Beauty & Skincare Upgrades in 2013!

2013 was a year FULL of changes for me. It was a year of upgrades to say the least. Looking back, it’s hard to believe so much has happened in only a year and that 2014 is already here.

Not only did I experience major life changes, I also changed up a bunch of things in my skincare/beauty routine so I thought I would share them with you all! Maybe these products can be added into your rotation in 2014.

Hair:

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I used to use generic drugstore shampoos (Aussie was my fave!) or Korean shampoos like Elastine because they smell SO good. But my hair wasn’t looking too great, and once I started dying my hair lighter this year, I realized that these shampoos were stripping the color right out. Plus, they contained sulfates, which is damaging for your hair in the long run. Now I use sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo, and I can see and feel the major difference in my hair. I also switched my conditioner to Kevin Murphy Angel Rinse, and my hair is so much more manageable and softer. I still cheat on my angel rinse with Elastine conditioner sometimes….it just smells too good.

Skincare:

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I used to have a pretty simple skincare routine (Cetaphil cleanser, Aveeno lotion, benzoyl peroxide when I breakout) but I’ve been trying out way more products this year, especially during the winter when my skin is super dry & super sensitive!

Makeup:

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Welp, in 2013 I became a lipstick hoarder. No doubt about that. I used to have a lip balm problem, now I have a lipstick problem. Woops.

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A couple of my babies favorites… Left to right: Chanel ‘La Sensuelle’, Marc Jacobs ‘Understudy’, Rimmel Kate Moss 09, Mac ‘Russian Red’, Mac ‘Lustering’

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Lastly, face products! Goodbye crappy concealers, hello Bobbi brown corrector in light peach (Godsend), and my beloved Kat Von D concealer. Not that my old concealers were terrible, and yes Nars is a high end concealer, but I found that the formulas I was using were too creamy and always moved around. Plus, they didn’t cover up my undereye circles well enough. I still don’t use foundation but I reach for my Missha bb cream when I want more coverage.

Happy new year everyone and be safe! x

More money, more…

Problems? Pretty things? Happiness?

To be honest, I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been trying to cut back on shopping, and more importantly, get a good understanding of my budget. My male coworkers like to joke that I should participate in ‘No Shop November’. Ha-ha, but I’m kind of considering it. At least until thanksgiving/cyber monday that is!

I’m turning 25 in February, and I’m taking a serious look at my finances for the first time ever. As much as I love shopping, sometimes it’s not worth the stress and worry of dealing with feeling broke. Here are some tips to get you started if you’re in the same boat!

1) Write out all of your balances in your accounts. Checking, savings, loans, store cards, etc. Then make a list of all your expenses each month and what days they’re due. ALL of them! Even subscriptions to netflix/spotify, transportation, laundry, etc. You can even estimate how much you spend on food, I recommend over-estimating just to give yourself some wiggle room. Now you can create budgets by subtracting your expenses from your income. Whatever is left, use it to pay off your balances.

2) Split your budgets between your pay periods. For example, since my rent is due on the 1st, I give myself a much smaller budget in the first two weeks of the month, taking into account that my rent is going to be taken out. Then, for the last two weeks of the month, I can give myself a little bit higher of a budget, but I actually try to stay within the same amount of the first two weeks if I can, then put the rest towards payments I need to make.

3) Sell whatever you can. I’ve sold countless items on eBay that have just been sitting in my closet. Alternatively, if you’re looking to purchase something but don’t want to pay full price, eBay is a great place to find things for less.

4) Instead of always eating out or stopping by a store when you’re bored, try doing activities that are either free or you’re already paying for. For example, since I’m already bound to my gym contract, I try and go to the gym rather than pay for an exercise class since I’m technically already paying for the gym. Also, keep yourself in check by getting a basket instead of a shopping cart at places like Target. I swear, I could buy everything at Target.

5) Do your research. Clip coupons, sign up for discounts, shop online with ebates, whatever you can! Small savings can add up.

6) Girl, pack your lunch. Seriously. Last night I went to the supermarket and picked up 8 cans of soup, 2 boxes of couscous, and 3 boxes of pasta for around $20. That’s two weeks worth of meals & saves me a ton!

7) Keep yourself motivated. Lately I’ve found myself reading financial success stories and tips/advice on sites like Learnvest, DailyWorth, and Smart Cookies. Getting your finances in order is a long process and a commitment. But it’s definitely do-able.

Find of the Day: Perfect Camo Jacket

Camouflage Jacket

Camouflage Jacket, $98 at Express

As much as I love camouflage print, I don’t own a single camo item! I think this “trend” kind of vomited everywhere last year, so I waited until i found a camo piece I really loved. Some camo prints are just a bit too much. I wanted something that was understated but still had the recognizable camo print.

Hopefully Express will have a sale on this jacket soon so I can snatch it up! It’s just what I’ve been looking for.