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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Christmas Wish List For 2017

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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My Warm Weather Skin Care Routine

Whenever I thought of California, I thought of sun-kissed skin freshly exfoliated by the sand and sent home glowing. What I conveniently failed to consider was the possibility of sunburns, peeling, and drier-than-desert dry skin that ultimately led to breakouts. In the past three months, I’ve had to do a total overhaul of my skincare routine to work with my new surroundings. While it’s taken a while to figure out what works for me, it’s also been kind of fun playing with new products (it’s the beauty junkie in me).


Elta MD Facial Cleanser: This face wash is a pretty basic oil and soap free solution that has become a staple of mine. I’m not a fan of foaming cleansers (*fist bumps my oily-skinned friends*) as they tend to dry out my skin and only end up producing more oil to make up for it. As fun as it is sudsing up and making Abe Lincoln foam beards, the damage it does to your skin isn’t worth it. The Elta MD Facial Cleanser gets about 90% of my makeup off with 1 lather, which is pretty darn impressive for a gentle face wash like this.

Drugstore dupe: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

Glycolix Elite Treatment Pads 20%: If you have never used glycolic acid anything on your face, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT start with 20%. You will most likely end up melting your face off. I’ve always played with different glycolic acid products over the years and loved the results. Brown spots, acne, wrinkles, large pores, oily skin – hey hey, BYE BYE BYE. (Admit it, you just sang that in a Justin Timberlake voice.) Anyways, I honestly don’t know why I stopped using it. Glycolic acid is perfect for unclogging pores, speeding up cell turnover and removing dead skin.

Last winter, I got sucked into the Retinol trend and was somewhat pleased with how the texture of my skin was changing. Until I moved out here and my brand new $60 tube of La-Roche Posay Redermic R became about as effective as slathering on old mayo on my face. Clogged pores, breakouts in places I never broke-out before – you name it, it was happening. At the end of the line and running out of hope, I ordered these treatment pads. I won’t lie to you – the first night I used these, my face was covered in red blotches and burning like I have nothing I have ever felt before. For a second there, I honestly thought, “Sh!t, this is it, I’ve really ****** my face this time.” I don’t know if I just fell asleep or my body shut down and went into shock, but I woke up pleasantly surprised. No more blotches, no more itching. My skin glowed. That under the skin bump that was plotting a surprise appearance shrunk down to nothing. It did take me at least 3 nights of consistent use before the intense burning went away and from time to time, I do get a sting here or there, but these will forever be in my medicine cabinet. If you are interested in experimenting with glycolic acid, start with a lower percentage (2% – 5%) and work your way up. Don’t go full on balls-to-the-walls because you WILL be sorry.

Drugstore dupe: Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads 

L’Oreal Advanced Revitalift Eye Cream: Honestly, I have never squinted so much in my life, which I actually consider a good thing (GIVE ME ALL THE SUNSHINE). The not-so-good thing about squinting is it quickly leads to wrinkles, crows feet, and other issues. I decided to try out an eye cream by L’Oreal after spotting one of their products (I’m a cabinet snooper, guilty as charged) in my friends bathroom and wanted to see what else they had to offer. I chose to go with the Revitalift eye cream, even though the target demographic is women 40+. I’ve always struggled with bags under my eyes. If I had a dollar for every time I heard “You look so tired today”… (*insert eye roll here*). Anyways, this stuff is the only thing that has ever made somewhat of a dent in de-puffing my eyes. I am in no way saying that I am completely baggage free, but at least it’s been reduced to a “carry-on” level and that works for me.

All in all, these three products have made a HUGE difference in the disaster that began as soon as I stepped off the plane. I do use other treatments such as masks, special creams for nights when I’m feeling extra fancy, along with a crazy amount of sun protection lotions for both my face and body. If you are interested in learning more about those, I plan to do a follow-up post in the future on my favorite sunscreens I’ve tried this year.

Do you have a “ride or die” skin care product that you can’t live without? Leave it in a comment below so I pick it up on my next Ulta binge!

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