Currently Loving



Hi friends, back with another currently loving blog post. This time it's a lot of beauty/skincare, so bear with me. 

THE ORDINARY


If you thought I was done blabbing on and on about this brand, you are sadly mistaken. I just cannot get over the quality and effectiveness of each product and each one is just under $10. These guys came in my second purchase from the brand and these were my favorites (I also got Caffeine solution + EGCG but haven't used it enough to talk about it). 
Starting from the left, the Plant-Derived Squalene nearly changed my life when it comes to mositurizing. I've been in a funk when it comes to moisturizers; I've been using a deluxe sample of the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream or the Glossier Priming Moisturizer. Both are just 'eh', but I've been adding a few drops of this Squalene oil and they turn into a dream combination. This oil absorbs quickly, isn't sticky or uncontrollably greasy, and most importantly doesn't feel heavy on the skin. I use this under my makeup and it makes a HUGE difference - I haven't had cakey foundation since. I use it morning and night.
I went through a major breakout this month and I literally almost considered going on Accutane again. Just kidding, but it was really awful and I still don't know why it was so bad. I got this Ordinary order, and the Salicylic Acid was the first thing I put on my face. It doesn't get rid of the acne overnight, but it definitely subsided within 2-3 days. Now I'm back to my normal pimple-here-and-there skin and I finally feel under control again. I use this at night before my moisturizer. I think this is something anyone with acne prone skin should have on hand.
Now for the next one, the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. I've seen this all over skincare instagrams and the color is what intrigued me. It quite hoenstly looks like blood and I still don't know why. I've wanted to try the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial peel, but the $80 price tag has been a factor. After researching the ingredients, I found that this $7 peel is literally the same ingredients, just a little different concentration. I've only used this a few times, it stung a lot at first, but now I notice it really sloughs off all my dead skin and makes my skin smooth and glowy the day after. I use it 1-2 times a week for 5-7 minutes!

BODY SCRUBS


To add to my skincare obsessions, I've been really loving body scrubs lately. Simply Scrub sent me these soursop and coffee organic scrubs which are really gritty and effective. I've always made my own coffee scrubs, but this one is way more hydrating. I use the coffee one on my chest, neck, and arms, (great if you get body breakouts) whereas I use the soursop one on my legs/feet (I'm not super obsessed with this smell, but it's really hydrating!). As for the Moroccan Rose scrub this one is AMAZE. I honestly just love the smell of this, but it melts into your skin and is really gentle, making it great for everyday.

MAC DEMARCO TOTE


This summer I really loved carrying around a tote, especially to work. It's so easy to throw my water bottle in, my much needed snacks, and if I'm doing errands it's much more pleasant to stick my shopping bags in here instead of carrying them all. If you follow me on any social media you know that I've been on a real Mac Demarco kick, and so when I saw him at Radio City a few weeks ago I just had to grab this tote. How cute? Here's a similar one.


PILLOW MIST


One of my absolute favorite feelings is getting into bed with freshly washed sheets. To make that experience even better, I've been obsessed with this Eucalyptus pillow spray from Bath & Body Works. I've already used half the bottle (thanks a lot senior year). They have an entire line of this stress relief scent if you're not into the pillow spray.

CHANEL MADEMOISELLE


This is my latest perfume purchase for a few reasons. One being that I think everyone should invest in a luxurious fragrance, I swear it changes your whole mood whenever you spray it on. Two, this was my aunt Kimmy's perfume and it is so special to me that whenever I spray it I immediately feel like I'm back with her. I got the smallest bottle because I recently learned that perfume goes 'stale' after a while, so using a smaller bottle means you wont waste as much. It's described as, "fresh and vibrant Orange immediately awaken the senses. A clear and sensual heart reveals the transparent accords of Grasse Jasmine and May Rose. The scent finally unfurls with the vibrant accents of Patchouli and Vetiver."

September Playlist



A new month means a new playlist. This month is heavily Louis The Child, Mac Demarco, and Tame Impala, all of which I've been obsessed with recently (I think I'm seeing Mac Demarco at the end of the month!!). Obviously had to throw on September by Earth, Wind, & Fire too.



What are you loving this month music wise?

M O R E    M U S I C
August Playlist
June Playlist


Making Faces








It's almost Fall and I cannot be more excited about the temperatures dropping. This outfit isn't exactly cold-weather oriented, but breaking out my booties and opting for a button down is certainly more exciting than a typical summer outfit. You've probably seen this shirt on my insta, where I debuted my new balayaged hair (I needed a change and I love it). I love each of the little faces on this shirt; Madewell made a ton of accessories in this print too. Typically I tuck things into my higher-waisted pants/skirts, but I've been loving the undone look it gives when you just leave shirts out. 

SHOP
Shirt | Skirt | Boots similar | Bag similar | Bracelet | Necklace

The Ordinary Skincare Review


It's no surprise I absolutely love skincare. I'm always on the hunt for the next cult brand, and I recently discovered The Ordinary, which is part of the umbrella company Deciem. I've seen these straight-from-the-lab looking serum bottles all over Instagram and finally looked into the brand. What immediately sold me was their prices... pretty much everything is under $15 and they don't put any additional additives in the products; just pure, great skincare.


I wasn't even planning to buy anything when I first checked out their website, but the prices were just unreal to me. For example, the Glossier's hyaluronic serum is priced at $28, The Ordinary's (which includes 15 ml more product) is $7! So I opted to get four items; Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, and Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%. I will say that I believe you should do some research before placing an order, seeing as the names are pretty vague and the descriptions on the website are not all that helpful if you're new to this type of skincare. 


NATURAL MOISTURIZING FACTORS + HA ($5.80)


I love my priming moisturizer for the day, but I needed something a little thicker for nighttime. This is described as a surface hydration formula, which I completely understand after my first use. After applying serums/spot treatments and any lighter or thinner consistency products, I put this moisturizer on. To me it sort of feels like a 'seal' to lock everything in and make sure it all soaks into your skin. That being said, you don't need a lot of product for your whole face and it definitely feels like you have it on your skin. I don't mind it since I'm typically just going to bed after I apply it and I think it really insures that your skincare will effectively absorb into your skin.

ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE SOLUTION 12% ($12.90)


I'd say this has the 'scariest' name of all the products I tried, and most expensive, but this one has given me the best results. This is a brightening serum with a vitamin C derivative. I use this every other night and focus it mainly where I need it. I love brightening products and figured this was a good, cheap alternative to what I was previously loving by Drunk Elephant. I had dark acne scars on my cheeks that faded after 2-3 uses from this. I initially started to use it every night, but noticed my skin started to get dry and flaky, resulting in uneven makeup application, so I switched to every other night. I use it at night because I do think it's harsh (but in an effective way) on my skin, but if you don't see any irritation and use it during the day, make sure you apply a high SPF overtop. If you have acne prone skin, uneven tone, this is for you.

HIGH SPREADABILITY FLUID PRIMER ($7.90)


I had such high hopes for this, but I still don't know if I'm in love. I've constantly used the Nivea balm for almost two years so I was trying to branch out. I have combination/oily skin and I thought the 'spreadability' would be nice when I use heavier foundations or I'm having a dry skin day. I've only used this primer with BB cream, so that might be why I look like an oil slick at the end of the day. This also has silicone in it, so it gives that feeling on the skin. I dot my foundation all over my face then add three small drops of this and mix them that way instead of applying it before my foundation. I think it really helps aid in blending and spreading, like the name of it suggests. I plan to keep trying it in different ways (different foundations, and maybe when it's not 90 degrees out) and get the hang of it. This might just be a really great cold-weather, dry skin primer, so I'll have to do an update on it.

HYALURONIC ACID %2 + B5 ($6.80)


Another all-star in this order was the hyaluronic acid serum. I put this next to my Glossier one and it's literally the same ingredients, just not the pretty purple bottle. This is a lot of product too, twice the amount as Glossier's as I mentioned previously. I use this everyday, morning and night, to add a little extra moisture to my skin. As compared to the Glossier serum, this one is much 'thicker' and stickier in consistency, not sure why that is, but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. No noticeable results for this one really, maybe just a little less oily throughout the day, I just love the price/amount of product you get. I think this is a great serum for anyone to incorporate to their regimen - dry skin or oily.


I will certainly be purchasing from The Ordinary again, I consider the entire line 'dupes' for high-end, expensive skincare lines and I've seen amazing results.

If you try The Ordinary, let me know! I'd love to hear which products you choose.



OTHER SKINCARE POSTS

August Playlist


Time got away from me and I skipped over July's playlist, and nearly missed August's! That being said, this playlist is really just what I've been listening to since June. Honorable mentions this month include LANY + Lana, I'm seeing both in October and the fact they both released albums over the past month has been huge for me.


What are you listening to this month?

xo.

Currently Loving 8.4


It's been a WHILE since I've posted a blog post, and to be entirely honest, I have no valid excuse. I started getting a lot more hours at work while juggling summer classes, trying to spend as much time as possible with Mike, and still enjoy the city. Basically I took an unannounced 'vacation' from blogging and I want to start getting back into it while I can (my classes ended August 1st, aka FREE TIME). My summer in the city is coming to a close, which I'm actually pretty distraught about, seeing as I'll have to say goodbye to Mike for our last year of being long distance and I begin my senior year. All good things must end. 

As for this post, you might notice the title is not my usual 'favorites' title. I think I've outgrown the term 'Friday Faves' and I want to just call these posts 'currently loving'. I'm a big journal keeper, and when I draft these posts I usually title them currently loving anyway, so I've grown to like the term more. I also feel like I limited myself to beauty and fashion for some posts, and I want to expand what these posts include by sharing my favorite everything - food, music, places, etc. Most importantly, I'm not limited to posting them on Fridays.

Alright enough chit chat, here's what I've been loving lately.


So with my new-found freedom from summer classes, I have time to read for pleasure. There's something about the simple joy of reading in a park in New York. You get some sunshine while getting lost in a book, and I can honestly say I was addicted to this one. The Heiresses (written by the same author of PLL) reminds me of a mix of Gossip Girl and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. It's a family who owns a diamond company, but they are constantly in the spotlight and have a family curse/tons of secrets. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger and I couldn't stop reading; I think I finished it in 5 days.


A V E N E   S P F   50 + C - F I R M A  S E R U M



I call this my little orange Summer duo. These two products were life changing this summer. I bought this serum in the mini-size that Sephora has in their checkout line. I wasn't expecting huge results, but I've always wanted to try Drunk Elephant products and I'm still not convinced my Glossier serums do a whole lot for me. Lets just say this serum has noticeably lightened and brightened my skin; I've used so much less foundation and sometimes I don't even wear makeup when I head out. I think this serum is SO worth it despite the price tag, so if you have dark spots and dull skin like I did, I highly recommend.

I have always been so-so about sunscreen, constantly thinking my foundation was enough coverage from the sun. When I'm back home Upstate I'm honestly not outside very much (lol) but in the city walking everywhere, doing outside activities, etc, I started to realize how much sun I was getting. I wanted a sunscreen that was lightweight, had no white cast, and didn't disrupt makeup application. After doing some research I ended up choosing this Avene one and I have not had one complaint. It's SO lightweight, blends easily, and no white residue. Perfect on its own because it does not look greasy, but still layers great under makeup.

M U L T I - M A S K I N G


I noticed amazing results with my skin when I started to do two masks in one night. I don't always do this, and sometimes I just do one, but depending on my skin needs doing two always makes a huge difference. This trio is what I've been rotating around and been really loving. 

Usually I start out with the Aztec clay since it's the most drying and powerful. I mix this clay with apple cider vinegar (or water if my skin is sensitive that day) and mix it into a pastey consistency. I typically leave it on for twenty minutes or however long it takes me to feel like my skin will flake off. It's so powerful - you can literally feel it pulling out the gunk from your pores. When you take it off your face will definitely be red, but it subsides after maybe ten minutes. This mask is great for drying up pesky blemishes and other dirt in your pores.

I have talked about Moon Mask before, but since I just restocked it after being out of it awhile, I'm back to being obsessed with it. It's very cooling on the skin, so it's really refreshing in the summer heat, and especially after doing the Aztec mask. It's moisturizing but also brightening, so initially you can feel it sting a bit. It eventually seeps into your skin, turns clear, and makes your skin really supple. Sometimes I'll just go to sleep with it on, but if I do it before makeup I have to rinse it off because it does leave a filmy residue. 

If I feel like really pampering myself I rinse the Moon Mask and apply this hyaluronic acid gel night mask from Creme. In the jar it looks like jello, but when you warm it up in your hands and apply it to your face it just looks like you put on a lot of moisturizer. It also has a really fresh, florally scent that isn't overpowering while it's sitting on your face. When you wake up in the morning your skin looks dewy and glowy!

I plan to do an updated skincare routine this month, so look out for that.

 W I T T Y   W I C K S


I've gone home twice this summer, and my favorite tradition is going to our local farmer's market. I love getting up early, getting coffee, and walking around gawking at all that it has to offer with my mom and grandparents. My grandpa and I act like little kids, and ask my mom and grandma to buy us unnecessary items that we certainly don't need but must have. Anyway, one stand that we all agree that we have to stop at is the Witty Wicks stand. They're locally made soy candles with the catchiest names and unique yet nostalgic scents. I only brought this one back to the city (it smells like Abercrombie), but at home I have the rose and a firewood one. My mom is obsessed with the coffee bean one, she keeps it in our kitchen and it's magical. I love supporting local businesses, so I love this company. The candles, regardless of their size, last SO long. Shop online or check them out if you're from the Syracuse area :)

C L E A N S I N G   B A R  


My mom is the cutest and sent me a little 'skincare care package' with masks and this soap from Nubian. Now I've never been a big bar soap user, just because of sanitary reasons and the inconvenience of it I guess. I use this one for washing my face in the morning - I don't like to wash my face too many times a day, so typically I do just at night, but this one is so gentle that it doesn't strip my skin of moisture. It lathers really well and my face doesn't feel dry or tight after. It also smells like roses and patchouli, which is amazing.


Polka Dot Blouse






Denim + a flattering, girly blouse is all I've been reaching for this summer. I dressed this look up with the petite kitten heels, but I'd wear strappy sandals with this too.

s h o p
Blouse similar | Jeans same pair, different wash | Belt | Shoes similar | Bag similar | Necklace | Earrings

Summer in Photos: June


This summer I allotted time for myself to be more creative, spend more time creating content, and exploring the city while working and taking some classes. June was certainly still packed with school work for me, but as the month is dwindling down I'm finding a lot more time for my blog.
I've wanted to create posts like this for a while, but of course, time gets away from me and I barely have time to look at the world through a creative/inspirational lens. I want these posts to be some of my favorite snapshots from the month - fashion and just plain 'artsy' photos. Most I take on my Snapchat/Instagram, but there are always a few I take on my camera that never make the cut. I am by no means claiming to be a photographer, just some pics filling up my camera roll.


Pink sunset after a thunderstorm.


Drafting a soon to be blog post in my journal.


Outtake from one of my fashion posts this month.


Particularly obsessed with my little window sill this summer due to all my plants (and I can't deny my love for a good sunset).




I was in love with my Belmont look. Dress was vintage, or I'd link it!


All my paychecks go towards happy hour. This was Seamore's on 18th.


Mike was convincing me that he's a good photographer (and I didn't want to admit he was right).


New places I love:

230 5th Rooftop - To get your NYC rooftop bar fix, crowded even during the week but still fun.
Variety Coffee Roasters in Chelsea - Almond milk isn't extra, everything is marble, and great for doing homework (if you can find a seat!)
Fonda - Was not a margarita lover until I went here.
Seamore's - Best sweet potato fries I've had in NYC.



4th Of July Looks



I love creating looks for the 4th and subtly adding pops of blue and red in each outfit. Today I opted for 3 looks you could wear, depending on what you're doing.


B A R B E Q U E


shop



H A P P Y   H O U R

shop



B Y    T H E    W A T E R



shop



What're you doing for the holiday?


Friday Faves 6.23


It has been a MINUTE since I've done a Friday Faves, so I assume you think there's a lot to talk about, but not really the case. I'm trying some new products this week and want to test them out a bit more before I claim to love them, so look out for those next week :-)

O U A I   M I N I   P R O D U C T S


I got a Sephora gift card for my birthday and wanted to use it to try a bunch of new goodies, so basically I just got a few of the little kits you can find in the checkout line. This set caught my eye because of the rose hair + body oil (which is relatively new) and I've been using argan oil in my hair recently so I wanted to try it. I'm not disappointed in it at all, but my bottle keeps leaking! Other than that, I love rose scented anything and this is really subtle and fresh. I use one pump, rub it in my hands then through the ends of my hair, and whatever is left I'll rub into my hands and elbows. 
As for the finishing creme, it's amazing for after straightening my hair. It tames my fly aways and really keeps it looking smooth. Now the dry shampoo foam was my most highly anticipated item in the set, simply because how on Earth could that be a thing? I was expecting my hair to be crunchy after using it, but I looked like I just got a blow out instead. I'm someone who likes to use dry shampoo at night in order to get my hair texturized and create volume by morning, but with this it's better to use right before you head out the door.

S U P  E R    G L O W   S E R U M


If you watched my Friday Faves video back in April, I spoke about the Super Pure serum from Glossier. I liked it, but wanted to try another one when it ran out. I decided on the Super Glow because I have lots of scarring and wanted to brighten my skin. I am SO much more impressed with this serum - I noticed radiance in my skin the day after first using it (I only use it at night!). I only need one drop and it covers my whole face, but I mainly focus on my problem spots. I've also been doing a different method of applying it - I put the drop in my hand, rub it to warm it up, then press it into my skin, not rub! I find it absorbs better and I also learned that's the correct way to apply it, who knew?
Use my code for 10% off your first purchase!


P A D D Y W A X   L A V E N D E R +  T H Y M E


Not much to say about this since you can't smell it, but just wanted to mention this candle I got as a birthday gift from Jess. This was the first I heard of Paddywax candles, and I'm so impressed by how potent it is! Also how cute is the jar, definitely reusing it once it's completely burned.

M A D E W E L L   D E N I M 


Madewell jeans!!! I cannot believe how oblivious I was to their denim. It's no surprise I was a J.Crew junkie for a while (literally all my denim is from Crew if it's not Levi's). I'm not sure if I mentioned it anywhere on social media, but I am working at Madewell this summer while I'm in the city :-) So of course, I had to get a few pairs of their denim, which they are known for. You've seen the Perfect Summer Jeans here and here, but I just got a new pair of black skinnies as well. What I love about their denim is they are SO flattering and also really comfortable. The black skinny jeans are also created not to fade as quickly as other black jeans, so I figured they were a great addition to my closet.


Usually I don't like mentioning products that are unavailable, but how great is this old J.Crew canvas tote? These were some of the first items I got from J.Crew (back in ninth grade!) and I just found this one while I was moving into my summer room. I love how simplistic it is, but also the pop of color in the stitching. Here is the closest tote I could find that I know will be the same quality.





Lady in Vintage Red






I found this silky red top at my local thrift shop a few months ago and never knew how I should style it. I've never been much of a crop top gal, but lately I've been warming up to the idea. I simply just tied the bottoms of my shirt in a knot, and found my favorite high waisted jeans from Madewell. To make it extra casual I just wore my Vans, but if I wanted to wear this for a night out I'd definitely throw on some kitten heels. Also peep the tote bag - one of the first J.Crew items I ever bought back in ninth grade!


shop

Shirt, similar here + here | Jeans | Sneakers | Necklace | Bracelet | Tote, similar