Skin Care Routine

I have struggled with acne all my life and have tried so many different products to try and improve my skin. The more products and face masks I use on my skin the worst it got. I have finally mastered my routine and I literally only use two products. The more simplistic your skincare routine is the better your skin will be. Putting so many different products on our skin just irritates it more and it is not benefiting us. If you have a similar situation as me.. I want you to try these products out.

These are literally the only products I use because of how gentle they are. The ingredients are clean and simple which is what we want in our products. I would spend $50 dollars or more on products and it would just make my skin worse. Both of these products cost $15 dollars which does not break my bank. Sometimes we think expensive products are better but that is not always the case. The simpler the better!

How to tan your face

I recently shared a post about my favorite self tanner for my body and it is amazing. I am scared to use that on my face because I do not want it to break me out. So I did buy the Isle of Paradise self tanning drops for my face and OMG does it make my skin glow!

I have the medium color and it is not to dark for me. I mix about 4 drips into my moisturizer and rub it evenly before I go to bed. I wash my hand immediately after so it does not stain them. This has not caused any acne breakouts and makes my skin look for even and clear. I suggest investing in this product because it will boost your confidence! I will even use this all summer because I try not to tan my face by the sun because of wrinkles and sun spots. So this is a great product to have all year long!

Let’s talk about graduation

The time is finally coming and I am graduating next week! Weird to say, I am not excited at all. I am super happy to be done with school, and to finish that accomplishment but it does not feel surreal. It is sad to have my graduation virtually because it does not feel the same. Seeing other colleges that are having real graduations are making me feel quite jealous. I wish I could walk on that stage and accept my diploma with my friends, and family watching me finally be done! But now I will be sitting in my living room watching it on T.V. I won’t have any pictures with my friends to look back at that day and remember the people I became so close with. I know when I am 40 years old and I wish I could show my children the day I graduated college, I won’t be able to because it is not a real graduation and it is making me sad. I am thankful and lucky I got to go to college and that I finished my degree but I really really wish I got to have a real day to celebrate. I know a lot of you are in the same boat, and I just wanted to let you all know you are not alone.

My trip to Dallas

About two months ago I took a trip Dallas, Texas and it was a lot of fun. The first night I was there it was hard to know fun places to go to. Cities can be overwhelming at first but I want to share my favorite place I went while staying in Dallas.

The Statler Hotel- Roof Top Bar

The first day we came across this rooftop bar and we went every day we were there. The view is spectacular and the drinks are not to pricy compared to some places in Chicago! I got a mimosa pitcher for $22 which equaled to three glasses between two people. Let me just show you this view…..

The roof top has day beds and a little pool where you can cool off in! It is free to go up there as well which is an awesome bonus. I can not get over how great this roof top was, and if anyone is planning on a trip to Dallas please do yourself a favor and head over there!

Jeans

If any of you are on a jean hunt where they fit perfectly but are still comfy, Abercrombie has the best ones! I am 5’11 and it is hard for me to find jeans that fit me. Abercrombie has options in short, regular, or tall where it fits anyone no matter their height. My hidden secret for getting jeans there for a cheaper price is looking at their sales each week. The price of their jeans are roughly around $100 which is insane but I have never bought them for full price. I own about 5 pairs of Abercrombie jeans and I never bought them more than 50 dollars. So my advice for you all is to wait for them to go on sale because they all most likely do. Save your coin & get yourself the best pair of jeans!

Please ignore my messy room lol

These are all the curve love jeans and I am obsessed! They suck me in and are actually not floods on me for once. I struggle to find jeans that fit my long legs, and where they show off my curves.

The best spring/summer cocktail

This is for my 21+ followers.. I have the best drink to make at home! My family and I have been loving Aperol spritz’s and have found the best and easy recipe to make at home. All you need is 3 products and you are set! The two easy ingredients is your favorite champagne and club soda. Than to top it off you need to add your Aperol mix! The one we use is from Binny’s and this brand is what is used at many restaurants.

This is the exact one I am talking about and it is super yummy!

The exact measurements:

  • Ice
  • 3 ounces (1 part) Aperol
  • 3 ounces (1 part) dry Prosecco
  • 1 ounce (a splash) club soda or unflavored sparkling water
  • Orange slice, for garnish

Fitness

As I talked about before, I used to play collegiate volleyball and was constantly working out. I had practice 6 times a week and a lift on top of that. I was probably burning 1,000 calories a day or more to be honest. Well, ever since COVID my workout schedule has been quite rough. It is hard for me to push myself to workout everyday since I am no longer playing volleyball. Fitness seemed like a chore to me and not something I actually enjoyed. Well lately I have gotten into walking… Which seems like not a legit workout but it really is! I go to the gym and I walk on an incline for an hour and leave feeling exhausted. I burn over 600 calories by just doing that! I seriously feel like that is my time to just walk and think about life. It is so peaceful to me and I feel at ease when I do it. If any of you are struggling with working out, I highly recommend you join me on walking! You will be better mentally and physically. You will be surprised by how much you sweat from walking on an incline!

Why walking is better than running:

“Incline walking increases the workload, raising the heartrate without having to risk aggravation of injury by running. Walking on an incline increases leg muscle activation, stimulating the muscles of the calves, hamstrings and glutes”( Iowa Heart Center).

Homemade Acai Bowls

For my breakfast each morning I have been making Acai Bowls! I am a huge smoothie bowl girl and love that it is so easy to make right in your kitchen. All I use is an Acai packet, one banana, one cup of oat milk, I sprinkle granola on top, and drizzle peanut butter all over it. It is so simple and quick but it taste delicious!

You can get the Acai packets from any store but this brand is seriously the best! I have tried cheaper options but it does not taste the same. I recommend getting the Sambazon brand. I hope you guys try out this recipe!

At Home Starbucks

Starbucks is an addiction to me and I seriously want it every morning but it does get expensive! I decided to start making it from home and it is a lot cheaper and healthier for me. These are my two favorite products that I have been using to make my ice coffee at home.

This nut pods creamer is so thick and creamy and has 0grams of sugar! It sweetens the coffee just enough where it’s not over powering. I definitely recommend trying this cream. Making this at home has saved me an extra $45 dollars a week! The iced coffee is only $5 for the bottle and the creamer is $5 dollars as well. So it is only 10 bucks to make this at home each week!

My Holy Grail

Okay so I literally hate being pale in the winter, and love being tan all year round. Well.. tanning beds can be quite temping but know the risks they cause. I have found the best alternative to staying tan in the winter and how to not step foot in a tanning bed!

This right is here is the secret to looking bronzed all the time. This self tanner is so easy to apply because it actually comes out grey. So you are able to see what spots you missed to make sure it is applied evenly. Also…… it does not smell!!! It is so hard to find a tanner that does not smell musty, and gross. This and the B.tan mat cost $15 dollars together and you can find this at your nearest Walmart. I promise you all that this is the best thing to ever exist. Hope you all try it out!