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.

1 comment

  1. So excited your back blogging!! Sometimes it is really nice to take a little break and just live in the moment, especially in the summer time. I will definitely be checking out some of these products... I really want to try that Drunk Elephant serum! XO, Nicole //