Quick + Easy Dewy Skin

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In the middle of the whole instagram-super-heavy-makeup trend, I've been trying to go with an even more natural look for my face. Heavy makeup has never really been my thing, but I was still determined to try and make my face as matte as possible. Now, I've been focusing more on skincare in general (healthy skin means less makeup) and moving toward a luminous and dewy look.

I'm also a fan of taking less than 10-15 minutes to apply everything. (Mainly because I can only leave my puppy unattended for that long or else she starts to eat things).

So let's get into exactly what I use and how I use it:

Moisturize with *KORRES Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturizer.

I want to keep my skin moisturized and healthy underneath my makeup, so I always apply moisturizer right after washing my face. I wait until it's fully absorbed before I put anything else on.

Prime with *Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

This primer feels amazing on my skin. I goes on super smooth and gives your skin a glow. It also makes your makeup water resistant.

Apply *Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with fingers and then blend with a beauty blender.

I just recently switched back to a BB cream after finally accepting that I didn't want the full coverage look and heavy feel of a foundation. I really like this one because it has SPF and it doesn't make my skin feel oily. I like to apply BB cream with my fingers because I feel like a brush soaks up too much product, but I then blend with a beauty blender to make sure everything is even and natural looking.

Conceal/highlight with *Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer.

I apply a very small amount of this in a triangle underneath my eyes and then blend out with a beauty blender. It's honestly not my favorite because it's a little drying and tends to crease, but I haven't found anything that I like better.

Apply *Ciaté Dewy Stix to cheekbones, nose, and cupid's bow; blend/pat with fingertips.

I just picked this up at Sephora after getting a dewy highlight mini-makeover done and I'm obsessed with it. It's a highlighting balm that is low shimmer and creates a dewy, wet-look. And it stays on all day, which is always my end goal.

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Once my face is done, I'll fill in my brows and apply mascara. If I'm feeling the need for bronzer, I'll apply some powder under my cheekbones. I'll use a cream bronzer if I want a more defined look or if I feel like my face looks extra puffy.

Finish with *Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

This really helps keep my makeup in place and from creasing.

That's it!

I really really love the dewy skin look for the warmer weather. It looks natural, doesn't feel to heavy, and it doesn't look messy if your face gets a little extra dewy from the heat. These products specifically are also great for warmer weather (aka being outside more) because they're super light weight and both the BB cream and primer have SPF.

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Becoming A Morning Person: Sleep Tips

messy bed

Between trying to cram in everything you need to get done and just not being able to relax in general, getting enough sleep is hard. Yeah, I know, sometimes we'd rather sacrifice sleep over other things we want/need to do, but we need sleep!

No amount of coffee can replace sleep – we try really hard, but it doesn't work. It's also not healthy. And if you don't get enough sleep you're going to be unproductive and tired.

2017 is only two months in and I'm keeping up with my goals. (I hope you are too!) I'm always trying to be healthier, but one of my goals is specifically to get more sleep. Because normally I get sick if I don't sleep and after my last cold, I am not dealing with that again.

So naturally, I've tried a few things to help me sleep and I have some favorites. I always have a hard time sleeping (even if I'm exhausted!) so I'm determined to figure out what really works!

Here's what I've tried:

Chamomile Tea
I used to drink chamomile ALL the time before bed. It's really calming and helps you relax at the end of the day. Drinking something warm helps make you sleepy in general, but chamomile has some extra relaxation benefits. (I wrote a blog post about it and other teas!)

I like doing yoga at night, but if it's too intense of a practice it could actually make you less tired. So sometimes I like to just play it safe and meditate instead. It helps clear your mind of anything that might be keeping you up at night. I really like the app headspace. But if I just want something quick, I'll use the relax/breath feature on my Fitbit.

I don't ever fall asleep right when I lay in bed so I usually scroll on my phone. But the lights from your screen can keep you up at night so I recently switched to reading. I use a yellow booklight (it's the blue lights that keep you awake) and I'll just read until I feel like I can't stay awake any longer. Just don't pick a super interesting book, or you'll never fall asleep!

Sleep Cycle App
While this doesn't help me go to sleep, it's definitely helped me feel more rested. You set a timeframe for when you need to wake up in the morning, and then the app tracks your sleeping to make sure you're woken up at the best time during your sleep cycle. I still don't fully understand sure how it senses your sleep cycle, but I definitely wake up more refreshed since I've been using the app. And I've never been a morning person.

The cool people over at Leesa also put together this infographic for tips on becoming a morning person! They're a mattress company, so they know a thing or two about a good night's rest.

If anyone has sleep tips, share, please! Because the more the better. Also, the same things don't work for everyone.

++ If anyone has sleep tips for puppies that would be cool, too. Because mine hasn't let me sleep for the past four days.

Goodbye Zits: Acne Fighting Skincare Products

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As someone who tries a lot of different makeup and skincare products (because even if I find something that works I'm always looking for something better), I tend to make my face a little angry sometimes which leads to breakouts.

I also have oily skin and get those annoying, painful under the skin zits that take forever to go away. They seriously will stick around for weeks and then leave a scar. Oh, and I always get them right in between my eyebrows, which is probably the number one most inconvenient spot to get one.

It's just right there and you can't do anything about it.

At this point I'd like to think I've mastered both making zits go away as soon as possible and preventing them from popping up in the first place.

Before I get into what products I use, at night I always take my makeup off with either makeup remover or micellar water, and then I wash my face. I don't really have a favorite cleanser but I did just repurchase the Kate Somerville Daily Detox Cleanser* because I do think it works better than others.

About a month ago, I added Sunday Riley's UFO* to my routine. I apply it right after cleansing, give it five minutes to soak in, and then follow up with a moisturizer. It has salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and black cumin seed oil to help treat and prevent acne. And it has additional ingredients to brighten and soothe irritated skin. This stuff has made SO much of a difference. When I started using it, I had two stubborn scars/red marks that wouldn't go away from an old reoccurring zit (yes, it was between my eyebrows). After a few days the scar was completely gone. I still wasn't 100% convinced it was from UFO until a week ago when I felt the start of another one. On Monday night there was a faint red mark (...again, right smack in the middle of my eyebrows) that was super painful. But from using UFO everyday, it never got any worse than that. By Thursday it was completely gone! It used to take weeks for them to go away! 10/10 definitely recommend this.

My other favorite thing is a sheet mask. I used to use regular masks frequently as both a mask and a spot treatment (I mentioned my favorites here) but I'm honestly too lazy to wash them off. And I always get them stuck on my nose ring. Sheet masks are so much better! Just throw them on and then peel them off. I really like this Dr. Jart one* for acne.

For normal zits that aren't deep under the skin issues, I like to use this Mario Badescu Drying Lotion*. It's a super cheap alternative to the Kate Somerville one. I wouldn't say it's as effective as the other products, but it does the job.

If anyone has other acne-fighting tips, please share!

SkinnyPop, Wine + Binge Watching

SkinnyPop Salt and Pepper bag

Honestly, I'm a huge proponent for binge watching television shows. I don't understand people who aren't fans of watching an entire season in one lazy Sunday. Is that not the best way to do it?? I mean, come on, just not having to deal with cliffhangers is good enough reason alone.

You don't even want to know how quickly my best friend and I watched all of Grey's Anatomy on Netflix during our senior year. I'm pretty sure it was 11 seasons and we watched it way too quickly.

Anyway, with proper binge watching (or tv watching in general) comes good snacks. I'm a huge fan of popcorn, cookies (shoutout to those late night cookie delivery services!), and brownies. Sometimes I like fruit, but let's be real, the best snacks are the unhealthy ones...

Except for popcorn! Which actually happens to be my snack of choice when I'm getting all comfy on the couch, ready to watch some Shondaland. There's a few types of popcorn I like, and SkinnyPop happens to be one of my favorites. I was actually given a bag at one of the HerCampus conferences and I was like "How have I not tried this before?!" It's just 39 calories a cup, so it’s perfect for a TV binge fest!

Just in time for all the Shondaland madness to come back (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder), SkinnyPop has put together a guide for pairing their popcorn flavors with your favorite wine. Popcorn and wine, Olivia Pope definitely would approve.

Wine & Popcorn Pairings infographic

My personal favorite is the sea salt & pepper with some white zinfandel. That's what I'll be having tonight while watching the next episodes. (Btw, I'm very concerned for Karev. And Wes...Wes...). But I'm also obsessed with white cheddar SkinnyPop so I'll have to try that combo too!

If you need some guilty pleasure tv recommendations, I got you covered. (And I included the number of seasons that are on Netflix because that's essential information):

Grey's Anatomy (12 seasons on Netflix, season 13 is currently on TV)
How to Get Away With Murder (2 seasons on Netflix, season 3 is airing now)
Scandal (5, season 6 airing now)
Gilmore Girls (7 + Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life)
Gossip Girl (6 seasons)
How I Met Your Mother (9 seasons)
The Vampire Diaries (7 seasons)
One Tree Hill (9 seasons)
Breaking Bad (5 seasons)
Orange is the New Black (4 seasons)
Stranger Things (1 season)
Pretty Little Liars (6 seasons)
Criminal Minds (11 seasons, season 12 airing now)
Law and Order: SVU (seasons 14-17, season 18 airing now)
Friends (10 seasons)

Okay so that list was NOT supposed to be that long, but clearly I have a problem so... Feel free to give me even more recommendations!

Let's talk about all the drama on these ridiculous shows in the comments. Or food. I'm always down for both conversations.