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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BLOGGING 101

HI LOVELIES,

It’s been a MINUTE since my last blog post so if you’re new here, WELCOME. If you aren’t new here, you’re probably wondering where I’ve been for the past two months…and to be quite honest, I just needed a mini break. Since I started my blog last May, I have been blessed with so many amazing opportunities, whether that be collaborations with brands, freelance work as a graphic designer, selling my own presets, + other random gigs here n’ there. Starting this blog has opened up so many doors and given me opportunities I never dreamed of happening, better yet, happening in the short time span of less than a year. I don’t say this nearly enough but I am so incredibly grateful for you guys for even reading this blog post right now, liking my posts, or just doing whatever you can do to support me. I realize this sounds so sappy already but I am honestly so passionate about this topic because the decision to start my blog truly changed my life.

So you might be thinking to yourself, “well, why did you start this blog in the first place?” and there’s really no short answer to that question. Honestly, if you told me a year ago today that I’d be doing what I am doing now for a job, I would 100% laugh in your face. To be real with you guys, this time last year was not a good time for me; I was incredibly depressed, lost + had no clue what my future would hold. That’s honestly a blog post in itself but to sum it up, with the help of my boyfriend and my family I was able to get through it + I started seeing a therapist. Fast forward a few months later, it was summer + I was in such a better place and I was really motivated to just do something for myself that would allow me to be creative / keep me busy. I have always been a creative person whether that be with photography, design + writing so I thought why not just combine the three and start a blog. I am also an English major and I knew I wanted to go in a different direction than teaching or the usual route, so I thought this would be a good place to start + build my resume. I actually even had a blog back when I was in high school (before blogging was even a thing, really) but I was way too afraid to go public with it so it really wasn’t an out of the box thing for me to do. I guess the only difference this time was that I had way more confidence in myself. I always have girls DM me asking “how did you deal with other people’s opinions when you first started your blog?” and honestly, I had been struggling with finding my own happiness for so long and right from the start, blogging made me so genuinely happy, and just motivated to live my life and I really don’t think anyone’s opinion could get in the way of that. Not only was I finally feeling like myself again but I was discovering myself at the same time and it was just such an empowering feeling and really kept me going. I think the best advice I have for someone who is interested in starting a blog is just to do it. Like right now…right this second. Obviously you gotta want to start a blog for the right reasons, it can’t just be for the “free stuff” or pretty Instagram photos. Trust me when I say this is a full-time job and you gotta be 100% in it for the right reasons to be successful. So if that resonates with you and you’re passionate about it then you should just do it. You have absolutely nothing to lose and if you’re only fear is that people might tease you, then just think about how they’re going to feel in two years when you’re working for your dream brand and they’re still wasting their time worrying about what other people are doing. Can’t relate…JK GUYS, that was sassy, but really at the end of the day people will judge you no matter what you’re doing, so just do what makes YOU happy. Also, you’ll probably be surprised at how much support you’ll receive because I know, I did.

OK, so if you’re still reading this, I probably convinced you to start a blog and now you’re sitting here wondering, “How the heck do I start a blog?”

Lucky for you, this is pretty simple nowadays because there’s a million different platforms and resources like YouTube, that will teach you how to do literally anything. That’s pretty much how I figured everything out myself. I use WordPress because long-term it just made sense for me with all the upgrades they offer but I know a lot of blogger gals that use Squarespace + Wix. I would just test them all out and see what you’re most comfortable with. I had prior experience with WordPress from my first blog so this was my first choice.

As for designing my blog, I was able to work with Bluchic + use their Isabelle theme, which made my life WAY easier. If you’re not super tech savvy, I def recommend using a pre-made theme. Bluchic has tons of different styles so I will be sure to link their stuff here. However, when I first started I just used a basic theme that was available on WordPress. I think the most important tip for you guys is just to start with whatever resources you have. You will learn as you go, and have more opportunities to upgrade your site, later on.

Now that you have a basic idea of how to start a blog, I am gonna answer a few specific questions from you guys about blogging:

Did you reach out to brands first or did they reach out to you?

So when I first started, I tried to get as much content as I could before I just started reaching out to brands. I made sure to have a few blog posts up + content on my Instagram to show that I was actually blogging and could offer them something in exchange for product. Once you feel confident enough, I highly recommend reaching out to brands. You might feel silly sliding into the DM’s of some of your favorite brands but you gotta put yourself out there somehow. I would use the DM’s as a starting place to get a point of contact / e-mail because that is just way more professional and will give you more room to pitch your ideas to the brand. It’s important to have a pitch ready because you have to understand that brands are constantly getting e-mails and it’s more likely that you’ll land a collab if you already have an idea in mind. ALSO, keep it noted that you will probably get ghosted / rejected by a lot of brands and that’s totally normal. It happens to everyone and honestly, still happens to me sometimes, so don’t feel bad lol. Keep posting your own content— not everything has to be sponsored. It’s almost like you’re building your resume at first. Brands will reach out to you once you have good content + good engagement.

How do you know if a brand is legitimate about working with you + not just trying to scam you?

So this is definitely something to be aware of when you first start blogging because you will most likely want to work with any + every brand that reaches out to you, and there are tons of scams out there. I think the number one thing is to make sure the brand is legitimate (google them, look for a website, read reviews, you can even look on their Instagram page and find girls they’ve worked with in the past and DM them lol — this has happened to me so it’s not that weird). One of the #1 signs of a scam is if they’re trying to get you to pay money. You shouldn’t have to pay anything. I remember when I first started, I got tons of messages like this and I actually fell for it once so trust me when I say this. If a brand is only offering you what appears to be a large discount on a product + you have to buy it, it’s most likely a scam and the quality of the product isn’t worth the money anyways. I have actually had a few girls DM me in the past, so if you’re looking for a second opinion feel free to ask because it can be hard to tell!

How did you grow so fast?

This is probably my most asked question from you guys and I never know how to give a short answer on Instagram. To be honest, the reason I have been able to grow so fast is because I’ve put a lot of my own time + work into it. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it and pretend like I just started posting pretty photos + gained a following. Since I started my blog, I have treated it like more than a job and put in hours every single day into it. Whether that be posting on Instagram, creating content, engaging with you guys, connecting with other bloggers or brands. I have always had an obsessive personality to the point where I’m either utterly obsessed with something or I just don’t care and this is just something I am obsessed with. There is so much passion behind it and just being able to express myself in a creative way keeps me sane, tbh. Obviously, there’s gonna be times when growth is slow + you will feel discouraged but it’s just important to remember why you started. It’s so easy to fall a victim to comparison when your job revolves around social media, but I think what helps me the most is just focusing on my own journey. Getting to where you want to be is great, but I think what’s even greater is HOW you got there. Nowadays, you can rush the process and buy your following but at the end of the day I think it’s way more rewarding to take the extra time and be able to look back and know that you achieved this all by yourself. That’s my honest opinion about it— there is no secret to this, it’s honestly just what you put into it.




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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Read w/ Me: Fall Edition

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I decided that a bookish blog post is long overdue and since I am currently an ambassador for the Book Sparks Fall Reading Challenge, I thought I’d give you guys a little updated book list for fall. With that being said, I’ve been getting tons of questions all about Book Sparks and what exactly the challenge is, and basically they have just been sending me fall-themed books for the past month or so for me to read and share with you guys! I have really enjoyed this experience because I love finding new authors and so far, they have all been new to me! Not to mention, I am obsessed with true-crime and that sort of thing, and some of these books seriously have the best, spooky story lines. Along with the books from Book Sparks, I am going to include my favorite fall-themed books, so I hope you enjoy this post + comment some book recommendations below!

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware:

I actually read this entire book on a flight home around Thanksgiving last year. It’s an easy read and honestly impossible to put down. I remember from start to finish, I was constantly wanting more. It’s a crime/mystery novel that takes place at a cabin in the woods so you can only imagine how spooky it is!

The Secret History by Donna Tartt:

I would consider this more of an advanced novel just because you really have to use your mind while reading it. It’s more complex but the story line is SO good and very compelling. It’s sort of a mystery/thriller.  It’s perfect read for fall!

The Night in Question by Nic Joseph:

This book was actually included in the fall reading challenge, and I have to say it stood out to me the most. It’s basically about an Uber ride gone wrong, and if that doesn’t make you wanna read it, I don’t know what will. I love the idea behind it because it’s so current and interesting. It’s definitely an easy + fun read for the fall time!

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard:

If you’re someone who loves true-crime, then I highly recommend this book. This is a true story about a girl who was kidnapped for eighteen years of her life and survived to tell her story. She kept a diary throughout it all so it’s very interesting. This is a heavy topic and if you’re sensitive to that sort of stuff, I wouldn’t recommend reading because it gets very deep.

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.

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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.

shop w/ me—fall trends

img_2761-e1538424767103.pngHi lovelies,

First off, I just wanna say, happy October / fall / best time of the year. You guys have no idea how excited I am that it’s FINALLY sweater weather. There has already been a few days under 70 degrees here in SD and I have taken full advantage of them. Fall fashion is my absolute favorite so you best believe I am planning loads of new posts for you guys! I created this “shop w/ me” section during the summer so I thought I’d give you guys a little updated post for fall. There are so many fun trends this season that I am loving and I wanted find some trending items at different price points! I hope you find this post helpful, + happpy shopppin !

img_2688-e1538369216791.pngI have been obsessed with this style of coat for the longest time! It’s so perfect for fall/winter and seriously so cozy! Since it’s finally getting cold again, I decided to splurge and make the purchase. I ended up getting the I.AM.GIA pixie coat but I linked some other, more affordable options for you guys below!

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I had to include this one in here because I personally am obsessed with the style of this Wildfox sweater and I was so excited to find some dupes!

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Jacket $118.00

Skirt $10.00

Mules $43.31

Body Suit $15.00

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You probably either hate or love the dad sneak trend but I wanted to include it because I  think it’s really cute. However, I do think that spending $70 on sneakers that look like my grandpas is a bit much, so I thought I’d include some dupes for you guys! Nasty Gal has tons of options and their whole site is 50% off!

Fila Dad Sneaks $70.00

Dad Sneak Dupe $30.00

Doc Martens $170.00

Dupes for Docs $35.00

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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Real Talk – Mental Health + Celebrating Every Tiny Victory ft. Homesick

These past couple days I have been in my head a lot about what I want to put out there for my readers and people who follow me on Instagram. Many of you probably don’t know that the reason I started this blog is because I love to write. I actually major in English at San Diego State + I have always had a passion for style + beauty so I decided that a blog would be the perfect creative space for me to express myself. It’s been three months since I started Faithfulluxe and I have fallen in love with blogging and everything that comes with it. Seriously, I feel like I’ve found my calling in life and I am so happy that I took the leap and went with it. I always get loads of questions on IG about how to start a blog so if you guys would be interested in that I’d love to do a blog post all about it! Back to where I was going with this, I really miss writing + just putting my thoughts out there for the world so I thought I’d do that for you guys today.

I always want to share positivity + inspiration on my platforms, but it’s also so important for me to be real with you guys. These past couple days I haven’t been posting very much + to be simply put, I just haven’t been in the best mindset. Many of you wouldn’t know from following me that I have struggled with depression + anxiety since high school. In the past year, I have learned to handle it much better + in a healthy manner, but I will admit I still have days where I just don’t feel like my best self. For anyone who can relate, I just want to tell you that this is perfectly normal and a few bad days doesn’t equal a bad life. Trust me when I say that it does get better + you’re not alone. I do plan to share my story with you guys when I am ready but for now I will leave it at that.

With all of that being put out into the world, today I received a candle in the mail + it provoked me to write this blog post. I probably sound crazy at this point and I do realize I am a bit all over the place but I honestly just need to get my thoughts out there. So if you didn’t already know, Homesick is a brand that specializes in candles that vary from smelling like your hometown to your favorite childhood memory. They kindly sent me a Kentucky scented candle + I am obsessed. Sitting there looking at this candle that strangely enough does remind me of my hometown, I started to think about how far I’ve come. When I have days where it’s hard to get out of bed + put on a brave face, it’s really easy for me to get discouraged and question the entirety of my life. It’s hard to put into words but if I had to, I would explain to a friend that it’s like some days I get out of bed + get ready for the day with the kind of courage it takes to skydive. To some people, that may sound dramatic + a bit absurd but I think it’s so important to celebrate every tiny victory in our lives. To look yourself in the mirror and say, “Hey, you got out of bed today + just that is enough.” So while I was feeling discouraged, I looked down at this candle + I was reminded of all the tiny victories I’ve faced these past three years. I was reminded of that hopeful eighteen year old girl who dreamed of moving to California and doing exactly what I am doing right now. I guess with this post, I just wanted to remind not only myself, but you guys that if you’re ever feeling far from your best self, remember how far you’ve come. Remember to celebrate every tiny victory and lastly, remember that everyone has those days + you’re never alone.

Link to Homesick Candles

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Beach Style + Essentials

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It’s no secret I’ve been spending way too much time in the sun this summer. It’s honestly my favorite season for style because it’s so simple + easy to incorporate the same pieces into multiple outfits. I’ve honestly been the biggest outfit repeater this summer + just re-styling my favorite pieces for different looks. I’ve realized this is honestly the way to go…it saves you money + it’s fun to see what kind of outfits you can create. One big style tip I have for you guys is that it’s the little things that count the most. I swear just by adding a killer bag or some fun-printed shoes, you can make the most average outfit look IG worthy. I’ve been loving that beach bum look lately so I wanted to show you guys how I style my favorite outfits for a day in the sun. Even if you don’t live close to a beach, I have some great tips for your average pool day or tropical vacation. Here are some of my favorite beach style tips + essentials:

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First of all, if you don’t already own a black high-waisted bandeau bikini set…then you need to go get one right now. I personally love high-waisted bottoms because they’re super flattering + comfortable. I got my set on Princess Polly + I will link it below.

I am also in love with mini backpacks because they’re so perfect for the beach. They hold all the essentials + aren’t too clunky. I got this gingham print one in the Brandy Melville section at PacSun but I will be sure to link a few of my faves here:

Mini Backpack Option #1 — Okay guys…I am slightly freaking out because I am obsessed with the Chloe Mini Faye Backpack + this is a serious dupe!

Mini Backpack Option #2 —  I love this! This is the perfect backpack to tie a printed bandana to!

Mini Backpack Option #3 — If you love yellow like me, then you NEED this! This is also the most similar material to the one I have!

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If you can’t already tell from my excessive  IG posts, I am obsessed with the straw bag trend + these leopard print shoes. They’re both so versatile + honestly add so much to any look. They both stand out enough by themselves so you can only imagine how they dress-up an outfit. I swear these shoes are perfect for everyday wear or a night out. They’ve been my go-to pair pretty much every single day.

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Here’s a perfect example of me being the outfit repeater I am, jk. In all seriousness, it’s  so easy to just switch up an outfit with one simple piece, like these fun pants, + make it look entirely new. I am obsessed with the paper bag waisted pant trend going on this season. I love the classy look it brings to any outfit. These pants are from Threads + I am in love! They are seriously so comfy + versatile. They’re definitely going to be a staple in my closet this summer + fall.

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I also just  wanted to mention some beauty essentials I’ve been loving this summer thus far. I always want to show you guys brands that I love + support and just want to say that I only work with companies I truly believe in. With that being said, I am so happy to team up with Moroccan Magic to show you guys their products. They have an organic lip balm line infused 100% pure argan oil + essential oils. It’s seriously a game-changer + so moisturizing. My favorite flavors are Rose + Lavender Vanilla. Look out for a giveaway on my IG soon…but in the meantime you can find their products at your local CVS or Whole Foods.

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High-Waisted Bikini Set

Leopard Print Shoes

Straw Bag

Tie Pants from Threads

QUAY Sunglasses — these are on sale!!

Moroccan Magic

Manda Organic Sun Care

OUAI Wave Spray

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Be sure to keep up with my IG for some upcoming giveaways + recent posts, xoxo.

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.