my skincare + haircare essentials

my skincare + haircare essentials

as i go more into my twenties, my skin and hair keep changing. over the past few years i’ve had to move on from my high school favorites and find some more products for my current skin and hair type. i’ve spent a bunch of time testing out new products in 2017, read on to see what i’ve been loving!


being a younger 20something, my skin can be kind of all over the place. i still suffer from the occasional hormonal breakout, but i am also starting to notice fine lines appearing. these products help to soothe my troubled skin and keep my face moisturized to help prevent fine lines from appearing. 

mario badescu special cucumber lotion 

i credit this toner to clearing up my skin so much. i first tried it when i picked up the mario badescu acne starter kit at ulta, and is the one product i loved enough to repurchase from the line.

mario badescu brightening mask 

a brightening mud mask that really helps to get rid of scarring, redness, and hyperpigmentation. my only complaint is that it can be a little drying, so i try to stick to using this once a week or less.

skinfood black sugar strawberry wash-off mask 

this is the best exfoliator i have ever used. first of all – the smell is amazing. it smells exactly like fresh strawberries. i use this 3 times a week in the shower after cleansing my face but before washing my hair or body. i massage it into my skin for about a minute and let it sit until the end of the shower, and my skin looks bright and clean after every use.

lush full of grace solid serum 

this solid serum is super convenient for travelling, which makes it one of my faves. plus, it has tea tree oil in it, which helps to soothe troubled skin. i use this nightly and i swear every morning my skin gets better and better.

herbivore orchid youth-preserving serum 

i use this as my morning moisturizer. it doesn’t leave behind as much residue as the lush serum, and it sits really well below makeup! if you plan on using this under makeup too, i would recommend getting the rollerball rather than the dropper, as it is easier to get only the tiniest amount.


i have super thick, wavy, frizzy hair, which means i don’t want a lot of product in my hair that will weigh down my natural texture and make my hair feel even heavier, but i also need something to keep my frizz at bay. these products make my hair look great, even with my busy wash-and-go lifestyle. 

herbal essence biorenew naked volume white grapefruit + mosa mint shampoo and conditioner

this shampoo and conditioner smell absolutely amazing, and really help to define my waves! plus, its a total steal — i buy mine on amazon but you should be able to pick it up at your local drugstore or target.

aveda smooth infusion style-prep smoother 

i don’t often style my hair, but i love to use a pump of this on my wet hair before letting it airdry. it really helps to eliminate pesky frizz and flyaways for me, and makes my hair feel silky on days where i do decide to blow dry.

aveda damage remedy daily hair repair leave in treatment 

i credit this stuff to making my hair amazingly healthy. i put this on my ends when my hair is damp, and it really helps to reduce split ends from popping up. plus, it smells sooo good.

tresseme expert selection shine serum keratin smooth 

i like to use this in drier months when my hair tends to be even frizzier than normal. i started using this at the beginning of my college days and i absolutely swear that it makes my hair grow faster than normal!

aveda air control hairspray 

my must-have hairspray for any time i style my hair. it has great hold, it doesn’t leave my hair crunchy or stiff (seriously, my friends don’t believe that i have hairspray in when i use it) and it doesn’t have a typical hairspray chemical smell. i don’t ever see myself going back to any other hairspray after using this stuff.

note: some products mentioned have been provided to me by the company, however all opinions are my own and i was not obligated to share any thoughts about the products.


fall fashion inspo.

fall fashion inspo.

most people i know are clinging onto these last 6 weeks of summer with all of their might. i, on the other hand, cannot wait for the fall season to finally start. i love the foggy bay area days, bath & body works fall scented candles, and pulling all of my knits out from the back of my dresser. plus, fall fashion is my absolute favorite of any season.  not too hot and not too cold, it creates the perfect backdrop for intricately layered outfits (plus, the changing leaves can make quite the instagram backdrop). since fall clothing will be all we’re seeing in stores in just a few short weeks, here’s what i can’t wait to get my hands on this fall!

western style belt 

personally, i love the southwestern trends that have popped up over the past year. i recently shopped a double buckle western style belt online and can’t wait to style it. they look great as a statement piece for an otherwise basic outfit and i hope it will become a staple in my closet this fall! my tip: most of these you will find will only come in a silver color, but i went out of my way to find one with gold colored detailing so it will match my jewelry collection better! 

plaid dresses

plaid is one of my favorite things about fall, but i love taking the traditional masculine print and putting a feminine twist on it in the form of a dress. i’m partial to the babydoll style, but any style checked in plaid will get you in the mood for fall. my tip: shop secondhand! when i was working at a secondhand clothing store last fall, we saw a myriad of plaid dresses hit our shelves every week. i totally regret not picking one up when i had the chance, but i’m hoping the shelves will be stocked with these this fall as well! 

classic sneakers 

as a lazy girl, i’ve been a huge proponent of athleisure since the beginning. but i have also been loving the more classic style of sneakers that can be well incorporated into outfits that don’t include leggings and sports bras. just in time —  pretty soon we’ll all need to trade in our sandals for something that will keep our toes warm. my tip: hit up your local discount shoe stores (think DSW, TJ Maxx, and any outlet malls in your area)! i was able to find a pair of adidas for $50, and i’ve been wearing them every day since. 

structured handbags 

no matter your style, there is a great structured handbag out there for you. with cleaner lines and more space, it’s a great choice that can take you from the office to dinner and encourage you to save your slouchy crossbody for nights out at the bar. my tip: don’t splurge if you’re not sure! if you can’t get away from your mini backpack, there’s a lot of great options to get this look for much, much less than a birkin bag. my suggestions for saving some pennies? H&M, target, and try Ross or TJ Maxx if you’re looking for a better quality bag at a lower cost! 

jeans slashed at the knees 

i’m not ready to get rid of the super distressed jeans that have been seen everywhere this summer, so the slashed knee jean is great for the colder weather. it covers most of your leg while still giving a bit of the grungy distressed look that has been so popular — perfect for those sunny fall afternoons. my tip: DIY! this look can be easily achieved with an old pair of jeans you are looking to upcycle, an x-acto knife, a piece of chalk, and some cardboard to protect the other side of the jeans. 

what pieces are you looking forward to wearing around this fall?

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