Going Bare: Giving Up Liquid Foundation and Stepping Up The Skincare Routine

Recently I had noticed major break outs on my face and was having a hard time controlling them. I hadn’t had acne problems since I was in high school and I knew I had to change some things in my routine. I decided to give up liquid foundation as a part of my routine. I watch a lot of YouTube tutorials and what definitely helped with that decision was looking at some of the gurus videos over time, seeing the change in their skin, it was so apparent. It definitely was an eye opener, and yes I know it differs from person to person, but I didn’t want to take that risk. So I have been putting together a really rigorous routine and now only use BB cream, tinted moisturizer and powder for my base, sometimes blush or bronzer and my heavy make up is on my eyes, mascara and eye liner. I’m not opposed to make up at all, I will always have lip stick or blush or something, but I did want to consider the long run for my skin and I did not want to have those same issues with acne that I had in high school. Here is a video from my YouTube page on my skin routine.

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Confessions Of A Shopaholic: Shoes To Blame?

20130715-110432.jpgI recently moved back to California after graduating in Colorado. During this whole process I kind of realized something…I AM A SHOE HOARDER!!! I tried to think how I let it get this bad and how did I fit all those in my room? The last time I counted I was at 76 pairs, I counted over two years ago and those were the just pairs in the boxes. In this time I’ve definitely improved on my excuses for buying and buying. I used to say “they were only this much”, or, “I got them on sale!” Now I say “I need sensible shoes for work”, “These are my birthday shoes”. Well, I think it’s a step up from my past excuses. But I have to admit that it has consumed me…quite a bit. Some people are surrounded by electronics, some people are surrounded by books, I am surrounded by shoes. You’d be surprised how excellent my math is because of my years of working with percentages off while going through sales and I always calculate big purchases based on how many pairs of shoes I can get for it. Yes I admit everything I see is referable to shoes. I admit this to you because we all have an addiction, some worse than others but given the chance to have a millions dollars, there’s something you would love to blow it on. Now my obsession doesn’t go by having the newest craze or the most expensive brand name, that is when I think people are doing it for superficial reasons, bragging rights. What I do it for is the expression…growing up an introvert I have since learned to say “hello in Elle, I’m vibrant and intriguing”, without ever having to say a word. I’ve never played sports, was never the confident one to stand in the middle of the crowd. What my love for shoes has done has created a center point of many conversations that’s led sometimes to long friendships. So many designs and patterns, colors, seasons, styles, sling backs, boots, peep toe, and much more. You truly can never have enough. If you too are a shoe addict, others will never understand, some people have hobbies, I have shoes. But what I hope you get from this is that it is not all superficial for some as it might be for most. Something you really love is always hard to put in words. And I might never be the most extroverted person in the crowd but what i lack in words i make up for in shoes. Making Carrie Bradshaw proud, I am Elle Woods and I’m a shopaholic, confessing my sin to you all on your dime. Happy shopping my fellow addicts. 🙂

The Season Of The Crop Top: Bridging the Sexy Gap

photo 3 (1)So it’s very clear that this is the season to show some skin. The sexy mid drift baring crop tops are all the rave and then some. All the colors and patterns, I have to admit, I now have crop top fever…or more correctly, I am addicted to buying crop tops. The biggest thing about them is the versatility that they provide. For a day out shopping and grabbing a bite, I love a crop top with a long, high-rise skirt, this gives just a small gap showing minimum skin for a more elegant look. Now for my night life I would definitely widen the gap and choose pants and heels. This is summer and the season to vacay to all these destination hot spots making these crop tops even more appealing to pull off those summer looks. There are many stores selling these season hits but definitely watch out for the hiked up prices, one of my favorite stores to go to for a more affordable price is Wetseal. But with every store definitely check in mid-season for those sales when they slash the prices down. Baring it all in the middle, on your dime with Elle Woods.