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.

For 20% off your first purchase of Glossier products, feel free to use this link here.

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Wishlist

wishlistGetting organized once again, on what I want to be investing in. Here’s to hoping I stick to the plan of not purchasing out of my wishlist until they are all crossed off!

Suede Mini Bucket Bag (Royal) – mansurgavriel.com

Generation G Lipstick (Jam or Crush) – glossier.com

Squared toe Pump (Verde or Rustic) – loq.us

Princetown Leather Slipper (black leather) – gucci.com

Ganni Biker Jacket – needsupply.com had to find a replacement since they sold out in my size *cries* but I have a stellar leather jacket now!

Gold Knot Ring – commonmuse.co

Side note: 3 of these items are sold out at the moment, so I’m kind of hoping I find them elsewhere or they are restocked while in the process of crossing them off my list! *sigh*

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Get It Together

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Every new year we make promises about how we’re going to eat healthy, save more money, be outdoors more, and pet more dogs (the last one might just be me) but I believe in making changes that would better yourself at any point in time, not just at the beginning of the year. Something I’ve learned about reaching goals is that you just can’t do it, if you’re not organized. I was the person in class that wouldn’t write down things because I’d think, “no yeah I totally will remember that” and then would cram it in last minute simply because I would forget about it. There was no organization to it. Needless to say, I learned the hard way that organization is the key to success (adding this to DJ Khaled’s lessons). So I’m letting you in on my organization methods, maybe it’ll help you out too.

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I’m a sucker for aesthetically pleasing things, so the more pleasantly looking something is, the more I’ll want to use it. This leads to finding a planner that you’ll use. I became an adult the minute I invested in a good monthly, weekly, and daily planner with pages for notes. It was like I had stepped into adulthood. This planner is from Sugar Paper Los Angeles, which you can now find at Target!

Here’s how I use it:

Have a payment due on a specific day every month? Go ahead and input that into the monthly calendar. I’ve put in my “Rent” category, up until the end of my lease, cell phone, student loans, up until the end of the year, and so forth. These are the things that are more permanent and long-term which you can’t really change or move around.

Once you’ve arranged your yearly plans, break into months. So only write in on the monthly page of the month you’re in. Don’t go writing in, in pen, something that you’re “kind of” wanting to do 10 months from now, unless of course it is a goal. For example, I’m not going to write in Yoga Class on December 12th 2016. Let’s be honest, I will probably not be into fitness by the end of the year… (whoops). I will however write in my NYC trip that I planned on taking in February for Fashion Week, because that’s just not going to change, everything is booked.

After you’ve established your month’s goals/dates, break it into weeks.

This where I write most of my things. I don’t take up too much space in my monthly calendar. I only open my monthly calendar to take a quick glance of what high importance things are happening that month. It’s my week section where things get real.

I have certain weekly work goals I set for myself and I write those in. I have about 8 meetings a week, so I definitely write those into the weekly calendar sections of planners. If I have to get groceries on Saturday morning, I will write that in. If i have a blog post coming out on Monday and another on Wednesday I will write that in. This helps me keep track of my progress because I cross off each thing I’ve done.

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Lastly, but definitely the most important, I make sure not to give myself an overwhelming amount of tasks in a single day. In the past, I wasn’t accomplishing many of my daily goals because I simply would be overwhelmed with my lists and would just quit before even starting. Don’t do that to yourself! I’ve learned that smaller lists are better and more realistic when it comes to accomplishing things. If you’re packed for Monday and have absolutely nothing scheduled for Thursday, split your Monday into 2 days and sanely complete two small task lists, rather than one overwhelming list.

I’m not a professional planner, but I have learned that the more organized I get, the more I accomplish.

Hopefully, this can help you plan out whatever you want to accomplish this year!

Good luck!

 

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