With the change in the seasons, my skin is becoming increasingly dry and irritated. Couple this with the acne flair-ups that I’ve had in the past few months, it’s not looking good for my skin. After trying several techniques and products I read about online, I became frustrated because nothing seemed to work to cure my skin. I gave up home remedies and recently went to the dermatologist regarding my skin conditions and received an entire new regimen. Some of it includes prescription-only medications to treat acne, but some are available over the counter to treat oily skin and under eye circles.
Basically, the skincare regimen that my doctor prescribed includes three prescription items: a sulfur face cleanser, a retinol cream, and spironolactone. The over the counter items include a daily cleanser, a sunscreen, and a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. A variation of these products could also work, as long as they have the same ingredients.
I do, however, want to include some of the specialty skincare products that I use to supplement this regimen. One of which I want to talk about is the VIIcode Oxygen Eye Cream, which is used to treat under eye circles. This cream infuses large amounts of elements essential to the human body, including evening primrose, avocado, elderberry, chamomilla recutita. I use this at night to repair cells, and in the morning to shield from external damage to the eyes. I love creating a spa-like experience in my own home with this cream!
With fall well underway, the temperatures are dropping here in LA finally! We do have Indian Summers here (where it’s warm all through October), but today was the first day of November and it actually began to feel like fall. LA even woke up to rain today! With all these changes happening outside, it felt like the right time to make a change indoors as well, especially since more time will be spent indoors in the coming months.
For months, I’ve been looking for a macrame or woven wall hanging to complete my bedroom. There are a bunch on Etsy, but they are all pretty expensive and I was looking for a colored hanging to match my bedroom color scheme of purple, yellow, and white. I found this one on Apollo Box, online shopping platform that celebrates the act of discovery. This company is such a cool one, they use Augmented Reality in their app to help their customers see the product virtually before they buy it. What a fun way to shop! They also have really unique and creative products- and exactly the woven wall hanging I was looking for.
I am so happy to partake in a monumental campaign called “Bridging the Gap”, a movement centered around blurring boundaries and ending age stereotypes. For me in this blogging journey, it’s imperative that I speak out for causes that I believe in. This in particular, is one of them. One of the foundations of my blog is encouraging others to pursue their passion, in all forms, whatever it may be. Too often I get asked, “How do I start a blog” and hear complaints about how hard it may be to become “successful”, whatever that is defined as. Well, let me tell you the secret: JUST BEGIN. We all started somewhere, it’s a journey that is not defined by “success” or how many followers you have (at least for me). It’s a process to encourage others, build community, get a little creative, and ultimately live life more fully.
I hope you all have been enjoying the last bits of summer! Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to improve the content on my site. I think a big part of the road to improvement is a balance between writing what you have to write (for brands) while simultaneously writing something that you (and all my readers) will actually want to read. I personally want to return to a journalistic approach to blogging- describing my thoughts, trips, and topics that I care about. I enjoy creating content for brands but I don’t necessarily find myself wanting to write about the best sunglasses for fall.. I want to write impactful content that will help people, whether that be to live their most creative and fulfilling life or just to give them the courage and tools needed to be authentically themselves. That in itself is what I am most passionate about. A lot of this comes from my recent research on the power of vulnerability, a topic that I have come across in many facets of my life lately. So, to begin this new content journey, I am going to start with sharing 10 Facts About Myself that you may not know already! Hopefully by being vulnerable myself (these are still pretty surface level, but it’s a start), you all will connect with me in a different way. I’ll then give you a few end of summer outfit ideas to finish this post 🙂
If I have one prediction, it’s that this fall, glasses will be huge. We saw the trend emerge this summer, with “granny glasses” as I like to call them… Like these from Forever 21. I personally think they make any look super edgy, so I fancy them. But there are also other trends that I believe will emerge in the glasses and sunglasses realm of fashion. One brand making this apparent is Zenni Optical, who is definitely on top of it. I’ve partnered with Zenni to create three full looks with their new fall collection and I couldn’t be more excited to share them with you all!
With fall right around the corner, I am craving a new makeup look. This summer, I went with a more natural look, defined by light powder foundation, mascara, and defined eyebrows. I spiced things up by adding a bit more bronzer to highlight the natural tan I was getting, and maybe some lipstick for a night out. For the transition into fall, I am loving essence makeup’s affordable, trendy, and cruelty free options.
One of the main products I love is their Metal Shock Lipstick– which comes in 8 super exotic colors (so much fun)! My favorite is toxicity, which is a gold color. This lipstick adds an edge to any look and definitely got a lot of compliments when I wore it out. Another favorite product is their Volume Stylist Mascara, which is cruelty-free and lasts up to 18hrs. I wanted to create a sun-kissed, end of summer look to transition into that back-to-school-looking-refreshed-and-bronzed look.
If y’all are like me, I am constantly searching for healthy beverages to supplement my daily water consumption. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know my love of coffee, tea, and KOMBUCHA (all caps bc it’s just that good). This summer, I think I found one to add to the list! It’s a sparkling water made with real fruit… Move over LaCroix! Spindrift® is America’s first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit. Their water is triple-filtered and our fruit is picked from family farms, then squeezed and canned. I took Spindrift and tried it for the first time at the beach last weekend and it was just the refreshment my friends and I needed during a long day at the beach (Hermosa Beach, to be exact).