The Glossy Life

 

OH, yeah… did I mention I was now a Glossier rep? Probably. No but seriously, I became a Glossier rep at the beginning of this month! Who’d a thought, am I right? If you shop with me, you’ll receive 20% off your first Glossier order, and free shipping over $30.

Watch my Glossier intro video here.

I know I previously posted a piece on my skincare routine but I’ll probably be doing a makeup/skincare video so you can see how I incorporate Glossier products with existing products in my medicine cabinet. Stay tuned!

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Caring for my Skin

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Skin, oh the ever ending stressful moments I’ve had with you. Growing up, I had pretty great skin. I rarely had any breakouts. I remember being a junior in high school and having a classmate ask me what I used to wash my face. This was before the big trend on skin care came around, and there were no vloggers giving you product reviews. With that being said, I confusedly answered “uh Dove soap when I shower.” I was so naive. Senior year in high school was okay towards my skin. A few blemishes here and there, nothing too serious.

Then, adulthood happened. College tore me apart (aside from student loans). Living off of ramen, staying up until 4 a.m., stressing about school, adulting, and crying REALLY took a toll on my skin. It’s like somehow my skin was against me. It wasn’t a beautiful transformation like you see on videos. NO. It wasn’t “hey I tried this product for 3 weeks and my face looks as flawless as a baby’s butt.” It was more like “HAHAHA I HATE MY SKIN MORE PLS STOP PLS SEND HELP ASDFGHJKL!!” The more I stressed, the more my skin hated me. After 2 years of trying literally everything (Neutrogena, Dermatologist prescribed pills and lotions, Proactive, Clean & Clear, oils, soaps, lotions, prayers, star dust, lots and lots of crying) I randomly came across the 3 step system by Clinique. I had read a ton of positive reviews online, from people of all ages, which I’ve learnt is a good thing. I’ve been using the 3 steps for almost 2 years now. Things got even better when Glossier decided to exist, making my skin the happiest and healthiest I have seen it in a while with the combination of the two brands.

So here we go, the products I use and when I use them. Hopefully it can help someone else that has struggled with breakouts, scars, dry but oily on T zone, and dark spots.

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From Glossier, I use:

Milk Jelly Cleanser

Detoxifying face mask – Mega Greens Galaxy Pack

Moisturizing face mask – Moisturizing Moon Mask

Soothing Face Mist

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From Clinique I use:

Acne Solutions 3 Step – Cleansing Foam, Clarifying Lotion, All Over Clearing Treatment

Moisture Surge –  Extended Thirst Relief

Clinical Clearing Gel

Make up remover – Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser

Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector (not pictured, I forgot to invite it to the photoshoot apparently whoops)

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This is the order I use them in:

Night – 

If I have makeup on I start off with the Clinique Rinse-off Foam Cleanser (if I don’t wear makeup, I skip this step).

Clinique Cleansing Foam (Step 1 in the 3 step Acne Solution pack)

Clinique Clarifying Lotion (Step 2 in the 3 step Acne Solution pack); ironically this isn’t lotion at all, it’s a liquid toner that I use with a cotton ball

Glossier Soothing Face Mist (let this air dry for a second)

Clinique All Over Clearing Treatment (Step 3 in the 3 step Acne Solution pack)

*if I have recent blemishes, I dab on a dot of Clinical Clearing Gel. This stuff is made of magic and you will wake up with spots 85% gone.

*If my face needs moisture, I finish off with the Clinique Moisture Surge, especially during colder days.

Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector – dab on a dot on needed spots

 

Mornings – 

Clinique Cleansing Foam (Step 1 in the 3 step Acne Solution pack)

Glossier Soothing Face Mist (let this air dry for a second)

Clinique Moisture Surge

Then I just do my usual makeup

 

Fridays after a long week of work (aka once a week) –

If I have makeup on I start off with the Clinique Rinse-off Foam Cleanser (if I don’t wear makeup, I skip this step).

Glossier Detoxifying face mask – Mega Greens Galaxy Pack

Glossier Moisturizing face mask – Moisturizing Moon Mask

Glossier Soothing Face Mist

Clinique Moisture Surge –  Extended Thirst Relief

 

Hopefully this helps at least 1 other individual out there. I know it’s stressful feeling like you don’t have pleasant skin, and I know it causes emotional break downs. Trust me, I’ve been there. At the end of the day, I think we need to realize that skin isn’t worth stressing over, there are bigger things in life. I think that helped me calm down my breakouts brought on by stress, along with an organized skincare routine and lots of water.

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Sleep It Off

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As a kid, my mom had my siblings and I in bed by 8 p.m. on school nights, and as I grew older, 11 p.m. Then I moved away for college where I quickly forgot what sleep even was. Now that I’m out in the adult world where everything that happens during the day is very dependent on my energy and punctuality, I’ve set a sleeping schedule of my own. I know what you’re thinking, “is this girl really going to give me a bedtime??” IMG_9788

A lot of our health depends on the quality of our rest every night, and although I’m not going to set a bedtime, I thought I’d share some tips I’ve come across that have contributed to my excess energy throughout the day and positive health.IMG_9799

Invest in your bedding! Believe it or not, you may toss or turn in bed a billion times before falling asleep, simply because you don’t have very comfortable bedding. For my birthday a couple years ago, I treated myself to a very fluffy duvet cover from IKEA and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. I now have 2.

Set your phone to charge, AWAY from arm’s reach. I know that sometimes we might need our phone for emergencies, but the light that comes up every time we have a notification can be a little distracting keeping you away from falling asleep. I set my alarm, put everything else on silent, and flip my phone upside down. This also helps me literally GET OUT OF BED in the mornings, since I have to turn off my alarm.

Dimmer lights in your bedroom – I once read an article at a chiropractor’s office about how bright bedrooms can trick your body into thinking it has more energy than it does. This might sound crazy, but it made sense to me okay! I have a lot of natural light during the day, which wakes me up bright and early, but while it’s night time, I have dimmer lights in my bedroom. It sets your body up for a “resting mood” and will wear you out sooner than brightly lit rooms.

Wash your bedding once a week! I feel like this is a universal understanding. Who doesn’t like to fall asleep quickly in freshly washed covers?

Finally, get yourself on a schedule! I wake up every single morning at 6:45 Mon – Fri and on the weekends I wake up no later than 8. I’ve noticed that my lifestyle has been more productive and goal oriented once I set my routine to wake up. I wake up in such a great mood and I’m always rested up with plenty of time to accomplish things throughout the day. I have no issue falling asleep at night when I wake up that early because my body is just so tired by the time 10p.m. rolls around. (Yes, I usually am in bed no later than 11 p.m.)

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I’m no sleep expert, but if the girl that would fall asleep at 4 a.m. and drag her body to class the next morning can now rule the day with these sleep habit changes, then I’m sure it’ll help someone else out there as well!

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