Favorite Beauty Essentials ATM

Beauty

Although I could sit here and tell you all of my Instgram posts feature a #allnatural me, I would 100 percent be lying. Like most girls, I’m not one to turn down a bare face and make-up free afternoon, however, I do love going the extra mile every now and then.

My niche is not make-up artistry and I’m no Jeffree Star however I do have a few of my favorite products that are my go-to’s at the moment.

  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15

The great thing about Tarte Cosmetics is that they are 100% cruelty free! *Yay! We love a conscious company! * Formula wise, I am absolutely obsessed! You don’t need to go overboard with the amount and it lasts forever! My work consists of hanging out outside a lot and I found that it doesn’t smear or get cakey from the heat. My only critique is that once applied, it does look a little wet, so topping it off with a powder is a must!

2. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen

Even though we’re on the back end of the summer season, sun protection is a year long must. I have been using this EltaMD sunscreen for a couple years now and I absolutely love it. It’s super thin and no greasy at all, which is a must for me!

3. Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara

This has got to be my favorite mascara of all time. The brush is super full and grasps the full lash, from top to bottom. I really love the formula too, as it doesn’t clump easily and it also doesn’t take too much to completely coat the lashes. I am a huge supporter of this product and will probably have a complete meltdown if it ever discontinues.

4. Rose Water

I added rose water to my night time routine about 2 months ago and I’m so glad I did. I’ve noticed a significant difference in my skin’s health since then. Not only is rose water a great moisturizer but it’s also a facial toner as well. Because of this, it’s also great to apply before doing your make-up. I’ve linked the exact rose water that I currently use off Amazon. It’s a great price and it’s a great product!!

5. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion

Along with the rose water, I’ve also added this CeraVe moisturizer to my night time routine and I’m so glad I did. What I really like about this product is that the formula is very sheer and not sticky at all. After washing and cleaning off my make-up and splashing some rose water on my face, I add this as a finishing touch. After a couple months of pampering myself this way, I seriously can’t go to sleep without completing my routine.

The Story of Tomorrow

Christianity, Posts

I have learned more about myself and the world in the last 2 months than I have learned in years of school. At the beginning of the summer, I made the move to San Diego, California and that’s where I’ve called home since.

In the past two months, I’ve learned heaps about finances, responsibilities and accountability, which is just a taste of what the real world is like. Not gonna lie y’all, adulting is tough. I wish I could just crawl back into bed and wake up as a high school freshman again, but….I can’t. And that’s just life. So long story short, when people say high school flies by, it really FLIES by.

I have a limited amount of days left here in San Diego, before I head back to Texas, and if I’m being honest, I’ve never been more excited to give my parents a big ole hug, give my siblings’ cheeks a squeeze and belly rub Gucci till he can’t stand me anymore. Being away from my family, my home, a comfortable lifestyle, has made me appreciate everything so much more. You can definitely tell because I’m not even bothered by the very soon to come “I told you so” by mom.

But, other than this sad story that I’m telling, I wanted to make sure to clarify that I 100% do not regret coming down to California, living on my own, figuring out the terrible public transit system on my own, paying bills on my own and finding friends on my own. I absolutely loved exploring not only this incredible city, but my abilities, strengths, weaknesses and limits.

My point in writing all these mushy gushy words is that if you are given the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, explore the undiscovered, learn from mistakes, just do it. Yes, there might be a few tears shed when things take an unexpected turn, trust me, I had my fair share of meltdowns, but the many smiles, laughs and moments of self reflection are worth it all.

Now, will I miss the absolutely perfect weather, the fact that there are literally no bugs and super convenient vegan options, yes! However, I am so ready to show the Lone Star state all the new things I’ve learned and so so ready to put them in action.