you guys if you aren’t looking to over-spend in this area. On websites like Pinterest and Tumblr, there are tons of different prints and photos that you can print out for free…and then dress up with a pretty frame from your local thrift store. I will link some examples of prints I found online below.

Grateful Print

Do What You Love Print

X Print

Another place to find inexpensive wall art is on Amazon. I think it just might be my favorite place to find home goods because they have so much to offer and they make it so easy for you to shop. I found this wall decal on amazon for a decent price and it was so easy to stick on-to my wall.

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IMG_9356Now this tip might seem a bit strange at first, but trust me when I say adding different textures to a room can seriously change the vibe and make it feel extra cozy. For instance, I have been loving the whole wicker trend. You can find wicker baskets at your local Home-Goods, or online on Amazon for a decent price. Not only are they great for storage but they can quickly switch up a space and make it feel more put-together. In my apartment, I knew I wanted to add some type of marble piece but I wanted to stray away from making my living room “too” modern, so I decided to add a wicker basket on my marble coffee table and I swear it gives the perfect balance of modern, yet shabby chic.

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Another way to add texture is with your throw pillows + blankets. Pillows are my favorite because they are so versatile and can seriously change the feel of the entire space. I like to do this by playing around with different prints and colors, this is definitely where you can add your own personal style and creativity.

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This is probably my favorite tip I have for you guys and it’s so simple! Adding plants + flowers is the best way to freshen up any space. I like to find a good balance between real and artificial plants throughout my apartment because I am honestly the worst at keeping plants alive. However, I do love picking up a bunch of fresh flowers during my weekly trip to Trader Joe’s…they have the best options at the lowest price! As for artificial plants, I usually go to IKEA or Target. They’re always reasonably priced and seriously change the entire vibe of a room.

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Being the coffee enthusiast I am, I had to dedicate a section of my kitchen to my absolute favorite beverage. So I decided to turn a basic utility cart into a coffee cart. This obviously isn’t a necessity but I wanted to mention it because I am seriously loving mine! It’s perfect for small spaces that are lacking in counter-space.

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This might sound super clich√© but it’s the little things that make a difference. I am obsessed with candles and make sure to put them everywhere. It’s a quick and easy way to make a room feel cozier. I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite candles with you guys:

Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle

Capri Blue Candle

Panjore Lychee Candle

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Do What You Love Wall Decal

Woven Wall Hanging

Zodiac Print

Black + White Palm Print

Letter Board

Woven Basket

Woven Coffee Table Tray

Pink Pillow

Yellow Pillow

Fluffy Gray Pillow

Evil Eye Pillow

Coffee Cart

Coffee Table

Rug

Plants

Blue Keurig Coffee Machine

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post + don’t forget to keep up with my social media below for daily updates, xoxo.