Heading back to school can be pretty intimidating... especially if you're an incoming freshman. I'm listing some of the advice I think is helpful for going back to class (hint, one of my tips include not taking it *too* seriously).
The minute I saw this skirt from the Who What Wear x Target collection online I knew I had to have it.
So I rushed to my local Target to find it and luckily discovered basically the whole line was still available. I picked up this skirt (duh) and a few other gorgeous things.
This is the kind of line I would wear practically anything from - and for items all under $50, what more could you ask for?
Plus, I'm obsessed with the Who What Wear website... so it's only fitting I was obsessed with their collection.
What did you pick up from the collection? Let me know!
The second half of 2015 was really good for me skin-wise. I started finding products that actually worked for my crazy sensitive-dry skin... which, you have the same type of skin, you know is pretty difficult.
Here are some of the products that worked magic for my skin this past year:
1. Clarisonic Mia 2 in 'Mod Floral' $149
This thing has been hands-down the best skin care product of 2015. I bought it in the summer during the Nordstrom semiannual sale after reading and watching so many great reviews.
Let me tell you, this has dramatically changed my skin. I use the sensitive skin brush head (you can buy it here), and it does an amazing job of deep-cleaning my skin.
It's pretty pricey - $149 not on sale - but I say it's worth it if you're looking for something that does a fantastic job of cleaning your skin and changing your overall appearance.
You can find it here.
2. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal mask $25
I love this stuff. It does an amazing job of "clearing your impurities" and making your skin look brighter... and cleaner overall.
Plus it's made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates - which is always a major plus.
For the amount of product you get (3.4 oz), the price tag is pretty reasonable.
You can find it here.
3. Sun Bum SPF 50 Original Sunscreen $15
Not only is this packaging adorable - it works well and it doesn't smell like typical sunscreens.
Side note: I usually hate the way sunscreen smells for some reason... anyone else picky about this?
Anyway... I have to be careful about the type of sunscreen I use because my skin is ridiculously sensitive... so this product is great because it's hypoallergenic/pretty natural which means my skin doesn't break out in hives when I use it (talk about annoying).
4. Mario Badescu seaweed cleansing soap ($14) and lotion ($15)
Using these two products along with my Clarisonic has been oh so good for my skin.
These don't dry-out my skin like most cleansers I've tried and they do a really good of of brighting my skin/giving it a really deep clean.
Plus, for the quality, they're pretty affordable - I would definitely recommend these if you have really dry-skin like I unfortunately do.
5. Lush Cosmetics Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub $23
After some investigation - I discovered (unlike I said in the video below) my favorite shower scrub has not been discontinued... at least not online. An employee at my local Lush said they were getting rid of it - but hopefully just in stores? Because this stuff is like a magic scrub.
It works better than any body exfoliator I've ever tried - plus it doesn't dry out my skin (major plus).
It's pricey - don't get me wrong. I typically would not spend that much money on a body scrub, but this stuff is worth it (reason 4,589 why my paycheck should go directly to Lush).
You can (fortunately) buy it here.
6. Palmer's Cocoa Butter massage cream for stretch marks $5
No, I'm not pregnant.
Now that that's out of the way - this stuff works reaaally well at diminishing the appearance of stretch marks. And I don't care who you are, chances are you have... or will have, stretch marks at some point in your life. Plus, at this price? I'll need a whole truck-load.
Only thing is you have to be pretty consistent using it (1-2 every day)
You can buy it here.
Make sure to watch the video below to see some additional thoughts on these products!
What were some of your favorite skin care products in 2015? Let me know in the comments (I'm always looking for new products to try)!
As I'll explain in a later post... 2015 hasn't exactly been the best year for me, but I'm optimistic I can make 2016 better.
And I'm hoping to do that through these New Year's resolutions. Now, I'm not the kind of person who makes goals and thinks it will automatically be different. I understand these will take some work.
So here's the hopefully somewhat motivational... always cliche New Year's resolution list:
Number 1. Get healthy
I wrote a post back in September how I was making a "lifestyle change," (you can read that post here) so far I've done a pretty decent job of taking better care of my body, working out more, and eating healthier... so I'm hoping this next year I can basically "intensify" my goal and become the healthiest I've ever been.
I'm doing this through planning, upping my workouts per week, and eating healthier.
How? Well... my fitbit is able to track my exercise, calorie and water intake, even sleep patterns which will be super helpful in figuring out I'm doing wrong so I can fix the problems.
And my LP agenda will be helpful because I'll use the 'Months' portion of the agenda (which I previously never used) to track everything - and plan workouts.
Number 2. Blog more/Make more videos
I've always said I would blog more/upload more videos to Youtube, but it's always been on the back burner because of school or work... and while I don't think that's a bad thing (education comes first) I would love to focus on this blog and my channel more this coming year.
I graduated with a broadcast degree and I'm not utilizing the video skills I've acquired because at work I'm mostly producing and writing scripts (see my bio for more details).
Number 3. Be more financially fit
I know my parents will be pleased with this one.
I'm excellent at spending money. I guess you could say it's a talent of mine... which is why I need to become better at saving this next year. Especially because I realize there are certain things I want to do someday like travel overseas and buy a house - which I can't do unless I have money to do so... so I'm hoping this next year I get better at saving and a spending less.
Number 4. Be more organized
I feel like I'm a pretty organized person... but I can always be better. I would love to learn how to manage my time better in 2016 and just overall be more... organized (really not much to it).
What are your resolutions for 2016? Let me know in the comments - I love seeing what other people are hoping to accomplish (it gives me some motivation as well!)
Happy New Year!