Detox With DERMA E

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my skincare. Masks, exfoliators, moisturizers, you name it, it’s probably in my bathroom. I recently had the opportunity to try out the DERMA E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and immediately cleared my already clear Friday for a DIY facial night.

DERMA E is an ethical beauty company, committed to creating products that are safe for our health, well-being, and the natural environment. Their products are:

  • Cruelty Free
  • GMO Free
  • Gluten Free
  • SOY Free
  • Recyclable
  • Wind Energy Certified

After removing my makeup, I started out with the Purifying Daily Detox scrub to prepare my face to get the most out of the mask. It contains Marine Algae Extracts to hydrate, as well as Activated Charcoal to remove micro pollutants. The thing that I loved most about this scrub is that it actually FELT like a scrub. I’ve tried so many other cleansers mislabeled as scrubs and have been sorely disappointed. Not the case with the Daily Detox Scrub. It has just the right amount of grit to get the job done.

In the shower, I massage this all over my face and leave it on for about 60 seconds to sink in. This leaves my skin extremely soft and balanced, just the way I like it.

The mask goes on pretty thick and spreads easily so you don’t need a ton. It also doesn’t take long to dry at all and the Activated Charcoal works like a magnet to pull out dirt and other environmental toxins. This does have a little bit of grit to it due to the Apricot Seed Powder, so massage your face as you rinse to get a little more of exfoliation.

Overall, I think DERMA E really knocked it out of the park with these. I’m a big fan of buying affordable, cruelty-free products and I’m looking forward to checking out the rest of the Derma E line on my next visit to Ulta.

These products were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own. #Sponsored

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7 Tips For Moving Across The Country

While fantasizing about picking up, packing up, and starting a whole new life can be fun, it’s a completely different world when it’s time to put the plan in motion. In the months before moving, I skimmed a ton of different blog posts (such as some from Chelsea Dinen – she regularly posts awesome and relatable content) and pinned a ton of articles on Pinterest. I had no idea what would happen or what to expect, which was both terrifying and exciting at the same time. If you’re planning a major move to another city, state, or country (EEK!), here are 7 things I learned along the way.

  • Do your research ahead of time: If you do not have a job lined up in your new hometown, it would be wise to look at the types of available jobs that are relevant to your education and experience. Same with rent and property costs. Browse sites such as Indeed and Glassdoor to get an idea of thejobs and average salaries in that city/state. For housing, sites such as Craigslist, Zillow, and Hot Pads are good resources for getting an estimate on whether you can live “solo dolo” or have to play nice with a roommate.
  • Network your butt off: Before you set off on this adventure, connect with old college friends, LinkedIn connections, or business acquaintances. While this is extremely helpful for the potential job search, it’s also nice to know someone you can hit up for happy hour.
  • Sell, sell, and sell some more: Parting with my DVD sets of Gossip Girl and Newlyweds broke my heart but it was more than necessary (and way overdue… THANK YOU NETFLIX). Sell anything that does not have sentimental value, is too expensive/big to ship, and can be easily replaced. Shipping fees can get pretty obnoxious and checking extra bags/boxes on a plane can be just as costly.
  • Save that cash: Cut corners wherever you can, whether it’s skipping the salon and doing your own mani or ditching that daily grande iced latte at Starbucks. Keep a spending diary or download an app to help you save without much effort, such as Digit.
  • But invest in essentials: Ok, I know I literally just said to save and I meant it, I really did. But investing in quality travel essentials is worth parting with a few of those dolla-dolla bills. For months leading up to my move, I watched different department store and luggage sites for sales on durable suitcase sets. I wanted a set of at least 3 (1 carry on, 1 medium size, and 1 large size) that would get me through moving, as well as through the next 5-7 years of bicoastal travels. Also, a bright colored passport holder, a squishy travel pillow, and a TSA Pre-Check subscription are all pretty bomb as well.
  • Stay up-to-date: Make sure all contact information is up-to-date, such as your LinkedIn profile, magazine subscriptions, and the address associated with your bills/bank cards. I recently received a notice from the Onondaga County Jury Duty Committee (or whatever it’s called, I totally just made that up) stating that I am currently a “delinquent” because I have not answered a survey… that I never received.
  • Believe in yourself: Out of all of the steps I just listed, this might be the hardest one for some people, as it was for me. Making a big life change and leaving your “bubble” is scary at any age. I created a vision board, pinned inspirational quotes on Pinterest, and told myself everyday to “relax, everything always works out”. And it did. I’m currently working at a company I love with amazing people, I’ve met a variety of unique individuals I now call friends, and there’s no shortage of places to explore. Do I miss things about home? Of course, I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. But ultimately, if you ever have the chance to go somewhere new and experience something different, whether it’s for a short time or a long time – do it. Life is too short to look back and wish you did something. Who cares if it doesn’t work out? At least you tried!

If you could move anywhere, where would you go? Leave a comment down below!

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My New Years Resolutions For 2017

Holy crap, it’s 2017. I truly never thought I’d see the day. I remember buying bottled water and canned goods with my mom the day before New Years Eve in 1999, while everyone was in a panic that it was the end of the world. Well, obviously we made it through that and the next 16 years that followed.

2016 was a HUGE year for me. I left my first “big girl” job, moved across the country, and created a whole new life thousands of miles away from everything and anything familiar. I’m excited for 2017 and everything that’s coming my way. I usually don’t make resolutions as I never follow thru but this year I have quite a few goals I want to accomplish, such as:

Read 3 books per month

Exercise at least 5 times a week

Be quicker to dismiss toxic people from my life

Stop being so hard on myself

Stop falling asleep with makeup on (*insert Jimmy Fallon EW here*)

Live in the moment and stop worrying about tomorrow

Create a content calendar each month for my blog

Go stand up paddle boarding

Explore more of San Diego

Stop giving second chances to people who don’t deserve it

I’m determined to check off everything (ok, most of them) on this list by December 31st, 2017. What are some of your resolutions for 2017?

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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Tindering In A Big City

 

When I moved to San Diego, I made a promise to myself to spend the first six months focusing on improving myself, making friends, and exploring the city. After that, maybe I’d venture back into the world of dating. Back in Syracuse, being on Tinder wasn’t something you openly talked about. By my age, most girls I knew were in serious relationships with their high school sweetheart, planning a wedding, or ready to pop out a second kid. I’ll be honest, dating in your mid to late 20’s is hard. Like your last 2 minutes on the StairMaster hard.

About a month into moving here, my curiosity got the best of me and I downloaded Tinder. After a while, I noticed there was a theme. The guys mostly fell into 3 categories: stoner surfers, doesn’t own a shirt, and Where’s Waldo. During my time of adding, deleting, and maybe adding it again while I was bored, I’ve learned a thing or two worth sharing.

  • DO use an up-to-date picture: Make sure all of the pictures you use are clear and were taken within the last year. I know that most guys aren’t into selfies or posing for pictures but the grainy shot of you with frosted tips and a puka shell necklace isn’t doing either of us any favors. Also, be sure to have at least one picture of you alone. It’s not fun trying to guess who’s who in a Where’s Waldo-like situation.
  • DON’T openly stalk on social media or in person: Ok, this is creepy. Just don’t do it. If you need to stalk, do it in the background like a regular creeper. I’ve had people that I never matched with or saw on the app add/message me on Facebook or approach me in person and pretend to guess where they know me from. If we didn’t connect, it was for a reason. Just let it go buddy.
  • DO jump right in: To meeting, that is. Texting for days can get stale really fast. Make an effort to meet in person in the next few days after matching. Many people can seem one extremely witty over text and have the personality of a door knob in person.
  • DON’T give your number out: Wait until at least after you meet them and can determine whether or not they will abuse it. It’s easy to delete the app and wash your hands of it if you lose interest. It’s not as easy when they have your phone number and can text you creepy pictures of themselves with their cats at 3am.
  • DO open up your distance range: If you only stick to matches within 5-10 miles, you might as well just save your thumb strength and hit up a local bar. Keep it under 30 miles but definitely venture past 10. You never know who you might meet!
  • DON’T be rude: If someone messages you, at least reply once. That takes a lot of guts to send the first message, just like it does when walking up to someone at a bar. Also, you never know if you’ll ever bump into this person at a job, a local hangout, or through a mutual friend.

Most importantly, have fun. If you moved to a new city, you’re there to experience new things and make memories. Settling down shouldn’t be the end all, be all as it is for many in their 20’s. Focus on making now the best of your life instead of the rest of your life.

What are a few tips you have for navigating the swipe life in a big city?

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December 2017 Birchbox

Okay, so I don’t want to brag or anything but I was down with subscription boxes long before they were cool. I guess you could say I’m an OG. But really, I’ve been a subscriber to Birchbox since the summer of 2007. For $10 a month, you get a 4-5 samples of beauty/lifestyle products. When you sign up, you fill out a beauty quiz and list your skin type/hair type, products you’re interested in etc. and have a nice little treat delivered to your door every month. If you aren’t already subscribed, I highly suggest it. I’ve been able to discover brands I would have never found otherwise and now love.

Each box comes with a description card that explains what each product is and what the full size cost would be. This box also came with a sheet of Christmas tags which might be too cute to even use.

  • ‘Shine On’ mirror – This wasn’t listed on the information card but was a cute little something that was put into my box. Perfect size to throw in a make-up bag or a small clutch.
  • Marcelle CC Cream SPF 35 in Golden Glow – The description says it’s supposed to “hydrate, even the tone, and give skin an instant radiance”. This shade was a little dark so I will be stashing this away until summer most likely.
  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Face Peel – Masks and peels are without a doubt some of my favorite beauty items to play with. This peel is supposed to be acid-free, which I’m a little skeptical about since I do love a good burn but I’m willing to give it a shot.

  • R + Co BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste – I have such a love-hate relationship with dry shampoo. I have a hard enough time with the spray that I’m not sure how I’d feel about massaging a paste through my already somewhat dirty hair. I think this one will get passed along to a friend.
  • Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara – I’ve had a few samples of this thrown in my bag at Sephora and Ulta and I have to say it’s a pretty good mascara. I typically layer it with a volume mascara as this one is more for length and curl. I definitely wouldn’t say as good or better than Benefit’s They’re Real mascara but I’ve gotten compliments previously for length with this one.
  • The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream Love, love, love anything with rose hips oil. That stuff is seriously magic and if you’re not using it, you should be. This cream promises to promote cell regeneration, soothe any skin type, reduce broken capillaries and make skin glow. Excited to try this one out!

Overall, I really liked this box! I definitely plan to give everything a try (maybe even the dry shampoo paste *shivers*) as that’s the fun part about this box. It’s like Christmas every month and even if you don’t love everything, it’s only $10 so you aren’t throwing away tons of money of products you aren’t sure about. If you’re interested in trying it out, sign up here!

If you’re already a subscriber, what did you get in your box this month?

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My First Christmas Away From Home

Not going to lie, I’m not excited to be away from home for the holidays. Christmas also happens to be my dog brother’s birthday and I feel like a huge butthead missing it. (I’m a crazy dog lady, whatever) Thankfully though, I won’t be totally alone and plan on spending it with a few friends. To ensure I won’t have a meltdown/pity party that day, I plan to:

Go for a run on the beach

Enjoy breakfast on the beach

Stay off social media (Because I’ll ugly cry)

FaceTime with my mom and dog brother

Watch Love Actually with a giant glass of wine

Have dinner with friends and be thankful for all of the good things in my life

Moving this far away was my choice and something I needed to experience in order to avoid any future regrets. This is a really short post but a pretty honest one if I do say so myself. I was lucky enough to head home for Thanksgiving and spend time with friends and family then. Some people don’t even get to do that at all. So it’s time for me to quit my wining, grab a glass of wine, and do a little cheers to a wonderful 6 months on the West Coast.

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Holiday Party Outfit Ideas With Style Lend

Any twenty-something woman knows… finding an outfit for a holiday party is stressful.

How much leg is too much leg?

To show the shoulders or not?

Can I bend over in this without flashing everyone and their grandma?

Add in spending money on an outfit you will wear once (let’s be real, once it’s on the ‘gram, you can’t wear it again) and it’s an even bigger headache. In the past, I have heard of rental services for special occasion dresses but never took the plunge. Recently, Style Lend was brought to my attention and I was pretty impressed. The process goes a little bit like this:

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Super easy, super fast, and so many cute options. Here are a few of my party picks:

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If you’re stressing about what to wear to your next big event, I highly suggest checking out Style Lend. They were even cool enough to offer a coupon code for you guys for $20 off your first rental with the code WELCOME20.

Happy shopping renting!

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Christmas Wish List For 2017

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I’m baaaaaack. Okay, to be honest, I never left. I just took an extremely long break from blogging/vlogging and I have no good excuse. I’ve still been out and about, exploring, meeting new people, and falling even more in love with San Diego. I recently went home for Thanksgiving and little miss Dorothy was so right when she said, “There’s no place like home.” While Black Friday is one of my favorite days of the year, I did not go all out like previous years and actually stayed home to enjoy the day with my family. *gasp*  Instead, I’ve been stalking certain items that I already know I can’t live without and am patiently waiting for flash sales. Here’s a few of the items I have my heart set on this Christmas.

 

one. Bare Minerals Deluxe Original Foundation: Since moving to San Diego, I now know how important it is to stock up on multiple shades of foundation and concealer. One sunny Saturday can leave you mis-matched and looking like you don’t religiously watch YouTube beauty tutorials. I recently let the bargain shopper in me out and tried to find a cheaper dupe for my holy-grail foundation. Nope. Nope. Nope. This size is massive and with previous purchases of this, have lasted me over a year. This typically retails for $43 but guess who just got a 20% off Ulta coupon in her email. YAAASS girl, YAS. Definitely will be picking one of these up as an early gift to myself.

 

two. Guess Kingsley Small Satchel: I’ve never been a huge Guess fan. I’ve always felt like they take their designs one step too far. Like they got it right but last minute had to add rhinestones or snake print, which just isn’t my style (no shade to those who like that stuff, you do you!). But I came across this bag while I was shopping for a new wallet and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve added it to my cart and taken it out. But the suede detail, the color, and the structure screams Jhana and is everything the perfect fall/winter bag should be. I just need to make up my mind already.

 

three. Nike Woven Juvenate Sneakers: Again, in and out of my shopping cart. I feel like these could be really fly with the right outfit and I like how lightweight they are. These would be perfect for running errands or just a casual day out. Because they do have spacing between the straps, I wouldn’t use these for running or any strenuous activity as I don’t know how sturdy they would be.

 

four. Canon Powershot G7x Digital Camera: DREAM CAMERA status. I love that the LCD screen flips forward so you can take a selfie (which I don’t do) or keep yourself in the frame while vlogging. While I don’t think I will be investing in this anytime soon, I definitely want to look into getting a better quality camera for vlogging and the blog. That fisheye lens on my GoPro just ain’t cutting it right now.

 

five. Polar A360 Fitness + Heart Rate Tracker: I already asked for this one and fingers crossed Santa comes thru. I like that this watch can track your sleep patterns, heart rate, and calorie burn. It also beeps when if you’ve been inactive for a long time and need to get your butt moving (so Gossip Girl Netflix binges might be coming to a screeching halt). Also, you can sync this with your phone’s bluetooth to get text and call alerts straight to your wrist. Guess I need to find a new excuse for ducking calls besides “Sorry, I was at the gym.”

 

six. Keurig 2.0 K200 Coffee Maker Brewing System: I spend way too much on coffee. Like it’s not okay in any way, shape, or form. I think I saw a sign at Big Lots about how much each cup of coffee costs when buying a giant bulk box of K-Cups and it was something ridiculous like 29 cents per cup. You seriously can’t get anything for 29 cents these days so my mind is just blown, done, poof. I keep visiting the Keurig aisle at Target like the biggest creep and I feel like the employees are starting to recognize me. YOLO.

 

I’m not going to lie, it’s going to be a hard Christmas away from my family this year but I’m also excited to be spending it sipping on wine and watching Christmas movies with one of my best friends out here.
I’ll get better about writing going forward, I swear. Coming home and chugging wine from the bottle is not a valid excuse to let my blog go.
Share below what’s on your Christmas wish list!
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