What My Skin Has Been Loving (and Other Lovely Things)
What my skin has been loving (and other lOVELY things)
“What I’ve Been” April Edition
Alas, it’s a new month and your girl is feeling bittersweet.
Mainly because I can't wrap my head around how fast time goes when you're adulting. It feels like it was only yesterday that I graduated from college and started my journey as a full-time corporate babe. And now I'll be celebrating my 1 year work-iversary in a couple of weeks!
So I decided this would be a perfect time to slow down and share a few things I've been loving lately. Whether it's new skin products, undiscovered blogs, or West Elm furniture that I can barely afford, you guys know that I love filling you in on whatever I'm currently loving.
And we both know this girl-talk is long overdue.
WHAT I'VE BEEN READING:
Betches.com – I stumbled upon this fun and satirically quirky online magazine and seriously can’t get enough of it. It definitely seems like the cool (and wild) sister of the other online magz, but just as intriguing (and sometimes even better). I haven't spent much time on the other categories, but they do have an interesting Career section where they give practical advice and shine light on things normally overshadowed. They also keep it real and authentic and even did a hilarious rendition of Refinery 29’s famous “Money Diaries” series. Obsessed.
Fashion Slave – Recently found this blog by Sophie Miller and I am v impressed. She’s a fashion blogger from overseas who somehow manages to look absolutely killer in a wrap dress and sneakers while writing about deep topics that really make you stop and think. She has a section on her blog called “Relatable Girl Talk” that I absolutely live for, where she gets to the knitty gritty of girl problems. She also gives the best blogging advice and isn’t afraid to talk about real things plaguing the blogger and instagrammer community. And she does it with wit, class and a whole lot of sass. 10/10 recommend.
The Little Plum – Another fabulous blogger who can really work a pen. (Can you tell that I have a deep respect for people who have mastered the art of writing?) I found this blogger through Sophie and haven’t wanted to walk away from her stuff. She also has this cute series going on called “Photos From My Phone” where she shares pictures from her normal week accompanied by talks about the ups n’ downs, thoughts n’ feels, and everything in between. We stan a relatable and authentic queen.
Style by Emily Henderson - For all my interior lovers, this one's a gem. I stumbled upon Emily's blog while googling "West Elm Sectionals" and got lost in a tunnel of her great posts. Emily is definitely a go-to for interior design & style. While her style is definitely more vintage than I personally like, she does a great job of keeping the conversation versatile and providing options/examples in anything from modern to boho. She also has this great series called "Design Mistakes" were she goes through 10+ design mistakes people subconsciously make (and how to fix them). A great place to start for those moving into their adult apartment.
Good Genes Acid Treatment – Honestly, this has been a total game changer for my pores. Switching to a chemical exfoliant was one of my best decisions of 2019. (Heads up - the big version is pretty pricey. Here’s a smaller version you can buy & try here).
Elf Blemish Control Face Primer – Technically, I only bought this three days ago, but I’ve been really liking it so far. It includes salicylic acid which means for once I feel like my primer is actually helping my skin instead of making it worse. *automatic points*
Fresh Sugar Caramel Hydrating Lip Balm – my lips have never been so luscious.
Redmond Facial Mud Mask – I’m all about the concept of Aztec clay mask, but tbh I've never tried it because I’m too lazy to mix it with water in order to use it. This mud mask comes already-mixed and glides on like a gem. I let it dry and then wipe it off with a damp washcloth and my face feels so bright and fresh. When I read reviews online people were saying that it's not as potent as Aztec + Apple Cider Vinegar, but still get's the job done.
Luna Sleeping Night Oil – In my opinion, this is a sensitive substitute for Good Genes. It’s still an exfoliant but contains Blue Tansy which soothes inflammation.
Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Towelettes + White Cypress Oil – One step up from the evil make-up remover wipes were not supposed to be using anymore.
WHAT I'VE BEEN BUYING:
Madewell 14k Gold hoops – saying goodbye to irritated earlobes and hello to simple, chic, and quality.
Francesca’s Sun Glasses – super cute, super fashion, super ready for the summer. I also like sunglasses with warmer toned lens and these do it well.
DW Sapphire & Sea Blossom Candle – the perfect bathroom candle.
Dr. Bonner’s Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer – bought like three of these and put them in my car, purse, and desk at work. There’s just something about the word *organic* that makes me feel like I’m living the wealthy suburban mom lifestyle.
WHO I'VE BEEN STALKING:
WHAT I'VE INCORPORATED IN MY DAILY ROUTINE:
Organic oatmeal with honey every morning
Vitamin C + Iron Supplements – this brand is easy on the stomach and has done wonders for my migraines that come with my periods (I’m anemic)
Sunscreen setting spray for makeup – I use Super goop and I love it. I think it’s helping my hyper-pigmentation heal because they’re not getting tanned by the sun every day.
Taking time each day to list 3 good things that happened
WHAT I'VE BEEN PRAYING FOR:
My next apartment - amazing rent prices in Jesus’ name
My parents and their well-being
My coworkers and their sanity
Peace and self-awareness
WHAT GOD HAS BEEN TEACHING ME LATELY:
With Him and through Him, all things are possible. Most of the time, we just forget to ask.
Always celebrate the small moments with thankfulness and grace, so your big moments seem even sweeter.
And sometimes, it just takesa simple phone call to mend a friendship.
The Corporate Queen
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.