Skincare

My College Skincare Routine

My College Skincare Routine

As college students, we get caught up with exams and presentations, trying to wake up on time for our 8 am classes and grabbing a quick coffee along the way. What most of us might forget is to focus on our skin care. I know for me personally I had so much more time, and even money, to spend on my skincare routine, and as a busy college student it’s hard to keep on top of that. So I’m here to share with you some of my favorite skin care products to help you out.

I’ve used most of these products for over a year so I would say I have a pretty good idea on how they work as well as their results. For me, this has been my skincare routine for a while now, and I don’t see myself changing it up anytime soon! These products have helped my skin go from dull and a hangout spot for pimples, to glowy and acne free.

Makeup Remover
The first step in any routine should be a clear dirt, oil and makeup-free face to work with; so I have two different makeup remover options for you. If you’re a makeup remover wipe addict and can’t seem to use anything else than that’s totally fine! Hey, I still use wipes often enough to keep a stash around the apartment. My favorite is the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes which retail for $6.99 at Ulta. Regardless if you have an everyday look or a nighttime college glam on, these wipes will take all that highlighter and foundation off without causing any irritation.

If you want something more planet-friendly and less expensive in the long run, one of my favorites is micellar water. I use the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water which retails for $8.99 at Ulta, and this bottle seriously lasts me months! Even when I use it almost every night! The great thing about micellar water is that you can use it even when you’re not wearing makeup because it cleanses your face of any dirt and oils you’ve managed to accumulate throughout the night.

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Pictured: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Cleanser
Let’s move on to the bad boy that’s actually going to be cleaning out those pores; I have two of my favorite daily cleansers. The first is the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel which retails for $14.00 on their website. For starters this stuff smells heavenly and is super gentle on the skin, making it the perfect everyday cleanser! Sometimes I even use
this with one of those spinning facial brushes, and it cleans all the junk out.

This next product is one I’ve been using for literally seven years, and I swear by this stuff. It’s the one product I recommend to everyone, and it’s perfect for oily, acne prone skin. It’s Herbalism by Lush, and it retails for $16.95 in store and on their website. This product is a bit expensive since the container is relatively small and the product has a short shelf life, but it’s worth every penny. The best part is you can get a free sample from any Lush store; so you can give it a try before splurging because I know we’re all college students on a budget.

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Pictured (from left to right): Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion, Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Herbalism by Lush

Toner
To this day there are still so many people who don’t know what toner is and have never used one before and that shocks me. Where do I start? This bottle of liquid is essential in any skincare routine. It literally cleans out your pores after makeup remover, and a cleanser is used, and it helps to clear up the skin. There are also toners aimed to make your skin glow and others to make your pores appear smaller, so there are tons of different uses. Once again I have two different options for you because I love these two toners and can’t choose my favorite. My first favorite is the Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion which retails for $15.00 on their website, and I’ve been using this for over a year now. I use it before bed, and it’s so refreshing and gentle on the skin and gets any makeup that my remover missed.

Another favorite of mine is the Glow Tonic by Pixi Beauty which retails for $15.00 for the 100 mL bottle and $29.00 for the 250 mL one. This is a product I’ve had my eyes on for ages but only started using about two months ago and honestly, I don’t see myself ever stopping. This is my favorite morning toner; so every morning when I wake up I wipe some of this with a cotton pad across my face, and it’s given my skin such a youthful complexion!

Serum
So my last skincare favorite and a new addiction of mine are serums! I’m guilty of being one of those people who never invested in one simply because I didn’t understand the purpose. I’ve been using the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, which retails for $20 for the .5 oz bottle, for the past six months and I know I won’t be stopping anytime soon. This serum is filled with vitamin C and helps to add a glow to a dull complexion, and with college stress I know we could all use some glow in our skin! It is pretty pricey for the average college student, and that’s why it took me forever even to get the small size of this; however, Sephora gives out decent sized samples in store. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has the money to splurge or simple get a sample and give it a try for yourself!

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Pictured (from left to right): Glow Tonix by Pixi Beauty, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

I’m such a skincare fanatic and have tons of other products I’ve loved and used in the past, but these are hands down my personal favorites. Give them a try and let me know what you think! If you have any other skin care favorites that you’ve been loving, comment them down below!

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How to be a Straight-A Boss Babe in College

How to Improve your Grades and get that 4.0 GPA

So you’ve gone through the worst of it right? Staying up studying for SAT’s, joining clubs to make your resume look top notch, and working a summer job to get that real-world experience everyone keeps talking about. Well sorry to burst that dream bubble of yours but now comes the hardest part of having to do the same thing for yet another four years, all while trying to manage that 4.0 GPA.

I feel like I’m in the perfect position to talk about maintaining a high GPA in college, considering I went from a B and C+ student to straight A’s this fall semester by following some of my favorite tips and tricks. This guide is what I would call a MAJOR life hack so keep on reading to find out how I turned it all around and you definitely can too! 

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Study something you’re actually passionate about
Seems super obvious and straightforward right? Of course, I’m going to spend four years of my life and thousands of dollars on a career choice I actually enjoy! Well, from my personal experience I learned your dreams and passions change as you enter into this whole new world we call college. I started as a pharmacy major and let me tell you that was not for me; biology? Gross. Organic chemistry? Snor! But that’s what my parents wanted, and I’ve only ever been exposed to health care careers; I grew up wanting to practice medicine and now two years later I find out I actually hate what I’m doing? Uh oh.

Actually, no it’s not that big of a deal, so what you tried something and it didn’t work out the first time around? You’re in your 20’s, you have a whole lifetime ahead of you, so why not take the time to change your mind while you’re young and dedicate yourself to your true passions? I ended up switching into a marketing major, with a focus in digital marketing, after being a blogger since I was thirteen and let me tell you how dramatically my work ethic changed because of that. I found myself wanting to go to school and enjoying what I would learn; I was captivated in the marketing world and had this intense passion for it, something I knew I would never have had behind a Walgreens pharmacy counter. Choosing such a dream career like marketing and having it cross over with my passion for blogging was a match made in heaven! So please take my word on this and try to find out what you enjoy, not what others want you to enjoy. Give it a go and hey if you start off as a business major but realize you want to work in a courtroom instead then at least you realized it pretty early on, and there’s always room to change your mind. You will see how dramatically your work ethic in college will change if you’re attending classes you’re genuinely interested in and a major you’re fascinated with.

Focus on a healthy lifestyle
Where do I even start with this one? Well, the gym is my new best friend and has been for months now. I know some of you totally cringed reading that, but hear me out on this. I don’t go to the gym to lose weight, however; if that is your goal and you are going to be realistic and healthy about it, by all means, strive for that! But my goal is simply to relieve stress and be healthy overall; the single ab I’ve managed to get is just a plus for me! The gym enables me to blow off steam after my business professor tells my group our financials are wrong, and we need to start our whole presentation over again, or when the girl who never shows up to class ends up having to be my partner. Aside from all the stress relieved by hitting those weights and doing my squats, I find myself wanting to eat healthy and clean and give my body nutrients rather than all that caffeine.

Keep in mind you do not have to go from one to hundred; you do what feels the most comfortable to you! Be realistic about your goals, if you want that Ben and Jerrys in the fridge then go for it, just try to do the tiniest bit of extra cardio next time you hit the gym. Just taking care of yourself on the inside with your food choices and outside with your exercise will put you in a such a healthy mindset, and finding ways to manage stress is strongly correlated with your success in school. Nourishing your body is critical not only for your health but for your mind. I found myself being way more productive and focused now; I don’t feel sluggish and lazy all the time which are usually the side effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Positivity! Positivity! Positivity!
Once again some of you might read this and think it’s cliche but being positive and having a healthy mental attitude is crucial in college. You will be faced with a lot of stressful situations such as back to back exams, drama with friends, and especially that 8am you promised yourself you’d go to and now completely regret even signing up for. However, a lot of these problems that seem big are pretty small when you look at the overall picture, and it can be less stressful if you approach all your life problems with even a little bit of positivity.

For starters, I started distancing myself from anyone who was drama filled and impacted my life with negativity because I don’t need others bringing me down like that. I now have a small circle of smart and supportive friends which has truly made a difference in how I perceive myself and how I handle certain situations. I then decided if I wanted a better outcome, I needed a better attitude. So instead of saying phrases such as “I’m going to fail this test” or “I hate this course, I hate the teacher” etc. I started thinking to myself “I’m not 100% prepared for this test, so I’m going to stay in this Friday night and make sure I am ready for it.” Even if you don’t get the grade you want don’t self-pity or dwell on it, simply take it as a life lesson and better yourself for next time. The last thing I found very helpful for my mental health were podcasts. I started listening to all these podcasts about self-love and self-care, eliminating toxic relationships in your life and striving to be the best for yourself and not for others. I would even jot down my favorite quotes, and when I’m feeling down I actually read them, and it really helps put things into perspective. Just the simple and obvious task of surrounding yourself with positivity in your everyday life will enable you to reach success on your own terms.

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These seemingly obvious, yet somewhat hard to implement lifestyle choices can surprisingly make a difference in your college life and your GPA. Managing your stress well and choosing not to procrastinate on your own is essential to your grades but also to your physical and mental wellbeing at one of the most critical points of your life.

Got some of your own tips to be a straight-A student in college? Leave them in the comments down below!

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My Current Workout Routine

Hey guys and welcome to my blog! I’ve been contemplating what I want my first blog post to be about since I want something short, helpful and of course something I’m passionate about. So I’m here to share my workout routine with you; I feel like the end of the year is the perfect time to share this since many of us have new years resolutions involving the gym, and hopefully, this gives you some new exercises to incorporate into your routine.

I know some of you totally read the title and almost clicked that little red x because the thought of working out can be so overwhelming for some people, and that’s completely fine! If sixteen year old me saw my lifestyle and health choices now, I would be so shocked because I was that girl who walked the mile, and that’s if I even showed up to gym class that day. Cardio was not my friend, and I don’t think I picked up a weight until my second semester of college. However two years later I feel like a different person; I love going to the gym and every summer I go at least six times a week! Now between classes and work, I’m only able to go 2-3 times a week, but those days are my favorite days.

So this is the routine I’ve been doing for about six months straight, and I’ve noticed actual results from this; I’m even growing some abs now. Well… one ab technically, but hey I’ll take what I can get!

Cardio:

  • 20 minutes on the treadmill (I usually do 10 minutes running and 10 minutes fast walking on a level 8 incline)

Abs:

  • 1-minute plank
  • 3 sets of 30 Russian twists with a 15-pound dumbbell
  • 3 sets of 15 toe touch crunches with an 8-pound medicine ball
  • 3 sets of 15 side bends with a 10-pound weight

Legs & booty:

  • 3 sets of 15 sumo squats with a 15-pound dumbbell
  • 3 sets of 10 side leg lifts with a 10-pound weight
  • 3 sets of 20 on the leg press machine set to 100-pound weight
  • 3 sets of 12 on the hip abduction and adduction machine set to 30-pound weight (optional, I only do these If I have time/my legs aren’t completely dead)

There you have my college workout routine! Also please keep in mind I didn’t start off at these weights in the beginning. I started at 10 pounds for some of them and made my way up, so only do what you are comfortable with so you don’t hurt yourself. Also, I am obviously not a personal trainer or professional in any way I’m just sharing with you the exercises I do that work for my body! My gym goals are more towards gaining muscle rather than losing weight, so if you’re someone who wants to lose more weight I would add a lot more cardio and focus mainly on that. If you don’t know how to do any of these workouts you can go on YouTube or google images and just search the name of the exercise and tons of videos and pictures will be able to help you out. So I hope you guys gained some sort of value from reading my workout routine, and let me know if you’re going to incorporate any of these into your next workout or if you have any other workout suggestions! 

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