may favs / 2017


another Month has whizzed by and I actually have some favorites this month! I don’t buy new products very often because I use the crap out of things that I find and love. So ya know that when I do a monthly favorites, I REALLY love them.

Aveeno SPF 30 Day Moisturizer

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I stopped using an SPF day moisturizer for some reason-I think it’s because I ran out of my previous one and totally forgot to repurchase one. But this month, I was super into slathering SPF on my face every day-especially after getting charbroiled  from Coachella. I like the SPF 30 and I also like how it’s not too sticky. It does take some time to dry on the skin but it doesn’t bother me. I have been using this every single morning and have been really loving it.

Real Techniques Dense Blending Brush

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An oldie but a goodie! I stopped using my Real Techniques blending sponge because I found out how nicely this brush blends in my concealer! For some reason the sponge was just absorbing too much product (maybe I just need a new one lol) and this brush doesn’t pick up as much. I’ve tried using this brush with multiple concealers including the Urban Decay Skin concealer, the Tarte Shape Tape, and drugstore ones like the Rimmel Perfection concealer. They all give me such a concentrated beautiful finish when I use this brush. The coverage difference is very noticeable and leaves my skin looking flawless!

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

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I actually had this for a few months but started using this more frequently this month. I ditched my usual eyeliner look and started doing mascara-only days. The tiny bristles on this mascara is perfect to really get into those baby bottom lashes. I also really enjoy the formula-definitely lengthens my stubby lashes. I even pop this on my upper lashes as well because of how precise the bristle is!

“Note to Self” Single Shadow from ColourPop

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Like I mentioned above, I have been going eyeliner-less lately and really only using one single shadow all over the lid and this baby is da one. It is a perfect transition or blending shade but I love it on it’s own. It gives a very neutral, soft, depth to the eyes and really compliments my monolids. The formula is amazing- I did a more comprehensive review on Colourpop’s single pressed eyeshadows if ya feel like taking a peek.

 Micron Pens for Bullet Journaling

Woo wee I found some amazing pens. The Micron Pens are a match made in heaven for people who love to doodle, journal, write, sketch, etc…These pens come in different sizes, dry fast, use archival ink, are smooth as butter, and are super reliable for those who are picky with their pens (aka me). I purchased mine from Michael’s for a decent price and have been using them religiously with my bullet journal. I don’t think I can ever go back to using generic pens…

Dainty Chokers / Necklaces

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I rarely wear jewelry but after purchasing some neckwear for Coachella, I decided to utilize them in my day-to-day life. I love the thin, effortless look of dainty necklaces-they can really pull together an outfit that didn’t look so pulled together before. My sister got me the gold one with the solid rectangle (Urban Outfitters) and it is my most worn one. I like the length and simplicity. The others are chokers that I like to wear alone or layered. They are all so easy to wear and can be mix and matched-they also go with literally every outfit.

Silicone Face Cleanser

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Found this little cutie at Daiso for around $2 and I have been using it almost daily to wash the oil and grime off my face during the evening. I love this because it is made of silicone so bacteria cannot grow or linger on it-it is also super gentle on the skin so it gives a light exfoliation yet a deeper cleanse than what you would get using your hands. This particular one has a hole for your finger to slide in and maneuver along the face easily. Highly recommend!

I hope you enjoyed this monthly post. If anyone is trying anything amazing this month, please share below!

paige xx

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Etude House: Brow Tint Review


I have no eyebrows. So I either have full drawn-in brows or none at all and it is time-consuming and just annoying to have to draw them in every single morning. Monday-Friday I am brow-less but it would be nice  to have a little bit of filling so there is some shape to them. I was seeing this brow tint from Etude House floating in the beauty world and decided to purchase it on Amazon and try it out!IMG_3180_Fotor.jpg

What exactly does it do?

It is a brow. tint. Haha. So it essentially tints the bare areas on on your eyebrow so it gives the illusion of being fuller without having to actually pencil them in. It reminds me of henna, but for the brows.

Does it work?

Yes! It actually does. It also depends on how long you leave the tint on your eyebrows. The packaging suggests for it to be on the brows for at least 2 hours but I sleep with mine over night. It ALSO depends on what you use to cleanse your face with. They suggest not using any cleansers or anything abrasive on the brows for the first 24 hours so the tint can really sink in I guess. On my first try, I accidentally used an oil-based makeup remover all over my face and over my brows and that took off 80% of it.

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Price/Consistency

 I purchased mine on Amazon for around $7 for 0.5 fl oz. It is not a lot of product but I consider it a decent price for something that you only use once or twice a week. One of the most talked about aspect about this product is the consistency. It is a very thick, viscous liquid that you spread onto your brows. It takes a minute to understand how to work with it but it’s extremely manageable, especially because if you make a mistake, you can simply wipe off with a tissue or Q-tip. No biggie.

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How long does it last?

Again, it depends. If you are constantly rubbing your eyebrows and using makeup remover or a strong facial cleanser on them, it’s going to wear off faster. I’ve heard the average person usually can keep the stain for about a week. I plan on doing mine every Sunday evening so I have fresh ones for work. The first few days are great-I barely fill them in and if I do, it takes half the time I usually spend. As it fades, I fill them in more but it still does not take nearly as much time to draw them in from scratch.

Can it pull your hairs off?

For me, no. Unfortunately, I did read some reviews about people hairs coming off when removing the tint. I found this really odd because after sleeping with the tint overnight, mine peeled off very gently from my skin. The directions on the packaging specifically say to peel GENTLY from the inner brow to the outer brow. You do not just rip it off like a band-aid.

What shade should I get?

They have a variety of shades on the Etude House website but I purchased #3 Grey Brown- I believe this is the darkest tint they have. Don’t be surprised if the color of the tint is almost black. You’re eyebrows WILL NOT be that dark. Remember, it is only a tint so it is just staining you’re brows.

Is it worth it? Will I keep using it?

Yes and Yes! This is a product that people should at least try if they suffer from naked/sparse brows. It really is a time-saver and it’s also kind of fun to put on. For just $7 a pop, it’s something worth trying!

If you have tried any other brow tints, please let me know! I would love to test out other brands that carry brow tints.

xx, paige

Coachella 2017 | My Experience


whoa hey what Paige went to Coachella? Yes. It is true I went to Coachella weekend 2 this year with my boyfriend and a few close friends. This post is not going to be a typical, picture-sprinkled post because I am going to talk about my personal experience with Coachella from the perspective of someone who doesn’t do well with germs, dirt, crowds, and heat. Lol.

I made a promise to myself this year to try new things and push my ever so tight boundaries a littler further. Coachella was a gigantic leap for me because not only would it be my first music festival, but also my first time camping. Before I get into any details…Coachella is what you make of it. I really dislike it when people bash on this festival because of the dust, sweat, crowds, heat, etc…like seriously? You are going to one of the hugest 3-day, outdoor, festivals in THE SOCAL DESERT. It will NOT be comfortable so you really have to an optimistic mindset going in. And this is coming from someone who gets anxiety with everything that Coachella has to offer. Yeah I have a lot problems but I survived, had a good time, AND will likely go ahead (minus the camping).

Car Camping

Wow. Haha. Camping in triple digit weather is no joke but the experience was a good learning lesson for me. It doesn’t matter how much ice or portable fans you take, the heat will get to you unless you love being roasted. My friends and I ended up napping as much as possible during the day so we had energy when it got a lot cooler during the evening.

It was hilarious because the comparison between our group and college frat next to us was night and day. While we were napping, they were playing beer pong and dancing around.

Coachella offers portable restrooms and 24 hours showers at all camping sites. The porta- potties were horrendous so be prepared: disinfectant wipes, toilet seat covers, and toilet paper will be your best friends for the weekend. The showers were actually quite nice! They felt private and each had a section with a bench and a hook to put your dry belongings and towel somewhere. Sandals is a must! Don’t you dare go in there barefooted. You’re just asking for athlete’s foot. The line for the showers were long but I never had to wait more than 20 minutes to shower which is not that bad. I also would go at odd times of the day like 3pm when people were most likely in the festival.

Phone charging was okay as well. Each camping site had a section full of outlets for you to charge your phones. Some people forgot the actual wall block part of the charger and only had USB cords. This is fine but we quickly found out that a lot of the USB outlets did not work at all. I highly recommend just getting a few external batteries and charge them all before Coachella. I saw a lot of people with solar-powered chargers as well!

Food and  drinks. There was plenty of this all around the camping sites. I was surprised at how good the food was but everything was obviously expensive. Ramen cups, bread, peanut butter & jelly, and bagels were staples for me. I also had a propane stove which was a life saver. They also had a merchandise store where they sold essentials like sunblock, band-aids, water, ice, blankets, fans, etc…Again, pricey but if ya need it, ya need it.

I should also add that I carried a fanny pack with me at all times with my wallet, sanitizing hand wipes, tissues, face wipes, Advil, lip balm, phone charger, and sun block.

All in all, I would have enjoyed camping so much more IF it wasn’t so darn hot. I would have been ecstatic if it was a good mid 80’s every day but triple digit weather fried all of us alive.

The Actual Festival

Coachella was fun. It’s essentially a huge open space with food, drinks, and good music. They had a big shaded craft beer section with open charging stations that we spent a lot of our time in during the hotter parts of the day. A lot of food, drinks, and dessert options and some cool zones that had huge fans blowing cool mist.

The inside of the festival was also the only place that had flushable, stalled toilets. Hallelujah. I would sometimes enter the festival JUST to use these toilets haha.

The art. The exhibitions this year were so interesting-definitely take the time to check them out. I did not read much about them so I am unfamiliar with the artists but the huge bulbous, vegetable-like sculpture were SO CUTE and my favorite. They also provided some shade which was a plus!

Comfy shoes. You will be walking A LOT, especially because the festival is vast with multiple stages, it is absolutely mandatory to wear shoes you can walk in for a long time. I saw some girls wearing platforms or high heeled boots and they looked cute but they were obviously in pain.

Dust. Something to cover up your nose and mouth is essential-especially when it got windy. There were no sandstorms the weekend I went, but I have heard stories of how bad the winds can get. Even with no wind, the dust gets kicked up by the thousands of people walking so there were parts of the festival where you can see the cloud of dust. So a cute bandanna to cover up will become handy.

Music. So gooooddddd. Some of my favorite performances were: Two Door Cinema Club, The XX (AMAZING), Justice (WOW), Hans Zimmer, Bon Iver, Breakbot, DJ Snake, Empire of the Sun, Banks, Porter Robinson and Madeon, and so much more. I didn’t even watch full sets for some of them but I still enjoyed the fact that I got to see them live for a few songs. As for the headliners, none of them were really people that I listened to very much. I watched Lady Gaga for the first 10 minutes but had to use the restroom and ended up sleeping. Kendrick was okay-no guest appearance which I was hoping for…One of the biggest and most recurring issues was the fact that the EDM artists like Marshmello and Galantis would be performing in the Sahara tent which is like a dome from hell. It’s not an open space so people were getting trampled, there was no air ventilation, and it was just a crowded nightmare. I ended up not watching quite a bit of some of the DJ’s I wanted to see because of how over-crowded it was.

Good vibes. Almost everyone a Coachella is really friendly and people come in with good attitudes. Our camping neighbors were amazing and basically built our campsite for us by helping with the tent and EZ up. Everyone is there to have an awesome time-I mean ya spend a couple of hundred bucks, ya might as well have a good time. Even the staff was SO positive, helpful, and they were obviously having fun as well.

To sum it all up, I feel like I had a great experience because I was quite prepared and I was surrounded by people who I am extremely comfortable with. There were definitely moments where the heat got to me or I was being suffocated by the crowds where I had waves of really bad anxiety. But when you are with people you trust and you are prepared, you will be okay! I have to say I was proud of myself for surviving (well, barely as I was sick for almost a week and a half after) and definitely going again next year!

I hope this post encourages anyone who’s terrified (like I was) of Coachella to consider attending. This experience makes me want to consider going to other festivals and venture out a little more!

paige x

March 2017 Favs


I actually have some favorites this month! When I find something I truly like, I tend to use it over and over again-which is why it’s difficult for me to compile favorites every month. No make up items this month, but I’ve got neat stuff to share!

1. Soap & Glory Deep Moisture Body Milk

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Target recently started carrying Soap & Glory products and boy was I excited! I’ve always wanted to try their body scrubs, lotions, and washes and this brand does not disappoint. My boyfriend and I have been obsessed with this body lotion. I literally drench and lather my body in this after I shower and it not only smells delicious, but also leaves your skin smooth. Will definitely be trying there other lotions and scrubs!

2. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

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This is my first time ever using a Cetaphil product and I absolutely love this face wash. I’m also  obsessed with the smell haha. It’s fresh, clean, and just a satisfying scent. It’s a straightforward cleanser that does the job and doesn’t break me out-I see myself using this product for a long time.

3. Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

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Sean actually bought this for himself and I was intrigued because of the charcoal ingredient. Gave it a try and haven’t stopped using it since! This is probably our third bottle but you can really feel the cleanliness after each cleanse. It also smells so good! Can you tell I love product scents? Haha. You also get a slight tingly feeling after and it’s refreshing.

4. Target Peony Petals Soy Candle

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Candles from Target are the best! This one called Peony Petals is my new current obsession and I’ve been burning this one every single night after work. It has a light, floral, and sweet scent that is not overpowering and leaves the room smelling so pleasant.

5. Target Lush Amazon Soy Candle (yes, another candle)

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Yes, ANOTHER Target candle for this month’s favorite because I have been burning this one just as often as the Peony Petals. I recently got back into burning candles. This one is definitely a lot stronger in scent and more floral. I didn’t like this when I sniffed the wax but fell in love when I started burning it.

6. Trader Joe’s Flowers

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I used to buy flowers almost weekly but I stopped once I started realizing how much money I was spending. Luckily, Trader Joe’s has been coming out with some beautiful, petite bouquets for great prices-which means fresh flowers every week for me!

7. Korean Drama: Goblin, The Lonely and Great God

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WOW. If you like Korean Dramas and you want something new, addicting, and amazing-please watch this. And give yourself a good week because you will binge-watch this show. Even if you have never watched a Korean Drama, start with this one. It’s a romantic comedy with a great mythical storyline-a lot of drama, some action, and so addicting. Watch it!

Hope you enjoyed my little roundup for this month!

xx/ paige

Some Awesome Books…


One of my goals for 2017 was to get back into reading and I have been keeping pace with a good 2-3 books/month so far and here is a list (and a lil description of each book) of books that stood out to me!

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The Vegetarian |Han Kang

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Has nothing to do with the actual diet-it is an allegorical thriller about a married South Korean woman who suddenly decided to become vegetarian after having a dream. It’s a slim book filled with exceptional writing-the story sucks  you in from the beginning and has you admiring her way of using vegetarianism to shed light to bigger, more societal issues.

A Man Called Ove |Fredrik Backman

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The question is: who DIDN’T love this book. This is a simple, melancholy story of a grumpy old man and his light-hearted story after a family moves across the street from him. This book tugs at your heart strings and will bring tears to your eyes-a keeper for sure! I recommended this to all my friends and family.

The Underground Railroad | Michael Colton

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A big hit at the moment! Had to wait for weeks for the library to get it in stock but was worth the wait. Readers are thrown into Cora’s escape from slavery and her journey from Georgia in the hopes of freedom. Extremely well-written and filled with short and meaningful metaphors. Colton is def a top-notch writer. He weaves the story line effortlessly while educating readers about the Underground Railroad-an eye opener for those who are not so educated about slavery and a necessary reminder for others.

Girl on the Train | Paula Hawkins

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If you liked Gone Girl, try this one next or vice versa ha. This is a crazy page-turner that all starts with recently divorced Rachel who daydreams of a seemingly perfect couple who she sees on her daily train commute to work. It’s a psychological thriller that keeps you on your toes-I finished the book in less than two days.

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If you have read any of these books, please share your thoughts on them! And if you haven’t, these are ALL worth reading. Obviously I read more than these 4 books since January but these are the 4 that really shined-not sure if I want to know make a post about books that I was disappointed in/didn’t like very much…

The next book I am planning to read: Evicted by Matthew Desmond and Shelter by Jung Yun.

xx, paige

Arts District | Los Angeles


This past weekend, I visited the Arts District in Los Angeles and I took some snaps of everything that Sean and I ate and saw. If you ever visit SoCal or California in general, the Arts District is a must if you like eclectic, “hipster”, rustic vibes-loving coffee and/or beer is also an advantage!

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As you can see, a lot of good food and coffee in the area. There are also many fun breweries around the area but I wasn’t able to capture them on my camera. Barcade (a bar and arcade in one-super cool!) and Angel’s Brewery are two  that we enjoyed. Both have very cool, chill environments and presumably amazing beer (I don’t drink lol).

Hope you enjoyed this small collection of photos!

 

xx paige

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | 4 Years


 

This past weekend, Sean and I celebrated 4 years of being together and wowzie has that gone by fast! We have been wanting to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in L.A. ever since it opened and we FINALLY had a full Saturday to go and boy was it worth it.

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The entrance to Hogsmeade was like a big, warm welcome to childhood. I grew up with Harry Potter and it was so exciting-I almost peed my pants. It really is beautiful, especially all the little details like the cobblestone walkways, the lampposts, crooked chimneys, etc…just AMAZING.

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The first thing we did was the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride-you go through the Hogwarts castle, including the Defense against the Dark Arts classroom, Dumbledore’s office, etc…

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Apologies for the dark pictures! The line was moving fast so it was difficult to take proper pictures without getting trampled on. These definitely don’t do it justice. There were so many details that I wish got on camera, you really feel like you are in Hogwarts! Fair warning, the actual ride consists of virtual reality and can make you extremely nauseated especially if you suffer from motion sickness (me, all day every day). Other than feeling like vomiting, the ride is so fun and totally worth waiting for!

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Roaming through the shops and browsing around in Honeydukes, Zonko’s, and Ollivander’s was so sentimental. We decided to get a Chocolate Frog for a souvenir but passed on the wands (very pricey at almost $40). They even had interactive wands for around $10 more that allowed you to use spells to perform magic in certain areas of the park. Naturally, we had to try the famous butterbeer and the hype is real! I prefer the hot version. It basically tasted like a buttery, rice-crispie treat in liquid form-very addicting and sugary!

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There is basically one sit-down restaurant in the Harry Potter park: The Three Broomsticks. The food was surprisingly good and decently priced for an amusement park restaurant. I got the Lemon Herb Chicken with Corn/Potatoes and Sean got the Fish and Chips. The atmosphere is amazing and cozy, especially with the soft Harry Potter soundtrack playing in the background. Hogs Head (the pub and only place you can purchase alcohol) was busy and one of the few places that sell hot butterbeer. YUM.

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Overall, it was a magical experience and people of all ages will adore this place. Sean and I basically spent 8 hours in the Harry Potter section and used the other two to wander around the other parts of Universal Studios haha. Something definitely worth mentioning is the new AMC Walking Dead attraction. It’s a walk-through attraction where walkers scare the living shit out of you. So funny and a must.

I hope to one day visit the Harry Potter park in Orlando, Florida as I heard it’s bigger. I highly suggest visiting The Wizarding World, even if you are not a Harry Potter fan. It literally whisks you away to another land-I could live there!

 

xx/paige

January 2017 Favorites


January favorites…

I’m going to be honest, the things that I have been loving this month are mostly all from my Winter Skincare Routine post. I do have some new bits and pieces that I would like to share though!

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Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask

This was in my Winter Skincare routine blog post and it is an amazing clay mask! It is made purely of calcium benzonite powder. To be able to be utilize the full effects of this mask, it is best to mix the powder with an equal portion of apple cider vinegar. I like to use non-metal bowls/spoons when making my masks because it can make the clay powder lose its efficacy. It’s true when it claims to “pulsate” your face. It is extremely strong and tightens/draws your skin. I only use this a maximum of twice per week and I really feel like it draws any impurities from your skin. It’s also only around $8 for a tub that could last years! I got mine from Whole Foods and can be sold online or any natural/herb store.

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Rimmel Finish Foundation with Comfort Serum

This foundation has been my go-to ever since around December. It is great for oily/combo skin and with my trouble with dry patches, the comfort serum formula in this foundation has been really helpful. I strayed away from my usual L’oreal Infallible Matte foundation for a few months now since it was accentuating my flaky patches. It claims to be a 25 hour formula but I honestly don’t think it can last that long on me. I also don’t wear foundation for longer than 8 hours so this doesn’t apply to me. Coverage is medium and buildable. Just a great, affordable, comfortable drugstore foundation!

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer/Highlighter

I have never really heard anything about this product but I really enjoy it! I use mine as an under eye highlight instead of a concealer. It blends just as well as the coveted Maybelline Age Rewinder and I think it’s cheaper too. Rimmel face products are surprisingly awesome. I’ve been a fan of their lipsticks but their face stuff is amazing!

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Morphe E27 Blending Eyeshadow Brush

The BEST eyeshadow blending brush EVER. Not only is this affordable, but also incredibly easy to use. This is a great beginner brush for makeup noobies as it makes blending a breeze. I love how dense and soft it is. I find myself only using this brush when applying eyeshadow because it’s just that great. This also was/is really hyped up in the beauty guru world and was the reason why I purchased it to begin with. Best $7 investment ever!

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Celestone-G Cream | Korean Cream

If you have acne problems and don’t know where else to turn, this is something you might want to try. I have been using the Celestone-G Korean Cream ever since my teenage years and I have fallen in love with it again this month. I honestly don’t know much about the formula so please do your research on this before trying it. I have moderately sensitive skin and this product works great with my acne. Whenever I have some new ones, I just pop some of the cream on my spots, sleep, and they are noticeably smaller the next morning.

Lemon/Sugar Acne Body Scrub

A goal of mine this year is to control/eliminate my body acne/scars. I have them on my chest and back primarily and after my sister experimented with the lemon sugar scrub for a few months, I decided to try as well. I have only been doing it for almost a month and my boyfriend already notices a difference with my skin. I also noticed that I was getting less breakouts!

Champion Sweaters

It’s been cold in SoCal and it was sweater weather for some time. I live in sweaters and my favorite brand is Champion. Some like soft sweaters that drape over you but I have always loved thick, structured ones. I find them more comfortable and they seem to last longer through washes because they are sturdy. This is a super random favorite but I have been wearing them all day every day in January.

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Wet Brush

I am finally using a proper wet brush for my hair after showering. Another one of my goals this year is to take care of my hair. I honestly have never cared for it but I was starting to notice all the baby hairs due to breakage all over my head and decided to start caring more haha. The wet brush I have is from Target and was only $6. The main difference between a wet brush and a regular brush are the flexible bristles that don’t tug on the hair. It’s definitely something to try if you are noticing a lot of dry, hair breakage!

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I hope you enjoyed my monthly roundup-what are your favorites from January?

xx | paige

Bullet Journal 2017


So I’ve been hearing about this thing called the Bullet Journal. I had no idea that it existed until a few months ago and I was incredibly intrigued. It seems to be becoming more prevalent and the concept of how customizable and organized it was, definitely made me want to go for it this year. Trust me, I did SO much research on this and I basically started with this nifty website: http://bulletjournal.com.

I then nosed into the bullet journals of bloggers, youtubers, instagramers, etc… and I am actually really excited to keep this up for the rest of the year. It’s nothing special or anything but I thought it would be interesting for any nosy people out there (like me) who would like to see my Bullet Journal!

Index

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Key

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2017 Calendar and Goals

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2017 Book List | I know it’s empty..working on it haha.

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Future Log

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Monthly Log

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Daily Logs

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Obviously every Bullet Journal is unique. I personalize mine so I am recording my meals, exercise, and period schedule since those are three aspects that I am currently focused on. Maybe this might inspire anyone reading to  try!

xx | paige

2017 Winter Skincare Routine


Friends,

    I’ve been neglecting my blog for too long and this year, I am determined to go back to regular posting! Today, I have an updated Winter skincare routine that finally works great with my skin. I usually have an all-over oily face but that changed dramatically around 3 months ago. I started experiencing extremely dry patches around my mouth, apples of my cheeks, and the area right under my chin. The skin would be flaky, white, and really noticeable. It was also difficult to find a face lotion that could control the flakiness underneath my makeup but wouldn’t be an oily base. Lo and behold, I found something that completely eliminated my dry spots and also took care of the parts of my face that are oily.

If I am wearing makeup that day, I would first take it off with a makeup remover.

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  • Laneige Lip & Eye Remover | I have been loving this makeup remover! It is specifically for the eyes and lips but sometimes I just use it all over my face. It is a mild solution and can be for all skin types, which was perfect for my oily combo situation.

I then cleanse with:

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  • Alba Botanica Gentle Acne Face Wash | I have been using this product for almost a year now and it is a solid acne face wash. I like it because it is composed of natural ingredients and does not have any unnecessary dyes, parabens, or synthetic fragrances. Great for oily or normal skin!

Tone:

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  •  Pixi Glow Tonic | The Pixi glow tonic was super hyped up in the beauty world and literally everyone was using but me. I finally decided to pick it up at the drugstore and I love it! I use it twice daily and noticed a tremendous difference in the brightness of my skin. It’s a process but my boyfriend, Sean, was started to comment on how clear my face was starting to look.
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads Toner | Another great toner for oily combination sensitive skin. I started using First Aid products a few months ago and I enjoy how their products focus on sensitive skin. It didn’t dry out my dry patches but did an excellent job with the oily parts of my face.

Face Masks (used only once or twice a week):

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  • Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask | An all natural calcium bentonite clay powder face mask that is only around $6 or $7 for a huge tub that could last years. This stuff tightens and pulsates your skin and draws out any impurities from your skin. It seems to work great with my sensitive skin and I use it a maximum of twice weekly.

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  • I.P.I Lightmax Moisturizing Sheet Masks | Sheet masks are an awesome way to bring moisture back into the skin, especially after cleansing. The particular sheet masks I use target brightening and moisturizing of the skin. I leave them on my face for up to 20-30 minutes and do this biweekly.

Moisturizer:

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  • First Aid Beauty Face/Body Ultra Repair Cream | This is basically the main reason why I don’t have any dry, flaky patches around my face. I love how you can use it for both your body and face. Again, an excellent product for sensitive skin as it is unscented and paraben, chemical-free. It’s lovely on the skin and dries without an oily residue. I noticed a difference in only a few days!

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  • Simple Face Moisturizer with SPF | A classic and staple item in my daily face regimen. I have been using this for some time now and it has helped so much on the areas of my skin that are oily since it is such a light face lotion. The SPF is another bonus!

 

With the help of these few but mighty products, it’s safe to say that my oily, dry combination skin has been tamed! Never have I ever experienced dry patches before and I am happy that I was able to find products that revitalized my skin. If anyone else have used these products before, feel free to share your experiences.

I really hope this can help any gals (or men!) out there who was having the same issue as me.

 

xx | paige