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No More Pores with Bioré Charcoal

Ever since I can remember enlarged pores has been one of my main skin concerns. I was blessed in my teens and never had acne problems. But, enlarged pores is something I have always had. Everyone has pores, but some of us just has larger, more visible pores. Did you know that we have around 200,000 pores on our face?

Bioré is one of my favorite go-to-brands when it comes to helping me with my pore problems. I am super excited to be teaming up with Bioré for this post. And try out some of their Charcoal products against pores. Pores is often the roots to a ll skin problems. And Bioré uses superior technology and unique ingredients to fight clogged pores. I had never tried any of this products before, so I was super eager to do so. 

Bioré One Minute Self Heating Mask

The Bioré Charcoal Self heating One Minute mask is just so cool. Starting with a wet face, you apply the mask and then massage for a minute. Once the mask touches the water it heats up. Its not an unpleasant heat. More so like the warm feeling of putting a warm towel on your face when you’re getting a facial. After massaging for a minute you leave in on for another minute and rinse. Leaving your skin clean and soft. You get 4 individual packages in one box and costs $5.82 on Amazon.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

I have used pore strips forever. Its just one of those things that I love to do. And I enjoy seeing all the gunk on the strip when you take it off. To use this you just wet your nose and put on the pore strip. Leave it on for about 10 minutes or until it ha properly dried. While you’re waiting you can read a book, watch a YouTube video or just take silly photos like me. The pore strip is always my lazy go-to-solution for when my pores are feeling extra large. Sometimes nothing else makes it feel as clean. After the strip has dried you take it off and can enjoy seeing just how much gunk it has drawn out. Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips comes in a pack of 6 and is $5.99 on Amazon. 

When buying skincare. Make sure to do your research. Not all pore strips are created equal! Only Biore Pore Strips are the trusted, and dermatologist-tested way to purify pores. It is recommended to do this weekly to prevent any problems and in the long run minimize the appearance. you can purchase the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleansing Pore Strips and the Bioré One Minute Self Heating Mask on Amazon or Target.

Glow up with Olay Cleansing Infusions

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

One of the most important things during these dry and cold winter months is to hydrate my skin from head to toe. That is why I have absolutely loved the new Cleansing Infusion line from Olay. This Olay line removes impurities and draws in hydration for a glowing, hydrated skin. The scents include Deep Sea Kelp with Aloe Extract as well as Crushed Ginger. The whole line is about taking better care of ourselves and glow up.

One problem that occurs for me during the winter months is that my skin gets dry causing a lot of dry spots. Both on my body and on my face. The Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser has really helped me maintain a hydrated and glowing skin. Without being harsh on my skin. Although The Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser has a microscrub formula, it is very gentle so it works for everyday usage.

Olay Cleansing Infusion Microscrubbing Crushed Ginger Hydrating Glow Body Wash and Microscrubbing Cleansing Infusion Deep Sea Kelp Hydrating Glow Body Wash are absolutely amazing. The wash has a smooth and creamy formula with a very gentle Microscrubbing. But after use it feels like it has drawn out dirt and impurities to replace it with smooth and hydrated skin.My favorite one is the lay Cleansing Infusion Microscrubbing Crushed Ginger Hydrating Glow Body Wash. I just love the light scent of ginger.

You can find the Olay Cleansing Infusion products at your local CVS or online here: spr.ly/Infusions-CVS02

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

Long lasting style without stiffness – TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray

Thank you TRESemmé for sponsoring todays post. 

Ever gotten your hair curled, and an hour later your curls are gone? You’ve lost volume, or you have had to use so much hairspray that your hair looks like it could be a peace of a sculpture. These are just some problems that I have encountered when trying to style my hair. I was blessed with very fine and controllable hair. But with that I also got the flat not so voluminous treat. Volume and hold is two of the most important key features that I look for in my products. But I also don’t want my hair to look brassy or stiff.TREsemmé just launched their new Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray and I was beyond excited to try all of them out. In a new more compact bottle. But just as much product as their former design. I am loving the smaller compact. Makes it so much easier to take with me when I am on the go. The cans are specifically created to be easier to hold. TRESemmé launched 4 different Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Sprays which includes; TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend. TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Boost. TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Smooth and TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture.Because of my fine hair the Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture with a hold level of 1 is my favorite. It gives me that small and very light hold that my hair needs. And it doesn’t matter how much of it I spray, it never gets stiff and keeps my hair light and bouncy. I will usually go for a flowing wavy hair and the Texture spray helped it last all day. The new Micro-Mist Hair Spray uses superfine micro-mist particles that penetrate through the top layer of hair to provide deeper coverage throughout your hair. Which means no funky clumps or unevenness when you spray. It also has humidity and frizz resistance all without the heavy weight.It is easy to say that I have fallen in love with the new TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray line and will definitely continue to use these products. Hair is more fun when you find the products that works for you. You can find the TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray  products at your local Walmart.

How to meet your health goals + Michelob ULTRA 95K SWEEPSTAKES

 Thank you Michelob ULTRA for sponsoring this post.

If you have been following me on my other social channels you know that I have worked for a healthier and more active lifestyle this year. During the past year I had not really been active at all. My eating habits were horrible and I barely slept. It is needless to say that overall, l my health as a whole was absolute crap. That combined with some major hormonal changes resulted in a weight gain that made me beyond uncomfortable with the way I felt and looked. 2018 was the year when I decide once and for all to actually do something about my lifestyle. And that started with some major changes for me and my health.

Not only did I have to go through changes with my heart. But I also transferred to a new school this semester and I knew that it might be a lot more schoolwork to handle. I had my mind set on the fact that even though school comes first. I have to make sure that my body and mind is in the right state so I can be as effective in school as possible. And that started with changing my way of living. Here are the goal that I set up for myself:

  • Get more sleep (8 hours a night on average is my goal).
  • Daily activity (light exercise) of 30 min minimum.
  • 10,000 steps per day minimum.
  • Workout at least 3 days a week.
  • Cook more at home and pick healthier choices when eating out.
  • Consistant eating.

Although not everything is easy, nor can be achieved overnight. It is all a trial and error process and different things work for different people. I have been trying different things. Changing things and sticking to the ones that have worked. I wanted to give som tips and insight into what I have done, what have worked and what you can try if you also need to improve some of these things in your life. I am pro for healthy lifestyle all the way, but I also understand that it is not as easy as it might seem.

Tackling my sleeping problems.

Sleep is 100% my biggest issue. Ever since my teens I have suffered from many sleepless nights and insomnia. I know a lot of people will tell you to take spelling pills. But for me thats not necessarily a remedy that works nor gives me the quality of sleep that I need. I want you to know that even though some of these things have worked for me, I am occasionally still having problems sleeping some nights.

My bed is for sleeping and nothing else.

As a college student it is easy to get stuck doing everything in your bed. I have been there. Especially during the times when you are sharing a room with someone else. Your bed becomes your space where you can watch your favorite movie on your laptop or find a quiet time to study. No more. My bed is now for sleeping and nothing else. I do allow myself to lay down and read before going to sleep. No electronics, no hanging out at the foot of the bed checking the phone during the day.

That creates a kind of calm when you finally do get to lay down in your bed and mentally prepares you for sleeping. If I feel like I have had a stressful day or have a lot on my mind for the next day I usually spray a lavender spray that I have to calm myself down. Some other things that I do is exercise more if I have a lot of energy that day, take relaxing bath and read books. My fitbit help me track my sleep and how I sleep. 

Achieving my daily activity goals and weekly exercises.

I have set my daily activity goals to 10,000 steps and at least 30 minutes of activity. Now that means that I have to be active for a time period which can include just light walks for 30 minutes. I do find myself a lot in front of my computer stationary during the days when I am not on campus. So what I try and do is take pause and go outside for a short walk. During this walk I can listen to music, watch my youtube videos or reply to emails. In other words I am doing what I would normally do, but I am doing it while walking. Instead of driving to the food store I will walk over there. And I try and do some small chores around the house daily.

Small things like that really makes a big difference. I also have a extremely nice gym at my university that is free for me to use. So I try and use it at least the three days that I am on campus. I even got my own locker there so I have no excuses not to go. The Michelob UTRA sweepstakes have actually helped me discovering new classes around my city as well. My Fitbit tracks my daily steps and activity for me so I can see my daily progress. 

Eating healthier.

Eating and cooking is actually really really hard if you don’t have the time or money to spend. Being a College student is already stressful as it is. And trying to squeeze in those meals and snacks daily can sometimes be really hard. Fortunately I go to a great school with an amazing campus. There are tons of food choices and many of them healthy and inexpensive. I often find it easy to go to the make your own salad bar for $5.

It is really the days when I am at home trying to get work and school stuff done that I struggle. With takeout and all the delivery options we have now it is easy to to spend $30 on a delivery meal. And it is also easy to forget the food in the fridge if you have been out doing some grocery shopping. So, what I do is that I only plan my food for about 2-3 days when I go grocery shopping. This way I don’t overbuy and know what I will be eating. Sure, it takes me a few extra trip to the store (more steps for me). But it ensures me that I won’t be buying food that then goes to waste.

If I know that I won’t have a lot of time cooking the next day I pick up an easy to make salad kit. Or something from the fresh food section that I can heat up. This may not be the most inexpensive option, but it is cheaper than ordering takeout and it makes sure that I actually do eat when time doesn’t allow me to cook.

Don’t forget to reward yourself.

This is something that is so, so important. If you put in the time and energy you will se results slowly. Meanwhile you cannot forget to relax a little bit and reward yourself for something good that you have done. Small steps is always the best way to change things. There is nothing wrong in enjoying a piece of chocolate, a day off, or a night out with drinks. As long as you don’t over consume and ruin your progress. That is why I am loving the Michelob ULTRA light beer with only 95 calories per bottle. And it still tastes just like regular beer.

Michelob ULTRA 95K Sweepstakes.

Michelob ULTRA are all for living a healthy lifestyle, but also about enjoying a cold beer without feeling any guilt. And that is why they are having this huge Sweepstakes where Michelob ULTRA has partnered up with different organizations to give away over 95,000 fitness experiences to help you stay on track with your fitness and health goals. To see the official rules and participate in the sweepstakes follow this link by clicking here.

Through the sweepstakes I got one month of free home workouts straight to an app in my phone. No purchase is necessary and all you have to do is follow this link and fill in your information.

10 Must-have bags under $50

We all know that sometimes its hard to ball on a budget. Especially if you’re a college student. So here I have listed a couple of my current favorite bags that are under $50 and that can make your simple look stand out a little extra. Some of these I own myself! To get to the bags, click on the image or the link under the image.

Zara.com – $39.90

This messenger bag from ZARA is absolutely stunning. Made of a mock-croc faux leather material and golden hardware it is hard to stand out with this piece. I bought it at first sight and it is part of ZARAs new Spring collection. Available in Red and Grey.

Zara.com – $49.90

Been a fan of Stella McCartney’s bags for as long as I have? Look no further as ZARA has added this stunning tote to their new collection. Available in Silver with silver studs.

Zara.com – $29.90

Who doesn’t love a pop of color? This bright yellow crossbody is simple but will definitely make your outfit stand out. Available in Yellow an Blue.

Zara.com – $49.90

The oh so famous straw bags are everywhere now. And ZARA seem to have the dos affordable one out there. Take it on a trip to the beach or for a visit to the farmers market. Available in Natural.

Zara.com – $49.90

Simple and chic. This multicolored handbag can make your all black outfit elevate with a touch of simplicity. Available in Multicolor.

Zara.com – $49.90

This pop of color also adds some texture to your outfit. Not only is it a gorgeous orange suede, but the inside of the bag is sky blue. Bamboo lookalike details in silver. Available in Orange.

Prettylittlething.com – $28.00

Going our or just need to store your million items that you carry with you? This larger sized foldable clutch in velvet will help you with a simple transition from day to night and hold all your necessities. Available in Burgundy.

 

 

 

Stevemadden.com – $45.00

If you don’t want to spring out for the gucci belt bag this Steve Madden one is a great option. Available in Black, White and Red.

Charmingcharlie.com – $29.00

Its marble, do I have to say anything else? Anything marble that I can get my hands on I get. Available in White.

Charmingcharlie.com – $32.00

Wear it as a backpack or as a shoulder bag. Wether it is just for a day of shopping or a hike this bag will certainly stand out. A more affordable version of the Chloe Faye Backpack. Available in Black and Grey.

Back to School Look

Hi guys! Today was my first day back to school. And my first day at my new school. I finished my transfer requirements last fall and decided to transfer to CSUN. I am still majoring in Marketing and was so excited to start at a new school. I have been really sick these past couple of days and was worried wether or not I would make it through the orientation day but I found some energy to push through it. I am however ready to go to bed and it isn’t even 6pm yet.

As I sad I am so excited about starting a new school. It is such a positive change of environment and I am actually at a real University now. I will definitely start writing and sharing more about my school life now. Anyhow, starting a new school is really nerve-wracking and I wasn’t sure of what to wear on my first day. So I decided to go cute but simple with this front tie top from Tobi, a layered choker from Baublebar, and a pair of jeans. The top is such a cute but casual way to dress up your look without any efforts. 

TOP // NECKLACE // JEANS

Simple on-the-go look with Neutrogena Hydro Boost

Self care is my number one priority this year, besides from doing well in school. I have never been the person to wear a ton of makeup to cover anything up. On the contrary I love the on-the-go natural look even more. Makeup is fun, but wearing too much is not good for my skin. Neutrogena recently introduced their new Hydro Boost line. Top rated by several beauty publications, whom better to try it out than me? The products have hyaluronic acids in it to help naturally hydrate your skin. This makes them extremely lightweight and not at all oily. Neutrogena is an extremely affordable makeup and skincare brand. You can find the Hydro Boost collection at your local Walmart. I was very pleased to se a well stocked isle at my  Walmart.

I picked up three products from the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cosmetics line. The hydrating tint foundation, hydrating concealer and hydrating lip treatment. Honestly, the lip treatment excited me the most. Although my skin in general gets very dry during the Winter season. My lips are the worst at any season. A lot of times I find drugstore brands to not be as good as brands with higher price point. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the Hydro Boost Lip Treatment from Neutrogena. I applied it in the morning and by the afternoon my lips still felt moisturized! Costing less than $10 this is definitely a runner up to my otherwise $24 lip oil.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost hydrating tint is a very light foundation. You will find a range of colors from fair to dark.  Natural Beige 60 was a perfect match for me down to the undertone. The foundation looks flawless and like my own skin. Combined with the Hydro Boost hydrating concealer I have everything I need for a simple on the go look. Using only these three products its a simple three step on-the-go beauty routine to follow that takes less than 10 minutes to do.  Although hydrating, the products looks very natural and matte once applied.

Have you tried the Hydro Boost products? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment down below. If you haven’t tried the products yet I have a discount code under the next photo for you to use! If you are prone to brake outs, I also have a code for the Skin Clearing line for your use.

Trying out Panacea Skincare – The Aegis Kit

Panacea is a skincare brand influenced by Korean Beauty technology. Korean Beauty is way ahead of us when it comes to beauty and skincare products and I was beyond excited about trying these new products. Especially Korean beauty. The skincare line launched early November and is fairly new.  Panacea focuses on the few simple things that we need. And that is why they only have three products. We are told that we need a cleanser, a scrub, a exfoliator, a toner, a mist, a moisturizer,a SPF. Different products for day and night. The list goes on. This adds up to a lot of products.  That is one of the reason to why I can’t properly keep up with a skincare routine. It is way too much to keep track off and I feel like I am drowning in products sometimes.

With an easy three step regimen Panacea wants to make it easy for you to achieve healthy and glowing skin with the bare minimum. The line includes a Daily Facial Cleanser, Daily Facial Moisturizer and a Daily Facial SPF. Purchase the products separate or as a bundle. Product pricing ranges from $22-$46 and the kit is $92. All products are cruelty free and vegan as well as paraben and sulfate free.

Panacea Daily Facial Cleanser

The Daily Facial Cleaner is definitely my favorite product of all three. If you have followed me for a while or read my skincare post you already know my favorite cleanser. It is also from a Korean Beauty brand and both cleansers definitely pars up. The Panacea Daily Facial Cleanser is extremely light but removes everything. Even eye makeup. If you end up looking like a panda after washing your face you know the struggles. The product doesn’t really have a smell and so far my sensitive skin has not reacted to the product. It leaves my skin super smooth and clean. Some ingredients are algae and green tea extract.

Panacea Daily Facial Moisturizer

This moisturizer is everything that it states to be. Even though my skin is a Normal/Combination skin I have very dry skin during the winter. It is strange because I will  have these very dry spots but also a very oily t-zone. The moisturizer is the lightest moisturizer I have ever experienced. but it does leave my skin extremely hydrated while leaving a matte finish. Panacea claims that there is no need to use a makeup primer because of the mattifying effect the moisturizer has. Some ingredients include Japanese seaweed and Vitamin E.

Panacea Daily Facial SPF

Lastly we  have the Daily Facial SPF. It is an extremely lightweight SPF but it only has a SPF 25 UVA/UVB protection. It is recommended to choose a minimum of SPF 30 for your products even if the bare minimum from the FDA is SPF 15. Sunscreen is extremely important, especially if you live in a sunny climate like California.  I would probably only use this on more cloudy days or days where I am only inside. It does however not smell like other sunscreens nor does it leave a greasy look.

Overall I am definitely beyond impressed with this brand and the entire product line. And I would definitely recommend this for anyone with Normal/Combination skin. Whether you need to start a skincare regimen or simplify the one you already have, this is the perfect kit to start with. You can find their website at thepanacea.com

I was not compensated for this post. Panacea did send me products to try.