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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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.