DRUNK ELEPHANT: my HONEST opinion — would I actually purchase?

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OK, so a few weeks ago I received a PR package from Drunk Elephant ++ asked you guys if you’d like to see a blog post / review on how I liked the products so, here we are.

The package they sent over contained a collection of their “Littles,” which is basically just sample sized versions of a few of their best selling products. I’ll be honest I used almost ALL of the product in the span of one + a half weeks. So it’s def safe to say that it’s more worth your money to just buy the individual products BUT I will say that this is an amazing way to get to know the products + see which you like / don’t care for.

Overall, I was honestly impressed by their products. I will say, the week I started using them is when I ALSO started being a lil extra crazy with my skincare (lmk if you wanna know what that looks like) so that has a little something to do with my opinion. However, this is more just a first impression I had with the products + telling you guys whether or not I think it’s worth the purchase because DE can def be a little more on the pricey side.

LET’S GET INTO IT

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Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

So the regular size of this Cleanser retails $32 which is a little more on the pricey side when it comes to cleansers. Personally, I am not super picky when it comes to what I wash my face with so it I don’t usually splurge in this department. To be honest, I wasn’t obsessed with this product, I felt like the consistency was a bit sticky + bland.

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C-Firma™ Day Serum

This is their Vitamin C serum and it retails $80 which is super pricey but it is a HUGE bottle + would prob last forever. I used this during the day + I honestly really liked it. I have tried a few other vitamin C serums and I found the actual product pretty comparable. I usually use Le Dew Citrus Sunshine — this product retails ONLY $24, which is wayyyy more in my budget so I prob wouldn’t repurchase this product if I am being honest with you guys. I will link that here for you guys, if you’re interested.

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B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum

OK, I promise this post isn’t ALL negative, I actually fell in love with this product + I plan to purchase it. I have pretty normal to dry skin so I am ALWAYS looking for some extra hydration ++ this product does not disappoint. The price point is $52, which is expensive but I honestly don’t know a product quite like this that would compare + once again, it’s a huge bottle. I really felt like this gave my skin a healthy glow + overall kept my skin extra hydrated (like, even overnight). I use this morning + night and I swear my skin just looks a little extra plump because of it (AND my light stim, of course).

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T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum

Before trying this product, I had never tried out a designated “night” serum ++ I honestly loved it. I would 100% repurchase this product. I applied this nightly ++ I noticed my skin tone looked super even + smooth. This product just glides on your skin + feels so dang good. Honestly if you’re looking to try anything from DE, TRY THEIR SERUMS. You will not be disappointed, trust me.

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Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

I know a lot of people are scared of oils but they really are good for your skin, guys. I actually really enjoyed this product. I specifically used it on the more wrinkle prone spots of my face (under-eye, forehead) + it def helped minimize that. This retails $40, so I am not sure if I’d repurchase to be honest just because it doesn’t feel necessary in my skincare routine BUT if you’re into oils—this is def one to try!

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C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream

So I quit using eye cream just because it’s pretty pricey + I am not SUPER concerned about all that yet, BUT after trying this, I will say, I  def wanna add eye cream back into my skincare routine. This product retails $64 which is honestly outrageous but it is an amazing product ++ you get a lot for your $$$. I think when it comes to eye cream, what’s most important is just using SOMETHING. So I am going to link a few fairly priced eye-creams below for you guys.

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Umbra Tinte™ Physical Defense SPF 30

OK THIS IS THE ONE PRODUCT FROM DE THAT I AM OBSESSED WITH. I had to put that in all caps because that’s just how much I love it. This is a tinted sunscreen that retails $36 ++ is so worth your $$$. It goes on super smooth, not sticky (like your average sunscreen). More like a BB cream with a really pretty tint. I love wearing this underneath makeup, or just by itself for a pretty-clean look. I 100% will be repurchasing this. Honestly a must-have for summer.

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Protini™ Polypeptide Cream

LASTLY, this is a version of their moisturizer ++ I am not gonna say much about it because I honestly wasn’t a huge fan. I am pretty picky with my moisturizers + this one just didn’t do much for me. I am the type of person who is into smells ++ all that and that’s one thing that kinda put me off to this product — it’s a little too bland for me.

ALRIGHT.. so that’s it for the products I was able to try. Overall, I love Drunk Elephant as a brand +++ plan to test out more of their products. I honestly HIGHLY recommend testing out their “littles” for yourself (we all have different skin ++ needs). I am also going to link below some other options they have for sample versions – a day + night serum set. Which basically has all the products I approved of, win-win. I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post + let me know if I should start doing more reviews like this!

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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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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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September Favorites

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So for the month of October, I am going to attempt to put up two blog posts per week (maybe more) so get ready for lot’s of content from me! I thought this would be the perfect intro into the new month with a little recap of products and favorites I was loving in September! img_2909-e1538523397783.png

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I am planning on doing an updated skincare / makeup routine blog post on it’s own so I just wanted to feature some of my ultimate favorites for this.

The first product I want to talk about is the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. This has been a cult-favorite this year, for good reason. It took me the longest time to try it out (mainly because it was always out of stock) but I finally picked it up and gave it a try. I’ll admit, my first reaction was that it reminded me of toothpaste — it has a minty scent / thick texture. After using it overnight, I was amazed at how soft and moisturized my skin felt! I have fairly normal-to-dry skin so I found this stuff to be super helpful for that. Even though it’s considered a mask, I love using it as my daily moisturizer… it’s just that good!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

Next, I wanted to mention a fun little brand I discovered on Instagram. I feel like I’m always seeing ads on my feed for smaller skincare/body brands similar to this so I thought it’d be interesting to give you guys a little insight on how I actually feel about their products. Anese is a skin/body care brand that specializes in booty care. Yes, you read that right. They have a bunch of different scrubs and lotions for your bum. I wanted to mention that + I will link those products below if you’re interested! However, I decided to test out their new skincare SLAY serum for your face! I have been loving this product. I usually apply it under my moisturizer before my makeup! I personally think it’s super important to hydrate your skin before applying a full-face of makeup, because it applies sooo much smoother and lasts way longer.

Anese SLAY serum

Anese Bootycare

If you haven’t already heard of Wander Beauty, get ready for a huge spiel from me because I have been obsessed with their products! They are a cruelty-free beauty brand that carries makeup/skincare. I am planning on featuring a couple different products from them in my makeup routine but for this post I wanted to share their eye masks with you guys! They are so easy to apply, you can seriously do it anywhere! I love these.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Foil Eye Masks

Lastly, I wanted to mention two primers that I have been loving! Similar to moisturizer, I honestly believe in using primer. I know a lot of people have different opinions on whether or not it actually works but personally my skin needs all the hydration it can get! I notice a difference when I use primer versus when I don’t so that’s why I love it! You guys know I love Smashbox primers so I decided to pick up this Radiance once. It honestly reminds me of my Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer, so I am super stoked about that.

Smashbox Radiance Primer

Another product that I am long overdue to test out is the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ spray. This stuff smells so dang good and works amazingly! Personally, I can’t do my highlighter without some sort of primer spray so I really love this! It sets your makeup and leaves it looking super hydrated.

Mac Prep and Prime Fix+

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This was a hard section to pick for because I feel like I am still transitioning into my fall closet and I want to a do a fall style report so I just decided to go with some accessories that I’ve been loving.

I think these KDB boots might just be my favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned! I am seriously obsessed with this style. White boots are so cute for fall because they bring a lil pop of color to any outfit! I am super excited to style these.

Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Boots

Similar Style – I love these for everyday wear!

I have been meaning to pick up a mini backpack and I was so excited to find this one at Brandy Melville. This goes with every outfit and it’s SO convenient. I will see if I can find the exact link to this one but I will be sure to link some of my other favorites below.

Brandy Backpack

Similar style + Cheaper

Lastly, I wanted to mention some undergarments that I have been obsessed with. This might sound so weird to feature in a monthly favorites post but these are so comfy + amazing to sleep in! Richer Poorer also has t shirts + socks so I highly recommend checking their stuff out. Their products are super high quality and soft!

Richer Poorer Brand

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I have a few different things for my lifestyle favorites but first I wanna talk about this perfume I’ve been loving from by Rosie Jane. They recently released their new scent Angie, which is a mix of honeysuckle + fig. I am obsessed! It’s the perfect light scent for fall.

Angie by Rosie Jane perfume

I am so excited to announce that I am partnered up with Olly. Olly is a vitamin brand sold at Target that I’ve honestly been using forever! I think my mom originally introduced me to their brand last year + I have been using them every since. They are gummies so they’re super easy to take daily + they have a decent taste to them. As a full-time student, I have been loving their laser focus/ goodbye stress vitamins. These are so helpful and I seriously think they make a difference!

Laser Focus Vitamins

Goodbye Stress Vitamins

Lastly, Califia Farms is my go-to almond milk / creamer brand. I have been using their stuff forever! I will admit I am not a huge pumpkin spice fan but every year around this time I give it another shot because I want to get in to the fall spirit. I picked this one up at my local Von’s and I was pleasantly surprised! It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t like that intense pumpkin flavor. It’s a subtle taste, which I love. I highly recommend adding this to your fall morning routine.

August Favorites

img_9540-e1535685831596.pngFirst off, I wanna apologize for being so MIA on here these past couple weeks…I’ve honestly been SO busy! I just got done with my first week of my senior year (eek) + I am finally getting back into the groove of things. I have tons of new blog posts planned, but for now, I thought that sharing some of my latest favorites would be the perfect way to catch you guys up on what I’ve been lovin’ this month! From vegan cream cheese to sneakers, here are my absolute favorites from August:img_9528-e1535685859879.png

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Graphic Tee

Leopard Print Brandy Skirt

Nike Sneakers — these are a MUST have.

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Polka-Dot Romper

Bag

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Daniel Wellington Watch— use my code JAMIELYN for discount!

Black Bodysuit

TLROOM Joggers — seriously my favorite brand ever…these are so soft!

Adidas Slides

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Olive Jumpsuit

Clear Pouch Bag — how fun is this?!

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Jade Roller PRO TIP: keep in freezer…you’ll thank me later!

OLAY Daily Facials — so much better than makeup wipes, I love these!

TULA Exfoliating Treatment Mask

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Cover FX drops  — perfect for glowy, tan skin

Vanity Planet Oval Brushes — I have been loving these for my daily makeup + skincare routine! They seriously makes my skin look airbrushed

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Case App Phone Case— use my code JAMIELYN20 for a discount on your own personalized phone case/laptop skin!

Homesick Candles — Love this brand + this KY candle smells amazing

Siete Grain Free Lime Tortilla Chips — These have been my obsession all summer long. Needless to say, you need to go to your local Sprouts and get these RN!

Vegan Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese — this is so, so good + I found it at Target

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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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My Go-To Hair Products

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Before I get into my go-to hair products, I wanted to just give you guys a little low-down on my hair. I am naturally very blonde, however, I’ve been getting highlights since around my freshman year of high school. I’ve always preferred my hair to be super light…but, after so many years of bleaching + toning, I have realized the upkeep, and damage it does on your hair is just not worth it in the long run. I still get my hair professionally done, however, I have switched from full-highlights to balayage…which is basically another high-lighting technique where it gives a much more natural effect. I highly recommend balayage just because it’s way less upkeep + much more cost effective! As a college student, I love it because I don’t have the means or time to get my hair done very often…and I’ve noticed with balayage you can grow out your roots for much longer without it looking like a complete disaster. As for growing out long locks…this might sound gross at first, but my number one tip would be to wash your hair only a few times a week. I usually wash mine only twice a week + when I do, I make sure to style it with my favorite products so it lasts! This has helped my hair grow like crazy + it’s much healthier! Since I started growing out my hair in January, I have made an effort to find the absolute best products for my hair + I have been loving these…

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For shampoo + conditioner, I have been loving the brand Kristin Ess. Since I do get my hair done, I like to use a purple shampoo when I wash my hair to reduce brassiness. I have tried tons of different brands, and I love this one! She also has a purple conditioner but to avoid purple-toned hair, I just picked up the regular signature one. I love these products because the packaging + quality is very high-end at an amazing price!

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Once my hair is nice + clean, I always apply my Drybar Prep Rally detangler spray. This stuff works so well + smells amazing! I love it because it keeps my hair nice + smooth, and also works as a heat protectant!

To help detangle, I am obsessed with my Wet brush! If you haven’t already tried a Wet brush, you need to go to the store right now + pick one up. I seriously don’t know what I did before I had mine!

Lastly, I am still loving my OUAI Sun of A Beach Ombré Spray. I mentioned this product in a previous post + I just wanted to give a little update. Overall, I find that it definitely gives a slight highlight effect on my ends…I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wants the balayage look, on a budget.

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Once my hair is dry, I always try to style it right away. I prefer to curl my hair because I’ve found that it lasts longer than when I leave it untouched. I can add my favorite dry shampoo + re-style it throughout the week and it will still look good! For dry shampoo, I absolutely love Batiste! Overall, this brand is inexpensive and works perfectly.

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Once my hair is curled, my final + favorite step is to add my OUAI Wave Spray. I am honestly obsessed with this product. It adds texture + works as a hair spray to keep my curls in check. This stuff smells so fancy + amazing, it’s by far my favorite hair product I’ve ever tried! It’s perfect for those loose beachy curls.

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Kristen Ess Purple Shampoo

Kristen Ess Signature Conditioner

Wet Brush

OUAI Sun of A Beach Ombré Spray

Dry Bar Prep Rally Detangler Spray

OUAI Wave Spray

Batiste Dry Shampoo

IMG_9389I hope you guys enjoyed this post + be sure to follow my social media below for daily updates, xoxo.

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 cliché 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.

Life Update – Moving, Beauty + Style

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These past couple weeks have been hectic…in between moving, strep-throat, and lack of WiFi, I haven’t been able to post on here as much as I’d like. With that being said, I want to give you guys an update on what I’ve been up to since we last talked. So here’s what I’d like to call a little round-up of the past few weeks, and some tips + tricks I’ve learned along the way…

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One not so “little” update  for you guys, is that I just recently moved into my own little place and I am beyond grateful + excited about it. Ever since I moved out to California in 2015, I have had at least 5+ roommates every year and some crazy experiences to go along with it. With those experiences, I have learned a lot about life and a whole lot about myself…one of those things being, that I prefer to have my own space. I don’t know if this is normal for a twenty-one year old to say, but I’ve realized I am the type of person who loves a clean, happy environment and that’s kinda what influenced my decision to live alone. Needless to say, I am basically the definition of an introverted-extrovert and I love having my own space but I also love being an out-going twenty-one year old sometimes, so I just felt like this was the perfect way for me to find a healthy balance. I think that’s all that really matters…it can be easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing or what seems to be the “norm” in college, but it’s so important to remember to put your own happiness first.

I am absolutely obsessed with home decor + interior design so you can look forward to loads of posts in the future dedicated to that. As for now, you can enjoy this tiny glimpse of my kitchen because I am a perfectionist and I don’t want to make a post until everything is settled in…sorry I’m crazy I know.

I’d have to say one of my favorite parts about moving so far has been being able to explore my new neighborhood and all the cool eats + drinks in Pacific Beach. If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend this little Mexican restaurant, Pueblo. My boyfriend and I both agreed they had the best spicy margarita we’ve ever had and their flatbread was to die for. Not to mention, the restaurant was killer with the aesthetics.

My second favorite thing about my new place is the short, two-minute walk to the bay. It’s only been a week and I’ve already taken advantage of being so close to the beach. I’m making it my goal to go watch the sunset at least twice a week.

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During the summer, I rarely wear makeup and with that I am usually also lacking in the skincare department. Along with the fact that I am pretty much empty on almost all of my products…I am planning on testing out tons of new stuff and I will hopefully have an updated skincare routine for you guys soon. As for now, I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite beauty products at the moment.

Since moving closer to the beach, I have been spending way too much time in the sun. For sun protection, I am still loving my Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen for my face/neck for everyday wear.

As for after-sun care, I have been obsessed with the most simple product that you can pretty much find anywhere, Aloe Vera. I keep mine in my fridge and use it religiously on my face/body and I swear it helps my skin so much.

Lastly, I recently picked up this frank + body lip balm from Ulta and I am obsessed. With other lip balms I’ve tried, I  would always find myself continuously re-applying the product throughout the day, but this one seems to do the trick. It lasts forever!

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Am i the only girl who is constantly torn between growing out my hair and suddenly chopping it all off…because I swear I have the debate in my head every single day. I have been growing my hair out since January and I’ve been trying my absolute best to keep it strong and healthy. I am planning to do a blog post all about my hair and my favorite products but for now I thought I’d share the products that have helped my hair grow like no other…

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Recently I’ve seen tons of beauty + health bloggers rage about collagen and the Vital Proteins brand itself, so I decided to try it out for myself. Basically, collagen is amazing for your skin, hair + nails…and overall health. I decided to go with the unflavored collagen peptides so I wouldn’t get tired of the taste. I usually just add a scoop into my water or smoothie in the morning and I have seriously noticed a difference. I started using it at the beginning of summer and my hair has grown like crazy.

The only downside of growing your hair out is taming it…so i have been LOVING this detangler spray from Drybar. It keeps my hair so smooth and also protects it from heat.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I have been LOVING the animal print trend going on right now. The whole trend makes me reminisce on that zebra print, lime green phase my pre-teen self went through. We’ve come a looong way since then and I wanted to share with you guys how I like to style animal prints in my every-day outfits.

I found this cheetah print overall dress on sale from Free People and I’m obsessed. Usually with bold prints, it’s hard to style/re-wear but this has been a staple in my closet. It’s perfect for a quick beach cover-up or if you want to dress-up an outfit. I will link everything below.

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I thought I’d also mention this necklace I have been loving. I’ve teamed up with Gem and Company to share with you guys my code, “JAMIELYN20” for 20% off some jewels. I will link their website here.

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White Body Suit

White Belt

FP Overall Dress

Silky Pink Tank Top

Cheetah Pants

Platform Vans

Doc Martens

Wicker Bag

Adidas Slides

Cheetah Slides

Round Sunglasses

Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Gem + Co Necklace

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I just wanted to end this post by saying thank you for all of the sweet, kind messages and support I’ve received since I started my blog. I was a little nervous to put myself out there at first, but I am so happy and overwhelmed with love. Thanks for reading this post and stay tuned for more to come, xx.

Weekly Style Report #1

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↓ Outfit Deets ↓

#1

4si3nna cropped tank top — this set is 40% off right now!

4si3nna skirt

FP hair tie

Bag

Necklace

Shoes

#2

4si3nna cropped tank top

Shorts—from E. Leigh’s so

I will link a similar pair!

Hair tie

Necklace

Shoes

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Dress — I found it at F21 for $12!

Dress Option #2

Dress Option #3 — so cute!

Cozy Cardigan

Quay Sunglasses — I’m obsessed with these!

Rose earrings

Shoes

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Band Tee—on sale!

Cheetah Pants

Slides — the best on-the-go shoes!

Sneakers

QUAY sunglasses

Scrunchies— 3 for $12 at FP, i love these!

Vanilla Perfume — my favorite!

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