Daily Makeup Routine

When's the last time I shared some makeup on the blog? I find I only feel the need to share new products, rather than what I actually use day in and day out. Today I'm sharing the products I've used for months/years and I constantly grab when I have to quickly put on a face - class, work, etc. These are the items I use because I know they'll work and last all day.


I always start my routine with my Nivea Shave Balm - I know it's a men's product, but the amount of glycerin in it makes it an excellent primer. After that I use my Beauty Blender to blend in my favorite drugstore foundation, L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte (I'm shade 102 for reference).

After blending in my foundation I assess my skin and if I need more coverage, I'll use Glossier's Stretch concealer in Medium. I use a concealer brush initially, then blend it with my Beauty Blender.

I set my face with Airspun powder from Coty, then go in with my Sephora Bronzer in Los Cabos to bring more color into my face (I've used this since high school!). I've been obsessed with the Tarte blush in Party (came in the Sephora birthday gift this year) so I use that on the apples of my cheeks. After all this, I use a clean fluffy brush and blend it all in to make sure there's no harsh lines. Depending on the occasion, I'll then go in with Becca highlight in Champagne Pop. I put this on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, brow bone, and cupid's bow.
After finishing my face, I spritz any setting spray I have (currently using the Rosewater + Glycerin spray).


I start with my eyebrows buy brushing them with a spooly brush and using the Anastasia Brow Definer in Medium Brown. I like this pencil because it's really thick but tapered, and I don't necessarily need a ton of filling in, so this makes it super fast and easy. I blend the product through my brows then go in with Anastasia Clear Brow gel. If I don't even want to fill in my brows, I use the Glossier Boy Brow in Brown for some definition and color.

Day to day I typically don't apply eyeshadow or eyeliner, unless I truly have enough time and want to make the extra effort. But everyday I use two mascaras - one voluminous and one waterproof. My favorite mascara currently is the Lash Paradise by L'Oreal (amazing dupe for the Better Than Sex one by Too Faced). For waterproof mascara, I don't have a preference, I just use whatever I have. This one is the Maybelline Falsies. I use waterproof over top of my normal mascara because I usually get a bad case of panda eyes by the end of the day if I don't.


Everyday I always use a chapstick if I have time or not, because having hydrated lips is a must. This Blistex chapstick is my favorite and lasts a long time (I have one in pretty much every bag I use). For some added jazz, I'll wear the Glam Glow lip plumper. To look less washed out, I like to add a lip liner to define my lips, then I blend it in to make it look natural. I love this Chanel one in 34 Natural, and my mom just handed-me-down this M.A.C. Spice one, but if liner is too much work I dab a little of this Revlon lipstick in Fig Jam and blend it in with my finger. I find adding just a touch of natural color makes me look less dead :-)

What're your favorite everyday makeup products? 

What's On My Vanity?

Hi friends! Not going to address my blog absence - school consumed me. Now I'm home for the holidays (six whole weeks!) with much more free time along with a lot more vanity space. When I'm home I love to display all my products (inspo from #ITGTopShelfie) and I found that my Shelfie blog post is one of my most viewed posts in the history of The Gold Dime, so here we are today. I also get sooooo many questions on The Ordinary products, so this is a great way to address all your concerns. (Also have some other posts on them here and here, I suggest reading them for more info on the company and my other suggestions.)

First things first, don't let this array of makeup brushes fool you. I don't necessarily use all of them - this is where I keep my excess ones while I'm at school, but when I'm home I just stick the ones I use day to day in here as well. The container they are in is from Target and is actually meant for toothbrushes and I just flipped it around.
Also keep in mind I brought quite literally everything I own skincare wise home since I'm home for so long - if it was a weekend trip I'd bring like two products that address however my skin is that day.

The products you see are a mix from skincare, hair products, lotions, etc. Starting from left to right, I have them in no particular order other than just being able to see everything. If you're interested in any products, click the headings to learn more, as I simply just give you a mini review of each one.

I love using this after I style my hair on the ends if they're looking a little dry. It easily absorbs and doesn't make your hands/hair too greasy.

I'm obsessed with this for making my hair look extra tousled and beachy. After straightening my hair I add this and really mess it all up for the perfect bedhead look. 

I got this lil' baby as a 100 point perk at Sephora. I'm a huge fan of the Moisture Surge lotion so that's why I tried this. It doesn't have a scent and really makes you feel hydrated. Great for when you don't have a ton of time to do your skincare routine - spray this and go.

If you've been following me for a while you know this is my holy grail. I use it after I do face masks, before I apply moisturizer, under my makeup, over my makeup to set it. It's just perfect and has the slightest hint of rose scent.

One of my most used Ordinary products along with the Salicylic Acid. I apply this before moisturizer when my skin feels a bit dehydrated.

I use this pretty much everyday if I'm breaking out or not. I find that my skin has been so much easier to maintain breakout wise while I use this in my routine. 

Sleepless nights cannot be detected when I use this. I use the dropper to basically massage the product into my under eyes and browbone. It doesn't have immediate results, but it diminishes the look of dark circle, puffiness and tired eyes. And it feels super relaxing and energizing when you apply it.

Dear God I don't know how I lived without this before. I don't use it everyday, simply because I get too tired/lazy sometimes. When I do use this, I use it when I know my skin is extra dry and flakey or I just want my skin to look a bit more radiant. I either use two drops of it alone as moisturizer or I mix it in with my other moisturizers. I used this once under my makeup and my foundation glided on and looked incredible - bye bye cake face.

Okay so this product actually really freaks me out, but when I do use it I'm obsessed with the results. This isn't a product I recommend to everyone, just because it's incredibly harsh if you've never done face peels and your skin might not love it. I've gotten facials before and I used to use this Goldfaden one pretty regularly so when I heard about this Ordinary one I figured my skin would be tough enough for it. The first time I tried it it stung so beyond badly that I had to wash it off after a minute (it says to do ten!). Even with one minute, I noticed my skin was super smooth and supple, so I kept the product in hopes I'd learn to like it. I trained my skin and eventually I did it for two minutes, three minutes, etc. I'm only up to doing five minutes now, but I really love the results. I do this peel about once every two weeks just to resurface and get rid of dead skin cells.

If you read my other posts about the Ordinary you know that this product initially dried me out a lot. Now I use it when I'm not breaking out and simply have some hyper pigmentation in my skin (aka acne scarring). I use it one to two times a week just to brighten up my skin. I make sure to hydrate a ton too!

My aunt Kimmy used this and I fell in love with it. Little did I know it's basically $60 if you don't have a Proactiv membership (thanks a lot Kimmy!). I love this because it has a little bit of salicylic acid in it, so I use this moisturizer when I'm really breaking out and need all the help I can get.

This is my day to day moisturizer that I use under makeup and sometimes at night. It's really light weight, makes your skin glowy, dewy, and smooth. When I don't wear makeup I still wear this because of how great it makes your natural skin look. (Use my Glossier code here.)

Korean Skincare Samples from It's Skin
I stocked up on Tony Moly masks in Koreatown a few weeks ago and was given some samples. Not much to say about these (because most of it is in a different language/haven't used some yet), but I'm really enjoying the collagen one. I feel it makes my skin tone even and hydrated. 

I've been loving keeping my nails long lately, I find my tiny hands look better that way lol. To make sure they don't break off and to maintain their length I use this guy before and after my colored polish and day to day if I remember to.

My current favorite color and what's been on my nails the past few weeks.

I love this lil' guy when I have a giant pimple. I use it at night (unfortunately it kinda smells like nail polish remover?) and by morning the blemish has significantly decreased or it's gone.

My all time favorite hydrating mask! I use this primarily at night - after I've done the peel I mentioned earlier or I do any other harsh treatments. Sometimes I wash it off or I just leave it on as if it was a thick moisturizer.

My current lotion in rotation. Smells like margaritas.

If I have a ton of fly aways this is what I use to smooth it all out, or just to add more texture to my hair.

I brought this for size purposes for travel, it's not my favorite, but the foam is a cool concept. I find it doesn't soak up my oils as much as other dry shampoos. But it certainly gives a TON of volume to your roots.

I like to keep some things hidden behind here or just items I don't need at an easy reach.

Giant Hand Sanitizer
I've always had one on my desk since I started wearing makeup!

I use this to get rid of any left over stubborn eye makeup that may not have come off from washing my face. Gets the job done, nothing more to say.

Old Spice Deodorant
Men's because it's stronger. And cheaper.

This is my favorite dry shampoo simply because it's really inexpensive compared to other dry shampoos and gets the job done without spraying half the can. The smell is way too strong though, but they have an unscented version (it's just really hard to find in stores!). I feel like I just washed my hair with this.

Redken Wax Blast
I use this as my 'hairspray' if you will. It smells like a hot man and gives your hair some oomph and texture (if you can't tell by now I love the look of extra messy, essentially dirty looking hair)

This is great when my hair is looking really flat or if I've done waves in my hair. It provides a ton of volume and texture without feeling like you have a ton of product in your hair.

Gotta see somehow. I use dailies.

Various sheet masks from Tony Moly and KNC Beauty
These are some of the most effective sheet masks I've used! I have a bunch of different ones here but I love the Tony Moly skin purifying and radiance one. My super sweet roommate Cynthia got me the lip mask for Christmas and I'm excited so to try it.

I get majority of my makeup brushes from E.L.F., Real Techniques, and Coastal Scents. I recommend the Coastal Scents set for anyone who wants quality brushes for cheap.


Feel free to ask me any questions about the products!xoxo.

November Playlist

LONG TIME NO SEE! Senior year is quite literally taking over my life, but it's slowly dwindling down. I figured in between typing my final papers I could throw up a playlist post just in time for holiday traveling. November has been a ~vibey~ month in terms of music for me, so enjoy some songs that aren't like my other playlists.

What're you listening to? Any new albums I need to be aware of?


Currently Loving

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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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. 

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. 


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.

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Blouse similar | Jeans same pair, different wash | Belt | Shoes similar | Bag similar | Necklace | Earrings